Fashion Maven... Mommy

Pixi Does It Again!

Sunday, October 15, 2017


I wanted to share with you some of the newer Pixi products I've been trying and loving!  Well, some new and some not so new but still! It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Pixi's Glow Tonic!  After all, I've raved about it over and over again because it's just that good! In fact, i think i may have even called it holy grail status which i still stand by wholeheartedly!


This beauty does an amazing job of brightening the skin in the most delicious way!  I never go a day without using this!  I still remember a couple of years back, pouring my Glow Tonic into a travel size container to take with me on vacation!  Lucky for me, and you, Glow Tonic is now available in travel friendly sizes AND in the form of face pads!  Honestly, this product is truly life changing for the skin and i for one could not live without it!





The Double Cleanse (created by Caroline Hirons) is perhaps the most unique product out of the bunch!  This beauty is designed double cleanse your skin in the evening and prep it for your skincare.  This unique 2-in-1 jar contains a solid cleansing oil on one side and on the other you'll find a luxe cleansing cream for the ultimate PM cleansing!  I've really enjoyed using this and will definitely replenish once it's finished! 






I own a lot of Pixi palettes but i have to say, the Get The Look palette by It's Judy Time is hands down one of my favorites! I'm obsessed with the gorgeous warm toned mix of mattes and shimmers!  You can create a plethora of looks with this beauty and I've certainly reached for it often.  Truth be told, the only shade i would add to this palette is a matte white or matte vanilla shade.  I feel that in order for a palette to be complete, it needs one of those two.  However, all the shades in this palette have great pigmentation and are easy to blend.  Great work by the Pixi team and It's Judy Time!




Pixi's Strobe and Chisel Palette is a collaboration with Maryam Maquillage.  This pretty palette is all you need to create a soft, natural glow!  You can brighten your cheeks, contour and highlight with a variety of shades to suit your preference.  You get a ton of product in each pan... definitely a great value!



My most reached for product out of the bunch (minus the Glow Tonic) is the Glow-Y Powder in Light Pastel created in collaboration with Aspyn Ovard.  This beauty creates a gorgeous glow to brighten your complexion.  I've worn it as blush plenty of times but it's actually a gorgeous blush topper too!  It adds the most beautiful luminosity to your skin and brightens your overall complexion.  While i haven't tried the other two shades, i think Light Pastel is perfection!

Want to learn more about Pixi Beauty?  Check them out here and here!  This is a gorgeous brand that is super affordable without skimping on quality!  And the packaging is so darling too!

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM
*press sample - all opinions are my own.

SHOP THE POST

Fenty Beauty

Monday, October 9, 2017


So here's the thing... i enjoy Rihanna's music very much.  Admittedly, when i learned that she was releasing a makeup line i wasn't necessarily over the moon excited.  The thing is, while i was curious to check it out, i didn't think this was going to be anything special.  Man was i wrong!!!! A few days after its release, i headed to my local Sephora to check the line out for myself!  I swatched all of the Killawatt highlighters and immediately understood what all the hype was about.  The pigment was intense but wearable!  It felt buttery but not overpowering so i picked up two... (Money/Hu$tla Baby - a soft champagne peachy duo, and Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule - a gorgeous soft copper hue). Next, i headed to the Matchstix and swatched a few.  I opted for the shade Trippin (a golden apricot) because i felt it was one of the more unique colors.  It reminded me a bit of NARS Orgasm!  I loved the multitude of ways you could use this beauty.  I've worn it on my cheeks as a blush, on my lips as a lippie, and on my eyes as shadow!  The possibilities are endless with this unique product!



During this store visit, i decided to skip the foundation (even though it seemed to be the most popular item of the bunch) simply because it was a matte foundation.  At the time, i was really into illuminating foundations and didn't think this was gonna be anything i needed per se. What i did love after swatching was the gloss but it was sold out in the store.  Later that day, i ordered the gloss online and there was a promo for a deluxe sample of the Fenty foundation so i figured this was a wonderful way for me to test this product out prior to investing in it.  This was LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE for me!  Holy amazingness... Rihanna girl, you've really got something great here!  This foundation is full coverage and concealed even my reddest of spots with just one pump!  I even loved the matte finish though if i want to make it dewy i can simply add my Cover FX Custom Enhancing Drops!  But really, the foundation is my new favorite and i love that it comes in a array of shades.  This is something makeup brands really need to step up their game with.  We come in all kinds of shades and colors, not just four or five!  It's so important to find a proper match when purchasing a foundation.  No one should have to mix two or three to get a proper match... it's simply not ok! Rihanna truly thought of everyone with this release which makes me appreciate this line even more. (My current shade is 210 btw).




Now let's talk the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. The shade is absolutely beautiful (Fenty Glow is a universally flattering rose nude with a bit of shimmer).  I loved the applicator and the packaging is gorgeous.... however, i could not get past the taste.  It reminds me of the numbing cream the dentist puts in your mouth before administering the Novocaine!  Ugh.... while i think many might find the taste rather pleasant (it's kind of fruity), for me, i can't get past the fact that it reminds me of this unpleasant experience.  I can't tell you how bummed i am about this because i love the color.  I've tried so hard to wear it but i simply cannot, oh well!









Overall I'm so impressed with this collection.  I think Rihanna nailed it with the packaging and quality! I want to add a few more products to my collection.  If you've tried any, i would love your input!  What should i try next?

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

SHOP THIS POST

Six Budget Friendly Pieces You Need To Add To Your Fall Wardrobe!

Monday, October 2, 2017


Ahhh it finally feels like Fall around these parts!  Know what that means?  Time to break out all the season's favorites... you know, booties, plaid, cozy sweaters, gorgeous olive green tones and plum lips!  Ahhh so excited i could cry!!!  You know what's even more exciting?  When it comes to accessorizing for Fall, you don't have to break the budget!  As a Charming Charlie Ambassador, i recently had an opportunity to visit my local store and select some pieces to style!  I cannot tell you enough what a fun experience this was.  First, let's acknowledge how easy it is to shop the store.... if you have a color preference, you'll love that the store is broken down by color.  For instance, when i walked in, i was immediately drawn to the gorgeous olive green display!  They had an array of bags, scarves, bracelets, earrings, necklaces... i mean, the possibilities were endless!  My eye instantly caught the attention of this gorgeous circle handle bag.   A statement bag for a steal is certainly on my list of Fall must-haves!  As the weather cools down a bit, it's wonderful to reach for a cozy wrap!  I fell in love with this reversible plaid beauty!  It's perfect for chilly mornings... and as the weather warms up throughout the day, you simply slip it off 'til the evening hours!





OK i have a major thing for cute sunnies!  I picked up a couple of pairs on sale (currently 2 for $15) and cannot tell you enough how many times i get stopped and asked about this pair!  When i tell people the price they gasp with excitement because duh...at this price point you can pick up a few pairs to change things up according to your mood amiright?!  Lastly, I've always said that accessories are everything!  No really, think about it.  Accessories can make or break an outfit so choose wisely.  But with the right cuffs, bangles and earrings, you can take an outfit from average to perfection in no time!  I'm obsessed with my olive green cuff paired with the olive stone gold bangle!  Don't they just look perfect together?  Lastly, keep the earrings clean and streamlined... I'm loving these gold beauties!

Looking to update your accessory wardrobe for Fall?  I strongly recommend checking out Charming Charlies for some incredibly fun pieces that won't break the bank! Thank you so much for reading! xo, Carla - FMM  #BoldBeautifulBrilliant #Charming Charlies

*Charming Charlie gifted me with a gift card to select a few pieces to style.  I also purchased a few of the items on my own.  All opinions in this post are my own.

SHOP THIS POST

Burberry Beauty Fall 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017




 When i think of Burberry, i instantly think timeless classic!  Their latest collection features a range of  runway-inspired essentials... think effortlessly chic! From radiant liquid primers to precision contouring pens and highlighting powders, it's all you need, now.




This primer has easily become my holy grail since it landed on my doorstep a few weeks back!  It creates a perfectly hydrated canvas while illuminating and boosting its natural radiance.  Fresh Glow allows your makeup to adhere beautifully to the skin and provides major lasting power!  I seriously cannot put it down and will most certainly replenish once it's gone!  You need to get your hands on this beauty... trust!




This precision pen will be your new BFF when it comes to a gorgeous, subtle contour! It's perfect for enhancing, defining and sculpting your face and eyes!  Swipe along the hallows of your cheeks, along your jaw line, the sides of your forehead and nose then blend for a seamless contour!  It blends like a dream and is so easy to use. (I'm wearing Medium No. 1)


For a beautifully subtle glow, you'll want to swipe this beauty along the highs of your cheeks, Cupid's bow and bridge of your nose.  You can also swipe along your brow bone and inner corner of your eyes for a more dramatic look. This highlighting pen is your glow-to-go situation!  Pssst... it's also perfectly sized to fit your makeup pouch and is ideal for quick touch ups throughout the day. (I'm wearing Nude Radiance No. 1)


If nudes are your thing, look no further than this insanely gorgeous lippie!  It's designed to prime, colour and shape for naturally fuller-looking lips. It's a comfortable wear and has gains some prime real estate in my everyday makeup pouch!  I just can't get enough.  (I'm wearing shade Medium No.3)




Before we get into performance, can we please take a moment to appreciate just how insanely gorgeous this beauty is!  I purchased one of these highlighters as soon as Burberry launched at Sephora and will shamelessly admit that i initially purchased it because of its intricate design.  I later fell even more in love with the beautiful glow it provided my skin with!  It's not overpowering in any way, yet makes quite a tremendous impact!  The Rose Gold No.4 shade in the new range is absolute perfection.


"The Essentials are ideal for creating subtle highlights and contours on the face and are super easy for everybody to use, at any age."  Wendy Rowe, Burberry Make-Up Artistic Consultant.




I've been enjoying this collection so much.  It's perfect for everyday life... it's easy without skimping on the chic factor (very important)!

You can shop Burberry beauty here.  Thank you so much for reading.  Xo, Carla - FMM

*Press samples - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products

SHOP THIS POST

Beautycounter

Sunday, September 24, 2017


I first learned about Beautycounter when they partnered with Target for a curated collection! More recently, they had two products featured in the Rachel Zoe Summer Box of Style and i have to say, i used the heck out of them!  The first product was a sunscreen for the face which i completely used up on my trip to Aruba (notably, for the first time in my life, i did not peel!), and the second was a gorgeous lip/cheek stick that i could not put down for weeks!  In fact, i still reach for it often!



Recently, i was sent a few products to try from the brand and i thought you might like to hear about the two that stood out to me the most!  The Rejuvenating Radiance Serum helps even the look of skin tone, provides amazing hydration and reduces the appearance of wrinkles!  It's formulated with vitamic C (perhaps one of my favorite skincare ingredients), mixed fruit acid complex, algae and marine extract.  It's super lightweight and perfect for layering under your moisturizer. Best part?  It's made with hand picked, safe ingredients and no harmful chemicals!



Another product I'm absolutely loving is the No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil!  This is another lightweiht, silky smooth oil that absorbs quickly but leaves your skin looking radiant and feeling radiant. This blend of seven natural oils moisturizes, nourishes and helps firm skin.  I'm obsessed with the gorgeous jasmine scent which i feel is an added to indulging your skin with this beauty.  It replenishes moisture, while allowing the omega-rich argan oil assist in minimizing the appearance of fine lines.  This oil is perfect for all skin types.

These two products have earned prime real estate on my nightstand and I'm thoroughly enjoying their benefits!  Want in on the action!  Simply visit beautycounter.com for these and many other amazing products!  Thanks for reading! Xo, Carla

*press samples - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products
DESIGNED BY ECLAIR DESIGNS