Sunday, December 21, 2014

Last Minute Beauty Gifts and Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

Last Minute Beauty Gifts and Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

OK so Christmas is right around the corner and truth be told, some of us just can't get ourselves together and finish our shopping already!  By some of us i mean me of course!  Listen, this is absolutely the craziest time of year for me.  I know it's crazy for you too but seriously, between planning the girls birthday, plus all the parties, girls' activities, shopping, blogging, working, maintaining the house, i seriously feel stressed and spent.  That's why i decided to take a moment and jot down some fun gift/stocking stuffer ideas for my favorite ladies!  I hope this helps you narrow it all down!  

Hard Candy has some wonderful and inexpensive stocking stuffer ideas that i think are so fun for the teenager in your life.  This lip gloss set can actually be taken apart and gifted to three different girls! Great value if you ask me!  Or you can opt for these fun disco ball lip balm ornaments because they're just too cute to pass up!

Did someone say Deborah Lippmann nail set with a super cute sparkly pouch for only $12???? I'm sooo on that!

OK so forget that this set is actually called Summerstash Sephora Favorites!  I purchased this set a while back and couldn't believe the amazing value.  Now it's on sale for only $30 and if you don't take advantage of this you are totally missing out!  It features products from NARS, Urban Decay, Josie Maran, Stila, Marc Jacobs, Deborah Lippmann, OCC... seriously, do i need to go on?? 

I love Tarte and this contouring kit is sooooo makeup pouch perfect!  Oh and it's only $24! I know I'd be a happy girl if Santa left this beauty in my stocking! 

It's no secret that i'm a die hard IT girl!  This limited edition Buki set is just sooooo gorge!  OMG Santa... are you listening?!  OK focus Carla, this is not about you... it's about gifting your loved ones! 

This Tatch Camellia Moisturizing Lip Balm has been my recent go-to balm. It's incredibly luxurious and feels soooo amazing on my lips.  Besides, who doesn't love the fact that it's layered with a 24 karat gold leaf sheet?! 

Whatever gifts you decide on, i wish you all who celebrate the Merriest of Christmases together with your loved ones.  Xo, Carla


Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Festive Holiday loose Fishtail Updo -in 15 minutes flat! By ECRU NY

1.       Simply section off hair into two parts, gathering top of the side of hair, gather into a pony tail
2.       Section off  the two other bottom sections of your hair into  pony tails, secure with an elastic
3.       Begin braiding sectioned off pieces into fishtail braid (see below on how to get a fishtail )Use ECRU Silk Texturizing Balm to keep hair in place
4.       Then take top section and begin a third  fishtail braid
5.       For the fish tail--Split into two sections, bring sections left, and right not intertwining, like a three strand braid, taking a little off and bringing over braid) if not familiar with a fishtail you can use a three strand braid
6.       Make all three sections into fishtails, then pull apart braid, outer edges to make look “messy and rustic”  do this to every braid.
7.       Finally spray with ECRU Sunlight Styling Spray Max and pin all three braid on top of hair  with bobby pins
8.       To finish leave top of hair on head loose, and adding the pouf by doing a  French braided finish (to do this cross over each side -left to right- to make a proper pouf!) and you are done!

BTW only TWO DAYS left to enter my ECRU NY GIVEAWAY!  Two winners will be selected to win one of ECRU NY's Holiday Gift Sets!  Don't miss your chance! Enter here

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! Xoxo, Carla - FMM

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ECRU New York Holiday Collection GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to the winners of last week's giveaway Maria, Sherry and Shauna! If you were not selected, fret not!  I have a new giveaway for you this week!  Check it out!

ECRU Holiday Collection Giveaway!
Giving away two sets of the ultra luxurious Sea Clean Holiday Collection and LUXE Collection, a Fabulous duo for the holiday season!
 The first set contains samples of the Sea Clean Shampoo (2 oz), Protective Silk Conditioner (2 oz) and Sunlight Styling Spray (2 oz), valued at $20—
 GET LUXE! The second set contains Silk Nectar Serum (40 mL), Luxe Treatment Shampoo (2 oz), Protective Silk Conditioner (2 oz), valued at $36!

Don’t forget to  follow ECRU on social media: @ECRUNewYork

For this giveaway, you must enter via the rafflecopter widget.  The requirements are as follows:

Like Ecru New York on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Like Fashion Maven Mommy on Facebok and follow on Twitter.

Join Fashion Maven Mommy via GFC.  

All entries will be verified so be sure to enter all the required portions of this giveaway.  US entries only. Good luck! xoxo, Carla - FMM

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GLOSSYBOX - November Edition

OK, i apologize for this being a bit late but this time of year is insane around here... Thanksgiving, the girls' birthday, Christmas shopping, parties and of course, getting sick!  I've been sick twice in the past month which set me back tremendously AND Olivia had strep this week so needless to say, I've been dragging a bit.  But as they say, it's better late than never right?

GLOSSYBOX never disappoints me!  Every month i look forward to all the special things that will be in my box.  This month's box was quite special actually.  Aside from an amazing array of products, they teamed up with OPI to create an exclusive nail shade to match their beautiful pink box (Pink Outside the Box!).  Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer was also featured in this box.  This organic beauty will leave your skin feeling hydrated without that icky residual feeling. It absorbs right into the skin.  I've been keeping this in my makeup pouch for those days where i need a little extra hydration.  These cold weather days really do a number on my skin!  So Susan is a universal blush that will compliment just about any skin tone.  The wonderful thing about this blush is that it's infused with a ton of skin loving ingredients.  It's a gorgeous tone that adds a little healthy glow to my otherwise pale complexion.  I'm definitely loving it!  OK so I'm obsessed with lavender.  I've been for years in fact... so when i saw Kneipp's Lavander Balancing Herbal Bath in my box i squealed with excitement.  It smells uhhhhmazing!  Simply pour the bottle's contents into the tub and enjoy a nice relaxing bath.  Warning... it's so relaxing you may fall asleep!  Delish!  Last but certainly not least, the 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment is just what the doctor ordered for my hair.  A few sprays of this beauty on my damp hair helps extend my color while nourishing it.  Oh and it smells wonderful... very light but amazing.  This box was a winner for me!  Oh and i just got preview of the December box and OMG!  Just you wait!  I promise to have that review for you soon so that you can see for yourself why you absolutely need to subscribe to GLOSSYBOX!  Please note that while this box was provided as an editorial sample for an honest review, I'm an actual subscriber and pay for this service because i genuinely love and have loved GLOSSYBOX for years!

GLOSSYBOX makes an amazing gift for the beauty lover in your life or of course for yourself! You can opt to pay monthly or you may choose to pay for 3 months, 6 months or a full year.  You'll definitely save money when you opt for 3, 6 and full year subscriptions. This is easily one of my favorite beauty services and I'm sure you won't be disappointed either! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Major Deal Alert

Major Deal Alert

You know i love you right??? So when i saw this amazing deal, i simply had to share it with my favorite readers in the world!  If you love Tieks as much as i do, and of course nail polish too... you will certainly appreciate today's Julep deal!  Purchase anything site wide (you'll get free shipping BTW so it's a win win situation), add this $50 Tieks gift card to your basket, enter code TIEKS at checkout and this $50 Tieks gift card is yours for FREE!!!! What????  I just placed an order and am stoked to get this gift card in the mail! Sooooo simply click here and take advantage of this special deal that's only good TODAY!  Happy Shopping! Xoxo, Carla - FMM

PS - Last day to enter my holiday pampering GIVEAWAY so be sure to enter!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Santa Baby.... Just Hurry Down The Chimney Tonight!

Santa Baby.... Just Hurry Down The Chimney Tonight!
Well... 'tis the season for making lists and checking them twice right?  This year, I've put together of some of the things on my holiday wish list!  These are pretty little things that I'm loving right now and hope that Santa will have one or two under the tree... for me! Whether or not he does, i wanted to share them with you because they're special and perhaps they'll inspire your holiday wish lists too! Happy Shopping! Xo, Carla- FMM (PS - One day left to enter my holiday pampering giveaway! Enter here!)


Pixi Does Marsala Right!

Get excited because Pantone just announced that Marsala is 2015's color of the year! Well, worry not because i've got some products that will not only get you through your holiday party celebrations but will help kick start the new year in style! Pixi revealed some new and some already loved beauties that will help keep you on trend for 2015! From their already loved Tinted Brilliance Balms to the utterly stunning new nail shade God Jul (Swedish for Merry Christmas btw).  So lets chat details shall we?

It's always a good idea to start at the beginning... i'm looking at you Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. Petra (the creator of Pixi Beauty) never goes a day without wearing this primer and who could blame her really?  Flawless Beauty Primer is an essential product in ensuring your makeup stays put all day long.  It applies beautifully, absorbing right into the skin.  This beauty is sort of like the glue that lets makeup adhere to the skin allowing it to stay on longer.  Unlike actual glue, it's got a ton of skin loving ingredients to keep your skin flawless and prepped for your makeup application.  I love that you have the option of purchasing the full size or mini because i love having this in my makeup pouch!

Pixi's Tinted Brilliance Balms are already a favorite of mine.  They're incredibly hydrating and are absolutely perfect for everyday because they wear well and look amazing.  There are many wonderful color options to choose from.  I'm currently loving Rosy Berry sooooo much!  It glides on leaving the prettiest of berry hues on my lips with just enough shine to dress up even the plainest of outfits!

The Endless Silky Eye Pens are the most intense eye liner pencils you'll every apply on your lids! I absolutely love that they go on so smoothly and the color is strong and beautiful.  The color range in insanely gorgeous and the Glimmery Black is absolutely perfect for the holidays!  Heck, it's perfect any time of year really!  Your eyes will look stun when this baby goes on.

Some days i like to go all out and contour.  But on days where i just want a dab of color on my cheeks without all the fuss, i opt for a good cheek stain.  Pixi's Sheer Cheek Gel is ideal for those lazy days and is the perfect 'pick me up' for your cheeks!  Seriously, dab a little of this beauty on and you'll instantly go from blah to hey girl in seconds!

Pixi polishes are a favorite of mine because the formula makes for an easy application.  Their new color God Jul is a gorgeous bright red that will stand out this holiday season but will carry beautifully into next year as the Marsala trend takes the fashion and beauty world by storm!

Be sure to check out these beauties on your next trip to Target and of course you can visit Pixi online or Target online and shop right in the comfort of your own home!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM  (BTW be sure to enter my Holiday Pampering GIVEAWAY - ends tomorrow!)