Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Eye Liner That Saved Life!

OK so perhaps i sound a bit dramatic with my title but hear me out... For years, but I've adorned a cat eye but sadly, my allergies have gotten the best of me.  For a while there i waved my white flag and surrendered to skipping the eye liner all together because a few minutes after application, my teary allergy ridden eyes washed it all away.  That is until Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL eyeliners came into my life and essentially saved it! See where I'm going with this?  I've been such a fan of MUFE's Aqua collections over the years.  You can read quite a few of my previous reviews by clicking the search button on my site but the truth is, this collection offers gorgeous products that simply won't budge!  

 From left to right - M16, M30, M26, M24, M92, M90, M62, M14, M10

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencils are extra-long lasting.  The Aqua XL range of 20 smooth-gliding liners allows you to get creative with your look or stay classically chic, with a waterproof, sweat proof, and ultimately smudge-proof formula, making for flawless summer makeup.  For me personally, this means with a well sharpened tip, i can create my signature cat eye without fear of it ever washing away!  I can even wear these beauties on my water line and rest assured that they are not going anywhere.  Believe me when i tell you they will not budge, move, smear or fade! The color pay off is intense allowing you to get as creative as your little heart desires. While it hasn't necessarily saved my life, it certainly has saved my cat eye and for that I'm forever indebted to MUFE!

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

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these colors. Prior to receiving these i purchased two myself and loved them!

Monday, July 25, 2016

You GLOW Girl!

The best part of Summer besides salty beach waves is getting that gorgeous glow!  I'm a total advocate for achieving a sun kissed look safely (SPF always peeps), so i thought I'd round up some of my favorite products for getting your skin looking healthy and glowing! The list is quite long so bare with me!

One of the most important things you can do for your skin besides using a good sunscreen is nourish it.  Pixi's H2O Skindrink is UHHHHMAZING!  This intense moisture gel delivers a burst of hydration to skin.  The formula is cooling and feels incredible against my skin.  It's lightweight and has the most delicious and very light scent. It's everything!

If you love Pixi as much as i do, you won't want to live life without their Tinted Brilliance Balm! These lippies are so soft and glide on beautifully.  They're the most comfortable wear.  While i typically love a strong lip... during the warmer months, i love to opt for tinted balms.  These are always a favorite of mine.  Oh and my mom is obsessed with them too!  She rocks them to the very core... understandably!  After all, nothing compliments a summer glow better than a good tinted balm!

I'm obsessed with facial mists.  I keep them on my night stand, vanity, makeup pouch, beach bag... you get the point!  No 7 Hydrating Mineral Water Mist is so refreshing! This is wonderful after you moisturize, to set your makeup or simply refresh on a hot or stressful day!  The non-greasy, hypo-allergenic, mineral water spritz instantly hydrates and leaves skin feeling fresh!  Believe me when i tell you it's a Summer time BFF... besides, it's super budget friendly!

YOUNGBLOOD's Mineral Illuminating Tint Body is the perfect Summer situation for your entire body!  This creamy, luminous tinted lotion leaves a healthy sheen on your arms, legs and anywhere else you want to glow!  It leaves the most beautiful, subtle glow while providing major hydration!  It's lightly scented of Shea Butter and Coconut Oils... delish! You'll want to top off your glow with YOUNGLOOD's Lunar Dust in Twilight.  A light dusting of this light reflecting beauty adds shimmering highlights to your face, legs and shoulders!  Honestly, highlighters are all the rage right now and believe me when i tell you, a quick swipe of this beauty to your shoulders will add the perfect sun-kissed dimension to your skin!  All you need is a pretty cold shoulder top and you're all set!

I love a bit of shimmer against my skin during the Summer months.  Borghese Spendore Brightening Makeup has easily become a favorite of mine.  You can wear this alone or mix it with your favorite foundation.  Just a small pump of this beauty gives your skin the most radiant glow!  I'm seriously in love!

There is nothing better than a good multi-tasking product!  The Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick has been a fixture in my makeup pouch for a few weeks now because in the summer, i like to keep things simple!  A few swipes of this beauty on my lips, cheeks and lids and I'm good to go!

When it comes to glowing skin, Sonia Kashuk knows a thing or two!  I mean, take a look at SK's Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo!  The packaging is absolutely stunning but the color payoff is the real star here!  A few years back i purchased the Bronzer/Blush Duo and wore it 'til it hit pan (which rarely happens around these parts).  This really speaks to the quality of this incredibly affordable product!  When my friends at SK sent over this beauty, i knew we'd be instant BFF's.... and i was right!  Pssst.... the super cute makeup pouch shown in the first pic is also Sonia Kashuk.  She seriously has the best travel and makeup pouches!  Check them out here.

Speaking of SK products, the Lip & Cheek Tint in Enchanted 01 is another one of my summer jams! It's such an easy product to instantly add a flush of color to your lips and cheeks!  The formula is silky and blends beautifully.  This is definitely an SK must!

I've been trying and loving some Golden Door products.  The Bronzer is so innovative and fun to use! Simply press the button to release the bronzer powder and swipe wherever you want to glow!  I like applying it to my cheeks and shoulders whenever i wear cold shoulder tops!  It just adds a subtle glow and i personally love it!  BTW did you know that 100% of Gold Door's profits go to select charities across the U.S. dedicated to transforming the lives of children? This is a brand worth supporting! Go check them out!

Speaking of Golden Door, I'm obsessing over the Tinted Lip Treatments with SPF 15!  They add the most beautiful flush of color and feel incredibly comfortable and delicious on my lips.  You can't go without a couple of these in your makeup pouch this summer... trust me!

OK so i think I've given you quite a few options to help you achieve that Summer Glow girlfriend! So lets chat, which product are you most excited to try?

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

*Some products are press samples, others purchased by me.  All are tried, tested and loved by me!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Shop MY Nordstrom Anniversary Favorites!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I'm back from Cabo San Lucas!  Did you miss me?  I decided to give myself a break and not worry about posting.  I wanted to take these 12 days to devote my full attention to spending quality time with my family and create special memories.  We had a wonderful time but it's SOOOOO good to be home!  I know it sounds crazy but the one thing i was most looking forward to (next to sleeping in my own bed and cuddling with my fur son Jack) was to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!  Lucky for me i got back just in time!  Boy did i already do some major damage!  For today's post, i thought I'd highlight the best staple pieces for Fall from the sale.  Everything in this post is super affordable with the exception of a couple of items which are still a major steal considering their full price value.  Here's the breakdown of my favorite pieces.


From left to right....

I just ordered the Tahari Jackie Hooded Anorak with Removable Faux Fur Collar because i couldn't resist this classic with a twist beauty.  After loosing over 60lbs, I'm in desperate need of new outerwear!

 I literally had to do a double take on the price of this GORGEOUS Bernardo Textured Long Coat!

Everyone needs a moto jacket for Fall... i cannot wait to rock mine!  This one is such a steal!  It's under $65!!!!

I simply could not resist this Halogen Knit Zip Vest for Fall... it's perfection at it's best!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


From left to right...

Denim Culottes are all the rage this season!  The great thing is you can wear these now and they'll carry you into the Fall season!  On my shopping cart! 

These boyfriend jeans (under $39 btw) are the perfect weekend situation!

You cannot go into the Fall season without a great pair of flare jeans!  These are so yummy and so affordable!

If skinny jeans are your jam than these are for you!  Psssst... they're under $45!

These jeans are perfection!  Obsessed!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


From left to right...

These boots are already on their way to me because they're the best Fall staple!

These Peep Toe boots are so fun!

These are another gorgeous Peep Toe boot option that I'm seriously obsessed with!

I don't care what anybody says but i live in my UGGS all Winter long because they're so comfy!  I could not believe the price of these cuties

These classic Tory Burch boots are practically half off of their regular price.  They're a wonderful classic boot that will never go out of style!  These are the types of staples you'll want to invest in, especially at half price!

I love a great pair of sneakers!  But a sneaker boot?!  Yes please!  These are going lots of places with me for sure!  I love them so much! 


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Handbags & Accessories

From left to right...

This Drawstring Tote looks so high end and is so chic!  Best part?  It will only set you back $35!

A camel drawstring bag is a must have for Fall.  I rocked the heck out of mine and it cost me a fortune.  This option here is only $25!!!!!  At this crazy price you can get one in every color!

Circle Collar Necklaces have been my latest accessory obsession!  This one gets me so many compliments... and rightfully so... it's gorgeous!

I am obsessed with Crossbody Bags!  They're my signature style!  This gorgeous Sole Society Thalia Crossbody Bag is such an affordable option for Fall!

Everyone should own a classic Satchel Bag!  They're great for carrying all of your essentials! This one has my heart!

These Mismatched Crystal Earrings are classy yet bad ass.... I'm obsessed with their edginess!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Beauty Steals

From left to right...

GLAMGLOW masks are a favorite of mine.  I've loved this mask since its release!  What a great deal!

NARS is such a great brand and this set is beautiful!  The price is just right if you've every wanted to try it out!

My good friends at FOREO recently sent me the ISSA Sonic Toothbrush and OMG I'm in LOVE with how well this works!  I will have a full review on the blog soon but wanted to share that this beauty is actually $50 off regular price during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so STOCK UP!

If you love MAC as much as i do than clearly you see the value in this gorgeous set (under $40)!

This is what i use to clean my makeup brushes and it's on sale right now!  Best part, it comes with a brush!!! Definitely don't miss out on this because it's amazing!

The Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase has been what I've used for over two years!  It's so soft and helps maintain the youthful appearance of your skin.  I paid so much more for mine!  This is definitely a good time to try this beauty out!

This LORAC palette is such a steal at $18!  The quality is impeccable an the price point is almost too good to be true!

If you love YSL beauty as much as i do you know the incredible value of this stunner!


I hope this breakdown helps you sort through some of the best that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has to offer.  I'm so excited to stock up for Fall because none of my clothes fit so i need a whole new Fall wardrobe!  Yay!  Happy Shopping!  Please let me know what you got!  I love checking out every one's haul!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Coach Crossbody Bag GIVEAWAY Valued at $150!

I've received so much love and support from my fellow readers and YouTube viewers that i wanted to giveback in some way to show you just how appreciative i am of each and every single one of you! So for the month of July, i thought it'd be fun to gift one lucky FMM reader with this super cute yellow Coach Crossbody bag that i felt was perfect for Summer when i purchased it.  I realize that many of my readers are not based in the US so i wanted to make this giveaway available to as many of you as possible!  I've decided to make this giveaway open internationally in hopes that it everyone a fair chance.  I hope you love this bag as much as i do.  It's absolutely beautiful and valued at $150!

Please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter.  Good luck!!  Xo, Carla - FMM

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beach Bag Essentials

I absolutely love Summer time!  I'm so excited to be traveling to Cabo soon which has me seriously thinking about all my beach bag essentials!  What specifically do i want to schlep with me to the beach everyday and why? I'm obviously a beauty junkie so it's very hard to narrow the list down but i think I've got the perfect beach bag situation right now.  So here are the products that made the list!

The most important thing you can bring with you to the beach besides a bathing suit duh is sunscreen. Protecting your skin is absolutely necessary because while it's so fun to frolic around the sand and water, you need to ensure you're doing so safely.  I've come across a few gems lately but COOLA is rocking my skin right now!  I'm currently carrying two COOLA products in my beach bag... the Sport SPF 50 Fresh Mango Moisturizer and the Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer.  Here's why...

The Fresh Mango Moisturizer protects and boosts your skin's defense against aging caused by the sun with an 80 minute water resistant broad spectrum SPF 50.  It's high performing and non-greasy with a delicious fresh mango scent.  This product contains 70% certified organic ingredients that protect and repair sun damaged kin.  It's hypoallergenic, ultra water resistant which is super important for this water lovin' gal, paraben free, ultra sheer, water resistant (80 minutes) and contains no nano-sized particles.  As far as i'm concerned, this is perfect beach bag staple!  I always wear a separate face product because the skin on my face is more sensitive than the rest of my body so i have to be sure I'm treating it accordingly.  COOLA's Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer is the perfect choice for my Cabo beach bag because it feels like second skin on my face while providing major sun protection.  This product is designed for the sensitive skin of your face with an 80 minute water resistant formula crafted with 70% organic ingredients featuring an invigorating natural white tea scent.  It's hypoallergenic, paraben free, ultra sheer, oxybenzone free, antioxidant enriched, water resistant (80 minutes) and contains no nano-sized particles.  These two products are the perfect sunscreen combo for my skin and I'm loving their effectiveness.

In keeping with the sun protection theme of this post, i'm LOVING the Colore Science Powder Sunscreen!  OMG you guys this is absolutely brilliant!  This water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen makes protecting your skin easy, 365 days a year.  Perfectly portable and easy to reapply, it offers powerful SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection with sheer, natural-looking coverage and 80 minute water resistant protection.  Made in the U.S.A. this sunscreen brush is most certainly a beach bag and makeup bag essential.  Seriously, if you hate applying sunscreen, a few swipes of this will have you loving the process.  In fact, my hubby loves it too!  He shaves his head and loves how easy it applies on his head!  I never leave home without this beauty!

I never travel without a good healing gel of sorts because lets face it... no matter how much you try to protect your skin, there are times where you miss a spot.  When that happens, you need backup! Sadly, I've learned this lesson the hard way!  Skin + Pharmacy's Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel feels incredibly soothing against sun exposed skin.  This healing gel with magnetized water technology hydrates and soothes achy skin.  BTW this also works wonders to protect minor cuts, scrapes, and burns as well as relieving chapped or cracked skin.  Enhanced hydration is delivered through Magnetized Water Technology, using the science of polarized water to attract and hold moisture. This is certainly a drugstore gem!

I'm a huge Pacifica fan so when the new Underarm Deodorant Wipes showed up in my Pop Sugar Must Have box i was stoked to try them.  I think the concept is brilliant because Summer plans usually involve lots of sweating so why not have an option to refresh during the day right?!  I've had a chance to use these a few times and love how refreshing they are.  They're seriously the perfect beach bag essential!

One thing I'm obsessed with is hydrated lips.  There is nothing worse than rough chapped lips, ugh! I always keep some sort of lip balm in my beach bag and reapply often.  I'm currently back to this old friend... eos sweet mint flavored lip balm is delicious and effective so naturally i toss it in my beach bag!

I love a good body splash during the summer months.  A few months ago, while attending the Target Summer Beauty Launch Event, i had a chance to sample the You Are Amazing Final Spritz Body Mist Coconut Water and fell instantly in love with this refreshing scent.  When i learned it costs a mere $3.99 i literally drove to Target immediately after the event and stocked up.  If you love coconut, this is sooooo gonna be your summer jam!  Psssst i bought the body wash too!

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes have seriously been a life saver for me.  I personally love to clean my face before reapplying my sunscreen.  I tend to sweat a lot so having an option to cleanse my skin in between applications is so nice.  These multi layered, textured fabric and gentle cleanser wipes are infused with a pro-vitamin complex.  They're perfect to toss in your beach bag this summer and are designed to give the natural radiance of a freshly washed clean in just one step.  These work well on all skin types.  They're dermatologist tested and alcohol free.

If you're wondering about my super cute beach bag, it came in my FabFitFun Summer box which i believe is still available for purchase.  It comes in three colors and is perfection!

So these are some of the beach bag essentials I'm loving right now.  Stay tuned for lots of fun Cabo pics on my social media accounts!  Be sure to follow specifically on Instagram (FashionMavenMommy) and SnapChat (FashionMavenMom) for all the fun!  Thank you so much for reading!  Xo, Carla - FMM

*some products are press samples and some were purchased by me.  All are tested and loved by me.