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Best Gifts For the Beauty Lover!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Best Gifts For the Beauty Lover!

If you've kept up with my blog over the past few years (thank you and yay), y'all know I'm a beauty junkie!  It was very difficult to keep my list short and sweet but while i know there are way more amazing beauty gifts out there, these are the ones that I'm seriously loving so why not share them with my beauty BFFs right?!

First let's chat Clarisonic!  I can't say enough about how much i adore my devices!  I've been a devoted Clarisonic user for several years now and i know first hand the benefits that come with using this tiny little powerhouse!  Seriously, the results are incredibly!  I'm LOVING this Clarisonic/Tatcha gift set.  If you've never tried a Tatcha product, this is your chance to fall madly in love!  Pair it with a Clarisonic and it's sure to be a win/win situation!   Also, another amazing gift for someone who already owns and loves their Clarisonic, is the brush head set!  Replacing your brush head regularly is essential so having a few extra is always a great idea.  It's also a wonderful way to sample the variety of brush heads that Clarisonic has to offer.   From targeting deep pores to foundation application, Clarisonic offers a multitude of brushes to suit your needs making the Clarisonic devices a multi-tasking device!

I've been a Fresh Beauty fan for years and years!  My first ever product purchase was the sugar lip polish followed by the sugar lip treatment.  These were signature staples in my makeup regimen and there's a good reason why!  They leave my lips absolutely amazing!  This is the perfect time of year to stock up on the sugar lip polish because we all know chapped lips are the absolute worst!  Follow with a sugar lip treatment and your lips will thank you!  No seriously, they will! I love that the sugar lip treatments are available in a variety of shades or clear to suit your preference.  The Sugar Lip Suite and Body Care Besties Gift Sets are my favorite!

First Aid Beauty was initially recommended to me by a Sephora employee.  I was desperately looking for a good cleanser that the sales associate spoke volumes of this brand so i immediately purchased it.  I have since become a huge fan of their product line.  One product in particular I'm loving is the Ultra Repair Cream.  It's a major multi-tasker because i can apply it on my face for a pack of hydration, but i can also use it on my hands and body.  It's so versatile making it the perfect gift!  The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Five Piece Discovery Kit is the perfect way to sample a few of FAB's amazing line of products!  Another great gift set (and one of QVC's IQ Steal) is the First Aid Beauty Set of 4 Ultra Repair Kits!  You can gift the entire set or gift each of the four tubs! You seriously can't beat this deal!

I've been loving Laura Geller's product line!  Last month, my friends at LG sent me their holiday collection to try which i featured here.  Aside from being completely obsessed with their highlighters (I've been wearing them for quite some time now), i have to say, I've fallen madly in love with her eye shadows.  I have yet to put down the stunning Starlet Collection Set!  So when i spotted this gorgeous palette, i knew immediately it would brighten anyone's Christmas!  The range of colors is insanely beautiful and if the quality is anything like the Starlet set (which BTW, also makes an beautiful gift idea), you'll be just as wow'd as i was and surely will not want to put it down... like ever!

Lastly, Burberry does luxury right!  Wanna gift someone a beautifully packaged, luxurious gift without breaking the bank?  I've been eyeing this gift set for quite some time and i may just have to add it to my virtual shopping card because it's seriously perfection!  The primer is what i currently wear and it's uhhhhhmazing!  I also have and love the mascara!  The eyeshadow and deep red lippie are swoon worthy! In fact, I'm gonna order this set now before it sells out or i will seriously kick myself!

I'll be sharing holiday gift guides and ideas all week so be sure to check back!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla

*Some products were sent for testing and consideration.  Others are products i've purchased myself.  All opinions are my own. 


Best Gifts For Your Puppy!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Best Gifts For Your Puppy!
With the holidays fast approaching, i thought I'd share some fun gift guides to help with your the t minute shopping!  Today I'm focusing on the sweetest little fur friends.  You all know I'm obsessed with my dog Jack and his cousins Jiggy and Shanti!  Well, i wanted to share a couple of things that he is LOVING right now!

On a recent Target run, i picked up this super adorable Bark Brew toy.  Being a coffee lover, i simply couldn't pass it up.  Jack has a ton of toys but he's been reaching for this one more than any other and it's the cutest thing watching him run around the house with a toy latte in his mouth!  The gingerbread boy toy will be under the tree for him to unwrap on Christmas day and i have no doubt he will LOVE it.

I also wanted to chat about Jack's favorite treats!  We are very careful with what we feed Jack because we hate all the unnecessary and at times harmful junk that is put into dog food.  The Barkery Barkshop has the absolute best puppy treats available!  They're made with 100% natural ingredients (think, apples, pumpkin, peanut butter - note there are peanut butter free options too... whole wheat flour, cinnamon and such).  When i purchase a batch, i always keep them in my refrigerator and every morning, Jack waits for me in front of the fridge for his favorite treats.  They come in a variety of sizes to ensure that all pups (big and small) could enjoy these special treats.  Wanna gift these to your favorite fur friend?  Simple request a red bow and your package is ready to be gifted!  I've been a customer for quite some time now and can attest to the fact that these are made with 100% the best ingredients and a ton of love!  Purchase these delicious treats here!

Lastly, a lot of your have asked about Jack's latest tracksuit on my insta-stories!  Well, his cousin Jiggy McGee was wearing this adorable Adidog (haha funny play on adidas) red tracksuit and we couldn't resist buying one for Jack!  We bought it in blue though Jiggy's is red and is super cute.  We are going to gift Shanti a pink one for Christmas!  You can purchase it here!

Stay tuned for a ton of gift guides this week! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM


Laura Geller Holiday

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Oh where do i begin.... Laura Geller is killing it with her holiday collection this year!  In this post, i'm highlighting a few of my favorite kits because i have no doubt that you will love them just as much as i do!  The very first product i ever purchased from Laura Geller was the Baked Gelato Swirl in Gilded Honey!  It quickly became one of my everyday staples because it's insanely beautiful. Let me preface by saying that Laura Geller slays the game when it comes to highlighters!  First, who could resist the gorgeous packaging!  I mean, doesn't it just mesmerize you?  Second, it glides on the skin impeccably and adds the most perfect glow!  It's not glittery or overpowering... it simply looks like a beautifully lit from within glow!  So basically, if you love the Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighters as much as i do, you're gonna swoon over the Let There Be Light Kit and the Highlighter Haven Set!  This set makes the perfect gift for your bff and of course for yourself because duh!

Speaking of the perfect glow, if you're picking up the highlighters, than you'll also want to add this beauty to your cart immediately! The All Over Glow Gilded Glow Baked Body Frosting will have you looking like a bronzed Goddess, even in the dead of Winter! This is the perfect New Year's Eve essential to highlight and bronze your collar bone and just add a gorgeous, sun kissed glow to your skin!  It also makes the perfect gift  (and for $25, it certainly doesn't break the bank either so it's a win/win)!

Ok, now for the ultimate gift (and if you choose to gift yourself with it, no judgements here because i feel you... i truly feel you on this one)... the Laura Geller Starlet Collection will literally take your breath away!  It's a collection of 5 insanely beautiful palettes that will literally make your jaw drop!  There is a palette for everybody here whether you love warm or cool tones!  You can purchase a kit to keep or simply keep the palette(s) you love for yourself and gift the ones you think will work on someone else.  These baked shadows are incredibly pigmented and will create some amazing looks!  This set seriously blew me away!

 The Sophia

The Marilyn

The Audrey

The Grace

The Bette

I'll share a few more faves on my social media channels and on some gift guides i have planned but for now be sure to check these beauties out for the holidays!  I have no doubt that you will fall equally in love with all of these sets as i have!  More importantly, they're sure to bring a warm smile to the special ladies in your life!

Pssst.... don't miss the Laura Geller Cyber Weekend Sale!!!!! Get 25% off (code SALE25) no minimum purchase, 30% off purchases of $100 and over (code SALE30) plus free shipping on orders over $25!  HAPPY SHOPPING!

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM
*press samples - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products.


Black Friday - Cyber Monday Deals and Coupon Codes!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My favorite weekend of the year is FINALLY here!  I absolutely adore Thanksgiving because this holiday is purely about spending time with the ones you love!  I'm looking forward to sharing a wonderful meal with my family and of course follow through with all of our family traditions.  The day after Thanksgiving, we always put up our tree and decorate the house for Christmas.  It's also the arrival of Harry the Elf so the girls are beyond excited! Another thing i love about this long weekend is the shopping!!!!!!  However, you will never see me leaving my Thanksgiving table to catch any doorbuster store specials.  It's just not worth it to me to leave my family behind to do so.  If that's your thing, go for it... no judgements here!  I typically do most of my shopping online and over the past few years, i've been able to take advantage of some amazing deals right from my couch!  As a blogger, we sometimes get information about upcoming sales so i thought i'd put together a list of some of my favorite retailers and the deals they will be holding over the next few days.  I will try and update this list as i get new information to ensure that you are also in the loop!  I hope you score some wonderful deals!  I know i'm ready!!!

Amazon - Look here for their Black Friday/Cyber Monday!

American Eagle - 40% off (Nov. 21-29)

Anthropologie - extra 25% off all sals

Arie - 40% off sitewide plus free shipping

Ann Taylor - 50% off Sitewide  (Nov. 23-25)

Asos - 20% off Sitewide USE CODE: GOGOGO

Asos - 30% off Sitewide (Nov. 28-29) USE CODE: THANKFUL30

Banana Republic - 50% off 5 regular priced items sitewide (Nov.24-26)

Banana Republic - 50% off sitewide 11/27-28

Barneys New York - 40% off Sitewide

Baublebar - 30% off purchases (Nov. 25-27) USE CODE:THANKS30

Baublebar - 25% off 1 item USE CODE: SAVE25

Baublebar - 35% off 2 items or more USE CODE SAVE35

Bergdorf Goodman - 40% off Sitewide

Bloomingdale's - Extra 25% off a large selection (nov. 27-28)

Bloomingdale's  - Take $25 off every $200 you spend sitewide

BooHoo - 60% off everything!

Chicwish - 25% off sitewide

Charming Charlie - Buy 1 Get 1 50% off everything

Clarisonic - 30% off all devices USE CODE SHOPEARLY

Club Monaco 25% off $150+, 30% off $250+, and 35% off $400+. USE CODE SHOPFRIDAY

Coach - 30% off select styles USE CODE: THANKS2016

CVS - 30% off some amazing beauty items!

Express - 50% off everything plus free shipping

Forever 21- extra 50% off mark downs

Francesca's - 30% off sitewide

GAP - 50% off everything USE CODE BLKFRIDAY

J.Crew - 40% off everything USE CODE: THANKU

Kate Spade30% off everything. Use Code GIVEJOY

Kendra Scott - 20% off everything USE CODE YELLOW20

Laura Geller - 25% off your entire order! 30% off your order over $100!

MAC - 25% off USE CODE MAC25

Lucky Brand - 50% off everything

Macy's - 20% off sitewide USE CODE: FEAST

Madewell - 25% off everything

NARS - 20% off site wide

Neiman Marcus - Up to 40% off and free shipping

Nordstrom - Take an extra 20% off selected items (Nov. 24-28)

Old Navy 50% off your entire purchase. Through 11/24

Paula's Choice - 20% off and free gift when you spend $65 (Nov. 28) USE CODE: DAILYGIFT7

PIC & PAY - Sign up for their mailing list and you'll receive an exclusive offer for any pair of shoes for $20!!!

PB TEEN20-75% off almost everything plus free shipping. Use Code OHSNAP

Pottery Barn20% off + free shipping. Use Code THANKS. Through 11/23

Rebecca Minkoff- take 25% off orders of $100+. Use Code BLACK25

Revolve - 65% off

Sam Edelman - 30% off sitewide USE CODE: SAMSGIVING

Sephora - Major beauty finds for $10, $12 and $15 on Black Friday!

SHEIN$10 off $79+ with code LIS10, $15 off $105+ with code LIS15; $30 off $200+ with code LIS30

Shopbop - Spend $200 and get 15% off, spend $500 and get 20%, spend $800 and get 25% off (Nov. 22-28) USE CODE: GOBIG16

Sole Society - 30% off all footwear, bags and accessories (Nov. 25-27)

Steve Madden - 30% off plus 30% off clearance (Nov. 26) USE CODE: BACKINBLACK

Tory Burch - 30% off any purchase of $250 or more

Urban Outfitters - Buy 1 get 1 50% off all apparel

West Elm 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1,000+, & 30% off $3,000+. Use Code SAVEMORE

As previously mentioned, i will try and update this list as i get more information so be sure to check back!  Also, i will be posting some of my findings as well on my instagram stories so be sure to follow me!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!  Xo, Carla - FMM

French Girl Chic Gifts

Sunday, November 19, 2017

French Chic Gifts
Ever since i visited Paris a couple of years ago, i've been obsessed with 'french chic' everything! Yesterday, as i walked into my local Anthropologie i stumbled upon some really fun tops and bags featuring french sayings and it got me thinking... these would make great holiday gifts!  First, i picked up the Merci Mille Fois tote because duh... it's adorable and super functional for work! Second, i got home and couldn't stop thinking about the 'Cafe Au Lait S'il Vous Plait' t-shirt so i ordered it!

If you have a 'french girl chic' BFF or if you're simply looking to treat yourself to something special, i put together a little gift guide featuring some really fun tops, bags and of course french girl beauty (i'm looking at you red lippie)!

This tote if my new favorite work tote!  Oh and how darling is this makeup pouch?!  I'm obsessed with these t-shirts and this one too! Every french girl rocks the perfect red lips... this is mine! This dry shampoo is the answer to every french girl's hair dreams!

Happy Shopping!  Or shall i say... Bon Shopping!

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First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream Home and Away Kit QVC TSV

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I have some really exciting news for all my fellow First Aid Beauty fans! If you wanna save majorly on your favorite skincare brand, nows the time!  This super-size QVC-exclusive kit features 4 of your favorite Ultra Repair Cream (two 14 oz jars PLUS two 2 oz tubes) and is available in 5 combinations: all Original unscented OR one set of Original and one set of scented (your choice: Vanilla, Honeysuckle, rosemary Mint or New Green Tea Leamon). It makes an amazing holiday gift... or a special treat for yourself!

Ultra Repair Cream Benefits:

  • Provides immediate relief and visible improvement to distress skin.  
  • Deeply hydrates, calms, protects and restores the skin.  
  • Helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other skin conditions.
  • Can be applied ANYWHERE on the body, elbows, feet, hands and even the face.
  • Beautiful whipped formula absorbs quickly and doesn't leave skin greasy.
  • Allergy-tested; No harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances )scents derived from steamed, distilled essential oils).
  • For all skin types, even sensitive skin and skin with eczema.

Availability and Pricing:

Each kit includes:  

14 oz & 2 oz Original Ultra Repair Cream
14 oz & 2 oz Ultra Repair Cream Original or Scented

TSV Price:  $39.96 (November 17, 2017 ONLY)
Value: $140

I've been a huge fan of First Aid Beauty for quite some time  now!  The Ultra Repair Cream is incredibly hydrating!  I love that it's so multifunctional!  I wear it on my face but love that i can also use it on my body!  This shift in temperature has my skin so ashy... but not with the Ultra Repair Cream!  The tub has earned prime real estate on my night stand and i keep a tube in my purse for quick applications throughout the day!  With this deal, you'll be able to enjoy this beauty for yourself as well as gift one to a loved one! It's a win win if you ask me!  Don't miss out... it's ONE DAY ONLY so act fast! Purchase it here!

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

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products. 

IT Cosmetics IT's Your Top 5 Superstars! QVC TSV

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Yay i'm thrilled to spread the news!!!!  IT Cosmetics is hosting another ONE DAY ONLY special on QVC with this amazing IT's Your Top 5 Superstars TSV kit!  If you love IT as much as i do, these are their most essential staples and for one day only, you'll be able to get them for an incredibly low price.  With the holidays coming up, this is a gorgeous set to gift the beauty lover in your life... or treat yourself to the gift of beautiful skin!  

IT Cosmetics╩╝ IT’s Your Top 5 Superstars and More! 6-Piece Collection gives  you the power to experience innovative, problem-solving products that give  you life-changing results for beautiful-looking skin, lashes, brows and lips!  This Today’s Special Value® is scheduled to debut on QVC on Saturday,November 11, 2017 at midnight (ET) and will be offered for one day only!  Each day, QVC picks one special item they believe shoppers will love, and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 p.m. (PT) that day. Inside the collection:  This exclusive 6-piece collection features the products you’ve told us are most life-changing for you, plus a groundbreaking new brush! While your  best-selling, QVC® Customer Choice® award-winning CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is your one step for color-correcting full coverage and anti-aging skincare,  Bye Bye Pores Illumination is your revolutionary translucent finishing powder for airbrushed-looking skin and a lit-from-within glow. Also included is Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil to create your most beautiful, natural-looking brows, Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara to transform the look  of your lashes with super length and super volume, and Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment to smooth the look of your lips  and give them a rosy flush of color. And because great brushes help give you great-looking skin, it also includes your new Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Foundation Globe Brush, which is cruelty-free and designed to do the work for you and deliver the look of your most airbrushed finish!

Shop IT on QVC Tune in to QVC on Saturday, November 11, 2017 throughout the day for more details on the IT’s Your Top 5 Superstars and More! 6-Piece Collection. 

About Each Product:  Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Featured in a beautiful rose shade, your lip-loving innovation gives you intense hydration, plus a natural-looking pretty flush of color—and is infused with essential butters, oils, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.
About IT Cosmetics Developed with plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics creates clinically tested, innovative, problem-solving makeup and skincare products that harness cutting-edge  anti-aging technologies and high-performance skin-loving ingredients to provide you with serious beauty solutions that help you look and feel your most  beautiful! IT Cosmetics is a top beauty brand sold at QVC, ULTA Beauty, Sephora, Selfridges and Discover it. Love it. Believe it. GAME-CHANGING PRODUCTS, LIFE-CHANGING RESULTS!

Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil Your original brow phenomenon is infused with a blend of brow-loving  ingredients including biotin and saw palmetto, and features a unique oval  tip that mimics the look of real hair! This revolutionary long-wearing pencil  adheres to skin, and comes in one universal shade that adjusts to all hair colors. 

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Your bestseller is your one step for color-correcting full coverage, anti-aging skincare and SPF 50+ broad-spectrum sunscreen! This multitasking beauty miracle helps to cover the appearance of imperfections for your most flawless looking complexion. 

NEW! Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Foundation Globe Brush Featuring an ultra-plush, globe-shaped brush head and a luxurious holographic handle, this game-changing brush is easy to use and is designed to help provide an airbrushed look to your skin! It pairs perfectly with your included CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Pores Illumination, plus all your other favorite foundations and powders!

 Bye Bye Pores Illumination Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder This revolutionary powder combines the benefits of your original best-selling  Bye Bye Pores with subtle radiance for airbrushed-looking skin and a lit-from within glow—all in one compact! Plus, the translucent shade is suitable for all  skin types and tones!

 Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara In a test, your must-have mascara increased the appearance of lash volume by an average of 500% after just one coat!* Infused with unique Elastic Stretch Technology, it helps stretch the look of your lashes wider and longer. *Results observed in a clinical study. 

IT Cosmetics is going to be live on QVC for the Today’s Special Value starting tonight!  Don't miss out on this amazing 24 hour only deal!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla  #ITsuperstars

*press sample - all opinions are my own.