Monday, November 24, 2014

Easy Everyday Looks With Conair!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

We all want gorgeous hair right?  Well lucky for us, Conair has many tools to help us achieve the perfect style everyday whether you're on the go or headed somewhere special!  I wanted to illustrate a few easy styles to help you achieve a beautiful everyday lookso i headed to my local Walmart for a little beauty haul.  I purchased the InfinityPRO by Conair 3Q Advanced Brushless Hair Dryer, the Conair InfinityPRO Curl Secret Curling Iron (which i'd been very curious to try for quite some time now), a Conair 90 Pack Bobby Pins (because you always need some on hand), the Conair Velvet Paddle Brush as well as the Conair Professional Round Brush.  As soon as i got home, i quickly put these beauties to the test! These tools helped me #HeartMyHair even more! #CollectiveBias

First, i want to tell you a little about my experience with some of these products.  The InfinityPRO 3Q Blow Dryer reduces drying time by up to 70% with lower temperatures and fast airflow to minimize heat damage. You will feel it the second you turn this dryer on.  It's so powerful!  In fact, i have very thick hair and i dread blow drying it because it takes sooooo long!  This beauty dries equivalent to a 2000-watt professional dryer!  Yep, take that pro driers! Well, the InfinityPRO 3Q dryer is essentially a life saver because it literally cuts my drying time in half! This is a must-have beauty tool!

The Conair InfinityPRO Curl Secret Curling Iron is so innovative.  I'd been wanting to try it for quite some time now and was so pleased with the results. This device uses tourmaline-ceramic technology to help reduce the amount of frizz, leaving you with smooth hair that is soft to the touch. It conveniently has an automatic shut-off function, as well as a sleep mode function to help preserve energy.  The Curl Secret has two heat levels and 3 timer settings with an automatic beep indicator and is ready to use in just 30 seconds.  It works by gently drawing the hair into the ceramic barrel, then times it and heats it from all directions to effortlessly form one perfect, shiny curl after another! This Curling Iron is very user friendly and gave me some gorgeous locks to play with! Speaking of locks... lets chat about some fun 'everyday' hair style options!

First, using your Conair InfinityPRO 3Q Blow Dryer and Professional Round Brush, blow dry your hair straight. Use the round brush to curl your ends in. Once your hair is completely dry, simply grab a small section from either side of the front and pin it back using one or two Conair Bobby Pins.  This is a great 'on the go' style for when you want to add just a little something special without all the fuss!

Now to turn things up a notch, it's time to curl this baby! Begin by combing your hair thoroughly using your Conair Paddle brush to ensure that your hair is tangle-free. Section the crown portion of your hair into two parts pinning both sections back using your Conair bobby pins.  Begin by curling your hair using the Conair InfinityPRO Curl Secret Curling Iron. Take a small portion of hair and begin to curl.

Once you've finished curling your hair, you may opt to wear it this way.  I personally love it. In fact, i notice that i can go a couple of extra days without washing it when i wear my hair curly versus needing to wash it almost everyday when i wear it straight.  That's a major score for me on busy weeks!  However, if you're looking to dress the look up a bit, I'm a huge fan of a great 'boho chic' do! Here's my version of this look.  Take a small section of hair from the front and begin to twist.  Pin it towards the back with a Conair bobby pin.  (If your braiding skills are on point, you can swap the twisting for a braid)!

Repeat the process on the other side.

Now for the finished look.... 

I hope this post inspires you to get creative with your Conair tools!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Friday, November 21, 2014

Milani Cosmetics

I've heard so much hype about Milani Cosmetics that i simply had to check them out for myself. While i already owned and loved one of their pretty flower shaped blushes, i was mainly curious about their Bella Eyes eye shadows. I headed to my local drugstore and picked up three shadows, a lipstick and gloss. As soon as i got home, i tore open the packages and began to play.  My initial reaction was wow, WOW! I honestly could not understand how these shadows (which cost under $4 mind you) were so intense and pigmented and buttery and and and.... i was left speechless!  I'm officially declaring these shadows the best drugstore bang for your buck! Trust me, they're phenomenal!  I've already gone back for more! I couldn't resist the lip gloss and lipstick either.  The color of the gloss applies almost like a very glossy lipstick.  It's not sheer at all and looks beautiful on.  It felt nice on my lips, not sticky in any way at all.  The lipstick was also very hydrating and the color payoff was incredible!  Seriously, I'm so impressed with these products that i want to try more! So i turn to you for suggestions.  If you have a favorite Milani product that you think i absolutely need to have, please let me know in the comments!

  Lip gloss in Violet Addict - Lipstick in Violet Bolt

Shadows from left to right: Bella White, Bella Emerald and Bella Navy

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Best Nude Palette on a Budget!

It's no secret that I'm a huge Urban Decay Naked fan.  I own all of the Naked palettes and i especially love the Naked Basics.  Last month, while flipping through the pages of a magazine, i found a $2 off coupon for Maybelline's Nudes Palette.  I simply couldn't resist!  I quickly picked up this beauty and began to play.  I was actually quite impressed with this palette both with the color selection as well as with the quality you get for the price you pay.  I decided to reach for my Naked Basics palettes and do a little comparison.  What i found was astonishing!  The Maybelline Nudes palette has quite a few shades that are comparable to both of the Naked Basics Palette.  However, with the Maybelline, you actually get more shades than with the NB combined!  Would i give up my Naked Basics Palettes solely for the Maybelline?  No, i seriously do love my NB palettes.  However, if the NB palettes are not in your price range, you will not be disappointed with the Maybelline Palette.  It's a seriously amazing option and i find myself using it quite often!  Definitely check it out!

 Hope these comparisons help you make the best decision for you! You can get the Maybelline palette here for free shipping!!! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
You guys... stop everything you're doing!  Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is finally in stock at Sephora!!!  I've been trying to purchase this for months... MONTHS!!!!  A few days ago i got an email from Sephora letting me know it was back in stock and i darted to my phone to purchase this. Well, i just went on Sephora's website again and it's still there!!!! In stock!!!! Soooo i thought I'd be a good friend and pass the info along in case any of you experienced the same issues as i did!  Fingers crossed for you!  BTW as soon as i arrives, i will work on a review.  Hope you're all having a wonderful week!  Love you guys! Xo, Carla - FMM


Beauty Collection

Beauty Collection
As we near the holiday shopping frenzy, i wanted to let you know about a site i recently discovered that carries so many of my favorite beauty brands!  Beauty Collection has an array of beauty options for all of your holiday shopping needs.  I'm highlighting here a few ideas that i think will great stocking stuffers or simply fun little treats for your favorite girlfriends!

I'm obsessed with beauty blender!  I've been using mine for years and most recently added the micro mini to my collection!  These tiny beauties double in size when wet and are perfect for contouring, highlighting and concealer application!  Besides, they're just to cute to sit on a store shelf! Wouldn't you love seeing one of these cuties in your stocking?  I know i would!

I love pretty hair ties.  I have a glass container that houses all of mine and i especially love seeing the sparkly ones laying pretty on the glass jar.  Well, you can now gift someone a set of gorgeous hair ties inside of an ornament!  Seriously, how adorbs is this Maddyloo set!  It's practical and so pretty!

I'm obsessed with candles and nothing screams holidays more than a sexy little candle!  Sexy Cinnamon that is!  Oh yes, Trapp's holiday candle in Sexy Cinnamon is not your grandma's cinnamon! Experience the seasonal spice like you never have before - this fragrance is sultry, smooth and sophisticated!  Oh and this baby will burn for approximately 50 hours!

I've been using Daily Concepts Exfoliating Gloves for quite some time now.  You see, they're smart!  OK, i totally see you giving me the side eye here but hear me out!  These eco-bath accessories will tell you that it is time to replace when the tag fades (approximately 3 months).  Toss in your favorite body wash and you've got yourself an awesome gift!

Pretty gift sets always make great gifts!  Pure Fiji sets will have you feeling like a tropical treasure in no time.  Featuring vitamin packed exotic oil to nourish and hydrate skin or use as a warm oil hair treatment, hydrate body lotion to leave your body smooth and hand creme for dreamy soft hands!

When thinking about holiday shopping, give Beauty Collection a try!  It's your one stop shop for all who 'aint got time' to go to the mall!

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

(press samples)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DIY Tips From Miranda Kerr's Facialist!

DIY Tips From Miranda Kerr's Facialist!
Lets face it, we all want beautiful skin!  Who else to look to for advice than Miranda Kerr's facialist Ildi Pekar.  With the COLD Winter upon us, keep your skin in tip-top shape this season with some tips from Pekar.  

Tips to keep your face  Hydrated This Winter:

·         Using krill oil/fish oil is great to have hydrated skin!
·         Stay away from scorching hot water, this over dries your skin!
·         Use gentle products. Anything that is soothing for the skin like honey
·          Lay off the caffeine, it does dehydrate you
·          Almonds/Avocados oils are great to eat to keep your skin hydrated within
·          Pumpkin seeds and walnuts are also very high in oil! Add it to your diet

DIY Winter Mask (Once a week to keep the skin hydrated)

½ Banana and Smash
3tsp. Of raw honey
3tsp. of sour cream or yogurt (with fat!!)
Blend the ingredients
Apply to face, Sit for 15 Minutes
Rinse with cool water

I'm totally trying this easy DIY mask!  Sounds delicious and easy to make.  If you try it too, let me know how it worked out for you!  Thank you so much for reading and stay warm! Xo, Carla - FMM

Playing With New Makeup

I love discovering new brands!  I've recently been introduced to Gabriel Cosmetics and i have to say, I'm officially a fan!  A few Gabriel beauties arrived in the mail and i couldn't wait to play play play! Gabriel Cosmetics ZUZU LUXE Peep Show Palette is absolutely gorgeous!  This palette is your one stop shop to beautiful with it's sultry feel.  The shadows are highly pigmented and apply beautifully. When used in conjunction with a primer, they last all day.  Here's the part i know you'll truly love, all natural ingredients including Titanium Dioxide which functions as a natural sun block were used in this palette.

Color Descriptions

Peep Show Shadow Colors
Amber – Sizzling Gold
Toasted – Warm Brown/shimmer
Velvet – Deep Brown/shimmer
Nude – Neutral Ivory
Peep Show Powder Color
Translucent – sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish
Peep Show Blush Color
Bitten – neutral red for perfectly flushed cheeks

I'm a huge fan of deep, bold wine lipsticks.  Gabriel Lipstick in Meritage is seriously a new favorite of mine!  It's so intense and sexy! Besides being beautiful, this lippie glides on like butter!  It's smooth and feels so amazing on my lips!  It's the perfect Fall/Winter situation!  

I love testing out new mascaras!  I have the world's tiniest lashes so i truly put every mascara that comes my way to the test!  Dr. Lili Fan's Probiotic Mascara with Lash Booster Formula is fantastic.  It applies with a very glossy and intense finish which i love.  I love that with continued use, this beauty promises to lengthen and voluminize your lashes.  Simply swipe this baby on your lashes and in a few short weeks you'll begin to notice the difference. 

Overall, these products were insanely fun to play with and I'm reaching for them often!  Check them out!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM 

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