Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Spa Flops


I love beauty innovations!  So when i first heard of Spa Flops, i became instantly intrigued with these polka dotted beauties!  You see, they're not just cute but very functional! Just think... have you ever gotten a pedicure in the winter and dreaded the extra dry time? After all, you don't want to risk any smudges once you put your socks and shoes back on right?!  OR simply giving yourself a pedicure at home and wishing you could put a blankie over your legs because, let's face it, it's cold and the experience is no longer enjoyable?  Well, Spa Flops will keep your legs and tootsies nice and warm during the much dreaded cooler days ahead!  These flip flops with built-in socks are not only functional but look so cute on that you won't mind stepping out of the nail salon with these beauties on your feet. Brilliant right?!  I'm obsessed with my grey/purple polka dotted pair. So much so that i opted to match my toe polish to my Spa Flops!  Seriously, you'll want to be prepared with your very own pair of Spa Flops this coming fall!  They fit beautifully in your purse making them portable and super fun to wear!  You can purchase them here!


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

*press sample - all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Briogeo Launches at Sephora

I've got some EXCITING NEWS!  Briogeo launched at Sephora making it super convenient to stock up on these amazing hair products!  Here's the scoop!


BRIOGEO HAIR CARE TO DEBUT AT SEPHORA
Green Beauty Indie Brand Unveils New Products as Part of Major Retailer’s Curly and Textured Hair Product Focus

New York, NY (June 2014) – Since hitting the market less than a year ago, Briogeo Hair Care, pronounced [bree-oh-jhee-oh], has been quickly gaining clout with beauty industry experts and conscious consumers alike. The brand, whose high-performance, plant-based formulas have captured the hearts (and heads) of many, is proud to announce its launch at Sephora stores and Sephora.com this September.
This fall, Briogeo will lend a helping hand to the curly girls. The texture-specific lineup will take the guesswork out of mixing and matching products by helping curly consumers formulate the perfect concoction of products to perfectly define, de-frizz and nurture their curls.
In conjunction with the Sephora launch, Briogeo is set to debut three exciting, new additions to the brand’s signature collection, including the line’s first set of finishing products:
·         Rosarco Oil (Sephora exclusive): A lightweight 100 percent natural and silicone-free hair oil blend comprised of rosehip oil, argan oil and coconut oil for superior shine, nourishment and hair resiliency, available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.

·         Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-WashA crème-based cleanser for textured and curly hair that effectively cleanses and moisturizes the hair without stripping it of its natural, protective oils.

·         Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-in CrèmeA finishing, leave-in conditioner for curly to wavy hair that protects from frizz all day, while enhancing the form, definition and hydration of curls.
The brand was inspired by a family tradition of making natural beauty products from scratch in the kitchen of the founder's home. “Beauty shouldn’t be compromised by harsh or harmful ingredients,” says Briogeo founder and CEO, Nancy Twine. “We’ve carefully formulated a gentle, plant-based array of hair care products that live up to their performance claims – providing the vibrant, beautiful and healthy hair you’ve been striving to achieve.”

All of Briogeo’s formulas contain performance-based, natural ingredients and are free of SLS, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and silicones.  Each formula is fortified with the finest blends of natural plant and fruit extracts, oils, antioxidants and hair healthy vitamins and packaged in Briogeo’s award-winning, eco-chic bottles, made with 25 percent post-recycled plastic.
The brand’s full range of products, including curl-specific, volumizing and repair products, will also be retailed on Sephora.com beginning August 2014.

MORE ABOUT BRIOGEO
Briogeo is a naturally based hair care collection that combines the best of science and nature to create high performing hair care formulas for a diverse array of hair texture types. All of Briogeo’s formulas are made in the United States and contain at least 95 percent natural and naturally derived ingredients. Briogeo retails at fine salons and boutiques nationwide including at NewBeauty at Fred Segal, The Cosmetic Market, Brownes Merchants & Trading Co. and online at BriogeoHair.com. For more information, please visit BriogeoHair.com. Visit us on Facebook.com/briogeo. Join the conversation on Twitter.com/briogeohair.

Give this brand a try and you will love what it will do for your hair! Promise! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Camila Alves Wears Jouer To The Emmy's - GET THE LOOK

GET THE LOOK:
Camila Alves - 2014 EMMY Awards

Celebrity Makeup Artist: Mary Phillips for Jouer Cosmetics 


For tonight’s look we wanted to go more sultry than sweet, still somehow muted, yet in a very powerful way. You'll notice a very distinct Veruschka vibe (that famous model from the 60's), who was always made very tonal and shot in tans, sands, rich browns.  She looked like a queen of the desert, an aspirational woman, and that's what I always want to create for Camila. 

Camila's hair is long and straight with a severe center part (almost like 70's Cher) and it was the perfect contrast to her white lacey dress. 

After prepping skin with La Mer Crème De La Mer, I applied Jouer Age-Repairing Perfector in No. 6 (Honey),contouring with No. 8 (Tan).  I used Age-Repairing Concealer in No. 4 (Buff) where needed.  

The eyes were smoked in shades of tans and rich browns, defined eyes with Eye Definer in Noir.  Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Almond was applied all over lids using Powder Eyeshadow in Cappuccino in the crease.  I used thePowder Eyeshadow in Caramel to highlight inner corners of eyes and Powder Eyeshadow in Crème under her brow to soften the liner.   I finished with Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara.

I added a touch more bronze to Camila’s already beautiful skin with Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunshine.Cheeks were a warmed by blending Jouer Tint in Bare and Mineral Powder Blush in Blossom.

The look was finished with a creamy nude lip using Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Gigi and Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Oasis.” – Mary Phillips


She looked stunning!  As always, Jouer nailed it!  You can purchase Jouer products here.

BTW don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY to win a Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette.  Open Internationally!  Enter HERE!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*photos and quotes provided by Jouer

Monday, August 25, 2014

GIVEAWAY - Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette


Yay it's GIVEAWAY time!  You've seen my Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette review (hopefully) and know how much i adore it right?  Well, Tarte sent me a palette to review but i loved it so much i purchased another one that I'm gifting to YOU!  Seriously, this beauty is a Fall must-have!  So here's what you need to do to enter:

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This contest is open internationally!  Winner will be notified via email.  If i do not hear from the winner within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected.  Thank you so much for entering and GOOD LUCK! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tweezerman Contour Concealer Brush

Tweezerman Contour Concealer Brush
When i first learned of Tweezerman's make up brush launch, I'll admit i was pretty excited!  I figured, if their brow products are so incredible, i couldn't imagine their brushes being anything short of amazing!  Tweezerman sent over their new contour concealer brush since I'm a part of their ambassador program and i couldn't wait to put this baby to the test!  I own a plethora of brushes but don't have a single one that is remotely close to looking like this one so naturally... i was intrigued! After reading a little about this beauty, i gave it a go.  I used it to apply my cream highlighter.  The angle on this brush makes for quite a precise application.  I allowed the angle to work with the curves of my cheekbones and the end results were amazing! This beauty graced my cheekbones with the prettiest glow. Oh and it works beautifully with powder highlighter too! I have not put it down since first use. Interestingly enough, i have not used it to apply concealer as i think it works best for highlighting purposes. I also used it to highlight under my brow bone where the angle came in handy once again! I was quite impressed with this brush and have made it an essential part of my make up application routine!  I have my eye set on a few more from this collection but if you have any recommendations on which to try next, leave a comment below!  

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


*press sample

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lilac Love

Lilac Love
OK so my love affair with this color began when i first set eyes on this Rebecca Minkoff cross body bag!  Seriously, i have visions of parading this beauty around town stat!  I find cross body bags easy, especially for shopping because it leaves your hands free to, you know... browse!   Oh and if you get the bag, you'll totally need the matching Rebecca Minkoff Mani/Pedi Fun pouch!  I mean, we all need a mani/pedi fund, no?  So if you want to go all matchy matchy, lets cat nails.  Can we please discuss this super chic Chanel number?  I adore Chanel polish!  I remember being pregnant and on bed rest and the only thing that brought me happiness was Chanel polish.  It was the one thing i could actually still do... paint my nails!  Needless to say, with all the time i had on my hands, my nails always looked flawless! I wear these Tory Burch Earrings all the time!  They look great and can be dressed up or down!  I love Ray Ban Mirrored aviators and currently own the green ones, but this pink option is super sweet too!  Love bright pink lips?  You need this lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous stat!

Hope you enjoyed my ode to lilac!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BIG Secret Revealed!


First, i want to thank you all so much for baring with my silence regarding my big Hollywood trip! I was sworn to secrecy and had to oblige.  I promised to share all that i could as soon as i could and i finally got the green light to do so with some limitations.  A few months ago, i was contacted about potentially being in an IT Cosmetics infomercial/commercial.  I'm a huge fan of this brand and was excited that this was even a possibility.  After a few months of deliberation, i was one of the selected ladies chosen to be part of this very special project.  I was flown out to LA where the commercial was being shot.  I met the most amazing ladies (all gorgeous IT girls) from all over the country.  The five days i spent in LA filming, shopping, dining and sight seeing were quite possibly the most amazing ever.  You can read all about my LA adventures here and here.

The commercial was shot in Jim Henson's studio (were the Muppets were filmed).  The first day on set, we were all essentially part of the studio audience where Jamie Kern Lima (the founder of IT Cosmetics) was interviewed by a famous (and gorgeous) celebrity.  I don't want to reveal who just yet because i am not sure that i can.  But you'll find out soon enough.  Jamie was her usual sweet self and shed a few tears when she walked on set and saw all of us fans sitting in the audience.  I think we all got a little emotional at this point as we shared in her joy.  It's pretty fantastic that all she worked hard for has led to so much success and now, this commercial!  This was a long day but definitely fun.  The set was absolutely gorgeous!  Sadly, my view wasn't so great.  I was in the front row right in the middle which put me behind a camera man so my view was blocked.  We were not allowed to photograph at this point though i did sneak a picture.  Out of respect however, i will not be posting it just yet as i am sure you'll want to be surprised when the commercial airs.  When the time comes, you'll see just how beautiful the set was.  There were so many fun surprises on set which you'll hopefully get to see, unless they end up on the cutting room floor.  You never know i suppose!

The second day on set was perhaps the most exciting.  This was our one-on-one interview.  I was so nervous but once the interview began, i honestly didn't want it to end.  I love talking about IT products and how they make me look and feel!  Once my interview was complete, i was sent to another holding area.  A few minutes later, i was asked to step into another room.  Well, surprise surprise Jamie was there waiting to meet me.  The cameras of course caught the entire thing... all the emotion, all the screaming!  I loved meeting her!  She is seriously one of the sweetest women ever!  She held my hand so tight and didn't let go the entire time i was there!  She told me that she reads my blog posts!! I couldn't believe it... Jamie reads my blog!  She asked some questions and i was so nervous and excited that I'm sure i spoke a million miles an hour!  I wanted to tell her everything that i felt about her amazing brand.  This was my one chance to let her know how much her products have impacted my life.  If that portion makes it to the commercial, it will probably be a little comical seeing me act like a gitty school girl.  It was just amazing! After meeting Jamie, we were taken to another studio where we shot our before/after pictures.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that mine don't make it on the commercial... oh the horror! lol

This was an experience that i will never forget!  Everyone was so kind, warm and accommodating. The ladies i met were all amazing, each with a story to tell. The commercial is currently being edited and as you know, these things take time.  Lots of time!  It could take as much as 6 months but you never know.  I will keep you posted with more info as i learn more.  I don't know if I'll actually make it on the commercial as they will be doing a lot of editing but if i do, I'll be sure to let you know.  Oh and the kit that is being promoted when the commercial airs is out of this world! Get very excited for two new launches that are sure to rock your world!  I feel so lucky that i already have these products and use them everyday!  I love them so much and am sure you will too!

So there you have it, my little secret is finally revealed!  So excited to team up with this amazing brand and can't wait to see if i'll actually make it on to the final project!  Thank you all so much for your support.  To those that knew and kept it a secret, i so appreciate it!  I love you guys so much! Thank you so much for reading! xoxoxoxoxo, Carla - FMM
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