Fashion Maven... Mommy

Your Valentine's Day Lippie Covered!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

I was recently introduced to the Christian Audette brand when one of my favorite beauty bloggers Rachel of the Beauty Professor collaborated on a insanely gorgeous lipstick set (read my full review here).  I fell madly for this insanely creamy formula that reminded me so much of my Tom Ford satin lippies for a fraction of the price! 

My friends at Christian Audette sent over their CEO collection to play with and wow WOW!  From packaging to formula, I'm seriously not sure you'll find a more luxurious wear.  These babies are a one swipe and done situation.  These lippies are so rich and creamy and have a suede finish that is truly long lasting but most importantly, they provide a super comfortable wear!  The color selection feels as though it was curated with me in mind (let's just go with that because a girl can dream...) but really, i love the peachy pink nudes but can never resist a good bold red!  These are the perfect lippies for Valentine's Day!  Madame CEO is a must have... it's a true classic red that packs on the drama! Pair it with a good coat of mascara and let this beauty shine!  It's a show stopper!

I promise you need these and i promise you will NOT be disappointed!  I wore Madame CEO this past weekend for a girls' night out and received a ton of compliments! No doubt you will too!  You can purchase this collection here!

Wearing Madame CEO

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

IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin QVC TSV

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hey there IT Girls! Don't you just love getting all your favorite IT products for a major deal?  Well, it's QVC's TSV time again and you're not going to want to miss this one!  The IT Cosmetics’ New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin! 4-Piece Skincare & Complexion Collection gives you the power to reveal your most beautiful skin! This Today’s Special Value will only be offered for one day only! As a reminder, 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.

This exclusive four-piece collection features the worldwide launch of two new confidence-boosting skincare essentials and one new complexion must-have—plus a perfectly paired brush! Prep your skin for makeup application with new Confidence in a Gel Lotion to hydrate and smooth the look of fine lines. Then, apply new Confidence in a Neck Cream to your neck, décolleté and chest for an instantly younger-looking appearance. Use your included Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush to apply Bye Bye Lines Foundation for your most skin-perfecting finish!

Admittedly, IT Cosmetics is a brand that has earned prime real estate on my vanity as well as my night stand!  I couldn't be more thrilled that they introduced the new Confidence in a Neck Cream!  Seriously, so stoked to try this!  Also, the foundation is beautiful and what better to apply it with than a luxurious IT brush!  IT Cosmetics brushes (along with their complexion products and skincare) are an absolute must-have!  Don't miss out on this ONE DAY ONLY deal happening right now for only $69.96 OR you can simply opt for 6 easy payments of $11.66!  I love that QVC allows you to do this!  Treat yourself to your best skin this year!  You can purchase this amazing deal here!

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

*press sample - all opinions are my own.


Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palettes

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year's Dolls!  So excited to ring in the new year with a fun little Urban Decay post!  I've been a collector of all Urban Decay NAKED palettes since they first launched.  There's just something about them that makes them feel so special.  When UD recently launched three On The Run Mini Palettes, i seriously could not wait to dig in!  Each palette has a specific color theme and has a good mixture of mattes and shimmers which i personally love.  When i first swatched these, i ooooh'd and ahhhh'd  with excitement.  The pigmentation is real and i swear, as i swiped each shade on my arm i felt as though i was in for a little surprised.  Certain shades are predictable but others have a little something extra that happens when you swatch!  Seriously, these are very pretty palettes!

The packaging is cardboard and each of these palettes includes a blend of eight mattes and shimmers. There are three palettes, Bailout (purple hues), Shortcut (stunning burgundy/wine shades), and Detour (blue hues).  I will show you each in more depth.

I love the neutrals in this palette because they make the purple shade a lot more wearable!  Vice is a beautiful shade and I'm typically not a fan of purple!  Pickup is one of those shades that has such a gorgeous sheen and looks amazing on the inner corners of your eyes paired with Vice! 

This is perhaps the palette that most resonates with my typical, everyday go-to colors!  Zone broke slightly during shipping but it's still completely usable.  Shortcut is easily my favorite crease shade.  It's beautiful and universally flattering!  Zone is such a beautiful shimmer, it looks stunning swiped across the lids. I love to add Sin to the inner corner of my eyes. 

This palette is a GEM!  Oh my gosh i can't say that enough!  First, Plunge is a GORGEOUS shade!  I love to sweep it across the lid for a deep, smokey eye paired with a nude lip.  Confidential, Detour and Escape are beautiful crease shades that can be layered.  Remember i spoke of some shades being a bit of a surprise?  Well, at first glance, Switchback looks like a very light, almost white shimmery shade.  Well, it swatches SO beautifully with a hint of icy pale blue shimmer!  It's spectacular truly!  I also LOVE the matte white shade as a brow highlight!  Overall, obsessed with this beauty!

These palettes are relatively affordable at $25 each.  Anyone of these (or all) make a beautiful addition to anyone's makeup stash.  Well worth the money!  Be sure to also stock up on Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray! If you haven't tried it yet, you must!  This has been my go-to for years!!!!!  I can't even count the number of bottles i have purchased because i adore it! You can purchase these beauties here and here

I have no doubt that you will love these as much as i do!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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


Microblading Part 2

Sunday, December 16, 2018

I'm back to chat a little bit more about my microblading experience!  To read part one, be sure to click here where i detail everything about microblading! I also answered a ton of questions that many of you left for me on instagram! To back track a bit, i had microblading done this past Summer with Jennifer Boccongelli at Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise's office in Wayne N.J. This was my very first time getting microbladed and i was quite nervous about the whole experience to say the least.  I will say that i have learned so much throughout this process and I'm so happy to share it all with you!  Microblading typically involves two sessions.  The initial session gives you instant gorgeous brows.  However, it's a process.  First, the brows begin to scab and then the scabbing flakes off over the course of the following week.  It is recommended that you go in for your touch-up six weeks after the initial session. This allows your brows time to fully heal.  At this point, the technician is able to fill in any spots that may have dulled a bit and simply perfect the job.  Once the second session is done, you'll need to patiently wait another 4-6 weeks to truly see the end result.

Jennifer openly mentioned during my first session that it would be a solid couple of months before we could really see what my brows would look like.  Ahhh seems like a lifetime away but i promise, the time flies by!  As mentioned previously, i have learned so much throughout this process!  One thing that i strongly suggest is to ask your Microblading Specialist if touch ups are included in the overall cost.  Remember, you typically need one touch up there are situations where some may need a second or even third touch up to achieve the desired brow look.  So it it obviously important to find out ahead of time how much the overall cost may potentially be.  I can't say enough about Jennifer's patience and kindness with this entire process.  She makes me feel so at ease and always reassures me that if i need a second touch-up, she is happy to do it! That is indicative of a true professional who respects her craft.

Interestingly enough, my brows haven't been the easiest to take to microblading.  Once the scabbing phase is complete, I'm left with a beautiful shape but there are definitely some faded spots.  Don't get me wrong, if you see my initial 'before' picture, my brows have come a LONG way!  I no longer fill them in on a regular basis, only when i have a special event to go to.  Having said that, i am going in for my third touch up this week and am keeping my fingers crossed that this is the final time.  Jennifer mentioned that some people need a third touch up and i simply happen to be one of them.

It's been a couple of months since my last touch-up and due to my travel schedule and a major snow storm that impacted the entire tri-state area, i finally made it to my second touch up!  As always, Jennifer greeted me with her warm, familiar smile.  She took the time to answer a few more questions while my brows sat with numbing cream. Going into this initially, i never gave much thought to the possibility that my brows would fade so easily.  I simply assume after my touch up, they would be set for a while.  Since that wasn't the case, i wanted to pick Jennifer's brain about why this happened and what other options are available for clients like myself who simply have a difficult time holding the pigment.  It all basically comes down to oiliness.  While i have combination skin, i wear glasses and tend to build a ton of oil in my T zone! I have no doubt that this played a major role in this process.  You see, the first week, it is imperative that you keep the brows dry at all times (yes, showering is an interesting task, particularly in scuba glasses... don't judge!).  However, thinking back to the time of year that i had my first and second session (late July and late August), the humidity levels were super high and it was quite challenging to keep the oils away.  Parting ways with my glasses was obviously not an option but at the time, i didn't realize that this may be impacting my microblading results.  If you're extremely oily, note that microblading may not be your best option.  But fret not, you have another option that will work best for your skin type! Powder Brows or Permanent Makeup may be best suited for you (Jennifer also provides this service).

Getting back to my situations with my glasses, i asked her what i could do in the meantime to ensure that i have better success with the results. Obviously the weather is much cooler so i have that in my favor (phew), but i still struggle with the oil built up throughout the day.  SHE GAVE ME A WONDERFUL TIP THAT I SERIOUSLY NEVER THOUGHT OF AND IT'S KIND OF BRILLIANT!!!! Use blotting paper to blot the eyebrows a couple of times a day!!!  What?!  So doable and kind of genius!  Why didn't i think of this before!  She likes to use the NYX blotting sheets (super affordable option) and I've been a fan of the Tacha blotting sheets for quite some time and will surely put them to good use.

For my second session, Jennifer combined microblading with powder brows.  I will say that this session resulted in my favorite overall shape!  They're slightly thinner than previous sessions which may work best for me in terms of longevity and the shape is perfection!  I am going to take every precaution (hello blotting sheets and scuba goggles) during the first week to ensure the best possible results.  I will update this post in about a month with a final photo detailing what my brows look like once the healing process is complete.

Before and after my second touch up!

Would i do this again knowing that i might need extra touch ups?  Absolutely!  Regardless of the slight fading in certain spots which the third touch-up should easily take care of, it's SO NICE to not have to fill in my brows everyday!  I mean, brows are time consuming and really, 'ain't nobody got time' amiright?! If you are in New Jersey, please consider Jennifer at Dr. Wise's office for your microblading needs.  She is truly a perfectionist and i am so pleased to have found her.  The office staff is incredibly courteous, the microblading room is nice and relaxing (think comfy bed, soft music in the background, etc.), and Jennifer is a gem!  She is so patient, answered all of my questions without making me feel rushed and truly reassured me that all would be OK and that she would touch up my brows until they felt right.  I highly, highly recommend this place!

Obsessed with my brows!

I will update this post to reflect the results of my touch-up in a few weeks!  Until then, be sure to check out part 1 of my microblading post if you are considering microblading or powder brows! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*This service was complimentary however all opinions are my own based on my own experience.


Favorite Holiday Beauty Gift Sets!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year! You know... that time when beauty brands release gorgeous holiday gift sets that make it oh so difficult to resist not only buying for your bestie but picking a few out for yourself because treat yo' self!  However, narrowing down your choices among the massive sea of options can be quite difficult so I'm here to share a few that I'm currently loving!

Laura Geller always wows in the gift set department!  From the swoon worthy baked gelato highlighters to the gilded honey illuminating body mist, there is always something special for everyone to enjoy! These sweet little gift sets will WOW the beauty lover in your life and best part?  They won't break the bank!  The Illuminating body mist is truly special... it has a beautiful light shimmer and smells delicious!  The highlighters are dreamy and i LOVE the budge free eye liners!  Don't miss out on these gorgeous sets!

Charlotte Tilbury is easily my favorite luxury beauty brand!  You guys... the Party Girl Kit is DREAMY!  It features some of my absolute favorites from the brand including the Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk (my go-to nude liner because i personally consider this the most beautiful lip liner ever)!  This kit is also a super fun way to try products from the collection like the mascara and liners!  It's seriously hard not to fall madly in love with CT because every single product is impeccably packages and applies like a dream!  Oh and you'll want to snatch this quick because it already sold out at Sephora and Charlotte Tilbury but i found it here!

 The Charlotte Tilbury love doesn't end with the Party Girl Kit!  The Luxury Palette of Pops (Starlight) eyeshadow palette is holiday perfection!  It features a gorgeous medley of shimmers to create a plethora of swoon worthy looks. I'm also living for the CT Superstar Lips!  They're so creamy and pigmented.  I'm especially loving the shade Pillow Talk!

Tarte went tropical for their holiday sets and I'm totally digging it!  I mean, who doesn't want a gold pineapple shaped lash curler packaged with the most amazing Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara amiright?!   For the girl who loves to create the perfect cat eye, gift her Tarte's Dream Team Liner Trio because the brush is so precise that it's almost fool proof!  If you're a fan of Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes you will be over-the-moon for the Flushed and Fabulous Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set!  Besides being beautifully pigmented and long wearing, the packaging is next level gorgeous! The Lip Sculptor is one of my favorite Tarte lippies and this Flawless Foursome Lip Sculptor set features the prettiest (universally flattering) nudes!  The packaging makes these beauties even more appealing!

You have heard me brag about how i rebuilt my lashes using Grande Lash serum in this post... well check out this amazing value!  This Grande Lash MD holiday gift is a six month supply!  What?!  Yes, please!  I mean... what better gift than long, luscious lashes!

I started using two of the three Dr. Hauschka products in this gift set and have fallen madly in love!  The toner and rose day cream and two products i seriously look forward to applying everyday!  This is an incredible value for the price point of only $35!  If you don't gift this to a friend, do your skin a favor and pick it up for yourself!  I have no doubt that you will love these products as much as i do!  I also love the packaging!

It was definitely difficult narrowing down favorite gift sets but these are at the top of my list! I hope this helps you check off a few people off of your list! Happy shopping and thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*some products were sent for consideration and others purchased by me. All opinions are my own. 


Black Friday/Cyber Week Deals and Coupon Codes!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

This is easily my favorite four day weekend of the entire YEAR! Thanksgiving is such a special time to not only reflect on all the wonderful blessings in our lives but to make beautiful memories with the family.  Every year is filled with time spent in the kitchen (a task i truly enjoy), decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving and of course SHOPPING!  I have never been one to step foot in a store on Black Friday because i don't do well with crowds but seriously, the online deals are just as good!  Besides, there is nothing better than fixing myself a nice hot cup of coffee, turning on the fireplace and shopping online in the comfort of my oh so cozy pajamas  I've rounded off some amazing deals happening right now and will be sure to continue to update this post as new deals come in!  I am on a mission to finish my holiday shopping this weekend!  How about you?

Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off everything + free shipping

Aerie - 40% off Aerie collection plus free shipping

Amazon - $5 off book purchase of $20 or more with code NOVBOOK18 plus TONS of doorbuster sales.

American Eagle: 40% off everything + free shipping

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything. Use code BLACKFRIDAY.

Anthropologie:  30% off everything! No code necessary!

ASOS - 25% off with code EPIC25

Banana Republic: 50% off regular-priced items. Extra 10% off when you use your Gap Inc card. Use code BRCARD.

Bed, Bath, & Beyond: Steals & deals throughout the site.

Bloomingdale’s: Take $25 off every $200 you spend (on items labeled Take $25 off)

Bobbi Brown: 25% off your order + a full-size gift. Use code BFGIFT.

CB2: 15% off full-price items. Use code SAVE15.

Charlotte Tilbury - Up to 50% off select products.

Crate and Barrel: 20% off

Express: 50% off everything + free shipping.

Forever 21: 20% off your purchase of $100+. Use code SAVE20. Use code SAVE50 to save $50 off sale items.

Gap: 50% off everything + an extra 10% off with code
H&M: Extra 25% off sale items. Use code 3236.
IT Cosmetics: 20% off sitewide with code ITFRIDAY
J. Crew: (Black Friday) 50% off your entire purchase!  Use code TGIF!

40% off your purchase. Use code TOGETHER.
J. Crew Factory: 40-50% off site wide.
Kate Spade: 30% off everything. Use code GIVECHEER.
Kendra Scott: 20% off all purchases, 25% off $100+, or 30% off $200+.
Loft: 50% off your purchase. Use code THANKS.
Macy's - 25% off select doorbuster items with code BLKFRI and $10 off $25 or more with code BLKFRI25
Madewell: 25% off your purchase. Use code DEALWITHT.

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off sale items

Old Navy: 50% off entire purchase.

PB Teen: 20-75% off 1000s of items.

Pottery Barn: 25% Site wide plus free shipping! Use code THANKFUL.

QVC - Check out this AMAZING deal on my favorite Too Faced Mascara, primer and setting spray! Perfect holiday gift!

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off orders of $100+. Use code THX25.

Sephora:  Up to 50% off.

SheIn: $5 off $59+ with code BDC5, $10 off $89+ with code BDC10, or $30 off $169+ with code BDC30.

Shopbop: 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, or 25% off $800+. Use code MORE18.

Target: New deals continuously being added.

Tarte: 25% off new arrivals. Use code VIP25.

Too Faced: 30% off site wide. Use code PINK30.

Tory Burch: 30% off $250+. Use code THANKS.

ULTA:  Tons of beauty buster deals!

Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off.

Victoria's Secret - Free Ship $50 + $50 off $250

West Elm: 15% off $100+, 20% off $500, or 25% off $1,000+. Use code SAVEMORE.

Williams Sonoma: 20% off your order + free fast shipping. Use code THANKS.

World Market: Save up to 40% on all furniture. Use code FURNDEAL.

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


And more amazing deals!