Monday, September 22, 2014

Bluemercury and People Style Watch Event Plus a Visit to Benefit and Birchbox Stores!

As bluemercury celebrates 15 beauty-filled years, People Style Watch Magazine invited me to attend the grand opening of their West Village (NYC) store.  I decided to plan a whole day in the city and hit up some places that I've been wanting to go to.  I took my friend Nicole along for the ride because, hey, it's always more fun with a friend right? We were promptly greeted upon our arrival to bluemercury by PSW editors.  We chatted a little bit about the store and then i proceeded to shop. This store is truly a beauty lover's dream!  From the oversized candles to walls and walls of skincare, hair care and makeup, i was quickly overwhelmed (in a good way) by the amazing selection. Nicole and i picked out a few things.  Sadly, a few of the items i wanted were already sold out so i ended up walking away with a Bobbi Brown Nudes Palette that I'm absolutely in love with!  I'll definitely do a full review with swatches because this is one palette that is worth every penny.  I had so much fun swatching and playing with products!  Bluemercury carries NARS which I'm obsessed with, as well as my favorite Molton Brown body wash!  I could have shopped there all day!  The swag bag was amazing too!  I've had so much fun testing out some new products!  Thank you so much PSW and bluemercury for the invite.  I had a wonderful time!

Nicole and I on our way to NYC

After leaving the store, we took a cab to the Birchbox store which I'd been dying to go to.  However, just before arriving (the block before to be exact) we spotted the Benefit store!  We promptly asked the cab driver to pull over and leave us there.  The store is tiny but soooo dreamy!  Seriously, it looks like every girls' dream boudoir! There were shelves upon shelves of every Benefit product you could think of.  One thing i fell madly in love with was their hand held mirrors!  OMG they were the cutest, pink mirrors with the Benefit logo in the back.  I was so sad to learn that they were not for sale! They should seriously consider selling it because i bet they'd do so well!  I picked up something delicious that i will share with you soon (get a sneak peek here) and then proceeded to the Birchbox store. 

OK, so the Birchbox store is everything i imagined it to be and more!  The store window greets you with a lovely 'open for beautiful' display.  Once inside, you'll find a couple of walls filled with their best selling products! A few steps further, was a full wall display of products categorized by product type (not brand).  Just opposite of that was the 'try bar' where you can essentially try all the products on the table!  So fun right?  At the very back of the store was my favorite part... the BYOB (build your own box) section!  I used my Birchbox points towards this box which is actually $15 versus the usual $10 that it costs for the monthly delivery.  However, the product sized are bigger so no complaints from me! My box included a gorgeous nude Ruffian polish, Amika hair care, Dr. Brandt No More Pores, Stila lip gloss and a delicious perfume. It was exciting to pick out the products myself!  Oh and you also get a choice of boxes... i opted for the pink!  Downstairs was fun too! They had a section with really fun merchandise as well as their men's products and hair care.  Also, this is where they do all kinds of fun manicures and hair styling!  I'll definitely have to do that at some point in the future!  Overall this store was such a fun experience.  I can't wait to visit again!

So the cupcakes were not quite in tact when they arrived home... but they my girls didn't seem to mind!  

After that, we walked around and did a little more shopping.  We stopped at Georgetown cupcakes to pick up some treats for my girls.  Sadly, it began to pour and my bag fell apart in the middle of the street.  The cupcakes were a mess by the time i got home... but the girls didn't seem to mind! Apparently they were still delicious... after all, that's what's important right?  Such a great day in NYC!  

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

KISS Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter Kit GIVEAWAY!


Congratulations to Monica D. - the winner of the Julep Nail Polish Giveaway!

I'm so grateful to each and everyone of you who take the time to visit my blog, leave comments, follow me on social media, etc! I simply want to thank you all by hosting as many giveaways as i can because if i could, I'd make each and every single one of you a winner!  Since that's sort of impossible, I'm going to host back to back giveaways in hopes of spreading as much love as i possibly could!  Does this sound good?

This week's giveaway features a KISS Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter Kit!  You'll have a blast creating gorgeous nail art with all the awesome things included in this kit! This giveaway is open internationally!  So anyone can enter!  Simply use the Rafflecopter widget to enter!  There are two mandatory entries, the rest are optional but will give you extra changes to win.  Thank you all who enter and GOOD LUCK!
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Two Steps to Clean Skin!

Two Steps to Clean Skin!

I'm pretty certain  that i have found the perfect combination when it comes to perfecting the art of cleansing skin!  Introducing Daily Concepts' Facial Micro Scrubber!  This facial Micro Scrubber is the perfect shower companion as it provides gentle exfoliation and helps create a rich lather with your favorite cleanser!  (We'll chat about my current fave in a few).  Unlike any other face or body scrubber on the market, the label indicator, which fades when it's time to replace your bath accessory (approximately 90 days) makes this beauty so unique. This well designed line also has a natural cotton-based layer with nylon exfoliating loops for ideal texture and a built-in antimicrobial that inhibits the grow of mildew, mold and bacteria in the sponge.  Additionally, this innovative facial scrubber has an easy-to-use hook and biodegradable packaging!  Genius right?

So a while back, while visiting my local Sephora, i chatted with a skincare specialist who guided me towards First Aid Beauty's skincare line.  He highly suggested i try the facial cleanser.  I opted to take home a sample to try first, just to see how my skin reacted before making the commitment.  Well, it was love at first wash because my skin felt refreshed and very clean!  I quickly headed back to Sephora to pick up the full size and deluxe travel size (for traveling purposes of course).  I'm absolutely loving the way my skin feels after each wash.  The only con for me, personally, is the smell.  It's not exactly pleasant... but it's tolerable and certainly worth dealing with since i love the way it makes my skin feel.  After all, that is its main purpose right?

So you see, when i pair these two beauties together, i know that I'm treating my skin right!  It feels clean and prepped for my skincare!  The best part, these products are relatively affordable! The sponge is only $8 and the cleanser is only $20 (and it will last you quite a while as a little goes a long way)!

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Glossybox - Harper's Bazaar Box

You guys!  I have the BEST news! This month's GLOSSYBOX is a collaboration with Harper's Bazaar!  Editors carefully selected some of their best products to be delivered right to your doorstep with your GLOSSYBOX subscription! I got an early sneak peek at the entire box and it's out of this world amazing!  If you haven't subscribed yet, I'd suggest hopping right to it to get in on the action! Here's what's included!

Vichy Liftactiv Nuit

Optimize skin's natural nighttime repair mechanisms with this evening moisturizer, which stars anti-aging plant sugar extract, rhamnose, and continuous-release vitamin C. Promising to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and boost skin's firmness, this cream also offers 24 hours of hydration and improved skin tone.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics 
Lip Tar: Metallic in Authentic 

Infused with state of the art high-resolution metallic pigments, the unparalleled opacity of Lip Tar now has an intense shimmer finish. The frosted bronze copper shade is perfect for when you need a little sparkle!

Madison Ave-Hue

Both playful and chic, Madison Ave-Hue is a perfectly posh pink for day or night.

Bemefit Cosmetics
They're Real! Mascara

They're Real! Mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates lashes like no other. The jet-black, long wearing formula won't smudge or dry out. Plus, a specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Conditioner

Boasting a rich formula that contains extracts of rice and cotton, this gentle cream conditioner leaves hair lightly scented with BVLGARI's caling Eau Parfumee au the blanc fragrance.

** There are two versions of this box and a couple of the products may vary! 

BTW, want to sweeten the deal?  Use code FLAWLESS for a FREE Boscia BB Cream ($38 value) - side note... i ADORE this bb cream!  

HAPPY SHOPPING AND HAPPY FRIDAY! Thank you SO MUCH for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Get The Look - Jennifer Aniston

Get The Look - Jennifer Aniston
I've loved Jennifer Aniston's style for years!  Her fashion choices are always on point yet look so effortless.  I've always admired that about her.  I often feel as though it takes me forever to come up with 'the perfect outfit' yet Jennifer can put on a pair of jeans, white t-shirt, throw on a scarf and look like a million bucks!  I'm so inspired by her and thought I'd share a few options for replicating Aniston's signature classic with a twist style!

You'll need a great pair of jeans.  These are a perfect option!  If you're looking to dress things  up a bit (Jennifer Aniston style) , you may want to opt for a great pair of slacks.  I'm obsessed with ankle booties.  How cute are these?!  You'll want to pair your choice of jeans or slacks with the perfect white blouse!  To complete the look, add a fun leather jacket to the mix!

I believe accessories are everything!  Jennifer keeps it simple yet always makes the perfect statement with her gorgeous array of scarves.  I'm loving these right now!  A great pair of sunnies is so important so be sure to invest in a pair that frames your face perfectly.  I'm loving these!  Lastly, a great clutch is perfect for a fun night out!  Check out these options!

Well, there you have it!  These pieces will have you ready for a great day of shopping or night out with friends!

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fekkai Hair Fragrance

Fekkai Hair Fragrance
Back in July, during my trip to LA, i picked up Frekkai's Hair Fragrance!  For years i wondered why no one had ever come up with a hair fragrance before!  I mean, i find that on some days, it's just necessary! So you see, when i saw this beauty at Namie's (the most awesome beauty store ever), i knew i had to have it!  Fekkai's Creme Vanillee leaves my hair smelling delicious while adding shine to the mix (major bonus)!  A few spritzes go a long way.  It's great for freshening your hair after the gym, or for second day hair!  While there are two fragrance options, i opted for the Creme Vanillee because it's soft and not over powering.  My only suggestion here?  Fekkai should consider making travel size options because let's face it, this baby would be great for freshening up throughout the day and i certainly don't want to shlep a huge bottle with me!

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dirty Hair Don't Care!

Dirty Hair Don't Care!
Dry shampoo is perhaps one of the best hair inventions in a long time! How genius that you can now apply a product on your hair that leaves you looking as though you just stepped out of the salon!  Until now, i preferred powder formulas simply because i didn't love the way the aerosole versions made my hair feel... until i met Batiste Dry Shampoo.  This beauty was a game changer for me!  No more messy powders here... a few sprays and my hair looks refreshed and full of body.  Honestly, you don't have to have dirty hair to take full advantage of this product.  You see, my hair is quite thick, however, the roots at times get somewhat limp.  When i spray Batiste Dry Shampoo on the root area, it immediately gives my hair texture and body.  I'm not gonna lie, i'm a total sucker for Batiste's cute packaging.  Their bottles come in all kinds of prints and corresponding scents.  As a jersey girl, i had to represent with the leopard print (chuckle) but i have tried and loved others as well.  I also love that these beauties come in sample sizes.  In fact, that's how i came to love this product.  I found it at Ulta in a travel size and decided to try it.  Had i not done that, i never would have purchased the full size bottle!  Sometimes it's nice to not have to make the full investment until you decide if it's perfect for you.  I love that!  Overall, i'm so pleased and am officially a fan of Batiste's Dry Shampoo!  My hair is very excited!

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