Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lorac PRO Matte Palette

Sometimes, you don't need a fancy shmancy palette with a million shades to get a gorgeous look.  In fact, I've found over the years that some of my smaller palettes are my most reached for!  Give me a good matte palette and I'm a happy camper!  When i first laid my eyes on the Lorac PRO Matte Palette i fell instantly in love with the gorgeous array of matte nudes!  The possibilities were endless and i couldn't wait to bring it home to play!  The shadows are very rich and pigmented creating a flawless finish.  There is a bit of fall out with this palette but nothing that would ever keep me from using it.  I've gotten so many compliments on my eye makeup when wearing this palette and for good reason... the colors are beautiful and i would imagine work well on most skin tones.  You can keep it real light and simple or go a bit more dramatic with this palette.  It's small enough that it is portable in case you're looking for a great 'travel friendly' option... but not so small that it feels like a deluxe sample of sorts!  I'm so glad i purchased this because it's a serious 'go-to' for me.  I haven't even put it away since i got it a couple of months ago... it sits pretty on my vanity ready to be loved every single day! In fact, i've already hit pan on a couple of colors! It's budget friendly too... at $28 i find it a great option for a high end palette! Honestly, you need this in your life... trust me!

You can purchase the Lorac PRO Matte Palette here.  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla


Monday, October 5, 2015

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation, Under(cover) Primer and Face III Brush

During Sephora's recent 4X's the points for VIB Rouge members, I'll admit i might have splurged a bit! OK a lot! Thing is, I've been hearing so many wonderful things about Marc Jacobs new Re(marc)able foundation that i simply couldn't resist! Also, when i attended the Sephora event in person, the Marc Jacobs rep gave me a sample of Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Primer swearing it was the best thing ever (she totally had me at coconut) so after trying it out at home, i immediately added it to my virtual shopping cart!  Lastly i couldn't resist the Face III Buffing Foundation Brush! This was my first Marc Jacobs brush and thus far, it was worth every penny.

We'll start with the Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer.  This skin-smoothing, makeup extending primer is infused with five types of coconut... who knew there were even that many! Its nutrient rich formula leaves my skin so smooth and almost feels like a moisturizer upon application. It's not heavy but leaves your canvas feeling hydrated, nourished and well prepped for makeup while allowing the skin to breathe. It's formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.  It has a deliciously light coconut scent and definitely helps my makeup stay put all day long!  Yes it's a splurge!  Do you need it?  That depends, if it fits your budget then I'd say yes!  However, if you're on a strict budget, there are other wonderful and less expensive option that will work really well too! My suggestion is, the next time you're at Sephora, ask for a sample.  That way you can experience it for yourself... even if it's not in your price range, you can still enjoy a couple of uses for free!

The Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate was pretty much everything and a bag of chips for me!  I don't usually branch out of the IT Cosmetics complexion stuff too much because you know i love my IT products, but this was a must try for me.  Wow, wow wow wow! This foundation applies seamlessly and gives my skin porcelain doll like texture! It doesn't emphasize my pores and absorbs into the skin quickly. While i can't speak for the 24 hour claims because who the heck sleeps in their foundation?! Not I... but i can attest to the fact that it does last all day! I'm head over heels with how gorgeous it applies and how light it feels.  I feel as though I've got nothing on my skin.  I recently reviewed the MUFE Ultra HD Foundation Stick and while i like it a lot, this is even better!  If i had to pick between the two, MJ would win out big time! Again, it's a splurge so my suggestion is to go to Sephora, get color matched and get a sample to see how it wears on your skin.  Foundation is such a personal thing... just because i loved it certainly doesn't mean your skin will too right?  But definitely try it... you have to!

When i saw the MJ Face III Buffing Foundation Brush i was so so tempted.  I must have added it to my cart a dozen times before going ahead and purchasing it. After all, it costs as much as the dang foundation!  But i really wanted to try it!  I love applying my foundation with a beautyblender but was hoping this beauty would change my mind.... and oh did it!  Wow, a few swipes of foundation will instantly absorb into the skin by swirling this brush all over your face.  The densely packed bristles make application flawless!  Move over beautyblender, the Marc Jacobs Face III Buffing Foundation Brush is my new foundation bff!  For real!

Have you tried any of these Marc Jacobs products?  What did you think?

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


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jane Iredale Play On Lip Crayon

If you're searching for a soft, creamy and super pigmented lip crayon, look no further than Jane Iredale's Play On Lip Crayon!  These beauties glide on like butter and contain high concentrations of moisturizing oils that leave your lips conditioned and soft!  This is music to my ears... particularly as the weather cools down for the winter months! The color selection is stunning ranging from beautiful nudes to deep berry plums! I'm absolutely smitten by these lip crayons and am certain you will be too!  Just one swipe and you too will fall madly in love... promise!

I know you're itching to get your hands on these beauties right? You can purchase them here or here! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jord Watches - Cora Maple and Lavender

You've heard me say this a thousand times but i believe that accessories are everything!  They can take a blah outfit to vavavavoom in a matter of seconds! Some accessories are a bit more timeless than others and those are certainly the ones worth investing in.  Think... a great watch can last a life time and accessorize any outfit while adding a major convenience factor.  I just love a gorgeous multi-tasking accessory don't you?  Jord Watches have created a major interest piece with their super gorge wood watches!  Yes, you read correctly... wood watches!  Let me just say that the quality is impeccable and they certainly do not lack in the style department either!  Check out my Cora Maple and Lavender stunner! Seriously, i fell instantly in love the second my eyes met this beauty.  Jord Watches packages their watches with such care.  They wear super comfortably and are most definitely a timeless statement piece. I chose this fun option because i love the way the lavender face of the watch stands out in such a girlie sort of way.  Besides, it looks amazing with the maple wristband!  Such a hot combo!  I also adore the Koa and Rose Gold option!  The possibilities are endless with Jord Watches!  When you find your perfect match, be sure to check out some amazing options for the special guy in your life!  A Jord Watch makes the perfect gift!  The watches are so unique and timeless so you'll get major wear out of them!

Check out Jord Watches full line of beautiful watches!  You'll love the amazing selection and style!

Unique Watches

Monday, September 28, 2015

Glow All Year Long With Sisley!

When it comes to skincare and makeup, Sisley is the ultimate in luxury!  Their facial masks have been my go-to for years and for good reason... they work!  My latest obsession however, is their gorgeous make-up line!  From the wonderful array of colors to the impeccable packaging, you simply won't want a chance to try some of these beauties!  While strobing is a major thing right now, i will never, ever stop wearing my beloved bronzer! It just adds such a wonderfully soft sun-kissed look! And lets face it, while I'm embracing the crisp Fall weather, i most certainly don't want to lose my Summer glow!  Sisley Phyto Touche Illusion D'Ete Bronzing Gel Powder is seriously my new BFF! This bronzer is like no other in that it's designed to create a sun-kissed complexion to pale skin tones while illuminating tanned skin.  It wears so naturally and makes my skin look so radiant!  You will not have to worry about over applying with this beauty.  It's so natural and perfect!  The micronized pigments ensure optimum color for a natural result. It's enriched with extracts of Gardenia, Mallow and Linden Blossom for softness and comfort.  It's suitable for all skin types.

Meet my latest crush!  The Sisley Phyto Eye Twist is so easy to use and looks spectacular with a few simple swipes across my lids!  I'm completely obsessed with #2 Bronze as it perfectly compliments my brown eyes!  This multi-tasking beauty will be your eye shadow + pencil + eyeliner! If you know me, you know i love a great multi-tasking product and this is certainly one of them!  Simply swipe this crayon on your eye lids and blend.  It blends seamlessly... and once it sets, you can rest assured this beauty will stay put all day long! One thing i love is that it's formulated with plant-based active ingredients (Green Tea, White Lily, Camellia) to protect the delicate skin of the eyelids.

The Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in Nude has been a major go-to for me!  It's incredibly easy to wear and so comfortable!  I love that it's a gorgeous nude with a tad of shimmer for a bit of interest!  These tinted lip balms are pigmented like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss. One swipe and your lips will feel incredibly moisturized, plumped and gorgeous!

While we are bracing for cooler weather, SPF should be a year round thing!  Sisley Super Stick Solaire Sun Sensitive Areas Broad Spectrum Tinted Sunscreen is always in my make-up pouch! This beauty keeps my face protected from the sun's harmful rays with it's broad spectrum SPF30.  It moisturizes and nourishes the skin while protecting it... bonus? It's water resistant (80 minutes)! I love that it's tinted because some days, i just apply this with minimal make-up and I'm good to go! A major plus for me is the ease of application.  This super stick is convenient and super travel friendly!

Have you checked out Sisley's gorgeous line of make-up and skincare? Head to your local Neiman Marcus for these amazing products and more!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

(press samples - all opinions are my own based on my experience with these products)

Friday, September 25, 2015

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 2 The Romantics!

When i first laid eyes on the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 2 The Romantics palette, i fell instantly in love with the beautiful array of soft hues.  As a major fan of the first palette, i knew i had to get my hands on this beauty.  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint (but really, when does IT ever disappoint?!)  This palette features 14 gorgeous matte shades plus a transforming pearl shade which uniquely transforms every matte shade into a new pearlized color with a simple swipe of a brush! Genius!  So in actuality you're getting 29 color options!  That's major value right there!

One of the things that sets IT Cosmetics apart from the rest is that they not only create products that are beautiful, but they use the latest technology to work with the skin's texture and infuse special anti-aging ingredients to everything they make! The shadows in this palette were formulated to instantly diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on the eyes and lids.  Additionally, they're infused with hydrolyzed collagen, acai, green tea and Vitamins A, C & E and free of all the ingredients that make eyes appear older such as talc. The possibilities are endless with the beautiful selection of hues!

Limited edition shades:
  • Peaceful – soft matte taupe
  • Hope – matte vanilla peach
  • Sweetness – matte champagne pink
  • Enchanting – matte dusty lilac
  • Devotion – matte smoky plum
  • Fate – matte muted marsala
  • Embrace – matte rose taupe
  • Mystery – matte deep charcoal
  • Adore – matte nude peach
  • Tranquility – matte soft mint
  • Desire – matte rose peach
  • Romance – matte rose pink
  • Trust – matte smoky slate
  • Poetic – matte dusty gray
  • Transforming Pearl

I've been reaching for this palette so much!  It's so easy to use and i find that the colors look great 
against my skin.  I love to use them wet or dry.  The dark hues are great to line the lower lash line in addition to creating a wonderfully smokey eye look.  The shadows are cross between buttery and velvety.  They're incredibly pigmented so just a tad on your brush will go a long way!  The Naturally Pretty Romantics palette is an absolute must have in your makeup repertoire! 

Pssst if you're looking for an amazing lipstick that lasts, hydrates is super pigmented and feels wonderful on your lips, toss a few of IT Cosmetics Blurred Lines lippies in your virtual shopping cart! Seriously, the color selection is gorgeous and i have yet to put down the 'Perfect Nude' because it really is the perfect nude!

You can purchase this palette and lippies via IT Cosmetics' gorgeous website! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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