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Amazon Fashion & Beauty Favorites!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


You guys... Amazon is on FIRE!  Seriously, i have been scoring some SUPER CUTE stuff which got me thinking, i need to share this with my BFFs (you)! I love being a prime member so much and take full advantage of this membership because as a busy, full-time working mommy, it's hard to find time to hit the stores sometimes and i have no doubt you can relate!  I've shared a few of my Amazon finds on insta-stories and many of you loved them and suggested i write a post.  So without further ado, here it is!  Also note i do not work with Amazon and am not being sponsored by this post.  I will always state if a post is sponsored.

Beauty

Since purchasing this game changing tool, i have bid farewell to bad hair days! In fact, i purchased it out of sheer curiosity feeling almost certain that i would be returning it.  I was BLOWN AWAY pun intended!  I cannot believe how freaking genius this thing is! I always had the hardest time blow drying the back of my hair because holding a dryer and brush at the same time is rough.  So basically, i wound up with semi straight hair in the front and wavy/frizzy hair in the back.  This product seals in the cuticle so beautifully that it literally gives you a salon blow out that lasts for days.  I have basically bought one for my mom because i know how much she struggles with her hair and have told ALL MY FRIENDS about it!  Many of them have purchased and the texts reading 'best $54 i've ever spent' have been countless at this point!  The hype is real people!  You can also purchase it here and here.

My mini beauty fridge has been a beauty game changer for me!  My husband gifted me one for my birthday and i can honestly say that i look forward to my skincare routine more than ever, particularly in the morning! I keep my eye cream and a few moisturizers in there along with this Jade Roller (also an amazon find) and i LOVE how it helps to depuff the bags under my eyes every morning.  There's no better feeling than those few minutes i take to massage my eye cream and moisturizer into my skin with my cooled Jade Roller in the morning.  It literally minimized any swelling or puffing of the skin and feels like a mini facial!  So good!  Also, i love placing sheet masks in my beauty fridge.  Feels so good to apply them when they're nice and cool!

As mentioned above, this is one of those gadgets that i simply wouldn't ever want to be without!  It will leave your skin feeling plump, helps to work your skincare into the skin and just feels amazing.  I gave one to my mom for Christmas and she raves about it! It's super affordable and well worth it!

This is perhaps one of my absolute FAVORITE brands of nail polish!  I apply every sunday night and lasts all week!  I'm currently wearing the shade 'Got Myself Into a Jam-Balaya' and it's Spring perfection!

This hand lotion and cuticle cream is ALWAYS on my nightstand because it not only keeps my hands super hydrated but it smells uhhhhmazing! I love falling asleep to the delicious smell of lemon and sage... it's so therapeutic and relaxing.  It's also my daughter Mia's favorite... every night she sneaks into my room and asks to use it.  How could i resist!  I also bought the body lotion version and it's delicious!

On that note i have to say that Bliss sent over this mask for me to try and OH EM GEEEE it's sooooo good!!! I've used it every single week for the past couple of months and my skin is obsessed with it and for $15, you'll get a ton of uses without breaking the bank!

This is HANDS DOWN my favorite lip mask ever!  I keep one on my nightstand and one in my makeup pouch!  Everyone in my house (hubs included) love it so much.  Swipe this on your lips at night and you'll wake up with super soft, smooth lips!

Fashion

When i shared this bag on insta-stories, you guys went CRAZY for it and for good reason!  For under $33, this bag looks like it cost well over 1k and is quite functional!  I have been wearing it every day and get a ton of compliments on it.  The quality is excellent and the hardware is sturdy and luxurious.  I also love the accordion  style because it allows me to separate items by category.  For instance, i have my wallet and keys in one compartment, My lippies, mirror and gum in another and so on. I also love that it's crossbody because it allows me the freedom to be hands-free which i love for an everyday bag!  

Speaking of bags, omg Amazon has some seriously gorgeous options and i am beginning to think i may have a problem restraining myself from buying them all!  I recently bought this one because it looks like the way more expensive version at a fraction of the cost.  It's such a fun bag for Spring and Summer and to be quite honest, this is not the type of bag that i would invest a ton of money into!  Amazon really came through for me here!  So i actually bought the full price version (though i just noticed it's currently majorly discounted and clearly i paid TOO MUCH for it) of this bag and came across a look-alike here for a fraction of what i paid.  Granted, i haven't seen it in the exact color of the one i own but there are certainly some really cute options here! Also, if you love the high end version of this acrylic beauty, don't miss out on this Amazon steal!  

If you love straw and wicker bags for Spring and Summer, you'll love these!  First, i lived in this bag last year!  It's such a great bag for carrying your essentials during the warmer months.  Not to mention it's so on trend right now! I also just spotted this one and am ordering it because it's SO CUTE and i love the tassel detail! 

I love a good cardigan so when i spotted this one, i knew this Jersey girl needed it stat!  I've been really loving it paired with leggings and short booties.  It's such a great and super affordable transitional piece too! 

OK you are going to LOVE me for this.... calling all my UGG lovers (or fuzzy lined boot lovers in general)!  You know when you've worn your boots for months and the inner lining starts to become flat?  Well, pick up a set of these inserts and you'll feel like you own a brand new pair of UGG boots! It will only set you back $10 and when you slip your foot into them you'll instantly be transported into fuzzy boot heaven!  The coolest part is that you don't have to use them solely on your boots... simply put these in any shoe or sneaker that you want to feel cozy and warm!  Boom... you're welcome!

Hair clips are ALL THE RAGE right now!  Especially this style here!  Well, when i spotted this set of three on Amazon for a mere $2.39 i figured.... can't possibly be any good!  But for the price i decided that it wouldn't be a terrible loss if they weren't.  Well, wow, wow, WOW! These hair clips are not only gorgeous but they're actually quite luxurious and truly secure the hair!  They take about a week to arrive and they're insanely beautiful. I know a bunch of you already snagged a set when you saw mine on a recent makeup tutorial i did on insta-stories!  These are an absolute must-have right now and don't bother shopping them from anywhere else because for a couple of bucks, your hair will be riding in style all season long! 

This initial necklace looks so expensive and really it's only $15!  Every time i wear it, i get so many compliments!  It's a beautiful piece and makes such a statement... also makes a great, and super affordable gift! 

These slides will instantly elevate your Spring and Summer looks!  They come in a TON of colors!  I'm loving the pink and camel options but really, there's an option for every style and they're so so comfy! 

I'm obsessed with kimonos!  I mean, they're not only perfect beach cover ups but they pair beautifully over a dress or jeans and a tank top!  I have spent so much money on kimonos and recently discovered that Amazon has a ton of options! I even found an exact replica for my absolute favorite kimono in the whole wide word that i purchased from Zara for a ton of money in comparison to the Amazon version!  I love this one and this one so so much!

So i just placed a large order of dresses for summer!  I'm looking to pair cute, comfortable styles with cozy white sneakers or comfy slides for my upcoming trip to europe and think these options are fun without breaking the bank.  Please note that these have not arrived in the mail yet but i will report on them as soon as i get them.  I figured i'd link them here in case you're looking for something similar! I purchased this one in yellow and also in black because it looks perfect for sightseeing!  I also purchased this one and think it will look SO CUTE with some of the bags i chatted about!  I had this one in my shopping cart for quite some time and decided it was time.  My inner bohemian child is screaming with excitement and keeping all limbs crossed that it fits and looks good!  Also couldn't resist this gorgeous boho top!  Kind of wishing i had ordered this one because it's so beautiful! 

I have these slides and lived in them last year!  The only thing i'll say is size down at least half a size.  The rose gold is such a great neutral and literally pairs well with everything!  I'm ordering a new pair this year simply because mine are a bit big on me and i want them a bit more snug.  These are worth every penny... so so comfy and so so chic! 

I have these sunnies in four different colors!  I wore them so much last year!  I just ordered them in tortoise and LOVE THEM!  Uhhhh so so chic and under $10!  I also love these large round sunnies!  I know many of you loved them too when i've styled them for instagram also styled them here! 

Oh and if you're a Target lover (i mean, who isn't) then this mug is for you!  My sweet friend Nicole gifted me this for my birthday and i truly love it so much!  

OK so i have a ton more to share but i think that's quite enough for one post, no?  I'm thinking of putting a post together on useful gadgets or keto items that i frequently order from Amazon.  Would that interest you?  Either let me know in the comments or reach out on instagram!  I truly hope you find some gems in this post!  Let me know if anything sparked your interest!  

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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IT's All About You, IT Cosmetics TSV

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Hey IT Girls, IT's All About YouYour Customer Favorites Collection celebrates products that are truly life-changing for IT Girls everywhere! This Today’s Special Value is scheduled to debut on QVC Saturday, March 9, 2019 at midnight (ET) and will be offered for one day only! Lucky for you, this gorgeous set is currently available for PRESALE Snatch yours up now to ensure you have first dibs on this amazing deal!





This exclusive four-piece collection features a NEW! brow-transforming essential, a lip-loving favorite in a new shade (Honey), an illuminating complexion must-have in new shades—plus a perfectly paired brush! First, create the look of your fullest, most natural-looking brows with the NEW! Brow PowerFULL Universal Voluminzing Eyebrow Pencil. Use your included Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush No. 702 to flawlessly apply your Supersize CC+ Cream Illumination with SPF 50+, then apply your NEW SHADE! of Je Ne Sais Quoi all over your lips for your most beautiful finish.

Be sure to secure yours by taking advantage of the presale currently happening on QVC!  Enjoy!

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

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Makeup Fridge! Beauty Game Changer!

Monday, February 18, 2019



When i first spotted this pretty little makeup fridge i thought... wow, brilliant concept!  I mean, for years I've been tossing my eye creams and jade roller in my giant fridge next to the milk and eggs.  Seriously not at all glamourous but i simply love the depuffing action that my skin looks forward to every single morning! Have you ever applied an eye balm or moisturizer straight out of the fridge? Or a jade roller for that matter?  It's heaven... like a venti cup of the most palatable coffee for your skin! 


So this year, my sweet hubby gifted me this beauty for my birthday!  I nearly squealed with excitement when it arrived and quickly put it to the test!  Oh my LAWD it's uhhhhmazing and oh so cute!  It comes in a few colors but i opted for pink because it's so delicate and feminine!  I keep it on the nightstand of my guest room which i also use as an office/beauty room!  It's the perfect addition and since it's where i get ready every morning, i love that i can easily reach for my morning skincare just before applying my makeup.  This beauty keeps products just cold enough without overdoing it. It's quite gentle!  It comes with a removable shelf which is nice because there are certain products that will not fit if the shelf is in place so i sometimes remove it to suit them. It has a handle that makes it portable (pssst... you can even use it in your car to keep your drinks cool if you're on the road).  This beauty is quite the little multi-tasker and i for one am obsessed!  



Hubs purchased this one here but there are a ton of options out there!  I found some adorable ones for half the price! Either way, i think the overall concept is brilliant and i strongly recommend you snatch up one of these cuties.  Your skin will thank you for it!

Thank you so much for reading!  Xo, Carla 

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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.

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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. 

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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.


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