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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale - MY PICKS!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale - MY PICKS!

Yay Nordstrom sale!  I honestly get so excited for these because Nordstrom is the store i shop most frequently so naturally when there's a sale, i'm so there!  As i browsed the Half Yearly Sale, i noticed a few items on my wish list were finally marked down (happy dance!).  So here are some tips for shopping the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! 

First, make a list of items you need.  For instance, are you in the market for a new work tote?  Or perhaps you really want a great pair of neutral wedges?  Jotting down a few ideas of what you need makes it easier to narrow down the search options (believe me, it can get quite overwhelming!).  While a list makes it easier to stay focused, it's OK to steer a bit too.  I mean if you're searching for a great bag  like this one and you come across a great pair of earrings that you know you'd wear everyday and are marked down significantly... girl you get those earrings!  Truth be told, the best deals go fast so you certainly don't want to feel as though you missed out!  Besides, Nordstrom has amazing customer service and if you're not 100% happy with your purchase, they can easily accommodate your exchange or return. Oh and shipping is always free which is another reason i shop Nordstrom online quite often! 

I put together a few items i loved and thought you might too!  In fact, i already own the pretty cold shoulder ruffle sweater in black (purchased it full price... blah blah), but now that it's marked down, I'm picking it up in the light pink or maybe even gray!  I also own these earrings and am currently wearing them because they're extremely light, super comfortable and always look amazing so i needed to share that they're ON SALE!  

I also love the pom pom slides... seriously, I'm not sure that i can resist these!  I can see myself rocking these all summer long! I'm in love with this sweet coral dress... so perfect for sunset cocktails down the shore (HEY! A girl can dream)!  Picked out a beautiful wedge, gorgeous pink wallet and I'm loving this ultra feminine white top.  It's so perfect for my upcoming vacation to Aruba!  Eeek!

I hope you score some great deals and please share your finds!  I love checking out your hauls!  Tag me on social media or leave a comment down  below!  HAPPY SHOPPING! XOXO, Carla - FMM

Beauty Superstars

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



I like to change up my skincare every so often, but when i find products that truly work i need to share them with my beauty BFFs... you!  While you've heard me chat about a few of these already, they've been so good to me that i felt the need to include them in this post.  So let's chat about all the wonderful products that are rocking my skincare routine lately!


First, to say that i love sheet masks is an understatement!  Sure I've scared my hubby in kids on a few occasions while wearing said masks, but the benefits outweigh the negative so trust when i tell you, they'll get over it when they see just how glowy and plump your skin looks!  Refresh yourself from head to toe with Earth Therapeutics new K-Aesthetics Face Sheet Masks and Foot Masks!  Inspired by the K Beauty trend that has recently taken social media by storm (and for good reason!), Korean beauty focuses on fresh, ultra-youthful , glowing and hydrated skin.  Each foot and face mask is 100% biodegradable, non-irritating, free of parabens, sulfates and artificial colors and make in Korea. I'm loving the Organic Retinol Sheet Mask so much!  It's a Vitamin A derivative that stimulates cellular renewal for revitalized, rejuvenated skin.  My skin looks softer and tighter after using this mask.  It's currently on rotation as one I'm loving!  I've recently discovered foot 'sheet' masks and i can probably admit that I'm slightly addicted to these mess free beauties!  As we approach the Summer months, the soles of my feet take a major beating from wearing sandals.  I'm so happy to have finally found a way to keep them super smooth and healthy during this delicate phase.  Oh and the Organic Tea Tree Oil Soft Heels Gel Patches are like nothing I've ever tried.  They're a gel heel patch infused with an innovative healing blend of Tea Tree Oil, soothing Eucalyptus Oil and stimulating Peppermint Oil for an intensive therapy that moisturizes, softens and protects dry, cracked heels.  Ergonomically designed to fit over the heel, the patch forms an occlusive barrier to lock in moisture.  Love wearing these at night when the skin on my heels just won't budge!


OK what I'm about to tell you is so important so listen up!  The pillowcase you choose plays a major role in the appearance of your skin.  First, you must be sure that you're switching it out often enough! Second, choosing a silk pillowcase can ensure that your skincare stays on your skin and is not absorbed into the pillowcase!  I'm using and LOVING the slip pillowcase so much I've already purchased two more colors!  'This anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head pillowcase by slip for beauty sleep is like an eight-hour beauty treatment every night!  Crafted from pure silk inside and out as recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, hairdressers and beauty experts alike, this pillowcase elevates beauty sleep to a whole new level.  We spend a third of our lives in bed, so what you sleep on is important!  Silk fibers are significantly less absorbent than many other fibers, so they help keep your skin's moisture and expensive face and hair products where they belong - on your face and hair, not your pillow.  Ordinary pillow cases can cause hair to pull and tangle throughout the night, leading to bed head in the morning and potentially damaging hair.  Slipsilk can help reduce friction too, which also aids in reducing stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin.' On a personal note, this pillowcase feels incredibly luxurious and pampering.  It's so soft and absolutely delicious to sleep in!  Trust me when i tell you, once you purchase one... you'll want more!


I've lost count of the times I've mentioned Pixi's Glow Tonic on the blog!  Seriously, this product is a holy grail skincare of mine!  So naturally, when Pixi released their Glow Tonic To-Go Pads i felt as though Pixi knew i needed this! Did i ever tell you about a few years ago when i went on vacation (pre-travel sized Glow Tonic) and literally poured some of my Glow Tonic liquid into a tiny container so that i wouldn't have to go without it while away?  So obviously, the pads are way more travel-friendly and super convenient!  Oh and Pixi is currently hosting their friends and family sale so be sure to use code pixifriends17 to save 20% off your order through May 23rd! Take advantage!  Glow Tonic (in any form) will leave your skin cleansed, balanced and glowing!  Can't remember the last time i skipped it during my daily skincare routine... it's that good!


Another recently discovered holy grail skincare of mine is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines!  I actually emailed the brand and asked if this was a limited edition because if so, i would have to keep a major stockpile!  I can never, ever run out!  No worries, i think it's here to stay!  Phew! This revolutionary, anti-aging miracle concentrate was developed with plastic surgeons to deliver 10 powerful clinical results to your skin in as little as 10 days!  Infused with proprietary Drops of Light Optical Blurring Technology and skin-loving ingredients - including peptides, caviar extract (ooohhh la la my skin is so fancy) hydrolyzed collagen and algae, this weightless wonder serum visibly erases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the look of tone, texture, firmness, suppleness, and elasticity.  On a personal note, this serum feels like nothing I've ever applied to my skin.  Being in my 40's means paying extra close attention to the way product feels and reacts to my skin and this one had me fall hard from day one!  I'm on my 3rd bottle and swear by it!  If you've never tried this brand, do yourself a favor and check them out!  I have so many holy grail products from IT such as Bye Bye Under Eye, Bye Bye Pores, Bye Bye Lines... hmmmm i suppose their Bye Bye anything is the way to go! lol


The Foreo Luna Play Plus is my new favorite cleansing device!  In fact, i love that it's tiny and makes the perfect vacation buddy (Aruba, we're coming for you!) But seriously, this waterproof facial cleansing device channels T-Sonic pulsations through soft silicone touch-points for deep and gentle cleansing. 'The LUNA Play Plus' two-zone brush is suitable for all skin types. It offers a bigger brush head and longer bristles than the original Luna Play to cover a larger surface area with softer and more advanced cleansing power. The thicker touch-points deeply and precisely cleanse oilier skin, particularly on the T-zone, and the thinner touch-points gently channel pulsations, suitable for sensitive or dry skin.  Combining T-Sonic pulsations with a nonabrasive silicone brush, this compact yet powerful device gently removes dead skin cells, and lifts away 99.5 percent of dirt, oil, and makeup residue.  It enhances the absorption of skin care products to refine, brighten, and even out the complexion.  For 100 uses, the LUNA Play Plus allows you to experience gentle yet effective skin care, serving as the perfect introduction to FOREO's range of LUNA facial cleansing brushes.'  This feels like a soothing massage on my skin and really helps to wake up my skin!  I feel when used with a good cleanser, this device is efficient and a perfect addition to my skincare routine! Besides, how can you resist this cutie.... oh and it comes in a variety of fun colors!


Every so often, i need a good charcoal mask to truly cleanse my pores!  Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask has become my go-to these past couple of months!  With one single use, i noticed a major difference in the appearance of my pores!  Derma E is a brand I've been loving so much lately! They offer an amazing array of quality skincare products at a great value!  This mask is a dual action formula that purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then exfoliates away micro pollutants for purely glowing skin.  Follow with Derma E's day or night cream and you'll love the way your skin looks!


Last but certainly not least, i recently reviewed the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift and OH EM GEE do i love this beauty!  Honestly, i used to dread my evening skincare routine but now???? I LOVE IT! I look forward to using this before bed every night.  It is such a wonderfully pampering massage for my skin leaving it plump and revitalized!  The first anti-aging massage device with patented sound technology to target firmness for face, neck, decollete.  In just 3 minutes 27,000 micro-lifting massages, relax your features and target 15 signs of aging, to lift years off your face.  This relaxing, spa-like experience soothes skin and boosts absorption of your daily skincare products.  You can read my full review here.  Personally, i could never live without it... it's delicious!

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM
*This post contains press samples and products that i purchased myself.  All products in this post are tried and loved by me!

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IT's Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs!

Saturday, May 13, 2017


 IT Cosmetics IT's Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs 5 piece collection gives you the power to experience innovative, problem-solving products that give you life-changing results!  This Today's Special Value is scheduled to debut on QVC Saturday, May 13, 2017 at midnight.


Inside the collection:  This exclusive 5- pieces collection celebrates the two worlds that have been a the heart of IT Cosmetics since the beginning: Bye Bye!  Experience what IT's all about with one new game-changing innovation, one award-winning bestseller now available in new shades, two revolutionary skincare essentials, plus a must-have brush that does the work for you!  While Bye Bye Lines Serum deeply hydrates your skin and helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination instantly conceals and brightens your entire eye area.  For the look of airbrushing and a lit-from-within glow, you'll also find your new Bye Bye Pores Illumination, plus your best-selling Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush.  To end your day with IT, use Bye Bye Makeup, your 3 in 1 Makeup Cleansing Balm to remove all traces of makeup - and leave your skin hydrated, soft and supple!





Be sure to head to QVC on May 13th to snatch this one day only amazing deal!  From a personal perspective, the Bye Bye Under Eye was the product that started my love affair with IT Cosmetics. I've tried a ton of concealers but this is my holy grail... nothing compares! Also, I'm stoked about Bye Bye Pores Illumination... I've always been such a fan of the original.  Just the other day i was thinking about how wonderful it would be if there was a bit of illumination in this product and BAM... it shows up at my door step! It's like you know me IT friends!!!!  Also, Bye Bye Lines is one of my absolutely favorite skincare products right now.  It feels insanely good on my skin and i never go without it!  I have no doubt you'll love it too!  The cleansing balm is so innovative and works beautifully to remove makeup.  As for the brush, i mean.... who doesn't LOVE IT brushes!?! Aside from being super soft and functional, it's also beautiful!  This set is perfection!  Buy it here!

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

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


You guys!!!  I teamed up with some of my favorite beauty and fashion bloggers to giveaway some MAJOR SWAG!  The Instagram Giveaway is only open for three days so act fast! Head to my Instagram account @FashionMavenMommy starting tonight at 9PM EST, look for the picture above and you'll be prompted with the entry requirements! ENTER HERE!  Spread the word and GOOD LUCK!  xoxo, Carla - FMM

Pamper Mom With Sky Organics Bath Bombs

Monday, May 8, 2017


Mommies should be pampered everyday but if you're a mommy, you know that's not quite how it works amiright? But with Mother's Day fast approaching, consider giving mom the ultimate pampering gift... bath bombs!  I mean, i know i personally don't have much time to get to the spa so i try and find a few minutes here and there to pamper myself with a nice warm bubble bath.  I'm obsessed with bath bombs!  Aside from the fact that they smell amazing, it's always such a feast for the senses watching them dissolve in the water!





I was thrilled when i learned that Sky Organics carries organic bath bombs!  I've been thoroughly enjoying each and everyone of these beauties infused with essential oils, coconut oil and tons of fizzy fun!  Here's a little more about each of these delicious bath bombs:


Caribbean Coconut:  A taste of vacation with an aroma of creamy coconut milk.


Lavender Lemon Muffin: This fragrance is a lovely bakery-like combination of lavender, lemon peel zest, sugar cane, fluffy angel food cake, butter, nutty poppy seeds and vanilla extract.


Love Potion:  A sweet bouquet of mandarin orange, bergamot, and tangerine enhanced by hints of fresh peaches, strawberries, and raspberries on an undertone of white musk.


Strawberry Milkshake:  A combination of vine ripened strawberries combined with notes of juicy orange and peach nectar.


Mermaid Kiss:  This fragrance begins with top notes of ocean mist, sea moss, and dewy cyclamen petals, followed by middle notes of geranium flower, water mint, and white cedar wood and earthy vetiver.


Sugar Rose:  The rose is tempered with notes of tonka bean, lemon and geranium that makes a fragrance that smells good enough to eat.

So this Mother's Day, gift mom a box of these beauties made with the best organic, skin-loving ingredients!  I have no doubt she will love these as much as I've been enjoying them myself! You can purchase them here!

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

Clarisonic Smart Profile Face and Body Uplift Set

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Taking care of my skin has been a priority of mine since my late 20's! A few years ago, i invested in a Clarisonic Mia and fell instantly in love with this powerful little tool!  So much so that i purchased one for my mother as well!  Needless to say, when i learned of Clarisonic's Smart Profile Face and Body Uplift Set i was instantly intrigued!  I've been testing this beauty for several weeks now and i have to say that I'm completely blown away!  I can't help but to compare it to my Clarisonic Mia and will say this device is quite more powerful and multi-functioning! Before i share more of my personal experience with the Clarisonic Smart Profile Face and Body Uplift i will give you a little more insight on what it is and what it does!



This advanced anti-aging system targets 15 signs of aging on the face, neck and decollete, featuring cleansing modes for face and body.  It targets fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity as well as dullness and uneven texture! In as little as three minutes, 27,000 micro-lifting massages visibly relax your features and target 15 signs of aging for a youthful appearance.  The included SMART brush heads feature ultra-soft, tapered filaments that create a rich foam cushion on skin to gently cleanse, hydrate, visibly minimize fine, dry lines, and help drive better absorption of skincare products.  The Refreshing Gel Cleanser contains an array of ingredients that work together to gently balance and clarify skin, soothe and protect, and hydrate and brighten skin.

This set contains the following:

- White Smart Profile Device 
- Uplift Firming Massage Head
- 2 X SMART Replacement Brush Heads 
- 1 oz/ 30 /ml Refreshing Gel Cleanser 
- Charger 

- Charging cord 





Getting back to my personal thoughts... yes, this is a bit of an investment piece but investing in great skin is always a good idea!  The thing that I'm loving most about this device in comparison to my Clarisonic Mia is the multi-functionality of it!  It's quite more powerful, can be used for face and body (the body brush does an amazing job at exfoliating dead skin), and my favorite... the massage head!  Oh my GAWD it's so divinely pampering!  I look forward to my nightly facial massages while laying in bed watching TV.  It leaves my skin feeling so toned, tight and bright.  I noticed quite a bit of a difference after just one week of use... yes one week!  I remember a week into using this device, i was getting ready in the morning and after applying the same foundation i use daily, i did a double take.  My skin was seriously glowing and looked more youthful.  I didn't quite realize at first why it all of a sudden looked so good until later that day when i broke out my Clarisonic Smart Profile device.  As i massaged my face i realized that this is what's making a difference in the appearance of my skin!  I'm officially a devoted user for life!  Thank you Clarisonic for creating an amazingly innovative product that works


Thank you so much for reading! xo, Carla - FMM
*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with this product.

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LBD With a Twist!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I'm all about a great little black dress!  However, i don't always wear them in a traditional way! Personally, i enjoy putting a little spin on this timeless classic!  For today's post, i thought I'd show you how i styled two different LBD's in a non-traditional way!


 




First, let me say I'm obsessed with this little LBD c/o Tobi.com!  I have reached for it so many times because it's so soft, extremely comfy and oh so budget friendly! It's a bit of a long sleeve t-shirt dress that just feels so good and wears so well! The beauty of this dress is that it can also be worn as a top! I love the idea of styling it with a great pair of faux leather leggings!  I opted for black because it's slimming and super chic!  When you pull off an all black look, it's important to choose your accessories wisely!  In this case, i reached for these gorgeous statement earrings!  I felt that they added just the right touch to this sleek outfit.  The tassel bag i purchased on a trip to Portugal few years back!  This is a fun alternative!  Lastly, i topped off this look with a pair of light gray kitten heels from Zara!


One trend I've been embracing a ton lately is cold shoulder tops and dresses!  This could shoulder LBD c/o of Tobi.com is so comfy and super affordable!  I immediately fell in love with this versatile dress.  I decided to style it with a pair of black tights.  Doing so creates an elongated, slimming silhouette.  This necklace adds a fun pop of color (similar here) and could you just die for this bag??? It's my new Summer fave!  I promise you will be seeing it a whole lot in upcoming posts!  It's just too pretty to sit in a closet don't you think?


 
 







Hope you enjoyed my fun little twist on the LBD!  What's your favorite way to style a little black dress? Visit Tobi.com for some great, affordable outfit options!  Shop these dresses here!  Xo, Carla
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