Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Get the Holiday Glow Not the Holiday Stress!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayGlow #CollectiveBias

It's the most wonderful time of the year.... OK really that should read 'it's the most stressful time of the year' because let's face it, the holidays can be quite overwhelming!   As a mommy of twin girls, i want to make this time extra special for them because i know that i have a short window of time before they get older and no longer appreciate the magic of the holidays.  However, i constantly find myself in a mad rush to get it all done and somehow forget how to actually enjoy those precious moments. Well, let's put a stop to the holiday stress once and for all! I've got a few tricks up my sleeve to help you sneak a moment to sit back and take time to pamper your hair and skin during the hectic holiday chaos.

First thing you'll need to do is head to your local Costco!  Yes, you read correctly!  Stay with me will you?  Costco carries some of my favorite P&G products so i always make sure I'm well stocked! How frustrating is it to run out of your favorite skin and hair care!  Costco makes it easy to stock up on products you love in sizes that will last you way longer than the drugstore version.  Best part? Not having to constantly restock your favorite products actually saves you time! Pssst... the time that i just saved you with this quick tip will now be used to pamper yourself OK?!  This is why the first step to your holiday glow begins with a trip to Costco.  Genius, i know!

OK, now that you've stocked up on your favorite P&G products from Costco, you'll need to steal a moment to get your glow on.  I get it, your day is crazy and you're just not sure it will ever end. This is seriously the story of my life.  But I'll tell you this, for me, many of my 'me moments' happen when the kiddies go to bed. At the end of a long day, i love nothing more than a nice relaxing bath.  So here are a few tricks on how I unwind! First, I light my favorite candle because it not only creates a serene ambiance, but if you pick the right scent it will help set a relaxing mood.  Next, i have a play list ready with all of my favorite tunes. A bath is so much more fun with great music don't you think? Now the fun part... let's talk hair! I've trusted Pantene Shampoos and Conditioners throughout the years to keep my locks shiny and healthy.  Pantene Advanced Care is my current favorite duo!  First, i create a nice lather using the shampoo to really work through my hair.  The essential vitamins in Pantene's Advanced Care shampoo ensure that my strands look shiny, healthy and clean! Next, i work the conditioner through my hair.  Tip: I like to comb my hair in the shower while i have the conditioner on.  This way, there is zero tugging or pulling and it really helps release all tangles.  I always know if a conditioner is good by how easily i can do this.  Pantene's Advance Care passes with flying colors!

Now that your hair is looking fine, it's time to get your skin glowing!  Olay Total Effects 7 in One Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15 has my skin feeling uhhhmazing! I absolutely love a good multi-tasking product.  This moisturizer covers it all by providing your skin with anti-aging properties, sun protection and hydration.  I also love that it's fragrance free because my skin is quite sensitive.  Olay Total Effects leaves my skin looking healthy and smooth. Total Effects' VitaNiacin Complex containing vitamin E, Pro-vitamin B5, and Niacinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B3, help enhance your skin.   You can wear it alone or under your make-up.  TIP: Don't neglect your neck.  When you finish applying this beauty on your face, be sure to apply some on your neck as well to help firm, protect and hydrate. If you're consistent with this product, you'll see some amazing results!

Now that you've taken a little time to pamper yourself, it's time to enjoy that beautiful glow! Celebrate the holiday season with gorgeous hair and beautiful skin because you deserve nothing less! Oh and don't forget the hot cocoa with marshmallows! Cheers!

Now lets chat... what are your favorite P&G products from Costco? Do share!

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gabriel Cosmetics ZuZu Luxe Volcanique Palette and Rapture Lipstick

With the holidays practically upon us, I'm always on the lookout for travel friendly makeup that can easily be tossed into my makeup bag without taking up too much space. Gabriel Cosmetics ZuZu Luxe Volcanique Palette is a great 'travel friendly' option!  I love the warm browns and golden hues particularly this time of year.  The shadows are wonderfully pigmented, blendable without much fallout.   This palette also makes a perfect stocking stuffer for your beauty loving friends.

Do you love a beautiful nude lippie as much as i do?  I'm LOVING Gabriel Cosmetics Rapture Lipstick in Sandstorm! The formula glides on and feels nice on my lips. The color is so beautiful.  I love to play up my eyes and then swipe this beauty across my lips!  Seriously... it's perfect!

Check out Gabriel Cosmetics for some really fun products!  You'll love the selection and the quality! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

IT Cosmetics - IT'S Your Top Five SuperStars

You guys!  Today is the day!  TSV time on QVC with IT Cosmetics!  You won't want to miss today's deal because it features IT Cosmetics' top five superstar products!  These are products that have been staples in my makeup repertoire for years.  Bonus?  There's a new brush in this TSV and it's spectacular (in true IT Cosmetics fashion of course!) You can only get this deal today so definitely take advantage.  The holidays are fast approaching and this would make the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life!  Here is the description of the set according to QVC and IT Cosmetics:

What is it: The top five IT Cosmetics products: Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, Celebration Foundation Illumination, Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara, Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, and Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain. A Heavenly Luxe Master Brush is included to airbrush makeup on your skin--all boxed and ready to give!

Who is it for: Anyone who wants makeup infused with skin-loving ingredients and solves multiple beauty problems.

Why is it different: The full-coverage, antiaging eye concealer helps make your skin appear younger-looking and covers the appearance of skin imperfections.

This foundation has the same ingredients you love in original Celebration Foundation with added illumination for a soft glow.

The volumizing mascara takes the place of your conditioning lash primer; lash-enhancing serum; lash tint; and lash comb/curler. Quadruple the volume of your lashes after three coats!

The transforming shade of the eyebrow pencil is formulated to adhere to skin, look like real hair, match all hair colors, and cover gray! The brush gives a natural, polished look.

The lipstick offers hydration of a treatment balm and the infusion of a stain.

How do I use it: Apply a dot of concealer to the back of your hand to warm it. Using your finger or brush, tap onto skin where you need coverage--under eyes and areas of redness--then buff gently. Next, swirl brush into foundation and buff into skin using small circles. Blend all over.

Start at the base of lashes, wiggle mascara brush horizontally, sweeping up through the tips. Use the lash ball detailer to add the look of length and volume to your lower, inner corner, and outer corner lashes. Add more coats for dramatic look. Remove using soap and warm water or eye makeup remover.

Apply soft strokes with brow pencil to match light color hair. Press harder for dark hair. Lightly brush through brows with the brush.

Apply lip stain directly from the tube for a sheer flush of color.

From IT Cosmetics.

  • 0.28-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer
  • 0.30-oz Celebration Foundation Illumination
  • 0.33-fl oz Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara
  • 0.0056-oz Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
  • 0.11-oz Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  • Heavenly Luxe Master Brush
  • Gift box
Today only this set is sold on QVC for $59.94 (sold separately at $180)!  That's a major savings so DON'T WAIT!   Click here to order your set today.  This deal ends at midnight!

Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM (press sample)

CVS Exclusive Beauty 360 Masks

I'm a huge fan of facial masks! Particularly ones that are 'mess-free'.  I feel that it is so important to take good care of your skin.  While i tend to spend a lot of money on my skin, i love to know that there are also some wonderfully affordable options out there for all budgets! CVS beauty's exclusive Beauty 360 line of masks is simply wonderful!  I've tried several of these beauties and loved the way my skin felt afterwards.  Really, for a mere $4.99 you can treat yourself to a little pampering for your skin!  These are great travel companions too.  I just recently traveled to Miami and took a mask with me because lets face it, after a night out your skin needs a lot of tending to right?   I also think these make wonderful stocking stuffers don't you?  Head to your local CVS (you can shop them online too) and pick up a few!  You'll love the way your skin feels!  Be sure to share the love!

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

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jesse's Girl Liquid Eye Liners

If you know me well you know I'm obsessed with a mean cat eye!  I wing my eyes practically every day of my life which perhaps explains why I'm always late to everything!  Hey you know how the saying goes... never ask a girl... yada yada yada!  While I've tried many liquid liners, i have a few that i consider my 'most reached for'.  Sadly, my favorites were always quite pricey until now!  You guys, i have found a MAJOR drugstore gem and you all need to  know about it!  Unless you already do in which case why didn't you tell me??!!!! Jesse's Girl Liquid Liners are everything!  The Japanese calligraphy style brush allows for a super precise application!  It's so precise it's fool proof!  Seriously, anyone will work like a pro using these beauties! They come in four colors (blue, dark brown, olive and black) but I'll be honest, the black is the true stand out here.  I have yet to put it down since i got a sample from Jesse's Girl at Generation Beauty.  Yep, the Jesse's Girl black Liquid Eye Liner has been my go-to for the past month while my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Marc Jacobs Liners sit pretty in my make-up drawer!  Honestly, why would i ever spend $30 on a liner again when these gems cost $6.99!  I promise, this liner will stand up to any fancy shmancy brand and deserves major recognition! Props to Jesse's Girl for creating such an amazing liner! Meow 

You can purchase it via Jesse's Girl's website, here or at your local drugstore!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

Monday, November 16, 2015

Butter London Shadow Clutch Palette

I'm all about a great neutral palette!  But even better, I'm all about innovation and versatility when it comes to make up!  Well, Butter London has it all covered with their gorgeous Shadow Clutch Palette!  This gorgeous palette is the ultimate color accessory that offers 6 beautiful shades to get you ready for the day or night!  The interesting thing about this palette is that you can customize it any way you want!  Lets say, you want to switch out a couple of shades, you simply pick up a Shadow Clutch Wardrobe Duo and voila... you have a practically new palette! It's such a fun way to keep your palette fresh and new!

The shadows are very pigmented and the color payoff is intense without much fall out.  They're long lasting and the oil-absorbing formula delivers primer infused and crease free wear! The shadows are very blendable and easy to wear.  There are two palettes to choose from Natural Charm and Pretty Proper.
Natural Charm shaded include:
Linen (matte vanilla)
Quartz (warm beige sheen)
Camo (dark khaki sheen)
Camel (matte nude)
Citrine (coral sheen)
Leather (matte chocolate brown)

Pretty Proper shades include:
Chantilly Lace (matte soft pink)
Suede (matte stone grey)
Brocade (cool charcoal sheen)
Cashmere (matte cool nude)
Satin (cool rose gold shimmery
Velvet (deep espresso sheen)

The Butter London Shadow Clutch Wardrobe Duos come in four duo combos (Fancy Flutter, Moody Blues, Sassy Pants and Up All Night).

Purchase the Shadow Clutch and Duos here and here! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla

*press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with this product.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Best Winter Hair Tips..EVER!

Rival the holiday season with a practical chic approach to hair fashion. There isn’t a better time in taking advantage of all the festivities while secretly allowing your hair to be on holiday too.
A few tips to help you keep your holiday hair in tip-top shape, from celebrity hair stylist and creator of SOTAH hair care, Janet Zeitoun
1.       Celebrate the season with simple up dos that will give your tresses a break from the harsh routine of irons and blow dryers. Pull your hair into a ponytail, stay at ear level or below. Twist and pin. No worries for perfection  Give your bun a more whimsical and unconstructed look by pulling a few strands out from the bun to remain free. I love to use the Capezio hairpins. They're inexpensive and come in a set of 12 for $5. The designed arch on the pins effortlessly & painlessly keeps hair in place all night long.
2.       Let you hair go a few extra days between washing. This allows your hair to take advantage of its natural oils for a little bit longer.  Heating systems, like curling and flat irons, can have a very drying effect on the hair during this season. Also, remember to hydrate, as the bitter winter months can be weapons of destruction for your hair. 
3.       A few great hats for the season is a must. Hats not only cover a multitude of sin, but, can step up your style a few notches. Another way of giving your hair the rest that it needs.
4.    A good dry shampoo (such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo) comes in handy as a quick fix when hair can’t go a day longer being bombarded with product and environmental debris.  Dry shampoo can also assist in giving you great up dos and tremendous volume when needed. SOTAH Oil Crème Therapy will hydrate the hair after the use of a dry shampoo,  giving your hair a vibrant natural shine. 

And that's it!  Now twirl girl 'cause you look good! Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla