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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.


Favorite Holiday Beauty Gift Sets!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year! You know... that time when beauty brands release gorgeous holiday gift sets that make it oh so difficult to resist not only buying for your bestie but picking a few out for yourself because treat yo' self!  However, narrowing down your choices among the massive sea of options can be quite difficult so I'm here to share a few that I'm currently loving!

Laura Geller always wows in the gift set department!  From the swoon worthy baked gelato highlighters to the gilded honey illuminating body mist, there is always something special for everyone to enjoy! These sweet little gift sets will WOW the beauty lover in your life and best part?  They won't break the bank!  The Illuminating body mist is truly special... it has a beautiful light shimmer and smells delicious!  The highlighters are dreamy and i LOVE the budge free eye liners!  Don't miss out on these gorgeous sets!

Charlotte Tilbury is easily my favorite luxury beauty brand!  You guys... the Party Girl Kit is DREAMY!  It features some of my absolute favorites from the brand including the Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk (my go-to nude liner because i personally consider this the most beautiful lip liner ever)!  This kit is also a super fun way to try products from the collection like the mascara and liners!  It's seriously hard not to fall madly in love with CT because every single product is impeccably packages and applies like a dream!  Oh and you'll want to snatch this quick because it already sold out at Sephora and Charlotte Tilbury but i found it here!

 The Charlotte Tilbury love doesn't end with the Party Girl Kit!  The Luxury Palette of Pops (Starlight) eyeshadow palette is holiday perfection!  It features a gorgeous medley of shimmers to create a plethora of swoon worthy looks. I'm also living for the CT Superstar Lips!  They're so creamy and pigmented.  I'm especially loving the shade Pillow Talk!

Tarte went tropical for their holiday sets and I'm totally digging it!  I mean, who doesn't want a gold pineapple shaped lash curler packaged with the most amazing Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara amiright?!   For the girl who loves to create the perfect cat eye, gift her Tarte's Dream Team Liner Trio because the brush is so precise that it's almost fool proof!  If you're a fan of Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes you will be over-the-moon for the Flushed and Fabulous Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set!  Besides being beautifully pigmented and long wearing, the packaging is next level gorgeous! The Lip Sculptor is one of my favorite Tarte lippies and this Flawless Foursome Lip Sculptor set features the prettiest (universally flattering) nudes!  The packaging makes these beauties even more appealing!

You have heard me brag about how i rebuilt my lashes using Grande Lash serum in this post... well check out this amazing value!  This Grande Lash MD holiday gift is a six month supply!  What?!  Yes, please!  I mean... what better gift than long, luscious lashes!

I started using two of the three Dr. Hauschka products in this gift set and have fallen madly in love!  The toner and rose day cream and two products i seriously look forward to applying everyday!  This is an incredible value for the price point of only $35!  If you don't gift this to a friend, do your skin a favor and pick it up for yourself!  I have no doubt that you will love these products as much as i do!  I also love the packaging!

It was definitely difficult narrowing down favorite gift sets but these are at the top of my list! I hope this helps you check off a few people off of your list! Happy shopping and thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla - FMM

*some products were sent for consideration and others purchased by me. All opinions are my own. 


Black Friday/Cyber Week Deals and Coupon Codes!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

This is easily my favorite four day weekend of the entire YEAR! Thanksgiving is such a special time to not only reflect on all the wonderful blessings in our lives but to make beautiful memories with the family.  Every year is filled with time spent in the kitchen (a task i truly enjoy), decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving and of course SHOPPING!  I have never been one to step foot in a store on Black Friday because i don't do well with crowds but seriously, the online deals are just as good!  Besides, there is nothing better than fixing myself a nice hot cup of coffee, turning on the fireplace and shopping online in the comfort of my oh so cozy pajamas  I've rounded off some amazing deals happening right now and will be sure to continue to update this post as new deals come in!  I am on a mission to finish my holiday shopping this weekend!  How about you?

Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off everything + free shipping

Aerie - 40% off Aerie collection plus free shipping

Amazon - $5 off book purchase of $20 or more with code NOVBOOK18 plus TONS of doorbuster sales.

American Eagle: 40% off everything + free shipping

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything. Use code BLACKFRIDAY.

Anthropologie:  30% off everything! No code necessary!

ASOS - 25% off with code EPIC25

Banana Republic: 50% off regular-priced items. Extra 10% off when you use your Gap Inc card. Use code BRCARD.

Bed, Bath, & Beyond: Steals & deals throughout the site.

Bloomingdale’s: Take $25 off every $200 you spend (on items labeled Take $25 off)

Bobbi Brown: 25% off your order + a full-size gift. Use code BFGIFT.

CB2: 15% off full-price items. Use code SAVE15.

Charlotte Tilbury - Up to 50% off select products.

Crate and Barrel: 20% off

Express: 50% off everything + free shipping.

Forever 21: 20% off your purchase of $100+. Use code SAVE20. Use code SAVE50 to save $50 off sale items.

Gap: 50% off everything + an extra 10% off with code
H&M: Extra 25% off sale items. Use code 3236.
IT Cosmetics: 20% off sitewide with code ITFRIDAY
J. Crew: (Black Friday) 50% off your entire purchase!  Use code TGIF!

40% off your purchase. Use code TOGETHER.
J. Crew Factory: 40-50% off site wide.
Kate Spade: 30% off everything. Use code GIVECHEER.
Kendra Scott: 20% off all purchases, 25% off $100+, or 30% off $200+.
Loft: 50% off your purchase. Use code THANKS.
Macy's - 25% off select doorbuster items with code BLKFRI and $10 off $25 or more with code BLKFRI25
Madewell: 25% off your purchase. Use code DEALWITHT.

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off sale items

Old Navy: 50% off entire purchase.

PB Teen: 20-75% off 1000s of items.

Pottery Barn: 25% Site wide plus free shipping! Use code THANKFUL.

QVC - Check out this AMAZING deal on my favorite Too Faced Mascara, primer and setting spray! Perfect holiday gift!

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off orders of $100+. Use code THX25.

Sephora:  Up to 50% off.

SheIn: $5 off $59+ with code BDC5, $10 off $89+ with code BDC10, or $30 off $169+ with code BDC30.

Shopbop: 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, or 25% off $800+. Use code MORE18.

Target: New deals continuously being added.

Tarte: 25% off new arrivals. Use code VIP25.

Too Faced: 30% off site wide. Use code PINK30.

Tory Burch: 30% off $250+. Use code THANKS.

ULTA:  Tons of beauty buster deals!

Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off.

Victoria's Secret - Free Ship $50 + $50 off $250

West Elm: 15% off $100+, 20% off $500, or 25% off $1,000+. Use code SAVEMORE.

Williams Sonoma: 20% off your order + free fast shipping. Use code THANKS.

World Market: Save up to 40% on all furniture. Use code FURNDEAL.

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


And more amazing deals! 

Christian Audette X Beauty Professor

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


It brings me great joy to share the new of this amazing collaboration!  One of my absolute favorite beauty bloggers, Rachel Anise of the Beauty Professor has teamed up with Christian Audette to create three stunning lipsticks.  Admittedly, the brand Christian Audette is new to me, however, knowing Rachel's eye for luxury and quality, i was certain this launch would be a major win! 

Johannah -  A darling pinky nude (named after her sweet daughter) is a wonderful everyday situation!

Golightly - The perfect opaque peachy nude is one of those shades i will reach for over and over

Elle - A universally flattering cool pink that is absolute perfection!

From left to right: Golightly, Elle, Johannah

The formula is creamy, beautifully pigmented and the opacity is unsurpassed! These beauties are a quick swipe and done!  They're incredibly comfortable to wear and while these shades are quite perfect on their own, they also layer seamlessly!  Overall, I'm beyond impressed with the shades that Rachel so delicately crafted for this trio as well as the rich, buttery formula.  Equally impressive is the luxurious packaging.  I love the sleek black, adorned with the Christian Audette X Beauty Professor logo.  These beauties are limited edition and trust me when i tell you , you do not want to miss out on this collaboration!  Pick up a set for yourself and don't forget to gift the beauty lover in your life as well!  They will undoubtedly love this sweet little set!  You can purchase these here!

Wearing Johannah

Wearing Golightly

Wearing Elle

I'm cheering Rachel on this amazing venture and hope that this collaboration is a major success!  You'll love following along on her blog Beauty Professor!  Go send her some love! 

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

Urban Decay NAKED Cherry Collection

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I have been an avid collector of ALL Urban Decay NAKED palettes.  There is just something so nostalgic about my collection.  Each palette is a reminder of a special time in my life and i treasure each and everyone of of them.  When i first laid eyes on the new NAKED Cherry palette, i was immediately drawn to the gorgeous, warm tones!  They seriously scream Fall and i'm all about it.  I had this palette in my virtual shopping cart awaiting the Sephora sale when it unexpectedly arrived in the mail with the entire collection.  I don't think i've ever screamed so loud over a PR package before! I have been playing with this beauty and the rest of the collection since its arrival and boy, it did NOT disappoint!  This palette has a nice mix of mattes and shimmers. It is very pigmented and blends like a dream.  You will easily create an endless array of looks with this beauty and is worth every penny!  If you get anything at all from this collection, this is certainly the hero product!

The collection features three beautiful lipsticks in Cherry (a deep, berry wine color), Juicy ( a light peachy pink with copper micro shimmer.  It's so unique and wears beautifully) and Devilish ( a bright pink with micro shimmer).  Cherry is a satin finish and makes a bold statement... it's so perfect for Fall!  Juicy and Devilish are both shimmers and wear very comfortably.

I have collected Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils for quite some time.  They apply so smoothly and are strongly pigmented... a combination i look for in an eye pencil for sure!  Black Market is a rich satin black that is a must in every girl's makeup bag!  I'm equally obsessed with Love Drug, a deep wine metallic that is perfect for the waterline! I definitely recommend picking up a few of these!

I love a good highlighter/blush palette.  The NAKED Cherry Highlighter and Blush Palette is perfection.  It features a universally flattering blush alongside two stunning highlighters! This palette packs on the glow and is the perfect finishing touch to any look!

If you ask me what my favorite setting spray is, my response without hesitation is Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray!  I have two in my stash because i simply can't live without it.  I initially hesitant about the idea of this being scented but truth is, it's very light and actually enjoyable!  I have been using it nonstop and i LOVE the size!  It's perfect for travel.  In fact, i have traveled with it twice this month and it will once again tag along for my third trip at the end of the month!

If you have a beauty lover in your life and are looking to gift them the ultimate beauty gift... look no further than the Urban Decay Naked Cherry VAULT!  It features most of the collection and is perfect for creating a ton of amazing looks! 

Overall, this collection is beautiful and worth the investment! If you love warm, Fall tones, this is one you won't want to miss!  You can shop the collection here!  Thank you so much for reading! Xo, Carla

*Press sample - all opinions are my own based on my experience with this collection.