Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Skin Saviors

So we’ve been mentioning the fact that it’s spring and that we have a lot of snow. Maybe it’s time to stop, but we’ve been waiting -- like so many others -- for the first warm days of spring and it’s a bit discouraging to see daffodils pop up through the earth only to find them buried under 2 feet of snow. We digress as usual… moving on to a few products that we are loving for our skin!

This time of year is slightly like a roulette wheel when it comes to the weather so while the calendar says Spring 2018, it is still cold outside and we are in need of some problem solving for our skin. These must-have skin saviors will brighten, revive and replenish giving your skin a true spring awakening.

Problem: Dull Complexion
Solution: ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil ($55) - Formulated with a Superfood Complex containing the power of 9 antioxidant and omega-rich superfood ingredients, this oil leaves skin balanced and brightened with a healthy, radiant glow.

Problem: Parched Skin
Solution: Blue Lagoon Iceland Mineral Mask ($115) – Derived from the Blue Lagoon’s unique Geothermal Seawater, this ultimate hydrating mask contains three unique ingredients -- algae, silica and minerals reverses the effects of aging on the skin; reduces UV-induced degradation of collagen in the skin and stimulate skin’s natural collagen production.

Problem: Nutrient-Deprived Skin
Solution: Youth To The People Age Prevention Moisture Cream ($48) - Packed with kale, spinach, green tea & hyaluronic acid, this lightweight, antioxidant-rich cream helps to refresh, restore and hydrate while protecting against free radical damage.

Problem: Congested Pores 
Solution: Honest Beauty 3-in-1 Detox Mask ($22) - This mask contains naturally derived detoxifiers & plant-powered conditioners removing impurities to reveal a softer and healthier-looking complexion making it the perfect skin-reset just in time for Spring.

Problem: Overworked or Weather Fatigued Hair
Solution: évolis PROMOTE Treatment Mask ($40) - With ingredients like Sanguisorba Officinalis and Baobab, this treatment will leave your hair as smooth as silk, improve manageability, enhance texture and shine and increase hair’s elasticity, preventing breakage and split ends.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Celebrate National Fragrance Day

Stating the obvious for all those experiencing the nor’easter -- day two of Spring 2018 and day two of SNOW! However, it is also National Fragrance Day and we can at least try to escape the lingering wintery weather with a few uplifting fragrances … oh, and some hot chocolate -- read on for our awesome recipe! 

The Classic Woman: 
Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum ($110) - A floral fragrance with feline notes, illuminated with gardenia, a lively flower peppered with chypre and velvety nuances and comprised of an accord in three parts, chypre, floral and musk.

The Wanderlust Seeker:
Proenza Schouler Arizona ($100 – Full Review For This Coming Soon!) - Inspired by nature, this scent includes an innovative floral accord of white cactus flower never before used in perfumery combined with a creamy orris sparking your spirit of discovery.

The Fun, Flirty & Outgoing Gal:
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum ($115) - Containing 1,000 flowers in each bottle, this explosive floral scent captivates and transforms anything into something positive making it a new kind of flower power.

The Bold, Daring Man:
Cartier Declaration Eau de Parfum ($135) - A modern, elegant twist on a classic scent, this masculine and bold scent is intensely spice and woody makes for a perfect addition to any man’s routine.

Oh, you maybe would like a really delicious Hot Chocolate Recipe?

Hot Chocolate For When It Snows On The First and Second Day of Spring Recipe

  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of salt (optional)

Pour milk into to pan at medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk to incorporate into milk. Stir in brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Add vanilla and salt. Keep heating until liquid begins to steam up slightly. Serve and enjoy!

Happy National Fragrance Day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easy Tips For Sustainable Living

This Article First Appeared On The Makeup Examiner April 1, 2014

Happy Spring 2018! What’s that you say? You’re looking out the window as another Nor’easter hits the coast? Yep -- Welcome To East Cost Weather! Moving on… I'm not going to tell anyone how to live his or her life. All I’m going to do is simply pass along information that I’ve learned along the way in my personal journey towards being a better global citizen. First, I’d like to take a second to thank my mother for teaching me how to respect the planet … attempt not to recycle something in that woman’s house and you’re likely to end up buried in her compost. Uh … love you mom! I, digress.

So you’ve probably heard Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, but what does that really mean and how can you implement these ideas, easily, into everyday life? Recycling can be a bit confusing because sometimes we’re not sure what is and isn’t recyclable. Check out this recycle chart from One More Generation!

Cost effective and eco-friendly ideas:
  1. Don't heat an empty house - During the winter, turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees when you're home and 55 degrees at night or while you're on vacation.
  2. Clean your refrigerator coils – You’d be surprised how much gross stuff accumulates at the bottom of your fridge. By vacuum out the dust you actually help the fridge work more efficiently, therefore saving money.
  3. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins – This might be a really foreign concept at first, but once you get used to it you’ll be pleased with the financial savings and you’ll also save a tree.
  4. Pack your lunch – This saves money, but when you pack your lunch use an insulated lunch bag versus a paper bag. Also, use a refillable bottle versus a plastic one.
  5. Cancel your newspaper subscription and read the news online – Like beauty news, here at The Makeup Examiner! ☺Okay, shameless self-promotion aside … catch your news online.

Put your money where your mouth is: There’s a lot of power in your wallet and committing to purchasing eco-friendly products lets companies know that you, the consumer, are in charge.
  1. Shop for eco-friendly beauty products – Throughout the month, TME will be reviewing and highlighting quite a few eco-friendly beauty brands.
  2. Switch to eco-friendly detergents or make your own eco-friendly cleaning products.

Eco-friendly odds and ends:
  1. Collect your dryer lint and put it in the backyard for the birds. Now’s the perfect time, as the birds a building nests.
  2. Donate your magazines - Read them then pass them on to friends or your local hospital.
  3. Organize your errands – by scheduling errands, you’ll save on gas and help the environment. Also, try carpooling.
  4. File your taxes electronically to cut back on paper usage. Heads Up … tax deadline is a just few weeks away.
  5. Take your own canvas bags when shopping – Seriously, do you need to add to your plastic bag collection?
  6. Make a resolution to be even more eco-friendly … starting today!

The tips above are all examples of basic R’s of sustainable living. You can find lots more tips at Tree Hugger.

Monday, March 19, 2018

jane iredale ‘Pretty In a Snap’ Spring 2018 Collection

For Spring 2018, jane iredale brings vibrant color and natural-looking neutrals that make getting ready a snap. The NEW Pretty In aSnap Spring 2018 Collection is beautiful, smart, and on-trend! With lippies that offer a subdued sexiness to eyeliners that offer a knock of color, and a Makeup Kit that has everything you need for on-the-go beauty, this collection is one of our favorites for spring -- which by the way begins tomorrow, March 20! 

Snap Happy Makeup Kit ($58): The Snap Happy Makeup Kit keeps her gorgeous on the go with a trio of long-wearing, universally flattering shades of matte finishing powder, shimmery blush and mix-and-match eye shadows in a three-tiered compact.

  • Mixing and matching products is a “snap” for on-the-go touch-ups and the perfect selfies.
  • Holds a mini finishing powder, blush, triple eye shadow and mirror.
  • Three-tiered lightweight compact snaps apart for easy travel.
  • Magnetic closure keeps compact sealed.

Emerald and Sapphire Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner ($24): Line and define eyes with two stay-put Mystikol eyeliners. New Hues - Sapphire & Emerald

  • A versatile, water-resistant powder/cream eyeliner with all-day staying power.
  • Snap-in brush creates precise fine lines or dramatic smoke.
  • Won’t fade, crease or smear.

PureMoist Lipstick ($25): Ultra-moisturizing formulations soften, soothe and protect lips with natural oils and superfruit extracts for a luscious nude look. New Hues - Tricia & Jamie

  • Soothing Moringa Oil saturates lips with vitamins A & C and Coffee Seed Extract gives antioxidant protection.
  • Orange Peel Wax and ultra-moisturizing Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils protect, hydrate and condition lips.
  • Flavored with luscious organic Pomegranate and Blackberry Fruit Extracts.

TIP: For enhanced, vibrant lip color, apply Tricia to neutralize lip undertone then layer with your favorite bold lip color.

Lip Fixation Lip Stain/Gloss ($32): Get double-duty beauty with a convenient lip stain and gloss in one. New Hue –Content

  • Provides hydration, color and shine without petroleum-based ingredients.
  • Gives long-lasting, rich color without feathering.
  • Protects with organic vegetable oils.
  • Deliciously flavored vanilla gloss conditions lips as it accentuates the stain color.
  • Versatile dual-ended wand.

TIP: Apply solo as a stain or gloss or layer gloss over the stain for a deep, luscious shimmer.

The jane iredale Pretty In A Snap Spring 2018 Collection is available now online and in select retail locations

Friday, March 16, 2018

Saint Patrick’s Day History With Irish Potato and Cocktail Recipes

A global celebration of St. Patrick's Day is happening tomorrow, March 17, and this celebration, at least in the United States, is usually done so with the downing of a bit of green beer. It’s kind of a good excuse for some of us to get ripped and celebrate our Irish heritage … even if we’re not Irish. But before you head out to celebrate, check out a few interesting facts about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and a few delicious recipes to help you celebrate!

St. Patrick’s Day is the saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were long ago waived, and the people of Ireland dance, drink, and feast on a traditional meal of bacon and cabbage. The custom of making Irish Potato Candy for St. Patrick’s Day is a way to give homage to the Irish Potato Famine that occurred from 1845 to 1852 and left 1 million dead. Not a happy sentiment … but grab your lipgloss, liquor, and ladies … then dive into these delicious recipes for a fun-filled day … uh … evening that celebrates St. Patrick!

Irish Potatoes Candy Recipe
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Beat until mixture forms a ball. Stir in coconut with a spoon. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls. Place cinnamon in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm.

Compass Box Great King Street Highball
  • 1 1/4 oz Compass Box Great King Street's Artist's Blend
  • 2 oz good quality soda water/club soda
  • 2 dashes bitters

Method:  Fill highball glass with lots of ice, combine all ingredients, and then add lemon zest. Stir well until cold and let the drink sit one minute for the flavors to integrate.

Around The Corner (created by Pam Wiznitzer, NYC Mixologist)
  • 1.75oz Compass Box Great King Street
  • .5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • .5 oz Benedictine
  • .5 oz yellow chartreuse
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters

Method:  stirred and served straight up

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Beauty Trend Alert With MUA James Vincent

From the Ashton Michael Fall/Winter ’18 Collection, updated 90’s beauty trends were showcased. The legendary James Vincent created each look with Mehron Makeup. Inspired by the 90’s Downtown NYC Club Kid, the looks featured blue opalescent shadows, brick, brown lips and dewy, lived-in skin. Read on for inspiration, from James Vincent himself, on a few re-imagined beauty trends!

 Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 8-Color Palette

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ in Porto

Mehron 1927 Liquid Vinyl Makeup 

The Look Breakdown:

Face: The skin was freshened with Celebré Pro-HD Cream Foundation, “Since it’s a cream wax formula, I tapped the Velvet Finish Primer on top of the foundation to control the way the skin looks.” Vincent continued, “People have a tendency to use too much foundation but with Celebré Pro-HD Cream Foundation, I can sheer it down to almost nothing to give that natural glow.”

Eyes: To set the base of the eye, Vincent dusted the metallic turquoise shade from the Brilliant Paradise Makeup AQ Palette onto the lid. He then went in with Paradise Makeup AQ in Porto (burgundy shade) and a touch of the Mixing Liquid on a fan brush to sheer it under the eye. To finish the look, the team smudged E.Y.E Liner Pencil in Black onto the water line and NEW 1927 Liquid Vinyl took center stage with free-handed artistic strokes to create drama, giving each model a uniquely bold result.

Cheeks: The same burgundy Paradise Makeup AQ shade was delicately tapped onto the cheekbones. Vincent shared, “A little bit of heat from the finger activates the color so it looks like it’s flushing through the skin for that watercolor look.”

Lips: Lastly, Vincent topped the look with a silky stained burgundy lip using Paradise Makeup AQ once again.

Mehron Makeup can be found online and select retail locations!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Secrets Of People Who Have Clutter Free Homes

Yesterday, we brought you “Secrets Of Organized People” with help from Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter. In our week-long series we move on to the next set of tips … Secrets Of People Who Have Clutter Free Homes! Yes, we know that many of you may be thinking that a clutter-free home in absolutely unattainable. Honestly, it isn’t. However, it does take a little bit of discipline and possibly a whole lot of re-working your mindset.

Secret Number One: Save time straightening your house with this simple technique. Grab an empty laundry basket with paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, and a small garbage bag. Work clockwise through each room, wiping down surfaces as you go, and using the laundry basket to hold items that don't belong in that room. Before moving to the next room, check the basket to see if there is anything you picked up from another room that needs to be put away, and then repeat in the next room.

Secret Number Two: Make the most of your kitchen and closet storage by rotating out seasonal items to make more space for the things you use more frequently. Holiday cookie cutters, fondue pot, tamale cooker -- if you only use it during the holidays, it's time to stow it all away to make space for spring and summer items.            

Secret Number Three: Make the most of your cleaning day by hiring service startups to come directly to your door and handle boring tasks while you get your spring cleaning done. Get all your seasonal items safely stored away (and out our your way) by scheduling a storage pick-up with Use STRATIM to get your car washed, gas tank filled and returned to your driveway. Or use Handy to get help with everything from furniture assembly, window washing, to fixing your garbage disposal.

Happy Organizing!