Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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. Christmas 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 Clutter.com. 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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Secrets Of Organized People From Expert Emma Gordon

With Spring 2017 having kicked off last Monday, we at TME have been on a major Spring Cleaning kick. It began with cleaning out our products closet (stay tuned for some MAJOR giveaways in the very near future) and has led to the office and beyond. When you start a major cleaning project we think that most people often ask, “How did things become so disorganized?” At least that was the question that we were all asking.

The answer is that life happens -- we all get busy with work, school and families. But, it is actually possible to have a very busy life and a well organized one too. Turning to Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter, we found out about a few brilliant tips and secrets … Secrets of organized people! So read on and check back all throughout this week as we share tips from our own in-house experts!

Secret Number One: Clutter piles up quickly when you're not paying attention. One of the easiest ways to prevent clutter is to follow a simple rule … when you have an object in your hand (book, jacket, house keys) don't just put it down anywhere, put it away.  When you challenge yourself to put things away in their designated places, not in the most convenient location at the moment, keeping your home organized or office becomes second nature.

Secret Number Two: If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, do it immediately. Small tasks that are allowed to pile up will turn into fodder for procrastination later.

Secret Number Three: It is really easy to schedule away your time and be left with no room for bigger projects that require more concentration. If you're having a hard time making progress on personal projects, a major presentation, or other “deep work,” put it on your calendar as if it’s an appointment. Then treat it like an appointment … don't be late, turn off your phone, don't cancel at the last minute. This is especially helpful if you share your calendar with others to book appointments.

Secret Number Four: Whenever possible, outsource mundane errands. Use on-demand storage like Clutter.com rather than wasting driving your stuff to and from storage. Instead of running to the grocery store, use Instacart or find a tasker on TaskRabbit. Everyday a new service company emerges who can lighten your task list for a small fee.

M∙A∙C Extra Dimension Skinfinish Is Back

MAC’s fan-favorite, incandescent M∙A∙C Extra Dimension formula is amping up the innovation with new permanent shades of Extra Dimension Blush. From soft pastels to corals and plums, this formula delivers textures that reflect light, leaving a smooth second-skin finish. Also back and here to say is Extra Dimension Skinfinish, with its renowned shimmering high-shine effect, in three bestselling shades.

With their shimmering, high-shine finishes, Extra Dimension products are perfect for everyone’s inner highlighting habitué. New permanent shades of Extra Dimension Blush deliver polished textures that reflect light and leave a smooth second-skin finish. Back and here to stay is Extra Dimension Skinfinish in three bestselling shades!

Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33 US/$38 CAD)
  • Oh, Darling - metallic gold
  • Glow With It  - soft peachy nude with multi-dimensional shimmer
  • Superb - patina bronze

Extra Dimension Blush ($28 US/$33 CAD)
  • Cheeky Bits - mid-tone pinky coral
  • Fairly Precious - light pinky champagne
  • Faux Sure! - warm pinky mauve
  • Hard to Get - warm burgundy brown
  • Hushed Tone - neutralized pink peach
  • Into the Pink - soft pastel pink
  • Just a Pinch - apricot
  • Rosy Cheeks - mid-tone muted blue fuchsia
  • Sweets for My Sweet - mid-tone yellow pink
  • Telling Glow - bright coral
  • Wrapped Candy - plum

Brushes ($35 US/$42 CAD Each)
  • 127 Split Fibre Face
  • 128 Split Fibre Cheek

North America - M∙A∙C Extra Dimension Skinfinish will be available in-store and online April 6, 2017 in the permanent line. Internationally - May 2017.

Friday, March 24, 2017

MAC Cosmetics Introduces Laura Lee and Gabriel Zamora Collabs

What to get when you mix M∙A∙C Cosmetics with some of the most interesting beauty YouTubers from around the globe? Well, in our opinion, you get a little bit of summpin’ mighty wonderful! Launching in April is the start of a multi-tuber collaboration that will include a total of ten beauty gurus from around the globe. And this deliciousness starts off with two of our personal favorites … Laura Lee and Gabriel Zamora!

With her enticing southern accent and astute beauty acumen, it’s no wonder that Laura Lee has a YouTube channel that has amassed 2.5 million subscribers. Not to mention, she’s hilarious! Lest we not forget Gabriel Zamora with his stunning azure hair and quick wit, making this Beauty Boy a bit of yummy! Yeah, we could look at Gabriel all day long! But without further ado, let’s check out what these two -- and others have created!

#MACxLarLarLee, a muted beige matte, and #MACxGabrielZamora, a malty warm brown satin ($17 US/$21 CAD), will be available online at MAC Cosmetics beginning April 20, 2017! Ready for a sneak peek of the others?

  • #MACxFleurDeForce cool beige (crème sheen) - Available UK April 2017 on maccosmetics.co.uk
  • #MACxAlessandra neutral pink (matte) - Available UK April 2017 on maccosmetics.co.uk
  • #MACxSamanthaRavndahl light shell pink (crème sheen) - Available Canada April 2017 on maccosmetics.ca
  • #MACxVicCeridono deep berry red (matte) - Available Brazil July 2017 on maccosmetics.com.br
  • #MACxTheRealFouz dirty rose (matte) - Available Middle East June 2017 on maccosmetics.ae
  • #MACxMarie creamy neutral beige (glaze) - Available France May 2017 on maccosmetics.fr 
  • #MACxCaroDaur muted pinky-beige brown (matte) - Available Germany June 2017 on maccosmetics.de
  • #MACxNikkiaJoy grapefruit pink (matte) - Available Australia July 2017 on maccosmetics.com.au

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How To Find The Perfect Swimsuit Online

Melissa Liebling-Goldberg of Spring

Although it may not feel like it -- Spring 2017 is here. And with it begins the preparation for swimsuit season. Was that a collective “ugh” that we heard? Yeah, we feel the same! Most of us do not have hours to spend at the boutique searching for the perfect suit and turning to the Internet, while a logical avenue for saving time, can be a futile endeavor. Seriously! How many times have you purchased swimwear only to receive it and find that the suit is nothing like what you’d expected? Of course, there’s also the hassle of returning the suit and starting the process all over.

Well, buying a swimsuit online doesn't have to be a dreadful experience. The Makeup Examiner checked in with VP of Editorial at Spring, Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, to pick her brain for foolproof ways to find that perfect swimsuit online. Melissa states that finding swimwear online is as easy as sticking to a few basic rules.

1. Keep your “in-store” frame of mind

We usually choose realistic styles, sizes, cuts, and colors that look best on us when we are about to confront a mirror. Apply that same reasoning as you add items to your online cart. Choose styles and sizes that work with your body type and that you’ve been wearing consistently. And if you’re anticipating a smaller or bigger size this season, make sure to take your measurements and compare them with the brand’s sizing chart.

2. Narrow your search

Discovery is endless on the web! As an online shopper, you are exposed to millions of options, which can be confusing and overwhelming once approaching checkout. Choose 3-5 cuts and styles you’ve worn in the past and that flatter your frame.

Styling Tip: To play up your chest try using a halter style, print or color, or a push-up. If you have a larger bust, try picking a suit that allows for cup sizing on top. Choosing a string bottom means you can adjust it to fit you, no matter what your shape is.

3. Follow the KLT Rule -- Know, Love, Trust

If you are nervous about buying online, try sticking to brands that you already know, love and trust. Chances are that will leave you feeling great and worry-free about your online purchase. Visit Spring for a plethora of brands and options.

There you have the rules to stick with to increase the opportunity of easily finding the perfect swimwear online! Note: A special thank you to Melissa Liebling-Goldberg for taking the time to share her expertise. Oh, if you’re worried about not being “swimsuit” ready, we have you covered on that point too! Checkout some bangin’ tips from our favorite Fitness Guru, Brooke “The Sculptor” Taylor!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MAC Cosmetics Lip Duos 5 Day Sale

Leave it to M∙A∙C to not only offer up a rockin’ sale, but also to smack conventionality in the face. Let’s start with the sale … beginning March 23rd and running through to March 27th, M∙A∙C is discounting its lipstick and liner duo to $29 -- these normally cost approximately $35 so quite a nice deal. And then, there are the hues!

What a complete departure from “traditional” springtime shades?!? MAC selected some of the best deep lipstick and lip liner combinations that are oh so sexy and proving that vampy, deep tones can be chic any time of the year!

5 deep shades … 5 days
  • Film Noir / Chestnut
  • Instigator / Cyberworld
  • Media / Vino
  • Smoked Purple / Nightmoth
  • Sin / Burgundy

Available in North America March 23 to March 27 online at MAC and MAC locations.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Spring Launches From L’Occitane

Happy Spring 2017! Yes, today marks the first day of Spring and while it may not feel like cherry blossoms and sunshine, perhaps a few new products from one of our favorite brands may do the trick to shoo away the winter blues.

L’Occitane has added to what has become an iconic collection for the brand -- its Divine Collection -- with the latest edition being the Divine Eye Balm. Enriched with organic Immortelle essential oil and a blend of 7 naturally-derived ingredients, this cream-based balm with a rich melting texture contains a unique, innovative formula to reveal visibly firmer, smoother, more luminous and younger-looking skin.

Also launching for Spring 2017 is L’Occitane’s Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist ($20), for which any TME member can attest that L’Occitane’s Aromachologie products are sent from heaven! Made with essential oils, this mist can be sprayed in your bedroom to create a calming atmosphere that promotes relaxation and well-being. The relaxing pillow mist contains the essential oils of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium. It has been proven to be effective at creating a soothing sensation, conducive to a peaceful, relaxing night's sleep.

The Divine Eye Balm ($84) is currently available online at L’Occitane and in L’Occitane boutiques. Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist ($20) will be available in the United States starting March 22, 2017 online at L’Occitane and in L’Occitane boutiques.