Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Last Minute Holiday Beauty Essentials & Gifts

Well beautynistas and suavies, we’re down to the wire on our holiday shopping. Again this year, only one member of Team TME has her holiday shopping finished. Yes, we are hating her. So, we set out to do our own last minute shopping and we’re sharing our favorite finds with you! Sometimes one of the easiest go-to gifts is a Subscription Beauty Box and Team TME has seen just about every one currently on the market. To choose one that’s right for anyone on your list, check out TME’s Subscription Box section! For ideas that offer you a gift in hand, read on ...


A quick and cost savings place that we’ve found, and come to love, is Below are just a few amazing scents that you can find! 

  • Prada Candy Eau De Parfum Spray ($44.99) – Prada Candy has a novel olfactory balance combining exceptionally high-quality ingredients in excessive proportions. Magnified by white musks, noble benzoin comes together with a modern caramel accord to give the fragrance a truly unique signature.
  • Marc Jacobs Variety Daisy Set ($49.99) - This 4-piece mini variety set makes the perfect holiday gift for any fragrance fanatic. Set includes: Daisy Eau So Fresh, Daisy, Daisy Dream Forever, and Daisy Dream.


Between delivering products with assured efficacy and Golden Door’s philosophies that align with our own, is it any wonder that this spa’s skincare products have made it into the TME Vault? (And Golden Door’s Artisan Foods have made it into our gift baskets!)  Anyway … GD has introduced the Try Me Kit ($38) that contains TSA approved sizes of the Golden Peel-A-Way Masque, Bamboo Face Scrub, and Hydrating Cleaning Milk that are a combination guaranteed to bring life back to tired and dull skin!

Baré Alchemy Ambrosia Collection Serum Minis ($50 each) make the perfect stocking stuffer!
  • Ambrosia Protect Serum (for normal skin) - Containing Kakadu Plum and Caviar Lime Pearl, the Protect Serum boosts hydration at the cellular level. Rich in AHAs, this serum provides a gentle exfoliation, and stimulates the skin to reduce the appearance of aging and improve luminosity.
  • Ambrosia Soothe Serum (for dry/sensitive skin) - Containing Kakadu Plum, Argan Oil and Tasman Pepper Berry Extract, the Sooth Serum restores hydration to the skin’s layers, boosts collagen synthesis and structural cellular integrity of dry, damaged, and sensitive skin.
  • Ambrosia Cleanse Serum (for oily skin) - Containing Kakadu Plum, Manuka Oil and Tea Tree Leaf Oil, the Cleanse Serum boosts hydration with a blend of vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory ingredients help minimize acne, blackheads and whiteheads.

Blue Lagoon Iceland Duo Masks ($199) - From one of the 25 wonders of the world comes one of the most natural skincare duos for healthy, glowing and radiant skin, Blue Lagoon Iceland Algae and Silica Mud Mask!
  • Silica Mud Mask – composed of the Blue Lagoon’s iconic white wonder, Silica deep-cleanses and strengthens your skin, reduces the visibility of pores, and leaves your skin fresh and glowing.
  • Algae Mask – composed of unique Blue Lagoon patented algae, this mask nourishes your skin from within, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and providing an immediate lift and youthful glow.

G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patches ($50) - Prep you under eyes for the holidays! These eye patches deliver a quick relief from tired, stressed out eyes, providing a visibly younger and relaxed look in just 20 minutes. These can be used any time or anywhere, immediately reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and fatigue. The unique mixture of active ingredients sink into the skin, leaving the eye area hydrated and rejuvenated. The eye contour is visibly revitalized with a more youthful appearance.


jane iredale Dream Luminizer Trio ($45) – Beautiful three-in-one expandable illuminating palette enriched with pine bark and pomegranate antioxidants for a soft-focus glow. Use anywhere on the face and body to add a candlelit glow on all skin tones.

HydroPeptide Perfectly Plump Kit ($68) - Perfect your pout for the mistletoe without injections. HydroPeptide's Perfecting Gloss instantly adds volume, shine and hydration using plumping peptides. Not only is this pouch with glosses a perfect stocking stuffer, but also it's the perfect clutch-friendly, desk to dinner essential for party prep.


VOLOOM Rootie The Rootlifter ($130) is a volumizing iron that takes seconds to work and provides major, long-lasting volume! We absolutely fell in love with this tiny wonder! It is also the perfect choice for finer, thinner or shorter hair. With ceramic-coated plates and a ¾ inch design, Rootie creates little pockets of volume close to the roots without leaving a clear texture in the hair, for natural-looking lift. And has a heated volumizing iron, Rootie heat-locks the volume into your hair, helping your volume last for days!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Festive Colored Holiday Party Hair

Today kicks off the start Hanukkah! So, yes indeed the holiday season is truly here. A lot of us celebrate a few holidays this time of year and no matter which holiday(s) you’re celebrating there’s a way to stand out -- beyond participating in an “Ugly Sweater” party that have become a multi-holiday tradition. This season is a great time to try out Joico’s newest at-home, temporary hair color Joico Color Butter.

If you didn’t make it to the store for a mandatory Ugly Christmas sweater, or if you’re looking to add extra flare to your hair for an upcoming holiday party, Joico’s Color Butters ($19.99) are the are the answer to bring JOI to your world this season. So light that menorah, trim those trees and apply Color Butters in your hair and be the center of the holiday festivities!

Joico’s Color Butters are available in six shades (Pink, Purple, Red, Blue, Green and Titanium) that allow you to take your hair to new festive heights.

  • Begin this fun holiday activity by selecting your holiday hair color of choice - Red and Green for Christmas or Blue for Hanukkah.
  • Next, apply to dry, pre-lightened hair, then allow it to sit for 5 minutes before washing out.
  • Just a 5-minute wait time will have you achieving bright, saturated color, perfect to spread holiday cheer.

Color Butters temporary nature is a true gift within itself -- no need to worry if your hair color will be outdated once the holidays pass, since as the seasons fade away, so will your color. How? Color Butters last only 10 washes, allowing you to celebrate with this new look for 8+ crazy nights. Need some application inspiration? Take if from everyone’s favorite funny-gal, Nicole Richie who recently used Joico’s Color Butters to create the purple highlights of our dreams.

Joico’s Color Butters are available online at Joico and select retail locations.

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Holiday Party Season Must Have

I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand to wear stockings! I know that stockings/pantyhose are still produced because my grandmother wears them and I’ve had the occasion to pick up a pair for my dear granny. While she would never leave the house without the spandex torture device on her legs, the thought of having them on my legs is actually anxiety inducing.

However equally anxiety inducing is the thought of pasty, pale pins that ruin the stunning silhouette of my perfectly picked party dress! Happily, I’ve found a super easy answer to change winter white legs into gorgeous gams. The St. Tropez One Night Only Finishing Gloss ($25) is this holiday party season’s must-have.

One Night Only Finishing Gloss is quick and easy to use. It applies evenly to give an instant touch of bronze and a lasting glossy effect for your ultimate holiday party tan. Available in a universal golden shade, this product works for all skin tones and easily washes off with soap and water. The easy removal is my favorite part!

Application: Apply in circulator motions to buff it into the skin and add a worn in, golden glow without that heavy and greasy feeling.  For a super highlighted look, build up the Finishing Gloss on collarbones, shoulders, shins and even on cheekbones. This gloss is the perfect finish to any look! St. Tropez One Night Only Finishing Gloss is available at Sephora!

Friday, December 8, 2017

How To Wear Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

By now you’ve probably heard that Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced on Dec. 7, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2018. The explanation behind this particular hue -- “Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.”

While this hue is not exactly a personal favorite, we’re all for some major chill in a world that seems to often leave us spinning out to find a bit of calm. The global recognition that color has a direct effect on mood is one that we concur with and one that we practice. As we previously stated, Ultra Violet is not a favorite hue however it’s one that we can absolute incorporate into our surroundings to help inspire focus and community -- for which we could all use a little more of. Incorporating Ultra Violet into your look is far easier than you think! To get you started, here are few of Team TME’s picks.


If you’re feeling a little bold, check out Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup in “Brilliant Amethyst” ($10.99). It transforms all hair shades and textures, even the darkest hair and is a healthier alternative to permanent color thanks to no ammonia, no peroxide and no parabens.


COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers Shadows in “Purple Pop” ($3.99) or COVERGIRL Melting Pout Metallics Liquid Lipstick in “AMPED” ($7.99) can help you to easily incorporate this hue into your look!


Try butter London’s Ultra Violet ($10)! butter LONDON does not add Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, or TPHP to any of its nail product formulas and is always on point!


Add a bit of Ultra Violet to your daily beauty ritual with one or more of ghd’s stylers for its Nocturne Collection ($99 to $249)! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pretty Ponytails For The Holidays

Our calendars seem to fill up in the blink of an eye during the holiday season and we find ourselves hopping from party to party with little time in-between to catch our breath, let alone refresh our look. Just in time for the holidays, Pureology Artistic Ambassador Natasha Sunshine-Antonioni shares her three favorite ponytail styles to cover your errand runs, holiday parties, and everything in-between!

The Pony, Three Ways!

High and Sleek
  1. Begin with damp hair. Apply a pea to nickel-sized dollop of Pureology Curl Complete Taming Butter two inches from your roots to tips. Blow dry and flatiron hair straight. Add another pea size of Taming Butter to ends before ironing.
  2. Tease hair from front hairline to crown by taking 1” partings. Using a comb or natural bristle brush, lightly (so as not to remove teasing from hair) pull hair back into a high ponytail. Make sure your placement is sitting high on the head for a more dramatic effect. Spray Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray, then smooth over pulled up hair with your palm to smooth away loose hairs.
  3. Take a ¼” section of hair from under your pony and wrap around the base of your elastic band. Spray Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray and pin into your pony with a bobby pin to hide it, placing it underneath your tail if possible.
  4. Give a final douse of Strengthening Control Mist and you’re off!

Posh Half Pony
  1. Begin with damp hair. Depending on your hair’s thickness, apply a dime to nickel-sized amount of Pureology Nourishing Nectar Sculpting Gel. Taking one section at a time, blow dry hair under using a large round natural bristle brush. The natural bristle and Nourishing Nectar work together to give you maximum shine.
  2. Tease hair from front hairline to crown in 1” sections. Using your natural bristle brush, very gently smooth hair into a high half pony. Secure with an elastic.
  3. Apply a dime size of Density Definer Medium Hold Crème Wax to palms and emulsify. Lightly smooth pulled-back hair back and up for hold and maximum shine. Pull out a ¼” section of hair from under the ponytail. Apply a pea-sized amount of Density Definer Medium Hold Crème Wax and smooth hair around base of your elastic. Pin bobby pin into your pony to hide it, placing it under your ponytail if possible.
  4. Add Density Definer Medium Hold Crème Wax to any hair that needs additional shine or smoothing.

 Pretty Pouf Pony
  1. For improved manageability, start with hair that was washed the day prior. Spray Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo at the roots, taking 1” parting sections starting at the hairline and finishing at the crown. Brush product through the hair for a beautiful satin finish.
  2. Apply Fresh Approach Dry Condition from mid-shaft to ends. Brush product through for maximum shine.
  3. Follow the steps from the Posh Half Pony to get your first elastic in place. Place a thumb on each side of the head at the back of your earlobe. Run thumbs to center of the head to get your next section and secure with an elastic. Hide elastic with a ¼” section from underneath your pony and secure with a bobby.
  4. Pull the remaining hair into a low pony and hide your elastic after securing. Either leave the last section loose or use a clear elastic to pull the hair together.

 Find Pureology Products online at Pureology and Select Salons!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Hair Exclusive With Celebrity Stylist Julien Farel

Studying under Jacques Dessange in France, collaborating with Frederic Fekkai, launching his own salons and haircare line, Julien Farel’s 30-year career has been far from dull! So when The Makeup Examiner landed the opportunity to have Julien create a sophisticated, effortlessly chic, 5-minute holiday hairstyle for our readers, we were honored and well, um … dancing in the streets!

Julien Farel spent 10 years with Dessange, prior to being recruited to run the training of Team Fekkai in both New York and Los Angeles. In 2001, Julien opened the first Julien Farel Salon in New York City, and has since opened salons in Miami and Cabo San Lucas. With A-list clients including Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Gere, and Rafael Nadal; Julien is one of the most prominent hairstylists in the world and the Julien Farel Anti-aging Haircare line has become one of the most coveted products lines by celebrities and beautynistas alike. So, are you ready for the Julien Farel 5-minute holiday look?

Julien Farel 5-Minute Holiday Hairstyle:

Inspiration: “Dancer” style bun from the runways
Style Time: 5 minutes
Materials: Hairpins, comb, hairspray, Julien Farel Anti-aging Haircare products as listed below

The key to jumpstart the styling process of this stunning holiday look begins with Restore ($33). It’s the first of its kind cleanse-treat-condition formula that replaces shampoo and conditioner on the day you use it. Quite frankly, as we go into the colder months Restore is going to be Team TME's best friend and you can view a Restore Tutorial of JF Products for perfect application and use.

  • Evenly distribute a small amount of Julien Farel Anti-Aging Inflate Styling Balm ($23) to create volume and fullness. Blow-dry hair until thoroughly dry.
  • Tousle hair with fingers and then part in the middle.
  • Tease at the top. Use hairspray.
  • Smooth the result with styling balm while still maintaining the rounded volume.
  • With both hands, create a low and loose “dancer” style bun. Secure with hairpins.
  • PRO TIP: Do not tighten the updo; the locks in the front should cover the ears.

There you have it! A simple style that is so elegant. Visit Julien Farel for salon information, more styling tips and the luscious Julien Farel Hair Care line! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Easy Holiday Hair Looks With Lisa Richards and RPZL

The holiday season is upon us and we’re all going to be busier then ever. From office parties to social gatherings, making the mad dash from one party to the next and doing so in style isn’t easy. Who wants to show up at their boss’s cocktail party looking disheveled? Perhaps you would never have thought about using RPZL Hair Extensions, but read on for the lovely looks for the holidays from RPZL co-founder Lisa Richards, that you can do yourself, and you will rethink the entire hair extensions issue!

Romantic Curls - Curls are such a classic holiday hair look that anyone can rock. You can go for a bouncy curl or a loose wave simply by choosing the right curling iron. We recommend starting with day old hair.  Unwashed hair holds style way better than freshly washed hair. If you are starting with wet hair, apply mousse and blowdry the hair with a medium size brush to create volume and body. If you are starting with dry hair, take your hair dryer, flip your head upside-down and “dry” it for a few minutes after applying dry shampoo to the roots to create that extra volume.

  • Step One: You must section off your hair so you don’t miss any spots!  We recommend dividing hair into three layers and then curl about 1-2 inch sections at a time. When curling your hair, you want to hold your curling iron kind of upside-down. The curling iron should wrap in the same direction of your hair, not against it.  But you want to curl it away from your face and not toward it.  
  • Step Two: Start curling your hair from the back and work your way up to the front. Don’t touch your curls yet.  Spray them using R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray and let them cool. Take your time! Work your way through your sections and keep curling away from your face.
  • Step Three: Do your makeup in order to let your hair cool.  Then flip your head over and hairspray away using our favorite R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Hairspray. When you flip your head back over, feel free to break up some of the curls with your fingers and do a light layer of hairspray on top. Don’t touch it too much though, or those curls will fall.  But your hair should stay pretty BIG all day!

Glam Ponytail - Use RPZL’s Pony In an Instant for a low maintenance hairstyle if you’re hosting a holiday event. It keeps the hair up and away from your face in an elegant way and can easily be accessorized. Begin with unwashed hair.  While you can wear a ponytail with freshly-washed locks, this style is great for second or third day hair, even if you’re aiming to create our gorgeous girl sleek and chic ponytail look.  You’ll have fewer fly-aways, and the natural oils that come from not washing your hair help with hold and give you shine.

  • Step One: Create a part down the middle using the end of a tailtooth comb. Begin brushing hair with a small amount of hair gel to give a sleek look. Gather hair loosely at the nape. Secure the pony with an elastic while keeping 1-inch section of hair free.
  • Step Two Wrap the loose part around the elastic. Secure the ends with a hairpin. Run a flatiron down the length of the pony, bending the ends gently under. Use finishing spray to smooth out fly-aways and help secure the style.
  • Pro Tip: An easier solution - Purchase RPZL’s new customized Pony clip-in extensions and all you need to do is wrap and secure it to get the perfect pony look in an instant (adding length and volume too!).

Elegant Updo - Twisted updos with a side part and loose hair framing the face add a romantic touch to any holiday style. This hairdo requires extra length and volume, which can easily be achieved with RPZL Clip-In Extensions.

  • Step One: Spray damp hair with R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray for texture. Then, twist random sections of your hair into knots, secure each with a metal duckbill clip, and blow dry. Unravel them after a few minutes for perfectly rumpled waves.
  • Step Two:  Now for the chignon … Section off your bang area and gather the rest of your hair into a loose bun on the side of your head. Secure the ends with hairpins. Then tease the bang section at the root and use your fingers to incorporate them (leaving a few strands out) into the rest of your hair. Secure with bobby pins.
Please note that all looks were created using RPZL clip in extensions, which are available online at RPZL and at the RPZL Salon.