Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Wanderlust Traveling To Parts Unknown

After months of nonstop beauty, fashion, and lifestyle coverage we are desperately in need of rest and relaxing. Of course, does anyone ever really completely “veg-out” on vacation? Well, maybe … but definitely not Team TME! 

We are scattering to the four winds and will return refreshed and ready to bring you all of the best that summer has to offer. While we’re gone, peruse through the Spring Beauty section and follow our travels on Instagram! Oh, did we hear you fussing about Mother's Day? Did you think that we'd leave you with no ideas for Mom? As if! Check out our Gifts For Her section! 

See you soon! ~xo Team TME

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MAC Cosmetics Introduces M∙A∙C Bold & Bad Lash Mascara

Brazen. Bold. Bad, bad bad. Give all your lashes the attention they deserve with M∙A∙C Bold & Bad Lash. This radically subversive mascara is the ultimate rebel’s tool. To create a 360-degree lash look from top to bottom. The dual-chamber package contains a brush for upper lashes, a brush for lower lashes and different formulas in each. The larger brush delivers instant volume to the top, while the smaller brush creates direct definition to the bottom. Start a lash revolution!

M∙A∙C Bold & Bad Lash Mascara ($23 US/$28 CAD) is available in-store and online June 8, 2017 in the permanent line.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

L’Occitane Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Team TME has had a long love affair with L’Occitane. And we don’t try to hide it! This brand is not only high quality, but it give back to communities around the world and offers varying price points so that you can always find something special. This Mother’s Day, gift mom with L’Occitane’s luxurious gift sets, featuring their award-winning skincare and fresh, floral spring fragrances – all divinely packaged and ready to gift!

Divine Collection ($190): Show mom how precious she is with this extraordinary skincare regimen infused with L’Occitane’s unique immortelle essential oil, prized for its outstanding skin rejuvenating properties. This set creates skin that looks and feels radiant, replenished, and more youthful-looking, featuring the Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam, Immortelle Divine Lotion, Immortelle Divine Cream and Immortelle Divine Eyes.

Terre de Lumière Gift Set ($98): Introducing L’Occitane’s new Gourmand Aromatic fragrance—Terre de Lumière. This gift set, featuring L’Occitane’s newest fragrance, is a reflection of the “Golden Hour,” a special time of day in Provence at dusk as the sun falls and the sky fills with golden and purple light. The air is filled with the most fragrant fresh and warm Provençal scents. This set includes Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum, Shower Gel, and Beautifying Body Milk.

Néroli & Orchid Collection ($78): If you are looking for a special Mother's Day gift to show mom how much you admire her, choose this sweet fruity and floral blend of Néroli & Orchid combined with Tunisian Néroli, an orange blossom essence, with White Orchid absolute from Madagascar, for the sweetest bouquet of the season. This gift set includes an Eau de Toilette, Body Milk, and Shower Gel.

Shea Butter Collection ($74): Celebrate L’Occitane’s most treasured ingredient, Shea Butter, which is at the heart of this incredibly luxurious body care set. This special set includes best sellers from L’Occitane that protect, nourish and revitalize skin from head-to-toe. Including everything mom will love, this glorious gift contains the Shea Butter Hand Cream, Foot Cream, Extra Gentle Milk Soap, Shower Cream, and Ultra-Rich Body Cream.

Lavender Collection ($74): Be whisked away to the dreamy fields of Provence with this premium collection of soothing, instantly calming lavender products. Including a Lavender Foaming Bath, Hand Cream, Candle, Perfumed Sachet and Bonne Mere Lavender Soap, this set will leave the body feeling nourished, relaxed and stress-free.

Almond Collection ($74): Sourced from Haute-Provence, almond oil has the natural ability to nourish and beautify the skin, with a light, luscious scent. This wonderful gift set, complete with Almond Shower Oil, Milk Concentrate, Delicious Hand Cream and two Delicious Bar Soaps, will leave mom’s skin silk, soft and radiant.

Verbena Collection ($74): Mom will feel refreshed and revitalized with L’Occitane’s invigorating verbena-infused collection, featuring notes of rose, geranium and lemon tree. This set includes a Verbena Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Perfumed Sachet and Cooling Hand Cream.

Rose Collection ($74): Give mom a lasting bouquet of roses with this collection of fresh and velvety Rose-fragrant products, which is sure to please the senses with a marriage of Roses notes from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco and Turkey. This set includes Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel, Body Milk, Hand & Nail Cream, and Bonne Mère Soap.

Shea Happy Hands Collection ($60): Pamper mom with the calming and smoothing benefits of L’Occitane’s all-time favorite hand-care treatments including a Shea Butter Hand Cream, One Minute Hand Scrub and Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil.

Ultimate Hand Cream Collection ($50): Experience the full range of L’Occitane’s favorite luxurious hand cream scents. This set includes Cherry Blossom, Almond Delicious, Shea Butter, Roses et Reines, and Lavender Hand Creams

Savons de Provence ($30): A perennial favorite, this collection of four, vegetable-based bar soaps is the perfect gift for the mom who loves to entertain. This set includes Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Soaps in Lavender, Milk and two Verbena scents.

Rose Discovery Collection ($28): Give the gift of this gorgeous collection, featuring Rose de Reines Eau de Toilette, Extra-Gentle Soap, and Hand Cream.

Cherry Blossom Discovery Collection ($28): Embrace the sweet florals of the springtime with this delicately scented Cherry Blossom, capturing the soft and feminine notes from the first breeze of spring. This set includes Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette, Perfumed Soap, and hand Cream.

Classic Hand Cream Trio ($28): A true beauty must-have for mom’s purse, a trio of delicately scented L’OCCITANE hand creams to help nourish and protect hands anytime, anywhere. This set includes Shea Butter, Cherry Blossom and Almond Delicious hand creams.

La Flamme Candle ($10): Love, celebrate and give with this verbena scented candle which L’OCCITANE has created in partnership with Marie Claire to raise funds for the education of women. 100% of profits from the sale of each candle will be donated to 3 chosen charities; She's the First (United States), Toutes a L’Ecole (Cambodia) and Entreprenuers du Monde (Africa) in order to help transform the lives of thousands of young girls.

Available at L’Occitane boutiques and online, these sets are filled with L’Occitane’s best products for rejuvenating the body and mind, giving both you and Mom the gift of relaxation!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Good On The Inside, Good On The Outside with Recipes

We’ve been really big supporters -- more like super fans of Golden Door. But, you all knew that already and hopefully you’ve had an opportunity to luxuriate with a Golden Door skin care product or two. Each time that we find an amazing product of the Spa’s we share it with you and today is no different. Actually, we shared with you that this spa has its own Farm Stand and maybe we forgot to mention that Golden Door makes its own honey that has recently become available to all. And it is one more reason why we are such fans of this treasure in San Marcos, California.

Golden Door Farms Wildflower Honey ($18) is homegrown by world renowned Golden Door Executive Chef, Greg Frey, Jr. on GD’s 600 acres of gardens and citrus groves. Chef Frye is an experienced beekeeper that is passionate about raising honeybees to contribute to sustaining our ecosystem. To celebrate the launch of this delish, organic goodness we’re sharing Golden Door’s “Super Secret” Wildflower Honey Face Mask and an even more SUPER SECRET recipe … Momma Barbie’s Granola!

Golden Door’s Wildflower Honey Face Mask

  • 1 tsp mashed avocado
  • 1 tsp plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp Golden Door Wildflower Honey

Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face, taking care to avoid your eyes, and sit and relax for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Because this mask is so gentle, it’s one that you can easily use several times per week. And who doesn’t deserve 20 minutes of complete “me” time?!? Interesting facts about how this mask works -- the fats within avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing, while the lactic acid within the yogurt is a gentle exfoliant that leaves your skin smooth and stimulates collagen production. The mask is rich in Vitamins B, E, A, and D as well as manganese and magnesium, all of which are pure nutrition for your face!

Momma Barbie’s Granola

  • ½ cup Golden Door Wildflower Honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (toasted)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dates (pieced)
  • 13x9 ½x2 Baking Pan

Preheat oven to 350°. Pour oats, sunflower seeds and almond into baking pan. Mix gently. Slowly heat honey, brown sugar canola oil and vanilla over a low heat stir occasionally until mixed. Pour over oat mixture. Add coconut and make sure that mixture is even in pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring often to ensure even browning of granola. Remove from oven and add cranberries, raisins and dates. Let cool completely and place in an airtight container. Enjoy with yogurt!

Momma Barbie cautions that you should keep a close eye on the shredded coconut when toasting it burns easily. Also, you really need to stir the granola about every five minutes for an even bake, and lastly … this is delicious and makes the perfect breakfast or snack so you can expect your granola to disappear rather quickly. 

Golden Door Farms Wildflower Honey is available online at Golden Door. Momma Barbie’s Granola, well uh, you’ll have to email us and we’ll see if she’s willing to send you batch.

About Golden Door: The Golden Door Foundation was founded in 2013 to show support to improving our communities, both globally and locally. Golden Door is passionate about the values and principles that we share with our beneficiary charities and believe in changing lives. We believe that responsibility extends beyond our walls.  As a show of support to those involved in making the world a more loving, more humane and more peaceful place.  100% of Golden Door profits go to help end child abuse and transform young lives.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fragrance Of The Month May 2017

While the heat and humidity have been absolutely oppressive for this time of year (welcome to the Northeast), we still love to enjoy our fragrances. The trick to keeping your chosen scent from making others gag during the warmer weather is to opt for something light and refreshing. And for that, we turn to Bulgari for Fragrance Of The Month May 2017.

We rarely opt for a unisex fragrance and find that very few fragrances that claim to be unisex truly are. Happily, we’ve found Eau Parfumée au thé vert Eau de Cologne (Perfume of Green Tea). Eau Parfumée au thé vert Eau de Cologne ($160, 150 ml) is the world’s first tea fragrance, created by Master Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, and introduced by Bulgari in 1992. Eau Parfumée au thé vert Eau de Cologne doesn’t so much stand as a typical tea fragrance as it does a rapturous reminder of the fresh spring morning -- when dawn breaks and the world begins to come alive yet again. It is a true classic warm season scent. 

Bulgari Eau Parfumée au thé vert Eau de Cologne Notes:
  • Top Notes: Italian Bergamot and Green Peppercorns
  • Mid Notes: Green Tea Accord and Cardamom
  • Base Notes: Beeswax and Tonka Bean

The scent classification is Citrus. Season: Warmer Months; Sillage: 3-Moderate; Longevity: 4-Long Lasting; Bottling-5. Eau Parfumée au thé vert Eau de Cologne from Bulgaria is available at select fine retailers around the globe.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MAC Fruity Juicy Collection Summer 2017

Sail away on a sweet scent-sation of frootilicious tropical color. Go bananas for M∙A∙C Fruity Juicy, in vibrant lipsticks, or zest up your life with Cremesheen Glass and three new Eye Shadow x 6 Palettes. Sun-dream the days away with Bronzing Powders or Pearlmatte face Powder. Then chase those last rays with Lustre Drops while the evocative coconut scent of Prep + Prime Fix+ sets the mood for whatever the evening heat may bring.

Bronzing Powder ($27 US/$32 CAD)
Refined Golden finely spun golden with soft pearl
Baiana Bronze medium-deep toned neutral matte bronze

M·A·C Studio Sculpt Bronzing Powder ($33 US/$38CAD)
Delicates neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer
Delphic coppery bronze with gold sparkles

Pearlmatte Face Powder ($33 US/$38 CAD)
Oh My, Passion! shimmery tan / light soft yellow / bluish pink / bright coral

Lustre Drops ($21 US/$25 CAD)
Bronze Hero rich deep bronze
Sun Rush peachy bronze with gold pearl

Prep+Prime Fix+ ($23 US/$27 CAD)

125 Split Fibre Dense Face ($35 US/$42 CAD)
126 Split Fibre Large Face ($42 US/$51 CAD)

Makeup Bag ($35 US/$42 CAD)

Lipstick ($17 US/$21 CAD)
Calm Heat mid-tone nude (matte)
Shy Girl creamy neutral coral beige (cremesheen)
Love At First Bite bright fuchsia (amplified) / Sí, Sí, Me! deep violet (satin)

Cremecheen Glass ($21 US/$24 CAD)
Cha-Cha-Cha warm peachy pink
Shake, Shake, Shake! bright apricot orange
La Salsa soft purple / Summer Succulence cool beige

Fruit a la la/Eye Shadow x 6 ($32 US/$42 CAD)
Glamour Light warm beige (satin)
Soleil, So Lovely dirty grey nude (matte) / ¡Arriba! frosty rose (frost)
Carnal Charm bright burnt orange red (matte)
Fuchsia Fury bright blue pink (satin)
Cocktail Black deep brown grey with pearl (satin)

Love in the Glades/Eye Shadow x 6 ($32 US/$42 CAD)
Greystroke tinted white grey (satin) / Cumulus mid-tone frosty grey (frost)
Bye Bye Bahamas soft chocolate with pearl (frost)
Palm Leaves soft grey green (satin)
Neoprene Green bright frosty emerald (veluxe pearl)
Russian Blue dark blackened blue grey (matte)

Oh My Banana/Eye Shadow x 6 ($32 US/$42 CAD)
Retrospeck beached blonde (lustre) / Big Kahuna true gold (frost)
Soft Brown soft golden peachy-brown (matte)
Electric Mandarin champagne orange (satin)
All’s Rosy deep pink rose (matte) / Land of Delights mid-tone cranberry (satin)
SRP $32.00 US/$42.00 CAD

M∙A∙C Fruity Juicy available in-store and online May 18 North America.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Top Eco-Chic Beauty Products For Earth Day and Everyday

Each year since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22. An early Happy Earth Day to you! No one at The Makeup Examiner is going to tell anyone how to live his or her life, but we are going to share a little bit of our founder’s story. Yvonne was raised in an eco-conscious household by an --across the board-- activist mother. She shared with us that she’d always taken for granted that other people lived the same way that she did. Entering her teenage years, she had zero interest in the things that her mother taught her and became very interested in big business. 

Fast forward to eight years ago when she left a position as a CEO and decided to become a freelance writer. Wanting to give a voice to the voiceless, Yvonne focused on women’s issues. The media outlet that gave her a steady gig had asked if she’d wanted a beauty column. As she tells it, “I thought, ‘Yeah, like a hole in the head,’ but I took the gig anyway and hit the ground running. Six years later, I have been privy to a unique view of the beauty industry and have worked with so many amazing and wonderful people. This journey has taught me more than I could have imaged to learn about sustainably, the environment and how to tell the difference between a true eco-friendly product and a brand that is just straight up greenwashing.” Sustainable, organic, and fair trade are the issues that we hold close to our hearts and in celebration of Earth Day, Team TME has chosen a few of our favorite eco-friendly brands! Oops, we almost forgot that each of the brands listed are also cruelty-free!


Chantecaille - Chantecaille Beauté launched its brand with the philosophy of making women feel beautiful and beautifully making a commitment to the environment through responsible practices and philanthropic endeavors. Chantecaille’s philosophies haven’t changed, and we’ve yet to try a Chantecaille product that we don’t love. Non-GMO Too!

Rouge Bunny Rouge (RBR) – Pretty much still in the Indie category, Rouge Bunny Rouge is quickly becoming a favorite by all. With enchanting (and minimal) recyclable packing, Rouge Bunny Rouge has us hopping for more!

jane iredale - The Makeup Examiner Team chose jane iredale, as the brand’s Hydration Sprays have earned ECOCERT’s Natural and Organic Cosmetics certification. In conjunction with earning the aforementioned award from ECOCERT, jane iredale products are made without harsh chemical dyes, talc, parabens, formaldehyde, heavy metals or synthetic preservatives.


Gabriel Cosmetics – Offering a plethora of colors, Gabriel Nail Polishes are both eco-friendly and “5-free.” Plus, the brand is completely committed to sustainable practices.


Davines - Davines is a cruelty free, organic and sustainable brand that belongs to 1% For the Planet! There isn’t much more to elaborate upon other then to say that each product we’ve tried from this Italian brand is exceptional.

Pureology – Understanding the importance of water conservation, Pureology has taken conservation measures that include designing shampoo and conditioner packaging that use 39 percent less water during the manufacturing process, utilizes 100 percent recyclable packaging made of 50 percent post-consumer recycled materials, uses 100 percent vegan ingredients, and ultimately saves nearly 60,000 gallons of water each year through its overall conservation efforts.

ECRU New York – ECRU is dedicated to making products that are eco-friendly. ECRU New York’s products are not tested on animals and do not harm the environment. Of course, all of the brand’s packaging is recyclable.


Eco-Amour Advanced Skin Fitness – This brand has been a TME favorite for a long time. All Eco-Amour products are organic, vegan, cruelty-free and packaged in recyclable containers.

Merlot Skin Care - Featured on The TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, is a family-owned and operated brand with its products made in the USA. That aside, the entire Merlot Skin Care line is cruelty-free and incorporates the healing benefits of natural red grape seed antioxidants, which are gentle and effective.

NUDE Skincare – The brand’s products are made without parabens, phthalates, sulphates and other harmful chemicals, and they also avoid non-biodegradable mineral oils and silicones.


L’Occitane - The beautiful company with Parisian-inspired stores across the nation offers many eco-friendly products. L’Occitane offers refill pouches for most of its best-selling product formulas like soaps, face wash, shampoo, etc., which is the perfect way to refill your bottle or jar without having to purchase another container.

Daily Concepts – The brand’s products are environmentally-friendly and made from natural components such as soy based foam, charcoal and turmeric. Daily Concepts is a vegan brand and is committed to the global community through it’s participation in Lava Mae, a non-profit organization determined to “deliver dignity one shower at a time” to the world’s homeless.


Lotus Wei - The Makeup Examiner chose to highlight this particular company because of its all-around philosophies of integrating the plant, planet and beauty. Lotus Wei offers Flower Elixirs, Balancing Serums, Energy Mists, and Transformative Perfumes. Each of which are available in varying moods -- Joy Juice, Infinite Love, Pure Energy, Inspired Action, Quiet Mind and Inner Peace -- aimed to help us focus upon a specific issue in our lives by shifting our mood and physiology.

For more information on living a “greener” life, visit the Eco-Friendly or Earth Day sections on TME and visit the Earth Day website.