Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Travel Gear: The 2017 Beauty Must-Haves

Oh, it's on .... the crazy travel of the Holiday Season is here! There's no doubt that we love the holiday season. Maybe it’s because we know that parties are in abundance, or perhaps it’s the thought (and sigh of relief) that soon we'll be spending a week in January with our toes in the sand -- far, far away from the cold! Most likely it’s a lovely combination. However before we jet off to parts unknown, Team TME has to share the beauty must-haves for traveling with ease this holiday season.

Traveling is essentially second nature to us, although it hasn’t always been so. When we sat down to really think about traveling during the holidays, it was a chat filled with memories of “OMG” moments, a lot of laughs and the realization that we need our creature comforts! Read on for Team TME’s must-haves that will have you arriving in style and looking beautiful all season long.

Elizabeth Arden 33-Pc Holiday Blockbuster Upgrade ($49.50 - worth over $400) is the ultimate limited edition collection with everything you need to be beautiful from day into night. To start with, the 33-Pc Holiday Blockbuster Upgrade is contained in a luxurious red train case. The case alone is worth $49.50 and could not be more of a must-have! Inside this limited-edition collection you’ll find a 16 Eye Shadow palette, 4 Lipsticks, 2 Blushes, 1 Shimmer Powder, 2 Lipgloss Minis, 1 Grand Entrance Mascara in Stunning Black, 1 Lip Pencil, 1 Eye Pencil, 1 All Gone Eye Makeup Remover, and 3pc Brush Set.

So, what else will you need? … ECRU New York’s Travel Hair Dryer ($108.75) with patented Japanese ion technology, your hair dries hair from the inside out to infuse it with moisture, restoring luster and reducing frizz and flyaways. This hair dryer offers dual voltage to adjust drying power to meet European and American requirements and is compact. If you want to have pretty holiday hair, we say go with ECRU New York Luxe Treatment Travel & Trial Set ($22), which contains portable sizes of ECRU New York Luxe Treatment Shampoo, Protective Silk Conditioner, and Sunlight Finishing Spray MAX all come packaged in a convenient travel bag, ensuring that your hair will be the ultimate fashion accessory wherever you go … all TSA approved.

You can’t forget skincare … even on the go! 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 picnic baskets and make a fab hostess/host gift!)  Anyway … earlier this year Golden Door 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!

You also probably don’t want to forgo shaving … A gadget that we discovered many summers ago is the Venus Snap Razor ($12.99) and we do not go anywhere without it. This mini razor allows for instant smoothness on the go! With five curve-hugging blades and a portable compact, you’ll be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere.

Don’t forget fragrance and if you’re looking for something new, check out TME’s Fragrance Section. On the subject of scent … we’re going where many have gone before … but most feel uncomfortable talking about. While we were swapping “war” stories, the subject of bathroom time came up -- more specifically the potty and the lingering scents left behind. We had a recent experience when attending a get-together at Yvonne’s house when a guest had emerged from the powder room reeking of air freshener. The powder room is not exactly around the corner in Yvonne’s home and all could smell … uh … let’s just say we could smell whatever had occurred in the powder room from three rooms over. What happens in the bathroom needs to stay in the bathroom -- for all parties concerned. Enter The Porcelain Company.

Designed by an organic chemist, Porcelain ($12.95 - Travel Bottle) is formulated to create an odor barrier between you and the toilet water, while actively reacting with and neutralizing the volatile gases in the water. A spritz is all you need. Made in the USA and available in five scents -- Belle, Day in the Country, Game Day, Simpatico and Teal -- don’t leave home without it! Porcelain is also available gifts sets for at home use and currently offering Free Shipping with the code: SCIENCE.

So, we’re just about packed and ready for a long weekend with friends and family. From our family here at TME to yours … xo Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Got To Do The Pre-Holiday Pamper

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the most stressful! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is less then a week away?!? While there’s no doubt that we love everything about the season -- from the preparation of an amazing Thanksgiving dinner to the last drop of champagne on NYE -- it can do some damage to our hair and skin … and psyche. So, you gotta walk in with a game plan and that starts with a little “me” time … long before Auntie Mabel asks you (for the 1000th time) when you’re getting married!

Team TME has found a few products that are absolutely fabulous to help you relax, as well as keeping you looking great throughout the Holidaze. It starts with the NEW Age Prevention Superfood Mask ($44) from Youth To The People. Formulated with Spirulina, Bioactive Microalgae and Hyaluronic Acid (plus kale & spinach!), these superhero ingredients protect from free radical damage while nourishing your skin for a healthy, youthful glow. 10 minutes is all you need to see gorgeous results and to feel better!

If you have time … scratch that … make time for a super relaxing bath. Amelie et Melanie Linge Blanc Bath Salts ($45) are luxurious and fragrant bath salts in a beautiful decorative bottle for a relaxing bathing experience. Linge Blanc has a fresh crisp fragrance and is a TME favorite. These salts are pure mineral sea salt, made in France, and provide a moment of true relaxation.

Rounding out this week’s segment for taking care of you are a few products from Harklinikken Hair. We know that throughout the holiday’s we’re going to do a little more damage than usual to our locks and two products from Harklinikken have turned out to be absolute hair saviors!

Formulated with naturally nourishing and cleansing ingredients including extracts from organic oats and mustard seeds, Harklinikken’s pH Shampoo ($54) helps restore balance to your scalp, perfect for combating Holiday season itchiness and irritation. Pro-Tip from Harklinikken Founder Lars Skjoth: “Alternate between rubbing the formula in and massaging your scalp for at least 30 seconds before washing out to ensure maximum penetration.”

For the ultimate moisturizing treatment, try Harklinikken’s Hair Hydrating Mask ($56) to help quench and revive dry, over-styled hair -- it’s chock-full of good-for-hair ingredients including quinoa, flax seeds, olive oil, avocado oil, and flower extracts. Pro-Tip from Harklinikken Founder Lars Skjoth: “To get the most out of this mask, try applying it at night, before going to bed. Just dampen the hair slightly and add a generous amount to your hair. Rinse out in the morning. For an additional boost of nourishment, put some on your ends once your hair is dry.”

We hope that you have the happiest holiday season and check back each week for more tips and tricks for surviving the season … beautifully!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

L’Occitane 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

We’re a tiny bit late on bringing this one to you, but it’s soooo worth the wait! This holiday season pamper your loved ones with luxurious gift sets from L’OCCITANE. Capturing the essence of Provençal beauty, each gift is filled with our cherished formulas, wrapped in festive ready-to-give packaging. There’s nothing that we aren’t completely in love, most especially since L’OCCITANE has partnered with UNICEF, however if there were one complete must-have it would be L’OCCITANE’s Luxury Advent Calendar … read on to find out why!

As we stated above, this holiday season, L’OCCITANE has partnered with UNICEF to help thousands of children around the world. From now to December 25, L’OCCITANE will donate $4 from each Shea Butter Collection and Shea Butter Deluxe Collection Gift Sets purchased to UNICEF, up to $120,000. In addition to their work with UNICEF, L’OCCITANE Shea Butter favorites are harvested in Burkina Faso in a sustainable and fair trade partnership with the women who produce it.

  • Shea Butter Collection ($74): As L’OCCITANE’s most beloved ingredient, shea butter is the star of this luxurious body care set, offering protection and nourishment of the skin. It includes Shea Butter Hand Cream, Foot Cream, Ultra-Rich Body Cream, and Extra Gentle Milk Soap.
  • Shea Butter Deluxe Collection ($104): Upgrade your Shea Butter Collection gift set and make it Deluxe! This collection of shea butter favorites includes your entire skin and body regimen from start to finish. It includes Shea Butter Ultra-Rich Body Cream, Intensive Hand Balm, Foot Cream, Shower Cream, Extra Gentle Milk Soap, and Shea Light Face Cream.

L’OCCITANE Collection Gift Sets
  • Almond Collection ($74): Sourced from Haute-Provence, the coveted almond oil helps nourish, moisturize and beautify the skin. This luxurious gift set comes complete with an Almond Shower Oil, Almond Milk Concentrate, Delicious Hand Cream, Almond Delicious Soap and Supple Skin Oil.
  • Lavender Collection ($74); Sourced directly from farmers’ cooperatives in Haute-Provence, L’OCCITANE’s certified P.D.O lavender scent offers much-needed moments of calmness and tranquility. Give the gift of relaxation with this collection of Lavender Foaming Bath, Perfumed Sachet, Hand Cream, Hand Wash, Body Milk, and Bonne Mere Lavender Bar Soap.
  • Terre De Lumiere Collection ($79): Discover L’OCCITANE’s 2017 fragrance launch, Terre de Lumiere, inspired by Provence’s Golden Hour, with zesty and aromatic top notes, and signature lavender honey. This premiere gift includes L’OCCITANE holiday limited edition Terre de Lumiere Eau de Parfum, Gentle Shower Gel, Body Lotion, and Perfumed Soap, wrapped in luxury silk gold tissue.

  • L’Homme Cedrat Collection ($79): The perfect gift set for the men in your life, L’Homme Cedrat is the essence of escape, inspired by the sailors of Arles with a crisp freshness and aquatic notes. Give the signature L’HOMME Cédrat Cologne Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel, After-Shave gel cream, Cologne Soap.
  • Divine Collection ($189): Rich in immortelle essential oil, this advanced anti-aging set features our best-selling Divine Cream, Divine Eyes, Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream, and Divine Youth Oil, to leave skin feeling more vibrant, radiant and younger-looking than ever.

The Limited-Edition Favorites
  • Classic Advent Calendar ($69): This highly anticipated advent calendar is back for another year and sure to please any crowd by revealing a surprise beauty essential on each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas! Sample L’OCCITANE’s most beloved ingredients for a luxurious body and skin experience.
  • NEW! Luxury Advent Calendar ($124): New for 2017, we are taking L’OCCITANE’s coveted advent calendar and providing shoppers the ultimate gift for the beauty obsessed. This beauty treasure chest includes 24 surprise and delight moments featuring everything from premium fragrance to body care and face care. Treat the senses to coveted ingredients from the South of France including Verbena, Shea Butter, Immortelle, Almond, Cherry Blossom, Rose, and more.
  • Best of L’Occitane Collection ($124): Web Exclusive - Surprise and delight someone on your list with the crème de la crème from L’Occitane. This deluxe set includes a combination of best selling bath and body products with luxurious ingredients straight from the South of France including Shea Butter Hand Cream and Foot Cream, Almond Shower Oil and Milk Concentrate Immortelle Cleansing Oil Make-up Remover, Lavender Foaming Bath and Extra Gentle Lavender Soap.
  • Luxury Travel Treats ($42): These travel-size favorites are perfect for the jetsetter in your life and come wrapped in a perfect carry all pouch! Products include Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream, Almond Shower Oil, Almond Milk Concentrate, Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Butter Foot Cream, Verbena Shower Gel, Verbena Body Lotion, Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner.

Holiday Sets, Baubles & Stocking Stuffers
  • Holiday Baubles ($14 each): The perfect delight & decoration to add to your tree, these bauble sets – available in Shea Butter Bauble, Verbena Bauble and Cherry Blossom Bauble – include a Hand Cream, Extra Gentle Bar Soap, Leaf Soap or Shower Gel, and Body Lotion.
  • Crackers Collection ($34): A jovial upgrade to your traditional ‘Christmas crackers’, this entertaining set is more than just fun – pop them open to enjoy your favorite L’Occitane minis! Includes Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Bonne Mere Peach Bath Cube, Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil, Bonne Mere Olive Bath Cube, Almond Hand Cream, Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel, Bonne Mere Rosemary Bath Cube and Lavender Hand Cream.
  • One For You, One For Me ($54): Treat yourself too! Give the gift of delectable hand creams in L’OCCITANE’s most cherished scents. Formulated with nourishing Shea Butter, this moisturizing set features 1 oz. hand creams in the delicious scents of Shea Butter, Rose Heart, Vanilla Bouquet, Zesty Lime, Cherry Blossom and Lavender. There is one for you, your bestie, mom, sister or special someone!
  • Beauty Oils Collection ($69): Web Exclusive - Love your skin this winter and discover L’OCCITANE’s best-selling Almond and Shea Butter enriched-oil duos to unwind and indulge after a long holiday season. Revive and hydrate skin with this collection of Almond Shower Oil, Supple Skin Oil, Shea Butter Cleansing Oil and Shea Butter Fabulous Oil.

All these items can be found online at L’Occitane and in-store except where noted.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Get Adir Abergel's look on Amber Heard at The Justice League Premiere

The Los Angeles premiere for the Justice League took place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on Monday, November 13. One outstanding Red Carpet look was that of Amber Heard, with her “cropped” French Twist created by none other than renowned Celebrity Stylist, Adir Abergel. If you’ve been reading The Makeup Examiner for anything length of time, you know that Adir is one of our favorites! And, with this stunning look, is it any wonder why?

The look: It was all about structure, volume and shine. Healthy hair that was sculptural and edgy at the same time. A twist on the classic French twist.

Inspiration: Adir wanted to incorporate some old school glamour with some 80's punk details.

How To Get The Look:
  • Adir started by applying Virtue The One for All 6-1 Styler from mid shaft to ends and then Virtue Perfect Ending Split End Serum only on ends.
  • He then applied Kusko Murphy Setting Lotion and Bumble andBumble Mouse on roots only. Pro Tip: This preparation is important to achieve the desired that high shine to hair and create the memory and volume Adir needed for the look.
  • Adir the blow dried hair and curled into barrel curls with a 1 1/4" curling iron.
  • He allowed the curls set and cool down before removing.
  • He then brushed out the curls and started to create the shape desired sweeping everything over to one side and taking it into a classic French twist. 
  • He made sure to leave lots of volume in front to balance this and give the look a more modern effect.
  • Once he achieved the shape, he applied Lanza Hair Spray to lock it in place.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MAC Cosmetics and PATRICK STARRR Total Reveal

We’ve been waiting to see the entire MAC x PATRICK STARRR Collection and the complete reveal is finally here! Beauty guru @PATRICKSTARRR brings his inspiring “Makeup is one-size-fits-all” philosophy to life with a new collection for M∙A∙C!

LIPSTICK ($17.50 US/$21 CAD)


LIP PENCIL ($17.50 US/$21 CAD)




Available: NORTH AMERICA December 14, 2017 at all M•A•C locations and online at MAC. INTERNATIONAL February 2018 at select M•A•C locations.

Friday, November 10, 2017

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Launches Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour

M∙A∙C Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour is here! Swipe on futuristic sheen with this exclusive holographic lip color packed with iridescent pearls. No special fx required! For a magical look so real, it’s surreal.

  • Broken Halo silver with multi-colour iridescence
  • Electric Rainbow opalescent pink and multi gold pearl
  • Gilded Age luminescent bronze gold
  • Let’s Rock coppered orange with green and yellow iridescence
  • Lunar Module pale blue iridescent pearl
  • Peace, Love, Unity, Respect green with iridescent pearl
  • Pearly Girl cool pink with red and gold iridescence
  • Queen’s Violet royal purple with blue and pink iridescence
  • Rave Bunny bubblegum pink with electric blue iridescence
  • Space Bubble blackberry red with red iridescence
  • Twinkle Twink coral with gold pearl
  • Trip bright pink with blue iridescence

Available in North America November 10, 2017 online at M∙A∙C Cosmetics and select M·A·C locations.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jessica Alba's Secret to Pregnancy Bliss

Sometimes pregnancy can be, uh, a bit overwhelming -- to say the least. Happily, Honest Beauty Founder Jessica Alba is sharing her top pregnancy beauty tips! From baths, work outs, beauty & more, the soon-to-be mom of three is sharing her secrets on how to get through pregnancy looking and feeling your best.

Tips from Jessica Alba, Honest Beauty Founder:

Schedule ‘me’ time
I love a good bath!  I use our Honest Company Dreamy Lavender Bubble Bath, which smells amazing and helps to make me feel calm.

Drink lots of water
Hydration is absolutely key during pregnancy, so I make it a goal to drink at least 10 bottles of Smartwater a day. Also, water is great for preventing your skin from drying out. A cute water bottle can make drinking water more fun, my current fav is the Ban.do “No Bad Days” tumbler.

Nourish from the inside out
It’s important to feed your body (and your face!) with the best possible foods and ingredients. I love really fresh, organic fruits & veggies, and recently can’t get enough peaches. My skincare go-to is the Honest Beauty Everything Organic Facial Oil, it’s rich in the same fatty acids and vitamins known to feed your body and it helps restore moisture and radiance.

Sweat it out
I try to work out 3 times per week, I love how I feel more energized and radiant after a good gym session. I’ve been doing total body strength training workouts because they’re great for women like me who are currently pregnant. Right now, I’m focusing on strengthening my upper back as I gain more weight in the front. When I'm working out I try not to get too heated and I try and keep my heart rate below 140bpm. Pace yourself and listen to your body (Consult your doctor before starting a new workout regime).

According to my trainer, Gregg Miele, benefits of strength training may include:
  • Improved fitness and strength
  • Healthy weight gain (reduction of excessive weight gain)
  • Controlled glucose levels (reduces risk of gestational diabetes)
  • Better postpartum recovery

Never skip moisturizer
Us pregnant ladies need as much moisture as we can get. I apply the Honest Company Organic Body Oil right after the shower; it makes my skin feel super silky without being slippery. If you’re feeling dry & flaky, try adding dry brushing to your routine a couple times a week to buff away the dead skin

If all else fails, swipe on a bold lip
A bright, bold lip always picks me up and makes me feel confident, even on days when I’m not really feeling the “pregnancy glow”. My go-to is the Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Strawberry Kiss.