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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easy Spring and Summer Hair Style with Sarah Potempa

There is a really good reason why we love Sarah Potempa! Our “love affair” started long ago when Sarah was working with a hair care brand … long before the days of the Beachwaver … yep, we knew way back in the day that this woman had the inventive mind and magic touch to create the styles that we absolutely adore for Spring and Summer! So, we are again very thankful to share Sarah’s latest with our beloved readers! The looks are Cali-inspired and perfect for the entire season!

Braided Ponytail:

Step 1: Make a heavy side part. Take the top section of hair and lightly back brush with The Beachwaver Co. Mini On Set Brush for volume.

Step 2: Create two French braids, one across the side of the head and the other starting at the ear and curving down around the hairline.

Step 3:  Pull the hair into a ponytail, leaving the bottom braid out. Wrap the braid around the ponytail and secure with a pin.

Step 4: Loosely curl the remaining hair in the ponytail with The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver S1.25.

Braided Headpiece:

Step 1: Using a comb, part hair so there is an even one inch section in the center of your head. 

Step 2: Starting from the back of the head, do an inverted French braid until you reach the front.

Step 3: Separate the section of hair in the front into two sections. Braid each side and pin behind hair. 

Step 4: Smooth the ends with The Beachwaver Co. Coast ProCeramic Styling Iron.

Tiered Bubble Ponytail Braid:

Step 1: Divide hair into clean, even sections with The Beachwaver Co. Darby Clips and curl with The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver S1.

Step 2: Create an inverted French braid down the center of the head and secure with a clear elastic at the crown of the head.

Step 3: Make two 3 strand braids on either side of the head and add them to the ponytail, securing with a clear elastic 1 inch below the first. Create two more 3 strand braids one inch below, securing with a clear elastic.

Mixed Braids and Waves:

Step 1: Divide hair into clean, even sections with The Beachwaver Co. Darby Clips and curl with The Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver S.75 from the bottom layer up.

Step 2: Create a fishtail braid on each side of the head. Pancake the braids by gently tugging at the edges to give them more texture and fullness. Add a three-strand braid on one side of the head and pin it back over the fishtail. Watch the “How-To” on our YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Golden Door Partners with NYSPCC During Child Abuse Prevention Month

We’ve written so often about Golden Door Spa -- its products are amazing, as is the Spa's philosophies for living. The Golden Door has had longstanding endeavors toward child abuse prevention and is taking them one step further by partnering with The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) for its Sixth Annual Spring Luncheon to Combat Child Abuse. The Luncheon is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19th with proceeds benefiting NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery and Safe Touches programs and help fund its counseling, legal and educational programs to prevent abuse and help more children and families heal.

6.6 million children are victims of child abuse or neglect each year in the United States, and more than 70% of the children who died because of child abuse were two years of age or younger. These alarming statistics is why world renown spa, Golden Door and NYSPCC will be working together to combat this serious problem. And it begins with a conversation.  

“In the current world that we live in, child abuse and neglect is running rampant and is a real epidemic,” said Kathy Van Ness, COO/General Manger, Golden Door, “There is a report of child abuse every ten seconds in the United States; we need to come together to make a change to stop this from happening.”

The Spring Luncheon will feature guest speaker, Eric MacLeish, the renowned Boston attorney who has represented some of the most significant sexual abuse cases in the country and is the attorney portrayed in the award-winning film, "Spotlight." During his remarks at the Luncheon, he plans to discuss the parallels he sees between the cases he’s worked on in the past, and the current, high profile sex abuse cover-ups making headlines. He will also discuss how schools and parents can get involved to toughen existing laws to better protect students in private schools.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of New York’s leading philanthropists business, media, and government community who come together at the Spring Luncheon to ensure that New York’s children in crisis - and their families - can continue to benefit from essential treatment and prevention programs,” said Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., Executive Director of The NYSPCC.

Individual tickets and tables for the Spring Luncheon are available for purchase. Proceeds will support The NYSPCC and help give vulnerable children the chance to heal and move forward to live happy, healthy lives. While you may not live in New York, you can still learn how to get involved in child abuse prevention -- visit ChildHelp.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tips For A Fresh And Flawless Face

Dull skin, too much shine, large looking pores, dry skin and of course, the laughable “mask-face” can make you want to scream. Sometimes it feels as if nothing we do can help us attain an even looking skin tone. But, with a little know-how from Team TME anything is possible  ... most especially a fresh, flawless face!

Exfoliate: Yes, you’ve read our warnings about over-exfoliating your skin and that warning remains in effect. But, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t exfoliate your skin. Dry flakes and dead skin cells can make your skin appear dull as well as clog your pores leading to blemishes. So, exfoliate that face!

Use a Primer: Primers are multipurpose. Finding one that contains SPF 15 or higher and you’re protecting your skin against harmful UV rays. Plus, primer is just that … it primes your skin with a protective layer, which will reduce the look of large pores and will help foundation set more evenly. Speaking of multipurpose, some primers are dual primer/moisturizer.

Rethink your foundation application: From our own experience, we can assure you of two things. One, it is not always necessary to apply foundation from forehead to collarbone and two, the habit of completely covering your face with foundation will be difficult to break but well worth it! Try a BB Cream. BB Creams are lighter than foundation and can give you more then adequate coverage. Don’t forget to look for one that contains SPF.

Concealer is beauty sleep in a bottle: Concealer is different from foundation. It’s much heavier and is intended for use in small areas such as a blemish or under-eye circles. When you haven’t gotten a good night’s rest or for those prone to dark under-eye circles, use concealer before you apply your foundation.

Setting powder is your friend: While you want your makeup to give you the appearance of a natural glow, you don’t want others to be able to see their reflection. There are a plethora of setting powders on the market. And you’re guaranteed to find one that works for your skin whether it be dry, oily or somewhere in between. Also, to keep shine at bay throughout the day try bloating paper.

Find the right foundation shade: First, start off with testing foundation it the proper spot. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the back of your hand! Test the shade on your jaw line and don’t forget to check that shade with the seasons. What was the perfect color for the summer probably isn’t going to be for the fall.

PRO TIP! Let us not forget the most important step towards a flawless looking face … clean skin! If you don’t have a skincare regimen, it’s time to start one!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Beauty Survival Guide For Coachella 2017 and the Music Festival Season

Kicking off in just a few days, on Friday April 14, is the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. And that means that the music festival season is finally upon us. Coachella is a place to see and be seen, just as much as it is a music and arts event. This is true of most of the major music events you’ll be attending this spring and summer. We’ve come to really look forward to the season, not only for the music but also for the friends that we get to see and catch up with. You just never know who you’re gonna run into (Trust Us On This One!) and you’ll want to look picture perfect. Read on to find out what you do (and don’t) need to look festival festive!

Let’s start with a quick rundown of your wardrobe. Um … you’re going to be outdoors all day … and night. Not to mention that temperatures in Indio will be in the 90s throughout the day and not really expected to cool off too much at night – like in the upper 50s! With that having been said, we still suggest that you bring a light jacket. Dress in light, breathable fabrics. To get a better idea of the temp and terrain check out TME Picks: Michael Stars On The Fray Wide Brim Hat in Java ($54); Free People Tyler Ankle Boot ($350); Dior Reflected Prism Aviator Sunglasses ($550); Free People Hooded Frayed-Hem Jacket in Moss ($128).

As for your beauty products, this is a place to keep it simple. We actually read a perfume suggestion for Coachella and just about died laughing. You all know we love our fragrances, but anyone who’s been to a warm weather outdoor festival knows that fragrances are a lovely way to attract insects and piss off other festival-goers. However, deodorant is a must. TME Pick: Milk Makeup Natural Deodorant ($14) and speaking of those bugs check out Eco-Armour Outdoor Botanical Insect Repellent & Moisturizer ($14.99). Eco-Amour is a TME Favorite for a million reasons, but the double-duty Outdoor is a must-have for Coachella and all summer long!

A beauty regimen for music fest season shouldn’t be complicated and it begins with sunscreen! For all over protection our pick is Sun Bum Spray Sunscreen SPF 50 ($15.99). Next up is BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer. TME Pick: Laura Mercier Tinted Illuminating Moisturizer SPF 20 ($44). We realize that not everyone is down with a complete no-makeup look. So, to round out your music fest beauty regimen, we turn to TOO FACED Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($23) and another must-have product … lip balm. Tinted lip balm is a must to keep your pout pretty. TME Pick: jane iredale Lipdrink SPF 15 Lip Balm ($15).

Throughout the day (and night) you’re going to want to freshen up. Team TME is obsessed with jane iredale Hydration Sprays ($29). Also, an absolute must-have is a pack of cleansing cloths like Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth On The Glow Cleansing Cloths ($30 - 10pk). As for your hair, we recommended that cool Michael Stars hat for a reason, but you may also want to opt for dry shampoo. TME Picks: Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo ($10) or Bosley Pro BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($18.95).

Two last things before we all head out into the sunset. You need something to put all of your stuff in and our pick is Stussy x Herschel Clear SP16 Tarpaulin Lawson Backpack Handbag from REVOLVE ($80). Now, you have all of the things that you’ll need for an amazing time at Coachella and throughout the music fest season … except a safety plan. You need to remember that while you’re having a great time (and looking good doing so) be smart and stay safe and we have found an article on TRAVELGROM, “20 must-know Coachella tips and tricks” by Evan Thomas, that you need to read before you go anywhere! 

See ya’ out there. XO Team TME

Friday, April 7, 2017

‘Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup’ Book Review

Written by Bésame Cosmetics founder Gabriela Hernandez, “Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup” is a book that goes beyond a love of makeup or essays of “how-tos”. This 224-page hardcover book offers the reader an insight into the history of beauty ... and how beauty is shaped by society.

“Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup” is an easy, yet fascinating read that begins with a historical timeline that dates from 33,000 B.C to 100 A.D. and opens the discussion of how beauty was viewed throughout this period of time. It’s interesting to look at a rather voluptuous fertility sculpture, dating around 25,000 B.C, and a realization that the sculpture would be viewed as representative of an obese woman by today’s standards. The timelines throughout the book would definitely appeal to any history buff or true cosmetics enthusiast. 

Of course, “Classic Beauty” isn’t just a history lesson. It’s filled with over 430 images, detailing popular color palettes, beauty tools, and acceptable standards of beauty for both men and women. How many of you knew that it was the male gender of our species that first wore makeup? (Nope, beauty boys are not a new thing!) Through the use of timelines, the reader learns about the early formulas of cosmetics, its usage, and how very little things have changed when it comes to the dangers that humans will endure in their pursuit of beauty.

But, the book is far from a humdrum history lesson. The imagery is absolutely stunning. “Classic Beauty” makes for a must-have coffee table book -- on that basis alone -- with gorgeous imagery of legendary beauties like Clara Bow, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and modern beauties like Christie Brinkley, Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie.

As the book moves to the 20th Century, beauty enthusiasts are treated to step-by-step cosmetic applications of each time period. The reader is taken through popular styles and color palettes from the 1920’s to 2000’s and a look behind why certain styles were popular in their time, making this book the perfect reference guide. The book actually finishes with a complete guide for easy referencing.

“Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup” by Gabriela Hernandez is a must read for the beauty professional and an ideal read for the beauty enthusiast. A signed copy of “Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup” is available for $49.95 at major bookstores.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (September 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764336908
ISBN-13: 978-0764336904