Thursday, January 18, 2018

Serena Williams Vogue Cover Get The Look

On the cover of the February 2018 issue of Vogue is Serena Williams -- the woman who holds 39 Grand Slam titles and is an inspiration to soooo many of us! Inside the pages, Serena speaks about her recent marriage, motherhood and her personal struggles, as well as her comeback. We’d say that this issue of Vogue is one not to miss. Looking as gorgeous as ever, we have the Get The Look from Serena’s cover… straight from Vernon François!

Inspiration: “Since Serena is a fresh new mummy, I went with more of soft and simple vibe to the hairstyle. It’s big hair but not over top, with a lighter feel which complements her new hair color.” -Vernon François, Celebrity Hairstylist & Founder of the Vernon François Collection.

Tips/Techniques: To recreate Serena’s look, start by cleansing hair using the Re~Vamp Shampoo. Once towel-dried, prepare strands for styling with the Mist~Nourishing Water followed by a little of the Leave~In Conditioner. To protect hair from heat and breakage, mix in three pumps of the Lightweight~Styling Serum to hair before styling with a three-millimeter curling iron. After hair is styled, gently and loosely pull apart the curls with fingers to create a more natural and voluminous look. To complete the look, spritz hair with the Dazz~Ling Spritz Shine Spray for a touch of shimmer.

Vernon François Products Used:
  • Dazz~Ling Spritz Shine Spray ($24)
  • Leave~In Conditioner ($28)
  • Lightweight~Styling Serum
  • Mist~Nourishing Water ($18)
  • Re~Vamp Shampoo ($26)

Vernon François Products can be found online at Sephora and select retail locations.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Real Tips For Dealing With Rosacea Part Two

Yes, we know that you’ve long been awaiting “Part Deux” of our tips regarding Rosacea and it’s finally here! If you haven’t read part one, you can find our interview with renowned dermatologist, Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, in our article “Real Tips For Dealing With Rosacea Part One: Asking The Doctor.” But, without further ado let’s dive into the second part of our Rosacea series…

The phone rings and we answer it to find an exasperated TME friend on the other end. Lara, who has been a fringe member of Team TME for years, was at her wits end with her Rosacea. Lara has tried just about everything to get her Rosacea under control and she is far from alone in this endeavor. With over 40 million people, worldwide, affected by Rosacea it is a fairly common skin issue.

We’re a pretty tight-knit group and that closeness extends to our readers. So, when one of you contacts us we leap into action to help solve the problem. The Makeup Examiner Team did an extensive search for products that could help Lara’s Rosacea, as well as listening to what she’d already tried … the list of products was mind-boggling.

Coincidentally, a member of the team was doing a little (a ton) of online shopping and happened to see VMV Hypoallergenics. It wasn’t a brand that we’d heard of before and it wasn’t one that Lara had either. First we did our research on the brand and then we reached out to VMV Hypoallergenics for help!

VMV Hypoallergenics Skin Care Products:
  • Red Better Daily Therapy Moisturizer  ($36)
  • Red Better Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream ($29)
  • Red Better Spot Corrector ($25)
  • Red Better Flare-Up Balm ($50)

VMV Hypoallergenics Cosmetics:
  • Antioxidant 2-Way Powder Foundation ($40)
  • Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation ($45)
  • Skin Bloom Blush in Luminous ($40)

The first item of note is that all of VMV Hypoallergenics products were beautifully packaged in an environmentally friendly fashion. VMV Hypoallergenics products are extensively tested (on humans NOT animals) and free of the 76 most commonly known allergens. And you don’t have to have a skin issue to use them. The brand’s skincare line is recommended for all skin types and it carries a myriad of on-trend cosmetics. But, let’s get to Lara’s experience.

Skincare Regimen:

Day One – "The Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream felt very rich, cleansed my skin and didn’t leave it feeling tight or dry. Daily Therapy Moisturizer felt light, absorbed quickly into my skin and didn’t leave a greasy feel. The Red Better Flare-Up Balm also absorbed quickly and wasn't greasy. I did use the Red Better Spot Corrector on all the red areas of my face. A little goes a long way, and at first it felt VERY greasy. I was concerned that it would be just too greasy, but within a minute or two it absorbed and left my face just feeling soft. All products have no fragrance, and none made my skin feel tight, irritated, or 'angry'. I did not notice any immediate reduction of the red areas of my face, but this is only Day One and I will be continuing the regimen twice daily to see if that changes."

Day Four - "I started noticing a difference in how my skin felt and the redness."

Day Seven - "I could definitely see that I was less red and my skin felt nicer. There is no unpleasant odor to any of the products, and they were very easy to use and soothing to the skin. By the end of the first week I could definitely see an improvement in both redness and texture."


"When I first saw the Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation I thought it was a cream, but it is actually a nice light compressed powder that completely covered the redness, much to my surprise. It felt light, but gave full coverage. The Antioxidant 2-Way Powder Foundation also felt very light and has a slight pearlescence to it and a little goes a long way. The Skin Bloom Blush that I received was the shade "Luminous," which is a white pearlescent powder that looks very nice. I think I would save that for evening use."

Are you going to see instant results during a Rosacea flare-up? No. However, four days in our model Lara could see and feel the difference in her skin. As for VMV Hypoallergenics cosmetics, Lara experienced superior coverage during a high level Rosacea flare-up! VMV Hypoallergenics are available online and select retail locations.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Introduces M∙A∙C Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi’s talents have taken her from actress to cookbook author extraordinaire, top model to host of Top Chef… and now, to designer of a M∙A∙C capsule collection! Her eye shadow palettes and individual colors are designed to take you from day to deep night – and last through all the culinary adventures in between.

The M∙A∙C Padma Lakshmi Capsule Collection Contains:

LIPSTICK ($17.50 US/$22 CAD)
  • Sunset Rose: creamy brown with pearl (cremesheen)
  • Apricot Gold: mid-tone peach nude (amplified)
  • Nude Fudge: mid-tone neutral (matte)
  • Mittai Pink: hot fuchsia (matte)
  • Blue Blood: true red (matte)
  • Sumac: deep plum (matte)

CREMESHEEN GLASS ($21 US/$24 CAD - Online Exclusive)
  • Nefertiti: peachy gold with sparkle

EYE SHADOW X 4 IN 70’S SUNSET ($33 US/$43.50 CAD)
  • Sand & Clay: mid-tone cool beige (matte)
  • Cardamom: cool light green with white frost (vlxp)
  • Mumtaz: coppery purple with gold sparkle (vlxp)
  • All’s Rosy: mid-tone plum with gold (matte)

  • Indian Moon: creamy gold with sparkle (vlxp)
  • Shell Peach: muted peachy pink (satin)
  • Hopper Blue: sky blue with white sparkle (vlxp)
  • Natural Brown: deep creamy brown (matte)

POWERPOINT EYE PENCIL (dual-ended $18.50 US/$22.50 CAD)
  • Iced Heather / Kerala Sun: silver frost / pure gold
  • Indian Ink / Mossy Green: pure black / deep green
  • Bordeauxline / Molé Brown: deep plum / cool brown

  • Moon & Shine: frosty highlight (frost) / warm beige (matte)
  • Melon Pink: bright peachy pink with gold sparkle (satin) / mid-tone orange (frost)

  • 168SES Large Angled Contour Brush ($35 US/$42 CAD
  • 275SES Medium Angled Shading Brush ($25 US/$30 CAD)
  • 213 Fluff Brush / 219 Pencil SES Dual-Ended Brush ($35 US/$42 CAD)

The M∙A∙C Padma Lakshmi Capsule Collection is available online and in select stores March 15, 2018 through April 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Elisabeth Moss Critics’ Choice Awards Red Carpet Look

Elisabeth Moss won Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on January 11 for her performance in “The Handmaid's Tale,” which is no surprise to us. Have you seen “The Handmaid's Tale?” It is absolutely riveting and terrifying and addicting to watch. We digress… Elisabeth’s look was clean and classic, and we have the “how-to” from none other than Honest Beauty Creative Color Consultant, Daniel Martin.

Inspiration: “My inspiration for Lizzie's makeup was English garden. Her ERDEM dress and its embellishments was the jump off to a subtle smokey eye in steel gray and rosy cheeks.” - Daniel Martin

  • To recreate Elisabeth’s fresh, rosy look, start by prepping the skin with the Younger + Clearer Clarifying Toner and Younger + Clearer Nourishing Lotion for a balanced, hydrated canvas.
  • After applying the base, dust the Invisible Blurring Powder onto the t-zone to ensure your skin only shines where it should.
  • To create a subtle smoky eye, mix the Charcoal & Pewter Shimmer shades from the Everything Palette and smudge across the outer corners.
  • Next, pop the Champagne Shimmer shadow in the inside corners & finish with a few coats of the Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer.
  • Finish off the look by swiping the Falling For You Cheek Palette across the apples of your cheeks and a touch of highlight on the cheekbones.

Honest Beauty Products Used: Skincare: Younger + Clearer Clarifying Toner ($18); Younger + Clearer Nourishing Lotion ($32) Makeup: Concealer Duo in Vanishing Vanilla ($20), Invisible Blurring Powder ($28), Falling For You Cheek Palette ($34), Everything Makeup Palette ($35) and Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer ($22)

Honest Beauty can be found online at Honest Beauty and in-store at Target.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How To Get Glowy Winter Skin

Right about now, we’re all feeling a little pasty. It’s the woes of winter skin but we have tips from top Celebrity Makeup Artists Katey Denno and Kara Yoshimoto Bua on how to turn your pale, winter skin into a gorgeous, gleaming glow.  We saw Katey Denno give Lily James a gorgeous Red Caret glow the other evening, as did Kara Yoshimotobua for Jessica Biel. The looks are easy to replicate … so read on to find out how!

Green Beauty Expert and Celebrity Makeup Artist Katey Denno worked with Biossance to give British beauty Lily James a golden glow for the Red Carpet. Before creating her effortless makeup look, Katey prepped Lily's skin by pressing in 5-6 drops of Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil ($72) to brighten and even out her skin tone.

Then, on the areas where Lily needed an extra boost of hydration, Katey massaged a few drops of Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer ($52). For an all-over glow, Katey added a few additional drops of the Gel Moisturizer to her décolleté, back and arms.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua used St. Tropez to help Jessica Biel with a golden glow at the Golden Globes and for stunning winter skin this is guaranteed to make you look flawless!

To prep and exfoliate the skin, Kara used the St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish ($18).  This polish is an exceptional body exfoliator formulated to help gently remove tired skin cells and enhance the tanning experience. Thorough exfoliation creates a smooth, soft surface that allows for moisture to enter the skin better than before.

Sweep a layer of the St. Tropez One Night Only Finishing Gloss ($25) onto the shoulders, arms and décolletage to give the body a subtle, bronzed sheen that reflects flawlessly in photos and looks radiant in person. To further highlight your figure, sweep an extra layer of Finishing Gloss on the collarbone and blend down the arm.

All of Biossance's products are made with the brand's 100% plant-based and sustainable and available both online and in-store. St. Tropez products can be found online and in-store too!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Cult Favorite Gets An Update

Our cult-favorite hydrating mist, Prep + Prime Fix+, takes on a delicious new twist in four permanent scents: Rose, Lavender, Coconut and our original Sugi Needle aroma. Water, vitamins and extracts give skin an instant boost o hydration while the lightweight prolonging formula sets makeup and refreshes your complexion. Sheer out foundation, intensify color, improve and extend the wear of makeup, or moisturize and soothe tired skin with the holy grail of hydrating mists.

PREP + PRIME FIX+ ($26 US/$30 CAD)
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Coconut
  • Original

New M∙A∙C Studio Waterweight Concealer is an ultra-fluid formula with medium-full buildable coverage and a natural finish. While it hydrates and gently diffuses the appearance of imperfections it also helps reduce the appearance of undereye circles, dark spots and discoloration.

  • NC15
  • NC20
  • NC25
  • NC30
  • NC35
  • NC42
  • NC45
  • NC50
  • NW15
  • NW20
  • NW25
  • NW30
  • NW35
  • NW40
  • NW45
  • NW50

M∙A∙C Fix+ is available online and in-store January 11, 2018 in the permanent line. M∙A∙C Studio Waterweight is available online and in-store January 11, 2018 in the permanent line.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

jane iredale Launches Contour Kits

As with all things in life, including beauty, the pendulum keeps swinging. We’re beginning to see a departure from the extreme contour and highlight and a revival of sorts back to "natural" beauty looks. To be clear, this look isn’t about walking around sans makeup… ugh the thought! This look is all about the art of  beautiful, natural looking skin and makeup. And no one does this better than jane iredale.

If you’re skeptical don’t be. This look really is characterized by techniques and products that give glow, rosiness and sculpting benefits without the use of heavy products or a heavy hand. This look is one of true ease and simplicity in makeup -- without sacrificing creativity or fun!

jane iredale has it covered with a NEW launch for Winter/Spring: Warm and Cool GreatShape Contour Kits ($49). These universal palettes feature three light-as-air, multi-use matte powders, and a guide on how to apply for your face shape, for truly natural looks that highlight your key features without shimmer, sparkle or cake.

jane iredale GreatShape Contour Kits
  • Three easily blendable matte shades in each kit allow you to contour for a sculpted look, highlight to illuminate with a natural effect and blush to add a glow-from-within finishing touch.
  • Works on all skin tones, just decide if you want the Warm or Cool look.
  • Includes an easy to follow application guide for different face shapes.

You can find the jane iredale GreatShape Contour Kits online at jane iredale and select retail locations being January 15, 2018!