Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer 2017 Beauty and Grooming Essentials Part Two

Hey! Before you run off to parts known and unknown to kick off what is going to be the best summer ever, we wanted to make sure that you had a whisper about the best beauty and men’s grooming essentials for Summer 2017. Check out “Summer 2017 Beauty and Grooming Essentials Part One” and read on for even more products that are going to make this season sizzle!

For The Guys: TME has always had a really strong male readership. We love that! And it was a specific endeavor on the part of Yvonne to bring the guys into the fold. We still find it kinda cute that the guys can be a little shy about asking questions. Don’t be! You deserve to pamper yourselves just as much as the ladies.

Our current favorites just for our guys … L’Occitane’s Cade Collection ($65) - rich with woody notes of juniper, sandalwood, pink pepper and rosemary, this set includes Cade Shaving Cream, Cade Shower Gel for Hair and Body and Cade After-Shave Balm. L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral Collection ($75) – is bursting with zesty and sweet citrus, along with rosemary, pine and cypress! This is such a fresh and clean fragranced collection that had every member of Team TME in complete agreement that you need this for Summer 2017! The Mer & Mistral Collection includes Mer & Mistral Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel and Body Lotion. If you haven’t gotten one of Harry’s Shave Sets, treat yourself. A few years ago, Yvonne gave a Harry’s Razor to her “has everything, needs nothing” brother and he hasn’t used another brand since. Team TME’s Harry Pick; Harry’s Daily Face Wash ($7) and Harry’s Truman Razor Set ($15) that includes Truman Razor Handle, Foaming Shave Gel, 3 Blade Cartridges, and Travel Blade Cover. Rounding out our picks for the guys is the Evolutionman Sport Guy Kit ($80) that includes Nu Noir Face & Body Wash, Moisture Protect SPF 20, Lip Balm SPF 15, EVMAN Sport Bottle, and EVMAN Square Dopp Kit Bag.

Lovely Locks: Wouldn’t it be amazing if the summer breezes didn’t blow up our hair? Sun at the beach, chlorine poolside, humidity … oh vey! Before you resign yourself to donning that hat that you bought for Coachella, Team TME has a few other options for controlling unruly summertime hair.

Sun and After Sun Hair Care: Phyto Plage Protective Sun Veil ($30) – this lightweight sun mist protects hair and guards color from UV damage or Macadamia Professional Sun Shield Dry Oil Veil ($20) with its delicious coconut cream scent, this pre-sun treatment spray shields hair from harmful rays. When you’re done playing in the sun, Macadamia Professional After Sun Leave-In Repair ($20) is perfect, as it absorbs instantly and helps nourish summer hair.

Wash It Out: There are so many shampoos and conditioners, but a few new ones that we are loving for the summer are the TRESemmé Bontanique Collection that includes TRESemmé Bontanique Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99 each) which are infused with coconut milk and aloe vera.  There is also Macadamia Professional Endless Summer Sun & Surf Shampoo and Conditioner ($20 each) that keeps hair protected against UV rays while you’re soaking up the sun … and against chlorine and salt while you’re splashing around in the pool and ocean. Our final recommendation is Phyto Plage After-Sun Rehydrating Hair & Body Shampoo ($24), which is the perfect one-step cleansing gel to wash away sand, salt, and chlorine from hair, leaving it deeply moisturized and super-soft.

Stylin’: Beachy waves are a timeless summer look. Actually, we saw a lot of beach waves during Fashion Week. The relaxed gentle wave seems to fit just about everyone – no matter face shape or hair length … and even hair texture. Beach or “Boho” waves are just as appropriate for the office as for the beach. To achieve the look, it begins with the correct styling products. Our current favorites; ALTERNA Haircare Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray ($22) and the BEACHWAVER Pro ($199.99), an innovative professional rotating curling iron invented by celebrity hairstylist and TME favorite Sarah Potempa. If you’re looking for volume, Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist ($28)! 

Protect and Hold: Of course your only option for beautiful summer hair is not bound to beach waves. Peruse our Summer Beauty section for hairspiration and the tools for achieving those easy styles are plentiful. Our current favorites; Kérastase L'incroyable Blowdry ($40) to complete protect your locks; Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complex ($58), Phyto Phytolisse Ultra Glossing Finishing Serum ($30), Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist ($25), and Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Perfect Texture Finishing Spray ($28). For on the go, we love Bosley Pro BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($19) and Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo ($25).

The Tools: Anything that makes our lives easier is a major plus, especially when it comes to our hair or makeup during the summer. Perhaps, these two collections maybe oddly paired but we loved these so much that we had to mention them to our favorite people … our readers! Artis Fluenta 9 Brush Set ($450) and the invisibobble Original Secret Garden Collection ($25), which is a limited edition collection of hair rings that are perfect for a sleek ponytail or pinless chignon.

Have a safe and amazing holiday weekend! ~xo Team TME

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer 2017 Beauty and Grooming Essentials Part One

The unofficial start of Summer 2017 will occur in just a few days with the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend on May 29! To celebrate the start of summer, many of us will flock to the beach or chill out lakeside and this usually sets the tone for our summertime experience. The weather has been predictably unpredictably with miserable humidity one week and then almost fall like chill the next. This time of year, you just never know what the weather is going to be like, so best to be prepared for anything. Ahead of a myriad of beauty disasters, and general discomfort, Team TME set out to gather up the beauty and grooming must haves for the upcoming season.

Skin Care: For a day spent outdoors, don’t you dare forget your sunscreen and lip balm! Our current favorites; jane iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen ($47 – available in Translucent, Golden and Tanned) this chemical-free dry sunscreen for the face, body, and scalp nourishes, protects and soothes the skin; Dermaflage ScarScreen SPF 30 ($25) is ideal for use following cosmetic procedures; PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ($42) is quick-absorbing and lightweight. For Lips, we are loving Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm ($3.99 – available in six flavors) that offers added protection of Aloe and Vitamin E keeping your pout pretty and jane iredale Lip Drink SPF 15 ($15 – available in four shades) that leaves lips feeling moisturized, protected, and refreshingly scented with a hint of color.

Whether or not you opt to wear makeup you need a good skin care regimen. Our current favorites; Golden Door Soothing Cleansing Foam and Golden Door Soothing Toner ($64 each); boscia Tsubaki Glotion ($38) or Senté Daily Repair Complex with SPF 30 ($130) moisturizers for daytime and Junetics Pure Energy Night Cream ($109). All of the aforementioned brands are TME Must-Haves for Summer 2017, however Olay has just launched a few of the brand’s cult favorites with SPF 30 -- Olay Complete ($12.99), Olay Total Effects ($21.99), and Olay PROx Age Repair Lotion ($47.99) -- that are absolutely worth trying this summer. To wash away the day it’s Jason Nourishing Foaming Shower Oil ($11) and Olay Fresh Outlast in Energizing Lime ($6.99). Right out of the shower, Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Energizing Antioxidant Body Lotion ($24)!

Cosmetics: We’re usually telling you to keep it simple when you’re chillin’ outdoors. A little CC cream, beach tint, mascara, lip tint and you’re good to go. That truly is our go-to style for summer. This summer, we’ve found a few products that really sizzle and are worth trying for a more sophisticated look. So, we’re including our absolute go-tos along with a few fresh must-tries! 

The Big Chill - Our current favorites … Golden Door Zen CC Cream SPF 50 ($58) -- let’s just say that everyone on Team TME is calling this the number one must-have for Summer 2017! Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek ($24 – available in four shades), and Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Mascara ($19).

Melt The Pavement: If you’re looking to have your base last, all day and night, then you have to try Laura Geller Spackle Treatment Soothing Make-Up Primer ($32). As we’ve named Golden Door Zen CC Cream the number one must-have, we would have to say that La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($195 – available in four shades) the number two must-have with its buildable coverage. Mirabella Visionary Longwear Eyeshadow ($19) isn’t going to crease and looks beautiful all day or night, Charlotte Tilbury Cara D. Brow Lift Eyebrow Pencil ($30) is amazing and takes minutes to shape and define, jane iredale bronzer refills ($44 each) – these three bronzer quads can be swept across eyes, cheeks and lips to contour and highlight for a luxurious look that’s made in the shade! Of course, you have to grab the NEW rose gold slim compact ($18) for on the go, rounding out our menagerie of makeup … LAUREN+VANESSA Lip Stick ($24) with lots of shades and amazing cushion!

We found so many amazing products that we believe are must-haves for Summer 2017. Did you really think that we would forget the guys or leave you in the lurch with your hair? Jamais! We’ll be back with "Summer 2017 Beauty and Grooming Essentials Part Two" tomorrow!

~xo Team TME

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.