Friday, April 20, 2018

Earth Day Essentials from Youth To The People

In honor of Earth Day, clean up your skincare routine with Youth To The People. From leafy green cleansers to the new rare berry-infused oils, Youth To The People is made up of 100% recyclable packaging and cold-pressed vegan ingredients making a positive impact on both skin and the environment. Further reasons to love this brand -- all products are formulated without soap, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrance or added color to leave your skin looking naturally awesome! If you’re not familiar with this powerhouse skincare brand, we have a rundown below of the products that will give you brighter skin and a cleaner future.

Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil ($44): This intensely hydrating oil contains Maqui, the most antioxidant dense fruit in the world, açaí and goji berries creating a potent antioxidant elixir for your skin. This velvety soft formula also contains Prickly Pear and Squalane Oil to lock in moisture as well as Jojoba and Sunflower Oil leaving skin with a more radiant complexion.

Age Prevention Cleanser ($36): This nutrient-rich gel cleanser helps balance your skin, and removes daily dirt and toxins to keep your pores so fresh and so clean. Packed with antioxidant-rich kale, spinach and green tea to give you that fountain-of-youth glow, it also protects you from free radicals and environmental stresses that try to bring you down.
Age Prevention Moisture Cream ($48): Get ready for some leafy green moisture with this lightweight, multi-function, antioxidant-rich moisture cream. All the super foods you love, including kale, spinach and green tea, combine forces with Hyaluronic Acid to create a mighty moisturizer that restores, rejuvenates and conditions while protecting against free radicals and environmental stresses. Use it day or night (or when you roll in at dawn) to give you the healthy, beautiful skin you’ve always dreamed of.
Age Prevention & Brightening Serum ($62): This high performance serum uses fast-acting peptide molecules to maintain skin elasticity and promote natural collagen synthesis, while infusing antioxidant-rich kale into the skin. And Vitamin C doesn’t just boost your immune system; it both brightens skin and prevents hyper-pigmentation to work like Photoshop in real life. This super serum also takes on premature wrinkles and fine lines by reducing damage caused by free radicals and environmental stresses, and then locks in moisture with hyaluronic acid for an added bonus. It’s glow time.
Age Prevention Superfood Eye Cream ($35): Small but mighty, this nourishing cream delivers vital nutrients with Youth To The People’s proprietary superfood blend of kale and spinach, tried and true aloe, ultra-emollient sunflower oil and an army of reparative vitamins. Equipped with Tripeptide 5 to reduce fine lines and boost collagen plus Crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid to plump and lock in moisture so all eyes are on you!
Age Prevention Superfood Mask ($44): Get your greens from land and sea, this age prevention mask is packed with the best superfoods on earth. 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. Leave on for 10 minutes and discover results you can see!

About the Brand: Youth To The People was created with one simple mission in mind: what you put on your skin should be as whole, nutrient-rich, and clean as what you put in your body. The precise, custom formulas feature 100 percent vegan ingredients, cold pressed extracts, gentle preservatives, and earth friendly packaging. Youth To The People is available at Youth To The People and Sephora

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MAC Announces Collaboration With Puma

M∙A∙C joins forces with PUMA to introduce three special-edition Suede sneakers in the hues of its most legendary Lipsticks. Kick back with the sweet peachy beige of Crème d’Nude, the dramatic coral red of Lady Danger, or the daring burgundy of Sin as they take their place on sneakers steeped in old-school cool. Beauty meets movement to create style that will always move us.





PUMA X M∙A∙C Sneakers ($90) will be available, in the US only, beginning May 2018 at online at PUMA and select Puma locations. Lipsticks ($18.50) available in all M∙A∙C locations.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

COVERGIRL Empowers Young Women Through Partnership With Girls Who Code

COVERGIRL announced, April 16, an exciting new partnership with Girls Who Code. COVERGIRL is donating $50K to the organization and featuring three of their rising young stars in its latest brand film, “Code Clean” with the hopes of inspiring women of all ages to be smart, strong and unstoppable.

Young girls are doing BIG things. They’re closing gender gaps and coming together to reverse centuries old stereotypes. They’re entrepreneurs and activists, and most importantly, they’re the future. COVERGIRL believes that it’s important to instill confidence in not only the badass young ladies of Girls Who Code, but also all young girls, and empower them to be their most authentic selves while also following their dreams and making a difference.

The stars of the “Code Clean” film shared their experiences and some encouragement. Abby says that Girls Who Code has been a life changing experience. “My experience with Girls Who Code was probably life changing. It really motivated me to braver, to be more confident, they taught me how to speak in public. I have so many connections, I literally talk to them 24/7 & I've only known them for 7 weeks. It's an amazing program.” Anna stated, “Anyone can do it, you just have to work hard and be dedicated. Especially with the right group of friends & helpers, you can do it!” Danille shares, “It's not just about the math. You have girls there to help you with it, even if you don't know what it is. You can always ask somebody." 

These girls have hackathons to win and stereotypes to crush, and don’t have time to worry about shiny skin, which is why COVERGIRL’s Clean Matte Collection is perfect for girls who rely on their makeup to do its job, while they do theirs.

Clean Matte Collection: 

Clean Matte Powder ($7) - Paired with the new Clean Matte Oil-Control Liquid Foundation, Clean Matte Oil Control Pressed Powder contains oil absorbers helps skin look fresh and naturally beautiful.  While the powder makes pores less visible, it also is oil free and will not clog pores. Features & Benefits: Oil absorbing powders control oily shine

Clean Matte BB Cream ($8) - The new Clean Matte Oil Control BB Cream is an oil-free foundation that reduces shine all day.  The lightweight, natural-looking foundation provides a smooth look that covers pores and blemishes with a matte finish. Features & Benefits: Patented Flexi-hold technology creates a flexible film that is comfortable on the skin. Powder system fights against shine breakthrough helping to maintain a flawless all day appearance. Combination of pigments and the powder system work to cover imperfections and diffuse light

COVERGIRL is available at mass-market, drugstore, food and e-commerce retailers nationwide.

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Mother’s Day Gifts from L’OCCITANE

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 gives back to communities around the world and offers varying price points so that you can always find something special. This Mother’s Day, which is May 13th, 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 Gift Set ($189): Empower Mom to shine from the inside out with this gift set made up of L’Occitane’s Immortelle essential oil along with the Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream, Divine Lotion, Divine Cream and Divine Eyes.

Terre de Lumière L’Eau Gift Set ($89): Introducing L’Occitane’s new floral fragrance – Terre de Lumière L’Eau. Gift Mom with a sweet, delicate floral scent with this set of Perfume, Shower Gel, Body Milk and a Purse Spray (perfect for days when she’s on-the-go!) 

Almond Gift Set ($89): Make Mother’s Day the ultimate at-home-spa experience with this soothing and moisturizing gift set completed with 2018 Mother’s Day Gifts from L’Occitane’s luscious Almond Milk Concentrate, Shower Oil, Supple Skin Oil, Delicious Hand Cream and Soap.

Shea Butter Gift Set ($89): Because every mom deserves to indulge especially when it is with the most treasured ingredient, Shea Butter. Give mom the gift of nourishment from head-to-toe with this set of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream, Foot Cream, Extra Gentle Milk Soap, Shower Cream, and Ultra-Rich Body Cream.

Lavender Collection ($89): Embrace the aromas from the fields of Provence in Mom’s home with the gift of Lavender this Mother’s Day, leave the body feeling revitalized, relaxed and entirely stress free with L’Occitane’s Lavender Foaming Bath, Hand Cream, Candle, Perfumed Sachet and Bonne Mere Lavender Soap.

Available at L’Occitane boutiques and online, now until May 13th, 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!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Beauty Survival Guide For Coachella and the Music Festival Season

Kicking off in just a few days, on Friday April 13, is the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. And that means that the music festival season is finally upon us. The music festivals of today are not your mother’s “Woodstock”. Far from it in fact! Coachella is a place to see and be seen, just as much as it is a music and arts event. This is true of a lot of the major music events you’ll be attending this spring and summer. You just never know who you’re gonna run into (Trust Us On This One!) and you 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. Dress in light, breathable fabrics. But, don’t forget something a little warmer for the evening because the temps can go down into the 40s at night. To get a better idea of the temp and terrain check out TME Picks: Michael Stars Faded Shade Floppy Hat ($42); Free People Braeburn Ankle Boots ($168); Westward Leaning CONCORDE 10 Sunglasses ($205); Forever 21 Hooded Denim Jacket ($32.90).

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 and we love our Fragrance Of The Month series, 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: Secret Outlast ($5.99). And speaking of those bugs check out Eco-Armour Outdoor Botanical Insect Repellent & Moisturizer ($12.50). 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!

To begin your music fest beauty regimen, first and foremost are sunscreen and beauty products that contain sunscreen. For all over protection our pick is Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face & Body ($36). Next up is BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer. TME Pick: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($43 - available in 11 shades and travel size) is an oil-free formula that provides buildable coverage with the sun protection you need.

Mascara … if you must. We all have our favorite brands for everyday, but there is only one mascara that we’d wear (if we were going to bother) at Coachella. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara ($24) because it will not budge until you take it off. This isn’t our favorite type of mascara for everyday, but again, if you have to wear mascara this is the one to go with.

Just as we would probably skip the mascara, we would NEVER skip the lip balm. Tinted lip balm is a must to keep your pout pretty. TME Pick: Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20 ($8.99) is available in six shades and will keep your lips from getting sunburned and chapped, while giving them a tint of color.

Throughout the day (and night) you’re going to want to freshen up. Pixi Glow Mist ($15) is really soothing and nourishing anytime you feel like hydrating your skin. Also, an absolute must-have is a pack of cleansing cloths like La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes ($19.99). 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 Pick: Klorane's Dry Shampoo ($19.50). 

Lastly, you need something to put all of your stuff in. TME Pick: Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony Nothin' to Hide Backpack ($40). Did we say lastly? Oops. Okay, we covered beauty survival. But, you need to remember that while you’re having a great time (and looking good doing so) be smart and stay safe! See ya’ out there. XO Team TME

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Organic Beauty: What is it?

April marks National Earth Month, and we’ve found that a lot of us are taking pause to think about the environment and how what we choose for ourselves makes an impact our the health and well being of our planet and ourselves. Whether it is face, body or hair care -- organic cosmetics are gaining more and more influence with all of us. Organic raw materials, sustainable sourcing, and ecological thinking are not only becoming important to manufacturers, but they are increasingly important to us. Which begs the question, “What is an authentic organic or natural beauty product?”

What defines an “organic” beauty product?

Although the terms “organic cosmetics” or “natural beauty” do not have legal definitions, the products must meet certain specific requirements in order to be truly organic. Ingredients should be obtained under sustainably sourced processes and be free of all synthetic derivatives, as well as pesticides. A great source to check for authenticity is ECOCERT.

Are organic cosmetics or natural beauty products better than synthetic?

In short, yes. Organic cosmetics and natural beauty products are generally sourced under fair trade practices, which results in fair prices for the farmers. These products are also sourced under strict ecological guidelines, which are good for our planet -- and us. The efficacy of organic or natural products is often better than traditional products with far less sensitivity issues.

Can organic or natural cosmetics cause allergies?

Yes. Any product can result in an allergic reaction – even products that you have used for years. An organic beauty product is no different then a synthetic product when it comes to your body’s acceptance or rejection.

What about the longevity of organic products?

Natural cosmetics are more conducive to the formation of microorganisms that cause its deterioration. Those who use natural cosmetics should know the following rules:
  • Respect the expiration date
  • Use a product as soon as possible after opening
  • Store at room temperature
  • Protect from direct sunlight

What do you need to know when switching to organic cosmetics?

Sometimes the body needs a little time to adapt to organic and natural substances. So, take your time and switch out on or two products at once. Irritations can occur when switching to organic products or any type of product for that matter.

A fabulous article about organic labeling is “Learn How to Tell When ‘Organic’ on a Label Is True,” written by Jennifer Chait for The Balance. It is so worth the read!

Sources: ECOCERT, Beauty Press 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum Review

Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum is a delicious new flower blossoming in a garden where simple pleasures and spontaneity set the beat for a joyful dance during a lazy yet groovy afternoon. It truly is a joyful, solar aura blending citrus and cream. Oh, and the bottle… simply pretty!

With Dolce Garden -- a floriental gourmand -- the perfumer Violaine Collas captures its every nuance. In the sun-kissed top notes, juicy mandarin, bright Néroli and airy magnolia express its radiance. Coconut essence, a unique natural extract of the fruit’s white flesh, accents the creamy freshness of its petals. A silky almond milk accord evokes the traditional sweets of Sicily. Enriched with vanilla absolute and sandalwood, it extends the exquisite sensuality of the frangipani note into the drydown. An exquisite balance of freshness and sweetness, the scents of a blooming garden.

Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum Notes:
  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Néroli, Magnolia
  • Mid Notes: Coconut, Frangipani
  • Base Notes: Almond, Vanilla, Sandalwood

To express the playful femininity of Dolce Garden, the unique designed bottle, the fragrance and flower cap take on a pastel pink portraying the innate delicatessen of flowers in bloom. Twining blossoms petals, the outer pack showcases a soft touch finish. A thin black grosgrain ribbon, presented in an elegant bow, is the signature of the Dolce line. In contrast, the green “garden” signature underlines the fresh, natural facets of the new fragrance.

Classification - Fruity Floral Gourmand
Season - Warmer Months
Sillage: 3-Moderate
Longevity: 3-Moderate
Bottling: 5
Launch Date: March 2018
Perfumer: Violaine Collas

Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Garden Eau de parfum ($118 - 75mL/2.5 oz.) is available at select retail locations around the globe.