Friday, March 24, 2017

MAC Cosmetics Introduces Laura Lee and Gabriel Zamora Collabs

What to get when you mix M∙A∙C Cosmetics with some of the most interesting beauty YouTubers from around the globe? Well, in our opinion, you get a little bit of summpin’ mighty wonderful! Launching in April is the start of a multi-tuber collaboration that will include a total of ten beauty gurus from around the globe. And this deliciousness starts off with two of our personal favorites … Laura Lee and Gabriel Zamora!

With her enticing southern accent and astute beauty acumen, it’s no wonder that Laura Lee has a YouTube channel that has amassed 2.5 million subscribers. Not to mention, she’s hilarious! Lest we not forget Gabriel Zamora with his stunning azure hair and quick wit, making this Beauty Boy a bit of yummy! Yeah, we could look at Gabriel all day long! But without further ado, let’s check out what these two -- and others have created!

#MACxLarLarLee, a muted beige matte, and #MACxGabrielZamora, a malty warm brown satin ($17 US/$21 CAD), will be available online at MAC Cosmetics beginning April 20, 2017! Ready for a sneak peek of the others?

  • #MACxFleurDeForce cool beige (crème sheen) - Available UK April 2017 on
  • #MACxAlessandra neutral pink (matte) - Available UK April 2017 on
  • #MACxSamanthaRavndahl light shell pink (crème sheen) - Available Canada April 2017 on
  • #MACxVicCeridono deep berry red (matte) - Available Brazil July 2017 on
  • #MACxTheRealFouz dirty rose (matte) - Available Middle East June 2017 on
  • #MACxMarie creamy neutral beige (glaze) - Available France May 2017 on 
  • #MACxCaroDaur muted pinky-beige brown (matte) - Available Germany June 2017 on
  • #MACxNikkiaJoy grapefruit pink (matte) - Available Australia July 2017 on

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How To Find The Perfect Swimsuit Online

Melissa Liebling-Goldberg of Spring

Although it may not feel like it -- Spring 2017 is here. And with it begins the preparation for swimsuit season. Was that a collective “ugh” that we heard? Yeah, we feel the same! Most of us do not have hours to spend at the boutique searching for the perfect suit and turning to the Internet, while a logical avenue for saving time, can be a futile endeavor. Seriously! How many times have you purchased swimwear only to receive it and find that the suit is nothing like what you’d expected? Of course, there’s also the hassle of returning the suit and starting the process all over.

Well, buying a swimsuit online doesn't have to be a dreadful experience. The Makeup Examiner checked in with VP of Editorial at Spring, Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, to pick her brain for foolproof ways to find that perfect swimsuit online. Melissa states that finding swimwear online is as easy as sticking to a few basic rules.

1. Keep your “in-store” frame of mind

We usually choose realistic styles, sizes, cuts, and colors that look best on us when we are about to confront a mirror. Apply that same reasoning as you add items to your online cart. Choose styles and sizes that work with your body type and that you’ve been wearing consistently. And if you’re anticipating a smaller or bigger size this season, make sure to take your measurements and compare them with the brand’s sizing chart.

2. Narrow your search

Discovery is endless on the web! As an online shopper, you are exposed to millions of options, which can be confusing and overwhelming once approaching checkout. Choose 3-5 cuts and styles you’ve worn in the past and that flatter your frame.

Styling Tip: To play up your chest try using a halter style, print or color, or a push-up. If you have a larger bust, try picking a suit that allows for cup sizing on top. Choosing a string bottom means you can adjust it to fit you, no matter what your shape is.

3. Follow the KLT Rule -- Know, Love, Trust

If you are nervous about buying online, try sticking to brands that you already know, love and trust. Chances are that will leave you feeling great and worry-free about your online purchase. Visit Spring for a plethora of brands and options.

There you have the rules to stick with to increase the opportunity of easily finding the perfect swimwear online! Note: A special thank you to Melissa Liebling-Goldberg for taking the time to share her expertise. Oh, if you’re worried about not being “swimsuit” ready, we have you covered on that point too! Checkout some bangin’ tips from our favorite Fitness Guru, Brooke “The Sculptor” Taylor!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MAC Cosmetics Lip Duos 5 Day Sale

Leave it to M∙A∙C to not only offer up a rockin’ sale, but also to smack conventionality in the face. Let’s start with the sale … beginning March 23rd and running through to March 27th, M∙A∙C is discounting its lipstick and liner duo to $29 -- these normally cost approximately $35 so quite a nice deal. And then, there are the hues!

What a complete departure from “traditional” springtime shades?!? MAC selected some of the best deep lipstick and lip liner combinations that are oh so sexy and proving that vampy, deep tones can be chic any time of the year!

5 deep shades … 5 days
  • Film Noir / Chestnut
  • Instigator / Cyberworld
  • Media / Vino
  • Smoked Purple / Nightmoth
  • Sin / Burgundy

Available in North America March 23 to March 27 online at MAC and MAC locations.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Spring Launches From L’Occitane

Happy Spring 2017! Yes, today marks the first day of Spring and while it may not feel like cherry blossoms and sunshine, perhaps a few new products from one of our favorite brands may do the trick to shoo away the winter blues.

L’Occitane has added to what has become an iconic collection for the brand -- its Divine Collection -- with the latest edition being the Divine Eye Balm. Enriched with organic Immortelle essential oil and a blend of 7 naturally-derived ingredients, this cream-based balm with a rich melting texture contains a unique, innovative formula to reveal visibly firmer, smoother, more luminous and younger-looking skin.

Also launching for Spring 2017 is L’Occitane’s Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist ($20), for which any TME member can attest that L’Occitane’s Aromachologie products are sent from heaven! Made with essential oils, this mist can be sprayed in your bedroom to create a calming atmosphere that promotes relaxation and well-being. The relaxing pillow mist contains the essential oils of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium. It has been proven to be effective at creating a soothing sensation, conducive to a peaceful, relaxing night's sleep.

The Divine Eye Balm ($84) is currently available online at L’Occitane and in L’Occitane boutiques. Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist ($20) will be available in the United States starting March 22, 2017 online at L’Occitane and in L’Occitane boutiques.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick’s Day History, Irish Potato and Cocktails Recipes

A global celebration of St. Patrick's Day is happening today, March 17 and this celebration, at least in the United States, is usually done so with the downing of a bit of green beer. It’s kind of a good excuse for some of us to get ripped and celebrate our Irish heritage … even if we’re not Irish. But before you head out to celebrate, check out a few interesting facts about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and a few delicious recipes to help you celebrate.

St. Patrick’s Day is the saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were long ago waived, and the people of Ireland dance, drink, and feast on a traditional meal of bacon and cabbage. The custom of making Irish Potato Candy for St. Patrick’s Day is a way to give homage to the Irish Potato Famine that occurred from 1845 to 1852 and left 1 million dead. Not a happy sentiment … but grab your lipgloss, liquor, and ladies … then dive into these delicious recipes for a fun-filled day … uh … evening that celebrates St. Patrick!

Irish Potatoes Candy Recipe
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Beat until mixture forms a ball. Stir in coconut with a spoon. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls. Place cinnamon in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm.

Compass Box Great King Street Highball
  • 1 1/4 oz Compass Box Great King Street's Artist's Blend 
  • 2 oz good quality soda water/club soda
  • 2 dashes bitters

Method:  Fill highball glass with lots of ice, combine all ingredients, and then add lemon zest. Stir well until cold and let the drink sit one minute for the flavors to integrate.

Around The Corner (created by Pam Wiznitzer, NYC Mixologist)
  • 1.75oz Compass Box Great King Street
  • .5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • .5 oz Benedictine
  • .5 oz yellow chartreuse
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters

Method:  stirred and served straight up

Thursday, March 16, 2017

7 Hidden Secrets To Save On Beauty At ULTA

ULTA is the one of the biggest beauty retailers in the United States and one of the most popular destinations for cosmetics, men’s grooming products, fragrances, and even salon services. ULTA sells more than 20,000 products from over 500 beauty brands … including its own private label. ULTA is a true Mecca from any beautynista or suavie. Of course being beautynistas means that even a quick dash to ULTA for one product can lead to well … uh … a serious haul! However, there are serious hidden opportunities to save if you know where to look. So without further ado, let’s jump in to ways to save!

1.) Use ULTA Coupons:  If you want to save money at ULTA, start using their store coupons. ULTA typically offers two types of coupons -- $3.50 off $10 and the more exclusive 20% off, which can be found in the coupon section of the newspaper.

2.) Look for Manufacturer Coupons: Did you know that ULTA accepts manufacturer coupons? Even better, ULTA allows its customers to stack manufacturer and ULTA. The only caveat is that there are certain brand’s that are excluded from stacking so be sure to check ULTA’s list of brands that are excluded or restricted from promotions.

3.) Join the ULTA Rewards Program: ULTA has one of the best rewards programs and you should definitely become a part of it. Once you sign up you’ll start earning points on purchases and receive amazing deals and exclusive discounts on different products. We also recommend downloading the ULTA Beauty app to make sure you are always up-to-date on the best deals.

4.) Gift With Purchase Promos: Hands down, one of the best parts of shopping at ULTA is its “GWP” promotion that offers freebie. If you purchase an item that is part of a promotion, you get special gifts like scarves, tote bags, and makeup from both high-end and drugstore brands.

5.) Visit ULTA’s BOGO and Bargains Page: ULTA's website has an entire section specifically listing all current bargains and sales. This section is well maintained and updated often. So before you head out to ULTA or buy online, visit the ULTA Promo Page first!

6.) ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Deals: ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty sale happens twice a year, usually during fall and spring. For 21 straight days, a different item per day is significantly marked down … we’re talking 50% off!

7.) ULTA's Return Policy: Ever bought a stunning red lipstick only to realize that it absolutely wasn’t for you? ULTA has one of the best return policies, allowing customers to return any product for any reason within 60 days of the purchase. Please remember to keep your receipts though!

Team TME hopes that these tips will help you to save money on your next in-store or online venture at ULTA. There are two more brief tips to share – first, if you spend $50 online you can get free shipping and secondly, while physically going to ULTA is not always the most convenient, you can actually find a lot more bargains in the store versus online!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easy Tips For Sustainable Living

This Article First Appeared On The Makeup Examiner April 1, 2014

I'm not going to tell anyone how to live his or her life. All I’m going to do is simply pass along information that I’ve learned along the way in my personal journey towards being a better global citizen. First, I’d like to take a second to thank my mother for teaching me how to respect the planet … attempt not to recycle something in that woman’s house and you’re likely to end up buried in her compost. Uh … love you mom! I, digress. Moving on …

So you’ve probably heard Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, but what does that really mean and how can you implement these ideas, easily, into everyday life? Recycling can be a bit confusing because sometimes we’re not sure what is and isn’t recyclable. Check out this recycle chart from One More Generation!

Cost effective and eco-friendly ideas:
  1. Don't heat an empty house - During the winter, turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees when you're home and 55 degrees at night or while you're on vacation. 
  2. Clean your refrigerator coils – You’d be surprised how much gross stuff accumulates at the bottom of your fridge. By vacuum out the dust you actually help the fridge work more efficiently, therefore saving money. 
  3. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins – This might be a really foreign concept at first, but once you get used to it you’ll be pleased with the financial savings and you’ll also save a tree. 
  4. Pack your lunch – This saves money, but when you pack your lunch use an insulated lunch bag versus a paper bag. Also, use a refillable bottle versus a plastic one. 
  5. Cancel your newspaper subscription and read the news online – Like beauty news, here at The Makeup Examiner! Okay, shameless self-promotion aside … catch your news online.
Put your money where your mouth is: There’s a lot of power in your wallet and committing to purchasing eco-friendly products lets companies know that you, the consumer, are in charge.
  1. Shop for eco-friendly beauty products – Throughout the month, TME will be reviewing and highlighting quite a few eco-friendly beauty brands.
  2. Switch to eco-friendly detergents or make your own eco-friendly cleaning products. 
Eco-friendly odds and ends:
  1. Collect your dryer lint and put it in the backyard for the birds. Now’s the perfect time, as the birds a building nests. 
  2. Donate your magazines - Read them then pass them on to friends or your local hospital. 
  3. Organize your errands – by scheduling errands, you’ll save on gas and help the environment. Also, try carpooling. 
  4. File your taxes electronically to cut back on paper usage. Heads Up … tax deadline is a just few weeks away. 
  5. Take your own canvas bags when shopping – Seriously, do you need to add to your plastic bag collection? 
  6. Make a resolution to be even more eco-friendly … starting today! 

The tips above are all examples of basic R’s of sustainable living. You can find lots more tips at Tree Hugger