Showing posts with label Giveaways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Giveaways. Show all posts

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Secrets Of People With The Perfect Kitchen

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our week-long Spring 2019 Cleaning Fest. Turning back to Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter, we look to tackle the horrors of the kitchen! Emma offers amazing tips for organizing your kitchen pantry. And those tips are applicable to the entire kitchen! 

Secret Number One: Start by clearing all the food out of the pantry to get a visual inventory of the items you have already. Don't be surprised if you find a duplicate, that’s the hazard of an unorganized pantry.

Secret Number Two: The trick to keeping your pantry organized is to make it easy for your family to keep the items they eat on a regular basis accessible without having to move everything else around. Keep your meal staples like pasta, rice, black beans, quinoa in clear containers so you can quickly and easily see when it's time to add them to your shopping list.

Secret Number Three: Save shelf space by using an over-the-door towel hanger to store lunch bags and soft coolers on the back of your pantry door.

Secret Number Four: Make room by storing infrequently used appliances in another closet, or up on the top shelf. Things like ice cream makers, tamale cookers, pressure canners, electric roasting pans, only get used seasonally, and shouldn't take up prime pantry real estate.

Secret Number Five: Onions, potatoes, and garlic should be kept in a basket out of direct light in a basket or wire bin. Unbox cereals and store in a tall clear container so you can always see when you need to pick up more from the grocery store. Some containers will hold two full boxes of cereal, so you can stock up, and save on pantry space. Save space by unboxing individually wrapped items like granola bars, sunflower seeds, chips, etc. and gathering them in a basket.

Secret Number Six: Use canning jars to store your pantry items. They are cheap, durable (made to stand boiling water) and since they are made of glass you don't need to worry about plastic toxins leeching into your food, or making room on the top rack of your dishwasher. Canning jars come in a variety of sizes from tiny half-pints to half-gallon glass jars. The lids are airtight, washable, and come in two standard sizes that fit all jars regardless of whether you found them at a yard sale or picked them up at Target.

Okay, so now that you've organized your entire abode it's time to go play and enjoy your super clean space! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PCA SKIN Kick’s Off Its #SunworthySelfie Giveaway

PCA SKIN’s annual #SunworthySelfie contest is back just in time for summer! We are soooo excited about this one! The official start of Summer 2017 starts in just a few weeks on June 21 … yes … we know that the unofficial start is always Memorial Day Weekend, which is why we couldn’t wait to tell all of you beautynistas and suavies about this giveaway! Are you ready? Actually before we get to the amazing giveaway, we want to make sure that you didn't miss Summer 2017 Beauty and Grooming Essentials Part One & Part Two! And we have a whole lot more in store! Okay, let's get to the giveaway. 

From now until June 30, share how you stay selfie-ready without sacrificing sun protection and receive a free PCA SKIN Broad Spectrum SPF sample. Whether you’re at beach, chillin’ lakeside or enjoying drinks at your favorite rooftop, share your outdoor selfie to Instagram to be entered to win more than $1,300 in prizes for an Insta-worthy summer, including a series of professional PCA SKIN treatments, over $400 in PCA SKIN products, a round beach towel from Vagabond Beach, Sunglasses from Solo Eyewear and more!

Entering is so simple! Take an outdoor selfie and post the snap to Instagram, along with a caption that explains how you stay selfie ready with the hashtag #SunworthySelfie and @PCASKIN. Don’t forget to Follow @PCASKIN on Instagram. For the full PCA SKIN #SunworthySelfie Giveaway rules, visit PCA SKIN. While you’re entering the giveaway, take a moment to learn, or refresh your memory, about sunscreen 101

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool’s Pixi Beauty Giveaway

In case you missed our announcement -- we’re doing one giveaway per week throughout April! Nope … this isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank! And to kick-off our month of giveaways we have 10 of our favorite products from Pixi by Petra! From Nourishing Lip Polish to Eye Zone Brightener one lucky beautynista or suavie will win over $125 USD worth of Pixi Beauty products! Read on to find out exactly what you can win and exactly how …

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish ($12) is a multitasking lip exfoliator that treats, renews and perfects lips for a super-smooth finish. This has been a serious lip saver all winter long. Of course after you have your lips polished, you’ll need something to perk up your pout. Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare ($14), Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm Travel Mini in Unique Pink ($14), or Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush ($12) can do just that!

What would a look be without brow gel? Unfinished! Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium ($11) is a hybrid-formula brow gel pen that allows you to shade & shape in one step. After we finish our brows, more often then not we’re looking a little … uh … tired. So to brighten things up we turn to Pixi Eye Bright Liner ($12) and apply it to the lower water line for an instant eye opening effect. There are those days when we need even more help and for that it’s Pixi Eye Zone Brightener ($16). Eye Zone Brightener brightens and restores vibrancy in the very delicate (and often aggravating) under eye area.

Rounding out our giveaway are a few liners in the perfect shades! Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in SlateGrey and Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in BronzeBeam ($12 each) - They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless. Plus these eyeliners are waterproof, long-wear, no-smudge and no-budge! To complete this Pixi Beauty Haul … Pixi Lash Line Ink in Black Silk ($14) – it’s a classic hue and the applicator makes perfecting a winged line an absolute breeze.

Are you ready to win? To enter:
  1. Subscribe to The Makeup Examiner in the “Never Miss A Thing!” section
  2. Like us on Facebook
  3. Follow us on Twitter
  4. Smile Because You Are Amazing!

Our “April Fool’s Pixi Beauty Giveaway” ends on Thrusday, April 6, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. (ET). For complete terms and conditions, visit TME Giveaway Rules.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

L’Occitane and GLAMSQUAD Celebrate Natural Beauty With Amazing Sweeps

Team TME is completing freaking out! Beginning today August 4, L’Occitane is teaming up with GLAMSQUAD to celebrate natural beauty! In addition to training their full artist fleet and stocking them up with L’Occitane skincare products, the brands have teamed up for two amazing sweepstakes that we had to share with TME readers.

The first is a full expense paid trip to the South of France! Can you day once-in-a-lifetime?!? And the second is a social contest for a chance to win a $200 L’Occitane shopping spree and free GLAMSQUAD makeover!

Here’s the 411 on how you can enter:

  • Win a trip for two to Provence and a year’s worth of GLAMSQUAD makeovers - simply enter online at L’Occitane anytime between August 4 and August 14. You must agree to receive emails from both brands to be eligible. One winner will be selected on August 17th.
  • Win a GLAMSQUAD makeover and $200 L’Occitane shopping spree - post a picture of your favorite effortlessly chic, French-inspired beauty look on Instagram or Twitter tagging #beautyofprovencesweeps, @loccitane and @glamsquad anytime between August 4 and August 14. Ten winners will be selected on August 17th.

GLAMSQUAD services are currently available in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, and L’Occitane has over 200 L’Occitane boutiques nationwide. Even if you do not live in a participating service city, the sweepstakes are open to all US residents 18 years of age and older. All sweepstakes are running from 12:01am on August 4th through 11:59pm on August 14th. GLAMSQUAD artists will have L’OCCITANE products on hand for services indefinitely. For full terms click here and good luck to all!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pixi Picks For May 2015 and Pixi Beauty Giveaway

After a week of gorgeous spring weather, we’re finally embracing the fact that the long and wretched winter in behind us. Ah, to be able to wear our new spring digs. Life is good! And to think that just last month, we doubted that spring would ever arrive. Well, to celebrate the arrival of Spring 2015, we have Pixi Picks from our beloved beauty guru Petra Strand of Pixi Beauty for May 2015. This month, it’s all about the eyes.

Starting with the new Pixi Brow Powder Palette ($12) – This palette of six brow shades lets you blend and customize the perfect brow hue for you, offering you the perfect brow color to instantly frame your face. Brow shades range from blonde to soft black plus a nude highlighting shade and includes double-ended applicator for precise application. Define and highlight for an instant brow lift!

Next up, Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duo ($15 each) – The Blue Eye Intensify duo is a deep matte blue-grey to line and glowing opal-beige to brighten. The Brown Eye Intensify duo is a deep matte cocoa brown to line and glowing golden beige to brighten. Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, silky duo eye liners. Each duo is created to bring out either warm tones (Brown Eye Intensify - use if you have brown, green, or hazel eyes) or cool tones (Blue Eye Intensify - use if you have blue or grey eyes). Eyes instantly look brighter and lit-from-within!

Of course no look is complete sans a little nail lacquer. This month’s color is Sweet Strawberry ($8) the perfect spring-into-summer red! Formulated for high definition, super smooth application with a chip-resistant finish and built-in UV protection to prevent polish discoloration. 3 Free: Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free.

Ready for the giveaway? One (1) lucky TME reader will receive Pixi Picks May 2015 and TME Picks, which include: One (1) Pixi Brow Powder Palette, One (1) Pixi Blue Eye Intensify, One (1) Pixi Brown Eye Intensify, One (1) Pixi Nail Colour, One (1) Pixi H2O Skintint, One (1) Pixi Undercover Crayon, and One (1) Pixi Full Cover Foundation Brush! Valued at over $100.00!

To enter:
Email with the Subject Line: Pixi Beauty Giveaway!
Don’t forget to include your name and address!
The deadline to enter is Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11:59PM (ET) and for complete terms and conditions, visit TME’s Giveaway Page!

Already a Pixi Beauty fan (and who isn’t)? Show off your Pixi-pretty look on:

Pixi Beauty products are available at the brand’s website and Target.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough Giveaway

NARS Cosmetics announced their latest digital activation on Tuesday, April 14 – the NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough – celebrating the limited edition beauty collaboration with the acclaimed Scottish designer. On April 15th, fans of the brands can enter for a chance to “break through” and win the new NARS Christopher Kane Collection, along with a covetable, new accessory from Christopher Kane’s Spring 2015 collection.

Today, April 15th, US and UK fans of the brands can enter for a chance to win the entire NARS Christopher Kane Collection, along with a new accessory from Christopher Kane’s Spring 2015 Collection (open to US and UK residents only).

  • To enter to win the NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough for US residents, fans should tweet using #NARSChristopherKaneUS. 
  • To enter to win the NARS Christopher Kane Breakthrough for UK residents, fans should tweet using #NARSChristopherKaneUK.

Every #NARSChristopherKaneUS and #NARSChristopherKaneUK hashtag to hit Twitter automatically triggers a strike on the orb. As hashtags get published, watch the spears chip away until the designer giveaway is revealed. The final hashtag to break the orb wins.

The contest will kick off at 11:00AM GMT on April 15th in UK time, as well as 1:00PM EST April 15th in US time. Fans will be able to watch the Breakthrough livestreamed on and on April 15th until a winner is revealed!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

L’Occitane To Give Away 5,000 Collector Sets

We received this insider news yesterday, and being that it was April Fool’s Day we though it was a joke! But, alas it is not! Beginning tomorrow, April 3 L’Occitane will give away 5,000 L’Occitane Collector’s Edition Tins.

The exclusive L’Occitane Collector’s Tins are filled with L’Occitane’s cult favorite Shea Butter Hand Cream. Perfect for the warmer weather that can leave your hands just as dry as wintertime. If you want to get in on the freebies, it’s easy. All you have to do is follow the prompts at LOVELOCCITANE, which will ask you to do the following:

1) LIKE L’Occitane on your favorite social network

2) Share with your friends

3) Enter your email address

Soon after you will receive an email to your inbox including a unique code that can be used to redeem your complimentary duo! Simply print out and bring with you to your local L’Occitane boutique by April 12th!  P.S. if you can’t make it in by the 12th not to worry! L’Occitane will be selling the set after the promotional period for just $3.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Review and Giveaway

The brand’s tagline is “Fat Hair ‘0’ Calories” … which for some reason reminds us of the most delicious chocolate mousse imaginable sans the caloric intake. Admittedly we’re hungry at the moment, but you didn’t stop by to read up on our food cravings. So, let’s move on to the Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula products.

Fat Hair offers a wide range of volumizing products and one might think that the brand is limited to those who have limp, lifeless or thinning hair. While it’s true that Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Root Lifter ($7.99) instantly builds body and fullness to fine and limp hair, as does Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Mousse ($6.99), Team TME found that a few of the brand’s other products are just plain amazing … for anyone looking for great hair.

Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99 each) are fabulous for getting your hair clean, retaining moisture and helping avoid breakage. We were rather shocked that a shampoo and conditioner at this price point would do much of anything … we were wrong. Aside from haircare products that work effectively, we were thrilled to learn that both of these products are vegan!

We may have a new finishing spray favorite … Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Hair Spray ($11.99) adds volume, fullness and shine as it restores dry, damaged hair. These factors are amazing for problem hair, but Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Hair Spray works really well on happy, healthy hair too without weighing hair down or leaving it stiff. 

Overall, each of the Fat Hair ‘0’ Calories products that we used was effective, with three products in particular becoming TME favorites -- Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Shampoo, Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Conditioner and Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Hair Spray.

Would you like to try out our new favorites? Good! Because three (3) lucky readers will win … One (1) Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Shampoo, One (1) Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Conditioner and One (1) Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Hair Spray - Valued at over $25.00!

To enter:
  • Email with the Subject Line: Fat Hair Giveaway!
  • Don’t forget to include your name and address!
  • The deadline to enter is Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 11:59PM (ET) and for complete terms and conditions, visit TME’s Giveaway Page!

Fat Hair products are available online at the Fat Hair store and mass retailers. If you’re looking for a few gorgeous “how-tos” visit Styles.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Clarisonic Celebrates 10th Anniversary With A #ThanksToYou TME Giveaway

Clarisonic is celebrating its 10th Anniversary today, Nov. 22 and as Clarisonic products are such a mainstay in our beauty regimens, it’s a little surprising that brand has only been around for 10 years! In celebration of this decennial anniversary, Clarisonic is launching a global digital campaign, #ThanksToYou to show support to all who have helped the brand reach this milestone.

The Clarisonic #ThanksToYou global social campaign invites all of us to share our Clarisonic own experiences by simply sharing a photo or tweet with the #ThanksToYou hashtag @Clarisonic. Oh … and yep, The Makeup Examiner is sharing in the celebration with a Mia 2 Set Giveaway valued at over $200!

Now Team TME is fairly familiar with the amazing skincare tools that Clarisonic offers, but we’ve been eyeing the Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Set ($199) device for a while. So, when we were asked if we’d like to give it a spin we weren’t about to say no. The Clarisonic Pedi Device is specially designed to deliver the ultimate at-home foot care regimen and professional pedicure maintenance. Pedi offers 3 speeds, an adjustable timer, and is waterproof for use in the shower!

The Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Set includes:
  • Pedi Smoothing Disc
  • Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head
  • Pedi-Buff -- a triple-kick exfoliating blend of lactic acid, apricot seed and a tri-fruit complex
  • Pedi-Balm -- that contains a gentle blend of shea butter, honey and apricot oil to soften, hydrate and protect feet
  • Pedi-Boost, which is a powerful foot peel specifically designed to exfoliate and renew skin, combining lactic and glycolic acid to slough and remove dead skin cells.

Perhaps you neglect your tootsies during the winter -- that is a major (and icky) mistake. Team TME may love our shoes, but we all tend to kick them off as soon as we can. But, it’s not only an issue of others seeing our feet, it’s that we want our feet to feel and look amazing all-year-round. Does the Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation Set work? YES! And it’s worth every penny!

Okay, so you know that you stopped by for the giveaway. So, lets get to it … One (1) lucky reader will receive the Mia 2 Set, which includes: One (1) Pink Mia 2, One (1) Sensitive Brush Head, One (1) Protective Travel Case, One (1) Universal Voltage pLink Charger, One (1) Replacement Sensitive Brush Head, and One (1) Refreshing Gel Cleanser 6 oz. - Valued at over $200.00!

To enter:
  • Email with the Subject Line: Clarisonic #ThanksToYou Giveaway!
  • Don’t forget to include your name and address!
  • The deadline to enter is Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 11:59PM (ET) and for complete terms and conditions, visit TME’s Giveaway Page!

Don’t forget to join in on the #ThankToYou 10th Anniversary Celebration at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Clarisonic Fun Facts:
  • The brand was started by a group of engineers and entrepreneurs out of Seattle, Washington 
  • Clarisonic is now within the L’Oréal family and is sold in 36 countries. 
  • Clarisonic’s original co-founder, Dr. Robb Akridge, remains the face of the brand and travels weekly to raise awareness and educate on the brand globally. 
  • All Clarisonic devices are assembled in the USA at their factory in Redmond, Washington. 
  • The brand has won more than 100 beauty awards globally 
  • Clarisonic’s Sonic Method technology and design is secured by over 20 US patents  
  • More than 24,000 Clarisonic Mia 2 devices (their best-selling device) can be produced in a single day 
  • Since the launch of Mia 2 in late 2011, a total of 4,091,794 devices have been built at the Clarisonic facility in Washington 
  • One Mia 2 device is produced and ready to ship every 7 seconds

Friday, October 3, 2014

ECRU New York New Travel Mini’s Giveaway

Although Summer 2014 has come and gone, and we’re now into the amazing fall season, that is not necessarily an end to vacation time. More and more of us are opting to take our vacations during the fall and winter seasons in conjunction with the holidays. With this knowledge, ECRU New York has curated a line of the ultimate hair necessities … all of which are perfect for travel! Before we get to the giveaway, let’s take a look at what ECRU has created in its Travel Mini’s Collection.

Acacia Protein Shampoo and Conditioner (2 oz - $9 ea.) – This travel-ready duo are the only shampoo and conditioner with patented Acacia Protein Collagen and Silk Proteins.  Acacia Protein Shampoo is formulated with Acacia Collagen, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, Panthenol, and Sunflower Extract; Acacia Protein Conditioner is formulated with Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Wheat Protein, and Safflower Seed Oil offering moisture, strength and nutrients into the most damaged strands, leaving hair smooth, shiny and supremely moisturized. Acacia Protein Shampoo and Conditioner are free of parabens, sulfates and are color safe.

Luxe Treatment Shampoo (2 oz - $8) – A luxurious, nutrient rich cleanser that bathes hair in moisture as it cleans and hydrates. High potency vitamins and nutrients combined with essential amino acids promote healthy hair and scalp. Antioxidants, soybean lipids and gardenia flower extract balance moisture retention, increase elasticity and protect hair from chemical and thermal abuse. Luxe Treatment Shampoo is free of parabens, sulfates and is color safe.

Sea Clean Shampoo (2 oz - $7.50) - Fresh, clean, rich lather gently cleanses the hair and scalp. Marine botanicals and algae extracts combined with silk and wheat proteins smooth and hydrate the hair while providing protection against split ends. Sea Clean Shampoo is free of parabens, sulfates and is color safe.

Protective Silk Conditioner (2 oz - $8) - A 60 second treatment that immediately improves the texture and appearance of all hair types. Panthenol, sunflower oil and hydrolyzed wheat proteins thicken and repair dry, damaged hair while healing and protecting the scalp. Protective Silk Conditioner is free of parabens, sulfates and is color safe.

Sunlight Finishing Spray MAX (2 oz - $10) – This fast drying finishing spray offers maximum hold, so no worries about arriving at your destination with “bad” hair. Sunlight Finishing Spray MAX helps hair retain moisture while protecting against the detrimental effects of sunlight and UV exposure. *TME Must-Have!

Of course you can’t forget a good styling tool while you’re on the go, so check out the ECRU Travel Hair Dryer. So, are you ready for our ECRU New York Travel Mini’s giveaway?

Two (2) lucky readers will receive the following: One (1) Acacia Protein Shampoo and Conditioner, One (1) Luxe Treatment Shampoo, One (1) Sea Clean Shampoo, One (1) Protective Silk Conditioner, and One (1) Sunlight Finishing Spray MAX - Valued at over $42.00!

To enter:
  1. Email with the Subject Line: ECRU New York Travel Mini’s Giveaway!
  2. Don’t forget to include your name and address!
  3. The deadline to enter is Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:59PM (ET) and for complete terms and conditions, visit TME’s Giveaway Page!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Meaningful Beauty Advanced Anti Aging System Giveaway

Hello our lovely beautynistas! As we mentioned last week, TME is going to do a giveaway with Meaningful Beauty! Two very lucky beautynistas will win their very own Meaningful Beauty New Advanced System! But before we get to the giveaway, let’s check out the Meaningful Beauty New Advanced System.

In the 90s, Cindy Crawford was introduced to Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh who was a pioneer in anti-aging skin care procedures such a Botox, vitamin, and collagen injections. Dr. Sebagh happened to discover the skin rejuvenating affects derived from a melon grown in France. Dr. Sebagh began utilizing the melon extract, but the procedure costs several thousand dollars. Aiming to make Dr. Sebagh’s discovery affordable a collaboration was born, which resulted in the Meaningful Beauty brand. Looking at 48-year-old Cindy Crawford, it’s a safe bet that the skincare regimen works.

Meaningful Beauty is formulated with a powerful super-antioxidant from a rare melon along with such skin rejuvenating ingredients as peptides, vitamins, minerals and marine extracts and can help skin appear radiant and youthful. So, are you ready for our Meaningful Beauty New Advanced System giveaway?

Two (2) lucky readers will receive the following: One (1) Meaningful Beauty New Advanced System, which includes: One (1) Crème de Serum, One (1) Advanced Formula Lifting Eye Crème, One (1) Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment SPF 15, One (1) Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 UVA/UVB and One (1) Skin Softening Cleanser – Valued at over $40!

To enter:
  1. Email with the Subject Line: Meaningful Beauty Giveaway!
  2. Don’t forget to include your name and address!
  3. The deadline to enter is Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:59PM (ET) and for complete terms and conditions, visit TME’s Giveaway Page!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GLOSSYBOX Celebrates 3rd Birthday With New Look and Jet Set Contest

On Thursday, August 28, global beauty subscription service GLOSSYBOX celebrates its third birthday with an updated look and a new social media contest. TME was privileged to interview GLOSSYBOX Founder and Global CEO, Charles von Abercron, in February 2013 and the humble CEO shared the humble beginnings of the international brand that began in a tiny office in Berlin.

Three years later, GLOSSYBOX has sent out more than 6 million boxes and services 10 countries across the globe. Selling one box every twelve seconds, GLOSSYBOX has established itself as the leading platform for beauty discovery, and has introduced subscribers to more than 500 international brands.

So, what’s in store for GLOSSYBOX and its subscribers? Beginning in August, subscribers will receive a subtly reengineered version of the iconic pastel pink GLOSSYBOX, which was redesigned to extend the duration of the unboxing experience. Product cards in the box have also been reformatted to include more space for brands to share content. Exciting stuff! But, even more exciting is the launch of the GLOSSYBOX Global Social Media Competition!

The first ever GLOSSYBOX Global Social Media Competition has three amazing prizes! Third Place will see six lucky winners from every GLOSSYBOX country receiving 5 GLOSSYBOX full-sized favorites, Second Place will see three lucky winners from every GLOSSYBOX country receiving a one-year subscription and the First Place Winner will be swept off to the GLOSSYBOX capital of their choice (Berlin, Paris, London, Stockholm, New York, Vienna, Oslo)!

Entering is an easy three-step process:

1.)    Pick your favorite GLOSSYBOX (or new August GLOSSYBOX!)
2.)   Take a picture holding your favorite GLOSSYBOX and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
3.) Tag your picture with #glossybirthday and @glossybox_us to be eligible for the competition.

For more details, visit GLOSSYBOX and good luck too all who enter!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Birchbox Mally Beauty Review and Giveaway

The ladies at Birchbox consider Mally Beauty to be one of their favorite brands, citing that Mally offers up high-performance makeup products ready for the Red Carpet, yet made for real women just like us! Does The Makeup Examiner trust the opinions of the brilliant ladies at Birchbox? Of course! But, TME had to find out for herself.

Admittedly, Mally Beauty wasn’t a brand that TME was familiar with. So, I had to find out a little bit about who was behind this brand. Mally Roncal, creator of Mally Beauty, has been a celebrity makeup artist for over fifteen years. Working with A-listers like Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, and Heidi Klum, Mally found that many pro formulas lacked what she needed. So Miss Mally set out on a mission to create a line of cosmetics that could hold up on the Red Carpet, yet be usable to real women.

The Makeup Examiner was sent several products to try and a few to giveaway, so without further ado, let’s get to the review. To start, the packing is a really chic design of a snakeskin pattern fashioned in perfect pastels that are a huge hello to spring! 

Beauty Lip Magnifier ($20) is an amazing crossover, highbred creamy lipstick-meets-lipgloss! Available in seven shades, the highly pigmented lip product is delivered in pencil form and offers just the right amount of shine to give the illusion of fuller lips.

Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick ($25) is a multi-purpose product offering a creamy formula that glides on smoothly, is smug-proof, and acts as a three-in-one primer. Bonus: The shadow stick is smartly designed and can be used as eyeliner.  

Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender ($40) is an amazing primer, as in where have you been all my life?!?! Evercolor Poreless Face Defender instantly minimizes the look of pores and fine lines! Plus, it is long lasting (no midday reapply), helps to give a flawless finish to your makeup and includes an applicator. 

Cancellation Concealer System ($35) is a girl’s best friend. Love the two-pocket, snap closure pouch … so easy for traveling! This no cake formula covers dark circles (TME’s biggest problem lately) and blemishes with ease while the translucent powder offers long-lasting coverage with a flawless finish. Includes a double-side brush for easy application.

Mally Beauty does not test on animals, and apparently Miss Mally likes to joke that the products “are tested on celebrities, not animals”. So cruelty-free is good with TME! Plus Mally Beauty is made for real women! Limited Edition Mally Beauty can be found at Birchbox and other brand products can be found at Mally Beauty. Now that you beautynistas know about Mally Beauty, are you ready to get a few goodies for yourself? 

 One (1) lucky reader will receive the following: One (1) Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner and One (1) Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen valued at over $40! 

To enter:
  1. Email with the Subject Line: Birchbox Mally Beauty Giveaway!
  2. Finish the sentence: Mally Beauty is made for ______ women!
  3. Don’t forget to include your name and address!
  4. The deadline to enter is Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:59PM (ET) and for complete terms and conditions, visit TME’s Giveaway Page!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hair Care Tips and Giveaway From Celebrity Colorist Marco Pelusi

Reese Dane for The Makeup Examiner

Winter 2014 has not been kind to us and the frigid temperatures have an affect on our hair. So, what’s a girl to do? Well if you’re fortunate to have a friend like Marco Pelusi - you seek his expertise! The Makeup Examiner caught up with Marco and found out about the proper way to keep our locks looking luscious - not just for the winter - but also all year round. On top of Marco’s gracious advice, he’s going to give away hair care products to one lucky TME reader! Read on to learn the best way to take care of your hair and how to enter the giveaway!

Good, solid hair care begins before we wash, shared Marco from the Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood. He recommends that before you step into the shower, make sure that your hair is free of tangles by giving it a gentle brush through.

The Makeup Examiner: Is there an ideal water temperature for washing hair to keep it healthy, shiny and manageable?

Marco Pelusi: Shampoo your hair with warm water, followed by conditioner and a cool water rinse to close the hair’s cuticle (the outer layer of the hair).

How does water quality affect hair health?

The fewer minerals in your water, the better off you are. I recommend a showerhead filter. Hair products are an issue as well. Try to find products that have the minerals removed. Often times it's referred to as deionized water.

How often should you shampoo, condition and deep condition your hair?

If you have color treated hair, shampooing less is preferable. It’s really an issue of cleansing your scalp, which most likely doesn’t need to happen as often during the winter months. As for conditioning, this should be done after each shampoo to replace moisture. And to keep hair healthy and manageable, deep condition once per week during the winter months.

What are your thoughts on pre-shampoo conditioning?

I don't like to clog up clients’ bathrooms with too many products. Just find a good solid shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner, and you'll be fine.

What is the most effective way to deep condition our hair? In or out of the shower?

I think it's important to set aside time outside of the shower. Apply a deep conditioner to your hair, get out of the shower, apply a plastic cap, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. For better penetration of the deep conditioner, wrap a hot damp towel over the cap or sit outside in the sun in the warmer months to add heat.

Getting back to shampooing, should you lather shampoo in your hands first or apply the product directly to your hair and scalp?

Work a little lather in your hands first and then apply to the hair and scalp.

Should you comb hair in the shower?

I'd recommend waiting until you're out of the shower. As to not comprise your hair and cause breakage, apply a leave-in conditioner prior to combing your hair.

Are there any hair products or hair tools that are bathroom essentials?

  • A wide-toothed comb
  • A plastic cap for the very end of your shower on the days when you deep condition
  • Marco Collagen Color Guard Haircare, which is a restorative system to prevent premature color fade and create a positive therapeutic environment for the hair and scalp
  • Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner is an excellent choice once you're out of the shower to allow you to comfortably comb through your hair
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Marco Pelusi Winter Hair Care Giveaway

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One (1) lucky reader will receive Marco Pelusi’s amazing, cruelty-free, and organic One (1) Marco Color Health Shampoo with Collagen Color Guard (Full Sized - 8oz) and One (1) Marco Color Hydrate Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard (Full Sized - 8oz) valued at over $50!

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