Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Four Holiday Party Looks With Jane Iredale

We think that the holidays are about spending time with our loved ones and giving back to our communities -- and of course celebrating the ones we love with parties of all sizes. From intimate family dinner parties to large corporate holiday parties, we love the merriment and we like our makeup to reflect our festive mood.

When it comes to holiday eye makeup looks, we’re grabbing one product -- the Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit! At first glance, this eye shadow palette may seem a little scary with the bright blue and deep green shades, but we promise this kit gives you the flexibility of subtle and daring looks. These are our four favorite holiday eye makeup looks using the Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit. Each look has no more than four steps, and there are diagrams to show you where to place each shade.

Holiday Eye Makeup for Your Eye Color

The best way to make your eyes sparkle this holiday season is to choose makeup that complements your eye color. Luckily, the Let’s Party Eye Shadow kit has shades that work for people with every eye shade. Here are two simple looks for people with blue or green eyes and those with brown eyes.

Holiday Eye Makeup for Blue/Green Eyes

If you have blue or green eyes, try wearing the more purple shades in the Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit — Spree, Wing-ding, and Hootenanny. Here’s how to create the purple smokey eye look in three steps.

  1. First, apply Spree from your lash line to brow bone with the with Deluxe Shader Brush.
  2. Then, use the Crease Brush to blend Wing-ding into the outer third of your lid and into the crease.
  3. Finally, apply Hootenanny, wet or dry, as an eyeliner using the Smudge Brush or Angle Liner/Brow Brush for a smokey eye look.

Holiday Eye Makeup for Brown Eyes

If you have brown eyes, you can go for a more intense holiday eye makeup look this holiday season. Our favorite trick to add depth to any eye shadow and customize the color is to first apply Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner as an eye shadow primer. In this look, we transformed the shimmery chocolate shade Hootenanny using Emerald Mystikol Eyeliner.

  1. First, blend Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner from lash line to crease using the built-in brush or a Camouflage Brush.
  2. Using the Crease Brush smudge out Hootenanny from lash line to crease.
  3. Press Shindig onto your eyelid with the Eye Shader Brush.
  4. Finally, use the Smudge Brush to apply Basic Black Eye Pencil into lashes.

2-Steps to Subtle & Smokey

The Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit is great for vibrant, playful looks but it can also be used for more subtle, elegant eye makeup looks for the holiday season. Here’s one of our favorites that can be created in two simple steps.

  1. First, apply Spree from your lash line to your brow bone with Deluxe Shader Brush.
  2. Then, use the Angle Liner/Brow Brush to smudge Soiree (yup, the blue shade) into lashline, and you’re ready to party the night away!

The Best Holiday Blues

If you love to play with color and the holidays are your favorite time to venture outside the neutral box, then this look is for you. Bold eye makeup has been on trend for the past few seasons, and we love it!

Though we wouldn’t recommend this as an everyday look, the blue-hued holiday eye makeup look would be beautiful if paired with a simple monochromatic outfit. So, pull out your favorite charcoal silk, slip dress and grab Let’s Party because this look is a show stopper!

  1. First, apply Soiree from lashline to crease with the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  2. Using the Crease Brush, apply Hootenanny to the outer corner of your eyelid into the crease.
  3. Finish the look by applying Onyx Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner to your top and lower lashes. Smudge it out with Soiree using the Angle Liner/Brow Brush or Smudge Brush.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

The holiday shopping season officially begins with Black Friday, which happens to be this Friday, Nov. 23 ( some of these deals begin Nov. 22) and for many beautynistas and suavies alike, so too will the hunt begin for the perfect gifts -- as well as -- great deals on those gifts. The team at The Makeup Examiner searched far and wide, high and low for amazing gifts and those coveted discounts. Check back often or on Insta, 'cause we'll keep posting them as we find them!


jane iredale: During Black Friday weekend (11/23-11/25) jane iredale is offering a 20% savings on orders of $100 or more and a 25% savings on orders of $150 or more at Additionally, for Cyber Monday from 11/26-11/28, jane iredale will be giving away a nine-piece gift set with $150 purchase. The gift set includes 8 best-sellers in mini sizes in our canvas gift with purchase bags.

(Minis include: Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain, Sheer LipDrink Lip Balm, BeautyPrep Face Cleanser, BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer, HandDrink Hand Cream, Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner, Black Ice Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara.)

Nanacoco: The Black Friday promotion will start on Thanksgiving morning 8AM EST (November 22nd to 26th). The promotion will be as follows: Nanacoco's Annual Friendsgiving Sale. Spend $50 and get free shipping (along with a surprise Nanacoco Pro. free gift with purchase if the customer spends $50 and over). Use code FRIENDSGIVING on

The Cyber Monday promotion will start on start 11/26/2018 - 12AM EST to 11/26/2018 11:59PM EST and will be as follows: Get 25% off of your entire order if you spend $50 (including free shipping). Use code Cyber25 on


The Mane Choice: During Black Friday weekend, The Mane Choice will be running a 50% off promo on The offer code will be CHOICE50.


Arbonne: During Black Friday / Cyber Monday week (11/19-11/30), Arbonne is offering a hot deal on their cutting edge ultrasound tool, Intelligence Genius Ultra – proven to deliver smoother, radiant, even-toned skin in seconds. The deal also includes 2 FREE skincare products, the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment and Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Hydrating Dew Cream along with a on-the-go bag. (A $388 value for only $152 for the set at – plus free shipping, and first 10,000 buyers receive a free Genius Ultra Cleansing Cloth!)

Eterno: During Black Friday, Eterno is offering 40% off site wide at Additionally, for Cyber Monday, Eterno will be offering 25% off Eterno device (retail $299) + free Time Eraser at


Ethique: Save 10% on the best-selling sustainable sampler packs for hair, face and body at (valid Black Friday through Cyber Monday)

Arbonne: During Black Friday / Cyber Monday week (11/19-11/30), Arbonne is offering their new Limited-Edition Green Apple Energy Fizz Sticks for only $55 at

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thanksgiving Day The Easy Way with Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We're thinking that it's true for many of us, as it seems that our families are more inclined to make it to our home on Thanksgiving versus the other winter holidays. Take a look at the statistics for people who travel throughout the US at this time of year!

For us, it’s a big feast… and a big cleanup. However, the cleanup is well worth it and we have a few tips for making this Thanksgiving special (and easy) from beginning to end. As we’ve written, year after year, when entertaining keep your guests comfort in mind. This is not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy yourself too and the key to it all is a well thought out plan. Once the menu is set, which you’ll want to add a recipe or two from below, the remaining plan is fairly simple: 

  1. Always have comfortable seating.
  2. If you have the space, designate a room for guests to rest. 
  3. Do not forget to create a flow so that guests do not have to navigate through a labyrinth to mingle with others or find the powder room. 
  4. Do not be afraid to hire help or enlist others for clean up. 
  5. Lastly, remember to relax and have fun. Grabbing a quiet moment prior to your guests’ arrival will give you a reprieve from coordinating the holiday experience and offer your guests a well-rested host/hostess. 

~ As for that sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, we’ve come across several must-have tools for cooking and cleaning this holiday season. Cuisinart Elemental 11 Food Processor ($149) allows home cooks to quickly and easily prep larger portions of ingredients for bigger meals. With an 11-cup work bowl, a stainless steel blade and two slicing/shredding discs, it’s the ultimate timesaver. With removable, dishwasher-safe parts cleanup is easy. 

~ Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Hand Blender ($35) is an indispensable tool for us. With a two-speed control, along with chopper/grinder and chef’s whisk attachments, this hand blender combines three food prep appliances into one. 

~ We found a home gadget that we absolutely cannot live without when hosting... the Evercare Mega Roller ($12) is the quick and easy answer to picking up dirt throughout your holiday feast. This translates to less time spent cleaning up after you’ve indulged with turkey. 

Now, we’re going to share those scrumptious recipes, courtesy of our kitchen and Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky and Four Roses Bourbon. 

Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky Mashed Sweet Potatoes 

  • 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and largely diced 
  • 1/4 cup Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 
  • 1/2 cup diced celery 
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 

Simmer the potatoes for approximately 25 minutes. Drain and place them back into the pot. Stir in butter and the Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky. Transfer to a ceramic serving dish and set aside. Saut√© pecans and celery with 2 tablespoons of butter. Add maple syrup and cook all ingredients for 3 minutes. Spoon pecan mixture over the sweet potatoes and serve. 

Four Roses Bourbon Pumpkin Pie 

  • 1 frozen pie shell 
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 2 egg yolks plus 1/2 an egg white 
  • 1/2 cup half and half 2 tablespoons Four Roses Bourbon 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Thaw the pie shell. Mix butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy, and then add sugar and cream. Add pumpkin puree and mix until well blended. Beat in the eggs, half and half, Four Roses Bourbon, and salt until well combined. Pour into the cooled pie shell. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the middle of the pie is set and the crust is golden brown. Allow the pie to cool to room temperature.