Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer Skin Care Tips For Men

Team TME is yet convinced that men understand the importance (and actual enjoyment) of “luxury” grooming, let alone the basics of skin care. That’s not to stay that men folk are stupid, we believe that it’s a simple issue of not necessarily knowing what to do. We find it quite endearing when one of our “manly-men” stop by our office, poke around in the well-stocked TME closet and shyly ask what a particular men’s grooming product is for.

There seems to be some sort of silly shame in asking (kind of like for driving directions), so Team TME has put together a few easy to understand tips … just for the guys! The cooler months can leave your skin super dry, so if you don’t currently have a skincare regimen now is as good a time as any to begin one. A skin care regimen is seriously simple and you’re going to look and feel better once you begin one. Our editor had the opportunity to interview Hollywood’s leading stuntman, Bobby Holland Hanton, who offers quick and simple skin care tips. And this comes from a guy who has an insane schedule!

TME has also interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, on several occasions, who advises that you resist the temptation to take long, hot showers. Those showers may feel fantastic while you’re in there, but they’re actually hydration stealers. Limit your shower to no more than 15 minutes and keep the temperature warm. After your shower, you need to get moisture back into your skin so, we give you permission to steal your partner’s moisturizer and lotion… until you go buy your own!

Shaving is another issue for men. You guys just tend to be hairier. Dr. Jeff advises that guys prep their skin with a pre-shave gel. Because you’re dragging a blade across the skin of your face, you want to do everything you can to prepare and soften your stubble. Also, after-shave care is super important. Follow up your shave with a soothing balm that rehydrates skin.

You only get one face, so you gotta take care of your skin. Take care to use a moisturizer that contains SPF 30 or higher, use sunscreen when you’re playing outside (even in the winter), and don’t forget that pretty pout! Use a lip balm that contains SPF 30 or higher and a crazy but effective hack is to dab lip balm on your eyelids when you’re playing sports. 

~xo Team TME! 

Monday, July 9, 2018

ELEMIS x Lily and Lionel Must-Have Skincare Travel Bag

ELEMIS has again teamed up with an amazing designer to create another stunning travel kit. This time ELEMIS collaborated with luxury British fashion house Lily and Lionel! The Lily & Lionel Luxury Travel Collection For Her is an absolute must-have for this summer. Featuring an iconic innovative print, the Elemis Lily and Lionel Women's Luxury Traveller bag just says summer travel time! Perfect for your all of your adventures, this adorable limited edition bag is packed with the skincare essentials you need to achieve beautiful skin on the go. 

“Fashion is in my blood. Lily and Lionel is actually named after my maternal grandparents, who both worked in fashion. Partnering with ELEMIS was the perfect fit, because both our brands are about integrity and authenticity. I wanted to bring the spirit of Lily and Lionel to the print design of the ELEMIS bags. I love the energy of this print. It’s both bohemian and classic. If this print were a person it would just jump off the page and start talking to you,” -Creative Director Alice Stone.

  • ELEMIS Lily and Lionel Women's Luxury Traveller ($99/Value $170)
  • Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml
  • Gentle Foaming Facial Wash 30ml
  • White Flowers Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover
  • 28ml Balancing Lavender Toner 50ml
  • Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil 10ml
  • Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream 50ml
  • Frangipani Monoi Body Oil 35ml

And just in case you think that they left out the guys, nope! Alice Stone has also created the ELEMIS lemis Lily and Lionel Men's Luxury Traveller ($65/Value $103). Both additions are available online at ELEMIS.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Alert To Girl With Curls

Any of us who have curls know all about the misery that summer humidity brings! Is there a solution on the horizon? We think so!  From Color Wow, the brand introduces Dream Coat for Curly Hair. And it’s not your average sticky gel or slimy serum. This water-like mist is a one-and-done for most waves, spirals, and curls.

Summer is all about embracing your natural texture, and now it’s easier than ever with this game-changing, industry-first spray technology that air-dries to form the silky, gloss, perfectly bundled curls of your dreams. Color Wow’s tri-polymer technology replaces typical heavy formulas that weigh hair down and make it dull, crisp or crunchy so you get nothing but bouncy, shiny, healthy curls.

Dream Coat for Curly Hair:
  • Aligns + defines perfect curl patterns
  • Moisturizes, smooths and defrizzes
  • Restores elasticity + spring
  • Long-lasting hold, without hard, crunchy texture
  • Perfectly hydrated curls have glossy, supernatural shine

Forget multi-product curl care! Color Wow’s Dream Coat for Curly Hair is heavy-hitter that’s lightweight, giving your hair the same silky, supernaturally glossy texture that you get from the original Dream Coat, now for your natural curls (and without the need for heat). Color Wow’s Dream Coat for Curly Hair ($24) is available online at Color Wow and fine salons nationwide.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tips For Surviving A Long-Haul Flight

Happy first day of Summer 2018! Summer brings about so much fun, like travel. And this season may be your first experience abroad ... like really abroad on a long-haul flight. While jumping on a plane and going wherever the winds may take you sounds amazing (and it is!), it can be a little challenging on the comfort side of life. Sometimes the journey there is absolutely NOT part of the fun!

We’ve traveled all over the world and have had the best and worst experiences. Over the years, we learned how to handle long-haul flight travel and with vacation season upon us, it’s time to share our hard learned tips with TME readers. If you have the luxury of doing so, three to five days prior to embarking on a vacation in a different time zone get your body on schedule with your destination. This is the easiest way to beat jet lag and save yourself from wasting 24-hours or more trying to get your body clock adjusted. Now that we have that covered, what about the flight itself?

For those wishing to sleep:
  • Do not consume alcohol
  • Do not consume caffeine
  • Hydrate with water
  • Eat a light meal before you board
  • Invest in a Mosaic Weighted Blanket and Noise Canceling headphones
  • Choose a window seat
  • Avoid the seats at the very front and very back of the plane
  • If you can swing it, invest in a premium ticket 

For those looking to pass the time:
  • Long flights are a fabulous time to do some spa treatments like a hydrating face and hand mask, as air travel is notoriously dehydrating
  • A 12-hour flight is the perfect time to catch up on thank you notes and other handwritten correspondence
  • If you’re traveling to a new destination, brush up on a few local phrases -- such as proper greetings
  • Even if you have no desire to sleep, bring a set of Noise Canceling headphones … trust us on this one.

~xo Bon Voyage! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kristen Bell Get The Look and Summer Hair Health 101

Summer Is Here! Okay, well actually not until like 6:07 am EST tomorrow, June 21. But we have some amazing tips for a chic and easy summer hair look from celebrity hairstylist, Dimitris Giannetos, as well as rock star summer hair care tips from renowned dermatologist Dr. Joyce DavisTo start, let’s focus on Kristen’s look! Dimitris used ECRU New York to give Kristen an updated classic style for the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards on June 16th.

“For Kristen’s look I wanted to do something modern and polished because of her edgy dress. I decided to go with a low sleek middle-parted ponytail. I added just one element at the end using black electric tape to create a leather band look!

I prepped the damp hair using my favorite Marine Thickening Balm from ECRU New York and then I blow-dried the hair with a large round brush. Next, I added the amazing Silk Nectar Serum. This protects the hair from the heat so that there are no split ends and it doesn’t make the hair heavy at all! I just love it! After, I flat-ironed the hair in small sections.

I gave her a very strict middle-part, and then I sprayed a flat brush with the Sunlight Styling Spray and brushed the hair to the neckline. I used an elastic band with 2 hooks to secure the ponytail and then I wrapped the black electric tape around it so it felt and looked like a leather band.  I sprayed the end of a toothbrush with the Sunlight Styling Spray to make sure there are no wisps or fly away pieces on the hairline. Lastly, I used the Silk Nectar Serum on the pony for a soft and shiny look!” -Dimitris Giannetos

How easy is that?!? This is sort of the perfect summer style that crosses ultra-chic with summer comfort. But, what happens if you’re a mere mortal and have misbehavin’ summer hair? Like many of us who color our hair, it’s a challenge to keep the rich color and highlights that we worked so hard (and spent so much money!) to maintain. That’s why we turned to Clairol’s dermatologist, Dr. Joyce Davis, for her expert tips on keeping your scalp and hair color happy and healthy all summer long.

Dr. Davis’ Top Tips:

  1. Shampoo less often: In the warmer months, our skin goes into oil overdrive, which gives the illusion of greasy strands. To counteract this, our first impulse is to shampoo more often. This is a scalp and color no-no, says Dr. Davis, since it causes your scalp to get dried out and itchy, as you’re eliminating the hair’s natural oils that nourish the scalp and hair. Additionally, excessively shampooing your hair causes the color to fade, with the need to color your hair arising sooner than usual. As we all know, coloring hair too often causes hair to become damaged and brittle; so, try to shampoo twice a week, max.
  2. Protect yourself: We all love tanning under the warm summer sun (preferably with a marg in hand!), but the sun is actually your hair and scalp’s worst enemy.  While the sun is great for getting a few highlights, Dr. Davis says it’s actually detrimental to those who color their hair as it fades the color at the roots and burns the scalp. This results in over-coloring your hair, since the need to blend your color becomes more apparent, in addition to dried out skin and dandruff. Dr. Davis recommends wearing a hat, spraying your roots with some SPF or staying under an umbrella. If looking for a healthy hair color option, Dr. Davis recommends Clariol’s Nice’n Easy -the formula actually makes hair healthy after you color, thanks to its EDDS technology, which provides conditioning in every step!
  3. Rinse your hair… with water before jumping in the pool, to minimize chlorine damage to your strands and your scalp. Chlorine not only fades color and can even cause color to change completely, it’s super harsh on your scalp, causing irritation and dryness. Since hair is very porous, thoroughly rinsing your hair with non-chlorinated water causes the hair to absorb clean, healthy water, as opposed to chlorinated, chemically-charged pool water that breaks down hair and results in faded color, split ends and itchiness.

In an effort to maintain rich color, a healthy scalp and hydrated hair, Dr. Davis says that it’s vital to find a hair color that keeps up with your summer routine. She recommends using Clairol’s Nice’n Easy as a tool to achieve beautiful color without compromising on your hair’s health; it’s non-drip crème formula is super easy to use at home and the formula protects your scalp from the risk of an allergic reaction (which is the last thing you want on top of all the harmful summer effects!).

Monday, June 18, 2018

Six Quick Tips For Feeling Fresh From Celebrity Stylist Negar Ali Kline

No doubt that we all love summer, or that Summer 2018 is promising to be both the best yet, and the purveyor of Humidgeddon! Yesterday, and today already, are certainly proving that June is acting like August! We here at The Makeup Examiner however happen to be very fortunate to have access to the best in the business and their amazing tips for weathering any type of weather. 

For instance, Celebrity Stylist Negar Ali Kline -- who has styled A-list celebs such as Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Jessica Lange and Eva Mendes and helped them to feel their freshest whether they are on location or hanging casually -- has availed herself to Team TME to offer up the best tips to help us enjoy the most of summer fun. Yes, Negar is passing along sage advice that is quick, easy, and guaranteed to keep us looking and feeling fresh all of Summer 2018!

Celebrity Stylist Negar Ali Kline

Negar’s Summertime Tips:

Tip One: Smooth It Out! - Spring forward with extra smooth skin! Mix crushed aspirin, honey and water to exfoliate and remove that pesky bikini rash.

Tip Two: Add A Scarf - For hot summer days, have a go-to silk scarf on hand for a quick and stylish updo. This will keep you cool and gives you the perfect opportunity to test out a new ‘do.

Tip Three: De-Puff Your Eyes - Beat the puff by refrigerating a raw sliced potato and laying the cool slice on your eyes to get that fresh-faced look back after a long summer night.

Tip Four: Don't Sweat It - Don’t let sweat stains ruin that perfect outfit! By spraying your clothes with lemon juice before each wash you can eliminate those pesky stains.

Tip Five: Refresh Yourself - For those unbearable summer heat waves, refresh your skin with a tomato-based scrub. Tomato naturally cools skin down leaving your skin feeling renewed after a harsh day in the sun.

Tip Six: Stay Fresh And Confident - Confidence is the best accessory for any look, whether you’re on-set or going out on the town. Wear Carefree Acti-fresh daily liners to help you feeling fresh and confident, while keeping your underwear clean, dry, and flawless.

Need more tips on Summertime Beauty? Check out The Makeup Examiner's Summer Beauty section! 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Skincare Solutions For Eczema, Psoriasis and Sensitive Skin from Dr. Ranella Hirsch

This Article First Appeared On The Makeup Examiner May 2016

For those that suffer from skin issues like eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin, summertime can bring a set of very unique problems. Any skin condition can make us feel unattractive and while those with skin conditions such as acne may feel self-conscious, society general knows what those bumps are. The same cannot be said for skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Despite that over 30 million Americans suffer from the aforementioned skin disorders, many people don’t have a clue about the rough, inflamed and sometimes blistering skin patches that occur during an eczema or psoriasis flare up. To help us understand more about our skin and tackle the unique summertime challenges of eczematous and psoriasis skin, The Makeup Examiner turned to Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Ranella Hirsch.

Called an “Expert Derm” by Allure and a “Beauty Guru” by Marie Clare, Dr. Hirsch is a frequently quoted expert in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology. Due to her unique expertise in the areas of skin care development and laser-skin interactions, Dr. Hirsch is highly sought after as an expert. Dr. Hirsch is the author of several articles and book chapters on the subject of injectable neurotoxins and other dermal fillers. McGraw-Hill released her most recent textbook, “Aesthetic Regional Rejuvenation”.

The Makeup Examiner: What causes dry skin?

Dr. Ranella Hirsch: There are a multitude of causes in addition to some people having a genetic predisposition. Contributing factors can include the weather, humidity, bathing habits, and using skincare products that are too harsh or any combination of these.

TME: What’s the difference between severely dry skin and eczema or psoriasis?

Dr. Hirsch: There is some overlap in symptoms but generally eczema refers to a hereditary condition of dry skin known to wax and wane. For some people there are also certain allergic tendencies along with it.

TME: Summer brings skin-baring clothes. For those of us that suffer with skin issues, what can we do to prepare our skin for the summer?

Dr. Hirsch: Prevention is key. Think about sun protection appropriate to your level of activity, so as an example, look for something labeled for an active person if you will be outside in the heat. With other conditions, such as dry or oily skin, think about getting ahead of the curve. Look for products that help keep dry skin well hydrated, [look for] products that are specifically formulated for extremely dry, compromised skin.  For oily skin, look for products in a gel form that are labeled as mattifying.

TME: For those of us with severely dry skin or eczema, is it possible to “overdo it” with the moisturizer?

Dr. Hirsch: Interesting question! I suppose it would be theoretically possible to use SO much of something SO heavy that you could get break outs, but it would be difficult. As a general rule, best practice with dry skin is leaving the skin damp and then applying a product to seal in the moisture.

TME: Shaving and summer go hand-in-hand and shaving can exacerbate existing skin issues. What’s the best way for us to approach shaving?

Dr. Hirsch: Shaving brings with it both good and potential for challenges so it’s helpful to get it right. When done properly, on well-lubricated legs, which have had time for the hair to soften, it is a great form of exfoliation. In fact, a great beauty trick is to shave as a way to prep for applying self-tanner. However, shaving dry skin can cause it to become very irritated especially in the delicate bikini area.

TME: What things do you recommend that we avoid during the summer?

Dr. Hirsch: Well, I am a dermatologist so the most appropriate answer is too much sun! Not saying it needs to be avoided, just respected though.

TME: Once we achieve a healthy state for our skin, how do we maintain this throughout the warmer months?

Dr. Hirsch: Maintenance is key. Once you get your skin into a good place, look for skincare that supports where you want to stay. Avoid picking, scratching, and too much sun.

Note: A very special thank you to Dr. Hirsch for her time and wisdom! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

St.Tropez’s Introduces Gradual Tan Pre-Shower Mousse

St.Tropez’s has just introduced one of most convenient ways to get that glow! You can get a buildable sun-kissed glow in just one minute with an easy everyday pre-shower tanning mousse. St.Tropez’s breakthrough Gradual Tan In Shower technology, that revolutionized the gradual tan category in 2015, now marks the next generation in self-tanning with the Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse is a unique, streak-free mousse that is applied directly to dry skin for just one minute -- with or without a mitt -- before showering as normal. Tan Enhancers allow the Vegan friendly and 100% naturally derived DHA to penetrate the surface of the skin deeper and faster, for a quick, natural looking glow which will gradually develop over the next 8 hours. There is no guide color, however a subtle sheen will be left on the skin once the white mousse has absorbed to ensure no key areas are missed.

As it is a gradual tan product, you’ll notice a subtle, natural, golden glow from day one, however if you add this unique pre-shower mousse to your daily tanning routine, you can achieve a deeper tan after three days. Regular application helps you control your depth of tan, whether you need a confidence-boosting tan for that Monday morning meeting, or
Thursday afternoon out with the girls. For a deeper glow, leave the product on for 2-5 minutes before showering.

This luxurious foam has been enriched with nourishing Jojoba esters and Vitamin E for all day moisturization. Additionally, there is no transfer onto clothes or bed sheets, and no tell- tale tan smell so it can be worn morning or night. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the self-tanning market, this product is perfect for everyone. It is easy to use and will give a gradual glowing tan, day after day.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse ($20) is available at ULTA Beauty and Sephora. NEW: Try before you buy! Download the Tan Mirror app free from the App store or Google Play. This app contains bespoke technology to showcase what this product, and the full St. Tropez range, will look like on everyone’s individual skin tone. It truly reflects the final result that can be achieved from using the product with no enhancement or exaggeration after one, two and three days.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tips For A Fresh And Flawless Face

Dull skin, too much shine, large looking pores, dry skin and of course, “mask-face” can make you want to scream. Sometimes it feels as if nothing we do can help us attain an even looking skin tone. But, with a little know-how from Team TME anything is possible... most especially a fresh, flawless face!

Exfoliate: Yes, you’ve read our warnings about over-exfoliating your skin and that warning remains in effect. But, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t exfoliate your skin. Dry flakes and dead skin cells can make your skin appear dull as well as clog your pores leading to blemishes. So, exfoliate that face!

Use a Primer: Primers are multipurpose. Finding one that contains SPF 15 or higher and you’re protecting your skin against harmful UV rays. Plus, primer is just that... it primes your skin with a protective layer, which will reduce the look of large pores and will help foundation set more evenly. Speaking of multipurpose, some primers are dual primer/moisturizer.

Rethink your foundation application: From our own experience, we can assure you of two things. One, it is not always necessary to apply foundation from forehead to collarbone and two, the habit of completely covering your face with foundation will be difficult to break but well worth it! Try a BB Cream. BB Creams are lighter than foundation and can give you more then adequate coverage. Don’t forget to look for one that contains SPF.

Concealer is beauty sleep in a bottle: Concealer is different from foundation. It’s much heavier and is intended for use in small areas such as a blemish or under-eye circles. When you haven’t gotten a good night’s rest or for those prone to dark under-eye circles, use concealer before you apply your foundation.

Setting powder is your friend: While you want your makeup to give you the appearance of a natural glow, you don’t want others to be able to see their reflection. There are a plethora of setting powders on the market. And you’re guaranteed to find one that works for your skin whether it be dry, oily or somewhere in between. Also, to keep shine at bay throughout the day try bloating paper.

Find the right foundation shade: First, start off with testing foundation it the proper spot. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the back of your hand! Test the shade on your jaw line and don’t forget to check that shade with the seasons. What was the perfect color for winter probably isn’t going to be for summer.

PRO TIP! Let us not forget the most important step towards a flawless looking face … clean skin! If you don’t have a skincare regimen, it’s time to start one!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer Travel: The Beauty Essentials

From the perspective of a reformed “over-packer,” whom we aren’t going to name, Team TME can tell you that vacation beauty doesn’t require a quarter of the beauty items that you think it does. That “over-packer” -- she used to travel with a suitcase just for her shoes, a carry-on filled with “essential beauty items,” and wear stilettos because who wants to travel comfortably when you can look “chic” instead? Bahahahaha. So, how did Miss “Over-Packer” become a reformed intelligent traveler? A sprint from one end of O’Hare to the other to catch a connecting flight… in those stilettos… plus lost luggage that contained even more “beauty essentials” and cured for life she was!

Team TME has become a group of seasoned travelers, and yes we’re apt to repack your luggage if you’re traveling with us. Whether it’s a weekend at the beach or the vacation you’ve been planning all year, we’re sharing our knowledge for traveling comfortably and arriving in style. To start, an amazing vacation or weekend get-away begins before you leave. Nothing is worse then not having the right products to keep you looking gorgeous and feeling great while you’re trying to relax, so a toiletry kit that is well stocked is essential!

Case It: Even the seasoned traveler needs a little help with organizing from time to time. The JOY Big Better Beauty Case ($30) ticks off all the boxes. The Case can be unrolled flat to view all of your beauty items and hangs for super easy use. And we would never recommend that you go anywhere without your sunscreen -- COOLA Travel Size Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray ($20).

While You’re Traveling: Our number #1 beauty travel tip is to keep your skin hydrated while you travel and you actually can’t do that with a ton of makeup on your face. So opt for a natural look, especially during a flight. A flight is a great time to catch up on a little skin care and do a mini facial -- even if you travel by car you can still take this time to treat yourself. We recommend a hydrating layer of ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil ($55) during your journey and DR. JART+ Dermaclear Micro Makeup Remover Pads ($20) right before you get to your destination. Do not forget your lips! Armani ECSTASY BALM in Soft Nude ($34) is the perfect mix of lip hydration with a touch of color.

Skin Savers: Travel really can stress out your skin and nothing is worse then arriving at your destination looking world-weary. We discovered the ultimate multiuse balm -- The Beauty Chef Beauty Fix Balm ($30)! Treat your lips, cuticles, elbows… anywhere your skin needs a little love, to a few dabs of this bit of deliciousness. Your skin will thank you with a gorgeous glow upon arrival.

Along with a good multiuse balm, facial mist is a must! We’ve told you about Golden Door’s Yuzu products and we’re sharing another that has entered The TME Beauty Vault. Golden Door Yuzu Face & Body Mist ($34)! A few spritzes of this hydrating face & body mist, and you will be renewed. The light citrus scent is summer in a bottle and is the perfect quick boost. It feels like a cool drink of water for your skin, and the formula is perfect for combating dehydration. Bonus: You don’t have to be traveling to enjoy this skin treat!

Jazz Hands: We’ve seen a whole lotta really scary places in our travels lately so don’t even think about traveling without bringing this one essential item! Hand Sanitizer! Pass on the skin-stripping, chemical-laden versions for one balanced with nourishing ingredients like essential oils. We like Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer Spray ($4) because it’s infused with skin-loving ingredients. After you sanitize, moisturize! Over the brutal winter we discover two hand creams that we cannot live without and they’re seeing us through travel time quite nicely. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($29) or Sol deJaneiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream ($20) are beauty must-haves and you won’t want to leave home without them.

Multitasking Makeup: No one wants to go on vacation without the makeup that they need to stun all, but who wants to pack everything on their vanity? We discovered a few perfect multitaskers that will be all that you’ll need to look amazing. Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($42) for the perfect all over glow. Gabriel Cosmetics Multi Pot ($20) is perfect for eyes and lips. jane iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit ($33) has absolutely everything that you’ll need to glam it up.

Skincare-On-the-Go: Although we know that it can be tempting, we wouldn’t neglect our skin, even on vacation. Lake, pool, or beach requires SPF and we absolutely love NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($43 - available in 11 shades and travel size) with its oil-free formula that provides buildable coverage. To cleanse your face, we love L’Occitane’s Aqua Réotier Water Gel Cleanser ($24) and a surprisingly awesome moisturizer is Olay Luminous Whip ($29).

Hair Care: RAHUA Voluminous Shampoo ($34) and RAHUA Voluminous Conditioner ($36) may seem a little pricey, but trust us… they are worth every penny. These formulas are organic, safe for color –treated hair, do not include the yucky stuff and smell like a bit of heaven! Do you want to wash your hair every day on vacation? We don't either. At night, spray OGX Extra Strength Refresh & Restore + Coconut Miracle Oil Dry Shampoo ($8) under layers at roots and brush through for lovely locks in the a.m.

Hair Stylers & Such: What would vacation be without an easy hairstyle and the proper tools? We love Revlon Soft Ponytailers ($5) that are available in an array of colors and are perfect for the beach and beyond. Of course there will be times when you want to coif that do and who’s dragging a full-sized dryer on vacation? Revlon Perfect Heat Fast Dry Travel Styler ($18) does the full-on job at a price point that can’t be beaten.  Babyliss Nano Titanium Mini Travel Straightener ($38) - The 6-inch mini straightening iron has all the benefits of titanium and ceramic plates and in a convenient, compact size. Plus, offers dual voltage for worldwide use.

Body Care: This is little item that we discovered a while ago and had to share with our readers. Spongellé Spongetté Coconut Verbena ($9) is a spongy buffer that’s infused with Coconut Verbena fragranced body wash, which envelops the body in a Coconut Water, Lemon Verbena and Crisp Bamboo aroma. This baby is good for at least 14 showers and it’s one less bottle in your bag! If you skin needs a little more love than the Spongellé Spongetté, we recommend The Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil ($29). Dry oil has kind of become a summertime staple, as it is fast absorbing, super-hydrating, and leaves zero residue, plus this gorgeous one by Rituals is great for your hair too!

Oral Care: It doesn’t matter how lovely your locks are or how glowy your skin is if you breath stinks! Violife Slim Sonic Travel Toothbrush & Case ($25) is large enough to fit your toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash like Marvis Jasmin Mint Travel Toothpaste ($6), DenTek Floss Picks + Case for On-the-Go ($2.99), and TheraNeem Mouthwash Travel Size by Organix South ($3.19).

Fragrance: You could play it safe and go with your “regular” perfume or walk on the wild side with a new to you fragrance like Armani Sì Passione Rollerball ($28). Along the lines of “fragrance,” Team TME is again going were going where many have gone before … but most feel uncomfortable talking about. Just as we’d recommended for “HolidayTravel” we are telling you that what happens in the bathroom needs to stay in the bathroom -- for all parties concerned. Enter The Porcelain Company, which offers travel sized “potty odor” neutralizing sprays ($12).

Wherever you travel this summer, we hope that it is memorable and fun!
Happy Summer 2018!  xo ~Team TME

Friday, August 4, 2017

TME Travel Must Haves Continued

We realize how completely fortunate that we are to be able to follow our passions. And yes, travel is a major passion for all of us here at TME. As we wander, or receive a special package, as is the case with our top Summer 2017 Must Have, each member of TME will find amazing products that simply make traveling more enjoyable. Of course, we would be completely remiss to not share these luscious items with our beautiful readers. So without further ado, let’s get to the latest travel-friendly beauty essential finds!

Our first, and thus far top Summer 2017 Must Have is the ELEMIS x Misha Nonoo Luxury Travel: Essentials for Her ($104). This is a limited edition, elegant travel bag that is packed with the most essential skin care items that you’ll need no matter whether you’re headed on a long-haul flight or a weekend at the beach. Misha was born in Bahrain, lives in New York, and studied in London and Paris -- Does it get any better than a gorgeously designed bag with perfectly curated products from someone who truly knows jet setting?!? Not to mention the price is an absolute bargain!

ELEMIS x Misha Nonoo Luxury Travel: Essentials for Her – Inside:

  • Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 
  • Balancing Lavender Toner
  • White Flowers Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover
  • Papaya Enzyme Peel
  • Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
  • Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream
  • Frangipani Monoi Body Oil

Of course, you need a little more than just skin care products when participating in summertime wanderlust. These beauty finds will not only keep you looking and feeling good while you travel, keep in mind that travel sized products are a fabulous non-committal way to try out new products without breaking the beauty bank!

  1. OGX Shampoos & Conditioners ($2.99 each) in travel size. We’ve become huge fans of this drugstore brand! OGX’s various formulas smell delicious and have amazing efficacy!
  2. When we travel, we like to travel light and L’OCCITANE Almond Shower Oil ($9.50) pulls double duty as the perfect shaving companion and body moisturizer. Don’t forget a razor! Venus Snap with Embrace Razor in Cosmo Pink ($9) is a must-have for travel, and actually for all occasions.
  3. We just discovered this bit of heaven -- Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose and Nirvana Bourbon Dry Shampoo ($14) that extends the life of your blowout, even in the summer heat!
  4. Sometimes we overdo on vacay and our hair pays the price. For strands damaged by sand and salt, Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner ($2.99 each) are the ultimate hair savers! 
  5. Keep hands smooth and freshly scented with L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Rose Heart Hand Cream and Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel ($12 each).

We hope that you check out, and enjoy our travel essential suggestions. And ... Have an amazing weekend wherever you go! xo ~Team TME