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

Friday, July 19, 2019

Four Summer Beauty Essentials You Need Right Now

Summer is in full swing and we have found four beauties to keep your hair, body, face, and lips looking beautiful! Yes, you'll want to try them this weekend and yes, each is going to become an essential in your summer beauty regimen. 

For Your Body - The MOST Luxurious SPF on the market... Blue Lagoon Iceland Hydrating Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($82) – formulated with the Blue Lagoon's unique, mineral-rich geothermal seawater – protects and moisturizes, giving your skin renewed vitality with ingredients like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder.

For Your Hair - Don’t FRIZZ out! RICH Haircare has you covered with their Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz & Shine Mist. It quickly moisturizes hair, reduces frizz, adds shine and protects against heat and UV damage! Can be used on wet or dry hair.

For Your Face - Feel the Mist of the Sea with Gabriel Cosmetics Sea Mineral Hydra Mist ($13.50). The perfect replenisher for “tired” skin. This versatile product can be used throughout the day to refresh and hydrate your entire body. And, it's vegan!

For Your Lips - W!NK Lip Scrub and Balm Duo ($48) is  a luxurious formula that can be used daily. Sugar crystals are paired with natural humectants to gently buff and revive skin. The balm's natural oils (apricot kernel, avocado + sweet almond) nourish, moisturize, brighten, and tone with 25 mg CBD.

Have A Beautiful Weekend! xo TME

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bastille Day Beauty Picks

In celebration of Bastille Day this Sunday July 14, Team TME wanted to share some of our current favorite French beauty finds. Despite that not all of us are chic French citizens, we can look and feel like the ultimate Parisian woman with just a few of these French beauty staples for your face! While some of us get to jet-set to Paris and stock up in person, don't worry if you're not because these staples can be found online!

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Daily Repair Moisturizing Lotion  –This lotion is so gentle and hydrating, that it can be used for hyper-sensitive skin or those prone to eczema. This fragrance-free formula contains soothing and moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and glycerin, that get the job done, sans any irritation.

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Hyaluronic Acid Eye Lifting Balm – French pharmacies are chock-full of Caudalie products. We recently discovered this eye balm, and we are in love. It’s lightweight and moisturizing and it plumps fine lines and acts as the perfect base to foundation/ under-eye concealer.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – We've tried a lot of dry shampoos -- it's an absolute summer staple -- correction, it's an absolute staple period! And this one is our favorites. It absorbs an oily scalp while still allowing you to move your hands through your hair. It’s not crunchy or hard and it gives just the right amount of volume.

BioRecept Neobio Elixir  – We just discovered this brand and we are fast becoming uber fans. It’s ideal for oily, combination, acne-prone skin, but it also targets aging. It’s a serum-moisturizer that hydrates, plumps, lightly exfoliates, gently unclogs pores, and leaves the complexion bright and glowing. It’s more than just your average moisturizer: it’s like a moisturizer on steroids, with medicinal properties that heal and repair.

Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Divine Serumask – This serum-mask hybrid will make any tired, dull complexion look brighter, healthier, and more youthful. It hydrates, lifts, firms, and plumps fine lines -- it’s literally like a youth tonic disguised as a face mask.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar – This may become your go-to remover! It removes everything, including waterproof mascara, without any sort of irritation. One of the original Micellar cleansing waters, this product can actually be a water-free cleanser and is perfect for sensitive skin.

Bioderma Sebium Mat Control Moisturizer - A more recent Bioderma discovery, the Mat Control moisturizer is an absolute saving grace product in the dead of summer. The formula entirely curbs shine while still hydrating, and it leaves the complexion smooth like silk, all without any irritating, acne-causing ingredients. In fact, zinc and salicylic acid, fight existing breakouts and protect against new ones.

Avene Thermal Spring Water – Give us a face mist and we'll love you forever! You think NYC is hit in the summer? Try Paris where many buildings in have no air conditioning. But carry a face mist for on-the-go freshening and it’s a little less awful. The Avene Spring Water is one of the originals: all-natural, soothing, hydrating, refreshing, and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. Keep yours next to your bed and spritz before falling asleep and right when I wake up; it’s like an at-home mini spa experience and a great way to end and start the day.

xx Happy Bastille Day! 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Meatless Monday Slow Cooker Ratatouille

I just took up gardening last year. It is an activity that I definitely arrived at a little bit later then expected. You see, my mother has been an avid gardener my entire life and there are plenty of pictures of a diapered baby me plunked at the edge of the garden. Somehow, I just didn't take to it as one would expect. In my mind, I was way too busy to waste my time on such a silly activity like digging in the dirt. Can I tell you that I was wrong? Very wrong! 

There are far things more satisfying than sticking a seed in the ground, watching something grown and being able to feed family and friends with that something that I grew in my backyard. The awe has not warn off and I hope that it never does. Most especially when the end result is a dish like Ratatouille, filled with veggies that I grew. This dish was inspired by my zucchini. It's the first thing that I've harvested this year and I'm super excited to share this recipe with you. Don't worry if the ingredients don't come from your back yard... there's always next year. 

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 pound eggplant
  • 1 pound zucchini or summer squash
  • 2 large bell peppers
  • 1 pound tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat as needed, until completely softened and light golden-brown, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the vegetables.
  2. Trim the eggplant and zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes, and place in the insert of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Trim, core, and cut the bell peppers into 1-inch dice and add to the slow cooker. Core the tomatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch dice, and add to the slow cooker. Finely chop the garlic and add to the slow cooker.
  3. When the onions are ready, add the tomato paste to the pan and stir to coat the onions. Transfer the onion mixture to the slow cooker. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir to coat all the vegetables.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook until the vegetables are extremely tender, 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low. If you'd like to cook off some of the excess liquid in the slow cooker, cook uncovered for the last 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in the basil and taste for seasoning, adding more salt as needed. Drizzle with more olive oil before serving if desired.

While I may have only recently taken up gardening, I've been cooking for a very, very long time. Below are the kitchen gadgets that I've found to work well!


Measuring Spoons and Cups -  U-Taste 12 Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

Ratatouille is a veggie dish, but don't let that stop you from adding your favorite protein -- on another day -- and if you're wondering about gardening, there are 1000's of easy guides to get you started including ways to grow vegetables and herbs in your apartment! Hopefully you enjoy this recipe and as always Good Eating To You!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Celebrate July 4th With These Beauty Must-Haves

Happy Summer 2019! Oh, we know that it's arrived with full-on summer heat. However, we have you covered. Whether you’re hangin’ in the city, on the beach, or chillin’ lakeside, this July 4th make sure you celebrate in style with a few of  Team TME’s favoirte beauty essentials in patriotic colors. Yep … Celebrate July 4th with these Red, White, and Blue Beauties! Read on to the end to find out about our absolute favorite after celebration skin savers!


Bring on the fireworks with these fiery hues from Gabriel Cosmetics! We love any excuse to rock a bold scarlet lip color, and 4th of July festivities are the perfect occasion.

Pomegranate: This deep red crème is the classic shade your lipstick wardrobe needs, Enriched with nourishing Ingredients this exquisite long lasting formula provides natural, luxuriant lip color with all-day or night hydration. 
Nectar is a bronzed berry with a warm shimmer that is perfect for any Independence Day celebration! Plus, the Gluten-Free moisture rich formula helps to protect lips while adding brilliant shine for a burst of sheer color to your lips.


Derek Lam 10 Crosby Parfum Stick in Silent St. – This clean, pure scent will keep you feeling fresh, especially at your all-white summer party

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Parfum Stick in 2AM Kiss – Be irresistible this Fourth of July with an intimate burst of salty caramel and crystallized amber


Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Collection  – Get hair that shines with this Aloe, Coconut Milk, Guava Oil and Mango Butter formula that provides nourishment and luscious shine

OGX Gravity-Defying & Hydration + O2 Collection – Perfect for a weekend full of festivities, this collection creates movement and bounce without weighing hair down


Between delivering products with assured efficacy and Golden Door’s philosophies that align with our own, is it any wonder that this spa’s skincare products have made it into the TME Vault? (And Golden Door’s Artisan Foods have made it into our picnic baskets!)  Anyway … GD has just introduced the Try Me Kit that contains TSA approved sizes of the Golden Peel-A-Way Masque, Bamboo Face Scrub, and Hydrating Cleaning Milk that are a combination guaranteed to bring life back to tired and dull skin!

NAIL ART … We bet you thought that we forgot about one of the most fun beauty projects for Independence Day. Well, nope. We didn’t. Checkout “16 Independence Day Nail Art Ideas For Patriotic Fingers,” for guaranteed July 4th Nailspiration!

Have A Safe and Amazing July 4th! ~xo Team TME

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Easy Beat The Heat Twisted Rope Braid How To

It's summer and while we all know how hot and humid it gets, this week is especially brutal. Aside from the insane things that the weather does to our hair, does anyone really want to spend a ton of time with a complicated coif? Team TME is sharing one of our Pureology favorites that is an easy-to-do style and so perfect for beating the heat, as well as easily transitioning into a nighttime look!

Get The Look – Quick and Easy Twisted Rope Braid

Step 1: On damp hair, apply Pureology Smooth Perfection Shaping Control Gel, from roots to tips. Blow-dry, on lowest setting, using a medium round brush to create shape and volume.

Step 2: Gather all lengths to the side and dived into two sections, allowing pieces around the face to fall out.

Step 3: Apply Pureology Colour Stylist Anti Breakage Twist Shine Texturizer to both sections for added texture and definition.

Step 4: With a section of hair in each hand, twist both sections to the right until all the hair is twisted, creating two strands of twisted hair.

Step 5: Cross the right strand over the left strand and continue this pattern until you’ve achieved a rope braid.

Step 6: To lock the braids together, tease the ends and secure with an elastic. Finish the look with Colour Stylist Supreme Control.

Pro Tip: To take this look from day to night, wrap the braid into a bun, secure with pins and add a pretty hair wrap like this one from inSowni

Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer Hair Care Products To Try This Weekend

Happy First Day Of Summer 2019! Summer is an invitation for a more chill and relaxed approach to hair. It's seriously to hot and humid to fuss and hopefully if you've planned it right, you're also a little too busy.  So, this means letting bangs grow out, letting hair air-dry, getting beachy waves from actually going to the beach and having a super secret for dealing with unwashed summer hair -- like VOLOOM's new launch.

Of course, with the season also comes certain summer hair hazards, like chlorine, UV rays, salt water and humidity -- all of which can lead to pool-hair, fried scalps and frizzy, dried-out, damaged strands. Check out a few of our summer hair saver finds for you to test out this weekend!

To start, we're focusing upon on-the-go. Last year, VOLOOM launched Very Airy Low Residue Dry Shampoo, that extends your style! Just spray on hair to renew and revive, without weighing hair down like other dry shampoos. Results in fuller, more voluminous hair. Absorbs oil in hair and blends effortlessly with natural color. This dry shampoo is great for all hair types and extensions. And is safe for colored, straightened and chemically-treated hair.

Joining the VOLOOM product family is the brand's newly launched VOLOOM Very Airy Shine On Dry Conditioner. This hydrating formula, with restorative Marula Oil, revives dry ends and rough texture, leaving hair soft, shiny and smooth between shampoo days. It is perfect for skip days, safe for colored, straightened and chemically-treated hair. Plus it has no Parabens and UV protectant.

We have talked before about hair masks -- like every time that we find a new one to fall in love with a today is no exception. We have fallen for Aveda's Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment that can absolutely undo whatever you have done to your locks. This is a 2-5 minute mask packed with quinoa protein strengthens damaged hair with deep repair.

Rounding out our weekend must-try products is NOT YOUR MOTHER'S Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner. A luxurious blend of Blue Sea Kale & Coconut Water offers weightless hydration filled with vitamins & electrolyte minerals, giving hair the help it needs to stay healthy and vibrant.

Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer weekend, we hope that it is the best experience for you! ~xo Team TME

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summery Coconut Beauty That We Love

There are certain smells that you just associate with summer and coconut is definitely one of them. Packed with saturated fatty acids, the skin quenching properties of the rich oil are undeniable. Overall, coconut oil brings a wealth of revitalizing potential to the beauty table. From ingestible collagen to face wash and toner, we've found five 5 coconut-infused beauty products that are sure to perk up your summer beauty routine.

Arbonne Botaniques COCONUT Body Butter  - Island vibes in a nutshell. Infused with sustainable shea butter and coconut oil, this body butter is whipped to luxurious perfection and leaves skin deeply moisturized. Vitamin E moisturizes to soften and nourish while Coconut oil soothes by moisturizing skin and Olive oil conditions and moisturizes to smooth the look of skin.

NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator  - This unique blend of beauty-enhancing nutrients promotes skin hydration, elasticity and cellular turnover for glowing, supple skin. The star ingredient of this formula is rapid action CeramosidesTM Ceramides which are plant-based lipids clinically shown to increase moisture and elasticity in just 15 days. Additional beauty-enhancing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, pine bark, astaxanthin, lutein and coconut water make this the ultimate skin hydration supplement.

jane iredale BeautyPrep Face Toner - The high-performance daily toner, is designed to restore and prepare the surface of the skin to help makeup go on smoother and last longer. Infused with Herbasome, a Fruit Extract water that contains organic Lemon Grass, Apple, Pear, Carrot and Coconut Water to restore the surface of the skin and balance pH. It refines the appearance of pores and moisturizes to help makeup go on smoother and last longer. Awarded ECOCERT's Natural Cosmetics certification.

Nelly De Vuyst Micellar Foam BioTense - Ideal for people on-the-go looking for efficiency and simplicity in their skin care routine. This 100% certified organic cleanser is composed of micelles, coconut oil and hyaluronic acid. The dual solution effectively cleanses and easily removes excessive sebum, make-up and pollution while respecting the skin's physiological pH.

Sky Organics USDA Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Cold-pressed from wild-harvested coconuts, our USDA Organic Coconut Oil is full of the key vitamins and nutrients that help condition and repair dry damaged hair. Coconut oil's natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties help boost scalp health and combat itching and dryness, all while strengthening hair, supporting healthy growth, and making strands easy to manage.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Best Hair Products for Warm Weather Weekends

You know, this crew has been one or two places in their time and learned a thing or two about warm weather hair care. In the simplest of terms -- great hair during the warm and humid summer weather comes down to using the right products and tools for the job. It's a fact that our hair has completely different needs from season to season, so this season we're sharing a few of our fab finds for your fab summertime hair! Whether you're cruising to the beach or partying in the city we've got you covered.

Hot Summer In The City - There's just something about summer nights in the city. Everything and everyone just seems more alive -- of course it doesn't matter if you're hanging at that little Salsa club off Chestnut in Philly or bar hopping in Mykonos, all cities seem to offer up hair hating conditions. We tested ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream and found that it's an amazing beauty balm for hair. This multi-purpose, styling and conditioning cream is light and versatile. And it is an absolute winner for the humidity and pollutants of the city. It protects and styles all in one.

Lake Side - Over the past few years, we've discovered a real love for lake life. It's just such a chill vibe with the bonus of water. Oh but that water can still distress your tresses. A day on the water and you can definitely end up with hair that hates you. After a day at the lake, a great product to rejuvenate you hair is Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt. Made of sea salt and sweet almond oil, it clears up itchy, flaky scalps, combats greasy roots, and helps your style to last longer. So, you can see why we love it.

A Day At The Beach - or a weekend. Oh how we love the beach and oh how we hate what the sun and sand can do to our 'do. Our answer is two-fold for this. The ocean and ocean air can wreak havoc on your hair so opt for a moisture replenishing mask like évolisProfessional REVERSE Treatment Mask. This mask intensely conditions strands and enriches hair with a boost of antioxidants, restoring life to your hair.

Beachy Styling - The beach weekend vibe tends to be pretty chill and who wants to be the person who spends hours to get the perfect coif at the beach? Instead, embrace your hair's natural texture with Davine’s Sea Salt Spray. A few spritzes in your just-washed strands, and you've got gorgeous, perfectly-tousled sexy waves..

Home Is Where The Heart Is - well most of the time. We digress. No matter where you're hanging throughout the warm weather season, eventually you will need to blow-dry those locks. We have found THE tool that will leave your hair completely frizz free... By Gina's ExcelInfrared Blow Dryer! This blow dryer offers up infrared Smart technology, using steam heat coupled with ions. This processes limits heat exposure, which in turn limits frizz and infuses each strand with moisture to recondition hair. And that all equals beautiful tresses.

Happy traveling even if it's just to your backyard!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Meatless Monday Slow Cooker Enchilada Orzo

It might be a little surprising to find out that I don't put away the slow cooker when the weather starts to get warm. And apparently I'm not alone in this. For delicious, make-ahead, warm weather meals, nothing beats a slow cooker. Not only are you spending pennies on electricity, you're also not sweltering in the kitchen. So for a delicious, nutrient-packed Meatless Monday meal, I'm sharing this super easy Slow Cooker Enchilada Orzo recipe with readers!


  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) can mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup corn kernels (whatever you have around)
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Place diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, green chilies, vegetable broth, corn and black beans into your slow cooker. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Top with cream cheese.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  5. Uncover and stir until cream cheese is well combined. Stir in orzo. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 15-30 minutes. Add more vegetable broth as needed until the desired consistency is reached.
  6. Serve garnished with cilantro and tortilla chips.

Just as with the previous vegan recipes that I've shared, this one can also easily accommodate fish or chicken. Of course you'll probably want to stick with the vegan version to celebrate Meatless Monday. Also if you're looking for the perfect Slow Cooker, the one that I use is a Crock Pot Cook & Carry.  Whatever way to choose to eat this sumptuous meal -- Good Eating To You! 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

5 Weekender Must Haves

Summer 2019 is almost here and we're all bound to get away for at least one weekend right? Well hopefully we'll all find time to escape more than once! As weekend getaways fast approach, we have a few must have products to help you get the most out of you weekender!

Travel Mirror  - HotLife LED Lighted Makeup Mirror is everything a travel mirror should be -- affordable, durable, versatile, compact, and accented with battery-powered lights, which are included. Toss it in your weekend bag and the plastic shell will prevent any unwanted cracks. Need to go right from fixing your messy bun to taming your unruly eyebrows? The double-sided mirror feature — one a polished glass, the other 2x magnification — will help you out. When you accidentally drift off to sleep with your (very dry) contacts still in, the eight LED lights, dimmable by a touchscreen control, will guide your way as you remove them.

Travel Hairdryer - Andis 1875-Watt Fold-N-Go IonicHair Dryer is sooooo perfect for travel! Should we start with its retractable cord and folding handle? Those features make this travel hairdryer perfect for super storage on the go. With ions to reduce frizz and 3 heat/air speeds for ultimate styling and control, you should put this on your must get list before your next get away.

Skincare Travel Kit - Burt's Bees Fabulous Mini'sTravel Set allows you to pamper from head to toe on the go with the set including 6 travel size Burt's Bees favorites: Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, Intensive Hydration Day Lotion, Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream and Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream.

Dental Travel Kit - The Reach Travel Kit is perfect to cover your dental needs for the weekend. Featuring a REACH Ultra Clean Toothbrush, an Anti-Cavity Whitening Toothpaste, and toothbrush cap. The Reach Travel kit come with a convenient travel pouch.

The Weekender Bag - You have to have something to put it all in right? We fell in love with Free People Willow Vintage Tote when we traveled to Capri. It offers an unique twist on typical duffels and messengers. The slouchy half-moon shape stands out in the crowd, and wooden top handles add to the vintage aesthetic. And of course, it offers up enough room for all of your stuff!

Whether you're going to the beach or chillin' lakeside, we hope that our suggestions make your travels a little more fun. Oops... we almost forgot that snacks are an important part of the road to wherever you're going.  So, we just discovered Ritual Energy bars and they make the perfect snack/pick-me-up for that Friday evening (after work and stuck in traffic) drive to the beach. Happy Adventures!