Showing posts with label Valentine's Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentine's Day. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentines Day Beauty Tips From The Experts

We at TME are freaking out because we’ve got Valentine’s Day beauty tips from our favorite top celebrity beauty experts -- from Celebrity Stylist Charles Baker Strahan to Celebrity Stylist Sarah Potempa and our beloved Clairol Color Director James Corbett to Dr. Jody Levine! We have everything that you will need to look, and feel, amazing no matter what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day… or night… whether you’re doing a romantic night in, a big night out or prowling with the girls!

Romantic Night In:

“You don’t need to go crazy with styling your hair, but it should definitely look and feel soft, nourished and hydrated. Try using a treatment such as the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Intensive Treatment to give your hair an extra bit of love to make your strands touchable for [the love of your life]!” -Celebrity Stylist and Herbal Essences Brand Ambassador, Charles Baker Strahan 

Big Night Out: 

Charles Baker Strahan says it’s all about the curls! “There’s nothing more fun than voluminous curls for a big night out”. Whether you’re enhancing your natural curls or giving your straight hair a twist, here’s how to get sexy 'ringlets'".

  • After stepping out of the shower, use a mousse like Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Soufflé. Mousse has a function, which allows hair to dry in a somewhat stationary position. When hair isn't jostled around in the drying process it is less likely to produce frizz
  • Use a diffuser! People with straight hair that doesn't “hold a curl” often blow their hair out with a brush and a blow dryer, making the hair straight and less likely to curl... stop doing this! Allowing the hair to dry in a basket diffuser with the high heat setting and low wind speed allows your mousse to force out the excess moisture and maintain any and all natural body or movement in the hair
  • If you have hair that is hard to curl you should do a set. You can use your curling iron to heat the hair and place the curl wherever you'd like but then use a roller clip to hold the curl in position while it cools

Celebrity Stylist and Aussie Brand Ambassador, Sarah Potempa also suggests curls for a night out, but Sarah’s take is all about that sexy polished wave look! “Polished Waves with a red lip combo is probably my favorite look for a big night out,” shared Sarah.

Polished Waves How-To:

  • To achieve this classically beautiful look, start off by curling your hair in the same direction
  • For a more retro look, curl your hair in towards your face. After you curl, spray a nylon/boar bristle brush with a flexible hairspray, like Aussie Sprunch Hairspray and fully brush out the curls. Doing so will bring all of your waves together and create a smooth, long-lasting style
  • To give the ultimate frizz-free finish, apply Aussie Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream starting from the ends and working up into the roots

Girls Night Out:

Clairol Color Director (and TME <3) James Corbett offers these top-notch color tips for GNO!
  • This winter, special occasion hair is all about textured looks! On top of styling and cut, hair color can make a big difference when creating texture.
  • Use Nice ‘n Easy’s Hair painting Kit to paint in some lighter strands around your face; this will give hair a multi-dimensional look. Nice ‘n Easy’s Hairpainting Kit is easy to use at home, and works on all hair colors.
  • After coloring, ditch the blow dryer, and style hair in natural looking waves. Your new look will be effortlessly chic. (Perfect for a romantic date or Girls Night Out!)

Sarah Potempa offers: “For a girls night out, a dry shampoo such as the new Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Dry Shampoo, is great to keep in your bag or desk at work for an instant touchup from day to night. Not only does it help to absorb excess oil and refresh your style, but also gives your hair a bit of texture if you want to pull your hair into a high ponytail or fun braid.”

We love the suggestions from our favorite celeb experts and you can find more beauty tips in TME’s CoverGirl section! Since we’re smack in the middle of winter, we thought it’d be a good time to check in again with Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine and get the best skincare tips for Valentine’s Day … and the rest of the winter season!

Winter Skin Care and Prep – Courtesy of Venus Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine:

Hair removal in the winter:

  • Many women skip shaving during the winter months. The trick to removing an abundance of hair is making sure you follow the right steps.
  • First, I recommend hydrating your hair with warm water and waiting two to three minutes from when you step into the shower before shaving. This will make the hair softer and easier to [remove].
  • Next, be sure to apply ample amounts of moisture rich-shave gel like the new Venus & Olay Shave Gel. Incorporating a shave gel is an important step in getting a great shave. Not only does it allow your razor to glide better and easier over the skin, but it also helps lubricate the hairs – so they’re soft and stand up at attention, making them easier to cut.
  • The type of razor you use is also crucial when it comes to removing a lot of hair. Make sure you use a high quality razor, with five sharp blades – so you’re getting a smooth, ultra-close shave.
  • Finally, shave with light, gentle strokes and exert as little pressure as possible – this will help reduce your chances of skin irritation.

Ensuring the closest shave:

  • To get the closest shave use a 5-bladed razor like the new Venus Swirl, which moves like no other to cover every unique curve and contour, helping to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss.
  • Lather up with a shave gel like new Venus with a Touch of Olay shave gel before shaving to ensure the razor glides easily over skin. Shave gel also helps you keep track of where you’ve shaved to avoid missing any spots.

Stay hydrated: While moisturization is great, you should be properly moisturizing at the right times with the right amounts. The best way to keep your skin beautiful is by keeping it adequately hydrated. Having dry dead skin is the foundation for irritation. When skin is dry, it is compromised and compromised skin is more prone to experiencing symptoms of irritation.

  • Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin and shaving is actually a good gentle way to exfoliate your legs. Shaving everyday with the right razor can help exfoliate dead skin. Try using the Venus Swirl for best results.
  • Put on a light moisturizer right after you shower. This helps to rehydrate your skin with moisture that was lost from showering. Using a moisturizer that has shimmer in it can also give your legs subtle shine to highlight its natural contours.

Avoid lengthy hot showers: Lengthy hot showers can actually dry your skin. The heat from the shower makes the skin's oils soften, much as butter softens when heated. Granted, this isn't an altogether bad thing; that same oil barrier traps dirt and sweat, which leads to body odor. Still, without those oils, the moisture in your skin easily escapes, leading to dry and itchy skin. The longer and hotter the shower, the faster this process takes place and the more moisture you're likely to lose. Try to keep your showers lukewarm or shorter.

TME’s Tip: Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and relax while doing so!

How To Get Mandy Moore’s Volumized Hair For Valentine’s Day

Mandy Moore was recently seen walking the Red Carpet and, as always, looked stunning. The standout for Mandy was her insanely gorgeous and super volumized hair!! It was the perfect mix old Hollywood glam and modern sass -- which is perfect for a glamorous Valentine’s Day look!

If you want to recreate the look at home and don’t have a whole Glam Squad at your fingertips, we have found the “holy grail” of volumizing tools and this one won’t destroy you lovely locks like backcombing does! The VOLOOM ($129/ On sale for $112!) is the only hot tool specifically designed to add lasting volume. It takes seconds to use and the volume truly lasts -- without using any product! Now that all of you know what we’re using, let’s get into the how-to for Mandy’s look.

TOOLS NEEDED: VOLOOM, Heat Mat, Sectioning Comb and Clips, and a large-barrel curling iron like the Hot Tools 2" Gold Plated Salon Curling Wand ($40).

  1. Apply any styling product you typically like to use on damp hair and allow to air dry.
  2. Section a top layer of your hair on one side of your part; clip it out of the way.
  3. Take another thin section directly underneath the first section and hold it straight out from your head.
  4. Use a “clamp & release” action (similar to a crimper) for only a second of two at the root. Depending on how much volume you want, you can move the iron down the strand and clamp it again -- as long as your top layers are long enough to cover the portion you VOLOOM.
  5. Clip the section you just did away and continue to move down, creating similar sections until you reach desired amount of volume.
  6. Release clip and place top layer back over the sections you just ironed.
  7. Repeat around head.
  8. Curl ends with a large-barrel curling iron.
  9. Brush out from root to tip -- this will not only brush out any VOLOOM pattern from, but will give your curls that messy, tousled texture.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Romantic Hairstyles and Beauty Looks For Valentine’s Day

TME is very fortunate to have looped in with ECRU New York’s Creative Director, Lisa Lobosco. Lisa has shared the how-tos for creating three super romantic hairstyles, perfect for Valentine’s Day, using ECRU New York’s iconic hairstyling products. Of course it doesn’t stop with the ‘do -- we were also graced with a few inspiring beauty looks for the iconic brand jane iredale and all are both easy and so perfect for Valentine’s Day!


Blow-dry hair with ECRU New York’s Silk Volumizing Mist, using a large round brush. Set hair using a large barrel curling iron, spraying each section with Sunlight Styling Spray. Brush out gently and finish with Sunlight Finishing Spray Max.


Blow-dry hair with Silk Nectar Serum, using a large round brush. Lightly spray the ends with Sunlight Styling Spray. Gather the ends and secure them with a small hair tie, near the ends of the hair. Roll under until you reach the nape of the neck and secure. Brush over the surface to smooth and finish with Sunlight Styling Spray.


Spray all over with Dry Texture Spray. Curl hair with a large barrel curling iron from about 5 inches away from the scalp. Take a 2-inch parting around the hairline and make a strong diagonal part, creating a headband effect. Emulsify a small amount of Styling Balm and finger tease the curled sections. Spray all over with Dry Texture Spray for added volume.

LOOK 1 Magic Blue and Red

jane iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Magic and Blue Hour, PureMoist Lipstick in Gwen

LOOK 2 Mystikol Affair

Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner in Onyx, Smooth Affair for Eyes in Canvas, PlayOn Lip Crayon in Naughty

LOOK 3 Pure Love

PureMoist Lipstick in Mary, Smooth Affair for Eyes in Lemon, PureLash Lengthening Mascara

LOOK 4 Soft Kisses

PureGloss Lip Gloss in White Tea, PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Soft Kiss, Eye Pencil in Basic Black

Friday, February 1, 2019

2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day 2019 is just around the corner, but no one should despair because we’ve got you covered. And remember, Valentine’s Day isn't just about celebrating your partner -- it’s about celebrating all of the love in your life! Whether it’s a special gift for your significant other or your precious BFF's (Galentine’s Day is February 13th), we have found gifts that they will love!


  1. Baxter of California x Grayers Tech Travel Kit ($85) - The Travel Kit is equipped with compact storage pockets to house all of his must have travel valuables. The kit is crafted in Grayers’ signature plaid wool flannel allowing him to organize and travel in style! 
  2. Baxter of California Razor Set ($260) - This modern take on the traditional wet shaving set makes an excellent addition to his grooming regimen. Designed with serious wet shavers in mind, this 3 piece set features sleek and stylish chrome plating to put a touch of sophistication to any gentleman’s bathroom counter. 
  3. Stefano Ricci Royal Eagle Gold Fragrance for Men ($700) - A scent that is an intensely masculine one! Containing citrus accents and spiced nuances, this evokes an exotic and mysterious atmosphere. The flacon is presented in an exclusive leather case. 


  1. LeBody Face Facial Toning Device Full Set ($299) - We fell in love with this tool! The LEBODY FACE is going to become your best friend. Incorporating LED light therapy, EMS mid-frequency, electrical ionization and micro-current technology the FACE is a super rejuvenating and relaxing 10-minute treatment that will leave your skin renewed.
  2. Tweezerman Champagne Shimmer Gift Set ($36 Red Hot Galentine’s Gift!) - Pop open the champagne with this NEW Gift Set from Tweezerman. Including Tweezerman’s expertly designed curler along with matching tweezer, this must-have duo will help you create eye-catching looks in a pinch.
  3. Formawell Runway Series RS Flat Iron ($99) - Infused with Ionic Gold Fusion mineral technology, this proprietary technology promotes two key benefits: ultra-shiny conditioned hair due to high levels of negative ions and infrared energy from 24K gold minerals and effortless easy long-lasting styles.
  4. BaBylissPRO ROSEFX Trimmer ($124) - Stainless Steel, Adjustable Zero-Gap Blade, High Torque, Ferrari-Designed Engine and so much more! Absolute precision with complete ease.
  5. Formawell Runway Series RS Curling Iron ($79) - Just like the Formawell Flat Iron, this Runway Series Curling Iron is also infused with Ionic Gold Fusion mineral technology that will leave your locks bouncy and beautiful. 


  1. Viktor & Rolf FlowerbombNectar ($120) - The delicate floral foundation of the Flowerbomb family is blended with an explosive gunpowder accord imparting a unique, impactful impression and trail of smoky and metallic notes.
  2. By the Fireplace by Maison Martin Margiela  ($126) - is a woody unisex fragrance. Top notes are pink pepper, orange blossom and cloves; middle notes are chestnut, guaiac wood and juniper; base notes are vanilla, peru balsam and cashmeran. It's just simply sexy!
  3. Viktor & Rolf Magic Dirty Trick ($190) - an oriental with ink accord, iris and suede. Dirty Trick arrests the senses with a mischievous combination of iris and ink. Sparkling bergamot and clary sage are interrupted by spicy and sweet incense to compose the top notes, while powdery iris and violet leaves blend harmoniously with ink to create a metallic and smoky heart. Base of suede, cedarwood and benzoin reveal the overall sensuality of this fragrance, leaving behind an enchanting trail.
  4. Ineke Perfume Deluxe Sample Collection  ($30 Red Hot Galentine’s Gift) - This collection includes a nice sized sample (1.5ml each) of all eight perfumes in The Alphabet Collection. This is an exquisite gift. With eight unique scents ranging from floral to woodsy.


  1. Bonblissity Body Truffle Body Scrub ($4 each Red Hot Galentine’s Gift!) - These petite body scrubs are made with pure cane sugar and super-fine salt to gently exfoliate, moisturize, and protect skin. the Body Truffles turn into a lotion when you massage onto skin, releasing a rich blend of cocoa, shea, and avocado butters that leave it feeling deliciously soft. Available in six transformative scents!
  2. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($10 Purse Size) - What a luxurious all-over body cream! Fast absorbing and infused with caffeine-rich Guaraná extract and a cocktail of Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí Oil, and Coconut Oil, this fast-absorbing cream.
  3. Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Moisture Magnet Oil-in-Water Body Cream ($45) - Offering up 72 HOURS of moisture, this is the perfect antidote to winter weathered skin. This oil-in-water gel cream hydrates deeply with moisture-attracting CocoSugar Blend of luscious coconut and sugar.
  4. Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask ($48) - This overnight mask deeply hydrates, plumps and brightens with powerful, antioxidant-rich superberries and THD ascorbate, the latest clinically-proven form of stable Vitamin C. It's one of favorites because it targets dullness and uneven skin tone for brighter, more radiant skin!
  5. G.M. Collin Diamond Eye Contour ($82) - Visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, we call this sleep in a bottle! Formulated with a luxurious diamond powder and a unique peptide complex that illuminates, leaving your eye area looking radiant.
  6. HydroPeptide PolyPeptide Collagel + Eye Masks ($48) - For when you have a little time and want to treat yourself, these refreshing HydroGel eye sheet masks are formulated with collagen-loving peptides and soothing, hydrating nutrients that work to smooth, firm, and de-puff.


  1. Alterna Caviar Moisture Travel Kit ($30) - A portable 4-piece set that instantly transforms, dull, damaged hair into silky strong radiant hair. Includes; Moisture Shampoo, Moisture Conditioner, Overnight Hair Rescue, Working Hair Spray, and a Chic Silver Cosmetic Bag.
  2. CROC Rose Gold Plug In Travel Kit ($99 Red Hot Galentine’s Gift!)  - The compact professional power allows quick and easy styling on-the-go! The Croc Rose Gold Plug In Travel Kit includes all three compact styling tools: flat iron, hot brush, and blow dryer. These mini tools are perfect for traveling and touch-ups. It comes in a stylish, easy to carry on bag. One detachable cord can be used by all 3 PLUG tools for easy storage!
  3. ColorProof SeaSugar Salt-Free Beach Spray ($28) - We love this salt-free alternative! The formula never dries out or strips locks! Sugar cane and corn starch provide effortless texture and this blocks harmful UVA/UVB rays, providing maximum color longevity.


  1. Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Kits ($135) - Includes Highlighter + Balm Duo, Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio, Buffer 003 Brush and Lip Fetish Lip Balm. Does it get any better?!?
  2. jane iredale Kiss and Tell Lip Stain/Gloss Kit ($49 Red Hot Galentine’s Gift!) - Create an irresistible lip look with two long-lasting, saturated stains and a crystal gloss. Plus, it's already is a gift box!
  3. Wander Beauty Wanderess Off Duty Palette or Wanderess Chill Palette ($25 ea) - Eyeshadow palettes designed with a range of six intensely pigmented warm or cool shadows with complimentary shades and finishes for infinite looks in the palm of your hand.

Wishing you an amazing Valentine's Day!  xoxo

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide From The Makeup Examiner

Valentine’s Day 2018 is a little over a week away, but no one should despair because we’ve got you covered with Team TME’s Gift Guide. Valentine’s Day isn't just about celebrating your partner -- it’s about celebrating all of the love in your life! Whether it’s a special gift for your significant other or your precious BFF (Galentine’s Day is February 13th), The Makeup Examiner has found gifts that they will love! 


  • Baxter of California Starter Kits ($50 - $60) Shave Starter Kit,  Shower Starter Kit, Skin Starter Kit, or Travel Starter Kit - Whatever your guy's style, you'll find something perfect here.
  • Bespoke Post Box ($45 per month): Give the guy in your life a curated “box of amazing”. Each themed monthly box can include anything from men's lifestyle gear to tools and ties to cigars and more.
  • Palo Santo Limited-Edition Cologne ($110 - 2 fl oz): With deep smoky woodnotes, a hint of suede and sweetness this fragrance is bold and intriguing. Palo Santo evokes the spirit of Los Angeles and Palo Santo is available in a travel size.


  • VOLOOM ($130 - Red Hot Galentine’s Gift): is a volumizing iron that takes seconds to work and provides major, long-lasting volume! We absolutely fell in love with this tiny wonder! It is also the perfect choice for finer, thinner or shorter hair. With ceramic-coated plates and a ¾ inch design, this styler creates little pockets of volume close to the roots without leaving a clear texture in the hair, for natural-looking lift.
  • ghd Dry & Style Nocturne Gift Set ($349): To say that ghd stylers are the best is basically a major understatement. Our editor purchased a ghd flat iron 11 years ago and it still works very, very well! As for this gorg set, it sent our hearts racing! This set features the award-winning ghd gold professional 1" styler and the ghd air professional 1600w hairdryer, plus a bonus luxe heat mat.
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Brush Collection ($650): Designed to Kevyn Aucoin's exact specifications, this brush collection is the ultimate in makeup application and brings out the artist in everyone! The complete set of 14 professional quality, handcrafted brushes is perfect to create a complete face. The collection is packaged in a chic black faux leather carrying case with magnet closure that doubles as a brush easel.


  • Silk'n Titan Skin Tightening and Lifting ($269): The Silk'n Titan is an anti-aging device that works with harmonized energy technology to reduce wrinkles and lift facial contours. Designed to be used on all areas of the face and neck, this revolutionary technology repairs collagen and elastin fibers from the inside out.
  • NUFACE Trinity + ELE Bundle ($429): This FDA-cleared, handheld facial toning device that is clinically tested for improved facial contour, skin tone, and wrinkle reduction along with the Trinity ELE attachment for the eye and lip area.
  • Dear by Renée Gentle Face Scrub ($50): This rejuvenating gentle gel-based scrub sweeps away dead skin cells, refines surface texture and helps decongest skin. Skin will be smooth and glowing.
  • Dear by Renée Youth Soothing Crème ($75): Infused with Hollywood celebrity favored Arnica Extract, Youth Soothing Crème contains several active components that hydrates and soothes dehydrated, itchy, or red skin. It is also a wonderful moisturizer for seasonal transitions. 
  • Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream ($150): In 40 minutes, Chuda’s Healing Hydrating Cream will repair, nourish and diminish fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. It’s a first-ever formula rooted in the centuries-old, skin-healing Remedea Compound and boosted by the most scientifically advanced, medical grade actives. For a quick lit from within glow, this Healing Hydrating Cream delivers.
  • G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patches ($50): deliver a quick relief from tired, stressed out eyes, providing a visibly younger and rejuvenated look. They work to immediately reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and fatigue. Formulated with a luxurious touch of Pearl Powder and Rose Extract to reduce dark patches and improve elasticity while its hydrogel texture provides an instant feeling of cool comfort and revitalization.
  • Cheeky Physique Cheeky Cups Body Contour Kit ($32): Say goodbye to cellulite with Cheeky Cups. This simple and convenient skin-toning system uses ancient cupping massage techniques to improve the look of cellulite and stretch marks.


  • G.M. Collin Lip Plumping Complex ($33): Plump your pucker in minutes. G.M. Collin Lip Plumping Complex has a deliciously scented and light silky textured that offers healthy-looking, supple and visibly re-plumped lips, improving their global appearance.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette ($49 each): A long-wearing eyeshadow palette that features seven shades, including four fashion finishes, velvet, satin, silk, and lamé -- to layer and dress your eyes.
  • Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Parade Bronzer & Blush Palette ($58): A limited-edition palette featuring five best-selling, full-sized bronzers & blushes.
  • Stila Cosmetics Stay All Liquid Lipstick ($24): Offering up incredible staying power, lightweight feel and beautiful matte finish. We’re loving Bella, Beso or Rosa for Valentine's Day! 
  • Stila Cosmetics Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream ($25 - Red Hot Galentine’s Gift): We love any two-in-one makeup, especially if it comes from Stila! This creamy, luscious product if the perfect go-to, on-the-go makeup and will absolutely become a staple in your bag!


  • Ineke Perfume Deluxe Sample Collection ($30 – Red Hot Galentine’s Gift): This collection includes a nice sized sample (1.5ml each) of all eight perfumes in The Alphabet Collection. This is an exquisite gift. With eight unique scents ranging from floral to woodsy.
  • Prada Candy Valentine’s Day Gift Set ($122): The heart-adorned gift box is stocked with the classic Prada Candy EDP, Prada Candy Body lotion and a compact mirror for quick date-time touch ups on-the-go.  
  • Carolina Herrera Eau de Parfum Spray ($115):  The ground-breaking bottle, the first in the form of a high heel, speaks as eloquently of the power of modern femininity and a woman’s dual nature as the fragrance itself. Made of sleek, smoky midnight blue glass, it stands on the tallest, thinnest gold heel.

Have Happy Valentine’s Day! ~xo Team TME

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Date Night | Recipe Included

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to really prep and think about your perfect date night. For this one, we turn to one of our favorite brands…  Golden DoorSpa. The “good on the inside, good on the outside” theory of life rings very true at the Golden Door Spa and we definitely like to tap in for their advice whenever we can.  Imagine our happiness when we found out the Golden Door recently launched Sensational Winter Squash Tomato Sauce, just in time for a Valentine’s Day celebration, and that we scored a delicious Lasagna with Kale recipe! 

Okay, before you get cooking let’s take time to primp. One of our all time favorite, Holy Grail masks is the Golden Peel-A-Way Masque ($68 on sale for $51). The Golden Peel-A-Way Masque is made with actual gold, botanical extracts, and sugar enzymes that will leave your skin glowing! This is 15 minutes of luxury. Follow up with the new Golden Door Golden Face Oil ($60). The Oil is a luxurious blend yummy nourishing botanical oils that work to soften fine lines and wrinkles while a blend of essential oils tone, smooth and brighten skin revealing more a youthful appearance. It truly leaves skin looking radiant and who doesn’t want that for Valentine’s Day?

When you’re finished with your perfect primp time, it’s time to move on to the star of the evening (well beside you and your partner!)… Sensational Winter Squash and Tomato Lasagna with Kale! This is a healthy, yet yummy, meal made with a base of Golden Door Sensational Winter Squash and Tomato Sauce ($12) that is made in small batches with ingredients that are farmed right at Golden Door!

Sensational Winter Squash and Tomato Lasagna with Kale

24 oz jar of Sensational Winter Squash and Tomato Sauce
4 tablespoons olive oil
9 whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 8 oz.)
1 container (15 oz.) part-skim-milk ricotta cheese
1 egg
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1-pound Tuscan kale
1 tsp. each salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbs. lemon zest

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish with olive oil and set aside.

Step 2 - Cook lasagna noodles until al dente according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water until cool. Lay the cooked pasta flat and set aside.

Step 3 - In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Step 4 - Spread a light layer of the Golden Door Sensational Winter Squash and Tomato Sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Layer 3 to 4 lasagna noodles.

Step 5 - Layer one-third of the remaining tomato sauce over the lasagna noodles and then layer half of the ricotta mixture. Layer half of the kale over the ricotta and then spread one-third of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat this pattern: noodles, sauce, ricotta cheese, kale and mozzarella cheese. Add a final layer of lasagna noodles and then add the remaining tomato sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.

Step 6 - Bake lasagna for about 45 minutes or until the top cheese is melted and golden.

Step 7 - Remove from oven; let sit for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Step 8 – Have an amazing evening!

All Golden Door products are available online at Golden Door Spa. As always, 100% of proceeds from Golden Door products go to children’s charities.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide From The Makeup Examiner

Valentine’s Day 2017 is less then a week away, but no one should despair because we’ve got you covered with Team TME’s Gift Guide. We believe that a lot of people don’t know the history, or rather, the sentiment of Valentine’s Day. This day isn’t only about celebrating your partner -- it’s about celebrating all of the love in your life! Whether it’s a special gift for your significant other or your precious BFF, The Makeup Examiner Team has found gifts that they will love! 

Gifts For Him

  • The Jack Black True Blue Trio Gift Set ($25): From shave to shower, he can travel in comfort and style. This set includes Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair & Body, and Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, this kit has everything your favorite guy needs from shave to shower in a travel friendly pouch. These favorites from Jack Black are perfect for the occasion, and will have skin feeling better than ever!
  • Burberry Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette Gift Set ($88): The Mr. Burberry fragrance for men captures the essence of London and its moments, fusing classic scents of British perfumery with unexpected ingredients. Fresh and crafted top notes of crisp zesty grapefruit with a seductive base of earthy vetiver and smokey guaiac wood. The Gift Set includes an Eau de toilette spray and a Deodorant spray. 
  • Creed “Aventus” Eau De Parfum Spray ($425 - 4oz): Introduced in 2010 and crafted by the skillful hand of sixth generation master perfumer Olivier Creed in collaboration with his son Erwin, this scent has grown to become the best-selling fragrance in the history of the brand. Theme: Floral Woody 

Gifts For Her - Beauty Tools

  • ghd Copper Luxe Dry & Style Gift Set ($349): To say that ghd stylers are the best is basically a major understatement. Our editor purchased a ghd flat iron 11 years ago and it still works very, very well! As for this gorg set, it sent our hearts racing! This set features the award-winning ghd gold professional 1" styler and the ghd air professional 1600w hairdryer, plus a bonus Copper luxe heat mat. 
  • Artis Gold Palm Brush ($75): Team TME continues to be impressed with Artis, and the Palm brush is no exception. This brush has many application uses, such as: foundation, concealer, setting powder, blush, self-tanner, moisturizer, sunscreen and sunblock. This ultra-minimalist product is designed to fit comfortably in the hand, providing unique application control.
  • BrushCraft ($18.50 - $24.50): Designed by the maker of Artis Brushes, BrushCraft is a four-brush collection for everyday use! The collection includes -- Linear 1, Circle 1, Oval 3, and Oval 6. 

Skin Care

  • Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager ($139) & the Luna 2 Personalized Facial Cleaning Brush ($199): The uniquely designed and ophthalmologist approved IRIS eye massager utilizes Alternating T-Sonic technology to reduce the visible signs of crow's feet, dark circles, and bags under your eyes. Paired with the Luna 2, which offers four different styles for a truly personalized skin care experience, and you have a complete skin care regimen tool set.
  • Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield ($68) PREVAGE City Smart, a new level of skincare defense, combines pollution and UV protection with our DNA Enzyme Complex to strengthen skin. 
  • Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum ($56): A youth defense concentrate that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve elasticity, restore radiance and increase hydration whilst protecting the skin from environmental aggressors. 
  • Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Cleansing Mousse ($34): This silky foaming cleansing oil is a rich blend of botanical oils including extracts of Jojoba, Grape Seed, Safflower, Rose Hip and Starflower to gently and effectively cleanse and lift away make-up and impurities.
  • Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant ($58): This highly-active resurfacer delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging. 
  • Claus Porto Cerina Hand Cream ($20): you probably couldn’t go wrong with anything from Claus Porto! But this delicious, ultra luxurious hand cream with ocean notes of salt and cedar fused with pepper, frankincense and Elemi resemble the powerful waves of the Atlantic is going to be a winner. 
  • Treet’s Skin Care Relaxing Chakra's Gift Set ($25): With this wonderful gift set you can give the Relaxing Chakra's tradition as a gift to somebody else or just experience it yourself. Gift Set includes Body Cream, Shower Cream, and Foaming Shower Gel.


  • Jurlique Revitalising Blend Aromatherapy Mist ($25): Uplift your senses anytime, anywhere with our Revitalising Blend Aromatherapy Mist. Contains Orange, Bergamot, Lemon and Lavender pure essential oils to promote alertness and wellbeing.
  • Stila Cosmetics MATTE ‘N METAL EYE SHADOW PALETTE ($49) base metals Create eye-catching color combos with just the right mix of matte and shimmer. Featuring six modern matte and six mega metallic shades in a range of pink rose golds, cool-toned pewters and golden bronzes that flatter all skin tones, it’s the one color palette you need to design eyes that truly dazzle.
  • LORAC Limited Edition California Dreaming Cheek Palette ($30) - Outshine the last of winter with this warm, glowing cheek palette. Includes 4 limited edition shades to add highlight, color, and glow to your complexion.
  • Violet Grey Kissing Kit ($75): The Kit includes lip products to get alluring, 100% kissable lips for date night (or every night). Included in kit Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm in Pink, Apa Lip Loofah, and KNC Beauty Lip Mask.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks in Pillowtalk and Valentine ($32): Two exclusive, limited-edition shades from Charlotte’s award-winning Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G collections: Valentine and Pillowtalk.

Have Happy Valentine’s Day! ~xo Team TME