Showing posts with label Venus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Venus. Show all posts

Friday, January 25, 2019

Skincare For Your Legs Winter Edition



Maybe, the best place to start with winter skin care is to look at why we experience skin issues. Our skin changes for multiple reasons. Stress, hormones, age, and yes, even the weather all contribute to changes in tone and texture. As for our legs, being protected by clothing during the cooler months actually works as a moisture thief. Generally fabric is against the skin on our legs, so not only is the fabric robbing moisture from our skin it’s also irritating the skin by constantly rubbing against it. While we aren’t exactly able to bare our legs throughout the cooler months, there are various ways to keep your legs looking summer sexy throughout autumn and winter.





Exfoliate. TME readers know that we emphasize not over-exfoliating the skin on your face, but you may be neglecting the rest of your body -- specifically your legs. You need to remove dead skin cells, which are most likely more prevalent during the cooler months. We recommend that you exfoliate your legs every other time that you bath or shower. Dry “brush” with a pair of inexpensive spa gloves and follow up with a fab body scrub. Our current fave is Golden Door Bamboo Body Scrub ($58).






Hair Removal. More women than you think opt not to go for permanent hair removal. Yep. Shaving is still at the forefront of hair removal and while we never really understood the whole idea of not shaving our legs regularly, we have found out over the years that a lot of us don’t shave our legs during the winter and this actually contributes to lackluster legs. When you shave, it’s super important to use a good shave cream and razor. Our current faves are Dr. Bronner's Organic Shaving Soap ($8.99) and Gillette Venus Swirl ($8.99).





Moisturize. You absolutely need to pay special attention to moisturizing your skin, from head-to-toe, during the cooler months and our legs are no exception. For conditioned, supple and sexy winter legs you need to moisturize them everyday. Finding a moisturizer that really locks it in can be a little challenging, so it’s worth it to do your research! Our current fave is Kiehl's Creme de Corps Body Cream ($75) and also a super budget-friendly choose that we found by complete accident ... Healthy Accents Essential Skin Lotion that will run you about $4 a bottle and works pretty well. 

We hope that you’ve found this post to be helpful and remember, you can always email us with your questions at info@makeupexminer.com! 


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Holiday Travel Gear: The 2018 Beauty Must-Haves


Oh, it's on .... the crazy travel of the Holiday Season is here! There's no doubt that we love the holiday season. Maybe it’s because we know that parties are in abundance, or perhaps it’s the thought (and sigh of relief) that soon we'll be spending a week in January with our toes in the sand -- far, far away from the cold! Most likely it’s a lovely combination. However before we get to jet off to parts unknown, Team TME has to share the beauty must-haves for traveling with ease this holiday season.

Traveling is essentially second nature to us, although it hasn’t always been so. When we sat down to really think about traveling during the holidays, it was a chat filled with memories of “OMG” moments, a lot of laughs and the realization that we need our creature comforts! Read on for Team TME’s must-haves that will have you arriving in style and looking beautiful all season long.





Elizabeth Arden SPARKLE ON HOLIDAY COLLECTION ($67), which includes: Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, Pink/Purple Eye Shadow Compact, Glam Eye Shadow Compact, Elizabeth Arden Blush Compact, 2 Full Size Lip Glosses, Full Size Grand Entrance Mascara, Elizabeth Arden Eye Pencil, 4 Elizabeth Arden lipsticks and comes in a Sparkle On Holiday Collection Custom Case.



So, what else will you need? … ECRU New York’s Travel Hair Dryer ($108.75) with patented Japanese ion technology, your hair dries hair from the inside out to infuse it with moisture, restoring luster and reducing frizz and flyaways. This hair dryer offers dual voltage to adjust drying power to meet European and American requirements and is compact. If you want to have pretty holiday hair, we say go with ECRU New York Luxe Treatment Travel & Trial Set ($22), which contains portable sizes of ECRU New York Luxe Treatment Shampoo, Protective Silk Conditioner, and Sunlight Finishing Spray MAX all come packaged in a convenient travel bag, ensuring that your hair will be the ultimate fashion accessory wherever you go … all TSA approved.



You can’t forget skincare… even on the go! 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 and make a fab hostess/host gift!)  Anyway … since we discovered the Try Me Kit ($38) it has become a staple and 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!




You also probably don’t want to forgo shaving … A gadget that we discovered many summers ago is the Venus Snap Razor ($12.99) and we do not go anywhere without it. This mini razor allows for instant smoothness on the go! With five curve-hugging blades and a portable compact, you’ll be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere.



Don’t forget fragrance and if you’re looking for something new, check out TME’s Fragrance Section. On the subject of scent … we’re going where many have gone before … but most feel uncomfortable talking about. While we were swapping “war” stories, the subject of bathroom time came up -- more specifically the potty and the lingering scents left behind. We had a recent experience when attending a get-together at Yvonne’s house when a guest had emerged from the powder room reeking of air freshener. The powder room is not exactly around the corner in Yvonne’s home and all could smell … uh … let’s just say we could smell whatever had occurred in the powder room from three rooms over. What happens in the bathroom needs to stay in the bathroom -- for all parties concerned. Enter The Porcelain Company.

Designed by an organic chemist, Porcelain ($12.95 - Travel Bottle) is formulated to create an odor barrier between you and the toilet water, while actively reacting with and neutralizing the volatile gases in the water. A spritz is all you need. Made in the USA and available in five scents -- Belle, Day in the Country, Game Day, Simpatico and Teal -- don’t leave home without it! Porcelain is also available gifts sets for at home use and currently offering Free Shipping with the code: SCIENCE.

So, we’re just about packed and ready for a long weekend with friends and family. From our family here at TME to yours … xo Happy Thanksgiving! 


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


Friday, January 9, 2015

Gillette Venus Launches Global Women’s Empowerment Campaign



Venus launched the “Use Your And” campaign on Thursday, Jan. 8 in support of women and girls to stand-up against the lost opportunities generated by one-dimensional labels and inspire them to recognize and express their full potential. All women have “ANDs”. Gillette Venus wants to help inspire a resolution: In a world of labels, #UseYourAnd to unleash all the extraordinary qualities that live within you!

Those “ANDs” are our multiple talents, but one-dimensional labels often limit us. A new Global Labels Survey by Gillette Venus reveals that most women around the world (70%) have felt labeled starting as young as 10 years old and nearly half say those labels have had a negative effect on their lives (43%) vs. a positive one (26%).

Results of the survey found that it can be difficult for women to be viewed as both smart AND pretty or strong AND sensitive. These “ANDs” or dimensions of a woman are what make her extraordinary. We at TME are acutely aware of just how limiting labels can be. Perhaps it is clich√©, however we know it to be factual.

We have experienced the one-dimensional labeling … you can’t be pretty AND intelligent … you can’t be a businesswoman AND feminine … you can’t be a beauty blogger AND believe in inner beauty. We beg to differ with any one-dimensional label placed upon us. Pretty or Smart … Strong or Feminine … Women simply aren’t “ORs”.

Gillette Venus believes that all women have the right to achieve their full potential by embracing their “ANDs” and not be limited by any "ORs.”  AND TME stands with them.

So. What is Venus doing to change the “ORs” to “ANDs”?:
  • Venus has partnered with Claudia Chan, Founder of S.H.E. Summit Global Conference & Women’s Empowerment Expert to educate women in identifying their stereotypical labels and help support them to use their ANDs. Claudia's expertise lies in making empowerment and mentorship available to all women with the belief that if women lead their optimal lives and realize their potential, they will change the world. Women can access exclusive tips, tools and advice from Claudia online at Venus. 
  • As part of the campaign, Venus has released the new “AND Stand” video to spark a global conversation. The video features real women telling their personal stories to inspire women to not be limited by stereotypical labels. 
  • As a brand by women, for and about women, Venus and its consumers are so much more than great legs. To see what inspired all of the “ANDs” within the new campaign, take a look at “The Story Behind Use Your &.”

What are some of your unique “ANDs?” Help inspire women to refuse to let one-dimensional labels limit their potential by sharing your “ANDs”! Tweet, Instagram or post how you #UseYourAnd to join the movement and help to unleash the potential of women and girls across the globe!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Get Ready For Summer With Skin Care Tips from Dr. Jody Levine

Dr. Jody Levine

On Monday, March 31, The Makeup Examiner caught up with Celebrity Dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine to get the full 411 on Summer Skincare 101 and although it may feel as though winter is never going to go away … rest assured it will! Despite that all of us are longing for the balmy days of summer, many of us don’t have our skin in summer-ready shape. Furthermore, some of us may not know the ins and outs of maintaining our skin throughout the warmer months. Fortunately, Dr. Levine has all the answers!

Dr. Jody Levine is an internationally renowned physician, who is board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Levine has a private practice on the Upper East Side, Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC. And she’s is also the “resident” Venus Dermatologist and the go-to source for everyone from The Rachael Ray Show to W magazine and Elle to The New York Times. Read on to find out how to prep for summer and maintain gorgeous summer skin!

The Makeup Examiner: We’re all coming out of the polar vortex, some of us with polar bear hair on our legs. For those women who skip shaving during the winter months, how should they approach removing an abundance of hair? 

Dr. Jody Levine: I feel like we’ve been living in winter all year! 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 cut. Next, be sure to apply ample amounts of moisture rich-shave gel like the Satin Care Ultra Sensitive 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. 

What causes razor burn and how can we avoid it?

Razor burn is caused by using a low quality or dull razor with inadequate lubrication. Using this type of razor will cause you to shave the same area several times with added pressure, causing irritation to the skin. But, this can be avoided by using a high quality razor, like the new Venus Embrace Sensitive razor. The new Embrace Sensitive features a Ribbon of Moisture with a touch of aloe and increased protective lubricants to ensure a smooth shave before and after each stroke. It also has five thin-spring mounted blades that are spaced closely together, which allows for reduced and uniform pressure when gliding across the skin. This ensures there are fewer skin bulges between each blade while shaving, which helps to minimize the chances of nicks and cuts and prevents the need to shave areas multiple times. The less interaction there is with the razor and skin, the less chance you’ll have in getting skin irritation and razor burn!

I’ve read that we should exfoliate more often during the warmer months. What are your thoughts about the frequency of exfoliation?

If you’re exfoliating on a daily basis, I recommend using a tool that will gently exfoliate your skin. For example, using skin care products that contain glycolic or lactic acid can provide you with a gentle exfoliation that’s safe for daily use. Shaving is also actually a gentle form of exfoliation and will help remove dead cells from your skin’s surface. If you’re looking to do more of a hard manual exfoliation with a scrub or a loofah, I’d recommend incorporating this into your beauty routine no more than twice a week. Too much exfoliation actually promotes dead skin cell creation, so in the warmer months keep it to what your skin needs.


NEW Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor and Satin Care Gel

There are products on that market that claim to hamper hair growth. Do they really work?

The only product that I am aware of that is proven to hamper hair growth is a prescription cream. However, results are only seen as long as you continue using the product. 

Some women use soap to shave. What are your thoughts on this? What products would you recommend for shaving?

I don’t typically recommend using soap while shaving. In fact, ordinary bar soap can actually clog your razor and leave your skin feeling dry and flakey. Instead, I recommend shaving with the Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel (as I mentioned above). This shave gel has lubricating agents and is fragrance and dye free – so your razor glides better over your skin for a smooth, irritation free shave. 

For readers who want to use self-tanners, how should they approach shaving before and after tanning?

Self tanners tend to stick to your dead skin cells and since some areas of your body might have more dead skin cells than others, this can result in an overall uneven tan. Before applying any self tanner, I recommend a gentle form of exfoliation, so your skin’s surface is smooth and even. If applying self-tanner to your legs, you should shave before applying. This will allow the self tanner to smooth on evenly. Once you’ve applied the self tanner, be sure to let it dry for about 20 minutes before applying any other moisturizers on top.

The bikini area can be super sensitive. What’s the best way to remove hair from this area?

You are correct – the bikini area can be super sensitive, this is actually a frequently asked question from my patients. Given that the hair on your bikini line can be more coarse and curved and the area has many contours, the best way to remove hair from this area is by using a sharp, fresh razor that is designed to adjust to the contours of your body. While shaving, be sure to pull the skin taut and shave in the direction that feels most comfortable in this area. This will allow for a smooth, irritation free shave. Also, if you tend to get ingrown hairs in this area, it’s a good idea to exfoliate prior to your shave. This will help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface and allow for the hair follicles to open up – allowing for the hair to grow out!

Sun and saltwater can be irritating, but impossible to avoid at the beach. How can we stay hair free during our beach-bound vacations?

First, always be sure to apply sunblock, as sunburnt skin can be very sensitive when it comes to hair removal. Being in the sun can also really dry your skin out, so be sure to use a fresh, sharp razor so it glides over your skin smoothly and easily, reducing your chances of nicks and cuts. The fewer nicks and cuts you have, the less irritation you’ll get from saltwater!  

Summer usually brings impromptu weekend getaways.  What advice can you offer for shaving on-the-go?

Venus now has the first truly portable razor – the Venus Snap with Embrace – which you can pop into your bag, so that you can easily shave on-the-go. The Snap features a mini-handle and a full Venus Embrace head – all put together in a friendly travel compact case – so you can have smooth skin anytime.


Venus Snap with Embrace 

Summer simply calls for skin-baring clothes, so underarm hair has to go. What’s the best way to avoid getting those unattractive bumps from shaving?

Razor bumps or ingrown hairs are often formed from dead skin cells that grow over the hair. This occurs when the razor is not sharp enough and is not exfoliating the skin properly and evenly in the underarm area. Using a sharp razor that contours to your underarms and remembering to change your razor blades at the first sign of dullness is crucial to avoiding unattractive bumps from shaving. Most people tend to forget this step and will notice that they start to get bumps because they’re still shaving with a dull razor. If you’re still noticing that you’re getting razor bumps, consider changing your deodorant to one that is less irritating – this could help improve the health of the skin in this area.

Note: A special thank you to Dr. Jodi Levine for taking time from her extremely busy schedule to share tips with readers! 

You can find the newly launched Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor, Venus Snap with Embrace (TME Must-Have), and Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel online at Gillette Venus and retailers nationwide.