Meg here! Kimberly Parry Organics is a new brand...To me. It's not a new brand to the most exclusive spa's in the world! Yes, Terranea. Spa Montage. Canyon Ranch. Four Seasons. I've heard of them, you've heard of them-most importantly, they've all heard of Kimberly Parry Organics.
They're a number of items people are gaga for in this line but I have two I am using religiously. I know, I know, we are told we have to wash our face every night before bed. I'm sure you do this. I don't. I never remember to. Actualy, that's a lie. I remember to, I'm just tired and lazy so I rarely do.
Kimberly Parry Organics Cleansing Oil lives in my shower and is part of my morning wash routine (you know, the one I was ordered to do the night before but instead fell asleep full makeup face on.) With all the primer I use, my daily makeup is painted on like war paint. I've gotten all of the staying factor down to an art and it is not moving. "A refreshing cleanser for all skin types which also makes an excellent makeup remover.The oil cleansing method is a wonderful way to replenish and balance the skin.This wonderful product cleanses your pores of dirt and bacteria while replacing the dirty oil with nutritious oils that heal and protect your skin.When used consistently, Cleansing Oil will leave your skin healthy and balanced. "
I am completely bare faced by the time I step out of my morning shower. Not only that but my skin is feeling F.I.N.E.! The essential oils repair the stripping my dermis just took so not only was it a step in removing my makeup, it was like a mini spa treatment to heal my skin. Who knew being such a night time slacker was actually beneficial!
HOT TIP! My very famous celebrity dermatologist told me the following... Your face serum is most effective one minute after you get out of your hot, steamy shower. That's when you're pores are still open and the serum can seep in and be the most effective.
Step 2 that's making my skin look better than ever!
Kimberly Parry Organics Recovery Serum!Love this potion! LOVE. I have actually gone out WITHOUT makeup and had people comment how amazing my complexion is. My face doesn't look dull or grey or old. The serum seeps into my skin and it makes my face feel so soft. It is hydrating, soothing and I see a major difference from before I started this duo. It was like my face was a dried out dehydrated plant that needed wanter (if you will.) Here's the 411 on my miracle jar "A results oriented serum that absorbs quickly and delivers deep hydration and healing properties to the skin.This powerful combination of nourishing pure plant oils provides your skin with essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy and glowing skin. RECOVERY SERUM will promote new tissue formation, accelerate healing and give your skin a healthy glow. This is the perfect serum to use when your skin needs to recover from environmental stress, illness or natural aging process."
Since my skin has become um, "mature" I definitely notice when I skip my Recovery Serum. I guess it's like flossing. You're supposed to do it. You don't but then once you get in the swing of it you're committed.
Meg here! Lipstick Queen is always a top choice for fantastic colors that go on smooth, don't feather and are both full of moisture and staying power. I've known Poppy King (the creator) for years and once you know Poppy, you understand how each tube of color is produced with love, determination, affection and the need to make you feel satisfied and beautiful. Here is a photo of Poppy and I from years back when she was launching in Beverly Hills Barney's. This photo is probably 6 years old!
There are many ways to find your perfect hue. Well, why not the stars, sun and planets to guide it? Lord knows we've tried every other way.
Lipstick Queen has always been my favorite Lippy and when they decided to coordinate color with the zodiac? Well, sign me up! I'm a true Cancer, hard outside shell but squishy center. I come off as a tough broad but inside I'm a softie. I take in both stray dogs and people and there has never been a charity case I couldn't open my heart or wallet for.
I gave searching for a "favorite color" up to my sun sign and let Poppy do her research! Without any ado, I was ordering her "CANCER" Lipstick trio. Marked as "Find Your Lip Color Destiny."
Every zodiac sign is represented with the items that you need. My collection of Three Lip Colors-SINNER (hot rose) JUNGLE ROSE (popaya coral) & ENDLESS SUMMER (aloha.) Well, these were colors that I never would have picked out for myself. Yet, once on my lips, each one brightened up my face and made me seem healthy and alive. I LOVE each shade. I adore them for not only the color but for the moisturizing glide on and the staying power! After a few cocktails, the intitial color is gone but the lipstick had turned into a stain so I am not bared lips. The colors, shine and durability are potent. I applaud Poppy for coming up with these astrological combos because (on a whim) I decided to give the "stars" a chance and what a lovely, winning combo it turned out to be! I played the dice and was pleasantly pleased! I would have never thought to add these colors to my arsenal and now I reach for one of them almost daily. Poppy does it again!
Meg hair! Big news in the world of celebrity hair! Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and Drew Barrymore have colorist Lorri Goddard on speed dial. Want to look like a Victoria's Secret Angel with long, billowing beachy tresses? Need an A+ List blow out? Chris Turner-Bragg is the only name you need.
What happens when Lorri & Chris decide to team up? West Hollywood opens its newest hair mecca with Goddard+Bragg! Right on swank Robertson Boulevard, Goddard+Bragg is nestled inside the Kinara Spa.
What's better than a dynamic duo? An unstoppable trio! The legendary Lisa Oliver is now part of this dream team! Lisa is an expert colorist and the Queen of Blondes! (Hi Michelle Pfeiffer!)
Goddard+Bragg is not only a salon of top expert talent but of very nice people. The energy between these three gifted artists is overwhelmingly positive! Not only are they churning out the most trend setting looks but they do it with love. Even though they beautify Oscar winners and the Hollywood Eite, they truly make every patron feel like a movie star.
I can't wait to go and visit Lisa in her new location! I'm also so happy that she's happy in her new home. Just today I saw her post the photo below of Goodard+Bragg's Zen Garden! Her caption says it all...Look at how beautiful this Japanese garden is and I get to work in it everyday I go to workThank you @lorrigoddard_ @lorrigoddardcolor @chrisbragg27 for allowing me to enjoy my career like never before Beyond blessed#newcushionstofollow@colorbychrystal @coryaaronscott @syd.valentine @hairbyvalentine_ We are fortunate to be a solid team
Congratulations Lisa, Lorri and Chris! This is a very exciting development for Hollywood Hair and I know all of your faithful fans would travel through fire to get to this team! But Woohoo for Zen Gardens.
This is a re-post because My Solemate is now available on AMAZON! This is an AMAZING PRODUCT and FANTASTIC STOCKING (get it) Stuffer!
Meg here! I'm just watching the Grammy's and building myself an egg to incubate in. I hope you all had a great weekend!
This next product is wonderful for someone who's Indian name would be "Chief Stinkfoot." No, really. In Los Angeles, everyday is strappy heel day. When we're not running around in strappy heels we're running around barefoot. It's a weird mish-mash of casual living and back breaking stiletto's.
I'm guilty of it, I have judged people by the shape of their tootsies. There are few things as off putting as chipped polish, dry cracked feet or toe callouses. I mean, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit typing that.
I stay on top of it. I go get a mani-pedi 2x a month but I honesty hate having my feet touched. I also hate that weird cheese grater/knife contraption that my pedicurist asks "Callous removal?"It's an extra $5 on top off it. I'm lucky because now I can reply "I don't need it."
As with every single problem in life, prevention is key. You're in the shower everyday anyhow so why not take care of your footsies with my solemate? I use my lemongrass one everyday and "Chief Stinkfoot" has left the building. Picture a bar of soap backed by a handy piece of plastic. That's the first part. The second part is a pumice that snaps onto the other side. So it's a dual tool that gently exfoliates off dead skin. It gets rid of callouses and cracks and it prevents new ones from appearing. Once I'm all pumiced I then lather up with the refreshing lemongrass scented soap. Easy as 1-2-3 and I'm in no fear of impromptu walks on the beach!
Meg here! I have a fantastic deal for you that is going to make you swoon! Swoon, I say! First off, I saw a Facebook Meme thing that said "Good News! Only 10 more Fridays until Christmas!" Seriously. We're Still breaking 85 degrees over here and they're already pushing holiday.
First of all, I've been using it everyday and I've hardly made a dent in it. It's massively huge. You could use it everyday and still pass it on to your daughter. (Side note-I don't recommend that as it's probably a health hazard but you could.)
The colors are marbleized so you can get a million different looks from each individual shadow. The colors also go on wet or dry! I've been able to also create some nice liner looks with this.
The quality is fantastic and the colors really stay put! The price is a very inexpensive $40. Really, for $40 you have about every color combination you would need ALL YEAR. This product lasts as well as some designer eye shadow duo's (read-two colors for the 2 of you that don't know what a duo is) that I've shelled out for in the past. In closing. You need this...
Off topic, I am friends with all the original Beauty Bloggers (and a bunch of the newbies but I can't be friends with all of the newbies since there is like a million of them.) I was one of the originals that started this whole "Beauty Blogging" deal and how I'm not rich or famous I'll never know. Anyhow, do you know the fabulous Amber Katz? She has a fantastic site called Rouge18. I'm sure you've heard of it! It is fantastic. Anyhow, Amber and I are facebook friends and I saw this picture of her and supermodel Cara Delevingne. You would think I would be into what Delevingne was wearing. I wasn't. I was immediately drawn to the jacket that Katz was wearing. I had to have it! I knew it was probably a "dream item" it was clearly a Chanel.
I immediately messaged Amber "Where did you get that quilted jacket?"
Meg hair! A few weeks back, Joico had a wonderful launch for some of their new products at the always chic Cecconi's restaurant in West Hollywood. My wonderful friend Kavita Daswani picked me up and we were off to see the latest and greatest from this iconic line. I have been using the K-pak since it came in a purple grey colored bottle. Even before my hair started to turn grey (so we're talking early high school years.)
"Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle"This is an actual photo of what hangs next to my bathroom vanity mirror. It's a good little reminder. Sometimes, a few of my grey hairs stand straight off my scalp with a lovely wiry pubic hair texture. Sometimes, I look in the mirror and don't understand how my friends didn't alert me to a giant blackhead in my ear. Sometimes, I look in the mirror and see dark circles and bags under my eyes so dramatic I mistake myself for Tommy Lasorda. Then I remember a joke I cracked the night before that was completely wrong and innapropriate and how everyone had a great belly laugh. I hope people more remember that about me than a few greys, blemishes and bags (unless the bag is Chanel-remember that.)
I'm a girl that's all about sparkle. Not the teenage glitter stuff. The grown up girl sparkle-the sexy, come hither sheen that glistens perfectly by candlelight. I was really impressed with all of Joico's new line up. What have I been grabbing for in the evenings? GOLD DUST SHIMMER FINISHING SPRAY. Here's why it is perfect for blondes, it brightens and adds light, depth and a subtle shiny sparkle. It smells delicious and it's actually doing secret undercover agent work! Not only does it add sex appeal, it's working with Joico's Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex to repair and protect your hair. As a former brunette (sorry, I had to go bottle blonde-the greys are just too damn expensive to cover every ten days!) I hit the spray tan machine at least once a week. I have to or else I will look completely washed out. This little, cost effective bottle ($8!) even helps my skin. When you apply Gold Dust Shimmer, you use it exactly like you would a hairspray, I like to spray it a little heavier around my face. The wisps along my forehead and sides really add light and frame your skin. You will get Gold Dust ON YOUR FACE. Not a lot, and not glaring. I love this "mistake" it adds such a sweet shimmer to your skin you instantly look healthier. It's perfect for a night on the town, holiday party or hot date night. The last time I used this I was told "Your skin look amazing! You look like an angel." EDITOR SIDENOTE-I'M NO ANGEL.
Top Tier Media joined forces with the fabulous Dorothy Manfolk of Manfolk PR. An evening was had by top makeup artists, bloggers and traditional media (I snuck in through the freight elevator.)
These two companies did an amazing job at getting an L.A. flakey crowd to come out on a sweltering, summer week night. This is not easy feat. In L.A. People think they are being polite if they wait to tell you that they're not showing up to meet you AFTER you get to the restaurant but BEFORE you valet your car.
That's the type of mindset that you just deal with here. It's a trade off. Sunny days for shady manners.
Before I delve more into becoming "Miss Manners" or should I type #MissManners (#everything #you #do #you #now #need #Hashtags) that's what's going on with those signs we are holding. Apparently, I not only need to get back to my blog but also to learn Pinterest and Instagram and YouTube. I'm going to try to do a weekly YouTube on here #GODHELPUS.
Everyone commented how lovely everyone looked and enjoyed the party. I want to tell Jen and Dorothy that everyone made the drive in LA traffic (the event started at 6pm) because they're just really nice people. I wanted to tell them everyone was there even though it was 95 degrees out because everyone really cared about them. I wanted to tell them it was about empowering and support and love. I mean, I was there for that reason. That and because if I were a "no show" Jen would never talk to me again. The majority of the people came out in droves and they came out for two little words that can get most grown women to do anything...GIFT BAGS.
Yes, while the rest of the world stopped getting gift bags at the age of 6, women in Los Angeles feel almost insulted if they go somewhere and are not handed a bag full of something when they leave.
Jen and Dorothy are veterens and they know the best way to get a great audience is the old fashioned way-bribery. You know these aren't going to be schlocky bags when these ladies work with great clients! I was very happy to get my Gift Bag, my sciatica and back was not. They were chock full and while brimming to the top with all sorts of goodies. Here were my top picks! Jen was gracious enough to be my hand model as I am in deep need of a mani.
Onsen -Onsen Skincare is getting a bunch of buzz, especially their facial peels. This summer I've been an oil slick and I have been in dire need of a good exfoliator. I'm excited to give this a try and I'll let you know what I think. I'm sure you're on the edge of your seat but humor me.
Meg here! Social media is here and here to stay (LIKE). You can try to "go off the grid." When I do, it means I left my iphone in the kitchen while I slept in the bedroom. I'm the type of person that would probably last an entire 15 minutes in The Witness Protection Program. Facebook Status Update "Can't believe the FBI put me in Birmingham. Any fun places to go out?"
By the way, if you need a Social Media expert, check out my buddy Jen Mathews who runs a great firm Top Tier Media. She dreams in #hashtag.
I spend more time than I care to admit scrolling about the newsfeed and I always am intrigued by the postings on Margarita Bloom. When someone tells you to"Eat Diamonds For Breakfast So You Sparkle All Day." You know already they're giving you sound advice.
With my expert sleuthing skills (It was really difficult :) I was able to find out Margarita Bloom is a luxurious world of retro bath and skin care. It is really hard to go on this adorable site and find a collection that doesn't "speak" to your inner pin-up. Categories like "Hollywoodland" all the way to "The Bakery" make it more like an enjoyable peep show than an e-commerce experience! Let's be honest, I get sent just about every beauty product that comes out. Me buying a beauty product is like an Eskimo buying ice, a China man buying tea, a Kardashian acting authentic. Yet, I couldn't stop myself. I pictured Miss Margarita Bloom next to her surely claw-footed tub (most likely under a chandelier or next to a candlelabra) sipping champagna and whipping these potions just for me! In case you were wondering, I also had her dressed in a fluffy pink robe with marabou and crystaled, high heeled slippers.
Maybe, if I placed an order she would invite me over for caviar crepes the following Sunday?
Without further ado, I placed several orders!
In no time at all, a lovingly wrapped packaged came to me with a beautiful note and inside were items so pretty I didn't want to use them. It felt like using the hand towels in the guest bathroom. Then I remembered I didn't have a guest bathroom...
There are 4 great products in the line, a shampoo, conditioner, body wash and what I'm grabbing for constantly The Christine Protective Glaze. It's hair bootcamp over at Megsmakeup land. Between the incessent blow outs, the hot rollers, constantly keeping the color up and a myriad of sprays, foams and mousses... My faux tresses can get worse for the wear.
You know I pray nightly that wigs come into fashion and it seems as though no beauty experts are helping me out with this wish. I have to keep on fighting the good fight! I'm at the end of my 4 month mark of my extensions. That's when they turn from lush and perfect to ratty and string like with a side of frizz and dryness-SEXY!
I really need to get to NYC and have them redone but as I look at my tax bill, that's probably not going to be hapening in the immediate week or two. What's a girl to do? I am holding onto dear life for my Christine Protective Glaze! The glaze is light weight and the bottle is a large size so it has really been lasting me. Once I'm done with my conditioner and wash my hair clean, I squeeze out any excessive water. I then apply a little more than the size of a dime (OK, maybe two dimes) to my palms. Avoiding my roots, I just run it through my hair. By the time I step onto my bath mat to blow my hair out, my tresses are tangle free and feel-dare I say it? Healthy!
The glaze utilizes Life Complex, a formula or keratin, jojoba oils and silk proteins along with grape and hemp seed oils, enriching olive fruit oil and essential vitamin B5. That's a pretty strong army of protection they've got going on over there so it only makes sense it's going to work. The formula acts as an emollient, locks in color and provides an additional defense against chemical treatments, heat treatments and UV rays, all while adding vibrant shine to all types of hair.
Van Thomas is the hair guru behind this genius product. I'm enjoying all of them but am obsessing over this one so I had to start here. Thomas has had an extensive career in all aspects of hair care including nearly two decades at JOICO.
After a brief stint at retirement, Thomas faced a personal tragedy and lost his vibrant daughter Christine. The loss forced Thomas to throw himself into a new, creative endeavor and inspired this fantastic new hair care line "Christine." As a labor of love to not only your hair but his wonderful daughter.
Meg hair! There are a few items in our arsenal that we just can't part with. We can try the latest and the greatest but we always come back to our favorite tried and trues. With my long extensions, I'm always trying different leave-ins and hair masques to keep my (my as in, bought) tresses healthy and tangle free. I've tried them all and the one I constantly reach for is from my friend Marco Pelusi.
Since I'm back on the market, I've got to get myself into fighting shape! Like a boxer preparing himself to hop back into the ring, I have to get ready for the big match. And by big match, I mean a bunch of dinner dates that I'm forcing myself to go on.
I'm not really looking forward to being back on the dating scene but I figure, like any good soldier-I have to be armed. Spray tans, manicures, teeth bleaching, facials this whole ordeal is exhausting even before you get to the darn dinner. The most important exterior feature? Great hair. Yes, I took my fake haired self off to get the most natural color and I drove myself to see my friend Marco for a little touch up.
Marco Pelusi has not only been named "Best LA Colorist" for years but he's also quite a joy to be around and a friend I can count on for many years. Marco took one look at my dreaded roots and brought me into championship form! Here's a picture of the color he created. With all of the coloring that I do, my hair should be a frightful, dry piece of straw.
A lot of celebrities go to Marco and I know that the one product of his that they cannot live without is his Leave In Anti-Frizz Conditioner With Collagen Color Guard. I am going to post a review I wrote years ago. The description and results are still wonderful. It also explains how Marco and I became friends. Thank you Marco! I felt confident walking into my dinner and my hair color still looks great. My hair stays smooth, healthy and all it takes is a pump or two from your miracle Leave in.
Meg here to bring you reviews on one of Marco Pelusi's signature, cult-favorite products, his leave in anti-frizz conditioner.
Living in LA has it perks! I was eating dinner at my trusty deli when Mr. Marco himself popped into the booth next to me. I had to speak to him. You knw when you're in the presence of someone that just exudes upbeat energy and a great smile and full out beams friendliness it's hard to not want to strike up a chat. Mr. Marco is all of those things, he is simply delightful and I was so happy I got the chance to become his friend. This was a few years back so Megsmakeup.com was not even a blip on my radar (um computer) screen at that point. I just wanted to get to know someone that was so passionate and creative and talented. Within the first 15 minutes of chatting with Marco he was already telling me some great ideas for my hair color.