Stacy B here! It's really starting to look and feel like spring now, temps are consistently up, there's no threat of that one last snow to really put everyone in a bad mood and people are starting to spend more time outside. The sun seems brighter, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping (well, except for that one that got a little lost and slammed into our picture window in the living room...sorry little guy, hope you're OK).
While this brightens my New England soul, it does not brighten my skin yet! I feel even more wintery pale as I venture outside shocking my skin with warmer sunlight and much needed Vitamin D. I need some color! Don't worry, I do wear sunscreen and am very careful not to burn or even get too tan, but a little sunshiney glow is necessary when you've been cooped up indoors all winter!
I have a couple great bronzers but my skin is still not quite ready for them yet. My best option is usually a light, slightly tinted foundation to even out my pale skin and give me a brighter complexion until the sun can do it's magic. Unfortunately...I hate wearing foundation. It's always felt like too much. It adds to my morning routine which I didn't like, it feels like too much makeup, I'm terrified of that awful chin/neck foundation line and I can almost feel my pores clogging and suffocating under it. I very rarely wear it, and it's usually a very special occassion.
Enter Maybelline's Dream Nude Air Foam. I won't tell you I'm a total foundation addict now, or even an every day user. But, this really felt very different to me and was bearable for a few days.
It was definitely different than any other foundation I've tried, it came out of the can like a very light and airy hair mousse. It was very porous and fluffy and spread easily. I could barely feel it on my skin and it evened it out just enough to make me look smooth, rested and refreshed. I followed with my normal routine of some light coverup under the eyes, a dusting of loose powder and some light bronzer. That's when it started to feel like a bit too much for me and I could see some spots that looked a little thick for me. I'm sure NO ONE would ever notice, but I did.
This Dream Foam lasted throughout the day and I felt like it really covered. My slightly oily T-zone did get a little angry toward the end of the day and I started to worry about my pores and that I was starting to look greasy. Hubby swore I didn't, but I'm pretty sure he had no idea what I was really asking... He's also been overly complimentary lately since I'm still in the miserable last days of this pregnancy. :)
Meg hair, I am going to make you want to throw up reading this (Happy Humpday.) I want to throw up writing this because I know there's a great chance I'll never experience this again in my life. I'm going with the whole "It is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all." Replace "love" with "flying private." That doesn't even sort of make sense. Once you are lucky enough to "fly private" even first class is a bummer. I'm not saying I don't love it. These days I'm in the coach cabin, I'm just saying, there is nothing like flying (as a guest) on a private plane.
No security, no check-in, no rush. The car drives right to the plane and no one is taking off until you get in. Then once you're in your seat you have your own personal stewardess bringing you mimosa's and omelette's and really anything you could ever want. Your chair lounges out full sleeping size and you're covered in cashmere blankets and comfy pillows and spoiled beyond. It really is the only way to fly. I mean the only way if you have 100mm in the bank but why put a price on happiness? Disclaimer, I have traveled that way four times in my entire life. I hope to double that number at some point but right now I'm an orbitz.com member looking for deals. Times change, it's important to be able to roll with current situations. But DAMN, that was awesome!
I only put a lot of stock into money in the way it can open up new experiences. God knows I don't cling to it. God wishes I did a bit. I used to argue with my ex husband "But Jason, I could be hit by a bus and dead tomorrow! Why wont you let me enjoy it!?" He would just shake his head and say "Or you'll live to be 80 and be broke!" I always tuned him out after the 80 line.
We all work so damn hard! Why is it sinful to spend sometimes? What on earth is the point if we can't indulge in some fantastically over the top decadence? You work like a dog, I work like one as well (not my dog, she sleeps all day and eats amazing, catered S.A.D. Dog Sushi)
Really, last time I checked we had one go around. One go around. Let that sink in for a second. Excuse my reincarnation people, but we're not coming back. Soak in the sun, buy the pretty dress take the last minute change of plans. You don't know where that stuff will lead. I know where it's going to lead if you don't shake it up, you're never going as a guest ona private flight. You're just not. Those things only happen to people willing to talk to strangers, willing to be spontaneous and willing to step out of convention. Come join me. You'll like it here!
Much like stepping onto a private plane, Leonor Greyl Mask Quintessence is not subtle in letting you know that you've "arrived." On presentation alone you know you're dealing with a fine piece of art. The packaging is no joke. It looks and feels like fine crystal. I would put this on my mantle...Except, my mantle isn't fancy enough. Leonor Greyl Mask Quintessence is "ooh" and "aah" worthy.
I had a tough boy and work week, both were severe pains in the ass (OK, you may not have been on a private plane but I'm guessing we've all had THAT trip.) On top of it, my hair was looking pretty dull and dried out. Being a Catholic with severe guilt for reasons I don't even know (I bump into furniture and apologize...to my couch.) I couldn't open this $141.00 mask unless I could share it. It has nothing to do with Easter, I think I'm Jesus all year long.
Seriously, I couldn't indulge it all for myself. This coming from a woman that not only used to get bummed out over first class but thinks Chanel is quite "reasonable." Why was Leonor Greyl intimidating me with this fabulousness when I think of myself as fabulosity squared?
I thought it may be psycho symatic. I know this mask costs ONE HUNDRED FORTY ONE DOLLARS. Did it smell better because I knew? The scent (and I have no sense of one-yet it came back when I put this on, so now it works sense miracles) The floral bouquet of rich blossoms invigorated my scalp and yes, my scalp had a scent that can only be described as "filthy rich." I applied this thick, buttery lotion to my tresses and waited the 20 minutes. All the while I felt like Oprah (I know weird, but I imagine this is the stuff she uses everyday.)
After I showered and blew dryed my tresses, the rich, floral scent still lingered. Is part of the price never having to buy a perfume again? I don't know, but they should add that to their sell. I don't want to blow my own horn, but I looked totesamaze! My hair was a dream! I did what any good reviewer does. I looked for new opinions. I asked my roomies to try. I didn't tell them the price. I just handed it to them. Here's KristenOsborne88 review, not knowing anything about price or Leonor Greyl.
I was just home visiting my mother for Easter. At dinner she told me (amongst other things) that I need to lose some weight, get engaged, move back to NY and CUT MY HAIR. She said it was, and I quote “dead and scraggly” looking. Oh mothers….
Anyhow, imagine my delight when I came home and Meg had just gotten one of her many shipments which included a super duper luxe hair mask by Leonor Greyl.
Thinking of my mother’s kind words I decided it was worth a try.
Stacy B here! As happy as I've been with my new Maybelline spring products, I'm going to take a break from them. I have a few more, don't worry, but I need a little change, it's really springtime now! The seasons are changing, the flowers are blooming, it's almost Easter and my three-year-old is potty trained! Getting away from diapers is a huge change (and wallet saver). Of course, within the next 2-3 weeks I'll be right back in diapers with a newborn but everything's cute in newborn sizes!
Spring brings out lighter, brighter colors and the urge to try new things, or at least give a little boost to your old favorites. I've always stuck with powder eye shadows until this spring. I've tried a few cream shadows lately and I'm not totally sold. I think they can tug on delicate eye skin if they aren't smooth enough, but if they are too smooth and slick, they can crease and run. I'm not the best at applying them either, brushes are tough and my fingers aren't precise enough. Plus then I have shadow all over my fingers and I worry that I've smeared finger oils all over my eyes.
I found a cream shadow that promised to be a hyrid between a powder and a cream. And, it's supposed to last 24 hours. Why you would need shadow for a full 24 hours I'm not sure. My college self might have known, but a pregnant almost mother of two sees no need for it. Oh, how far I've fallen.
At least I can dress the part, even if I wash it off after 12 hours or so. And yes, L'Oreal's Infallible 24 Hour Sunshine did need to be washed of after 12 hours. I didn't put it to a full 24 hour test but it was still going strong after a full day.I tried Eternal Sunshine and I loved it! Shimmery gold, right up my alley. Great alone or over a brown or taupe shade.
According to the website, it 'fuses the ease of a powder with the velvety caress of a cream". Aside from the cheeky marketing copy it's pretty true. It's creamy but has a soft powdery feel. It went on smooth without tugging and immediately felt powdery. It didn't have that wet feel at first that some creams can have. It definitely lasted too, and was shimmery without falling down my face throughout the day. The pigment was strong, I did pick a lighter color so it was light but the quality of the product led me to believe if I chose a darker shade it would have remained pretty true to the advertised color.
Meg hair! InStyle, People, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, WWD-you know those little publications that nobody reads hail Leonor Greyl as not only a celebrity favorite but an editor one! You know what? I know those girls, they're a bunch of tough broads and their standards are ridiculous so if they're buzzing about this, we need to listen!
Beauty editors maybe aren't your thing, maybe you're like the rest of the entire world and are a little celeb-obsessed! Great news, then you're covered on that point as well! Just this month in New Beauty Magazine, Jen Aniston is raving over the line. I mean, right along side Farrah has there ever been a more iconic hair super star?
Leonor Greyl is all natural and have been for almost 40 years so to say Miss Greyl was uhum, ahead of her time would be an understatement. So yes Virginia, there really is an actual Leonor Greyl. A dynamo that actually added vitamins to her hair products?!? Sign me up.
Leonor's business spread like a wildfire and her daughter, Caroline is now at the helms. That's some pressure. I mean I try do everything smarter, faster and better than my mother but that's a therapy session. No reason to air it on Megsmakeup.com.
At Seventy Years Young, Leonor handed over the reigns to Sweet Caroline and well, business is booming. Yes, this is pricey. It's also super fabulous, like amazing fantastic. I have heard about this brand for years and when I met the makers I bullied them into product. Because that's what I do.
Leonor Grey Shampooing Creme Moelle De Bambou is nourishing shampoo for long and dry hair. It is specific for long hair, nourishing dry ends, creates shine, softness and manageability, Those are all things I'm in desperate need of! I mean, I may only have 3 strands of hair but the Indian woman whose hair is extended on to mine really needs it!
You know what?! It delivered! 5 champagne flutes. Shampooing Creme Moelle De Bambou was so incredibly moisturizing and hydrating on my hair that I almost thought I had grabbed a conditioner by mistake.
Goddess Granny on the fly yet again has found a little something something to share that is REALLY a cool little product because If you make me wait too long in the checkout line and if there are are cute little bottles and items especially if they are unique in shape and color,I will pile them into my basket and you product-designers KNOW this! This was on a "shop and grab" run to Ulta and I found gold among the glitter!
I adore red lipstick but hate to see it being worn on lips that need some solid moisture and maybe a bit of TLC before it's applied because then it juts isn't pretty: you need a bit of prep to insure that your lips are plum and pillowy and THEN your knock em' dead red will get the looks of lust! Some lip balms are too waxy and others too sticky and it's hard to create a "base" for glam lips that adds to the effect and doesn't cause it to slide off or end up on your teeth! I hate that so when I picked up this sassy little I don't really know what you'd call it shaped hybrid tube with a rollerball of MAGIC lip fixit,I was ridiculously pleased…
OWN is a unique little company with a very straightforward philosophy: natural, effective, efficient and affordable: what's not to like about that? I love their packaging and intend to order up some of their products I haven't seen in retail locations yet because their "Nighttime Lip Therapy" is absolutely AMAZING!!! I just love this funky little deep-blue tube/rollerball that allows the product to seep and ooze perfectly onto every little corner of your lips when you glide it on at night,it feels smooth with a bit of a sugary taste and scent that goes away quickly but what remains is the most incredible moisture-barrier and wake me up beautiful plump lips ever!
It rejuvenates, it rehydrates, it feels sexy and luscious, and it WORKS: I wake up with a pouty-plump pair of lips ready to smooch or to paint to perfection! It's a luxurious mix of oils and shea-butter that will have you using it a lot more often than at night,so feel free to indulge because it's not pricey so you can apply with glee! I have paid a ton of money for products that insured lush lips but can honestly say that when you apply this as directed at night you get incomparable results with no fuss or muss! This is a truly fantastic little item and I suggest it to anyone,whether you love lipstick or not because you'll be able to feel and see the difference the first morning after you try it!
Stacy B here! Everyone has a part of them that they like and probably a few they don't. Well, I HOPE you all have something about you that you like, you should! We should all be proud of our unique features. Right now what I don't like is entirely related to being unbelievably pregnant. I won't go into it but let's just say I have about 3 weeks left and this baby can't come fast enough.
Luckily, the things I do appreciate, my blue eyes, haven't changed much in the last 9 months, aside from some recent dark circles caused by frequent bathroom trips in the middle of the night...But I have a great concealer routine for those. So when I'm feeling particularly bloated, unattractive and like I'll never wear pants with zippers again, I try to focus on my peepers by 'dressing' them up a little with new shadows, mascaras or liners. It's like using different accessories to dress up the same black maternity v-neck I've been wearing for months. Scarves, necklaces, pins, I've tried them all.
I have always thought that mascara was the Little Black Dress of the eyes. A good mascara wakes up your whole face, brightens your eyes and makes you look great without screaming "I'm wearing a ton of make up!". It's a great little weekend product when you want to look presentable but not like you tried way too hard on a Saturday morning, and it's equally effective on a fully done, red carpet event, smokey eye. So versatile!
Maybelline's new spring products really have been lighting up my days and this week is no exception. I've been using Maybelline's Illegal Length Fiber Extensions mascara. I reviewed a L'Oreal mascara a few weeks ago that was supposed to be a fiber extension mascara and wasn't thrilled with it so I figured 'fiber extensions' was a new buzz word in the make up marketing world and I should not expect much. This was different, and I definitely noticed my lashes were longer and seemed thicker. Not clumpy thick, but spread out, lengthened and fatter.
There's definitely something in there that hangs on to my lashes and extends them. I could see a visible difference from one eye with mascara and one without.
Here's my gripe. Say it with me mascara manufacturers..."CURVED BRUSHES!!!" Please. I am tired of poking myself in the eye trying to get the tiny lashes on the edges and corners of my eyes. And I am very quickly becoming a plastic bristle snob. This is a straight wand with more hair-like bristles and that's my only complaint. I think one or the other would be fine, curved and plastic would be perfect but I could live with just one. It takes me a little longer to carefully apply without poking myself in the eye and I have to go over with a few swipes to get everything and make sure the lashes don't clump. The plastic bristles just seem to grab my lashes and separate them better.
Meg here! I had organic wine at lunch so I visited this fabulous new vacation spot called "Black Out Island." I'm a rewards member and the locals are quite friendly. You should try it if you have a comfortable bed. Don't go when in mixed company or if you have to give a speech before you leave.
I am obsessed with Juice Beauty because it works. I'm not too concerned with my carbon footprint. I don't have children so I feel as though even if I'm being wasteful and using up the earth's resources, it will stop with me in another 40 years (God willing.)
That said, I have A LOT of stuff I need to finish here on earth so I'm not looking for a quick exit. I shoot botox and any poison into my head that I think will keep me young so keep that in mind. Also, I'll never stop dying my hair. I look terrible grey so that's reason enough for my to not procreate. I would like to say it is about being ecco conscious, it's not. It's about being vain.
Juice Beauty's Green Apple peel really works. I know that sounds crazy because it's actually good for you. I know? Something that's good for you and works? Novel concept.
Listen to this, I had to travel with the owner of Juice Beauty, Karen Behnke to New York City. I say "had to" because, well I "had to." I knew a little about Karen and I did what we all do. I made preconceived notions and labeled her as "not fun" because she is from San Francisco and green and healthy and works out. I know, I know, I'm a total ass. So I quit smoking (still trying but had a good 30 day run prior to our trip because I was pretty sure "Miss Ecco" would have an organic coronary if I stepped out for a smoke-that was accurate.) And I was pretty nervous for our trip. How green am I? I don't litter and I do try to get the recyclable glass wine bottles in the right garbage. So I'm no environmental hero. Off point, can Global Warming hurry the heck up? I live in Southern California for a reason and I'm freezing.
My trip? Well, Karen Behnke is cool, really cool. Get half a beer in her and I would take her out on the town cool. So much for preconceived notions. What's really awesome about her is that not only does she wholeheartedly devote her life to making the earth a cleaner, greener place-she's done it with success. The proof is in the pudding ladies, her arm is the pudding.
Behnke was quite the athlete in her younger days and like all of us in our younger days, she didn't think much about aging or sun spots. Karen was an avid athletic swimmer and the sun beat down on her skin. Years later it showed up.She developed Juice Beauty and her peel is a beauty editor favorite. She had to demonstrate the peel on her arm. She would swab on some, hold her arm up and say "look how nourishing." She would do this over and over on the same spot on her arm. Guess what happened? (And as God as my witness, I've seen the results.) The spot where she had shown the product? That spot on her arm is flawless. Really. Not one ounce of discoloration or freckle or anything. It's like baby skin. If I were Karen (because we all know she can get to the stuff) I would slather my entire body in it and be born again. She would but we can't let her. The "before" and "after" on her arm is too much of a valuable marketing tool. I mean, she's green but she also has to make it.
This peel works. That's my endorsement. I know that and $1.50 will get me a coffee but it works. If you have sun worshipped or have acne scars or anything that you're unhappy with on yourself then commit to doing this peel regimine and YOU WILL SEE RESULTS!
PLEASE tell me this has happened to you too? Goddess Granny is on the go these days and in an effort to get out the door on time and it isn't always easy or pretty! Have you ever pulled yourself together and put on your makeup,done your hair,threw on clothes and accessories and then after tossing your purse and phone into the car got half way down the road and glanced in the rear-view ONLY to notice you look dead? Not a foundation faux-pas although that can happen and i'm often guilty of not applying enough blush but no…you have literally forgotten your mascara,the single beauty- item that promises to pop open your eyes even if you haven't yet gulped down your morning beverage of choice?
This has happened to me twice lately, a sure sign I need to slow it down? Sometimes I do have a sample sized mascara in my bag if TSA hasn't made me toss it but last week I was doomed as I even forgot my favorite little "Hello Kitty" purse cosmetic bag altogether! No gloss, no liner, and certainly no mascara! This was NOT going to be a good day and it was early in the am so I immediately started thinking of "what might be open" on the 50 mile drive from my ranch into civilization…not much,I was probably going to have to stumble through Walmart in my 5" heels and LBD looking all the world like I was doing "the walk of shame" and trust me, you do NOT want heads turning in the Walmart closest to the direction I live in unless you want to be followed to your vehicle and propositioned! Doomed I tell you…
I pulled into Starbucks thinking at least a latte might improve my mood and saw a sweet girl balancing her beverage as she unlocked the door to the "Sally Beauty" next door: was I in luck? Were the makeup goddesses hearing my silent pleas for help? YES!!! I explained to her quickly that I was in dire need of "something to swipe on my lashes" as I was en route to a meeting that mattered and she truly came through for me and handed me a bright red tube, decorated and flashy in a cool box and said,"You're going to LOVE this!!!" I liked the packaging and handed her a $10.00 bill to pay for the product and another $5.00 for a "refill on her coffee and thanks for helping me out pre-store hours" and off I ran!
This was a day to remember: the product my makeup-angel handed me was "Femme Couture XXL Mascara" and let me tell you,product-snob that I can be sometimes,this is a WOW of a mascara! We all know "Sally Beauty" since 1964 as the "largest retailer of beauty supplies in the world!" and if you don't,you're missing out! You can find amazing products for every part of you from head to toe including "that" organic "Olive Oil Spray" for ethnic-hair that smells amazing and that SO many stylists use to make their client's legs GLOW in photos! (Organics Africa's Best Olive Oil Shine) as well as every shade of nail and hair color and just some of the best brands for "do it yourself spa" pampering ever! I go in there with my "Rewards Card" and come out with a huge bag of fun for $25.00 when I feel the need to splurge on the cheap!
Back to my life-saver mascara: the first thing you notice about this product (besides the very flashy tube which I love!) is the brush: it's like NO other I've seen, sort of like a "smooched mascara wand", sort of flat in the middle but with substantial bristles and size: when you apply the mascara,you quickly discover that the genius is in the "flattened part" as it REALLY lets you get that mascara on FAST and evenly! Then you just swipe the brush though and are amazed at the VOLUME and DEPTH of your lashes! Seriously this mascara rivals my much-loved HG "Diorshow" mascara at a substantially lower price! It doesn't flake or smear and comes off easily when you're ready to remove (I use Cetaphil) and I cannot rave enough about how GREAT this "Femme Couture XXL Monster Lash" really is,you get BIG lashes fast and it's "application in the rear-view" approved by me (don't' do this if you can help it, LOL!)
Stacy B here! What Meg and her ladies want, Meg and her ladies get. There were many comments from everyone (including Meg) on last week's post about Maybelline's Super Stay 14 hour Lip Stick on the lip stain that Maybelline has out now. So...ask and you shall recieve.
This week I'm reviewing Maybelline's Super Stay 10 hour Lip Stain in Ruby Endulgence. I give it a 7.5, only dropping it a few points for lack of every day neutrals and a slight drying effect. And, ruby leads me to think 'red', but this was really purple!
As you may know by now, I'm honest and don't really embarrass easily so I'm totally OK with telling you all exactly what I think and how I got there. My reviewing methods may be a little quirky, but who cares! It helps me decide on my terms if I like it, and you can all try make up tried and tested every day situations, or unconventional methods. I don't just wear it out and make a decision, I really get creative. Like smearing cream eye shadow on my hand and seeing how many showers and hand washings it takes to get rid of it, or secretly subbing out a Dove bar for my husband's soap and then being forced to swear to never tell his friends he used a 'girly product' , or, letting my three-year-old 'play' with mommy's makeup to see if the containers are smash proof.
Meg here! I love that we have the finger on the pulse over here! By over here, I obvi mean Megsmakeup.com and by "I" I mean "you." Sure, I get exposed to a lot of cool beauty items and I can make my recommendations but at the end of the day, if you don't agree... Well, crash and burn for that item!
That's why I am so psyched to tell you that a company we've been fans of for a long time has gotten the word out and is no longer just an "insider favorite!" Yes! Our good friends at Classified Cosmetic's have hit the big time with their prestige line ERA.
I really hope I figured out how to correctly post this video. If it doesn't work I'll give it another shot because you don't want to me the savings and exclusive deals Good Morning America has posted for Spring Make Overs! I am so proud Classified Cosmetics ERA is one of their "must have picks!" We called this A LONG TIME A GO! So happy mainstream America is getting with the program.
If you want to try it out! Act super fast because the off of 50% OFF and FREE SHIPPING is only here until the 24th. You need CODE GMA50 ! How fab is that?
I know a lot of you have tried and been raving about their drugstore line Aero Minerale. Aero is the mass line that grew out of the demand from this original one. Who loves the original? Demi, Angelina, Mirren, Portman, Gwen oh, and a little ole' simple lady we call Madonna, or Madge or Esther. I guess it really depends on what Kabbalah group you attend.