"She's a very kinky girl. The kind you don't take home to mother." Rick James Meg here! Meeting mother is totally overrated and I can't help being kinky. Anyone that reads this site knows I can do a lot of things. I just can't use a curling iron. I don't know if it is because I am left handed or what but for the life of me I cannot work the clip part correctly. I always end up with bumps and kinks and it annoys the bejezus out of me.
I'm always using the old school curlers or my Topstyler. Would I like to try use a normal curling iron? Of course. Are your tips going to help me do this? No. I've had lessons. At this point it may just be a mental block but I have moved on.
I was at New York Fashion Week in September. I had been doing some filming and my hair went completely flat. I'm lucky I'll talk to anyone. It's a gift for me and a curse I'm sure for my airplane seatmate. Anyhow, my hair do had hair don'ted and the person I was speaking to ending up running one of the fashion houses being shown. He was nice enough to take me to his show's beckstage and plop me in a chair in hair and makeup for a little shooszing up.
The New York Fashion Week stylist, grabbed my listless tresses and then the most phallic looking instrument I had ever seen. What the heck was going on here? No, I was not in some underground sex chamber. I was at the most prestigious fashion show in the world. What I was looking at? A big, black clip less curling iron! The stylist showed me how to wrap from the top, hold it for a few seconds and soon she released a bouncy, beach wave. The most sexual looking curling iron provided no kinks!! Just perfect hair, and it heats up in 60 seconds. This was the answer! I was so impressed I asked for the name to write down so I too could own this magic wand of greatness. After writing it down I went to the next show and promptly lost the slip of paper.
In life, soul mates tend to find their ways back to each other. So it was just two weeks ago when my friend Liz sent me an email about this phenomenal company Enzo Milano and how they invented the clip less curling iron. Another song started playing in my head when I opened her attachment and saw my clip less friend staring back at me "reunited and it feels so good!" After a couple of pleading emails, I was the new proud owner of an Enzo Milano Clip Less Curling Iron (I have the 25-33 cornicos enorme)
I know a lot of you are going to ask, "how does it work?" so I added the video from the company so you can see a few stylists in action using it. I point the barrel down. Then I wrap my hair around the iron (don't worry about burns! They give you a great little mitt!) My hair never takes curl well, if it does, it's staying an hour. My secret for keeping voluptuous curls? I spray the holy heck out of my hair with Elnett Hairspray. Then I wrap. Then I hold for 15 seconds. After, I just let the curl go. No tugging or pulling needed. Also, no burns, dents or kinks!
Stacy B here! I'm in my office, enjoying my view of the construction going on next door where our new building is going up taking a little snack break. And by 'enjoying the view' I mean staring terrified at the workers on the ledges of the steel beams flying through the air hoping if someone falls, I'm not the only one who sees it.
It's about 3 pm and I wipe my mouth and I check my little desk mirror to make sure I have nothing stuck in my teeth and I realize that my morning lipstick just wiped off on my napkin and now my lips are officially bare. It's been about 7 hours since applied it and it's been through a full breakfast, a morning snack, a full lunch and an afternoon snack. I eat a lot now, on account of that pesky little human growing inside me. Pretty amazing for a drugstore product!
Thanks Maybelline for another drugstore gem accessible to anyone, no matter how much is in your wallet. I told you all before I had a lot of new Maybelling stuff this month, so here's review number 2 in a longer line. I'll break it up a bit as the weeks go on, but I'm pretty happy with some of the new spring products Maybelline is debuting this month so I'd really like to share them with my favorite internet ladies.
This morning I applied Maybelline's Super Stay 14 Lipstick! No, it's not really a 14 hour lipstick, but honestly, with the amount of food going in my body right now and how much I talk at my job, getting from 8 am to about 3 pm is pretty good. And it would have been longer if I hadn't had to wipe my mouth. I dabbed it earlier after breakfast which usually preserves lip color, but this afternoon it didn't occur to me that my color might still be on 7 hours later so I just wiped away.
Meg here! Yes, yes we know "stay out of the sun!" Got it! That doesn't mean I'm giving you a pass to show up to your evening cocktails poolside looking like an albino. I'm not. I'm giving you an easy peasy way to mimic a golden sun kissed tan without putting yourself at wrinkle risk.
Aero Minerale's Hydrating Mineral Bronzer in Malibu gives you an even, natural spray tan that is not only simple to apply but brings instant results. That's one of the genius attributes of this product. There's no messy creams that go on clear and leave you wondering about the results after they dry. We all know what a P.I.A. it is to do damage control the day after a bad self tan application. Painstakingly trying to fill in streaks is just not fun and it rarely turns out the way that you want it to.
I love that with "Malibu" I see instant results. There's no guess work. TIP-For Best Results Really Really Shake That Thang-(the can) but if you want to shake your thing as well by all means!) I was wearing Go With The Flow and I needed a little color. I threw on my little towel with straps (do you all have one of those? They look like this. I was easily able to spray my legs and arms and decolletage. I wanted to get my back though so a little Megsroomie action was needed. It took her 30 seconds. I was left with a great "tan" without any guesswork, dried in less than a minute and I was out the door with a healthy glow.
You can get several leg, arm, back, decolletage shots out of this perfect pink can and it's $14.99. Not bad. Downright fabulous when I factor in that my one spray tan used to cost me $35.00. I also like that I can shake and spray on my sponge if I want to add to precise areas, it makes it fool proof.
Meg here and I'm so excited I don't even care I only have a few hours left before "Mondays With Meg" is obsolete!
I had a true dilemma. When I would be booked to go for TV Spots or even sit on "tech panels" (yeah, I don't get it either, let's not kick the gift horse.) I never knew what to wear. As you all know, I have enhanced my boobies and I do like my legs. My stomach...Not so much. I would call them "ab's" but I feel as though that's the lead in to "muscles" and I'm crazy-not stupid. There is a difference, I am self aware enough to know I have a better chance of seeing Jesus then the Abflex.
What's a girl to do? I needed to look like I knew my stuff without showing "my business." I'm on morning shows for the Love of God. It had to be stylish without being sluttish. However, having the title "Beauty Expert" makes you have to step up your game. I couldn't be "beauty expert" and wear the same garb as the crime reporter (however, that's so CSI amaze! Sign me up!)
Without sounding like a braggart, I have a great eye. I know what looks great. I was just having trouble finding it.
I want to introduce you all to Megsmakeup.com SHOP! As with all of my ventures, this way to fill a need and this is something I truly stand behind. We didn't atart this with a flux of cash just a ton of heart. My roommates were my models-one one is 5'11 and one 5'2 I made this video so you could see how I painstakingly picked flattering and sexy dresses that will enhance any body type.
I picked dresses that hide flaws and accentuate your strengths. I'm on camera constantly, it really does add 10 pounds so I took that into consideration when I made my Monthly Picks.
This month I was all into blues. It's calming, not as sever as black and just as slimming. Next month, I'm into corals so you'll have to check back for those show stopping dresses in a tangerine, fresh scheme.
Also, I wanted to give you all a fabulous FREE gift! Each month, you'll get a perfectly tailored gift for said dress! When your outfit is picked there is a special full sized gift with it (JUST THIS MONTH $25.00 NAVY Eyelash Primer from Revitalash.) I love this primer because it doesn't just condition but it is Navy! Why oh why do makeup companies make their primer's white? It's so much work to cover the white with the black. The navy blends and conditions without you using a whole tube of your black mascara. The uber added plus? The navy works with every single one of these dresses!
"No, I think she's in her early forties." Roxy said to me. I just shook my head and said "Can't be, I went to her 34th birthday party last year. I know she does botox. I've been going with her forever. She lived in Florida. That's all sun damage."
Ain't that the truth. Meg here and you all know me, I enjoy a cocktail or 4, and been trying to completely kick it but have cut down 90% on the damn cigs. I hear quitting heroine is easier. Thankfully, I don't really have anyone to call to ask if this fact is true. Anyhow, I haven't been an angel on the healthy living (understatement of the year) and my skin still looks pretty darn good.
Aside from one year of South Beach, Florida living (where I didn't actually sun bathe all that much) I've never been much of a sun worshipper. I, of course did the tanning beds before school dances and yes, here and there would lie out. Being all Irish doesn't really lend a lot to motivate one to go lie out. I usually have my sexy casper white skin turn to an even hotter (yes definitely hotter) painful, crimson red. Usually it will end up peeling so I'm back to what I started with. Really attractive stuff. Thankfully, I found this process annoying so I was happy to fake it with self tanner creams and bronzers.
The weather, while sporadic has definitely been heating up on the West Coast and we've already had some days that hit 80%. I know my east coast friends are all happily putting their down coats away. Spring is Sprunging so here's to saving your face. I mean how much damage could Mr. Smiley Sunshine do? Well, if you missed the story of a friend of mine looking ten years older than she is (and nope, not a smoker.) Take in this little gem, up to 80% of aging to your face is caused by the sun.
Ever since I got my zippy little convertible I make sure that I have sunscreen on my face. My dermatologist threatened to disable the "top down" feature. Take note fellow convertible drivers, those are a skin risk as well!
Just when it seems you have to invest in a burka, the "beauty balm" craze hits. It's wonderful to have a moisturizing, SPF full coverage and there are a lot on the market right now. If you want to play it safe and not only avoid the sun, but also parabens and chemicals-then let me introduce you to a natural and effective solution, Juice Beauty! SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer.
I am here to admit that when it comes to certain things, I am a snob: Goddess Granny couldn't care less about the label on my jeans anymore because I've actually found less expensive brands that make my butt look better and my huge tub of "Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme" makes my skin so nice that someone actually told me I "had a glow" recently and it's very inexpensive at any drugstore! I care about things like quality food, plush towels that you can cuddle into and most recently lingerie that makes me feel extraordinary regardless of what's on top! (Obsessed with anything Marleis Dekkers creates and swear to replace every item in my drawer with her pretties! )I'd rather wear a bit of bling a favorite gal-pal gifts to me than pricey jewelry without meaning and I'd rather enjoy a good movie at home with popcorn than to fight touchy-feely hands in an overdressed and overpriced crowded club for sure!
Little things seem to make me the most content lately and I have decided that what I wear on my nails "matters": I am not a small girl and built like a Barbie on steroids so my clothes tend to be simple and mostly neutral in color therefore I add my own touch with color on my nails and I never fail to receive compliments: nothing is "off limits" when it comes to toes and I'm not a fan of "nail art" (although I admire it on others!) and my fingertips are usually painted with a shade that makes me "seasonally" happy! I have three favorite brands and all are in my opinion, the "best of the bunch" because I have tried SO many and keep coming back to and paying a bit more for these: Deborah Lippmann, Rescue Beauty Lounge and Butter London. All three endlessly satisfy me with new and unique to the market shades and all three have NONE of the nasty chemicals like formaldehyde or toluene! The formulas are rich and some are even resin-based which add to the wearability and I love all three brands equally depending on which color I'm feeling at mani/pedi time!
Since 2005, UK based "Butter London" has translated current and very high fashion runway trends into shades of nail lacquer that are not only cutting edge but actually designed to compliment and become a part of a great outfit or look! Their "fashionable friends" like Betsey Johnson, Victoria Beckham,and Rachel Zoe among many others rely on Butter London to translate their designs into TRUE fashionable shades so that Butter London's clients actually do get to experience their sensational fashion-sense in a small but important way!
Their lacquer's are "3-free" of chemicals and their unique "waterless formulas" (now available as well!) were created for backstage high performance use where water isn't an option when it comes to quick spruce-up of a model's nails! Details "matter" people and I believe that even if you're in a white t-shirt,jeans,and flip-flops that if your nails are flawless and colored in a gorgeous shade, you've also nailed what being "well presented" is all about!
I am in love…no…I'm over the MOON about one of the newest Spring/Summer Butter London shades named (and I giggle every time I say it!) "Trout Pout!" If you don't get the cultural reference,that's okay: it's slang used to describe women who've OBVIOUSLY had WAY too much "filler" injected into their lips, usually the upper one as many derma-docs are afraid to line the lower as well and the result is…..a "trout pout!" Some of the names Butter London uses to describe their nail lacquers are so entertaining and even a bit cheeky at times and I love when a brand can laugh at itself,when you're this good you can! "Trout Pout" is a creamy, opaque, like NOTHING ELSE OUT THERE rather 60-70's retro shade of cantaloupe-pink that is SO pretty and feminine on it's breathtaking! It's got this old-school Playmate kind of vibe and I cannot tell you how many compliments I've had since I put it on last week,men love it and women want to know what it is! The ultimate girly- shade for Spring 2012 in my book and I'm not changing it any time soon!
Meg here! I have been having some technical difficulties. Actually, not in life, life has been A-OK. Just really internet technical difficulties (since we all live online I 'm sure you can understand.)
Revlon approached me to do a few videos on their PhotoReady Collection (they're over on People.com) I mean, why wouldn't they approach me? When you think of effortless grace you obviously think of Megsmakeup.com. Ha! I need more to get ready than most-but, I have to say. The Revlon PhotorReady collection has made me just that. They're the only products I am wearing in these videos and they make me look just as great as the fancy dance department store counterparts. Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow is Siren really does make the smoky eye as easy as can be. There's even directions on the back, if you can read, you can perfect this!
I wanted my videos to be fun. I know if you're on the site here you're already a makeup junkie so I don't have to explain "how to put on mascara." I may have to explain this bedroom scenario but I think we're all good on the mascara front. I did like the wand and the brustles of Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara, I like a stiff wand! Maybe I shouldn't write that bit after a bedroom scenario, but..
I have it BAD! Spring Fever that is and Goddess Granny isn't taking any prisoners or suffering any fools this season! I intend to look better, be more fit and healthy,and to kick this year into HIGH gear on the warm breezes that are blowing though…crazy weather everywhere in the US but "seasons" are pretty much a state of mind and shoes as well has how much skin one can expose so I say it's TIME to being on the lookout for fresh!
I sincerely hope I'm not the only one who is still trying to figure out "who or "what" she wants to be when she grows up? I swear I'm worse than a tween these days with my choices whether it be food, music, what to wear, or how I want to look and have realized that chaos can be good because it prompts us to take that leap and re-invent ourselves whether we're nudged by the weather or some invisible or internal force that is saying,"Go for it…"
I have literally wrecked havoc with my skin and self lately trying a ridiculous amount of "new" products and have decided that in some cases,less is more (glitter and heel height excluded) so I'm experimenting with some very exclusive and more "natural" (God I hate that word!)at least in ingredients products at least when it comes to my skin-canvas and will keep you posted on how it goes with that: still haven't found a "better" foundation for me than Armani's Luminous Silk but have something ordered that may be interesting and it's a cult-favorite as well as "natural..."
I'm popping between an almost no color pale/dark eyes/ plain glossed lip lip to an over the top heavy winged cats eye liner with a flaming red lip these days and although I am NOT a "blush" person, am still hunting for a little "something" to take me out of the shadows when it comes to my paleness…what I HAVE discovered though is that is you skin presents as totally pore less and flawless, it really becomes less of an issue as to adding more color? I see it going both ways in the makeup looks for 2012!
I say,"To know a Tarte is to love a Tarte…" whether it be fruit or sassy or the AMAZING brand that we here at Megsmakeup.com simply adore! This cruelty-free, vegan line of fabulous products just keeps on taunting us with enough beautiful products every year to fill a hefty-basket and what's not to love about that? It's not just a "cult" that follows this brand anymore,it's all of us who love beautiful color presented in formulations that are pure and that honestly outperform many loaded with "stuff" that is better left to the dark days…
Stacy B here! It's snowing!! Finally! I never thought I'd be waiting anxiously for snow living in Boston. Usually by this time of year even I am ready for no snow and warm temps but this year it's snowed about 3 times and that's just not enough for me. We could get up to 7-10 inches tonight. I can't wait to waddle my way outside and go sledding with my son. He's been dying for snow for weeks.
The weather doesn't have anything to do with make up or skin care, no seamless transition from life to make up for me this time. My literary skills are being taken over by baby brain and this weather. I'm just so happy for the white stuff. And for our plow guy so I don't have to worry about shoveling 7 weeks before my due date...
Rumor has it around here that Meg's sending out make up point packages!! So exciting, I know. You never know what you'll find and it's always good stuff. I hear that Maybelline may be a prominent item this time around, I hope I didn't give anything away! That's great though, I just got a bunch of new stuff from Maybelline and I'm pretty happy so far. For the next few weeks I'm going to review a bunch of Maybelline products just in time for spring.
First up, an interesting little pot of eye shadow called Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 hour Cream Gel Shadow in Audacious Asphalt. That's quite a mouthful. I was both excited and nervous to try this. Having the name 'tattoo' in the title made me think it was really going to last. But, cream AND gel shadow? I've never been good at evenly applying any sort of cream or gel eye shadow so that caused some anxiety. And I was nervous about creasing or having it cake up by the end of the day.
So, like all good make up reviewers, I tried it in a few different ways. First, on my hand for color and smoothness, then on my eyes, applying with a finger, and then applying with a little sponge applicator.
Results are pretty good, and exactly what I expected. It lasted forever. 24-hours is not a total stretch. I put some on my hand the night i got it. I didn't purposely wash it off, or avoid washing it off, I just went about my nightly routine. I woke up the next morning, and went about my morning shower routine (again, not trying to wash it off, but not avoiding it either). It was STILL on my hand after over 12 hours a full shower and a nightly routine of washing my hands, face and son in the tub! Not entirely, but there was a decent amount of it there. In case you are wondering, nothing on my sheets, pillow or pajamas either. And yes, I use soap in the shower!
Meg here! It's Oscar time! Hollywood's prom. All of the women looked great and here is how you can get the exact same looks from the exact pro's that took these women to Goddess Glam!
Here is how to get Kristen’s textured waves:
“I was in love with Kristen's J. Mendel dress as soon as I saw it; I was so inspired by the silhouette and color. We wanted Kristen's hair to be full with voluminous waves and have an edgy and sexy texture"
- “I started by applying a large dollop of Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse and blow dried the hair with a round brush.
- I then took 3-inch sections of hair and sprayed each section with Dove Style+Care Thermal Replenishment Spray and then wrapped the hair around a 1 1/2 inch FHI Heat curling iron.
- When all of her hair had been curled, I took a small amount of Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum in my hands and rubbed them together and then I raked the product through the hair to break up the curls and give the hair shine and definition. I'm beyond obsessed with this product. It gives you the nourishment of a cream and the shine of a serum in one bottle!
- I finished her look by spraying Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray all over while scrunching the hair with my fingers; this will ensure that the hair is in place all night and give the hair great sexy waves.”
Event: The Oscars
Makeup Artist: celebrity makeup artist Heba Thorisdottir for tarte
Overall Inspiration: "Kristen wore a gorgeous princess dress, but it still had a bit of an edge to it, so I wanted to keep her look strong but still soft and pretty." -celebrity makeup artist Heba Thorisdottir
* Heba wanted to play up Kristen's blue eyes with a mixture of bronze and gold shadows. She started by covering her lids with a soft wash of shimmering golden peach from tarte's neutralEYES eye shadow palette volume II.
*To create a soft glow, Heba dusted tarte's new Amazon bronze body bronzer along her décolletage, shoulders and down her arms. (Note*out in April!)
Jessica Chastain's Look! Jenny Cho, Suave Professionals Celebrity Stylist: "My inspiration for Jessica was to give the whole look a romantic feel that was free and easy with a slight, sexy bump in the crown."
1. Spray Suave Professionals Volumizing Root Boost Spray at roots of tresses and layer a dollop of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Leave-in Conditioner for heat protection and smooth, manageable hair. Blow dry with a round brush for volume.
2. Starting from the nape, separate hair in sections. Spray each portion with Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray and curl with a large two-inch curling iron. When curling strands near the face, curl hair away from face.
3. Next, tease the crown of hair for height and spray with Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray to secure tresses. Smooth the very top layer of hair for a polished finish. Pull back the section of hair just below the crown and pin, bringing one side back at a time into a half way french twist.
4. Loosen up the curls with a drop of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth & Shine Serum for shine and smooth style. Complete the look by misting hairspray for hold.