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.
Meg here! I know it has been a few days. I just got my computer back after some much needed upgrades. On this lovely first day of spring, I have brought my car to the shop where I am sure the much needed upgrades there are going to cause my face some unwanted wrinkles. Spring is the gateway to summer and come Hell or highwater, I want my zippy little convertible in tip top shape for the warm breezes. Unfortunately, I may be eating Top Ramen from now until August to achieve this goal, but you know, priorities.
I try not to worry too much about money or sweat the "small stuff." At the end of the day it is all really small. Everything always works out the way it's intended to and I do 100% believe in "you get what you give."
The buzz is that this $425 cream enables your skin enough that you can skip pricey derma peels and that the cutting edge ingredients are producing jaw dropping results. Promatryx, hydranox and phyllanthus emblica fruit extract are the main ingredients. All top notch, all (needless to say) expensive. Woman are going crazy for this stuff and the "ladies who lunch" crowd are keeping it on their vanity's.
Everybody deserves to feel pampered so when my roomie's fantastic Mom was in town and groaning about "old lady skin," I gladly handed over my jar of this miracle cream on one condition...She had to write me a review on what she thought of it. This was a deal she happily agreed to. Below, please find the thoughts of a Miss Hillary Kirwin. A lady who, when not a school teacher, now shares the same potion of those in the "lunching" circle...
"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!