Meg here and I'm so excited I don't even care I only have a few hours left before "Mondays With Meg" is obsolete!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.
And I tagged it "Mondays With Meg" because there was no proper category.
My Grandmother will probably be reading this and follow it up with a concerned phone call and I should ban her from reading the site but I frankly don't know how to. Also, I would feel bad. I can't strip her "concerned Grammy title" from her, she's a staple at the senior center. You can't fight that type of power. I need her old people friends to listen to her. She's a force of nature that one. I just have to deal with the criticism "Oh Meg, I read your post. You must not use the word "suck" it's just awful." Yes Gram. "Also, could you send me a nice red lipstick?"
My Gram cracks me up. She really does. I'm writing this with a true bout of insomnia and for whatever reason my Gram is on my mind. If you're reading this then you definitely do or had a Gram. I mean, you're here right?
I have been absolutely hooked on PBS Masterpiece theater's Downton Abbey. If you have missed it you can watch the episodes on PBS.com, give it a shot. The first 3 are a bit to take in BUT by the end of episode 3 you will be absolutely hooked. Really! It is wonderful. Sex, Lies, Romance and a class warfare with so much aristocracy-you're going to love it! The one character that always gives the best lines, Maggie Smith, she's fabulous and she plays the proper yet always speaks her mind, Gram. I think we all have one of those in our houses!
Out of everyone in my family, probably because I am the much eldest grandchild, I am very close to Gram. We're so different but really a lot alike. If the times were different when she was coming up she'd probably be doing a lot of the same as me. She will deny this.
My Gram (at some point I will scan in pictures) was a true beauty. Emerson College (a prestigious private college outside of Boston) offered my Gram a scholarship to go FOR FREE for dramatic arts. She was gorgeous enough to be a movie star. She came from a poor family and when the scholarship was offered her mother said "Peggy is actress enough, she's going to work."
Actresses were not held in high regard back then in Boston, the kings of Boston were the Kennedy's. Gossip was the married Joe Kennedy had been having an affair with the screen siren Gloria Swanson. Swanson was the leading actress of the day and was giving Hollywood Actresses a bad name back on the Eastern Seaboard. My Great-Grandmother was afraid my Gram would head to Hollywood and become a seductress or a woman of loose morals! How exciting!...Well, she didn't think so.
So Gram never went to Hollywood and she says that was just fine by her. I can't imagine ever having someone else decide my fate but it was a different time and I believe she really didn't want the spotlight. It's not like she doesn't speak her mind (unfortunately.)
Stacy B here! This week it's all about getting clean. My son and husband had that terrible stomach bug that's been going around and it was a bad one. Short, but nasty. They were both fine after a day or so, but our house was a germ factory and I can't afford to get sick and dehydrated at 31 weeks pregnant! There was a lot of Lysol and antibacterial wipes in between loads of laundry. I kept washing my hands and had the overwhelming need to shower many times a day just to get rid of any germs that may have leapt from my hands to my face or body or something.
Luckily, it worked, and 4 days later I am still bug-free. But, with a lot of scrubbing and cleaning I needed a body wash that wouldn't dry out my skin. Dove to the rescue! You can't get much better than Dove right now. It's inexpensive, works well, easy to use and does what it says it's going to. Is it the best money can buy? Maybe not, it is after all, still a drugstore product but in some cases I'd chose the under $10 product that works over something insanely expensive that does the same thing. Ladies on a budget, Dove should be your best friend right now!
This review will be short and sweet because it's great, it works, I love it and it's cheap.
First, for about $8, this bottle is HUGE. It dwarfs everything in my shower right now, and there is no shortage of products in there! This is going to last me forever. And I can use it for bicep curls when the baby is born and I'm trying to get back in shape.