Hi! My name is Meg and I decided that I wanted to show as much love to my readers as they show to me. I wanted to use my "power and influence" (take that stuff with a grain of salt...Or 5)
I am a bit at the mercy of the makeup companies and I don't want you to think I'm over here cashing in my Paypal and then eating bon bons. The hard truth is, makeup blogging doesn't pay all that well (shocker.) So I have other jobs I have to do to, you know, survive.
I really love my life. I'm totally not bitching. It's a great existence. However, shit piles up (I'm so not calling or referring to you as shit-by the way.) Then it gets over-whelming and I wait for boxes of lipgloss and when they don't show up have melt downs. Which is beyond ridiculous when I could replace FEMA with "Lip Gloss" and I'm still freaking out.
Times are a' changing. You don't know, between "flash sales" and "membership samples" (hi Birchbox) It's harder for me to get great full size product to you. But I will. Because I am Meg and I will weild my "power and influence" (try not to giggle when you read that.) To my faithful readers and I will reward you. I will reward you as you are fit to be rewarded! I WILL NEVER SEND YOU A STUPID PACKET YOU HAVE TO CUT WITH SCISSORS. I would hate that. I imagine, you would as well.
I spent the last two days cleaning my cabinets and alternating between reading member profiles, writing and packing. I did both with love and here is where I get emotional and stupid (maybe from all the manual labor, maybe from packing envelopes. Maybe from 4 glasses of wine.)
Ladies, Seriously. THANK YOU, I mean it so much! Some of you have been reading me since 2009! THANK YOU! You're comments are hysterical. I appreciate them so much. Sometimes, we can feel very "alone" in this crazy world but I have never felt judged or negative from you. Thank you for that. You know how rare that is when you open yourself up on the internet? I have the most fantastic women supporter's that exist.
But this is not A ONE WAY STREET! You all know how to reach me and if I can help YOU in any way...Send a message!
Stacy B here! Happy Halloween! A little late, but I'm still feeling festive. My pumpkins are still out (well, aside from the one that was smashed by some annoying teenagers) and my fall decor is out and ready for it's Thanksgiving transition. I'm also still gorging on candy that my 3-year-old collected by running from house to house announing that his name was Kyle, not Mickey Mouse, he was just DRESSED as Mickey! Lucky for me, he's not into candy all that much so I'm claiming it.
I also wanted to take a quick moment to send thoughts to all those effected by Hurricane Sandy. NYC and NJ, Boston stands with you (even if you are a Yankee fan!) We got just the tail end of the storm and it still knocked out power and trees, I can't imaging the strength of the winds and waters in those areas. I hope for the best for you and your families. If I lived closer I'd offer my home for showers and cell phone chargers but I'm a little far away!
Now that the weathers have calmed, Halloween is over and November is here, it's time for the holidays to really begin! Although, I am totally against Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, we can't forget about that little holiday! Even as we look forward to the holidays, the parties, the outfits, the drinks (candy cane martini anyone?) and the New Year's bashes, we have to remember that there is still some fall left and we should celebrate it!
I have a new fall obsession in my make-up arsenal. The NYX Crimson Amulate Dark Shadows Palette. This is inspired by the movie "Dark Shadows' which came out in May. A terrible time for a dark, spooky movie to come out if you ask me. I think it was a PR mistake to not promote this for fall, considering the fall inspired make-up the film used.
I LOVE this thing. This book of make-up has been my best new toy this week. It's packed full of over 30 eye shadows, 6 blushes, a liquid liner, an eye shadow primer, and a brow highligher. All in one little booklet. With a mirror! The colors are perfect for fall, lots of dark, shimmery greens, plumbs and greys. And the lighter, highlighing colors are the perfect compliment. There are endless combinations of looks in this one little case. All I can think of is that I wished I had this a month ago when I traveled for a wedding. Talk about light packing, I could have brought this, my favorite concealer and lip gloss and been set for the week!
You can do a dark smokey eye, a light, purple-y, fun, shadow mix or a perfectly fall neutral look. It even comes with three looks from the movie with step by step instructions on how to achieve them. As I've noticed from many drugstore brands, check your pigment before you slap it on. I found, as I usually do, that some colors are very true and very pigmented, and some are deceivingly light or translucent. Mess up the back of your hand before you mess up your eye, trust me.
The shadow primer really works, blends in quickly and is surprisingly smooth without being oily. I've never been on to prime my lids (totally lazy) but this may have changed my mind. I found that the shadow stayed on much longer with the primer. I didn't prime yesterday, and by the end of the day, my lids were practically bare. But, with the primer, I got almost 12 hour coverage.
AAAARGH! I'm really sorry ladies. I was going to be back Monday AM and my flight was canceled. I had no power or anything. I was trapped in NYC. I just walked in the door. I have boxes to open and packs to mail. I apologize for the weeks hold up on mailings. Just when I thought I was ahead of the game with everyone I emailed.
I'm totally stressing out over this but my roomates said they will help me sort this week!!
I know this is annoying but I swear I am doing my very best and the packs will be great!!
I liked SANDY better when she was wearing a catsuit and becoming naughty at Rydell High.
Stacy B here! Everyone talks about how much they love fall, the pumpkin flavored everything, the leaves, crisp, cool temperatures, hot chocolate, sweathers and boots...but no one cares to mention the colds and flues that are lurking just around the corner. With all that cool air comes recycled heat in offices, airplanes, schools, banks, grocery stores, and they will get you. Flu shot or not, you are going to get a cold in the next few months no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Hopefully you're healthy and careful and your cold is just a minor 3-day annoyance, not a full blown, week-long attack on your immune system.
Either way, nothing ruins your make up like a stuffy, red, sore nose, watery eyes with bags the size of carry-ons under them. And who wants to put on make up and go out when you feel like your head is going to explode and you have an economy sized box of tissues in your bag?
Luckily, pro-active prevention and precaution can keep you looking your best. My review this week is not exactly a make up item, but it will help you avoid those things that make your make up null and void. I think I've talked about before, I believe that the best way to get your skin to look its best isn't a ton of product to cover it up, but a few select products on skin that's hydrated by drinking lots of water, glowing by eating the right foods, and fresh from a good night's sleep. Granted, we can't always eat and sleep as well as we should and that's where those extra products come in. But, if you take care of yourself from the inside out as best you can, your make up will only enhance your natural beauty. Which I know you all have!!
So, there's my highly qualified medical lesson. (disclaimer...I'm a training specialist for a software company, please take my 'medical' advice with a grain of salt! But not too much salt...it bloats you.) Drink water, eat your veggies, get some sleep and when you feel a cold coming on. Try this product. It's amazing.
I have been using, along with my husband, 3-year-old and 6-month-old, Ocean Premium Saline Nasal Spray. Any time we feel a little stuffiness, or some congestion, we get two squirts up the nose. It's really gross and creeps me out, but I do it because it WORKS. It tastes a little like you swallowed some salt water, but it clears you out.
It's late October and aside from some mild sniffles last week when the weather really turned, we are all cold free. Which is amazing considering between the four of us in the last month, we've been on 4 airplanes, in 3 hotels, in a doctor's office, in a new preschool with 15 other germ-y kids, at day care with 4 new germ-y babies, at an outdoor wedding in 48 degree weather, to 3 kid-birthday parties, in 2 offices that have switched from AC to heat and to one very wild and crazy bachelorette party. Not to mention the contact with people in every day situations like the grocery store, the mall, Dunkin' Donuts, etc.
Meg here! I have had a close call with fruit lately. First off, I am allergic to latex. Secondly, as a kid I absolutely hated banana's. My grandmother would not believe me. She would say "No one is allergic to banana's." She would then say that I needed potassium and make me eat the damn things. I never got outwardly ill, I just felt sick insde when I ate them.
Cut to 15 years later at my gyno exam. He asked me "do you have any allergies?" I answered "latex." He then said "Oh, you must hate banana's. They're full of latex." Bingo! I told you Gram!!
Allergies can get worse as you get older. I was just finishing up my brunch at the posh Sunset Marquis Hotel. There was a kiwi on my plate. A teeny little slice that was there for a decorative touch. I ate it. The rest of my party went to the powder room. Ironically enough, they were from New Zealand. I then felt my throat itch and swell and start to close. Great! Death by kiwi while brunching with Kiwi's, how ironic. I'm still here so no, I didn't drop dead but it was a scary experience. Apparently, those little suckers are full of latex. So I'm being more careful of the latex fruit list. I'm going to be really depressed when I can't eat tomatoes. Gosh, I love tomatoes.
However, since the "kiwi incident" I have been avoiding strawberries, mango's, avacado and yes, the dreaded banana. When I look back at sex ed, where the teacher puts a latex condom on a banana I have an anxiety attack. Thank God I never volunteered. That's just a lethal combo!
Raspberries are now (until I feel a throat tightening) my new go to! Why just this past Friday night LAFred and I went for margarita's and I ordered the purple raspberry one. Yum. Megsroomie was having a Halloween party at the house and I was too tired to be home for it. Friday's kill me. I can't keep my eyes open past 11pm.
I am a huge fan of Arcona! I am always really impressed with their products and I usually enlist a friend to try them with me. I'm all about the sharing the great results. Megsroomie and I were so thrilled a while back when we tried Arcona's Wine Hydrating Mask, I couldn't wait to get to LAFred's and try the peel!
After thoroughly washing my makeup off and patting my face dry, I squeezed out the Raspberry Peel and applied it all over my face avoiding the eye area. Initially it really stung. I got a little paranoid and said a silent prayer I wasn't having some new fruit reaction. I wasn't, fruit sugar is powerful stuff and it was eating away at the dead cell layer of skin off my face. After 2 minutes it the sting went away but I definitely felt a tingle for a good 5 minutes after.
LAFred felt only a slight tingle. My skin must be more sensitive and he is not aware of having any latex issues himself.
I left the peel on for the full 15 minutes and then rinsed it off with warm water. My skin felt like I had just had a facial! Really! My skin felt tighter but really clean and soft. If also brought a pesky whitehead to surface. Another organic win for Arcona!
Breaking up is hard to do. Let’s face it, only the rarest among us, handle ourselves well in the midst of a breakup. For the majority of us the days and weeks post-split become a haze of vodka-sponsored trips to the shores of Blackout Island, social media stalking and staged encounters in Trader Joes.
That’s why we deserve a pick me up.
Meghead and longtime friend of Meg’s Makeup Jo Piazza has penned her very first novel, “Love Rehab: A Novel in 12 Steps.” It will be released at the end of January just in time for every single gal’s favorite holiday—President’s Day.
But before the novel comes out, Jo wants to hear from you. She wants us to free ourselves from the bad feelings about our breakups by admitting some of the nutty things things they have done in the heartbreak haze of a breakup (drunken serenades, elaborate cyber stalking schemes that could rival Carrie Mathison, hand-stitching his name over and over again on a giant quilt that you send to his mom......that may have just been me).
There are some pretty great prizes too ($250 Juicy Couture Gift card, Rent the Runway Gift Card, Leonor Greyl hair products, Koret handbags, a bottle of Courvosier Gold and practically a year's supply of makeup from yours truly).
Meg here! I hate saying that because I always say it and also, you're all a bit mad at me because I haven't yet got your cosmetics out to you. All I can promise (and I stand behind my word) is you'll be happy once you get them. This is a HAUL!
Let's talk eyes. Eye Scream, you scream we all scream for eye cream!
Without eye cream I just scream. Period. It's not pretty.
The fine sensitive area under the eyes? Let's be frank, (hi Frank) it's like the tip of a Peter.
So thin and so smooth and so sensitive to the touch. You should never use a finger stronger than your ring finger to apply your cream. It's so delicate any touch with force can alter the skin (hi Peter.) We had a true arguement. UNTIL we realized we argued the same point! From Dawn at Beautyfrosting.
Michael Todd True Organics is the answer for all puffiness, dark circle and eyelines. My gorgeous friend Dawn at Beautyfrosting is so amazing and really speaks to the argument that Michael Todd True Organics Eye Treatment is the answer! She had two of us over debating eye cream.
While it produces noticeable, dramatic, results when it comes to line reduction, dark circle-correction, de-puffing and overall eye hydration and skin cell regeneration, its price point is totally doable at $38 for .5 fl oz.
Plus the fact that it’s cruelty-free and 85% organic makes me feel good about using it. Add in that celebrity plastic surgeon, Andrew Ordon, M.D., of “The Doctors” fame, says it “Tops my list of best eye cream treatments” and you have a winner in the war on anti-aging skincare.
A personal note? I love that after a particularly champagne-celebratory evening, the soothing, gentle, massage tip applicator helped break up my not-so-perky puffiness.
Within a week, it became a staple on my bedside table and a staple in my heart, as well.
Again, I say it so many times because it's true. Naural works just as if, not better than chemical.
Stacy B here! I ran out of my favorite lip balm last night. That's the worst. I could feel the curved edges lightly scraping my lips even after turning that little wheel at the bottom a dozen times. I knew it would happen, I've been using it forever but still, it's a hard thing to deal with. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who is very attached (and very territorial) about my bedside balm! Hubby's not even allowed to use it, and it's hidden away from my curious 3-year-old.
I have been using, religiously, every night for about 6 months now, the Jason Sunbrellas Lip Balm SPF 25.I know. No one needs SPF at night but this stuff smelled so good and lasted so long, it became my night time balm by default. I could put this on at night, sleep a full 8 hours (ha! I said COULD, not would...I do still have an infant) and wake up with lips that are moist, smooth, not chapped at all and ready for the day. Even while I'm still getting up at night now to feed a little one, I don't have to reapply throughout the night. One good swipe before it's lights out and I'm good for the day.
It has a great minty smell and flavor that is not too strong, doesn't sting or tingle like some mint flavors can do, and doesn't overwhelm you. The best part is it's all natural, so no artifical colors, no animal testing, nothing in there that will cause weird lip cancers or something and it really lasts. I've used this through winters, springs and summers and even in the dryest of New England winters, it worked. On weekends I'll put some on in the morning if I'm not wearing make up or haven't showered yet and I'm usually good for the whole day. Even through eating and showering, when I get around to it.
Fiche here! Meg asked me to check out this product when I asked her for a foundation recommendation. It’s called Rx For Brown Skin. And it’s not a foundation. But as I am more pigmentally endowed than Ms Megs, I knew where she was coming from and if it can polish the ‘ole mug, maybe I won’t need the daily spackle to fill in the cracks, anyway.
So here’s the run down: It’s a three step process. Not my bag. I try to avoid turning my bathroom into a chem lab. But at least I understand what each thing does.
Gentle cleanser – no hocus pocus here. A non-foaming, greaseless cleanser that doesn’t sting my eyes or over dry my skin. The website says it has “bright skin complex” and “Green tea.” That’s nice. I’m sure those things are very effective in RXing my brown skin but I don’t know if the 20 seconds on my face before I rinse it down the drain does all that much. Still, as a cleanser it does good. If you use a heavier/ long wear foundation, you might need to wash twice.
Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum – now we’re cracking open some eye of newt. MFA Complex (that means it’s highly educated, ya know), Hyaluronic Acid, and that neat-o Bright Skin Complex (soy and pomegranate- tasty snacks and good for your skin). Now, when I slap on something that claims to exfoliate intensively, I expect to be flaking off epidermis like a bad sunburn with a taste for revenge. Thankfully, I didn’t get so much as a tingle. I got a little liberal on the application and the result was a little shine on my cheekbones but otherwise, I didn’t really feel “intense” – and that’s a good thing.
Naturally Flawless Botanical Brightener – is it a moisturizer? I’m not sure. It says to use after the serum and before an SPF. Sounds like a moisturizer to me. It doesn’t list ingredients I recognize as moisturizers. Let’s see what the witches brewed into this potion: Melanostatine 5, Tyrostat, Beta-White. This divine trinity is supposed to reduce dark spots. And I can only hope they’ve been moisturizing me, too.
But you want to know the result. Well, first of all, ANY time I switch face products – cleanser, moisturizer, foundation – I break out for a few days. Except this time. No break out. It was super gentle and super effective. My skin tone did even out noticeably and the texture did get smoother. I’m not so sure one has to be that far on the brown spectrum to benefit. I think it might work for diminishing freckles on fair skin. But I can’t tell you that from experience, since I have neither freckles nor fair skin.
Meg here! I've been shouting it from the roof tops so I'm glad there's even more U.S. validation for our favorite luxury shampoo Leonor Greyl's Shampooing Reviviscence. The holy book of beauty, Allure Magazine has picked it as it's top luxury shampoo touting "a riot of oils that absolutely spoi hair!"
The Parisians have known the benefits of Leonor Greyl for over 40 years. When I was in Paris it was a no brainer that I would take a trip to see where it all happens. I took myself off to Leonor Greyl's Institute. If you're going to do Paris you might as well go where the tres chic get tres coiffed. The treatments offered go way beyond the standard cut and color. There's an actual treatment room where oils and hair recipes are painstakingly applied. Think a spa for your scalp.
I went back into the treatment room where my follicles were fully examined. This was no casual affair. There were mixing bowls and a meticulous diagnosis designed to heal exactly what was ailing my lackluster tresses.
It was both intense yet relaxing as I literally "handed my head over." Between the thick moistrizers being applied and the serene music being pumped, it was a complete spa experience. For your scalp.
The periodic head massages during my application made me so relaxed I started to nod off at a few points. At the end of my treatment, my hair was shiny and full of bounce. I was thoroughly relaxed and just left wondering "why the heck don't salons in America offer these treatments?" Really, it's like scalp shiatsu and the deep conditioning treatment left my hair gorgeous.
Things that make you go hmmmm. This wouldn't be a weekly jaunt but it would be a fabulous monthly splurge. If you don't have a trip to Paris coming up in your near future, no worries, you can bring the splurge stateside. Right in your shower, I'm not advising you to use Leonor Greyl's Shampooing Reviviscence EVERYDAY, because it is a splurge. Plus, I always like to shake it up a little bit with the shampoos. I'm not the only that notices if you use the same product day in and day out on your hair, it seems to stop working.
A little goes a long way, it is so emoliient and is packed with so many essential oils you only need a dab. Also, don't apply it below your ears! Just keep it really saturated on the top of your scalp and the conditioning oils will run through to your ends.
There's a reason celebrities from Jenifer Aniston to Madonna, all keep Leonor Greyl in their beauty arsenals. It works, it's natural and it's definite luxury.
Beauty editors of every major magazine have been touting the Leonor Greyl line as a "Must Have." I'm really glad the word is getting out to those beyond the gilded gates.
It's Sunday, I still have a ton of work left and a dinner meeting. Last week was nonstop from the second I got off the plane and while this week isn't as quite insane, it' s far from quiet. I know I'm not alone here. Especially when I hear you mother's talk, it seems like a shower or tub is the only break we are getting where the phone isn't ringing (LA is more of a text town) or dinging.