Stacy B here! I'm so embarrassed. I should be fired from writing on this site. I committed one of the cardinal sins of beauty.
I forgot to wash my hands after applying self tanner. For like 3 days in a row. So stupid of me! You know what happens, darker palms, orange spots between my fingers and weird splotches on the heels of my hand and wrists. I have been pretty annoyed for the past few days, everytime I look down I am reminded of my error.
I found a new natural tanner that I wanted to try, Nature's Gate Glow Lotion and I just dove right in. I guess I can state the obvious here...it works.
I think my mistake was trying it after getting out of the shower in the morning. We're like a well oiled machine in my house, my husband gets up and showers first, I get my younger son and lay him next to me for a few more minutes of sleep while we wait for my older son to get up. When I'm showering, he gets the kids dressed and fed and then when he leaves, I get them out the door and to wherever they are going that day.
Yes, you read that right, my husband does the breakfasts and outfits each morning. I am really lucky to have a very involved dad as a husband! I would be willing to bet he'd pass off the outfits to me if we had girls, but with two boys, it's not like you have to worry about accessorizing!
Adding a new step to my routine wasn't as easy as I thought. The first day my older son decided he wanted to dry his hair, too. I had to help him hold the hairdryer to keep him from dropping it because the air flow 'tickled his head'. The second day we were running late because both boys chose to sleep for about 15 minutes longer than normal and the third day, my younger son decided to flip himself over onto his belly and then scream in frustration because he was stuck like that. He's not quite strong enough to crawl but deparately wants to move. I had to rescue him.
Really, I'm just lucky that neither boy has tan handprints on them somewhere. Even if they did, it's a natural product so I wouldn't feel bad about chemicals on them!
This company has been around for 40 years and is based on botanical, herbal and floral products. I thought this was great when I read it on their site: "Our Certified Organic botanicals are farmed without the use of synthetic or inorganic chemicals, utilizing methods that naturally enhance soil structure, conserve water and mitigate climate change." Not only is it good for you, it's good for the planet!
The lotion has readable and recognization ingredients, like shea butter, apricot, almond and soybean oil and Vitamin E. I bet it's great for those of you with sensitive skin or allergies. It goes on very smoothly, is thick but not sticky, absorbs fast and smells great. Sort of a floral, citrus blend. Or as my husband said, "you smell like Key Lime Pie". Um, thanks?
Meg here! Have you ever had a "wish list?" I mean it's a "wish list" so you don't ever expect it to be fufilled. The people that have their "wish list" fufilled usually can't deal with the amazing results so they end up in rehab (no judgement, in fact, how the heck do people NOT self medicate. I mean really.)
I have had a couple of water tumbler glasses of wine and need to not only give a "Shout out" but also introduce a new member of family to our Meg Head bunch!
You all know Prudence. Well, right now she is drinking tequila straight from the bottle and planning how to piss on my head. She's not in a good mood. The Queen has been getting a bit big for her britches and while I love Pru more than anything in the entire world. She needed to be reminded that she was, MY DOG And that I was not hers (I'm bad with delegating.)
How could I make Prudence better?
At the same time, the battle of Prudence was taking over as lead supremacy leader of the house (she had a good run.) We needed a new roommate. Nick moved in.
I didn't know Nick at all. He moved in, I had to go to New York (as I do.)
God bless him. I'm not easy to "know" nevermind live with (true, you would never have to pay for another beauty product for the rest of your life.) I come with some perks.
I'm on these email lists of "dogs at the shelter about to be killed." They call it "Eauthanized." Whatever you want to call it. It's meaning is "death." I'm remembering David Sedaris who got the call about his cat. He pictured Chinese children hiding under desks when the vet called and said "have you thought about youth in Asia?'
The pounds of LA are the worst in the country. Once a dog is turned in they have 5 DAYS TO FIND A HOME or THEY ARE KILLED. I have breast implants and weigh 115 pounds, I was a Ford Model. I can't get a date in 5 days. This seems unfair.
I see the listing that my future dog is on the chopping block. This is the conversation...
Meg: (I've probably had a taste of wine) RESCUE MISSION! RESCUE "CHOPPER!"
We go to sleep. Separately by the way. I call the shelter. They wont even do a "hold." It's a race against time to save Chopper.
End of story? We saved him and he's fantastic. End of story? Nick came with me, drove and he's amazing. Even though we got lost a bunch on the way to Harbor Shelter.
WHAT IS YOUR POINT MEG? It's just this, we all need saving. Everyone of us. Sometimes the very best thing we can do to help ourselves is help someone or something else.
WHO IS NICK? He's my new roommate that write's "Manly Mondays." (he's hysterical.) Most importantly, he's good and kind and will wake up early to drive 3 hours to help you save a dog. He's a wonderful person and now we have "Chopper!"
Who is Chopper? We don't know much about me. Someone probably hurt me at some point. I get scared. I'm very, very good. I like to drive Prudence nuts. Just happy to be alive!
Meg here! I just wanted you all to see my powder room. I love languishing in my deep soak tub as I eat grapes and sip champagne by my roaring fire. Sexy music is usually playing as I stare out the windows of my slice of Heaven. I have a great, big cashmere blend robe waiting for me and my towels are imported from Turkey. Jacques is just a bell ring away. He's so amazing at scrubbing my lower middle back.Every bath time should be an experience so I just wanted to let you not only know, experience and really see mine. It's fabulous...And then the alarm goes off and I wake up. It was all a dream!? What?! Nooo!
Cue Dolly Parton
"Tumble outta bed
And stumble to the kitchen Pour myself a cup of ambition Yawnin' and stretchin' and try to come to life
Jump in the shower And the blood starts pumpin' Out on the streets The traffic starts jumpin' With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5"
Sorry if now that song is stuck in your head for the rest of the day. I love me some Dolly. But, 9-5? She's a little lazy. I've been working all day and now I'm blogging at 10:30 pm. Jacques!?!?
I love my shower time. My shower, while not a strung up hose, is not much better. I live in an older house and once the water is hot and steamy I hop in. I get a good 2 minutes before I'm cursing NICK!LISA!!SHUT OFF THE SINK!! (the kitchen sink.)
To where I get the reply "Oh, sorry! Didn't know you were in there!!"
After 30 seconds water pressure resumes and I'm not left shivering in my 1930's shower. Jesus, if I took this shower on Antiques Roadshow I'd probably be a millionaire.
So no, my powerball ticket has yet to give me the bathroom pictured above. But once that damn lottery pays off, it's on my top ten of purchases.
I'm going to take lemons and make lemonaide! Or make Thymes NAIA. It is a floral/citrus fabulous lemon/flower invigorating scent. I love Thymes. I have yet to be let down on any of their products. When I grab my loofah sponge and pour this on, if I shut my eyes for a minute , while it deliciously lathers and suds up-I am transported.
It makes my limbs not only sudsy but silky and even though my tile has probably had Mary Pickford as a guest at some point. I feel luxurious and new.
The clear bottle packaging looks very lush and the scent? Well, this baby gets 5 out of 5 stars from independant reviewers and this sums it up "Think of a cool morning in a lush garden after a rainfall and the sun is just starting to kiss the flowers and evaporate the moisture into the air with all the crisp and delicate aromas...this is what this product conjures up in my mind. What a glorious way to start the day or wash away all the stress at night! LOVE IT!!!!"
Don't take my word for it (but your here, so might as well.) It's a really great gift for under $20 for anyone that has a shower. Even if the plumbing is from the 19th Century.
While it will make your wet body and your entire powder room smell fantastic. I did the test. I asked Nick to smell my arm after I had dried off, put my PJ's on and 45 minutes went by. "You smell clean but I can't smell anything else." It will not compete with your perfume. If you want it to? You can go "all Naia" Thymes has the complete set!
From bath salts to soap bars to cologne to even a home fragrance, you can become a true Naia Girl! I just might. I'd rather my house smell like Naia than "dog pee." Yup, I just rescued another one! His name is "Chopper" pics soon!
Meg here! Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for you and your support and comments! Today I'm talking holiday beauy with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the iconic shade of Cherries In The Snow. When I opened my pack from Revlon I was thrilled. I've been a fan of Cherries In The Snow since I was borrowing it from my Gram's vanity since I was 7 years old. The color is really great for the holidays and I always get tons of compliments when I wear it.
It goes on smooth and seems to make my teeth look whiter, as a coffee drinker and disgusting smoker, I need all the help I can get.
Lipliner has gotten a bad rap ever since the mid 90's. Am I the only one that remembers when women would line their lips with brown eyeliner and then fill in with a nude lip? Lord, that was awful, you know what was also pretty bad? When ladies mismatch shades. You don't want your liner to be darker than your lip color. When done properly, lipliner is a girl's secret weapon. I like to put it on after I've applied my lipstick. Revlon Colorstay Lipliner really does the trick.
Meg here and I have a secret to tell you. Some inside information...
"I have stupid apple magnets all over my fridge!"
"If I get one more lame apple picture frame I'm going to scream!"
"Seriously, like I'm going to wear apple earrings?"
"Thanks for this bedazzled apple sweatshirt. Yes, so clever. Awesome."
Um, if you're looking for a teacher's gift and you don't want them to off themselves, please divert from the cutesy apple schwag. A. You're not being original. B. Or get them something ridiculous like Apple's Ipad Mini. They hate that apple swag crap. Trust me. Apple stock or Ipad not in the budget? Then shake it up. Stand out, bring them pumpkin.
Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion is a beautiful testament to an underpaid, noble woman that probably doesn't have an extra $48 to spend to pamper herself. The package is excellent, the brand is organic and it looks and feels like luxury.
You could paper me in thousand dollar bills and sprinkle diamonds on top and I'm still not spending more than 30 minutes in a room full of seven year olds, so listen up...
I don't have the greatest sniffer, it probably doesn't help that my first words were "does anyone have a lighter?" I applied Arcona's Pumpkin Body Lotion on. It's not greasy or sticky and dries almost instantly, my skin felt soft and healthy.
The scent? Um, google Men and Pumpkin scent. Honest to God, articles come up that say "Men are more aroused by pumpkin pie than your favorite perfume." Blood flows quicker to a man's second head with the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon more than anything. Google it. I speak the truth. Just in case your child is in the care of a single, spinster educator with lots of cats-help a woman out!
Because I take my job very seriously, I did some reasearch walking around the Rage Cage (my house) yelling "Smell me you guys!!" I even stopped my neighbors doing laundry and asked them to take a whiff of my arms. This girl will stop at nothing I tell you...
"Ooh, you smell like the holidays, yummy holidays."
Meg here! Usually it takes me at least 2 months to break down a man. Much like the military, I believe you have to "break them down to rebuild them better." I mean, duh. So when my new roommate Nick moved in I thought I would have to coerce him into his next "product man whore" role. It's probably because of his cross country move and he already feels slightly weary. I have never had such success in transforming a man into a product genius. I also must confess, I have taken the liberty to try this product myself. You know, for journalistic reasons, in the case Nick didn't accept his mission. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact this smells divine no matter what your gender. As with all things, Nick delivered! So here is his review on Arcona Exfoliating Facial Scrub Productivity. Because ladies, the holidays are almost here so here's a tip for a gift for your guy!
Nick here! To be honest I've always considered myself too much of a manly man to concern myself with exfoliating my face. However, the last time I was getting my eyebrows waxed, Soleil, my charming beautician, suggested that I begin exfoliating 2-3 times a week to help with my clogged pores and oily complexion. I stubbornly retorted that I didn't think it was necessary to exfoliate since I used a daily face cleanser. Now Soleil (Soleil? I guess Nick visits New Age facialists) could of let me waltz out of there a naive fool but instead she patiently explained the differences and necessity of using gentle exfoliation to rejuvenate the skin...that day I left behind not only my ignorance but also my boyish complexion. Fast forward 10 years later and here I am reviewing Arcona's Exfoliating Facial Scrub appropriately named "Productivity."
The first thing that I noticed was the fruity berry aroma (I do like smelling every thing first) coming from the cranberry and raspberry enzymes, which according to the bottle unclog and minimize pores...Soleil would definitely approve. The purplish grayish tint comes from the volcanic minerals that gently exfoliate your face, and to top it off Arcona has added salicylic acid--an acne fighting staple-- to cleanse and purify the skin.
Now Ive tried different exfoliation cleanses and the reason I've never been a fan is because most of them use harsh exfoliaters (see apricot scrub) leaving my face raw and irritated (please remember me as a manly man)(We're trying). However, the fine minerals in Arcona's facial scrub have a gentle sandy quality (think Hawaiian beach) that leave the skin feeling smooth. Not even the manliest man wants sandpaper on his face!
After using the scrub three times a week for the last couple of weeks my complexion seems to be improved but better than that my face feels good....and really at the end of the day guys just like feeling good.(Guys just want to "feel good?" You don't say.) So I definitely recommend this as a gift for the holidays because as Soleil says "only a real man exfoliates."
Stacy B here! In true New England fashion, we went from snow to 68 degrees in less than 3 days last week. My hair got flat and static-y, then wavy and frizzy. My skin was just as confused and went from normal, to sticky in the humidity and then dry and irriated in the cold air.
After the crazy weather, I notice my skin wasn't recovering very well. And not in an acne, breakout way, but on my arms and legs in more of a 'am I dry? am I oily? am I cracked? is this winter? is this summer? What is going on!?' kind of way. The backs of my arms had those yucky dead skin bumps and my knees and elbows were dry and splitting but my face was getting oily and so was the skin around my ...um...ladies. ;) And after two kids, the girls deserve to be taken care of!
I had to do something, I'm in for a long, dry winter and didn't want things to get worse.
I've had success myself and with my kids using Sebamed products, so I found a SebaMed Cleansing Bar for Sensitive Skin. I chose it because it was moisturizing, for my dry parts, had the right pH balance to erase my oily parts and was mild with natural vitamins and amino acids to sooth my skin and get it back to normal.
This has a really light scent, is curved to fit right in your hand and lathers up really well. I like my bubbles. I need bubbles. If I don't see bubbles, I don't think it's working. The best part was even with all the bubbles, it washed away entirely. The bubbles were thick and creamy and rich and made me feel really clean and pampered.
After I got out of the shower, my skin felt moisturized and smooth. After a few days, everything was back to normal. The dry skin bumps went away, I could bend my knees and elbows without fearing a crack and any oily spots were gone, too.
This bar is still going strong and I'll probably invest in a few more to get through the next few cold, snowy months. They are a bit on the expensive side, about $14, but they last and they really do work. If I rotate between this bar and another soap, I can stretch it out a bit and still reap the benefits.
Meg hair! My friend Dawn over at BeautyFrosting.com has turned me on to Tresemme's Style Studio. I am not one for how to You Tube's. Honestly, they annoy me. I can never seem to duplicate the "effortless" looks that those guru's show. Don't even get me going on the "hauler girls." Yes, amazing. You bought shoes for 20% off at Steve Madden, I don't give a rat's ass. Then I am shocked to see like a million views on YouTube so apparently, I'm in a minority. Wouldn't be the first time right?
When Dawn was telling me that I should check out Tresemme's Style Studio, I wasn't prepared to be impressed. First off, there are few things in life that annoy me more than my hair (second one is punctuality, I am ALWAYS on time. I have a panic attack if I think I'm even 5 minutes late.) Generally, if I am at the drugstore and in need, I do pick up Tresemme. Their products do work really well. I'm currently loving their Extra Firm Hold Hairspray AND I LOVE THAT THEY DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS!Even though Prudence has been a little naughty lately. The new roommate has been calling her "RUDEnce" lately.
Any how, I just spent the last 30 minutes on the new Tresemme Style Studio. Since I am accused of having A.D.D. constantly, this is quite a testament. The site is laid out really well. Extremely easy. If you have hair you can do this. I think that the tutorials are step by step and the camera zooms in so you can actually see what the heck they're creating. The longest one I watched was just over 3 minutes so even with my fruit fly attention span, I can watch and learn through the entire process.
I'm totally trying this Bombshell look for my next hot date (or any date-can someone call me?) They even have a handy mirror app that your web cam has. You can work right along, side by side, with the pro. GENIUS!
As if that's not enough, there are over 100 how to videos. But not from a shrill 22 year-old OMG! The categories are pointed specifically for your hair type and then you can search by style or even occassion, in case you need some ideas or inspiration. Tresemme even shows you the exact products that they use and how to exactly use them. It's pretty great knowing that none of these are going to break the bank.
I love when companies are actually trying to help us and not just "sell" us. I feel like they want me to look great and since I am hair challenged, they want to empower me! They love me and we are really BFF's right now and OMG Look at my Steve Madden's!
Meg here, holidays are coming up and if you need to fill a stocking but don't want to go with Old Spice, I've got a treat for you! I have a new roomie. His name is Nick and he is from NYC. Never one to miss an opportunity, I decided he would rate "man products" for the holidays. He didn't have much of a choice, I know where he lives. So let's welcome Nick on his first megsmakeup.com review!
Hi everyone! I just moved in with Meg and apparently along with the 12x15 bedroom and garden view, I also inherited a basketful of male products and an editorial position with Meg's Makeup. Meg claims that I'm the first man she's asked to contribute to "Manly Mondays" championing the under represented voice of the male hygienic perspective; however, knowing Meg, I'm hardly her first. (ha ha Nick, I never said you were the first. Keep it up though and you may be the last.) Nevertheless, I'm still honored to take on such a huge responsibility of sharing my male viewpoint on expensive sounding products with the Meg Heads...so without further ado...
Finally! I've been waiting anxiously for Jack Black to get into this space and was so excited to try these products since I'm such a huge fan of his movies.
To be honest, I've personally never ventured out of my shaving cave where I was born and bred on the Gillette brand. So I was very nervous to stray away from my roots especially when I found myself staring at something called beard lube. I'm sorry Jack, I loved you in Nacho Libre, but "beard" and "lube" are two words that organically don't go well together. I mean most guys are worried about being judged for purchasing weird sounding condoms ( see ultra ribbed ecstasy)...you throw beard lube in the mix and all bets are off with the store clerk. Nevertheless, after getting over my initial reaction to the name, I noticed that this is in fact a 3-in-1 shaving product acting as a pre-shave oil, shave cream, and skin conditioner which is wonderful for someone like me who loves pre and post shaving products but is honestly too lazy to use them rushing in the morning. Also, I like that this product states on the front label that it contains Jojoba and Eucalyptus, which though I have no idea their actual skin benefits, it sounds expensive and salubrious (boom thank you word of the day calendar). I mean heck the most I can expect from Gillette is maybe touting aloe vera which I feel was so five years ago.
Now after using the lube for over a week, I have to say that I really like it a lot. It has a masculine aroma with hints of what I assume is eucalyptus and it goes on clear without feeling too heavy or greasy. The most addicting quality, however,is the cooling sensation from the menthol which actually seems to be infusing my face with healing oils and nutrients instead of drying my skin. And I have to say because the product goes on clear, I have missed fewer spots being able to aim the razor more precisely. Now as I sit here writing this post, with probably the softest and healthiest skin I have had since starting to shave, I can't help but wish I could go back in the cave ignorantly shaving with thick, pore-clogging gels because it would be an easier existence....ignorance is certainly bliss. However, I have entered the light of Meg's Makeup and there is no going back. So here I am pining away enthusiastically over more beard lube from Jack Black.
<CORRECTION> It has been brought to my attention that Jack Black is not affiliated with the actor of the same name.
So Nick, is this something women should consider for their man's holiday stocking?
No, if a guy likes this than his boyfriend will buy it for him!
Stacy B here! I'm not sure what I'm more excited about this week, no more annoying election ads or the fact that it SNOWED a little on Wednesday! I heard the forecast for snow and was not all that pleased, it's still fall! And it's early November! Too early for that kind of cold and precipitation! But....then I saw the flakes and instantly I was a little kid again. All I wanted to do was run out of my office and play in it!!
It's like the unofficial start of the holiday season now. Even though it's supposed to be almost 60 again on Saturday...whatever, New England weather keeps me on my toes. But you know what this makes me think of? Sparkly, festive, holiday make up!! Perfect parties, glittery dresses, fancy heels, furry mittens and holiday martinis! Presents and snowflakes and lights!
Someone needs to talk me off the holiday ledge. Or at least get me a spiked hot chocolate and a fancy eye liner.
NYX to the rescue again. I got their Glam Liner Aqua Lux Collection and its' perfect for the next few weeks! No, it didn't come with spiked hot chocolate, but since this product is so easy to apply, I'll have time to make my own.
Normally I hate liquid liners, I just don't have the steady, or artistic, touch. They get all over my face, they are never even, they bleed all over the place, it's always a total failure. But, this is not bad. It's glittery, so the need for precision is not as great as a straight black or deep color. You can be a little imperfect and it's OK.
I was really anxious to try this so I couldn't wait for a holiday party. I threw caution to the wind and wore this to work. I did apply it VERY lightly and smudged it a bit, but I did it. I have a fellow make-up lover who sits about 4 doors down and before she even got all the way in my office, she was gushing over this liner. She loved it and said it was really cute, for day or night!