Meg here, so I wrote a story about my liposuction and everyone came calling! My phone is going crazy but here is a version of the piece I did for Harpers Bazaar. If anything bothers you, fix it. I hope you enjoy my journey and the silly movie to poke fun at myself!
I'm a Size Zero and Still Had Liposuction: Confessions of a Fat Skinny Person.
Reading the title of this makes me instantly dislike the author. Me. I sound self-obsessed, superficial and vapid. I know I’m none of those things, and this is why I’m sharing my story. As ironic as it sounds, I am actually comfortable in my own skin.
Plastic surgery isn’t for everyone. But say a genie showed up at your door saying “I will change anything physical about you, I’ll fix you the way that you want to be. I’ll make you smile when you look at yourself in the mirror.” Would you do it? No? Really? Well, Pinocchio, your nose just grew (not that you would consider rhinoplasty).
I started one of the first beauty blogs in the world.Megsmakeup.com spawned an industry. The reason I’m writing this and not flying to my private island on my Gulfstream is because I thought YouTube was a fad. Those Vloggers make fortunes and I could have been the first!
My job was to test potions and powders. I flew around the country and filmed national TV shows talking about serums and creams. I was always honest. When anyone asked what the best way to get rid of lines were, I would tell them the truth: Botox.
I've never been against surgical enhancements. Growing up I weighed 90 pounds soaking wet. The boobs never came so I bought some. I have terrible hair, so my luscious mane is all extensions. My top lip is skinny, so I have it injected to appear fuller. I also rescue dogs, give money to the poor and hand out sandwiches to the homeless. (See what society just did there? I was feeling judged).
And the fear of being judged is why every celebrity in this town denies having had work done. It’s just their “lucky genes” and “eating clean” that has kept them perpetually young and thin. I live here. I know that is complete B.S.
Everybody has their "body type" When I was confronted as to what mine was - apple or pear? - my answer was 'spider'. I have spindly, long chicken legs and arms. I have small bones. I buy my clothes in a size zero.
But I have a really round stomach so that I can't wear anything tight around the middle.
When I turned 38 I quit smoking and a sad consequence of that is weight gain. In my case, it was concentrated around my belly. Everywhere I went - the nail salon, the dry cleaner - I was being congratulated on a baby I was not carrying. The mailman asked me when I was due. The fact that I was so small everywhere else made my tummy - which I named 'Gus' - seem that much larger.
I followed the typical course of action: I hired a personal trainer, subscribed to a whole foods-delivery service. I went to the gym four days a week for five months. My arms became sculpted. My butt was toned. My legs were great. My stomach? The same.
I started getting discouraged. I knew it was time to call in the big guns. Enter Dr Marc Mani.
Marc Mani is a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, I know a lot of plastic surgeons. I’ve seen their before and after photos, I’ve interviewed them for magazines and TV. I’ve even been in a relationship with one. I’m the friend everyone calls when they’re looking for a recommendation.
The reason I picked Dr. Mani is because he’s like a nightclub with no sign out front. You have to audition to get him to work on you. He has sent more than a few friends out the door if he didn't approve of their decision to get work done. A close girlfriend told me that Dr Mani matter-of-factly informed her that if her boobs were any larger, she would "look ridiculous". Other surgeons are happy for the business. Not Dr Mani. He has to be convinced. I knew he would tell me the truth.
I walked into his office and changed into a gown. He stared at my stomach. Then he looked me straight in the eye and simply said “go back to the gym.” He would not be performing liposuction on me. “If it doesn’t go away after that then come back," he said, resolute.
A few months later, I went back. This time, Dr Mani gave me a different response. “Yes, that stomach is hereditary, part of getting older.” He paused and then pinched under my chin. “This is also fat you can’t exercise away. I’ll remove that as well.”
My chin? My God - I hadn’t even noticed that before.
“The smoking hollowed out your face. So I’m going to take the fat from your stomach and put it into your cheeks to fill your face out," he said. Then Dr. Mani touched the area under my eyes. “And while you’re under I’m going to give you a lower bleph.”
I nodded my head as though I knew what a “lower bleph” was. (It stands for blephoraplasty - the removal of bags under the eyes.)
I was glad Dr Mani pointed out these other areas that needed 'tuning up' two days before the stomach surgery. It gave me less time to obsess about it. But there was no question about having him do it. From what I had seen, Dr Mani does the most natural work in town.
Most people keep their plastic surgery a secret. Not me. I announced it on Facebook. I am in the beauty industry and have always believed in full transparency. Plastic surgery is a subject that a lot of women are curious about. I made a YouTube film about what I was about to do. I don’t think wanting to look better should be a taboo subject. Sure, I got a few snotty comments but more than that, I got tons of questions.
Meg here! I never can paint my own nails. I keep them short since I spend so much typing and usually get the nailpolish everywhere! I a simple "Why-Didn't-I-Think Of This?Liquid Palisade comes to the rescue! I had some great Nail Art done on me by my local salon Green Nail. @ms.nailsbyliz (her Instagram) painted me pink with yellow tips in honor of my Easter outfit.
She did a really cute job! How Easter Egg perfect! I was really happy with my results.
And then I went home and packed for my Easter weekend and promptly chipped them.
Great job Meg!
What am I do to to fix them? How would I get those perfect yellow lines straight? Liquid Palisade sent me some of their nail polish barrier and I finally could use it! I just bought some polish at the drugstore and voila! See my little Youtube (and I am going to try to do more videos so please subscribe if you could!! THANK YOU!!
End result? IT WORKED!! If you are a nail artist or nail technician or manicurist or anyone that does their names-GO GET THIS!
Meg here! Have you ever decided to just throw caution to the wind and say "Yeah, it is really expensive and not at all responsible but you only live once? True, you could live to be 100 and die broke but you could be hit by a bus tomorrow and you'll really wish you booked that spa appointment."
If you decide to indulge and be all hedonisitic and just plain crazy. Do it in Vegas. There are two ways to do Las Vegas. The first way we all know, party hearty, dance the night away, drink your head off. Recover in the morning with a Bloody Mary and start all over again until Sunday at the airport home.
The second way to do Vegas is better for those of us approaching or over the Big 4-0. Fabulous (quiet) restaurants and top notch shows. Smoke free, casino free- 5 Star Resorts. No hotel gets it more right on a more consistent basis the the ultra luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Every time I go to NYC (and I go there A LOT) I make my way to the lounge at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. There is no better view in the entire city. True, one cockatail is about the same price as a lunch meal but in this case, you definitely get what you pay for. Overlooking the park is noth short of breathtaking. At night it's all zen and just perfect. Trust me.
Know this about The Mandarin Oriental NYC, I would have to try the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. It's new, it's chic and it's quiet. I needed a place to take my boyfriend for his birthday weekend. He would rather cut off his own arm and beat himself to death with it before he would go to a Hard Rock Hotel. He's not exactly turning 21. Which is fine. Been there done that.
Joe is not exactly into being (his words) "all fluff & buffed."
I think when people say those things it is because they haven't been to the right fluff & buff..I was determined to change his mind.
I booked a day there, because I am THE ULTIMATE GIRLFRIEND. Also, I wanted to go myself so I'm not as altruistic as I may appear.
First of all, it's totally beautiful. I've been to a ton of spa's in Vegas and this one is, hands down, the winner by far. The actual space itself is spectacular. You are high above the Vegas strip, sorrounded by windows. Each room is more state of the art, than the last.
I booked The Art Of Romance, a Suite Experience. It was not only a Suite Experience but a Sweet one! Talk about turning someone into a "Fluff & Buff" fan. Everything was beyond fabulous. From the foot scrub to the massage-World Class. The spa technicians were so beyond accomodating. My boyfriend is very claustrophobic and the masseuses went out of their way to make him feel comfortable.
That's right! We were in the suite for over 3 hours! That's a lot of treatments. The women were experts and did everything to make us feel like Royalty.
Meg hair! I have to admit, I don't watch a ton of TV. It's not because I think I'm too intellectual for it, it's just between Facebook, Instagram and TMZ-who has the time. My boyfriend watches two shows, 60 Minutes and The Voice. Two shows I will never be on.
I actually recognized someone from TV when I was google-ing an image for Christine. For all you "The Voice" fans Cassadee Pope loves Christine Haircare and apparently, America Loves Cassadee Pope. She's got a great voice and great hair. I'm never going to have a great voice but I can have great hair (Disclaimer-this product works amazing but I never have "great hair" unless my extensions are in and I'll been to DryBar.)
With all the damage I do to my hair it's a wonder I have any strands left on my head at all! Hair damage runs much deeper than you know. And unfortunately most hair products on the market today merely offer “smoke and mirror” solutions to coat the problems- not fix them.
Personally, I don’t like “smoke and mirrors”. They’re bad for your hair and bad for your bank account. And I've quit smoking-So there's that!
Christine is a brand on a mission to bring real repair to hair care. Now that's something to sing about! They promise to dramatically restore youthful, healthy hair that you can see and feel. Their exclusive Life Complex® combines the most effective all-natural ingredients and is expertly formulated to penetrate deep through the cuticle layers (where other products just can’t reach) and ACTUALLY replenish the lost keratin and essential proteins you lose daily back into your hair. So they are truly rebuilding your healthiest hair from the inside out. That means REAL hair repair where you need it most.
Christine proudly introduces their exclusive Life Complex®. This is important because it doesn't strip color or loosen my extensions!
It is an expertly formulated combination of Keratin, Silk and Jojoba, delivering all of the essential proteins and nutrients needed to reverse damage and rejuvenate hair and skin. These 3 key, all-natural ingredients are the most similar to the hair and skin’s composition and the most effective to repair it.
Decades of salon and professional manufacturing testing has shown that these ingredients will give your hair back what it loses every day. You will have healthier hair than you ever knew was possible.
Meg here! 10 years ago I started Megsmakeup.com and I am lucky enough to be recognized as one of the (if not first) very first makeup blogs. Let me put this into perspective, when I started this blog, many people (most people) had never heard of "a blog."
Urban Decay and their amazing PR extraordinaire Tammy has been a supporter since before the time of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. My blog and Urban Decay have had a relationship lasting longer than most of my marriages.
I think that's because we're both able to recognize the awesomeness in each other and don't take each other for granted and don't bitch and whine constantly. But that's just my take.
Like all good marriages, Urban Decay and Megsmakeup.com have supported each other and supported amazing women! This is one reason why it doesn't surprise me one bit that Gwen Stefani and UD have joined forces on The Ultra Violet Edge.
If you have never tried an eyeshadow primer then there is no better place to start with the Original Holy Grail Urban Decay One! I used to think my disappearing eyeshadow was the 8th wonder of the world. I'd put it on, only to be absorbed into my oily eyelids seconds later. That was until I found this primer, they could call it "glue."
I took a trans-atlantic flight, my hair looked like I went through a wind tunnel. My clothes were a wrinkled mess. Fourteen hours later and I was tired enough to sleep at the baggage carousel. My eye makeup? It looked like I had just stepped away from a photoshoot. It's that good.
Go do something great for yourself and go do something amazing for other women in need! It's so often that Hollywood only gives back when they need to for Community Service. Last time I checked, Gwen Stefani had managed to keep herself off TMZ so she actually means it. HOLLA BACK GIRL!
Have you tried Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer? Tell the ladies why they need to buy this! You know, because it's awesome and because it's awesome to help other ladies!
Meg Hair! First, it was Katy Perry with the lavender or was it Kelly Osborne? Nicole Richie? I can't keep up with who started the purple craze. All I know is it opened a Pandora's Box of color that would make the Easter Bunny proud. I'm seeing all sorts of shades all over Hollywood. Maybe blondes don't have more fun... I needed to know the new color craze so I enlisted Celebrity Colorist to the Stars, Debi Dumas (clients are Chelsea Handler, Russell Crowe, Patti Stanger, Candace Cameron...)
She just moved to a new great location on one of the hottest street in Beverly Hills, to her new salon-Rossano Ferretti! She decided to go with a European based salon (Italy).Over 20 salons worldwide. Debi always likes sexy/sophistication/on trend...customized color tailored for each individual. Here is Hollywood's latest techniques, whether it's hand painted balayage hilights or foil, with some fun colors mixed in!
5 Dance Colors: Color with the Stars
Waltz: platinum w a hint of pastel ( cool pale blue, whisper of lavender). Very ethereal. Done by using an all over bleach and tone. A very grown up, couture look- think Grace Kelly, not Pink.
Jive/Contemporary: Modern, fun, playful soft waves with golden colors- sophisticated beach look. Done by painting on scattered sun kissed hi-lights of different blonde/golden brown hues
Tango: Intense red tones, of ruby, fiery copper, or merlot. Sexy and hot! Done by color blocking technique- back to back all over color, to add dimension to dull monochromatic tones- adds movement and breaks up a solid look- just like we are seeing in fashion for summer '15.
Meg here! Valentine's Day is right around the corner so today I'll be telling you about a natural product that boosts energy, makes nails and hair stronger, increases metabolism and IS GREAT FOR YOUR SEX LIFE!
True story, I was dating someone that was older (not that I don't do that now. I like them better older, they can't run as fast.) Anyhow, youthH2O approached him to do a "testimonial" for them. He said he that he would but first he had to try the product. I totally forgot about Maca being one of the main ingredients. I thought he was just going to use it and see about his skin and nails and the beauty angles. I forgot he was even taking the daily shots. About 2 weeks later, I couldn't get him to stop touching me. It was like I was hanging around a 15 year old, not a senior. I of course thought it must be me. I thought it ws my new perfume or lipstick or that I had finally got my greys covered. Nope. It was exactly 2 weeks later, the same timeline youthH2o had for seeing a difference in your body. I guess they couldn't write "See a difference in your sex life!" on the bottle. I think they should though, it is true and more people would buy it.
Why is it turning men all sexy like? What makes women more fertile? Why have my girfriends been sneaking Youthh2o into their husbands shakes? Maca. That's why. Google it if you don't believe me and you'll be shocked by all of the medical journals telling you the same thing (but all medical like and not with a story about sneaking it in shakes.)
Here is are the, ahem, hard facts of the history of the miracle of Maca.
WHO: Maca Root is an herb that is now emerging from obscurity and near-extinction to take its place among the most valuable herbs known to mankind. It has many health benefits but it's increasing sexual libido in both men and women.
WHAT: farmers in Peru noticed that when their animals grazed in areas where the Maca grew, they became much healthier, hardier, stronger, tended to copulate more, and had a much higher fertility rate. They decided to try Maca themselves both as a food and a medicine, and found that it made them much more energetic and stronger. It also made them much more sexually active and fertile.
Inca warriors knew maca could increase their stamina, and they ate the root before going into battle. Maca also increased their sexual health and virility. Legend has it that maca was kept from the warriors when they returned from battle to protect the women (They would rape the women.)
WHEN? Thousands of years ago, pre-Inca times, 8000 B.C. the power of Maca Root was discovered. It only recently has been rediscovered as one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet.
WHERE? Native to the Andean mountains of Peru. It has grown wild for thousands of years at altitudes of 11,000 to 15, 000 feet above sea level in extreme weather conditions such as freezing cold, snow, hail, intense sunlight and very strong winds, probably the worst weather in the world for growing anything. Despite these seemingly unfavorable weather conditions, the volcanic soil is rich in minerals and is free of chemicals, and the plant also benefits from the purest air, sunlight and rain in the world. Apparently, the tougher the environment, the more resilient the plant and the greater its medicinal value. Maca has the distinction and honor of being the highest growing food plant in the world.
WHY? With Valentine's Day approaching, you may like to know that in MEN-Maca NATURALLY increases sperm count, shrinks enlarged prostates, increases libido, aids in sexual functioning, and reduces anxiety according to recent research findings. Maybe the best thing about maca is that it does not work like synthetic ED drugs that produce hormonal changes that may lead to unwanted side effects. Maca has been shown not to change testosterone levels. (Phytomedicine, August, 2007)
In WOMEN-Similar studies show that females given Maca respond with increased regularity in cycles and easier ovulation. It also increases sexual libido and stamina.
I even went the whole nine yards and asked Manuel Villacorta (National expert on Superfoods and famous nutritionist if he has found this true. Here is what he told me- "As the author of two Peruvian superfoods books, Peruvian Power Foods and Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet, I have studied the health effects of maca extensively and have found solid consensus that maca is shown to increase libido in both men and women and has been regarded as a potent sexual stimulant for centuries, so it's no surprise that today it's known as nature's Viagra.
No maca supplement is created equal. And for that, I recommend youthH2O not only because it contains pure maca extract, but because it is a highly absorbable source of maca- optimizing the benefits of the root. I personally use it and I recommend youthH2O to my clients. And yes, their testimonials are resonating with maca research claims!"
You can buy a big bottle of this and add it into your daily shake or smoothy. I like the individual shot bottles so I know I'm getting the correct amount. Before, the taste was a little hard to take (all healthy stuff is, right?) They just came out with a new flavor "Blooming Apple" and it tastes as good as it is for you!
So if you're looking to amp up the lovin' give this a try for two weeks and be sure to report back to me. I swear to God, everytime I talk to the founder of this product-she's pregnant again! SO BEWARE!!
Meg here! It is THE BEST, the crown jewel of BB's and I have more friends asking me if I have "samples" of this more than any current item. The price is luxury and the product is as well.
Have you ever tried a BB? They go on light as silk, provide coverage to even out your complexion and the finest include SPF.
If you're like me (the laziest person ever) you welcome ONE product that acts as a concealer, a moisturizer and has protection from the sun. 3LAB Perfect BB is the finest product on the market to remedy all of your facial inperfections and protect you from getting new ones.
This BB is the HOLY GRAIL for everyone that's "in the know."
I am lucky enough to use 3LAB (see VERY USED BOTTLE.) I treat it like Seinfeld's Elaine using her "birth control sponge." Instead of asking "Is he sponge worthy?" (A lot of you are too young to remember but Elaine's favorite birth control was being pulled off the market.) I ask myself "Is today 3LAB BB Worthy?" IT'S THAT GREAT!
I was reminded how wonderful it actually works (coverage is remarkable!) When a friend told me how much she loves the product and regularly gets it. I believe she said "I can't live without it!" That reminded me that I had been saving my tube for so many rainy days, and then I remembered it doesn't rain in Southern California and I just should throw caution to the wind and use it!
So I used it, and then I remembered why I save it like a US Savings Bond or the diamond ring from my first marriage. They're all emergency funds-All items (like the guest hand towels) that we have to look at. Too pretty or precious or valuable.
My face is worth $95 a month! i have to stop thinking I grew up in The Depression. This is a 3-in-1. You're getting a moisturizer, foundation, concealer AND SPF (So it is a 4-in-1.) Downright cheap when you do the math!
We really shouldn't need a special occassion to treat ourselves to the best products out on the market! It's your face! People see that everyday and they deserve to see the best one you'll got! You deserve to have the best product to make that mug of yours flawless!
Meg here! Kimberly Parry Organics is a new brand...To me. It's not a new brand to the most exclusive spa's in the world! Yes, Terranea. Spa Montage. Canyon Ranch. Four Seasons. I've heard of them, you've heard of them-most importantly, they've all heard of Kimberly Parry Organics.
They're a number of items people are gaga for in this line but I have two I am using religiously. I know, I know, we are told we have to wash our face every night before bed. I'm sure you do this. I don't. I never remember to. Actualy, that's a lie. I remember to, I'm just tired and lazy so I rarely do.
Kimberly Parry Organics Cleansing Oil lives in my shower and is part of my morning wash routine (you know, the one I was ordered to do the night before but instead fell asleep full makeup face on.) With all the primer I use, my daily makeup is painted on like war paint. I've gotten all of the staying factor down to an art and it is not moving. "A refreshing cleanser for all skin types which also makes an excellent makeup remover.The oil cleansing method is a wonderful way to replenish and balance the skin.This wonderful product cleanses your pores of dirt and bacteria while replacing the dirty oil with nutritious oils that heal and protect your skin.When used consistently, Cleansing Oil will leave your skin healthy and balanced. "
I am completely bare faced by the time I step out of my morning shower. Not only that but my skin is feeling F.I.N.E.! The essential oils repair the stripping my dermis just took so not only was it a step in removing my makeup, it was like a mini spa treatment to heal my skin. Who knew being such a night time slacker was actually beneficial!
HOT TIP! My very famous celebrity dermatologist told me the following... Your face serum is most effective one minute after you get out of your hot, steamy shower. That's when you're pores are still open and the serum can seep in and be the most effective.
Step 2 that's making my skin look better than ever!
Kimberly Parry Organics Recovery Serum!Love this potion! LOVE. I have actually gone out WITHOUT makeup and had people comment how amazing my complexion is. My face doesn't look dull or grey or old. The serum seeps into my skin and it makes my face feel so soft. It is hydrating, soothing and I see a major difference from before I started this duo. It was like my face was a dried out dehydrated plant that needed wanter (if you will.) Here's the 411 on my miracle jar "A results oriented serum that absorbs quickly and delivers deep hydration and healing properties to the skin.This powerful combination of nourishing pure plant oils provides your skin with essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy and glowing skin. RECOVERY SERUM will promote new tissue formation, accelerate healing and give your skin a healthy glow. This is the perfect serum to use when your skin needs to recover from environmental stress, illness or natural aging process."
Since my skin has become um, "mature" I definitely notice when I skip my Recovery Serum. I guess it's like flossing. You're supposed to do it. You don't but then once you get in the swing of it you're committed.
Kimberly Parry Organics is obviously ORGANIC. Kimberly is an actual person. A very cool woman. She was in the corporate world and fley around the globe. Hotel to hotel. To unwind, Kimberly would visit each of her hotel's spa. Thus becoming a "spa junkie." These were some of the most expensive, prestigious spas in the world. Kimberly would purchase all of the products only to be left very disappointed. Kimberly left the corporate world and entered the world of organics. She learned the benefits of every plant and every oil. She became the ideal person to create a brand that high end spas needed. They need natural products that sctually worked. I can attest, they are working for me.
What spas have you visited and what products have you loved? Give Kimberly Parry Organics a try!
Meg here! Lipstick Queen is always a top choice for fantastic colors that go on smooth, don't feather and are both full of moisture and staying power. I've known Poppy King (the creator) for years and once you know Poppy, you understand how each tube of color is produced with love, determination, affection and the need to make you feel satisfied and beautiful. Here is a photo of Poppy and I from years back when she was launching in Beverly Hills Barney's. This photo is probably 6 years old!
There are many ways to find your perfect hue. Well, why not the stars, sun and planets to guide it? Lord knows we've tried every other way.
Lipstick Queen has always been my favorite Lippy and when they decided to coordinate color with the zodiac? Well, sign me up! I'm a true Cancer, hard outside shell but squishy center. I come off as a tough broad but inside I'm a softie. I take in both stray dogs and people and there has never been a charity case I couldn't open my heart or wallet for.
I gave searching for a "favorite color" up to my sun sign and let Poppy do her research! Without any ado, I was ordering her "CANCER" Lipstick trio. Marked as "Find Your Lip Color Destiny."
Every zodiac sign is represented with the items that you need. My collection of Three Lip Colors-SINNER (hot rose) JUNGLE ROSE (popaya coral) & ENDLESS SUMMER (aloha.) Well, these were colors that I never would have picked out for myself. Yet, once on my lips, each one brightened up my face and made me seem healthy and alive. I LOVE each shade. I adore them for not only the color but for the moisturizing glide on and the staying power! After a few cocktails, the intitial color is gone but the lipstick had turned into a stain so I am not bared lips. The colors, shine and durability are potent. I applaud Poppy for coming up with these astrological combos because (on a whim) I decided to give the "stars" a chance and what a lovely, winning combo it turned out to be! I played the dice and was pleasantly pleased! I would have never thought to add these colors to my arsenal and now I reach for one of them almost daily. Poppy does it again!
For under $75, this is a great gift for a beauty and horoscope obsessed friend! She'll get 3 amazing colors that are Barney's quality and prestige hand picked for her birthdate! This is a must have because it forces you to try a new set of colors that get you out of your comfort zone!