I used to be a lipstick girl. Strictly lipstick! To me, gloss was a gross, sticky substance that did nothing but get stuck in my hair and bleed down my face. Then I got bit by the gloss bug! Brightening! Plumping! Shiny! Moisturizing! Breath freshening! Tinting! Flavored! Staining! And I just bought one that attracts men! (I kid you not). I will spend $50 on a rube of this shiny goodness with a clear head!! My glosses make me feel like a fickle, giddy school girl. One week I love one, the next week it’s banished from my purse only to be replaced with another! So, needless to say, my lipsticks have taken a serious back seat to the glosses in my life. We were on a trail separation. We had irreconcilable differences. We were...ESTRANGED!
Upon opening my last package of goodies from Meg's Makeup to test, I noticed a shiny red tube of lipstick. It was Lipstick Creme from Lola. I opened the tube and a little mirror popped out of the top. Brilliant. I checked the shade, Pout, and saw it was a gorgeous neutral shade. Tears of joy sprung to my eyes! I called my make-up therapist and scheduled and appointment. I am happy to report that Lipstick and I have worked it out. I have come to realize that there is enough room in my make-up bag for gloss and lipstick alike, to reside in perfect harmony!
Here’s what Lola says about their Lipstick Crème:"Treat your lips to the creamy smooth feel of Lola's full coverage LIP CREME lipsticks. Made with uncommonly deep pigments, our stay-true shades come in matte, shimmers and nearly nude neutrals, and with a mirror right inside the cap touch ups are a snap - anywhere".
And on a side note, I tried it as a cream blush and it was gorgeous!
Ladies Please post your reviews for Lola Lipstick Creme!
Its oil free matte foundation created especially for Asian women or really any women with yellow undertones, it just cracks me up that Larry from Zhen sent it. Don't ask me why I thought it would be a Liann or Sandra, it just tickled my funny bone that is comes from Larry. So I will say this " The always luscious and lovely Larry from Zhen sent Megsmakeup out some of their fab Oil Free Matte Foundation .
I have no idea whether I have yellow undertones. I do know that I am not Asian.
However, not knowing either of these things did not make me stop my smile upon receiving the Zhen box. For one thing it's a water based foundation. I love that! Water base always tends to blend so well and doesn't give you the orange mask look. The real coup for this O'Brien was that I found a shade that matched me pretty darn well! I said O'Brien not Wang so even though it is touted as an "Asian" brand, they do have 5 different flattering shades that work on women whose relatives did not harvest rice but potatoes. Whatever, they're both carbs.
The packaging is very matter of fact. With all the bells and whistles going on these days I actually rather liked it was a standard bottle. No latches, nothing popped out at me and they didn't stick a Buddha statue head on the knob or anything. It was just a straight-up, long wearing foundation. I was pretty happy Zhen targets Asian women because I know a lot of our Asian testers were happy to finally receive a product designed with their skin needs predominately in mind!
Here's what Zhen says about their oil free matte foundation.." After applying foundation, set with face powder for longer lasting coverage and a polished finish
Ladies, please post if Zhen Foundation made you say Om!!
I am not VocalistMeg. I am just regular, plain ol' Meg. VocalistMeg is bringing us a new feature on-you guessed it! Mondays. Those ads on TV? The snazzy coupons in the back of Star Magazine? Internet Miracles? VocalistMeg will tell you...DOES IT REALLY WORK? This Monday she tackles hair removers! Welcome VocalistMeg! Love, Meg
Today my friends, we begin with hair removal products. Which ones work and which ones belong on the - Not even if you paid me - list? Perhaps our most unsightly problem and the biggest pain to deal with is that “hair, hair, everywhere”! Being of Portuguese descent, I can safely say that I am one seriously hairy chick and an excellent candidate for all of your hair removal questions. You name it, I’ve tried it. Allow me to be your “virtual test dummy” and save that hard earned dough for your next Sephora binge!
Laser Removal - ( $300 per treatment ) After a Tucson Monsoon caused a tree to topple over and squish my little Mazda last year, I was granted the rare opportunity to pay for a complete set of laser treatments with the insurance money. The difference between Laser treatments and Electrolysis? “Lasers seek a contrast between hair pigment and skin to identify the hair it must destroy, so it works better on patients with fair skin and darker hair. For all of you tattooed women out there, remember that Lasers focus on pigment and you cannot be lazered over any type of tattoo. Although I am hairless on my legs and face, I will have to shave over the tattoos on my right leg until I can afford Electrolysis.If your whiskers are clear or blonde, Electrolysis would be a better option for you too. I prefer laser because that is what I had done to my face and legs.Unfortunately, I forgot to spring the money for my pits and spent my wedding day hiding the dark shadow under my arms!
Laser hurts, but it is totally worth it! It really works and I would do it for the rest of my life if I had to. I consider it no more painful than a rubber band snap. But lucky for me, my laser center is right across from a popular bar.
Your average laser treatment is not only costly, but time consuming. In between sessions, you cannot wax, pluck, thread - etc... You can only “Shave”.Doesn’t sound that bad when you’re getting your legs done, but keep this in mind if you plan to get your face done. It was humiliating to me when I had to sneak my razor to the shower to shave my chin. I was so afraid my “then fiancé” would walk in and freak out. I kept picturing myself accidentally slicing my throat over something startling like a knock on the bathroom door.
Epilators - ( $50 - $100 ) Hurts like a laser (maybe even a little worse) but costs less to buy and own than ½ the fee of one laser session. The image of this Emjoi is the EXACT one I own and used. (Before getting laser treatments). It works wonders! I noticed my face is way too sensitive to use this on my lip or chin - but on the legs, I say “go for it”. If you do want to try it elsewhere, it is imperative that you do a test spot first. My entire face looked like a pizza after a quick run across the cheeks! I am referencing a website for you to learn more about this product; (www.folica.com/Emjoi_Silken_Re_r368_1.html)
Threading - ( $12 - $25 per visit ) While I am all for waxing, threading is great if you are sensitive to wax, but my personal experience is that my face breaks out with both and the threading tends to miss the really fine hairs. If you are pretty Savvy with keeping things even and you have sensitive skin like me, I highly recommend the at home pre-waxed, pre-shaped, strips by Surgi-Wax. It is quicker than time consuming plucking and it is very well priced at your local drugstore. Despite my skeptiscism, these are very easy to use and my sisters are always begging me to share. That’s my best pick if you ask me!!!
Cream Removers - ( $30 - $50 ) I tried the expensive HSN advertised “Liquid Laser” and - while it did remove my hair, it did not do much more than its cheaper competitors. It also smelled worse than your typical perm solution. The scent was not what they advertised as “Pleasant”. It was more like a cow-pie in a pretty package... When it comes down to it, a razor is much safer and healthy to use than those cream removers. If you insist on using this type of product, just stick with your Drug Store’s selection. You will be glad you did.
I won’t bore you with a “Razor Review”.I just had to let you know that the Gillette Fusion really lives up to its claim. If you are not interested in investing the big bucks into your laser hair removal just yet, then this should be your first buy the next time your Sunday paper offers a coupon. (Which is often) They also have a Money Back guarantee: http://www.gillettefusion.com/us/moneyback/moneyBack.html
Thank you for letting me share my thoughts. I hope you found my opinions helpful and entertaining. If you have any ideas, questions or products you want tested, please leave a comment! For personal advice or relationship questions, please feel free to ask me at AskMeg@Mail.com. Meg put me here to help and I am at your service!
Ladies, what hair removing trick is your favorite?
I'm proud to introduce the Sunday Sermon with Tashagogo! She's letting us all in on her miracles! Love, Meg
Good Morning to all of of you gorgeous women (and HOM)of Megsmakeup. It's Sunday and I’m feeling the need to preach!
In my never-ending quest for youth I will literally try anything, no matter how much it hurts, how expensive it is, how bad it smells, how bad it tastes, or if it makes me look really ugly while I'm doing it. Can I get an "amen"?
About a year ago I started researching the net about natural remedies. I was having problems with my stomache bloating and cramping. My tummy was feeling big time awful and I didn't want to take any prescription meds. I know that they cure one thing and give you another problem in the process. I found a website that explained the benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar. I ran out to my local grocery store and bought a bottle (without fully reading all the website's info of course)...I was on my way to getting this poor, abused tummy in better working condition!
Ladies if you would like to try the ACV therapy...make sure you buy Organic ACV.Take my word for it. You don't want to buy Heinz brand, there is absolutely no health benefits in distilled ACV. You'll DIE!!!! Ok...You won't die, but you'll feel like you want to, it's awful! Way too much acidity. I order mine from the Bragg website: www.bragg.com.
As I started taking the ACV, my tummy problems really subsided-almost instantly. Then I started reaping even more benefits that I didn't know were supposed to happen. My hair got super shiny and wasn't falling out in huge clumps in the shower anymore. It also felt really clean the next morning (even after not showering since 7:00am the day before. It was winter and I wasn't getting sweaty. Don't think I'm a stinky piggy..oink,oink). My scalp had never felt so clean. Next, my skin! My God! My skin was so soft, glowing and rosy!
AVC is said to also help allergies, sinus infections, sore throats, high blood pressure (I know this for a fact because it helped my hubby's high BP) increased energy, any muscle pain, arthritis, asthma. The list goes on and on! For me, this is a miracle! We all need miracles...don't we girls!!
This is the hard part....ACV tastes awful. There are ways to make is more palatable. Try to take at least 2 tablespoons per day (I take 2 in the morning and 2 at night). You can mix it with honey and add it to a bottle of water. Sometimes, I put it in a shot glass, cover my nose, drink it really quick and then chase it with a cup of OJ.Anything that I can drink out of a shot glass makes me feel good for some reason. I also will add it to hot tea. It tastes pretty good with apple tea and honey. Add grape juice, OJ, ginger ale or any other juice or beverage that you like. The important thing is to get it down the hatch! You'll get very creative! The health benefits are endless.
Give it a try and tell me what changes you've noticed in your everyday life due to the ACV. I swear by this stuff. I'm not getting older without a fight, that's for sure!
P.S. Please try to drink your ACV mix within 10 minutes. It's not good for teeth enamel, but it cured me of my stomach ulcer and bladder pain...Woo-hoo! Added bonus, it also makes your lady bits (downtown) feel very fresh and clean!
Ladies, tell me what natural remedies you swear by and if you've tried the miracle that is ACV!
I am so happy to introduce the new Saturday's at Sephora with Kate2004rock! Who better to let you know what's going on over in that slice of heaven better then the lucky lady that works there! So be sure to ask any question, post any thought or just let her know, Yup, Kate you do rock! Here's her dl on life at Sephora! xoxo Meg
rs of Luxury Beauty and Megsmakeup - and of course those bargains too! It’s me, kate2004rock, your resident Sephora resident.Yep, I practically live there. Sometimes against my will and against all financial advice (maybe I should buy gas. But you know, I get so much more mileage out of a lip/cheek stain anyways!) I’ll be coming to you live every Saturday with the latest scoop from Heaven in a Shopping Center: Sephora.
I was thinking just the other day, when Meg told me she had an idea. I had this mental image pass my mind of the cover of The Babysitters Club series’ first book: Kristy’s Big Idea. I was in the Babysitters Club club. Every month I received the next three books and an assortment of BSC goodies: notepads, pencils, some of which I randomly find sometimes when going through drawers. Except I picture the whole thing as Miss Meg Makeup and all her beauty-obsessed friends who decided to start a club and sit in Claudia’s room and eat her stash of junk food (liquor)and pay 50 cents per week in dues. Yep, Meg’s Idea was just like that and I am so super thrilled to be a part of it! To Sephora--
This week began the voting for the 2007 Best of Sephora awards. So make sure you stop on over to Sephora.com and vote for the Best in Beauty. That way in the fall when the store displays and the website become dedicated to the winners you can a) feel smug because you were using that product ages ago before it was popular or b) feel smug because you use the better product that didn’t win and KNOW that you are more beautiful than the next girl. Plus, when you vote you’re entered to win $1000 gift card and one of every single winning product! Hells yeah!
Also, Dallas, Chicago, and Portland residents may ignore this, because its old news and you’ve had it for a year. But everyone else get SO excited because BEAUTY INSIDER is HERE!!!!!!! It launches at the end beginning of June nationwide. Yep, Sephora has its very own card. Nope, calm down it’s NOT a credit card, you won’t have to hide the statements from your husband. But from now on, every dollar you spend gets you a point. And 100 points equals a free DELUXE size samples. And I do mean DELUXE size. Plus you have access to exclusive products. It keeps an inventory of your purchases you can check online - even what samples you’ve tried! Sephora even gives Beauty Insiders FREE birthday gifts. Really nice presents! Trust me! You can sign up online right now and they’ll be able to activate your card in the store in June!
Later Babe! But before I leave, please let me know what items you'll be voting for!
We're proud to have Rachael Robbins, our own Beautyzilla, present this week's drugstore deals...
N.Y.C brings a lot of things to mind at the moment. Most of them I can’t mention in this post for fear of being incarcerated. Why? you ask. Well, I’ll tell you. Meg just spent last weekend here with me and all I can say is that it is really good we don’t live in the same city. Because we would probably be dead, or sold into white slavery, or missing or something. Naughty naughty, naughty. It was like we were on our first spring break in Cancun together. Or we were channeling the Ab Fab girls (incidentally one of the days we spent nursing our hangovers, there was an Absolutely Fabulous marathon on. Coincidence? I think not). Or it was like we were the bad girls at our high school prom. You know, the ones who smoke in the bathroom, and roll solo to the big dance?! Yeah. That was us.
However, I have found something else to bring to mind at the mention of N.Y.C! Something positive and very legal! I think it’s my beat DD find to date!! It is the N.Y.C (which stands for New York Color) “Prom Beach” line. A limited edition line put out by N.Y.C. just in time for the prom (or Meg’s trip to New York). I recommend going and stocking up on the before they’re off the shelf because this is your total answer for summer make-up! The colors consist of the sun kissed bronze, beige, and taupe. I was shocked at the high levels of pigments this line contains. Almost as rich as MAC, but everything is either $2.99 or $3.99!!!
My two favorites are the lip gloss in “Beachy Bronze”. It makes my lips look naturally perfect and shiny. Imagine a gloss you could wear to the beach that wouldn’t make you look made up, but just a better version of yourself. This is it!! And the Cheek 2 Cheek Bronzers. One half is a bronzer that isn’t too orange or pink,. And the other half is a seashell hued highlighter, which looks perfect as an eye shadow base.
You will not be disappointed with anything from N.YC.’s Prom Beach collection. RUN! Before it’s off the shelves!
Can be bought at most drugstores! Ladies, now tell us your taxicab confessions! Where is your favorite place or best thing to do in the big apple!
I love Megs MakeUp. I do not love it as much as HOM (husbandofmeg). I mean have you seen his profile page? He's too busy to even look up from his laptop to have a conversation with me. If Tashagogo sends him a message I see him type away! He's like the brother in Napoleon dynamite "Napoleon, I 've been chatting with babes for two hours".
When Meg's had tech issues, HOM jumped into his phonebooth, put on his geek cape and fixed them! So sorry ladies for the annoying, unable to post issues HOM FIXED THEM ALL !
So babes, feel free to continue your chatter but be aware HOM is watching!!
Hey there beauty junkies, Thanks for all of your kind wishes! You ladies must be miracle workers cause my father is up and around and doing so well! So thanks your well wishes totally worked! Now, lets all get together and hope I win the lottery. Enough about sickness back to beauty!
The girly and fantastic Stacy from Tinte sent Megsmakeup out a gorgeous array of art deco vintage inspired products. We all had a choice between their flavored lip shines, flavored lip colors and beautiful face pearls!
I know I've written about our hazey wine-induced mailings and the one where we opened the box that held all of the Tinte products was no exception. It's hard when we have choices. We are very polite and generous ladies. It's pretty funny when we pull out different products. We don't want to seem greedy to each other (i.e. this does not apply to desertdoll-she will push you in front of train if you try to grab a lipgloss before her:)
It goes something like this "Oh, those are so nice"! Then we will coyly pick up the item that screamed our name. "I love this, I need this color...But..No..Really..I don't mind..Do you want it"? Flutter lashes, look down a minute."Really? Oh you're sure? Oh thank-you! You're sure, right"?
Each one of us plays this sick game of apparent manipulation but since we all do it, there is never any blood shed and we can continue civilally. However, all bets are off if there is only enough champagne left for one glass.At this point, it is survival of the fittest. Or rather, quickest pour.
So many companies send us "flavored" items and they are usually met with "I like the color, but this tastes awful"! We did not have this problem with the flavored lip products from Tinte. Quite the opposite in fact. The flavors that Tinte came in all turned us into freaks.
"Yum, Oh my God-Meg taste this! Seriously! Yummy pink lemonade"!
"Lisa, this is Root Beer! Should I make us all Root Beer Floats, so delish"!
All of the flavors were so good! If they made "Pepperoni Pizza" we would have called for delivery in 10 seconds flat. They are so yummy they induce cravings!
The package on all of the products was so darling and I am so glad I did not choose "Cake". I would be 200 lbs. by now!
Here's what Tinte say's about their lip shine, too many products for quotes on everything! Give your lips a shiny, shimmery, scrumptiously sweet treat with a swipe of this lip shine. Available in a plethora of mouth-watering colors, this super-nourishing and moisturizing indulgence is enriched with Shea Butter, and tastes so great the kisses won't stop! So ladies, please post the product that you received since we had such a fab selection! Please post your thoughts on Tinte!
Hey there Meg's Readers, It's just me, Meg. My Dad had a stroke (he is doing much better) so I am currently in Boston making frequent hospital visits to see him on the mend. I have not been able to update this week but wanted to let you know, come Monday-it will be back to normal! So save any beauty inquiries, ideas and comments until then! Thanks for being a valuable member of our dysfunctional beauty community! Be better then ever come Monday!! Lots Of Love, Meg & Friends
Welcome to “Fabulous Fridays” with Desertdoll. Where we will be bringing you the best of the best, no expenses spared, dream items. At first thought it may seem we’re creating a dilemma for some of you. Sure that $75 dollar soap is the most gorgeous bar you’ve ever seen, but who can afford it? But here’s the thing-these are splurge items. Either for yourself if you simply MUST have them or as a gift that will absolutely floor the recipient. Your best friend’s monumental birthday, your husband gets a raise, -anyone who really deserves something special. Or anyone you really want to impress-your mother-in-law, your boss, and your “friend” who secretly drives you nuts by constantly one-upping you. And believe me, if you fall in love with these items and have to have them, there’s always a way. I ate Chef Boyardee for a month straight in college to save for a purse. Luckily I don’t have to do that anymore and I don’t recommend it, but all I’m saying is that there are always ways...
So I’m going to ease you into this new section with a dream item that is actually pretty affordable, Kérastase hair products. I’m going to review their Oléo-Relax serum, a smoothing and controlling treatment for dry and rebellious hair. But first, a brief history on my rebellious hair.
I started dying my hair at 10 years old when I purchased my first bottle of Sun-In. It seemed simple enough, spray a bit of this lemon-scented wonder elixir on your hair and voila-sun-kissed locks. I have natural blonde hair so it worked well. But reading the bottle one day while basking in the sun, I saw that peroxide was the main ingredient. Well, we’ve got a huge bottle of that upstairs! Why was I wasting my hard earned babysitting money on something I already had? And so the journey begins...
The bright-yellow hue my hair became eventually progressed to homemade highlights with tin foil and powdered laundry bleach. My first box of dye and the subsequent green it became gave way to the aqua-net laden, half shaved/half teased ‘do I wore in high school (there’s proof in my photo gallery). My hair was platinum blonde all through my 20’s and I was told countless times that if I didn’t stop I was going to lose it in clumps. Those days are in the past, but I do still dye and highlight. And I’ll tell you what, my hair is tired. I practically hear it cry when I reach for the bleach. My poor head has been through a lot. This is where Kérastase comes in.
Kérastase is L’Oréal’s luxury hair line that has been in existence since 1964. They have a team of over 2,000 researchers that have developed some of the most innovative, delicately scented and unique formulas on the market. There are 4 lines: Nutritive for varying levels of dry hair, Reflection for color treated, Resistance has fortifying treatments for weak hair and Soleil is for sun lovers. My main complaint with my hair (and what seemed to be my eternal quest till this point) is something to calm my hair down after it’s freshly washed. The only time it seems to be calm is when it’s dirty. So those were my choices, dirty or frizzy-great! Enter Oléo-Relax Serum from the Nutritive line. It’s a silicone product that controls volume, provides smoothness, shine and long lasting frizz protection. Like French charm school for rebellious hair, my locks have never looked better-healthy, shiny and frizz-free. And believe me, I have a cabinet full of expensive hair products. It’s the one area I don’t skimp. But nothing makes my hair behave the way Kérastase does. Coming in at just under $40, this is a dream item that can easily become a reality.
So ladies, let us know if you can testify to the fabulousness of Kérastase. And if not, tell us what’s your must have hair product.