Meg here! Breaking up is hard to do, it sucks. Death, putting your dog to sleep, broken heart. I think it might go in that order? I'm getting better and after a tough 3 weeks I'm getting back on the horse and forcing myself back out on the town. It's so hard when you think you've found the "one" but it turns out it wasn't "one" I was getting. I was getting a whole bunch of others in the mix. A whole bunch that had been hand picked by Satan. While he was great, the baggage that came with it was more like steamer trunks, if steamer trunks were females with vendettas. Too much of a war zone for anyone so I had to cut myself loose.
Life doesn't stop just because you want to just stay in your bed for oh, a week or two. You have to get up and face the music and move out of Belvedere Lane. You have to dry your eyes and...Oh no, what about these dark circles? These dark circles are not looking good.
Upon closer inspection, the bags were dark and the face was splotchy. Just because I was feeling like Hell didn't mean that I needed to look like it.
Thankfully, I have a new find and I LOVE this! Click around on the site and take a look at the packaging. It is truly cutting edge and everything that I've tried has a new, inventive and cool twist on the tried and true (I can't wait to review the Click Click Lipstick.)
But Houston, we had a problem and I had a face save. Enter the fantastic 2-in-1 from Ducce Cosmetics (pronounced Doe-Say.) Ducce is a new kid on the block, just now doing a push into the US. They're launching in Henri Bendel next month and I'm predicting the're not going to have any problem moving into other high-end markets.
Meg here! Happy New Year! I know, we're well into 2014 but better late than never? Before the madness of the hoidays, I was invited by my friend Jennifer Chan from E! Online to try a new line going into Sephora. The line is called Radical Skincare and it is fabulous! The founders of the line, Liz and Rachel are a strong endorsement that it really works. I can personally attest that these sisters give some great face! Their skin is flawless. It might help that their father is a well respected plastic surgeon and they grew up working in their father's lab. When Rachel developed terrible rosacea and Liz was not seeing results with the current products on the market, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
The duo never had the intention to take their potion to market. They made it for their own personal use but something happened... Rachel's rosacea, an ailment that had her on THREE different medications-completely cleared up. Liz wasn't the only one that noticed that her skin was looking younger. People were stopping her on the street wanting to know her secret.
I know these sisters are fabulous and beautiful and somehow they managed to get the prototype of their product off to Melanie Griffith. Yes, that Melanie Griffith. Working Girl, Tess McGill herself. You know how many free things celebrities get sent? Let me fill you in-A LOT.
Cut to my invitation to Radical Skincare's launch. Some time passed and Griffith became a huge fan of the line. Enough of a fan that she offered to have a party IN HER HOUSE. To celebrate the launch of Radical skincare's arrival at Sephora, Liz and Rachel held a party with Melanie. The party had aestheticians on hand providing facials and encouraging the guests to really get to know the line. I have to agree that it's a winner!
Stacy B here! It's started already. My pants don't fit and we've had one holiday! I'm a whale and it's barely December!
OK, exaggerating a bit, but still. Doesn't it feel like that sometimes? I try really hard to stay healthy and consistent - I even went to the gym the morning of Thanksgiving and twice more over the long weekend - but it gets hard this time of year. Not to mention the external changes I have to deal with living in a cold part of the country. My hair is getting some static, my skin needs more lotion and my lips are dry as a bone.
To think, I wish for dryer, frizz-free weather half the year, and then I get it, and all I want is just a little bit of humidity so I don't wake up with my lips cracking and my eyes red and dry! We are never satisfied, are we?? My lips have been really bad lately, so bad that the skin around them is red, raised, and irritated, and my lips are cracked and painful. I have been sticking my face over a bowl of boiling water multiple times a day, slathering them with Blistex and petroleum jelly and will even admit to getting so fed up that I actually rubbed some diaper rash cream on the skin around my lips. Not the actual lips, I was too afraid I'd actually ingest it, but just around the edges. I admit a lot of crazy things to you guys...
Believe it or not, the good old Triple Paste that I rub on my baby boy's behind actually worked. I have yet to tell my husband this, I actually think this may be one of first secrets I will keep from him forever. He'd be horrified.
While my lips are on the mend, I've sworn off any sort of color, stain or stick. Too risky. Luckily I work from home now and only have meetings a few times a week so I can get away with crazy lip remedies and pale winter lips. But, I still have errands and play dates and dinners with my husband (as long as the diaper rash incident stays buried) so sometimes I want a dash of color with a ton of protection. Not being able to smile without bleeding is disgusting and not something I want to return to.
I was nervous about it, so I tried it on one morning where I had a 2 hour meeting and that was it. I figured if it didn't work, or my lips started to rebel, I had my Blistex in my bag and I wouldn't be trapped long. It was the perfect color for me (I tried Be Sweet, this amazing purple-ish/pink-ish/frosty neutral) and the perfect amount of pigment, too. Shiny, a little color and it lasted through the meeting.
Stacy B here! What a week. I don't even know where to start. It's Halloween, I started a fantastic new job for a smaller company that allows me to work from home for 25-30 hours a week so I can see my kids more, my older son turns 5 in a few more days, my husband was named Rep of the Year for his company and they gave him a 5-day vacation anywhere we want to go up to $5,000!! Anywhere! I'm thinking hot and sunny during the dead of this upcoming New England winter! Or maybe Vegas!! We'll see, but I'm very proud of him! Hard work really pays off!
Oh, and a little thing called the WORLD SERIES just happened and we won!!! Yes, I love make up and fashion and yes, I'm a huge sports fan. I stayed awake for every second of the game last night, I was so excited, I didn't even sit down until the 5th inning! What a great thing for my beloved city of Boston. No matter what you think of us Bostonians, or our scrappy little city, you can't deny that after what happened at the Boston Marathon earlier this year, this city needed something to hold on to. Thank you Red Sox, for giving us hope, reminding us that good people who work together can produce more happiness and good will than two a-holes with a homemade bomb.
Wow, I really feel like I've been walking around with a smile on my face for days! Even though I've started working from home and don't need to get dressed up every day, I still have errands to run, occasional meetings to attend, and pick up/drop off for the boys so I don't want to look like a mess every day.
I have a double whammy for you today, two great Covergirl products that I've been using lately. One is great for every day (when I'm home, or out) and one is a perfect "get me from day to night quickly and easily". My husband and I go out to dinner once a week while my kids torture the grandparents so I like to have something to transform me from work-from-home Mommy, to fun, sexy dinner date.
I am not a red lipstick person, so I look for eye products to glam me up and make me feel put together. Covergirl's "Clump Crusher by LashBlast" mascara has been great this week. It has one of those newer style flexible plastic wands that's sturdier than the traditional bristle wand. I like both and think they are good for different things. This is a great everyday mascara. It truly separates each lash and there are no clumps whatsoever. I do feel it lacks volume, and only moderately lengthens, but for being at home, running errands, or even slow days at the office, this is great. It's subtle, defines each lash, separates them all and opens up your eyes. I have noticed no clumps or bits and pieces on my face at the end of the day. And it washes off really easily so I'm not killing my delicate eye skin by scrubbing.
My next item is my 'you have 10 minutes to get ready for your date' item: Covergirl's "Gel Eyeliner: Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus" eye liner in black. This is by far the blackest black liner I've ever had. It's sharp and precise. And it sticks around! I was shocked at how perfectly black it is, how versatile it is, and what a difference it made in just a few seconds. I can use it lightly for a subtle line on my lashes, or press down a little harder and thicken it up for a more dramatic look. It's so easy to use, it's a twist up tube, so no sharpeners needed, and it's thin so you can be creative and create a serious cat eye. Even if you decide to give it a smudge for a more smokey eye, it still maintains its pigment. It really is like lining your eyes with black ink without the messiness of a liquid. Which is perfect for Halloween!! Glam it up! It's so bold, I would love to check it out in other colors.
Meg Hair! You know when you have a new beauty find and you just want to shout it from the rooftops? You think "It is my duty to help other women and I must share!" My girlfriend asked me if she could send me her review of BrioGeo Hair Care. She's is loving the way her hair has been looking so I, of course said "Send it on over lady!"
Spend $50 and free samples.My latest hair obsession is with BrioGeo Hair Care. There aren't actually that many hair brands that work for my fine, wavy hair. I have tried some really expensive and really cheap-o brands, and most of them are just meh. When I want curls, this is my new go-to brand.
How do you pronounce it and what does it mean? Briogeo [bree-oh-jhee-oh] Brio = vivid, full of life, distinct; Geo = of earth, nature.
Be Gentle Be Kind Cleansing Shampoo is perfect for any hair type or texture. It's gentle on hair - including color treated hair, and it's made with green tea, bamboo, avocado, Vit B5, Vit E, collagen and aloe. No sulfates, parabens, silicones or phthalates, if you're avoiding those ingredients. The formula is made with 95% naturally derived ingredients.
The Curling Charisma Curl Defining Conditioner gives me CRAZY curls! I love it! It doesn't weigh my hair down at all. It's made with rice amino acids, marine-derived collagen, rosehip oil, almond oil, oyster plant (not ACTUAL oysters!), tomato fruit, bamboo, orange peel, Vit E and shea butter. It does have keratin amino acids (from wool) and silk proteins, so it's cruelty free but not vegan. Sounds like it would weigh down hair, but it doesn't! The best thing for me to do is squeeze gently and pat dry with a microfiber hair towel. Then scrunch my curls (maybe add a little styling product) and then air dry. Or I can dry with a diffuser if I don't have time to let it dry.
Wondering why sulfates are bad? Well, some people say they are harmful to your health. Personally, I avoid them because they strip away hair color and that's particularly bad when you're trying to keep your hair red (which washes out more easily than any other color). Here's what BrioGeo has to say about sulfates:
"Sulfates are harsh, synthetic salts that are used as cleaning agents in a myriad of applications—ranging from personal care to household cleaners. While effective at getting rid of dirt and oil, the use of sulfates in hair care products has become a controversial topic for many reasons."
Stacy B here! Happy fall! I can finally say it. I am not good with the end of summer, but once I get a whiff of crunchy leaves, have my first pumpkin muffin, dig out my boots and scarves and realize how cute and comfy jeans and swaeters are...I accept it. :) Now, I am all things fall!
The house is decorated, pumpkins are out, Halloween costumers are purchased, closets are changed over, leaves are piling up and apples have been picked. I am full-on fall. So much, that I've switched my kitchen lotion to a pumpkin scent. A few months ago, I wrote a review about Stonewall Kitchen's Grapefruit Thyme Lotion and how much I loved it. It's almost gone and it's not easy to get (mostly online only) so I was using it pretty sparingly.
Then I found out they have Pumkin Harvest from the same line! I was so excited. I love this lotion. The brand is great, and keeps your hands so soft. The nights are getting colder around her and I've found myself waking up with some dry skin spots as my skin adjusts to drier temps. This lotion has kept my hands and nails healthy and yummy yummy.....It smells so good. Like your favorite pumpkin bread mixed with cinnamon, spice and fall leaves.
The best part about this, when I ordered it, I got a free pumkpin pancake mix with it! My boys loved it. They ate those pancakes up so fast I didn't have any leftovers!
The bottle is really big, too, so this will last a long time. Probably too long. I'll be wishing for Christmas scents before I even make a dent in this bottle. I keep it in the kitchen so I can share with everyone. Which normally I don't do. I am in a house full of boys and if I have a nice product I really like, NO ONE TOUCHES IT BUT ME. :) Mom's rules. If I have to live among trucks, dirt, frogs and soccer balls, I get my pretty products to myself. But this bottle is so big, I'll share. Besides, the scent is really soft and lingers in a good way. It makes the boys smell delicious. For as long as boys can smell good.
Meg here! I do a lot that's not exactly putting me in the running for "World's Healthiest Beauty Blogger." One thing I do is drink a ton of water. The eight glasses a day rule still seems to be the medical professions standard advice and I'm easily there. I've never needed anyone to twist my arm to enjoy a beverage.
I'm not calling out my diet coke obsessed friends but you know who you are! Some people just don't like the taste of water. This is bizarre to me, I don't even think it has a taste. I am allergic to caraway seeds. I guess that's bizarre so who am I to judge?
Stur Liquid Water Enchancer is a new product designed to get you to enjoy more agua. I know parents are really loving this product since kids need lots of things, more sugar not one of those things. Stur has 0 calories 0 sugars and comes in great flavors. It tastes like Vitamin Water and strawberry seems to be the group favorite.
It's easy enough to use and with 6 flavors (each bottle is great for 18 glasses) you should be able to find the perfect match for your buds. Right now, you can buy 5 bottles for $19! Thats a $100 value and gives you a chance to try all of their flavors. I'm more of a bubble/fizz water girl so I squirt a few drops into my soda streamer and it's like a custom soda. A healthy custom soda. Oh Lord, what's next? I'm going to start ordering the salad?
Stacy B here! I am one traveling Mama. This summer we did many long weekends, a bunch of overnights, a trip to Disney World and another one to San Diego and LA. Hello frequent flyer mles!! I miss summer already, but I'm looking forward to a low key fall!
You'd think I'd be a good packer by this point. Actually, I am a great packer, for my kids. They had everything they needed and more. They had enough toys to last a 12 hour flight, enough clothes for 2 weeks and enough random other crap that I'm shocked our luggage was under the weight limit. I did forget a few things for myself. But, we were visiting the in-laws so we had no problem jumping in their car and heading to the nearest drug store.
While digging through stuffed animals, puzzles, books, water-wings, diapers, bathing suits and too much more to write, I realized I forgot my soap for my face. No big deal, like I said, we were minutes from a drug store and it gave us a chance to get out of the house for a few minutes. And samples sizes are a guilty pleasure of mine. I love them, they are so cute! And such a good way to try new products. I wish more products offered trial/travel size.
I decided to try something different for my face, even though my normal brand had a trial size. I do my best but my face is really tan, even with daily sunblock. I just have skin that browns easily. So I felt like I was in need of a good exfoliating product to clean away some dead skin. I went deep into my high school roots and grabbed a St. Ives exfoliating facial scrub.
I feel like this apricot scrub was every girl's first scrub. Maybe this or Clean & Clear....The little particles of almond in there really smoothed out my face. Luckily, I have no issues with breakouts or blackheads, even after traveling, but my skin really felt much smoother and healthier. It had a nice little glow to it, too. And not because of the sun!
Meg here and I have a great give away! If you live in California then you are so in luck! October 12th and 13th The Pasadena Convention Center is holding the premier consumer Beauty & Wellness Expo.
I love going these types of events where I get all of my info (and great perks! Look at the activities!) under one roof. It's also great to mingle with all the rest of the SoCal beauty junkies in the area.
Aside from manicures, yoga, tanning, lash parties (etc. etc.) there are so many inspiring teachers speaking. Really cool topics from Ayurveda to Aromatherapy to Hollistic Wellness and that's just on Saturday! I'm all in for Sunday's "Messages from Beyond: Embracing Spirit in Our Daily Lives." That's just the first in a series of fascinating topics geared to help you get where you're going. The tickets are $25 a day but we have a discount, achance to win a pair of them AND a $300 gift bag. If you weren't well before, you will be after this experience!
What services will be there and what it exactly is...
BeWell Expo is designed to honor your inner and outer self. It is an exclusive beauty and wellness getaway where attendees can experience and indulge in the industry's best kept secrets. As an attendee, empower yourself by embracing the tools your body, mind and spirit need to look and feel good.
·Identify your skin type and understand the current condition of your skin…at the Skin Analysis Lounge
Click on the link for more info http://bewell-expo.com/skin.php
Find the best natural makeup to lock in your look… at the Eco–Beauty Makeup Bar
Click on the link for more info http://bewell-expo.com/beauty.php
Whole new look with a beautifully shaped eyebrow at the Brow Bar
Click on the link for more info http://bewell-expo.com/browbar.php
Treat yourself to the healthier gel polish manicure with trendy colors at the Eco–Nail Bar
Click on the link for more info http://bewell-expo.com/nail.php
Feel like you had just spent a week on the beach…by stopping at the Tanning Bar
Click on the link for more info http://bewell-expo.com/tanning.php
Enjoy a party Lash application at the Lash Bar
Click on the link for more info http://bewell-expo.com/lash.php
Emerge in a relaxation and healing sound bath with Tibetan bowls by Karma Moffett
Meg here! I'm trying to be better. I'm not a walking dump of toxins (well, atleast not Wednesday-Sunday.) I know I can use the very best products on the market but if my diet consists of hot pockets, vino and marlboro's I'm not going to look like a beauty expert. I may look like one of thoses warning advisory photo's on the peril of poor nutrition. I'm starting to think there maybe such a thing as "bad publicity" GASP. I may have to clean up my act.
Fortunately, I have found youthH2o.com. It is an age defying system made with all of those hot sueprfoods you're reading about everywhere. All from South America and a lot from Peru! Funny enough, when I was in Peru, the last think I spent time doing was searching for purple corn so I'm lucky youthH2o.com has that covered.
You know those people that spend all that money on those fancy shake makers? The blenders are like $500! I know because I just bought one. True, it is a Margarita Maker but I see how being one of those healthy smoothie people can get pricey! Not only is it expensive but it's time consumig, and it's a Gdamn mess to clean up afterwards! I know a lot of you have real lives with children and real jobs and things and the last thing you want to be doing is chopping apples and ginger in the morning. Not to mention scrubbing the blender. Also, it's not that easy to get purple corn out of Peru...
Try adding this to your shopping cart, I mean just for giggles....
Organic Maca (what it does) This miracle superfood is an adaptagen that works by supporting the endocine system through the pituitary gland which is responsible for the aging process.
Organic Camu Camu (what it does) It containsextraordinarily high Vitamin C content is the most important property of the fruit, higher than any other naturally found berry, fruit, or vegetable, giving way to the many benefits it provides your body including skin and hair health, mental stability, immunity support and more!
Organic Purple Corn Extract (what it does) Purple Corn is the superfood that has shown the most promise in our opinion for not just weight loss, but obesity prevention. Known for helping to boost metabolism and help up lose body fat, numerous studies by American universities and global universities alike support these conclusions making it a critical component in our fountain of youth. The big buzzword in health right now is antioxidant and by now we all know how important they are in our diet; look for yourself at purple corn compared to the famous acai berry and blueberries. This chart shows over 5 times more anthocyanins! Making it a SUPER antioxidant compared to other commonly known superfoods.
I'm sure not getting my passport out to go find these things! Now I don't have to. Youthh2o.com gets you healthy really easy. It's just a drink, just a quick shot! (You all know how I love my shots!) It takes 30 seconds down the hatch and go. They have it all in these easy pre-measured bottles and after two weeks YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE!
Tonight at 5:30 Pacific, 8:30 Eastern TIme, I along with my beauty guru friends, will be hosting a #youthfulliving Twitter party! I'm @megsmakeup on twitter and we're giving tons of youthH2o.com away!! Join us!
Live in NYC? Then lucky you! Youthh2o's brand ambassador, Evelyn Lozada from BASKETBALL WIVES will be on hand tomorrow, September 24th at Duane Reade, Union Square for two whole hours giving away the youthH20 and telling you how it helps her stay gorgeous!