Meg here! I was just reading an article on Tonic.com about a company called Shea Radiance that is not only empowering women through their wonderful Shea Butter product but also from where it is harvested from in Nigeria.
I know a lot of you are very savvy about philanthropic companies so I thought you'd enjoy this article! What companies do you support because of their social policies?
When I was younger, and had all the time in the world to myself, I would have a facial once a month. My skin has always been in good condition, but I always was able to relax. I’m not picky, so I would see whoever was available at Elizabeth Grady. Each and every time I had an appointment, everyone of those estheticians would say that the area around my eyes was extremely dry. They’d reccommed some $50 eye cream, and I’d have to decide whether to spend my money there or at a bar. As some of you might have guessed, the bar always won.
Fast forward to one year ago….I’m at work, and I go into the bathroom. I look at myself in the mirror and think, “holy hell, you look like hell.” The one major thing I noticed about myself was that my skin was super dry. What was the driest part of my skin you ask? You guessed it, the area around my eyes! My foundation looked all cracked and awful, and I looked TIRED. YUCK! It was time to take the advise of the one hundred estheticians who told me that my eye area was dry, and this time, beer money wasn’t much of a competition. For one year, I have searched high and low for an eye cream to meet and exceed all of my expectations. Three months ago, it arrived on my doorstep.
We're a little wacky at Megsmakeup.com (I take full responsibility for setting the insanity precedence.) We love to have a good time and cocktail hour is pretty much a job necessity. I love when we find other companies with our work ethic!
The ladies at LockandMane.com have great hair products and a great time! I guess if you have great hair products you're pretty much guaranteed a good time, right? Intelligent Nutrients products are certified organic. They are so good for your hair and skin that you can eat them! Much like Megsmakeup.com, there's not a lot of eating going on at LockandMane.com, however there is lots of cocktailing.
Watch this video of our friend, Jo Piazza putting Intelligent Nutrients to the test. Kooky? Of course. What else would you expect from a site that we pal around with? Ladies are going crazy for this line, started by the founder of Aveda, this hairspray is quickly becoming a cult product.
Meg here! A while ago some looney-tune wrote a comment that she was going to release a photo of me "with a double chin." I did her one better by not only e-blasting the worst photo I could find of myself to 25,000 women but being able to laugh at it and her ridiculous "threat." Here's a tip-If anyone is ever threatening to "tell on you" just tell on yourself. You're a great person and HUMAN! We all mess up so it goes back to the entire "live in a glass house?" bit. No one should ever expect you to be perfect and who wants that? Every disaster is just a lesson that you've learned for next time. Those "perfect people" probably have a human head in their ice-box.
To avoid being "black mailed" ever again, I needed to learn exactly what it takes to take a perfect picture. I was a model back when there were dinosaurs and I know a little bit but that is only from hands-on training. A lot of you have weddings, class and family reunions coming up and are going to photographed. I thought I would ask my friend and photographer Elisabeth Caren to tell us exactly "HOW TO TAKE A PERFECT PICTURE." Elisabeth provided the atmosphere and talent to make not only my photographs absolutely gorgeous (If I do say so myself!) The whole experience was exactly what a woman would want. I LOVE the camera, sometimes it doesn't always love me back. Elisabeth Caren spent the day shooting me relaxed, she made me confident in myself and didn't even mind my cigg or champagne breaks. That shot up top of me? Yup, Elisabeth shot it. I felt H-O-T and I'm proud of that photo. I know that I'm one lucky girl and I want all of you to feel as gorgeous and confident the next time you step in front of the flash. Please read her tips on how to take a perfect photo and feel free to fwd it on to any brides-to-be. This is knowledge meant to be shared with all women! Nothing makes or breaks a day like a photo. In the age of Facebook you know you're going to be seen.
Meg: Generally, what is the best time of day to take a photo, what is our ideal light? The two best times for natural light is early in the morning and at sunset (also called the "golden hour") because this is when the light is the softest. The worst time of day for a portrait is in the middle of the day - especially when the sun is directly over head, which causes "panda eyes" the shadows under your eyes made from one's brow bone. That said, it's fine to shoot in the middle of the day if you have a flash or in the shade.
Meg: Is there a color we should avoid? Is there a color we should gravitate towards? In terms of colors, it depends on each person's skin tone, hair and eye color. In general, solid colors work better than patterns or prints. It's important to remember that you want the focus of the portrait to be on the face; you don't want to compete with a pattern. Also when a person looks at a photograph, the first thing that will catch your eyes is the lightest area in the photograph - so the lightest area should be the whites of the eyes. Only in fashion photography should the first thing you notice be the clothes. Beauty is subjective, but I think dark skin looks gorgeous in white or very bright colors and black clothes for lighter skin is about as safe and classic as you can get. Personally, I think the colors to avoid in general are yellow and beige.
"Plump" and "Thick": well...unless you're talking about lips and/or a damn good steak, these are two words I really am not happy to hear connected in ANY way to my person? Goddess Granny just believes that sometimes you have to cut to the chase and just spew out what you mean so I'm going to settle down and get all "Plump and Thick" with y'all for a few so we can chat about this AWESOME shampoo!
SO many amazing celebrity hairstylists, I know but you have to love a smokin' cute guy who comes right out and says that he thinks "Confidence is HOT!" Nick Chavez is a gorgeous man with years of experience in front of the camera as a model and actor but what strikes me most about this uber-talented guy is his honest approach to why and how he "believes"everyone can be "Every Day Gorgeous" and that he's has painstakingly created a line of incredible products to help anyone be and look their best! I always tend to have just a tad more faith when someone who obviously is in the "loop of beauty" themselves and KNOWS how hard it is to choose products and stay healthy and great looking shares their info graciously based on a personal experience and not just acts as a "salesperson" for a line!
His salon in the heart of Beverly Hills boasts some totally incredible clients of course but more importantly, Nick stays very connected to his biz and is hands-on in the many incredible "makeovers" that his staff does for TV and on set.I also love that he's from a very large and close family with hard-work and farming in their hearts and he obviously gives back to his community and people as graciously as he shares his talents with his clients and the world! I absolutely enjoyed reading about him and believe he's a beautiful guy in side and out,rare these days...I totally admire self-made people and Nick is inspirational in many ways! Plus he creates some damn fine products so what's not to love?
Meg here, the best gift is the one you give away! If you're a snooty hoarder then this does not apply to you. If you're a snooty hoarder then go back to underneath the rock you crawled out from because we hate you. I said it. Yeah, we totally hate you.
Hate me for having fancy perks, keep in mind it is 11:30pm on a Friday and my only life is you. While I dress great and my appearance is above and beyond- I am sitting here-alone. Don't Cry For ME~The Truth Is I've Never Left You! A man is great. Her voice brings me to tears and She is better then any stupid guy. I mean those pipes ring true. I LOVE MEN! I just don't want to ever be under one! *Side note, under one that pleases me, "gets me" and won't try to dictate me-O.K.-I'll be under HIM-but just maybe. My guess is I'll be "more of the man" and hopefully he'll move on. Subservient has never been a part I've been willing to play.*
I wish my pimples would be direct like I am. I wish they would try to not to settle and see this is not fertile pimple ground and leave quickly. I wish they would have zero-tolerance for breeding as I do.
As with men, my pimpled proved "NO SUCH LUCK!" I tried everything and her Beam Me Off Acne Buster WORKS! I squeezed and this brought it to a head, It has a botanical base and it dries all natural and this works!
Here is the true testament. It worked for me so I mailed it to my best friend Emilie Hann.
She is my true soul-mate, we all have one. Look at how lovingly she holds my face in that photo. We are one. I mailed Beam Me Off to Em and she was so appreciative on the work it did on her face! She is hooked. If you were all my bestfriends I would mail it to you. It's that good.
“I believe that makeup is an accessory, just like your favorite piece of jewelry. It should look good on you and look hood while you are putting it on. I want my beauty collection to inspire you to try a new look, experiment with color, and be unique...write your own beauty story every day.” - Tarina Tarantino
Jasmine Simone here! As of this Wednesday, I must admit my relationship with Tarina Tarantino was not a close one: I was aware of the brand, familiar with it’s section in Sephora - even tried a product or two - but not my go-to line that I sought out when I was jonesing for a new eye-popping eyeshadow or a dazzling new accessory for the new outfit I just bought for an event. But like as said, that was Wednesday. Apparently, I was just very slow to the party! Today is Friday and I unabashedly admit I am kind of obsessed with Tarina Tarantino. I have spent the last two days repeatedly flipping through her dazzling Lookbooks, visiting her website and learning her wonderfully inspiring back story all the while tagging which products I will have to search out in the many edgy, yet high-end fashion stores that carry her products and just generally ingesting the brand itself.