Meg here! I was just reading my daily dose of the news, no not CNN or Fox or God forbid a newspaper. Oh no, I was reading one of my trashy celeb gossip sites and I just read that Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are engaged! Yes, I know. Jessica is probably about 10 minutes from a 5150 and I feel bad for her. It's always hard when an ex happily moves on without you, never mind in front of the entire universe. Nick and Vanessa were dating for 3 years so I guess it shows there's something to be said for tenacity.
I'm thinking about poor Jessica and then I thought about something she said that I could never wrap my head around. Even more then the "Chicken of the Sea" debacle or that "Buffalo Wings from Buffalo's" bit. Do you remember when she dropped this doozey?
During an appearance on The Ellen Degenerous Show Jessica said that doesn't brush her teeth. She flosses. Well, she sort of brushes her teeth. She brushes them a couple of times a WEEK. She flosses though-she's got that. Here's what she actually said...“I don’t do it because my teeth are so white and I don’t like them to feel too slippery but I do use Listerine and I do floss everyday. But I don’t brush them every day. “My lips just slide all over the place… I can’t catch up with my mouth. I need a little coating."
Oh Jessica! Why did you say that? I feel bad that she's going to feel crummy over her ex's new love and I am going to give her a present. Yes, Jessica Simpson I am going to show you the light! Maybe I can't make you brush everyday but I can help you disguise this icky habit. Jess, let me introduce you to your new best friend Go Smile Teeth Whitening Pen!
Let me first describe how pretty it is. No, really-it's sleek and cool and expensive looking. It's silver and just from the case you can tell that the people over at Go Smile spent some cake on it. Once you pull off the cap you can see the brush like applicator! Jessica, listen to me "It's a smooth wand brush!" No scrubbing!
Now, if you're like me and tend to brush your teeth everyday then something like this brush is really not going to effect your purchase decision one way or another-except! Except for the fact that it is totally easy, no drip, no mess-it's precise and portable. At the base of the pen is the twist. You just twist the bottom of the pen and it effortlessly disperses the whitener.
I keep this in my purse's cosmetic bag and I'm just ga-ga for it. You can apply the formula up to twice a day for ten days or just use it for on-the-go to maintain results. Don't eat or drink 20 minutes after applying (you have to let this stuff do its job!) and voila! Pearly whites. Chic accessory. Easy Peasy. Things are looking up!
So, I will be sending one of these to Jessica because, quite frankly, she's had a crap day and I'm afraid she's going to get crappy teeth. If you're famous and don't brush your teeth then you can use the generous MEG15 code to take 15% OFF. Guess what? If you do brush your teeth and you're not famous than you get 15% OFF with code MEG15 as well. See? "Stars, they're just like us!"
So what's the deal? Do people really not brush their teeth everyday? I mean I can understand once in a blue moon-stuff happens but, really? I admit, I am not the best "flosser." I actually should go for a dental check-up.
I'm telling you, this stylish pen is rich looking and works amazing and I think it is one of my most favorite inventions yet! Take the coupon code and make your pearly whites sparkle!
Meg here! Sorry this post is late getting up! It has really been a lot of running around. I'm not planning on going anywhere for a while now though so I can get on top of all things Megsmakeup.com Check out my picks for best dual use items and let me know what you think! I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. I'm due for a nap!
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.
I love to compare myself when I’m tired to Katie Holmes. When she’s tired, she looks tired. That’s exactly the way I see myself when I haven’t had enough sleep. I get super puffy bags, dark circles, and crazy hair. Kahina’s eye cream is really a godsend. It goes on so silky, and moisturizes my tired eyes immediately. I give it a chance to completely dry before I apply foundation under my eyes, but when I do, it goes on smooth and evenly. I guarantee it has turned back the clock around my eyes. Kahina’s eye cream is 79% organic and 100% natural, so you can feel confident in the product you’re applying to such a sensitive area of the face. I can see a drastic improvement, and I apply it every morning and night as part of my routine. It smells a little "earthy," so for those who don't like that smell, check out Ponds. There is no tingling or eye watering when I put this on, and believe me, I lather it on!
I know there are some subscribers who have picked up some of Kahina’s products since learning about it here. I’d love to know how you’ve felt about them! I guarantee you’ll love this too! If you haven’t had a chance to try Kahina, do so here!
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.
You can find this line (and other top-notch brands) at Lockandmane.com. I loved the lines and the look of this site before, now that I know they test hair-spray in their champagne? Well I'll drink to that! Have you ingested any of your products? What do think about so many hair lines now going "green".
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.
Do you have a general tip on outfits in general? What do you find universally flattering? Open collar necklines are almost always universally flattering (i.e. a blouse with an open neckline). This does not mean you have to show cleavage, it's just that high collars and turtlenecks can make someone look as if one doesn't have a neck. Since the Greek era a classical sign of beauty for women has always been the clavicle (collar bone) so if we can see some of the clavicle, it will usually be flattering. Avoid wearing strapless tops because if the portrait is cropped as a headshot it will look as if the person is nude.
What hints are there to make our faces appear slimmer? There are two things that people tend to do when smiling for a photograph - either give themselves a double chin or raise their head. Both are extremely unflattering. It sounds strange, but the best thing to do is to bring your shoulders back, stick out your head a little like a turtle and tilt your head down. It may feel awkward, but I promise this is the most the flattering pose, especially to appear slimmer. Generally having the photographer shoot down will make you appear slimmer. Never let the photographer be lower than your head, shooting up at you - this will guarantee an unflattering photo!
How about our bodies? It may feel awkward, but the best thing you can do is to make sure your posture is perfect - sit or stand up straight as you can with your shoulders back which will not only make everything look slimmer, but will also make you look more confident. Bending your elbows will definitely make them appear slimmer; keeping them lax and straight will absolutely make them appear larger. If I am going to get a professional photographer and want to spend some money what are things that I should look for? Well of course the best thing is to have a personal recommendation. The number one most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the photographer. A photo shoot can be one of the most fun, confidence boosting experiences you can have. If you feel relaxed and beautiful your photo session and portrait will be great. I hate to say it, but that is one reason women often prefer female photographers; because they feel more comfortable in the presence of a female (this is not limited to photographers - doctors, massage therapists, etc). That said, of course there are incredible male photographers who make women feel absolutely gorgeous.
Regarding spending some money - if you think about it - except for school photos or weddings, when else do we ever have professional portraits taken? I think it's a tragedy to not have a beautiful portrait of oneself! If you go to the great art museums, you can see that for centuries people commissioned portraits - it's one of the most beautiful luxuries you can experience and lasts a lifetime. You will never look this young again, so it's a great time to take a photo! Also, don't worry about your skin - retouching will take care of any thing you are worried about. Also, I know it is more expensive, but a great make up artist and hair stylist is absolutely invaluable in terms of a fabulous portrait - and worth every penny. Plan a night out the day you have your make up and hair done and portraits taken and you will definitely feel great!
Look at the photographers website and see if you like their work. Scan through books, magazines and online for photos you love and would love to have a similar portrait (i.e. style, location, lighting, make up, etc) and ask the photographer if he/she can do that. I know you've worked with me and I'm you're absolute 100% most favorite person you've ever shot, who is next up and why? Meg - you were an absolute joy to work with and of course your background in modeling was an added bonus! Next up is Ashley Richards who is starring in Lauren Iungerich's the new MTV pilot "That Girl."
Elisabeth Caren is a wonderful woman that I completely adore. Take a portrait! You're going to want to remember your beauty. Elisabeth's shots capture you at your best!
What photo tricks do you give? Incorporate this to your daily life! what does a "big event" mean to you? I get botox 7 days prior and full hair and make-up! How do you capture a timeless event?
Meg here! Napoleon Perdis has some really great lip liner tips in this video! Tips like Put It On Last! Also, there is nothing worse then using a lip liner that is much darker then the lipstick!
Napoleon Perdis has a universal lip liner that flatters everyone called "Nude Awakening" It is GORGEOUS! It's a Megsmakeup.com sneak peek because it is coming out for summer in just a couple of weeks. Get the insider info on the hottest new shade and how to correctly apply it!
Who knew lip liner went on last? I'm sure some of you did but it was novel idea to me. We're giving away a Nude Awakening to the best lip tip below so get to sharing!
"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?
Nick Chavez Plump and Thick: this is for me,a dream shampoo: it's pink, it's thick, smells heavenly during a wash and after,has clouds of silky-lather(I dislike low-lather shampoo,sorry), and best of all WORKS just as described to add TONS of volume and thickness to my thick but baby-fine hair. It's not for the "green/organic/non-chem" among us and honestly, I'm not always the greenest girl at the party but if you have hair that needs a boost,this luscious shampoo will prop our your drooping locks like crazy and without the use of sprays and pins,and all manner of clip-ins ad add ons! It's loaded with collagen and when I test drive a shampoo,I usually lather twice, use no conditioners or leave-in,and simply blow dry after washing. I did this using this shampoo three times in a row all by itself and without a doubt,it's one of the BEST ever for my hair! It leaves my color-processed hair shiny and bouncy and best of all, it gives it that "swing and bling" like the girls that aren't computer-generated in the shampoo ads when you walk. You need very little for maximum results and I also like that Nick's products are "reasonable" for the exceptional quality!
Simple, clean packaging and easy to hold non-breakable bottle: what is UP with those "let's put it in a glass bottle" hyper-stylish/eco-conscious/not so clever shampoo companies? The last thing I need in my bath is glass unless there is champagne in it...
The site is cool and and loaded with info,be sure to browse around as there are lots of tips and tricks and read about Nick Chavez and his family: I am lusting for the Leave In Conditioner and Starlet Shine Spray.There is also a neat feature where you can enter your "needs" have the right products for you pop up,one of the best sites I've visited that targets hair products and people with such ease and sincerity.
Buy your own "Plump and Thick" here and feel really GOOD about those words for a change!
My hair is one of my best "accessories" and I love when products really bring out my color and style! Do you love fabulous hair products and your hair too?
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.
Dr. Dima is a woman and she is not the woman that will leave you with a drying product and flakey face. Beam Me Off soothes and heals and that's why I priority mailed it to my best friend Greenie
I have the email where you (Emmy) tesl me thanks because this "saved your face."
Thank you Emilie Williams (as I know you best) for never asking me to be someone I wasn't, for accepting me for all of my faults, for always letting me know when I am out of line and for being there no matter what. You are truly Gods Gift.
Meg here! I think you'll like this clip! You have to fast forward a couple of seconds into it before you see me and the segment starts. I basically took the article Eleni wrote on Spring Beauty and did it live.
It was a lot of fun! You can have lots of fun telling women that they "have to caulk their faces." I like that one. I think I like "sea foam green is the new cleavage" even better though.
I worked with a lot of our picks and I hope you enjoy this! What are you doing to prepare for Spring? I know, you Aussies are going into fall. I guess I should just change the question to "are you ready for the new season?" What did you think of my clip?