You know how they say, "You must suffer for beauty..."Goddess Granny firmly believes you must also suffer for air-travel in this day and age! Without boring y'all to tears, I will simply say that my Holiday travel plans were tough to execute without losing my patience and what's left of my mind: un-planned hours spent at JFK, lost luggage that included carefully-packed gifts, and the feeling that no matter how hard I scrubbed, the scent of cheap fast food and too many people in winter clothing would never come off my skin! I was however grateful for my iPad, my Amex card, (which granted access to the more comfortable skylounges...) and for the carefully chosen/TSA allowed cosmetics in my bag because without them, I would have truly been miserable! I would have no doubt have looked as bad as I felt when my luggage took a different trip-route along with my necessities...
It's damn HARD if you're a product of your products like I am to even capture the bare-basics when the "rules" insist on small sizing and textures that are more suited to baking than beauty! I manage to keep a doable "face" of sorts into a tiny MAC "Hello Kitty" cosmetic bag in my carry on which includes a Lorac brow pencil, a MAC lipliner, a Tarte eyeliner, a small tube of Tarte waterproof mascara, a Liptini lip/cheek stain, a cherry Chapstick, a tiny glass vial of scent and a small tube of concealer. Without it, I'm doomed to look like I've slept sitting upright under florescent lights! My Lorac compact provides powder and a great mirror and so far, this small bag has passed he toughest scrutiny and I swear by the contents: with these few items, I can honestly make myself look presentable no matter what or where so I'm stickin' to it!
I traded out the small tube of concealer that was in my magic-bag of trix for one that Meg had recently sent to me and wow am I glad I did: I have been a HUGE fan of the Makeup Forever line of products for a long time but honestly had never tried their "Lift Concealer" before although I simply will not be without my MUFE HD Foundation which I use daily! This line is legendary for good reason as well as effective, professional-grade quality, simply the stuff of a makeup maven or artist's dreams! Since 1984,this French-based line founded by Dany Sanz, one of the truly great makeup artists and cosmetic-visionaries has set the stage and the bar for all products colorful, glittering,and high-performance! It's used by stage-professionals, celebrities and of course, by those of us who simply insist that our products do it all without fail! It's absolutely one of my favorite lines and many of their pro-products simply have no rival...
MUFE "Lift Concealer" is different: It's not a concealer that I'd personally use on my face (unless of course it's all you have.) It's not that heavy but rather it's one that I find to be totally geared towards and targeted to the eye area. It contains tensine which is a an active ingredient with lifting and firming qualities as well as vitamins A and E which of course are the best at rejuvenating the skin! When I use a concealer on my face, I use one that truly covers (like MUFE's "Full Coverage" concealer or one by "Amazing Concealer") I WANT to get rid of spots, darker-patches, any redness and blemishes of course and need a heavier consistency that adheres well. "Lift Concealer" used around the eyes really DOES tighten, visually lift, and brighten the area as well as provide a totally smooth and flawless finish on the skin...It works great as a shadow-primer as well and the texture is much finer and more like a creamy-serum as compared to a drier more heavily-pigmented cream that I need for my overall makeup effect. You can literally apply this with a finger in a rear-view mirror if need be (although a brush works wonders...) because it's effortless and flawless and I don't think it's possible to over-apply this concealer. It blends in seamlessly with just a touch and I'm here to tell y'all that it REALLY saved my appearance when I was stuck with very little because I used it whenever I felt more fatigue setting in. It managed to keep my eyes looking less frantic and more festive even through several days of horrific travel! It's a fabulous product that I think would absolutely enhance anyone's eyes! You can use anywhere on your face you'd like and be sure to check the shades: I'm using #2 which is actually a bit darker than #3 and #1 is really very light...
Thanks to Sephora,we have access to this FABULOUS MUFE line of products in the US so you can buy "Lift Concealer" here!
You've also heard me rave about their brow-products, foundation and also check out their new lipsticks! This is pro-stuff my Darlin's and that means colors you can't find elsewhere, formulations that last all day/night and some items like their glitters that every girl NEEDS because they simply are the BEST!
I survived my trip, had a wonderful Holiday with my family and am totally looking forward to the BEST New Year EVER! Wishing all of you the same of course!
How do you survive what seems to be constantly challenging air- travel and what items do you find REALLY help to ease the pain the airlines and TSA put us though? A bit of scented hand cream, lots of bottled water of course, and my magic kit that includes my MUFE "Lift Concealer" kept me merry and bright for sure!
Baby it's COLD outside in much of the U.S.! I know many have heaps of snow as well so although it's still sunny and fairly mild here in South Texas, Goddess Granny is packing to go North. I'm actually staring at a pile of gear fit for the frigid: reindeer-motif sweaters, chunky lined boots, heavy knit scarves and gloves and of course, a full length mink to insure that I literally won't crack and die from the temperatures in my near future! Seriously, my skin hates the cold and I'm gearing up both mentally and physically with every oil, cream and balm the damn TSA will allow me to carry. My suitcase actually has more tubs of goo packed inside than apparel at this point...priorities.
A MUCH needed and VERY appreciated product came to my rescue last week in the form of something SO totally delicious and decadent that I literally would cover myself in a tub of it and lay there for hours if I could! The beautiful people at "Farmhouse Fresh" located right here in Texas have yet again hit it out of the ballpark with their latest potion: a luscious and extravagantly elegant new cream named "Hello!"
"Hello!" is a yellow shea butter cream that's lightly scented with natural vanilla and citrus oils and they say it's their "happiest cream!" Do you know that the integrity and freshness of a product is MUCH enhanced by a glass container? Hello! comes in a fat 10 oz. glass jar that just feels SO rich in the hand! Adorable "jumping on the bed" graphic on the box that would get a smile from anyone! I wanted to literally EAT this stuff when I saw the texture: like that of the whipped cream I make using tons of real heavy-cream and a Kitchen Aid mixer and beating until it's almost stiff? Sorta' like heaps of pristine snow that you want to dive into? Seriously, it's just perfection!
Vitamin E, Jojoba and Soybean oils insure that even THE driest, most sensitive to the cold skin like mine will be soothed, scented, healed and spoiled! It doesn't take a lot of product to cover lots of you and I can't get enough of it! It leaves you so soft and silky and also gives a beautiful healthy shine to the skin but sinks right in and you know it's doing wonderful things because you can see the difference immediately! They claim it "...transports you to a warm beach with the sun on your face" and I'd have to say it really DOES leave you feeling like you're exactly where you'd like to be no matter what the temperature outside says! Clean and slightly sweet scent-nothing too heavy but enough so you feel completely satisfied.
Everything "Farmhouse Fresh" makes is PERFECT for gift-giving and I have to say that the value for the price continues to suprise me: I don't think you could find better products that are so reasonable and so amazing! Of course, they have been on Oprah's List but more importantly, they are at the top of mine! Everytime I try a new product from this fabulous company, I wish for a lifetime supply of it! You simply can't go wrong with anything they make and "Hello!" would be SO perfect for anyone on your list and yourself too, of course!
Buy it here and seriously be prepared to swoon: I get hungry just reading their product descriptions!
I am spooning out some of my "Hello!" cream into plastic jars to insure that the TSA cannot confiscate my gorgeous cream because if they knew how divine it is, they would take it for sure! I can't be without this amazing cream and once you dip into a jar, you won't be either!
Have you tried any of the delicious "Farnhouse Fresh" goodies? Do you also love to slather on a thick, yummy cream this time of year?
Love to all and I wish everyone the brightest and most beautiful Holidays ever!
Bath: the original "sense" of the word in many origins appears to come from the phrase "to warm or a place of warmth"Goddess Granny really likes this thought and will add that to me personally,a bath is my therapy, my excuse to indulge, (okay, one of them!) A way to heal, nourish, or sooth my body and soul depending on what I add to the water! I have a large 3-tiered shelf of potions, lotions, concoctions, and scents ranging from a humble bag of detoxifying Epsom salts for aches and pains to a few products I only use here and there because they are SUCH an indulgence! Etsy satisfies my hand-crafted product needs and if it floats or dissolves, lathers or bubbles you can bet I will love it! My husband actually added an addition to our home just so I could have the bathtub of my dreams! He knows I am a sweeter, saner, person after a bath. I guess he figured it'd be a small price to pay, HA!
Sea salts are a gift from nature and found in many forms and places:the minerals are perfect for soothing and healing the skin and also for replenishing much needed nutrients and yes,minerals! They are many kinds and ways to use and the really cool folks at the "San Francisco Bath Salt Company" have pretty much zeroed in on and make available the bath salts of my and maybe your dreams! Since 1999, this delightful company has focused on the powers of salts to relieve stress, renew the skin, sooth achy muscles and in general have become the best at the biz of bath salts anywhere to be found! Their 24 "flavors" of Artisan bath salts are sold in San Francisco and online and you and literally can buy anything from a small amount to enough to start your own line of products as they also sell in bulk and have several types of salts to choose from. The company supplies many top spas with their products as well as producing their own and "private label" lines of soothing goodness for the tub!
I was TOTALLY blown away when I opened my San Francisco Bath Salts scented with "Acai Berry Infusion": the bamboo tub itself is literally "art for your bathroom." The picture simply doesn't do it justice: it's smooth and silky in feeling and heft, has THE cutest little wooden scoop attached. It is refillable as well as being environmentally sustainable in it's presentation! Bamboo is great in protecting the beautiful salts within without any moisture retention which might cause swelling of the product...It looks SO nice near the tub and believe me, looks a LOT more elegant and special than the price would have one believe because it looks so VERY expensive and chic, very Euro-spa and luxurious! Charming "belly band" with an adorable mermaid-motif announces the scent of the contents and there are quite a few to choose from...the site is REALLY delightful to browse and I learned a lot about bath salts because that IS what they focus on-in every imaginable form!
My "Bamboo Jar with Signature Salts" contained 22 oz. of citrusy-sweet Acai-Berry scented crystals and I was just DYING to dump some into hot water and have a good soak: only a few handfuls are enough to release the luscious scent which really lingers and the water felt so soft, silky, and soothing! I loved the luxury of it all! The scent revived me and made me happy, my skin felt clean, soft, and rejuvenated when I FINALLY got out. These guys have sure got it dialed in when it comes to the art and soul of bathing with their salts. You couldn't possibly find another brand that would offer as much for as little!
This GORGEOUS bamboo container filled with luscious salts comes lovingly boxed and labeled and you simply cannot beat the price PLUS all of the bamboo-containers are currently on sale as well! I want the San Francisco Bath Salt Co. to send that truck of theirs to Texas and literally deliver me enough sweet-salty goodness for a lifetime because I won't ever be able to go back to "wanna' be" or artificially scented bath salts again! There is a huge difference in the quality and naturally charming scents they use. Your skin will thank you for the experience. This is without a doubt, one of THE most perfect gifts for anyone and everyone on your list and you can choose from muscle soaking, cold and flu relieving, lavender relaxing, green-tea infused skin treating, and SO many more wonderful choices!
Just perfect by means!
Believe it or not,they keep their shipping rates VERY low which is a huge incentive for me to buy these days and you can check out all of their delicious and quite well-known salty-treasures here!
I absolutely LOVE this product and fully intend to keep my self stocked with San Francisco Bath Salts from now on! Do you too believe in the powers of a long, hot soak in the tub? One of my true pleasures and by the way- I'm having to HIDE this container from my husband, he thinks these salts are exceptional too!
Almost every person I've talked to is "downsizing" (or trying to!) this Holiday season: Goddess Granny can confirm that even THE most privileged of fashionista's are thinking twice these days about how to have it all for a helluva' lot less!
I'm personally being more creative when it comes to gifts and I'm combining small items in pretty packaging that will surely get as loud a WOW as items costing much more and I'm doing some "theme" gifts revolving around say a color or something sparkly,with a card and picture attached to let the recipient know exactly why I thought they'd love and or how to wear...it's non-stress fun and I'm not going over budget!
One of the themes I'm doing is of course, related to beauty/makeup and I'm combining some goodies for that oh so coveted "smokey eye/nude lip" look that I believe just about everyone wants to wear at one time or another? I don't think this look is going anywhere anytime soon and pretty much defines "modern classic." In terms of a style of makeup it's a safe bet that anyone would love to receive the "ingredients" perfectly chosen to flatter them all in a sweet little package! HOWEVER, as un-fussy as this lip-look appears, it can be a bit of a beast to get JUST the right color and shine without looking ghastly or like you've been sucking sticky-caramels all day (although that's not a bad idea...:) Of course, top notch cosmetics with beautiful formulations and perfectly-crafted shades are an investment but that doesn't mean they have to be expensive. For over 18 years, the Bijou family, based in Los Angeles, have been personally involved and successfully creating a fabulous line of products that really DO deliver "department store quality at budget pricing." They have a huge following that rely on Jordana Cosmetics every season to be right on trend! I will admit, I had never tried anything in this line before but am absolutely AMAZED at how wonderful everything I now have really is. It's just so nice to feel all snug about getting the goods and still having enough cash for other things without guilt or remorse!
The makeup-fairies that send my products for review must have really worked overtime because when the Jordana Easyliner lip pencil and Pretty Shine Lipgloss landed in my lap, everything changed. For the FIRST time, I had a pair of magical products that went on like a dream almost without even trying. They gave me THE most perfect nude lip EVER I kid you not! Do you even KNOW how many dozens of liners and glosses I have tried in hopes of prancing about like Kim or Angelina or the countless others whose lips manage to look natural only REALLY better? I now have the perfect nude pinky-beige with a slight shimmer look too!
Do NOT pay attention to the shades in the demo-pics above, they are simply meant to show the product packaging...You want to get the "Easyliner" lip pencil in EL-08 "Rock n Rose" a GORGEOUS shade of nude pink that literally glides on without any tugging or so much pigment that you have that dreadful ring of death on your freshly-lined lips. The pencil covers perfectly and wears like your fav jeans! It's probably the prettiest nude liner I've ever seen and that's saying a lot but the shade is just that perfect on me! (makeup artists will tell you to go two shades darker than your natural lip to begin to create a perfect nude-look )Then pop on over and grab the "Pretty Shine" luxury lip gloss in LG-03,"Lovely", a light pinky- berry sparkle with a bit of gold shimmer: with these two products that will cost you less that FIVE DOLLARS for BOTH! You will absolutely be able to hold your own with ANY well made up chick at the party and people will be asking you for your secret smile recipe!
The packaging is surprisingly decent, the lip pencil is retractable and balanced in the hand, never needs sharpening, the doe-foot applicator for the gloss is soft and generous and the gloss smells and tastes absolutely yummy! Both products wear a LONG time when applied and I could give you the names of several MUCH pricier brands that will give you a similar look. Honestly? The Jordana products stay on better and more color-true and I am thrilled with the quality and look they create!
Such a fun, colorful, simple but cool Jordana website where you can play around and "get the look" as well as purchase the lip goodies plus a whole arsenal of fabulous cosmetic treats here. They really do have it all and at prices that I'm in awe of!
Seriously, at these prices for what are exceptional quality products that are VERY on point in their formulations and shades, you can be the sparkly- elf with the BEST gifts for all your girls! I've given you the recipe for THE perfect nude lip and all you have to do is maybe add a shadow/liner/mascara and voila! Add a cut-out picture from a magazine and "show" the look you're gifting, tie up with a pretty ribbon (presentation is KEY!) and you've got a gift I would sure love to get!
Someone will thank you I'm sure and you'll look like a pro-artist in the process! Have you tried the sensational Jordana line of products and do you also love to give your girls the gift of beauty? Buy It Here!
If this isn't the time of the year when that fine-quality known as "multi tasking" comes into play, I don't know what it's good for! Goddess Granny has her glitter-nail polished hands full these days and I know y'all do too so I'm very excited to be able to share something dare I say TOTALLY UNIQUE to the beauty/skin care/cosmetic world as I know it? I see you sighing and rolling those pretty eyes but hear me out: is there really very much at all "out there" that IS original and if so, is it good for you?
You're gonna' like this...
Nestled inside the plush offices of "Sunset Cosmetic Surgery" on yes, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles' hottest "strip" is a gorgeous esthetician/makeup artist/author named Geri Giagnorio aka "Geri G." or "The Skin Trainer." She has an incredibly impressive list of celebrity clients and offers some of THE most To Die For skin care treatments I've ever seen...her menu of services is just amazing in in terms of variety and focus!
Geri obviously knows her biz and her formulas and skin enhancing products are some of the most sought after in the world of beauty:she is not only skin-skilled but is the author of a book, "Eating for Better Skin: 10 Simple Steps" with another book due out in 2011 as well as her own line of cosmetics. She is one talented lady to watch and I'd absolutely LOVE to visit her offices! Her proven holistic yet modern-tech approach to the business of beautiful skin is not only refreshing,it's ridiculously original in her products to date!
I have a list of wanna' do's all earmarked for my next visit to LA and a visit to Geri G has recently been added for sure!
The Geri G. Mixer kit is a multi-tasking, hard working, unbelievably practical yet modern way to not only make every single item in your cosmetic kit "better" but also a truly unique way to add vital nutrients and vitamins to your skin as opposed to depleting it in any way because you too love your makeup! I have spent the past three days "playing around" with this kit and it has changed the way I will use some of my favorite products forever!
The "kit" comes with a sleek pump-dispenser of "mixer" along with a REALLY cool antimicrobial synthetic-bristled "M" brush, a nifty spatula for scraping powder or mixing! All you would need to play makeup artist including an instruction booklet and a DVD! Geri believes you shouldn't complicate your beauty routine but rather that you can do more with less using this kit and she is right. The paraben-free non-comedogenic "mixer" is a revolutionary and original product that contains 21 natural botanical ingredients and that allows you to re-texture and better apply EVERY product you use no matter the brand, type or color and regardless of skin type or shade. This gorgeous product nourishes your skin with a "Namomarine-5" organic compound while you enjoy natural sunscreen protection and add water-resistant quality to every bit of your makeup! I told you you'd like this: you can customize your colors with ease, use as a base, primer, and hydrator on every part of your face! Including lashes and brows, turn powder into concealer, loose shadows into long-wearing creams, and add incredible thickness to your lashes by layering between mascara applications! Did I mention you can even use the mixer to turn mascara INTO liner as well?
You can. Seriously, if it sounds pretty much like a genius-miracle beauty product it's because it is. Unlike moisturizer which contains oils that actually break down your makeup, Geri's mixer binds and enhances your cosmetics and enriches them into delicious skin care products as well!
There are SO many ways to use and apply: pre-foundation, mixed with foundation, on top of foundation: it makes "touch ups" almost a thing of the past and makeup does NOT settle, get shiny, or break down! You can create any shade of blush, bronzer, shadow, or lippy by mixing this gem every which way you can dream of with your own stuff! It's the best and most beautiful way to "play" with your makeup I've ever experienced. Great packaging ,affordable, and about as complete as a product could ever want to be in it's design and uses! I felt an immediate difference when I applied my foundation and seriously: I am currently down with a virus and I can't believe how GOOD my skin looks after vanity made me put on at least the rough-basics this am! It gives a beautiful finish to every product I've used with it and I can't wait to start using it with some of my much loved Urban Decay eyeshadows to see what I can create! Never seen the likes of this product and a little goes a long way, I am SO glad I actually have two on hand because I'm not making faces without it anymore! It IS totally unique and I can say without a shadow of doubt, it will change the way you use makeup and allow you to become the artist you want to be without a TON of cash invested and piles of products!
Clean and chic site with LOTS of info on Geri G and the products and you can buy this "miracle mixer" she created here!
I've tried to find something, anything, that isn't as good as you can imagine this product to be and the ONLY detail is that is has a bit of a scent at first which does dissipate. I tried to pin down what it smells like when applied and decided that it's "like the sea..." An organic and ocean-watery scent most likely due to the amazing skin-feeding minerals and hydrating marine botanicals it's packed full of so I'm down with that!
Finally a TRUE multi-tasking, creativity-inspiring product that not only works like a dream but is actually good for an enhances the appearance of your skin and makeup:wouldn't you also LOVE a product that made every single cosmetic you own better no matter what?
It's here so grab it and tell us how you'd love to "play with your makeup" in a whole new way thanks to Geri G!
I am freaking out that it's already mid-November: it's like time speeds UP a the end of the year and try as I might, I can't get my brain and feet to catch up! Goddess Granny feels the stress like everyone else although I tend to hide it under an extra layer of mascara whenever possible...
We all have our unique ways of "coping" and some tend to rather creative: I for one am looking forward to an afternoon with my glam-girl friends drinking wine in a dark theater watching two AMAZING diva's in "Burlesque!" Who cares if the movie may not have an award-winning script? The makeup, costumes and sets alone will inspire me for months! I also tend to bake cupcakes and bask in the tub more this time of year!
Some I know LOVE to have a "spa day" and while I have sampled what spas have to offer in many places with many ways to spoil and encourage relaxation! !I am still torn as to whether or not I love the process. It's great to go with a group and really indulge for an afternoon but I find that's a "party" and not relaxing and I won't even get into the cost. My favorite "spa" in the US is near my small hometown and it's rated among the very best if you can believe it!
One of the things I love most about this place besides the breathtaking grounds and gorgeous interior is that they offer "specials" for some of their amazing spa-services that INCLUDE all taxes and gratuities and I think it's brilliant: I get TOTALLY stressed out when some spas hand you a selection of tiny envelopes for "gratuities" after I'm stripped naked and who wants to do math in your head when you're supposed to be relaxing?
So, for the most part unless I get to indulge with some of my favorite people! When I'm not visiting NY, I do my own "spa services" at home: with everything available, it's really easy and the results can and do rival some treatments I have paid way too much for in the past.
We adore Zakia's here at Megsmakeup.com and I'll tell you why: this company is committed to the beautiful products they offer !The owners are lovely people and their products which include the amazing original "Argan Oil" (you NEED some of this during the winter months-trust me!) are held to the highest possible standards of organic purity. They continue to support women's co-ops and provide jobs as well as promote the social-responsibility of sustaining their resources in their native Morocco! I am a ridiculous fan of the Argan Oil and shampoos and now I have yet ANOTHER incredible Zakia's product on my list of favorites! They also love Meg's back and we are very thankful for their support.
"Moroccan Black Soap" sounds rather mysterious doesn't it? Based on the traditional and centuries-old "Hamman" spa treatments the gorgeous woman of Morocco have held dear for centuries, this is a unique and absolutely INCREDIBLE way to indulge yourself a bit right in the privacy of your own bathroom! It is a cleansing treatment-soap named "BELDI", a 100% natural plant product that is naturally rich in in vitamin E and has the restorative powers to regenerate your skin like nothing else! It removes toxins and I can't imagine what it might cost to experience this sort of luxury-treatment in an actual spa! It's low-lathering and can be used to cleanse but that's not the "best" way to reap the benefits.They refer to it as a "wondrous body treatment" and it really is so here's how you use it...
Prep with a couple of towels, maybe a book, music, and some wine or other beverage: get yourself all warm and moist in a shower or bath first( I soak in a hot tub,s urprise,surprise!) Get out and smear this creamy, earthy-smelling, beautifully-textured "soap" all over yourself including your face...Yes, it's a bit messy but who cares? Wrap yourself up and let it set for 10 minutes or so...I sit on my tuffet and read while it works it's magic. Now rinse it off and scrub all over with a loofa (kassa) which releases ALL the toxins and gets rid of every single dry flaky skin cell. Rinse once more and MARVEL at yourself: I felt like Cleopatra prepping for a hot night on the barge when I did this and it's very much worth the time and effort involved for such professional "spa-like" results!
I wish I had the time and enough "Moroccan Black Soap" to do this every single day...I LOVE the smell, it's primal and organic! More importantly, my skin felt like buttered- satin with less effort than I expected! This is one helluva' way to relax and rejuvenate and you don't have to worry about "gratuities" and/or how you look waddling around a spa in paper slippers. I felt a difference in my skin for days after using it so it was time well invested!
I can see how this, maybe combined with some other bath goodies and a pretty towel would make THE perfect gift for anyone who has everything! I love this company and am proud to be able to write such glowing reviews about their incredible products! EVERYTHING they make is superior! DON'T FORGET 30% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE MEGS2000! Do you also love to indulge in your own "home-spa" or do you prefer to leave it to the pros?
"So long as a woman has twinkles in her eyes, no man notices whether she has wrinkles under them..." Dolores Del Rio (1904-1983)
Spoken like a true legendary beauty of the 1930's whose lovers are a who's who of Hollywood and the world! Goddess Granny suggests you read about her and discover what a "Beauty Legend" REALLY might be? SO different from today's standards and levels of acceptance! I don't however totally agree that no one will notice the mess under one's eyes simply because they are incredibly captivating although it's something to strive for!
Honestly, under-eye circles aren't my worst beauty-nightmare personally but I know the issue is annoying to many! I have other nasty fish to fry when it comes to my flaws. There is however nothing like the power of a GREAT concealer and with SO many on the market, it's easy to overlook the ones who might actually be the stuff of legend. "Innovative Technology Cosmetics" or IT Cosmetics is a brand I knew little about: an expertly created line of cosmetics that are not only somewhat "clinical" in nature in that they were designed to help perfect the skin after surgery both elective and non with incredible formulas that also allow the user to look fabulous while healing without looking like there's anything to hide! This is a new idea to me: most of the "clinically based" makeups out there are not something most would choose to use everyday. They are known to be thicker, heavier, harder to apply-simply not really great for one's skin! I know many believe in "minerals" but for some of us, they aren't our best option.
IT Cosmetic's products are cutting-edge in terms of their ability to nurture and heal the skin but also look SO great on that one can and will want to use them everyday! MANY celebs are in love with this line as well (who knew?) With good reason because your "flaws" are no more, no touchups are required and you are treating the skin with some pretty amazing ingredients while you look perfect! "Bye Bye Under Eye" is so good I almost can't stand it: full coverage, highly-pigmented, easy to apply and waterproof? Be still my heart...Add some vitamins K, C, A, E, and Collagen and oh yeah...make it moisturizing as well! It does NOT cling or accentuate any little line, crease or wrinkle. You may very well have THE best concealer ever in a sleek but generously-sized little tube in your hand! Developed and USED by those whispered about plastic surgeons in Brazil, it was created to hide swelling and bruising but quickly became the darling of the beautiful who hadn't had surgery as well because it's so good! A tiny bit is all that's needed and I have been (HUGE beauty tip coming...drumroll!) my foundation brush to apply, not a small harder to blend concealer brush. The foundation brushes are usually synthetic-bristled and tapered. You can simply squeeze a drop onto your hand, pick up the product and maneuver the brush under the eye right up to the lash-line if you use the edge without ANY tugging or pulling and blending becomes effortless with the flat side of the brush...Trust me, this is a great tip that took me years to discover! More "area" covered more smoothly and easily and you can simply blend any extra around your nose or lips without having to juggle another brush! ByeBye is available in fours shades which also also huge because most wear under eye cover-up that is too light so here are more options. Can you use it elsewhere? You betcha' and it's so good at concealing blemishes and anything else you dislike that it might well be all you need in the morning and it WILL last all day! The wearability is unsurpassed by anything I have ever tried. I tested it by wearing it to a killer Zumba class and if anything survives an hour of fierce-sweat- It rocks in my book!
Buy this FABULOUS award-winning concealer here, they have an AMAZING blog and I love how interactive and crisp the site is!
I was a bit in awe while browsing the "who's who" of press and those who also love this line and am looking forward to trying more of their unique and obviously incredible products! This may not be a "mainstream" line but let me tell you my fellow Megheads, it IS one of the best I've been lucky enough to try! Check it out if you have anything to hide! Legends seldom make excuses so just cover them up and go be fabulous! Do you also appreciate it when "less is more" because a product works SO well you need much less on your face to look perfect?
I'm trying to remember the last time I spent an entire day without makeup on. Goddess Granny simply can't remember the last time I didn't wear something, even if it was around the house or to run to the dreaded "Not So Little Shop Of Horrors" aka Walmart. I dummy-down to go there because it seems like every single dweeb, pervert,and freak of nature in Texas can smell it when I walk into the place (no matter the location!) and immediately begin to follow me through the aisles or to try and chat me up over the bags of onions.
Usually I go in workout clothes on my way to actually workout or jeans and a ratty black tee with huge sunglasses and no lipgloss: God forbid they think I'm trying to be seductive? I do however have enough vanity to at least spare the world my more visible flaws and try to cover them up. I LOVE my "face" and wearing makeup to me is one of THE great joys that being a girly-girl allows! I'm damn good at applying my own makeup and even better at doing it for someone else...false eyelashes are effortless when you can actually see where they are going-HA!
One of the biggest bugaboos of recent product-years for me has been the fact that no matter how or by who they're made, most makeup primers wreck havoc with my fragile (okay...truly annoying and just plain ornery!) I've tried dozens with great results the first couple of days before the red bumps and itching or blotching starts...My derma-doc says the silicone-based ingredients are the culprit although some say "it's not possible" and that silicone can actually be good for the skin, helping it to heal while smoothing.
My skin apparently despises anything with silicone in it although I try to fake it because some of the primers out there are SO amazing! I lose in the long run every time though...
I am not very "green" and LOVE that our sweetassgal covers that area of beauty SO fabulously well but this product recently rolled into my life and I just have to share as a recent convert to the green-side :created by a LOVELY company called "Exuberance" that has such a clean and joyful way of presenting their delightfully-crafted line of products that I find myself feeling calmer just visiting their lovely site! "Cutting edge, result-driven, certified organic ingredients...""Helping to remind women of the brilliance within and helping them to celebrate it through beauty" Not just nice words because this company means business in a big way! I love their philosophy, their ingredients, and the way that they have managed to define "holistic and pure." They do it without making it sound like yet another brand without preservatives! Elegant and easy and if this product is any example of how effective their products are, I just might become a LOT more green! MANY beauty editors are giving "Exuberance" HUGE props for quality and because they are really, really, good products!
"Silicone Free Makeup Primer" is my new BFF: I hate that term but not sure what else to call something I LOVE to slather on my face everyday? "Helichrysum" and "natural DMAE (aka "facelift in a jar) lift and tone the skin when applied and leaves behind THE most perfect canvas for my foundation of choice (MUFE HD Foundation in 120) that I could ever imagine and without ANY sort of irritation, breakout or bump to make me miserable! Pure and gorgeous ingredients in a clinical-looking glass vial prove they take this seriously, no frills needed because this truly is the best primer I've ever tried...fade back to the several dozen I have loved and left behind over the past couple of years! You only need to allow a dime-sized drop on clean skin, let it dry and marvel and how firm, smooth and dare I say powerless your skin looks?
I feel like it's all I need somedays and I've NEVER thought that before! It really has made a difference in the way my makeup holds and wears and I notice that there's no more "settling" several hours later either! Scentless and clean feeling, no stickiness or "drag" when applied. It's just amazing andI'd go as far to say it's a contender for my "Best Product of 2010!"
VERY intelligent and classy website with lots of info, great reviews of the products and several ways to evaluate which products might be the best choices for your skin! Extraordinary product line-up and super high quality no frills packaging without the sometimes mega-price point some "organic" brands that might rival "Exuberance" have! When you use nothing that is "filler" or "cosmetic grade" but only the best possible stuff, it simply costs more and without all those preservatives and artificial gunk and you have to create smaller batches to insure the consistency...
Green IS my very favorite color these days because of my "Silicone Free Makeup Primer" and I'm going to try several other items (Tangerine and Maple skin tonic?:) because they just sound SO almost edible: I know they'll be great for my skin!
Be sure to check out the "Exuberance Diaries": some really fun reading and a cool contest coming up!
Are you a dive out the door with a bare-nekkid face girl or do you also usually cover up or do a glam-puss even if no one will notice? Do you find primer makes a difference silicones or not? This one sure does for me and I can now be a cone-free Green Goddess as well!
These days for a cosmetics-based business to have a successful "run" of ten years is really something especially when you have SO many beauty brands to chose from! Goddess Granny tries probably way too many products both seasoned and recently hatched! Of course, I have my favorite lines including the amazing "Tarte": Who can forget when their iconic cheek-stain hit the shelves (SJP first wore in on "Sex In The City" lighting up the lines with women calling to find out WHAT she had on her cheeks!) resulting in women everywhere to "blush like they just got lucky?" Recently their "Lip Surgence" colors were the talk of every beauty-editors and maven, myself included! I could go on and on about just about everything Maureen Kelly the founder and CEO creates!
Tarte's "earth-engineered beauty" philosophy and healthy formulas continue to be totally chic in THE most refined and purest manner possible and the company manages to use natural and good for us all ingredients in everything they make! I sometimes wonder how anyone comes up with products SO effective, beautiful and gorgeous in their presentations. They never sacrifice quality and style and Tarte always comes to the front of the list! I can't live without their lip colors shades, eyeliners and cheek stains period.
How about a little brown sugar, vanilla, soothing aloe and some sweet sensual oils to start your day? The VERY unique "FRXTION" (yes, that is the correct spelling) treatment that is on everyone's lips! It's full of good for your skin stuff but also does a rather dicey job better than anything else I've ever tried! You need a smooth and primed "canvas" for any makeup product to glide on and provide lasting results-right? Well...a coat of greasy lip balm simply doesn't cut it at least around my vanity and I've found that especially when darker shades of lippy are involved. DARKER LIPS? You absolutely MUST exfoliate those flakey-lips and then prime them prior to application and kissing the mirror!
Fabulous packaging as I expect from Tarte! There's so much going on in this little gem: a super-cool case that opens to allow a tiny pop-up mirror do it's thing! A well-planned bullet of product inside that has two beauty-enhancing products in one! Apply the yummy tasting brown sugar based exfoliant side first (it's very addictive BTW!) After either a gentle wipe to remove OR a sweet little lip-licking treat-glide on the creamy yet not greasy primer and voila! You are good to go as is only MUCH improved! Ready to rock your favorite lip color without any fear of a less than perfect finish! Leaves a beautiful matte finish and somehow seems to "pouf" everything in a small way by removing the uglies.
It smoothes with aloe and luscious oils, hydrates with vitamins A and E and protects while tasting great: in a word,genius and everyone NEEDS this product in their makeup bag-trust me! It's extremely reasonable and I can see how it might well be the "one size truly does fit all" gift that anyone who welcome and NOT re-gift! A well thought out and much-needed addition if you (and who among us doesn't?) ever suffer from dry lips or just need to re-boot their silky smoothness!
Not exactly a "new" product but it's sure new to me and I think it's one of Tarte's finest creations in the way it presents and works! Buy it here and I suggest by the handful because everyone will want to know "what you've done!"
OMG: I am bad...had to checkout the Holiday 2010 stuff while I was on the site and WANT the "Royal Collection!"
I LOVE a great multi-tasking product and LOVE what Tarte offers year after year! I know SO many who use the cheek stains: have you tried them and which shade is your favorite? I am "Tickled" many days...
Have you ever caught yourself literally starring at someone? Recently Goddess Granny was recently guilty of doing this. A young woman at a sushi bar had the cutest boots on and her outfit was also really adorable. What captured my attention was her "essence." She was chatting to a guy and everything about her simply radiated good health and confidence....In a word she GLOWED! I decided that if there were a product at any time in the history of the world that could capture her youthful excitement and charm in a bottle that it would indeed be priceless and all would kill to own it!
To my amazement, a package arrived the very next day that included this funky-precious little purple (very well made and with an excellent mirror!) compact. It had such a darling little embossed smirking-skull on the cover I squealed in delight before I even had it out of the box! it could ONLY be something fabulous, fun (and of course amazing) from our BFF's at "Urban Decay!!!" You know I love this company and they just keep getting better to the point of serious cult-status! I follow UD on Facebook as well and their updates, contests and casual yet intriguing posts literally have people stalking them to see what's next! Their eye shadows and palettes? Legend if you can snag them before sellout...Their primers and glosses? I don't know anyone who doesn't have them in their pro-bag of tricks! They are irreverent without being over the top and original to a fault! This brand consistently rocks the makeup world with color and cool and the fact they their approach to beauty as a whole is their "why not?" attitude! They recently re-introduced the art of false eyelash-wearing to many who would never have considered it before because they made it fun and new again to apply lashes as well as making it easy for a novice!
I held my breath as I opened the compact. I beheld a shimmering cream and when I ran my finger over it, it felt like silk and shimmered like....A moonbeam? Wait...no, make that "Moonshine" That's the color of my "Urbanglow Cream Highlight!" This stuff is so DIFFERENT! Wear it right on top of whatever else you have on and it illuminates like crazy! Sculpt your cheekbones, emphasize your assets or wear under your foundation to hide the sins of a night of sin! Four shades-all are wearable by ANYONE! The effect is literally that of the most flattering high-end lighting known to man or woman! Totally non-greasy, weightless and effortless, simply light up your looks with this mega-watt silken-cream and no one will ever know it's not simply your natural "glow" shining through! Not a trace of "glitter" makes just as much of a statement though...
I will go as far as saying this product rates in the top 5 of my "Best of 2010" so far for the year! It's truly innovative and unlike any other highlighter ever. It just captures the light in a subtle way and allows you to control the effect with the mere touch of a fingertip! I would like to try one of the "bronzy" shades and think this little compact could well replace about 3 other "must have" items I currently use! I'm almost afraid to put it down, it's like my new "Tinkerbell nightlight! It lets me shine in the prettiest possible way, I LOVE MY URBANGLOW!
There's even a super-cool little video on the Urban Decay website that shows how co-founder "Wende" uses it to fake a "younger look" on a gorgeous model here!
Who among us doesn't want to look positively radiant and "dewy?" I know I sure do! This product is JUST hitting the shelves but you can be among the first (and I do predict a quick-sellout initially!) to buy it here!
The compact holds a very generous amount but if you're like me, you'll be dabbing it on constantly and will want backup,! I can't imagine an easier way to capture a bit of luminescent magic and be the one who "glows" in a crowd! I think a bit of "liquid light" (not glitter although I also love it dearly) is something elusive, special and that everyone can love and use daily! Do you also love to shine in all the right places?