Wishing y'all the best and happiest Fourth of July ever! Goddess Granny is celebrating in rainy South Texas but wherever you are I hope you have a fun-filled day, even if you're outside the USA because we really don't need a reason to pop a few corks and polish off some snacks (healthy of course?) here at Meg's because anytime is a great day to celebrate feeling good and looking great!
For us here in the US, the 4th usually means that the official Summer-party season is ON and that anything normally only worn, eaten, or done in mass-quantities of steamy indulgence is allowed for a few short weeks so break out the bikinis and enjoy like you did when you were a kid!
It can be a bit more challenging to keep one's face and self cool and collected when the temps soar but we've already chatted about some ways to be your prettiest when you're hot (and not in the good way...) by lightening up on your makeup and giving your hair a break from all the heat-styling and products and how to use self-tanners to fake your glow safely. I've also "noticed" that it can be a time to re-evaluate what you choose to smell like as well: the sexy-scents that might be memorable the rest of the year sometimes end up smelling like fruit salad left out in the sun when it's warmer and anything that is considered "heavy" can really be overwhelming and unpleasant when you're trying to be fresh and inviting on a truly humid day!
I normally prefer "big" scents with lots of vanilla, gardenia, tuberose, and musk because its basically who I am BUT have learned to truly appreciate a less obvious fragrance when it's hot outside because it makes me "feel cooler..." Body sprays are great as are the lighter-versions of some popular scents but most have little staying power on me and because I LOVE perfume,I'd rather try and find something that stays true to my seductive-nature AND manages to present it's self like a refreshing cloud at the same time...tall order,I know.
Enter Michael Todd's deliciously named "Singuliere" perfume which is intended to convey the scent of a "thing of rare and exclusive beauty...like you!" and in an incredibly sexy way,it does!
We recently chatted about Michael's considerable beauty-skills and philosophy and connected y'all to his amazing online-only site: again,it's worth the time to browse because it's really one of THE best and most varied! I tend to be "picky" about who creates my personal scents because they ARE just that: personal but Michael's trademark scent for women has my full attention and admiration for several reasons. It's handcrafted from pure fragrance oils with no additives or water so you're getting a nice value in terms of "scent per use" to begin with...essences of bergamot, mandarin orange and pineapple merge seamlessly at first to present a rather citrusy-green fragrance BUT I find that it continues to morph and changes into something warmer and more "caramel" and sweet as you wear it...Michael says it "starts out like "Angel..." which I personally wore for 15 years but it has NONE of the heavy sweetness of that beautiful perfume but rather a more indirect and unique way of being "heard..." in the most heavenly way: Singuliere is GORGEOUS and pure female without screaming out loud and is the perfect marriage of that which is light and fresh and the richer notes of a fine-tuned complex perfume. The staying power is amazing and as I mentioned,it has a changing-quality as the notes dry down that's so enjoyable and original.
I can't imagine a more fitting or lovely scent for hot days and nights: I wore it yesterday while lunching at a trendy-cool spot in town and a really cute guy told me I "smelled like sunshine..." on the way out the door he held open for me (gotta' love those Southern boys!) Husband said I "smelled like ice cream" so I'll take those two tidbits and again proclaim that this just might be the perfect "essence of Summer!" Beautifully bottled with a couple of options I was shocked by how much I love Michael's creation as I am somewhat of a "purist/scent-snob" and normally prefer complicated perfumes that are hard to find but this delightful scent holds it's ground beautifully against any of the major players and I love it! I could never understand why anyone would choose to smell like a thousand other women and wear something "mass-bottled" when there are unique scents like "Singuliere" available at a similar cost that can really define who you are and be your calling-card when you enter a room so don't be afraid to try something unusual and less common now and then because this one in particular is fabulous!
Grab a cold one and experience the fun that is Michael Todd's online store and if you love to smell GREAT anytime of the year,be sure to check out "Singuliere" because it's a winner in my book! I am no longer faithful to one perfume anymore but this one has my heart...for now!
Do you also love to smell great all the time and do you change scents with your moods or the weather or are you married forever to a single perfume?
"How fickle is woman..." Rhett Butler, Gone With the Wind.
Those in the know often refer to a product as one of their "HG" favorites,short for "Holy Grail" but what does that really mean? Without boring you to tears that will smudge your perfect smokey-eye, Goddess Granny has the basic info for you: "Holy Grail" refers to a sacred object in literature and/or certain Christian traditions so a "Holy Grail" product would then be one that is "sacred" to the user aka most loved, most used, above all others and very possibly perfect in their eyes...Cherished even? I do get a bit emotionally-invested in my products sometimes so it's all possible as I see it...
I tend to shift my personal HG items around like they were the "Q" Scrabble tile! They're fighting to be used but that's mostly because I probably own more products than anyone should or needs to-oh well! It's somehow comforting to know that no matter what my mood or disposition, I have products at my fingertips to indulge or create the "me" my fickle-self chooses to be on any given day!
I do have a few things that if the TSA threatened to take them I'd probably be a beast about. Overall, most things are pretty much subject to change or rotation in my vanity:I have textures and colors for "seasonal use" and also that border on theatrical because hey,you just never KNOW when you might need 2" blue eyelashes, right? The possibility exists in my mind but that's another post.
I believe that if there were one single product that most women would say is their "HG" item, it would be something they use on their lips. Our lips are probably the one area we want to protect, define, show off, and even flaunt a bit! Our lips are where the opposite sex tends to focus if we're lucky! Eyes are amazing for flirting and yes,we'd all love to have flawless skin and glossy hair but they're really the "foreplay" when it comes to getting busy with your products: even woman I know wants their lips to stand out in a crowd for obvious reasons and yes, some overdo their "enhancements" but the desire to attract and seduce is still the same. I have literally stopped women in their tracks to ask "what color are you wearing?" If it's one that SCREAMS sexy to me. The women are always happy to share. You're lucky I'm sharing THIS product with y'all because it seriously has magical powers. Unleashing it on the world might come with some interesting consequences! We at Megsmakeup.com of course, claim no responsibility if a stranger grabs you and starts smooching away!
Napoleon Perdis is a "Meg Head" to me now whether he knows it or not. He's "one of us". We've chatted about his exceptional line of products designed to be used by anyone and available at any number of retail outlets including some Ulta and Target locations and we've also chatted about his designing-genius and artistry. We've even gotten to see and hear his handsome Aussie-self live in Meg's fabulous clips! His company continues to set the standard for upscale and innovative products and every time I visit the site, there's something new and cool to get gaga over and I don't think he ever sleeps! If you've visited the site and browsed around you've noticed his gorgeous wife. I for one believe this man is SO good at what he creates simply because he loves women...Lucky us!
I don't think I've ever met a lippy I didn't like! Napoleon's "Luminous Lip Veil" has not only gone 'round with me but has become THE lip product I panic over if it falls to the bottom of my bag and I can't grab hold of it immediately! It's that unique and amazing...Dare I say that powerful?
This "liquid lipstick" is even luscious in it's clear tube: it shimmers and morphs and sings a siren song without doing a thing! When you use the adorable brush to apply it, something changes about your face...the product captures the light like NOTHING I've ever seen before and gives a fuller effect to the lips...more than that, it hydrates with Aloe Vera to soothe/smooth and I seriously think it takes ages off one's face because it gives the effect of sparkling "youth" and is just so damn pretty on! Flavored with lycee, I get a hint of strawberry as well and it wears well without feathering. Napoleon suggests "lining after" as we already know from his chat with Meg! My shade is "Angelic Psychedelic" (name rather suits me...) shown above and it's the PERFECT raspberry-pink of Summer with SO much built-in glam and glow you really have to try it to see what I mean: it doesn't have a "frost" or "glitter" but something magical that shimmers like no other lippy and reflects every available sun or moon beam so that you sparkle like the star you are!
It is my "HG" lip product for now and possibly for a very long time!
There is an amazing array of shades to choose from and I can't imagine anyone not loving at least one!I need "Cherchez La Femme" for the name alone and cant imagine how beautiful that lilac shade will be "in person!" Chic packaging, great product for price value and if you love lippy like I do this is a MUST TRY product because I haven't tried anything else that rivals it's effect!
Buy it here and be sure to hang out on the site,I could spend an afternoon and LOVE that it's so informative and well-designed! I for one and VERY glad Napoleon is "one of us" because his products are just so damn great!
Are you in love in your products or do you subject them to your changing moods as well? Do you believe in the power of the perfect pout like I do?
I am such a girl: I love all things glittery, pink, ethereal and impractical. The highest heels, the reddest lipstick. the biggest diamonds...you mention any stereotypical "girl thing" and Goddess Granny will love it! I really do try and fit myself into the geekette and jockette molds at times but like most of us,I'm also a study in contrasts and make no excuses for it! I believe in ALL the latest and greatest procedures, products, and techniques and take no issue with products that aren't quite so "green" if they produce fabulous results on my skin and hair but when it comes to my body and baths?
I am a freak for products so wholesome and pure it's ridiculous.
I stalk and browse and take great joy in tracking down bath and body products that are swoon-worthy by anyone who adores a hot shower or bath and who doesn't: I literally had an addition put onto our house so that I could indulge in my spa-baths on a nightly basis and the fact that I LOVE to supply my shelves with fabulous products intended to cleanse and soothe is a "bad habit" I take full responsibility for! Scrubs and salts...soaps and bath teas...lotions and creams...I love them all and really enjoy the fact that while incredible companies like "LUSH" have it covered, there are also MANY equally fabulous boutique-brands on Etsy and elsewhere online as well as beautiful batches of goodies cooking up in small-biz kitchens all over the place! I recently found the most beautiful fruit-based body scrub I've ever seen or used at a local Farmer's Market...who knew?
"A Mano" translates as "by hand and is the name of a truly gorgeous line of bath products handcrafted in Florida by the Amicarelle family who create absolutely perfect and pure soaps and scrubs using old-fashioned methods and the highest quality natural ingredients. Rich imported olive oils are combined with other organic oils and scents to produce soaps using time-honored techniques that are incredibly good for your skin and smell amazing! Is there anymore more luxurious that a pristine new bar of soap so delicious-smelling that you hate to use it for fear it will run out? Everything is made in small batches and by hand and in our mass-comsumptive and faster than sound paced world,this is really the "essence" of what luxury products are to me: products that are the result of planning, love, pride,and skill! I have seen how fine soaps are made and it's a lot like the art of winemaking or any other process that relies heavily on minute details and recipes and of course, on the "hands" that do the actual work. The Amicatelle family truly has perfected the "art of soapmaking!"
I'm currently in lust with a rather unique A Mano soap called "Tea Tree Mint" and as someone who prefers floral-scents,it's really sucked me it! It has a fresh and lovely "grassy/citrusy scent" but add a touch of fresh mint into the mix and you have the PERFECT post workout, hot day of shopping,hard day at work way to wash yourself happy! A big 5 oz. bar with lots of natural oils and sweet lather,I am literally hiding it from Mike because I KNOW it would be gone in like 3 days! They have a nice selection of scents and all sound just great. There are also sugar scrubs and bath accessories and you can also get some REALLY nice gift baskets at excellent prices. I can't think of anyone male or female who wouldn't be delighted to receive such a gift...
Clean, straightforward site where you can browse the products and I think you'll agree that A Mano truly defines all that is "pure and good" in their products and business practices as well as creating goods that manage to be chic and luxurious without any frills because they are simply that good.
Devotion to quality and the production of products that are actually better for your skin and the environment as well because the Amicarelle family also practices recycling and supports sustainable agriculture. The results of this are some of "the best"on the market" bath and body products in my humble opinion.
For me, "true luxury" is that which is not mass-marketed but rather produced "A Mano" with love and skill and attention to details that make all the difference!
Lemongrass Sage soap is calling my name: do you also love using bath and body products that are handcrafted, smell amazing, and work better/are better for your skin than many mass-produced ones?
I wear makeup almost everyday: if I don't have it on, start worrying because it means I'm either in a hissy fit snit or sick and trust me, neither state endears this Goddess Granny to anyone! I love the stuff and never cease to be amazed or fall victim to the latest greatest or not so and new to the market brands available: a generic "Sephora newsletter" basically translates as personal correspondence with my name on intended just for ME because I believe they might suspect (due to the amount of cash I leave at their counters per year...) that I take the art of makeup and beauty in a serious way?
Odd thing is that although I wear and enjoy cosmetics most days, I hate to fuss and like to get the task done once so I can be free to pursue other pastimes that don't leave me obsessing over perceived flaws quite so much: sewing a seam or baking cupcakes can be a bit more relaxing therefore, I appreciate high-quality products that wear like the devil, come in flattering colors, and that do what they say they will as again, I am a sucker for them but at the same time I do hold my pretties to a high standard of quality and performance-a lot like my men!
I also LOVE "boutique brands" as much as I do the giants of industry and am a serious online shopper: you ask, "You buy MAKEUP online?" Yep...a lot of it and most of the time, it's a satisfying process! It's mostly a matter of location with me and if I CAN get into town to browse it's great but most weeks I'm simply too busy for the luxury of it so I do a LOT of my browsing and shopping online with excellent results overall. I have also found that in terms of "customer service", many physical storefronts can't and don't even try to compete with the usually excellent and genuine service so many online retailers offer. I scout, plot, question if need be, and order without regret in most cases. Many places even offer color matching...
So I am literally in awe over the concept of doing biz that the folks at Michael Todd Cosmetics obviously understand perfectly: their incredible and interactive website is "entertaining" and offers over 200 pages of virtual-products, photo "look" galleries that show how products are used to achieve the face of your dreams, and over 1,100 products in a dazzling array of colors and textures to choose from! THIS is a "virtual reality" I personally could get lost in and never want to leave! Michael Todd himself has been an actor, model, and makeup artist. He sought to present his line of incredibly high-quality and pure product-line in a most original and rather spectacular manner and truly showcases the pro- makeup artist mantra, "Perform...Reform...Transform" in conjunction with his company and internet superstore! There's even a "Live Chat" feature onsite that encourages questions of potential customers because Michael believes that, "It's not enough to have the best ingredients or formula but that you also much treat your guests like a Queen!" That sure works for me. Most "service" I've received at physical cosmetic-counters recently has been less than royal.
Cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, men's products ,tools and brushes, removers, and limited editions...my Mac screen glows at the sight of it all and I have literally spent an afternoon on the site just enjoying what Michael has to offer: I think this is one of THE best online-presentations I've ever experienced and give kudos to Michael and his team for really doing the job RIGHT and right at your fingertips!
I'm wearing Michael's "Long Lasting Creme Eyeshadow" in "Warm Honey" on a daily and nightly basis and can honestly say it's a unique formula: creme-gel in nature, the sweet little pot of color can be applied with a finger but I use a short tight-bristled chisel brush...one sweep of the color shades and entire eye and I like to wing this product up at the outer edges of my eyes.A gentle blend and WOW! The beautiful bronzy-gold brown shade does an exceptional job of lighting up my eyes and I have yet to experience ANY creasing, smearing, or loss of color and as I've mentioned before-my makeup has to withstand the "dance class" test! I am not generally a fan of creme shadows because very few get it right and most end up a streaky color-degraded mess but this lusciously light pigment rich product can be shadow or base and the range of shades available has me swooning because I REALLY like this stuff, it's easy, glamorous,and effortlessly gorgeous! I don't see my exact shade onsite currently but it's very close to "Vacation Bronze" in the pic above. "Private Island", "Michael Todd", and "Forever Young" shall soon be mine as well,I love clicking on the color swatches and watching the eye makeup in the pic change...as Coco said "It's all in the details!"
I can promise that you will have a blast on this site and that this creme shadow is amazing and comparable to a substantially higher-priced one I used down to the bottom of the pot! It just so happens "Michael" is my favorite name (husband got lucky it's his as well!) and Michael Todd Cosmetics is my new FAVORITE online and highly enjoyable to use source for a sparkling array of pro-grade products at reasonable prices so grab something sassy to sip and hunker down to enjoy Michael's signature line of stellar stuff that makes you beautiful! I believe Michael Todd and his talented team who obviously realize the "future of retailing" will set the bar for online-shopping at a new high! Do you also love shopping for beauty products online or do you simply need to get your hands on something to sample in person first?
"The women come around every time I'm pourin' shots..."
LMFAO...no,not laughing: that's the name of the group who sings that nasty but damn it's catchy song "Shots!"Goddess Granny is SO not cool enough to know this on her own, it's a song on the playlist my Zumba (high-intensity FUN and fabulous workout classes!) instructor kicks our butts playing. I am not a big drinker but yes, an occasional "shot" is actually good for both the experience and the memories if the conditions are right and I prefer mine to be Tequila if possible. Gotta' love that it's still one of those things in life that you KNOW will have an outcome that's unpredictable if you're lucky and in the right place with good people! Shots...
You have also gotta' love a highly-successful beauty company that designs it's self after a cocktail lounge and names the fabulous products in the line after cocktails: where else can a girl indulge without caring what her hair and face look like or if she'll do something stupid that will get her blasted out on YouTube? You can take a trip to the "Tini Bar" and actually come away prettier than when you entered without the benefit of a "shot" for courage! You can "stir up custom looks and colors to suit any taste" and then choose from literally dozens of way to make YOUR specialty beauty-cocktail a reality! Your "mixology class" can be credited to your nails,your lips, or your eyes and I promise it's just about the most fun you can have sober or online. There are some "physical" Tini locations as well and the website allows you to see if there is one near you so you can REALLY get giddy and goofy over cocktails with the girls!
Basically, 'Tini encourages you to think outside the beauty-box and to mix colors, textures and products with drunken abandon to create absolutely original shades that are to YOUR taste! They have lots of "signature cocktails" that you can sample and browse but also info for being your own mad-scientist and creating JUST the perfect shade that you've been lemming forever with almost no effort or sobriety-test required! All that is needed after that is to acquire your "ingredients" and voila: you are shakin' that shaker Baby! This concept excites me and I spent a lot of time on the site "mixing it up" and hope to find a physical location down the line so I can really get hands-on with the process but the online site is still tons of fun and lets me get all drunk with color.
I'm indulging in an "Eyetini" with y'all today and sharing the perfect eye-candy cocktail with you in Tini's "Double Shot" which is if you can believe it, a truly incredible eye-liner pencil AND a ridiculously effective mascara in one! It pairs their "Swizzle Stick" liner with their "Magnum" Mascara in a single shot and multi-tasking just jumped up a notch on the "WOW" meter on my vanity: this innovative product hasn't left me side since it arrived last week! CUTE silver packaging that proclaims "Cheers to Beauty!" and also reminds you to "Apply Responsibly!" so I was smiling even before I opened my double shot. I give mad-props to the designer of this: you simply un-do the eyeliner from the end of the sleek rather futuristic-designed cylinder and you have in your hand an easy to hold swivel-up eyeliner that you can now apply...but wait kiddies,there's MORE because the other end have a full-sized mascara so literally you have all you need to decorate your eyes except a shadow if you'd like one and trust me, Tini' has you covered there as well...this is high-quality products and efficiently packaged "must have" beauty basics at their most adorable!
There is as much product as you'd get in single pieces of product and I find that the slightly downscaled sizing helps in application: the eyeliner is rich in pigment,glides on without any tugging and LASTS even on the lower waterline through a workout class! (Yes,I test products for stability via sweating them off,HA!)The mascara is rich and creates truly flirt-worthy lashes and my shade of "Blue Velvet" included both ended-products in a deeply fabulous inky blue. I'd never tried blue mascara before and find it POPS my brown eyes so I'm loving it! There are several cocktail color combos to choose from and this is a product I can bet anyone would appreciate as a gift or shower favor: the products are all reasonably priced, FUN and what a great idea for a "beauty-themed" soiree of any sort because you could actually get a bunch of them and then mix away madly with some friends to your heart's desire and no doubt, get lots of color payoff in return with no hangovers!
"Intoxicating eyes" are almost too easy with this and I'm dying to drink up all the other favors as well! I already LOVE Tini's lip-stains and now can gladly add a Double Shot to my beauty mix and still be able to walk a straight line to fabulous!
Visit and spend some quality time on the site mixing your Glama' Girl cocktails before you buy! This company,concept,products,creativity and casual-cool approach to beauty has me reeling and staggering with delight: do you also love when YOU can have a hand in what colors and finishes you wear in your cosmetics?
"Summertime...and the livin' is easy!" In the words of the immortal Janis Joplin, it CAN be but for many of us, it's also the "least pretty" time of the year because you HAVE to be outside, near water, deal with heat and humidity and yes, even put on a swimsuit and brave the depths once in a while! A girl's self-esteem and routine really can change when the season does,right? Goddess Granny is MUCH more a creature of dark rooms and indirect lighting who prefers the shadows of Autumn to the bright sunshine of Summer but alas, I married a "sunshine-y" kind of guy and currently live in the parched and HOT South of Texas so I'm obliged to make an attempt once in a while but believe me, I do NOT look my best when the 100 degree temps start rolling in! My hair blows up and does a weird sort of wave without style thing, my skin protests both the sun AND the heat and my makeup? I am not a girl who can simply slide out the door with nothing but a smile on her face and have finally found products and a system that works so I can still enjoy my life without looking like Shiny the Clown in sorry smeared makeup when I go out and about!
We all have that "one thing we HATE about ourselves, right? I know, I know...we're supposed to accept and love unconditionally but we still have that tendency to focus on it because well...it BUGS us! In my case, it's my thin, sparse, wayward, shapeless eyebrows. You with those luscious ones have my spite in a nice way but seriously, it seems that this topic is one that MANY of us are dealing with for a variety of reasons: a bad wax or pro-job, medications that cause thinning-hair, age related changes, over plucking...you name it, I see it as a rather constant issue in the world of beauty that SO many fight with on a daily basis! We will refrain chatting about those who have fallen prey to "permanent" methods of correction because I have seen some that are VERY well done but alas, many are not and it's another topic altogether.
I have for months tried the many methods and products that are designed to encourage re-growth with some good results but unfortunately, it's not "fast" enough for my needs: what was never "good" about my brows (and I do believe it's the luck of the draw in the gene-pool...) has become a fright due to my "age", hormone-levels, tendency towards grey-ness, and just the fact that nature isn't always kind or fair to women when it comes to change! I am slowly trying to cultivate my "brow garden" but it's a daily and frustrating obsession I wish I could control but at least now I have found a product that will get me through the warm months looking great!
The Makeup Forever line of products as a whole are some of THE best ever in my opinion they are designed to work mostly in the hands of the pros but have lucky for us been introduced on a retail-level so that most of us can experience what REALLY works when it comes to corrective and creative makeup on our own! Created in Paris in 1984 by Dany Sanz this line and the experts who are lucky enough to train in the French workshops continue to cultivate this cult-classic brand based on innovation and color! I recently switched my foundation and blush to their "High Definition" line with amazing results and am hooked on this line overall but want to share what is a GENIUS product they make with you today, their "Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector!"There is not another product that I have found that works SO well to correct, alter, design, and create beautiful eyebrows that LAST and look natural like this one does!
Pencils smear, powder is hard to control and finding a shade that looks great without getting all ashy is HARD with any product I have tried: believe me,I have worked at this for a long time and yes, if you have great brows to start with, it's pretty easy just to shape them up and fill in but if you are truly in the "brow challenged" category like I am,this product will change the way you do your face forever! It's a waterproof cream in a small tube that comes in four truly versatile shades: I am using the #2 shade which is a medium warm brown with slightly reddish undertones. It will fill in, define, re-create, or amplify your brows beautifully and best of all, it LASTS and will NOT fade, change color, or just turn wonky on you after it's applied! It is waterproof and sweatproof and seriously worth a bit of effort as you do need to practice to apply correctly.
You will need a stiff-angled brow brush and a TINY I mean MINUTE amount of product on your hand...you can also use a thin-pointed liner brush if you really need to fill in a large area as well.The product can be applied to fill in and shape and I'd suggest you read-up a bit on the "3-points of brow design", there are many good tutorials out there before you start so that while you continue to try and cultivate perfectly-shaped natural brows,you can fake them like a pro and believe me, ALL the pros use THIS product when designing those gorgeous faces out there because it works!
I will tell you that this extra effort and time invested will result in not having to ever give those troubling brows a second though even if you dive into the pool headfirst! This stuff is amazing and yes, is a "pro-product" but if like me you crave brow-beauty and understand that the correct brow shape can sculpt your face like nothing else, you'll want to learn how to work with it if your brows give you grief! It stays flawless in all conditions without looking harsh or painted on and you can combine colors if need be...I cannot say enough about it and I only wish that I had found it sooner,would have saved me a LOT of money and frustration.
I know it's not a product that everyone will need but again,I know for a fact that many of us are miserable with our current brows so this was simply too great of a "find" on my part not to share with y'all! I can't imagine ever being without it and a tube lasts for months as again, you only need the smallest amount on your brush to make magic. It can be found at some Sephora stores that carry the Makeup Forever Pro line and online although it sells out often, you can buy it here and I do suggest their eyebrow brush as well :
This has been a long-whispered about product that SO many of the great pro-makeup artists use all the time and I've discovered that it's worth the time to find, learn to use, and even invest in products that those "in the know" rely on rather than to simply buy what's easy and more readily available! I'm leaning towards more "pro products" in my makeup bag and am thrilled that Makeup Forever continue to share their fabulous product with the rest of us as well because this little tube of product is amazing! Have you ever used a "pro product" designed for those who work in business of beauty and do you also love perfecting your own fabulous-face techniques on a higher level via time and practice?
I have been hopping all around the country like a maniac for the past 6 weeks or so, some "work" and some fun but this Goddess Granny is certain of ONE thing: it's getting harder and requires more patience every trip in order to navigate the shark-infested airline/TSA waters as you attempt to reach your final destination... oh... you actually expect to GET there when you buy a ticket? Silly rabbit! And your baggage? Naw... you don't need that stuff, we'll do you a favor and REALLY test your shopping skills in a BIG way and require you to replace your extensive shoe and makeup wardrobe on OUR piddly standard replacement budget, HAHAHA! Do these people have any earthly idea how much products cost?
The thing about it all though is that I still love to travel and love the fact that every frustrating flight and bumpy touch-down holds infinite possibilities for fun and adventure even if it's not all roses along the way, you end up someplace else and I for one think that's rather fabulous indeed! I had a LOT of time recently while sitting in airports waiting for wayward planes to show up to catch up on my magazine reading which I love to do but seldom sit still long enough to enjoy at home. There is a publication out there for any/all interests but of course, I am drawn to those "slicky-back" magazines that feature gorgeous girls on the covers and promise to be FULL of info and pictures to inspire and annoy my sense of style. My carry-on was actually twice as heavy at one point but hey, it's THEIR fault for making me sit so damn long and buy so many mags, right?
I soaked in all the fashions, caught up on the gossip, figured out who had "surgery" and who needed it, and got the facts and opinions on what the HOT products are for just about everyone out there whether they know it or not! Seriously... it's either an addiction or insanity and I'm not gonna' take a lot of time sorting it out: just know that I currently have in my lil' redhead such a wealth of "product knowledge" that Jeopardy should be calling ME for answers, HA!
I kept catching little blurbs from various "experts" and "stylists" in several publications about an entirely new and genius product and although I will honestly say that the line is not one I WAS familiar with, let me tell you, I have seen the light and it's in a lime-green and black container! Apparently the ambitious and renowned folks at "TRESemme" have been hard at work and listening to their customers which in and of itself impresses me: the current trend and crop of "dry shampoos" on the market do work for the most part but alas, can leave hair dull and/or scented like that neglected geranium plant in my kitchen, a bit mossy and sort of dank you could say? I also saw the Kate Moss pic that proclaimed she had "turned white overnight!" which was only a case of too zealous a sprinkling with dry shampoo... her hairline was indeed white however and didn't add to her look IMO.
I read about this product, "TRESemme Waterless Foam Shampoo" once, twice, and then several more times mostly in little blurbs tucked into the pages of all the glitz and glam but it captured my attention enough for me to go on a hunt for it and a HUNT is was: the first three store-shelves were bare of it with only a descriptive card to prove it had been there at all... finally located a container of it in a drugstore in Upstate NY and discovered what all the BUZZ is about: the stuff is flippin' amazing and WELL worth the hunt! It's one product in their new "Fresh Start" line but it's like no other "dry" shampoo I have ever tried. Because I work out a lot and have highly color processed hair, a dry shampoo saves my butt some days when there are errands to run or a tight schedule ahead. It's formulated with witch hazel to absorb oil and impurities, citrus extracts which leave hair smelling and feeling fresh, and aloe vera which actually conditions your hair when you can't hit the shower right away! Mostly chem-free and the FIRST product of its kind on the market and the natural "cleanser" is derived from coconuts so what's not to like?
You pump this waterless foam 2-3 times into your hand and apply to the roots then distribute it evenly through your hair. Wait one minute and then use a towel to gently pat hair, totally drying it in the process and leaving it fresh and nice! They have other products including a refreshing mist if you really want to give it a spritz of sweetness but honestly, I find that it does SUCH an amazing job of really making my hair look and feel so shiny clean that nothing else is needed. It leaves your hair soft, smelling wonderful, and really feeling like you can run out the door and feel good about the results! No water needed, nothing but a dry towel and this remarkable and effective product. Buh-bye powder head and no more looking like Marie Antoinette without a cupcake! If my hair has any "white" (ya' think?) in it no one will ever see it now!
The website has more cool info on this truly innovative product as well as on the entire "Fresh Start" line.
I am going to guess that you might have to make more than one stop to find this "drugstore dream" of a product as it is flying off the shelves from all accounts and beauty editor musings but I highly suggest that if you, like me, travel a lot or just need something you can count on to freshen up your hair without an hour-process of washing, drying, and styling that you RUN to grab some and give it a try! Nothing like it out there that I have seen and I'm telling everyone I know about it so you'd best be fast! This company sets the bar high for their products and I have since discovered that MANY celebrated stylists rely on their products as some of "the best" and truly high-quality at reasonable prices, available to all as well as a product for all and every type of hair and styling need.
You can get it here for $5.00 or check out your local supermarket, mass-retailer, drugstore shelves. I hate yucky hair, airplane hair, or workout hair that I just can't clean right away so this is a MUST HAVE for me.
Do you ladies also love a product that will get ya' by until you can wash and wear your usual way?
This may not be the most "beautiful" of reviews but for many, might be the most profound: Goddess Granny has been "testing" this product for a few weeks now and I finally feel I can write a review that will do this product justice... I will start with my "backstory" and we'll chat about this revolutionary product from there. As well y'all know, I review many glam and gaga products so for me to honestly take the time and write about such a clinical and medically evolved product as this, you just KNOW I"believe!"
Around 10 years ago, I had the biggest freak accident you can imagine happen while re-hanging a heavy saucepan lid overhead on my ever so stylish "hanging rack" in the kitchen: the hook swiveled as I went to hang the commercial-weight stainless lid and it came down like a projectile, knocking me across the room with the edge landing smack dab on my face/nose in the process. I will downplay here and only share that it was a horrible experience but one that ended well as I had the connection to and means for an emergency surgery to fix my extremely shattered nose within the four-day window that I was given before it would become almost impossible to correct. I underwent an open rhinoplasty two days later and the cartilage from my ears was used to rebuild my nose which ended up rather nicely thanks to one of the best plastic surgeon's in Texas!
I am SO over all that and although the emotional scars have healed, the redness/scarring under my nose from the involved repair procedure is still obvious and I have relied on my makeup to correct this until recently when I was sent "InviCible" scar treatment to review: I will start by saying that the website is literally a WEALTH of info, testimonials, and answers most questions. My intent is to share with you the results of this product personally and they are rather amazing! I know many of us suffer with some sort of "scar", disfigurement, discoloration, and/or other skin ailment that we WISH we could make better or go away all together and I honestly believe that this single product to be the the MOST incredible one available for precisely these issues!
Created five years ago by Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, a reconstructive surgeon who happens to live near me in San Antonio,Texas for use during the amazing and life-changing breast-reconstructive procedures he performs on women after mastectomies helping them to become "whole" again both physically and mentally. I don't need to describe what this means as so many know first hand but he also discovered that "scarring" could remain an issue and he set out to create a formulation that,after doing research at the Shriner's Burn Hospital, would truly have a profound effect on damaged scar tissue.Along with a team of chemists and PHD's, the good Dr. came up with "InviCible" and truly has changed the effects and look of scarring forever!
This product, like no other, can be used with great effect not only on scars both old and new but also on discoloration and brown spots, acne scars, burns, and all other types of surface-skin issues that result in a damaging of the outer tissue. It can be used every day and under makeup or sunscreen and results can be noticed in as little as two weeks! The ultimate goal of the product as I see it is to reduce the look of the scar and of course, it does tend to be most effective on scars less than a couple of years old or newer BUT I have seen a profound change in the skin under my nose on tissue that was damaged almost 10 years ago after about a month of continued use.
In a nutshell, this stuff works...and it works without any unpleasant scent or harsh ingredients: it is hypoallergenic and paraben/fragrance free, contains no mineral oil or other known irritants, and is FULL of natural complexes like Vitamin C and their miracle "Pro Biosyn 4" complex which restores the skin's bio-lipid layer and restores elasticity.Not tested on animals either! You simply apply a very thin film 2-3 times a day and STAY OUT OF THE SUN or use sunblock to prevent any further darkening of the offending skin area. I will be 100% honest as we at Meg's are prone to be both good and bad and tell you that there is a "slight stinging sensation" upon application which they describe as a result of the highly-potent ascorbic acid content but it causes NO adverse skin reactions and goes away quickly! A small price to pay for something so amazing and effective, IMO! Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin E actually "causes contact dermatits" in 30% of users and doesn't always help in any way to reduce scarring. "InviCible" doesn't include a single ingredient that is inconclusive or controversial and has no water or preservatives so its real highly- advanced science in a sleek cylinder for sure!
I can attest to the fact that the skin under and around my nose is MUCH less red and requires MUCH less to cover it up than it did a month ago: the texture of the skin has changed and seems "flatter" and more even as well.I see a marked improvement and as I'm very fair, this is huge to me.
I would highly suggest that if you have any skin issues such as I've described or that the amazingly informative and easy to understand site covers in detail that you give this life-changing product a try: it's truly made it's "mark" on my face and I will continue to use it until I feel that the job is finished. The "science of scars" is one I hope no one ever has to get a degree in on a personal level but isn't it fabulous and important that Dr. Chrysopoulo and his team cared enough to develop something that we can truly benefit from without enduring costly and sometimes painful procedures to help minimize the effects of scarring and discoloration on the skin? It's easy to use, feels GREAT on the skin and I believe can truly make a difference for many who hate "something they see" every day. You can see a difference on your face or body and regardless of your level of "damage" I believe this product can help!
If you have an interest or need for this amazing product, do yourself a favor and spend some time on their site reading testimonials and comparing other scar-reducing treatments(some that are mind-boggling to me) to "InviCible": I had no idea what a big deal these issues can be and it truly made me realize that the confidence one can re-gain from this product especially by using it on the face,rivals and might well be the most amazing "beauty product" on the market in every way! I am sold and it's one of the real "miracles in a bottle" available that from my personal experience actually works!
I now understand that even small but very real "flaws" can affect us in big ways: do you also believe that beauty isn't just skin deep but that making the "flaw" go away can truly change one's outlook on life?
Is there anything better than feeling truly GLAMOROUS? I mean the way women since the dawn of time feel when they absolutely know without a shadow of a doubt that THEY will be the one to watch when they enter a room! Goddess Granny thrives on glamour: like Meg I love the "old school" accessories, colors, styles, and even the process/ work that goes into making a women look and feel like she's straight out of the pages of a dream! I know...sometimes it's just not realistic to believe that it can happen these days when everything is moving at the speed of sound but I have found a FABULOUS way to indulge my inner-starlet and couldn't wait to share it with y'all!
I have a "vanity" of sorts but it's actually an antique British writing desk that over time has evolved into use as a vanity and honestly, it's just a mess! The drawers are narrow, the top marred, and it's simply become too small for the evolving array of products and tools I need these days to get my act together! So, I have decided that it's high time I upgrade and have designed the ultimate admittedly over the top piece which I hope to have in place in the weeks ahead. I am lucky to have a husband that has the talents to create fine-furniture who will yet again, indulge me. Marie Antoinette would gasp at what I have in mind for my little beauty-corner, HA!
One thing I couldn't get quite right that is THE most important component of what I'd like in my whimsical yet practical design: the ultimate in a lighted-mirror that will allow me to not only see what the heck I'm doing (no small feat these days...) but also to illuminate properly so as to avoid that "What the HELL?" feeling when I look in the rear-view after applying makeup in my current less-than ideal environment. I started to browse trying to find out what the pros use that allows them create the perfect look and discovered the ultimate niche-company based in Hollywood named "Vanity Girl" whose mission statement is simple: to "bring a little piece of Hollywood glamour to women" by creating FABULOUS lighted Hollywood style mirrors and vanities just like the celebs and the "best of the best" in the beauty world use backstage to induce the "mood" and allow the perfection we all covet!
Founded in 2008 by Maxine Tationghari,the products are made in the USA in LA by Versa products, a leader in American furniture manufacturing that uses "green" manufacturing practices: they supply mirrors and vanities to an impressive client list and the site includes tons of testimonials from top makeup artists and those in the know when it comes to ultimate GLAM! Photographers,stylists, makeup artists, boutiques, you name it, anyone who wants to provide the PERFECT way to see what you look like as well as help make one feel like they are "all that" use the gorgeous line of Vanity Girl products! They have wonderful lighted "stations" as well as full length mirrors but what appealed to me most is their "Starlet Lighted Vanity Mirror!" I swooned when I saw it and actually scretched across two rooms for Mike to come get a look at it: available in 4 distinct colors, it is flawlessly-designed and provides the ULTIMATE in reflection, lighting, and yes...STYLE! The bulbs provide "soft, clean, professional-quality white light" that can be dimmed if desired and when combined with the finest optical-quality mirror, you have a recipe for perfection that allows control over every detail of the look you want to achieve! I LOVE the design of this piece,it's self-supporting which allows for easy placement anywhere and it's embossed with their girly logo.It looks amazing while getting the job done as it accurately reflects every skin-tone and color...where has it BEEN all my life? Can you imagine not making that weird color eyeshadow that looked beige in the pan mistake EVER again? Seriously,this is one of the most important beauty-finds of my young life and I am in awe that such a perfect "tool" even exists so thank you Vanity Girl! Never again will I be caught squinting into a shabby compact at the window trying to line my lips...
This mirror truly combines the best in both function and form and I can't imagine anyone not adding it to their "must have" list! If you love makeup, to look amazing, and yes...would like to add a little extra dose of that elusive-product called GLAMOUR to your everyday routine, do yourself a huge favor and check out the inspiring and adorable Vanity Girl website.
They offer free Fed Ex ground shipping in the US and honestly, I have spent more on a wild shopping spree at the cosmetics counter in an afternoon! When you think about how you'll feel each time you sit in front of this mirror, it's a worthy investment indeed!
And just when I thought I couldn't be more impressed with Vanity Girl, they have graciously provided a PINK Starlet Vanity Mirror( "I die...") as one of the amazing prizes that will be gifted to a lucky military-lady next week at the HUGE Meg's Makeup beauty event at Fort Carson in Colorado! Thank you Vanity Girl for helping us make it all a bit more beautiful for those special women as well! Do you agree that the right mirror and lighting make ALL the difference in your get-ready routine? Do you also crave a bit more glamour everyday?
Flowers are nice but short lived... candy? Great but no one I know really want to admit they eat it anymore, and forget about those "As Seen On TV" items unless you want to be on the receiving end of her patented eye-roll! Goddess Granny could go on for a while about what might be a nice gift for Mom next week but if y'all are like me, you're saying, "I have a whole week, I'll come up with SOMETHING!" Do it one better than that for her and check out my personal list of things I'd LOVE to be gifted with on this special day or at anytime, brownie points guaranteed and she'll be delighted to know you think of her in a such cool and stylish way!
Cat Cosmetics: The "Hello Gorgeous" Palette simply cannot be beat and is my Holy Grail item for that 10 minute face! Beautiful neutrals that flatter all and go on effortlessly,everyone needs this and everyone can use it. You can use code MEG for 20% off! Clck on link above!
Dr. Dima's Galactic Glove: Another of my HG items, there is NO better non-irritating and clinically created skin care/primer out there IMO and it takes years off my face under makeup, I use it everyday, elegant and effective product! Anything Dr. D creates is genius!
Ellen Sirot Hand Perfection: Can't say enough about these products if your Mom is hand-conscious, they are simply the best and most targeted products on the market for flawless hands and they work! Use code MEG30 for a whopping 30% off!
Saltwater Cowgirl jewelry designs: I adore the newest "Grace" design (3rd from the top) with the chunky crystal and pearls, my Mom is actually getting these! When you're ready to pay if you message Lexy, she'll give Megheads 20% off.
Farmhouse Fresh: Anything and I do mean anything at all from them is giftable- perfection! Luscious handcrafted products and the packaging reeks of class and style just like her kid of course! CUTE and inexpensive gift-wrapping option for those ship to Moms.
Urban Decay: Give her look and confidence a boast and consider adding some color to her life with a FUN "Rocket Rocket" lipgloss that she'd be proud to pull out of her purse during lunch with the girls! One of my FAV gifts for anyone of all time and how cute is the new "Colin" shade of orange-red? So affordable and unique!
Hoping these few not quite the last minute but you'd best start thinking about it gift suggestions will inspire you to find something maybe a bit more fabulous and fun for your Mom this year! I find the "older" my own Mom gets,the more I enjoy helping her feel young, fresh, and always gorgeous!
Have you started getting ready for Mother's day ladies?