Meg here! Have you ever decided to just throw caution to the wind and say "Yeah, it is really expensive and not at all responsible but you only live once? True, you could live to be 100 and die broke but you could be hit by a bus tomorrow and you'll really wish you booked that spa appointment."
If you decide to indulge and be all hedonisitic and just plain crazy. Do it in Vegas. There are two ways to do Las Vegas. The first way we all know, party hearty, dance the night away, drink your head off. Recover in the morning with a Bloody Mary and start all over again until Sunday at the airport home.
The second way to do Vegas is better for those of us approaching or over the Big 4-0. Fabulous (quiet) restaurants and top notch shows. Smoke free, casino free- 5 Star Resorts. No hotel gets it more right on a more consistent basis the the ultra luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Every time I go to NYC (and I go there A LOT) I make my way to the lounge at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. There is no better view in the entire city. True, one cockatail is about the same price as a lunch meal but in this case, you definitely get what you pay for. Overlooking the park is noth short of breathtaking. At night it's all zen and just perfect. Trust me.
Know this about The Mandarin Oriental NYC, I would have to try the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. It's new, it's chic and it's quiet. I needed a place to take my boyfriend for his birthday weekend. He would rather cut off his own arm and beat himself to death with it before he would go to a Hard Rock Hotel. He's not exactly turning 21. Which is fine. Been there done that.
Joe is not exactly into being (his words) "all fluff & buffed."
I think when people say those things it is because they haven't been to the right fluff & buff..I was determined to change his mind.
I booked a day there, because I am THE ULTIMATE GIRLFRIEND. Also, I wanted to go myself so I'm not as altruistic as I may appear.
First of all, it's totally beautiful. I've been to a ton of spa's in Vegas and this one is, hands down, the winner by far. The actual space itself is spectacular. You are high above the Vegas strip, sorrounded by windows. Each room is more state of the art, than the last.
I booked The Art Of Romance, a Suite Experience. It was not only a Suite Experience but a Sweet one! Talk about turning someone into a "Fluff & Buff" fan. Everything was beyond fabulous. From the foot scrub to the massage-World Class. The spa technicians were so beyond accomodating. My boyfriend is very claustrophobic and the masseuses went out of their way to make him feel comfortable.
That's right! We were in the suite for over 3 hours! That's a lot of treatments. The women were experts and did everything to make us feel like Royalty.
Meg Hair! First, it was Katy Perry with the lavender or was it Kelly Osborne? Nicole Richie? I can't keep up with who started the purple craze. All I know is it opened a Pandora's Box of color that would make the Easter Bunny proud. I'm seeing all sorts of shades all over Hollywood. Maybe blondes don't have more fun... I needed to know the new color craze so I enlisted Celebrity Colorist to the Stars, Debi Dumas (clients are Chelsea Handler, Russell Crowe, Patti Stanger, Candace Cameron...)
She just moved to a new great location on one of the hottest street in Beverly Hills, to her new salon-Rossano Ferretti! She decided to go with a European based salon (Italy).Over 20 salons worldwide. Debi always likes sexy/sophistication/on trend...customized color tailored for each individual. Here is Hollywood's latest techniques, whether it's hand painted balayage hilights or foil, with some fun colors mixed in!
5 Dance Colors: Color with the Stars
Waltz: platinum w a hint of pastel ( cool pale blue, whisper of lavender). Very ethereal. Done by using an all over bleach and tone. A very grown up, couture look- think Grace Kelly, not Pink.
Jive/Contemporary: Modern, fun, playful soft waves with golden colors- sophisticated beach look. Done by painting on scattered sun kissed hi-lights of different blonde/golden brown hues
Tango: Intense red tones, of ruby, fiery copper, or merlot. Sexy and hot! Done by color blocking technique- back to back all over color, to add dimension to dull monochromatic tones- adds movement and breaks up a solid look- just like we are seeing in fashion for summer '15.
Meg here! It is THE BEST, the crown jewel of BB's and I have more friends asking me if I have "samples" of this more than any current item. The price is luxury and the product is as well.
Have you ever tried a BB? They go on light as silk, provide coverage to even out your complexion and the finest include SPF.
If you're like me (the laziest person ever) you welcome ONE product that acts as a concealer, a moisturizer and has protection from the sun. 3LAB Perfect BB is the finest product on the market to remedy all of your facial inperfections and protect you from getting new ones.
This BB is the HOLY GRAIL for everyone that's "in the know."
I am lucky enough to use 3LAB (see VERY USED BOTTLE.) I treat it like Seinfeld's Elaine using her "birth control sponge." Instead of asking "Is he sponge worthy?" (A lot of you are too young to remember but Elaine's favorite birth control was being pulled off the market.) I ask myself "Is today 3LAB BB Worthy?" IT'S THAT GREAT!
I was reminded how wonderful it actually works (coverage is remarkable!) When a friend told me how much she loves the product and regularly gets it. I believe she said "I can't live without it!" That reminded me that I had been saving my tube for so many rainy days, and then I remembered it doesn't rain in Southern California and I just should throw caution to the wind and use it!
So I used it, and then I remembered why I save it like a US Savings Bond or the diamond ring from my first marriage. They're all emergency funds-All items (like the guest hand towels) that we have to look at. Too pretty or precious or valuable.
My face is worth $95 a month! i have to stop thinking I grew up in The Depression. This is a 3-in-1. You're getting a moisturizer, foundation, concealer AND SPF (So it is a 4-in-1.) Downright cheap when you do the math!
We really shouldn't need a special occassion to treat ourselves to the best products out on the market! It's your face! People see that everyday and they deserve to see the best one you'll got! You deserve to have the best product to make that mug of yours flawless!
Meg here! Kimberly Parry Organics is a new brand...To me. It's not a new brand to the most exclusive spa's in the world! Yes, Terranea. Spa Montage. Canyon Ranch. Four Seasons. I've heard of them, you've heard of them-most importantly, they've all heard of Kimberly Parry Organics.
They're a number of items people are gaga for in this line but I have two I am using religiously. I know, I know, we are told we have to wash our face every night before bed. I'm sure you do this. I don't. I never remember to. Actualy, that's a lie. I remember to, I'm just tired and lazy so I rarely do.
Kimberly Parry Organics Cleansing Oil lives in my shower and is part of my morning wash routine (you know, the one I was ordered to do the night before but instead fell asleep full makeup face on.) With all the primer I use, my daily makeup is painted on like war paint. I've gotten all of the staying factor down to an art and it is not moving. "A refreshing cleanser for all skin types which also makes an excellent makeup remover.The oil cleansing method is a wonderful way to replenish and balance the skin.This wonderful product cleanses your pores of dirt and bacteria while replacing the dirty oil with nutritious oils that heal and protect your skin.When used consistently, Cleansing Oil will leave your skin healthy and balanced. "
I am completely bare faced by the time I step out of my morning shower. Not only that but my skin is feeling F.I.N.E.! The essential oils repair the stripping my dermis just took so not only was it a step in removing my makeup, it was like a mini spa treatment to heal my skin. Who knew being such a night time slacker was actually beneficial!
HOT TIP! My very famous celebrity dermatologist told me the following... Your face serum is most effective one minute after you get out of your hot, steamy shower. That's when you're pores are still open and the serum can seep in and be the most effective.
Step 2 that's making my skin look better than ever!
Kimberly Parry Organics Recovery Serum!Love this potion! LOVE. I have actually gone out WITHOUT makeup and had people comment how amazing my complexion is. My face doesn't look dull or grey or old. The serum seeps into my skin and it makes my face feel so soft. It is hydrating, soothing and I see a major difference from before I started this duo. It was like my face was a dried out dehydrated plant that needed wanter (if you will.) Here's the 411 on my miracle jar "A results oriented serum that absorbs quickly and delivers deep hydration and healing properties to the skin.This powerful combination of nourishing pure plant oils provides your skin with essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy and glowing skin. RECOVERY SERUM will promote new tissue formation, accelerate healing and give your skin a healthy glow. This is the perfect serum to use when your skin needs to recover from environmental stress, illness or natural aging process."
Since my skin has become um, "mature" I definitely notice when I skip my Recovery Serum. I guess it's like flossing. You're supposed to do it. You don't but then once you get in the swing of it you're committed.
Kimberly Parry Organics is obviously ORGANIC. Kimberly is an actual person. A very cool woman. She was in the corporate world and fley around the globe. Hotel to hotel. To unwind, Kimberly would visit each of her hotel's spa. Thus becoming a "spa junkie." These were some of the most expensive, prestigious spas in the world. Kimberly would purchase all of the products only to be left very disappointed. Kimberly left the corporate world and entered the world of organics. She learned the benefits of every plant and every oil. She became the ideal person to create a brand that high end spas needed. They need natural products that sctually worked. I can attest, they are working for me.
What spas have you visited and what products have you loved? Give Kimberly Parry Organics a try!
Meg hair! Big news in the world of celebrity hair! Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and Drew Barrymore have colorist Lorri Goddard on speed dial. Want to look like a Victoria's Secret Angel with long, billowing beachy tresses? Need an A+ List blow out? Chris Turner-Bragg is the only name you need.
What happens when Lorri & Chris decide to team up? West Hollywood opens its newest hair mecca with Goddard+Bragg! Right on swank Robertson Boulevard, Goddard+Bragg is nestled inside the Kinara Spa.
What's better than a dynamic duo? An unstoppable trio! The legendary Lisa Oliver is now part of this dream team! Lisa is an expert colorist and the Queen of Blondes! (Hi Michelle Pfeiffer!)
Goddard+Bragg is not only a salon of top expert talent but of very nice people. The energy between these three gifted artists is overwhelmingly positive! Not only are they churning out the most trend setting looks but they do it with love. Even though they beautify Oscar winners and the Hollywood Eite, they truly make every patron feel like a movie star.
I can't wait to go and visit Lisa in her new location! I'm also so happy that she's happy in her new home. Just today I saw her post the photo below of Goodard+Bragg's Zen Garden! Her caption says it all...Look at how beautiful this Japanese garden is and I get to work in it everyday I go to workThank you @lorrigoddard_ @lorrigoddardcolor @chrisbragg27 for allowing me to enjoy my career like never before Beyond blessed#newcushionstofollow@colorbychrystal @coryaaronscott @syd.valentine @hairbyvalentine_ We are fortunate to be a solid team
Congratulations Lisa, Lorri and Chris! This is a very exciting development for Hollywood Hair and I know all of your faithful fans would travel through fire to get to this team! But Woohoo for Zen Gardens.
What is your favorite celebrity hair look right now? There's a good chance one of the 3 above is responsible for it!
This is a re-post because My Solemate is now available on AMAZON! This is an AMAZING PRODUCT and FANTASTIC STOCKING (get it) Stuffer!
Meg here! I'm just watching the Grammy's and building myself an egg to incubate in. I hope you all had a great weekend!
This next product is wonderful for someone who's Indian name would be "Chief Stinkfoot." No, really. In Los Angeles, everyday is strappy heel day. When we're not running around in strappy heels we're running around barefoot. It's a weird mish-mash of casual living and back breaking stiletto's.
I'm guilty of it, I have judged people by the shape of their tootsies. There are few things as off putting as chipped polish, dry cracked feet or toe callouses. I mean, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit typing that.
I stay on top of it. I go get a mani-pedi 2x a month but I honesty hate having my feet touched. I also hate that weird cheese grater/knife contraption that my pedicurist asks "Callous removal?"It's an extra $5 on top off it. I'm lucky because now I can reply "I don't need it."
As with every single problem in life, prevention is key. You're in the shower everyday anyhow so why not take care of your footsies with my solemate? I use my lemongrass one everyday and "Chief Stinkfoot" has left the building. Picture a bar of soap backed by a handy piece of plastic. That's the first part. The second part is a pumice that snaps onto the other side. So it's a dual tool that gently exfoliates off dead skin. It gets rid of callouses and cracks and it prevents new ones from appearing. Once I'm all pumiced I then lather up with the refreshing lemongrass scented soap. Easy as 1-2-3 and I'm in no fear of impromptu walks on the beach!
Here's what My Solemate says "infused with shea butter, aloe, and vitamin E complimented with our unique pumice nourishes and exfoliates feet safely and effectively. The two in one component saves time and money, providing for less trips to the nail salon which can cost up to $60 for a pedicure. The refillable soap cartridge is a great feature that saves money too so you don’t have to buy a new pumice stone every time your soap runs out! Choose from two amazing scents Lemongrass and Silk Blossom. Works great on hands and elbows too!"
Another wonderful idea I didn't come up with!
What tricks do you have for keeping your feet open toe ready?
Meg hair! There are a few items in our arsenal that we just can't part with. We can try the latest and the greatest but we always come back to our favorite tried and trues. With my long extensions, I'm always trying different leave-ins and hair masques to keep my (my as in, bought) tresses healthy and tangle free. I've tried them all and the one I constantly reach for is from my friend Marco Pelusi.
Since I'm back on the market, I've got to get myself into fighting shape! Like a boxer preparing himself to hop back into the ring, I have to get ready for the big match. And by big match, I mean a bunch of dinner dates that I'm forcing myself to go on.
I'm not really looking forward to being back on the dating scene but I figure, like any good soldier-I have to be armed. Spray tans, manicures, teeth bleaching, facials this whole ordeal is exhausting even before you get to the darn dinner. The most important exterior feature? Great hair. Yes, I took my fake haired self off to get the most natural color and I drove myself to see my friend Marco for a little touch up.
Marco Pelusi has not only been named "Best LA Colorist" for years but he's also quite a joy to be around and a friend I can count on for many years. Marco took one look at my dreaded roots and brought me into championship form! Here's a picture of the color he created. With all of the coloring that I do, my hair should be a frightful, dry piece of straw.
A lot of celebrities go to Marco and I know that the one product of his that they cannot live without is his Leave In Anti-Frizz Conditioner With Collagen Color Guard. I am going to post a review I wrote years ago. The description and results are still wonderful. It also explains how Marco and I became friends. Thank you Marco! I felt confident walking into my dinner and my hair color still looks great. My hair stays smooth, healthy and all it takes is a pump or two from your miracle Leave in.
Meg here to bring you reviews on one of Marco Pelusi's signature, cult-favorite products, his leave in anti-frizz conditioner.
Living in LA has it perks! I was eating dinner at my trusty deli when Mr. Marco himself popped into the booth next to me. I had to speak to him. You knw when you're in the presence of someone that just exudes upbeat energy and a great smile and full out beams friendliness it's hard to not want to strike up a chat. Mr. Marco is all of those things, he is simply delightful and I was so happy I got the chance to become his friend. This was a few years back so Megsmakeup.com was not even a blip on my radar (um computer) screen at that point. I just wanted to get to know someone that was so passionate and creative and talented. Within the first 15 minutes of chatting with Marco he was already telling me some great ideas for my hair color.
When Marco decided to open a new salon he graciously invited me to his very fabulous opening party. Great food, drinks and goody bags of his new signature products were included. I also got to meet Marco's dad. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, the entire Pelusi clan is warm and talented!
At this point, I had started Megsmakeup, so when I got home I dived into my new Marco Pelusi products. They were all fab and geared toward color treated hair (as you all know-I am slave to the dye) so I was in Heaven. Unfortunately, having to dye my hair so often leaves the ends dry and brittle and fly-away. This is why, I can tell you, Marco's leave in conditioner is a Godsend.
It works on my thin hair without weighing it down and without any greasy feeling. It doesn't give the appearance of oily-just healthy. With a pump (yes ladies, a pump-hooray~) I add this to wet, but towel dried hair and I can actually get a comb through my tresses without the slightest bit of pull. I've spoken to other women that love this as well. The funny thing is, we all have different hair textures. From my lifeless hair to my girlfriends that battle hair bulge and poofiness-well, it appears to universally work. How the heck did he manage that?
For my lucky LA area girls, Marco's salon is right in West Hollywood and it is tranquil and gorgeous. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you he won MyFOXLA Best Hair Color! So he's a true artist that knows not only how to give you your perfect shade but then how to protect it with his products. My hair color truly is more vibrant and longlasting with his color guard protection!
Here's what Marco says about his Leave In Conditioner "this signature product is an exclusive, anti-frizz formula that repairs, restores and rebuilds, leaving the hair and scalp comforted and protected. an ultra luxurious, light and airy leave-in conditioner expressly formulated to replenish the hair’s own natural reserves to boost condition, as well as haircolor longevity, vitality and tone. tames curly, coarse hair while allowing for easy comb-thru and a smooth, healthy appearance."
• naturally derived from coconut, cetrimonium chloride is the most potent anti-frizz element available to moisturize and neutralize static electricity; effects last for up to 72 hours even when rinsed with water
• usp grade vitamin e, one of the most powerful antioxidants available from nature, protects the hair from hostile environmental factors, including pollution, aging and stress
• apricot essential oils fight dryness and cell dehydration
• natural moisturizing factors, including sodium pca, volumize the hair for optimal styling and manageability
Meg here! Breaking up is hard to do, it sucks. Death, putting your dog to sleep, broken heart. I think it might go in that order? I'm getting better and after a tough 3 weeks I'm getting back on the horse and forcing myself back out on the town. It's so hard when you think you've found the "one" but it turns out it wasn't "one" I was getting. I was getting a whole bunch of others in the mix. A whole bunch that had been hand picked by Satan. While he was great, the baggage that came with it was more like steamer trunks, if steamer trunks were females with vendettas. Too much of a war zone for anyone so I had to cut myself loose.
Life doesn't stop just because you want to just stay in your bed for oh, a week or two. You have to get up and face the music and move out of Belvedere Lane. You have to dry your eyes and...Oh no, what about these dark circles? These dark circles are not looking good.
Upon closer inspection, the bags were dark and the face was splotchy. Just because I was feeling like Hell didn't mean that I needed to look like it.
Thankfully, I have a new find and I LOVE this! Click around on the site and take a look at the packaging. It is truly cutting edge and everything that I've tried has a new, inventive and cool twist on the tried and true (I can't wait to review the Click Click Lipstick.)
But Houston, we had a problem and I had a face save. Enter the fantastic 2-in-1 from Ducce Cosmetics (pronounced Doe-Say.) Ducce is a new kid on the block, just now doing a push into the US. They're launching in Henri Bendel next month and I'm predicting the're not going to have any problem moving into other high-end markets.
The packaging is superb, it's substantial and feels and looks top notch. The top cap flips up and hides a creamy concealer. Once you twist the cap, you can reach the mineral foundation underneath that comes with a convenient attached wand. This foundation has been getting me through a tough time, the coverage is fantastic without feeling cakey or heavy. It also has a built in SPF 22. One less step to have to remember.
My shade is "Sanbar Beach" and it is a perfect match, the product is made here in The U.S.A and the coverage lasts all day! Check it out! 5 Champagne Flutes!
Meg here! Happy New Year! I know, we're well into 2014 but better late than never? Before the madness of the hoidays, I was invited by my friend Jennifer Chan from E! Online to try a new line going into Sephora. The line is called Radical Skincare and it is fabulous! The founders of the line, Liz and Rachel are a strong endorsement that it really works. I can personally attest that these sisters give some great face! Their skin is flawless. It might help that their father is a well respected plastic surgeon and they grew up working in their father's lab. When Rachel developed terrible rosacea and Liz was not seeing results with the current products on the market, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
The duo never had the intention to take their potion to market. They made it for their own personal use but something happened... Rachel's rosacea, an ailment that had her on THREE different medications-completely cleared up. Liz wasn't the only one that noticed that her skin was looking younger. People were stopping her on the street wanting to know her secret.
I know these sisters are fabulous and beautiful and somehow they managed to get the prototype of their product off to Melanie Griffith. Yes, that Melanie Griffith. Working Girl, Tess McGill herself. You know how many free things celebrities get sent? Let me fill you in-A LOT.
Cut to my invitation to Radical Skincare's launch. Some time passed and Griffith became a huge fan of the line. Enough of a fan that she offered to have a party IN HER HOUSE. To celebrate the launch of Radical skincare's arrival at Sephora, Liz and Rachel held a party with Melanie. The party had aestheticians on hand providing facials and encouraging the guests to really get to know the line. I have to agree that it's a winner!
This mask applies like a serum and soaks in to where your skin really needs it but here's the kicker. It foams and gets all sudsy. The technology that delivers the nutrients is a new sensation. I felt like I had pop rocks on my face, but in a fun way. Ok, let me edit that. It felt like I had a fine glass of champers bubbling away, turning my dry and tired skin fresh and glowing.
I absolutely LOVE this mask and grab for it constantly. It's no mess, no drip and the results are really beautiful. It only takes 10 minutes and you've got a new, clean-fresh canvass. My skin really felt tons smoother and looked a lot healthier after the first application. I am a huge devotee!
I hope the video gives the mask justice and you can see how great it foams! Check this line out. Radical Skincare delivers Radical Results! What's your favorite mask application?
Meg here! I'm trying to be better. I'm not a walking dump of toxins (well, atleast not Wednesday-Sunday.) I know I can use the very best products on the market but if my diet consists of hot pockets, vino and marlboro's I'm not going to look like a beauty expert. I may look like one of thoses warning advisory photo's on the peril of poor nutrition. I'm starting to think there maybe such a thing as "bad publicity" GASP. I may have to clean up my act.
Fortunately, I have found youthH2o.com. It is an age defying system made with all of those hot sueprfoods you're reading about everywhere. All from South America and a lot from Peru! Funny enough, when I was in Peru, the last think I spent time doing was searching for purple corn so I'm lucky youthH2o.com has that covered.
You know those people that spend all that money on those fancy shake makers? The blenders are like $500! I know because I just bought one. True, it is a Margarita Maker but I see how being one of those healthy smoothie people can get pricey! Not only is it expensive but it's time consumig, and it's a Gdamn mess to clean up afterwards! I know a lot of you have real lives with children and real jobs and things and the last thing you want to be doing is chopping apples and ginger in the morning. Not to mention scrubbing the blender. Also, it's not that easy to get purple corn out of Peru...
Try adding this to your shopping cart, I mean just for giggles....
Organic Maca (what it does) This miracle superfood is an adaptagen that works by supporting the endocine system through the pituitary gland which is responsible for the aging process.
Organic Camu Camu (what it does) It containsextraordinarily high Vitamin C content is the most important property of the fruit, higher than any other naturally found berry, fruit, or vegetable, giving way to the many benefits it provides your body including skin and hair health, mental stability, immunity support and more!
Organic Purple Corn Extract (what it does) Purple Corn is the superfood that has shown the most promise in our opinion for not just weight loss, but obesity prevention. Known for helping to boost metabolism and help up lose body fat, numerous studies by American universities and global universities alike support these conclusions making it a critical component in our fountain of youth. The big buzzword in health right now is antioxidant and by now we all know how important they are in our diet; look for yourself at purple corn compared to the famous acai berry and blueberries. This chart shows over 5 times more anthocyanins! Making it a SUPER antioxidant compared to other commonly known superfoods.
I'm sure not getting my passport out to go find these things! Now I don't have to. Youthh2o.com gets you healthy really easy. It's just a drink, just a quick shot! (You all know how I love my shots!) It takes 30 seconds down the hatch and go. They have it all in these easy pre-measured bottles and after two weeks YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE!
Tonight at 5:30 Pacific, 8:30 Eastern TIme, I along with my beauty guru friends, will be hosting a #youthfulliving Twitter party! I'm @megsmakeup on twitter and we're giving tons of youthH2o.com away!! Join us!
Live in NYC? Then lucky you! Youthh2o's brand ambassador, Evelyn Lozada from BASKETBALL WIVES will be on hand tomorrow, September 24th at Duane Reade, Union Square for two whole hours giving away the youthH20 and telling you how it helps her stay gorgeous!
Come join the fun, put your blender away and prepared to get healthy. If you're at all like me, "healthy" may be a stretch. I basically shoot my youthH2o to help balance out all of my naughty! I think it is working!!
What supplements do you ladies take? Any juicer's out there? Fill me in!