Meg here and I'm so excited I don't even care I only have a few hours left before "Mondays With Meg" is obsolete!
I had a true dilemma. When I would be booked to go for TV Spots or even sit on "tech panels" (yeah, I don't get it either, let's not kick the gift horse.) I never knew what to wear. As you all know, I have enhanced my boobies and I do like my legs. My stomach...Not so much. I would call them "ab's" but I feel as though that's the lead in to "muscles" and I'm crazy-not stupid. There is a difference, I am self aware enough to know I have a better chance of seeing Jesus then the Abflex.
What's a girl to do? I needed to look like I knew my stuff without showing "my business." I'm on morning shows for the Love of God. It had to be stylish without being sluttish. However, having the title "Beauty Expert" makes you have to step up your game. I couldn't be "beauty expert" and wear the same garb as the crime reporter (however, that's so CSI amaze! Sign me up!)
Without sounding like a braggart, I have a great eye. I know what looks great. I was just having trouble finding it.
I want to introduce you all to Megsmakeup.com SHOP! As with all of my ventures, this way to fill a need and this is something I truly stand behind. We didn't atart this with a flux of cash just a ton of heart. My roommates were my models-one one is 5'11 and one 5'2 I made this video so you could see how I painstakingly picked flattering and sexy dresses that will enhance any body type.
I picked dresses that hide flaws and accentuate your strengths. I'm on camera constantly, it really does add 10 pounds so I took that into consideration when I made my Monthly Picks.
This month I was all into blues. It's calming, not as sever as black and just as slimming. Next month, I'm into corals so you'll have to check back for those show stopping dresses in a tangerine, fresh scheme.
Also, I wanted to give you all a fabulous FREE gift! Each month, you'll get a perfectly tailored gift for said dress! When your outfit is picked there is a special full sized gift with it (JUST THIS MONTH $25.00 NAVY Eyelash Primer from Revitalash.) I love this primer because it doesn't just condition but it is Navy! Why oh why do makeup companies make their primer's white? It's so much work to cover the white with the black. The navy blends and conditions without you using a whole tube of your black mascara. The uber added plus? The navy works with every single one of these dresses!
"No, I think she's in her early forties." Roxy said to me. I just shook my head and said "Can't be, I went to her 34th birthday party last year. I know she does botox. I've been going with her forever. She lived in Florida. That's all sun damage."
Ain't that the truth. Meg here and you all know me, I enjoy a cocktail or 4, and been trying to completely kick it but have cut down 90% on the damn cigs. I hear quitting heroine is easier. Thankfully, I don't really have anyone to call to ask if this fact is true. Anyhow, I haven't been an angel on the healthy living (understatement of the year) and my skin still looks pretty darn good.
Aside from one year of South Beach, Florida living (where I didn't actually sun bathe all that much) I've never been much of a sun worshipper. I, of course did the tanning beds before school dances and yes, here and there would lie out. Being all Irish doesn't really lend a lot to motivate one to go lie out. I usually have my sexy casper white skin turn to an even hotter (yes definitely hotter) painful, crimson red. Usually it will end up peeling so I'm back to what I started with. Really attractive stuff. Thankfully, I found this process annoying so I was happy to fake it with self tanner creams and bronzers.
The weather, while sporadic has definitely been heating up on the West Coast and we've already had some days that hit 80%. I know my east coast friends are all happily putting their down coats away. Spring is Sprunging so here's to saving your face. I mean how much damage could Mr. Smiley Sunshine do? Well, if you missed the story of a friend of mine looking ten years older than she is (and nope, not a smoker.) Take in this little gem, up to 80% of aging to your face is caused by the sun.
Ever since I got my zippy little convertible I make sure that I have sunscreen on my face. My dermatologist threatened to disable the "top down" feature. Take note fellow convertible drivers, those are a skin risk as well!
Just when it seems you have to invest in a burka, the "beauty balm" craze hits. It's wonderful to have a moisturizing, SPF full coverage and there are a lot on the market right now. If you want to play it safe and not only avoid the sun, but also parabens and chemicals-then let me introduce you to a natural and effective solution, Juice Beauty! SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer.
I have it BAD! Spring Fever that is and Goddess Granny isn't taking any prisoners or suffering any fools this season! I intend to look better, be more fit and healthy,and to kick this year into HIGH gear on the warm breezes that are blowing though…crazy weather everywhere in the US but "seasons" are pretty much a state of mind and shoes as well has how much skin one can expose so I say it's TIME to being on the lookout for fresh!
I sincerely hope I'm not the only one who is still trying to figure out "who or "what" she wants to be when she grows up? I swear I'm worse than a tween these days with my choices whether it be food, music, what to wear, or how I want to look and have realized that chaos can be good because it prompts us to take that leap and re-invent ourselves whether we're nudged by the weather or some invisible or internal force that is saying,"Go for it…"
I have literally wrecked havoc with my skin and self lately trying a ridiculous amount of "new" products and have decided that in some cases,less is more (glitter and heel height excluded) so I'm experimenting with some very exclusive and more "natural" (God I hate that word!)at least in ingredients products at least when it comes to my skin-canvas and will keep you posted on how it goes with that: still haven't found a "better" foundation for me than Armani's Luminous Silk but have something ordered that may be interesting and it's a cult-favorite as well as "natural..."
I'm popping between an almost no color pale/dark eyes/ plain glossed lip lip to an over the top heavy winged cats eye liner with a flaming red lip these days and although I am NOT a "blush" person, am still hunting for a little "something" to take me out of the shadows when it comes to my paleness…what I HAVE discovered though is that is you skin presents as totally pore less and flawless, it really becomes less of an issue as to adding more color? I see it going both ways in the makeup looks for 2012!
I say,"To know a Tarte is to love a Tarte…" whether it be fruit or sassy or the AMAZING brand that we here at Megsmakeup.com simply adore! This cruelty-free, vegan line of fabulous products just keeps on taunting us with enough beautiful products every year to fill a hefty-basket and what's not to love about that? It's not just a "cult" that follows this brand anymore,it's all of us who love beautiful color presented in formulations that are pure and that honestly outperform many loaded with "stuff" that is better left to the dark days…
Meg here! It's Oscar time! Hollywood's prom. All of the women looked great and here is how you can get the exact same looks from the exact pro's that took these women to Goddess Glam!
Here is how to get Kristen’s textured waves:
“I was in love with Kristen's J. Mendel dress as soon as I saw it; I was so inspired by the silhouette and color. We wanted Kristen's hair to be full with voluminous waves and have an edgy and sexy texture"
- “I started by applying a large dollop of Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse and blow dried the hair with a round brush.
- I then took 3-inch sections of hair and sprayed each section with Dove Style+Care Thermal Replenishment Spray and then wrapped the hair around a 1 1/2 inch FHI Heat curling iron.
- When all of her hair had been curled, I took a small amount of Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum in my hands and rubbed them together and then I raked the product through the hair to break up the curls and give the hair shine and definition. I'm beyond obsessed with this product. It gives you the nourishment of a cream and the shine of a serum in one bottle!
- I finished her look by spraying Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray all over while scrunching the hair with my fingers; this will ensure that the hair is in place all night and give the hair great sexy waves.”
Event: The Oscars
Makeup Artist: celebrity makeup artist Heba Thorisdottir for tarte
Overall Inspiration: "Kristen wore a gorgeous princess dress, but it still had a bit of an edge to it, so I wanted to keep her look strong but still soft and pretty." -celebrity makeup artist Heba Thorisdottir
* Heba wanted to play up Kristen's blue eyes with a mixture of bronze and gold shadows. She started by covering her lids with a soft wash of shimmering golden peach from tarte's neutralEYES eye shadow palette volume II.
*To create a soft glow, Heba dusted tarte's new Amazon bronze body bronzer along her décolletage, shoulders and down her arms. (Note*out in April!)
Jessica Chastain's Look! Jenny Cho, Suave Professionals Celebrity Stylist: "My inspiration for Jessica was to give the whole look a romantic feel that was free and easy with a slight, sexy bump in the crown."
1. Spray Suave Professionals Volumizing Root Boost Spray at roots of tresses and layer a dollop of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Leave-in Conditioner for heat protection and smooth, manageable hair. Blow dry with a round brush for volume.
2. Starting from the nape, separate hair in sections. Spray each portion with Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray and curl with a large two-inch curling iron. When curling strands near the face, curl hair away from face.
3. Next, tease the crown of hair for height and spray with Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray to secure tresses. Smooth the very top layer of hair for a polished finish. Pull back the section of hair just below the crown and pin, bringing one side back at a time into a half way french twist.
4. Loosen up the curls with a drop of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth & Shine Serum for shine and smooth style. Complete the look by misting hairspray for hold.
And I tagged it "Mondays With Meg" because there was no proper category.
My Grandmother will probably be reading this and follow it up with a concerned phone call and I should ban her from reading the site but I frankly don't know how to. Also, I would feel bad. I can't strip her "concerned Grammy title" from her, she's a staple at the senior center. You can't fight that type of power. I need her old people friends to listen to her. She's a force of nature that one. I just have to deal with the criticism "Oh Meg, I read your post. You must not use the word "suck" it's just awful." Yes Gram. "Also, could you send me a nice red lipstick?"
My Gram cracks me up. She really does. I'm writing this with a true bout of insomnia and for whatever reason my Gram is on my mind. If you're reading this then you definitely do or had a Gram. I mean, you're here right?
I have been absolutely hooked on PBS Masterpiece theater's Downton Abbey. If you have missed it you can watch the episodes on PBS.com, give it a shot. The first 3 are a bit to take in BUT by the end of episode 3 you will be absolutely hooked. Really! It is wonderful. Sex, Lies, Romance and a class warfare with so much aristocracy-you're going to love it! The one character that always gives the best lines, Maggie Smith, she's fabulous and she plays the proper yet always speaks her mind, Gram. I think we all have one of those in our houses!
Out of everyone in my family, probably because I am the much eldest grandchild, I am very close to Gram. We're so different but really a lot alike. If the times were different when she was coming up she'd probably be doing a lot of the same as me. She will deny this.
My Gram (at some point I will scan in pictures) was a true beauty. Emerson College (a prestigious private college outside of Boston) offered my Gram a scholarship to go FOR FREE for dramatic arts. She was gorgeous enough to be a movie star. She came from a poor family and when the scholarship was offered her mother said "Peggy is actress enough, she's going to work."
Actresses were not held in high regard back then in Boston, the kings of Boston were the Kennedy's. Gossip was the married Joe Kennedy had been having an affair with the screen siren Gloria Swanson. Swanson was the leading actress of the day and was giving Hollywood Actresses a bad name back on the Eastern Seaboard. My Great-Grandmother was afraid my Gram would head to Hollywood and become a seductress or a woman of loose morals! How exciting!...Well, she didn't think so.
So Gram never went to Hollywood and she says that was just fine by her. I can't imagine ever having someone else decide my fate but it was a different time and I believe she really didn't want the spotlight. It's not like she doesn't speak her mind (unfortunately.)
This post may seem all over the place but this week has been a bit all over the place. Meg here! This is going to be a very self-help, you can do it in a three step post! I am saying this with the utmost confidence in you. If you are able to read this then you can apply this.
My color is "buff" and it takes 3 little spritzes from the can. Spritz on my forehead, face and chin-I spread it with either a sponge (or when is not handy) my fingers for an even, pore-erasing, perfect finish. THIS STUFF IS HOT! TWILIGHT ordered 1,000 cans. ONE THOUSAND CANS to give Bella and the entire cast a perfect airbrush look! Without carrying around the spray machine on set! Launching today! At Ulta, Classified Cosmetics is bringing the same twilight appearance for under $15!!
I'm not a cheapie and I will pay whatever needs to be paid to keep me looking great. I was shelling out $60 dollars for Dior Flash. I'm over Dior, so is my wallet. I get THE EXACT RESULTS FOR $15. If you have a heavy foundation or concealer it will find a home in your wrinkles and pronounce them "Honey! I'm home!" No honey wants to live in that home. It makes you look like like you live in a nursing home. Women at age 26 make this mistake. Heavy foundation can age you 5 years. That's being conservative.
#1 Aero Minerale is $15 I am on TV and use it all the time, it is light, travels, covers and blends. You need this. Ulta has it today.
#2 Using a same or God forbid, darker then your skin tone color is going to give you away. if you have a zit or eyebag's go a shade lighter, even a shade lighter then your skin tone. Light deflects.
#3 You have 1 minute 30 seconds to apply moisturizer. Yup, for it to be effective then that's it. Damp skin straight out of the shower is a must, apply the moisturizer so it allows the creme to trap in the water THUS MOISTURIZER! IF you're putting it on dry skin you're not getting the benefits. The skin must be moist for any of this to work!
I know I'm a sexy beast and can give a good time! Woohoo! However, my knees have heeled since my 6" heel sidewalk fall NYC city slip. I've been left with Very Good Time Knees. Seriously, a perma-bruise. Just a clumsy fool that fell on my ass but a calling card for a great date...You betcha!
No. Not a crowd please or "Meet My Mom." Again, just a quick spritz-spritz from "buff" Aero Minerale and my knees were back to virginal status with no build-up and no one knowing the better. Now, I sound like a good time (great! I will take it! Call me!) Stop being so judgey, I just had a breakup. I'm kidding (obviously) a few spritzes will give you complete coverage. You also should wear shoes that aren't 6 inches high, but to each their own.
I'm not even going to get into how amazing this would hide a hickey. But it totally would. And yes, I think everyone should have a hickey. Let your hair down! It's just fun. Don't be so old and stiff to not be able to relate how amazing it is to just be totally nibbled on. Those moments make a happy memory that make a beautiful life.
Classified Cosmetics is in Ulta, you can grab it for a ridiculous cheap price. It is $50 DOLLARS LESS THEN DIOR FLASH which I found to do the same/less then my Aero Minerale in "buff" for $15. Word is they're even having an Ulta promotion for BUY ONE BUY THE SECOND AT HALF OFF. Then you have foundation for at least 7 months for $23. Seriously? The same stuff on both the cast of Twilight and they swear by?
It's funny but not in a "Ha Ha" funny sort of way, more of a funny "I'm a girl and this may be your experience" as well. Facebook has ruined Meg's relationship and I'm not alone. It's widespread. "When Facebook gets involved, relationships can quickly fall apart – as Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi have discovered. But dictatorships are not the only ties being dissolved by social networking sites: now Facebook is increasingly being blamed for undermining American marriages." I would bore you with the facts but know this, Facebook is the end for a player's game.
Ugh! Meg Not again! Not another one! I'm sorry "oops I did it again!" I want to thank Facebook for being the friend that would speak to you "in reason," and then you'd get mad at the friend. So much easier when the friend is a social networking site. No, I was never the friend that got mad, I was always the friend that was mad at. Thank-you Mark Zuckerbrg for being everyone's fall guy. Been there, know it's a tough role to play.
As a stalker, I love Facebook. There is no better stalking avenue out there. I can spend hours looking at classmates and judging them from my laptop. No harm no foul, I'm sure they're judging me as well "Well, this one never seemed to grow up."
I look at mean ex-classmates that have seemed to eat themselves and multiply and lose hair (love that.) I look at people I was envious of and think "Oh God, could you even imagine?" Once in a while I come across a nice picture where friends look genuinely happy and I feel a tinge of jealousy "Why isn't it so easy?"
This line always resonates in my head "If it were easy, everyone would do it." I knew I chose an off-beat path, one I believe in, but one that could never be described as "easy." Does it suck? No. Does it sometimes suck, yes.
More then anything, my life can be quite lonely. I work in solitude most of the time and for that, the men that reach out to me are...creeps. I work at home and do interviews and attend great parties at night which would fill the chapters of a Sex and The City book-except I'm not having sex. Has anyone that ever wrote one of these books actually been to one of these parties? Who am I having "sex" with? The gay coat check? Give me a break.
No, in real life, even in Meg life. Things don't work out like they do on HBO. How do I? The funniest, hottest, most fabulous woman ever (SHUT UP YOU MEANIE) meet someone? Well, it's a new sexy thing, we try through our friends...And then Facebook ruins it. Thanks Mark. I mean, I love you. Call me.
Meg here! Lonely, Bear Flag red wine (seriously the label is so cool, brought it to a Christmas party yesterday and got compliments and it's $9, tastes good too) nights are over. Survived another Christmas! Actually, I had Christmas with Fred and Roxy and Rox's husband their wonderful friend Robyn, so all was great!
I got a text from my sister that said "Thank-God, you're in LA, guess what went down at dinner, CALL ME!" See, I don't get stressed out and temporarily lose my mind (OK, like half the time but whatever) without good reason. The holiday's just amplify the lunacy. So big cheer we survived Holiday 2011! I hope most of you actually enjoyed it and that my crazy is rare!
What do I enjoy? Warm weather. I'm not one of those "it's so hot" people. I actually miss East Coast humidity. I like coming out of a restaurant at midnight and not needing a jacket. That's something a lot of people don't know about Los Angeles, even in the summer, you need something at night to wear to cover-up. Once the sun goes down it's just chilly.
I have limp hair in any climate so I'm not a frizz phobe. The only downside to humidity? Runny make-up. South Beach in three days, there is a "sick" potential, I'm packing water-proof eye products.
Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner makes this job easy! I know we sent a lot out in points packages to try so I'm curious to hear if you love this as much as I do! I have in the shade "Bronze." It's a beautiful color, has a little shimmer to it, sophisticated shimmer, not "club kid."
Meg here! I would like to let you all know that my life is absolutely ridiculous and I'm in on the joke so please no hate emails about how superficial and stupid I am. I mean, I know. You don't have to take the precious time out of your lives to let me know, yes Carol in St. Louis, I'm talking to you. Leave me alone. I don't force you to read my babble you bitter, mean spirited witch.
So, lets get to the dirt. I love Chanel purses. I don't have a 401k or children or anything like normal but I do treat myself to an obscenely expensive handbag once a year. I meet with fashion and beauty editors constantly and if I don't have the right purse and shoes I'm not getting taken seriously so it's a business expense? Plus, I like them. No, I love them. There's no shame in my game and if a quilted bag makes me happy and costs as much as a used luxury car then shoot me. Maybe I need to find God but I've been praying at the altar of the House Of Chanel for as long as I can remember, religion is personal.
Dave and my main gay Denny were at my house and I was due for a little forehead and lip injections. As I say in the video, I date someone 5 years younger then me, which is new for me. The age difference doesn't bother me, as long as no one is the wiser that there's an age difference. Is that vain and wrong? Perhaps, but I never claimed to be a role model.
Anyhow, I asked Dave if he would film it and Denny is staying with me so he had no choice in the matter. We were talking needles and blood and pain and then this happened... Meg: OMG, no really, OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! (I grab the corner of my kitchen table to keep me from fainting on the ground) Dave & Denny: they yell from the living room-What happened? We can't talk about blood. She's about to collapse. Meg!! What's wrong?
I have no words. I can't speak. All I can do is raise my treasured, black Chanel Caviar collection handbag off the table. It's at this point they see, it's so much worse then fainting from a medical conversation. My leather handle has become ripped from the bag. It's hanging on by threads. After a DECADE of seasonal use, RIP Black Quilted Chanel.
I did what any good, superficial woman in Hollywood does. I said... We have to go get my lip shot up and my forehead done and then immediately head into Chanel. The salespeople will see my fresh facial work blood and treat me nicely. If they see all the needle marks on my face then they'll think rich Beverly Hills bitch and we might get some service. The absolute ridiculousness of this statement shows that I was in a state of panic. I have not budgeted for a new, black Chanel bag.
Dr. Simon Ourian is not only the BEST celebrity cosmetic dermatologist in Beverly Hills and his practice The Epione Center is an A-List mecca, he's also my friend. He's my friend and I love him and his wife. I also love that since he has a Beverly Hills wife he understood when I said "Simon, can we please hurry and fix my face? I've had a day. My Chanel bag broke." Like any smart man in the know he replied "Oh no, are you O.K.? I'm on my way."
Yes, again, I know. I never would answer "world peace" for my one wish in a beauty pageant. I don't think you're fake if you just own it. I'm a good person and I love Ross and Loehmann's so don't begrudge me over my Chanel bag meltdown. Why am I even apologizing? Stop being so judgey!!
The only thing that can make me feel better is having poison injected into my face. That and double vodka tonics. If I can't rely on my stupid expensive purse to get me by then I'm going to have to rely on another old bag that's fading...My face.
I decided to go with "don't look at my bag that is in the wrong color for this season, hopefully you will be distracted by my new, plump lips." My Gram reads this site and she is salt of the earth, goes to church everyday and probably never spent more then $30 on a purse on sale so I hope you log off now Gram because, much like Carol from St. Louis, I don't need to hear it. I KNOW.
I went to Simon's and I look as amazing as a well maintained 35 year old can look. Botox? Does it hurt? No and no and no. Please believe me. Lips? Yes, they hurt. It's not Dr. Ourian, they just hurt. I mean you're shooting stuff into your lips that make them expand. I want to yell out OWWWW! When he does it but instead, completely subconsciously, I hum The Star Spangled Banner which is so odd. I'm patriotic and all but it must be a past life thing. How is that my go to and not Born This Way?
It's been a day since my shots and they look fab. The purse? Well, it can be fixed. I told my boyfriend what happened under the guise of "Santa, I've been a good girl." His non-Simon response? "You need a new black bag? OK, does it have to be Chanel?" Who even asks that? It's (next to my dog Prudence) my one happiness in life. Yes. Santa, it HAS TO BE CHANEL!
Meg here! Baby it's cold outside, it's been dipping in the low 60's here in Los Angeles. I know, cold is relative, OK? I've been traveling back and forth NYC-LA and it's definitely been logging some miles on my skin. I'm usually pretty oily and only get a bit dry on my cheeks, not so much this past week. I don't know if it's possible but my face has completely decided to change tone. Friday night I was parked on my couch, I had two parties to attend and I was too exhausted to move, plus my face hurt. Yes, my face felt chapped, my lips were dry and I was in no mood to put on my dancing shoes. The only place I could motivate was to my powder room's mirror. I didn't like what I saw there much either. My skin was actually flaking. I had manage to do it. All of my skin drying flying had given me what looked like face dandruff. Sexy.
It was time to pull out the big guns. I have had a jar of 3Labs "M" Cream sitting in my product cabinet for a couple of months. I never touched it. It was in reserve for a special time of emergency.
I read all about this product online, and this line caught my eye "The first cosmetic product that contains stem cells from the rare Uttweiler Spatlauber Swiss apple, SO RARE THAT ONLY THREE TREES REMAIN IN EXISTENCE!?
What? Only three trees? I had to, as my grandmother says "go to The Google" and look up this magic tree. On Google it said there were 20 in existence and that Michelle Obama is a fan of this magical ingredient for keeping wrinkles at bay. 20? Well, that's rare but it's not THREE. I was a little nervous to open this jar when it was 3. I mean, what if I totally fell in complete obsession with this potion and then it became extinct? I've been trying to be a little more careful about opening my heart and getting hurt by love. What if this cream lead me on? Pretend to heal and replenish my skin, got me all glowing and healthy...And then left me? Hmmm? Hmmm, what then?