Meg here! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Some man that had some accurate predictions of earthquakes before was predicting Los Angeles was getting hit on Saturday. I was wondering Friday night if it were worth it do my laundry if doomsday was approaching. I met myself halfway and did two loads. They say you should always have clean underwear in case of an accident. Happily, I did the other two loads today and so far I'm still the only thing in my bed moving and shaking. No, that didn't come out right...
I write for some other sites as well as Megsmakeup.com. Tomorrow afternoon I am interviewing Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler on their new movie "Super." My beat is always heavy on fashion and beauty and while Rainn has his "look" the focus will be more on the leading ladies and theirs.
While I was doing my research and coming up with my questions for tomorrow (homework) I was wondering...How much do these ladies picks affect your pocketbooks?
I don't mean Liv or Ellen specifically. I just wonder, when a brand signs a "face" are you more likely to buy it? Do you buy it because of the endorsement?
When Covergirl signed Taylor Swift as their new "face" it didn't make me run out and buy Covergirl. I refuse to take beauty advice from a 22 year old. When Revlon tapped Jessica Alba to be their celebrity endorser it did nothing to make me drive faster to the drugstore. I'm going to need to visit more than CVS to wake up looking like Jessica Alba.
"Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart"-Total Eclipse of The Heart.
If you're falling apart, and I have been known to do just that a little more than every now and then. I'm blaming it on pre-pre- menopause. I have never heard menopause to start in 34 year old ladies but you never know. When I use that line the other person usually looks at me like I'm a lunatic and the conversation gets changed so really win, win.
Being called "bright eyes" is a lot better than some of the things I've been called so I would take it! Now, how do I get that to be my nickname? I would say grabbing for Lash'em 3-in-1 Eye Bright may just be the tool that's needed.
Everyone in Hollywood has a main gay and when the 3-in-1 Eye Bright showed up my main gay was visiting. He is very picky with products and is one of "those people" that gets excited about shopping at barney's. I have a nervous breakdown when thinking of shopping at barney's. There is nothing that would make me $100 for a pair socks. Unless the socks walked everywhere for me while I stayed on the couch. Heck, I would pay $200 for that. If you cannot surmise, my main gay is a huge brand/product snob. All his $100 socks have to do is fit.
He was running low on his super expensive eye cream and had a desperation in this soon to be bright eyes. No, Lash'em 3-in-1 Eye Bright Gel is not sold at barney's but he wanted to try it.
The bottle is round silver with a pump. The gel is sort of a golden color once it pumps out. You put it on before bed and it has a cooling effect as you apply it. The pump dispenses very quickly. One pump is enough for both eyes. At first it feels a little sticky but that it just tightening up the skin around the eye area.
I have been using it for the past week and I definitely see less puff in the morning. I had a bit of a late night last night and was a very bad girl and did not remember to put on my 3-in-1 Eye Bright Gel. I honestly didn't even remember to remove my make-up but let's cut me a break here and there. I'm suffering from terrible pre-pre menopause.
I am doing an experiment. I am having dinner with a famous Irish actor tonight and want to appear at the very least bright eyed. About 45 minutes ago I applied the gel and am having it set in before I apply my makeup. It has a nice iridescence and reflects a shimmery light around the eye area. I figured if I used that as a base before my makeup any dark circles would diminish. I will let you know how it acts as a base.
My main gay? Well, he is sold as well. He's not crazy with how quickly it pumps out but is happy enough with his results that he has switched from his barney's brand. "I love how it seeps in and I think my dark circles are as not noticeable and it is great to travel with because my other one was in a glass jar and it was a pain and unlike my last one, this one is under $40.00!"
Meg here! As with every other mortal, I was glued to the tube last night taking in the Oscars. I was only slightly less interested in the telecast than James Franco. I actually felt bad for Anne Hathaway. Her perk almost came off as a manic high but how else could it have looked when you're co-host is barely breathing.
There were few surprises. No, scratch that. There was a surprise. Corey Haim was left off the deceased tribute and Charlie Sheen didn't make the cut.
The only reason I turn into these things in for the beauty and fashion and while there were a FEW wins, I felt there were VERY FEW.
If I am going to take time to watch a bunch of millionaires congratulate themselves then I better be all "WOWSER'S" with their wardrobe. I don't care if you come wearing a Bob Mackie headress or a swan stuffed and sewed to your dress, just give me something. Give me something I would not dare to try, give me something so decadent I salivate, Gaga got it right with her egg.
I saw a lot of mall hair (Gwyn) a lot of after sex hair (Scarlette) and a lot of bad dress choices (Melissa.) It says something when Helena Bonham Carter shows up and her outfit is described as "somber." Her shoes even matched! That should have been my tip that we were in for a snore fest.
Meg here! I'm sure this will be hard for many of you to believe, but, I can be impulsive-shocker, right? I have the greatest hair colorist in the world Marco Pelusi and I know I should never dye my hair myself. Remember the video of the last time I tried that? Not pretty. Cost hundreds to fix. Did I learn my lesson? Of course not!
Under the harsh, fluorescent drugstore bulbs I caught a glimpse of my grey roots. They're really almost silver at this point and no, I don't want to leave them, so let's not even start that dead end conversation. I had a date later on in the evening, the worst thing I could do to this man was make it appear that I was actually age appropriate for him! This is L.A. there are few worst insults...
Like a raccoon drawn to a shiny object I was drawn to a hot pink box (you're welcome marketing exec's everywhere.) It also helped that all around the Clairol Color Blend Foam display were signs screaming "NEW!" ...
It was on. I threw caution to the wind and color "light blond" box in my basket. A foam? 100% grey coverage? A pink box? New? My God, I had to try it. So I did!
Here are my findings. At first I was a little confused how the pump contraction worked. I added the mix exactly like we do in standard hair dyes. The only difference is there is not a nozzle top. A pink dispenser is on top. This confused me. I added the mix. I shook it until it looked all foamy in the bottle and then I could not figure out how to dispense it. I never found a button on top. My technique was too squeeze the side of the bottle, not pump the dispenser itself. This maybe the correct technique because it worked great!
Here is what I loved! I loved the fact that it was not a drippy liquid. I can't tell you how many counter-tops, bathroom doors, towels and bathmats I have left with black/purple dye spots. Like you've never done that?
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!
Meg here! I hop everyone is managing to keep warm. I think we could use a little global warming right about now! We've only been one month into the new year and already things are speeding up-not heating up unfortunately!
I was asked my The TV Guide Networks "The Fashion Team" on what I thought some new fun (and funny) innovative beauty products for 2011 were.
I filmed in Hollywood at our good friend Napoleon Perdis's Makeup Academy and here is the skinny on the products I picked.
Can you drink your collagen shots? The jury is out but there is a bunch of buzz on taking collagen supplements or drinking it. The body loses collagen as we age in our hair and skin so is it true that you are what you eat? I wanted to see what products woman are swearing by and my research turned up an interesting bio-cell collagen juice called Jusuru. I thought it may be interesting to talk a little about anti-aging from the inside out.
Washing your face with your hands is o-u-t! Or is it? I had to bring on Bliss's Pore-Factor Gadget. Is 2011 the year of the space age family? If you suffer fro large pores then you may want to give this item a second glance. This is an item that really gets in there to wash out the pores. then it applies the toner. Is it better than your favorite wash cloth? Some pore sufferer's swear by it, I'm giving it a shot but I'm not tossing the washcloth!
Morrocan Oil -V- Zakias Argan Oil, the challenge! I enlisted some of my formerly devoted Morrocan Oil friends to make the switch. All of them are now devoted Zakias Argan Oil fans. Argan oil works better, has more uses and produces quicker results. We love it on our skin, we love it on our face, we love it on our hair, it is a miracle for cuticles and IT'S ON SALE HERE! Holy Grail Item!
Meg here! I'm back and I'm freezing. Good lord, I guess the holidays are here aren't they? Holiday lights everywhere and the shopping frenzy appears to be in full swing. Rather than fight it I'm just going to go with it! I've marked my calendar Next Tuesday, December 7th for Saks and Thelooktv.com's night celebrating the best and brightest in beauty! Like I'm going to miss that!
"Hectic Holiday Shopping?" Hell no. this event is closed to the public (shhh but you can go-I'm adding the ticket link.) It's going to be amazing and anyone who is anyone in beauty will be there (I'm not allowed to publicly disclose the celebrity list.) The event is being hosted by Good Day L.A.'s Jillian Barberie Reynolds. The $25 ticket will get you a $25 gift card (given right at the door of the event) so it is actually free when you look at it this way! Complimentary Belvedere and Moet Champagne cocktails, giftbags and THE TOP beauty experts doing make-overs and showing the hottest looks.
Celebrity DJ Caroline D'amore will be spinning while you can meet the top makeup artists being sent in specifically just for this very special night from Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, YSL, Jo Malone, Estee Lauder, Dolce & Gabbana, Lancome, Laura Mercier, NARS, Trish McEvoy and Giorgio Armani. Many of those mentioned have set aside a very special gift just for you!!
As if that isn't reason enough to make a visit, they've sweetened the deal with "A Lipstick Lady" to read and analyze your lip print. A station where you can get your custom fragrances engraved, have festive and glittery tattoo's applied while you enjoy complimentary nibblers.
Meg hair! The fact I have any hair in my head right now is nothing short of a miracle and my miracle is named Marco Pelusi. When my Ken Pave's hairdo arrived let's just say I should have paid more attention to the color chart. Marco:I don't know Meg, we've just lightened it again! I don't know how much more your poor hair can take. If we lighten it again we might end up with just a clump of hair on the floor.
At this point, I have been in the chair for hours and we still have not managed to bring my natural hair to the color of my new Ken Pave's hairdo. My motto has always been "go big or go home." I guess I like living on the edge. I asked him to keep going. Luck of the Irish, my natural hair had some breakage but for the most part stayed my hair safely on my scalp.
I wore my new hair out last night and everyone loved it. I loved how easy it is to get thick, flowing tresses in oh, about 1 minute.
I've had real extensions before years ago and I just don't have the patience for it anymore. These clips are the perfect answer for me. I keep getting asked "Is it hard to do? How do they work? Watch Ken show how easy in the quick video below
My i-phone took the shot above so it's a little bit dark but all in all these clips are amazing. If you're hair is thinning or you have an event (wedding, prom-hey, the holidays are coming up!) I can't say enough great things about Ken Paves hairdo. They look amazing!
Meg here! I've said it once, I'll say it a thousand times "Urban Decay consistently hits the nail on the head." If you're ever hesitant about trying one of their products I am here to confidently tell you to stop hesitating!
The only reason I can think of to not buy this mascara is if you're looking for a lot of curl. If I'm going out all fabulous I use my eyelash curler (that I heat up with my hairdryer-little trick for you.) The fact that is that Urban Decay SkyScraper Multi-Benefit Mascara lengthens and doesn't clump! This is what makes me a huge fan. On uber-glam nights I like to apply some false lashes just for kicks, sometimes I do a few individuals in the outer-corner to give a little pop! I like how precise the brush is-it makes it easy to even blend false lashes to look real. Real sexy!No raccoon eyes and no sticky clumpy lashes. The wand makes it easy to apply! I really like this for everyday. Urban Decay was nice enough to send Megsmakeup.com several full sized tubes that either have already or currently are being packed into your makeup points packages so I am really curious to hear what you ladies think of this! The packaging is typical of Urban Decay, their signature purple and black motif cased in a comfortable to wield, rubber tube.
Meg hair! They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This is only one reason why I am insane. I know I shouldn't color my own hair. There's no reason for it. I tend to only want to color it myself right before important meetings or TV. Normal right? I think it's called "Self-Destructive!"
Anyhow after THREE TRIES MYSELF! Bad Meg! Bad! I took my green haired self and threw in the towel! I called Blondie's Hair Salon. in New York City. That was where I was and I didn't have access to my normal LA Hair Guru Marco Pelusi. Blondie's came highly recommended.
After a frantic phone call, Blondie's Master Colorist Laura Braunstein calmed down and I made my way up Broadway. Why did my blond hair go green? What had I done wrong? Why is light hair hard to darken?
Laura is here to help! Every natural color of hair has what is called a natural remaining pigment, or NRP. Light blondes have a natural remaining pigment that is yellow, which starts to turn to orange as the blonde gets closer to the brown spectrum. This is why so many blondes have a difficult time fighting brassiness. Medium brown hair has a NRP that is orange, which gets progressively more red as the brown gets darker. Very dark brown hair and black hair have a NRP that is red. What does that mean? In order to create color, the natural remaining pigment must be put into the hair first in order to form the right foundation if it doesn't already exist.