Megs here! Wandering the beauty aisles can be a daunting task. Yes, I know it's Tuesday. Sometimes it's daunting just tagging the right damn day! Finding the perfect face cream is every woman's dream! It's not as easy as finding the perfect shade of nude lip gloss, part of the problem is we're just not familiar with the ingredients and what it is that they do. It's probably easier to find the perfect man. Usually, that search doesn't make you any younger! I'm giving you a breakdown and as always, some deals so you can match up what it is that you need. Give it a try, a break for your face and a break for your wallet! You may know some of this info but I guarantee you're going to learn some great tips from this piece. I know everything (It's tough to always be right. The people that think they are annoy those of us who know we are )
A is for Apples. Juice Beauty organic skincare ! Let's talk about the product that's flying off the shelves, the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. I always thought "natural" or "organic" was going to be a bit too delicate and hippy to really be the industrial powerhouse that I thought I needed. I was wrong. I was very wrong.
Let me educate you on what I learned. I literally walked into Sephora and the saleslady told me "that is definitely the strongest facial peel we have here." I heard that and didn't think it could be true, I mean I don't join the words "Natural" and "Organic" with strong. The acid in fruits can really trip you out. I mean, in a good way of course. Not to get all science guy on you but this is sort of interesting The Patented Green Apple Peel Ingredients that make it so powerful and effective: Malic Acid is from Green Apples Citric Acid is from Lemons Tartaric Acid is from Grapes Salicylic Acid from Willow bark (Full Strength Only)
It's the unique combination of the above alpha and beta hydroxy acids from organic ingredients along with raw cane sugar that makes it so strong! The reason the organic ingredient part is important is because organics have 30-35% higher antioxidant and vitamin loads than non-organic ingredients. I guess that makes sense. It's like how they say if you cook your foods you're boiling out the vitamins. Since Juice Beauty is natural skincare it makes sense they're going to want the freshest ingredients to provide the freshest results. I have a feeling the founders also wouldn't be caught dead in a grocery store. Something tells me that they know the schedule of every Farmer's Market in San Fran.
So not all acid is bad for you, some acid is your friend. Strong fruit acid is a friend to many woman all over the world as this Juice Beauty Green Apple peel is a constant editor pick. Want to try it but want some extra incentive? Of course I worked you out a deal.
It has made the woman that have experienced true argan oil huge believers. "My hair is so shiny and no frizz!" To "You only need one little drop and my skin has never been softer or more glowing." Women try it and they don't turn back! It's so multi-use and a little goes such a long way that it's a must-have in every medicine cabinet.
We know it is full of vitamins but what is Argan Oil? Where does it come from? Argan oil is an oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, endemic Argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world due the small and very specific growing areas. to Morocco, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties.
Taylor Swift and Salma Hayek have gone on record that they're huge Argan Oil fans. It's so chocked full of vitamin e, it's like a boost of health. With all of these new Argan oils flooding the market why do we at Megsmakeup.com love Zakias Moroccan Argan Oil?
We love them because the women that harvest the Argan Oil, the Berber woman of Morocco, do it all by hand and in small groups. They painstakingly manually grind the Argan nuts into a paste and then extract the oil. Zakias does not use machines yet employs and empowers this group of women with jobs that they take great pride in. The results from the Zakias Moroccan Products have been touted by so many of our users. Want to try it? Here's a deal! Use Code MEG2000 and enjoy 20% OFF of any order! "It's Good as Gold!" There's no wonder why Hollywood's Gliteratti have been flocking for years to facial serums with Gold in them. When La Prairie launched in 2006 their Cellular Radiance Gold (at $580 AN OUNCE) they had a bestseller on their hands. Study after study has been showing gold maintains firmness and elasticity. Before there was an Oprah endorsement their was Cleopatra's and guess what? Yup, it was a "Cleopatra's Favorite Things." Gold works improving circulation and decreasing skin inflammation, pure gold helps to soften expression lines, reduce fine wrinkles and diminish the appearance of age spots.
"You Are What You Eat!"We've all heard that one. It makes sense though.It seems as tough there is a red headed stepchild to the vitamins (I kid! I love the ginger's!) We all know about the skin benefits of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, this amazing product has all of that PLUS a huge infusion of Vitamin F. Let me introduce you to Galactive Glove Seal Your Skin Anti-Oxidant Treatment and "Vitamin F." Vitamin F was the designation originally given to essential fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture. They were "de-vitaminized" because they are fatty acids. BUT You Need Fatty Acids! Fatty Acids are probably what you're swallowing everyday to promote healthy hair and nails. "Essential” in nutrition? By definition, it means you need it to be well. That's where your daily multi-vitamin comes into play as our body does not manufacture Vitamin F. How many times have you been told to order the salmon? We need all the essential fatty acids. The issue (like much of nutrition) is balance. For example, Omega 6’s are considered “pro-inflammatory” while Omega 3’s are “anti-inflammatory.” Our body needs inflammation to survive. It is part of its normal processes. Galactic Glove Seal Your Skin Anti-Oxidant Treatment has been a "holy grail" item on Megsmakeup.com and it has been a life-saver for woman that suffer from acne. I know putting an oil on your face seems counterproductive but it's not when it is stored with this many anti-inflammatory properties. The added anti-oxidants also combat free radicals and act as a barrier to not only heal but protect your face. Another brilliant dermatologist lovingly created this in her lab. Dr. Dima's patients keep coming back not only for her handi-work but to then seal it in! Vitamin F for Frugal! Want a deal on this baby? Just type in Code MEG For 20% OFF Hyularonic Acid is Your Friend! Your skin is thirsty for it! You're probably pretty familiar with this term. You see it in a lot of great anti-aging skin products. What is it? Hyalaronic Acid is a natural substance that can be found in the body. It is great for skin care as it has the ability of retaining water. It is this unique characteristic that makes skins hydrated, moist and soft thereby maintaining a youthful appearance. You know that you're supposed to be drinking A LOT of water during the day right? As we age, the level of HA in the body also decreases. The older we get, the the less ability the skin has to retain its moisture, hence the occurrance of lines and wrinkles. Epione's Corrective Skincare has The HIGHEST Pharmaceutical grade of Hyularonic Acid available on the market today!
Epione Corrective Skincare is what Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills own Lisa Vanderpump swears by. She is a friend and I know she 100% has never gone under "the knife!" The creator, Dr. Simon Ourion is who I see when I am in Beverly Hills for all of my facial work. I know the importance of having great doctors everywhere! I do a lot of TV. When I'm in a fix on the East Coast, I run to Dr. Barney Kenet. When I'm in a jam heading down south, I see Dr. Dima in Reston, VA. For days when I'm in Los Angeles and I have a "TV problem" you can find my tush in a seat in Dr. Ourian's waiting room. It's never alone. I see many A-Lister's there that I would name but I don't want a cease and desist letter! Trust me, they're there. Woman have seen their sun and age spots lighten to invisible with this miracle potion!
Yes, I tagged this "Monday's With Meg" so you can see we are totally on the ball over here.
I am going to use this little star Katie Holmes as an opening act for myself. I mean, why not really? Opportunity=grab it! Much like Tom=grab it! As long as we are all on the same page.
I have a secret life. It's not really secret but I just wanted to experience writing that sentence. I write for www.megsmakeup.com and a lot of other big time publications hire me on a freelance basis to bring my brilliance. I mean obviously, right? Ha! I've been more fired than a s'mores stick from lots (my humor doesn't always translate.) In the words of Larry David "I'd rather be right than liked."
God Bless Hollywood. Yes, I've always wanted to experience what writing that sentence would feel like. Here is the thing. If I can offer any advice to anyone that is obviously looking for advice in all the wrong places (seriously, your priest wasn't available?) Just hang in there. Just stick it through. My theory is that we're all like the Pyramids (stay with me here) there is like 50 blocks on the bottom. Then it narrows, the other 20 blocks got married so now we have 30 blocks. Five more blocks said "to hell with it, I'll get a 9-5." Now we have 25 blocks. From there they all fall off, "do something meaningful-blah blah." The top keeps getting pointier, not from talent making its way, from everyone else giving up. Just hang the Hell on. If you want something more than everyone else you'll get it. I'm not a mathematics expert but the odds of holding on are in your favor. Play chicken with life, you'll be very surprised to see how malleable the world actually is. I tell people (I swear I use this line all the time) "Look, it's easier to just speak to me than get a restraining order." Once they see you're serious they'll talk. Thank-you. That advice is free. Now go use it, there are starving children in Africa that never got fed that damn advice so eat up.
I've been on many red carpets doing interviews. I'm a lunatic on the red carpet. For a great shot or quote I have been known to climb ladders, hop over the red rope and pretend to be the publicist (and in my greatest interview, I said I was part of Michael Jackson's back-up dancer's to get to him) try learning that routine in thirty seconds!! Thank-you Nancy Kelley. I can actually say that yes, I have danced with Michael Jackson! They just thought I was the dancer just released from rehab. Prob not that far off honestly.
It's a dog eat dog world out there on the red carpet. You wouldn't believe how many people (men) shove and push you. If you go in weak you're gone. I have already established with pretty much everyone in town that this lady ain't leaving. I needed a base. I needed someone that got "it" more than anything, what I really needed was a friend.
Roxy Manning was sent to me from Heaven. She really, truly was. I don't know how many of you are my facebook friends but you'll see her with me in almost every shot. There are very few people in life that will "get you." If you are me than you understand that there are even fewer. Roxy "gets me" she is absolutely gorgeous, fabulous, funny, smart and most important kind....Wait, funny maybe more important than kind, no matter she's both. She is a journalist and we met while covering the red carpets around town. We discovered the talents each of us had and were smart enough to pair up in this boystown.
Just to be the longest opening act for Katie Holmes in the universe can I give some more advice? FIND YOUR PEOPLE. I'm in LA, this is a tough town. But, there are good people everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Like attracts like so get out there. I'm ambitious, Roxy is ambitious, when either of us feel like taking a 4 hour siesta one of us has an appointment the other can't miss. A partner doesn't always mean a guy. Relax, she's married and I'm single with Irish/Sluttish.
Meg here! I have a big meeting coming up this week (can you all send good vibes-I'll owe you-and you'll get those karma points-if you believe in that stuff.)
Between preparing for that and taking care of 3 7-week old pups and doing some consulting I have been not too on top of my updates here and I apologize. Just stick with me until Thursday comes around and I'll be back to normal (normal? Ha!)
I've been doing girl prep for this appointment for a week now. I mean it is bordering on OCD. I have been exfoliating every night and using my gradual self tanner. Adding to it a nightly special foot treatment (nothing worse then cracked feet.) Religiously using my Go Smile 7 day white treatments twice a day. Revitalash growth serum every evening. I went shopping for my outfit and had my extensions tightened yesterday. Nails and eyebrows tonight. Skin? I had that taken care of Saturday. I'm taking care of it every day but I really brought in the big guns to help me out. You may say, "OK, Meg. You have access to a lot of big guns and that's not really fair because I don't." Contraire mon frere! You can get this access as well! What brought me to this line is the fact that they won me over a glass of wine! Who can turn down a wine based product? That was the hook that made me crave the entire experience. We can call the Friends of Bill after I've had my fun with this experience!
I try a boatload of products and when it came time for me to think about my face, I really needed to make a smart decision. I didn't want to have any "incidents" this week. I didn't want to be Samantha Jones at the restaurant opening with her red acid peel face. Legitimate concern, right? It does happen. I looked at the shelf of face products in my powder room (otherwise known as the 8th Wonder of the World.) When my eyes went straight to Arcona's Wine Hydrating mask. Here's the review on it. In a nutshell or rather a plump grape skin, Megsroomie and I loved how our skin felt after it!
I really wanted to delve more into Arcona. I did a little research and as luck would have it they have a spa right in Los Angeles. I saw The Arcona Studio was only 30 minutes away. I wasted no time in booking an Arcona Organic enzyme Peel. After reading the menu and this line "The ARCONA Enzyme Peel provides excellent cellular renewal for sun damaged, aged and dull looking skin."
I got on the horn and was quickly in the car. I needed that peel. My pores are growing as big as Prudence's pups! I felt so great after the mask that I applied to myself, I couldn't wait to see how I would feel with a slew of Arcona products and an expert Arcona esthetician.
I walked in the pristine Arcona Studio and was warmly greeted. I went back to their relaxation room and had no longer sat down and started to sip my hot tea then did Rebecca Norris ask "Would you like a complimentary chair massage?" I've never set down a cup of tea so quickly! Rebecca was wonderfully and easily able to dissipate the knots all along my right side. Just when I could not be more relaxed my expert, Arcona Studio esthetician Chanel Jenae showed up!
How could this not go well? It was like a sign from the Heaven's, the woman's name was Chanel for the love of God! Yes,she told me her age and her skin looked like the skin of someone 15 years younger. This was shaping up to be quite a day.
Meg here! There are a few perks to being me. One of the perks is I get to find out what's going to be big in cosmetics before the public does. Then I find out and turn around and blog about it bringing it too...The public.
I was first introduced to Argan oil (we love working with them and endorsing their argain oil) by Zakias Morocco. I didn't exactly know what "Argan Oil" was but I knew that we all went crazy for it. It made everything from my combination oil/dry skin to my combination oily/damaged hair just look better. It also made the skin on my body incredibly soft. I'm starting to see "Argan Oil" in just about anything and everything today. I called up a few of my favorite cosmetic dermtologist's to see what they thought. Would they recommend Argan Oil?
Dr. Simon Ourian, Epione Medical Center, Beverly Hills CA. Yes, absolutely. Argan oil is chocked full of vitamins and it is a wonderful moisturizer not just for your face but also for your hair, cuticles and entire body. It is extremely beneficial to apply after exfoliating. I find it excellent for all skin types.
Dr. Barney Kenet, Kenet MD, Manhattan, NY. l like Argan oil. It's safe, pleasant and loaded with Vitamins. I've seen some people say it works on acne, but I would be reluctant to recommend it solely as an acne treatment because it may cause people with oily skin to break out.
O.K. So we know it is full of vitamins but what is Argan Oil? Where does it come from?Argan oil is an oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, endemic Argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world due the small and very specific growing areas. to Morocco, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties.
“It is all very well for so-called sensible people to recommend flat heels and short skirts, but most of us prefer not to be sensible.” Meg here! I read once that Tina Turner said she that she had "fabulous legs and a perfect behind" because she always wore heels. Always. I was about 12 years old when I read this and I couldn't wait to toss my keds.
I am most always in heels. There are my coveted Chanel flats and I have a pair of Tod's driving loafers that I scoot around in. I also love my obligatory Uggs. However, none of those make the cut when I want to make my legs look longer or my butt 25% better. Yes, 25% better is the actual, scientific number that a study found that your butt gets helped by heels. This sounds a lot better then a treadmill. Also, more fun.
I have Chanel and Tory Burch and Gucci and I have a much loved pair that cost $25. I'm all over the map. The days of me buying $600 shoes are long gone (THEY WILL BE BACK!) Actually, it's sort of irresponsible to be doing it all the time even if you can. What's that? Everything in moderation...Even moderation? So my shoe credential is not that they cost a zillion dollars but that they look like they do.
It's an easy, fun and inexpensive way to get gorgeous shoes. What I am really into is that they don't just look great-they're comfortable. Here's a tip from someone that's always running around in stiletto's Get Ones With A Lift In The Front. This is a very important tip. If it has a bit of a platform in the front you can wear sky high heels with zero pain. Even though it looks it, you're not really walking on that high of a heel.
I also have a weird thing with flip-flops. I don't own one pair. I can't do it. I hate anything between my toes. It freaks me out. This may be a disorder. I'm not sure if any of you out there have it but it would be nice to know I'm not alone. Sole Society has personalized picks that get emailed to you every month. How do they know your style? You tell them. You take a quiz that asks multiple choice question to evaluate exactly who you are and what shoes are going to get you excited. I was very happy with the matches they came back for with me. If you're not? You can resubmit and you'll get sent a bunch of new closet choices. Not bad, right?
Meg here! I'm pretty sure that something is in retrograde. Isn't that the excuse? The stars are out of sync? I've had a bad week and I haven't really dealt with it very well so the only thing that's been out of sync really has been me.
When I get upset with myself I play scenario's out over and over in my head and each time I do it it gets worse. I don't know if it's being left-handed, or "creative" or overly-sensitive but I've been told I "live in my head too much." It can't just be me? I have lots of girlfriends and we all do it to some point.
I have been trying to "move out of my head." I've decided, why drive myself crazy when I have friends that I can send over the edge instead? I mean, there has to be some perks to communal living. Every time I spoke to them I was "so stupid" or a "total moron" and I really just trashed myself. I'm lucky I have good friends because they were having none of it "you made a mistake. You apologized. You felt bad. Now let it go." True right?
It's the exact same advice I would have given them. It just seems that sometimes the very worst relationship that we have is with ourselves. I know I need to definitely work on mine. The names I was calling myself I would have never said or thought if one of my girlfriends were telling me the same story. When judging ourselves it's pretty amazing how brutal we can be.
I'm going to try really hard to not do this anymore. I wonder if I should wear one of those rubber bands around my wrist and snap-it when I think a negative self thought? They say it works to help cut smoking down... With my luck I'd try this technique, have a really bad day and have people think I'm into self mutilation.
Meg here! There are few things we on Megsmakeup.com believe Tea Trea Oil can't do. Few things. It may be the cure for cancer in some form. I believe I may have read that on one of the forums on here.
From clearing up impossible pimples to aiding in hair growth, we're all about this magic potion. I yelled out an actual "Whoop!" When I opened a box of Correctiveskincare Tea Tree Scrub. I read on the back of the no-frills bottle "Tea Tree Scrub is specifically designed for oily and acne prone skin. Anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial helps to accelerate healing of skin disorders."
After reading that description I decided I needed a hot shower right then and there! Another thing I love is warming face scrubs. It just makes me feel like it's doing an extra job when it gets all heated up on my face. It makes me start to think my other face scrubs are lazy! "Listen other face scrub? See Mr. Tea Tre here? Yes, he's doing the job and heating up AND"... Wait is that menthol? Or Eucalyptus. Now, we have a triple threat. We have tea tree oil based granule scrub that heats up and makes your face tingle and your skin minty fresh. Yes. I am in love! The best part? It totally works, but at first your face may freak a little bit.
The first week of using this my skin looked a little rough. I really think it was like I was doing such a deep cleaning that all the crud was being brought up towards the surface? I'm not a Dermatologist (I only play one around any male friends-don't move! Let me squeeze that! Better them than me.) I cannot medically say whether that even makes scientific sense. It works for my mind though. The first week there was more gunk ready than I knew what to do with. But, that's good right? I mean, it had to come out.
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.