Top Tier Media joined forces with the fabulous Dorothy Manfolk of Manfolk PR. An evening was had by top makeup artists, bloggers and traditional media (I snuck in through the freight elevator.)
These two companies did an amazing job at getting an L.A. flakey crowd to come out on a sweltering, summer week night. This is not easy feat. In L.A. People think they are being polite if they wait to tell you that they're not showing up to meet you AFTER you get to the restaurant but BEFORE you valet your car.
That's the type of mindset that you just deal with here. It's a trade off. Sunny days for shady manners.
Before I delve more into becoming "Miss Manners" or should I type #MissManners (#everything #you #do #you #now #need #Hashtags) that's what's going on with those signs we are holding. Apparently, I not only need to get back to my blog but also to learn Pinterest and Instagram and YouTube. I'm going to try to do a weekly YouTube on here #GODHELPUS.
Everyone commented how lovely everyone looked and enjoyed the party. I want to tell Jen and Dorothy that everyone made the drive in LA traffic (the event started at 6pm) because they're just really nice people. I wanted to tell them everyone was there even though it was 95 degrees out because everyone really cared about them. I wanted to tell them it was about empowering and support and love. I mean, I was there for that reason. That and because if I were a "no show" Jen would never talk to me again. The majority of the people came out in droves and they came out for two little words that can get most grown women to do anything...GIFT BAGS.
Yes, while the rest of the world stopped getting gift bags at the age of 6, women in Los Angeles feel almost insulted if they go somewhere and are not handed a bag full of something when they leave.
Jen and Dorothy are veterens and they know the best way to get a great audience is the old fashioned way-bribery. You know these aren't going to be schlocky bags when these ladies work with great clients! I was very happy to get my Gift Bag, my sciatica and back was not. They were chock full and while brimming to the top with all sorts of goodies. Here were my top picks! Jen was gracious enough to be my hand model as I am in deep need of a mani.
Onsen -Onsen Skincare is getting a bunch of buzz, especially their facial peels. This summer I've been an oil slick and I have been in dire need of a good exfoliator. I'm excited to give this a try and I'll let you know what I think. I'm sure you're on the edge of your seat but humor me.
Meg hair! You want to know what stinks? When you're five years old in a sandbox and everyone else in the group picture has cute ponytails and you have tufts on your head and your grandfather refers to you as "his little Ed Asner."
Being bald due to cancer must be terrible. I mean, you have cancer, so there are bigger issues. I never had cancer. I was just bald because God has a very good sense of humor and that's life.
Now, I have long, luscious hair. Amazing. It only took 10 orphans in a poor Indian village to get it. So, win? Win?
I can lie and tell you if you use this product your hair will grow. It doesn't. I spend the GDP of a poor nation on my tresses. Because I am on TV and I HAVE TO. Those long full locks with a slight curl on the end? Yes, they're as natural as my full C+ boobies and plump upper lip.
Jessica comes to my house after I've spent $300 on new, auburn Indian hair. She has to remove all of the old stuff. It gets ratty. I've got my extensions out and now she is coloring the remaining pieces I have in. She has to, we have to make the new hair perfectly match. It's step one in a process that will take hours and almost $1,000 a month. I think I'm JLo.
Full hair is sexy, full hair equates youth and health and vitality. Full hair has always eluded me, until I took the hit to my wallet and decided "full hair" was worth it.
Meg here and I don't know about this whole 12/12/12 thing but the sky in LA is totally grey and it loks like it's going to down pour any second. I hate this for a number of reasons. One, I think I suffer from Seasonal Depression. Whatever that is, the type of thing where a person gets down when it's gross outside. To help combat this ailment, I moved to sunny Los Angeles sixteen years ago. Now I just suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a slight case of anxiety and an extreme case of narcissism-the same as every other Los Angelino.
Since the sky is dark and eerie it may seem strange to speak about MDSOLAR SCIENCES Mineral Screen Tinted Gel. SPF 30+. It's not that far off, here's the deal. Even though Mr. Sunshine is not visible to you, harmful UV Rays are still shooting right through the clouds. People actually get a lot of sun damage this way because they're not expecting it.
Not to Bragg (Ha! See what I did there?!) Since my Apple Cider Vinegar routine my skin has been looking really nice. I do of course have a little uneven redness around my nose and chin. The ACV really helps but it's not photoshop in a bottle.
I am loving MDSOLARSCIENCES Mineral screen tinted gel SPF 30. It's so light but it provide enough coverage to even out my skin tone. It really feels like smooth silk going on, like a high end moisturizer. There is zero "cakeness" and it doesn't sit in my fine line or creases. Oh yeah, it's also protecting my from getting any new fine lines or creases and preventing the ones that I do have from getting worse. Thank you SPF 30+!
Sometimes, companies that use the SPF really concentrate on that and the almost medicinal aspect of their product and overlook the cosmetic end. This product feels more like a luxury cosmetic than a preventative one. Only a little is needed and it doesn't at all apply greasy. I'm reaching for this daily.
Meg here! I hate saying that because I always say it and also, you're all a bit mad at me because I haven't yet got your cosmetics out to you. All I can promise (and I stand behind my word) is you'll be happy once you get them. This is a HAUL!
Let's talk eyes. Eye Scream, you scream we all scream for eye cream!
Without eye cream I just scream. Period. It's not pretty.
The fine sensitive area under the eyes? Let's be frank, (hi Frank) it's like the tip of a Peter.
So thin and so smooth and so sensitive to the touch. You should never use a finger stronger than your ring finger to apply your cream. It's so delicate any touch with force can alter the skin (hi Peter.) We had a true arguement. UNTIL we realized we argued the same point! From Dawn at Beautyfrosting.
Michael Todd True Organics is the answer for all puffiness, dark circle and eyelines. My gorgeous friend Dawn at Beautyfrosting is so amazing and really speaks to the argument that Michael Todd True Organics Eye Treatment is the answer! She had two of us over debating eye cream.
While it produces noticeable, dramatic, results when it comes to line reduction, dark circle-correction, de-puffing and overall eye hydration and skin cell regeneration, its price point is totally doable at $38 for .5 fl oz.
Plus the fact that it’s cruelty-free and 85% organic makes me feel good about using it. Add in that celebrity plastic surgeon, Andrew Ordon, M.D., of “The Doctors” fame, says it “Tops my list of best eye cream treatments” and you have a winner in the war on anti-aging skincare.
A personal note? I love that after a particularly champagne-celebratory evening, the soothing, gentle, massage tip applicator helped break up my not-so-perky puffiness.
Within a week, it became a staple on my bedside table and a staple in my heart, as well.
Again, I say it so many times because it's true. Naural works just as if, not better than chemical.
Fiche here! Meg asked me to check out this product when I asked her for a foundation recommendation. It’s called Rx For Brown Skin. And it’s not a foundation. But as I am more pigmentally endowed than Ms Megs, I knew where she was coming from and if it can polish the ‘ole mug, maybe I won’t need the daily spackle to fill in the cracks, anyway.
So here’s the run down: It’s a three step process. Not my bag. I try to avoid turning my bathroom into a chem lab. But at least I understand what each thing does.
Gentle cleanser – no hocus pocus here. A non-foaming, greaseless cleanser that doesn’t sting my eyes or over dry my skin. The website says it has “bright skin complex” and “Green tea.” That’s nice. I’m sure those things are very effective in RXing my brown skin but I don’t know if the 20 seconds on my face before I rinse it down the drain does all that much. Still, as a cleanser it does good. If you use a heavier/ long wear foundation, you might need to wash twice.
Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum – now we’re cracking open some eye of newt. MFA Complex (that means it’s highly educated, ya know), Hyaluronic Acid, and that neat-o Bright Skin Complex (soy and pomegranate- tasty snacks and good for your skin). Now, when I slap on something that claims to exfoliate intensively, I expect to be flaking off epidermis like a bad sunburn with a taste for revenge. Thankfully, I didn’t get so much as a tingle. I got a little liberal on the application and the result was a little shine on my cheekbones but otherwise, I didn’t really feel “intense” – and that’s a good thing.
Naturally Flawless Botanical Brightener – is it a moisturizer? I’m not sure. It says to use after the serum and before an SPF. Sounds like a moisturizer to me. It doesn’t list ingredients I recognize as moisturizers. Let’s see what the witches brewed into this potion: Melanostatine 5, Tyrostat, Beta-White. This divine trinity is supposed to reduce dark spots. And I can only hope they’ve been moisturizing me, too.
But you want to know the result. Well, first of all, ANY time I switch face products – cleanser, moisturizer, foundation – I break out for a few days. Except this time. No break out. It was super gentle and super effective. My skin tone did even out noticeably and the texture did get smoother. I’m not so sure one has to be that far on the brown spectrum to benefit. I think it might work for diminishing freckles on fair skin. But I can’t tell you that from experience, since I have neither freckles nor fair skin.
Meg here! I'm 36, I smoke (been trying to quit for 10 years.) I love a cocktail (or 5) my diet is complete crap. I never get a good night's sleep and I don't exercise. I AM THE COMPLETE PICTURE OF HEALTH. I'm not. But I don't worry too much about it, because you know what? I'm a pretty happy person.
I never thought I needed a YouTube channel because we all love each other through the written word. I'm Old School New England Irish Catholic. I wrote once that I loved you. Now you want me to express it? What kind of Hedon are you? We don't do that we're I'm from. You should get a pat on the back and know I'd take a bullet for you. In this age of touchy-feely emotions it seems I'm not delivering to my audience.
So I'm trying to learn and I hope you'll help me be better.
I don't want a damn Make Up Channel. Everyone I see with one is 22 years old and flawless. I also see really awful and mean comments under them.
Why would I want to hurt my self-esteem? Why would anyone want that?
Well, there has to be someone to bite the bullet and say, yes, I'm older. No, I'm not an Asian Tween. Maybe my advice can be helpful for those of you that are not as well. Also, my dad has been in jail and I will find your IP Address and give it to him if you leave disgusting comments (Just kidding-not really-It's just mean, don't do it.) *My lawyer said not to write that* I sometimes ignore my lawyer.
Meg here and I have HELL week ahead of me. How's that for an opening? Some people are always "working for the weekend." I love those people. I fall under the category of "still working...AND it's the weekend." Full steam ahead! Ha! As if, I've been on half empty but my schedule doesn't seem to care. I've built up this terrible habit, much worse than any drug, maybe you've heard of it? It's society's new killer, this crazy thing called "lifestyle." I'm a lot of things, never been accused of being short on style.
"I'll get enough sleep when I'm dead." That's such an endearing quote. How did that come out of someone's mouth and the recipient of such wisdom did not take that as a suicide warning is something I'll never know... Except I do, they probably heard it, faked a polite laugh...And then had to get on a conference call. "Make sure Sally doesn't hang herself," went on the checklist, unfortunately, it was during monthly budget meetings. I really miss Sally. However, my numbers checked out, my boss is happy and I'm still employed so I sent the most beautiful sympathy arrangement.
No! I don't know Sally. I don't have time for new friends. What do you think? I just socialize all day.
I've been stressed out, a little moody and looking at my calendar. I want to climb into a cave. I can't, this vodka's not going to buy itself.
Off to work we go, off to commitments we honor, off to chores we have to do, off to the looney bin. I've been so anxious, I'm missing deadlines when I SLEEP. It's not even a nightmare, it's just me running over to-do lists while I'm asleep. I envy those that dream of flying. I have dreams where I don't pay my parking tickets on time.
I'm not going on prozac. I'm bad on any kind of drug. I call myself "side effect girl." If the package say's "one out of 4 million people developed a lump on their back," I'm waking up with a hump and crooked spine. Murphy's Law or something. Maybe because I'm Irish?
Anyway, I have been doing a little research and I want to hear what, if any supplements you ladies take? I am being sent samples of the number #1 supplement on drugstore shelves, Lumiday Mood Support.
Why would a beauty blogger get pitched a mood support? I mean, either the maker's of this drug know I'm a basketcase (not out of the realm, it's not like I project tranquility.) There has to be a "beauty angle." Well, there is.
What is Lumiday? Honestly, there's so much about "natural mood benefit enhancements" my ADD kicked in. This is Megsmakeup.com THE BEAUTY SITE. I don't care about my mood. Guess what affects my mood? Whether or not I'm having a "bad hair day" or if all of a sudden, I'm going to be confused with Indian royalty. No, that red spot in the middle of my forehead does not mean I have been born to an elite caste system. It means I picked at a huge zit on my face and I want to die...Like Sally.
Let's cut to the chase, shall we? Lumiday has-B-Complex Vitamins
Meg here and it's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays. I'm not crazy for those. Spa Week has arrived and jut in time! My bones are a creakin'. I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with Spa Week. Tons of beauty providers (spas, hair stylists, facialists and masseuse's) all put some great servieces on special. Really amazing (and normally pricey) treatments all get marked down to $50. How can you beat that?
To kick off the celebration, I headed to the OC. Huntington Beach to be exact, and met Amy Ven De Vanter at CloudMover Day Spa. Voted #1 Massage SPot on the OC Hotlist I was very tempted to go in for a rub down. However, I was in serious need of some facial work. I was one more blackhead away from freaking and becoming a face butcher. I know, I know, you need to leave the extractions to the pro's, I was a good girl and that's exactly what I did. Do you know how hard it is for me to walk away from a good pimple to pop? Hard. But I know I'm not the only one out there that suffers from this sick compulsive behavior!
My lifestyle (shocker) had been less than healthy this past month and I was needing a deep detox. Anna welcomed me, handed me a plush robe and sent me off to the sauna. It was step one in trying to clean out my poisonous body. Second step? Cut to lying on a massage table while Anna began applying a gel like, detoxifying seaweed potion to my body. Both sides. From the neck down. It was a little chilly at first but no worries. I was soon wrapped heas to toe in what can only be described as a human version of Reynolds Wrap. Yes, I was wraped like a mummy, like leftovers from your favorite restaurant. It was very relaxing and I began to "cook." I was fine in my heated cocoon state but I woud not suggest this treatment if you suffer from claustrophobia or you may have a bit of anxiety.
Anna had the body covered, it was time to start on the place that was starting to revolt! It was time to start fixing my face! For the next hour I was facially massaged, cremed, hydrated, buffed, scrubbed, extracted and moisturized. Sound good? It was. It was great.
By the end of my treatment, I was a new women. My face and body were refreshed and revitalized and all set for me for me to begin a fresh month of destructive behavior and not look any worse for the wear! Being bad was feeling beautiful.
Meg here! I know it has been a few days. I just got my computer back after some much needed upgrades. On this lovely first day of spring, I have brought my car to the shop where I am sure the much needed upgrades there are going to cause my face some unwanted wrinkles. Spring is the gateway to summer and come Hell or highwater, I want my zippy little convertible in tip top shape for the warm breezes. Unfortunately, I may be eating Top Ramen from now until August to achieve this goal, but you know, priorities.
I try not to worry too much about money or sweat the "small stuff." At the end of the day it is all really small. Everything always works out the way it's intended to and I do 100% believe in "you get what you give."
The buzz is that this $425 cream enables your skin enough that you can skip pricey derma peels and that the cutting edge ingredients are producing jaw dropping results. Promatryx, hydranox and phyllanthus emblica fruit extract are the main ingredients. All top notch, all (needless to say) expensive. Woman are going crazy for this stuff and the "ladies who lunch" crowd are keeping it on their vanity's.
Everybody deserves to feel pampered so when my roomie's fantastic Mom was in town and groaning about "old lady skin," I gladly handed over my jar of this miracle cream on one condition...She had to write me a review on what she thought of it. This was a deal she happily agreed to. Below, please find the thoughts of a Miss Hillary Kirwin. A lady who, when not a school teacher, now shares the same potion of those in the "lunching" circle...
Meg hair! All of you know I have "difficult hair" I'm sure it's fascinating to listen to my complaints. Almost as fascinating as "boy, cold for this time of year" or "wow, my allergies are killing me!" Really heady stuff.
I have found my new dream tool! No, it' not a new boyfriend. It's the most amazing, easy and cool way to add body or any type of curl WITHOUT a curler. I know. Stay with me here.
I'm a nightmare with curling irons. I don't know if it has something to do with being left-handed or what but I can't work the damn things. I always end up with weird kinks or dents or I burn myself. I'm very graceful.
When I wanted to add body I would heat up my archaic, hot rollers. I'm not into tight poodle curls, it would always seem I would have plenty of the small roller's left in the case and would go right through the biggest, fattest ones. I also am slightly (ha! Slightly) unorganized and 50% of the time would be searching for "Now, what did I do with the roll fastener?" Look around and end up having to MacGyver some at home DIY clip to act as a replacement.
Wednesday, my hair life, as I know it, changed! I went to an even where I was introduced to the TopStyler. The creator's Dean Banotwetz and Linda Flowers (of Instyler fame) showed me a few, easy tricks and I am hooked! This is the first tool that I got the very first time and I'll been stuck on it since. Let me break it down for you on how it works. UPDATE-ADDED A PIC AFTER I USED IT!
I'm on the right. This was at the AMC Premiere Party for their upcoming series "Hell on Wheels." My hair was limp and flat that day and I was running around like crazy in the day. I grabbed my dry shampoo, sprayed my hair and added the Topstyler Ceramic Shells. I used 3 fingers and large sections of my hair to curl. Total time? 20 minutes ish. Let them out and had the nice bouncy, big curls for the nights event. I will take another photo, but you can see how much body it makes my hair look like it has. I really do love it. 1. NO ACTUAL ROLLERS! IF YOU HAVE FINGERS YOU CAN DO THIS! Yes, all you need to do is figure out how big you want your curls to be. Because I like Big Bounce, I take Large sections of my hair and wrap it around THREE fingers. Then I pinch the curl and apply the heated ceramic shell around it. The hells are hot but not hot enough to burn your fingers (or singe your hair!)
If you want tight curls use 1 or 2 fingers and less hair. It also comes with a DVD and an easy flip book that shows you how to do a million different looks, pin curls, beach waves-you name it.
2. IT IS QUICK! the ceramic shells take 6 minutes to heat up. The whole rolling my fingers bit took maybe 2 minutes. I applied my makeup (15 minutes ish) took out the shells, flipped my head and voila! FABULOUS!
3. I LOVE COMPLIMENTS. I GOT A TON! Megsroomie and Kristenosborne88 were the first! When I walked in I got "What did you do to your hair? It's never looked better?" Followed by "Seriously, your hair is so shiny and healthy looking. Where were you?" So we have the females covered. When I went to my friend Martin's from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for dinner HE SAID (A HE!) "Nutmeg, did you get more extension hair put in? Looks really nice. Very full!"