Meg here and I have a secret to tell you. Some inside information...
"I have stupid apple magnets all over my fridge!"
"If I get one more lame apple picture frame I'm going to scream!"
"Seriously, like I'm going to wear apple earrings?"
"Thanks for this bedazzled apple sweatshirt. Yes, so clever. Awesome."
Um, if you're looking for a teacher's gift and you don't want them to off themselves, please divert from the cutesy apple schwag. A. You're not being original. B. Or get them something ridiculous like Apple's Ipad Mini. They hate that apple swag crap. Trust me. Apple stock or Ipad not in the budget? Then shake it up. Stand out, bring them pumpkin.
Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion is a beautiful testament to an underpaid, noble woman that probably doesn't have an extra $48 to spend to pamper herself. The package is excellent, the brand is organic and it looks and feels like luxury.
You could paper me in thousand dollar bills and sprinkle diamonds on top and I'm still not spending more than 30 minutes in a room full of seven year olds, so listen up...
I don't have the greatest sniffer, it probably doesn't help that my first words were "does anyone have a lighter?" I applied Arcona's Pumpkin Body Lotion on. It's not greasy or sticky and dries almost instantly, my skin felt soft and healthy.
The scent? Um, google Men and Pumpkin scent. Honest to God, articles come up that say "Men are more aroused by pumpkin pie than your favorite perfume." Blood flows quicker to a man's second head with the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon more than anything. Google it. I speak the truth. Just in case your child is in the care of a single, spinster educator with lots of cats-help a woman out!
Because I take my job very seriously, I did some reasearch walking around the Rage Cage (my house) yelling "Smell me you guys!!" I even stopped my neighbors doing laundry and asked them to take a whiff of my arms. This girl will stop at nothing I tell you...
"Ooh, you smell like the holidays, yummy holidays."
"I detect some clove I think, I love clove."
"you smell like a high end Bath and Body works at Christmas."
"Um, YUM! Can I have some?"
Aren't those responses much better than the apple ones? It gets better...
For two days, (Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th), customers will be able to purchase all of their favorite ARCONA products at 40% off through Arcona.com, in-studio (425 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401) or by phone (877.272.6620). Stock up on all of the products in your skincare routine or get an early start on Christmas gifts for friends and family!
Please see below for additional specifics regarding this Black Friday promotion.
2-day sale (Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24)
40% off any ARCONA product
Purchases are final sale
Customers can purchase in-studio (425 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401), online (www.arcona.com), or over the phone (877.272.6620)
So tell me! What do you gift your kid's teachers? How awesome is a 40% OFF Savings!!
Stacy B here! In true New England fashion, we went from snow to 68 degrees in less than 3 days last week. My hair got flat and static-y, then wavy and frizzy. My skin was just as confused and went from normal, to sticky in the humidity and then dry and irriated in the cold air.
After the crazy weather, I notice my skin wasn't recovering very well. And not in an acne, breakout way, but on my arms and legs in more of a 'am I dry? am I oily? am I cracked? is this winter? is this summer? What is going on!?' kind of way. The backs of my arms had those yucky dead skin bumps and my knees and elbows were dry and splitting but my face was getting oily and so was the skin around my ...um...ladies. ;) And after two kids, the girls deserve to be taken care of!
I had to do something, I'm in for a long, dry winter and didn't want things to get worse.
I've had success myself and with my kids using Sebamed products, so I found a SebaMed Cleansing Bar for Sensitive Skin. I chose it because it was moisturizing, for my dry parts, had the right pH balance to erase my oily parts and was mild with natural vitamins and amino acids to sooth my skin and get it back to normal.
This has a really light scent, is curved to fit right in your hand and lathers up really well. I like my bubbles. I need bubbles. If I don't see bubbles, I don't think it's working. The best part was even with all the bubbles, it washed away entirely. The bubbles were thick and creamy and rich and made me feel really clean and pampered.
After I got out of the shower, my skin felt moisturized and smooth. After a few days, everything was back to normal. The dry skin bumps went away, I could bend my knees and elbows without fearing a crack and any oily spots were gone, too.
This bar is still going strong and I'll probably invest in a few more to get through the next few cold, snowy months. They are a bit on the expensive side, about $14, but they last and they really do work. If I rotate between this bar and another soap, I can stretch it out a bit and still reap the benefits.
This would make a great little stocking stuffer, or part of a gift basket for a teacher or co-worker. Or, just buy it for yourself, because there's nothing wrong with getting yourself a little gift, too!
Meg here! I know, I've been terrible about updating but this is a new week and I'm going to be a lot better about it.
I had an absolute blast this past Thursday night. I wish you all lived closer because I would love to have you all over to my house, AKA "The Rage Cage." The lovely ladies that rep Schick Quattro For Women asked me if I would have a viewing party for a webseries that they are a proud sponsor of. It was a total success season 1. The show is called Dating Rules From My Future Self. They wanted us to watch the season premiere and share what we thought about it.
A reason to have a party? I'll have a party if I go a week avoiding a parking ticket so the Schick Chick's didn't have to ask me twice! As if I needed any incentive they lovingly mailed me snacks, an Amex giftcard to buy booze, party plates and napkins and what every Hollywood party needs...Giftbags! How cool is that? They went all Martha Stewart and shipped it straight to my house.
I have to confess, I'm a little late to the game of "web series." I just thought it was going to be some low rent live stream. I can admit when I'm wrong and I was very, very wrong. Alloy Entertainment is the company behind "Dating Rules From My Future Self." They had another little web series called "Gossip Girl." It went so mainstream it went to your TV and I'm pretty sure you've seen an episode! This series is so well done, it looks like you're watching a network television show (but without commercials!)
I had to laugh because the napkins Schick Quattro For Women sent over said "Girls Night Out." I had 12 friends over, the 5 guys attending seemed to be fine as women for the evening.
We all mingled and then Dave set the computer up so we could all watch the show on my large flatscreen TV. I called everyone into the livingroom and asked everyone to please be quiet as I played Episode 1 Season 1. Yes, I know I was suppose to start with Season 2 but I thought Dating Rules From My Future Self would get confusing if we didn't start at the begining. We hit play, started the show and something amazing happened...Everyone stopped talking! Seriously, you know how hard it is to get a group of people (and we like to talk) to pay attention. All of us were totally captivated! There wasn't peep, and then we watched another episode, and another and another... Even the guys were into it with one saying "I'm totally watching the rest of these when I get home."
Even though I'm linking to Season 2, Episode 1. I recommend you watch the first season. The good news is that you don't have to, you'll totally be able to follow what's going on. I just think you'll really enjoy it and want to.
What happens when you have a group of "adults" to your home, and a visiting New Zealand Pop Star? That's a long story, but stay with me here, a dance party!
Blame it on the alcohol but we soon started playing some tunes and opening our giftbags that were filled with Schick Quattro For Women razors. We had such a great night we wanted to give tribute to the company that let us have this great party. A group shave seemed weird. You know what didn't seem strange? Using our razors like raver club kids use glow sticks and wave them around our heads as we got our dance on. I've never been a fan of the "act your age" motto.
I really think Dating Rules From My Future Self is a great concept and well done and a very fun show. It makes you want to dance. Would I want Dating Rules From My Future self really? Nah. I like my mistakes, they make me, me. They're also epic. I don't just make mistakes. I make ridiculously over-the-top, cringe inducing errors that usually make for entertaining stories and come in handy over silence at a dinner table. What fun would life be if we knew all the answers? I love to look back and laugh (I laugh the hardest at how stupid I can be) and if you're not hurting anyone then that's a beautiful thing. If you can't laugh at yourself then I don't want to know you. Laughing is the single best thing in the world. I try to have one daily.
Check this show out and when you're in the drugstore and have a choice to buy a razor, I hope that you'll pick Schick Quattro For Women. I mean the company asked me to shill for it. They obviously have a great sense of humor!
The episodes of each show are under 10 minutes but they're super entertaining and extremely clever! Let me know what you think. Also, if you're having a party, please be careful if you decide to drunkenly swing razors over your head. We kept ours in the package. A party can go so wrong once you slice your guests.
Meg here! Schick Quattro for Women hosted myself a few weeks back and showed me a lovely time. I already wrote about how fabulous the Schick Quattro For Women Trim Style is! So you ladies already know. I was hoping we could let these women share in our knowledge.
I don't understand the thought process here. You put on a dress that costs thousands of dollars, sit in a makeup chair for hours and have your hair done. Then a car comes to pick you up and you go and greet tons of fans at a press heavy event-and you don't think to shave your pits?
It's not like that's a time consuming step.
These people have "people" that do everything for them. I'm pretty sure if I was going to leave the house in that state someone (probably Main Gay Denny) would pull me aside and give me a little "Ooh, you need to shave." I mean, don't these women have any friends? I would understand if they were under the weather and on the way to the grocery store, but a red carpet event? Really?
I'm going to have to also point out that pits don't seem to be the only area being neglected.
No, this is not a new style trend. It's hopefully, just an unfortunate, rare occurance.
When did women first start shaving? There's all sorts of theories, some say back in Egyptian times women removed the hair off of their bodies to keep lice away.
Some people claim it became the rage in the early 1900's when sleeveless dresses became popular.
What about the bikini line? When did that all start? This practice is an old one! You always have to watch for the quiet ones. Yes, the historically most covered up women in the world can take credit for being bare down there. Muslim women remove hair everywhere before their wedding nights.
There are your www.megsmakeup.com Monday shaving fun facts! Since the weather is heating up and hemlines are rising don't be caught all stubbly. Sure, you may not be greeting millions of fans but with a camera on every phone, do you really want to be "Look, at that one on the left? Her pits are hairy," Tagged on Facebook?
I didn't think so.
So spill it! How often are you making sure that you're silky smooth?
Goddess Granny is henceforth naming this Summer 2012 as the "Summer I sat on my hands a lot!" I gave up my artificial acrylic nails a few weeks ago and let me tell you,it's been an eye-opening experience! I've worn the fakes for years on and off because my own nails simply aren't one of my more outstanding features but after hearing "So sorry" one too many times as the hastily-applied drill was burning my nails, nipping into my tender cuticles, and having the general feeling of nastiness no matter which salon I visited,I figured it might be time to try just ONE more time to grow a set of chic, short, healthy nails on my own…no small feat!
At first, my nails were literally jello-like: soft, uneven, and just plain unattractive.I tried to fake it with lots of filing and topical treatments, polish looked too amateur when I tried to apply on my own so kept them as light and clean and non-obvious as possible! THEN I got the bright idea (and many have great luck with the process and results!) of getting the new "gel polish" applied when I was in San Francisco and yes, they looked "better" for a couple of weeks until I had to remove the color: OMG…after soaking my hands in pure acetone and filing and buffing, my nails were yet again BURNING, swollen and red! Not thinking that pure-acetone for any length of time is my BFF? The UV light also caused me more burning and itching and I was left with hands than not only had regressed to the initial pathetic state but that also felt horrible…
I decided then and there that I would dedicate the entire Summer to the health of my hard-working nails and hands: I protect them with sunblock, treat kindly with creams, and am happy that my hands haven't yet let me down in the war against aging but my nails needed a break from all the chemicals and drilling, the harsh formulas of some polishes and that devil acetone for sure! I resigned myself to nightly warm olive-oil soaks and gentle chamois buffing and figured it was my punishment for falling prey to the lure of nail salons for so long!
Browsing "Country Living" magazine one afternoon in hopes of a paint inspiration for my guest room, I noticed a little article about "Scotch Naturals": in 2009, stay at home Mom, Ginny Cardenas' two young daughters loved to "dress up" like we all do but when Ginny actually noticed the ingredients of even "play" nail polish, she was appalled at the toxins and chemicals her sweet little girls were painting on their fingers so she designed a line of nail color for KIDS names "Hopscotch Kids" and using her MBA skills, was able to develop and market this niche-product with amazing results to many high-end kid's stores! She realized many adults were also impressed with her water-based, totally non-toxic shades and were buying them for themselves so her "Scotch Naturals" line of AMAZING natural nail colors and treatments was born!
An eco-friendly alternative to traditional nail color, Scotch Naturals is TOTALLY with the usual "3-free" ingredients but they're also without ethyl acetate,butyl acetate,have metals, they are gluten-free and vegan and contain no ACETONE and are TRULY non-toxic! What drew me in was the formula, which rivals the highest-end salon quality shades in 34 of the most stunning, original, outrageously-chic, and gorgeous colors I've even seen offered in a nail color! Everything about this nail color is elegant: the bottles are perfect, the brush is flawless, and again, the colors and formula are brilliant and make me WANT to take care of my tender nails in the best possible way by wearing only these shades! Application and removal is simple: buffing your nails with a drop of oil prior to application and taking a bit of time soak in warm water prior to removing without any irritation!
There is a non-toxic base and top coat as well and an amazing soy-based polish remover(will not affect those with soy allergies!) with no odor and nothing in it that can hurt you or the environment in any way! I promise you will go crazy over the color selection and I intend to stick with "Scotch Naturals" for the Summer and far beyond! There are plans on the drawing board for more products as well and I am giving Ginny a huge thumb's up/award for "New Product" in every way for really designing something that is "green and clean" but that ALSO will satisfy the most elite fashionista's among us! Mid-range when it comes to pricing and that works for me when some designer-shades are currently in the $25.00+ range!
Explore the clean,beautiful "Scotch Naturals" site here, it's very interactive and shipping is fast with lovely packaging!
You'll also find the "Hopscotch Kids" link here and I have a special for you if you're also interested in healthier nails!: Enter the words SUMMER FUN in the gift message section when checking out to receive a FREE base coat and FREE shipping with their "Cocktail Trio" until June 30th! Shades included are: Canal Street Daisy, Lemon Highlander, Paisley Martini, Lochness Mystery, Highland Fling, and Tartan Swizzle! (Canal Street Daisy shown above) I have "Paisley Martini" on my toes and am being stopped everywhere and asked "what IS that color?"
I am over the moon about this brand and even if I'm destined to have short nails forever,at least they will be beautifully-hued and gently cared for without doing any further damage ever thanks to the genius of Ginny and "Scotch Naturals!"
TELL US! BE HONEST! What shape are your nails in right now?
Are you still sporting your fabulous fakes or in love with the Gels? Ever tried to "grow your own" or do you have naturally gorgeous nails that "Scotch Naturals" would make even nicer and aren't these colors fabulous?
Meg here! I mean, who were you expecting? Diana Ross? I felt like a Supreme this week though! Props and gratitude to my friends at Schick Quattro and Lippe Taylor (Hi Maureen!) Andrea Halpern and Sloane Berrent (Hi Taylor!) Really knocked my socks off! It's a good thing my legs were all nice and smooth with the fabulous Schick Quattro's they provided.
I am very lucky and I don't take it for granted. Well, sometimes I do. I try not to though. I'm human and every once in a while I can be a bit Eeyorish, usually it's around the 28th day of each month, I digress. Take this post with a grain of salt. I had a fabulous week! Not all weeks are like this. Look back around my posts around Christmas time where I sound like a walking ad for someone needing Prozac.
When you write your own site, or when you write for a living or read for a living, sometimes the things that use to bring you so much joy get classified as "work" in your head. It's not that I'm so silly to think www.megsmakeup.com is the only one worth reading. I don't think that. It's just there are a million blogs out there and in my free time, I try to surgically remove myself from my laptop and try to do this thing called "real life."
Schick put together a great media trip where everyone got to travel to Los Angeles, or, if you're me, travel down the street. I've been logging so many air miles lately that this was actually a relief.
The Mad Women from the Ad/PR world brought together a group of writers. There was the young whippersnapper style expert Erika Sheffer, better know as StyleActivist. There was the hip Chicago based Mom that writes the TV fashion beat, Dana Weiss, or to her many fans Possessionista. Kristin Booker also joined our myriad group, she writes about fashion, beauty, lifestyle and how to achieve it on any budget. She also is inspiring and kicks ass and celebrated her birthday with us, you can find her at FashionStyleBeauty. I rounded out the group. I'm assuming you know me at this point. I'm the one in the glasses on the end.
I don't know Andrea and Sloane did it, but they managed to bring together women from all different backgrounds and cities and points of views and no one left crying! It was like The View but interesting! I'm being a smart ass about the "crying" bit. Quite the contrary, these ladies were not only cool but really insightful and helpful and accomplished and I was all ready to Roar! Check their sites out. I'm going to. If we could all get along and work together the way we did than they're really is no reason for a boys club to exist.
There was a lot packed into our 2 days so I'm going to have to break the post up. First off, I would like to again state that ww.megsmakeup.com is not going to promote any company that supports animal testing. I did research and Schick Quattro, the brand and the line is cruely free. If I make a mistake and a brand is not cruelty free. I hope you all don't attack me, but instead, correct me and I will rectify the mistake. In further looking into Schick there was some information that the parent companies brands are not all cruelty free. I asked my friend, Jennifer Mathews, who runs the cruelty free website MyBeautyBunny how she tackles these issues. Here is her response and I think it makes a lot of sense.
"We believe that supporting animal-friendly companies goes a long way toward the eventual elimination of animal testing. If the parent companies see the successes of their brands who do not test, it's a win. It's also a win for the animal-friendly companies to get larger distribution in mass channels by being involved with huge companies. That's our personal opinion here at My Beauty Bunny and we invite you to make up your own mind on the matter!"
Like I said. I'm really trying to do the right thing over here but Mathews common sense rang true. On with the post!
I met team Schick. Or as I will refer to us, Shick's Chic's, at The Montage's Conservatory for lunch. It's a fabulous spot on the 9th floor that look out over all of the ole 90210. I ordered a Pinot Grigio (I'm Meg, what you though I was going for the iced tea) and sat down to learn about my ladies and about the great new Schick products. We posed for the picture above after lunch but before our 90 minute massages at The Spa at the Montage. I know. Don't hate me. It was pretty amazing, so if you find yourself in Beverly Hills with an extra 2 hours then go get it done (and lucky you.)
I'm a bikini waxer. It's gotten to the point where I don't have to be comatose or drugged up to have it done. Here's the tip, you HAVE to be CONSISTENT. Everytime the hair is ripped out, it's weakening the hair follicle. It's no Disneyland but now, it's also no inferno of Hell.
Another tip? Exfoliate everday in the shower to prevent ingrowns and yes, you have to allow yourself to get a little "furry" down there so the wax has something to grab. You may be looking a little rough before your next appointment but I have been a good little solider and resisting the razor. I have been resisting in on the Home Plate. However, it's bathingsuit season so I'm not going to horrify the innocents just trying to catch some rays poolside with me. I need a clean crease for the love of God. This isn't the 70's.
The Schick Quattro Trimstyle Razor and Bikini Trimmer is a GODSEND! And it's easy to find and it's under TEN BUCKS! What is it?
Compact Cartridge with Four-Blade Pivoting Head Razor
Designed specifically for a woman's body, the curves of the cartridge follow your natural shape. The four-blade razor provides a precise shave while the pivoting head offers greater flexibility and can glide into hard-to-reach areas. You can choose between Schick Quattro for Women Ultra Smooth or Sensitive blade refills for a long-lasting, clean shave every time.
The Ultra Smooth refills feature Acai Berry and Jojoba conditioning strips to provide moisture for your skin. The Sensitive blade refills are specially formulated with hypoallergenic ingredients that calm and soothe your skin.
Portable, Waterproof Bikini-Area Trimmer
The Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle Razor and Bikini Trimmer flips open to reveal a battery-powered vibrating trimmer that's easy to use anywhere. The durable, long-lasting trimmer blades can be adjusted to three lengths, or you can remove the comb completely for a close trim.
The bikini-area trimmer operates with one AAA battery (included).
It comes with a battery! How awesome is that? If only all of our personal need items came with a battery. I may one day be able to use a remote control or avoid being burnt alive in a house fire because the fire alarms batteries have gone missing! What do you want? I'm single...
I'm going to beg Schick Quattro to send some of these so I can add them to some points packages because my legs feel great, my underarms are smooth and I know once you try it you're going to be a lifer!
In keeping with www.megsmakeup.com animal friendly stance, I will quote the wise words of PETA "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur!" Even my own.
So what do you ladies think? What other blogs do you read? Check out my new friends site! What razor finds a home in your shower?
Stacy B here! Some things just bring you straight back to your childhood, like when I bought Mr. Bubble bubble bath for my son a few months ago. I knew I used it when I was little but the second I opened it up and smelled it, I was immediately 6 or 7 years old and back in my tub at my parents house playing in the bubbles. We didn't get bubbles every time, only when we had time to play, so these bubbles meant a lot to my childhood self! I think I need a retro Mr. Bubble T-shirt or something.
I'm sure you all have something like that that brings you right back to a certain place, time or situation. It could be the smell of a product, the tune of a toy or just a memory of using something that stuck in your head as a significant moment. When I was in second grade, I wanted a beauty birthday party, which consisted of some cheap make up, dress up clothes, my mom's heels and nail polish. Wet 'n Wild make up to be specific. We had so much fun dressing up like grown up ladies and putting make up on each other. My mom had bought several glitter nail polishes and I LOVED them. I layered them on top of each other to get the max glitter effect (huh, even as a child I knew how fun layering products can be!) and kept redoing them over and over.
I kept those bottles for so long. I'm sure they were totally dried up after a while, but I just couldn't let go. Then I started getting older and I grew out of Wet 'n Wild products. They always seemed sort of like a starter kit for make up. Good for young, inexperienced make up experimenters with little money. I think everything was $1 or something. I graduated to the expensive stuff and left Wet 'n Wild to the younger girls.
Until now. Enter new Wet 'n Wild Megalast Nail Polish. Wet 'n Wild grew up a bit and got a make over!
These colors are great and they are so cheap, you can't not buy them, there's no risk! Prices vary by store but I looked around and didn't see any listed for more than $3 in my area. Totally worth it.
I tried a really cute light purple-taupe color called Bite the Bullet. I skipped the base coat, I am still home taking care of a newborn so it's not like I have an hour to dry multiple layers of polish! I used two coats and it went on thick, smooth and even. If you've seen or tried Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure polishes (at $8-10 each!), this is the poor man's version. Or in my case, the poor mom's version...diapers are expensive!!
The best part about this is the brush. It's just like the Sally Hansen one, very thick, soft bristles and the spread out really well. For some of my nails I only needed one swipe because the brush spread out and covered the whole nail. That shaved a few seconds off each finger for me, worth it when my little guy still eats every 2 hours or so and I never know how long his naps will be or when he'll need a diaper change.
It's been 4 full days and I don't have one single chip, bubble or streak. It doesn't say if there's a built in top coat, so I put a clear coat on after day 2 and I think that bought me another few days. The website claims 5 days of chip free polish and I'm almost there.
The way I see it, the only difference between this and Sally Hansen is the price. The color selection is decent, the brush is great, they last as long as they say they will and they are toluene, phthalate, and formaldehyde free.
I'm so proud of Wet 'n Wild, they've really grown up! I can't believe that 25 years later, I'm using Wet 'n Wild nail polish again. If only they had those glitter colors from the mid 80s...
Stacy B here! Well, the good news is I remembered what day it was so I could write my review. The bad news is I've been up since 5 am and that was only after a quick 4 hour nap between the 1 am feeding and the 5 am one so I can only hope this is coherent. Yes, my husband is helping out a lot, but no matter who is up for what feeding, the other person inevitably gets woken up, too. At least we know that this is going to get better...someday.
No real complaints here though, I would take a squishy-faced baby, midnight feedings and diaper blowouts a million times over being pregnant! I'm finally starting to feel more like myself and am back in regular sized shirts. I still need some larger sized pants, but I'm getting there. After baby #2, I'm pulling out all the stops to get back down those two more pants sizes before bathing suit season.
Last week I started generously using Jergens Skin Firming Lotion all over myself. It's geared toward celulite, which I think we all know can't really be eliminated if it's in your genetic make up. You can reduce it with diet and exercise and hide it with some creative fashion choices and a great (fake) tan, but it won't go away entirely. I didn't start using this thinking it would miraculously change my life but even if this lotion can tighten up my skin a little bit, I'll take it. I need all the help I can get.
Anything with collegen and elastin in it, along with a few natural calming ingredients like ginseng and mineral oil, usually gives your skin a little boost. It's been a week so far and I'm not claiming the seas parted for me, but I do notice a very good difference in my post-partum skin. I'm still pretty jiggly, but my skin is really soft, seems a little tighter and doesn't really look like a too-stretched elastic like it did last week.
I can't exercise yet so I know it's not muscle tone coming back and while I'm doing my best to eat well, sometimes a pizza delivered to my door is a life saver when I'm not sure what day or time it is and I am up to my ears in diapers. I also noticed that a few of the stretch marks I got have already started to fade a bit. They might not ever completely go away, but if they fade just a little more, I'll be able to hide them with a good tanning lotion, like Jergen's Skin Firming Natural Glow.
There is a very faint soap-y, clean, fresh smell with this but it goes away almost immediately. No interfering with any scented lotions you might use elsewhere, or perfumes. It rubs in quickly and isn't greasy at all. The price is great, under $10 for a 16 oz bottle, so I really can slather it on without worrying if I'm going to run out before my next paycheck. I've used Jergens products for a long time and this has not disappointed. This is exactly the kind of drug store deal I love, a good product at a good price. I'll be using this for a long time! At least until I can get regular pants on again.
What have you found that helps minimize cellulite?
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
oB1 (Thiamin - energy support at 3333% DV)
oB12 (Energy, anti-fatigue at 1600% DV)
oB5 (Pantothenic Acid – ‘beauty’ vitamin at 100% DV)
oB3 (Niacin – healthy digestion, hormonal balance at 50% DV)
oB6 (Immunity support at 800% DV)
oB9 (Folic Acid – metabolic health at 200% DV)
It's one stop shopping and my mood is really only going to be enhanced if I also look better, because I'm shallow.
I've been reading the reviews on line and they look pretty promising. I'm going to try it for a month and come back here and let you know what I think.
How about you? Have any of you tried an over the counter mood booster? Let me know what you think!
Meg here, my head is spinning after the last conversation I had so I'm going to start with this product and end on a question. Feel free to just read the product description. I realize my soap box is on a continued melt.
Aero Minerale Hydrating Mineral Shimmer makes me happy. There, I said it. Wait? That's not enough to get you to plunk down your hard earned cabbage? Let me explain. I love that after a few vigorous shakes I can spray an even, grown up, sexy contour to my legs, arms and cleave and leave a wonderful shimmer. It's not a teenage glitter. It's the perfect compliment to an exposed limb. It brings out a tan, it creates a glow, it highlights a strong point. It looks amaze on film. It's under $15. It makes you look like a modern day sexy goddess yet spraying it makes you feel like a princess.
Speaking of princesses, did you know April 22nd kicks off the official National Princess Week? No, you didn't know that? Well Google it because it is (here and kind of queer) but here none the less.
Me? I'm all for it. I can't say this on my personal facebook because A. I live in Hollywood and B. Know people with the film, but can we take a second and discuss how a movie called "Think Like A Man" is NUMBER 1.
Steve Harvey wrote this book and for all of you that ran out to buy it...Why? Beause he leads by example? Oh right, he's happily married for years...To wife #3. One wife made Youtubes about all his mistresses and how being married to him "was Hell." Let's make that a bestseller.
Can I put on the record that I'm not a man-hater. I'm woman-hating these ridiculous man-obsessed fools looking for direction to the point where they actually buy this shit and perpetrate an ideal that "thinking like a man" is where we're going to learn something.
As many of you know (I treat Megsmakeup.com like a Dear Abby column.) I'm single. I'm smart. I'm attractive, on the second Monday of every other month, I have my shit together. I'm funny. I'm also extremely humble.
Maybe this is a detriment? Perhaps, I should not work on being a better "me." Perhaps, I should not know when Princess Week is. Perhaps, I should shun my pink, girlie mist that makes me feel feminine. Obviously, I'm doing it all wrong. I should be spraying Chanel Egoiste on my stems. What's better than thinking like a man than smelling like one? It's a man scent. You know there's got to be "ego" in the title. I challenge any perfume house to bottle and sell the sweet scent called "self esteem."
I have wonderful, fabulous guy friends. I don't "do it" for them. They don't "do it" for me. Here's the truth. You're giving it up too easy. You know what "up" is. I know there's different men for different occassions. I play that game too. There are some guys that wont marry the cow when they're getting the milk for free. Just know that. I also know on a quiet Friday night, there are some pigs that will give me the pork without me having to eat ham for the rest of my life. So, in all things, there's a trade-off.
I'm very lucky. I got married and divorced (but after a decade, so I sort of know what I'm talking about.) I know the grass is no greener. My issue? Why isn't the movie called "Think Like A WOMAN." Take that to NUMBER 1. Here's the top reasons why...
1. We live longer. You tell me that you're going to learn all this useless bullshit and he's just going to die? Take up bridge. It's more handy. Among the world's population 85% of women over 100 years old are women.
2. We're Better Bosses. Women are better at listening, better at "connecting" and better at inspiring people to create change. So, can we please direct this towards World Peace (which we can solve) instead of being caught in the "toilet seat" argument.
3. I Could write "We Invest Better" which we do, but how about "We Foster Life?" I mean, that's a strong point. That whole "future of humanity angle."
I could write 10 pages on this, but I will not. I want you all to just think for a second on what this movie, "Think Like A Man" says about our female desperation. It's 2012, maybe the Mayans had it right.
Back to the review, I may "Think Like A Woman" and I'm never changing that. At the end of the day, I'm not conforming to anyone else's brain and neither should you.
There is a reason we were made different and special and wonderful. Own it.
In honor of National Princess Week, I'm spraying on some girlie. I wear it well...