Meg here! Today we are going to be talking about boxing. Well, competition just in general. You all know the love affair I have with my bestie roomies? They put up with my daily insanity and the insanity that is my love life. I don't work in an office and I'm not really about to go pick up men in bars. I am at home writing and then in my evening's I am covering Red Carpet events. There is no time to talk up the cute guy in business development when you are the head of business development. There is also no time to talk up the cute VP, Pres. or Merger's guy. Guess what? I'm all those positions as well. The "hottie" in the office is my 65-year-old mailman that stops by once a day.
How do I find men to date? Well, much to the chagrin and amusement of my roomies I find them off television or out of magazine interviews. Is this stalkerish? I'm sure. But if you're off selling it and I'm watching it then I'm sort of the consumer so yes, if I like what I see there's a good chance we're having dinner. There are two types of people at a dinner. The quick and the hungry. I'm not hungry much. I also live in a town where the people on make-believe are schlubbing it in their sweats at my deli or one phone call away from a mutual friend. That's what 15 years in Hollywood provides...TV order dates.
I had picked the last few dates off of TV and then I had a disaster of a romance with another also in the entertainment biz when my friend Jo offered up this advice, "I don't know. I think these entertainment guys just are not working out for you. I think we need to completely change type. Black rapper? NFL Player? Fireman? Carnival barker?" She had a point. I did always seems to be with those damn creatives. She continued "You should try someone completely different. We all know the definition of "insanity." (This is where I picture the definition of "insanity" and see my smiling face as the photo that describes the word.)
Fine. Different. No worries, I could do this. But first I needed to get in the shower for my date with the hot director (Damn! Did it again!)
Back and focused. The date was fine but I could see where it was going. It was going down this street I'd been down before. The crossroads of "Nowhere" and "Too Much Trouble." My GPS has this direction on auto-pilot.
I was with my roomie when I told her my new game plan. Then it happened. Just like that. There was an email inviting me to the launch of a man named Manny Pacquiao's fragrance event.
Meg Oh great. I just got invited to a man named Manny Pacquaio's fragrance event. He's some sort of boxer or something. I'm going to date him. He's different.
Kristen: Are you out of your mind? He's not some sort of boxer. He's a huge, big celebrity. Like world known. Huge Megan, huge.
Meg:Um. I read US Weekly like every week and I have never heard of him and he's not that huge. He looks about 5'6.
Kristen: You're crazy. He's one of the most famous athletes in the world. You're not dating him. You're never getting him over here. He has like 80 bodyguards. It's never going to happen! They wont let you near him!
I hate to be challenged. I hate to be doubted. I am used to being underestimated so I just shoot Kristen a "Really?" eyebrow raise. I'm nothing if not determined.
Kristen: If you get Manny Pacquiao in this living room I will shave my head!
Meg:That does nothing for me. If I get Manny Pacquiao in this living room, you will have Pacquiao shave your head so I can put it on YouTube and have the link go back to Megsmakeup.com. It will probably go viral and I could use the multi-million hits. Kristen: Fine. It's on.
Was I obviously misguided about who Manny Pacquaio is? Yes. Of course I am. I'm a border-line life moron but I went to the event. I went to the launch of his new fragrance "MP8 Scent of The Champion" at Ron Robinson's Fred Segal. I went with every other Pacquaio fan that bore Pacquio's face on their T-Shirt that mobbed the entire parking lot. It was like waiting for a Beatle to arrive. There were ton's of fans and I realized "Ugh. Kristen maybe right on this one."
Much like Pacquaio, I'm always up for a good fight and while I was beginning to realize the living room visit was far out of reach...So was Kristen. She had left town for the weekend and I could still hatch some sort of plan. "Even though it took a year to develop this fragrance from concept to launch, the effort was worth it. It is my hope that hardworking and determined men who wear MP8 will feel confident in their own skin and share that positive attitude with everyone else...diligence breeds confidence."-Manny Pacquaio.
"Dilligence breeds confidence?" I hear you all too loud Mr. Manny. Preaching to the choir. I would be dilligent in letting Kristen know I would get near him.
The fragrance has top notes of bergamont and lemon, middle notes of lavender, vetiver, nutmeg and sage. The base notes are sweet musk, vanilla, amber and cedar.
Pacquiao added one more quote that stuck with me "We have a definite direction and the end result is a scent that we are betting men from around the world will embrace." I bet so too. Now how about these betting women?
Long story long. Manny has quite a fight coming up and wasn't really taking pictures with people or having face-to-face conversations. If you are going to be ballsy enough to literally push your way into a meeting you first have to use hand sanitizer as a body lotion (fun boxer fact.) NO GERMS BEFORE A BIG FIGHT ALLOWED. I used the hand sanitizer like it was my shower body soap.
He was nice, he was lovely. This is good. He has Eight World Boxing Titles in Eight Different Weight Divisions. If he were an ass it's not like I could "take him outside."
My roommate? Kristen? Well, I had to mess with her. I texted her the picture of us together and wrote "Manny wants to know if you want electric or a straight edge razor. He'll be over tomorrow."
She texted back "Oh no, OMG. Are you serious?"
I waited 30 minutes before I texted her back "No. I'm kidding. I got you though."
I put the Manny & Me picture up as my profile picture and if I didn't know before I get it now. The man is a big time MARRIED Champion. He's one that excels in everything he does. He has this fabulous fragrance. He's a Congressman from the Philippines, he's a philanthropist and he's pound for pound the best fighter in the world. He can also turn two non-betting roommates into world-class gamblers. Now that's power. If I can harness that type of influence into a bottle then I am buying it.
May 7th, GO MANNY!
Father's Day is coming up. I think this would be a great gift. I usually can't watch violence of any kind. I can't usually watch boxing but I will be cheering Manny on. Will you be watching? Any Manny fans going to score his fragrance for their guy?
Hi! My name is Meg and I get shot up with botox every 3 months. I do acid derma-peels. I inflate my top lip twice yearly. I have broken 7 bones in my body. I have "gone under" for surgery 4 times. I opted for the most painful under the muscle breast implant. My bestfriend's are juvaderm, restalyne, radiesse, dysport and collagen. I laugh in the face of cosmetic surgery. I am a cosmetic dermatologist's Ninja. I have never met a facial syringe I haven't loved.
I've never had a bikini wax. I was afraid.
Side note. I really need my 85-year-old Gram to log off now. She's hysterical, she'll send me guilt ridden emails about my posts "How could you use the word shitty?" I never asked her to read Megsmakeup.com. So Gram, I'm warning you, you're not going to like this content.
I was terrified to get a bikini wax. I was scared shitless. This would have been an OK reaction because Pink Cheeks specializes in not only waxes but anal bleaching.
If I'm going somewhere that is going to rip my pubic hairs out-I'm going to the top place . My research showed that every Playmate, Penthouse, Bikini Model, Porn Star goes to "see Cindy at Pink Cheeks."
I took an entire xanax before I drove to Pink Cheeks. I was nervous. There was no way this wasn't going to hurt. My roomie told me that when she went to get waxed it was less painful when her ovarian cyst exploded. Awesome. However, she didn't go to Pink Cheeks.
I made it to the waiting room. It was nice enough. I saw another woman sitting and waiting for her appointment and she looked stressed out. She didn't think to drug herself before the appointment. That's so innocent. I offered her a valium.
I tend to talk when I get nervous. Ha! I tend to talk when I breathe... Anyhow I made friends with "Marcy" in the waiting room. "Marcy, why are you here? No other options? I support you!" Marcy shared that this was a wonderful anniversary gift for her husband. I nodded in agreement and together we looked over the pubic hair menu. Who knew there were so many styles? Colors even!
With so much trepidation I met Cindy who owns Pink Cheeks. No stress, no pain. It was an absolute cinch. I maybe slightly flinched once but was able to hold a conversation with her the entire time. She went to work quickly and was such a perfectionist at one point she grabbed a pair of tweezers. Now that's commitment! The entire process maybe took 5 minutes. There's a reason the ladies that make their money off their body see her. She's the best.
I have to give a shout to my friend Brad that let me know there was waxing fashion. Brad said "Meg, don't go all bare. It's like you're trying too hard. The girls I am with under thirty go all bare. You need a strip. That's what the 30-40's are doing now.
Thanks Brad. I'll be sure to let the "should we wear mini-skirts after 25?" crowd know we have age appropriate bikini waxes to think about now. It's not like we have enough day to day to worry about.
It was easy and now it's two weeks later and it still looks good. I'm really into this no shaving thing. I have zero bumps and zero redness. As awesome as Pink Cheeks is, I think I maybe done with waxing and shaving. I'm going to next laser it off. I'm an extreme person and the thought of never having to shave again is pretty awesome. If hair comes back into fashion I might be a bit out of luck but that's the risk I'm going to take.
I'm taking a man hiatus so if the hair first has to grow really in before I laser it off, well, that shouldn't be a problem. I can't believe I was so intimidated by wax and cotton muslin. It was a walk in the park. How about you? Wax, shave, laser, nair? How do you go bare? Oh, and is Brad right about the age thing? I ended up going with the strip because, there's nothing worse then trying too hard...
Good morning from Jeanasina headquarters! I'm having my morning cup of coffee and feeling content because I just took a shower using new Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Deep Moisture Body Wash with Aloe!
Lately I have been noticing that my current body wash isn't cutting it – my skin has been feeling extra dry so it was time to do my research and see what is out there that I haven't tried! I needed a body wash that would add moisture to my 'write-your-name-with-your-fingernail-on-my-skin-and-be-able-to-read-it' state of skin dryness! I was at the grocery store (CUB) in the body wash section, when I noticed they had a product with the words 'NEW!' on it! It was Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Deep Moisture Body Wash... “for skin that looks and feels noticeably healthier'” with Aloe! I picked it up and I opened the lid and gave the tube a gentle squeeze and did the 'Jeanasina HAS GOT TO SMELL STUFF FIRST BEFORE SHE BUYS ANYTHING sniff'! Once long ago I did this with body wash and I accidentally squeezed the container SO hard that the stuff shot up my nose and then fell back out and dripped all over my wool winter coat! I didn't have a tissue or anything to wipe it up at the time, so it was a mess and I was sure it was caught on the store camera somewhere! Still...I continue to do this behavior...this necessary sniffing of products before I buy, in the store. It's gotta meet my smell criteria standards or it's just NOT coming home with me!
The Gold Bond Ultimate Deep Moisture Body Wash claims to moisturize your skin DEEP DOWN! That's what I wanted! Here are some of the attributes that lured me into trying this particular body wash!
-Aloe - Natural, healing botanical helps soothe minor skin irritations. -7 Intensive Moisturizers: Restore and help maintain skin's ideal moisture levels. -Fresh Clean Scent: Provides skin with a fresh clean fragrance. -Easy Squeeze Tube: New lightweight and flexible tube is easier to grip and use. -Vitamin A: Improves elasticity and reduces appearance of wrinkles. -Vitamin C: Promotes skin development and collagen formation. -Vitamin E: Enhances protective function of skin and minimizes lipid loss.
Unlike most body washes, it comes in a soft large toothpaste tube type container that is super easy to hold on it while you squeeze out the product onto your bath sponge! I have arthritis in my hands so to have a soft tube I can easily squeeze is a bonus round for me! It lathered just enough to bathe my body and well enough to shave with too! I felt pretty hydrated after I used it and to make sure my body was in moisturization bliss, I topped my skin off with the matching Gold Bond Aloe Ultimate healing skin therapy lotion! I love to have my body wash match my skin lotion! The Gold Bond healing body wash in Aloe has a fresh clean scent that doesn't cling like some overpowering fragrances do! It's just enough to feel feminine and clean! It also doesn't seem to interfere with my perfume! The lotion is especially rich and when you put it on, you feel like it's sinking down into every layer of your skin right to the bone! I love how intensive it is! I have always associated Gold Bond with men and foot problems! My husband has used Gold Bond products for years! I had never given Gold Bond brand any consideration for MY needs! Lucky for me that I saw the Gold Bond body healing aloe wash and brought it home! I really like it and topped with the healing aloe skin therapy lotion – my skin really feels happily hydrated!
Right now you can go here and print out a $1.00 off coupon to use if you'd like to try one of their body-washes or one of their other products! The Gold Bond line also has a body wash for sensitive skin (with oat extract to soothe and calm skin irritation; one with shea butter (to enhance moisturization and elasticity and texture) and... an exfoliating wash with micro-beads (For Clean and Brighter Skin That Looks and Feels Noticeably Younger and Healthier)! You have 4 options according to your skins pressing needs!
The advertising says...”It's the body wash that performs like a lotion for noticeably softer skin!” A lovely layer of moisture has made it's way down into MY skin seemingly from the Gold Bond products! I no longer wake up in the middle of the night scratching like an old man with my fingernails trying to relieve the itchy dry areas of my skin that insist on being scratched until they get even dryer! I am endorsing this product as worth the $5.98 price and as a body wash that really DOES add moisture to bone dry skin! If the product is putting 7 intensive moisturizers to work within my dry skin, I'm totally on board with that! I say "Bring it on!"
Any of you use a fab body wash you'd like to let us know about?
It's 8:30 on Tuesday evening as I write this. I'm willing to bet that right now NONE of you are wearing gloves! Hello!? Spring is here! Is this glove talk right now more of Jeanasina's insanity? What if I were to tell you that I found a pair of gloves that actually contain natural aloe vera and vitamin E in the glove and that you wear them at night?! I discovered a pair of Earth Therapeutics Ultra Plush Moisturizing Gloves on an end cap at Marshalls recently!
The compulsion to buy them really started when I read the tag on the gloves...”these super-soft gloves continually moisturize while surrounding your hands in plush comfort.” Moisturizing gloves?
These soft moisturizing gloves come in 6 colors! Not every store has all the colors. There is a warning on the gloves that says “Do not IRON!” ! How many of you out there have EVER ironed your gloves? I can only imagine a couple saying something like this...the man...”My darling! We are going to be late! What's keeping you?” and the woman of course responds in a fairy-godmother lilting voice... “I'm ironing my gloves my sweet!”.
On the BONUS side for me...besides making my hands feel nicer after I take them off...these gloves are also the answer to my silent prayer! Every night, just before I'm going to go to bed, mini-icebergs blast through my bloodstream and cause futuristic freezing stuff to enter my hands! By 8:00 p.m. my hands are totally freezing! The rest of my body is warm and of a human temperature! Not the hands … they seem to have their own thermostat that STOPS WORKING at night!
My point? Everything about these gloves is a plus on their own but, being able to put the gloves on in the evening, just before I go to sleep is giving me warm happy moist hands! By the way, they are 97% Nylon and 3% spandex and they are definitely comfortable! I have worn regular gloves to bed, but I felt silly. If I'm wearing MOISTURIZING ALOE GLOVES, it doesn't seem as silly!
The company that makes these softening gloves is Earth Therapeutics! These gloves can be found at Ulta, Amazon.com, Sears, and even more stores! I paid $3.99 for them at Marshalls and the highest cost seems to be in the $6.00 range or so.
They also suggest that before you put your gloves on that you should massage your favorite lotion into your hands first! Then, slip on the gloves! Now this could be trouble. Let's say that you happen to go to bed before your husband does. You put on these gloves over your abundantly lotioned hands before you get into bed. Later your husband wakes you up and says, “What's been going on here tonight?” He's going to ask you this because when he comes into to the room, he sees you lying on top of the bed covers, naked, except for these new gloves! Explanations will have to be made! You'll just have to explain that you got hot because you were wearing gloves and that you are wearing gloves so your hands will look hot!
Here is some lovely information about the company that makes these gloves...“To Earth Therapeutics, "best" doesn't mean expensive. Their items are reasonably priced so that everyone can enjoy the fun, innovative, "feel good" products they have to offer. They use organic natural ingredients whenever possible. And they consistently do a "reality check" to make sure that the quest for profits does not obscure their long-term vision of promoting human and environmentalwell-being. Earth Therapeutics believes that ultimately, their business success must depend on how closely they adhere to the Common Good.”
These gloves had 26 reviews at Ulta and the average was 4.44 out of 5! One lady said they work much better than white cotton gloves. She said with white cotton gloves, the gloves soak up the lotion you put on your hands. With these Earth Therapeutics gloves, the lotion stays on your hands so they get the full benefit!
I am pretty much all PRO this glove and the only CON I can see is that you really can't 'text' or type on your laptop with the gloves on although... I bet Meg could!
All I can say is, if my hands get to the point where they are as soft as the glove is...I'll believe in them even more! I thought this was a good find! Of course if you are planning bedroom courtship methods, the gloves will either be an element of sensual surprise because they are so soft or you'll get you'll get a look that says "You are creeping me out right now!"
Meg here and I'm nice. I'm sorry if I don't respond to every single email. I swear I try to. I get over 100 a day. I am nice. I swear. I was minding my own business when I got "URGENT TO BE KILLED AT 3pm" in my inbox. I didn't want to look and then I saw that picture. Could they make it more unflattering? I travel. I travel a lot, I can't rescue a mastiff. I could rescue that dog that looked like a noose was going to be hung around it's neck and she had a certain sumthin' that made my heart melt. I called the pound. For those of you that don't know, Los Angeles has the highest "kill rate" in the country. Yes, LA County is nice enough to give dogs about 5 days in the over-crowded pounds before we "put down" AKA "kill 'em."
I asked my roomies, who each own their own dogs that I love.
Meg: I think with a bath and some food she could be quite decent. I always take care of your dogs and I'm sad not having my own. I can take her places. She's small.
Meg: WHAT THE HELL? THEY'RE GOING TO KILL HER!! (I may have been on my period and started to weep for the lost spirit)
Roomies: Fine, go get her.
I came home with my "Prudence" so happy. I was beaming a light that had been lost after losing my other 16-year-old dogs. She is adorable and loving and my roommates love her. I don't want to remember life before Prudence because she brings me so much love.
Here's where the story gets a bit murky. See the before pic? See the after? See the difference. She is smiling. I love this dog. When I got her from her death camp I was told "she is too sick to be spayed." She was barely 7 pounds, starving and having respiratory problems. The pound continued "bring her back once you've made her healthy and we'll fix her."
Make her healthy? Boy oh boy did I. I ate hot pockets and Lean Cuisine and cooked for Prudence three times a day. She feasted on Whole Food's Organic Beef, Poultry and top filet. I gave her snacks, I fed her antibiotics....
Then it happened...
My roommate noticed it first "Wow! She's...Um, really, really liking your cooking." (I'm an awful cook) This statement is suspect at just that.
Prudence was lounging on her back when I first saw it. I saw nipples that resembled udders. I quickly went to Google and looked at the signs. It seems as though Prudence is no Prude.
I scooped my virginal rescue angel up in my arms and headed to the vet. They assured me that even though she had put on 6 pounds in three weeks there could be another reason. There wasn't. "Prudence mother, can you come back here and look at the X-Rays?" The vet said. I felt like I was on an episode on ER.
The vet put up an X-Ray and continued "Prudence is pregnant. I see four skulls. There maybe a fifth." I start to hyperventilate. I can't deal with my own menstrual cycle. "How did this happen?" I ask the vet. She looks at me like I'm a moron (given.) At this point I still think we have a nine month pregnancy. "I can tell by the way her pelvic bones have shifted you'll be a grandmother (GRANDMOTHER) to five pups in about ten days."
I am so mad at Prudence. Has she not seem PSA's on safe sex? She was homeless for goodness sake! What if I, world's biggest sap didn't come along. The madness subsides within a minute and I just need to talk to her. I ask for time alone. "Who is the father Prudence? I don't have an "aunt" or a "school" to send you to. Holy Mother of God. I got a D-. A D- MINUS in biology."
I scoop my wayward dog up and drive home. We don't even have a "choice" No one does late term abortions on rescue cairn terrier's with ten days left!!
I guess the father is going to be out of the picture. Prudence has no idea who he is or if he has a good job. I'm in shock. I thought I was rescuing one dog. ONE FLIPPING DOG. One that can travel. I am so screwed with the roomies right now it's not even funny.
The roomies? AWESOME (as usual) they're all into it. They know I didn't plan this. Prudence? She's around 7 months old, found on the streets traveling with a dog gang. She's quite attractive so I get it, you do what you have to to eat. No judgement Pru. We've all been there at some level (maybe not yours Pru) but some level.
Me? I've turned into a total liar. My landlord saw Prudence waddling and I said "we think she's part duck." Praying he doesn't read this post or can you spell "evicted?"
I have been watching YouTube videos on dog birthing. I'm terrified. I was told to build a "birthing den." I was told it should be a cardboard box on it's side. I can't let my once homeless dog give birth in a cardboard box. I mean, I wouldn't want that. I promised her so much more.
I drank a few vodka tonics (as I hope Prudence did before conception) and with masking tape, pillows and towels built her a birthing mecca. We can do this. I am not fainting.
We have only a few days left so please send good vibes. I'm absolutely terrified. If you are looking for a puppy then I have no idea what Prudence mated with but at the end of the day I don't care.
I'm Prudence's mom and I'm Team Prudence and who hasn't had someone they wish they couldn't erase?
So slutty street dog, maybe someone out there is looking for your spawn. Know I'll take care of them (even if you did it with some ghostbuster looking loser so beneath you-been there.)
Please give me birthing advice! Please! I don't know anything?
Stacy B here! Back from the sun, sea and sand and doing everything humanly possible to keep my skin from peeling. Bonus hint: my Kahina Giving Beauty Argon Oil is putting up one helluva fight...and so far is winning! Try it next time you're out in the sun too long!
I went to Florida for 5 days last week to take my Bentley University cheerleading squad down to the NCA Collegiate National Cheerleading Championships so not only was I in the sun a lot, but it was a stressful trip, too! Keeping track of 25 college kids, competing over three days, making sure no one got in trouble and completing various coaching obligations is not exactly a relaxing vacation. I had so much to worry about like medical release forms, registration, flight times, shuttles to and from the airport, fundraising money for team dinners that I barely was able to pack for myself. One thing that fell of my to-do list was the mani-pedi before the trip. I had a pedicure recently so a quick self polish change was OK, but my nails were bare and very un-vacation.
Good thing I thought to put that nail buffer in my bag because it took dull, unpolished, ridged nails to shiny, smooth and ready to celebrate nails in about 5 minutes. My nails were an after thought until the actual competition was over after three days, but that night it was time to celebrate our 7th place overall finish with a club night! (18-plus of course, we had to include our underclassmen!)
This tear-shaped, double-sided tool takes care of two big issues I have, slight ridges and lack of shine. I love a clear coat of polish on my nails to up the shine factor but didn't want to pack a polish bottle (no broken glass in my bag, please!) and didn't have much time to really get ready in my hotel room.
First, I buffed each nail with the buffing side which was smooth enough that it didn't damage or rip the top of my nails, or thin them out too much but rough enough to get rid of some of the bumps and ridges I have. I did all 10 nails first and then washed off the nail dust.
Then, I flipped it over to the "crazy shine' side which feels so smooth that there's no way it can work and looks like a later of vinyl. But, I shined away. About 15 second per nail and I was GLEAMING! Crazy Shine...not an exaggeration. My nails looked like I had a professional manicure with a clear nail polish that must have been made of diamonds. I could practically see my reflection in my nails. It was the quickest nail fix I have ever had. So much faster than a clear coat since there's no drying time and it doesn't chip! After a few days, the shine was a little duller, so I just shined them up again. I didn't even need to re-buff, just shined them and I was good to go.
The tear drop shape is really easy to grip with right hand or left. The round part gets the middle part of the nail and the pointy tip is perfect for the corners and edges of your nails.
This is a huge winner in my book. It's under $3 at most places and pays for itself in about 2 fingers. It's a perfect travel nail tool and in a pinch, you have manicure quality nails in less than 5 minutes. Get this. Seriously. Everyone needs this whether in your travel bag, in your purse for on-the-go touch ups, or right in your bedside table for twice weekly buffings. You will love this!!
Anyone else have any quick fix tips, or travel items that work on the go?
Meg here! Another beauty maven posed the question "What perfume from the drugstore have you ever worn?" I took only about a moment before I had total recall and the commercial "Ooh, ooh, Malibu! Malibu Musk!" started to play in my head. It brought back the aqua spray bottle, the neon yellow and hot pink accents and how Eric Berthiaume made me cry before the 7th grade dance.
I did not grow up in a very exciting place and I was thrilled that I could project the exact same glamour and popularity as the beautiful women playing on the sand as the women in the Malibu Musk commercial. Never mind the women were probably 22 and I was 12. Never mind they were on the exclusive shores of Malibu and I was at the local town reservoir. Never mind! It was as much class and style one could ever hope to achieve and it was $7.99 at CVS.
It wasn't until 9th grade that brand snobbery had gotten the best of me. I was forking adult prices over for my Burberry's Society (which would surely impress upon new acquaintance that I had just left lunch with the Queen.) I rotated that bad boy with Christian Lacroix's "C'est La Vie"( for when I wanted to be mistaken for the Hotel Du Cap crowd.) I had very lofty social climbing skills for a 14 year old. There was no reason to shed tears over Eric Berthiaume when I had just read in People Magazine that Prince Philip was still a bachelor.
These thoughts came back to me and I had a good laugh reading the other beauty writer's responses. Apparently, I was not alone in my quest to be Malibu Barbie. There were other brands mentioned that I remember seeing on my equally worldly friends vanities. You know, brands like "exclamation!" The tagline? "Make a statement...Without saying a word!" (Still need to work on that one. Never learned that lesson.) How about "electric youth!" I'm not sure why we all needed to smell like Debbie Gibson but Kim Kardashian's perfume was Sephora's #1 scent sale last year so...
I still get reminiscent of years gone past when I smell a whiff of Love's Baby Soft. I started really, really young with that one. The name is quite fitting. I was just barely out of diapers.
These days the perfume vanity is in a constant rotation but here's what's been making the cut. Some of them are newbies and some I'll never leave. I still will sometimes grab for the Burberry Society. I mean, hello? There is a wedding to think about being invited to! Marc Jacob's Daisy, Creed Spring Flowers, YSL Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique, Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey, Robert Piguet's Fracas. Those are just the ones in the front row.
With that whirlwind selection I'm sure to smell appropriately for any social occasion invite. However, none of them put quite the same smile on my face as my memory of wearing my Malibu Musk. Thankfully, with modern day technology I can go over and watch that cinematic masterpiece of a commercial on YouTube. I can also go to Facebook and put this article in Eric Berthiaume's inbox. Poke!
How about you? What favorite fragrance throwbacks take you back? Any scored at the drugstore? To be all Joan Rivers I have to ask "Now-Who are you wearing?"
BabyLove here! I'm four weeks away from turning 30, and I'm on a mission. Since losing 24 lbs. last year on The Fresh Diet, I've successfully maintained my current weight. With the big day quickly approaching, I'm gearing up to lose twelve more pounds. I'm looking forward to taking a break from dieting. It's been almost three years, and I'm mentally exhausted.
I've decided to try some new things. I'm a super duper creature of habit, and I get nervous in unfamiliar situations, where I could potentially make a total jack ass of myself. Tonight, however, I bit the bullet and dragged one of my besties to a karate class at my son's school. My husband goes to the class almost every night. He comes home drenched in sweat, and exhausted. Just his tales of pushups and sit ups, and high knees make me tired. And every night he comes home telling me how much I'd love it. For awhile, I really tried to figure out what I had done to give him the impression that I loved pushups, sit ups, and high knees. I don't. I like to run slow, listen to the same music, and then bitch and moan about why my weight loss stalls. Basically, I like to talk a big game, and then take absolutely no accountability for why my jeans still fit tight in the bum.
Chrissy and I go into karate expecting a disaster. We bow a few times, run in some circles, do some pushups, jumping jacks, sit ups, really anything that you don't feel like doing. I was sweaty and out of breath, but felt really good. We did some punching bag work, and combos, and some more pushups and sit ups. Then, something really interesting happened. The instructor took out these fake knives, and set us up with a potential attacker scenario. We were taught how to defend ourselves. This is so important for women to learn because it can be life saving. The sad part is, I'm definitely 1,000x safer now, then I was in my early twenties. I cannot tell you how many times I left a bar, and walked into a dark parking lot alone. Or how many times I lived on the same coed floor in college where the girl two doors down from me was raped by her "friend.¨ I'm turning thirty, and this is the first time I've learned any sort of self defense, and right now, I'm the safest I've probably been in ten years.
The moral of my story is whether you're 15, 25, or 50, self defense is integral. Even if you don't sign up and attend classes three times a week, please go to a day class to make yourself aware of a few moves that you can do if you're ever in the unfortunate situation of needing to defend yourself. I signed up for class twice a week with hopes of educating myself, and trimming my waist line!
How safe are you? Have any of you ever taken any of these self defense classes? Hopefully, I'm going to be both safer AND SKINNIER!
BabyLove here! Do you know that William’s favorite place on earth is Target? One time when we were in Florida, and on our way to Disney World, William suggested that instead of going to see Mickey that we instead go to Target. My husband and I were shopping there the other day, and we ran into Alex, William’s best friend from school. I was sure that if William had been there he would have died of happiness seeing his best friend in his favorite store.
I’ve had my eye on the Episencial line for a while now. My interest was initially sparked when a friend told me that their eczema cream had worked wonders on her nephew. So, needless to say, when their rep. agreed to send some products, I was thrilled. I really enjoy highlighting products that are readily available to everyone.
It’s hard to ignore Episencial because their packaging is just so darn cute. The artwork is created by Eric Carle, author of the popular children’s book, The Very Hungry Catepillar. Showing a little caterpillar inching its way out of a piece of fruit (the fruit varies depending on the product), the bright colors are so eye catching. Even if I hadn’t heard any recommendations of this line, the package alone would make me believe I was buying something great.
I loved the way the orange playful foaming wash smells. It’s 2 in 1 so it covers all the necessary areas with a quick scrub. It foams up fantastically, and really allows the kids to see for themselves all the areas they’ve scrubbed. It rinses off so easily, leaves no greasy mess behind, and leaves their skin so soft. A little goes a long way with this product, so it’s lasted us an entire month while we’ve been using it pretty much every other day. Episencial is a product line that you can trust.
Episencial’s line contains no synthetic additives, parabens, or petroleum. They use real fruit juice extract for their fragrances, and their bottles are recycled and free of phthalate and BPA. What else? Oh, how about all the products are manufactured in a plant with solar power! Now we’re seriously talking green. Behind the name is an entire team of consultants with all sorts of fancy degrees and super knowledge about what’s great for our little ones! And the best part, it’s affordable!
Check out their website and have a little look around for yourself. You’ll be so informed by the time you’re clicking off, that you’ll feel guilty if you don’t try it.
Meg here! Don't worry I'm going head piece free the next time I tape! The muppet has seen better days!
Here is the video that aired this past Friday on The TV Guide Network with Patti Stanger and I. I hope you like my picks! I had a few more but they unfortunately got cut for time (Hate when that happens!)
I had to do my research on some "sexy" products and these are my top five! Patti added her own top secret so it's bringing the total to 6 Sexy Items!
1. Demeter Fragrances, you can see this to my right and I love the facts on this, I really couldn't say this on TV but the scents of pumpkin pie and lavender increase blood flow to an erection by 40% I know, right? Don't run to the bakery for the pumpkin puree' or move to the U.K. for lush English gardens! Demeter fragrances have you covered with their extremely practical (and inexpensive) man-eating scents. Pumpkin Pie and Lavender, easy enough to spritz and walk out the door! They have every scent imaginable so check out their site and have fun perusing! $20 Not bad when you're adding 40%! 2. Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip GlossHow could we not add this sexy little number? I am in a committed relationship with my guy "Kirk!" Lipgloss is always sexy, licking the lips leaves few things to the imagination but what if you could also release phermones! According to an article in Psychology Today, how our body odors are perceived as pleasant and sexy to another person is a highly selective process. Not only do they have a sexy stripping man on the cap BUT when you rub the cap it releases phermones. The gloss? I think it is fabulous and quite a few of you have had the chance to try it out as well- Hopefully a rub on the cap will lead to some real life grabs! $19 3. Catcosmetics Smolder I love how Patti said "This will give you Kardashian eyes!" I couldn't have said it better myself! It is so much easier then having a milion shadows floating around in your bag! I gave one to my producer Jenn and then next time I saw her I asked if she had gotten her makeup done for the show! She said "No. I am obsessed with the smolder. I did it on the car on the way over here! So easy!" They say the first thing a man notices about you are the eyes so wink sexy! $22
4. Rodials Boob Job In A Jar. Try saying that 3x fast!?! I am in total sync with Patti when she says "If this stuff works-there's going to be a stampede!" Let's face it (or breast it) Big girls complain they stretch and sag, small girls want to be bigger, big girls want to be firmer, small girls want to save $5,000.I wish I knew about this to give it a try before I went under the knife. My girlfriend is trying this as we speak so I will have a more in-depth report! It takes 56 days to see an increase of cup size and we're only on day 20 over here. The web is a buzz, women are reporting that they're seeing firmness and plumpness. One woman said her boobs were always different sizes. She was faithful in her regimen and now they are the same size. It has a bunch of fatty ingredients like volufiline that stimulates adipocytes, the connective tissue that makes and restores fat. Scarlett Johanssen is reportedly never without it and she's pretty much cornering the market on "cup runneth over" so before you book a boob job maybe you should give this jar a shot. $150.00 5. Sweetspot Labs Instant Sweetification To go wipes! Long day? No time to shower between a hectic day at the office and your hot dinner date? Just getting off a plane and feel the ole' famed "Not so fresh?" Forget about just feeling fresh when you can feel amazingly sweet for a mere $5! They are even selling this sensitive wipes for your sensitive spot (I call mine the "delicate flower") right at Duane Reade. How amazingly convenient is that? I keep a couple in my purse at all times! My "delicate flower" is beyond sensitive and prone to any sort of irritation and I am so good to go with my sweetspot wipes! They are great to give you a boost of confidence and there's nothing sexier than confidence (why can't we bottle that?)They come in all sorts of amazing scents but I like to go with basil grapefruit. No, not because grapefruit is low-fat but because studies show when a man smells grapefruit on a woman he thinks she's 6 years younger! I know! They have an entire line to vixen your va-jay-jay!
Sensa Natural Weight Loss System This was Patti's pick. I have to say her figure looked great AND she is 50 years old. Her figure looks more then great. She swears buy her Sensa and if you want to try it, if you type in "PATTI" you'll save 20%. As Patti showed me, you can still eat the foods you like, you'll just eat less of them. Apparently there is something in the sprinkles that helps you feel full faster.
Tomorrow night, 7:30 I'll be on the TV Guide Channel doing a segment on "How to get Kim Kardashian's Look For Less!" If yo think of it, I hope you turn in! What do you ladies think of our choices? Any of you fans of Millionaire Matchmaker? Have you tired any of these products?