BabyLove here! I was in need of a “fill in” product this week. To be honest, I’m stocked full of great new products, but needed a week to organize them and get them out to everyone! So this morning when I was at Target, I picked up Suave Kids 3 in 1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in wacky watermelon. I bought a 22.5 fl. ounce bottle for $2.55.
I’m not a product snob. I’ll try all sorts of things, and truthfully, I receive these ten dollar body washes for free. If I wasn’t getting these products for Meg’s, there is only a handful that I’d be willing to go out and spend the money on. My boys are sort of over bath time at the moment, and look forward to taking long showers. They take their cars in, and slam them against the walls, and if I’m not careful, take every bath product available and squeeze them out. I learned the hard and expensive way that it’s best to remove anything you do not want touched before the shower goes on. So to be fair to everyone, I’m going to start picking up some slightly more reasonably priced products, available to pretty much everyone.
With cold season upon us, snotty noses are all the rage in my house. So when we got back from Target this morning, William and Calum jumped in the shower with their new Transformer cars to wage war against the good and bad, and boogers. It was my perfect chance to try the Suave that I had just picked up, and with a 3 in 1 product it was hard to go wrong. Since William likes to be in charge (he’s like his mother), he usually instructs Calum as to which product goes where. However, with this stuff, there wasn’t much more than, “wash everywhere."
It’s hard to disagree with the fact that all natural products are better for our children than ones with detergents, parabens, and dyes. So, I’m going to ignore the fact that Suave isn’t all natural, and review it from there. First, a 3 in 1 product is super convenient. Second, wacky watermelon smells wonderful, just like Hubba Bubba bubble gum. I’m actually debating on using it for a body wash in about an hour or so. And last but not least, the fact that it claimed to shampoo, condition, and body wash, and did do all three things is pretty impressive to me. Usually products that claim to shampoo and condition the hair end up leaving it feeling dry and looking like hay. Suave 3 in 1 left their skin soft. It didn’t cause a reactions which is always my number 1 concern, and their hair was smelling super, and looking super soft and shiny. I was really impressed with this considering it cost me under $3.
When I was perusing Suave’s website, I did notice a Natural line that I must have overlooked at Target. It will definitely be something I pick up next time I’m out and about looking for ideas for products. All in all, while it’s not out typical $10 of organic wash, I was really pleased with Suave, and want to know what other everyday lines are you big fans of?
Baby Love here! I always feel like a pervert or a sex addict when I buy massage oils. I kind of equate it to when I’d have to buy a box of condoms. I look at the 16 year old kid ringing me up and think, “I wonder if he thinks I’m going to use this for, ya know?” The truth is, sometimes you can use sensual massage oils for non sensual purposes.
We love, love, love Aura Cacia here at Meg’s. We have had the pleasure of reviewing their body creams, kid’s washes, and bath salts. So, when I was at our local apothecary the other day, and my eyes fell upon, “Sensual Jasmine Aromatherapy Massage oil,” I knew I had to try it. I love oils. I use them in my hair, on my face for a moisturizer, and most recently discovered that I prefer to use them as a moisturizer for my feet, legs, elbows, and hands in the cold New England winter months. When I got home with my new purchase, I immediately saw my husband’s interest perk. “Is that for us?” he asked. I said, “Yes, you can massage my feet later on.”
The scent of jasmine has long been considered an aphrodisiac and a women’s oil. It is thought to have hormonal balancing properties, and has been in the past rubbed onto the abdomen of women who are in labor. Aroma- therapists believe that jasmine is a natural anti-depressant, which helps in opening pleasant pathways and reducing fears. After learning all of this, I thought about drinking my bottle, but decided against it.
I’m so grateful that the majority of the world knows what Jasmine smells like and that I don’t have to try and explain it. We can all agree, hopefully, that it smells pretty glorious. After I took my first run in almost six months, and the urge to vomit passed, I jumped right into the shower, looking forward to having a chance to dip into my new purchase. When I applied this to my body, all of the dry parts pretty much drank it right up. I worked it in with very little mess, and I smelled so good. The scent lingered in the rooms that I passed through almost the entire night. My mother actually asked me if I had a new candle burning. I know I’m making it sound like the smell was overwhelming, but it wasn’t. It was just a calm, minimal scent. Some creams have such a potent smell, but these essential oils are just perfect. It did leave me feeling content, but unfortunately for my husband I didn’t go looking for him to tear his clothes off!
Aura Cacia products are all essential oil based. Their website has an extremely interesting directory of all the essential oils they use, with detailed descriptions of their aroma therapeutic properties. You can actually search by the kind of mood you’re looking to set, and a list of the oils that are known to, for example, invigorate you, will pop up. From there, you can search their oils, body creams, home fragrances, and washes to find your perfect fit.
This line is so unique and with the holiday’s right around the corner, it deserves a close look. I know that sometimes year after year, I end up picking up the same junk for an aunt or cousin. And year after year, I go to Yankee Candle for my kid’s teachers. Not this year though, I just bought relaxing lavender room spritzes for their classrooms, and body washes after their long days!
Baby Love here! Have you ever had a product that makes you feel fancy? I mean, I might be the least fancy pants person on the planet, but sometimes I use a product that makes me feel 100 times more important than I really am. It doesn't have to be the most expensive sought after product either. Sometimes it's just the packaging of an item that will allow me to think I'm more sophisticated than I actually am.
When Megan and I were in New York City over the summer, we had a chance to catch up with our friends at our favorite PR firms. At these meetings, we tell them what is going on with the site, and they introduce us to the new lines they represent. Needless to say, we leave with a lot of goodies to play around with! On one of our stops, I was given a baby sampler from a line called LaVanila. Oooh la la, this stuff makes me feel really swanky, and it's not even supposed to be for me!
Founders Danielle Raynor and Lauren DiGiorolamo both suffered from allergies due to harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrance found in their beauty products. Lauren and Danielle set out to design a luxury line of products full of natural ingredients and free from everything else. They succeeded, let me tell you.
Most natural products suffer in one huge area, smell, but not with LaVanila. The second I looked at this line, I knew it would be a winner. After I tried all the products at home on my boys, I immediately emailed their rep. and asked for some more. Two days later, LaVanila's Baby Butter was sitting on my doorstep.
The packaging is super simple, yet elegant. Adorned with pink and green bouncing babies, LaVanila presents itself with style and class. And the smell, OH the smell! It smells like baby powder with a tiny hint of vanilla, and maybe a drop of fruit punch! I don't know how many times I have to tell you all this, but I am awful at distinguishing smells. I'm not too worried about it on this one though, because I know my fellow reviewers will be able to more clearly describe it. My kids and I have spent everyday lathered in one product from this line, or another. We used their body wash, their lotion, their body butter, their diaper cream. Everything was amazing, and I had not one fragrance induced headache. This is the only baby line that Sephora carries, and for good reason, it's the best I've ever tried. The bundle of these products would be an awesome baby gift. Pediatrician approved, hypoallergenic, packed full of vitamins and minerals, and free of chemicals, LaVanila is safe for everyone. The Baby Butter that we received for review left my rugged boys feeling so soft and smooth. They smelt so nice, fresh, and clean.
LaVanila also carries a line for big people! They have body washes, fragrances, lip balm, sunscreen, etc. Get to your closest Sephora and you will be in love at first sniff. If you have an expecting friend, or looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, this line is so great. On their website, Lavinila.com, they have a gift section where all of the thinking is taken right out of your shopping. Those lip balms look perfect for stocking stuffers!
I love introducing new lines to you all. I'd love to know if any of you have used this line before, and if it made you feel way cooler than you actually are!
Meg here! There are lots of perks to being a beauty writer. One of the greatest perks is the super talented and genius artists I get to me. Hair, Makeup and yes, tanning. Sometimes life gets in the way and time creeps up on us and where we had 5 days to get ready for an event-now we have 5 minutes.
I had a big red-carpet event to go to and my skin's pasty whiteness was almost ghoulish! That would be fine if it were October but it was August. All of the celebrities in LA and the Victoria's Secret models get tanned by Jimmy Jimmy Coco. I did not have the luxury of time on my side to be able to pop in for one of his spray days. I had one day before the event and a can of South Seas Tahitian Tan Mist. How crazy do you have to be to spray yourself with a spray tanner that you've never tried before? Well, you know me. I like to live on the edge!
I went through the information on the South Seas Tahitian Tan Mist. I saw that the company was a professionals favorite and that you could buy this stuff by the gallon if you needed to! The information on my emergency spray go-to was that it won Allure's Best In Beauty Award-FOR THREE STRAIGHT YEARS!
That was all the information I needed! I hopped in the shower, shaved and exfoliated. I dried off and then stood back in the shower. For the best overall, even spray-you're going to have to use the buddy system. I asked my boyfriend to spray me (it's very important to know he has no cosmetic training but with the instructions to just "spray paint me") he did great.
I patted myself off (just like you would if you had visited a spray tan machine) put on my clothes and called Jimmy Jimmy Coco to tell him no worry. I think the spray was going to work out fine. Jimmy said this "Tell the Meg Heads to be careful if they have dry patches on their knees or elbows. If any of my Victoria's Secret Angels have a dry patch I stick a little moisturizer there and rub it in first. I let the moisturizer get absorbed and then I spray. Dry skin can suck in too much color."
My verdict? Well, there is a reason the ladies call South Seas Skincare Tahitian Mist "Crack In A Can." It works beautifully. I was streak-free and even. I was golden and not orange. It lasted me about a week and took the boyfriend only 5 minutes to get me to this great result.
If you have any type of special event or vacation coming up I strongly suggest this. I think you'll be very very pleased. I always keep one bottle in spare now. Life may get in the way sometimes but a busy schedule is never going to prevent me from bronzed goddess status when there are camera's around! How many of you have used a spray tanner? This stuff is great!
Meg here! It is time to announce the winners of our Invicible Scar giveaway! It was hard to pick a winner with all of the deserving stories. I picked two ladies to try (and I hope report back) how the product worked for them.
Onecool8 said "I would love to try this product! I have 2 discoid lupus scars right below my lower lip that NOTHING seems to cover. I have tried camouflage makeup for all brands and types, have tried Nicole Paxson's products (lotis concealer) to no avail. By the way I love Nicoles products (big sis turned me on to them), but it just doesn't work to fully cover my spots. One spot is about the size of a dime and the other about 1/2 of that. They can range in color from red to dark brown. If this product did actually work on lupus scars, I would scream from the top of every building singing its praises. I am very self conscience about the marks knowing that people look at them and probably wonder what they are and how I got them. Even covered with concealer they still resemble cigarette burns, which never go away. I have never photographed them however, I would be willing to show before and after pics - that is if the product worked. Even my husband has never seen these scars without markup coverage. Only me and my dermmy".
That entry made my heart go out! Your husband can see you without your makeup! He's your husband! It just shows how much this scar bothers her that she feels like she has to have makeup on 24/7! Onecool8 I hope Invible Scar gives you your confidence back and I am sure you are beautiful!
Elsielee said "I have so many scars that I want to get rid of. Most are from the 40+ surgeries I've had since I was born. Now I know I can't get rid of them all, but I'm hoping to make a few a lot less noticeable! I have a few on my face- a very long one on my nose which is incredibly hard to miss when you're looking at me head-on! I would love to see if this stuff actually works because I've tried everything under the sun and nothing even seems to fade them."
Elsielee!?!?! I don't want to just give you InviCible Scar! I want to give you a hug! 40+ Surgeries? Yikes. You look gorgeous in your picture and I'm so sure you're feeling better. Let's get rid of that scar for you!
I attached a video so that you'll know exactly what you're getting!
I am all moved into my new place so thank-you so much for all of your well wishes! I just have to get organized now! I'm taking tomorrow off and going on a little road trip. Yes, I have been in L.A. for 14 years and never taken the four hour trek to check out Hearst castle. I'll let you know what I think. I'm sure my new place is much nicer!
Congratulations to the winners! What historic site is on your list to see?
StacyB here! I hope I don't make any enemies by saying this...but I am not crazy about some organic products. I know, I know, they are so much better for us, better for the environment, better for our kids and family, but sometimes I'm just not sure they work as well as something a little less organic. Don't get me wrong, I have a few organic products that I love, but I also have some that I've tried that I just didn't like at all. I want to be head over heels for everything organic and feel good that I'm doing the absolute best for me and my family, but I'm not. I'm about 60% there. Which is probably a lot better than some people but still leaves me with a feeling of guilt.
This week I tried an organic soap with the cutest packaging. Everything was recyclable, I could actually pronounce all the ingredients and it smelled yummy! For about $6 at a local drugstore I was holding a very 'feel good about myself and my purchase' bar of One Natural Body Soap in 'Peace'. Just reading the package I felt great. It had the cutest little saying on it: "One moment to enjoy, one life to live, one planet to preserve'. Yes! I am living, and preserving and enjoying and not spending a ton of money doing it! What a rush; this was definitely my good deed for the planet of the day.
It had a strawberry-raspberry smell and made my bag and car smell great. The next morning I tore open the 100% recycled package and hopped in the shower. It lathered well, I felt clean and not filmy, it fit in my hands and washed away easily. So far so good! I wasn't overly dry when I got out of the shower, but the smell didn't linger at all. If that's better for you, great, it works. But, if you like the scent to stick around, you might be disappointed.
I used the soap for about four more days and by the third or fourth day, I noticed how small the bar was already. I know my husband wasn't stealing it, I can't pry his Irish Springs out of his hands with a crowbar. And a pink, fruity bar? He won't get near it. It was just me using it, and it was practically half the size as it was just a few days before. By the seventh or eighth day, I was dealing with tiny broken pieces. I have never gone through a bar of soap so fast.
This would be a great gift soap, or guest soap if you are lucky enough to have a guest bathroom. I liked it, but wasn't crazy about it. It's one of those products that I'd buy if I had a coupon or they were on sale, but I don't want to have to buy two or three bars of soap a month.
I tried to get on their website (www.onebathandbody.com) and couldn't, but the tidbits I found on other blogs and websites were pretty good. Maybe the site was under construction? I also tried to google it, but have you ever tried to google 'one' anything? It's impossible. I got like 5 trillion hits. What I could find out from my super website sluething was that the company is committed to quality, organic, good for you and good for the planet products. I'd like to try a few more products because everything about the company sounds so sincere and healthy.
Overall a decent product, but I didn't get that 'head over heels' feeling I was hoping for. What about you? Are you willing to skimp on chemicals or fragrance to go Green or sometimes do you just say "to heck with it! Hand it over! It works!"
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Baby Love here! I’ve waited until now to review Little Twig’s sunscreen due to the fact that it is only available in 30 SPF. If you have kids with fair skin like mine, 30 SPF isn’t strong enough to protect their skin throughout the summer months. The sun is just too hot. I do have some friends that have children with olive skin, and this provides fantastic coverage, but for see through children like mine, it’s only really beneficial to them from the hours of 3-5, or in the early days of fall.
I have reviewed Little Twig’s products before, and have loved them. I still love everything that they stand for and create, and love the platform for this SPF. If I understand correctly, it is actually impossible for mineral/organic sunscreens to come in SPFs over 30 due to new strict guidelines set forth. Little Twig definitely adheres to these new guidelines, since their sunscreen is paraban, mineral oil, and phthalate free, hypoallergenic, and contains no wheat, soy, or nut ingredients.
I really liked the consistency of this sunscreen. It’s thick, but not greasy. I am still a fan of sunscreen in a tube as opposed to a can, because I like to see exactly where I have applied the protection. It worked itself in really nicely to the boy’s skin, and the water beaded right off of them. When I wore it, it worked perfectly for me since my skin tans pretty well. It doesn’t smell like sunscreen, in fact, it doesn’t smell like much of anything. This is always a plus, since trying to get your kids to sit still while applying sunscreen is hard enough. It makes it only 100X worse when you’re trying to apply something that STINKS. It’s a GIVEN, no matter what, that when William wears sunscreen, he’ll have an awful rash, but this didn’t cause an inflammation of his skin. I said it before, and will say it again just so everyone understands me clearly, if you and/or your children can use 30 SPF and stay protected; there is no safer, purer sunscreen available to you! On littletwig.com, the sunscreen is their product of the month, so for a limited time you can save 25% off a regularly priced tube.
What’s particularly fantastic about Little Twig is their commitment to our environment. Every Wednesday Little Twig donates 15% to an organization benefiting children and/or an environmental cause. Additionally, Little Twig donates 1% of proceeds to 1% For the Planet who makes charitable donations to environmental programs throughout the world. Need more? Return four full sized empty Little Twig product containers, and receive 30% off your next online purchase! Seriously, could they be any more generous?
I will be picking up more of Little Twig’s Tangerine Bubble Bath and maybe some new bath mitts for the boys this holiday season. Their bath products are just as safe and smell fantastic, and they also have an unscented and extra mild option for extremely sensitive children. As I’ve mentioned on here before, if William doesn’t break out from a product, then your child probably won’t either. Check out Little Twig and do something great for your little one and for our planet.
How many of you only do "green" on your little ones?
StacyB here! Everyone is always in a hurry; rushing to get to work, rushing to get home, rushing to get those errands done during your lunch hour and let's face it, we are ALL rushing to get to the weekend! So many products out there promise to save us time. Two-in-one products for your face, combo shampoo and conditioners, exfoliating and self-tanning lotions...sometimes figuring out which is best for you wastes all the time that you might save by using a time-saving product!
My life is a bit hectic, so these time saving products really are worth it for me. Between my normal job, my part time job, writing for the best make up site ever, a husband who travels for 3-5 days a month, an almost two year old and being in the middle of buying our first home, I need all the extra seconds I can get. I use moisturizing lip gloss rather than both lip color and a moisturizing balm, I use a gradual self tanning lotion that firms my skin at the same time, and I try to buy quick drying nail polish. I figure with those three things alone I am earning at least 45 minutes back a week that I can do something with my family, or even on my own, without sacrificing sleep or meals (which do get sacrificed sometimes!)
I have not always had good luck with quick dry nail polish. Whatever is in them that makes them dry quicker can also make them dry out while they are still in the bottle, on the brush, or even on your nail before you have a chance to smooth it out. I try to take my time and do a good job since I don't always have the time or money for a professional manicure and sometimes the quick dry stuff ends up clumping and bubbling easily. And, I don't think the bottles lasted as long as a regular polish, since the air that gets in it while you are actually painting your nails starts to cause the polish in the bottle to clump and harden. I end up throwing away quick-dry nail polish after only a few uses.
When I found out that Essence (a company that I am really starting to like!) had quick dry nail polish in super cute colors, I figured I'd try it out. I got 4 bottles of Essense Colour & Go Polishes in Fabuless, Plum Perfect, Underwater and Gold Rush. Adorable. I could have bought every color, they are really bright and fun! I opted for Plum Perfect on my toes and Fabuless on my fingers for my first try. Plum Perfect sounds like it should be more purple, but it's really more like a deep red raspberry color. Fabuless is a charcoal, sparkly dark color that is like a smokey eye for your fingers. It's definitely a fall favorite for me now.
The bottles advertise "one second per nail" and brags about the innovative flat brush for smooth application. The flat brush was definitely useful, I was able to get more on the nail and the brush spread out more than a normal round brush so on my littler fingers, I was actually good after only one stroke.
The "one second per nail" thing? Not so much. But, I don't view that as a negative. If it really dried in one second, I'd barely be done with the nail before it was dried and touchable. What if there was a clump? Or a streak? Would it be dried in one second and stuck like that? Luckily, it took more than a second to dry, so I was able to get the coat on without any lumps, bumps, bubbles or streaks. My guess is each finger was fully dry and touchable within about a minute. I was able to get the second coat on right away and was making dinner for the family in less than 15 minutes, total time.
This is definitely the best quick-dry polish I've tried.
It lasted too. I did my nails on Saturday, and they looked great. Sunday night, I noticed a miniscule chip on my right index (and most used) finger. I quickly did a touch up and added a clear coat on all 10 fingers. My home-made mani lasted all day Monday and I even got a compliment on the color from a very fashion-forward friend.
By Tuesday, I had chips on at least 5 of my fingers. By Wednesday, I was a bit embarrassed and promised myself 15 minutes after the little one went to bed to clean up my nails. I can safely say this mani lasted 3 1/2 days. Not bad for a drugstore quick-dry brand! One trick that probably helped, after I took of my old polish, I washed my hands thoroughly and then took a clean cotton ball and swiped each finger with one more bit of nail polish remover to get off any lingering oils. This has always made my manis last a little longer. The polish adheres better to the nail when the oils are gone.
If you are strapped on time, but always want great nails, this is a winner. It's a great little bottle of polish and a true time-saving product! What drugstore brand is your favorite? Can you pass on any tips for keeping a manicure last longer?
Baby Love here! I love products that are designed for children by parents who either experienced sensitive skin issues themselves, or had to watch their children suffer through them. These are the products, the ones born out of necessity that really work. There are no gimmicks with these lines, and it’s great.
Two weeks ago, my husband, boys, and I were in Florida visiting my father in-law. If you subscribers think that the weather here on the east coast has been bad lately, I urge you never to visit Florida in August. The only way it is possible to be outside is if you are in a pool or at the beach. My husband loves the ocean, so that’s where we went. We’ve all been in the salt water after shaving our legs, or skinning our knee. We all know that salt water heals skin beautifully, but it also hurts like hell. It didn’t dawn on me while we were at the beach, that the majority of William’s body is raw. He cried and cried from the pain, and spent the afternoons playing with me in the sand, or dipping his feet in to cool down. The sunscreen he was coated in was aggravating his skin, and the salt water was burning. It was not a good day. It really broke my heart when he asked me, “Why doesn’t Cali’s skin hurt like mine?” Even though Calum has food allergies, they have not manifested into eczema. It was the first time in a long time, that we hit a speed bump with him, and I tried my best to explain his situation to him. For the most part, even with all of his allergies and skin issues, William lives a very normal, blessed life. There are substitutions for the foods that he cannot have, and we make every attempt to find them. He understands that there are things that he can’t eat, and very rarely brings his allergies up. His eczema flare ups are the worst. Is skin becomes red and raw from the constant itching, and sometimes there is really no relief.
I was very lucky to have packed one of my very favorite products that have come to me via megsmakeup.com. I had never heard of Zoe Organics before this past spring, but it has become a necessity in my home. Zoe Organics Baby Bath Tea are little tea bags full of super safe, and effective ingredients that combat inflammation of the skin. As a child, Zoe Organics founder, Heather Hamilton, suffered from allergy induced eczema and asthma brought on by “safe” children’s products. When she became a mother, she focused her energy on filling the major gaps in the market of products for children. After losing her sister in-law 12 weeks after she had given birth to her baby girl, Zoe (means “life”), Heather Hamilton named her company which focused on “celebrating the lives of family, community and planet.”
The baby bath tea bags are filled with oatmeal and lavender which cleanse the skin, calendula and chamomile which work as anti-inflammatory, and coco butter shavings to moisturize. At bath time, I drop one of these tea bags into the water and wait a few minutes. The tub smells like lavender and chamomile, but it’s not to earthy. The water clouds just a little bit, but it does not soap or suds. It is the perfect way to soothe William’s raw and irritated skin, and it doesn’t hurt or burn his little body. Despite the fact that these bags don’t cause suds, his skin still feels like it’s coated, but in a good way. It doesn’t leave his skin feeling slimy, just moisturized. We’ve had no breakouts from these whatsoever. I stand behind these 100% and I am so pleased to have had them. They’ll be a staple in my treatments for William.
Zoe Organics has a great line of products. Please check the site out, and find the product that will make a difference in your life!
What bath item are you never without? Bath bombs, bubble bath or salts?
Still hot here in Texas: scorching to be exact! However Goddess Granny spent a lot of the past week shopping with her granddaughter and believe me when I tell you the stores are full of some of THE most fabulous fashions and looks for Fall 2010 that I've seen in quite a few years so it was worth it to venture out of the pool for a while! Classics with an edge, shades of grey, purple, camel and metallics...just gorgeous upcycled glam-girl looks but still with enough of a rocker chick vibe to keep it all from looking totally "been there, done that" and I'm SO ready to reinvent my closet!
Of course, most of us have to use a bit of restraint these days and I admit I breathed a deep sigh when I picked up the perfect pair of buttery grey suede Stuart Weitzman boots to check out the price on the sole...Ouch! Will have to break it all down into that "price per wearing" equation in order to justify that "little luxury..."
The very first job I had that related to what would become my obsession with all that's "beauty" was in a classy family owned "shoppe" that was among the first to bring the Chanel cosmetic line to the US in Upstate NY: I was soo poor back then but Chanel supplied "their girls" behind the counter with really nice silky black smocks that actually could be worn like mini-dresses and also gifted us with HUGE boxes of product every couple of months so I managed to be oh so Frenchified and pulled together at my counter in spite of the fact that I only owned one pair of heels...those were the days? We were the elite in the beauty biz at the time and people flocked in to see what all the buzz was about and they bought so they too could carry that iconic glossy black shopping tote out of the store! I was was known to carry a small one as an evening bag back then and believe me-I rocked it! We wore our smocks out to the park to eat our shabby processed cheese sandwiches for lunch and often would get hit on by the young lawyers who were equally as poor but had cool business cards to share. If you dated an "Addis Company Chanel Girl" it was like dating a Victoria's Secret model in THAT little city! HA! At least to us it was...and sometimes that's good enough!
Season after season I gush over the Chanel ads in the mags and yes, I have and do own a bit here and there: it comes with the privilege of age I guess but damn-it should be mandatory that every gorgeous YOUNG woman gets some for her very own! Once you own anything Chanel you are never quite the same: it's historic, the ultimate in exceptional quality, always original in its design and it has associative connections to the world's most divine women! Who among us wouldn't like to have a cocktail with Coco herself? She was a WOMAN! Meg also shares my obsession and I think we'd go without a lot just to have a little of this heavenly brand because....well...it's freaking' CHANEL!
The cosmetic division of Chanel continues to be among the "one to watch" on a consistent basis and although sometimes the makeup shades are a bit too muted for me. They've REALLY been changing it up and I am in love with the new lippys and yes...the nail colors are THE ones to watch and TRY to score each and every season! They come out with what seem to be outrageous shades. People flinch: within a month, everywhere is sold out of them and they begin to command insane prices on Ebay.Other companies start to "dupe" (ie, copy very closely) the shades Chanel releases and that's great but let me tell you that there is nothing like the real deal Baby and this is from a girl who remembers being on a 200 name waitlist for a bottle of the original "Vamp": I actually bought a bottle at a department store in a small western town while traveling and was offered a LOT for it but you couldn't have paid me any money back then because I thought I was all that wearing my bloody-red polish with the shocking name!
Well, they've managed to do it yet again this coming season with the release of "Paradoxal" for Fall 2010: don't be deceived by the photo, you MUST see this shade in person to appreciate it's uniqueness! A gorgeous purple but one that has obvious taupe and grey-tones in it and one that manages to look distinctive ad incredibly fabulous on everyone who tried it! It's current, on trend, ever so striking. It is perfection in a rich, creamy formula that makes you believe it's worth the hefty pricetag! No dupe available and I for one am glad...Chanel deserves full credit for capturing the essence of sexy, classy Fall 2010 in a small bottle. It's really that good and as someone who literally has boxes of nail colors-one of the prettiest ever because it manages to be elegant and a bit dirty at the same time (always my favorite attitude to throw out there!)
I know...many are going to not only flinch but bash the price tag and I honestly don't blame you, it IS a lot of cash but what else can you buy for this amount that will SO perfectly elevate your look for the season into one that others envy? "Paradoxal" means "having the nature of paradox, seemingly full of contradictions..." Oh yeah, that is good and I want people to notice, comment, even wonder why and what that color is on my nails this Fall. Both the shade and the name define what every woman is to me perfectly!
You can buy this trend defining gem of the stylish-set here!
We at Megsmakeup.com know you're dying to own this too and you're gonna' like us: one random poster will be chosen next week to receive their own brand spanking new bottle of Chanel's impressive (and soon to be sold out!) shade of nail color,"Paradoxal" You need to post and tell us how you intend to update YOUR personal beauty look for Fall 2010 and why you think this color would fit right into your plans! Good Luck and get to posting!