Goddess Granny recently had the unthinkable happen: most of us know that the airlines obviously must enjoy destroying our luggage and they made a master-work out of their talents on my bag! I used to pride myself on using ever so elegant suitcases, usually "Skyway" in brand until it became apparent that I'd be spending a LOT on "luggage repair." It didn't seem to make a difference HOW nice or sturdy the bags were, they didn't make it out "alive" and rarely in one piece! Yes, they will allow a small stipend for "repairs" but trust me that $25.00 won't cover much even if you can find a place to do the job. I've reverted to using inexpensive, sometimes even cute brands of luggage and simply replacing them when they start to look shabby! I've seen grown women use language that would make a sailor proud when they've seen the deconstruction of some REALLY pricey and classy luggage at the baggage claim thanks to rough handling!
My bag had literally been crushed in on one entire side The frame inside bent to a point where I could no longer pull up the handle that allowed for the bag to be rolled! Have you ever tried to push/pull a large bag through LAX to while almost bent in half and wearing heels? (I know Meg probably has!) Several strong men tried to assist me to no avail. I did end up getting an offer to "share a car" to my hotel which turned out to be a luxury town car so I guess there was a silver lining? Once I suffered through the embarrassment of shabby-luggage at hotel drop off, I started to imagine what conditions the items INSIDE the suitcase must be like? Not good: a heel had been broken off a really nice pair (aka expensive) of boots I intended to wear that evening and my "personal items" (no, I simply cannot pack my necessities in a quart ziplock...) were devastated! Open lids and caved-in sides and you could smell the leaking products the minute the bag was unzipped!) Worst of all, my cute retro makeup case has taken the brunt of the blow and anything that was powdered has no chance of survival! Everything was crushed and it was a mess that could have reduced me to tears. I was only in town for one night to attend an event and had no time to mourn or panic. I HAD to find some products that would work as replacements fast!
Stacy B here! Eyelashes count as hair, right? Because last week I talked about how much my hair was growing and how healthy it was thanks to all the vitamins and pregnancy hormones and I really want that to translate to my eyes. I also promised more products that focused on my new healthy bits (hair and nails!) so I want to fulfill that promise.
So far, I have noticed no difference in my lashes. No long, lush lashes that brush my upper eyelids when I open them, no lashes that look like fake lashes but really aren't, nothing envy-inspiring at all. Nothing like my husband and son whose lashes are probably like three inches long.
Why is that? How many of you have had a boyfriend, husband or guy friend whose eyelashes conjure up high-school levels of jealousy? I've been trying to convince my husband of 5 years to let me put mascara on him just once so I can see how long and beautiful they really are. He will not even entertain the thought. It's not like I'm coming at him with the eyelash curler. I just want to see what gorgeous lashes really look like! We're at the point where I've told him the next time he comes home falling down drunk he's getting make upped. It's been a very long time since I made that promise and nothing. He's either totally grown up, or scared. We have a wedding to go to this weekend, maybe my opportunity is coming?
Since I am not blessed with feathery lashes and I'm clearly not getting that pregnancy gift I have to rely on products. I know I'm in the minority here, but I might be one of the few women on the planet that isn't obsessed with Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in that iconic little pink tube. At least that's what Allure, Glamour, Cosmo and a host of other magazines will have me to believe. It's always the number one mascara and I am just not crazy about it. I always found the brush to be too thick and it would make the mascara clumpy on me. With too much clumpy mascara, I found it all over my face throughout the day. And forget tears or rain, one sign of water and I had to get to a mirror fast for some major touch up.
Then, they came out with a new brush! Yay! It's called Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara and I love it! It solved about 99% of my issues with this mascara. The brush is really different, it's cone shaped, so really thin on the top and really thick at the base but still round all around. And, the brush is that thin rubbery-plastic that a lot of brands are using now, not the faux-hair brushes that seemed to clump more.
Stacy B here! Life at the 'B' household has been a little crazy lately. Hubby got a new job, is traveling a ton (like to places like Arizona, Germany, Chicago, Switzerland and more), we're getting some work done in our house on our bathroom and dining room, and my little toddler will be 3 in a few weeks and is trying to drop his nap. Please, please, please keep napping. Just for another month or two, I need that break!
And the biggest thing: I'm fighting through the first trimester haze that is sleep, nausea, hormones and food issues. That's right ladies, there will be a new Baby B in our household sometime in April 2012. Yay! Now pass the Tums and get your hands off my ginger ale.
Due to my 'delicate condition', good quality products are a must right now. Not only am I really focused on organic and all natural products and things that are good for my overly sensitive and very acne-prone skin right now! The smells have to be mild, the cost has to be low, and it has to make me look like I'm the fresh-faced, well rested, energetic me that I'm used to! Not the weepy, tired, 'get-that-horrible-smelling-piece-of-chicken-away-from-me-before-I-vomit' pregnant lady that I am now.
Last week I gave you a review for an all-natural foot lotion that I felt pretty good about. Introduce week 12 hormones. I tried it again last night and almost lost my dinner the smell was so strong. And for some reason, rubbing it on my own (clean) feet made me tear up and gag a little. I have no idea why, they are my feet. And they were clean! Aside from the obvious discomfort, pregnancy can be pretty funny. I tucked it away for another time.
This week I decided to pick something that couldn't trigger my gag reflex: Eyeliner. And since my hormones are all over the place, I chose a brand I know I've had good luck with: NYX. My goal this week was to still look great even though I am exhausted from growing a human inside me and from being alone for 8 days with my son Kyle while Daddy was in Switzerland (yes, he brought me back chocolate!) The NYX Retractable Eyeliner was perfect with so many color choices to brighten up my eyes.
Since I love to mix and match, I used some tips from pros to create the illusion that I was awake all day. I used Deep Blue on my upper lids which is like a navy blue to brighten the whites of my eyes, and then swiped a REALLY thin line of silver along the lower lids and in the corners of my eyes to brighten. This stuff is so great, it goes on so smoothly and easily, the retractable liner is actually pretty good at creating both a thicker line and a thin one and the colors are really vibrant. I looked much more awake than I felt!
Did you ever use a product and "re-create" the packaging or other quality in your mind to make it PERFECT?Goddess Granny is guilty of this: I mentally tweak just about everything I use wishing that it were easier to get out of the container or had less waste or didn't flake all over when I tried to apply it. I know that companies are constantly striving to make everything gorgeous as well as effective AND user-friendly but sometimes, it really does get lost in translation. You end up with what would have been an awesome product in lame packaging so you get burnt off!
I'm all about what "works" these days because who has the time to settle? I'm not an "organic" girl by nature but if something will satisfy my immediate need for perfection and is also pure enough to meet tough standards, it's a total win for me! One much -loved brand here at Megsmakeup.com that IS up to 98% "organic" is "Juice Beauty" and it's nothing short of amazing! This brand goes WAY beyond "natural" to actually pass tough and true "organic standards" of quality, active ingredients and purity. They go the distance to insure that everything they use and create is simply the best it can be! You can read their comprehensive description of "the difference" here on the Juice Beauty site and I promise, you will finally understand what all the "organic hoopla"is about and why it's worth it!
Now that, like myself, you have been educated as to the how and why of the science of "organic", be prepared to be WOWED because I have been: "Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment" is one of those products that cannot be improved upon. Nope…not the packaging, the texture, the performance or the results because it's TRULY one heck of a product! The sleek container contains an eye treatment that has literally transformed the DRY skin around my eyes into baby-like sleekness. I can honestly say that if I skip using it morning or night, I can tell the difference! Makeup SLIDES over it effortlessly and not one single crease or smudge (unlike many other eye treatments you can use this under your makeup.) It is packed full of glorious and organic good ingredients that include "fruit stem cells" and high concentrates of natural vitamin C that work hard to give results that CAN be seen! It firms, smoothes, soothes and heals this prone to wrinkles ares we all struggle with at some point and it does it with so many extraordinary ingredients in one container that I am in awe!
Can you even believe that Summer 2011 is almost over? I don't think I've had time to even unpack this season's clothes! Goddess Granny is in a tizzy, exciting times and travel lately but it also seems like everything IS moving faster! Not sure if it's Mother Nature or simply the nature of life today but it sure is a whirlwind and I don't just mean Irene!!! Stay safe and breathe deep my pretties because I don't see this carnival ride slowing down anytime soon!
More than ever I am depending on and reaching for "stuff that works!" Seriously, I find myself literally chucking bottles and tubes in the wastebasket because they simply require too much effort to use or don't deliver to my rather exacting standards! I want GREAT quality products that LOOK and FEEL luxurious and WORK precisely as they are marketed and as I expect….easy peasy,right? I have the basics of getting my fluffy-butt out the door most days down to a science and know what transforms me from a middle aged "okay looking" female to one that gets a lot of second glances: lipstick and eyeliner are a MUST if I want to look and feel like my glam game's on.Going to Walmart however means that I resort to tinted moisturizer and a ponytail…I do NOT want to risk even a remote chance of a second look there!
I'm going to freak y'all out here: I was in the "school supply" aisle the other day looking for cute pens and three teenaged girls were buying fine-line black Sharpie markers to be used as cosmetics! I flinched, thought about saying something, then quickly slid my basket to the safety of the cake decorating section where I could pretend to be gasping in delight at the icing colors…OMG is an understatement!!
I simply love even the word "Hourglass" because I AM one! The work represents to many the ULTIMATE in feminine shape and thought the ages, women have strived to BE an "Hourglass!" Today the word also represents a fantastically female,luxury brand of cosmetics that are taking the market by storm! Created by renowned beauty innovator and the force behind several top brands in her career, Carisa James has worked from creation to development on some of the most impressive lines available before launching her brand "Hourglass" to fill a niche in the luxury cosmetics market. Beautiful, functional, exceptional high-quality products that not only use cutting-edge tech but that are formulated to treat and improve with each use! She feels that "makeup is one of the great luxuries of being a women" and who among us wouldn't agree? Style and substance, always a huge WIN represent "Hourglass" in all they create!
Meg here! Now that Prudence's pups have all found homes I am free to continue my normal life. My "normal" life consists of jumping around a bunch. Planes, trains and automobiles, I feel like I'm always heading out the door.
My girlfriend was over watching me pack before my last trip "Meg, I want to watch you pack your makeup, I want to see what you take. I feel like I should be taping this."
Don't be silly! Taping this? She's so funny. Like anyone wants to see a tape of me packing! (If even one of you reply that you would like to see this then I will in fact whip out a camera so fast your head will spin.)
The fact I have no muscles in my body and very limited space make getting all my must-haves into ONE clear plastic makeup bag a necessity. Keep in mind these are not hiking or family vacations that I'm off to. Ninety-nine percent of the time it is work related and guess what I'm talking about? Yes, makeup. So I can't be looking all shoddy or they'll say my jig is up and really I'm not qualified to talk about anything else. Except stocks, lately I've been learning a lot about stocks but, if you think about it, this One clear plastic makeup bag is really a life and death situation. Professionally anyway.
I leave for New York Fashion Week September 7th and yes, I am going to have to pull it together. I don't want the hassle of a million different single eyeshadow pots, I never can find the exact one I'm looking for. It's not convenient or space savvy. Luckily this Shady Lady can grab her Shady Lady Vol. 2 Palette because it has been making the cut and coming everywhere with me!
What's my fave combo? On my lid I like the color Mischievious Marissa. It's that goldish shade on the bottom left hand side. I do dark shading with the brown on the top. The very first pan. Then I hope back down to the last row and highlight the brow bone with the shimmer color that's very last in the bottom row. I highlight the inner-eye with the white in the middle, bottom row again.
Stacy B here! Forget animal testing. All make up should be put through gym testing. If your make up can last through a tough workout, it's a keeper. No, I am not advocating wearing full make up to the gym. I am not that girl and don't want to be. But sometimes when my Mom wants some grandmother/grandson time she'll pick my son, Kyle up from daycare and I'll go to the gym right from work. I'm not going to stop and wash my make up off before my workout, so by default, it's on when I'm working out.
This week, I had a new product and decided to actually put it on fresh before the gym just to really see what would happen. I got home from work, my husband and son were happily pushing cars around the floor so I went up, got changed, applied NYX's Jumbo Eye pencil and grabbed my iPod.
I got quite the look from hubby. "Why are you wearing make up to the gym?" he said. I told him that it is so I could test it out and see if it would last through an hour long, cardio filled, sweaty work-out. He kept giving me the side-eye, which made me giggle. He called me sketchy. I told him he was overreacting. We have a great relationship. After I convinced him it was all in a days work for Megsmakeup.com he reluctantly told me I looked 'too good for the gym' and I happily skipped out the door. See? Great relationship.
I tried two colors because I love layering and experimenting with colors. This is a jumbo pencil so it's great for thick eye lining and over all shadow. It's not thin and would be impossible for precision looks, but I wanted a fat line that I could see. I tried a basic black as a liner and then lime green (which looked more army green with a shimmer than lime - it's not nearly as bright as it sounds). I will neither confirm nor deny wearing my green Nike tank top purposely to match the green eye color.
These go on really smooth and easy. Just one swipe and there was a good amount of color. The black was really black, it didn't fade to gray with a light application. Good pigment in these pencils! The green was shimmery and light but was still a real green color. You can smudge these really easily with a finger or even a smaller eye liner or shadow brush. I could have really gone all out and done a great smokey green eye, but that would have been a little much for the gym! I'll save that for the weekend!
Hoping everyone is enjoying a bit of well-deserved time off from the daily routine! Goddess Granny likes a good long weekend even better than an actual vacation because you try to cram a LOT of things into a short period of time and I really do believe in the "I'll sleep when I'm dead!" philosophy! SO much to do and learn, and see and try...I am getting SUCH a kick out of watching my totally non-tech man learn to navigate the new ipad I gave him for his recent birthday:he's like a child with a new box of 64 crayons and there are actually sound effects like,"Gee, WOW, Damn...will you look at THAT!" involved) I think we sometimes become jaded to the wonders of today and it's refreshing when someone discovers a brilliant new product for the first time. It also inspires me to try something new so on the subject of brilliant new products, I have one in my sparkly coral Shellac-tipped fingers that is VERY new and VERY exciting!
What IS it in me that is drawn to anything with a sheen, sparkle or shine? My hometown of Auburn, NY is famous for attracting millions of roosting crows every Autumn. Maybe I was one of these scavengers of glittery-items in a former life? Not sure but I know for a fact that no matter how somber, matte, sophisticated or "mature." I try to be, there is always something that has a bit of the bling on my body! It makes me happy and I can honestly say that even a thin (UD makes THE best ones!) of colored glitter liner on my lids or a megawatt sparkling topcoat on my toes never fails to makes people notice, smile and compliment me so I'm stickin' with it!
There are of course, "degrees" of luminosity: you can apply adhesive to your eyelids and press on SERIOUSLY sequined particles (Two Faced or Hard Candy make great products for this effect) or just allow a gentle dusting of finely-milled powder to rest like a butterfly kiss on your cheekbones! (MAC "Silver Dusk" powder you are mine for life!) The brilliant and incredibly chic creators of Red Carpet worthy products at LORAC guided by the makeup artist divine, Carol Shaw (and yes,we DO absolutely adore this brand at Megsmakeup!) I have yet again come up with an irresistible and totally NEW product that may just have me gently shoving everything else on my vanity into a pile of sparkling sludge! A little glass bottle that is downright sexy contains their new LORAC "3D Liquid Lustre" Tinkerbelle has had her nose pressed up against my window for a week just dying for a drop of THIS little potion! (Actually a red cardinal has been beating itself against the window but let me have my fantasy!)
Happy Spring! I know the weather has been very unkind to some and it's just plain been a strange month...Goddess Granny is sensing that the "universe is out of whack" but we still need to put on our glam game faces! We must dust off those patent shoes. Let that Spring fever lighten us up even if it's just a state of mind and we need some pretty new colors to brighten us up! Note: I will NOT be embracing the newest egg-colored YELLOW nail polishes being touted in the world of nail-color couture...Bright yellow is for Peeps, not for nails, HA!
I am usually more than adequate, okay I'm damn good at applying makeup and if it's on someone else? I am a pro because it's easier: you can see what you're doing, blending makes more sense and if they hold still, it generally results in perfection! I am eyeshadow-challenged when it comes to my own applications. I LOVE my UD pencils for swipe and go looks and can do a helluva black ubiquitous smokey-eye. Let's face it, you are simply smearing black around your eyes! When it comes to those coveted couture looks with the array of blended colors and perfect enhancements I see in the glossy ads and on some, I sigh.
I've just never been adept at using three or more shadows at once on my eyes and ending up with a look that I could show in public.
If I look at the mess (recently organized but...) on my vanity, SO many of my favorite products are by "Tarte" with good reason: they are brilliant, natural, have beautiful "green" packaging. The the colors always tend to flatter everyone! I don't know how but they continue to create stunning products without any of the gunk we try to avoid but still manage to be on trend with gorgeous shades and ingredients that nourish and brighten! Recently Sephora had a 15% off "VIB" sale (get signed up if you aren't, awesome perks!) and I felt compelled to buy a few "staples" with my discount. I physically went into the store, started browsing the shelves, a dangerous game indeed! I was sort of looking for THE new eyeshadow palette that would allow me to look like I knew what I was doing. After dismissing the bolds, the shimmery and the gaudy I found my shadow-nirvana in Tarte's new "Femme Naturale" shadow palette and my search is over!
Ten PERFECT shades of mineral "based" shadow (I cannot begin to manage the fallout from tiny plastic pots of traditional mineral shadow) that do more to light up my eyes and face than I ever dreamed possible! Also comes with a generous sample of their famous shadow primer, a double sided long wearing pencil and two-ended brush that actually is pro-quality and works beautifully for application! The case itself is a glossy purple accented with a sassy rosette and very dressy and the shadows are housed in magnetic pans so you CAN and WILL be able to buy individual pans of shadow to refill....genius and VERY luxurious, looks like an evening clutch!
Meg here, I never really thought about eye cream until I turned 28 a um...Few years back. I started thinking about a lot of things like "Do I need a third vodka tonic?" "Is sunscreen actually necessary?" and "Maybe it's time to quit smoking."
You know, the same questions I ask myself to this day.
Then I hit the big 3-0 and finally took note that the crinkles around my eyes weren't just there when I laughed and the fact that I was looking a little bit tired...all the time. I didn't know which eye creams were good and which ones were just expensive, so I played the field a bit. A little La Mer for a few weeks, some Clinique the next month. I had some good luck with an Ole Henriksen but as with all things, I was still searching...
Now I'm 34 and I finally settled on one that I really liked and I have to tell you it was an unlikely candidate. First of all, Truth, Art Beauty is a new company. Like brand new. I heard about them from a friend who let me try a little of her stash and I think I am an early-adopter of the stuff. The business was started just this past February by two business school pals that were bonded over their love of beauty and skincare.
Since it is "Green Chi Tuesdays" and we are desperately missing our Sweetassgal, I was so happy to see that I own an all natural product that I can get behind! Not only are these products completely organic but they can be custom made for your skin type. The product that I'm using is their pre-made eye balm blended with pomegranate and rosehip. It's an extremely nourishing blend that promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines.