Sweetassgal here on Wednesday because I (Meg) had a rough night last night! Enjoy her on your hump day!
One of the things I love about the way I was raised was that my mother was always mindful of feminine ways. I was taught from an early age that a lady always maintains her posture, never leaves the house with chipped nail polish and above all...if she hasn't anything nice to say then it's best not to say anything at all. In each of these ways my mother is every inch a lady and I am so blessed to have her teachings to follow. Of course there is more to being a lady than just these examples but I can honestly say that if more girls applied even these three simple rules then the world would be a much more genteel place. In a time where things like lady like manners and basic decency are being replaced with Jersey Shore antics and public dirty laundry tyriads on Facebook...I can only hope that more girls will turn their back on vulgarity and embrace being a lady again!
That said, much credit should be given for embracing the hard earned freedoms and liberties that we as women have struggled for over the years. There is no rule that says a lady can't be a lady and still rock an edge, push the envelope and be an individual. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I think the best possibilities come from a blending of old world romance and new world feminism. Think Anna Karenina meets Kat Von Dee. How's that for a mind bender?!
I was completely thrilled when I was gifted a tube of Urban Decay's Supercurl Curling Mascara to try. Right off I could tell this is my lady meets vixen dream just by the packaging alone. The mirrored gunmetal and black swirling scrolls on the casing are absolutely HOT and had me at "hello lover!" I've been settling for a boring tube of plastic mascara for the last few months and it inspires me NOT. This baby has me more than inspired...it has me yearning again! I actually look forward to whipping out this sleek and sexy tube and transforming my wimpy little lashes into curl-tastic works of art! The molded and curved wand instantly combs and separates the formula, pulling it through your lashes and making your peepers pop. I found that just one or two coats applied low at the base and rounded out to the tip gives the illusion of curl that you don't naturally possess and really make a huge difference in the look of your lashes. The formula is wearable and lasts all day without flaking or smudging. It wasn't until I hit my water aerobics class that evening that it broke down under the elements of my day. According to Urban Decay "curl makes a lady" and with this in your corner it may be all you need to start your transformation from dull debutante to decadent diva!
"Packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for conditioning and smoothing" this powerful little tube of perfection has everything you need to complete a flawless and guilt free look. Never tested on animals, cruelty free and vegan where possible you can be sure to swipe away with the clump free formula and come out with lashes that flatter and never look over done."
Goddess Granny here! It's that time of year in Texas again when everybody is yelling "Let's Rodeo!" and they don't mean coming back to their place for a bottle of wine and a bit of naughty as they do when this term is used in other locations!
They literally mean that for almost a month, the REAL rodeo is in town. Everything you've ever seen or heard about this iconic event is true: the bling, the bulls, the blood and the boys! Those hard-hitting and elusive species know as the "Cowboy." I could say a LOT about the definition and the men. Suffice to say that if you've ever been lucky/cursed enough to have a real one, you won't soon forget it!
They inspire legend to many and there's even a special sort of girl who collects this rare edition known as the "Buckle Bunny." They elevate the art of feminine allure to the BRIGHTEST level possible and simply can't be missed along the rodeo circuit! Their BA-bling, big-hair, colorful-makeup and carefully chosen ensembles are guaranteed to catch the all eyes. Especially of the lanky rodeo man she hopes to add to her collection along with his "trophy buckle!" Urban Decay's AMAZING new "Glide On 24/7 SHADOW pencils" will no doubt be in the crystal-encrusted pocket of every in the know BB this season! Color of choice? "Midnight Cowboy!" (Of course.)
The ultimate in famous eyeshadow shades and all-time UD bestseller,"Midnight Cowboy" has yet again stayed on top in the standings. Its an entirely new and dare I say the best EVER formulation of this wearable but glam to the max color. It is Urban Decay's latest incarnation, the Glide On 24/7 Shadow Pencil! The ravishing pinky-beige nude is the ultimate boudoir-babydoll! It's a buckle bunny color infused with shimmering silver sparkles! It can now be applied with a single swipe of the fat pencil and the color payoff is nothing short of spectacular! I found that no blending was required to get everything placed just where I like it! The wearability and long-lasting finish on this new formulation is simply the BEST I've experienced with or without a shadow primer. You really need a solid remover to get this baby off. For me, that's about as good as it gets! My new and improved version of my "Midnight Cowboy" stays on as long as I want it to. It lasts a LOT longer than any cowboy I know can and can stay the course!
Goddess Granny is in "edit and purge" mode and it's not because of the full moon/start of a new year: it's because I find that more and more I have less and less of THE most important thing in my life....time. I want only things that work, enhance or improve. Things that really define who I am and what I do at THIS point in my life and not even a couple of years ago! A daunting task indeed (especially when my husband is a hoarder) I have my "spots and spaces" here at the ranch. I am going to do my best to hack away at any offending items that don't give me immediate and intense gratification until things are calm and orderly....check back with me in a few weeks and see if I've made a dent?)
This process includes my vanity and the plastic bins of shame (aka those colors and products you paid too much for to get rid of?) It's stressing me out, I am cautious to toss away that weird shade of purple-pink lipstick. I KNOW it will be just what is required to pull off a look if I do...too bad, so sad, it's going to happen now. I will persist until I'm left with what is classic, current, and works. No tube or compact is safe from my tossing-hands anymore!
I'm weeding out to make room for what promises to be an exceptional year ahead for products and colors! Our much-loved friends at Urban Decay have left me speechless and lusting over the "face charts for Spring 2011" they posted on their Facebook page the other day: if you haven't "liked" UD on Facebook yet, you're missing out! They have contests, reviews and really give their fans all sorts of "news you can use!" Handy when elusive products return to stock as well as advance product-launch info! It's one of the best kept pages on Facebook because UD interacts and teases their fans almost daily! I expect no less from SUCH an amazing company and I am among their passionate followers! SUCH iconic products that never fail to perform and delight. From what I've seen here and on those face charts, it's going to be a colorful and GORGEOUS season for us because of them!
Check out what's rolling out for Spring 2011 here and rumor has it there is a lot more to come, the "looks" are beyond-fabulous on this campaign!
Okay...I've had it! It's sooo dismal and dry this season that I literally can feel my skin cracking in the corners of my mouth when I smile! Forget about the "laugh line" I am etching...they have become a comedy of errors instead! Goddess Granny is whining about how very dry and cold this Winter has been! Short of slathering up in organic coconut oil or Vaseline on my person (non glam for sure but works!) I have been confounded as to how to control the issues of dry skin, especially on my pretty lil' face! It's a viscous cycle: you are dry and irritated, you smear on something lovely only to be rewarded by clogged pores or breakouts because you NEED moisture so badly that you will sacrifice potential spots in order to find comfort!
Especially around the eyes, it's horrible to apply pretty makeup on top of greasy creams. It doesn't last and ends up looking like a zombie-inspired effect rather than an inspiring one! If you don't apply something, you risk looking like the Shahara desert complete with cracks and crevices as well as those horrible stuck in the lines mascara streaks! This is a horrible dilemma for anyone who isn't in a balmy climate with perfect humidity right now. I bet I am not alone in my misery?
We LOVE the "Suki" like of exceptional skincare products here at Megsmakeup.com and with good reason: absolute luxury, purity, performance, and a hefty-dose of social responsibility. It's the choice of only the best organic ingredients that have earned Suki high-honors for every beautiful product they create! I truly believe this line to be among the very best in any class. I know that many of us use and love these products with confidence as well as an impressive gathering of gorgeous celebs! Meg started the Suki-ball rolling a couple of years ago with her praise for the "Exfoliating Cleanser" and many of us haven't looked elsewhere for skincare that meets our highest standards!
When the Suki "Eyelift Cellular Renewal Cream" in it's elegant glass-airless pump arrived on my doorstep, I wasted NO time trying it out: I usually use a gel/balm under my eye makeup for day and something more nourishing at night but I have been suffering this season and this AMAZING product is my newest love in a long line of crushes! It is silky, creamy without being gooey,glides on like a dream leaving SUCH a gorgeous velvety finish behind that I can use it 24/7! No makeup smearing! It repairs the delicate eye-area tissue at a deep level with gorgeous botanicals and I can honestly say it "fixed" my dry-eye bugaboo in about 3 days!!! The entire area around my eyes looks rested and repaired and someone even asked "what I had done...?" Always a nice thing to hear when you're smearing on and not healing from a procedure! It tightens but not like a gel and if applied at night, you can see a HUGE difference the next morning! A tiny drop goes a long way and I've been applying any overage to my upper-lip area as well for similar spectacularly-renewed results! I can see where my eye area has actually been evened-out in terms of color and texture!
Tarte cosmetics have been a long time favorite of Green Chi Tuesdays. Their products are always well made, earth friendly, cruelty free and are usually insanely cute (ahem...check out their jeweled eyelash curler for the ultimate girlie splurge)! They boast seasonally appropriate little gift sets that can be easily broken up for all the girls in your life and maybe even leave one to grace your own makeup bag with. I've had the recent pleasure of trying out one of their eyeshadow/eyeliner trios in bronze, deep sage and black...a part of their Jewels of the Amazon emphasEYES collection of Amazonian clay enriched eye products. All I can say is RAWRRRR! Something about this collection just makes me want to blend up the perfect tiger eye accented sharply with a hot black Cleopatra lined outer corner eye. It is made for this kind of dramatic flair and I assure you...is not for the faint of heart.
This set comes with a great blending brush that is blunt on one end for shading and blending and a fine tip point that makes the most remarkable precision lines. You quite literally feel like an artist as you paint this smooth and silky formula on to your lid. Each color is highly pigmented and luminous. The colors blend together with glorious harmony and bring the kind of professional polish that have you thinking you've been touched by Max Factor himself! Top this off with the silkiest, smoothest eyeliner formula I've ever used and you've got eye perfection in a recyclable pot! I don't say this often but when it comes to liquid or gel eyeliners I consider myself a bit of an expert. I've been doing the liquid cat eye since I was 13...following in my mothers beautifully eyelined footsteps...and I've tried everything over the years. I always go back to my old stand by as I inevitably find something to complain about. Runny consistency, clumpy brushes, formula that pulls my eye skin, product that dries out way too quickly and flakes right off tend to be my biggest concerns.
Knowing this, I allowed my artwork to dry for just a few seconds and went in for the big test. One quick swipe of my ring finger across the lid and NOTHING. I mean absolutely nothing had changed. It was like I had literally painted my eye and sealed it tight with some industrial strength shallaque . I even wet my finger and gave it another try. This clay based formula has staying power like no other and reflects light in such a way that even the deepest set eye looks illuminated. I adore the colors and want MORE! I want it in indigo blue, in plum and blackened plum. I want to use it in all its full lidded glory and just as an eyeliner accent. Listen to me...I WANT, I WANT, I WANT!
Stacy B here! How many times have you done something and thought "isn't this an 'old wives tale?' only to have whatever it is you were doing totally work? Like a spoonful of peanut butter to cure hiccups (works for me), rain on your wedding day is good luck (poured like a monsoon on my big day but we've been happy for almost 5 years now) or that a glass of Guinness can induce labor? I actually tried that one. Probably coincidence but I did have about a 1/3 of a glass of Guiness the night before my son was born. Really. Never mind that I was expremely pregnant and approaching my due date...it was definitely the Guiness.
What about the old wives tales or superstitions that are too far out there to work? Like wishing on a star, an itchy palm means money is coming your way, or ladybugs are good luck? I've held a lady bug in my itchy palm while wishing on a star and I'm still working. There's no money coming my way. I did NOT win Mega Millions this last time around. There's also the old wives tales or tips and tricks passed down for generations about health and beauty, like 'feed a cold, starve a fever', or too much chocolate causes acne, or even using lemons for DIY highlights.
One little trick (or old wives tale, depending on how you look at it) I have used and stand by in emergencies is that a spoon can curl your lashes. Don't have your lash curler with you? Use a spoon to press along the bottom of your lashes and push up and toward your eyelid. Hold it for a few seconds, and you have instant curl! For even more of a boost, run the spoon under warm water first and heat it up a bit...but not too hot, that eye skin is sensitive! Forgetting certain makeup tools doesn't have to ruin your vacation, just be creative!
I love finding products that think outside the box, too. This week, I'm reviewing Maybelline's "The Falsies" Volume Express Mascara. The wand is shaped differently than any other wand I've seen. I was really curious about it and couldn't quite figure out why it had a familiar look to it. Until I used it. It felt similar to pressing a spoon against my lashes, so I looked it up on the website. Sure enough, it's actually called the 'patented spoon brush'. The site says to "hold brush with spoon side against lashes and sweep from root to tip". No kidding. So this giant makeup conglomerate has resorted to using an old beauty trick to make their product work better? I find that really interesting. Sort along the lines of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Stacy B here! We all know drugstore purchases can be hit or miss. They are relatively inexpensive so sometimes a miss isn't too big of a deal. Especially if you have a coupon, or there's a package deal or something. You can try lots of new things for not a lot of money so I think your chances of finding something good is pretty high. As long as you don't mind a few misses along the way. Last year you may have ready my 'miss' about Garnier's Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller. I definitely don't regret trying it, but am glad to know first hand that it's not for me and I only wasted a few dollars. It was a small chunk of my wallet, so I wasn't afraid (or budget-challenged) to head back to my local drugstore to try again. Happily, my optimism paid off! This week, I have a HUGE hit for you. Hit with a capital H. Seriously. I am in love with this new eye shadow I found.
A few weeks ago, Meg did a post about getting Kim Kardashian's beauty looks for less and she mentioned Maybelline's Eye Studio in "Give Me Gold". That sounded right up my alley: inexpensive, shimmery, multiple colors in one compact, and a trusted brand. I scooted my butt to the store and grabbed one...for less than $10! I was very excited and felt pretty confident I'd be suddenly transformed into something as striking as Ms. Kardashian. (OK, I didn't ACTUALLY think that, but isn't it nice to know sometimes you can copy looks that are so much more expensive in TV land for so much less?)
Stacy B here! I know you all read Megs Makeup for different reasons...it's entertaining, it's a like-minded group, it's good information for different budgets, and it's honest. Ok, there are probably some that read just for the makeup points, but you can't deny that you aren't learning something new every day even if your agenda is free makeup! (And don't worry, we don't blame you, free makeup is so great!) I tried to keep this in mind this week when I was trying a new product: You want honesty. You don't want a site that has advertising paying their writers to say what they want you to hear. You don't want a sticky sweet marketing campaign designed to secretly brainwash you into spending your hard earned money on products that don't do what they promise. You want real women to try real products and tell you what they really think. Right?
Sorry Garnier. I know you have a great following and have some great products but this didn't work for me.
I had high hopes for this. I, like so many of us, have shadows under my eyes that on some days look fine, and some days tell a million stories about my hectic, sleepless life in a one second glance. I am constantly looking for that miracle cure. This roller promises to "instantly correct the appearance of dark circles and brighten the skin around your eyes". You just roll it on from corner to corner and feel refreshed. It has a caffeine gel that will awaken, and a lemon essense that will brighten.
Meg here! This is two days late! The beauty of the island made me give in to a day off!
Aloha! I am up in the air, thousands of miles away off to a Hawaiian Turkey Day! It could not have come at a better time! Not only has it started actually get cold in Los Angeles (you can laugh but N.Y.C. was warmer yesterday!) but I have been running around like a crazy person. Yesterday, I taped two segments for the TV Guide Network, first one airing December 19th. One of the segments was a “Steal This Look For Less.” I spoke directly to Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Joyce Bonnelli on how to exactly get Kim’s look. Exactly-Step-by-Step!!
I followed Joyce’s instructions and picked up all of the high-end products that she uses on Kim. I managed to get a hold of a lot of the companies and ask them to send me the items to take on TV. However, there were 3 companies, ONLY three that I could not reach. I needed them for the segment -I went into Sephora to get the three things and spent way over $100.00
This is Joyce's actual email to me on how to get Kim Kardashian's signature look and the EXACT steps and products she uses to do it.
I put in RED the products that I featured (and used) to put a "Kim K." face on myself and I followed Joyce's directions and if I am allowed to toot my horn here a bit...My makeup looked so great from using her suggestions that I suggest you give it a try. My segment is airing December 19th where I talk about how to mimic the look with drugstore products. I have some suggestions and recommendations to save some money attached.
m, & PerfectSkin eye cream. To condition lips I use Keihl’s lip balm. *Don’t be lazy, this also goes for washing your face at night! Use makeup remover wipes if you are too tired.
I use Mister Mat Mattifying foundation primer by Givenchy. *My FAV!
I like to keep Kim’s overall skin to appear matte so I use Sheer Matte by NARS. Blend into the skin with a foundation brush for a flawless touch.
"So long as a woman has twinkles in her eyes, no man notices whether she has wrinkles under them..." Dolores Del Rio (1904-1983)
Spoken like a true legendary beauty of the 1930's whose lovers are a who's who of Hollywood and the world! Goddess Granny suggests you read about her and discover what a "Beauty Legend" REALLY might be? SO different from today's standards and levels of acceptance! I don't however totally agree that no one will notice the mess under one's eyes simply because they are incredibly captivating although it's something to strive for!
Honestly, under-eye circles aren't my worst beauty-nightmare personally but I know the issue is annoying to many! I have other nasty fish to fry when it comes to my flaws. There is however nothing like the power of a GREAT concealer and with SO many on the market, it's easy to overlook the ones who might actually be the stuff of legend. "Innovative Technology Cosmetics" or IT Cosmetics is a brand I knew little about: an expertly created line of cosmetics that are not only somewhat "clinical" in nature in that they were designed to help perfect the skin after surgery both elective and non with incredible formulas that also allow the user to look fabulous while healing without looking like there's anything to hide! This is a new idea to me: most of the "clinically based" makeups out there are not something most would choose to use everyday. They are known to be thicker, heavier, harder to apply-simply not really great for one's skin! I know many believe in "minerals" but for some of us, they aren't our best option.