Meg here! I'm 36, I smoke (been trying to quit for 10 years.) I love a cocktail (or 5) my diet is complete crap. I never get a good night's sleep and I don't exercise. I AM THE COMPLETE PICTURE OF HEALTH. I'm not. But I don't worry too much about it, because you know what? I'm a pretty happy person.
I never thought I needed a YouTube channel because we all love each other through the written word. I'm Old School New England Irish Catholic. I wrote once that I loved you. Now you want me to express it? What kind of Hedon are you? We don't do that we're I'm from. You should get a pat on the back and know I'd take a bullet for you. In this age of touchy-feely emotions it seems I'm not delivering to my audience.
So I'm trying to learn and I hope you'll help me be better.
I don't want a damn Make Up Channel. Everyone I see with one is 22 years old and flawless. I also see really awful and mean comments under them.
Why would I want to hurt my self-esteem? Why would anyone want that?
Well, there has to be someone to bite the bullet and say, yes, I'm older. No, I'm not an Asian Tween. Maybe my advice can be helpful for those of you that are not as well. Also, my dad has been in jail and I will find your IP Address and give it to him if you leave disgusting comments (Just kidding-not really-It's just mean, don't do it.) *My lawyer said not to write that* I sometimes ignore my lawyer.
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Meg here! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday week. It was a bit off, with the 4th being on a Wednesday. Friday arrived and I kind of felt like it was Tuesday. It's OK. I'm a little all over the place lately. I feel like I need one of those professional organizers to come in and unclutter my mind. Like, I remember the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 but don't ask what I walked into the kitchen for. For the love of God, I have no idea. oh yeah, where did I put my keys?
I haven't actually added up the years in my life that I've lost while "looking for something" but that's only because I can't find my damn calculator.
Napoleon Perdis is my friend. He's my friend because he's extraordinary and brilliant and kind. He also said I could offer a free Napoleon Perdis lipgloss to anyone that can get me a billionaire proposal. I mean, that's a true pal.
If I wasn't so lucky to know Napoleon personally I would still worship at his altar just based on his body of work. I think I may have introduced a few of you to his wonderful products. We have quite a few that have been and are currently being mailed out in Make Up Point Packs so if you haven't gotten a chance to try his creations... Get those points turned in!
I don't think Napoleon is unorganized in the slightest. I've been to his Hollywood corporate office (AMAZING) and his Academy (PRISTINE.) I just think Napoleon is some sort of psychic God that has the ability to trouble shoot and enrich the lives of everyday woman (sort of like a Super Hero-He totally should have been a character in The Avengers.)
Napoleon's NP GLAM SET is a timesaver for sure! A handy, multi product compact case with the most wearable selection of colors. The 4 brown/gold/mink colored hues in the eyeshadows are absolutely breathtaking in the most natural way. They're truly day-to-night and the most minimal color phobe would have nothing to worry about with this selection. I even use them on my brows. That said, if your more of a drama queen (who? Me) you can layer and build really dramatic looks. I can't think of any skintone that this would not work with.
Meg here! I hate to wash my face. I forget all the time and I have no business writing a beauty blog when I drink like a fish, smoke like a fire and forget to wash my fash before I go to bed. The only redeeming values that I have are, I wear sunscreen sometimes but love products. You're probably way more qualified to write for this site and I apologize. I do love gross things, stay with me here.
Yes! If it is gross I am a fan. Do you know what milias are? They're the little, hard white zit things under your face. When you go to a dermatologist they use a special, small little razor to cut them out. You can't squeeze them out. Or else! HA! HA! (I have-after bleeding profusely and definitely causing long term damage effects) you look like you've been to a butcher shop. The collatoral damage that one does to their face to remove a milia is not worth the milia extraction. This doesn't stop me "Meg, Milia Hunter" (That's the name of the Lifetime movie.)
Anyhow, I can have blood pouring down my face but once I remove the hard, round white milia ball, I feel like I have climbed Everest. The milia is the Bin Laden. I laugh at the black and white heads. Those stupid sleeper cells. I can take them out in a nano second.
I have been known to tackle unsuspecting boyfriends and tear off their shirts. Not for a hot love making session. It was because I saw a blemish on their back ready to be extracted. Hold on, I need water, I'm getting hot over the memory.
"THERE IT IS! I GOT IT!" I'll exclaim with pride to my man as I wave the offending blemish in his face (wait, why am I single?)
I want to see "dead cells" I want to see "oil build up." Do you have a gross in-grown hair bump? Well baby, I've got tweezers, call me...
I'm a sucker for a "World's Best" in anything. Don't even ask me how many times I've ordered from Hammacher Schlemmer. A face cloth? Really Meg (you may be asking yourself, more likely you're silently agreeing with me that a deep extraction with successful removal is life's greatest joy.)
I have to revise the opening to "I used to hate washing my face!" What would a gross purveyor, results oriented, proof is in the pudding type of gal, like myself get out of "washing my face?" Sure my face would look clean, what fun is that? I want to SEE what was living on there. I want to be so grossed out by the grime, dead cells and old makeup residue. If "seeing is believing," then make me a believer.
Nanotech Reusable Face Cloth has appealed to my scientific, dermatologist, surgeon background (disclaimer, I have none of the mentioned.) It grosses me out in the most marvelous way!! In ONE SWIPE (I keep mine in the shower) I see the crap that's been on my face all day long! I love to remove ALL MY MAKUP IN ONE SWIPE (it's flipping amaze-I swear.)
I can't stop wiping, I LOVE DISGUSTING! I drive my roommates insane when I say "Look at this! No, really, look! It's all grey!! That was on my face!" I shove my Nanotech in front off them and they roll their eyes, but not before checking the cloth out.
They then gag as I point out dead skin on the cloth. Whatever, once it comes out of the laundry it mysteriously "dissappears." I believe we all secretly love "gross."
There is a sense of accomplishment in what you've seen removed and exfoliated. This is your miracle face, the problem "eraser" (as it has been called, the eraser.) Don't take their word for it. LOOK AT YOUR CLOTH! You'll instantly see it!!
My face feels like my teeth do after a professional teeth cleaning. Once you rub your tongue over your newly cleaned teeth, you can't believe the build-up that you had been walking around with. Once I Nanotech wash my face, it feels the cleanest, most buff. The baby smooth feeling of new skin. For real! I have ZERO relationship with this company. I just asked to be sent a sample after hearing people freak out over it, I get it. I'm using this (Megsmakeup) code to get more. Google it. It's amaze!
Meg here! Yes, that is a photo of me in disbelief after touching how incredibly soft my face was with the great Ole Henriksen. His fabulous esthetician Xavier made my face incredible after Ole Henriksen's signature soothing honey facial.
Ole Henriksen? Celebrity facialist to the stars (Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Campbell etc.) and the secret ingredient is honey!? Read on!
The National Honey Board was kind enough to send myself and a few other beauty writers off to the famed Ole Henriksen Spa in West Hollywood to learn about the beauty powers of honey. This was not my first trip! Anyone that's spent time on Megsmakeup.com knows what a huge Ole Henriksen fan I am. His Truth Serum is so amazing, his African Red Tea Indulgent Body Mask (uses honey) Sugar Glow Face Scrub (uses honey) and many of his A-List custom facials use honey. Once you realize what a huge honey advocate Henriksen is, it makes perfect sense to learn all of its benefits from the Skin Guru himself.
Ole Henriksen grew up in a very small village to a working class family that didn't have a lot of money. As a treat, Ole's mom would add honey to his milk as a special treat. It brings a lot of warm memories back to him and he is an expert on its skin saving properties.
Honey is a natural humectant (it attracts and retains moisture) which makes a perfect, natural ingredient for cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. It also has a ton of soothing antibacterial properties and it's an antioxidant! oh, and it's super inexpensive and you probably already have it in your kitchen. So there's that as well.
Summertime is here and the harmful rays can really do a number on our skin. Here are some easy, soothing recipes that are effective, healing and have been around for ages. Literally, Cleopatra (the Oprah of her time) was a fan and if it's good enough for the "Cleopatra's Favorite Things..."
Here is the step by step, homemade way that you too can experience the Hollywood Guru's popular Honey Facial Treatment. Make a batch in tupperware and these ingredients can be pulled out once a week for a month! I was amazed at how soft Ole's model's skin was! Honey? Who knew?
Light some candles, turn on your music and apply! Anyone can do this (that's coming from someone that barely boils water!)
Step 1: COMPRESS: LAVENDER FACIAL
2 Teaspoons Lavender Essential Oil
Fill sink one-third full of warm water and add lavender essential oil. Stir and inhale the wonderful aroma to induce relaxation. Create a spa environment. Drench a terry cloth towel in lavender water, lightly squeeze out excess water and press firmly against your face for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Step 2: CLEANSE: HONEY YOGURT PURIFYING CLEANSER
4 Tablespoon Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Honey
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pat cleanser onto your face with an upward circular motion for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse with lavender water.
Meg here! I hope all of you checked under the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Post from a couple days ago to see if you won! Just send me you address if you are one of the first 10 to comment under the post so Revlon can get your Balm Stain off to you!
Today Revlon is doing a give away on the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick. The think tank must be burting over there at Revlon because they've come out with another new product! These chubby, dual sided sticks are perfect for a smoky eye on the go! They're dual ended, creamy (creamy without a pull or tug, I love that, sometimes these "crayons" can go on so drying. It's also perfect for travel. It's not going to break in your bag and I've even used mine to apply a smoky eye in the car! That's convenience.
Speaking of convenience, I've put together a video with my main gay Denny on all of the perfect Revlon beach essentials. You just need sunscreen ladies! Don't worry about the sun's harmful rays with Revlon Bronzer! You can acheive a sculpted, sun kissed look without aging your skin!
Meg here! I'm so happy to be in one spot right now. I've been going so much that as soon as it's time to unpack my suitcase I have to pack it up again. I have a few days in LA and then back up in the air again. Thankfully, I have a few days to unwind and this weekend's weather has been absolutely gorgeous!
We've always been huge fans of Classified Cosmetics and their drugstore Aero Minerale line so it was no shock to see Classified Cosmetics ERA spray in platinum featured in this weeks US Weekly.
Now that our limbs are on full summer display, any added help to create the illusion of skin perfection is going to be in full demand!
Where did May go? Seriously Goddess Granny here feeling like I blinked and it's now almost Memorial Day! I guess it's been a "good Spring" but it honestly feels like it's all becoming one big blurry-balll that is rolling at a rapid pace and I'm trying to run behind it in my stilettos! Everyone I know seems to be feeling the same way as well as the stress and I'm not sure when it all even got this way but I'm trying to roll along with it as long as I can…traveling a lot which is always hard because "they" have made it that way and not eating in my zone or getting in my workouts also tends to ruffle my feathers a bit.
I keep saying I'm going to "downsize" and AM trying but the more I want to do, the more "stuff" it seems to require. Every class or hobby or self-entertainment project I indulge in "needs" something to insure I'm properly outfitted and prepared to make it happen! I have a drawer for yoga-wear, a drawer for burlesque-ensembles (my alter-ego hobby) a drawer for dance and sporty fitness wear, and a closet that I like to think has what I need at this point to keep me dressed in style for most situations and climates! Add my overflowing vanity and various drawers of cosmetics and products, my hair and nail accessories, the pile of bling real and faux on my dresser that is my finishing touch and I'm STILL underwater when it comes to my "stuff…" Something has to give.
I have, however finally discovered a product that has yet to let me down: I can be exhausted, over-heated, or stressed to the max and this luscious liquid transforms my face into a glowing, smooth, canvas in minutes: Koh Gen Do "Aqua Foundation" is my new right-hand product and it's truly one that's worth a million! For 25 years, this company has produced an incredibly pure and ridiculously effective line of GORGEOUS products that until now,were only available to "insiders" of the movie-biz or those in the inner circles of beauty! Founded 25 years ago by Ai Saotone,an actress who needed to preserve and protect her own stressed and overworked sensitive skin, the Koh Gen Do brand has been the darling of THE finest makeup artists in the world for years! Recently the line has expanded and made available to all and we can also now share in the secret that's been behind the most notable and beautiful faces in over 200 films! Using herbal medicinal treatments and leaving out any fragrance or harsh ingredients, this HD foundation manages to provide THE most amazing skin-finish even though it's 45% water!
Well, isn't this wonderful! Thanks China. China has never been high on human rights issues so really, why would I think that animals would even stand a chance? Before we get to whats happening with your hard earned cosmetic dollars. Let's look at how the Chinese treat women, then we'll get to the treatment of animals and how, unknowingly, your cosmetic choices are supporting this behavior.
1. Wife Abuse is a "family matter." You think? Thanks genius. I thought that was implied with the term "wife." Once you add the word "beatings" I would imagine a third party would step in. However, I'm only a woman so what do I know?
In some parts of China, it is acceptable to beat your wife. If you want to leave? Well, good luck with that, there are zero shelters to go to.
2. Abduction and Trafficking of Women. Buy one and get a marriage license. Yes! Win, Win! Men that can provide a marriage license do not get prosecuted for abuse because, duh, they're your owner.
3. Have a baby girl? Poor you. China's practice allows urban dwellers one child. Guess how high a baby girl ranks? Yup, forget abortion. Just get rid of it. Even after it is born. The more industrious Chinese couple can make a quick buck. The going rate to foreigners for a Chinese baby girl? Less than a Chanel bag. If you have $3,000 you can have one.
I'm not hating on the residents. I'm hating on the government. I'm also thanking my lucky stars I was born in America. Knowing that they have such high regard for human life is, it any wonder there is zero regard for animal life? Suspend your disbelief, the cruelty that China shows animals is jaw dropping. So jaw dropping that no self respecting American company would tolerate it. No established, money making conglomerate, would knowingly be a part of this culture. A mentality where women's rights are questionable and animals are abused. Be ready to check your cosmetics bag because I have some bad news for you.
Courtesy of a new article on Take Part- Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder have resumed testing on LIVE animals in China. Yup, I guess you go where the labor is cheap. Think about how many brands Estee Lauder carries? It's not just rats people, it's also dogs. Dogs and cats and bunnies that are put through torture to make sure your mascara chemicals wont irritate. Let's shoot it into the pupils of this strapped down beagle and see how he feels after two weeks. We'll then torture him some more with tests that we wouldn't perform on the most violent terrorist. Once he's no good to our cruel experiments we'll kill him. So much for man's best friend. Gives new meaning to "the price of beauty"
I'm going to ask you to pay a little bit more to not support this type of behavior. I'm going to really hurt my pocketbook but really help my karma. I, Megan O'Brien, of somewhat sound mind, refuses to write about, push or endorse ANY PRODUCT that tests on animals. You can only hurt these companies where it makes sense. You have to hurt their bottom line. That scream you just heard was from my accountant. It's probably going to go away in 5 minutes, unlike the puppy with acid on its head.
My favorite companies that actually respect life? The stand out items I completely stand behind? Well, here you go.
Suki This entire line is wonderful but if I had one Holy Grail it is the Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. it's grainy so it has strong exfoliating power but it's not rough on delicate skin. It lathers up beautifully and the scent? The scent is absolutely delish! It's the freshest burst of lemons. As this scrub exfoliates it also nourishes. Once you hop out of the shower your skin will be refereshed and moisturized, not to mention smooth. It leaves my legs baby skin soft. The downside? You may have to hide it. I've had it in my shower and everytime I pick up the jar there is a lot less in there then I've last remembered. It seems as though I'm not the only fan in my house. Try it once and you will be addicted!
Michael Todd True Organics Welcome the new kids on the block! Made in the USA and ultra organic! These fabulous products have just hit the market and people are going crazy for them. Not just "people" but top beauty editors are raving. MTTO doesn't use cheap water filler in the line. The base is ultra soothing Aloe Vera Juice. They use all natural ingredients and unlike some other organic companies, they smell so yummy you'll be tempted to eath them!
There's 3 I can't live without. The Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE Toner doesn't just refresh my skin, it's a work horse (but not like literally because we're giving animals a break.) The Alpha Hydroxy Acid doesn't dry out my skin, but I feel it working. It's not a placebo effect, the overall tone of my face has evened out. I used to get a little red around the nose area, since I've been faithfully comitted to my toner, the redness has dissappeared. It's not just me that is raving over this item, everyone I know that has it is obsessed! Again, the scent is completely fabulous. The lemon is so yummy it's like dessert, but without calories. Yes, this is definitely dessert for your face.
The Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser Really absorbs oil! I have an oily T-zone but this deep pore cleanser has completely balanced me out. It's amazing. I have heart palpitations when I can't find it. It dispenses so creamy but once I start massaging it on my face, I feel some secret buffing beads! I don't know how they managed that but I'm not complaining! My pores look smaller and my blackheads how found their new, worst enemy. As if that wasn't enough, at the end of the day it removes every trace of my makeup! I love when a product has tons of uses and actually delivers on all of them-don't you?
Michael Todd True Organics Pearl and Silk Hydrating Mask is livening up my skin on its dryest days and every beauty editor is in awe! It smells clean and gentle, it's luxury wrapped up with silk protein and pearl powder. This mask is safe enough for the most sensitive skin. The mask itself is pure glamour once you pump. The creamy consistency of the product is only second to the look of it! An iridescent shimmer glows onto your skin as you apply the velvety smooth mask. All of us "oohed" and "awed" over the results. Our skin looked healthier and felt amazing. We all agreed, it was like we sent our face on the most relaxing spa vacation known to man. Nevermind that it was just us on the couch!
Juice Beauty Alicia Silverstone Purely Kissable Lip Color This collaboration came as a surprise to no one. Silverstone has long been extremely active in animal rights. Her cookbook The Kind Diet featured her vegan recipes and quickly became a bestseller. Juice Beauty has been green and earth conscious since they hit the shelves showing us that natural can work just as effective as harmful chemicals.
Vegan lipsticks can be tricky to pull off! Sometimes they leave your lips feeling more than a little dry! I am happy to report that is not the case here. The lipstick feels hydrating and Alicia was completely hands on in everything from the pale pink package to the color. "I like a natural looking lip." Silverstone told me, and she has created one with this subtle pink. It's most flattering, natural and sexy come hither bare! Not only is the color all hotness but the application is smooth. A staple. For anyone.
Classified Cosmetics Aero Mineral Hydrating Spray Foundation Creator Yolanda Halston lives in Malibu with her family and her horses. She's sweet, beautiful and probably a genius. The woman spits out patents in her sleep. Of course a lady like this is never going to test on animals. Why would she need to? I would gladly be her guinea pig. She invented spray on foundation.
(I LOVE BUFF) it's easy, it covers. It doesn't clog pores. The makeup artist on Twilight ordered 1,000 cans to be used on the cast. It's that amazing! I love that it also acts as a concealer. It's just about layers! I spray a little on my finger and apply under my eye. I tap it into place. Next step, a shake and spray. I like to do this while my hair is still wet and up in my towel turban. It is east and I don't get any foundation in my hairline that I have just sprayed .I just use a sponge (and in a pinch have used my fingers-that works just as well) and blend it. The whole process tkes 2 minutes and a can lasts a long time! Oh, did I mention it's at the drugstore for under $15.
Leonor Greyl For over 40 years Leonor Greyl has been practicing responsible and ethical business. This natural hair care line is anything but hippy. This is the Rolls Royce of haircare. Long established in Europe they are now making their presence known in the US. Once, just a secret for celebrities and VIP's, the word is getting out. The products are absolutely decadent, gorgeous and deliver amazing results!
The Reviviscence Shampoo is a celebrity cult fave. Never has such luxury been on my head. It is a favorite of those "in the know" the one time both Angie and Jen can agree. My lackluster locks look like a bazillion bucks! I guess that is what you would expect from an award winning shampoo. "The Reviviscence reconditons and restructures the most damaged hair, thus regaining strenght and vitality." My hair feels so soft and smooth, the products look amazing on your vanity and as my roomie said "I don't feel like I even need to use my flat iron anymore." Leonor Greyl has changed my relationship with my hair.
Not to be outdone is the amazing Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence de-tangling styling product. My stylist has told me that the best way to keep my extensions tangle free was to put a braid in my hair before I go to sleep at night. I try but I forget to do it more than I actually do. After a night of restless sleep my hair looks like I've moved into a wind tunnel. Lait Luninescence has saved me. I've given this item to many of my beauty editor friends (all with different hair types) and they all agree. It is a hero product that really works amazing on every type of tress. It de-tangles and smoothes, it adds shine and it protects from UV Rays.
All of Leonor Greyl's products are phenom. There is a reason that those with every single option available keep taking this one.
Meg here! Grettings from Philly! I was in New York City all last week and just hopped the train to my UPenn Reunion. I didn't actually go to UPenn, but 40 of my friends did so that should count for something. While they hav not given me an honorary degree, I have bought a sweatshirt. I have a lot of traveling coming up on my schedule. This is a good thing, a bored Meg is a dangerous Meg.
Traveling in different time zones though isn't the best for my skin. The trains, planes and automobiles can leave me looking both splotchy and don't even get into it with me over dark eye circles, yikes! Those of you that have personally seen me this week know I'm managed to take "dark under eyes" to a whole new level!
I've been working with Revlon to help get the word out on there new Photoready Collection. In these two whacked out videos I try to show how Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup and Revlon Photoready Concealer can help you when you've been a little less than kind to your complexion.
I have to admit, even those these little snippets are very exaggerated (you try to mimic zit picked skin with a red lipstain...) The scenarios are true. I usually get the hankering to completely mess up and pick right before a hot date, big event or filming. The sunglasses at night? Not so much, however, I have been known to go quite Hollywood and stick on a pair shades when I've had less than a restful nights sleep.
Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup is a traveling girls bestfriend. There is no worry about smashing your $50 foundation with this easy pump and for under $15 you can even afford to mistakenly leave it in a hotel bathroom.