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.
Stacy B here! Thanks so much to everyone for your comments about little Wesley. He's great! He's growing and eating and sleeping like crazy. We've gotten really lucky and he eats around 10 pm, then 2 am and then 5:30 am which is when my husband gets up for work so we've been trading off. That means that just about every other night, we're getting decent sleep!
I was also happy to see that no one criticized me for bringing make up to the hospital. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel like yourself after such a huge, life changing, amazing event! It was more about feeling like 'me' again than trying to impress anyone. I mean come on, I popped a kid out in less than 5 hours, that's impressive enough! :)
I can't say I've worn make up consistently in the last two weeks though...caring for a newborn (even a good one like we have) is a lot more time consuming than you think. Somedays it's lunch and I'm starving and I can't figure out what I've done for 3 hours! But the baby is clean, fed and happy so that's all that matters. I've started venturing out a bit: grocery stores, Babies R Us, drugstores, etc, so I've made an effort to try and shower each day, even if I don't wash and dry my hair.
Quick products are essential now; as much as Wesley loves hearing the water of the shower, I can't let the poor kid nap on the bathroom floor all morning! I have been on such a roll with Maybelline, I went for their new Dream Bouncy Blush hoping it would be a great way to get some quick color on my cheeks.
This is not the post-partum hormones talking here...I didn't like it. It's... weird. Great description, I know. It's an odd consistency, like play-doh or something. I've never really liked any cream blush or shadows, I don't feel like I get them on right. I also don't like using my fingers to apply stuff too much. I worry that finger oils and bacteria will get into the make up and then on my face causing rashes or acne or something like that. I'm more comfortable with a brush I can wash regularly.
Stacy B here! I'm not pregnant anymore! YAY!!!! Hopefully those of you that read this site missed me last week and hoped I was in labor. If you did, thanks! I appreciate the labor thoughts, they must have worked! My son Wesley was born at 4:42 pm on Tuesday, April 24. He was 8 lbs, 8 oz, 20.5 inches long and just perfect.
Somehow, while I hate being pregnant and am not very good at it (I do not glow, or happily rub my belly with stars in my eyes, or bask in the glory of the miracle of life, I just count the days until it's over in the best mood I can muster), I am a champion birther. I popped that baby out in 5 hours. Pushed for 10 minutes. Seriously. First contraction was around 11:45 am, he was born at 4:42 that afternoon. No 36 hour labor nightmares, or vaccuums and medical intervention, or relaxing meditation, just give me the epidural and get ready to catch.Now we all know that birth is beautiful and special and miraculous and all that...in theory. In practice, it's pretty gross. There's stuff coming out that you don't want to see or talk about, nothing is pretty or glamorous, and your lady parts are on display for just about anyone who wants to walk in. It's very humbling and shame goes completely out the window.
However, once it's over, there's nothing wrong with wanting to look your best for pictures with your new bundle of joy. I brought makeup to the hospital and I'm not afraid to tell anyone that. Did I do a full out 'heading to the hottest bar' in town face? No, of course not. That would be excessive. But I did cover up the dark circles under my eyes, even out my skin tone and brush on a little bronzer for some pictures with my new little man.
Here are a few products that I've reviewed in the past that were good enough to make it into the hospital bag. I still stand by these products weeks and months after I reviewed them
1. Maybelline's Baby Lips lip conditioner. This was perfect to hydrate my lips during labor when I couldn't eat or drink anything. I drink water constantly so not being able to really have too much aside from some sips here and there was rough and I felt parched. This was great and kept my lips soft and moist through the toughest of contractions.
2.Got 2Bs Fat-Tastic Fresh and Full Dry Shampoo. Showering and drying my very thick hair in a hospital when I'm sore and tired and a bit torn up is not something I had the energy or pain tolerance to do each day. On Day 2 when visitors where on their way, I used this to freshen my hair up enough to get it off my face and have it look somewhat presentable. Labor is tough so I wouldn't say my hair was as good as if it was freshly washed, but it was clean enough to not look shiny in pictures.
3. Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminous Eye Shadow. I brought this specifically for the perfect neutral colors that go on easily, aren't that dark, don't crease or run and give me that perfect 'I look like I'm not wearing make up but I am a little' look. Like I said, I wasn't painting the town red, I just wanted to be able to look back at pictures of this amazing time and not wonder why I looked like I may have actually died during labor.
4. Sebamed Hand and Nail balm.Child birth and gestating do weird things to your skin. Hormones are awesome, really. I found that within a day or two of having my son, my skin was...off...Not sure how to explain it, other than it was a bit dry and itchy, and very sensitive. This lotion was great because it helps restore natural pH balances in your skin. I didn't get dried out in the dry hospital air, and when my skin was freaking out the sensitive formula worked great.
Meg here! It's Sunday, Sunday evening to be exact and I, like the rest of you, are preparing for our upcoming week. I have the laundry going, had Prudence outside on day trips and play dates and am now getting my ducks in order for the busy week ahead.
On Sundays, I don't just like to get my house in order, I like to get myself in order. It's the day I pull out the big guns. It's when I go into the arsenal and sort through the deep treatments. You know the ones that you're really going to commit to every single day.
I am extremely excited to tell you about a brand new company, Michael Todd True Organics I'm going to take you through this entire, amazing line. It has everybody talking about it right now. Really, Hollywood has been a buzzing. The Ellen Show had been alerted about this all natural, results oriented line and now it's what the show has for all of it's A-List guests in the Green Room. I mean, that makes sense. It is green and all.
The first thing I did was pull my har back and apply my Leonor Greyl Masque Flueurs De Jasmin to make sure my face was a clean canvass. After an afternoon outside I wanted to be sure I had zero grit, grime, sunscreen or excess makeup. Everything had to be completely off. My skin needed to be sand blasted, my pores were looking grim. My skin was looking dull. I was going for it. I was enlisting Megsroomie and she agreed. We were on a mission for fresh, glowing skin. We pulled out Michael Todd True Organic Pumpkin Nutrient Rich Facial Mask
Why was this my choice? The two main ingredients, Pumpkin and Glycolic Acid. Remember, we learned a few weeks back that Glycolic Acid is fruit sugar and natural. It's also strong and effective. A lot of the time it's stronger than the chemical ingredients on the market. The second season was the Pumpkin. Once, years back I had the most amazing Pumpkin facial. It was very effective. I could feel it really getting to work and forever I have been searching for a new mask that had pumpkins as it's main ingredient.
Why does Pumpkin work so well on your skin? It's chock full of antioxidants, minerals and loads of zinc. Antioxidants will eat away at your dead skin cells and the zinc soothes irritated skin. By combining tow of my top ingredients, I was a very eager guinea pig. I was sold on those, when I read the rest of what my Pumpkin Nutrient Mask contained, I was downright giddy! The list read like a who's who of All Star skin players. This was the big league! Over 100 essential vitamins, minerals, phytosterols, and fatty acids. All natural, all exfoliating and hydrating. I couldn't wait.
The first thing (as a package snob) I love how this dispenses. It's easy, you can control the amount and you don't have to keep sticking fingers in a jar or tub to get to the product. This is really great if you're not the only one using it. It is also air tight so it's going to keep and you don't have to worry about air getting in there and compromising the effectiveness.
I went first, the consistency was definitey smooth but orange and almost real? little pumpkin bits in there. At first, (remember this is the strong, heavy hitter) it had a sting. I could feel like glycolics eatig away at the dead cells clogging my pores. It didn't hurt but it was slightly uncomfortable for the first minute and then it quickly calmed down to where I didn't even know I had it on. Honestly.
Stacy B here! With so many great products out there it seems like we could write a brand new review every week for decades (and even some about not-so-great products). But, once in a while it's worth a second look at a product that's been raved about before. A new perspective is always helpful and so is the reminder that some products really work well and deserve a second mention.
Plus, if it's endorsed by Meg in this post, you know it's a good one!
As you probably know, I'm STILL pregnant. Still. It's been like 14 months or something. My official due date is Monday, but according to the doctor it could happen anytime. My son was 5 days early so I'm hoping this little one comes right around the same time as his big brother. That would be today, so if you could all do me a favor and think labor thoughts as you are reading this, it would really help me out.
I've had some bone, joint and nerve issues in my lower back this time so my doctor pulled me from work a few weeks ago to avoid early labor due to stress. I've been relaxing at home (as much as a beached whale can relax) and doing approved activities here and there. Mostly I'm just watching bad TV and trying to bribe this kid out. While showering and doing light activities are approved, they do take a lot of energy, especially since on a good day, my hair takes about 25 minutes to blow dry. That's a long time for me to be standing. Since I can't really go too many places I'm not overly concerned with a perfect blow out every day, but I've been aiming for every other day. My hair is REALLY thick, so air-drying is a joke (we're talking hours here) and wet buns or pony tails give me headaches thanks to the weight of all my hair. So every other day, I dry my hair. Then I take a nap. No kidding.
What's been saving me on the days I don't wash and dry is Got 2B's Fat-Tastic Fresh and Full Dry Shampoo. On the days I don't wash it in the shower, this saves me from looking like a greasy rat, so if I have to run to the grocery store, or the doctor, or the drugstore (all approved by doctor, but only one each day!) I can use this and my hair is light, fluffy, easy to manage and smells good.
I don't have to use a ton, just my roots on the crown of my head, the back and underneath layers don't need anything. I blast a few sprays on my roots while lifting sections of my hair with my fingers. Then I run a brush through it as I blow dry for a few seconds and I'm like new. Much better on my lower back than standing and hair drying for 25 minutes!
Meg here! I suffer for my art. I mean, I'm not going hungry or anything but I have been known to "put it all out there." I'm working with Revlon on getting the word out on their photoready line. The videos I make go online, both here and on here!
I was given the task of reviewing Revlon Photoready Sculpting Blush Palette. You know me, I'm not one for hitting you over the head with "how to" instructions. I give about 30 seconds of tips, my guess is you know how to put on blush. I mean, you read this site, right?
What do I like about Revlon Photoready Sculpting Palette? I like that it's a 3 in 1. That's pretty convenient. Just in case you were wondering, the pinkest shade goes just on the apples of your cheeks. The more bronze color goes where the sun would naturally kiss your face. I start at the hairline, go down to sculpt towards the cheek and finish at the chin. You're just making an E or a 3. Whichever, I say E. I've never been a numbers person. The lightest shade acts as a highlighter. It hits the top of your cheeks. If you have any questions, the video is pretty clear. Again, I'm sure you've heard of blush. It doesn't generally go on the lips or eyes.
I only have 1:15 given to me to make these videos. I usually bounce my ideas off my roommates and my main gay Denny. At first they look at me like I've lost my mind. So I give them wine. After the third glass they recognize the brilliance in my idea! After the fourth glass they find themselves in the video.
The next day they wake up with a little headache and say "so no one is going to see those right?" I say "There's this little site that they're going on. Also, this small, start up company Revlon. I'm sure you don't know them. Anyhow, they're going up on the Revlon Facebook page so I'm sure no one will watch."
I don't know what they're worried about. I'm the one that shows my butt. Oh, the things I do to try to entertain you people!
Stacy B here! It's really starting to look and feel like spring now, temps are consistently up, there's no threat of that one last snow to really put everyone in a bad mood and people are starting to spend more time outside. The sun seems brighter, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping (well, except for that one that got a little lost and slammed into our picture window in the living room...sorry little guy, hope you're OK).
While this brightens my New England soul, it does not brighten my skin yet! I feel even more wintery pale as I venture outside shocking my skin with warmer sunlight and much needed Vitamin D. I need some color! Don't worry, I do wear sunscreen and am very careful not to burn or even get too tan, but a little sunshiney glow is necessary when you've been cooped up indoors all winter!
I have a couple great bronzers but my skin is still not quite ready for them yet. My best option is usually a light, slightly tinted foundation to even out my pale skin and give me a brighter complexion until the sun can do it's magic. Unfortunately...I hate wearing foundation. It's always felt like too much. It adds to my morning routine which I didn't like, it feels like too much makeup, I'm terrified of that awful chin/neck foundation line and I can almost feel my pores clogging and suffocating under it. I very rarely wear it, and it's usually a very special occassion.
Enter Maybelline's Dream Nude Air Foam. I won't tell you I'm a total foundation addict now, or even an every day user. But, this really felt very different to me and was bearable for a few days.
It was definitely different than any other foundation I've tried, it came out of the can like a very light and airy hair mousse. It was very porous and fluffy and spread easily. I could barely feel it on my skin and it evened it out just enough to make me look smooth, rested and refreshed. I followed with my normal routine of some light coverup under the eyes, a dusting of loose powder and some light bronzer. That's when it started to feel like a bit too much for me and I could see some spots that looked a little thick for me. I'm sure NO ONE would ever notice, but I did.
This Dream Foam lasted throughout the day and I felt like it really covered. My slightly oily T-zone did get a little angry toward the end of the day and I started to worry about my pores and that I was starting to look greasy. Hubby swore I didn't, but I'm pretty sure he had no idea what I was really asking... He's also been overly complimentary lately since I'm still in the miserable last days of this pregnancy. :)
Stacy B here! As happy as I've been with my new Maybelline spring products, I'm going to take a break from them. I have a few more, don't worry, but I need a little change, it's really springtime now! The seasons are changing, the flowers are blooming, it's almost Easter and my three-year-old is potty trained! Getting away from diapers is a huge change (and wallet saver). Of course, within the next 2-3 weeks I'll be right back in diapers with a newborn but everything's cute in newborn sizes!
Spring brings out lighter, brighter colors and the urge to try new things, or at least give a little boost to your old favorites. I've always stuck with powder eye shadows until this spring. I've tried a few cream shadows lately and I'm not totally sold. I think they can tug on delicate eye skin if they aren't smooth enough, but if they are too smooth and slick, they can crease and run. I'm not the best at applying them either, brushes are tough and my fingers aren't precise enough. Plus then I have shadow all over my fingers and I worry that I've smeared finger oils all over my eyes.
I found a cream shadow that promised to be a hyrid between a powder and a cream. And, it's supposed to last 24 hours. Why you would need shadow for a full 24 hours I'm not sure. My college self might have known, but a pregnant almost mother of two sees no need for it. Oh, how far I've fallen.
At least I can dress the part, even if I wash it off after 12 hours or so. And yes, L'Oreal's Infallible 24 Hour Sunshine did need to be washed of after 12 hours. I didn't put it to a full 24 hour test but it was still going strong after a full day.I tried Eternal Sunshine and I loved it! Shimmery gold, right up my alley. Great alone or over a brown or taupe shade.
According to the website, it 'fuses the ease of a powder with the velvety caress of a cream". Aside from the cheeky marketing copy it's pretty true. It's creamy but has a soft powdery feel. It went on smooth without tugging and immediately felt powdery. It didn't have that wet feel at first that some creams can have. It definitely lasted too, and was shimmery without falling down my face throughout the day. The pigment was strong, I did pick a lighter color so it was light but the quality of the product led me to believe if I chose a darker shade it would have remained pretty true to the advertised color.
Meg here! I had organic wine at lunch so I visited this fabulous new vacation spot called "Black Out Island." I'm a rewards member and the locals are quite friendly. You should try it if you have a comfortable bed. Don't go when in mixed company or if you have to give a speech before you leave.
I am obsessed with Juice Beauty because it works. I'm not too concerned with my carbon footprint. I don't have children so I feel as though even if I'm being wasteful and using up the earth's resources, it will stop with me in another 40 years (God willing.)
That said, I have A LOT of stuff I need to finish here on earth so I'm not looking for a quick exit. I shoot botox and any poison into my head that I think will keep me young so keep that in mind. Also, I'll never stop dying my hair. I look terrible grey so that's reason enough for my to not procreate. I would like to say it is about being ecco conscious, it's not. It's about being vain.
Juice Beauty's Green Apple peel really works. I know that sounds crazy because it's actually good for you. I know? Something that's good for you and works? Novel concept.
Listen to this, I had to travel with the owner of Juice Beauty, Karen Behnke to New York City. I say "had to" because, well I "had to." I knew a little about Karen and I did what we all do. I made preconceived notions and labeled her as "not fun" because she is from San Francisco and green and healthy and works out. I know, I know, I'm a total ass. So I quit smoking (still trying but had a good 30 day run prior to our trip because I was pretty sure "Miss Ecco" would have an organic coronary if I stepped out for a smoke-that was accurate.) And I was pretty nervous for our trip. How green am I? I don't litter and I do try to get the recyclable glass wine bottles in the right garbage. So I'm no environmental hero. Off point, can Global Warming hurry the heck up? I live in Southern California for a reason and I'm freezing.
My trip? Well, Karen Behnke is cool, really cool. Get half a beer in her and I would take her out on the town cool. So much for preconceived notions. What's really awesome about her is that not only does she wholeheartedly devote her life to making the earth a cleaner, greener place-she's done it with success. The proof is in the pudding ladies, her arm is the pudding.
Behnke was quite the athlete in her younger days and like all of us in our younger days, she didn't think much about aging or sun spots. Karen was an avid athletic swimmer and the sun beat down on her skin. Years later it showed up.She developed Juice Beauty and her peel is a beauty editor favorite. She had to demonstrate the peel on her arm. She would swab on some, hold her arm up and say "look how nourishing." She would do this over and over on the same spot on her arm. Guess what happened? (And as God as my witness, I've seen the results.) The spot where she had shown the product? That spot on her arm is flawless. Really. Not one ounce of discoloration or freckle or anything. It's like baby skin. If I were Karen (because we all know she can get to the stuff) I would slather my entire body in it and be born again. She would but we can't let her. The "before" and "after" on her arm is too much of a valuable marketing tool. I mean, she's green but she also has to make it.
This peel works. That's my endorsement. I know that and $1.50 will get me a coffee but it works. If you have sun worshipped or have acne scars or anything that you're unhappy with on yourself then commit to doing this peel regimine and YOU WILL SEE RESULTS!
Stacy B here! What Meg and her ladies want, Meg and her ladies get. There were many comments from everyone (including Meg) on last week's post about Maybelline's Super Stay 14 hour Lip Stick on the lip stain that Maybelline has out now. So...ask and you shall recieve.
This week I'm reviewing Maybelline's Super Stay 10 hour Lip Stain in Ruby Endulgence. I give it a 7.5, only dropping it a few points for lack of every day neutrals and a slight drying effect. And, ruby leads me to think 'red', but this was really purple!
As you may know by now, I'm honest and don't really embarrass easily so I'm totally OK with telling you all exactly what I think and how I got there. My reviewing methods may be a little quirky, but who cares! It helps me decide on my terms if I like it, and you can all try make up tried and tested every day situations, or unconventional methods. I don't just wear it out and make a decision, I really get creative. Like smearing cream eye shadow on my hand and seeing how many showers and hand washings it takes to get rid of it, or secretly subbing out a Dove bar for my husband's soap and then being forced to swear to never tell his friends he used a 'girly product' , or, letting my three-year-old 'play' with mommy's makeup to see if the containers are smash proof.