Sweetassgal here sitting on pins and needles waiting for spring to arrive. I love winter...I always have. But for some reason I'm especially anxious to see winter gone and spring happily settled in to my home and my garden. I began spring cleaning this weekend throwing open windows for fresh air and am ready to prep my garden for baby seedlings of basil, sweet tomato and cool cucumber. I'm ready for a fresh start and a spring rebirth. That takes care of my home and my little patch of earth...now what about taking care of me?
I've decided to dedicate March to the rebirth of my face. I need it and I deserve it. For the first time in my life I'm starting to see signs of my age reflecting in my face and not just in an occasional laugh line here or there. Nothing hugely grotesque...I'm not exactly storing small change in there or anything. But the little signs are adding up to bigger one's and I'm going on the defensive. I have at my disposal something from Meg that I'm dutifully testing to battle my exposed capillaries on my cheeks which will take some time to review properly. I'm also getting back to my own advice of making sure I NEVER go to bed without washing my face and going back to weekly facials. I know now, more than ever, that as you get older you have to earn continued good skin...it isn't a given as it is when you are young. So I'm prepared to go back in to the trenches and start fighting the good fight once again. And I'm armed with an ingenious little weapon to help me in my quest for a youthful glow. My Tassi.
Have you ever sat before a mirror with a new beauty product and thought..."Why didn't I think of this?". I know you have because I've done it so many times I shudder to think what riches might have been mine if I had only taken needle and thread to fabric and created something as divine as the coveted Tassi. For those of you who know the Tassi needs no introduction. For those who haven't met with its acquaintance...let me introduce you.
Simply put, the Tassi is nothing more than a funny looking fluffy headband made of terry cloth and secured with elastic on two sides. Sounds pretty standard right? Well it's not. What's ingenious about it is the extra room given between the elastic, especially in the area for the back of your head, to softly cradle and support your hair. It's the answer to any woman's problem with long hair and a need to keep it from slipping down in to your sink when washing your face. It's a familiar scene, right? A headband is used to keep your bangs back and then a clip or ponytail is used to sweep back your hair. If your hair is long enough even that won't keep it back. Enter here the mysterious Hunchback of Notre Dame disappearing pony tail act. The pony tail is bunched up and tucked under the back of your shirt causing that odd looking hunch back bump but that is what is necessary to keep your hair from sliding forward as you wash your face and splash it with water. All of these woes and a full three step process is simplified and solved by the Tassi.
Meg here! I'm sure this will be hard for many of you to believe, but, I can be impulsive-shocker, right? I have the greatest hair colorist in the world Marco Pelusi and I know I should never dye my hair myself. Remember the video of the last time I tried that? Not pretty. Cost hundreds to fix. Did I learn my lesson? Of course not!
Under the harsh, fluorescent drugstore bulbs I caught a glimpse of my grey roots. They're really almost silver at this point and no, I don't want to leave them, so let's not even start that dead end conversation. I had a date later on in the evening, the worst thing I could do to this man was make it appear that I was actually age appropriate for him! This is L.A. there are few worst insults...
Like a raccoon drawn to a shiny object I was drawn to a hot pink box (you're welcome marketing exec's everywhere.) It also helped that all around the Clairol Color Blend Foam display were signs screaming "NEW!" ...
It was on. I threw caution to the wind and color "light blond" box in my basket. A foam? 100% grey coverage? A pink box? New? My God, I had to try it. So I did!
Here are my findings. At first I was a little confused how the pump contraction worked. I added the mix exactly like we do in standard hair dyes. The only difference is there is not a nozzle top. A pink dispenser is on top. This confused me. I added the mix. I shook it until it looked all foamy in the bottle and then I could not figure out how to dispense it. I never found a button on top. My technique was too squeeze the side of the bottle, not pump the dispenser itself. This maybe the correct technique because it worked great!
Here is what I loved! I loved the fact that it was not a drippy liquid. I can't tell you how many counter-tops, bathroom doors, towels and bathmats I have left with black/purple dye spots. Like you've never done that?
Stacy B here! Oh Garnier...you're really making this tough for me. I WANT to like your products. Really! And I want to be able to write witty, fun, entertaining posts about how great your products are and how much I can't wait to use them every day. I want to encourage faithful Megheads to use them because they'll make you brighter, less frizzy, more awake, smoother, younger, more glamorous...
But I can't.
I'll be nice though. I'm a nice person and I don't want to go around bad mouthing a company that does have some pretty dedicated followers. It's bad internet karma. :) So I'll tell you why this next product didn't work for me and you can draw your own conclusions.
I have medium to light brown hair that gets lighter in the sun. It's always been like that, I was blond until I was about 6 or 7 years old and then it gradually got darker. June through August lightens it up and I usually highlight once in fall and once in early spring to even it out until the sun could work its magic again. Recently, I decided I needed a change. I went darker. My hair is now a really dark chocolate without the reddish undertones. And I love it! So, of course, I want to protect it from fading.
I've been trying Garnier's Color Shield Instant Color Sealer Lightweight Leave-in Conditioner.
It promises to seal in color for longer-lasting vibrancy while improving manageability and delivering lasting softness. Nope, nope and nope. To be fair, I have VERY thick, wavy hair so it takes a lot to make it 'manageable'. I usually use a frizz-fighting or smoothing shampoo, conditioner and smoothing cream, plus a round brush, a professional grade hair dryer and I occassionally use a flat iron. A simple leave-in conditioner isn't going to do much for me.
Meg here! It's probably a no brainer to hear that woman get excited when I tell them about Megsmakeup.com. There are few topics that get us as animated as when we start talking products. I was at a party and I met Megsjester's friend Mikaela Hoover.
Mikaela is an actress here in Hollywood and spends a lot of time in the makeup chair. She just finished a stint on the show "How I Met Your Mother" and knows so much about beauty products I was in awe. Usually when I tell woman that I write beauty they ask me what I like. This was not the case with Mikaela. It was refreshing actually, sometimes I get all product talked out! Mikaela: Oh my gosh! You know what product changed my life! I love it so much! You have to tell the Meg Heads about these Phyto Dietary supplements. I am obsessed with them! Meg: I've never tried them.
Mikaela went on and on about how amazing they were that I have written it down for a Sephora stop. She wanted to spread her love for them. I have to tell you. The girls got great hair, skin and nails so I feel comfortable being a witness that she speaks the truth!
Meg: Why don't you write why you love them and send it to me and I'll let everyone know?
Mikaela Hoover here! I discovered these miracle supplements two years ago. I have always longed for long luscious hair that would at least grow past my shoulders but my hair just didn't want to grow. I had tried everything. Lots of different hair supplements, vitamins, I even altered my diet. When nothing worked I resorted to hair extensions. They looked nice but they were very expensive! It also took me twice as long to dry and style my hair in the morning. Just when I thought I would be stuck with short, brittle dry hair for the rest of my life a lady at my salon suggested I try Phytophanere dietary supplements.
Stacy B here! Nobody wants to age. We may want to mature, grow, gain experience, or live life as fast at it comes at us...but we don't want to age. We want to do all those fun things gracefully, happily, and flawlessly. I have yet to meet a woman that peeks in the mirror in the morning and says, "Super! My fine lines are still there! And they are multiplying!". There's no "I Wish I Had More Grays" facebook page to like, and there aren't any 'straight from the rain forest' pills that promise to magically suck the elasticity right out of your skin.
We spend billions of dollars a year trying NOT to age. Or to allow our skin, hair and nails to show it. Some stuff works, some doesn't, but no matter how hard we try, or how much money we have, we can't stop time. We can slow the process down, but it's coming at you whether you like it or not.
I'm at a weird time in my life. At 32, I don't feel old. I don't look old. I coach a college cheerleading team and occassionaly I still get mistaken for a student...or at least a really young staff member. :) I have no gray hairs, no fine lines around my eyes or lips, and for the most part, all body parts are where they are supposed to be. But...I know it's coming. My skin seems dryer than I have felt in the past this winter, my hair needs heating tool breaks on the weekends because I can feel it getting brittle at the ends and I can't just jump on an elliptical for a few days a week and lose 3 pounds anymore. One, maybe, but not three. I feel like I'm in prevention and stalling mode. I have started to pick up products that slow the aging process, or rewind what's started. I want things that make my skin look as bright as it did 4 years ago and smooths it out so I still get mistaken for a college girl.
This week, I turned to Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Eraser Makeup Treatment in Buff Beige. This promises to instantly erase fine lines and wrinkles and lift skin. It's a quirky little product, it cranks up to dispense the makeup onto a sponge that you rub on your skin to spread around. It actually does look like a really fat pencil with an eraser on the top. I was skeptical at first, sponges freak me out. I think they are gross. I have to wash my dishes with a sponge with a handle because I won't touch a sponge. I feel like they are germ breeding grounds. So I was really hesitant about this. I thought the oil on my skin would rub off on it and cause germs to grow and fester. Yuck. Have no fear though, someone at Maybelline must have my phobia. Right on the stick, it says "Eraser Makeup Treatment is protected with an anti-microbial system." Whew. No science experiments on this baby! I felt much better using it.
Sweetassgal here thanking everyone for my time off these past few weeks. It was much needed family time but now I'm home and ready to jump back in to Meg's! And I can't think of a better way then to dive right in to a great review of an INCREDIBLE product. Neil George's Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil is a flat out killer product! I have lots of experience with different types of hair oils, treatments and serums and I know what works for curly hair as well as straight. I've oddly enough been on both sides of that coin so I can comfortably work with either hair type and can attest to the attributes and hurdles of both. This is a product that has them both covered brilliantly!
Currently wearing my hair natural and curly I've found I need a hair "cocktail" to keep my curls bouncy, crunch free and under frizz control. A dime sized amount of cream curl enhancer blended with an oil type of setting ointment gets run through my hair and scrunched onto my ends while still wet. I've found many oils that weighed down my curls, oils that made me overproduce my own natural oils and those that simply felt cheap and greasy on my hair. No thank you! However, I've been settled on a product for a while now that has served its purpose and I thought met all of my needs. That is until I was introduced to the lovely Neil and the lovely George of the Neil George Salon line of products. Along with this bounty came the Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil and right away I can tell you this product is heads above anything else I've used.
The packaging on the pump is top notch. It feels solid and well made in your hand. No cheap pumps or flimsy containers to leak and spill. As soon as it's pumped into the palm of my hand I can feel that it is a superior oil. Cheap oils feel slimey and don't sink in to skin and hair. Good oils feel smooth and natural and just disappear once added to your hair. There is no better way to describe it then to say it simply "becomes" a part of your hair, nourishing each strand creating a silky and shiny looking mass of illuminated curls. Once completely dried my hair is light, soft, touchable and managed. All the while smelling luxurious and absolutely fantastic! I found myself running around my house making people sniff my head and they loved it!
Meg hair! The fact I have any hair in my head right now is nothing short of a miracle and my miracle is named Marco Pelusi. When my Ken Pave's hairdo arrived let's just say I should have paid more attention to the color chart. Marco:I don't know Meg, we've just lightened it again! I don't know how much more your poor hair can take. If we lighten it again we might end up with just a clump of hair on the floor.
At this point, I have been in the chair for hours and we still have not managed to bring my natural hair to the color of my new Ken Pave's hairdo. My motto has always been "go big or go home." I guess I like living on the edge. I asked him to keep going. Luck of the Irish, my natural hair had some breakage but for the most part stayed my hair safely on my scalp.
I wore my new hair out last night and everyone loved it. I loved how easy it is to get thick, flowing tresses in oh, about 1 minute.
I've had real extensions before years ago and I just don't have the patience for it anymore. These clips are the perfect answer for me. I keep getting asked "Is it hard to do? How do they work? Watch Ken show how easy in the quick video below
My i-phone took the shot above so it's a little bit dark but all in all these clips are amazing. If you're hair is thinning or you have an event (wedding, prom-hey, the holidays are coming up!) I can't say enough great things about Ken Paves hairdo. They look amazing!
Meg hair! I have been working my ass off, I write until, well let's see still writing at 12:00am on a Friday night. Party lifestyle! While I've been working I've been flipping through the cable channels and I realize why Megsmakeup.com is NOT HUGE!
After tons of brain matter, hours of blogging, experimenting, filming and meeting taking I now know the secret of Hollywood success. It really is the flipping boob-length hair extensions that are wavy just past the shoulders.
I swear, I can't tell one damn reality star after another. I watched some eyesore called "Rockstars wives" and I could not for the life of me tell one Rockstar wife (is that one word) from another. It wasn't like "Oh, Duff's wife is the one with the short pixie." Apparently, women with hair shorter then their shoulders are not allowed airtime!
It's not just some rockstar tarts that are taking the airwaves by storm. I watched E! I watched Guiliana and Cat Sandler with their long faux wavy extensions. I got sick of them so I tuned into Bravo where I got to watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Faux waist-lenght extensions galore. I can't win. If it's good enough for Kim, Taylor and Camille (hate Camille) then it's good enough for me. I'll make the short hair statement AFTER I get significant airtime. If I can't beat them then I have to join them right? Then I'll go all statement and Mia Farrow pixie it!
I wish I could be all feminist with you and roar something but I can't roar a thing. I can barely growl a slight whisper. Boobie implants? Got em. Botox? Every three months. Do I wear uncomfortable heels so my legs look higher and my ass looks perkier? Does a bear shit in the woods?
I have the wrong hair! This is the problem. I have very thin hair, always grey at the roots. I have tresses that tend to get dry after the ears and oily at the roots....MMmmm Sexy! I do the best I can but how can I compete with these TV personalities with perfect hairdays every darn day!?!
I have given up. I have called in the experts. I am fighting fire with fire and if it takes 23 inch clip in hair in the shade of Golden Wheat then I will play this game. I sent an email off to Ken Paves requesting amazing hair that will take 5 seconds to clip-in for my TV appearances. He took pity on me and I will be picking up my new hair tomorrow afternoon from the post office. That's something right? Picking my new hair up...
My roots? Will it match? Well, to play it safe I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon with the amazing colorist Marco Pelusi to match my new long hair. I don't have any idea why I've been spending all this time actually learning when I should have been just clipping in some human hair!
Meg here! Well, we switched the clocks and I can tell you I was downright cold coming out of a meeting at 5:30pm here in Hollywood, CA. It was cold and it was dark and I think it's safe to say that fall is in full swing.
I decided to take my hair hue to a more fall appropriate hue! I dyed my hair? I know-SHOCKER! Making sure that your hair doesn't fall flat in the changing temperature could be quite a chore. I dialed up our #1 Hair Guru Mr. Marco Pelusi and asked him to give some tips so we may stay Meg Heads and not limp heads. Here is his valuable advice! This advice doesn't come cheap, it is what he doles out to Brook Burke, Carol Alt, Stacy Kiebler and more then a couple Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Meg Head price=FREE! 1. Temporarily switch to a moisturizing shampoo to compensate for the change in season. Generally, it’s a good idea to periodically alter shampooing products.
2. Use conditioner after every shampoo and leave the conditioner on hair a little longer in the shower, especially if it feels dry. Even just a few extra minutes can make a difference, especially throughout the fall/winter months.
4. Finally, add deep conditioning treatments into a fall regimen, either at a salon or at home, at least once a week. At home, apply leave-in conditioner after exiting the shower, apply a plastic cap and leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
I hope Marco's tips help you! Now that I've scratched your back-will you scratch mine? I have a couple of really big TV spots coming up and I have to know What Are The BEST products in the Drugstore? I don't have time to try every one in there but if you tell me a winner then I'm running off to CVS. These are some important spots and I know there is nothing you know better then product so help a sistah out!!
Sweetassgal here coming off a wonderful Halloween weekend full of friends, food and yummy punch libations and steadfastly gearing up for my first ever formal dinner party in just two weeks! As a child I cannot tell you how I longed to grow up and give a real dinner party. Though I cherished my Holly Hobby tea set and TV tray (incidentally where most of my adolescent dinner parties were held solo...I was an only child) I knew one day I would grow up to have a dining room of my own, wedding china especially picked out by me and my betrothed and a beautiful long table to seat all of my guests. And not a table that consisted of two small tables and the spare folding card table lined up and camouflaged under my Grandma's crochet linens but an ACTUAL dining room table...with chairs that even match.
Well everyone, thanks to the recent acquisition of a dining table, chairs and complimentary china hutch I am now in the position to take the party from my childhood TV tray and into the adult world of entertaining. I am so excited I find myself awake at night arranging the table decorations in my mind, planning place cards, staging recipes only to have the players pulled at the last minute and agonizing over choice of runner colors. It's actually kind of consuming me and I can't help myself but yet I'm equally thrilled at the obsession. I've watched Gosford Park, Julie and Julia and Tortilla Soup enough times I'm starting to gain weight from the visual food. I'm studying the layout of each table they show at the three very different types of dinner parties and hungrily sucking up inspiration from the gloriously formal English table, the lively Parisian table and the passionate and warm hearted Spanish table. I'm pretty much an American mutt by birth so why can't I have my own dinner party incorporating the best of all three? No reason that I can see.
The only thing I HAVEN'T decided on yet is how to decorate ME! I just realized tonight I've been so obsessed with the table I never even stopped to think what I might wear and how I should look. I've given lots of parties at my house that usually culminate in me dashing to the shower at the last second because I've been cooking and cleaning all day and I barely have enough time yet to pull back my freshly showered hair, hide behind the ever forgiving sunglasses and toss on a pool cover up. My food is the star...I am not. This time it's going to be different and I am determined to look DAMN good...or at least damn good for me...when I open the door to my beautiful guests.