BabyLove here! I’m constantly surprised by how quickly my two boys have become so aggressive. William is 4, and Calum is 2, and I’m ready to move out. All day long, they yell at one another, push, pull, steal toys, bite, kick, punch, and scream at the top of their lungs. The only solution that I’ve come up with is that I MUST get them out of the house within a hour of them waking up. My location of choice-the beach.
Both boys are sturdy enough to stay standing in the water. They can swim a little, and it allows me a chance to sit on my towel, close enough to the water just in case one goes under. The screams are replaced with laughter, and they play sort of nicely together. It’s so pleasant to watch them enjoy themselves without all of the injuries usually sustained at home. Their pediatrician told me, “boys are like dogs, you have to run them,” and he’s right. When we get home, they’re both too tired to try and annoy one another. Everyone wins.
I’m not a fantastic swimmer, and I’m not incredibly thrilled about getting into the water with fish and seaweed. My least favorite part of going to the beach is picking through my hair and finding a random dead bug. The never ending battle is trying to rinse the sand out of my kid’s hair. But, since we go to the beach first thing in the morning, come home for lunch and nap, and then go back to the beach after dinner, it’s becoming a daily battle.
Here at Megsmakeup.com, we were all thrilled when Circle of Friends came into our lives. Megan has posted some lovely videos with the owner Eleanor, highlighting some of their fantastic bath products, but most of you might remember them from their very popular lice preventative shampoo and conditioner. Remember to pick up some for the upcoming school year, it’s the best! They carry the smartest products, and they work fabulously. So, I was so excited when I received a package from Circle of Friends, full of their swim care line! Their pre-swim condition, and swim shampoo have saved all the heads in my house this Summer.
Is there ANYTHING worse than a flippin' Summer cold? Goddess Granny seriously needs to know because I'm been battling one for about two weeks and my energies, looks, and nerves are ravaged! Combine the congestion with the usual schedule of Summer obligations and ta-do's along with family birthdays and the engagement of my youngest stepdaughter and I will be the first to admit that a HUGE dose of R&R and pamper me pretty is in order! I look like Death eatin' a cracker as they say here in Texas: I hit up Ulta today and found a few new treats to take the edge off but have been dying to share something FABULOUS and FUN with y'all so here goes!
I have an amazing hair stylist who goes to lots of shows and industry events both in Dallas and NY and she recently came home all excited about a new hair-enhancing product called "Hair Tinsel!" Beyonce sported a head-full of the twinkling strands at the 2010 Grammy awards and the trend has REALLY taken off because it's easy, semi-permanent and affordable...Finally something we mere mortals can do to look like a star on a realistic budget! It's ALL the buzz at the top beauty-events right now with no sign of slowing down as we go into Halloween and Holiday season...My salon has trouble keeping several colors in stock but I'll share my source with you in a bit: you can actually try to do this at home, there are videos on line as well as DVD's that show you how. I prefer to simply ask my stylist to make me pretty! I'd be surprised if most didn't already have a set of colors on hand because this look is smokin' and most salons are cashing in on the fun! LOTS of pretty Texas girls are extra- shiny this Summer!
The product is known by several names but "Hair Tinsel" seems to be the one most recognizable: what they are consists of strands of uber-fine mylar based hair-strands in a wild and vast array of colors that are tied to a strand of your hair for a really amazing and FUN effect! You can get a radical highlighted look or just (like I do...) add a bit of sparkle and a pop of color here and there! They last quite a while-several weeks in some cases. They can be washed and styled with the exception of using HIGH heat on the tinsel: just lower the heat-setting when you do these areas or simple skip them. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have been complimented and/or stopped in the last week: my stylist put some "Sparkling Champagne" strands into my red hair in hopes of brightening me and my red, runny nose up a bit and I LOVE the results! Not trashy in the slightest, just a really cute and contemporary look for any occasion and totally can be worn by any age including the younger ones! Not much else you can do to add such an impact to your looks that isn't either permanent, complicated, or expensive that I have experienced!
Summer is in full swing here in the Sac Valley and all I can say is....God BLESS Sweetassgal's pool! I love my pool. I'm in it every day...even if it's just a quick dip. I'm a water baby and always will be. In fact, 50 years from now I'll probably be that funny little old lady at the public pool with her flower trimmed swimming cap, skirted swim dress and giant sunglasses kicking all the youngin's butt's in the lap swim lane. I'll be a cool old lady doing cannonballs and back flips in the backyard cement pond with my grandkids. And I'll NEVER tell them I can't swim with them because I just got my hair done!
Of course this does bring up a good hair question. How is my super dry hair fairing with all of this daily chlorine and sun exposure? Answer...not too darn bad but not super great either. I've had days where my hair literally feels like straw. You know the sound that tissue paper makes when you crinkle it? That's what combing through my hair sounded like. These are the days I pull out my precious bottles of Prive Shampoo and Conditioner that I hold in such high esteem. Yes...the very same expensive product I reviewed back in December and LOVED. It's spendy but it lasts forever and ever and it works! But since I like to try out new things for GCT then I put the Prive aside for times of extreme need and let something else step up to bat.
Up for consideration is Organix's Hydrating Tea Tree Mint Shampoo, Conditioner, Mist and Treatment. I adore Tea Tree and Mint is welcome ANYWHERE in my beauty products. I get such an incredible sense of cooling and invigoration from them both. When it's 103 degrees outside and I can't stand a hot, steamy shower then I tend to gravitate towards products that give me a cooling sense of relief. And since I can't exactly bathe in my pool, then I've got to replicate the effects in the shower. The absolutely BEST thing I can say about this set is that it is truly cleansing, invigorating and really kick starts your mornings! I swear I start singing "Walking on Sunshine" every time that minty scent hits my nose. Not being a morning person...this is really incredible and I don't get that from other hair products I've tried recently.
We're a little wacky at Megsmakeup.com (I take full responsibility for setting the insanity precedence.) We love to have a good time and cocktail hour is pretty much a job necessity. I love when we find other companies with our work ethic!
The ladies at LockandMane.com have great hair products and a great time! I guess if you have great hair products you're pretty much guaranteed a good time, right? Intelligent Nutrients products are certified organic. They are so good for your hair and skin that you can eat them! Much like Megsmakeup.com, there's not a lot of eating going on at LockandMane.com, however there is lots of cocktailing.
Watch this video of our friend, Jo Piazza putting Intelligent Nutrients to the test. Kooky? Of course. What else would you expect from a site that we pal around with? Ladies are going crazy for this line, started by the founder of Aveda, this hairspray is quickly becoming a cult product.
Meg hair! I hope you all are having good hair days. I really need to get in to see Marco Pelusi. The greys are back! Da dum, da dum, da dum-Argh!! For those of you that don't have the King of Hollywood Hair around your corner you can always reach him hair.
Hair are some of your questions answered from Mr. Marco Pelusi himself!
Q: taylvs3 says she has split ends although no heat styling of any kind.
A: Hey there all! Well, unfortunately, most any length of hair past just a few inches means that our hair succumbs the environment. Even basic wind can be a culprit to create dry brittle or split ends. Also unfortunately your particular hair texture might just simply be prone to split ends. The answer is in haircutting and styling. You must have your haircut - no matter what length it's at - every six weeks or so. Even if you merely trim the very ends, this will help the ends from looking frayed, and make them style fresher and better. As far as styling goes, you need a really good flat iron to help touch up the ends of your hair after it's dry. If it still look dry and split, apply Marco Color Smoothing Gloss to those split tips, or a shine serum similar to the Gloss, to calm down your split ends. Hope this helps!
Hello ladies, Eleni here! We all know what an amazing brand Sebastian is. For some reason Sebastian makes my friends go crazy, crazy in a way that only lust for shoes can. I remember that when I was getting ready to move to Los Angeles from Greece, five years ago, all my female friends that worked on TV, you know, the ones that had to have perfect hair all the time, asked me to send them some Sebastian products. Back then, Sebastian was the only brand professional hair stylists used in Greece - and it was very hard to find at a normal price. There was some kind of Sebastian black market forming in the media world! A few days ago I sent an e-mail to all these girlfriends that I used to ship Sebastian products to, letting them know that I'm invited to a Sebastian Shaper hairspray's 25th anniversary blowout event at the Paramount Studios Backlot. I think some of them cried. And when Jasmine and I arrived at the event, we almost cried too! Honestly, we've never been to a better organized, more creative, more fun beauty event! It was at the Paramount New York City lot, a place inside the studio that looks identical to a Manhattan neighborhood. So the event was like a block party! Literally! All the Sebastian girls looked like a mixture of Helena Bonham Carter, Barbarella and Brigitte Bardot, wearing futuristic renaissance clothes! There were many bars all around the place, trays of food coming by, blowouts happening at every corner, cameras, photographers, movie projectors, fog machines, an opera show, circus acts, a painter, photo booths, a media room and a DJ! I mean, come on! We were in awe! Can I use any more exclamation marks?! So, now that I have your attention (and possibly your envy too) let's talk about what Sebastian Professional Shaper Hairspray Collection is all about.
Thomas Dunkin, Sebastian Professional Stylist Design Team member, labels Re-Shaper as a new styling classic. “There are few products that I can truly count as indispensible, but Sebastian’s Re-Shaper has quickly proven to be just that,” says Thomas. “Re-Shaper offers incredible versatility -- flexibility matches it’s holding power. If I need to create big, bold, dramatic looks for a set shoot or just finish a client off with a soft, subtle texture, Re-Shaper is all I need.”
With the reveal of Re-Shaper hairspray limited-edition packaging in August 2010, Sebastian celebrates its 25th Anniversary as an iconic styling brand and reinvents itself with a fearless new design for its most classic styling icon with up to 30% better brushability than a multiple award-winning spray.
“Sebastian Shaper Hairspray – the first to offer brushable, flexible hold – became a classic the moment it was introduced in 1985,” says Reuben Carranza, CEO, P&G Salon Professional North America. “Since then, Shaper has remained a favorite among salon and editorial stylists and has stayed current and cool.”
Sebastian goes back to its past to deliver for the future. From red carpet glam to street-style edge, Shaper’s legacy has been shaped by the dynamic demands of the country’s entertainment capital, Hollywood, California. After 25 years of raising the bar, Sebastian introduces the next generation of Shaper hairsprays: Re-Shaper, Shaper Fierce, and Shaper Zero Gravity. Re-Shaper dresses to impress with limited-edition packaging inspired by the innately cool signature of Sebastian’s newest Visionary, jewelry designer Pamela Love. The package design embodies a trend that unleashes a new femininity – one of raw energy and fearlessness.
This trio of hairsprays in the Shaper Collection - Re-Shaper, Shaper Zero Gravity and Shaper Fierce - offers three levels of holding and styling power, representing the ultimate arsenal of shaping stylers. The Shaper collection contains a tailored formula combination that allows for maximum molding and shaping potential, without sacrificing long-lasting hold. Styling polymers, natural waxes and minerals modify the surface of the hair to create matte, messy, polished or soft texture.
Committed to finding new and untapped sources of inspiration for stylists and consumers alike, Sebastian looked to the world of fashion accessories to uncover its latest visionary muse. Counted as a fashion stylist, designer, sculptor and musician, Pamela Love is a creative in the truest sense. Born in Brooklyn, a resident of NYC, and known around the world, Pamela both projects and prescribes “what’s next” via her edgy personal style and jewelry designs.
For Sebastian, Pamela Love’s street panache, free spirit and multi-talents create a compound effect that exudes inspiration. Her work as a jeweler, in particular, is exemplary of the power of shaping and reshaping to realize an artistic vision into coveted style. Pamela is a designer of her own eponymous line that she makes by hand out of her design studio in Chelsea, NYC.
Beginning August 2010, Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper hairspray will be available in a limited-edition Pamela Love-inspired design at 10,000 salons nationwide!
How exciting is it when such inspiring new collaborations take place? Can you ladies wait till August?
Meg hair, I'm so going to brag. I pride Megsmakeup.com on being exclusive. There's not a ton of mainstream on hair and we're keeping it that way. Sure my numbers would shoot up if I wrote "Revlon" every sentence. That's not us, if you want "easy breezey Covergirl" keep looking. The "masses" has never been my demographic. If you want the mass then your happy with the CVS mass mailing. I'm not happy with it, the stuff doesn't deliver luxury. While I turn down most I'm not an idiot, I'm not only loving but buying from Lockandmane.com I LOVE that they feature some of the tougher to find hair care! I also love that they'll drink a bottle or two with me in NYC and while I'm there point me right in hair fabulousness. So pour yourself a cocktail and hair about their tips!
Summer sun, somethin's begun...and sometimes that somethin is not good. Christina from Lock & Mane here. Most of the time we love our jobs over at L&M, since our jobs involve helping people have great hair. But as the temperature has been rising and the humidity starts to make the summer air feel like you are walking through soup we have been hearing so many more hair woes than hair wows.
It's funny that the number one and two complaints are actually polar hair opposites, but the warm weather brings out the worst of both FRIZZ and its evil twin, GREASE.
It doesn't have to though and we have some quick tips for providing you with those sleek and sexy locks you so covet without making your head look like a BP accident.
Today we're going to tackle the less addressed malice, grease. We cannot say it enough.. Your best bet is to beat grease and oil at their own game and to try to eliminate them before they start.
1. Embrace the Alcohol (not just the red wine Meg!) - Alcohol helps to dry out your scalp and roots. Try to find a root lifter or volumizing spray that contains alcohol and target the oily parts of the hair, the shaft and the roots.
Meg here! We asked our resident celebrity hair guru and rated #1 colorist in Los Angeles, Marco Pelusi to answer your hair questions! He's taking two at a time and will be sharing his answers. He has lots of celebrity clients but I featured Brooke Burke. Marco is responsible for her hair always looking so gorgeous. I wanted our brunette readers to especially ask away! I remember when I was a brunette (before the greys came!) It was hard to keep it from looking too mousy. I wish I had know this "glaze" tip back then! Take it away Marco!
Roxtarchic wants to know how we are able to give Brooke Burke that gorgeous brown shine and don't pull through any red color.
Answer: The beauty of a 'glaze'. Ask your haircolorist for a glaze service if your hair gets too reddish when going light brown. A demi permanent haircoloring that neutralizes red or warm tones is perfect for this purpose. Also ask your colorist to use a natural, neutral, or possibly ash tone in your base haircolor and/or glaze formula. Also using products specifically to prevent premature color fade is extremely important. Especially a great shampoo that won't strip out color. Nothing to cause it to turn red. I'm obviously a huge fan of my line for being superior in protecting color. You can check it out at www.marcopelusi.com
I have been hopping all around the country like a maniac for the past 6 weeks or so, some "work" and some fun but this Goddess Granny is certain of ONE thing: it's getting harder and requires more patience every trip in order to navigate the shark-infested airline/TSA waters as you attempt to reach your final destination... oh... you actually expect to GET there when you buy a ticket? Silly rabbit! And your baggage? Naw... you don't need that stuff, we'll do you a favor and REALLY test your shopping skills in a BIG way and require you to replace your extensive shoe and makeup wardrobe on OUR piddly standard replacement budget, HAHAHA! Do these people have any earthly idea how much products cost?
The thing about it all though is that I still love to travel and love the fact that every frustrating flight and bumpy touch-down holds infinite possibilities for fun and adventure even if it's not all roses along the way, you end up someplace else and I for one think that's rather fabulous indeed! I had a LOT of time recently while sitting in airports waiting for wayward planes to show up to catch up on my magazine reading which I love to do but seldom sit still long enough to enjoy at home. There is a publication out there for any/all interests but of course, I am drawn to those "slicky-back" magazines that feature gorgeous girls on the covers and promise to be FULL of info and pictures to inspire and annoy my sense of style. My carry-on was actually twice as heavy at one point but hey, it's THEIR fault for making me sit so damn long and buy so many mags, right?
"If you like pina coladas, gettin' caught in the rain". There, I've put the song in your head and now you'll have to live with it all day! Yes, Sweetassgal does like a pina colada now and then and I have NO problem getting caught in the rain. In fact...I prefer it! And if by getting caught in the rain my hair gets a little wet and I get a fresh whiff of coconut infused shampoo then all the much better. Add to that a shampoo that is sulfate and paraben free, has active organic ingredients and has packaging derived from renewable resources for right around $5 and I'd say you've got plenty of money left over to have a pina colada or two in the rain or just about any other place you may like. Sing it Rupert...mama loves a good cheesy 70's song sung at the top of my lungs!
Organix Beauty Pure and Simple Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo caught my eye at the store the other day as I was looking for an affordable organic shampoo that a friend of mine had told me about. I couldn't remember the name off the top of my head but I knew it came in fruity scents and had a smaller odd shaped bottle. We were at Wally-World (I hate that place...people behave like mouth breathing troglodytes in Wal-Mart) getting Sweetassguy a hunting license and I thought I'd scope it out. I did not find the brand I was looking for but I did find the Organix so I thought I'd give it a shot. Per my daughters shopping MO I immediately flipped open the cap and gave it a good sniff. Of course it smelled like gorgeous coconut which is perfect for the upcoming summer months so it was already off to a good start. Off I went to shower and wash away dirt and oil without sulfates or parabens.