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.
Jasmine Simone here! It’s that time again ladies! Summer is on the horizon and it is my favorite time of year. After months of bundling up in sweaters, scarves and boots up to the knee, it is liberating to finally shed my winter layers and emerge out of my cocoon to soak up every drop of sunshine I can; somewhat like a turtle contently basking on a rock for nourishment. Ok I admit that those of us living in Southern California might as well be stuck in a seasonal time capsule we have so many warm months. It evokes an image in my mind of the overeager student in high school that comes early to class and stays late to get in good with Teach; warm days are expected, seemingly never-ending with winter/spring/fall rolled up into one small 3 month blip in the otherwise constant warm and sunny weather.
The weather here has seduced many of my East Coast / Midwest friends into settling down in Cali and I can vouch that I’ve definitely awarded a point for this enticing attribute in my proverbial book of approval. (San Diego / Los Angeles climate is one of the few factors that really tipped the scale in my decision to move here from New York City.) Of course with the lovely weather comes the natural instinct to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Cue the trips to the beaches, outdoor parties and activities, nature excursions, picnics, backyard BBQs, patio seating at restaurants, and sun, sun, sun! All this exposure to the drying sun and heat, dips in the ocean and general glamorizing for all the summer events can take a heavy toll on one’s hair. l’m sure everyone’s with me on this, but when my hair is looking good, I feel that everything else is just complimentary to my appearance; healthy, flattering hair is necessary and the most important part of looking my best in my honest opinion. And the only way to do this is to use products that keep the condition of my hair looking it’s best by maintaining moisture, manageability, overall healthiness. Affirm Moisture plus is the newest addition to their group of advanced care hair relaxers. This new line, made for people with sensitive scalp or extremely damaged hair, can also be a good choice for those like me that just want a little extra protection against the inevitable stress on the hair - an unfortunate side effect (though one I choose willingly and feel for now is completely worth it) that comes with forcing one’s hair into permanent straightness with a chemical process. Affirm has always been a favorite line of mine when it comes to chemical straighteners. I’ve tried many different brands and this one has by been the most nourishing and left my hair feeling in the best condition after the process. Affirm Fiber Guard has been a favorite choice of mine in the past but Moisture Plus leaves my hair feeling even more manageable after the styling. I could not believe the drastic improvement in the overall texture - though my lovely stylist used holding products in my hair, I could still run my hands through my head without snagging or breaking. My hair was so soft! Eureka! The ends looked smooth and gave my hair an overall healthy appearance, which to me is the most important goal in my hair maintenance rituals.
Meg here! Brooke Burke's hair always looks amazing! She shows how to be a brunette without being mousy. Caramel shimmers through-out her tresses! We've shown the blondes and the redheads on www.megsmakeup.com a lot of love lately. What's a dark-haired beauty to do? How do we get our hair to look multi-plex? How does Brooke keep her mane so glossy?
The first thing Brooke does is visit Marco Pelusi! I was sitting in Marco's chair just finishing up my blow out when Brooke "waltzed in"-that was a Dancing With The Stars reference! She sees Marco before she heads to the studio to film. We all can't sit in Marco's chair but on Megsmakeup, we give you the same access to the same guru's as the celebs.
I know Brooke keeps her hair (and shine) with Marco's products. He adds collagen (we lose it when we age-another lovely thing to look forward to) to his line. The collagen keeps your hair shaft healthy and plump and PROTECTS your pricey color! If you have one item to try, I would suggest going for Marco's Anti-Frizz Leave In Conditioner. It does everything it says and the bottle will last you a LONG time. I use a dime size amount and have hardly made a dent!
"Plump" and "Thick": well...unless you're talking about lips and/or a damn good steak, these are two words I really am not happy to hear connected in ANY way to my person? Goddess Granny just believes that sometimes you have to cut to the chase and just spew out what you mean so I'm going to settle down and get all "Plump and Thick" with y'all for a few so we can chat about this AWESOME shampoo!
SO many amazing celebrity hairstylists, I know but you have to love a smokin' cute guy who comes right out and says that he thinks "Confidence is HOT!" Nick Chavez is a gorgeous man with years of experience in front of the camera as a model and actor but what strikes me most about this uber-talented guy is his honest approach to why and how he "believes"everyone can be "Every Day Gorgeous" and that he's has painstakingly created a line of incredible products to help anyone be and look their best! I always tend to have just a tad more faith when someone who obviously is in the "loop of beauty" themselves and KNOWS how hard it is to choose products and stay healthy and great looking shares their info graciously based on a personal experience and not just acts as a "salesperson" for a line!
His salon in the heart of Beverly Hills boasts some totally incredible clients of course but more importantly, Nick stays very connected to his biz and is hands-on in the many incredible "makeovers" that his staff does for TV and on set.I also love that he's from a very large and close family with hard-work and farming in their hearts and he obviously gives back to his community and people as graciously as he shares his talents with his clients and the world! I absolutely enjoyed reading about him and believe he's a beautiful guy in side and out,rare these days...I totally admire self-made people and Nick is inspirational in many ways! Plus he creates some damn fine products so what's not to love?