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The ultra-glam Nina from Smashbox sent us some of their own wonderful, sleek cases full of houndstooth stylish lipglosses. Before we get to that I just want to share a little story.
Anyhow, this is amazing to me.We were having a political discussion and I CALLED THE WHITEHOUSE I called the most powerful house in the world!They asked where I was from, I replied that I was from Megsmakeup. The operator understood the urgency from a call from Megsmakeup. She told me not to worry, she would page the Press Deputy to call me back.
The press deputy called me back. He called me back with-in TEN MINUTES! He was a joy, he was laughing with us on our "discussion", and he added some little tidbits. So there you go, have a question and they will ring you back!
Back to Smashbox, how fabulous is this lip gloss palette? Wow! Once I'm finished with this product I'll have the most lux cigg case ever! I couldn't believe my luck when I opened up this case. Beautiful glosses in gorgeous shades that look so inviting to try. I can't wait to drop this handy case in my purse for an easy to locate gloss haven. No more searching around for loose products. Everytime I need a pen I pull out a gloss or lipliner. With this case never again. Do the colors work or is it all just show? Here's what Smashbox claims.."This sleek James Bond style metal cigarette case holds 4 full sized lip glosses in new lusciously sheer and super shiny shades with stunning houndstooth print caps. Slip one in your pocket or bring them all for quick touch-ups day or night. It's as slick as it gets. Shades include: rose, champagne, pale pink, sheer cranberry, all shimmer".
Ladies please post if the case is as good as the product or if I need to call the Oval Office to recall.
Meg's Make-up's very own Fairy Godmother, Fergus from Besame, sent us tubes of their Delightful Rose Moisturizing Lotion, a balancing moisturizer with rose extract.
Today we have a review for rose moisturizer, and yesterday MM tester Ollieb gave birth to a daughter HANNAH ROSE ! Tester for 2025! Congratulations!! (I know that was a stretch but I wanted to congratulate her and there is that slight Rose tie-in).
Besame hit the head on the nail spot on when they designed their packaging with all that post war glamour 30's look. I think they hit the nail again with the scent of this. My great-Aunt Kay had black and white pictures of herself on the walls of her house. She had that whole hat and glove with a smart suit look going on. She was around and kicking back then. She was pretty feisty and lived to be 100. I was always a little afraid of her when I was a kid. She didn't put up with any shenanigans.
When I squeezed this moisturizer out and put it on my face the scent of it brought me back to her powder room. She was all over the tea rose scent. She always has some roses in there and her candles and things always coordinated. It wasn't an obnoxious, old lady smell but more of a refined elegance. If she knew about this stuff I can see it fitting in perfectly.
Even when she was 80 years old she never had a wrinkle. She stayed out of the sun and didn't smoke or drink but I'm starting to think it was those tea roses. Maybe the roses are the secret.
Have we cracked the secret code? Here's what Besame claims..."Bésame Delightful Rose Balance Moisturizing Lotion is specially formulated with natural botanical oils and rose extract to help promote and maintain soft, smooth, and youthful looking skin".
Ladies please post if you found Besame's Delightful Rose to offer the key ingredients for a beautiful complexion.
Cat Hickland is the best woman alive. I've met her, I've seen her work and she saves hopeless animals on the side. Yes, she rules the roost on perfect. On the by and by have you seen her? Yup, she is perfect looking too!
So, I'm out at Dan Tana's having dinner with The Cat Hickland (Yeah, O.K. Hate me, but I roll like that). We start discussing life, love and business. At one point Cat fesses up that she had a tough time with her biz. "I thought about ending it all," Cat says. "Then I thought, whose make-up could I ever wear if I weren't making it".
I was so happy she said she would not stop. Her creations are legendary in concept, color and design. When I requested "Bad Cat" lipstick I did so from the practicality of the color combo, the brilliance of the package with mirror and the style of the gold with a diamonte.
Here's how Cat describes her lipstick.."Kitten Impossible Bad Cat on one side is a pale pink with a light coral undertone; the other side is an antique pearl with a pale cafe au lait undertone. When mixed you get a pearly nude". She really has it all, please post if this lipstick leaves you purr-ing for more!
The skin on Boscia's Jessica is so perfect she had to send us her secret! Boscia California Orange Blotting Linens arrived on our doorstep with the promise of clear complexion for days ahead!
I'm pretty shameless in describing my beauty routines so here goes. When I am in those lovely, slick, PMS skin days I try to head off the blemishes by taking extra strength Oxy and slathering it on my forehead, nose bridge and nose tip and chin. It is slippery, glistening, a snow, thick white, pasty if you will. That's how I'd describe this medicine while I apply it's process in the bathroom mirror. I almost think I over applied, I didn't over apply. I look in the same bathroom mirror at the commercial break and IT'S GONE!! I swear, it has disappeared! Sure, I'm left with a flakey remnant but what happened to all my oil soaking medication?
I just remind myself that it's in their fighting, soaking and placating the oil, bacteria and shiny germs. How did this happen to me? Why do I have a field of fungi growing on my face? Sure the germ glue has shut it up for now, but what about when it attacks!!
What about when it attacks at a place I can't pour Oxy on? What if I need a quick, quiet place to conveniently put my shine to sleep?
Here's what Boscia Blotting Linens claims. Instantly blot away excess oil and perspiration without disturbing your makeup. Hint: Let your personality shine, not your skin! Tip: Perfect for lipstick blotting too. Made from finely-woven leaf fibers of the exotic Abaca Tree Plant and infused with the energizing essence of fresh California Orange to enliven your complexion. Slim package fits perfectly in your pocket, handbag or desk drawer.
Ladies please post if the only shine you sported was that of your glowing personality and not of your T-Zone.
The sweet-smelling PR reps for Lollia Perfume sent us the most enchanted bottle of perfume. Packaged so old-fashioned and girlie, it has an actual crystal lauriat hanging around a dainty ribbon chain. If I were a set decorator and this perfume showed up I'd stick it on one of those mirrored 1930's vanity tables and have the perfect photo shoot !!
The trend,I'm noticing in perfumes right now is that they're going the Zen route. I guess this is what it has come to. I've given up on the bottles that say "Obsession", "Very Sexy"" and "Beautiful". These titles are promising but a bit much. Maybe I'm getting jaded ,but now I’m now open to just "Breathe".
I want to start a line like this, I'd call my bottles.."Don't Stress", "This Too Shall Pass" and of course, "What's Done is Done".
Although the title is simple enough, the notes in this fragrance are anything but. Here is what Lollia says about their new fragrance "A feminine and elegantly silk screened bottle houses the delicious scents of Lavender, Peony and Lily with notes of Milk and Honey. A shimmering glass crystal adornment is the distinctive signature touch, making this perfume the perfect gift for fine fragrance connoisseurs".
Ladies please post if this made you breathe easier or if I should start my limited edition "Just Xanax".
The never-let-them-see-you-sweat PR mavens for Garment Guard sent us packets of their "Underarm Shields" to test.
I don't have a sweating issue. I can go days with-out deodorant. To be fair, I'm hardly alive. I probably don't suffer from sweating as I also do not suffer from a heartbeat. When I go to have my pulse taken (before my Botox shots) the nurse always looks at me weird because she can't find my pulse. After the third try she found some life and all is good. I'm not active or athletic, "Breaking a sweat" sounds painful to me. I don't like to break anything. This product meant nothing to me when it arrived.
However, some of the MMT's shouted out in joy (like we had a Chanel shipment or something) over this underarm shield. Apparently these women have pulses and sweat.
One of our anonymous Meg's Make-Up Official Testers (Kate) told us a sweet story on how she got drunk and rocked out the karaoke mic (oh dear). She was telling us, how she was so rockin'. She was living the life. She got back her photos and had huge armpit stains under her groovin' arm and the mic. She was mortified.
This is not an isolated story. Another MMT that shall remain anonymous (BeBe) is a fierce sweater. These things retail for like, $2 bucks, when they came in I had to beat Bebe to only take 2 pair.
Garment Guard claims "Garment Guard is a disposable, self-adhesive, skin-tone-colored, cotton disc that adheres to the inside of clothing".
Ladies please post if this sweat absorber really builds confidence or if our anonymous testers (Kate & Bebe) should just stay in the a/c?
The PR extraordinaire’s from Seche Vite send us their most fabulous base coat! I'm creative and all that jazz but there is no way I can make a base coat sound interesting. It either works or it doesn't. Move on.
I get my talons polished at Lisa Nail on La Cienega. It's either Beverly Hills or L.A. I'm not sure, it's on that border area. It's not fancy. However, when I go, I always see someone famous. I've sat beside Britney Spears (pre-crazy baby-momma) and all the young starlet’s and a bunch of the golden oldies in there. Placed smack next to a blockbuster video and a boba juice shop it does not cry out RODEO DRIVE, but hey, they get the job done and fast.
So, I'm in there sitting next to Jewel (poet, songstress, whatever), and next to her this loud, dark-haired lady that definitely chose not to dress to impress anyone that day. I, unfortunately, am in-between Jewel and the loud brunette. The loud brunette keeps insisting on having a conversation with Jewel right over me like I'm not there. I wanted to move so they could sit together because her cackling is really starting to annoy me.
I love Lisa of Lisa Nail. I do. That's why I know she'll forgive me when I say her English is not the best. I mean, there's not even an "s" to make it Lisa's Nails. It's Lisa Nail, she'll do all 10 of them but no need to pluralize.
Back to my story. Lisa is filing my nails and says "that Jewel, she famous" and points to Jewel. Then (and seriously, I am reading an US Weekly with a picture of Mariah Carey in short-short jean shorts and an ill-fitting tube top). Lisa says, "Mariah Carey, stylist" and points to, what I think, is a picture of my US Weekly. I say " Oh my God, that is disgusting. She looks so low-rent. What a trashy ho. As if she has a stylist..ew.." Lisa, as it turns out, is not pointing at my US Weekly but at the loud brunette to the left of me. Her name is Jessica Pastor. Otherwise known as Jessica Pastor celebrity stylist to the A list. Otherwise known as Mariah Carey's stylist. If looks could kill I would be so past rigor mortis at this point. Lisa then says "no, she Mariah stylist" (thanks Lisa) and points to loud brunette
O.K. now my day at the nail salon has turned into Fear Factor. Jewel may look all delicate and boho on screen but in reality, she really looks like a snaggle-tooth ruffian that did grow up fighting black bears in Alaska and now I'm on her bad side. She lived in a van. I think that puts hair on your chest. There is nothing dainty about Jessica Pastor. Now, I have made this huge faux pas. Do I stand behind my statements? Do I say, "umm you suck at your job"? Of course not! I had no back-up! I said, (this is so pitiful but it was the best I could come up with on the spot) "Oh my God! Mariah Carey has a stylist? I had no idea!! She looks so approachable! So real! GREAT JOB"!!
Yes, the rest of my manicure was delivered in silence. However, I thought that was much better then some tough blond, living in a van, knocking my teeth out.
Back to the base coat, Seche Vite claims to be. "The first truly non-yellowing base coat for nail polish. After ten years of development Seche Clear was created to provide a clear base coat for nail polish that does not yellow and adheres to the natural nail. Use along with Seche Vite as the final top coat for a manicure that lasts and lasts". Ladies please post if this base is good enough for me to avoid personal injury and just do an at home manicure!
The magnificent PR Reps for Magic Of Aloe sent us their Proto-Collagen moisturizer. It claims to be a nutritional Aloe based collagen moisturizer that will provide a flawless finish to your complexion. May be used with or without foundation.
I have been taught that you need to look for long, confusing ingredients for face creams to work. Scientific ingredient names like Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Copper Pesticides, Hyaluronic Acid and N6-furfuryladenine. Names that you're a little afraid to pronounce in company. Names that could be found in a dirty bomb. If it's strong enough to nuke L.A. it must be strong enough to blast these fine lines from my face! Nature be damned!
Imagine my surprise getting a bottle of face cream called "Magic Of Aloe".
I am always suspect of a bottle who has ingredients I can easily say and have heard of before. This company doesn't even claim the aloe is from a remote land, untouched by man, bred from the rarest Aloe plant. It just says "Aloe".
Ladies, are we really back to basics? What about the acids? If this whole "keep it simple" approach does the job then there's a greenhouse I need to be buying soon. Please post if the aloe in this bottle was a true abracadabra!!
A big thank-you goes out to Stephanie at Blissworld.com that send us the $28 Diamancel nail file with real DIAMOND chips in there! Can you imagine? I am pretty fancy pants but I really am feeling like Kimora Lee with this snazzy item.
The previous, skinny, flimsy orange ones I had laying around have been trashed. Now, I am embarassed I owned such a pauper item.
Part of Dimancel's genius is "DURABLE" and "WASHABLE" so it'll last and not get nasty.
Is it worth $28 ? Does it work on real and "sculpted" nails? Is this a "must-have" item or are we just suckers for anything that has Diamond specks in it?
Ladies please post if your Diamancel Nail File made your hands look like a million bucks.