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DEDRA BEAUTY! HOLLYWOOD A-LIST ARTIST! RHOBH BEAUTY GURU! JUST LAUNCHED! WIN SOME!!

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Meg here! I promised Jon I would stop swearing in my posts because much like my grandmother, it offends him. I’m going to try to stop swearing which is coming at a very inopportune time since I want to say how F$^#ing Amazing Dedra Beauty is. 

Dedra Whitt has been a top makeup artist in Hollywood for 17 years. While she isn’t applying the faces to Jessica Biel, Julia Ormand or Mila Kunis you can catch her making up The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (and sometimes being drawn into the drama. Poor Dedra, she was just trying to apply a smoky eye!) 

More than the toast of the town for her talented ways of making famous faces fresh again, Dedra is a wife and a mom and a wonderful friend! She is super cool and I enjoy her completely. I also enjoy her philosophy behind her new line. In a nutshell, she wants you to look like the very best you and EASILY. Her makeup is designed for the everyday woman. “It’s so easy you can put it on in your car.”

I love everything in her line and will be telling you about each piece individually and why it is so special. I have to start with Smudge Pencil. Dedra Beauty Smudge Pencil is my new go to. I have it in my purse cosmetic bag because I feel panic start to set it in when I’m without it.

It’s chubby and it glides on smooth as silk. I don’t know how Dedra managed to formulate both a pencil that’s so blendable with such great staying power. It wears beautifully all night long. I am in love with the “Baroque” shade. It is such a deep, coppery brown. It’s the best universally flattering color and it wears day to night.

 

Personally, I know Dedra Whitt and have met with her several times over the process while she worked on her products. The lady is a total perfectionist. I can’t tell you how many times she sent back samples because everything wasn’t 100 percent up to her very high standards. She waited until this line was completely right, a line she herself would use on her very famous clients. That’s commitment to your brand and Dedra wasn’t willing to put her name on something until she got it right. She really got it right!

There are already so many different cosmetic lines on the market, I’m always slow to advise anyone to jump into the arena. If you’re going to take the plunge you have to be bringing something new to the table since we’re all inundated all of the time.

Dedra has taken her years of experience to pare down a line to the pieces that you just really need. Her colors will work on anyone and she got the formulas down perfectly!

Dedrabeauty.com  is a fantastic site! I’ve spoken to Dedra and we need to get the word out! Please comment and tweet to @Megsmakeup your favorite Dedra item and 5 lucky winners will get to try! What would be your pick? Oh and of course, who is your favorite Real Housewife?

 

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MOR! ESSENTIALS BLACK CURRANT IRIS HAND CREAM! AND A TIP TO BEAUTY COMPANIES TRYING TO MAKE IT!

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Meg here! I work with a lot of different cosmetic companies and one of the messages I try to drill into their heads is “MAKE THE PRODUCT PRETTY. MAKE THE PACKAGE BEAUTIFUL.”

You can have the best product in the entire world but I’m not putting it on my vanity if it’s going to bring the look of my powder room down. Pretty products are my downfall but decor is my passion! I spend every free dollar on end tables and vases. You think I’m going to bring down the glam factr of my house with an unsightly tube? Never.

You think in an aisle of hundreds of choices, I’m going to pick up your lipgloss/bodywash/shampoo/compact to even give it a chance if I’m not excited to grab it? Nope.

So yes, it does matter the most what works ON THE INSIDE but if I don’t believe you can make your package beautiful then I don’t believe you can make me beautiful and that’s a real problem.

If you want to be looked at then you have to make it into my shopping cart. Getting into my cart is 90% of the battle.

I mean, you’re in the BEAUTY BUSINESS. This should be common sense. It’s the same as “It’s not your personality that he’s going to notice across a crowded room.” It’s a creepy, superficial world out there and no one is going to want to see what’s on the inside if the outside isn’t cute.

MOR Cosmetics doesn’t need this explained. They can teach this pretty confidently. MOR consistently delivers beautiful products, both inside and outside. Today we’re going to point to MOR Hand Creme with Black Currant Iris.

 

Sure, Keri Hand Lotion may work but do you really want that pump sitting on your desk at work? Or on your vanity nightstand? Are you a chic woman or well, what exactly does that scream? Practical? Who wants to be called that. That’s one step below NORMAL (I shudder.)

The tube is non-greasy, has a fabulous yet not overpowering fragrance and contains:

– Contains the conditioning agents Glycerin & Coconut Oil
– Shea & Cocoa Seed Butters for superior moisture
– Sesame Seed Oil to help soften & rejuvenate the skin
– Vitamin A & E to nourish & reinvigorate tired skin
– Affordable for everyday use
– This hand cream product is not tested on animals

 

 

The Fragrance
Rich Black Currant & soft Iris marry with seductive Rose & warm Woods

OK, I just lost my font size. Sorry for the mini type.

It is a feminine design without being overtly “girlie” My main gay loves it! It’s non greasy yet moisturizing . It went out into a lot of makeup point packages so I’m really interested in what you ladies think about it! I have to stop typing because the strain of my eyes trying to write this damn piece this small is giving me a headache!!

How do you feel about the importance of the way your cosmetics are packaged?

 

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AIRELLE! BERRIMATRIX EYE & LIP TREATMENT WITH HYALURONIC ACID. DOUBLE DUTY! WAIT UNTIL YOU READ THIS ONE!

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Meg here! Guess what? I didn’t graduate from medical school while I went missing. You know I am a contributor for other publications right? Well, because the police may be reading this I will only say that this may or may not have happened. If you really need to know whether this happened then I am happy to report I have a fantastic attorney and you can forward all inquiries to him.

Boss lady: We have a tip that Kim Kardashian has checked into Cedar’s Sinai and is about to give birth. Can you get in?

I may do some undercover work from time to time.

Me: Well, I have a lab coat and my eyeglasses. I can put my hair in a bun and try to work my way in. I’ll give it a shot.

Boss lady: Great! Get in there and see what’s going on.

The entire time I’m in the car in my undercover garb I am praying that I don’t get into the hospital and someone has a heart attack. Someone spots “Dr. O’Brien” and yells out “Don’t worry! There’s Dr. in the house. She’ll know what to do!” I am well versed on how much botox I put into my face. The only medical emergency I feel I am able to consult on is “crows feet” filler.

I actually have a decent track record on getting some celeb scoop but TMZ had me more than beat on this story. Did I get in? Hell yeah!  Perhaps.

My point being that in life, a lot of us have to play “double duty.” We have to play different roles and wear different hats, to succeed in life you have to be more than a one trick pony. If I have to do that as a person just to thrive, than you can bet I expect the same from my products.

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Airelle Berrimatrix Eye & Lip Treatment with Hyaluronic Acid is not only my new secret weapon. It’s also Jenna Elfman’s, Denise Richards and the cast of “The Voice” their “must have.” It’s being used by all the top Hollywood makeup artists. This gem is dual duty. It reduces the puff under your eyes with one swipe. We all know I have a battle with cigarettes and swipes around the delicate mouth area fill in “smoker lines.”

Airelle’s founder is a dermatology expert. Kasey is from Maine. Everyone knows that blueberries are the highest in anti-aging anti-oxidents and Maine harvests world famous blueberries. Realizing the natural benefits, Kasey began painstakingly researching the most natural concoction to give women fantastic results.

I absolutely love that I have this in my purse for on the go, easy fixes and it’s packaged so it will last me a long time. The bottle is compact with a screw off lid and a roller ball applicator. No mess. No fuss. No drip. Swipe and go!

Powerful target treatment for trouble areas. Designed to firm and smooth the delicate skin around  the eyes and lips. Fine lines and puffy eyes are improved with roller ball applicator. Hyaluronic Acid helps texture appear noticeably tighter, softer and smoother after applying. Use twice daily for best results.”

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While not playing Doctor (so much more fun as a kid or naughty adult by the way.) I was playing another fantasy role. I call this role “responsible.” I’m trying to get really great at it and I have proof here of me doing exactly what I promised. My main gay and I spent hours pouring over make up point redemptions. We got a ton done and I hope you ladies love your goodies. A sincere “THANK YOU” for being so cool with me and my apology.

We have really great items going out and I do appreciate you all cutting me slack!

I did have the lab coat in my closet so when Boss Lady called I was ready to maybe go undercover. To be fair, I have more costumes than Liberace in my closet. You never know what the I.R.S is going to do these days and I see how much publicity Amanda Bynes has been getting for her wigs. A smart girl is always stocked, ready to go incognito. “On the run” is the new black.

Thanks ladies and what dual use item is your “must have?”



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URBAN DECAY! LIMITED EDITION OZ PALETTES! THEODORA!

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Meg here! I’ve been very sick. I’m 88% better but it has been a rough week. Running around NYC (in what is COLD to me 40ish degrees) gave me a terrible flu once I returned home.

After being isolated and asleep and sick for three straight days, I needed to get out of my house. There was a danger of me turning into Howard Hughes and starting to pee into bottles. I needed to visit the outside world. I had taken my meds and while I was not feeling even 70 percent better, I was no longer a contagious threat. A shower and easy night out was what I was needing.

Our Manly Monday leader, Nick Stern was kind enough to be my escort. I booked our tickets online and we were set for the 6:30pm showing of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL!

This was just what I was needing, during my illness I was too sick to open up my recent packages. Fresh from a (much needed) shower, I took my new strength and open a fedex marked from Urban Decay. What was inside transported me to a land filled with bright technicolor! I was only in black and white before I opened what may be, the most beautiful palette to ever exist!

Well, there were two of them looking up at me. The Glinda Palette (I confess, I have not opened it yet.) Is packaged white and pearlized and looks almost angelic. The EIGHTcolors inside were pinks and peaches and golds. Flanked with a plum eye pencil and sheer beige lip color. It is so pretty. I hate when they package things so gorgeous that you almost feel guilty when you open them! It’s like people that only put out the good hand towels when guests come over. USE IT ON YOURSELF is hard for me. I mean, it’s normally hard for me. It WAS hard for me. I couldn’t  tear into the Theodora Palette quick enough.

The Theodora Palette is chock full of sexy, smoldering style. The warmer hues in sables and minks, the EIGHT shades were also rounded out with greens and golds. A black eye pencil and creamy red lip are included. I am IN LOVE! This is definitely the NIGHT palette.

Between Glinda for Day and Theodora for night, you have every eye look you will ever need. FOR A LONG TIME! Are you a good witch or a bad witch? (I don’t know why I threw that last sentence in there, I must still be a bit feverish.

These palettes are so gorgeous you are never going to want to be without them. You can even customize them once you go through the shadows (but trust me, it will be a LONG time before then!) You can actually just pop in any UD shadow pots-how great is that?

The colors went on beautifully and I actually felt like I was among the living once I put my face on. I can’t wait to open Glinda palette for my day time looks. I have an event (a fancy luncheon ooh la la!) to attend on Friday and I will be breaking that bad girl out. Once I get over the heart palpitations and stress of opening such a beautiful presentation.

Run, don’t walk. These babies are going to sell out and you know they’re going to be hundreds of dollars on Ebay shortly. Maybe buy a few as an investment? You know, like you do with other fine art.

I give these palettes 5 champagne glasses only because the option to give them 10 is not around! I also enjoyed the movie. No, it’s not going to change your life but it will entertain you and make you forget about anything that may be ailing you for 2.5 hours. That’s good enough for me.

And, if my makeup looked half as good as Mila Kunis as Theodora, it was a complete win-win! GO GET THIS!!

WHO ELSE HAS ENJOYED An Urban Decay Limited Edition set?

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ARCONA! PUMPKIN BODY LOTION! DEAL ALERT! 40% OFF ARCONA! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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Meg here and I have a secret to tell you. Some inside information…

I have stupid apple magnets all over my fridge!”

“If I get one more lame apple picture frame I’m going to scream!”

“Seriously, like I’m going to wear apple earrings?”

“Thanks for this bedazzled apple sweatshirt. Yes, so clever. Awesome.”

Um, if you’re looking for a teacher’s gift and you don’t want them to off themselves, please divert from the cutesy apple schwag. A. You’re not being original. B. Or get them something ridiculous like Apple’s Ipad Mini. They hate that apple swag crap. Trust me. Apple stock or Ipad not in the budget? Then shake it up. Stand out, bring them pumpkin.

Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion is a beautiful testament to an underpaid, noble woman that probably doesn’t have an extra $48 to spend to pamper herself. The package is excellent, the brand is organic and it looks and feels like luxury.

You could paper me in thousand dollar bills and sprinkle diamonds on top and I’m still not spending more than 30 minutes in a room full of seven year olds, so listen up…

I don’t have the greatest sniffer, it probably doesn’t help that my first words were “does anyone have a lighter?” I applied Arcona’s Pumpkin Body Lotion on. It’s not greasy or sticky and dries almost instantly, my skin felt soft and healthy. 

The scent? Um, google Men and Pumpkin scent. Honest to God, articles come up that say “Men are more aroused by pumpkin pie than your favorite perfume.” Blood flows quicker to a man’s second head with the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon more than anything. Google it. I speak the truth. Just in case your child is in the care of a single, spinster educator with lots of cats-help a woman out!

Because I take my job very seriously, I did some reasearch walking around the Rage Cage (my house) yelling “Smell me you guys!!” I even stopped my neighbors doing laundry and asked them to take a whiff of my arms. This girl will stop at nothing I tell you…

“Ooh, you smell like the holidays, yummy holidays.”

“I detect some clove I think, I love clove.”

“you smell like a high end Bath and Body works at Christmas.”

“Um, YUM! Can I have some?”

Aren’t those responses much better than the apple ones? It gets better…

For two days, (Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th), customers will be able to purchase all of their favorite ARCONA products at 40% off through Arcona.com, in-studio (425 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401) or by phone (877.272.6620). Stock up on all of the products in your skincare routine or get an early start on Christmas gifts for friends and family!

Please see below for additional specifics regarding this Black Friday promotion.

 

  • 2-day sale (Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24)
  • 40% off any ARCONA product 
  • Purchases are final sale
  • Customers can purchase in-studio (425 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401), online (www.arcona.com), or over the phone (877.272.6620)

So tell me! What do you gift your kid’s teachers? How awesome is a 40% OFF Savings!!


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ARCONA! RASPBERRY RESURFACING PEEL!

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Meg here! I have had a close call with fruit lately. First off, I am allergic to latex. Secondly, as a kid I absolutely hated banana’s. My grandmother would not believe me. She would say “No one is allergic to banana’s.” She would then say that I needed potassium and make me eat the damn things. I never got outwardly ill, I just felt sick insde when I ate them.

Cut to 15 years later at my gyno exam. He asked me “do you have any allergies?” I answered “latex.” He then said “Oh, you must hate banana’s. They’re full of latex.” Bingo! I told you Gram!!

Allergies can get worse as you get older. I was just finishing up my brunch at the posh Sunset Marquis Hotel. There was a kiwi on my plate. A teeny little slice that was there for a decorative touch. I ate it. The rest of my party went to the powder room. Ironically enough, they were from New Zealand. I then felt my throat itch and swell and start to close. Great! Death by kiwi while brunching with Kiwi’s, how ironic. I’m still here so no, I didn’t drop dead but it was a scary experience. Apparently, those little suckers are full of latex. So I’m being more careful of the latex fruit list. I’m going to be really depressed when I can’t eat tomatoes. Gosh, I love tomatoes.

However, since the “kiwi incident” I have been avoiding strawberries, mango’s, avacado and yes, the dreaded banana. When I look back at sex ed, where the teacher puts a latex condom on a banana I have an anxiety attack. Thank God I never volunteered. That’s just a lethal combo!

Raspberries are now (until I feel a throat tightening) my new go to! Why just this past Friday night LAFred and I went for margarita’s and I ordered the purple raspberry one. Yum. Megsroomie was having a Halloween party at the house and I was too tired to be home for it. Friday’s kill me. I can’t keep my eyes open past 11pm.

I asked LAFred is I could stay at his house and if I could bring Prudence and have a movie night? All I wanted was to put on my sweats. LAFred agreed, yay! We were off. A night of sweats, a movie and to top it off Arcona’s Raspberry Resurfacing Peel.  My skin was looking dull and tired and LAFred said he’d try this new peel out with me. People rave over it! Google the ARCONA RASPBERRY RESURFACING PEEL REVIEWS!

 

I am a huge fan of Arcona! I am always really impressed with their products and I usually enlist a friend to try them with me. I’m all about the sharing the great results. Megsroomie and I were so thrilled a while back when we tried Arcona’s Wine Hydrating Mask, I couldn’t wait to get to LAFred’s and try the peel!

After thoroughly washing my makeup off and patting my face dry, I squeezed out the Raspberry Peel and applied it all over my face avoiding the eye area. Initially it really stung. I got a little paranoid and said a silent prayer I wasn’t having some new fruit reaction. I wasn’t, fruit sugar is powerful stuff and it was eating away at the dead cell layer of skin off my face. After 2 minutes it the sting went away but I definitely felt a tingle for a good 5 minutes after.

LAFred felt only a slight tingle. My skin must be more sensitive and he is not aware of having any latex issues himself. 

I left the peel on for the full 15 minutes and then rinsed it off with warm water. My skin felt like I had just had a facial! Really! My skin felt tighter but really clean and soft. If also brought a pesky whitehead to surface. Another organic win for Arcona!

I didn’t want Megsroomie to miss out so I was sure to bring home the tube so she could experience this latest skin victory!

If you need a quick resurfacing, I highly recommend Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel. I recommend it so much that I just used it again tonight. I followed it up with my Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Eye Cream and my Michael Todd True Organics Knu Moisturizer. You’re going to want to moisturize after. All of this organic skincare has left my face very happy. But boy, I really am going to miss fruit salad.

What peels are you a fan of? Have you tried Arcona?

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YOU WERE MADE AMAZING! START ACTING LIKE IT! ALEXIA NEONAKIS VEDIC ASTROLOGY!

lexneonMeg here! (Like you have to be a psychic to figure that out.) I read this article on Fortune or Forbes (I like to read what I aspire to. I really don’t care to pick up Cosmopolitans “100 Ways to Make Him Scream”) Why buy what I already know? Go to bed with a leave-in conditioner on my hair and a mud face mask. I mean really Cosmo, it’s not brain surgery. If I want real shrills I don’t shave my legs. There you go. It didn’t even cost you $3.

I’m at a point where I don’t really give a rat’s ass on what “he” thinks. I know, there’s so many of them how could I even keep track? I really care about what “I” think. Born alone, die alone-we better make friends with ourselves.

My favorite thing in the entire universe is to laugh. The second thing is to move (not exercise-are you insane?) Move! Move forward (or try to) Have you ever read The Book Of Birthdays? If you haven’t go get it! It will endlessly entertain you forever. I was born on July 20th. I was born “On The Days Of Ups and Downs.” The book then goes into why you are the way you are and I have to say, it makes a non-believer a believer. It pegged me to a “T”

Getting back to my Forbes or Fortune article, it was written for people that want to become better than they are. The overwhelming theme was “Shake Your Shit Up.” Yes, whatever it is that you’ve always wanted to do? Well, to become a more successful, a happier and content individual-you better do it now. We’re not getting any younger. I just noticed an age spot on my had as I typed this. Gross.

I didn’t grow up “fancy.” That’s totally OK. However, a lot of my friends did. The only separation really in our class divide (I’m self-made thank you very much) was one of travel.

I’ve always wanted to go to Paris. I just couldn’t find a friend that wanted to go with me “Oh, good Lord? YOU’VE never been to Paris? I’ve been like 10 times? Where did your parents take you?” Disneyworld. Once. I didn’t say they beat me. Let’s just say “passport photo day” was not something I grew up with.

I’m turning 36 in ten days and I did what any single woman that knows no one in Paris does, I bought a ticket for two weeks to go there. I leave August 30th, and I’m thrilled to go alone and do it. Because if success lies outside your comfort zone than I’m willing to make that leap. It’s Paris, not Baghdad. I’m not looking for a medal, but it’s a big deal-to me. 

It’s a big deal because I bought my own ticket, I’ll book my own hotel and I’ll come up with my own schedule. There wasn’t a boyfriend in the mix. It’s all on my own terms and that’s a pretty nice place to be able to live.

I took a hiatus from being a ballsy, bad ass warrior. I took a route I thought I was supposed to take. I got married and I was awful at it. Believe me, I raced out of the gates of my hometown faster than Seabiscuit. I ran at 18, not knowing anyone, to New York City. I figured if you’re going to “Go Big Or Go Home.” New York would be the place to go huge.

Lexie Neonakis was my roomate, she was very old. I think she was 22 when I moved in. She was travelled and smart and certainly had been to Paris. She knew about fancy clothing brands and what Santorini was (she went there) and that I should really get rid of all of my clothes that were not Navy, Grey or Black. She would make me this weird dish called “hummus” with chickpeas in our blender. She lectured me that I was too obsessed with my boyfriend (I was) and to go out and make a mark on the world “You Can DO THIS.” When I had gotten a more sophisticated beau and he wanted to buy me lingerie she said “It HAS TO BE La Perla!” I repeated it just like that, I got La Perla.

Lexie wasn’t pretensious. Not at all. She just had great taste. I was the little “pretensious one” only going to The Bowery Bar (this was 1994-it was HOT) or Flamingo East. But I was trying. She had a class that you can’t mimic. She just knew things. Stuff came really easy for her. It was like she had a FEDEX tracking number and knew when life was going to deliver.

Lexie was psychic. No really. Stay with me here because I know some of you (like me) are rolling your eyes.

Lexie was taught to read signs and planets and was doing this at 22 years old and was freaking me the Hell out. I thought I lived with a witch. I mean, a good witch (Like Glenda) but still it was totally weird.

She would make me these charts and tell me what was going to happen and what I should expect. I would do the “crazy person nod” just to make her stop talking about planetary alignment. Again, not my background.

“You’re going to meet someone older, like 20 years older in November. Looks like the 15th.”

I started dating Paul, 20 years older on the 13th of November. Up until I met him I would have sworen off anyone more than 5 years older.

“You’re going to sign a contract, looks like money beginning of September.”

Signed my first modeling contract September 5th.

She would drive me nuts with the “told you so!” But she did. She always told me.

Facebook is awesome. I lost contact with Lexie but guess what? She’s been certified from the greatest guru’s and now runs ALEXIA NEONAKIS VEDIC ASTROLOGY I read the testimonials on her site and guess what? She’s only gotten better. SCARY.

Sometimes taking leaps of faith are just that (Hello Paris) we never really know the why? I’m not saying Lexie has all of the answers but the ones she gets are pretty spot on. It’s like a parent/teenager relationship. I never wanted to hear her thoughts or advice growing up but boy, what I wouldn’t do to have her in my livingroom right now.

I don’t know if you’re at a crossroads or wanting to find out any cosmic why? I do know I am having Lexie do a chart on why Paris? Why now? She’s trained, she’s respected and (look at her rates) priced extremely reasonably. Like less than the price of one L.A. therapy session.

If you have any questions or blocks that you need answered and you’re sick of driving your friends up a wall. Please check Lexie out! What fears do you need to overcome to MOVE?!

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SPONSORED POST-THE BEAUTY SECRETS OF HONEY! YUP, THE SAME HONEY THAT’S IN YOUR KITCHEN! SECRETS WITH OLE HENRIKSEN!

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Meg here! Yes, that is a photo of me in disbelief after touching how incredibly soft my face was with the great Ole Henriksen. His fabulous esthetician Xavier made my face incredible after Ole Henriksen’s signature soothing honey facial.

Ole Henriksen? Celebrity facialist to the stars (Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Campbell etc.) and the secret ingredient is honey!? Read on!

The National Honey Board was kind enough to send myself and a few other beauty writers off to the famed Ole Henriksen Spa in West Hollywood to learn about the beauty powers of honey. This was not my first trip! Anyone that’s spent time on Megsmakeup.com knows what a huge Ole Henriksen fan I am. His Truth Serum is so amazing, his African Red Tea Indulgent Body Mask (uses honey) Sugar Glow Face Scrub (uses honey) and many of his A-List custom facials use honey. Once you realize what a huge honey advocate Henriksen is, it makes perfect sense to learn all of its benefits from the Skin Guru himself.

Ole Henriksen grew up in a very small village to a working class family that didn’t have a lot of money. As a treat, Ole’s mom would add honey to his milk as a special treat. It brings a lot of warm memories back to him and he is an expert on its skin saving properties.

Honey is a natural humectant (it attracts and retains moisture) which makes a perfect, natural ingredient for cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. It also has a ton of soothing antibacterial properties and it’s an antioxidant! oh, and it’s super inexpensive and you probably already have it in your kitchen. So there’s that as well.

Summertime is here and the harmful rays can really do a number on our skin. Here are some easy, soothing recipes that are effective, healing and have been around for ages. Literally, Cleopatra (the Oprah of her time) was a fan and if it’s good enough for the “Cleopatra’s Favorite Things…”

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Here is the step by step, homemade way that you too can experience the Hollywood Guru’s popular Honey Facial Treatment. Make a batch in tupperware and these ingredients can be pulled out once a week for a month! I was amazed at how soft Ole’s model’s skin was! Honey? Who knew?

Light some candles, turn on your music and apply! Anyone can do this (that’s coming from someone that barely boils water!)

Step 1: COMPRESS: LAVENDER FACIAL

Warm Water

2 Teaspoons Lavender Essential Oil

Fill sink one-third full of warm water and add lavender essential oil. Stir and inhale the wonderful aroma to induce relaxation. Create a spa environment. Drench a terry cloth towel in lavender water, lightly squeeze out excess water and press firmly against your face for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

Step 2: CLEANSE: HONEY YOGURT PURIFYING CLEANSER

4 Tablespoon Yogurt

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pat cleanser onto your face with an upward circular motion for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse with lavender water.

Step 3: RE-TEXTURING DEEP CLEANSING HONEY AND FLAXSEED SCRUB

1 Ounce Flaxseed Meal

1 Ounce Almond Oil

1 Tablespoon Honey

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl; allow to sit for a few minutes. Pat scrub onto your face using upward circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse with lavender water from sink.

TIP: Use two middle fingers to work scrub into crevices around your nose and chin.

Step 4: MOISTURIZING MASK-OATMEAL CALMATIVE MILK AND HONEY

1/2 Cup Uncooked Oatmeal

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Cup Milk

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 Unwaxed Cucumber

Grind oatmeal in a blender. In a smal saucepan over medium heat, cook oatmeal, water, milk and honey for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently with a spatula or spoon. Remove from heat and allow to cool. If necessary, add a little more water to ensure mask is thick but not runny. Grate cucumber and place on a long piece of cheesecloth the width of temple to temple; roll up like a sushi roll.

Massage a thick layer of plain honey all over your faceand neck before applying mask. Apply mask to your face with upward strokes. Lie down, place cucumber roll over your eyes and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

STEP 5: HEALING APPLICATION-LAVENDER COMPLEXION OIL

1 Ounce Almond Oil

1 Teaspoon Lavender Essential Oil

Mix oils in a small cup or bowl. Place a dime-sized amount on damp palms and massage into your skin for 1 to 2 minutes.

STEP 6: FABULOUS!!!!

Your skin is glowing, top off with your SPF and now you have a perfect base for your makeup! This is a great Sunday night ritual! It’s really not hard to do, once you have the prep done you have a Hollywood signature treatment ready to go!

It makes sense to get a batch of this ready because you know you’re going to be out in the elements! From the wise words of Benjamin Franklin “Tart words make no friends, a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” 

Honey has so many uses! What’s your favorite at home recipe and have any of you been using the miracle of honey in your “getting glam” routine?


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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!

THe fact there’s no harmful chemicals in there? Yeah, awesome. However, harmful chemicals have never been a dealbreaker for me but it’s nice to know I’m by using this product I’m not just saving my face.

I made this video with my main gay Denny. He loves the peel as well! I hope you enjoy it! HOW GREEN ARE YOU?

 

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SHUE UEMURA CLEANSING SHAMPOO AND FINDING GOD! IT’S A STRETCH BUT IT’S SORT OF THERE.

shueuemeraMeg hair and I’ve sort of just experienced a miracle? No, seriously, tell me if I didn’t catch this on YouTube I wouldn’t have 500,000 hits by now. I so would.
I’ve tried to start a movement where we all ignored Christmas and that went no where. I had like, me and 4 homeless people that would sign my “NO MORE CHRISTMAS PETITION” the rest didn’t have electricity or internet-it just sort of fell flat.

Not to be defeated, I decided to redirect the cause, we all agree the Bible is interpretation so why Christmas on the 25th of December? Everything is like 80% off on the 26th, let’s move it to the 27th. I am Catholic but date in Hollywood so it’s safe to say there’s been a lot of Jew in me, we’ll all save if we gift give on the 27th!? Yeah, that didn’t get much traction either.

Looking back on the year, I get cranky and I don’t expect a whole lot. At any point in time while I’m asleep I half expect a ghost of Christmas past will come wake me up. Damn chains, if they’re not attached to a calfskin leather purse emblazoned with double CC’s I’d just rather sleep through the lesson.

Then it happened. I have to say, and I know it’s not popular, people don’t expect it from me but I love Jesus. I do. Not God. I don’t love God, God terrifies me. He’s such a hard ass, you’re so done if you disagree with him, he’ll kill you’re firstborn and ruin your crops and make weird frogs invade your house and he really doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor. It’s all “I’M GOD” all the time, we know these people and we get it. You’re awesome. Now please don’t massacre my family. I just herd sheep. Why are you so difficult?

I HEART JESUS! I totally do. Jesus is awesome. You want to be friends with Jesus! Jesus doesn’t give a Fig Newton about any of this status, ego stuff. Jesus’s besties were 12 unemployed, well meaning friends that always met for a fabulous dinner with a ton of wine. Jesus didn’t give a rat’s ass if you would kill a son for him. He’s all “you’re sorry? We’re cool.” Who is not going to love that guy? Plus he was super great friends with Mary Magdalene, who at the time, was probably just trying to earn a B.C. Chanel purse. We all have heard “the good Lord helps those that help themselves” so HE was just respecting a working woman.

So that’s my religion, I am a God fearing Catholic. That is true. God scares the shit out of me. I just hope Jesus will meet me at the gates and say “She’s on the list.”

Hang with me here, I had a “God” moment, as a dyslexic I could write “Dog” moment and still be correct.

I’m watching several of my friends dog this week. I knew there would be a sale at Petco, I drove there this morning and bought the entire rawhide section for about $30.

I let the dog’s out for their Pee’s and when they came in, I gave each a yummy rawhide.

I’m also babysitting Prudence’s puppy daughter Gertrude. She got a treat but it was quickly stolen away from her. She went to her dog bed and cried.

THIS HAPPENED

Meg
: Prudence (Gertie is crying at the couch) How can you eat that? Gert’s was stolen. You’re the mamma. Gert doesn’t have one? Poor Gert.

With a million trillion Youtube’s that will never see the light.

Prudence looks at me, she grabs the rawhide, she hops off the couch and walks over to Gertie’s bed, she then drops the chew off and walks back to the couch. She jumps up, looks at me and rests her face on my knee. Only to say “Happy Jesus?”

I have seen some sort of miracle there. Call it low-hanging fruit, but I see. God works in mysterious ways so I’m sure this wasn’t him. This was too cut and dry, like his face on a tree. This was the work of my friend Jesus.

Sometimes we look for huge miracles when they happen everyday. You may treat your tresses with the most lux shampoo and conditioner, but once a week you should give it a break. At $55 a bottle you should expect a miracle. Relax, it’s like Jesus, it loves you. Shu Uemara Cleansing Shampoo 

holds no judgment to the daily sins you’ve been committing. Too much product, too much dye, too much straightener, flat-iron, curler’s. It accepts all.

Much like Church, you really Shue need once a week for this bottle to last MONTHS. Use it like confessional, sin sin and sin o’plenty, on Sunday pump this in and you’re clean!

Shue Uemara cleansing shampoo gives you a new slate. You are able to be “born again” It’s absolutely divine, If you’re looking to indulge I can’t rave enough about this. I’ve seen the light!!

Anyone else have a Clandestine experience with a product or do you just think I’m a moron for my religious views?

Buy It Here!

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Meg here! We love Napoleon Perdis products on this site! With good reason, his liquid mineral foundation is absolutely heavenly, I know I mailed a lot of them out in the last makeup points package!

It goes on smooth, the color is natural and unlike many mineral products it doesn’t sit in your creases. A little dab’ll do ya and it spreads evenly and effortlessly with optimal coverage but doesn’t feel at all heavy. The feedback I’ve been getting back have been some serious raves.

I was lucky enough to grab a hot minute with the makeup genius himself and I asked him tips on how to keep your foundation from settling into your creases and why it took him so long to get into the mineral game. Answers? A. Primer is very important and liquid doesn’t sit like powder does. B. He wanted to have the perfect formulation before he entered the game! Two very valid points.

In Napoleon’s own words “ROCK ON!”

Advanced Mineral Makeup is a weightless liquid foundation laced with light diffusers, long-wear capabilities and a semi-matte finish. Behind the scenes, an antioxidant-rich mineral complex and high-tech hydrators support the skin.

“I’m a new recruit to modern mineral makeup formulations because they have the ability to sync with the skin in a way I haven’t seen before. Mineral makeup used to be really chalky, dehydrating and aging, but the technology we’ve employed allows for a skin-sensitive formulation that won’t irritate or offend – and a beautiful, semimatte finish that will keep you flawless for hours. This foundation rocks!”

In a world of regular rocks he’s created a gem of a product. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this line because it is really outstanding. It’s definitely been worth the wait!

Highly recommend! The man’s done it again! Any of you tried Napoleon Perdis Advanced Mineral Makeup? What are your thoughts on mineral makeup as a whole? Yay or Nay? Trust me, I’m loving this!

Buy It Here?

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JUICE BEAUTY! GREEN APPLE PEEL! A FULL SIZE FREEBIE OFFER! CODE MEG!

peelMeg here! It’s really funny the things that you remember from when you’re little. Funny in the “oh right, this is why therapy is big business” way. Then there’s funny in the “figures I would cling to that story, just a preview of things to come.”

I loved to read when I was little (still do) and there was some childrens story about the farm pigs getting drunk on fermented apples. Does anyone remember that scene? Super bonus points if you can remember what book it was. I just loved the idea of drunk pigs. It wasn’t until I was older until I realized that you could fit that description at any Hollywood bar.

More than the pigs I looked at apples with a new appreciation. I heard the whole bit about apples and doctors but I had never known the party potential. Who knew apples were so strong? And such a good time? Forget BYOB, I’ve got a pound of Granny Smith’s in the trunk!

Juice Beauty organic skincare knew! I need to educate you on what I learned. I literally walked into Sephora and the saleslady told me “that is definitely the strongest facial peel we have here.” I heard that and didn’t think it could be true, I mean I don’t join the words “Natural” and “Organic” with strong. Let’s refer back to my apple story and here is more info that the acid in fruits can really trip you out. I mean, in a good way of course.

Not to get all science guy on you but this is sort of interesting The Patented Green Apple Peel Ingredients that make it so powerful and effective:
Malic Acid is from Green Apples
Citric Acid is from Lemons
Tartaric Acid is from Grapes
Salicylic Acid from Willow bark (Full Strength Only)

It’s the unique combination of the above alpha and beta hydroxy acids from organic ingredients along with raw cane sugar that makes it so strong!
The reason the organic ingredient part is important is because organics have
30-35% higher antioxidant and vitamin loads than non-organic ingredients.
I guess that makes sense. It’s like how they say if you cook your foods you’re boiling out the vitamins. Since Juice Beauty is natural skincare it makes sense they’re going to want the freshest ingredients to provide the freshest results. I have a feeling the founders also wouldn’t be caught dead in a grocery store. Something tells me that they know the schedule of every Farmer’s Market in San Fran.

I had that big meeting last week (I think it went well, we’ll see and thanks for the good wishes-really appreciate it.) I had been testing around and trying all sorts of new products because I wanted to walk in looking fab. It’s OK to do this every once in a while but when you’re done, be prepared to have to really cleanse.

I brought out this Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength (this is not for skin wimps. Skin wimps, don’t worry. This also comes in a sensitive version.) My regular mask companion Megsroomie  went home to visit family. Luckily, my other roommate KristenOsborne88 was game (her review will be in comments shortly!)

I followed the instructions and applied to my skin, careful not to apply near the delicate eye area. I definitely felt a tingle, it did not hurt but around the 9minute mark my face was definitely ready to be washed. After I washed it off my skin was a little bit red but that subsided within 20 minutes or so. My skin looked refreshed and renewed. I was like skin re-birth and if I just do this once a week…We’ll I’ve have both unclogged pores and A LOT of leftover product. It’s a generous jar!

Juice Beauty
has been extremely generous and is giving all Meg Heads an added incentive to give their products a try. A FULL SIZE FREEBIE! A much loved Hydrating Mist $22 Value! With the order of ANY PRODUCT! CODE MEG

May I suggest you first try the Green Apple Peel? It’s just delicious! UPDATE- Megsroomie just walked in the door and is game to guinea pig for us!

Have any of you tried the organic skincare line Juice Beauty? Don’t fear the name. It packs the punch of the chemical brands but delivers the punch in a natural way! What’s not to love? I’ve had a tough day, thankfully there’s some old red delious in the produce drawer…Oink!

Don’t Miss Out! CODE MEG! Buy some here!

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