December 2018

How To Get Longer Lashes

Skip the extensions and pricey potions; with these must-try products you’ll have longer, sexier-looking lashes in no time flat, like our girl Taylor Swift with those super-sultry peepers.

Get Sweet And Sultry

Eyes may be the window to the soul, but your eyelashes? We’re pretty sure they’re the window to your sex appeal. Take Taylor Swift, the country star frequently sports a sweet, girly look, but with those bold lashes, she seems sultry too. To get Taylor’s look, try CoverGirl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara ($8, Target.com). The big brush ensures even coverage and it’ll last you the entire day.

Try on Taylor Swift’s looks in the Makeover Studio!

Photo: © Byron Purvis / AdMedia / Retna Ltd.

Parting Ways: Get the Best Part for Your Face

Who knew something as simple as where you part your hair could totally change your look? Well, it’s true and we’ve got tips from the pros on which types of parts look best on which face shapes! Part-on us for making you look your prettiest…

THE DEEP SIDE

The deep side part goes a long way on style and sex appeal. Especially when worn with height in the crown, it’s very Brigitte Bardot. Jennifer Garner gives it a soft girlie appeal by keeping her waves natural,  her sweepy bangs heavy and topping it all off with the best accessory…a big smile!

LOOKS BEST ON: Long face shapes as it breaks up the length by distracting us with the heavy fringe.

HOT TIPS: Be sure to tell your stylist if you’d like to move your part around. This cut can be worn in the middle as well, as long as your stylist knows you’ll be doing both! Create the deep side part when hair is wet before styling.

Photo credit: omghairstyles.net

TIPS BY: Natasha Sunshine of Byu-Ti Salon, Los Angeles, CA.

Byu-Ti Salon is Santa Monica’s premier hair boutique, catering to some of Hollywood’s most notable manes, including that of Ivanka Trump, Molly Sims and Eva Herzigova. The founder of Byu-Ti Salon, Natasha Sunshine, is known in the Los Angeles and New York City fashion circles for her keen sense of style and unique approach to hair therapy, Natasha not only created a six-step consulting system for helping her staff identify and meet her client’s needs, she has also developed her own seven different hair care products, to supplement the line of top-notch goodies already in use at her salon. When Natasha is not helping people feel fabulous from the inside out, or making herself camera-ready for a television appearance (most recently, The Rachael Ray Show), she is working as an industry leader and educator for L’Oreal’s exclusive hair care line, Pureology.

10 Celeb-Inspired Hairstyles to Try This Spring

You always see celebs walk the red carpet with intricate updos. But what about hairstyles that could update your daily look? See 10 celebs sporting 10 springy hairstyles and tips from the pros on how to get each look!

RACHEL MCADAMS

 

Three words: EASY SEXY HAIR. Pay attention—this look can have you looking hotter than Rihanna’s trendy tousled waves at the Grammys. In less than half the time. Promise.

But you have to have at least a little natural wave to make it work.

PRODUCTS:

Blowdryer with diffuser

Wide tooth comb

1-inch Iron

Pureology Illuminating Curl Stylist 24 Hour Shaping Lotion ($24 on Ulta.com)

Pureology Colour Stylist Anti-Breakage Twist Shine Texturizer ($20.99 on Sleekhair.com)

Pureology Colour Stylist Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray ($14.50 on Amazon.com)

HOW TO:

Start with hair fresh out of the shower. Do not dry with blowdryer or towel. Instead, blot the water out.

TIP: Coarse terrycloth towels can disrupt curl patterns. Try a microfiber towel for less frizz! Sleeping on a microfiber pillowcase will also keep curls better.

Section the hair into two or three horseshoe-shaped sections around your head. Starting at the nape of your neck, twist in a small amount of Pureology Colour Stylist Illuminating Curl Stylist 24 Hour Shaping Lotion (maybe a couple pearls per section). Wrap sections around one or two fingers, depending on how much wave you have. Next, diffuse hair with blow-dryer on low to medium force and heat. Do not separate the hair as it dries. Instead, cup the curls in the diffuser, holding the nozzle several inches off the scalp. Dry hair to 90%.

TIP: Over-drying hair is a frizz catastrophe! When in doubt, stop sooner rather than later and let hair air-dry the rest of the way.

Finally, apply a nickel-size amount of Pureology Colour Stylist Anti-Breakage Twist Shine Texturizer and work into hands. Run the defining cream through waves to break up curls and add shine. If needed, use the 1-inch iron by coil-wrapping around the barrel, holding the ends loose to keep the organic feel. This trick is great to polish unruly shorter layers or fringe!

Photo credit: Classy-Hairstyles.com

Byu-Ti Salon is Santa Monica’s premier hair boutique, catering to some of Hollywood’s most notable manes, including that of Ivanka Trump, Molly Sims and Eva Herzigova. The founder of Byu-Ti Salon, Natasha Sunshine, is known in the Los Angeles and New York City fashion circles for her keen sense of style and unique approach to hair therapy, Natasha not only created a six-step consulting system for helping her staff identify and meet her client’s needs, she has also developed her own seven different hair care products, to supplement the line of top-notch goodies already in use at her salon. When Natasha is not helping people feel fabulous from the inside out, or making herself camera-ready for a television appearance (most recently, The Rachael Ray Show), she is working as an industry leader and educator for L’Oreal’s exclusive hair care line, Pureology.

20 Best & Worst Looks At The Grammy’s

Stars made their way down the red carpet for last night’s Grammy Awards. See which looks rocked and which looks hit a sour note.

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Best: Taylor Swift
Taylor donned her most mature look on the red carpet, sparkling in a silk Zuhair Murad mermaid gown. “It’s one of my favorite dresses I’ve gotten to wear,” she told Seacrest before the show. “I saw it months ago, and I said ‘We’ve got to save this for the Grammys.'” We can see why!

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Worst: Nikki Minaj
Nikki’s goal has to be to appear on every worst dressed list! Her scarlett Versace cape with striking black beading was daring, but that’s the only nicety we’ll give her! With a pope look-alike on her right arm, all we can think is – How sacrilegious can you get? Oh wait, then there was her Grammy performance…

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Best: Rihanna
Rihanna’s latest tattoo and recent reports that she went back to Chris Brown had us worried she was headed for a breakdown. If she is, you would never know it by looking at her. She was an absolute knockout in a Giorgio Armani dress she helped design. If this is what going crazy looks like, sign us up!

Breaking Down Beauty Ingredients

Wandering the beauty aisles can be a daunting task. It’s not just about finding the perfect shade of nude lip gloss, part of the problem is we’re just not familiar with the ingredients and what they do. That’s why I’m giving you the scoop on some seriously great ingredients and, as always, some deals so you can get what you need. Give it a try—it’s a break for your face and your wallet!

A is for Apples. A product that’s flying off the shelves right now is the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength ($45). I always thought “natural” or “organic” was a bit too delicate and hippie to really be the industrial powerhouse I needed, but I was wrong. I was very wrong. Not to get all sciencey on you, but this is sort of interesting, and what makes the patented Green Apple Peel ingredients so powerful and effective is:

Malic Acid is from Green Apples
Citric Acid is from Lemons
Tartaric Acid is from Grapes
Salicylic Acid is 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 make this product 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.

BONUS: FREE Full-size hydrating mask with any purchase over $35 CODE Meg. Ends July 31st.

A is also for Argan. We see it in everything from makeup to skincare to hair products. Use it while pregnant and it even prevents stretch marks! Women try it and they don’t turn back! It’s so multi-use and a little goes such a long way that it’s a must-have in every medicine cabinet.

So, what is Argan Oil? Argan oil is an oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree. Endemic Argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world due to small and very specific growing areas in Morocco.

Taylor Swift and Salma Hayek have gone on record to say that they’re huge Argan Oil fans, but with all of these new Argan Oil products flooding the market, why do we at Megsmakeup.com love Zakias Argan Oil 100% Pure and Natural ($39.99) so much?

Because the women that harvest the Argan Oil, the Berber woman of Morocco, do it all by hand and in small groups. They painstakingly, manually grind the Argan nuts into a paste and then extract the oil. Zakias does not use machines, and it employs and empowers women with jobs.

BONUS: Want to try it? Here’s a deal! Use Code MEG2000 and enjoy 20% OFF of any order!

“It’s Good as Gold!” There’s no wonder why Hollywood’s gliteratti have been flocking for years to facial serums with gold in them. When La Prairie launched their Cellular Radiance Gold (at $580 an ounce!) in 2006, they had a bestseller on their hands. Study after study has shown that gold maintains firmness and elasticity and works on improving circulation and decreasing skin inflammation. Pure gold helps to soften expression lines, reduce fine wrinkles and diminish the appearance of age spots.

On Megsmakeup.com, we just had a tremendously positive review of KenetMD’s 24k Gold Serum ($95). Formulated by a very fancy and heavily degreed celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Barney Kenet, this serum has Hollywood buzzing. Botanicals mixed with actual gold flecks glide onto skin and leave you with a very illuminated look. I have never used anything that works so perfectly as a primer.

It makes sense that Dr. Kenet would create this, since he’s New York City’s Upper East Side Golden Boy, tending to a few big-name clients (Demi, Sandra, Jennifer…). If you too want to hold a big gold statue someday, practice in your mirror with this little gold bottle!

BONUS: Want in? The retail is $95 BUT with code Meg Head you only pay $60 (good for the first 100 only so move quick!).

“You Are What You Eat!” We’ve all heard that one, and we all know about the skin benefits of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Well, this amazing product has all of that plus a huge infusion of Vitamin F. Let me introduce you to Cosminology’s Galactive Glove Seal Your Skin Anti-Oxidant Serum ($75)!

“Vitamin F” was the designation originally given to essential fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture. They were then “de-vitaminized” because they are fatty acids, but you need fatty acids! Acids are probably what you’re swallowing every day to promote healthy hair and nails. That’s where your daily multi-vitamin comes into play, since our bodies do not manufacture Vitamin F. The issue (like much of nutrition) is balance. For example, Omega 6s are considered “pro-inflammatory” while Omega 3s are “anti-inflammatory.” Our body needs some inflammation to survive.

Galactic Glove Seal Your Skin Anti-Oxidant Treatment has been a “holy grail” item on Megsmakeup.com and it has been a life-saver for women that suffer from acne. I know putting an oil on your face seems counterproductive, but not when it’s stored with this many anti-inflammatory properties. The added antioxidants also combat free radicals and act as a barrier to heal and protect your face. Who’s behind this innovative product? Brilliant dermatologist, Dr. Dima!

BONUS: Vitamin F for Frugal! Want a deal on this baby? Just type in Code MEG For 20% OFF.

Hyaluronic Acid is Your Friend! Your skin is thirsty for it! You’re probably pretty familiar with this term and you see it in a lot of great anti-aging skin products. So…what exactly is it? Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance that can be found in the body. Since it helps retain water, it keeps skin hydrated, moist and soft, thereby maintaining a youthful appearance. As we age, the level of HA in the body also decreases, so the older we get, the less ability the skin has to retain its moisture, hence the occurrence of lines and wrinkles. Epione’s Correction ($175) has the highest pharmaceutical grade of Hyaluronic Acid available on the market today!

Epione Corrective Skincare is what Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’ own Lisa Vanderpump swears by. The creator, Dr. Simon Ourion, is who I see when I am in Beverly Hills for all of my facial work.

Speaking of…where else do I recommended for a good skin fix? When I’m on the East Coast, I run to Dr. Barney Kenet. When I’m in a jam heading down south, I see Dr. Dima in Reston, VA. For days when I’m in Los Angeles and I have a “TV problem,” you can find my tush in a seat in Dr. Ourian’s waiting room and I’m never alone. I see many A-Listers there!

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I hope this info proved valuable to you! Just a few things I have learned and a few great products I have found as we all search for the fountain of youth. What ingredient do you always look for before deciding whether or not to buy? Hope these discounts help on the best products on the market!

-Megan O’Brien of MegsMakeup.com

Megan O’Brien runs Megsmakeup.com. Meg is a beauty expert and makeup artist who frequently guest stars on national television. Megsmakeup.com is her baby, where she believes, “Always remember, true beauty comes from within…from within bottles, jars, compacts and tubes!”

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Sheckys.com lets you share your man’s mystifying moments, get easy tips for the healthiest, happiest and most fashionable you, discover our Girls Night Out events and more, all while earning OMG Points toward free goodies!

Scoop from Celebrity Stylist Jill Swid: The Met Ball 2011

The Costume Institute Gala – Who Wore What

By Jill Swid

Gilles Mendel, Taylor Swift

The Metropolitan Institute of Costume Gala also known as the Met Ball is always filled with A-list celebrities and fashion royalty who set the trends for all of us. This year, the late Alexander McQueen was honored with exhibition entirely dedicated to his work.  Friends and fans like Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, and Daphne Guinness rocked some of the house’s most iconic designs. Guinness might as well be a McQueen mascot as the feathered frock she wore seemed like it was created with her in mind.  Gisele was the most stunning in bright red McQueen.

The models went for the minis. Miranda Kerr channeled her inner swan in a white hot Marchesa dress while Hilary Rhoda opted for a short, albeit sophisticated, McQueen moment.

Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour dazzled in a Chanel gown from the Spring 2011 Haute Couture Collection, which surprised many since the evening celebrated the work of Alexander McQueen. The Vogue Editor-in-Chief is clearly a creature of habit and has been wearing Karl Lagerfeld’s creations for the past few galas. So why break with tradition now?

Tory Burch, Kanye West
Tory Burch stepped into the menswear realm by designing a one-button tuxedo for Kanye West. The dapper artist has been a fan of hers for quite some time and has been spotted at several of her fashion week presentations.

The night’s biggest miss was Kristen Stewart, whose ill-fitting Proenza Schouler gown was hard on the eyes.  And why did Serena Williams feel the need to wear a bridal gown? Her Oscar de la Renta confection is perfect for a winter wedding, but it seemed totally out of place on the red carpet.

Jennifer Lopez’s Gucci gown would have been quite glamorous if not for the floral shrug blossoming on her shoulders. I did love Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors and Diane Kruger in Jason Wu though!
Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning
Trends:

White Hot:
Serena Williams in Oscar de la Renta
Miranda Kerr in Marchesa
Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen
Liv Tyler in Givenchy

Stunning in Sand:
Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen
Taylor Swift in J. Mendel
Ashley Greene in Donna Karan
Dakota Fanning in Valentino

Mad for Metallics:
Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueenAnna Wintour
Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney
Renee Zellwegger in Carolina Herrera
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein
Jessica Alba in Ralph Lauren
Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney
Fergie in Marchesa

Photos are Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/BFAnyc.com

PageDaily tells you how to get the look:

White Hot

Tadashi Shoji Strapless Silk Organza Gown with Metallic Trim

Buy Now: Tadashi Shoji Strapless Silk
Organza Gown with Metallic Trim

Stunning in Sand
Illusion Halter Evening Dresses by Terani Couture

Laundry by Shelli Segal Metallic One-Shoulder Dress
Buy Now: Laundry by Shelli Segal Metallic One-Shoulder Dress