Natural Pink Lip Glosses

by Melissa Meyers


One thing I can never leave home without is my lipgloss! Wearing a natural pink lip color is perfect everyday wear and looks good on all skin tones. Here are my fave picks for subtle, pretty pink lips. Whether you are looking for something super glossy, matte or shimmery, I have you covered!

Lip cplor pictured: Laura Mercier Bare Pink Lip Gloss, $25.
Necklace: Essie Collection, triangle mother of pearl, $90. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to purchase.

This fabulous gloss by Laura Mercier smells like cotton candy and is super moisturizing and creamy!

BUY: Laura Mercier Bare Pink Lip Gloss, $25

Nars Cosmetics has given its "cult classic" lip gloss a new formulation with a silkier texture and new applicator.  This pink shade made famous by Kim Kardashian looks great on sun-kissed skin.

BUY: NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss, $26

 

 

Josie Maran’s eco-friendly line of glosses contain antioxidants and argan oil.  I love how soft my lips feel when wearing this light pink gloss.

BUY: Josie Maran Argan Volume Lip Gloss in Brilliance, $20

This amazing lip gloss by Chantecaille is super shiny, a bit shimmery and long-lasting! 

BUY: Chantecaille 'Luminous' Gloss in Pink Melon, $34 

Geri G lipgloss was formulated by uber facialist and make-up artist Geri Giagnorio of West Hollywood. This pink gloss is a bit more matte than the others and offers good coverage and shine. It also smells like bubble gum. I'm addicted!

BUY: Geri G LipGloss Creme in Sweetness, $18


Mani Monday: Perfect Lavender Color to Wear Year Round

by Melissa Meyers


One of my favorite go-to nail polish colors is Bangle Jangle by essie. It's the perfect shade of lavender with grey undertones so looks edgy and feminine at the same time. You can wear this shade any time of year!

Wearing nail color Bangle Jangle by essie and some arm candy! The color has been around for a few years now, but still looks fresh!

essie nail color in bangle jangle.

essie nail color in bangle jangle.

essie, Bangle Jangle, $2.99


8 Chic Hostess Gifts

by Melissa Meyers


Summer is a great time for entertaining…you are bound to be invited to someone's home for a dinner, BBQ or fun soiree. It's always nice to be a gracious guest and bring a gift, but finding something both chic and unique can be a challenge. Here are some of my favorite hostess gift ideas to help with your search in finding the perfect something!

I am obsessed with these delicious and GORGEOUS chocolates by Maggie Louise Confections. You can customize them with a theme to fit the personality of your guest! The ones below were sent to me (and did WOW me).

BUY: Maggie Louise Chocolates Gift Boxes.  Please order 7-10 days in advance of date needed.

Maggie Louise Chocolates Gift Boxes 

GLOW Chocolate Charm Box, $45 

Trays are always useful and these personalized ones by Mark and Graham are fun and make a nice statement!

BUY: Mark and Graham Rectangular Acrylic Tray, $49-$59

Cool and colorful cocktail muddler straws are perfect to bring to a cocktail party! This 3-in-1 bar tool is great for grinding, stirring and sipping!

BUY: Mastrad Muddler Straws, $9.99

Mastrad Muddler Straws: Set of 6 Assorted Colors, $9.99

I found out about these chic "plastic" crystal glasses at "The Brentwood" in Los Angeles when they opened their new cafe and they used these to serve their drinks. Fun fact: Govino glasses were originally created as a trade tool to help professional salespeople showcase their wines whenever and wherever proper stemware was not available. A nice gift for the person who likes to entertain outside or poolside! 

BUY: Govino Faux Crystal Glasses, $49.95

Govino Glasses Variety Gift Pack, $49.95. Sold as a kit or separately in packages of four.

Govino Glasses Variety Gift Pack, $49.95. Sold as a kit or separately in packages of four.

I recently bought this new cook book by Laurie David at her book party and was impressed by the breadth of healthy and delicious the recipes included. The Family Cooks has over 100 simple recipes all made with fresh ingredients and unprocessed foods. A perfect gift for the health-minded hostess with a family!

BUY: The Family Cooks, by Laurie David, $21.25

Laurie published the book to inspire parents and children to take control of what they eat and to bring families together by cooking together. 

With Laurie David at her home in Los Angeles.

You can never have too many candles, especially when they smell so nice and look this beautiful. Each candle is sculpted under water with a high temperature wax. The color is hand mixed and the fragrances are custom blended into a soy candle filling.

BUY: Le Feu de L'Eau Boutique luxury candles, $62 each. Available in 10 different colors/scents.  

Le Feu de L'Eau Boutique luxury candles, $62 each. Dimension: 3.5" x 4". Approximate burning time is 80 hours.

I love these organic-shaped mirror vases from the new home Essie Collection (website launching soon). They are only about 5 inches high so you can set two or three of them with flowers along the dining table and still see the guest across from you…perfect for dinner parties!

Buy Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase, $25. Contact Esther@essiecollection to purchase.

Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase, $25

These decorative vases also look great alone in a bathroom or bedside table with some fresh flowers.

Essie Collection, Molded Mirror Vase $25

How amazing are these bang serving plates? So fresh and modern! They are hand-made and designed by Kelly Lamb, an LA artist with some pedigree. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in museums, galleries and prestigious art fairs. 

BUY: Kelly Lamb Bang Plate, starting at $80.

Kelly Lamb Bang Plate (many sizes available), starting at $80 


Must-have T-shirts for Summer

by Melissa Meyers


Having basic t-shirts in your wardrobe for summer is key but it's like finding the right pair of jeans…you need to try on so many to find the perfect fit. Here are some must-have t-shirts that look great on most body types. None of these are too fitted so they hide muffin tops and all!

This distressed linen-jersey t-shirt by IRO is loose fitting and covered with laddered holes. It comes is several colors…I think the light pink is fresh for the season! This shirt looks best when tucked in the front and left out in the back (half-tuck). Wear with your favorite camisole underneath.

BUY: IRO Clay T-Shirt, $143

IRO Clay Hole T-Shirt (shown in light pink), $143

IRO Clay Hole T-Shirt (shown in light pink), $143

Go rocker chic with skulls and butterflies!  This soft t-shirt by Zadig & Voltaire is so on trend. I love that the front is plain and the back has a fab print.

BUY: Zadig & Voltaire T Shirt, $80

Grey is a great year-round color and this t-shirt by MONROW is super comfy and casual. Looks great when worn with white jeans.

BUY: MONROW Oversized V Neck Tee, $54

This basic white t-shirt by T by Alexander Wang is a wardrobe essential. It's a great go-to for summer and looks good tucked in or worn out.

BUY: T by Alexander Wang Classic T Shirt with Pocket, $85 

James Perse is known for their soft, cotton tees! This one is shown half-tucked and looks great with denim skinny jeans.

BUY: James Perse Deep V-Neck Cotton Tee, $85

I am huge fan of everything Helmut Lang, especially this white draped, cowl-neck t-shirt. It's perfect to wear when you want to dress up your casual look.

BUY: Helmut Lang modal-blend tee, $125

Rag & Bone always gets it right! This cool, feather-printed tee is a great alternative to wearing a plain t-shirt. Wear with a camisole underneath, either tucked in or out. 

BUY: Rag & Bone Printed Tee, $95 


5 Most Natural Self-Tanners: Get Your Summer Glow On Safely!

by Melissa Meyers


Summer is around the corner so it's time to get our tans on safely! Nicely bronzed skin gives you the appearance of looking healthy and more slim. Say good-bye to the days when self-tanning products made you look orange, and smelled yucky. The ones below not only give you the most natural-looking tans, but have pleasant scents too!

1. St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse and Mitt

This unique mousse formula is super light-weight and can be used for both your face and body. The application mitt ensures smooth coverage while protecting your hands from the tan palm syndrome that is so common with many self tanners. I really like this product as it works well when used on all skin tones, dries quickly and is easy to apply. 

BUY: St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $18 and Mitt, $6.50

St. Tropez self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $18 and Mitt, $6.50

St. Tropez Tan even looks natural when used on the fairest of them all.

2. Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion

This fabulous product gives you is a smooth and natural, darker shade of bronze. It’s also easy to apply, dries quickly, feels great on the skin and lasts about seven days. I love the amazing coconut scent!

BUY: Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion, $24.95

3. Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gel

This tinted self-tanning gel for the face and body offers a sheer bronze color and a pearly shimmer. It smoothes on evenly and absorbs quickly to bring out the ideal shade and depth of any skin tone. Within a few hours, you will develop a natural, incredibly even bronze color. Plus, it provides hydration benefits to keep tan skin smooth.

BUY: Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Gel, $30

4. Fake Bake Flawless

Fake Bake Flawless is one of the best “liquid” self tanners. Flawless is applied with a mitt (included) in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even tan. The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier (shows-where-it-goes) providing an instant golden tan. The tropical scent not only smells good, but dries super fast and gives you a perfect bronzy-tan color! 

BUY: Fake Bake Flawless, $25

5. Xen-Tan’s E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend

This sweet, cucumber melon scented self-tanner is one of my favorites because it has an adjustable dial that allows you to customize your tan from light to dark--even a self-tanning rookie can achieve a flawless application. Plus, you can achieve the perfect tan no matter how dark or light your skin is naturally!

BUY: Xen-Tan’s E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend, $45

Remember to exfoliate before you self-tan (and moisturize after) for best results!
Check out my blog on the best body scrubs and oils for details.


Best Father's Day Gift Guide

by Melissa Meyers


Wondering what to get Dad for Father's Day? Below are some of my favorite gift ideas to add to your shopping list. Whether Dad is a techie or a fitness buff, there's something here for every type of guy!

I love the contemporary design of these CERA Wireless Portable speakers. They have up to 7 hours of play time on a full charge and stream audio from 33 feet away. The perfect gift for the Dad who listens to his tunes wherever he goes!

BUY: Tego Audio CERA Wireless Portable Speaker, $89

A Nespresso machine makes the perfect Father's Day gift for the coffee-loving Dad.
The restaurant quality espresso/cappuccino/latte maker is amazingly easy to use and you never have to leave home! It's a splurge item so ask a few family members to contribute towards this fab gift and give Dad something he would really love and use! I recently picked up this one for my husbands' birthday--he's been experimenting with all the different Nespresso flavors and enjoying his morning coffee time more than ever!

 

BUY: Nespresso Machine- De'Longhi Lattissima Plus, $399

Men will not buy a travel kit for themselves but would appreciate having their favorite products with them when on a  trip. Some of the best products available are from Baxter of California, an advanced men's grooming system that features high quality, simple to use products.

The line of products is tailored to mens needs including hair care, skincare, shaving essentials, and more. My husband Michael also loves and uses these products as they are great for sensitive skin.

BUY: Baxter of California Travel Kit, $50

Most men can use a new wallet and this sleek, leather one by Tumi will help Dad stay organized! Great quality for the price--yes, it's on sale now!

BUY: Tumi Wallet, originally $155, NOW $69

The Dad who likes to BBQ will appreciate the Grill Cleaning Robot as it automatically cleans barbecue grill grates so he (or you) don't have to. The device has three electric motors and a built-in CPU that rotate three cylindrical brushes to propel the robot across the grill grates and remove burnt bits of food and grease in a few passes. The brushes’ brass bristles do not scratch stainless steel or porcelain surfaces, they are removable and dishwasher safe. 

BUY: The Grill Cleaning Robot from Hammacher Schlemmer $119

Spice up Dads workout wardrobe with some cool SoulCycle attire. You can also get him a SoulCycle gift card If you want to introduce him to this wildly popular indoor cycling class (he may already be a groupie)! A great gift for the fitness enthusiast.

BUY: SoulCycle giftcard or SoulCycle men's apparel

SoulCycle gift cards here and great men's apparel here

SoulCycle gift cards here and great men's apparel here

Fizz up Father's Day by gifting your Dad a portable soda maker. The PureFizz Soda Maker will carbonate any of Dads favorite beverages including cocktails. Check out the how-to video below!

BUY: Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker, $79

 Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker, $79

Keep your Dad cozy and comfortable with this personalized, plush bathrobe by Ralph Lauren. It's super soft and perfect to wear after the shower or for lounging around the house on weekends.

BUY: Ralph Lauren personalized bathrobe, $66 


Silky Smooth Skin for Summer: Best Body Scrubs and Oils

by Melissa Meyers


It's that the time of year where we bare more skin so we want it to look it's best! The trick to achieving the softest, silkiest skin is to regularly exfoliate and then moisturize with a deep penetrating oil (this is how most celebs achieve youthful looking skin on the red carpet).

Below are some of the best body scrubs and oils to get your skin in summer-ready condition.

Summer-ready in Ramy Brook beach cover-up.
Using the products below, I exfoliate twice weekly and never bare my arms and legs without slathering on an oil.

Scrubs:

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish

Brown Sugar Body Polish by Fresh is a wildly popular, all-natural scrub made with real brown sugar crystals and natural humectants that rid your skin of dry skin cells while preventing future moisture loss. The scrub blends four natural oils that deeply moisturize and nourish the skin so it's like having two products in one. I have been using it for years to keep my legs from looking like alligator skin and think it's one of the best moisturizing exfoliators on the market.

Kiehls Soy Milk & Honey Exfoliator 

Nothing is sweeter than Milk and Honey--this scrub included. Made of pure Honey and Soy Milk protein, this body exfoliator helps your skin feel it’s softest. Kiehl’s body polish is also infused with Shea and Jojoba Butters, Sweet Almond Oil, and Luffa Fruit for a nourishing effect.  It does not leave an oily residue on the skin so makes a great pre self-tan scrub.  I am obsessed with the amazing scent!

L'Occitane Verveine Salt Scrub

L'Occitane Verveine body scrub contains salts from the Mediterranean Sea and pure extracts of verbena, orange, geranium and lemon tree. It's also filled with natural essential oils of grapeseed, apricot and sweet almond to nourish and moisturize the skin. This scrub has a citrusy scent and is a master at massaging away dead skin cells, leaving your skin silky soft. I like to use it in the morning because it's so refreshing. 

Oils: 

Teadora Dawn/Dusk Body Oil 

Teadora in Portuguese means ADORES YOU. The body care line offers natural and organic products made with ingredients from the rainforest such as Acai, Pitanga, Andiroba, Buriti and Cupuacu. I really love their products, especially the super moisturizing oils that come in two amazing scents, Rainforest at Dusk and Rainforest at Dawn. I have been slathering them on my legs and arms before going out, using dawn in the morning and dusk in the evening!

Fun Fact: Cupuaçu is the next big super fruit and is in every Teadora product. It's a strong moisturizer, rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. It also helps improve the appearance, elasticity and texture of skin. Poised to become the next big super fruit to hit the U.S., some nutritional food experts are saying that it will eclipse the popular Acai because it's healthier, has the same benefits, and is easier to grow without destroying rainforests.


Teadora Dawn/Dusk Body Oil

Teadora in Portuguese means ADORES YOU. The body care line offers natural and organic products made with ingredients from the rainforest such as Acai, Pitanga, Andiroba, Buriti and Cupuacu. I really love their products, especially the super moisturizing oils that come in two amazing scents, Rainforest at Dusk and Rainforest at Dawn. I have been slathering them on my legs and arms before going out, using dawn in the morning and dusk in the evening!

Fun Fact: Cupuaçu is the next big super fruit and is in every Teadora product. It's a strong moisturizer, rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. It also helps improve the appearance, elasticity and texture of skin. Poised to become the next big super fruit to hit the U.S., some nutritional food experts are saying that it will eclipse the popular Acai because it's healthier, has the same benefits, and is easier to grow without destroying rainforests.

Buy TEADORA Dawn and Dusk Hydration Elixirs, $40 

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

This 100% Pure Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and grown organically in Morocco. With its multitasking benefits, Argan Oil can be used for many areas including hydrating and nourishing skin, as a daily moisturizer, skin treatment, treating spilt ends, and softening cuticles. It's gentle enough to use on all skin types--I like to use it on my face, elbows, hair, and nails. Contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or dyes.

 

ESPA Soothing Body Oil

The soothing body oil by Espa is a wonderful way to hydrate and de-stress! It's an aromatherapeutic combination of Sandalwood, Rose Geranium, Frankincense, and Myrrh that helps to unwind, quiet the mind, and lull you into a peaceful state. I like to use this oil on my chest and arms before a stressful day. Also, the warm and woodsy scent is perfect for both women and men. My husband brought this oil home for me as a gift when returning from a business trip in London--I've been addicted to it ever since!


Get Beautiful Using Safe Beauty Products: Hello Beautycounter

by Melissa Meyers


Do you know what toxic chemicals are in your everyday beauty and skincare products? I certainly did not until I became acquainted with Beautycounter. This new line's skincare, body care, and beauty products are effective, toxin-free and safe. Beautycounter's mission is to get safe beauty and skincare products into the hands of everyone. Here's the 411...

Beautycounter's lip sheer in petal. These are super moisturizing and you can build up the color depending on how much you use. Necklace by Essie Collection, $100. Contact EssieLa@gmail.com to order.

Beautycounter products are sold in several ways. You can sign up as a brand consultant and set up one-on-one meetings or "socials" (small groups of women who get together to see and try the products). One of the perks of being a host of the social is getting some free and half price products.  Hosts can make commission on the products sold. Also, customers can buy directly from the e-commerce website provided by their host or at www.beautycounter.com. I love the concept as it empowers women to create their own small business by selling quality products that are truly safe!

 

Some of my personal favorites include the routine clean cleanser, the every night moisturizer and the lip sheers.

These facts can help give more insight to safer cosmetic ingredients: 

  • 80% of the 10,000 chemicals used in our every day products have never been tested for safety by a public agency.
  • 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
  • The European Union has banned over 1300 toxic chemicals from their products. The United States has banned 11. 

Beautycounter's NEVER LIST outlines the chemicals that would never be included in their products. Many of these ingredients make up our toiletries and beauty products stocked in our bathroom cabinets!

The lip sheer is one of my favorite Beautycounter products! Statistics show that we consume six pounds of lipstick in our lives and most are made with toxic chemicals including lead. 

Buy the Complete Lip Collection here, $175. Or, sold individually for $28.

If you are looking for that perfect, natural shade of pink, try the lip sheer in petal. 

Beautycounter lip sheer in petal, $28.

Their newest line of anti-aging products, Countertime, has been proven effective in clinical trials. This line consists of 6 anti-aging products that hydrate, firm and nourish skin.

Buy the anti-aging "Countertime Collection" here, $295. Products also sold individually.

Buy the anti-aging "Countertime Collection" here, $295. Products also sold individually.

Beautycounter has banned over 1500 chemicals from their products. After trying several of them, I think the quality is top-notch. I highly recommend them!

Michelle Nadel
Beautycounter Consultant

Michelle Nadel is one of the beauty consultants  who recently signed on and reached out to me. Michelle states, "the business, is partly to sell our fabulous products and partly to share the knowledge of the current state of the beauty industry, which is grossly unregulated. The two parts of our business are intertwined. Once we learn a little bit about what is in our products, we are happier to try a safe, but effective, alternative. Beautycounter was just named by MSN one of the Top 10 companies in the country which is "revolutionizing retail", along side The Container Store and Amazon."

Michelle Nadel 

Beautycounter Consultant
Truth - Beauty - Transparency
201-562-2231

www.michellenadel.beautycounter.com

Beautycounterbymichelle@gmail.com


Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Facts, Best Sunscreens & Chic UPF Hats

by Melissa Meyers


May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and studies show that 52% of American Women grade themselves a C or lower on their sun care habits. Melanoma is easy to prevent if you are careful about sun exposure and protection.

“About 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65% of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun,” says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Everyone, regardless of skin color, should make staying safe in the sun a priority and incorporate sun protection measures into their daily life.”

Now that the sun is finally shining, it's time to break out the protective hats and sunscreens. Read on for more...

We all know it's important to protect your skin to reduce cancer-causing sun damage so wear a hat when outside this Spring or Summer. Not only will you stay cooler, but you will protect yourself from the suns harmful rays. I really like the hats by Coolibar--they have a large selection, great prices and UPF protection of 50+. 

The Shapeable Travel Sun Hat style below looks good on most women and has the perfect sized brim that you can bend to best suit your style. It's packable too!

Coolibar Shapeable Travel Sun Hat, UPF 50+, $45 (shown in tan)

There are so many sunscreens to choose from so how do you know which ones are best? I have researched and tried just about every sun block product out there. Below are my top five picks in terms of sun protection and how they feel on the skin.

1. La Roche-Posay Ultra-light Sunscreen Lotion Spray goes on sheer white (blends right away), is fast absorbing and has a silky finish. I am obsessed with this water resistant sunscreen for the body--it feels moisturizing yet weightless on the skin. The combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful antioxidants make it the ultimate in sun protection. It's also great for sensitive skin and fragrance free.

2. L'Oreal Quick Dry Sheer Finish Spray 30 goes on sheer white and is fragrant. This oil-free and water resistant spray dries super quick and delivers long-lasting, broad spectrum protection. A nice and effective sunscreen that can be found in the drugstore.

As part of the L’Oréal Paris USA partnership with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the brand has launched "It’s THAT Worth It™ - a global public health call-to-action that urges women of all skin tones to prevent melanoma by using sunscreen and to help save lives by supporting melanoma research for a cure.  The campaign features celebrity spokespeople Eva Longoria, Aimee Mullins, Lea Michele and skin cancer survivor Diane Keaton.

By joining the "It’s THAT Worth It™ Thunderclap, you can lend support and help stop melanoma through prevention and research.  As a thank you, L'Oréal Paris will make a donation to MRA of $1 for each supporter who signs up for the Thunderclap and $1 for each L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare product sold in the U.S.

Visit www.itsthatworthit.org to join the movement. Watch as everyone’s messages are simultaneously shared around the world on May 20th.

 

The Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray is perfect for on the go application and for using in hard to reach areas like your back. I use it while on vacation since it's water resistant, non greasy, and offers great protection and it's available in department stores and at Sephora

4. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 55 goes on like a creamy moisturizer, is light-weight and leaves a non-shiny finish to your skin. I love that you can find the broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen in almost any drugstore (I like to buy it in bulk)! It's fast absorbing and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. 

5. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 offers powerful broad-spectrum sun protection. It's lightweight and goes on transparent so it's perfect to use on your face. Contains 5% zinc oxide and 6% titanium dioxide and is gentle for sensitive skin. Dermatologists recommended.

According to the American Melanoma Foundation, here are some facts about Melanoma:

  • One American dies of melanoma every hour.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. The torso is the most common location for developing melanoma for females in this age group.
  • Besides breast cancer, young women under the age of 39 have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer.
  • Exposure to tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75 percent.
  • More than one million people visit tanning salons every day. Of these, approximately 71 percent are girls and young women ages 16-29.
  • One in 58 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.