New Contributors to BeautyStyled means more info and more experts!

I wanted to take a moment to share that I’m going to be changing up this blog for the better. Working full time and running a business full time on the side is so much work that it’s hard to find extra time to write for you guys. I have met and continue to meet so many people that inspire me and challenge me in new ways that I want to share them with you! I have a close group of people that are similar to me in the sense that they are professionals and experts in their craft whether it’s skincare, makeup or hair. I have invited them to share their knowledge on beautystyled.com and they couldn’t be more excited!

Lauren Clark is a Celebrity Hair Stylist from Beverly Hills (and my personal hair stylist). She was one of the first connections I made here in LA and is the only person I trust to touch my hair from now on. We have worked on many projects already and she has so much knowledge about hair and health that she is excited to share.
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Dena Thurston is one of my best friends and a Regional makeup artist for Trish McEvoy. She has brought so much joy to my life not only as a friend but a partner in business as well. She is from Minnesota but is currently living in St. Louis. She is a stellar makeup artist and her organic recipes and lifestyle tips are just as fab as her skills behind a makeup brush.
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Kelly Kossakoski is one of my oldest friends in the biz. She has worked for many different brands and is currently one of the top people at TARTE Cosmetics. We met when I worked for MAC over 6 years ago. She sees life in a way that I am envious of. She finds beauty in everything and is one of the most inspirational and motivating people I know.

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These people are my dearest friends and colleagues and while I am very private with my personal life and friendships, I feel it’s best to share these people and their knowledge with you. We all have one goal in mind and that’s to make the world a more healthy and beautiful place, one post at a time ūüôā

XX Megan

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Holy Mother of Massage! BelleCore Body Buffer Review!

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What I thought was an innocent stroll into Bloomingdales ended with a scary addition to my Amex bill. I blame it all on BelleCore Baby Belle Body Buffer (Say that 6 times fast..)! BelleCore is a body buffer/massage/heaven-deliverer that I’ve been using just over 2 months and the results are incredible.

First of all, I suffer from a condition that almost every person with Irish blood has, Keratosis Pilaris. It is a common skin condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks (MayoClinic.com). I have it just a bit on the backs of my arms and occasionally thighs. The BelleCore buffer completely eliminated my keratosis pilaris!

Here is BelleCore’s description of how it works (BelleBodyBuffer.com): “Simply put, our bodybuffers simultaneously spin and zigzag back and forth, sending constant, concentrated energy into treated areas. This oscillating massage boosts blood and lymphatic flow, stimulates collagen formation and stretches fibrous tissues to improve elasticity ‚Äď creating multiple benefits for your appearance and promoting a feeling of well-being.”

There is also a terrycloth pad on the machine that buffs away dead skin while it’s doing all of it’s other magic.

As a makeup artist, I’m constantly on my feet and have a lot of issues because of it. I have chronic knee pain, back pain and shoulder damage. While the BelleCore didn’t cure me of all my symptoms, my muscles have gotten SO much better the last month! It’s also reduced the appearance of thigh cellulite!

I’m not a sporty person, but many other reviews online are from people who participate in active sports and use this as a muscle treatment before and after workouts, including many professional sports trainers.

The third best thing about this product is that it’s literally the best massage tool I’ve ever used. I can’t convey on here how powerful it is,¬†but it puts anything else found at Bed Bath Beyond or that mall store with all the electronic gadgets to shame!

There is only¬†issue I’ve found¬†with my BabyBelle, and it’s more of an annoyance than a problem. BelleCore does have to be plugged in when in use, and occasionally the cord comes unplugged¬†and you have to reinsert it. Really not a big deal but I would like future models that use batteries or are rechargeable. Other than that, it’s definitely worth the splurge and the results are amazing. You can order the BabyBelle model I use through Amazon here, or if you’re feeling extra indulgent, or you’re into sports or fitness training you can order the full size HoneyBelle here.

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The Best DIY Body Scrub, Ever

Every once in a while I come up with an idea that makes me wish I had my own product line. Then after googling realize I’m not the amazing genius I hoped to be as it’s been done a trillion times already. Oh well. At least my recipe for the best body scrub (seriously) ever will save you some serious $$.

For you coffee drinkers, start saving your grounds. I keep a ziploc next to my coffee machine and every morning add my used grounds to it. (By the way, those of you with keurigs-¬†I just bought this genius little refillable k-cup¬†and started buying my own coffee and I’m saving so much money!)

Yet another reason to love Organic Coconut Oil… scoop about 2-3 tablespoons and add to 10 TBSP of coffee grounds. Those measurements are totally guesses. Add only enough coconut oil to hold the coffee grounds together and form a thick paste. Think cookie dough, not cake batter. Add to a¬†sealable¬†container and voila you have the best body scrub you’ve ever used. I can’t say it’s the BEST face scrub because I’m partial to¬†Exfolikate,¬†Philosophy Microdelivery Peel¬†and¬†Arcona Cranberry Gommage, but it’s right up there with them.

This is awesome because the grounds (you want to be using very fine grounds, especially on the face) gently slough away dead skin cells, the caffeine helps rid cellulite and wakes your skin up and the coconut oil leaves a shield of hydration.

When using this the water will be very brown so be sure to use a regular body wash afterwards.

I also like to use on the face as a mask for 5 minutes.

Happy Scrubbing! ūüôā

For a cute idea, paint some mason jars and keep your scrub in that. Cuter than a bag of what appears to be black tar laying in your shower (awkward to explain to guests, trust me).

XX MDMA

 

How to Correct Dark Circles Using Lipstick!

Here’s a trick I learned years ago and still use from time to time. Makeup artists take note! For most of you, if you’re only doing your own makeup it may be easier to just purchase a corrector in your tone. I like this trick because my skin tone fluctuates and I can mix with any shade concealer for a custom blend.

So Chaud by MAC is my all time favorite lipstick for doing this trick- I just couldn’t think of the name while recording. Any red/orange lipstick should do the trick. Make sure it’s an orange red vs a pink red.

Happy blending, bright eyes!

Products Used and Reviewed:

VueSet Lip Palette: http://www.naimies.com/vueset-tahiti-palette.html
Dymo Label Maker: http://amzn.to/1kzW3go
Paw Palette: http://www.beautylish.com/b/paw-palette
Japonesque Foundation: http://japonesque.com/luminous-foundation
Beauty So Clean – YOU NEED THIS – http://amzn.to/1kzWVkY
The Balm Concealer: http://amzn.to/1jIuMs7
La Prarie Flamme/MAC So Chaud: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mac-lipstick/3022868
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Instantly Double Your Lashes by Adding Fibers!

I was recently at Naimie’s replenishing on some items for my kit when I stumbled upon this secret weapon of a product. It’s called Fast Lash by Japonesque.

Don’t get sucked into this Younique hype, any pro makeup artist is rolling their eyes at that company and companies like it.

If you’re wanting longer, fuller lashes permanently I recommend a growth serum such as Latisse, Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancer or NuLash.

For every once in a while this is fun for an extra boost. Be careful when applying as the brush is loaded with fibers. Since this video, I’ve been using disposable wands in the tube to put less bulk of the fibers on the lash.

Thanks for watching! Here’s a link to Amazon Prime: http://amzn.to/1ocz0vb

My (Personal) 5 minute Makeup Routine!

My (Personal) 5 minute Makeup Routine!

Must have’s for the perfect smokey eye!

Must have's for the perfect smokey eye!

Nars cosmetic
saksfifthavenue.com

Trish McEvoy eyeliner
bloomingdales.com

Nars cosmetic
$42 – liberty.co.uk

Trish McEvoy eyeshadow
$30 – liberty.co.uk

Nars cosmetic
$27 – johnlewis.com

Trish McEvoy eye makeup
$20 – liberty.co.uk

Best skincare for dry, dehydrated skin

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Clear Skin Regimen

Clear Skin Regimen

Men’s Essentials

Men's Essentials