Megan

Megan

My name is Megan and I am from a small town in Kansas. I truly appreciate beauty in all forms. In my spare time, I dabble in art, especially pyrography (http://nauticalowl.blogspot.com/). Vintage treasures hold my heart. But, my favorite hobby is writing and it is something I would like to professionally pursue. Thank you for reading!
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  • Beauty Guru: Fall Beauty Mistakes
    Fall brings about unique hardships, but nothing we can't handle.
  • Beauty Guru: My Beautiful Icons
    Take a look at my Pinterest board and you will see my onslaught of lady crushes. But there are definitely a few I favor.
  • Beauty Guru: The Easiest Summer Hair Updo!
    This braided updo requires no bobby pins, hair spray or experience. In 5 minutes and 4 steps you have yourself a boho 'do that even the sweetest of hippies will swoon over.
  • Beauty Guru: What Beauty Means to Me
    No one looks vogue-cover good in real life. Beneath it all, there is real beauty. There was beauty that launched 1,000 ships well before Photoshop.
  • Beauty Guru: My Daily Skin Routine for Hormonal Acne
    My daily skin routine has been uplifted by my recent discovery that I have hormonal acne.
  • Beauty Guru: Style Advice to My Teenage Self
    My poor, poor teenage years. Heavy black eyeliner, non-existent eyebrows and pink hair. If only I could talk to that girl now.
  • Beauty Guru: Pretty Braided Updo Tutorial for Date Night
    Do you need an easy, quick hairstyle for your date night? Look no further! Also this hair style is great for those "bad hair days"!
  • Preventing Nail Breakage
    OK, so you finally stopped biting your nails. Great! But the darn things keeps breaking off! Check out these tips for stronger, thicker nails.
  • Attack "Winter Face" with These Hydrating Tips
    The winter months can do a lot of damage to our skin. So combat dry and dull skin with these sure-fire winners!
  • 2013 Golden Globes Fashion Trends
    The 2013 was a menagerie of wonderful fashion.
  • Beauty Guru: My 2013 Beauty Resolutions
    2013 will be my year of health AND beauty.
  • My Goals for 2013
    Trying to give myself some accountability for the upcoming year.
  • Breaking the Habit: Nail Biting
    I have been a habitual nail biter since before I can remember. Now at age 24, I can happily announce that I've kicked the habit. And you can, too!
  • Beauty Guru: 2012's Best and Worst
    This year's fashion and beauty trends were both exciting and questionable. From neon fabrics to wonderfully-detailed braiding, it's easy to see the roller coaster that was 2012.
  • Beauty Guru: My holiday beauty wish list
    I have been dying to try these new products. I hope Santa thinks I've been good enough to get them!
  • Adult Acne Product Winners
    Say bye-bye adult acne
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  • Waxing Your Legs at Home
    To save some money, I explored waxing my legs at home.
  • Lip Balms to Help You Through the Cold
    I am prone to extra chapped lips every fall and winter. Here are some lip balms that I think really work.
  • Wedding Day Make-Up Tips
    I recently got hitched this past September. I decided to do my own wedding make-up, and I learned a few things along the way.
  • Beauty Guru: Braided headband how-to
    A great hair how-to for when you're having a bad hair day. All is takes in 5 easy steps!
  • Beauty Guru: A nail art experience
    Re-live my first manicure session!
  • DIY Hair Treatments
    Spend less than $5 and try these amazing hair conditioning treatments with products you might have in your cabinet already.
  • Fashion Trends to Avoid: My Anti-Look Book
    Not all fashion is fun and games. These trends I think you should try to avoid.
  • Beauty Guru: 2012 fall trends
    Check out a couple of trends I think will be big this fall!
  • Hats: My Summer Obession
    I take a look at three decades of hats that are great for 2012 summer fashion.
  • Beauty Guru: My favorite beauty secrets revealed
    I guess the secret's out! Check out my personal beauty secrets.
  • It's Hormonal Acne - Get Rid of it Now
    Do you have cystic, painful acne? No, it's not puberty, we're way past that. But, it might be a hormone imbalance.
  • Three cheap products for great hair
    Use these products for a great hair day - every day.
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  • Amazing Swimsuits for Curvy Ladies!
    Throw away your tankinis and swimdresses, gals. Check out these flattering poolside options. You'll feel thin, confident and stylish!
  • Beauty Guru: Summer beauty mishaps
    Summertime can be full of beauty struggles. Through trial and embarrassing errors, I've learned how to cope with these challenges. You can, too!
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  • Grow out your bangs without frustration!
    Growing your fringe can be such an annoying hassle. Here are 6 tips to keep your growing tresses in style and out of your eyes!
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  • Summer Lip Bliss!
    Do your kissers need a summertime pick-me-up? Mine did! Here are some easy and cost-effective tips to give your lips a fiesty make-over.
  • May Morning Epiphany
    Nature will tell you what you you need to hear; Listen.
  • 4 Tips to Maintain an Exercise Routine
    You don't need an expensive gym membership or equipment to stay fit. Focus on staying active at home.
  • Let's Make Your Skin Glow This Summer!
    Feel free to ditch those pore-clogging products and replace them with products that will make your skin glow naturally.
  • Beauty Guru: A peek inside my 5 makeup essentials
    I realized that I needed to cut back my makeup routine. I have stripped my essentials down to 5, non-clogging items. These are the basics for any woman's on-the-go bag!
  • Make-Up on the Go-Go-Go
    Isn't it crazy how hectic our lives get? I barely have time anymore to brush my teeth let alone put on my make-up. But now that I have my morning make-up routine down to a science, I find myself missing the "good ol' days".
  • Ion Technology - In a Brush!
    I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Braun Satin Hairbrush.It claims to make your hair shiny and frizz-free!And does it?YES!
  • The Need to Be Hairless in the Summertime
    I'd like to start off by saying that I hate shaving. Ever since I hit puberty, I have been the hariest girl on the block (gross, I know). But I also have a mild metal allergy that makes me super itchy when I shave.So I was reluctant to try my new Guru assignment - The Venus ProSkin Moisture Rich Raz
  • User Post: Blue Hair Shall Set You Free
    Or any obscure color hair, for that matter.In my younger teen years, I found comfort and freedom in being different. Which is probably why I found myself in the "punk" or "alternative" group. But, when I transferred to a new school my sophomore year, losing my support group and confidence, I stopped
  • Strawberry Body Wash - PERFECT for spring!
    Why waste your money on Bath and Body Works? When for a third of the cost you can "splurge" on Exfoliating strawberry body wash from Soft Soap!I was skeptical to try this one at first because for some reason when I think of the Soft Soap brand, I think cheap...? Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! It s
  • User post: I quit my job and now I have great skin
    Last Thursday, I quit my job. It's not something that I'm proud of. But when you are unhappy, 8 hours a day, every day, you must make a change.
  • Mascara Guru for You
    In this month's lovely Shine surprise, I was mailed some Estee Lauder Volumizer mascara. My fingers were trembling with excitment as I received my new found "toy". Yay!
  • Pimple + Scab = Scimple
    I promise I wait as long as humanly possible. I feel it coming days in advance -- the biggest, most painfully disgusting pimple ever.
  • User post: So, I bleached my hair.
    I'm prepared for the comment slaughter I'm about to endure. Anyway, here goes...
  • Morning Procrastinator
    It's that annoying buzzing again. I take a moment to glance away from my almost make-out session with Gerard Butler to investigate. -There is it again! And louder!When I open my eyes, everything's foggy and crusty. It's 5:35 a.m. I hit snooze.I allow myself 6 snooze button hits. This is my morning p
  • Just don't be lazy
    They say that beauty comes from within. It's only skin deep.I was really excited to receive this months Shine Guru's product, until I found out it was a toothbrush. However, it is a fancy toothbrush...Colgate 360° ActiFlex SonicPower ToothbrushI've used this toothbrush every day, morning and night
  • Bad Mood Lipstick
    Whenever I'm feeling a bit sultry, I put on red lipstick.If I'm in a sweet mood, light pink.Casual, chapstick and liner.Now, you don't have to keep changing your lipstick! Urban Outfitters Make-Up collection has come up with a lipstick set that changes colors as you change your mood!
  • "Nasty, Nasty Fat People"
    "Nasty, Nasty Fat People." That was a comment on a recent blog here on Shine.And I am appalled. Not only by the cold comments, but by reports of obesity growing in America and World Wide. And I'm here to say, that my BMI says I'm obese at 5'5", 204 pounds. But I don't look like it. I don't consider
  • User post: Jumping on the Grapefruit Band Wagon
    Ok, so I'm finally jumping on this wave of grapefruit-infused products. I've said before that I've tried almost all of the AFFORDABLE acne products on the market today. I have seen this product on the shelf for a couple of months now. And I was like, eh...
  • Greatest Beauty Advice I've Ever Gotten
    It has taken me so long to think of a great subject for this topic. It's so difficult because I get so much great advice every day from reading blogs and websites.So, I would think the best advice I've ever have gotten is -drum roll, please-Be true to yourself.
  • User post: Really Knowing Your Body Shape
    I was recently wondering, what is my body shape? Do I really know what it is?
  • User post: Why I'm Never Happy With My Hair Style
    I went through a year bout where I didn't cut my hair. At all. I didn't dye it. I didn't trim it. Hell, half of the time, I don't think I even brushed it. I was done trying to.And once I started getting into the blogging community, I started seeing all of these women with lovely hair. Even my ride i
  • A TRUE, healthy guide to Long Hair
    I recently read an article on Shine with numerous, false claims on how to grow hair long and fast. You CAN grow long hair. But fast should never be associated with it. Long, beautiful hair takes time, patience and most of all a good diet.1) Wash your hair every other day: If you can stand it! The ha
  • Break-Outs No More!
    I've been battling oily acne breakouts for almost a decade. Growing up, people would tell me that I would grow out of it. But, unfortunately, that wasn't the case! It was never such a huge problem that I need to go to a dermatologist. But it was annoying enough to go through bottles of concealer, fo
  • A Summer Product that I can't Live Without
    The summers in the Midwest, I would argue, are the worst in the country! One day it can be a crazy-black thunderstorm complete with hail and tornado warnings, followed by days of high humidity, 110 heat indexes, and not even a slight breeze. Curling your hair is not an option. Keeping your hair stra
  • Vintage Ventures
    It's no secret that I love vintage clothes, shoes and jewelry. And there are SO many stores out there that hardly anyone knows about. And because I love vintage clothes, but rarely find exactly what I'm looking for at actual thrift stores, I'd thought I'd share some of my favorite sites: http://www
  • User post: Is Black & Brown a No-No?
    I was told numerous times growing up that wearing black and brown together just doesn't work. But as my fashion tastes mature, I'm finding that I like the neutral combination. It's almost fresh.But I'm hesitant to actually do it. Seems like it's a really good winter combo, but too dark and plain for
  • User post: Should you Wear Accessories in Proportion to your Body Size?
    Currently in a style conundrum (such a good word, ha).I am wondering if it's just a style assumption that a person should wear prints, accessories, ect that are in proportion to their body size. Above, is a recent picture of me in one of the current favorite thrifted finds -- a stamped leather belt.
  • User post: Thank God - Buns are Back!
    You know, I always thought buns were sort of matronly. Until I started seeing them come back in so many fashion blogs! You can sort of poof it up in the front and it looks that much more stylish. I even used a bump-it in my hair once and it was cute!I am SO excited that BUNS are back in style. One b
  • Sweat Spot Woes No More!
    Usually in the summer, I have a bar of deodorant in the car, in my office desk, in my purse and of course, in my medicine cabinet. That way I'm readily prepared when I'm caught in a heat wave.I figure I spend about $4 per bar. And with having 4 bars around, that's $16 worth of deodorant at any one t
  • User post: Herbashine: Finally a GOOD At-Home Dye Kit!
    I usually re-fresh my dye every two-three months. And I stick with the Garnier line mostly because it's the easiest and, well, I'm just used to it.But I got the Sunday paper a couple months back and found a coupon for this hair dye that claims the take 10 minutes and have no ammonia.
  • User post: I'm a hot mess - How do I stay stylish with 90 degree humidity?
    After going through my wardrobe, I realized, I have little to no options for summer. No shorts. No Bermudas. Little to no well-fitting tank tops. Although, I do have an over abundance of jeans and winter cardigans.I need clothing options that are both work appropriate and cool. The owner of the comp
  • Sweetly Vintage Dresses
    I am in LOVE with modcloth.com! They have such sweetly vintage items for less than $100/dress. A lot of times their dresses go on sale and you can get them for under $50!
  • Whoa, Booty Pop!
    While watching an incredibly addicting late nite episode of Cheaters, I saw this Commercial: Booty Pop! The lightweight underwear that makes your booty look luscious and round....Ok.
  • Frame Your Face Right
    After a recent, almost devastating trip to the eye doctor, I found out that I have to wear glasses for the next year. This is something I'm having a hard time coming to grips with because as a kid, I was made fun of on a daily basis four-eyes, dork-face, geek. And now at age 21, I'm going to have to
  • User post: What should my Boyfriend wear?
    My boyfriend of six years is in a style rut. He really enjoys and feels good wearing clothes that fit him well and make him look good. He's 5'11", kind of a bigger belly, lean legs.On a recent trip to Payless Shoes, he noticed that 95% of the store was women's shoes and not even a whole aisle is men
  • G-Shot for your G-Spot
    I know I have one I know what it can do. And yet, I have no idea how to find it or how to use it.The G-Spot has been a long-time mystery of men and women alike.But I ran across this amazing article (http://www.abc26.com/news/local/wgno-beauty-breakthroughs-g-shot,0,2355202.story) which describes a n
  • Is Toe Cleavage a Fashion Faux Pas?
    Recently, I bought these new shoes (on clearance for $12.50 at Target). Awesome right? I wear them out on our movie date last night to be asked by my boyfriend, "Are you supposed to have toe cleavage?"Well, am I? I've seen it before. Even heard a comment about it on What Not To Wear. I'm guessing if
  • Mini Make-Overs: Successes and Failures
    I'm always looking to update myself; my hair, my make-up, my clothes Running themes in my blog are AFFORDABILITY and EASE of use. I'm a young college student. So budget is tight for me, and since most of America is in the same economical boat as I am, let's do this:I went thru a major phase where I
  • User post: Summer Dresses For Us Curvy Girls
    So I walked into Forever 21 about a month ago looking for some cute additions to my wardrobe. I hadn't been in there for, say, 5 months. I search around the store 1, 2, 3 times. Couldn't find my usual size - XL. I confront one of the help ladies about it, only to be looked up and down with disgust -
  • User post: Self-Tanning Lotions That Don't Suck
    I've been on an endless quest to find tanning lotions that are easy to apply, without looking orange, blotchy, or streaky. I'm a girl that on the go; the kind of girl that literally gives herself 10 minutes in the morning to wake up and get out the door. So, with time being of the essence, this is w

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