Photography: The #naphopomo Challenge

In November, I took the National Photo Posting Month (#naphopomo) challenge on Instagram. I took the theme gratitude, seeing as how it was close to Thanksgiving and all. Basically, you had to post a photo a day using the hashtag #naphopomo. Since the theme was gratitude, I also used hashtags like #dailythanksgiving, #dailygratitude, #givethanksdaily, #30daysofthanksgiving, and #30daysofgratitude. See where I’m going with this?

To kick off the weekend, I thought it might be fun to share a few of my fave #naphopomo photos:

 

This month, I’m taking the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I’ll be posting pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts, using the hashtag #eyecandyholidaychallenge.

Are you like me and addicted to Instagram? If so, please share your Insta-handle in the comments. I’d love to see your photos!

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

This year I wanted to get a jump start on my holiday gift guides. I thought I’d begin with some cute stocking stuffers for the beauty buffs on your list. At under $30, they’re also perfect for all your gift exchange and Secret Santa needs.

For the mani/pedi queen…

If you have a friend or co-worker who loves to pamper herself with an at-home mani/pedi, she’ll love the Candy Cane (buy it here) and Soft Metals Collection (buy it here) polish sets from Nails, Inc., available at Sephora.

Nails, Inc. Candy Cane

Nails, Inc. Candy Cane Set

Nails, Inc. Precious Metals Set

Nails, Inc. Soft Metals Collection

 

For the skin care junkie…

If your niece/sister/daughter is always posting sheet mask selfies and #sundayskincare pics to her social media accounts, she’ll appreciate the Kiehl’s Jeremyville ‘Hydration Essentials’ Kit (available here) or the Sephora Collection Face Mask Set (available here)

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Kiehl’s Jeremyville ‘Hydration Essentials’ Set

 

 

Sephora Collection Face Mask Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the girl who is always in the bathroom fixing her hair… 

Seriously. I had a supervisor once who gave me a hairbrush for Christmas because she always saw me in the ladies’ room brushing my hair. If you have someone like me on your list, she might like this pretty Sephora Collection Sparkle & Shine Dual Boar Brush (get it here) or maybe the OUAI Mini Style Edit (get it here).

Sephora Sparkle & Shine Dual Boar Brush

Ouai Mini Style Edit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the makeup maven…

If you are deciding on what to get someone whose makeup is always on fleek, take a look at the MAC Nutcracker Suite Mini Essential Brush Kit (available here) or the Smashbox Light It Up Mini Eye, Lip & Contour Palette Trio (available here).

MAC Nutcracker Suite Mini Essentials Brush Kit

MAC Nutcracker Suite Mini Essentials Brush Kit

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Smashbox Light It Up Mini Eye, Lip & Contour Palette Trio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll post gift guides for him and her soon. Tell me. What are you giving your beauty-obsessed friends this year? Let’s talk holiday gifting in the comments!

Its a new month! For December, I’m taking the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I’ll be posting pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts.

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SocialVend

SocialVend's vendmini

SocialVend’s Vendmini

I got an email right before Thanksgiving from a London-based company called SocialVend. Usually I just delete pre-holiday emails, but the subject line “Free Make-Up vending machines to launch across the U.K.” was too intriguing to ignore.

SocialVend sells these cute little machines called Vendminis. These babies are integrated with Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram; brands can use them for giveaways, marketing campaigns, and in-store sampling.

Here’s how it works. When consumers answer questions or take action on social media, for example, posting to Instagram using a brand’s hashtag, they are rewarded with free makeup goodies.

Vendminis are coming stateside, too! A number of these machines have been bought for shipping to the U.S. by the middle of January, Andrew Theodore, CEO of SocialVend, told me in an email. As a matter of fact, the Vendmini made its debut at AdTech NY in early November.

“We have been in communication with major cosmetics brands that operate both in the U.S. and the U.K.,” Theodore said. However, he declined to specify which brands expressed interest in the Vendmini or to comment on their campaigns.

Brands don’t make money from these machines. “Instead, they gain exposure on social media, raise brand awareness, allow potential customers to try their products, and obtain valuable information about consumer behavior,” said Theodore.

So keep your eyes peeled in 2017 for these machines. I’ll be looking for them and sampling away! Are you like me, and love to try free samples? Let me know in the comments!

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo, over on Instagram. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Since its coming down the home stretch, I’ll post some of my fave pics here towards the end of the week.

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Fabulous Links of the Week: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble! Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! While we were basting turkeys and baking pies, Estee Lauder bought Too Faced Cosmetics. Elsewhere in the beauty world, getting the most out of your 50s, a bad-ass hair salon, and a new makeup brand to check out, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

For all you Too Faced fans out there, the cult fave brand is now part of the Estee Lauder family. I can’t wait for the Natural Love palette to come out! (WWD)

They call your 50s your #boss years. All the work you’ve put into yourself and your career is finally paying off. Here’s how to rock the decade like a, wait for it, boss! (Well + Good)

This feminist hair salon even looks cool enough for this blog! (NY Times Style magazine)

Rituel de Fille, a California-based natural makeup brand, is new to me. But its won fans among professional makeup artists, so I’m adding it to my beauty bucket list. (Allure)

This week on the blog, I shared some great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals I found. Hurry, there may still be some things left!

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo, over on Instagram. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

The turkey is carved, the pies are cooling, and Great Aunt Alma is already on her third scotch-and-soda (hold the soda). In other words, Thanksgiving 2016 is almost in the books. What’s next? Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, of course! Don’t worry, I’ve found you some great beauty deals!

Cover F/X

From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, November 28, you’ll get 25 percent off on any purchase of $20 or more on coverfx.com. The discount is taken at checkout.

I have mentioned my love of Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops on here many times. From Thursday through Monday, you can try the Radiant Skin Duo: deluxe samples of the Illuminating Primer and the Radiance Custom Infusion Drops (my fave), for just $10!

If you are into highlighting, or just want to get your glow on for holiday parties, check out the Cover F/X Glow Getter Set. (See pic above.) You get one full-size bottle each of the brand’s six Custom Enhancer Drops in a box set. From Friday through Monday, this $252 value is available for $185! And yes, it also qualifies for the 25 percent discount.

LUMIONskin

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

I have never heard of this brand before. But the Skin Serum and Skin Mist look like they can keep your skin feeling fresh during a long day of holiday shopping, or erase the traces of one too many at the office holiday party. (We’ve all been there.) From Thursday through Monday, get 20 percent off your purchase on lumionlife.com with the code TURKEY20.

DERM iNSTITUTE

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

A cleanser that gets rid of dirt and other gunk, and also hydrates skin and improves its texture? Yes, please! Buh-bye holiday party makeup! From Thursday through Monday, get DERM iNSTITUTE’s Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser, a $70 value, for just $39 on diskincare.com with the code HOLIDAY39.

Tell me. Are you into battling the crowds on Black Friday or surfing the Web all weekend in search of an amazing deal? If we’re being honest, I’m not. Maybe some online shopping, but otherwise, I’ll wait until Thanksgiving weekend is over. In New Jersey, our malls get so crowded over the holiday weekend, the state police have to get involved. Not pretty.

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

Fabulous Links of the Week: Election Edition

The sign at my polling place

At my polling place

Between the time change and the election, I am physically and emotionally exhausted. I am grateful to live in a country that celebrates freedom and democracy, but I am very concerned about our future, given the choice we have made.

Since all anyone on my social feeds has been talking about is the election, I decided to give this week’s Fabulous Links a political spin. (See what I did there?) So here’s a roundup of the best political beauty looks and the exact lipstick Hillary was wearing when she gave her moving concession speech. (I cried. At the speech, not the lipstick.)

These lady pols have (or had) a particularly strong beauty game. And yes, Hillary and Huma made the list. (Byrdie)

And leave it to Allure to find out what lipstick Hillary was wearing when she gave her moving speech on Wednesday morning. That’s good reporting right there. (Allure)

If you don’t cry watching this SNL cold open of Kate McKinnon covering Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” while in character as Hillary Clinton, no worries. It just means you’re dead.

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

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Fabulous Links of the Week

If street art is your thing, check out this mural of David Bowie on a condo building near me.

If street art is your thing, check out this mural of David Bowie on a building near me.

What a beautiful fall weekend its been here in New Jersey! I hope everyone had an appropriately spooky Halloween. Getting down to business, CoverGirl named a Muslim ambassador, the first to wear a hijab, and Oprah unveiled her Favorite Things list for 2016, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

This week CoverGirl named beauty vlogger Nura Afia as its newest brand ambassador. Afia is Muslim, and CG’s first ambassador to wear a hijab. I just binge watched a few of her makeup tutorials, and I am here to tell you she has serious skills. You can watch her videos here. Check out here Instagram here. (Glamour)

Oprah released the Holy Grail of holiday shopping, her annual list of Favorite Things. I want the Butter London nail polish collection and the coloring books and colored pencils. All of O’s picks live on a dedicated Amazon page, which you’ll find here.

This week on the blog, I talked about Dia de los Muertos makeup and shared a few of my favorite pics from the #everydayphotoaday Instagram challenge I did in October.

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Instagram #everydayphotoaday Challenge

If you follow this blog, you know that in October, I took the #everydayphotoaday challenge on Instagram. I loved the challenge of finding cool, interesting things to photograph and post  every day. Since it is the weekend, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite pics with you. So in no particular order:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLwQDkwg8KW/?taken-by=clobuono

Each day, I posted a photograph based on a list of prompts. For example, the prompt for October 19th was starts with a B, the prompt for the 24th was In My Bag, etc.

I found out about the challenge from Lashawn Wiltz over at Everyday Eyecandy. If you’ve never checked out Lashawn’s blog, you definitely should, especially if you are into photography. She is an amazing photographer, and shares really great tips there!

This month I am doing #naphopomo (for National Photo Posting Month), so I’ll post (at least) one picture a day on Instagram. Since November is a month dedicated to gratitude and giving thanks, I am adding the hashtags #30daysofgratitude, #30daysofthanks, #givethanksdaily, #dailygratitude, and #dailygratitude2016.

So tell me. What are you thankful for this November? Are you as photography obsessed as me? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Makeup: Dia de los Muertos Makeup

A calavera de azucar (sugar skull)

La Calavera Catrina

I have been fascinated by the Instagram feed of makeup artist and face painter Judith Bautista, a.k.a. Kahlovera. Bautista is known for her makeup designs celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday that is also celebrated in some parts of Latin America on November 1 and 2.

If you are thinking of doing any sort of skull makeup tonight, or maybe you celebrate Day of the Dead, you may appreciate the tips and Dia de los Muertos backstory in this Allure blog post. Here are a few of my favorite pics from Bautista’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMN_c-jDqrS/?taken-by=kahlovera

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMEpG9lDGQo/?taken-by=kahlovera

Anyway, if you read the Allure post, Bautista talks about Dia de los Muertos, and how it’s not supposed to be sad or scary, but actually a celebration of a loved one’s life. I think that’s great. When I think of the people I have lost in my life, such as my grandparents and my uncle, memories of the fun times we shared comfort me and keep me going.

You can find Bautista’s web site here.

Anyway, do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Who or what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Share stories and costume pics from the holiday in the comments!

The #everydayphotoaday challenge over on Instagram is basically over. (I just have to post a picture of my breakfast tomorrow. Well, OK.)

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Snapped these today while I was out and about

Snapped these today while I was out and about

A QVC channel just for prestige beauty, Urban Decay’s newest Naked launch, and a 54-year-old French Instagram star who proudly rocks her gray hair, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

QVC’s new venture, Beauty iQ, features brands such as Givenchy, It Cosmetics, and tarte. And its launching today. What are you standing there for? Get shopping! (Allure)

Say hello to Urban Decay Naked Nail Color! I heart Instinct (mauve), Lethal (eggplant), and Magnet (soft taupe). At $10 a pop, I may get all three! (Allure)

French journalist and Instagrammer Sophie Fontanel is going gray and documenting the process on social media (#uneapparitionsophiefontanel) and in an upcoming book (Une Apparition). You go, Sophie! (Huffington Post)

The #everydayphotoaday challenge over on Instagram heads down the home stretch. What a great ride it’s been! (I have three (3!) pics to post today. Eek!)

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