Fabulous Links of the Week

The sun reflecting off the Hudson on a cloudy day

It’s that special time: the second week of January, and the first full week after the holidays. How are those New Year’s resolutions going for ya? I know its been a pretty long week for me.

At least the beauty world was busy. A Korean sheet mask subscription service, Michelle O’s best beauty and fashion moments, a great essay by Bobbi Brown, beauty brands that will be big news in 2017, and an 80s revival, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Sheet mask junkies will love FaceTory, a new beauty subscription service. For only $5 a month and $1 shipping, you get four sheet masks picked for you by the FaceTory team. You’re all set for #skincaresunday each month! (Allure)

As we prepare to say good bye to FLOTUS, the New York Times, Glamour, and Allure have curated roundups of her best beauty and fashion looks. No one made a statement with fashion, wore color, or mixed prints quite like Michelle. We’ll miss you, Mrs. O! (New York Times) (Glamour) (Allure)

Bobbi Brown wrote a moving open letter for Refinery29. She looked back on building her company, and reiterated her powerful message of using makeup to be your best you. Bobbi may be leaving her company, but she’s not going anywhere. (Refinery29)

Here are the beauty start-ups to watch this year, according to Fast Company. And yes, Memebox and Glossier made the list. (Fast Company)

If you remember mall bangs, AquaNet, and scrunchies, beware: 80s beauty is apparently poised to make a comeback in 2017. Gnarly! (Allure)

This week on the blog, I reviewed Babe Scrub coffee body scrub and SimySkin Nourishing Eye Cream.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Product Review: SimySkin Nourishing Eye Cream

SimySkin Nourishing Eye Cream

I’ve talked about SimySkin before. I love the brand’s Micro-Exfoliating Toner. The folks at SimySkin recently reached out to me about letting me try their Nourishing Eye Cream. Since I’m obsessed with using eye cream, of course I said yes.*

I have been using it for a few weeks, and so far, I am loving it. It’s not too heavy, but leaves the delicate skin under my eyes feeling nice and moisturized. Even on a cold day here in New Jersey. And it has kept my under eye area looking nice and smooth, with no bags or dark circles.

SimySkin Nourishing Eye Cream is packed with important nutrients such as B12 and vitamins A and E. It also contains hyaluronic acid for moisture; cranberry oil for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are great for moisture, luminosity, and plumpness; and vitamin C for brightness.

A spokeswoman for the company told me a sweet story. Simy is a name that goes back generations in the founder’s family: it’s his daughter’s middle name, mother’s first name, grandmother’s middle name, and great-grandmother’s first name! As someone who is named after her maternal grandmother and mother, I was very touched when I learned that.

You can buy SimySkin Nourishing Eye Cream online here. Do you have a go-to eye cream? Tell me all about it in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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*The eye cream was sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Bath and Body: Babe Scrub

Babe Australia Coffee Body Scrub

I forget where I first heard about Babe Scrub, a body scrub and body care line from Australia. But I took one look at their saucy, fun Instagram, and had to try it. And I love the cheeky copy on the packaging.

I went for the coffee scrub.* The caffeine is supposed to be good for your so-called “wobbly bits.” (Yes, I have a few of those.) Between arabica coffee, sweet almond oil, and English lavender oil, your shower smells amazing! Like a Starbucks with notes of eucalyptus.

The scrub looks like coffee grounds. It smells amazing, too!

When I towel off, my skin feels soft and touchable, and in the few weeks I’ve been using the stuff, my wobbly bits seem less…well, wobbly. The scrub also contains sucrose (sugar), which hydrates skin and has alpha-hydroxy acids that can fade stretch marks. Mine have definitely faded. Bathing suit season (and my annual “defrosting” in Florida) will be here before you know it!

Australian mom-of-three Kim Peirce is the genius behind Babe Scrub. She quit her six-figure job as a management consultant to launch the line. She began by mixing the scrubs in her Melbourne kitchen using ingredients like essential oils and Himalayan sea salt.

Peirce and her husband, Joseph, wanted to create an online business that would allow them to spend more time with their kids. “We just wanted to be able to engineer our own lifestyle,” Peirce told the Adelaide Advertiser.

The company has grown exponentially since it began with an online store in 2013, and now you can buy Babe Scrub online at Sephora. You may also find Babe Scrub products at Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, although I didn’t see the brand listed on their U.S. web sites.

You know I love me a cool body scrub. I want to try Babe Pink Salt Scrub next. You can even use that as a soak if you like to take baths. Are you as into body scrubs as I am? Maybe you make your own. Let’s talk bath and body in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt relevant to the time of year. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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*I bought the body scrub from Sephora.com. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

January vibes

Welcome to the first official Fabulous Links of 2017! Gwen Stefani’s new beauty gig. L’Oreal’s new (smart) hairbrush, your new skin care super ingredient, and Lauren Hutton looking amazing in Bottega Veneta’s spring ad campaign, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

40-something Gwen Stefani was just named a global ambassador for Revlon. Stefani told WWD she has been obsessed with makeup her whole life. She is also a former Borghese makeup artist. (Who knew?!) I can’t wait to see what she and Revlon come up with. (Allure) (WWD)

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, L’Oreal debuted a new ‘smart’ hairbrush. The Kerastase Hair Coach has sensors that determine the effects of different hair care routines on the quality of your hair. The brush connects to an app on your phone, and tells you how often you are brushing your hair and warns you if you brush too hard. The Hair Coach will retail for less than $200 and will be available this fall. (Fortune)

In this first week of 2017, Allure has done two posts about the skin benefits of chia seed oil. Apparently, the stuff is full of fatty acids that are great for your skin. I will definitely look into this and report back in a separate post. You can read the Allure posts here and here.

At 73-years-fabulous, Lauren Hutton rocks a red leather skirt and tight fuchsia sweater in Bottega Veneta’s spring ad campaign. Beauty is truly ageless. You go girl! p.s. I need that handbag in my life. (WWD) (Allure)

This week on the blog, I talked about Subway Therapy, a project to let New Yorkers express their feelings about the election. On sticky notes. In a subway station. I also posted my better pictures from the 25 Days of Christmas Photo-a-Day Challenge.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt relevant to the time of year. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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!

 

 

Subway Therapy

2016. What a garbage fire. And that was before Donald Trump was elected. I can’t remember an election getting that nasty. As the country prepares for Trump’s inauguration, the outrage and pushback continues. Women around the country are planning marches and the Rockettes are reportedly not thrilled about being asked to perform.

The New York Times reported that more than 80 percent of voters in New York City did not vote for Trump. In the days after the election, people in Hoboken and New York City were walking around like it was the Zombie Apocalypse. They were in a state of disbelief.

Performance artist Matthew Chavez, aka Levee, came up with a creative way to let people express their feelings over the particularly bitter election: he sat at a table in a NYC subway station with Post-It notes and some pens, and let people jot down their thoughts and stick them on the wall. “I wanted to give people the opportunity to express something without talking about it,” Chavez told The New York Times.

I saw these notes when I went to the city, so I snapped a few pictures on my phone. These were taken at the Union Square subway station.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get much closer to the wall, because everyone was taking pictures with their phones.

I was in shock over the election results myself. I was definitely with her. I tried to pull it together for a job interview, and wound up being late because I was so freaked out. (The rain that day didn’t help.) For the rest of the week, I tried to get as much work as possible done while listening to Kate McKinnon sing “Hallelujah” on repeat.

Finally, I couldn’t take the stress any more. I said to myself, “Enough. Like it or not, Trump won.” If we come together, we can show the Trump administration the kind of nation we want to be. The kind of nation we really are. A nation founded on the principles of freedom of choice and freedom from persecution. If I had posted a sticky note, I would have written, “Unity. Tolerance. Understanding.”

Chavez’ Post-It project became such an important outlet for expression, the New York Historical Society is working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to preserve the notes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo even left a Post-It saying, in part, “New York State holds the torch high!” Cuomo also quoted the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Through January 20, Inauguration Day, you can go to the New York Historical Society and see about 5,000 of the notes, and leave one of your own.

Tell me. What would your Post-It note say?

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Photography: The Everyday Eyecandy 25 Days of Christmas Photo-a-Day Challenge

This month, I took the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I thought it might be fun to share some of my more successful efforts.

I caught the lights reflecting off the river in this shot.

Pier 1 has such pretty ornaments. Glitter everywhere, though. Sort of a pet peeve of mine.

The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center is my favorite New York City holiday tradition. Nothing, repeat nothing, is cuter than little girls in Christmas dresses twirling like ballerinas in the theater lobby.

The 2016 LoBuono family tree. Papa Bear got a good one this year!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOa5Q67g8td/?taken-by=clobuono

My family went out to eat on Christmas Eve. The restaurant was decorated for the holidays. It looked like Christmas exploded in there.

I got a camera and photography classes for Christmas, so more photos to come in 2017! Now I just need to learn how to actually use my new camera….

What are your favorite holiday memories and traditions? Share (and pics too!) in the comments below!

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Fabulous Links of the Week: Christmas Week

The 2016 LoBuono Family Tree

The 2016 LoBuono Family Tree

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is enjoying the holiday season! A few things went down in the beauty world right before Christmas: Bobbi Brown announced she is leaving her eponymous beauty brand; 88-years-fabulous Baddie Winkle was named a new face of Urban Decay; and we said goodbye to Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was known more for her husbands and witty sayings than for actually doing anything. Kind of like a mid-20th century Kardashian. And no, I didn’t forget about Carrie Fisher. Without further delay, here is the final Fabulous Links for 2016!

Bobbi Brown announced she is stepping away from her brand to pursue other projects. Bobbi brought us “no-makeup” makeup, and urged women to embrace their natural beauty. I’m sad she is leaving, but I can’t wait to see what she does next. (WWD) My friend Alyssa is a beauty editor who actually had her makeup done by Bobbi! Here’s her post for Town & Country magazine about it. (Town & Country)

Baddie Winkle is an 88-year-old Instagram sensation who was just named a Monthly Muse for Urban Decay. When I’m 88, I hope I’m bad-ass like Baddie! UD’s slogan is Beauty With an Edge. I say, Beauty Never Loses Its Edge. You can follow Baddie on Insta at @baddiewinkle (Allure)

Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away on December 18. She was famous just for being famous before it became a thing. And almost 50 years before Kylie Jenner launched her Lip Kits, Zsa Zsa had her own line of makeup and skin care. (New York Times) As a woman who had been married nine times, she had plenty of thoughts on love and life. Marie Claire collected 35 of her best quotes. (Marie Claire)

Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27, after suffering a heart attack on an airplane. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was one of the first celebrities who made it OK to talk about mental illness, before Brooke Shields, Kristen Bell, and Demi Lovato. (New York Times)

Her most iconic role was, of course, Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. As the New York Times put it, Leia was a “damsel who could very much deal with her own distress.” Leia’s famous “side buns” hairstyle became an early symbol of feminism and female empowerment. She rocked the look while battling Imperial Stormtroopers and leading the Rebel Alliance. Why wouldn’t it be the coolest? (Allure) I may have to Netflix some early Star Wars this weekend!

This month, I took the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I posted pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts, using the hashtag #eyecandyholidaychallenge. I’ll do separate post on here with the best ones.

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Outdoor Christmas lights look pretty in black and white!

Outdoor Christmas lights look pretty in black and white!

 

It’s almost Christmas! Things have been a little busy in the beauty world, at least here in NYC: Ulta announced it is opening its first ever Manhattan location, and L’Occitane announced the opening of its new flagship in the Flatiron District. And Marcia Kilgore does it again with Beauty Pie, a buyers’ club catering to beauty junkies, while Unilever bought out Jennifer Aniston and the other owners of Living Proof. Here are this week’s Fabulous Links!

Ulta is coming to Manhattan’s tres chic Upper East Side next fall! (WWD)

L’Occitane’s new flagship store features a Smart Beauty Fitting Room, where you can browse and sample products suggested by a digital platform. Very hi-tech! (FashionNetwork.com)

Beauty Pie is the latest brain child of Marcia Gilgore, who brought you Bliss and Soap & Glory. it’s like a Costco for beauty and skincare. For a monthly membership fee, you can buy high-quality cosmetics at no-mark-up factory prices. It’s no-mark-up makeup! (Popsugar)

Unilever, parent company to brands such as Dove, Caress, and Pond’s, bought out Jennifer Aniston and her team at Living Proof. I’m curious about where the consumer products giant will take the brand. (WWD)

This week on the blog, I pulled together a gift guide for the guys on your list. And still looking for gift ideas? My gift guide for her and stocking stuffer guide are here to help!

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.

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!

BTW, here is a video of my fave holiday song, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” by Vince Vance and His Valiants, with Lisa Layne. Enjoy!

 

 

2016 Gift Guide: For Him

I’m single, so I’m guessing here. But I came up with some holiday gift ideas for the men in your life, and as usual, I tried to vary the price points.

Shaving

The Art of Shaving has two great sets. Check out the Peppermint and Razor Kit and The Four Elements of the Perfect Shave Starter Kit.

Main Image - The Art of Shaving® Peppermint & Razor Kit ($137 Value)

The Art of Shaving Peppermint & Razor Kit

Main Image - The Art of Shaving® 'The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave® - Unscented' Starter Kit

The Four Elements of the Perfect Shave

Skin Care

If you are sick of your guy stealing stealing your skin care stash, the Clinique Great Skin for Him Collection or Anthony Moisture on the Go may keep him out of your stuff.

Main Image - Clinique Great Skin for Him Collection ($61 Value)

Clinique Great Skin for Him

Main Image - Anthony™ Moisture on the Go

Anthony Moisture on the Go

 

Gadgets

Guys love gadgets. If it beeps or flashes on a digital screen, they’re there. Maybe he would like this Fitbit ‘Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch.

Main Image - Fitbit 'Blaze' Smart Fitness Watch

Fitbit ‘Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch

If your man is at a loss without his tunes, how about the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker? (FYI, it also comes in white, orange, and blue.)

Main Image - Bose® SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

He may also like these cool Bose SoundSport Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones.

Main Image - Bose® SoundSport® In-Ear Bluetooth® Headphones

Bose SoundSport In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

 

These are just a few ideas. Here is the link to Nordstrom’s gift guide for men and, for the man who has been especially good this year, links to the Sharper Image gifts for him and gifts for his Man Cave guides.

Still looking for women’s gift ideas? My gift guide for her and stocking stuffer guide are here for you!

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.

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

Not much has gone on in beauty land this week. (The opening of a Kylie Cosmetics pop-up store in Los Angeles doesn’t count, IMHO.) However, Pantone did name the color of the year for 2017, and it’s …green?! I don’t wear a lot of green, but I’ll dig through my stuff and see what I have. You can read the piece about it in the New York Times here. And enjoy this video. I couldn’t resist!

Since it was a slow week beauty wise, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pics from the 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Challenge.

This week on the blog, I talked about my fun makeover at Blushington and debuted my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide! And here’s the link to my Stocking Stuffer guide.

As I mentioned above, 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.

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!

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