January 2017 archive

Product Review: AdoreMe

Weekends are for comfy PJs and required reading!

We’re a month into 2017. I promised myself this was the year I’d get more into photography. I really love taking pictures, and I wanted to graduate from my phone, as nice as the camera is on the iPhone.

I think I mentioned I got a new camera for Christmas and 10-session photography class to learn how to use it. We’ve only had one class so far, and each week we will have homework based on what we discussed in class. Said homework involves taking pictures. Using your camera. Becoming one with your camera. That’s the only way you’ll learn.

When I come home from a day outside “shooting,” I love a great set of pjs to snuggle up in while I peruse the latest issue of Allure. So when the nice folks at AdoreMe reached out about working with me, I was totally on board.

I bought the Matilda pajamas pictured above.* They are so soft and comfortable! And the fit is cute, too! A little body skimming, but not too tight. And I got a $40 first-time customer discount and free shipping, so for $20, the price was right.

AdoreMe has tons of cute intimates and sleepwear. And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Check out their gorgeous Instagram and Pinterest pages for styling ideas!

Tell me. What are you go-to looks for relaxing this winter? Let’s talk R and R 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!

Also, I started my 10-week photography class on Saturday. I’ll try to post here about my progress.

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*I bought the pjs. Opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Weekends are for comfy PJs and required reading!

L’Oreal and Founders Factory announced the five beauty start-ups they will invest in, Coach announced a chic new collab, an 85-year-old model kicked it at Paris couture week, Kopari Beauty got celeb investors, and the legendary Mary Tyler Moore passed away, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Earlier this week, L’Oreal and Founders Factory announced the five beauty start-ups their partnership will invest in. London-based Founders Factory is a digital incubator, a company that provides financial resources and mentorship to tech entrepreneurs. (Forbes)

Coach just announced it’s coolest collaboration yet: a 15-piece collection with fashion label Rodarte. Look for it in stores in April. I can’t wait to see it! (WWD)

Carmen Dell’Orefice is 85 years old, and fierce as hell. She has been modeling for 70 years, and just closed out a show at Paris couture week. When I’m 85, I hope I can still move. Rock on, Carmen! (Allure)

Remember that time I reviewed the Coconut Crush body scrub from Kopari Beauty? This week, the brand announced they had received investments from some very famous fans, including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Karlie Kloss. Congrats, guys! (WWD)

Mary Tyler Moore passed away this week at the age of 80. Before there was Liz Lemon and Carrie Bradshaw, there was Moore’s Mary Richards. She paved the way for how working women were portrayed on TV. MTM was an advocate for diabetes research (she had type 1 diabetes) and a friend to animals. She will be greatly missed. (New York Times)

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!

Also, I started my 10-week photography class yesterday. I’ll try to post here about my progress.

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

The steeple of the church across from my house.

One more week of January. I can practically smell spring in the air. To keep you going, Betty White turns 95-years-fabulous, K-beauty grabs more shelf space at Target, and ballerina Alessandra Ferri looks amazing in No7 skincare ads, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Happy 95th birthday to the national treasure that is Betty White. Here’s a list of five cool things she accomplished after 50. Life doesn’t end at 40, people! (The Zoe Report)

Target is becoming the place to stock up on K-beauty. First the retailer announced that Alicia Yoon of Peach & Lily was curating a 13-piece collection of her K-beauty favorites that launched at Target and online on January 15. (WWD) Then the company announced that 12 products from K-beauty brand Missha would be available in about 750 stores the same day. (WWD) As if we needed another reason to love The Bullseye!

Prima ballerina Alessadra Ferri is fronting No7’s Ready for More campaign, which launched this week in the U.S. Ready for More advertises No7’s new Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum. Ferri came out of retirement in 2013 to continue dancing professionally. “They obviously saw a woman who didn’t buy into the belief that you have to give up your life because you are not 35,” Ferri told Women’s Wear Daily. She went on to say, “Of course we all want to look our best at any age, but it’s fine to live in the present of who you are in the moment.” You go, girl! (WWD)

This week on the blog, I unboxed The Zoe Report’s Winter 201-17 Box of Style.

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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Unboxing The Zoe Report Box of Style x Sunday Riley Winter 2016-17 Box

The folks at The Zoe Report Box of Style graciously sent me the Winter 2016-17 box for a test drive.* The items were gorgeous! The card stock of the box was nice and thick.

The Rachel Zoe Box of Style

Everything came beautifully wrapped

You get a booklet that tells you about the items in your Box of Style, and tips from Rachel Zoe on how to, well, style them. You get beauty tips from RZ, too.

The Box of Style booklet

Let’s look at the beauty stuff first. The reason I wanted to try this Box of Style was because the email I got had Box of Style x Sunday Riley as the subject line, and I’ve been dying to try Sunday Riley skin care for awhile. I’ll do a separate post at the end of the week and share my thoughts about it.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, Viva la Juicy perfume, and Clinique Color Pop lipstick and primer in Berry Pop

I love the candle, hat, and card case. I also love that the candle and card case were created exclusively for Box of Style. I’ve put the candle in my room. It smells like a pine forest. Pine reminds me of the holidays, my favorite time of year.

D.L. & Co. scented candle, Soia & Kyo Olivia cap, and Dagne Dover leather card case

And the card case has room for business cards, or for your ID and money if you just want to run to the store. It also keeps things organized when you go out at night, and want to carry a smaller bag.

Inside the card case

The card case has another pocket on the back.

I tend to gravitate toward smaller, under-the-radar brands, so it was fun to discover D.L. & Co., Soia & Kyo, and Dagne Dover. I’d never heard of them before, so I checked out their web sites. They make beautiful things!

The ‘hero item’ is the ‘Zoey’ necklace by Dylanlex. Its look is pretty timeless, if you ask me. It has an adjustable clasp, so it can be styled in a couple different ways. Like the candle and card case, it was created exclusively for Box of Style.

Dylanlex ‘Zoey’ necklace with a cashmere turtleneck

Dylanlex ‘Zoey’ necklace with a flowy top

Dylanlex ‘Zoey’ necklace as a choker with a black cowl-neck dress

I’d never heard of Dylanlex before, either, so I went onto their web site as well. The Liam bracelet and Sway brooch have that vintage vibe I’m into. They have gorgeous rings, too.

Tell me. Do you like the subscription lifestyle/beauty boxes (eg., Birchbox or Memebox) that seem to be so popular? Do you think they are worth the money? Let’s talk discovery commerce 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!

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 Box of Style was sent to me for review. Opinions are my own.

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!

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!

 

 

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!

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 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!

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!

*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!

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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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