July 2017 archive

Fabulous Links of the Week

How Petey does a summer weekend!

Well, it’s more like Fabulous Links of the Last Two Weeks! The summer doldrums have arrived in Beauty Land. Here’s what has been happening:

My favorite bad-ass octogenarian, Baddie Winkle, turned 89 on July 18, and has come out with a book, Baddie Winkle’s Guide to Life. I so love her! (The Cut)

Sephora announced the opening of a new concept store in Boston. Sephora Studio is a  small (2,000 sq. ft.) space that focuses more on services and skin care. If Sephora ever opened a Studio here in New Jersey, I’d be into it. (WWD)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard Michael Kors bought Jimmy Choo for a hefty $1.35 billion. I know I’ve said this before, but when I hear about these mergers and acquisitions, I always wonder how the buyer will change things up at the newly acquired company. (WWD)

This week on the blog, I shared my Q2 highlights of the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 Photo Challenge, and talked about reviews.com, a new resource I found for unbiased reviews of all kinds of consumer products.

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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here and the best of Q2 here.

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Product Review: Reviews.com

About a month ago, I got an email from a young woman named Jacqueline Ma. She told me how much she loves the blog, and how she sent it to her mom, who loves it, too! Thanks, ladies!

Anyway, Ma came across my blog when she saw my review of Le Petit Marseillais Shower Creme body wash. Ma works for a consumer resource web site called reviews.com. The site also reviewed Le Petit Marseillais, and picked the orange blossom scent as the best body wash for everyday use.

I was very touched by Ma’s kind words about my blog, so I went right to reviews.com. What a resource! The site reviews all types of consumer products, from beauty products to pet products, to everything in between.

“We try to write an unbiased review, where we really take the time to get into the nitty gritty of each product,” Ma told me in a follow-up call. The content team does its research by talking to experts and analyzing ingredients, said Ma. They do a methodical write up of each product and identify the best options available in that product category.

For example, to pick to the best body washes, the reviews.com team spent six weeks discussing ingredients with three dermatologists and personally testing 21 popular body washes. They found high quality products free of harsh cleansers like sodium lauryl sulfate, but full of moisturizers and conditioners that left them feeling clean.

I am so glad I discovered reviews.com. I think it’s a particularly good tool for researching products in a category you have not tried before, like when you want to switch to natural deodorant or find a good mass market brand hair oil.

Tell me. When you need to do online research about consumer products, what resource do you turn to? Do you “crowd source” on social media, or do you have a favorite web site? Let’s talk research and product reviews 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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here and the best of Q2 here.

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Photography: Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Q2

It’s that time: here are the highlights of my Q2 pictures for the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 on Instagram and Facebook. You can check out my Q1 highlights here.

The prompt for week 26 was Summertime. I love the rainbow visible in the water fountain at Pier A Park here in Hoboken!

The prompt for week 24 was Photographer’s Choice. Can you spot the bee?

The prompt for week 19 was Friends. And what do friends do? Get ice cream!

The prompt for week 15 was Negative Space. I just liked this picture, and it got 40+ likes on Instagram, which is a lot for me.

Well, there you have it. I’ll post again with Q3 highlights in October!

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Skin Care: Natural Sunburn Remedies

Dr. Darren Smith

As I walk around Hoboken this time of year, I am noticing a lot of people sporting sunburns and tan lines. I also walk by Pier A Park along the Hudson and see people lying out and bronzing themselves like rotisserie chickens. So I started to think about what people could do when they get a little too much sun.

I asked Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Darren Smith about natural sunburn remedies. Smith started by telling me there are two aspects to sun exposure: preventing a burn and treating a burn if you get one.

For prevention, Smith recommended sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses. A beach umbrella is also a good idea. “It’s important to understand that sunblock is not absolute protection by any stretch of the imagination,” said Smith.

But what about if you overdo it in the sun? In terms of natural sunburn remedies, Smith said the best thing is aloe. “It plain old feels good. It has a nice cooling sensation,” Smith said.

He also said although no real data exists to support this, many people feel it has anti-inflammatory properties. In reality, it probably provides a moist environment that cells can regenerate in.

A sunburn is like any other skin injury or burn, Smith explained. Healing always happens better in a moist environment than a dry environment. But you should not keep reapplying layer upon layer of aloe gel. “When you bathe, you should wash off the previous layer of aloe before applying a new one,” Smith said.

Vitamin E oil or lotion with vitamin E can also be helpful. Vitamin E has antioxidant potential, so it neutralizes free radicals that can cause DNA damage and lead to skin cancer, Smith said. However, vitamin E is something you should use as part of your regular skin care routine. With a sunburn, use the aloe!

I have also heard of putting oatmeal on a sunburn. But oatmeal is kind of messy, although some people really swear by it, said Smith. “Some people throw a cup of ground oats into a bath and soak in it if they have eczema or sunburn,” Smith said. It’s not necessarily bad for your skin, but aloe is a cleaner product.

Another remedy I’ve heard mentioned a few times is dairy. Not a good idea, because it is hard to be sure you have a sanitary preparation of food-based remedies, said Smith. Bacteria can grow in things like milk or yogurt. “When you have a sunburn, the skin barrier against infection is compromised. I would hesitate before putting something like dairy products on what is essentially an open wound,” said Smith.

I know when I get a little too much sun (it happens), I use aloe. What about you? Do you use aloe, too, or do you have another favorite sunburn hack? Let’s talk natural sunburn relief 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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Pretty lavender (or hyacinth?) on The Highline

Hope everyone is keeping cool! Luckily, the beauty world hasn’t totally gone on vacation. In this week’s Fabulous Links, L’Oreal goes high tech, SkinOwl says good-bye to a hero product, and a 70-year-old Korean granny takes YouTube by storm!

L’Oreal and Perfect Corp. have announced a partnership allowing users of Perfect Corp.’s YouCam app to virtually “try on” products from all L’Oreal brands. Customers can then buy makeup through the app or in-store. If anyone tries the YouCam app, please let me know what you think. Am I missing out? (WWD)

SkinOwl announced this week the brand is discontinuing mangosteen oil, its original flagship product with a cult following that includes my mom. The good news is that company founder Annie Tevelin has a new launch in the works. (SkinOwl blog) You can see my original post about SkinOwl, and my interview with Annie, here.

Park Makrye is a 70-year-old grandmother in South Korea. She is also a social media star, posting YouTube videos dubbed Grandma’s Diary. In her videos, she is living life to the fullest, charming an entire country in the process. Companies such as Samsung and Lotte have been calling…

Park’s success is well deserved. Her father refused to send her to school because she was a girl. Then her husband accumulated debts and abandoned the family, leaving Park to pay off the creditors and raise their three kids. Through it all, she never lost her joie de vivre and sense of humor. We should all be so resilient. (Fox Business)

This week on the blog, I shared Part 2 and Part 3 from my Highline photo shoot. Next week I’ll have some beauty posts, I swear!

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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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Photography: The Highline Photo Shoot, Part 3

Ok. Last Highline post, I promise! Part 3 focuses more on the sculptures and street art along The Highline. Be sure to check out part 1 here and part 2 here.

the floaters, Henry Taylor

The Swallower Swallowed, Jon Rafman

Rest In, Guan Xiao

That’s it! Highlights from a Central Park photo trek and Q2 of the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 photo challenge are up next!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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!

 

 

 

Photography: The Highline Photo Shoot, Part 2

Happy Friday! Here’s part 2 of my Highline photo shoot. You can see part 1 here.

I love this 19th century (I think) architecture in Greenwich Village.

Pretty yellow flowers. The fact they are a little out of focus and the stems are more in focus makes the picture interesting.

Yup, that’s the Hoboken terminal!

It was the end of Pride Week in NYC.

Did someone call a cab?

Is this hyacinth or lavender?

In this photo and the photo below, you get a little texture and the contrast between the blue sky, green leaves, and white flowers and bricks.

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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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

In keeping with the Fourth of July theme…

Hope everyone took some time to relax this holiday week! Not much happened in beauty land, but Target announced some changes for the better, and 49-year old Celine Dion posed for an eye-popping picture posted to Instagram.

Target said this week it is dropping its popular Mossimo (just the menswear) and Merona (men’s and women’s) labels. The Bullseye plans to introduce in their stead athleisure brand JoyLab, trendy womenswear brand A New Day, and Goodfellow & Co., for the hipster guy in your life. It looks like some new home stuff is in the works, too. The new brands are scheduled to debut this fall. (Glamour) (Wall Street Journal)

Vogue photographed Celine Dion in Paris during Couture Week. Nude. You go, girl! Looking good! (Elle)

This week was Photography Week on the blog, so I posted pics from my Highline photo shoot and the NYC skyline workshop I took.

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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: The Highline Photo Shoot, Part 1

And Photo Week continues! A few Saturdays ago, I was going to attend a photography workshop in Manhattan. The topic was studio lighting. Well, the organizer canceled it at the last minute. These things happen, but I was pissed. I had not signed up for my usual yoga class in anticipation of attending the workshop, and it was too late to get to the yoga studio.

So, in an effort to salvage the day, I grabbed my camera and went to The Highline, a public park that runs along the west side of Manhattan from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street in Midtown. The Highline is kind of like a walkway, and it overlooks Hoboken, Weehawken, and Edgewater, New Jersey.

I took about 80 or 90 photographs, so I’ll share the best ones in three parts. Enjoy part 1!

I believe this is in the mid-20s facing eastward.

I love the combination of the daisies, the texture in the bricks, and the rich blue sky!

Got this yellow cab from overhead.

Pretty marina, and that tower to the left is Stevens Institute in Hoboken.

This was getting towards the end of the walk.

I love that I can get shots like this one of a crew team on the Hudson with my new lens!

There is a lot of greenery and flowers on The Highline.

Like I said, flora and fauna everywhere!

Where do you like to take pictures in your city? Are there neighborhoods that are particularly photogenic? Share your favorite photo shoot locations (and your best pics) 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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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!

Photography: New York City Skyline Photo Shoot, Part 2

I hope everyone had a great Fourth! Remember last week when I said I’d share more photos from the skyline photography workshop I took? Well, here they are!

I love this sailboat!

This photo of the Empire State Building before it is lit up for Pride Week looks very haunting.

The historic Hoboken terminal. It’s a major transportation hub around here.

I love the red of the W against the deep blue sky.

This pic makes this office building look eerie.

One WTC, the Freedom Tower, as seen through my new lens!

Lots of people took boats out to view the scenery and watch fireworks.

I just like the clouds and sunset in this pic. The weather was gorgeous!

I thought it would be fun to have a little photo week here on the blog, seeing as it’s sort of a vacation week with the holiday and all. I have a few photos to share from a walk I took on The Highline in NYC, too. Oh, and the Q2 pics from the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52. I’ll get to those shortly…

Tell me. Have you ever attempted night photography? Or photographing fireworks? I never did before I took this workshop on June 25. Share any tips you may have 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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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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