August 2017 archive

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Serendipity 3 in NYC. Great birthday lunch here today for my friend Laurie!

Can you believe Labor Day is in two weeks?! Fall is definitely creeping up on us. And Beautyland is ready!

My love of all things Taraji P. Henson and Cookie Lyon is well documented. Taraji is once again collaborating with MAC on another lipstick and lip gloss for the brand’s Viva Glam campaign. The gorgeous copper-y shades are perfect for fall. They drop September 7. (Allure)

Saks Fifth Avenue has launched a beauty rewards program. You need to be a SaksFirst credit card holder, and the rewards start kicking in after you spend $250, but with brands like MAC, Tom Ford, and La Mer, it’s beauty nirvana! (Refinery29)

Here’s a list of all the beauty launches you need to watch this fall, courtesy of Allure. The TBD Styler from Living Proof looks interesting…. (Allure)

And how cool is Maye Musk? Almost 70, gorgeous, and sexy as hell. (WWD)

Recently on the blog, I reviewed skincare products from Nebo Naturals and Eavara. And I shared my photos from Columbus Circle, Central Park, Central Park Part 2, and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

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: Museum at Eldridge Street

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a NYC Photo Trek to the Museum at Eldridge Street, a synagogue originally built in 1887. Today it is a museum celebrating the Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe who flocked to New York City’s Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its restoration was completed in December 2007, and today the museum is open to the public ($10 will get you inside), and offers a variety of cultural events.

The museum was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever shot. I am so glad I went!

The outside of the building has great detail. I tried to capture some of it.

The light fixtures are gorgeous!

This stained glass window was designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. It was installed in 2010.

And these are just a few of my favorites! I will post a few more pictures from the museum next week!

You can read about the history of the museum here.

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: Eavara Skin Care

Eavara Botanical Facial Cleanser and Age-Defying Moisturizer

I wanted to jump on here today to tell you about Eavara, a skin care brand I have been using  all summer.* The company is based in Hawai’i, hence its tagline, “Discover Paradise.”

I love the Botanical Cleanser and Age-Defying Moisturizer. The cleanser contains green tea, vitamin E, coconut oil, and tamanu oil. The antioxidants in green tea help fight free radical formation, vitamin E promotes collagen production, and tamanu oil and coconut oil are great natural moisturizers. It really gets my skin squeaky clean.

The moisturizer keeps your skin soft and supple with coconut, kukui, macadamia, avocado, rose, and jojoba oils. It also contains shea butter and hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated, and vitamin E. I love the smell!

Eavara says its products are all natural and organic. According to the company, they are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, colorants, and fragrances.

Tell me. What skin care brands have you been loving this summer?

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.

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. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

*The Eavara moisturizer and cleanser were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Photography: Central Park, Part 2

Here’s part 2 of the Central Park photo trek, for all your Hump Day procrastination needs. You can check out part 1 here and the Columbus Circle portion of the trek here.

This juggler kept everyone entertained!

The park lends itself to gorgeous foilage pictures! It’ll be great in the fall!

And yes. here’s another statue of Columbus.

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: Central Park, Part 1

Remember the Columbus Circle photo trek? Well, after Columbus Circle, we crossed the street into Central Park. Even though it was a little overcast, the park offers a ton of great photo opportunities! Enjoy part 1! (Part 2 coming later in the week, I promise!)

The Central Park Carousel is one of the park’s better known attractions. It was originally powered by horse and mule. It was closed when we got there, but I got these two good shots.

I think I caught these guys by surprise!

I love this little footbridge, called Pine Bank Arch. It was featured in the movie Elf.

I like the geometric feel of this photo.

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: Columbus Circle

A few weeks ago, I went on my first outing with a meetup group called NYC Photo Treks. We went to Columbus Circle and Central Park. I wish it hadn’t been so overcast, but I got some great shots!

This steel globe on the north side of the Circle is in front of, well, Trump International Hotel and Tower. I was trying to let the globe lead your eye to the building.

This statue of Christopher Columbus is by the sculptor Gaetano Russo.

This winged boy holding a globe at the base of the statue pays homage to global exploration.

Columbus Circle has a few fountains, so I went a little nuts trying to get good pictures of the water. By cranking up my shutter speed and opening up the aperture, I was able to get some stop action shots (as seen here and in the pic below).

I hope you enjoyed these! I have more from Central Park, which I will post this week. I also did a trek to The Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum on NYC’s Lower East Side and NYC’s Chinatown. I’ll be posting those, too!

‘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.

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. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

Product Review: Nebo Naturals

Nebo Naturals Bee Quenched Facial Nectar and Bee Bright Facial Toner

It’s not everyday that someone reaches out to you via Twitter and offers to send you a basket of goodies. But Elena and her team at Nebo Naturals all-natural skincare were kind enough to do just that!

They sent me the Bee Quenched Facial Nectar and the Bee Bright Facial Toner pictured above. They also sent me the Bee Smooth Body Scrub with yummy ingredients like brown sugar, coconut sugar, and honey.

I love the facial toner and nectar. They leave my skin feeling clean and soft, which is a tall order after going for a walk or running around outside taking pictures in the humidity of a New Jersey summer.

The toner has things like rice wine, witch hazel, and peppermint oil in it to brighten your skin and even out your skin tone. (And how pretty is the blue bottle?) The facial nectar has sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil to keep your skin nourished and hydrated.

I also love the body scrub. It smells amazing, and my skin feels really soft when I dry off after a shower.

Nebo Naturals is a New Hampshire-based company that makes its products in small (micro) batches from all-natural, organic ingredients sourced locally. The cute bee logo is because the brand apparently has its own apiary! In addition to the great stuff Elena sent me, Nebo also makes cute soaps, lip balm, and body lotion.

I love companies like Nebo Naturals or Lime & Lotus Organics that have a cool story and make products in small batches out of natural ingredients. Don’t you?

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.

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. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!