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Skincare: Sunday Ritual Rant

Just a few of the Sheet Masks of Shame

Why?! Why can’t I get into using the sheet masks and other skincare masks currently gathering dust in my home office? ARRGH! I mean, I use sunscreen regularly, and I have skin care regimens I use in the morning and evening. (I rotate products in and out.)

But I just can’t seem to drag myself to my office to go through them, and use one every Sunday. I’d rather do a little house work, read a book, then take a nap. (I’m the kind of person who keeps a list of the books she wants to read.) Oh, and on Sundays I put together the Fabulous Links. (Those will be back to a regular Sunday posting schedule this weekend, I promise.)

My other thing to do is grab my camera and take photos. I actually started a 3-session workshop in Adobe Lightroom last night. (Wish me luck.) So maybe those things are my form of “self care ” or “me time,” versus #skincaresunday and a sheet mask selfie.

Some people meditate, some do yoga, some do sheet masks, and some people are into DIY mani/pedis. Tell me. How do you define self care? What does your “me time” look like? Let’s talk R&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’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Florida Vacation 2017 and Some Fabulous Links!

17 days. That’s how long  it’s been since the people who follow the Fabulous Forever page have heard from me, according to Facebook. Not good. I’m sorry.

The day after Easter, Mother Bear and I went to Florida for our annual defrosting. We hit the pool and the beach, and of course, did a little shopping. I didn’t even bring my camera with me. Between my photography class, blogging, and my freelance work this winter, I was exhausted. However, I snapped a few photos on my iPhone.

The view from my beach chair. I could get used to this!

Mother Bear and I

The pool in our condo complex.

I have managed to keep up with beauty news, though: Urban Decay is launching a new Naked contouring palette and this body butter has a loooonnggg waiting list.

Here’s an article on Racked about beauty accelerators and incubators. Beth Shapouri is a great beauty writer/reporter, and this is an easy-to-understand explanation of an important strategy driving product development in the beauty industry.

Fear not, everyone. I’ve fully recharged and I’m back! I’ll post another photo story from my photography class later in the week. And my favorite beauty event of the year, The Makeup Show NYC, is coming up on May 7 and 8! And don’t forget, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Need I mention SPF?

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful in New Jersey. It might be time to blow the dust off my camera, 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.

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Dia & Co: Move Fashion Forward

Today’s post is all about taking risks: fashion risks, to be exact. I was inspired by Dia & Co., a personal styling service for plus-size women, to take part in an interesting challenge: taking a fashion risk. Since I am thinking about what I’d like to buy for spring and my upcoming Florida vacation, I well, took a risk, and said I’d do it.

For me, taking a fashion risk would involve wearing yellow. I don’t own anything in yellow. Not even something like a purse or scarf. So I did a little online research and found a few things I’d like to try on. (I’m not a fan of buying clothes online, unless I’ve already tried them on IRL.)

I like this cotton v-neck tee in Sunshine Yellow from Lacoste. I think it would be cute with khaki or white shorts and a bright lip.

I am also loving the denim South Ocean shorts in Lemon Drop by Lilly Pulitzer, which you can see here. Perfect with a white tee on a hot day!

Ashby, my contact Dia & Co., told me that every Friday, Dia staffers celebrate Try-Day Friday, and challenge themselves to step outside their comfort zones, style-wise. I love that twist on Casual Fridays!

Tell me. What does taking a fashion risk mean for you? Let’s think outside the box 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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Blushington and Kelly Rutherford

I mentioned in the most recent Fabulous Links that Blushington on the Upper East Side had free makeup applications last Wednesday.* They also had trunk shows for Kelly Rutherford’s new jewelry line and a cool workout wear store called Bandier. Of course, I had to be there.

First, the makeup by Neah. Remember her? Neah prepped my skin using Erborian’s Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer followed by Erborian CC Cream. Then she used Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer and Celestial Bronzing Veil from Kevyn Aucoin in Tropical Days. She also used the Bronzing Veil as eye shadow. Browns make blue eyes pop! Neah used Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara to define my lashes.

To give my cheeks a rosy glow, Neah dabbed on Stila Aqua Glow Water Color Blush in Rosewater. She completed the look with The Kevyn Aucoin Flesh Tone Lip Pencil topped with Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Nude. Check out the finished gorgeous:

Kelly Rutherford’s jewelry line was beautiful. Very simple and elegant. She has matching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in yellow gold. I love the hearts. I’m a romantic that way. (Sorry for the picture quality. I’m still mastering my new camera.)

And yes, I had the chance to meet Kelly. She was lovely! She told me that in a few weeks, her jewelry will be available at a store called Broken English. She also mentioned she might like to do some rings and pieces in rose gold. I’d be down with a heart necklace in rose gold.

I also think the pieces are perfect for monogramming. The jewelry is priced between about $50 to about $450.

And check out the workout wear available at Bandier. What I love about Bandier is that they have lesser known brands as well as some more mainstream ones. Here are two cute patterned leggings that caught my attention. This is the Ultra Silk Bloom Print Legging by Ultracor, available here. It has a matching top, available here.

Below is the Ditsy Yoga Pant, from an Australian brand called The Upside. You can pick it up here. It has a matching top, too, available here.

Tell me. Do you like to keep your jewelry simple, or do you subscribe to the go big or go home school of adornment? Lets talk jewels 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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*I did not pay for the makeover. Blushington offered free makeup applications all day to celebrate the Kelly Rutherford and Bandier trunk show.

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!

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

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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Makeup: Blushington UES

Its been a cray week. On Monday, I went to a launch event for a new laser used for skin resurfacing. And on Wednesday I had two back-to-back holiday parties in the city.

In the middle of all this, I did revisions for a piece for a new client and wrote a story for a regular client, The Doctor Will See You Now. By Friday, I needed a serious break.

So this morning, I treated myself to a complimentary makeup application at the new Blushington location in New York City on the Upper East Side. I chose the Everyday Pure & Simple look. Here’s the finished result:

My finished look!

My finished look!

My makeup artist Neah used three products that I particularly loved: Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer lip primer; Julie Hewett Los Angeles lipstick in ‘Jacqueline’, a pink fuchsia; and the Stila Eyes Are the Window eye shadow palette in ‘Mind’, which is similar to Urban Decay’s new Naked Ultimate Basics palette. The whole look was very soft and pretty!

The lip enhancer helped my lipstick last and kept my lips moisturized, even while walking around freezing, windy Manhattan. And I love the ‘Jacqueline’ lipstick, inspired by Mrs. Kennedy herself. I think it would be especially nice in the summer with a tan.

Blushington sells the products they use. It took major self control to get out of there without buying anything! You can learn more about Blushington here.

I rarely get my makeup done by a pro, except for a real treat. (The full makeup service, normally $65, was free to celebrate the opening of the new location! I love free!) Do you get your makeup done often? If so, have you picked up any tips or tricks along the way that you incorporated into your regular routine? Let’s talk makeup hacks in the comments!

Fun selfie with Neah

Fun selfie with Neah!

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.

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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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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 and Skin Care in Cuba

Just enough to get me through a weekend!

Just enough to get me through the long weekend!

The thing I was most curious about when I went to Cuba was what makeup and skin care products were available there. You know me. Well, it turns out the stuff is pretty hard to come by.

I didn’t see many women wearing makeup. The only Cuban women I noticed wearing makeup were those working in our hotel. According to a hotel employee named Yoana, to get makeup, you need to have people send it to you from places like Spain, Mexico City, and the U.S. Or if you are a maid in a hotel, guests leave some for you in their rooms as part of the tip at checkout. (We left a few things for our maid. I also gave Yoana some samples from blogger goody bags for being nice enough to answer my questions.)

Cuba operates on a cash-only economy, so if you have some sort of side (or even a main) hustle to earn the Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUCs) available to tourists, you might be able to buy whatever is available in a few smaller stores. You can read more about the currency system in Cuba here.

As for me, I MacGuyvered my way through the weekend. (See pic above.) Since luggage had a weight limit, I pared it down to La-Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60, Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush in Coral Rose, Smashbox Blendable Lip and Cheek Color in L.A. Lights, NYX High Voltage Lipstick in 05 Flutter Kiss, and Maybelline mascara.

I also brought Chapstick with SPF and ROC eye cream. At night, I used sample packets of Goddess Garden Dream Repair Cream. And after a long day of walking around and sightseeing, I got the sweat and grime off with Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub. Oh, and I always had Supergoop! hand lotion SPF 40 in my bag.

I never tried La Roche-Posay before. I loved it! It contains antioxidants so its good for your skin, and it feels nice and light, like Neutrogena Dry Touch. Thanks to the La Roche-Posay, Supergoop!, a big hat, and sunglasses, I didn’t get burned.

Last year, Cat Quinn O’Neill wrote a blog post for Allure about going to a Cuban perfumery. You can read about her experience here. Pretty interesting!

Writing this post got me thinking. If you could only take 3 beauty products to a desert (or Communist) island, what would they be? Tell me all about your must-haves in the comments!

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