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Bath and Body: Le Petit Marseillais Shower Creme

I’m down to try anything French, especially French beauty products. The French know their stuff. So I couldn’t wait to try France’s popular Le Petit Marsellais line of body care, which recently launched in the U.S.*

According to parent company Johnson & Johnson, Le Marseillais started as a small hand-made soap company in Provence. One of the brand’s first products was olive oil soap sold in a few local pharmacies. The ingredients in Le Petit Marseillais are inspired by the South of France: lavender, orange blossom, and nectarine.

“The spirit of Le Petit Marseillais goes beyond ingredients,” Dawn Kidd, senior marketing director at Johnson & Johnson, Consumer Inc., said in a statement. “These products capture an entire way of life in the South of France: the sun-kissed countryside, vibrant colors, and simple pleasures of Provence.”

I am currently loving the Cotton Milk & Poppy extra-gentle shower creme. It smells like clean laundry, and leaves your skin feeling really soft. Apparently poppies bloom in the summer in the Mediterranean.

Le Petit Marseillais Cotton Milk and Poppy Shower Creme

My other fave? White Peach & Nectarine extra-gentle shower gel. I’ll be smelling yummy this summer!

Le Petit Marseillais White Peach and Nectarine Shpwer Gel

Le Petit Marseillais is available at stores like Walmart, Target, and CVS. As a matter of fact, according to the press materials, Walmart exclusively carries a line of 17 Le Petit Marseillais products, including hand soaps, body lotions, and a bar soap. The best part is that all these items are priced between $3.99 and $7.97. How wallet friendly is that?!

Tell me. Have any of your favorite foreign beauty products made their way stateside? You know me and K-beauty. And I’ll always come back to Nuxe body oil from France. Let’s talk imported beauty 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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*The Le Petit Marseillais body washes were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Product Review: Sustainable Youth

Spring has sprung in New Jersey. At least it’s trying to. The weather is warmer (most of the time), and the days are getting noticeably longer. The weather switch up means the time has come to reach for a lighter skin care regimen.

So I was glad to find the skin care routine I got from Sustainable Youth felt nice and light on my skin.* I tried the Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, Super Boost Night Serum, and the Elasticity Cream.

I love how great my skin looks. And it feels really soft, too. I am definitely packing this for my upcoming vacation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have SPF, so you (and I) need to add that step in the morning.

The products contain alasta, a patent-pending ingredient derived from the rind of the aloe vera plant. Alasta helps improve elasticity and firmness through boosting immune system performance, the company said.

The press materials I got from the company said alasta works by stimulating macrophages, a type of white blood cell, to produce substances called cytokines, which eliminate free radicals caused by UV and environmental damage to the skin.

You may have used the gel of the aloe plant to soothe a sunburn. A spokeswoman from Sustainable Youth told me in an email that in addition to having the hydrating and soothing benefits of aloe vera gel, alasta helps improve the skin’s firmness and radiance. She also said that when applied topically, alasta has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I haven’t noticed any new smile lines popping up in the last few weeks.

You can pick up Sustainable Youth online.

Tell me. How do you change your skin care routine in the warmer weather? Have you ever heard of using aloe vera for anything but applying the gel to a sunburn? Let’s talk warm weather beauty and aloe 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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*The Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Elasticity Cream, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, and Super Boost Night Serum were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Product Review: Finding Ferdinand

I had a favorite uncle named Ferdinand. We called him Fred. He passed away 24 years ago, but I will always have a soft spot for those names. So after I saw this post about the makeup line Finding Ferdinand, I somehow found myself at FF headquarters in NYC

What makes Finding Ferdinand particularly cool is the app that allows you to create your own lipstick. I have been dying to create my own custom lipstick forever, and the team graciously gave me a demo.

After you download the app, you choose one of three lipstick finishes: matte, sheer, or creamy. Then you choose up to four pigments from a total of 16. The pigments range from mauve to bright orange to true red to taupe-y nude, so everyone will find something. You use the slider to determine the percentage of each pigment you want in your custom color.

After you design your color, you can save the “formula” in the app for future reorders. You can even name your color! Your product is shipped to you in about three business days.

I love how they emboss the logo on the bullet!

The look I was going for was a mauve-y pink, like the shade Jacqueline from Julie Hewett Los Angeles. I choose a creamy finish that is 60 percent Au Naturel (a beige taupe), 100 percent Pink Pizazz (a 60s-inspired bright pink), and 80 percent Creamy Mauve. I named my shade Pashmina, after my beautiful girl who passed away in August. (I wasn’t sure how Uncle Fred would feel about having a lipstick named after him.)

Pashmina: As beautiful as the lipstick she inspired.

A full-size custom lipstick is $30, but the sample-size custom is just $6! The mini size is perfect for your bag or travel. At just $6 a pop, you could even create a few different colors. And the creamy finish stands up to eating and drinking, and doesn’t dry out your lips.

How cute is this mini lipstick?!

Your lipstick comes in this envelope

Finding Ferdinand also has customizable eye shadow and blush/bronzer/highlighter palettes. You can pick from 60 eye shadows, 10 blushes, three bronzers, and two highlighters.

“We believe that beauty trends of the future will be created by the customer, so customization has always been a major part of the Finding Ferdinand DNA,” founder Nhu Le told Allure. “I really wanted each and every customer to be able to create something that they would love and love to use.”

The lipsticks and palettes comes with a sheet of stickers, so you can indulge your inner teen queen. I did.

It’s enough to make you want to decorate a Trapper Keeper!

According to a company spokeswoman, Le was inspired to name the brand Finding Ferdinand after learning the story of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella while studying abroad in Spain. The name is up to individual interpretation, however, and represents the search for and discovery of those things in life that make you feel like the best you.

Tell me. Have you ever created a custom lipstick color, or customized a makeup palette? It’s usually pretty pricey, so this is a one off for me, but it was such a treat!

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: Alastin Skincare

Alastin Restorative Skin Complex

In about a month, I am going to Florida for a (much needed) vacation. Which puts me in the market for a lighter skincare routine. I need products that won’t feel too heavy in the heat and humidity, but will keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

So I was happy to find a care package from Alastin on my doorstep.* The Restorative Skin Complex and the Restorative Eye Treatment feel light and absorb quickly into my skin. They won’t clog my pores or cause breakouts in the Florida weather or during the upcoming Hoboken/NYC summer.

Alastin contains TriHex Technology, a blend of three peptides that work together to reduce inflammation and promote the function of skin cells that produce collagen and elastin, Marina Peredo, a dermatologist in New York City, told me via e-mail.

“TriHex Technology helps rebuild the skin’s extracellular matrix (ECM) by clearing out the byproducts of aging that come from exposure to UV rays and pollution,” said Peredo. Eliminating fragmented, old collagen and elastin fibers allows for the production of fresh, new skin that is soft and supple.

You can buy Alastin Skincare online or at select providers near you.

My upcoming vacation has already got me thinking about summer skincare. Do you change up your routine in warmer weather? If so, how? (And you wear sunscreen all year round, right?!)

Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment

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 Restorative Skin Complex and Restorative Eye Treatment were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

Product Review: OPI Infinite Shine

OPI Inifinite Shine Mani in ‘Miami Beet’ Day 1

Guys, I’m so disappointed! I tried OPI’s Infinite Shine formula* and it did not have the staying power I was hoping for. It was so pretty on day 1 (see above). Now check out day 7 (below).

OPI Infinite Shine manicure in ‘Miami Beet’ Day 7

I had the nail lady use the three-step Infinite Shine system: special base coat, then the polish, then the special top coat. I don’t know what went wrong. I usually love OPI, and don’t have this much chipping, even with the regular formula. The only thing I can think of is the lady left my nails a little longer than usual, which couldn’t have helped.

Essie Gel Couture is still the longest-lasting polish I’ve ever tried. That’s why I had such high hopes for OPI. Sad trombone.

Have you tried OPI Infinite Shine and/or Essie Gel Couture? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on them. Let’s talk nails 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!

*I purchased OPI Infinite Shine base coat, Infinite Shine polish in Miami Beet, and Infinite Shine top coat at Ulta. Opinions are my own.

Product Review: Essie Gel Couture

Essie Gel Couture in Take Me to Thread

Guys, I recently tried Essie Gel Couture, and I’m in love!* I have never had a mani last this long. Ever. What I love about it is that you get the durability and shine of gel polish but you don’t need to set it with a light and you remove it with regular nail polish remover. No need to soak your poor nails in acetone.

Check out the Day 8 photo below, taken right before I removed it. Pretty great, huh?

Day 8. Not a chip in sight!

It’s a two-step system: first you apply two coats of the polish, then the special Gel Couture top coat. Essie’s Gel Couture comes in so many colors, you’re sure to find something you like. The only bad news? At my local salon, they charge $5 extra for Gel Couture. So it can add up.

You can buy Essie Gel Couture online at Ulta. You can get the special top coat here.

Have you tried Essie Gel Couture? If you have, tell me about your experience 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 photography class last week. 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!

*I used the Gel Couture polish from the wall at my local salon. I did not buy a bottle, nor was a bottle sent to me for review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

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.

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 pjs. Opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

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.

Update: Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Remember when I raved last week about Essie Gel Setter Top Coat?*

My Essie mani in Raspberry with Gel Setter top coat

My Essie mani in Raspberry with Gel Setter top coat (8/19)

Well, here is my manicure from last week, at day 8.

Essie Gel Setter, Day 8

Essie Gel Setter, Day 8 (8/26)

Sorry the pic is not the best, but I will say, I am a little disappointed with the chipping. It’s still pretty shiny, but I thought it should have lasted longer. Especially since this was a pretty typical week for me: house cleaning, cat care, some freelance medicine/health journalist stuff, and the Indie Beauty Expo in New York. (More on that in a later post!)

And this is pretty much what my mani always looks like on day 8, no matter what top coat I use. I asked the manicurist cut my nails fairly short, too.

What do you think? Should this have lasted longer? What do you do to prolong the life of your manicure?

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*I purchased the bottle of Essie Gel Setter. Opinions are my own.

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