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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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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.

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Up & Out Blow Out Bar near me always has the best signs!

Brrr…We’re bracing for an epic snowstorm here in NJ. But on to more important things. M.A.C. fans and Ulta shoppers celebrate, Hillary Clinton has a new look that has the Internet going crazy, and Birkenstock is dropping a skincare line, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

M.A.C. is coming to Ulta online and in stores in May and June. In time for all your wedding season needs! (WWD) And p.s. You can now get nyakio skincare at Ulta, too. I am still obsessed with nyakio Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut! (I don’t see it available anymore, but they have three other oils to try: a brightening oil with marula and neroli, a maracuja and yangu soothing oil, and a manketti and mafura anti-aging oil)

Hillary Clinton got new hair (with bangs!), and the World Wide Web approves! I like this look on Charlotte and Aden’s grandma! (Huffington Post)

You loved their sensible sandals, now try their…skincare?! Birkenstock, the German brand known for their hippy-ish, cork-soled sandals, announced this week it is dropping a skincare line. The products contain suberin, a substance in cork oak extract with anti-aging effects. Since the brand has been working with cork for about 240 years, maybe they know what they’re talking about. Look for Birkenstock Cosmetics this fall. (WWD)

This week on the blog, I reviewed Alastin Skincare. Once the snow gets going, I’ll post The Essence of My Neighborhood photo essay I did for photography class.

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!

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

Target Pledges Safer Beauty Products

I was going to include this news in last weekend’s Fabulous Links, but thought it was worthy of its own post. Retail Dive has reported Target announced ambitious plans to make its beauty and personal care products safer by 2020. Target will strive for greater ingredient transparency, as well. As if we need another reason to love beauty shopping at Target!

This new initiative applies to Target favorites like Sonia Kashuk and Pixi Beauty, and national brands, too. Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer, told Allure, “We know our guests are becoming increasingly concerned with chemicals in products they use in, on, or around their bodies, and they trust us to provide better choices.”

Target is taking a multi-pronged approach with its initiative:

Transparency: Achieve transparency about all ingredients in product categories, including beauty and personal care, by 2020.

Chemical Management: Formulate beauty, personal care, baby care, and household cleaning products without phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde or formaldehyde donors, or nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) by 2020.

Innovation: Invest $5 billion in green chemistry innovation by 2022.

Target’s safety and transparency plan comes at a time when the cosmetics and personal care industries have been rethinking their ingredient strategy. Last month, Unilever, parent company of brands such as Caress, Dove, and Suave, announced it would disclose details about the fragrances in its personal care products. “We are committed to ensuring people have the information they need to choose the right product for them. We believe that providing this transparency will help build further trust in Unilever and our brands,” David Blanchard, Unilever’s Chief Research and Development Officer, said in a statement.

The government is also worried about ingredient safety. In 2015, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act, an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which has not been updated much since 1938.

This legislation would require companies to register their manufacturing facilities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and submit to the agency statements about the ingredients in their products and how much of each ingredient is in each product. The agency must also review the safety of five ingredients per year, and can set the standard for safe use of an ingredient.

If you were a fan of Schoolhouse Rock back in the day, you can track the bill’s progress here. Allure did an excellent piece on the Personal Care Products Safety Act back in October.

Tell me. Do you look even look at the ingredients list on your beauty products? I admit, I don’t, even after blogging about things like the Environmental Working Group and Skin Deep. Let’s talk greener, safer 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’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.

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.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

The turkey is carved, the pies are cooling, and Great Aunt Alma is already on her third scotch-and-soda (hold the soda). In other words, Thanksgiving 2016 is almost in the books. What’s next? Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, of course! Don’t worry, I’ve found you some great beauty deals!

Cover F/X

From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, November 28, you’ll get 25 percent off on any purchase of $20 or more on coverfx.com. The discount is taken at checkout.

I have mentioned my love of Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops on here many times. From Thursday through Monday, you can try the Radiant Skin Duo: deluxe samples of the Illuminating Primer and the Radiance Custom Infusion Drops (my fave), for just $10!

If you are into highlighting, or just want to get your glow on for holiday parties, check out the Cover F/X Glow Getter Set. (See pic above.) You get one full-size bottle each of the brand’s six Custom Enhancer Drops in a box set. From Friday through Monday, this $252 value is available for $185! And yes, it also qualifies for the 25 percent discount.

LUMIONskin

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

I have never heard of this brand before. But the Skin Serum and Skin Mist look like they can keep your skin feeling fresh during a long day of holiday shopping, or erase the traces of one too many at the office holiday party. (We’ve all been there.) From Thursday through Monday, get 20 percent off your purchase on lumionlife.com with the code TURKEY20.

DERM iNSTITUTE

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

A cleanser that gets rid of dirt and other gunk, and also hydrates skin and improves its texture? Yes, please! Buh-bye holiday party makeup! From Thursday through Monday, get DERM iNSTITUTE’s Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser, a $70 value, for just $39 on diskincare.com with the code HOLIDAY39.

Tell me. Are you into battling the crowds on Black Friday or surfing the Web all weekend in search of an amazing deal? If we’re being honest, I’m not. Maybe some online shopping, but otherwise, I’ll wait until Thanksgiving weekend is over. In New Jersey, our malls get so crowded over the holiday weekend, the state police have to get involved. Not pretty.

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

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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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beautyblender sunny x Supergoop! for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

beautyblender sunny x Supergoop!

beautyblender sunny x Supergoop!

I mentioned the beautyblender x Supergoop! collaboration to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand last week. Well, I decided to do a deep dive and find out more, because Alex’s Lemonade Stand is such a great cause.

I spoke with Jeff Baxter, community engagement manager at Alex’s Lemonade Stand. He said that beautyblender first approached the foundation because the company believes strongly in the work it is doing to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

“I know beautyblender and Supergoop! feel they can connect their customer base with our mission,” Baxter said.

Using a beautyblender makes sunscreen application to kids’ noses and ears a lot easier, the company said in a press release. It’s a bargain, too. For $20, you get the cult classic beautyblender (a $20 value) AND a travel-size Supergoop! sunscreen (a $16 value). So you are basically getting a free high-quality sunscreen. And 20 percent of the sales go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. You can buy the limited edition set on the beautyblender web site here.

I wasn’t familiar with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, but Baxter was happy to share the organization’s backstory with me. Alexandra “Alex” Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, when she was not quite a year old. At the age of four, she received a stem cell transplant after doctors discovered her cancer was growing again.

After her treatment, Alex told her parents she wanted to set up a lemonade stand in her front yard, and give the proceeds to her doctors and what she called “her hospital.” Alex wanted other sick kids to feel as good as she did.

The first lemonade stand raised $2,000. The Scott family continued setting up lemonade stands in their yard every year, and donating the money to cancer research. Word spread about these lemonade stands, and soon other people were setting up stands, too.

It grew to the point where when Alex was seven years old, she told a reporter she wanted to raise a million dollars. The reporter said, “How do you think you can do that?” Alex replied that if everyone across the country had a lemonade stand, she thought she could reach her goal.

Sadly, Alex passed away at the age of eight. However, before she died, she made her million dollar goal. Alex’s Lemonade Stand was born out of that, Baxter said. At this point, the organization has funded over 650 research projects and raised over $127 million.

Now back to beauty. You know I love Supergoop! Have you ever used the beautyblender? Every makeup artist and beauty editor I know of raves about it. Its even won a few Allure Best of Beauty awards.

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