Photography: Storytelling

In photography class, we are starting to talk about storytelling: using photographs to tell, wait for it, a story! (Think: the photo essays in Life magazine back in the day.) Last week, the teacher gave us several prompts, and we had to take pictures inspired by these prompts. Kind of like the Everyday Eyecandy challenges I’ve mentioned. So, for weekend fun, I wanted to share my photos with you.

I Can See for Miles and Miles

What I love about this picture is you can see the shadow of the railing on the girl’s jeans. I would love to try this prompt on the beach on the Jersey Shore.

This was shot on Pier C in Hoboken with my Sony a6000 f/16; SS 1/80; ISO 100

 

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One!

This prompt was my favorite. It gave me an excuse to buy vanilla cupcake M&Ms at Target. You need these in your life, my friends.

Vanilla cupcake M&Ms f/5; SS 1/160; ISO 500

 

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The exterior of Liberty Humane Society, our local animal shelter. I lost my sweet girl, Pashmina, to a brain tumor in August. Nightmare. I am thinking of adopting again this spring, to honor her life. I also want her companion, Mesa, to have a new buddy. Change is a good thing!

LHS Exterior f/9; SS 1/200; ISO 200

f/9; SS 1/200; ISO 125

f/9; SS 1/80; ISO 200

R.I.P. Pashmina. Wasn’t she beautiful?

For next week, we have to create a 7-photo essay called The Essence of My Neighborhood. I already have a few ideas! This should be interesting… (Don’t worry. I’ll post my pics!)

Tell me. What photos would you take inspired by the above prompts? Don’t be shy. Share 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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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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Fabulous Links of the Week

The NY Waterway water taxi with One WTC (Freedom Tower) in the background.

In this week’s Fabulous Links, Revlon renews its commitment to love, Juice Beauty launches a new spray-on peel, and Estee Lauder launches its new Bronze Goddess collection for 2017. Let’s do this!

This week, Revlon launched its ambitious new marketing campaign, The Love Project. The campaign features the likes of Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, and Ellen DeGeneres. Revlon execs told WWD the goal of The Love Project is to get people to express what love means to them. “At the heart of this campaign is the belief that all people are beautiful and that love can create a better world,” said Carlos Barreto, Revlon senior VP of marketing. The Love Project web site, theloveproject2017.com, went live during the Oscars. On the site, you can upload a picture or take a new one, fill in the form with the three words that best express what love means to you, and share it to your social media accounts. You can also shop on Amazon, and your purchase will come in a box with the Revlon logo. You can write your three words on the box, and share a picture of it on social. Check it out and spread the love! I did! (WWD)

Apparently Juice Beauty’s new Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray will actually cause dead skin cells to pill then peel off your face. I think I know what product I want to try next. If I do, I’ll do a post with pics! (Allure)

Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection just dropped, and it has a few new additions for 2017. I’m dying to try the sea salt body scrub and two new lipsticks. The Lip Glow lipsticks come in a new-to-the-brand sheer formula. And once again, Estee Lauder has tapped 42-year-old supermodel Carolyn Murphy as the face of the line! (Allure)

This week on the blog, I shared some pics from my dusk photo shoot and, unfortunately, gave OPI Infinite Shine a less than stellar review.

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: 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!

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

Photography: Dusk Photo Shoot

The weather this past weekend was unseasonably warm for New Jersey. Since I had to take a picture at dusk for my photography class, I decided to take advantage of the balmy evening to shoot along the Hoboken waterfront. It was great! Everyone was out walking around and I saw others taking pictures, too.

I shot with my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera in manual mode, f5.6 and ISO 800. The assignment was to find the right shutter speed (SS).

The Empire State Building. SS 1/50

One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). SS 1/250

Another of the Empire State Building, before it was lit up for the evening. SS !/500

The Hoboken Train Terminal. SS 1/500

It took me a while to get down to the Hoboken waterfront at dusk. (Next thing I want to try is taking photos there at dawn. Wish me luck. Ha, ha!)

Tell me. When is your favorite time of the day to take pictures?

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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Fabulous Links of the Week: Presidents Day Edition

Happy Presidents Day!

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend! Nordstrom’s K-Beauty pop-up, the best looks from last Sunday’s Grammys, and the best looks from New York Fashion Week, i this week’s Fabulous Links!

Nordstrom is featuring K-Beauty as the theme for this month’s Nordstrom pop-up. It is available at a handful of select Nordstrom locations, and online here.

Music had its big night last Sunday. How great did Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, and Celine Dion look at the Grammys? (Elle)

New York Fashion Week just wrapped up. Here is a round up of he best beauty looks, courtesy of Allure. I am loving the green eye shadow at Brandon Maxwell and the deep ruby lip and birdcage veil at La Perla. (Allure)

This week on the blog, I stopped by Blushington again and shared pictures from my second week of 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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Photography: Pics from Week 2

Two photography classes down, eight more to go. Demarchelier, watch out! This week’s lesson was about the elements of composition: pattern, perspective, and scale.

Diminishing scale. See how the telephone poles appear to be getting smaller and smaller?

Linear perspective. The shadows from the railing seem to converge in the distance, giving the photo depth.

Frame within a frame. The reflection in the glass in this little lending library on my street gives the photo depth and visual interest. It also became an inadvertent self portrait!

We had to take a picture of something with a pattern to it. I thought the leaves of this grate were pretty interesting.

I love the pattern the shadow of this railing makes on the stairs.

Here is the same set of stairs, from the opposite direction. The shadows lead you right to the green door.

I’m curious. What makes a photograph interesting to you? What makes you pause and study it, rather than just turn the page, or move on the next picture? Let’s talk eye-catching photos 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.

Fabulous Links of the Week: Valentine’s Edition

Christie Brinkley proves she still has it, Allure‘s founding EIC Linda Wells scores a new gig, and Estee Lauder and Victoria Beckham decide to take their relationship to the next level, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

If I look like Christie Brinkley in a bikini when I’m 60+, I’ll pose in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue with my daughters, too! Rock on, girl! (People)

Revlon announced this week that it has hired legendary beauty editor Linda Wells as chief creative officer. A lot of changes have been happening at Revlon: the company is reorganizing and it recently acquired Elizabeth Arden. Wells has been charged with boosting the company’s presence on social media. I can’t wait to see what she has planned! (New York Times)

Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder are continuing their collaboration, following the success of their first joint venture last fall. Look for new items and a restock of sold out faves online soon! (WWD)

This week on the blog, I shared some of my photography class homework from week 1. I also went to Blushington on the UES and got my makeup done by Neah again! While I was there, I checked out Kelly Rutherford’s (yep, from Gossip Girl) new line of jewelry and got to meet her. She’s lovely!

Me at Blushington UES! Thanks Neah!

I also went to the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom to kick off New York Fashion Week. During a blizzard! What I do for this blog! I saw Maureen McCormick (a.k.a. Marcia Brady) model a cool red pant suit in honor of the late Florence Henderson and heard Rachel Platten sing “Fight Song” live. Unbelievable! Check out the pics from the pros at Newsday here.

Took this before the show. Check out the custom Snapchat filter!

The red lips are a coconut oil lip balm just above a red dress pin. The background is the show program.

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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Photography: Pics From Week 1

I’m two photography classes in, and so far, so good. I thought I’d share a few of my photos from week 1 that the teacher seemed to like. The lesson was about light and the visual interest it can add to a photograph.

This gazebo is in a park along the Hudson River. This photo is an example of back lighting, with the light behind the subject. By throwing shadows towards the viewer, back light gives a photo depth.

These flags surround a monument in the same park. In this photo, the light comes on the subject from the side. Side light reveals the textures in a photo.

I love the quirky details of the old iron railings in Hoboken. This photo was taken on a cloudy day, and is an example of cool, diffuse light. See how soft the shadows are? They are almost nonexistent.

This is just a bonus pic, but he’s cute, so I’ll throw him in too.

I made a friend one day…

TBH, I wan never really into taking pictures until a little more than a year ago, when I started taking them for my blog. Then I realized how much I loved taking photos on my phone, and wanted to take it to the next level. Are you into photography? How did you get started?

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!

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