Here’s to a Beautiful 2020
BY KICKI STORM
There is no better way to ring in the New Year with girlfriends than with a beauty blast. So, earlier this month, I invited 20 friends for a beauty luncheon at my home. Everyone was asked to bring their favorite $30-$35 beauty product wrapped for a gift swap. In between laughter and catching up, friends were excited to share their skincare and makeup essentials.
Skinceuticals face wash
Korres makeup melter cleansing oil
Nuxe multipurpose dry oil for face/body/hair
M-61 power glow peel
St. Tropez gradual tan
Tata Harper regenerating cleanser
Clinique pep start mask
ROC deep wrinkle night cream
Nite Hood elegant sleep mask
Laura Mercier caviar stick eye color in gray pearl
Trish McEvoy eye base essentials in bare
CARE eye + lip cream
Tom Ford soleil lip balm, clutch size
Kiehl’s lip balm #1
Milk Makeup cheek and lipstick
Trish McEvoy mascara
Kérastase Ciment Thermique
Trader Joe’s shea butter & coconut oil hair mask
Guests were also treated to Oribe hair products provided by NUMI salon in Rye and to CARE samples provided by careskincare.com.
At the beginning of a new year, we tend to reexamine what works and what doesn’t in our lives and beauty routines. What we eat and how we look after ourselves figures significantly into our beauty regime. My new favorite cookbook and beauty secret is “Natural Food that Makes you Happy” by Belgian Pascale Naessens, some of whose recipes I prepared for my luncheon. It has changed the way I eat. Think about eating healthier to complement your skincare routine. Also, consider going “Marie Kondo” and editing your top– shelf beauty essentials down to just a few favorites. Try a new palette or skincare line that is free of parabens, alcohols, and fragrances and packaged sustainably.
Being open to other beauty suggestions leads to endless possibilities. Experimenting in the world of health, skin care, and beauty is not only fun but rewarding.