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By Erin Williams

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According to Fisher-Price, “two-year-olds are full of energy, enthusiasm, exploration and growing independence,” which sounds just about right for our group of ladies, and a gentleman, who have helped BeautyNewsNYC.com into its second birthday. The night was celebrated in style with fun giveaways, awards, and what else, but free drinks? How could we go wrong?

BeautyNewsNYC.com has expanded from articles about lip gloss and where to get the best massage to Metro Mama, Metrosexual, and Travel sections just to name a few of our newbies in the last year. Launched in June 2003 by Editor-in-Chief, Kimberly McDonald, the look of the site also got an overhaul this past March, which demonstrated the determination of everyone involved to up the stakes. Heads are turning and doors are opening which only means more insider info for you, our readers.

49 Grove in the West Village set the scene and provided a wonderful location for the festivities. The candle lit lounge allowed for intimate conversations as well as a fair amount of mingling. Bacardi had the bar rockin with their flavoured rum concoctions and the wait staff at 49 Grove kept people sated with tasty spring rolls, spinach pies, and other delicious goodies.

If you weren’t able to come, you missed comedian Erin Foley raffling off the following prizes:

*Susan Ciminelli Spa Gift Certificate–aren’t you jealous?

*Bond No. 9: TWO Amazing Fragrance Gifts.

*DDF Skin Care Gift Basket to help achieve the best skin care a girl can get.

*Ghost: A stunning eyelet poncho AND a beautiful long wrap.

*New York Sports Club 3-month membership.

*Lippman Nail Care Gift Basket full of things to make your hands and feet look perfect.

*Sexy Vestal Watch with a bad-ass Von Deutch Hat to match.

*Sue Devitt Makeup – Fall 2005 Collection.

*Warren Tricomi Salon Gift Certificate for a cut & color.

*Bacardi Gift Baskets…shakers, Bacardi Big Apple, Glasses…the works!

*Pevonia Skin Care Gift Basket full of amazing products.

*Gift Certificate for Cut and Color to the Cutler Salon along with Redken Products

*A three night stay at the fabulous Warwick Hotel in Paris.

The event also served as a great opportunity to support Dress For Success, a charity organization that helps disadvantaged women who are entering or reentering the work force (dressforsuccess.org). There were two raffle items…a chic black handbag from Bulgari and a gorgeous pair of diamond studs, set in an antique-style white gold mounting. Proceeds from these two raffle items were donated to Dress for Success and everyone who purchased a ticket got to pick from a bag full of products donated by Christian Dior and DKNY.

Kate Smith, the first Beauty News NYC Mama of the year, looked radiant as she accepted her award.

The fabulous book “How to Live BIG in Manhattan Without Going Broke” by Josh Silberstein was put into every person’s hands and the Beauty News NYC crew made the rounds meeting readers and chatting up industry friends.

It was a night of celebration and success, and we’ll see you next year when (according to Fisher-Price) we will “often play at being someone else and dress up.” Excellent!

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Even if it’s super hot out, you can still look ultra cool with a complimentary makeover from pixi – a makeup line for women with the desire to look radiant, healthy and refreshed, yet still sexy and alluring – at Sephora’s 5th Avenue location. Sara, one of pixi’s founders and makeup artists, will be personally peforming applications on every eager customer yearning to learn the top beauty trends to take note of now. The celeb sun goddess glow will definitely be covered so be sure stop by the store to start your transformation. The event takes place Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2 from 12PM to 7PM. Sephora 5th Avenue is located at 597 5th Avenue between East 48th and 49th Streets. For more details, dial (212) 980-6534.

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Instead of getting a mega buzz at happy hour in the humidity over some cocktails this week, why not do something more beautifully beneficial and head to Shobha Soho and Shobha Madison instead? They are extending their hours this weekend so that all the lovely ladies of NYC can take care of any pre-vacation, pre-beach or even pre-barbecue hair removal needs! The new hours are as follows: Friday July 1 10AM to 7PM and Saturday July 2 10AM to 6PM. They will be closed Sunday July 3. Shobha SoHo is located 594 Broadway, Suite 403, between Houston and Prince; Shobha Madison is located at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1403 (at Madison Avenue). For more details, dial (212) 931-8363.

Originally published June 2005
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