By Irene Fogarty

The BeautyNewsNYC Babes are:

Back row:
(l-r) Stephanie Ila Silver, Dana Wagner, Therese McKeon, Sharon Gomes-Thomas, Kimberly McDonald, Stef Schwalb, Bonnie Kim Taylor, Irene Fogarty

Front row:
(l-r) Mike Shen, Erika Palmer, Catherine Hoffman (aka “Mama), Erin Williams.

As you get older, birthdays just don’t seem as important. But when you celebrate a 1 year old, you just have to go all out. And that’s exactly what did on June 15th.

Since its humble beginnings in June 2003, has grown into a unique group of writers who bring their life stories into their reviews of everything from mascara to maternity issues.

Today, the once 4-woman group has tripled in numbers, with a daring male (Mike Shen who writes the Men’s section) and our very own Annie Liebowitz, (Therese McKeon) in the mix!

And after a year of making great contacts, writing great stories/reviews on New York’s finest, and becoming the No.1 on Google listings, had a lot to celebrate.

BeautyNewsNYC Party “Window” at White Rabbit

A hoppin’ nite in the White Rabbit
Held in the new, chic White Rabbit lounge on Houston and Eldridge, the venue was perfect. The spacious yet sleek, minimalist design, gave everybody the freedom to move about. Though most were found hovering up at the bar ordering their Vox raspberry and apple martinis.

Our beauty queen
At the center of it all was Kimberly McDonald, the founder and editor. Kimberly, who has busted her chops from day one, was presented with a photo album by the team. But she graciously held back the tears and didn’t resort to a speech about “saving the animals or attaining world peace.” She’s our real “beauty queen” and without her, there would be no BeautyNewsNYC. You go girl!

Stacey Averbuch, Jill Ruckelshaus, Paul Gardner and Andrea Scaglione

“And the winner is…”
But the climax of the night had to be the raffle. Prizes ranged from customized leather bags to spa treatments to weekends in hotels. Donors included some of our clients as well other sponsors:

- ABC Carpet gift certificate
- New York Sports Club (3 months free)
- Village Tannery ($200 gift certificate)
- DDF Skincare basket,
- 4 day passes to the Chelsea Piers,
- BriteSmile teeth whitening (in office)
- “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” (tix for 4)
- Warren Tricomi Salon hair cut n’ color
- Yves Durif Salon hair cut n’ color
- Susan Ciminelli Spa ($500 head-to-toe pampering)
- Warwick Hotel (weekend for 2 in San Fran)

A special thanks to all of you for your generosity and support. We look forward to working with you in the future.

La belle époque Thierry enjoying an aperitif

And who better to get the attention of all the beautiful women, than the devilishly handsome frenchie, Thierry Daher, who played MC for the raffle. Decked out in a cool pin-stripe suit with even cooler Adidas sneakers, Mr. Daher who was continually festooned by a bevy of beauties, seemed more than happy to pull out the winning female business cards. We spotted him pocketing a few of the cards – ooh la la!

But perhaps the real feeling of the night was the fact that nobody knew a small group of busy women “reviewing cosmetics” would turn into something so meaningful and so much fun.

BeautyNewsNYC will be spreading its wings in the next few months. Look out for a new look, new articles and new sections as it focuses on travel, accessories, entertainment, etc.

We’re just getting started. So here’s to another wonderful 12 months!

Originally published July 2004
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