Beauty Banter with Georgette Mosbacher

She’s one of the busiest executives around. A former CEO of La Prairie cosmetics, and former national co-chairman of Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, Georgette Mosbacher has been at the helm of global cosmetics manufacturer Borghese for the last 10 years.

In 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting this beauty maven at her New York City residence for the unveiling of Borghese’s Fango Active Mud product. I caught up with Mosbacher recently, as she was on her way to the Hamptons, for a little girl talk…

Q. What are your everyday beauty tips?
A. I believe in the basics. Every other day I use an exfoliator–Pelle Rinnovo Skin Renewal Polish–on a washcloth and scrub my face in the shower. I also floss my teeth three times a day. There’s no substitute for good skin and a healthy smile.
Q. Do you ever leave the house without makeup?
A. Even when I’m rushed, I make an effort to look well groomed. I don’t go out without lipstick and a good foundation with SPF protection, moisturizing properties, and vitamins and minerals to protect my skin from free radicals. And if I’m not wearing eye makeup, I’ll put on a big pair of sunglasses…and I’m out the door.
Q. How often do you touch-up your makeup during the day?
A. I don’t re-touch my makeup. Once I have applied foundation, eye makeup and lipstick, I’m set for the day. I don’t keep cosmetics with me because I don’t carry a handbag. And I would never apply makeup in public, especially not at the dinner table.
Q. What’s hot for fall and winter?
A. Big trends are bright lipsticks, a well-defined eyebrow, and subtle shimmer for day and night. I like to mix a little Splendore Brightening Body Glow into my foundation and apply it to my face and décolletage. I also wear Splendore on my bare legs because sometimes you want just a little something when you’re not wearing hosiery. Everybody needs a little shimmer.

To experience Borghese cosmetics, visit Bloomingdale’s and
Lord & Taylor or   

Fun Find: Apricot Lane Boutique

Next time you’re in Summit, drop in at locally owned Apricot Lane Boutique. You’ll find must-have autumn looks for moms and teens–casual and dressy, flirty and earthy. Owners Tracy and Paul Schwierk stock celebrity-inspired jeans, tees, dresses, boho bags and more. “Here you’ll find 16-year-old girls shopping with their 50-year-old moms, and they’re both finding something special,” says Tracy. “We’re big on customer service, so we have an adult lounge where boyfriends and dads watch music videos and read the paper, and a kids’ lounge with puzzles and games.”(908-273-0930;

Fashion & Beauty Week

If you love fashion designers, runway shows, salons, beauty bars and silent auctions, join me and our Park Place team for Fashion & Beauty Week, October 3-4, at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange. Emerging and established designers from New Jersey, New York and beyond will preview their hottest fall fashions. And Lord & Taylor will show off its most indulgent makeup lines as the state’s top salons present exciting hair trends.

Sip champagne and enjoy hors d’oeuvres while you bid on exclusive apparel as well as diamond jewelry by Yanina & Co. There’s also a full cocktail dinner and wine tasting.

This international event is open to the public, so mark your calendars now. It’s a fun evening to mingle with actors, fashion and beauty editors and notable celebrity stylists.

Fashion & Beauty Week was founded by Jack Panico of Panico Salon and Spa in West Caldwell, Ridgewood, Oradell and South Beach, Florida. Park Place is among the event sponsors. A sell-out crowd is expected, so buy tickets early at Proceeds go to the Diabetes Research Institute.


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