It’s been a couple months since my last confession. As many times before, I did not repent and actually went ahead and compiled all the summer sins. One or two new additions to the grooming kit had to be added. While pondering in that little group of girls that, just like me, are obsessed with products, I couldn’t help but think of the junkiest of them all. It’s hard to pick one gal, since all of them are masters at the craft of conjuring up the “fountain of youth.” However, on a Sunday night not long ago, I was at a mandatory weekly dinner party. Having been at the beach all day, I had to shower at my friend’s house before the rest of the foodie gang arrived. As many other times before, I entered the beauty temple that Molly Klauber has created for herself. It is no secret that the “it girl” I call my BFF is such a natural beauty, but just like the rest of us, she must perform up-keep to always look as PREEN & CHIC as only MK can.
I am given a plush towel and bathrobe as she quickly opens her cabinet to find “my” toothbrush and goes into her special “sample drawer,” which is stocked to the nines with all things beautiful. Molly instructs me to feel free to try anything in the multiple drawers and cabinets before she leaves me to the experience of a five-star spa. With several choices for hair care and up to 10 different body products to choose from just on her shower floor, I am extremely anxious to try them all. I finish getting squeaky clean, but now it’s time to look around for moisturizers and hair products. I am astonished as I find not one or two of each, but six storage units full of multiple luxury products for every single need a product junkie may have. As I step into the kitchen to start cooking, I ask Molly a few questions about her all-time favorites beauty products. The Go To Girl is an expert in this field, and she has enough knowledge to receive an honorary doctorate. So it’s no surprise that she smiles, happy to share her secrets.
PREEN & CHIC: What are your top five deserted island must-haves?
Molly Klauber: 1. Kai Body Glow. 2. Bare Minerals makeup. 3. COOLA Sunscreen. 4. A tube of blinc mascara 5. Lavanila Vanilla-Lavender Deodorant.
P&C: Intoxicating fragrances you cannot live without?
MK: 1. Daisy by Marc Jacobs. 2. Blu Mediterraneo – Arancia Di Capri by Acqua Di Parma. 3. Nuits de NoHo by Bond no. 9. 4. L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake. 5. Beach by Bobbi Brown.
P&C: Beach bag goodies?
MK: 1. COOLA Sunscreen. 2. Hampton Sun Sun Tanning Oil. 3. Bobbi Brown‘s “Beach” perfume 4. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray 5. Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist.
P&C: First concoction that touches your skin after the shower?
MK: Josie Maran‘s Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter.
P&C: Shades for summer in your make-up palette?
MK: 1. Chanel blush in Horizon de Chanel 2. Urban Decay‘s Naked eyeshadow palette 3. Dior waterproof crayon eyeliner in Brown/Black 4. Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Forever Whispering Pink 5. Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie
P&C: What is your ultimate tool to look flawless in front of the camera?
MK: Dior Flash Spray Foundation in 300.
P&C: Confess your ultimate team of experts who keep you looking PREEN & CHIC.
MK: Tara Mays at Saks, Eduardo Anaya at Simply Spoiled Boutique, and my bible: Beauty Confidential by Nadine Haobsh
P&C: Tell us one of your homemade beauty recipes.
MK: Avocado and Buttermilk Mask:
1/4 very ripe small avocado
Purpose: It’s incredibly nourishing and moisturizing with a slight bleaching action which leaves your skin velvety! You can also use it in your hair, and I recommend leaving it in your hair for 30 minutes to help with frizziness and dryness.
Scoop out the avocado pulp and mash it with just enough buttermilk to form a creamy paste. A mortar and pestle or small bowl and fork work equally well for this. Warning: The mask can be a little runny, so keep your attire in consideration! Apply the mask with upward strokes to your face, neck and décolleté. Rinse after 20 to 30 minutes.
P&C: Biggest beauty advice ever received?
MK: Use your ring finger when applying eye cream instead of your pointer finger, because it’s too strong and stretches your skin more. And slightly lick your wine glass before you take a sip so your lipstick doesn’t come off on the glass!
Our favorite Sarasota celebrity, Molly Klauber, has shared her own beauty obsessions and tips on how she maintains her youthful complexion. Visit her website mygotogirl.com and sign up for her monthly newsletter for news and deals on MK’s favorite local businesses.
Now it’s your turn to share your beauty secrets on the PREEN & CHIC Facebook fan page and have the opportunity to win a goodie bag from Sarasota’s beauty emporium SIMPLY SPOILED BOUTIQUE. A winner will be selected in two weeks, so you have enough time to think of your favorite beauty products, tips and recipes. It will be a random drawing, so everyone has a fair chance to win. Keep your fingers dipped in the beauty jar and may the luckiest win the prize!