Friday, April 21, 2017

Beauty Spotlight: Sara Gore

Sara Gore with her New York Live co-host Jacque Reid. In addition to co-hosting New York Live weekdays on NBC, Sara also hosts Open House, Open House NYC and the newly-launched The Hub Today (live in Boston). And she has a cooking show in production too.
by Delia von Neuschatz

Sara Gore is one busy momma!
When the pretty and petite mother of two boys and soon-to-be mother of a baby girl isn't hosting one of several television shows including New York Live, Open House and Open House NYC, she is covering red carpet specials like the Golden Globes and the Emmys when they're on NBC. And when her on-air duties end, she cooks ... and cooks ... and cooks. Most nights, her husband and kids are lucky enough to enjoy gourmet, home-made meals. No wonder then, that the multitasking maven is currently developing another television series which will center on her life-long passion for cooking.

In whatever spare time she has left, Sara pursues another long-held mission — that of saving animals. Oh, and from time to time, you will also find her at a food bank, helping feed the homeless. With such a full plate, how does the anchor/mom/wife/chef/animal savior/philanthropist stay so enviably trim and lovely? Find out below.
Sara in one of the multi-million dollar apartments often featured on Open House.
Sara on the set of her new, yet-to-be-named cooking show. Before becoming a television host, the on-air personality was a professional cook. “I did not go to cooking school,” says Sara who once owned a catering company, taught private cooking lessons and eventually worked for acclaimed chef Jean Georges Vongerichten. “I have cooked since I was 10 years old. I have always been cooking. It’s just something that I’ve always loved to do. My mom has cooked all her life. She would make a three-course meal every day of the week. We didn’t go out to eat. She’d make a cream pie on a Tuesday for no reason! There was always a salad. There was always a meal with a vegetable, a starch, a protein and then there was always a dessert. This is how we ate.”
Sara with her husband, documentary filmmaker Matthew Miele.
Sara with her husband and sons, Sawyer and Griffin. She made the Minions-themed cake from scratch.
Some of the dishes that Sara has whipped up at home:
Lemon miso cold soba noodle salad with sesame seared ahi tuna, rainbow carrots, radishes, mini cucumbers, basil, jalapeño, grape tomatoes, spinach.
Bone-in NY strip steak with a pinot demiglaze sauce, roasted garlic, asparagus, and Monterey Jack mac & cheese.
Fish with coconut sauce, garlic, shallots, ginger, chicken stock and lime juice.
Mozzarella-stuffed meatballs
Homemade focaccia as an antipasto pizza.
An art deco-themed cake for her husband. And a birthday cake for the boys.
Sara with Griffin making a snowman cake on a snow day.
Sara with Sheryl Crow at a function for Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. “What Feeding America does is above and beyond what any other organization is doing to feed the homeless and the hungry,” says Sara who serves on the non-profit’s Entertainment Council. “46 million people rely on Feeding America to help them get through periods of food insecurity. The organization works hard to combat food waste. $218 billion worth of food is just thrown away each year. Clearly, we have enough food to feed everyone in this country, yet approximately 1 in 7 people go hungry. Feeding America helps salvage this food and gets it to the people who need it most. Whether it’s from farms, restaurants or grocery stores, the charity has created the infrastructure to make it all count. 98% of all donations go directly into programs serving people in need.” To find out how you can help, click here.
To date, more than 1,500 cats and dogs have been adopted through New York Live's weekly Clear the Shelters segment, produced in partnership with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and showcasing adoptable animals from local shelters.
Sara with Beth Stern, Jacque Reid and Georgina Bloomberg at a fundraising ball for the animal adoption center, Bideawee. Sara was the recipient of Bideawee's 2013 Founders Choice Award for her work on the Clear the Shelters animal adoption weekly television segment.
Sara with her cat Mugsy, “who thinks he’s a dog.” “When I was growing up,” recalls the New York native, “we took in every stray in the neighborhood. We used to joke that there must be a sign in the woods with an arrow pointing to our backyard saying ‘They’ll take you.’ At one point, we had 8 dogs, a bunny, a horse and a cat. My mom, thank God, is an animal lover and passed it on to all her kids. My mother-in-law is the same way. She even takes in farm animals: sheep, goats, you name it!”
Bedtime for Mugsy.
Skin Care
I absolutely love beauty products and I like to layer them. For my sensitive skin, I’ve been using the Dermalogica range for a while because it feels very clean. I use Jurlique products too. I like things that have botanical scents and are organic.

In the morning, I’m currently using Dermalogica’s cleanser and then spray on their toner. Then I put on a serum. Right now I’m using one from Lancôme — and then I apply All About Eyes eye cream from Clinique. After that, I put on my face cream. It’s from Mario Badescu. In the summer, I use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. I stopped going in the sun and started wearing sunscreen when I turned thirty (which was just the other day)! Then I put on a primer. It’s all about layering.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Lancôme Genifique serum Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream Mario Badescu A.H.A & Ceramide Moisturizer
At night, it’s a process! I start by removing my makeup with cleansing wipes from Cetaphil. Tart makes a good eye makeup remover wipe too. It smells like grapes and it’s really calming and soothing. After removing my makeup, I wash my face with a soft washcloth to get everything off. Then, I put on the toner again, the eye cream followed by a night cream — either Essential-C from Murad or the seaweed cream from Mario Badescu. Very often, I’ll use a heavier cream at night than I do during the day. I have La Mer for when my face is feeling dry. Then I slather on a cream from Murad on my neck and décolletage. Afterwards, I mist with a refresher spray. I love the ones from Jurlique. There’s a rosewater spray and a calming mist spray. I spritz those on in the morning too. I mist in addition to adding the toner, and then I put the serum on. It’s just way too much stuff on my face!
  Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths Tarte eye makeup remover wipes
If I’m using a heavy cream, like at night for instance, I’ll use the spray either on my face or in my hands with the cream and then I’ll spread it on. I like how it smells and how it feels. I like to go to bed as if I just went to the spa because I don’t get to the spa enough. My best friend is an esthetician in LA and she gets on me about not getting a facial every month. So, if I feel like I’m taking good care of my skin at home, at least I feel like I’m doing something!

And I love a good exfoliator and a good mask too. When I remember to, I use them once a week. I like the face scrub from Mario Badescu. And I have the Mario Badescu Drying Potion for when I get a pimple. My kids always laugh at me asking “Why do you have spots on your face?” because there’s calamine lotion in it.

Another skin care range I love is Clinique’s Moisture Surge. It’s really moisturizing without being heavy.
Mario Badescu Face Scrub Clinique’s Moisture Surge
Makeup
I just love doing makeup. When I was in college, I worked at the Estée Lauder counter at Bloomingdale's on 59th Street. I was a terrible salesperson! I was supposed to make sales calls, but that's not really for me. I just did people's faces all day long. I ended up getting hired for a couple of weddings from that. I used to do my friends' make up too. I've always had an interest in doing makeup because I'm a creative person by nature. I used to do a lot of drawing and painting and cooking is another thing I do that's creative. So makeup was just a natural thing for me to pick up.

I have thin skin so, I always use concealer. I've used it since I was 18 years old. Believe it or not, the concealer I use is from Maybelline. I always start by doing my eyes. I put a base shadow on, and a little bit of shadow in the crease and then I always wear lashes. I put a strip of lashes on every day except on the weekends. I love my lashes and I think that it really wakes your face up! I use either Elite #18 if I can find them or Ardell Demi Wispies. So, if I have nothing else on my face except for concealer and a base shadow and some lashes and a little blush and a little lip balm, I'm good to go!
Maybelline Master Conceal
by Facestudio
Ardell Demi Wispies eyelashes
I use a lot of MAC makeup. I love their colors. I love their eye shadows. I think they have a really nice pigment to them. My base shadow is Brulé. My basics also include their Handwritten and Carbon eyeshadows. Then, I play with the mineralized quads in the golds or purples. A Harvest of Greens is a favorite.
I line my eyes with a gel liner from MAC. I never really use pencil unless I'm doing the inside of my lid which I don't do that often unless it's a special occasion because then I can do a smoky eye. When I'm done doing my eyes, I clean up underneath, reapply my Clinique All About Eyes and finish my face.

I line my lips with a MAC lip pencil. There are two different ones that I use all the time: Soar and Spice. Spice is a little more natural, a little more earthy, while Soar has a little more pink. I have drawers of makeup, but I use all MAC lipsticks My everyday ones are Twig and Hot Gossip. Then, I wear a gloss over them – usually Enchantress or Nymphette. So again, it's layers: liner, lipstick, lip gloss. And I have a lip primer from MAC which I like too.

Melba is my go to blush. It's what I always use. My foundation is Studio Fix. It comes in a compact and I always use at least two different colors – a lighter one under my eyes and a warmer one on my face and then I put on my Melba blush. The other foundation I use is Nars in the color Barcelona.
 
Nars foundation in Barcelona
Hair
I clean my hair with Nexxus Diametress shampoo and conditioner and style with their Volumizing Foam. I like how Nexxus makes my hair feel — clean and not weighed down — and I like the way it smells. Styling products include the Sebastian Shaper Hair Spray and the Phytovolume hairspray. And in between trips to the salon, I use the hair gloss from Rita Hazan to add shine and richness to my hair color.
Diet and Fitness
I love all kinds of food — healthy food, comfort food and desserts! I just make an effort to keep it balanced. Don't deny yourself little pleasures. As for fitness, when I'm not pregnant, I stay active. I belong to a gym. When I'm being good, I do circuit training and cardio. On days when I'm just getting by, I make a point to use my treadmill for 20-30 minutes three times a week. I keep light weights in my bedroom. I use them when I have 10-15 minutes to spare. I do pushups against my sink before I get in or out of the shower and I do squats while I dry my hair. It's the little bursts that add up!

Sara at 8 months a week ago today.
On balancing a career and family
I try to focus on work while I'm at work and on my family when I'm at home, but that's hard to do since I think about my family all day long and still take work home with me at night. During my shows, though, I'm totally focused on what I'm doing. But as soon as taping is over, I'm planning our dinner, organizing the weekend and thinking about the kid's appointments and what they need for school. It's a juggling act. I tend to be a multitasker, so I just make it work.

Expert tip: If I don't have eye makeup wipes, I use coconut oil on a cotton pad with warm water. It takes all your makeup off. But, I don't like to do it all over my face because my face is sensitive, so I just apply it underneath my eyes. And if I have dry lips and I don't have chapstick around, I'll put some coconut oil on. I keep coconut oil in my kitchen and on my vanity.

For my eyes, sometimes I'll make a shredded cucumber mask. You just shred a cucumber, place it on a paper towel and put it over your eyes. Also, I like to keep eye creams in the fridge, especially in the summer time because not only is it calming and soothing, but because they're cold, it helps to de-puff.

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