I recently came across the following story told by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of Boca Raton. A 70-year-old woman had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near-death experience and asked Hashem if her time was up. He told her directly that she had a bit over 23 years left to live. The woman figured she would take advantage of the situation and maximize her time in the hospital. She opted for a face-lift, liposuction, changed her hairstyle, and decided to get colored lenses to complete her total makeover. She thought this would be worthwhile since she had many more years on earth. When she came home from the hospital she was crossing the street and got hit by a car. Arriving at Hashem’s doorstep, she demanded, “I thought you said I have another 23 years left; why didn’t You save me from the speeding car?!” Hashem answered her, “I would have, but I couldn’t recognize you.”

As we head towards the days of judgement, we embark on the serious task of examining our lives and doing teshuvah for any wrongs we have committed throughout the year. Nevertheless, Rosh HaShanah is always filled with hope for the New Year, because Hashem is compassionate, forgiving, and willing to accept our prayers and repentance. 

As the economy has reopened and the lockdowns faded, women are beginning to wear makeup once again, reviving the beauty industry.  The cosmetic that seems to be trending this season is blush, which is a reflection of the post-COVID energy. After a year of no makeup, everyone is attracted to a healthy, sun-kissed outdoorsy look, which can be replicated with the help of tawny blush or bronzer. For a natural look, you can use a matte bronzer, strategically applied instead of blush.  This will sculpt your face without looking contrived. Next, apply a soft rosy hue on top of the bronzer, only on the apples of the cheeks, which will punch up the color and brighten the cheeks in a natural manner.  

After a long year of makeup-free faces, the world of beauty is embracing some fun, glitz, and glamour again.  Now is a great time to experiment with the hottest new makeup trends for spring/summer 2021. Whether you love neutrals or gravitate towards bolder looks, there’s something beautiful to suit your palette.