Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and those of us holding the mascara wand.

After two decades of covering the beauty industry, I've come to learn what makes it so alluring. Finding the perfect shade of makeup to match your skin tone, adding a swipe of eyeliner to give your tired eyes a lift, discovering an innovative new product line, or indulging in a totally luxurious spa treatment. My experiences have been documented in magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide. I've tested newly formulated products in the lab, explored hair removal options, shopped for lipstick, added shine to my hair and succumbed to massage marathons--all in the name of beauty. I've written press releases, hosted makeover events and co-authored a Do-It-Yourself Beauty book (Alloy). On this blog, I write about products and services that I come across every day as well as those that have been provided by publicists or the companies that make them. Either way, I write what I think. I hope to share some of my insights--and bring you the latest, greatest beauty news right here. Join me in the quest to find all things pretty.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

happy mother's day: give pearls

Nothing says Mother's Day like a beautiful fragrance. Top it off with a luxurious body lotion in a complementary scent, then package it in a beautiful gift box and you've got a present that will make any mom feel special. The Pearls Gift Set ($49.50) by Carol's Daughter features Eau de Toilette (2.5 fl. oz.) and a special Body Creme Deluxe Sample (1 oz.) in a soft, sweet scent. Sparkling with lemon verbena, apricot and peach, Pearls evolves into a floral heart of jasmine, rose and violet and is topped off with warm vanilla and sweet violet. I love the scent, especially for summer, but my favorite part is the keepsake jewelry box it comes in. It'll look great on your mom's vanity all year round. Splurge on your mom at

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