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.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

happy mother's day: pamper her

Sure, you can opt for your no-fail mother's day gift--a day at her local spa. But while your mom will surely appreciate it, why not try these specialty products from Philip B. that will last more than a few hours? Packed with nourishing proteins and high concentrations of hydrating botanicals, they'll make her mother's day super-luxurious. For the chocoholic, try the limited edition Chocolate Collection Gift Set ($62.50); for the inner Tsarina, go for the Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo ($140); for moms with a green thumb, choose the Cucumber and Blue Orchid Hand & Body Creme ($47.50) and for the gourmet chef, choose the White Truffle Collection Gift Set for hair ($125--shown here) which is my pick for the most luxurious present. It features White Truffle Nourishing & Conditioning Creme, designed to restore lost moisture and give hair shine, body and bounce, and White Truffle Ultra-Rich Moisturizing Shampoo featuring hops and nettle for body, soy proteins for added moisture and extracts of thyme, chamomile, lavender and comfrey to tone, strengthen and restore vitality. To score points with your mom, get these Philip B. goods at salons worldwide or at

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