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, December 16, 2009

holiday gift guide: give Bond No. 9

What happens when you pair a top notch fragrance with a beautiful, architectural bottle? You get this latest find from Bond No. 9. In an effort to spread peace this holiday season, Bond No. 9 bottled its blackcurrent-lily-of-the-valley-cedarwood-musk perfume-ode to peace, The Scent of Peace, in a super-stunning limited-edition Swarovski crafted bottle. Every square millimeter on the surface is smattered with glittering Swarovski stones giving off a deep, rich, non-stop seductive shimmer. The Scent of Peace Superstar bottle is decked out with 2,500 Swarovski stones. Available at, it sells for $500. Is it worth the price? You decide.

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