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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

holiday gift guide: give tarte

Tarte starts off the holiday season with a burst of color with three incredibly beautiful makeup gifts.

Want to keep all your color essentials in one complete package? Check out Tarte's Treasure Chest, Limited Edition Palette ($52, $686 value!), an annual offering that's now 30% bigger, thanks to an added layer of 16 additional eyeshadows. It includes 16 new shimmering tarte eyeshadows, 16 new matte tarte eyeshadows, 16 new lipglosses, tarte's mineral powder bronzer in park ave princess, new soft pink luminizer and four new powder blushes. The best part: It's packed into the cutest bejeweled, mirrored compact that fits neatly into your purse.

Need multiple gifts for family or friends? Tarte's Crown Jewels Lipgloss Multi-Gift Set ($39) offers three gifts in one! It makes one deluxe gift or three individual gifts for the diva, trendsetter and green goddess on your list. Choose from Glittering Green Goddesses (sheer nude-peach, sheer beige, sheer sweet pink, sheer cotton candy pink, sheer shimmering cinnamon), Dazzling Divas (dazzling warm sand, dazzling gold, dazzling orchid, dazzling violet, dazzling coral- pink) and Twinkling Trendsetters (twinkling strawberry, twinkling melon-pink, twinkling fuchsia, twinkling brick-red, sheer raspberry). Chances are you'll want to give away two and keep one for yourself!

The Three Carats Limited Edition Mini Cheek Stain Set ($25) features three carats mini cheek stains infused with the company's natural, t5 super fruit complex ™ (packed with antioxidant rich nutrients and vitamins). It comes in three new, limited edition shades: brilliant (shimmering champagne), princess (shimmering rose) and cushion (shimmering deep apricot).

Available at, Sephora,,, Henri Bendel, and boutiques nationwide.

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