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.

Friday, February 10, 2012

expert beauty advice from beauty and style expert Susan Redstone, as seen on ABC7 Chicago (WLS-TV)

Did you know, you should replace your mascara every three months? And your foundation, every six? Beauty products do have a shelf life, and we'll show you what to toss and when. Luckily, since new beauty innovations pop up just as fast, if it's time to toss out some of those antique products and make room for some new items, Beauty and Style expert Susan Redstone has some of the newest replacments to refresh your beauty supply for the new year.

Whats OLD? Six-month-old clay masks.
Buy NEW: Skinceauticals Clay Mask ($39.66 for 2 oz. at
Botanicals and minerals help heal and calm skin while a 5% hydroxy acid gently exfoliates. Leaves skin feeling healthy and purified.

What's OLD? Dried-out lipstick that you have to scrape out of the tube.
Buy NEW: Maybelline SuperStay 14-Hour Lipstick ($8.99, at Walgreens)
Choose from 20 long-wearing shades that offer super rich color that lasts 14 hours. Plus, they're light and comfortable on your lips.

What's OLD? Six-month old lipsticks, lip glosses.

BUY NEW: Vaseline Lip Therapy Original (mini on-the-go jar) $3.29 for chance to win Swarovksi crystal jar

One of the best lip treatments ever to combat dry or chapped lips. Smooth some on and prepare to pucker up (a great investment with VDay just around the corner).

What's OLD? Tired, thin brows and lashes

Buy NEW: Rapidlash $49.95 at drugstores or

It's clinically proven to be safe and effective in enhancing the appearance of lashes and brows--and who doesn't want lashes or brows that wow?!

What's OLD? A three-month-old mascara

Buy NEW: NYX Cosmetics Boudoir Mascaras$6

Get longer, fuller lashes with one of seven formulas and seven distinctive wands--in a spanking new tube! Time to get batty.

For more great beauty advice, go to

Thursday, February 9, 2012

fashion tip: go blue!

Beyonce stepped out last night for the first time since giving birth and was sporting bright blue nails – in honor of her daughter, Blue Ivy. This week, many of us in New York were feeling blue too, as we celebrated the Giant's Superbowl victory (go big blue!) No matter what your reason for liking this playful hue, there are plenty of blue nail polish options out there to choose from.

Baker Street, a bright cobalt blue from Nail's Inc, was all over the London catwalks during the spring/summer shows ($9.50 each. Available March 1st at Sephora and on

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Jet Set to Paris ($5.99, Available at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers) delivers rich color, high-intensity and pure shine.

Deborah Lippmann in I know What Boys Like ($16, Available at is flirty and fun. This playful periwinkle crème lacquer is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP-free.

Topshop Make Up Nails in Missile ($10, Available at Topshop Stores) is fast drying and extra long wear with a lasting glossy wet look finish and perfect coverage.

Only a brave few will choose blue this season. Will one of them be you?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

get in touch: Nivea Million Moments of Touch Movement

When's the last time you and your significant other held hands? How often do you hug your kids? At a glamorous cocktail party held on the 61st floor of the Empire State Building, the team at Nivea--along with Dr. Drew Pinsky--shared the fact that we're losing touch with each other! People just don't touch as much as they should anymore and, in fact, the term "PDA" more commonly refers to a personal digital assistant rather than public display of affection.

Nivea hopes to change all that with its Nivea Million Moments of Touch movement, designed to help us achieve smooth skin so we want to touch and be touched more. Rebecca Romeijn and Jerry O'Connell were named the celebrity ambassador couple for the brand and promise to touch each other more in 2012. The rest of us can join in the action too by entering the Nivea Touch contest on Facebook and promising to revive our power of touch. Winners will receive a date night on Nivea every night from now through the end of the year.

Getting smooth can be as simple as using Nivea touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub in the shower, Smoothing on Nivea Extended Moisture every morning and night, or slicking lips with Nivea A Kiss of Berry Swirl vitamin-enriched lip care with SPF 10. There are plenty of products for men too, like Nivea Maximum Hydration Moisturizing Lotion, guaranteed to smooth even the driest skin.

Go to to learn more about all these products and to enter the Million Moments of touch contest. The fact that the folks at Nivea have gone through all this trouble? Touching!

Monday, February 6, 2012

win a dvf dress from celeb makeup artist malley roncal

Remember how long the lines were at the Diane von Furstenberg sample sale after Sarah Jessica Parker wore her wedding dress in the Sex and the City movie? We don’t need any more proof that the designer’s silhouettes are worth the wait. Now you can have your shot at being a proud owner of a DVF original–without paying a price. Celebrity Makeup Artist, Mally Roncal, is giving away a Diane von Furstenberg dress to one lucky winner! All you have to do is follow Mally on Twitter ( and Re-Tweet whenever she sends a tweet out! The winner will be selected at random. For more info about Mally, go to