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.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

rodial sale

Want to rid your skin of wrinkles? Say sayonara to stretch marks? Tighten your tummy? Cancel your doctor appointments and hit this amazing Rodial Skincare sale, exclusively for Hautelook members on Get 45-60% off, October 19th and 20th only. Rodial Skincare products include Glam Balm, Glamtox Peel, Glamtox Eye Light SPF 15, Glamtox SPF 18, Glamtox Night, Glam Balm Wipes, A-List Cleanser, Jet Set Cleanser, Bum Lift, Body Sculpture, Tummy Tuck, Boob Job, Crème de la Crème, and Power Body Buff. Celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie are fans--why aren't you? Go to to get your A-list treatment.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

your acne could make you a winner!

Got zits? Flaunt them! For this contest, anyway. Whether you have mild acne, severe acne, cystic acne, or extremely oily and congested skin, share your story with the skin care specialists at Mario Badescu and let them help you once and for all. All you have to do is tell them how your skin problem has affected your life, how it has made you feel, and what you have tried over the years that hasn’t worked. Mario Badescu will choose five of these stories and help those who need it most to achieve amazing results. Those five lucky winners will receive a personalized one-on-one skin care consultation with an expert consultant as well as a complete customized Mario Badescu Skin Care regimen, tailored specifically for your skin care needs. So get your thoughts together and rehash your worst acne catastrophes...then get set to celebrate the skin you've always dreamed of. Go to to submit your story.

thyme out

Long day? Need to unwind? Trade your traditional moisturizer for a palm full of Thymes Essentials Dry Body Oil ($18). The lightweight formula absorbs quickly into skin and the fresh scent actually reminds you to take a deep breath and relax for a few minutes. But the best thing about this oil is that it is super-hydrating, thanks to a blend of Abyssinian, jojoba, apricot kernel and evening primrose oils, plus skin-smoothing triglycerides. I used it from neck to toe and was thrilled with the results. If you're lucky enough to have someone else smooth it on you, even better. For feet that need a little extra help, try another Thymes favorite: The AHA Foot Cream gently exfoliates with an alpha hydroxy acid fruit complex while shea butter and safflower oil moisturize your skin. Get both at and you'll see smooth results.