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, February 10, 2010

vday gift guide: light my fire

My husband knew something was up when I emerged from the bathroom with wafts of raspberry, currant, white peach, fresh greens, and organic vanilla extract trailing behind me. I had decided to take a long, luxurious shower via relaxing candlelight (one of my most favorite things!) and I chose Infusion Organique's new Acai Rain Soy Blend Candle ($42) to transport me to an exotic location, like the Brazilian Rainforest, and it really delivered. It smelled sweet and luxurious at the same time. And if you're thinking of gifting it, the package is a winner. The candle is housed in a thick, square, glass case printed with a beautiful flower so it looks as great as it smells. The candle, along with the complementary Acai Rain Eau de Parfum, are both offered at and

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