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, May 4, 2010

happy mother's day: light up her life

How many times has your mom mom brightened your day? Now it's time to return the favor. Give her a fragranced candle from the Thymes Offerings Collection ($26 each), eight candles designed to strengthen personal connections. Choose from these intoxicating scents...

Inspiring notes of spicy pink pepper, Kashmir saffron and sweet frankincense dance on a graceful base of sandalwood. Add spice to her life!
A cheery compote of plump raspberries, tart rhubarb and spicy sugarcane lovingly tempered with delicate sweet pea blossoms. Good enough to eat!
Captivating floral essences of heady tuberose and dewy jasmine mingle with golden apricot nectar and exotic Hinoki wood. Awaken those senses....
Warm and inviting red tea and Magnolia fig are gently wrapped in cashmere musk and comforting sandalwood. Pretty cozy.
A decadent treat of velvety cream and warm milk enveloping sweet notes of bourbon vanilla, rich caramel, and tender peach. Indulge!
A lavish blend of intoxicating ylang ylang, Bulgarian rose, and earthy iris infused with opulent tonka bean and clove. A perfect pick.
Watery cyclamen and white lilies sway gracefully among blond woods while white musk creates a delicate finish. Calm and soothing...
A restorative blend that combines healing aromas of rosemary and basil with tender jasmine petals and clarifying lemon blossom. A little TLC.
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