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.

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