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 3, 2012

DNA Renewal: the anti-aging miracle

Who doesn't want to turn back the clock a couple of years when it comes to skin care? Decrease some of those fine (or not-so-fine) lines, smooth your skin's surface and look brighter, firmer and more radiant overall? Now there's help, with DNA Renewal Foaming Cleanser ($28) and DNA Night Renewal ($130), both designed to repair photo damaged aging skin.

I have to admit: I tried them reluctantly as I've tried so many products that promise the same youthful effects. But I tried them each for a few weeks, giving me time to see the fruitful results. My skin not only feels softer and smoother but I definitely see some optimistic retexturizing results. Fine lines seem finer, deep lines seem more subtle. Granted, there's no surefire way to go back to the old days but every little bit of skin renewal helps!

The Foaming Cleanser's gentle, non-irritating formula genlty washes away dirt, oil and makeup, leaving clean, vibrant skin. Its unique ingredient, AHC, a glycolic sugar acid, is combined with amino acid for slow, controlled release, reducing stinging or irritation that's typically associated with standard AHA's. Apply it with a washcloth or soft brush before bed or in the AM then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

The Night Renewal lotion has an advanced liposome delivery system to maximize cell repair while your body sleeps. It works overtime to regenerate cells and counter photo-aging damage to restore skin's vitality. Ideal for dry and stressed skin, smooth it on before bedtime and you'll wake up looking and feeling more youthful.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

undermakeup moisture with atopalm

Try applying makeup right after your favorite moisturizer and you may find yourself in slippery territory. Now there's a new way to get makeup to stay put: With Atopalm Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream, a unique, paraben-free formula designed to hydrate skin while creating the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.

Its patented MLW technology, made with plant-derived ingredients, is the secret. It mimics the structure of the skin's natural lipids, replenishing lost moisture while protecting over-evaporation, leaving skin soft, supple and comfortable.

Sounds too good to be true? It's not. I tried it under concealer, foundation and blush, only to see results as promised. All makeup stayed in place and my skin felt great too. But the formula is so smooth, I like to wear it without makeup too.

Designed to treat dry, sensitive, sun-damaged skin, Atopalm products are rich, emollient and non-greasy. Check out other Atopalm face products like the Eye Repair Serum, Skin Revitalizing Complex, Facial Cleansing Foam and Cleansing Wipes at

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Year, New You Beauty, as seen on FOX 31 Denver, Colorado's Everyday Show: expert advice from beauty and style expert Susan Redstone

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 liquid based foundations.

Buy NEW: Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation SPF 16 by Maybelline New York $10.99 at drugstores.

Ideal for normal skin, try this amazing foundation designed to achieve 100% nude perfection for a lightweight, flawless finish.

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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