Jean Godfrey-June, the beauty editor of Lucky magazine, will launch a new memoir next week, Free Gift With Purchase: My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup.
The book has the potential to do for Manhattan beauty editors what Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" did for chefs: expose to public scrutiny the perks and peccadilloes of an insular world.
The book is one part tell-all, enumerating free three-star restaurant meals, cosmetic treatments, exotic trips and gifts liberally dispensed by publicists to editors who control coverage about makeup and skin care.
And if you're wondering just what kind of swag finds its way to the beauty editors at the major fashion magazines, take a look at the fragrance bottles on Ms. Godfrey-June's desk. (via New York Times)