Turning a new page in teen magazinesCosmogirl, a new teen...

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August 22, 1999|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Turning a new page in teen magazines

Cosmogirl, a new teen magazine from the people who bring you Cosmopolitan, has just launched its introductory issue. To see how it compared to its teen-targeting counterparts, we turned to the expertise of two Baltimore-area teens.

Jenny Bowman, 13, of Towson, says Cosmogirl beats out many of its compet-itors. "It has stuff a lot of other teen magazines don't have," she says, "like the page where you can find out your own personal style." This Internet-savvy teen also discovered the magazine's Web site (www. cosmogirl.com), which she praises for being interactive: "On the Web site you can dress one of the 'Cosmo girls,' which is lots of fun."

Kate Erwin of Baltimore, who turned 18 in June, felt a little old to buy Cosmogirl herself, but enjoyed it nonetheless. "It's one of those magazines I would take on an airplane," she says. While the language did seem young to her, she felt that the layout was chic and that it offered good fashion news.

Her one confession: "Seriously? I love the stickers [of actor Ben Affleck]."

Stepping in to help

The debut of the Tori Amos Shoe, a strappy wedge ($89 in black, white or red) by Steve Madden, has women everywhere buying without hesitation.

Madden has offered to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the shoe to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), an organization founded by Amos in 1994 and based in Washington. RAINN operates a national hot line for survivors of sexual assault (800-656-HOPE), working hand-in-hand with 826 rape crisis centers nationwide. Find the Tori Amos Shoe at Steve Madden stores or at 888-S-MADDEN. To learn more about RAINN's mission (or to order online), visit www.rainn.org. -- G.L.

Sweet lips

Finally, a lipstick worth shouting about. Elizabeth Arden's new Lip Lip Hooray ($16) is turning heads nationwide, but not for its shimmer or SPF protection. Women love this stuff most for its breath-freshening power.

What sounds like an advertising gimmick is actually a cosmetic wonder: An ingredient called zinc citrate helps neutralize bad breath. In addition, mint flavor, menthol and wintergreen oil give the lipstick a cool, minty flavor. And it's hard to turn down a lipstick that boasts such great shades as Wiggle (a spritely pink), Flaunt (a risque fuchsia) and Swing (a pale lavender). -- G.L.

Pub Date: 09/10/99

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