The latest in beauty Sephora, France's leading beauty...

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October 31, 1999|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

The latest in beauty

Sephora, France's leading beauty retailer, is more than a cosmetics store; it's an experience.

Imagine two entire red-carpeted floors filled with thousands of fragrances, lipsticks, blushes and eye shadow from manufacturers ranging from Christian Dior to Hard Candy to Club Monaco.

And here's the best part: not only is the store self-serve, not only can you sample all the products, but Sephora also meets the prices of its competitors.

Sephora has about 30 stores in the United States, including their newest edition in Washington. Experience it for yourself at 3065 M St. in Georgetown.

Call 877-SEPHORA for more information.

Assembling a body of work

In Niger, Tuareg men celebrate their love for their betrothed by having henna applied to their hands and feet as a symbol of purity and fertility.

In Pakistan, it is good luck to have a henna design drawn upon the belly of a woman in labor.

Henna body art has been practiced for thousands of years around the world. A new book and kit, "The Art of Henna" by make-up artist Pamela Nichols, allows anyone to bring some of these traditions home. The set, which costs $29.95, includes hypoallergenic stencils, a pre-mixed tube of henna paste and henna powder, plus a book with color photographs, a history of henna, and instructions and designs.

Published by Healthy Planet, it is available at Nature Company and Discovery Channel stores and at www.mothernature.com. --M.B.

A slipper-y look

The big clunky shoe thing has been done. Now get ready for big clunky slippers.

Or rather, big clunky shoes that look like slippers.

Skechers' Starlit shoes (left) certainly look like something one might wear with a pair of flannel pajamas and a chenille robe. Made of fluffy faux fur and fitted with a lug sole, the shoes come in cotton-candy pink and baby blue, as well as leopard and camouflage prints. They cost $29.95 at Nordstrom.

For a more traditional slipper that's still funky, check out Steve Madden's leopard scuffs, also available at Nordstrom, for $29.95. --M.B.

A scent to make you smile

Happy feels like a sweat shirt still warm from the dryer.

Happy looks like a shiny red convertible.

But what does Happy smell like?

"Beer," said one single man in his 30s when we posed the question recently.

"Outboard engine exhaust," his friend added.

In fact, Happy, Clinique's new cologne for men, smells like neither engine exhaust nor malt beverage. But it does smell fresh, clean and citrusy, which isn't bad. If you like that sort of thing, that is.

Happy for Men costs $26.50 for 1.7 ounces of cologne spray and $40 for 3.4 ounces. It is available at most department stores. -- M.B.

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