Nothing To Sneeze At


January 09, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

For his new spring line, Fred Farrugia, Lancome International's artistic director for make-up, took his inspiration from a substance that's everywhere when the weather gets warm. No, it's not the sun. And it's not grass or birds or even the color green. We're talking pollen, here. Yes, pollen.

The tiny particles that cause millions of itchy, watery eyes and runny noses actually gave Farrugia a host of ideas for his collection of yellow and orange iridescent eye shadows, wet-looking lipsticks, semi-sheer fruit-colored nail polishes and gold-flecked body oil.

Pollen, the make-up, will be available in February where Lancome products are sold.

For the real stuff, wait another month. And don't forget the tissues.

Tying up your locks

Two ingenious hair accessories to reduce bad hair days, big and small:

Trash Ties: Playful, patterned fabric covered-wires, which, like their namesake, wrap up loose ends. Use a long Trash Tie as a headband. Twist several short ones around a mass of braids and coils to look fashionable, not frumpy. Available for $15 in 24 colors and patterns at select Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stores.

Bows slip. Bows slide. Bows become untied. When doing your little one's hair, skip the basic bows and try a handful of mini velvet and satin bows from Rivera instead. Attached to barrettes, these bows not only stay put, they look adorable. $6 for six bows.

A beauty menu

First you eat it, now you wear it.

It's not enough just to eat healthy these days -- manufacturers of beauty products want you to put health food in your hair. Chamomile extract is supposed to give life to dry, fine hair. Olive oil replenishes skin tone. And green tea is rich in vitamins C and E.

A selection of products with ingredients that read like a smoothie recipe:

Chamomile shampoo, $14 for 16.9 ounces, The Body Shop.

Oliva Salata moisturizing body scrub, $18.

Silk Grooming Cream with green tea and shea butter, Back to Basics, about $10.

Millenium Energist Revitalizing Emulsion containing purified soy complex, $42.50 for 1 ounce, Elizabeth Arden.

Style File welcomes fashion news and tips. Send suggestions to Maria Blackburn, Style File, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert Street., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519

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