Sculptured by the seashore


May 26, 2002|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Staff

If you want beach hair, but you can't spare the time to drive to the shore, Nolita has the answer. The hair-care line inspired by the area of New York City just north of Little Italy includes Grit Gel, a hair gel with a sandy feel that gives you a bit of that windblown look you get after a day at the beach. Plus, it has great hold to boot, and it doesn't make your hair feel dirty (we gave it a test-drive).

Other products in the line include a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner designed to counteract pollutants' effects on the hair, molding clay for "extreme texture and hold" and firm-hold aerosol hairspray.

The products are available at some salons and cost between $12 and $18. To find a distributor, visit or call 800-456-9322.

Friendly swimsuits

Swimsuit shopping is rarely fun -- and it seems like the fluorescent lights in dressing rooms really don't help. Lands' End is hoping to make the experience less traumatic and more rewarding this season.

First, the company has developed a number of silhouettes so there's something for everyone. Each suit in the catalog is marked with an icon that shows what body type it works best on (e.g., a triangle represents hips wider than shoulders and / or bust, rectangle means balanced hips and shoulders without a defined waist, and so on). A flattering fit is easy to find.

Also, the company is offering a number of suits in a material called "faille" (pronounced "file"), a small-ribbed fabric with a slimming effect. Lands' End's version is 86 percent nylon and 14 percent Lycra.

To request a catalog, call 800-356-4444 or visit

The shape and scent of a man

Truth comes in many forms, and thanks to Calvin Klein, one of those forms is now that paragon of geometry -- the parallelogram.

The designer's new scent for men is packaged in a bottle designed to "evoke the sensual, relaxed stance of a man," but it still seems like a math model to us.

The fragrance, which has accents of basil, cardamom, white patchouli, red cedar and wacapou, comes in eau de toilette, body wash and deodorant and costs between $14 and $48. It's available next month wherever fine fragrances are sold or by calling 800-715-4023.

A sight for soy eyes

Soy products have gotten a lot of press recently for their health benefits. Now Lancome is using soy -- along with wild yam and sea algae -- to help lessen signs of aging around the eyes.

The new Absolue Eye Absolute Replenishing Eye Treatment aims to restore moisture, improve skin firmness, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, revive skin clarity and radiance and brighten the eye area with light diffusers.

A half-ounce jar is available for $60, and Absolue treatments for the rest of the face cost $90 for 1.7 ounces of cream or 2.5 ounces of lotion. All the formulations are available at Lancome counters.

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