Natural lips


January 05, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | By Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

For years, 28-year-old model Shelissa Anne Kemplin Kearney of Clarksville searched for the perfect lip balm -- something that kept her pucker smooth and soft without requiring constant reapplication. She never found a product on the shelves that met her needs, so she invented one.

Kemplin Kearney's My Sexy Lips is an all-natural vegan lip balm that is scented with essential oils and contains such moisturizers as olive oil, Vitamin E and candelilla wax. The balm comes in four flavors -- Peppermint Patty, Spearmint Leaf SPF15, Naturally Naked and the popular Vanilla Bean -- and is packaged in a tube ($7.50) or pot ($12). Wear it under lipstick, or line lips and fill in with My Sexy Lips for a sheer hint of color.

Buy it on her beauty and pampering Web site -- www. -- or call 866-468-2515 to order.

The colors of a fertile imagination

MAC Cosmetics' spring line of Fab Florals is significant not just for its fresh, romantic pinks, but also for the slightly eccentric way the company describes its colors. The lipstick shade "Pussy Willow" is termed "potting soil brown" by the company. "Meadow" eye shadow is said to be like "murky greenery." And the lip gloss "Chai" is curiously described as being the color of chocolate milk, not milky tea.

Ah, well, we won't fault MAC. With product names like "Snob," "Mylar" and "Florabundance," we have to give them credit for being creative.

Fab Florals is available at department stores and MAC boutiques.

A simple solution to the clutter problem

If your bureau surface is covered with fragrances you never wear, consider streamlining the whole scenting process with Roots Uniscent. Created by the Canadian company known for its wildly popular duds at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Uni-scent is a casual scent for both men and women that conveys airy freshness and warmth. $36-$24 at Roots stores and at select Roots boutiques in Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Or order at www.roots. com. For more information, 800-208-0521

Still getting a kick out of Jordache

Back in the designer-jean-crazed early '80s, big, distinctive logos equaled cool, and no one's logo was more noticeable than Jordache. The chalk yellow stitching, the horse embroidered on the hip -- the jeans didn't whisper Jordache, they shouted it.

Well, Jordache Originals is entertaining our love for all things retro with its "vintage" line containing such creations as a white denim wedding dress and denim dresses, jeans and tops embellished with tapestry applique, metal mesh and leather patches. But it is the company's Omega Denims that really sent our nostalgic hearts aflutter.

Bedecked with loops of bright yellow stitching inspired by Jordache's original jean pocket design, the modern jean skirt ($76) and jacket ($78) have a sexy, tight fit while oozing retro appeal.

Jordache Originals jeans are available at Up Against the Wall in Washington. Call 888-295-3267 for more information. Jor-dache jeans for juniors are available at Wal-Mart.

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