Puff it up, give it lift


January 12, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

First came the shoulder pads, then the resurgence of Bon Jovi. Now the '80s comeback can be deemed complete with the reported revival of big hair. Don't worry about enduring Aqua Net-coated helmet head, however. Today's take on big hair is more tousled and fluid, less done. To get it, try products like Bumble and bumble's Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner followed by a shot or two of the company's Thickening Spray. The line makes fine hair fuller without sacrificing movement. Prices range from $5 to $36. Call 800-7Bumble to order.

Spa in a sachet Leather in the lather

At about $1.50 a pop, Montagne Jeunesse's promises of "Hair Miracles," "Anti-stress Masks" and other forms of head-to-toe pampering via small single-use sachets seemed extremely promising. Available at most drug and grocery stores, the European skin-care line includes facial masks, face tonics, foot remedies, bath soaks and some of the loudest packaging to hit the shelves since Pop Rocks candy.

How well do Montagne Jeunesse's (French for "mountain of youth") products work? We tried the Tired Leg Gel after spending a hectic snow day with a high-energy kindergartner and an infant and found that while it didn't exactly "put the spring back" into our step as promised, it was a pleasant enough experience. And because the sachets are certainly more affordable than a trip to Canyon Ranch spa, we'll probably throw a couple more in the cart the next time we head off to pick up some milk.

Leather in the lather

Aficionados of leather and suede pants, skirts, shirts and jackets know how great the material feels and looks.

But shelling out for dry cleaning these items can often feel like a chore. That's why we are so glad to see machine- washable leath- ers and suedes from Bernardo Washables.

Introduced last year, the suede line has sold more than 1 million units, driven no doubt by the easy care of the supple, fluid material. The new leather line can be washed without risk of shrinkage or fading. Available for under $200 at Nordstrom and Macy's stores.

The active face

Popular retailer American Eagle Outfitters has just unveiled aecolorkits, its first line of color cosmetics. Formulated to appeal to young, active consumers, the line features wearable plums and earth tones: sheer textures with a hint of sparkle and shine. Low-key and pretty, the cosmetics accentuate youth but don't look overpowering.

Outfit your eyes, lips and cheeks for $4.50 to $15.50 at any American Eagle Outfitters store.

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