Good things come in round packages


December 21, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,special to the sun

When it comes to cosmetics this holiday season, round is where it's at. Maybe it's the divinity of the circle. Perhaps it's that round shapes remind us of Christmas ornaments and snowballs. Or maybe it's the fact that cosmetics packaged in round containers just look cool.

Whatever the case, if round makes your world go round, check out Sephora's cute little Round-a-Pout lip gloss (right)-- a sphere filled with four sheer shades ranging from light pink to bright pink that allow the wearer to go from nice to naughty with just a swipe. $8 at

Also, take a look at Lola's Shimmer Powder Ball (below), a red orb of sparkly shine that comes with a dainty pink puff and is scented with magnolia and honeysuckle. $35 at

Finally, if you like the idea of glitter in a ball but can't take flowery scents, go for Hard Candy's Snowball Body Glow Powder (right). The $20 ball of powder is housed in a round holiday ornament and yes, Virginia, it really does smell like snow. Available at

Trunks and trunks of jewelry

Jewelry is a one-size-fits-all kind of gift -- good for grandmothers or girlfriends, available for tight as well as extravagant budgets.

This month, Zyzyx! in Pikesville is featuring jewelry trunk shows by a host of local and national jewelry designers that include items to please many of the women in your life. The pieces, which feature semi-precious gems, 14K gold and sterling silver, have a variety of styles. Look for bees, butterflies and black-eyed Susans in Baltimore-based La Contessa jewelry, and antique pendants in Gabriella Rosenfeld's striking one-of-a-kind creations. Other notables include:

* Patricia Locke uses small clusters of stones in similar hues to craft her pieces, which range from $45 to $1,000. Her pin of pink and red stones wrapped in silver to form a bow is feminine and pretty, not to mention a symbol of breast cancer support and survival.

* Amy Kahn Russell's contemporary jewelry features one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by nature (one pictured above). Her multi-strand necklaces feature tiny beads of a mix of stones and gems, such as aquamarine and gray freshwater pearls combined with sterling silver or larger stones and pendants combined with exotic materials like carved bonefish beads. Pieces range from $50 to $1000.

* Echo of the Dreamer uses earth-veined semi-precious stones such as turquoise, quartz and opal, then encases them in textured silver or gold. $60 to $1,000.

The trunk shows run through Dec. 24 at Zyzyx!, which is located at the Festival of Woodholme, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. 410-486-9785.

For cuddling your hands

This year, Coach wants to make sure you buy their leather goods for everyone on your gift list. In addition to selling its usual line of fine leather accessories, coats and shoes, the popular retailer also makes dog collars, kids clothing and accessories and even the occasional tool.

One of our favorite fashion finds is the shearling muff for girls, $138. If she won't wear mittens because they mar her manicure, she can still protect her hands from the cold with a rabbit-fur-accented muff.

Lips that don't quit

Pssst -- forget about lipstick that needs constant reapplication. Clinique's new Stay the Day Lipcolor is a 10-hour, transfer-resistant color base coat with a shiny top coat. That means it stays on pretty much until you take it off. So we have that going for us, which is nice.

Stay the Day Lipcolor comes in six shades, costs $16.50, and is available at Clinique counters everywhere.

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