The buzz on travel bags

STYLE FILE

April 11, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

Traveling is such a pain in the neck, who has time to think about cosmetics bags? Upgrade from those Ziploc bags you keep stuffing your beauty stuff into with the pretty perky preppy bags from Buzz by Jane Fox. Pink and green, pineapple-print grosgrain ribbon, little whales -- we're talking old school here. And the shapes -- ranging from shoulder totes (perfect for carry ons) to teeny tiny pouches and fun hatbox sets -- are so varied, there's something for everyone. Our favorites in Fox's spring line include the sophisticated black rose and tan gingham, the pink stripe edged in lime and the pert pink and white gingham. Buzz bags cost $40 to $145 and are available at www.janefox.com.

And speaking of traveling ...

If you thought you could only get travel-sized health and beauty products at your local drugstore, think again. Sephora has 135 products designed to fit into your cosmetics case for those weekends away, nights out and emergency beauty kits stashed in the glove compartment. This goes beyond tiny tubes of Crest. Cracked, dry lips or a bad curling-iron burn on your hand? Get the Rosebud Salve by Rosebud Perfume Co. ($5). Lips need some shine? Try the Lola Cosmetics mini-lip gloss key chain ($5). Bad hair day? You need the Frederic Fekkai travel-sized Glossing Cream ($8). Just work in a dollop of this leave-in conditioner and flyaways will, well, uh, fly away.

Available at www.sephora.com or by calling 877-SEPHORA.

Put a little sunshine on your face

Yellow is one of the hottest colors of the spring. It's bright, warm and happy. Put it on a skirt or a blouse and you look like a ray on sunshine. But as for yellow cosmetics ... well, we never thought we'd go there. Then we found MAC Hipnotique.

One of the new spring lines, Hipnotique features mauved pastels, pinks and fuchsias, sets them off with a dreamy yellow and offsets them with blues and purples. They're light, bright and pretty, without being too obvious. Don't miss Transformation nail polish, a yellow with red pearl overlay ($9), Dreamstate yellow and pearl lipglass ($13.50) and Unorthodox eye shadow ($12.50), a yellow and pearl tone. Hey, would we lie to you?

MAC cosmetics are available at Nordstrom stores and at the MAC store in Towson Town Center or by calling 800-387-6707.

Brow beater

Do your brows make you look terminally surprised or like a wild woman? Body & Soul's Perfect Brow can help. The combo pencil / stencil set tames unruly and overplucked brows. Start with the twin-ended pencil that shapes and lengthens brows for a glamorous look. Then use the stencils to draw on perfectly balanced brows as easily as one applies lipstick. The stencils come in three sizes -- fine, medium and full.

Perfect Brow costs $20 and is available at www.bodyandsoul.com.

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