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October 10, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Extracting the secret of the olive

The little Italian Nonnas that smooth olive oil into their skin for moisturizer are really onto something. Olive oil is loaded with powerful minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It replenishes moisture and helps maintain suppleness while protecting against dryness, lines and other signs of aging.

Olive oil and olive leaf extract are the cornerstones of Oli, a new anti-aging skin-care line for the body and face. The Oli Face care line includes six products for all skin types that protect against the aging process, replenish moisture and tone and balance skin. The body-care line has three products that cleanse and moisturize with a fresh scent. And three Oli Anti-aging nutritional supplements aim to complete the process from the inside out.

Products range in price from $75 for the Oli Intensive Anti-aging Cream to $18 for Oli Anti-Aging Supplements. They are available at Bath & Body Works in Towson Town Center.

Make stylish shoes more comfortable

Those 4-inch Jimmy Choo stilettos may look great, but they aren't doing your feet any favors. Sure, you could get silicone injections in the balls of your feet to help cushion your soles. Or you could go the easy route and grab a pair of Airplus for Her - clear insoles that are filled with silicone gel.

Designed just for women's shoes, Airplus insoles are narrower and thinner than other insoles on the market. And because they're clear, they won't hang out the back of your mules; people will still be able to read your designer shoe label through your insole. So impressive!

Airplus for Her are available in a variety of styles to provide arch support, ball-of-foot cushion and heel cups. Did we mention that high-heel favoring celebrities Heather Locklear, Mandy Moore and Carmen Electra all wear them?

Airplus for Her clear insoles start at $4 and are available at Wal-Mart and other stores.

Beauty in training

All natural beauty products aren't just for grown-ups, they're for kids too.

We like Apivita's Propoline Kids line for its all natural ingredients and emphasis on easy to use products that smell great.

Created by a pharmacist couple from Greece, the line includes an easy to use hair gel with pomegranate and olive, mild shampoo and conditioner to clean and untangle hair gently, and an all-natural bath and shower gel. There are even scented body splashes for boys and girls that aren't quite cologne but impart a nice fresh, post-bath scent of orange, calendula and geranium.

Apivita Propoline for kids products costs $11-$21 and is available at

Clowns to the left, jokers to the right

Two matching socks go into the dryer but only one comes out. Before long, you've got a drawer filled with mismatched socks and a dryer that seems hungry for more.

Resist the urge to toss the mismatched socks and make a style statement instead. LittleMisMatched socks are funky, colorful patterned footwear that don't come in pairs, thereby encouraging the wearer to mismatch to his or her heart's content. Go on, wear polka dots with stripes, stars with zigzags, pink with blue - the wilder the better. There are 8,911 wacky combinations, enough to keep a wearer in crazy socks for 24 years.

LittleMisMatched socks come in packages of three ($5), seven ($10) or one at a time ($2). And no two socks in a package are ever alike. Check them out at Nordstrom and Linens 'n Things stores.

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