Tuesday, July 15, 2003

It's hot time for summer sales


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With summer not even half over, now is the time to buy what you want for the rest of the season. Temperatures aren't going down any time soon, even if department stores are hauling out the woolens. But prices are dropping, making these prime value-shopping days. Shoe stores are stacked with half-priced sandals. TJ Maxx has capri pants on the mark-down rack. Bikinis are at prices more in keeping with the yardage used in their construction, and Target has moved summer gear to the 75 percent off shelves. So, shop.

Try-a-Hairstyle: Should you go brunette like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera? Visit Ladies' Home Journal's free Try-A-Hairstyle at www.lhj.com/hairstyle before you take the plunge. Readers can upload a photo of themselves and experiment with different hair colors and lengths or try on styles of Hollywood babes like Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cameron Diaz. There's also an interactive hair quiz to help you decide the best cut for your hair density, type and shape of face.

Bride event: Tying the Knot Without Breaking the Bank will be presented by Brigid Horne-Nestor, executive director of I-Do Weddings & Events in Clifton,7 p.m. July 23 and July 30 at the University of Cincinnati. $39. Registration and directions: 556-6932.

Chlorine build-up. If you're lucky enough to spend the summer poolside, keep an eye on your hair. Sometimes a regular shampoo won't completely cleanse hair of summertime grime - including sweat, salt, copper ions from the pool, styling products and sunscreen that can build up and dull your shine. Shampoo once a week with a clarifying shampoo like Pantene Pro-V Purity Clarifying Shampoo to restore root-to-tip shine.

Concealer tips: A bad concealer makeup can be as bad as not wearing one at all. Here are three tips on choosing a good one from Allure.

• Don't use a shade that's too light. It can spotlight rather than obscure red areas or dark circles and turn brown under-eye pigment a spooky gray color.

• Don't use corrective green, pink or violet concealer. Yellow-based formulas look healthier and more natural.

• Apply at least 1/4 inch away from lashes to avoid making eyes look smaller than they are.

Hang tag art: Shoppers for fall jeans from Express will find a little extra hanging from the price tag. Express commissioned 21 artists to design edgy hang tags. Each was given a pair of jeans and told to find inspiration. Results include an actual air freshener and one tag shaped like a matchbook with a foldout collage of images. The jeans, $45-$200 for both sexes, will start showing up this month. Information: www.expressfashion.com.

Cracked heels: A pumice stone is the best weapon against dry, rough heel skin exposed by summer's bare sandals according to a new book, Perfect Feet: Caring and Pampering by Dr. Stuart Mogul (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; $19.95). Finish by applying an emollient (such as lanolin or cream with urea) from the drugstore and wearing socks to bed.

Sweaty feet? The homeopathic section suggests filling a basin with boiling water over four bags of black tea or tea with tannic acid, three tablespoons sea salt and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Fill another basin with cold water, juice of two lemons, a handful of fresh peppermint leaves and 8-10 ice cubes. Allow hot water to cool, soak feet 10 minutes, then soak in cold mix three to five minutes. Dry and apply peppermint foot spray and talcum powder.

Sunburn beard: Guys who forget their sunscreen pay in pain when it comes time to shave after a day in the sun. Forget it, advises the close-shave folks at Edge. Give your skin and stubble at least 24 hours to calm down before shaving and use a gel with soothers like Edge Active Care Aloe.

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Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com.




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