Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Style Extra

Travel curling iron works well

By Joy Kraft jkraft@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ThermaCELL has come up with a purse-size, cordless curling iron, with detachable roller brush, in time for the travel season. A butane cartridge screws into the base, and the unit heats in about a minute for no-wait styling. Skepticism disappeared about 60 seconds after it was plugged in — the device stayed hot the whole time and cooled off in about five minutes, ready to be tucked away in its tiny box. ThermaCELL also makes a cordless compact straightening iron. $19.95 each (two cartridges, lasting about three months each, $5.99). At Walgreen's and CVS.

        Design shift. New York designer and former Cincinnatian Christina Perrin is closing her showroom and moving to a space in Soho to refocus on dressing celebs, who have been a big part of her clientele in the past.

        Coming up:
• A two-day bra-fitting event (including full-figure, plus sizes and nursing) will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Women's Health Boutique, 8110 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, with advice from Susan Kadas of Absolute Perfection and Suzanne Bras. Appointments are preferred, 936-9098.

        • Designer Discount Days (DDD), selling new and nearly new men's and women's clothes, shoes, purses, hats and jewelry at about 80 percent off original price, will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20 at Longworth Hall, 700 W. Pete Rose Way, Lobby B, downtown. Admission: $1. DDD no longer is associated with the National Council of Jewish Women. Money raised during the sale will go to One Way Farm for Abused Children, Tender Mercies, First Step Home, Lighthouse Youth Projects and breast cancer research. Information: 241-3444.

        • Acorn on Hyde Park Square is partnering with community service agencies to get more books into kids' hands. April 26 through May 12, the store will accept new or very gently used children's books in exchange for 30 percent off any item in the store. Books will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and St. Aloysius Orphanage. Information: 871-3450.

        CVS project: CVS Pharmacy has joined with the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University to offer health and wellness information at store kiosks. Every two months, Healthy Women will deal with a different health concern, providing brochures, reference material and products. The March-April skin care theme emphasizes prevention, treatment and care for common cosmetic concerns.

        Plus size support: Internet users can click on to www.plussizepals.com to learn more about a Cincinnati-based group, started in 1997, for plus-size people. There's a get-acquainted meeting 7 p.m. April 20 at the China Garden Buffet. Information at the Web site or 251-4747.

        Helmet auction: Seventeen magazine rounded up eight designers, including Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors and Nicole Miller, to customize biker helmets for a “Heaven on Wheels” story in the May issue. The helmets are being auctioned through Friday at www.seventeen.com, with money going to the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation supporting Cancer and Careers, a resource for working women with cancer, and Women in Need, serving homeless and underprivileged women and their children.

        Teen girls and shaving: Remington's Smooth & Silky Teen Shaver might be the best solution for worried parents of teen girls who want to start wielding razors. The modern shape and flower-power design are part of the electric razor with floating foils, non-slip contoured design and triple position trimmer. It's a battery-powered wet/dry shaver for $19.99-$24.99 at drug stores, the Remington Factory Outlet at Ohio Factory Shops in Jeffersonville and www.remington-products.com.

        Teen guys and shaving: AII, manufacturer of Clubman-Pinaud toiletries for men, offers these tips for getting started shaving: Use a moisturizing soap; shampoo and soap up before shaving to benefit from the steam; leave shaving cream or gel on face three minutes beforehand; start shaving with the cheeks and move down, leaving the chin and upper lip til the end; pull skin with your hand while shaving to reduce nicks and cuts; shave in the direction of hair growth if you're prone to ingrown hairs or you have sensitive skin; apply lotion or balm afterward; replace blades every two or three shaves; rinse razor with water and let air dry instead of wiping with a cloth.

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


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