shopping 06.20.06

The Beauty Part

We all know that when it's summer in the city, looking good can be a challenge. You're too hot to do your hair and too sweaty to put on makeup. Even those of us who love the summer sun start to burn out on days of frizzy hair, smelly sweat, makeup meltdown and yellowing nail polish. Here, the best products to survive the heat in style:

Most of us already spend a pretty penny forcing our hair into submission. Add a drop of humidity and it's enough to consider staying indoors for the next three months. EasyStraight Perfect Blow Out makes summer hair simple. Haime Munoz, Upper East Side salon owner, has seen the great lengths New York women will go for a perfect blow out. His product of the same name allows you to blow hair dry in half the time — with results lasting twice as long. Available at Duane Reade, CVS, and EasyStraight.

No time to dry? Jennifer Behr has created a beautiful line of headbands to tame wild strands in all the right places. If headbands conjure up memories of kindergarten photo day, rest assured that Behr's designs are more Grecian Goddess than Preppy Handbook. Her signature collection, which also includes hair pins and head wraps, is available at Henri Bendel, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Nothing kills a sweet day like a foul smell. BondNo9's newest incarnation takes us out to Fire Island — the fragrance actually smells like the vintage bronzing gels of European beaches, channeling Bain de Soleil and melting baby oil. Stop in to their Bond St. flagship to try it out.

Perfectly applied makeup rarely stands a chance against the slightest bit of sweat, oil and city grime. Instead of reapplying hour after hour, treat your cheeks and lips to a waterproof stain that won't be gone when the sun goes down.
· New Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint is the perfect rosy pink tint for most skin tones. The cream formula means it blends with ease and one whiff of the watermelon scent is sure to conjure up images of summer fun. The tint is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, and other retailers.
· Not to be outdone, theBalm has taken the traditional hard-to-blend stain and created an addictive blend-able tint. Available in three shades, Beauty Queen (a berry pink), Prom Queen (a light rose-pink) and Homecoming Queen (a soft peach) Stainiac sets only after you've achieved the perfect glow. Available at Sephora.

New York women are famous for their perfect pale-pink nail color. We spend hours at the local nail salon mixing and matching in the quest for it. But summer sun yellows pale polish — not a good look. Instead of fretting over the staying-power of your perfect pale, try something bright. New for the summer season, Rescue Beauty Lounge's Coral Polish is the perfect mix of pinky-orangey-red. It truly looks fabulous on everyone and won't yellow like paler shades. The experts at Rescue's Manhattan locations can give you an expert application, or drop in to pick up a bottle for yourself.

Cassandra Nye

(This new column on beauty products will be featured monthly in our On the Radar section.)
We're usually unimpressed with websites that hit us up with 'you bought/searched/downloaded this, so you might like that.' But Pandora, an internet radio station with skillfully programmed powers of deduction, is definitely an exception. Here's how it came about:

"Ever since we started the Music Genome Project, our friends would ask: Can you help me discover more music that I'll like? Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs. We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you."

Very cool, very addictive.

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