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Beauty by the book

Carmindy, the makeup artist on TLC's "What Not to Wear," has a new book full of beauty tips.

Here are just a couple of them, from "Crazy Busy Beautiful: Beauty Secrets for Getting Gorgeous Fast" (HarperStudio, $12.99):

Apply perfume before getting dressed. That way it sinks into your skin, not into your clothes.

If you're feeling stressed out or tired, a bold or bright shade of lipstick can perk you up instantly.

To lock in moisture, apply body lotion the moment you get out of the shower.

The book's release date is Tuesday.


Getting warmer

Cotton Inc., the research and marketing company, offers a few top trends in women's fashion this spring:

Some key looks:

Combining different floral patterns in one look.

*Menswear-inspired looks that retain some feminine appeal through styling (a form-fitting dress paired with a slightly oversized blazer or a tuxedo jacket, for example).

*Playful yet sophisticated trims such as "haphazard ruffles."

*Exposed design elements: zippers, seams and paneling.

*Watercolor effects in prints.

*Layered tops and double tanks.


Wear everywhere    

The shirt dress makes a great addition to any wardrobe, and this spring you'll find it in many variations.    

Banana Republic, Gap, T.J. Maxx, Ann Taylor and others all offer shirt dresses, with most hemmed above the knee.

    Relaxed chambray is one popular look, but you'll also find linen-cotton blends, stretch cottons and quite a few crinkly fabrics. Black, tan and olive green offer an alternative to denim blue.    

Other features may include roll-up sleeves, drawstrings at the waist and pintuck detailing.    

Adding to their appeal: You can accessorize shirt dresses as little or as much as you like.    


And finally . . .

"We want you to pull them out again when the kid is 15 and you say, 'Oh, how cute.' We want people to keep them as a keepsake."

- Jennifer Giangualano, senior vice president of design for BabyGap, talking about the company's line of denim clothing made especially for babies and toddlers. In the Associated Press.