April 12, 2007

Haute List

Haute List

April 12, 2007 -- Beach bikini blastoff!

DON'T be fooled by the cool temperatures - while swimsuit season may not have officially arrived, swimsuit shopping season is in full swing. In fact, department and specialty stores' first bikini shipments arrived months ago, and the most popular styles and sizes are already blowing off the shelves.

Check out Cameron Diaz's hot mint-green and rainbow Le Doux brand "Lollipop" suit (right, $105 at ledouxswimwear.com). The bandeau style is one of the most popular celeb looks of the season - Drew Barrymore and Kirsten Dunst have been spotted wearing them, and other Left Coast celebs such as Kristin Cavallari, Stacy Keibler, and "America's Next Top Model" Caridee English have ordered the Diaz suit.

Here on the East Coast, the hottest bikini of the season isn't exactly made for water sports. Lindsay Lohan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Vanessa Minnillo have all pre-ordered this Armani Exchange sexy little crochet string bikini (left, $58 top, $48 bottom at Armani Exchange, 568 Broadway; [212] 431-6000) - which, let's face it, is best suited for Hamptons showboating.

How to stock your beauty tool box

* Curly wurly: A no-snag curling iron - just wind your hair around once and pull through. Voila, ringlets! We can't believe no one thought of this before. Domed platform styling iron, $165 at fhiheat.com

* Dry spell: All the heat and ionic punch of a T3 hairdryer in a pint-size package. T3 overnight dryer, $130 at sephora.com

* Hairy scary: Nip stray hairs with Japonesque Precision Groomer, $34 (below), or the eyebrow Touch-up Razor, $7.30, both at japonesque.com

* Bang for a buck: Stock up on every tool you need and even ones you don't - all products in the E.L.F. collection are $1 each. E.L.F. Mechanical eyelash curler and blushing/bronzing/blonding brush, both at eyelipsface.com

* Leg up: Blinged-out shaving brush for girls' legs - make your boyfriends jealous. Whish leg shaving brush, $95 at whishbeauty.com

Obsessions of the week

* Paint the town: Get into the mind of one of New York's most legendary graffiti artists with "Bombshell: The Life and Crimes of Claw Money," a badass book from our favorite graffiti girl, stockpiled with pictures of her crazy clothes, street art and friends.

* In our Elemis: Finally, after what seems like an eternity, British skin-care brand Elemis is available in New York. The company opened a counter at Bergdorf Goodman, complete with its entire range of products and the Elemis Facial Mapping Analysis, a skin scanner that diagnoses sun damage, highlights age spots and finds bacteria hiding in your pores. Try Daily Moisture Boost, $45; Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt, $48; S.O.S. Emergency Cream, $79.

* Tan in a can: As the weather gets hotter and our hemlines get higher, we worry that our less desirable-looking body parts will frighten small children. To cure the Casper look, we're loving Guerlain and Dior tans in a can. Best part? Unlike self-tanners that dye your skin, these bronzing sprays wash off at the end of the day. Guerlain Terracotta Spray SPF 10, $54 at nordstrom.com; Dior Bronze Sun Powder Spray, $66 at Saks.com

* Everybody polka! Not your mama's Gap - this dress is about as far from khakis as you can get. Plus, it allows you to look super-cute while eating as much as you want - wear this dress with capri leggings and pile on the gold necklaces for your next visit to the all-you-can-eat buffet. Figure-forgiving swing dress, $69.50 at gap.com

* Fire it up: While giant, consuming leather purses are our usual bag, this week we crushed hard on Lockhart's gorgeous red patent leather purse, $345 at Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave.; [212] 247-1100.) It's perfectly sized for a night out and cool enough to pair with jeans or a dress.