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There's no shortage of celebrities eager to endorse skin-care products, cosmetics or both. Actresses such as Andie McDowell (L'Oréal) and Halle Berry (Revlon) lend their faces and, more importantly, their positive spins to a variety of products.

One of the latest to endorse a line is "Desperate Housewives" star Nicolette Sheridan. After trying a sample of NuGlow skin-care products, she agreed to back the line, which has been in development since 1985. NuGlow's major ingredient is copper, which is showing up in a variety of skin-care products. There are only five items in the line, ranging from cleansing to moisturizing and treatment, and they are priced from $20 to $85. NuGlow is sold exclusively through a Web site, www.nuglow.tv. Sheridan's testimonial is featured on the site.

OAS_AD('Button20'); Instead of simply endorsing a line, model Cindy Crawford opted to create one. It's called Meaningful Beauty. In a statement, Crawford recalls that her mother once told her, "The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned."

Crawford's skin-care line features six products plus a skin revitalizing serum. It's sold as a kit ($29.95) through the company's Web site, www.meaningfulbeauty.com, or at (800) 457-4108.

Target has benefited from having makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's cosmetics on its shelves. Recently, Kashuk added a collection of easy-to-use skin-care products, ranging from an exfoliating facial wash to a lip balm. Product prices are $4.99 to $18.99.

New scents for men, womenBefore summer slips away and light fragrances are replaced with more heady colognes for fall, take a whiff of designer Carolina Herrera's 212 On Ice scents for men and women.

In addition to smelling good, Herrera's packaging is interesting. Both fragrances look as if they're encased in a block of ice that has been colored - blue for men, peach for women.

The men's version is high in mint, grapefruit and nutmeg, with a hint of sandalwood; the women's fragrance combines mandarin, rose, peony and musk.

Both fragrances come in a 2-ounce bottle of eau de toilette and sell for $50 at Sephora and www.sephora.com.

Baby magicIf there's going to be an addition to your family in the near future, decorating your baby's room is likely to be one of many decisions you'll make.

Parents-to-be can have fun picking out colors, fabrics, etc., in addition to furniture (crib, chair, dresser). In the baby business these days, companies are coming out with products that not only will be stimulating to an infant but will keep a child entertained as he or she grows.

For example, Sozo is a Farmington, Conn.-based line inspired by a mom who was exasperated trying to outfit her her baby's room with items that weren't so predictable, i.e., pink for girls, blue for boys.

Being into yoga and meditation, Tracie Gildea and her husband, Sean, decided to call their company Sozo, a Japanese word that means creation and imagination.

Sozo offers apparel, whimsical crib sets, window treatments and accessories. It also features a line of products called Parent Protectors that include bibs, burp cloths - whatever it takes to keep both parent and baby clean and dry.

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