Archive for November, 2007

Lashes for the holidays

November 30th, 2007

lindsay in fehayden

Fighting Eel sends more photos of star sightings with Lindsay Lohan and Hayden Panettiere wearing their designs. You, too, can get the look, born in Hawaii.

Fighting Eel’s holiday sale will continue Fridays through Christmas, yes that means today through 5 p.m. at its headquarters at 47 N. Hotel St. Call 524-1472 if you have questions.

Details: All Spring and Summer ’07 will be 30 to 50 percent off.
Selected Fall ’07 will also be discounted. And there will be bins with $30, $20 and $10 items!

One of the other sales that caught my eye is the offering of RevitaLash for $119 at Fair & White Skin Care, 661 Keeaumoku St. (across from WalMart). This stuff usually sells for $149 or $150, so seems like a good deal, though the sale ends today. Call 946-7023 to see if there’s any left.


I didn’t want to pass on a recommendation before finding out more about what’s in this clear liquid that makes stubby lashes longer and fuller. You’re supposed to give it a couple of months to work, but I tried a similar product, Jan Marini Skin Research’s Age Intervention Eyelash Conditioner, and it started working in 2 to 3 days. I thought it was some kind of moisturizer/conditioner, but it turns out one of the active ingredients is a glaucoma drug. It wouldn’t be the first time a drug has been repurposed because of beneficial side effects. Viagra started as a heart medication. Minoxidil was used as an oral blood pressure medicine before it was deemed to promote hair growth and reverse male pattern baldness.

Like any makeup product, instructions warn you not to get it in your eyes, but being that it’s applied over the lash line, I never once could get it on there without it seeping into and burning my eyes. Eventually, I stopped because I was just too lazy to keep applying it every night. I also find it depressing to think that you have to use this stuff forever because lashes have such a short life span before falling out.

But if you want good short-term, natural results for holidays, this is an option.

You can read a Q&A about it at

Marist College fashion show

November 26th, 2007

Nadine Kam videoWhat a treat for Honolulu to be able to view a fashion show staged by Marist College, whose students and faculty traveled all the way from Poughkeepsie, New York, to be with us the evening of Nov. 23.

The show was short but sweet, with segments wrapped around a video presentation geared toward prospectivie students who might be interested in enrolling in the school’s fashion and merchandising program. The show is an abbreviated version of the school’s Silver Needle Fashion Show staged each spring. Because of the school’s proximity to Manhattan, it is a magnet for designers in search of recruits, and Marc Jacobs is said to have attended the school’s last fashion show.

Makes me wish I could design, but I don’t think I’m cut out for that. I can stare at beautiful fabric for hours and not know what to do with it. When it comes to those “Project Runway” design challenges, it would take me 24 hours to come up with an idea. Their sketch for 30 minutes and go shopping rules wouldn’t work for me. Shopping for fabric would be another problem. I’d need 24 hours for that too. I’d do much better as a stylist, pulling together finished pieces.