Interactive Beauty

Give your mom a break from the routine with Elle's Beauty Guide, an interactive multimedia resource that offers a way to access practical advice from home.

The beauty guide (about $30) is divided into four sections: learning about and caring for your skin; finding the right perfume; how to choose your best colors; and taming the sun. Each section includes preference questionnaires, personalized advice and practical video demonstrations from beauty experts.

The CD-ROM is formatted for both Windows and Macintosh.

There also is an Internet link to the Elle magazine Web site, which allows users to contact the publication's journalists online to answer beauty questions.

A print-and-save option allows users to save information for later review.

The CD-ROM is available in computer stores throughout the county. For more information, call (203) 797-3530 or visit the Grolier Interactive Web site:

Candid Camera

The baby monitor has grown up.

Now you can watch your entire household from one location with the Keepsafer closed-circuit TV monitoring system. The system can watch up to four areas simultaneously--from the nursery to the playroom to the front door and backyard.

The basic system comes with one camera, but it can be expanded to four. The monitor switches among locations manually or at automatic intervals, and the image can be seen in bright light or dark conditions. A built-in microphone lets you hear what's going on in any area.

Lightweight cabling with plug-in telephone-type jacks make for easy installation of the system, made by Linear Corp. of Carlsbad.

The system (about $200 for a 5-inch monitor, about $300 for a 10-inch) includes a VCR-compatible monitor, an automatic focus camera with microphone, a camera stand and cable.

For more information or to order, call (800) 528-4454.

Thumbs Up

Mrs. Greenthumbs, garden guru on "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee," offers her slant on gardening with her latest venture, "Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead."

The book ($25, Crown, 201 pages) is full of tips, quips and the gardening philosophy of Mrs. Greenthumbs, a.k.a. Cassandra Danz.

Danz lists five key tips for gardeners: Create the garden as a separate place away from the world; plant perennials and plant them abundantly; use plants that grow easily in your climate and location; have something in bloom throughout the gardening season; and don't plant magenta next to taxicab yellow.

Danz, a lifelong gardener, has several honors to her credit, including the Quill and Trowel award from the Garden Writer's Assn. of America. She's also a comedienne and has appeared on television and in film.

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