Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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June 30, 2006
A little gay Paree in Sacramento

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From left, L'Bel Paris' Katie Smithson, Valerie Haas and Maria Montoya.

We love it when the French import their skin-care knowledge to our fair city. And that's what happened Thursday night, when L'Bel Paris brought its skin-care collection and makeup line to Mason's Restaurant at 15th and L streets.

The L'Bel Paris entourage (which actually drove up from the San Francisco headquarters) brought samples of fragrance (for men and women), tons of lipstick and eye shadow, blushers and powders, and much-needed sunscreen products.

The star attraction, however, was the company's latest skin-care launch - a product called Collagenesse. Inspired by "collagen injections," which some of us would just as soon take a pass on, Collagenesse purports to fill in our fine lines with something called hyaluronic acid - apparently all the rage among French women. Attendees got to pump the Collagenesse testers, then make a beeline for the restroom to see the results.

The new Collagenesse line is $44 for for the Facial Corrector Lotion and $44 for the 14-day Intensive Facial Treatment program.

By the way, John Krites, L'Bel Paris' corporate training manager, was at the event. And this guy smelled really, REALLY good. He sold me on, of all things, a men's fragrance that I'm giving a test drive. It's already gotten rave sniffs. It's called Energetique; check it and other L'Bel Paris products out at

-- Leigh Grogan

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