Havaianas are hugely popular in the United States and Brazil, but I have not seen them in Hong Kong. Do you know where I can buy them, especially the style in lavender, blue and pink? Havaianas Five O, Stanley The Dictator rules: You're not the only reader who's asked me this question. The hot Brazilian brand is now at F ($200; 5/F, Hollywood Commercial House, 3 Old Bailey Street, tel: 3102 2060). It has the model you want, called Style, as well as Top, Floral, Alamoana, Hibisco, Brasil, Kids Playa and Kids Zoo (see www.havaianas.com ). Stock is limited so call first to avoid disappointment. If you're in Kowloon, you're in for a bargain at Open (shop 261, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2111 3315), where they have Surf Bamboo ($179), Top and Brasil, as well as a few of the patterned models, for only $139. What's suddenly so great about these flip-flops that Brazilians have worn since 1962? They're made of 100 per cent rubber for greater comfort and last longer than commonly used PVC versions. They come in a rainbow of colours and patterns, and, oh yeah, top models have been spotted wearing them. Look out for more in 2005, when Australia-based Aqueo ( www.aqueo.com.au ) introduces more of the range in Hong Kong. I never have time after work to shower and re-do all my make-up before going out. Can you suggest any products/tips to refresh my face before leaving the office? Speedy Gonzalez, Causeway Bay The Dictator: What is this? How to appear clean when you're not? Don't try to apply new foundation over a day-old layer. Refresh it with a mist (need I say don't rub?) such as Shu Uemura's deep-sea water facial mists, available in many natural scents ($135; shop C, 38 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 4283). You could use Evian, but that's so old-fashioned I shouldn't even admit remembering it. If you don't wear foundation during the day, dab on Bobbi Brown's Foundation Stick ($315; Lane Crawford, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2522 7392). It's not as messy as liquid base. Hide the signs of a stressful day by covering up uneven skin, especially around the eyes, with brightening YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch ($260; YSL Faces, shop 202, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3101 0607); or try the new Nars Eye Brightener, a concealer on one end and an aloe- and chamomile-enriched brightening primer on the other ($190; Nars, shop B3, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2110 5071). Another eye-opening trick is to use a white pencil like Mac's slightly chalky version ($110; Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2591 9833). The smoother eye-liner pencil from Nars ($150) or its Roxbury glitter pen ($230) work well too. Carefully line the inner rim of your lower lashes and dab a bit at each corner of your eye. Where can I buy some gay underwear I can use to tease my sweetheart. Brief Affair, Central The Dictator: Given that I'm neither gay nor a man, I might not be the right person to answer your question. Moreover, I didn't know that all gay men share the same style or wear the same underwear. HOM (shop 102, Ocean Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2376 0966) stocks many different styles in unusual, often tactile printed fabrics. Choose between the string thong, micro brief or hip-tight shorts ($135 to $160). Calvin Klein (shop G27, Prince's Building, tel: 2973 0345) might seem a bit obvious, but offers a good range of underwear, from ordinary briefs ($120 up) to fitted boxers and thongs (from $130). For something more provocative, check out Fetish Fashion's online selection of leather underwear with special features for men ($215 to $425; www.fetishfashion.com ). Just, please, don't buy that trashy elephant underwear from the Mongkok Ladies' Market.