COLOR EXPLOSION: Korres Natural Products is gearing up to expand its color collection, which was introduced in October at its Manhattan store, to some 22 Sephora stores. The Korres Color Collection launched on late last year, doubling sales, according to the company. In keeping with Korres' homeopathic heritage, formulas contain Greek flora herbs and herbs said to have pharmaceutical properties, and food and natural ingredients. The products are also free of petroleum derivatives and propylene glycol. The collection ranges from lip butters and glosses to foundation and color.

NAILED IT: Minx Inc. wants to extend fashion to women's finger tips. The company is introducing to select salons and spas its line of colored and patterned flexible nail films, featuring sparkling metallic, personalized graphics and designs. According to the company, celebrities, including Beyoncé Knowles and Victoria Beckham, have already gotten their hands on Minx, which does not require drying time.

BIRKETT TO HBA: Jill Birkett has been appointed event director of the Cosmetics and Fragrances Business Division for CMPi, the producers of the HBA Global Expo events. In this role, Birkett will oversee the sales, marketing and operations of the annual HBA Global Expo and Educational Conference and look to grow the HBA brands, including the spring educational conferences and the HBA Industry Awards. She reports to John Stuttard, group vice president of the Fine Chemicals and Cosmetics Group of the International Exhibitions Division of CMPi. Prior to HBA, Birkett, who is a 25-year veteran in the events planning industry — was a founding partner of Unicomm LLC, a company specializing in launch events. Her experience includes the debuts of the RD&D Expo, in conjunction with ASME, and the World Genomics Conference and Exposition.

BEAUTIFUL CAUSE: A trio of beauty brands and Elle magazine have teamed up to create the temporary "Get Glam and Give Back" salon and spa at the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel for the three weekdays before Sunday's Academy Awards telecast. This year marks the fourth time Matrix-owned Biolage has created a private venue during the run-up to the Oscars to introduce products and pamper Hollywood talent, who are given a customized hair care regimen and a bag with products to follow that regimen at home. Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, whose client list includes Penélope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon and Hilary Swank, is on hand to perfect hairdos. Donations are made to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on behalf of those receiving services. Biolage's launch is a five-product styling range costing $14 to $16 and is set to hit salons in April and May. Makeup brand Nars Cosmetics and nail polish brand Creative Nail Design also are participating in the temporary spa and salon. Some of CND's treatments include the Marine SpaPedicure with aromatherapy, and the Raw Earth SpaPedicure with earth-derived vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.TEMPTU MOVE: Temptu, the professional makeup line best known for its airbrush application foundation, has named JP McCary to the post of director of consumer sales. He began his new role on Tuesday. McCary's decade of experience includes working with prestige cosmetics brands, including Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown and Trish McEvoy. Prior to working at Temptu, he served as assistant vice president of Shu Uemura, where he oversaw sales education and events.

BIG LAW: L'Oréal USA has named Thomas Sarakatsannis general counsel and corporate secretary. He reports directly to Laurent Attal, president and chief executive officer. Sarakatsannis joined L'Oréal in 2005 as vice president and associate general counsel. Prior to L'Oréal, he served in the legal department of Avon Products Inc. Sarakatsannis replaces John Sullivan, who is retiring but is staying on through 2008 in a different capacity.

SELL, SELL, SELL: Top-selling Sephora employees may soon be off to the land of the Rising Sun. Skin care brand Boscia, whose parent, Fancl, is located in Japan, and Sephora teamed up to offer five-day trips to the retailer's top 18 skin care professionals — nine store directors with the highest percentage increase over skin care sales goals, and nine skin care specialists with the highest increase over goal in face moisturizers. The promotion ran Jan.1 to 31.

RECORD BREAKER: Clinique's latest offerings, which were launched on QVC on Sunday, marked the largest such two-hour beauty event in the channel's 21-year history. More than 41,000 units were ordered and six products sold out. Allen Burke, director of beauty merchandising for QVC, said, "Sunday's debut exceeded all of our expectations and represented a landmark event in the beauty industry."

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