HAIR PARTY: Hairstylist Robert Vetica is having a celebrity-studded launch party to celebrate his tome, “Good to Great Hair” about achieving fab hair at home. The soiree, slated for the eve of Feb. 26, is expecting to draw Vetica’s loyal clients and friends, including Salma Hayek, Naomi Watts, Debra Messing, Avril Lavigne and Eva Longoria. The party will be held at Beso, Longoria’s L.A. restaurant. The book’s publisher, Fair Winds Press, will make a donation in support of UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in honor of Hayek’s appearance on the cover of the book.

J&J EXEC MOVES UP:
Stefano Curti has been named president, Beauty Care, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, with U.S. and worldwide responsibility over the firm’s skin and hair care equities such as Aveeno, RoC, Lubriderm, Ambi and Clean & Clear. Curti will work out of J&J’s global headquarters in Skillman, N.J. Prior to this role Curti, an 18-year J&J veteran, was general manager, Neutrogena Corp., with responsibility for the U.S.

BEACH BUMS:
Rodial founder Maria Hatzistefanis knows fat never takes a holiday. That’s why she came up with Skinny Beach, a three-unit line of color-boosting and contour-refining sun-protection products launching in April. It comprises Skinny Beach SPF 15 and Skinny Beach SPF 15 Tinted lotions, which are said to firm and tone the body while improving the skin’s ability to tan, as well as Skinny Beach Sticks, a food supplement meant to aid slimming and build up natural UV protection levels. Items will sell for $55.50 at current exchange, while the sticks will sell for $70 for a pack of 14 5-g. sachets. Also in April, Rodial will add Bum Lift, a gel said to lift, firm and smooth posteriors. A 100-ml. bottle will retail at 100 pounds, or $142.

MARKET VALUE: Buoyed by price increases, sales of fragrances and cosmetics in France increased by 2.5 percent in 2008 to $9.65 billion at average exchange, according to Paris-based tracking firm Precepta, which includes all distribution channels. Volume in terms of sales was more or less flat year-on-year. Precepta forecast growth in euro terms of 1.5 percent for 2009, as companies introduce less aggressive price increases.

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