MORE BEAUTY: American International Industries, maker of the Andrea and Ardell beauty brands, has acquired a host of brands from Worldwide Cosmetics for an undisclosed amount, including China Glaze, Winning Nails, Waterworks, Strata Polished Nail and Gypsy Lash. Worldwide is based in North Hollywood, Calif. "We are excited to be a strong competitor in the nail-care polish category with the addition of these fashionable brands. They round out our extensive nail and lash product lines, enhancing and making them stronger," said Zvi Ryzman, president of AII, based in Los Angeles.

FRIZZOMETER: John Frieda Frizz-Ease has teamed with to give consumers a frizz forecast on how humid their cities are. The five-city tour kicked off Tuesday at South Street Seaport in Manhattan, where a 7-foot Frizz-Ease "Frizz-O-Meter" caught the attention of passersby and measured the level of frizz-inducing humidity in the air. On that day, the Frizz-O-Meter measured a Frizz Warning, meaning that humidity was between 60 percent and 70 percent and all hair types were likely to frizz. Other possible outcomes are the Frizz Watch (0 to 39 percent humidity), Frizz Advisory (40 percent to 59 percent humidity) and Frizz Emergency (80 percent to 100 percent humidity). John Frieda stylists helped consumers with styling tips and handed out samples of Frizz-Ease. The next city on the tour is Atlanta on July 15, followed by Houston on July 18, New Orleans on July 20 and Miami on July 22.

SUN (SAFETY) EXPOSURE: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe have teamed to host a charity auction that will benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation. Up for bids at the auction, designed to raise sun-safety awareness, are fashion accessories autographed by celebrities, such as a Juicy Couture bathing suit and Alexis Bittar bangles signed by Salma Hayek and Glam Soul flip-flops signed by Lindsay Lohan. Each item will be auctioned off with six bottles of Jergens Natural Glow, a moisturizing lotion that imparts a buildable faux tan. The auction, slated to run Aug. 3-10, is intended to educate consumers on how to create a "healthy glow" without the sun. Consumers can view the items on and place bids on All proceeds go to the Skin Cancer Foundation to fund programs for the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer.UNDER THE BIG TOP: This month, Avon revved up its fifth annual Let's Talk Beauty Tour. The cross-country tour, sponsored by Crystal Light on the Go, will travel for five months and is expected to reach 50,000 women throughout the U.S. The Avon effort, which travels in a big-rig truck, takes place under a 1,600-square-foot tent that converts into a beauty haven where visitors can receive free makeovers and skin care consultations with Avon beauty advisers. This year, the tour will also raise awareness of domestic violence. Consumers can sign Speak Out Against Domestic Violence cards that will be sent to Congress to support the Violence Against Women Act. Avon's Self-Sample bars will preview product launches for fall, such as Anew Alternative Intensive Age Treatment, Shine Supreme Lip Color and Extraordinary fragrance. Consumers can also register to win the Avon Bold and Bronzed in the Bahamas Sweepstakes — the grand prize is a four-day, all-inclusive vacation to the Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. The tour started in NYC July 9 and is in Harrisburg, Pa., this weekend.

POOKIEBATH: Pookie, the maker of the much-loved Pookie lip balms, ColorBalms and lip and eye pencils, is launching Pookamint bath and body products. Available online at the company's Web site,, the products combine the essential oils of spearmint, vanilla and peppermint to refresh and nourish skin. The line's three products are Pookamint Buffing Polish, Pookamint Body Wash and Pookamint Body Lotion. They retail between $16 and $22. The company is looking to expand distribution of the bath and body line to retailers such as Anthropologie, which already sells its lip products.

WINDY CENTER: L'Oréal Professionnel will open a flagship L'Oréal Professionnel Haircolor Center at Chicago's Maxine salon in November. The Haircolor Center was designed by architect Ron Vari and will be on the second floor of Maxine's four-story town house. There will be a stainless steel bar, where clients will be able to watch color mixing; a magnetic swatch board containing detachable swatches of colored hair; a built-in collection of swatch pens that are similar to artists' brushes, with long "bristles of colored hair," and locks of dyed hair on portable wands for clients to examine. L'Oréal Professionnel plans a limited number of flagships in key metropolitan cities; the Chicago space is the firm's third in the U.S. There are also flagship locations in New York and Los Angeles.AVON RECRUIT: Avon Products has elected Gap Inc.'s chief executive officer, Paul S. Pressler, to its board, effective July 14. His election increases the company's number of board members to 11. Pressler joined Gap Inc. in September 2002, and was appointed to the company's board in October of that year. Prior to Gap Inc., which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Forth & Towne and Old Navy brand names, Pressler spent 15 years at The Walt Disney Co., where he most recently served as chairman of the company's global theme park and resorts division.

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