COLUMBIA MAKES A MOVE: Parfums de Coeur has named Pete Columbia as vice president of sales. He joins Parfums de Coeur with 20 years experience in sales, marketing and general management at firms such as Unilever, Helene Curtis and Kao. Most recently, he was vice president of sales and marketing at Lornamead, where he helped turn around the Finesse and Yardley brands.
BICOASTAL BEAUTY: The Andy Lecompte Salon, located in West Hollywood, is adding a splash of color. The salon just tapped East Coast colorist Rita Hazan and stylist Sean James Deceurs to commute out West every six to eight weeks beginning June 28. Hazan and Deceurs service high-profile clients such as Madonna, Penélope Cruz and Lindsay Lohan.
ULTA ADDS CARGO, BLOW: Ulta is continuing its growth in product selection with its new partners, Cargo Cosmetics and Blow Hair Care. As of June 21, Cargo Cosmetics will be sold in all 320 Ulta stores in 35 states and on ulta.com. Along with carrying Cargo, Ulta also will be selling an exclusive 7-in-7 Kit, which consists of seven full-size cosmetic essentials including foundation, concealer, eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss, which will sell for $59. Blow, a hair care line specially designed to help women achieve a perfect blow out, enters Ulta doors August 1. Blow’s 17-item line includes a volumizing shampoo, Tress Relief, a leave-in conditioner, $22, and Beach Blow, a texturizing mist, $21.
WHAT A PAIR: On Monday at 10 p.m. EST, Cosmetic Executive Women will host a two-hour special on QVC called “CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Awards.” The show intends to “spotlight the award winners and the nominees” of the CEW Beauty Awards, said Allen Burke, director of beauty at QVC. Carlotta Jacobson, president of CEW, will appear on air to discuss CEW and the awards program, and to present what she deems the industry’s newest innovations. Representatives from each of the 11 brands will demonstrate and tell the story of the products. “We really want to speak to viewers who are really into beauty,” said Burke.
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FAIR TRADE STAMP: The Fairtrade Foundation put its stamp on the beauty industry here Wednesday. The organization, which, up to now, has offered fair trade certification for clothing and foodstuffs in the U.K., widened its reach to include beauty products such as items by Boots, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Lush, Bubble & Balm and Essential Care. By Wednesday, 57 products, including lip balms, body butters and shower gels, were cleared to carry the label in the U.K., and others are expected to come on board in the near future, according to Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation. In order to qualify to carry the label, all the ingredients in a product that can be sourced through a fair trade venture must be certified as such, and companies must have a trading partnership in operation, which illustrates how they will support the producers to develop their businesses and communities.
BOLLYWOOD BLING: Swarovski has teamed with Bollywood makeup artist Ash Kumar to create a do-it-yourself henna and crystal body-art kit. Dubbed Swarovski Crystal Package, the kit comprises crystals and glitter gels as well as transfers, which can be used to create traditional henna designs. “I have always integrated Swarovski crystals into my henna designs, and when I approached Nadja [Swarovski], she thought it was a fabulous idea,” said Kumar, who also sells a more extensive line of henna makeup products online. The kit bowed this week at London’s Selfridges and is priced at 25 pounds, or $41 at current exchange.
BEHIND BEAUTY: Primping will become a cultural event in Paris in September as part of the Rives de la Beauté initiative. The five-day event, which was conceived to reveal the behind-the-scenes goings-on of the beauty industry, will include guided tours, lectures and product demonstrations. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Sephora and French Vogue have signed on as official sponsors of the event, which has a similar model to the design-oriented Milan Design Week or the art-focused Venice Biennale. Running from Sept. 16 to 20, Rives de la Beauté also will incorporate exhibitions, such as “An Unlikely Journey,” which will be held in the Louis Vuitton cultural space, and “The Bath and the Mirror” at the Cluny Museum. A guidebook will be available for the event, which will outline a beauty-oriented route to discovering Paris.
CANDLES AND VOLUME: Celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean is expanding his Wen hair and body care line. His latest is Wen Volumizing Spray, $32, a lavender-scented spray made with lavender oil, witch hazel and sea kelp, all said to promote volume and natural moisture. The spray was sold on QVC recently and within its first 24 hours, generated $3 million in sales, according to sources. Along with the spray, Wen also is launching soy aromatic candles. A holiday gift set of five travel-size candles will sell for $45.
MINERAL MOVE: Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics launched this month to hair and beauty chain Saks in the U.K. In the U.S., the Simi Valley, Calif.-based brand is carried in more than 10,000 doors. Youngblood’s assortment contains 190 stockkeeping units, priced from $11 to $43, including bestsellers Loose Mineral Foundation, Mineral Rice Setting Powder and Mineral Primer.