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RAIN IN THE NEW: The White Rain Company is introducing line extensions for the White Rain and Dippity-Do Sport brands in 2002. Some of the additions include White Rain Freesia Spirit Shampoo and Conditioner, Pearberry Boost Shampoo, and new gels and hair sprays, including Freesia Spirit Shine Gel, Perfect Pearberry Anti-Frizz Gel and Playful Plumeria Volumizing Gel. All the new White Rain products will retail for $1.49. Dippity-Do, a unisex gel line, will now convey different levels of hold with new products called Power 7, Intensity 8, Ultimate 9 and Extreme 10. Each will retail for $2.49. Products will be available in mass outlets in March.

MIX-A-MASK: Vivi Skin’s new mask includes such an array of botanical ingredients that users have to mix the potion themselves in order to use it. The Vivi Mix-A-Masque Kit, sold at Clyde’s, Bigelows and viviforyou.com, is preservative-free and uses 100 percent natural green healing clay. The kit contains three packages of the green clay powder, a liquid herbal activator, a ceramic bowl and a wooden mixing spatula. Vivi Masque retails for $29.95.

HERBALIFE REFOCUSES: After falling below expectations, Herbalife’s personal care line, Dermajetics, is being renamed, reformulated and relaunched. Now aptly called Herbalife, the five new face and body stockkeeping units “better represent Herbalife’s commitment to health and wellness,” said Jonathan Liss, Herbalife’s senior vice president of global marketing. New products include Skin Activator Daily Replenishing Creme, which is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The creme, which retails for $40 through any of the company’s 2,000 representatives, is expected to generate $40 million in first-year sales.

ODE TO THE SEA: The new Warren-Tricomi salon at Rockefeller Center is now featuring all skin care products by Geomer. Geomer’s formulations, inspired by science and the sea, are designed to resurface skin — correcting signs of aging and damage. Until its deal with Warren-Tricomi, Geomer was best known for the patented botanicals and super antioxidants that it made for dermatologists, private label firms and prestige companies such as Murad and Bliss.

SHISEIDO HONORED: Robin Burns, chairwoman of Cosmetic Executive Women, presented Isao Isejima, chief executive officer of Shiseido for the Americas and Europe, with a sculpture of a bridge at the group’s annual holiday luncheon Tuesday, in recognition of the company’s charity work on behalf of women with cancer. Burns said the statue is a “perfect symbol” of the link between the company’s beauty business and benevolence. Among its activities, Shiseido has offered makeup classes for cancer patients at its downtown studio.

FEEL-GOOD GIVING: EmerginC skin care will continue its gift-giving spirit in January by donating $1 from each EmerginC product sold through its Luminessence catalog to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. The new plan falls on the heels of EmerginC’s efforts in November, which donated $1 from each EmerginC product sold to the WTC Disaster Relief Fund.The company plans to continue donating portions of its sales to various charities throughout 2002.

RED ROVER: Those on the hunt for red lipstick can relax. Hollywood makeup artist Julie Hewett, who has worked on films such as “Peal Harbor,” “American Beauty” and the recent remake of “Ocean’s Eleven,” has created a collection of five lipsticks, all in varying shades of red. The collection, called Julie Hewett Noir, is available at Ole Henrickson in Los Angeles, Purpleskirt.com or by calling 1-800-761-NOIR. The lipsticks will be available at Henri Bendel in January.

NAILING IT: Urban Decay has given its nail line a makeover. Starting this spring, the nail polishes will boast a new bottle design, a new DBP-free (dibutyl phthalate) polish formula and new colors such as Bruise and Perversion. Urban Decay polishes retail for $9.50 and are available at Sephora stores nationwide, select Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s locations, as well as online at Urbandecay.com.

A CLASS ACT: Catherine Hickland, known for her portrayal of Lindsay Rappaport on “One Life to Live,” ventured into cosmetics earlier in the year with the color line Cat Cosmetics. Now, Hickland wants to teach women how to use her collection in her newly opened Cat Cosmetics Makeup Studio. The Studio, located at 1045 Madison Avenue, will offer hourlong makeup application classes the first Saturday of every month. Hickland will act as host. Each class is $75, which is applicable to the cost of any cosmetics purchased that day. Reservations can be made online at Catcosmetics.com.

BALMAIN NEWS: Gerard Pichon-Varin, former president of Boucheron USA, has joined Balmain Parfums as directeur general. He succeeds Bernard Eloy, who left the company.

NEW NAME: Yves Sans, 66, has been named president and chief executive officer of Cosmetique et Parfum International (CPI), by Claude Saujet, 56, who until last Friday headed up the firm he founded in 1995. CPI is the sister company of holding firm Compagnie Internationale du Luxe, which Saujet also established that year. Saujet remains chairman and chief executive officer of CIL and member of the board of CPI.
“Yves Sans has great experience in skin care, having worked at Revlon, Clinique and for the past 19 years at [Groupe] Clarins,” where he was most recently general manager, said Saujet. CPI will begin distributing Laboratoires Valmont products in France starting Jan. 2. It also owns the worldwide manufacturing and distribution license of Parfums Hanae Mori, among its businesses.
Alongside continuing his work with CIL, Saujet is the international director of Parfumeries Marionnaud, France’s largest perfumery chain, where he is responsible for managing operations, acquisitions and creating new stores worldwide, outside of France.

WINNER CIRCLE: Industry sources say Parfums Christian Dior’s new Addict lipstick will be awarded a prize at the Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence awards on Jan. 15 in Paris. Dior and Marie Claire had no comment on the rumor.

PUDDING POPS: A teaspoon of Trendline Freeze Pudding from Goldwell is designed to keep hair from getting crushed by hats, blown by the wind and ruined by other forces of nature and winter gear. Freeze Pudding, according to Goldwell creative designer Karg, can also be used to create slicked back looks and spikes. Freeze Pudding is available in upscale salons and on http://www.goldwellusa.com for $14.50.

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