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TEAM EXPANSION: Karen J. Bush has been named vice president of marketing for Maybelline cosmetics, a new position. She reports to Ketan Patel, senior vice president of marketing for Maybelline/Laboratories Garnier. Bush, who brings 12 years’ experience in health and beauty care marketing, is responsible for new product development, color promotions, advertising and Web site content.

CLAIROL’S NEW BEAUTY: Clairol Professional announced this week that it had named Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999, as the spokesperson for its Textures & Tones brand.
Textures & Tones, a line of hair color, hair care and relaxers for women of color, was first released in September 1998 and is sold in mass outlets and in beauty supply stores, and is used in salons.
A new print advertising campaign, featuring Kwelagobe, will make its debut in May. The campaign will include full-page spreads in major ethnic publications, including Essence, Ebony, Jet, Heart & Soul and Vibe.

GLOBAL FAVORITES: The first annual HBA International Package Design Competition was held last month. The competition was developed to award innovation and achievement in package design.
Iman for Mirage Cosmetics took honors for the cosmetics category. Jean Paul Gaultier for Fragile won in fine fragrances, while Mary Kay for Belara copped the prize in mass fragrances. Variotec for Variosun won in the personal products and Chanel for Precision was the winner in skin care.
Winners were selected during a reception at New York’s 21 Club by a panel of industry packaging experts including Jean Hoehn Zimmerman from Chanel, Roger Caracappa of Estee Lauder, Deborah Sword of Procter & Gamble, Nancy Kanterman from Tiffany, Kristin Boone from Sanofi Beaute, Ray Garafaho from Revlon, John Lenihan of Christian Dior and Barbara Spakowski of Clinique.
All winning packages will be displayed in a showcase at HBA Global Expo, which will be held June 20 to 22 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

TAKING THE LEAD: Claude Palatin, president of the Escada Beaute Group, has taken on the additional duties of president of the Syndicat de Parfumerie, the fragrance branch of the French Federation des Industries la Parfumerie. Bernard Lehman from Chanel SA is the new head of the cosmetics branch.

TRIPLE THREAT: Robin Coe-Hutshing, owner of Fred Segal Essentials in Santa Monica, Calif., has teamed up with Kelly Kovack, formerly of the Bliss Spa in New York, and Shayne Hart, former creative director of EFX in Washington, to create a luxe treatment line.
The team is raising venture capital for the project, which it plans to launch in late spring 2001. In other news, Kovack and Hart have formed a retail consulting firm called Chemistry.

POPPY’S PEOPLE: The Australian beauty brand Poppy has named Kim Roberts its U.S. business manager. Roberts, who is based in Dallas, was previously MAC’s manager of retail operations for the central region.

CHELSEA’S NEW DIGS: Chelsea & Co., the Florida beauty boutique, has moved from Fort Lauderdale to Delray Beach. The new location does not include a salon, as the old one did, but it does feature more products and brands. Additions include Tony & Tina, Valerie Beverly Hills and Alpha Parf, an Italian hair care line.

SKIN TRIP: The word buzzing around Italian beauty circles is that Pupa, the Milan company known for its fanciful makeup kits and vibrant colors, is developing a line of skin care products. While the company refused to get specific, a source confirmed that a facial skin care line was being tested and could launch as soon as next fall.

FROM THE HEART: Avon is reaching out to lovers with its latest fragrance — Dolce Aura, which bears the tag line, “Where Romance Lives.” Packaged in an oval-shaped lavender bottle, the fragrance will available in May. It has a top note of bergamot, yellow freesia, tangerine flower and ginger. The mid-note contains pink roses, chamomile, violet leaf, passion flower, muguet and sheer jasmine. The base note features white patchouli, oak moss, sandalwood, crystal musk and exotic woods. A 1.7-oz. eau de parfum spray is $19.50.

YOUNG TO NU SKIN: Robert J. Young has been named vice president of business marketing for the Nu Skin division of Nu Skin Enterprises. His previous direct sales experience includes marketing, product development and communications for Kaire Nutraceuticals and USANA. In his new position, Young is responsible for developing integrated business strategies for the division. He also oversees the division’s global sales and compensation programs, Internet initiatives and marketing.

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