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ROCK ON: The last call of duty for the first Maybelline 5 team will be participating at the Z100 Jingle Ball concert on Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden. Maybelline’s live broadcast from the Garden on Maybelline.com will include performances, “shout-out” dedications and behind-the-scenes footage of the Maybelline 5 getting ready for Jingle Ball and Teen People’s Trend Fest. The Maybelline 5 is a group of real women selected earlier this year to represent the brand.

MIROIR MIROIR: Nicholas Degennes, artistic director of the Givenchy Beaute Miroir cosmetics collection, isn’t old-fashioned when it comes to beauty products. “It’s important that women not be intimidated by makeup,” said Degennes, who was in town recently to discuss Givenchy’s holiday collection. “I believe that makeup should be fun.”
The holiday items include Fluid Etincelant, a sheer, shimmery foundation that can be used on the face and the body; Stick Etincelant, an easy-to-apply eye shadow in gray or opal, and new shades of nail polish, lipstick and lip gloss. Degennes also noted that Givenchy will add several new products in 2001, including foundation in January.

CANDLE, SET, GO: Tiffany & Co. has packaged something other than jewels in its signature blue box. It’s the Sheer Tiffany candle gift set, which includes four mini votive candles, each scented with notes of the Sheer Tiffany fragrance. The $45 set is available at Tiffany & Co. locations.

CINEMATIC SCENT: Noa by Cacharel has nabbed a supporting role in Miss Congeniality, an upcoming comedy, in which Sandra Bullock plays an FBI agent who goes undercover at a Miss USA pageant to thwart a terrorist plot. In one scene, Noa is used to revive a fragile beauty queen who has fainted. Miss Congeniality is scheduled to open in December.

BRANDY RIDES AGAIN: Brandy, the fragrance inspired by a Central Park horse, is the official fragrance sponsor of the Miss Rodeo America pageant, which will take place in Las Vegas in late November. Each contestant will receive Brandy products.
Brandy’s relationship with the pageant came about because last year’s winner and runner-up were each named Brandy. “We presented them with bottles of the fragrance and they liked it so much, they talked us up to the pageant director,” noted Patty Namm, president of Brandy.

AVON CRUSADE: This month, Avon continues its support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its pink ribbon fund-raising product collection. This year’s items includes a redesigned Avon Breast Cancer Crusade pen that will retail for $3, the Breast Cancer Crusade pin for $3 and the Breast Cancer Crusade Candle for $3.50.

FEMME’S VISION: The founders of Femme Arsenal want to build their company into a beauty brand for modern young women. “We have a real business plan now and we’re shopping for investors,” said Jessy Klein, who founded the company in 1999 with her friend Meegan Barnes. “Nobody’s doing hip-hop cosmetics and we know there’s a market for it.”
The two recently quit their day jobs to devote all their attention to the company and to further develop their private label business under the Femme Arsenal Special Operations Division (FASOD). Among their private label clients are Foxy Brown, Fubu, Columbia Records and Simple Shoes.

PUPA UPDATE: Angelo Gatti, president and founder of Pupa, the Italian beauty company known for its kits and colorful cosmetics, was in town recently to introduce the company’s newest offerings. The new collection is called Contraries and includes products such as Peel Off Eyeliner; Glossy All Over glaze for eyes, lips and body; I Gessetti metallic face and eye crayon; Dual Sensation Blush Stick, and I Cristalli crystal body jewelry. The Contraries collection, priced between $12.50 and $20, is available now at select Sephora stores.

LASHING OUT: The Lashpro isn’t your typical eyelash curler. This device, which inventor Stephanie Kellar calls an updated version of the tool, is designed to allow for more comfortable use and a better curl. The Lashpro comes in two sizes. The smaller version, the Petite Lashpro, was created with Asian women in mind. Both versions will retail for $19 each exclusively on Beautycafe.com starting next week.

MEDIEVAL TIMES: Jacqueline Collen, creator of Medieval, has whipped up something new. The all-natural bath and body line now has four new scented oils inspired by the seasons. The oils, available in Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, will retail for $23 each or $80 for the set at Apothia in Los Angeles as well as select boutiques nationwide.

HAIR FARE: Hair stylist Jimmy Paul styled four shows in Milan this week using products from Clinique’s new hair care line. Paul gave the models at Roberto Cavalli sleek, straight hair to offset the flamboyant, rock ‘n’ roll clothes. At Alessandro Dell’Acqua, he took his cue from Dell’Acqua’s muse Helmut Newton. He styled the models with slightly untidy French twists, making the hair somewhat flat and androgynous on top and wispy and more feminine in the back.

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