HIGH BROW: Eyebrow guru Anastasia Soare’s own brows went up — and not because of tweezers — when Oprah made an impromptu visit to the Chicago Nordstrom recently to celebrate the launch of Soare’s makeup collection. Oprah didn’t brave the three-hour wait for a touch-up. After all, Soare spent the previous day at the Harpo Studios grooming the brows of Oprah and her staff.
Soare groomed Chicago’s other first lady — his Airness’s wife, Juanita Jordan — at the appearance. This marked the first retail launch of her collection, which did $17,000 in sales in four days, according to industry sources.
HELPING HAND: The Fifth Annual Awards Luncheon for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation was held Thursday at the Waldorf-Astoria. “This is the most successful luncheon we have ever had,” said co-chair and driving force Evelyn Lauder. The event brought in $1.1 million. “This year, we will be giving grants worth more than $7 million. I never thought I’d be standing here thanking you for this much money.” Barbara Walters presented the humanitarian award to Dr. Paul Marks, president emeritus of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
BEAUTY BUSINESS: Jeanette Wagner, vice chairman of The Estee Lauder Cos. Inc., and Anita Roddick, founder and co-chairman of The Body Shop, have been honored by a Chicago-based group promoting women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.
The Committee of 200 honored Wagner and Roddick with Luminary Awards on Oct. 5 in Washington at the organization’s annual meeting. The committee’s members are leading women in business, and the award singles out women who underscore the committee’s mission to promote “entrepreneurship and corporate leadership among women of this generation to the next.”
GIVAUDAN NEWS: Givaudan has announced the promotion of Christopher Smith to vice president of sales and consumer products, North America. He was formerly senior account executive of Givaudan’s Unilever North America Team. Also, Jeanine Szweda has been promoted to vice president of creative fragrance management, North America. Her previous position was vice president, global category director, hair and skin.
LOFTY L’OCCITANE: Delta Airlines will start retailing L’Occitane products as part of its travel retail offerings on Nov. 1. According to Pierre Moise, L’Occitane executive vice president and head of U.S. operations, the merchandise will consist of two pairs of scented candles. Each pair will sell for $26 a set.
CASE IN POINT: Sue Devitt Studio has targeted both music and makeup lovers with its latest introduction, the Jewel Case. Shaped like a CD carrier, the case contains two refillable palettes for nine shades of lip color, three eye shadows, a blush and a pressed powder. Customers can purchase premade seasonal kits or can select their own colors. The case retails for $45; the makeup is sold separately. Nina Gordon, of Veruca Salt fame, will be representing the Jewel Case with public appearances.
T&T PROMOTION: Sally Skidmore has been promoted to the post of director of business development for Tony & Tina. She will continue to serve as the account executive for Sephora, but she will add catalog business development, store events, marketing planning and retail sales analysis to her responsibilities.
READ MY LIPS: Beauty editors who attended the launch of Bourjois’s new Pour La Vie lipstick were treated to a view of the future, courtesy of lip psychic Maxine Albert. Attendees blotted their lips on paper to be read by Albert, who allowed two questions per participant. The new lipstick, enriched with vitamins A and E, boasts an anti-aging complex said to stimulate the regeneration of lip tissues and increase volume. Pour La Vie lipsticks will be available in 24 shades this December at Sephora, sephora.com and select department stores for $13 each.
HEALTHY BEAUTY: Health Magazine recently presented awards to 10 beauty products for their efficacy and benefits. The recipients were selected from some 500 entries and winnowed down by a panel of dermatologists.
This year’s winners include Eucerin Daily Sun Defense Sensitive Skin Lotion with SPF 15, ThermaSilk Heat-Activated Clarifying Conditioner, Nu Skin 180 Face Wash, RoC ChronoBlock Prevention Active moisturizer, Calvin Klein Sheer Coverage Foundation SPF 20, Bobbi Brown Essentials SPF15 LipShine, Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara, Earth Therapeutics Gardener’s Nail & Cuticle Care, Rusk Deepshine Bio-Marine Therapy Sea Kelp Creme Shampoo and Pantene Pro-V Essentials Hair Revival.
MALONE TAKES MANHATTAN: Work has begun on the first freestanding Jo Malone boutique in the U.S., located in the landmark Flatiron building in New York. Workmen erected a large “coming soon” sign at the location of the 1,400-square-foot shop, which is expected to open in February.
BEAUTY SALE: Alberto-Culver’s salon distribution arm, Beauty Systems Group, has purchased the assets of B&H Supply Co. Inc., a North Carolina-based full service distributor of professional beauty supplies with annual sales of approximately $15 million. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. B&H Supply Co. adds eight salon professional-only stores and 30 sales consultants to Beauty System’s 200 salon professional-only stores and 600 sales consultants. B&H distributes Paul Mitchell, Wella, Rusk and other professional salon lines in the Carolinas and southern Virginia.
SKIN TRADE: Rather than launch an entire collection of cosmetics at once, makeup artist Alison Raffaele decided to build her line slowly. Called Skin Alison Raffaele, it consists of a single transparent finish powder and seven concealers. Available through beauty.com, the line is rolling out to stores like Sephora Rockefeller Center and Henri Bendel in New York. “There are so many color products on the market,” said Raffaele. “The most important thing is that your skin looks good.”
THE PINK MILE: In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, New York, with support from Avon Products, has painted a pink line down Fifth Avenue from 42nd to 59th Street. Through its fund-raising efforts, Avon is donating $15.3 million to breast cancer causes this year.