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Beauty360 POPs with lash exclusive

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK —POP Beauty has announced the opening of Get Lashed! Lash Shops exclusively at CVS’ Beauty360 stores. To celebrate the launch, POP Beauty held a press event in Manhattan in December 2009.

The Get Lashed! Lash Shops are staffed with a lash consultant for personalized application. There are 15 lash looks to choose from, including:

Dressed Up lashes ($10): “Ooh la la” looks ranging from Darling, which adds thickness and lusciousness, to Diva, which is ultra-flattering, long and jet black. Individual lashes also can be purchased to build up a look gradually and for the exact eye enhancement.

Icon lashes ($12): Super sultry looks ranging from Liza, which releases your inner showgirl, to Twiggy, the ultimate fashionista ’60s lash flash, to Brigitte, which takes you from St. Tropez to Bardot.

Fantasy lashes ($15): This collection includes Wonderland, which has a touch of whimsy and pink feathers; Fantasia, with light-catching sparklers; and Rhapsody, tipped with black plumes.

There currently are five Beauty360 stores in operation in Mission Viejo, Calif.; Palos Verdes, Calif.; Ridgefield, Conn.; Washington, D.C.; and, most recently, in Yorba Linda, Calif.

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Former P&G executive becomes Armstrong CFO

BY Drug Store News Team

LANCASTER, Pa. Lancaster, Pa.-based Armstrong World Industries announced it has named Thomas Mangas SVP and CFO effective Feb. 1.

Mangas most recently served as VP and CFO of the beauty and grooming business of Proctor & Gamble, a $28 billion dollar business.

“We are pleased to have an executive of Tom’s caliber from a world-class company like Procter & Gamble join Armstrong at this exciting time in Armstrong’s history,” Michael Lockhart, chairman and CEO.  “His background and expertise will be important aids to realizing our significant sales growth and margin expansion objectives over the next several years.”

Armstrong World Industries is a leader in design and manufacturing of floors, ceilings and cabinets.

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Ulta reports increase in holiday sales, raises outlook

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. Beauty retailer Ulta announced on Thursday that holiday same-store sales increased 7.9% and, due to the boost in sales, it has increased its fourth-quarter fiscal 2009 outlook.

Total sales for the seven-week holiday period from Nov. 15, 2009, to Jan. 2, 2010, were $262.2 million, an 18.2% increase from the prior-year holiday period of $221.9 million. Same-store sales increased 7.9%, compared with a 5.8% decrease during the same-period in the prior year, resulting in a two-year, same-store sales increase of 2.1%. 

“The combination of dynamic marketing, compelling offerings and enticing value drove an 8.8% increase in customer traffic, which led to a better-than-expected performance for the holiday season. The period also benefited from a less promotional gift-giving environment across retail versus last year, especially in apparel,” stated Lyn Kirby, Ulta’s president and CEO. “As a result, we improved our merchandise margin and leveraged our marketing spend as a percentage of net sales, as compared to last year. Based on our holiday results, we have raised our fourth-quarter expectations for sales and earnings.” 

Driven by favorable holiday sales, the company currently expects fourth-quarter fiscal 2009 net sales in the range of $388 million to $392 million, versus its previous guidance for fourth-quarter fiscal 2009 net sales in the range of $362 million to $376 million. Fourth-quarter fiscal 2008 net sales were $341.4 million.

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