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Black Opal donates $25K to Georges Malaika Foundation

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. — Black Opal, a maker of African-American skin care and color cosmetics, has announced the donation of $25,000 to the Georges Malaika Foundation, which will aid in the building of a new school for young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"Black Opal is about more than just skin care and cosmetics; it’s about community," stated Maya Brown, Black Opal senior marketing director. "We see the potential in the girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and we want to provide much needed educational opportunities in order to help empower them to become leaders in their community. By becoming leaders, they can help make positive contributions to their society."

Black Opal products are available throughout the United States in select CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid and Walmart stores, as well as beauty supply stores. Founded in 2007 by international model Noella Coursaris Musunka, a native of DRC, the foundation is dedicated to the advancement of African communities by providing educational opportunities to girls ages 5 to 18 years.

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Dove celebrates launch of body wash collection with Close-Up Challenge

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Unilever’s Dove celebrated the launch of its new Dove VisibleCare body wash collection with a contest that gave one woman the opportunity to get a taste of what celebrities experience on ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars."

Kristi Herman, of Jersey City, N.J., was selected from the nearly 1,500 women who entered the Dove Close-Up Challenge and received a week of professional dance training.

She will have the spotlight moment when she shows off her new moves in a Dove-sponsored spot airing in a commercial break during the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" on May 23.

To prepare, she received an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles. ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" season 10 professional dancer Damian Whitewood spent five days training Herman and teaching her the cha cha cha they perform together in the upcoming TV debut. Her week of preparation also included a photo shoot, wardrobe fittings and spa treatments.

The new Dove VisibleCare body wash is specially designed to give women visibly more beautiful skin in one week. When used daily, the formula improves the look of skin making it softer and smoother, according to the manufacturer. The collection is available in two variants: softening and renewing.

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Schick Intuition Naturals line asks consumers to get a handle on shaving

BY Antoinette Alexander

SHELTON, Conn. — Energizer Personal Care’s Schick Intuition razor has partnered with fashion blogger Kelly Framel, creator of The Glamourai, to create three designs for the Intuition Naturals razor. Consumers will be able to vote on the designs and pick their favorite.

For the past three years, Schick Intuition has released summer handles with designs that add a splash of fun to the consumers’ shower experience. For 2012, Framel has created three fashion-forward design options.

"We really wanted our loyal consumers to have a say in what the design of our limited-edition handle would be," stated Chit Itchon, senior brand manager of Schick Intuition. "Kelly created great designs for us, and we are excited to see how the consumers vote."

Starting now through May 26, consumers can visit the Schick Intuition Facebook page and view the three original designs by Framel. After "liking" the page, consumers can select their choice for next year’s handle.

Consumers also can enter the Schick Intuition Summer Essentials Sweepstakes. Three winners will receive The Glamourai’s top five summer essentials, which include sunglasses, a beach tote and the new Schick Intuition Naturals razor.

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