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Boots No7 products earn Good Housekeeping Seal

BY Antoinette Alexander

NORWALK, Conn. — U.K. health and beauty retailer Boots, whose branded products are available in the United States at Target, Ulta and ShopBootsUSA.com, and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, announced that four of its No7 products have received the Good Housekeeping Seal by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

The Boots No7 products that received the seal include:

  • No7 Protect & Perfect intense beauty serum;

  • No7 Intensive line filler;

  • No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-Aging Glycolic peel kit; and

  • No7 Protect & Perfect hand cream SPF 15.

Prior to earning the Good Housekeeping Seal, the No7 products won in Good Housekeeping’s 2010 Anti-Aging Awards, winning in four respective categories, including Best Anti-Aging Serum and Best Instant Wrinkle Smoother.

"The No7 brand is the result of in-depth research and development driven by consumer insights on aging," stated Stephen Lloyd, CEO of Boots Retail U.S.A. "All products are extensively tested individually and as part of a skin care regime, working closely with a number of dermatology experts and universities to continually make new strides in skincare technology. Receipt of the Good Housekeeping Seal reinforces the brand’s commitment to developing anti-aging products that are backed by science."

The No7 Protect & Perfect intense beauty serum in particular, lauded for its super-intensive formula, received a perfect score for firming in Good Housekeeping’s first-ever Anti-Aging Awards, which tested 90 products in more than 3,000 lab tests with more than 800 volunteers, the company stated.

Introduced in 1909, the Good Housekeeping Seal is one of the first and most recognizable consumer emblems; its clearance standards set the benchmark for product integrity both in the beauty industry and beyond, signifying the product bearing the Seal has been tested and works as promised. Per the Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s criteria, all products that have earned the Seal carry a two-year limited warranty.

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Prestige makeup sales garner solid gains, NPD reports

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Total sales of prestige makeup experienced healthy gains during the first five months of the year, thanks to trends in dramatic eyes, soft lip shades and bold and bright nail colors, according to new beauty market research by NPD.

Year-to-date — January through May — total prestige makeup sales increased by 9% to $1.4 billion in U.S. department stores, according to the market research company. For the month of May alone, makeup posted its strongest dollar performance (+11%) in the last three years.

Prestige makeup segments (face, eye, lip, sets, other color and nail) all posted healthy sales gains in the first five months. The biggest growth in the prestige makeup category came from the smallest segment (representing only 1% of prestige makeup dollar share). The total nail category, consisting of base coats/top coats, color enamel and nail care, soared 57% in dollar sales, versus January through May 2010. Popular shades year-to-date were a toss between such feminine colors as pink and such mysterious, gothic-like shades as black.

The eye segment gained nearly 10% dollar growth during January through May 2011, compared with the same time period in 2010. Subsegments, such as eye shadow and mascara, both grew 11% in dollar sales, while eyebrow products grew 10%. In mascara, all the products with benefits showed growth. The two benefits that experienced the largest growth in mascara were volume and definition, growing 17% and 14%, respectively.

"The trend in makeup today is all about accentuating. The return in popularity of eye products comes with a shift from strong or playful colors and all-purpose mascaras to products that subtly punctuate and dramatize features around a flawless and yet natural-looking face," NPD VP and senior global industry analyst Karen Grant said.

"The triple play is in eye shadow, eyebrow and mascara. Eyes are defined by eye shadows in nude to neutral shades, offset by defined brows and emphasized with full, striking lashes. This return to ­ sophisticated, subtle drama, which we began to see in the latter half of 2010, plays upon fashion, as well as perfectly complementing the natural trend in face products," Grant added.

In the first five months, lip color posted double-digit dollar growth of 13%, compared with the same time last year, while the once very popular lip gloss segment increased only 1% in dollar sales. Pink was the dominant color, garnering most of the lip color growth in the first five months of the year.

"As consumers continue to gradually emerge from the great recession, the current sentiment among women seems to be ‘celebrate your girlhood.’ Pink, pink and more pink continues to lead the way in both lip and nail color. The popularity of lip color, a category that had struggled for most of the past decade, suggests that even younger consumers are now seeing these products as a fashionable option to gloss," Grant said.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 celebrates anniversary with global initiative

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Kiehl’s Since 1851 is celebrating its 160th anniversary with the establishment of "Kiehl’s Gives," an ongoing global initiative to promote philanthropy, in partnership with Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams and the Scissor Sisters.

"We hope to engage customers in and increase awareness of the importance of giving back," said Cheryl Vitali, Kiehl’s worldwide general manager. "Kiehl’s Gives is a celebration of our causes, our customers and our communities around the world."

To kick off the initiative, Kiehl’s launched KiehlsGives.com with a global donation of $160,000 to charitable organizations in the United States and around the world in three key Kiehl’s causes: children’s well-being, environmental issues and HIV/AIDS research. However, it’s up to Kiehl’s visitors to determine how much goes where by casting their vote. Voting ends Aug. 31.

Each pillar is brought to life through a short film series, viewable at KiehlsGives.com and featuring charitable individuals who express their personal commitments to causes important to them:

  • Julianne Moore, Kiehl’s Gives global ambassador for children’s causes. "For me, helping to give kids a fair shake here in the United States and around the world is so important, and I’m grateful to be able to be able to partner with Kiehl’s to help get this message out," said Moore, ambassador for Save the Children, one of the recipients of funding from the Kiehl’s Gives initiative.

  • Pharrell Williams, Kiehl’s Gives global ambassador for environmental causes. "These days, there are many ways to build and manufacture using greener, more sustainable means, and Kiehl¹s is a company I¹ve worked with since 2010 to help get this message out," stated Williams, partner in Return Textiles and founder of From One Hand to Another, his charitable foundation that is behind the construction of an eco-building in Virginia that will serve as an educational resource center for children.

  • Scissor Sisters, Kiehl’s Gives global ambassadors for HIV/AIDS causes. "Supporting efforts to not only help find a cure for AIDS, but also to support those who live with it, is something very near and dear to our hearts. We are thankful to join Kiehl’s to be able to inspire more people to give back," said Ana Matronic, lead singer of the Scissor Sisters and supporter of After Hours Project, a local AIDS charity based in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she and other members of the band live.

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