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CEW names best beauty products of the year

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Cosmetic Executive Women recently recognized the most innovative beauty products of the year at the 18th Annual CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards.

The award-winning products ranged across 29 categories, including cosmetics, hair care, skin care and the newly added nail category. There were more than 625 entries and146 finalists.

The CEW Beauty Awards is the only awards program where the winners are determined exclusively by beauty industry professionals. More than 4,600 CEW members selected the winners.

“When it comes to buying beauty products, women are looking for proven performance and claims they can trust,” stated Carlotta Jacobson, CEW president. “The CEW Beauty Awards seal helps consumers cut through the clutter so they can make an informed decision about the best products in the marketplace. A CEW Beauty Award-winning product signifies the ultimate endorsement from beauty industry insiders, providing the peace of mind the customer needs.”

In addition to recognizing product innovation, CEW announced the winner of the Indie Beauty Award for the brightest new start-up in the world of beauty. This year’s winner is Supergoop.

The CEW Best Seller Award recognizes the product categories with the most growth in sales and the best-selling product in that category for both mass and department stores. Winners are based on retail sales data from SymphonyIRI and the NPD Group. This year’s winner was Sally Hansen Salon Effects real nail polish strips for mass and Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412] advanced skin corrector for department stores.

This marks the first year for the CEW nail product category. The award was created based on the strength of the nail category in the marketplace. This year’s winning product was Sally Hansen Salon Effects real nail polish strips.

Also new this year, CEW invited top beauty bloggers and online beauty thought leaders to present at this year’s CEW Beauty Awards.

The 2012 CEW Beauty Awards winners are:

BATH AND BODY

  • Bath and Body mass
    • Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters body lotion
  • Bath and Body prestige
    • Shiseido Cosmetics America replenishing body cream

FACIAL SKIN CARE

  • Acne treatment
    • Kate Somerville Skin Care 24-hour Pimple Punisher
  • Anti-aging mass
    • L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Serum Intense
  • Anti-aging prestige
    • Shiseido Cosmetics America Future Solution LX ultimate regenerating serum
  • Cleanser and scrub
    • Fresh Sugar lip polish
  • Eye treatment mass
    • Garnier Ultra-lift anti-wrinkle eye roller
  • Eye treatment prestige
    • Estée Lauder Idealist cooling eye illuminator
  • Moisturizer mass
    • RoC Multi Correxion® Lift anti-gravity day moisturizer with SPF 30
  • Moisturizer prestige
    • StriVectin TL tightening neck cream

HAIR

  • Hair care product
    • Ojon Instant Restorative hair serum
  • Hair coloring product
    • Rita Hazan Salon temporary color root concealer
  • Hair styling product
    • Bumble and bumble Bb. Texture Hair(un)dressing crème

MAKEUP

  • Eye product mass
    • L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara
  • Eye product prestige
    • Clinique Bottom Lash mascara
  • Face product mass
    • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment concealer
  • Face product prestige
    • Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish hydrating foundation primer
  • Lip product mass
    • Covergirl Blast Flipstick
  • Lip product prestige
    • Fresh Sugar Passion tinted lip treatment SPF 15

NAIL PRODUCT

  • Sally Hansen Salon Effects real nail polish strips

MEN’S GROOMING

  • Lab Series Skincare for Men Max LS overnight renewal serum

SCENT

  • Men’s scent
    • John Varvatos Fragrance and Skincare Star USA
  • Women’s scent mass
    • Coty Beauty Heidi Klum Shine
  • Women’s scent prestige
    • Prada Candy Eau de Parfum spray

SUN

  • Neutrogena Corp. wet skin sunblock spray SPF 50

INDIE BEAUTY AWARD

  • Supergoop!

ECO BEAUTY AWARD

  • Neutrogena Corp. Naturals Purifying facial cleanser
    *sponsored by Givaudan and vetted by The Natural Step

BEST SELLER AWARD

  • Mass product
    • Sally Hansen Salon Effects real nail polish strips
  • Prestige product
    • Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412] advanced skin corrector

CEW continues to help catalyze sales of the winning products by highlighting them through national retail partnerships with CVS/pharmacy, QVC, Beauty Bar and HauteLook. Throughout the year, the 2012 Beauty Award Winners will display the winners’ seal and will be showcased with custom promotions in store, online and on TV. In addition, a gift box of finalist and winning products will be co-branded with Beauty Bar, allowing consumers to try some of the new products.

The 2012 CEW Beauty Awards are sponsored by Allure, Givaudan, CVS/pharmacy, Crest 3D White, Veet, QVC, Kotex, Beauty Inc, Arcade Marketing, HauteLook, HBA Global Expo, RPG, MaCher, Albéa, Rpr Marketing Communications, Restylane, Script to Screen, Beauty Bar, KraftWorks, Consultancy Media, Suite K, Raw Media Network, Proof Seven and WWD. Categories are defined by NPD and votes are tabulated by Ernst & Young.

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Pampers boosts catalog for Gifts to Grow incentive program

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Pampers has recognized the revolving role fathers play in their children’s lives by expanding the brand’s incentive program.

The brand has expanded its Gifts to Grow incentive program, which allows parents and caretakers to accrue points for their purchases and redeem them for different items, ranging from additional baby care products to educational toys, books, charity donations and more, in addition to sharing unique coupon and sampling opportunities with its members. New rewards added to the Gifts to Grow catalog include barbecue tool sets, professional-caliber golf balls, stainless steel water bottle gift sets and headphones for dad, just in time for Father’s Day.

The expansion of the program comes at the heels of Pampers receiving the 2012 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. Pampers was recognized for its Web-based video series, "Real Pampers Stories," which highlight the parenting journey.

"Pampers recognizes that, today’s fathers want to be involved in the very important role of nurturing their babies and acknowledges that it is just as important for dad — as it is for mom — to bond with baby too," Pampers general manager Fama Francisco said. "With all the attention on expectant and new moms, the role of an expectant or new father can sometimes be overshadowed. That’s why this Fatherhood Award honor is a special thrill. Whether it’s been via our web-based real parenting video series or our past partnerships with the likes of great dads, Pampers is committed to honoring and celebrating dads for the unique role they play in their babies lives."

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CVS/pharmacy launches in-store campaign to support ALS, cystic fibrosis

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the launch of a new in-store fundraising campaign, named Advancing Medical Research, to support medical research and help improve the quality of life for those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cystic fibrosis.
 
Funds raised through the campaign will benefit the ALS Therapy Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing ALS research, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Supporters for the 2012 campaign can donate $1 or $3 at the register in CVS/pharmacy locations and online through June 30.

Treg Charlton, a regional director of real estate for CVS Caremark living with ALS, and Brenda Fox, a CVS/pharmacy store manager and parent of two children living with cystic fibrosis, will serve as campaign co-chairs to share their own personal stories and further educate the public about each devastating disease.

"As a national leader in health care, CVS Caremark works with a number of nonprofit partners that align with our purpose and are focused on helping people on their path to better health. For more than 10 years, our in-store campaign supporting the ALS Therapy Alliance has been a tremendous success and we’re excited to expand our efforts to help those living with cystic fibrosis this year," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. "We want to thank our customers and colleagues for continuing to support this very important annual campaign. Together, we can drive medical research for both of these causes in the hopes of finding a cure for those living with cystic fibrosis and ALS."

ALS is a disease that disrupts muscle function while leaving the brain intact, ultimately causing patients to become "trapped" in their own body. Life expectancy is just four to six years. There is no known cause or cure for ALS, which affects approximately 30,000 Americans, with 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year. To date, CVS/pharmacy has raised more than $27 million in support of ALS research.

With the Advancing Medical Research campaign, CVS/pharmacy will continue to help ATA drive medical research, including the development of promising drug therapies and collaborative efforts between academics and pharmaceutical companies.

"CVS/pharmacy has been instrumental in making possible the groundbreaking research conducted by the ALS Therapy Alliance," ALS Therapy Alliance president Robert Brown said. "Their annual in-store campaign has helped us understand the cause, risk factors and progression of ALS. This year, it will bring us one step closer to finding a cure for ALS."

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that causes debilitating lung infections and premature death. It affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. In January, a major advance in the fight against CF was realized when a new, breakthrough medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Called Kalydeco, it’s the first drug that targets the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis for a small segment of people with the disease. The Advancing Medical Research campaign will support research and development for drug therapies like Kalydeco to help more people living with cystic fibrosis.

"The Advancing Medical Research campaign will help drive continued advancements in research and development so that we are able to reach our ultimate goal of finding a cure for all people with cystic fibrosis," added Robert Beall, president and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "We’re grateful to CVS/pharmacy for their commitment to help people with cystic fibrosis live longer and better lives."

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