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Dark and Lovely highlights new Au Naturale line at Atlanta celebration

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA — Dark and Lovely recently celebrated the launch of its newest line, Au Naturale, with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and author and curly hair advocate, Nikki Walton, in Atlanta for the empowering Curl Power Celebration.

Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, Bombay Sapphire cocktails and curl consultations from the SoftSheen-Carson Style Squad at the curl stations. The OMG Photo Booth was also on site capturing all the curls and coils and posted photos live on the big screens. Curl stations were stocked with the Au Naturale line for guests to experience. Models with curly coifs also introduced guests to Dark and Lovely’s new Naturalista digital tools available on iamdarkandlovely.com.

Throughout the evening, Dark and Lovely showcased live hair demos, product giveaways, as well hosted an Instagram contest where guests were invited to upload their photos.
 


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AMBI Skincare taps Dr. Jeanine Downie to serve as brand’s skin of color expert

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — AMBI Skincare, which recently joined Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, has added Jeanine B. Downie, a board-certified dermatologist with an active practice in New Jersey, New York and California, as a skin of color expert for the brand.

As a former champion swimmer, former lifeguard and former swim instructor, Downie shares her passion for the water with AMBI and will be working with the brand on USA Swimming initiatives. Currently the brand supports USA Swimming (USAS) throughout the year by attending the swim meets and providing product sampling and “Glam Stands,” a branded experience that showcases the line, gives away prizes and offers hand massages with AMBI products.
 
Downie is the director of her own practice called Image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, N.J. She has training and experience in all aspects of dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, laser and dermatologic surgery. She has frequently appeared on "The Today Show," "Dr. Oz," "Good Morning America" and "The CBS Early Show," among others, dispensing her expertise on a wide variety of dermatological subjects including cosmetic procedures, cosmeceuticals, skin cancer, photoaging, sunblock and skin of color. She will be sharing her knowledge on these issues for AMBI with media engagements, interviews and consumer tips and advice. 
 
 

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Kellogg introduces hot cereal, bars and shakes to meet changing consumer needs

BY Jason Owen

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Kellogg Company is adding new Special K Nourish hot cereal and bars, and Kellogg’s To Go breakfast shakes to its line of breakfast options.

"Special K Nourish hot cereal and bars are specifically designed for people who are seeking positive nutrition to help manage their weight," said Doug VanDeVelde, senior vice president, Kellogg Morning Foods. "These consumers are focused on eating better, not just eating less."

When considering a nutritious breakfast, 54 percent of consumers think fiber is important and 49 percent think protein is important. Special K Nourish hot cereal features a unique whole grain blend, including quinoa, oats, barley and wheat, and each serving provides 8 g of protein and 5 g of fiber.

This is the first-ever hot cereal from Special K in the U.S. and it debuts in three flavors: maple brown sugar crunch, cranberry almond and cinnamon raisin pecan. Nourish hot cereal comes in a two-pack of single-serve cups that can be prepared quickly by stirring in hot water or adding cool water and heating in a microwave. Nuts and fruit are provided in a removable cap and can be stirred into the hot cereal.

Nourish nutrition bars provide 5 g fiber and 8 g protein as well, and each bar is made with such ingredients as quinoa, fruit, nuts and seeds. Nourish nutrition bars are available in dark chocolate nut delight, cranberry almond and lemon twist flavors.

Even though most consumers know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, 30 million Americans skip breakfast every day, with young adults (20%) and teens (17%) having the highest rate of missing their morning meal, the company noted. And recent studies have shown nearly two-thirds of high schoolers skip breakfast at least once per week, and children who eat cereal for breakfast — even pre-sweetened varieties — have lower body weight and BMI readings. One thing that would enable more people to eat breakfast is increased availability of convenient breakfast items.

With that in mind, Kellogg’s is introducing Kellogg’s To Go breakfast shakes — a healthy and convenient drinkable option that provides 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 21 vitamins and minerals.

"Kellogg’s believes in the power of breakfast, and too many people skip this important meal," VanDeVelde said. "That’s why we created a new delicious option for on-the-go breakfast nutrition."

The shakes are available in three flavors — milk chocolate, vanilla and strawberry — and come in either an easy-to-mix powder or ready-to-drink-single serve bottles. They can be found in retailer breakfast aisles.


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