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Elizabeth Arden, pop star Nicki Minaj celebrate fragrance launch in NYC

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Pop star Nicki Minaj celebrated this week the launch of her first fragrance with a larger-than-life event at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City.

Macy’s Herald Square provided the first 300 fans to purchase Macy’s Pink Friday exclusive gift set bundle the opportunity to meet Minaj and get an autographed limited edition Pink Friday commemorative ad. 
Minaj turned heads when she stepped onto the pink carpet wearing a hot pink Armani blazer, Marni blue and white high-wasted skinny pants, Giuseppe Zanotti blue suede wedge booties, a vintage rainbow-swirled bra, pink police officer hat and striking blonde wig by Terrance Davidson.

Scott Beattie, chairman, president and CEO of Elizabeth Arden, and Jeff Gennette, chief merchandising officer of Macy’s, kicked off the event with a speech to welcome the crowd and introduce Minaj.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Pink Friday is Minaj’s first and signature scent. The fragrance, developed in partnership with Elizabeth Arden, mixes complementary playful and sultry notes of fruits, vanilla and musks.

To learn more about the fragrance, click here.
 

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New Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics holiday nail collection to hit Rite Aid shelves

BY Antoinette Alexander

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is gearing up for the holiday season with the new JulieG Holiday Collection by Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics.

This limited-edition line of five festive nail colors was designed and inspired by top YouTube beauty vlogger Julie Gutierrez (JulieG713).


The JulieG Holiday Collection has a suggested retail price of $3.99 and will be available Nov. 1 at Rite Aid stores and at Jessesgirlcosmetics.com.
 

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NRF: Swipe fee reform saving up to $18 million per day

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation estimated that U.S. retailers and their customers are benefiting from savings of up to $18 million every day since the implementation of debit card swipe fee reform.

Reform measures that took effect on Oct. 1, 2011, reduced banks’ debit card swipe revenue by $6.6 billion, according to a report issued by Javelin Strategy and Research. While some card processors have yet to pass the full reduction along to retailers, the figure comes to as much as $18 million a day nationwide. Prior to reform, debit card swipe fee cost retailers and consumers $22 billion a year in 2010, according to the Nilson Report, a newsletter that tracks the card industry.

"Merchants haven’t necessarily labeled the savings from reform as a ‘debit discount’ but they have nonetheless found a variety of ways to pass the value along to their customers," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Depending on the store, shoppers are paying lower prices, getting better service or avoiding prices hikes that otherwise would have come with inflation. Retailers are simply too competitive not to share savings with consumers because customer value is one of the key ways they take market share away from their competitors. Retailers know that if they don’t pass along the savings the store across the street will."

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