BEAUTY CARE

The essence of specialty at CVS

BY Antoinette Alexander

Looking more like a shelf within Bath & Body Works than one you’d find in retail pharmacy is the Essence of Beauty endcap spotted within one CVS/pharmacy in New York. Essence of Beauty is available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at CVS.com.


The attractive display encourages beauty mavens to indulge their senses with bath and body products available in such fragrances as Japanese Garden and Citrus Coconut. Aside from lotions and body mists, the display also featured body sponges. However, what was especially interesting is that Essence of Beauty gift cards also were merchandised on the display — again, an offering one likely would expect to see in a specialty shop.


The retailer also has established a solid Web presence for the exclusive brand, featuring an overview of what’s new in the collection. Visitors also can learn more about the fragrances and purchase online.

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L’Oréal boutique touts beautiful convenience

BY Antoinette Alexander


Shoppers of Bed Bath & Beyond’s Upper East Side location in New York can experience the ultimate beauty destination thanks to the recent opening there of L’Oréal Paris’ first-ever “boutique.”


The boutique carves out an oasis for beauty within the massive store — a somewhat logical extension from the “bath” in Bed Bath & Beyond — and features L’Oréal Paris skin care, hair care, cosmetics and hair color products. Brand ambassadors (i.e., Bed Bath & Beyond associates who were trained by L’Oréal) are in the boutique daily to offer shoppers expert advice and tips on which products are best suited for their skin and hair care needs.


The Bed Bath & Beyond Upper East Side store, located at 61st Street and First Avenue, is an ideal fit for the L’Oréal Paris flagship boutique, creating somewhat of a bridge between tony Upper East Side shoppers and the department stores in Midtown.

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The new ‘Look’ of Duane Reade

BY Antoinette Alexander

Duane Reade, which now is owned by Walgreens, is redefining the chain drug beauty shopping experience for New Yorkers as it continues to roll out its Look Boutique as part of its transformation.


The upscale staffed beauty department services all aspects of beauty, including brows with a Ramy-branded brow bar that offers in-store brow-shaping services. Available beauty brands include Becca, POP Beauty, Purminerals, ’Tini Beauty Lounge and Vera Moore.


The Look Boutique also offers shoppers an inviting fragrance area that undoubtedly is a departure from the typical drug store fragrance department. The fragrance counter has a handful of the most popular fragrances tethered to an upscale-looking counter so beauty mavens can sample fragrances easily.

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