Fictional beauty brand comes to life
NEW YORK — Fusion Brands, the parent company of beauty brands FusionBeauty and Clean, has partnered with Sony Pictures and CBS Consumer Products to launch Jabot Cosmetics, a fictional beauty brand that will become available for purchase to consumers.
Inspired by the beauty company portrayed on daytime TV’s Emmy-award-winning "The Young and the Restless," Jabot now is a collection of color cosmetics, skin care and fragrances. Jabot Cosmetics will launch at the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas on June 19. The face of the brand, Tracey Bregman, who plays Lauren Fenmore, will debut the brand live on the red carpet.
"Jabot is the crown jewel cosmetics company in town. It’s such a huge part of the history of the show and has played a significant role in the interfamily dynamics of the Abbotts, particularly in Jack Abbott’s relationship with his father, John. It’s also a key ingredient to the decades-long business rivalry between Jack and fellow titan Victor Newman. Blood has been lost and hearts have been broken over this company," explained Maria Bell, producer and head writer of "The Young and the Restless."
"For the first time, our fans can own a piece of the show and at the same time share in the storyline as it unfolds live on TV," Bell added. "The brand launch is going to be completely integrated to the show. The back story on how Jabot started and product development is going to be featured in ‘Y&R’ storylines, and we are going to use actual Jabot products on-set with the same packaging as you will see in retail. Plus, viewers will soon see a new Jabot set as well."
Jabot Cosmetics’ array of products includes the Overnight Sensation, Camera Ready Color and Red Carpet Collections, as well as a fragrance and body care additions launching in late 2011. Jabot skin care and color products are all formulated with anti-aging technologies to deliver results. These include the Miracules Complex, a cactus pectin ingredient that hydrates to smooth and plump the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles, while reversing the appearance of dry, dull and dehydrated skin.
The entire collection officially will launch on July 28. The collection also will be available at every Ulta retail location. Prices will range from $15 to $40. An exclusive three-piece Emmy collection kit will be available on June 19 at ShopJabot.com for a limited time for $59.50.
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Former Alberto Culver finance chief heads to Cigna
PHILADELPHIA and BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Global health services company Cigna has hired former Alberto Culver executive Ralph Nicoletti to serve as EVP and CFO, effective June 20.
Nicoletti assumes executive leadership responsibility for all of Cigna’s financial operations and functions, as well as for Cigna’s investment management and strategic planning units. He will be based in Bloomfield, Conn.
Most recently, Nicoletti served as EVP and CFO of Chicago-based Alberto Culver, a manufacturer and marketer of personal care and household brands that recently was acquired by Unilever Group. He began his career in 1979 with General Foods, which was acquired by Altria and later combined with Kraft Foods, where he held a number of accounting, finance and auditing roles of increasing responsibility, attaining the position of SVP corporate audit in March 2006. In February 2007, he became SVP and CFO of Alberto Culver and then was promoted to EVP in August 2009.
Nicoletti will succeed Thomas McCarthy, who was named acting CFO in September 2010. McCarthy will assume the position of VP finance.
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Philosophy gets customized with CafePress
SAN MATEO, Calif. — CafePress, a customization engine that enables individuals, nonprofits and businesses to create, buy and sell customized merchandise online, has teamed up with beauty brand Philosophy to offer customized bath and body gifts.
Philosophy joins CafePress’ roster of brands as the first skin care and cosmetic brand to provide its consumers with ways to "co-create" their products.
"CafePress’ customization capabilities have been employed by numerous brands across a variety of categories to bolster the connection between their loyal consumer base and the products they love," stated Abdul Popal, CafePress SVP business and corporate development. "Our partnership with philosophy allows us, for the first time, to extend our customization engine into the beauty industry, a marketplace that has some of the most loyal customers imaginable."
At launch, the CafePress design tool allows philosophy customers to customize the packaging on three of philosophy’s signature shower gel scents: Amazing Grace, Pure Grace and Falling in Love. Customers select from the design templates and add a personal message. Shoppers also can purchase CafePress merchandise ranging from T-shirts and Sigg water bottles to iPad cases inscribed with Philosophy’s inspirational messages.
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