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Most adults plan to buy gifts on Black Friday weekend, but fiscal cliff casts shadow

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — More than half of U.S. adults plan to buy holiday gifts during Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new survey from the Consumer Electronics Association.

The survey found that 60% will buy gifts during Black Friday weekend, with the average adult planning to spend $218 between Thursday and Monday, compared with $159 last year. At the same time, the "fiscal cliff" may affect their holiday spending. Overall, consumers plan to spend $842 on gifts this year.

Thirty-seven percent plan to shop on Black Friday, with 33% going to a retail store and 20% shopping online; Saturday and Monday will see 34% and 25% of respondents shopping, respectively. Fifty-seven percent plan to buy at least one gift, a 10% increase over last year.

"The 2012 Thanksgiving weekend has the potential to be the biggest shopping weekend on record," CEA chief economist and senior director of research Shawn DuBravac said. "A full 66% of shoppers haven’t completed any of their holiday shopping, but on average, by the end of the weekend, consumers expect to have completed some 30% of their holiday shopping."

Shoppers with tablets and smartphones plan to use them to help find gifts, with 69% of adults using a mobile device while shopping or researching gifts. Forty-seven percent will use them to get more information about products, 44% will use them to comparison shop, and 39% will use them to look up retailer information.

At the same time, 51% said the impending fiscal cliff would have an adverse effect on their spending during the holiday season, as well as the amount of money they spend on gifts, while 18% said it was going to have a significant effect.

 

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OPI to launch Euro Centrale collection for spring/summer 2013

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Classic meets contemporary with Euro Centrale by OPI for spring/summer 2013. Celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s 12 new nail lacquers offer a mixture of metallic hues; bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine.

“Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot,” explained Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.

“Euro Centrale boasts a wide variety of shades, ranging from pale nude to deep blue – and featuring everything from shimmering copper to aqua in between,” continued Weiss-Fischmann. “Whether you’re looking to spice up a black and white print, or add neutrality to a vivid brocade, these lacquers are designed to accessorize spring’s hottest looks.”

Euro Centrale by OPI includes the following shades:

Polka.com: Blue and violet are dancing partners in this glittery combo;

OPI…Eurso Euro: This deep blue cream is very continental;

Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!: A warm pink;

You’re Such a BudaPest: A periwinkle-purple;

Can’t Find My Czechbook: An aqua;

My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!: A fiery red;

Hands Off My Kielbasa!: A bronzy tan;

OY–Another Polish Joke!: A shimmery-gold;

A Woman’s Prague-ative: A shimmery copper;

Vant to Bite My Neck?: A deep eggplant;

I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw: A deep midnight blue; and

My Vampire is Buff: Creamy, pale and nude.

Euro Centrale collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, toluene, or formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide brush for the ultimate in application.

Euro Centrale by OPI will be available in February at salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and Ulta Beauty for $9 each.
 

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New Crystal Rock Deodorant Stick for men hits market

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The maker of Crystal Body Deodorant has announced the introduction of its latest addition to its portfolio of men’s natural odor-fighters — Rock Deodorant Stick.

The new stick takes the 24-hour odor-fighting power of Rock body spray into a wide, solid form for total coverage. It promises to naturally eliminate odor causing-bacteria with 100% mineral salt components without the use of aluminums, parabens and chemicals. The formula also promises to keep clothes free of stains.

How to use: Moisten the deodorant stick and apply immediately after showering onto clean skin for maximum odor-eliminating protection. The suggested retail price is $6.99.

Available in more than 35,000 retailers, Crystal Body Deodorant products come in more than 25 varieties for men and women.
 

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