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OPI, singer Gwen Stefani create limited-edition nail lacquer collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — OPI has teamed up with celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited-edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring color in breakthrough finishes.

Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Stefani’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.

Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI EVP and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann created a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion.

“With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” Weiss-Fischmann said. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Stefani uses beauty to accessorize her style.”

Stefani’s signature red OPI hue — Over & Over A-Gwen — is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application.

Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat.

Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, also is worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat — Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish.

The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color and In True Stefani Fashion.

Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret and Ulta Beauty for $9 suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and Swarovski Elements will retail for $14.95.

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Energizer completes acquisition of feminine hygiene business from J&J Family of Consumer Cos.

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. LOUIS — Energizer Holdings has announced the closing of the acquisition of the Stayfree pad, Carefree liner and o.b. tampon feminine hygiene brands in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean from McNeil PPC and Johnson & Johnson — members of the J&J Family of Consumer Cos. — for $185 million.
 
As previously reported by Drug Store News, included in the sale are all brand assets, and the Johnson & Johnson manufacturing plant in Montreal. Energizer estimates that the acquisition will be modestly accretive in fiscal 2014.

 

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Colgate releases Q3 results

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NEW YORK — Colgate-Palmolive announced on Thursday that during the third-quarter new product launches in the United States contributed to volume growth across categories, and market share gains were seen in such categories as manual toothbrushes, powered toothbrushes, mouthwash and body washes.

In toothpaste, the success of Colgate Optic White and Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpastes helped drive market share for the Colgate Optic White brand to 5.5% year to date, up 0.6 share points versus year ago. The company also noted that strong sales of Colgate Total, Colgate Max Fresh Cool Scrub, Colgate Sensitive SmartFoam and Whitening and Tom’s of Maine toothpastes also contributed to volume growth during the quarter.

In manual toothbrushes, strong sales of Colgate 360 Optic White, Colgate 360 Total Advanced Floss Tip Bristles and Colgate Extra Clean manual toothbrushes helped drive market share in that category to a record 38.4% year to date. The company plans to build on this growth momentum with the recent U.S. launch of the new Colgate Slim Soft manual toothbrush, which will have advertising support beginning in the fourth quarter.

During the quarter, worldwide net sales were $4.4 billion, up 1.5% compared with the year-ago. Organic sales grew 6%.

Net income and diluted earnings per share were $656 million and 70 cents, respectively. This compares with net income and diluted earnings per share in the year-ago period of $654 million and 68 cents, respectively.

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