BEAUTY CARE

Rexall format focuses on derm

BY Antoinette Alexander

Beauty junkies in Canada have a new option when shopping for products. A new format recently unveiled by Katz Group Canada’s flagship Rexall drug store chain is aimed at making its stores “an innovative health destination.”


The Rexall Healthy Living Pharmacy format features a combined skin care and beauty care department. The goal: to focus on derm versus just cosmetics.


The section, called the Derm Centre, is staffed by an expert skin care adviser and features a large assortment of high-end and mid-priced brands for healthier skin, along with a “Dermo Analyzer” that provides interactive skin analysis to help customers identify such potential skin issues as hydration and sun sensitivity. The tool helps derm consultants work with individual customers to create a customized skin care regime. The section also offers a “wet play station” to allow customers to sample products.

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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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