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Sally Hansen unveils spring 2012 nail color innovations

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty’s Sally Hansen beauty brand is gearing up for spring 2012 with an array of new nail color products that promise high-impact bling, diamond strength and a porcelain-smooth finish.

Beauty mavens who want nails with high-impact bling will love Gem Crush Nail Color. The new nail color promises to deliver full-coverage, high-intensity glitter for a multidimensional manicure that glimmers. The collection will be available in eight shades, priced at $6.95 each.

The brand also will introduce come spring the next generation of Diamond Strength Nails — Diamond Strength no-chip nail color and Diamond Flash fast dry top coat. Infused with real micro-diamonds, platinum and aluminum, the new formulas promise to deliver strengthening color, 10-day protection from breaking and rock-hard, long-lasting shine. The Diamond Strength no-chip nail color collection comes in 32 different shades and is priced at $4.95 each. The Diamond Flash fast dry top coat is $6.99.

Sally Hansen also is making it easier to create a French manicure with its new Diamond Strength French manicure pen kit. The kit includes an all-in-one base and top coat, an easy-to-use white tip pen for precision and Diamond Strength nail color. The kit is available in three shades: Barely There, Ballet Bare and Pink-a-Boo. The kit also includes nail tip guides to ensure a salon-perfect manicure at home. The price is $10.99.

Want nearly naked nails? Enter Smooth and Perfect Color + Care, a collection of nude nail polishes that deliver creamy color and a porcelain-smooth coverage in one polish. The formula is designed to hide ridges and imperfections, and promotes healthier-looking nails with a patented technology that allows for up to 20% more oxygen to reach the nail. The new Smooth and Perfect Color + Care collection comes in eight barely-there shades priced at $5.99 each.

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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Hundreds of cosmetic companies met goals

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO — The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced on Wednesday that 321 cosmetics companies have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the United States and to fully disclose product ingredients. An additional 111 companies made “significant progress toward those goals,” the campaign stated.

More than 1,500 companies signed the compact from its inception in 2004 until August 2011, when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics closed the compact project. The research team at Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database developed tools for tracking each company’s compliance with the goals of the compact. Through these tools, the campaign determined that 321 companies achieved “Champion” status by fulfilling the goals of the compact, and an additional 111 companies reached “Innovator” status by getting most of the way there.

According to the campaign, the “Champions” are demonstrating best practices by:

  • Making effective products without using ingredients prohibited for use in cosmetics in other countries;   
  • Disclosing all their ingredients, including those that make up “fragrance”; and
  • Working together with nonprofit health groups to increase market demand for safe, sustainable products and practices.

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National Bio+Green Sciences introduces new HandSan hand sanitizer

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — National Bio+Green Sciences has created HandSan, which is positioned as the first-ever alcohol-free, organic hand cleanser made solely from purified water and vitamins with no artificial preservatives.

“Like all Bio+Green Crystals products, our HandSan is an eco-friendly product created in America using local components whenever possible, supporting regional and national businesses, and creating quality manufacturing-based jobs,” stated Nik Renieris, founder and CEO of National Bio+Green Sciences.

HandSan has a suggested retail price of $5.99. HandSan, together with the Bio+Green Crystals all-natural line of household cleaners, are available for purchase at select retail locations.

 

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