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Survey: Summertime BBQ a challenge for many heartburn sufferers

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Summer is the time when barbecue aficionados are most likely to feel heartburn’s effects, according to a new study released by Procter & Gamble on behalf of its Prilosec OTC brand Tuesday.

Nearly half (46%) of Americans with frequent heartburn identified barbecue season as the time of year when they are most likely to suffer from heartburn symptoms. And more than half (63%) of chronic heartburn sufferers admitted that their condition frequently interferes with them having fun.

One-in-3 people surveyed reported they had avoided a barbecue because of their heartburn symptoms; 74% reported it would be worse to forget their heartburn medicine than their sun block when going on vacation this summer; and 60% have had to adjust plans while on vacation due to heartburn symptoms.

 


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Elizabeth Arden acquires licenses for Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj fragrance brands

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Elizabeth Arden has acquired from Give Back Brands the global licenses and certain related assets for the Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj fragrance brands.

Someday, the first fragrance from popstar Justin Bieber, launched in U.S department stores in spring 2011. The second fragrance, Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend, is launching in U.S. department stores this summer. The first fragrance from R&B/hip hop artist Nicki Minaj is scheduled to launch at U.S. department stores this fall.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company stated that it expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings beginning in the first half of fiscal 2013. Excluding the impact of this transaction, the company confirmed its fiscal 2012 guidance for net sales growth of 5% to 5.5% compared with the prior fiscal year, net income per diluted share of $1.95 to $2 and a gross margin increase of 200 to 250 basis points over fiscal 2011.

This guidance also excludes any expenses related to the previously announced acquisition of the Ed Hardy, True Religion and BCBGMaxAzria fragrance licenses, the company stated.

Elizabeth Arden’s brand portfolio includes Elizabeth Arden skin care, color and fragrance products; Prevage anti-aging formulas; the celebrity fragrance brands of Britney Spears, Elizabeth Taylor, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and Usher; the designer fragrance brands of Juicy Couture, Alfred Sung, BCBGMaxAzria, Ed Hardy, Geoffrey Beene, Halston, John Varvatos, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand, Rocawear and True Religion; and the lifestyle fragrance brands Curve, Giorgio Beverly Hills and PS Fine Cologne.

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Soho Beauty sponsors Hollywood hair, makeup artist union

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — SOHO Beauty was a sponsor of the quarterly Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 meeting held on June 3 in Burbank, Calif., and presented to the group its Professional Collection makeup brushes, the manufacturer announced.

I.A.T.S.E Local 706 is a guild in the entertainment industry representing makeup artists and hair stylists in feature films and television, commercials, “live” network television, all types of theatrical productions and Disneyland theme parks.  Members create characters and win Academy Awards, Primetime and Daytime Emmys, Saturns, BAFTAs and every other award for makeup and hair styling artistry.

The Professional Collection is a 15-piece collection. Featuring brush heads made from natural and synthetic hairs, the Soho Professional Collection makeup brushes feature an ergonomic brush handle designed to conform to the natural contours of the hand, allowing for a better grip and more controlled application. These key features prevent hand fatigue, a common occurrence among makeup artists spending long hours on the set and backstage creating looks for the entertainment industry.

The Soho Professional Collection makeup brushes include a powder, blush, angled blush, highlighter, foundation, angled blender, all-over shadow, blender, crease, tapered contour, concealer, smudge, small shader, eyeliner, angled eyeliner, brow bush and kabuki brush with stand. The line is available now and retails between $6.99 and $19.99.

Soho Beauty also showcased its spring/summer 2012 collection of cosmetic bags, hard-sided beauty cases and the new line of beauty organizers. Each attendee went home with a Soho Beauty gift bag that included three brushes from the Professional Collection.

Soho Beauty hard-sided cases, cosmetic bags, makeup brushes and beauty organizers are available nationwide at such retailers as Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Duane Reade and CVS.

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