Make Up For Ever opens new store in New York, the first US location to feature the Go Pro Makeup experience

Make Up For Ever opens new store in New York, the first US location to feature the Go Pro Makeup experience

 

Paris, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Make Up For Ever has opened its new global flagship in New York, the first US location to feature the Go Pro Makeup experience. Go Pro Makeup is a unique live makeup tutorial for people of all skill levels, allowing them to learn new techniques and try out the brand’s products with guidance from a professional makeup artist.

Inspired by innovation and a desire to share professional makeup techniques since its founding in 1984, Make Up For Ever has introduced an exciting new in-store concept that brings guests a unique experience, guided by professional makeup artists. Recently launched in Paris, London and Singapore, the Go Pro Makeup bar has arrived in New York at the new Make Up For Ever global flagship.

Designed to bring guests highly-personalized service and inspire their creativity, the Go Pro Makeup bar features a moving belt on which sets of products are grouped to create a makeup skill – highlighting or contouring for example, or a specific look – in just five minutes. Guests select the makeup skill they want to learn, sit at one of the seven seats and follow the step-by-step instructions. Guided by a professional makeup artist, they also receive personalized advice. The Go Pro Makeup experience also includes makeup classes lasting around 20 minutes, enabling people to learn a new skill they can recreate at home.

With its new flagship Make Up For Ever shares its expertise and passion, creating a store where customers can learn and play in a relaxed, comfortable environment, empowering self-expression through makeup.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Whole Foods Market announces special discounts on facial care and cosmetics during Beauty Week 2017, March 22 to 28

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Beauty Week 2017, Whole Foods Market is offering special discounts on its wide selection of facial care and cosmetics. From March 22 to 28, all facial care and cosmetics will be 25 percent off. In addition, on Friday, March 24, stores will offer limited edition beauty bags for $18 apiece, while supplies last.

The beauty bag is made from organic cotton and is handcrafted by talented artisans in India using traditional techniques of dabu indigo mud-printing, power loom weaving and hand-tasseling. Valued at $90, the custom bag contains Whole Foods Market’s beauty favorites, including Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy, Juice Beauty, Trilogy and more. Beginning March 22, shoppers can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win their own limited edition beauty bag through posting on Instagram or Twitter using #CleanBeautyFaves.

“We’re thrilled to host our third annual Beauty Week and to offer great deals on our selection of beauty products,” said Maren Giuliano, global Whole Body executive coordinator at Whole Foods Market. “The quality standards for our beauty department are unparalleled, and we hope shoppers will find their new favorite beauty product in our department during Beauty Week.”

Whole Foods Market’s beauty department has been lauded for years. In 2012, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics named the company “the leading national retailer” in personal care product safety; in 2014, the grocer was named runner-up in the Sustainable Beauty Awards’ “Sustainable Leadership” category; and in 2015, Giuliano was recognized by Women’s Wear Daily as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty.”

There are more than 75 ingredients common in conventional body care products that are not allowed in any body care products Whole Foods Market sells, including phthalates, microbeads, triclosan, BHT, BHA and aluminum chlorohydrate. Whole Foods Market also created its own standards for organic labeling on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for “organic” claims in the body care industry.

Press Contacts:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

 

BLINGBY ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH BRITISH POP DUO OMYO

BLINGBY TURNS BAND’S MUSIC VIDEOS INTO UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCES;
OMYO THE FIRST BAND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ‘BLINGBY LIVE’

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blingby has today announced a cutting-edge partnership with emerging British pop act OMYO, which sees its patented advertising technology turn the band’s music videos, concerts and more into unique shopping experiences for consumers around the world.

As part of the deal, the innovative advertising and marketing omnichannel platform will curate a series of unique videos that lets viewers shop the stars’ styles as they see them with its ‘bbstream technology’ – a portable scrolling selection of fashion, products and destinations as seen in the videos. Viewers can watch and purchase the styles or book a flight or hotel inspired by the video with the click or tap of a button.

Oxfordshire-born urban pop act OMYO found fame last year when they provided the soundtrack to New Look’s Autumn/Winter fashion campaign with critically acclaimed single ‘Lady’. They have since gone on to become BBC Introducing favourites and receive plays from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.

OMYO’s close links to fashion retailers – ranging from New Look to Ellesse – made the band a natural fit for Blingby’s advertising capabilities. As fans watch their music videos, live performances and more, they can simultaneously watch and shop interactively through the bbstream.

At a recent headline show in New York, OMYO also became the first band to use Blingby’s Live technology – the world’s first real-time consumer shopping experience designed for concerts, fashion shows and more.

OMYO and Blingby will also be collaborating on the duo’s next music video for their upcoming single, ‘Days With You’. The video will be bbTagged by Blingby and will feature items of clothing from fashion retailer River Island.

Founder and CEO of Blingby, Marcia Favale, commented on the partnership: “OMYO is right there fusing the boundaries of music and fashion. They have worked with some absolutely aspirational fashion brands – ASOS, Adidas, Ellesse, Blood Brother and more. They know exactly what their fans want to wear and OMYO is inspiring new trends. Through Blingby, OMYO can promote labels whilst maintaining creative integrity. Blingby is the platform designed to bridge that gap and make a connection between music fans and what the stars are wearing.”

OMYO added: “We are always looking for brand new ways of engaging with our fans and followers and Blingby adds a whole new dimension to our videos. Incorporating the Blingby videos into our Facebook page and posts is especially helpful as it is so difficult to stand out on social media these days, but having a video that doubles as an interactive browsing experience provides exactly that.”

Watch ‘Lady’ by OMYO on Blingby here:
https://blingby.com/music-video/omyo-lady

Watch Blingby Live in action at OMYO’s New York show here:
https://blingby.com/video/daydreamers

Watch OMYO Visual Bio on Facebook with Blingby Technology
https://www.facebook.com/omyofficial/app/106171216118819/

For more information:

www.blingby.com

http://omyomusic.com

Notes to Editors

About Blingby

Blingby is a revolutionary advertising and marketing platform. Through Blingby’s website and app, users can watch their favourite music videos, movie trailers and more, while Blingby’s innovative ‘BBStream’ technology provides a synchronised on-screen feed of clothing, accessories, motors, homeware as well as luxury venues and locations. While watching the videos, users can click to purchase the items, rent venues and book holidays that appear on screen there and then, allowing them to truly live the experience.

Blingby is currently available on the web at www.blingby.com and as an Android or iOSmobile app through Google Play and iTunes. Launched in August 2015, Blingby has reached millions of users worldwide and currently spans 135 countries.

About OMYO

London-based pop duo OMYO (pronounced Ohm-Yo, an acronym for ‘Our Music Your Opinion’) is made up of Oxfordshire-born Tom McCorkell (24, vocals) and William Edward (27, music and backing vocals) who have been making music together since they took on a bet to write a song one New Year’s Eve. After finding their sound in a mix of infectious acoustic and synth-inspired urban-pop, the band has gone on to play the UK festival circuit including a set at Wireless Festival, and have been featured on by Charlie Sloth on BBC Radio 1 Xtra. William has simultaneously kept alive a successful career in modelling with brands such as Nike and Schott NYC.

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Northeastern Fine Jewelry officially opens new Glens Falls store

GLENS FALLS, New York; March 19, 2017 – Northeastern Fine Jewelry today welcomed the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new store in downtown Glens Falls with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.

New York State Senator Betty Little joined Northeastern Fine Jewelry owner Val Bleser, Vice President Gregg Kelly and officials from the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce to officially open the doors to the 2,500-square-foot store, located at 167 Glen Street in the building formerly occupied by Scoville Jewelers.

The Glens Falls store marks the third greater Capital Region location for Northeastern Fine Jewelry, which also maintains storefronts on Western Avenue in Albany and Union Street in Schenectady.

“We are excited to expand our upstate presence with this new location in Glens Falls while maintaining the tradition of a family-owned jeweler in the downtown community,” said Ray Bleser, owner and founder of Northeastern Fine Jewelry. “We look forward to meeting the community and being a part of those special life milestones and memories for local residents.”

The celebration will continue with a preview party and reception open to the public this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. The first 100 guests will each receive a $25 gift card to Northeastern Fine Jewelry.

The preview party will also feature a special appearance by Jonathan Goldsmith, who for ten years portrayed “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in the popular marketing campaign for Dos Equis. Additionally, guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

The Glens Falls store will offer a wide variety of premier jewelry brands, including Hearts on Fire, Forevermark, Charles Krypell, Tacori, Simon G, Michele, and Phillips House, amongst others.

Additionally, Northeastern Fine Jewelry will serve as the exclusive retailer within New York of CS DESIGNS, original jewelry designed by Chris Scoville and former owner of M.C. Scoville Jewelers, Inc. All customers with Scoville Diamond Warranties will continue to receive complimentary cleanings and inspections at Northeastern Fine Jewelry.

Noah Illinski will serve as manager of the Glens Falls location, a role responsible for oversight of the store’s sales, support and five staff members. Illinski, who has served as a store manager with Northeastern Fine Jewelry since 2015, has more than a decade of high-end customer service retail experience, and previously served as assistant general manager at Giorgio Armani. He holds credentials from the American Gem Society and a master’s certificate from Omega Watch Group.

Northeastern Fine Jewelry has also appointed Jennifer Carusone to the position of sales associate at the Glens Falls store. A native of South Glens Falls, Carusone previously worked for Scoville Jewelers and has a decade of experience in the jewelry business. She has been recognized for outstanding service on numerous occasions by Hearts on Fire, a leading global designer of luxury-branded diamonds and diamond jewelry.

The new Glens Falls location will be open six days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Founded by Bleser in 1980, Northeastern Fine Jewelry began as the Northeastern Coin Gallery with 1,200 square feet of showroom space on Upper Union Street in Schenectady. Five years later, Bleser turned his focus to fine jewelry and rebranded the business to its current incarnation.

For more information about Northeastern Fine Jewelry, visit www.nefj.com.

 

About Northeastern Fine Jewelry

Northeastern Fine Jewelry is the largest independently owned jeweler in the Capital Region. Northeastern Fine Jewelry is recognized as one of the Leading Jewelers of the World® and in 2006-2012 was voted “Best Jeweler” of the Capital Region due to its reputation for quality jewelry and customer service as well as its charitable and civic involvement.  For more information about Northeastern Fine Jewelry, visit its website www.nefj.com or call 518-372-3604.

 

*Please see attached photos from today’s ribbon cutting.*

Ribbon Cutting: New York State Senator Betty Little and Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond joins representatives from Northeastern Fine Jewelry and local officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Northeastern Fine Jewelry store at 167 Glen Street in Glens Falls, NY on Thursday, March 16. The Glens Falls store marks the third greater Capital Region location for Northeastern Fine Jewelry. From left to right: Candice Frye, Director at Larac and Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) Ambassador; Holly DeKleine, Director of Sales at Streamlined Graphics and ARCC Ambassador; Andrew Castrantas, Corporate Account Manager for Adirondack Technical Solutions and ARCC Ambassador; Bill Batkay, ARCC Board Member; Bob Sears, ARCC Board Member; Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond; Karley Hoffman, Manager of the Health Authority Ambassadors and ARCC Ambassador; New York State Senator Betty Little; Gregg Kelly, Vice President of Northeastern Fine Jewelry; Val Bleser, Owner of Northeastern Fine Jewelry; Noah Illinski, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Glens Falls Store Manager; Sarah Otto, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Sales Associate; Cindy Tyler, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Sales Associate; Jennifer Carusone, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Sales Associate; Susy Garcia Johnson of Hearts on Fire; and Marisa Joseph, Community Relations Specialist for Fidelis Care NY and ARCC Ambassador.

Interior: The interior of Northeastern Fine Jewelry’s newest location in downtown Glens Falls is showcased during a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the store’s official grand opening on Thursday, March 16. The 2,500-square-foot-store, located at 167 Glen Street, marks the third greater Capital Region location for Northeastern Fine Jewelry. The store will host a preview party, open to the public, on March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Mark Bardack or Caitlin Merrill
Ed Lewi Associates
P: (518) 383-6183
C: M. Bardack (518) 867-7943 or C. Merrill (518) 867-2440
mbardack@edlewi.com or cmerrill@edlewi.com

Prime Now offers one-hour delivery of products from Peninsula Beauty and Pet Food Express in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Starting today, Prime Now offers one and two-hour delivery of thousands of beauty supplies from local favorite, Peninsula Beauty
  • Prime members in the San Francisco Bay Area can now get convenient delivery of heavy pet food, toys, pet beds and more from Pet Food Express
  • Prime Now expands delivery of thousands of fresh and healthy grocery products from Sprouts Farmers Market

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today that Prime Now customers in the San Francisco Bay Area can now shop tens of thousands of beauty supplies from Peninsula Beauty and pet products from Pet Food Express. Prime members in the East Bay from Hayward to Richmond, including Berkeley and Oakland, can now also shop fresh and healthy grocery products from Sprouts Farmers Market.

“We are proud to team up with local stores in the San Francisco Bay area to offer customers an ultra-fast delivery option on tens of thousands of grocery, beauty and pet products,” said Simoina Vasen, director of Amazon Prime Now. “Prime Now is your convenient, one-stop shop for everything from mascara to fresh berries to pet food all delivered right to your door with free two-hour delivery.”

“We are excited to leverage the fast Prime Now delivery service to offer Peninsula Beauty customers a convenient option to shop all their favorite prestige beauty brands without ever having to leave their home,” said Jerret Schaar, COO of Peninsula Beauty. “Peninsula Beauty is focused on providing more value to our customers and Prime Now enables us to make shopping at our beauty boutiques easier than ever.”

“I opened my first pet supply store in San Francisco in 1980 and after all these years we continue to provide the highest quality food and supplies for our customers’ four-legged family members,” said Michael Levy, Founder and President of Bay Area based Pet Food Express. “We are so excited to share our fabulous selection of healthy foods, treats, toys and more with Prime members.”

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Prime Now offers tens of thousands of items from Amazon, Sousa’s Wine and Liquor, Tony’s Market & Liquor,Sprouts Farmers Market and popular local restaurants. Prime members can complete their grocery shopping from Sprouts including seasonal and organic produce, fresh meat and seafood, natural vitamins and body care products and even ice cream. Similarly, Tony’s Market & Liquor and Sousa’s Wine and Liquor delivers a wide selection of wine, beer and spirits. Prime Now customers can also shop thousands of beauty products from face masks, dry shampoo and lipsticks from Peninsula Beauty and pet food, pet beds and toys from Pet Food Express.

Prime Now is available in neighborhoods spanning Oakland to San Francisco to San Jose. With Prime Now, one-hour delivery is $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. Peninsula Beauty is available from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Sprouts is available from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week; and Pet Food Express is available seven days a week with varying hours by location. Learn more about Amazon Prime Now at www.amazon.com/primenow.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about. Learn more about Amazon Prime Now, Shop, or Download the App at www.primenow.com.

About Peninsula Beauty
A Family owned business since 1959, Peninsula Beauty today has 12 neighborhood locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We feature a curated selection of top professional and prestige beauty brands in haircare, nailcare, skincare, cosmetics, styling tools and bath. Peninsula Beauty prides itself on training a top notch staff to make our customers feel welcome and look their “best”!

About Pet Food Express
We love pets! It is the glue that unites our company. As part of our commitment to animal welfare, Pet Food Express has helped find homes for over 100,000 homeless animals in the Bay Area through store adoptions and the Bay Area Pet Fair. Pet Food Express has also been named a Best Place to Work by the Bay Area News Group for 6 years running. Our stores are the only ones with a Food Product Safety Assurance Program, and we would never sell anything to our customers that we wouldn’t give to our own pets.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 24,000 team members and operates more than 250 stores in 13 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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Avon announces $500,000 in grants to support safety and empowerment of women and families across the United States

Avon Foundation for Women Provided $500,000 to Support 32 Domestic Violence Organizations Across the United States; Fundraising Driven by Avon Representatives Through Empowerment Product Sales

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women today announced $500,000 in grants that are supporting the safety and empowerment of women and families across the United States. Through its partnership with 32 unique local non-profit organizations, Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative is benefiting 2017 programs that will help ensure more domestic violence victims have access to the vital services needed to help them rebuild their lives. With more than $40 million contributed to domestic violence programs across the country, Avon is one of the largest corporate supporters of the cause in the United States.

“Avon is rightly known as the company for empowering women, a commitment that has been strong since its founding. For 130 years, our company has given women the opportunity to earn financial freedom through our direct selling model. These earnings have a powerful impact, not only on a woman’s life, but also on the lives of her family and her community,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer of New Avon. “Yet, we know that women cannot be truly empowered unless their health and safety are guaranteed. We are proud to partner with incredible organizations across the country that provide critical support for domestic violence survivors – and help to create a world where women and families can continue to prosper.”

“With one in four women affected by domestic violence in her lifetime, the Avon Foundation for Women has set out to support the organizations that provide vital resources to today’s victims,” said Christine Jaworsky, Director of the Avon Foundation and leading its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Program. “Through important partnerships like these, together we hope to break the cycle of domestic violence for women once and for all.”

Each of the beneficiaries offer ongoing support to victims in their communities, including delivering essential services such as shelter, counseling, educational and professional training, survivor advocacy and case management, among other important resources. Avon is honored to support the following organizations:

  • A Safe Haven Foundation – Chicago, IL
  • Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council – Lancaster, CA
  • Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence – Dayton, OH
  • Casa Central Social Services Corporation – Chicago, IL
  • Casa Pensamiento de Mujer del Centro Inc. – Aibonito, PR
  • Center Against Sexual Family Violence Inc. – El Paso, TX
  • Center for Hope and Safety – Rochelle Park, NJ
  • Children and Families of Iowa: Family Violence Center Midwest – Des Moines, IA
  • Elizabeth House – Pasadena, CA
  • Eva’s Village – Paterson, NJ
  • Faith House Inc. – Lafayette, LA
  • Fayette County Council On Domestic Violence Inc. – Fayetteville, GA
  • Five Acres: The Boys & Girls Aid Society of Los Angeles County – Altadena, CA
  • Florida Resources Center for Women & Children, Inc. – West Palm Beach, FL
  • Foothill Family Service – Pasadena, CA
  • Good Shepherd Shelter of Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA
  • Haven Hills, Inc. – Canoga Park, CA
  • Haven of Hope – Cambridge, OH
  • Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc. – Morristown, NJ
  • My Sister’s Place – White Plains, NY
  • Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. – Marinette, WI
  • Ruth’s House Inc. – Washington, NC
  • Safe & Sound Somerset Inc. – Hillsborough, NJ
  • Safe Homes of Orange County – Newburgh, NY
  • Shepherds Door – Pasadena, CA
  • Task Force on Domestic Violence Hope Inc. – Fairmont, WV
  • The Lighthouse – Lancaster, OH
  • Urban Resource Institute – New York, NY
  • Volunteer Counseling Services, Inc. – New City, NY
  • Women Helping Women – Cincinnati, OH
  • Women’s Crisis Center, Inc. – Hebron, KY
  • YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago – Chicago, IL

Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence for women, their families and future generations. Today, Avon has provided more than $40 million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States, helping serve more than 11 million domestic violence victims since 2010. This commitment is driven by the tireless dedication of Avon Representatives that have actively fundraised for Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program through the sales of Empowerment merchandise, donating 20% of proceeds of products like the Empowerment Strength Charm Bracelet and Sterling Silver Empowerment Ring to the cause. To support Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence efforts, visit Avon.com, and learn more about the program’s impact at Avon.com/blog.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence
Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, and to provide direct services for victims and their families. Avon and the Avon Foundation have contributed more than $60 million globally to support this goal. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and educating women around the world through its army of nearly six million Avon Representatives. For more information, visit www.avonfoundation.org.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Together, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

SOURCE: New Avon LLC.

Media Contacts

For Corporate Communications:

Liz Micci
Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

KiwiTech Announces Strategic Partnership with Blingby

Strategic partnership formed to revolutionize video content delivery and e-commerce

Washington DC, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — KiwiTech, LLC, a startup accelerator and technology services company, has announced a strategic partnership with Blingby, an innovative digital advertising and marketing platform. Blingby users watch, buy, book or rent the styles and places that inspire them. However, Blingby is not only about fashion, lifestyle, or travel; it is adaptable to many different industries. Third-parties can also license and customize Blingby’s (bbStream) technology for use on their platform, enhancing their value proposition.

A truly groundbreaking innovation is Blingby’s bbstream, which can be integrated natively into content streams by producers CDNs and content distributors into their video content. Why should you care?

Imagine watching a YouTube video and moving your cursor above a person’s jacket. From that simple action, a drop-down appears with information on the jacket, through which a user can click through to purchase. Or what if PM Justin Trudeau is giving a presentation in front of the 4 Seasons in Montreal, move your cursor to the hotel and information on room rentals, etc., drop down from which you can click and execute a transaction.

It’s audience-agnostic, non-intrusive advertising that virtually eliminates the “ready fire aim” approach used by advertisers, replacing it with pinpoint accurate audience segmentation.

Blingby, founded in 2014, is a video content delivery and e-commerce marketing and advertising platform, engaging users in 185 countries. Blingby empowers marketers by providing them with a powerful, engaging and advert-less platform where the video and the proprietary bbStream experience drives user interaction. Blingby technology supports native and live streaming. Blingby is currently available on the web at www.blingby.com and on third-party websites, social media and as an Android or iOS mobile app through Google Play and iTunes.

“Blingby is a paradigm shift in marketing and advertising by transforming content into an informative, ’advert-less’ engagement applicable to different industries. We are excited to form this strategic alliance to help further transform Blingby’s unique platform,” said Rakesh Gupta, Founder and CEO, KiwiTech. “We’re committed to bringing the best of KiwiTech to help Blingby meet their business goals.”

“People’s tolerance to pushy and non-relevant and non-engaging marketing is rapidly diminishing. We built Blingby to solve this problem. We deliver a continuously-evolving, fully-immersive visual digital experience with high user engagement and conversion rates,” said Marcia Favale, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Blingby. “KiwiTech, with an extensive experience in the technology space, will augment our technology delivery to continuously reshape user engagement in digital media, helping us further deliver on the Blingby vision.”

KiwiTech brings a deep understanding of developed and emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and visual recognition. “As part of this partnership, KiwiTech will provide exclusive technology capabilities to Blingby,” said Robert Stanicic, COO and Co-Founder of Blingby.

KiwiTech provides end-to-end digital technology solutions across a wide range of industries, including publishing, healthcare, media & entertainment, education, financial services, and government. It has quickly gained recognition as an innovator by investing in numerous early-stage startups and partnering with large enterprises. Leveraging world-class design and technology development capabilities and extensive expertise with content management and creation, KiwiTech enables companies to seamlessly add mobile to their technology stack. KiwiTech is based in Washington DC, with additional offices in New York and New Delhi, India.

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ASOS Magazine’s Spring Issue Talks About The Power of Knowledge

London, United Kingdom, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — KNOWLEDGE IS POWER is the theme that runs through the Spring issue of ASOS Magazine, kicking off with cover star – and Black-ish actor and humanitarian – Yara Shahidi, who’s interviewed by Gurls Talk founder and model Adwoa Aboah.

As Black-ish increases in popularity and her platform grows, Yara’s voice has become louder and stronger. Whether speaking alongside Michelle Obama on the importance of education, or discussing art’s role in activism in front of thousands of online viewers, if Yara is talking, it’s worth listening.

Then there’s Adwoa, a model whose experience of being bipolar drove her to use her voice and influence to launch a movement to ‘get girls talking’. Advocating openness, creating a space where nobody gets judged, she launched Gurls Talk last year, an online platform whose ambition is to create a community, open dialogues and remind young women that they’re not alone.

In a time when it’s never been so important to school yourself on the issues facing young people, Yara Shahidi is the head girl of hope. Adwoa Aboah heads to the actress and activist’s house to talk politics, periods, positivity and the power of fashion.

The ASOS Magazine featuring cover star Yara Shahidi launches 23 February.

To celebrate the launch of the Spring issue, Yara Shahidi and Adwoa Aboah will be discussing Knowledge Is Power, the theme of the issue, at the BFC Show Space, The Store Studios, 180 Strand on Sunday 19 February at 7:30pm. This conversation will be streamed via ASOS Facebook Live.

If you require any further information please contact Stephanie O’Reilly, ASOS Senior PR Manager, stephanieo@asos.com

EDITORS NOTES:

Yara wears ASOS Exaggerated Shoulders Organza Blouse, ASOS Skinny Polo-neck Top, ASOS Sterling Hoop Earring and ASOS Chunky Curb Chain Earrings.

Please credit photographer Cara Stricker and ASOS Magazine.

Yara’s quotes from the feature interview:

Evoking knowledge: ‘Everything I do stems from the desire to help educate. What I aim to do is help spread knowledge, so people can come to their own conclusions.’

Her role in Black-ish: ‘To be given a show on primetime TV, featuring a black family, that’s so rare. To be able to address police brutality and religion and all these topics is really important for me.’

Embracing perfection and imperfection: ‘I’ve been in so many places where I’m like, “There’s a professor, there’s someone who’s been saving the world… What am I supposed to be doing in this space?” Because it goes to your head in two ways, not just, “Oh, I’m full of myself”, but this idea that you’re not good enough, either. Embracing perfection and imperfection.’

Fashion: ‘I view fashion as a warning for what you’re in for. My outfits are like a caution sign – “Has a loud personality and will talk your ear off.”’

Hope as a woman of colour: ‘Hope is seeing my generation, and Generation Z and Generation Alpha coming after that, not having any stereotypes because they have so many more role models who broke glass ceilings for us.‘

Social media: ‘It expands your horizons to so many like-minded people – to no longer have the barrier of distance in your way, and to be able to create your community, creates this interconnectedness that hadn’t existed before.’

The magic of girls: ‘To be reminded that we are greater than ourselves, when it’s easy to go into this forever melancholy state with what’s happening in the world. I could just mope because it’s easy to do, and I catch myself doing it all the time, but I want to feel better and do better for that girl over there.’

ABOUT ASOS

ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings. We sell cutting-edge fashion and offer a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS.com the hub of a thriving fashion community. We sell over 85,000 branded and own-brand products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from our fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world. We tailor the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of our eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia. ASOS’s websites attracted 139 million visits during December 2016 (December 2015: 114 million) and as at 31 December 2016 it had 13.4 million active customers¹ (31 December 2015: 10.7 million), of which 4.9 million were located in the UK and 8.5 million were located in our international territories (31 December 2015: 4.2 million in the UK and 6.5 million internationally).

¹Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months stephanieo@asos.com

Contact: press@asos.com

Source: ASOS

ASOS SS17 Collection features Second Collaboration with SOKO Kenya

London, United Kingdom, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Launching throughout the spring summer period, starting with a first hit in March, ASOS Made In Kenya is back for SS17.

This collection is the second in collaboration with African clothing workshop SOKO Kenya and is inspired by the local surroundings, incorporating designs from local wildlife and foliage into flowing maxi dresses and ruffle mini dresses. Soft and silky chiffon items in bright tropical florals are reminiscent of traditional African kangas and once again we see drawings by local primary school children turned into prints by the ASOS design team, with parrots dancing along the hems of kimonos and fabric-blocked T-shirts. Denim is introduced to the collection, upcycling deadstock garments and reworking the denim pieces with pretty chiffons and jersey panels.

SOKO Kenya, who have worked with ASOS since 2010 on the production of the ASOS Africa collection, are a Kenyan clothing manufacturer that provide fair and safe employment and training for some of the country’s poorest communities. ASOS provide ongoing practical support and employee training to help develop the SOKO Kenya brand and the team. SOKO Kenya has grown from four to 50 employees over the last six years.

All pieces from the ASOS Made In Kenya collection have been designed by the ASOS in-house team, then cut and manufactured by SOKO Kenya.

The SOKO Community Trust was set up in 2014 and works in partnership with the ASOS Foundation with an aim of providing women and men in the local Kasigau community with the practical skills and support needed to see sustainable improvement in their lives and lift them out of poverty.

ASOS Foundation and SOKO Community Trust created Stitching Academy Kenya that trains local people in garment manufacturing. The recently launched Stitching Academy Hub provides graduates with low cost access to equipment to start their own business. In 2016 we launched ‘The Pipeline Roadshow’ – a series of workshops on women’s health, family finance and eye care travelling to rural villages in the community around SOKO Kenya.

The collection will sit under ASOS’ Eco Edit flagship brand. The Eco Edit (previously the Green Room) is a section of the ASOS website where customers can find out about and buy pioneering sustainable fashion and beauty items. It’s one of the ways ASOS promotes products that are made by manufacturers and brands that sustainable business practices.

As ever, each ASOS piece in this collection is made under fair-trade principles.

Prices start at £4 for hair accessories and £70 for maxi dresses and coats.

ABOUT ASOS

ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings. We sell cutting-edge fashion and offer a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS.com the hub of a thriving fashion community. We sell over 85,000 branded and own-brand products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from our fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world. We tailor the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of our eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia. ASOS’s websites attracted 139 million visits during December 2016 (December 2015: 114 million) and as at 31 December 2016 it had 13.4 million active customers¹ (31 December 2015: 10.7 million), of which 4.9 million were located in the UK and 8.5 million were located in our international territories(31 December 2015: 4.2 million in the UK and 6.5 million internationally).

¹Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months

Contact: press@asos.com

Source: ASOS

ASOS collaborates with Lot, Stock and Barrel for New Capsule Collection

London, United Kingdom, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — ASOS, the global fashion destination for 20-somethings, has collaborated with US creative design studio Lot, Stock & Barrel on a capsule womenswear, menswear and unisex collection, set to launch this April.

The ASOS design team discovered Lot, Stock & Barrel during a research trip to LA. Visiting the LS&B store, which sells curated vintage pieces and offers custom embroidery, the design team were impressed by their chain-stitch embroidery technique, fun slogans and patches, and felt there was a lot of synergy between the brand and ASOS design.

The in-store process is entirely done by hand using vintage chain-stitch embroidery machines ranging from the 40s, 50s and 60s. This process not only creates a classic look and feel but also allows Lot, Stock & Barrel the flexibility to create and embroider nearly any design on site.

ASOS worked collaboratively with the LS&B team to create a series of unique designs using inspiration from some of Lot, Stock & Barrel’s most popular phrases, designs and drawings. The ASOS team designed several key pieces that are decorated with both chain-stitch and traditional embroidery, patches and slogans in LS&B’s unique style and perspective, capturing the ethos of both brands.

The collection includes slogans embroidered onto swimsuits, denim and washed-out jersey pieces. Oversized stripe shirts, mesh dresses and accessories are patched and stitched with cherries, flying doughnuts and tattoo-inspired skulls and spiders.

ABOUT ASOS

ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings. We sell cutting-edge fashion and offer a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS.com the hub of a thriving fashion community. We sell over 85,000 branded and own-brand products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from our fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world. We tailor the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of our eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia. ASOS’s websites attracted 139 million visits during December 2016 (December 2015: 114 million) and as at 31 December 2016 it had 13.4 million active customers¹ (31 December 2015: 10.7 million), of which 4.9 million were located in the UK and 8.5 million were located in our international territories (31 December 2015: 4.2 million in the UK and 6.5 million internationally).

¹Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months

ABOUT LOT, STOCK & BARREL

About Lot, Stock & Barrel Lot, Stock & Barrel is a Los Angeles-based design studio and retail concept. They provide specialised creative services to the retail, marketing, fashion, apparel, entertainment and hospitality industries. Founded in 2013, Lot, Stock & Barrel stems from a passion for retail, marketing, apparel and design. The team has experience spanning apparel, consulting and design industries, offering a dynamic perspective on both design and business relationships. This background offers LS&B the ability to create a unique vision as well as seamlessly execute projects from concept to completion.

Contact: press@asos.com

Source: ASOS

Metric USA Releases Makeup Bag Case Organizer On Amazon.com

CULVER CITY, CA, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metric Products, a family owned company that works to create, develop, and manufacturer a range of products that are functional, beautiful, and simplistically designed, this week announced they have released their latest innovative product, the Metric USA Cosmetic Makeup Bag Case Organizer, on Amazon.com for all consumers intent on keeping their personal items neat and organized.

“Having been in business for over 60 years, we understand what’s missing from the market at any given time,” said Rita Haft Owner of Metric Products. “Women and men deserve an organizational cosmetic bag that is both nice to look at, and functional in design. Our latest product is transportable and designed to be an on-the-go necessity for any kind of adventure.”

The Cosmetic Organizer is curated with extra length to hold even the longest makeup brushes. It is water-repellent and easy to clean with any kind of soap. Designed to be lightweight and portable, the organizer has an origami-type easy to fold design that makes it suitable for everyday transportable use. Lastly, the bag is equipped with a durable, long-lasting zipper to keep items safe and secure from leaks and spills.

“In addition to the outside zipper, the bag also comes with an interior zipper for keeping smaller makeup items secure and separate from the larger pouch,” said Ms. Haft. “This makes for the ultimate organizational structure. Spread the word on the roll out of our latest product, and head on over to Amazon.com today to get a better idea of its unique properties.”

For more information, visit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7YVULA

To check out Metric Products’ social media accounts, visit: https://shopmetricusa.com/

Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oicm-0keBlY&spfreload=10

SOURCE: Metric Products

Ulta Beauty to host 4Q 2016 results conference call on Thursday, March 9, 2017

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) today (Feb. 23, 2017) announced that the Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter 2016 results on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central Time. A press release detailing the Company’s fourth quarter 2016 results will be issued after the market closes and prior to the call. The conference call will be hosted by Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, and Scott Settersten, Chief Financial Officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003. The conference call will also be webcast live at http://ir.ulta.com. A replay of the webcast will remain available for 90 days. A replay of the conference call will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 23, 2017 and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 and entering conference ID number 13654550.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of January 28, 2017, Ulta Beauty operates 974 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

Contact:
Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

New Avon LLC to relocate its NYC corporate headquarters from Midtown Manhattan to One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway

New York State’s Empire State Development Incentive to Support Company’s Expansion and Relocation to Brookfield’s One Liberty Plaza

New York, NY, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”), the leading social selling beauty company in North America, today (February 16, 2017) announced plans to relocate its New York City corporate headquarters from Midtown Manhattan to One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, in Lower Manhattan. Avon will move approximately 400 employees into an approximately 91,000 square foot space on two floors of the 54-story tower owned by Brookfield Properties.

Avon’s move is made possible in part by its partnership with New York State’s Empire State Development (ESD). The agency has provided the company with performance-based benefits including Excelsior Jobs Program refundable tax credits to support its expansion.

“As we work to build the best social selling experience for Avon Representatives and consumers, it was important for us to find an emerging and high energy location to inspire our innovative, entrepreneurial culture,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer of New Avon LLC. “We were attracted to Lower Manhattan because it is a vibrant and growing area, anchored by the Freedom Tower and the Westfield World Trade Center. This location will embody the Avon of the future, so we’d like to thank Governor Cuomo and the team at Empire State Development for helping us make this exciting move a reality.”

“As the state’s business climate continues to improve, we are seeing more and more major companies, like Avon, choosing to relocate or expand their headquarters in New York State,” said ESD President, Chief Executive Officer & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “This company has a long, successful legacy operating in New York and we look forward to the new jobs and economic opportunity generated by their continued growth in the Empire State.”

Avon’s headquarter employees represent all core enterprise functions, including Marketing, Merchandising, Digital, Legal, Innovation, Finance, Human Resources and Supply Chain. The new location will feature an open concept to support employee collaboration and innovation. Avon expects to officially move into its new headquarters by late summer 2017.

One Liberty Plaza, with its central location at Broadway and Liberty Street, is one of the most prestigious buildings in Lower Manhattan. The 54-story, 2.3-million-square-foot steel and glass tower provides sweeping views of New York Harbor, the Hudson and East Rivers, and the surrounding areas. It features an open plaza at its entrance with direct access to Zuccotti Park. One Liberty Plaza’s tenant base is comprised of leading companies in a diverse array of industries.

“We are thrilled to welcome Avon to One Liberty Plaza and Lower Manhattan,” said Brookfield Properties Executive Vice President David Cheikin. “Leading companies seeking a vibrant location that will help them attract, retain and motivate top talent continue to identify Lower Manhattan – and Brookfield sites like One Liberty Plaza in particular – as the right one for them, and Avon is the latest example of that.”

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. New Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark., and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and the company also proudly supports the Avon Foundation for Women in its efforts to end breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about New Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

Contact:
Kristina Jorge
New Avon LLC
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com
(212) 282-5852

Source: Avon

A.S. Watson Group further invests in big data capabilities through partnership with Rubikloud

HONG KONG, 2017-Feb-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group (ASW), the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, announced today ( February 1, 2017) a partnership with Toronto-based Rubikloud as part of its investment in big data capabilities. The Group will invest USD 70 million (approximately HKD540 million) in the coming three years on big data, to further enhance customer experience and operational efficiencies using machine learning and data visualisation applications.

Rubikloud is a Toronto-based company, with seed round funding led by Horizon Ventures, the investment arm of Mr Li Ka-shing. Over the next three years, ASW will partner with Rubikloud to deploy RubiCore, the company’s data enterprise platform built for easier artificial intelligence applications plug-in, as well as two of its machine learning applications, namely Promotion Manager and Lifecycle Manager, in ASW’s network of 13,300 retail stores across 25 Asian and European markets.

Expanding the Winning Partnership across the Globe
The ASW-Rubikloud partnership began in 2015 at one of ASW’s European operations. In just 10 months, Rubikloud’s machine-learning application Lifecycle Manager successfully generated incremental sales from direct-to-customer CRM campaigns by more than 8%. This initial winning partnership led to the deployment of Rubikloud’s Promotion Manager application for ASW’s UK flagship brand Superdrug, expected to bring about more accurate sales forecasts and more efficient operations, and has since grown into the Group-level partnership being announced today.

Making Smarter Decisions Faster
Rubikloud’s RubiCore will help enhance operational excellence within ASW, by rapidly integrating many legacy databases from across business units and sources, into a single, elastic cloud enabled database. This exercise is expected to shorten the roll-out lead time of current and future machine learning tools by 50-80%. Specifically, newer visualisation platforms and machine learning applications across ASW will all have access to the same data from a single location in the cloud for enhanced real-time decision making. ASW believes such tool is crucial to excel in retail management and operations.

By harmonising all corporate databases into single data architecture, it is expected that the impactful machine-learning-driven solutions provided by Rubikloud will allow tailor-made promotion strategy recommendations. Rubikloud’s total solution will allow ASW’s retail brands to provide the right offers to the right customers, enabling truly customer-centric and optimised marketing promotions.

Malina Ngai, Chief Operating Officer of A.S. Watson Group, sets high expectation over the big data partner appointment, “We are investing in big data amid global economic uncertainties because we believe that technology is a critical enabler for successful retailing in today’s world. With the right technology, we will be able to focus our resources, from the backend support to shop floor, on building better customer experience. Rubikloud has cutting-edge machine learning applications and their new thinking in data science is a true value-add to our well established retail experience.”

According to Kerry Liu, CEO of Rubikloud, the company aims to support ASW to further enhance its capabilities in personalising customer offers through advanced targeting, as well as optimising promotional effectiveness. “We are thrilled to partner with a global retail leader like A.S. Watson Group. At Rubikloud we focus on applying machine learning and flexible big data architectures in practical applications, which means driving tangible business impact.”

About A.S. Watson Group
Established in Hong Kong in 1841, A.S. Watson Group is the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe with 13,300 stores in 25 markets. Each year, over three billion customers and members shop with our 13 retail brands, both in stores and online.

A.S. Watson Group is also a member of the world-renowned multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, which has five core businesses – ports and related services, retail, infrastructure, energy and telecommunications in over 50 countries.

Please visit www.aswatson.com for more in-depth information about A.S. Watson Group and its brands. You may also stay in touch with us via our digital presence (eCommerce, social media, mobile app & more); more details are at http://www.aswatson.com/our-customers/digitalasw/.

About Rubikloud
Rubikloud is a leading machine intelligence platform for enterprise retailers. Rubikloud sits at the intersection of an enterprise software revolution. Embedded machine learning, industry specific decision engines, and elastic cloud compliant architectures will be at the forefront of all future enterprise software systems. Rubikloud’s big-data architecture gathers retailer data from both legacy and new online and offline systems. This data is then used to help retailers make tangible actions that grow their loyalty revenue, promotion forecast accuracy, and merchandising profitability. The Toronto-based company works with leading omnichannel retailers around the world.

Contact:

Tel: +852 2606 8833
Fax: +852 2690 2836
Email: grouppr@aswatson.com

Source: A.S. Watson Group

Sephora announces open application for two Sephora Accelerate categories

Sephora announces open application for two Sephora Accelerate categories

 

Paris, 2017-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — A year after its launch, beauty retailer Sephora has announced the expansion of Sephora Stands, the company’s social impact strategy in the United States. Sephora Accelerate, the core program addressing the needs of women entrepreneurs, now invites open applications in both the new sustainability category and the technology category.

Sephora Accelerate is part of Sephora’s social impact strategy in the United States, called Sephora Stands. Inaugurated in 2016, Sephora Stands concretely expresses the company’s values through three core programs: Sephora Accelerate for women entrepreneurs, Classes for Confidence to support local communities, and Sephora Stands Together for Sephora employees.

Sephora Stands surpassed its key objectives in its inaugural year, providing over 300 hours of mentorship through Sephora Accelerate, conducting over 200 Classes for Confidence and inspiring over 4,000 Sephora employees to connect with their local communities.

Building on this success, Sephora has announced an open application process for two Sephora Accelerate categories, the new sustainability category and technology. A call for candidates was launched in January in the United States via a dedicated platform; the women entrepreneurs selected for the program will be announced shortly. By 2020, Sephora Accelerate aims to support more than 50 women-led beauty businesses because even in the beauty industry, female founders are underrepresented.

The Sephora Stands Classes for Confidence program is also expanding in March with the launch of the Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer class. In the spirit of the other classes designed to help inspire confidence in women facing major life transitions, this new class shares techniques that address the visible effects of cancer treatment. By 2020, Classes for Confidence has a larger goal of inspiring confidence in 100,000 people and providing job opportunities where possible.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44

Source: LVMH

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NSE Products, Inc. recalls ageLOC TR90 Protein Boost that contains undeclared milk in the formula

PROVO, Utah, 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — NSE Products, Inc. is recalling all ageLOC TR90 Protein Boost because it contains milk in the formula, which is not declared on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to milk there is no safety issue with this product.

Protein Boost has been sold in the United States and Canada through independent distributors to end consumers. The recalled product was sold in plastic canisters and can be identified by batch numbers AZ30751, AZ32051, AZ00661, AZ27161 and AZ34161. Product expiration dates are between Nov. 2017 and Dec. 2018.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Some instances of swollen lips, throat irritation, hives and other symptoms that may be indicative of an allergic reaction have been reported.

Protein Boost was designed as a vegetarian product and has “lactose free” and “does not contain milk” claims on the label. The recall was initiated after Nu Skin discovered that the flavoring used in the product contains buttermilk, which constitutes approximately 0.1 percent of the overall product formulation.

Consumers with a milk allergy who have purchased this product should cease consumption and contact Nu Skin to receive instruction on how to return the product. All consumers who purchased the product are eligible for a full refund of the purchase price.

Consumers with questions may contact Nu Skin at 1-888-238-9465, 8 am to 5 pm MST, Monday to Friday.

ABOUT NSE PRODUCTS, INC.
NSE Products, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

Consumers Contact:

Rod Anderson
randerson@nuskin.com
(801) 345-2188

Source: FDA

Ulta Beauty announces holding company reorganization

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty [NASDAQ: ULTA] today (Jan. 27, 2017) announced that the Company will implement a holding company reorganization on January 29, 2017, the beginning of the Company’s new fiscal year. The primary purpose of the reorganization is to create a more efficient corporate structure. Business operations for the Company will not change as a result of the reorganization.

Pursuant to this holding company reorganization, Ulta Beauty, Inc. will replace Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. as the publicly-traded entity. All outstanding shares of common stock of Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. will automatically convert into the same number of shares of common stock of Ulta Beauty, Inc. with all of the same rights, powers and preferences, and qualifications, limitations and restrictions. The common stock of the Company will continue to trade on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ULTA.” There is no change to the directors and executive officers of the Company as a result of the creation of the holding company.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of January 27, 2017, Ulta Beauty operates 974 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

Contact:

Ulta Beauty
Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

Morinda’s Limited Time Offer program features TeMana Noni Skin Brightening System

Morinda’s Limited Time Offer program features TeMana Noni Skin Brightening System

 

American Fork, UTAH, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (23 January 2016) marks the first day of Morinda’s third-ever Limited Time Offer program. This time the program features the company’s newest addition to their repertoire of skin care products, the TeMana Noni Skin Brightening System, which has been scientifically accredited by the Japan Cosmetic Science Society.

TeMana Noni is the world’s premier noni-based beauty and skincare line. It is a four-step system that harnesses the power of the noni fruit to even-out skin tones, reduce dark spots and improve the overall complexion of the skin.

The system consists of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and serum, the last of which was recently given an Anti-Wrinkle Certification from the Japan Cosmetic Science Society.

“This is a huge deal,” said Morinda VP of Sales & Marketing Shon Whitney. “Our serum was studied extensively and found to satisfy the intense standards this board requires.”

TeMana Noni is only available in bulk for a limited time-January 23-27, to be exact. After that, the skin care system will only be available for purchase through distributors who jumped on the LTO until late spring, when the products will be released for individual purchase.

“The LTO Program offers a way to boost our distributors overall volume twice a year by providing them with an incredible, high-quality product to be an exclusive vendor of,” explained Whitney.

The LTO program made its debut in early 2016 when Morinda launched the Whole Food Blends line, and six months later brought about the launch of the Tahitian Noni Essential Oils. Morinda releases an exciting new product that is only available in bulk supply for a few days. Morinda distributors grab up as much product as they can and become the sole-vendors for this product for the next several months until the products become available for general purchase.

Learn more about the TeMana Noni Skin Brightening System here.

Learn more about the Japan Cosmetic Science Society here.

To take advantage of the current LTO, click here.

About Morinda    

Founded in 1996, Morinda is a global, research-driven company with a mission to use the power of nature to help people live healthier, longer lives. Cutting-edge technology and extensive research have allowed Morinda to develop innovative product lines that reflect its passion to help people live younger, longer. Morinda is headquartered in American Fork, Utah, and has a presence in more than 117 countries worldwide. Learn more at www.morinda.com.

Contact:

Michal Ash
Global Public Relations Manager
Michal_Ash@Morinda.com
801-234-3314

Source: Morinda

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Lagardere Travel Retail opens the very first stand alone M.A.C. store in Australian travel retail at Adelaide Airport

 

Tasmania, Australia, 2017-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The very first stand alone M.A.C. store in Australian travel retail has been opened in Adelaide Airport by Lagardere Travel Retail.

The new 38 square metre store boasts a contemporary and stylish design and layout, which is located in a prime position to capture domestic passengers and ‘meeters & greeters’ in Adelaide Airport.

Committed to the art of makeup, the store offers a wide range of makeup and skincare products, fragrances and application tools, as well as in-store touch up makeup services by experienced makeup artists for passengers on the go. Featuring an interactive ‘play table’, it is designed to welcome customers to touch and play with the products, with the assistance of the M.A.C. artists.

Lagardère Travel Retail CEO for the Pacific region, Matthieu Mercier, says Adelaide Airport has welcomed and supported the arrival of M.A.C. “Adelaide Airport share our vision for innovative thinking, and recognised the growing demand for M.A.C.’s high class products and services within the travel retail market” he says. “M.A.C. is the perfect addition to add to our collection of brands with our long term partner, Adelaide Airport, and we are confident this unique and exciting offer will delight each and every passenger travelling through the Airport.”

Lagardère Travel Retail operate M.A.C. doors in Auckland Airport, Gold Coast Airport and Cairns Airport. M.A.C. is an anchor brand in AMUSE Beauty Studio stores, also operated by Lagardère Travel Retail.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL:

With 4 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2015 and a presence in 31 countries, 220 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. As a multi- specialist retailer, beyond the expertise within its 3 business lines, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

ABOUT M·A·C COSMETICS:

M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in 110 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C and M·A·C Senior Artists on Twitter @MACcosmetics (twitter.com/maccosmetics), become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (facebook.com/maccosmetics), follow M·A·C on Instagram (instagram.com/maccosmetics), watch M·A·C videos on YouTube (youtube.com/maccosmetics). For a M·A·C location visit maccosmetics.com

PRESS CONTACT:
Matthieu Mercier
CEO
+61 2 8218 1105
mmercier@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com

Janette Doolan
Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142
j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com

Source: Lagardere Travel Retail

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Nordstrom features exciting and vibrant cultures of Korean fashion and beauty in series of pop-up shops

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time Nordstrom is unveiling a three-part shop in its series of pop-up shops, aptly titled KPOP-IN@Nordstrom, featuring the exciting and vibrant cultures of Korean fashion and beauty.

Conceptual eyewear line Gentle Monster launches the series on January 6, followed in February by a shop featuring the obsessively fun world of K-Beauty. March brings forward-thinking Korean fashion brands curated by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom.

Gentle Monster, the youthful and cult favorite Korean eyewear company will offer a selection of 40 styles of men’s and women’s frames reflecting the brand’s unique design sensibility with angular and rounded styles fit for high fashion magazines and casual everyday wear. Included in the selection will be six styles exclusively available at Pop-In@Nordstrom.

“Gentle Monster is excited to be a part of Pop-In@Nordstrom,” said Taye Yun, VP Gentle Monster USA. “This amazing opportunity allows us to reach out to Nordstrom customers through space and design. Although we have been present in select Nordstrom stores, Pop-In provides us with the platform to creatively connect directly with customers and introduce our brand in a new and exciting way.”

Each Pop-In location was created with a unique look and design, yet with a common thread mixing a variety of fabrics and textures as the structure, like a thick knitted wall or chiffon drapes to suggest an atmosphere of tranquility. Fabric walls are accented with mirrors and objects to create a unique experience for the visitor, following the brand’s ethos of using space and design as tools to lead visual conversations with its loyal fan-base.

For the launch, Pop-In partnered with the Gentle Monster team to produce unique virtual reality and 360 video content that allows customers to explore the experience in Gentle Monster flagship stores in Shanghai, Nonhyeon-dong and Bukchon stores in Seoul, South Korea, as well as the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom Pop-In shop.

Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster will be found at Nordstrom.com/POP and in the following Nordstrom locations:

  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wash.
  • NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
  • The Grove, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
  • CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ont.

About Pop-In@Nordstrom

Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-in shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise.

Pop-In@Nordstrom was built on a monthly rotation to keep customers coming back to discover new brands, new merchandise and create a fun and compelling experience in stores and online. Each shop features a mix of hand-picked merchandise spanning the high/low price range, with price points often starting at $5.

Pop-In@Nordstrom partnerships have included: Alexander Wang, Aesop, Warby Parker, Nike, VANS, Opening Ceremony, Topshop/Topman, Paris retailer Merci, rag & bone, Converse, Liberty London’s Flowers of Liberty collection, Los Angeles based Poketo, the U.S. debut of Hong Kong fashion collective I.T., the Italian Trade Commission, and Danish home goods brand HAY.

About Gentle Monster

Founded in Seoul, Korea in 2011, Gentle Monster is the most rapidly growing eyewear brand in Asia. Now a global business, the brand is distinguished by its superior quality and unrivaled retail experience, aiming to provide a completely original experience with both product and brand. A philosophy stemming from the brand’s core focuses: product, space, styling, technology, and culture redesign. Gentle Monster’s experimental approach can be well observed through its unique showrooms, and through its unbound horizon of collaborative projects with Opening Ceremony, Tome, and Hood By Air. For more information, please visit www.GentleMonster.com.

CONTACT:
Anna Brown
Nordstrom
(206) 303-4178

Source: Nordstrom

Arita partners with Guerlain to celebrate its 400 years with limited edition of the iconic Mitsouko bottle

Arita partners with Guerlain to celebrate its 400 years with limited edition of the iconic Mitsouko bottle

 

Paris, 2017-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Guerlain’s unique perfume-making savoir-faire meets the artisanal excellence of Arita Porcelain Lab in a stunning interpretation of the iconic Mitsouko perfume bottle. Crafted entirely by hand using traditional techniques, the bottle is decorated with symbols of good fortune, melding tradition and modernity.

Tradition and renewal come together to celebrate Mitsouko, the mythic perfume whose name means “mystery” in Japanese. Composed in 1919 by Jacques Guerlain, Mitsouko is known as “a masterpiece of balance”. The fragrance has remained as exceptional as ever over the years, emblematic of the timeless appeal that characterizes the chypre fragrance family.

World-renowned for its delicately ornate pieces, Arita is celebrating 400 years of ceramic creation this year by combining its savoir-faire with that of Maison Guerlain. To mark this anniversary, the Arita Porcelain Lab has designed a limited edition of the iconic Mitsouko bottle, crafted entirely by hand using traditional techniques that have been passed down over generations.

A flagship of Japan’s ceramic industry, the Arita workshop has decorated the Mitsouko bottle with auspicious symbols. They include the rising sun – traditionally equated with “clear skies” and good fortune – the paulownia to represent elegance, a plum tree, symbolizing life, the peony to ward off negative energy, and the chrysanthemum, representing longevity.

This collaboration between the perfumer and porcelain artisan is featured in an exhibition at the Guerlain boutique on the Champs Élysées, showcasing both the Mitsouko bottle and emblematic pieces from the Japanese porcelain workshop.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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A.S. Watson Group wins “International Award” at the 2016 Hong Kong Business Awards

A.S. Watson Group wins “International Award” at the 2016 Hong Kong Business Awards

 

HONG KONG, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — From a local dispensary to the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, A.S. Watson Group’s 175 years of global accomplishment was recognised by business leaders at the Hong Kong Business Awards 2016, by winning the “International Award”, proclaiming the Group’s achievement in successful international expansion and operations, and enhancing Hong Kong’s international reputation in the process.

The annual Hong Kong Business Awards was established in 1990 by DHL and the South China Morning Post, with the aim to encourage and sustain the region’s entrepreneurial spirit and recognise excellent standards of corporate management and governance.

Contact:

Tel: +852 2606 8833
Fax: +852 2690 2836
Email: grouppr@aswatson.com

Source: A.S. Watson Group

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Avon Foundation for Women launches collaborative to develop action plans to prevent and respond to campus sexual assault

Futures Without Violence and Morehouse College Host National Leadership Institute on Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

ATLANTA, 2016-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (December 1, 2016 ), the Avon Foundation for Women announced the launch of the first multi-disciplinary collaborative of 20 colleges and universities across the country dedicated to addressing gender-based violence on campus. The collaborative brought together representatives from 10 schools from the southeastern US to participate in a two-day program that dialogues around key learnings from across the country to prevent campus assault and sexual violence. As a result, each participating school will create a campus action plan that takes a trauma-based approach and involves students, college administration, campus police and leading consultants on gender-based violence.

The collaborative is an outcome of The National Leadership Institute: Changing the Narrative on Campus Gender-Based Violence presented by Futures Without Violence, a national health and social justice nonprofit, in partnership with the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia. The National Leadership Institute was conceived and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women building on the success of the Foundation’s global Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence held around the world.

“The Avon Foundation has been funding bystander initiatives and awareness campaigns around sexual assault for a long time and this National Leadership Institute is breaking new ground to change the way we work together to address gender-based violence,” said Christine Jaworsky, Avon Foundation Program Director. “We’ve just spent two days looking at best practices and solutions to shift campus culture away from victim blaming to a more trauma-based perspective; now the real work begins.”

Through a $200,000 grant from the Avon Foundation, participating schools will develop and implement action plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault at their respective institutions. Futures Without Violence and the extensive faculty of the National Leadership Institute will work closely with the schools to integrate a multi-disciplinary approach to ending gender-based violence on school campuses. This will include webinars with experts, ongoing consultations, toolkits and additional online resources to advance the learning collaborative.

“All of the schools are deeply committed to proactively changing the way gender-based violence is addressed on campus,” said Lonna Davis of Futures Without Violence. “We are particularly appreciative of Morehouse College stepping up to host the National Leadership Institute, the start of a groundbreaking initiative to affect all colleges and universities across the country. The Institute is part of a long-term investment to shift the narrative and introduce a primary prevention and trauma-focused approach that engages the entire school community.”

Futures Without Violence received a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to research, design and implement the National Leadership Institute curriculum in collaboration with Harvard Law School’s Gender Violence Program and the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education with additional funding from the Jefferson Trust and private donors Stephen and Carolyn McCandless.

“Through legal advocacy grounded in support for survivors and an ethos of care, the Gender Violence Program and Futures Without Violence have been on the forefront of the national effort to use Title IX to prevent and address campus sexual assault,” said Diane L. Rosenfeld, the founding Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School and a Lecturer on Law. “Now, we are making an important step forward with the support and leadership of the Avon Foundation.”

The National Leadership Institute focuses on four major areas: 1) fundamentals of gender-based violence and trauma, 2) campus cultures and climate, 3) prevention and education, and 4) response, policy, and adjudication. Developed in consultation with national experts and institutional representatives from schools across the country, the curriculum provides colleges and universities the opportunity to learn best practices in the prevention, response and resolution of sexual violence, and the tools needed to implement action plans. Each school’s action plan will address prevention education; accommodations, support and safety services; retaliation; and investigations, adjudications and resolutions.

The University of Virginia served as one of the founding institutions working with Futures Without Violence and Harvard Law School to host the pilot of the Leadership Institute. “We are grateful to the Jefferson Trust for providing funding for the University of Virginia to serve as a partner on the development and implementation of this program and to the Avon Foundation for the historic creation of the National Leadership Institute to expand our community of higher education institutions working to end gender-based violence,” said Catherine Spears, Assistant Vice President of Equal opportunity at the University of Virginia.

The first National Leadership Institute was held October 25-26, 2016 in Boston with:

  1. Brandeis University
  2. Dean College
  3. Eastern Nazarene College
  4. Emerson College
  5. Lasell College
  6. Lesley University
  7. Providence College
  8. Stonehill College
  9. University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  10. Wheaton College

The second National Leadership Institute was held November 30 – December 1, 2016 in Atlanta with:

  1. Benedict College
  2. Clemson University
  3. College of Charleston
  4. East Tennessee State University
  5. Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. Georgia State University
  7. Middle Tennessee State University
  8. Morehouse College
  9. Tuskegee University
  10. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Futures Without Violence                                                                                                           Futures Without Violence is a national health and social justice nonprofit that leads groundbreaking educational programs, policies, and campaigns to end violence against women and children around the world. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, FUTURES has trained thousands of professionals and advocates—such as doctors, nurses, judges, athletic coaches, and other community influencers—on improving responses to violence and abuse. The organization was a driving force behind the passage of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 1984 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first two comprehensive federal responses to interpersonal and family violence.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, and to provide direct services for victims and their families. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation have contributed nearly $60 million to support this goal. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and educating women around the world through its army of nearly six million Avon Representatives. For more information, visit http://avonfoundation.org/.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

Media Contact:

Kristina Jorge
Avon Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 282-5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

Source: Avon

Dior opens its first exclusive makeup store located in Westfield World Trade Center, New York

Dior opens its first exclusive makeup store located in Westfield World Trade Center, New York
Dior opens its first exclusive makeup store located in Westfield World Trade Center, New York

 

Paris, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dior has opened its first exclusive makeup store, a concept boutique designed in Paris and located in New York in the landmark Westfield World Trade Center. Inspired by the backstage ambiance at a fashion show, this new space melds modernity and audacity.

An electric atmosphere pervades this stunning boutique with neon lights and floor-to-ceiling video screens, linking Dior beauty and fashion. The faces of Dior muses are featured, reflected in the mirrored ceiling. The new concept store creates an immersive experience for customers, transporting them backstage at a fashion show to target a younger clientele of millennials.

Inspired by the backstage glamour of Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior makeup since 2014, the space includes a lip studio where customers can play with different lipstick shades and textures. Six professional makeup stations heighten the experience, offering professional services like face consultations or lash and brow styling. Another fun innovation is the Mix & Match video table where customers can change the colors of the lipstick and nail polish on a virtual model.

This new beauty playground is centered on innovation while expressing the unique heritage that has earned Dior global renown. The boutique spans all makeup categories for face, lips and eyes, as well as iconic fragrances created by François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, including J’adore, Miss Dior, and Dior Homme.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Leading online luxury beauty retailer lookfantastic announces Louise Thompson as its UK brand ambassador

Cheshire, UK, 2016-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — lookfantastic has announced Louise Thompson as its UK brand ambassador, with her initially featuring in its Black Friday campaign – My Spotlight Saviour: The Beauty Blackout – which has just launched.

The leading online luxury beauty retailer is launching its Black Friday #MySpotlightSaviour campaign whereby some of the UK’s most high profile influencers reveal both what it means for them to be spotlight ready and also their hero beauty product – the product that makes them feel spotlight ready.

Each influencer provides an inspiring message around confidence and feeling the best you can in your own skin.

The influencers include TV personality, Ollie Locke who expresses how he feels in the spotlight when the cameras stop rolling and highlights how men’s confidence is just as important as women’s; and musician Vanessa White, who feels that taking care of her skin is of utmost importance for being confident in everyday life; whilst beauty and fashion Youtuber Patricia Bright, wants to be an example to the women in her life and would tell them to have fun with beauty and not use it as a shield.

The campaign also includes dancer and model Danielle Peazer, lifestyle blogger and Youtuber Lydia Elise Millen and will see a series of videos launch onsite and across the brand’s social media channels. It will be seeded out both UK wide and across the globe, including Asia, France, Germany and Spain.

The influencers’ hero products include Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, a Foreo Luna and Illamasqua Skin Base.

Hannah Pym, Head of Marketing for lookfantastic said, “We are thrilled to reveal our Black Friday campaign and announce Louise Thompson as our brand ambassador. Louise is passionate about looking and feeling good so is the perfect ambassador to talk about beauty and the role it plays in giving people confidence to feel their best.

“We’re also celebrating the most coveted shopping retail day of the year with unique and engaging content whilst also giving our consumers some of the best offers available across a selection of amazing beauty brands.”

Louise Thompson, lookfantastic’s brand ambassador said, “I am delighted to be working with lookfantastic. The #MySpotlightSaviour campaign has been a truly exciting experience. The messaging of being confident in your own skin is a really important one and finding products that suit your own personal regime and needs is something I feel really passionate about.

“I’m a huge fan of the brand and am honoured to be working with the team.”

Each of the ‘spotlight saviour’ products mentioned by the influencers will be on offer prior to the Black Friday weekend. Customers that purchase one of these products will receive an exclusive site-wide Black Friday code entitling them to an additional discount. Customers will be encouraged to share their favourite beauty products using #MySpotlightSaviour.

The campaign is set to drive excitement before the biggest retail shopping weekend of the year when products will be on offer from brands such as NARS and Sarah Chapman.

Visit www.lookfantastic.com / Twitter:@lookfantastic / Instagram: @lookfantastic

For more information or to request samples or images, please contact Viki Tahmasebi (viki.tahmasebi@thehutgroup.com) or Zara Hill (zara.hill@thehutgroup.com).

Notes to Editors
About lookfantastic
Founded in 1996, lookfantastic is the original online beauty boutique and today, it’s Europe’s number one retailer for beauty. lookfantastic prides itself on its wide range of brands and products, exclusive free gifts with purchases and fantastic member rewards.

Media Enquiries:
media-enquiries@thehutgroup.com

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Leading online luxury beauty retailer lookfantastic announces Louise Thompson as its UK brand ambassador
Leading online luxury beauty retailer lookfantastic announces Louise Thompson as its UK brand ambassador

 

Source: The Hut Group

Ulta Beauty to host 3Q2016 results conference call on Thursday, December 1, 2016

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) today (Nov. 17, 2016) announced that the Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2016 results on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central Time. A press release detailing the Company’s third quarter 2016 results will be issued after the market closes and prior to the call. The conference call will be hosted by Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, and Scott Settersten, Chief Financial Officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003. The conference call will also be webcast live at http://ir.ulta.com. A replay of the webcast will remain available for 90 days. A replay of the conference call will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 and entering conference ID number 13650257.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of October 29, 2016 Ulta Beauty operates 949 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com

Contact:

Ulta Beauty
Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

L Brands declares quarterly dividend of $0.60 per share

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) announced today ( Nov. 03, 2016) the declaration of its regular quarterly dividend of $0.60 per share payable on Dec. 2, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 18 , 2016.  This is the company’s 168th consecutive quarterly dividend.

The company also announced that its board of directors has amended the company’s bylaws to implement proxy access. The amendments were undertaken in response to the approval by stockholders at the company’s 2016 annual meeting of stockholders of a non-binding stockholder proposal to adopt proxy access.

The amended bylaws permit a stockholder, or a group of up to 20 stockholders, that has owned at least 3% of the company’s common stock continuously for at least three years, to include in the company’s annual meeting proxy materials director nominees constituting up to the greater of two individuals or 20% of the company’s board of directors, provided that the stockholder(s) and the nominees(s) satisfy the requirements specified in the amended by laws.

ABOUT L BRANDS :
L Brands , through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel , is an international company.  The company operates 3,073 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada , the United Kingdom and Greater China , and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands:
Investor Relations:
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704 apreston@lb.com

Media Relations:
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com

Source: L Brands Inc./globenewswire

Beauty iQ: QVC to launch the world’s first multiplatform beauty shopping network

Global leader in video and e-commerce is delivering live daily programming that combines social, retail and media as one; features beauty experts, influencers and brands

West Chester, Pa., 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beauty – all the time, anytime, anywhere. Today (October 25, 2016), QVC, Inc., the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, announced plans to launch the Beauty iQ network, the world’s first multiplatform beauty shopping experience, to engage beauty lovers everywhere. Within a month of going live on October 31, Beauty iQ will be viewable in over 40 million homes in the U.S. via distributors including DirecTV, U-verse, Dish and Roku. Through Beauty iQ, beauty lovers will be able to enjoy beauty programming 24/7, including live programming five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. to midnight ET, and repeated immediately after for the West Coast audience.

The new beauty destination further bolsters QVC’s position as an innovative global, retail leader across digital and emerging platforms, at a dynamic time in the industry.

Beauty iQ will be a shoppable community for beauty lovers, experts and brands to discover their own true beauty, be inspired, and share their ideas and tips whenever they want, wherever they are. It will deliver the content they crave in one place that’s accessible everywhere – via the Beauty iQ network, BeautyiQ.com, QVC.com, on the QVC mobile app and via social channels including Facebook and Instagram.

“QVC has always been a trailblazer, creating the world’s most engaged shopping community that offers customers the combination of media, social and retail as one,” said Mike George, QVC President and CEO. “We have a 30-year history of discovering beauty brands and trends, and bringing new products to life by leveraging the best storytellers in the business, our experienced hosts and the innovators behind the brands. We know that an amazing shopping and entertainment experience knows no boundaries. We’ve listened to our customers and fans, and we know beauty is intrinsic to their lives. So we’re engaging with them on all the platforms they love and providing a new experience that caters to their passion for beauty.”

For QVC, the beauty category represented 17% of global sales in 2015. According to Euromonitor, the beauty industry in the U.S. generated revenues of $80 billion in 2015. Of that, $32 billion came from prestige beauty brands. Beauty iQ was inspired by QVC’s strategy to address one of the fastest growing categories in the U.S. retail industry.

Beauty iQ is expected to feature more than 50 prestige beauty brands including Givenchy, IT® Cosmetics, Edward Bess, Tarte, tatcha, Becca, Peter Thomas Roth, Josie Maran, and Nest and the experts behind them. This new shopping experience will highlight how-to tutorials, tips and experiences with products ranging from color cosmetics to fragrances and skin care.

“At IT Cosmetics, we believe that every woman is beautiful, and deserves to look and feel her most beautiful,” said IT Cosmetics co-founder and CEO Jamie Kern Lima. “Our relationship with QVC has allowed us to reach women across the country with this message. This is why we are so honored and excited to be part of QVC’s new Beauty iQ! This amazing platform will allow us to further spread the IT love, and transform the way women view their own beauty.”

Forward-Looking Statement
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about market conditions, market potential for Beauty iQ, the timing of the launch of Beauty iQ, the availability of Beauty iQ, the brands to be featured on Beauty iQ, the distribution platforms for Beauty iQ and other matters that are not historical fact. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, market acceptance of new products or services, the ability of QVC to secure distribution and content for Beauty iQ and for customers to access or view Beauty iQ, and sales demand from such customers. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and QVC expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in QVC’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of QVC, including the most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q, for additional information about QVC and about the risks and uncertainties related to QVC’s business which may affect the statements made in this press release.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Media Inquiries:

P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC

Avon Foundation for Women partners with Futures Without Violence to help end gender-based violence on school campuses

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 24, 2016), the Avon Foundation for Women announced its partnership with Futures Without Violence, a national health and social justice nonprofit, to launch the first National Leadership Institute: Changing the Narrative on Campus Gender-Based Violence with 20 colleges and universities. Through a $200,000 grant from the Avon Foundation, this comprehensive, action-oriented leadership program will enable participating schools to develop and implement action plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault at their respective institutions. Together, they will form a growing learning community committed to ending gender-based violence on school campuses.

“The Avon Foundation has funded campus-based campaigns and bystander intervention initiatives for more than 5 years to help change behaviors around sexual assault. We want to inspire and empower others to be a part of the solution,” said Christine Jaworsky, Avon Foundation Program Director. “We see the National Leadership Institute as an innovative opportunity for students and schools to take the lead in shifting the conversation around gender-based violence in the campus setting, but also in the broader dialogue around sexual and domestic violence in our society.”

The first Institute will be held in Boston from October 25 to 26 with 10 area colleges and universities, followed by a second cohort in Atlanta with 10 area schools from November 30 to December 1. Each school will send a multi-disciplinary team of five to six representatives, including administrators, security and service providers, Title IX personnel, and student leaders. During the program, participants will learn and share best practices on how to respond, using a trauma-informed lens, when an assault occurs. At the end of the two-day institute, each school will have a sexual assault prevention and response action plan, which they will be supported to implement over the course of a year.

“We’re very proud to partner with the Avon Foundation for Women on this National Leadership Institute to train multi-disciplinary school teams to take the lead and work collaboratively to end gender-based violence on their campuses,” said Lonna Davis, program leader for Futures Without Violence. “There were over 70 schools who applied to be part of the program, so we know there is an immediate need and desire to find and implement solutions.”

Futures Without Violence received a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to research, design and implement a curriculum in collaboration with Harvard Law School’s Gender Violence Program and the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

“The Gender Violence Program has been a longtime partner of Futures Without Violence in developing cutting-edge policy innovations to reshape our culture by eliminating gender based violence,” said Diane L. Rosenfeld, the founding Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School and a Lecturer on Law. “Through legal advocacy grounded in support for survivors and an ethos of care, we have been on the forefront of the national effort to use Title IX to prevent and address campus sexual assault and we are making an important step forward with the support and leadership of the Avon Foundation.”

The National Leadership Institute curriculum focuses on four major areas: 1) fundamentals of gender-based violence and trauma, 2) campus cultures and climate, 3) prevention and education, and 4) response, policy, and adjudication. Developed in consultation with national experts and institutional representatives from schools across the country, the curriculum provides colleges and universities the opportunity to learn best practices in the prevention, response and resolution of sexual violence, and the tools needed to implement action plans.

The University of Virginia served as one of the founding institutions working with Futures Without Violence and Harvard Law School to host the pilot of the Leadership Institute. “We are grateful to the Jefferson Trust for providing funding for the University of Virginia to serve as a partner on the development and implementation of this program and to the Avon Foundation for the historic creation of the National Leadership Institute to expand our community of higher education institutions working to end gender-based violence,” said Nancy Deutsch, an associate professor in the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.

Below are the participating colleges and universities in Boston on October 25-26, 2016.

  1. Brandeis University
  2. Dean College
  3. Eastern Nazarene College
  4. Emerson College
  5. Lasell College
  6. Lesley University
  7. Providence College
  8. Stonehill College
  9. University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  10. Wheaton College

Below are the participants in Atlanta on November 30-December 1, 2016.

  1. Benedict College
  2. Clemson University
  3. College of Charleston
  4. East Tennessee State University
  5. Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. Georgia State University
  7. Middle Tennessee State University
  8. Morehouse College
  9. Tuskegee University
  10. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Futures Without Violence        

Futures Without Violence is a national health and social justice nonprofit that leads groundbreaking educational programs, policies, and campaigns to end violence against women and children around the world. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, FUTURES has trained thousands of professionals and advocates—such as doctors, nurses, judges, athletic coaches, and other community influencers—on improving responses to violence and abuse. The organization was a driving force behind the passage of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 1984 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first two comprehensive federal responses to interpersonal and family violence.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, and to provide direct services for victims and their families. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation have contributed nearly $60 million to support this goal. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and educating women around the world through its army of nearly six million Avon Representatives. For more information, visit http://avonfoundation.org/.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

Media Contacts:

Liz Micci
The Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

Kristina Jorge
Avon Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 282-5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

Source: Avon

Boutique by Sainsbury’s launches Boutique Beauty Solutions collection

Boutique by Sainsbury’s launches Boutique Beauty Solutions collection
Boutique by Sainsbury’s launches Boutique Beauty Solutions collection

 

London, 2016-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Boutique by Sainsbury’s launches Boutique Beauty solutions – a collection of seven beauty looks, designed for all women and all occasions. Whether you’re at college or university, starting your career or a busy mum, there’s something for everyone in Boutique’s beauty armoire.

Boutique is a high quality, affordable cosmetics range launched by Sainsbury’s in 2013. The range, developed by makeup artists Jo Saville and Sophia Price, offers long-lasting formulations, high pigmentation and easy application with a wide variety of colours for all skin tones. The selection of stunning looks, created by Jo & Sophia, have been launched in celebration of the range’s third birthday and aim to assist women of all ages, and skin tones, to look well for less.

Jo said: “We’re really excited about the Boutique Beauty Solutions collection. We wanted to pull together seven beauty looks that would be useful for all women out there no matter their age, or skin tone.” Sophia adds: “This is the ultimate make up guide for every day, and every type of occasion.”

The seven looks consist of:

School Run Glam

This look is all about speedy make up essentials that make it easy to be a gorgeous mum at the school gates.

A relaxed and casual look which makes women feel pretty and polished using soft, matte colours.

Use these Boutique products to get this look:

  • Bronzer in Chock- A- Block, £8
  • Powder blush in Footloose & Fancy Free, £8
  • Smokey Eye Quad in Putting Two & Two Together, £4
  • Lipgloss in Mums The Word, £7
  • Lipstick in Lip In The Bud, £7
  • TOTAL: £34

That Friday Feeling

The ultimate day to night glamour fix! Ladies can end their week with a bang and kick start the weekend with Boutique’s Friday night essentials. Stand out from the crowd with statement eyes and a perfectly executed contour.

Use these Boutique products to get this look:

  • Bronzer in Chock-A-Block, £8
  • Cream Blush in C’est La Vie, £4
  • Eyeshadow in Eye of the Beholder, £4
  • Lipgloss in Hocus Pocus, £4
  • Eyeshadow in A Nod Is As Good As A Wink, £4

TOTAL: £24

You Mean Business

Take charge of your make- up, and then take over the boardroom; this look helps businesswomen control any part of their day with power brows, accentuated eyes and nude lips.

Use these Boutique products to get this look:

  • Bronzer in Chock-A-Block, £8
  • Eyeshadow in Turn a Blind Eye, £4
  • Eyeshadow in Wouldn’t Bat An Eyelid, £4
  • Lip Liner in Seal My Fate, £2
  • Powder Blush in Fools Paradise, £6
  • Lipgloss in Mums The Word, £6

TOTAL: £30

Post Workout Glow

The new Athleisure trend translates from clothes to beauty. Recreate that healthy workout glow and gorgeous flush of colour with radiance-boosting essentials for girls on the go. Glossy skin and fierce eyes are the focus for the woman who is ready to take on anything.

Use these Boutique products to get this look:

  • Cream Blush in C’est La Vie, £6
  • Eyeshadow in Blaze Of Glory, £4
  • Lipgloss in The Coast is Clear, £7
  • Eyeshadow in Forty Winks, £4

TOTAL: £21

Date Night Diva

This is the ideal look for those special occasions that call for a little something extra. This stunning combination of sexy, alluring eyes and kissable lips is guaranteed to wow.

Use these Boutique products to get this look:

  • Bronzer in Chock-A-Block, £8
  • Eyeshadow in A Nod Is As Good As A Wink, £4
  • Eyeshadow in Forty Winks, £4
  • Eyeshadow in In The Limelight, £4
  • Powder blush in Halcyon Days, £6
  • Lip Liner in Lip Service, £2
  • Lipstick in Paint The Town Red, £7
  • Lipgloss in Don’t Gloss Me Around, £7

TOTAL: £42

Morning After Rescue

For the morning after the night before! Hide a multitude of sins with these quick and easy cover ups, which help women look and feel like themselves again in an instant. Beat dull and tired skin with warm, blushed cheeks and glowing skin.

Use these Boutique products to get this look:

  • Eyeshadow in A Nod Is As Good As A Wink, £4
  • Powder Blush in Fools Paradise, £8
  • Eyeshadow in In The Limelight, £4
  • Lipstick in The Naked Truth, £7
  • Lipgloss in The Coast is Clear, £7

TOTAL: £30

Beach Days

Gleam like a bronzed goddess! Create laidback sun- kissed beauty perfection, as if you’ve just stepped off the beach, with these golden tricks that work on any skin tone. Shimmering highlights, balmy lips and light reflecting pigments deliver the ultimate bronzed effect.

Use these Boutique products to get this look:

  • Bronzer in Chock-A-Block, £8
  • Eyeshadow in Worth Its Salt, £4
  • Powder blush in Halcyon Days, £6
  • Lip Liner in Seal My Fate, £2
  • Lipstick in In The Buff, £7
  • Lipgloss in Dusk Till Dawn, £7

Press Enquiries:
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury

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