007 Fragrance Launch Coincides with Release of New James Bond Film Skyfall

Skyfall, the 23rd film in the highly successful James Bond franchise and Daniel Craig’s third outing as the British Secret Agent, is set to be released in cinemas on 26th October. Coinciding with its release, James Bond fans can now get their hands on a rich, masucline fragrance that will give them the same smooth and sleek demeanour as a 007 agent.

The James Bond 007 Fragrance has been launched to mark the 50th Anniversary of James Bond, and has already been described in GQ Magazine as “the most dangerously sophisticated fragrance in the world.”

The bottle of the 007 Fragrance is very much inspired by James Bond and the many array of gadgets and automobiles he has become accustomed to throughout the years. The structure of the bottle is crafted with dark glass and coarse mesh, resembling 007’s sleek sports cars, while the silve ring shaped stopper is reminiscent of the British Spy devices that are commonplace in James Bond films.

As for the perfume itself, the 007 Fragrance is described as rich, masculine and sophisticated, opening with fresh top notes of apples, bergamot and geranium, which then flows into a floral heart of rose, lavender and cardamom, and the sleek, woody base rounded off the perfume with notes of vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli and oakmoss.

The James Bond 007 Fragrance is now available to order from online perfume retailer Fragrance Direct. The 007 Fragrance comes in two different sizes; 30ml (£15.99) and 75ml (£25.99). The 75ml bottle of the 007 Fragrance is also available with a 007 branded cocktail mixer as an exclusive free gift, for the ultimate James Bond experience.

The full range of James Bond 007 Fragrances is currently retailing at Fragrance Direct for less than the recommended retail price, so to stock up on James Bond perfumes in preparation for the release of Skyfall this month, visit the Fragrance Direct website at http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/.

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Jessica Chastain Stars in Eccentric Campaign for New YSL Perfume Manifesto

To act as the glamorous face of their luxurious new perfume for women, Manifesto, fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has chosen Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain, star of films such as The Help, for which she received an Oscar nomination for her role, and new release Lawless.

Speaking about her new role, Chastain said: “Yves Saint Laurent is a brand that inspires me deeply. Since its creating, the brand has conveyed strong values that I cherish, such as an unwavering commitment, absolute love and feminine audacity. This new fragrance is an emblem of it all.”

In the striking new campaign shots, 35-year-old Jessica is seen posing with her flame-coloured hair in a slick up-do, and statement red lips, whilst her hands and arms are covered in a deep purple paint. According to a YSL executive, purple was chosen for the campaign as it is seen as “the colour of absolute seduction for Mr. Saint Laurent”.

As for the perfume itself, Manifesto is described as “spontaneous, free spirited and courageous”, opening with fresh top notes of blackcurrant, bergamot and green accords, which then flows seamlessly into a floral heart of jasmine and lily of the valley, all of which is smoothly rounded off with an oriental base of sandalwood, cedar, vanilla and Tonka bean, creating an aroma that is full of passion and emotion.

Having just been released onto the market this month, Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto is currently available to order from online perfume retailer Fragrance Direct. The eau de parfum spray comes in three different sizes; 30ml (£37.99), 50ml (£54.99) and 90ml (£79.99). There is also a range of accompanying toiletries available from the Manifesto collection, such as the luxurious Shower Gel (200ml, £23.99).

To view the full range of Manifesto perfumes and toiletries that are currently available to order from Fragrance Direct, then be sure to visit their website at http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/.

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House Of Fraser Introduces Jean Paul Gaultier Fragrances For Men And Women Online

House of Fraser has introduced the Jean Paul Gaultier collection to its online store. Since its launch in 1995, Jean Paul Gaultier men’s fragrance continues to be a bestseller. ‘Le Male’ by Jean Paul Gaultier is an extraordinary fragrance that reveals the desires of a free-spirited man who is both virile and sensitive.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s ‘Le Male’ eau de toilette is currently available online at houseoffraser.co.uk. ‘Fougere’, an essential accord of traditional men’s perfumery reinterpreted by Jean Paul Gaultier, skillfully blends freshness and sensuality revolving around lavender, adorned with shivers of excitement and voluptuousness. Mint is also introduced, followed by a trail of amber with hints of vanilla. The fragrance is stored in the famous Jean Paul Gaultier bottle. The bottle is in the form of a sculptural torso and features the famous sailor’s shirt.

Customers can also shop for the Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Classique’ online at House of Fraser. The fragrances, created for women are the perfect embodiment of femininity. ‘Classique’ celebrates seduction with extreme sensuality. Its haute couture, bold and dramatic corset hides a tender soul that willingly gives itself over only to shyly retreat. Never entirely the same, the ‘Classique’ woman signs each and every one of her roles with her unique lingering trail. Prompting strange feelings, simply enchanting or making men fall under her charm – her perfume is her means of seduction, the ultimate temptation… and no one can resist her.

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House of Fraser Makes Lancôme Available Online

House of Fraser, premium department store, has announced the introduction of the Lancôme makeup and skincare to its online range.

House of Fraser Makes Lancôme Available Online

The launch of the Lancôme collection through the House of Fraser website increases the groups range of top beauty brands and means that customers can now easily find Lancôme alongside some of the biggest and most exclusive names in women’s makeup and skincare.

Harnessing knowledge from L’Oreal’s haircare technologies and its groundbreaking skincare range (Absolute Precious Cells), Lancôme Advanced Research Laboratories have confirmed a link between lash structure and epidermal stem cells and their role in determining the condition of lashes. At the heart of lash follicles are numerous stem cells, which are essential for hair growth and structure. But the structure and condition of lashes can be affected daily by people’s beauty routines, and this calls for advanced care.

The new Lancôme mascara regenerates lash condition and achieves lash-by-lash volume and length as well as visibly denser lashes. The Hypnôse Precious Cells mascara features a helix shaped brush with two flat sections to capture the formula and bathe lashes; and two ridges for lash fringe definition, magnified volume and lengthening. Lancôme now offers mascara that is capable of protecting the lashes, while offering an astounding makeup result for women across the world.

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MAC Cosmetics Has Announced The Launch Of A Newly Designed Website That Fuses Art And E-Commerce

MAC Cosmetics has announced the launch of a newly designed website that fuses art and e-commerce.

MAC Cosmetics Has Announced The Launch Of A Newly Designed Website That Fuses Art And E-Commerce

The website redesign includes a number of new ground-breaking technological features as well as launching a collection of Christmas 2009 gift sets, MAC Palettes and makeup shades for the festive season.

“Websites act as their own entity and they tell you when they want to be redesigned,” said James Gager, Senior Vice President/Creative Director, M·A·C Worldwide. “We looked at the M·A·C website in its entirety and wanted to redesign it in a way that was interactive and playful yet still very M·A·C. We incorporated new technologies that engage our customers in a way that they haven’t been before, by playing with vibrant colour, incorporating videos, and adding edgy new collection and product visuals that will make a serious impact.”

One of the key new features reinforces MAC’s authority in colour with the new Colour Play feature, which is unique to the website. It is an innovative immersion into colour that allows consumers to view, compare and shop for colour and texture across all product groups, from MAC eyeliner to lipstick and glitter.

A second innovation to the site lets the consumer learn how to professionally apply their favourite MAC blush or eye shadow with MAC’s new brush finder; an interactive tool that allows consumers to educate themselves on the various brush types in order to choose one that will best suit their specific needs.

Continuing with the theme of educating the customer, MAC has launched a series of ‘How to’ videos in which MAC’s Senior Makeup Artists offer their expertise via step-by-step tutorials that provide makeup tips, techniques and detailed product benefits; from learning how to apply MAC eyelashes to creating the perfect red lip.

The Christmas colour collection boasts an array of pretty pastels for the lips and smokey purple tones to adorn the eyes. MAC assortment of perfect holiday delights are also back, showcasing perfectly presented Christmas sets such a Naughty Noir Eye Bag – containing MAC mascara, pigment and eye liner.

About MAC Cosmetics
Makeup Art Cosmetics, better known as MAC Cosmetics, was founded in 1984 in Toronto. MAC Cosmetics’ first US store was opened in 1991 in Greenwich Village. Ten years after its initial opening, MAC Cosmetics was acquired by Estee Lauder Companies.

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The Body Shop Revives 80s Favourites

The Body Shop has announced it is bringing back some of its most popular products f r o m the 80s for a limited period.

The Body Shop is re-introducing classic products, now featuring new retro packaging. Old favourites such as Fuzzy Peach, the Banana collection and Ice Blue are all present, as well as a range of cleansers and moisturisers for face and body, and hair care products.

The Body Shop Revives 80s Favourites

Other original products included in the range are Dewberry Bath and Shower Gel, with a fragrance still fondly remembered by almost half of British women (44%) and now containing Community Trade aloe vera, specially selected for its ability to soothe and hydrate skin. Cucumber Cleansing Milk is also making a return, to help cleanse without drying the skin. In addition to gentle cucumber extract, the Cucumber Cleansing Milk features Community Trade organically grown soya oil.

The Body Shop customers can also have their say about which products f r o m the 80s they’d like to see make a comeback by visiting the company’s website and voting on the items they’d like back on shelves.

With its strong and unique heritage, The Body Shop was founded by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976 and has taken a place in the hearts of British women. A survey* showed that two-thirds of women fondly recall its 1980s campaigning against animal testing (63%) which today remains uncompromised, and its innovative use of natural ingredients (60%). A brand known for taking pioneering steps forward, in the 1980s its introduction of fair trade ingredients is still remembered by one-third of British women (31%).

The Body Shop has consistently developed new innovative ways of helping protect the planet through its use of packaging, with products in the originals collection now packaged in 100% PCR PET (made f r o m post-consumer recyclate).

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Newport Rhode Island Cosmetics Retailer And Beauty Spa Offers A Variety Of Skin Care Products And Services Both In-Store And Online

Cosmetic Cosmos, a trusted supplier of high quality cosmetics and skin care, announced today that it has teamed with the Melanoma Foundation of New England to offer free skin cancer screenings at its Newport, Rhode Island retail store. The company has made a pledge to help educate consumers on the dangers and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer in addition to offering mineral foundations with sunscreen as well as other skin care products with sun protection to help customers minimize their exposure to dangerous UVA and UVB rays.

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“Whether it is at the beach, park, sporting events or even driving your car, everyone must be aware of what exposure to the sun can do to their skin,,” said Sherry Brice, president, Cosmetic Cosmos. “As a trusted resource on skin care and beauty, we feel it’s our responsibility to educate consumers about the prevention and diagnosis of skin cancer. We are partnering with the Melanoma Foundation of New England, to offer free skin checks at our Newport, Rhode Island store. We also pledge to educate our customers about skin cancer and how to protect themselves from exposure to damaging UVA and UVB rays.”

Cosmetic Cosmos scours the planet for the latest, most advanced skin care and cosmetic products with the goal of offering customers the best products to protect and beautify the body, from head to toe. Based in Newport, Rhode Island, Cosmetic Cosmos offers both men’s and women’s products, which can be shipped around the world through its online store at www.cosmeticcosmos.com. In addition, the Newport, Rhode Island location offers wedding and spa services.

About Cosmetic Cosmos
Cosmetic Cosmos is a Newport, Rhode Island based retail store, spa and web site offering the highest quality color cosmetics and skin care at affordable prices. Featuring a full line of skin-healthy mineral makeup, anti aging skin care creams, sun and self-tanning products, make up, nail polish, hair products, wigs and more, CosmeticCosmos offers local customers services such as Newport Rhode Island wedding make-up. For more information, please visit www.cosmeticcosmos.com or call 866-426-7667 (866-4COSMOS).

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New Fragrance Named ‘Love Etc’ Launched By The Body Shop

The fragrance has been created exclusively for The Body Shop by one of the world’s most talented perfumers, Dominique Ropion, who has worked with the world’s leading perfume brands, including Cacharel, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, assisting in the development of fragrances such as Armani ‘Code’, ‘Lovely’, ‘Dune’, ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Amarige’. Working closely with the Body Shop’s in-house team, Ropion created Love Etc which combines jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood and musk cream.

To gain greater insight into the generation of 20-30 year old women who most identify with the values behind ‘Love Etc’, The Body Shop also worked with respected socio-cultural trend expert Jolanta Bak.

“Perfume is a vehicle of dreams and aspirations – it conveys emotions, dreams, aspirations,” said Jolanta. “This fragrance appeals to women for whom ethical values are very important. They believe in justice, fairness and sharing, and they are less individualistic than previous generations.”

‘Love Etc’ is the very first Eau De Parfum to feature alcohol made from a fair trade and organic ingredients, grown in the foothills of the Andes, promoting environmental sustainability and biodiversity.

The launch of ‘Love Etc’ is supported by a new ‘Love Etc’ homepage which features video uploads of what people from around the globe expressing their views and opinions on love via the mediums of music, song and dance. Visitors to the ‘Love Etc’ homepage are also invited to send a love letter to a friend or loved one. The love letters can be sent direct or anonymously in order to share the love around the globe.

Customers are also invited in store to learn more about how the fragrance was created, with free samples of ‘Love Etc’ also be available in store. ‘Love Etc…’ will be available online and on the high street from September.

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Jo Malone Launches Second Edition Kohdo Wood Collection

The World of Jo Malone introduces the second season of the limited edition Kohdo Wood Collection. Two captivating fragrances created as a modern interpretation of the ancient Japanese incense ceremony of Kohdo: the ritual appreciation of incense.

One of the three formalised Japanese arts, Kohdo is a ritual that has been handed down f r o m generation to generation in Japanese society, taking over thirty years to master.

Today, the Kohdo ceremony is a journey of discovery that is made with friends, where moods are manipulated according to the natures and personalities of scents. The blend of ingredients in the day and night fragrances have been designed to inspire the senses and encourage emotions. For the day: uplifting and invigorating, and for the night: soothing and sensual.

Through a blend of mandarin, sacred lotus blossom, bamboo and aloeswood, Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – Kohdo Wood day will awaken the senses, encourage energy, inspire confidence and focus the mind, making it the perfect daytime scent.

Mandarin has a vibrant and lively nature, referred to as the little heart of the sun, it is thought to shed light on the drudgeries of the everyday and encourage a sense of joy. The sacred lotus blossom is serene and spiritual, symbolising the dawning of a new day. Bamboo offers strength and grace and aloeswood is believed to impart both mental and physical benefits to balance the mind and body.

Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – the night fragrance in The Kohdo Wood Collection – is a combination of black cardamom, orchid and kyara wood and is designed to encourage relaxation, it’s sensual and calming aura creating a sense of intrigue and mystery. It is the perfect scent to use f r o m early evening through to night.

Originally used as a perfume in ancient times, black cardamom has an aromatic and smoky nature, while the orchid carries a universal message of beauty and wisdom. As a base for incense, kyara wood is prized for its rarity and richness and its character embodies the true historical and cultural significance of the Kohdo ceremony. It is both relaxing and stimulating, an essence that’s said to be appropriate for meditation and celebration. This dark and sensual mix signifies refinement and perfection and brings the essence of evening to this night scent.

Like all Jo Malone Fragrances, Jo Malone Kohdo Wood Collection will be available to purchase online f r o m the beginning of April. Lotus Blossom & water Lily is available in a Shower Gel, Cologne and Home Candle while Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is available in a Bathing Soak, Cologne and Home Candle.

About Jo Malone: In 1994 Jo Malone opened her first store at 154 Walton Street London, selling a collection of personal fragrances, skin care and a selection of Scented Candles and bath & body products. Today the World of Jo Malone continues to both constantly challenge convention and educate on the way that fragrance can enhance everyday lives.

Beautiful packaging and thoughtful presentation is synonymous with the Jo Malone brand. F r o m the first moment the iconic gift bag with signature bow is received, a sensorial journey begins. A Jo Malone gift is the perfect pleasure, a luxurious way to create a lasting memory.

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Scottish online cosmetics company Beauty Counter Direct have announced an impressive 43% like-on-like increase in sales

Defying the economic downturn, Beauty Counter Direct’s December figures prove that beauty products and cosmetics are increasingly popular. The so-called, ‘lipstick effect’, first evident during the Great Depression 1929-1933 when lipstick sales rocketed 25%, should perhaps be renamed the ‘cosmetics effect’ as sales increase across the board. In the pre-Christmas period Beauty Counter Direct’s skin care product sales increased by 65%, cosmetics by 58% and fragrances were up by 17%. During the same period, mascara sales more than doubled.

Julie Wood, Managing Director of Beauty Counter Direct says: “Our sales prove that people like to keep up appearances despite the dismal outlook. Treating yourself to less expensive luxuries has never been so popular. Customers want low cost and high impact.”

Sales figures from one of the world’s biggest cosmetics companies, L’Oreal, endorse this theory. Their sales were up 5.3% in the first half of the year.

RAB Capital analyst Dhaval Joshi explains the increase: “The evidence shows that when budgets are squeezed people simply substitute large extravagances for small luxuries.” Wood backs up this comment: “Our customers are buying larger volumes of cheaper products.”

Beauty Counter Direct was started by Julie Wood in 2005 after spotting a gap in the market for direct designer selling. The company employs eight people and is hoping to increase staff levels in 2009. Their best selling item is YSL Touche Eclat (RRP £22.50), which costs £16.99. Their product range stretches from eye pencils at 50 pence to Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Ageing Cream (RRP £145) at £98.99. Over one hundred brands include Estee Lauder, Lancôme, Clarins, Clinique and Yves Saint Laurent. They offer discounts of up to 70% on high street prices and cater for the grooming needs of both men and women.

Beauty Counter Direct specialises in discount cosmetics, skin care products, fragrances, beauty products and accessories from a wide range of premium designer brands. They provide a new way to buy your favourite beauty products offering both great savings and greater convenience. Browse through their extensive range at your convenience. Ordering couldn’t be simpler, and with a choice of three flat rate delivery options, including guaranteed next day delivery, orders are with you in no time. The dedicated Customer Service Team can provide impartial advice and product information.

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