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sephora.com: Giving You More Reasons Than Ever Before to Love

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 18:47 by BeautyCare.com
sephora.com: Giving You More Reasons Than Ever Before to Love Valentine's Day

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Cupid is making the scene this
Valentine's Day. sephora.com -- the one-stop, all-encompassing,
best-of-the-best Valentine's Day resource -- is getting ready for love's
favorite day. Whether you're a girl out to snag your secret crush, or a boy
looking to prove your love, sephora.com's got all the essential elements for a
super-sizzling Valentine's Day.
sephora.com's got a million reasons to love Valentine's Day, including:

-- TURN UP THE HEAT ON VALENTINE'S DAY -- sephora.com has made your
Valentine's Day shopping easier than ever before. We've created three
distinct gift categories to help you find the perfect gift for that perfect
someone. Simply click on to Women's Fragrance, Men's Fragrance or Red Hot,
and start shopping. Not sure which fragrance to get the object of your
desire? Tell us if he's Cutting Edge, Classic, Designer, Romantic,
Cosmopolitan, or Wild, or if she's Spellbinding, Sensual, Timeless, Exotic, or
Feminine and we'll tell you which scent will make the perfect gift. Those of
you who have decided to go beyond fragrance this year will surely fall in love
with our Red Hot section. Gifts are divided into categories like Luscious
Lola, Menage a Trois, French Kiss, Venus Rising, Passion Among the Ruins and
Anytime, Anywhere.

-- sephora.com FRAGRANCE FINDER -- Love is in the air all right, but what
does it smell like to you? sephora.com's Fragrance Finder offers an ingenious
way to choose from hundreds of popular and hard-to-find fragrances that say "I
love you." Find your favorite fragrance at the click of the mouse, or choose
a new one based on the notes you like best. Simply select your favorite
"blends" from a comprehensive index including citrus, fresh, spicy, fruity
blends and many more. Then choose from "notes" such as freesia, gardenia, and
patchouli, or even unusual notes such as martini, cookie, or nutmeg. Once
your selections have been made, a complete listing of fragrances containing
your chosen blends and notes will appear ... in an instant. Click and smell
the love.

-- LEARN THE SECRETS OF SEDUCTION FROM BEAUTY CYBER SPACE -- sephora.com's
very own magazine will help hook you up with all the necessary components for
your own personal seduction style:

-- MAKE YOURSELF MORE BED-ABLE -- We'll dish the goods on how to make
yourself more bed-able, from the beginning of the night to the very end.
Whether you want to be a geisha girl, earth angel, sugar baby, floral fantasy
or tropical delight, sephora.com has got you covered (or uncovered). Simply
choose the fantasy persona you're in the mood for and let our guide tell you
the fragrance, body wash, music, candles and lingerie that will take this
fantasy and make it a reality.

-- GET THE LOOK OF LOVE -- This Valentine's Day, why not try a new look
and drive your man crazy. Whether you crave the look of lust, a sliver of
seduction or a moment of mystery, let sephora.com dress you up in our love.
From your eyes to your cheeks to your lips, we'll let you in on the must-have
make-up to set his heart thumpin'.

-- GET LIP-SMACKING GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BEAUTY CYBER SPACE'S
LIPSTICK AWARD WINNERS -- We just had to kiss and tell ... The results are in
from sephora.com's lipstick awards. Find out which lipstick makes your teeth
look their very whitest ... who has the ungooiest gloss ... what's the best
red ... the best pink ... the most kissable natural ... even the best shade to
have when you are having an affair (smudge proof). We'll make sure your lips
are in their prime smooching state.

So if you're searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your
sweetheart, or seeking to reinvent yourself as a daring love diva, you'll find
everything you need in one convenient location. Watch out Cupid,
sephora.com's taking over your turf!


SOURCE sephora.com

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Sixth Annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs Survey

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 18:45 by BeautyCare.com
Sixth Annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs Survey

Jennifer Lopez and Brad Pitt Voted Sexiest Celebrity Legs

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Valentine's Day is the one day of year,
when all thoughts turn to the one we hold dear. Gifts of chocolates and roses
soon turn to desire, as couples' hearts race with unbridled fire. And what
makes their hearts "pitter-patter" with passion? Perhaps it's a glance at
those hot, sexy legs!
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the sixth annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs
Survey reveals that Cupid's bow continues to strike close to home. Outranking
the top female and male celebrities, 31% of men find their wife/girlfriend to
have the sexiest legs, and 32% of women believe their husband/boyfriend has
the hottest limbs around.

Baby Got Legs??? Though the hype has never been about her legs,
actress/singer Jennifer Lopez took first place -- 16% of men and women find
her to have the sexiest legs in Hollywood, bottoms down. Coming in second,
8% of men and women's eyes beheld the beauty of classic Hollywood starlet
Ashley Judd. And hip-hop diva Lauryn Hill can add another award to her list,
with 4% of men and women voting her to have the third sexiest celebrity legs.
Fighting His Way To The Top... The sexy leg celebrity winner two years
ago, Brad Pitt once again knocks out the competition with 10% of men and women
surveyed saying he has the sexiest male celebrity legs. But who needs muscle,
when you can shake your bon-bon to the top of the charts like Latin pop star
Ricky Martin, who took second place, with 9% of the overall vote. And
Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan, came in third, his legs preferred by 7% of those
surveyed.
Wishful Thinking... When asked which female celebrity's legs they wished
theirs looked like, 13% of women voted for Jennifer Lopez, followed by a 12%
vote for Ashley Judd. In overwhelming agreement, 21% of men wished their
wife/girlfriend's legs resembled Jennifer Lopez's.
Mirror, Mirror... Lack of a positive body image, or an abundance of
modesty, is apparent when adults are asked if they perceive their own legs as
sexy. 46% of women and 50% of men do not believe their legs are sexy. On the
other hand, younger adults show more confidence in their legs' sex appeal --
50% of men and women age 18-24 find their legs sexy.
Picking At The Pieces... Men and women continue to disagree on which part
of a woman's leg is sexiest. 46% of men found the thigh to be sexiest,
outranking the calf, which came in second at 29%. However, with a 41% vote,
women found the calf to be the sexiest, followed by the thigh at 18% and ankle
at 14%.
Look Sexy, Feel Sexy... When asked what they do to make their legs look
sexy, roughly three out of five women (60%) say they wax or shave regularly,
up from 46% last year. Most men, on the other hand, opt to feel the burn,
with 51% of males saying they exercise to make their legs look sexy. Women,
likewise, put their stairmasters to use -- 45% of females surveyed say that
they exercise/work out to obtain sexier legs.
Sheer Success... For the sixth year in a row, sheer hosiery is women's
top choice of pantyhose to make their legs look sexy, with 62% of the vote.
Thigh highs are worn by 14% of women surveyed, backseams by 4%, and fishnets
by 1% of women.
The results of the sixth annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs Survey will be
featured in a chat session with celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch on Monday,
February 14 at 9:30 pm ET (6:30 pm PT) on http://www.TalkCity.com.
Methodology: The sixth annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs Survey was
conducted by OmniTel, a weekly national telephone omnibus service of Bruskin
Audits & Surveys. The results are based on interviews with a nationally
representative sample of more than 1,000 men and women 18 years and older.
The OmniTel study is based on a random digit dialing probability sample of all
telephone households in the continental United States.
Hanes Hosiery, a division of Sara Lee Hosiery, is the nation's leading
manufacturer and marketer of hosiery products to department and specialty
stores. Hanes brands include Silk Reflections, Smooth Illusions, Resilience,
Absolutely Ultra Sheer, Ultra Sheer, Hanes Plus, ComfortMatters, Alive!,
Hanes Too, Fitting Pretty, Donna Karan Hosiery and DKNY.
A complete copy of the sixth annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs Survey and
results are available upon request.


SOURCE Hanes Hosiery

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P&G Reports Second Quarter Earnings, Growth Accelerates

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 18:43 by BeautyCare.com
P&G Reports Second Quarter Earnings, Growth Accelerates

CINCINNATI, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Procter & Gamble Company
(NYSE: PG) reported today another quarter of strong sales and profit growth on
record second quarter unit volume. Crediting faster speed-to-market with
initiatives and a greater strategic focus from its Organization 2005 program,
the company achieved its largest quarterly sales increase since 1997. Unit
volume grew six percent, reflecting continued initiative activity around the
world, base business growth and acquisitions. Net sales increased seven
percent to a record $10.59 billion. Exchange rates, primarily in Western
Europe, negatively impacted sales by two percentage points.
The company reported net earnings of $1.13 billion, or $0.78 per diluted
share, for the quarter ended December 31, 1999, including charges of
$137 million related to its Organization 2005 program. Core net earnings per
diluted share, which exclude the Organization 2005 costs, were $0.88, a
13 percent increase over the second quarter of last year. Organization 2005
is the company's multi-year program designed to accelerate growth by
increasing innovation and speed-to-market. The objective of the program is to
increase long-term sales growth to six-to-eight percent annually and increase
growth in core net earnings per share to 13-15 percent over a five year
period.
"Organization 2005 is allowing us to continually innovate and bring new-
to-the-world products to market faster, as evidenced by our accelerating
momentum in sales growth," said P&G Chairman and Chief Executive Durk I.
Jager. "In this quarter, we have integrated Iams and are already changing the
rules of the game in the pet food industry by expanding into new retail
channels. We're making new investments in start-up internet ventures, such as
reflect.com, a personalized cosmetics internet-based brand. We are changing
the way we do business and plan to introduce even more new initiatives during
the last half of the fiscal year."
"Our new Organization 2005 structure is working well," continued Jager.
"It is streamlining our management structure and decision making as we
consolidate strategic management into fewer locations. This will result in
even greater speed and lower costs, including a gradual reduction in tax costs
outside of the United States as we increase our operational efficiencies."
For the first six months, reported net earnings were $2.27 billion, or
$1.58 per diluted share. Worldwide sales grew five percent to $20.51 billion,
or seven percent excluding the effects of unfavorable exchange rates, on four
percent unit volume growth. Core net earnings were $2.53 billion, while core
diluted net earnings per share grew 11 percent to $1.76.
Following are highlights by business segment:

Fabric and Home Care: Fabric and home care continued to deliver strong
results, with unit volume growth of eight percent, double the growth rate
posted in the September quarter this year. Sales increased 10 percent to
$3.17 billion, while net earnings grew seven percent to $405 million.
Excluding negative currency impacts, sales grew 12 percent. Base business
strength and initiatives combined to ignite top-line growth. Volume growth
was broad-based across major markets in North America and Western Europe.
Importantly, both volume and share growth were particularly strong in
Northeast Asia and the Southern Cone (Brazil, Argentina, Chile). Febreze(R),
Swiffer(R) and Dryel(R) sales continued to grow strongly from global expansion
and the introduction of new line extensions. The company also announced plans
to introduce Ariel(R) liquid in Japan and to launch another innovative new
product, Fit Fruit and Vegetable Wash(R), in the United States this spring.
For the first six months of the fiscal year, a six percent unit volume
increase and higher value initiatives drove sales up nine percent. Net
earnings increased eight percent.

Paper: Paper results improved during the second quarter, with three
percent volume growth behind strong increases on Charmin(R) and Bounty(R) and
improved performance in diapers. The divestiture of the Attends adult
incontinence business weakened comparisons, negatively impacting volume and
sales by two percent versus the same quarter last year. Net sales increased
one percent to $3.18 billion. Excluding negative exchange rate impacts, net
sales grew three percent. Continued investment in new initiatives and
geographic expansion impacted earnings, which declined 15 percent to
$293 million. Earnings also were affected by rising pulp prices, although
pricing actions in baby care last year helped mitigate the effects in most
geographies.
On a year-to-date basis, sales were down one percent on flat unit volume.
Net earnings fell eight percent.

Beauty Care: Beauty care was impacted by a difficult competitive
environment and declining consumption in China, where the hair care market has
been especially hard hit by the weakened economy. Sales fell three percent to
$1.90 billion on a five percent volume decline. Net earnings were equal to
year-ago at $273 million, due largely to progress on cost control. The
company continues to emphasize long-term value creation by investing in
premium initiatives, such as Secret Platinum(R) and Oil of Olay Cosmetics(R).
Several new product upgrades and launches, including the U.S. launch of the
Physique(R) styling-led hair care brand, are planned for the back half of the
year.
For the first six months of the year, unit volume fell four percent.
Sales and net earnings fell two percent.

Health Care: The health care segment delivered strong results this
quarter, behind the acquisitions of Iams, and Recovery Engineering with its
water filtration brand, PuR(R). Net sales increased 35 percent to
$1.07 billion on 33 percent unit volume growth. Net earnings were up
57 percent to $125 million, driven by outstanding progress by Iams that
supplemented solid base business earnings. The company recently announced
that Iams pet food products will be expanded to new retail channels in the
coming quarter, only a few months after the integration of the acquisition.
Health care also introduced ThermaCare(R) portable heat wraps, which are
intended to change the way consumers think about pain relief.
On a year-to-date basis, unit volume increased 21 percent with net sales
up 26 percent. Net earnings increased 44 percent. Improvements were driven
by the newly acquired businesses, as well as strong growth in leading
respiratory brands.

Food and Beverage: Continued expansion of snacks across geographies,
mainly in Western Europe, drove strong quarterly results, with sales
increasing four percent to $1.32 billion on comparable unit volume growth.
Recent launches of Pringles(R) in Spain and Italy, and the introduction of
Pizzalicious flavor in Japan are yielding great results. Excluding the
effects of the Hawaiian Punch divestiture, volume grew nine percent, boosted
by recent initiative launches of Folgers Whole Bean(R), Pringles Twin Pack(R),
Sunny Delight Eclipse(R), and Jif Smooth Sensations(R). Significant
improvements in gross margin, behind a sharpened focus on cost control,
boosted earnings 23 percent to $137 million, despite investments in new
initiatives.
For the first half of the year, sales increased five percent on four
percent unit volume growth. Net earnings climbed 28 percent, reflecting cost
improvements.

Fiscal Year Estimates

The company confirmed that it was comfortable with the current range of
analyst estimates for fiscal year earnings. However, earnings growth may be
more concentrated in the April-June quarter, given heavy initiative spending
planned for the January-March quarter. Volume and sales increases through the
remainder of the year are expected to be above the growth achieved in the
July-December period. For fiscal year 2001 and beyond, the company has raised
its internal expectations and is targeting for earnings growth near the top of
its 13-15 percent target range, as it sees increased financial benefits
flowing from Organization 2005.
Procter & Gamble markets approximately 300 brands to nearly five billion
consumers in over 140 countries. These brands include Tide(R), Ariel(R),
Crest(R), Pantene Pro-V(R), Always(R), Whisper(R), Pringles(R), Pampers(R),
Oil of Olay(R), Iams(R) and Vicks(R). Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, P&G has
on-the-ground operations in over 70 countries and employs more than 110,000
people worldwide.

This news release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is
defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition
to the risks and uncertainties noted in this news release, there are certain
factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated
by some of the statements made. These factors are listed in Management's
Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in
the company's most recently filed Form 10-K.


THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Amounts)

Consolidated Earnings Information
Three Months Ended December 31, 1999
% % %
Change Earnings Change Change
Versus Before Versus Versus
Net Year Income Year Net Year
Sales Ago Taxes Ago Earnings Ago

Fabric and Home Care $ 3,168 10% $653 7% $405 7%
Paper 3,181 1% 498 -16% 293 -15%
Beauty Care 1,903 -3% 420 -4% 273 0%
Health Care 1,074 35% 202 75% 125 57%
Food and Beverage 1,321 4% 219 21% 137 23%
Corporate (excluding
O-2005 costs) (59) n/a (94) n/a 30 n/a
Total Company - Core 10,588 7% 1,898 10% 1,263 11%
Organization 2005 Costs n/a n/a (183) n/a (137) n/a
Total Company -
Reported 10,588 7% 1,715 -1% 1,126 -1%

Core Earnings Per Common Share:
- Basic -- -- -- -- $0.94 12%
- Diluted -- -- -- -- $0.88 13%
Reported Earnings Per Common Share:
- Basic -- -- -- -- $0.83 -1%
- Diluted -- -- -- -- $0.78 0%

Six Months Ended December 31, 1999
% % %
Change Earnings Change Change
Versus Before Versus Versus
Net Year Income Year Net Year
Sales Ago Taxes Ago Earnings Ago

Fabric and Home Care $6,328 9% $1,427 8% $890 8%
Paper 6,193 -1% 1,073 -11% 637 -8%
Beauty Care 3,722 -2% 777 -5% 498 -2%
Health Care 1,874 26% 349 50% 215 44%
Food and Beverage 2,530 5% 388 25% 243 28%
Corporate (excluding
O-2005 costs) (140) n/a (211) n/a 47 n/a
Total Company - Core 20,507 5% 3,803 9% 2,530 10%
Organization 2005 Costs n/a n/a (343) n/a (257) n/a
Total Company -
Reported 20,507 5% 3,460 -1% 2,273 -2%

Core Earnings Per Common Share:
- Basic -- -- -- -- $1.88 11%
- Diluted -- -- -- -- $1.76 11%
Reported Earnings Per Common Share:
- Basic -- -- -- -- $1.68 -1%
- Diluted -- -- -- -- $1.58 0%
Average Shares Outstanding
- Diluted -- -- -- -- 1,434.8 --


SOURCE Procter & Gamble Company

-0- 01/25/2000

/CONTACT: Linda L. Ulrey, 513-983-8975, or Simon Denegri, 513-983-9332,

both of The Procter & Gamble Company/

Web Site: /http://www.pg.com/

(PG)



CO: Procter & Gamble Company

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THE PILL GETS A NEW WARDROBE

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 18:38 by BeautyCare.com
THE PILL GETS A NEW WARDROBE

- Pharmaceutical Industry First Allows Women To Pick Their Pill Pak -

RARITAN, N.J., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Women now have their pick of colors
and designs for their birth control pill packs. This month, Ortho-McNeil
Pharmaceutical introduces the ORTHO PERSONAL PAK(TM), a collection of six
birth control pill dispensers that are fashionably discreet and easy to use.
The PERSONAL PAK, which looks like a cosmetic compact, is a first in the
pharmaceutical industry -- no other prescription product offers choice and
style in its packaging.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000126/NYW002 )
Women can choose from a variety of six styles inspired by gemstones:
lapis, garnet, jade, amethyst floral, onyx and sapphire. The compacts are
available first for users of ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN(R) (norgestimate/ethinyl
estradiol) Tablets, the #1 prescribed birth control pill in the United States
and the only oral contraceptive clinically proven to treat moderate acne, and
ORTHO-CYCLEN(R) (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) Tablets. Each compact, which
can be reused each month, costs $4.95 plus $1.50 shipping and can be ordered
by calling 1-877-65ORTHO or by visiting http://www.orthotri-cyclen.com. Order
forms accompany each prescription refill and also are available in product
samples distributed through healthcare professionals' offices.
"Today, women desire both convenience and style in all areas of their
lives. If women can choose customized cellular phones and jeans, they deserve
to select a personalized pill pak," said Debra McGuire, clothing designer and
costume designer for TV sitcoms such as "Friends," "Jesse" and "Judging Amy."
"Now, women have a wonderfully discreet and elegant accessory for their birth
control pills. From a polished black and gold to a vibrant floral, women can
choose a pill pak that expresses their individuality."
The Pill is most effective when taken consistently at the same time every
day. Yet, in a recent survey of women age 18 to 30 who take birth control
pills, 78 percent said they experience changes in their daily routines. Half
of these women said the changing routine affected the scheduled time to take
their birth control pill, with 43 percent reporting they did not take their
Pill at their scheduled time. Thirty-eight percent of the women surveyed
stated that a more discreet and stylish birth control case would make them
less likely to be embarrassed about taking the Pill in public.
"PERSONAL PAK makes it easier for women to take the Pill at the same time
every day, especially in places or situations when they may want their birth
control pill and its case to go unnoticed," said Sharon Winer, M.D., an
Obstetrician/Gynecologist and clinical professor in the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Hospital at the University of Southern
California (USC) Medical Center. "This added freedom may help women remember
to take their birth control pill and, as a result, improve compliance."
The new designer birth control compacts complement the new
ORTHO DIALPAK(R) Tablet Dispenser, introduced in June 1999. The DIALPAK is
the pink-beige compact women receive free with their prescription. PERSONAL
PAK takes DIALPAK one step further, giving women more choices for a discreet,
easy-to-use and environmentally friendly approach to taking birth control
pills. The "any-day" start feature allows women to work with their healthcare
professional to choose their start date with no stickers to place. The one-
way dial, single-hole dispenser and clearly numbered pills and days of the
week may help minimize the potential for mistakes. In addition, women who use
the new PERSONAL PAK or DIALPAK can help reduce waste by reusing and refilling
the compact with a new ring of prescription pills each month.
ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN and ORTHO-CYCLEN are indicated for the prevention of
pregnancy. ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN also is indicated for the treatment of moderate
acne vulgaris in females 15 years of age or older, who have no known
contraindications to oral contraceptive therapy, desire contraception, have
achieved menstruation and are unresponsive to topical anti-acne medications.
Oral contraceptives are not for everybody. Most side effects of the Pill
are not serious. And those that are, occur infrequently. Serious risks,
which can be life threatening, include blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks,
and are increased if you smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking increases the
risk of serious cardiovascular side effects, especially if you're over 35.
Women who use oral contraceptives are strongly advised not to smoke. Some
studies have reported an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer
among women who use oral contraceptives. However, the majority of studies
have found no overall increase in this risk. You should talk to your doctor
or healthcare professional about how this risk relates to your use of the
Pill. Some women should not use the Pill, including women who have blood
clots, certain cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, as well as those
who are or may be pregnant. The Pill does not protect against HIV or other
sexually transmitted diseases.
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical is a leader in women's health care and a
pioneer in oral contraception. Among its accomplishments are the developments
of the first contraceptive jelly for women, the Pap smear and the first cure
for vaginal yeast infections. The company also introduced the first low-dose
oral contraceptive, the first progestin-only birth control pill and the only
birth control pill in the U.S. with a non-contraceptive indication.
Ortho-McNeil offers the broadest range of prescriptive contraceptive
options. Ortho-McNeil also manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products
in other therapeutic categories, including central nervous system, wound
healing and infectious disease.
For information in the area of birth control, sexually transmitted
diseases and vaginal and urinary tract infections, visit Women In The Know at
http://www.womenintheknow.com.
Information about ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN and other Ortho-McNeil products can be
found on the Internet at http://www.orthotri-cyclen.com and
http://www.ortho-mcneil.com.

NOTE: The Market Facts Inc. survey of 577 women aged 18 - 30 was conducted
in July 1999. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points with
a 95 percent confidence interval.


SOURCE Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical

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Implantech to Distribute Gore Plastic Surgery Products

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 18:36 by BeautyCare.com
Implantech to Distribute Gore Plastic Surgery Products

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., and VENTURA, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- W. L. Gore
and Associates, Inc. (Gore) and Implantech Associates, Inc. are pleased to
announce the formation of a strategic distribution alliance. Under the
agreement, Gore will continue to produce the GORE Subcutaneous Augmentation
Material (S.A.M.), expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) facial implants.
Implantech will have non-exclusive rights for sales and marketing of these
materials and provide educational and technical support for the products in
the United States.
Gore has made the strategic decision to focus on the development of new
products that enhance patient care. To meet its goals in this area, Gore
needs a strong partner to market, distribute and support the current products
as well as new products now in development. "Implantech has demonstrated
excellent customer service and support of its own facial implant products. We
are excited about this new alliance and Implantech's ability to build and
foster strong relationships with its customers," stated Michael Martinell,
leader for Gore's facial implant products. Implantech is committed to the
same values for which Gore has been known for more than 25 years: supplying
high-quality, innovative products, providing the highest level of customer
service and technical support; and demonstrating a commitment to facial
implant surgery.
Gore and Implantech are excited about the opportunity to work together
to provide surgeons with superior service, technical assistance and the
world's leading plastic surgery products for patients.

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is one of the world's leading
technology-based companies. For more than 40 years, the Gore vision --
Creative Technologies Worldwide -- has been employed in the manufacture of
high-quality products for diverse industries. Gore's Medical Products
Division, celebrating its 25th year of innovating products, provides such
healing solutions as synthetic vascular grafts, interventional technologies,
surgical meshes for hernia repair, and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac,
general surgery and orthopedic procedures.

About Implantech Associates, Inc.
Implantech Associates, Inc. is a recognized leader in the development and
marketing of facial plastic surgery products. Implantech continues to prove
"There's no reason to operate with anyone else" by developing innovative ideas
into quality products for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Implantech
currently manufactures and markets silicone facial implants, silicone gel
products for hypertrophic and keloid scars, and smoke aspiration devices.

GORE is a trademark of W. L. Gore & Associates.


SOURCE W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc.

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Nu Skin Enterprises Denies Allegations Asserted in Derivative

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 18:34 by BeautyCare.com
Nu Skin Enterprises Denies Allegations Asserted in Derivative Lawsuit

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS)
today reported that a derivative lawsuit was filed on Jan. 21, 2000, alleging
breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing by the company's board of directors.
The company has not yet been served, but following initial review of the
complaint, Nu Skin Enterprises believes that the lawsuit is completely without
merit. The company plans to vigorously defend against the suit.
"The complaint focuses on the company's acquisitions of Nu Skin
International, Nu Skin USA and Big Planet," said Truman Hunt, executive vice
president and general counsel. "We took great care to independently negotiate
and complete these transactions at arms length -- including the use of a
committee of outside directors and the receipt of a fairness opinion or
valuation from a leading investment bank or accounting firm. We are confident
that these acquisitions were, and continue to be, in the best interests of our
public stockholders."

The Company
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest direct selling companies
in the world. The company's products are sold in 31 countries throughout the
Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Nu Skin Enterprises is traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NUS."
Nu Skin Enterprises offers three distinct business opportunities
specializing in consumer products and services sold through direct sales. Nu
Skin markets premium quality face, body and hair care products. Pharmanex is
a science-based developer and marketer of nutritional supplements. Big Planet
concentrates on the marketing and distribution of technology-based products
and services.
Nu Skin Enterprises news releases are available online at
http://www.nuskinenterprises.com or through the Company News On-Call fax service.
For a menu of Nu Skin Enterprises news or to retrieve a specific release, call
800-758-5804, extension 119638.

Please note: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which
represent the company's expectations or beliefs including its position that
the derivative action is without merit. These forward-looking statements are
subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and
outcomes to differ materially from those discussed or anticipated. These
factors include, but are not limited to, the inherent uncertainties and
difficulties associated with defending derivative litigation and the effect of
adverse publicity on the company's business. The forward-looking statements
are further qualified by the risks set forth in the company's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent Form
10-K and Form 10-Q.


SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

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Alberto-Culver s Sally Beauty Systems Group Acquires Macon

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 18:17 by BeautyCare.com
Alberto-Culver's Sally Beauty Systems Group Acquires Macon Beauty Supply

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alberto-Culver Company
(NYSE: ACVA, ACV) today announced that its Beauty Systems Group, an operating
unit of its Sally Beauty Company subsidiary, had acquired Macon Beauty Supply,
a fall service distributor of professional beauty products headquartered in
Macon, Georgia. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Macon sells beauty product lines through a sales force of approximately 70
sales consultants and 22 professional-only cash and carry stores. Macon is
the distributor of the Matrix, L'Oreal, Graham Webb, OPI, and Creative Nail
professional product lines in a territory which includes Georgia, North and
South Carolina, eastern Alabama, and northern Florida. Current annual sales
are approximately $40 million.
The Beauty Systems Group currently operates Victory Beauty Systems, Barnum
Beauty Systems, United/Ace Beauty Systems, and Loeffler Beauty Systems in the
midwest and northeast U.S., Heil Beauty Supply in the mid-south U.S., and
Beauticians' Beauty Systems in Canada.
In commenting on the acquisition, Sally President Michael Renzulli said,
"Macon extends the geographic reach of the Beauty Systems Group and
strengthens our relationship with the leading suppliers of the exclusive lines
for professional salon owners and licensed cosmetologists." Mr. Renzulli said
that the current Macon management would continue to run day-to-day operations,
reporting to Jay Contrucci, Senior Vice President of the Beauty Systems Group.
Howard B. Bernick, President and CEO of Alberto-Culver, commented that the
acquisition of Macon was "another important step in our long-term commitment
to grow the Beauty Systems Group in tandem with the growth of our core Sally
Beauty Company business." Mr. Bernick said the addition of Macon would boost
the annual sales of Beauty Systems Group to approximately $300 million and
that the Alberto-Culver Company continues to explore additional acquisition
opportunities for the group.
"Sally is, by far, the largest and the best distributor of professional
beauty supplies in the world and an important driver of future growth for the
Alberto-Culver Company," Mr. Bernick concluded.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such
statements are based on management's current assessments of risks and
uncertainties and reflect various assumptions, which may or may nor prove to
be correct. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ
from projections contained in such forward-looking statements include the
pattern of brand sales; competition within the relevant product markets; risks
inherent in acquisitions and strategic alliances; changes in costs; the costs
and effects of unanticipated legal proceedings; and variations in political,
economic or other external factors over which the company has no control. The
company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement in
this press release.


SOURCE Alberto-Culver Company

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Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Annouces Finalists for 2000 Beauty Awards

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:47 by BeautyCare.com
Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Annouces Finalists for 2000 Beauty Awards

Chanel Beauty Products are Selected as Finalists in Four Categories

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood may have the Oscars, but the
beauty industry has something just as glamorous -- the annual CEW Beauty
Awards.
Each year, the 800 members of CEW determine the most innovative product
entries and honor them during an awards luncheon, considered by many in the
industry to be the "Oscars" of the beauty business. Finalists for the 1999
Beauty Awards were recently selected, and winners will be announced during the
Beauty Awards luncheon on March 16, 2000 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New
York City. With a record number of new product entries -- 210 -- in the
prestige/limited distribution arena, CHANEL holds a unique leadership position
with finalists in four categories:

-- Best New Cosmetic Product -- Glossimer
* A unique formulation that combines the deeply pigmented colour of a
classic lipstick with the shimmer and texture of frosted gloss. This
water-resistant formula contains Vitamins C and E as well as organic
esters and polymers to condition, moisturize, and soothe the lips.

-- Best New Facial Skin Care Product -- PRECISION Anti-Dark Spot Serum
* This intensive serum, designed to soften the appearance of dark
spots and help skin regain radiance and evenness, is formulated with
Vitamin C. Used daily, Anti-dark Spot Serum helps impart luminosity
to the whole face.

-- Best New Hair Product -- ALLURE Tender Hair Mist
* The infusion of odor captors in this ALLURE-scented hair mist keeps
hair smelling fresh and lightly fragranced. The unique formula
helps condition the hair and adds instant shine without wetting,
matting, or hardening the hair.

-- Best New Sun Product -- PRECISION Daily Protection SPF 25
* Offering protection against UVA/UVB rays with its SPF of 25, this
lightweight, high-performance moisturizer protects and nourishes
skin with Vitamin E and an anti-pollution complex.

With more than 10,000 beauty products introduced each year in the
$20 billion industry, CEW aims to recognize those that are outstanding and
provide consumers with purchasing guidance.


SOURCE CHANEL


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Supermodel Kim Alexis to Tout Benefits of Microdermabrasion at Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:41 by BeautyCare.com
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Supermodel Kim Alexis is one of
more than 400,000 individuals who choose to improve their skin by undergoing
the cosmetic surgery procedure microdermabrasion last year. Join her as she
answers questions based on her experience with this popular procedure at the
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's 16th Annual Meeting Press Luncheon,
Friday, January 28, Noon at the Sussex room of the Wyndham Palace Resort &
Spa, Orlando.
"Microdermabrasion gives my skin a renewed glow," says Alexis. "It's a
simple and relatively painless procedure that works wonders in terms of
improving skin complexion and eliminating wrinkles."
Also known as the "lunch time peel," microdermabrasion gives skin a
younger, healthy appeal by blasting skin with tiny medical grade particles,
and requires little recovery time, allowing patients to return to their daily
business immediately. The procedure costs between $150 - $200 per session, is
painless and takes 30-45 minutes.
Alexis is the official spokesperson for Dermagenesis, a surgical equipment
manufacturer that will present a short video on the procedure during the press
luncheon.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery consists of professionals
dedicated to post-graduate medical education in cosmetic surgery. Its members
are dermatologic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial
surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, plastic surgeons and other physicians who belong
to a board that is part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. AACS is
the largest multi-disciplinary medical organization that exclusively devotes
its educational efforts to cosmetic surgery.
The public and media can find educational information about cosmetic
surgery procedures or a cosmetic surgeon in their region by calling
800-A-New-You or by visiting http://www.cosmeticsurgery.org .



SOURCE American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Comments (2)

L Oreal Acquisition of Miss Ylang, in Argentina

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:38 by BeautyCare.com
PARIS, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The L'Oreal Group, the world's leading
cosmetics company, has acquired Laboratories Ylang S.A., Argentina's No. 1
producer of mass-market make-up. This company will be consolidated as of
1 February 2000.
Founded in 1939 in Buenos Aires, Laboratories Ylang S.A. has an excellent
reputation, based on its high quality and affordable products. Sold in
supermarkets, hypermarkets, perfumeries and pharmacies, Miss Ylang product
lines are available in 10,000 sales outlets throughout Argentina.
Over the past few years this company has continued to grow steadily, and
in 1999 reached sales of approximately $17 million. Leader on the mass-market
for make-up, the company holds a 25% market share of make-up sales in
supermarkets and hypermarkets.
This acquisition will give L'Oreal a key position on the Argentine market
and confirms its worldwide leadership in make-up.
L'Oreal has been present in Argentina since the 1930s. Through its
subsidiary, the Group sells its ten major brands in salons, perfumeries,
pharmacies, supermarkets and hypermarkets.

http://www.loreal.com
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Bath & Body Works Introduces Valentine's Day 2000 Offerings

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:32 by BeautyCare.com
Gifts From the Heart

- Bath & Body Works Introduces Valentine's Day 2000 Offerings -

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Love is in the air as Valentine's
Day quickly approaches. With thoughts of love, celebrate St. Valentine's Day
by showering a special someone with attention, affection and pampering gifts
from the heart.
An endless selection of special edition gift sets, candles, accessories
and fragrances await you at Bath & Body Works. You'll find a range of ideal
gifts for many special someones -- from boyfriend to best friend -- it is a
one-stop shopping source for any budget.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000126/NYW089 )

Candy Hearts
Remember those tender candy heart messages -- like "Be Mine," "Love You"
and "All Yours"? Now Bath & Body Works recreates the Valentine's favorites in
the form of luxurious bath beads. Shaped like these romantic candy treats and
available in pink, yellow, lavender and white, these conversation candies are
meant to pamper and promote a "time for me" philosophy. Add a touch of
romance and whimsy to the home with other seasonal items perfect to serve as a
Valentine present for a friend, sweetheart or mom. Transparent soaps filled
with colorful hearts in the popular Cucumber Melon fragrance and two-toned
heart soaps, which are red on the outside and white on the inside in favorite
flavor Sun-Ripened Raspberry, are two of the unique offerings.

True Bliss
The newest addition to the Aromatherapy line, True Bliss is a fragrance
designed to bring about a euphoric feeling through the application and
inhalation of jasmine and geranium essential oils, known for their uplifting
and sensual scents, and the added all-natural herbal lotus flower to
moisturize. True Bliss is available in Creamy Body Wash, Relaxing Bath
Bubbles, Body Splash, Body Cream and Massage Oil. This fragrance is also
available in many of the special Valentine's Day gift sets.

Field of Dreams
Just in time for the holiday of love, Bath & Body Works' Joyful Garden
introduces a brand new sophisticated scent, Dream Fields. This pink-tinted,
delicate fragrance brings romantic thoughts to mind with its full, floral
bouquet including hints of romantic lotus flower and refreshing bergamot.

Better Than Flowers
The Etched Glass Tulip Vase Collection features beautifully etched glass
containers with tulip motifs, filled with personal care products. A perfect
gift for anyone on your list, these reusable glass vases are filled with
luxurious Moisture Rich Body Lotion or Fragrant Body Splash in a choice of
four flavors, Cucumber Melon, Sun-Ripened Raspberry, Plumeria and Juniper
Breeze. This is a beautiful way to say, "I love you," with a classic
fragrance in a collectable glass vase.

Valentine's Giftables
Bath & Body Works pre-wrapped and ready-to-give gift sets are romantically
crafted, hand-touched collectible items adorned with images of scrapbook
print, ranunculus and peonies. The collection, including Paperwrap Candles,
Chubbies and Pillar Candleholders, Bath & Body Works toiletries, are packaged
in reusable letter holders, keepsake boxes, baskets and cosmetic bags.

These limited edition items are available at all Bath & Body Works stores
nationwide beginning in late January, just in time for Valentine's Day
shopping. For the nearest Bath & Body Works, call 1-800-395-1001.


SOURCE Bath & Body Works


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Strong Sales Momentum Drives Alberto-Culver to Another Record Quarter; Cash Dividend Increases

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:30 by BeautyCare.com
MELROSE PARK, Ill., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alberto-Culver Company
(NYSE: ACVA, ACV) today reported record sales and record earnings for its
fiscal 2000 first quarter ended December 31, 1999. Addressing shareholders at
the company's annual meeting, President and Chief Executive Officer Howard B.
Bernick said that the company's consumer packaged goods units and its Sally
Beauty Company both posted double-digit sales increases for the quarter
continuing the improving momentum from the last half of the company's 1999
fiscal year.
First quarter sales for the company increased 13.2 percent to $525.8
million from $464.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 1999. Net earnings
from operations for the quarter increased 11.8 percent to $20.8 million versus
$18.6 million in the previous year. Basic and diluted earnings per share from
operations increased 12.1 percent and 15.6 percent respectively to 37 cents
compared with basic earnings of 33 cents and diluted earnings of 32 cents per
share in the comparable 1999 period.
As previously announced, during the quarter the company also realized a
nonrecurring net after-tax gain of $6.0 million from the $10 million sale of a
European trademark owned by its Indola professional business. This non-
recurring gain added 11 cents per share to the company's earnings, producing
basic and diluted earnings per share of 48 cents for the quarter.
Shareholders were also told by Alberto-Culver's Chairman and founder
Leonard H. Lavin that, for the sixteenth consecutive year, the company's Board
of Directors had voted to increase the cash dividend paid on both classes of
its stock (ACVA, ACV). The dividend will increase 15.4 percent from an annual
rate of 26 cents per share to 30 cents per share paid quarterly at the rate of
7-1/2 cents per share. The new quarterly cash dividend will be payable
February 21, 2000 to shareholders of record on February 7, 2000.
In the company's core businesses for the first quarter, Mr. Bernick
commented that, in addition to double digit sales increases, both Sally Beauty
and the company's North American consumer packaged goods unit had posted
double digit profit increases. He said that the growth in packaged goods was
driven primarily by the company's larger Alberto V05, St. Ives Swiss Formula
and TRESemme brands.
Sally Beauty Company, the largest distributor of professional beauty
supplies in the world, continued to expand its store count with 2,203 stores
at quarter-end in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Germany and Japan. Beauty
Systems Group, the distributor of high-end, professional only products to the
salon market, continued its rapid growth both through acquisition and organic
growth according to Mr. Bernick.
He said that the company's international consumer products markets had
achieved robust sales growth but profits, as budgeted and expected, were off
from the prior year due to heavy marketing investment spending behind the
launch of the Advanced Alberto V05 product line and a modest negative currency
impact. He characterized the new product launch as "very successful to date."
"While we operate in very competitive categories," Mr. Bernick told the
shareholders, "the marketing investments we made last year and continue to
make, improvements in the way we interface with our key retail trade
customers, our continued focus on innovative new products and new Sally store
openings and sales force expansions are all contributing to our positive
results." He said he expected the company to post record sales and record
earnings for the 2000 fiscal year.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such
statements are based on management's current assessments of risks and
uncertainties and reflect various assumptions, which may or may not prove to
be correct. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ
from projections contained in such forward-looking statements include the
pattern of brand sales; competition within the relevant product markets; risks
inherent in acquisitions and strategic alliances; changes in costs; the costs
and effects of unanticipated legal proceedings; and variations in political,
economic or other external factors over which the company has no control. The
company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement in
this press release.


Consolidated Condensed Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31 1999 1998
Net Sales $525,799,000 464,551,000

Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold 257,370,000 228,757,000
Advertising, promotion, selling
and administrative 233,933,000 203,830,000
Net interest expense 3,427,000 2,526,000
Total costs and expenses 494,730,000 435,113,000

Earnings before income taxes and
non-recurring gain* 31,069,000 29,438,000
Provision for income taxes 10,253,000 10,818,000
Net earnings before non-recurring gain* 20,816,000 18,620,000
Non-recurring gain, net of income
taxes* 6,017,000 0

Net earnings* $26,833,000 18,620,000

Earnings per share:
Before non-recurring gain*
Basic $0.37 0.33
Diluted $0.37 0.32
Including non-recurring gain*
Basic $0.48 0.33
Diluted $0.48 0.32
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 55,708,000 57,082,000
Diluted 56,432,000 57,969,000

* The sale of a trademark for $10 million resulted in a non-recurring net
gain of $6.0 million or 11 cents per share after deducting income taxes
of $3.2 million.


Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

December 31
Assets 1999 1998
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term
investments $53,443,000 46,629,000
Accounts receivable, net 146,024,000 128,485,000
Inventories 439,256,000 375,694,000
Other current assets 22,063,000 19,824,000
Total current assets 660,786,000 570,632,000
Property, plant and equipment, net 236,267,000 223,437,000
Goodwill and trade names, net 250,567,000 202,623,000
Other assets, net 54,990,000 52,213,000
Total assets $1,202,610,000 1,048,905,000

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity 1999 1998
Short-term borrowings and current
maturities of long-term debt $5,358,000 3,521,000
Accounts payable, accrued expenses
and income taxes 319,644,000 283,915,000
Total current liabilities 325,002,000 287,436,000
Long-term debt 235,613,000 170,544,000
Other liabilities and deferred taxes 55,240,000 47,176,000
Stockholders' equity 586,755,000 543,749,000
Total liabilities and
stockholders' equity $1,202,610,000 1,048,905,000


SOURCE Alberto-Culver Company Comments (0)

The 'GlamrGurlz' Break New Ground on Virtual Runways

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:25 by BeautyCare.com
The 'GlamrGurlz' Break New Ground on Virtual Runways

Innovative Fashion E-Comic Reaches Girls With Interactive Elements And
Contemporary Settings

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- GlamrGurlz, the most innovative
Internet comic strip featuring the adventures of three supermodels -- Leigh,
Su and Cherise -- takes a unique approach to fashion by incorporating
contemporary designs, styles and forward looking content into the world of
animation. The website, located at http://www.glamrgurlz.com, launched January 12,
2000 and has received over 100,000 visitors since its debut.

From Concept to Creation
Ronald Heimler, a leading international fashion designer and creator of
Cool Stuff, developed the GlamrGurlz concept as a distinct method of reaching
the pre-teen and teen markets through customer specific and age appropriate
elements while capitalizing on the growing popularity of animated and cartoon
characters in a fashion oriented setting.
"Considering the interest young girls have in popular female figures --
and the impact the Web has on generation Y -- a natural extension of the
traditional comic book is an electronic version with interactive features that
are fun for its readers and promote positive teen issues" said Heimler.
He went on to say, "GlamrGurlz is the first cartoon of its kind, and follows
in our tradition of anticipating the needs of consumers by creating a product
that they didn't even know they needed or wanted!"
The idea was then turned over to Urban Gorilla, a Chicago based marketing
and advertising firm specializing in breakthrough strategies and
implementation. Creative director Robert Heimler -- whose talent is reflected
in graphic designs for companies such as McDonald's, Kellogg's, Black & Decker
and Shedd Aquarium -- and director of multimedia Aron Swanson, who has created
several entertainment websites, including Paramount Pictures Inc., Calabash
Animation, CelebrityInfo.com, and FanRelations.com lead a team of professional
illustrators, writers, and fashion experts successfully capturing the essence
of the GlamrGurlz, bringing them to life with a new episode every two weeks.

Behind the Scenes
Fresh and innovative, each GlamrGurlz comic strip is produced by a
knowledgeable staff that consists of highly recognized industry experts:
-- Phillip Moy, accomplished illustrator known for his contributions to
Marvel Comics on the Men in Black series, DC Comics on Legionnaires and
Powerpuff Girls, and several Disney Adventures;
-- Scott Beaderstadt, a cartoon and sequential art specialist whose
accomplishments include writing and illustrating a 5 issue mini-series
of The Mummy for Fantagraphics Monster Publications, as well as
illustrating for Archie, and DC and Marvel Comics; and
-- Jennifer Keating, an experienced writer for DC Comics -- on titles
such as Powerpuff Girls, Cow and Chicken, and Looney Tunes Animaniacs
-- and correspondent for Wizard Magazine and Animerica Monthly.

Beyond The Banner
With statistics revealing that Internet use among generation Y consumers
will reach 75% percent by the year 2002*, the need for interactive and
effective marketing and advertising tools is imminent. The GlamrGurlz web
site not only attracts this highly sought-after demographic group, but also
offers significant features for its partners and advertisers.
"We are excited to contribute to the success of our associates, and to add
value to both companies and customers by making our products and services
accessible through popular Internet destinations for teens," stated Heimler.
He added, "For example, the affiliation between teenStyle magazine &
http://www.teenstylemag.com and http://www.glamrgurlz.com has proven effective in increasing
traffic to both sites, thus generating awareness about the publication and
about the newest comic to hit cyberspace."
Premium logo positioning on the GlamrGurlz site's home page and on
e-cards, links, product placement within the comic frames, syndication of
comic, and editorial credit are a few elements available to youth oriented
businesses wanting to maximize their marketing and brand extension efforts.

About Cool Stuff
Launched in 1997, Cool Stuff is a leading global accessories brand. Cool
Stuff designs are found in many specialty and department stores -- including
Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstroms, Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters -- and in
popular junior catalogs such as Delia's and Alloy. Beginning in March, Cool
Stuff will be the first U.S. brand to be carried by Top Shop in England.
With its cutting edge collection of jewelry and hair accessories, Cool
Stuff is continuously recognized for its keen sense of business and ability to
anticipate the next trend and transform it into an innovative design, ranking
as the number one designer in its industry according to the Sportswear
International's Who's Who for 2000. For more information about Cool Stuff,
please visit http://www.coolstuffusa.com.

About teenStyle Magazine
A bi-monthly publication, teenStyle magazine is the leading source of
trend information for its core audience -- girls 12 to 18 -- empowering them
to explore, discover and experience the world of hair, beauty and fashion
through their favorite celebrities. teenStyle is available nationwide
wherever books and magazines are sold.

For more information about the GlamrGurlz and teenStyle magazine --
including new business development -- please contact Paulina Brooks at
800-210-0334 ext. 402.

* TRU (Teen Research Unlimited), 1999

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Avon Reports Record Sales and Earnings Per Share for Fourth Quarter and Full Year

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:23 by BeautyCare.com
Avon Reports Record Sales and Earnings Per Share for Fourth Quarter and Full Year

Fourth Quarter E.P.S. Up 4% to $.58;
Sales Rise 1% but Increase 8% in Local Currencies

Full-Year E.P.S. Up 11% Excluding One-Time Charges

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today
reported that earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 1999 increased 4% to
a record $.58 per share, versus $.56 per share in the fourth quarter of 1998.
The 1999 per-share figures, which are the same on a basic and diluted basis,
are in line with guidance given by the company in late September and early
December, and exceed the consensus estimate of $.56 per share among Wall
Street analysts.
Sales in the quarter were also at a record level, rising 1% to
$1.57 billion, versus $1.55 billion a year ago. Excluding the impact of
foreign currency translation, sales increased 8%, driven by sound
fundamentals, including a strong 11% unit growth and a healthy 10% increase in
the number of sales representatives worldwide.
Gross margin improved by 0.4 points to 61.3% in the quarter and operating
margin improved by 0.9 points to 15.9% -- the highest level in 7 years. The
company's continuing success with Business Process Redesign (BPR) initiatives
contributed to the profit improvement.
Operating profit rose 7% in the quarter. However, several non-operating
items -- principally higher foreign exchange losses and higher interest
expense to fund share repurchases -- resulted in a net income decline of 4% to
$141.7 million, versus $148.1 million in the 1998 period.
Earnings per share in the quarter reflect a decrease of about 20 million
in the average number of shares outstanding versus prior year, as a result of
accelerated share repurchases by the company in 1999.
Commenting on the performance, Andrea Jung, Avon's president and chief
executive officer, said, "We finished the quarter on a strong note and we're
seeing continued momentum into 2000. Our global portfolio is very healthy,
with significant year-over-year gains in the quarter in Asia and Europe, as
well as a solid profit performance in the U.S. In addition, all geographic
regions -- most importantly including the U.S. - - posted excellent unit
growth and the highest operating margins in recent years, indicating the
underlying strength of our direct selling operations around the world."
Ms. Jung also said, "We are committed to making meaningful investments
this year to strengthen our core business and enhance our brand image, while
at the same time, continuing to improve our operating margins. We are
confident that our strategic initiatives will enable us to expand Avon's
customer base and accelerate revenue growth."

Regional Performance
International sales in the fourth quarter of 1999 increased 3% (up 14% in
local currency terms). International units and active representatives rose by
14% and 12%, respectively. International operating profit increased 16%, with
gross margin advancing 1.3 points to 63.7% and operating margin improving
2.5 points to 21.9%.
In Asia, sales in the quarter rose 21% (up 13% in local currencies).
Every market generated double-digit sales growth, reflecting the strength of
Avon's business throughout the region and the continuing economic recovery
there. The sales gains were driven by a 15% increase in units and an 8% rise
in active representatives. Operating profit in Asia surged 56% and operating
margin advanced 4.3 points to 19.2%.
In Europe, sales advanced 4% in the quarter (up 15% in local currencies).
Units grew 29%, driven by strong gains in the U.K. and Central/Eastern Europe,
and the number of active representatives climbed 26%. Operating profit in
Europe increased 31% and operating margin improved by 4.1 points to 19.9% - -
a record level. The dramatic profit gain was due to continued rapid growth in
Central/Eastern European markets and a significant year-over-year improvement
in Russia.
In Latin America, sales in the quarter declined 5% due principally to the
maxi-devaluation of Brazil's currency early in 1999. Sales in the region rose
13% in local currencies. Units and active representatives each increased 8%
despite economic volatility in some major markets.
Operating profit in Latin America was flat versus the prior year's
exceptionally strong fourth quarter. Brazil's business was very healthy, with
double-digit growth in both local currency sales and units, but profits
declined 23% in the quarter, reflecting the 1999 currency devaluation.
However, Brazil's profit decrease was offset in the region by growth in
Mexico, Venezuela and Central America. Latin America's operating margin in
the quarter improved by 1.2 points to 24.6%.
In the U.S., sales in the quarter rose 1%. Sales of Cosmetics, Fragrance
and Toiletries (CFT) were even with 1998, which represents a significant
improvement from the third quarter, when CFT sales declined 10% versus prior
year. Unit growth in the U.S. was the strongest in over two years, with total
units up 7% and CFT units up an impressive 9%.
Quarterly operating profit in the U.S. exceeded $100 million for the first
time ever, rising 8%, on top of the 23% increase in last year's fourth
quarter. Operating margin advanced 1.4 points to 19.1%, which was the highest
fourth quarter level in over 10 years.

Record Results for Full-Year 1999
For the full-year 1999, Avon reported that diluted earnings per share
before one-time charges rose 11% to a record $1.64, versus $1.48 per share for
full-year 1998. Both years included one-time charges related to the company's
BPR program.
In 1999, one-time charges totaled $151.2 pretax ($121.9 million after tax
or $.47 per diluted share). Charges in 1998 totaled $154.4 pretax ($122.8
million after tax or $.46 per diluted share). Including the charges, diluted
earnings per share for full-year 1999 rose 15% to $1.17 compared with $1.02
per share in 1998.
Sales in 1999 increased 1% to a record $5.29 billion versus $5.21 billion
in 1998. Excluding the effects of foreign currency translation, sales rose 9%
for the year, reflecting 9% unit growth and a 10% increase in active
representatives.
Margins improved significantly in 1999. Gross margin rose 1.2 points to
62.5% and operating margin rose 1.3 points to 13.3%.
Avon is the world's leading direct seller of beauty and related products,
with $5.3 billion in annual revenues. Avon markets to women in 136 countries
through 3 million independent sales representatives. Avon product lines
include such recognizable brands as Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Avon Color, Far Away,
Rare Gold, Perceive and Women of Earth. Avon also markets an extensive line
of fashion jewelry, apparel, gifts and collectibles. More information on Avon
and its products can be found on the company's award-winning web site
htpp://www.avon.com.

Cautionary Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995
Statements in this release which are not historical facts or information
are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on
management's reasonable current assumptions and expectations. Such forward-
looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other important factors
which may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different
from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ
materially from management's expectations. Such important factors include,
among others, the following: general economic and business conditions in the
Company's markets; the Company's ability to implement its business strategy;
the Company's ability to achieve anticipated cost savings and profitability
targets; the impact of substantial currency exchange devaluations in the
Company's principal foreign markets; and the effect of legal and regulatory
proceedings and restrictions imposed on the Company or its operations by
foreign governments. Additional information identifying such important
factors is contained in the Company's Form 10-Q report for the quarter ended
September 30, 1999, filed with the S.E.C. The Company undertakes no
obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

AVON PRODUCTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(In millions, except per share data)

Three months ended Percent Year ended Percent
December 31 Change December 31 Change
1999 1998 1999 1998

Net sales $1,566.6 $1,548.9 1% $5,289.1 $5,212.7 1%

Cost of
sales * 606.6 606.1 2,031.5 2,053.0
Marketing,
distribution and
administrative
expenses 711.4 709.8 2,603.0 2,570.0
Special
charges -- -- 105.2 116.5
Operating
profit 248.6 233.0 7% 549.4 473.2 16%

Interest
expense 15.4 9.1 43.2 34.7
Interest
income (3.3) (4.4) (11.1) (15.9)
Other expense
(income),
net 15.3 (4.1) 10.7 (1.5)
Total other
expenses 27.4 0.6 42.8 17.3

Income before
taxes and
minority
interest 221.2 232.4 -5% 506.6 455.9 11%
Income taxes 77.2 84.1 204.2 190.8

Income before
minority
interest 144.0 148.3 -3% 302.4 265.1 14%
Minority
interest (2.3) (.2) 0.0 4.9

Net income $141.7 $148.1 -4% $302.4 $270.0 12%


Earnings per
share:
Basic $.58 $.56 4% $1.18 $1.03 15%
Diluted $.58 $.56 4% $1.17 $1.02 15%

Average
shares
outstanding:
Basic 243.36 262.68 256.78 263.27
Diluted 245.01 265.23 259.37 265.95

* Years ended 1999 and 1998 include one-time charges of $46.0 and
$37.9, respectively, for inventory write-downs.



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Fashionmall.com Traffic 626% Higher Than Styleclick.com; PC Data December

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:22 by BeautyCare.com
Fashionmall.com Traffic 626% Higher Than Styleclick.com; PC Data December
1999 Third Party Data Confirms Fashionmall.com's Position


January 25, 2000 08:18 AM
NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- fashionmall.com, Inc. FASH
(http://www.quote.com/quotecom/news/fq_news.asp?symtype=st&mode=News&symbols
=NASDAQ:FASH) reported today that PC Data's has reported December traffic to
its anchor web property, (http://www.fashionmall.com), reached 720,000
unique users for the month of December 1999 compared to 115,000 users for
Styleclick.com IBUY . Fashionmall.com and Styleclick.com are the only two
publicly traded vertical portals in the fashion space.
PC Data makes its panel data publicly available on-line at
(http://www.pcdataonline.com/) and tracks "The number of web-active
individuals who visited a particular site or web property within a given
time frame. Each panel member is represented only once as a unique user."
according to the sites methodology section. As each unique user can create
multiple user sessions to a site the number of sessions may vary
significantly. Fashionmall.com recently announced that it's own internal
Data showed an all time high in December 1999 with roughly 2.5 million
unique user sessions.

fashionmall.com, Inc. operates fashionmall.com (http://www.fashionmall.com),
a vertical fashion portal, or specialty shopping portal, that generates
revenue primarily by selling traffic on a cost per click basis to online
e-commerce and marketing sites focused on fashion lifestyle merchandise. The
site also generates revenue from advertising and sponsorship sales.
Established in 1994, the site combines an online shopping mall with fashion
content to provide a centralized site for manufacturers, retailers,
magazines and catalogs to advertise, display and sell their products. The
company also operates outletmall.com (http://www.outletmall.com), an online
off-price fashion site offering name brand designer merchandise at discounts
of 25%-75% off retail.

Statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact
are "forward-looking statements." Such statements are subject to certain
risks and uncertainties, identified from time to time in the Company's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that could cause actual
results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements represent the Company's judgment as of the date
of the release. The Company disclaims, however, any interest or obligations
to update these forward-looking statements.

SOURCE fashionmall.com, Inc.

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Fashionmall.com Traffic 626% Higher Than Styleclick.com; PC Data December

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:08 by BeautyCare.com
Fashionmall.com Traffic 626% Higher Than Styleclick.com; PC Data December
1999 Third Party Data Confirms Fashionmall.com's Position


January 25, 2000 08:18 AM
NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- fashionmall.com, Inc. FASH
(http://www.quote.com/quotecom/news/fq_news.asp?symtype=st&mode=News&symbols
=NASDAQ:FASH) reported today that PC Data's has reported December traffic to
its anchor web property, (http://www.fashionmall.com), reached 720,000
unique users for the month of December 1999 compared to 115,000 users for
Styleclick.com IBUY . Fashionmall.com and Styleclick.com are the only two
publicly traded vertical portals in the fashion space.
PC Data makes its panel data publicly available on-line at
(http://www.pcdataonline.com/) and tracks "The number of web-active
individuals who visited a particular site or web property within a given
time frame. Each panel member is represented only once as a unique user."
according to the sites methodology section. As each unique user can create
multiple user sessions to a site the number of sessions may vary
significantly. Fashionmall.com recently announced that it's own internal
Data showed an all time high in December 1999 with roughly 2.5 million
unique user sessions.

fashionmall.com, Inc. operates fashionmall.com (http://www.fashionmall.com),
a vertical fashion portal, or specialty shopping portal, that generates
revenue primarily by selling traffic on a cost per click basis to online
e-commerce and marketing sites focused on fashion lifestyle merchandise. The
site also generates revenue from advertising and sponsorship sales.
Established in 1994, the site combines an online shopping mall with fashion
content to provide a centralized site for manufacturers, retailers,
magazines and catalogs to advertise, display and sell their products. The
company also operates outletmall.com (http://www.outletmall.com), an online
off-price fashion site offering name brand designer merchandise at discounts
of 25%-75% off retail.

Statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact
are "forward-looking statements." Such statements are subject to certain
risks and uncertainties, identified from time to time in the Company's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that could cause actual
results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements represent the Company's judgment as of the date
of the release. The Company disclaims, however, any interest or obligations
to update these forward-looking statements.

SOURCE fashionmall.com, Inc.

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ibeauty.com Achieves Record Levels in Unique Visitors and Overall Reach

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 18:07 by BeautyCare.com
ibeauty.com Achieves Record Levels in Unique Visitors and Overall Reach

- Affirms ibeauty.com's Leadership Position in the Online Beauty Sector -

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ibeauty.com Inc., a leader in the online
beauty sector, today announced significant overall growth in unique visitors
for December 1999, according to recent Media Metrix results. Unique visitors
increased 132%, from 327,000 in November 1999 to 759, 000 in December of the
same year. In addition, the Company's overall reach more than doubled to 1.2%
in December from 0.5% the month prior.
"We are thrilled to hold the premier position within the online beauty
sector, registering our best performance to date," stated Elana Posner,
executive vice president of corporate development for ibeauty.com. "Our
continued growth in unique visitors and overall reach, coupled with strong
holiday sales, is validation that our focus on providing solid customer
service and developing strategic Internet alliances does drive traffic."
In addition to Media Metrix's recent findings, ibeauty.com also holds a
leadership position in the online cosmetics sector, according to PC Data
Online Reports. PC Data's December numbers also documented significant
improvement in duration of use, as well as in reach and unique users for
ibeauty.com.

About ibeauty.com
ibeauty.com is a prestige online beauty site, dedicated to providing
personalized information and solutions that meet the needs of various
demographic segments. ibeauty.com leverages its exclusive marketing
agreements with AOL, MSN and Excite@Home, reaching 85% of the online audience,
and offering a catalog in excess of 500 cache brands such as Philosophy, Arden
and Calvin Klein. Backed by venture funding, ibeauty.com has secured an
expert management staff and a distinguished board of directors which includes
Charlotte Beers, Chairman, J. Walter Thompson, and Martha Stewart, Founder and
CEO, Martha Stewart Omnimedia. ibeauty.com can be found at
http://www.ibeauty.com, or by typing in keyword "ibeauty" on AOL.


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Zinc Compound Key in Cold-Sore Preventative

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:59 by BeautyCare.com
Zinc Compound Key in Cold-Sore Preventative

Research, Public Cite New All-Natural Preventative

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 20, 2000 (INB) -- For the 55
million people in the U.S. who suffer from recurrent cold
sores, research has shown that a new all-natural zinc
compound, ViraZincTM, recently introduced by Los
Angeles-based Pure Lip, Inc. , may
provide a preventative "pretreatment" solution.

According to medical experts, cold sores or fever blisters
are caused by the reactivation of the latent herpes simplex
virus that an estimated 80 percent of Americans have and
which 20 percent (approximately 55 million) express in the
form of recurrent cold sores. Stress, illness, lengthy
exposure to sunlight, harsh weather, chapped lips, even
menstruation have all been identified as precursors to a
cold-sore outbreak.

Medical research has demonstrated that zinc is highly
effective in inhibiting the herpes simplex virus. However,
ingested supplementation of zinc is insufficient, and
topical applications have had limitations: compounds that
provide bio-available zinc such as zinc sulfate can irritate
the skin, while well-tolerated compounds such as zinc oxide
yield little bio-available zinc.

Zinc Glycerolate, a zinc compound invented by Glyzinc
Pharmaceuticals Pty Limited and subsequently purchased by
PharmAction Holdings Limited of Victoria, Australia, appears
to have solved the problem of safely supplementing zinc
topically. As reported in the Medical Journal of Australia,
a placebo-controlled, double blind trial of 158 patients
with oral herpes (cold sores) found that "to our knowledge,
zinc glycerolate is the most effective zinc delivery
compound other than by the intravenous route." The study
also "corroborates previous reports that zinc ions inhibit
the synthesis of viral DNA in cells that are infected with
herpes simplex virus."

This innovative, effective zinc compound has been licensed
as ViraZincTM by Pure Lip for exclusive use in the U.S where
cold-sore sufferers have been looking for a solution to
their condition. Thousands who turned to the Internet for
help have found , which not only
offers information about cold sores, but also a new therapy,
Pure Lip Prevention(R) with ViraZinc.

Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, Pure Lip Prevention
with ViraZinc moisturizes the lips, addresses triggers shown
to cause reactivation and provides an effective antiviral
cold-sore "pretreatment." According to Pure Lip founder
Robert Moffitt, "ViraZinc is a state-of-the-art compound
that enables us to safely provide nature's best anti-cold
sore medicine."

Pure Lip Prevention functions without preservatives,
additives and chemicals commonly found in lip balms that can
actually promote cold-sore reactivation. The clear ointment
can be worn daily as a moisturizer, or during high-risk
times such as stress, illness and after weather exposure.
Reaction from around the country has been enthusiastic.

In a recent article about Pure Lip Prevention on
AmericasDoctor.com, Steven J. Adashek, M.D. says
over-the-counter topical gels that may reduce the irritation
have been one of the only methods for combating cold sores.
Products such as Tingle Stop, Viractin or Herpalieve can be
effective at soothing and softening the lips. Cold sore
prescription products, such as Denavir, may shorten the
healing process. But, the article reports that "Pure Lip
Prevention is the first and only product designed to prevent
the outbreak of cold sores."

In Panama City, Fla., Jim Lindner, 45, likes Pure Lip
Prevention "much better than anything else, including a $30
prescription medication, because it's light on my lips and
doesn't run off."

In Glastonbury, Conn., Kendra Capen, 32, gets fever blisters
easily, "but I haven't had any cold sores since I started
using Pure Lip Prevention. It's all the proof I need that it
works."

In Danville, Ala., Rosa Holcolmbe says her red-haired,
fair-skinned children are especially susceptible to cold
sores. "Any sun exposure gives my children cold sores,"
reports Holcolmbe. "Other products were messy and tasted bad
to them. Pure Lip Prevention has no taste, and now my kids
have no cold sores."

In fact, in light of its highly visible money-back
satisfaction guarantee, Pure Lip reports a 99.7 percent
customer satisfaction rate and that repeat customers are
buying twice as much as first-time buyers.

Prescription drugs may still help some people deal with cold
sores once they appear, but all-natural Pure Lip Prevention
is the only product specifically designed to help prevent a
cold sore. Available exclusively at ,
a tube costs $10.95, including shipping and handling, and
comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Headquartered in Australia, PharmAction (Australia Stock
Exchange: PHD) researches, develops, manufactures and
licenses a range of innovative prescription drugs and
over-the-counter health products.


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French Fragrances' Board Approves Increase In Stock Repurchase Program

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:55 by BeautyCare.com
French Fragrances' Board Approves Increase In Stock Repurchase Program

MIAMI, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- French Fragrances, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRAG), a
leading manufacturer and marketer of prestige fragrances, today announced that
its Board of Directors has authorized an increase in the amount of the
Company's common stock to be repurchased under the Company's stock repurchase
program from $5 million to $10 million. Under the terms of the repurchase
program, which has no expiration date, the Company expects to buy stock from
time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions,
depending on market conditions and other factors. To date, the Company has
repurchased approximately 870,000 shares of its common stock under the
program.

Investor Contact: William J. Mueller, Chief Financial Officer
(305) 818-8102

Press Contact: Steven Anreder/Larry Hirschhorn
Anreder Hirschhorn & Silver
(212) 532-3232

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical
facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements, including supply
constraints or difficulties; the substantial indebtedness of the Company; the
impact of competitive products and pricing; the Company's ability to
successfully integrate acquired companies and new brands into the Company;
changes in the retail industry; the effect of business and economic
conditions; and other risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as
of the date hereof. The Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise
forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances
following the date hereof.


SOURCE French Fragrances, Inc.

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Claudia Franzen Named Creative Director of sephora.com

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:54 by BeautyCare.com
Claudia Franzen Named Creative Director of sephora.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- sephora.com, the definitive address
for beauty on the Internet, today announced that Claudia Franzen has been
named Creative Director of the company. In this capacity, she will focus on
global web-based creative and strategic initiatives.
Ms. Franzen brings to sephora.com a strong background in the interactive
arena focusing on the style and luxury goods industries. Ms. Franzen started
Primary Group in 1996, developing the Benetton and Art+Commerce web sites and
consulting with Cartier, Inc. In 1998, Primary Group was sold to Agency.com
in New York, an international Internet professional services firm. Within
Agency.com Ms. Franzen continued to work as Creative Director on the Gucci
account.
Prior to this position, Ms. Franzen worked in the fashion photography and
editorial, design and advertising communities both in Paris and New York.
Ms. Franzen worked on various interactive projects ranging from content
development to corporate web site design. She also worked at Foote Cone &
Belding Advertising as a designer and digital artist. Ms. Franzen holds a BFA
in Photography & Communication Design from Parsons School of Design, New York
and Paris.
Jim Kenney, President and CEO of sephora.com, said, "We welcome Claudia to
the Sephora team. She will be focusing on creative aspects of the Sephora
interactive experience including interface design for both retail and
editorial components of the site, online and offline branding initiatives, and
new iterations of sephora.com, including those to be targeted to non-U.S.
markets in the future. The combination of her creative skills including her
eye for design and her experience in 'style and luxury' interactive
communications, make her an ideal addition to our staff, and we are looking
forward to her contribution."
Ms. Franzen said, "Having lived and worked in Paris, I am familiar with
Sephora and its revolutionary impact on the beauty industry. Sephora forever
changed the way fragrances, cosmetics and well-being products are sold in
stores; sephora.com continues this tradition. Its innovative in-store
experience is highly interactive and highly personal. sephora.com is uniquely
positioned to leverage and extend this experience online, forging stronger and
deeper relationships with its customers. I am very excited to bring my
experience to the sephora.com team. Together, we will continue to evolve the
brand in this dynamic new context."
Ms. Franzen will be based in New York City.
sephora.com Inc. and Sephora USA LLC are units of the Selective
Distribution Group of Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the
world's leading luxury products group. sephora.com, which can be viewed at
http://www.sephora.com/, is the definitive is the address for beauty on the
Internet, with over 200 brands and 650 collections. Sephora is one of the
largest fragrance and cosmetic retailers in Europe. Currently Sephora
operates 250 stores in France and Europe, and is continuing its aggressive
expansion plan in the U.S, with 50 stores opened in the last 18 months.
Sephora opened its first store in Tokyo in the Ginza on November 28,1999.


SOURCE Sephora.com

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perfumania.com Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Controlling

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:52 by BeautyCare.com
Controlling Interest of QVtech Inc.

MIAMI, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- perfumania.com (Amex: PF), a developing
business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce company, today
announced it has signed a letter of intent to purchase an 80 percent
controlling interest in Colorado Springs, Colorado-based QVtech Inc.,
(http://www.qvtech.com) from its two major shareholders, Sundog Technologies
(http://www.sundog.com) and RockMountain Ventures. Additional financial details were
not released at this time.
QVtech's "Interosa" technology secures important e-mail conversations and
high value information. Specifically, Interosa enables the sender to prevent
message forwarding, cutting, printing or pasting, as well as protecting
attachments stored in HTML format.
"The 'Interosa' technology enables trusted e-mail communication between
businesses and individuals and will be a valuable component of our unfolding
business-to-business strategy," said Bill Patch, president and chief operating
officer of perfumania.com. "This technology is not limited to e-mail, but can
add security to any type of data exchange. The planned acquisitions of
Envision and QVtech, along with the anticipated Biz2Net merger, will allow our
company to provide premier services not currently found in the industry."
"Today's announcement accelerates and focuses QVtech's delivery of
policy-based corporate communication," said John Blumenthal, president of
QVtech. "Additionally, QVtech's work within perfumania.com will provide our
combined customers the security and confidence necessary to conduct business
communications through the most vital media today: e-mail."
Already a leading business-to-consumer e-commerce company through its
online fragrance and cosmetics store (http://www.perfumania.com), perfumania.com is
building an emerging business-to-business (B2B) Internet company through the
development and acquisition of key e-commerce technologies and technical
resources. Specifically, perfumania.com intends to provide its customers with
a wide range of critical B2B e-structure technologies and services, including
automated sales, support and supply chain functionality; e-commerce consulting
and management; integrated logistics solutions, and a variety of other
outsourced e-services.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and
uncertainties are described in the company's filings with the SEC, including
its Registration Statement on Form S-1.


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Maybelline Awards Catalyst WMS Project

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:47 by BeautyCare.com
Maybelline Awards Catalyst WMS Project

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ --
Catalyst International, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLYS), a leading supplier of warehouse
management software, today announced that Maybelline Inc. has selected the
Catalyst Warehouse Management System (WMS) for its North Little Rock, Ark.
distribution center. Maybelline is a leading supplier of make-up to the
mass-retail market place.
Maybelline distributes finished good cosmetic and make-up products to mass
retailers throughout the US from their North Little Rock facility. Maybelline
selected Catalyst because of the depth of functionality available in the
standard package of WMS Release 8 to support their operational requirements.
Their overall objectives are to streamline the current operations and improve
information systems, in order to better handle planned growth for the
operations in North Little Rock.
"We are excited that Maybelline's and our vision of the future of IT
applications is in sync. WMS Release 8 will set the standard for the next
generation of WMS applications," said Sean P. McGowan, President and CEO,
Catalyst International.
Catalyst International was founded in 1979 to develop and deliver computer
applications for companies who are proactive in their efforts to improve the
efficiency, accuracy and value-added service capabilities of their logistics
operations. The Catalyst Warehouse Management System (WMS) is a configurable
package that provides full control over warehouse operations. Based in
Milwaukee, Wis., with international headquarters in London, UK, Catalyst
provides a world-wide support network for international customers including
Eli Lilly, Family Dollar, General Motors, Groupe Schneider, Homebase, Home
Depot, Reebok International and Sony Music.


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Eve.com Nabs Super-Hot Cosmetics Brands - NARS

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:28 by BeautyCare.com
NARS Selects Eve.com to Be Exclusive Online Retailer Among Internet Pure Plays

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Eve.com, the world's leading online
retailer of prestige cosmetics and beauty products, today announced that the
site has landed another one of the hottest brands in beauty -- NARS. From
classic cosmetic companies to hip new lines, from Elizabeth Arden to LORAC,
Eve.com offers the most prestigious names in beauty with personalized service
and advice.
"We chose to sell our products on Eve.com because of its commitment to
providing first rate customer service, and its marketing, fulfillment and
business leadership in the online beauty market," said NARS Executive Vice
President Jennifer Lister.
"In the online beauty market, selection is everything, and Eve.com is
committed to offering the prestige brands that shoppers want, the brands that
they are reading about in the leading fashion magazines, the brands found in
the finest department stores and specialty boutiques," said Eve.com Co-Founder
and Co-President Varsha Rao. "We are so proud that top brands like NARS have
selected Eve.com to be the only Internet pure-play to carry their products."
In the supercharged, competitive environment of online beauty, brands are
the name of the game. Sites with the brands that women are clamoring for have
a major advantage. To date, Eve.com has signed more than 150 of the hottest
brands in beauty. In addition to NARS, the premiere online cosmetics retailer
has recently signed Hard Candy, Versace, Bvlgari, Demeter and Awake.

About Eve.com
Eve.com has changed the way women everywhere shop for cosmetics. It
opened its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to offer an array
of prestige beauty products on the Web. Tailored to the rapidly growing
audience of educated female Internet users, Eve.com offers a personalized
shopping experience, where every customer receives tailored product
suggestions and customized product samples with each purchase.
Eve.com offers more than 150 of the most exclusive brands in beauty,
including such prestige brands as BeneFit, Bvlgari, Club Monaco, Givenchy,
Hard Candy, LORAC, philosophy, Calvin Klein, Decleor and Versace. As the
"beauty authority" on the Internet, Eve.com delivers advice from leading
experts in makeup, hair, fragrance, skincare, bath and aromatherapy products,
and cosmetics accessories.
Venture backed, Eve.com is a member of the idealab! family, which includes
successful Internet commerce sites like eToys and CitySearch. Additional
funding comes from Menlo Ventures, backers of Hotmail and Infoseek; Charter
Venture Capital, the venture capital firm behind WhoWhere; Weiss, Peck and
Greer, investors in eGreetings, DoubleClick and eMusic, and Crosslink Capital,
the backers of E-Stamp, eMachines and Quokka Sports. Board members include
Marleen McDaniel, CEO of Women.com, the largest online community of women.


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Prudential Volpe to Advise perfumania.com On Planned Merger

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:28 by BeautyCare.com
Prudential Volpe to Advise perfumania.com On

Planned Merger with Biz2Net Corporation

MIAMI, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- perfumania.com (Amex: PF), a leading
e-commerce fragrance and cosmetics retailer (http://www.perfumania.com), today
announced it has retained the services of Prudential Volpe Technology Group, a
San Francisco-based investment bank, to advise perfumania.com in relation to
its planned merger with Biz2Net Corporation, a Millbury, Massachusetts-based
premier provider of end-to-end Internet commerce and integrated logistics
solutions.
Prudential Volpe Technology Group (formerly Volpe Brown Whelan & Company;
http://www.vwco.com) is a San Francisco-based investment banking firm exclusively
dedicated to serving emerging technology companies. In 1999, Prudential Volpe
managed or co-managed 64 public equity offerings, raising more than
$6 billion. In addition, the firm acted as financial advisor on 21 merger and
acquisition transactions totaling over $4.0 billion in 1999.
Commenting on the appointment, Jim Freney, a Prudential Volpe managing
director, noted, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the team
at perfumania.com as it seeks to build the company into one of the leading
value-added providers of e-services. This rapidly evolving market segment
represents a tremendous business opportunity as more and more small and medium
sized companies seek to deploy a scalable and customer-focused business on the
Internet."
perfumania.com is a leading specialty e-retailer and wholesale distributor
of a wide range of brand and designer fragrances, cosmetics, bath and body
products, aromatherapy and accessories.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and
uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the SEC, including
its Registration Statement on Form S-1.


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Prudential Volpe to Advise perfumania.com On Planned Merger

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:26 by BeautyCare.com
Prudential Volpe to Advise perfumania.com On

Planned Merger with Biz2Net Corporation

MIAMI, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- perfumania.com (Amex: PF), a leading
e-commerce fragrance and cosmetics retailer (http://www.perfumania.com), today
announced it has retained the services of Prudential Volpe Technology Group, a
San Francisco-based investment bank, to advise perfumania.com in relation to
its planned merger with Biz2Net Corporation, a Millbury, Massachusetts-based
premier provider of end-to-end Internet commerce and integrated logistics
solutions.
Prudential Volpe Technology Group (formerly Volpe Brown Whelan & Company;
http://www.vwco.com) is a San Francisco-based investment banking firm exclusively
dedicated to serving emerging technology companies. In 1999, Prudential Volpe
managed or co-managed 64 public equity offerings, raising more than
$6 billion. In addition, the firm acted as financial advisor on 21 merger and
acquisition transactions totaling over $4.0 billion in 1999.
Commenting on the appointment, Jim Freney, a Prudential Volpe managing
director, noted, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the team
at perfumania.com as it seeks to build the company into one of the leading
value-added providers of e-services. This rapidly evolving market segment
represents a tremendous business opportunity as more and more small and medium
sized companies seek to deploy a scalable and customer-focused business on the
Internet."
perfumania.com is a leading specialty e-retailer and wholesale distributor
of a wide range of brand and designer fragrances, cosmetics, bath and body
products, aromatherapy and accessories.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and
uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the SEC, including
its Registration Statement on Form S-1.


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Gucci Group N.V. Announces Key Appointments

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:25 by BeautyCare.com
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Gucci Group N.V.
(NYSE: GUC; Amsterdam) today announces the appointment of Brian Blake as
President and Managing Director of the Gucci Division.
The continued growth of the Gucci brand, together with the recently
announced acquisitions of Sanofi Beaute, Yves Saint Laurent and Sergio Rossi,
represent the transformation of Gucci into a leading multi-brand luxury goods
group. The following appointments have been made in order to build and to
strengthen the management team to better support the operations of the
enlarged Group. Domenico De Sole, President and Chief Executive of the Group
will continue to direct Gucci's strategy and oversee the expansion of the
Group. Tom Ford, who recently assumed the position of Creative Director of
Yves Saint Laurent Couture will continue his role as Creative Director and
Chief Designer for Gucci Group.
Brian Blake has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
of Gucci Group N.V. since 1997, with responsibility for the Group's worldwide
operations and merchandising. He joined Gucci in New York in 1987 and in 1994
became President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci America Inc. In 1995 he
added Gucci Japan and Gucci Hong Kong to his areas of responsibility. Brian
will continue to report to Domenico De Sole.
Gucci Group has also appointed Francesco Buccola as Chief Financial
Officer of the Gucci division, reporting to Brian Blake. Francesco has been
Group Auditing Director since 1995. Prior to that he was a senior manager at
Coopers & Lybrand Milan.
Robert Singer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of
Gucci Group will maintain his responsibility for the overall financial
management of the group. Prior to joining Gucci in 1995, Singer was a Senior
Partner of Coopers & Lybrand in Italy.
Commenting on the appointments, Domenico De Sole said:
"I am delighted to announce these appointments, and in particular that of
Brian Blake. Since he joined in 1987, Brian has made an exceptional
contribution to the repositioning and subsequent turnaround of Gucci and his
experience and outstanding leadership skills make him the ideal candidate for
this position.
"These appointments will further strengthen Gucci's management team at
both the strategic and operational levels, and will enable the Group to pursue
its objective of building a leading multi-brand luxury goods company."
Gucci Group N.V. is one of the world's leading multi-brand luxury goods
companies. Through the Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Sergio Rossi brands it
designs, produces and distributes high-quality personal luxury accessories,
including leather goods, shoes, ties and scarves, ready-to-wear, watches,
gifts, jewellery, eyewear and perfume. The Group directly operates stores in
major markets throughout the world and wholesales products through franchise
stores, duty free boutiques and leading department and specialty stores. The
shares of Gucci Group N.V. are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and on
the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

Under the safe harbour provisions to the U.S. Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Company cautions investors that any
forward-looking statements of projections made by the Company, including those
made in this document, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause
actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that may
affect the Company's operations are discussed in the Company's Annual Report
on Form 20-F for 1998, as amended, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission.


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Lifestyles Condoms and Candie s Team Up for Unique Promotion;

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:22 by BeautyCare.com
Lifestyles Condoms and Candie's Team Up for Unique Promotion;

SenseSations: A Valentine's Day Gift for All Senses

RED BANK, N.J., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Ansell Healthcare Products,
manufacturer of LifeStyles(R) condoms, and Candie's(R), Inc., a leading
designer and marketer of young women's footwear, apparel, accessories and
fragrances, have teamed together for a multifaceted promotional campaign. The
unique promotion includes the SenseSations Gift Pack for Valentine's Day -- a
gift guaranteed to tickle the senses -- and a live Internet chat in March with
teen idol and heartthrob, Thomas Magiar. Mr. Magiar is featured with actress
Alyssa Milano in the Candie's fragrance ad campaign.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000120/NYFNSN38 )
"This is one of LifeStyles' most innovative promotions," said Carol
Carrozza, vice president of marketing for Ansell Healthcare Products.
"Combining the Valentine's Day SenseSations Gift and Thomas Magiar's immense
popularity give LifeStyles and Candie's a powerful opportunity to discuss a
serious subject in an entertaining way."
The SenseSations Gift Pack, available only at http://www.lifestyles.com in mid-
January 2000, includes samples of new Candies Fragrance for Men and Candies
Fragrance for Women, and four LifeStyles condoms nestled beneath four
individually-wrapped, custom-made chocolates, all packaged in a festive pink
box.
"Young people love romance, fun and the Internet. The Valentine's Day
gift and the chat with Thomas Magiar fit that description," said David Conn,
vice president of marketing for Candie's, Inc. "We've partnered with
LifeStyles because, while the advertising for Candie's fragrance is edgy and
provocative, today's reality is that sex must be responsible."
Visitors register and participate in the chat with Thomas Magiar at the
Candie's website (http://www.candies.com ) beginning February 1, 2000. Candies.com
offers links to http://www.lifestyles.com for the SenseSations Gift Pack, a "Lover's
Revenge" game and an educational package tagged "Free Advice on using your
Girl Power."
"Nobody is preaching to these kids; they've known about STDs, including
HIV, for a long time. We're reinforcing what they know with safety
information in a fun, engaging way. If it's successful, we all win," said Ms.
Carrozza.
The LifeStyles Candie's promotion runs from February 1, 2000 through April
2000. SenseSations Gift Packs, priced at $9.95, are available only at
http://www.lifestyles.com beginning mid-January 2000 until April 2000. The
LifeStyles Candie's chat with Thomas Magiar is slated March 23, 2000 at
http://www.candies.com. Information will be available on both websites beginning
February 1, 2000.


CONTACT: Lynn Peterson of Tarkenton & Addams, Inc., 404-231-1132, or

lspeterson@taradd.com , for Ansell Healthcare Products



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The Business of Valentine's Day

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:20 by BeautyCare.com
The Business of Valentine's Day

Men Outspend Women on "Obligatory Occasions"

CLEVELAND, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Although women are often the butt of
"shop 'til you drop" jokes, when it comes to Valentine's Day, men buy fancier
cards and spend twice as much as women on gifts, according to recent research
from American Greetings and the International Mass Retailers Association
(IMRA).
"Our research shows that the card shopping disparity between the sexes is
due to men's perceptions, accurate or not, that women expect to receive high
end Valentine's Day gifts and cards," said Ramesh Murthy, American Greetings
executive director of research.
Men typically purchase only about 10 percent of all greeting cards sold
each year, but for Valentine's Day, the percentage increases to 17. "In focus
groups, men tend to use terms like 'obligatory occasion' to describe
Valentine's Day," Murthy added. "Even if they don't purchase cards any other
time of year, they'll purchase valentines for their wives or girlfriends
largely because they feel it's expected."
By contrast, women buy valentines not only for their husbands or
boyfriends, but for parents, siblings, children, grandparents and friends.
Men tend to dislike the experience of shopping for valentines, describing it
as "overwhelming" or "a chore." Most women enjoy the experience, with many
describing browsing the racks as a "form of entertainment."
Here is additional information on Valentine's Day purchasing habits and
trends from American Greetings and IMRA:

* Gift Giving
This Valentine's Day, 62 percent of all men will purchase gifts for their
wives or girlfriends, while 44 percent of all women will purchase gifts for
their husbands or boyfriends. Men will spend an average of $100 on gifts -
usually limited to something for their wives or girlfriends. Women will spend
less than $60, which will cover gifts not only for their "significant others,"
but also sometimes for their children, grandchildren and parents.

* Where Cards & Gifts are Purchased
The types of gifts and where they are purchased also varies greatly by
gender. The IMRA study shows most men will shop at florists and specialty
stores and purchase flowers and candy. Most women, however, will shop at
mass retail stores, where they can pick up candy, cards, small toys or video
games for children, candles or bath accessories for teens, and CDs or videos
for husbands or boyfriends.

* Number of Valentines Purchased
Americans are "in love" with Valentine's Day. According to American
Greetings, more than one billion valentines will be exchanged in the U.S. this
year, making Valentine's Day the second most popular holiday greeting card
occasion of the year. (Christmas is #1 with 2.6 billion cards sold annually.)

* A Family Affair
Valentine's Day may be best known as a day for lovers, but according to
American Greetings research, more than 80 percent of all valentines purchased
industry-wide will be given to relatives.

* Romantic Americans
According to American Greetings consumer research, 65 percent of all
Americans consider themselves to be romantic.

* Procrastinators Anonymous
If you tend to procrastinate, you're not alone! Approximately 80 percent
of us will purchase our valentines a week or less before Valentine's Day, 17
percent will purchase them two to four weeks in advance and only three percent
will purchase them five or more weeks ahead.

* Top Trends
Top valentine trends this year from American Greetings include TV and
storybook characters for kids (American Greetings offers Pokemon(TM),
Teletubbies(C), Curious George(C), Bear in the Big Blue House(C) and
World Wrestling Federation(R)), neon cards with tiny attachments, valentines
with playful, romantic messages and "humor with an attitude." Also new are
Bubblegum(TM) valentines, geared to the teen and young adult market. These
feature a funky cast of "alter-ego" characters, such as Cool Dude, Secret
Admirer, Babe and Honey Buns.


SOURCE American Greetings Corporation

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Georgette Klinger Presents Her Heart s Delight: Indulgences

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:15 by BeautyCare.com
Indulgences for Valentine's Day and Beyond

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Ask any woman to describe the perfect
Valentine's Day gift, and chances are she'll say, "A little pampering, a small
escape from responsibility." Now, that pleasure is easy to give, thanks to
Georgette Klinger. This Valentine's Day, Georgette Klinger Salons all over
the country are offering a luxurious assortment of gift packages to fulfill
the Valentine dreams of every woman who craves a little self-indulgence.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000120/NYFNSN17 )
The definitive Valentine's Day luxury from Georgette Klinger begins with
the acclaimed Georgette Klinger facial treatment which helps skin look and
feel its very best and renews the spirit. A selection of nine individualized
facial treatments ranges from $80 to $125.
"Cupid's Essentials" includes a facial, makeup session and a bonus product
package (Package price including product: $110). "Valentine's Day Reprieve"
offers a facial, makeup application, shampoo & blow dry and manicure. (Package
price: $125).
The famed Georgette Klinger "Half Day of Beauty" at $195 includes a
facial, half-hour makeup lesson, manicure and choice of body massage or scalp
treatment with shampoo and blow dry. "Millennium Perfection" combines the new
Georgette Klinger Virtual Perfection facial with a makeup session, Swedish
body massage, manicure and pedicure (Package price: $210).
This Valentine's Day, Georgette Klinger also offers a variety of gift
baskets including luxurious Georgette Klinger skincare and fragrance product
collections. "Cupid's Radiance" includes Instant Radiance and 4 oz. Hand
Cream #2. The "Beautiful Body Basket" includes Flowers Eau de Parfum, 1.8 oz.
Hand Cream #2 and Virtual Perfection Body Moisturizer (Gift basket price:
$95).
A perfect gift for any occasion is Georgette Klinger's decidedly elegant
Flowers fragrance, a creation of extraordinary richness and warmth. Its
exquisite blend of ultra-feminine waterlily, Casablanca lily, tuberose,
gardenia and jasmine is heightened by fresh mandarin, delicate freesia, neroli
and osmanthus flower. Hints of warm amber and precious woods complement the
redolent floral notes for a fragrance that is warm and sensual yet radiant and
fresh. (1.7 oz. spray bottle Flowers Eau de Parfum: $50.00.)
Georgette Klinger salons are located in New York, Palm Beach, Costa Mesa,
Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas, Beverly Hills and Short Hills, New Jersey.
For assistance with Valentine's Day gift options, Georgette Klinger
consultants can be reached by calling 800-KLINGER.

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Prestige Beauty Site Eve.com Reveals Your Valentine s Day

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:12 by BeautyCare.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- This Valentine's Day a simple click
of your mouse will ensure that your sweetheart not only remembers Valentine's
Day, but will know exactly what gift to "surprise" you with. Eve.com, the
leading online prestige cosmetics retailer, makes it easy for you to create a
wishlist of your dream gifts to forward to your sweetheart or boyfriend.
With Eve.com's special online Valentine's Day Boutique, it's easy to
choose a perfect gift from their unique assortment of hand-selected presents
and gift sets from upscale makers like Bvlgari, Club Monaco, Elizabeth Arden,
Givenchy, Hard Candy, NARS and Versace ( http://www.eve.com ).
"We've chosen the best gifts from our prestige selection of more than
150 brands, and we've made finding the perfect gift hassle-free," says
Mariam Naficy, who along with Varsha Rao, both under 30 years of age,
co-founded Eve.com and serve as co-presidents.
This year, why not give your friends and family a token of your love?
Gifts on the site are organized by mood, product type, price, and who you're
shopping for -- whether a wife, girlfriend, mother, sister or anyone else. For
those who need a little extra help or want to create a customized gift,
Eve.com's expert gift advisors are available via email or a toll-free number
(800-773-9332).
Gift highlights include the Round-the-Clock Romance Kit, which includes a
series of specially selected, individually wrapped gifts to surprise a loved
one at specific times throughout the special day.
"If just one day of gifts doesn't cut it, give her an entire year of
luxury beauty products with Eve.com's exclusive gift package 'A Year of
Love,'" says Charla Krupp, Eve.com's editor-in-chief and former beauty
director at Glamour Magazine. This exclusive gift package will surprise that
special someone with hand-selected, seasonally appropriate gifts throughout
2000.

Eve.com's Valentine's Day Boutique features:

-- Gift certificates for customers who want to give the gift of choice.
-- Expert beauty and love advice: Charla Krupp, Eve.com's
editor-in-chief, reveals the hottest Valentine's gifts of the new
Millennium.
-- A special Valentine's gift with minimum purchases.
-- Gift Advisors who are on call 14 hours a day, 7 days a week at
800-773-9332

About Eve.com
Eve.com has changed the way women everywhere shop for cosmetics. It opened
its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to offer an array of
prestige beauty products on the Web. Tailored to the rapidly growing audience
of educated female Internet users, Eve.com offers a personalized shopping
experience, where every customer receives tailored product suggestions and
customized product samples with each purchase.
Eve.com offers more than 150 of the most exclusive brands in beauty,
including such prestige brands as BeneFit, Bvlgari, Club Monaco, Givenchy,
Hard Candy, LORAC, philosophy, Calvin Klein, Decleor and Versace. As the
"beauty authority" on the Internet, Eve.com delivers advice from leading
experts in makeup, hair, fragrance, skincare, bath and aromatherapy products,
and cosmetics accessories.
Venture backed, Eve.com is a member of the idealab! family, which includes
successful Internet commerce sites like eToys and CitySearch. Additional
funding comes from Menlo Ventures, backers of Hotmail and Infoseek; Charter
Venture Capital, the venture capital firm behind WhoWhere; Weiss, Peck and
Greer, investors in eGreetings, DoubleClick and eMusic, and Crosslink Capital,
the backers of E-Stamp, eMachines and Quokka Sports. Board members include
Marleen McDaniel, CEO of Women.com, the largest online community of women.

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Lipoplasty Safety Takes a Dramatic Turn, Says American Society

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 17:00 by BeautyCare.com
Lipoplasty Safety Takes a Dramatic Turn,

Says American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A report published in the journal
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on fatal outcomes associated with
lipoplasty (liposuction) procedures occurring between 1994 and mid-1998 does
not reflect the current state of lipoplasty safety, says Fritz E. Barton, Jr.,
MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS),
the nation's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who
specialize in cosmetic surgery. "Lipoplasty is a safe procedure that produces
effective therapeutic outcomes when performed by a trained surgeon in
accordance with currently accepted standards of surgical practice," says Dr.
Barton.
Dr. Barton acknowledges that public concerns about lipoplasty safety are
well founded. "Although 16 years of clinical experience in lipoplasty had
shown it to be a very safe procedure, plastic surgeons suddenly were hearing
about an alarming incidence of serious complications," says Dr. Barton. "We
took steps to find out why and to address the problem."
A plastic surgeons' task force determined that the primary factors
increasing risks associated with lipoplasty include 1) administration of
excessive amounts of fluid and local anesthesia; 2) excessive fat removal;
3) performance of multiple unrelated procedures in the same surgical session;
and 4) inappropriate patient selection/poor patient health. "As a result of
the task force's investigation and recommendations, many plastic surgeons have
altered their approach to lipoplasty. Consequently, since about 1998, we have
seen the rate of serious complications plummet," says Dr. Barton. Dr.
Barton's assertions are substantiated by Mark Gorney, MD, Medical Director of
The Doctors' Company, a leading medical malpractice carrier for
board-certified plastic surgeons, who reports a dramatic decrease in
complaints associated with lipoplasty over the last 18 months.
The Doctors' Company data pertains only to procedures performed by
surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
"Many problems can occur because untrained doctors perform lipoplasty in their
offices without peer review," says Dr. Barton. "Studies have shown that the
safety of plastic surgery performed by board-certified surgeons in accredited
office facilities compares favorably with hospital-based surgery, with a rate
of complications that is less than 1/2 of 1 percent." ASAPS advises patients
considering lipoplasty to check whether 1) the surgeon is certified by the
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2) the operating facility is accredited,
and 3) the surgeon has privileges to perform lipoplasty in an accredited
hospital.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is dedicated to
education and research in aesthetic (cosmetic surgery). Members are plastic
surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who have met
additional educational and professional requirements to maintain the highest
standard of practice. Prospective patients can obtain referrals to ASAPS
aesthetic surgeons by calling the toll-free line: 888-272-7711 or by visiting
the ASAPS web site at http://www.surgery.org.


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Nu Skin Enterprises Appoints Frankie Kiow as General Manager Of

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:54 by BeautyCare.com
Nu Skin Enterprises Appoints Frankie Kiow as General Manager

Of China Operations

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS)
today announced the appointment of Frankie Kiow as general manager of the
company's operations in China. Mr. Kiow will oversee the development of Nu
Skin's business in China and will have responsibility for growth in that
market. A veteran of the direct selling industry in Asia, Mr. Kiow will
direct Nu Skin's China operations from the company's office in Shanghai.
"We are very pleased to add someone of such proven leadership ability in
Asia to our management team," said Steven J. Lund, president and chief
executive officer. "The development of the China marketplace is very
important to Nu Skin and its independent representatives. We believe China
has the potential of becoming a significant market for Nu Skin, and we feel
fortunate to have Frankie at the helm."
Mr. Kiow brings to Nu Skin more than 20 years of experience in the Asian
direct selling industry. Most recently, he served as president of China-based
House of Sara Lee, a cosmetic and toiletry products company, where he was
responsible for manufacturing and overall direct sales operations. During his
five years as president, House of Sara Lee's annual sales increased an average
of 40 percent and the product lines expanded to 12 brands of cosmetics,
fragrances, toiletries and apparel products.
Prior to working at House of Sara Lee, Mr. Kiow was the group sales
director for AMC International Ltd., an $800 million multinational German
company. Based in Singapore, Mr. Kiow was responsible for direct selling of
cookware products in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. From 1979
to 1991, Mr. Kiow worked in Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong for Electrolux, a
direct selling company of household appliances. He served in several
management positions during his tenure at Electrolux, including general
manager of the company's operations in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Mr. Kiow
graduated from Nanyang University of Singapore with a bachelor's degree in
commerce.
"I am excited to join Nu Skin at a time when the company is dedicating
significant resources to develop its operations in China," Mr. Kiow said.
"Recently, Nu Skin Enterprises announced a $10 million investment to open
retail branch outlets in China and to build a manufacturing facility to
produce personal care products locally. I look forward to drawing on my
experience to help develop and implement the company's strategies and make Nu
Skin a direct selling leader in China."
To show its commitment to the China market and in preparation for eventual
direct selling efforts, Nu Skin will continue to implement its strategy of
establishing retail branch outlets in China. These branch outlets will
initially sell the company's Scion(R) line of personal care products through
an employed sales force. The first of these outlets opened successfully on
Dec. 16, 1999, in Shanghai. The company plans to open additional branch
outlets in Shanghai and other cities in China over the next several years.

The Company
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest direct selling companies
in the world. The company's products are sold in 31 countries throughout the
Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Nu Skin Enterprises is traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NUS."
Nu Skin Enterprises offers three distinct business opportunities
specializing in consumer products and services sold through direct sales. Nu
Skin markets premium quality face, body and hair care products. Pharmanex is
a science-based developer and marketer of nutritional supplements. Big Planet
concentrates on the marketing and distribution of technology-based products
and services.
Nu Skin Enterprises news releases are available online at
http://www.nuskinenterprises.com or through the Company News On-Call fax service.
For a menu of Nu Skin Enterprises news or to retrieve a specific release, call
800-758-5804, extension 119638.

Please note: This press release contains forward-looking statements that
represent the company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future
events, including, among other things, expectations and beliefs with respect
to its plans for developing business in China, plans to open additional retail
branch outlets in China, plans to build a manufacturing facility in China and
the belief that China can become a significant market. The company wishes to
caution and advise readers that these statements involve risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes for future periods
to differ materially from any forward-looking statements or views expressed
herein. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a)
continued political uncertainty in China and the risk that the ban on direct
selling will not be lifted in China or the company's plans to open additional
retail branch outlets and build a manufacturing facility could be stalled; (b)
new or additional laws and regulations that could affect the ability of the
company to operate in China; (c) failure of the company's business model or
product offering to gain market acceptance in China; and (d) higher than
anticipated expenses in developing its business in China. The forward-looking
statements contained herein are further qualified by a detailed discussion of
associated risks set forth in the documents filed by the company with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent Form
10-K and Form 10-Q.


SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

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Sephora.com Chief Executive Offers Insights Into On-Line Beauty

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:52 by BeautyCare.com
sephora.com Chief Executive Offers Insights Into On-Line Beauty Industry

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- "Many of the same strengths that
differentiate successful traditional retailers will prove critical to
successful on-line players," said Jim Kenney, CEO of sephora.com, who appeared
at a Super Session at the National Retail Federation's annual conference
today. "Strong branding through advertising and promotions will be important
as competition increases. But other features, such as merchandising,
inventory forecasting, promotional savvy and customer service are also crucial
to succeed in this environment."
Kenney added, "For these reasons, 'clicks and mortar' retailers clearly
have an advantage on the Web. As the only legitimate on-line beauty retailer
with stores behind our site, for example, sephora.com has benefited from the
experience, branding and marketing savvy of the Sephora stores. In addition,
in part because of Sephora's strong relationships with many brands,
sephora.com is able to offer the widest assortment of beauty products among
the legitimate sites.
Mr. Kenney continued, "Internet retailers also face challenges specific to
working on the Web. At sephora.com, for example, we designed our
merchandising and web site approach to address three different types of
customers. First is the 'fast purchaser' who knows what she wants, and needs
the latest technology to ensure that her purchases are speedy and efficient;
one of the features we created for her is 'one-click' buying that ensures a
fast purchase process. Second is the 'promotional' consumer who is looking to
discover what is new and hot. For this consumer one of the features we
created was a `top seller' section on our home page so that she can easily
find top brands and products. The third Internet customer is 'the browser',
someone who wants to read about products and receive detailed information.
For her we created features such as our fragrance finder that allows a
consumer to search by twelve different fragrance blends, and over
150 fragrance notes."
"One of our major features that addresses all of these customer segments,
and keeps our `store' fresh and interesting, is our on-line magazine.
Overseen by former Cosmopolitan editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, 'Beauty
Cyber-Space' is a continually updated source for information on the latest
beauty styles, fashion trends, celebrity looks, and hot products. Readers can
use the benefits of the Internet to read about a celebrity's favorite
lipstick, and buy the same shade with the click of a mouse."
Mr. Kenney's comments were made at the National Retail Federation's Annual
Conference, where he participated in a Super Session entitled, "Internet
Retailing: Operating for Success." Other participants on the panel included
executives from Office Depot, Boo.com, Nordstrom, Electronic Commerce, Federal
Express, bluefly.com and Jupiter Communications.

sephora.com Inc. and Sephora USA LLC are units of the Selective
Distribution Group of Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the
world's leading luxury products group. sephora.com, which can be viewed at
http://www.sephora.com/, is the definitive is the address for beauty on the
Internet, with over 200 brands and 650 collections. Sephora is one of the
largest fragrance and cosmetic retailers in Europe. Currently Sephora
operates 250 stores in France and Europe, and is continuing its aggressive
expansion plan in the U.S, with 50 stores opened in the last 18 months.
Sephora opened its first store in Tokyo in the Ginza on November 28,1999.


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Empire s Beauty Students Rank The 10 Most Important Hairstyles

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:49 by BeautyCare.com
Empire's Beauty Students Rank The 10 Most Important Hairstyles of the

Millennium. Which Looks Endure Around the Clock Might Surprise You.

POTTSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bob or the Shag, the Fade or
the Braid. What do you think was the hairstyle of the last 1000 years? You
might not know that as far back as the fifth century, hair was twisted into
separate, parallel portions that ran from the front hairline, straight back
(sound familiar?), or that the bald look sports figures favor had its start in
the 1400s, but beauty school students did their research and discovered some
styles are so enduring, they've been reinvented every 100 years or so. That's
millennium-strength staying power!
"We started with a comprehensive list of styles, including everything from
Plaits to the Flip, the Farrah to the bob and soon discovered is that certain
styles were so influential, that they were re-invented again and again," notes
Gail Mangold, executive vice-president for Empire, the largest provider of
beauty education in North America. "So, we decided to group specific hairstyle
names into broader categories that represented revived and adapted versions of
a single style."
Mangold, Empire's faculty and more than 2,000 students spent the past
several months debating the influence of each look. Criteria for voting
included longevity, adaptability, frequency of re-emergence and length of
endurance as a bona fide trend. When the voting was over, a list of "looks to
re-adapt" for the next millennium emerged.
The 10 Most Important Hairstyles of the Millennium, in order of least to
most influential, are:

10. Long, straight hair. Think Lady Godiva and Mona Lisa through the
modern versions worn by Cher, Madonna (sometimes) and Donnatella
Versace.
9. The Afro, which definitively positioned hair as a political statement.
8. The Bald Look. Men started shaving off hair at least up to the tops of
their ears for the "Bowl Crop" of the 1460s, but consider the powerful
evolution from Bald to Tight Fade.
7. The Shag. It just keeps going and going via adaptations of layers.
6. Braids. From Romantic Plaits to modern Goddess Braids, they're here to
stay.
5. The Ponytail. Consider, this simple style resulted in the Chignon.
4. The Bouffant. Big hair always comes back.
3. The Caesar. Julius himself died in 44 B.C., but the shape that bears
his name is the foundation for centuries of men's cuts.
2. Fingerwaves. When it comes to texture, these looks rule!
1. The Classic Bob. Sassoon gets credit for the modern version, but the
page boy has been around for centuries.

"In voting on The Most Important Hairstyles of the Millennium, we learned
a lot about how to look at shapes, styles and their evolution," notes Mangold.
"We also discovered that for long periods throughout history, hair went very
long or short, but now, we have truly entered an age when all lengths are
genuine options and probably will continue."
Now that's a great statement on the most noted trend of today,
individuality.
Training beauty professionals for more than 70 years, PA-based Empire owns
and operates 20 career training centers throughout the eastern United States.
As the largest and most prestigious provider of cosmetology education in North
America, Empire prepares almost 2,000 students annually to launch lucrative
careers helping others look and feel their best.
If you'd like to learn more about a professional career that offers the
opportunity to help others, flexible hours, artistic expression,
entrepreneurial opportunities and job openings in every neighborhood across
the country, contact Empire's admissions department at 1-800-642-2844.


SOURCE Empire Beauty School

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Remington Products Hires New Vice President, General Counsel

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:44 by BeautyCare.com
Remington Products Hires New Vice President, General Counsel

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Remington Products Company,
L.L.C. announced today that Mr. Joel K. Bedol has joined the company as Vice
President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Bedol brings with him over
20 years of corporate legal experience, most recently from Nine West Group
Inc., where he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.
In addition to managing the legal affairs of the company, Mr. Bedol will also
direct the worldwide Human Resources function.
Remington Products Company, L.L.C. is a leading developer and marketer of
men's and women's electrical personal care appliances.


SOURCE Remington Products Company, L.L.C.

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Helen of Troy Ltd. Introduces the World s Quietest 1875 Watt

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:43 by BeautyCare.com
Helen of Troy Ltd. Introduces the World's Quietest 1875 Watt Hair Dryer

EL PASO, Texas, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Helen of Troy Ltd. (Nasdaq: HELE),
designer, developer and worldwide marketer of brand-name personal care
products, today announced the introduction of the Silent Styler, an innovative
new product that is expected to set the standard for what consumers expect
from a hair dryer.
On Sunday, January 16, 2000, Helen of Troy will unveil the quietest 1875
watt hair dryer to be available in the marketplace, during the annual
International Housewares Show in Chicago.
The Silent Styler, which features several patented technologies, is a
unique hair dryer inside and out, boasting noise dampening channels and unique
component placement, resulting in the quietest performance ever in a full-size
1875 watt hair dryer.
Mr. Gerald Rubin, chairman and chief executive officer, when commenting on
the Silent Styler, said, "Helen of Troy continues to be the leader in quiet
technology for hair dryers, following our initial Quiet Styler offering in
1998. The Silent Styler is the next generation of this technology that will
provide consumers with what they've been asking for -- a quieter hair dryer,
without sacrificing drying power." The Silent Styler is expected to reach
retailers later this year.
Helen of Troy designs, produces and markets brand-name consumer products
including hair dryers, curling irons, hair setters, women's shavers, brushes,
combs, hair accessories, mirrors, artificial fingernails, foot baths and body
massagers. The Company's products are sold primarily through mass
merchandisers, drug chains, warehouse clubs and grocery stores under the
licensed trade names of Vidal Sassoon, licensed from Procter & Gamble Co.,
Revlon(R) licensed from Revlon Consumer Products Corporation, Dr. Scholl's,
licensed from Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc., and the trademark
BARBIE (TM), owned by and used under license from Mattel, Inc. Helen of
Troy's owned trade names include Dazey, Caruso, Karina and DCNL, with its
Kurl*Mi, Heat*Mi, Detangle*Mi and Wrap*Mi lines of brushes and rollers. The
Company also markets products under the Helen of Troy, Hot Tools, Hot Spa,
Salon Edition, Gallery Series, Wigo and Ecstasy trade names to the
professional beauty salon industry.
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, which
are subject to change. The actual results may differ materially from those
described in any forward-looking statements. Additional information
concerning potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results
are included in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended February 28, 1999.


SOURCE Helen of Troy Ltd.

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Indulge.com Expands World of Experience and Branding with

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:41 by BeautyCare.com
Indulge.com Expands World of Experience and Branding with Multi-Media Merger

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Indulge.com is breaking the mold of
"traditional" e-commerce by merging with the upscale catalogue brand L'Art de
Vivre. This merger will exponentially expand the boundaries of Indulge.com's
distribution, product selection and lifestyle message.
Indulge.com is a unique online destination offering customer e-tailing
experiences and 24-hour access to a myriad of contemporary lifestyle
enhancement products and services from the worlds of fashion, beauty, jewelry
and gifts. The merger with L'Art de Vivre represents a natural application of
an acquisition and extension strategy providing a platform for growth for both
brands. This deal also opens up new opportunities for growth by
synergistically complimenting each brand's position in the marketplace by
providing both online and offline communication vehicles. According to
Indulge.com's CEO, Cathy Taylor, "The merging of our two companies is a unique
play between a prestigious direct mail catalogue company and our online
enterprise that will help expand the appeal to our customers and support each
other to market. L'Art de Vivre partners will now have access to the internet
and Indulge.com will have a targeted, direct mail vehicle. This merger will
increase our ability to offer an even broader range of products and services
to our customers."
The five year-old brainchild of founder and CEO Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti,
L'Art de Vivre has been a source for discerning consumers to discover the
finest signature gift items from around the world. Indulge.com provides
consumers with a rich and unique e-tailing experience by catering to the
senses, and delivering the first online opportunity for customers to purchase
specialty products as well as unique services that can be performed in the
privacy and convenience of their home. Taylor said, "Indulge.com provides a
unique and inviting e-tailing experience, where consumers can come to purchase
both a new robe and the personalized massage that accompanies it. This is our
vision of the future - the convenience and pleasure our consumers desire and
deserve -- indulging at home."
L'Art de Vivre, with a subscription base of 1.5 million, and over 40,000
active customers will reflect this new strategy by leveraging both vehicles in
April, 2000. These new marketing and e-tailing brands will evolve their
simple and elegant design formats and reflect this seamless transition. "I am
pleased to have found the right partner with whom to expand our ever-evolving
business," says Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti. "Five years ago we had the foresight
to target and fill a niche in the luxury market. Today, we recognize the
enhanced opportunities and value of meeting our customers demands in various
media platforms. We are thrilled we found Indulge.com, a company with whom we
share a style point-of-view."
Offering an enlightening experience through a compelling assortment of
products and services the merger of Indulge.com and L'Art de Vivre promises to
provide the ultimate destination for shoppers who want to experience what it
means to truly indulge.


SOURCE Indulge.com

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Perfumania.com Achieves Customer Certified Status on BizRate.com

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:34 by BeautyCare.com
perfumania.com Achieves Customer Certified Status on BizRate.com

MIAMI, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- perfumania.com, Inc. (Amex: PF), a leading
discount e-perfumery, today announced that is has been approved and rated as a
"Customer Certified Merchant" on BizRate.com
(http://www.bizrate.com/merchant/listings/index.xpml?cat_id=88)
BizRate.com is the leading consumer resource providing merchant ratings
and information to help shoppers transact confidently online. To maintain the
highest integrity and independence, BizRate.com does not charge merchants for
their listings and evaluations.
To become BizRate.com Customer Certified Merchants, e-retailers must
achieve high marks from their customers in a number of key attributes
including product selection, price, on-time delivery, posted privacy policies,
site navigation as well as product shipping and handling.
Commenting on this development, Rachmil Lekach, Chairman and CEO of
perfumania.com said, "Our achieving the BizRate.com Customer Certified rating
during the peak selling season reflects our commitment to excellence." Mr.
Lekach continued, "The holiday season results are in. Analysts estimate that
consumers will spend as much as $8 billion online during this holiday season.
In addition to competitive prices and clever advertising campaigns, the
ability of acquiring customer loyalty which, translates into repeat business
is the key for on-line success strategy."
"Our merchants are committed to exceeding the expectations of their
customers," said Chuck Davis, CEO and president of BizRate.com. "By becoming
a BizRate.com Customer Certified Merchant
(http://www.bizrate.com/merchant/reports/index.xpml?mid=20115&type=rr&ir=rr),
perfumania.com is helping first time and repeat shoppers make educated
decisions when buying on-line and allowing them to continually benchmark their
high customer satisfaction ratings with other sites."
Richard Veliz, Chief Technology Officer of perfumania.com added, "When
customers place on-line orders they expect savings, good customer service,
on-time delivery, security, and ease of ordering. To fulfill these
expectations, the best technology has to be accompanied by a suitable
infrastructure to support it. Our click and mortar model and our vast
experience in the fragrance industry resulted in a superior shopping
experience."
"Perfumania.com's competitive pricing structure can be verified in leading
online shopping comparison services ("bots") such as mySimon.com. For
fragrance price comparisons click
http://www.mysimon.com/apparel_and_accessories/fragrance/index.anml" added Mr.
Veliz.
Founded in 1996, BizRate.com is an unbiased, independent rating guide
built on the experience of millions of actual online buyers. The BizRate.com
site combines valuable consumer information with a powerful set of shopping
tools that help people find the store or product they want, as well as offers
recommendations based on user-specified criteria. BizRate.com is the only
company trusted by more than 2,700 e-businesses to collect this direct
consumer feedback at the point of purchase. The online store performance
ratings, derived from this data, denote the most accurate statistically
rigorous way of differentiating retailers on "quality of service" metrics.
BizRate.com's information also appears on Consumer Reports Online and in
Consumer Reports magazine, as well as through top Internet portals such as
AltaVista, Go2Net, Go Network, Microsoft Networks and Snap.
Perfumania.com, Inc. is a leading discount specialty e-retailer and
wholesale distributor of a wide range of brand and designer fragrances,
cosmetics, bath and body products, aroma therapy and accessories. The company
sells best designer fragrances at discounted prices of up to 75 percent below
the manufacturer's suggested retail prices.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and
uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the SEC, including
its Registration Statement on Form S-1.

Perfumania.com is a trademarks of perfumania.com, Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SOURCE perfumania.com, Inc.

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UVGI s AmericanCharm.com E-Commerce Division Expands Product Line By Offering Diamond Jewelry to Internet Consumers

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:28 by BeautyCare.com
UVGI's AmericanCharm.com E-Commerce Division Expands Product Line By Offering

Diamond Jewelry to Internet Consumers

Valentine's Day Marketing Promotions To Begin In Early January

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Isaac Nussen, President of United
Ventures Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UVGI), announced today that the
Company intends to offer diamond jewelry on its http://www.americancharm.com
jewelry site to complement its existing stronghold of 14-karat-gold jewelry.
The new diamond jewelry product line will include diamond earrings with stones
ranging from 0.10 and 0.25 to half-carat diamonds, as well as diamond tennis
bracelets with total diamond weights of 1, 3 and 5 carats. These products
will be offered on the web site and fulfilled directly from UVGI's
headquarters. To ensure a continuous supply of high quality inventory, the
Company has secured supplies from agreements with large distributors of
diamonds, and now has the ability to ship the finished product to customers
within 48 to 72 hours from receipt of orders.
"Adding diamond jewelry to the http://www.AmericanCharm.com inventory line-up
is an exciting development," stated Mr. Nussen. "With our recent marketing
storefront soon to be in place in http://www.Amazon.com/zshops , we hope to further
our status as a premier jewelry property on the Internet."
In additional news, AmericanCharm.com will be unveiling a Valentine's Day
promotion on its home page. Consumers entering a sweepstake on the web will
be able to win prizes that will include diamond and gold jewelry. "This
promotion should attract significant consumer and industry attention to the
AmericanCharm.com site. We hope to add numerous additional features to the
web site to increase customer loyalty and create brand awareness," concluded,
Mr. Nussen.

Contact Information:
United Ventures Group, Inc.
Isaac Nussen, President
(718) 361-0400
Email: jarnow2000@aol.com

PMR & Associates, LLC
Patrick M. Rost, Investor Relations
(760) 942-0015
Email: pmrandco@aol.com


SOURCE United Ventures Group, Inc
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Luxuries Americans Want in 2000: More Sleep, Butler or Maid Top Survey. Few Opt For Facelift. Others Name Sex, Fishing, Mel Gibson, Cash, Sushi Chef and Caviar.

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:26 by BeautyCare.com
Luxuries Americans Want in 2000: More Sleep, Butler or Maid Top Survey.

Few Opt For Facelift. Others Name Sex, Fishing, Mel Gibson, Cash,
Sushi Chef and Caviar.

(Note To Editors: This Is Not About Y2K!)

NEW OXFORD, Pa., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- And what luxury do you dream
about?
According to a just-completed nationwide survey, if Americans could choose
one luxury next year (2000), they would rather sleep longer, or have a butler
or maid than have someone help them get in shape, cook their meals, or
chauffeur them in a limousine, according to a just-completed nationwide
survey.
The luxury survey also found that most people appear to be content with
the face they show to the world: only 3% said they would choose a cosmetic
surgery facelift.
The survey was developed by Turiya (tu-re-ya'), the unique new catalog of
luxury bedroom and bath linens and accessories. The nationally representative
sampling of 1,000 men and women was conducted for Turiya by an independent
research organization.
The respondents were asked to select the luxury they would want most in
2000. The results:

A butler or maid 20%
Getting as much sleep as you want 18%
A personal trainer 13%
A limousine and chauffeur 11%
A full-time cook 7%
A cosmetic surgery facelift 3%
Other 14%
Don't know 12%

"Since most Americans are significantly sleep deprived, it's not
surprising that being able to get the sleep we need is seen as a luxury," says
Turiya vice president Farley Nachemin.
"We're specialists in bedroom luxury, comfort and harmony," says Nachemin,
noting that Turiya was named after the ancient Sanskrit term for "ultimate
harmony."
He describes Turiya as a catalog of "ultimate luxury" -- offering elegant
bed linens, including sheets, down comforters, pillows and featherbeds, and
blankets in the finest fabrics (Egyptian cotton, silks, linens and cashmeres)
and fills (Siberian white goose down), with exceptional textures and
finishings, along with the highest thread counts, exclusive designs and superb
workmanship.
The Turiya catalog includes $315 sheets, $450 pillows, $3,500 comforters
and $1,050 cashmere blankets, as well as more moderately-priced luxuries.
The spectacular 52-page Turiya catalog is available at no charge by
calling (toll free) 800-245-1044, or through the company's Web site:
http://www.turiya.com.
What are some of the other luxuries Americans desire as we begin the new
millennium?

Nachemin offered these examples from the Turiya survey:
- "One million dollars in cash."
- "Really comfortable shoes."
- "A helicopter."
- "100 pounds of caviar."
- "Not getting audited again."
- "Much more sex."
- "A self-walking dog."
- "Not having to shave every day."
- "A good woman."
- "My own apartment building."
- "World peace."
- "Mel Gibson."
- "Blue skies, sunshine and a good crop."
- "My own sushi chef."
- "Good health."
- "Owning a beach."
- "A Rembrandt etching."
- "A psychiatrist who makes house calls."
- "The time to read lots of books."
- "Never having to fly coach."
- "Being able to go fishing whenever I want."
- "A Rolex for each day of the week."

And what luxury is most appealing to Nachemin, who begins his daily
two-hour commute at 5:45 each morning? You guessed it!
The Turiya luxury-preference survey was conducted by Bruskin-Goldring
Research, of Edison, New Jersey.
Turiya is part of the Hanover Brands division of Hanover Direct, Inc.
(Amex: HNV), a leading specialty direct marketer of branded merchandise to
consumers through a portfolio of catalog and e-commerce platforms. In
addition to Turiya, the company's group of home fashions and gift brands
includes The Company Store, Gump's By Mail, Compagnie de la Chine and Gump's,
a retail store based in San Francisco.


SOURCE Turiya

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The Most Beautiful Way to End the Century ... Fashionwindow.com And Estella Warren Partner with AMP3.com to Distribute Downloadable Calendar

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:22 by BeautyCare.com
The Most Beautiful Way to End the Century ... Fashionwindow.com

And Estella Warren Partner with AMP3.com to Distribute Downloadable Calendar

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fashionwindow.com
(OTC Bulletin Board: PTNM) announced that it has entered into a relationship
with AMP3.com to distribute the Estella Warren Year 2000 downloadable
calendar.
Estella Warren's 2000 calendar is an electronic, downloadable offering
featuring 16 new images of Estella that can be customized and implemented into
daily, weekly or monthly screen planners.
The electronic calendar is interactive in that information may be input,
selected and printed out and all photographic images of Estella may be
arranged in any order desired. In addition, Estella's voice, featured on the
calendar. In this, the biggest year for online commerce ever, Estella is the
only supermodel offering an electronic calendar.
"I am really excited to be working with AMP3.com with my calendar. Their
leading position in downloadable music is the perfect companion to other forms
of downloadable entertainment like calendars," says Estella Warren.
"The ties between fashion and music in the brick and mortar world have
been established for some time. We see this opportunity as a first step to
link fashion and music in the online world too," adds Peter Klamka, Chairman
of PTN Media Inc, publisher of the calendar.
Estella has graced the pages of fashion and consumer magazines such as
Marie Claire, Elle, Yahoo-Internet Life, Vogue and GQ throughout the world and
is spokesmodel for Chanel #5. She will also be featured in the upcoming
Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue as well as upcoming Victoria's Secret
catalogues.
In addition to the Estella Warren calendar, PTN Media also publishes
Fashionwindow.com, which is designed to be one of the leading sites for
fashion, style and beauty online. Fashionwindow.com has partnerships with
Inktomi, CNN, Lycos, Beyond.com, Hot Jobs.com, Visto.com and a variety of
online retailers. PTN is owned in part by supermodel Claudia Schiffer and
American Nortel Commuications (ARTM).
Based in Houston, Texas, AMP3.com is one of the Internet's fastest-growing
MP3 web sites, Since beginning operations in February, 1999, AMP3.com has
delivered over 2,000,000 MP3 files to music fans. A record 420,000 songs were
downloaded in November, 1999. AMP3.com is the only digital music delivery
system to pay its artists a royalty each time their music is downloaded.
Some statements in this release include forward-looking commentary subject
to risks and uncertainties, including those risks detailed in the company's
Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These risks could cause actual
results to differ materially from those set forth or implied by any forward-
looking statements.


SOURCE Fashionwindow.com

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Toothbrush of the New Millennium(TM) Debuts in Times Square

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:20 by BeautyCare.com
Toothbrush of the New Millennium(TM) Debuts in Times Square

WHAT: Times Square millennium spectators are expecting fireworks,
neon and Dick Clark, but they'll be surprised to find The
Toothbrush for the New Millennium(TM) amidst the celebration.
Yes, a toothbrush.

The Toothbrush for the New Millennium is the world's first
interactive toothbrush. Proven in clinicals to be 300 times
more effective than average toothbrushes, it will greatly
improve oral health in the new millennium ... now that's
something to celebrate.

INTERVIEWS: Meet Michael Brice, the inventor of The Toothbrush for the
New Millennium in Times Square.

VISUALS: Preview this revolutionary new toothbrush featuring twin,
self-responsive brushing heads.

DETAILS:

December 30: Contact:
-- Lynn Schwartz: 212-426-7822
-- Suzanne Mannion: 201-587-1567

December 31: Contact:
Michael Brice's cell phone: 516-448-3674

Meeting locations:
Manhattan Chili Company in Times Square
1500 Broadway (at 43rd Street) anytime after 12 p.m.
Or, Mr. Brice will meet you at a convenient location


SOURCE New Millennium Oral-Care, Inc.

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Jenny Craig Introduces New Low Carb Menu Option; New Menu Option Enhances Program s Flexibility

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:18 by BeautyCare.com
Jenny Craig Introduces New Low Carb Menu Option;

New Menu Option Enhances Program's Flexibility

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Now dieters who want a
weight-loss program that includes a lower carbohydrate option can turn to one
that is backed by a leading name in weight management, Jenny Craig. Jenny
Craig today announced the introduction of a new low carb menu option which
derives just 50 percent of its calories from carbohydrates.
"Our clients tell us they're looking for variety and flexibility in their
weight-loss programs, and they're telling us they're interested in low carbs,"
said Patricia A. "Patti" Larchet, President and Chief Operating Officer for
Jenny Craig. "The new plan offers the lowest carbohydrate content of any
Jenny Craig menu program to date, with the same balance and quality our
clients have come to expect from the 'Jenny Craig' name."
The new low carb menu option became widely available to Jenny Craig
clients on December 27, 1999. It joins a family of menu options that
accommodate the diverse needs of clients, reflecting one's weight-loss goals,
eating and lifestyle habits and preferences, and medical history. The variety
of options available within the Jenny Craig program lets each client design
the menu that best meets his or her weight management needs.
While many health experts have expressed concern about ultra-low carb
diets that severely restrict or eliminate nutrient-rich foods that are high in
carbohydrates, Jenny Craig's low carbohydrate menu option is consistent with
recognized standards for health and safety. Conceptually similar to the
popular D.A.S.H. (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and Mediterranean
diets which emphasize moderate amounts of fruits, vegetables, nuts and olive
oil, Jenny Craig's new menu option is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated
fats and reflects the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid by including breads, pasta and
whole grains. Consistent with the American Heart Association's
recommendations that no more than 30 percent of calories come from fat, Jenny
Craig's new low carb menu option lowers carbohydrates to 50 percent of all
calories consumed while increasing to 30 percent the amount of fat calories a
client can consume. The nutritional composition of Jenny Craig's traditional
menu plans calls for 60 percent of calories to be derived from carbohydrate
food sources, 20 percent from protein and 20 percent from fat.
"We've added some 'heart healthy' features to our new low carb menu plan,"
said Lisa Talamini, Director of Program Development and Nutrition for Jenny
Craig. "Research suggests monounsaturated fats common in plant foods like
nuts, seeds and vegetables can raise HDL (good cholesterol), a positive factor
in heart health. Jenny Craig's new low carb menu option emphasizes meals rich
in these foods and includes pasta, breads and other whole grain products,
which many lower carb diets do not. The easiest way for someone on a low-fat,
reduced-calorie diet to remain motivated is by eating all of the foods they
enjoy, not by depriving themselves of certain foods, which is what can happen
with other low carb/high protein diets."
The new low carb menu option will be featured in a promotional campaign
that debuts nationally January 2 on NBC's "Brian Boitano's Skating
Spectacular" and continues through a mix of broadcast, print and Internet
media in the Company's U.S. and Canadian markets. The ads also feature
successful Jenny Craig client Monica Lewinsky, who added the low carb option
to her weight-loss regimen in late November.

About Jenny Craig
Founded in 1983, Jenny Craig, Inc. (NYSE: JC) is one of the largest weight
management service companies in the world. The Company offers a comprehensive
weight management program that helps clients learn how to eat the foods they
want, increase their energy level through simple activity, and build more
balance in their lives for optimal weight loss and well-being. The program
includes personal, one-on-one consultations at approximately 661 Jenny Craig
Centres located in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and
Puerto Rico.


SOURCE Jenny Craig, Inc.

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Helen of Troy Ltd. Reports 3rd Qtr./9 Month Results

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:09 by BeautyCare.com
Helen of Troy Ltd. Reports 3rd Qtr./9 Month Results

EL PASO, Texas, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Helen of Troy Ltd. (Nasdaq: HELE),
designer, developer and worldwide marketer of brand-name personal care
products, today reported sales and earnings for the third quarter and
nine months ended November 30, 1999.
Third quarter net income was $5,978,000 or 20 cents per diluted share,
compared to $11,090,000 or 37 cents per diluted share for the same quarter a
year earlier. Third quarter sales were $89,601,000, up 1 percent from sales
of $89,144,000 for the like period of the prior year. Net income for the
nine months ended November 30, 1999, declined 15 percent, to $19,964,000 or
67 cents per diluted share, which includes approximately 18 cents per share of
investment gains, primarily attributable to the Company's investment in
General Housewares, Inc., from $23,470,000 or 80 cents per diluted share in
the comparable period last year. Nine month sales increased 3 percent to
$233,310,000 from sales of $225,442,000 for last year's nine months.
Gerald J. Rubin, chairman and chief executive officer, stated that, "Sales
for the quarter were only slightly ahead of last year's third quarter sales as
a result of retail sluggishness and increased competition in many of our
categories.
The decline in earnings is being driven by less than expected sales and
reduced gross margins, combined with increased operating expenses, such as
co-op and media advertising and related corporate overhead expenses.
SG&A expenses were higher for the quarter at 28.7 percent of sales, when
compared to 24.4 percent for the third quarter of last year, but were lower
when compared to 32.6 percent for the second quarter.
We remain optimistic about our long-term outlook. Our long-term sales and
growth strategies remain unchanged, as we continue to pursue new product
innovations, accretive acquisitions and stronger customer relationships.
Through December 31, 1999, the Company has repurchased 308,317 shares of
its common stock at an average purchase price of $8.14 pursuant to the stock
repurchase program adopted September 29, 1999. This represents approximately
10 percent of the 3 million shares authorized under our repurchase program,"
concluded Rubin.

Helen of Troy designs, produces and markets brand-name consumer products
including hair dryers, curling irons, hair setters, women's shavers, brushes,
combs, hair accessories, mirrors, artificial fingernails, foot baths and body
massagers. The Company's products are sold primarily through mass
merchandisers, drug chains, warehouse clubs and grocery stores under the
licensed trade names of Vidal Sassoon, licensed from Procter & Gamble Co.,
Dr. Scholl's, licensed from Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc., the
trademark Revlon(R) licensed from Revlon Consumer Products Corporation and the
trademark BARBIE(TM), owned by and used under license from Mattel, Inc. Helen
of Troy's owned trade names include Dazey, Caruso, Karina and DCNL, with its
Kurl*Mi, Heat*Mi, Detangle*Mi and Wrap*Mi lines of brushes and rollers. The
Company also markets products under the Helen of Troy, Hot Tools, Hot Spa,
Salon Edition, Gallery Series, Wigo and Ecstasy trade names to the
professional beauty salon industry.
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, which
are subject to change. The actual results may differ materially from those
described in any forward-looking statements. Additional information
concerning potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results
are included in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended February 28, 1999.


HELEN OF TROY LIMITED Comparative Analysis (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except shares and earning per share)

For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended
11/30/99 11/30/98 11/30/99 11/30/98

Net Sales $89,601 $89,144 $233,310 $225,442

Cost of Sales 55,950 53,085 143,714 135,699

Gross profit 33,651 36,059 89,596 89,743

Selling, general
and administrative
expenses 25,697 21,719 70,529 59,531

Operating Income 7,954 14,340 19,067 30,212

Other income (expenses):
Interest Expense (1,122) (817) (2,503) (2,581)
Interest Income 190 144 756 1,330
Other Income, Net 260 196 6,098 377

Earnings before
income taxes 7,282 13,863 23,418 29,338

Income tax expense 1,304 2,773 3,454 5,868

Net earnings $5,978 $11,090 $19,964 $23,470

Net earnings
per share, diluted $.20 $.37 $.67 $.80

Weighted average
shares used in
computation 29,768,370 29,784,645 30,017,525 29,440,416


SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION


11/30/99 11/30/98

Cash $24,982,000 $9,433,000
Short Term
Market Investments 1,266,000 --
Accounts receivable 75,916,000 76,675,000
Inventory 98,447,000 98,524,000

Total current assets 208,295,000 190,334,000
Total assets 319,268,000 289,809,000

Total current liabilities 45,406,000 39,657,000
Total long term
liabilities 55,450,000 55,479,000
Stockholders' equity $218,412,000 $194,673,000


SOURCE Helen of Troy Ltd.

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HealthCentral.com Unveils a New User Interface Incorporating Comprehensive Health Content Across the Company s Family of Channels

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:07 by BeautyCare.com
HealthCentral.com Unveils a New User Interface Incorporating Comprehensive

Health Content Across the Company's Family of Channels

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ --
HealthCentral.com (Nasdaq: HCEN), a leading online provider of healthcare
content and e-commerce, today announced the unveiling of a new user interface
incorporating comprehensive health content across its multiple channels.
Several new health channels and new features have been added in addition to
links to HealthCentral.com's e-commerce site and other network sites. Now,
users can access HealthCentral.com's powerful interactive tools, custom
newsletters, personalized health information, exclusive news and features and
health products much faster than before.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991227/HCENLOGO )
"By implementing a new user interface, we are moving closer to our goal of
establishing HealthCentral.com as the most complete and compelling source of
health-related information, resources and products on the Internet," said
Albert Greene, President and CEO of HealthCentral.com. "This is also an
example of how HealthCentral.com is always striving to improve the company's
current offerings."

Cross-Media Platform
HealthCentral.com is the first cross-media source that combines on-line
and on-air resources to make personal health management engaging, entertaining
and rewarding by centralizing the knowledge and advice of leading experts in
each area of consumer health. The company's Web site offers exclusive access
to original content from Dr. Dean Edell, the nation's most widely known
physician broadcaster, in addition to links to original content from Joe and
Theresa Graedon of the People's Pharmacy, and timely and authoritative
information on intriguing health topics from any of Best Doctors'
35,000 medical specialists.

Enhanced Search Engine, Expanded Content
The new interface design allows users to quickly and easily access all of
the entertaining and informative features and channels available. The new
HealthCentral.com site features a dramatically enhanced search engine that
allows users to enter a keyword to search all channels on the
HealthCentral.com network, enabling them to find more complete information on
any health-related topic.
Additionally, HealthCentral.com has expanded the scope and increased the
sophistication of the site's consumer health news content. The site now
features six news sub-channels, allowing users to easily find articles and
information that directly address their specific interests. The featured news
channels include Business and Government, Health and Wellness, Science and
Medicine, Sex and Relationships, Kids and Family, and Alternative Medicine.
The site also features a new channel devoted to HealthCentral.com's
personalized newsletters, enabling users to view and order all 70 newsletter
offerings.

Links to e-Commerce & Other HealthCentral Network Sites
The new integrated site also provides convenient links to
HealthCentralRx.com, an online pharmacy to offer over 80 million Americans the
ability to fill prescriptions online using health insurance. In addition to
the convenience of online prescription fulfillment, HealthCentralRx.com offers
more than 23,000 prescription and non-prescription items, including health and
beauty products, supplements and over-the-counter medications. There are also
links to two of HealthCentral.com's network sites - Rxlist.com, which provides
in-depth information on more than 4,500 drugs, and the company's Canadian Web
site, http://www.healthcentral.ca.
"We incorporated many recommendations from our users into the new site,
and we believe our users will really enjoy the new look, feel and design of
the HealthCentral.com Web site," said Deryk Van Brunt, Senior Vice President
of Operations for HealthCentral.com. "Besides being much faster and more user
friendly, the site offers more personalization, more authoritative content,
and more news and information than ever before. The new site design
exemplifies HealthCentral.com's commitment to providing a leading-edge Web
site that is convenient, informative, helpful, entertaining and engaging."

About HealthCentral.com
HealthCentral.com, co-founded by Dr. Dean Edell, provides online
healthcare content and e-commerce to consumers through the HealthCentral.com
network. This network of information services provides consumers with highly
personalized interactive tools, including custom newsletters, personalized
health information pages and personalized risk assessments.
HealthCentral.com's online drug store, HealthCentralRx.com, has over
23,000 SKUs of health-related products provided by its fulfillment partner,
Bergen Brunswig, and has access to 80 million PBM lives. HealthCentral.com
also acts as an application service provider by designing, hosting and
maintaining private label Web sites for healthcare institutions.

Forward Looking Statements
Except for historical information, the statements in this news release are
forward-looking statements, involving risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking
statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to,
the Company's limited operating history and need to generate revenues, the
substantial competition in the ehealth market, possible liability related to
content on or accessed through the Company's Web sites, the need to build a
brand name quickly, the effect of substantial and changing government
regulation, possible systems interruptions, a failure to integrate
acquisitions or manage growth, and a failure to attract and retain key
employees. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in
HealthCentral.com's S-1 registration statement, filed with the SEC.


SOURCE HealthCentral.com

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Diamond.com Launches Diamond Portal With a Win a 0,000 Diamond for Valentines Day Contest

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 16:05 by BeautyCare.com
Diamond.com Launches Diamond Portal

With a 'Win a $10,000 Diamond for Valentines Day' Contest

Website Gives Online Visitors a One-Stop Gateway to Everything
You Always Wanted to Know About Buying a Diamond

BOSTON, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Leveraging off its powerful brand name,
diamond.com, "The Official Diamond Site of the Internet," today officially
launched its diamond.com club with a free to enter "Win a $10,000 diamond for
Valentines Day" contest.
The "Win a Diamond" contest began on December 22nd, 1999 and concludes on
February 12, 2000, two days before Valentine's Day. The contest winner, to be
randomly chosen from the pool of on-line entrants, will win a diamond valued
at over $10,000, to be shipped overnight mail, in plenty of time to make
someone feel very special on Valentines Day.
Diamond.com created the "Win a Diamond" contest in order to continue to
increase site traffic, and to create awareness for the diamond portal's
already popular features. Pre-launch, and with no advertising or marketing,
diamond.com currently generates more than 2.5 million successful requests and
over 250,000 unique visitors each month. The site's popularity is tied in
part to its free diamond web site finder, and complete diamond Internet
auction directory. The site also shows visitors how to purchase the right
diamond, and even includes a celebrity, "Who's Diamond is it?" feature.
"With diamond.com, we have a brand name that only needs to be seen or
heard one time to be remembered forever. This is clearly evident by the
significant amount of diamond.com club members signed up and the pre-launch
traffic generated by the site. Consumers ask us to help them and they trust
us to guide them through the diamond buying process. We are striving to be
the most entertaining, comprehensive, popular diamond related site on-line,"
said Andrew Miller, cofounder of Diamond.com, LLC. "Traffic to the site is
increasing markedly, and as we enter into some key strategic partnerships and
roll out exciting new features, we will solidify our position as one of the
web's strongest niche portals," said Miller.
In addition to the contest, other new items will be added to the site,
including the Worldwide Diamond Index, which will allow visitors to enter the
exact type of diamond they are looking for and receive the best possible price
on a diamond that meets their specifications.
Diamond.com recently completed a first round of private placement funding,
and is analyzing second round funding options.
Diamond.com, "The Official Diamond Site of the Internet," was founded in
1999 as a diamond portal site. Diamond.com provides entertainment,
information, and diamond product to hundreds of thousands of new online
visitors each month.

Contact:
Andrew Miller
Tel: (617)-912-9494
corporate@diamond.com


SOURCE Diamond.com

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Intimate Brands Reports December Sales, Comparable Store Sales Increase of 10%

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 15:12 by BeautyCare.com
Intimate Brands Reports December Sales, Comparable Store Sales Increase of 10%

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Intimate Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI)
reported net sales for the five-week period ended January 1, 2000 of
$1.066 billion, an 18% increase from $905.4 million for the comparable five-
week period ended January 2, 1999. Sales of $4.175 billion for the forty-
eight weeks ended January 1, 2000 increased 16% from sales of $3.607 billion
for the same period last year.
The Company's comparable store sales increased 10% for the five weeks
ended January 1, 2000, and increased 12% for the year-to-date period.
Intimate Brands, Inc. is the leading specialty retailer of intimate
apparel, beauty and personal care products through the Victoria's Secret and
Bath & Body Works brands. As of January 1, 2000, Victoria's Secret products
are available through 897 lingerie and beauty stores, the Victoria's Secret
Catalogue and online at http://www.VictoriasSecret.com . The Company offers a broad
selection of personal care, home fragrance and decor products through 1,214
Bath & Body Works and White Barn Candle Co. stores. The White Barn Candle Co.,
launched in 1999 as the newest brand in the Intimate Brands, Inc. portfolio,
is a concept the Company plans to grow aggressively.
Safe harbor statement under the private securities litigation reform act
of 1995: The forward-looking statements made by the Company in this press
release involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change
based on various important factors which may be beyond the Company's control.
Accordingly, the Company's future performance and financial results may differ
materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking
statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described in
the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company
does not intend to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements
even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results
expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
Sales call recording can be accessed at:
http://www.IntimateBrands.com or by calling 1-800-696-1585 ID #442567


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E*OFFERING Initiates Coverage on PlanetRx.com, Inc. (PLRX) With a Strong Buy Rating

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 15:02 by BeautyCare.com
E*OFFERING Initiates Coverage on PlanetRx.com, Inc. (PLRX) With a Strong

Buy Rating

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by
E*OFFERING, a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers,
CRD Number 036717:

E*OFFERING E-Healthcare Analyst Caren Taylor, CFA, today initiated
coverage on PlanetRx.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLRX) with a STRONG BUY rating and a
12-month price target of $40.
"Currently trading at a 54% discount based on our 2001 revenue estimates
to its online competitor, drugstore.com, inc. (DSCM $34-1/4), PlanetRx's
(PLRX $13) valuation represents an extraordinary bargain and attractive entry
point, in our view. We believe that the stock should trade at a comparable
valuation to drugstore.com," continues Taylor. "We believe that PlanetRx has a
unique, differentiated strategy that supports its leadership position in the
$175 billion pharmacy and health products market. We expect the following key
metrics to be potential catalysts for the stock price: (1) growth in
e-commerce revenues -- particularly growth in prescription sales, (2)
increased repeat purchase rates, and (3) additional contracts with PBMs and
national and regional payers.
"Through its 'hub-and-spoke' model, PlanetRx.com uses its network of
29 fully owned satellite websites to drive traffic to its 'hub,' the
PlanetRx.com site. With pharmaceutical companies sponsoring these satellite
sites, PLRX not only lowers customer acquisition costs but also increases its
return on capital for these valuable properties," states Taylor.
PlanetRx.com, Inc. is an online pharmacy that offers more than
28,000 health and beauty shopping products, healthcare information content,
and an online community.
On July 27th, Taylor released an industry overview titled "The E*Volution
of Healthcare." This report identifies and analyzes some of the current issues
and trends facing the healthcare industry as a result of the Internet. In
addition, Taylor also publishes a weekly newsletter e-Pulse, which offers a
perspective on the e-healthcare sector.
To read Taylor's report on PlanetRx, "The E*Volution of Healthcare," or
the e-Pulse newsletter, please visit the E*OFFERING website at
http://www.eoffering.com.
E*OFFERING, the Internet investment bank funded in part by E*TRADE Group,
Inc. (Nasdaq: EGRP) and Sandy Robertson, founder and former CEO of Robertson
Stephens & Co., provides full-service investment research and capital markets
capabilities to institutional and individual investors.
Additional information is available upon request.
E*OFFERING is a member NASD/SIPC and maintains a market in the shares of
PlanetRx.com, Inc. and has been a managing or co-managing underwriter for or
has privately placed securities of PlanetRx.com, Inc. within the past three
years.
Unless otherwise noted, prices are as of Tuesday, January 4, 2000.


SOURCE E*OFFERING

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Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Inc. Announces 33% Increase in 1999 Sales; Internet Sales Increase More Than 2,000%

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 15:00 by BeautyCare.com
Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Inc. Announces 33% Increase in 1999 Sales;

Internet Sales Increase More Than 2,000%

DALLAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Inc.
(Nasdaq: DGSE) today announced that its sales for the year ended December 31,
1999, increased approximately 33% to a record $20.8 million. The Company
reported sales of $15.6 million in the year ended December 31, 1998.
"We are very pleased to announce another record performance during 1999
and look forward to continued growth in the year 2000," stated William H.
Oyster, President and Chief Operating Officer of DGSE. "Sales of watches,
jewelry, diamonds, and bullion products increased 33% to approximately
$20.8 million last year, with sales during the all-important Christmas quarter
rising more than 73% above prior-year levels."
"We significantly expanded the amount of sales which were generated over
the Internet during 1999. Internet sales increased more than 2,000%, to
approximately $2.3 million for the year as a whole, and fourth quarter
Internet sales were up 600% to approximately $400,000. Our
FirstJewelryAuctions.com website, which was introduced in September 1999, has
been enthusiastically received by e-shoppers and industry participants, and we
plan to follow up with two new eCommerce sites this year --
FirstCoinAuctions.com (a numismatic auction site) and Silvermanliquidators.com
(an inventory liquidation, closeout and overstock auction site). In addition,
it is our intention to consolidate all of our eCommerce activities into a
single consolidating portal called eJewleryAuctions.com. We expect the
Internet to be a key driver for our business in the future, and management is
committed to the realization of our Company's full eCommerce potential in the
21st Century."
"We are also pursuing eCommerce opportunities through our majority
ownership in eye media, inc., a developer of Business-to-Business (B2B) and
Business-to-Commerce net market solutions for middle-market companies,"
continued Oyster. "Last month, we announced the formation of a Committee of
our Board of Directors for the purpose of exploring alternative ways to
maximize the value of DGSE's interest in this subsidiary. eye media's Virtual
Auctioneer software, which was initially developed to enhance our online
retail activities, allows middle-market companies to establish fully
functional Internet auction, trading and storefront sites in a very cost-
effective manner. We have been extremely pleased with initial sales of
Virtual Auctioneer, despite the lack of any significant marketing of the
software, to date. Our objective is to develop and implement a strategy which
will allow eye media to rapidly expand its sales of this open architecture
eCommerce auction, trading and storefront solution in the future."

Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Inc. wholesales and retails jewelry,
diamonds, fine watches and precious metal bullion products to domestic and
international customers. In addition to its retail facilities, the Company
operates live Internet auctions which can be accessed at
http://www.FirstJewelryAuctions.com and http://www.dgse.com. Real-time price quotations on
over 250 precious metals are provided on another DGSE web site at
http://www.USBullionExchange.com. The Company also owns Silverman Consultants, Inc.,
one of the oldest and largest jewelry liquidation firms in the United States.
DGSE owns 60% of eye media, inc., which develops net market solutions for
the B2B and Business-to-Consumer requirements of middle-market companies.
The Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and its common stock trades
on Nasdaq under the symbol "DGSE".

This press release includes statements which may constitute "forward-
looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe", "estimate",
"project", "expect" or similar expressions. These statements are made
pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the
forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such
differences include, but are not limited to, continued acceptance of the
Company's products and services in the marketplace, competitive factors,
dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks detailed in the Company's
periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. By
making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation
to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this
release.

For further information, please contact:

William H. Oyster, President and COO of DGSE at (800) 527-5307
or
R. J. Falkner & Company, Inc., Investor Relations Counsel at (800) 377-9893
or via e-mail at info@rjfalkner.com


SOURCE Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Inc.

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Internet-Based Pharmacy Applauds Clinton s Plans for Regulation of Online Drugstores

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:56 by BeautyCare.com
Internet-Based Pharmacy Applauds Clinton's Plans for

Regulation of Online Drugstores

http://www.clickpharmacy.com Reaffirms Its Commitment To All Commonly Accepted
Guidelines Of Ethical Pharmacy Practice

MIAMI, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to recent news announcements
that President Clinton has requested $10 million in the 2001 budget for the
purpose of policing and enforcing regulation of online pharmacies,
clickpharmacy.com President, Gloria Rodriguez, states:
"We applaud the efforts of the President to ensure that good pharmacy
practice is followed on the Internet, as required in traditional retail
outlets. We are proud that clickpharmacy.com is in compliance with guidelines
suggested so far, as well as with guidelines regulating retail pharmacies."
She further emphasized the importance of maintaining the
patient/physician/pharmacy relationship, which sets apart clickpharmacy.com
from other online storefronts.
"The beauty of our network," said Ms. Rodriguez, "is that the integrity of
the patient/physician/pharmacist relationship is preserved. At the same time,
the relationship is enhanced by adding the convenience, accuracy, and speed of
modern technology."
This is because, unlike other online pharmacies, clickpharmacy.com does
not operate from one centralized location in the United States, which may be
located very far from the patient and the physician. Rather, the company has
aligned itself with independent pharmacies to process, fill, and ship
prescriptions placed by customers locally within their state, an arrangement
which:

* facilitates pharmacist contact with physicians and patients. Patients
have direct access to their state's pharmacist through an e-mail link on the
clickpharmacy.com site, and can read about their pharmacist, ask questions,
and receive information about the proper use of their medications.
* secures prompt and safe delivery of Rx's within the state.
* provides visitors to the website with an easy, fast, safe, and
legitimate way to receive their medications and health and beauty items.

"We are a US-based company," says Ms. Rodriguez, who deplored unethical
practices cited as examples in recent news stories, such as the sale of
unproved overseas medications to U.S. customers. "Furthermore, because of our
arrangement with independent local pharmacies in each state, we comply with
local regulations, while supporting small businesses in all US communities."
Other unethical practices cited in news stories and condemned by Ms.
Rodriguez include the dispensing of online diagnoses and prescriptions without
the patient ever visiting a doctor; and interstate sales of drugs without
proper licensing.
Clickpharmacy.com, a privately held company, is believed to be the first
web-based pharmacy site, offering its visitors a selection of over 25,000
pharmacy products since late 1998.


SOURCE Clickpharmacy.com

The Limited, Inc. Reports December Sales

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:46 by BeautyCare.com
The Limited, Inc. Reports December Sales

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Limited, Inc.
(NYSE: LTD; London) reported a comparable store sales increase of 5% for the
five weeks ended January 1, 2000. The Company reported net sales of
$1.846 billion for the five-week period ended January 1, 2000, compared to
sales of $1.839 billion for the comparable five-week period January 2, 1999.
Net sales in 1998 include sales from Too, Inc. (NYSE: TOO) and Galyan's
Trading Co. Too, Inc. became independent from The Limited, Inc. after its
August 23, 1999 spin-off and a majority interest in Galyan's was purchased by
a third party on August 31, 1999. Excluding sales from Galyan's and TOO in
1998, sales increased 7% for the five-week period.
The Company reported a comparable stores sales increase of 9% for the
forty-eight weeks ended January 1, 2000. Sales of $9.121 billion for the
forty-eight weeks ended January 1, 2000 increased 4% from sales of
$8.772 billion for the same period last year. Excluding sales from Galyan's
and TOO in both years, sales increased 6% for the year-to-date period.
The Limited, Inc., through Express, Lerner New York, Lane Bryant, Limited
Stores, Structure and Henri Bendel, presently operates 2,999 specialty stores.
The Company also owns approximately 84% of Intimate Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI),
the leading specialty retailer of intimate apparel, beauty and personal care
products through the Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and White Barn
Candle Co. brands.
To hear The Limited, Inc.'s prerecorded December sales message, call
1-800-696-1585, followed by the passcode 189295, or log onto http://www.limited.com
for an audio replay.


SOURCE The Limited, Inc.

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Nu Skin Enterprises Announces New Executive Management Team

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:39 by BeautyCare.com
Nu Skin Enterprises Announces New Executive Management Team

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS)
today announced management changes and the formation of a new executive
management team.
"I am pleased to announce the appointments of Corey Lindley, chief
financial officer, Bill McGlashan, president of Pharmanex, and Truman Hunt,
general counsel, to the newly created office of executive vice president of Nu
Skin Enterprises," said Steven J. Lund, president and chief executive officer.
"In addition to their current responsibilities, the three executive vice
presidents will assume specific duties related to directing the company's
operations and driving growth as we continue to launch our divisional
strategies globally."
"Corey will continue as Nu Skin's chief financial officer, but will pass
many of his day-to-day finance responsibilities to Mark Adams, who was named
vice president of finance and administration," Mr. Lund said. "As an
executive vice president, Corey will now have direct responsibility over the
company's international operations. Having worked abroad during much of his
10 years at Nu Skin, Corey has extensive experience with the company's foreign
markets, and we are confident he will be able to effectively manage growth
internationally as well as increase efficiencies."
"Truman will continue to oversee Nu Skin's legal department and will have
increased responsibility over corporate development," Mr. Lund continued. "He
was instrumental in our acquisitions of Pharmanex and Big Planet and is adept
at identifying ways to enhance corporate direction through strategic
partnerships, acquisitions and mergers."
"In Bill's 15 months as president of the Pharmanex division, he has
effectively motivated distributors and has implemented several innovative
programs," Mr. Lund said. "While he will continue to serve as Pharmanex
president, we now welcome his influence across all our divisions. With a
diverse business background, he brings an important perspective to our direct
selling model that will be valuable as we work to further implement Nu Skin
Enterprises' vision throughout the world."
In addition to the executive vice president appointments, Nu Skin
Enterprises announced restructuring in its information technology department.
In order to leverage Big Planet's technological infrastructure and expertise,
Richard King, president of Big Planet, has been given the added responsibility
of chief information officer at Nu Skin Enterprises. In this position, Mr.
King will work in conjunction with John Fralick, newly hired vice president of
information technology at Nu Skin Enterprises, to implement Nu Skin's vision
of becoming the world's leading "e-direct selling(TM)" company by leveraging
the power of the Internet throughout the company and its divisions. Mr.
Fralick brings to Nu Skin nearly 30 years of experience in information systems
and has served in a variety of management positions at TRW, Inc., a leading
multinational technology company.
"The Internet is quickly becoming the future of direct selling, and we
have made these assignments in order to stay on the leading edge of this
movement," Mr. Lund said. "Richard's appointment as CIO of Nu Skin
Enterprises will more directly enable us to integrate aspects of Big Planet's
strategy across all our divisions. In addition, John has extensive experience
in creating and managing advanced Web-based systems, which will be beneficial
as Nu Skin leverages the Internet throughout its business."
To enable Mr. King to function with his new responsibilities, Scott
Schwerdt, previously Big Planet's senior vice president of sales and support,
has been named chief operating officer for Big Planet. Mr. Schwerdt, who has
been an integral part of Nu Skin's business for more than 12 years, will
assume primary responsibility for day-to-day Big Planet operations.
"Nu Skin Enterprises has undergone tremendous change in the last few
years, and this management restructuring will help us as we continue the
global rollout of our divisional strategy in the changing world of direct
selling," Mr. Lund stated. "This restructuring is designed to make the most
of our three divisions and ensure they are working together to take advantage
of possible synergies."
The company also announced the resignation of Renn M. Patch, chief
operating officer. "In his eight years at Nu Skin, Renn provided exceptional
service and made significant contributions during a very dynamic period in our
company's history," Mr. Lund said.
As part of the management restructuring, the company made additional
management changes in its global operations. "These changes are designed to
distribute management responsibilities among several vice presidents in order
to allow the newly appointed executive vice presidents to focus on their new
assignments," Mr. Lund said. Max Pinegar, who served for more than 10 years
as an executive officer at Nu Skin and who is currently a member of the board
of directors, is returning to full-time employment as a senior vice president
to help streamline corporate operations. In addition, Mark Wolfert was
promoted to vice president of new market development, which includes
responsibility for the company's newly opened markets in China and South and
Central America. Also, Andrew Fan, who resides in Hong Kong, was promoted to
a regional vice president of Southeast Asia and will oversee the company's
operations in Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines.
Commenting on these management changes, Mr. Lund said, "We are entering a
new era for our company and have restructured our management to take advantage
of the unique talents and competencies of our corporate leadership. We
believe this management structure will make us more competitive in the
marketplace and help us reach our goal of becoming the most successful direct
selling company in the world."

The Company
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest direct selling companies
in the world. The company's products are sold in 31 countries throughout the
Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Nu Skin Enterprises is traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NUS."
Nu Skin Enterprises offers three distinct business opportunities
specializing in consumer products and services sold through direct sales. Nu
Skin markets premium quality face, body and hair care products. Pharmanex is
a science-based developer and marketer of nutritional supplements. Big Planet
concentrates on the marketing and distribution of technology-based products
and services.
Nu Skin Enterprises news releases are available online at
http://www.nuskinenterprises.com or through the Company News On-Call fax service.
For a menu of Nu Skin Enterprises news or to retrieve a specific release, call
800-758-5804, extension 119638.

Please note: This press release contains forward-looking statements that
represent the company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future
events, including, among other things expectations concerning management and
future prospects of the company, and the integration of Big Planet strategy
and the Internet across divisions. These forward-looking statements are
subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to,
uncertainties and difficulties associated with leveraging the Internet across
its divisions. The forward-looking statements contained herein are further
qualified by a detailed discussion of associated risks set forth in the
documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including the company's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.


SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

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The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Announces December Sales

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:34 by BeautyCare.com
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Announces December Sales

YORK, Pa., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
(Nasdaq: BONT) today announced sales for the five weeks ended
January 1, 2000 increased 12.0% to $143.9 million versus
$128.5 million reported in the same period last year. Comparable store
sales increased 2.8%.
Year-to-date sales increased 5.2% to $679.7 million from
$646.3 million reported in the same period last year. Comparable store
sales were even with last year for the same year-to-date period.
Michael L. Gleim, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, commented,
"We are pleased with December sales. Not only were our newer stores
productive but we posted a comparable store sales increase in the vast
majority of the remaining stores. Also, the majority of merchandise
categories recorded positive sales increases. The better performing
categories included home, shoes, children's, intimate, cosmetics and
accessories, all of which posted sales increases well above Company
average for the month. Customers reacted to the excellent value found in
our promotions and we were able to meet our inventory and gross margin
objectives. Our comparable store inventory is equal to last year and we
are well-positioned for the receipt of spring merchandise."
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 72 department stores in secondary
markets in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia. The stores
carry a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories
for women, men and children, as well as home furnishings.

Statements in this press release, other than statements of historical
information, are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to
the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. Although the Company believes that the expectations
reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable
assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be
achieved. Such statements include known and unknown risks which may cause
the Company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from
expected results, including, but not limited to, risks related to retail
businesses generally, uncertainties associated with opening new stores or
expanding or remodeling existing stores, and dependence on certain geographic
markets. Additional factors that could cause the Company's actual results
to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements are
discussed in greater detail in periodic reports filed by the Company
with the Securities and Exchange Commission which the Company urges
investors to consider.


SOURCE The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

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Friedman's Inc. Announces Record Christmas Quarter Sales

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:29 by BeautyCare.com
Friedman's Inc. Announces Record Christmas Quarter Sales

SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Friedman's Inc. (Nasdaq: FRDM), a
leading specialty retailer of fine jewelry, today announced record sales
results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 1, 2000. Net merchandise
sales for the quarter increased approximately 20.7%, to $148 million compared
to $123 million in the same period last year. Comparable store sales
increased 6.2% during the quarter.
Crescent Jewelers, a west-coast specialty retailer of fine jewelry and an
affiliate of Friedman's, also announced record sales results for the
three months ended December 31, 1999. Net merchandise sales for the period
increased approximately 15.8% to $51.5 million compared to $44.5 million in
the same period last year. Comparable store sales increased 16.6% during the
period.
Friedman's Inc. is a specialty retailer of fine jewelry based in Savannah,
Georgia. Friedman's is the leading operator of fine jewelry stores in power
strip centers. At January 6, 2000, Friedman's operated a total of 564 stores
in 21 states of which 351 were located in power strip centers and 213 were
located in regional malls. Crescent operated 149 stores in seven states,
95 of which were located in regional malls and 54 of which are located in
power strip centers. On a combined basis, the two companies operate
713 stores in 27 states. Friedman's Class A Common Stock is traded on the
Nasdaq National Market.
A pre-recorded management commentary of this release can be accessed by
calling 888-212-6461 and entering the following code 1925360.

Some of the statements included in the press release contain
forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.
Among the factors that could cause actual results of Friedman's and/or
Crescent to differ materially are the following: their ability to identify
and secure suitable locations for new stores and hire and train additional
store personnel; the application and success of their strict business
disciplines over a larger store base; the economic conditions in the new areas
into which they expand and uncertainties in the customer credit portfolios in
these areas; changes in customer purchasing patterns including customer use of
the proprietary credit programs; competitive pressures from other retail
jewelry operators, department stores, and discount stores; business conditions
and growth in the retail jewelry industry and the general economy; and other
risk factors listed from time to time in public announcements and in
Friedman's SEC reports. In addition, the estimated financial results for the
quarters presented do not necessarily indicate the results that may be
expected for any future quarters or for the entire fiscal year.


CONTACT: Joseph M. Donaghy, Vice President, Finance, of Friedman's,

510-874-7689.



SOURCE Friedman's Inc.


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VitalRx.com Announces Launch of Online Health Superstore

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:28 by BeautyCare.com
VitalRx.com Announces Launch of Online Health Superstore

First Online Pharmacy to Provide Free eVitals Service to Consumers
And Free Docscribe Service to Physicians

First Online Pharmacy to Offer Advanced Search Capabilities and Customized
Prescription Packaging

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- VitalRx.com(TM), Inc.
(http://www.vitalrx.com) today announced the launch of its online health
superstore with over 25,000 products including health, beauty, wellness,
prescription drugs and home medical equipment (HME). VitalRx.com will offer
thousands of high quality generic prescription and non-prescription products
at substantial savings.
"From inception VitalRx.com's commitment remains to serve all customers
with a higher level of care by maintaining a disease specific focus," said
Dimitri Arges, CEO of VitalRx.com. "Integration of patients, physicians and
pharmacists with our free services will enable a superior health shopping and
prescribing experience. We welcome the Food and Drug Administration's recent
proposal for federal regulation of Internet pharmacies and will work closely
with the FDA to provide a safe and secure online experience for the public.
The VitalRx.com pharmacy is currently licensed in 46 states and the District
of Columbia with four states pending final approval."

Site Features
VitalRx.com will offer its free eVitals(TM) service, a personal medical
record (PMR) application, to consumers and health professionals with the
ability to store secure medical records online. In addition, physicians will
be able to prescribe online with Docscribe(TM), a free and easy to use
prescribing application, which will be accessible from a desktop computer or
portable appliance. By creating a free lifetime eVitals(TM) record, consumers
or health professionals will be able to retrieve the medical record via the
Internet, fax and under current development, a voice-based service. Other
enhancements to eVitals(TM) include the integration of personalized content
and video streams for general disease information, product information and
disease management. Customers will be provided a wallet card within 30 days
of establishing an eVitals(TM) record.
Personalization services include bubble packing for prescription products
with a modest surcharge. Chronically ill customers can have the option to
package their medication regime for convenient use. For example, Alzheimer's
patients can now have the ability to view medication usage, while allowing the
caregiver to monitor drug consumption and ensure prescription compliance.
VitalRx.com's search function gives the capability for consumers to now
find for the first time, the most esoteric spelled drugs or products with a
phonetic based search. Consumer frustration will be eliminated when searching
to find prescription drugs and thus improve overall the shopping experience.
Other incentives for customers include Vital Points(TM) which provide a
2% rebate in the form of points that can be redeemed toward future
nonprescription orders. The Vital Points(TM) are earned by purchasing
nonprescription items from VitalRx.com. By creating an eVitals(TM) record,
the customer receives a free lifetime medical record and a 2% rebate on all
future nonprescription purchases at the VitalRx.com pharmacy.

About VitalRx.com
VitalRx.com, Inc. (http://www.vitalrx.com) is the first online health
superstore prepared to provide free medical tools and personalized services to
fulfill the pharmacy needs of its customers. VitalRx.com accepts prescription
orders from consumers online at (http://www.vitalrx.com), phone, fax or
regular mail, while authenticating each prescription as it is received.
Headquartered in San Diego, VitalRx.com was founded in 1998 and is a privately
held company.

For more information, contact: Richard L. Halajcsik of VitalRx.com, Inc.,
858-658-0900 ext. 150, rickh@vitalrx.com.


SOURCE VitalRx.com, Inc.

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The Spiegel Group Reports December Sales

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:24 by BeautyCare.com
The Spiegel Group Reports December Sales

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Spiegel Group
(Nasdaq: SPGLA) today reported sales of $520.6 million for the five weeks
ended January 1, 2000, a 14 percent increase from sales of $457.5 million for
the five weeks ended January 2, 1999.
The company also reported that comparable-store sales for its Eddie Bauer
subsidiary increased 6 percent for the five-week period ended January 1, 2000.
The company stated that December sales were strong across all its
businesses -- Eddie Bauer, Newport News and Spiegel. December sales exceeded
expectations with particular strength realized from catalog and e-commerce
sales, which recorded a 15 percent and 370 percent increase, respectively.
For the 52 weeks ended January 1, 2000, sales increased 10 percent to
$2.918 billion, from $2.642 billion for the comparable period last year.
In addition, the company reported that comparable-store sales for its
Eddie Bauer subsidiary increased 6 percent for the 52-week period ended
January 1, 2000.
Commenting on sales for the full-year, the company stated that each of its
divisions and sales channels reported higher sales, primarily fueled by
strength in catalog sales, continued strong growth from e-commerce, and solid
comparable-store gains at Eddie Bauer.
Additionally, The Spiegel Group today reported that for the full-year
1999, its e-commerce business achieved sales of $79 million, more than four
times the $19 million recorded last year. E-commerce accounted for about
3 percent of the company's total sales for 1999. Catalog sales also realized
strong growth, increasing 12 percent to $1.443 billion from $1.292 billion in
1998. Total retail sales grew 5 percent to $1.396 billion compared to last
year's $1.331 billion and represent 48 percent of sales.
Spiegel, Inc. (The Spiegel Group) is a leading international specialty
retailer marketing fashionable apparel and home furnishings to customers
through catalogs, more than 550 specialty retail and outlet stores and five
Internet sites ( http://www.eddiebauer.com , http://www.eddiebaueroutlet.com ,
http://www.newport-news.com , http://www.spiegel.com , and http://www.ultimate-outlet.com ). The
Spiegel Group's businesses include Eddie Bauer, Newport News, Spiegel and
First Consumers National Bank. The company's Class A Non-Voting Common Stock
trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the ticker symbol: SPGLA.
This press release contains statements that are forward looking within the
meaning of applicable federal securities laws and are based upon the company's
current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to a number of risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those anticipated. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not
limited to, factors such as the financial strength and performance of the
retail and direct marketing industry, changes in consumer spending patterns,
dependence on the securitization of accounts receivable to fund operations,
state and federal laws and regulations related to offering and extending
credit, risks associated with collections on the company's credit card
portfolio, interest rate fluctuations, postal rate increases, paper and
printing costs, the success of planned merchandising, advertising, marketing
and promotional campaigns, and other factors that may be described in the
company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


The Spiegel Group
Consolidated Net Sales
($s in millions)(unaudited)


For the 52-weeks ended
January 1, January 2, %
2000 1999 increase

Catalog $1,443 $1,292 12%
E-Commerce 79 19 316%
Retail(A) 1,396 1,331 5%

Total $2,918 $2,642 10%


(A) Includes Eddie Bauer retail store sales, as well as outlet store sales
for all divisions - Eddie Bauer, Newport News and Spiegel. At year-
end there were 479 Eddie Bauer retail stores, 53 Eddie Bauer outlet
stores, 12 Newport News outlet stores and 20 Spiegel outlet stores.


SOURCE Spiegel, Inc.

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Gottschalks Announces 4.0% December Same Store Sales Increase

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:13 by BeautyCare.com
Gottschalks Announces 4.0% December Same Store Sales Increase

FRESNO, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Gottschalks Inc. (NYSE: GOT)
announced December 1999 sales increased by 0.3% to $113.6 million from
$113.3 million in December 1998. Same store sales for the month increased by
4.0% from the prior year. Last year's December sales include sales generated
by The Harris Company flagship store, which was closed this year.
On a year-to-date basis, total sales increased by 10.4% to $539.5 million
from $ 488.7 million for the same period last year. Year-to-date same store
sales increased by 4.7% from the prior year.
"We had an excellent finish to December with solid increases in nearly all
categories. Cosmetics and fragrances were particularly strong, and we also had
significant growth in men's better sportswear, children's, shoes and intimate
apparel. The home store was also well ahead of last year, specifically in
gifts, stationery, luggage and textiles," stated Jim Famalette, president and
chief executive officer.
Sales results are summarized as follows:

January 1, January 2, Total % Same Store
2000 1999 Increase Sales
(in 000's) Increase

Sales, 5 Weeks Ended $113,637 $113,343 0.3% 4.0%
Sales, 9 Weeks Ended $166,507 $165,966 0.3% 3.7%
Sales, 48 Weeks Ended $539,502 $488,683 10.4% 4.7%

Gottschalks is a regional department store chain, currently operating
forty-two department stores and twenty specialty apparel stores in California,
Washington, Oregon and Nevada. Gottschalks offers moderate to upper moderately
priced brand-name fashion apparel, cosmetics, shoes, accessories and home
merchandise. Gottschalks offers corporate information and selected merchandise
on the World Wide Web at http://www.gottschalks.com .
This release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of
the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties. In some instances, such
statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as
"may," "will," "expect," "believe," "estimate," "anticipate," "continue," or
similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of such terms. Such
statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a
number of factors and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ
materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, including,
without limitation, the state of the economy, weather conditions, consumer
preferences, merchandise assortment and selections, the solution of Year 2000
and other system issues by the Company and its suppliers and other risks and
uncertainties that are detailed in Gottschalks' Annual Report on Form 10-K and
other reports filed by it with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


SOURCE Gottschalks Inc.

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Parlux Fragrances, Inc. Signs Licensing Agreement with PEZ Candy, Inc.(R)

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 14:07 by BeautyCare.com
Parlux Fragrances, Inc. Signs Licensing Agreement with PEZ Candy, Inc.(R)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Parlux Fragrances, Inc.
(Nasdaq: PARL), a leading U.S. manufacturer and worldwide distributor of
prestige fragrance brands, announced today the signing of a licensing
agreement with PEZ Candy, Inc. [PEZ(R)], of Orange, Connecticut, to
manufacture and distribute fragrances, bath and body care and other beauty-
related products under the PEZ label throughout the Western Hemisphere.
PEZ, originally founded over 50 years ago, is marketed today in more than
70 countries around the world, licensing the PEZ property in such categories
as clothing, toys, puzzles, Christmas tree ornaments and fashion accessories.
PEZ has become a popular collectible category, as is evident by its prominent
presence on web auction sites such as http://www.ebay.com and more than 70
additional web sites related to PEZ products, including PEZ Candy's web site
http://www.pez.com .
Commenting on the new license agreement, Parlux CEO, Ilia Lekach, said, "A
partnership with PEZ provides Parlux with another great niche-marketing
opportunity. The PEZ trademark has widespread name recognition, with its
candy dispensers already established as popular collectibles. PEZ products
have been featured in 'Seinfeld,' 'Party of Five,' 'Toy Story,' and other
television programs and movies, reinforcing even more the PEZ brand universal
recognition. We're excited about the prospects of producing upscale
fragrances under the licensing agreement with PEZ and developing creative and
limited-edition packaging schemes to further distinguish PEZ fragrance
products."
"PEZ Candy, Inc. and Bradford Licensing Associates are extremely excited
to partner with Parlux Fragrances, Inc., a leading U.S. fragrances
manufacturer. We believe that the licensing venture will expand PEZ's brand
imagery into a quality-oriented fragrance product line for younger American
consumers," said Leonard Reiter, President of Bradford.
Parlux Fragrances, Inc. is a manufacturer and international distributor of
prestige fragrances and holds the licenses to manufacture and distribute the
designer fragrance brands of Perry Ellis, Fred Hayman Beverly Hills, and Ocean
Pacific. The Company also owns, manufactures and distributes its own
internationally recognized fragrance brand, Animale Parfums.
Parlux Fragrances, Inc. may periodically release forward-looking
statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known
and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual
results, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and
uncertainties include, among others, future trends in sales and the Company's
ability to introduce new products in a cost-effective manner. Readers are
cautioned to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
which speak only as of the date thereof. The Company undertakes no obligation
to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking
statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


SOURCE Parlux Fragrances, Inc.

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FragranceNet.com Exceeds Million in Sales for December, 1999

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:58 by BeautyCare.com
FragranceNet.com Exceeds $1 Million in Sales for December, 1999

DEER PARK, N.Y., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- FragranceNet.com, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: FRGN) (http://www.fragrancenet.com), the Internet's leading
fragrance e-commerce site since 1997, today announced that sales for the month
of December, 1999 exceeded $1 million, marking the 5th consecutive record
sales month in a row. Sales rose 400% over December, 1998 and were 165%
better than November, 1999. December, 1999 sales were the highest in the
Company's history.
"What is most remarkable is that our sales for December, 1999 were greater
than our sales for all of last year" said FragranceNet.com CFO, Dennis Apfel.
Apfel went on to say, "We achieved our objective of $1 million for the
month without sacrificing any customer service issues and you don't have to
take our word for it. We were, for the 2nd year in a row, ranked in the top
10 e-tailers holiday survey by the Patricia Seybold Group joining Amazon.com,
Etoys, Lands End. We met all of our Christmas shipping goals to the delight of
both ourselves and, more importantly, our loyal customers."
With a leading market share, FragranceNet.com is tapping into the
$20 billion worldwide market for fragrances and fragrance-related products.

About FragranceNet.com
Founded in 1997, FragranceNet.com, Inc. operates (http://www.fragrancenet.com),
the world's largest pure internet discount fragrance store offering more than
1,500 brand-name fragrances at the lowest prices. By combining an extensive
selection with free U.S. shipping and handling, free gift wrapping and a free
gift with every order, FragranceNet.com customers are treated to a unique and
easy shopping experience.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, which may
involve known and unknown material risks, uncertainties and other factors not
under the Company's control including without limitation the need for
additional financing, the impact of competition, the management of growth,
compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, the Company's ability to
implement its long term business plan for acquiring complementary businesses,
and the Company's ability to enter into agreements with marketing or
distribution partners, which may cause actual results, performance and
material achievements of the Company to be materially different from the
Company's expectations.


SOURCE FragranceNet.com, Inc.

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Kellogg s Special K(R) Makes A New Year s Resolution ... Cereal Company Signs Cindy Crawford To Invigorate Sales

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:55 by BeautyCare.com
Kellogg's Special K(R) Makes A New Year's Resolution ...

Cereal Company Signs Cindy Crawford To Invigorate Sales

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Make that Crawford with a K
... Kellogg Company is making a resolution to rejuvenate the Special K(R)
cereal business by signing celebrity Cindy Crawford for a fully integrated
marketing campaign, including television advertising and an on-pack promotion.
As spokesperson, Ms. Crawford will join forces with Special K to start the New
Year off right and invigorate cereal sales.
"This promotion with Cindy Crawford is a natural fit because Cindy
personifies the brand benefit of looking and feeling your best," said Meghan
Parkhurst, M.S., R.D., Kellogg USA. "Cindy has always taken very good care of
herself and embodies the sensible eating habits and healthy approach to living
that the Kellogg's Special K brand represents."
The new advertising campaign, created by Leo Burnett Company, Inc. in
Chicago, breaks on January 3. The 30-second spot, featuring a five-second tag
about the on-pack promotion, centers around sensible nutrition as opposed to
fad dieting. Dressed in trendy clothes from the '60s, '70s and '80s, Cindy
reminds consumers that like fashion, fad diets come and go, but Special K and
good nutrition are forever in vogue.
"We're placing substantial marketing support behind this promotion," said
Parkhurst. "In the first quarter alone, the company is investing in a
multi-million dollar ad buy to coincide with Special K(R)'s peak sales period
and resolution time."
In addition, between January and March 2000, Cindy Crawford will appear on
Special K boxes and free-standing inserts as part of Special K's promotion to
encourage women to adopt healthy eating habits. The promotion offers women
the chance to instantly win one of more than 10,000 makeover prizes --
including five grand prizes of an ultimate makeover with Cindy's personal
consultants.
Consumers can enter the contest simply by purchasing specially-marked
12- and 18-ounce boxes of Kellogg's Special K between January and March 2000.
Instant prizes include:
-- Five Grand Prize winners will win an ultimate makeover with Cindy
Crawford's team of personal care professionals, including personal
trainer Radu and hair stylist Steven Knoll, breakfast in New York
City with Cindy and a year's supply of Kellogg's Special K cereal.

-- One hundred First Prize winners will win a $350 gift certificate to
a local health club/beauty spa of their choice, a deluxe beauty bag
filled with an exclusive collection of Cindy Crawford's favorite
beauty products, an autographed copy of her latest fitness video,
"Cindy Crawford -- A New Dimension" and a year's supply of Kellogg's
Special K cereal.

-- Second Prize winners [9,900] will receive an assortment of Cindy
Crawford's beauty essentials and a year's supply of Kellogg's
Special K cereal.

Special K is also sponsoring an in-store display contest in which
retailers compete for a $5,000 cash prize and an autographed copy of Cindy's
latest video. Entries will be judged upon the creativity and merchandising
support of the display.
Special K is one of Kellogg's principal worldwide brands and a leading
brand associated with women and fitness. Kellogg's Special K cereal is
globally committed to helping women achieve their desired body weight through
sensible nutrition.
With sales of $6.8 billion, Kellogg Company is the world's leading
producer of cereal and a leading producer of grain-based convenience foods and
vegetable-based meat alternatives. The company's brands include Kellogg's,
Special K, Rice Krispies, Eggo, Pop-Tarts, Nutri-Grain, and Morningstar Farms.
Kellogg icons such as Tony the Tiger and Snap! Crackle! Pop! are among the
most recognized characters in advertising. Kellogg's products are
manufactured in 20 countries and marketed in more than 160 countries around
the world.
For more information about the "Win a Makeover with Cindy's Team" instant
win on-pack promotion, visit the Kellogg's Special K web site:
"http://www.specialk.com."


SOURCE Kellogg Company

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Avon Announces Exchange Offer for Its 6.90% Notes Due 2004 and 7.15% Notes Due 2009

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:44 by BeautyCare.com
Avon Announces Exchange Offer for Its 6.90% Notes Due 2004 and

7.15% Notes Due 2009

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) commenced
today an offer to exchange $200 million principal amount of new 6.90% Notes
due 2004 and $300 million principal amount of new 7.15% Notes due 2009, which
have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, for like amounts of its
existing 6.90% Notes due 2004 and 7.15% Notes due 2009, which were issued on
November 9, 1999 in a private placement pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S
under the Securities Act.
Avon said the exchange offer will not increase its total debt outstanding.
The exchange offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on
February 8, 2000, unless extended by Avon.
Avon is the world's leading direct seller of beauty and related products,
with $5.2 billion in annual revenues. Avon markets to women in 136 countries
through 2.8 million independent sales representatives. Avon product lines
include such recognizable brands as Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Avon Color, Far Away,
Rare Gold, Perceive, Avon Skin Care and Women of Earth. Avon also markets an
extensive line of fashion jewelry, apparel, gifts and collectibles. More
information on Avon and its products can be found on the company's award
winning website at http://www.avon.com.


SOURCE Avon

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PlanetRx.com Helps Consumers Fight Cold and Flu Season With New Interactive Cough & Cold Advisor

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:42 by BeautyCare.com
PlanetRx.com Helps Consumers Fight Cold and Flu Season With New Interactive

Cough & Cold Advisor

Leading Internet Healthcare Destination Responds to One of the Worst Cold
And Flu Seasons the Nation Has Ever Seen, to Help Consumers Take Good Care

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/
-- PlanetRx.com (Nasdaq: PLRX), a leading Internet healthcare destination for
commerce, content, and community, today unveiled its new, interactive Cough
& Cold Advisor tool. Dedicated to helping consumers fight the common cold and
flu, the Cough & Cold Advisor offers consumers a convenient and dependable way
to shop for medication online.
The Cough & Cold Advisor helps customers select the medication that's
right for them based on their individual needs. After asking several questions
about a customer's symptoms and existing medical conditions, the Cough & Cold
Advisor evaluates the responses and provides a list of products tailored to
treat the consumer's specific symptoms, making it easier to navigate through
the vast number of cough and cold products available. The interactive tool
also screens for specific health conditions, such as pregnancy, heart
conditions, and diabetes that may prohibit the use of specific medications.
Customers with such conditions are directed to their physician for treatment.
In addition to the Cough & Cold Advisor, PlanetRx.com's Colds & Flu eCenter
provides a wealth of cold and flu information, including dependable advice on
how to care for a cold, as well as alternative treatment options.
"PlanetRx.com understands that when customers are nursing a temperature
and feeling sick, the last thing they want to do is thumb through hundreds of
cold medications at the store," said William J. Razzouk, chairman and CEO of
PlanetRx.com. "The new Cough & Cold Advisor provides people a convenient way
to shop from the comfort of home for the cough and cold medications that are
right for them."

About PlanetRx.com
PlanetRx.com, Inc. (http://www.planetrx.com), a leading Internet healthcare
destination for commerce, content, and community, delivers a convenient,
personalized, and informed health and beauty shopping experience. With
products ranging from prescriptions to personal care items to the latest
medical information, PlanetRx.com gives consumers the ability to manage their
own healthcare in a convenient and secure environment. PlanetRx.com is one of
three online pharmacies to have received the Verified Internet Pharmacy
Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal of approval from The National Association of
Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Headquartered in South San Francisco, Calif., the
company operates its own pharmacy and distribution center, in Memphis, Tenn.,
to ensure the highest quality customer care.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely
historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements
regarding PlanetRx.com's expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies
regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this document
are based upon information available to PlanetRx.com as of the date hereof,
and PlanetRx.com assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which
could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These
and other risks relating to PlanetRx.com's business are set forth in
PlanetRx.com's Form S-1, as amended and filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on July 8, 1999, and the other reports filed from time to time with
the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Ashford.com to Acquire Jasmin.com

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:40 by BeautyCare.com
Ashford.com to Acquire Jasmin.com

Leading Fragrance Site to Help Ashford.com Secure Leadership of Category
Through Unique Content and Prestigious Portfolio of Nearly 300 Brands

HOUSTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford.com (Nasdaq: ASFD), the leading
Internet retailer of luxury and premium products, today announced that it will
acquire Jasmin.com, an e-commerce site specializing in prestige fragrances.
The addition of Jasmin.com is intended to help Ashford.com's rapidly growing
fragrance business become the leading provider of fine fragrances on the
Internet. Jasmin.com's collection of nearly 300 of the world's most
prestigious fragrance brands will expand and complement Ashford.com's growing
portfolio of luxury brand offerings. The agreement also brings Ashford.com
unique content features and a talented management team of fragrance experts
who will join Ashford.com and assume responsibility for managing its fragrance
business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Jasmin.com's extensive collection of prestige fragrances combined with
its rich content and fragrance expertise will provide Ashford.com customers
with an outstanding shopping experience in our growing fragrance category,"
said Kenny Kurtzman, CEO of Ashford.com. "Jasmin.com has strong relationships
with fragrance brands and plays a leadership role within the fragrance and
cosmetics community, making it a great partner as we continue to solidify
brand relationships and expand our presence into the entire beauty category."
The agreement provides Ashford.com with access to Jasmin.com's vast
product portfolio and unique fragrance content and services. Jasmin.com's
specialized fragrance content includes an online magazine dedicated to
fragrances, the world's first online fragrance museum and a proprietary
fragrance search engine that allows consumers to search for fragrances
according to a wide range of criteria. Jasmin.com is also the first web site
to offer custom made fragrances from its own perfumer.
"Ashford.com's rapidly growing customer base and its strategic marketing
agreements with Amazon.com, AOL and Yahoo will help us to reach significantly
more consumers with information about fine fragrances and provide a great
forum to purchase those fragrances," said Dale N. Dewey, president and CEO of
Jasmin.com. "We believe that combining our fragrance expertise, extensive
brand portfolio and unique fragrance content with Ashford.com's tremendous
marketing clout will enable Ashford.com to become the Internet's leading web
site for fragrances."
Ashford.com brings to Jasmin.com's customers access to its 11 different
categories of luxury goods, including diamonds, designer jewelry, leather
accessories, watches and more. Jasmin.com's product portfolio and content is
expected to be fully integrated into the fragrance section of the Ashford.com
site by the second quarter of 2000.
According to leading industry analysts, the worldwide fragrance market is
valued at approximately $12 billion. (1) According to Jupiter Communications,
the online market for cosmetics, fragrance and skin-care products in the U.S.
was valued at $23 million in 1999, and is expected to rise to $533 million in
2003.
(1) GIA, Merrill Lynch 1999

Company Background
Ashford.com is the leading Internet retailer of luxury and premium
products. The company's e-commerce site, located at http://www.ashford.com,
offers a vast selection of diamonds and more than 13,000 styles of new and
vintage watches, designer jewelry, fragrance, bath and body products, leather
accessories, ties, scarves, sunglasses and writing instruments from more than
300 leading brands. Dedicated to creating a comfortable and safe shopping
environment, Ashford.com offers customers the Ashford.com Protection Plus(TM)
policy, which provides best-in-industry warranties, privacy and security.
Ashford.com is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Jasmin.com is a privately held e-commerce company founded in 1998 based in
New Canaan, CT. Its web site, which is located at http://www.jasmin.com,
offers hundreds of prestige fragrance products and features the world's first
on-line fragrance museum. The site features the expert services of Christie
Mayer-Lefkowith, one of the world's leading experts on vintage perfume bottles
who serves as the Curator of the Jasmin Museum. In addition, it is the only
site to have its own perfumer. Jean-Pierre Subrenat, Jasmin.com's Master
Perfumer, has more than 30 years experience and is President of the American
Society of Perfumers and Chairman of the World Perfumery Congress. Jasmin.com
has also recently launched a new luxury custom fragrance creation service,
designed for the most discerning and demanding clients.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of
Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, including statements
regarding Ashford.com's expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies
regarding the future. Forward looking statements include statements regarding
future sales, market growth and competition. All forward looking statements
are based upon information available to Ashford.com as of the date of the
statement, and Ashford.com assumes no obligation to update any such forward
looking statement. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the
failure of systems associated with order fulfillment; changes in product mix;
inventory risks due to shifts in market demand; continued competitive factors
and pricing pressures; and market responses to pricing actions and promotional
programs. Actual results could differ materially from Ashford.com's current
expectations. Further information on the factors and risks that could affect
Ashford.com's financial results are included in its filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the quarterly report on Form 10Q
for the quarter ended September 30, 1999 and the Form 10-Q for the quarter
ended December 31, 1999 to be filed shortly.
Ashford, Ashford.com and Ashford.com Protection Plus are trademarks of
Ashford.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.


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Donna Karan International Announces Addition to Board of Directors

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:34 by BeautyCare.com
Donna Karan International Announces Addition to Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Donna Karan International Inc. (NYSE: DK)
today announced that Frank R. Mori is expected to be appointed to the Board of
Directors effective this month.
Mr. Mori is President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Takihyo, Inc., a
financial holding company. Prior to July 1999, Mr. Mori served as President
and Chief Executive Officer of Anne Klein & Company, previously owned by
Takihyo, Inc. Additionally, he has served as a director of The Stride Rite
Corporation since 1996.
In December 1984, Mr. Mori, along with Donna Karan, Stephan Weiss, and
Tornio Taki, founded The Donna Karan Company. Currently, Mr. Mori maintains a
significant beneficial ownership position in the outstanding common stock of
Donna Karan International Inc.
John D. Idol, Chief Executive Officer of Donna Karan International, said,
"We are pleased to have Frank Mori join the Board of Directors. We believe
that Frank's industry experience and first hand knowledge of the Company will
prove to be a valuable asset to Donna Karan International."

Donna Karan International Inc. is one of the leading fashion design
houses. The Company designs, contracts for the manufacture of, markets,
retails, and distributes collections of men's and women's clothing,
sportswear, accessories and shoes under the Donna Karan New York and DKNY
brand names. The Company also selectively has granted licenses for the
manufacture and distribution of certain other products under the Donna Karan
New York, DKNY, DKNY Jeans, and DKNY Active brand names, including beauty and
beauty-related products, jeanswear, activewear, hosiery, intimate apparel,
eyewear and children's apparel.


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Now & Zen, Inc. Announces the Launch of the Spiritual Springtime Website www.spiritualspringtime.org

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:33 by BeautyCare.com
Now & Zen, Inc. Announces the Launch of the Spiritual Springtime Website

http://www.spiritualspringtime.org

A 'Cyber-Tree' Whose Leaves Are 'Our Prayers and Dreams'
For the New Millennium

A Non-Commercial 'Virtual Sacred Site' - New Form of Art on the Web

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Artist and entrepreneur Steve
McIntosh is creating a new form of art on the internet -- beautiful,
interactive databases providing forms of spiritual practice for site users.
McIntosh's latest creation, called Spiritual Springtime, is a "cyber tree" to
which visitors add leaves containing their prayers and dreams for the new
Millennium.
According to McIntosh: "Our progress as a society depends on our dreams
and prayers for the future. Our fondest hopes, our highest ideals, and our
longed-for dreams actually influence the outcome of future events. Writing
your prayer or dream is a form of spiritual practice that everyone can do,"
added McIntosh.
The central image on the site is an animated tree which blooms with hope
as its leaves are added by the website's participants. When users click on
the tree's leaves, they arrive at the "database of dreams" containing the
title and text of each leaf. Users can browse the list of leaves by title, or
search the text of all the leaves with key words to find people who share
their dreams. "Our dreams usually require many people to bring them into
reality. This database can help create the future by connecting and
coordinating those who are working toward the same goals," said McIntosh.
When users click on the roots of the tree, they go to a page of links to
other spiritual websites from a variety of spiritual traditions. The
Spiritual Springtime website is found at: http://www.spiritualspringtime.org
Spiritual Springtime is McIntosh's second "virtual sacred site"; the first
of this genre is called The Beauty, Truth & Goodness Agreement -- a growing
spiral ribbon made up of e-mail addresses of those who "make the agreement" by
adding their name to the art. This site's address is:
http://www.beautytruthgoodness.org.
Both websites are sponsored by Now & Zen, Inc. makers of beautiful
lifestyle products such as the world-famous Zen Alarm Clock. Now & Zen's web
address is: http://www.now-zen.com. For more information about these new
forms of internet art, contact Marolyn Masterson at (800) 779-6383 ext. 226.


SOURCE Now & Zen, Inc.

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Additional Online Retailers Including Neiman Marcus Join Fashionwindow.com

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:18 by BeautyCare.com
Additional Online Retailers Including Neiman Marcus Join Fashionwindow.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Fashionwindow.com
(OTC Bulletin Board: PTNM) has announced that additional online retailers have
joined the site including Neiman Marcus.com, Blue Nile and AmyJean.com.
"We are very excited about the addition of Neiman Marcus.com to
Fashionwindow.com. Our audience consistently asks for designer shopping
opportunities online and we believe that Neiman Marcus will meet their needs,"
added Peter C. Klamka, Chairman of PTN Media, the publisher of
Fashionwindow.com.
Based in Seattle, Blue Nile is a leading online resource for loose
diamonds and fine diamond and pearl jewelry.
AmyJean.com is a collection of fashion forward denim. "The addition of
AmyJean is an example of our continued effort to seek out and highlight
cutting edge fashion," adds Klamka.
Fashionwindow.com is designed to be the leading Web portal to fashion,
style and beauty news and commerce. In addition to numerous online retailers,
Fashionwindow.com also has relationships with CNN, Lycos, Inktomi, IXL,
Beyond.com, Affinia.com Hot Jobs, and Visto.com. PTN Media is owned in part
by Claudia Schiffer and American Nortel Communications (OTC Bulletin Board:
ARTM).
Some statements in this release include forward-looking commentary subject
to risks and uncertainties, including those risks detailed in the company's
Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These risks could cause actual
results to differ materially from those set forth or implied by any forward-
looking statements. All rights reserved.


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Ingredients.com s Line of Personal Care Products Now Available

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 13:01 by BeautyCare.com
Ingredients.com's Line of Personal Care Products Now Available Through

iVillage.com Shopping Channel

Agreement Exposes Web-Only Retailer to iVillage's Seven Million
Monthly Visitors and Members

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingredients.com, the specialty retailer
of original personal care products, today announces that its signature line is
now available at iVillage.com (http://www.ivillage.com and AOL keyword ivillage), the
leading women's network online. Ingredients.com launched in early November
and is one of the first companies to create a product line solely for the Web.
As part of the agreement, Ingredients.com's selection of scented bath &
body products and home accessories will be featured at iVillage.com's Shopping
Central, and will be highlighted during special occasions at Shopping Central
such as holidays and beauty features. The deal enables Ingredients.com to
reach the nearly seven million monthly visitors to iVillage.com, the majority
of whom are women. More women are now shopping online for personal care
products, providing a perfect fit for the Ingredients.com audience.
"iVillage.com represents the ultimate community, where women turn to for
innovative products, solutions and information," said Katherine Legatos, co-
founder and co-CEO of Ingredients.com. "Since our products were specifically
created and designed for that community, our partnership with iVillage will
help us to reach our targeted consumer and provide valuable, benefit-driven
services."
Ingredients.com recently introduced its original product line based on
easily identifiable scents and ingredients. Each item in the product line was
created to ensure the most effective delivery method for that particular
ingredient in order to maximize its core benefit. For example,
Ingredients.com developed a moisturizer based on the attributes of vitamin C,
a known anti-oxidant that can help to reduce signs of aging.
"iVillage.com and Ingredients.com share similar missions-providing
solutions to simplifying women's lives," said Nancy Evans, co-Founder and
Editor-in-Chief of iVillage. "With the addition of Ingredients.com to
Shopping Central, iVillage.com continues its commitment to provide a hassle-
free shopping experience while providing a broad range of high-quality
products."

About Ingredients.com
Founded on the premise that etailing is more than "re-purposing
merchandise," Ingredients.com brings together the best of nature, science and
technology to create original products for sale over the Internet. Its
signature line of bath and body products and home accessories is based on
identifiable scents like lavender, grapefruit and peppermint -- ingredients
that have long been regarded as healers, detoxifiers and stress reducers. The
Ingredients.com line was developed to offer people information and product
benefits to help them achieve a better lifestyle and is available at
http://www.ingredients.com.

About iVillage.com: The Women's Network
iVillage.com: The Women's Network (http://www.ivillage.com and AOL
keyword: ivillage) is the leading women's network online providing practical
solutions and everyday support for women between the ages of 25 and 54.
iVillage.com is organized into branded communities that focus on issues of
most importance to women and provide interactive services, peer support and
online access to experts through 16 content channels and several shopping
areas. Content channels include Parent Soup, allHealth, MoneyLife, Career,
Work from Home, Relationships, Beauty, Election 2000, Diet & Fitness, Click!:
Where Computers Make Sense, Pets, Travel, ParentsPlace, Food, Book Club and
Astrology, and are complemented by stores such as iBaby and iMaternity and
Shopping Central. Established in 1995 and headquartered in New York City,
iVillage Inc. (Nasdaq: IVIL) is a new media company, recognized as an industry
leader in developing innovative sponsorship and commerce relationships that
match the desire of marketers to reach women with the needs of iVillage.com
members for relevant information and services.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their
respective owners.


SOURCE Ingredients.com

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Indulge.com Expands World of Experience and Branding with

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 12:59 by BeautyCare.com
Indulge.com Expands World of Experience and Branding with Multi-Media Merger

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Indulge.com is breaking the mold of
"traditional" e-commerce by merging with the upscale catalogue brand L'Art de
Vivre. This merger will exponentially expand the boundaries of Indulge.com's
distribution, product selection and lifestyle message.
Indulge.com is a unique online destination offering customer e-tailing
experiences and 24-hour access to a myriad of contemporary lifestyle
enhancement products and services from the worlds of fashion, beauty, jewelry
and gifts. The merger with L'Art de Vivre represents a natural application of
an acquisition and extension strategy providing a platform for growth for both
brands. This deal also opens up new opportunities for growth by
synergistically complimenting each brand's position in the marketplace by
providing both online and offline communication vehicles. According to
Indulge.com's CEO, Cathy Taylor, "The merging of our two companies is a unique
play between a prestigious direct mail catalogue company and our online
enterprise that will help expand the appeal to our customers and support each
other to market. L'Art de Vivre partners will now have access to the internet
and Indulge.com will have a targeted, direct mail vehicle. This merger will
increase our ability to offer an even broader range of products and services
to our customers."
The five year-old brainchild of founder and CEO Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti,
L'Art de Vivre has been a source for discerning consumers to discover the
finest signature gift items from around the world. Indulge.com provides
consumers with a rich and unique e-tailing experience by catering to the
senses, and delivering the first online opportunity for customers to purchase
specialty products as well as unique services that can be performed in the
privacy and convenience of their home. Taylor said, "Indulge.com provides a
unique and inviting e-tailing experience, where consumers can come to purchase
both a new robe and the personalized massage that accompanies it. This is our
vision of the future - the convenience and pleasure our consumers desire and
deserve -- indulging at home."
L'Art de Vivre, with a subscription base of 1.5 million, and over 40,000
active customers will reflect this new strategy by leveraging both vehicles in
April, 2000. These new marketing and e-tailing brands will evolve their
simple and elegant design formats and reflect this seamless transition. "I am
pleased to have found the right partner with whom to expand our ever-evolving
business," says Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti. "Five years ago we had the foresight
to target and fill a niche in the luxury market. Today, we recognize the
enhanced opportunities and value of meeting our customers demands in various
media platforms. We are thrilled we found Indulge.com, a company with whom we
share a style point-of-view."
Offering an enlightening experience through a compelling assortment of
products and services the merger of Indulge.com and L'Art de Vivre promises to
provide the ultimate destination for shoppers who want to experience what it
means to truly indulge.


SOURCE Indulge.com

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teenStyle Magazine and Its Website Launch Simultaneously

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 12:57 by BeautyCare.com
teenStyle Magazine and Its Website Launch Simultaneously

Print and Online Versions Set the Standard for Coverage of a new Era of Hair,
Beauty, and Fashion

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- teenStyle magazine, the biggest
hair, beauty, and fashion magazine for teens, and its website -- located at
http://www.teenstylemag.com -- launched simultaneously today creating the hottest
print and online destinations for girls 12 to 18.
teenStyle breaks the mold of traditional youth focused publications by
giving its core audience the opportunity to explore, discover and experience
the world of hair, beauty, and fashion through their favorite celebrities.
Featuring a free gift on every cover, contests, and step-by-step guides to
achieve celebrity inspired looks, teenStyle magazine and its web site provide
a truly interactive experience.
Under the direction of Sara Fiedelohltz, H&S Media's vice president and
publishing director, teenStyle is positioned to successfully reach Generation
Y by giving them exactly what they want: more hair and beauty coverage.*
Fiedelholtz commented, "Teen girls are fascinated with change; they like to
experiment with makeup, clothes, and accessories that can transform their
looks as drastically and as frequently as they want. teenStyle appeals to
them because it gives the tools they need to achieve their ideal make over in
a fun and reader friendly way."
Fiedelholtz went on to say, "When girls are asked what is missing from
magazines or would like to see covered more in-depth, the answers are
consistently hair, beauty, fashion, accessories, and celebrities. They simply
can't get enough of these topics...so we're giving them enough!"
Equally essential to this relationship with young consumers is the
magazine's website. "We realize the importance of giving teens an interactive
Internet destination. Through innovative features, teenagers can generate
content for the site and be actively involved," said H&S Media webmaster
Jennifer Coyle.
"Teenstylemag.com is definitely an entity of its own, offering features
that complement teenStyle magazine for a seamless transition between the print
and the online versions," added Coyle.
A bi-monthly publication, teenStyle is available nationwide wherever books
and magazines are sold. For more information about H&S Media and teenStyle
magazine -- including new business development -- please contact Paulina
Brooks at 800-210-0334, ext. 402.

* Internet survey of 500 girls conducted by H&S Media, Inc.


SOURCE H&S Media


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Gifts From the Heart - Bath & Body Works Introduces Valentine s

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 9:48 by BeautyCare.com
Gifts From the Heart

- Bath & Body Works Introduces Valentine's Day 2000 Offerings -

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Love is in the air as Valentine's
Day quickly approaches. With thoughts of love, celebrate St. Valentine's Day
by showering a special someone with attention, affection and pampering gifts
from the heart.
An endless selection of special edition gift sets, candles, accessories
and fragrances await you at Bath & Body Works. You'll find a range of ideal
gifts for many special someones -- from boyfriend to best friend -- it is a
one-stop shopping source for any budget.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000126/NYW089 )

Candy Hearts
Remember those tender candy heart messages -- like "Be Mine," "Love You"
and "All Yours"? Now Bath & Body Works recreates the Valentine's favorites in
the form of luxurious bath beads. Shaped like these romantic candy treats and
available in pink, yellow, lavender and white, these conversation candies are
meant to pamper and promote a "time for me" philosophy. Add a touch of
romance and whimsy to the home with other seasonal items perfect to serve as a
Valentine present for a friend, sweetheart or mom. Transparent soaps filled
with colorful hearts in the popular Cucumber Melon fragrance and two-toned
heart soaps, which are red on the outside and white on the inside in favorite
flavor Sun-Ripened Raspberry, are two of the unique offerings.

True Bliss
The newest addition to the Aromatherapy line, True Bliss is a fragrance
designed to bring about a euphoric feeling through the application and
inhalation of jasmine and geranium essential oils, known for their uplifting
and sensual scents, and the added all-natural herbal lotus flower to
moisturize. True Bliss is available in Creamy Body Wash, Relaxing Bath
Bubbles, Body Splash, Body Cream and Massage Oil. This fragrance is also
available in many of the special Valentine's Day gift sets.

Field of Dreams
Just in time for the holiday of love, Bath & Body Works' Joyful Garden
introduces a brand new sophisticated scent, Dream Fields. This pink-tinted,
delicate fragrance brings romantic thoughts to mind with its full, floral
bouquet including hints of romantic lotus flower and refreshing bergamot.

Better Than Flowers
The Etched Glass Tulip Vase Collection features beautifully etched glass
containers with tulip motifs, filled with personal care products. A perfect
gift for anyone on your list, these reusable glass vases are filled with
luxurious Moisture Rich Body Lotion or Fragrant Body Splash in a choice of
four flavors, Cucumber Melon, Sun-Ripened Raspberry, Plumeria and Juniper
Breeze. This is a beautiful way to say, "I love you," with a classic
fragrance in a collectable glass vase.

Valentine's Giftables
Bath & Body Works pre-wrapped and ready-to-give gift sets are romantically
crafted, hand-touched collectible items adorned with images of scrapbook
print, ranunculus and peonies. The collection, including Paperwrap Candles,
Chubbies and Pillar Candleholders, Bath & Body Works toiletries, are packaged
in reusable letter holders, keepsake boxes, baskets and cosmetic bags.

These limited edition items are available at all Bath & Body Works stores
nationwide beginning in late January, just in time for Valentine's Day
shopping. For the nearest Bath & Body Works, call 1-800-395-1001.


SOURCE Bath & Body Works

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PlanetRx.com s New Beauty Club Receives Overwhelming Response

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 9:39 by BeautyCare.com
PlanetRx.com's New Beauty Club Receives Overwhelming Response

New Loyalty Program Attracts 10,000 New Members Within First Month

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ --
PlanetRx.com (Nasdaq: PLRX) (http://www.planetrx.com), a leading Internet healthcare
destination for commerce, content and community, today announced that its
newest free loyalty program, the PlanetRx.com Beauty Club, has registered
10,000 new members since its debut on December 10, 1999, with more than
4,000 of those members joining within the Club's first four days of operation.
Members of the PlanetRx.com Beauty Club receive exclusive discounts on
leading brand-name cosmetics, skin care, and hair care products; savvy tips
and advice from PlanetRx.com's in-house beauty experts; insider updates on the
hottest beauty trends and products; and the Beauty Club Insider, a monthly
email newsletter featuring the latest must-have products and styles, as well
as exclusive Beauty Club savings.
Regular Beauty Club features include:

-- The Style, providing the latest seasonal advice and information from
PlanetRx.com's beauty experts
-- The Scoop, including the latest trends and quick tips to help members
look and feel their best
-- The Savings, providing members exclusive savings on leading beauty,
skin care, and hair care products.

"We're delighted by the overwhelming response to our newest loyalty
program," said William J. Razzouk, chairman and CEO of PlanetRx.com. "Four
thousand new Beauty Club members in less than a week, and more than 10,000 in
less than a month demonstrates consumers' desire to access health and beauty
products and information online. This overwhelming consumer support further
validates our commitment to providing loyal customers with the best, most
reliable information and highest quality products to better serve their
health, wellness, and beauty needs."
The PlanetRx.com Beauty Club debut follows the October introduction of
PlanetRx.com's Vitamin Club, a free loyalty program offering consumers
exclusive discounts on vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies.

About PlanetRx.com
PlanetRx.com, Inc. (http://www.planetrx.com), a leading Internet healthcare
destination for commerce, content, and community, delivers a convenient,
personalized, and informed health and beauty shopping experience. With
products ranging from prescriptions to personal care items to the latest
medical information, PlanetRx.com gives consumers the ability to manage their
own healthcare in a convenient and secure environment. PlanetRx.com is one of
three online pharmacies to have received the Verified Internet Pharmacy
Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal of approval from the National Association of
Boards of Pharmacy. Headquartered in South San Francisco, Calif., the company
operates its own pharmacy and distribution center, in Memphis, Tenn., to
ensure the highest quality customer care.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely
historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements
regarding PlanetRx.com's expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies
regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this document
are based upon information available to PlanetRx.com as of the date hereof,
and PlanetRx.com assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which
could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These
and other risks relating to PlanetRx.com's business are set forth in
PlanetRx.com's Form S-1, as amended and filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on July 8, 1999, and the other reports filed from time to time with
the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CVS/pharmacy, Healtheon/WebMD Partner to Create End-to-End E-Pharmacy Solution

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 9:33 by BeautyCare.com
CVS/pharmacy, Healtheon/WebMD Partner

to Create End-to-End E-Pharmacy Solution

CVS.com Named Exclusive Pharmacy for WebMD Consumer Health
and Its Exclusive Online Partners

Healtheon/WebMD to be Exclusive E-Health Provider of Distribution,
Content, Community and Connectivity for CVS and its Affiliates

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and ATLANTA, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy
(NYSE: CVS), America's #1 drugstore chain, and Healtheon/WebMD (Nasdaq: HLTH),
the first end-to-end Internet healthcare company connecting physicians and
consumers to the entire healthcare industry, today announced a long term
alliance that creates a comprehensive e-pharmacy for healthcare information,
prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal products and
beauty items. Under terms of the agreement, prescriptions and other
transactions can now be facilitated completely electronically -- from the
doctor's office to CVS Pharmacies to the patient and from CVS' benefit
managers to third-party payors and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). During
the next six months, approximately 50 million electronic pharmacy transactions
will be moved to the Healtheon/WebMD network. These transactions connect and
automate CVS Pharmacies to payors, PBMs and other healthcare institutions.
The partnership will provide both companies with additional revenue stream
opportunities in e-commerce on both companies' sites, and
advertising/sponsorships. Additionally, Healtheon/WebMD will receive revenue
from the connectivity transaction fees and click through impressions.
CVS.com will become the exclusive e-pharmacy for Healtheon/WebMD and in
the health channels of Healtheon/WebMD's strategic online health partners
Excite@Home, Lycos, and The Microsoft Network. As part of the agreement, CVS
will receive more than one billion advertising impressions through its
presence on WebMD and its partners' health channels. Additionally,
Healtheon/WebMD will be the exclusive e-health provider of distribution,
content, community and connectivity for CVS and its affiliates. The CVS.com
Web site and CVS' Procare specialty pharmacy will allow consumers to gain
extensive, credible information on prescriptions and related products through
Healtheon/WebMD's original health content from its staff of over 100 medical
writers.
"Consumers will now have a single, comprehensive destination on the Web
for their healthcare and pharmacy needs," said Tom Ryan, Chairman and CEO of
CVS/pharmacy. "This partnership represents another step in CVS' strategy to
achieve leadership in the online pharmacy sector and will enhance the service
we provide physicians and our customers on CVS.com and in our 4,100 stores."
CVS will provide pharmacy product fulfillment and offline opportunities
within CVS' 4,100 retail stores serving 55 million prescription customers,
which will exhibit WebMD-branded window banners and other in-store signage.
The WebMD logo will appear within CVS circulars, reaching tens of millions of
offline customers; and on approximately 1 billion shopping bags annually. In
addition, CVS and Healtheon/WebMD will work to allow consumers the option for
in-store pick-up and delivery.
Together CVS and Healtheon/WebMD will develop new products and
technologies, such as a standard, end-to-end solution for generating,
transmitting and filling prescriptions electronically. The companies will
also develop educational information and tools to inform customers about
choices for their pharmaceutical and alternative healthcare needs. The
two companies will also focus on providing consumers with personalized health
information via Healtheon/WebMD's "myhealthrecord" service.
"Healtheon/WebMD and CVS are working to empower consumers to take an
active and involved role in managing their health," said Jeff Arnold, CEO of
Healtheon/WebMD. "By working with CVS, which last year dispensed over
280 million prescriptions making it the largest retail provider of
pharmaceuticals in America, with 55 million prescription customers and a
rapidly growing number of active online customers, we can provide all of our
customers -- including physicians and consumers -- with the most comprehensive
e-pharmacy services, information and products available today."
"We are getting a superb partner in WebMD, one of the most visited
healthcare information sites and certainly the most reliable and credible
healthcare content provider online," said Tom Pigott, president and CEO of
CVS.com. "By joining quality and authoritative health information with our
full-service CVS 'clicks and mortar' pharmacy, we are providing consumers with
a unique and compelling healthcare offering."
"The partnership we announced today with CVS is a significant step in
addressing the fragmentation creating inefficiencies in healthcare today,"
said Mike Long, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Healtheon/WebMD.
"Together, we will build on our previously announced partnerships to provide a
secure, reliable electronic prescription system for physicians and consumers,
completing the paperless pharmacy transaction process."
The CVS.com site will be co-branded and a co-branded version of WebMD.com
will be created for CVS. A prominent link to CVS.com will appear on the WebMD
home page and on the navigation bar of each WebMD page. Links to CVS.com will
also appear on the health channel pages on Excite@Home, Lycos, and the
Microsoft Network. Together the two companies will jointly leverage each
other's on- and off-line advertising to promote the benefits of the
partnership.

About CVS Corporation
CVS/pharmacy is the nation's largest retail provider of prescriptions.
The Company is the #1 drugstore chain in the U.S. with approximately
4,100 stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest regions of
the country. General information about CVS, including corporate background
and press releases, is available at CVS' web site at http://www.cvs.com .

About CVS.com
CVS.com is the nation's first complete Internet pharmacy. Launched in
January 1999 as soma.com, CVS.com provides 24-hour-a-day access to registered
pharmacists via the Internet or toll-free telephone number. CVS.com also
offers standard or next-day delivery of quality prescriptions,
over-the-counter medications, and health and beauty products. CVS.com is an
online destination for health-related purchases and information on health
conditions and issues authored by leading medical authorities. CVS.com
provides customers the best-of-both-worlds convenience of online and offline
pharmacy shopping. CVS.com accepts thousands of third-party plans and offers
thousands of over-the-counter items at highly competitive prices, online or
telephone ordering, in-store pick-up or home delivery of prescriptions, and
direct toll-free access to CVS.com pharmacists at (888) 607-4CVS. A CVS.com
online media kit is available at http://www.businesswire.com/cnn/cvs.shtml .

About Healtheon/WebMD
Healtheon/WebMD is the first end-to-end Internet healthcare company
connecting physicians and consumers to the entire healthcare industry.
Healtheon/WebMD is using the Internet to facilitate a new system for the
delivery of healthcare, resulting in a single, secure environment for all
communications and transactions that will enable a more efficient and cost
effective healthcare system. With corporate headquarters in Atlanta and
technology headquarters in Silicon Valley, the company was formed in November
1999 as a result of the merger of Healtheon Corporation, WebMD, Inc., MEDE
America and Medcast. For more information, visit http://www.webmd.com .

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are
subject to risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in
the forward-looking statements are discussed in the Company's Securities and
Exchange Commission filings.

SOURCE Healtheon/WebMD; CVS Corporation

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NBTY s Puritan.com s Vitamin E Brands Named Leaders in the Category

Posted Friday, January 28, 2000 - 9:30 by BeautyCare.com
NBTY's Puritan.com's Vitamin E Brands Named Leaders in the Category

BOHEMIA, N.Y., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Two popular brands of Vitamin E
sold by NBTY, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: NBTY) Puritan.com division have been named
leaders in the Vitamin E category by Dietary Supplement Market View, an
industry newsletter.
NBTY -- one of the nation's largest manufacturers and marketers of
vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements -- has announced that its
Puritan.com Vitamin E brands, Puritan's Pride(R) and Nutrition
Headquarters(R), were named the top selling brands, with a 9% combined market
share. The list was compiled by The Hartman Group, an independent nationally
recognized source.
With more than six million customers and 15,000 orders processed daily,
Puritan.com also has the leading web site for purchasing
direct-to-the-consumer vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements.
"Within the past decade, the number of regular Vitamin E users has
steadily increased," said Scott Rudolph, President, Chairman and CEO of NBTY.
"A number of major studies have consistently shown that regular intake of
Vitamin E has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and
age-related diseases. The popularity of our products is the result of our
attractive low prices, our commitment to the finest quality and 25 years of
reliable service." He added that Puritan.com's vitamins and minerals are
priced between 30 and 40 percent lower than its online competitors.
NBTY, based on Long Island, NY is a leading manufacturer and marketer of
high quality, value-priced vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional
supplements; Puritan.com is its flagship website. In addition to Puritan's
Pride(R), the Company markets more than 5,000 products under several other
brand names including Nature's Bounty(R), Vitamin World(R), and Holland
& Barrett(R). NBTY also distributes its nutritional supplements through its
network marketing division, Dynamic Essentials (DEI). The Company recently
reported revenues of $630 million for the fiscal year ended
September 30, 1999.


SOURCE NBTY, Inc.

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P&G Exploring Biactol (France) & Topexan (Italy) Divestiture

Posted Thursday, January 27, 2000 - 18:37 by BeautyCare.com
P&G Exploring Biactol (France) & Topexan (Italy) Divestiture

CINCINNATI, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Procter & Gamble announced today it is
exploring a possible divestiture of its Biactol (France) & Topexan (Italy)
young skin brands.
"Although Biactol & Topexan are profitable and segment leader brands, they
are no longer a strategic fit for us," said Mike J. Harrison, vice president
and general manager of P&G's European skin care. "We have made the decision
to focus resources on skin care brands with global potential, such as
Clearasil and Oil of Olay."
Harrison explained this is consistent with the company's ongoing efforts
to ensure all of its brands are delivering maximum value for its shareholders.
Specifically, P&G's beauty care strategy is focused on building leadership
brands that offer excellent growth potential globally.
P&G is in the process of soliciting bids for Biactol & Topexan. If an
acceptable offer is not received, P&G will retain the brands. If P&G sells
Biactol & Topexan, the company expects to be able to redeploy all of its
employees now working on the business. Biactol & Topexan represented less
than 1% of P&G's total global beauty care sales in fiscal year 1998/99.
P&G had worldwide sales of $38.1 billion in the fiscal year that ended
June 30, 1999. Its beauty care brands include Oil of Olay, Safeguard, Zest,
Clearasil, Noxzema, Secret, Old Spice, Pantene, Vidal Sassoon, Head &
Shoulders, Cover Girl and Max Factor.

SOURCE The Procter & Gamble Company

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Flooz Works as Last Minute Gift Solution

Posted Thursday, January 27, 2000 - 18:27 by BeautyCare.com
Flooz Works as Last Minute Gift Solution

- Holiday Results Show Flooz.com is Fastest Growing Gift Site
on the Internet -

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Flooz.com (http://www.flooz.com), The
Online Gift Currency(TM) web site, has been ranked the fastest growing gift
site on the Internet according to the NextCard eCommerce Movers index.
According to NextCard, in December Flooz.com experienced the largest
percentage change in transaction volume from November. Flooz.com registered a
phenomenal 890% growth.
Flooz.com's year-end results validate it as one of the Internet's hottest
and rapidly growing ecommerce sites. The strategy of using Whoopi Goldberg as
a spokeswoman created impressive results as the site received a total of
3.4 million user visits in December, with 1.6 million user visits logged
during the week ending December 26 alone. Additionally, 200,000 Flooz
accounts were opened during the month of December, bringing the year-end total
to 350,000 accounts.
"We are pleased with results from our first holiday season. We are right
on track with our financial goals, and we created tremendous awareness of our
brand," said Robert Levitan, CEO and co-founder of Flooz.com and co-founder of
iVillage.com (Nasdaq: IVIL).

About Flooz.com
Based in New York City, Flooz.com (http://www.flooz.com) is the creator of
the world's first online gift currency, Flooz. Flooz is sent by e-mail with a
personalized greeting card and accepted at a wide variety of online stores,
covering categories such as music, video, food, apparel, sports equipment,
toys, games, electronics, baby products, health and beauty, and
specialty gifts. Recipients choose where to spend their gift dollars from
more than 60 Floozworthy stores including TowerRecords.com, Starbucks.com,
Godiva Chocolatier, Gymboree.com, Skechers.com, Eastern Mountain Sports,
Babystyle.com, Art.com, MotherNature.com, Pebble Beach Golf Shop and
Fogdog.com. Flooz.com also offers a free, personalized reminder service for
holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. The site utilizes an
innovative business method and proprietary technology for which there is a
patent pending.

About the NextCard eCommerce Indices
The NextCard indices, which can be found at
http://www.nextcard.com/indexes_frame.html, include the NextCard eCommerce
Index and the NextCard eCommerce Movers. These indices combine two critical
components to accurately reflect online transaction activity: 1) a large
cardholder base that reflects the demographic profile of online purchasers and
2) data-mining technology that tracks card transactions online. As some of
the most sophisticated online consumers, NextCard customers make online
purchases approximately five times more often than the average online credit
card user. As a result, the NextCard eCommerce Indices not only provide
valuable information about where online consumers are actually buying, but it
also reflects the ability of merchants to convert Web visitors to buyers, and
buyers to repeat customers.

SOURCE Flooz.com

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Cyber Dialogue Finds Women Reluctant to Shop Online Due to Security

Posted Thursday, January 27, 2000 - 18:26 by BeautyCare.com
Cyber Dialogue Finds Women Reluctant to Shop Online Due to Security Concerns

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Concerns regarding transaction security
is the primary obstacle keeping women from shopping online according to a
recent study from Cyber Dialogue, an Internet customer relationship management
company. In fact, security concerns appear to be stronger predictors of
online purchasing than any other factor, including Internet experience. The
study found that among the 24 million online women who have not purchased
online, 40 percent state that they are concerned about the security of the
information they give on sites.
"E-commerce marketers are eager to target women because they traditionally
make the majority of household purchase decisions," states Idil Cakim, an
analyst for Cyber Dialogue. "Yet based on their online shopping habits, women
are reluctant to seek product information or place orders online mainly
because of security concerns relating to stolen credit card transactions,
personal privacy, and the lack of Net regulation."
During the past 12 months, women shoppers who believe it is safe to use a
credit card online spent an average of $830 on their online orders, compared
to $459 for those women doubting transaction security. In addition, while 43
percent of online men currently order online, only 28 percent of women users
do so, suggesting that the barriers to Internet shopping are much more
formidable for women than men.
"Nearly 70 percent of women who seek product information online still end
up going offline to make purchases," continues Cakim. "This drift by women
from the Internet to traditional offline stores suggests that the transaction
areas of online retail shops aren't conducive to acquiring female customers as
online purchasers."
In addition, Cyber Dialogue found that even as the number of women online
continues to swell (33.6 million), women are significantly less likely than
men to seek product information online, order from the Net, or use Web-based
product information to complete a transaction offline. This underscores the
importance of marketing to women on the Web with different strategies than
those geared towards men.

Other Cyber Dialogue findings include:

-- Women are more likely than men to seek product information on health
and beauty product sites, while they are much less likely to seek
information on travel, books, cars, software, and music

-- Nearly 90 percent of online women say that guaranteed transaction
security influences their repeat visits to online shopping sites

-- 67 percent of online women report that published privacy policies
encourages them to return to online shopping sites

The above findings are from Cyber Dialogue's American Internet User
Survey. AIUS consists of in-depth interviews with 1,000 Internet users and
1,000 nonusers. AIUS is a quarterly survey that has been conducted since
1994. Sponsorship information can be found at http://www.cyberdialogue.com or
by calling Jill Grummert at 212-651-7021 or jgrummert@cyberdialogue.com.

About Cyber Dialogue
Founded in 1993, Cyber Dialogue (http://www.cyberdialogue.com) is an
Internet customer relationship management company that provides the tools,
data, and services that enable senior marketing professionals to identify,
segment, and target online consumers. The company's customer management
platform provides strategic consumer information, advanced database marketing
techniques (including tracking, targeting, and measurement software), and data
mining services to send the most relevant message to the right customers at
the right time. More than 100 Fortune 1000 companies and leading online brands
rely on Cyber Dialogue to maximize return on their Internet investment.

Contact: Grant Sanborn of Cyber Dialogue, 212-651-7047 or
gsanborn@cyberdialogue.com.

SOURCE Cyber Dialogue

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Sears Partners With Job Corps to Provide Career Opportunities For

Posted Thursday, January 27, 2000 - 18:15 by BeautyCare.com
Sears Partners With Job Corps to Provide Career Opportunities For

Disadvantaged Youth

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. is
partnering with Job Corps to develop a retail training program for
disadvantaged young people, providing opportunities to put them on the road to
success.
Sears will develop a training program that is intended to prepare young
people for employment at Sears. Job Corps will administer the training and
make participants aware of job opportunities within Sears. Thousands of Job
Corps students could benefit from the partnership. Sears also will provide
work-based learning arrangements, mentoring programs, mock interviews, job
shadowing and guest speakers for Job Corps participants.
Through Sears and Job Corps, disadvantaged young people can refine their
trade skills, work on social and employability skills and complete their
academic goals. Sears can provide these youth with career opportunities in
automotive, retail sales, business and clerical operations, facilities
maintenance, construction and home improvement.
"Our new relationship with Job Corps should result in a much-needed source
of job applicants," said John Sloan, executive vice president of human
resources for Sears. "In the current tight labor market, that is increasingly
important for our growth and profitability. Focusing on young people is the
best way to fill the skills and labor shortage we are facing. This
partnership also enables Sears to offer opportunities and a better life to
people who need a second chance."
The partnership between Sears and Job Corps involves more than 2,000 Sears
facilities, including more than 850 full-line stores, and all 118 Job Corps
campuses throughout the United States. Annually, Job Corps serves nearly
70,000 young Americans and has trained and educated 1.9 million people since
the program began in 1964. The program is administered by the United States
Department of Labor.
"Job Corps offers a holistic approach to learning. It incorporates
academic, occupational and life skills and opens up opportunities for our
students to become responsible, employable and productive citizens," said Mary
Silva, national director of Job Corps. "We encourage our National Employer
Partners like Sears to offer guidance and share their ideas. Consequently,
our partners have a direct and lasting impact on the program and our
students."
More information about Job Corps student enrollment is available by
calling 1-800-733-JOBS; information about employer partnerships is available
by calling 1-877-TOP-SKILL. Job Corps information also is contained in the
employer website, http://www.jobcorpsworks.org , and Job Corps center information
site, http://www.jobcorps.org .
Sears, one of the nation's largest employers, has more than 300,000 people
serving customers in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico. Sears offers
compensation and benefits that are competitive with U.S business in general
and rank high among U. S. retailers. Sears, Roebuck and Co., headquartered in
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and
automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than
$41 billion. The company serves families across the country through more than
850 full-line department stores, 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a
variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site,
http://www.sears.com .

SOURCE Sears, Roebuck & Co.

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MONTHLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER PROVIDES "HOW TO" MAKEUP TIPS TO YOUR EMAIL FROM A TOP EDITORIAL MAKEUP ARTIST

Posted Monday, January 3, 2000 - 0:44 by BeautyCare.com
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