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Packard Joins Pure Lip's Advisory Board

Posted Thursday, February 24, 2000 - 18:15 by BeautyCare.com
Packard Joins Pure Lip's Advisory Board

Online Lipcare Company Taps Experienced Health-Products
Leader

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 24, 2000 (INB) -- Pure Lip, Inc.
http://www.purelip.com today announced the appointment of
Brian K. Packard to its Advisory Board. An experienced
leader in consumer and professional healthcare, Packard has
managed top brands in prescription and over-the-counter
drugs, medical devices and health services at several of the
world's leading pharmaceutical and consumer-health products
companies.

Comprised of industry experts, the Pure Lip Advisory Board
was formed to help optimize Pure Lip's business in such
areas as product development, distribution, and
disease/condition content at .

"Brian has a deep knowledge of healthcare, broad functional
experience, great vision for emerging health opportunities,
and an impressive track record," comments Pure Lip founder
Robert M. Moffitt. "The fit couldn't be better."

Packard currently manages the new Consumer Ventures business
within the healthcare group of a $40 billion diversified
U.S. technology company. Previously, he held brand
responsibility for the medical line of Braun ThermoScan at
The Gillette Company (NYSE: G). Prior to joining Gillette,
Packard was with the Bayer Corporation, managing the
consumer and medical marketing efforts of the Alka-Seltzer
and Alleve brands. Packard started his career in medical
sales with The Procter and Gamble Company (NYSE: PG).

"Pure Lip has a clear vision for providing state-of-the-art
technologies to the underdeveloped cold-sore category,"
comments Packard. "I look forward to helping them leverage
their innovative products and progressive business model
into category leadership."

About Pure Lip
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Pure Lip, Inc. creates,
manufactures and markets non-prescription lipcare aides.
Pure Lip uses comprehensive research, innovative
technologies and premium ingredients to provide effective,
all-natural, accessible and affordable solutions to specific
lipcare problems. Pure Lip, Inc. markets its products
directly to the consumer exclusively via the Internet at
.

Pure Lip's first product, Pure Lip Prevention with
ViraZincTM, offers a breakthrough for the 55 million
Americans who suffer from recurrent cold sores -- an
all-natural, preventative solution. Pure Lip Prevention
helps to prevent outbreaks by moisturizing the lips,
addressing undesired reactions shown to trigger outbreaks,
and providing a beneficial "pre-treatment" though its
proprietary ViraZinc ingredient.


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Revlon Signs Definitive Agreement for Sale of its Worldwide Professional Products Business with CVC Capital Partners and Carlos Colomer

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 17:14 by BeautyCare.com
Revlon Signs Definitive Agreement for Sale of its Worldwide Professional

Products Business with CVC Capital Partners and Carlos Colomer

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV), CVC Capital
Partners and Carlos Colomer announced today that they have signed a definitive
agreement with a company formed by CVC Capital Partners, the Colomer family
and other investors, led by Carlos Colomer, the Chairman of Revlon
Professional Products Worldwide, to sell Revlon's worldwide professional
products business for $315 million, subject to certain closing adjustments,
plus $10 million in contingent consideration. Additionally, as part of the
transaction, Revlon entered into agreements pursuant to which the buyer will
distribute Revlon products in Spain and Portugal. The transaction, which is
subject to a number of conditions including the closing of financing and the
receipt of regulatory approvals, is expected to close by early March of 2000.
Mr. Colomer will be Chief Executive Officer of the new company, which will
conduct business as the Colomer Group and will be headquartered in Barcelona,
Spain.
The sale of Revlon Professional Products Worldwide will involve the
professional salon products, ethnic beauty products and Natural Honey skin
care businesses around the world, including in the U.S., Spain, Portugal,
Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, Korea, United
Kingdom, Benelux and Ireland. This includes manufacturing and other
facilities located in Jacksonville, Florida; Barcelona and Pla de Santa Maria,
Spain; Bologna, Italy; Queretaro, Mexico; Dublin, Ireland; Vista, California;
and Boulder, Colorado. The brands that will be sold include, American Crew,
Creative Nail Design, Natural Wonder, Equave, Sensor Perm, Interactives, Roux,
Realistic, African Pride, Creme of Nature, Henry Colomer, and Natural Honey,
and a license for Llongueras. As part of the transaction, the purchaser is
receiving a long-term worldwide license to use the "Revlon Professional,"
"Revlon Salon," "Revlon Salon and Spa," "Revlon Coiffure," "Revlon Realistic,"
and "Revlonissimo" trademarks among others for professional salon and ethnic
beauty products.
Approximately 1500 employees are affiliated with the businesses to be
sold, of which approximately 850 are located in the United States.
Substantially all of these employees will be transferring to the new company.
Carlos Colomer has spent his entire career in the professional beauty
business, joining Revlon in 1969 when Revlon purchased his family's company,
Henry Colomer S.A., which manufactured and sold salon products, principally in
Europe.
Mr. Hardy McLain, Managing Director of CVC, said, "I am delighted with our
involvement in this transaction. We are backing a strong management team led
by Carlos Colomer, who has impressed us as a first class international
businessman. We are acquiring a business with a solid financial structure and
a strong international brand with significant growth potential."
Mr. Colomer said, "I have enjoyed my involvement with Revlon over the
years and building a successful international business. I now look forward to
growing Revlon Professional further with the involvement of CVC Capital
Partners and the support of my family and my management partners. With this
deal, we are bringing back to the entrepreneurial industry of hairdressing
several great family businesses. I am sure the professional world will
welcome us back carrying the industry spirit, passion and creativity. For
more that 20 years my home and family has been Revlon and I have a deep
gratitude to many great friends that have helped me during all those
successful years."
Mr. Jeffrey M. Nugent, President and Chief Executive Officer, Revlon,
Inc., said, "Carlos Colomer is a superb businessman with deep experience in
the professional side of beauty. With the help of the talented and committed
employees at Professional Products, we have complete confidence in their
future success."

Forward-Looking Statements
Information in this press release which is not historical is
forward-looking and subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include Revlon's
expectations and estimates about future events, including Revlon's expectation
that it will consummate the sale of its worldwide Professional Products
business in early March of 2000. Actual results may differ materially from
such forward looking statements for a number of reasons including
difficulties, delays or an inability to consummate the sale of the worldwide
Professional Products business.

Revlon is a worldwide cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care
products company. The Company's vision is to become the world's most dynamic
leader in global beauty and skin care. A web site featuring current product
and promotional information can be reached at http://www.revlon.com . Revlon brands
include Revlon(R), Almay(R), Ultima II(R), Charlie(R) and Flex(R), and they
are sold in approximately 175 countries and territories.
CVC Capital Partners is a leading independent private equity provider in
Europe with total funds under management in excess of USD 4 billion
(EURO 4 billion). CVC has offices in 10 European countries and has made
investments in more than 200 companies across Europe.


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Candies.com and the MTVi group Announce Strategic Content Advertising and Promotional Agreement

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 17:12 by BeautyCare.com


                            Promotional Agreement

Co-Branded Radio Player and Content Area To Debut On Candies.com

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Candies.com, a teen community site
operated by Candie's Inc., has announced a comprehensive content, advertising
and promotional agreement with The MTVi Group, the world's leading Internet
music content company featuring MTV.com, VH1.com and SonicNet.com.
Under the terms of the agreement, MTVi's SonicNet.com will develop
"Candies Radio", a customized player that will stream music from six different
stations featuring several genres of music and thousands of constantly updated
songs. In addition, MTV.com will create a new content area on Candies.com
featuring the popular MTV animated character Daria. The new section will
introduce an advice column where Candies.com users can ask Daria questions and
receive advice on love, life and fashion. The co-branded radio player and
Daria advice column are scheduled to launch in April.
According to David Conn, Vice President Marketing for Candie's Inc.,
"Candies.com is committed to becoming a destination for teens on the web. What
makes this alliance so exciting is that one of the leading media brands in the
world will be developing content for our website."
"We are excited to announce this partnership with Candies.com," said Peggy
Mansfield, senior vice president, advertising sales, The MTVi Group. "By
bringing SonicNet.com's expertise in streaming radio and MTV's branded content
to Candies.com, we will create an exciting combination of music, fashion, and
the Internet. We're looking forward to working with Candies.com to add value
to their interactive initiatives."
To leverage the new content features, Candies.com will sponsor online
several of MTV's popular properties including Spring Break, Daria, House of
Style, Total Request Live, Real World, Road Rules and Fashionably Loud. In
addition to the MTV.com sponsorship package, Candie's will advertise on
SonicNet.com with prominent placement in many of SonicNet.com' s channels as
well as on-line voice ads on "Radio SonicNet". Candie's advertising on
MTV.com and SonicNet.com will begin in March.
http://www.candies.com is a destination site for teens on the web
featuring content and community. Candie's, Inc., (Nasdaq: CAND), is a leading
designer and marketer of young women's footwear, apparel and accessories. The
company is engaged primarily in the design, marketing, and distribution of
footwear and handbags under the Candie's and Bongo trademarks within the
United States to department, specialty, chain, and seven company-owned
Candie's stores and to specialty stores internationally. Candie's also
arranges for the manufacture of footwear products for mass market and discount
retailers under the private label brand of the retailer or other trademarks
owned or licensed by Candie's. Additionally, the Candie's brand is licensed
to Liz Claiborne Inc. for the sale, manufacture and distribution of fragrances
and cosmetics.

About The MTVi Group
The MTVi Group is the world's leading Internet music content company
featuring a comprehensive collection of music destinations on the Internet.
The MTVi Group's 18 worldwide destinations include MTV.com, VH1.com, and
SonicNet.com. The MTVi Group is a unit of MTV Networks, which is owned by
Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B). Headquartered in downtown New York, The MTVi
Group has satellite offices in San Francisco, CA. Liberty Digital
(NYSE: LMG.A and LMG.B) holds a minority stake in The MTVi Group. For more
information please visit The MTVi Group corporate Web site
(http://www.mtvigroup.com)

Safe harbor statement under the private securities litigation reform act
of 1995. The statements which are not historical facts contained in this
press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of known
and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors all of which are difficult
or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond the control of the
Company, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of
the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such
factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainty regarding continued
market acceptance of current products and the ability to successfully develop
and market new products particularly in light of rapidly changing fashion
trends, the impact of supply and manufacturing constraints or difficulties
relating to the Company's dependence on foreign manufacturers, uncertainties
relating to customer plans and commitments, competition, uncertainties
relating to economic conditions in the markets in which the Company operates,
the ability to hire and retain key personnel, the ability to obtain capital if
required, the risks of litigation, the risks of uncertainty of trademark
protection, Year 2000 compliance, the uncertainty of marketing and licensing
the trademarks acquired during fiscal 1999 and other risks detailed and in the
Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and uncertainty
associated with the impact on the Company in relation to recent events
discussed in the Company's Form 10-K for fiscal 1999. The words "believe,"
"expect," "anticipate," "seek" and similar expressions identify
forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance
on these forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date the
statement, was made.



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L Oreal Hits the Road on National Tour to Educate and Inform Consumers on Skincare for Healthy Looking Skin at Any Age

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 17:10 by BeautyCare.com


          Consumers on Skincare for Healthy Looking Skin at Any Age

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's largest beauty company will
travel the U.S. to educate consumers about age-appropriate skincare with an
unprecedented program, "L'Oreal Skincare Expertise on Tour." The tour
kicks-off February 19 at the Northbrook Court Mall near Chicago and will
travel to a different U.S. city each weekend (Saturday and Sunday during mall
business hours) for 14 weeks, in a mall kiosk exhibit offering women
one-on-one complimentary skincare consultations and information from L'Oreal's
team of skincare experts.
On tour, skin aestheticians will provide personal skin analysis, care and
advice, samples and coupons. The tour is designed to educate women on
understanding which skincare regimens are best for their individual needs and
age, in order to maintain healthy skin through the years and maintain the
health and vibrancy of skin at any age.
According to Dr. Lydia Evans, a board-certified dermatologist and
Consulting Dermatologist to L'Oreal, many women in their teens and twenties do
not think about caring for or protecting their skin. "While young skin may be
trouble-free and resilient, women don't realize that continuous exposure to
the elements, like sun, wind and cold, will cause damage over time."
L'Oreal hopes to educate and encourage women to begin a lifelong habit of
thinking about and taking care of their skin. "Good skincare in this decade
prepares skin to be in better shape in the next decade," says Dr. Evans.
"It's important to establish good skincare habits that reflect skin's
condition at a given age. Whether in their 20's or 50's, women need to learn
to properly assess their skin, understand what products are appropriate, and
tailor a care regimen to meet their individual needs."

L'Oreal offers a unique portfolio of products including hair care, styling
and color, cosmetics and fragrances, and skincare brands in over 150
countries. Investing more of its sales than any other beauty company in
research and development, L'Oreal is committed to offering the latest in
technology and innovation. Over 2000 chemists take nearly 10 years of research
to develop L'Oreal products, and the company does not partake in animal
testing. The slogan "Because You're Worth It" has come to symbolize the
high-quality of L'Oreal's products and the pampering that its products impart
on consumers. With spokespeople like Andie MacDowell, Virginie LeDoyen, Dayle
Haddon, Vanessa Williams, and Claudia Schiffer, L'Oreal speaks to a variety of
women worldwide. For more information on the tour and these products,
consumers can visit http://www.lorealparis.com.

TOUR SCHEDULE
February 19, 20 Northbrook Court Mall Northbrook (Chicago), IL
February 26, 27 Mayfair Mall Wauwatosa (Milwaukee), WI
March 4, 5 Beachwood Place Beachwood (Cleveland), OH
March 11, 12 Natick Mall Natick (Boston), MA
March 18, 19 Tysons Corner Center McLean, VA
March 25, 26 Wal-Mart Orlando, FL
April 15, 16 Perimeter Mall Atlanta, GA
May 6, 7 Grapevine Mills Grapevine (Dallas/Fort Worth), TX
May 13, 14 Fiesta Mall Mesa (Phoenix), AZ
May 20, 21 Glendale Galleria Glendale (Los Angeles), CA
May 27, 28 Fashion Show Mall Las Vegas, NV
June 3, 4 Park Meadows Mall Littleton (Denver), CO



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Colgate-Palmolive Company Selects BoldFish to Provide Outbound E-mail Solutions

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 17:08 by BeautyCare.com
Colgate-Palmolive Company Selects BoldFish to Provide Outbound E-Mail Solution

For Corporate Web Site

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BoldFish, Inc., a pioneer
developer of outbound e-mail solutions for enterprise marketing and customer
services, today announced that the Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) has
selected Boldfish's powerful outbound e-mail technology to enable their
corporate Web site for high-volume and high-speed message delivery.
"We have worked with our marketing group at Agency.com to find a solution
to quickly communicate with our customers and investors very reliably and with
highly personalized messages," said Mary Beth O'Donnell, Director e.Business
of Colgate-Palmolive Company. "BoldFish was selected for its scalability and
speed. When fully implemented and integrated with our corporate Web site we
expect to be able to accelerate marketing and customer service communication,
supported by reliable email delivery for hundreds of thousands of email
recipients. This is the communication speed that eBusiness demands."
BoldFish provides enterprise-scale outbound email marketing and customer
service software that delivers high-speed, high-volume personalized messages
to customers. The system integrates seamlessly with an organization's Web site
and IT infrastructure to enable efficient and cost-effective delivery of
hundreds of thousands of emails in hours. BoldFish also provides automated
management of bounced messages such as "auto-reply" and "server down" so that
incoming email servers are not flooded and the integrity of the database of
users is preserved.
"We are very excited to have BoldFish selected by Colgate for outbound
email distribution. The product's high-volume and personalization capabilities
were designed specifically for such an enterprise ebusiness customer," said
Barbara Tallent, Vice President of Marketing for BoldFish. "The marketing
communication, as well as investor relations and other customer relationships
are well served by email that is personal and timely. We are pleased to
provide a software solution designed to meet those needs."
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company tightly
focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Household Surface Care, Fabric Care and
Pet Nutrition. In the U.S., Colgate sells its quality products under such
nationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Ajax, Irish
Spring, Softsoap, Murphy Oil Soap, Ultra Brite and Fab, as well as Hill's
Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet pet foods.

About BoldFish
Started in 1997, BoldFish Inc. is pioneering the development of out-bound
email solutions. The company provides software tools for business-to-customer
communication with an integrated email and web-based product. The flagship
product is a high-volume, high-speed email delivery system that integrates
seamlessly with IT infrastructures.
With an architecture and product that enable campaigns of millions of
messages, BoldFish has a unique "opt-in" philosophy and incorporates an
anti-spam clause in its licensing. Customers of BoldFish distributing
unsolicited, "spam" email are in violation of the license agreement.
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, BoldFish is privately held and
venture funded by Alloy Ventures and the Mayfield Fund. Learn more about
BoldFish online at http://www.boldfish.com .


CONTACT: Kaye McKinzie of Dave & Bairey Communications,

415-927-7365, or kaye@dbcomm.com, for BoldFish, Inc.; or Scott Hetherington of

BoldFish, Inc., 408-236-3651, or Scott@boldfish.com .



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sephora.com Appoints Lloyd (+Co) to Create Second Phase of National Advertising Campaign

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 17:07 by BeautyCare.com


                        National Advertising Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- sephora.com, the leading
site for beauty on the Internet, today announced that Lloyd (+Co) has been
named as the e-tailer's new advertising agency of record. Lloyd (+Co) will
create the second phase of the advertising campaign, which is expected to
launch in Spring, 2000.
Jim Kenney, President and CEO of sephora.com, said, "The first phase of
the Sephora advertising campaign was aimed to raise awareness of the Sephora
brand, our 51 U.S. stores, and our web site. The colorful inkblots designed
by DDB New York, beautifully captured the freedom, innovation and creativity
that defines the Sephora philosophy.
"We are now ready to move into the second phase of our branding and
advertising effort, which will be solely focused on our web site, and will
have a strong beauty focus. Lloyd (+Co), with its strong expertise in the
fashion and beauty arenas, is an ideal partner to help bring the company to
its next stage of brand development."
The $25 million ad campaign will appear nationally starting in Spring
2000. Creative placement for Sephora.com advertising will be handled through
LVMH's corporate buying division via Mediacom, a division of Grey Advertising.
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 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 over
250 stores in France and Europe, and is continuing its aggressive expansion
plan in the U.S., with 51 stores opened in the last 18 months. Sephora
recently entered the Asian market, opening its first store in Tokyo in the
Ginza on November 28,1999.



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Coty Introduces Jovan Individuality

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 17:03 by BeautyCare.com



World's Mass-Fragrance Leader Introduces
New Fragrance Line Based on the Four Elements

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Coty Inc., the world's leading
manufacturer of mass-market fragrance and a leader in the category of personal
care products, today announced the introduction of Jovan Individuality, a new
line of fragrances based on the concept of the four elements: earth, fire,
water and air. Jovan Individuality is the first entirely new mass-market
fragrance Coty has introduced this year, and the second major fragrance launch
for the company in the past 12 months. The fragrance, although marketed to
women, is a collection of light, fresh colognes and oils that transcend gender
boundaries and may be worn by men also. Jovan Individuality will be available
in stores March 2000, at over 16,000 retail outlets.
The Jovan line of men's and women's fragrances has historically been one
of Coty's most successful brands. The original Jovan Musk first sold in 1972
and in the past 28 years has grown to include the following products: White
Musk for Women and White Musk for Men, Woman, Island Gardenia, Sex Appeal,
Jovan Ginseng NRG, Jovan Body Tonic, and now Jovan Individuality.
Peter Harf, chairman and ceo of Coty Inc., says, "Coty's incredible
history and the history of Jovan in particular makes it a pleasure for us to
find inspiration from our past successes, and Jovan Individuality is a perfect
example of this. Our target audience for Individuality is young, spirited and
independent, and the fragrances reflect that in their modularity and
packaging. Individuality is an incredible opportunity to provide our
customers with a special line of fragrances that invite everyday, and
for-every-occasion, use."
The Jovan Individuality products are designed to be used separately or
together, in any combination the wearer feels is appropriate. Chairman and
ceo Peter Harf adds, "This is how the product is so special -- the customer
can tailor the scents however they like, and create their own fragrance."
The advertising campaign for Jovan Individuality is the first created
completely by Coty's in-house creative department, Coty's Ideas+Image. The
print campaign features a hand and the tagline "One part oil. One part you.
Create a fragrance as unique as your fingerprint."
Douglas Toews, Coty's executive vice president, Ideas+Image, adds: "There
is no doubt that today's young consumers want to customize products and
express their unique personalities through the way they interact with the
brands they buy. Modern advertising that talks to these consumers should also
respect this trend. That's why we created a beautiful graphic image of a hand
that is at once a bit mystical, but is also a bit open-ended. Everybody
interprets it in their own way." Print advertisements for Jovan Individuality
break in March U.S. consumer and fashion magazines.

About Jovan Individuality
The Jovan Individuality line includes nine products: four 1-oz. cologne
mists, each sold separately and each retailing for $12; four .25 ounce
fragrance oils, also sold separately and retailing for $8 per bottle, and an
introductory kit containing all four fragrances in .68 ounce bottles and
retailing for $10. The Jovan Individuality fragrances: earth, fire, water
and air, can be worn independently, or in any combination the wearer sees fit.
Jovan Individuality's packaging is sleek and minimalist: the bottles are
narrow cylinders with a rounded cap in frosted plastic. The bottles are
completely unadorned and do not have any writing or product logos. The boxes
for the fragrance, which contain all logos and pertinent consumer information,
are made of clear plastic so customers ran easily see the fragrance's color.
In 1972, Quintessence, Jovan's parent company at the time, launched Jovan
Musk for Women; one year later, the company created Jovan Musk for Men. In
the early 1990s, Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH purchased Quintessence and merged the
company with Coty.

About Coty Inc.
Coty Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of
fragrances, color cosmetics and skin treatments in the mass and prestige
markets, with $1.7 billion in sales for the year ended June 30, 1999. The
privately held company headquartered in New York City, was founded in 1996 to
operate the worldwide fragrance and cosmetics businesses of Germany's Joh. A.
Benckiser GmbH.
Coty was founded by Francois Coty in Paris in 1904, when he established
the modern fragrance industry. For almost 100 years, Coty has developed
hundreds of products that are sold around the world. Today, Coty Inc. is a
global company with operations in 29 countries and sales in over 80 markets.
Coty brands include adidas moves, the healing garden, Calgon, Stetson, Jovan,
Vanilla Fields and Rimmel, a line of color cosmetics recently introduced to
the U.S. market. The company's prestige fragrance and cosmetics brands are
sold by the Lancaster Group and include Lancaster, Davidoff, JOOP!, Chopard,
Jil Sander, Isabella Rossellini's Manifesto and Vivienne Westwood Boudoir.
Additional information on Coty is available at http://www.coty.com.

KEYWORDS: Coty Inc. Jovan retail fragrance consumer launch new unisex
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Intimate Brands Reports 1999 Earnings Per Share Increase of 21%

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 17:00 by BeautyCare.com
Intimate Brands Reports 1999 Earnings Per Share Increase of 21 Percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Intimate Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI),
the parent company of Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, today announced
1999 diluted earnings per share for the fifty-two weeks ended January 29, 2000
of $1.84, compared to $1.51 last year, an increase of 22%. These amounts are
before reductions to earnings per share of $0.03 in 1999 and $0.02 in 1998 for
the impact of a change in accounting for gift certificates, store credits and
layaway sales, discussed below. Including the impact of the change in
accounting, diluted earnings per share of $1.81 increased 21% year-over-year.
In 1999, sales of $4.511 billion were up 16.1% over 1998, while operating
income was $793.5 million, an increase of 18% after restatement for the
accounting change. Both comparable store sales and selling square feet
increased 12%, while Victoria's Secret Catalogue sales grew 5%.
Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are
pleased to report earnings in excess of initial expectations for both the year
and the quarter. We have reported annual earnings increases of at least 20%
every year since going public in October 1995."
Before the accounting change, fourth quarter diluted earnings per share
were $1.17 versus $0.93 a year ago, a 26% increase. After the accounting
change, fourth quarter diluted earnings per share were $1.10 versus $0.88 a
year ago, a 25% increase. Fourth quarter 1999 sales increased 17.7% to
$1.802 billion, driven by a 12% change in selling square feet, an 11%
comparable store sales increase and a catalogue sales increase of 12%. Fourth
quarter operating income increased 20% to $470.8 million after restatement for
the accounting change.
Victoria's Secret grew to almost a $3 billion brand in 1999. The
Victoria's Secret team continued to build strong brand equity through
innovative product introductions, expanding new business opportunities such as
Victoria's Secret Beauty and building its global presence through the
catalogue and http://www.VictoriasSecret.com .
Victoria's Secret Stores sales increased 17% to $2.138 billion for the
year, while operating profits grew 20%. Sales at Victoria's Secret Catalogue
were up 5%, with operating profit up 10%. Sales from http://www.VictoriasSecret.com
grew strongly throughout the year.
Bath & Body Works delivered a 22% increase in sales for the year, and
operating profits grew 24%. This was driven by continued new product
offerings and well-executed store operations. The White Barn Candle Co.,
launched in the Fall of 1999, exceeded an aggressive plan.
Mr. Wexner added, "We've completed a year of exceptional growth and have
embarked on what should be another. We remain intent on delivering consistent,
superior earnings growth to our investors. We will continue to focus on
maintaining and building brand dominance; maximizing our channels of
distribution: stores, catalogue and e-commerce; and capitalizing on new
business opportunities such as Victoria's Secret Beauty and White Barn Candle
Co."

Change in Accounting for Gift Certificates, Store Credits and Layaway
Sales
Intimate Brands also announced a change in accounting for gift
certificates, store credits and layaway sales. The Company, which has not
been contacted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), chose to
address this matter after the issuance of SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No.
101, Revenue Recognition in Financial Statements.
This change in accounting impacts the timing of recognizing income from
gift certificates, store credits and layaway sales, but does not impact the
Company's reported cash flows, net sales or comparable store sales.
Additionally, there is no impact to customers holding unredeemed gift
certificates or store credits, nor to customers who currently have merchandise
on layaway.
The Company had historically recognized net receipts/(redemptions) from
gift certificates and store credits as a reduction/(increase) to general,
administrative and store operating expenses, and recognized layaway sales upon
receipt of the initial payment. The Company now defers the recognition of
income on these transactions until the merchandise is delivered to the
customer.
The Company will give retroactive effect to this accounting change by
restating its previously issued financial statements as of January 30, 1999
and January 31, 1998, and for each of the three fiscal years in the period
ended January 30, 1999. An amended 1998 Form 10-K containing these financial
statements will be filed as soon as practicable. The change in accounting
reduced reported earnings per share for each of the fiscal years 1997 through
1999 by $0.02-$0.03 per share per year.
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 29, 2000, Victoria's Secret products
are available through 896 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.
was launched in 1999 as the newest brand in the Intimate Brands portfolio.
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.

NOTE: The 4th quarter earnings call will be Webcast live at
http://www.IntimateBrands.com . To listen to the live call at 4:30 EST, please dial
1-800-553-2239 and ask for the Intimate Brands 4Q Earnings call. A replay of
the call can be accessed by calling 1-800-696-1585 ID #424 (IBI).


INTIMATE BRANDS, INC.
FOURTH QUARTER REPORT
JANUARY 29, 2000
(Unaudited)

Thirteen Weeks Ended Percent
January 29, 2000 January 30, 1999 Increase
(in thousands except per share data)

Net Sales $1,801,748 $1,531,192 17.7%

Operating Income $470,826 $390,796 20.5%

Net Income $278,852 $231,983 20.2%

Diluted Earnings
Per Share * $1.10 $0.88 25.0%

Weighted Average
Diluted Shares * 252,568 263,511 --

Fifty-two Weeks Ended Percent
January 29, 2000 January 30, 1999 Increase
(in thousands except per share data)

Net Sales $4,510,836 $3,885,753 16.1%

Operating Income $793,516 $670,849 18.3%

Net Income $458,904 $394,199 16.4%

Diluted Earnings
Per Share * $1.81 $1.49 21.6%

Weighted Average
Diluted Shares * 253,858 265,060 --

* Adjusted to reflect 5% stock dividend declared June 22, 1999 as if it
occurred at the beginning of 1998


INTIMATE BRANDS, INC.
ACCOUNTING CHANGE IMPACT ON EPS

Our change in accounting for gift certificates, store credits and
layaway sales results in the following impacts on EPS:

- A quarterly EPS re-calendarization, which shifts earnings from the
fourth quarter to the first and second quarters

- An EPS reduction of $.02 in 1997, $.02 in 1998 and $.03 in 1999

This change had minimal impact on annual and quarterly growth rates.


PRE RESTATEMENT RESTATED
NET INCOME DILUTED EPS NET INCOME DILUTED EPS
($ MILLIONS) EPS % GRTH ($ MILLIONS) EPS %GRTH

1999
1Q $46.4 0.18 20% $52.7 0.21 17%
2Q $85.8 0.34 21% $88.9 0.35 25%
3Q $39.7 0.15 0% $38.4 0.15 0%
4Q $296.0 1.17 26% $278.9 1.10 25%

YEAR $466.1 1.84 22% $458.9 1.81 21%

1998

1Q $41.0 0.15 25% $46.8 0.18 29%
2Q $73.6 0.28 22% $75.9 0.28 17%
3Q $39.7 0.15 15% $39.5 0.15 15%
4Q $245.9 0.93 24% $232.0 0.88 24%

YEAR $400.2 1.51 22% $394.2 1.49 22%

1997
1Q $32.9 0.12 -- $37.3 0.14 --
2Q $61.0 0.23 -- $62.8 0.24 --
3Q $35.4 0.13 -- $34.4 0.13 --
4Q $200.2 0.75 * -- $189.9 0.71 * --

YEAR $329.5 1.24 * -- $324.4 1.22 * --

* Excludes a special and nonrecurring charge of $67.6 million in 1997 for
the closing of Cacique.


SOURCE Intimate Brands

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Remington Products Reports Another Record Quarter and Year

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 16:58 by BeautyCare.com
Remington Products Reports Another Record Quarter and Year

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Remington Products Company,
L.L.C. reported net sales for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 1999 of
$142.7 million, an increase of $26.8 million, or 23%, over the comparable
quarter of 1998. This increase is attributable to strong growth from the
Company's North American and International businesses. Operating profit for
the quarter of $18.7 million represents an 82% increase from the $10.3 million
reported in fourth quarter 1998, excluding $1.6 million of non-recurring
charges in 1998 for the restructuring and reorganization of the Company's
sub-assembly operations. The significant increase in operating profit was
primarily due to the higher sales and an improved gross margin percentage.
North American sales for the quarter increased 26% on the strength of the
Company's core shaver and grooming products and new personal care products,
while sales for the Company's International business increased 31%, reflecting
good growth in the Company's U.K., Australian and German operations. Sales
for the Company's domestic service stores decreased by approximately 2% as a
result of the closing of ten retail stores in late August which were directly
impacted by the closing of the California based Fedco chain.
For the quarter ended December 31, 1999, the Company had net income of
$10.9 million compared to net income of $2.3 million in 1998. The 1998 net
income included $1.6 million of non-recurring charges. Interest expense was
$6.2 million, compared to $5.4 million for last year's fourth quarter, due to
higher average outstanding borrowings as a result of the higher working
capital requirements associated with the large sales increases.
"We are quite pleased with our fourth quarter and full year 1999 results,"
said Neil DeFeo, Remington's Chief Executive Officer. "The significant
increase in fourth quarter sales reflects the strength of our products and our
brand name, as we continue to improve our market position both in North
America as well as internationally."
"In 1999, we achieved our goal of increased profitability through
increased sales and improved gross margin percentages. The 1998 restructuring
of the domestic sub-assembly operations positively impacted our costs in 1999
as anticipated. Our new shaver, grooming and personal care products continue
to enjoy good consumer acceptance. The combination of our current market
position and our continued investments in advertising and new product
development, should bring another year of solid growth for the Company in the
year 2000."
Net sales for the year ended December 31, 1999 were $318.8 million,
$50.4 million, or 19% higher than 1998 due to significantly improved results
in North America, as well as the international business, particularly in the
U.K. The net income for 1999 of $6.0 million, was $11.7 million above the
$5.7 million net loss in 1998, excluding the non-recurring charges in that
year.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements, which include
assumptions about future market conditions, operations and results. These
statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and
uncertainties. They are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Remington Products Company, L.L.C. is a leading developer and marketer of
men's and women's electrical personal care appliances. The Company's
headquarters are located at 60 Main Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

REMINGTON PRODUCTS COMPANY, L.L.C.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED $ IN MILLIONS)

Quarter Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
1999 1998 1999 1998

Net sales $142.7 $115.9 $318.8 $268.4
Cost of sales 77.2 68.9(A) 176.3 159.2(A)

Gross profit 65.5 47.0 142.5 109.2

Selling, general
and administrative 46.4 37.4 111.5 94.4
Restructuring and
reorganization charge -- 0.3(A) -- 6.8(A)
Amortization of
intangibles 0.4 0.6 1.9 2.0
Operating income 18.7 8.7 29.1 6.0

Interest expense 6.2 5.4 21.7 20.5
Other expense (income) 0.1 (0.2) 0.2 0.4
Income (loss) before
income taxes 12.4 3.5 7.2 (14.9)

Provision for income
taxes 1.5 1.2 1.2 0.4

Net income (loss) $10.9 $2.3 $6.0 ($15.3)

Depreciation and
amortization expense $1.6 $1.4 $5.6 $5.2

Capital Expenditures $1.2 $0.9 $3.5 $3.9

(A) Non-recurring charges in 1998 of $9.6 million for the year and $1.6
million for the fourth quarter are comprised of a $6.8 million and
$0.3 million restructuring and reorganization charge and a $2.8 and
$1.3 million charge to cost of sales for other restructuring related
costs, for the year and the fourth quarter of 1998, respectively.


REMINGTON PRODUCTS COMPANY, L.L.C.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED $ IN MILLIONS)

December 31,
1999 1998
ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents $9.9 $4.2
Accounts receivable 78.5 60.0
Inventories 55.5 50.2
Prepaid and other
current assets 4.0 1.9

Total current assets 147.9 116.3

Property, plant and
equipment, net 12.7 13.1
Intangibles, net 56.6 58.6
Other assets 6.8 7.7

Total assets $224.0 $195.7

LIABILITIES AND MEMBERS' DEFICIT

Accounts payable $23.6 $16.0
Short-term borrowings 5.8 5.2
Current portion of
long-term debt 2.3 1.8
Accrued liabilities 31.1 25.0

Total current liabilities 62.8 48.0

Long-term debt 187.7 180.6
Other liabilities 1.3 1.8

Members' deficit (27.8) (34.7)

Total liabilities and
members' deficit $224.0 $195.7


SOURCE Remington Products L.L.C.

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Parlux Reports Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Increased Profits

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 16:56 by BeautyCare.com
Parlux Reports Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Increased Profits

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Parlux Fragrances, Inc.
(Nasdaq: PARL) announced today its results for the three and nine-month
periods ended December 31, 1999.
Net sales for the quarter rose 40% to $16,631,430 from the previous year's
$11,909,529. Net income increased to $624,764 from the previous year's
$80,106. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.05 per share compared to
$0.01 per share reported for the same period last year.
Net income for the nine-month period ended December 31, 1999, increased to
$2,921,702 on 18% higher net sales of $51,262,765. For the same period in
1998, Parlux had a net income of $1,066,613 on net sales of $43,353,260.
Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.22 compared to $0.07 for the same
period last year.
During the quarter, the Company continued its stock buy-back program,
purchasing 1,455,928 of its common shares, reducing the actual number of
outstanding shares from 12,516,160 on September 30, 1999, to 11,060,232 as of
December 31, 1999, and increasing the book value per share from $4.79 to $5.03
for the same period.
Commenting on the results, Ilia Lekach, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer, said, "I am delighted that these results confirm the effectiveness of
our profit improvement efforts which has allowed us to pursue our stock buy-
back program in a more aggressive manner to further improve our book value per
share. Our Perry Ellis products reflect a cumulative sales increase of over
30% compared to the same period last year. The acquisition of new licenses
for Ocean Pacific and PEZ fragrances, combined with new product extensions we
created for our existing brands, bode well for future increases in our net
sales revenues. Our financial position continues to be strong, and we are
cautiously optimistic that reported results will continue to confirm the
wisdom of our strategy."
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, Ocean
Pacific, PEZ, and Phantom. The Company also owns, manufactures and
distributes its own fragrance brand, Animale Parfums, which is scheduled to
launch its latest addition "CHALEUR" for both men and women during Fall 2000.

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Lancome Walks the Runway Becoming a Highlight Of New York Citys Fashion Week At Bryant Park

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 16:42 by BeautyCare.com
Lancome Walks the Runway Becoming a Highlight

of New York City's Fashion Week at Bryant Park

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, February 8th, Lancome became
the first cosmetics company to hold a press event in the Tent at Bryant Park
during New York's Fashion Week, when they introduced Photogenic SPF 15 Skin
Illuminating Makeup to media from around the country.
Photogenic masters illumination in 17 global shades. Conquering the
effect of light, skin looks naturally radiant and flawless from every angle.
Photogenic actually redirects the light to visually perfect the skin. This is
done through Lancome's exclusive Photo-Flex Complex, an innovative combination
of flat and spherical powders, which are suspended within a liquid formula.
The media were treated to a show on the Tent's 90' runway where models
wearing Photogenic strutted the catwalk under lights simulating home, subway,
office, evening and sunlight. Following the show, the same lighting effects
were replicated at all 17 makeover stations set up around the runway. Each
station, manned by Lancome's leading makeup artists was packed with editors
waiting to try the new foundation to see for themselves how this special
formula worked in all lighting variations.
Photogenic will be available in June, 2000 at Lancome counters in fine
department and specialty stores and at http//www.lancome.com. The 1 fl. oz.
will retail for $32.50.


SOURCE Lancome

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Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. FY 2000 - Third Quarter/Nine Months Result

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 16:39 by BeautyCare.com
Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.

FY 2000 - Third Quarter/Nine Months Results

CONFERENCE CALL SCHEDULED

Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. (Amex: ALU) third quarter and nine months
review conference is scheduled for Monday, February 14, 2000, hosted by David
Shamilzadeh, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

The time and dial-in numbers are as follows:

DATE: Monday, February 14, 2000

TIME 4:15 P.M. EST: call in by 4:00 p.m.

DOMESTIC
DIAL-IN 1-888-689-9348
CODE 44855#

This conference will also be available for 90 days on the Internet at:
http://www.vcall.com


SOURCE Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.

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Coty Inc. Chairman Announces Major Appointments at Two International Divisions

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 15:47 by BeautyCare.com


          New presidents for Lancaster Group and Coty Beauty Europe

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Harf, chairman and CEO of Coty
Inc., today announced the departure of Patrick Thomas, president of Lancaster
Group, the prestige fragrance, cosmetics and personal care products division
of Coty's operations. Patrick Thomas has been with Lancaster Group since 1997
and resigned to pursue a new position as CEO of William Grant & Sons Ltd.,
manufacturers of Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky. Mr. Thomas' resignation is
effective April 1, 2000.

Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard Named President of Lancaster Group
Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard will succeed Mr. Thomas as president of
Lancaster, and will be based in Paris. He was formerly senior vice president,
Commercial Director of Lancaster Group (a position he held since 1998), and
managed all international operations for Lancaster with the exception of the
U.S. and Canada. Now, in his new position, Mr. Hoejsgaard will assume
responsibilities for those regions as well. He has held senior management
positions at LVMH Group, Guerlain Ltd., and Seagram.
Chairman Peter Harf emphasized that Thomas' departure was highly amicable:
"Patrick is a valued colleague and I wish him well in his new endeavors. He
has contributed a great deal to Lancaster during his tenure. He has long had
a passion for the spirits industry, and I believe he will accomplish great
things at William Grant & Sons."
Mr. Harf added he has full confidence in Thomas' successor.
"Hans-Kristian is a seasoned veteran of the beauty and consumer goods
businesses." Chairman Harf emphasized Coty's desire to promote from within
the company: "We want our employees to grow with us as the company grows, and
Hans-Kristian has demonstrated that level of commitment and skill."

Hugues Dusseaux Named President of Coty Beauty Europe
Hugues Dusseaux, a five-year veteran of Coty's European operations, has
been appointed president, Coty Beauty Europe, and is based in Paris.
Mr. Dusseaux was most recently senior vice president Western Europe. He
formerly held the position of general manager of Benckiser Export, GmbH, where
he was responsible for managing Coty worldwide export markets.
"Hugues Dusseaux is another talented Coty veteran who has grown with the
company," said Mr. Harf. "In his new role, he will manage all of Coty
Beauty's European businesses."

Recent Coty News
Coty Inc. recently announced the introduction of RIMMEL London color
cosmetics to the U.S. market, as well as the introduction of Jovan
Individuality, a new fragrance based on the four elements. This year, Coty
will also introduce a new fragrance from the men's line Aspen. Lancaster
Group will introduce a new line of skincare products, AcquaMilk, this spring.

About Coty Inc. and Lancaster Group
Coty Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of
fragrances, color cosmetics and skin treatments in the mass and prestige
markets, with $1.7 billion in sales for the year ended June 30, 1999. The
privately held company, headquartered in New York City, was founded in 1996 to
operate the worldwide fragrance and cosmetics businesses of Germany's Joh. A.
Benckiser GmbH.
Coty was originally founded by Francois Coty in Paris in 1904, when he
established the modern fragrance industry. For almost 100 years, Coty has
developed hundreds of products that are sold around the world. Today, Coty
Inc. is a global company with operations in 29 countries and sales in over 80
markets. Coty brands include adidas moves, the healing garden, Calgon,
Stetson, Jovan, Vanilla Fields and Rimmel, a line of color cosmetics recently
introduced to the U.S. market. The company's prestige fragrance and cosmetics
brands are sold by the Lancaster Group and include Lancaster, Davidoff, JOOP!,
Chopard, Jil Sander, Isabella Rossellini's Manifesto and Vivienne Westwood
Boudoir.

Additional information on Coty is available at http://www.coty.com.



SOURCE Coty Inc Comments (34)

New Fashion Swapping Zone Formed by Fashionwindow.com and

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 15:44 by BeautyCare.com
New Fashion Swapping Zone Formed by Fashionwindow.com and WebSwap.com

Agreement Creates Largest Online Swapping Site for Vintage Clothing

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Collectors and enthusiasts of
vintage apparel and accessories can now swap fashion items on the Internet as
a result of an agreement announced today between Fashionwindow.com
(OTC Bulletin Board: PTNM), the new comprehensive, online fashion destination
site, and WebSwap, the largest swapping site on the Internet. The agreement
creates a Fashion Window "zone" on WebSwap that allows Fashionwindow.com
visitors to trade fashion items such as vintage clothing and accessories.
The new zone on WebSwap also features original editorial and photographic
content from the Fashionwindow.com staff.
"We are very excited about our new partnership with the leading online
swapping site," said Peter Klamka, President of PTN Media, the publisher of
Fashionwindow.com. "Vintage clothing has always been a popular area of
interest for our audience and now we have the opportunity to create the
leading vintage spot online with WebSwap."
"The Fashion Window Zone is a natural match of two leaders that combines
the variety of fashion with the worldwide reach of the Web," said Jens
Christensen, president and CEO of WebSwap. "In addition to being a great
swapping resource, this new zone creates a special interest community for
fashion followers and swappers to celebrate the practical and aesthetic sides
of keeping current with fashion trends."

Growing Consumer Interest in Vintage Clothing
From its modest roots with price conscious teenagers and college students
seeking fashionable items, vintage clothing has become a full fledged industry
that appeals to a larger segment of the population who not only wear vintage
items but collect them as art. Using the Fashion Window Zone at WebSwap, the
Fashionwindow.com audience can swap items segmented by categories such as
Designers, Juniors, Evening and Formal Wear, and Accessories. The Zone can be
accessed either by visiting WebSwap.com or through the "Shops at FW" at
Fashionwindow.com. Fashionwindow.com will also swap various items collected
from photo shoots and fashion celebrities.
Distinct from shopping or auction sites, WebSwap features a broad variety
of Interest Zones that make swapping and selling easier, more fun and
informative. In addition to creating efficient forums for swapping, each zone
provides a forum for people of similar interest to gather, swap items, chat
and exchange news, and to learn more about the types of items that are
frequently swapped. For example, a beginner vintage clothing collector can
find out what to look for when swapping for jeans or vests.

About Fashionwindow.com
Fashionwindow.com is the leading Web portal for fashion, style, beauty
news and commerce. In addition to numerous online retailers,
Fashionwindow.com also has relationships with CNN, Lycos, Inktomi, IXL, Neiman
Marcus, Adsmart, Affinia.com, Hot Jobs, and Visto.com. Fashion Window's
parent company, PTN Media, is owned in part by Claudia Schiffer and American
Nortel Communications (OTC Bulletin Board: ARTM).

About WebSwap
WebSwap (http://www.webswap.com), the leader in person-to-person online swapping,
is the world's largest and most comprehensive swapping site designed for
consumers. WebSwap uses the Internet to provide a global, real time
marketplace where consumers swap goods and services. WebSwap's technology
automatically matches consumers' 'have' listings with 'want' listings and
completely automates the process of making offers and counter-offers. WebSwap
was recently selected to demonstrate its innovative site at the prestigious
Demo 2000 conference.
Backed by several of the leading venture-capital firms in Silicon Valley
and managed by veterans of both Fortune 100 and software startup companies,
WebSwap is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information about
WebSwap, visit http://www.webswap.com or call 650-320-1700.

This release contains forward looking information and therefore it
necessarily involves risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual
events to differ materially from these forward looking statements include but
are not limited to those risks detailed in the Company's Securities and
Exchange Commission filings.


SOURCE Fashionwindow.com

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New Lotion, Like Wearing Gloves, Combats Dry, Chapped, Hands

Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2000 - 15:42 by BeautyCare.com
New Lotion, Like Wearing Gloves, Combats Dry, Chapped, Hands

From Gardening and Home Projects

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Fertilizers, pesticides,
insecticides, plant secretions, dirt, as well as solvents, paint, and thinners
can actually penetrate the skin, causing reactions or making clean up a mess.
As a remedy, consider a new lotion that protects your hands like gloves.
There's a new lotion called Gloves In A Bottle that is engineered to act
as a force field, effectively allowing the harsh environment to literally
bounce off the skin's surface, while retaining the body's natural
moisturizers. It's available in stores nationwide or see
http://www.glovesinabottle.com
"Merely moisturizing the skin does not repair damage already done, or
prevent it from occurring," says Dermatologist Peter Helton. "Gloves In A
Bottle keeps skin healthy, healed and soft by helping to prevent environmental
irritants from penetrating our skin."
Gloves In A Bottle quickly combines with the outer layer of the skin to
form an undetectable barrier. Completely safe, non-toxic, non-allergenic and
fragrance free, Gloves in a Bottle absorbs so completely there is no sticky or
greasy feeling, thus it can be worn comfortably by men and women.
It helps protect hands that spend a lot of time in water and reduces
moisture loss in cold or dry climates. When used with gloves, it protects
against the drying effects of latex, rubber, leather or wool. It lasts four
hours or more and does not wash off; it comes off with the exfoliated skin
cells.
Helton, an early advocate of the product, says, "Wearing a protective
cream, that also retains the body's natural moisture, should be as much a part
of your daily routine as wearing sun block."
Gloves In A Bottle can be used before using any product in the home or
workplace that can be harsh on the skin. Of course, if a manufacturer
requires glove use, Gloves In A Bottle is not a glove replacement, but can be
used as a second line of defense.
Another dermatologist, Dr. David Horowitz, says "As a practicing
dermatologist for over 22 years, I have found this to be the most
revolutionary product for softening rough hands that I have seen."
Gloves In A Bottle has a suggested retail price of $4.95 for a 2 oz
bottle, and $12.95 for an 8 oz bottle. Available at Bed, Bath and Beyond,
Michael's Craft Sores, Hobby Lobby, Sally Beauty Supply, and selected Garden
Centers, Home Depots and ACE Hardware Stores or contact the manufacturer at
800-600-1881, P.O. Box 615, Montrose, CA 91209, http://www.glovesinabottle.com.


SOURCE Gloves In A Bottle

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Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Reports Record Earnings Per

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 17:48 by BeautyCare.com
Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Reports Record Earnings

Per Share of 27 Cents, 2 Cents Above Analysts' Estimate

Net Income Shows Dramatic Improvement When Compared to a Loss in the Same
Period Last Year: Third Quarter Revenues Jumped 23 Percent to a Record Level

BRENTWOOD, N.Y., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ALLOU HEALTH & BEAUTY CARE, INC.
(Amex: ALU) today announced that for the third quarter of FY 2000, ended
December 31, 1999, revenues jumped 23 percent to $108.1 million, resulting in
a record net income of $1,915,933 or 27 cents per share diluted. In the same
three months of fiscal 1999, revenues were $88.0 million, which resulted in a
net loss of $(245,873) or a $(0.04) loss.
For the nine months revenues improved to a record $287.3 million, a
17 percent increase over the same period a year-earlier. Net income and
earnings per share reached the highest levels in Allou's 38-year history,
totaling $5,315,370 or 73 cents per share, diluted, representing increases of
111 and 87 percent, respectively.
David Shamilzadeh, senior vice president and chief financial officer of
Allou, stated, "Our strong financial performance is a clear reflection of
Allou's strength in its core business and in the Company's manufacturing
subsidiary, Stanford Personal Care. Headquartered in Saugus, Calif., Stanford
achieved a 331 percent increase in third quarter revenues. Characterized by
gross profit margins of 55-65 percent, this segment of Allou's business is
expected to become a major contributor to the Company's bottom line. In
addition, Allou's wholly-owned subsidiary Direct Fragrances, Inc. reported a
51 percent increase in revenues."
He added, "Our recently announced acquisition of Tri-State Pharmaceuticals
Corp., which became effective January 3, 2000, greatly strengthened Allou's
pharmaceutical segment. We fully expect strong growth over the foreseeable
future in this area. Furthermore, our e-commerce initiative with Discreet
Medical Solutions, LLC, further strengthens the Company's position to achieve
solid growth in both sales and fulfillment over the Internet by expanding the
markets Allou serves. The Internet technology and patents-pending methodology
will reach targeted markets, providing individuals diagnosed with chronic
conditions comprehensive web based solutions that address patients' needs in a
highly personal professional environment and delivered in the complete privacy
of their home."
Investors will have the opportunity to participate in a conference call
today at 4:15 P.M. hosted by David Shamilzadeh, senior vice president, chief
financial officer of Allou, regarding third quarter and nine months results by
DIALING-IN 1-888-689-9348 -- CODE 44855#. Kindly dial in 15 minutes prior to
the conference call. The conference will also be available for 90 days on the
Internet at: http://www.vcall.com
Founded in 1962, Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. is the premier
distributor of over 22,000 nationally advertised health and beauty aid
products, branded and generic prescription pharmaceuticals, prestige designer
fragrances, cosmetics and branded non-perishable foods. Through its
wholly-owned subsidiary Stanford Personal Care Corporation, the Company
manufactures upscale hair care and skin care products. Allou's account base
consists of 4,200 independent drug and convenience stores and the leading
national chain stores.
This release may include forward-looking statements concerning Allou's
intent, belief or current expectations with respect to, among other things,
trends affecting its financial condition or results of operations and its
business and growth strategies. Such forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that may
cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, expressed or
implied. Allou does not undertake any obligations to update or revise any
forward-looking statements.


FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.
(consolidated)

Three Months Ended December 1999 1998

Revenues $108,094,099 $ 87,998,697
Gross Profit 14,441,777 11,262,378
Net Income 1,915,933 (245,873)(a)
Diluted per Share Net Income $0.27 $(0.04)
Diluted Shares outstanding Including
Common Stock Equivalents 7,067,834 6,468,964


Nine Months Ended December 1999 1998

Revenues $287,252,976 $245,305,221
Gross Profit 39,070,262 32,567,920
Net Income 5,315,370 2,518,023
Diluted per Share Net Income $0.73 $0.39
Diluted Shares outstanding Including
Common Stock Equivalents 7,256,949 6,488,101

(a) Net income for the three month period ended 12/31/98 excludes
extraordinary gain from the sale of a minority interest in the
Company's former wholly-owned subsidiary, The Fragrance Counter.


SOURCE Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.

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New Toothpaste Gives Americans Added Reason to Brush Their

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 17:43 by BeautyCare.com
New Toothpaste Gives Americans Added Reason to Brush Their Teeth at Night;

ARM & HAMMER P.M.(TM) Specially Formulated to Work Nights

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- On occasion, you're tempted to do
it. But do you dare? Some consider it naughty, a little wild. After all,
what would people say if they knew you dabbled in such behavior? Worst of
all, what would your mother think?
But you're only human and no different than the millions of other
Americans who go to bed sometimes without brushing their teeth.
To help make nighttime the "right time" and encourage Americans to
consistently brush their teeth before going to bed to improve their overall
oral health, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., maker of ARM & HAMMER Toothpastes,
introduces ARM & HAMMER P.M.(TM). It's a unique toothpaste specifically
formulated to reduce "nighttime mouth" -- the build-up of unpleasant plaque
and odor-causing germs.
Since most consumers spend more time on oral hygiene in the morning versus
nighttime care, consumers can improve their oral health by brushing with ARM &
HAMMER P.M. before turning in for the night. "Unfortunately, many people do
not realize that brushing their teeth before going to bed is essential to
maintaining good oral health," says New York dentist Jeff Golub-Evans, DDS.
According to Dr. Golub-Evans, the build up of plaque and germs in our mouths
overnight is the result of decreased saliva flow. While we sleep, the
production of saliva, the mouth's natural cleanser, slows down, causing sticky
plaque and odor-causing bacteria to build up, creating that familiar
unpleasant feeling of "nighttime mouth." For people who do not brush before
bed to remove the plaque and germs that have accumulated during the day, this
condition is compounded.

Clinical Data Show No Sleeping on the Job
To demonstrate the benefits of ARM & HAMMER P.M. on fighting nighttime
mouth, studies to evaluate control of unpleasant plaque and breath odor were
conducted at clinical sites around the country.
To examine breath odor, three separate clinical trials were successfully
completed. Subjects brushed with either ARM & HAMMER P.M., a leading regular
fluoride toothpaste or water. Findings show that ARM & HAMMER P.M.
significantly controlled bad breath for several hours after use and reduced
the bacteria that cause bad breath.
To measure nighttime plaque control, two separate three-day studies were
conducted, whereby subjects brushed with either ARM & HAMMER P.M. or a leading
regular fluoride toothpaste. The next morning, the subjects' plaque levels
were examined. In both studies, ARM & HAMMER P.M. significantly controlled
overnight plaque growth better than the leading regular fluoride dentrifice.
"These studies demonstrate that Arm & Hammer P.M. produces significantly lower
overnight plaque levels and reduces bacteria that cause oral malodor better
than a conventional toothpaste," notes Bruce Nelson, Director of Clinical
Evaluations at Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

The Technology Behind P.M.
Zinc compounds have a long history of use in oral products, as they are
effective agents for fighting oral malodor-causing bacteria. Arm & Hammer
P.M. is available in two unique formulations. Bold Mint combines zinc citrate
with high levels of baking soda (51 percent) and peroxide, while Fresh Mint
combines zinc citrate with polishing agents, and extra strength fluoride. In
clinical trials for plaque control, subjects who used ARM & HAMMER P.M. had
significantly increased levels of zinc for at least three hours after product
use. "Zinc citrate is beneficial because it adheres to the gums, teeth,
cheeks and tongue for hours after brushing," notes Dr. Golub-Evans. While
other toothpastes may contain zinc citrate as an ingredient, no other product
contains the unique combination of ingredients found in Arm & Hammer P.M.
Product testing indicates high acceptance among consumers. According to
Jim Daniels, Director of Marketing at Church & Dwight, extensive consumer
evaluations demonstrate that ARM & HAMMER P.M. is one of the best new
toothpaste concepts ever tested. "Consumers see the Arm & Hammer P.M. idea as
a unique product that provides a clear and meaningful consumer benefit, thus
motivating more Americans to brush at night. More importantly, many consumers
who have used ARM & HAMMER P.M. at bedtime said they notice an improvement in
the way their mouths feel."
The suggested retail price for new ARM & HAMMER P.M. is $2.99 for a
4.5 ounce tube. ARM & HAMMER P.M. is available in Bold Mint and Fresh Mint
formulas and will be widely available beginning in February 2000.
Church & Dwight Co., Inc., founded in 1846, is the world's leading
producer of sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as Baking Soda, an ingredient
that cleans, deodorizes, leavens and buffers. The Company specializes in
developing uses for sodium bicarbonate and related products.
Recognized as a true household staple, ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda is found
in more than 90 percent of homes in the U.S. Moreover, the ARM & HAMMER logo
is one of the country's most famous and trusted trademarks. ARM & HAMMER
Toothpaste, ARM & HAMMER ADVANCE WHITE(TM) AND ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE(R) Gum
are the Company's leading oral care products.


SOURCE Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

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Top-Ranked Cosmetics and Household Products Equity Research Veteran Andrew Shore Joins Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 17:40 by BeautyCare.com


                 Andrew Shore Joins Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown announced
today that Andrew Shore has joined the Consumer research team to cover the
cosmetics and household products industry. Shore comes to Deutsche Banc Alex.
Brown from PaineWebber where he covered the cosmetics and household products
industries for nearly eight years.
In the course of his successful career in equity research, Shore has been
named to the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team for 10 of the
past 12 years and has been recognized several times in The Wall Street Journal
All-Star Analyst Survey. In addition, he has been consistently ranked either
number one or two in Greenwich Associates' research poll under the heading
"industry knowledge" and "quality of research." Shore is also credited as
being the first Wall Street analyst to uncover the accounting problems at
Sunbeam in 1998.
"We believe our clients will benefit from Andrew's extensive knowledge of
the industry and track record of providing excellent in-depth research," said
Bruce McDermott, Associate Director of Research.
"We are pleased to welcome someone with Andrew's credentials and strong
research franchise to our research team," added David Manlowe, Director of
North American Research. "Cosmetics and household products is a
heavily-weighted sector in the S&P 500 and represents a new sector of coverage
in our equity research universe. Andrew's arrival is a demonstration of our
commitment to providing first-rate coverage of the important sectors of the
market."
Prior to PaineWebber, Shore covered the cosmetic and household products
industry at Prudential Securities and Shearson Lehman Hutton. He graduated
from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in finance.

About Deutsche Bank:
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown identifies the US investment banking activities
of DB Alex. Brown LLC (formerly BT Alex. Brown Incorporated) and Deutsche Bank
Securities Inc., which are indirect subsidiaries of Deutsche Bank AG. With
over $869 billion in assets as of September 30, 1999 and approximately
90,000 employees, Deutsche Bank offers its clients unparalleled financial
services throughout the world. It ranks among the leaders in asset
management, capital markets, corporate finance, custody, cash management and
private banking. Deutsche Bank is divided into five major business units:
Global Corporates and Institutions, Global Technology and Services, Asset
Management, Corporates and Real Estates and Private and Retail Banking.
Additional information is available at http://www.alexbrown.db.com.



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gazelle.com Leaps Into Life; Online Retailer Launches Internet

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 17:35 by BeautyCare.com
gazelle.com Leaps Into Life;

Online Retailer Launches Internet's First Legwear and Legcare Specialty Store

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- gazelle.com today announced the
launch of its state-of-the-art retail Web site, offering women a premier
destination for brand name legwear and legcare products.
gazelle.com carries one of the world's largest online selection of
hosiery, tights and socks, as well as an expansive collection of legcare
products, including beauty treatments, hair-removal products and nutritional
supplements. The site also features leg fashion and health editorial content
and advice through its online magazine, "the gazelle gazette."
"gazelle.com's model for e-commerce is needs-driven; we're providing a
solution for busy women who would prefer to buy these types of items online.
Hosiery and other legwear products are ideal to sell via the Internet because
they can't be tried on in stores, are easy to ship and are replenishable,"
said Preston Hammer, founder and chairman of gazelle.com. "Our needs-driven
model, combined with special customer-focused technology, such as our
automatic replenishment program, makes gazelle.com an ideal resource for women
looking for an alternative to traditional legwear and legcare shopping
experiences."

Leading Brands
gazelle.com is a one-stop shop for top international and domestic legwear
brands, such as Hanes Hosiery, Hanes Silk Reflections, Givenchy, Nicole
Miller, Hot Sox, Danskin, Belly Basics and Oroblu. gazelle.com's legcare
offering includes products from leading names from around the world including
Kneipp, Swiss Balance, Juvena and Epilady.

Customer-Focused Technology
To heighten the customer's online shopping experience, gazelle.com gives
shoppers many options for browsing, trying and purchasing. For example, the
"never-run-out" program is an automatic replenishment system allowing
customers to place standing orders for their favorite legwear and legcare
brands, while the "open package" feature provides the chance to view hosiery
on a leg model. Future customer-oriented applications include a "sizing
wizard" which simplifies selection by giving shoppers their correct size
across all brands when they provide their height and weight. The dressing
room feature will give consumers the ability to, for the first time ever,
virtually try on products by allowing them to see various hosiery selections
against their skin tone.

"the gazelle gazette"
gazelle.com also is a comprehensive resource for information about leg-
related fashion trends and leg health and wellness. "the gazelle gazette"
will provide seasonal fashion tips, as well as advice about leg wellness from
its Health and Wellness Panel of medical experts in sports medicine, skincare
and dermatology.

gazelle.com Management Team
A five-person executive management team with wide-ranging experience
across the e-commerce, retail, technology and investment industries heads
gazelle.com. A lifelong entrepreneur, Hammer spent six years at investment
banks, first at Montgomery Securities and later at Bear, Stearns & Co., before
starting the company last year. President and CEO, Allen Levenson, hails from
a retailing and management consulting background, with experience at both
McKinsey & Company and A&P Supermarkets, and chief technology officer, Ben
Bernstein, has more than 25 years experience in the technology and peripherals
industries, including six years at Microsoft Corporation. Patrick Early, Jr.,
vice president of operations, joined gazelle.com after 19 years in various
operations capacities for BIC Corporation, while Elizabeth Rose, vice
president of finance, has been a senior finance officer for both Liz
Claiborne, Inc., and Coach, a division of Sara Lee Corp.

gazelle.com is the premier online specialty retailer for legwear and
legcare products. It offers women quick and easy access to the world's
largest collection of hosiery, tights and socks from leading domestic and
international designers, and a luxurious selection of legcare and footcare
products. Founded in 1999, gazelle.com is a privately-held, privately-funded
company headquartered in Stamford, CT, with an office in San Francisco. For
more information, visit http://www.gazelle.com or call 888-560-LEGS(5347).


SOURCE gazelle.com

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Perfumania, Inc., WCW Nitro for Men(TM) Fragrance and Bill Goldberg to Ring Opening Bell at the American Stock Exchange on Valentines Day

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 17:01 by BeautyCare.com


        Opening Bell at the American Stock Exchange on Valentine's Day

MIAMI, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Perfumania, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary
of E Com Ventures, Inc., (Nasdaq: ECMV) and perfumania.com the leading
discount perfumery retailers (http://www.perfumania.com), today announced that
Bill Goldberg will ring the opening bell at the American Stock Exchange on
Valentine's Day. This is to celebrate the unprecedented success achieved by
the launch of Perfumania's prestige fragrance brand -- WCW Nitro for Men(TM).
The launch was supported by the cross marketing efforts between perfumania.com
and Perfumania's retail stores. The initial advertising campaign and
marketing efforts were mostly directed towards World Championship Wrestling's
35 million television viewers who watch weekly wrestling events on TBS and
TNT. This new, unconventional marketing strategy for launching a national
fragrance brand proved to be very effective.
Mr. Ilia Lekach, Chairman and CEO of Perfumania, Inc., said, "The inherent
synergies between the brick and mortar stores and the click and mortar model
combined with unconventional, cost-effective methods for marketing created the
perfect platform for launching this brand nationally."
Mr. Richard Davis, Marketing Manager of Perfumania, Inc., said, "This
event will add a new level of recognition to WCW Nitro for Men fragrance
which, continues to rank within the top 5 out of the 294 Men's designer
fragrance brands available at Perfumania."
Perfumania, Inc. created WCW Nitro for Men to capture the free-spirited,
ready-to-rumble fun of WCW. It's a classic fragrance described as a
comfortable, clean, sporty, free-spirited fragrance that complements any
style. It's power vs. skill. It's brute strength vs. the excellence of
execution. It's youth vs. experience. Truly a fragrance for the millennium,
the WCW Nitro for Men fragrance gives men a feeling of confidence with a hint
of sophistication.
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, aromatherapy and accessories. The Company
sells best designer fragrances at discounted prices of up to 75 percent below
the manufacturer's suggested retail prices.
World Championship Wresting is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System,
Inc., a Time Warner Company (NYSE: TWX). WCW produces and markets television
programs and live events featuring wrestling superstars. WCW produces eight
hours of original programming seen each week throughout the U.S. and in over
25 countries throughout the world. Check out WCW's Web Site
http://www.WCW.com and http://www.NWOwrestling.com.

This press release may include information presented which contains
forward-looking information, including statements regarding the strategic
direction of the companies. These comments constitute forward-looking
statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995), which involve significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results
may differ materially from the information discussed in these forward looking
statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results, performance or
achievement to differ materially from those described or implied in the
forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, competition,
potential technology changes, changes in or the lack of anticipated changes in
the regulatory environment in various countries, the ability to secure
partnership or joint-venture relationships with other entities, the ability to
raise additional capital to finance expansion, and the risks inherent in new
product and service introductions and the entry into new geographic markets.

Monday Night Nitro is a trademark of World Championship Wrestling, Inc.,
and all other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



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Betsy Olum Named Senior Vice President Marketing for Sephora

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:57 by BeautyCare.com
Betsy Olum Named Senior Vice President Marketing

for Sephora and Sephora.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sephora, the revolutionary concept
in beauty retailing, and sephora.com, the leading site for beauty on the
Internet, today announced that Betsy Olum has been named to a new position
overseeing marketing efforts for the two companies.
As Senior Vice President for Marketing, Ms. Olum will lead all marketing
activities for the stores, including advertising and public relations, and
will lead the off-line advertising effort for the website. She will also
develop cross-promotional activities between Sephora stores and sephora.com.
Before being named to this new position, Ms. Olum served as an independent
marketing consultant to Sephora. In this capacity she worked on a number of
projects and promotional events, including the development of the company's
advertising campaign and the opening of Sephora's flagship store at
Rockefeller Center in New York City. Prior to her work with Sephora, she held
the position of Senior Vice President Marketing for Halston-Borghese.
Previously, she was at Escade Beaute, where she served as General Manager,
North America, after being promoted from Vice President Marketing/Creative
Director Worldwide. Ms. Olum began her career with the Executive Training
Program at Bloomingdale's and became Senior Assistant Buyer for Cosmetics.
Ms. Olum holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School,
and a Bachelors of Arts from Colgate University.
Howard Meitiner, President and CEO of Sephora Americas and Asia Pacific,
said, "We are very pleased that Betsy will be joining Sephora and sephora.com
full time in this new position. The star-studded event that launched the
opening of our flagship store at Rockefeller Center is a fantastic example of
the creativity and passion Betsy brings to her work. She is an ideal
candidate to develop the enormous promotional opportunities that exist between
the Sephora stores and web site, and I look forward to her continued input."
Jim Kenney, President and CEO of sephora.com, said, "Betsy's new role
bridging Sephora stores and sephora.com will allow us to further take
advantage of our position as the only legitimate on-line beauty site with a
"clicks and mortar" strategy. While our customers already benefit from the
connection between our two companies -- such as the ability to return on-line
purchases to any of the 50 Sephora stores across the United States -- there
are many additional opportunities for cross-marketing and cross-promotion we
can extend to both our store and Internet shoppers."
Betsy Olum said, "This is a very exciting opportunity. Sephora has
revolutionized the way beauty products are sold -- both in stores and on the
web. My role will be helping to leverage this unique position by creating new
and innovative promotional events that cross traditional marketing boundaries
and reach out to all Sephora customers, no matter where she chooses to shop."

Sephora USA LLC and sephora.com Inc. 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 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 over
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
recently entered the Asian market, opening its first store in Tokyo in the
Ginza on November 28,1999.


SOURCE Sephora and sephora.com


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English Ideas Introduces Shimmering Kiss-Proof Lips for Valentine's Day

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:53 by BeautyCare.com

English Ideas Introduces Shimmering Kiss-Proof Lips for Valentine's Day

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- No matter where your lips end up on
February 14, your lipstick won't go anywhere if you're using English Ideas'
newest idea: Glitter Last(TM).
Glitter Last(TM) is a sparkling lipstick sealant that dresses up your
favorite lipstick with a sheer topcoat of glistening glitter. Glitter
Last(TM)'s revolutionary formula seals in the shimmer, making lipstick
smudgeproof, waterproof, and, most importantly, kiss-proof. One application
is all you'll need to last eight hours all day, or, all night. This unique
lip product lets you treat your sweetheart to non-stop kisses without the
lipstick imprint - something he'll kiss you for.
Sparkle and shimmer is currently the hottest fashion accessory embraced by
celebrities, models and music stars alike (seen in various styles on Madonna,
Jennifer Lopez, and Sarah Michelle Gellar). No matter what form, be it
sequins, glitter, metal mesh, or crystal jewels; to shine is definitely
divine. From movie premieres in Hollywood to awards shows in New York, it's a
trend to watch from coast to coast. Because of its lustrous appeal, the
shimmer factor can be found everywhere: shoes, purses, nailpolish, clothing,
and hair accessories. At the moment, the most popular way to "shimmer-ize" is
with cosmetics because it's a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to liven your
look. Cosmetic companies have been quick to pick up on the trend by
integrating glitter into many cosmetic products but with varying results of
staying power - until now. Glitter Last(TM)'s one-of-a-kind formula (patent-
pending) will transform any lipstick color into a fun and creative experience
that lasts up to eight hours - guaranteed.
Spice up your makeup with Glitter Last(TM) on Valentine's Day or any other
special occasion when you want to sparkle and get noticed. Why not be
suggestive and paint a Glitter Last(TM) heart where you want to be kissed ...
be exotic and paint yourself a Glitter Last(TM) beauty mark ... be creative
and sign your Valentine's card with Glitter Last(TM). Choose from four
knockout colors: ruby, diamond, opal, or topaz. Turn a few heads with Opal
Glitter Last(TM) laced over the newest kitten pink lipstick. Rev up your red
with our racy Ruby Glitter Last(TM). Create allure by glazing golden Topaz
Glitter Last(TM) over a sumptuous chocolate brown. Or go completely disco
glam with Diamond Glitter Last(TM) over a ripe berry ice. Be playful, be
daring, be distracting with English Ideas Glitter Last(TM)!
Glitter Last(TM) sells for $20.00 for an 8-ml bottle. Please call
1-800-LIP-LAST (1-800-547-5278) to order or for retail locations.
English Ideas, Ltd., the, internationally acclaimed high tech cosmetic
company began six years ago by Rebecca Pflueger. The first product Lip
Last(R) remains the best seller. Created in a kitchen blender, Lip Last(R)
was borne out of Rebecca's husband's frustration over her lipstick stains on
coffee mugs. From there, Rebecca launched her cosmetic company, English
Ideas, which is committed to developing products that are innovative and
creative.
As a busy, working, mother-of-two, Rebecca realizes the need for a high
performance cosmetics line - a concept she has personally applied to English
Ideas. The success of Lip Last(R) led to the application of cutting-edge
technology in the product line, which uses pharmaceutical grade ingredients
and which now includes over 125 products for the Lips, Eyes, Brow, and Face.
English Ideas: Trend-Setting Technology for Lasting Beauty.


SOURCE English Ideas, Ltd.

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Eve.com Hires CFO Jonathan W. Spatz

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:48 by BeautyCare.com
Finance and Operations Executive to Extend Online Beauty Site's Lead

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ --Jonathan W. Spatz, former executive
vice president and chief operating officer at Factory 2-U Stores, joins
Eve.com as its chief financial officer. Spatz will oversee and manage the
financial strategy and administration of the premiere online prestige beauty
retailer, building on Eve.com's leadership position in the rapidly growing
online beauty market.
"I'm delighted about making the jump to Internet speed," says Spatz. "As
the 'first mover' in the online beauty market and the leader in this category,
Eve.com is experiencing tremendous growth. My challenge during this period of
growth will be to provide financial leadership and discipline, assist in
managing rapid growth and ensure that product and service delivery remain at
the high levels that Eve.com customers have come to expect."
"Jon is a seasoned finance and operations expert, and we are excited about
the innovative leadership he brings to the team," said Eve.com Co-Founder and
Co-President Varsha Rao. "In order to maintain and extend our leadership
position, it is critical that we have retailing expertise with specific skills
in inventory, cash flow and profitability management. Jon's experience and
energy will be a terrific asset to our team."
At Factory 2-U Stores, Spatz served as chief financial officer before his
promotion to chief operating officer. Spatz will bring to his expertise in
finance, information services, loss prevention, real estate, facilities,
distribution, logistics and store operations to his new position at Eve.com.
Prior to Factory 2-U Stores, Spatz held positions as senior vice president
of finance, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Stroud's,
Inc. There he managed the registration process for the initial public
offering, which raised $36 million in equity capital. Spatz has also held
finance leadership positions at Chief Auto Parts, Pearle, Inc., Peoples
Restaurants and Bonanza International. He began his career with Price
Waterhouse Coopers.

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 170 of the most exclusive brands in beauty,
including such prestige brands as BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Club Monaco,
Decleor, Givenchy, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, 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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Paul Roelofs of In Style Joins Eve.com

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:45 by BeautyCare.com
Paul Roelofs of In Style Joins Eve.com

Award-Winning Art Director Will Bring His Flair for Style to the Leading
Prestige E-Tailer

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Eve.com today named Paul Roelofs,
former design director of In Style magazine, as its creative director.
Roelofs, renowned for his fresh and inimitable designs, will be responsible
for the artistic direction of the Eve.com website, the first online
destination created expressly to offer an array of prestige cosmetics products
on the Web. Roelofs' talents and experience will fortify Eve.com's leadership
position in the online prestige cosmetics market by adding a cutting edge and
boldly original look to the site's inspiring beauty environment.
"Paul's talent and vision were obvious when we worked together at In
Style. That we were able to lure him to Eve.com is a major coup. His fresh
ideas and clean, modern design will help assure that Eve.com will stay in the
number one position in the world of beauty websites," says Charla Krupp,
editor-in-chief of Eve.com.
Roelofs, whose work has been recognized internationally by many
award-granting organizations, has won the prestigious gold award and two
silver awards from New York's Society of Publication Designers, where he
currently holds a seat on the board of directors. A pioneer and pacesetter in
the creative design world, Roelofs also brings to Eve.com significant
knowledge of entertainment trends: as design director at In Style magazine,
Roelofs created a fresh approach to celebrity lifestyles that helped turn the
magazine into one of the most successful in the U.S. Some of the covers he has
worked on feature Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and
Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few.
Prior to In Style, Mr. Roelofs was the art director for two upscale
consumer lifestyle magazines published by Meigher Communications in New
York-Garden Design, a publication responding to new interest by the baby boom
generation in garden designs and furnishings; and Saveur, a magazine
showcasing passions for travel and authentic cuisine from around the world.
Before moving to the United States, Roelofs served as art director for Western
Living, Canada's oldest and largest regional consumer magazine concerned with
homes, fashion, travel, cuisine and general interest issues.
In addition to having been published in numerous international design
journals, Paul Roelofs' work at Garden Design and Saveur is featured in Steven
Heller's "Magazines Inside & Out," a design reference book profiling the best
in magazine design from around the world.

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 170 of the most exclusive brands in beauty,
including such prestige brands as BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Club Monaco,
Decleor, Givenchy, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, 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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ThermoLase Announces First Quarter Results

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:44 by BeautyCare.com
CARROLLTON, Texas, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- ThermoLase Corporation
(Amex: TLZ), a Thermo Electron company (NYSE: TMO), today reported revenues of
$4.9 million for the quarter ended January 1, 2000, compared with $9.5 million
in the fiscal 1999 quarter. The net loss for the quarter was $2.6 million,
compared with a net loss of $8.1 million last year. The fiscal 2000 results
include $0.3 million of restructuring and unusual costs.
"The previously announced merger of ThermoLase into Thermo Electron is
proceeding according to the terms outlined in our December 17 news release,
but we now expect that the transaction will be completed by the end of the
second or early in the third calendar quarter of 2000," said Gerald Feldman,
president and chief executive officer of ThermoLase.

Consolidated Statement of Operations (unaudited)
(In thousands except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
Jan. 1, 2000 Jan. 2, 1999

Revenues $4,926 $9,546

Costs and Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues 4,223 11,390
Selling, general, and
administrative expenses 1,745 4,853
Research and
development expenses 99 489
Restructuring and
unusual costs 286 -
6,353 16,732

Operating Loss (1,427) (7,186)
Interest Income 213 666
Interest Expense (1,341) (1,340)
Equity in Losses of
Joint Ventures - (200)

Loss Before Provision
for Income Taxes (2,555) (8,060)
Provision for Income Taxes - (44)

Net Loss $ (2,555) $ (8,104)

Basic and Diluted
Loss per Share $(.06) $(.21)

Basic and Diluted
Weighted Average Shares 39,354 39,319


ThermoLase Corporation has developed a laser-based system for hair removal
and skin resurfacing and, through its Creative Beauty Innovations, Inc.
subsidiary, the company also manufactures skin-care and other personal-care
products. ThermoLase is a public subsidiary of ThermoTrex Corporation, another
Thermo Electron company. More information is available on the Internet at
http://www.thermo.com/subsid/tlz1.html.
The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-
looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Important
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth under the heading
"Forward-looking Statements" in Exhibit 13 to the company's annual report on
Form 10-K, for the year ended October 2, 1999. These include risks and
uncertainties relating to: recent operating losses, difficulty in retaining
qualified management, customer claims, dependence on proprietary technology,
compliance with government regulations, competition, the cash management
arrangement with Thermo Electron, and the potential impact of the year 2000 on
processing date-sensitive information.



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Allou Health & Beauty Care and Dunhill Holdings Allou Health & Beauty Care and Dunhill Holdings

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:42 by BeautyCare.com
Allou Health & Beauty Care and Dunhill Holdings Introduce

Discreet Medical Solutions, an Internet Portal Which Will
Provide Online Delivery of Medical Products and Content

BRENTWOOD, N.Y., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.
(Amex: ALU), today announced a joint venture with Michael T. Harris, M.D. and
Robert L. Miller, principals of Dunhill Holdings, LLC., to introduce Discreet
Medical Solutions, LLC. (DMS), an Internet company offering a series of
co-branded web sites, each providing patients with specific chronic conditions
the on-line delivery of medical products, services and content. Allou and
Dunhill Holdings will each have a 50% stake in DMS, and Allou will be the
exclusive supplier and business administrator, further expanding its
fulfillment services on the Internet. No other terms were disclosed.
Discreet Medical Solutions' first web site will offer patents-pending
proprietary products and methods to over one million patients in a highly
private and personal environment.
Dr. Harris practices gastrointestinal surgery in New York City and is an
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Harris enjoys a national reputation for the innovative surgical treatment
of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He has lectured extensively and
authored numerous articles and book chapters in the field of gastrointestinal
surgery. Dr. Harris stated, "Our goal is to empower individuals with these
conditions by providing comprehensive web-based solutions that address their
significant emotional, educational and product needs. Internet technology and
our patents-pending methodology allow us to provide the highest level of
personal professional attention to our patients, with the added comfort of
complete privacy and discretion."
Commenting on the agreement, David Shamilzadeh, senior vice president and
chief financial officer of Allou, stated, "We are pleased to be in partnership
with Dunhill Holdings, LLC. Dr. Harris' reputation insures us that the sites
will constitute a superior on-line delivery system of products, content and
self-care maintenance for patients demanding privacy and discretion.
Furthermore, all insurance claims can be processed through the sites,
relieving patients of additional anxiety. The sites will be licensed in all
50 states providing patients 24-hour access to our specialized services."
Herman Jacobs, president and chief operating officer of Allou, stated,
"This agreement clearly demonstrates management's commitment to grow its core
business in e-commerce. Allou is confident that private personalized medical
treatment and information online, combined with new technology providing a
competitive barrier to entry, will lead to strong sales and profits."

Founded in 1962, Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. is the premier
distributor of over 22,000 nationally advertised health and beauty aid
products, branded and generic prescription pharmaceuticals, prestige designer
fragrances, cosmetics and branded non-perishable foods. Through its
wholly-owned subsidiary Stanford Personal Care Corporation, the Company
manufactures upscale hair care and skin care products. Allou's account base
consists of 4,200 independent drug and convenience stores and the leading
national chain stores.
This release may include forward-looking statements concerning Allou's
intent, belief or current expectations with respect to, among other things,
trends affecting its financial condition or results of operations and its
business and growth strategies. Such forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that may
cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, expressed or
implied. Allou does not undertake any obligations to update or revise any
forward-looking statements.


SOURCE Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc
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Nu Skin Enterprises Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year-End 1999 results

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:40 by BeautyCare.com
PROVO, Utah, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS)
today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended
Dec. 31, 1999.
For the fourth quarter, the company's revenue was $229.1 million compared
to $258.7 million for the fourth quarter of 1998. Net income was
$12.7 million and earnings per share were $0.15 compared to $22.8 million and
$0.26 per share for the same prior-year period.
Revenue for 1999 was $894.2 million compared to $913.5 million in 1998.
Net income for the year was $86.7 million versus $103.9 million in 1998.
Earnings per share were $0.99 compared with $1.19 for the same prior-year
period.
The decrease in revenue in the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31,
1999, resulted primarily from a significant decline in local currency revenue
in Japan, the company's largest market. This decline was somewhat offset by
favorable comparative exchange rates and the addition of revenue from Big
Planet and Nu Skin operations in the United States, which were acquired during
1999.
Commenting on the fourth-quarter and year-end results, Steven J. Lund,
president and chief executive officer, said, "1999 was a challenging year.
Sales in Japan and other Asian markets slowed during the year due to
competitive conditions and weakness in consumer confidence, which
significantly impacted our revenue. In addition, sales activity in Japan was
affected by distributor uncertainty concerning the implementation of the
company's divisional model and issues associated with compensation plan
requirements."
"Throughout the year, we focused on laying a foundation for renewed growth
by establishing multiple, synergistic business opportunities for our
distributors," Mr. Lund continued. "While creating distinct divisions has
been challenging, we remain committed to our divisional strategy. We believe
we are now beginning to see the results of our efforts and investments.
During the fourth quarter in the United States, where we first launched our
divisional strategy, revenue from each division increased and overall revenue
grew 20 percent compared to the prior-year period. While this growth is
partly due to the global convention held in the United States in October, we
also experienced significant revenue increases in November and December. We
believe that the divisional effort has generated renewed distributor energy in
each opportunity."
"Our goal in 2000 is to implement our divisional strategy in Japan as well
as in additional Asian markets," Mr. Lund stated. "Next week we will
introduce the complete Pharmanex business opportunity in Japan at our Japanese
convention. We have taken several measures to enhance the Pharmanex launch,
including the hiring of a seasoned marketing executive who previously worked
at Loewe and Avon to serve as the general manager of Pharmanex Japan. In
addition, a Pharmanex pre-launch initiative called the 'Founder's Program'
helped stimulate Japan's sponsoring environment in anticipation of the launch.
We have also supported distributor efforts with a significant local television
and print advertising campaign."
"The global rollout of the Pharmanex opportunity is one of the keys to the
company's growth in 2000," said William E. McGlashan, Jr., executive vice
president and president of Pharmanex. "We believe the science behind
Pharmanex's clinically proven nutritional products has tremendous global
appeal and has extended the reach of our company by attracting new customers
to the Nu Skin Enterprises family."
Nu Skin Enterprises' operations in Taiwan have stabilized following the
earthquake in September, due largely to the popularity of Pharmanex products
and the Nu Skin(R) 180 Degree Anti-Aging Skin Therapy System. Also, the
company's South Korean operations continue to post year-over-year
improvements, growing 25 percent in 1999 as compared to the previous year.
"We expect the momentum in South Korea to continue into 2000, due in part to
the recent introduction of the Pharmanex opportunity," said Corey B. Lindley,
executive vice president and chief financial officer.
During the quarter, the company also increased distributor incentives to
nearly 40 percent of revenue, an increase of more than 100 basis points from
the third quarter of 1999. "In order to remain one of the most attractive
direct selling companies in the world, we recently restructured our
compensation plan and have added some short-term, division-focused incentives,
which have increased compensation to our entry-level distributors," Mr.
Lindley said.
As anticipated, the company's general and administrative expenses
increased during the quarter due to costs associated with the global
convention in October and the advertising campaign in Japan. These expenses,
combined with the increase in distributor incentives, resulted in
comparatively low operating income. The increase in distributor incentives
and general and administrative expenses compared to 1998 were somewhat offset
by the absence of the non-recurring charges that were incurred in 1998 related
to the acquisitions of Pharmanex and Nu Skin International. "With most of the
investment in our divisional infrastructure to be completed by the first
quarter of 2000, we believe that general and administrative expenses should
improve - resulting in double-digit operating margins by the second half of
the year," Mr. Lindley stated.
The 180 Degrees Anti-Aging Skin Therapy System has become the Nu Skin
division's top-selling product system since its introduction in late 1999.
Currently sold in Taiwan and the United States, the system will be introduced
globally in future quarters. "We are tailoring our 180 Degrees formula for a
planned introduction into Japan before the end of the year," said Grant F.
Pace, president of Nu Skin. "Because 180 Degrees customers can experience
remarkable results from using this advanced product system in as soon as seven
days, we believe 180 Degrees will be as popular in Japan and other countries
as it has been in Taiwan and the United States."
In 2000, Big Planet plans to build on the strength of its "Free to a Good
Home" program, which provides an iPhone(R) Internet device free of charge with
a three-year subscription to the company's Internet and long distance
services. This program has generated tremendous interest and has increased
sponsoring and revenue growth as well as Internet service customers, which
recently exceeded 40,000 subscribers. Big Planet will also focus on
increasing e-commerce revenue from affiliate sites as well as from Nu Skin and
Pharmanex products.
"During 1999, Big Planet sales grew in each consecutive quarter, and early
indications show that this growth trend has continued into 2000," said Richard
W. King, chief information officer and president of Big Planet. "We will
continue to enhance the business opportunity for our representatives through
strategic partnerships like the one we recently entered into with I-Link, in
which we took over I-Link's direct sales force and obtained exclusive global
network marketing channel distribution rights to I-Link's enhanced products
and services. Not only will we benefit from the sales of former I-Link
representatives, but we anticipate a substantial increase in revenue as
I-Link's core communications offering, a 'find-me, follow-me' product called
V-Link(TM), is made available to Nu Skin Enterprises' sales force and loyal
customer base."
Mr. Lund concluded, "Our long-term goal is to grow each of our divisions
into billion dollar enterprises, recognized as leaders in their respective
fields. We believe the initiatives we have in place with Nu Skin, Pharmanex
and Big Planet will bring renewed growth to our business and position us to
become the world's leading direct sales company."

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 (i) the belief that the company is
beginning to see the results of its divisional strategy, (ii) the belief that
the global rollout of the Pharmanex opportunity will be key to the company's
growth, (iii) expectations that momentum will continue in South Korea,
(iv) beliefs that selling, general and administrative expenses will improve,
resulting in double digit operating margins by the second half of the year,
(v) the planned introduction of the 180 Degrees product system in Japan and
the anticipation that it will be as popular in Japan as in Taiwan and the
United States, (vi) anticipation of a substantial increase in revenue from Big
Planet as a result of the I-Link transaction, and (vii) beliefs that existing
initiatives will bring renewed growth. Words or phrases such as "is
confident," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes" and
similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. 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) further challenges in connection with the company's divisional
strategy including any inability to gain distributor acceptance of such
strategy; (b) continued uncertainty in the Japanese economy and consumer
confidence and the risk that such uncertainty will continue to adversely
affect the company's operations or adversely affect the launch of the
Pharmanex opportunity; (c) the risk that the recent growth in the United
States will not be sustained and may not be indicative of the results of the
rollout of divisions in Japan or the future strength of the company's
divisional plans; (d) adverse changes in currency exchange rates, particularly
the yen; (e) the degree to which the divisional strategy and Pharmanex launch
will renew significant distributor interest and activity; (f) the impact of
continued competitive pressures, any adverse publicity concerning the company
or network marketing in general, or any adverse legal or regulatory
developments; (g) the risk that the company's new business opportunities and
new product offerings, including Pharmanex and 180 Degrees, will not gain
market acceptance, generate significant revenue growth or meet the company's
expectations; or (h) the maturity of the direct sales channel in company's
markets. The company's financial performance and 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.

Nu Skin Enterprises, Nu Skin, Pharmanex and Big Planet are registered
trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. Other product and
company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.


Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
For the Fourth Quarters Ended December 31, 1999 and 1998
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

1999 1998
Revenue
North Asia $154,647 $198,864
Southeast Asia 32,087 36,000
Other 42,390 23,864
Total revenue 229,124 258,728

Cost of sales 37,088 53,876
Gross margin 192,036 204,852

Operating expenses
Distributor incentives 92,167 93,089
Selling, general and administrative 79,897 59,849
In-process research and development -- 13,600
Total operating expenses 172,064 166,538

Operating income 19,972 38,314

Other income (expense) (63) 3,004
Income before provision for income taxes 19,909 41,318
Provision for income taxes 7,184 18,552
Net income $12,725 $22,766

Net income per share
Basic $0.15 $0.26
Diluted $0.15 $0.26

Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic 86,656 87,256
Diluted 87,417 88,860


Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
For the Years Ended December 31, 1999 and 1998
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

1999 1998
Revenue
North Asia $619,283 $665,523
Southeast Asia 140,063 159,679
Other 134,903 88,292
Total revenue 894,249 913,494

Cost of sales 151,681 188,457
Cost of sales - amortization of
inventory step-up -- 21,600
Gross margin 742,568 703,437

Operating expenses
Distributor incentives 346,951 331,448
Selling, general and administrative 265,770 202,150
In-process research and development -- 13,600
Total operating expenses 612,721 547,198

Operating income 129,847 156,239

Other income (expense) (1,411) 13,599
Income before provision
for income taxes and minority interest 128,436 169,838
Provision for income taxes 41,742 62,840
Minority interest -- 3,081

Net income $86,694 $103,917

Net income per share
Basic $1.00 $1.22
Diluted $0.99 $1.19

Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic 87,081 84,894
Diluted 87,893 87,018


Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Distributor Growth by Market

As of December 31, As of December 31, %Increase
1999 1998
Active Executive Active Executive Active Executive
North Asia 311,000 14,601 331,000 17,311 (6.0%) (15.7%)
Southeast Asia 113,000 3,419 120,000 5,091 (5.8%) (32.8%)
Other* 70,000 2,985 19,000 379 268.4% 687.6%

Total 494,000 21,005 470,000 22,781 5.1% (7.8%)

*The increase in the number of active and executive distributors is
primarily due to the inclusion of distributors formerly licensed to Nu Skin
USA, Inc.


Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)

December 31, 1999 December 31, 1998

Cash and cash equivalents $110,162 $188,827
Working capital 74,561 164,597
Total assets 643,215 606,433
Short term debt 55,889 14,545
Long term debt 89,419 138,734
Stockholders' equity 309,379 254,642



SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.


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Victoria s Secret and Miramax Announce Partnership to Benefit

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:37 by BeautyCare.com
Victoria's Secret and Miramax Announce Partnership to Benefit amfAR

(American Foundation for AIDS Research)

Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to Take Place in Europe for First Time

amfAR's May 18 Cinema Against AIDS 2000 benefit at the Cannes
International Film Festival promises to be the most exciting ever, as the
spectacular annual Victoria's Secret fashion show and webcast move to the
south of France to join Miramax Films in the star-studded fundraiser.
The highlight of Cinema Against AIDS will be a Victoria's Secret fashion
show at the Palm Beach Club in Cannes-held with the usual high production
values and glamorous spectacle. The world's top supermodels will walk the
runway in original designs from Victoria's Secret's lingerie collection. With
specially constructed runway sets and exquisite styling, the show promises to
be the best yet and, most important, will help raise increased awareness of
amfAR's life-saving work.
Tables for Cinema Against AIDS 2000 are available at prices ranging from
$25,000 to $100,000. For ticket information and further details, please call
amfAR at 212-806.1655 or http://www.amfar.org. Mondera.com, an Internet outlet that
brings high-quality diamonds, fine jewelry and luxury gifts to the web
(http://www.mondera.com), has signed on as the first official co-sponsor.
Co-sponsorship opportunities are still available, and inquiries should be made
to the same number: 212-806-1655.
The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) is the nation's leading
non-profit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, AIDS
prevention, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since
1985, amfAR has invested nearly $166 million in support for its programs,
primarily through grants to over 1,800 research teams.
Miramax Films has released some of the most critically acclaimed and
commercially successful independent films of the past decade including
"Shakespeare In Love," "Life Is Beautiful" (La Vita E Bella), "Good Will
Hunting," "The English Patient," "Pulp Fiction," "The Piano" and "The Crying
Game." The outstanding quality of Miramax's films is represented in the
company's success in the annual Academy Awards race; Miramax has received
134 Academy Award nominations and 40 wins during the past 11 years.
Victoria's Secret is a business of Intimate Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI),
which 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 29, 2000, Victoria's Secret products are available
through over 896 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. Intimate Brands' total 1999 sales were
$4.5 billion.

WHO: amfAR's Dr. Mathilde Krim
Victoria's Secret's Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Karen Mulder,
Stephanie Seymour
WHAT: Victoria's Secret and amfAR announce a unique partnership to
benefit
Cinema Against AIDS at this year's Cannes International Film
Festival.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 9th
9:30 AM Press Call
10:00 AM Interviews
WHERE: Victoria's Secret
115 Fifth Ave. (between 18th & 19th Streets)

**LIVE WEBCAST ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Victoria's Secret fashion show will be a global event. Everyone in the
world can access the show live at the Victoria's Secret e-commerce website,
http://www.VictoriasSecret.com .

Pre-show Time: TBA
Show Time: TBA
Where: http://www.VictoriasSecret.com


CONTACT: Debbie Mitchell of Intimate Brands, Inc., 614-415-7546; or

Kristen Timmers of Waggener Edstrom, 408-986-1140, for Intimate Brands, Inc.



SOURCE Victoria's Secret


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Avon Extends Exchange Offer for its 6.90% Notes Due 2004 and

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 16:35 by BeautyCare.com
Avon Extends Exchange Offer for its 6.90% Notes Due 2004 and 7.15%

Notes Due 2009

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today
announced that it has extended the expiration date of its offer to exchange
$200 million principal amount of its 6.90% Notes due 2004 and $300 million
principal amount of its 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 under the Securities Act.
To date, $195 million of the 6.90% Notes due 2004 and $296 million of the
7.15% Notes due 2009 have been tendered for exchange.
The new expiration date of the exchange offer is Monday, February 14,
2000, at 5:00 p.m., New York time, unless further extended by Avon.

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 three 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 website
http://www.avon.com.


SOURCE Avon Products, Inc.

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M.A.C Cosmetics Announces Two New Spokespeople for Its Viva

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - 17:20 by BeautyCare.com
M.A.C Cosmetics Announces Two New Spokespeople for Its Viva Glam III Lipstick:

Music Superstars Mary J. Blige And Lil'kim Will Appear In New Advertising
Campaign to Break In April 2000 to Support the M.A.C Aids Fund

- MAC President Kicks Off Campaign With Donation to
African Aids Relief at United Nations -

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- M.A.C Cosmetics, the rule-breaking
professional cosmetics company, announced today that music superstars
Mary J. Blige and Lil' Kim have been named as spokespeople for VIVA GLAM III
Lipstick, the primary fund-raising tool for The M.A.C AIDS Fund. Since its
creation in 1994, over $14 million dollars have been raised for The M.A.C AIDS
Fund. The Fund is dedicated to supporting men, women and children living with
HIV and AIDS. 100% of the suggested retail price of the Lipstick, $13.50,
goes to The M.A.C AIDS Fund. VIVA GLAM III will be at all M.A.C location in
late March 2000.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000207/NYM138 )
To kick off M.A.C's VIVA GLAM III campaign, M.A.C President John Demsey,
will present today a check for $500,000 to the United Nations at a UN Town
Hall Meeting on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. This will be the first
donation from The M.A.C AIDS Fund to the UN specifically for African relief.
According to John Demsey, president of M.A.C, "AID relief around the world
has been our priority and we are committed to working with the United Nations
in effort to combat this epidemic." Demsey went on the say, "After a very
long search, MAC chosen Mary J. and Lil' Kim for a number of reasons. Most
importantly, for their interest and dedication to supporting The M.A.C AIDS
Fund." Demsey explained, "These women also represent what M.A.C is all about
- artists expressing themselves and their creativity with fashion and makeup -
both Mary J. and Lil' Kim have a history of breaking rules and have really
reached the level of being alternative fashion icons. They appeal to M.A.C's
diverse audiences -- all races, all sexes, all ages - which makes them perfect
choices for M.A.C."
Grammy winner Mary J. Blige, known as the queen of hip-hop soul, became an
instant sensation with her 1992 debut album "What's the 411." Her current
album, "Mary," was one of the most highly-acclaimed releases of 1999, and has
been nominated for three Grammys. Lil' Kim rose to notoriety with her debut
album "Hard Core." Her eagerly anticipated follow-up album, "The Notorious
K.I.M" will be released in March. M.A.C has never shied away from
affiliations with controversial artists: Mary J. and Lil' Kim join previous
M.A.C spokespeople, drag diva Ru Paul, the face of VIVA GLAM, and recording
artist kd lang, the face of VIVA GLAM II.
"I feel blessed to be part of M.A.C's VIVA GLAM III campaign," said Mary
J. Blige. "It means a lot to me to give support to people suffering from
AIDS. The whole experience has been really positive, and I am proud to be
involved."
Lil' Kim is equally excited to be involved with The M.A.C AIDS Fund.
"When M.A.C approached me, I was delighted not only because I wear their
products, but just knowing that I will be part of a campaign that will help
men, women and children with HIV and AIDS live comfortably." Lil' Kim
continued, "If I can help one person by lending my image, I am going to do
it."
Mary J. and Lil' Kim will appear in M.A.C 's first new advertising
campaign in several years for the new VIVA GLAM III shade - M.A.C only
advertises the VIVA GLAM lipsticks and The M.A.C AIDS Fund. The images were
shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle and will appear in a select number
of magazines beginning in April 2000.
The M.A.C AIDS Fund was created in 1994. To raise money to support the
fund, a special lipstick was created: VIVA GLAM. The lipstick, a deep,
neutral red, was an instant hit. VIVA GLAM II was launched in 1997 to
maintain the fund-raising momentum. The muted mauve-pink shade was another
hit, and the two VIVA GLAM shades continue to be some of M.A.C 's best-selling
shades. VIVA GLAM III, a plum-brown shade, is estimated to produce sales of
approximately US $2,000,000 in its first year of sales, the full amount
directly going to The M.A.C AIDS Fund. M.A.C's retail partners generously
waive all administrative costs so that the sales benefit only those in need.
M.A.C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), the leading brand of professional
cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1985 by entrepreneurs Frank
Toskan and the late Frank Angelo and is now part of The Estee Lauder
Companies, Inc. The company's popularity has grown through a tradition of
word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and
journalists around the world. M.A.C is now sold in over 30 countries around
the world.

For media inquiries on M.A.C and The M.A.C AIDS Fund contact:
M.A.C Global Communications
130 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
212-965-6335

For information on the The M.A.C AIDS Fund contact:
The M.A.C AIDS Fund
233 Carlton Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A2L2
CANADA
800-611-1613 ext. 1218


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Revlon Creates New Global Management Structure

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - 17:15 by BeautyCare.com
Global Heads of Skin Care, Revlon and Almay Brands Named

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV) announced today
that it has created a new organizational structure designed grow Revlon's
global business by increasing consumer demand for its new and existing
products and reducing costs by capturing significant operating efficiencies.
The new structure conforms to a more streamlined business model, creating
general managers for the Company's global brands and the skin care category
who will work with presidents of the Company's regions, which are currently
Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The three global general managers and
the three regional presidents report directly to Revlon President and Chief
Executive Officer, Jeffrey M. Nugent.
The Company's objective in taking this action is to achieve consistent,
profitable growth by transforming Revlon from a multinational to a global
company in which brand and category strategy are set globally but are executed
locally to meet consumer preferences and needs.
Mr. Nugent commented, "Globalization is one of our key strategies for
building the new Revlon. We are committed to creating a borderless company
for which the ability to swiftly take advantage of brand, product and market
opportunities where ever they arise becomes a key competitive advantage for
us."
"The full transition to a global organization will take some time but we
believe that we know the best and most expeditious way for us to get there.
Revlon has a strong international base from which to build a global beauty and
skin care powerhouse," he added.
Tanya Mandor has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager,
Global Revlon Brand Equity Group. Ms. Mandor, a ten-year veteran of Revlon,
most recently served as Executive Vice President of Marketing, Revlon Brand
Equity Group for Revlon Consumer Products, USA where she was responsible for
the strategic management of the brand. Ms. Mandor was recognized by BrandWeek
as one of the "Top 100 Marketers of the Year" in 1996 and 1998 for the
development and launch of ColorStay lipstick and Top Speed nail enamel. In
her new role, Ms. Mandor will have global responsibility for managing all
aspects of Revlon brand management and marketing.
Cheryl L. Vitali has been named Executive Vice President and General
Manager, Global Skin Care, responsible for leading the Company's initiative to
build a leading skin care business across all brands globally. Ms. Vitali is
currently Executive Vice President, Marketing, Portfolio Brand Development
Group for Revlon Consumer Products USA. In that role, she successfully drove
Almay to consecutive year-on-year growth from 1997 through 1999 and
spearheaded the roll-out of Ultima II to select mass retail outlets, while
developing the unique skin care capabilities of these franchises.
Sharon K. LeVan, has been named Executive Vice President and General
Manager, Global Almay, Ultima, and Specialty Brand Development Group. In this
capacity, she will be responsible for all aspects of marketing and brand
management for the Company's Almay, Ultima, Streetwear, and Mitchum brands.
Ms. LeVan is currently a marketing and product development consultant to the
cosmetics and fragrance industry. Ms. LeVan has demonstrated ability to grow
brand franchises, having served as Corporate Senior Vice President, Creative
Marketing at The Estee Lauder Companies, as Senior Vice President, Marketing
at Max Factor and as head of marketing and sales promotion for Revlon color,
fragrance and skincare, where she began her cosmetics career.
These three appointments are effective immediately.
Regionally, Clive L. Schreuder continues as Regional President, Europe,
Africa and the Middle East; Alfred Roman has been named Regional President,
Latin America and Alvan Lewis continues as Regional President, Asia Pacific.
Formerly, Mr. Roman was President and General Manager, Revlon Argentina. For
now, the North America region will be managed directly by Mr. Nugent. The
chief marketing executives for each region are now integrated into the brand
and category groups, which are headquartered in New York.
In addition, the Company announced that Robert S. Graff, 51, has been
appointed Executive Vice President, Global Business Development. In this
capacity, Mr. Graff has direct responsibility for selected Revlon businesses
and is leading several key globalization and cost reduction initiatives. Mr.
Graff has extensive international finance and business experience, and joined
Revlon in 1997 as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Revlon
International.
As part of this reorganization, Revlon has created a Global Marketing
Committee. This committee, which will be chaired by Mr. Nugent, is comprised
of the global general managers, region presidents, Robert Graff, Richard
Tarlow, President of Tarlow Advertising and Steven G. Perelman, Vice
President, Global Haircare and Haircolor. The charter of this committee will
be to assess investment priorities across brands, categories and regions.
Regarding Ms. Mandor, Mr. Nugent said, "Tanya brings invaluable experience
to the job and a deep understanding of what the core Revlon brand equity
means. By managing this brand globally, we believe that we will improve our
ability to realize the full commercial potential of new Revlon products by
moving more swiftly and executing more effectively when they are launched."
Ms. Mandor said, "The Revlon brand is not nearly as well developed
worldwide as it has the potential to be. Its powerful position in the U.S.
speaks to the quality of our products and the relevance of our positioning. I
believe that the brand can be just as meaningful and successful in many other
markets in the world."
At Revlon, Ms. Mandor, 47, has held numerous positions in marketing and
general management. She joined the company in 1989, first serving as a
marketing director and then as Vice President of Marketing for Ultima II.
During this time, Ms. Mandor managed the Ultima II treatment, cosmetics and
fragrance business. In 1994, she was appointed Vice President of Marketing,
Revlon Cosmetics. In this capacity, she was instrumental in the introduction
of ColorStay Lipcolor, the first transfer resistant lipstick.
Regarding the creation of a group to spearhead Revlon's efforts to expand
its global skin care business, Mr. Nugent said, "Building a global skin care
business is a key strategic priority for Revlon, and Cheryl is the perfect
individual to lead the charge for us. She has done a terrific job with Almay
and Ultima, putting them on firm ground for continued growth. Her business
savvy and entrepreneurial instincts are just what we need for this challenge."
Revlon currently sells skin care products worldwide under the Revlon,
Almay and Ultima brands, and in Europe under such brands as Jeanne Gatineau.
Ms. Vitali commented, "The opportunity for Revlon in the skin care
category is tremendous. Globally, we have a solid portfolio of quality skin
care products and powerful brands that represent terrific platforms for
growth. Additionally, our Revlon Research Center, our Jeanne Gatineau
Institute and several joint development projects that are currently underway
represent competitive assets in this fast growing category. Our challenge
will be to focus on products and markets with the highest commercial potential
and swiftly take advantage of them."
Ms. Vitali, 38, has been responsible for leading Almay to its third
consecutive year of share growth in the mass volume retail class of trade.
The Almay line includes One Coat Mascara, One Coat Lip Makeup and Stay Smooth
Lip Makeup which are among the top fifteen products at leading retailers.
She has also sparked the resurgence of the Ultima II brand by repositioning
and re-launching it into the mass market. Today, Ultima II is distributed to
over 9,000 doors, as compared with 2,000 doors two years ago. For Ultima II,
she has led the re-launch of Glowtion and the creation of the skin brightener
franchise. The anti-perspirants and deodorants for which she is responsible
include the Mitchum and Almay brands. Mitchum now has the highest share of
market in its history and is one of Revlon's most profitable businesses. In
addition, her oversight of new business development at Revlon led to a focus
on creating new products in the treatment category.
Commenting on the appointment of Ms. LeVan to lead Almay, Ultima II and
the specialty brands, Mr. Nugent said, "We are excited to welcome Sharon back
to Revlon. She has deep experience in all aspects of product development and
marketing, and has a broad industry perspective that can help us build on the
solid foundation that the Portfolio Brand team has built over the past several
years."
Ms. LeVan, 48, formerly served as Corporate Senior Vice President,
Creative Marketing at The Estee Lauder Companies, which she joined in 1992,
developing new marketing and distribution strategies for each of Lauder's five
companies. Ms. LeVan joined Lauder from Max Factor, where as Senior Vice
President Marketing, she launched Jaclyn Smith's California fragrance,
No-Color Mascara and 2000 Calorie mascara, among others. For the past five
years, Ms. LeVan has been CEO of her own company, specializing in marketing
and product development for the cosmetics and fragrance industry, and has been
a partner in Linda Rose International, a manufacturer of prestige hand and
nail products. Her first experience in the cosmetics industry was at Revlon,
which she joined in 1973, starting in the Moon Drops Division, followed by
Charlie cosmetics and the Classic Revlon Divisions, and ultimately serving as
Vice President of Marketing and Sales Promotion for color, skincare and
fragrance.
Ms. LeVan commented, "I am thrilled to return to my roots. The Almay and
Ultima II and brands are among Revlon's greatest assets. Their potential is
unlimited. And Streetwear and Mitchum are perfectly targeted to meet the
needs of key consumer segments. This is a very exciting portfolio of brands."
Revlon is a worldwide leader in cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and
personal care. The Company's vision is to become the world's most dynamic
leader in global beauty and skin care. A web site featuring current product
and promotional information can be reached at http://www.revlon.com. Revlon
brands include Revlon(R), Almay(R), Ultima II(R), Charlie(R) and Flex(R) and
they are sold in approximately 175 countries and territories.



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Avon Increases Quarterly Dividend

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:26 by beautycare

Avon Increases Quarterly Dividend



NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today
announced it has increased its regular quarterly dividend to $.185 per common
share, up from $.18 per share. On an annualized basis, the dividend increases
from $.72 per share to $.74 per share.
The new quarterly rate will commence with the first quarter 2000 dividend,
which is payable March 1, 2000 to shareholders of record February 16, 2000.
Andrea Jung, Avon's president and chief executive officer, said, "This is
Avon's tenth consecutive year of dividend increases, and we will continue to
utilize cash dividends to enhance total returns to shareholders. In addition,
we have used substantial cash resources over the past several years for share
repurchases, which have also been designed to enhance shareholder value and
make optimal use of Avon's strong cash flow."
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 three 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 http://www.avon.com.



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Eve.com Tells Romeos, Don t Even Think About Flowers!

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:25 by beautycare
Eve.com's New Valentine's Day Gift Boutique Offers Fun, Romantic Alternatives

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3 /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.
With Eve.com's special online Valentine's Day Boutique, it's easy to
choose a perfect gift from its unique assortment of hand-selected presents and
gift sets from over 170 prestigious brands such as Bvlgari, Club Monaco,
Elizabeth Arden, Givenchy, Hard Candy, NARS and Versace. Women across the
country can easily create a wishlist of their beauty desires that they can
then forward to their loved ones, ensuring they're not left empty-handed this
Valentine's Day.
"We've chosen the best gifts from our selection, and by adding 'wishlist'
technology from Della.com we've made finding the perfect gift hassle-free,"
says Mariam Naficy, co-founder and co-president of Eve.com. "This is just one
more way in which Eve.com has shown leadership in creating a differentiated
online cosmetics shopping experience."
Gifts on the site are organized by mood, product type, price, and who
you're shopping for -- whether a wife, girlfriend, mother, friend or anyone
else. 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.
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 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 170 of the most exclusive brands in beauty,
including such prestigious brands as BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Club
Monaco, Decleor, Givenchy, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, 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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Perfumania, Inc., a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of E Com Ventures, Inc., Reports Strong Increases in Retail and Comparable-Store sales

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:24 by beautycare

            Strong Increases in Retail and Comparable-Store Sales

January Retail Sales Increase 10%, Comparable-Store Sales Increase 11% and
Sales for Fiscal Year Ending January 29, 2000 Increase 18%

MIAMI, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- E Com Ventures, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECMV)
announced today the retail sales of it's wholly-owned subsidiary Perfumania,
Inc. for January 2000 were $7,345,473, a 10% increase over total retail sales
of $6,651,531, reported for January 1999.
Perfumania, the nation's largest perfumery chain, continues to experience
double-digit sales increases as compared to its prior year, which had already
a 20%, increase over its previous year sales results. Comparable-store sales
increased 11% during the month of January 2000 over the reported sales for
January 1999, resulting in the fourteenth (14th) consecutive month of
increases in comparable-store sales.
Total retail sales for fiscal year 1999 were $158,533,067, an 18% increase
over the reported sales of $134,794,021 for fiscal year 1998.
Ilia Lekach, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of E Com Ventures, Inc.,
said, "Our Company's double-digit retail sales increases in January have been
achieved with just 276 stores as compared to 289 stores operating last year.
Cross marketing and cross promoting with Perfumania Inc.'s retail stores will
provide the member companies of E Com Ventures, Inc. with a unique marketing
tool that will enable it to foster the rapid, cost-effective development and
or acquisition of other e-commerce companies."

Perfumania, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of E Com Ventures, Inc., is a
leading specialty retailer and wholesale distributor of a wide range of brand
name and designer fragrances with approximately $180 million in annual sales.
The Company operates a chain of approximately 280 retail stores specializing
in the sale of fragrances at prices discounted up to 70 percent below the
manufacturer's suggested retail prices. The Company's wholesale division, one
of the largest in the United States, distributes fragrances and related
products to national and regional chains and other wholesale distributors
throughout North America and overseas.

JANUARY AND YEAR-TO-DATE RETAIL SALES (millions)

Comparable
Fiscal Fiscal Percent Store
1999 1998 Increase Increase

# Stores @ end of JAN. 276 289

January $7.3 $6.7 10% 11%
Year-to-date $158.5 134.8 18% 13%

* Represents sales comparison for stores open both years

This press release may include information presented which contains
forward-looking information, including statements regarding the strategic
direction of the Company. These comments constitute forward-looking
statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995), which involve significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results
may differ materially from the information discussed in these forward-looking
statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results, performance or
achievement to differ materially from those described or implied in the
forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, competition,
potential technology changes, changes in or the lack of anticipated changes in
the regulatory environment in various countries, the ability to secure
partnership or joint-venture relationships with other entities, the ability to
raise additional capital to finance expansion, and the risks inherent in new
product and service introductions and the entry into new geographic markets.
Perfumania is a trademark of Perfumania, Inc. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.



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Intimate Brands, Inc. Declares Cash Dividend

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:22 by beautycare

Intimate Brands, Inc. Declares Cash Dividend



COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Intimate Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI)
announced today the declaration of a regular quarterly dividend of $.14 per
share payable on March 14, 2000 to shareholders of record at the close of
business on March 3, 2000.
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 29, 2000, Victoria's Secret products
are available through 896 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 portfolio, is a
concept the Company plans to grow aggressively.



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perfumania.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Envision Development Corporation

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:21 by beautycare

perfumania.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire


                       Envision Development Corporation

MIAMI, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- perfumania.com (Amex: PF), today announced
that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock
of Envision Development Corporation. The agreement marks a significant step
in the development of the enterprise as an eCommerce solutions provider in the
business-to-business markets.
"The people, technologies, services, and products of Envision are a
valuable addition to our company," said Bill Patch, president and chief
operating officer of perfumania.com. "Envision is a cornerstone of our
emerging business model to provide customized eStructures to replace legacy
infrastructure."
"We are now positioned for exponential growth," said Richard Simon,
president and chief executive officer of Envision. "A wide range of customers
will now be able to gain competitive advantage for their eCommerce businesses
by using our InternetPowered(TM) solutions and services. We will expand our
successful eBusiness Seminar Series, and increase our geographic and vertical
market penetration."
According to company officials, the merging of Envision Development
Corporation and perfumania.com creates a foundation for the development of a
business plan that develops and delivers comprehensive customized solutions
for eCommerce businesses.
Envision Development Corporation is based in Marlboro, Massachusetts and
delivers innovative, high-value e-business solutions to companies forging
transformational breakthroughs into the Internet economy. EDC's customer
value proposition encompasses extending marketing reach, automating sales and
support functions, automating the supply chain, and enhancing overall business
activities. Envision delivers these benefits with a services/products
spectrum including e-business consulting, e-business system development, e-
marketing, and InternetPowered(TM) products.
Already a leading business-to-consumer eCommerce 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 eCommerce 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; eCommerce 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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ibeauty.com Teams up With Marthastewart.com

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:20 by beautycare

ibeauty.com Teams up With Marthastewart.com


                To Bring This Valentine's Day into Full Bloom

Flowers From Martha to Accompany Select Purchases Between Now and February 8th

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- ibeauty.com Inc., a leader in the online
e-commerce beauty sector today announced a Valentine's Day promotional
alliance with marthastewart.com, the online presence of one of America's most
recognized brand names. For a limited time, these e-commerce experts in gift
giving have joined together to offer ibeauty.com's customers one of the most
valuable gift options available this season.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day romance, purchases of $150 or more made
on ibeauty.com's website between now and February 8th will be accompanied by
25 hand picked pink roses from marthastewart.com at no additional charge
(a $98 value).
"We are very excited to be able to offer our customers such a high-quality
opportunity this Valentine's Day," stated Elana Posner, Executive Vice
President of ibeauty.com. "Not only does it make for an extremely inviting
gift-giving option, but it also further validates ibeauty.com's commitment to
providing our customers with the best that's out there."
Terms of this promotion can be found below, or at http://www.ibeauty.com.

About ibeauty.com
ibeauty.com is a pioneer in the sale of prestige fragrances and cosmetics
online. The company is dedicated to providing the largest beauty selection on
the Internet on a website that is informative, secure, and easy to navigate.
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, Elizabeth 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.

Terms of the Promotion
Orders must be placed by Tuesday, February 8, 2000, at 11:59 p.m EST. and
are subject to credit card approval. This offer is valid for orders shipped
in the continental U.S. only and cannot be combined with any other promotional
offer or coupon. The marthastewart.com flowers will be delivered on
Valentine's Day, February 14, 2000, to the same shipping address as your
ibeauty.com order. The $150 order total must be reached before applicable
sales tax. For more information, email ibeauty.com at flowers@ibeauty.com or
call 1-800-843-6461, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30
a.m.-4:30 p.m.



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More American Designers than Ever are Showcasing Fox for Fall

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:18 by beautycare
More American Designers than Ever are Showcasing Fox for Fall 2000

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading American designers will be
sending down a blizzard of innovative designs in fox fur this week thanks to
cutting edge dressing and manufacturing techniques that were researched and
developed by Saga Furs of Scandinavia, the world's largest fur marketing
association.
Two of the most unique applications of Saga fox -- a high quality fur that
is ranch-raised in Scandinavia -- are reversible fox and knitted fox.
Reversible fox has a nappa finish on the leather similar to shearling, so the
garment can be worn on either side. Because there is no lining, the resulting
fur garment is more lightweight and supple than fur that has been
traditionally manufactured.
Knitted fox is woven from a yarn that is 70% bluefox hair spun with
thread. This revolutionary new product will be seen on New York runways for
the first time this week, adding yet another dimension to the concept of
designer knits.
Two trendsetters who are first to use reversible fox are Tommy Hilfiger
and Vera Wang, while knitted fox will be featured prominently in both Han
Feng's and Douglas Hannant's collections.
Other new applications of fox that will be seen on NY runways were also
developed by Saga. These include twisted fox (James Moore), the diamond
technique (Nicole Miller) and the checkerboard technique (Nicole Miller). Some
designers like Randolph Duke are shearing fox and using the dense, rich fur in
variety of innovative ways.
Other designers who will be using this lush material include Badgley
Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Sulley Bonnelly and
Mark Montano to name a few.
Over 90% of ranched foxes are bred in Scandinavia where the winters are
long and cold. The Saga label is a quality mark that guarantees the designer
that he or she is using the very best of any of the various fox types
available. The categories that designers favored for Fall 2000 include both
natural and dyed bluefox, shadow fox, silver fox, burgundy, golden island,
cross, amber.


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More American Designers than Ever are Showcasing Fox for Fall

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:17 by beautycare
More American Designers than Ever are Showcasing Fox for Fall 2000

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading American designers will be
sending down a blizzard of innovative designs in fox fur this week thanks to
cutting edge dressing and manufacturing techniques that were researched and
developed by Saga Furs of Scandinavia, the world's largest fur marketing
association.
Two of the most unique applications of Saga fox -- a high quality fur that
is ranch-raised in Scandinavia -- are reversible fox and knitted fox.
Reversible fox has a nappa finish on the leather similar to shearling, so the
garment can be worn on either side. Because there is no lining, the resulting
fur garment is more lightweight and supple than fur that has been
traditionally manufactured.
Knitted fox is woven from a yarn that is 70% bluefox hair spun with
thread. This revolutionary new product will be seen on New York runways for
the first time this week, adding yet another dimension to the concept of
designer knits.
Two trendsetters who are first to use reversible fox are Tommy Hilfiger
and Vera Wang, while knitted fox will be featured prominently in both Han
Feng's and Douglas Hannant's collections.
Other new applications of fox that will be seen on NY runways were also
developed by Saga. These include twisted fox (James Moore), the diamond
technique (Nicole Miller) and the checkerboard technique (Nicole Miller). Some
designers like Randolph Duke are shearing fox and using the dense, rich fur in
variety of innovative ways.
Other designers who will be using this lush material include Badgley
Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Sulley Bonnelly and
Mark Montano to name a few.
Over 90% of ranched foxes are bred in Scandinavia where the winters are
long and cold. The Saga label is a quality mark that guarantees the designer
that he or she is using the very best of any of the various fox types
available. The categories that designers favored for Fall 2000 include both
natural and dyed bluefox, shadow fox, silver fox, burgundy, golden island,
cross, amber.


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Yves Saint Laurent Couture Acquires C. Mendes S.A

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:16 by beautycare

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Acquires C. Mendes S.A.



AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Gucci Group N.V. (NYSE and
Amsterdam: GUC) today announces that Yves Saint Laurent Couture ("YSL") has
acquired the outstanding 66% of C. Mendes S.A. ("Mendes") capital to bring the
company under YSL's full ownership. This includes all of Mendes' affiliated
companies, including Diffusion Rive Gauche S.A. and Paris Collections Inc.
Mendes held the license for production of Yves Saint Laurent Women's
Ready-To-Wear ("WRTW") collections and worldwide distribution of Yves Saint
Laurent Rive Gauche until 2005.
This acquisition gives YSL direct control of all aspects of product
development, production and distribution of the YSL WRTW ranges, including
Rive Gauche. It will bring efficiencies and transparency of pricing for WRTW,
which represents the single largest product category within Yves Saint Laurent
stores. The Rive Gauche Men's Ready-To-Wear collection is already directly
operated by YSL.
YSL will also take control of the 11 YSL stores currently operated by
Mendes in key locations across Europe including Milan, Rome, Berlin and
Munich. These stores, together with the YSL operated ones in Paris, London
and New York among others, will provide the basis for the expansion of Yves
Saint Laurent's worldwide directly operated store network.
Commenting on the acquisition, Domenico De Sole, President and Chief
Executive of Gucci Group N.V. said:

"I am pleased to announce Yves Saint Laurent Couture's acquisition of
Mendes. This acquisition, which gives us direct control over the worldwide
distribution of a key product category, Women's Ready-To-Wear, will permit us
to consolidate our control over YSL distribution and brand image."

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, jewelry, 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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Phytera and Unilever Sign Joint Research and Development

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:13 by beautycare
WORCESTER, Mass., and EDGEWATER, N.J., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Phytera,
Inc. (Phytera) and Unilever Research U.S. (Unilever) announced today that they
have entered into a joint development collaboration to discover agents useful
in certain types of personal care products. This agreement is part of
Phytera's strategy to expand the application of its proprietary, natural
products-based chemical diversity libraries beyond pharmaceuticals to other
important segments of the life sciences industry.
Under the terms of the agreement, Phytera is providing ExPAND(R) plant
cell culture extracts and MARINE(R) marine microorganism extracts for
screening in Unilever's proprietary assay systems. The partners will
collaborate on the optimization of active extracts and the development of
potential products for certain personal care uses. Unilever will have the
right to commercialize products that emerge from this collaboration.
"This partnership begins to demonstrate the tremendous breadth of
potential applications for Phytera's unique chemical diversity libraries,"
said Malcolm Morville, Ph.D., President and CEO of Phytera. "To date, our
partnership focus has been on drug discovery collaborations, but our unique,
natural product-derived chemistry and genetic libraries can deliver products
relevant to a number of industries. In addition to cosmetics and
pharmaceuticals, we see major opportunities for our technology platforms in
the nutraceutical, agriculture, industrial enzyme and other industry segments,
and we intend to pursue additional partnerships in these areas in the near
term."
"Natural materials have long been important in personal care," said
Lincoln Krochmal, M.D., Senior Vice President, Home and Personal Care
Research, of Unilever. "We expect the Phytera library of plant and marine
extracts to provide a rich source of natural agents to enhance the efficacy
and quality of products serving consumer's personal care needs."
Phytera, Inc. is a biotechnology company headquartered in Worcester,
Massachusetts, with wholly owned subsidiaries in Sheffield, UK, Copenhagen,
Denmark and Tastrup, Denmark. The Company is focused on applying novel and
proprietary technology platforms to access the genetic and chemical diversity
of plant cells and marine microbes in cell culture. The resultant chemical
and genetic diversity libraries are being directed towards the identification
of products within the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agricultural, nutraceutical,
industrial enzyme and other business segments. Additionally, Phytera applies
its genomic expertise around Multiple Drug Resistance Pumps in the design of
novel screening systems for drug resistant bacterial and fungal infections.
The Company consistently seeks to leverage its technology platform via
external collaboration and, to date, has signed agreements with Eli Lilly and
Company, Chiron Corporation, Tsumura & Co., NeuroSearch A/S, Galileo
Laboratories, Nycomed Amersham plc and Unilever Research U.S.
Unilever is one of the world's largest consumer products companies with
sales close to $50 billion. It produces and markets a wide range of foods,
home and personal care products. Unilever operates in 88 countries around the
globe and employees 267,000 people.
In the United States, Unilever sales exceeded $8 billion in 1998. It
employs 21,000 people and has 66 offices and manufacturing sites in 23 states.
Two of Unilever's 12 global Business Groups are headquartered in the United
States. Some of their major products are: Foods - North America: Lipton
teas, soups, recipe products and side dishes; Wishbone salad dressings;
Lawry's seasonings and specialty sauces; Imperial, Promise, Country Crock, "I
Can't Believe It's Not Butter", Brummel & Brown spreads and sprays; Ragu pasta
and pizza sauces; Five Brothers premium pasta sauces; Klondike, Good-Humor,
Popsicle and Breyers ice-cream products; and Gorton's frozen seafood products.
Unilever Home and Personal Care - North America: Wisk, all and Surf laundry
detergents; Snuggle and Final Touch fabric softeners; Sunlight dish
detergents; Lever 2000, Caress, Dove and Shield bar soaps; Pond's and Vaseline
skin care products; Q-tips cotton swabs and cotton balls; Mentadent, Aim,
Close-up and Pepsodent oral care products; Degree, Suave and Brut
deodorant/toiletry products; Finesse, Salon Selectives, Suave, ThermaSilk,
Aqua Net and Rave hair care products; and Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden
cosmetic and fragrance products.



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Sunbeam, Helen Of Troy Expand Strategic Alliance In Personal

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:12 by beautycare
Clippers and Trimmers Added to Array of Personal Care Products
To Be Marketed by Beauty Leader

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunbeam Corporation (NYSE: SOC)
today announced that it has expanded its strategic alliance with Helen of Troy
Ltd. (Nasdaq: HELE). Sunbeam has entered into a long-term licensing agreement
that provides for Helen of Troy, a leader in the development and marketing of
brand-name personal care products worldwide, to begin the marketing and
distribution of retail hair clippers and trimmers previously handled by
Sunbeam. This expanded alliance will allow Helen of Troy to focus its
resources in the consumer home use segment, and will allow Sunbeam to expand
its efforts on development of the Oster(R) brand in the professional beauty
and Barber channel.
As previously announced, Helen of Troy will market and distribute other
Sunbeam personal care products under the Sunbeam brand, including hair dryers,
curling irons, hairsetters, mirrors, styling products, hot air brushes, and
personal spa products.
Jerry W. Levin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sunbeam
Corporation, said, "We are delighted to expand our relationship with one of
the world's leaders in the marketing and distribution of personal care
products. Helen of Troy is respected as one of the premiere marketing and
distribution companies in the personal care industry. Moreover, the company's
success in product development has contributed to its outstanding
relationships with retailers. This is a brand-building affiliation for both
Sunbeam and Helen of Troy."
Gerald Rubin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Helen of Troy, said,
"Sunbeam's reputation for quality and innovation has earned high marks with
consumers and retailers alike. Sunbeam products are consistent with the many
other brand-name products we distribute to mass merchandisers, drug chains,
warehouse clubs, and grocery stores. We are pleased to be adding Sunbeam to
the list of high-quality brands that we represent."
Other major brands marketed and distributed by Helen of Troy under
licensing agreements include 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, and the trademark
BARBIE(TM) owned by and used under license by Mattel, Inc.
Sunbeam Corporation is a leading consumer products company that designs,
manufactures and markets, nationally and internationally, a diverse portfolio
of consumer products under such world-class brands as Sunbeam(R), Oster(R),
Grillmaster(R), Coleman(R), Mr. Coffee(R), First Alert(R), Powermate(R),
Health o meter(R), Eastpak(R), and Campingaz(R).

Sunbeam's Cautionary Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results,
performance, or achievements of Sunbeam to be materially different from any
future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those
in the forward-looking statements due to various factors, including those set
forth under the captions "Cautionary Statements" in the Company's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Helen of Troy's Forward-Looking Statements
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.



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PureSoft to Distribute First Scientific's Health Care Handwash Under

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:11 by beautycare
PureSoft to Distribute First Scientific's Health Care Handwash Under
PureCleanse Label

OGDEN, Utah, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- First Scientific(TM), Inc., a
developer and supplier of break-through antimicrobial and skin care protective
solutions, today announced a significant agreement valued at more than
$1 million to supply a proprietary formulation of its antimicrobial handwash
to PureSoft Solutions, LLC., a leading New Hampshire-based manufacturer and
supplier of hard-surface disinfectant and skin care products.
PureSoft Solutions has immediate plans to market First Scientific's
antimicrobial handwash under its PureCleanse(R) product label. Available
immediately through PureSoft's network of specialty distributors throughout
the United States, the PureCleanse Antimicrobial Handwash will be supplied to
the long-term care, professional health care and acute care markets, in
addition to specialty niche markets. Specialty distributor negotiations are
already underway.
"The U.S. domestic institutional and professional healthcare markets have
each been ready for new technology in antimicrobial skin preparations for some
time," said David Wilich, president and chief executive officer of PureSoft
Solutions. "This addition to PureSoft's product line brings exciting, new
technologies to these markets efficiently. In the foreseeable term, the
healthcare industry will benefit from decreased levels of infection among
patients, clinical workers, and all visitors to this at risk population."
First Scientific's antimicrobial Health Care Personnel Handwash
formulation is highly efficacious and fast-acting against a broad spectrum of
pathogens, including Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and
Staphylococcus aureus.
First Scientific President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Hales
explains that while the antimicrobial formula is effective against the spread
of infection, the professional health care industry is also taking note of the
formula's proven ability to increase skin moisture content. "By eliminating
the skin degrading and irritating actives typically found in the marketplace
today, such as CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate), PCMX (Chloroxlyenol),
Triclosan(R), iodine, and alcohol, our antimicrobial handwash formulation is
effective for frequent handwashing, the single most important procedure for
the prevention of infection," said Hales.
Wilich noted, "Among the several thousand current users of PureSoft
Solution's product line -- clinical workers and patients alike -- no other
family of products offers this level of clinical and patient promise, user
comfort, and cost-effectiveness."

About PureSoft Solutions, LLC:
PureSoft Solutions, LLC., is a leading New Hampshire-based manufacturer
and supplier of hard-surface infection control and skin care protective
solutions for health care, food service, and specialty use environments.
PureSoft Solutions infection control products are available under the
PureCleanse(R) label through approved PureSoft Solutions distributors.
PureSoft Solutions can be reached at (877) 494-7873, via email:
sales@puresoftsolutions.com, or by visiting http://www.puresoftsolutions.com.

About First Scientific(TM), Inc.:
First Scientific(TM), Inc. of Ogden, Utah, is a developer and supplier of
break-through antimicrobial and skin care protective solutions for health
care, food service, and other workplace environments. First Scientific's
products are available through retail under the Fresh Cleanse(R) label and
through third-party distributors and manufacturers. First Scientific can be
reached at (801) 393-5781, via email: firstsci@firstscientific.com, or by
visiting http://www.firstscientific.com.

This release may contain forward-looking statements as well as historical
information. Forward-looking statements may involve known or unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the company's actual results
and performance to differ materially from the company's outlook. Such
forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The
company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements found herein to reflect any changes in company
expectations or results or any change in events. Please refer to First
Scientific Inc.'s recent earnings release and form 10-K for more information
on the risk factors that could cause actual results to differ.

First Scientific is a trademark of First Scientific, Inc. All other
trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.



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Mondera.com Makes Life Easier @ TheMan.com

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2000 - 19:10 by beautycare
Mondera.com Partners with TheMan.com Securing Exclusive Sponsorship of
TheMan.com's 'Getting Engaged' Sub-Channel!

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Mondera.com (http://www.mondera.com) has reason
to celebrate! The luxury e-tailer offering superior quality diamonds, fine
jewelry and luxury items sourced from around the world, today announced a new
partnership making it the exclusive provider of loose diamonds and engagement
ring settings for the TheMan.com (http://www.TheMan.com), the first and only
solutions resource for socially active, time constrained men. Covering topics
ranging from creative anniversary ideas to recreational sports to style,
TheMan.com is the destination of choice for sophisticated men between 25 and
44 years old. Mondera.com's venture with TheMan.com launched with a selection
of loose diamonds and ring settings in the "Getting Engaged" area as well as
more than forty Mondera.com jewelry products integrated throughout
TheMan.com's site. The two companies also plan to create a co-branded jewelry
store located at TheMan.com. This revenue sharing partnership will be
supported with online and offline marketing initiatives and secures
Mondera.com's preferred jewelry merchant positioning at TheMan.com .
Within the "Getting Engaged" sub-channel of TheMan.com, the sites have
created an integrated diamond and engagement ring finder. After the lucky man
has selected the perfect diamond among a selection of thousands, he is then
guided to the ideal setting for his selection.
Mondera.com adds invaluable content such as "Buying a Piece of Forever"
and "Diamond Dictionary" while TheMan.com provides premium content such as
"Tips for an Unforgettable Proposal" including proposal ideas in major
metropolitan areas. This combination of world-class commerce partners like
Mondera.com and premier content delivers the ultimate experience for
grooms-to-be as they create the perfect engagement event for their brides.
"We are delighted to be partnering with TheMan.com, as their audience
represents the single largest demographic of Internet users, and according to
analysts almost half of all online shoppers. It is a brand geared to affluent
young men, which is a crucial demographic for Mondera.com," said Fred Mouawad,
founder and CEO of Mondera.com. "TheMan.com will enable Mondera.com to reach
new customers, young men in their twenties, thirties and forties, and make
them loyal, lifelong customers."
"We are extremely excited about our relationship with Mondera.com.
TheMan.com is dedicated to bringing the best brands, products, and content to
its users," said Calvin Lui, President, CEO and co-founder of TheMan.com.
"Mondera.com's combination of incredible product offerings and content
supplements TheMan.com's solutions retailing model by helping us deliver
actionable advice about how to buy fine jewelry."

About Mondera.com:
Based in New York City's Diamond District, Mondera.com (http://www.mondera.com)
brings the world's best selection of high-quality diamonds, fine jewelry, and
luxury gifts to the Internet. Fourth generation jewelers, Fred and Pascal
Mouawad established Mondera.com with the same zealous attention to detail that
has kept their family at the forefront of the jewelry trade for 110 years. In
addition to offering an outstanding selection of diamonds, the site features
the easy-to-use Learning Center to help consumers make educated, confident
purchase decisions. Mondera sells only certified diamonds and stands behind
all of its merchandise with a 30-day return policy. The company offers
convenient customer service options via telephone, email or instant messaging
providing the consumer constant access to a team of seasoned professionals
from the jewelry trade. Mondera.com is part of the @Ventures network of
synergistic Internet enterprises, an affiliate of CMGI, a recognized leader in
the Internet economy. Mondera.com is also funded by the Sprout Group, a
division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Inc., and Global Investment
Partners. By offering the consumer the very highest quality jewelry and
luxury gifts, with unprecedented customer service, Mondera.com will redefine
luxury retailing for a new generation of consumers.

About TheMan.com
TheMan.com is the first and only solutions retailer for men combining
customized content with contextualized commerce to make their personal lives
easier.
Topics on the site will range from customized advice for social
situations, gifts for family & friends, bachelor party planning, wardrobe,
grooming, home & style ideas, health & fitness, personal finance, travel,
career, gadgets and more. TheMan.com has filled the noticeable void of men's
lifestyle services online by leveraging the power of the Internet to
effectively combine content, commerce, community, and services to provide
complete solutions to men's everyday lifestyle needs. The company possesses a
leading team of advisors from companies such as Lycos, Weider Health & Fitness
and Broadvision.



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ALEXANDRIA, VA ­ February 1, 2000 (INB) -- Kootour.com

Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2000 - 17:45 by BeautyCare.com
ALEXANDRIA, VA ­ February 1, 2000 (INB) -- Kootour.com
today announced the debut of its website,
, a person-to-person auction of
upscale clothing and accessories from designers such as
Channel, Gucci, Versace and many others.

Kootour.com is a venue for expensive haute couture items
that will be auctioned at bargain basement prices in
comparison to the retail prices of such luxury items. The
President and CEO of Kootour.com realized when she looked in
her closet one day that hanging there was enough money to
fund a college education. Just one of her Chanel outfits
alone was a $5,000 dollar investment. She saw the "need to
get some return on this investment" and thus the Kootour.com
concept was born.

Kootour.com's target audience is individual sellers and
buyers, consignment resale shops as well as clearance
inventory items. To celebrate the debut of their online
auction site, Kootour.com is offering free listings and no
commission fees. Kootour.com is certified by both Verisign
and Cybercash for secure web transactions.

For more information visit http://www.kootour.com or call
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Yves Saint Laurent Couture Acquires C. Mendes S.A.

Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2000 - 17:35 by BeautyCare.com
Yves Saint Laurent Couture Acquires C. Mendes S.A.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Gucci Group N.V. (NYSE and
Amsterdam: GUC) today announces that Yves Saint Laurent Couture ("YSL") has
acquired the outstanding 66% of C. Mendes S.A. ("Mendes") capital to bring the
company under YSL's full ownership. This includes all of Mendes' affiliated
companies, including Diffusion Rive Gauche S.A. and Paris Collections Inc.
Mendes held the license for production of Yves Saint Laurent Women's
Ready-To-Wear ("WRTW") collections and worldwide distribution of Yves Saint
Laurent Rive Gauche until 2005.
This acquisition gives YSL direct control of all aspects of product
development, production and distribution of the YSL WRTW ranges, including
Rive Gauche. It will bring efficiencies and transparency of pricing for WRTW,
which represents the single largest product category within Yves Saint Laurent
stores. The Rive Gauche Men's Ready-To-Wear collection is already directly
operated by YSL.
YSL will also take control of the 11 YSL stores currently operated by
Mendes in key locations across Europe including Milan, Rome, Berlin and
Munich. These stores, together with the YSL operated ones in Paris, London
and New York among others, will provide the basis for the expansion of Yves
Saint Laurent's worldwide directly operated store network.
Commenting on the acquisition, Domenico De Sole, President and Chief
Executive of Gucci Group N.V. said:

"I am pleased to announce Yves Saint Laurent Couture's acquisition of
Mendes. This acquisition, which gives us direct control over the worldwide
distribution of a key product category, Women's Ready-To-Wear, will permit us
to consolidate our control over YSL distribution and brand image."

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, jewelry, 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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