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March 2000 Unveils New e-commerce Site in Japan

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:46 by Unveils New e-commerce Site in Japan - Serving Japan's Consumer Market

LOS ANGELES, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- (Nasdaq: IBUY), a
leading Internet-based merchandising, sales, and services organization, today
unveiled its e-commerce Web site to Japan's online consumer market. The site,
located at, is providing Japan's consumer market with a
comprehensive selection of style-related products created by top Japanese
Among the site's state-of-the art features include virtual reality online
retail stores for vendors. These virtual stores enable consumers to enjoy
shopping within vendors' unique environments; experiencing the look and feel
of the different stores as well as vendors' individual products. The site's
"Shopping Department" treats consumers to a variety of specially merchandised
shops and brands. Among featured vendors are young women's favorites such as
gout commun (clothing), LIL (bags) and Surge (T-shirts), produced by Grand
Cascade Inc. Designer brands include Ritsuko Shirahama, Yoshiyuki Konishi,
Dislocation by Toshiyuki Fuchigami, and many more. Additionally, the site
enables vendors to integrate their on and off-line consumer reach by providing
consumers with the opportunity to shop online via Flash enhanced product
showcases, as well as check out locations of vendors' brick and mortar retail
stores. Consumers can peruse retail stores and designer boutiques in
Harajuku's famous garment district such as Hysteric Glamour, INDEX, UNITED
ARROWS, GAP, Uniqlo, and more. The site also features style-related news and
a fully-stocked gift guide section.
"Along with Styleclick-JP, Inc., we're pleased to bring Japan's massive
inventory of style-related products on to the Internet and to provide online
shoppers throughout the nation with unlimited access to apparel, cosmetics,
accessories, footwear, and other high demand style-related merchandise," said
Maurizio Vecchione, President and co-Chief Executive Officer,
"Using our proprietary e-merchandising platform to create unique online
shopping environments catering to consumers' personalized needs, we're
enabling vendors and designers throughout Japan to extend their sales and
consumer reach via the Internet."
Launching as Inc.'s first global initiative, the new site
replicates the company's successful e-commerce business model,
as well its organizational and operational structure. Via a services and
licensing agreement with Japan-based Internet content service provider,
Styleclick-JP, Inc., is assisting Styleclick-JP, Inc. in
building and managing the new Web site and will receive ongoing revenues from
the site's transactional sales.
"Replicating's proven-successful business model was
essential in facilitating our fast and easy entry into Japan's e-commerce
arena," stated Brian M. Hayashi, President of Styleclick-JP, Inc. "With, top brands of all sizes are now able to conduct business
online, and consumers throughout Japan will have access to easy, convenient
shopping for style-related merchandise."
The launch of marks the first of its three-phase
expansion throughout Japan. Styleclick-JP, Inc. is currently in the process
of growing the site's client roster of Asian vendors, retailers, and
manufacturers of style-related products and will soon launch an extensive
marketing and advertising campaign supporting the site to the trade and
consumer market throughout Japan. Inc. (Nasdaq: IBUY), provides retailers and manufacturers
with comprehensive e-commerce services and consumers with an enhanced online
shopping experience. Inc.'s flagship site, located at, provides an easy environment to shop for in-style fashion
and accessories from one of the Internet's largest collection of brands. In
January, Styleclick, Inc. and USA Networks Interactive, a division of USA
Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: USAI), announced an agreement to form a new company by
merging USA's Internet Shopping Network (ISN) and The new
company will represent one of the leading Internet-based merchandising, sales
and services companies by providing brand name retail opportunities to
consumers, and third-party retail services to businesses. The new company
will also leverage the complementary infrastructure of USA Electronic Commerce
and Services, another division of USAi, in the servicing, marketing, sales and
fulfillment of its e-commerce platform and brands.


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French Fragrances Selects e-Intelliprise From American Software

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:38 by
French Fragrances Selects e-Intelliprise From American Software

American Software Combines With IBM Global Services
To Develop e-Commerce Solution

ATLANTA, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- American Software USA (Nasdaq: AMSWA)
today announced an agreement to develop and implement an e-commerce business
solution for French Fragrances, Inc. (FFI), a leading manufacturer and
marketer of prestige fragrances. American Software will implement
e-Intelliprise(TM), the first Internet-ready front-to-back office solution,
and provide off-site implementation and application hosting services during
the installation phase. This arrangement avoids draining customer resources
during the non value-added period of implementation.
"After a comprehensive review of e-business solution providers, we chose
American Software to help us realize our e-business vision rapidly and cost-
effectively," said Scott Beattie, French Fragrances CEO. "American Software
understood the complexity of delivering the solution we needed and the
flexibility of e-Intelliprise addressed our need for innovation and
competitive advantage."
American Software's e-Intelliprise is a seamlessly integrated solution for
e-business. Its design, incorporating front-office e-business content
directly derived from the back-office ERP execution systems, is unique among
e-business implementations. Working with American Software, IBM Global
Services (IBM) will provide additional project management and web-creative
services to the French Fragrances e-business project.
"We are excited about the opportunity to work with American Software to
create a far-sighted e-business solution for French Fragrances," said Jack
Wilkerson, Managing Principal of IBM Global Services. "The ability of
e-Intelliprise to incorporate front office content from the back office ERP
will give French Fragrances a distinct e-business advantage."
The e-Intelliprise suite allows a user to deploy all ERP functions over
the web without a separate implementation. This capability eliminates the
financial and timeliness issues usually associated with traditional e-business
implementation. The alert-enabled business intelligence of the solution
allows users to easily monitor operational efficiencies via the Internet and
gain competitive advantage when business-critical events occur.
"Our e-Intelliprise suite is designed to facilitate the exchange of
information, integrate practices and solve complex e-business problems," said
James C. Edenfield, president and CEO of American Software. "The combined
strengths of e-Intelliprise and IBM Global Services will transform French
Fragrances into an innovative e-business model."
Using e-Intelliprise leverages the power and value of an ERP solution
throughout the supply chain by providing:

* Out-of-the-box total e-business solution
* Web-enabled order processing
* Ready-to-use business intelligence
* Standardized best practices for traditional and e-business operations
* Established business profiles and rules by user
* Enhanced collaboration with trading partners
* Flexibility to perform traditional or flow manufacturing
* Complete financial and operational insight, comprehensive trading
partner analysis and the benefit of a unified enterprise

About French Fragrances
French Fragrances is a rapidly growing manufacturer and marketer of
prestige fragrances and related skin treatment and cosmetic products. French
Fragrances sells its products to more than 35,000 retail locations, including
department stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and independent fragrance,
cosmetic and specialty stores.

About American Software
Based in Atlanta, American Software develops, markets, and supports one of
the industry's most comprehensive offerings of integrated e-business
applications and services. The Company's integrated applications deliver
e-business solutions that give customers control over their front office,
manufacturing, supply chain, logistics/ distribution, human resources and
finance processes across a wide range of industries internationally. For more
information, contact: American Software; 470 E. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA
30305. (404) 261-4381. FAX: (404) 264-5206. Home page: .
Intelliprise is a trademark of American Software.

SOURCE American Software USA

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Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Establishes a Strong Presence Throughout Canada

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:36 by
Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Establishes a Strong Presence Throughout Canada as a Result of an Agreement to Distribute Its Products to Mass
Merchandisers Including, Wal*Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart

Ontario Distribution Center Ensures Service Excellence

BRENTWOOD, N.Y., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.
(Amex: ALU) today announced that it has reached an agreement with an Ontario,
Canada based distribution center, resulting in Allou distributing its products
to leading mass merchandisers operating throughout Canada, including Wal*Mart
(NYSE: WMT) and Shoppers Drug Mart.
David Shamilzadeh, senior vice president and chief financial officer,
stated, "This transaction ensures our valued customers unparalleled Just-in-
Time deliveries and quality service, which we are confident will contribute to
Allou's future top and bottom line performance."
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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Vital Living Products, Inc. (VLPI) 1999 Earnings Double Previous Forecast

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:21 by
Vital Living Products, Inc. (VLPI) 1999 Earnings Double Previous Forecast

MATTHEWS, N.C., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Vital Living Products Inc.,
(OTC Bulletin Board: VLPI) d.b.a. American Water Service, manufacturer of the
award winning PurTest(R), America's only comprehensive national brand of
do-it-yourself home water testing products, announced today its 1999 earnings
were more than double its previous forecast due to a greater than expected
extraordinary gain. The 1999 audited financials reveal earnings of $.85 per
share versus the 1998 loss of $.39 per share. VLPI had estimated 1999
earnings at $.40 per share due to extraordinary gains resulting from a series
of agreements with its primary lender offset against operating deficits. The
agreements included debt forgiveness and stock for debt and equipment.
Donald R. Podrebarac, VLPI's President and CEO stated, "Our 1999 earnings
performance was driven by a greater than expected extraordinary gain of
$1.16 per share and better PurTest sales and margins than in 1998." He
continued, "While 1999 still produced operational deficits, our growth in
distribution has made us the industry leader and has set the stage for an
exciting and challenging 2000." He concluded, "We are going to concentrate
our resources and capital on continuing double digit distribution growth,
development of new products and strategic partnering."
The PurTest line of water test kits gives consumers a laboratory certified
product to check their water at home, quickly and accurately, for Bacteria,
Lead, Iron, Nitrates, Nitrites, Copper, Hardness, pH and other conditions or
PurTest is now available in about 20,000 locations nationwide and has
created a new section in plumbing departments and for water treatment and
filtration. It spurs sales of existing water products being offered by
retailers. After receiving national acclaim and endorsements by several
notable organizations, PurTest was recommended by Consumer Digest and picked
up by Today's Homeowner magazine as a "Best New Product for 2000."
For more information about PurTest or on-line investor information on
Vital Living Products, Inc, please contact Sandy Coughlin at 1-800-788-4825,
visit VLPI online at:, or email Brokers and analysts call Kathryn Jensen at
Stockcom, Inc. 877-878-6909 or email .

Safe Harbor statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: This announcement may contain "forward looking" statements.
Although we believe that the statements contained in the announcement are
reasonable, we can give no assurances that such statements will prove correct.

SOURCE Vital Living Products
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L'eggs website

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:19 by
NEW YORK, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Live from the Internet ... it's the new
L'eggs website at! The new site offers women a wealth of relevant product information to help them find the L'eggs brand that best suits their hosiery needs and lifestyle. Reinventing itself with a creative
flair, L'eggs has evolved a general interest, content-driven site into an
educational, interactive site showcasing pertinent product information in an
entertaining, dynamic environment for fashion-conscious, web-savvy women.
"The Internet is continuously evolving, therefore so must our site,"
explains Sidney Falken, Vice President of Marketing for L'eggs Products.
"Today's savvy consumer wants information on our brand's special attributes so
they will be able to make an informed purchase decision. In the new site, we
have provided this information in a fresh and fun way."
Created by DDB Digital - Chicago, the new L'eggs website has an
easy-to-use graphic interface that makes for simple navigation. Egg-shaped
icons and corresponding rollovers introduce users to the core line of L'eggs
products, while navigational toolbars provide convenient links to sub-brands
and an online store where consumers can purchase products. Shockwave
animation, combined with relevant and dynamic text, make for an interactive,
engaging experience.
An exciting element of the new site is the addition of electronic animated
greeting cards, called Energized Moments(TM). Sponsored by L'eggs Sheer
Energy, these e-cards enable site visitors to send to family and friends a
note of inspiration to "brighten up their day." With music and animation,
the three e-cards aptly titled Breathe, Smile, and Simplify, urge the receiver
to take a moment out of their busy schedule to relax and re-energize.
Another element of the new site gives the user the chance to "give their
creative spirit L'eggs," by experiencing fashionable L'eggswear products
through an interactive experience, named, "Mannequin Makeover(TM)." Inspired
by its consumer print ad campaign, the interactive feature is fun, innovative,
and allows users to see how styles of L'eggswear tights, trouser and casual
socks look on the mannequin's legs, along with other accessories. Perfect for
demonstrating a sense of personal style, the user can even post their "works
of art" in the site's online gallery.
Women can also come back to the site to learn about new product offerings
in the "What's New" section. Spotlighted in this section are two new
products, Bare L'eggs and Just My Size Naturally Bare. These new products
provide virtually invisible coverage for your legs with only a hint of color
to enhance your leg's natural beauty and reveal a nearly flawless finish.
Made from luxurious Sideria yarn, these products bring the technology of skin
tone enhancing, department store style hosiery brands to the mass consumer.
L'eggs has enjoyed a history of recognition for its website. The
company's first website received a 1996 Clio Award in the field of
cyber-advertising. Combining subtle marketing of L'eggs products with a
variety of other educational and entertaining resources, the website succeeded
in being a leading-edge marketer.
"We were thrilled in 1996 to receive this award, and are hopeful that the
new site will live up to the user's expectations," says Falken.
L'eggs Products, the nation's leading hosiery company to the food, drug
and mass channels of trade, is a division of Sara Lee Corporation, which
manufactures and markets legwear for women and girls. Other L'eggs Products
brands include Bare L'eggs, Sheer Elegance, Sheer Energy, Silken Mist, Sheer
Comfort, Reliance, Smooth Silhouettes, L'eggswear, and Little L'eggs.

SOURCE L'eggs Products Comments (1153)

Herbal Essences Inc's Deal With Teen Superstar Britney Spears

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:13 by
Herbal Essences Inks Deal With Teen Superstar Britney Spears

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Haircare giant Clairol confirmed rumors
today that they have, indeed, signed on teen-age singing sensation Britney
Spears to represent their powerhouse Herbal Essences line. Britney will serve
as spokeswoman for the brand and will begin appearing in television, print and
radio ads later this Spring. Her image will also be used for Internet
promotions. Herbal Essences plans on sponsoring Britney's 50 city summer
tour, which runs fro.ho+^V>ulia
Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Ivana Trump, Linda Evans,
Jerry Hall, Martina Hingis and, most recently, Debra Messing for Nice 'n Easy.
Herbal Essences is Clairol's most popular product collection and includes
shampoos, conditioners, stylers, face care, body products and scented candles.
The brand gained notoriety partly due to its award-winning fragrance and
provocative TV ad campaign that depicted women in various states of jubilation
as they shampooed their hair with Herbal Essences. For more information,
access the company website at

SOURCE Clairol

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Alberto-Culver to Purchase Pro-Line Corporation

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:12 by
Alberto-Culver to Purchase Pro-Line Corporation

MELROSE PARK, Ill., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alberto-Culver Company
(NYSE: ACV, ACVA) today announced that it had signed a contract to purchase
Pro-Line Corporation of Dallas, Texas, a leading manufacturer and marketer of
personal care products for the African-American market. Terms of the cash
purchase, which is expected to close within thirty days, were not disclosed.
Pro-Line manufactures and markets products under the brand names of Soft &
Beautiful(R) and Just for Me(R). Just for Me children's relaxer products are
the number one brand in this important category segment. Alberto-Culver,
which has had a key presence in the African-American hair care marketplace for
over 20 years, markets products under the brand names TCB(R) and Motions(R).
In announcing the agreement, Howard B. Bernick, President & Chief
Executive Officer of Alberto-Culver, said that the combination of the product
lines would make Alberto-Culver the world's number two marketer of hair care
products to the African-American market.
"The African-American market is growing in both size and purchasing
power," Mr. Bernick commented, "and we are very pleased to be able to add to
the depth of our lines with the quality of Soft & Beautiful and Just for Me
products. We are also very pleased to be able to strengthen the Alberto-
Culver management ranks with the key people who have been guiding Pro-Line's
growth and creating their market-leading products." Pro-Line's current
management team, headed by President Eric Brown and Executive Vice President
Renee Cottrell Brown, will continue to lead Pro-Line Corporation as an
independent business unit of Alberto-Culver.
Sales for Pro-Line in 1999 were approximately $45 million and Mr. Bernick
said he expected the acquisition to be slightly accretive to Alberto-Culver
earnings in its first year of ownership.
Pro-Line founder and chairman Comer J. Cottrell, in reflecting on
Pro-Line's growth since he started the company almost 30 years ago, commented,
"We have been talking with Alberto-Culver for some time about the future of
Pro-Line. We are very excited about their commitment to growing our brands
and the global resources and enthusiasm that they bring to our business. I am
particularly pleased to see that Pro-Line's management team headed by Eric and
Renee Brown will be joining Alberto-Culver and leading a global effort to grow
their brands and ours in the ethnic personal care category."
Alberto-Culver is a $2 billion manufacturer and marketer of personal care,
household and grocery items, headquartered in Melrose Park, Illinois, and
selling its products globally in over 120 countries. Its Sally Beauty Company
subsidiary is the largest distributor of professional beauty supplies in the
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such
statements are based on management's current assessments of risks and
uncertainties and reflect various assumptions, which may or may not prove to
be correct. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ
from projections contained in such forward-looking statements include the
pattern of brand sales; competition within the relevant product markets; risks
inherent in acquisitions and strategic alliances; changes in costs; the costs
and effects of unanticipated legal proceedings; and variations in political,
economic or other external factors over which the company has no control. The
company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement in
this press release.

SOURCE Alberto-Culver Company

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WCW Nitro for Men(TM) Fragrance Nominated for Fragrance of the Year

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:10 by
WCW Nitro for Men(TM) Fragrance Nominated for Fragrance of the Year

MIAMI, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- E Com Ventures, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ECMV)
wholly-owned subsidiary Perfumania Marketing, Inc. today announced that their
proprietary fragrance brand, WCW Nitro for Men, is being placed on the "FiFi"
ballot (the equivalent to the "Oscars" of the fragrance world) for the most
prestigious award in the fragrance industry. This year marks the 28th annual
"FiFi" Men's and Women's Fragrance award ceremony which will take place on
June 6, 2000 in New York
WCW Nitro for Men launched on November 24, 1999 and was supported by the
cross marketing efforts between and over 280 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 a very effective approach to the traditional costly methods of
launching a new fragrance brand in the USA.
Mr. Jerome Falic, CEO of Perfumania, Inc., said, "It is an honor to have
the WCW Nitro for Men fragrance placed on the ballot at the 'FiFi' awards.
This is a wonderful recognition that is being bestowed upon the fragrance and
our Company. The inherent synergies created by combining our brick and mortar
stores and our website, along with the unconventional and cost-effective
marketing methods created the perfect platform for successfully launching this
brand nationally."
Mr. Richard Davis, Marketing Manager of Perfumania, Inc., said, "I am very
proud of this industry recognition of the WCW Nitro for Men fragrance. I am
impressed with the performance of this brand and thankful for the support we
have received from WCW. As the brand manager for the fragrance and being
involved since its inception, there is nothing like seeing it take on a life
of its own."
Mr. Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc., said, "Our
licensing division, Leisure Concepts, Inc., takes great pride in licensing WCW
to quality manufacturers who understand brand marketing. We are thrilled with
Perfumania, they truly deserve such a prestigious award for the fine job they
have done with WCW Nitro for Men."
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. Touted as a fragrance for the millennium, the WCW Nitro for Men
fragrance gives men a feeling of confidence with a hint of sophistication.
The FiFi Awards, which recognize excellence in the fragrance industry, are
voted on by nearly 1,300 members of the Fragrance Foundation, as well as
retailers nationwide. "FiFi" was "coined" by John Ledes the Publisher of
Beauty Fashion in 1989. The award has become an icon for the global fragrance
industry. In 1993, the first annual European "FiFi" Awards for the most
successful men's and women's fragrances of the year were presented in the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Over 1,500 members of the
international fragrance community attend today's glamorous "FiFi" ceremonies,
held in New York City. The awards are presented by celebrities from the world
of fashion, theater, film and TV.
E Com Ventures, Inc. facilitates cross-marketing and cross-promotional
opportunities between its member companies, e-commerce investments and its
wholly-owned subsidiary, Perfumania Marketing, Inc. with its approximately
1,600 employees, over 270 brick and mortar stores and $190 million in annual
sales. E Com Ventures, Inc. supports startups or existing B to B or B to C
companies with development strategies and financial support tarner 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 and

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.

SOURCE Perfumania, Inc.

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Nu Skin Hosts Distributor Convention in Europe

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:09 by
Nu Skin Hosts Distributor Convention in Europe

Company Unveils Products, Showcases Divisions
And Outlines Internet Initiatives

BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin, a division of Nu Skin
Enterprises (NYSE: NUS), recently hosted a two-day convention in Brussels to
introduce new product lines and business initiatives to European distributors.
At the convention, Nu Skin Enterprises also showcased its divisional model and
announced significant Internet strategies for Europe.
"We are entering a new era in our business with the implementation of Nu
Skin Enterprises' divisional strategy," said Grant F. Pace, president of Nu
Skin. "As we embark on cross-divisional initiatives in Europe, we will
strengthen our product and business offerings to Nu Skin distributors and
During the convention, Nu Skin introduced more than 20 new personal care
products, including several from the Epoch(TM) line of ethnobotanical products
and the Nu Colour(R) cosmetics line, including Custom Colour compacts with
snap-in shades. The division also announced plans to offer the revolutionary
Nu Skin 180(TM) Anti-Aging Skin Therapy System in Europe during the third
quarter of 2000. The Nu Skin 180 system is a scientifically advanced skin
care system designed to combat and slow signs of aging, delivering smoother
and softer skin in as early as seven days. Nu Skin 180 has quickly become the
division's top selling product system in every market it has been introduced.
"During the last year, our distributor meetings and conventions have
focused on training our sales force about how our divisional strategy will
serve as the catalyst for growth in the company's markets throughout the
world," said Steven J. Lund, president and chief executive officer. "We
believe that our three divisions -- Nu Skin personal care products, Pharmanex
nutritional products and Big Planet technology and Internet products and
services -- substantially enhance our direct sales offering by allowing
distributors to focus on the opportunity they are passionate about while
generating volume from purchases and sales across all divisions.
"Distributors in Europe continue to be enthusiastic about Nu Skin, as well
as the planned introduction of the Pharmanex opportunity to their markets next
year," Mr. Lund stated. "We are building a strong foundation for Pharmanex in
Europe by conducting prelaunch programs and introducing select Pharmanex
During the convention, Pharmanex announced that five new products will be
available in Europe by May in preparation for the full Pharmanex launch in the
first quarter of 2001. "Natural remedies have been widely accepted in Europe
for many years," Mr. Lund added. "We believe the science and technology
behind Pharmanex products will be embraced by our European distributors and
Nu Skin Enterprises also announced several initiatives that will further
the company's vision of becoming the world's leading E-Direct Selling(TM)
Company. "As more Europeans use the Internet to conduct business and shop, we
are strengthening our online presence in order to stay on the leading edge of
the e-commerce movement," Mr. Lund said. "We are harnessing the power of the
Internet to create efficiencies throughout our business, and we will soon
offer online ordering and training tools for distributors in all of our
European markets."

The Company
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest direct selling companies
in the world and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
"NUS." The company's products are sold in 31 countries throughout the
Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
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 or through the Company News On-Call fax service.
For a menu of Nu Skin Enterprises news or to retrieve a specific release, call
800-758-5804, extension 119638.

Please note: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which
represent the company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events,
including, among other things, the planned introduction of the Nu Skin 180(TM)
Anti-Aging Skin Therapy System and the Pharmanex business opportunity in
Europe, and the belief that the divisional strategy will substantially enhance
Nu Skin Enterprises' direct sales offering. These forward-looking statements
are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and
outcomes to differ materially from those discussed or anticipated. These
factors include, but are not limited to: (i) the ability of Nu Skin to
complete all actions necessary to launch the Nu Skin 180 product system in a
timely manner including obtaining any necessary regulatory approvals, (ii) the
ability of Pharmanex to obtain necessary regulatory approvals for the products
planned to be introduced in the European market in a timely manner, and (iii)
risks that the launch of the new products and business opportunity may not
meet Nu Skin Enterprises' expectations or gain market acceptance. The
forward-looking statements are further qualified by the risks set forth in the
company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the
company's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

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Parsol(R) 1789 Protects Against Photodamage

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:08 by
Parsol(R) 1789 Protects Against Photodamage And Premature Aging of the Skin

Breakthrough Research: In Vivo Studies on Human Volunteers Show
Exceptional Protection against Damaging UVA Light

PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- According to recent data, it
only takes brief, repetitive sun exposure from daily tasks, such as walking to
the car or mail box, to initiate skin damage. Prevention of such damage
requires Broad Spectrum protection from the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays
(290 - 320nm) that cause sunburn and the entire ultraviolet A (UVA) range
(320 - 400nm). Once thought to have negligible effect on the skin, research
now shows that UVA may play a significant role in the photoaging process,
which is marked by morphological and histological changes in the collagen and
elastin tissues. Repeated exposure to the shorter wavelength UVA II (320 -
340nm) and the longer wavelength UVA I (340 - 400nm) may result in excessive
dryness, formation of fine lines, wrinkles, irregular skin pigmentation,
weakening of the skin's immune system and even skin cancer.
"The first, most essential step in the maintenance of healthy, youthful
skin is total protection from UV rays, including the long wavelength UVA
radiation (UVA-I)," said Stanley B. Levy, MD, Clinical Professor of
Dermatology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and
Associate in Medicine (Dermatology) at Duke University Medical Center.
"Preventing premature aging is a universal concern, as evidenced by the
dramatic increase in cosmetic surgery procedures. UVA rays are harmful
because they have a negative effect on elastin and collagen, which are
responsible for keeping the skin firm and young looking. It is vital to
protect against the damaging effects of the entire UVA radiation, especially
after corrective measures (e.g., surgery, peeling)."

PARSOL(R) 1789 - For Broad Spectrum UVA Protection of the Skin
Quantitive evaluation of the UVB protection of sun care products has long
been established through the measurement of SPF values (Sun Protection
Factors). A reliable method has not been established yet for the measurement
of UVA protection under real-life conditions.
Over the last few years, pioneering research work has been ongoing at the
Department of Dermatology of the University of Pennsylvania, using biomarkers,
to determine quantitatively the UVA protective values of various UVA filters.
Three new in vivo studies on human skin have confirmed the benefits of the
combination of the Broad Spectrum UVA filter, Parsol(R) 1789 and other UVB
filters, in providing optimal protection from repetitive exposure to UV light.
The three studies were conducted by Kays Kaidbey, MD, Adjunct Professor of
Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. In these studies, dose-related
morphological and histological changes were measured. The changes include
Epidermal Thickening (associated with UVB damage), Sun Burn Cells (also
indicative of UVB damage), p53 Mutations (marker of epidermal DNA damage),
Special Enzyme Deposition (the enzyme Lysozyme is indicative of damage to
elastin fibers) and Dermal Inflammation (indicative of damage to the deeper
layers of the dermis).

Study #1: Comparison of Conventional and Broad Spectrum Sunscreens in
Prevention of Cumulative UVA - I Damage
Conventional sunscreen products are not designed to protect against
damaging UVA-I wavelengths (340 - 400nm). These products, principally
formulated with UVB and UVA II (320 - 340nm) filters, protect against UVB and
only partially protect against UVA. They provide little or no protection
against the UVA-I portion of the spectrum. In this study a conventional
sunscreen containing a UVB filter (octyl methoxycinnamate) and a UVA II filter
(oxybenzone) was tested against a Broad Spectrum sunscreen which contained the
same UVB/UVA II filters, plus the Broad Spectrum UVA II/UVA I filter,
Parsol(R) 1789.
The human subjects were exposed to a daily dose of UVA I radiation
(340 - 400nm) for nine consecutive days. The results, obtained through
biopsies of the treated areas, confirmed that low dose cumulative UVA I
exposure damages both the epidermis and the dermis. The study also showed
that the Broad Spectrum sunscreen containing the UVA filter Parsol 1789
provided superior protection against epidermal and dermal damage as compared
to the conventional sunscreen, which provides only partial protection against
the short wavelength UVA II.

Study #2: Comparison of a Conventional Sunscreen Containing UVB Filters
Only and a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Containing the UVB Filter Octyl
Methoxycinnamate (Parsol(R) MCX) and the UVA Filter Parsol(R) 1789 in
Prevention of Cumulative UVB and UVA II & UVA I Damage.
In this study a conventional sunscreen that contained only UVB filters was
compared to a Broad Spectrum sunscreen containing the widely used UVB filter
octyl methoxycinnamate (Parsol(R) MCX) and the Broad Spectrum UVA filter
Parsol 1789.
The human subjects in this study were exposed to the entire UV range (UVB
and UVA II and UVA I) for nine consecutive days. The results obtained through
biopsies of the treated areas confirmed that cumulative exposure to the UV
range considerably damages both the epidermis and the dermis. The combination
of the UVB filter octyl methoxycinnamate and the UVA filter Parsol(R) 1789
provided superior protection against both UVB and UVA radiation under
simulated conditions of normal exposure (equivalent to 3 hours of direct
sunlight in the New York/New Jersey area during the months of July and August)
as compared to a conventional sunscreen containing only UVB filters.

Study #3: Comparison of the Photoprotective Properties of a Broad Spectrum
Sunscreen Containing the UVB Filter Octyl Methoxycinnamate and a Broad
Spectrum Sunscreen Containing the UVB Filter Octocrylene
Over the last few years various in vitro studies have shown that
sunscreens containing the UVB filter octocrylene and the UVA filter Parsol
1789 provide superior protection as compared to sunscreens containing the
widely used UVB filter octyl methoxycinnamate and Parsol 1789. Unfortunately,
most of the studies were conducted in the lab and not on human skin. To
determine the validity of such claims, the photoprotective effects of a
sunscreen containing the combination of octocrylene and Parsol 1789 were
evaluated against the photoprotective effects of a sunscreen containing octyl
methoxycinnamate and Parsol 1789.
The human subjects were exposed to the entire UV range (UVB and UVA II &
UVA I) for nine consecutive days. The results obtained through biopsies of
the treated areas established the parity of both systems in providing
protection to the epidermis and the dermis as long as the products were
adequately formulated with certain solvents and UVB filters.

Parsol(R) 1789 - a Powerful UVA Filter for Protection Against Skin Damage
and Premature Aging of The Skin
The three in vivo studies on human skin conducted by Dr. Kays Kaidbey of
the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated the strong Broad Spectrum
photoprotective properties of Parsol(R) 1789 when combined with UVB filters.
They showed that low dose, cumulative long wavelength UVA I exposure damages
both the epidermis and the dermis. Additionally, these studies confirmed that
treatment with conventional sunscreens containing UVB filters and short
wavelength UVA-II filters, afforded some protection, but that the Broad
Spectrum sunscreen containing Parsol 1789 provided greater protection of the
epidermis and dermis. The second study showed the superior protective
properties of a Broad Spectrum sunscreen containing Parsol 1789 against
cumulative exposure to the entire UV range (UVB & UVA II and UVA I: - 290 -
400 nm) as compared to a conventional sunscreen containing only UVB filters.
The third study showed no considerable difference in photoprotection against
cumulative UVB & UVA II/UVA I exposure between a Broad Spectrum sunscreen
containing the UVB/UVA system of octocrylene/Parsol 1789 and the UVB/UVA
system of octyl methoxycinnamate/Parsol 1789, when tested on human subjects
under simulated conditions.
"Skin is under constant threat of damage from UVB and UVA radiation,"
stated Dr. Kaidbey. "These studies demonstrate the efficacy of Parsol 1789 in
protecting human skin against the entire UVB and UVA spectrum when combined
with UVB filters. This kind of all year round protection from daily exposure
is essential for prevention of skin damage and premature aging of the skin."

Parsol(R) is a registered trademark of the Givaudan-Roure Corporation, a
member of the Roche Group. Parsol 1789 was approved as a Broad Spectrum UVA
filter by the U.S Food and Drug Administration in April 1997 for use in sun
and skin care products in the United States. Parsol(R)MCX is the trade name
of the UVB filter octyl methoxycinnamate.

SOURCE Roche Vitamins Inc.

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Sunlight and Hot Blow-Drying are Major Causes of Hair Damage;

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:06 by
Sunlight and Hot Blow-Drying are Major Causes of Hair Damage;

Protection from UVB/UVA and Heat is a Must for Healthy Hair

PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on research that has
confirmed the negative effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on skin, a new
study shows that hair, as well as skin, needs protection from the sun's
damaging rays. Hair care products with Parsol(R) MCX and Parsol(R) 1789, UVB
and UVA blockers respectively, can provide protection to hair from these
harmful rays.
"Many consumers don't realize how damaging UVB and UVA radiation can be to
the structure and quality of hair," said Dr. Sergio Nacht, Senior Vice
President, Dermatology and Skin Care at Advanced Polymer Systems Inc, and a
leading researcher in hair and skin care. "Hair damage from UV radiation has
perhaps been neglected because it is less discernable than the effect on skin.
Hair care products containing UV blockers can shield hair from sun damage and
help maintain stronger, healthy-looking hair."

Parsol(R) MCX and Parsol(R) 1789 - Combating UV hair damage
Hair is exposed to a constant series of environmental assaults. Damaging
influences such as rain, seawater, or chemicals in swimming pools contribute
to structural and chemical degradation of hair. Most damaging of all
environmental factors is UV radiation. Protecting hair from the sun's harmful
rays is particularly important in the summer when intense UV rays can produce
undesirable changes in hair quality including dryness, susceptibility to
breakage, loss of pigmentation and luster, rough surface texture and
Recent research has shown the benefits of Parsol(R) MCX (octyl
methoxycinnamate) and Parsol(R) 1789 (avobenzone) in protecting hair from UV
radiation. Hair washed with shampoo containing a combination of Parsol MCX
and Parsol 1789 was exposed to UV radiation via a solar simulator, equivalent
to six hours a day of sun exposure over a period of seven days during July and
August. As a comparison, a hair tress was washed with a shampoo that
contained no UV blockers and was exposed to the same UV intensity. The
shampoo containing Parsol MCX and Parsol 1789 was shown to provide
considerable protection from both UVB and UVA rays (over 50%) compared to the
untreated hair tress.

Phytantriol - Unique protection against hot blow-drying
Environmental weathering is not the only damaging influence to which hair
is exposed. Hair goes through the stresses of grooming and hot blow-drying
every day. As many as 80% of females and 41% of males use a blow-dryer in
their daily regimen. The intense, focused heat of blow-drying is extremely
detrimental to the hair. Side effects include weakening of the hair
structure, resulting in a decrease in tensile strength and frequent breakage.
Phytantriol (PHY-TAN-TRIOL) is a high performance emollient and
conditioner used in hair care and skin care products. Recent research has
demonstrated the unique effectiveness of Phytantriol in protecting hair from
the damaging effects of intense heat exposure. One study found that hair
rinsed with a leave-in conditioner containing 0.1% Phytantriol and hot blow-
dried was not only protected from the heat, but also had improved in tensile
strength. Additional research demonstrated that the presence of 0.5%
Phytantriol in both a shampoo and conditioner acted as an effective heat
barrier, protecting the hair from the intense temperatures of the blow-dryer
and ultimately from structural modification of the hair.
Phytantriol, when used in combination with amino acids (the building
blocks of hair proteins) and Panthenol (a pro-vitamin B5 which is a powerful
hair moisturizer) increases their deposition to hair, enhancing the healthy
look of hair. Additional benefits to hair include prevention of split-ends,
moisture retention and protection against daily mechanical damage, such as
combing and brushing.
"Protecting hair from the damaging effects of UV radiation and blow-drying
is crucial," said David Djerassi, director of the Specialty & Cosmetics
Chemicals Group of Roche Vitamins Inc. "Just as skin requires year-round
defense from UVA and UVB rays and other destructive influences, so does hair.
The combination of Parsol(R) MCX/Parsol(R) 1789 and Phytantriol in hair care
products has been shown to be very effective in shielding hair from these
damaging elements and maintaining healthy-looking hair."

PARSOL(R) MCX and PARSOL(R) 1789 are registered trademarks of the
Givaudan-Roure Corporation, a member of the Roche group. PARSOL 1789 was
approved as a UVA filter by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April of
1997 for use in sun and skin care products in the United States. Phytantriol
is an original ingredient, developed by Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

SOURCE Roche Vitamins Inc.

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Professional Beauty Industry Unites With Launch of

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:04 by
Professional Beauty Industry Unites With Launch of

First Internet Site to Link Hair, Nail, Skin, Salon, Spa Experts

CHICAGO, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Salon and spa professionals around the
world now have a dynamic communication and resource tool literally buzzing
with hair, nail, skin and salon news -- Created as the
Internet's very first comprehensive business-to-business portal site for
beauty professionals, is the brainchild of working beauty
industry executives who are launching this resource at the International
Beauty Show, to be held March 11-14 at the Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York
"This site is the one place where beauty professionals have a voice -- a
place where they can join together to interact and view all the resources our
industry has to offer 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Founder Mary Rector-Gable. "Because of traditional
industry fragmentation, today's working beauty professional is often left
without key information and support. is the first
real-time communication tool to provide comprehensive information for the
beauty professional."
To provide the ideal communication forum, designed
three key sections that reflect all aspects of the professional beauty
-- ME, focuses on being in touch and staying in touch. Free e-mail and
personal appointment calendar, along with events, live chat rooms and
horoscope sections. This is the place industry professionals communicate with
each other and chat with top hairdressers, manufacturer presidents,
association directors and more.
-- COMMUNITY, focuses on all the information the salon professional needs
in the salon environment. Members can link to new products, manufacturers,
distributors, education, shows and even list and sell items in the
professional on-line salon auction.
-- WORK, focuses on career development and management issues. Salon
owners and managers can post salon openings in the jobs database. The Photo
Session section provides a template for artists to showcase their work.

To build this dynamic forum, Rector-Gable, an industry veteran known for
her management consulting work with top beauty companies, assembled an entire
team of specialists and experienced technology leaders.'s
advisors include Robert Hood, most recently CFO at, and Gerry
Zyfers, former Microsoft Corporation Sr. Director. is also
working with dozens of the world's finest hairdressers, educators, writers and
product manufacturers to build this network. already has more than 5,000 beauty professionals
registered. And according to Rector-Gable, expects to
bring more than 80,000 salon professionals together over the next year.
Dozens of the world's finest product lines and services are participating with Redken, Wella, Sebastian, Regis, Creative Nail Design,
Dermalogica, Pevonia and many others are already providing beauty resources.
Forrester Research, the authority on Internet trends, reports that
business-to-business sites represent the largest growing and most profitable
of all Internet commerce. Currently, there are 300,000 salons and more than
1.5 million licensed salon professionals working in the beauty industry.
"We've only just begun to tap into the enormous power of Internet
communications and we're delighted to be the first site to focus on the needs
of the beauty professional," said Rector-Gable. "Our mission is to build a
passionate, interactive on-line community that empowers beauty professionals
to be their very best. Our driving theme, Man I Can, truly reflects this
Call 800-760-3010 for more information.


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StarMedia And L'Oreal Unite to Create, the Online Destination

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:02 by
StarMedia And L'Oreal Unite to Create, the Online Destination

For 'Every Woman' That Speaks Spanish or Portuguese

Destination to Empower Latina Women on the Web Worldwide

NEW YORK, and PARIS, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- StarMedia Network
(Nasdaq: STRM) (, the leading Internet media company
for Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences worldwide, and L'Oreal
(, the world's leading beauty products company, today
announced the creation of, a new premium Internet destination
and community for Latina women around the world. In commemoration of
International Women's Day, will launch today in Mexico
(, followed by market rollouts in Argentina and
Brazil in the months to come., which translates to "every woman" in English, combines the
synergy and expertise of two leading international companies with strong Latin
American presence. L'Oreal, the leading cosmetics group in the region,
provides cosmetic services, prestigious brands and high quality beauty
products to more than 250 million Latin American women. StarMedia Network,
the leader in reaching Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences on the Web,
provides the ultimate Internet experience through community offerings,
cutting-edge products and sophisticated technology and services. will target Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking women, as well
as women throughout the world who identify with Latin culture. The new
destination provides women with a wide array of relevant information,
comprehensive community services, and commerce solutions to enhance their
professional and personal lives. In addition to pan-regional content, offers culture-tailored destinations for each region served.
Local editorial staffs will develop and update content on a daily basis to
serve the cultural diversity and informational needs of that specific region.
Users will also have direct online access to the local sites of the leading
L'Oreal Group brands, L'Oreal Paris, Lancome, Maybelline, and Biotherm, where
women are informed of new product arrivals and obtain professional advice on
hair care, skin care and color cosmetics.
"L'Oreal is the world's leading beauty products company with a strong
market presence in Latin America, making them the ideal partner for," said Fernando Espuelas, Chairman and CEO of StarMedia Network.
"They share our mission of empowering Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking
audiences by providing women with a reason and a place to go online to
exchange ideas, purchase products and access information relevant to their
"Our partnership with StarMedia will play a major role in our strategy by
helping us to understand and fulfill the needs of Latin American consumers,"
said Jean-Jacques Lebel, General Director of the L'Oreal Group, Latin America.
"It marks our commitment to take advantage of the Internet to provide
information, to communicate with consumers, to promote our products and
conduct e-commerce transactions," added Jean- Pierre Valeriola, Vice President
of the L'Oreal Group, in charge of Corporate Communication and External
Relations. is organized into seven areas to meet the vast array of its
audience's needs and interests: Belleza (Beauty), Moda (Style), Amor y Pareja
(Love and Partners), Actualidad (Current Events), Salud (Health), Familia
(Family), and Carrera (Career). Women can log on to to
immediately access the day's most important news headlines and receive helpful
tips on everything from climbing up the corporate ladder to finding affordable
alternatives to designer fashions. In addition to providing top quality
content,'s chat rooms enable Latina women to speak openly about
their concerns and interests, and seek advice from other Spanish and
Portuguese-speaking women. will host on-line chats in each
region with leading experts who can address specific questions and provide
personalized advice.
StarMedia and L'Oreal will provide marketing and other resources in
support of the new service through online and offline activities. L'Oreal
will provide title sponsorship, promotional activities, and top quality beauty
and personal care information. StarMedia will provide Cadamujer.sW+/ZK+K/K9 Latin America(1). A recent survey
of StarMedia users indicates that women have an overwhelming interest in the
community applications available online. Additionally, 75% of females use the
Web to get information about products and services, and three out of four are
likely to purchase online in the next 12 months(2).

(1) Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi, 1999 Latin America Internet Study, June 1999
Audits & Surveys Worldwide, Telecommunications in Latin America,
1998, April 1998

(2) StarMedia user survey conducted by The Laredo Group, January 2000

About StarMedia Network, Inc.
StarMedia Network is the leading Internet media company targeting Latin
America and other Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking markets worldwide. The
Company is committed to providing Spanish and Portuguese speakers with a
complete selection of services and products that take full advantage of
Internet technologies. StarMedia Network is the owner of 10 leading brands:, LatinRed, OpenChile,, Zeek!, Cade?, AdNet, Guia
SP, Guia RJ, and It also operates StarMedia Broadband, StarMedia
Network's broadband services arm, and StarMedia Mobile, the Company's wireless
division. Some of StarMedia Network's strategic relationships include
Netscape Communications, RealNetworks, Billboard, CDNOW, Reuters, eBay,
National Broadcasting Company, Hearst Communications, and Fininvest. Founded
in 1996, the Company has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, and major U.S. cities, and has
over 700 employees.
StarMedia, StarMedia Network and StarMedia's logos, product and service
names are registered trademarks of StarMedia Network, Inc.

About the L'Oreal Group
L'Oreal, the world's leading beauty products company was founded in Paris
in 1907. Over the past ten years the group has significantly strengthened its
presence in the major international markets, and has some 42,000 employees in
150 countries. Four-fifths of sales (83%) are now achieved outside France,
and 43% outside Europe. L'Oreal worldwide consolidated sales amounted, in
1999, to FF 70.5 billion (10.7 billion Euro). The Group has a selling record
of 85 cosmetic products per second, representing 13% of the total cosmetic
product sales in the world. L'Oreal launched its first operations in Latin
America during the 1920's. Today the Group is present in nearly all Latin
American countries with 9 subsidiaries and 5 plants. L'Oreal has operations
in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala
and Peru, and production plants in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.
L'Oreal is making a significant investment in Internet activities: 19 sites
are already operating around the world, including two e-commerce sites, and
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature
relating to future events or future financial results of StarMedia. Investors
are cautioned that such statements are only predictions and that actual events
or results may differ materially. In calculating such statements, investors
should specifically consider various factors which could cause actual events
or results to differ materially from those indicated from such forward-looking
statements, including the matters set forth in StarMedia's reports and
documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE StarMedia Network

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Dial Revises Earnings Outlook for First Half of 2000

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 12:01 by
Dial Revises Earnings Outlook for First Half of 2000

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dial Corporation
(NYSE: DL) announced today that it expects earnings per share for the first
half of 2000 to be down 10-12 percent from a year ago. This represents a
shortfall versus previous guidance of approximately 20 percentage points. The
Company believes that certain events leading to these lower than expected
earnings will impact both sales and gross margin for the first and second
quarters. Earnings estimates for the second half of the year remain
unchanged. The Company now expects total year 2000 earnings to grow in the
range of 5-7 percent versus previous year, a reduction of approximately
9 percentage points versus previous guidance.
Sales, as consolidated, are expected to be down about 3-5 percent in both
the first and second quarters of 2000 from the respective periods a year ago.
However, including the Dial/Henkel joint venture, sales are expected to be up
this year by 2-3 percent in the first half. For the full year, consolidated
sales are now expected to be up 3-4 percent, and approximately 10 percent
including the Dial/Henkel joint venture. The factors relating to the sales
shortfall are primarily:

-- The consolidation and balancing of inventory that occurred when
Dial's second largest customer converted from buying direct to buying
through two wholesalers;
-- The continuing price war in Argentina between two of the Company's
competitors in the premium segment of the detergent market affecting
Dial's value brand in the region;
-- A shortfall on the sale of Armour canned meats due to increased
Y2K-related retail inventory buildup at year's end, coupled with a
price increase taken by Dial in January that has not been matched by

The gross margin in the first half will be impacted by the reduced
overhead absorption associated with the lower than expected sales volumes and
the increasing cost of petroleum that affects, among other things,
transportation and distribution expenses.
"We're extremely disappointed to announce that our first half results are
being adversely affected by these events," said Mal Jozoff, Dial Chairman and
CEO. "Any of them taken alone would not likely have materially impacted our
year. However, the concurrence of all of these events in the same period
compels us to reduce our estimates for the first half.
"We believe that the health of our core businesses is sound, as reflected
in our strong consumer take-away at retail and our robust new product
pipeline," continued Jozoff. "We plan to work through our short-term earnings
issues and remain optimistic that we can deliver our second half results as
planned. We are committed to delivering our long-term top- and bottom-line
growth targets."

The Dial Corporation, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., is one of
America's leading manufacturers of consumer products, including Dial soaps,
Purex laundry detergents, Renuzit air fresheners, Armour Star canned meats,
and the Sarah Michaels, Freeman Cosmetics and Nature's Accents personal care
brands. Dial products have been in the American marketplace for more than 100

Statements in this press release as to the Company's expectations,
beliefs, plans or predictions for the future are forward-looking statements,
as that term is defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Actual results might differ materially from those projected in the
forward-looking statements. Information concerning factors that could cause
actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking
statements is contained in the Company's 1998 Annual Report on Form 10K,
including the section entitled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Results of Operations and Financial Condition," and in its 1999 Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended April 3, July 3 and October
2. All of these reports have been filed with the SEC. For a copy of these
reports, please access the Company's Web site at or call the
Dial Consumer Information Center at 1-800-528-0849.

SOURCE The Dial Corporation

-0- 03/10/2000

/CONTACT: Cynthia Demers, Corporate and Government Affairs, 480-754-4090,

or Bob Fulton, Investor Relations, 480-754-1016, both of The Dial Corporation/

Web Site: /


CO: Dial Corporation

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The Sweet Smell of Success - Sell Your Home Quickly with These Insider Tips

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:58 by
The Sweet Smell of Success - Sell Your Home Quickly with These Insider Tips

New National Survey By Opinion Research Corporation of Nearly 500 Real Estate
Agents Reveals How Buyers Make Their Decisions

CINCINNATI, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Real estate agents reveal the secret
every home seller needs to know -- how to make a good first impression with a
buyer. According to the National Realtor Survey 2000 conducted by Opinion
Research Corporation, over two-thirds of real estate agents (69%) revealed
that while location is still the most important characteristic buyers look for
in a home, there is another more stealthy criteria -- odor. Buyers not only
want an ideally located home, but they also want one that is odor neutral.
You can't see, touch or hear them and chances are that you might not be
able to smell them, but if you are selling a home they could be costing you a
lot of time and tens of thousands of dollars. Odors, like those caused by
cooking, smoking, or pets get trapped in carpets, drapes and couches and,
second only to cleanliness, are the top problems which prevent real estate
agents from selling a home quickly and at listing price, according to the
survey which questioned nearly 500 real estate agents.
"If a home has an odor in it, any odor, it can prevent a buyer from
envisioning themselves living in the home," says Martha Webb, real estate
expert and author of Dress Your House for Success and Finding Home.
"Fortunately, there's a product called Febreze that safely eliminates odors
from fabrics and doesn't simply cover them up with a perfume. Appealing to
all of a prospective buyer's senses including sight, sound, touch and smell,
is vital."

Top Picks For Easy-to-do Home Improvements
The survey also found that nearly ninety percent of agents (87%) believe
that buyers can greatly increase their selling power by making some easy-to-do
home improvements before listing their house. On the list of easy fix-ups
are: painting/touching-up (47%); cleaning (30%) and fixing minor plumbing
problems (15%).
"Take care of all needed repairs prior to listing your house. This can
actually cost less than allowing the repairs to become a negotiating item. It
will give your house an edge in the market," says Webb. "A good way to
determine what patches your house needs is by viewing your home with 'buyer's
eyes.' If you don't think you can view your home objectively, have a close
friend make a critical viewing and point out potential areas of improvement."
The National Realtor Survey 2000, which included interviews with a
national sample of 494 licensed real estate agents, male and female, was
conducted by Opinion Research Corporation International on behalf of Febreze.
For more information on Febreze visit the website at


New Survey By Opinion Research Corporation Of Nearly 500 Real Estate Agents
Tells All


Of course location is still the top priority for anyone purchasing a home,
but the National Realtor Survey 2000 conducted by Opinion Research Corporation
revealed some interesting insights into home buyer's first impressions and
home selling do's and don'ts.
Below are the survey key findings along with tips by Martha Webb,
best-selling author of Dress Your House for Success and Finding Home, to help
buyers and sellers overcome common real estate pitfalls.

Real estate agents feel that appearance plays a large part in a buyer's
first impression.
-- 31% of agents believe a buyer's first impression is based on how neat
and clean the inside of a home is. The cleanliness, neatness, lack of
clutter, and smells or odors in the house all contribute to the first
-- Almost one-fifth feel that the way the house is decorated (18%) or the
layout or space in the house (17%) impact the buyer's first impression.
Tip: You only have a few critical seconds in each room and area of a
house in which to make a positive first impression. Clean, neat, and clutter
free space helps a buyer feel comfortable so they can evaluate your house.
Buyer's think that what they see is what they get. If it's been a few years
since you decorated, a fresh coat of paint in a warm neutral color (avoid
bright whites) will make a house feel current, clean, and more spacious.

The #1 reason real estate agents cite for preventing them from selling a
home quickly and at listing price is household odors (29%).
-- 17% felt that clutter prevented them from making a sale.
Tip: If there are any odors in the house, the buyer may become
distracted. I recommend sellers use Febreze to safely eliminate odors like
those caused by pets, cooking, must, mildew or smoke from carpets, drapes, and
upholstery. Simply spray Febreze on the fabric and as it dries the odors are
cleaned away for good.

The most uncomfortable topics real estate agents have to address with
sellers are ...
-- cleanliness (35%) and odors (32%)
Tip: Be sure your house stands up to the competition. Look at other
houses that are for sale and notice how a house that's less than sparking
clean feels uncomfortable. I recommend sellers do a "spring" cleaning -- from
the ceiling to the floor -- which creates an uplifting feeling and sends the
message that this home has been well cared for. Clean every inch of space and
every item in it. Or, hire professionals to jump-start the process.

When it comes to advising a seller on how to make a house seem more
appealing to buyers, 37% of real estate agents suggested neutralizing odors.
Other suggestions include:
-- 30% say to repaint the walls
-- 19% advise sellers to make small repairs
-- 8% recommend removing personal objects such as family photos
Tip: If a buyer is uncomfortable with a scent -- from smoking and pets to
perfumed soaps and potpourri, they may find it difficult to go though the
house. At the least, their perception of the house will be influenced by the
specific smell. A neutral, clean atmosphere will make any buyer more
comfortable so they can move on to imagining moving in. A negative can
sometimes make the strongest impression. If an odor is present, it can define
the house in the buyer's mind: they may remember your house as "the one that
smelled like ... "

When encountering household odors, almost half (45%) of real estate agents
recommend that sellers use an odor removal spray on carpets, furniture,
drapes, and other items to rid the house of odors.
-- 22% suggest opening windows to air out the house
-- One in ten (10%) choose lighting candles or baking cookies to fill the
house with a more pleasant smell (10%).
Tip: Eliminating odors from a house is one of the easiest and least
expensive steps you can take to put your house on the "sold" list. A surefire
way to quickly eliminate odors is a product called Febreze. Febreze will
eliminate odors caused from pets, cooking, mildew, or smoke from your carpet,
upholstery, and drapes. Remember, any smell has the potential to distract a
buyer, and every house has a scent. If you think yours doesn't, ask a friend
to do a "sniff" test.

The majority of real estate agents (87%) mention easy-to-do improvements
inside the home that sellers could do before showing the home, but don't.
Some easy to do improvements agents cite are:
-- Painting/ touch-ups (47%)
-- Simple housecleaning (30%)
-- Minor plumbing repairs (15%)
Tip: A house that needs repairs -- even routine maintenance -- looks like
work. We all have enough work and not enough time or money. Buyers often
overestimate the amount of time and money repairs will take. For example, a
dripping faucet may only take a few minutes and a few cents to fix, but a
buyer may translate it into a "plumbing problem" that could require hundreds
of dollars to fix. Remember you aren't trying to sell "your" house -- you
want to sell someone a home. How you live in it is different than putting a
product on the market. You need to make it appeal to as many people as
possible. A fresh, clean, and spacious feeling house will help buyers imagine
their life in your house. And that kind of thinking leads to a sale.
The National Realtor Survey 2000 results are based on 494 executive
telephone interviews conducted with licensed real estate agents (males and
females) from a national sample. Interviews were conducted during the period
of November 29-December 6, 1999 by Opinion Research Corporation International
on behalf of Febreze.

SOURCE Procter & Gamble

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Astrologie(TM) Launches Website and Infomercial for their new Astrologically Empowering Scents

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:57 by
Astrologie(TM) Launches Website and Infomercial for

Their New Astrologically Empowering Scents

Astrologie(TM), First Interactive Fragrance System
Based on the Science of Astrology

LOS ANGELES, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrologie (TM), a personalized
fragrance system that reflects the interaction among the signs of the zodiac
with a woman's birth sign, announced today the launch of their national
infomercial and new web site,
The Astrologie(TM) infomercial, hosted by actor Karen Richmond, describes
the fun, interactive system that gives women a choice of fragrances based on
what they want to accomplish for the day. It will launch on March 11, 2000 in
Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale,
New York, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington DC, along with one national
cable channel.
The new web site,, features Astrologie's interactive
fragrance system. The site includes thorough astrological sign descriptions,
daily and monthly astrological readings, as well as a personalized journal for
women to log daily events and thoughts.
Astrologie(TM) is a personalized fragrance system developed by
astrologist, Carolina Eastwood. Based on the essential desire for
enhancement, the system identifies the essential characteristic of each sign,
which combined with other signs gives women the power to enhance their
complete spirit. The scents were designed using the essences of plants and
flowers that are ruled by the same astrological influences. The bottle colors
are representative of the planetary influences of each of the signs. For more
information call 310-440-9494 or visit

SOURCE Astrologie

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Candie's, Inc. Announces Handbag License Agreement

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:55 by
Candie's, Inc. Announces Handbag License Agreement

The Company Will Partner with Market Leader, Trebbianno, to Grow its
Existing Business

PURCHASE, N.Y., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Candie's, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAND)
("the Company") today announced that it has entered into a handbag license
agreement with Trebbianno LLC. Trebbianno LLC will assume the responsibility
for design, sourcing and distribution of the Company's current wholesale
handbag business with the goal of expanding Candie's and Bongo handbags and
small leathergoods in the U.S. and internationally in Canada and the U.K. The
initial term of the agreement is for 3-1/2 years and is scheduled to begin
with the March accessories market, which is currently underway. Trebbianno
markets its products in department and specialty stores under the brand names
Frankie and Johnnie and Hush Puppies, a licensee of Wolverine World Wide Inc.
Commenting on the announcement, Neil Cole, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer stated, "The Company has set a strategy focused on three areas,
building the Candie's brand, restoring profitability in our core footwear
division, and extending our brand utilizing strategic partners in related
product categories. The Company's restructuring efforts are expected to
improve our operating results in this fiscal year. In addition to focusing on
building our brand image, the restructuring includes reducing overhead,
increasing licensing revenue, and raising our maintained gross margin. We
believe we are on the right track, as evidenced by the strong retail
performance of our spring footwear line. This handbag license represents
another example of how Candie's plans to restore profitability and regain its
position, as a growth company. We are pleased to have Trebbianno, a well
regarded handbag company, as our licensing partner, Neil Cole concluded".
According to Michael Seamon, Kim Drader and Terry McCormick, Partners of
Trebbianno LLC, "Candie's has a strong brand name with the generation "Y"
consumer and has already developed a solid handbag business. Our strength in
designing, sourcing, and distributing moderately priced handbags coupled with
Candie's leadership in marketing should enable us to build this business
significantly. We expect to capitalize on our combined strength by increasing
the penetration of Candie's and Bongo's existing handbag business, by entering
additional department and specialty store doors, and by expanding
Candie's is a leading designer and marketer of young women's footwear,
apparel and accessories. The Company distributes its products through better
department and specialty stores nationwide, as well as through seven
company-owned stores and specialty stores internationally. Candie's Inc. also
owns and markets footwear, accessories and apparel under the Bongo trademark.
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 manufacture, sale and
distribution of fragrances and cosmetics and to Trebbianno for the
manufacture, sale and distribution of handbags and small leathergoods.
Candie's Inc. operates, a leading community for teens
on the web. For investor information please visit the corporate web site at
Trebbianno LLC designs sources and distributes handbags under the brand
names, Frankie and Johnnie and Hush Puppies for sale in department and
specialty stores in the U.S. and internationally. The Company has corporate
offices in New York City.

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.

SOURCE Candie's, Inc.

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Retail Sales of Anti-Aging Products Expected to Reach $4.3 Billion by 2003

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:53 by
Retail Sales of Anti-Aging Products Expected to Reach $4.3 Billion by 2003

NEW YORK, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail sales of anti-aging products more
than tripled from 1994-98 to $1.657 billion, and are expected to climb to $4.3
billion by 2003, according to a recent study published by Kaolorama
Information. The largest factors contributing to the industry's dramatic
growth are the aging baby boomer generation combined with a substantial
increase of new products into the market.
Since 1996, when the first set of baby boomers turned 50, some
10.1 million Americans have crossed the half-century point, becoming members
of the "mature market," and this trend will continue for the next 29 years.
As a response, hundreds of products have been developed in both the VSM
(Vitamin Supplement Mineral) and cosmeceutical categories. Cosmeceuticals,
skincare products in the anti-aging market, were introduced into mainstream
retail channels eight years ago. Unlike cosmetics, which cover-up the signs of
aging, these products contain ingredients designed to reduce and protect
against the signs of skin aging. According to the study, drugstores hold an
estimated share of 29% of sales in the cosmeceutical industry, followed by
department stores at 26% and mass merchandisers at 24%. The study noted that
food stores have done a poor job at capitalizing in this industry, and have
failed to gain a substantial market share.
"Perhaps the most noteworthy factor influencing competition in the
anti-aging category is the number of marketers flocking towards
it-particularly through mass market and direct channels," said David Lummis,
author of the study. The VSM market has experienced superior growth due to
evidence that products such as vitamins C and E slow certain aspects of the
aging process, and when taken regularly, can increase the life span of males
and female by up to six years.
Lummis added, "the pharmaceutical giants and herbal tea producers are
entering the market at mass, while several leading mass marketers are
expanding their sales through direct channels. All of this is in response to
the growing popularity of anti-aging VSM's among consumers and the products'
increasing acceptance by the scientific community."

About Kalorama Information
Kalorama Information is a leading publisher of market research and
intelligence reports for key executives, offering essential data and concise
analysis. Over 70 studies a year target healthcare and pharmaceuticals,
packaged goods, personal care, consumer goods, demographics, industrial goods,
and food and beverages. For over 20 years, we have been providing critical
information to decision makers across the U.S. including Kraft General Foods,
Nabisco, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Procter and Gamble, and Andersen
Consulting. For more information call at 800-298-5699 or
visit our Web site at

SOURCE Kalorama Information

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Clinical Advantages of the BIOLASE HydroKinetic Laser

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:52 by
Clinical Advantages of the BIOLASE HydroKinetic Laser

Presented at International Symposium

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- BIOLASE Technology, Inc.
(Nasdaq: BLTI), announced today that its revolutionary HydroKinetic(R) hard
and soft tissue dental laser was the focus of several presentations at the 7th
Annual International Conference of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), held
in Panama City, Florida, from March 1-4, 2000. BIOLASE's HydroKinetic(R)
technology uses laser-energized water to cut human tissue without heat,
vibration or trauma.
"These findings presented at the ALD and other meetings are fundamental to
the critical process of educating dentists around the world about the
clinically superior capabilities and the pain free breakthrough of the
HydroKinetic(R) technology," commented Keith Bateman, BIOLASE vice president
of global sales. He added, "This year we are aggressively stepping up our
efforts to educate dentists and the public about the numerous benefits of
HydroKinetic(R) technology."
The presentations focused on the effectiveness of the Millennium(TM)
HydroKinetic(R) laser for removing enamel, dentin and decay and the superior
results completing the restoration. Findings were also presented explaining
the revolutionary ability of the Millennium(TM) to painlessly perform dental
procedures without anesthesia, needles or the drill.
Dr. Manlio Curti's presentation, "SEM Analysis of the Effectiveness of an
Er, Cr:YSGG Laser," concluded that the BIOLASE system produced superior
results for cavity preparation and bonding of composites when compared to
traditional methods, with the additional breakthrough benefit of performing
painless dentistry. Dr. Curti noted, "The Millennium(TM) is much better than
the dental drill. It allows us to perform micro-dentistry, conserve more of
the healthy tooth structure and produces a better restoration than traditional
methods. The Millennium(TM) represents the best care you can provide patients
Dr. Curti, an internationally respected medical doctor and periodontist,
has been evaluating the effectiveness of the Millennium(TM) using a Scanning
Electron Microscope at the University of Nice for two years.
Dr. Giuseppe Iaria's presentation, "Clinical Uses of the Er, Cr:YSGG
Laser," demonstrated the effectiveness of the Millennium(TM) laser for both
hard and soft tissue procedures without using anesthesia. Dr. Iaria stated,
"The Millennium(TM) allows us to provide patients with higher quality
preparations than standard devices such as the dental drill. It has great
advantages in desensitizing and sterilizing teeth prior to crown placement. I
never use anesthesia when preparing cavities with this laser. It quickly
cuts, coagulates and sterilizes soft tissue with no pain."
Dr. Iaria, in private practice in Brescia, Italy, is a respected dental
laser instructor and lectures in Europe and the United States.
Other presentations on the Millennium(TM) included a clinical and hands-on
demonstration by Dr. Mitchel Lomke and a lecture by Ioana Rizoiu, M.S.,
focusing on the superior cutting ability of HydroKinetic(R) technology. Dr.
Lomke, in private practice in Maryland, noted, "The Millennium(TM) is the most
versatile tool I have used in 21 years of practicing dentistry. It can
painlessly prepare cavities, treat periodontal disease as well as effectively
perform numerous soft tissue procedures with hemostasis." Ms. Rizoiu, vice
president of clinical research and development for BIOLASE, has been studying
laser/tissue interaction for ten years.
BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (, is a medical technology
company, which possesses and develops advanced dental, cosmetic, aesthetic and
surgical products, including HydroKinetic(R) surgical cutting systems and
other advanced laser and non-laser based products for the professional and
home consumer market. The company's products incorporate patented and
patent-pending technologies in the pursuit of painless surgery. BIOLASE is
the world leader in painless hard and soft tissue dental laser technology.

The matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking
statement, which are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results
anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and
other factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of actions of third
parties, including governmental officials, the timely development and
acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing,
and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the reports on Forms 10-K and
10-Q. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's judgment as of
the date of this release. The Company disclaims, however, any intent or
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

For more information, contact Jeffrey W. Jones, President and CEO of
BIOLASE Technology, Inc., 949-361-1200.

SOURCE BIOLASE Technology, Inc.

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Dental Professionals and Patients Recognize Benefits of Power Toothbrushing in

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:50 by
Dental Professionals and Patients Recognize Benefits of Power Toothbrushing in

Large Practice-Based Study

BOSTON, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the existing body of clinical
research about the oral health benefits of using certain power toothbrushes
compared to a manual toothbrush, researchers conducted a sizeable
practice-based study of 16,903 dental patients and found not only that using a
Braun Oral-B power toothbrush improved the subjects' oral health but also that
direct experience evaluating the effect of this power toothbrush convinced
dental professionals of its efficacy.
The practice-based study published in the March issue of the Journal of
the American Dental Association (JADA) examines the attitudes of both the
3,669 participating dental professionals and their patients about the use of
the Braun Oral-B power toothbrush -- an approach that, combined with the
numerous published controlled clinical studies of power toothbrushes, yields a
more complete picture of the growing acceptance of certain power toothbrushes
by professionals and consumers.
According to the study results, the Braun Oral-B(R) Ultra Plaque Remover
was considered by dental professionals to have had a positive effect on the
oral health of 80.5 percent of their patients. Dental professionals noticed
benefits with respect to a number of clinical criteria, including plaque
removal and gingival condition.
According to a survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA)
at its 1999 conference, 45 percent of dentists see periodontal disease as the
most pressing oral health issue in the new millennium and 57 percent
identified gum disease as the one issue about which patients are not
adequately concerned. Certain power toothbrushes have been shown to remove
plaque better than manual toothbrushes, improve the condition of users' gums
and reduce the risk of gum disease (gingivitis).
"Braun Oral-B is a brand with a respected history in the dental profession
and a commitment to ongoing research to improve oral care products for the
benefit of consumers' oral health," said Dr. Paul Warren, co-author of the
study and director of clinical research and regulatory affairs, Braun GmbH,
Kronberg, Germany. "We believe the results of this large practice-based study
-- a valuable 'real-world' counterpart to published clinical studies -- will
help people understand that power-assisted toothbrushing is not a luxury or a
fad. There are compelling, legitimate reasons to use certain power-assisted
toothbrushes. Direct experience seems to have a positive effect in convincing
dental professionals of this, and the recommendations of dental professionals
are key to consumer acceptance."
Other key results reported in the JADA article include:

-- More than 90 percent of dental professionals considered that their
patients' oral health had improved somewhat or improved considerably
by changing to use of the Braun Oral-B Ultra Plaque Remover
-- Patients agreed with this evaluation; a total of 74 percent thought
that use of the Braun Oral-B Ultra Plaque Remover had resulted in the
improvement of their oral hygiene compared to using only a manual
-- Ninety-four percent of patients said that they would either probably
or definitely continue to use the Braun Oral-B Ultra Plaque Remover,
and 75 percent would recommend it to a friend
-- Approximately 70 percent of dental professionals would now be more
likely to recommend a power toothbrush to their patients
-- The percentage of dental professionals who considered power-assisted
to be the most effective method of brushing teeth increased from 37.6
percent to 62.5 percent

Braun and Oral-B, both subsidiaries of The Gillette Company (NYSE: G),
have worked together for more than a decade to develop and market leading
power-assisted oral care appliances. The combination of Braun's expertise in
high quality electric appliances and Oral-B's dental care expertise has
created the world's best selling powered plaque remover brand. Braun Oral-B
is the power-assisted brand most recommended by dental professionals
Headquartered in Boston, Mass., The Gillette Company ( is
the world leader in male grooming products, including blades, razors and
shaving preparations. Gillette also holds the number one position worldwide
in selected female grooming products, such as wet shaving products and hair
epilation devices. The Company is the world's top seller of writing
instruments and correction products, toothbrushes and oral care appliances.
In addition, the Company is the world leader in alkaline batteries.
Please see other materials enclosed in this kit for a list of review
papers of existing clinical studies, as well as details on the methodology of
the Braun practice-based study. To request a copy of the March issue of JADA,
please contact Porter Novelli.

SOURCE Braun Oral-B

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New Curad 'Triple Antibiotic' Bandages Maximizes Infection Protection

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:47 by
New Curad 'Triple Antibiotic' Bandages Maximizes Infection Protection

WILTON, Conn., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- When a child gets a cut or scrape,
you can kiss away the tears. You can kiss away the pain. But your kisses
can't protect and heal the wound. Fortunately Curad can.
(Photo: )
Introducing Curad Triple Antibiotic, a new bandage offering on the spot,
maximum protection from infection with a triple antibiotic ointment right on
the pad.
Protection. Not infection.
Triple antibiotic ointment. Not disappointment.
Even in small cuts or scrapes, germs and bacteria can cause a painful
infection. Curad's New Triple Antibiotic bandage provides maximum protection
against infection-causing germs and bacteria. It's the first branded bandage
to offer a triple antibiotic ointment directly on the pad, providing both
protection and convenience.
So at home or on the go, New Curad Triple Antibiotic bandages offer the
same infection fighting ingredients as leading triple antibiotic ointments and
will be available in stores this Spring.
These products reinforce Curad's commitment to provide active people of
all ages with innovative, quality products that help heal at a competitive
Also, for kids, Curad introduced Star Wars, Scooby-Doo and Casper bandages
which make healing fun!
Beiersdorf, Inc is the worldwide leader in first aid and skin care
products. In addition to Curad, the Wilton, Connecticut-based company also
markets such brands as Nivea, Eucerin and Futuro.

SOURCE Beiersdorf, Inc.

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Web Site Eliminates Stress of Buying Hosiery

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:42 by
Web Site Eliminates Stress of Buying Hosiery Gives Women an Alternative
To Cluttered Department Store Displays

LOS ANGELES, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, women will never
again have to experience a chore they love to hate: shopping for hosiery. announces the launch of its e-commerce site
(, the premier Internet destination for
first-quality, name brand and designer hosiery. ends the frustration of searching through cluttered
department store displays; the aggravation of never finding the right size and
color; and the irritation of making frequent return trips.
Offering the widest selection of hosiery available anywhere -- including
designer brands such as Donna Karan, Dolci Calze, Hanes, Evan Picone, Ellen
Tracy, Oroblu and more -- the site saves time for women by eliminating the
many hassles of department store hosiery shopping.
Designed for women by a woman, was founded by Marcy Pettitt,
an attorney and mother of two, who attributes her own hosiery shopping
experiences as the impetus of the site. "It didn't make any sense to have to
leave my home or office to purchase the same brand, style and color of
pantyhose I wear every day," says Pettitt. "It's a buying process that is
ideally suited for the Internet."
Peter A. Sheinbaum, the architect and former manager of E! Online's
e-commerce site,, is president and COO of and
the driving force behind the Web site's development.
"U.S. consumers buy nearly 4.8 billion pairs of sheers, tights and socks
each year, and they spend an average of three to four hours a month shopping
for them," said Sheinbaum. "We're giving that time back to our customers by
providing an easier, more convenient way to purchase hosiery."'s unique features include: wear-test reviews providing
objective and accurate information on the style, fit and comfort for each
product; a glossary and search tool designed to help customers tailor their
product search; the Hosiery Club, a proprietary repeat-ordering system which
allows customers to have favorite products delivered to their homes or offices
whenever they choose; and a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee on
all products. In addition, Hosiery Club members receive free standard
shipping. E-mail and telephone support and real-time order tracking are
standard features of the site.
Targeted to busy women, is the premier Internet destination
for first-quality name brand and designer hosiery, providing unparalleled
customer service, the widest selection and unsurpassed convenience. The
company was founded in 1995 as and is headquartered in Los
Angeles, Calif. is a privately held company.


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Avon and Roche Announce Global Alliance for Women's Vitamin

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:41 by
Avon and Roche Announce Global Alliance for Women's Vitamin,

Nutritional Supplements

Launch Marks Initial Avon Entry Into Women's Health, Well-Being

NEW YORK, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) and
Roche today announced a global strategic alliance for the development and sale
of an exclusive line of vitamins and nutritional supplements for women and
their families. The alliance will result in the introduction of a full line
of products in 2001, and new products in each of the next four years.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Avon first announced its intention to launch a global line of women's
health and well-being products last year as one of its strategies to
accelerate sales growth. In addition to vitamins and nutritional supplements
under the Roche agreement, the overall line will include products for exercise
and fitness, stress management and self-care. The line will be marketed in a
distinct sales brochure through Avon's independent sales representatives.
Under the five-year agreement, Roche Consumer Health, a member of the
global health care group, will develop and formulate a line of high-quality,
science-based vitamins and nutritional supplements designed to address the
health and wellness needs of women and their families. Roche Consumer Health
also will provide marketing and regulatory support to Avon worldwide.
Avon will have exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the new line
through its representatives and other complementary sales channels, including
the Internet and retail kiosks. By the end of 2001, Avon expects the new
global product line to be available in 15 markets, including its five largest
-- the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the U.K. - which comprise about 65%
of the company's total sales. The brand name of the line has not been
"Roche Consumer Health's unparalleled scientific expertise and brand
equity, combined with Avon's worldwide brand recognition and consumer reach,
represent an exciting incremental sales opportunity," said Andrea Jung, Avon's
president and chief executive officer.
"Women's health and well-being is a natural extension of Avon's beauty
focus," Ms. Jung added. "Our research around the world shows that women today
are vitally concerned about inner health as well as outer beauty. We expect
that the overall line of women's health and well-being products, including the
new line of vitamins and nutritional supplements, could generate $200 to $300
million in annual revenues in five years."
"This agreement enables Roche to extend its commitment to health, well-
being and quality of life further into the consumer health arena," said Cliff
Clive, head of Roche Consumer Health North America. "By participating with
Avon, we'll be able to apply our expertise in vitamins, nutrition and health
promotion to the development and distribution of a new line of products that
promise to enhance the lives of women everywhere."
Headquartered in Basil, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world's leading
research-oriented health care groups. With principal businesses in the fields
of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, vitamins and fragrances and flavors, Roche's
innovative products and services address prevention, diagnosis and treatment
of diseases, contributing broadly to the enhancement of health, well-being and
quality of life. For more information, visit the company's global website at
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

SOURCE Avon Products, Inc. and Roche Consumer Health
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LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc. Reports Its Year End Financial Results

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:38 by
LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc. Reports Its Year End Financial Results

CINCINNATI, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: LTVL) has reported its financials for the year ending
December 31, 1999.
Greg Martini, CEO of LightTouch stated, "We are very pleased with our
progress in 1999. In addition to building our internal corporate structure,
which will enable us to expand our business operations rapidly over the next
few years, we finalized the acquisition of Tri-State Mobile Laser Services, we
experienced steady improvement in revenues in our Cincinnati center and we
took the company public. LightTouch will move forward in its acquisition
strategy in the first quarter of 2000."
Reported revenues for the year ending December 31, 1999, were
$2.4 million, compared to $1.8 million in revenues in the previous year
ending. This represents over a 30% increase. The increase is attributed to
the acquisition of a mobile laser service, expansion of services such as
endermologie (body contouring), therapeutic massage, tooth-whitening laser
service and power peel facial treatments. Additionally, a more experienced
sales staff contributed to increased sales.
While sales revenues are increasing, losses from operations and net losses
are fluctuating yearly due to the focus of the company to expand with
additional centers. The loss from operations decreased from approximately
$640,000 in 1997, to $82,000 in 1998. However, the loss increased to $278,000
in 1999. On an annualized basis, the net loss decreased from approximately
$650,000 in 1997, to $210,000 in 1998, but increased to $351,000 in 1999. The
main reason for the increased loss was the acquisition of the mobile laser
service. This business was acquired as a service to future acquired laser
centers which allows for efficient utilization of high cost laser equipment
between centers. LightTouch's corporate structure is built to facilitate
multiple center management under its existing infrastructure. Therefore, the
company sees significant improvement in its costs of goods sold and its
S, G & A, as a percentage of revenues, as the company implements its strategy
of center growth.
As of December 31, 1999, the company had a working capital deficiency of
$123,183, as compared to a working capital deficiency of $185,196 at December
31, 1998. This improvement was due in large part to the sale of $500,000 in
equity (including the conversion of $300,000 of debt to equity). Management
expects to address any future liquidity needs through the issuance of debt
and/or equity securities, bank loans, shareholder loans and lease financing of
The company, through LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc., its wholly-owned
subsidiary, currently provides aesthetic laser and cosmetic surgery services
in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. LightTouch engages the medical services of Vein
& Laser Center, Inc. LightTouch provides administrative and medical support
services to this medical practice. Such services include marketing, human
resource service, resource management of laser equipment through its mobile
laser service. The company plans to expand its center-base throughout
targeted regions through acquisitions similar to the eye laser center
providers, LCA Vision, Inc. (symbol "LCAV") and TLC Laser Eye Centers, Inc.
(symbol "TLC CN") and tooth-whitening centers owned by BriteSmile, Inc.
(symbol "BWT").
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed
in this announcement may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These risks are detailed from time to time in the
Company's public disclosure filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC).

SOURCE LightTouch Vein & Laser

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P&G to Deliver 7-8% Second Half Top Line Growth, Revises Earnings Outlook

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:37 by
P&G to Deliver 7-8% Second Half Top Line Growth, Revises Earnings Outlook

CINCINNATI, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Procter & Gamble Company
(NYSE: PG) today said that it expects to deliver top line sales growth of 7-8
percent for the second half of the fiscal year, more than double last year's
rate for the same period, but revised its earnings outlook. The changes in
earnings expectations trace to several unanticipated events not offset by cost
P&G said that it expects core third quarter earnings per share (EPS) on a
diluted basis to be 10 to 11 percent below year-ago, compared to its previous
guidance of a 7-9 percent increase. EPS growth for the fourth quarter is
expected to be between 16 and 18 percent, versus year-ago.
Resulting core net earnings per-share-growth for the fiscal year are
expected to be about 7 percent, versus the 13 percent originally anticipated.
P&G also said it is comfortable with next year's guidance of 6-8 percent top
line growth and an increase in earnings per share on this revised base at the
upper end of the 13-15 percent range.
"Our strategy of driving growth through innovation is working and has
jump-started top line growth. This year's growth progress has been achieved
in half the time we expected, even in a year of unprecedented organizational
change. We are getting more innovations to market faster because of our
Organization 2005 structure and culture changes," said P&G's Chief Executive
Durk I. Jager.
"Nonetheless, I am deeply disappointed we have not made more progress in
driving profit growth. We are making changes in the way we launch initiatives
to better balance long-term growth and near-term earnings, and are re-
sharpening our focus on cost reduction. We have proven we can grow sales at a
high single-digit rate; we must do it more efficiently to deliver much
stronger earnings growth in the future."
Several unexpected events since P&G's last forecast are impacting the
change in earnings expectations. They include:

* Higher-than-anticipated pulp costs not fully covered by cost savings and
pricing, as well as higher costs of petroleum-based raw materials.

* Higher manufacturing, inventory, and logistical costs in Europe
associated with a large number of new initiatives launched in the region
at a time of unprecedented organizational change.

* A shift in a milestone payment and minor asset sales from January-March
to April-June. The majority of this impact is associated with a delay
in the US approval of P&G's osteoporosis drug, Actonel. Actonel just
received regulatory approval from twelve new countries in Europe. US
approval is expected shortly.

* Aggressive competitive pricing, primarily in Argentina, Brazil and
Chile, associated with the launch of several new brands. P&G has
established encouraging initial share positions and is committed to
success in the region.

"We remain confident that the improvements we are making through
Organization 2005, along with renewed cost focus, will create sustained 6-8
percent top line growth rates and 13 to 15 percent earnings-per-share
increases," continued Jager. "This has been a transition year. Going forward
we are going to focus on P&G basics -- hard-nosed cost management and
commitment to deliver expectations -- as well as accelerating sales growth.
"We have a strong new product pipeline. In January, we announced that
four more new-to-the-world products would get broader market exposure in the
US over the next few months: Mr. Clean Antibacterial Wipes(R); Fit Fruit and
Vegetable Wash(R); Thermacare(R) heat wraps; and Impress(R), a revolutionary
new food wrap. We have a further ten to fifteen new products that will get
market exposure over the next year or two.
"Organization 2005 is absolutely right. It delivers more robust
strategies, more innovation, more speed," added Jager. "We have demonstrated
that we can grow sales significantly faster. We are committed to applying the
same stretch mindset to cost reduction that we've successfully applied to
accelerating sales growth. I remain very confident about the future.
Consequently, we will continue to use our free cash flow to repurchase shares
as part of our ongoing discretionary stock repurchase program."
Procter & Gamble markets approximately 300 brands to nearly five billion
consumers in over 140 countries. These brands include Tide(R), Ariel(R),
Crest(R), Pantene Pro-V(R), Always(R), Whisper(R), Pringles(R), Pampers(R),
Oil of Olay(R), and Vicks(R). Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, P&G has on-the-
ground operations in over 70 countries and employs more than 110,000 people
This news release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is
defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition
to the risks and uncertainties noted in this news release, there are certain
factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated
by some of the statements made. These factors are listed in Management's
Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in
the Company's most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K for the Fiscal
Year ended June 30, 1999, and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal
quarter ended December 31, 1999.

SOURCE The Procter & Gamble Company

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French Fragrances Reports Record Fourth Quarter And Year-End Earnings

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 11:18 by
French Fragrances Reports Record Fourth Quarter And Year-End Earnings

Net Income up 27% for the Quarter and 28% for the Year

MIAMI, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- French Fragrances, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRAG), a
leading manufacturer and marketer of prestige fragrances, today reported
record earnings for the three months and year ended January 31, 2000.
For the year ended January 31, 2000, net sales rose 17% to $361.2 million,
from $309.6 million in fiscal 1999. Gross profit increased 41% to $125.1
million, from $88.5 million the prior year, while gross margins rose to 34.6%,
compared with 28.6% in fiscal 1999. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization) advanced 22% to $56.1 million, compared with
$46.2 million in fiscal 1999. Net income in fiscal 2000 increased 28% to
$15.3 million, or $1.11 per share ($.99 per share diluted), compared with
$12.0 million, or $.87 per share ($.73 per share diluted) in fiscal 1999.
Net sales for the fourth quarter amounted to $90.3 million, compared with
$88.7 million for the corresponding period last year. Gross profit advanced
27% to $29.5 million, while EBITDA climbed 19% to $14.9 million. Net income
for the fourth quarter increased 27% to $4.0 million, or $.29 per share
($.27 per share diluted), from $3.2 million, or $.23 per share ($.21 per share
diluted), in the corresponding prior-year period.
"We are very pleased with our continued growth in profitability, and, in
particular, the 129% sales growth of our owned and licensed brand portfolio,"
said E. Scott Beattie, President and Chief Executive Officer. "During fiscal
2000, the Company's owned and licensed brands represented 39% of net sales.
We are also proud of the growth the Company has achieved over the past five
years, evidenced by our compounded annual growth rate of 40% in net sales, 57%
in EBITDA and 50% in net income."
Mr. Beattie noted that the strong fourth quarter and fiscal year results
reflected the Company's growing participation as a prestige fragrance category
manager for additional major merchandisers, including Rite Aid, Target,
American Stores, Albertson's and Duane Reade, as well as an average of
approximately 85% sell through of the Company's promotional products during
the holiday season.
"We are very excited about the performance of the Paul Sebastian fragrance
lines which we acquired in January 1999. PS Fine Cologne for Men and Design
for Women have sustained strong rankings in the department store channel,
including Top 15 rankings during the holiday season in department stores such
as Dillard's, Lord & Taylor, Proffitt's, Stern's, Belk, McRae's, Kaufmann's,
Famous Barr and Parisian," Mr. Beattie added. "The success of our prestige
department store platform during fiscal 2000 underscores the strength of
French Fragrances' business model, and provides additional opportunity for
During fiscal 2000, French Fragrances initiated supply relationships with
a number of e-beauty retailers, including,,, and, as well as with its traditional
retailers' web-based operations. French Fragrances' e-tailer business
strategy is to capitalize on its extensive brand selection and fulfillment
systems to service its growing customer base.
The Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately
$32.0 million during fiscal 2000 and approximately $67.4 million during the
fourth quarter. Further, the Company ended the year with $22.1 million in
cash and no short-term debt, compared to cash of $6.1 million and $5.6 million
of short-term debt at January 31, 1999. "Despite increasing the portfolio of
brands we sell to our customer base and the volume of sales during the year,
we also continued to see improvement in inventory balances from $133.3 million
to $122.8 million at January 31, 2000," Mr. Beattie stated. "This improvement
is a result of our improved forecasting and supply chain management systems
and personnel. We expect continued improvement in working capital during
fiscal 2001, resulting in additional cash flow generation."
Mr. Beattie also stated that the prospects for fiscal 2001 continue to be
positive. "We expect strong consumer spending, particularly in our mass
retail accounts, and expanded market share within all channels of trade.
Management is comfortable with analysts' consensus earnings expectations of
$1.15 per diluted share for fiscal 2001," he said.
Attached are unaudited consolidated income statement data for the three
months and fiscal year ended January 31, 2000, and the three months ended
January 31, 1999, unaudited balance sheet data at January 31, 2000, audited
consolidated income statement data for the fiscal year ended January 31, 1999,
and audited balance sheet data at January 31, 1999.
French Fragrances is a rapidly growing manufacturer and marketer of
prestige fragrances and related skin treatment and cosmetic products. The
Company sells its products to more than 35,000 retail locations, including
department stores, mass merchants, drug stores and independent fragrance,
cosmetic and specialty stores.
"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this release, which are not historical
facts, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements, including supply
constraints or difficulties; the substantial indebtedness of the Company; the
impact of competitive products and pricing; the Company's ability to
successfully integrate acquired businesses and new brands into the Company;
changes in the retail industry; the effect of business and economic
conditions; and other risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as
of the date hereof. The Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise
forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances
following the date hereof.

(Unaudited, except for the Year Ended January 31, 1999)
(In thousands, except percentages, ratios and per share data)

Three Months Ended Year Ended
January 31, January 31,
2000 1999 2000 1999
Net Sales $90,280 $88,663 $361,243 $309,615
Gross Profit 29,481 23,153 125,114 88,493
Gross Profit Percentage (a) 32.7% 26.1% 34.6% 28.6%

Warehouse and Shipping Expenses 5,996 4,177 19,174 11,817
Selling, General
and Administrative Expenses 8,590 6,502 49,827 30,496
Depreciation and Amortization 2,875 2,247 11,166 7,495
Total Operating Expenses 17,461 12,926 80,167 49,809

Interest Expense 4,984 5,090 19,381 18,781
Interest and Other Income 53 97 49 1,290
Litigation Settlement Expense --- --- --- 1,500

Income Before Income Taxes 7,089 5,233 25,615 19,693
Income Taxes 3,051 2,044 10,286 7,687
Net Income $ 4,038 $ 3,189 $15,329 $12,006
Net Income Percentage (a) 4.5% 3.6% 4.2% 3.9%

Basic Earnings per Share $0.29 $0.23 $1.11 $0.87
Diluted Earnings per Share $0.27 $0.21 $0.99 $0.73
Basic Shares 13,734 13,813 13,801 13,775
Diluted Shares 15,042 15,061 15,577 16,729
EBITDA 14,895 12,474 56,113 46,179
EBITDA Percentage (a) 16.5% 14.1% 15.5% 14.9%

(a) Based on the percentages of Net Sales for the periods.

As of January 31,
2000 1999
Cash $22,144 $6,112
Accounts Receivable, Net $63,485 $51,796
Inventories $122,752 $133,306
Property and Equipment, Net $20,232 $19,021
Brand Licenses and Trademarks, Net $49,043 $55,658
Total Assets $303,232 $294,708
Short-Term Debt $--- $5,639
Current Liabilities $46,220 $47,069
Long-Term Liabilities $175,030 $176,159
Shareholders' Equity $81,982 $71,480
Working Capital $174,830 $157,457
Current Ratio 4.79 4.35
Return on Equity 21% 20%

SOURCE French Fragrances, Inc.

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Prom Trends: It's a Music Thing This Season Says

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 18:13 by
Prom Trends: It's a Music Thing This Season Says David

lays the
biggest role for Prom Night 2000, influencing both the dance and fashion beat.
At every turn there seems to be a new young female artist popping on to the
scene and these songstresses are more stylin' than ever. Prom fashions seem
to hit all the right notes this year with many of the trends, silhouettes and
styles being inspired by young pop divas. This, according to David's Bridal
(Nasdaq: DABR), ( otherwise known as Prom Central at this
time of the year. While David's is known first and foremost for its selection
of bridal fashions, in each of its 100+ nationwide stores, they top the pop
prom charts offering a complete line of prom dresses in sizes 4-22 as well as
What stands out this prom season is the celebration of youthful sex
appeal. While young pop stars may dare to be a bit too bold and bare more
than might be appropriate for the average teen, the best looks are translated
to be, eh-hem, "father friendly" and age appropriate. While music stars opt
for sensationalism, David's Bridal notes that teens simply want to look
sensational. Listed are tips for how to tweak high-stylin' looks so that
every prom goer is a top forty prom hit!

Top Forty Fashion: Gwen Stefani, lead singer of No Doubt
Style Profile: Gwen embraces alternative fashion with her Farrah flipped
fuchsia hair, and mix and match of punk, rock and girl-glam' styling.
Pulling off the look: Outrageously colored hair extensions are a must!
Two piece dressing is one of prom's hottest looks and one with a triangle
top offering exposed shoulders, arms and back would be an ideal choice.
Bare skin would be adorned with temporary tattoos or body art with a Hindu
influence. Chunky soled shoes would replace high heels.

Top Forty Fashion Hit: Christina Aguilera
Style Profile: She's a "Genie in a Bottle" and on the fashion scene and
says confidence is her most important style trait.
Pulling off the look: This nineteen-year old likes to flaunt what she has
and prom girls can do the same in prom dress that might draw interest in
the back, or in hip hugging skirt and slightly cropped top. Topping off
the look with a Christina touch would be a shimmer head wrap worn bandana

Top Forty Fashion Hit: Britney Spears
Style Profile: She has a sporty/sexy appeal
Pulling off the look: Britney goes-to-the-prom translates into a sexy
sportswear influenced look of let's say a knit top with a shimmering satin
skirt that offers an itty-bit of bare midriff, in an electric color.
Shoulder length hair would be worn straight, in a tumble of loose curls or
with ponytails worn high on the crown sporting fluffy pom poms of course.

Top Forty Fashion Hit: Mariah Carey
Style Profile: The ultimate diva illustrates that attitude is everything!
Pulling off the look: Mariah's fashion choices may be a bit too bold and
bare for a teen prom queen, but even young girls can relate to glammin' it
up on their first big night out! A best dress option would be in a bold
color like red, with a glimmer finish, that says, "I'm here!" A slinky
silhouette might have a plunging back (just below the shoulder bones) with
keyhole detail and fishtail hem.

Top Forty Fashion Hit: LeAnn Rimes
Style Profile: Her music mixes country pop with rock. Her personal style
combines modernity with pretty.
Pulling off the look -- LeAnn's message is to mix it up a bit but keep it
pretty. A ball gown with a shimmer skirt and fitted bodice would top the
fashion prom charts. The look would be in the hair. Think of extra long
hair extensions for the night and accenting with sparkling jeweled

Top Forty Fashion Hit: Brandy
Style Profile: Brandy has a thriving music and acting career, is a young
role model and also a real life model for Cover Girl cosmetics.
Pulling off the look: What stands out about Brandy is that she has great
carriage for a young woman. Wearing a gown at any age is all about good
posture. A girl with Brandy's similar tall stature could pull off a glam'
movie star-like strapless gown or a modern interpretation of a ball gown.
Signature braids and extensions would give a youthful trend touch.

David's Bridal offers a complete collection of prom dresses in sizes 4-22
for today's savvy teen consumer who wants the newest looks at reasonable

SOURCE David's Bridal

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Feminique Corporation's Acting CEO to Step Down

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:55 by
Feminique Corporation's Acting CEO to Step Down

BELLPORT, N.Y., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Feminique Corporation
(OTC Bulletin Board: FEMQ) ("Company"), announced today that Mr. Russell
Cleveland, who was made Acting CEO of Feminique Corporation on February 18,
2000, resigned that position effective today, March 6, 2000. Mr. Russell
Cleveland will however remain as Chairman of the Board. The Company's Board
of Directors have not named a successor at this time.

This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 21A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are
subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Actual results could differ
materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Feminique Corporation

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American Academy of Dermatology Holds 58th Annual Meeting

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:46 by
American Academy of Dermatology Holds 58th Annual Meeting

The American Academy of Dermatology will hold its 58th Annual Meeting
in San Francisco, March 10-15 at the Moscone Convention Center.
Anticipated attendance is over 16,000.
More than 800 speakers will contribute to over 400 presentations on
the latest research in the treatment of conditions of the skin, hair, and
nails. Media briefings will feature the following speakers:

Friday, March 10
Dermatologic Surgery
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

-- Soft-Tissue Augmentation: The Forever Young Formula
Richard Glogau, M.D., University of California, San Francisco
-- Lasers Offer Many Options to Improve Appearance
Melanie Grossman, M.D., Cornell University
-- Electrosurgical Resurfacing: A New Option in Facial Rejuvenation
Tina Alster, M.D., Georgetown University

Saturday, March 11
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

-- Future of Self-Tanning Lotions Looks Bright: Market and Benefits
Continue to Expand
Stanley Levy, M.D., University of North Carolina
-- Adding Vitamins to the Mix: Skin Care Products That Can Benefit
the Skin
Zoe Draelos, M.D., Wake Forest University
-- Allergies: The Culprit Could Be Hiding in Your Cosmetic Bag
Anthony Fransway, M.D., Fort Myers, Fla.

Monday, March 13
Dermatology from A to Z
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

-- Common Skin Conditions May Indicate HIV Infection in Women
M. Joyce Rico, M.D., New York University
-- New Hormonal Therapies Treat Persistent Acne in Women
Diane Thiboutot, M.D., Pennsylvania State University
-- No Such Thing As A Simple Rash: Dermatologic Signs of Four
Infectious Diseases
Lisa Drage, M.D., Mayo Clinic

For more information about the meeting call Missy Gough, 847-240-1734,
or Karen Klickmann, 847-240-1735. If you plan to attend, but have not yet
registered, come directly to the Press Office, Room 236 at the Moscone
Convention Center. All media must register through the Press Office
to be admitted to the meeting. The Press Office phone number will be
415-978-3617, beginning March 9.

SOURCE American Academy of Dermatology Comments (0)

Gucci Group N.V. Appoints Chantal Roos as President of Sanofi Beaute

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:38 by
Gucci Group N.V. Appoints Chantal Roos as President of Sanofi Beaute

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Gucci Group N.V.
(NYSE: GUC; Amsterdam) has announced the appointment of Chantal Roos as President and Managing Director of Sanofi Beaute, the Group's Division which
owns the Yves Saint Laurent perfume and cosmetics business, as well as the
Roger & Gallet brand and the perfume licenses for Van Cleef & Arpels, Oscar de
la Renta, Fendi and Krizia.
Ms. Roos will join Sanofi Beaute on April 10, and she will report to
Domenico De Sole, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci Group. She
comes to Sanofi Beaute from Beaute Prestige International, where she has been
President and Chief Executive Officer since founding the company in 1990. At
Beaute Prestige International, she developed highly successful marketing and
product initiatives for brands including Issey Miyake and Jean Paul Gaultier
Prior to Beaute Prestige, Ms. Roos spent 14 years at Yves Saint Laurent
Parfums, where she was Executive Vice President and Managing Director for
France from 1987 to 1990. Prior to that, as International Marketing Director
responsible for the marketing and promotion of all Yves Saint Laurent perfumes
and cosmetics, she was involved in the development of Opium, Kouros, Paris and
the Beaute line.
"We anticipate great success for Sanofi Beaute under Ms. Roos' leadership.
Her experience and creative knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the
company", said Domenico De Sole.
Ms. Roos succeeds Raymond Ortal, who is retiring from his position as
President of Sanofi Beaute. He began his career at the Societe Nationale des
Petroles d'Aquitaine in 1963 and has participated to the creation of Sanofi in
1973. He has held the President position at Sanofi Beaute since October 1996.
"Mr. Ortal's leadership and unparalleled commitment to Sanofi Beaute
resulted in significant growth under his administration. He has left a strong
mark on the company's culture and its brands" said De Sole.
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 goods,
including ready to wear, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, shoes,
timepieces, jewelry, ties and scarves, 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.

SOURCE Gucci Group N.V.

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Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Set To Launch New Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:36 by
Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Set To Launch New Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, To Be Sold Under The Name 'Safe4Hours' Through Commercial and
Retail Outlets

LAS VEGAS, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Skinvisible, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: SKVI) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary,
Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has successfully completed clinical
laboratory tests demonstrating proven results for its newly developed
antibacterial hand sanitizer which will be marketed under the name Safe4Hours
to commercial and retail outlets.
"Our research strongly indicates that Safe4Hours outperforms anything else
available, inherently due to the unique qualities of our proprietary polymer
delivery technology," says Terry Howlett, President of Skinvisible, Inc. "We
listened to consumers and entered this marketplace to deliver a product that
addresses what users are really looking for."
Skinvisible developed its new antibacterial hand sanitizer to meet strong
market demand for a sanitizer that offers maximum protection without drying
out the skin, and endurance for prolonged periods without washing off. While
most other products on the market contain alcohol, the culprit for dry skin,
and must be reapplied after each hand washing, Safe4Hours is alcohol-free and
has proven persistent antimicrobial and antibacterial activity for up to
4 hours regardless of repeated hand washing during that time. It kills
food-borne bacteria, aids in the prevention of cross-contamination, is
moisturizing, and promotes dermal health to resist penetration of
environmental and chemical irritants. The name Safe4Hours says it all.

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
develops, manufactures and markets a proprietary and innovative topical
delivery technology that has broad industry applications. Consistent with its
long-term strategy, Skinvisible is currently developing strategic alliances
and license opportunities within the pharmaceutical field to maximize the
commercialization of its technology for skincare and transdermal drug
applications. The Company is also establishing private label business
opportunities for its hand sanitizer in response to identified demand within
the medical, food service, and personal consumer marketplace.

This press release contains "forward looking" statements within the
meaning of Section 21A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are subject to the
safe harbors created thereby. Such statements involve certain risks and
uncertainties associated with an emerging company. Actual results could
differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements as a
result of risk factors discussed in Skinvisible, Inc. reports that will be on
file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (including but not limited
to the report on Form 10-QSB for the quarter ended September 30, 1999).

SOURCE Skinvisible, Inc.

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Nu Skin Enterprises Reports A Successful Japanese Convention

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:34 by
Nu Skin Enterprises Reports A Successful Japanese Convention

Company Launches the Pharmanex Opportunity
And Paves Way for Internet Initiatives

TOKYO, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 25,000 Nu Skin Japan distributors
attended a recent two-day convention in Tokyo where Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:
NUS) showcased the strength of its divisional strategy and formally launched
the Pharmanex business opportunity.
"One of the most widely anticipated aspects of the convention was the
introduction of Pharmanex, which will increase the reach of our company by
attracting people interested in a nutrition-based business opportunity," said
Steven J. Lund, president and chief executive officer. "We believe that the
Pharmanex opportunity, with its unique sales incentives and tailored
commission structure, will combine with our strong Nu Skin personal care
business to incrementally boost sales and distributor recruitment in Japan in
the coming months."
During the convention, Richard King, chief information officer and
president of the Big Planet division, announced that Nu Skin Japan was close
to finalizing an agreement with NIFTY Corporation to offer Big Planet Internet
service to Japanese distributors and their customers. This service, which
will be available in the second quarter, is the first phase in bringing the
Big Planet business opportunity to Japan.
"Based on the success of our current Internet initiatives, we believe Big
Planet-type products and services will be very popular in Japan," said Takashi
Bamba, president of Nu Skin Japan. "In just six months since its launch, more
than 40,000 distributors have registered with Nu Skin Japan's e-commerce site
and have used it to place more than 10 percent of our overall sales orders
online. We have already built a strong community of technology savvy
distributors and customers who are looking forward to Big Planet's launch."
In addition, Nu Skin introduced 10 new personal care products, including
several new hair care and face care products. The division also announced
plans to offer the revolutionary Nu Skin 180 Anti-Aging Skin Therapy
System(TM), Nu Skin's top selling product system, into Japan in the coming
"As we introduce our divisional strategy into our major markets, we are
seeing enthusiasm among many of our distributors," Mr. Lund stated. "Our
distributors are beginning to experience the benefits of being able to focus
on the opportunity they feel passionate about, while continuing to buy and
sell across divisions."

The Company
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is one of the largest direct selling companies
in the world and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
"NUS." The company's products are sold in 31 countries throughout the
Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
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 or through the Company News On-Call fax service.
For a menu of Nu Skin Enterprises news or to retrieve a specific release, call
800-758-5804, extension 119638.

Please note: This press release contains forward-looking statements,
which represent the company's expectations or beliefs concerning future
events. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ
materially from those discussed or anticipated. These factors include, but
are not limited to: (i) the risk that the Pharmanex launch will not increase
overall sales or lead to increases in distributor recruitment, (ii) the risk
that the company will not finalize an agreement with NIFTY Corporation, or
otherwise be able to launch the Big Planet opportunity in Japan, and (iii) the
risk that Big Planet may not increase sales or distributor activity once it is
launched in Japan. The forward-looking statements are further qualified by
the risks set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including the company's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises

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Metabolize - The Personalized Program for Weight Loss

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:32 by
Metabolize - The Personalized Program for Weight Loss;

The Healthiest Weight Loss Program Ever!

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- With the attention of
the "Great Diet Debate" in Washington last week, perhaps the most critical
person was left out -- leading health and sports performance consultant, Ken
Baum of Biodynamics Institute.
"To see what happened there and have government officials and diet gurus
fail to agree on what's best for the American public is tragic. The reason
that none of the participants in the Great Diet Debate could agree is because
each one of them is locked into a grossly generalized idiom and attempts to
shoehorn society as a whole into something that doesn't fit," explains Baum.
"One size fits all diet advice doesn't work! The evidence is the fattest
population in the history of America with the most obesity related disease.
"Clearly we need to move away from the quick fix, diet miracle of the
moment mentality to a healthy-for-life mindset," says Baum. Metabolize -- The
Personalized Program for Weight Loss (G.P. Putnam's Sons; $23.95 US. /
$33.99 Canada, January 4, 2000) helps people to lose weight immediately in a
healthy way as they learn to eat for their metabolism.
Metabolize is an individualized program that the reader develops within
the parameters of Baum's food lists. It is not restrictive -- it is full of
choices and extremely flexible. Also, unlike other popular diet books,
Metabolize does not focus on one dietary component to the exclusion of others
(i.e. all protein, no carbohydrates). Metabolize is balanced and provides the
right proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats for each type. Readers
can determine their metabolic type through a quick diagnostic test found in
the book.
The easy-to-follow Metabolize plan helps harness the body's metabolism to
work at its maximum efficiency, promoting weight loss, increased energy,
improved health, better sleep, reduced risk of disease and a slowing of the
aging process. Whatever your age, weight, or current health status,
Metabolize will improve the quality of your life... guaranteed or "I'll
personally buy the book back," says Baum.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kenneth Baum is a leading health and sports performance
consultant. He is the founder and president of the Biodynamics Institute, an
organization created to facilitate weight management, optimal health, and peak
performance that has brought together some of the finest researchers and
instructors in the health and peak performance fields. A former staff member
at Elite Training Institute in Los Angeles, he conducts seminars nationwide.
He is the author of The Mental Edge: Maximize Your Sports Potential with the
Mind-Body Connection. He resides in Southern California.

SOURCE Biodynamics Institute

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Galileo Laboratories and Procter & Gamble Sign Agreement

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:30 by
Galileo Laboratories and Procter & Gamble Sign Agreement

Iams & Galileo Form Research and Development Alliance

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & DAYTON, Ohio, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Galileo
Laboratories, Inc. ( and the Iams Company (,
a Procter & Gamble (P&G) subsidiary, announced today that they have entered
into a strategic alliance to build a new generation of companion animal
nutrition products. Iams, a world's leader and innovator in companion animal
nutritionals, and Galileo, a biotechnology company focused on energy
metabolism, are joining forces to develop a suite of products focused on
meeting the specific needs of companion animals based on lifestyle and age.
"The Iams Company was founded on a basic value -- to enhance the
well-being of companion animals by providing world-class quality foods," said
Dr. Diane Hirakawa, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Iams.
"To achieve this goal, the Iams Company invests considerable capital in the
research and development of beneficial companion animal nutrition products.
Galileo Laboratories further enables Iams to implement its core mission of
employing innovative technologies to build superior companion animal
Galileo Laboratories is focused on identifying functional food
ingredients, complementary medicines and pharmaceuticals that enhance function
during conditions of oxidative and metabolic stress. As oxidative and
metabolic stress has been implicated in aging, performance and disease,
Galileo is developing an array of products that address these conditions in
humans as well as in companion and farm animals.
The two companies will leverage Iams' franchise in the premium companion
animal marketplace and Galileo's discovery expertise to develop
state-of-the-art products that enhance the health and quality of life of
companion animals.
"The partnership with Iams was logical," stated Dr. Guy Miller, CEO,
Galileo Laboratories, Inc. "Iams is a global leader in the premium companion
animal food marketplace, they possess enhanced marketing and distribution
capabilities through Iams, and are a respected innovator in developing
nutritionals for companion animals. Galileo embraces the same core value as
the Iams Company -- improving the quality of life through innovation."
Iams is a leader in the premium segment of the global companion animal
food market. This segment, reportedly the fastest-growing sector, represents
10 percent of the estimated $25 billion global market. Financial terms of the
agreement between Iams and Galileo were not disclosed.
The Iams Company, which was purchased by P&G in 1999, has enhanced the
health and well-being of dogs and cats by providing world-class quality foods
for more than 50 years. As a global leader in science-based companion animal
nutrition, the company's Eukanuba and Iams brands of dog and cat food are sold
in 77 countries.
Galileo Laboratories, Inc. is a biotechnology company involved in the
discovery and development of compounds associated with the prevention and
treatment of diseases caused by oxidative and metabolic stress. The Company
develops these compounds as functional food ingredients, complementary
medicines, medical foods and pharmaceuticals. In addition to Iams, Galileo
alliances include Warner-Lambert, DMV International Nutritionals, Phytera,
Inc. and academic institutions such as John Hopkins University, University of
Texas, and University of California.

SOURCE Galileo Laboratories, Inc.

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LensCrafters: Sunglasses Are More Than An Accessory

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:29 by
LensCrafters: Sunglasses Are More Than An Accessory

Eye Doctors Advocate 'Sunscreen for Your Eyes'

CINCINNATI, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer approaching and outdoor
activities on the rise, likewise are eye troubles for many people. From
temporary "sun blindness" to permanent retinal damage, unprotected eyes can
take a beating with too much sun exposure.
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That's why eye doctors are advising the squinting masses that sunglasses
go a lot deeper than style.
"Sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes," said Dr. Dana Nakagawa,
Regional Optometric Practice Manager for EYEXAM2000 of California, a licensed
vision care service plan affiliated with LensCrafters. "Your eyes need
protection all the time. Just as you can get sunburned on an overcast day,
your eyes also can be damaged by ultraviolet radiation whether it's sunny or
Long a staple of fashionable men's and women's summer wardrobes,
sunglasses are rapidly gaining popularity as an essential part of keeping eyes
healthy and safe from the sun. For many men, women and children, on sunny and
cloudy days, on the beach or in the snow, sunglasses aren't just for looks.

Protection from what?
In addition to the minor effects of bright conditions -- wrinkles around
the eyes and temporary headaches -- prolonged exposure to the sun can increase
the risk of lasting effects, including cataracts, retinal damage and "sunburn
of the eye," also known as photokeratitis. The main culprit is ultraviolet
radiation, or UV rays. In addition to causing sunburns, UV rays have a
cumulative effect on vision -- adding up over time to cause lasting damage to
the eyes.
"If you don't protect your eyes from the sun it will catch up with you
sooner or later," said Nakagawa. "Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but
eventually your eyes will suffer some damage if you don't take care of them."
Some people's eyes are more susceptible to UV rays than others. Those who
are fair-skinned or light-eyed, as well as those who have had cataract
surgery, are at a higher risk of damage. But no one is exempt. "Even if you
don't get sunburned or feel like you're squinting, your eyes are still
vulnerable to ultraviolet rays," said Nakagawa.
Not all sunglasses are created equal. Look for sunglasses that bear a
label indicating 99 to 100 percent UV protection. Shades that don't provide
adequate UV protection can actually do more harm than good -- tricking the
pupil into expanding to let in more light without filtering the damaging rays.

Sunglasses for all situations
Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses don't have to be a hindrance that
interferes with what you're doing. With the gamut of available sunglass
accessories, such as non-slip earpieces, it's easy to forget you're even
wearing them.
Modern lens technology allows for optimum protection with minimal vision
distortion. Options such as polarization, mirrored coating, lightweight and
impact-resistant lenses can be combined to customize a pair of sunglasses for
just about any activity or situation -- golfing, water-skiing, running, and
more. LensCrafters' Featherwates AccuDrivers(R), for example, are specially
designed for driving. Increased color contrast allows wearers to see sharper,
clearer images in the sun, fog or haze. Lenses are lightweight and impact
resistant, to decrease the likelihood of shattering in the case of an
Yet with all the health perks they provide, sunglasses are still a fashion
statement. "You really get a double benefit from wearing sunglasses," says
Nakagawa. "You avoid risk to your vision, and you look good wearing them."
With 860 stores in the United States and Canada, Cincinnati-based
LensCrafters(R) is a world leader in the optical retail market. LensCrafters
is a division of Italy-based Luxottica group, S.p.A., the world leader in the
design, manufacturing and marketing of eyeglass frames and sunglasses.

SOURCE LensCrafters

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Strike a Pose on the Oscar Red Carpet with

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 17:28 by
Strike a Pose on the Oscar Red Carpet with Offers Once in a Lifetime Chance to be a Star for a Night

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oscars are upon us and you can
be sure that Nicole and Tom will be there, so will Annette and Warren ... and
so will two lucky Oscar sweepstakes winners and their guests on
March 26th, Hollywood's most prestigious night. From March 1st through
March 15th, consumers can enter online via the Web site (
to win the chance to be a part of the red carpet and Oscar party excitement at
the Oscars in Los Angeles. While the world watches from their television
sets, the Oscar sweepstakes winners will be rubbing elbows, blowing
kisses, comparing jewels and gowns and trading make-up secrets with the year's
hottest stars straight from their VIP front row seats on the Oscar red carpet.
"The winners of this sweepstakes will get a chance for one night to
experience the glamour and excitement of the Oscars that we all dream about,"
said Mariam Naficy, co-founder and co-president of "Eve's
participation in the Oscars is perfect for our audience, women who want the
hottest prestige and celebrity beauty brands, as well as tips on how to look
and feel like the stars.", the leading online prestige beauty retailer with more than 180 of
the most glamorous brands worn by the stars, guarantees luxury and first-class
service. The two sweepstakes winners and their guests will receive round-trip
airfare and will be flown from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a private jet.
Upon arrival, the winners will check into their rooms at the posh Four
Seasons Hotel before zipping off to get styled with their hair and make-up
done by Jose Eber in his Beverly Hills studio. Hair and make-up ready, the Cinderellas will make all the necessary Oscar-worthy stops -- the
jewelry boutique and haute couture designer studio. The winners will be
showered in $250,000 worth of jewels from Harry Winston Jewelers before
slipping into their $15,000 haute couture designer gowns. All on loan, of
course, just like the stars -- move over Jennifer Lopez.
Perfectly dressed, hair styled and make-up flawless, the winners will make
their grand entrance and take their VIP front row seats on the Oscar red
carpet. When the red carpet entrances end, the winners will head over to
world-famous Spago's for the very elite Oscars viewing party and dinner. Of
course, the night doesn't end there. After dinner the winners will hit
several of the night's hottest, post-Oscar A-list events around town. This
whirlwind evening of glamour and glitz will surely be one to remember for the Oscar sweepstakes winners.

About 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, offers a personalized
shopping experience, where every customer receives tailored product
suggestions and customized p~, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Club
Monaco, Decleor, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy and Versace. As the
"beauty authority" on the Internet, delivers advice from leading
experts in makeup, hair, fragrance, skincare, bath and aromatherapy products,
and cosmetic accessories


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Tom Ford Assumes Women's Design Responsibilities

Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 16:28 by
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Gucci Group N.V.
(NYSE: GUC; Amsterdam) has announced that Yves Saint Laurent Couture and Alber
Elbaz have mutually agreed that the Fall 2000 Yves Saint Laurent women's
ready-to-wear collection which debuted Monday, February 28th in Paris was
Elbaz's final collection for the house.
Alber Elbaz has decided to pursue other opportunities and is currently
considering several future options for himself within the fashion industry.
The terms of the agreement between Elbaz and Yves Saint Laurent Couture were
not disclosed.
Tom Ford will assume direct design responsibilities for the Yves Saint
Laurent women's ready-to-wear collection, in addition to his overall
responsibilities as Creative Director for the house. Ford will also continue
in his role of Creative Director and Chief Designer for Gucci Group N.V. and
will retain direct responsibility for all products and image for the Gucci
"Alber Elbaz has made an important contribution to the history of Yves
Saint Laurent Rive Gauche," said Domenico DeSole, President and CEO of Gucci
Group. "We wish Alber continued success in his future endeavors."
The Yves Saint Laurent women's ready-to-wear collection shown on Monday
was designed by Elbaz, with no involvement from Ford.
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 goods,
including ready to wear, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, shoes,
timepieces, jewelry, ties and scarves, 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

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Hey Ladies: Adorns Over 15 Unique Fashion and Style Domains!

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 20:12 by
Hey Ladies: Adorns Over 15 Unique Fashion and Style Domains!

Since Women Now Constitute Half of the Internet Population and Control 75 % of
Household Finances, They Deserve Fashion Content that Interests Them!

WAYNE, Pa., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ --, the largest network of
vertical Websites on the Internet is keeping tabs on the latest styles. With
spring fast approaching, women and men alike are body and social conscious;
style and fashion are first and foremost on their minds. As the Internet
moves towards ubiquitous personalization, 4anything is staying ahead of the
trends, with their recent adoption of the Vignette StoryServer, aiding the
elimination of content conformity.
"The Grammys came and went, and millions watched as stars were draped in
Prada and Gucci. People who missed the event on TV are going to go to the
Internet for information on this fashion extravaganza," said Michael Corcoran,
Editor-in-Chief of " offers over 15 elite
domains. One can find out anything from what Angelina Jolie wore to the
nearest Chanel boutique." offers exclusive fashion-related content. At, one can:

* Get the "Fashion Do's and Don'ts"
* Get the skinny on any major designers' Websites-and go there
* Find out about purses, shoes, and even gemstones
* Check out other 4anything Websites, like:,,, and

From, even the runway is not the limit, with such backstage-
like informative Websites as:

* -- everything about the exquisitely beautiful
* -- entertainment news
* -- details about movie stars and TV stars
* -- rumors, tabloids, and stuff that's "none of your
* -- information on pop culture and pop music

For Press Information, Contact:
Paul Reiter
The Garfield Group 609-396-0946 ext. 55

About combines vertical content, city information, intuitive
navigation and e-commerce to produce an innovative solution for finding
high-quality, relevant information, products and services on the web. It's
category-leading network of more than 1,250 sites deliver the 'best of the
web' coupled with the unique ability to connect consumer interests with local
resources. had more than 3.2 million unique visitors in January
2000 and is headquartered near Philadelphia in Wayne, PA
Visit on the Net at
For press information, please visit
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Blue Nile: The Best Place for the Biggest Decision of Your Life

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 20:06 by
Blue Nile: The Best Place for the Biggest Decision of Your Life

Internet Gives Men the Home Court Advantage in Buying Engagement Rings

SEATTLE, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, half a million men propose to
their girlfriends with what they desperately hope is the right diamond. For
most men, the search for the perfect diamond is frustrating, anxiety-ridden
and confusing. One Internet site is demystifying the process by providing
explicit and straightforward information on diamond quality.
Blue Nile ( ) offers easy-to-use advice from the comfort
and privacy of a personal computer, eliminating the need to set foot into
what, for some men, is the pressure chamber of some jewelry stores. On the
site, men can learn about diamonds in a pressure-free, information-rich
environment. There are no commissioned sales people. Site visitors can ask
questions via email or the company's toll-free number. The comprehensive
buyer's guide educates site visitors about diamonds, pearls, gold and
platinum. A search feature allows visitors to weigh the trade-offs between
the 4 Cs -- cut, color, clarity and carat weight -- to make it easier to
choose the perfect diamond. The site also offers a 30-day, full refund to
reassure new buyers that the purchase is risk free.
"This site helps men choose the perfect jewelry for an engagement or a
special gift. I was one of Blue Nile's first customers and guidance that the
site offers helped me find my wife's engagement ring," says Mark Vadon,
Blue Nile's president and CEO. Online shoppers can choose from inexpensive
gifts, such as pearl earrings or diamond pendants, to more extraordinary
presents, like a 15-carat diamond necklace.
The site also offers a three-step "ring-builder" feature that walks
shoppers through the entire process of designing their own ring. The first
step is finding a loose diamond from among the thousands Blue Nile offers,
then selecting a ring setting. Thirdly, shoppers have the option of adding
the ring to their basket and checking out.

About Blue Nile
Founded 25 years ago in Seattle as a retail jeweler and operating online
since 1995, Blue Nile is the premier site on the Web for purchasing diamonds
and fine, classic-style jewelry. The company provides consumers with a
handpicked selection of the highest quality diamonds and fine jewelry, and the
education to purchase with confidence. Blue Nile offers rich content and
guidance, as well as innovative search technology to help evaluate the
tradeoffs required when prioritizing among the "four Cs" of diamond buying
-- cut, color, clarity and carat. Each diamond is certified for grade by an
independent testing lab and all jewelry is backed by a 30-day free evaluation
and appraisal guarantee. The company is located at

SOURCE Blue Nile
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Carter's Licenses Illustrations by Japanese Artist Emu Namae as Part of its Brand Theme Celebrating Imagination(TM)

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 20:03 by
Carter's Licenses Illustrations by Japanese Artist Emu Namae as Part of its Brand Theme Celebrating Imagination(TM)

Emu Namae layette: Cardigan set with embroidered appliqué, 100% cotton, sizes 0-12 months, retail price, $20. Plush Sherpa beanbag dinosaur by Prestige Toy, retail price: $14. Receiving blanket (background), 100% cotton, retail price: $18. (PRNewsFoto)[AG]
MORROW, GA USA 02/29/2000

MORROW, Ga., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Carter's, the number-one brand for
children's apparel from newborn through age six, has licensed Emu Namae's
inspirational, color-saturated artwork as part of the brand's theme of
"Celebrating Imagination(TM)." Emu Namae's artwork is a continuation of the
company's focus to offer clothing and products that inspire and celebrate the
imagination and creativity in children. This is the first time his artwork
will be used on clothing and lifestyle accessories. These products will be
available in stores nationwide in June 2000.
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Namae, a noted Japanese artist, wrote and illustrated 60 children's books
before going blind at the age of 38 from diabetes. Despite his blindness,
Namae continued his artistic work, writing and illustrating 20 more books. He
has won several awards for excellence that include: Children's Literature
Award, Handicapped Art Bank Award, Sanrio Art Award and The Association of
Japan Regional Newspaper Bronze Grand Prix. The artwork will be a dominant
feature on Carter's newest layette, sleepwear and coordinates programs for
fall 2000.
"Namae's ability to overcome such a serious handicap and continue to
create beautiful artwork is an inspiration to all of us at Carter's. We are
proud to share this artwork with the American public," said Fred Rowan,
chairman and chief executive officer of Carter's. "Our brand theme,
Celebrating Imagination, is enhanced by innovative design. Namae's
illustrations are the perfect way to continue to offer wonderfully creative
children's apparel that will make an emotional connection with parents and
children alike."
The illustrations are saturated with rich colors. The fluid motion of
Namae's subjects, which include angels, rooftops, stars, crocodiles, flowers,
snow, evening townscapes and a host of magical animals, underscore the hope
and love of life that distinguishes his work. Namae's artwork and poetry
create the visual and verbal imagery that will spark children's imaginations.
"As an artist I can communicate my view of the beauty and color of the
world in spite of my blindness," said Emu Namae. "When asked how I am able to
create such colorful images, I must say that it comes from my imagination. I
am truly grateful for the chance to share my artistic gift with children."
Known to millions of mothers and grandmothers, Carter's is the number-one
brand for children, newborn through age six. The company has long been
recognized for its creativity and innovation in design and product
introductions. Visit Carter's web site at to learn
more about Carter's products.

SOURCE Carter's

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Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 19:40 by
To Shop Online for Important Gems, Helps Customers Review And Compare a Broader Selection Than the Best of Stores.

NEW YORK, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopping for the very best of rare gems
may be easier and more surefooted with the introduction of a comparative
scoring system found exclusively at Richard Orbach's web site,
The website's "CherryScoring(TM)" quality rating system enables the viewer
to compare up to three gems on one screen at one time, with each gem's
characteristics accompanied by an experts evaluation.
An outgrowth of the difficulty Orbach had in finding a 3.5 carat natural
Sapphire for his bride,'s focus is primarily on "untreated"
natural gems. "Our selection of truly rare gems is more extensive than one
can find in most fine stores and is backed up by a world class expert," says
That "expert" transactional gemstone partner is Reginald Miller Inc., a 54
year old firm and cutters of the famous 62.02 carat Rockefeller Sapphire sold
at Sothebys auction for nearly $2.9 million dollars. A team of experts
participate in the rating system headed by Jerrold Green, President of
Reginald Miller.
"CherryScoring(TM) empowers our audience to select, procure, assess and
compare items right on their very own screen before they buy," Orbach says.
"I've combined world class expert opinions, a clear presentation technology
and an ease of ordering not seen on the net before for very high end complex
Orbach recalls his 8 month search for an engagement ring for his bride and
the difficulties he encountered despite having been a gem dealer for more than
24 years. "Though I found many lovely treated gemstones, I was determined to
find a rare natural sapphire gifted from mother nature herself," he says.
"Like the right spouse, it takes time to find the right one."
His final success reflected an experts desire to find an unadulterated
gem. "Typically, these pure 'untouched' gems have been the province of the
wealthy and well connected," he says. "They wouldn't dream of handing down
any gem that is enhanced to the next generation."
Beyond it's exclusive CherryScoring(TM) technology, is an
e-commerce and information source for collectors of important gemstones. The
site includes a gemstone library, a collectors' connection for those who want
to be mentored by the resident expert, a virtual private salon for private
viewings and archiving of favorite gems, all found in an easy to navigate user
Orbach says he will be introducing more high end collectible categories to
the site like rare books, antique cars and fine rugs or "nearly any high end
complex collectible that requires an experts opinion. CherryScoring(TM) is an
extensible 'one size fits all' technology."
Is Orbach worried that all of this technology might conflict with the
historical romancing of these items through the ages? "We will always be
romancing the stones because we are passionate about them.
has simply taken the mystery out of owning them."

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Created for Men by Men, Defines Male Wedding Wear for 2000 (Launches April 1)

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 19:30 by
Created for Men by Men, Defines Male Wedding Wear for 2000 (Launches April 1)

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Created by men for men, is defining wedding wear trends that put them on equal footing
with the bride in preparation for the "Big M." Headed by two bachelors, one
married guy, and a team from some of the nation's most successful e-companies,
the new brand provides everything any groom could possibly need, but most
importantly, want.
Grooms-to-be can now make their own decisions about their nuptial threads
right at their desks at . The hottest formalwear
fashions and accessories are available nationwide, according to admitted
bachelor and CEO/Co-founder, Ramin Ramhormozi,
"Men have been automatically relegated to the backseat, traditionally, but
weddings aren't about the bride; it's about women and men," said Ramhormozi,
in explaining his group's decision to develop a brand that meets the needs of
the marrying man.
Features of the site include a specially designed Buy vs. Rent calculator,
an email fitting reminder for the fashion-errant groomsmen, along with pithy
editorial about everything from honeymoon sex expectations to understanding
the female animal. A full resource for an entire range of formalwear, as well
as a selection of name brand groomsmen gifts, vests, ties, and cufflinks are
available from Playboy and Kenneth Cole.
"Men are realizing that they don't have to fit into a stiff, rented tux
that makes them feel like they're wearing a clown suit," said the married of
the three, Michael Lehrman, Co-founder and SVP, E-Commerce. "We don't want to
see our brethren walking down the aisle like a penguin out of water. We think
we have a leg up on providing information in a way that men relate to." is arriving just in time. The other bachelor of the
partners, Howard Brodwin, Co-founder and SVP, Business Development, cites
Gerard Monahan, President of the Association for Bridal Consultants, who
estimates that 25% more couples have chosen the year 2000 to tie the knot.
Ramhormozi, Lehrman and Brodwin have relied heavily on the advice of Yossi
Samimi whose Elite Tuxedoes in Westwood, California provides formalwear for
some of the world' s best-loved celebrities. Current trends include higher
buttons on jackets, sometimes up to 4, with notch lapels. Double-breasted
styles are out. Black is hot. Wing tip collars are out, in favor of the
"laydown" collar and most men are asking for "no pleats, please." Samimi
claims that the cummerbund is definitely "archaic" styling and that everyone
now wears a vest ... "with a back." Most tuxedoes don't have that "Universal
Studios fake back look anymore." His best-selling brands are Ralph Lauren's
Chaps and Raffinati. As for pants, the ribbon-stripe is a mainstay.
Square-toed shoes are now favored and the laced variety are still more
dominant than a slip on .... "oh and buckles are big," he adds. can be accessed at .

Founded originally as in 1997, is the brand
brainchild of three Los Angeles-based 30-something amigos staring down the
uncertainty of marriage themselves, is part of their Los
Angeles-based groom's resource firm, Marrying Man Group, Inc. A mix of
insightful content, informative resources and unique shopping experiences, seeks to prepare men for the transition from bachelor to
fiance to groom and then to husband.

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Fashion Adopts A Fresh Outlook; Chic Proportions, Feminine Details And Delicious Colors Invigorate the Wardrobe

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 19:24 by
Fashion Adopts A Fresh Outlook; Chic Proportions, Feminine Details And Delicious Colors Invigorate the Wardrobe

Thanks to three-quarter length sleeves, this seersucker jacket from Talbots is a modern classic. (PRNewsFoto)[AG]
HINGHAM, MA USA 02/29/2000

HINGHAM, Mass., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Like the calm after a storm,
spring fashion is reviving the senses with a fresh outlook. According to
leading specialty retailer and cataloger Talbots (NYSE: TLB), pretty colors,
fun patterns and airy fabrics are invigorating classic favorites, while new
proportions are bringing everything into the 21st century with up-to-the-
minute style.
New Proportions are Cropping Up
Now that longer days are on the horizon, women are dressing more casually
and with an even greater emphasis on comfort and versatility. From three-
quarter sleeves to capri-length pants, cropped proportions are everywhere.
While cropped looks epitomize the season's relaxed spirit, classic Bermuda
shorts and effortless skimmer dresses elongate the options. But proportion
alone doesn't guarantee a chic entrance; fabrics with texture, stretch memory
or graphic impact ensure a lasting impression. Not to be forgotten, Irish
linen, seersucker and cotton twill stand up to a wrath of heat and humidity,
and look entirely new cast in one of the season's modern shapes. As always,
color is key this time of year with searing brights and soothing pastels
adding unexpected dimensions to ever-stylish combinations of black, white and
tan. Shoes are incredibly fun - e.g., thong sandals, open-toe mules, animal
print driving loafers, Madras sneakers and more.

Femininity Returns
Career fashions are savvier than ever thanks to a clever combination of
innovative fabrics and figure-friendly designs. This season, streamlined
separates in smart blends like silk-linen or matte georgette are offering the
dress-up/dress-down versatility women need, while soft colors and refined
silhouettes are providing the fashion they crave. Pretty colors like pink,
lilac, pale yellow and sage are bringing femininity back to the boardroom
(even if that boardroom is also a living room). Princess seams, petal hems,
concealed buttons and other flattering details complement this softer palette
without fuss or frill. A sophisticated shirtjacket with a hint of stretch and
three-quarter cuffed sleeves provides the perfect frame for a modern suit when
paired with matching slim pants, a long and lean trouser skirt or a shape-
retaining sheath.

Dresses Are Back (and not always black)
With the season's emphasis on pretty colors and feminine details, it
should come as no surprise that wearing a dress is suddenly chic. The classic
sheath is proof that the best things in life are often the simplest,
especially when shown in an array of fabrics like linen, seersucker and silk
doupioni. The twinset's newest offspring is the "dress set," a sheath with a
coordinating silk cardigan that offers a double dose of understated glamour.
For all those dressier occasions traditionally associated with spring and
summer, the choices abound: graceful skimmers, delicately embroidered columns
and beaded tops with ball skirts. Silk's multiple personalities lend a smooth,
sheer or subtly textured hand, while beading, embroidery and organza add an
extra touch for special invitations. While black isn't vanishing from the
social circuit, it's clearly not so prevalent this year as women are wearing
soft blushes and bold strokes of color. This ladylike effect isn't complete
without a matching handbag and a pair of strappy sandals.
With its new chic proportions, feminine features and delicious colors,
fashion is definitely putting on a happy face this season.

Talbots is a leading specialty retailer and cataloger of women's classic
clothing, shoes and accessories.
For more information, visit the Company's website at

SOURCE Talbots
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Survival Guide for the Millennium Bride

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 13:26 by
Survival Guide for the Millennium Bride

ARDMORE, Pa., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to the number of
weddings predicted for the year 2000, by many accounts, a certain
Millenniumania seemed to emerge. By year's end, stats will prove if there was
a major marriage increase. According to David's Bridal (Nasdaq: DABR)
(, the nation's number one bridal retailer, with over 100
stores nationwide, the following has held true in the last couple of years.
Sixty percent of couples tied the knot between June and October, with June the
number one choice. Whether marrying in the year 2000 or beyond, expert
consultants concur that a "survival guide" may be helpful to brides and
created a Survival Guide for the Millennium Bride. Like the tips, hints and
advice they offer for finding the perfect gown, the guide has timeless
information for brides for this or any other Millennium!

TEARS OF JOY should not result in streaking mascara. Waterproof mascara
is a must!

THE EYES HAVE IT! A bride's eyes will stand out when framed with false
eyelashes. For a subtle effect, a bride may apply only a few separate lashes
on the outer corners, then add two coats of mascara.

NAIL IT THE DAY BEFORE! Ideally a manicure should be done the day before
the wedding and a coat of clear on the day of the wedding. French manicures
and sheer shades of pink are favored.

PHOTO PERFECT LIPSTICK! A bride and her party should avoid glosses, since
they fade and frosted lipsticks, which don't photograph well and tend to look
dated. Think classic shades. For an ivory gown, peach or soft brownish red
tones work well and berry stained lips are best with a white gown.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! Find out in advance what type of film the
photographer is using, as certain ones can give skin a yellow cast. Test
shots can be vital for feeling confident with knowing how to pose and
spotlighting your best side. Remember that you will be looking at these
photos for years to come and you want to be picture perfect.

TRESS REHEARSAL is important. Try a wedding hairstyle and see how it
holds up before the wedding. Have your regular trim four weeks prior and book
the wedding day appointment a month in advance to make sure your stylist is

A LIGHT EFFECT! If hair is highlighted, for a fresh look it should be
done a week before the wedding.

TIARABLE? STYLE! Since tiaras look best with hair pulled away from the
face, hair can be kept in place without looking sticky or stiff by spraying a
cotton ball with hair spray and lightly smoothing the surface.

JUST-IN-CASE, the following items tucked into a small bag can be
essential: breath mints, a small comb, clear nail polish (for stocking runs),
needle and thread, safety pins, talc powder (great for covering a stain on the
white dress) and aspirin.

A HEELING THOUGHT for the bride is not to let the wedding day be the first
day she wears a pair of new shoes, especially if they have high heels. If
shoes are brand new, a couple pieces of masking tape on the bottom will
prevent slipping.

RINGING WITH SPARKLE! If time does not permit to have the engagement ring
cleaned professionally before the wedding, soak in pneumonia and water and
then rinse with water the day of the nups.

THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP! Be prepared for the unexpected and remember to
relax and relish in the celebration of marrying the person you love.

SOURCE David's Bridal

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Painless Instant 8 Hour Face Lift Requiring Just 10 Minutes And

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 13:24 by
Painless Instant 8 Hour Face Lift Requiring Just 10 Minutes And
No Surgery Is Introduced By Roberts Research Laboratories

Painless Instant 8 Hour Face Lift Requiring Just 10 Minutes And No Surgery Is

Introduced By Roberts Research Laboratories

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- You can now undergo a
temporary facelift in just 10 minutes. A new face lifting system allows you to
enjoy the appearance of a face lift without the risk or high cost of surgery.
Instant 8 Hour Face Lift helps smooth lines and wrinkles for up to eight
hours, according to Lee Roberts, president of Roberts Research Laboratories.
(call 1-800-327-3323 or E-mail:
"The effects of the new firming and revitalizing treatment lasts all
day," says Roberts. "It is designed for people who don't want plastic surgery
but who do want to look their best. There is immediate gratification, with
results that are readily seen."
Lifting and tightening of the facial skin are achieved through a special
blend of natural high-performance herbal extracts, vitamins and egg white.
It works by removing unnecessary moisture from the skin's surface and helps
provide a temporary "tightening" effect. Instant 8 Hour Face Lift is
suitable for all skin types and is hypo-allergenic.
Instant 8 Hour Face Lift is already generating excitement by those who
have tried it, including skin care professionals. "Eighty percent of
participants in a study conducted by our company reported that Instant 8
Hour Face Lift produced an immediate 'lift' effect, smoothed out features
and softened lines," says Roberts.
For the best 10 minutes to ever happen to a face call 1-800-327-3323
extension 110 or E-mail:

SOURCE Roberts Research Laboratories

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