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ProCyte in License Agreement With Neutrogena

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 17:22 by BeautyCare.com
ProCyte in License Agreement With Neutrogena

Deal Introduces ProCyte's Copper Peptide Technology
To the Worldwide Consumer Market

REDMOND, Wash., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ProCyte Corporation
(OTC Bulletin Board: PRCY), a leading skin care and tissue repair company,
today announced a long term worldwide license agreement with Neutrogena, a
Johnson & Johnson company, for worldwide use of its patented Copper Peptide
Complexes in products for skin health. The agreement provides ProCyte with
milestone and royalty payments and includes certain minimum payment levels.
The retail market for skin care products, including the food, drug and
mass market channels, was in excess of $3.5 Billion in the United States in
1999. It is a rapidly growing market segment, as the aging baby boomer
population demands products that prolong and improve the quality of life.
Clinical studies indicate that the products sold by ProCyte in the medical
marketplace significantly improve skin tone and have high consumer appeal.
"We are excited to be able to make our proven Copper Peptide technology
available to a broader market base," said Jack Clifford, ProCyte Chairman and
CEO. "ProCyte has established a growing position in the medical marketplace,
where demand for our Copper Peptide therapeutic and anti-aging products has
risen dramatically since their launch less than two years ago."
Neutrogena Corporation manufactures, develops and internationally markets
premium skin and hair care products.

About ProCyte:
ProCyte Corporation is a healthcare products company that develops,
manufactures, and markets products for tissue repair, skin health and hair
care. ProCyte's product portfolio includes comprehensive skin care lines for
therapeutic care, anti-aging products and products for thinning hair. The
Company's products incorporate its patented copper peptide technology and are
marketed both directly and through distribution partners.

This report may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to
certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those projected. This report should be read in conjunction
with the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and it's quarterly reports on
Form 10-Q. The Company's results may vary significantly from quarter to
quarter and will depend, among other factors, on product launches and market
acceptance, manufacturing contracts, and distribution agreements.

For more information, please contact Jack Clifford, Chairman/CEO of
ProCyte Corporation, 425-869-1239; or Michael S. Manahan, Principal, Magnum
Financial Group, LLC, 213-488-0443, for ProCyte Corporation.

SOURCE ProCyte Corporation

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Tom Fitzgerald Appointed to Chief Financial Officer for Bath & Body Works

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 17:06 by BeautyCare.com
Tom Fitzgerald Appointed to Chief Financial Officer for Bath & Body Works

COLUMBUS, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Beth Pritchard, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Bath & Body Works, today announced the appointment of Tom
Fitzgerald to Chief Financial Officer for Bath & Body Works. Bath & Body
Works, the industry-leading specialty retailer of personal care products, is a
business of Intimate Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI).
As a member of the Executive Committee, Mr. Fitzgerald will lead the
financial reporting, financial planning and control functions of the business.
He will report directly to Rick Payne, Executive Vice President of Operations
and Administration for Bath & Body Works.
"I am pleased to welcome Tom to our team," said Ms. Pritchard. "As we
continue to move Bath & Body Works forward at its tremendous growth rate,
Tom's financial and leadership experience will make him a strong asset to our
team."
Mr. Fitzgerald has an extensive background in Finance, particularly in
strategic planning and operations. He has been with various divisions of the
Pepsico organization since 1984, most recently as Vice President of Finance
for the Tropicana division.
Mr. Fitzgerald earned his bachelor's degree in business administration
from the University of Florida and his master's degree in business
administration from Indiana University.
Intimate Brands, Inc. is the leading specialty retailer of intimate
apparel, beauty and personal care products through the Victoria's Secret, Bath
& Body Works and White Barn Candle Company brands. As of February 26, 2000,
Victoria's Secret products are available through 896 lingerie and beauty
stores, the Victoria's Secret Catalogue and online at
http://www.VictoriasSecret.com . The Company offers a broad selection of personal
care, home fragrance and decor products through 1,217 Bath & Body Works and
White Barn Candle Company stores.

SOURCE Intimate Brands, Inc.

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sephora.com Unveils New Advertising Campaign, Bringing Beauty to Life

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 17:05 by BeautyCare.com
sephora.com Unveils New Advertising Campaign, Bringing Beauty to Life

With Top Models Kate Moss and Carmen Kass

- Photography by Top Fashion Photographer Mario Sorrenti -
- Sephora.com Theme: The Most Beauty Online -

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- sephora.com, the leading site for
beauty on the Internet, today unveiled its new advertising campaign, featuring
top models Kate Moss and Carmen Kass.
The campaign, which will break nationally in the April 3rd issue of People
Magazine and in May fashion and style magazines, focuses on the compelling
benefits of the sephora.com Internet site. Initially, there will be 6 images
- 3 of Kate Moss and 3 of Carmen Kass - featured as eye-catching spread
executions. Each ad will carry the tag line "sephora.com - the most beauty
online," emphasizing the site's leading position in the Internet beauty space.
The ads will also include a "beauty note" in the corner of each image, giving
brand and product information for obtaining the look worn by the models. In
addition to print, the campaign will also include radio spots, in-store
promotions, banner ads and other Internet media.
Jim Kenney, President and CEO of sephora.com. said, "This new campaign
builds on sephora.com's leading position as the authoritative source for
beauty on the Internet. Lloyd (+Co) has captured the style and commitment to
fashion that is an integral part of our site. Mario Sorrenti's beautiful
close-up face shots of Kate Moss and Carmen Kass elicit tremendous energy and
a wide range of intense emotions, in simple, modern and exciting images."
Douglas Lloyd of Lloyd (+Co) said, "Our goal was to separate sephora.com
from all the other current on-line beauty advertising, and at the same time
evoke Sephora's strong personality. We were able to accomplish this with
Mario Sorrenti's provocative images that, while strong and direct, are still
about beauty and sensuality."
sephora.com Inc. and Sephora USA LLC are units of the Selective
Distribution Group of Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the
world's leading luxury products group. sephora.com, which can be viewed at
http://www.sephora.com/, is the definitive address for beauty on the Internet,
with over 220 brands and 700 collections. Sephora is one of the largest
fragrance and cosmetic retailers in Europe. Currently Sephora operates over
250 stores in France and Europe, and is continuing its aggressive expansion
plan in the U.S, with 51 stores opened in the last 20 months. Sephora
recently entered the Asian market, opening its first store in Tokyo in the
Ginza on November 28,1999.

SOURCE sephora.com

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Del Laboratories, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 16:53 by BeautyCare.com
Del Laboratories, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

UNIONDALE, N.Y., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Del Laboratories, Inc.
(Amex: DLI) today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended
December 31, 1999.
Net sales for the fourth quarter of 1999 were $70,448,000, an increase of
9% above the $64,812,000 reported for the fourth quarter of 1998. Net
earnings for the fourth quarter of 1999 were $131,000, compared to a prior
year fourth quarter net loss of $363,000. Included in the fourth quarter of
1999 is an after-tax gain of $855,000 on the sale of land. Basic earnings per
share for the fourth quarter of 1999 were $0.02 compared to a $0.05 net loss
in the fourth quarter of 1998.
Dan K. Wassong, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "The
Company's performance in the fourth quarter reflects the continuing strength
of our core Sally Hansen and Orajel brands, as well as the progress that was
made in repositioning the Naturistics line. These developments, along with
the successful launch of new products, including the Sally Hansen Teflon(R)
Tuff(TM) Extra Strength Nail Protector and the new N.Y.C. New York Color
cosmetic line, makes us optimistic that our Company is well-positioned to
achieve meaningful profitable growth in the coming year."
Net sales for the full year of 1999 were $267,347,000 compared to
$274,862,000 reported for the full year of 1998. For the full year of 1999
the Company reported a net loss of $4,002,000, compared to net earnings of
$11,077,000 in 1998. The full year of 1999 was negatively impacted by the
previously reported $9,500,000 of pre-tax charges in the third quarter of
1999; and the full year includes after-tax gains of $1,988,000 on sales of
facility and land.

DEL LABORATORIES, INC. REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END RESULTS

Condensed Statements of Consolidated Operations
(In thousands except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31 December 31
1999 1998 1999 1998


Net sales $70,448 $64,812 $267,347 $ 274,862

Earnings (loss)
before income taxes 258 (906) (5,483) 18,461
Provision (benefit)
for income taxes 127 (543) (1,481) 7,384

Net earnings (loss) $131 $(363) $(4,002) $11,077
Earnings (loss) per
common share (1)
Basic $.02 $(.05) $ (.53) $1.43
Diluted $.02 $(.05) $ (.53) $1.34

Weighted average common
shares outstanding (1)
Basic 7,516 7,686 7,530 7,733
Diluted 7,651 7,686 7,530 8,288

All share and per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the 2% stock
dividend distributed December 28, 1999.
Del Laboratories, Inc., markets and manufactures cosmetics and over the
counter pharmaceuticals. Its major brands include SALLY HANSEN HARD AS
NAILS(R), America's number one nail protection, CORNSILK(R) face makeup,
LACROSS(R) nail and beauty implements, lip color, skin care, bleaches and
depilatories, all under the SALLY HANSEN brand franchise, NATURISTICS(R)
cosmetics, and N.Y.C. New York Color(TM) cosmetics. The Company's Del
Pharmaceuticals subsidiary includes ORAJEL (R), the number one brand of
topical oral analgesics, ARTHRICARE(R), PRONTO(R), TANAC(R) and PROPA pH(R).
This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date they are made and we undertake no
obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or
future events. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements
about beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties.
Reference is made to documents filed by the Company with the Securities and
Exchange Commission for important factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Del Laboratories, Inc.

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Candie's and Journeys Announce E-Commerce Collaboration

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 16:45 by BeautyCare.com
Candie's and Journeys Announce E-Commerce Collaboration

Leading Gen. Y Brand and Retailer Build Co-Branded Footwear e-Store Company
Announces Twelve-Month Agreement with Leading Internet Portal Yahoo!

NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Candie's Inc. (Nasdaq: CAND), which
operates Candies.com, a leading teen site featuring content and community, and
Journeys, a destination retailer for footwear and accessories for the teen
market, have announced a collaborative e-commerce agreement to develop a
co-branded footwear store to anchor Candies.com. The store is scheduled to
launch in April.
The store will be an arrangement with Candie's handling front-end
applications including design, programming and advertising and promotion.
Journeys will handle back-end applications including inventory management,
warehousing, shipping, customer service and returns. Both brands logos will be
prominently featured throughout the store.
According to Neil Cole, Candie's CEO, "Journeys has rapidly become the
dominant specialty footwear retailer for our customer, being able to work with
them in our first e-commerce venture and benefit from their extensive footwear
experience is very exciting. Following our recent content partnerships with
RollingStone.com and MTVi, this commerce alliance allows us to begin to
monetize the traffic and exciting content we have been able to build on
Candies.com."
According to Jim Estepa, president of Journeys, "Having the opportunity to
be the exclusive distributor of Candie's footwear on the Candie's web site is
exciting for us. It allows us to leverage existing fulfillment infrastructure
and create an incremental stream of revenue while providing an excellent
branding opportunity by reaching millions of teenage girls on a destination
website."
To promote the e-store, Candie's has also announced it has entered into a
twelve month on-line promotion agreement with leading Internet portal Yahoo!.
The agreement will give Candie's and Journeys prominent advertising placement
in many of Yahoo's premium content channels, as well as the ability to utilize
Yahoo's demo targeting capabilities. Advertising on Yahoo! will begin in May.

About Candies.com
http://www.candies.com launched in October 1999 as a destination site for
gen. Y featuring content and community including message boards, e-mail,
personal homepage hosting and a team of trend trackers that provide reports on
fashion trends from around the world. The site recently announced music
content deals with RollingStone.com for music news and reviews and MTVi for a
co-branded radio channel, as well as deal with Lucknet Limited, a French
company, for daily and weekly horoscope content.

About Candie's Inc.
Candie's, Inc., (Nasdaq: CAND), 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
seven company-owned stores and specialty and department stores
internationally. Candie's Inc. also owns and markets footwear, accessories and
apparel under the Bongo trademark. Additionally, the Candie's brand is
licensed to Liz Claiborne Inc. for the manufacture, sale and distribution of
fragrances and cosmetics. For investor information please visit the corporate
website at http://www.candiesinc.com

About Journeys
Journeys, a division of Genesco, is a destination retailer for footwear
and accessories for the teen market. With more than 323 stores nationwide,
Journeys caters to the young, hip market in search of footwear that expresses
their attitudes. Brands sold at Journeys include: Dr. Martens, Skechers, Lugz,
Steve Madden, Timberland, Vans, Soap, Airwalk, Adidas, Candie's, GBX and MIA.

About Genesco
Genesco (NYSE: GCO), based in Nashville, operates 679 footwear retail
stores in the U.S., principally under the names Journeys, Johnston & Murphy
and Jarman. The Company also sells footwear at wholesale under its Johnston &
Murphy brand and under the licensed Dockers and Nautica brands. It also
produces leather through the Volunteer Leather. Additional information on
Genesco and its operating divisions may be accessed at its website
http://www.genesco.com

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

SOURCE Candie's Inc.

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Serengeti Chooses fourthchannel

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 16:44 by BeautyCare.com
Serengeti Chooses fourthchannel

Sunglasses Manufacturer Will Apply E-Commerce to Improve Distribution

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- E-commerce Applications Services
Provider (ASP) fourthchannel announced today that Serengeti Eyeware, a leading
manufacturer of premium sunglasses and eyewear, has chosen fourthchannel's
profitlaunch e-commerce solution to improve its distribution channels.
"Applying fourthchannel's e-commerce solution to our business will make
our distribution channels more efficient and will provide critical product
information to our resellers," said Craig Davison, Serengeti Director of
Information Systems. "We can also be more nimble in our marketing and
merchandising efforts. fourthchannel's ASP delivery gives us this ability at a
predictable cost."
"Serengeti is a marquee name in eyewear products," said Jonathan York,
fourthchannel chairman and CEO. "Our solution will provide Serengeti with the
ability to expand its retail channel quickly and easily, and to serve its
existing retail outlets faster and more efficiently."
Serengeti is a leading provider of premium, technically advanced
sunglasses and other eyewear. Its three product lines -- Drivers, Kinetix, and
H2Optix -- provide users with exceptional glare reduction, ultraviolet
protection, and clarity, and are favored by pilots, flight crews, emergency
personnel, and law enforcement professionals around the world. Serengeti can
be found on the Internet at http://www.serengeti-eyewear.com.

about fourthchannel
fourthchannel developed the Internet Business Environment (IBE) to deliver
a complete e-commerce selling solution to the mid-market. Application Services
Provider (ASP) deployment allows fourthchannel to provide easy-to-use and
easy-to-manage e-commerce sales solutions that expose mid-sized manufacturers
and distributors to new and larger markets. fourthchannel's IBE also includes
the essential elements of 30-day rapidchannel implementation and the
plug-and-play integration with back-end enterprise IT applications.
fourthchannel has a management team that includes seasoned business and
high technology professionals who have years of experience in delivering
technology solutions to industrial companies. fourthchannel, inc., founded in
1997, is a privately held, venture capital backed company. More information
can be found by visiting the Web site: http://www.fourthchannel.com.

SOURCE fourthchannel

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Wal-Mart Names French Fragrances Supplier of the Year for 1999

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 16:11 by BeautyCare.com
Wal-Mart Names French Fragrances Supplier of the Year for 1999

In The Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances Category

MIAMI, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- French Fragrances, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRAG), a
leading manufacturer and marketer of prestige fragrances, announced today
that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) named French Fragrances Supplier of
the Year for 1999 in the cosmetics, skincare and fragrances category, and
that it also garnered the same honor for the Fourth Quarter of 1999.
William DuBose, Vice President Divisional Merchandise Manager, Cosmetics,
Skincare & Fragrances for Wal-Mart, commented: "French Fragrances'
merchandise quality, fulfillment execution and understanding of the market
really set it apart this past year and helped us achieve our primary
goal -- providing the best value and service to our customers. Our
relationship with French Fragrances represents what is best in a
retailer/supplier relationship."
"These are indeed great honors Wal-Mart has bestowed on our Company," said
E. Scott Beattie, President and Chief Executive Officer of French
Fragrances. "French Fragrances prides itself as an innovator in the
prestige fragrance industry. Our breadth of products and e-business
services allowed us to earn the recognition Wal-Mart has given our Company
and our employees with these awards. We highly value the relationship we
have built with Wal-Mart, and it is immensely satisfying to have the effort
we extend on behalf of our customers acknowledged by one of the world's
outstanding retail organizations. We look forward to continuing to supply
our products to the more than 2,500 Wal-Mart stores located throughout the
United States, the 166 stores located in Canada and the 15 stores located in
Puerto Rico, as well as Wal-Mart's web site."
Wal-Mart's criteria for selecting French Fragrances for these awards
included fill rates, overall sales, return on investment, margins and
inventory turns, as well as French Fragrances' leading role in advancing the
multi-billion dollar cosmetics, skincare and fragrance category at Wal-Mart.
French Fragrances is committed to assisting Wal-Mart and the Company's
other retailers in growing the prestige fragrance category through the
continued use of French Fragrances' e-commerce business-to-business platform.
"Through that platform, we already process all of Wal-Mart's orders through
electronic data interchange transmissions, analyze point-of-sale data through
Wal-Mart's Retail Link, provide planogram support, allow for direct store
deliveries and effect electronic fund transfers," added Mr. Beattie. "We
are, however, significantly expanding our e-business platform. In the near
future, we expect to provide Wal-Mart and our other retail partners with
additional collaborative and supply chain planning and forecasting tools
that will further reduce transaction costs, increase market efficiency,
provide greater market intelligence, increase inventory turns and decrease
inventory levels."
As the world's largest retail company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more
than 2,500 stores throughout the United States. The company also operates
more than 463 Sam's Clubs (warehouse membership clubs) in the United States.
In addition, the company operates units in Argentina (13), Brazil (14),
Canada (166), Germany (95), Mexico (462), Puerto Rico (15), the United
Kingdom (232), and under joint-venture agreements in China (6) and Korea
(5).
French Fragrances is a rapidly growing manufacturer and marketer of
prestige fragrances and related skin treatment and cosmetic products in the
approximately $40 billion U.S. cosmetics and toiletries industry. Through
its e-commerce business-to-business platform, 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. A recently announced joint effort with IBM, American
Software and Logility will allow French Fragrances to significantly expand
its e-business model.

Press Contact: Paul West
Executive Vice President,
Sales Management and Planning
French Fragrances, Inc.
(305) 818-8120
pwest@frenchfragrances.com

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

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical
facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements, including
supply constraints or difficulties; the substantial indebtedness of the
Company; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the Company's
ability to successfully integrate acquired 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.

SOURCE French Fragrances, Inc.

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Fleur de Flirt is Sure to Be on Everyone's Lips

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 16:00 by BeautyCare.com
Fleur de Flirt is Sure to Be on Everyone's Lips

Eve.com, Vincent Longo and Allure Magazine Announce the Winner of the
'Name This Lipstick' Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eve.com (http://www.eve.com), celebrity
makeup artist Vincent Longo and Allure magazine today announced the winner of
the "Name This Lipstick" contest. The contest ran from January 15th to
February 14th and over 12,000 people submitted their lipstick name ideas. Drum
roll please ... and the winner is Fleur de Flirt. Gayle Carroll, a New York
City resident and the creative mind behind the new lipstick name, has won an
amazing $500 shopping spree on Eve.com, a two-night stay at a leading New York
hotel, and dinner for two at an exclusive top New York restaurant. Fleur de
Flirt is a bold, modern rose-colored lipstick and will be sold exclusively
online at Eve.com for six months beginning this June and then sold as part of
Vincent Longo's permanent collection.
"Eve.com was thrilled by the overwhelming number of responses and the
creativity from our customers for the 'Name This Lipstick' contest," says
Mariam Naficy, co-founder and co-president of Eve.com. "Eve.com is committed
to keeping our customers up-to-date on all the beauty trends, and we are so
excited that one of our customers will be part of beauty history. Gayle's
creative and fun 'Fleur de Flirt' name is now part of Vincent Longo's
permanent collection."
"I wanted to come up with a name that was cute and catchy, and even more
important a name that I thought was short enough to fit under a lipstick
case," says Gayle Carroll, New York City resident and winner of the "Name This
Lipstick" contest. "This contest was so fun to enter and I am thrilled that I
won."
"Fleur de Flirt was a name that evoked the same imagery as other wildly
popular names in my collection, including names like Divine Flesh, Foolish
Virgin and Pax Lux Sex," says Vincent Longo. Vincent's makeup artistry has
graced the magazine covers of Allure, Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, and the
celebrity lips and faces of today's hottest stars -- like Winona Ryder,
Christina Ricci, Denise Richards, Sarah Jessica Parker and Meg Ryan. His
expertise has translated celebrity trends into the most wearable beauty, and
he is internationally credited for his trend-setting use of makeup in the
world of beauty and fashion.

About Eve.com
Eve.com has changed the way women everywhere shop for cosmetics. It opened
its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to offer an array of
prestige beauty products on the Web. Tailored to the rapidly growing audience
of educated female Internet users, Eve.com offers a personalized shopping
experience, where every customer receives tailored product suggestions and
customized product samples with each purchase.
Eve.com offers more than 180 of the most exclusive brands in beauty,
including such prestigious brands as BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Club
Monaco, Decleor, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, Versace and Vincent
Longo. As the "beauty authority" on the Internet, Eve.com delivers advice from
leading experts in makeup, hair, fragrance, skincare, bath and aromatherapy
products, and cosmetic accessories.

SOURCE Eve.com

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Cool Dudes and Groovy Chicks Rule Alter Ego World

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:55 by BeautyCare.com
Cool Dudes and Groovy Chicks Rule Alter Ego World

Inner Fun Released with the Debut of American Greetings
Trendy Bubblegum Crew on Cards with an Attitude

CLEVELAND, March 21 /PRNewswire/ - Trend spotters say they know a new
trend is afoot when they find themselves asking, "What's up with this?" The
Bubblegum dudes and divas of the new millennium are "what's up" in magazines,
on television and on American Greetings cards, gift wrap, gift bags, stickers,
stationery, balloons and party goods.
Who is the Bubblegum Crew? The twenty-five bubble-headed cartoon cool
dudes and groovy chicks from American Greetings are all about attitude and
alter egos just waiting to come out.
Why do we need Bubblegum? Their creators explain that pressures,
deadlines and other monsters, like jobs, school and everyday responsibilities
control a major part of every week. But on our own time, our inner selves can
really shine through. Bubblegum expresses the fun side that surfaces once
we're finished doing what we have to do.
"Our Bubblegum characters cut the stress of complex lives and celebrate
fun and individuality with their hip slang," said Steve Laserson, American
Greetings executive director of product management for alternative cards.
The Bubblegum crew says it best with a vocabulary of nutty buzzwords and
phrases like "Thrill Junkie" and "Wage Slave."
Disco Diva, Cool Dude, Groovy Chick and their over-the-edge, happenin'
chums are the fun part of us that cuts loose when we're feeling funky,
"sliding on a new trend" or just hanging out. Now they're ready to party
with Generations X and Y on cards and gifts.
Who is the Bubblegum Crew? Each of the 25 bubble-heads connects with an
element of inner fun. Six main bubble headliners lead the pack in living by
their unofficial motto, "It's All In The 'Tude":

Disco Diva -- Delightful and delicious, she's a disco diva all glammed up
for grooving.

Smile -- With his super smashing smile, the spirit-captain of the crew
always finds the silver lining.

Groovy Chick -- She's fantastic and funky, a gorgeous groovy chick and the
fun-loving style-sister everyone adores.

Cool Dude -- He swans about just being himself with his trademark shades
and goatee, the coolest dude ever.

Hug -- She's sweet and smiley and a great big hugging fiend.

Easy -- He's the master of laid back hip and takin' things real easy.
Other pint sized reminders that life isn't to be taken too seriously
include: Jelly Head, Big Hair, Fitness Freak, Big Spender, Sun Junkie, Diet
Slave, Honey Bunny, Happenin' Babe and Buzz Head.
So for the buttoned-down banker who knows deep down he's the coolest dude,
a Cool Dude Bubblegum greeting card will suit him fine.
And a birthday gift all dolled-up in a Disco Diva gift bag is just the
ticket for the very professional administrative assistant who transforms into
a glam girl for clubbing on Saturday night.
Bubblegum has been a run-away success in the United Kingdom, where
American Greetings international subsidiary first released the characters.
The crew has reached near cult status among mature teens and young adults
there.
American Greetings is the world's largest publicly held creator,
manufacturer and distributor of greeting cards and social expression products.
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings employs more than 21,000
associates around the world and has one of the largest creative studios in the
world. For more information on the Company, visit our site on the World Wide
Web at http://www.americangreetings.com .

SOURCE American Greetings Corporation

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Perfumania Marketing, Inc. Selects JDA Software's Win/DSS

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:53 by BeautyCare.com
Perfumania Marketing, Inc. Selects JDA Software's Win/DSS

Integrated Solution to Support Retailer's e-Commerce Marketing Initiatives

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- JDA(R) Software Group, Inc.
(Nasdaq: JDAS), an international provider of enterprise retail solutions,
announced that Perfumania Marketing, Inc. (Perfumania), the retailer of
designer fragrances at discount prices, that operates over 270 stores in 37
states, and wholly owned subsidiary of E Com Ventures, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECMV),
licensed Distributed Store System(TM) for Windows (Win/DSS)(R). This contract
broadens a business relationship that was initially formalized in 1991 when
the Miami, Florida-based retailer licensed Merchandise Management System(TM)
(MMS)(R). In 1998, Perfumania licensed Retail IDEAS(R) data warehouse system.
According to Marc Finer, Perfumania's President, the addition of Win/DSS
provides Perfumania with the information technology infrastructure to support
its parent company's initiatives to cross-promote its Internet businesses.
"Our stores have heavy traffic volumes averaging approximately 20 million
visitors and over 4.5 million transactions per year. With the addition of
Win/DSS, we now have an integrated solution across our enterprise to collect,
process and analyze information that can be used to support E Com Ventures,
Inc.'s marketing efforts."
Added David Silvestri, Perfumania's MIS Director, "We have first-hand
experience with JDA's other solutions and believe Win/DSS to be grounded on a
solid technology platform. JDA executives also outlined the Company's future
technology direction such as XML data interchange, and we were very impressed
with how well that strategy fits into our overall plans."
"We are thrilled to build upon our much valued relationship with
Perfumania," commented Scott Hines, JDA's senior vice president for
technology. "Perfumania is part of an exciting organization that is
implementing a distinctive marketing plan for its brick and mortar stores
cross promoted with their affiliated ventures. Because our integrated
solutions are designed with flexibility, scalability and rich functionality,
we have the technology to support Perfumania's constant change."

JDA and Systech Retail Systems Provide Integrated Hardware Solution
In addition to the technology that JDA provides to Perfumania, Silvestri
says that he is pleased that JDA has chosen to work with formidable companies
such as Systech Retail Systems, Inc., an independent total solutions provider.
Kirk McCormick, Systech's executive vice president, stated, "Systech is
committed to providing leading retailers such as Perfumania with complete
simplification in their migration to newer technologies. Together with JDA's
software and services, and our key alliance partners, we can provide total
solutions of dependable, economical, fully integrated hardware, software and
support service programs."
Silvestri says that he is impressed with the implementation process so far
and is confident that Perfumania will go live with Win/DSS on an aggressive
time scale. Concluded Silvestri, "Once we are in production with Win/DSS, we
plan to realize benefits of having real-time information exchange to and from
our stores to Corporate. With the ability to efficiently communicate with
store managers on critical issues, we will have faster response times for
replenishing our stores based on sales goals."

About Perfumania Marketing, Inc.
Perfumania Marketing, Inc. (the Company) is the leading specialty discount
retailer and wholesale distributor of a wide range of brand name and designer
fragrances with approximately $180 million in annual sales. The Company
operates a chain of over 270 retail stores nationwide with approximately 1,600
sales associates. This brick & mortar presence serves as the marketing
platform for E Com Ventures, Inc. with its portfolio of Internet-related
companies. The Company's wholesale division, one of the largest in the United
States, distributes fragrances and related products to national and regional
chains and other wholesale distributors throughout North America and overseas.

About JDA Software Group, Inc.
JDA Software Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: JDAS) is the leading global provider of
integrated retail software products and professional services with more than
740 clients in over 50 countries. Addressing the requirements of both brick
and mortar and "click and mortar" companies, JDA's state-of-the-art solutions
include merchandising, planning, allocation, decision support systems;
warehouse management and logistics systems; point-of-sale and back-office in-
store systems; and integrated e-retail solutions to support business-to-
consumer and business-to-business operations. Founded in 1985, JDA employs
more than 1,100 associates operating from 21 offices worldwide. With
headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, the company has offices in major cities
throughout the United States as well as internationally in Canada, the United
Kingdom, France, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For
more information, refer to JDA's Web site at http://www.jda.com .

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

SOURCE Perfumania Marketing, Inc.

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Lancome Named Official Cosmetics of Broadway's 'Aida'

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:51 by BeautyCare.com
Lancome Named Official Cosmetics of Broadway's 'Aida'

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancome Paris has been named the
official Cosmetics Company of the new musical, "Aida." With music by Elton
John and lyrics by Tim Rice, Aida is due to open on Broadway March 23rd.
Aida tells the story of a love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess
forced into slavery, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier
they both love. Lancome experts, together with Naomi Donne, Aida's makeup
designer, worked to create a tri-part color collection consisting of
shimmering bronze and glittering golds -- all shimmering and intoxicating hues
inspired by scenes from this famous love story.
Lancome's "Aida Collection," which features a gift of a specially designed
Aida scarf with any purchase of $25.00 or more, will be available exclusively
at Bloomingdales for a limited time starting April 3rd.
From now through April 7th customers are invited to register to win
tickets to Aida. There will be a total of 80 tickets given away during this
period. Each winner will receive an Aida makeover at Lancome's "Studio 59" in
Bloomingdales' New York store and dinner at the store's famed Le Train Bleu
Restaurant.
On April 6th at 5:00 P.M. there will be an in-store appearance by Aida
cast members in Bloomingdales' 59th Street store. An autograph session will
be held immediately following this performance at Studio 59.
The Lancome Aida collection is available at participating Bloomingdales
stores. Prices range from $11.50 to $23.50.

SOURCE Lancome Paris

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Alberto-Culver Completes Pro-Line Acquisition

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:49 by BeautyCare.com
Alberto-Culver Completes Pro-Line Acquisition

MELROSE PARK, Ill., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alberto-Culver Company
(NYSE: ACVA, ACV) today announced that it had completed its purchase of
Pro-Line Corporation. The company had announced its intent to purchase the
Dallas-based manufacturer and marketer of personal care products for the
African-American market on March 13. Terms of the purchase were not
disclosed.
In announcing the closing, Alberto-Culver President & Chief Executive
Officer Howard B. Bernick said the company would combine its personal care
brands for people of color -- TCB and Motions -- with the Pro-Line brands
-- Soft & Beautiful and Just for Me -- into a single operating structure
called Pro-Line International. Mr. Bernick said Pro-Line International sales
would exceed $100 million within the next year.
"We believe there is significant growth potential for each of our brands
in the U.S. and a huge market to be tapped internationally," Mr. Bernick
commented. He pointed out that Alberto-Culver is a global marketer with
well-developed manufacturing and distribution infrastructure in major markets
around the world.
Pro-Line International will continue to be headed by President Eric Brown,
Executive Vice President Renee Cottrell Brown and Vice President -
International Rohn Hamel. The unit will report to Jim Marino, Group Vice
President - Alberto-Culver Consumer Products North America based in Melrose
Park, Illinois. Alberto-Culver is a $2 billion manufacturer and marketer of
personal care, household and grocery items selling its products globally in
over 120 countries. Its Sally Beauty Company subsidiary is the largest
distributor of professional beauty supplies in the world.
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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Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Announces New Member to its Board of Directors

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:48 by BeautyCare.com
Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Announces New Member to its Board of Directors

NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.
(NYSE: KCP) today announced the appointment of Philip B. Miller to serve on
the Company's Board of Directors.
Mr. Miller has over 30 years of experience within the retail industry and
today serves as Chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue, overseeing international and
Off 5th divisions, and Co-Chairman of Saks Direct, which comprises the
e-commerce initiatives and direct mail businesses. He served as Chairman and
CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue from 1993 to January 2000. Mr. Miller was formerly
Chairman and CEO of Marshall Fields, joining that company in 1983 from Neiman
Marcus, where he had been President since 1971. Mr. Miller serves as Senior
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Lighthouse in New York and also
serves on the Boards of Directors of Saks Incorporated, the Metropolitan Opera
Guild of New York and The New York Botanical Gardens.
Kenneth D. Cole, President and CEO, said "We are elated to have Mr. Miller
join our Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge,
strategic insight and experience in the world of building and managing
prestigious brands."
Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. designs, sources and markets a broad range
of premium-quality fashion footwear and handbags, and through license
agreements, designs and markets apparel and accessories for men and women
under its "Kenneth Cole New York," "Reaction Kenneth Cole" and "Unlisted.com"
brand names.

SOURCE Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.

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Henkel with Record High in Sales and Earnings

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:43 by BeautyCare.com
Henkel with Record High in Sales and Earnings

-- Sales increased by 4.1 percent to 11.4 billion euro

-- Operating profit improved by 8.3 percent to 857 million euro

-- Net earnings at 404 million euro reached a new record high

-- Dividends again increased: 0.87 euro per ordinary share, 0.93 euro per
preferred share

-- Strong start into the year 2000

-- Sales: 11.4 billion euro, plus 4.1 percent

DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite a difficult
economic environment the Henkel Group has mastered the challenges in 1999 very
well. Sales of the Henkel Group increased by 4.1 percent to 11.4 billion euro
in 1999 (1998: 10.9 billion euro).
The economic recovery in Europe where sales increased by 2.2 percent to
8.0 billion euro, played a major role in this development. Businesses in
North America increased sales by 7.8 percent to 1.9 billion euro, mainly due
to the rise in the exchange rate of the dollar against the euro. In Asia the
economic recovery and positive exchange rate effects were markedly reflected
in the sales figure which increased by 20.9 percent to 926 million euro.

Operating profit: 857 million euro
Operating profit (EBIT) rose to a new record of 857 million euro, an
increase of 8.3 percent. All business sectors contributed to this good
performance. Return on investment improved from 12.4 to 13.2 percent.

Net earnings: 404 million euro
With an increase of 8.6 percent, net earnings reached a new record high of
404 million euro.

Cash flow: 1,247 million euro
Cash flow of the Henkel Group increased by 17.1 percent in 1999 to
1,247 million euro. The ratio of cash flow to sales was 11.0 percent.

Earnings per share:
Based on calculation in accordance with IAS earnings per ordinary share
were 2.46 euro (2.28 euro), per preferred share 2.54 euro (2.33 euro).

Dividends:
Henkel's recommendation to the Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2000 will
be for a dividend of 0.87 euro (1998: 0.79 euro) per share to be paid on the
ordinary shares and 0.93 euro (1998: 0.84 euro) per share on the preferred
shares. For per share to be paid on the ordinary shares and 0.93 euro (1998:
0.84 euro) per share on the preferred shares. For shareholders liable to tax
at the full rate who are entitled to the tax credit, the gross distribution --
i.e. the cash dividend plus tax credit -- will total 1.24 euro (1998:
1.13 euro) on each ordinary share and 1.32 euro (1998: 1.20 euro) on each
preferred share. Total dividends increase by 10.1 percent to 131 million
euro. The payout ratio, i.e. the total dividends in percent of net earnings
after minority interests, equals 36.0 percent (1998: 35.4 percent).

Segment reporting:
Henkel now reports on the following five sectors: Adhesives,
Cosmetics/Toiletries, Detergents/Household Cleaners, Industrial and
Institutional Hygiene/Surface Technologies and Chemical Products carved-out
under the name of Cognis. This segment reporting is completely in conformity
with IAS.
The business sector Adhesives achieved a sales increase of 5.4 percent to
2.5 billion euro. Operating profit increased by 16.5 percent to 237 million
euro.
Sales of the business sector Cosmetics/Toiletries rose by 6.4 percent to
1.8 billion euro, while operating profit increased by 11.4 percent to
123 million euro.
The business sector Detergents/Household Cleaners attained a sales
increase of 2.3 percent to 2.6 billion euro. Operating profit improved by
7.6 percent to 177 million euro.
The new business sector Industrial and Institutional Hygiene/Surface
Technologies increased sales by 4.2 percent to 1.8 billion euro. Operating
profit rose by 12.2 percent to 148 million euro.
Sales of the Chemical Products business sector (Cognis) increased by
4.4 percent to 2.6 billion euro. Operating profit improved by 12.0 percent to
182 million euro. This figure includes both extraordinary gains from the
disposal of the paper auxiliaries business and carve-out costs.

Capital expenditures: 746 million euro
Capital expenditures on property, plant and equipment, intangible assets
and financial fixed assets in 1999 amounted to 746 million euro. Property,
plant and equipment accounted for 440 million euro, intangible assets for
133 million euro, and financial assets for 173 million euro. In the year 2000
investments in property, plant and equipment will be at a similar level as
those in 1999. The focus will be on the business sectors Adhesives,
Detergents/Household Cleaners and Chemical Products.

Research and development: 279 million euro
Expenditure on research and development in the Henkel Group in 1999 was at
270 million euro, up by 11.6 percent compared with the previous year. As an
average for the year, around 3,800 employees were employed in research,
development and application engineering worldwide.

Employees: 56.400
The increasing globalization of the Henkel Group is reflected in the
development of personnel. In the last five years, the number of employees
outside Germany has increased by 14,274 to a total of 40,984. The proportion
of total employees located outside Germany as per end of 1999 was at
72.7 percent. The total number of employees decreased in 1999 by 223 to
56,396.

Outlook
The prospects for Henkel's businesses in the year 2000 are positive.
Sales and earnings registered double-digit growth over the first two months.
Henkel's markets will benefit most of all from the continued cyclical
upturn in the chemicals sector, the sustained high level of activity in the
automotive industry, the gradual improvement in the construction sector and
the continuing rise in consumer spending against the background of stronger
economic growth in Europe.
For the year 2000 Henkel has chosen the motto "Year of organic growth".
Growth through innovation, international roll-out of successful brand-name
products and systems concepts, and time-to-market are central elements of this
strategy. The measures introduced in the "Year of ROI" will further be
pursued.
Henkel's targets for the year 2000 are again ambitious. Another marked
improvement in sales and earnings shall be achieved this year.

Henkel is a worldwide operating specialist in adhesives, brand-name
products and in systems businesses with affiliates in over 70 countries.
Henkel is the number one producer of Adhesives, Surface Technologies and
Industrial and Institutional Hygiene (jointly with Ecolab Inc.) on a worldwide
scale. In Detergents it ranks second on Continental Europe and in Cometics
Henkel holds the number three position in Europe. Cognis, the recently carved
out chemicals business is the world's leading producer of Oleochemicals.

SOURCE Henkel Group

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GT Merchandising and Licensing Acquires Hair-Care Beauty Venture -

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:41 by BeautyCare.com
GT Merchandising and Licensing Acquires Hair-Care Beauty Venture -

Superstar Debbie Allen Spokesperson

Award-winning Actress/Dancer and GT Direct
To Launch Copa Hair Straightening System

NEW YORK, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- GT Merchandising and Licensing has
recently acquired the Copa Hair Straightening System, an innovative hair-care
line offering a simple solution for managing unruly tresses. The system
highlights the current trend toward straighter, sleeker hair, featuring
superstar Debbie Allen as the official spokesperson for the infomercial
program. The new infomercial began airing in March.
The Copa Hair Straightening System is made with all natural ingredients,
doubling as a relaxer and straightener for frizzy, curly or unruly hair. GT
Direct, a division of GT Merchandising and Licensing, is the marketer of the
latest infomercial project expanding on the highly successful television spots
aired last year.
GT Direct Senior Vice President Fern Lee said, "Debbie Allen and GT Direct
are excited about our new partnership and opportunity to take an already
successful business to a new level."

A recognized leader in direct response and electronic shopping, GT Direct
is a division of GoodTimes Entertainment, a fully integrated, diversified,
international multimedia entertainment organization. Headquartered in New
York, GoodTimes Entertainment is comprised of the following divisions:
GoodTimes Home Video, GoodTimes Entertainment International, GT Licensing and
Merchandising, and GT Publishing.

SOURCE GoodTimes Entertainment

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Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Elects Stuart Glasser to Board of Directors

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:40 by BeautyCare.com
Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Elects Stuart Glasser to Board of Directors;

Mr. Glasser has Extensive Experience in Retail Industry

BRENTWOOD, N.Y., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.
(Amex: ALU), today announced that Stuart Glasser has been elected to Allou's
board of directors.
Mr. Glasser enjoys a high-profile status in the retail industry; currently
holding the positions of president and chief executive officer of Casual Male
Big & Tall and senior executive vice president of J. Baker, Inc., the parent
company, where he also serves on the board of directors. J. Baker is a
leading specialty retailer of apparel and footwear, with 451 Casual Male Big &
Tall locations; 136 Repp Big and Tall stores and Repp Big Mail Catalog, of
which Mr. Glasser oversees the operation.
Prior to J. Baker, Mr. Glasser had an illustrious 30-year career as
executive vice president and general merchandise manager at Bloomingdale's,
for the men's, boy's and cosmetic divisions.
Mr. Glasser holds an MBA degree from the prestigious Wharton School of
Business and B.A. from Hofstra University.
David Shamilzadeh, senior vice president and chief financial officer, of
Allou stated, "We are confident that our search for a board member has yielded
an individual whose career is marked by a wealth of successes, all highly
relevant to Allou's program for growth. Mr. Glasser's celebrity-like status
in the retail industry and his familiarity with its intricacies greatly
enhances our position for attracting new retailers. These are very exciting
times for Allou and Mr. Glasser's appointment is a solid commitment to the
future of the Company."
In other related news, Ramon Montes has resigned from the board of
directors, as a result of increased demands associated with Allou's core
health & beauty aides segment. Mr. Montes will continue in the position of
executive vice president of Allou Distributors.
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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Reckitt Benckiser Inc. Assigns Media Planning and Buying in North America

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:38 by BeautyCare.com
Reckitt Benckiser Inc. Assigns Media Planning and Buying in North America

NEW YORK, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer products group Reckitt
Benckiser Inc. has awarded all of its U.S. media planning and buying accounts
to SFM MEDIA/MPG following a review of several media agencies. SFM MEDIA/MPG
picks up responsibilities for planning and buying media for all Reckitt
Benckiser household division products and all of the company's food brands in
the United States.
Incumbent media planning/buying agencies were McCann-Erickson for
Household products and Warwick Baker O'Neill for Food planning. Competing for
the consolidated planning and buying assignments, in addition to SFM
MEDIA/MPG, were the incumbents and other leading media agencies. Reckitt
Benckiser spent $134 million in U.S. measured media in 1999, according to
Competitive Media Reporting.
M2 Universal media was awarded the responsibility for planning and buying
for Reckitt Benckiser business in Canada. Billings weren't disclosed.
Creative assignments at Reckitt Benckiser agencies are unaffected by the
media assignment in North America.
Said Elio Leoni-Sceti, President, Reckitt Benckiser North America
Household, "Reckitt Benckiser is the #1 world leader in Household Cleaning,
committed to aggressively growing its market presence in North America,
through effective and innovative media and advertising. We look forward to
SFM MEDIA/MPG and to M2 Universal to help us deliver our objectives in the
U.S. and Canada."
Steve Farella, Chief Operating Officer, SFM MEDIA/MPG, said: "We are
delighted that such a distinguished world class leader in consumer products
has selected our agency for their full-service media planning and buying
assignment. We are very impressed with the energy and vision of the North
American management team and look forward to developing a fruitful
partnership."
Mr. Farella also announced that SFM MEDIA/MPG has hired Suzanne Ziv as
Director of the Benckiser Group to run the new media assignments. Ziv was
Senior Vice President, Planning Director, at MediaVest, New York since 1996,
where she managed the consolidated Coca-Cola USA media planning assignment.
Ziv started her career in 1983 as an assistant media planner at Ammirati &
Puris, New York. She rose to Vice President, Associate Media Director at the
renamed Ammirati Puris Lintas before leaving for MediaVest in 1996.
"Suzanne is a good example of the caliber of people that SFM MEDIA/MPG is
attracting as we take the company into a new century," said Farella. "Added
to our existing roster of talented media specialists, Suzanne will help us
raise the bar on both client expectations and performance."

Reckitt Benckiser was formed in December 1999 via the merger of England's
Reckitt & Colman Plc and. Benckiser N.V. of the Netherlands. In the United
States, Reckitt Benckiser markets such brands as Lysol, Resolve, Electrasol
and French's Mustard.

Based in New York, SFM MEDIA/MPG, owned by Media Planning Group (MPG), is
one of the nation's largest independent media agencies, with annual media
billings exceeding $1.4 billion. MPG, with billings of $6.3 billion, provides
advertisers with access to a global network of offices in 28 countries.

SOURCE SFM MEDIA/

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LightTouch Vein & Laser Executives to Attend American Society for Laser

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 15:30 by BeautyCare.com
LightTouch Vein & Laser Executives to Attend American Society for Laser

Medicine Surgery Reno 2000 Conference

CINCINNATI, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: LTVL), the first public company of Cosmetic Laser
Centers, will kick off its new accelerated practice acquisition program at the
American Society for Laser Medicine Surgery (ASLMS) Reno 2000 Conference in
Reno, Nevada, April 5th to April 9th.
LightTouch senior executives, Greg Martini and Dr. Colin Herd, will host
group and private presentations to inform and educate physicians about the
benefit of selling their practices to LightTouch.
Dr. Colin Herd, in a recent interview stated, "Any physician that really
understands the LightTouch opportunity will find it hard to resist. A
physician can sell his or her practice, receive its true value today, maintain
control, and gain operational, administrative and marketing support services
from LightTouch that build the practice and make the physician's life easier.
It's a win-win situation for the physician, LightTouch and its stockholders."
LightTouch acquires, develops and operates an integrated system of stand
alone Cosmetic Laser Surgery and Aesthetic treatment centers based on a unique
modular strategy.
Mark Mitchell, President of Mark Mitchell Consulting, LLC, the consulting
group assisting LightTouch in the development of their new accelerated
practice acquisition program, will also attend the Conference and participate
in the physician presentations.
LightTouch will also have an exhibit booth (#608) in the ASLMS Reno 2000
Conference exhibition area to provide physicians with information and to
schedule private presentations.
LightTouch plans to expand its center base in 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, Inc.

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Hugo Boss At The 2000 Academy Awards

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:39 by BeautyCare.com
Hugo Boss At The 2000 Academy Awards

Celebrities embrace HUGO BOSS Style for Oscar Night

NEW YORK, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Given that what people are wearing has
become almost as important as who wins which Award on Sunday night, actors,
directors, writers and VIPs embraced the clean and cool, modern sophistication
of HUGO BOSS to wear to the ceremonies and the legendary after-parties.
Haley Joel Osment, up for Best Supporting Actor, The Sixth Sense, wore a
custom-made three-button BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo with a matching vest. Like
father like son, Haley's father, Eugene Osment, accompanied him in a
three-piece BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo. Another member of The Sixth Sense family,
director M. Night Shyamalan, wore a BOSS Hugo Boss tuxedo with a white
turtleneck.
Richard Farnsworth, up for Best Actor for The Straight Story, looked
dapper in a BOSS Hugo Boss double-breasted tuxedo.
American Beauty actor, Wes Bentley also wore BOSS Hugo Boss.
Presenter, LL Cool J, exuded elegance in a BOSS Hugo Boss one-button
traditional tuxedo paired with a white wing tip shirt and black bow tie.
Cider House Rules producer, Richard Gladstein, The Matrix film editor,
Zach Staenberg who won, and Election writer, Jim Taylor, all wore BOSS Hugo
Boss tuxedos.
The Oscar parties were no less glamorous with Shawn Hatosy (Outside
Providence) and his date Rachel Lee Cooke (She's All That), Chris Klein
(American Pie) and Sean W. Scott (Final Destination) all decked out in
BOSS Hugo Boss.

SOURCE HUGO BOSS USA, Inc.

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BeautyUniverse Announces First B2B Metamediary

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:38 by BeautyCare.com
BeautyUniverse Announces First B2B Metamediary

For the Beauty and Personal Care Market

Buyers and Sellers Come Together in a Central Marketplace that Lowers Costs
And Increases Revenues While Providing Total Procurement Management, Financial
Settlement, Fulfillment and Quality Assurance Services

Bear Stearns Predicts Metamediaries Responsible for $438 Billion
In Transactions in 2003

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- BeautyUniverse today announced
that it has created the first business-to-business vertical marketplace for
the beauty and personal care industry. BeautyUniverse enables all companies --
retailers, salons, spas, manufacturers, designers, formulators, and raw
materials, components and packaging suppliers -- to engage in selling,
sourcing, ordering, fulfillment and replenishment via BeautyUniverse's secure,
Internet exchange.
"Being first mover in the beauty and personal care industry gives us
significant advantage over any competitor that might enter this market.
BeautyUniverse will be the marketplace of choice for B2B transactions in this
industry," said Panch Prasad, Chairman of BeautyUniverse. "We have the
funding, management team, technology, and customer and partner relationships
in place to execute on our vision. We fully expect to deliver the same value
and range of services to our members as Chemdex, Freemarkets and eSteel have
in their respective industries."
BeautyUniverse provides buyers and sellers with a wide range of buying and
selling formats -- Multi-Vendor Catalogs, Auctions, Reverse Auctions and
Exchanges. BeautyUniverse eliminates inefficient business processes among
supply chain participants by providing current pricing, product detail and
comparison, inventory availability, delivery date and status information.
BeautyUniverse provides complete local and international financial settlement
and fulfillment services.
BeautyUniverse's members can create Virtual Showrooms so that buyers can
do in-depth product analysis. Price lists are either open or closed based upon
the preferences and negotiated relationships between individual buyers and
sellers. Members can rate products based upon real-world experience. Virtual
Offices facilitate negotiations while orders may be confirmed via email, chat
or Internet telephony (VoIP). BeautyUniverse provides a mechanism for any
member to develop its own private label brands in a Virtual Design Studio,
collaborating with designers, formulators, manufacturers and component
suppliers.

About BeautyUniverse
BeautyUniverse is a pioneer in the business-to-business e-commerce
economy. BeautyUniverse has transformed the supply chain by allowing
suppliers, buyers, manufacturers and enterprises to enhance productivity,
streamline business processes and reduce costs. BeautyUniverse generates
revenue opportunities by bringing together every beauty and personal care
company on the planet. For more information, please visit us at
http://www.beautyuniverse.com or call 415-541-9811.

SOURCE BeautyUniverse

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Candies.com Announces Advertising Sales Alliance with Alloy Online

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:36 by BeautyCare.com
Candies.com Announces Advertising Sales Alliance with Alloy Online

Alloy and Candie's Form Strategic Alliance to Sell Advertising and Marketing
Sponsorships for Candies.com

NEW YORK, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Candies.com, a teen community site
operated by Candie's, Inc., has announced it has entered into an agreement
with leading teen site Alloy Online (Nasdaq: ALOY) for the sale of advertising
and marketing sponsorships on Candies.com. Under the terms of the agreement,
Alloy will act as the Company's strategic partner for the sale and placement
of banner and button advertising as well as integrated marketing sponsorships.
"This represents another important step in expanding the scope of our site
from one that is a community for young girls to one that generates revenue
from advertising and product sales," said David Conn, Vice President of
Marketing, Candie's, Inc. "It is very exciting to partner with Alloy as they
are one of the leading teen sites on the web and have a sales force that
understands our market and have the relationships needed to maximize our
advertising sales efforts."
According to Samantha Skey, Vice President of E-commerce & Sponsorships
for Alloy, "Candie's is an established and dominant Gen Y brand. They have
been aggressively building their website with exciting content and have
developed a very targeted community of teen girls. The Candie's assets work
well with our own, as we both combine community and commerce to drive
merchandise sales and to serve advertisers. The alliance extends both
companies' reach and increases options for advertisers. "

About http://www.candies.com
Candies.com is a teen community site operated by Candie's, Inc. Launched
in October 1999, Candies.com's goal is to become a leading site for the
Gen. Y consumer. In order to meet their goal and maximize revenue, the
Company has announced strategic advertising and content deals with
RollingStone.com and MTVi as well as several on-line promotional partnerships
including a recent deal with leading Internet portal Yahoo! The Company also
recently announced a collaboration with leading Gen Y retailer, Journeys, to
launch a co-branded footwear e-store to anchor candies.com.

About Candie's Inc.
Candie's Inc., (Nasdaq: CAND), is a leading designer and marketer of
footwear, apparel and accessories to Gen. Y. The Company distributes its
products through better department and specialty stores nationwide as well as
a growing number of international markets. Candie's Inc. also owns and
markets footwear, accessories and apparel under the Bongo trademark.
The Candies brand is licensed to Liz Claiborne for the manufacture, sale and
distribution of fragrances and cosmetics. For investor information please
visits the corporate website at http://www.candiesinc.com.

About Alloy Online
Alloy Online is a leading Web site and direct marketer providing
community, content, commerce, and entertainment to Generation Y, one of the
fastest growing segments of the Internet population. Alloy's convergent media
model -- which combines its Web site, http://www.alloy.com, its Alloy Online
e-zine and its catalog -- has a total reach of more than 10 million
individuals per month.
Together, these components offer a unique blend of services through which
teens can interact, share information and explore compelling and relevant
content and shop for apparel, accessories, footwear, music, cosmetics and
magazine subscriptions. For further information regarding Alloy Online, please
visit the company's web site http://www.alloy.com and click on 'Investor Info'
or call the investor information line at 877-ALLOY-IR.

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SOURCE Candies.com

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looks.com Launches Japanese Site

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:25 by BeautyCare.com
looks.com Launches Japanese Site

Leading On-Line Fashion and Beauty Boutique Expands Consumer Access
To Asia's Largest Cosmetics Market

HONG KONG, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- looks.com, Asia's leading fashion and
beauty destination on the web, has rolled out a Japanese version of its
retail, information and entertainment site, six months ahead of schedule.
The new site is accessed via the http://www.looks.com portal, which also
hosts the Traditional Chinese and English versions rolled out in December
1999. Korean will be added in Q2 2000.
Japan has 18-20 million Internet users, 30% of whom are women. According
to research by Warburg Dillon Read, Japan is also the largest cosmetics,
makeup, skincare and fragrance market in Asia, accounting for 54% of retail
sales in Asia. looks.com is in the process of setting up a Japanese joint
venture for customer service and operations support.
"The Japanese consumer response to our English language site has been very
positive, and far exceeded our expectations, so we accelerated our plans for a
Japanese language site t meet the demand," said Ian Smith, Managing Director
of looks.com. "We already have great content, a strong portfolio of
international brands, and rapid delivery. Making the site available in our
customer's native language is just the beginning. We are continuously adding
ways to make every visit personal and entertaining."

looks.com recently expanded the editorial content on the site to include
career and health-related features, as well as news on global beauty, fashion
and make-up trends, and entertainment. Looks.com now also features
custom-designed "sites within the site" produced in conjunction with each
brand (just like cosmetics counters at departments stores) that give the user
the full picture about each brand's philosophy and products.
looks.com has rapidly built an innovative portfolio of well-known
international beauty brands, such as Benetton, Crabtree & Evelyn, Kenzo,
L'Occitane, Sonia Rykiel, Urban Decay, and Versace. The site also features
boutique brands that are not widely available in Asia, such as Joey New York
and Too Faced Cosmetics, and specialty skin care items such as Cali from
Italy, and Ahava from Israel. Fashion accessories including pashmina shawls
have also been added to the site.

About looks.com
Launched in December 1999, looks.com is the first e-commerce site in the
Asia-Pacific to offer a unique assortment of international beauty brands,
including brand names previously unavailable to Asian consumers, as well as
timely information on beauty, make-up, fashion trends, health-related issues
and entertainment.

For more information contact:
Jacqueline Ng, Marketing & Communications Manager
looks.com Limited
tel: 852-2891-1700 / Email: jacqueline@looks.com

Please visit our website at http://www.looks.com

SOURCE Looks.com

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Fashionwindow.com Launches Auction Diva

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:15 by BeautyCare.com
Fashionwindow.com Launches Auction Diva

Online Auctions for Leading Fashion, Beauty and Style Portal
Powered by Auction Rover

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fashionwindow.com,
(OTC Bulletin Board: PTNM) the online destination for fashion, style, beauty
news and commerce announced the launch of Auction Diva, part of a strategic
partnership with AuctionRover.com -- a leading one-stop, resource for online
auctions. The agreement establishes Auction Rover as the exclusive auction
search engine for FashionWindow.
The partnership with Auction Rover will allow FashionWindow users to
search the Internet auction sites to search, buy or sell coveted designer
merchandise and other fashion related items. AuctionRover provides a
comprehensive, categorized and searchable index of more than 80+ leading
online auction sites -- such as Yahoo!, Amazon.com, Microsoft, etc. --
including the first licensed search of auction giant eBay.
"We are very excited to launch Auction Diva with our newest partner,
Auction Rover," said Peter Klamka, President of PTN Media, the publisher of
FashionWindow.com. "Auction Rover is a leader in simultaneously searching and
indexing content from many of the Internet's leading auction services. Now,
in addition to visiting the shops at FashionWindow, our users have a whole new
avenue to seek out hard-to-find designer items."
"Auction Rover is extending its lead as the online auction resource with
partnerships like FashionWindow," said Scot Wingo, AuctionRover.com CEO and
co-founder. "This partnership with FashionWindow allows us to provide their
customers with value added auction services."
AuctionRover.com is a leading site for auction resources on the Web.
Auction Rover's proprietary technology gives buyers a simple tool to search
for products and services being auctioned on the Internet. Auction Rover
helps auction sellers address the problem of managing inventories, keeping
track of multiple auctions, and completing transactions. This powerful set of
tools assists sellers in posting, ad creation, and post sale management,
enabling them to more efficiently reach consumers across the Web and across
multiple auction sites.
The partnership with Auction Rover is the latest in a string of powerful
strategic alliance's FashionWindow signed to build online brand. In addition
to numerous online retailers, Fashionwindow.com also formed powerful
relationships with CNN, Lycos, Inktomi, IXL, Neiman Marcus, Adsmart,
Affinia.com and Hot Jobs.
Fashion Window's parent company, PTN Media's shareholders include: Claudia
Schiffer and American Nortel Communications.
This release contains forward looking information and therefore it
necessarily involves risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual
events to differ materially from these forward looking statements include but
are not limited to those risks detailed in the company's Securities and
Exchange Commission filings.

SOURCE Fashionwindow.com

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Candide and Lifetime Online Launch Beauty Web Site

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:14 by BeautyCare.com
Candide and Lifetime Online Launch Beauty Web Site

NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Candide Media Works, Inc., an online
documentary studio, has launched a digital companion to Lifetime Television's
"The Changing Face of Beauty," a documentary hosted by critically acclaimed
actress Sela Ward (star of ABC's "Once & Again".) The provocative and
revealing one-hour special produced by award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus
("The Farm") and Rory Kennedy ("American Hollow"), examines real women's
ironic, indignant and often poignant attitudes toward this country's pervasive
beauty culture. Women of all ages and careers explain how they have been
affected by this phenomenon, and how they have been able to break free from
its constraints and redefine "beauty" to suit their purposes.
In addition to containing extensive video from the program, the site
delves deeper into many of the key issues addressed in the show: media
manipulation of images, eating disorders, the benefits and risks of plastic
surgery and the role appearance plays in women's careers. Fashion editors
from Self magazine give a behind the scenes look at how they create a cover.
A recovered anorexic shares her diary from when she was struggling with the
disease. A plasic surgeon reveals the five things every woman should know
before undergoing surgery. A historical gallery chronicles the various
tortures women have inflicted upon themselves in the name of beauty. Finally,
on the site's virtual roundtable, a diverse panel of women address standards
of beauty in our culture and what impact these beauty notions have on the
lives of women.

http://www.lifetimetv.com/shows/specials/changingface/index.html

About Candide Media Works, Inc.
Candide Media Works, Inc. (http://www.candidemedia.com) is a Silicon Alley
start-up specializing in online documentaries and digital field production.
Candide has produced documentary Web sites, as well as event coverage, for
such clients as Discovery Channel Online, HBO, PBS and Quokka Sports. With
combined experience in broadcast and print journalism, music, film and
software development, Candide has developed unique story-telling techniques
for the evolving online medium.

SOURCE Candide Media Works, Inc.

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eBeauty Commits To Customer Service With Cisco Systems'

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:13 by BeautyCare.com
eBeauty Commits To Customer Service With Cisco Systems'

Customer Interaction Suite

New Portal Targets B2B Beauty Industry

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- eBeauty, the first Internet portal to
target the $70 billion spa and salon beauty community and affiliated
manufacturers, announced today that it will provide the spa and salon industry
with the most comprehensive customer service using web collaboration software
from Cisco Systems' (Nasdaq: CSCO) Customer Interaction Suite.
Unlike the many consumer-driven e-commerce beauty sites, eBeauty is
focusing on simplifying the supply chain for the highly fragmented industry of
over 250,000 spas and salons. eBeauty's deployment of the Cisco Customer
Interaction Suite will allow eBeauty's business model to function efficiently
and successfully within the dynamics of the "New Economy." The Company will
launch its Web site in May 2000.
"We are committed to revolutionizing the way spa/salon owners order and
inquire about the countless beauty products offered in today's crowded brand
environment," says Julie Khalifeh, who with Carolyn Callahan is co-CEO of
eBeauty. "In order to do this, we had to find the best customer service
software package on the market. Using Cisco software, eBeauty's grass-roots
approach will push the spa/salon industry into the 21st century," Callahan
adds.
Cisco's cutting-edge Customer Interaction Suite will enable eBeauty to
launch its Web site with substantial real-time customer service to its
clients, and also provide back-end training support to the portal's network of
customer care reps and spa/salon affiliates. eBeauty has embraced the concept
of e-learning -- this program integrates its Internet commerce, service and
telephony infrastructures, combining the personal value of human interaction
with the information value of the Web.
"eBeauty.com, through the deployment of the Cisco Customer Interaction
Suite, is showing its continued commitment to providing the spa and salon
market with best-in-class customer service and support," said Eugene Lee, vice
president of marketing for Cisco's Applications Technology Group. "Using
Web-based visual interaction to assist spa owners in recommending and buying
the most appropriate products for their clientele is an ideal application for
our software."
eBeauty is poised to be a leading business-to-business ecommerce/resource
site focused exclusively on the domestic and international spa/salon industry.
eBeauty's Network ("the Internet Portal to Beauty") will provide a single-
source solution for manufacturers, beauty professionals, and spas and salons
in purchasing products; obtaining information; receiving on-line broadcasts
and product demonstrations; participating in community events and talk shows;
conducting direct marketing and advertising campaigns; and receiving
personalized customer services.
The company has already partnered with leading spas and salons including
the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay's seven locations, Anushka Day Spa and Cristophe.
eBeauty's Web site address is http://www.ebeauty.com.

SOURCE eBeauty

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Need a Break From Work But Can't Be Gone Long?

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:07 by BeautyCare.com
Need a Break From Work But Can't Be Gone Long?

Women Have Discovered Long Weekend Getaways Are the Answer

ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Women have discovered that long
weekend travel provides a needed respite from the hectic work schedule and
costs very little time away from the office. Long Weekends also help to
stretch valuable vacation time, allowing women to take more frequent vacations
throughout the year.
Women Traveling Together specializes in providing a wide variety of long
weekend travel destinations tailored specifically to the needs and interests
of women. Each year new destinations are on the schedule, providing women
with an ever-changing list of travel choices. This "Mini-Vacation" approach
to travel is filling a void in the travel market for women. See
http://www.women-traveling.com (800-795-7135).
"Women have very limited time to spend on themselves, so it makes sense to
find ways to maximize that time. The beauty of a four-day weekend is that
only two days of vacation have to be used. If a woman gets two weeks of
vacation, she can enjoy as many as five mini-vacations," says Debra Asberry,
president of Women Traveling Together.
The tours available through Women Traveling Together are fully escorted,
all inclusive, small groups. While a wide variety of activities are scheduled
during a trip, the emphasis is on freedom of choice. Travelers can choose to
participate in planned events or strike out on their own.
"We are proud of the fact that so many women have traveled with us
multiple times -- probably the best testimonial there is to the quality of our
tours. Women from all over the US join us for an opportunity to relax, make
some new friends, and see the sights," says Asberry.
Long Weekend trips for 2000 include Phoenix and Sedona, AZ, Mackinac
Island, MI, Seattle, WA, New York city, Washington D.C., as well as spa
weekends, golf weekends, and ski weekends. In addition, Women Traveling
Together also offers travel to Canada, Europe and Australia this year.
"In addition to scheduled tours, we also offer exceptional discounts on
airline tickets to Europe, Africa and Australia for the independent traveler"
says Asberry. "We are able to pass on our group discounts, which translates
to big savings for women traveling alone."
Women can sign up for a tour or to take advantage of other services by
going to http://www.women-traveling.com or calling 1-800-795-7135.

SOURCE Women Traveling Together

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Crystallizing Style at The Academy Awards

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:04 by BeautyCare.com
Crystallizing Style at The Academy Awards

Daniel Swarovski and Jimmy Choo Present the 'Oscar(R) 2000 Collection'
Of One-of-a-Kind Accessories

NEW YORK, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- With a potential one billion viewers
worldwide, the red carpet at the Academy Awards(R) has become the ultimate
fashion catwalk. On March 26, 2000 much of the excitement that will
reverberate globally will happen before the stars even enter the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion!
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000322/NYW117 )
Contributing to the excitement and glamour of the evening will be designs
from the Oscar(R) 2000 Collection -- one-of-a-kind and customized accessories
from the fashion houses of Jimmy Choo and Daniel Swarovski. They have
collaborated to create never-before-seen shoes, handbags and jewelry
exclusively for the participants of this year's ceremony.
For one week starting on March 19, Jimmy Choo and Daniel Swarovski will
present the collection in the Garden Suite at the L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Hotel (9291 Burton Way). Stylists and their clients will be invited to shop
the Oscar(R) 2000 Collection, including:

-- One-of-a-kind Jimmy Choo shoes with matching Daniel Swarovski handbags.
-- The entire Daniel Swarovski spring/summer 2000 collection of handbags,
jewelry and accessories.
-- A wide selection of individual Swarovski crystals that can be applied
to gowns and dyeable Jimmy Choo shoes by an on-site tailor, for a last
minute touch of sparkle, glamour and style.
-- Swarovski crystal tattoos, which can be applied directly to the skin or
fabric in a variety of designs, including the AIDS ribbon.

Already seen admiring the Oscar(R) 2000 Collection were Hollywood stars
such as Jane Krakowski from Ally McBeal and Darryl Hannah. On red carpets
past, Hilary Swank, Courtney Love, Calista Flockhart, Neve Campbell, Portia
DeRossi, Heather Locklear and Natasha Henstridge, among others, have been
spotted wearing Daniel Swarovski.
"The Daniel Swarovski collection beautifully demonstrates the artistic
integration of crystals in accessories. The crystal's uniqueness and beauty
inspires and expresses individualism," said Nadja Swarovski, client relations
and communications manager, Swarovski Creative Service Center.
The Oscar(R) 2000 Collection includes seven pairs of specially-made Jimmy
Choo shoes and accompanying Daniel Swarovski handbags. The feminine shoes
compliment the sleek and elegant handbags -- both sparkle and shimmer with
each flicker of light and flash of the camera.
"We are creating unique one-of-a-kind shoes so actresses can find the
perfect match for their distinctive style. The collection demonstrates our
emphasis on luxury and fashion, the essence of Jimmy Choo," according to
Tamara Mellon, founder of Jimmy Choo.
Jimmy Choo ready-to-wear is one of the fastest growing design-led shoe and
handbag businesses in the United Kingdom. Founded in May 1996 by Tamara
Yeardye Mellon, the company specializes in elegant, high quality,
fashion-forward accessories. The merchandise is sold through luxury
department and specialty stores around the world, as well as, in its four
freestanding boutiques in London, New York, Beverly Hills, and Las Vegas.
Founded in 1895, Swarovski, the world leader in the cutting of crystal
stones for the worlds of fashion, jewelry and lighting, is a family business
based in Wattens, in the Austrian Tyrol. Objects, figurines, jewelry,
miniatures and accessories made of sparkling crystal have been part of
Swarovski's range of products since the 1970's. In addition, Swarovski cuts
both synthetic and genuine precious stones, and since 1995, visitors have been
welcomed to experience crystal in Swarovski's multi-media museum, Crystal
World. The Swarovski group also includes manufacturing of Tyrolit grinding
tools and abrasives, and Swarovski Optik. In 1998, Swarovski achieved a
consolidated turnover of CHF 1.82 billion with 10,350 employees.

SOURCE Daniel Swarovski

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sephora.com ... the Gold Statue of Beauty Cyber Space

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 14:02 by BeautyCare.com
sephora.com ... the Gold Statue of Beauty Cyber Space

NEW YORK, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- sephora.com is the world's largest
beauty website. The Academy Awards is the world's largest awards show. They
go together ... in a basket.
On Sunday, March 26th, 2000 Oscar presenters at the 72nd annual Academy
Awards will not be leaving empty-handed, even if they aren't taking home a
little gold friend. Each lucky presenter will receive a Longaberger Company
hand-woven maple basket filled with gifts that even those who have everything
will be thrilled to own.
Among the gifts in the basket, award presenters will receive a sephora.com
electronic gift certificate, allowing the who's who of Hollywood to shop
freely throughout the largest selection of color, fragrance and treatment on
the web. Other gifts include a two-night getaway in a suite at any Ritz
Carlton worldwide, a Frette white cotton velour robe with enclosure card for
custom monogramming, a Pamela Dennis pashmina wrap and a TAG Heuer Limited
Edition 2000 chronograph watch.
With gifts like these, even the stars will be seeing stars ...

SOURCE sephora.com

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Wal-Mart Names French Fragrances Supplier of the Year for 1999

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:52 by BeautyCare.com
Wal-Mart Names French Fragrances Supplier of the Year for 1999

In The Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances Category

MIAMI, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- French Fragrances, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRAG), a
leading manufacturer and marketer of prestige fragrances, announced today
that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) named French Fragrances Supplier of
the Year for 1999 in the cosmetics, skincare and fragrances category, and
that it also garnered the same honor for the Fourth Quarter of 1999.
William DuBose, Vice President Divisional Merchandise Manager, Cosmetics,
Skincare & Fragrances for Wal-Mart, commented: "French Fragrances'
merchandise quality, fulfillment execution and understanding of the market
really set it apart this past year and helped us achieve our primary
goal -- providing the best value and service to our customers. Our
relationship with French Fragrances represents what is best in a
retailer/supplier relationship."
"These are indeed great honors Wal-Mart has bestowed on our Company," said
E. Scott Beattie, President and Chief Executive Officer of French
Fragrances. "French Fragrances prides itself as an innovator in the
prestige fragrance industry. Our breadth of products and e-business
services allowed us to earn the recognition Wal-Mart has given our Company
and our employees with these awards. We highly value the relationship we
have built with Wal-Mart, and it is immensely satisfying to have the effort
we extend on behalf of our customers acknowledged by one of the world's
outstanding retail organizations. We look forward to continuing to supply
our products to the more than 2,500 Wal-Mart stores located throughout the
United States, the 166 stores located in Canada and the 15 stores located in
Puerto Rico, as well as Wal-Mart's web site."
Wal-Mart's criteria for selecting French Fragrances for these awards
included fill rates, overall sales, return on investment, margins and
inventory turns, as well as French Fragrances' leading role in advancing the
multi-billion dollar cosmetics, skincare and fragrance category at Wal-Mart.
French Fragrances is committed to assisting Wal-Mart and the Company's
other retailers in growing the prestige fragrance category through the
continued use of French Fragrances' e-commerce business-to-business platform.
"Through that platform, we already process all of Wal-Mart's orders through
electronic data interchange transmissions, analyze point-of-sale data through
Wal-Mart's Retail Link, provide planogram support, allow for direct store
deliveries and effect electronic fund transfers," added Mr. Beattie. "We
are, however, significantly expanding our e-business platform. In the near
future, we expect to provide Wal-Mart and our other retail partners with
additional collaborative and supply chain planning and forecasting tools
that will further reduce transaction costs, increase market efficiency,
provide greater market intelligence, increase inventory turns and decrease
inventory levels."
As the world's largest retail company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more
than 2,500 stores throughout the United States. The company also operates
more than 463 Sam's Clubs (warehouse membership clubs) in the United States.
In addition, the company operates units in Argentina (13), Brazil (14),
Canada (166), Germany (95), Mexico (462), Puerto Rico (15), the United
Kingdom (232), and under joint-venture agreements in China (6) and Korea
(5).
French Fragrances is a rapidly growing manufacturer and marketer of
prestige fragrances and related skin treatment and cosmetic products in the
approximately $40 billion U.S. cosmetics and toiletries industry. Through
its e-commerce business-to-business platform, 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. A recently announced joint effort with IBM, American
Software and Logility will allow French Fragrances to significantly expand
its e-business model.

Press Contact: Paul West
Executive Vice President,
Sales Management and Planning
French Fragrances, Inc.
(305) 818-8120
pwest@frenchfragrances.com

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

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical
facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements, including
supply constraints or difficulties; the substantial indebtedness of the
Company; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the Company's
ability to successfully integrate acquired 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.

SOURCE French Fragrances, Inc.

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Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Stock Rated a 'Strong Buy' by National

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:51 by BeautyCare.com
Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc. Stock Rated a 'Strong Buy' by National

Securities, Corp: Analyst Sets Price Target of $12.00 Over Next 12 Months

BRENTWOOD, N.Y., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.
(Amex: ALU), today announced that analyst Michael G. Baker at National
Securities, Corp., has initiated coverage on Allou with a "strong buy,"
setting a 12 month target of $12.00 per share. Mr. Baker projects EPS of
$1.06 and $1.18 for fiscal years 2001 and 2002, respectively and a long-term
growth rate of 12 percent.
David Shamilzadeh, senior vice president and chief financial officer,
stated, "We are pleased to receive such positive comments from an analyst who
covers the distribution industry. Allou's management is comfortable with the
sales and earnings projections stated in the report."
Analyst Michael G. Baker notes, "At current levels of $7.50 per share,
Allou's stock, in our opinion, is significantly undervalued compared to its
peers and relative to our projections of the Company's long-term earnings
growth of 12 percent."
The full report is available to interested investors by contacting Allou
at the number below or via fax: 516-273-5318.
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.

Contact: David Shamilzadeh, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer of Allou Health & Beauty Care, 516-787-1220.

SOURCE Allou Health & Beauty Care, Inc.

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Fleur de Flirt is Sure to Be on Everyone's Lips

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:47 by BeautyCare.com
Fleur de Flirt is Sure to Be on Everyone's Lips

Eve.com, Vincent Longo and Allure Magazine Announce the Winner of the
'Name This Lipstick' Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eve.com (http://www.eve.com), celebrity
makeup artist Vincent Longo and Allure magazine today announced the winner of
the "Name This Lipstick" contest. The contest ran from January 15th to
February 14th and over 12,000 people submitted their lipstick name ideas. Drum
roll please ... and the winner is Fleur de Flirt. Gayle Carroll, a New York
City resident and the creative mind behind the new lipstick name, has won an
amazing $500 shopping spree on Eve.com, a two-night stay at a leading New York
hotel, and dinner for two at an exclusive top New York restaurant. Fleur de
Flirt is a bold, modern rose-colored lipstick and will be sold exclusively
online at Eve.com for six months beginning this June and then sold as part of
Vincent Longo's permanent collection.
"Eve.com was thrilled by the overwhelming number of responses and the
creativity from our customers for the 'Name This Lipstick' contest," says
Mariam Naficy, co-founder and co-president of Eve.com. "Eve.com is committed
to keeping our customers up-to-date on all the beauty trends, and we are so
excited that one of our customers will be part of beauty history. Gayle's
creative and fun 'Fleur de Flirt' name is now part of Vincent Longo's
permanent collection."
"I wanted to come up with a name that was cute and catchy, and even more
important a name that I thought was short enough to fit under a lipstick
case," says Gayle Carroll, New York City resident and winner of the "Name This
Lipstick" contest. "This contest was so fun to enter and I am thrilled that I
won."
"Fleur de Flirt was a name that evoked the same imagery as other wildly
popular names in my collection, including names like Divine Flesh, Foolish
Virgin and Pax Lux Sex," says Vincent Longo. Vincent's makeup artistry has
graced the magazine covers of Allure, Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, and the
celebrity lips and faces of today's hottest stars -- like Winona Ryder,
Christina Ricci, Denise Richards, Sarah Jessica Parker and Meg Ryan. His
expertise has translated celebrity trends into the most wearable beauty, and
he is internationally credited for his trend-setting use of makeup in the
world of beauty and fashion.

About Eve.com
Eve.com has changed the way women everywhere shop for cosmetics. It opened
its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to offer an array of
prestige beauty products on the Web. Tailored to the rapidly growing audience
of educated female Internet users, Eve.com offers a personalized shopping
experience, where every customer receives tailored product suggestions and
customized product samples with each purchase.
Eve.com offers more than 180 of the most exclusive brands in beauty,
including such prestigious brands as BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Club
Monaco, Decleor, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, Versace and Vincent
Longo. As the "beauty authority" on the Internet, Eve.com delivers advice from
leading experts in makeup, hair, fragrance, skincare, bath and aromatherapy
products, and cosmetic accessories.

SOURCE Eve.com

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John Frieda is Putting a Whole New Spin on His Greatest Hits ...

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:41 by BeautyCare.com
John Frieda is Putting a Whole New Spin on His Greatest Hits ...

NEW YORK, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- With Frizz-Ease, Frieda revolutionized
the mass market and drugstore hair care category in a manner that was off the
charts. The introduction of readytowear pumped up the volume so limp-locked
consumers no longer had to face the day on a flat note. And Sheer Blonde took
the Frieda name platinum.
Now, John Frieda is making a new record with the unprecedented
introduction of Rock and Roll Hair Kits, available at Tower Records across the
nation.
According to Kevin Winnik, Director of Trends and Special Projects at
Tower Records, "Our exciting new partnership with John Frieda allows us to
join forces with an equally influential trendsetter who shares our vision of
providing consumers at large with the opportunity to be part of cutting edge
trends."
Now more than ever, the worlds of fashion and music are blending together
in perfect harmony. On that note, glam rock hair is hot, hot, hot. According
to Sally Hershberger -- who's styled the hair of Courtney Love, Sheryl Crow,
Jon Bon Jovi, Jessica Simpson, and the Back Street Boys -- it's the right
selection and use of product that makes the tousled texture, loose layers and
glamorous glimmer perform so well.
Hershberger shares her rocking styling secrets with everyone in the Rock
and Roll Hair Kits. Each foolproof kit pre-packages Sally's selection of
"must-have" products with her much coveted, easy-to-follow "how-to" help.
Simply choose the kit that's right for your hair type, follow the step-by-step
instructions, and witness the performance of a lifetime.
It sounds as good as it looks ...

SOURCE John Frieda

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Fashion Statement: InterSurvey Projects Large Audience for Oscars(R) Telecast

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:40 by BeautyCare.com
Fashion Statement: InterSurvey Projects Large Audience for Oscars(R) Telecast,

Many Tuning in to See What People Wear

The First Web-Based Surveys That Match Validity of Traditional Polling Find
That Nearly 40 Percent of Americans Plan to Watch, Though 43.8 Percent Haven't
Seen Any of the Nominated Films

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Joan Rivers has it right:
The clothes do make the woman, the man -- and even the Oscars(R). InterSurvey,
providers of the first Web-based surveys that achieve the validity of
traditional polling techniques, today released new survey results indicating
nearly 40 percent of American adults plan to watch the March 26 Academy
Awards(R) telecast. Their motivation: more than 40 percent -- and fully
three-quarters of women viewers -- tune in because they like to see what
people are wearing.
The poll was conducted on the Web, among a random sample of
5,014 Americans, in the week following the Feb. 15 announcement of the
Academy Award nominees. The questions covered last year's Academy Award
behavior as well as asking about viewing plans for this year.
In announcing the poll results, InterSurvey noted that Hollywood moguls
may still take comfort in the fact that an overall majority of viewers
-- 64.9 percent -- also acknowledged interest in the films as a reason to
watch the televised ceremonies. In addition, 55.9 percent said they are more
likely to watch if they have seen at least one of the nominated films. At the
time of the survey, however, 43.8 percent of Americans had not seen any of the
five films nominated for "Best Picture."
Also of interest: two-thirds of those "very likely" to watch the Oscars
this year are women. Results such as these have potential implications for
future advertising and marketing campaigns and the actual presentation of the
TV show, while providing sociological insights into what makes American film
buffs tick.
"Clearly the Academy Awards ceremony is an excellent platform for making
statements with fashion, as well as film," said Marc Litvinoff, president and
chief operating officer, InterSurvey. "The predominantly female audience, the
age of viewers, and their interests also provides valuable information for
advertisers. Hollywood can still take comfort, however, in knowing that
overall, the size of the television audience will still depend on how popular
the nominated movies are."

Nearly 40 Percent of Americans Expect to Tune In
The InterSurvey survey found that 39.9 percent of Americans are "likely"
or "very likely" to watch this year's March 26 broadcast (with 24.3 stating
they are "very likely" to tune in). More women (48.3 percent) than men
(30.9 percent) indicated they would probably be watching. Overall, the survey
indicated, as many as two-thirds of the expected audience will be made up of
women.
By way of comparison, the survey found that 63.1 percent of Americans over
the age of 18 claimed to have watched at least part of the Academy Awards last
year (68.9 percent of females and 56.8 percent of males). In addition to
interests in films and in seeing what people are wearing, reasons for tuning
in included:

-- an interest in seeing their favorite actors and actresses
(59.3 percent),
-- because their friends and/or family like to watch (23.5 percent),
-- because the host is funny (22.1 percent), and
-- because there was nothing else on TV (13.1 percent).

At the time of the survey, 56.2 percent of Americans had seen at least one
of the five Oscar-nominated movies. "The Sixth Sense" scored highest
(38.6 percent), and "The Green Mile" (27.3 percent) and "American Beauty"
(19.7 percent) also had fairly sizeable audiences. Fewer than 10 percent has
seen the other nominees, "The Insider" (9.4 percent) and "The Cider House
Rules" (7.4 percent).
The margin of error in the InterSurvey survey is plus or minus
3.7 percent. For more details on the results, visit
http://www.upstart.com/intersurvey on the World Wide Web.

About the InterSurvey Methodology
Unlike other Web surveys, which are restricted to existing volunteer
Internet users and have limited multimedia capabilities, InterSurvey delivers
high-fidelity audio and television-quality video to a random sample of
American households -- including those without computers. The company uses
Random Digit Dialing (RDD) -- the same method used in high-quality telephone
surveys -- to recruit its panel, then provides each member with free Internet
hardware and connectivity. Surveys are taken on a consistent multimedia
platform so that all respondents see the same images, and results are gathered
at Internet-speed. The method allows InterSurvey to reach people who have
never been online before, as well as those who already surf the Web or own
computers.

About InterSurvey
With headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., InterSurvey provides the first
and only Web-based research that collects data from a scientifically
representative sample of the entire U.S. population. The no-compromise
InterSurvey methodology blends the statistical reliability of probability
sampling with the power of Web "interviewing" to solve the current problems
associated with survey research conducted on the Web, in person, by mail or on
the telephone. InterSurvey customers include market research firms, product
manufacturers, advertising agencies, news and entertainment organizations,
universities and government agencies. For more information, visit the
company's Web site at http://www.intersurvey.com.

SOURCE InterSurvey



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Procter & Gamble Announces First-Ever License of the Cover Girl Brand Name

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:14 by BeautyCare.com
Procter & Gamble Announces First-Ever License of the Cover Girl Brand Name:

Deal With Marine Optical To Deliver New Fashion Eyewear Line

HUNT VALLEY Md., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) has
granted a license to Marine Optical, Inc. to manufacture and sell a new line
of eyewear frames designed exclusively under the Cover Girl brand name in
North America, and in several other markets where Cover Girl is currently
available around the world. The new business is designed to provide women who
wear prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses a new option in
fashion eyewear. This is the first time the Cover Girl brand name has graced
another product line.
"We're thrilled to join Marine Optical in offering teens and moms who love
the Cover Girl brand another fun, beautiful fashion choice," says Anne Martin,
P&G Cosmetics Manager of Global Cosmetics Marketing and Global Design Manager
for Cover Girl. "It will now be even easier for women to create the overall
beauty looks they want, by coordinating their makeup looks with these exciting
new fashion frames."
"We're delighted to have been chosen by Procter & Gamble as the first
licensee on Cover Girl," comments Michael Ferrera, CEO of Marine Optical.
"Cover Girl and Marine Optical are both leaders in providing high quality,
innovative products for women. The combination of Cover Girl's strong brand
image and Marine Optical's design and customer service capabilities make this
introduction a real winner."
The initial new Cover Girl eyewear release will consist of approximately 8
to 10 optical styles, each in three colors, and will be available in two sizes
to fit virtually all face sizes. A sunglass collection consisting of
approximately 15 to 20 styles in several colors is planned to debut later this
year. "Cover Girl's rich imagery gave us great design inspiration for the
line," says Rita Fulton, VP of Design for Marine Optical. "The styles are all
fun and fashionable, just like all Cover Girl products. Also, we have worked
with the color experts at Cover Girl to select frame shades which are in
keeping with current beauty trends, and which will complement women's natural
looks. To add to the fun, we've even picked up the Cover Girl shade names for
the frame colors."
The optical collection is expected to hit store shelves this summer, after
its debut at Vision Expo, the US optical industry's largest annual trade show
in New York City, in late March. The sunglass line is scheduled to be
available for the 2001 sunwear season.
Marine Optical, Inc. has manufactured and marketed eyewear since 1925.
The South Easton, Massachusetts-based company places special emphasis on
product design, development and marketing and has won more than 30 industry
awards for product design, quality and sales leadership. Marine Optical
services a wide range of distribution channels in the US, including major
retail optical chains, optical laboratories, independent optical retailers and
mass merchandisers. The company currently distributes its collections in over
35 countries worldwide.
Procter & Gamble markets approximately 300 brands to nearly five billion
consumers in over 140 countries, including Tide, Crest, Pampers, JIF, Swiffer,
and the beauty care brands Oil of Olay, Pantene and Physique.

SOURCE The Procter & Gamble Company

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Ashford.com Introduces Exclusive Line of Minerva Watches

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:12 by BeautyCare.com
Ashford.com Introduces Exclusive Line of Minerva Watches;

World Renowned Swiss Designer Joins Expanding Collection of Wristwatches On
Leading Luxury Retail Site

HOUSTON, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford.com (Nasdaq: ASFD), the leading
Internet retailer of luxury and premium products, today announced that it has
added the exclusive Swiss brand Minerva to its ever-expanding collection of
fine wristwatches. Minerva, a firm established in the mid-1880s, is
considered one of the finest watchmakers in the world. Four Minerva lines,
including the Palladio, Pythagore, Pythagore II and Pythagore Anniversary
series, are now available on Ashford.com.
"We are proud to offer Ashford.com customers a brand that offers the
quality and heritage of Minerva watches," said Kenny Kurtzman, CEO of
Ashford.com. "Minerva has been making beautifully crafted timepieces for more
than one hundred years and has earned itself the reputation as a manufacturer
of complicated movements of exceptional quality."
Ashford.com is the only Internet retailer to offer the Minerva brand. In
addition, the site offers 10,000 other new and vintage watches from nearly
ninety brands. Ashford.com's other collections span a stunning array of
diamonds, accessories, designer jewelry, handbags, sunglasses, fragrances and
writing instruments from more than 270 world-class designers.
"In the last century, Minerva has flourished by staying small and focused.
Each year, we manufacture a limited number of high-quality watches in our
factory in Switzerland. Ashford.com is similarly committed to quality, as
evidenced by its product offering and its ability to create an exclusive high-
end shopping experience for its discerning customers," noted Jean Jacques
Frey, president of Minerva.
Minerva is a pioneer in watch making. The earliest Minerva wristwatch was
built in 1909, and in 1923 the company introduced the No. 20, a caliber of
watch that perfectly illustrated the classic and refined architecture of wrist
chronographs of that era. Minerva was chosen as the official timekeeper of
the 1936 Winter Olympics.
In subsequent years, the company has continued to refine the architecture
of its watches, incorporating such state-of-the-art features as analog
calendars, chronometers, moon phase indicators and rapid setting of second
time zones. In 1988, Minerva produced the Tablier, which is still considered
one of the most aesthetically subtle timepieces ever made. The company, which
makes fewer than 1200 watches a year, introduced the Palladio in 1991, another
innovation in wristwatch manufacturing.

About Ashford.com
Ashford.com is the leading Internet retailer of luxury and premium
products and is the Internet's No. 1 retailer of watches. The company's
e-commerce site, located at http://www.ashford.com/, offers a vast selection
of diamonds and more than 14,000 styles of new and vintage watches, designer
jewelry, fragrance, bath and body products, leather accessories, ties,
scarves, sunglasses, writing instruments and corporate gifts from more than
300 leading brands. Dedicated to creating a comfortable and safe shopping
environment, Ashford.com offers customers the Ashford.com Protection Plus(TM)
policy, which provides industry leading warranties, privacy and security.
Ashford.com is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of
Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, including statements
regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies
regarding the future. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding
the size of the Company's market opportunities in various segments, the demand
for luxury goods on the Internet and the Company's relative competitive
position. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available
to the Company as of the date of the statement, and the Company assumes no
obligation to update any such forward looking statement. The potential risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
include, but are not limited to, the Company's limited operating history,
which makes forecasting difficult; the Company's ability to achieve sales
growth that exceeds growth in operating expenses; seasonal fluctuations in
purchases of luxury goods; the Company's ability to plan for customer demand
and adjust inventory levels accordingly; customer interest in the purchase new
categories of luxury goods on the Internet; the failure of systems associated
with order fulfillment; changes in product mix; continued competitive factors
and pricing pressures; and market responses to pricing actions and promotional
programs. Actual results could differ materially from the Company's current
expectations. Further information on the factors and risks that could affect
the Company's financial results are included in its filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the quarterly report for the
quarter ended December 31, 1999.

Ashford, Ashford.com and Ashford.com Protection Plus are trademarks of
Ashford.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Ashford.com

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LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc. Announces Agreement with Mark Mitchell

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:11 by BeautyCare.com
LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc. Announces Agreement with Mark Mitchell

Consulting, LLC to Accelerate Acquisition Program

CINCINNATI, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The management of LightTouch Vein &
Laser, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: LTVL), a Nevada corporation, is pleased to
announce it has signed an agreement with mark Mitchell Consulting, LLC., a New
York based marketing and business development consulting firm.
LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc., the first public company of cosmetic laser
centers, acquires, develops and operates an integrated system of stand alone
centers based on a unique modular strategy. LightTouch centers provide
aesthetic laser, cosmetic and other aesthetic treatment services.
Mark Mitchell Consulting, LLC, specializes in the development and
implementation of marketing and business development strategies and programs
that add focus and velocity to the achievement of corporate goals. Mark
Mitchell, former President of Millennium Communications, Inc., a Madison
Avenue advertising, promotion and direct marketing agency, has developed
strategic marketing and business development programs for Fortune 500
companies, including: American Express, Citicorp, AT&T and Oxford Health
Plans.
Greg Martini, President of LightTouch stated, "Mitchell Consulting's
primary role is to develop and implement a dynamic program to accelerate the
acquisition of cosmetic laser surgery practices and the geographic expansion
of our modular centers business model."
Martini goes on to say, "LightTouch is experiencing very solid consumer
response to our centers marketing and sales programs and menu of services. We
believe that now is an opportune time to advance our practice purchase
timetable and nationwide expansion plans. We are pleased to have the
expertise and experience of Mark Mitchell Consulting to assist us in this
exciting new initiative."
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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Fashionwindow.com and Syndicated Solutions (SSI)

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:10 by BeautyCare.com
Fashionwindow.com and Syndicated Solutions (SSI)

Launch the Style Minute With Veronica Webb

Celebrated Super Model, Actress, Author and Journalist
To Share Style Secrets in Daily Radio Segment With Listeners Across America

ANN ARBOR, Mich., and STAMFORD, Conn., March 15 /PRNewswire/ --
Fashionwindow.com (OTC Bulletin Board: PTNM) and Syndicated Solutions (SSI)
announce the launch of THE STYLE MINUTE WITH VERONICA WEBB, a nationally
syndicated radio segment beginning 17 April 2000. Produced by
fashionwindow.com and distributed through SSI, THE STYLE MINUTE WITH VERONICA
WEBB will be offered as a 60 second daily vignette for broadcast each
Monday-Friday.
Webb, known to many as a celebrated Super Model, Actress, Author and
Journalist, signed with fashionwindow as spokesperson, style consultant and
business partner. In THE STYLE MINUTE WITH VERONICA WEBB, Webb will bring the
fresh editorial of fashionwindow to radio listeners everywhere with reports on
fashion, entertainment, style and literature all from Webb's "insider"
perspective and entertaining manner. In addition to the radio broadcast, audio
from THE STYLE MINUTE WITH VERONICA WEBB will be available on the
fashionwindow site at http://www.fashionwindow.com .
Webb said: "This show combines all that I've learned as a model -- how to
find simple solutions to big fashion and beauty problems. I've been sharing
these secrets with my sisters and my girlfriend's for years and I'm so excited
to reach out to other women through this radio segment and through
fashionwindow.com ."
Bob Carey, President/Executive Director of Syndicated Solutions, stated,
"Veronica Webb needs no introduction, she's a multifaceted talent who has a
realistic pulse of America and a tremendous reach with many key demographics.
This daily vignette is well suited for music or talk stations as it's a
bonafide non-traditional revenues winner. We are delighted to be working with
Veronica and provide SSI affiliates another top-notch, quality show."
Fashionwindow.com Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Klamka said:
"Veronica is one of the most stylish and knowledgeable women in fashion today.
Her expertise as both a model and a journalist make her an invaluable resource
for fashionwindow.com and the fashionwindow brand. We are very fortunate to
have her on board."

About Syndicated Solutions
SSI is a full service affiliate sales and radio marketing organization,
created by former Disney/ABC Radio executives Bob Carey and George Green. SSI
offers industry leading news/talk and sports radio programs nationwide
including FIEGER TIME WITH GEOFFREY FIEGER, THE MICHAEL SAVAGE SHOW, ON THE
HOUSE WITH THE CAREY BROS., MINYARD & MINYARD, THE GROUP ROOM, ON THE JOB WITH
STEVE VISUCSI, MEGUIAR'S AUTO MINUTE, THE LUCIANNE GOLDBERG SHOW, ON THE HOUSE
TIP OF THE DAY, ON THE JOB MINUTE and now THE STYLE MINUTE WITH VERONCIA WEBB
reaching over 500 affiliates each week.

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

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

SOURCE PTN Media

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Performance Brands, Inc. Launches Beauty Bites(TM),

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 13:07 by BeautyCare.com
Performance Brands, Inc. Launches Beauty Bites(TM),

A Functional Food Bar For Healthier Hair, Skin, And Nails

Beauty Is More Than Just Skin Deep

SUNRISE, Fla., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Performance Brands, Inc. today
announced the launch of their newest functional food -- Beauty Bites(TM) at
the 2000 MidWest Beauty Show Convention in Chicago. Beauty Bites(TM) are soy-
based protein food bars fortified with vitamins, minerals, and MSM
(methylsulfonylmethane), exclusively formulated to promote the body's natural
functions for healthy, lustrous hair, glowing skin, and strong nails. It's
been touted as providing "total beauty from within."
"We designed Beauty Bites(TM) for today's busy salon customers who are
concerned about their total beauty and well being," said Stacy Kaufman, CEO
and President of Performance Brands, Inc. "They are a one-of-a-kind,
totally unique soy-based food bar that contain key ingredients needed to
support total beauty and health from the inside out."

What are the benefits of Beauty Bites(TM)?
* Provides the proteins needed to build strong healthy hair, skin, and
nails.
* Promotes smooth, youthful skin, while maintaining natural hair color.
* Provides vitamins to prevent premature aging and wrinkling especially
if it's due to chronic sun exposure.
* Creates better circulation to your skin, hair follicles, and nail beds.
* Contains anti-aging and rejuvenating agents.
* Helps promote sustained energy due to environmental stress.

"Your body requires specific key nutrients from your daily diet to promote
healthy hair, skin, and nails and Beauty Bites(TM) contains these in ideal
amounts," said Marcia Zimmerman, nutritionist and author of ADD Nutrition
Solution: A Drug-Free Thirty Day Plan. "Beauty Bites(T) are low calorie, high
protein, low fat, and low carbohydrate snack food bars that can be enjoyed
anytime without jeopardizing your daily dietary regimen."
Beauty Bites(TM) are available in three flavors: chocolate covered
chocolate fudge, chocolate covered peanut butter, and yogurt-coated strawberry
banana. They will be sold in professional hair and beauty salons along with
resorts and spas.
Performance Brands, Inc., is an innovative researcher, developer, and
worldwide marketer of skin fitness, tanning, and nutritional products. For
more information on the company please visit their web site at
http://www.performancebrands.com.

SOURCE Performance Brands, Inc.

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Styleclick.com Unveils New e-commerce Site in Japan

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 12:08 by BeautyCare.com
Styleclick.com Unveils New e-commerce Site in Japan

http://www.Styleclick.co.jp - Serving Japan's Consumer Market

LOS ANGELES, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Styleclick.com (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 http://www.styleclick.co.jp, is providing Japan's consumer market with a
comprehensive selection of style-related products created by top Japanese
designers.
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, Styleclick.com.
"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 Styleclick.com Inc.'s first global initiative, the new site
replicates the company's successful Styleclick.com 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., Styleclick.com 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 Styleclick.com'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
http://www.styleclick.co.jp, 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 http://www.styleclick.co.jp 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.

Styleclick.com Inc. (Nasdaq: IBUY), provides retailers and manufacturers
with comprehensive e-commerce services and consumers with an enhanced online
shopping experience. Styleclick.com Inc.'s flagship site, located at
http://www.styleclick.com, 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 Styleclick.com. 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.

SOURCE Styleclick.com Inc.

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French Fragrances Selects e-Intelliprise From American Software

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 12:07 by BeautyCare.com
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: http://www.amsoftware.com .
Intelliprise is a trademark of American Software.

SOURCE American Software USA

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

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:55 by BeautyCare.com
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 Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:36 by BeautyCare.com
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
contaminants.
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: http://www.purtest.com, or email
water@americanwaterservice.com. Brokers and analysts call Kathryn Jensen at
Stockcom, Inc. 877-878-6909 or email ceo@stockpr.com .

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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Herbal Essences Inks Deal With Teen Superstar Britney Spears

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:23 by BeautyCare.com
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 http://www.herbalessences.com.

SOURCE Clairol

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Alberto-Culver to Purchase Pro-Line Corporation

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:21 by BeautyCare.com
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
world.
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 Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:20 by BeautyCare.com
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 perfumania.com 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
http://www.WCW.com and http://www.NWOwrestling.com.

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

SOURCE Perfumania, Inc.


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Nu Skin Hosts Distributor Convention in Europe

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:19 by BeautyCare.com
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
consumers."
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
products."
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
customers."
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
http://www.nuskinenterprises.com or through the Company News On-Call fax service.
For a menu of Nu Skin Enterprises news or to retrieve a specific release, call
800-758-5804, extension 119638.

Please note: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which
represent the company's expectations or beliefs 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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Breakthrough Research: In Vivo Studies on Human Volunteers Show Exceptional Protection against Damaging UVA Light

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:17 by BeautyCare.com
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
Clinical
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 Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 11:11 by BeautyCare.com
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
brittleness.
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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idealab! Takes Controlling Stake in Eve.com

Posted Wednesday, April 26, 2000 - 10:24 by BeautyCare.com
idealab! Takes Controlling Stake in Eve.com

PASADENA, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- idealab!, a leading creator and
operator of Internet businesses, today announced that it has agreed to take a
controlling stake in leading online beauty e-tailer, Eve.com. Eve.com joined
the idealab! network of companies in November 1998. idealab! intends to
accelerate Eve.com's expansion into other product categories. Bill Gross,
founder and chairman of idealab!, will assume the role of chairman of Eve.com
effective immediately. Mariam Naficy and Varsha Rao, co-founders of Eve.com,
will continue to hold leadership roles at Eve.com. Naficy will oversee
marketing and business development activities and Rao will oversee
merchandising and new category development activities.
idealab! also announced that three former Barneys New York executives have
joined idealab! to assist its operating companies with their retail efforts.
Tom Shull, former chief executive officer of Barneys, Ed Lambert, former chief
financial officer of Barneys and Paul Jen, former vice president of marketing
of Barneys, bring considerable retail experience and industry relationships to
benefit idealab! network companies, including Eve.com. Shull was at Barneys
from 1997 to 1999 and together with Lambert and Jen, engineered 12 percent
comparable store sales growth through innovative customer loyalty and
merchandising efforts that resulted in the retailer's successful emergence
from bankruptcy. Shull was also a former Executive Vice President at Macy's,
leading business development, marketing, merchandise planning, information
technology and formulating Macy's e-commerce business strategy.
"Eve.com has built a strong foundation in the online beauty world and now
looks to Tom and his team to provide valuable leadership as Eve.com expands
its retailing efforts to other items found on the first floor of a department
store," said Bill Gross, founder and chairman of idealab!. "Tom and Ed have
worked together for ten years and bring demonstrated value and retail
expertise to assist Eve.com, and all the idealab! companies, in their
retailing efforts."
In a joint statement, Naficy and Rao said, "The entire Eve.com team is
excited to work more closely with idealab!. Tom and Ed's extensive experience
in luxury retail is a perfect match for Eve.com and our fashion-forward
customers. We have built a brand that stands for service and trust, and now,
with idealab's expertise, we can take it to the next level."
According to PC Data Online and Media Metrix, Eve.com led competitors in
site traffic for the months of February and March. The site had more than
double the traffic of its nearest competitor, beating competitors such as
Sephora.com, gloss.com and ibeauty.com. Eve.com's March 2000 sales exceeded
its December 1999 sales, demonstrating strong forward momentum.

About Eve.com
Eve.com opened its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to
offer an array of prestige beauty products on the Web. With more than 200 of
the most exclusive brands in beauty, including BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein,
Club Monaco, Decleor, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, and Versace,
Eve.com offers a personalized shopping experience, where every customer
receives tailored product suggestions, customized product samples and
evePoints with each purchase. The company has in particular received kudos
for its customer service and Web site design:

-- Fortune Magazine: In a study for the February 21, 2000 issue of
Fortune Magazine, Resource Marketing ranked the top 50 online retailers
according to 88 specific ratings, from site navigation to return
policies. Eve.com ranked as the 6th leading e-tailer overall, alongside
category leaders Amazon.com, eToys, garden.com, Cooking.com, and Fogdog
Sports.
-- Feedback Direct: Eve.com named to prestigious list of "The Feedback
50" in February 2000. This award is given to the top 50 North American
companies that have consistently demonstrated excellent customer
service across several communication channels, both online and offline.
-- Fragrance Foundation: In October 1999, Eve.com was awarded the Retail
Fragrance All-Star Salute by The Fragrance Foundation members in the
E-tailer category. The All-Star Awards acknowledge retailers'
commitment to promoting fragrance year-round.

About idealab!
idealab! (http://www.idealab.com) identifies, creates and operates Internet
businesses. Founded in March 1996 by Bill Gross, idealab! currently has
approximately 50 businesses in various stages of development. idealab!
generates ideas for new Internet businesses and creates, capitalizes and
operates a separate company to conduct each new business. Actively
participating in the on-going operations of its network companies through
board representation, information sharing and facilitating collaboration among
the companies, idealab! also recruits management to oversee the day-to-day
operations allowing senior management to concentrate on executing the business
plan. Additionally, idealab! provides each operating company with a full range
of operational support services including office space and the accompanying
network infrastructure, technology, graphic design, marketing, competitive
research, legal, accounting and business development services. idealab! public
companies include eToys (Nasdaq: ETYS), GoTo.com (Nasdaq: GOTO), CitySearch
(TMCS), NetZero (Nasdaq: NZRO) and Tickets.com (Nasdaq: TIXX).

SOURCE Eve.com

idealab! Takes Controlling Stake in Eve.com

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:42 by BeautyCare.com
idealab! Takes Controlling Stake in Eve.com

PASADENA, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- idealab!, a leading creator and
operator of Internet businesses, today announced that it has agreed to take a
controlling stake in leading online beauty e-tailer, Eve.com. Eve.com joined
the idealab! network of companies in November 1998. idealab! intends to
accelerate Eve.com's expansion into other product categories. Bill Gross,
founder and chairman of idealab!, will assume the role of chairman of Eve.com
effective immediately. Mariam Naficy and Varsha Rao, co-founders of Eve.com,
will continue to hold leadership roles at Eve.com. Naficy will oversee
marketing and business development activities and Rao will oversee
merchandising and new category development activities.
idealab! also announced that three former Barneys New York executives have
joined idealab! to assist its operating companies with their retail efforts.
Tom Shull, former chief executive officer of Barneys, Ed Lambert, former chief
financial officer of Barneys and Paul Jen, former vice president of marketing
of Barneys, bring considerable retail experience and industry relationships to
benefit idealab! network companies, including Eve.com. Shull was at Barneys
from 1997 to 1999 and together with Lambert and Jen, engineered 12 percent
comparable store sales growth through innovative customer loyalty and
merchandising efforts that resulted in the retailer's successful emergence
from bankruptcy. Shull was also a former Executive Vice President at Macy's,
leading business development, marketing, merchandise planning, information
technology and formulating Macy's e-commerce business strategy.
"Eve.com has built a strong foundation in the online beauty world and now
looks to Tom and his team to provide valuable leadership as Eve.com expands
its retailing efforts to other items found on the first floor of a department
store," said Bill Gross, founder and chairman of idealab!. "Tom and Ed have
worked together for ten years and bring demonstrated value and retail
expertise to assist Eve.com, and all the idealab! companies, in their
retailing efforts."
In a joint statement, Naficy and Rao said, "The entire Eve.com team is
excited to work more closely with idealab!. Tom and Ed's extensive experience
in luxury retail is a perfect match for Eve.com and our fashion-forward
customers. We have built a brand that stands for service and trust, and now,
with idealab's expertise, we can take it to the next level."
According to PC Data Online and Media Metrix, Eve.com led competitors in
site traffic for the months of February and March. The site had more than
double the traffic of its nearest competitor, beating competitors such as
Sephora.com, gloss.com and ibeauty.com. Eve.com's March 2000 sales exceeded
its December 1999 sales, demonstrating strong forward momentum.

About Eve.com
Eve.com opened its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to
offer an array of prestige beauty products on the Web. With more than 200 of
the most exclusive brands in beauty, including BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein,
Club Monaco, Decleor, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, and Versace,
Eve.com offers a personalized shopping experience, where every customer
receives tailored product suggestions, customized product samples and
evePoints with each purchase. The company has in particular received kudos
for its customer service and Web site design:

-- Fortune Magazine: In a study for the February 21, 2000 issue of
Fortune Magazine, Resource Marketing ranked the top 50 online retailers
according to 88 specific ratings, from site navigation to return
policies. Eve.com ranked as the 6th leading e-tailer overall, alongside
category leaders Amazon.com, eToys, garden.com, Cooking.com, and Fogdog
Sports.
-- Feedback Direct: Eve.com named to prestigious list of "The Feedback
50" in February 2000. This award is given to the top 50 North American
companies that have consistently demonstrated excellent customer
service across several communication channels, both online and offline.
-- Fragrance Foundation: In October 1999, Eve.com was awarded the Retail
Fragrance All-Star Salute by The Fragrance Foundation members in the
E-tailer category. The All-Star Awards acknowledge retailers'
commitment to promoting fragrance year-round.

About idealab!
idealab! (http://www.idealab.com) identifies, creates and operates Internet
businesses. Founded in March 1996 by Bill Gross, idealab! currently has
approximately 50 businesses in various stages of development. idealab!
generates ideas for new Internet businesses and creates, capitalizes and
operates a separate company to conduct each new business. Actively
participating in the on-going operations of its network companies through
board representation, information sharing and facilitating collaboration among
the companies, idealab! also recruits management to oversee the day-to-day
operations allowing senior management to concentrate on executing the business
plan. Additionally, idealab! provides each operating company with a full range
of operational support services including office space and the accompanying
network infrastructure, technology, graphic design, marketing, competitive
research, legal, accounting and business development services. idealab! public
companies include eToys (Nasdaq: ETYS), GoTo.com (Nasdaq: GOTO), CitySearch
(TMCS), NetZero (Nasdaq: NZRO) and Tickets.com (Nasdaq: TIXX).

SOURCE Eve.com

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Avon's First Quarter E.P.S. Up 11% on 9% Sales Growth

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:40 by BeautyCare.com
Avon's First Quarter E.P.S. Up 11% on 9% Sales Growth

Strong Results in All Geographic Regions Contributed to Sales and
Earnings Gains

NEW YORK, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today
reported that basic and diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of
2000 rose 11% to $.31, versus $.28 per share (before a one-time charge) in the
first quarter of 1999.
Sales increased 9% in the quarter to a record $1.32 billion, compared with
$1.21 billion a year ago. Excluding the effects of foreign currency
translation, sales were up 11%.
Operating profit rose 31% in the quarter (before a one-time charge in
1999), with increases in all geographic regions, especially Asia-Pacific and
Europe, where profits surged 69% and 55%, respectively.
Net income for the quarter was $74.8 million, or $.31 per share, compared
with a net loss of $48.9 million, or $.19 per share, in the first quarter of
1999. Last year's results included a one-time charge of $121.9 million after
tax, or $.47 per share, related to Avon's business reengineering activities.
Excluding the charge, net income last year was $73.0 million, or $.28 per
share.
Avon said this was the ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year
improvement in gross and operating margins, reflecting the ongoing success of
its business process redesign (BPR) initiatives. Excluding a one-time charge
in 1999, gross margin increased .6 points to 62.5% and operating margin
increased 1.8 points to 10.9%, despite higher spending on business strategies
to accelerate sales growth.
Commenting on the results, Andrea Jung, Avon's president and chief
executive officer, said, "All regions performed at the high end of -- or
exceeded -- our expectations. We're very pleased with the results, especially
since we were up against a difficult comparison with last year's first
quarter, when earnings per share climbed 40%. We are off to an excellent
start in 2000, we see continuing momentum going into the second quarter and
we're confident in the outlook for the full year."
"All key business indicators are up strongly, including active
representatives up 12%, customers up 6% and units up 7%, indicating that our
strategies for enhancing Avon's image and strengthening the core direct
selling business are taking hold," Ms. Jung added.

Regional Highlights
In the North America region, Avon U.S. posted a sales gain of 6% and a
healthy 7% increase in units. Cosmetics, Fragrance and Toiletries (CFT) sales
in the U.S. rose 7%, with color cosmetics up strong double digits. The
strength in CFT in the quarter continued the positive trend that began late in
1999. Jewelry sales also posted a solid increase. Active representatives
increased 2% in the quarter. U.S. operating profit was up 5%, reflecting
higher levels of strategic investment in customer growth initiatives.
The Latin America region increased sales by 10% in the quarter, with the
two largest markets -- Mexico and Brazil -- both posting double digit growth.
Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange, sales in the region were up
12%. Units were even with last year's very high level when Avon was pursuing
aggressive pricing to drive units and gain CFT market share. Active
representatives in Latin America grew 4% in the quarter. Operating profit
increased 13%, with all major markets posting gains except Venezuela, where
business was temporarily affected by severe flooding.
In Europe, sales were up 5% and excluding the effects of foreign currency
translation, rose 18%, driven by an 18% increase in units and a 22% increase
in active representatives. The U.K., the largest market in the region, grew
sales double digits. The markets of Central and Eastern Europe --
particularly Poland -- continued to grow rapidly and profitably, with sales up
over 40% and profits nearly doubling from 1999. In addition, Russia was
profitable in the quarter, compared to a loss last year following the collapse
of the Russian ruble late in 1998. Operating profit in the Europe region
surged 55% in the quarter.
In the Pacific region, every major market generated double digit increases
in sales, units and operating profit. Sales in the region increased 22% (up
17% in local currencies) powered by unit growth of 22% and a 29% increase in
active representatives. Japan continued to significantly improve
profitability and, despite a weak economy, also posted a solid sales increase.
In China, sales and profits rebounded strongly from 1999 levels, as the
company's retail business model is becoming more established. Operating
profit in the Pacific region jumped 69% in the quarter.
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 137 countries
through 3 million independent sales representatives. Avon product lines
include such recognizable brands as Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Avon Color, Far Away,
Rare Gold, Perceive, Women of Earth and Avon Skin Care. Avon also markets an
extensive line of fashion jewelry, apparel, gifts and collectibles. More
information about Avon and its products can be found on the company's award-
winning website http://www.avon.com.

Cautionary Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995
Statements in this release which are not historical facts or information
are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on
management's reasonable current assumptions and expectations. Such
forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other important
factors which may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially
different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ
materially from management's expectations. Such important factors include,
among others, the following: general economic and business conditions in the
Company's markets; the Company's ability to implement its business strategy;
the Company's ability to achieve anticipated cost savings and profitability
targets; the impact of substantial currency exchange devaluations in the
Company's principal foreign markets; and the effect of legal and regulatory
proceedings and restrictions imposed on the Company or its operations by
foreign governments. Additional information identifying such important
factors is contained in the Company's Form 10-K report for the year ended
December 31, 1999, filed with the S.E.C. The Company undertakes no obligation
to update any such forward-looking statements.

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

Three months ended Percent
March 31 Change
2000 1999

Net sales $1,324.9 $1,213.8 9%

Cost of sales * 497.3 508.2
Marketing, distribution and
administrative expenses 683.2 641.7
Special charge 0.0 105.2
Operating profit (loss) 144.4 (41.3) 450%

Interest expense 19.9 9.0
Interest income (1.8) (3.2)
Other expense (income), net 10.3 (7.8)
Total other expense (income) 28.4 (2.0)

Income (loss) before
taxes and minority interest 116.0 (39.3) 395%
Income taxes 41.2 11.4

Income (loss) before
minority interest 74.8 (50.7) 248%
Minority interest .0 1.8

Net income (loss) $ 74.8 $(48.9) 253%


Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $.31 $(.19) 263%
Diluted $.31 $(.19) 263%

Average shares outstanding:
Basic 237.64 262.00
Diluted 239.15 262.00

* 1999 includes a one-time charges of $46.0 for inventory writedowns.

SOURCE Avon Products, Inc.

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Avon Announces Agreement to Provide Internet Access to Sales Representatives

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:39 by BeautyCare.com
Avon Announces Agreement to Provide Internet Access to Sales Representatives

Gateway, Covad/LaserLink.net and iBelong Alliance to Offer Computer Hardware,
Internet Access and Avon-branded Portal

Expanded Internet Strategy to Help 'e-Representatives' Grow Their Businesses

NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today
announced a strategic business agreement with Gateway, Inc. (NYSE: GTW),
Covad/LaserLink.net and iBelong, Inc. to offer its 500,000 independent sales
representatives in the U.S. affordable technology tools to build their Avon
business online.
The agreement will enable Avon sales representatives to purchase
affordable computer hardware, unlimited access to the Internet, and an Avon-
branded portal that will serve as an entry-point to the World Wide Web and
provide a direct link to the company's avon.com web site. The portal also
will provide the representatives with a variety of Web-based services,
including e-mail, e-calendaring, Avon company and product news, and general
news and other information relevant to their interests. Avon employees are
also eligible to participate in the program.
Under the agreement, Avon representatives can purchase Gateway personal
computers, Epson printers and related technology, either through a monthly
payment or upfront purchase. Monthly payments start at $19.95 per month.
Unlimited access to the Internet via Covad/LaserLink.net is included in the
price.
Additionally, Avon representatives will be able to call Gateway's Customer
Care services and receive 800-number help desk support. They also can
participate in technology training courses and receive personalized service at
the more than 260 Gateway Country(R) Stores throughout the U.S.
The agreement is an important step in Avon's previously announced plan to
expand its use of Internet technology to strengthen its direct selling
business. Avon has had a presence on the Internet since 1997 and was the
first beauty company to sell products online at its award-winning web site
http://www.avon.com.
The new avon.com will launch in a phased roll-out beginning late this
summer and will allow representatives in the U.S. to have their own
personalized web pages. These "e-representatives" will be able to conduct
aspects of their business online, including customer prospecting, ordering,
getting account status and making payments.
"Avon's alliance with Gateway, Covad/LaserLink.net and iBelong, combined
with the expansion of avon.com, will provide our representatives with
state-of-the-art technology for building their business online," said Andrea
Jung, president and CEO of Avon. "The Internet is a substantial opportunity
to leverage two of Avon's greatest assets: our unparalleled brand recognition,
and the power of our direct selling channel. We believe that our
'e-Representatives' will be able to use these new tools to reach new customers
and increase their earnings," she added.
"Gateway intends to become a major player in employer PC programs and
we're proud that a company of Avon's stature has selected us to serve the
needs of their representatives and employees," said Jeffrey Weitzen, Gateway
president and CEO. "We have the hardware, software, peripherals, training and
service to enable Avon's people to get the most out of the Internet. And, as
the first U.S. company to fully deploy an employee PC program, we believe
we're uniquely qualified to exceed Avon's expectations."
Shikhar Ghosh, iBelong CEO and co-founder, said: "iBelong portals are
designed to serve as powerful tools that organizations use to build
relationships with their members and employees. But they're only useful if
people visit daily, so we add general interest information relevant to
peoples' lives and they return again and again. We welcome the opportunity to
provide Avon representatives with an Avon-branded portal to make accessing the
Internet an easy and enjoyable experience."
"Branded Internet access enables Avon to reach out to its 500,000
independent sales representatives and provide them with tools to build their
businesses online," said Robert Knowling, chairman, president and CEO of Covad
Communications. "As Avon's Internet strategy evolves, Covad can also provide
Avon with leading broadband services."
Gateway (NYSE: GTW), a Fortune 250 company founded in 1985, focuses on
building lifelong relationships with consumers and businesses through complete
technology personalization. Gateway ranked number one in U.S. consumer PC
revenue in the first, second and third quarters of 1999(1) and was rated among
the top ten best corporate reputations in America according to a survey
conducted in August of 1999 by Harris Interactive and the Reputation Institute
and published in The Wall Street Journal. Gateway employees worldwide provide
clients with services and built-to-order computers that consistently win top
awards from leading industry publications. Gateway had total global revenue
of $8.65 billion in 1999 and shipped 4.68 million systems. For more
information, visit http://www.gateway.com.
iBelong, Inc. (http://www.ibelong.com), based in Waltham, Mass., was
founded in 1998, by Shikhar Ghosh, recognized as a leading Internet
entrepreneur by Forbes and Business Week, and Howard Kessler, chairman and CEO
of Kessler Financial Services and a pioneer of affinity marketing. The
company develops and manages customized portals, or Internet "start pages,"
for non-profit and commercial membership groups. Its proprietary technology
allows group members to personalize their portal so they can receive group-
centric information, as well as current news, financial data, local weather,
and a variety of other services.
Since January, iBelong has launched new portals at a rate of two to three
per week, and now manages 42 such portals, which combine commerce and
community features. Together, these portals have the capacity to reach
millions of individuals. For more information, visit http://www.ibelong.com.
Covad Communications is the leading national broadband service provider of
high-speed Internet and network access utilizing Digital Subscriber line (DSL)
technology. Through its recent acquisition of LaserLink.net, a leading
provider of branded Internet access, Covad now enables companies and
organizations to become Virtual Internet Service Providers (VISP).
In addition, Covad offers a Virtual Broadband Service Provider (VBSP)
product that features branded Internet service with a full range of dial-up
and broadband options. The VBSP product also allows companies and
organizations to leverage their brand and strengthen customer relationships
through the Internet. Covad also offers broadband services through Internet
Service Providers, telecommunications carriers, enterprises, PC OEMs and ASPs
to small and medium-sized businesses and home users. For more information
call
888-GO-COVAD or visit our website http://www.covad.com.
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 137 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, Women of Earth, Perceive and Avon Skin Care. Avon also markets an
extensive line of fashion jewelry, apparel, gifts and collectibles. More
information on Avon and its products can be found on the company's
award-winning website http://www.avon.com.

(1) According to Gartner Group/Dataquest US PC Quarterly statistics

SOURCE Avon Products, Inc.

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BIOLASE Granted Major Additional Hydrokinetic Patent

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:38 by BeautyCare.com
BIOLASE Granted Major Additional Hydrokinetic Patent

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- BIOLASE Technology, Inc.
(Nasdaq: BLTI), announced today that it has been granted an additional patent,
No. 5,968,037, from the U.S. Patent Office for its HydroKinetic(R) laser
technology, further extending the company's already-dominant position in the
laser-with-water market. The patent, which contains numerous claims, gives
BIOLASE the right to exclude others from making, selling or using this
proprietary technology in the United States through December 2017.
The new patent applies to technology already incorporated into the
company's Millennium(R) surgical cutting system, as well as two new systems
for HydroKinetic(R) cutting. The first system enables a user, via a control
device, to adjust the size of the water particles being outputted in order to
control the thickness, or resolution, of a cut. The user can also adjust the
spatial distribution of the water particles to control the depth of the cut as
well. The additional claims expand coverage with variable control of
resolution, enhanced control of depth and the delivery system.
Among its most important implications, the new patent broadens the
applications for the company's HydroKinetic(R) technology, extending it beyond
dentistry to cosmetic, dermatological and other medical specialties, which are
poised to benefit most from these new cutting systems.
The advantages of BIOLASE's proprietary technology were recently presented
at the 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine &
Surgery, the world's largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting
research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of
medical laser applications. During the meeting, renowned Dr. Norbert
Gutknecht presented research and clinical findings that demonstrated the
significant advantages of the HydroKinetic(R) system over dental drill
treatment. Professor Gutknecht works in the Department of Conservative
Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry at the University of
Aachen, Germany. He is also the director of the Aachen Laser Research
Institute, and is a highly reputable clinical researcher in the international
dental laser field. He has worked in dental laser research for over 15 years,
has presented articles in numerous publications and lectures around the world.
Dr. Gutknecht's presentation included his own findings, based on six years
of research and clinical experience, as well as previous independent research
articles published by several well-known clinicians from various universities.
According to Dr. Gutknecht, the BIOLASE Millennium(R) HydroKinetic(R) system
is the treatment of choice for clinically superior caries removal, based on
its benefits of being painless, offering minimal recovery time and fast
healing, and providing complete removal of caries-infected hard tissue without
affecting healthy tooth tissue.
In his overview of research study findings related to cavity preparation
speeds and caries inhibition, Dr. Gutknecht also found that the
HydroKinetic(R) system was the fastest laser device for preparing teeth
compared with other dental lasers on the market, and that the HydroKinetic(R)
system has great potential for preventing caries formation by strengthening
tooth tissues. Dr. Gutknecht commented that most clinicians who use only
dental drills in their daily practice are not yet aware of alternatives such
as the HydroKinetic(R) system and the superior benefits.
Commented Jeffrey W. Jones, president and CEO of BIOLASE, "We are very
pleased to have been granted an additional patent for our HydroKinetic(R)
system, the key to the company's medical technology. We believe this
additional patent will help further strengthen our market position and enable
us to expand into additional applications for our superior medical technology.
"The presentation by Dr. Gutknecht at this prestigious meeting is another
important event to inform and educate dentists and the public of the clinical
and pain-free benefits of BIOLASE HydroKinetic(R) technology. Respected
third-party endorsement, coupled with the stepped up marketing program, are
helping us raise the visibility of our company's technology and capabilities,
which we believe are translating into strong sales growth."
BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (http://www.BIOLASE.com), 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
statements, 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.

Contact: Jeffrey W. Jones, President and CEO of BIOLASE Technology, Inc.,
949-361-1200.

SOURCE BIOLASE Technology, Inc.

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Meridian Holdings Inks Joint Venture Agreement with Dermalay Industries

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:36 by BeautyCare.com
Meridian Holdings Inks Joint Venture Agreement with Dermalay Industries

To Market, Co-Brand, and Develop Products and Technologies

LOS ANGELES, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthony C. Dike, MD, chairman and
chief executive officer of Meridian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: MEHO),
today announced that the company has entered into a joint venture with
Dermalay Industries (Bakersfield), a manufacturer of varied emu oil products
used in cosmetics and personal care preparations. Additional products
manufactured by Dermalay are used in the treatment of a variety of skin
conditions and as an aid in the reduction of pain and swelling attributable to
arthritis, sports injuries, over-exertion, accidents and stress.
Pursuant to the agreement, Meridian and Dermalay will participate in a
global enterprise. Dermalay Industries, Inc. will manufacture the various
Dermalay(TM) products and its Powerheat(TM) oil products, and Meridian
Holdings, Inc. through its e-commerce capabilities, will advertise and market
these products to the general market worldwide. Dermalay Industries, Inc.
will also co-promote and co-market the Body Pain Trigger Point(TM) software
program of InterCare.com, a subsidiary of Meridian Holdings, Inc.
Under the terms of the joint venture, each company will contribute equally
to the resources and will benefit equally from the proceeds of venture
projects.
"We are enthusiastic about the potential represented in this joint venture
agreement with Dermalay, whose products have worldwide appeal and provide an
excellent complement to InterCare.com's popular software product. We look
forward to pursuing synergistic business opportunities worldwide," said Dike.

About Dermalay Industries, Inc.
Founded in 1995, Dermalay Industries, Inc. is a publicly traded company
(OTC Bulletin Board: DMLY) on the forefront of manufacturing and distributing
emu-oil based products for health and skin care.

About Meridian Holdings, Inc.
Meridian Holdings, Inc. is an acquisition-oriented holding company focused
on building, operating and managing a portfolio of business-to-business
companies. Meridian seeks to acquire majority or controlling interests in
companies engaged in e-commerce, e-communication, and e-business services,
which will allow the holding company to actively participate in management,
operations and finances. Meridian's network of affiliated companies is
designed to encourage maximum leverage of information technology, operational
excellence, industry expertise and synergistic business opportunity. Meridian
is committed to building shareholder value by positioning affiliated companies
as independent business entities in which Meridian shareholders enjoy equity
participation. Visit Meridian's web site at http://www.meho.com .

NOTE: Statements contained in this release that are not purely historical
are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the
Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange of 1934 and
are made subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Editors and investors are cautioned that such
forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements about
expected future events and/or financial results, invoke risk and uncertainties
and that actual future events and/or the company's actual results may differ
materially from such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties
include but are not limited to the company's ability to develop new business
in the area of managed care, its ability to attract and retain key personnel,
its ability to finance its plans for growth, general economic conditions and
other factors discussed in such forward-looking statements and/or the
company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Meridian Holdings, Inc.

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eBody.com Joins Forces with Women.com

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:35 by BeautyCare.com
An Intelligent Choice for Women,

eBody.com Joins Forces with Women.com

Multi-million Dollar Deal to Provide Content and Interactive Tools
For Women.com's Fashion & Beauty Channel

MINNEAPOLIS, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- eBody.com, Inc.
(http://www.ebody.com) a leading online cosmetic health, beauty and wellness
resource, announced a two-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Women.com
Networks, Inc. (http://www.women.com) (Nasdaq: WOMN) to enable visitors to
make informed decisions about cosmetic medical and dental procedures.
eBody.com will be providing hundreds of pages of new content and tools that
are expected to be placed in a co-branded area within Women.com's Fashion &
Beauty Channel, deepening the Women.com network with information to respond to
users' interests in cosmetic enhancement. With plans to begin production in
the second quarter of 2000, the deal is expected to generate significant
traffic for eBody.com and also increase eBody's brand presence by
participating in advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research and
sweepstakes throughout the network.
In an effort to address both the growing interest in cosmetic procedures
and the 45 percent of women who are using the Internet to obtain health
information, the co-branded area will connect Women.com users to detailed news
and information, first person accounts, "before and after" pictures and
answers from medical and dental professionals on a range of cosmetic
procedures from teeth bleaching to plastic surgery. The extensive information
on eBody.com's five specialty channels -- Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic
Dermatology, Laser Vision Correction, Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics --
aggregates content to provide visitors with a one-stop-shop on everything they
need and want to know to make an informed decision about cosmetic procedures
and treatments.
eBody.com's unique "Find a Specialist" tool brings the leading medical and
dental professionals into a searchable database, enabling visitors to locate
and learn about practitioners in their area. Visitors can obtain detailed
information on each doctor prior to making an appointment, including
background, training, experience and credentials; services offered; the
facility and staff you'll encounter; and what to expect at an appointment. In
addition, the site provides extensive content in several lifestyle channels on
topics ranging from Skin Care, Hair Care, and Beauty to Spas and Well-Being,
Weight Management, Nutrition and Fitness, thus helping visitors who strive to
look good and feel their best.
"Women.com's deep understanding of the women's market, and incredible
focus on giving women exactly what they need and want online, makes them our
clear partner," said Mark Valenziano, President and Co-Founder of eBody.com.
"This integrated partnership satisfies our objective of enabling visitors to
make choices that are right for their specific needs by delivering solid,
credible information and a resource of doctors for consumers. We believe
Women.com's audience is an ideal target to continue to grow the eBody brand."
"We strategically chose eBody.com after intense research to find the most
informative and conscientious aesthetic partner, thus delivering an extremely
reliable resource in an area we know women are researching on the Web," says
Jeff Bruce, Vice President of National Advertising Sales at Women.com. "This
deal is a perfect example of how we work with advertising partners to develop
comprehensive programs that incorporate sponsorship, research and promotions
to address clients' needs to help them meet their marketing objectives."

About eBody.com, Inc.
eBody.com, Inc. (http://www.ebody.com) is a valued consumer source for
educational information on aesthetic health and beauty. Whether you are
seeking a cosmetic medical or dental procedure or a lifestyle change, eBody
provides the information you need to make informed decisions from the privacy
of your own home. eBody aids in the selection of specialists by providing the
consumer with an extensive network of credentialed medical and dental
professionals.
eBody.com is comprised of 14 topical channels which combine cosmetic
medical and dental information with personal lifestyle information, thus
creating a cohesive portal for aesthetic enhancements and overall well-being.
The channels are Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser Vision
Correction, Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics, Hair Care, Skin Care, Herbs,
Spas and Well-Being, Weight Management, Beauty and Cosmetics, Nutrition,
Vitamins and Fitness. eBody.com maintains an Advisory Council of qualified
doctors who review medical and dental content and provide editorial direction.

About Women.com Networks, Inc.
Women.com (http://www.women.com) is a leading Internet network dedicated
to women, featuring award-winning original programming, personalized services,
community and online shopping. A comprehensive network for women, Women.com
is comprised of more than 100,000 pages of programming organized into
19 topical channels, including: Fashion & Beauty; Horoscopes; Food; Sex &
Romance; Health; Career & Money; Pregnancy; and Home. Women.com also offers
extensive membership services and benefits, including personalized content,
personal home pages, e-mail, and access to community forums and clubs. In
addition, the company enjoys strategic relationships with The Hearst
Corporation and Rodale, enabling Women.com to offer an online newsstand
featuring content from 12 of the world's leading women's magazines, including
Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Prevention and Redbook.
This announcement may contain forward-looking statements about Women.com's
revenues, earnings, margins, and other future plans and objectives. These
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the
Company's actual results to vary materially from the results and objectives
discussed in the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could
cause actual results to differ are: unexpected problems with developing or
implementing the components of the eBody partnership, early termination of the
partnership by Women.com or eBody, increased competition from other web sites
offering similar content, unexpected problems with the Company's computer
infrastructure that affect the delivery of the Company's content,
effectiveness of the Company's marketing and advertising programs, market
acceptance of the Company's content and services, and other factors that may
influence future business and financial results, including those set forth in
the Women.com Networks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 1999. All forward-looking statements are based on the
information available to Women.com Networks on the date hereof, and Women.com
Networks assumes no obligation to update such statements.

SOURCE eBody.com, Inc.

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First Beauty Industry Expert Guide Launches Today On The Internet

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:32 by BeautyCare.com
First Beauty Industry Expert Guide Launches Today On The Internet

PARIS, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- BeautyZoom.com(TM)
(http://www.beautyzoom.com), the first Internet Expert Guide for the Cosmetics
and Beauty industry, launches today on the web.
BeautyZoom.com is devoted to serving content focused on the Internet
Beauty industry to professionals. BeautyZoom.com is the first online source to
provide extensive and premium beauty web site analysis via directories and
services.
BeautyZoom.com visitors can browse freely through the directories, which
gather classified web sites listed by relevant categories. BeautyZoom.com
visitors can also look at the latest hot jobs from the Major Industry
Companies.
BeautyZoom.com privileged subscribers have access to additional services,
like in-depth review of the industry sites, customised researches or dynamic
information on the links between Companies and Brands.
Created by a professional team, under the leadership of Mr. Jean-Marc
Alfandari, also Managing Director of Beauty & Business, a well-known
Consulting Company, the initial idea was simple:
"We had to face the net explosion and the creation of new sites every day.
For our own needs, we had to optimise our search concerning the Beauty
industry, and we started to develop an internal tool. As such a tool is
interesting not only for us, but also for all the industry, we decided to
improve it and to open a dedicated website," says Jean Marc Alfandari the
Managing Director of BeautyZoom.com.

A Complete Online Guide
BeautyZoom.com visited and analysed more than 1,000 key web sites of the
cosmetics industry in order to transcribe its major characteristics.

BeautyZoom.com provides a friendly way to deal with complete web site
information available on both professional and general public sites on the web
linked to the Beauty industry.

The home page prominently displays directories, search tools and services
that offer a simple user interface for browsing and finding information in the
five categories and 18 sub-categories.

The Directories
BeautyZoom.com provides a category-based directory structure for online
cosmetics resources. The visitor has direct access to classified and analysed
web sites listed by relevant categories.

Five categories for the cosmetics and beauty industry pros:

*Brands & Manufacturer
*Distributors, Retailers & e-Tailers
*Trade Press, General Media & e-Media
*Trade Organization & Events
*Suppliers

Other site features

Global Search
Global Search is the database-wide search engine that is integrated with
the whole BeautyZoom.com services. It is based on relevant search criteria
(like site language, financial information, product information, R&D, etc.)
and allows visitors to instantly obtain research results concerning the web
details of an industry player.

e-Commerce
BeautyZoom.com offers a complementary search engine focusing on online
sales specific criteria.

Who Owns Whom?
Who Owns Whom? is a dynamic memory of the industry players. It presents in
a simple "click-and-get" the links between the cosmetic groups and the brands.

e-Price
A regular internet selling price comparison on the main product
categories.

Job Opportunities
BeautyZoom.com provides the opportunity to employees searching for jobs
all the necessary details of constantly updated job listings, and is the right
place for cosmetics business employers to contact professionals with skills
and experience.

Market Stakes
BeautyZoom.com gives the key figures of the worldwide cosmetics
industry.

About BeautyZoom.com
Based in Paris, BeautyZoom.com is the unique Internet Expert Guide for
the cosmetics industry. Designed for professionals to professionals,
BeautyZoom.com aims to help the industry with a real added-value service
conceived in reply to the eruption of industry professional and public sites
on the web.
BeautyZoom.com serves worldwide Beauty executives and the Internet
cosmetics industry actors with exclusive services such as directories, web
site analysis, job opportunities and much more...

Please visit our website at http://www.beautyzoom.com .


SOURCE BeautyZoom.com

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www.lancome.com Links You to an E-Event of Prime Importance

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:29 by BeautyCare.com
www.lancome.com Links You to an E-Event of Prime Importance

NEW YORK, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Live from Paris, France and exclusively
for "My Lancome" members on http://www.lancome.com, a 2nd annual live-chat has
been scheduled with Lancome's leading international creative artist, Fred
Farrugia. "I loved the live-chat last year," stated Mr. Farrugia. "For this
second edition, I will be delighted to listen to your suggestions and ideas
for makeup; for me they are a source of inspiration unlike any other".
Mr. Farrugia is an expert in merging his experience in the fashion
industry with Lancome. He has done extensive work on television, magazine and
runway shows, and has partnered with top designers such as Paco Rabanne and
Jean-Paul Gaultier, as well as highly creative photographers like Mondini, Di
Battista and Satoshi.
On April 17, beginning at 11:00 AM (EST), at http://www.lancome.com,
worldwide members of "My Lancome" are invited to participate in the live chat
with Fred Farrugia and share his professional advice. Every e-mail is
guaranteed to be answered. Just log on to "My Lancome".
Save the Date for April 17, beginning at 11:00 AM (EST)!
It's not too late to become a member of "My Lancome". Log on to
http://www.lancome.com and complete application.

SOURCE Lancome Paris

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thatlook.com Unveils New, One of a Kind Website

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:26 by BeautyCare.com
thatlook.com Unveils New, One of a Kind Website

STROUDSBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- thatlook.com
(OTC Bulletin Board: THAT) is scheduled to unveil its new website April 13th.
The first phase of this website, which will deal with cosmetic surgery, will
be operational by April 13, 2000. The most unique feature of the website is
scheduled to become operational by the third quarter of this year. This
feature (thatnewlook software) will be an online imaging tool. The
application for thatlook.com will allow visitors to its site to download the
software, scan in their own picture or digital photo and make changes
inclusive of hairstyles, facial features, body features and eye color changes.
The site will also allow visitors to use an automatic aging function which
enables them to foresee what they might look like in ten and twenty years.
This will be the first site of its kind in existence. In addition to helping
cosmetic surgery patients, it helps those who are seeking hair replacement,
laser surgery, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic procedures.

The new site will also have the following features.
1) An Ezine archive (Ezine subscription exceeds 50,000 and is growing at
5,000 new subscribers per month). - Launch date April 13, 2000
2) Before and after photographs - Launch date April 13, 2000
3) Thatgirl 2000 contest - Launch date April 13, 2000
4) Shock Wave format -Operational April 13, 2000
5) Physician locator - Operational April 13, 2000
6) Online financing - Operational April 13, 2000
7) Complete detail on all cosmetic procedures - Operational April 13, 2000
8) Click to phone - Operational April 13, 2000
9) thatnewlook Software - August 15, 2000

thatlook.com expects that these changes will greatly improve traffic to
their site, which according to web trends is already receiving in excess of
two million hits per month.

About thatlook.com:
thatlook.com is a direct response, marketing services company serving a
network of physicians that specialize in performing elective, cosmetic
procedures.
Using a combined, multi-media approach, including the Internet,
television, radio, print and direct mail, thatlook.com generates
financially-qualified, and procedure-minded patient traffic to its network of
member physicians.
thatlook.com's (OTC Bulletin Board: THAT) Internet web site is
http://www.thatlook.com.
Investor relations information is at
http://www.thatlook.com/investor_main.html

This information may contain "forward looking statements" within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1993, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although the Company believes that the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, the
Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove correct. The
cost of advertising, response rates, interest rates and the public's general
feelings toward plastic surgery can dramatically affect response rates and
subsequently cost of consultation.

SOURCE thatlook.com

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Marie Claire Magazine and the Home Shopping Network Debut

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:23 by BeautyCare.com
Marie Claire Magazine and the Home Shopping Network Debut

Spring 2000 R2R Clothing Line

Co-Branded Proprietary Styles Bring Spring Fashion 'Runway to Realway'

NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Marie Claire and the Home Shopping
Network (HSN), America's pioneer electronic retailer, today announced the
debut of the R2R Spring 2000 collection. The co-branded proprietary clothing
line, named after Marie Claire's popular "Runway to Realway (R2R)" column,
revolutionizes the way women shop by offering affordably priced,
up-to-the-minute fashions combined with hassle-free at-home shopping. The new
Spring R2R collection will be available exclusively through HSN during a
special fashion show broadcast April 16th and 17th.
The spring line, part of a three-year relationship, is the second
co-branded collection from the electronic retailer and the internationally
published women's title. On October 17, 1999, HSN and Marie Claire launched
the R2R line and sold out the entire fall collection in a record two hours
with $600,000 in sales, proving R2R's appeal with customers.
"The R2R line is such a clever idea," said Avril Graham, Executive Fashion
and Beauty Editor of Marie Claire. "Not only are we providing women with an
easy and inexpensive way to shop at home, but by merchandising the line we
take away all the hard work of constructing a great spring wardrobe of
fashionable pieces, all of which can be worn in a variety of combinations. We
give women the confidence to buy their clothing exactly as a Fashion Editor
would personally style it for them."
Designed with six separate items that all work together, the Spring R2R
collection features the hottest trends of the season in a wide variety of new
fashion colors such as coral, lilac, vibrant blue and, of course, black.
Viewers can choose from the newest shapes in skirts, dresses, jackets and
pants and be advised on how to wear them. Snake prints and satins feature as
the ultimate must-have, the snake print trench coat. Items range from $25.00
to $70.00.
"Fifty-four percent of our customers are under the age of 45, and they
have asked us to offer more affordable cutting edge fashions, said Jeff
Taraschi, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for HSN. "With Marie
Claire's pulse on the fashion world and HSN's ability to showcase and deliver
a variety of items, we are able to directly respond to the needs of our
customers."
Marie Claire is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of The Hearst
Corporation, the world's largest publisher of monthly magazines, with 16 U.S.
titles and 98 international editions distributed in more than 100 countries.
Of these, Hearst publishes nine monthly magazines in the United Kingdom
through its wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited.

Home Shopping Network (http://www.hsn.com), a division of USA Networks,
Inc. (Nasdaq: USAI), pioneered the electronic retailing industry in 1977. Its
24-hour programming reaches more than 74 million households through broadcast,
cable and satellite dishes. In 1999, the network launched HSN.com, the
Internet's ultimate shopping experience that fully integrates content,
community and commerce with HSN television programming. The Company holds
interest in shopping channels in Germany and Japan, and produces Home Shopping
en Espanol. In 1999, the Company generated $1.2 billion in sales, received
more than 68 million sales and customer service calls, shipped more than
34 million packages and currently services a growing customer base of more
than 5 million.

SOURCE Home Shopping Network

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12 Chances to Win Dazzling Diamonds on Eve.com

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:23 by BeautyCare.com
12 Chances to Win Dazzling Diamonds on Eve.com

The Leading Online Cosmetics Retailer Celebrates Countdown to First Birthday

SAN FRANCISCO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Eve.com, the leading online
prestige beauty retailer, today announced its "Diamond Earring Sweepstakes."
Beginning the week of April 10th, Eve.com will give away one pair of stunning
1-carat diamond and platinum stud earrings each week for the next 12 weeks.
This fabulous sweepstakes marks the countdown to Eve.com's first birthday.
Eve.com launched in June 1999 as the first company to offer an array of
prestige beauty products online. Now, Eve.com is celebrating its success and
thanking its customers for making it the ultimate beauty destination.
Eve.com's #1 rank in traffic and number of brands offered demonstrate its
leadership position in the online beauty space. From classic cosmetic
companies to hip new lines, from Elizabeth Arden to NARS, Eve.com offers the
most prestigious names in beauty with personalized service and advice.
"Beauty, elegance and style embody Eve.com and our devoted customers. We
feel that diamond and platinum stud earrings express exactly that. It's the
perfect way to say 'thank you' and make the winners of this sweepstakes feel
very special," says Mariam Naficy, co-founder and co-president of Eve.com.
"Eve.com's success in our first year is only the beginning and we are ready to
celebrate many more birthdays to come."
Eve.com is giving away brilliant-cut 1-carat diamond stud earrings with a
four-prong platinum setting. They are screwback, double-basket F-color
earrings rated VG, SI-1 ... a retail value of $4,500 per pair. Registered
users can enter one time each week through the Eve.com Web site,
(http://www.eve.com), and can sign up for an automatic reminder each week. One entry
per week means twelve chances to win dazzling diamonds and celebrate Eve.com's
first birthday.

About Eve.com
Eve.com opened its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to
offer an array of prestige beauty products on the Web. With more than 180 of
the most exclusive brands in beauty, including BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein,
Club Monaco, Decleor, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, and Versace,
Eve.com offers a personalized shopping experience, where every customer
receives tailored product suggestions, customized product samples and
EvePoints with each purchase. As the "beauty authority" on the Internet,
Eve.com delivers advice from leading experts in makeup, hair, fragrance,
skincare, bath and aromatherapy products, as well as cosmetics accessories and
apothecary. Eve.com is a member of the idealab! family with additional funding
from Menlo Ventures, Charter Venture Capital, Weiss, Peck and Greer and
Crosslink Capital. Board members include Marleen McDaniel, CEO of Women.com,
the largest online community of women.

SOURCE Eve.com

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eSalon.com Today Launched Innovative Website for Beauty Professionals

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:19 by BeautyCare.com
eSalon.com Today Launched Innovative Website for Beauty Professionals

LOS ANGELES, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- With the goal of changing the way
beauty professionals do business, eSalon.com has launched what its founders
say is the Internet's most innovative and comprehensive business-to-business
website, devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of salon professionals.
eSalon.com has launched as the Internet's first multi-tiered b-to-b beauty
site, according to Anthony Davis, CEO and co-founder. "By combining and
integrating rich beauty industry content with e-commerce capabilities, eSalon
becomes more than just another beauty site.
"No other b-to-b website in the beauty field offers anything approaching
the comprehensive scope of information, products and services available to
beauty professionals at eSalon," Mr. Davis said.
The services include an online University where professionals can learn
about hair, nails, skincare, cosmetics, spa and day spa, as well as fashion
styles, trends and techniques; a Community where beauty salon professionals
can exchange ideas with peers around the globe; a Business Center to access
marketing, management, merchandising, and support services, including
accounting, legal and insurance services; and a Superstore where more than
35,000 items will ultimately be available for purchase by licensed salon
professionals.
Since its planning strategies began two years ago, eSalon has met all its
major business objectives on schedule and within budget parameters. This
includes the negotiation of a key strategic relationship with Pivot Point
International, the world's pre-eminent educational resource for beauty
professionals. Additionally, eSalon is working with nationally-known firms to
deliver valuable computer, internet and financial services to salon industry
professionals.
eSalon's Series A Round included Encore Venture Partners, Avalon
Investments and Smart Technology Ventures.
More information about eSalon is available on the company's website at
http://www.eSalon.com. Information about Encore Venture Partners is available at
http://www.encorevp.com. Information about Avalon Investments is available at
http://www.avaloninvest.com. Information about Smart Technology is available at
http://www.smartteq.com. Information about Pivot Point is available at
http://www.pivot-point.com.

SOURCE eSalon.com

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Mow Down Calories With Aerobics

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:11 by BeautyCare.com
Mow Down Calories With Aerobics

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerobic activities are a
great way for homeowners to stay fit and trim while maintaining healthy,
attractive lawns and gardens.
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Sears lawn and garden specialists point out that the original push-type
lawn mower in 19th Century England was advertised as "an amusing, useful and
healthy exerciser for the country gentleman." Today, health and fitness
experts agree that lawn mowing and other gardening tasks are good aerobic
exercises.
Aerobic exercise has been called air conditioning for the body. That's
because sustained activities like pushing a mower, weeding a flower bed or
trimming a hedge force your heart and lungs to supply more oxygen to muscles
and other body tissues. Regularly making your heart and lungs work harder
increases your endurance by one-third or more.
Aerobic exercise also is a safe, effective way to lose weight. In one
hour, a 165-lb. person can burn about 500 calories pushing a non-propelled
mower, 300 calories trimming shrubs or weeding, and 240 calories raking leaves
or planting seedlings.
A recent study in the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal
Medicine shows that adults who garden at least 60 minutes per week are
66 percent less likely to suffer heart attacks than couch potatoes. Other
medical studies indicate that moderate aerobic exercise lowers blood pressure,
reduces cholesterol and relieves stress.
If lawn mowing is one of your favorite workouts, consider using the
Craftsman 18-in. Quad Wheel Push Reel mower (#37619, $109.99). Four-wheel
design reduces friction caused by the roller bar, making the mower easier to
push and maneuver. Its scissor-cutting reel blades provide a manicured look,
and cutting height can be adjusted from 1 in. to 3 in.
You also can exercise aerobically with a powered push mower such as the
Craftsman 6.25 hp, 22 in., Eager 1 high wheel mower (#38744, $199.99). This
mulching mower's oversize rear wheels allow easier travel over rough terrain.
Health and fitness experts suggest spending 45 minutes, four or five days
a week doing some form of moderate aerobic exercise. It's best to choose
several activities you enjoy. Mix up strenuous chores like digging and hoeing
with quiet pruning or trimming. When shopping for gardening supplies, park at
a far corner of the lot and walk. In the off-season, you can substitute
activities such as snowthrowing, mall walking, using an exercise bike,
swimming laps or dancing.
Your aerobic exercise program should be designed to last a lifetime -- the
same as your enjoyment of gardening.
Craftsman is the number-one-rated brand in America for overall quality.
Craftsman sells more lawn mowers and tractors than any other brand and is a
leading seller of lawn and garden tools and equipment. The Craftsman brand is
available only at Sears full-line, hardware and dealer stores throughout the
U.S. and Canada.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and
automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than
$41 billion.
The company serves families throughout the country through 860 department
stores, 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings
accessible through the company's Web site, http://www.sears.com .

SOURCE Sears

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Exclusive Aura of Herbal Products Flourish for Texas Couple

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:10 by BeautyCare.com
Business is Blooming:

Exclusive Aura of Herbal Products Flourish for Texas Couple

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Fredericksburg Herb Farm
is a little 15-year-old company that grows, makes and sells sought-after
herbs, gourmet foods, skin care, and aromatherapy products. Many others do
one, or some, of the same thing, but owners Bill and Sylvia Varney have an
approach to the business that can only be called one of passion:
The expert couple keeps no secrets. They have authored Herbs: Growing and
Using the Plants of Romance, a 1999 Benjamin Franklin Award winner for
agriculture and gardening ($18.95) Ironwood Press, Along the Garden Path, a
cookbook ($24.95) Favorite Recipes Press, and write a quarterly Farm Family
Newsletter ($2) http://www.fredericksburgherbfarm.com.
The Varneys garden for function and fun, and encourage gardeners and
gardener-wanna-bes to do so too. "Herbs beg to be touched, smelled, nibbled,
worn," adds Sylvia Varney. "Whether people visit our farm, or our web-site, I
want the experience to be sensory-therapeutic."
Each of their Farm's six herb gardens, used for producing their products,
is planted around a theme. Granite markers, serious and whimsical, are sited
to explain and inspire. What's seen in the garden is usually in pots for
sale.
They package with an environment-friendly simplicity, and label with an
almost more-than-you-need-to-know green-thumb text.
They operate two retail shops at the 141/2-acre Farm, one on Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX, an organic Restaurant, a day spa offering herbal wraps,
massages, facials, and a bed and breakfast for customers wanting an experience
of "herbal immersion." Products are available at
http://www.fredericksburgherbfarm.com, by mail order catalog and wholesale.
They urge employees to get plant-smart and cultivate their own garden too
in order to better answer customer questions.
The Varneys have developed a following that has other natural product
purveyors, wholesale and Internet companies green with envy. Customers swear
by Fredericksburg Herb Farm cosmetics, candles and vinegars. Exclusive
retailers like Neiman Marcus and SelfCare.com sell them. The beautiful and
fashionable from around the world converge on the Farm's store. Numerous big
investors have made offers to Bill and Sylvia to buy Fredericksburg Herb Farm.
Fredericksburg Herb Farm offers a stark lesson in the powerful cachet that
can come from digging in the opposite direction of all the competition. "Our
approach is a very hands on one," says Bill Varney. "I encourage everyone to
grow herbs themselves -- most require so little care."

SOURCE Fredricksburg Herb Farm

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thatlook.com Announces Strategic Marketing Alliance With Ujena Swimwear

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:04 by BeautyCare.com
thatlook.com Announces Strategic Marketing Alliance With Ujena Swimwear

STROUDSBURG, Pa., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- thatlook.com
(OTC Bulletin Board: THAT) today announced that it has formed a strategic
marketing alliance for fiscal 2000 with Ujena Swimwear.
Ujena Swimwear is one of the largest swimsuit providers in the country.
Ujena has a substantial catalogue mailing reaching 1 million consumers per
year as well as Internet accessibility via Ujena.com.
Gerard Powell made the following statement: "This joint venture
advertising campaign expands thatlook.com's flat media market presence as well
as establishing a unique link to the physical enhancement market via the
Internet. This new venture will allow us access to professional models by
featuring a Ujena Swimwear model in our Flat Media Campaign which includes:
Cosmopolitan, Women's Own, Redbook, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Update,
Globe/National Examiner, Working Women, First for Women, National Enquirer,
Fit and Working Mother and also on our homepage with a direct link to
Ujena.com." Powell further states, "This is a unique opportunity for both our
companies to embark on a reciprocal marketing campaign utilizing our strengths
within the advertising mediums of flat media and the Internet."
thatlook.com's increased exposure through advertising in Ujena Swimwear
catalogues and purchase shipments will extend access of thatlook.com's
services and expanding physician network to the interested consumer.
Through the alliance with Ujena Swimwear, thatlook.com takes a further
step towards establishing leadership in providing elective surgery to the
ever-increasing body conscious consumer.

About thatlook.com:
thatlook.com is a direct response, marketing services company serving a
network of physicians that specialize in performing elective, cosmetic
procedures.
Using a combined, multi-media approach, including the Internet,
television, radio, print and direct mail, thatlook.com generates
financially-qualified, and purchase-minded patient traffic to its network of
member physicians.
thatlook.com's (OTC Bulletin Board: THAT) Internet web site is:
http://www.thatlook.com.
Investor relations information is at
http://www.thatlook.com/investor_main.html

This News Release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although the Company believes that the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it
can give no assurance that such expectations will prove correct. The factors
that could cause these expectations not to be realized include, among other
things and not limited to, (a) revenues not continuing at the rates seen in
recent weeks, (b) the breadth and/or depth of the alternative media channels
that are showing promise not proving out, or (c) the Company's year-end audit
resulting in material, currently unanticipated changes of the information
presented herein.

SOURCE thatlook.com

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Beauty Embraces Technology as Hidden River Welcomes the ParView GPS System

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:02 by BeautyCare.com
Beauty Embraces Technology as Hidden River Welcomes the ParView GPS System

BRUTUS, Mich., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Hidden River Golf and Casting Club
was created in a region that's rich in natural beauty. The spectacular,
award-winning course boasts picturesque views and a diverse terrain, which
varies from long, flat acres to gorgeous, rolling hills. Magnificent pines
and hardwoods grace the impressive landscape; and the combination of elevation
changes and natural areas contributes to Hidden River's unique appeal. The
impressive Maple River, which winds its way throughout the landscape, adds to
the innate charm of the course. To further enhance the spectacular course,
Hidden River now offers the advanced technology of the ParView GPS system.
The blend of brilliant scenery and competitive level of play at Hidden
River rivals most local competition and is on par with the very best in the
region. Hidden River was selected as one of the "Top Ten Golf Resorts in
Michigan" by Flagstar, and Detroit News Golf Guide proclaims that "Hidden
River (is) a Trophy Catch!" This prestigious course was also rated "One of
the top 8 clubhouses in Michigan both public and private," by MI Golfer, and
the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce hails Hidden River as having the "Best new
architectural design." "Our goal has always been to make Hidden River Golf
and Casting Club a place where our guests will feel at home, a place where
they will want to come back to again and again," says Vice President and
Partner, Darin Philport. "We are confident that the advancements of the
ParView system will only further aid us in meeting that goal."
This celebrated course offers its players the challenge of five sets of
tees, capable of challenging golfers of all skill levels. Golfers can finish
the round with an exquisite dinner in the elegant Rainbow Room, which blends a
unique menu with a rustic yet elegant atmosphere. The winding Maple River
provides a spectacular view for guests as they enjoy their meal.
Hidden River's Golf Shop is tucked around a beautiful fireplace and
overlooks the Maple River. They are well equipped with only top-brand
clothing and products to assist golfers with their game. Hidden River also
offers Fly Fishing Supplies for the avid sportsman to catch the Rainbow Trout,
Brown Trout, and Brook Trout, which are abundant in the Maple River.
With the addition of the ParView system, Hidden River continues to enhance
and elevate the successful course. "Working with a course as accomplished as
Hidden River has been a true delight," says Kevin Carpenter, ParView's VP of
Sales, "and we look forward to successfully integrating our GPS technology
with the defined sophistication and comforts of Hidden River." Using the
satellite transmissions, ParView's technology provides accurate information to
the golfers and course managers. ParView offers the largest color screen in
the industry, optional hands-free operation, and numerous features. The GPS
system brings graphical hole and green overviews, exact distancing, pro tips,
scoring, a live tournament leader board, weather and safety messaging, two-way
communication, and food and beverage ordering directly to the golfer via the
GPS system installed on the golf cart. In addition, the video display screen
is a unique medium through which to bring advertising and sponsorship
opportunities. The system not only enhances the golfing experience for the
golfers, but functions as a very sophisticated management tool; improving
overall course operations efficiency and profitability.
Founded in 1994, ParView, Inc. is a privately owned company and has
Corporate Headquarters in Sarasota, Fla. Currently, there are 80 courses
nationwide using ParView's GPS Course Management System(TM). ParView was
named in Digital South as "One of the top 50 companies to watch," and
ParView's founder, David Chessler, was awarded the 1998 Young Entrepreneur for
the state of Florida by the Small Business Administration. In 1999, Chessler
was a finalist in Ernst and Young's, Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the
State of Florida. ParView also earned BoardRoom Magazine's 1999 Excellence
Award for Advertising, Marketing, and Promotions.
For additional information about ParView, or to participate in an
interactive demonstration of the ParView system, visit ParView's web site at
http://www.parview.com .
For Hidden River Golf and Casting Club tee times call: (800) 325-GOLF, or
visit their website at: http://www.hiddenriver.com .

SOURCE ParView, Inc.

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'Walkingshop.com' Targets Avid Fitness Walkers

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 17:00 by BeautyCare.com
WALKING Magazine Joins With Road Runner Sports to Launch New

Online Retail Walking Store

'Walkingshop.com' Targets Avid Fitness Walkers

Joint Venture Combines the Advantages of a Franchise Sports Publication and
a Leading Shoe Retailer.

NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- WALKING magazine, the special-interest
lifestyle magazine published by The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., has
formed a marketing partnership with leading footwear retailer Road Runner
Sports to launch walkingshop.com, a new online shoe store for fitness walkers.
The store, found on the Web at http://www.walkingshop.com, provides consumers with
brand name active footwear, apparel and accessories, as well as footwear
reviews from other consumers.
Visitors to WALKING's regular Web site, http://www.walkingmag.com, also can
access walkingshop.com's wide selection of athletic shoes via the magazine
site's shoe review section, making purchases easier. Visitors to
walkingmag.com get $20 off the purchase of their first pair of walking shoes
when they check out. "We designed walkingshop.com to bring together the
branding and knowledge of the No. 1 active-lifestyle publication and the
technology and infrastructure of the nation's leading direct-to-consumer
footwear retailer," said Charles McNiff, publisher of WALKING magazine. "This
extension of our print franchise onto the Web also represents a source of
incremental profits, with minimal investment."
WALKING and Road Runner Sports launched walkingshop.com to leverage their
respective strengths. WALKING is the leading magazine in its field,
commanding a loyal following of readers. Road Runner Sports is the largest
direct-to-consumer footwear marketer in the United States, with more than $100
million in annual sales in 1999, of which $25 million were in online sales.
"We are honored to provide our e-commerce expertise to a leader like
Reader's Digest," said Mike Gotfredson, Road Runner Sports president and sole
owner.
"Given the size of the walking market and the fact that there are many
well-designed walking shoes being produced, it is surprising that only a
limited number of models are usually found at retail," said Seth Bauer,
WALKING editor in chief. "Often a consumer's best bet is to look online."
The two parties are jointly marketing the Web site through promotions in
Road Runner Sports catalogs and on http://www.roadrunnersports.com, as well as in
WALKING magazine and walkingmag.com, and other titles and sites produced by
Reader's Digest. Road Runner Sports will handle product inventory and
transactions for the site.
Road Runner Sports, Inc., was founded in 1983 in Del Mar, Calif., and has
grown to become the nation's No. 1 seller of running shoes, apparel and
accessories. Communicating with more than 4 million customers a year through
its catalog and Web site, Road Runner Sports prides itself on offering
superior customer service, information and inventory management.
WALKING magazine is the only publication devoted to America's No. 1 fitness
activity, walking. With a rate base of 650,000, WALKING reaches more than 2
million readers who rely on the magazine for authoritative information on
health, nutrition, fitness, beauty, footwear, travel and the outdoors.
Founded in 1986, WALKING increased its frequency of publication from
bi-monthly to seven issues beginning with the April / May 2000 issue, on
newsstands April 4.
The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., (NYSE: RDA, RDB)
(http://www.readersdigest.com) is a global publisher and direct marketer of
products that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages and all
cultures around the world. Worldwide revenues were $2.5 billion for the
fiscal year ended June 30, 1999. Headquarters are in Pleasantville, New York.

This news release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning
of the U.S. federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include any
statements that address future results or occurrences. These forward-looking
statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
future results and occurrences to differ materially from the forward-looking
statements. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.'s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including its reports on forms 10-K, 10-Q
and 8-K, contain a discussion of some additional factors that could affect
future results and occurrences.

For a magazine subscription, call 800-829-5585, or visit,
http://www.walkingmag.com.

SOURCE Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

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'It's Your Choice' Campaign Introduces 'The New Jenny Craig';

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 16:59 by BeautyCare.com
'It's Your Choice' Campaign Introduces 'The New Jenny Craig';

Company Highlights New Choices in Menus, Foods, Support and Budgets

LA JOLLA, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Jenny Craig, Inc. (NYSE: JC)
today relaunched its core weight loss program with an energetic new
promotional campaign entitled, 'The New Jenny Craig: It's Your Choice.'
"The new promotional campaign is designed to align perceptions of what we
offer to people who want to achieve a healthier weight," says Patti Larchet,
president and chief operating officer of Jenny Craig, "with the reality of
what our program is today."
The new campaign offers information about new program elements and levels
of support now available from the weight management leader, including:

-- Three new menu streams that offer clients flexibility and choice along
with the structure and guidance they need to successfully achieve
their healthy goal weight, and several new menus including "Chocolate
Lover's Choice," "New Budget Choices," and "New Low Carb Choices;"
-- Three new food choices: Cran-Blueberry Muffins, Caesar Salad
Dressing, and Choco-Chews, a 20-calorie calcium supplement;
-- Two new levels of program support, depending on how much one-on-one
support a client chooses to help them reach their goal: Weight Loss +
Maintenance, and Weight Loss Only; also, periodic advertised specials.

"The campaign is a total repositioning of our business and our brand,"
says Larchet, "and our program and promotional materials reflect that change
-- simpler, more colorful, appealing, and easier to use. Together, they
demonstrate that we now offer more choices for every lifestyle, taste
preference and budget than ever before."
To illustrate these new choices, the Company will introduce five new
testimonial clients to the North American public, each one representing a
different lifestyle. The campaign will roll out in two phases: "News," which
features Sheila Flynn of Boston, MA and Emma Hershey of Chicago, IL "breaking
through" their "before" pictures and introducing the many choices available
through the Jenny Craig weight management program; and "Lifestyle," focusing
on how the program has enhanced the lifestyles of four clients: Emma, who now
enjoys swing dancing with her husband; Isabel Collins of Philadelphia, PA, a
neonatal nurse who turned 40, reached her goal weight and now is a part-time
personal trainer; Sarah Slack of Tacoma, WA, who now can play ball with her
nine-year-old; and Chas Pierce of San Antonio, TX, whose 82-pound weight
loss* helps him keep up with his three children -- all under the age of 2!
All Jenny Craig menu plans are nutritionally balanced and adhere to the
USDA Food Guide Pyramid, and the program itself follows the guidelines of the
Partnership for Health Weight Management. Jenny Craig is a proud founding
member of the Partnership, which was formed under the auspices of the U.S.
Federal Trade Commission in February 1999 to promote sound guidance to the
general public on strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
The new "It's Your Choice" program materials are available in Jenny Craig's
U.S. and Canada Centres beginning Monday, April 10, 2000, and the advertising
campaign will continue through the summer.
Founded in 1983, Jenny Craig, Inc. is one of the largest weight management
service companies in the world. The Company offers a comprehensive weight
management program that helps clients learn how to eat the foods they want,
increase their energy level through simple activity, and build more balance in
their lives for optimal weight loss and well-being. The program includes
personal, one-on-one consultations at Jenny Craig Centres located in the
United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. As of
December 31, 1999, the Company owned 542 Centres, with 119 additional Centres
owned by franchisees, bringing the total number of Centres in operation to
661.
* Results not typical.

BACKGROUND: "The New Jenny Craig" offers more choices
Clients who come to "The New Jenny Craig" will find more choices to help
them reach their weight loss goals, and more tools to support them in
maintaining their weight loss.

Three new menu streams
"The New Jenny Craig" lets clients choose the level of support they need
to reach their weight loss goals.

-- A series of "structured menu choices" feature a combination of pre-
planned Jenny Craig Cuisine entrees and snacks that meet a variety of
different taste preferences:
-- Ready-To-Go Choice Menu is recommended for new and returning
clients because it provides the simplicity of having everything
planned in advance
-- Chocolate Lover's Choice Menu features a chocolate-based product
seven days a week and includes an exciting new Jenny Craig Cuisine
item, ChocoChews
-- Low-Carb Choice Menu offers the option of a lower level of
carbohydrate intake while staying within the guidelines of the USDA
Food Guide Pyramid
-- Vegetarian Choice Menu offers a balanced dairy
(lacto-ovovegetarian) menu
-- Budget Choice Menu makes the benefits of a Jenny Craig structured
program available to a wider range of budgets

-- Two other menu streams offer more flexibility, and are recommended for
clients who want more choices in designing their weight loss menu
-- Mix-And-Match Choice Menu gives clients more choices in selecting
Jenny Craig entrees and snacks as well as foods from their grocery
store, and more "dining out" opportunities
-- Meal-By-Meal Choice Menu offers clients their choice of individual
Jenny Craig entrees and snacks in a menu plan they design with
their Consultant one meal at a time, within the balanced guidelines
of the Jenny Craig Program

Three new food items
"The New Jenny Craig" features three new additions to the line-up of
56 Jenny Craig entrees and snacks.

-- CranBlueberry Muffins provide a "double berry benefit:"
-- Both cranberries and blueberries are high in vitamin C and other
heart-healthy, cell-protecting antioxidants

-- Both berries help support a healthy urinary tract

-- Jenny's Caesar Dressing brings the world's most popular salad dressing
to the Jenny Craig program, joining a line-up of favorites including
Balsamic Vinaigrette and Ranch Style Dressing

-- ChocoChews are a chewy, chocolate 20-calorie menu addition that is
rich in calcium
-- Each ChocoChew provides 250 mgs. of calcium, building on the basic
nutritional requirement for calcium provided by Jenny Craig Menus to
help clients reach the levels recommended by experts to provide
additional health benefits
-- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends a calcium
intake of 1200-1500 mgs. daily to lower risk for bone disease
-- Recent studies suggest that a diet rich in calcium may lower the
risk of colon cancer, stroke, and help alleviate PMS symptoms

BACKGROUND: A Little Chocolate Is Good For You
Chocolate lovers will find they can indulge in their favorite foods and
still lose weight, thanks to the Chocolate Lover's Choice at "The New Jenny
Craig."
Many people identify food cravings as a recurrent challenge in weight loss
efforts. Food cravings are based on sensory, emotional and, often, hormonal
factors, and the most common food craving is for chocolate (especially for
females before and during the menstrual cycle). More than 400 chemicals are
identified in chocolate and some may affect mood by influencing "feel-good"
brain chemicals (serotonins, endorphins, and phenylalanine). New research
identifies chocolate as rich in antioxidants; recent studies suggest these
nutrients could protect against heart disease, premature aging, or even
cancer. Research also notes that chocolate is rich in stearic acid, a heart-
healthy fat that may help increase HDL, or "good," cholesterol.
By combining chocolate with a nutritionally balanced, low-fat menu, Jenny
Craig helps men and women choose to lose weight and keep a healthy
relationship with food all month long!

BACKGROUND: Why We Are Sold On Nuts and Olive
All of the new menu choices at "The New Jenny Craig" highlight
monounsaturated fats like those available in olives, almonds, peanuts, and
peanut butter. Multiple studies indicate that monounsaturated fats increase
HDL ("good") cholesterol and may protect against heart disease, which is the
number one cause of death in both women and men.
Not only can clients receive health benefits from monounsaturated fats,
but they also add variety to their Menus. A sprinkling of almonds over
yogurt, a dash of olive oil mixed into steamed vegetables, or a spoon of
peanut butter spread on an apple all add instant flavor with minimal calories.

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PlanetRx.com Expands Executive Leadership

Posted Monday, April 24, 2000 - 16:57 by BeautyCare.com
PlanetRx.com Expands Executive Leadership Team

Four Vice Presidents Are Promoted to Senior Vice President

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
PlanetRx.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLRX) (http://www.PlanetRx.com), a leading Internet
healthcare destination for commerce, content, and community, today announced
the promotions of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer James Chong,
Vice President of Business Development Stephanie Schear Tilenius, Vice
President of Distribution Services John McAlpin, and Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer Steve Valenzuela, to Senior Vice President of their
respective departments.
"Our executive team is consistently setting the highest standards to
position PlanetRx.com as the leading healthcare destination on the Internet,"
said Michael Beindorff, president and COO of PlanetRx.com. "These promotions
provide PlanetRx.com with continued growth and leadership at the executive
level."

James Chong, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
James Chong leads a team of web architects, engineers, designers and
programmers who are developing an innovative e-commerce solution to ensure
that PlanetRx.com provides the best shopping experience for customers on the
Internet. Chong arrived at PlanetRx.com with 20 years of experience in
information technology with a specialization in creating highly scaleable,
secure, and reliable transaction systems. He is recognized as a world-class
expert in online transaction processing and has been instrumental in advancing
the use of Java in enterprise transaction processing.

Stephanie Schear Tilenius, Senior Vice President of Business Development
and Sales, and Co-Founder
Stephanie Schear Tilenius, a co-founder of PlanetRx.com, is responsible
for building a network of strategic partnerships and alliances to position
PlanetRx.com as a market leader. Tilenius has used her business expertise to
develop partnerships on behalf of PlanetRx.com with companies such as
iVillage, AOL and Express Scripts, one of the largest pharmacy benefits
manager companies in the country.

John McAlpin, Senior Vice President of Distribution Services
John McAlpin oversees the PlanetRx.com distribution center in Memphis and
the company's customer service operations. McAlpin brings to PlanetRx.com more
than 16 years of experience overseeing the distribution, operations,
production, and facilities management of Fortune 500 companies. McAlpin has
overseen the expansion of PlanetRx.com's Memphis distribution center and
pharmacy into a 165,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, which was
completed on March 31 and will be fully operational by the end of this month.

Steve Valenzuela, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Valenzuela is responsible for all financial operations at
PlanetRx.com. Valenzuela leverages more than 20 years of experience gained at
leading high-tech companies. At PlanetRx.com, Valenzuela led the company
through its initial public offering in October, 1999.

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

CONTACT: Bryan Cohen of Niehaus Ryan Wong, Inc., 650-827-7066, or

bryan@nrwpr.com, for PlanetRx.com, Inc.



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