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Coty to boost Rimmel offerings in ’09

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Coty Inc.’s color cosmetics brand Rimmel London is gearing up for 2009 with the launch of new products for eyes, lips and face.

Hitting retail shelves in January is the new Sexy Curves Mascara, Stay Matte Clarifying Matte Foundation and Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Gloss. 

The new Sexy Curves Mascara promises to deliver up to 70 percent curlier lashes via the breakthrough Triple Plump Brush. The applicator’s hourglass shape curves in to capture the formula for maximum lash loading and also curves out to dramatically curl and declump lashes.

The Lash Inflation Formula has been developed to work in synergy with the Triple Plump Brush. The collagen-enriched formula contains proteins, vitamins and conditioners to strengthen and amplify lashes. The mascara is available in Extreme Black and Black and has a suggested retail price of $7.49.

To help purify skin and minimize the appearance of pores, while soothing even the most sensitive of skins, is the new Stay Matte Clarifying Matte Foundation, which has a gentle dose of salicylic acid. The formula is designed to provide a matte finish for up to 12 hours. The foundation is available in six shades and has a retail price of $6.99.

For sexy, kissable lips there’s the new Rimmel London Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Gloss. The doubled-ended applicator glides on long-lasting glossy color while the other end of the applicator is used to spread a tinted crystal shine gloss that magnifies the color underneath. Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Gloss promises to lock in color and shine for 10 hours. It is available in12 shades and has a suggested retail price of $7.99.

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Physicians Formula increases credit facility

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Beauty company Physicians Formula has entered into a third amendment to its existing senior credit agreement with Union Bank of California, N.A. to increase the credit facility by $5 million to $25 million.

The applicable interest rates on the revolving credit facility remain the same at LIBOR plus 1.75 percent or a base rate plus 0.25 percent.

As of Sept. 30, the company had $2 million of outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit facility, no letters of credit and $18 million available for borrowing under its revolving credit facility and $11.3 million of borrowings under the term loan facility.

The amendment also amends the maximum total leverage ratio covenant and the minimum net worth covenant, and imposes a condition that any time the company makes a repurchase of common stock, it must have minimum availability under its revolving credit facility after giving effect to the repurchase.

“We are very pleased to have successfully expanded our credit agreement in the current credit market environment and believe this underscores the confidence our lenders have in our business platform and ability to execute on our future strategies,” said Joseph Jaeger, chief financial officer of Physicians Formula. “This increase combined with our expected future operating cash flow will provide additional financial flexibility for the future.”

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FDA grants clearance to Tanda at-home light-based acne treatment technology

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment, an at-home light-based skin care technology, has received FDA clearance that allows the device to be sold over-the-counter for the treatment of acne.

Both Tanda and Tanda Professional, which is sold through physician offices, uses 414nm blue LED light that, according to the company, is scientifically proven to naturally, gently and safely kill the P.acnes bacteria that cause mild to moderate inflammatory acne. A company-sponsored In-vitro study showed an 86 percent reduction in P.acnes bacteria colonies after a six-minute treatment with Tanda Clear.

“Unlike heat-based devices that can be painful and only address a very small treatment area, Tanda Clear is quick and painless. The triangular treatment head is up to 16 times larger than heat-based devices, enabling it to treat multiple blemishes at one time and help prevent future outbreaks,” said John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive officer of Pharos Life Corp., which developed the product.

The Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment is available exclusively at Sephora, sephora.com and tandaskincare.com. The Tanda Professional Skincare System is available at physician offices and medi spas.

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