BEAUTY CARE

Ms. Manicure and Ms. Pedicure have new looks, products for 2009

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Paris Presents’ Ms. Manicure and Ms. Pedicure brands have a line-up of new products for spring, as well as a new look for the New Year.

Paris Presents, a self-proclaimed authority in do-it-yourself nail care, has revamped its Ms. Manicure and Ms. Pedicure collections to achieve “the perfect balance of functionality and sophistication.” In addition, the Ms. girl, herself, has been given a modern look with a vintage feel, and now sports a sophisticated, fresh style. She has pouty red lips and jet-black hair, and her look is topped off with a red headband, bracelet and earrings that complement her flawless red manicure.

The overall new look is chic and modern, and all of the new products are housed in girly pink and white-striped packaging. Eye-catching and sophisticated cursive lettering give the goods an extra touch of class. In keeping with its tradition, all of the Ms. products have a special “How-To” on the back of the packaging for those do-it-yourself beauty mavens.

New products for 2009 include:

  • The Foot Spahh: An all-inclusive kit of products to revive tired legs and feet.
  • Smooth Talker: A tool that promises to stop calluses before they start.
  • Heeling Fine: An intensive foot cream.
  • Smoothy Groovy: A foot brush and pumice stone combination.
  • Rock ?n Sole: A pumice stone for whisk away dry skin.
  • Handy Dandy Mani: An all-inclusive kit to make at-home manicures a breeze.
  • Block Party: A soft rectangular buffing block.
  • Call Your Buff: A six-way buffer.

 

None of the products in the 2009 collection are priced at more than $12.99.

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Ulta lowers guidance, despite comps rebound

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. Ulta experienced a drop in customer traffic in the days leading up to Christmas and, despite a rebound to positive comps since the holiday, the beauty retailer has lowered its guidance.

“We were on track during the early weeks of the fourth quarter to deliver our guidance; however, we experienced a significant drop in customer traffic in the 10 key days leading up to Christmas,” stated Lyn Kirby, president and CEO. “We believe that the unprecedented level of discounting and promotion in the apparel category in the last days before Christmas resulted in consumers favoring apparel. Additionally, our customer traffic was negatively impacted by the unusually bad weather just prior to Christmas.”

 Kirby noted that the company will continue to work to bolster market share by investing in its stores, brand, marketing and talent. The company, which operates 304 stores across 35 states, has “the financial flexibility to invest in market share strategies and square footage expansion,” Kirby stated.

For the fourth, the company now estimates sales to be between $339 million and $343 million. Previously, the company expected sales to be between $354 million and $368 million. Same-store sales are expected to be between minus 6% and minus 5%, compared with its previous guidance of minus 2% and plus 2%. Income per diluted share is expected to range between 18 cents and 19 cents compared with its previous guidance of between 24 cents and 28 cents.

For the full year, the company now expects net sales to range between $1.082 billion and $1.086 billion compared with its previous guidance of between $1.1 billion and $1.11 billion. Same-store sales are expected to be flat to plus 0.4%. Income per diluted share is currently estimated to be between 41 cents and 42 cents. Previously, the company expected income per diluted share to be between 47 cents and 51 cents. The full year guidance excludes the 1 cent per share severance expense.

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Coty announces new CFO

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Coty Inc. has confirmed that Michael Fishoff, Coty’s CFO, left the company at the end of December.

He will be replaced by Sergio Pedreiro, who most recently was CFO of the Brazil-based logistics company America Latina Logistica, known as ALL.

Pedreiro is scheduled to begin his new role at Coty on Feb. 1.

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