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Nivea announces launch of New Year’s Eve kiss contest

BY Antoinette Alexander

WILTON, Conn. — Beiersdorf’s Nivea is gearing up for New Year’s Eve with the Kiss of the Year Contest — a contest via Facebook where fans can share their love story for an opportunity to experience that memorable New Year’s Eve kiss in front of millions on the Nivea Kiss Stage in the heart of Times Square.

Nivea’s panel of celebrity and expert judges will determine the three finalists with the most compelling love stories who will win a trip to New York City to appear on "The Wendy Williams Show." Public votes will then determine the winning "Kiss of the Year" couple to win the grand prize:

  • An all-expenses paid trip to New York City, where they’ll join Nivea New Year’s Eve Kiss ambassadors, Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza, on the Nivea Kiss Stage in Times Square on New Year’s Eve;

  • Two exclusive VIP tickets to the New Year’s Eve party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square to attend the official New Year’s Eve celebration; and

  • A feature in Us Weekly magazine highlighting their New Year’s Eve kiss.

For the fifth year in a row, Nivea will "paint" Times Square blue as the official sponsor of the Times Square Alliance’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

"Nivea has always believed in the power of human touch. Our products help consumers achieve touchably smooth skin and kissably soft lips that make you want to touch and be touched … bringing everyone closer together," stated Magnus Jonsson, VP marketing at Beiersdorf.

"We are excited, once again, to be the official sponsor of the Times Square Alliance New Year’s Eve celebration, where we’ll help millions of people in Times Square and around the globe make that all-important New Year’s kiss better as the clock strikes midnight."

To help ring in 2013 and select the winners of the Kiss of the Year Contest, Nivea has enlisted TV personalities Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza. The couple will serve as the official hosts of Nivea’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration in the heart of Times Square.

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Somersets shaving line announces U.S. debut

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOSTON — Somersets, a line of shaving and skin care products from the U.K. that made its U.S. debut earlier this year at NACDS Marketplace, has officially announced its arrived in the United States.

The brand’s launch in the United States is marked with the unveiling of 11 products and is supported by the launch of a new web site at www.somersets.com.
 


Products include Somersets shaving oils for women and for men, Somersets shaving gels, Somersets pre-shave face wash, Somersets pre-shave face scrub, after-shave face balm and after-shave moisturizer. Somersets products are formulated with a proprietary blend of such organic essential oils as lavender, tea tree and rosemary. 



Somersets has already been ordered by Duane Reade and Shopko and is available now at www.drugstore.com and www.somersets.com. The suggested retail price ranges from $6.99  to $14.99.
 

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Ulta Beauty names acting CFO

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty has announced the appointment of Scott Settersten as acting CFO, effective immediately. Settersten replaces Bruce Hartman, who has resigned from his position as CFO by mutual agreement with the company.

“We are fortunate to have Scott serve as acting CFO. Scott’s exceptional finance and accounting experience will serve Ulta Beauty well as we move forward. During his seven years at Ulta Beauty, Scott has demonstrated a keen financial aptitude and excellent leadership and management capabilities. Scott is committed to serving as acting CFO, where he will lead our experienced and dedicated finance team. Ulta Beauty continues to excel in the marketplace due to our strong business model, superior execution results and strong growth potential for the future,” stated Chuck Rubin, president and CEO.

Ulta Beauty stated that Hartman’s separation from the company is not related to any disputes with management or the Board of Directors, the company’s operational performance, financial condition or issues regarding the integrity of the company’s financial statements or accounting policies and practices.

The company has initiated a search for a permanent CFO. Settersten will be considered for the permanent CFO position.

Settersten has served as VP accounting since 2010 and was responsible for accounting, tax and external reporting. In his role as VP accounting, he has also overseen investor relations, and has worked closely with the Audit Committee and Board of Directors. He joined Ulta Beauty in January 2005 as a director of financial reporting. Prior to joining Ulta Beauty, Settersten spent 15 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a certified public accountant serving in various senior manager roles in the assurance and risk management practices.
 

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