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Walgreens hosts launch of Merlot Skin Care lip moisturizer

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL PASO, Texas Merlot Skin Care, a maker of grape-seed based skin care products, is launching at Walgreens in March its new Lip Moisturizer.

The lip product is made with natural grape seed oil and beeswax and offers SPF 15 protection.

“Coming out of the harsh winter months, Merlot’s Lip Moisturizer delivers needed relief,” stated Wayne Beckley, founder of Merlot Skin Care. “The soothing beeswax and Merlot’s signature natural grape seed oil make for an unbeatable combination of protection and conditioning. Put it in your pocket for great lip care on the go.”

The .15 ounce tube is expected to retail for $2.99.

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L’Oreal to present award at Sundance

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Beauty company L’Oreal, in partnership with the non-profit organization Women of Film, will present the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth “Vision” award to a female documentary filmmaker at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The first-time Sundance presentation will take place on Jan. 21 as a highlight to Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch” event.

As one of the Sundance Film Festival’s sponsors, L’Oreal created the Women of Worth “Vision” award to honor a female filmmaker whose work reflects the spirit of L’Oreal’s new Women of Worth initiative. The initiative is a grassroots program that recognizes women from around the country who serve their communities, inspire others by example and have an innate sense of social responsibility and act on it.

For the selection process, L’Oreal has teamed with Women in Film. Members of the non-profit group will serve on a jury that will select the recipient.

The winner will receive at $15,000 cash award from L’Oreal to help further her creative vision through filmmaking. The first “Vision” award was presented to screenwriter Cherien Dabis at the Tribeca All Access awards ceremony at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2007.

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Rogers appointed to Physicians Formula board of directors

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Cosmetics company Physicians Formula has appointed Jeff Rogers, the company’s president, to join its board of directors. He succeeds Craig Frances, who has resigned to devote more time to his other business activities.

Rogers has served as president of the company since August 2006 and as senior vice president of sales from January 1998 to August 2006. He joined the beauty company in April 1991 as a sales director and was promoted to vice president of sales in June 1991. Previously, Rogers worked at Revlon and Del Laboratories.

“We appreciate Craig Frances’ contribution to Physicians Formula and thank him for his valued input and contribution over the past four years,” stated Ingrid Jackel, chief executive officer.

Current board member Jeff Berry will assume Frances’ roles as chair of the compensation committee. In addition, current board member Sonya Brown will join the compensation committee and will also assume the role of chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee.

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