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Conair, in partnership with Kao Brands, will create a line of hair tools and appliances under the John Frieda brand name. The John Frieda hair styling tools collection will launch in first quarter 2011 and will include a series of hair dryers, straighteners and styling tools.

Milani Cosmetics, which positions its brand as a multicultural collection for all ethnicities, will debut nine new products featuring 50 new SKUs beginning in January 2011.

New products include: Baked eye shadow ($6.49 SRP), Baked blush ($6.99 SRP), Baked bronzer ($7.99 SRP), HD Advanced lip color ($6.49 SRP), Lip Flash shimmer gloss pencil ($5.99 SRP), One Coat glitter specialty nail lacquer ($3.99 SRP), Jewel FX specialty nail lacquer ($3.99 SRP), Smoothé base coat specialty nail treatment ($3.99 SRP) and Glossé top coat specialty nail treatment ($3.99 SRP).

African-American hair care company Johnson Products has announced the winners of The Great Model Search. The winners were awarded $5,000 cash, a modeling contract and an opportunity to be the new faces of JPC’s Gentle Treatment and Ultra Sheen brands. The Great Model Search for “Us Men” will launch in February 2011, coinciding with the market introduction of JPC’s new Ultra Sheen men’s line.

Executive News

Beiersdorf, whose brands include Nivea, Eucerin and Aqua-phor, has promoted Nicolas Maurer to corporate VP global business unit. Maurer will oversee Beiersdorf’s skin care business globally, which includes face, hand and body, sun and lip care. He will manage each of these categories on a global level to set the brands’ innovation strategy and overall marketing direction.

For the last five years, Maurer has served as VP marketing for all Beiersdorf brands in the United States.

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FDA advisory committee shoots down Vivus’ Qnexa

BY Alaric DeArment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. The possibility of a new drug for treating obesity suffered a setback Thursday as a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted against recommending its approval.

The FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 10 to 6 against recommending approval for Vivus’ drug Qnexa (phentermine and topiramate), citing safety concerns such as the possibility of psychiatric problems and birth defects.

“We appreciate the advisory committee’s recognition of obesity as a significant health crisis and the challenges associated with the treatment of this disease,” Vivus CEO Leland Wilson said. “We are disappointed with the advisory committee’s vote.”

The company said it would attempt to address the committee’s concerns. An advisory committee vote is a recommendation, and while the FDA will take it into account when deciding whether to approve a drug, it is not bound to follow it.

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Post-it launches Shopping Genius widget

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON 3M has developed a bargain-shopping widget with the help of its Post-it brand.

Inspired by usage of the classic Post-it note as a shopping list, 3M has developed an evolution of the shopping list for the digital age called Post-it Shopping Genius. How it works: Post-it Shopping Genius sits on your computer desktop, keeping an eye on the price changes for you, locating the cheapest price, and letting you know when it changes. The customizable application enables you to choose from thousands of electricals, durables and other consumer goods, and track up to five at a time.

The application — which can be directly downloaded from http://bit.ly/Post-itGenius and is available on iGoogle, Mac OS X desktop and Windows 7 / Vista desktops — displays up-to-date prices on many thousands of products, which are searchable within the tool.

In related news, 3M announced that it is offering a monthly monetary prize of 1,000 GBP ($1,542) or the value of a user’s shopping list if less as an incentive to those who refer the Shopping Genius application to a friend.

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