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September 16, 2013
Though Costco tends to be a destination for 30-packs of toilet paper, the beauty department at the members-only warehouse shop has become increasingly alluring. Under the company's Beauty's Most Wanted program, launched in May, some of the most prestigious names in the industry -- legendary hair stylist Orlando Pita, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff and “green” manicurist to the stars Jenna Hipp -- have quietly launched beauty collections.  Local celebrity dermatologist Jessica Wu, who counts Katherine Heigl and Maria Bello among her clients, is the latest to join Costco's A-list beauty lineup.
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September 16, 2013
Though Costco tends to be a destination for 30-packs of toilet paper, the beauty department at the members-only warehouse shop has become increasingly alluring. Under the company's Beauty's Most Wanted program, launched in May, some of the most prestigious names in the industry -- legendary hair stylist Orlando Pita, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff and “green” manicurist to the stars Jenna Hipp -- have quietly launched beauty collections.  Local celebrity dermatologist Jessica Wu, who counts Katherine Heigl and Maria Bello among her clients, is the latest to join Costco's A-list beauty lineup.
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April 26, 2004 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
Estee Lauder, founder of the international beauty empire that bears her name and queen of America's prestige cosmetics industry who pioneered the now ubiquitous "gift with purchase," has died. Her family said she was 97. The doyenne of makeup died Saturday at her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan of cardiopulmonary arrest, said her son, Leonard A. Lauder.
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March 25, 2012 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's an incredible narrative befitting a new arrival in Tinseltown: From humble beginnings growing up in a tiny Italian village as the grandson of a barber and son of a hairdresser, Rossano Ferretti at age 15 leaves home on a quest to conquer the world of hairstyling in the mid 1970s. En route to becoming an international sensation, he's mentored by the legendary Vidal Sassoon's team, and amid the swirl of London's swinging fashion scene sets his scissors to the heads of supermodels, coifs celebrities and opens, to date, 19 hair salons (Ferretti calls them hair spas)
BUSINESS
June 16, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Kay Killmeyer walked into Mitch & Co. Haircutters in Irvine on a recent Saturday morning with short, curly gray hair. Within 20 minutes, she had collar-length, strawberry blond tresses. Then she had a burgundy bob. Soon after that, a waterfall of ash-blond curls tumbled past her shoulders--all without the aid of wigs, dyes or scissors.
NEWS
December 21, 1995 | MAUREEN SAJBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The scientists of the beauty industry are solution-oriented. For years they have been working on cure-alls for wrinkles, pimples or bad cuticles. The latest affliction to claim their attention is jet lag. Any woman with a passport knows that traveling and changing time zones can be the enemy of good looks. Now there are beauty products designed to counteract the effects of jet travel--enough to fill a 747. What's news is an awareness that the problem is more than skin deep.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The gig(s): John Paul DeJoria, 67, is co-founder and chief executive of Beverly Hills-based John Paul Mitchell Systems, a 32-year-old hair-care products line that is sold in 87 countries and logs nearly $1 billion in annual sales. The brand includes 110 Paul Mitchell schools in the U.S. DeJoria is also co-founder of the Patron Spirits Co. line of tequilas and holds interests in several other ventures. Unglamorous beginnings: "I grew up in East L.A. I didn't think it was a bad place.
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November 22, 2009 | By Alene Dawson
You've seen the great hair divide in the movies: "Steel Magnolias" was centered in Truvy's beauty salon, which catered to white women; Queen Latifah's "Beauty Shop," on the other hand, had a clientele that was almost exclusively black. For years, with few exceptions when it came to hair care, never the twain should meet. But today, with mixed marriages surging, hair is no longer black or white. "You are beginning to see a surge of mixed hair in hair salons," says celebrity stylist Ted Gibson of television's "What Not to Wear."
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September 25, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Much has been made this year about the behemoth baby boom generation reaching retirement age. But another significant milestone is slipping past a bit more quietly yet with noticeable impact. The first wave of Gen-Xers has rounded 40, and they are changing the face of what it means to be middle-aged. Women of this generation - think Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie - are pushing waifish teens off magazine covers, starring in movies, inspiring cosmetics and fragrances, wearing bikinis at the beach and minis to the mall.
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March 25, 2012 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's an incredible narrative befitting a new arrival in Tinseltown: From humble beginnings growing up in a tiny Italian village as the grandson of a barber and son of a hairdresser, Rossano Ferretti at age 15 leaves home on a quest to conquer the world of hairstyling in the mid 1970s. En route to becoming an international sensation, he's mentored by the legendary Vidal Sassoon's team, and amid the swirl of London's swinging fashion scene sets his scissors to the heads of supermodels, coifs celebrities and opens, to date, 19 hair salons (Ferretti calls them hair spas)
BUSINESS
January 22, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The gig(s): John Paul DeJoria, 67, is co-founder and chief executive of Beverly Hills-based John Paul Mitchell Systems, a 32-year-old hair-care products line that is sold in 87 countries and logs nearly $1 billion in annual sales. The brand includes 110 Paul Mitchell schools in the U.S. DeJoria is also co-founder of the Patron Spirits Co. line of tequilas and holds interests in several other ventures. Unglamorous beginnings: "I grew up in East L.A. I didn't think it was a bad place.
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September 25, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Much has been made this year about the behemoth baby boom generation reaching retirement age. But another significant milestone is slipping past a bit more quietly yet with noticeable impact. The first wave of Gen-Xers has rounded 40, and they are changing the face of what it means to be middle-aged. Women of this generation - think Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie - are pushing waifish teens off magazine covers, starring in movies, inspiring cosmetics and fragrances, wearing bikinis at the beach and minis to the mall.
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May 22, 2011 | Melissa Magsaysay
How do we define beauty? An exhibition that opened this weekend at Century City's Annenberg Space for Photography aims to dissect societal perceptions of what is aesthetically pleasing through a selection of photos that capture such moments as a sultry (and scantily clad) Cindy Crawford, shot by Albert Watson in 1992, and 13-year-old girls getting weighed and measured at a weight loss camp, photographed by Lauren Greenfield. The focus of "Beauty Culture" (which runs until Nov. 27)
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January 9, 2011 | By Alexandra Drosu, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The beauty industry is no stranger to organic ingredients, and a multitude of hair- and skin-care companies claim to be eco-friendly, all-natural or certified organic. More recently, hair color companies have joined the eco-revolution, advertising nontoxic, ammonia-free, all-natural or organic formulas. But can hair color truly be green and effective? The debate over the dangers of hair color has percolated in the United States for more than 50 years, with studies both supporting and refuting the notion that hair dyes cause cancer.
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November 22, 2009 | By Alene Dawson
You've seen the great hair divide in the movies: "Steel Magnolias" was centered in Truvy's beauty salon, which catered to white women; Queen Latifah's "Beauty Shop," on the other hand, had a clientele that was almost exclusively black. For years, with few exceptions when it came to hair care, never the twain should meet. But today, with mixed marriages surging, hair is no longer black or white. "You are beginning to see a surge of mixed hair in hair salons," says celebrity stylist Ted Gibson of television's "What Not to Wear."
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August 9, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
The contents of a woman's makeup bag can say as much about her as the shoes that line her closet. A shiny black Chanel eye shadow palette has the same sleek appeal as a sexy pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos, and the gilded exterior of a YSL Touche Ã?clat concealer pen oozes the same sense of luxury as a pair of satin Louboutins. These days, though, such luxe touches are increasingly commingled with products that proudly telegraph "value" and "I don't need to pay more." The same "high-low" impulse that has women comfortably mixing J.Crew with those Jimmy Choos is working its way into their makeup routines, replacing some department store buys with mascaras and lipsticks found at the drugstore.
NEWS
July 12, 1992
It is 1992 and the backlash against women has apparent tsunami effects on The Times' grasp of cultural pathology. The View section's breathless account of how Western myths of "glamour" are sweeping Russia read like a beauty industry press release. This report welcomed the ravaged body images of some Muscovite women and praised their acceptance of newly introduced male-pleasing marketing of the female body. The article promoted the American Barbie-style myth of glamour as reality, well worth the obsession of mind and body, when it is in fact a crucial means of disempowering women's authenticity and sexuality.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rich young Krok sisters were masterful at selling the success story that made them famous. Even as their family's legal problems mounted and their firm sank into Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, the four sisters appeared smiling on the cover of Family Business magazine. The publication credited the Kroks with creating "an important force in the personal care products industry." For the Kroks' Santa Monica company, EPI Products USA, glamorous, enticing images were essential sales tools.
HEALTH
March 3, 2008 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
Botox is known for smoothing furrowed brows. Now it's causing a few. The Food and Drug Administration last month issued a statement that Botox and another botulinum toxin drug, Myobloc, have been linked to serious respiratory and swallowing problems and at least one death. And consumers seeking to smooth their facial lines want to know: Is it safe? The primary fact to keep in mind, doctors say, is that Botox -- the only botulinum toxin drug approved in the U.S.
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March 18, 2007 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
SORTING through the confusing landscape of ointments, creams and solutions found at the cosmetics counter doesn't require an advanced degree. Common sense and a little product awareness go a long way. Read the label and the literature. Here's a list of what to look for. Retinoids and retinols: Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that are available by prescription only, such as Retin-A and Renova. They're the only substances proven to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
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