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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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July 15, 2012 | BOOTH MOORE
Whether it's tiny Union Jacks, tuxedos, stripes, crystal flowers or caviar pearls, nail art has gone mainstream. No longer relegated to the subculture sidelines or the subject of mockery, nail art has become an everyday indulgence, and not just for flamboyant pop stars like Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. It's been sported by Britain's Princess Eugenie, worn to the White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinner and shown up at the Golden Globe Awards. "Nail art has been around for years, but in kitschy ways, like a Santa Claus or a Christmas tree on your pinky nail," says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, creative director of OPI. "But in the last five years, the emphasis on nail design has been huge....
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
April 14, 2000 | BARBARA THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Estee Lauder Cos., the long reigning queen of prestige cosmetics, may become the 800-pound gorilla of the beauty Web world. On Wednesday, the company purchased Gloss.com, one of the three leading beauty sites, as part of its plan to expand its presence on the Web. Lauder, which accounts for more than half of the cosmetics sold in U.S. department stores, also announced it will enter joint e-partnerships with department stores.
NEWS
July 9, 1999 | BARBARA THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cosmetics maven Cristina Carlino had an epiphany five years ago on Christmas Day. She was in a serious relationship, but it turned out her partner was not, so she was alone on a holiday hike in the Arizona desert. Devastated by her parents' divorce and seemingly alienated from her siblings, Carlino felt completely alone. In a split second, she looked up and saw a rainbow. "Something in me completely shifted, as if I had a healing."
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.
WORLD
August 4, 2003 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
In this land where beauty is an obligation and a time-consuming chore, it's difficult to be ugly. "Italians are overwhelmed by narcissism," complains an exasperated Telesforo Iacobelli, who organized the Ugly Club -- Club dei Brutti -- to give, as he puts it, a voice to the unattractive. They are a distinct minority.
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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.
IMAGE
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.
IMAGE
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)
IMAGE
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.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2009 | By Andrea Chang
During the holidays, Katie McCranie usually treats herself to a trip to the nail salon and an appointment with her hairstylist. This Christmas season, with a tight budget and a temporary job, the 28-year-old from Santa Monica said she can't afford to splurge on those little luxuries. "I do everything myself -- I've been doing my own hair, painting my own toenails," she said. Instead of getting a leg wax, "I just went back to the razor." For many women, primping and pampering are as important to the holidays as buying gifts and decorating the Christmas tree.
IMAGE
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.
IMAGE
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."
NATIONAL
December 13, 2009 | By Tina Susman
Griselda Nunez had never paid more than $35 for a haircut, but after more than a year of unemployment, she was sorely in need of a confidence boost. That is how Nunez found herself seated in a high-end salon in Manhattan, waiting for a man who charges $300 for a cut -- color and highlights not included -- to work his magic on her copper-colored mop. This styling, however, was on the house, courtesy of Cristiano Cora. The "unemployment haircuts," as he calls them, have become a weekly fixture at Cora's studio for those lucky, or unlucky, enough to qualify.
IMAGE
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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