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August 28, 2009 | Sandra M. Jones
Eight years after getting out of cosmetics business, Sears is jumping back in, banking that the high-margin sector can give the retailer a much-needed profit boost. The flagship brand of Sears Holdings Corp. is opening full-service beauty counters at 13 Sears stores in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York this week. The goal is to roll out the beauty business to 100 locations next year and, if all goes well, expand to as many as 400 of its 852 Sears department stores by 2012, said Andrea Goldner, Sears' merchandise manager for cosmetics.
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NEWS
August 4, 1993 | DEBRA GENDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Can painting your fingernails be hazardous to your health? And if so, should the product label warn you about it? Those issues are the focus of settlement talks continuing today in San Francisco between an environmental watchdog group and attorneys for nearly two dozen nail polish manufacturers. The group, San Francisco-based As You Sow, sued 43 polish manufacturers in April for failing to warn consumers of the hazards associated with the toxic chemical toluene.
HEALTH
July 16, 2007 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
The products: Pheromones are the true aphrodisiacs of the animal kingdom. Female pigs don't respond to compliments or slow jazz, but the slightest whiff of androstenone -- a pheromone produced by randy boars -- will instantly put sows in a sexual mood. Hog farmers often use batches of androstenone, also known as "boar taint," to fan barnyard desires. Thanks to a wide array of pheromone-laced hair gels, colognes and body sprays, you can buy androstenone too.
IMAGE
July 24, 2010
Not sure if you're simply a passionate cosmetics lover or a hoarder who needs help? Here are some signs that you may be a hoarder, courtesy of Dr. Ranae Reinardy and Dorothy Breininger: • There are negative consequences associated with your behavior — physical, safety or financial. •You want to stop hoarding cosmetics but can't. •You start losing livable space in your home because of your beauty products. •Heavy layers of dust build up on all of your beauty supplies.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1994 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aiming to broaden its offerings in the skin care business, Johnson & Johnson said Monday that it will pay a premium price of $924.1 million to acquire Neutrogena, the maker of premium-priced soaps, shampoos and other beauty products. A deal had been widely expected after Los Angeles-based Neutrogena said earlier this month it was holding buyout talks with a "substantially larger" company. Johnson & Johnson will pay $35.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2010 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Vera Brown, a skin care specialist with a star-studded clientele who sponsored beauty clinics for thousands of blind teens, delinquent girls, homeless women and cancer patients in Los Angeles, died Sept. 24 at her Westwood home. She was 90 and had been in poor health for the last year, said her daughter, Angela. For more than 25 years, Brown operated two luxurious spas — Vera's Retreat in Tarzana and Vera's Retreat in the Glen in Bel-Air — with a client list that included such celebrities as Chris Evert, Whitney Houston, Nicole Kidman and Jane Seymour.
TRAVEL
February 24, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: My husband and I will be traveling abroad for several weeks. We plan to pack lightly so that we do not have to check luggage. However, we will need more toiletries than we can carry on our planes so we are thinking about shipping them ahead. Can you give us any advice? Patricia Koch Long Beach Answer: Because of the cost of luggage services, I would ordinarily recommend sending toiletries (which Koch said couldn't be bought at the destination) by a known entity, such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and DHL. Jami Counter, senior director of TripAdvisor Flights, agrees.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2012 | By Shan Li
--2012 is the year of the color orange. Or to be more precise, it's the year of "Tangerine Tango," which the Pantone Color Institute dubbed the dominant hue of 2012. The institute, a research arm of color-matching firm Pantone Inc., forecasts the most popular color each year by pondering factors such as news events, pop culture, designer shows and consumer trends, according to the Associated Press. This year, apparently, Tangerine Tango will reign. "There's the element of encouragement with orange, it's building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things," Leatrice Eiseman, the institute's executive director, told the AP. "I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now. " --Glamour magazine is testing a barcode-enabled shopping wall to empower smartphone owners to buy beauty products on the go. The wall, set up in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, features photos of items from Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Clearasil and other brands.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2006 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Nonita Kalra remembers the frustration of shopping for cosmetics on the streets of Mumbai a decade ago, when three or four local companies sold a few basic products. Today, the executive editor of the Indian edition of the fashion magazine Elle can buy top-end brands such as Shiseido, Givenchy and La Prairie in her hometown. And she's not the only one in India who's become fashion-conscious. "If red lips are in internationally, you will find it" in India, Kalra said.
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