Allure Heralds Beauty Blogger of the Year
Las Vegas resident Cara Brook, creator of Maskcara, was named Beauty Blogger of the Year by Allure; the magazine’s second annual awards program was presented by Revlon. This year’s competition saw a year-over-year uptick of over 280% in unique visitors, and the addition of guest judges—including Lauren Conrad, Gucci Westman, Coco Rocha, Mally Roncal and Troy Surratt.
As part of her prize, Brook will receive a trip to New York City, where she’ll gain backstage access to Fashion Week, tour Revlon headquarters (and receive a preview of the brand’s 2014 collection), as well as attend Allure’s Best of Beauty party—and feature in its October issue.
Maskcara can now display the Beauty Blogger of the Year seal and, going forward, Brook will have the opportunity to submit her work for consideration in Allure and allure.com.
Jurlique Taps Connie Lim
Jurlique has appointed Connie Lim technical manager of global product development. In her new role, Lim will drive formula development, provide technical support and monitor performance and key milestones globally.
Lim possesses more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, including prior research and development posts at L’Oréal and Neutrogena.
“By expanding the talent pool within our team, we are investing in the brand’s future, which assures us of achieving our ongoing goal of providing consumers with the most modern and luxurious skin care formulas that deliver noticeable results, naturally,” stated Mary Beth Peterson, Jurlique’s president, Americas and Europe.
Burberry Makeup debuts at Met Gala
Supermodel du jour Cara Delevingne and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery wore Burberry makeup to the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2013 Costume Institute Gala. Held in New York on May 6, the event marked the launch of this year’s exhibition, dubbed “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Burberry makeup is available at burberry.com, as well as select retailers worldwide.
DuWop Co-Founder Joins NYX
NYX Cosmetics has named Cristina Bartolucci chief creative director; she will work alongside the brand’s founder and chief creative officer, Toni K., in product development and overall brand strategy.
Bartolucci began her 20-years-and-going career as a celebrity makeup artist, and ultimately went on to co-found the cult favorite beauty brand DuWop Cosmetics—which was responsible for Lip Venom, the first-ever lip plumper.
“NYX Cosmetics is committed to building a staff of creative, like-minded beauty lovers who possess a passion and dedication to accelerating the brand and solidifying its place as a leader in the professional masstige cosmetics category,” said Scott Friedman, NYX’s CEO.
NYX, named after the ancient Greek goddess who ruled the night, is renowned for richly pigmented and high payoff products.
Caspar’s Vision At Verreries Brosse
Glass industry veteran Olivier Caspar joined the Italian packaging group Gruppo Zignago last November as general manager of its French plant, Verreries Brosse. Caspar is presently tasked with strengthening the supplier’s position in the fine fragrance and spirit industries.
Following Brosse’s acquisition by Zignago Vetro, several significant industrial investments have been made at its Normandy plant, Caspar said—most notably a four-lined automatic furnace with both single and double gob capabilities.
Brosse is able to offer complete lines to American clients—from a mini sampler bottle to a large factice display bottle—and is able to supply and service class-mass and mass market projects alike with items from its Italian and Polish plants.
Caspar began his packaging career in 1982 at SGD, where he ultimately served as CEO of SGD North America in 2005.
Inter Parfums Reports Record Quarter
For the first quarter ended March 31, Inter Parfums reported a record net sales increase of 29.3% to $213.8 million—from $165.4 million the year prior.
“Sales of Jimmy Choo fragrances benefitted from the successful launch of Flash [and] Lanvin sales rose 18%, driven by continued growth from Eclat d’Arpège along with the launch of Lanvin Me and the steady performance by Jeanne Lanvin,” stated Jean Madar, chairman and CEO of Inter Parfums.
“Sales of Montblanc Legend fragrances continued to perform exceptionally well resulting in a 39% increase in brand sales. Finally, our association with Burberry fragrances ended on a high note, with a 53% increase in first quarter sales.”
Added Russell Greenberg, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer: “As we build our business in this new post-Burberry era, we are investing in our ongoing brands, and we anticipate higher promotional expense in succeeding quarters, particularly in the second half as we launch our new Repetto, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron scents.”