Other major deals included Estée Lauder's purchase of Smashbox, Shiseido's acquisition of Bare Escentuals, and Unilever's acquirement of Alberto-Culver, the makers of brands such as Nexxus, Tresemmé, VO5, and St. Ives. L'Oréal purchased Essie, and there was even some talk of the beauty juggernaut purchasing Avon. Speaking Avon, they acquired British skincare company Liz Earle earlier this year. With Coty's growth exploding at the seams, it will be interesting to see what they, along with the other big beauty players, have planned for 2011.
It opens with a burst of artificial "flower" scent, which then, thankfully, becomes an altogether sweeter and more pleasant blend of orris root, vanilla, and warm wood. (If you've never encountered orris, the easiest way to describe it is to say that it smells like a less sweet version of those French violet candies.) As the scent dried down, what remained was a very soft, pleasant skin scent that gave off hints of sweetness, sandalwood, and cedar. This is the sort of perfume you buy not because the first few minutes are great, but because the drydown is much nicer than its price point suggests, and it's great for all-day wear.
- Jillian's favorite product costs just $6.
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You can also swing by to get tips from Avon's Global Stylist Advisor, Tippi Shorter (who's worked with stars like Alicia Keys and Rihanna). Or, simply stop by the glass-encased salon on wheels to receive a sample of the new antifrizz product. Find out if the tour is coming to a city near you when you read more.
"It's something that I use every single day," Jillian told me. "It's easy; it’s soft. You can draw it on. You can blend it with your finger. You can make it look strong. You can make a smoky eye with it. It’s got a smudger on the edge. I’m just addicted to it. It's just my favorite thing ever."
So there you have it. A versatile product at a very low price point. For other low-cost options with similar features, try Revlon Luxurious Color Kohl Eyeliner in Black Truffle ($10) or Almay Intense I-Color Eyeliner in Midnight Black ($7.50).