No, we haven’t transformed into a gardening column overnight – ‘perennial’ is the latest buzzword to describe a tranche of the population who refuse to be defined by their birth date. Coined by Gina Pell, Content Chief at The What, in October, the term describes ‘ever-blooming, relevant people of all…
I will hold my hands up and say it. My name is Louise Prance Miles and I’m an addict. An Instagram addict that is. As soon as one of my children wake me up at some ungodly hour, I log on. I need my fix that instantly. I scroll through…
I’ve come out as a paid-up member of Gen X on this platform before – but it turns out, I was wrong. No, apparently, I am a Xennial. This term, first coined in 2014 by Good magazine, re-surfaced to great fan-fare last week and is being used to describe those…
Sustainability has long been a key focus of beauty companies. The impact our industry has on the environment being no secret. Indeed, cosmetic consumers are known for being as savvy as they come about the consequences of their purchases. However, it feels there has been a perceptible shift over the…
As Brazil’s Natura was announced as the future owner of The Body Shop, the response from commentators can pretty much be summed up as ‘that figures’ (as long as we’re talking corporate fit and not about the whopping €1 billion price tag, of course) – for these two companies are…
They’re everywhere; on bags, clothing, and stationery – they’re everywhere. Yes, I’m talking about Unicorns. The latest fantastical trend gracing every market from fashion to homeware to beauty. However, it’s not just this mythical legendary creature that is getting all the celebs, bloggers, vloggers and finger-on-the-pulse beauty consumers hot under…
Bain & Co has released its spring luxury update and things are looking good for the luxury market at last – or are they? For although it’s predicting a return to growth this year, with a 2 to 4 percent rise expected in 2017 for the global luxury goods market,…
Newsflash: department stores are dying. The rise and rise of digital is metaphorically putting the nail in the coffin of a slew of our most beloved retailers. For many, the lure of online shopping in the comfort of their own home while watching a boxset of Downton Abbey (just me?)…
I’d really love to say I was one of those airy fairy London types who only drinks soy-lattes, shops exclusively for meat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, fun-free foods, and who spends their Saturdays wafting from one yoga class to another. But I’d definitely be lying. McDonalds is my go-to weekend indulgence of…
Millennials have both shaped and dominated the beauty narrative for the past few years, but this week’s two big announcements may well be a sign that the cosmetics industry is moving on to their successors – Generation Z. Yes, PZ Cussons Beauty launched a new brand, Being by Sanctuary, aimed…
As we highlighted last week, augmented reality has well and truly arrived in the color cosmetics sphere, with Sephora and ModiFace’s partnership pushing the boundaries of the technology with live tutorials, Estée Lauder teaming up with YouCam and FakeCake launching GlamScout. But AR isn’t just for make-up – the hair…
OK own up, who’s had a sneaky try of a Snapchat filter? What did you go for? The classic dog option? A sponsored number? Or perhaps my personal favourite, the ‘pretty’ filter (if you know, you know). In fact, I’ll hold my hands up and say I’ve been known to…
Mother’s Day is approaching in the US, so this week we’re turning the spotlight on moms. Or more specifically, how the cosmetics industry markets to them. For Dove’s recent #realmums (or #realmoms depending where you see it) campaign highlighted a disconnect between the way the media portrays motherhood and the…
A while back I wrote a post about the growing K Beauty trend. With consumer appetite for all things Korean at an all-time high, I touched upon the reasons for its success. Novelty packaging luring in the West, a natural approach to skincare and product efficacy were all clearly behind…
Some time ago I wrote a blog post regarding the leadership prowess beauty giant L’Oréal holds within the digital market. From its seemingly endless ability to stay ahead of the digital game, keep its finger on the social media – and in turn millennial – pulse, and its onslaught of…
As the industry gathered in London for In-Cosmetics Global, 2017 this week, all eyes were on the Next Big Thing. From clean cosmetics to athleisure beauty, bespoke products to masks, we’ve brought you the hottest trends as they happen, and now we have our eyes on the future... 1) The…
We all know celebrity sells. That’s no new news. Victoria Beckham puts her name to a branded range by Estée Lauder – it sells. Rihanna launches a new fragrance – it sells. But what about if you’re famous for being famous? Or, in this case, famous for being, well, the…
As a paid-up member of Gen X, I can confirm that we’re neither here, nor there. Not for us, the disposable income those baby boomers enjoy, not for us the care-free spending exhibited by millennials. We don’t (yet) need the super-charged anti-aging boost but neither do (most of us) have…
Some weeks ago I penned my thoughts on how the cosmetics world was no longer a market solely focused on female consumers, and that male bloggers and vloggers were continuing to open up the market to men, some who may previously have felt shy or apprehensive about shopping for a…
Athleisure, athbeauty, active beauty – whichever your pick of beauty’s latest buzzwords – there’s no denying this trend has stormed our shelves in recent months, with cosmetics and skin care designed to enhance the appearance of athletic types launching left, right and center from the likes of Eyeko, Tarte and…
It’s the announcement every hungry fashion-editor has been waiting for; after 25 years at the helm of British Vogue, Alexandra Schulman, the longest serving Editor-in-Chief in the magazine’s history, is due to step down from her role. Cue a flurry of news stories speculating on who will step up to…
Masks. That’s the one word that sums up the biggest thing in beauty right now, according to Think with Google’s Beauty Trends – Skin Care Edition report. Released last Friday, it reveals what beauty consumers are looking for right now in the US, France and Japan. And okay, spoiler alert,…
In the era of Not on the High Street, Etsy and Moonpig, you can personalize just about anything but beauty has tried and failed to usher in bespoke products in the past. Now, however, with Shiseido snapping up MATCHCo and Lancôme rolling out its Teint Particulier customized foundation service, it…
Back in my younger, headier beauty journalism days, the world of male grooming was a faint little dot on the very large and dominating cosmetics world. Sure, there were men-specific lines, there was the odd company launching a dedicated male brand here and there, but boy have boys blown up…
From digital developments to billion-dollar acquisitions, it appears that our biggest beauty giants are obsessed with one thing, and one thing alone right now: millennials. From Lauder to L’Oréal, Shiseido to Sulwhasoo, everyone is making eyes at the younger generation of shoppers. And no wonder, as Trefis puts it, “This…
Here we are, my husband and I, at a party, and I introduce him in my all-too-familiar way, ‘Hi there, this is my ‘other half’.’ And it’s the same drill at play dates, work events or any other social occasion. However, I always feel slightly guilty that I don’t utter…
It’s no secret that we’re an on-the-go society. Over the past decade or so, the 24/7 lifestyle adopted by many has seen an explosion, with consumers wanting their necessities when they want them, and, more interestingly, where they want them. And there is no more demanding consumer than the busy…
Every week there’s a story about a new standalone beauty boutique opening. Estée Lauder Companies has opened its first bricks-and-mortar presence for its Estée Edit line in London, LVMH-owned Dior has cut the ribbon on its first make-up concept store in New York, e.l.f. Beauty has unveiled its first store…
Will Shiseido better L’Oréal in the digital stakes? Can department stores weather the storm and who will be buying who on the M&A front? In the second part of our trend predictions report, we look at the year ahead from a retail, tech, packaging, finance and manufacturing perspective. Retail: Click…
Yes, it’s that time of year when everyone goes crazy for trend predictions. We’ve already had Pantone declare its color of the year, we’ve seen the spring/summer make-up trends marched down the runways, with mermaid eyes at Marc Jacobs and ombre lips at Jason Wu; the glossies have declared their…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and our very last blog of 2016 to boot – so naturally, our gift to you is an inside peek at what makes the perfect present. And be it Dior, Prada, Chanel, perfume is a popular choice – recent research conducted by…
OK, so I know we’re not quite ringing in the New Year just yet, but I’ve been furiously thinking of resolutions that I can stick to in 2017. Every year, at the stroke of midnight, I’m one of those people that reel off a list of amendments I’m going to…
It’s no secret how the Kardashian’s entered the spotlight all those years ago (and if you don’t know, don’t google it at work), so it’s all the more surprising how their brand has sky rocketed to the stratospheric heights it has. First came the reality TV show, followed by endless…
In a week where it seems the world has truly lost its mind (yes, I’m talking about Trump), the new campaign Be Real Pledge, led by Dove, is a breath of fresh air amongst the negativity and previous misogynistic comments that have come from the President-elect. Inviting organizations to reflect…
With both L’Oréal and CoverGirl releasing mainstream cosmetics campaigns featuring male ambassadors for the first time, it looks like make-up is no longer solely a woman’s domain. But are these campaigns an indication that the big brands are calling time on male grooming as a separate entity? “We are very…
Snapchat has been getting a lot of air time of late. And for good reason. It’s one of the most used social media channels of the group and has been harnessed by many brands to channel their power over young and influential millennial consumers. Indeed, it goes hand in hand…
We’ve spoken before of digital innovators and disrupters, but who is at the top of the game? After extensive research for this news site, it’s pretty clear to see that L’Oreal is coming out as a front runner. But why is this beauty powerhouse such a clear head and shoulders…
My dressing table is choc-full of premium products: Tom Ford, YSL, Laura Mercier, Dior, Chanel, oh my – all the big names are present and correct. My name is Georgina Caldwell, and I am addicted to luxury beauty. And I’m not alone – prestige make-up is enjoying a real moment…
Unilever’s got big plans for it, IFF and L’Oréal aren’t showing any signs of slowing down on it, Croda is receiving awards for it, and it’s the trend with more staying power than Chanel No5. What am I talking about? Sustainability of course. Sustainability in all its myriad of forms…
The cosmetics industry never stops in its search for the next big thing, and new markets are no exception. Last year, Africa dominated the headlines and, at the start of this year, it looked like Iran was going to be 2016’s big news but with Sephora hitting pause on entry…
I won’t lie, I’m a sucker for a promotion. And I like a browse. Clothes, shoes, home interior, men (just kidding Hubby). Some, I’ll admit, would call me an advertiser’s dream. So imagine my utter delight when I while away some baby-free hours (minutes) perusing the latest beauty selection at…
This week Dubai hit the headlines. The city has been voted one of the top tourist destinations for Muslim travellers and, in a bid to top the charts, it’s stepping up its halal tourism efforts, not to mention its status as a manufacturing and distribution center for sharia compliant consumer…
Fruit and honey in cosmetics is certainly nothing new, but kale and quinoa? Yes, superfoods have well and truly arrived in the beauty aisle with several big brands and niche labels gunning for the #CleanLiving vote. As Canadean Analyst Jamie Mills explains, the wellbeing movement is creating opportunities for cosmetics…
It’s no secret that the beauty consumer’s purchasing habits have changed. Yes, there’s still footfall in stores, but as an increasing number of buyers look to their mobile devices for reviews, vlogs, apps and news regarding the best make-up practices, digital and e-commerce is gradually becoming the retail channel of…
I enter the department store and instantly get a waft of luxurious perfume. I navigate myself around the endless fragrances until I find my scent of choice and fill my boots from the sample on the stand. Next, I head over to the beauty department and marvel at the endless…
The Video Music Awards (VMAS) once again hit the headlines this week; who was wearing what, who kissed who, Kanye West (yawn - seriously, who gives that guy a stage?), and, this year, Alicia Keys. Keys grabbed a plethora of column inches thanks to her decision to attend the glamorous…
This week Estée Lauder Companies reported a healthy set of full-year results for fiscal 2016, with sales up 4 percent to US$11.26 billion for the year to 30 June. And what’s fuelling this rise? Why, selfies, if a BBC report is to be believed. And the facts speak for themselves,…
Let’s take a breather from all the digital/social influencer talk for a week and focus on the other key driver that’s giving beauty brands a lead over competitors, and that is sustainability, or, recycling, to be more specific. I, for one, don’t go a month without having to do a…
Our industry has taken a lot of flack for the lack of provision for women of color of late. Consumers have slammed Maybelline for failing to offer its full range of foundation shades to UK consumers, despite the range being fronted by British model, and taken to Instagram to protest…
How do I even begin to convey my feelings on the EU referendum result? Does anyone else feel like they're in the middle of a very bad dream? Scrap that; nightmare. As the mother of two young girls my heart aches for the turmoil, political upheaval and uncertain future they're…
When writing the weekly news for this website, it goes without saying that, at some point, I’ll set about researching yet another story heralding the rise and rise of so called ‘K-Beauty’. And I’m sure you, as learned industry insiders, are also all too aware of the dominance this beauty…
In my early beauty journalism heyday – pre kids – there wasn’t a day that went by without myself and my fellow journo chums hotfooting it across London to the latest celebrity fragrance launch, glass of fizz in hand. And that’s not to mention the global campaigns from the likes…
An interesting piece in The New York Times ‘Why Does the Beauty Industry Ignore Curvy Models’, written by Crystal Martin gave me pause for thought this week. While – rightly – much has been written on the lack of diversity in both beauty advertising and product provision for different skin…
In a week where most of Europe is still reeling from the UK referendum result, it seems an apt time to question whether beauty brands have any place in the various debates raging on any given day, at any given time around the world. Yes, politics. Can beauty brands be…
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