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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
With teen idol Kylie Jenner breaking the internet every time she releases a new batch of her now infamous Lip Kits – and by all accounts (well, all her social media accounts) set to open her own store – it’s no wonder that the beauty category’s wallet share among upper-income…
It seems the cosmetics industry has served up my blog post on a plate this week. If you cast your mind back just a mere seven days, you’ll remember my colleague Georgina championing the industry's marketing innovators, highlighting the best of the best campaigns of recent weeks. Unfortunately it’s time…
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve hardly shied away from criticising marketing campaigns in the past. But fair’s fair – when the industry gets it right, I’ll be the first to stand up and clap. And this week, Nivea played a blinder. I’m not just clapping, I’m…
Disruptive marketing, disruptive innovators – whatever you want to call it, the beauty industry has finally woken up to this powerful and innovative method in which to forge ahead in the 21st century cosmetics market. But are these brands that are being lumped under this header actually ‘disruptors’, or are…
This week we reported that The National Museum of American History has digitized its 2,200-strong collection of historic cosmetics and toiletries, providing a fascinating insight into the social mores and wider trends that have shaped today’s cosmetics industry. What struck me, as I browsed the collection, was how little has…
It’s the modern day story of David and Goliath. On one side of the ring we have the large multinationals taking up shelf space – a stash of cash and global dominance on their side – on the other side we have the homegrown talent, proving their worth through consumer…
In an age where the cosmetics industry has never been more regulated – both by lawmakers and consumer savvy - it’s truly shocking when a legitimate product falls so short on safety that it causes multiple deaths. Yet, sadly, that appears to be the case with Oxy RB’s Humidifier Sterilizer.…
I don’t know about you, but it seems I can’t turn my phone on without yet another social media app being touted as the latest ‘must-have’ to download in order to keep up with the masses in the game that is digital. Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Whatsapp, You Tube…
The announcement that Dove is encouraging women to love their hair just as it is with a new social media campaign this week gave me pause for thought. And I’m not alone, Hadley Freeman wrote about this new wave of ‘empowerment marketing’ for The Guardian last week, while Jezebel Deputy…
In markets as fast paced as personal care and cosmetics, eagle eyed marketers keep their finger’s to the pulse when it comes to the profitability of emerging regions and continue to drive forward with fierce entry campaigns to take a slice of the market early on. And one such untapped…
If there was one over-arching theme at In-Cosmetics, Paris this week, it was that each and every supplier had a product ‘story’ to tell about their latest innovation. Once upon a time, suppliers dealt with ‘the science bit’, leaving brands to put their marketing spin on it. Now that model…