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The make-up wars:  powder equals power

The make-up wars: powder equals power

It came as precisely no surprise to me that a study conducted by Richard Russell of the Department of Psychology at Gettysburg College in collaboration with researchers from Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Research & Innovation that looked at the perceived impact of wearing...

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Just how safe is our sunscreen application?

Just how safe is our sunscreen application?

Please excuse me while I write this, with two fans aimed directly at my face, window open to catch the merest hint of a breeze and a cold shower planned before bed. You see, Britain is in the midst of a somewhat uncharacteristic hot spell. OK, so this week we had a...

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Amo l’italia – Italian beauty makes its move

Amo l’italia – Italian beauty makes its move

When you think of luxurious European cosmetics, I think we’d all look at the French beauty industry. It’s hard not to. With the likes of L’Oréal, LVMH, L’Occitane and Clinique all hailing from the country, it’s clearly a mecca for successful cosmetic powerhouses....

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Dear Lush: keep calm and carry on

Dear Lush: keep calm and carry on

We love a scandal here in the UK. If there’s a tiny thread to be pulled to unravel a cacophony of scandalous headlines, you can bet your life that the tabloid journalisms will pull it. And this was most certainly the case in the recent ‘Lush SpyCops’ debacle. For...

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In-Cosmetics Global trend watch: step away from the screen

In-Cosmetics Global trend watch: step away from the screen

What are the next big beauty trends? Well if the launches at In-Cosmetics Global 2018 this week are anything to go by, the industry is feeling blue. Blue light be gone Yes, while Ultraviolet may be Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018, the cosmetics camp are battling...

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

If you’re like me, you’ll love spouting off the plethora of well-known names in your make-up bag. Even more so, you’ll love checking your eyeliner with your Bobbi Brown compact (encased in that sleek black and white packaging), applying your MAC lipstick (emblazoned...

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Less is more: Meet make-up’s anti-influencers

Less is more: Meet make-up’s anti-influencers

If there is one thing that has changed the way we shop and indeed what we buy, it’s digital. Thanks to good old YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, not to mention online stores that offer same-day delivery, make-up sales have soared. But will 2018 be the year that...

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Has luxury got the millennial memo?

Has luxury got the millennial memo?

Back in June, my learned colleague Georgina looked at the resurgence of luxury. According to a Bain & Co spring luxury update back in the heady heights of summer, co-founded by Bain partner Federica Levato, the premium beauty industry sector was expected to post a 2...

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Bold beauty gets f**king fabulous

Bold beauty gets f**king fabulous

2017. The year of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the triggering of Article 50 for the UK to leave Europe, that Weinstein scandal and, in our world, brave beauty. Yep, that’s right, for one reason or another, the cosmetics market has got increasingly bold this year....

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The women of the world speak…

The women of the world speak…

It’s hard to put into words how I feel about the recent revelations that have come to light about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. As a women, mother, and staunch supporter of gender equality, the allegations of a three-decade long campaign of systemic abuse against...

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Almighty Amazon: the e-tailer taking on the world

Almighty Amazon: the e-tailer taking on the world

Picture the scene. I’m looking for that perfect lip gloss online, I research, scroll, and research some more. Then I find it. The one. Yet the dreaded notification; ‘delivery between 3 – 7 days’ pops up and I, of course, leave the site and promptly find the cheapest...

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