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Benefit Launches Button to Keep Influencers Stocked on Product

Benefit has a new model to keep product flowing to its influencer base.
The brand, known for its brow products, is launching a button to help ensure Benefit influencers stay stocked with product while simultaneously cutting down on excess packaging. The idea was inspired by influencers who communicated to Benefit that they were out of product, as well as influencers and editors who have shared their experiences with wasteful packaging from a variety of brands both on social media and through their media outlets.
“We’re seeing across the board that press and influencers are concerned about the excess packaging that comes with product sends,” said Laurin Hicks, Benefit’s digital marketing director. “As a brand, we of course want to put our products into the hands of press and influencers, but we also want to be kind and loving to our planet. This Brow Now button solved for both of those points. Influencers can restock their Benefit brow supply with the literal push of a button, and because they’re only requesting exactly what they need, when they need it, we aren’t shipping out a ton of unnecessary product in packaging.”

Benefit’s Brow Now button for influencers.
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The button, which was unveiled at Benefit’s annual influencer holiday

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Jumper semantics: the four best styles for winter 2018

By Morwenna Ferrier

Classic or statement, short or big, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to keeping warm as the nights draw in. Here are our favourite looks of this season

Come winter, a jumper’s stock is up. This is probably because jumpers are one of the few upsides to living in the northern hemisphere, so we tend to take them seriously – and because there is no one-size-fits-all. You can go classic or statement, short or big. Here are the four styles we are gunning for now and how to wear them.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/nov/14/jumper-semantics-the-four-best-styles-for-winter-2018

      

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Coty Luxury Creates E-commerce and Digital Transformation Role

PARIS — Antoine Borde has been named Coty Luxury senior vice president e-commerce and digital transformation, effective Nov. 14.
In the newly created position, Borde reports to Edgar Huber, global president, Coty Luxury. Borde, who is Paris-based, will also have a dotted line to Jason Forbes, chief media and digital officer, Coty, and be a member of the Coty Luxury leadership team.
“This new role will serve our high ambitions in e-commerce growth and support the acceleration of our digital transformation,” Coty said in a statement.
Borde formerly worked at L’Oréal, where for almost four years he served as global e-commerce acceleration director. Prior to that, he was key account director new business and marketing director for L’Oréal Paris in the Netherlands and in Paris, among other positions.

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How the push-up bra fell flat: the rise of quiet cleavage

By Jess Cartner-Morley

Profits are plunging at Victoria’s Secret as a proudly bra-less look takes hold. The most fashionable boobs are now no longer in your face

Victoria’s Secret has a whole bunch of problems right now. Last week’s New York fashion show has been overshadowed by comments made by its boss, Ed Razek (for which he has since apologised), about how it would be inappropriate to cast “transsexuals” in a show “about fantasy”. Profits, sales and market share have all fallen over the past year; most alarmingly, month-by-month breakdown shows the decline growing steeper still. But neither of these are the brand’s biggest problem. The real trouble for Victoria’s Secret is that it is selling the wrong kind of cleavage.

All breasts are beautiful, but some are more fashionable than others. The scaffolded cleavage – hoiked and cantilevered by a push-up bra, twin globes held rigid – is still the style at Victoria’s Secret. On the New York catwalk, Gigi Hadid wore a shiny blue check bra with matching knickers, a billowing tartan cape and a bumbag in the style of a sporran. Kendall Jenner was dressed in a black and silver glitter push-up bra with a multistrap knicker-harness hybrid and frilly wings. There was the odd legging-and-sports-bra concession to athleisure, but the hoisted boob reigned supreme. And, in 2018, this is the wrong kind.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/nov/14/how-the-push-up-bra-fell-flat-the-rise-of-quiet-cleavage

      

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Sealed With a Kiss: Lisa Eldridge Launches 3 Lipsticks in First Solo Color Project

LONDON — Lisa Eldridge has many faces — creative director at Lâncome, makeup artist, author and YouTube legend, with 1.8 million subscribers. In May, she launched a sell-out line of rings made with semiprecious stones, similar to the ones she wears herself. Now, she’s embarking on her first solo project in color cosmetics with a limited-edition collection of lipsticks that launches on Nov. 19.
Eldridge has 20 years of beauty expertise, having consulted for Shiseido and No7 and collaborated on campaigns with brands including Prada, Chloé and Gucci. She started creating her beauty tutorials on YouTube eight years ago, offering makeup and skin-care advice to women of a variety of ages and ethnicities, and has 966,000 followers on Instagram.
Eldridge could have harnessed her fame and her social media influence long ago to create a full cosmetics line, but the makeup artist said she preferred to do things organically, and in her own time. “Often, I’m unconsciously doing the exact opposite of what people expect,” she said. “I definitely had that with my book as most people expected a ‘how-to’ format but instead, it was a history book.”
She took a similar approach to creating the lipsticks. “I hadn’t planned to create a lipstick, but I

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Priori Looks to Turmeric for New ‘Clean’ Line

Antiaging line Priori Skincare now has a “clean” collection of all-natural, skin-care products based on a natural compound of turmeric root extracts.
The unisex line also relies on its proprietary adaptive technology. The latest collection, the TTC collection, is formulated with a proprietary natural compound of three kinds of colorless turmeric root extracts, along with green tea, grape seed and licorice. Regis Haberkorn, president of Priori Skincare, said the combination contains “antioxidant, brightening and antiinflammatory” properties.
According to Haberkorn, the turmeric root extracts are from molecules that aren’t yellow. More importantly, the formulas for the collection of six products are free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates and other chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone and triclosan. He said the research and development time for the new line was about one year.
The six TTC retail products include a cleanser, eye serum, illumination treatment, enzyme peel and masque and two moisturizer options. Haberkorn said he uses the Luxuriant Crème for day and the Skin Restore Crème for night. There is also a professional-size version for each product for use in spas by aestheticians. The two lines are comparable, with the only essential difference the more concentrated version of the enzyme peel and masque, which contains

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Purple Tuesday: 'Shopping with a disability can be humiliating'

By Zoe Wood

Stores are serving £249bn market badly, says founder of national accessibility day

Going shopping makes Mike Adams feel “very disabled”. He says: “I can go into a shop and be made to feel invisible. There’s an apprehension. Staff are unsure of engaging with me so they swerve the conversation altogether.”

Tough times on the high street mean the big retail chains are crying out for customers, yet Adams – the founder of Purple, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the spending power of the UK’s near 14 million disabled people – argues that shops are badly serving a £249bn market.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/13/purple-tuesday-shop-disability-market

      

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Heyday Closes Series A Round

Heyday has closed a series A round of funding, raising a total of $8 million, led by Fifth Wall Ventures. The round also includes funding from Lerer Hippeau, Brainchild Funding, M3 Ventures and CircleUp.
Often referred to as the “Drybar of facials,” New York-based facial shop Heyday plans to use the cash injection for building out its brick-and-mortar presence in Los Angeles, new hires and to build out its digital and e-commerce platforms.
Heyday opened its first fast facial bar in New York’s Flatiron in 2015 — since then, it has expanded to four more locations in New York and one in Los Angeles. The skin-care concept, founded by Adam Ross and Michael Pollack, was designed to take facials “out of the spa,” and target Millennials, specializing in affordable custom facials by aestheticians. A 30-minute facial costs $65, a 50-minute facial costs $95 and a 75-minute facial costs $140. Add-ons such as microdermabrasion, peels, LED therapy and “beard therapy” are also available. There’s also an option for monthly membership.
There is also a retail side to the business. Heyday sells many of the products it uses in facials both in its stores and online, from brands such as Naturopathica, Image Skincare and Ursa

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Givaudan Invests in Expressions Parfumées

PARIS — Five months after the acquisition of fragrance creation house Expressions Parfumées, Givaudan said on Tuesday that it is making a 20 million Swiss franc, or $17.6 million, investment in the company to support growth of local and regional customers.
The Swiss fragrance and flavors supplier is expanding and modernizing Expressions Parfumées’ research and development laboratories and production facilities in Grasse, France, with new robotics and digitalization of operations. The expansion is due to be completed in the first half of 2020.
“A quarter after the closing of the acquisition, Expressions Parfumées is already achieving very promising results,” Maurizio Volpi, president fragrance division at Givaudan, said in a statement. “Investing in this company shows Givaudan’s commitment to reinforce its capabilities in Grasse for future growth, particularly with local and regional customers, while sustaining its strong reputation of having state-of-the-art customer service and know-how in ‘made in France’ fragrance design.”
Givaudan purchased Expressions Parfumées in June to bolster its naturals business. The supplier had entered into exclusive talks to acquire the house in mid-December 2017.
Expression Parfumées, a pioneer of natural fragrance compounds, has operated in Grasse since 1982. Its NATCO line of fragrances was created to adapt to any production labeled organic.
Vernier, Switzerland-based

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Clinique Bets Big on Personalized Moisturization

Clinique is turning to customization for its latest launch, which is slated to be the brand’s biggest since Even Better Clinical.
Over the past two years, Clinique has focused on growing its moisturizers category and already, it has seen success. The 50-year-old brand is growing at a rate of 15 percent in moisturizers, according to global brand president Jane Lauder, with a large portion of its sales coming from the Dramatically Different moisturizer collection. According to Lauder, Clinique sells moisturizers at a rate of one every three seconds — which translates to 24 million units a year.
“We’re a brand that drives units,” said Lauder. “You want the most amount of people coming to our brand. If we’re selling a moisturizer every three seconds, we better do a good job of keeping that going. Let’s see if we can do it every two seconds.”
It makes sense, then, that Clinique’s latest launch seeks to revolutionize its Dramatically Different moisturizers. According to senior vice president of global marketing Julien Moignard, Clinique conducted a quantitative study in the U.S. and found that 68 percent of women still hadn’t found the right moisturizer.
“For most women, it can take up to two years, trying up to five different products

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Coty CEO Shift Underscores Merger Integration Troubles

Coty Inc. has undergone a rapid leadership swap.
Pierre Laubies, the former chief executive officer of coffee and tea business Jacobs Douwe Egberts, is now ceo, and Peter Harf, who ran Coty as ceo between 1993 and 2001, is now chairman. Erhard Schoewel has been appointed lead independent director, and the company has started the process of appointing two independent board members.

Pierre Laubies, Coty ceo.

Laubies’ and Harf’s appointments replace former ceo Camillo Pane, who joined the business in 2016 upon Coty’s acquisition of 41 beauty brands from Procter & Gamble, and former chairman Bart Becht, respectively. Pane is said to have resigned for personal reasons. Becht, who is a partner and chairman at Coty minority shareholder JAB, will remain on Coty’s board. JAB owns about 38 percent of Coty.
The leadership changes, which do not include transition periods, took Wall Street by surprise.
“The swiftness of the appointment suggests discussions may have been going on for a number of weeks and when known, may have also factored into the outgoing ceo’s decision to leave so quickly,” wrote Jefferies analyst Stephanie Wissink in a research note.
“It suggests that not only is JAB unhappy with Mr. Pane’s performance as ceo, but also that it is

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Grande Cosmetics Goes Into Macy’s, Relaunches Hair Care

Grande Cosmetics is joining the growing beauty roster at Macy’s as the retailer makes an even bigger statement in the category. Macy’s Inc. is rolling out several items from the Grande Cosmetics’ portfolio including GrandeLash-MD and GrandeBrow in Herald Square and 19 other doors. The full 40 stockkeeping-unit array of Grande products will be sold at macys.com.
“Macy’s beauty customers are passionate and love to play and discover newness, so we are thrilled to continue to expand our beauty offering with fun and innovative brands like Grande Cosmetics and their powerful serums and dual-functioning cosmetics,” said Nata Dvir, executive vice president and general business manager for beauty at Macy’s.
The Grande Cosmetics items, such as GrandeLips Hydrating Lip Plumper and GrandeMascara will be spotlighted in some of Macy’s Growth 50 stores on special displays. The fixture is called Get Real and highlights results the products deliver without requiring services such as lash lengthening.
The rollout at Macy’s adds to Grande Cosmetic’s distribution at Sephora, Sephora.com and HSN. It is a personal victory for company founder Alicia Grande. “I personally love shopping at Macy’s,” she said.
Grande started the company 10 years ago, tapping into her background in marketing, with one product — a natural lash enhancer.

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June Leaman, Former Estée Lauder Cos. Marketing Executive, Dies at 93

June Leaman, longtime marketing executive at The Estée Lauder Cos., passed away on Nov. 6. She was 93 years old.
Leaman spent over 30 years working at the company, first as a consultant in 1962 before officially joining the company in 1966 as director of creative services. She was later promoted to vice president of creative services and advertising in 1972, senior vice president of creative marketing in 1975 and then named senior vice president of creative advertising and media in 1990. In 1992, Leaman was named senior vice president for creative services.
Leaman is best known for creating the “Color Story,” a seasonal ad campaign that told the story of the Estée Lauder woman who was seen as elegant, well-traveled and an art lover. Many employees close to Leaman believed she based this character on herself. Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Cos. described Leaman as a “clear-eyed and soft-spoken genius.”
Before joining The Estée Lauder Cos., Leaman attended Iowa State University and worked at Bergdorf Goodman for eight years. She is survived by her stepson Howard Leaman. A funeral service was held on Nov. 8.

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Pierre Laubies Appointed Coty CEO, Camillo Pane Resigns

Pierre Laubies has been appointed chief executive officer of Coty Inc.
The move comes upon the resignation of Coty’s former ceo, Camillo Pane, who took the helm as Coty acquired 41 beauty brands from Procter & Gamble, in 2016. The company also said that Bart Becht is stepping down as chairman, and Peter Harf will take over the role. Erhard Schoewel has been appointed lead independent director.
The news comes shortly after Coty reported sharp dips in sales for most of its business segments, which it said were mostly because of back-end disruptions. Some of those disruptions were part of the P&G brands integration, but others were caused by Hurricane Florence and component shortages from external suppliers.
Becht was the visionary behind Coty’s acquisition of the P&G specialty beauty portfolio, and was said to be leading the integration charge while Pane focused on increasing sales — something he had a proven track record of doing from his previous post at Reckitt Benckiser, where Becht was once ceo. But challenges in Coty’s Consumer division, which includes CoverGirl, Clairol and Rimmel, were greater than expected, and the segment has yet to turn around. In the most recent quarter, the segment posted a more than 20 percent sales decline,

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Regime change: 10 steps to perfect skin … but you might need a chemistry degree

By Nosheen Iqbal

The pursuit of a flawless complexion has gone far beyond cleanse, tone and moisturise. We venture into the baffling but fast-growing world of high-end skincare

There are shoppers who care about their skin – the ones who dutifully cleanse, tone and moisturise – and there are those that have stretched the beauty industry to new, elastic, collagen-plumped limits: for we are living in the age of “skintellectuals”. A world of 10-step skincare regimes in which acids, peptides and essences are standard, and glowing, dewy skin is de rigueur. And where science-savvy self-care swots with high levels of disposable income and even higher standards of skincare have led, it seems the rest of us are following.

Last month an online waiting list of more than 4,000 people and an actual queue of hundreds at a London pop-up store greeted the arrival of US brand Drunk Elephant. Officially launched in 2014 by Texan Tiffany Masterson, then a stay-at-home mother of four with little experience of cosmetic science, its 11-product mix of serums, acids, creams and cleansers have made it the fastest-selling brand in history for beauty store Sephora in the US.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/nov/11/step-change-how-skincare-became-complicated

      

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Here’s looking like you, kid … mini-me fashion goes global

By Scarlett Conlon

Celebrities lead trend to dress whole family in matching outfits

Parents are taking the “chip off the old block” concept to new extremes with the latest fashion trend: wearing the same clothes as the children. The practice has made its way to the high street after celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham were photographed in the same outfits as their offspring.

Primark experienced a surge in sales of its matching adult and mini-me clothes after Beyoncé shared an image of herself wearing the same Gucci dress as her six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. While the singer’s choice cost about £3,000, Primark’s options are a more modest £30; one of its most popular items is an all-generations denim jacket. Next has matching nightwear for men, women and children, while Matalan has faux-fur-lined parkas at £24 for children and £45 for adults.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/nov/11/mini-me-parents-children-matching-outfits-celebrities-sales

      

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The best new jelly moisturisers

By Sali Hughes

These Korean skincare-inspired cooling gels are great for hormonal skin both young and older

I confess I was initially snippy about the craze for jelly-textured moisturisers, mainly because I felt I’d been here before. The first wave of moisture gels invariably combined silicone that peeled off the face with high levels of alcohol that stripped it dry. I couldn’t see the point in taking what was essentially a crap serum and calling it a moisturiser when both products are already perfectly fit for purpose. But as I began playing with the new generation of jellies, I quite literally softened.

These Korean-skincare inspired jellies are much better and finer-textured, and while they’re unlikely to enter my own routine permanently, they do answer the prayers of many an oily or combination person. They’re also terrific for women experiencing the hot flashes, rosacea and increased oiliness so common in menopause, because they apply water-soluble hydrating ingredients without any grease, and feel cool and weightless – a tall glass of iced water for the more mature face, if you will. Shiseido’s excellent Waso Clear Mega Hydrating Cream (£32, 50ml), for example – designed for millennials, but adored by my friends for its instantly cooling, plumping and smoothing effect and enduringly moist finish. Clinique, well known for its excellent gel-textured Moisture Surge franchise, has recently extended the idea to Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (£31 – great value for a whopping 125ml). This has a cooling, jelly-to-liquid texture and contains hyaluronic acid (as every product here does) to help retain water. Oily and hormonal skins (at either end of the generational spectrum) should enjoy wearing it applied straight over serum, before makeup.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/nov/10/gel-jelly-moisturiser-skincare-cooling-oily-hormonal-skin

      

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The Victoria's Secret backlash: how athleisure-inspired bras have seen off the sexy look

By Leah Harper

It’s all about comfort as millennials shun the sculpted, glitter-covered styles of the annual show in favour of ‘leisurée’

In the week that Victoria’s Secret sent a $1m diamond-encrusted bra down its annual catwalk, it seems sexy lingerie is falling out of fashion. Over the past two years, GoogleTrends has seen a surge in searches for “bralette” over “push-up bra” and the market research company NPD Group reported that the highest priority for bra wearers was “comfort”.

Not only does the Victoria’s Secret brand aesthetic sit uncomfortably in the wake of the #MeToo movement, it has also faced opposition from the growing popularity of “leisurée” – an athleisure-inspired take on lingerie – particularly among millennials.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/nov/09/the-victorias-secret-backlash-how-athleisure-inspired-bras-have-seen-off-the-sexy-look

      

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