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Sep 29, 2017
Beauty

Where is the Luxe?

Within skincare, there has historically been a point of difference not only between mass and prestige, but also between prestige and luxury. Traditionally, luxury brands were selectively distributed i...

Aug 14, 2017
Beauty

Pulling at Our Heartstrings

I am a proud Millennial. I look fondly on memories of playing with my Skip It, being obsessed with gel pens, playing MASH with my friends to find out what my future would hold, and having what see...

Jul 27, 2017
Beauty

Are Beard Oils the New Aftershave?

As a kid, I used to watch my dad shave his face. I especially loved it when he would clap his face with aftershave, look into the mirror and say, “Damn, I’m handsome,” signaling the completion of ...

Jun 28, 2017
Beauty

The New Age

Recently, my mother broke both of her wrists and had casts from her hands to her elbows for two months. One of her main concerns was her nightly ritual of potions and lotions that my step-father w...

Jun 2, 2017
Beauty

The Secret Behind Suncare

­­­One of the things that I love most about my job is that there is so much data available at my fingertips.  When I’m looking for a new product to buy, I always turn to NPD data first to see what...

Apr 24, 2017
Beauty

Macy’s Shows Consumers How to Match Their Mood with Fragrance

If you weren’t able to visit the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Herald Square earlier this month, you missed a real treat. If you experienced it then you know what I’m talking about. The carnival fl...

Apr 6, 2017
Beauty

Customization is the Expectation

I like my things a certain way. I order a Grande Iced Caramel Latte with extra caramel at Starbucks; I jump at the opportunity to choose products that I’ll receive in my FabFitFun subscription box...

Feb 13, 2017
Beauty

A Cleaner Approach to Natural Skincare

Growing up in New York City I had access to many things the common teenager did not. Around the corner from my apartment was the city’s first Whole Foods Market. I remember the opening very well and h...

Jan 17, 2017
Beauty

Commitment Issues

My grandaunt always said, “A lady needs to have a signature perfume.” So, for years I have been on the hunt for a fragrance that I could call my own. I always dreamed that in the wake of my signat...

Dec 28, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 4: Atop the Hill, Look Who’s Smiling Now!

Impossible! Unprecedented! For all the naysayers and doubters, what a wakeup call this is. The discounted “one-hit wonder” is now at the top of the hill. Like a game of thrones, the little guys an...

Dec 27, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 3: A Split Decision for Scent

What do you say? Do you believe all the reports? Do you believe that we have become so detached from what else matters that we don’t care about anything but appearance? I don’t believe that.  So...

Dec 22, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 2: Is Skincare Over the Hill?

What happened? The experts and pundits declared it.  They thought, “This is a no-brainer.” Every woman cares about these issues! This is the women’s platform, and men care, too. “Who’s got the experie...

Dec 21, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 1: Makeup Trumps All!

Blowing away the competition and upending our world as we once knew it. If you ever doubted the power of the internet, social media, and the appeal of the personality, now you know. This force i...

Dec 19, 2016
Beauty

A Natural Holiday

My sister is a millennial mom and, like many millennial moms, she tries to keep her family’s impact on the environment to a minimum. As an example, when giving out Christmas gift ideas for her dau...

Dec 6, 2016
Beauty

New & Now: Find it, Buy it, Try it

A friend recently went on a trip to Asia and before he left he asked if there was anything I wanted him to bring back for me.  Silly question, of course there was.  In fact, I had started research...

Nov 28, 2016
Beauty

Mass Customization

I might be aging myself here, but I can clearly remember my first trip to a certain Bloomingdale’s counter where a prestige brand custom mixed makeup products. It was the first foundation I ever p...

Nov 1, 2016
Beauty

Do Consumers Crave Collaborations?

I ignore advertisements. I mute the TV when commercials come on, I opt for Netflix and radio shows that are commercial free, I skip the ads on YouTube every chance I can, and I honestly couldn’t m...

Sep 20, 2016
Beauty

Ready for Prime Time

Primers have become very popular items in the makeup category. Consumer usage of primers has increased by 10 percentage points to 39 percent*, and retail sales within prestige grew 20 percent last...

Aug 5, 2016
Beauty

Draping: A Trend I Can Get Behind

A fan of proportion and definition, I appreciate a statement brow and sculpted cheek when I see one. Imagine my excitement when contouring, or the art of creating such proportion and definition with t...

Jun 28, 2016
Beauty

Skincare, Edited

Social media has changed not only how we live, but how we shop. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t have an Instagram account. This photo sharing social network has taken the world by storm,...

May 31, 2016
Beauty

Small Batch Beauty

A friend’s daughter has made herself some nice pocket cash with a small and lucrative business creating and selling all-natural, homemade sugar lip scrubs. Did I mention her daughter is 11-years old? ...

Apr 29, 2016
Beauty

Home Sweet (Smelling) Home

I have recently developed a new love. I have fallen in love with candles and reed diffusers. I used to have this irrational fear of candles being dangerous and thought that reed diffusers were too fus...

Mar 30, 2016
Beauty

Let’s Play

When I was a little girl, I remember watching my mother’s cleansing ritual with such awe. All the jars, potions, and lotions that she slathered seemed so glamorous compared to my splash of water. When...

Feb 29, 2016
Beauty

Sister Categories

Years ago, when I was home from college for Christmas break, I remember taking my closet apart one night searching for my favorite “going out” sweater to wear to a party. I knew I never brought it up ...

Jan 20, 2016
Beauty

Kitchen Chemist

I am very finicky about what is in my skincare products. I like all natural, organic ingredients and the only way I can control what goes into my skincare is by making the products myself. So, every f...

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