October 2022

Prestige Beauty Grew 16 Percent in Q2

Inflation is no match for prestige beauty.

According to data from the NPD Group, prestige beauty sales in the U.S. grew 16 percent to $6 billion in the second quarter, driven by double-digit growth across categories.

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Despite macroeconomic pressures, the beauty consumer is more engaged than ever, said Larissa Jensen, vice president, beauty, the NPD Group. “The higher-income consumer is growing, we know from census information that the cohort of incomes over $100,000 per year has been growing in size over time,” she said. “The majority of our shopper base, about 47 percent of shoppers for prestige beauty, make over $100,000 per year.”

That consumer, Jensen continued, “is more engaged, and better able to indulge because of inflationary pressure and recession fears. They’re not feeling those pressures as much as the lower-income consumers right now. Having to pay more for your groceries hurts everybody, but it really hurts the lower-income consumer more.”

To that end, usage rates for makeup, skin care, fragrance and hair care are 67 percent, 76 percent, 78 percent and 96 percent, respectively.

Makeup made up one third of sales, crossing the $2 billion mark for the quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year. Although dollar sales are still lower than before the pandemic, unit sales beat 2019’s second quarter by 1 percent. Lipstick revenues increased 28 percent year-over-year.

“Makeup is firing on all cylinders,” Jensen said. “There’s the creative, colorful side of the category, and then the one that just enhances how you look.…When you look at both sides of the makeup coin, both are very successful.”

Fragrance is still on an upward trajectory, and grew 13 percent over last year. Prices increased 6 percent — double the rate of overall beauty — a

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Stars Kim Chi and Trixie Mattel Launch Beauty Collaboration

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” competitors and TV personalities Kim Chi and Trixie Mattel have collaborated on a line of cosmetics — BFF4EVR — for KimChi Chic Beauty.

While reality show fans may know them as playful rivals, the two (born Sang-Young Shin and Brian Michael Firkus, respectively) are in fact longtime friends.

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“I realized I have a famous friend, and I could use his fame and fortune to enrich my fortune, so I was like, ‘Hey, Trixie, let me coattail off of your fame and fortune and sell some products,’” joked Kim Chi of the launch.

“It’s not like Kim’s a world famous drag queen or anything. She’s just getting started in the industry,” Trixie Mattel jumped in, sarcastically.

Their working relationship began in 2012, said Mattel, founder of Trixie Cosmetics: “I met Kim because I saw her online, and she lived close by. Milwaukee and Chicago are very close. And I DM’ed her on Facebook Messenger at the time. I sent her some clips of myself performing, and I was like, ‘Can I ever come do your show?’ And I just remember meeting her for the first time, and she was so tall and so beautiful and so nice. And we were just instant friends. There were less drag queens at the time. There was less knowledge about drag.”

They would help one another, bring each other out on drag gigs.

“We would couch surf with each other every weekend, working for enough money to catch the train and get food,” said Mattel, who’s originally from Milwaukee. “Honestly, besides the fact that we were struggling financially to pull together looks, we both have talked and said it’s probably the happiest times of our lives.”

“There was a time when we put our money together just

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How This Beauty Writer-Turned-Entrepreneur Makes the Mediterranean Diet Accessible

Tatiana Boncompagni is taking inside-out beauty to the next level.

The veteran beauty writer, with bylines from Air Mail to The New York Times under her belt, is taking her food company Eat Sunny to new heights with a new partnership.

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Boncompagni has inked a deal with Village Super Markets Inc. to distribute her organic, ready-made meals via Fairway and Gourmet Garage, starting next year.

For Boncompagni, the graduation from writer to founder happened organically. “As a young girl, I had always been interested in food,” she said. “Most kids grew up wanting to bake cookies, and I had always been interested in healthy food. I was an athlete growing up, my mom is Costa Rican, and she believed that health was beauty, and beauty is health.”

To that end, she develops her meals with nutrition in mind, likening the process to creating skin care formulations. “I almost think of myself as a cosmetic chemist building a formulation. What does a certain ingredient do for the skin or body?” she said. “That’s how I think about building a meal, both in terms of the macronutrients and the micronutrients we include. Then, we choose superfoods for each meal to maximize the nutrition.”

Among current menu options are banana kale waffles for breakfast, herb roasted wild salmon and vermicelli noodle salad with shrimp. “I love our poached chicken salad; it comes with this vegan sort of ranch dressing,” she said. “We do an amazing salad.”

Eat Sunny launched in early March 2020, just as the pandemic’s first wave hit New York, but it’s been quick to gain fans among the beauty and fashion crowds, from serial entrepreneur Bobbi Brown to Valentino’s corporate offices. “We’ve done activations for Neutrogena, Lancôme and Naturopathica,” Boncompagni added.

The meals incorporate Boncompagni’s nutritional

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The Latest Beauty Executive Moves at Lauder, Walgreens and Biologique Recherche

A slew of new appointments are afoot in beauty’s C-suites.

Lauren Brindley - Credit: Lucy Hewett

Lauren Brindley – Credit: Lucy Hewett

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After occupying the role for the last six years, Lauren Brindley will step down from being head of beauty and personal care at Walgreens Boots Alliance, at the end of July. The departure is reportedly an amicable one, and Brindley is said to be pursuing an undisclosed external opportunity.

Katie Glowski - Credit: alexandre weinberger

Katie Glowski – Credit: alexandre weinberger

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Katie Glowski has been recruited as Living Proof’s new chief sales officer. Glowski previously spent five years at the L’Oréal Luxe Division, most recently as general vice president of retail sales and business strategies.

Lanaia Edwards - Credit: photo courtesy of Alaffia

Lanaia Edwards – Credit: photo courtesy of Alaffia

photo courtesy of Alaffia

Just over two-and-a-half years into her tenure as vice president of global marketing at the company, Lanaia Edwards has been promoted to chief marketing officer of fair-trade hair and skin care brand, Alaffia.

June Risser - Credit: photo courtesy of crown laboratories

June Risser – Credit: photo courtesy of crown laboratories

photo courtesy of crown laboratories

At Crown Laboratories, June Risser has been appointed general manager, premium skin care of the portfolio company’s global business unit, which includes self-tanning brand Vita Liberata and antiaging skin care brand StriVectin, which Crown acquired from L Catterton last fall. Risser will also serve on the company’s executive leadership team.

Julee Wilson - Credit: Photo courtesy of BeautyUnited.

Julee Wilson – Credit: Photo courtesy of BeautyUnited.

Photo courtesy of BeautyUnited.

BeautyUnited has tapped Cosmopolitan’s beauty director Julee Wilson as its new executive director. In her role, Wilson will help further the organization’s mission to support the next generation of beauty and wellness leaders through education, community and access. 

Eric Bakken - Credit: Photo courtesy of Hair Cuttery Family of Brands

Eric Bakken – Credit: Photo courtesy of Hair Cuttery Family of Brands

Photo courtesy of Hair Cuttery Family of Brands

Beauty industry vet Eric Bakken has been appointed

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Marilyn Bergeron: We can show our beauty like a stained-glass window

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The sun streaming through them creates something stunningly beautiful. Did you know, it’s the impurities such as metallic salts in the glass that produce the rich, deep colours? Their true splendour only appears when the sun shines through these stains.

It’s the same for us.

Let’s not spend out time counting our stains. Let us let the light of God’s grace shine through us. Often, we don’t realize how easy it is to let the light in.

Many people consider themselves impure, unworthy of God’s love, his grace, his forgiveness. They see others as holier, more prayerful, somehow better and believe all this makes them less valuable to God. They can’t imagine God would want to shine his light on them.

Others feel lost. They may have been deeply hurt by others and their sense of trust is broken. Perhaps they have made mistakes, done something they regret and don’t see a way back. Their lives haven’t turned out the way they planned.

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God loves perfectly. That doesn’t mean he condones bad behaviour any more than we do. He wants us to keep drawing closer to him and yes, that can be a challenge. Still, he loves us.

Like the glass stained with impurities, our weaknesses can show others the Lord’s grace when we open ourselves to his light.

What if we could shine the light of Christ on one another? People living on the street are children of God just as we are. So are criminals and bullies. So are our neighbours, our relatives and all the others we so easily judge.

What if we looked at others with this kind of respect and value as fellow children of God? What if we looked for their redeeming qualities and their need for our saviour’s redemption?

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What Is ”Gorpcore” Beauty? Here’s What You Need To Know

“Gorpcore” was first coined and talked about by The Cuts Jason Chen in 2017 and has made its way back to the forefront of fashion as the most talked-about trend of 2022. The minimalist, utilitarian and functional movement has now made its way over into our everyday beauty routines.

For those who aren’t aware the name “gorp” is an acronym for “good ole’ raisins and peanuts,” inspired by what is called “camper-chic,” and it serves as a nod to the hiker street style aesthetic that gorpcore is encompassed of. Vests, cargo pants, bomber jackets, hiking boots and trainers are all key components of the trend. Popular bro brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Salomon and Fear of God Essentials are some of the go-to places for people buying into the style.

What does this have to do with beauty? The gorpcore aesthetic for beauty is all about understated natural makeup. A fresh out-of-bed fresh face is what makes gorp beauty appealing. Your skin-but-better brands such as Glossier, Kosas and Freck are most likely where you may want to invest your money to achieve the look. We’d advise shopping brands that promote a unified complexion, natural-looking mascara and full, fluffy brows.

When it comes to hair styling, loose, natural texture takes the lead. Slicked back buns or ponytails and hair held up by claw clips are all acceptable when it comes to your personal interpretation of gorpcore tresses.

For more inspiration on the beauty front, we’ve rounded up a few Instagrams that adhere to what Gorpcore means. Check them out below.

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Kering Hints at Move Into Beauty After Robust Q2

PARIS — Could Kering be plotting a move into beauty?

Reporting first-half results after the market close on Wednesday, the French luxury group said it was looking at the segment, although it did not specify whether it might follow in the footsteps of Hermès International by launching its own beauty line, or whether it was on the hunt for acquisitions.

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Kering currently operates under a license model, with Coty Inc. handling Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta; L’Oréal holding the rights for Saint Laurent, and Interparfums in charge of Boucheron.

Speaking after the group disclosed that net profit rose 34 percent in the first half versus the same period last year, group managing director Jean-François Palus said Kering was encouraged by the success of its eyewear division, launched in 2015, for which it is targeting revenues of 2 billion euros in the medium-term.

“Regarding beauty, it is a natural extension of our brands’ territory, and you know that currently, we operate under a license model. But our success with Kering Eyewear demonstrates that we can create a lot of value for the brands, on the one side, and as a consequence, for the group, by taking some disruptive and innovative approaches,” he said in a conference call with analysts.

“So beauty is definitely an area where we could contemplate some initiatives in the future and all options are open,” Palus added. There were reports a few years ago that Kering was eyeing The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. as a potential takeover target, but the reports were never confirmed and, if true, the talks clearly went nowhere.

Palus declined to comment on the duration of Kering’s existing beauty licenses, but the group has in the past expressed dissatisfaction with Coty Inc. for failing to capitalize fully on

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Ariana Grande Shares Rare Makeup-Free Selfie to Show Off Beauty Transformation

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Ariana Grande is glowing in her latest bare-faced selfie.

On Monday, the “positions” singer gave a rare glimpse at her makeup-free face in a before-and-after makeup transformation using products from her line R.E.M. Beauty.

For the “before” shot posted to her Instagram Story, Grande, 29, filmed a quick video while giving the camera a shy smile. She also wore a Cosabella black lace bralette and her hair in a casual bun.

Then, just like magic, her “after” makeup look — bronzed cheeks, glossy lips and feathery eyebrows and lashes — was revealed in the following Story slide.

Ariana Grande posts her makeup-free face in her Instagram story

Ariana Grande posts her makeup-free face in her Instagram story

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RELATED: Ariana Grande Rocks Custom Vera Wang Bridesmaid Look for Brother Frankie’s Wedding 

Grande has been busy promoting R.E.M. Beauty’s new Chapter 3: On Your Collar collection, which introduced five new lip products back in June.

In May, she also gave her beauty line a taste of wedding glam, repping R.E.M. Beauty for her brother Frankie’s Star Wars-themed wedding to Hale Leon.

Thanks to makeup artist Ash K Holm, Grande rocked her signature winged eyeliner, bronzy eye makeup and a glossy brick-hued lip.

The classic look paired perfectly with the singer’s custom Vera Wang bridesmaid ensemble — a sexy two-piece set featuring a cutout bralette and skirt with a high slit.

Ariana Grande Rocks Custom Vera Wang Bridesmaid Dress for Brother Frankie's Wedding

Ariana Grande Rocks Custom Vera Wang Bridesmaid Dress for Brother Frankie’s Wedding

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RELATED: Ariana Grande Gifts Kim Kardashian Her New R.E.M. Beauty Collection amid Pete Davidson Romance

In addition to playing beauty entrepreneur, the “thank u next” singer has also been focusing her attention on her new role as Glinda in John M. Chu’s film adaptation

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Tessa Virtue is a ‘dream beauty’ in video showing off wavy high ponytail: ‘Cutest’

Tessa Virtue is showing off a perfectly-waved ponytail in her latest Instagram video. (Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP via Getty Images)

Tessa Virtue is showing off a perfectly-waved ponytail in her latest Instagram video. (Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP via Getty Images)

Tessa Virtue is making sure everyone knows she doesn’t skimp out on beauty when it comes to business.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram on Saturday to share a short video of herself sitting on a countertop while tightening her wavy high ponytail, a hairdo completed by Toronto-based hair stylist Kelly Araujo. Virtue shined while wearing a white cropped tank top and powder blue leggings, while makeup artist Rebecca Pilozo-Melara gave the former Olympic ice dancer a simple, clean look.

“You know a girl means business when she tightens that ponytail!” Virtue captioned her post.

Fans weren’t shy about sharing their love for Virtue’s look, with many people leaving uplifting comments about her appearance and hair.

“Hello, goddess!” shared fellow Olympic figure skater Lilah Fear.

“Hair power! You look so beautiful,” one fan added.

“Beautiful! Such an incredible team! This is the perfect summer look!” another commented.

“Love, love, love your hair colour!” someone chimed in, while adding a heart eyes emoji.

“Is that your natural hair colour? The highlights are gorgeous; sun-kissed perfection,” another person raved.

“That hair colour suits you so much!!! Slay!” replied someone else.

“Cheerful and beautiful: the best look!” said a fan.

“How do you look so godd—n amazing everywhere?! A living example of class,” another instagram.com/p/CgW1RYkD6za/” data-ylk=”slk:wrote” class=”link “wrote.

Virtue, who has competed in three Olympics with ice dance partner Scott Moir, spoke to virtue-on-fitness-skincare-and-finding-balance” data-ylk=”slk:Canadian Living” class=”link “Canadian Living about beauty and empowerment.

“To me, beauty is all about how you feel in your skin and how you present yourself to the world. That stems from confidence, as well as knowing who you

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Miss Debbie Leung from Hong Kong Emerges as the New Miss Photogenic in the 19th Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant in New York Area

The 19th Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant Held Successfully Last Week And SunshineBox Media Group presented the award of Miss Photogenic

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 5, 2022 / The 19th Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant’s final contest, which was hosted at the Mohegan Sun Uncas Ballroom, came to a beautiful conclusion last week. Miss Debbie Leung from Hong Kong won the title of Miss Photogenic. The award was presented to Miss Leung by Sunshine Box Media Group, who is also the leading sponsor of the contest.

“Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant can be traced back to 1993; the Pageant itself affects greatly in the Chinese American Community,” said Jason Sun, the Executive Producer of Sunshine Box Media Group.

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Sunshine Box Media Group founded by Sonnia Liu in New York and built it up to be one of the best agencies in the entertainment business specializing in Asian markets. With the collaboration of the 19th Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant, Sonnia and her team have proven how capable they are of getting media exposure for the projects.

This year’s pageant was the continuation of the 2020’s contest, which was canceled and couldn’t return until 2022 due to COVID restrictions. Therefore, 2022 is the year when the contestants, who waited for three years for the final contest, finally got to wow the audience with their performances. And it was clear that none of the contestants lost their charm and beauty, giving a tough time to each other. However, Miss Leung delivered the best performance, emerging victorious as a result.

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“We are very proud to be sponsoring the 2022 Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant. We made it possible that all the contestants were presented in Nasdaq Billboard in Times Square, which was an unforgettable experience,” stated Jason Sun, who saw the potential in

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