Could 3D Printed Hair Follicles Help With Hair Loss?

Hair follicles created by a process similar to 3D printing could one day be used as implants, L'Oreal has said. The cosmetics firm is partnering with a French bio-printing company called Poietis, which has developed a form of laser printing for cell-based objects. Read more at BBC News.

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The Internet’s Top 10 Word-of-Mouth Beauty Products

Once a woman seeking a new mascara might ask the sales associate at her local department store’s beauty counter for guidance. Now she’s more likely to google “best mascara” and arrive at an e-commerce site like Sephora, where she’ll find extensive customer reviews, or other online forums like Beautypedia and MakeupAlley. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

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How Brows Became the Beauty Obsession of the Decade

Jared Bailey is the “global brow expert” for Benefit Cosmetics. He travels to about 40 countries every year, talking brows with women. According to Bailey, they like them dramatic in the Middle East, straighter in Korea and with a “soft, fluid look” in his native America. Read More at The Guardian. 

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The Beauty Upstart With a Radical New Way of Talking to You

Glossier (a play on the word dossier) doesn’t rely on celebrity ads or high-profile department store placements. Employees talk to customers directly—via email, social media, the company’s site—in a casual voice that young people understand. If there’s such a thing as designing a millennial approach for selling a product, this gets pretty close: real and unmediated, the antibrand brand. Read more at Wired.

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CVS Is Hoping to Change the Way You Shop For Beauty Products at the Drugstore

According to retail analysts, CVS's bid on impulse is actually a smart bet. On the simplest level, it's about keeping customers entertained from start to finish. Boredom is the enemy as brick-and-mortar struggles to compete with "want it, got it" digital shopping, and these organizers make every moment count, says Karen Doskow, the Director of Consumer Products at consulting and research firm Kline & Company. Read more at Fashionista.

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An Algorithm That Mixes Your Perfect Make-up: How Technology Is Changing the Beauty World

You might assume there is little connection between the techies beavering away in California’s Silicon Valley and your daily beauty regime. But you’d be wrong; their endeavours are playing a big part in shaping what we as consumers buy – for the most part without our even knowing it. Read more at The Telegraph

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Saks Fifth Avenue Announces Massive Montreal Flagship

The Hudson’s Bay Company has announced that Montreal will become home to Canada’s largest Saks Fifth Avenue store. The massive four-level flagship will open with the downtown Montreal Hudson’s Bay building at 585 Sainte Catherine Street West in the fall of 2018. Read more at Retail Insider.

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Deciem Might Be the Most Thrilling Thing to Happen to Skincare in a Long Time

Deciem is trying to capture a breadth of consumers, from skincare newbies to those willing to spend $200 for a copper serum, which is ambitious. Its multitude of brands, and all the processes, from manufacturing to marketing, are self-contained and done in-house. Read more at Racked.

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Teens Talk Instagram Beauty Influencers and What Makes Them Buy

Gen Beauty, as it is fondly and familiarly called by fans and organizers alike, is sponsored by Ipsy, YouTube vet Michelle Phan’s empire that brings influencers and beauty fans together via a subscription sampling service, an incubator for up-and-coming influencers (called “stylists” by Ipsy), and strong relationships with beauty brands.

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Unilever Is In Talks to Buy Jessica Alba’s Honest Company: Report

Unilever PLC is in talks to acquire Honest Co., the consumer-products retailer co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, according to people familiar with the matter. Unilever, maker of Dove soaps and Axe body sprays, is discussing a deal valued at over $1 billion but significantly less than the $1.7 billion valuation that was placed on Honest in a fundraising round last year, the people said. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

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Why Lush Cosmetics Thinks It Can Launch Its Own TV Channel

The Lush TV channel would mix its existing content to fit audience habits at the different times of day. For example, mornings would include shorter two-minute clips to suit commuters, mid-afternoon would have content that can be viewed without sound (i.e., during work), and evenings would showcase Lush’s longer documentaries like The Fox Project. Read more at Digiday.

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Victoria Beckham’s Makeup Collection Looks Like a Sellout

The Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder collection is already generating strong sales. Beckham’s e-commerce site that services the U.K., Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore was sold out by 9 a.m., Lauder reported an uptick in e-commerce sales from the line and hundreds of consumers and fans came to the specialty retailer to meet Beckham and buy into her brand of beauty. Read more at WWD.

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Samsung Partners With Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury for VR Ad Starring Kate Moss

“For this season's New York Fashion Week, Charlotte Tilbury decided to release her fragrance, Scent of a Dream, with a twist. On Saturday evening at the Samsung 837 space in lower Manhattan, the British makeup artist launched her debut virtual reality experience for the brand's campaign starring Kate Moss.” Read more at Adweek.

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Beauty Pumps Up Its Presence at Fitness Concepts

Beauty and health are increasingly merging, landing beauty products on the shelves at a growing number of yoga studios, gyms, Pilates, barre and cycling concepts. While the exercise locations might never compare to the impacts a Target or Sephora can have on beauty businesses, they provide brands repeated exposure before an audience hungry for self-improvement that has money to spend on classes, memberships and, with a little push, skin care and makeup. Read more at WWD.

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The Face of Celebrity Nails

Yasuda views nails not just as miniature canvases but as the scaffolding for ambitious and inventive micro-constructions. Painterly strokes of color cover sculptural acrylic bases; the results are often hardened under UV or L.E.D. lights. Her creations have appeared on the covers of dozens of magazines. Read more at The New Yorker.

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