September 4, 2014 |
IT ALL STARTED with the smoky eye. I didn't know how to create the look and I wanted to, so badly, that I watched countless how-to videos on YouTube until I got it right. That year, I used all my holiday gift money to buy a new collection of makeup. My love affair with beauty products had begun. I'm a graphic designer by profession, with degrees in that and in fine arts. I view makeup as an art, too. Contouring, blending, choosing the right eye shadow and lipstick to enhance natural features - it's really like drawing on your face.
February 24, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Looking good has always been serious business in Brazil. Now it's big business, too. A flush new middle class, with a population strong on working adults, is dropping major cash on designer shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics, rapidly turning this country into a beauty-industry powerhouse. Sales of beauty products in Brazil hit $43 billion in 2011, a growth of 142 percent in five years that puts it on a pace to overtake Japan as the world's second-largest beauty market within a few years, according to Euromonitor, a global market research company.
April 4, 2012 |
Every month, Heather McCaulley spends about $50 on beauty supplies she's never slathered, sniffed, or seen - and she wishes she could spend more. McCaulley has three beauty-box subscriptions, the latest trend in cosmetic marketing. Customers pay $10 to 20 a month to receive at least five samples of the latest body creams, eye shadows, and hair conditioners, all in a pretty little box. Customers say they like getting a variety of handpicked, mostly high-end samples for less than the cost of a movie.
November 17, 2010 |
We all know how easy it is to mess up a manicure. It doesn't matter if you sit under the drying lamp for five minutes or 15 minutes, you're subject to a nick when you pick up your keys, a smudge when you slide your arm into your coat sleeve, or a bump when you wrap your hands around the steering wheel. And if you actually make it home smear-free, as soon as you wash a dish - or wash your hands, for that matter - that pretty French or candy-apple-red paint job is likely to chip. Enter the latest in manicure miracles: UV lamp-cured polishes.
August 15, 2010
"We need a casino owner with vision and gravitas to propose a casino in the Meadowlands. " - New Jersey State Rep. Raymond Lesniak, in a letter to Donald Trump "I wouldn't say that something like that would not be successful, but it will be the end of Atlantic City. " - Trump, in reaction to Lesniak "The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago. " - Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, on the forced resignation of Hewlett Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd "There was nothing earthshaking in that statement, nothing that you would read and say, 'Wow, that came out of left field.
October 14, 2009 |
The summer is gone, and instead of a sea breeze blowing through your locks, now you're feeling a chilly fall wind. Yet take a stroll down the beauty aisle, and you'll still find a whiff of summer. Next to those tried-and-true foot scrubs is an expanding collection of salty products: for lips, for body, even for hair. There's the H2O Plus Sea Salt Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner, the One With Nature Dead Sea Salt collection of body lotions, and the LIP-INK Dermaliquid Lip Smoothe Scrub for puckered puckers.
December 24, 2008 |
A vegan for the last eight years, Jennifer Storey is careful not to put meat, eggs, honey or milk in her body. Now it's becoming easier not to put them on her body, either. From conditioner to lip balm to plant-based pedicures, companies and spas nationwide are offering vegan products and services. That typically means there's no testing on animals, and ingredients are free of animal byproducts - including beeswax and carmine, a commonly used red coloring made from beetles. But these goodies aren't tucked away on a dusty bottom shelf in a health-food store.
January 20, 2008 |
After a few years of success in real estate investments, Terry Briggs, Victor Harry and Kevin Reid decided in early 2006 that the market, in Briggs' words, "was just too good to be true. " So they began looking for lucrative alternatives for the future. Briggs' idea: gift bags. Harry's idea: hair. Hair weaves, wigs, plus lip gloss, and other beauty products, a business aimed at African American women primarily, but not exclusively. "Between my wife and three daughters [ages 3 to 12]
November 15, 2007
Trisha Gura is a blogger on www.huffingtonpost.com. She posted this yesterday. They don't do it - because they've had enough. Some women in midlife are not coloring their hair, dieting religiously, and struggling to achieve unrealistic standards of physical beauty. While the statistics continue to startle us - $8.2 billion worth of beauty products sold in 2006, a $55.4 billion annual weight-loss industry, and 2.7 million women aged 51 to 64 who underwent cosmetic surgery in 2005 - there appears to be a subset within this demographic that is letting go of measuring self-worth based on appearances.
September 22, 2005 |
Rose Washington Warrington, 96, who began making hair pomade in the 1930s and turned it into a successful business, died of heart failure Sept. 14 at Hayes Manor, a retirement community in West Philadelphia. Mrs. Warrington's career began when she opened a beauty shop at 25th and Dauphin Streets in North Philadelphia. She soon noticed that she had a hard time finding pomade for her clients, so she started Vel Hair Products Co. Mrs. Warrington lived above the shop, but the building's basement became her laboratory.