Retail & the Beauty Consumer

Is e.l.f. Cosmetics prepping for an IPO?

Is e.l.f. Cosmetics prepping for an IPO?

By Deanna Utroske

Financial news media is reporting that the company has teamed up with underwriters for a stock market launch expected to take place early next year

ULTA faces class action

ULTA faces class action

By Deanna Utroske

The cosmetics retailer has been accused by former shop managers in California of misclassifying their employment status to avoid paying overtime wages.

Design agency Diadeis acquires Kong Rex

Design agency Diadeis acquires Kong Rex

By Deanna Utroske

By picking up the Brazilian firm, graphics services company Diaeis is expanding its global footprint as well as jockeying to work with leading beauty and personal care companies investing in South America.

L’Oréal reports optimistic half-year results

L’Oréal reports optimistic half-year results

By Deanna Utroske

Business for the beauty giant is booming everywhere—except in Brazil—and the success of some niche brands acquired by the company says a lot about evolving consumer behavior and which business models work well in the current economy.

Brand divestment and new CEO signal P&G’s focus shift away from Beauty

Analysis from Euromonitor

Brand divestment and new CEO signal P&G’s focus shift away from Beauty

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

It has been a busy time for Procter & Gamble with the brand divestment to Coty and the announcement of its new CEO and this all acts as evidence that the company is shifting its focus away from Beauty, according to market research firm Euromonitor...

First Aid Beauty gets a financial boost

First Aid Beauty gets a financial boost

By Deanna Utroske

Castanea Partners has made an investment in the prestige skin care company, commonly known as FAB, and is focused on what lies ahead. 

Ingrid Jackel steps in as CEO at Yes To

Ingrid Jackel steps in as CEO at Yes To

By Deanna Utroske

The natural skin and hair care company is positioning itself for innovation and growth with this latest appointment; Jackel most previously led one of the fastest growing cosmetic businesses in the mass category.

HR belongs in the C-Suite

HR belongs in the C-Suite

By Deanna Utroske

Speaking at the CEW career development event last week in New York City, Lisa Marie Ringus of 24 Seven shared proprietary insights from the 2015 Beauty Salary & Job Market Report and called for beauty brands to elevate their human resource departments.

H20 Plus leaves Chicago to grow the business

H20 Plus leaves Chicago to grow the business

By Deanna Utroske

The skin care company launched there in 1989, but by this time next year, corporate headquarters will be fully relocated to San Francisco, California, and manufacturing will ultimately be outsourced.

New majority stakeholder for Too Faced Cosmetics

New majority stakeholder for Too Faced Cosmetics

Late last week, global growth equity firm General Atlantic acquired the shareholding from Weston Presidio and plans to capitalize on the brand’s momentum, acquainting more women with Too Faced.

Rodan + Fields up for sale?

Rodan + Fields up for sale?

By Deanna Utroske

The direct sales skin care brand and Wells Fargo are weighing the options, as the company eyes further expansion into international markets.

Estée Lauder US color cosmetics sales save the day!

Estée Lauder US color cosmetics sales save the day!

By Michelle Yeomans

Despite a drop in demand for Estée Lauder’s heritage brands, US sales were on the up; thanks to new product introductions, holiday sets and expanded distribution in the company’s make-up and luxury categories.

Top ten emerging beauty industry brands set for bigger things

Top ten emerging beauty industry brands set for bigger things

By Simon Pitman

With the global economy now showing clear signs of picking up merger and acquisition activity has followed suit this year, which is putting the spotlight on some of the more interesting and innovative emerging brands.

Valeant's hostile bid for Allergan hits hurdles

Valeant's hostile bid for Allergan hits hurdles

By Simon Pitman

Pharmaceutical giant Valeant’s move to create a second-step merger with Botox-maker Allergan has hit hurdles, as Allergan’s CFO resigns at the same time the company is said to be seeking out an alternative buyer.

P&G fourth quarter shows continued slide in sales

P&G fourth quarter shows continued slide in sales

By Simon Pitman

Procter & Gambler has revealed that its net sales slipped 1% in the fourth and final quarter of the year, capping off a challenging year, with the company now set on a major brand portfolio shake up.

Argentina proving a tough nut to crack

Argentina proving a tough nut to crack

By Lucy Whitehouse

While neighboring Brazil continues to dominate in the global beauty industry, a spotlight recently shone on Argentina by market research firm Euromonitor reveals brands are finding it much tougher going over the border.

Fragrance sector smelling sweet in America

Fragrance sector smelling sweet in America

By Lucy Whitehouse

Sales are still on the up for the flavors and fragrance industry in America, and are expected to reach $6 billion by 2017, according to research firm Euromonitor.

Restorsea files lawsuit against Aqua Bio Technology

Restorsea files lawsuit against Aqua Bio Technology

By Simon Pitman

US-based skin care company Restorsea has filed a lawsuit again Norway-based Aqua Bio Technology (ABT) claiming it breached a businsess contract, allegations ABT says it will fight against.

Ulta Q3 growth in line with forecasts

Ulta Q3 growth in line with forecasts

By Chris BARKER

Ulta Beauty Salon has reportedly met its growth forecast for the third quarter of 2013 with respectable increases in sales and net profits.

Expert: Avon

Expert: Avon "does not understand" MLM model

By Chris BARKER

Cosmetics company Avon "does not understand" the MLM model and is dangerously trapped between two different strategies for selling, according to an expert in multi-level marketing.