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GlamScout beauty app gets users red-carpet ready in a snap

BY Gina Acosta

CALABASAS, Calif. — Augmented reality firm FaceCake Marketing Technologies is launching an entirely new way to discover cosmetics via mobile.

The company's iOS app, GlamScout, prominently features FaceCake's ColorMatch visual search, allowing users to virtually recreate their favorite street style, red carpet or runway beauty looks in one easy snap.

GlamScout identifies makeup shades in any photo, enabling users to scout looks found in magazines, websites or real life and instantly receive corresponding product recommendations. The app runs a multi-category search through thousands of products from over 100 prestige and mass brands – more than any other beauty app – then delivers direct product matches for immediate purchase. Product results are shown at different price points that accommodate any budget featuring the "Glam Look" or the "Glam Look for Less."

Users can recreate makeup looks by snapping a photo, uploading a saved image, or selecting from today's trends in the app's Featured Looks. After receiving cosmetic product matches, mobile shoppers can virtually try before they buy with FaceCake's signature augmented reality Try-On, which accounts for skin tone variations and lighting conditions. GlamScout users can then share their makeovers and purchase cosmetics directly from the app.

"The ability to snap a great look and instantly know how to recreate it is the next step in the evolution of visual search," said Linda Smith, founder and CEO of FaceCake. "Like FaceCake's previous innovations in the augmented reality space, GlamScout further transforms product discovery and interaction within the mobile shopping experience."

 

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ALDI has a special delivery for parents

BY Gina Acosta

BATAVIA, Ill. — ALDI is pulling out all the stops to appeal to parents by launching its first multi-category line of baby products nationwide next week.

The new line, called Little Journey, features baby changing and feeding essentials, including organic puree pouches in a dozen varieties and personal care products. And in honor of Little Journey supporting parents and little ones alike, ALDI also pledged more than $350,000 in the form of funds and baby changing essentials to the March of Dimes' Give them tomorrow Campaign and Feeding America.

"With the introduction of Little Journey, we're thrilled to now provide parents with an easier, more affordable way to shop for quality baby essentials," said Liz Ruggles, director of marketing, ALDI, and a mom. "Additionally, through our work with March of Dimes and Feeding America, we're excited to be able to give back to our communities and further support parents and babies around the country."

ALDI says Little Journey is another way the retailer is evolving to meet the varying needs of ALDI shoppers – and their growing families. 

Starting this month, ALDI will be stocking its shelves with affordably priced, quality Little Journey diapers, snacks and wipes to help keep babies (and their parents' wallets) happy. Many products in the line awarded the prestigious Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval.

Products include:

  • Cozy Changes: Little Journey's award-winning changing essentials have children and parents covered with gentle cleansing wipes, diapers in six sizes for growing little ones and training pants for on-the-go toddlers. 
  • Friendly Feedings: ALDI understands every child's feeding journey is unique. To help, the Little Journey range of powder formulas features four infant formulas, including sensitive and soy-based, as well as one toddler formula to give tiny tummies the expert-recommended nutrition they need. 
  • Sensible Snacking: As your child grows, so does Little Journey. The line's award-winning infant-to-toddler snacks are easy for little ones to chew and just the right size for little fingers to manage. Clearly labeled for every stage of a child's development and with products including organic puree pouches, baked whole grain corn snacks, Yogurt Bites and more, Little Journey snacks are tasty treats little ones will love, made from ingredients parents will feel good about. 

This month, ALDI kicks off a multifaceted marketing campaign featuring TV spots, radio commercials, online banner ads and a mobile marketing tour. From August through November, Little Journey will hit the road with the Little Journey Little Ones Rest Stop, a mobile 'pop-up' changing and feeding station. The roaming rest stop will visit festivals, celebrations and events across the country to hand out product samples and provide a safe, clean place for event-going parents to change and feed little ones.
 

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WSJ: P&G to scale back targeted Facebook ads

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Procter & Gamble is moving away from ads on Facebook that target specific consumers after concluding the practice is not really that effective. (Wall Street Journal)

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