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What’s Next: ‘Your brows, but better’

BY Lonni Delane

What’s Next is a new feature of DSN written by consumer beauty blogger Lonni Delane. The goal is to help give beauty merchants the cutting edge they need to stay ahead of the latest and greatest beauty trends. Feel free to share your thoughts either here on drugstorenews.com or email senior beauty editor Antoinette Alexander at aalexand@drugstorenews.com.

Most of us may not be pained by some of the things we see women do to their faces, but when you are celebrity makeup artist Wayne Goss and your professional philosophy is to enhance your clients’ beauty through better makeup techniques and fewer makeup products, it can be quite frustrating.

In fact, it can be so frustrating that you create a Youtube video imploring your fans to rethink their makeup. Goss’ video rant against the trend of thick, unnatural, heavily-drawn brows has struck such a chord with the online beauty community that it has attracted well over one-quarter million views.

Trends in the way that women style their eyebrows are almost as much of a marker of the times as women’s hairstyles. The 90s gave us literally pencil-thin brows; brows that had been tweezed within an inch of their lives and then replaced by a highly arched line drawn on with pencil. Stars like Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore were among the worst offenders. Once women realized how aging this was and that full brows were youthful, the pendulum swung in the other direction.

This year is set to take us in a kinder, gentler direction with brow grooming. Goss message is catching on and other beauty gurus have begun to adapt new routines for their brows. Jaclyn Hill, one of Youtube’s most popular beauty vloggers with more than one million subscribers, has recently updated her brow styling to favor a more natural look. Supermodel Cara Delevingne is the new trendsetter, and Google reports a strong uptick in searches regarding her full, luscious brows.

Now that natural brows are becoming the thing, the market is shifting toward products designed to help women achieve fuller brows that won’t require so much makeup. Nilam Patel, founder of HD Brows, reports a huge increase in the sales of her growth serum Grow Baby Grow, as well as her brand’s brow pencils that create super-fine, hair-like strokes for the illusion of a full, natural brow.

High-end brow product line Anastasia of Beverly Hills has been Sephora’s best-selling maker of luxury brow products, but NYX Cosmetics has released a slew of new offerings for brows in its 2015 line that are direct competitors with the Anastasia products for half the price. One example is its Micro Brow pencil, which is considered by many to be similar to the ultra-fine point Anastasia Brow Wiz.

In 2015, we should expect to see increasing sales in brow growth products and fine-point brow pencils, as well as pomades and brow gels. As Goss said, heavy, unnatural brows must go. “It doesn’t enhance the picture," said Goss. "It just is a scary thing."

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Inter Parfums completes acquisition of P&G’s Rochas brand

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Inter Parfums has announced that its majority owned Paris-based subsidiary, Interparfums SA, has closed on its previously announced acquisition of Rochas brand from Procter & Gamble.

Interparfums completed the acquisition for $108 million, excluding inventory.

Based on currently low inventory levels and the timetable for its integration, Inter Parfums stated that it does not anticipate a significant impact on total sales, and is therefore maintaining its previously articulated guidance for 2015 net sales of approximately $470 million.

"This acquisition opens up a new page in the company's history by integrating for the first time both fragrances and fashion. This will allow us to apply a global approach to managing a fragrance brand with complete freedom in terms of creativity and aesthetic choices and a very high degree of visibility to establish a position of even greater preeminence for Rochas in the universe of luxury. We will now take time in the second part of 2015 to define the priorities for the brand's development and build a sustainable long-term strategy," stated Jean Madar, chairman and CEO of Inter Parfums.
 

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Pharmabox kiosk named ‘most innovative’

BY Michael Johnsen

MIAMI — Pharmabox has been named by Self Service News Magazine as having one of the most innovative retailing systems of the year, the company announced Monday. Pharmabox in May introduced a self-service kiosk stocked with more than 140 health and beauty items. 
 
“We may be only half way into 2015, but we think we've already spotted a potential winner for the most innovative machine of the year,” the magazine reported. The Pharmabox features all the latest technologies, including cashless payment systems, interactive screens that display complete product information and wireless backend management systems, Self Service News reported. 
 
Both Kroger and Max-Wellness launched similar kiosks in 2012. It is brand extension and an inexpensive way to propel a retailer’s reach well beyond the bricks and clicks they have today, Max-Wellness CEO Michael Feuer told Drug Store News then. “The reality of retailing today is it’s changing,” he said. “What we look at is expanding and becoming a national brand by … creating points of presence.”
 
"Think about how many times the average consumer has to run out to the store to get a medicine, personal care item, beauty product, or even a battery," commented Alejandro Rodriguez, CEO Pharmabox. "We can cut the time it takes to get those items, reduce the number of cars on the road, and have a positive impact on the environment – just by placing a Pharmabox automated kiosk in key locations. The cost and time savings, plus the added convenience for consumers could be enormous.”
 
Rodriguez has plans to deploy the Pharmabox units in high-traffic locations throughout the nation, including airports, hotels, business centers, transportation hubs, apartment complexes, college campuses and dormitories, fitness centers, hospitals, sports stadiums and retail stores.
 
“Within a short time, Pharmabox will redefine the way consumers shop for medicines and personal care items,” Rodriguez said. “Just as Redbox changed their industry, we will change ours – for the better.”
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