More Holiday Shoppers Pay With Smartphones

Nearly 30% of U.S. smartphone owners plan to use mobile payment offerings, such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet, for shopping in stores this holiday shopping season, according to the 2014 Holiday Mobile Payments Survey from Stratos, creator of the Bluetooth Connected Card Platform.

In fact, 17% of the smartphone users said they would spend more because of these new payment options. Smartphone users wanted to use mobile payments applications such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet in these locations for the holidays:

Marsala is the 2015 Color of the Year

Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, has been announced as the Color of the Year for 2015 by global color authority PANTONE, an X-Rite company.

ULTA Beauty Releases Its Third-Quarter 2014 Results

ULTA Beauty announced Dec. 4 its financial results for the third-quarter 2014 and first nine months that ended Nov. 1, as compared to the same periods that ended Nov. 2, 2013.

Groupon Sees Record-Breaking Sales Over Holiday Weekend

Groupon’s North American sales were up more than 25%, compared to last year, for the full Black Friday through Cyber Monday weekend.

As the company announced its record-breaking holiday weekend sales in North America, it noted that the results represented its most successful four days ever in the six-year history of its ecommerce marketplace. This year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday, in particular, were the two biggest days in Groupon's North American history.

Consumers Spend Big Over Thanksgiving Weekend, Cyber Monday

Fifty-five percent of holiday shoppers were expected to be in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation’s Thanksgiving Weekend Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Skincare Spotlight: A Review of Retinoids

Ada S. Polla
Here are some definitions, how retinoids affect the skin and tips to share from Dr. Luigi L. Polla.

It is a generally accepted fact that retinoids/vitamin A derivatives are a (if not “the) gold standard ingredient in skin care in terms of antiaging. It is also a generally accepted truth that using retinoids can be irritating to the skin. In this column, we will review a few definitions, look at how retinoids affect the skin and speak with Dr. Luigi L. Polla, Switzerland’s premier dermatologist, about tips to share with your guests and consumers to help them optimally incorporate retinoid-based products in their skincare routines.