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Top Global Consumer Trends of 2015

Consumers are maximizing their time and money by finding products and services that combine multiple needs, according to research company Euromonitor International's list of the Top 10 global consumer trends for 2015.

“In 2015, the sharing economy is growing and disrupting the way in which individuals think of space and ownership," said the report’s author and Euromonitor consumer trends consultant Daphne Kasriel-Alexander. "Consumers are increasingly preoccupied with access to goods rather than owning them outright.”

Get the Look: The Pompadour

Everything old is new again. Check out the once-again popular pompadour 2015!

Step 1: Apply pomade evenly through the hair. We like Woody's Quality Grooming Headwax.

Step 2: Use a rattail comb—such as The Cricket Co.'s Rattail Comb from the Ultra Smooth Cutting Comb Collection—to comb hair back and away from the face and evenly distribute the pomade.

Step 3: Part the hair on the preferred side.

2014 Holiday Sales Highest Since 2011

It appears that confident consumers stocked up on holiday gifts and other merchandise over the 2014 holiday season, helping boost overall holiday retail sales to their highest level since 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

Business: Natural Haircare Leader

G. James Guidotti, president and CEO of Giovanni Cosmetics, discusses the ever-growing natural-products category and how to target those hyperaware consumers.

Today, it's difficult to imagine a time when the words "natural" or "organic" seemed to scream "poorly performing" when it came to beauty products. But how the times have changed! And well before everyone was hopping on the all-natural bandwagon, Giovanni Cosmetics (giovannicosmetics.com) was innovating in this very category, making the terms "high-performance" and "all-natural" not only symbiotic, but synonymous.

Beauty: Our NY Now Top 10

Here are our favorite personal-care/wellness products from the last NY NOW. Are you ready for the winter show?

The winter edition of NY NOW, THE MARKET FOR HOME + LIFESTYLE, will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2015, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Specifically, Personal Care + Wellness in LIFESTYLE is set for Feb. 1-4. If you want to offer interesting beauty products, this twice-a-year trade show is a must-attend. Check out nynow.com or call 800.272.SHOW for the latest about the upcoming winter edition.

J. White & Associates Teams Up With California Tan

Manufacturers rep firm J. White & Associates is now partnering with California Tan, a division of New Sunshine, based in Indianapolis. New Sunshine’s portfolio includes nearly every leading brand in sunless and UV tanning.