beauty retail

Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers Using Smartphones, Tablets

Fifteen percent of all holiday shoppers wait until the last minute to do their gift buying, according to a new survey from Retale, a U.S. location-based mobile phone app that alerts consumers to in-store deals and promotions from their favorite retailers.

Furthermore, 58% of all last-minute shoppers use smartphones and tablets to help them shop.

And among this group, 88% use mobile devices to locate stores and check store hours as they get closer to Christmas Day.

The NPD Group: U.S. Prestige Lip Color Sales Grow By Double Digits

Prestige lip color sales in the United States experienced a significant 24% increase in dollar sales for the month of November 2014, according to The NPD Group.

“The trend of women seeking to make a bold makeup statement continues as marketers showcase lips more prominently than seen in prior years,” said Karen Grant, vice president and global beauty industry analyst at The NPD Group. “A red lip is both ‘on trend’ and classic at the same time. For the holiday celebrations, it is not only bold, but also fun, festive and can’t be missed.”

PBA Seeks Distributor Participants for Its 2014 Biennial Benchmarking Survey

The Professional Beauty Association is now accepting submissions from PBA-member as well as non-member industry distributors for its upcoming 2014 Biennial Survey.

PBA conducts and publishes this one-of-a-kind Distributor Benchmarking Survey on a semi-annual and biennial basis. Distributors use the information collected to help measure their businesses against other similar ones, and many have found it to be a useful tool in making important business decisions.

The Estée Lauder Cos. to Acquire GLAMGLOW

The Estée Lauder Cos. announced Dec. 19 that it has signed an agreement to acquire GLAMGLOW, the Hollywood skincare brand focused on fast-acting treatment masks designed to deliver stunning, camera-ready results. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, and the acquisition is expected to close in January 2015.

New TABS Group Study: "Specialty Beauty Stores" Draw "Heavy" Product Buyers

TABS Group—a leading technology-enabled analytics firm servicing the consumer-products industry—released the results of its 2014 Beauty Consumer Insights Study Dec. 15 with lots of great news as well as excellent advice for what it calls "specialty beauty stores."

Online Shopping Proves Successful for Beauty Sector

Forty-seven percent of U.S. online shoppers of beauty and personal-care products have shopped more frequently in 2014 than 2013, according to a study out Dec. 16 from A.T. Kearney. “Beauty and the E-Commerce Beast: 2014 Edition” lays out the results of a consumer survey of online beauty and personal-care shoppers.