The NPD Group

More Than 80% of Smartphone Users Now Stream Video

According to recently released data from The NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence Smartphone and Tablet Usage Report, 81% percent of all U.S. smartphone users now stream video on their devices. This usage is being driven primarily by users who are 25 and younger, who spend twice as much time watching video content on YouTube and Netflix mobile apps compared to users who are over the age of 25.

Oil, Clay, Mud Beauty Regimens On The Rise

Oil and clay were recognized and used regularly by the Ancient Egyptians for their beauty benefits, but in today’s world these ingredients have only recently become beauty buzzwords. They are also the two skincare textures experiencing the greatest growth within the U.S. prestige beauty industry, according to global information company The NPD Group's research gathered from BeautyTrends, its POS tracking service, which measures the performance of fragrances, makeup and skincare products.

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.”

The NPD Group: Specialty Stylers & Curling Irons/Brushes Lead U.S. Haircare Appliances Growth

How big is the overall U.S. haircare appliances business? Sales of flat irons/straighteners, hair dryers, specialty stylers and curling irons/brushes to consumers reached $1.318 billion for the 12-month period that ended in August 2014, Beauty Store Business has learned from The NPD Group.