Skincare Spotlight: Skincare Devices

Isn't it about time for you to retail this at-home product category? Use this handy reference guide to get started.

Ever since Clarisonic launched its cleansing brushes and was thereafter purchased by L'Oreal, people—as in brands, manufacturers and consumers—have been paying attention to the at-home skincare device category. Beyond the cleansing brush, there are now at-home rejuvenating IPLs (Intense Pulsated Lights); at-home anti-acne devices; at-home hair-removal lasers; and more. How large is this category? And who are the players? Are these devices a fad or a trend?

2014: The Year in Review

How well did you follow beauty news this past year? Take our quiz and find out. Have fun!

1.) Sally Beauty Supply celebrated its ...

A. 60th anniversary
B. 50th anniversary
C. 40th anniversary
D. 75th anniversary

2.) For the first time ever, the Professional Beauty Association presented ...

A. a distributor executive conference
B. an event for beauty store owners
C. an executive summit
D. ISSE in Long Beach, California

HCP & Co. Sells NYX Investment to L'Oréal

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Private-equity firm HCP & Co. has signed an agreement to sell its investment in NYX Cosmetics to L'Oréal, as part of the sale of the company.

"HCP has been an amazing partner to work with in growing the business. They have added tremendous value, and I would recommend this team to any entrepreneur or business owner," said Toni Ko, NYX's founder and chairwoman.

Free U.S. PINCHme Sampling Site With Many Beauty Products to Debut in October

Free U.S. PINCHme Sampling Site With Many Beauty Products to Debut

On your mark. Get set. Go! Launching this October in the United States with a totally new concept will be PINCHme. It's a revolutionary digital platform that will allow its members to sample up to four consumer packaged goods of their choice—from beauty and personal-care products to food and home supplies—every week at no cost whatsoever in exchange for their feedback about the products.

U.S. EPA, L’Oréal Partner to Screen Chemicals

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency and cosmetic company L’Oréal are collaborating to explore whether the EPA’s chemical toxicity forecaster—ToxCast—can be used in systemic toxicity tests. EPA is using ToxCast to screen chemicals to understand their potential impact on processes in the human body that lead to adverse health effects.