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Addressing dismal working conditions in a glamorous industry

Feb 13, 2024
Proposed legislation in New York state would increase labor protections for models, content creators and other behind-the-scenes fashion pros.  
Fashion is glamorous, but it’s also work, and workers often have few protections.
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Do legacy brands still have the upper hand in the beauty industry?

Feb 6, 2024
Cosmetics and fragrance are an evolving business — influenced heavily by the ethos of Gen Z.
Legacy cosmetics brands have always had to keep redefining themselves to stay relevant for consumers, noted the Kearney Consumer Institute's Katie Thomas.
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No matter the economy, beauty sells

Mar 15, 2023
Consumers can’t get enough of makeup, skincare and hair products even as inflation persists and a potential recession looms.
Stubborn inflation and the threat of a recession may lead some shoppers to cut back on nonessential items, but that doesn’t apply to their favorite mascara or face mask.
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Bed, Bath, Beyond, bankruptcy? A look at the retailer's bid to avoid Chapter 11

Feb 1, 2023
The troubled retailer has been struggling for a decade now. But is there still hope?
Experts think bankruptcy is likely for BB&B but not necessarily liquidation. Though Seth Basham, a retail analyst at Wedbush Securities, said the company needs to become a unique brand and create value that goes beyond those blue 20% off coupons.
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Two years into the pandemic, this microbusiness owner is still on "a roller coaster"

Jan 19, 2022
"My brain is tired from adapting so much," says Ashlie Ordonez, owner of The Bare Bar in Denver, Colorado.

Why are there so many celebrity beauty brands?

Jan 17, 2022
Beauty reporter Cheryl Wischhover says social media and industry profits are behind the abundance of celebrity makeup and skincare lines.
A display of Fenty Beauty products, a brand launched by Rihanna, is seen in the United Kingdom.
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The beauty market is getting a makeover as recovery continues

May 26, 2021
It's rebounding after sales in the U.S. prestige beauty market declined almost 20% last year, according to the NPD Group.
People are splurging on some beauty products as reopenings continue and mask mandates are loosened.
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Ulta Beauty will open mini-shops within Target stores

Nov 10, 2020
Since the pandemic has changed behavior of cosmetics customers, analysts expect both Ulta Beauty and Target to benefit from their partnership.
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Ulta beckons consumers back to buying beauty products

Sep 8, 2020
Shutdowns and working from home have changed the market for personal care products during the pandemic.
Consumers are interested in experimenting with colorful eye makeup these days, says consultant Jonathan Greenway. "There's a much larger focus on anything above the mask," he said.
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Big drugstore beauty brands grapple with competition and savvy consumers

Jul 1, 2019
New niche brands from Korean beauty to vegan organic lines are growing faster than mainstays like CoverGirl.
Legacy brands like Revlon and CoverGirl have been losing market share to luxury and specialty products.
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