Why your dermatologist or that sales person may not know what a ‘sebaceous filament’ is

You may have read a few articles recently saying that the blackheads on your nose are more properly called sebaceous filaments. But as it turns out ‘sebaceous filaments’ isn’t really a standard or common term, at least in the research and medical world.

A quick Google search from 1960 to 2010 reveals that the term came into popular use beginning in the late 2000s, mostly on acne and bodybuilding message boards.

Sebaceous filaments were defined on one site incorrectly as “oil glands” and the only scientific paper from that time-frame I found mentioning sebaceous filaments was in a British Journal of Dermatology paper – which mentioned them, but did not describe them.

Where did ‘Sebaceous Filaments’ come from?

The term sebaceous filament likely originates from around 1912 by French dermatologist Sabouraud quoted in the Journal of Cutaneous Diseases Including Syphilis where it is quoted as “seborrhoeal filaments” and presumably translated to sebaceous filament.

It’s then referenced 12 years later as sebaceous filaments in a paper by Rulison in the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology.

These of course are looking at seborrhoel or sebaceous filaments of the scalp, but a German paper published in 1976 under Follikel-Filamente examined ones found in the skin. Sebaceous filament was then mentioned by David Whiting in his 1979 review on acne, before making its way into a book by Plewig and Kligman in 1993.

In many textbooks microcomedone, impactions, follicular casts, follicular filaments or just the contents of the infundibulum (the pore opening above the sebaceous gland) are also used to describe them.

If you do a Google Scholar search for the term “Sebaceous Filament” you only get about 15 hits, a University of Toronto literature search only returns 7.

This may be why articles from Teen Vogue and Allure have a hard time differentiating between a blackhead and a sebaceous filament. There’s arguably only one paper defining the term, the rest just use it as a descriptor.

The original German paper outlines some morphological differences and makes an argument that they are different from microcomedones and richostasis spinulosa (a condition which leads to the development of fine, dark hairs in the pore).

How are blackheads and sebaceous filaments the same?

“Sebaceous filaments are most commonly found in the centrofacial areas and the alae nasae in postpuberal individuals with large facial pores and seborrhea.”

These are also common areas for microcomedones which may turn into blackheads (more properly called open comedones).

“Sebaceous filaments are cylindrical tubes of whitish-yellowish color, which can be expressed from areas of the face rich in sebaceous follicles by pinching the skin or by the cyanoacrylat-technique.”

The cylindrical tubes are composed of bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells, and often also contain a fine hair. Blackheads or open comedones are also composed of bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells, and also often contain a fine hair.

 

How do blackheads and sebaceous filaments differ?

Sebaceous filaments are considered a normal feature of the skin, whereas a blackhead or open comedone is non-inflammatory acne.

Generally, blackheads or open comedones are going to be a larger buildup of sebum and dead skin cells. Blackheads or open comedones frequently distend or swell the shape of the pore. Blackheads or open comedones have an oxidized cap of melanin and lipids, giving them their dark or black appearance. Sebaceous filaments don’t always have a dark cap like blackheads, but they’re often the ones a person consider an issue, as the lighter ones can blend into the skin.

The two also seem to differ in ways that aren’t readily apparent to the human eye.

“Follicles containing sebaceous filaments have a conspicuous granular layer and no acanthosis.”

Acanthosis is a thickening of the layers of skin, and the granular layer is the stratum granulosum – the third layer of skin.

In regards to blackheads or open comedones, another group of researchers found that there was some acanthosis or thickening of the skin, and a relatively normal stratum granulosum.

The German researchers also noted that in comparison to sebaceous filaments, microcomedones had smaller sebaceous glands as well as more skin cells in areas of the hair follicle.

Another author notes that the key difference between a sebaceous filament and a blackhead is that the skin cells become “sticky” in a blackhead and agglomerate into a plug.

So what’s the takeaway?

The two are probably best imagined as being on a continuum rather than two separate categories.

Both are mostly caused by the continuous production of sebum and skin cells. Sebaceous filaments are considered a normal build-up in the pores and can lead to blackheads or open comedones.

For someone with dark sebaceous filaments on their nose or chin, knowing that it’s normal or calling them blackheads or sebaceous filaments doesn’t really matter. The goal is to reduce their appearance.

I don’t bother “correcting” people when they describe blackheads on their nose. At the end of the day, as long as both parties understand what is being talked about – it’s fine!

What’s the best way to reduce blackheads or sebaceous filaments?

Both sebaceous filaments and blackheads or open comedones can reform after a certain period of time. The German researchers suggested it was 30 days for sebaceous filaments, but anecdotal evidence suggests it may be much sooner for some people. In the case of blackheads or open comedones, if the obstruction is removed the blackhead should not reform – at least to its previous size.

Consistent removal of the debris from the upper area of a pore will reduce the appearance of both a sebaceous filament and a blackhead.

This can be done through gentle manual exfoliation, chemical exfoliation with acids like glycolic or salicylic, or retinoids (anecdotally from dermatologists I’ve spoken to tazarotene is the most effective). The main thing to keep in mind is that sebum and skin cell production is constant, so consistency is crucial to reduce their appearance. The key is to find a product that you can use frequently enough to reduce their appearance, but doesn’t cause irritation. A very strong acid may reduce or completely eliminate your blackheads or sebaceous filaments, but you may not be able to use the product again before they return.

I’ve personally found that certain surfactants are more effective than others. The two that have given me the best results are disodium laureth sulfosuccinate and decyl glucoside. These tend to perform better at removing lipids from the skin, but are less irritating than sodium lauryl sulfate.

What about nose strips, peel masks, or pore vacuums?

These tools can help remove both blackheads and sebaceous filaments by adhering to the upper layer and then pulling them out of the skin.

There’s some concern that consistent use of nose strips or peeling masks can lead to larger pores and skin damage like vein formation.

However there’s no evidence that this occurs. Pore size is associated with age, chronic UV exposure, sebum output levels, and sex, among other things. In women, pore size can also be influenced by the menstrual cycle.

But just because there’s no evidence doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Perhaps it just hasn’t been studied – on the other hand, perhaps it was studied and there was no result…so the researchers decided not to publish. There is research on tape stripping, which is a method of removing skin layer by layer with tape. After 5 tape strippings there was a very modest increase in water evaporation through the skin which is usually used as a measure of skin barrier function. More apparent and drastic effects took between 20-30 tape strippings. So it seems one use of a nose strip or peeling mask infrequently isn’t likely to cause much of an issue.

If nose strips or peel masks work really well for you, I’d recommend you keep their use to no-more than once a week, and to make sure your skin is in its best condition before using. So I would not recommend using them if you’ve recently introduced an exfoliant or are using retinoids on the skin. Right after desperately scrubbing your skin to reduce blackheads or sebaceous filaments is not a good time to use a pore strip or peel mask.

Pore vacuums are also coming back into popularity, but it’s important to keep in mind that these don’t actually vacuum up blackheads or sebaceous filaments. What they do is apply negative pressure on the skin, and this suction pressure and the additional pressure from sliding it against the sides of the device compresses the pore, expressing its contents. It’s very similar to squeezing your skin.

If you’re not convinced you can watch this Youtube video of water in a vacuum chamber. The water doesn’t get sucked up by the vacuum when it’s turned on.

So blackheads, microcomedones, impactions, sebaceous filaments, follicular filaments, follicular casts – whatever you want to call them…they’re arguably natural features of the skin, and if you’d like to reduce their appearance the treatment options are the same.

#BeautyRecap: March 14th, 2017

Retail

MAC Cosmetics coming to Ulta stores
Glamour.com, TeenVogue.com, Nylon.com

Birkenstocks launching a skincare line featuring cork extract
TeenVogue.com, TheGloss.com

Cetaphil to launch 7 new skincare products in 2017
PRNewswire.com

LAPD investigating theft of 100 000 Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palettes
TeenVogue.com, Nola.com, SCPR.org, NBCNews.com

Ulta Beauty to open an additional 100 stores
RetailDive.com

Sephora Virtual Artist adds thousands of eyeshadows to its digital try-on collection
PRNewswire.com

Chanel launches Hydra Beauty Micro Creme featuring Camellia micro-droplets
PRNewswire.com

Makeup Revolution dupes all your favourite products, and doesn’t try to hide it
Allure.com

Kat Von D launches Global Artist Collective and new Youtube beauty channel
TeenVogue.com, PRNewswire.com

A preview of the MAC Future Forward collection
Allure.com, Elle.com, TeenVogue.com

The 10 best-selling mascaras at Ulta
Allure.com

elf Cosmetics to live stream from SXSW
WWD.com – Paywall

Swatches of the Too Faced Love Light Highlighter on different skintones
Allure.com

14 Black-owned beauty brands changing the game selected by Glamour
Glamour.com

A preview of the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Collection
Allure.com

Milk Makeup’s Blur Stick campaign features gender-fluid models
Glamour.com

Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper launches skincare line
TeenVogue.com

A review of the Flo + Theo Activated Charcoal Soap
TeenVogue.com

9 best makeup sponges as selected by Elle
Elle.com

MAC Cosmetics’ Lipglass may be changing its formulation
Allure.com

Tarte launches a new dry shampoo
TeenVogue.com

Vlada Haggerty launches lip line with Smashbox Cosmetics
TeenVogue.com

MAC Cosmetics to launch metallic lipstick collection
Allure.com

Kylie Cosmetics a semi-matte velvet version of its lip kits
Glamour.com

A look at Kylie Cosmetics’ Kylighters
Allure.com

A look at the Chubby Mermaid Carve and Contour Brush from Mermaid Salon
Allure

A look at upcoming products at Sephora
Refinery29.com

Californian develops My Dog Nose It! sunscreen for dog noses
OCRegister.com

A preview of Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Love Lipsticks
Allure.com

A look at the ColourPop Nectar Collection
Allure.com

ColourPop teases pressed powder blushes
Allure.com

Birchbox Beta is testing more customized boxes
WWD.com – Paywall

A look at the Becca Cosmetics Sunchaser Palette
Allure.com

Too Faced teases expansion of Sweet Peach collection with lipsticks and blushes
Allure.com

A look at the Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color Bronze + Glow
Allure.com

Jeffree Star announces collaboration with Manny MUA
Glamour.com, Allure.com

VMAGIC Feminine Lipstick launches lip balm for the labia
Allure.com

Rituel de Fille announces a black cream highlighter
TeenVogue.com

14 breakthrough beauty products selected by Vogue
Vogue.com

17 Mermaid inspired beauty products selected by Bustle
Bustle.com

A review of the Oars + Alps Power Cleansing Face Stick
GQ.com

A selection of honey beauty products from Allure
Allure.com

Celebrities and Interviews

Gabrielle Union: “I won’t be defined by my hair choices”
Glamour.com

Khoudia Diop: “I want to show girls it’s not bad to be dark”
Glamour.com

Cara Delevingne stars in new Millenial-friendly, super-cool, and hip rap video to promote a mascara
TeenVogue.com

Olympia Le-Tan to collaborate with Lancome Makeup
PRNewswire.com

Vlogger Shalom Bloc opens up about the power of makeup and her scars
Glamour.com

Did Prince Harry get his chest waxed? We don’t know. Here’s an excuse to write about chest waxing
GQ.com

Cargo Cosmetics signs Neon Hitch as face of Fall/Holiday 2017 campaign
PRNewswire.com

An interview with Manny MUA
Glamour.com

A look at Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s acetone and dry ice facial
Allure.com

An interview with Tristan Walker and his plans to change the skincare industry
HuffingtonPost.com

An interview with Peaches Monroee, inventor of “On Fleek”
TeenVogue.com

Tata Harper’s skincare staples
VanityFair.com

“These game-changers are proof that beauty ideals are transforming faster than ever”
Glamour.com, Glamour.com – Video

8 beauty lessons from Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Elle.com

Atreona Willis uses a tomato as makeup applicator
Allure.com

Model Ansley Gulielmi reveals her beauty secrets
WMagazine.com

Asia

A review of the Tonymoly Megatox Ampoule Sheet Mask
Allure.com

Felissimo Nekobu’s latest lip balm is meant to mimic the sensation of kissing a kitten’s nose
Geek.com

A look at the Dr. Jart+ Lover Rubber Masks
Allure.com

Modeling rubber masks are the latest 5+ year old K-Beauty trend you need to try
TheFashionSpot.com

Seoul stocks vault to an almost 2-year high on eased China uncertainties
YonhapNews.co.kr

South Korea struggles to retaliate in missile spat with China
Reuters.com

As leaders argue, South Korea finds China is no longer an easy sell
TodayOnline.com

“Memebox is pissing off its most loyal fans to sell to you”
Racked.com

Self-warming gel cleansers the new Asian beauty trend?
Refinery29.com

Shiseido Americas acquires creative agency JWALK
BusinessWire.com

K-Beauty is clicking with US customers
KoreaHerald.com

Skin Inc receives strategic investment from Spackman Entertainment Group
PRNewswire.com

The best natural South-Korean beauty products selected by New York Magazine
NYMag.com

How Shiseido keeps 100% of its recent moms in a country with a childcare crisis
QZ.com

Grown Alchemist to be carried in Malaysia
Elle.my

A look at the Mask Bar by Peach & Lily inside Barneys
NYPost.com

Many small South Korean cosmetic and clothing manufacturers rely on exporting to China
Arirang.co.kr

China’s booming ‘Sheconomy’ is contributing to rising sales of cosmetics
ChinaDaily.com.cn, XinHuaNet.com

81 companies gear up for beauty convention in Osong, South Korea
KoreaHerald.com

L’Oreal Taiwan owned skincare brands fined with misleading commercials fine
FocusTaiwan.tw

Chinese customers developing a taste for healthy products
Nikkei.com

SK-II launches new Face the Wild | Face the Camera campaign for its Facial Treatment Essence
PRNewswire.com

Malaysia’s cosmetics queen Datuk Vida fined for failing to submit income tax return form
TheMalayMailOnline.com

Market and Trends

The average US woman uses $8 USD worth of products a day
HuffingtonPost.com

Beauty subscriptions are a tough market, but Ipsy is sitting pretty
FastCompany.com

Average British woman spends £70,000 on her appearance in a lifetime
Independent.co.uk

Ulta grows despite the struggle of other brick-and-mortar retailers
BloombergQuint.com

Ulta, elf, and others show that cosmetic market is still strong
TheStreet.com

Outreach

Clothing estimated to contribute 5 times more plastic microbeads to oceans than cosmetics
Heart.co.uk

OK 1st Beauty School bring cosmetology training to prisons
Allure.com

Animal rights activist goes undercover at Montreal animal testing lab
CTVNews.ca

Report finds skin disease among Americans higher than previously reported
Allure.com

La Roche Posay announces 2017 research grant recipients
PRNewswire.com

Kiehl’s partners with Bright Pink to advocate for breast cancer awareness
PRNewswire.com

Urban Decay to donate 100% of proceeds from special edition version of its eyeshadow primer potion
Allure.com

Republican US congressman Jason Smith questions merit of tanning tax
Allure.com

Reminder that there’s a lawsuit against USANA for shareholders
BayStreet.ca

Corporate

Lush wants more clarity on business Post-Brexit
Sky.com

Former CEO of L’Occitane works with CVC Capital Partners to create bid for The Body Shop
TheTimes.co.uk

Nu Skin appoints Mark Lawrence as CFO
PRNewswire.com

Sephora announces latest cohort of Sephora Accelerate
PRNewswire.com

Transcript of the Ulta Q4 2017 earnings call
Yahoo.com

Interesting Reads

“Why beauty matters more than ever”
Glamour.com

“Why grooming habits for men need to be normalized”
TeenVogue.com

“Do pore vacuums really work?” Maybe, but they may be no better than fingers
Elle.com

A look at recent advancements made in the face-lift procedure
Allure.com

The difference between seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff
TeenVogue.com

“The dangerous acne treatment I just can’t quit” It’s resorcinol
Refinery29.com

“Try this meditation trick to prevent wrinkles” Relax your face
Allure.com

“What quitting coffee did for my skin” Not much
TeenVogue.com

Want to help further acne research? These clinical trials are recruiting!

Timolol for the treatment of Acne and Rosacea

Where? Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

What? The researchers want to see how timolol, a medication most commonly used to treat high bood pressure or glaucoma, can affect acne or rosacea

How? Participants will apply timolol to half of their skin for 8 weeks, and then their whole face for 8 weeks

Who? Must have acne or rosacea. Can not be pregnant or bearded, and should not be using acne or rosacea medications

Contact Sabrina Alessi at 410 502 7546

Sebacia Gold-coated Microparticles and Laser Therapy for the treatment of Acne

Where? Sebacia, Inc. in Aalborg, Denmark and Geneva, Switzerland

What? The researchers want to see how well Sebacia Microparticles reduce acne. Sebacia Microparticles are gold plated silica microparticles, they are designed to penetrate the skin and lodge in areas like the sebaceous gland. A laser is then placed on the skin and the laser is selectively absorbed by the Sebacia Microparticles and converted to heat. This heat is thought to reduce the activity of the sebaceous gland

How? Participants will be evaluated every 12 weeks for 36 weeks. It’s unclear how many times the Sebacia Microparticle and laser treatment will be performed

Who? You must not have tattoos in the area with acne, you can not be pregnant. You must be eligible to receive laser treatments, or not had a laser or intense pulsed light treatment recently

Contact Mariann Wittendorff at +45 98 12 52 59 in Denmark and Silvia Ferrari at 4122 807 2777 or silvia@skinpulse.ch in Switzerland

A 4% Minocycline Foam for the treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Acne

Where? Foamix Ltd. in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, United States

What? FMX-101 is a foam that contains 4% of the antibiotic minocycline

How? Participants will use the FMX-101 foam or a placebo for 12 weeks. After 12 weeks participants can decide to use the FMX-101 foam for an additional 40 weeks

Who? You must have moderate to severe acne, and no more than 2 nodules. You must be willing to only use the supplied cleanser (Cetaphil) and no other acne medications or treatments

Contact TKL Research at 201-587-0500

Effects of Isotretinoin combined with Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation for the treatment of Acne

Where? UCLA in Los Angeles, California, United States

What? The researchers want to see the effects of concurrent use of Isotretinoin and Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Isotretinoin is an acne drug most commonly known as Accutane.

How? Participants who are taking Isotretinoin will be provided with an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement or placebo, the participants will take the supplements twice a day for 24 weeks

Who? You must be at least 18 and beginning Isotretinoin medication soon, you can not have taken Omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the past, or dyslipidemia, blood thinners, or high blood pressure medication

Contact Gail Thames at 310-825-0453

Olumacostat Glasaretil gel designed to reduce sebum production for the treatment of Acne

Where? Dermira, Inc. in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Texas, United States

What? Olumacostat Glasaretil is a novel, small molecule in development for the treatment of acne vulgaris that is designed to target sebum production, following topical application

How? Participants will apply the Olumacostat Glasareti gel or a placebo for 12 weeks

Who? You must have moderate to severe acne, but not nodular acne. You must not use other acne medications for at least 2 weeks, and must not have participated in another acne experiment recently. You must not have used birth control for the previous 4 months. You must not have used Isotretinoin (Accutane) in the past year

Contact Beth Zib at 650-421-7210

ELAPR002f and ELAPR002g, a cross-linked tropoelastin filler for treatment of Atrophic (Sunken) Acne Scarring

Where? Elastagen Pty Ltd in London, United Kingdom

What? Tropoelastin are the smaller components that elastin is made from, the treatment injectable is combined with hyaluronic acid. Experiments have shown that after ELAPR002 is injected, it can form into elastin and can integrate into structures of the skin.

How? Participants will receive one round of injections in their scarring of either the ELAPRoo2 filler or a saline placebo. They will then return for assessment after 2 weeks and other times for 24 weeks.

Who? You must have scarring of at least 2 cm atrophic or sunken acne scarring on both sides of the face. You must not have active acne, be pregnant, or participated in a previous clinical trial in the previous month

Contact Dr. Robert Daniels at +61 9209 4054

#BeautyRecap: March 7th, 2017

Retail

“I tried a $3,300 USD set of gold face masks, and this is what happened” She died. JK. Her skin was calmer and she felt fancy
StyleCaster.com

A preview of Dr. Pimple Popper Sandra Lee’s new skincare range
Cosmopolitan.com

Too Faced launches Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette
TeenVogue.com

Swatches of the new Too Faced Melted Matte Shades
Allure.com

A look at the ColourPop Crème Lippie Stix
Allure.com

A look at the Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter
Allure.com

A look at the Becca Cosmetics Sunchaser Palette
Allure.com

A review of the Lindsay Luxury Aqua Tea-Tree Magic Mask
Allure.com

Target to lower drugstore beauty product prices
Allure.com

La Mer is now available at Sephora
Allure.com

Dior’s latest Hydra Life collection is aimed at younger consumers with a sustainable appeal
LuxuryDaily.com

Storybook Cosmetics teases Bow-and-Arrow makeup brushes
Glamour.com

MAC’s Lollipop Lips trend-attempt doesn’t catch on
Buzzfeed.com, Bustle.com

A review of Clinique’s Fresh Pressed 7 Day System
Elle.com

A review of the Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Primer
Allure.com

A look at Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare line
Popsugar.co.uk

A look at the upcoming MAC In The Flesh Palette
Allure.com

A look at the NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter
Allure.com

Huda Beauty to launch 3D Highlighter Palette
TeenVogue.com, Glamour.com, Allure.com

A look at Biossance a new skincare line available at Sephora
Allure.com

Becca Cosmetics highlighter shade Prosecco Pop becomes part of permanent collection
Allure.com

Dior launches new Pump ‘N’ Volume mascara with squeezable tube
Allure.com

Smashbox x Vlada Haggerty collaborate on new shades of the Be Legendary Liquid Lip Pigments and Liquid Metals
Allure.com

A look at the Ciaté London Dewy Stix
Allure.com

A look at the Josie Maran Argan Reserve Healthy Skin Concentrate
Allure.com

11 best foundations for oily and acne prone skin as selected by Allure
Allure.com

A look at the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette
Allure.com, Glamour.com, Elle.com

A look at the Victoria’s Secret Velvet Matte Lip Stain shades
Allure.com

Dermaflage launches glitter-filled syringes
Revelist.com

Your Amazon shipping box may come with a Revlon ad on it
Bloomberg.com

A look at Tarte Cosmetics’ Gleam Team Highlighter
Bustle.com

Cle de Peau Beaute launches 2017 suncare line
DFNIOnline.com

L.A. Girl Cosmetics now available at Ulta stores
Bustle.com

Urban Decay to launch Special Effects Liquid Lip Water-Resistant Topcoats
Refinery29.com, Allure.com

JDO relaunches Finnish beauty brand Lumene
PackagingEurope.com

“From collagen-boosting pills to radiance teas, how supplements are changing our beauty regimes”
Standard.co.uk

A preview of Kat Von D’s Unlock-It Makeup Remover Wipes updated formula
TeenVogue.com, Allure.com

Urban Decay announces launch of Rehab Makeup Prep skincare collection
Glamour.com, Allure.com, TeenVogue.com

A look at Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid
Allure.com

Stila launches Holographic Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows
TeenVogue.com, Refinery29.com

Details on Ulta’s Buy-1-Get-1-Free sale on NYX products
TeenVogue.com

Sassy Lips relaunches the flower in lipsticks made popular by Kailijumei
TeenVogue.com

New shades added to the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick collection
Allure.com

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to come in Supermatte shade
Allure.com

Sundial launches Nyakio at Ulta Beauty
PRNewswire.com, WWD.com – Paywall

The best face mists for your skin according to Vogue Editors
Vogue.com

A look at BH Cosmetics’ Backlight & Spotlight Highlighting Palettes
Bustle.com

Galderma announces marketing collaboration with Colorescience
Yahoo.com

Olay uses AI-powered Skin Advisor which provides product recommendations
DigitalTrends.com, ChipChick.com, Bustle.com

Taraji P. Henson x MAC Viva Glam collection launches
BET.com

Charlotte Tilbury launches in Germany at KaDeWe, planning to enter Middle Eastern market soon
WWD.com – Paywall

Strivectin launches new brand, Nia, aimed at millennials
WWD.com – Paywall

Bluemercury trials new natural brands including Indie Lee, One Love Organics, Tracie Martyn, OSEA, Ilia Beauty, and Raw Is Everything
WWD.com – Paywall

A review of the GlamGlow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray
Allure.com

Australia’s Lano launches Allover Everywhere Multi-Cream, plans to expand into Ulta, QVC, and across Europe
WWD.com – Paywall

Caudalie opens its first concept spa in New York
WWD.com – Paywall

CURLS haircare launches at CVS stores
PRNewswire.com

Mario Badescu launches Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea
Allure.com

4 spas for facials under $200 in NYC
Allure.com

Dr. Perricone’s newest beauty launch is “hydrogen water” for $3 USD a can
WWD.com – Paywall

Celebrities and Interviews

Centenarians share their beauty secrets
Allure.com

Photo of Covergirl’s James Charles foundation and powder flashback goes viral
Twitter.com

Leonardo DiCaprio flew an eyebrow artist 7 500 miles for the Oscars, while promoting environmentalism
Elle.com

Leonardo DiCaprio’s representatives says eyebrow artist was not part of his Oscars glam squad
SMH.com.au

NikkieTutorials launches initiative to end makeup shaming
TeenVogue.com

Kit Harington (who knows nothing) announced as new face of Dolce Gabbana’s The One fragrance
Elle.com

Jeffree Star accused of putting Nikita Dragun in black face
TeenVogue.com, Seventeen.com

An interview with Casey Holmes about her Smashbox Spotlight Palettes
Allure.com

Vlada Haggerty named as editor-in-chief of Smashbox Cosmetics
LATimes.com, WWD.com – Paywall

An interview with Brandon Truaxe, founder of Deciem
Telegraph.co.uk

An interview with Sophie and Hannah Pycroft, founders of Spectrum Collections
TheSun.co.uk

Emma Watson takes up to three baths a day and conditions her pubes
Elle.com

Bella Hadid reveals first image from the Dior Pump ‘N’ Volume Mascara campaign
Elle.com

Angelina Jolie stars in first campaign video for Guerlain fragrance
Elle.com

CoverGirl’s James Charles issues second apology for Ebola joke
Glamour.com

Jaclyn Hill talks about her upcoming Morphe collaboration, and her eponymous makeup brand slated for 2017
WWD.com – Paywall

8 best highlighters according to celebrity makeup artists
TeenVogue.com

Vlogger Ashley Blue DeFrancesco applies makeup with a tampon, has regrets
TeenVogue.com

Maria Borges becomes the new face of L’Oreal Paris
Ebony.com, USMagazine.com, TeenVogue.com, Elle.com

Taraji P. Henson got Oscar’s ready by dermaplaning at home
Allure.com

Makeup artist Steph Aiello does pro surfer Carissa Moore’s makeup in emotional video
TeenVogue.com

Justin Skye announced as new brand ambassador of Dark and Lovely
Elle.com

Ryan Seacrest and Dr. Lancer collaborate on Polished, a skincare line for men
Forbes.com, WWD.com – Paywall

A look at the products used to prep models backstage at the Isabel Marant fashion show
Allure.com

“Lush co-founder Rowena Bird talks packaging, preservatives, and the power of color”
TreeHugger.com

Flirt Cosmetics and Amber Rose launch ombre lip kits
Refinery29.com

An interview with makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic
Allure.com

An interview with Ole Henrikson about his products and the Danish trend of ‘hygge’
Elle.com.au

Drew Barrymore’s favourite skin-tightening face mask is from Hanacure
Bustle.com

Asia

South Korean beauty and travel stocks tumble after news of Chinese travel bans
Bloomberg.com, Reuters.com, Reuters.com

Japanese beauty and tourism stocks rise
Nikkei.com

Japanese cosmetic giants target millennials through acquisitions
Forbes.com

For many South Koreans, beauty standards represent a cultural struggle
TheVarsity.ca

Laneige skin care products destroyed at Shanghai border due to Staph contamination
ShanghaiDaily.com

An interview with Lee Jin-wook, founder and owner of Dr. Jart+
MoodieDavittReport.com

Soko Glam launches subscription beauty box, the Klog Box
Allure.com

Momohime a Japanese Halal skincare range launches in Malaysia
FreeMalaysiaToday.com

Ulta to begin carrying a K-Beauty collection including: SkinRx Lab, Thank You Farmer, ORG Skincare, CosRX, Botanic Farm and CLE
Allure.com, WWD.com – Paywall

Shiseido woos Chinese women with Elixir, which is made-in-Japan
Nikkei.com

U.K. based drugstore Boots will set foot in South Korea this year in a partnership with E-Mart
KoreaJoongangDaily.com

South Korea closely monitors China’s latest import rule as THAAD tension rises
KoreaHerald.com

South Korean companies brace for impact of THAAD
KoreaHerald.com

Young Chinese consumers driving online sales of imported products
BIV.com

Myanmar’s FDA steps up fight against fake drugs and cosmetics
MMTimes.com

Kao to begin launching brand Sofina IP in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Kao.com

Mamaonde available in Singapore through e-tailer Lazada
TodayOnline.com

Kasumi Arimura, Nini, Lee Si-young, Chiara Ferragni partner with SK-II to launch new global campaign for the Facial Treatment Essence
AdsOfTheWorld.com, WWD.com – Paywall, Elle.com

Another step-by-step guide on how to use splash masks
Coveteur.com

Another how-to-use face essences from Elle UK
ElleUK.com

Priyanka Chopra shows Vogue three DIY skin recipes
Vogue.com, Vogue.com

Nigerian federal government to support snail farming, to help reduce food insecurity
TribuneOnlineEng.com

A look at cruelty-free brands available in the UAE
WhatsOn.ae

Unilever launches vlogging contest in the GCC region
TradeArabia.com

Market and Trends

How L’Oreal SA is researching and designing new hair products for the South African market
Bloomberg.com

A look at how beauty collaborations are helping brands
Refinery29.uk

“Racially inclusive beauty boxes, like Cocotique and OnyxBox, satisfy a long-ignored segment”
Glossy.co

How to do the neon eyeliner trend
TeenVogue.com, Allure.com

Pointilism is now a makeup trend
Refinery29.com

Facebook looks to ramp up ad effectiveness online, in-store with new offerings
WWD.com – Paywall

“Are gym-proof make-up products safe?” Yes, and they’re just rebranded waterproof formulas
Telegraph.co.uk

“Macy’s Bluemercury collaboration is a page out of JC Penney’s Sephora collaboration playbook”
RetailDive.com

“Ulta doesn’t want to be Sephora” Aims to maintain a high and low-end brand mix
Racked.com

Saudi Arabia’s cosmetics market to grow 11% by 2022
Yahoo.com

Ghana to host African Makeup and Beauty Fair
BusinessGhana.com

Outreach

Johnson and Johnson baby powder

One in three Australians report health problems from fragranced consumer products
ScienceDaily.com

J&J wins jury trial in talcum powder and ovarian cancer case
NationalLawJournal.com

1/5 of respondents in Irish survey say they are saving for a cosmetic procedure
TheJournal.ie

AAD: “Slow the signs of ageing with sunscreen”
ScienceDaily.com

Boots to stop selling products with plastic microbeads by the end of 2017
ChemicalWatch.com

Video of woman removing charcoal peel-off face mask goes viral
TeeNVogue.com

Gregg Renfrew: “How the US government can help prevent your makeup from harming you”
Time.com

Garnier, DoSomething.org, and Remi Cruz team up to raise awareness on bathroom recycling
PRNewswire.com, WWD.com – Paywall

US-based survey finds 84% of women did not use sunscreen daily
PRNewswire.com

Crown Laboratories Inc. agrees to stop selling topical drugs for eczema, psoriasis, and acne without US FDA approval
Law360.com

Research finds possible link between hairsprays and the incidence of hypospadias in male babies
Imperial.ac.uk

Lush Australia declines Fair Work Commission’s decision to allow businesses to lower Sunday loading rates for workers
SmartCompany.com.au

Dove announces its Real Beauty Pledge: To not hire models, use people’s full names, and reflect population diversity
PRNewswire.com, WWD.com – Paywall

Dove Men+Care and J.J. Redick call on fans to stand for care this March Madness
PRNewswire.com

UK charity investigated after donating cosmetics to the Labour political party
DailyMail.co.uk

Corporate

Valeant sells CeraVe, AMBI, and AcneFree to L’Oreal to ease debt
Bloomberg.com, PRNewswire.com

Drunk Elephant gets investment from Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine and VMG Partners
Fashionista.com

Revlon swings to loss amid turnaround effort
MarketWatch.com

Hasbro files a trademark application for the scent of Play-Doh
TeenVogue.com

JC Penney to close up to 140 stores
CNN.com

President of Ghana Akufo-Addo appeals to Unilever to return manufacturing to the country
BusinessGhana.com

Nu Skin Enterprises joins the S&P Midcap 400 listing
Benzinga.com

“Why Kraft Heinz’ focus might have been Unilever’s personal care, not food business”
Trefis.com

Information brochure to SCA’s shareholders regarding the proposed distribution of SCA Hygiene AB
PRNewswire.com

Interesting Reads

“Counterfeit beauty products are at an all-time high”
Allure.com

A look at what beauty products luxury air travelers get
DailyMail.co.uk

Former Bulgarian Ambassador to the US Elena Poptodorova resigns after stealing cosmetics from a duty-free airport store
JTA.org

Youtuber Rich Lux takes a local ABC news team dumpster diving for luxury cosmetics
ABC7NY.com, MySunCoast.com

“9 gross beauty habits we need to stop doing in public”
Refinery29.com

Residents of a small English Village keep finding cosmetics in their lawns and hedges
TheSun.co.uk

“How long after you’ve opened your makeup should you toss it?”
Bustle.com

“Burns, scars, and infections: How to avoid getting injured in New Zealand’s beauty salons”
Stuff.co.nz

Unilever’s Lever Brothers Soap Factory in Toronto to reopen as a rentable creative space
NowToronto.com

Protect your skin with broad-spectrum SPF products
VanityFair.com

“A facial scarring story: How one woman found empowerment through her scars”
Allure.com

“What it’s like to try microblading”
Elle.com

Researchers isolate antibiotic producing bacteria from skin, cream made with the bacteria reduced Staph presence by up to 90%
TeenVogue.com

Your smartphone might be giving you neck wrinkles
Elle.com

Breast augmentation and liposuction still the most popular cosmetic procedures in the US
Elle.com

“9 questions you should ask yourself before buying expensive makeup”
TeenVogue.com

#BeautyRecap: February 28th, 2017

Retail

Lauren Bowker develops heat-sensitive colour-changing hair dye
Elle.com, Dazed.com

Z Palette loses fans after bullying customers on social media
Allure.com

Z Palette CEO Zena Shteysel posts apology for bullying customers over her $85 USD hotplate
RedditUploads.com

Makeup Forever opening global flagship store on Lexington Ave. in New York
WWD.com

A review of the Meitu T8 Selfie Phone with built-in beautifying features
MobileMag.com

Benefit Hoola Bronzer launched in Lite shade and stick form
Allure.com

Colgate-Palmolive’s Tom’s of Maine launches body cleansing products
Yahoo.com

MAC senior artist Netta Szekely previews a Basic Bitch palette on Instagram
Glamour.com

How Australia’s Frank Body built a $20 Million USD global beauty brand on social media
Forbes.com

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster is the brands first serum
Allure.com

Another look at the MAC Roller Wheel liner, aka the Pizza Cutter liner
Allure.com

Lush Cosmetics launches hair care line based on Donald Trump’s pronunciation of ‘Yuge’
TeenVogue.com

A review of Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray
Allure.com

The best new products for dry skin selected by Vanity Fair
VanityFair.com

The best beauty products available at Urban Outfitters selected by Teen Vogue
TeenVogue.com

HyVee to begin retailing clothing and cosmetics
FoodDive.com

ColourPop launches highlighter trio sets
Allure.com

A review of the Estée Edit Pore Vanishing Moisturizer
Allure.com

Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick to be reformulated
Allure.com

Kylie Cosmetics to launch 6 highlighter shades
Elle.com

A look at Tarte’s Maneater Liquid Eyeliner
Allure.com

Farsali Unicorn Serum sold out at Sephora
Allure.com

Skin Inc. announces Beauty and the Beast serum
TeenVogue.com

Christian Louboutin launches eye makeup collection
Allure.com

A review of Maybelline’s The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara
TeenVogue.com

GlamGlow GlowStarter launches in two new shades
Allure.com

Aesop skincare opens pop-up spa in Paris, France
SCMP.com

Ole Henrikson repackages and reorganizes skincare line
Allure.com

An overview of Clary Collection skincare
Allure.com

Wet n Wild launches rose gold and lilac Wet n Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powder shades
Allure.com

A review of various facial washes for acne
Allure.com

Glossier debuts Cloud Paint Blush on the Oscars red carpet
Bustle.com

KIKO Milani in talks to open Israeli store
Globes.co.il

GQ editors tested out nipple chafing creams for runners
GQ.com

A preview of the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Allure.com

Paula’s Choice launches RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30
WorldPressOnline.com

Kohler might be selling mirrors with augmented reality features in the future
WWD.com

A list of the top-selling Amazon beauty products from Elle Australia
Elle.com.au

Bite Beauty launches Prismatic Pearl Crème Lip Gloss collection
TeenVogue.com

Lisa Frank and Makeup Dolls makeup fundraiser surpasses $30 000 USD goal
TeenVogue.com

Celebrities and Interviews

Kanye West quietly launching his makeup and grooming line Donda
Glamour.com, GQ.com, Elle.com, TeenVogue.com

Oscars 2017: How Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Karlie Kloss, Octavia Spencer, and others got ready
Elle.com

Oscars 2017: Drugstore products that celebrities used
Glamour.com

Oscars 2017: The best of red carpet beauty selected by Vanity Fair
VanityFair.com

Oscars 2017: Chrissy Teigen used Milk of Magnesia to cover up a burn wound
Allure.com

Oscars 2017: 22 of the best Oscar beauty looks of all time selected by Elle
Elle.com

Lisa Bonet and Kiersey Clemons star in fashion film for Chanel fragrance
Elle.com

Irana Shayk uses Mimi Luzon’s 24k gold face mask
Vogue.com

A short biography of Max Factor
JewishJournal.com

Interviews with Black makeup artists and hairstylists about their careers
TeenVogue.com

A beauty writer got Chrissy Teigen’s Oscar facial
Refinery29.com

Dr. Harold Lancer honoured with the Beauty Enhancement Award, at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards
PRNewswire.com

Gabby Douglas teams up with Beauty Bakerie to launch lipstick collection
HelloBeautiful.com

Interviews with 9 Black beauty business owners
TeenVogue.com

Kylie Jenner gives a tour of her office/mansion on Snapchat
MTV.co.uk – Archive

Shailene Woodley’s beauty secrets involve eating clay
Allure.com

Kylie Jenner teams up with Fiji Water in giveaway
TeenVogue.com

An interview with Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany Masterson
WMagazine.com

An interview with makeup artist Rachel Goodwin about her new role at Nars cosmetics
Allure.com

Bella Thorne snaps her peeling skin after a chemical peel
TeenVogue.com

Asia

Japan’s @cosme ready to spread across Asia, first stores in Taiwan and Hong Kong
Nikkei.com

South Korean credit card spending on cosmetics and clothing drops
YonhapNews.co.kr

Exports of South Korean cosmetics increased 10-fold in 7 years
KoreaBizwire.com

The 7 most popular South Korean beauty products in the US according to Soompi
Soompi.com

Glow Recipe to open pop-up shop in downtown Manhattan
GlowRecipe.com

Shu Uemura and Ambush collaborate on capsule makeup collection
Numero.jp, WWD.com

Average life expectancy for South Korean women expected to reach past 90
Time.com

10 South Korean skincare mistakes to avoid
TheFashionSpot.com

Free trade agreements fuel cosmetics market in Vietnam
VietnamNet.vn

Fake cosmetics still flooding Vietnamese market
VietnamNet.vn

Malaysia emerging as a top user of Japanese cosmetics
BangkokPost.com

A trip through 3,000 years of beauty enhancement in China
GBTimes.com

Barneys partners with Peach & Lily on mask bar
WWD.com

Shiseido to adopt English as its official language of business
GlobalCosmeticsNews.com

Shiseido has a digital academy to make sure its employees are using the same lingo
WWD.com

Market and Trends

Google unmasks 2017 beauty trends
ThinkwithGoogle.com

Beauty brands are outnumbered by vloggers in beauty category searches by 14 to 1
WWD.com

NYX avoids traditional advertising to help the brand maintain its niche feel
WWD.com

Smashbox, “Inviting influencers to promote your brand is a balance between their voice and your brand’s”
WWD.com

“Video is the future of social media advertising”, says Pixability’s Theresa Moore
WWD.com

Makeup Geek credits rapid growth to social media
WWD.com

“‘Witchy’ culture is taking over the beauty world”
TeenVogue.com

2017’s most Google’d beauty trend was masking
Allure.com

How to pull off yellow eyeshadow
Allure.com

“Boys wearing makeup is more than trend”
TeenVogue.com

UK survey finds people have a hard time identifying UK brands
SmallBusiness.co.uk

Beauty industry professionals form coalition to reform industry standards and licensing requirements
PRNewswire.com

“Personalization is key” says Laura Geller’s Mila Mendez
WWD.com

Outreach

Cruelty Free International calls on United Nations for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics
PRNewswire.com

L’Oreal becomes founding member of the Responsible Mica Initiative
LOreal.com

The mica found in your highlighter may have been mined by hand, by child labourers
TeenVogue.com

UN launches global campaign to eliminate ocean microplastics UN.org

Better Business Bureau warns Ontarians of scam involving Lux Style International
LFPress.com

South Florida woman who posed as a plastic surgeon for over 2 years sentenced to jail
CBS12.com

Helen Mirren, The Prince’s Trust, and L’Oreal Paris UK team up for campaign offering confidence training scholarships
Elle.com

Class-action lawsuit alleges that L’Oreal keratin based products do not contain keratin
Law360.com

Moroccanoil and Zotos International reach settlement in trademark dispute
PRNewswire.com

Corporate

Inside the strict office culture of Aussie skincare company Aesop
TheNewDaily.com.au

InnovaDerma acquires men’s skincare brands Stevie K and Charles + Lee
LSE.co.uk

Interesting Reads

Cracking the case of counterfeit makeup
Bloomberg.com

Black women talk about the bias they face from styling their hair naturally
TeenVogue.com

A retrospective of the late Ren Hang’s work
WMagazine.com

Father of teen who died in a car crash upset that cosmetics company used her name as a shade of lipstick
TheSun.co.uk

A beauty editor tries Russian, Indian, South Korean, French, and Kenyan skincare routines
Allure.com

“How to tell if you have sensitive skin or skin barrier damage”
TeenVogue.com

Stem cell treatment may lead to treatment for thinning hair
WMagazine.com

“Do we really need to use an eye cream?” Different people have different opinions
Elle.com.au

#BeautyRecap: February 22nd, 2017

Retail

“Illamasqua takes stand against Trump with ‘Anti-Fascism Pledge’”
Illamasqua.com TeenVogue.com

Kansas chiropractor Daniel Dopps wants women to “glue” their labias shut during their periods
Forbes.com

Dyson files patent for a “high-velocity hairbrush”
Entrepreneur.com, Fortune.com

Chanel discontinues Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer replaces it with Rouge Coco
HarpersBazaar.com

Bond No. 9 launches first-ever perfume and lipstick combo Nolita after MAC launched Shadescents their first-ever perfume and lipstick combos
PRNewswire.com

Clarisonic launches Smart Profile Uplift offering a new massage feature
PRNewswire.com

9 beauty blogger collaborations coming in 2017 from Morphe, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Smashbox, Cake Face, BH Cosmetics, and more
Bustle.com

Makers of Coco Vita to branch into coconut milk and personal care market
Bloomberg.com

A look at GlamGlow’s Tinted GlowStarter
Bustle.com

A look at Stila Cosmetics’ Color Balms
Bustle.com

Dark and Lovely celebrates 45 years
PRNewswire.com

Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty expands into Mexico through Walmart
WWD.com – Paywall

A review of 10 products that contain Vitamin C
Bustle.com

SkinCeuticals launches hyaluronic acid serum, H.A. Intensifier
PRNeswire.com

7 Black-owned cosmetics brands to watch: Iman, The Lip Bar, Beauty Bakerie, Juvia’s Place, Gold Label, Vera Moore, and Shea Moisture
Allure.com

A look at Paul Wharton’s skincare line
Essence.com

A look at the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Glow Kit
Allure.com

The Storybook Cosmetics Wizardry & Witchcraft Palette to be priced at $52 USD
Bustle.com

Kat Von D previews a metallic blue lipstick shade
Allure.com

A look at Becca Cosmetics’ new highlighter shade in Prismatic Amethyst
Glamour.com, Allure.com

A review of the Topshop Chameleon Glow Eye Shadow
Allure.com

Flirt Cosmetics launches colour-changing pHetish Lipsticks
TeenVogue.com, Allure.com

Washington D.C. brand MakeUp America! launches, each purpose helps pay down the US national debt
WJLA.com

A preview of MAC’s Bold and Bad Lash Mascara
Allure.com, Popsugar.com

A preview of MAC’s Work it Out collection
Allure.com

A preview of the Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip Pigment
Allure.com

A preview of the Tarte Lip Architect Lipstick and Lip Liner Duo
Allure.com

A look at Katy Perry x CoverGirl Katy Kat Pearl Collection
Allure.com, Elle.com

A review of the Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint Lip Balm
TeenVogue.com

Perricone MD expands availability in Nordstroms and Ultas
PRNewswire.com

A preview of MAC’s Glitter Lipsticks
Elle.com

Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 and Lust 004 to be restocked in March
Allure.com

A review of Skin Laundry Wrinkle Release Neck & Chest Sheet Mask
Allure.com

Dove introduces “nature inspired” line under Men+Care
DrugstoreNews.com

Laura Mercier expands Translucent Loose Setting Powder shades with dark
Allure.com

A preview of the Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette
Allure.com

12 beauty brands that started off on Etsy
Vogue.com

A preview of the Unicorn Lashes Royale Unicorn Brush Set
Allure.com

Pat McGrath Labs teases new sixth launch backstage at New York Fashion Week, likely a blue eyeshadow
Allure.com, GlamrouMagazine.co.uk

A review of the Elf HD Lifting Concealer
TeenVogue.com

17 tips to save money at Sephora
Glamour.com

A look at some new “customizable” beauty products from bareMinerals, Nip + Fab, Function of Beauty, and more
TheFashionSpot.com

People who shop on Fabled run by Marie Claire will receive a free issue of the magazine
MediaTel.co.uk

A preview of the Frank Body Glow Mask
Allure.com

Nars Velvet Matte Lip range extended with 10 new shades
Allure.com

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter adds two new shades
Allure.com

A review of the St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse
TeenVogue.com

A preview of Guy Tang’s Mydentity pastel hair colour line
Glamour.com

Redditor notices that their Beautyblender is leaking pink dye
Allure.com

Lypsyl lip balm launches campaign featuring a m-m-m-m-an
RetailTimes.co.,uk

“15 under-the-radar lipstick brands recommended by Allure editors”
Allure.com

NYX’s NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipstick have a secret compartment like Elf’s lipsticks
Allure.com

Kleenex’s Exfoliating Cushions voted Product of the Year in survey
PRNewswire.com

Celebrities and Interviews

A look at Rihanna’s upcoming makeup line Fenty Beauty. First product may be a holographic lip product available at Sephora in the Fall
Elle.com, Glamour.com – Cache, TeenVogue.com, Elle.my, Bustle.com, Bustle.com, Racked.com, BET.com, MTV.com, Stuff.co.nz

Peaches Monroee who coined “eyebrows on fleek” starts GoFundMe to launch a line of cosmetics
NYMag.com, TheFader.com, TheVerge.com, PaperMag.com, Mashable.com, DailyDot.com

Lisa Frank uses Kickstarter to fundraise for new cruelty-free makeup line
Mashable.com

How Suzie Wokabi started a multi-million-dollar cosmetics business in Kenya
Forbes.com

Ebonee Davis’ TED Talk on being Black in the beauty industry
Essence.com, Allure.com

Kate Middleton, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus, uses Nutella as a face mask
Elle.com

“What Jennifer Aniston does to make Jennifer Aniston’s 48 look like Jennifer Aniston’s 28”
Elle.com

“The beauty evolution of Rihanna”
WMagazine.com

Covergirl spokesperson James Charles apologizes for his Ebola “joke”
TeenVogue.com

Kim Kardashian gets cosmetic treatment for her stretchmarks
People.com

An interview with Lisa Potter-Dixon, head makeup artist at Benefit Cosmetics
HelloMagazine.com

Ivanka Trump’s perfumes are the best-selling fragrances on Amazon
NYMag.com

An interview with Julep cosmetics founder Jane Park
Elle.com

A look inside Drew Barrymore’s beauty cabinet
Refinery29.com

“‘I am an immigrant’: Fashion’s biggest names issue a united statement”
WMagazine.com

An interview with Omorovicza founder Margaret de Heinrich
NewWestRecord.ca

An interview with Dita Von Teese on body makeup, eyebrows, and more
NYMag.com

How X Out spokesperson Cameron Dallas used X out to clear up his acne
TeenVogue.com, PRNewswire.com

An interview with Mark Rice, co-founder of Ogee
Coveteur.com

“The best celebrity plastic surgery secrets”
Allure.com

An interview with Munemi Imai, founder of Mun Skincare
Allure.com

A preview of the Smashbox x Casey Holmes collaboration
Allure.com

Nicole Byer reviews “weird” beauty products
Allure.com – Video

Kelly Hudson reviews “weird” beauty products
Allure.com – Video

An interview with Kaia Gerber on makeup and beauty
Elle.com

Various dermatologists share tips on how to get “red-carpet ready”
VanityFair.com

“Dermatologist-approved tips for anti-aging to try”
Allure.com

“Why New York Fashion Week backstage beauty needs more diversity”
TeenVogue.com

“9 skincare masks used by models at New York Fashion Week”
Bustle.com

Comparing and contrasting Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid’s respective skincare routines
TeenVogue.com

Gigi Hadid uses the “internet hated” St. Ives Apricot Scrub
StyleCaster.com

“How to treat acne like a New York Fashion Week model”
TeenVogue.com

AnaOno’s NYFW show featured breast cancer survivors
Glamour.com

“The most glamourous Grammy looks of all time”
WMagazine.com

All the lipsticks worn by Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker
Allure.com

“Meet the 10 breakout new faces of New York Fashion Week”
WMagazine.com

Kát Rudu, celebrity facialist, reveals trick of using clay mask then hyaluronic acid serum
Allure.com

An interview with stylist Shiona Turini
NYMag.com

7 eye makeup looks to try from New York Fashion Week
Elle.com

HSN partners with Chelsea Scott for ‘The Beauty Spy’ show
Yahoo.com

Kylie Jenner asks on Twitter what her next release should be
Bustle.com

Kylie Jenner reveals she once called her mom
BuzzFeed.com

Asia

Fake cosmetics worth over ¥800 million yuan seized in China
CRI.cn, Reuters.com, SCMP.com, Telegraph.co.uk, Shanghaiist.com, Mashable.com

A look at what’s available at the Nordstrom K-Beauty Pop-up shop
WMagazine.com, Glamour.com

An interview with Sandara Park of 2NE1 about her skincare routine
Inquirer.net

Shenzhen, China woman claims face masks give her kidney disease
SixthTone.com

17 women to receive damages compensation from Kanebo in skin whitening lawsuit settlement
JapanTimes.co.jp

Miniso, the Japanese super store taking on Target and Kmart in Australia
TheNewDaily.com.au

Its Skin and Hanbul Cosmetics to merge, become Its Hanbul afterwards
Reuters.com

Chinese university launches project to study plastic microplastics in Shanghai
China.org.cn

Korean cosmetics companies gear up to win fast-growing Middle Eastern market
PulseNews.co.kr

Dozens of Chinese firms apply to use ‘Ivanka’ as their trademark
TodayOnline.com

Korea taps into Malaysia’s cosmetics industry
KoreaTimes.co.kr

China “banning” South Korean cosmetics by more strictly enforcing labelling and manufacturing rules
WWD.com – Paywall

A review of 16 “weird” face masks including Etude House, Farmacy, Blackout, and Dr. Jart+
Bustle.com

DFS and Shiseido partner on Ultimune kit available in its Hong Kong Galleria store
DFNIOnline.com

Hong Kong Consumer Council calls for mandatory labelling on skin care products
SCMP.com, TheStandard.com.hk

Jung Chae Yeon uses sheet mask in new commercial for Jayjun Cosmetics
AllKPop.com

8 Korean skincare secrets like double-cleansing, layering, and ampoules
Cosmpolitan.com.au

Nippon Shikizai acquires 80% stake in Orleans Cosmetics
Reuters.com

Saks appoints Aditya Birla Fashion to open first Indian outlet
IndiaTimes.com

Hindustan Unilever beefs up Ayurvedic portfolio with three shampoos to take on Patanjali
BloombergQuint.com

Indian government mulls proposal to free up foreign direct investment policy
IndiaTimes.com

“India poised to lead the billion dollar cosmetic industry with its ancient herbal legacy”: Shahnaz Husain
MeriNews.com

Market

“One in every five beauty purchases online was made through Amazon in 2016”
TheStreet.com

“Beauty companies ramp up the pace to keep up with faster trends”
ChicagoTribune.com

Paula’s Choice to use machine learning to help market with partnership with Transform
EinNews.com

“Beauty on Youtube: Brands, influencers and the Millennial Woman”
TubularInsights.com

US online beauty became a $1.2 billion USD industry in 2016
SFGate.com – Video

“Pandora, Mecca and Mac: The bright spots of Australian retail”
SMH.com.au

“How your UK postal code affects your makeup look”
Telegraph.co.uk

Outreach

Sephora settles with customers for $950 000 USD in class-action lawsuit that alleges they banned customers with Chinese emails
Sephora.com, Settlement Agreement PDF, File a Claim

The Body Shop stops advertising on The Daily Mail due to concerns that the paper’s editorial stance goes against human rights
TheDrum.com

French government body releases report with findings of lack of claim substantiation and ingredient content
Gouv.fr

Ireland consulting on plastic microbead ban
ChemicalWatch.com

Montreal woman files lawsuit against Unilever and retailers for gender-based price discrepancies labelled “The Pink Tax”
CTVNews.ca

Johnson & Johnson to stop selling plastic cotton buds in half the world to help cut marine pollution
Independent.co.uk

US FDA approves Siliq (brodalumab) for psoriasis treatment
FDA.gov

“The latest on dangerous college campus indoor tanning”
Allure.com

Dr. Brandt Skincare awards first professorship to Antonella Tosti at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Allure.com

Pinkette Clothing wins trademark lawsuit against Lush to use “LUSH” on its clothing
Edgl.com

3D printed human skin may lead to more cruelty-free cosmetics
ElleUK.com

Auckland beauty salon fined $13 500 NZD for using banned methyl methacrylate on client’s nails
Stuff.co.nz

Corporate

“Kraft Heinz wants to buy Unilever to create the world’s largest food giant”
QZ.com

Kraft Heinz withdraws $143-billion offer to merge with Unilever
TheGlobeandMail.com, SeekingAlpha.com, WWD.com – Paywall, MorningStar.co.uk

“Unilever’s strongest defense may be a buyout from Colgate or Nestle”
BloombergQuint.com

“Will Kraft Heinz’s unsuccessful dealmaking with Unilever inspire future M&A?”
FoodDive.com

“Kraft Heinz’s failed Unilever bid shows it needs growth over cost cuts”
Reuters.com

“Warren Buffett’s Kraft Heinz may not be done shopping”
NBC-2.com

“Unilever chief now under pressure to deliver on reforms”
FT.com – Soft Paywall

“Why Unilever may have turned its back on Kraft Heinz” Because there are potentially other buyers
IrishExaminer.com

Nestle CEO Mark Schneider says any change to their stake in L’Oreal must be considered carefully
Reuters.com

“Should Nestle sell their stake in L’Oreal?”
WSJ.com – Soft Paywall

Estee Lauder announces Marie Han Silloway, Matthew Parr to join as executives
WWD.com – Paywall

Estee Lauder partners with Jumia to bring brands to Nigeria
RetailTouchPoints.com

Francois Arpels joins Skin Inc as advisor
PRNewswire.co.uk

Skin Laundry appoints Sue Thirwall as CEO
WWD.com

Avidbank provides $8 million USD line of credit to Yes To, Inc.
BusinessWire.com

Avon reports 4th quarter and full-year 2016 financial results
PRNewswire.com

Avon share stumble amid $10.7 million USD loss
TheStandard.com.hk

Nu Skin reports 4th quarter and full-year 2016 financial results
PRNewswire.com

Coty releases 2nd quarter 2017 financial results, the earnings call transcript
SeekingAlpha.com

Interesting Reads

“‘Hypnotic’ makeup and hermit crab adoption schemes: the weird exports Australian taxpayers are funding”
SMH.com.au

“A shockingly gruesome history of beauty marks, real and fake”
Racked.com

“Make-up isn’t a ‘lie’ for people living with facial disfigurements”
Independent.co.uk

“Eyelash growth serums: What works, what doesn’t”
Self.com

The Guardian readers describe “how [they] feel about [their] decision to get cosmetic surgery – 10 years on”
TheGuardian.com

“Is making your pores smaller healthy? Experts weigh in.” You can’t really anyways
Bustle.com

“The Pink Tax: Botox for men costs about twice as much”, because they need more for effect
Allure.com

A dermatologist weighs in on the using conditioner as makeup remover “hack”, doesn’t recommend it
Allure.com

Man receives full face transplant
Allure.com

“How makeup can affect people dealing with anxiety and depression”
TeenVogue.com

“Are activated charcoal beauty products and supplements safe?”
GlobalNews.ca

“An artist shares her story of how cystic acne shattered her self-esteem”
Allure.com – Video, Allure.com – Article

The US Army lifts ban on locs
TeenVogue.com

“Black lipstick: Why one Allure editor would rather wear it than go on a date”
Allure.com

“Microneedling hurts like crazy, but I can’t wait to do it again”
Allure.com

“How 3D imaging may be the secret to perfect skin”
WMagazine.com

“The ultimate guide to getting and maintaining platinum blonde hair”
TeenVogue.com

“How to do the dental floss eyeliner trick”
Glamour.com

“Why it’s important that your laser hair removal technician has a license”
Allure.com

“Is it OK to criticize your spouse’s spending on hair care?”
TheGlobeandMail.com

“Why a 10-step skin routine could solve all your problems”
Elle.com.au