As Technologies Evolve, Opportunities Abound for Beauty Brands

In the beauty industry, the demand for greater personalization was on an upward trajectory well before the COVID-19 pandemic. And the technology that facilitates personalization — such as virtual try-on — has been around a long time, too. For Sampo Parkkinen, chief executive officer and cofounder of AI and AR beauty technology provider Revieve, there were several questions that needed […]

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Bluemercury Founders Marla and Barry Beck to Exit

The cofounders of Macy's-owned Bluemercury, Marla and Barry Beck, are exiting the company. Barry Beck, BlueMercury's chief operating officer, will step down Sept. 20 "to pursue a new entrepreneurial venture." Marla Beck, the company's chief executive officer, will stay on during a transition period. The Beck’s opened Bluemercury 20 years ago with one shop in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, […]

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‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors

The purveyors of Strawberry Milk, Peach Madness and Froopy (tastes like Froot Loops) e-cigarette pods are having a very good year. After Juul Labs, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, stopped selling most of its hugely popular flavored nicotine pods in stores last fall, upstart competitors swooped in to grab the shelf space. Trumpeting their own fruity and […]

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Luxury Developers Tap Into Beauty, Wellness

When New York real estate developers Steve and Lauren Witkoff were working out how to make their luxury condominium 111 Murray in Manhattan’s celebrity-filled TriBeCa neighborhood stand out from the crowd in a market flowing with over-the-top amenities, they started to think about what wealthy Manhattanites actually used. Bored of golf simulators and other gimmicks, Lauren Witkoff started to brainstorm […]

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