• LA Fresh Nail Wipes Make The Grade

    LA Fresh Nail Wipes Make The Grade

    May 24, 2012
    I’m a little skeptical about nail polish remover wipes. I think of those sponge dip products from the 1980s where if you’re wearing a fuchsia or red polish the sponge turns that color and stains your fingers. However, modern times call…

  • Putty Soap Isn

    Putty Soap Isn't So Silly

    May 8, 2012
    A solid liquid soap is the closest way to describe Lush’s latest innovation, Putty for Hands…but it’s not even soap. This solid hand cleanser is a little bit crumbly at times but a unique formulation, nonetheless. Just place it i…

  • A Highbrow Glow

    April 30, 2012
    Get “wow” brows with High Brow Glow ($20), a soft but strong highlighting pencil from Benefit. The original incarnation was a matte ballet pink; its sister SKU is bolder and brighter in a glowing champagne-pink shade. A single stroke un…

  • Superstar SKUs

    Superstar SKUs

    April 16, 2012
    Here at Happi we see a lot of innovation on a daily basis through our reporting. The following personal care products really stepped up to the plate by way of efficacy:   Naturally Fresh Deodorant Roll On in Lavender ($3.99) This elegant deodor…

  • Yes To Carrots Color Balms Are a Subtle Hit

    March 30, 2012
    Tinted lip balms are a tricky formulation—some products don’t have enough pigment to give that pop of color; others feel too chalky or worse, have a strange aftertaste. Naturals marketer Yes To Carrots created a winning blend in its new…

  • My Own OTC Experience

    March 9, 2012
    There’s Method acting, but recently I engaged in some Method reporting. While working on our annual article on the OTC/medicated skin care market, I sampled a new personal care product (not related to the story) and woke up a few days later to…

  • China Glaze for

    China Glaze for 'The Hunger Games'

    February 24, 2012
    American International Industries' China Glaze officially confirmed a collection of nail polish to debut in conjunction with the March 23, 2012 release of "The Hunger Games," after a few buzzworthy weeks in the beauty blogs where the pr…

  • Fly With OPI

    Fly With OPI

    February 10, 2012
    One of OPI’s latest celebrity collaborations is with hip hop songstress Nicki Minaj (who also recently performed with Madonna at The Superbowl). The collection of six limited edition shades includes a purple Shatter texture coat, amongst others…

  • Ode To the Classics: 90s Nail Polish

    Ode To the Classics: 90s Nail Polish

    February 3, 2012
    As we know, nail polish is a cosmetic category rife with innovation right now—as seen in mass, where nail lacquer sales climbed 20% to $363.4 million for the year ended May 15, 2011 in supermarkets, drugstores and mass-market retailers excludin…

  • Vintage Vera Next Up at MAC Cosmetics

    Vintage Vera Next Up at MAC Cosmetics

    January 16, 2012
    Vera Neumann was an American artist and entrepreneur best known for her boldly colored linen patterns and scarves signed "Vera" with a little ladybug. Vintage styles from the 1960s and 1970s were often topped with a Vera scarf in breezy pas…

  • Essie Says Bling It On!

    Essie Says Bling It On!

    January 6, 2012
    Like any great accessory, jewelry makes a statement. And according to Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics, the bolder the better. So what better way to offset that sparkling cocktail ring or chandelier earrings than a set of sophisticated la…

  • The Magic of Wen

    The Magic of Wen

    December 22, 2011
    I’ve been hearing rave reviews about Wen’s “all in one” cleaning conditioners ($29) for quite awhile now. And with finding no such luck in pinning down that one hair care product that can tame my semi-wavy hair (frizzy in the…

  • Burt

    Burt's Bees: Bee Pampered Spa Set

    December 9, 2011
    Burt’s Bees is presenting a special two-SKU kit for Holiday 2011. The Bee Pampered Spa Set ($20), available in two variations, Cranberry & Pomegranate or Honey & Shea Butter, offers value and a packaging plus. Featuring both a body scru…

  • Laura Mercier Kit Has It All

    Laura Mercier Kit Has It All

    November 28, 2011
    Cosmetic palettes are one of the best ways for shoppers to get a bang for their buck; these kits usually combine different SKUs for the eyes, lips and face. But one common omission is the brushes to actually apply the product. The colors can be lovel…

  • Cargo EyeLighter Whitens and Brightens

    Cargo EyeLighter Whitens and Brightens

    November 10, 2011
    Cargo’s EyeLighter ($20) simplifies the age-old makeup artist trick of widening and brightening eyes through white shadow application along the corners and rims of eyes. Besides a pop of lipstick and a swipe of mascara, a highlighted eye is key…

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