Cowshed’s Calf – Cheeky!

Beauty brand Cowshed is celebrating their 15th birthday by launching a new brand, Cheeky. Cheeky is to take High Street distribution, plus stand alone stores. Think manicures and blow-drys that are quick on time, cheap on cash but with no compromise on quality, launches end October. Positioning is spot on.

 

Lucy Goaman

Charlotte’s Beauty Festival

Whilst Glastonbury Festival is getting ready to go into full swing, another festival is taking the world by storm!!  Can you remember when you last saw a beauty brand launch?  And launch with huge razzmatazz?  The infamous Charlotte Tilbury has her own Beauty Festival in Selfridges this week, as a teaser, ahead of her line “Charlotte Tilbury” launching in September.

A luxe line.  A different line.  A line created by an expert in the trade.  Someone who has worked on nearly every famous face.  A lady who knows how to be different.  For example, when the world is used to Nail Bars, Charlotte introduces Eye Bars.

Team Tilbury will be on hand every day this week, in Selfridges, from 10am – 10pm (except 5.30-8pm) to offer free eye looks to anyone who comes to the event.  There are 5 signature looks to choose from:

The Feline Flick (a la Kate Moss)

A Chocolate Smoky Eye (think Sophia Loren)

A Pop of Colour (my inspiration is Jerry Hall and Studio 54)

A Rock ‘n’ Kohl legend eye (think Rihanna in V magazine)

Or a Disco Glamour (channel the sexiness and sophistication of Paris Vogue)

After being made over, you can have your photo added to the wall of fame.  And one lucky winner on the fame wall will be chosen to model in Charlotte’s next You Tube make over tutorial.

 Every day there is a different style of event, and for something quite quirky, on Thursday there is going to be free lipstick readings with psychics in residence, The Psychic Sisters. Who knew that your lipstick print could tell you so much about your psyche and your future..?

Charlotte has a great collection of celeb friends to help support her new brand launch, many will be popping up during the week at Selfridges.

I am loving her new make up bag, endorsed by a few friends!!  All the proceeds from the bag are going to Kids Company.

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing this brand grow and I am sure it will become a marketing benchmark for many other beauty brands.

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/

Lucy Goaman

Latest Beauty Trends – March 2012

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Spring is here! Daffodils are in the garden, the sun is shining and Fashion week has hit New York, London and Milan

This month’s Istream Video and Report are now ready for you to view – go and check out the latest launches and trends on our updated website: www.informationstream.co.uk .

It was really hard to pick just a few highlights this month as the report is full of great innovative new products, here are just a few:

ckOne to launch its own Beauty brand in April this year containing over 130 skus.. one to look out for.

Astalift by Fujifilm is due out here in March.

SkinKiss tights – tights impregnated with self tan .

Fashion Week rundown from New York, London and Milan along with Pantones colour predictions for Aut/Win 2012/13

McCain launch bus stop signs that give off heat and scent to promote their new Jacket Potato range

Jennifer Lopez new scent JLo Glowing has a light up mechanism when the spray is engaged

This month we see additions to the brightening and lightening phenomenon that has filtered over from Asia;  Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Shiseido and Sisley all are launching or have already on the market a product in this category and this month Shu Uemura added a brightening cleanser to that mix.

Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen have been the two magic ingredients for youthful skin for a while now and we are seeing ever new ways of these two wonder ingredients being delivered.

This month sees the Collagen drink Collagen Gold selling over 2,000 units a week in Boots and chemists have found a new ingredient to boost the skin’s own production of Hyaluronic acid as opposed to applying it topically so watch out for this in future formulations.

Following the success of lip tattoos from Violent lips this month sees Eye tattoos emerging onto the market, the more mainstream with Eye Rock and the trend driven Phyllis Cohens range.

Face Lace which debuted at Londons Fashion Week. Its all here and much more, dive in now to find out everything you need to know to stay ahead of the game.

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Simply Brilliant Beauty Innovation

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Some products are so simple, that they need very little explaining.

I love simplicity, and the smart innovation this month is from Avon, The Professional Perfect Eyes Kit.

I have worked on many make-up brands and the continual consumer issue was based on lack of confidence behind trying new looks, which was founded on people being unsure how to create a new look. Well Avon have quite simply taken the guesswork out of creating a new eye look.


The kit clearly shows you how to highlight, accent, contrast, and line eyes in a few simple steps. And the product is so cleverly designed that you can see exactly where you should be applying those shades.

Simply brilliant.

Mobile Marketing – notes from a train journey!

 

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As we close the first month of 2012, with plans for the year in progress, I am sure most businesses are undergoing some change. With economic and EU/UK political uncertainly pulling down, developments in technology are continuing to push businesses up into new territories and marketing opportunities.

I am watching with interest, and working with businesses on the impact that mobile technology is having on their brand and marketing planning. The consumer need for full integration of marketing and communication platforms can create its challenges in our ever-increasing mobile world!

Indeed, as I write this, I am sitting on the 6.05am Tiverton Parkway to Paddington train. I have just seen an ad for the new liquid foundation (will explain all in a future blog – but a long overdue launch from a great brand!) in a magazine, use the QR code that is displayed to find out further details on line, then check on comparison sites where I can make the cheapest purchase, and then order the item to be delivered to my home address the following day.

I have a sip of my decaff coffee (milk and a sweetener) and then move onto checking out some of my favourite (in terms of marketing) fashion brands.

I am a fan of H&M at the moment. Typically a high street retail business model, the brand is making giant leaps with digital media to drive sales.

They are experimenting with virtual changing rooms, customer service Twitter feed, linking their e-commerce site to You Tube and blogs. I sit here working out what I should treat myself to, need something great to wear with my new foundation!

Taking it one step further, is Needle. This is great and I am sure will become an essential marketing tool for UK brands.

Needle puts customers who are looking for product information and recommendations directly in touch with product experts. And here’s the clever part. The product experts are other people who use their products – the brand’s most passionate fans, recruited from social media sites like facebook and Twitter. The theory here is that these “fans” who use the products will offer better advice than any call centre. Advice is given through online text, video or voice chats. As a thank you to the “fans,” the brands allow the experts to earn points – which in turn is used to buy more products from the brand, growing their expertise! According to Needle, a chat with a Needle product expert is “the equivalent of having a personal shopper giving real-time reviews and recommendations to your customers based on rich, interactive dialogues.

Catching the train has never been so much fun!

Paul and Joe Spring 2012…

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Paul & Joe’s spring 2012 Meow! makeup collection can now be previewed. The line celebrates the Paul & Joe’s 10th anniversary, and the inspiration of the collection is the founder’s love of cats.

I am sure most of you are familar with this line of products, and their fusion of the Parisian philosophy of enjoying life, mirrored with its kitsch, retro-chic packaging.

For innovation seekers check out the new Blusher Sticks (£21 each)… they’re shaped like cats! They come in shades: Glamour Puss (soft beige), Minou (pastel pink) and Cat Fight (energetic tangerine).

And the the lipsticks have inprints of paw prints on the lipstick bullet. They come in shades: Glamour Puss (soft beige), Minou (pastel pink) and Cat Fight (energetic tangerine)!! Don’t you love it!

The line is launching on 1st February, so when you get your paws on the products, do let me know what you think!

Great packaging innovation

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Mark Main Squeeze Lip Glosses

A great new piece of packaging for the cosmetic industry from Avon Cosmetics.  I saw this for the first time today.  Move over Juicy Tubes, these sheer, high shine lipglosses are housed in the centre of this limited edition disc.  You simply flip open the silver top and underneath is the lipgloss applicator – ingenius.

For those in the christmas shopping mood, this is a great stocking filler.

For those developing ranges for 2012, this is a great piece of gadgetry packaging.

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