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Offer Antiaging Creams, Serums & Skincare Devices

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Antiaging skin care

When viewed together, more skincare consumer data released last week sent a clear message once again to beauty retailers: Help American women battle aging and you'll prosper.

And the CITY Award Goes to …

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Manhattan Penthouse front entrance

The finalists for the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors’ seventh annual CITY (Cosmetic Innovator of The Year) Awards were announced last week.

Unlike the Oscars most years, there isn’t a clear favorite for one CITY nominee to win really big with something—such as five of the prestigious awards.

Nevertheless, please get your ballots out, ladies and gents ...

Here’s who could be winning CITYs—usually, one per category—during the dinner ceremony June 20 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City along with my picks (not that I have a say in any of this).

The 2012 FiFi Awards Celebration Continues

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The Fragrance Foundation logo

On Monday night, more than 800 guests attended The Fragrance Foundation’s annual FiFi Awards—considered the “Oscars” of the fragrance industry—in New York City.

Actress and comedian Jane Lynch hosted the event, and her opening included this funny remark: “I’m honored to be here tonight to serve as your host. Selecting me as host makes perfect sense because when you think of a sexy, delicate and floral fragrance, you think ‘Jane Lynch.’’’

Booth Renters to Increasingly Drive the Salon Biz

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Cyrus Bulsara, president of Professional Consultants & Resources

Booth renters are the fastest-growing segment in the salon world. So what are you—salon-industry manufacturers/marketers, distributors, chain salons, beauty store owners and managers, etc.—doing about it?

Those are my two major takeaways from a just-released, first-of-its kind, in-depth study by Professional Consultants & Resources.

Fascinating data from this 2011 Booth Rental Salon Market Study: Booth rentals already make up 35% of all U.S. salons, and in three years nearly 50% of all U.S. salons will offer some form of the booth-rental model.

For Suppliers Only …

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ICMAD's 2012 CITY Awards Graphic

If you’re a beauty-products supplier—and I know that a lot of you read Beauty Store Business online—I urge your company to participate in the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors’ 2012 CITY (Cosmetic Innovator of The Year) Awards program.

This year’s program is no doubt bigger and better than the previous six—and in 2012 your business doesn’t even have to be an ICMAD member. Also, as BSB tweeted on April 23, the deadline for submissions has been extended to May 11.

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