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Lynelle Lynch: A Star in Beauty Education

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Lynelle Lynch: A Star in Beauty Education

Many times what starts out as a life challenge can turn into a life-changing event that reaches far beyond our dreams. One such challenge faced Lynelle Lynch (pictured) seven years ago when the manager of San Diego area-based Bellus Academy for more than 30 years passed away.

NP Set’s Fall 2012 Collection Debuts

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NP Set’s fall 2012 collection debuts

Spring has sprung, the warm days of summer have passed, and now consumers reach for scarves, sweaters and coats as fall and winter approach.

In answer to the new season, Napoleon Perdis, CEO and founder of Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, has debuted his NP Set Fall 2012 Collection of makeup gems at Target. The new offerings represent an extension of the existing NP Set Collection.

Prestige Makeup Sales Up 8% in First Half of 2012

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Beauty retail | Prestige makeup sales up 8% in first half of 2012

Prestige makeup sales within U.S. department stores grew 8% to $1.8 billion in the period January 2012 through June 2012, according to leading market-research company The NPD Group. Here are some other key findings:

Nail and sets segments grew by 68%
Color enamel grew by 70%
Nail care increased by 36%
Base/top coats grew by more than 100%
Makeup set sales increase by 19%
Lip color grew by 10%
All other lip products (multifunctional lip products, moisturizers, etc.) grew by 54%
Lip gloss and lip liner both increased by 3%

Franchising Meets Vending: It’s a Whole New World

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nail art, beauty retailing

McDonald’s. Auntie Annie’s. 7-Eleven. What do they have in common with Glamour Nail, the world’s first nail-art vending machine? They’re all franchises. You heard me right: Glamour Nail has partnered with Franchise Clique to recruit new franchisees.

Sharing, With a Twist

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Online consumer privacy survey

It might be a difficult idea to comprehend, but believe it or not, consumers are more trusting of sharing their information with retailers instead of social-media networks—especially if it enhances the shopping experience.

That's according to the the e-tailing group and MyBuys. Recently, they jointly conducted an online survey of 1,000 consumers that examined the evolving relationship between consumers, retailers and social media. Notable findings:

What I Learned in Las Vegas at Cosmoprof North America 2012

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Courtesy of Cosmoprof North America

I’m back from the 10th Cosmoprof North America July 22-24 in Las Vegas, and here are 20 things I now know.

1. Officially, the trade show featured 856 exhibiting companies on a sold-out show floor along with more than 25,000 attendees—a 9% increase over 2011.

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