Playing by Heart

United by a love of rock ’n’ roll, the beauty biz and giving back, Kevin Wachs and Steve Goddard are making beautiful music together–while making the world a better place.

Considering their similar backgrounds and interests, it’s surprising that Kevin Wachs and Steven Goddard didn’t truly form a bond until they’d spent decades in the beauty business. When Goddard was being honored in 2015 with City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award, the two finally connected, joining forces as beauty business legends with a passion for helping others.

Sephora Will Launch a Clean Beauty Campaign in June

The store will make it easier for consumers to spot over 2,000 clean and natural beauty products, which be labeled with a "Clean at Sephora" sticker.

Sephora is getting a clean beauty makeover with the expansion of Clean at Sephora, which will advocate efficaciousness and transparency of ingredients. The campaign will launch on June 1, aimed at making it easier for consumers to buy items free from mineral oils, phthalates, SLS, SLES, parabens retinylpalmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban and formaldehyde.

Skincare Spotlight: Multitasking Makeup

There are more skincare-makeup hybrids on the market than ever. Here’s how to educate your customers on what they need.

While multitasking beauty products are nothing new, the line between skin care and makeup is slowly starting to blur. Some might say that this began a few years ago with the arrival of BB creams. Often referred to as beauty balm, blemish balm or blemish base, BB creams took the U.S. by storm after becoming popular in Korea. With the promise of replacing one’s moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen, this all-in-one solution seemed almost too good to be true.

Ingredient of the Month: Healing Hydrogen

This skincare superstar is making a splash with customers seeking the Fountain of Youth.

In case you were cutting chemistry class, hydrogen is the element on the periodic table that touts the smallest molecular weight and impressively comprises nearly 75 percent of all the matter in the universe. Recently, it’s been gaining attention for flooding the shelves of beauty stores.

How to Keep Your 'A' Players

Retaining high-performing employees can be difficult in today’s competitive market. Here’s how to ensure your company has a culture that facilitates growth with employees who want to stay.

It’s a nightmare scenario for any business: A star employee suddenly decides to jump ship for the competition. Out the door goes years of experience, in-depth knowledge of sales and marketing plans and even a good number of hard-won customer connections. The loss of longtime customers can have a devastating impact on a business. “Customers will often follow a departing employee out the door to his or her new employer,” says Richard Avdoian, an employee development consultant. “People like to stay with employees they trust.”

Executive Q&A: Ericka Rodriguez

Axiology founder Ericka Rodriguez proves that high-quality, pigmented lipsticks can be cruelty-free, vegan, organic and ethically made.

With an eco-conscious mission to make ethically sourced, all-natural lipsticks and shed light on animal testing in the beauty industry, Ericka Rodriguez founded Axiology, a cruelty-free, vegan, organic line of lip colors and crayons. Rodriguez experimented with 200 combinations before she found the perfect lip formula that she sells today, which contains just 10 natural ingredients, including moisturizing candelilla wax, cold-pressed castor seed oil, vitamin-rich avocado butter and elderberry extract as a natural preservative.