L’Oréal to Acquire NYX Cosmetics

Cosmetics giant L’Oreal has signed an undisclosed deal to acquire Los Angeles-based brand, NYX Cosmetics.

As one of the fastest growing colour cosmetics brands in the US, NYX has projected 2014 revenues expected to surpass $100m. The brand was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Toni Ko, and has achieved success through social media channels such as YouTube and Instagram.

‘NYX has seen tremendous growth in the last decade and I have complete confidence that L’Oréal will remain true to its brand identity and mission, which is to provide high quality, innovative professional cosmetics for women around the world,” Ko said.

NYX Cosmetics will become a part of L’Oréal’s growing Consumer Products Division, with existing brands including Maybelline New York, Kiehl’s, Essie, Urban Decay and Clarisonic.


Photo: Mel Ercolano

Meet Dominique…

Veblen is excited to announce the recruitment of our latest staff member – Dominique Nicholls.

Dominique has joined Veblen as a Senior Recruitment Consultant, with a focus on the Medical Aesthetics & Cosmetic Surgery markets. She will be recruiting for positions including product development right through to clinics and end users, including surgical roles.

Dominique’s clients operate in all areas of the Medical Aesthetics markets including, luxury skincare brands, dermatology, body treatments, lasers, injectables, implants, fillers and augmentation.

Examples of the role profiles Dominique will be recruiting for include:

  • Formulation, Quality Assurance, R&D, Supply Chain, NPD, Packaging
  • Technical Support, Field Sales, Sales Executives, Sales Managers, Territory Managers, Sales UK & International, Executive Level Roles
  • Customer Service, Field Service Engineers, Service Managers
  • Product Managers, Brand Development, Marketing
  • Aesthetic Nurses, Aesthetic Doctors, Cosmetic Surgeons, Laser Therapists
  • Clinic Managers, Clinic Coordinators
  • Senior Appointments
  • Board and Non-Executive

If you are seeking a new job role based within any of the aforementioned markets, or on the search for new talent to join your business, do not hesitate to contact Dominique on 0203 617 9140 or email dominique@veblen-int.com

Alternatively, you can connect with Dominique via her LinkedIn page, here.


Presenting…The Perfume Society!

Fragrance lovers unite! The world’s first appreciation society for fragrance, The Perfume Society, has indeed, arrived.

The exclusive Perfume Society invites perfume lovers to enjoy fragrance through a variety of mediums including an exciting website, e-zine ‘The Scented Letter’, ‘discovery boxes’ and invitations to members-only events such as workshops and Q&A sessions.

Launched by industry expert Lorna McKay, former fragrance and beauty buyer at Harrods, and award-winning fragrance writer, Jo Fairley, The Perfume Society offers fragrance lovers a chance to engage with the world’s most talented scent creators and gain access to workshops which allow them to put together their OWN perfumes.

To become a member, subscribe to The Perfume Society here.

Photo credit: Keith Williamson

Photo credit: Keith Williamson

The Latest MAC Collaboration – The Simpsons?!

To celebrate the impending 25th anniversary of the iconic TV show, The Simpson’s, MAC is to release a new collection inspired by the cartoon matriarch herself, Marge Simpson.

The official Twitter page for The Simpsons was the first to break the news, followed by an announcement from MAC reading: “Springfield, Springfield! We’re launching a collection to celebrate 25 years of @TheSimpsons this fall. #MACandMARGE”.

The Simpsons’ twenty-fifth season began airing on Fox on September 29, 2013 and ended on May 18, 2014.

L’Oreal to Launch ‘Makeup Genius’

Soon to be gone are the days of testing makeup shades on the back of your hand, for L’Oreal Paris is about to debut a new virtual app – Makeup Genius!

Makeup Genius allows its users to test a range of shadows, liners, lipsticks, glosses and blushes in a variety of shades by simply using the cameras of their smartphone.

Working in real time and using an advanced facial mapping algorithm, users can simply scan their facial features and instantly upload any product, shade or look onto their face with the touch of a button!

The Makeup Genius app comes out in June.

Unilever to Launch Sustainable Soap

Unilever has collaborated with renewable oil and bio-products company, Solazyme, to introduce sustainable algal oils to its Lux soap.

These algal oils are derived from oil-producing microalgae that are cultivated sustainably and responsibly. They are produced in just days using a fermentation process designed to produce oils of high purity and performance.

Global Brand Vice President of Lux, Anne Radmacher, explains: ‘Through incorporating Algal Oils into our Lux products, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference on a large scale, as we help develop a raw material that we know has been responsibly sourced. Using Algal Oils creates a win-win situation: not only do we deliver better products to our consumers, but we also help the planet in the process.’

Lux is the world’s number one soap and will be the first brand of its kind to use algal oils.

Gwyn & Skin

A lover of all things natural, Gwyneth Paltrow has signed yet another beauty deal – this time with luxury skincare brand, Restorsea.

Speaking of her use of the products, the Oscar-winning actress said – “I was ecstatic when I learned that Restorsea is natural. Over time, I saw a real difference – a kind of freshness and dewiness’.

‘I love the fact that it is a brand started by a woman entrepreneur. I never promote anything that I don’t use, love and believe in, and I’m thrilled to support the brand and its mission to encourage women to embrace their age.’

Restorsea has an array of naturally-derived, clinically proven skincare products, using an active enzyme sourced from a leading salmon hatchery in the pure fjords of Western Norway. The enzyme derived from the salmon is collected and filtered from the post-hatching waters. The fish are not harmed in the process.

Gwyneth at present is also the face of Hugo Boss fragrances.

Enzymes are sourced from a salmon hatchery in the pure fjords of Norway (Photo: Paolo Camera)

Enzymes are sourced from a salmon hatchery in the pure fjords of Norway (Photo: Paolo Camera)

Lorde Takes On MAC Cosmetics

Following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Lorde has announced collaboration with MAC Cosmetics for a limited-edition makeup collection, set for launch this summer.

Working with MAC’s Senior MUA, Amber Dreadon, at the Grammy Awards back in January, Lorde’s makeup look was made up of the cosmetic giant’s products including Mineralize Moisture Foundation, Pearl Cream Colour Base, Groundwork Pro Longwear Paint Pot, Backtrack Fluidline, Heroine Lipstick mixed with Cyber Lipstick and Vino Lip Pencil.

Lorde spoke of the collection – ‘I have loved MAC Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first MAC lipstick (Snob) at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends! MAC has a very clear aesthetic that has always felt fashion forward to me. So I was really excited to work with them on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night. I hope you will too’.

Do you think Lorde stray from her usual goth-glam colours for more summery shades?

Lorde @ Laneway Festival, Rozelle, NSW, Australia 2014 (Photo: annettegeneva)

Lorde @ Laneway Festival, Rozelle, NSW, Australia 2014 (Photo: annettegeneva)

Joan Collins Launches Cosmetics, Skincare & Fragrance Range

 Hollywood star, author and all-round glamour icon, Joan Collins, has turned her perfectly manicured hand to creating a new range of beauty products comprising of skincare, fragrance and cosmetics.

 Joan Collins Timeless Beauty, which launched yesterday (4th March 2014), is comprised of skincare and cosmetics products in a variety of shades, and a fragrance that blends citrus top notes with a floral heart and a woody base.

After decades of working alongside some of the greatest beauty experts and stars alike, Joan has utilised her knowledge of beauty and skincare to create a range of products that work. The brand has had meticulous scientific research invested in to it, and uses effective, multi-active ingredients in order to solidify its presence in the beauty, fragrance and skincare markets.

Joan herself said that it takes her ‘no time at all’ to transform into a glamour queen: ‘Half an hour for a full face with lashes. I shove it on – that’s why it’s called slap.

‘Make-up has come on hugely. When I was growing up there wasn’t much make-up and there were no tricks. It was quite harsh, really. What the Hollywood stars relied upon was fantastic lighting.’

The range will be available at Urban Retreat Harrods, QVC UK and the Joan Collins Beauty website.

1954: Joan Collins plays a Queen opposite Pharaoh in Warners' Land of the Pharaohs (Photo: Raoul Luoar)

1954: Joan Collins plays a Queen opposite Pharaoh in Warners’ Land of the Pharaohs (Photo: Raoul Luoar)

A Sad Farewell…

Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of hair and skincare brand Aveda and owner of Intelligent Nutrients, has died at the age of 72.

Rechelbacher founded the plant-based beauty brand Aveda Corporation and organic health and beauty company Intelligent Nutrients in 1978.

Aveda stated “it is with profound sadness that today we say farewell to our founder, Horst Rechelbacher, who left his body following a period of illness. His vision inspires us every day, not only at work with Aveda, but in our lives. At Aveda, we are, and will be forever grateful to Horst for the Aveda passion we are honoured to live every day”.

Horst Rechelbacher passed away at his Wisconsin home on Saturday, February 15, after a prolonged illness with pancreatic cancer.

Photo: betsyweber

Photo: betsyweber