International Sales Director – Luxury Skincare

The complex, cosmeceutical brand heritage of our client meant that finding the right profile to represent the brand and take business to the next level, would require a very specific level of experience.

Understanding the product proposition and the markets our client’s brand already successfully retailed in, proved to impact the direction of the search.

The focus was to initially look at developing the European markets; however, after much investigation in to this, we mutually agreed that the right candidate would require experience with a much greater geographical reach.

Following a full scale international search and after a very thorough and collaborative interview process, the right candidate for the International Sales Director role was selected.

New Restylane Formula Approved

Valeant Pharmaceuticals has received FDA clearance for a new Restylane formulation to smooth lines around the mouth and enhance lips.

Restylane Silk is a clear injectable gel composed of a non-animal-based formulation of hyaluronic acid and 0.3% lidocaine – added to reduce the discomfort associated with the treatment.

“We are pleased to have received marketing clearance from the FDA for Restylane Silk so quickly after the approval of Jublia,” said chairman and CEO of Valeant, J. Michael Pearson.

“Our R&D team is hitting on all cylinders and demonstrating that Valeant has a successful, output-focused R&D model that concentrates on areas of expertise where we are confident that our investments will pay off.”

A clinical study found that 98%, of 221 mostly female participants, noticed improvement in their lip fullness 14 days after injection and 76% had lip improvements six months after their injection.

The volunteers did report some bruising, redness and swelling, however these were tolerable and most were resolved within two weeks.


Pearl Perfume – The Next Big Thing?

Luxury goods brand, Essential Oils of Tasmania (EOT), a subsidiary of Atlas Pearls and Perfumes, has received a $1.1 million grant from Commercialisation Australia to support the commercialisation of EOT’s proprietary extraction technology and the production of fragrance ingredients, derived from Australian indigenous botanicals, marine (pearls and seaweed) and fungal products.

Atlas’ perfume Ayu, a salty, floral fragrance, was designed by Parisian master Michel Roudnitska, whose father Edmond was the legendary creator of some of the world’s most famous fragrances, including Dior’s Eau Sauvage.

Atlas chairman, Stephen Birkbeck believes the company’s new plant in Tasmania, which will also extract fragrances from truffles and boronia flowers, will kick-start new income streams and export markets.

The company operates pearl farms across the Indonesian archipelago, including Bali, Flores and West Papua. In 2013 it acquired EOT and is currently developing a range of proprietary products including pearl powder, pearl proteins, pearl volatiles and fire tree for the luxury market.

Photo credit: muffet68

Photo credit: muffet68

Leighton Denny Awarded MBE!

Nail and beauty guru Leighton Denny has been named in the latest Queens Honours list and has been awarded an MBE for Contributions and Success in the Nail and Beauty Industry.

Leighton will be awarded the title for his achievements within the nail and beauty industry, in which he possesses a star-studded client list that includes Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz and Adele.

Beginning his professional life as a forklift truck driver, Leighton took a trip to the US where he discovered his passion for the nail industry. On his return home he noticed a gap in the UK market, which he was keen to fill and Leighton quickly became a leader in the nail and beauty industry.

After opening his first boutique salon in Bradford, he moved to London and opened various luxury salons around the city. In 2005, he began producing his own line of nail lacquers and treatments, which have quickly become cult favourites amongst beauty professionals and customers alike.

This award will kick-start an exciting chapter for Leighton, as he prepares to release his autobiography, ‘How I Nailed It’ and announce his first Eau De Parfum, ‘Light and Dark’.

“It was on my actual 40th Birthday when I received the e-mail from the Cabinet Office; and I thought someone was pulling my leg,” said Denny.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen.”

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

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.