What to Watch: Can Beauty Save the British High Street?

LONDON — Beauty is helping British high-street retailers stay out of the red. As consumer spending on beauty products increases, ailing retailers like Debenhams and Boots are putting the category at the forefront of their restructuring strategy, while companies who have never been in the beauty game before, from supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to fast-fashion retailer Primark, are looking to tap […]

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YSL Beauté Poised to Launch Libre Women’s Scent

PARIS — After reinventing two of its iconic women’s scents over the past five years, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté is poised to launch a new feminine pillar, called Libre, in August. Black Opium, a riff on Opium, came out in 2014, while Mon Paris, a new take on Paris, was launched in 2016. Both had young, modern women in their […]

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L’Oréal Q2 Sales Advance 9.8%

PARIS — L’Oréal’s second-quarter sales advanced 9.8 percent, driven by the continuing momentum of its Luxe and Active Cosmetics Divisions, posting double-digit gains, and growth in the Asia-Pacific region. The maker of Lancôme, Garnier and Maybelline products registered sales of 7.26 billion euros in the three months ended June 30. On a like-for-like basis, revenues in the period advanced 6.8 […]

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L’Oréal in Talks for Mugler and Azzaro

PARIS – L’Oréal said on Tuesday that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Groupe Clarins to acquire the Mugler and Azarro brands. “The perfume category is at the heart of our global strategy for growth at L’Oréal Luxe,” said Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oréal Luxe, in a statement. “In this context, we would be thrilled to welcome Mugler and […]

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Beautycounter Is Coming for La Mer With Its New Antiaging Skin-care Line

Santa Monica-based clean beauty pioneer Beautycounter is coming for La Mer. The most searched beauty brand on Google in 2018, Beautycounter is gearing up for its biggest launch to date with Countertime on July 9. The six-product, antiaging skin-care range is formulated with a combination of plant-derived ingredients the brand is calling “Retinatural Complex” (a mix of buzzy bakuchiol and […]

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3 Beauty Brands Advancing the LGBTQ Beauty Conversation

When Nikita Dragun, a trans woman, started her beauty influencer career a few years ago, she felt like sometimes the inclusivity conversation was forced. "I was given, a couple of times, opportunities that sometimes I felt were just to check off the box, to have an inclusive LGBTQ campaign," Dragun said.  Things have progressed today she noted, but they’re far […]

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Beautystack Secures 4 Million Pound Seed Round Investment

LONDON — Beautystack, a new booking app for beauty services, has completed a seed investment round of 4 million pounds from investors including the venture capital firm Index Ventures, which also has stakes in Farfetch, Glossier and Josh Wood Colour, among others. The funds will go toward building the start-up’s team, so that it has the resources to continue building […]

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My girlfriend and I have been having anal sex–because of religious reasons, we are saving ourselves for marriage. This has been happening for maybe 3 months. She has had some serious stomach pains recently… could she be pregnant? Please help.

Thanks for your question. It is difficult to know if your girlfriend could be pregnant or whether she is having “serious” stomach issues due to a complication of anal sex or something else. If you are using condoms every time you and she have intercourse and never have vaginal penetration, it is unlikely that she is pregnant; however, the vagina […]

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