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Schwarzkopf Professional announces must-attend digital event

After successfully hosting its first ever virtual Essential Looks Global Masters in August 2020, Schwarzkopf Professional is excited to announce the next must-attend digital event as part of its bi-annual trend and education offering, Essential Looks Global Masters 1:2021: The Royal Glory Collection.

The Essential Looks Global Masters 1:2021 event will take place from January 31 to February 2, in a digital environment that's ready for hairdressers around the world to access, whether they are at home, or in the salon.

“The impact of COVID-19 was undeniable,” Schwarzkopf Professional international creative director, Simon Ellis, said. “But as an industry, we met those challenges head on and evolved new ways of doing things. We saw an explosion in digital education. The way our hairdressing community consumes this content has changed forever. So now is the time to push on. To embrace this new behaviour and lead this arena in ever-more exciting and innovative ways.”

The three-day Essential Looks Global Masters event is designed to showcase the inspirational world of Essential Looks through an exciting digital educational offering, covering masterclasses and look and learn sessions. Plus as part of an exciting collaboration, Schwarzkopf Professional's flagship colour brand – IGORA ROYAL – will be showcased as the leading colour used within the 1:2021 Essential Looks collection.

Changes at La Prairie

Marketing and Public Relations Assistant, Shimin Lim, is finishing up with La Prairie. Her last day is January 15 2021.

Joining the team is Marketing & Communications Assistant, Lyan Dinh.  

Lyan will be your best point of contact for all call outs and press enquiries moving forward: Lyan.Dinh@laprairie.com

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PUMP HAIRCARE secures financial investment

PUMP HAIRCARE is poised to continue its rapid growth in beauty e-commerce after securing a cornerstone investment from leading investors, Anacacia Capital.

Australian businesswoman and professional hairdresser, Natasha Jay, launched PUMP HAIRCARE in 2017.

Ms Jay formulated the initial product range to solve the specific needs and feedback of her hairdressing clients. 

Made in Australia with eco-friendly packaging, the brand quickly proved popular both domestically and overseas after launching our direct-to-consumer e-commerce website. Sales are almost doubling each year.

“Today, women want salon quality haircare products with the perfect balance of all-natural ingredients and product efficacy,” said Jay. “In just three years, the business grew from a traditional start-up in my lounge room to a large logistics facility focused on delivering our wonderful customers premium products and service at great value.”

“After COVID accelerated our already fast growing e-commerce sales in 2020, we reached a tipping point. We needed support from a partner with experience in helping SMEs get to the next level,” continues Jay.

“Soon after meeting them, we knew that Jeremy and his team at Anacacia Capital would be great partners and add lots of value. Indeed they are already doing so!”

The Company has not disclosed financials. Anacacia Capital typically invests between $15m and $60m into profitable, leading SMEs.

Shareholders in Pump Group Australia now include Natasha Jay, Anacacia Capital and other senior management and directors.  

FOREO appoints new CEO

FOREO, the innovation powerhouse packing high-end tech into hand-held at-home devices, has announced a big change in leadership at the beginning of 2021, appointing Boris Trupčević as the new CEO.

The new chief executive officer, a media expert with 25+ years of experience, will lead the company through its next phase of innovation, disrupting the status quo in the beauty category and beyond alongside Filip Sedic, the founder, and the primary inventor of FOREO's award-winning product line.

As the original inspiration behind the brand and its strategic vision, Sedic will ensure a smooth onboarding, and continue to support FOREO’s success in years to come, with focus on product development.

‘’From the very first moment, I have been truly inspired by the boldness, mission, and ambition of FOREO," said Trupčević. "What FOREO achieved so far is outstanding. But there is a lot that lays ahead."

"There is a lot in impacting people's lives and thinking wider - how do you contribute to the broader context; how do you help improve humanity? By making an individual happier, one by one, each being one small step towards a giant leap. If you are genuinely helping people feel beautiful and more confident, to each person this feeling is as big as the universe, and it changes their lives for the better. And this is FOREO’s home turf."

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Rodan + Fields expands recycling program to Australia

Rodan + Fields, in partnership with international recycling leader, TerraCycle, has announced the expansion of the Rodan + Fields Recycling Program, already available in the United States, throughout Australia and Canada.

In line with the company’s Do Good vision, which focuses on Philanthropy, People and Planet, Rodan + Fields has made a commitment to make 75 per cent of all packaging refillable, reusable or recyclable by 2025. To support this goal, the Rodan + Fields Recycling Program is designed to assist Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants and customers in their efforts to reduce the number of beauty products that end up in landfills.

To participate, Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants and customers can sign up on the TerraCycle program page and mail in the empty product packaging using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the packaging is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

“There’s an unquestionable need to reduce waste and ensure our products are designed for a sustainable future,” said Kari Hayden Pendoley, Rodan + Fields Senior Director of Social Impact and Environmental Social Governance (ESG). “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with TerraCycle to empower our Consultants, customers and employees globally to be a part of the solution and take the guesswork out of recycling.”

“TerraCycle’s mission has always been to ‘Eliminate the Idea of Waste’ and, in turn, be kind to the planet,” said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle Founder and CEO. “By joining in the Rodan + Fields Recycling Program, participants have a unique opportunity to demonstrate their respect for the environment by diverting packaging waste from landfills, as well as through the products that they choose to include in their personal care routines.”

Rodan + Fields’ expanded partnership with TerraCycle reinforces the company’s larger sustainability commitments announced this year in their inaugural ESG Report. Rodan + Fields takes its responsibility to support its community and protect the planet seriously and continues to work to advance the sustainability of its products and supply chain.

The Rodan + Fields Recycling Program is open to all Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants, and customers throughout Canada, Australia and the United States. For more information on TerraCycle’s recycling programs, visit www.terracycle.com.au.

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The Beauty Chef announces mega giveaway

On Tuesday, December 15, The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates will give away two-hundred GLOW Inner Beauty Essential products to the first 200 shoppers, valued at $65.00 each, via the website.

All 200 'winners' will receive their GLOW perfectly packaged just in time for Christmas so you can treat someone special - or just yourself with the ultimate gift of wellness. No strings attached. No spend required. 

The giveaway is synonymous with the brand's mission that extends far beyond its products and is founded to help its community become the healthiest and happiest version of themselves. 

Oates is optimistic and hopeful that 2021 will bring the world some ease and brightness; however, for now, she wants to do her bit to keep everyone's gut healthy, health robust, and skin glowing as we carry out the end of 2020. 

“In the last few months, we had been inundated with messages from our community saying how exhausted they felt, and how this year had taken a significant toll on them," she said. "So, as we approach this year’s holiday season, I want to take this time to give back to our community, both at The Beauty Chef and at the community at large."

"Like so many, I have felt a whirlwind of emotions this year and I believe that the importance of human connection and kindness are what we have all recognised as being so important in such dynamic times."

"Our business has remained strong and that’s simply due to our engaged community support that we received throughout Covid-19 and beyond," said Oates.

Garnier partners with Moonlight Cinema

Garnier has announced a new partnership with Australia's favourite outdoor screening experience, Moonlight Cinema. 

The leading beauty brand has been revealed as the Official Green Partner and Beauty Sponsor for the 2020-21 Summer Season, further showcasing Garnier's efforts to make sustainable beauty accessible to all.

As well as supporting Moonlight Cinema onsite with important education initiatives around recycling and sustainability, Garnier invites guests to visit the Garnier Garden Cart which will be onsite from January 2021, to find out more about Garnier’s pledge to reduce its global environmental impact through its 'Greener Beauty' initiative.

Garnier will also donate $2 for every ticket sold nationally from its Presenting Partner screenings of ‘I Am Greta’ on 20 January to Australian non-profit, clean up movement, Take 3 For The Sea.  For tickets and program scheduling, please visit  www.moonlight.com.au

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Nikkia Joy Cosmetics launches an Australian first

Nikkia Joy Cosmetics has today announced the launch of its brand new revolutionary colour pigments and professional makeup brush collection. In an Australian first, the new ChromaShift pigments are the main attraction in this collection and the perfect addition to anyone’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve look.

The ChromaShift Pigments use an innovative formula that reflects light and creates a rainbow-like effect with just one swipe. The ChromaShift Pigments gives you the appearance of detailed shading and blending of multiple colours, with just one powder.

The cruelty-free handcrafted makeup brush range from Nikkia Joy Cosmetics boasts a 22 piece kit with brushes tailor-made for every use. Most makeup brushes are laser cut to shape, meaning the natural integrity of the hair is compromised resulting in blunt and sharp edges, rather than a natural taper.

Nikkia Joy Cosmetic brushes, however, have been handcrafted with each individual hair fibre hand-laid to form the shape of the brush head, maintaining the natural shape and taper of the hair fibre.

The Body Shop partners with Amnesty International this Christmas

The Body Shop is proud to partner with Amnesty International once again, to introduce the 2020 Christmas gift tag.

Featuring designs by Indigenous artist Rachael Sarra, titled Together, all proceeds from the gift tags will be donated to Amnesty International.

This year, funds will again be going towards Amnesty’s work to raise the age of criminal responsibility, and will help support equality, justice and freedom for Indigenous children, with a focus on kids at risk of being trapped in the youth justice system.

Across Australia, children as young as 10 are locked up. Between 2018 and 2019 Indigenous children made up 65 percent of 10–13 year olds in prison. Raising the age of criminal responsibility is an important step to reducing the over-representation of Indigenous children in the Australian prison system. 

“The amount of our kids in the prison system today is huge, and it’s a disgrace on our country to have so many Aboriginal kids locked up. We know that it’s wrong to put the kids in there and we know it’s harmful,” said Amnesty International Australia Indigenous Rights advisor, Rodney Dillon.

“We know that they’re taken away from their culture, they’re taken away from their language, they’re taken away from their country, and more importantly they’re taken away from their family. That family time at that young age is very important, we know all these things are harmful to these kids later in their life.”

We are at a tipping point. In August 2020, the Australian Capital Territory’s Legislative Assembly voted to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, paving the way for other jurisdictions to reform this outmoded law which disproportionately affects Indigenous kids.

The Body Shop is selling Amnesty International gift tags in all stores across Australia for $2 each, or 3 tags for $5.

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La Roche-Posay announces inspiring partnership

The expert in sun protection for sensitive skin, La Roche-Posay, has this week announced an inspiring partnership – becoming the Official Sunscreen Partner of Skin Check Champions (formerly Beard Season), a non-profit charity championing the early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for everyone under the sun.

As Official Sunscreen Partner, La Roche-Posay will lend its esteemed voice to Skin Check Champions to help educate Australians on sun protection, assist in raising awareness on the importance of skin checks and support the charity’s new, targeted national skin screening program.

This inspiring partnership was unveiled at the new 365+ Summer Skin Lab By La Roche-Posay, an engaging sun-safe education hub in vibrant Bondi. The pop-up destination space encourages visitors to discover more on sun protection and the importance of wearing sunscreen every day to protect against harmful UV exposure, sample the skincare brand’s iconic Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ sunscreen range and book in for free one-on-one skin check screenings by Skin Check Champions.

Commenting on the partnership and the national program that aims to conduct 2,500 free, educational skin checks in 2021, Skin Check Champions' founding ambassador and CEO, Jimmy Niggles Esq, said for the past seven years the charity has been running, free, educational pop-up skin check clinics, providing access to skin cancer doctors to those who need them most.

“Every time we set up a skin screening, we save lives, and our goal is to be able to provide this service all around the country, showcasing Australia’s best technology and medical talent to do so. Hopefully we can perfect the model here in Australia, and then bring it to the world, making melanoma history, for everyone under the sun.”

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