Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s.

Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during his time as an investor

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High-tech skincare solutions set to shake up the industry

High-tech skincare solutions set to shake up the industry

Technology is changing our lives -- and our beauty routines. If the latest innovations from the cosmetics industry are anything to go by, skincare is in for a major, high-tech overhaul in 2018.

Here are some of the concepts that have made headlines this year.

Skincare giant Neutrogena is raising its digital game, with the introduction of its new ‘Neutrogena Skin360' app and an accompanying ‘SkinScanner'. wered by FitSkin, the SkinScanner is a tool that attaches to the user's phone and analyzes the skin via 12 high-powered lights, a 30x magnification lens and highly-accurate sensors.

The tool then provides data on the skin's condition, covering everything from moisture levels to the depth of wrinkles, transmitting the information to the app, which gives the user different scores for various skin elements. As well as offering relevant skincare advice, the app also aims to educate users about how their skin changes over time, to allow them to adjust their beauty routines accordingly.

L'Oréal is taking sun protection seriously this year, having just unveiled the first battery-free wearable electronic UV sensor. Dubbed ‘UV Sense', the sensor is designed to be worn on the thumbnail for up to two weeks, where it measures individual UV exposure and can store up to three months of data. It can be reapplied to the nail with additional adhesives, is powered by the user's mobile phone and comes with an accompanying mobile app that translates data covering the user's exposure levels and encouraging sun-safety habits when necessary.

L'Oréal has also launched a limited-edition of its pioneering ‘My UV Patch', the stretchable skin sensor it debuted in 2016. oth technologies will be available from its La Roche-Posay brand later this year.

Earlier this month, Japanese beauty brand Shiseido announced the acquisition of an XPLTM ‘Second Skin' technology from US startup Olivo Laboratories, which creates a "breathable, flexible and nearly invisible artificial skin. According to the brand, the concept could potentially offer "a number of benefits previously unachievable through traditional cosmetics or even cosmetic surgery," opening up possibilities for significantly enhanced skincare and suncare solutions via "skin shape correction.

Our transaction with Olivo is an exciting next step in our ongoing pursuit to create entirely new categories of beauty products at a global scale as a part of our VISION 2020, middle to long term strategy," said Masahiko Uotani, President and CEO of Shiseido. Olivo's groundbreaking ‘Second Skin' technology will join Shiseido's already robust innovation portfolio, which includes the personalization technology startup MATCHCo, the artificial intelligence-empowered beauty company Giaran, and our own Shiseido-developed OPTUNE, a digital, personalized skincare platform.

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Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

NA-KD, the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women’s clothes direct to consumers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy, $5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in.

Leading the round is Partech, with the participation from

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Why Aishwarya was left fuming at an event in Dubai

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked breathtakingly beautiful, at an event in Dubai, for an international watch brand.

However, believe it or not, there's a story of panic and frenzy behind all the grace and elegance. According to a report in Pinkvilla, the actress and her team were left stranded, as her makeup artist, Daniel Bauer, wasn't able to make it on time.

Daniel was booked by Aishwarya's watch brand in December for an event with Aishwarya for January 11 last week in Dubai. Everything including the tickets, visas and other travel arrangements had been seen to him and his assistant in advance. On the day of leaving (the flight was to take off on January 11 at 3. 55am), his manager called and said his shoot was extended so Daniel wouldn't be able to make it," a source said.

Apparently Ash was furious, and had to look for last-minute replacements. Finally at 11. 30 pm, they contacted another hair and makeup artist, Adrian and Aasif, who were luckily available and their tickets were done," the source added.

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Why Aishwarya was left fuming at an event in Dubai

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked breathtakingly beautiful, at an event in Dubai, for an international watch brand.

However, believe it or not, there's a story of panic and frenzy behind all the grace and elegance. According to a report in Pinkvilla, the actress and her team were left stranded, as her makeup artist, Daniel Bauer, wasn't able to make it on time.

Daniel was booked by Aishwarya's watch brand in December for an event with Aishwarya for January 11 last week in Dubai. Everything including the tickets, visas and other travel arrangements had been seen to him and his assistant in advance. On the day of leaving (the flight was to take off on January 11 at 3. 55am), his manager called and said his shoot was extended so Daniel wouldn't be able to make it," a source said.

Apparently Ash was furious, and had to look for last-minute replacements. Finally at 11. 30 pm, they contacted another hair and makeup artist, Adrian and Aasif, who were luckily available and their tickets were done," the source added.

ALSO WATCH|

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Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

NA-KD, the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women’s clothes direct to consumers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy, $5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in.

Leading the round is Partech, with the participation from

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