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When you say K-Beauty, no doubt you think about cosmetics with pop and wacky packaging, incongruous ingredients, and resolutely Kawaii and regressive designs. However, French-Korean brand Mi-rê proves these clichés wrong. The two founders, Elizabeth Tremosa and Miseong Kim, have a very definite idea of the identity they want for their cosmetics. Here is a portrait. [Read more ]
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Sporting an elegant black – or coloured! – line on the upper lid is one of the makeup fundamentals to absolutely manage. This classic technique embellishes the gaze day or night, and it is never too much. The only drawback is that tracing a perfect, straight line to get the prettiest comma requires advanced skills. Luckily, the cosmetics industry has more than one trick up its sleeve: those of us with two left hands have not been forgotten! Here is a short review of today’s gadgets for you to boast Cleopatra’s eyes. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

No gloves, they are obviously for the hands… No woollen caps, they are supposed to warm up our hair and ears… As a consequence, our lips must actually go out without any cloth to cover them, so they are the first casualties of periods of cold and climate aggressions. Still, we can protect them! And it is even recommended to keep them supple and soft, preserve them from small cracks, dryness, and discomfort, and keep them real smooth to welcome makeup… or kisses! Go get your own balm, then! But not any of them… [Read more ]


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Cosmetic regulations

On 31 July 2017, the United Kingdom notified the WTO a draft regulation aimed to ban microbeads as an ingredient in rinse-off personal care products in England. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will take the same action but in their own legislative processes. The provision would enter into force from 1 January 2018. [Read more ]


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Focus on French Launches

The 2018 vintage stands out with its peculiar ingredients (novel plant extracts, rare thermal water, use of probiotics…), booming concepts like neurocosmetics or anti-pollution, and sorbet or transforming textures. The gel texture and extreme sensoriality are at the forefront. As for hyaluronic acid, it asserts its ubiquity. In any case, whatever the added value highlighted, hydration remains the most everlasting skin need… [Read more ]


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Trends

Just like every year, the Cosmétagora show organized by the SFC (French Society of Cosmetology) last January9-10, celebrated innovations in cosmetics formulation. Brands could find plenty of inspiration, both in terms of product design and marketing concepts [Read more ]


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Dossiers

Endocrine disruptors are substances which are likely to interact with the hormone system, with implications for health, cancer development, and human reproduction. They are everywhere, in particular in cosmetic products, and they both raise a lot of concern and provoke many reactions, whether from the general public or political and health authorities. This dossier provides an update on what should be known about endocrine disruptors. [Read more ]


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Ingredient of the month

This novelty is launched by the ingredients supplier Codif. Thanks to the use of DNA analysis techniques, its laboratories have, for the first time in cosmetics, established a microbial imprint of the skin during a period of transient stress. They also identified and characterized the microbiota during these periods in order to propose a solution to treat the resulting cutaneous disorders. [Read more ]


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Choosing your cosmetics well

Summer is coming! And that is good news: at last, we can get lightly dressed and show our feet. However, after several months confined in their shoes, suffering the throes of winter, they look a bit sulky. So, before showing off with your sandals, CosmeticOBS has set up a list of 5 habits to be adopted for perfect feet. [Read more ]


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Using your cosmetics well

Some things are known, point. Others, we are sure to know them … while we do it wrong, sometimes! For instance: do you use your cosmetics the best way? Do you know how to get the best from them … and how to avoid the most common errors? A small non-exhaustive list of what to do and of the best behaviours. [Read more ]


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Learning to read labels

These series of numbers and initials may seem quite obscure, and therefore pretty useless. And yet, if they are mandatory on cosmetics labels, it means they do have role to play, that of giving information. And all consumers can understand and learn how to use them, whenever needed. [Read more ]


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All about babies

Pregnancy is a time for many disruptions, in the mother-to-come body as well as in her daily life habits. This deals also with cosmetic ritual. What precautions are needed? What are the peculiar needs of the skin that shall be answered? Some reminders and advice by the CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques experts to live safely this precious period. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics glossary

February 5, 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Chroming

Displaying a flawless, radiant glow is no longer enough: complexion sculpting has become common practice in the makeup sphere. Makeup is the ideal ally to re-outline your face and its contours. Latest technique for it: chroming. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

Nanobiomaterials in Galenic Formulations and Cosmetics: Applications of Nanobiomaterials is one of the first books on the market related to the application of nanotechnology in galenic formulations and cosmetics. This book provides the results of current research for those working in an applied setting. The advantage of having all this information in one coherent text is the focused nature of the chapters and the ease of which this information can be accessed. [Read more ]


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