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Inspired by consumers’ continued search for reassurance and stability, fashion designers seek to answer a common call for calm through a Fall 2016 colour palette that captures strength and dependability while remaining uplifting, complex and sophisticated. Satisfying a universal desire for tranquillity, strength and optimism, as demonstrated by the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, colour directions continue to evolve toward an antidote to modern stresses for both designers and wearers. [Read more ]
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A German study has examined on behalf of the German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association the development of self-esteem in adolescents and young adults aged between 14 and 21 years. What role is played by a neat appearance for the self-esteem of young people? And in how far can cosmetics and beauty products support young people in their self-discovery? The results of the in-depth psychological study show 'Youth undisguised' – including aspects that young people usually prefer to hide. [Read more ]


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Expert selections

Today, almost 1,600 cosmetic products covering more than 300 different brands and over 160 product categories are recommended by the CosmeticOBS experts. These products have obtained an overall average of at least 15/20, and/or are recommended in the various editions of the ‘Les Meilleurs Cosmétiques’ series (Médicis editions) and/or ‘Les Cosmétiques Premium’ (CosmeticOBS editions), or on the CosmeticOBS websites. [Read more ]


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Inspired by consumers’ continued search for reassurance and stability, fashion designers seek to answer a common call for calm through a Fall 2016 colour palette that captures strength and dependability while remaining uplifting, complex and sophisticated. Satisfying a universal desire for tranquillity, strength and optimism, as demonstrated by the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, colour directions continue to evolve toward an antidote to modern stresses for both designers and wearers. [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

It is known due its record about its safety, and also because it is very often mentioned as "Phenoxyethanol-free"... This wording is then a selling point... but knows why? A look at this ingredient, criticized, but still widely used. [Read more ]


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Choosing your cosmetics well

When the hair is weakened and the scalp imbalanced… will any hair treatment do? Of course not. Now, if this is always true, it is even more so when the need appears stronger. Have a glance at the composition of your cosmetic products to avoid any unwelcome ingredient, and head for the most useful ones, while adopting the right gestures. [Read more ]


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Using your cosmetics well

Say cheese! Besides shiny hair and sparkling eyes, our mouth is one of the most important attractively features of our time. However, not only soft lips but also groomed teeth make up the perfect kiss. How to get it? Follow the guide! [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

It is mandatory to include twenty-six aromatic molecules, especially present in the essential oils, in the list of ingredients, as soon as they are at a concentration higher than 0.01% in the rinse- off products and at more than 0.001% in the leave-on products. This is an advice to warn and protect people sensitized to these allergens, be they synthetic or natural. Note: this list is currently under revision in Europe. This should give rise to a new regulation of these substances. [Read more ]


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Cosmetics in books

The spotless smooth skin is truly a blessing. Every child born with perfect skin but this perfection fades over the time due to the environmental conditions and living standard of the person. The secret of skin beauty lies in the preservation of skin perfection right from the beginning. There is a difference between preservation and revitalization of beauty. It is very difficult to bring back the perfection once it is faded away, therefore, your focus should be on preserving your natural beauty. [Read more ]


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