Welcome to the Winter edition of Retail Beauty. As the temperature drops, it seems consumer appetite for a holistic beauty and wellness routine continues to grow. I, like many beauty enthusiasts, no longer rely on serums and moisturisers to maintain my skin. Instead, I have an array of pills, powders, capsules, gummies and effervescents sitting in my cupboard, that I should take more regularly rather than haphazardly, to improve either my skin, hair, nails, sleep, mood and motivation – or a combination of all of the above. But how many of us REALLY understand the science behind them?

 This issue, we have interviewed a range of experts to debunk any myths when it comes to the ingestible beauty market, which continues to grow and evolve on a daily basis. Michelle Teodoro from Mintel takes a deep dive into the trends and innovations in the ingestible beauty market, while I headed into the studio with the talented photographer Brandee Meir to shoot some of Retail Beauty’s favourite beauty supplements on the market right now.

 We caught up with Dr Tim Crowe who explains the science behind the health benefits when it comes to collagen supplements, while Nikita Papas, one of our newest regular contributors, interviews key opinion leaders for his feature on Ingestible Beauty.

 Another new contributor we have recently had come on board is Tashi Jade Bell, known to her almost 80,000 Instagram followers as @paint_bytashijadebell. Beauty has worked as therapy for the former lawyer, who, for this issue, interviewed Judy Deuchar, General Manager at TVSN, to uncover what it takes to ‘make or break’ a beauty brand on a television shopping network.

Our resident beauty business and finance guru Elisabeth King interviews Grant Peck, Chief Executive Officer at McPherson’s Consumer Products, and covers Weleda’s new Skin Food SKU, showcased on our cover.

Meanwhile, fragrance expert Clayton Ilolahia, shares updates and insights courtesy of Fragrances of the World, and reports on the increasing concern of sustainability in corporate strategy. In other scent-related news, I chat to Marie-Lise Jonak, who in conjunction with her son, founded Ormaie, a 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan perfume and candle range.

With makeup making a huge comeback in a post-Covid world, I caught up with Rimmel London and Covergirl Makeup Director Hayley Dutton and National Education Manager for Revlon & Elizabeth Arden Nica Marcello. Both share their expert insights on what it takes to succeed in the industry and the top winter trends you need to know.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing the gorgeous Aussie supermodel Nicole Trunfio, who was in town briefly to talk about her role as global brand ambassador for Inika Organic, while celebrity makeup artist Michael Brown shares his top tips on achieving ‘complexion perfection’.

Thanks so much to the Mecca Hosts and Specialists for taking the time out to chat to me for our inaugural Beauty Breakthrough feature, and to the Direct Chemist Outlet Beauty Buyers for sharing their top beauty picks.

With product launches and events back on the calendar, it has been an absolute pleasure catching up with many of you face-to-face to hear again, and for those I haven’t had a chance to catch up with, or met yet in person, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at mruzzene@intermedia.com.au or DM me on one of our many social media channels. And finally, a huge thanks to our new designer Sanja Spuzanic, who is helping Retail Beauty continue to evolve our look and feel.

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