Welcome to the Summer edition of Retail Beauty.

For this issue, I had an absolute blast chatting with some incredible women in the beauty industry who are making waves with their exceptional businesses. Let me share a bit about them with you.

First up, there’s Sally Obermeder, the powerhouse behind SWIISH. Her inspiring journey, from facing a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis to co-founding SWIISH with her sister Maha, is truly remarkable. Check out page 50 for the full scoop on her incredible story.

Then, meet Rosie Jane Johnston, the genius behind By/Rosie Jane, a sustainable fragrance brand. Rosie’s journey, from crafting fragrances as a makeup artist to creating a brand with a ‘clean’ focus, is fascinating. Pour over the details on page 54.

We’ve also delved into the captivating journey of Candice Fernandez, the Marketing Director of La Prairie Group in Australia and New Zealand. Her career has taken her through some incredible beauty multinationals, and you can catch all the details on page 26.

And don’t miss out on Chereine Waddell, the MAGAP Australian Makeup Artist of the Year 2023. She’s a true beauty pro, known for her expertise in makeup artistry, dedication to education, and authorship. Flip to page 64 to get to know her better.

In September, I embarked on an exciting journey to Bangkok for Cosmoprof CBE Asean at the brand-new Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. If you’re unfamiliar, Cosmoprof is a series of beauty and cosmetics trade shows held globally (see the wrap on page 24). As I write this, I’m buzzing with excitement just days before my departure to Cosmoprof Asia in Hong Kong, where over 60,000 attendees are poised to explore offerings from more than 2,400 exhibitors. I’m eager to soak in the trends, discussions, and product innovations unfolding in Asia. Stay tuned for my comprehensive Asia report in the next issue of Retail Beauty.

This issue is packed with diverse and insightful contributions from our amazing contributors. Highlights include Nikita Papas‘ exploration of expert solutions for oily, congested, and blemish-prone skin on page 40, Jo-Anne Hui-Miller‘s coverage of Mecca’s M-Power initiative on page 30, Icy Ling‘s insights into the power of consumer events on page 68, Ricky Allen‘s effective strategies for selling skincare and building client loyalty on page 52, Michael Brown‘s discussion of the summer switch-up in skincare and makeup on page 66, and Sarah Laidlaw‘s age-defying makeup hacks on page 60.

Our commitment to you, our fantastic reader, is rock solid. We’re here to keep you in the loop with the latest industry updates, share nuggets of wisdom, and provide strategies to take your business to new heights.

As we soak in the holiday season, here’s to it being filled with joy, prosperity, and loads of beauty. We hope this issue sparks your inspiration and brings you fresh ideas to savour every moment of this enchanting time of year.

Cheers to an absolutely fantastic festive season and a summer overflowing with splendour.

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