Posts Tagged ‘Amazon’


Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Oprah’s 102 Favorite Things, 2017 Edition, were released today!  From BeatsX Earphones ($150), novelty birdcages, gourmet dog biscuits ($35), and all-in-one Nespresso machines to Spanx slimming workout leggings, DNA Test-Ancestry Personal Genetic Service ($99), Katz’s Deli’s Complete 3-Course Dinner for 4 ($125), and the Silent Night snore-free solution (retail $299), there is something for virtually everyone on your holiday list — especially yourself.  Many items can be found on Oprah’s Amazon store and several include a 20 per cent OPRAH discount code — definitely worth checking before you click through!

For Undercover Agents, beauty items include Julep Beauty It’s Whipped Limited Edition Lip Vault (retail $249), Dahlia Shower Caps ($40), Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500 Series toothbrush ($270), Butter London All the Jewel 45-piece mini nail treatment set ($150), Crema da Mano Luxe tube from Tocca ($20), O! Wow and O! Brushes from Cailyn Cosmetics ($32-78 each), L’Object Bath Salts, Corroon padded cosmetics bags ($35), and bubble bath from Lollia by Margot Elena ($50).  We’re pining for those luxe Janis Savitt bracelets!


Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Do you remember the last time that you made a purchase from the Clinique or Estēe Lauder counter at your local department store?  According to a new report, those visits are becoming less frequent, in favor of on-line shopping patterns.  In fact, department stores are one of the few categories of United States retail sales which have declined from a year ago.  While most of this loss is attributed to the apparel market, cosmetics sales have also been greatly affected.  “U.S. beauty and cosmetics sales are shifting away from department stores and mass merchants to online and specialty stores,” says Shelly Banjo for Bloomberg.  On-line retailers, such as Amazon, DermStore, FragranceNet, and specialty stores, such as Sephora and ULTA, have all taken a larger market share, due to their robust on-line operations.  The exception to the trend, however, has been the J.C. Pennney Co., who opened Sephora boutiques in more than half of its store locations.

According to the article, “the Selfie Generation has flocked to beauty brands that stoke sales with social media and technological innovations including plumping lipsticks, makeup-contouring kits, and nail polishes that go on like spray paint.”  In fact, consumers turn to vloggers on YouTube and Snap Chat to follow the latest makeup trends, rather than seeing them at the department store counter or in the pages of a magazine.