beauty

Skincare girlies, fear not — your moisturizer probably does not attract spiders. Sol de Janeiro’s Delícia Drench Body Butter, which launched earlier this month, is quickly becoming a holy grail…

No, spiders don’t want to mate with your viral body butter

RepeatMD recently raised a $50 million Series A round to serve the exploding med spa industry that is built on consumer beauty trends.

Deal Dive: Betting on beauty fads is big business

Google sees augmented reality (AR) as a new, potentially quite effective advertising medium. Today, the search giant announced the launch of AR Beauty ads, a new smartphone ad type that…

Google launches AR beauty ads for lip and eye products

Treatments like botox are becoming more ubiquitous, spurring growth in the number of medspas, or centers that offer botox, IV hydration and laser treatments from certified providers like registered nurses.…

Moxie raises $15.7M to make opening med spas easier

Africa’s beauty and personal care market is growing, accelerated by its burgeoning young and fashion-conscious population, increased spending power and urbanization. The market’s potential has in recent years attracted major…

Kenya’s Uncover raises $1M to expand skincare product enterprise across Africa

If you follow #beautytok, #beautytube or any beauty content on social media platforms, you know that popular product trends are hard to keep up with. Summer International stays ahead of…

Summer International uses social media data to launch new beauty brands

Verlinvest, a family-backed, “evergreen”, growth fund investor, that has previously funded a few well-known consumer brands like Oatly, Vita Coco, Tony’s Chocolonely, Who Gives A Crap, Pedego, Chewy.com, Hint and…

V3 Ventures launches to put €100M into startups in health, beauty and food

Founded 10 years ago, Konvy is now Thailand’s top beauty e-commerce platform. It plans to accelerate its omnichannel and international distribution with a new Series A of $10 million from…

Thai beauty platform Konvy raises Series A for international expansion

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to getting ahold of an appointment for your hair or another treatment…that’s a different story: The bespoke…

Boulevard books $70M to help beauty and wellness salons with their bookings

Glambook recently raised $2.5 million at a $12 million valuation, and I managed to talk it into letting me share its full pitch deck with you to see how the…

Pitch Deck Teardown: Glambook’s $2.5 million seed deck

Given the likely global recession, small businesses are reaching for new kinds of financing. Thus, the buy now, pay later business model is now expanding into this B2B world at…

Berlin-based B2B BNPL platform Mondu raises $43M Series A led by Valar in the US

Buoyed by a new $33 million investment, plans are in the works to add another 20 hair color bar locations and hire 850 new colorists by the end of the…

Madison Reed, which made DTC hair color a thing, is now going after larger retail footprint

Glossier, the popular beauty brand led by former blogger Emily Weiss, let go of 80 of its corporate employees today, according to an internal email obtained by Modern Retail. The…

Glossier just laid off one-third of its corporate employees, mostly in tech

Earlier this week, Thirteen Lune, a direct-to-consumer beauty platform that was launched last year in LA with $1 million in seed funding from Diddy, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beautycounter founder Gregg…

An inclusive new DTC beauty platform secures $3 million in funding — and a supercharged offline strategy

The $10 million Swiftarc Beauty Fund supports female founders leading the next wave of beauty and wellness brands. 

Swiftarc Ventures launches beauty fund aimed at women-led startups

Beauty and wellness businesses have come roaring back to life with the decline of COVID-19 restrictions, and a startup that’s built a platform that caters to the many needs of…

Fresha raises $100M for its beauty and wellness booking platform and marketplace

What will China’s answer to Estée Lauder look like in the digital age? According to Ushopal, it will provide a seamless online and offline shopping experience, where China’s savvy beauty…

Ushopal looks to charm China’s beauty lovers with niche Western brands

Pinterest is expanding its virtual makeup try-on capabilities with today’s launch of a new augmented reality feature that allows online shoppers to virtually try on new eyeshadow. Initially, Pinterest is…

Pinterest launches an AR-powered try-on experience for eyeshadow

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It may not be as glamorous as D2C, but beauty tech is big money

Shifting consumer demands within beauty and retail are creating rich opportunities for U.S.-based beauty/consumer tech SaaS companies.

8:43 am PST • January 18, 2021
It may not be as glamorous as D2C, but beauty tech is big money

Spending on cosmetics has usually weathered economic crises, but that changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with stay-at-home orders and masks tempering people’s desire to wear makeup. This forced retailers to…

Perfect Corp., developer of virtual beauty app YouCam Makeup, closes $50 million Series C led by Goldman Sachs

A new Pinterest feature will allow users to virtually try on products, starting with lipstick, before they shop from retailers like Estée Lauder, Sephora, bareMinerals, Neutrogena, NYX Professional Makeup, YSL…

Pinterest launches virtual makeup ‘Try on’ feature, starting with lipstick

YouTube today is launching a new vertical called YouTube Fashion that aims to capitalize on the popular style and beauty content that attracts millions of viewers to its platform. According…

YouTube launches a dedicated Fashion vertical

Released in 2014, the year before Snapchat put face filters on the road to ubiquity, Perfect Corp.’s YouCam Makeup app gave many smartphone users their first taste of augmented selfies.…

The company behind YouCam Makeup app launches a new set of AR tools for beauty brands like Ulta

Walgreens has entered into a strategic partnership with beauty-in-a-box startup Birchbox, which will involve building Birchbox experiences inside Walgreens’ stores so customers can shop and try new brands. The deal…

Walgreens takes a minority stake in Birchbox, which will now come to its stores

E-commerce beauty startup founder, Glossier CEO Emily Weiss, dished on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 this morning about some of the company’s top competitors in the e-commerce space, including…

Glossier CEO Emily Weiss on why the company won’t sell on Amazon

Ipsy, the beauty box subscription service and e-commerce site founded in 2011 by YouTube creator Michelle Phan, is expanding its business beyond sample-sized products. The company today is debuting a more…

Ipsy’s new subscription delivers full-size beauty products, not samples

Beauty startup Memebox is relaunching its United States e-commerce business, about one year after putting it on hold to focus on building a review and community platform. Beginning today, the…

Korean beauty startup Memebox relaunches its U.S. e-commerce platform and signs Sephora deal

Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic streaming. In the latest development,…

Spotify expands merch to beauty products, sells out tickets for Who We Be

ipsy, a subscription service that delivers a collection of products to its users every month, has spent the last six years building up a community with millions of people obsessed…

ipsy launches its beauty product e-commerce business Shopper as hit hits 3M subscribers

NYX Cosmetics describes itself as a “digital-first” brand, eschewing traditional ad buys in favor of customer selfies it shares on social media, including an Instagram account with 11.7 million followers.…

NYX Cosmetics, known for its ‘digital-first’ marketing strategy, launches its own app