Beauty business puts brave AR face on it in these hands-off Covid times

Brahm Buck

Dry, data-driven reports from financial institutions rarely stray into beauty column territory for their language but last week in analysing card spending, Bank of Ireland’s Christian Pierce noted, “May saw consumers preening and prepping”. Card spend in barbers and hairdressers was way up – not surprising as they had been closed for so long and pent-up demand was visible.

And while this service side of the beauty industry faced challenges reopening after lockdown, they pale into comparison with those faced by the industry globally in reworking how high-end beauty products and make-up can be sold when healthy sales depend so

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HomePod is now sold out at US Apple Store, after it was discontinued three months ago

Brahm Buck

Apple announced that it was discontinuing the original HomePod back in March, with Apple focusing its efforts on HomePod mini. The product has been listed as available ‘while supplies last’ since that time.

The space gray model sold out within a couple days of the announcement. The white model remained available to buy (price unchanged) up until today, at least in the United States.

The HomePod product page on the online store has not yet been removed. This suggests there may be some remaining stock still to work through, in select locations. For example, the space grey HomePod is still

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Playhouses, water bottles and more recalled from Mississauga and Brampton stores due to safety

Brahm Buck
 

Health Canada has issued advisories and recalled multiple products this week (June 7 to 13) due to potential health and safety risks, including from Mississauga and Brampton retailers.

Residents are advised to check if they have these products at home and avoid using or consuming them out of caution.

The following products are affected:


Big Game Hunters Single and Triple Mud Kitchen Brass Taps

Type: Recall

Risk: The Brass Water Tap contains lead in excess of the allowable limit (more than 90 mg/kg).

Product info: The product is a children’s outdoor play kitchen. Two products are affected:

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20 Ways Your Grocery Store Makes You Sick

Brahm Buck

The grocery store seems so innocent: A cabinet-filling cornucopia of sustenance for you and your family. Turns out, it contains an average soap opera’s worth of secrets. As soon as you walk in the door — wait, don’t grab that cart before you read this — you’re presented with some pretty serious threats to your health, from secretly unhealthy products to marketing gimmicks to the stuff that lurks on the freezer door handles. That’s why Eat This, Not That! Health asked top experts to reveal the ways your grocery store can make you sick — so your next shopping trip

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Netflix launches online store for curated product tied to shows, brands

Brahm Buck

Netflix has launched Netflix.shop, its first owned-and-operated retail outlet to sell merchandise and products directly.

“We’re always looking at how we can extend the world of our stories for fans, from apparel and toys to immersive events and games. And it’s why today we’re launching Netflix. shop as an exciting new destination combining curated products and rich storytelling in a uniquely Netflix shopping experience,” the company said in a blog post.

The online store will have exclusive limited editions of curated apparel and lifestyle products tied to Netflix shows and brand on a regular basis.

The items debuting this month

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