Out Of My Mind On A Wednesday Mornin’

What are you doing with the savings from gas?

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I don’t know about you but did September come quickly and is it already half gone? When Costco has its Christmas stuff out already (do we really need to buy Starbuck’s Christmas blend now?), you know 2015 will be history soon.

Who eats bread anymore? Brownberry’s 100-calorie Sandwich Thins are all the rage. They are actually quite amazing, the size of a hamburger bun and you can load them up without breaking and very tasty. Two slices of bread are 240 calories. Now you can have a bag of Baked Chips for the same calories or better yet, save the calories.

With the price of gas going back below $2.00 a gallon and more SUV’s and pickup’s being sold than ever, why is the price of Ford and GM stock so low? Perhaps analysts are paying attention to the future. Mercedes just announced it will have an electric car by 2018. Meanwhile industry leader Tesla just got a perfect 100 score on its current model and is releasing its first SUV September 29. Remember how Toyota slammed the Big 3 when small cars were in demand? Gas at $2 a gallon cripples demand for electric now but the smart money is on electric in the future. Watch this and come up with your own conclusion.

What’s hot at THE INDUSTRY SOURCE? Pure Essential Oil Works diffusers and oils; Pure Himalayan Salt Works salt lamps; Paraffin Wax Works 10-minute paraffin treatments; ForPro Scrap Files; and OPI Starlight collections.

I am so excited about TNG’s 30th anniversary. In fact we are taking the entire company on a fab 30/60 celebration weekend October 23. It is a total mystery where we are going but it will be totally fun and memorable. All stores will be closed Friday and Saturday October 23-24. TIS will close at 12:30PM. You only turn 30 once!

Speaking of fun and a great cause, TNG is proud to sponsor ACS Strides October 10 in Detroit. Really fun this year is that the walk kicks off at Hart Plaza and the course follows the Riverfront. If you have never been downtown or experienced the Riverfront you will love it. Please join our team or come on your own.

What’s up with the pro beauty industry? Nothing. When was the last hair care company to start that made it? Although 10 years old, Living Proof is proving that pro and retail can co-exist. They are a model for the future of pro beauty. The one big test we will learn: How important is education? With booth renters dominating the scene, where is the $$$ going to come from to pay for classes? Eliminating that budget would be huge. Then again our CND Holiday workshop sold out 100 tickets in less than a week.

I’m addicted to Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps. So good. And so good dipping into one of those individual cups of hummus that Costco sells.

Now Jeff Bezos is in the rocket business. Bezos envisions people in space during his lifetime. Don’t bet against him.

Speaking of Bezos, I have come to the conclusion that America only needs 5 companies for 95% of its needs. Here they are in no particular order: Amazon.com; Apple; Google; Costco; and Starbucks. If you think I am crazy think about this: Not using one of the companies products for one week. It’s not possible.

And finally speaking of what is possible, is it possible that Donald becomes the 45th president of the USA? And Cuba becomes the 51st state?

Happy Wednesday!

Out Of My Mind On A Wednesday Mornin’

What are you doing with the savings from gas?

View Results

I don’t know about you but did September come quickly and is it already half gone? When Costco has its Christmas stuff out already (do we really need to buy Starbuck’s Christmas blend now?), you know 2015 will be history soon.

Who eats bread anymore? Brownberry’s 100-calorie Sandwich Thins are all the rage. They are actually quite amazing, the size of a hamburger bun and you can load them up without breaking and very tasty. Two slices of bread are 240 calories. Now you can have a bag of Baked Chips for the same calories or better yet, save the calories.

With the price of gas going back below $2.00 a gallon and more SUV’s and pickup’s being sold than ever, why is the price of Ford and GM stock so low? Perhaps analysts are paying attention to the future. Mercedes just announced it will have an electric car by 2018. Meanwhile industry leader Tesla just got a perfect 100 score on its current model and is releasing its first SUV September 29. Remember how Toyota slammed the Big 3 when small cars were in demand? Gas at $2 a gallon cripples demand for electric now but the smart money is on electric in the future. Watch this and come up with your own conclusion.

What’s hot at THE INDUSTRY SOURCE? Pure Essential Oil Works diffusers and oils; Pure Himalayan Salt Works salt lamps; Paraffin Wax Works 10-minute paraffin treatments; ForPro Scrap Files; and OPI Starlight collections.

I am so excited about TNG’s 30th anniversary. In fact we are taking the entire company on a fab 30/60 celebration weekend October 23. It is a total mystery where we are going but it will be totally fun and memorable. All stores will be closed Friday and Saturday October 23-24. TIS will close at 12:30PM. You only turn 30 once!

Speaking of fun and a great cause, TNG is proud to sponsor ACS Strides October 10 in Detroit. Really fun this year is that the walk kicks off at Hart Plaza and the course follows the Riverfront. If you have never been downtown or experienced the Riverfront you will love it. Please join our team or come on your own.

What’s up with the pro beauty industry? Nothing. When was the last hair care company to start that made it? Although 10 years old, Living Proof is proving that pro and retail can co-exist. They are a model for the future of pro beauty. The one big test we will learn: How important is education? With booth renters dominating the scene, where is the $$$ going to come from to pay for classes? Eliminating that budget would be huge. Then again our CND Holiday workshop sold out 100 tickets in less than a week.

I’m addicted to Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps. So good. And so good dipping into one of those individual cups of hummus that Costco sells.

Now Jeff Bezos is in the rocket business. Bezos envisions people in space during his lifetime. Don’t bet against him.

Speaking of Bezos, I have come to the conclusion that America only needs 5 companies for 95% of its needs. Here they are in no particular order: Amazon.com; Apple; Google; Costco; and Starbucks. If you think I am crazy think about this: Not using one of the companies products for one week. It’s not possible.

And finally speaking of what is possible, is it possible that Donald becomes the 45th president of the USA? And Cuba becomes the 51st state?

Happy Wednesday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Who is going to win the Final Four?

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How about those Spartans? Even the most diehard fans including myself would have never guessed they would have made the Final Four. This is perhaps Izzo’s greatest accomplishment in his 20 years with State. Congrats to Izzo and the entire team. Go STATE!

L’Oreal has figured out to successfully sell products to both the pro and retail markets (does anyone care?). It is just another reason why salons are imploding while the booth rental market is exploding. In case you are interested here is L’Oreal’s latest retail color line to hit the market. Exert courtesy of CEW:

Covering gray just got easier thanks to L’Oréal Paris who, earlier this year, launched their Excellence Age Perfect hair color system, specifically targeted for those 55-plus.

Although the company produces a bevy of hair color products, this is the first one that addresses Baby Boomers, who continue to be a rapidly expanding segment of the population.

“The Baby Boomer woman is in the process of understanding who she is while recreating her life so she can have a second chance and new opportunities for herself,” said Dr. Alexis Abramson, Ph D, and Baby Boomer Lifestyle Expert. “ Excellence Age Perfect understands her from the lifestyle point of view as opposed to just the beauty point of view. History has pointed us to turning the clock back, but the Baby Boomer doesn’t want that. She wants an ageless look and an ageless lifestyle. That’s what’s new. The conversation about beauty has changed. What makes a woman beautiful has never been more interesting.”

To help speak to these women, the company enlisted long time L’Oréal spokesperson, Diane Keaton. “She’s truly a woman who inspires us and who we admire and we felt she spoke to the baby boomer generation,” explained Julia Yousseff, L’Oréal USA Technical Center Vice President.

According to L’Oréal, by the age of 45, over 50% of women are affected by gray. “73% of the women we interviewed said they don’t feel their age,” added Justin Giouzepis, Vice President of Marketing at L’Oréal Paris. “One-third said they didn’t want to be 25 again. 60% said they were more confident than before, while one-fourth of the women 50-plus feel beauty brands are not speaking to them.” Justin also said that these women are still in the work force, they lead an active life, have hobbies and that the end goal is to keep them in the hair color category longer.

Another bonus? The product, which took five years to create, is enriched with collagen and Ceramide R, which targets and repairs while adding shine and softness. It also contains restorative ingredients that help one’s mane feel volumized, thicker, and renewed.

As with anything L’Oréal develops, research played an important role. The company conducted more than 500 trials in three different countries, 2,000 applications in the US, and 10 qualitative tests were administered globally.

Other additions include bigger and clearer font size on the directions found inside, a dual-sized brush specifically designed for hard to reach angles, and smaller bristles addressing the scalp and hairline abound the face. As of now, eight shades are available with other colors following next year.

OPI is launching Colorpaints this May to capitalize on the small but trendy nail art side of nails. The key to the system is the silver base coat that makes the nail plate act as a canvas for the Colorpaints. The line will launch with 8 colors. You can use nail art brushes and dotters to create an infinite amount of designs. We tested it out and it works well. It can also be used as nail polish as some of the colors are pretty unique.

OPIColorpaints

Speaking of nails, CND is finally coming out with their first LED light April 15. More details to come. $299.95 MSRP.

THE INDUSTRY SOURCE will be launching its VIP program for select TIS REWARDS customers May 1. VIP members will have the ability to receive new products for reviewing, receive the monthly sale catalog first and learn about new products as they come in.

Paraffin Wax Works new 10-MINUTE Therapeutic Hands and Feet have been wildly successful. Now that Thermasoft products are no longer on the market, spas are loving the benefits and results.

With both Easter and Passover this weekend, next week is the official start to spring, pedi season and warmer weather. Like last year warmer weather is eagerly awaited.

TNG celebrates 30 years in business this year and it’s going to be a lot of fun. 30 years is a long time and so much has changed over the years. So many names and faces along with companies are long gone. One thing for certain is the concept of reinvention and innovation is as important today as it was 50 and 100 years ago. All the current mania is in the technology field (apps galore) but I love the fact we are still a product-based company.

Happy Monday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Who is going to win the Final Four?

View Results

How about those Spartans? Even the most diehard fans including myself would have never guessed they would have made the Final Four. This is perhaps Izzo’s greatest accomplishment in his 20 years with State. Congrats to Izzo and the entire team. Go STATE!

L’Oreal has figured out to successfully sell products to both the pro and retail markets (does anyone care?). It is just another reason why salons are imploding while the booth rental market is exploding. In case you are interested here is L’Oreal’s latest retail color line to hit the market. Exert courtesy of CEW:

Covering gray just got easier thanks to L’Oréal Paris who, earlier this year, launched their Excellence Age Perfect hair color system, specifically targeted for those 55-plus.

Although the company produces a bevy of hair color products, this is the first one that addresses Baby Boomers, who continue to be a rapidly expanding segment of the population.

“The Baby Boomer woman is in the process of understanding who she is while recreating her life so she can have a second chance and new opportunities for herself,” said Dr. Alexis Abramson, Ph D, and Baby Boomer Lifestyle Expert. “ Excellence Age Perfect understands her from the lifestyle point of view as opposed to just the beauty point of view. History has pointed us to turning the clock back, but the Baby Boomer doesn’t want that. She wants an ageless look and an ageless lifestyle. That’s what’s new. The conversation about beauty has changed. What makes a woman beautiful has never been more interesting.”

To help speak to these women, the company enlisted long time L’Oréal spokesperson, Diane Keaton. “She’s truly a woman who inspires us and who we admire and we felt she spoke to the baby boomer generation,” explained Julia Yousseff, L’Oréal USA Technical Center Vice President.

According to L’Oréal, by the age of 45, over 50% of women are affected by gray. “73% of the women we interviewed said they don’t feel their age,” added Justin Giouzepis, Vice President of Marketing at L’Oréal Paris. “One-third said they didn’t want to be 25 again. 60% said they were more confident than before, while one-fourth of the women 50-plus feel beauty brands are not speaking to them.” Justin also said that these women are still in the work force, they lead an active life, have hobbies and that the end goal is to keep them in the hair color category longer.

Another bonus? The product, which took five years to create, is enriched with collagen and Ceramide R, which targets and repairs while adding shine and softness. It also contains restorative ingredients that help one’s mane feel volumized, thicker, and renewed.

As with anything L’Oréal develops, research played an important role. The company conducted more than 500 trials in three different countries, 2,000 applications in the US, and 10 qualitative tests were administered globally.

Other additions include bigger and clearer font size on the directions found inside, a dual-sized brush specifically designed for hard to reach angles, and smaller bristles addressing the scalp and hairline abound the face. As of now, eight shades are available with other colors following next year.

OPI is launching Colorpaints this May to capitalize on the small but trendy nail art side of nails. The key to the system is the silver base coat that makes the nail plate act as a canvas for the Colorpaints. The line will launch with 8 colors. You can use nail art brushes and dotters to create an infinite amount of designs. We tested it out and it works well. It can also be used as nail polish as some of the colors are pretty unique.

OPIColorpaints

Speaking of nails, CND is finally coming out with their first LED light April 15. More details to come. $299.95 MSRP.

THE INDUSTRY SOURCE will be launching its VIP program for select TIS REWARDS customers May 1. VIP members will have the ability to receive new products for reviewing, receive the monthly sale catalog first and learn about new products as they come in.

Paraffin Wax Works new 10-MINUTE Therapeutic Hands and Feet have been wildly successful. Now that Thermasoft products are no longer on the market, spas are loving the benefits and results.

With both Easter and Passover this weekend, next week is the official start to spring, pedi season and warmer weather. Like last year warmer weather is eagerly awaited.

TNG celebrates 30 years in business this year and it’s going to be a lot of fun. 30 years is a long time and so much has changed over the years. So many names and faces along with companies are long gone. One thing for certain is the concept of reinvention and innovation is as important today as it was 50 and 100 years ago. All the current mania is in the technology field (apps galore) but I love the fact we are still a product-based company.

Happy Monday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

What is your favorite season of the year?

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Now that the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day are over with, can we get back to normal eating patterns? Of course there is nothing like comfort food when the thermometer is below zero (caution, food alert below!).

While I didn’t have a chance to watch the 40th Anniversary of SNL, my problem is that I remember the premier season all too well.

Hot new hair products coming out this Spring:

Brazilian Blowout b3 Brazilian Bond Builder. b3 Brazilian Bond Builder is a one-step professional tool that can be mixed into any color formulation to help re-attach and build bonds.

Pai-shau (Passion for Life) is the new hair care line from previous executives of Moroccanoil. The signature product Biphasic Infusion is a breakthrough elixir containing the highest content of their Exotic Tea Complex.

CND has finally unveiled its new LED light. Design-driven, the light actually cures only the fingertips allowing the hand to be LED-free. MSRP will be $299.95. Look for a May launch and we will have some extra goodies for the launch. It can be used for both Shellac and Brisa systems. To compliment the new light will be their Xpress5 Shellac top coat that will remove in only 5 minutes.

A-Cups by ForPro is a runaway success. So much that the starter kit is sold out until April. We are working quickly as we can to get new inventory into stock.

Also hot are the new 10-Minute Therapeutic Paraffin Hands and Feet from Paraffin Wax Works. Proof that innovation sells.

Paraffin Wax Works 10-Minute Therapeutic Paraffin Hands

Speaking of which Apple’s new iWatch goes on sale in April. $350 will get you a basic model, $1000 stainless and for $4000, gold. Rumor on the street is that Apple will deliver an electric car within 10 years. Can you imagine the technology behind that?

Here’s the thing about time. It zooms by way too fast but then we all want Spring to come as fast as possible. Does New Year’s Eve seem like 6 weeks ago?

Shake Shack went public and a business with less than $5 million in profit is now worth more than $1.5 billion. They just opening in Las Vegas and recently Chicago. 600 calories each for their 3 signature items: Cheeseburger, fries and fat-laden custard shake. An entire day worth of calorie consumed in 15 minutes (or sooner). But I am sure it is tasty.

T or F? We never get tired of looking at pictures of tasty food? But what is the burger without the fries?

OK, I knew it. You want the shake too.

Frozen Custard

OK now I am hungry. Looking forward to steam veggies and whitefish for dinner tonight. How about you?

Happy Monday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

What is your favorite season of the year?

View Results

Now that the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day are over with, can we get back to normal eating patterns? Of course there is nothing like comfort food when the thermometer is below zero (caution, food alert below!).

While I didn’t have a chance to watch the 40th Anniversary of SNL, my problem is that I remember the premier season all too well.

Hot new hair products coming out this Spring:

Brazilian Blowout b3 Brazilian Bond Builder. b3 Brazilian Bond Builder is a one-step professional tool that can be mixed into any color formulation to help re-attach and build bonds.

Pai-shau (Passion for Life) is the new hair care line from previous executives of Moroccanoil. The signature product Biphasic Infusion is a breakthrough elixir containing the highest content of their Exotic Tea Complex.

CND has finally unveiled its new LED light. Design-driven, the light actually cures only the fingertips allowing the hand to be LED-free. MSRP will be $299.95. Look for a May launch and we will have some extra goodies for the launch. It can be used for both Shellac and Brisa systems. To compliment the new light will be their Xpress5 Shellac top coat that will remove in only 5 minutes.

A-Cups by ForPro is a runaway success. So much that the starter kit is sold out until April. We are working quickly as we can to get new inventory into stock.

Also hot are the new 10-Minute Therapeutic Paraffin Hands and Feet from Paraffin Wax Works. Proof that innovation sells.

Paraffin Wax Works 10-Minute Therapeutic Paraffin Hands

Speaking of which Apple’s new iWatch goes on sale in April. $350 will get you a basic model, $1000 stainless and for $4000, gold. Rumor on the street is that Apple will deliver an electric car within 10 years. Can you imagine the technology behind that?

Here’s the thing about time. It zooms by way too fast but then we all want Spring to come as fast as possible. Does New Year’s Eve seem like 6 weeks ago?

Shake Shack went public and a business with less than $5 million in profit is now worth more than $1.5 billion. They just opening in Las Vegas and recently Chicago. 600 calories each for their 3 signature items: Cheeseburger, fries and fat-laden custard shake. An entire day worth of calorie consumed in 15 minutes (or sooner). But I am sure it is tasty.

T or F? We never get tired of looking at pictures of tasty food? But what is the burger without the fries?

OK, I knew it. You want the shake too.

Frozen Custard

OK now I am hungry. Looking forward to steam veggies and whitefish for dinner tonight. How about you?

Happy Monday!