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3 Days Left: Register for HBA (June 18 – 20)

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If you’re in the beauty biz, especially packaging, product development, or sourcing don’t miss out on HBA Global. Hosted every year at the Jacob Javitts center in NYC the trade show exhibits hundreds of beauty suppliers ready to be sourced on the show floor as well as offers educational program with 50+ seminars. It’s a whole week of networking, education as well as industry events.  In addition, HBA Global recently added SPLAH! Pavilion which highlights more than 20 new emerging brands.

HBA Global is set to take place June 18 – 20th with the International Package Design Awards Cocktail Reception hosted on June 19th.

Sign up today and register for a FREE exhibits pass, PLUS save up to $300 off any conference pass!

For show information and our list of exhibitors, visit www.hbaexpo.com

Deadline 11/16: Beauty + Personal Care Experts, apply to speak at HBA

The HBA Global Expo & Conference, which is taking place June 18-20, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York has issued a “Call for Speakers”.   Experts in product development, market strategies, trends, package design, sustainability and other topics are invited to submit speaking proposals by this Friday, November 16, 2012. This is a great opportunity for all you experts to share your knowledge and do some networking. All the details are below:


HBA Global Conference Seeks Brand Experts, Innovators, and Thought-Leaders 

HBA Global Expo is seeking speaker proposals for its renowned educational program taking place June 18-20, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.   Thought-leaders and savvy marketers in all areas of the health, beauty, and personal care business are encouraged to submit an application and share their experiences,

PC Goes to Warsaw! A View of the Polish Cosmetics Industry

From the moment I stepped back into NYC last week the #1 question I’ve been asked is What we’re you doing in Poland?? Well besides instagraming and tweeting up a storm… (Thanks for noticing); HBA Global invited a handful of bloggers and buyers – I’m talking Felicia from This That Beauty, Danielle from The Style and Beauty Doctor, Heather from Beauty Unbiased, Alice of Miss Alice An, Rachel from Birchbox and me! — to attend the inaugural Polska Cosmetics conference and Beauty Forum Expo to learn more about the beauty industry in Poland.

{Team Poland: Danielle, Rachel, me and Felicia at dinner!}

I’ll be honest, prior to landing in Warsaw my knowledge of their industry was limited to – isn’t that where Inglot is from? Yes, it is! However after spending almost a week in that beautiful city, I learned so much!

For starters… how are these for some fun facts?

  • Helena Rubenstein was the first manufacturer to offer a sun-protecting cream and who popularized mascara and color face powders, was born and set up her first cosmetics company in Cracow, Poland.
  • Max Factor, also born in Poland… His real name, Maksymilian Fakorowicz.
  • The very 1st alcohol based perfume in history, “The Queen of Hungary’s Water” was created in the 14th Century thanks to it’s Polish namesake, Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary.
  • During the economic transformation post 1989, foreign companies such as Avon, Proctor & Gamble, and Colgate Palmolive invested in new factories in Poland.
  • Poland and Lithuania are the only countries in Europe where cosmetology is taught at a university level.
  • Poland is the 6th largest cosmetics producer in Europe.

Considering Poland is located in the center of Europe and is a member of the European Union coupled with their world-class research and development facilities, low employment costs, and high experience and flexibility within the industry opens them up to a world of possibilities (literally). And that hasn’t gone unnoticed.

In a 3 year effort to expose and grow the cosmetic and beauty industry, the European Union and Polish Ministry of Economy have co-financed The Promotion Programme; which will support the