This Beauty Trend Is Tearing the Internet Apart—On the Viral List

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A new beauty trend is tearing the online beauty community apart, United’s PR disaster has turned into a supermeme and earned them a trending hashtag (for all the wrong reasons), a Spotify breakup playlist is trending, and more stories going viral this week…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe New Beauty Trend Pulling People (& Brows) Apart

What started as a playful joke has turned into a full-blown beauty trend. Instagrammer and makeup artist @stella.s.makeup decided to have some fun at the expense of her 49K followers, using a glue stick to make her eyebrows resemble the “quill and barbs of a feather,” and calling it the “new brow trend.” She didn’t think the look she later dubbed #featherbrows would actually take off, but the image has generated over 45,000 likes and over 2,000 comments and is “tearing beauty lovers apart and sorting them into two categories: Hell Yes and Hell No.” Those embracing the trend are creating their own iterations with colors and glitter, and posting the results onto social media.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingPR Disasters Are the New (Uber)Memes

While PR disasters are nothing new, the public has a very new way of responding to them: memes. This week, internet snark put together a trifecta of brand messes, combining Pepsi, United, and Sean Spicer’s recent stumbles/gaffs/issues into an “uber-meme.” The trend began with a few tweets casting the brands in the “hold my beer” joke (ex. “Pepsi: ‘We had the worst PR disaster in history.’ United: ‘Hold my beer!’ Sean Spicer: ‘Guys, I've got this!’)—and before long Twitter was full of copycats. Of course, this was only one of the memes making the most of these now-infamous PR wrecks: the hashtag #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos trended as well, with the most popular—“Not enough seating? Time for a beating”—generating almost 7,000 retweets and over 15,000 likes.

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The Newsfeed

“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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