CEW’s monthly Product Watch has landed, showcasing February’s expertly curated picks of new beauty launches. As Polly Blitzer reports, hybrid categories, indie skin care-focused formulas, and hair care that targets bond repair are among ones to watch, along with Donna Karan’s cashmere-themed fragrance comeback. Another newcomer sure to spark nostalgia, Old Spice is targeting a new, younger men’s demographic with its new line of deodorant products. 

In breaking skin care news, celebrity aesthetician Joanna Czech will be opening her first Los Angeles studio on March 3. The Joanna Czech L.A. Studio will be located within a suite at the five-star L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel. A wait list is already in place for appointments with the Polish-born Czech, who counts Kim Kardashian, Penélope Cruz, and Kate Winslet among her clients. “At the moment we have about 200 clients coming to our New York Studio that are L.A.-based and they keep saying, “When are you there?’” said Czech, who launched her own, eponymous skin care range in 2021. “We have about 1,800 people shopping with an L.A. address.”

Speaking of skin care, fresh from its presence at Rio Carnival 2024 over the past week, Sol De Janeiro continues to go from strength to strength. The Brazilian premium skin care company gave the range a makeover for the new year, tweaking the design of its instantly recognizable, brightly colored packaging.

As the NYFW beauty trend analysis begins, one of the strongest looks — in every sense — was the predominance of black eye shadow and liner, seen at fashion shows including Marc Jacobs, Alice & Olivia, and Helmut Lang. In other fashion headlines, just a day after the news broke that Karlie Kloss has hit pause on the print and digital versions of i-D Magazine she acquired last year to work on the brand’s newsletter and social media — Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief, announced he is stepping down from the British title. 

In hair care, Sally Beauty is partnering with The Black Hair Experience to present a Rooted in Science Series for Black History Month. Events will be planned for Atlanta and Washington DC.

Catch up on these and other stories at the links below. 

CEW’s February 2024 Product Watch Has Dropped. Reporter Polly Blitzer breaks down the products to watch this month across makeup, skin care, hair care, and fragrance. (CEW)

Joanna Czech Makes L.A. Debut. The skin care aesthetician to the stars — including Penelope Cruz, Kim Kardashian, and Kate Winslet — is opening a studio within L’Ermitage Beverly Hills in March. (WWD)

Sol De Janeiro Makes A Splash At Rio Carnival 2024. The brand goes from strength to strength, after getting a rebranded look for the new year. (BEAUTY MATTER)

The Eyes Had It. Among the key beauty trends making headlines, black eyeshadow and liner made a statement at many fashion shows during NYFW. (GLAMOUR)

i-D Magazine On Pause. Karlie Kloss has hit pause on the print and digital versions of the British magazine, which she acquired last year, as Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief, steps down. (BUSINESS OF FASHION)

Sally Beauty To Launch  Rooted in Science Series For Black History Month. The beauty retailer is bringing events to Atlanta and Washington DC in collaboration with The Black Hair Experience. (HAPPI)

Ipsy Appoints Kristy Westrup Chief Merchandising Officer. Westrup was previously SVP of merchandising and consumer insights at Ipsy and BoxyCharm. (GLOBAL COSMETICS INDUSTRY) 

L’Oréal Partners With BBC For Indian Hair Styling Documentary. Created with the group’s Professional Products Division, the BBC documentary highlights the country’s hairdressing profession. (L’ORÉAL GROUPE)