Archive | Health/beauty

The ABCs of CBD

The licensing community’s interest in cannabis remains strong, but the emphasis of late has moved from products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to items containing cannabidiol (CBD). Both offer many of the same benefits, according to proponents, such as their ability to alleviate anxiety, ease pain, and reduce seizures. The primary difference is that THC, the main […]

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Pretty as a Picture

The love affair between (mostly) classic characters and adult-focused cosmetics, lip care, and nail care products continues to intensify. More properties and more marketers—often of the niche variety—are entering into relationships to produce limited-edition beauty collections. Some recent pairings: • The latest collaboration for Hello Kitty, licensed by Sanrio, is The Crème Shop’s October 2018 […]

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A Good Hair Day

Celebrity hairstylists, through a variety of collaborations and brand-extension initiatives, have gotten out of the salon and onto retail shelves over the past couple of years: Rita Hazan, who already has a range of hair care products in place at HSN and Sephora, retained The Brand Liaison last month as her licensing agent for further […]

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Credit RuPaul For This Trend

Marketers in the cosmetics industry have recently been forging deals with high-profile drag queens, a celebrity niche that up to now has not had much of a presence in licensing, collaborations, or promotions. Among the examples that have come to light in 2018: Singer and drag artist Trixie Mattel partnered with Sugarpill Cosmetics for exclusive, […]

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Scent of a (Famous) Woman

Much has been written about the decline of celebrity fragrances over the past few years. But there are exceptions to the rule, and a number of high-profile personalities have recently expanded their licensed scent programs: Ariana Grande is releasing “Cloud,” the newest in her line of fragrances with Luxe Brands. She introduced her first perfume […]

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Scents That Sparkle

Last month, Graff Diamonds announced a licensing agreement with Inter Parfums for a multi-scent fragrance line that will launch in 2019 in high-end department stores, upscale travel retail, and Graff jewelry stores. The deal is a reminder that luxury brands with roots in fine jewelry are a force on the prestige end of the fragrance […]

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The Bold and the Beautiful

A current trend in the color cosmetics industry—which has represented a growing category for licensing in general over the past few years—is to create a bold and graphic look using bright colors, metallics, and well-defined shapes on lips, eyelids, and brows. To promote this style to consumers, cosmetics companies are turning to celebrity endorsers, including […]

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K-Beauty Goes Mainstream

CVS announced last week that it is adding a K-Beauty HQ to 2,100 of its stores this month, offering a range of 100 Korean beauty products curated by celebrity K-Beauty specialist Alicia Yoon. This news, along with Target’s similar initiative in January of this year, likewise with Yoon, signals a growing awareness of the Korean […]

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Of Makeup and Men

Makeup brand CoverGirl announced earlier this month that James Charles would become its first-ever male endorser. That news put a spotlight on a previously little-known segment of Internet celebrity: male social media stars who have gained followings for transforming their looks through the application of color cosmetics, often in dramatic fashion. Marketers are starting to […]

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Looking Good

Licensed properties of all types, from celebrities to characters to corporate brands, continue to enter the men’s grooming and toiletries market. Since we last covered this topic in October 2015, new deals announced in the category have included: • A Ryan Seacrest-branded skincare line to launch in late 2016, in conjunction with Lancer Skincare. The […]

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