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December 9th, 2015

December 9th, 2015


We’re head over heels for Stila’s latest Christmas collections.  Inspired by the poetry and passion of handwritten love letters, each set features a selected collection of the brand’s most loved beauty essentials.  Gifts include:  Whole Lot of Love Gift Set (£49), available exclusively at M&S and wrapped in a modern vintage special delivery package, the set contains an all-in-one palette of 20 eyeshadow shades, four blush shades and a deluxe-size new HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara;  Sending My Love Gift Set (£39), offering a five shadow eye palette, face palette, Lip Glaze and Smudge Stick; Trust in Love Gift Set (£30), containing 12 eyeshadows, Lip Glaze and new HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara;  Eternally Yours Liquid Lipstick Set (£29), offering a mix of six most loved and brand new shades of Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks;  Sealed with a Kiss (£24), containing six wearable Lip Glazes;  Eternal Love Liquid Lipstick Set (£18), a mini collection of three Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks;  and Huger Than Huge Extreme Lash Duo (£15), which includes the new Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer and HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara.

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Elizabeth Arden add two new products to their skin and make-up repertoire.  Their new Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil (£29) is a new oil formulation for use on the face, body and hair.  Providing head-to-toe conditioning benefits and clinically proven to moisturise for 8-12 hours, Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil is non-comedogenic and designed for all skin types.  Key ingredients include grape seed oil, ginger root extract, boswellia resin, vitamin E and olive, avocado and sunflower oils and rosemary extract.

Launching on the 4th January is the Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer (£28), a silky, lightweight universal primer that instantly perfects the look of skin.  The primer smoothes uneven texture and diminishes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, while imparting skin with a moisturised and radiant glow.  Featuring a triple blurring complex with light-diffusing technology, it immediately blurs fine lines and pores and evens the look of the skin.  Additionally, the Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer provides skincare benefits by including a time-release skin balancing technology that helps control shine and maintain moisture, while hollow silica beads absorb oil for a shine-free complexion.

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Rimmel London have announced the launch of new products for January.  The new Fix and Protect Primer SPF25 (£6.99) acts like an invisible shield, offering a lightweight moisturising formula that shelters skin from pollution, filters out UV rays and helps to prevent dehydration.  The new Magnif’ Eyes Double Ended Shadow and Liner (£6.99) is a dual-tipped pen that features a stay true shadow at one end and a 24 hour kohl kajal liner at the other.  Available in five shade combinations in matte, shimmer and pearl finishes, the product contains a creaseproof, transfer-proof and waterproof formula.  Shades include Back To Blacks, Kissed By A Rose Gold, Queens Of The Bronzed Age, Dark Side Of Blue and Pink & Purple Rain.


Clinique has partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital Childen’s Charity for the twelfth year running, whose KISS IT BETTER appeal is raising money to fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.  In aid of the cause, Clinique will be launching two Limited Edition Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks in the shades Matte Magenta and Matte Petal to raise money for the appeal throughout February.  Their Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick is matte yet moist, comfortable, non-drying and stain-free.  The lipstick will be housed in a limited edition printed barrel with 100% of the RRP being donated to the Kiss it Better appeal, and when two purchases are made (one to be the limited edition Kiss it Better lipstick) customers will receive a makeup bag with the matching design.  In addition, this year £2 from every other lip product sold throughout the month of February will be donated to the Kiss It Better appeal.  Available throughout the month of February exclusively in House of Fraser stores nationwide and online at and



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Charles Worthington has unveiled its BAFTA Edition Volume & Bounce Express Blow Dry Primer and Perfect Finish Hairspray, both priced at £6.99 and available in February 2016 from Boots.  The Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce BAFTA Edition Express Blow Dry Primer dramatically speeds up blow dry time while protecting from heat styling up to 235 degrees and adding shine and lasting volume without weighing hair down.  The BAFTA Edition Perfect Finish Hairspray offers an ultra-fine mist hairspray formula that provides natural looking volume for up to 24 hours with a medium hold.


For the first time ever, Pantone has selected two Colours of the Year as part of its trend predictions for 2016.  The two colours are both soft pastel shades: Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz and Pantone 15-3919 Serenity.  The combination of the two shades was seen on catwalks during SS16 shows, particularly Emilio Pucci, Leanne Marshall, BCBG and Richard James.

Rose Quartz and Serenity are also tipped to be popular in cosmetics.  Pantone said the shades would be work in lip, cheek and eye palettes as well as in nail polishes.  The pink can also be blended with the cool blue tone in a neutral palette.  Metallic or sparkly layers could be added for a more dramatic take on an otherwise soft look.

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Epibrow is the latest freehand technique developed and founded by renowned brow artist, Louise Bannigan.  Blending flawlessly into the brow line, Epibrow gives the effect of ultra-fine, delicate, natural looking hair strokes to create the ultimate tailored eyebrow.  Epibrow is unlike any other semi-permanent makeup technique currently available in the industry, using a specially designed micro-blade to apply freehand 3D strokes under the epidermis, following the natural “landscape” of the patient’s brow to restore the eyebrow shape.  Using a unique pigment formulated to minimise bleeding and discomfort after treatment, Epibrow precisely matches the original colour of the eyebrow hair to recreate, define and enhance the natural brow.  They offer a 3 day stylist and conversion course to anyone who doesn’t have prior brow experience.



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By Deborah Murtha

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