Hot off the Press

April 18th, 2017

April 18th, 2017

Beau Belle Brushes

New from Beau Belle Brushes is the Rose Gold collection.  Made with super soft synthetic bristles, each brush is designed with a unique curve in the handle to give you ultimate precision and control.  Beautiful to look at and use, these high quality brushes at low, affordable prices are a must-have for all your beauty looks.  The collection includes: Rose Gold Arched Powder Brush (£16.95), Rose Gold Foundation Brush (£13.95), Rose Gold Setting Brush (£8.95), Rose Gold Stippling Brush (£16.95) and Rose Gold Eyeshadow Brush (£8.95).  Also available in sets – 10 piece Limited Edition Rose Gold Make-up Brush Pot (£59.95) and 5 piece Rose Gold Complete Set (£34.95).

Barry M cosmic lights

Cosmetics brand Barry M unveils Cosmic Lights Highlighting Palette, featuring six easy-to-blend pigments and available nationwide in Superdrug stores from 3rd May and in Boots from 10th May, priced at £7.99.

Lisa Potter Dixon book

Lisa Potter-Dixon, Head Makeup Artist and Brow Expert at Benefit Cosmetics, has announced the launch of her second book, The Make-Up Manual.  Lisa teaches everything one needs to know on all aspects of make-up application, including solutions to common problems as well as tips and tricks.  Each look is illustrated by step-by-step photography, with no retouching.  Chapters are organised by facial feature, each starting with an introduction to the area, followed by looks that show it off best. Published by Ryland Peters & Small, the foreword is by Sophie Beresiner, beauty director at ELLE.  The Make-Up Manual is priced at £14.99 and is available from April 13th.

Free dryer

Pro makeup store The Makeup Armoury is now stocking US brand FreeDryer (RRP £145), the world’s first cordless hair dryer, which can be used whilst working on set or whilst travelling, even when there is no plug socket in sight.  This handy little blow dryer lasts for 15 minutes per charge, which is more than enough time to dry and style hair.  After use, just pop it in its cordless holder where it will re-charge again in approximately 2 hours, ready for its next use.  Loved in the US by many pro artists who use it whilst on set, not only for hair, but also for drying latex when doing special effects make-up, the FreeDryer is even safe to use around water and you can take an additional battery with you to extend its running power.  Bold in colour and clever in design, what’s not to love?


Colour cosmetics brand 3INA has announced the launch of Art Freedom in collaboration with Marie-Sophie Lockhart.  Priced from £4.95 to £15.95, the new collection with the Brooklyn-based embroidery artist aims to celebrate self-empowerment, creativity, expression and global culture with brand new products, shades and colours to reflect this theme.  Marie-Sophie Lockhart has also designed exclusive packaging for the range, and some limited edition patches that will be given away with the purchase of two or more Art Freedom products from the 3INA store in Covent Garden.  The collection will be launching on ASOS later this month.

Trish McEvoy Liquid Lip

Trish McEvoy’s matte, long-wear Liquid Lip Color formula (£30) uniquely delivers pigment-rich, full coverage with a light, comfortable feel.  Paraben, gluten and fragrance free.  Launching in three shades,  Nude, Power Red and Mauve, Trish’s three new shades cover colour cravings and are available from

Aussie Body Festival winner

The 2017 Australian Body Art Festival saw around 60 competitors embrace this year’s theme of Wonderland.  The colourful community arts event drew approximately 7000 spectators to watch some of Australia’s best body artists, face painters, visual artists and wearable art designers create and parade their masterpieces.  Event Manager Danielle Taylor says the theme of “Wonderland” drew a wide range of interpretations across all competition categories and some truly incredible art emerged.  “Some artists focused on Alice in Wonderland, others on Winter Wonderland and many on what their own personal Wonderland was, but they were all spectacular,” she explained.

The winners are:

Brush & Sponge Body Art

Winner & People’s Choice: Kristy O’Neil

Runner Up:  Laurie Faulkner

Highly Commended: Lorna Nickels


Airbrush Body Art

Winner and People’s Choice: Janie Fearon

Runner Up: Kelli MacAlpine

Highly Commended: Holly Hughes


Special Effects Body Art

Winner: Holly Hughes

Runner Up: Sandra Temple

People’s Choice: Fran Catford

Highly Commended: Yuhwa Shin (from South Korea)


Face Painting

Winner and People’s Choice: Kristy O’Neil

Runner Up: Lorna Nickels

Highly Commended: Ayesha Henderson

Encouragement Award: Ji Yeon Choi (from South Korea)


Wearable Art (fabulous fashion made from recycled treasures)

Winner: Jules McCrae

Runner Up and People’s Choice Carol Thomson

Highly Commended: Valerie Lawrence-Slater


Best Model

Saturday: Simon Lyell

Sunday: Kristin Moss


Visit the website or Facebook @AustralianBodyArtFestival for more information and photos.




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