Hot off the Press

November 29th, 2019

November 29th, 2019

Senna’s new super saturated Pigment Palettes (£30) are enough to make Santa blush this Christmas.   High-power pigments in sensational saturations of metallic, sparkling, matte and duo-chrome colours are luxurious and vibrant with a silky smooth feel.  Use to highlight cheekbones or brow arches, make cheeks look bawdy and vivid (or not) and create any eye effect you can dream up for your client.  The three palettes (Fire, Wind and Earth) feature a range of light to deep colours.  Use to contour, line or smoke.  Get a free double-ended brush with each palette purchased, while stocks last.   Available from sennacosmetics.

Sunday Ivy have launched The Purple Rain Blender (£8) the latest must-have for your kit.  Made with super-soft microfibre technology, this absorbs up to 70% less make-up that other sponges, so it’s effective and will make your products last longer.  Latex-free it can be used wet with liquids or dry with powder.  With a pointed edge for those hard-to-reach areas under the eyes and around the mouth and nose, this multi-tasking blender will give a flawless finish.   It comes in a resealable travel pack.  Vegan and cruelty free.  Available from sundayivy and feelunique.

Nudestix has partnered with Canadian-born, UK-based beauty and lifestyle Influencer Estée Lalonde for the new Nude But Not Kit (£70).  Featuring a collection of her favourite Nudestix products in gorgeous natural tones.  Vegan and cruelty free.  Known for their unique take on nude, this 5-piece kit contains four cult-favourite Nudestix products and an exclusive new Nudies All Over Blush shade.  Create a ‘Nude but Not’ look that takes your client from morning meetings to evening cocktails in minutes. The kit includes:

Magnetic Luminous Eye Colour in Nudity – a super long-wearing rose gold eyeshadow with a luminous finish.  Magnetic Nude Glimmer in 99% Angel – a luminous light champagne shimmer in a long-wearing high shine formula.  Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil in Mystic – a ultra-nourishing violet rose cream lipstick.  New Nudies Matte Blush in Salty Siren – all-over face colour in a warm coral, that is long-lasting, blendable and rich in pigment (exclusive to Estée’s kit, signed by Estée) and Nude Lip Glace in Nude 06 – a rich tan nude, in an uber-glossy non-sticky lip oil.  Available exclusively at Selfridges.

Barry M’s False Eyelashes (£4.99) are the perfect solution to give lashes extra drama.  They are lightweight and will blend effortlessly into your client’s natural lashes to ensure the look is on point.  Resusable.  In four styles, available exclusively at barrym.


Inject some rock n roll into your clients’ looks this festive period with 3INA’s limited edition Glam Rock Collection.  With high voltage colours, the range is perfect for the party season.  The collection includes the lightning bolt shaped Glam Rock Eyeshadow Palette (£29.95), three shades of Kiss My Chaos lipstick (£12.95), creamy Adrenaline Blush (£14.95), Idol Eyes Pen Liner (£12.95) and Rock Star Mascara (£10.95).   All cruelty-free, vegan and made in the EU.  Available exclusively from 3ina.


Salon System have expanded their Gellux Mini Collection (£7.25+vat each) with the addition of six new fashion inspired shades, taking the range to 20 colours.  The 8ml bottles helpfully come with a “true colour” swatch on top.  The award-winning Gellux formula guarantees lasting colour – up to 15 days – and an ultra-high shine, glossy finish.  The Mini Collection is perfect for students just entering the beauty world or experienced nail techs looking for sample size products.   Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide.

Stripped Peppermint Lip Balm (£4.50) is perfect to counter the effects of the weather and central heating.  Made in the UK with 100% natural ingredients, this pocket-sized tin contains nourishing oils and butters to protect lips from all the elements.  Formulated without any harmful chemicals or powerful synthetics, this award-winning balm is made from just five organic ingredients: coconut oil; beeswax; shea butter; sweet almond oil and peppermint essential oil.  Available exclusively from strippedskincare.

Industry news

RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Willam has revealed his debut cosmetics line Coverboy.  The 16-sku, gender fluid range is inspired by drag but is designed for all consumers with products for lashes, face and lips.  Included in the line are five Lip Varnishes, four Glitter Gels for cheeks, eyes and lips and six lash products.  Willam was disqualified from season 4 but has since gone on to appear in A Star is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, written a biography Suck Less: Where There’s a Willam, There’s a Way and starred in a number of music videos.  The range is available at shopcoverboy.


Skin Republic have launched a collection specifically targeting men’s specific skin concerns.  Skin Republic for Men consists of three easy-to-use products including ingredients such as charcoal, caffeine, vitamin E and C.   Anti-Fatigue Charcoal Under Eye Patch (£5.99) – gel under eye patches infused with caffeine, volcanic ash and vitamin C that instantly reduce under eye puffiness, dark circles and dryness.  Energising Face Sheet Mask (£4.99) – in two sections: one for the top and another for the bottom of the face, it works well for those with beards, and is also great as a post-shave treatment.  It contains wrinkle-fighting CoQ10, vitamin E and smoothing vitamin C – it cools and hydrates skin.   Facial Scrub + Charcoal (£5.99) – an exfoliating and cleansing scrub that contains the natural exfoliant; walnut shell (no nasty microbeads), to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin.   Available from theskinrepublic and superdrug.


Media make-up students from City of Oxford College worked recently with MUAs from Charlotte Tilbury to attempt to fool facial recognition software by applying prosthetics and creating special make-up looks.  This was part of the Oxford IF Science and Ideas Festival, and the students involved created two different theatrical make-up looks.   The students were successful; their dramatic looks focussing on the eyes exposed the vulnerabilities of facial recognition systems.  For more information about media makeup artistry programmes at Activate Learning click here.






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