Hot off the Press

February 14th, 2020

February 14th, 2020


Too Faced have released the Born This Way Turn Up The Light Skin-Centric Highlighting Palette (£34).   In four different shades, this baked trio diffuses and refracts light for a perfectly-lit complexion.  Each palette contains three finishes: Glow (a luminous, metallic-like sheen); Soft Focus (low sheen) and Dazzle (glittery sparkle).   The soft and silky baked, pressed powder formula allows for easy pickup and payoff and is buildable.  Infused with the same skin-loving ingredients as the rest of the Born This Way collection, including coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid, this multi-use product can be dusted over face, eyes and body for an instant glow.  Available now from toofaced, asos, cultbeauty and lookfantastic.  Launching in Selfridges on 28th February and in Debenhams, John Lewis and Boots on 3rd April.


Barry M have added even more lines to their Wildlife Collection.   Three Tinted Balms (£4.99) in Nude Discovery, Sunset Pink and Untamed Red and five Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints (£3.99).

In conjunction with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, they aim to help fund and raise awareness for vital conservation work, with at least 20% of profits being donated to the fund.  Available now at barrym, in Superdrug stores and larger Boots stores.


Rimmel have launched Scandaleyes Volume on Demand Mascara (£7.99).   This is Rimmel’s first mascara for buildable volume; the brush features innovative wavy fibre technology which grabs, loads and separates every lash.  The new patented conditioning formula stays clump-free keeping lashes smooth, allowing reapplication throughout the day, even on dried lashes.  Available from Boots and Superdrug.


Victoria Beckham Beauty have expanded into skincare and this month released Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum (£180).  This is Victoria’s second collaboration with stem cell scientist and skin care brand Professor Augustinus Bader.  It is a highly concentrated treatment that harnesses Augustinus Bader’s TFC8® technology combined with a potent blend of active molecules including fragmented hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin E and olive fruit extract that repair and rejuvenate the skin.  It balances the skin’s microbiome and protects against modern day stress, including blue light damage, external pollutants and the key signs of ageing leaving skin smooth, balanced and with a vibrant glow.  As with all VBB products, this is made from clean ingredients, is cruelty-free and in fully recyclable packaging.  Available from victoriabeckhambeauty and augustinusbader.


The new Chopstick No1 Styler (£20) can help you give your client tight beachy wave or corkscrew curls.  It’s a non-permanent, fuss-free way to achieve perfect, long-lasting curls.  The original extra-skinny, rectangular barrel styler is designed to revolutionise curl staying power.  The 160cm long barrel is ideal for both long and short hair.  The flatter design and 7x10cm rectangular ceramic barrel helps create curls that last for up to 3 days.  A rectangular barrel has been proven to give the best curling results with a reduced drop rate.  Available exclusively from amazon and prettylittlething.


SVR have launched Ampoule B (£30), a repairing and plumping concentrate that contains 5% vitamin B3 and 3 hyaluronic acids.   This serum soothes and strengthens the skin and is ideal for sensitive dehydrated skin, discomfort and wrinkles.  The combination of 3 hyaluronic acids restores skin’s moisture reserves, immediately reducing tightness and discomfort.  Day after day, the skin becomes plumper and the signs of aging are diminished with visible results after just 7 days.  Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) has multiple functions, including smoothing, reducing inflammation and redness while restoring the skin barrier in even the most stressed skin.  Fragrance free.  Use as part of your skincare regime, can also be added to foundation or moisturisers.  Available from uk.labo-svr and feelunique.


Crystal Clear have launched a new Intense Anti-Ageing Moisturiser (£29.99) which has been described as like a shot of botox to the skin, delivering an instant hydration hit.  Suitable for all skin types, especially dry, dehydrated and mature skin.  It’s full of high percentage anti-ageing ingredients such as matrixyl 3000, biopeptides and synake.  Crushed precious stone tourmalia revives skin radiance and promotes a healthy glowing complexion.  This clever combination of actives creates radiant, dewy, fresher, firmer, younger more toned and hydrated skin while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  Available from crystalclear.


UK hair loss and restoration specialists Regrowz create products to help men and women with problem hair concerns, such as thinning, baldness and hair loss.  They have now introduced two new products: Hair Thickening Shampoo (£9.99) and Hair Volume Conditioner (£9.99).  These are designed for anyone looking to achieve thicker and stronger hair.  Only using cruelty-free, natural products the shampoo contains key ingredients such as coconut, holy basil, biotin, almond and rosemary oil.  Enriched with natural DHT blockers it helps promote hair regrowth without any side effects, it strengthens hair follicles and leaves hair looking healthy and shiny.   The conditioner nourishes fine and thinning hair, using a formula of natural extracts, including tea tree oil, fruit extracts, hibiscus and trigonella which penetrate the hair fibre for stronger, healthier looking hair with intense moisture and shine.  Helps prevent split ends.  Available from regrowz.


R&R Luxury  all natural Lip Butter (£4.80) provides a superior level of moisture for lips all year round, but most importantly leaving them silky smooth, pout ready and kissable in time for Valentine’s Day.  The combination of Lavender & Peppermint essential oils soothe, repair and relax dry lips alongside providing an excellent base for any lipstick or lip gloss, ensuring smooth and moisturised lips for the perfect pout!  Available from randrluxury.


Industry news

According to beauty discovery website Cosmetify, Allbeauty has beaten rivals FeelUnique and Lookfantastic to the title of best-priced retailer.  Research found that 44% of Allbeauty products were the best priced across Cosmetify.  Beauty Bay, cheaper 31% of the time, came second while retailer Lookfantastic was, perhaps surprisingly, only most economical in 4% of cases.  The data also shows that Allbeauty as the best priced retailer on the Cosmetify site, top for Skincare and Fragrance categories and top 3 for makeup and body care.

Top 5 Best Priced Makeup retailers by Cosmetify

  1. BeautyBay 
  2. Superdrug
  3. Allbeauty
  4. Fabled by Marie Claire
  5. ASOS


Congratulations to Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro and Anne Morgan who followed up their Bafta win with the Oscar for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for their work on Bombshell.


Funderm are a new brand, launching their innovative “in and out” prebiotic and probiotic skincare solutions in the UK.   The range is priced from £19 to £32 and is suitable for all skin types.   Products include Lavi Davi (£32 for 60 gummies) a multivitamin food supplement including collagen and their pre- and probiotic complex.  They help prevent future breakouts keeping skin fresh.  Was Bad (£28) an invisible, on-the-go blemish treatment gel.  The oil-free gel combines prebiotics, probiotics and dead sea minerals to unclog pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and control sebum.  No Drama (£32) a natural red clay mask to purify and balance skin.  As well as the pre- and probiotics this also contains dead sea minerals.  24/7 (£29) an oil-free moisturiser for problematic and combination oily skin to balance and improve skin.  Fortified with hyaluronic acid, herbal extracts, vitamin E and dead sea minerals it helps skin maintain moisture and prevents dehydration.  Clean Master Foam (£19) cleansers and exfoliates while removing excess sebum by unclogging pores.  Contains dead sea minerals along with pre- and probiotics.  Clean Master Toner (£19) removes pore-clogging oil and flakes, tightening pores and revealing a clearer complexion.  Available from funderm.






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