Hot off the Press

February 21st, 2020

February 21st, 2020

Inspired by the beautiful collection of Born This Way Foundation shades Too Faced have created the Born This Way “The Natural Nudes” Eyeshadow Palette (£35).  Featuring sixteen highly-pigmented modern nude shades ranging from flattering mattes to sultry metallic shimmer and sparkle shades.   Creamy, buttery and blendable the palette is infused with the same skin-loving ingredients as the iconic foundation.  Containing coconut water to replenish moisture, alpine rose to empower skin health and resilience and hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance.  8 matte shades, 2 shimmer, 3 sparkle and 3 metallic.  Available on 28th February from toofaced, asos, cultbeauty and lookfantastic, Selfridges, Debenhams, John Lewis and Boots.


Sunday Ivy have launched a new Limited Edition Slime Queeen Beauty Blender (£8).  In on-trend slime green it is a bright, neon sponge that can be used with everything from concealer to bronzer.  Made with Sunday Ivy’s double-layer microfibre technology, Slime Queen absorbs up to 70% less make-up than other beauty blenders which means it’s not only more effective but it saves you money too.  Helping your products last longer, it can be used wet with liquids or dry with powders so you have all your formulas covered.  Designed to give a smooth, even finish, it has two flat sides for contouring and highlighting and a round side for blending and pressing, while the pointed tip makes sure you get to all those hard-to-reach areas such as under the eyes and around the nose and mouth.  Infused with vitamin E, the sponge also helps to soothe skin and reduce redness with every application.  Vegan, latex-free and cruelty-free, Sunday Ivy never tests on animals.  Available from sundayivy.


Faace is a new brand that aims to change the skincare dialogue.  Launching with a no BS capsule collection of masks: Period faace, Tired faace and Sweaty faace (£19.50 each).  Faace want to switch up the conversation, giving consumers a new way to shop for skincare, and provide a solution to skin that’s been disrupted by life.  The masks can be applied as a priming moisturiser before make-up or a thick layer as a mask and left on for five, 20 or overnight.  Designed to sink into skin fast however they are applied and to do what they say on the packaging, they are suitable for all skin types.  Faace have also partnered with social enterprise Hey Girls to help support the 1 in 10 females in the UK suffering with period poverty – they give a sanitary product for every mask sold.  Faace is made in the UK, vegan, cruelty free, 100% plant powered using ethically sourced ingredients.  Formulated without toxic synthetic chemicals, alcohol, SLS, petrochemicals, palm oil, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances, DEA/TEA/ phthalates, parabens, colourants.   Available from faace.


Award-winning Dollbaby London (DbL) have unveiled Dollbaby Duo Pen (£19.75), the UK’s first 2-in-1 luxe eyeliner and lash adhesive.  Designed for busy dolls-on-the-go, Dollbaby Duo Pen works with ANY strip lashes (without magnets).  Simply line the eye with two coats like a regular eyeliner, apply your lashes immediately on top of the liner (no drying time required) and go!  Unlike traditional eyelash glue, there’s no fuss, mess or drying time.  Luxurious, sleek and smooth, Dollbaby Duo Pen’s ultra-fine tip is unlike anything else on the market giving smudgeproof, waterproof lashes with ease.  Vegan and cruelty-free, the Dollbaby Duo Pen is available in black or clear for a more natural look.  Available from dollbabylondon.


Sanatio Naturalis have launched a new facial skincare range.  Cosmos approved and made with 100% organic pure natural oils.  Precious Oil Treament (£60) is revitalising youth-oil serum designed to deliver immediate nourishment.  Ideal for all skin types, it is infused with 100% pure botanical oils, nutrients and antioxidants.  A complex of eight oils including prickly pear, safflower, camellia seed, rosehip, argon, sunflower, jojoba and cacay oil and nutrients such as edelweiss and red-flowered silk cotton give a radiant glow with just a few drops.  Highly concentrated Miracle Jojoba Radiance Essence (£24) is a cold-pressed jojoba oil, idea for face, body and hair.  This natural oil is super hydrating, nourishing and multi-use, ideal to protect the skin, restore hydration, remove makeup and nourish the hair.  Available exclusively from sanationaturalis.


Shine like the Aurora with Dear Dahlia’s Paradise Shine Lip Treatment (£25) a new light-weight moisturising gloss with the most mesmerising shimmer and translucent hint of colour It melts onto lips with intense lacquered shine and contains antioxidant providing Dahlia flower extract and nourishing shea butter, cacao seed butter, argan oil and almond oil for a gorgeous texture and long-lasting wear. Formulated with plant-based ingredients it coats the lips to give a natural shimmer and the lightweight fluid texture provides non-sticky, comfortable wear.  Available in five shades, which can be worn alone or used as a topper to add the finishing touches to a glossy makeup look.  One of the shades, Morning Dew, contains hot pepper and menthol which provides a natural lip plumping effect whilst keeping the lips hydrated.  Available from feelunique.


New from pioneering organic beauty brand Green People is Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask (£21) a skin-refining, pore-purifying detox mask that draws out impurities, controls oil production, reduces the appearance of pores and mattifies the skin, leaving it revived and refreshed with a fresh, clean aroma.  Activated Charcoaabsorbs pollutants and reduces the appearance of pores, Alpine Willow balances oil production, refining skin texture, Bentonite Clay works in synergy with Charcoal to draw dirt and toxins away from the skin and Oat Lipid rich in ceramides, supports the structure of the skin whilst slowing skin ageing.   The mask is sustainably produced using coconut shells that are a by-product of other coconut-based products.  Natural, 87% organic, vegan and cruelty-free.   Available from greenpeople, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Ocado, JoJoMamanBebe and selected Waitrose stores.


Faith in Nature’s new Dragon Fruit shampoo bar (£5.79) could be your answer to better hair and more sustainable travel in 2020.  Washing away city grime, salt and sand, the environmentally friendly Dragon Fruit shampoo bars are savvy portable beauty solutions that truly go the distance.  Providing far more washes than the average shampoo bottle – 52 to be exact.  Delicately scented, the Dragon Fruit infused formula is rich in natural antioxidants and fatty acids, meaning it is suitable for all hair types and brings back vitality and shine.  The Ph-balanced shampoo base provides a deeply nourishing and creamy lather when wet and massages into wet hair.  Available at faithinnature from 28th February.

Emulsion, the personalised skin and haircare brand, have launched a scrub that’s gentle enough to be used on the face and body.  The Universal Cream Scrub Base (£15) is sweet yet salty with a creamy texture.  Unfragranced, so perfect for sensitive skins.  Salt and sugar particles do the scrubbing, leaving skin moisturised, soft and smooth.  Available exclusively from missguided and will be rolling out nationwide to key etailers later in 2020.


Industry news

Award-winning MUA Jennifer Jane has added some additional dates for her sellout bridal course at her Bridal Make-up Academy.  The new course will take place from 23rd to 27th March at The Wedding Gallery at No.1 Marylebone, London.  To register, or for more information, click here.


Hot new indie brand alert! Q+A Skincare is set to be big in 2020.  It’s cruelty free, made from 98 per cent naturally derived, high performing ingredients and all wrapped up in instagrammable packaging.  Believing that great skincare shouldn’t mean expensive, all products come in under a purse friendly £12.00.   Made in small batches in Norfolk, products do not contain any parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, alcohol, synthetic fragrances or mineral oils.  Product packaging including cartons, tubes, lids, glass jars and shipping packaging (from tissue paper to boxes) are all 100 per cent recyclable and they use soy ink on FSC certified paper.

Conscious of the environment, every product you buy from them helps supports their tree replantation scheme.  From peptide and magnesium packed Collagen Face Creams to Niacinamide Daily Toners, every product is created to give you your best complexion yet.   There are 13 products in the collection, all of them vegan friendly apart from the Collagen Cream which currently contains beeswax. This product will be re-formulated in the spring making the entire Q+A Skincare range fully vegan friendly.  Available from feelunique and selected Lloyds Pharmacies.


WetBrush have released a multi-tasking Shower Detangler (£9.99).  It gently detangles while distributing conditioning treatments evenly in the shower, plus it’s designed without a cushion for easy cleaning and drying.  Made with OmniFlex technology it contours to the shape of your scalp for comfort, while the IntelliFlex bristles glide through tangles while minimising pain and protecting against split ends and breakages.  It also has a convenient shower hook handle.  Available in pink, black and purple from boots and lookfantastic.


Great Lengths have been producing 100% human and 100% ethical hair extensions for over 25 years, now available in over 60 countries.  They have a range of 80 shades including fashion colours and balayage, plus root stretch in pre-bonded and GL tapes.  Their UK and Ireland Education team recently joined hair mastermind Beppe D’elia and the Beautik for New York Fashion Week.  The team assisted backstage on two shows; Pamella Rolland F/W 2020 and Custo Barcelona.

Great Lengths are proud partners of The Little Princess Trust who provide free real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss, and fund vital research into childhood cancers.  Great Lengths encourage certified stylists and salons to donate their clients removed hair extensions to support their cause.





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