Hot off the Press

February 28th, 2020

February 28th, 2020

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is launching its eighth consecutive year of The Pretty Powerful Campaign in March 2020, to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The Pretty Powerful Collection (£64) sees Bobbi Brown partner with British Designer Elizabeth Scarlett.  Her luxury lifestyle brand grew from her love of painting and nature, translating her designs with intricate embroidery on delicate fabrics. The limited-edition makeup pouch includes Smokey Eye Mascara, Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Pot Rouge in Powder Pink.  The design features one of Elizabeth’s embroidered designs on rosewater pink velvet.

For each set sold in the UK the full RRP (less vat) will be donated to Smart Works a UK charity that provides high-quality interview clothing, styling advice and interview training to unemployed women in need.  The Pretty Powerful Campaign has so far raised over £350,000 allowing Smart Works to open an additional 7 centres across the UK.


Inspired by Philip Kingsley’s holistic approach to hair care, Bond Builder Split End Remedy (£26) is the first of its kind to work both on and below the surface of the hair to repair broken bonds, seal fibres and protect strands, for longer, stronger hair.  With results which last for up to 3 washes, it forms a shield on the hair, helping to prevent future damage caused by UV, pollution and heated styling tools.  Available from philipkingsley.


Luneia is a brand proving that high-performance skincare can still be sustainable and responsible – it’s beauty with a conscience!  Their Radiance Ritual (£40) exfoliates, decongests and leaves skin looking more radiant.  Containing 10% AHA and 2% BHA along with Squalane, prickly pear seed oil and vitamin E to ensure minimum irritation and ultimate hydration.  Available from luneia.


Leighton Denny Expert Nails Crystal Nail File is a 15-time award winner.  Available in small (£12.50) and large (£15) sizes, the cult beauty favourite should be in every nail technician’s kit, or just in your handbag!  Loved by beauty influencers it has been dubbed the “Rolls Royce” of nail files.  Available from leightondennyexpertnails, lookfantastic, Boots and M&S.


Crystal Clear have launched a new Skin Booster Shot Range with three different serums to help save your skin (£49.99 each).  In Pollution Defence, Radiance Enhance and Redness Erase simply add a serum to your moisturiser or foundation or use before your moisturiser for an active boost.  Pollution Defence is packed full of actives and vitamin C and acts as an active barrier to block dirt and impurities.  It also reduces under eye puffiness and wrinkles.  Radiance Enhance is powered by vitamins C and B3, aloe vera, panthenol and hyaluronic acid to brighten and hydrate.  Redness Erase includes high doses of stabilised vitamin c, endothelyol and bisabolol to help with rosacea, redness and inflammation.  Available from crystalclear.


Make your hair reflect light with R+Co Two-Way Mirror (£28).  This lightweight, smoothing oil melts into hair leaving strands polished and lustrous without weighing them down. Great for revitalising + smoothing all hair types and textures.  The vegan weightless silicone complex adds softness and shine without weighting hair down or making it feel greasy.  Tocopherol, a form of vitamin E with powerful antioxidants, fights against free radical damage and acts as a moisturiser on hair.   Other ingredients include bixa orellana seed oil, moringa seed oil, argan oil and meadowfoam seed oil.  Available from rebelbeautybrands.


Cult Instagram brand and celeb favourite, Silky Bae, have revealed that their iconic BaeVac (£39.99) has become so popular with consumers seeking a professional level microdermabrasion at home, that soaring sales have meant that they now sell 1 unit every 90 seconds.  The BaeVac’s microdermabrasion head provides a solution for common skin complaints, including shallow scars, blocked pores, fine lines and unbalanced complexion.  The silver head was designed to replicate the microdermabrasion techniques used by skin care clinics, but at a fraction of the price.  This system uses diamond treatment tips to exfoliate the skin.  They work by removing the dead skin cells from the top layer of skin and stimulating the production of new skin cells.  The BaeVac has three intensity settings and comes with a selection of 6 detachable heads, designed to do anything from hard to reach areas of your nose, to light mass extraction of blackheads on your cheeks.  Each technique delivers improved skin tone, the reduction of pore appearance, and makes skin smoother, clearer and rejuvenated.  Available from silkybae.


Saco Primer (£20) detangles and protects hair and is perfect for all hair types.  A professional-only product that has been formulated for daily use, it is a leave-in treatment that strengthens and repairs while protecting and adding shine.  Containing hydrolysed silk protein, comfrey and bamboo.  Saco was created by Aldo Furfaro and Richard Ashforth with the aim of inspiring and innovating across the beauty industry.  Available from SACO Salon, 4 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SE.


Industry news

Bharti Vyas, a name that has been synonymous with holistic health and beauty since the launch of her Marylebone-based salon in the 1980’s, has released a Holistic Face and Body Care Range.  This reflects her eastern roots and stems from Ayurvedic principles and was developed with her two daughters.  The new range offers salon tried and tested vegan formulas, upgraded with key ingredients to address a number of skin concerns, along with fresh new packaging designs and accessible price points. The collection launches with 9 key products for the face and body, designed for all skin types.

Bharti’s Special Oil (£35) cleanses, repairs, soothes and balances. For face, body and scalp.  Contains rosehip, argon, neroli and saffron oils.  Harmonising Face Oil (£29.99) cleanses, nourishes, balances and also works as an overnight treatment.  Face & Neck Polisher (£25) cleanses, purifies and clarifies – an extra gentle daily polisher with finely milled walnut shavingsRejuvenating Serum (£55) this conditioning serum offers a complex of minerals and vitamins to help optimise hydration, restore elasticity and strengthen the skin.  Advanced Serum (£85) a targeted treatment serum with a powerful complex of line-relaxing peptides, skin-refining retinol and natural moisturisers. Daily Defence Moisturiser (£19.99) A skin-balancing, nourishing barrier cream with SPF25.  Detox Mud Mask (£16.99) a weekly treatment to cleanser and detoxify the skin.   Body Firming Cream (£25) active botanical extracts improve suppleness, detox and hydrate the skin.  Ultimate Salt Scrub (£25) rejuvenating blend of Dead Sea Salts and essential oils help stimulate circulation, harmonise, revitalise and rehydrate the skin.  Available from bhartivyas.


Once dubbed ‘The most beautiful woman in the world’, Brigitte Bardot’s iconic hair continues to be emulated by successive generations of supermodels and celebrities alike; from Kate Moss to Claudia Schiffer, Taylor Swift to Beyoncé.   To celebrate the timeless legacy of Bardot, hair guru Stephen Durham (Urban Therapy Salons, Twisted Sista and American English), in conjunction with the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, have created a capsule collection of five vegan must-have products to achieve Bardot’s distinct and coquettish hairstyles.   The range is scented with Bardot’s signature citrus-floral fragrance.

Voluminous Shampoo (£18.50) luxe shampoo powered by quinoa and horsetail extract to protect and strengthen while adding long-lasting volume.  Voluminous Conditioner (£18.50) contains quinoa, wheat protein and brown seaweed.  Adds moisture and nourishment without weighing hair down.  Lift + Volume Spray (£19) creates maximum volume on fine and medium hair.  Baobab and amino acids help build body and add shine.  It will add texture and extend the life of a blow dry while protecting hair.   Texture Spray (£19) a translucent dry texture spray which creates lift and adds fullness and long-lasting texture.  Infused with seaberry oil it controls frizz and flyaways.  Dry Shampoo (£19) the super-absorbant and invisible formula eliminates oils and adds texture and volume.  Wheat protein helps retain moisture.  Available from prettylittlething, next, Fenwick, Fabled by Marie Claire, and QVC.


LAPCOS, the K-Beauty brand that launched in the US in 2017, created luxury skin care using the best ingredients and advanced formulation technology.  Each of their sheet masks are made from 100% environmentally friendly material to natural, biodegradable material derived from eucalyptus to enhance the benefits offered by each mask.  All masks are cruelty-free and free from sulphates and parabens.  Prices range from $3 to $22.  Available from anthropologie.





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