Hot off the Press

April 3rd, 2020

April 3rd, 2020

Cle de Peau have reformulated their Correcting Cream Veil (£55) this rich creamy moisturising makeup base instantly smoothes roughness and visibly transforms the skin’s texture.  The new skin-empowering illuminator ingredient creates a luminous complexion.  Also contains SPF20 to protect skin from damaging aggressors including UV rays and dryness, bringing out a dewy radiance.  It immediately evens tone and blurs pores, fine lines and dullness.  Helps resist shine and creasing caused by excess sebum prolonging foundation’s finish for up to 8 hours.  Available from harrods.


Utan have launched a gender neutral self-tan range that is vegan, cruelty free and Peta approved.  The products work through beard, hair, makeup and skincare.  Their gender neutral and inclusive tanning duo has a fresh bergamot and calendula scent for everyone to enjoy, and is inclusive to everyone, excluding no one.  utan Bergamot & Calendula Turbo Mousse (£24) designed for anyone looking for a light glow to an ultra-dark tan, this superfast acting, vegan alkaline formula has a deep guide colour so you can apply without having to worry about streaks.  The unique pH balance mousse feels like velvet on the skin and dries quickly for a zero ‘tack’ feel.  Using a combination of organic tanning agents to develop at different times, this ensures all skin tones can get an adaptable tan that develops into a 5-10-day long-lasting colour.  The red- violet base also avoids any green or ashy tones to mimic the colour you would naturally go in the sun.  utan Calendula Tanning Water (£18) The calendula infused tanning water caters to everyone who is looking for a natural, healthy facial tan all year round.  A twist on utan’s multi-award-winning original tanning water, it naturally tans and hydrates the skin through stubble, makeup or skincare at any point during the day or night.  Both fast-drying and lightweight, it creates a buildable tan that develops in just 4 hours.  It’s also perfect for use on the go!  Available from utan and Superdrug.


Susie Mermaid has launched a new range of face and body products as an extension of her signature holistic treatments and luxury wellbeing retreats.  The Luxury Holistic Skin Collection is made up of performance-led sensory products including coastal scents and ingredients.  An intense mixture of citrus, herbal and seaweed – perfect to transport you to ocean while having to stay at home.  The face products are multi-tasking – nourishing and brightening skin.  Ocean Serene Brightening Daily Cleanser (£70) purifies, plumps and hydrates with kelp, papaya and avocadoSirens Glow Firming Radiance Mask (£120) tones, brightens and refines with spirulina, green clay and lactic acidPearl Luminesce Antioxidant Daily Hydration (£90) smooths, plumps and protects with kelp, pomegranate oil and zincLuna Concentrated Night Oil Elixir (£140) replenishes, rejuvenates and restores with neroli, rosehip and sea buckthorn.

All products are vegan and cruelty-free with at least 99% organic ingredients.  Made in the UK they have recycled and upcyclable packaging.  Available from susiemermaid.


R and R Luxury Liquid Black Soap (£12) is 100% natural and antibacterial.  Formulated with Ghanaian shea butter it deeply cleanses face and body without stripping moisture.  It gets the colour from potash extract which is derived from plantain skin.  Can help treat acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as reducing the appearance of black spots and fading scars.  Available from randrluxury.


SheaMoisture Virgin Coconut Oil (£10.99), 100% extra virgin coconut oil is a natural ingredient rich in antioxidant vitamin E and proteins which instantly hydrates to nourish and protect skin and hair.  Fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals help restore skin and hair’s vitality. Natural triglycerides help retain moisture and keep skin smooth to the touch.  It’s great for all hair types, helping to increase shine, softness, and manageability while decreasing frizz.  Available from Superdrug.


The newly launched Dr. Levy Radical3 Reboot Pro Peel (£89) can give radiant skin with no down time and medical-like results.   The new addition to the range helps to radically eliminate dullness from the outer layer of the skin, encouraging a deeper and healthier renewal, facilitating a deeper penetration of the youth enhancing ArganCellActive ingredients.  Enriched in protective pro-biotics, hyaluronic acid, anti-inflammatory Pro-Vitamin B5 and soothing aloe vera, the Radical3 Reboot Pro Peel product instantly gives skin a more youthful glow, fine lines appear softened, unveiling the skins clarity and baby-soft texture.  Available from drlevyswitzerland and cultbeauty.


The Eyelash Emporium have some fantastic products to help those who are unable to visit their lash technician to keep their lashes looking luscious at home.  The End At-Home Lash Removal Kit (£9.95) is for when your extensions are coming to the end and the lashes need to be removed.  The clay extension remover is quick and easy to use.  Contains 1 stick remover with up to 8 uses and 4 silicone mascara wands.  Aftercare Kit (£19.95) includes a foaming lash cleanser, lash cleansing brush, silicone brush cleansing pad and some cleansing cloths.  Subtitles Collagen Under Eye Mask (£3.95)  The pack of two collagen under eye patches help to illuminate dark circles and visibly plump fines lines for revived, nourished and younger looking skin.  Infused with powerful vitamins that help to smooth the skin and visibly plump fine lines, to create the perfect make-up base.  With added aloe vera and green tea which help to illuminate dark circles and leave under eyes nourished and bright.  Deleted Scenes Oil Free Make-Up Remover (£7.95) is specifically formulated without oils to cleanse the lid and lashes, removing stubborn make-up from the eye-area without damaging the adhesive bond.  Available in store and online at superdrug.


COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence (£23)  Formulated with galactomyces ferment filtrate, a by-product of fermented sake, this skin-wonder ingredient helps to nourish and hydrate skin, resulting in a less tired and brighter looking complexion.  Niacinamide helps to fade dark and red spots, resulting in an overall brighter, clearer and smoother complexion.   Available from beautybay and feelunique.


Embryolisse Radiant Complexion Serum – Skin Perfector (£29.99)  This radiance-enhancing serum contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate deep into the dermis, along with glycerin to deliver long lasting moisture and a plumping effect.  Skin will be left feeling supple and bouncy with a radiant glow.  Lemon and witch hazel extracts revitalise the skin and help to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.  The serum helps to promote a visibly smoother complexion with a more even tone and increased radiance.  The lightweight skin perfector glides on with a fresh, cooling texture and is quickly absorbed, providing the perfect base for makeup.  Available from lookfantastic.


Emulsion – the brand that lets you personalise your skincare – introduce two gorgeous essential oil blends to help lift your mood by day and relax at night.  Energise your mind, body and soul by adding a few drops of Wake Up Happy Essential Oil Blend (£12) to Emulsion SLS Free Shower Gel (£18).  Enjoy the energising blast of chamomile roman, rose oil, ylang ylang, geranium, pepper and lavender.  In the evening relax and release tension with Let It Go Essential Oil Blend (£12) with the calming and destressing blend of rosewood oil, frankincense, lemongrass, patchouli and geranium.   The shower gel is unfragranced, extremely gentle  and suitable for all skin types.  It is a 100% natural gel with aloe vera and leaves you feeling soothed and moisturised.  Available exclusively from missguided and will be rolling out nationwide to key etailers later in 2020


Industry news

The official industry charity – Hair & Beauty Charity, has launched a Relief Fund to raise much needed funds during the Coronavirus crisis.  With thousands of hair, beauty and barber salons now closed and industry professionals unable to work, there has been a tremendous increase of requests for help from the industry charity during this time.  The Charity urgently needs help to build significant funds to enable them to support professionals in the hair and beauty industry who are facing sudden hardship.  The charity is aiming to raise at least £20,000 to support those experiencing poverty and hardship.  To donate visit:


Medik8, the professional, clinical British skincare brand, recently switched production to create hand sanitiser to utilise their on-site lab and manufacturing capabilities.  They have created a Hygienic Hand Rub, an 80% ethanol hand sanitiser made according to the published WHO guidelines, which has been 3 weeks in the making.  As of last Friday the government increased their existing licence from 3,000 litres to 12,000, enabling them to produce more.  These are being distributed to the local community, elderly and vulnerable, including care homes, police, and the homeless.  If you’re based in Hertfordshire and know an organisation that can benefit, do let them know


As we know the NHS is under a lot of strain due to coronavirus when it comes to volunteers and certain supplies.  Many industries, such as education and construction, have started initiatives to donate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as goggles, aprons, and gloves.  To help this drive, the British Beauty Council’s patron, Treatwell would like to bring together the beauty industry to do their bit too.  Treatwell have got in touch with the NHS, and they have asked for the following equipment, which Treatwell believe some salon owners may have in high quantities:

  • Face masks (IIR, FFP2 & FFP3)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Fluid resistant, full-body disposable apron
  • Eye protector: Full face visor or protective goggles

Please click here to donate, and help keep our NHS running and prepared to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK’s most vulnerable frontline healthcare workers now have much-needed access to affordable and rapid COVID-19 testing., a non-for-profit organisation, is offering £24 testing kits exclusively to frontline healthcare workers that are backed by a 97% accuracy rate and offer results in just 10 minutes. is proud to be sharing all profits with NHS staff and other allied healthcare workers to enable them to purchase more personal protective equipment and other needed essentials.  The affordable tests can detect a-symptomatic patients and are all CE marked and IVD certified for professional use by healthcare workers in the UK.


Ormonde Jayne have put together three Thinking of You gift packages to send to loved ones during this period of isolation.  Each one includes complimentary UK shipping, hand sanitiser and a 20% discount.  Ormonde Jayne will donate £5 to the NHS Royal Free Charity for each Gift Set sold.  Prices start at £108.  Available from ormondejayne.


British Beauty Council’s patron, Coty announced last week that it had started producing hydro-alcoholic gel, which is used as hand sanitiser, to help combat the COVID-19 virus.  Production and donations are expected to reach tens of thousands of units per week.  The products are free of charge and are being distributed to medical and emergency services staff who are facing shortages due to the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus.  The Company has produced its first batches of hand sanitiser at factories in the United States and Monaco.  Additional factories will start production within the week.  Production depends on the resources and materials available as well as local government regulations.





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