Hot off the Press

May 1st, 2020

May 1st, 2020

Bobbi Brown have launched the limited-edition Blush & Bloom Collection, in partnership with New York City’s floral guru Denise Porcaro of Flower Girl NYC.  The collection is inspired by Denise’s signature arrangements of lush florals and whimsical blossoms.   The eye, lip and complexion enhancing collection creates fresh radiance with a feminine wash of colour.  The exclusive, vibrant floral packaging was designed by artist Dan Funderburgh.  Included in the collection are:  Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss (£19) an ultra-moisturising super-smooth crushed oil-infused gloss in three limited edition spring floral inspired shades.  Highlighting Powder (£36) the fan-favourite highlighter in Pink Glow for amplified glow with a limited-edition floral press design.  Available from 7th May exclusively at bobbibrown.


Murad are launching Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum (£72) and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (£56).  Both are powered by the one-of-a-kind Vita-C Complex which is a combination of three types of Vitamin C: Gold-Stabilised Pure L-Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THD) and Glutathione.  Together they deliver potent yet stable Vitamin C, with a higher antioxidant defence that has excellent skin absorption.

Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum helps to improve the look of hyperpigmentation and uneven tone for dramatically brighter, healthier-looking skin.  Glycolic acid removes dulling surface cells to enhance vitamin C delivery and reveal fresher, glowing skin.  Photo-luminescent extract protects from harmful high-energy UV radiation, transforming it into a skin-illuminating source of light.

Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector treats appearance of stubborn dark circles (blue, brown and red tones).  Red algae and giant kelp extract help improve the look of under-eye puffiness, as light-reflecting micro-minerals instantly brighten.  Both available from murad.


Diego dalla Palma have just launched MYTOYBOY Mascara (£24).  At 17cm it is the largest mascara to ever hit the market, and gives intense black volume in one swipe.  The ultra-lengthening formula lasts 24 hours whilst promoting the growth of natural lashes for a 4D effect.   Containing a mix of natural waxes (from rice, carnauba and cassia flower), lashes are lifted with a full-bodied texture.   Smart film forming and natural jellifying agents (from Acacia Senegal) enhance the mascara’s lasting power and reduces smudging.   The 4D arrow applicator catches and coats every single lash for ultimate volume, size and durability.  The innovative formula is enriched with 2% Superlash CPX, a combination of two powerful active ingredients which promote the rapid growth of keratin in the bulb of the lashes and strengthens them, reducing their loss as well as repairing and strengthening damaged lashes  Available exclusively from lookfantastic.


Barry M have released new shades in their Green Origin Mani collection.  Now availbe in Charcoal, Cranberry, Lilac Orchid and Salt Lake (£3.99 each).  Made with 70% certified natural ingredients including potato, corn and wheat, Green Origin delivers the high shine finish and long lasting wear of a traditional Nail Paint from a new environmentally sensitive, low-chemical formulation.  Available now from barrym.


Lottie London has announced a new collaboration with influencer Laila Loves.  Laila Swann, the Forbes Top 10 Beauty Influencer, has 1.6 million followers on her Instagram channel and more than 90,000 fans on Twitter.  The British blogger, better known as Laila Loves, has previously teamed up with beauty brands including ghd, Garnier and Benefit.  For the new collaboration, Lottie London and Laila Loves have launched two nine pan, neon pigment eyeshadow palettes (£5.95 each), containing shimmer and glitter shades, as well as matte colours.  Available now from and asos.


Hail Mary is a new, premium CBD brand, offering the highest quality products for both body and mind.  Founder Luke Savva discovered CDB helped with balancing his own anxiety and depression and, after positive feedback from friends and family, he launched his own brand.  Products include a CBD Balm (£24.99) which can be used for pretty much anything, including aiding with the recovery of sports injuries, CBD Cream (£19.99) to moisturise and boost all skin types, with lavender and peppermint oil and CBD Oil (£24.99) that helps to relax and focus the mind, as well as providing a good night’s sleep.  Additionally, Luke is offering all Key Workers a 30% discount via the website.  All they need to do is email him a digital copy of their ID.    Products available from hail-mary. [for more information on CBD and hemp check out our previous feature]


AI Beauty has launched its bio-cellulose QDEL face mask (£49) for purchase online.  They made the decision to sell it online for the first time because of demand from clients looking to maintain their skincare regime during lockdown.   Initially used by aesthetic practitioners and dermatologists as an after-care product, the mask also provides amazing benefits for people who have not had treatment.  It gives incredible long-lasting 24-hour moist coverage, actively encourages cell renewal and improves evenness of skin tone, whilst soothing the skin.  Available from qdel and amazon.

KMS Stylecolor (£23) is perfect for root touch-ups during lockdown.  This washable, temporary colour comes in 13 shades, from blush to lilac through to blonde and browns.  You could experiment with a new colour entirely!  Waterproof and pillow-friendly.  Available from lookfantastic.

KMS Hairplay Makeover Spray (£17) refreshes hair whilst adding texture, definition and bulk to fine hair.  Perfect for quick touch-ups or for adding grip to soft hair.  Rice powder is micro-finely distributed to add texture and absorb oil for maximum results.  Available from lookfantastic.


Industry news

Nudestix best known for versatile products that enhance natural beauty for a fresh-faced look, furthers their commitment to sustainability with the new Save-a-Tin recycling initiative.  Since the beginning, Nudestix’s products have been packaged in resusable, tin plate tins, which can now be returned, free of charge, for recycling within the UK and North America.  To participate, opt in to receive a compostable bag when you buy products at  Return 10-15 tins in the postage paid bag and they’ll be sent direct to a recycling facility and repurposed into new products.  Nudestix is available at selfridges and cultbeauty.

Amelia Knight has ramped up production of their new brand KND4 – a range of protective hand-care products with bacteria-fighting formulations that are kind to hands, for everyone, everywhere.   Initially created for the lab’s own staff, production has been increased and so far KND4 has donated over 100 litres of hand sanitiser and 100 litres of soap, as well as 20,000 pairs of gloves to key workers.  KND4 Hand Gel (from £3) is formulated with a 60% alcohol level, killing 99.9% of bacteria, along with energising grapefruit extractHand Soap (£6) and Hand Cream (£8) both with energising grapefruit extract are also available.   In addition, for each pocket size hand sanitiser purchased, KND4 are donating the equivalent to a key worker.  Available from KND.

The Makeup Armoury are fundraising for NHS Charities Together, to support NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.  If you donate £5 or more you could win a prize worth over £2,000.  Just make a donation via their justgiving page, making sure you leave your name and contact details and then keep an eye on their Instagram where the winner will be announced on 18th May, chosen by random generator.  Contributors to the prize haul include: Louise Constad, Parian Spirit, Neill Gorton’s Prosthetics Magazine, Pigs Might Fly, MonsterFX, Bluebird, Tilt Makeup, Titanic FX, Tattooed Now! Beauty Blender, Kryolan, Ben Nye, Zuca, Royal & Langnickel, Bdellium, Glynn Mckay, Vermillion and Samas Cases.

Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty line will launch in Sephora in the USA this summer.  It will launch in the UK next year, so we’ll have to wait a while longer to try the foundations, blushers, highlighters and lip colours she’s been revealing on her insta account.

With salon facials not an option, luxury G-beauty brand QMS Medicosmetics are providing access to their expert, qualified therapists for at-home virtual consultations.  The appointments are complimentary, and customers will be given a bespoke plan and 20% discount to use in the webstore.  Whether you’re an existing client or a new customer, a QMS expert will talk you through skincare routines best suited to your concerns, at-home massage techniques and any questions and concerns you may have.  Customers will also have the chance to ask for advice on products they have in their cupboards from other brands, seeing how they can best utilise this time at home to either strip back or amp up their routine.  For more information email or call 07376 234 244.






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