Hot off the Press

July 31st, 2020

July 31st, 2020

Renowned Irish MUA Aimee Connolly’s award-winning range is now available at Boots.  Her hero range of Sculpted by Aimee products are ideal to give you flawless, radiant skin.  Beauty Base (£23) available in pearl or original shades, this base can be worn along for a fresh-faced look or mixed with foundation.  It has a unique mix of SPF30 for UVA &UVB protection, hyaluronic acid for hydration and light-reflecting pearlised pigments to give a gorgeous, luminious glow.  Bronze Base (£21) in light-medium and medium-dark shades this will give skin a sun-kissed glow.  It can be worn alone, or underneath makeup and can be added to your moisturiser too.  The bronzing wonder product is packed full of hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to keep skin bright, nourished and hydrated.  With a quick drying time, no transfer or fake tan smell this can be applied at anytime.  For targeted application, to created definition and natural contouring, apply with the Bronze Base mini buffer brush.  Full Face Edit (£32) is a one-stop palette containing everything you need to create a super-sultry, uber-flattering look.  It has been revamped and contains bronzer, highlighter (whch also makes a great eye-shadow), two eye-shadows (which can also be used as liner), blusher and a cream tint for lips and cheek.  Cruelty-free and vegan, all available exclusively at boots.


Too Faced is expanding their hero Born This Way range with a new foundation launch – Born This Way Matte (£29).  This oil-free, lightweight formula provides 24 hour undetectable long-wear that’s waterproof, sweat and humidity resistant and completely transfer resistant (great for wearing under masks) for all day fresh, shine-free and naturally flawless coverage.  Infused with coconut water to hydrate, alpine rose to fortify skin and hyaluronic acid to give a smooth, youthful appearance for a soft-focus natural matte finish.  Available in 35 shades from toofaced now.  Launching 28th September on debenhams, selfridges, boots and johnlewis.


The Eyelash Emporium Pro have just released a limited edition Express Yourself strip lash range in support of PRIDE 2020 (£8.95).  The 4D layered lashes are their biggest, boldest, baddest lash yet!  The brand will be donating 10% of the profits of all sales to the LGBT Foundation.  Available exclusively at superdrug.


Lottie has some new summer launches:  Oil Slick, two ultra-juicy, glossy lip oils and two Setting Sprays, your one spritz step to perfecting that golden-hour glow that lasts.  Ultra-hydrating and vitamin infused, Oil Slick (£5.95) is your go-to for super soft and kissable lips. The oil has been formulated with jojoba oil, rich in vitamins E and B to keep lips feeling soft, supple and oh-so-sweet.  Available in two shades: Vanilla Whip and Extra Cherries.  Whether you’ve gone au-natural or ‘insta glam the Dewy and Illuminating Setting Sprays (£8.95) are total skincare meets makeup heroes, all whilst keeping your base totally in place through the warmer days.  Along with hydrating, nourishing rose water and refreshing aloe vera juice, both sprays are infused with platinum powder that helps to block blue-light from damaging the skin, along with super-softening niacinamide for a totally revitalised complexion. Available in two finishes; hydrating Dew Bomb and glowing Shimmer Bomb, allowing you to customise your glow.  Available from


The London Brow Company are keen to save us all from lockdown brows with a range of products, including Precision Slanted Rose Gold Tweezers (£7.99).  Keratin Boost Brow Serum (£19.99) a nutrient-packed daily serum, with a keratin boost to inject strength.  Used a night after your cleansing routine this will give 8 hours of uninterrupted boosting.  RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel (£39) is a great alternative to tinting.  This multi-tasking breakthrough mineral tint styling gel will help tame unruly brows and enhance and condition while instantly filling in any areas that appear sparse or thin for immediate, dramatic results without any colour commitment.  Essence Highlight Drops Liquid Illuminator Silver Lining (£3.80) will help conceal any stray brow hairs while lashes are growing out.  All available from londonbrowcompany.


US brand Make Up First have created an all-natural, organic line of products for the consumer and artist community.  They include slim-line palettes created in conjunction with French brand MaqPro, the range is called First by Makeup First (MAQPRO): a primary colour palette ($25) a three corrector palettes ($35) and lip and cheek palettes ($48) as well as six foundation palettes ($65) which contain six different shades.  These are organic and have a beeswax base.

They also have a Makeup Sanitizer Mist ($16) a cosmetic sanitiser that is natural and organic.  The quick-drying formula cleans and disinfects all powder and cream-based cosmetics as well as tools, palettes and spatulas.  Contains 70% organic ethyl alcohol with witch hazel, rose water, aloe vera and vanilla extract.  It can also be used on the face and hands.  Organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-, nut- and artificial-fragrance free.

Currently only available to ship within the continental United States.  However if you are based that side of the Atlantic the whole store is worth checking out as they carry a range of top professional MUA brands.  Available from makeupfirst.


Michael Van Clarke, the renowned hairdresser who has been working in Marylebone since the 1977, has launched a new shampoo.  Balancing Scalp Shampoo (£21) – a citrus balancing shampoo that treats the scalp and is gentle on the hair, strengthening it to improve the texture.  Citrus oil, bio-sulphur, plant extracts and minerals cleanse and rebalance the scalp and improve blood circulation. Multivitamin herbal complex A, B, E, F & H, helps protect while cashmere amino acids build volume and hydration, so hair feels fresh, vibrant and fuller.  Available from vanclarke.


Brand leaders in professional beauty, Salon System, have announced the launch of its new summer collection, Festival Edit. The eight new shades (£11.95 +vat each) are a perfect collection to help your clients embrace all things festival this summer.  These glossy colours are also ideal for creating a stylish manicure or beautiful nail art.

Julie-Anne Larivière, Salon System’s Gellux expert says: I’m absolutely in love with the new Festival Edit collection, which includes stunning bright and pastel shades, the perfect combo for the sunny season. The colours are great for creating on trend floral, marble, abstract or boho looks. They are definitely a must-have for every nail technician out there!

Each Gellux gel shade is both chip and wear resistant leaving nails with a long lasting, ultra-glossy finish.  The patented technologies within the Gellux formulation promotes excellent adhesion and wear properties, while still allowing for removal by soaking in acetone.  Suitable for use on a natural nail, nail extension system, Acrylics or Fibreglass, Gellux polishes last up to fifteen days and are UV and LED compatible.  Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide.


Sterilelight have launched the Illumicide Surface Disinfecting Case (£525) that disinfects and dries your brushes.  It provides effective surface disinfection (99.9%) in just three minutes with ultra-violet germicidal light.  Reduce surface pathogens on infection-prone items within this portable case that doubles as storage.  The 40 LED light, instant-on array is mercury-free and provides 360° disinfection.  It has two rechargeable, integrated batteries which charge in 4-6 hours.  Available from themakeuparmoury.


Industry news

The Hair & Makeup Branch of Bectu with the Black Members Sub-Committee are launching Zoom On Up.   This aims to connect BAME talent with established Hair and Makeup Designers & Supervisors through 1-2-1 meetings on Zoom.  It is open to participants from any level, who are BAME talent (hair and make-up professionals), and would benefit from networking with a Hair and Makeup Designer or Supervisor of Bectu.

They need Hair and Makeup Designers and Supervisors of Bectu, from all walks of life to get involved with Zoom On Up.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to meet BAME talent.  The first sessions are ‪on Thursday 30th, ‪Friday 31st & ‪Saturday 1st August at 11am.  If you’d like to be involved, please email with “Zoom on Up” as the subject, and stating whether you’re a BAME talent or a Designer/Supervisor of Bectu with your membership number.


Plastic Free July is the month dedicated to those who want to make an active change to plastic pollution.  It’s a global movement that encourages people to be part of the solution. Fudge Professional is playing its part in #SAVINGPLANETF; the brand relaunched its styling range earlier this year and made the decision to implement its Plastic Promise:

  • Fudge Professional products will all be 100% recyclable by 2025 (currently 73% are now made from recyclable plastics)
  • 76% of the Fudge Professional styling range contains recycled plastic (working on 100% by 2025).
  • The iconic ‘toothpaste’ tubes housing Matte Hed, Matte Hed Extra and Surf Paste and aerosol packaging is now fully recyclable, meaning that when the stylists are finished they can be thrown straight into the recycling bin. Guilt-free, great-looking hair.
  • The NEW styling pots pack the same amount of product, but are made from 30% less plastic and are fully recyclable.


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