Hot off the Press

August 14th, 2020

August 14th, 2020

Morphe have just launched their latest collection – The Main Event fronted by UK talent MUA Mmmmitchell and radio host Daisy Maskell.  The collection boasts earthy, edgy shades, bomb brushes and hit making lip crayons. The Artistry Palette contains innovative water activated liners (a total first for Morphe), which turn powder liner into a slick liquid finish in just a flash giving a crisp line but with a softer appearance than a gel or liquid liner.

24M Main Event Artistry Palette (£29) with 24 shades, the palette contains earthy, edgy shades with a hit of serious colour.  With silky, slick toppers and show stopping glitters; and water activated liners, you can make a bold, creative and inspired statement with your glam; with just one palette.

Lip Hits Lip Crayon Trio (£19) ultra-pigmented and long wearing lip crayons that glide on for a smooth and creamy finish.

Bring The Beat Brush Collection (£29) brushes for the eye and face, including one that’s the perfect match for the water activated liner.  The kit includes the Silicone Packer Brush, which allows you to quickly and easily build up attention-grabbing pigment on your glitter shadows.  Available from uk.morphe.

W7 Cosmetics recently launched a new range of luxury lipsticks – The Velvet Luxe Lipstick Collection (£3.50 each).  The most popular shade Earthquake is a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Very Victoria’ lipstick.  The Velvet Luxe range is available in 8 shades, and are the ultimate in comfort lipstick. With a soft and creamy matte finish, the lipsticks give a pop of colour that lasts all day, and are berry scented.  Available from w7cosmetics.

The W7 Velvet Luxe Lipsticks are available for £3.50 each from

High Brow HQ have launched a Brow Lamination Kit (£40) so you can create a fabulously “fluffy” brow at home.  Traditionally offered as a salon treatment, the corrective, two-step perming process relaxes and realigns brow hairs in place.  It is the ultimate solution for correcting unruly brow hairs that do not have any symmetry, with a keratin treatment to stimulate the brows, strengthen the hairs & create that ‘fluffy’ brow.  Vegan friendly and paraben free, the kit is available online for £40 for the standard kit or £60 for a VIP kit, and you can get at least six treatments from each one.  Available from highbrowhq.


Zero by Skin Academy is a new 100% natural plant-based skincare range developed by Holly Wagman, daughter and grand-daughter of Skin Academy’s founders.  All products in the range are 100% natural SGS-certified and designed for all skin types using plant-based ingredients.  The packaging is recyclable including glass jars with bamboo lids and tubes derived from sugarcane, a much more eco-friendly alternative to plastics.  The range’s initial launch comprises 6 lines, priced from £9.99 to £12.99 with more launching soon.  Face Wash (£9.99) formulated with a blend of coconut, sweet almond and sacha inchi oils. Eye Cream (£9.99) enriched with shea butter for healing and coconut oil to deeply moisturise.  Face Scrub (£9.99) coconut, sweet almond and sacha inchi oils nourish and soften while finely ground apricot seeds smooth and brighten the complexion.  Day Cream (£12.99) super-potent to deeply moisturise and soothe, enriched with shea butter and coconut oil. Night Cream (£12.99) enriched with shea butter and green tea extract to restore and hydrate skin.  Available from Holland & Barret, Amazon, Lloyds Pharmacy and selected Tesco stores.


Brushworks is a beauty brand with products including makeup brushes, skincare tools, beauty implements and accessories.  The brand has a focus on being innovative, affordable and suitable for all with the makeup brushes featuring specialised ergonomic handles for those who may struggle with gripping regular shaped makeup brushes. The brand has also recently just launched a new colour way design of brushes, featuring a sleek gold and white design.  Peta accredited as vegan and cruelty free.  Available from soinvogue.


Orange isn’t just Pantone’s colour of the moment (Orange Peel – Pantone 16-1359 to be exact), it’s summer’s hit make-up hue too.  The tropical tone was seen heating up the SS20 runways at Isabel Marant, Bottega Veneta and Prada.  With lip and nail options to flatter every skintone, in shades that run from soft peach to flaming sunset, it’s this season’s way to glow.

Shiseido Shimmer Gel Gloss in 06 Daidai Orange (£23)

An extreme shine lip gloss that offers sheer colour and up to 12 hours’ moisture.  Dousing lips in maximum shine, the Shimmer Gel Gloss is a lightweight lip gloss that’s non-sticky and comfortable to wear. It dresses lips in a high-shimmer sheen with a mirror-like crystalline finish.  Available from escentual.

Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm in 30 Vital Glow (£32.50) is a tinted liquid balm that hydrates, repairs and beautifies.  With 8-hour hydration and kind-to-lip ingredients, lips are dressed in radiant colour, while keeping them protected and moisturised.  Available from escentual.

Dior Rouge Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer 230 Go (£22) is an intense orange colour with a lot of shine.  Enhanced with light notes of bergamot, the scented formula provides a fresh-smelling finish.  Couture colour and gel shine manicure: this long-wear nail lacquer makes a lasting statement.  Available from escentual.


SVR’s new Ampoule Protect E- Shield SPF 30 (£30) is a corrective serum that offers protection against urban pollution and UVA/UVB rays. Perfect for city dwellers exposed daily to car exhaust fumes, smoke and airborne pollutants, this powerful concentrate wraps skin in a weightless imperceptible veil to fend off skin stress.  Enriched with four organic, photostable sun filters, with no controversial or harmful filters and a natural-origin antioxidant complex of vitamin E, watercress extracts and schisandra, a berry revered in traditional Chinese medicine.  It also reduced the effects of photo-aging and reduces the intensity of skin pigmentation.  It can be used under or over makeup.  Available from feelunique and lookfantastic.

Crystal Clear have launched Ionic Sonic Cleanse 2 (£89.99 RRP/trade £44.99 +vat) Suitable for all skin types, the Ionic Sonic 2 Microdermabrasion Kit offers salon style super cleansed and exfoliated skin at home in minutes.  Utilising specially designed silicone bristles which move back and forth at ultra-sonic speeds of around 9000 revs a minute, skin is deep-cleansed without the harsh friction and irritation caused by traditional bristles, whilst the advanced ultra-sonic technology offers a totally new way to unclog pores and provide squeaky clean, exfoliated, hydrated, vibrant looking skin.  The kit includes the Ionic Sonic2 Super-Cleanse, Skin Repair Moisturiser, Crystal Face & Body Polish and Soothing Cleansing Gel.  Available from crystalclear.


As it is now compulsory to wear face masks in shops and on public transport in the UK, Skin Republic have the perfect face sheet masks to avoid ‘Maskne’ (a breakout in spots under the mask) and to keep your face protected, hydrated and clean.  Purifying Bubble + Charcoal Face Mask (£5.49) is perfect for a deep cleanse – the oxygenating bubbles delve into pores, lifting away bacteria, dirt and impurities.  Available from superdrug.

The 15-minute hydration hero Hyaluronic Acid Collagen Face Mask (£4.99) will help lock moisture back into dry skin.  The Spots + Blemish Face Mask (£4.99) is packed with tea tree, witch hazel and salicylic acid.  Salicylic acid’s antimicrobial properties make it extremely effective at treating breakouts.  Prime + Refine Face Mask (£5.49) contains antioxidant rich pomegranate which protects the skin and brightens it.  Its hydro blur technology helps reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines in just 3 minutes.  All available at boots.


Industry news

PM Boris Johnson last night announced that beauty treatments on the face can take place in England from Saturday 15th August and that all hair and beauty professionals will now be required to wear both a Type II surgical mask and a visor whilst working.  Nail professionals can opt for a screen in place of a visor.

All businesses will be required to operate in a COVID-secure way.  This means undertaking risk assessments and following the guidelines set out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), including wearing the appropriate PPE, social distancing, thorough cleaning, and operating by appointment-only.  These rules apply to all beauty practitioners in England, including those working in salon spaces as well as freelancers, eyebrow and eyelash professionals, mobile operators, retail and session makeup artists.

The new guidance doesn’t apply to businesses currently in local lockdown who should check with their local authorities on when these services can reopen.

Stricter enforcement is being put in place with much higher fines and greater powers for local authorities to manage.  Don’t get caught out.  Stay safe and start booking in those clients.  It’s been a long wait.

For further guidance, visit the updated government website.



We were very sad to hear the news that iconic make-up artist and founder of cruelty-free cosmetics brand, Ellis Faas has passed away.

Thijs, Ellis’ business partner and brother, said:

Ever since I can remember Ellis had a special eye to view the world around her. With her intelligence and sensitivity, she aimed to inspire also others to pursue their dreams, use their passion, embrace their non-conformity. This not only affected the people around her, but also infused her make-up and photography work with its uniqueness, and it was the basis for the make-up brand she created.

It has always been Ellis’ wish that her ELLIS FAAS brand could and would exist detached from her own persona, and that is exactly what we – our wonderful team and myself – will try to realise. Ellis still had many plans for her brand, and even though it will never be the same without her, we will carry out those plans and thereby pay tribute to Ellis’ legacy.


British beauty brand and PETA certified cruelty-free, delilah was founded by three friends and industry experts with the desire to make women feel beautiful.  Born from the desire to help women of all skin types and ages feel their most beautiful, delilah has become a must have in your makeup bag; each product in the carefully formulated cosmetics collection for face, eyes, cheeks and lips will bring a touch of understated luxury to your everyday makeup.   Also available are makeup brushes (from £18) vegan, crafted with ultra-soft fibres and FSC approved wooden handles and brush cleanser (£10) Available from delilahcosmetics and feelunique.


Clean skincare supported by science, Indie Lee the ‘eco-chic’ skin and body care line contains some of the finest and potent ingredients around the world to supercharge your skin.  From gorgeous textures, fast-acting formulas and fresh mood-boosting scents, this super-charged yet ultra-gentle range is suitable for all ages and skin types.  Products start from £10.  Available from feelunique.




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