Hot off the Press

October 16th, 2020

October 16th, 2020

Donna May London is launching a new luxe double ended makeup brush set (from £30), housed in stylish brush wallet which features an embroidered red lip DML logo and a handy zip pocket.  The four double-ended brushes offer 8 expert brush heads designed for ease of use and precision makeup, for use with either cream or powder product.  Designed for convenience, speed and practicality, each brush is labelled for the job in hand, plus each wallet comes with a brush description and application guide.  The brush heads include foundation/concealer, bronzer/blusher, eyelid blender/socket and line brow/multi use.  Made with vegan friendly nylon hair, aluminium ferrules and electro-plated plastic handles.  Choose from a black or gold glitter case.  Available from 16th October exclusively from donnamaylondon.


Ciate London introduce the Miss Piggy Collection, a six-piece collection that is all about vous!  The Pig-ment Palette (£35) 9 Shade Eyeshadow Palette.  This colourful eyeshadow palette, filled with 9 buttery soft, ultra-blendable shades brings all things pink.  This monochromatic palette features neons, glitters and matte shades for a perfectly pink look.  All About Moi! (£29) 4-shade Crème Blush Palette.  Lift and refresh the complexion with this donut scented blush palette, formulated with four ultra-soft blush shades, designed to suit every skin tone.

Piggy Power (£20) Embody Miss Piggy’s signature confidence with this high-shine gloss lipstick, available in one bright, donut scented shade for an instant statement.  Love Moi (£18) Prep, prime and perfect the lips with this super hydrating, pink tinted lip balm. Formulated with ultra-nourishing butters and a sweet donut scent, kissing frogs is a thing of the past!  Who? Moi? (£18) Perfecting your diva looks is even easier with this new hand-held mirror, beauty touch ups have never been so glamorous!  Piggy Perfecter (£14) Sans effort, flawless skin is made easy with this soft blending sponge, modelled on Miss Piggy’s famous snout.  Applying your makeup has never looked so good!  Available now at ciatelondon.


Lottie London x Laila Loves have launched a second collection after their original, record breaking first collaboration.  The second, four piece, glow-boosting, colour-popping collection is set to heat up winter makeup bags in a major way.  With pigment packed six pan palettes and shimmer infused, metallic liners along with shade-shifting lip balms and an innovative liquid-powder highlight for a serious boost of radiance.  The collection starts from £4.95 and is available from and asos.


Salon System, brand leaders in professional beauty, have launched new sanitisation products.  Salon System Hand Cleansing Gel (from £4.25 +vat) a strong, no rinse, cleansing gel for perfect hygiene before all beauty services.  With 70% alcohol to protect hands and eliminate germs and kill 99.9% of bacteria it has been enriched with glycerine to help prevent skin dryness and comes in two sizes 250ml and 500ml.  Salon System Nail+File Cleansing Spray is now available in 500ml (£8.25 +vat), an all-in-one cleansing spray with 70% alcohol and anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that’s ideal for nail, file and surface preparation.  Perfect for all beauty implements and tweezers to maintain a clean and germ-free environment, giving all beauty experts the confidence to hygienically carry out all treatments.  Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide


Barry M‘s Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint in Blacklisted (£4.99) is perfect for Hallowe’en.  The non-drying, ultra-long wearing formula is easy to apply and will leave lips with a gorgeously bold finish.  Available now from barrym, Superdrug stores nationwide and coming soon to selected Boots stores.


Make Up For Ever’s Reboot Luminizer Anti Fatigue Makeup Pen (£25) adds luminosity and lifts a tired complexion.  Available in two universal flesh tones, it provides a soft, sophisticated natural glow using a fine flat pearl to keep results looking ultra-natural and never shimmery.  Multi-use – lighten and brighten the under-eye area, use to add luminosity to the complexion, use above and below the brow bone to sharpen and define eyebrows or add to the cheekbones to add structure to the features.  Long-lasting, with up to 8 hours wear.  Available from gurumakeupemporium.


Get ready to brush up your tanning game with cult Irish tanning brand Bellamianta who have just launched three new brushes. Flat Body Brush (£24.99) for an easy seamless tan this brush gently blends product all over the body for streak-free, even application.  Face Tanning Brush (£19.99) with dense bristles to buff product onto the skin, this soft angled brush creates a seamless tan with ease suitable for contouring for a long-lasting chiselled look.  Precision Body Brush (£19.99) supersoft and velvety, perfect for applying liquid highlighter.  Made with curved bristles to blend out product for a smooth, airbrushed finish.  Available from bellamianta.


Olew‘s best selling Curl Cream (£14.50) saw orders triple during lockdown as people in the UK embraced their natural curly hair.  The brand inspired by the founder’s Welsh roots is both vegan and cruelty free and contains a special blend of jojoba, avocado and aloe to naturally hydrate and define curls.  This naturally hydrating creme smoothes curls and minimises frizz; adding moisture, which restores curls back to their happy, original curl pattern, all while protecting hair against sun and atmospheric damage – keeping curls in place.  It offers gentle control, has detangle and anti-static properties and improves the hair’s pliability. It also maximised body, shine, and moisture. Available from olew.


Indeed Labs new Hydraluron Cream Cleanser (£19.99) is a luxurious, gentle cream cleanser suitable for all skin types that will leave skin feeling clean and hydrated.  This daily cleanser works to expertly remove all traces of makeup and deeply cleanse.  Hyaluronic acid teams up with a coconut-derived surfactant, papaya enzymes, and hibiscus flower acids to help keep skin clean, soft, and bright.  Papaya enzymes are harnessed to remove dead skin cells and brighten skin without irritation, while hibiscus sabdariffa flower promotes cell renewal. The skin’s barrier is strengthened to better retain and absorb moisture.  Available from superdrug.


Nordic Roots Apple Complex Moisturiser (£25) is a new scent-free, gender-neutral intensely hydrating facial moisturiser.  Working in perfect harmony with your skin’s natural pH-balance, this calming cream is enriched with apple cellular water and plant-based emollients to restore, protect and balance the skin barrier, boost skin elasticity and give a natural glow.  Suitable for all skin types, even very sensitive skin.  Innovative, eco-friendly and recyclable 25% grass boxes.  Certified COSMOS Natural by EcoCert with 21.8% of the total ingredients from organic farming.  Available from greenpeople.


Syrene’s Aqua Oil to Foam Cleanser (£46) has won Best Oil Cleanser in the Marie Claire Skin Awards 2020.  The gentle formula cleanses and removes makeup and impurities without stripping the natural moisture from the skin.  Filled with unique and effective ingredients including, glycerin which works to improve skin elasticity and ephemer – seaweed extract rich in anti-oxidant properties that strengthens the skin and reduces the effects of free radicals.  The oil formula transforms into a luxurious foam when activated with water, clearing clogged pores and leaving skin soft with a natural glow.  Available now from harveynichols and libertylondon from 23rd October 2020.


Industry News

Candour Beauty have launched the ultimate e-commerce destination for black women and women of colour, comprising a curated collection of black-owned and leading international beauty brands combined to form an innovative new retail concept.  Founded in March 2020 by beauty and wellness devotees Jacqueline Kusamotu and Abi Lawrence-Adesida, Candour Beauty offers a curated array of the best and most sought-after beauty and personal care products by and for Black women and women of colour.  As both consumers and entrepreneurs themselves, Kusamotu and Lawrence-Adesida created Candour Beauty as an open and honest platform for women of colour as well as an important showcase for an edited selection of the world’s best Black-owned brands including: Black Girl Sunscreen, Epara Skincare, The Afro Hair & Skin Co and R&R Luxury.  Leading international brands are also available on Candour Beauty with a product edit that appeals especially to the beauty needs and desires of Black women and women of colour including: Dr. Barbara Sturm, Olaplex and Phyto.

Caroline Sanderson, aka the Salon Jedi, has published a book The Salon Jedi: The Big Business Breakthrough For Ambitious Salon Owners (£14.99) which is already no2 on Amazon’s beauty & fashion bestseller list.  This is a must read for all salon professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers across hair, beauty and nails looking to grow their business.  Available from amazon.


Scotland have updated their guidance for the retail sector, including close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, which covers procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.   The latest update to Scotland’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): retail sector guidance includes a Question and Answers section for Close Contact Services.


As parts of the country enters tighter lockdown, the Hair and Beauty Charity are still working to support those that need their help.  They have had just over £525,000 donated recently from professional beauty expert, Caroline Hirons and the Beauty Backed campaign.  They are also continuing to fundraise with the charity raffle (see last week’s HotP), Christmas cards, and Give-A-Gift campaign.  They have funds available for those people who do need their help; ask them if you need support.

They are a small charity and have to prioritise assistance to those who need it most urgently.  Priority will be given to households where only one adult (working within the industry) provides the only income to the household (e.g. if you live with your partner who will still receive an ‘employed wage’, priority will be given to single parent families whose only income is dependent on their hair/beauty industry wage).  Visit their website for more information and to make an application.


The Guinea Pig Podcast is presented by leading surgeon and founder of cult brand MZ SKIN, Dr Maryam Zamani and ex-Vogue editor-at-Large, Fiona Golfar.  British Beauty Council CEO Millie Kendall MBE features in episode 50 ‘The State of the Industry with Millie Kendall MBE’.  Listen to the podcast here.



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