Hot off the Press

November 20th, 2020

November 20th, 2020

Skin Illustrator’s new Polychrome Palette (£83) is a custom collection created for awarding winning makeup artist Eryn Krueger Mekash.  This palette features three brand new colours which are great for fair skin tones: porcelain, ivory rosé and peach bisque along with bruise tone, coven, DT blush, dusty rose, ghastly light mauve and lividity.  All colours can be applied with a brush, sponge or mascara wand.  As always you can use the colour as is or you can mix with any other Skin Illustrator colours giving you endless possibilities.  Available from themakeuparmoury.


During December Merumaya are donating £10 for every Melting Cleansing Balm (£20) sold on their website to be split evenly between Beauty Banks and Beauty Backed; both really important now we are back in lockdown.  This is their number one product and is developed to give a gentle, nourishing cleanse and deliver soft, hydrated, glowing skin.  Containing natural sweet almond oil (no beeswax or petroleum) to ensure that all skins, particularly dry skins, are hydrated.  Omega 3 echium oil calms and soothes sensitive and acne prone skin while mangosteen extract and vitamin E provide anti-oxidant protection to prevent collagen breakdown.  Perfect for yourself or as a gift for others.  Available from merumaya.


ARTDECO’s latest collection is Awaken Your Golden Goddess – in line with their motto of more is more!  The collection includes:  Lip Jewels(£20) sparkling lipsticks with a multidimensional effect for a shimmering finish on the lips, containing comforting ingredients such as Brazil nut oil and vitamin E.  Available in four shades.  Golden Goddess Blush Couture (£31.50) made up of of two shades which flatter all skin tones.  Apply them individually or blend together.  Pure colour and long-lasting wear gives the complexion a fresh finish.  Free from lanolin, mineral oil, paraben and fragrance.  The Beauty Box Trio Limited Edition (£10.40) in a golden design is ideal for storing eyeshadows or any other ARTDECO products with its magnetic containers.

The colour-neutral Eyeshadow Base (£9.50) prevents eyeshadow from settling in the crease of the lid.  The base soothes the delicate skin of the eyelid with bisabolol and protects it with vitamin EEyeshadow Jewels (£8 each) with intense, metallic pigments and glitter particles create an expressive eye make-up look with colour intensity and metallic brilliance.  Available in eight sparkling shades.  Amazing Effect Mascara (£13.90) With its mini brush, it perfectly coats even the smallest and finest lashes.  The result is sensationally voluminous lashes and bigger looking eyes. Natural ingredients, such as candelilla, carnauba, jojoba and sunflower waxes, nourish the eyelashes. The light-reflecting and nourishing Illuminating Primer (£21.50) creates an even and radiant complexion while small wrinkles and blemishes are blurred. The creamy texture is quickly absorbed with ingredients including natural oils and vitamins C and E.  With its elegant retro pump bottle Crystal Beauty Dust (£26) creates a delicate, shimmering radiance. The fine, glittering powder particles blend perfectly and make arms, hair and décolleté sparkle.  Available this month from stralabeauty and selected pharmacies & salons nationwide.


Barry M new Velvet Nail Paints (£3.99). Sophisticated and chic, Velvet Nail Paints have a luxe look and matte texture, that can be brought to life by applying the plush formula with a single application to the nails.  Available in six shades from barrym, superdrug and boots.


KVD Vegan Beauty’s 2020 holiday launches feature a fully recyclable eyeshadow palette, 6 prismatic shimmering eyeshadow dazzle sticks and  3 styles of the brand’s first ever vegan false lashes.  The gorgeous Edge of Reality Eyeshadow Palette (£38) is KVD Vegan Beauty’s first ever fully recyclable palette (meaning no mirrors, magnets or metal hinges) of 14 pixel-perfect, pigmented vegan eyeshadows: 6 hyper-blendable mattes for soft-glam vibes, plus 8 eye-catching shimmers (apply these wet or dry) to glitch things up a notch.  Available in 6 prismatic shades, the Dazzle Vegan Eyeshadow Sticks (£19) are long-wearing and loaded with brilliant flecks of vegan pearls.  They deliver multidimensional shimmering shadow in a flash, without the mess of loose glitter.  The unique formula features a 36% water base that dries down to a smooth and lustrous finish, locking beautiful, prismatic pearl colour onto lids.  Finish off your sparkling holiday look with comfortable, luxurious false lashes that are 100% vegan.  Go Big or Go Home Vegan Lashes (£17) look and feel real yet contain zero animal hair.  Each set includes premium, latex-free vegan glue designed for fool-proof application, secure adhesion, and clean removal.  Unlike other false lashes, these feature a lightweight, flexible band that contours to your unique eye for a super-easy, custom fit.  The rounded edges mean no painful poking, so it’s ultra-comfortable on the eye. Available in three eye-enhancing designs.  Available now from boots and debenhams.


New from SVR Cicavit+ Lip-Protect Repair Balm (£6) and Cicavit+ Smooth + Soothe Lip Mask (£5) are the perfect duo to combat dry, chapped lips, repairing skin 7x faster with a unique formula containing:  Rhamnose-rich polysaccharide which forms a protective film and stops pathogenic bacteria from adhering to the skin’s surface and Prebiotic sugar acts on the microbiome to rebalance skin flora by stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria.  Hydrate and heal the skin barrier and protect against the external and environmental aggressors such as cold, wind, central heating and air-conditioning.  Contains 95% hydrating and nourishing active ingredients including castor oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. The balm texture is easy to apply, transparent and non-sticky leaving lips repaired, nourished and comfortable.  Available from uk.labo-svr and feelunique.


Rose & Caramel debuts Purity Excel: Self-Tan Removing Exfoliating Scrub (£26.99) the world’s first self-tan removing exfoliating scrub.  Formulated with new advanced ingredients so that while being the most effective way to remove self-tan it will also give optimum skin benefits.  It achieves this by using a balanced combination of natural pearlite- renowned for its strong exfoliating properties, and key self-tan removal ingredients.  Comes with exfoliating gloves.  Available from roseandcaramel.


NUDESTIX Lemon-Aid Detox & Glow Micro-Peel (£32) is a skin clarifying chemical peel that detoxes pores of excess oil, dirt and pollution without the use of harsh exfoliators and irritation.  With Vegan powered fruit acids, enzymes and actives the micro-peel works as a 3-in-1 to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten the skin.  As part of the Nudeskin range, the peel was developed in collaboration with leading LA dermatologist Dr Jason Emer.  Available now at nudestix with international shipping and launching into Selfridges and leading etailers early in 2021.


Salon System, brand leaders in professional beauty, have launched new additions to its Marvelash range, including:  The Marvelash D Curl 0.20 Volume (£13.95 +vat) features a double split tip for a soft feathery effect and an ellipse shape flat base for easy application and long-lasting bonding. Perfect to give lashes a fuller appearance, without adding additional weight.  In assorted lengths: 8,9,11,12,13,14mm.  The Marvelash C Curl 0.07 Mermaid (£16.95 +vat) is an innovative interlacing lash for building and filling the natural lash line with a mermaid style for intense and dramatic effect.  Ideal to give lashes a textured strip lash effect to lash extensions.  In assorted lengths: 8,9,11,12mm.  The Marvelash Easy Fan Pad (£4.95 +vat) creates the perfect lash fan in seconds with a reusable silicone pad that’s washable up to 20 times. The easy fan pad helps to speed up Russian and Hybrid lash techniques.  The Marvelash Super Fast Glue (£19.95 +vat) helps increase speed and application with a fast setting time of 1-2 seconds. Works great for classic lashes, volume lashes and advanced techniques.  The Marvelash Cream Remover (£11.95 +vat) is a gentle non-irritating cream formula, allowing for easy and safe removal of lashes.  Ideal for use with the removal of Russian and Multi-layered lashes.  Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide.


The Hair Boss Double Hair Mask (£), created by the most awarded and profiled female colourist in the UK today, Lisa Shepherd, made its debut on ITV’s This Morning this week.  The innovative and exclusive two-phase mask is the ultimate SOS hero for strong, healthy hair at home. Phase 1 is The Bond Restorer which acts as a protein mask, containing hydrolysed keratin and shea butter to help restore and smooth the cuticle, reducing signs of damage and preventing further damage.  Phase 2 is the Moisture Hit Mask which acts as a barrier to seal in the protein from phase 1.  Containing hyaluronic acid and natural oils, the mask helps to improve the hair’s moisture levels while adding softness and shine.  Available from superdrug.


Industry News

The Delamar Academy have launched their first on-line course: The Condensed Make-Up Artist.  Covering beauty, fashion, SFX, period hair & make-up, contemporary hair and character design it costs £395 for over 15 hours of tuition by Oscar, BAFTA, Emmy award winning top professional artists.  The course runs 14-18 December 2020 and you will receive a Delamar Academy Online Certificate upon completion.  The course fee is redeemable against all future Delamar Academy classroom courses for 24 months and you can join from anywhere in the world.  Click here for full course details.


Pinewood-based Iver Make-up Academy have opened their January and April 2021 Bursary scheme, offering up to 80% bursaries for two prospective media make-up, hair and SFX students. There will be one bursary spot available for the  14-week Foundation Certificate course starting on 4th January 2021 and another for the course starting on 19th April 2021. Successful applicants will have access to in-depth industry knowledge and innovative techniques, as well as the opportunity to study in one of the hotspots for global film – Pinewood Studios.

The final date to apply is Friday 4th December 2020. All applicants will be contacted by 8th December 2020 and successful applicants will need to be available for a “virtual” interview on 9th, 10th or 11th December 2020.  For details on how to apply and for eligibility criteria visit the website here.


Image Skincare has set out a series of virtual Christmas shopping events to support their professionals, clinics, salons and spas during the second lockdown.  The drive follows a host of successful support plans actioned for the IMAGE UK Professional Network during the first lockdown.  Taking place on Zoom, the events will be hosted by IMAGE UK Experts on behalf of the professionals.  Showcasing Christmas sets, highlighting product benefits to the consumers alongside live demos, stocking filler ideas and exclusive shopping offers.  The next events take place on Tuesday 24th November at 1pm and Monday 30th November at 7pm.  After each event, clients will be able order products and gift sets via their clinic with IMAGE drop shipping orders and making sure that the profit goes to the partner.  A brilliant initiative for professionals to keep connected with clients over lockdown.  For more information contact imageskincare.



While we are in a national lockdown and close contact beauty services have to close, the Hair and Beauty Charity are still working to support those that need their help.  They have had just over £250,000 donated recently from professional beauty expert, Caroline Hirons and the Beauty Backed campaign.  They are also continuing to fundraise with the charity raffle (see here), 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.


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