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December 4th, 2020

December 4th, 2020

Celeb MUA Gary Cockerill has launched the Make Up Intelligence range which has become a new favourite.  The Autumn collection includes beautiful autumn shades, such as Lustre Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner sets (£26) in Very Berry and Brick Red; both perfect shades for festive fun.  The star product is Cover, Conceal and Correct foundation (£42) which is a revolutionary formula with colour correctors that comes in eight shades.  The foundation has a beautiful jewel shaped bottle and there is even a concealer in the top of the bottle.

We particularly love the Autumn Glow Eyeshadow Palette & Dual Eyeliner (£38) which holds 15 shades in gold, amber, orange and crimson, soft chocolatey browns, brick and berry red shades in matte earthy tones, rustic shimmer and glimmer hues, and metallic foil tints for the eyes to pop.  A double ended eyeliner is added to compliment all shadows.  One half of the eyeliner is green and the other half plum to add depth and drama around the lashes and waterline.  Available from makeupintelligencegc and qvc.


Sculpted by Aimee have a range of eight essential brushes, perfect for enthusiasts and professionals alike.  The multi-use range includes four eye and four complexion brushes, providing all you need to create a full-face look.

Double-Ended Sculpting Brush (12) fluffy enough to seamlessly blend bronzer but small enough for precise application.  The highlight brush is tapered, making it ideal for cheekbones.  The Perfector (£13) dome-shaped for use with powders to set the face and achieve an airbrushed look.  Tapered to fit perfectly under the eye.  The Setter (£13) an all-rounder; the angled shape makes it ideal for contouring or blush as well as setting makeup.  The Full Buffer (£14) softly-rounded and ideal for foundation whether liquid, cream or mineral.  The Blender (£8) ideal for blending eyeshadows in the crease.  The Taperer (£8) more precise for controlled shadow blending or precise colour placement.  The Definer (£8) tapered for shading and smudging.  The Angle (£8) double-ended for multi-tasking with a spoolie for taming brows and an angled brush for lining eyes or shaping brows.  Available from boots and sculptedbyaimee.


Primark stores have finally re-opened and they have announced the drop of their exclusive collaboration with Reality TV star and Love Island favourite Maura HigginsFalse Flutters X Primark.  Maura has created a line of perfectly preened false lashes in three seriously  stunning styles, Party animal, Show off and See ya –  all reflecting her cheeky personality! Maura’s exclusive offering gives effortless, everyday beauty on a budget with all lashes priced at just £5.  With subtle wispies to dramatic fluffies, Maura’s False Flutters has a style for everyone!  Available from selected Primark stores.


The twentieth issue of PROSTHETICS Magazine (£7.50) published by internationally acclaimed make-up FX designer and teacher Neill Gorton is now available.  In this diverse issue, you’ll find prosthetics for new comedy and horror movies plus a time-hopping TV series, a stunning lookalike makeup and the concluding part of a multi-part airbrushing tutorial.  This issue is also a product of the difficult times it was compiled in; there’s a lack of reference to Covid-19 and instead, you’ll find an inspiring 22-page article showcasing how 8 of the industry’s busy artists turned a negative into a positive and continued being creative.  Available from themakeuparmouryDigital, print and academic subscriptions are available from prostheticsmagazine.


Brand leaders in professional beauty, Salon System, have announced the launch of its new Gellux Winter collection, Star Attraction (£11.95 +vat each).  The eight new shades are a perfect collection to help your clients shine this party season!  Mix and match the colours and textures to create beautiful nail art or go bold with a full-on sparkly effect.  Each Gellux gel shade is both chip and wear resistant leaving nails with a long lasting, ultra-glossy finish.  The polishes can be light-cured with either UV or LED.  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, polishes last up to fifteen days and are UV and LED compatible.  Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide.


Don’t forget that for the whole of 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.  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.


Sunday’s Not A One Night Stand night cream (£18) works well to repair scarring on the skin.  It helps retain skin’s moisture and aims to improve the overall appearance by helping with pigmentation, repairing, renewing and lightening scarring.  With added vitamin E to prevent oxidative damage to skin cells by helping to remove free radicals.  Available from madebysunday


Sunday Ivy‘s The Big Fuzz (£6) is their best selling beauty blender, with fans including Gal Gadot’s make-up artist.  It absorbs 70% less foundation than other beauty blenders and with its pointy edge it will help you achieve the look you need.   The perfect stocking filler or, if you’re feeling generous you could go for The Fab Five Bundle (£32) featuring the The OG, the Big Fuzz, The Double Agent, The Pinky Promise, The Unicorn Blender and The Purple Rain Blender.  A great value set.  Available from madebysunday.


Newly launched SOS Serum (£15) is the brainchild of respected Scientist and Chemist Bruce Green, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  The calming formula is perfect for those with Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis or those that struggle with wind burns, dry or reactive prone skin.  Formulated to cool, heal and repair problem skin, the soothing SOS Serum contains anti-inflammatory wasabi and calming burdock leaf extracts and the refined extract of cooling peppermint and lauromacrogols which acts as an anaesthetic to soothe the skin. Together they deliver comfort, moisturisation and protection and rapid relief from a wide range of concerns including dryness and sensitivity, itching caused by eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, wind-chapping and sun damage.  It can also support withdrawal from steroid creams, treat and soothe cuts, bites, stings and minor burns.  Available from sosserum.


Batiste has launched a limited-edition wrap of its number one Dry Shampoo formula in partnership with NHS Charities Together.  Two classic Batiste scents – Fresh and Pink Pineapple – (£2.99 each) have been newly adorned with the colourful rainbow, symbol of unity, optimism and gratitude for our NHS.  From each sale, 40p will be donated to NHS Charities Together; the organisation that supports and champions the work of vital NHS charities across the UK.  Launching in December at superdrug (Pink Pineapple) and boots (Fresh).


Primark Beauty have lots of great stocking filler kits available at the moment, including:  It’s Kissmas! Lip and Eye Vault (£3) eyeshadow palette and brush, lip gloss, mascara and lipstick.  Starry Disco Daze Nail Polish Set (£4) with four sparkly polishes.  Disco Glitz Makeup Set (£9) starry mascara, starry lip liner, starry eye shadow and starry lipstick in a sequin bag.  PS… Eye Catcher Lashes Star Gift (£2) with 1 set of 3D false lashes.   Available at selected Primark stores.


With winter well and truly here, our skin is taking a battering!  Skincare brand, Skin Republic have the sheet-mask solution for head to toe pampering and saving your skin this winter!  The range includes: Olivia Buckland’s Prep + Glow Face Mask (£3.99) this sheet mask will help to achieve a flawless look in just 15 minutes, helping make-up last longer and apply more easily, and leaving a flawless, radiant glow that needs no filter.  Gold Hydrogel Face Mask (£6.99) delivering nutrients and intense moisture with close and continuous contact, the 20-minute treatment reveals healthier-looking, radiant skin with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles minimised.  Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (£5.99) Hydrogel under eye patches infused with a powerful anti-ageing serum for younger looking eyes.  Hand Repair Hand Mask (£5.49) containing an intense moisturising serum packed with collagen, shea butter, vitamin E and 10 plant extracts to soothe and soften dry hands.  Foot Repair Mask (£5.49) with shea butter, green tea, peppermint and seaweed, these specially designed booties hydrate the skin and deliver essential nutrients to intensely moisturise and leave feet revitalised and soft.  Available instore an online at superdrug.


Industry News


While the country is in another national lockdown and close contact beauty services have had 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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