Hot off the Press

December 18th, 2020

December 18th, 2020

RUBA Beauty have launched I Am Me Loose Setting Powders (£19.99).  Vegan and cruelty free and developed for all skin types and tones, the powder is ideal for finishing and/or baking makeup for a flawless finish.  Its lightweight formulation helps control shine, blurs the appearance of fine lines, pores, and dark circles for a flawless yet natural look.  Available in four shades from rubabeauty.


Molly Hart, founder of new premium vegan lipstick range HIGHR Collective has just launched The Modern Lipstick Collection (£22 each) in both the UK & US.  A capsule collection of five universal shades, 3 everyday nudes and two modern-day reds, sustainably made and authentically rooted in clean beauty.   The base formula has been created with organic plant oils and butters and then blended with hyaluronic filling spheres to plump and intensively moisturise.  Rosehip oil promotes collagen production.  Made using clean solar energy and any remaining operational carbon is tracked and offset.  Available from highrcollective.

We can also offer an exclusive discount of 20% off all products and sets until 31st December using the promo code HIGHRMUA. This is discount is specifically for makeup artists to help them get familiar with the brand and make it a part of their kits.


Barry M That’s Swell!  XXL Extreme Lip Plumper (£4.99)  Fuller, Plumper, Smoother! ‘That’s Swell’ Plumping Lip Gloss gives lips a beautifully volumised enhancement.  Stimulating the skin’s natural collagen, softer, toned lips are just a sweep away. Use daily for best results.  Now in XXL to give the appearance of even FULLER lips with an extra tingly sensation!  Available from barrym, superdrug, boots, prettylittlething, asos and amazon.


Give your brows the ultimate lifting experience with The Brow Mask ($48) created by LA-based MUA and lash expert Sarah Maxwell.  The hydrogel brow mask is infused with significant ingredients specifically proven to promote healthy brow growth and give visibly fuller, lifted brows.  Collagen restores healthy skin appearance and brow hair texture by building protein.  Hyaluronic acid keeps the brow and lid area hydrated while niacinamide (vitamin B3) fortifies hair follicles and skin elasticity.  Biodegradable, vegan, cruelty-free and free from parabens and fragrance.  Available from sarahmaxwellbeauty.


Primark Beauty have launched the new After Mask Half Sheet Masks (£0.80), two variations of sheet masks created to help soothe irritated skin caused by wearing a face covering.   These innovative sheet masks are designed to cover the bottom area of the face where the skin is impacted and will help to cleanse and hydrate skin, whilst also reducing any blemishes along the jawline, cheeks and mouth area.

Choose from Cleansing Half Sheet Mask formulated with Australian tea tree oil and salicylic acid to help prevent blemishes and Hydrating Half Sheet Mask with cucumber and hyaluronic acid to soothe, replenish and hydrate.  Available from Primark stores.


Cult tanning brand, Bellamianta, saw a huge uplift in sales during lockdown, due to the huge rise in ‘no-makeup makeup’ and cheating your way to a fresh, sunny glow in hours.  Their Liquid Gold (£16.99) tanning liquid dries in 60 seconds before developing into a golden olive tone that lasts up to 7 days.  Bursting with natural extracts, it is perfect for even the most sensitive skin.  Formulated with an ultra-smart hydration system to ensure your tan wears off evenly (without the dreaded tiger loaf skin), and with odour neutralising technology to avoid any harsh smells.  Available from bellamianta.


Algenist’s Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Cream (£58) is the ultimate way to restore skin’s natural radiance.  Brimming with advanced, naturally derived ingredients, it keeps skin looking youthful for longer.  Formulated with alguronic acid which supports natural cell renewal when applied to skin, along with microalgae oil which replenishes essential moisture and nutrient loss. Together with plant-based collagen these ingredients combine to enhance skin’s resiliency and restore lost elasticity, helping it to look firmer, tighter and more toned.  The cream also helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhance skin’s youthful radiance.  Available from spacenk, cultbeauty and lookfantastic.


Professional colour house OSMO has launched a brand new product in its ever expanding range.  Straighten Up (£5.75) is a semi-permanent straightening complex product with a featherlight formula, which adds long-lasting smoothness to hair while simultaneously protecting from thermal damage and retaining the hair’s natural oils and moisture.  This keratin-based spray is designed to work alongside your dryer and styling irons to provide longer lasting sleekness, whilst protecting against heat damage and retaining the hair’s natural moisture balance for head turning shine.  It will also help to repel the damp in the air and keep a mirror finish for at least 3 days – or until the next wash.  Available in hair salons nationwide and online from feelunique.


Vegan, cruelty free brand, MONAT have launched Studio One Flexible Hold Gel (from £27).  The silicone-free gel delivers strong, flexible hold with style memory, providing 24-hour touchable control without any of the stiffness. Perfect for all hair types and styles, its lightweight formula makes for a natural look and feel, whilst weightlessly blocking humidity and frizz for up to 72 hours.   Formulated with micronised polymers and a plant-based silicone alternative to bond and keep strands in place.  AquaStyle 300 AF is a modern, patented styling fixative that delivers strong, durable, humidity resistant hold with all day frizz control.  Hydrating panthenol pro-vitamin B5, and Fision KeraVeg18 a vegetable-based alternative to animal keratin helps to smooth, strengthen and improve the lustre of the hair. Rejuveniqe® Oil Intensive is an innovative blend of 13+ natural plant and essential oils, rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients which work wonders on the skin and hair.  Available now from monatglobal.


Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane Glow (£19.99) is an easy and fail-proof way to exfoliate by removing dead skin and peach fuzz for an instant glow – especially useful during these cold winter days which tend to dry out the skin.  Boasting a professional-grade Japanese stainless-steel blade; an LED light for extra precision and a safety guard to prevent cuts, it is gentle on all skin types.   Available from argos, asda, boots, tesco and wilko.


Ethical UK brand Daimon Barber’s dynamic cleansing duo could be the perfect gift for the special men in your life.  The Exfoliating Cleanser (£20) and Face Wash (£17.95) include glycoderm – an anti-bacterial defence ingredient to help restore the lipid barrier, to help provide a well-balanced water content to the skin without that stripped-feeling.  Available from harveynichols, mankind and selfridges.


Industry News

Styletek 2020s fastest growing salon foil brand from the USA, launches in the UK in January 2021.  The brand aims to fill a niche in the salon industry within the UK.  With a fresh aggressive sell price and a heavier embossed texture than many other brands within the UK, they are primed to grab a large portion of the salon foil needs.  Styletek sourced the cleanest raw materials and tested over 20 thicknesses from 2013-2018 to determine what stylists want, at the same time creating the item on a mass scale to save end users money.  Styletek foil will be available exclusively in the UK through Rebel Beauty Brands.


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.


This is the last edition of Hot off the Press for 2020.  We will be back on 8th January 2021.  We wish you and yours a very happy Christmas and thank you for your support this year.

While we’re having a short break, ensure you check back daily from 26th December for our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaways.



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