Hot off the Press

February 12th, 2021

February 12th, 2021

MAC introduce Powder Kiss Shade Extensions with the classic Powder Kiss meeting new bold shades.  Ideal for creating unexpected pairings and multidimensional twists in time for valentine’s/galantine’s/palentine’s!  The new additions are Powder Kiss Liquid Lipstick in shades Haute Pants and Teddy (£19 each) and Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in shade Such a Tulle (£17.50)

Also new from MAC is Studio Fix Tech Cream-To-Powder Foundation (£30) newly formulated in 42 all-inclusive, colour-true shades.  It has the coverage of a cream, with the lightweight feel of powder in a convenient compact.  Featuring a tri-system blend of water, emollients and powder, it glides on as a lightweight, soft, creamy emulsion to provide medium, buildable, long-wearing coverage with a natural matte finish.  All available from macccosmetics.


To help you find your perfect nude lip this Valentine’s Day, Sculpted By Aimee have launched three new shades to their Lip Duo range (£17 each).  The Undressed Collection boasts a gorgeous selection of nude colours, all with slightly different undertones to suit every taste – sandy Nude, rosy Naked and warm brown Bare.  Create your perfect full-lipped look with this all-in-one lip hero that carries a creamy lipstick on one end and a slightly deeper-toned lip liner on the other.  Vegan and cruelty-free available at sculptedbyaimee.


W7 Makeup have launched their revolutionary new product, the Flick & Grip 2-in-1 Eyeliner Pen (£4.95).  It is not just any ordinary eyeliner, this felt-pen liner acts as both a lash adhesive and a bold, liquid eyeliner; made to replace fiddly and messy eyelash glues and adhesives. Both waterproof and long-lasting, all you have to do is flick and grip!  Available from w7makeup.


Also ideal for Valentine’s Day (or any other) is & Other Stories Beauty latest releases.  Blissful Rose Lip & Cheek Tint (£13) is a creamy and highly-pigmented cheek and lip tint that melts into the skin, leaving it with a natural glow and satin finish. Formulated with natural waxes such as candelilla and carnuba wax, as well as vitamin E for a moisturising and skin conditioning effect. Buildable coverage.

Cherry Idéal Lipstick (£17) from the Paris Atelier: a satiny lipstick formulated with cold-pressed Mirabelle plum seed oil rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. The long-lasting formula glides on effortlessly and provides a soft finish. Created with ingredients of 80% natural origin.

Desert Nine Eyeshadow Palette (£27) nine hand-picked eyeshadow shades, carefully chosen by the beauty department of their Stockholm atelier.  Smooth textures, rich pigment and alluring colours are perfect for creating new looks.  Featuring four matte colours, two shimmering and three glitter-infused, taking you on a journey from sand dunes to pink skies in a heartbeat. Biodegradable glitter.  All available from stories.

With hand sanitiser sales rocketing throughout 2020, it’s no surprise that Dr. Bronner’s cult favourite came out as the top-selling product on their website.  The infamous Lavender Hand Hygiene Spray (£5.25) with its delicate, uplifting fragrance is a favourite of global MUAs and was even featured on ITV’s This Morning with Phillip and Holly. The non-sticky formula comes in a convenient spritz bottle making it handy for on the go and even acting as a pillow mist.  Organic and fairtrade, it effectively deals with up to 99% of germs.  It can be used to sanitise hard surfaces as well as hands and makes a great air freshener.  Available from drbronners.


Ciate have launched a third volume of their sell-out nail art sticker sets.  The Garden Party Cheat Sheet (£16) is full of spring-themed designs.  Just like the original version, application couldn’t be easier.  Simply peel off your favourite sticker using pointed tweezers and apply onto dry painted or bare nails for instant nail art.  Available now at ciatelondon.

Lashify Prismatic Gossamer Lashes (RRP £19, sale price £11). The colour rush.  Forget about painting yourself into a corner, at least not with these vivid hues designed to enhance your natural eye shape and eye colour for a completely unique look.  Available in a range of colours from lashify with shipping to the UK.


Elevate your lip game with the new Indeed Labs Hydraluron + Tinted Lip Treatment (£14.99) available in both Red and Pink.  Evolving from their award winning Hydraluron + Volumising Lip Treatment this new tinted formula combines pomegranate sterols, hyaluronic acid, coffee, tea, and tropical fruit extracts to increase hydration, promote elasticity and replenish the lip’s moisture barrier whilst adding a pop of colour to your pout. Not only will the wash of colour bring attention to your lips, they are packed with active ingredients to soothe, treat, hydrate, brighten and plump lips, leaving them feeling and looking healthier.  Using mango butter to deeply nourish and a volulip peptide that mimics the hyaluronic acid injection, you can achieve the look of fuller lips without the price tag.  Launching mid-February on feelunique and lookfantastic.


MONAT Purifying Vinegar Shampoo (£32) is a high-performance gentle shampoo infused with apple cider vinegar and potent AHAs, that helps break down and dissolve skin cells, dissolves sebum or stubborn product build up, and environmental pollutants that can cause lacklustre hair colour and style.  Reduces excess oil and restores balance to the scalp, maximising shine, adding bounce, creating a smoother finish, whilst also helping extend time between washes.  Also in the range is Scalp Purifying Scrub (£48) an innovative 2-in-1 scrub and shampoo that uses apple cider vinegar, AHAs, and sugar to gently exfoliate the surface of the scalp and hair, break down and dissolve dead skin cells, tackle sebum and stubborn product build up, and environmental pollutants.  Formulated with purifying pink clay to deep clean and purify the hair and scalp, it is also infused with the innovative Rejuveniqe™, which helps to rebalance moisturisation and creates fullness to the hair.  Both available from monatglobal.


The OSMO Limited-Edition Clay Wax (£9.10) with a lip-smacking rhubarb and custard scent, is designed to challenge and re-define hair styles to the max. This matte finish styler provides textured control and that must-have ‘just out of bed’ vibe.  Combining flexibility with extreme hold, to deliver stand out style that lasts.  The clay wax texturises, defines, and shapes hair into any style, leaving a polished finish.  Available from justmylook.


Celeb hair stylist and salon owner Heather Dapaah has released Hi’ Demand (from £66), the UK’s first wrap around ponytail brand for textured hair.  Heather specialises in healthy hair for black women and is known for her signature Hollywood waves on textured hair and wigs.  These new ponytails are 100% raw virgin human hair, so it mimics naturally textured hair. These wrap around ponytails can be styled at home with heat tools, bleach, colour, relaxers, or curl creams for easy blending, or to stand out.  Available in a variety of lengths, curl types and styles from hidemandhair.


T3 have unveiled the next step of easy styling with the Curl ID (£189), which launches this month as part of the Heat ID portfolio.  This sleek 1.25” curling iron, delivers a customised styling experience with your Heat ID customised to your unique hair profile. With an intuitive touch screen interface, 9 heat settings are automatically adjusted based on hair length, and if hair is colour or chemically treated.  Heat ID is a hairstylist in a tool, taking the guess work out of heat styling and helps limit any unnecessary excessive heat on the hair.  The CeraGloss Ceramic Barrel allows the tool to glide smoothly through the hair, locks in shine and creates beautiful, long-lasting curls and waves.  Even results are ensured by the T3 Rapid Heat IQ Technology, with an engineered microchip that monitors fluctuations of heat, and maintains temperature consistency throughout the entire barrel and the styling session.  Just one pass is enough to create endless long-lasting styles including the ultimate beachy waves, bouncy glamorous curls, or chic turned under ends.  This versatile tool is loved by LA’s Celebrity Hair Stylists including Laura Polko and Riawna Capri.  Available mid-February from top etailers including currentbody, spacenk, netaporter, selfridges and  beautybay.


BalanceMe have launched a new BHA Exfoliating Concentrate (£26) a fast-action, leave-on chemical exfoliant to gently remove dead skin cells, reduce blemishes, target enlarged pores and improve hydration to reveal softer, more youthful-looking and brighter skin.  Formulated with salicylic acid from willow bark, tiger grass, hyaluronic acid, caffeine and squalane.   The vegan formulation hydrates and smooths skin without causing irritation, thanks to the calming and anti-inflammatory blend of bio-active ingredients to complement the acids.  Ideal for blemish-prone, hormonal and oil prone skin types, and for all ages and life stages.  Available from at balanceme.


Industry News

Launched on World Cancer Day (4th Feb), The C-List is a one-stop beauty shop for people with cancer that features over 200 mainstream beauty products that are also cancer-kind.  Most people with cancer have to reinvent their make-up bags and bathroom cabinets to find non-toxic products that are kind to their skin and a time in their lives when they feel lonely, scared and unwell.

The C-List is founded by campaigner and self-described ‘cancer arse-kicker’ Helen Addis, aka @thetittygritty, who has teamed up with make-up artist Lisa Potter Dixon on the project.  Addis was inspired to create The C-List when, faced with her own cancer diagnosis, she couldn’t find anywhere to go for beauty advice.  Brands like bareMinerals, LaRoche-Posay, Weleda and Elemis are featured, with more being added every day.  Alongside product recommendations, beauty tips and a dollop of humour combine to make The C-List is a fun, welcoming place for people with cancer. The models featured on the website have also been touched by cancer and their stories are shared on the website.


Salon System has launched a series of certified online beauty courses, delivered by their appointed training agency, Training Solutions using the award-winning GELLUX, Marvelash and JUST WAX ranges. Covering waxing, nails, lashes and brows, the courses have been designed to enrich education and provide skills, knowledge, and confidence to carry out the latest and most profitable treatments in beauty.  Courses are £99 +vat.  For more information and to book visit trainingsolutions.


It’s a busy month for Salon System who also launched their Nourish Your Mind Campaign 1st February, which runs throughout the month.   The campaign aims to support the beauty industry during lockdown by giving them the tools to create good habits that not only support them now but will continue to support them when business are back (hopefully soon!) and throughout 2021.  Follow @salonsystem on Instagram to catch all the Instagram Lives.  If you miss any you can catch them again on their IG channel.


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 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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