Hot off the Press

February 19th, 2021

February 19th, 2021

KVD Vegan Beauty have introduced their latest innovation – XO Lip Gloss (£17). These lipglosses apply with extreme shine and medium coverage colour, with an unbelievably creamy formula that will convert any gloss-sceptics.  Known for high-pigment and long-lasting formulas, these 7 essential shades are no different, giving you smooth, non-gritty shine in just one swipe (no lip liner needed!). Scented with the brands signature crème brulée flavour, XO Lip Gloss is vegan indulgence that will become your new favourite lip product.  Available in 7 shades, from 19th February on


MUA Joy Adenuga has created Brushes By Joy, a five-part set of multi-use brushes, created with high-quality and functionality in mind.  The lightweight tools are designed for anyone and everyone.  All brushes are 100% vegan, feature high-grade synthetic hair and ombré grey tips. Priced between £11.50 – £22.00, with the full set priced at £75.  Joy says, “As a makeup professional, I want to make sure I’m packing the most essential products to make my travelling light.”  The range comprises Booked & Busy (£15) the ultimate multi-use brush that can be used for both cream and powder formulas.  The shape is designed for the perfect contour and fits nicely under the eyes.  Little Mama (£13.50) a multi-use brush designed for cream and powder.  Perfect for setting under the eyes, applying highlighter and cream blushes.  The shape of the brush is ideal for contouring.  Big Mama (£22) the biggest brush in the range, designed for applying powder – all over, setting powder, blush, face bronzer, body bronzer and more.  Hey Guys (£18) the perfect bush for cream product application; moisturisers, primers, foundation, cream blushes. It can also be used to both build full coverage and sheer out foundations.  Gotta Dash (£11.50) a brush also designed for cream applications. The shape of this brush fits nicely under the eyes for seamless application.  Also perfect for applying precise cream contours.  Available from byjoyadenuga.


M·A·C launched the Moon Masterpiece collection ahead of the lunar new year.  A wealth of artful shades for eyes, lips and skin all adorned in limited-edition Pop Art packaging to set the tone for a prosperous new year.  The collection comprises:  Powder Kiss Lipstick (£20) in shades Turn Up Your Luck, Luck Be A Lady, Brick ThroughHealthy, Wealthy and Thriving and Playing Koi.  Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain (£20) in Like Candy and No Interruptions.  9 Pan Eyeshadow Palette (£28) in Sea of Plenty.  Mineralize Skinfinish (£28) in Double Gleam.  Powder Blush Duo (£28) Good Health, Great Wealth.  Available at selfridgesBrown Thomas and macccosmetics.


Green People have a new addition to their signature Age Defy+ Skin Care Range – Collagen Boost Vitamin C Serum (£39).  Vegan, certified organic and the perfect blend for thirsty, dull skin, it is is enriched with a slow-release vitamin C derived from ascorbyl glucoside, a high pH, stable form of vitamin C, which gives those with mature skin an advantage over the skin ageing process.  The 89% organic serum blends vitamin C, Bakuchi oil and Hyaluronic acid into a synergised, long-lasting and light-weight serum that sinks deep into the skin to plump, even and brighten the complexion.  A blend of five floral-scented essential oils provide a soothing, spa-like scent.  Available from greenpeople.


Osmosis Beauty Europe have launched some great masks which are ideal to use whilst working from home.  The Osmosis premium range is made up of natural and eco-friendly products, designed to enhance the complexion whilst building and strengthening the skin’s natural barrier.  The brand’s philosophy is based on treating the whole self to holistically heal with skin from the inside out.  Tropical Mango Barrier Repair Mask (£66) the combination of nut and fruit butters and oils in Osmosis’ Barrier Repair Mask work to nourish, hydrate, and restore the skin’s lipid barrier. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory properties, this mask will leave the skin soothed and replenished.

Polish Cranberry Enzyme Mask (£70) a skin-smoothing antioxidant mask that harnesses the power of cranberry enzymes to gently remove damaged cells, promoting a firm, smooth, and healthy glow.  Both ideal for ageing, sensitive, irritated, pigmented and dry skins.  Available from osmosisbeauty.


Melyon, the skincare brand created by top Swedish model Roger Dupé has just launched on Candour Beauty.  The brand focuses on darker skin tones while still being suitable for all. The initial launch consists of four products Milk Cleanser (£18) This gentle cleanser eliminates impurities effectively without irritation. It soothes and reduces redness – leaving the skin with a fresh and natural glow provided by ginger root extract.  Detox Serum (£50) This detoxing serum absorbs quickly and boosts the effect of the Melyon Day or Night Cream. It visibly firms and plumps the skin, resulting in a smooth and evenly toned look.  Day Cream (£35) This rich moisturiser is filled with antioxidants and vitamin E to protect the skin from free radicals and pollution. It reduces the appearance of pores, shiny spots and leaves the skin with a silky, matt finish.  Night Cream (£35) This hydrating cream is rich with peptides and vitamin A to repair, and strengthen the collagen production. It removes dead cells and helps produce new, resulting in radiant and healthy-looking skin.  Available exclusively on candourbeauty.


New haircare brand SheWolf whole ethos is to bring the fun back into haircare.  The line was founded by London hair stylist Mariano Ruiz, who has over 20 years’ experience within the hair industry, along with a collective of other haircare professionals.  They aim to inject fun and joy back into your routine, one washday at a time. Beautiful products, expertly created, obsessively tested.  The range includes Colour Protecting Shampoo (£12.50) and Conditioner (£14.50), Hydrating Shampoo (£12.50) and Conditioner (£14.50), Volumising Shampoo (£14.50), Pre-Shampoo Hydrating Mask (£16.50) and Tsubaki Smoothing Hair Oil (£16.50).  Available now from shewolfhair.


First Aid Beauty creates clean formulas that work on even the most sensitive skins.  Their latest innovation is Facial Radiance Niacinamide Dark Spot Serum (£38) formulated to reduce the look of hyperpigmentation and even skintone.  This non-irritation niacinamide-powered serum will help reveal brighter, even-toned skin, with a gentle (yet powerful) formulation that helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, discolouration and post-acne marks.  The formulation also includes liquorice root, golden kiwi fruit and undecyclenoyl phenylalanine.  Available from lookfantastic and feelunique.


Sensory Eyes have developed the rose-infused Amour Eyes Self Heating Eye Mask (£3.95 each/5 for £15) to not only enhance wellbeing, but also to encourage self-care and self-love.  The luxurious and pampering, vegan-friendly eye masks are made with natural ingredients that heat up to deliver soothing warmth when they come into contact with the air.  They’ve teamed up with Zen mindfulness teacher, Elizabeth Caroline, to offer a deeply balancing guided meditation that focuses on self-love and compassion. Also included with a purchase of Amour Eyes is 85-minutes of crystal sound healing allowing you to create your own sound bath at home or simply listen to the Crystal Singing Bowls to promote deep relaxation at times of heightened anxiety. These magical sounds neutralise stress, soothe the nervous system and help to heal body and mind while re-aligning the chakras. Perfect for creating your own retreat.  Available from sensoryretreats with various gifting options.


Blistex, global leaders in lip care and lip health, have carried out a study which shows not only are business meetings shifting to the online space, but dating activity is too.  The Blistex range is ideal to moisturise and soothe the driest lips, making them camera-ready, whatever the reason for being on line.  Intensive Moisturiser (£2.30) infused with a blend of rich moisturisers that intensely rehydrate lips.  Shea butter conditions, camphor soothes and allantoin smooths lips. Intensive Moisturiser Cherry (£2.30) infused with a blend of rich moisturisers and works to intensely hydrate lips, with a hint of cherry flavour.   Lip Brilliance (£2.49) gives lips a rosy blush whilst enriching them with silk extracts for softness, grape seed oil conditions and hyaluronic filling spheres boost natural fullness, leaving lips looking healthy, full and fabulous.  Medplus (£2.30) is perfect when lips need some TLC, it cools, soothes and restores dry lips thanks to conditioning cocoa butter and cooling menthol, bringing lips back to health.  Ultra SPF 50+ (£2.79) provides advanced sun protection to help defend lips from UVA and UVB rays, infused with antioxidants and vitamins C & E, it helps seal in moisture to keep them hydrated, whilst protecting them from the sun. Perfect for winter sun and snow.   Available at superdrug and boots with selected lines available in Wilko, HomeBargains, Savers and supermarkets.


Industry News

Join British Beauty Council Advisory Board Member Mary Greenwell on Clubhouse at 5pm on Thursday 4th March. Time: Mary Greenwell will be joining Lan Nguyen Grealis, Christina Aristodemou, Warpaint’s Editorial Director Emma Rutherford and Madeleine Spencer for this live conversation.   Find out more about Clubhouse here.


Online booking platform, Eleventh Hour Beauty are popping Champagne corks and setting off fireworks to welcome Daniel Galvin Jr MBE as brand ambassador and mentor.  Beauty therapist, Abigail Fletcher created the platform to allow hair and beauty businesses fill empty slots and customers find last-minute appointments. It also provides an online booking service for professionals who may not otherwise have them. Formal bookings are expected to remain mandatory once salons re-open.  Abigail was assisted by The Princes Trust, of which Daniel is a patron.  Daniel is one of the world’s most sought-after colourists for 35 years. He is well-respected in the industry for his business acumen and hugely influential for long-standing eco-ethical values, which he implemented long before they became fashionable.

As part of their #StandWithSalons campaign Eleventh Hour Beauty is offering all hair, beauty and spa businesses a free front page on the platform to add images and contact information.  Plus, a month’s free trial which commences when salons reopen and are encouraging businesses to register now while they’re closed so they can get familiar with using the system whilst they are not working to futureproof their business. The platform is ideal for both salons and self-employed hairdressers, barbers, beauty professionals, and nail technicians.


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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