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March 5th, 2021

March 5th, 2021

W7 Makeup have launched their newest product, Brow King (£11.95) in collaboration with the brow king himself, Celebrity brow stylist, Salih Cikikcioglu.  It is the ultimate eye and brow palette containing all the tools you need to carve and create the perfect ‘on fleek’ brows.  Salih (also known as Sal), is a brow, skincare and beauty expert.  Previously a model, he turned to YouTube which subsequently grew his profile. Sal is now a celebrity brow stylist to the stars with clients including Perrie Edwards, Molly Mae Hague, Jesy Nelson and Sam Faiers to name a few.  Brow King allows anyone to create their perfect colour match using the wide variety of brow and eye powders. The natural variations of light and dark tones can be combined using the mixing tray and application brush to provide shape, definition and fullness.  Style and set with Brow King’s clear eyebrow gel and use the wax formula for a long-lasting finish.  The palette also comes with a double-ended highlighting pencil for those who want to achieve that sought-after insta-brow!  Available now from w7makeup.


MUA Aimee Connolly’s Sculpted by Aimee brand have been busy with new releases.  Second Skin (£25) is a skin-perfecting wonder product and available in dewy and matte – depending on your skin type and desired finish.  Promising to nourish your skin and leave a luminous finish, this mineral-based foundation gives incredible coverage; whilst letting the skin breathe with the added bonus of SPF50.  Now available in 17 shades.  Brighten Up Concealer (£15) with a lightweight mineral formulation that compliments more delicate skin and is packed with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide which work to hydrate the under-eye area.  Its ultra-fine, pearlescent particles reflect light under the eye serving you I-woke-up-like-this brilliance.

Complete Cover Up Concealer (£15) a mineral, oil-free concealer that delivers the most gorgeous soft focus matte finish to enhance your complexion without masking it; allowing your natural skin to shine through. This fool-proof saviour blends seamlessly into the skin and stays put all-day-long!  Beauty Buffer Complexion Brush (£17) introducing the perfect tool for a flawless complexion; a handy all-in-one brush that can be used for all of your foundation, primer, concealer and cream tint needs.  Featuring one bigger end for applying your foundation, accompanied by a more narrow, dense head that’s ideal for precise concealer application and building up targeted coverage.  Available from boots.


P.Louise have just launched their brand new Lip Base collection (£10 each).  A new twist on their already revolutionary base products, the Lip Base is a super hydrating and creamy formula which makes the perfect pout achievable in seconds. Combined with a drag free applicator that ensures a seamless glide for maximum precision and effect, all you need is a pea sized amount of product for a high impact finish.  Formulated with the benefits of vitamin E, shea butter, and hyaluronic acid for a creamy, nourishing and smooth formula – designed to help you create the most kissable of lips.  It’s perfect for use on the lips and also as a blush tint and comes in eleven shades.  Available from plouise.


Show your gratitude on Mothering Sunday with a moisture-matte kiss of colour in two limited-edition MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss Lip Kits (£27 each) featuring their most-loved shades.  Each duo packs a shade-matched Powder Kiss Lipstick and Liquid Lip Colour – all wrapped up and ready to gift in exclusive baby-pink packaging.  Like Mother Powder Kiss Lip Kit in Burning Love and Like Daughter Powder Kiss Lip Kit in Mull it Over.  Infused with vitamin E for immediate and long-term moisture, long wearing, blurs lines and smooths lips with a soft-focus effect.  The smooth, stay-true colour is non-fading.  Available from maccosmetics.


Spanish sell-out skincare brand, Sepai, has introduced their customisable brand to the UK. Since 2009, Sepai has understood that each person’s uniqueness, should be targeted with products that deliver results and formulations tailored to their specific skin concerns.  Sepai, enables you to customise your own skincare routine with a line of specific Boosters (from £45) to create your ideal face or body treatment.  With 8 different boosters for the face, and 8 for body, each booster targets a specific skincare concern, including the treatment of spots, wrinkles, firmness, luminosity, re-densification, cellulite, elasticity and much more.

Each booster formulation contains the most advanced genomic technology, biotechnological and molecular engineering actives to target specific skin concerns with a very high concentration of active ingredients, and no grey substances.  They arrive encapsulated within syringe-shaped packaging. The boosters are also dermatologically-tested, toxic-free, vegan and cruelty-free.  Available from lookfantastic.

New this week from Medik8 is Sleep Glycolic™ (£35) an at-home 10% glycolic acid peel that delivers unparalleled resurfacing results while you sleep, but with zero downtime.  Used two to three times a week, Sleep Glycolic™ deeply refines your skin overnight. Expect instant brightening, smoothing and decongesting results the morning after use.  Formulated with glycolic acid, glycerin and Korean clover extract.  Suitable for normal skin types – including blemish-prone, oily, uneven textured and those prone to visible hyperpigmentation.  Not suitable for very sensitive skins.  Available from medik8 and medik8 clinics.


First Aid Beauty’s Award-Winning Ultra Repair Cream (£30) is the answer to your all your skincare needs, abolishing dry skin, hydrating parched patches and relieving irritation and itching.  This head-to-toe moisturiser is beautifully whipped and easily absorbed, providing immediate relief and visible improvement to distressed skin, eczema, dry, scaly sensitive or reactive skin.  Formulated with Colloidal Oatmeal, Shea Butter, Allantoin along with an antioxidant booster!  This unique combination is clinically proven to increase hydration by 169% immediately upon application.  Safe for sensitive skin it can be used to help heal many skincare concerns and protect against environmental aggressors. Including to relieve irritation due to eczema or rash, relieve discomfort or itch from a growing baby bump, nourish cuticles, stop the itch of bug bites, soothe and reduce peeling from windburn or sunburn and reduce redness and tenderness from new tattoos.  Available from lookfantastic, feelunique and asos.


The Waterpik Cordless Select Water Flosser (£79.99) is perfect for anyone travelling or working in different locations.  It has a magnetic 4-hour USB charging system, ultra quiet operation, waterproof design, and global voltage. It’s perfect for small spaces, travel, and use in the shower.  Removes up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas and is up to 50% more effective for improving gum health vs. string floss. This model comes with 4 tips, 2 pressure settings, 360-degree tip rotation, global voltage, and a 2-year warranty.  Waterpik® is the #1 recommended water flosser brand in the world.  Available from superdrug.


R+Co Bleu have a new product launch this month, Magnifier Thickening Spray (£58) to help create lush, full, flexible looks that hold their style all day long.  Nourishing proteins in this light-weight spray add strength, plumping fine and weak hair from the root for a noticeable increase in volume.  Protects against heat styling and adds shine.  Formulated with biotin and pea vegetable protein along with R+Co’s Bleu Molecule Compex that delivers intense shine and repairing benefits.  Available from rebelbeautybrands.


This week Philip Kingsley launched a brand-new sulphate-free hair range, Pure Colour, formulated specifically to lock in colour and nourish strands, extending time between salon visits. The range consists of:  Pure Colour Anti-Fade Shampoo (£25) formulated for anyone with colour-processed hair to add body, bounce and shine while soothing and conditioning the scalp.  Containing denoxyline, a purified green tea extract, rich in antioxidants which helps to protect hair colour from water and UV, and free-radical pollutants.  It also contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein and panthenyl hydroxypropyl steardimonium chloride, a pro vitamin B5 derivative which imparts shine and silkiness to hair, improving manageability and body; it also decreases damage to hair, hydrates dry and damaged scalp from harsh chemical treatments and colouring, improving compatibility and hair appearance.  Pure Colour Reviving Conditioner (£25) reduces colour fade and improves elasticity for stronger hair and longer lasting colour.  Key ingredients include Betaine, a sugar beet derivative which provides moisturisation, and panthenyl hydroxypropyl steardimonium chloride.  It also contains Paptua Oil, a South American vegetable oil rich in omega 9 and fatty acids to strengthen the internal structure and cuticle of the hair, restoring and softening damaged hair.  Pure Colour Frizz-Fighting Gloss (£26) This frizz-fighting serum smooths and controls frizz, improves moisture retention and extends colour longevity, leaving hair soft and silky, with reflective shine.  Containing Palmitamidopropylimonium Chlorid a conditioning agent with ant-static properties to smooth and tame, and a Silicone Blend for a protective film over hair, protecting, conditioning and adding high-shine. Abil ME 45 provides manageability and smoothness to hair, improves wash fastness of coloured hair and shows heat protecting properties up to 190°C, along with Phytantriol, a conditioning agent which enhances the appearance and feel of hair by increasing suppleness and sheen; it increases moisture retention and improves the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatments.  All available from philipkingsley.



Industry News

Following this week’s budget announcement, the recognised official charity of the professional hair and beauty industry, Hair and Beauty Charity, has released its current support figures, “Since the third lockdown this January, we have seen a worrying 227% increase in requests for financial support during January and February, based year on year. Even after today’s announcement and the 12th April opening date in the roadmap, we know that our support will be required for months to come,” explains Hair & Beauty President Samantha Grocutt.

Hair & Beauty Charity was first established in 1836 as the Hairdresser’s Orphan Fund and has continued to support hair and beauty professionals who have been affected by illness, disability, bereavement, homelessness, domestic violence, or financial hardship. During 2020, the charity saw an extraordinary 148% increase in requests for help and increased the financial contributions to those in the hair and beauty industry by 70%.

Today’s budget announcement has some positive news for our beneficiaries – especially those who were self-employed in 2019 and have been part of the 3 million who have fallen through the net of government financial support to date. Approximately 62.5% of the professional industry is working in a self-employed capacity. Our charity has been vital to support for them, so we’re pleased that there is now financial support available for those who need it and who meet the requirements for qualifying. However, we also know that many of the beneficiaries we are helping with financial support still may not qualify for the new self-employed support as many were self-employed in July 2020 either by losing their jobs or having their employment status altered. We have ring-fenced funds to continue supporting them.  The charity is still very much a life-line for our industry and will continue to help those in financial need as we have for over 180 years.” concludes Samantha.

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The NHBF has welcomed the support for hair & beauty sector in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s today as a success for its lobbying efforts over the past year.

Personal Care is one of the only sectors due to re-open in Step 2 (currently expected from 12th April) where businesses will be eligible to receive a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000. Details on how to apply will be announced in the next week.

Salon owners will also be supported by:

  • Furlough (Coronavirus Job Support Scheme) being extended to September 2021 across the UK.
  • A new UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme to make available loans between £25,001 and £10 million to help businesses of all sizes through the next stage of recovery.
  • Small and medium-sized employers in the UK will continue to be able to reclaim up to two weeks of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee from the Government.
  • In England, business rates relief of 100% until the end of June and then a discount of two-thirds until the end of the year.
  • Corporation Tax will remain at 19% until 2023, staying at this level for those with profits of £50,000 or less. It will then be tapered, with only those generating £250,000 or more in profit being charged 25%.

For self-employed hair & beauty professionals:

  • The UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme is being extended to September 2021, and everyone who filed a tax return in 2019-20 is now able to claim for the first time.
  • Those whose turnover has fallen by over 30% can claim 80% back and those who have lost less than 30% of turnover can claim 30%.

Local authorities in England will also be given an additional £425m to support businesses who have fallen through the gaps in support and may not be eligible for restart grants.

BABTAC, British Beauty Council, NHBF and UK Spa Association have been working as part of a COVID Coalition to make a case to Government for the need for targeted support for our sector. This has included formulating a robust and fully costed proposal for an immediate recovery fund for the personal care sector and a cut in VAT to five per cent once reopened in order to counter the effects of working at reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements. The Coalition continues to work together for the good of the sector to campaign for improvements in recognition and support for our sector now and going forward.

Full details of the budget can be found on the Government website.


Medik8,  have announced they have received investment from leading private equity group, Inflexion Ltd.  Since its foundation, Pangaea Laboratories (The Medik8 parent company) has built a world-class business based on science and ingredients. In order to meet the welcome challenges emanating from their rapid growth, the time is now right to secure the help and resources of an experienced investment partner with a particular focus on international expansion. The Medik8 Founder and CEO remain on the board and are passionate about taking the business to the next level.

With the ultimate mission of Beautiful Skin for Life, Medik8 has successfully disrupted the conversation about skincare and empowered consumers with simplicity – putting science centre-stage. The secret is, there is no secret! Starting with dermatologists, skincare experts and die-hard enthusiasts, their ‘CSA Philosophy’ comprising the idea of vitamin C plus Sunscreen in the day, with vitamin A at night has rapidly spread to the wider audience of premium skincare buyers who seek a rational, ethical and high quality product offering. Medik8 is recognised as a market leader in vitamin A skincare technologies


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