Hot off the Press

May 21st, 2021

May 21st, 2021

Live loud in colour with the ultimate collector’s item, the Urban Decay Prince collection. This limited-edition, super-rare capsule is a tribute to the creative genius of Prince and was meticulously curated with The Prince Estate.  It features exclusive never-before-seen essentials inspired by his iconic style and unparalleled self-expression.

Prince’s signature colours take center stage with two 10-pan eyeshadow palettes (£49 each).  Featuring super-rich, ultra-blendable shades, the all-vegan U Got The Look Eyeshadow Palette ranges from pearly cream and sunset gold metallic to deep blue-purple and black glitter.

The Let’s Go Crazy Eyeshadow Palette extends from creamy iridescent violet to rich purple metallic and deep blue glitter.  Each of these dramatic shadows—featuring matte, pearl, and shimmery chrome finishes—can stand on its own but also combine harmoniously.

Inspired by Prince’s bold eyeliner and smouldering gaze, two shades of Kajal Eye Pencil (£22) are packed with intensely rich pigment. Choose from matte black or matte white.

Infused with shea butter, the universally flattering shade of Liquid Highlighter (£22) blends seamlessly to illuminate skin with a lightweight, dewy glow. Shake to activate the liquid, then apply directly or use with the Multitasker Brush (£25). This fluffy, versatile brush is densely packed with super-soft vegan bristles and can be used anywhere on the face and body.

If you want everything in the collection The UD | PRINCE Vault (£195) is a box set of all seven limited-edition products.

Available online at urbandecay and boots and in selected Boots stores.  The Vault collection is available exclusively from urbandecay.


Kryolan have released their new Supreme Volume Mascara (£12.30)– one of four products in the innovative #EyeAmYours mascara line.  It provides lashes with a soft curl and makes them look thicker. The ultra-fine silicone brush individually separates and also lifts the lashes. Unique ingredients thicken the hair for a fuller effect. The ultra-fine silicone brush provides precision and definition to lashes.   Triple-black in colour, staying soft and flexible through the day.  Quick-drying, smudge-free and easily removable.  Available from kryolan.


W7 Cosmetics have launched – Browsome! Longwear Eyebrow Gel (£3.95) an easy-to-use brow product that acts as both brow colour and gel in one.  Use the doe-foot applicator to apply and the double-ended brush to shape and define.  It has a long-lasting and transfer-proof formula that gives you the ability to build your way up from a natural arch to bold and beautiful, HD brow. Available in three shades – light, medium and dark brown.  Available from w7makeup.


Turn up the heat with Barry M’s Heatwave Bronzer (£5.99).  These soft and blendable powders warm and sculpt the complexion for a naturally sun-kissed matte finish.  Available in 3 shades, these bronzing powders complement a variety of skin tones and provide a warm and sculpted complexion.  This product’s formula is enriched with Fair Trade Shea Butter sourced from Tungteiya Women’s Association in Ghana.  Available from barrym and Superdrug stores nationwide.


Earthy Nails have produced long lasting nail polish (£7.99 each) with a high shine, using natural origin and bio-sourced materials, with sustainable packaging.  The bottle cap is made from bamboo, rather than plastic and is biodegradable, naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial and compostable.  Combined with the Earthy Nails Top and Base Coat, salon-worthy shine and longevity awaits. With polishes in 13 shades from nudes pinks reds monochrome brights, there should be something for everyone.  The brands products are also 100% acetone free, 100% a cetate free, 99% natural origin and biosourced. This includes the Base Coat, Top Coat and Remover.  Available from earthynailpolish.


Lady Showbiz Beauty’s latest release is Rose Aloe Toner (£11.99). Tapping into the healing properties of rose and the soothing qualities of aloe, this toner is the ideal addition to your summer skincare kit.  Formulated with rose to remove excess oils and impurities alongside its healing properties; vitamin C to brighten and tone; orange essential oil for pore-cleansing and aloe vera to soothe, moisturise and to provide an anti-inflammatory boost.  Fragranced with Rosa Damascena flower water.  20% of net profits are donated to charities that help people and animals both in the UK and around the world.  Available now from ladyshowbiz.


The latest product from SOS, the range created by Bruce Green (a chartered scientist, chemist, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry) is SOS Cleanse (£5).  Formulated to calm and instantly soothe and cool the skins outermost layer, this gel cleanser leaves the skin prepared and ready for the day.  The cleanser formula has the same ‘Melt Flow Index’ as the skin, which ensures gentle but thorough cleansing, that flushes the pores and dissolves makeup.  The formula is infused with Blue Daisy Extract, which helps to restore the pH balance of the skin, while desensitising and boosting its natural moisture barrier.  The formula is vegan, and cruelty-free.  Available from sosserum.


Jennifer Aniston revealed last month that she uses Heritage Store Rosewater Facial Mist (£7.99) which has recently launched in the UK.  The brand’s products harness pure, potent ingredients to inspire positivity. There are no artificial dyes and no harsh preservatives, phthalates or sulphates. Just clean, plant-powered feel good skin and hair care.

Their Rosewater Facial Mist aka the energy elevator was created with lacklustre, dehydrated complexions in mind.  It contains only two pure ingredients – hydroessential rose and Vor-Mag water.  Rosewater helps to soothe, soften and tone skin,  balancing complexions.  While Vor-mag water (water which has been magnetised and ‘vortexed’) then works in tandem with the rosewater to refresh and re-balance the skin while raising the energy to a higher vibration.   This can also be used to help set makeup and energise the mood.  Available at cultbeauty.


This month Philip Kingsley launched their new ‘pre shampoo’ hair treatment; a 2 in 1 hair and scalp mask.  Vitamin C Detoxifying Hair and Scalp Treatment (£28) deeply cleanses, removing impurities caused by hard water, pollution and products. The antioxidant-rich potent Vitamin C powder-to-jelly formula (first of its kind) applied pre-shampoo, restores hair’s natural radiance, and reveals strands that feel weightless, soft and strong. It also protects the scalp against oxidative stress, helping to neutralise damaging free radicals.

Formulated to help combat colour-fade, discolouration, limpness and lack of volume, the treatment brightens the hair and removes weighty build up to reveal hair that feels clean, light and restored. Rather than just masking dull and lifeless-looking hair, it addresses the underlying cause of the issue.  Vitamin C Jelly restores hair’s vitality using a multi-layered approach: it removes impurities, seals the hair cuticle, normalises pH levels, and unlike many detoxifying treatments, it also moisturises the hair.  Citrus scented, vegan and cruelty-free.  Available now from philipkingsley.


Ouidad have introducing their new Curl Shaper range, created for wavy hair, loose curls, and everything in between. Light-as-air formulas and curl-friendly ingredients add definition to even the finest curls without weighing them down.  The range combines nourishing and super hydrating ingredients to restore hair moisture, soften and define without any crunch,  leaving healthy and happy curls.

The range includes: Good As New Moisture Restoring Shampoo (£30), Double Duty Weightless Cleansing Conditioner (£36), 3-In-One Revitalizing Milk (£34), Plumping & Defining Cream (£26), Bounce Back Reactivating Mist (£24) and Out Of Thin (H)air Volumizing Jelly (£26).  Available now from feelunique and coming soon to lookfantastic.


R+Co are launching two new products on Monday ,which take advantage of gaps in the haircare market.  Cool Wind pH Perfect Air Dry Cream (£26.50) is a balanced pH cream that helps to seal cuticles, prevent unwanted breakage and locks in natural oils. Perfect for anyone looking to tame frizz and style without the use of hot tools.

Teacup Peacholine + Kombucha Detox Rinse (£30) is a weekly rinse that can be used to rid hair of things that affect its health, including pollution, hard water and chlorine.  It also helps to resist damage from environmental stressors, help maintains moisture and fights of UV damage.  Available 24th May from rebelbeautybrands and partners.


Nair’s Leg Mask Charcoal (£7.99) is the first Nair hair removal product to combine the benefits of an indulgent mask whilst effectively removing hair. Its unique 3-in-1 formula removes all visible hair, moisturises skin whilst helping to minimise hair regrowth; leaving legs feeling smooth and looking luminous!  It contains 100% natural clay and charcoal extract, helping to detoxify legs and remove impurities. The Nair Charcoal Leg Mask works in as little as 5 minutes and can be used in between shaving – keeping your legs looking and feeling their best.  Available from superdrug.


Now summer is (almost) here your feet may well need attention.  The Skin Republic Foot Peel (£9.99) will remove dead skin in seven days. Dual layered ‘booties’ provide the ultimate foot soak pamper, with an exfoliating serum packed with plant extracts and alpha hydroxy acids for soft, silky smooth feet. The outer layer of the booties stays dry so you can continue with daily activities.

Over the seven day period the peel removes dead skin cells, calluses and rough skin. Dry feet and heels will feel soft, soothed and hydrated, ready for sandal and flipflop season.  Available from superdrug.


Want to glam up your hand sanitiser game?  Then LLIO have the perfect products for you.  They have just launched 50ml handbag sized Crystal Clear Crystal Charged Sanitisers (£18.95 each or all four for £65) with Rose Quartz, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli or Amethyst crystals in each bottle.  Not only do they look amazing, they smell absolutely gorgeous too, featuring scents of geranium and orange essential oils.   Choose Citrine to unlock your higher self, Rose Quartz if you are in need of a little self-love, Amethyst to feel calm and ready for a snooze, or boost your immune system with Lapis Lazuli.  The glass bottles are recyclable and sustainable – post your empty one back to get a £5 credit.  Available from llio.


Industry News

We are excited about the upcoming virtual charity fundraising day, Stand Together Glam Together on behalf of the Hair & Beauty Charity and British Red Cross and organised by creator, Erin Culley.

Date: Saturday 5th June

Where: IG Live –

Details: Star of This Morning, MUA Bryony Blake, and Oscar-Nominated film and TV designer, Marc Pilcher, have both signed up for the hair and beauty fundraising event. Volunteer-led, it will livestream hair and beauty tutorials from over 20 respected industry creatives on the event Instagram channel on 5th June 2021, to educate and empower supporters.  100% of all donations will go directly to the nominated charities.  For more details click here.


Watermans, the UK hair-growth company, have announced their partnership with THG plc’s (The Hut Group) end-to-end e-commerce division – THG Ingenuity – and the launch of the new direct to to consumer site, to help accelerate the digital growth of the brand across the world.  In this new partnership, Watermans will benefit from THG Ingenuity’s global ecommerce infrastructure including a trading platform, international fulfilment and customer services, and marketing and influencer platforms.  The Yorkshire-based brand have seen huge interest and expansion in their products from across the world and this new partnership will help them in their next phase.


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