Hot off the Press

June 18th, 2021

June 18th, 2021

Nars launch their new Radiant Creamy Colour Corrector (£24) next month.  Designed to diminish the look of undereye circles, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation by neutralizing blue and purple-toned imperfections in skin.  When used over time, antioxidant-rich ingredients help brighten skin’s appearance while defending against free radicals.  Used alone the corrector immediately increases the skin’s hydration 179%.  Used with make-up it helps that makeup become crease-resistant and sweat-proof.  Available in four tones (light, medium, medium-deep and deep) on 1st July from Nars stockists nationwide.


W7 Makeup yesterday dropped their latest eyeshadow palette, Mardi Gras (£14.95). The eye-catching palette features a daring range of 40 stunning shades to suit every skin tone, from hot pinks to zesty greens to royal blues. The variety of finishes and textures combines 31 dazzling matte shades, 6 indulgent shimmer shades, and 3 metallic shades. What makes this palette even better is that it is made from vegan and paraben-free formulas which will give you all you need to express yourself this summer.  Available now from w7makeup.


LA based MUA Monika Blunder launched her signature product Blunder Cover (£45) in the UK this month.  A multi-functional product, Blunder Cover can be used as a foundation, concealer and for contouring or highlighting.  Available in 14 inclusive shades, the namesake brand draws on Monika’s Austrian heritage and love of a more natural and holistic approach to life and beauty.  Opting for high performance botanical ingredients like edelweiss, arnica and aloe vera, the formulation is free of synthetic ingredients and fragrance. The entire Monika Blunder Beauty range is vegan, clean and consciously created to be kind to your skin and perform with flawless perfection.

Blunder Cover is an all-in-one foundation/concealer that can be sheered out and used as a natural, comfortable base, or built up as a concealer in areas that need more coverage, with an always natural skin-like finish. The multi-tasking formula can also be used in lighter/darker shades to highlight and contour. Gently buff into skin with the Hybrid Face Brush (£30.50) or with fingertips, building coverage as desired. Re-apply throughout the day for a flawless touch-up.  Available now, exclusively from cultbeauty.


US brand Desert Harvest’s new aloe-vera based skincare products include some of the highest concentrated aloe on the market thanks to the way it is harvested.  The range will treat acne, repair scarring, and offer sustainable prevention to breakouts.

Aloe Vera Gele (from $5) made with 80% pure aloe vera concentrate and is formulated to relieve the pain, redness and inflammation of minor skin irritations and acne while helping to prevent scarring and discoloration. Can be used on the entire body.  Releveum Skin Repair Cream (from $24.30) patented proprietary formula classified as an OTC drug by the FDA including 4% lidocaine and 96% all natural ingredients. Its aloe vera formulations reduce scarring, irritation and infection after surgery.  Aloe Renew – launched June 1st, 2021 – helps combat the natural aging process and exposure to skin-damaging elements such as the sun, ultraviolet radiation, pollution and tobacco with a combination of a patented blend of plat botanicals and skin firming essential ingredients.  Available from desertharvest.


Templespa’s newest launch Most Revealing (£40) is an oxygenating peel that contains AHAs of glycolic, malic, lactic and mandelic acids.  All of these help keep pores clear of buildup, and help prevent maskne.  Botanical extracts and Mediterranean oils, including sweet orange and bergamot work together to reveal smooth, bright, radiant skin.  Suitable for all skin types, skin will be purified giving a healthier appearance, as well keeping skin hydrated and improving the skin’s barrier function, helping to avoid outbreaks.  Available from templespa.


Smart Skin – the sustainable, natural and cruelty free skincare collection from Niomi Smart, have just launched two brand new products.  The Radiance Tonic (£22) a natural skin toner to exfoliate, soothe and brighten the skin. With a unique bouncy and lightweight texture, blended with sugar maple which contains natural PHAs and AHAs – use morning and night to revive and improve tone.  Anti-oxidising bilberry protects, while witch hazel and thyme soothe and calm.  Packaging is eco-friendly and recyclable.  Super Softs (£12) 12 re-usable, super-soft organic cotton pads, housed in a bespoke drawstring bag. Created to help with skincare application and makeup and/or product removal.  Both available now from mysmartskin.


7th Heaven’s new face mask range Keeping it Wild sees the brand partner with wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, to create an exclusive range of animal-themed masks, featuring TimTom the Orangutan, Elephant, and Giraffe sheet masks (£2.99 each).  The TimTom Orangutan mask has been created in celebration of Born Free Foundation’s work in rescuing TimTom, an orphan Orangutan in Borneo. Each purchase of the mask will support TimTom and other orangutans within the Foundation’s care to acquire the life skills necessary for their safe return to their natural habitat.  All face masks in the range hydrate, revitalise, and nourish the skin, whilst creating a fun experience for face mask lovers! In addition, all products are cruelty free, PETA-certified, and the ‘Keeping it Wild’ range is 100% vegan.  Available exclusively on amazon.


Indeed Labs Hydraluron™ range is perfect to give your skin a daily hydyration boost this summer.  Hydraluron is clinically proven to boost moisture levels in your skin daily using hyaluronic acid that is 100% free from animal-derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants.  The range includes

hydraluron Cream Cleanser (£19.99) formulated with coconut-based surfactant, creating a refreshing lather to dissolve and remove impurities, makeup, and dirt without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture barrier.  hydraluron Moisture Jelly (£24.99) a lightweight, ultra-refreshing  jelly moisturiser saturated with  saturates fast-absorbing ingredients to leave the skin soft, smooth, plump, and radiant.  hydraluron Moisture Serum (£24.99) a highly concentrated serum that plumps, diminished depth of fine lines to give a more dew look and feel to the skin.  hydraluron + Moisture Mist (£24.99) a ultra-hydrating mist that gives the skin an instant dewy effect while protecting the skin from sources that emit significant amounts of HEV light, such as computer screens, smartphones, the sun, and other digital devices.  Available from boots, superdrug, asos, cultbeauty, lookfantastic and feelunique.


SVR’s new Sun Secure collection is a complete range of very high SPF50+ sun protection that is ultra-safe for our health and the marine environment.  Suitable for the whole family, even those with the most sensitive skin, there is a texture and format for everyone.  All products in the range protect against UVA and UVB, infrared and visible light and also repairs cellular damage caused by sun exposure thanks to niacinamide.

Sun Secure Cream SPF50+ (£16.50) Very high, broad-spectrum dermatological protection. This non-greasy cream is particularly suited to normal and dry skin types thanks to its velvety texture that melts into the skin and its generous hydrating properties. Water-resistant, friction and perspiration resistant. Sun Secure Mist SPF50+ (£18.00) A light mist for quick application. A refreshing, ultra-fine and invisible texture for all types of sensitive skin. Quick and easy to apply and can even be sprayed over wet skin.   Sun Secure Fluid SPF50+ (£16.50):  Its light texture is ideal for normal- combination skin, penetrating instantly to leave a non-greasy, non-sticky, invisible finish while remaining water, perspiration and abrasion resistant.  The new Sun Secure range also includes Sun Secure SPF50+ Body Milk (£17) and Sun Secure SPF50+ Spray (£19).  Available now from labo.svr, lookfantastic, feelunique and beautyexpert.


L’Oréal Professionnel Paris have launched their groundbreaking innovation the Metal Detox range set to revolutionise in-salon professional hair colour.  Seven years in the making, L’Oréal has developed a patented breakthrough innovation that is designed to target metal, specifically copper in the hair.  These metals can be found in water and can cause breakage during the in-salon colour process.  The range starts with the Pre-treatment enriched with Glicoamine and neutralises excess copper in the hair. The result? A reliable colour that looks even, shiny and healthy-looking with up to 87% reduction in breakage. Launches in salons this month.


Industry News

The No7 Beauty Company have launched an industry leading beauty advisor training programme, Skin School, developed by its Global Beauty Academy in partnership with the University of Manchester and endorsed by the Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC).

Reflecting No7 Beauty Company’s commitment to making beauty accessible and affordable for everyone, the comprehensive training programme has been created to ensure that No7 and Liz Earle beauty advisors have a uniquely rich and deep understanding of skin’s physiology and the needs of all skin types, regardless of age, ethnicity and differing skin concerns. They will be equipped to provide scientifically based, personalised advice for customers to ensure their individual skin and beauty needs are answered.  Topics include education on the needs of different skin tones, menopausal skin and how to support the beauty needs of those living with cancer.

The ground-breaking training programme takes 9-12 months to complete and will be given to No7 and Liz Earle beauty advisors in the UK from May this year, and in the US in 2022


Salon System’s new Dual Treatment Lash & Brow Lift System is an easy 3 step system that lifts lashes for 8 weeks and laminates brows for 3-4 weeks to complete your client’s eye treatment.  Alongside this, Salon System have launched two new training courses to support the release of the Lash & Brow Lift System delivered by their appointed educational agency, Training Solutions.

In-store/On-site Training Lash & Brow Lifting Training (£160 +vat) Learn face to face with an educator for the new two-in-one Salon System Lash Lift and Brow Lift Lamination system.

Blended Online with LIVE Webinar Training (£129 +vat) Students will have access to an interactive Online Training Portal on the new Salon System Lash Lift and Brow Lift Lamination system, studying at their own pace before attending a live Webinar training session to view the demonstration.  Visit uktraining-solutions to book.


The British Beauty Council have launched a new campaign, #OhHelloBeauty to encourage people to return to hair and beauty salons and stores – and help get high street and city centre businesses back on their feet.

More than 7,000 salons in the UK have gone out of business since March last year following the forced closures in light of the pandemic; the British Beauty Council fears more businesses will suffer the same fate unless people start returning for treatments. While many salons and stores were able to reopen on 12 April 2021, they continue to run at 30 per cent less capacity due to Covid restrictions, resulting in more than 3 million fewer appointments than would have been otherwise.

The “Oh Hello Beauty” poster and social media campaign, launched on 17 May 2021 and aims to encourage people to return to hair and beauty salons and stores, by showing how beauty can help people feel their best.

To access the free assets and for more information visit the council’s website here.


The Hair and Beauty Charity are still working to support those that need their help.  They had over £250,000 donated 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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