Hot off the Press

July 30th, 2021

July 30th, 2021

Laura Mercier are introducing a new collection to their portfolio next week – the RoseGlow Collection of glowing neutrals.  The collection is designed to complement the brand’s iconic Caviar Stick Eye Shadows. Inspired by the cult-favourite shade of Caviar Stick Eye Shadow in Rosegold, Laura created a complete collection of six new Caviar Stick Eye Shadows (£25) and a Limited Edition Highlighting Powder (£26) in rosy neutrals that adapt to every skin tone, resulting in universally perfect nude shades for all.

Formulated with finely milled, light-reflecting pearls to bring subtle, natural dewiness to all skin tones.  The self-adjusting, demi-transparent micas blend into a hybrid fusion for skin-balancing illumination.  Available exclusively at Space NK from 1st August and nationwide from 16th August.


W7 Makeup have launched their brand-new eyeshadow palette – The Tokyo Palette (£9.95). The palette takes inspiration from the City of Tokyo’s individuality and eccentricity, incorporating the vibrancy and culture of the City combined with colours of the national gardens and delicate floral touches.  The palette features 18 shades of Japan’s summer skyline and scenery of their busy capital, Tokyo.  Enjoy the cherry blossom gardens with the shades of cherry, capsule, jaded and sumo or experience the neon nightlife with kimono, okinawa and harajuku!.  Available now from w7makeup.


Leading UK MUA Hannah Martin has just launched Perfect Pink Lip Oil (£19) that she co-created with MyBeautyBrand.   This innovative plumping lip oil hydrates lips on impact with a creamy colour and an iridescent sheen for a plush pout.  Created with the best Japanese science and innovation, this soft and lightweight tinted oil is enriched with key ingredients to transform and rejuvenate lips instantly and with continued use; hyaluronic acid works to maintain hydration, while ceramide, vitamin B3, vitamin E and algae extract create long-lasting softness with a perfect pink tint.  Suitable for all skin tones, vegan and cruelty-free.   Available from mybeautybrand.


The latest release from KVD Beauty is Epic Kiss Nourishing Vegan Butter Lipstick (£19) with high-pigment colour and a hydrating, lip care-infused formula.  Powered by vegan cupuaçu butter to help hydrate lips and give it that ultra-buttery, balm-like feel.  This wonder lipstick gives you the colour payoff you crave with the nourishing hydration you need.  Available in 15 inclusive shades with a comfortable shiny finish, from feelunique and boots.


New to the UK market is top selling K-beauty brand Atomy, who this week launched their Absolute CellActive™ Skincare range here.  Absolute cares for the skin with cutting edge technology adding vibrancy and elasticity to damaged skin, while recapturing and maintaining a youthful complexion.

Absolute’s skin science has been formulated using skin active ingredients, derived from nature including lupin, yosemite fermented extract and dormin.  Rather than using plain water, the brand use green tea essential water with added tocopherol and catechin.  The range has a tuberose scent, sourced from Grasse, the home of fragrance.  Available as set of six products for £180 or individually:

Atomy Absolute Toner (£30.50) The premium boosting toner cleans the skin, instantly calming and moisturising sensitive skin after cleansing.   Atomy Absolute Ampoule (£36) This high-efficacy ampoule helps lessen the signs of ageing skin.  Atomy Absolute Serum (£35) highly concentrated, this serum takes care of the inner elasticity of the skin and can be used as a daily boost.  Atomy Absolute Lotion (£32) a light, daily moisturiser.  Atomy Absolute Eye-Complex (£35) Intensively reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and firms the under eyes. Use daily to target lines.  Atomy Absolute Nutrition-Cream (£32.50) the brand’s premium rich, nourishing nutrition cream firms sagging facial skin.  Use daily or as a boost. Available now from atomy.


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.


Socially responsible skincare brand Naya have a new new launch.  Aura Hydration Essence (£72) is designed to re-hydrate, re-balance and re-harmonise the skin.  This potent low molecular formula penetrates deep into the epidermis to boost the skin microbiome for a healthy, dewy complexion. Powerful antioxidants including butterfly flower extract and superoxide dismutase work to bolster the skin barrier whilst providing protection from external aggressors. The addition of five types of hyaluronic acid, guarantees maximum hydration around the clock. Available from nayaglow.


Dr PawPaw have launched the Overnight Lip Mask (£8.95).  Enriched with the multi-award- winning Original Balm formula which includes a mixture of hero ingredients such as pawpaw (papaya fruit) to nourish, castor oil to condition, olive oil to hydrate and aloe vera to soothe.

99% natural formula is vegan and cruelty-free, the gel-like texture melts into  the lips, fully absorbing for an intense lip mask treatment.  With the addition of Natural Peptides to both plump lips and smooth any fine lines, the mask delivers effective and noticeable results from the first application, increasing in performance the more often it is applied.  Use both day and night to reveal fuller, smoother and more defined lips. Suitable for all skin types.  Available from drpawpaw, beautybay, Waitrose, Urban Outfitters and Ulta.


Only Curls have added an eco-friendly curls-friendly Curl Cleansing Shampoo Bar (£12) to their bestselling collection.  Plastic-free and zero-waste with no sulphates, silicones, drying alcohols, mineral oil, paraffin or parabens, the bar is CGM friendly, 100% vegan and cruelty free as well as being made in the UK.  The bar has been formulated to specifically hydrate and nourish curls including a special blend of avocado and kukui nut oils to deeply nourish curls.  Available from onlycurls.


The debut launch from UK brand Dewie Beauty is the Dewie Drip Glam Mat (£18.99) a versatile, durable, wonder-product which is designed to offer a portable hair and make-up station; protecting any surfaces from potential damage caused by hot tools or make-up.  Glam Mat is a hybrid product, with a reusable, hygenic, heat proof silicone surface – perfect for hot hair tools.  Also waterproof you can use it as a surface for beauty products, a mat to sanitise and dry your brushes, tools and kit, to mix make-up colours and as a nail polish station without causing damage.  It is also lightweight and can be rolled up for travel.   Available exclusively from dewie-beauty.


Industry News

Paul Huntley, hair master of Broadway and Hollywood died earlier this month aged 88.  During his illustrious career he worked on over 200 Broadway and West End productions as well as many films and TV shows.  He worked with Patti LuPone (Evita, Sunset Boulevard) throughout her career – she had his services written into her contracts.  Glenn Close also became a regular after he created her wigs for Norma Desmond on Broadway.  In 2003 he was given a special Tony Award for his decades of work .  His 100+ designs for Hairspray in 2002 were décor as well as costume.  He hand knotted for the leads in productions himself, working closely with his small team.  He created Dustin Hoffman’s iconic 80s-permed affair in Tootsie, multi layered whirls for Dusty Springfield,  Al Pacino’s Phil Spector frizz and his pet project, the original Broadway production of Cats in 1982, with every feline styled very differently using dyed yak hair to ensure gloss and volume.

Born in London in July 1933, he started concentrating solely on wigs in the 1950s for Stanley Hall’s Wig Creations, after completing his National Service.  He’d spent some time previously touring in rep theatre as an actor and maintaining the wigs.  He soon became Hall’s principal designer.  In 1963, on the set of Cleopatra, Liz Taylor introduced him to Mike Leigh, who persuaded him to move to New York, sponsoring his visa application in 1973.  He worked right up until theatre was closed by Covid last year.  He had been preparing for the stage show Diana: A True Musical story, when he fell down the stairs, wig in hand, fracturing his pelvis.  He announced his retirement, sold up and moved back to the UK.  He died at the showbiz retirement home Denville Hall in Northwood, north-west London on 9th July.  His partner, Paul Plassey, who helped him set up his business, died in 1991.


Son of Monsterpalooza has been announced for this year, taking place on 8-10 October 2021 at Marriott Burbank Convention Center and Hotel in California, USA.  With more than 150 exhibitors of horror, sci-fi and fantasy artists, special guests, presentations and all things monster.  For more information and tickets click here.


Knightsbridge retailer Harrods has unveiled its newly restyled hair and beauty salon on the fifth floor of the luxury department store.  Harrods opened its first hairdressing and manicure department in 1894. For the department’s latest transformation, the new hair and beauty salon has been completely redesigned and pays homage to the salon’s 1982 design, featuring glossy peach marble, beautiful cream stone counters and powder-pink walls with gold finishes.

The newly designed space hosts treatment spaces that include a backwash room inspired by traditional Japanese head spa rituals, a conditioning bar offering the latest conditioning and scalp treatments, a hairdressing rotunda, and a hair extension library with an array of colours, lengths, and styles.  In addition to hairstyling, the salon also offers a variety of transformative hair treatments from Trichology to Laser Hair removal, as well as a menu of exclusive facial treatments, waxing, massages, and body wraps.  There is also a dedicated eye zone offering everything from eyelash extensions to exclusive Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow treatments, as well as a Townhouse manicure salon.

Complementing the expert treatments is a curated selection of 43 “powerhouse beauty brands” with several Harrods exclusives.  Mia Collins, head of beauty at Harrods, added: “For the redesign of our newly reimagined Hair and Beauty Salon, we wanted to pay homage to the Salon’s heritage and bring back the sophistication and iconic glamour. We took inspiration from our rich archives to create a space that’s uniquely Harrods. Through the unique combination of the Salon’s design, exceptional treatments, and curated product offering, we strive to offer our customers a real celebration of what beauty is all about.”


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