Hot off the Press

August 20th, 2021

August 20th, 2021

The latest must have from Iconic London is their multi-functional light weight skin tint formula, Radiance Booster (£30).  Available in 10 sheer, versatile shades, it can be worn alone to compliment natural beauty or beneath foundation for a luminous under-glow. Containing ingredients which help give a glowing, hydrated look; it applies seamlessly to even skin tone by providing a sheer veil of colour.

Combining innovative Oleo-Gel complex to smooth and even out the complexion with luminiser peptides that maintain skin transparency for a soft-polish effect; skin is left looking healthy, rested and glowing.  The vegan and cruelty-free formula also contains a pore-minimising agent to blur and enhance, resulting in an all over “mirror skin” look.   Available now from iconiclondoninc.


NARS are about to release Soft Matte Primer (£29) a new, lightweight makeup primer that gently glides over skin with a transformative water-gel texture and then breaks into a velvety, soft matte finish. It instantly fills in uneven, textured skin and prepares it for a smooth foundation application while maintaining makeup wear and controlling the appearance of shine.  Featuring NARS’ exclusive Climate Balancing Technology – a dual-action system that adjusts to the environment to help retain hydration in dry climates and absorb excess moisture in humid ones, and prevents excess sweat and sebum from breaking down makeup.  Optimal diffusion powder maximises light diffusion for a soft-focus effect that helps blur imperfections while anti-oxidation complex helps control the appearance of excess sebum to prevent shades shifting due to oxidation.  Available exclusively from Boots and Brown Thomas from 1st September and from asos from 1st October.


Terry Barber, Director of Makeup Artistry at M·A·C is promoting orange as the hot colour for summer.   ‘With pops of colour being an essential for new beauty, try a vivid orange as an alternative to a classic red lip or smoky eye. Think of it like an 80’s electro pop revival or even a bit of new rave. Wearing a shot of orange on an otherwise decluttered face will always ensure its chic, not garish.’

Create the look with and Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow in So Haute Right Now (£17.50) and In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara (£22).  Available from MAC counters and stockists nationwide.


New from Embryolisse is Fluide de Teint foundation (£26) that cleverly marries SPF 20 with a lightweight veil of coverage leaving you protected and with a fresh radiant complexion.  Smooth and lightweight, it will not sink into pores or fine lines, instead leaving a flawless-looking aesthetic.  Deeply hydrating, the foundation helps lock in moisture for long-lasting softness, minimising the appearance of dry skin while shielding skin from external aggressors.  Complete with airy texture and light coverage finish, you can build and layer as needed.  Available from lookfantastic and feelunique.


W7 Honolulu (£4.50) is a delicate bronzing powder that leaves the skin with a soft, matte glow. With its buildable and long-lasting formula, you can create a natural tan or a striking contoured finish.  Available now from w7makeup.


Award-winning leaders in Swiss nail care, cosmetics, and skincare, Mavala has launched a new generation Total Bi-Phase Eye Make-Up Remover (£9.90).  The expertly developed 2-in-1 oil-in-water formula is proven to cleanse the eyes from stubborn make-up, including waterproof, while protecting the fragile eye contour.

Its crystalline phase, enriched with soft oils, dissolves even the most resistant and intense make-up without the need for rubbing, while its bluish Alpline water-based phase, enriched with a mineral complex, leaves the skin around the eyes feeling fresh, clean and soft.

The ultra-gentle formulation has been ophthalmologically tested and is safe for use on sensitive eyes.  Available from leading pharmacies.


Leading aesthetic surgeon Dr Steve Harris has partnered with beauty device experts CurrentBody to launch the world’s first Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask (£85).  Dr Harris found himself frowning due to stress while trying to sleep on a long-haul flight, which exacerbates tension around the eye, causing lined lines and wrinkles in the long-term.  When handed a sleep mask he realised that if the mask could press on his forehead whilst sleeping it would naturally relax the face.

Six years later his idea has come to fruition.  With over 17,000 sensory receptors in the face, the patented silicone on the mask has been clinically proven to reduce wrinkles by up to 64%.  This 15-minute relaxing treatment offers five hours of wrinkle-reduction as well as mental relaxation.  As well as targeting wrinkle-reducing sensory receptors The Dr Harris Mask also stimulates the same receptors to ease tension around frown and smile lines for immediate relief.  Easy to sanitise, this is the ideal tool to help relax clients before and after treatment, or between scenes on set.  Available exclusively from currentbody.


New from Romilly Wilde is the Power Pair Duo (£155).  Founded by Susie Willis in 2016, Romilly Wilde is a curated line of energetic active formulations that increase metabolic and cellular activity to leave skin balanced, hydrated and glowing. Formulated with potent, active plant-based technology with clean-clinical ingredients for fast results, Romilly Wilde connects nutrition and skincare together while leading with a cruelty-free and sustainable approach.

The Power Pair comprises Advanced Supercell Serum and Active Boost Face Oil; two dynamic and versatile products that work together to boost skin’s radiance and hydration, whilst protecting the skin.  The duo is every make-up artists’ secret to freshly prepped skin for their clients. The products perform beautifully together, offering the perfect nourishment and protection for the skin ahead of makeup application; ensuring a hydrated and glowing complexion.  Available now from romillywilde, harveynichols and lookfantastic.


Brighten discoloration, clear out pores, hydrate, and soothe skin with the power new Gluconolactone 10% Exfoliating Toner (£14.99) from Indeed Labs.  Formulated with the revolutionary PHA, gluconolactone, it gently dissolves dead skin cells on the surface to reveal a radiant glow underneath.  Unlike its AHA and BHA counterparts that can sting and cause sun sensitivity, gluconolactone gives skin the same cell turnover without having to reach the deepest layers of the skin.  5% betaine works alongside gluconolactone to restore moisture balance and protect skin from free-radical damage, while botanical extracts (lemon and sage) help to calm and soothe inflammation. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  Available from feelunique and lookfantastic.


Barry M have created a new nail polish, Esme’s Deep Marine (£3.99) to support 9- year old Esme in her manicure challenge to raise awareness and funds for cancer charity Young Lives Vs Cancer.  Esme created the challenge from her bed in the Royal Marsden Hospital where she is being treated for leukaemia.  You can get involved simply by purchasing the polish, or by painting anyone’s nails (Esme likes to paint her dad’s) and uploading a photo on social media with #esmesmanicurechallenge and tagging @barrymcosmetics.  You can also donate to Esme’s Just Giving page.  100% net revenue from sales of the polish go to Young Lives vs Cancer.  Available exclusively from barrym.


Introducing the new utan Total Glow DHA-Free Sun Activated Mist (£20) a brand-new innovation for those with sensitive skin or who are allergic to traditional self-tans (DHA). Develop a glow in 2-3 days and prep your skin for a heatwave, whether that’s garden sun in the UK or a lucky trip to Portugal, this hydrating mist is the perfect alternative for sensitive skin or those allergic to regular fake tan.  Total Glow is formulated without the commonly used DHA and instead utilises utan’s raspberry based keto sugars to leave your skin sun kissed and radiant after a few days of use.

This sun-activated natural formula contains hyaluronic acid to give a potent dose of moisturiser and nourishing calendula to condition your skin.  Containing a proven tan accelerating complex, utan recommends misting this over your full body 2-3 days before sun exposure for a subtle, golden glow. When used in tandem with SPF (over or under!), it has also been shown to reduce risk of burning.PETA approved, vegan & cruelty-free.  Available from utan and superdrug.


Industry News

The lastest eco-friendly launch from Salon System is Marvelash Bamboo Accessories (£10.95 +vat for a case of 3).  Made from high-quality bamboo they easily disposable, ideal for make-up application, and the perfect alternative to single-use plastic.  The Marvelash Bamboo Micro Applicators, Bamboo Mascara Wands, Bamboo Sponge Applicators and Bamboo Brush Applicators are the perfect Eco-friendly solution, to maintaining hygienic standards, whilst considering the environment.  Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide.


To round out RevitaLash Cosmetics’ philanthropic efforts, the brand will be offering their International Greater Giving Programme for the third year in a row, expanding to 15 countries, including the UK.  As part of this global initiative, each of the participating countries will set a personal donation goal to work towards, and once hit, RevitaLash Cosmetics will assist them in donating to the breast cancer organization of their choice.

In the UK the chosen charity is Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity that was established in 2008 by mother and daughter Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie after both were diagnosed with breast cancer. Tragically, both women lost their lives to the disease within a year of each other in 2009. Their dream was to make sure that nobody should ever have to face this illness on their own.

The brand’s annual Pink Programme kicked off on 16th August and continues until 31st October.  For each and every RevitaLash® Advanced (3.5mL/2.0mL RRP £110/£89) and RevitaBrow® Advanced (3.0mL RRP £99) purchased during this time RevitaLash Cosmetics will donate $2 (£1.44) to breast cancer charities around the world, up to a maximum of $140,000 (equivalent to £101,071.74).  RevitaLash Cosmetics products are available in select spas, salons and specialty retailers and online at revitalash.


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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