Hot off the Press

September 10th, 2021

September 10th, 2021

Laura Mercier are launching Light Catcher Setting Powder (£33.50). The very first luminous, light-creating setting powder.  The brand’s iconic and bestselling Translucent Loose Setting Powder has remained a cult-favourite and go-to for all with its lightweight, finely milled and easy-to-apply formula that sets makeup flawlessly every time.  This luminous version of the original gives 12-hour light-creating wear, while blurring pores and smoothing skin – also with multi-dimensional pearl blend that has no photo flashback.  Available in three luminous shades: Celestial Light for fair to light skin tones, Honey Star for medium skin tones and Cosmic Rose for medium-deep skin tones.  Available exclusively from lookfantastic from 13th September and nationwide from 27th September.


The Y2K trend is hotter than ever! Inspired by the mid-90’s and early noughties with futuristic and retro vibes. Let Lottie London x My Little Pony’s Eye Palettes (£5.95 each) transport you to your wildest noughties make-up dreams.  The collection features two palettes with warm-toned pastels and hit of blinding shimmer with must-have mattes for the ultimate Y2K look, Only Dance on Days ending with ‘y’ and Friendship is my Jam.  Available now from


Image Skincare have released two new shades of their I Conceal Mineral Foundation with SPF30 (RRP £46/trade £23) – Deep Honey and Mahogany.  The full-coverage mineral foundation blends seamlessly into the skin to cover redness and provides skincare benefits with plant steam cells, antioxidants and botanicals to nourish and condition the skin. Leaving skin with a radiant glow and the benefits of broad-spectrum SPF 30.  The new releases join the existing five shades: Porcelain, Natural, Beige, Suede and Toffee.  Available from imageskincare.


Medik8 have just launched Oxy-R Peptides (£55) the new brightening peptide solution for those wanting to address concerns such as visible age spots, areas of hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory pigmentation and uneven skin tone.  Tackling pigmentation from three different angles, the lightweight, silky-textured serum harnesses the power of Medik8’s patented brightening technology. With continued use, Oxy-R Peptides is designed to visibly improve uneven skin tone and the overall appearance of hyperpigmented areas of skin.  Available now from skinbrands.


New from Dr LEVY Switzerland is their latest innovation in health, the Pollution Shield 5PF (£70).  The world’s first anti-pollution 5PF (5 protection factors) shield that helps protect the skin against five of the most damaging forms of modern pollution; atmospheric pollution, particulate matter, household chemicals, infrared rays, and electronic screens “blue light”.

Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive, Pollution Shield 5PF increases skin firmness by 31%, minimises the loss of hydration and plumpness in the skin and significantly decreases general skin inflammation caused by pollution by an impressive 60%. Pollutants in the air cause acne, but with a daily application of Pollution Shield 5PF, a significant reduction of acne bacteria can be seen by 90% along with a 55% decrease in oxidation to the dermis.  Available at drlevyswitzerland, cultbeauty, Dr Rita Rakus Clinic Knightsbridge and select clinics and medi-spas across the UK.


Embrace the beautifying benefits of the extreme cold with STYLPRO Facial Ice Globes (£34.99), a set of 2 cryotherapy facial massage rollers that refresh, reduce redness, puffiness and enhance circulation Invented by BBC Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau.  Massaging with icy temperatures encourages lymphatic drainage for natural relief to headaches and sinuses and helps the skin absorb moisture for intense hydration and firming.  Massage encourages Lymphatic Drainage to reduce swelling & boost immunity.  The globes can also reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, encourage circulation and collage production, relax and lift the skin and help serum and skincare products absorb more deeply into the skin.  These can be stored in the fridge or freezer and will not crack under extreme temperature changes.  Filled with non-toxic liquid which will not freeze when chilled.  The cold-protection handles allow them to be used immediately once removed from the fridge/freezer.  Available exclusively from asos.


Also from Dr LEVY Switzerland is the R3 Cell Matrix Mask (£69) which helps replenish the skin instantly and restore a healthy glow and firmness to your face, helping fight wrinkle-forming free radicals and environmental pollution. This miraculous mask is supercharged with vitamins and antioxidants to reinforce the natural defences of our fibroblasts and dermal stem cells. Stabilised vitamin C, retinol and concentrated hyaluronic all feature in this powerful skin-boosting treatment.  Perfect as a base for make-up, and gives skin a radiant glow 24/7.  Available now from cultbeauty.


Leading skincare brand Skin Republic have just launched their new Serum range (£14.99 each) – a more sustainable way to mask. Their award-winning serum drenched sheet mask range is renowned for high quality on-trend ingredients and the brand wanted to continue to explore innovation and deliver results that are more environmentally conscious. Enter their new high performance 30ml serums.  The new range is packed full of high-concentration actives. The three scientifically formulated serums target primary skin concerns:  Hyaluronic Acid 1% + Niacinamide Serum for dryness, Vitamin C 6% + Alpha Arbutin Serum for pigmentation and Retinoid Complex 1% + Squalene 15% Serum for ageing. Available now from theskinrepublic.


Sustainable skin care brand, Gaia&Vie, offers a range of skin care oils made from all-natural sourced ingredients which guarantee a natural glow to the skin.

Clarity Face Oil (£13) is a uniquely blended serum that clears and clarifies oily, inflamed and acne prone skin is powered with nature’s goodness, to help fight breakouts and to leave the skin refreshingly glowing.  Formulated with a soothing hemp derived powerful anti-inflammatory, hydrating omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, antimicrobial tea tree to fight breakouts and vitamin E to maintain long-term skin elasticity, to help support skin throughout its lifetime.   The oili s non-comedogenic, controlling natural sebum production to prevent an oily shine.  Nourish Face Oil (£13) an almond blend oil that nourishes dry and sensitive skin without causing irritation to help fight dry patches, sensitivity and ensures a glow.

The oil contains a natural retinol, to support new skin development and reduce the appearance of fine lines, has emollient properties to help improve complexion, antioxidants to prevent free radicals whilst reducing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and is fortified with vitamin E, to maintain long-term skin elasticity, helping to support skin throughout its lifetime.   Just launched is the natural black Konjac Face Sponge (£7.99).  Based on Korean beauty regimes, the sponge is derived from plant roots, making it sustainable and compostable.  The natural, vegan sponge will deeply cleanse skin without stripping or causing abrasions.  Available from gaiaandvie.


Give sleepy hair a wake-up call with the Lazartigue Thicker Hair Densifying Serum (£50).  This targeted treatment can help weakened hair to better anchor in the scalp, slowing down hair loss.  An intensely potent biometric peptide known as Capixyl penetrates deep into the hair follicles, encouraging hair to grow longer and thicker.  Unlike most hair serums, the formula does not weigh down or leave behind product residue, leaving you with silky, bouncy hair.  Contains 92% ingredients of natural origin. Its vegan formula is sulphate and silicone-free.  Non-greasy.  Available from lookfantastic.


The Sugar Coated waxing range was created by Rosie Khandwala who introduced sugar wax to the UK market after growing up in Tanzania and using natural products as a beauty therapist.  The ethical alternative to waxing,  Sugar Coated provides an ultra-effective hair removal treatment that is gentle on your skin and the environment.  The vegan sugar wax is 100% natural and made from just sugar and water. It is completely water soluble and biodegradable (no more messy spills ruining carpets and clothes) and is eco-friendly with their washable and reusable strips.  Not only is sugar wax gentler on the skin (making it perfect for the brows!) but it is also more effective with hair removal, as the simple formula of sugar syrup and water latches onto hair rather than the skin.  The Facial Hair Removal Kit (£11.99) includes lavender essential oil for its soothing effects and stopping inflammation. As the skin on the face (eyebrows and upper lip) is more sensitive than other parts of the body, lavender helps soothe the skin and leaves it feeling relaxed and without soreness or redness. It also smells incredible!  Available at Nextfeelunique, and sugarcoatedhairremoval.


Industry News

Over the last couple of months Skinny Tan have teamed up with coaching and mentoring community the Glow Up Project in a partnership to empower women to feel confident again after lockdown. The Glow Up Project was founded by confidence coach Victoria Spence to help give women the tools to reshape their minds, rather than reshape their bodies, and create a supportive community both online and offline.

The partnership was spurred on by Skinny Tan’s ethos of believing in & promoting body confidence, not body perfection, as well as a recent poll that the brand conducted with their Instagram followers in which 79% said they are feeling less body confident since coming out of lockdown.

The partnership has carried out various activities and has more planned including a Body Confidence photoshoot competition – check out Skinny Tan’s Instagram account for details.  Additionally, to celebrate the partnership, Skinny Tan created a very special Glow Up Bundle (£34.99) complete with Moisture Mousse Express, After Glow Gloss, Dual Tanning Mitt, Exfoliating Mitt and Miracle Brush (worth £71.95) available from skinnytan.


Exciting news from the OSMO team as they announce the super talented Michael Convey as their new Global Ambassador.  A first for the brand! With over 15 years’ worth of industry experience and numerous business awards, Michael brings a wealth of talent and skills to the ever-growing OSMO team. Specialising in bespoke colour and cutting techniques with his ultimate luxurious salon experience, Michael will be helping to further develop the OSMO training portfolio delivering high quality courses and the best use of the OSMO products.


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