Hot off the Press

October 1st, 2021

October 1st, 2021

NARS Air Matte Lip Color (£23) is now “ready to air” in five of the brand’s most iconic shades.   Diffused, soft matte colour.  Cushiony, air-kissed pigments float featherweight color onto lips, while Colour Diffusion Complex creates a soft-focus finish with a creamy feel. Build and blend to perfection with a custom-designed applicator for a look that’s covetable and comfortable.   The new shades include: Surrender (taupe nude); Morocco (warm cinnamon); Lose Control (brown pink); Dolce Vita (dusty rose) and Dragon Girl (vivid siren red).  New shades available exclusively at Selfridges, narscosmetics and NARS boutiques from 11th October, and nationwide from 11th November.


Denmark’s fastest growing skincare brand – Ecooking – has launched its debut make-up collection this September. Created in collaboration with Danish make-up artist Nina Larsen, the comprehensive range contains a host of natural and organic ingredients; many of which can be found in the brand’s award-winning skincare products.  The extensive product range includes:  A lightweight Foundation (£29) that blends into the skin for long-lasting coverage. Contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and SPF 15. Available in twelve shades.  A creamy, nourishing Blusher (£24) containing apricot kernel oil, almond oil, coconut oil plus vitamin E and is available in four shades.  Primer (£27) containing a cocktail of ingredients including vitamin E, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.  Eyeliner Pencil (£12) in four shades black, brown, blue and green.  Liquid Eyeliner (£12) in black, contains natural glycerine to moisturise the skin.  Vegan Eyeshadows (£18) The ten shades of pigmented powders contain a blend of vitamin E and organic oils.  Eyeshadow Stick (£18) four glittery colours containing vitamin E and shea butter.  Eight vegan makeup Brushes (from £15) from concealer to powder.  Available now from ecooking.


W7 Cosmetics have recently launched a brand-new Shimmer Brick Bronzer (£5.95), which is a dupe for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact.  Get a summer glow all year round with the five shimmering shades in one which give an all-over, bronzed glow.  The palette features a cool highlighting tone to lift the skin, a pink-nude to pair with natural undertones and a range of bronzing shades for that warm finish.  Available now from w7makeup.


Freshly Cosmetics is a Spanish beauty brand that is just landing in the UK.  The collection is made using powerful, natural botanicals, harnessing the latest in green beauty innovation, making it kinder to both skin and the planet.  Made from over 99% natural and vegan ingredients the brand have created a range of makeup designed to enhance the wearer’s natural beauty.  Product packaging is made of reusable and 100% recyclable aluminium or glass and together with WeForest, they have planted more than 120,000 trees.

Radiant Glow Primer Serum (£29) is a hybrid of skincare and makeup, hydrating and protecting the face as well as acting as a makeup primer.   Get radiant and healthy skin with a velvety, glowy finish, while the skin barrier is deeply moisturised and protected.  Skin tone will appear more even, and the creamy formula gives the illusion of a silky-smooth veil, keeping foundation in place for longer and protecting skin from external agressors.  Skin hydration is increased by 45%, giving an airbrushed, plumped effect. Available from freshlycosmetics.


New from Science of Skin is Cleanse No. One (£15.99) a foaming micellar face wash is made with microbiome technology that deep cleans the skin without ever drying or stripping it of its natural oils.  Developed by two leading medics, Mr Douglas McGeorge MBE and Professor Ardeshir Bayat, and formulated with a skin-balancing prebiotic, it encourages good bacterial growth to help maintain the skin’s natural defences while fighting off those which cause acne, redness and dryness.  Working together with antioxidant green tea to reduce inflammation, salicylic acid to unclog pores, and witch hazel to manage excess oil, this gentle but effective cleanser will give you a calmer, clearer complexion with every wash.

Suitable for all skin types, but especially stressed-out problem skin, Cleanse No. One is vegan approved by the Vegetarian Society and paraben, alcohol and fragrance free.  Available from scienceofskin, ocado and lloydspharmacy.


Not only will Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin Hydrating Facial Mist (£7.99) refresh tired skin when applied to the face or moisturise dry hair, it also doubles up as a setting spray for make-up giving an instantly glowy finish, which lasts for hours.  Replenish dry, tight or weather-stressed skin with a medley of three dew-boosting ingredients. Hydroessential rose + Vor-Mag™ water + glycerin. Glycerin locks in moisture, while Vor-mag water raises the energy to a higher vibration. Skin will feel supple and soft.  Sustainable, clean beauty brand Heritage Store skincare is a fusion of skin care and self-care – harnessing pure, potent ingredients to inspire positivity with nature’s healing properties.  Available exclusively at cultbeauty.

Pietro Simone‘s new Fierce skincare collection includes Dewy Reboot (£85) a multi-skilled serum with an advanced anti-pollutant skin shield technology that gives an intense epidermal reboot & renewal.  Formulated with a 4-dimensional hyaluronic moisturising system and an ultra-innovative vitamin C structure – it will wipe all your skin woes and give you radiant skin just as you want it. It is simply, where your skin’s needs are met with results!  The serum will give skin a dewy glow and radiance, plump skin, fight environmental damage and free radicals, evens tone, diminish the look of blemishes and support skin’s regeneration process.  Available exclusively from pietrosimone.


Nailberry have launched their new AW21 collection, Time to Hygge (£15 each).  The trio of limited-edition nail colours include a beautifully flattering dusky blush shade (Cashmere), a deep dark brown (Rich Coco) and a vivid, yet versatile bold blue-green (Teal We Meet Again). Each shade perfectly complements the new season, encouraging us to envelop ourselves in cosy vibes and kindle joy from life’s purest pleasures.  Nailberry are halal, vegan-friendly and 12 free.  Available now at nailberry.

New from MONAT is Soothing Micellar Shampoo (£27).  Permeated with tiny micelles, this fragrance-free shampoo transforms into an airy lather that gently lifts and removes impurities from delicate tresses without stripping the hair of moisture or essential nutrients, nor causing scalp irritation. A gentle, high-performance, cleanser that is friendly to the scalp and the environment that is ideal for a sensitive scalp, delicate, fine and fragile hair.  Available from monatglobal.


Newly launched this month is Twist by Ouidad – a new haircare range for curls, coils and everything in between from the original experts in curly hair. The high-performing products, formulated from years of expertise, are grounded in years of expert knowledge about curl care, ingredients, and styling techniques. They’re redefining the curl conversation by putting moisture first and the products are designed to be mixed, and matched across their moisture scale to to create a regime that works for your curls’ unique needs.

The three ranges include: Essential Moisture – weightless moisture that keeps curls hydrated; Extra Moisture – lightweight moisture that replenishes parched curls and Ultimate Moisture – deep hydration to nourish and restore curls. All products are £12.99 each and available from October from asos.


Philip Kingsley’s new Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment (£28) is now available nationwide. With the power to target and repair broken bonds and strengthen existing ones, this reparative pre-shampoo treatment restores chemically damaged, heat ravaged hair back to its former glory.  Arming hair with three times more resilience against damage, this intensive treatment works beneath the surface of the hair’s cuticle to rebuild damaged strands from the inside out. Repairing damage caused by everyday heat styling and chemical culprits, this pre-shampoo staple is a game-changer for strands craving restorative care, repair and strength.

Unlike other bond treatments that contain many conditioning agents, Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment is encapsulated within a minimal, pH adjusted formulation, encompassing just one lightweight agent.  Conditioning agents smooth the cuticle, and, by doing so, can limit how well active ingredients can penetrate the hair. The inclusion of just one conditioning agent, enables the advanced active technology to penetrate the cuticle with maximum efficacy, rather than being blocked by multiple agents coating the hair.  Available now from philipkingsley and lookfantastic.


Cosmopolitan, the leading global media brand for young women, has launched CosmoSun by Cosmopolitan, a luxury sun care and self-tan line.  The cruelty-free, vegan and nut-free collection is suitable for all skin types and consists of five sunless tanning essentials and three sun care products.  An Applicator Mitt completes the range.

CosmoSun Sunless Mousse (with instant color) (£25.99) gives skin a moisture surge while also enhancing and creating an enviable natural looking glow. The easy-to-use mousse application makes it ideal for all users as well as allowing for color that is buildable. CosmoSun Instant Body Bronzer (wash off formula) (£29.99) the contouring and correcting gel formula instantly absorbs into the skin for defined deeper color in an instant.  CosmoSun Sun Lotion with Shimmer (ultra-glittering instant bronze glow) (£28.99) DHA free ultra-glittering bronzer with super infused flaw fixers will give that catwalk complexion. CosmoSun Overnight Sunless Lotion (with Lavender & Chamomile) (£35.99) is redefining the term beauty sleep! Apply this revolutionary night-time transfer resistant bronzer before bed and wake up to perfectly developed beach bronze results by morning. This salon quality formula is packed with a rich blend of skin hydrators, vitamins A and C, green tea extracts and kola to tone, tighten and prolong your self-tanning results. CosmoSun Liquid Sunshine (moisturizing self-tan water) (£29.99) a self-tanning water that allows the skin to develop flawless tanning results with ease. This revolutionary color free spray will give skin a dewy surge of aloe and rosewater while enhancing and creating a gorgeous, natural glow.

Sunscreen SPF 30 Pina Colada (£24.99) and Mineral Sunscreen SPF55+ (£34.99) both are broad-spectrum, anti-aging, water-resistant (80 minutes) and reef-safe.  Paraben-free and suitable for sensitive skin.  Helps smooth and reduce the signs of premature ageing while providing UV protection, with a pina colada fragrance.  The SPF55 formula contains zinc and other minrerals to give protection from UV rays.  Aftersun Moisturizer (£14.99) this replenishing formula is ideal for after sun exposure or extra hydration. The formula utilizes the deeply nourishing natural ingredients sea salt, coconut oil and cucumber in an aloe vera based crème.  CosmoSun Applicator Mitt (£5.99) Ideal to use with mousse and lotion. Provides a water-resistant barrier to protect hands from any unwanted staining.   Available now from jk-skincare and amazon.



Industry News

Cruelty-free brand Amika has officially launched on Space NK in the UK.  Meaning friend in Esperanto, Amika will soon become BFF’s with your hair thanks to ten targeted ranges to suit every texture, type and style. Created by a collective of hairstylists, creatives and chemists, the cruelty-free collection has a hair solution for everyone.  Head over to Space NK to check out the ranges available with more to come


The British Beauty Council this week stressed the importance of patch testing as adverse reactions are reported to be possibly linked to COVIDThey are continuing to liaise with Public Health agencies in the UK regarding recent reports of adverse reactions to chemicals and dyes that could be linked to Coronavirus. Practitioners have reported cases of returning clients who have previously contracted COVID-19 having allergic reactions to products they have previously had no adverse reaction to.  Find out more on their website.


The expansion of the ‘Recycle at Boots’ scheme to 700 stores means that more customers can now visit their local Boots store and drop off their hair, beauty, wellness and dental empties to be recycled.

The British retailer, in collaboration with the brand No7, launched Recycle at Boots last year. Since its launch, over half a million products have been recycled by Boots customers, the success of the pilot in 50 stores has led to the expansion of the scheme to 700 stores across the country. This in turn has lead to the recycling scheme being dubbed as the “most accessible beauty, health & wellness recycling scheme of its kind in the UK” by OPRL.

This initiative is part of Boots strategy to reduce their environmental impact on the planet. Using the Scan2Recycle technology, the scheme allows customers to drop off their empty products at the in-store recycle bins, which then leads to them being rewarded with 250 Boots Advantage Card points, when 5 empty products are brought in to be recycled, the points will be added to the customer’s Boots loyalty card (when spending £10).  Find out more about the Recycle at Boots scheme, and locate your nearest participating store here.


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