Hot off the Press

October 15th, 2021

October 15th, 2021

New from W7 Makeup is the Royal Attraction Eyeshadow Palette (£6.95) with 8 shades of warm golds and browns in matte and shimmer finishes perfect for all-year-round makeup. Formulated to flawlessly build and blend, these soft and velvety shadows will have you creating looks fit for a Queen.  Available now from w7makeup.


M•A•C Cosmetics have another limited-edition release for us, Aute Cuture starring Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalia.  At the heart of the collection is Rosalía’s signature fiery lips, interpreted in four shades of Retro Matte LiquidLipcolour (£22), three shades of Matte Lipstick (£20) and one shade of Amplified Lipstick – all in boldly sensual red and effortlessly haute neutral shades.

Set your stare to smouldering with the Eye Shadow x 10: R palette (£40) and behold the power of pigment. Elevate your eye look with streaks of ten rich, highly pigmented pressed powders in neutral and metallic shades and multiple finishes.  Finish your look by adding a high-shine metallic glow to skin with Extra Dimension Skinfinish x 4: R Picks (£45). The quad features a liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections, designed to sculpt and highlight your face for a luminous, well-defined finish.  Also available are six shades of Nail Laquer (£18) and two sets of Nail Adornments (£18).  Available now from maccosmetics and asos.


Iconic London’s brand-new Glaze Crayon (£24) this week. This grown-up glitter eyeshadow tool is essential for effortless glamour.  The Glaze Crayon is dual ended and has liquid glitter on one end and a heavenly-rich eyeshadow crayon on the other.  Available in seven metallic-inspired shades, including Quartz, Champagne, Goldmine, Lava, Nectar and Volcanic.  Highly pigmented and curated to compliment all eye colours and skin tones, the crayon or glitter can be worn alone or in harmony with other eyeshadows.

One end houses a super silky eyeshadow crayon, that can be blended over the eyelid for a captivating wash of metallic colour. With one-stroke intense colour, the creamy crayon blends like a dream before setting with a comforting finish.  On the other end, you’ll find the secret to getting that ‘grown-up glitter’ glaze. An ultra-rich, non-sticky glitter gel, perfect for creating that sparkling, wet-look glazed effect. No more fall out, just a hypnotic eye look. Available now at iconiclondoninc.


Introducing the latest handbag essential from the Sculpted by Aimee collection – Beauty Balm (£11).  This wonder-product is the perfect daily balm packed full of ingredients which work together to soothe the skin through the harsh winter months and beyond.  Formulated with a combination of hyaluronic acid, shea butter and cica – this triple threat will protect and prep skin any time of day.  In a handy 15ml tube for speedy application, say goodbye to dry and chapped lips, as well as the itchy, dull skin, commonplace as the temperature drops. Hello hydration on-the-go!  Available at boots and SculptedbyAimee.


SkinLabo, the ‘smart beauty’ skincare and makeup brand from Italy, have a range of skincare shots available (£9-£13 each).  Just apply a few drops of your chosen shot to cleansed skin, massage in and follow with your usual moisturiser.  The range includes:  AHA & BHA Pure Shot (£13), Pure Shot Vitamin C (£9), Concentrated Pure Shot Sensitive Skin (£12), Tan Booster Pure Shot (£10), Niacinamide Pure Shot (£13) and SPF 50 Pure Shot (£13).  Available now at skinlabo.


The no BS, cult trio of ‘no sheet, sheet masks’ from Faace are now available in travel and purse friendly 30ml tubes.  Designed to be an exact replica of their chic, full size (100ml) couterparts, the minis have been created to provide a grab and go option, giving consumers the chance to try any of the hero masks for less than half price (at £10 each), whilst still getting several applications per tube.

Each mask is vegan, formulated using high- performance, ethically sourced natural active ingredients, housed in 60% PCR plastic and fully recyclable tubes. Designed to be used at the times when you need TLC, but can’t be bothered, the Faace masks sink into skin fast, and work after just one application. The clear formulas won’t show on skin, so can be whacked on in transit, or slathered on skin before bed. Make them work for you and whatever your face throws at you on any given day. Choose from: Tired faace, Period faace or Sweaty faace. You can also buy all three minis in a new gift set for £28.  Available now from wearefaace.


Two new Dr.PAWPAW lines have just landed at Superdrug.  Dr.PawPaw X Teenage Cancer Trust Shimmer Balm (£3.95) is enriched with the the award -winning Original Balm formula with the addition of an environmentally friendly iridescent shimmer to create a pearlescent glow for lips, cheeks, eyes and body. 15p from each sale goes to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Dr.PawPaw Overnight Lip Mask (£4.50) is a luxurious lip mask which will nourish lips by day and deeply condition overnight. With the addition of natural peptides that naturally plump the lips over time. For lips, for around the eyes and the forehead, a smoothing, plumping formula at a budget price.

Both products are enriched with papaya, aloe vera, olive oil and castor seed oil to deeply nourish lips and skin whilst keeping them hydrated, smooth and protected as the cold begins to hit.  Both available now from superdrug.


If you’re craving a winter tan but can’t travel abroad yet, then reach for Rose & Caramel. Their Premium Range of self-tanning products include a variety of shades which contain various undertones suited to every skin tone. Velvety – Dark Olive Tanning Mousse (£19.99) Contains green undertones to counteract any orange tones during development. Best suited to deeper and darker olive skin tones. Intensity – Dark Bronzed Tanning Mousse (£19.99) Contains red undertones to lift and brighten dullness in natural skin tones. Best suited to dull and pale skin tones. Nudity – Clear Golden Tanning Mousse (£19.99) and Nudity- Clear Golden Tanning Aerosol (£19.99) A 95% transfer-free clear base that develops into a classic and flawless golden tan. Suitable for all skin tones.  Trinity – Ultra Dark Tanning Mousse (£19.99) Contains multiple undertones to create the darkest possible shade. Suited to all skin tones and loved by Instagrammer Chloe Adair.  Available from roseandcaramel.


Raise the bar on environmental sustainability with Freshly Cosmetics natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and non-sulfates SolidPod, available in shower gel and shampoo form, that reduces virgin plastic usage by 34%.

F SolidPod Shower Gel (£14) Encased in an ergonomic design made from 17% wood particles that lasts up to 10 years, this clever little pod provides easy application, allows for 100% use of the product, and reduces plastic usage.  Thanks to its natural surfactants it gently cleanses, moisturises, soothes, protects, and regenerates the skin, whilst its natural citrus scent will transport you to warm summer days.  Refills can be purchased for £7.99

F SolidPod Shampoo (£16) This solid shampoo gently washes, cleanses, renews, and adds shine to your locks. Formulated for all hair types it adds an intense boost of antioxidants that protects against free radical damage, and helps to promote hair growth. Refills are available for £9.99.  All available now from from freshlycosmetics


Living Proof have done the seemingly impossible and improved their dry shampoo.  New Perfect hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo (£23) was launched this summer.  It’s designed to deliver the benefits of a rinse-out shampoo, without the water.  The advanced delivery system promotes even application, so fast-absorbing powders can soak up oil, sweat, and odour. Then, the new powder removal system eliminates activated powders for a fresh start without any visible or textured residue.  Finally, the optimised conditioning ingredient blend refreshes the scalp, balances sebum levels, and leaves hair soft, shiny, and more manageable.  Available now from livingproof.


Italian brand EveryGreen’s four new hair colour ranges combine innovative textures, refined colours and trichology expertise creating revolutionary salon professional colour whilst respecting and nourishing both the hair and scalp.  Created by top Italian Trichologists, the salon professional, vegan colour formulas incorporate organically farmed ingredients making them suitable for even the most sensitive scalps, whilst achieving gorgeous results minimising allergic reactions and hair fatigue.

EveryGreen’s vegan trichology colour ranges contain a variety of colouring options, from the unique oil and clay powder based colour, EveryGreen Deco (£29.37 to £42, three products, each with a unique texture that can be used together or individually, with an overall lift of 9 tones), which offers the versatility to use various different bleaching techniques, to the nourishing semi-permanent Professional Hair Colour Creams (£10.42 each, available in 42 colours) which include the revolutionary Vegan Keratin Complex and organic oils such as pomegranate, apricot and coconut resulting in high shine and longer lasting colour.  Lunar Shades (£33.58) are a collection of seven semi-permanent toners for a playful colour refresh; not only do they add shine and nourishment to the hair but help to add brilliance, revive dull colour and remove unwanted yellow tones.  All available now from sbs-hair, salons can get up to 50% discount if stocking the brand.



Industry News

Haircuts 4 Homeless launched a Crowd Funder this week, to raise funds to print a black and white coffee table book, Hear Me, See Me, with photographs shot by Jack Eames over the last 7 months.  The book aims to humanise the face of homelessness by challenging stigmas and stereotypes via honest, thought-provoking imagery and words to acknowledge that the smallest of actions can have the greatest effect.

100% of the sale of the book goes back to the charity, who recently lost lottery funding and need to raise funds to keep going.  Almost 100,000 households were recorded as homeless at the start of 2021 so their work is still really important.  To prebuy your copy of the book click here.


BAO -The Black Apothecary Office was launched by Jae Joseph in response to BLM, seeing a need for representation in the beauty industry and building new pathways to resources.

In June 2020, as movements like Pull Up for Change and #BuyBlack pushed for diversity and institutional restructuring, BAO launched its remote accelerator programme for Black and LatinX beauty and wellness start-ups. The programme works extensively with Black and LatinX founders and start-ups to disrupt the status quo and create meaningful relationships between Black and LatinX brands and beauty and wellness consumers.  Black Beauty Matters and over the next ten years, BAO will launch 100 Black and LatinX beauty and wellness brands that embrace the physical attributes of Black and LatinX communities.

Twice a year, five start-ups receive mentorship, brand development, legal services, financial literacy, sales, marketing, strategy guidance, and networking through the accelerator programme. BAO then provides graduates with seed investment and the opportunity to partner with a third-party manufacturer, as well as virtual shelf space on BAO Universe.

Recently Jae has also launched their own storefront skincare line as well 5 other cohort Black and Brown beauty brands building a robust collective.


Studio10 Beauty founder Grace Fodor has launched a new podcast AGEING WITH GRACE (mostly disgracefully).  The show is for women in midlife who are unapologetically neither over the hill nor invisible. “Nobody puts baby in the corner!”

In each episode, Katie and Grace have honest and inspirational conversations that challenge the status quo and reframe outdated stereotypes.  Celebrating age, loudly and proudly, with real topics, fresh perspectives, and total transparency – no subject is taboo!  Some of the topics discussed already are resilience, friends and friendships (how friendships are the bedrock of our lives) and reinventing ourselves…

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