Hot Off The Press

October 22nd, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

Laura Mercier’s 2021 Holiday Collection The Grand Ball Collection launches very soon.  Inspired by the opulent beauty of Paris’ Le Grand Palais, this curated, limited-edition collection features packaging and shades reminiscent of the fashion and décor on display at one of the most exclusive events held in the City of Lights.  The decadent colours and rich, luxurious textures pay tribute to the exquisite ball gowns and intricate masks reflected inside Le Grand Palais.  The Grand Ball Collection gives a glamourous nod to Laura Mercier’s French heritage, setting the scene for the ultimate festive outing.  Highlights include:

First Ball Cheek Palette (£47) an artistry-curated cheek with a beautiful collection of shades designed to complement all skin tones.  Housed in a delicate gold and glittering palette, this features three new limited-edition shades of Laura Mercier’s favorite Blush Colour Infusion in rosy shades and two limited-edition shimmering highlighters. Available nationwide.

Stroke Of Midnight Brush Collection (£69) This luxurious set features five travel-friendly brushes for creating compelling looks on-the-go: Fan Powder Brush, Cheek Colour Brush, Smoky Eye Liner Brush, All Over Eye Brush and Eye Crease Brush come housed in a luxe leather clutch. Available exclusively at Selfridges.

Iconic Essentials (£35) this set features three makeup must-haves: a travel-sized Pure Canvas Primer Hydrating, Translucent Loose Setting Powder with mini Velour Puff and Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color in the best-selling shade, Rosegold.  Available exclusively at Boots.

Galerie De Glacé Mini Lip Glacé Collection (£38) Cast in bold red and shimmering gold packaging, this festive set features four limited-edition shades of Laura Mercier’s Lip Glacé in a range of sparkling nudes — Gilded Frame, Fashionably Late, After Hour and Mirror, Mirror.  These perfectly pigmented, high-shine lip glosses deliver rich colour and brilliant shine while creating the appearance of fuller lips. With a unique blend of moisturizing, anti-aging, antioxidant and plumping ingredients, the non-sticky gloss formula applies smoothly without feathering or bleeding for a long-lasting shine. Available nationwide.

Available from 1st November 2021.


New from SVR is Palpebral Mascara Protect (£15), a fragrance-free, anti-irritation mascara designed for daily use that coats the lashes and helps create a protective barrier against external aggressors (cold, air conditioning, dust, etc.).  Lashes are enhanced and intensified for 8 hours without flaking or crumbling, providing superb, supple, ultra-black definition and shine. The minimal formula contains 99.7% ingredients from natural sources.

Enriched with hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil (a source of omegas 3, 6 and 9) to coat lashes; and black pigments from plant-based charcoal for an ultra-black finish.  Ideal for teens and upwards, and those with sensitive eyes prone to redness, watering, and irritation or contact lens wearers.   Its unique wand is compact making application easy, targeted, and precise for a clump-free finish. The natural brush made from ultra-fine castor oil fibres prevents irritation to the eyelid and lash line.  Available now from uk.labo.svr, lookfantastic, feelunique and freemans.


Jecca Blac Glow Drops in Rose Petal (£16) is a lightweight formula that revives dull skin and prepares the face for makeup.  The perfect base, the drops brighten the complexion, and help makeup stay in place for longer.  They can also be used on top of make up as highlighter, to give that extra glow.  Available from


Freshly Cosmetics Magic Finishing Loose Powder (£22).  Apply before foundation to ensure a smoother application and extend the wear time.  Formulated with photo reflective pearls to remove shine and provide the face with an even finish.  Enriched with coconut, jojoba and argan oils this powder nourishes the skin achieving long-lasting moisture.  Available from freshlycosmetics.


Romilly Wilde’s high-performing Eye Believe Eye Serum (£85) contains an impressive array of bio-energetic ingredients and clinical grade plant technology, such as InitialE PT+TMG, from complex tuberose cells and a highly-concentrated extract of probiotic ferment from green tea. The inclusion of sea chamomile – a powerful ingredient with relaxing properties – works to combat the visible signs of ageing and restore skin elasticity. Coupled with the cooling silver wand applicator, this 360° Eye Complex helps to reduce puffiness, instantly soothing and hydrating the eye area

Plus, for the month of October, Romilly Wilde is offering a complimentary Eye Believe Eye Serum with all purchases made across their website.


The Black Apothecary Office (BAO) has announced the launch of BAO Essentials, its debut skincare line featuring four products.  BAO Essentials nods to ‘bodega beauty’, the locally-owned corner stores selling inexpensive essentials to the community, and each product’s name is influenced by founder Jaé Joseph’s Caribbean heritage.

The launch products include Dunia Face Wash ($49) meaning “nourishing” this gentle foaming cleanser lifts away makeup and impurities, and papaya extract helps remove dull surface cells and create a brighter, smoother complexion, Cedella Toner ($55) meaning “beautiful one” this alcohol-free toner with papaya extract cleanses, freshens, and stimulates the skin. It helps remove dull surface cells, resulting in a softer, smoother, more hydrated complexion, Jalissa Lotion ($66) meaning “noble and attractive one” this enzyme protection lotion nurtures, hydrates, and conditions, as it gently exfoliates, boosts cell turnover, and mimics the accelerated rate of youthful skin, and Empress Night Creme ($71) meaning “creation of life, or highest beauty” this replenishing moisturiser gently exfoliates and helps boost cell turnover. Nourishes and renews skin and enhances radiance for a clearer, brighter, more youthful complexion.  All available exclusively from baouniverse.


Treat dull skin with this Radiance Duo from First Aid Beauty. Facial Radiance Pads (28 Pads £18, 60 Pads £30) Daily treatment pads that contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten all skin types, including sensitive.  Cucumber and Indian gooseberry help tone skin while lemon peel and licorice root leave the complexion looking bright and glowing.  Regular use will smooth the skin’s texture—providing the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.  Improve skin’s clarity whilst visibly reducing the look of pores and diminishing the appearance of fine lines for brighter, smoother, younger looking skin.

Facial Radiance Niacinamide Dark Spot Serum (£38) This non-irritating serum helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, sun-spots, hyperpigmentation, discoloration and post-acne marks.  This effective formula helps even skin’s tone with powerhouse niacinamide, boosted by licorice root & golden kiwifruit, to reveal a more uniform, healthy-looking complexion.

Both available now from lookfantastic.


The latest innovative skincare launch from Gallinée is Prebiotic Face Oil (£35) which works in a revolutionary way to create a powerful force that protects all three elements of the skin barrier function: the immune barrier (defence against infections), the physical barrier (defence against external elements such as lipids and intra cellular cement), and the chemical barrier (pH/acid mantle).

Nourishing and soothing the skin by supporting the microbiome, it contains a blend of prebiotic and postbiotic lipids to repair skin barrier and boost skin radiance. Gallinée is one of the first brands in the world to deliver prebiotics in oil form, creating a product that soothes skin, reducing redness and reactivity. Also formulated with oat and jojoba oils, alpha bisabolol and sugar-cane derived probiotic squalene.  Available now from gallinee.


New British natural beauty brand Liha is Inspired by its founders’ African roots and quintessentially British attitude, offering luxe organic, vegan skincare that blends the rich botanical life of West Africa with English aromatherapy. Idan Oil (£16) is a nourishing moisturiser formulated with natural ingredients that works to protect and rejuvenate dry skin and hair.  The silky oil is made with natural, cold-pressed coconut oil with an elegant tuberose flower immersed inside.  The warm scent of the flower is absorbed naturally into the oil with the traditional African process of enfleurage, adding a sense of luxury with every use.  Featuring a non-sticky and fast-absorbing formula, this sensuous moisturising oil can be used all over the body, hands and feet. It can also be applied as a leave-in conditioner for dry hair.  Available now from spacenk.


New from Only Curls is the Only Curls Misting Bottle (£10).  Keep curls hydrated and full of moisture with this ultra-fine misting spray bottle.  The refillable bottle generates a continuous ultra-fine spray and enables super easy styling and hydrating, without completely soaking the hair.  Great for next day curls and refreshing, and small enough to fit in your bag or kit – it’s the perfect travel companion!   Available now from onlycurls.


Industry News

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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