Hot off the Press

December 10th, 2021

December 10th, 2021

BlackPink superstar Lisa has launched her first-ever makeup collection with M•A•C MAC x L.   The ultimate encapsulation of LISA’s high-key beauty and passion for makeup, M•A•C x L gives fans the opportunity to emulate their idol (and feel inspired and emboldened to create their own takes on her looks) with a portfolio of LISA-created and curated products in all-new colours and fan-favourite formulas that can swing from creating her pretty, off-duty cool look through to full-on stage-ready glamour.  Lisa said “I’m so excited to reveal to you one of my biggest projects so far as Global Ambassador of M•A•C Cosmetics: my very own full-face makeup collection! I curated the collection myself and designed every piece after things I absolutely love. Every shade, product, name and even the packaging design represents something very special to me.”

Lisa chose purple and glitter as the main look to give off a modern and glamorous feel, with her signature on the packaging in fluoro yellow to represent neon lights that give a cool, hip-hop and urban vibe to the collection.

The collection includes a 12-pan Eyeshadow Palette (£40), 24 Hour Brushstroke Liner (£19) in Brushblack and Brushbrown, Extra Dimension Skinfinish (£28) in Show Gold, Powder Blush (£28) in Melba and Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour (£21) in six shades Swoon For Blooms, Sorry Not Sorry, Rhythm N Roses, Pink Roses, Haute Pants and Fashion Sweetie.  Available now from Harrods and maccosmetics.


New from Artistic Nail Design are Artistic Chrome Pens (£6.95 +vat) and Chrome Gloss Coat (£17.95 +vat).  Packaged in easy to use, rub-on pens, the Artistic Chrome Pens mean that applying a chrome nail look only takes seconds.  Chrome Pens must be used with Chrome Gloss for the product to apply and wear as expected.  Finish your gel polish with Chrome Gloss, cure for 60 seconds and apply the Chrome Pen colour of your choice before completing the look with one more coat of Chrome Gloss, curing for 60 seconds.  Available in six stunning shades, you are spoilt for choice for some serious party nails, perfect timing for Christmas and New Year!  Available now from louellabelle.


IMAGE Skincare have a wonder-product up their sleeve that gives the power of a mini-peel from the comfort of your sofa!  The AGELESS Total Resurfacing Masque (trade price £24) is a mighty micro-exfoliating masque that maximises exfoliation whilst working to diminish the appearance of dark spots. Use once a week to restore youthful-looking skin. It can also help with fighting fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing and brightening skin, binding moisture to the skin and evening skin tone.  Available from imageskincare and IMAGE professional salons, clinics and spas nationwide.


New from conscious skincare brand Skin Sapiens are natural facial serums that suit all skin types.  Skin Sapiens believe that everybody should know what they put on their skin, and into the environment. They believe in nature, the planet and most of all transparency.

Their new skin boosting facial serums are lightweight and will enhance and hydrate your skins natural barrier. Choose from Glow, Hydrate, Mattify, or Balance (£19.99 each), to find a product perfect for your concern.

Mattify Facial Serum – Made with 13 ingredients, this botanical blend has a double action for oily skin. With use over time, Zinc PCA and lilac extract are known to combine to mattify skin, tighten pores fade the appearance of spots and blemishes. Glow Facial Serum – With 12 ingredients, enhance your natural glow and boost radiance with the power of vitamins C, E and the super hydrating low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid.  Hydrate Facial Oil – This light facial oil made from just 4 brilliant botanicals is the answer to maintaining hydrated, smooth and supple skin.  The naturally simple combination of squalane, safflower oil and vitamin E works by locking moisture into the skin and replenishing natural lipids. Balance Facial Serum – Good for sensitive skin, this lightweight serum helps to enhance and hydrate your natural skin barrier. Packed with active botanicals this serum includes inulin (prebiotics), low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid and natural rose water.

All are dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.  Available from skinsapiens.


SpectriSKIN have launched one-of-a-kind, all-in-one sanitising mist that harnesses the body’s natural defence with a patent-pending HOCL formulation. SpectriMIST™ (from £8.99), featuring Spectricept™, is the go-to product to stay protected at home and on the go without the need for toxic chemicals.  The all-in-one sanitising mist kills 99.99996% of bacteria, viruses and spores upon contact.  Designed to be multifunctional and suitable to use on skin (soothing to hands with no stinging sensation), surfaces (leather, fabric, and clothing safe) and in the air (safe for use indoors and outdoors with indirect contact with eyes and mouth), it is alcohol-free, biocompatible, vegan, halal and free from fragrances and irritants, and suitable for all ages, including infants, and all skin conditions such as; eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  SpectriMIST™ (50ml £8.99/120ml £15.99 ) this airless pump fine mist spray size is ideal for the home or office.  The SpectriMIST™ Starter Set ( £22.99) includes an airless pump, fine mist 120ml and a 50ml bottle.  SpectriMIST™ On the go (£22.99) includes three 50ml bottles, SpectriMIST™ Family Set (£28.99) includes two airless pump, fine mist 120ml bottles and one 50ml bottle of the All-in- 1 Sanitising Mist.

Great for keeping your kit clean and sanitised when you’re on set or on the go.  Available from spectriskin.


Empwr Botanics, a premium new wellness and skincare CBD brand, is all about embracing natural, plant-power to help you discover balance in your life.  Empwr’s CBD products are made from premium quality hemp, which have been carefully synergised with botanical extracts. Signature products include The Cellulose Sheet Mask (£7 each/£18 pack of 3) which is infused with healing extracts such as Japanese Knotweed, Black Liquorice Root, Chamomile Flower, Rosemary and CBD Hemp (10mg).  The mask is a serious treat for all skin-types. Organic cellulose found in the fibres of plant cell walls helps to lock moisture into the skin, which allows the cannabinoids to absorb into your system. While giving your body a dose of healing CBD, the mask will also target any skin inflammation, redness, dryness and the visible signs of aging.  Available now from empwrbotanics.


From RevitaLash, the cult lash serum that sells every 30 seconds, comes a brand new beauty innovation; Lash & Brow Masque (£40). The one-of-a-kind formula utilises a unique tube technology to encapsulate powerhouse botanicals that repair and restore lash and brow health and delivering essential hydration for strong, shiny, flexible lashes and brows immediately, and over time.

Whether lashes and brows have been damaged due to over-styling, daily makeup usage, or damage caused by professional lash or brow services which are on the rise, the masque repairs damaged, compromised hair by infusing it with an immediate burst of intense, nutrient rich botanicals, working to promote the look of healthier, softer, shinier, more flexible hairs.  Available now from revitalash.  Distributed in the UK via skinbrands.


Ever wondered which products beauty experts are desperate to try? Wonder no more with Roccaboxs new Winter Wishlist box (£15), filled with all the must-have products from the beauty experts at Roccabox, worth over £180. Includes a full-size Laritzy Artistry Burnt Palette, with five shades from burnt orange to pecan to metallic copper and gold, a deluxe mini of Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, this “spa in a jar” is a buttery soft balm that melts away all traces of make-up leaving skin feeling super-clean and soft, a deluxe mini of Evolue Hydrating Serum, a full-size Figs & Rouge Charm Glow Elixir a serum/make-up hybrid with skin nourishing ingredients that gives a hint of illumination and shimmer, and a full-size Doctors Formula Beauty Blur a velvety gel that blurs the appearance of pores, lines and uneven texture.  Available now from roccabox.


Haircare range SheWolf has been designed with the modern woman in mind.  From colour protecting shampoo to hydrating conditioner and hair oil, the SheWolf line truly has something suited for everyone’s haircare needs. And to top it off, the brand is cruelty-free and has been formulated without sulfates, parabens and artificial colours.  Mariano Ruiz, founder of SheWolf, wanted to make a haircare line with a difference. With over twenty years of professional experience in the haircare industry, working in countless salons, teaching for AVEDA UK, and eventually creating his own salon at Flow & Co in 2013, Mariano is truly an expert in his field.  SheWolf products have been designed to tame your hair but keep all the fun. Their products will lift you up, surrounding you in their gorgeous heady scents and leaving you feeling refreshed, relaxed and with luscious locks.  Available from shewolf.


LLIO is a spiritually charged beauty brand, fusing essential oil blends with gemstone crystals to create crystal charged beauty products.  LLIO is loved by VOGUE, Tatler and Harpers Bazaar.   Try the Sweet Dreams Sleep Spray Charged With Amethyst Crystals (£32.50) and drift off to a deep restorative sleep and spiritually recharge. Spritz this blend of smoothing lavender true, geranium, deep vetiver and rosewood, onto a pillow.  Lavender True is a natural sleep aid that soothes the soul, helping you to relax and unwind.  Available from llio, John Frieda, Nicola Clarke by John Frieda and boutiques/spas internationally.


Industry News

Professional colour house, OSMO have announced the appointment of its latest Brand Ambassador, Ollie Foster.  An expert in barbering and education, Ollie is the co-owner of two branches of modern barbershop, ‘Number 47 Barbers’ in Chester alongside his mum, Lynne Foster.  OSMO has been Ollie’s go-to brand since he started his career in 2013 and he has enjoyed a close working relationship with them since thanks to his involvement with The Great British Barber Bash for whom OSMO are key sponsors.

Alongside regularly cutting hair in the shops with his 10-strong team, Ollie regularly cuts the hair for bands and musicians backstage at Creamfields and is now the Lead Educator for The Great British Barber Bash’s live events and Hot Training Workshops, delivering barbering education across the UK and Europe.

OSMO Brand Manager, Sinéad McLaughlin said “This is a really exciting time for the OSMO family; we’ve had a long-standing relationship with Ollie and this next step will see us progressing our education portfolio to a new generation of barbers. Ollie is so passionate about our industry and is a great educator and promoter of our products, so it was a natural step for us to bring him on board. We’re excited to see what we can do together.”


Dr.PAWPAW the no 1 best selling pawpaw balm across Europe is a range of multi-tasking products created to be suitable for the entire family.  The range has a selection of clear balms including the cult classic Dr.PAWPAW Original Balm to soothe and hydrate the skin. The multi-uses of the clear balms include a long list to combat skin concerns, minor irritation and cosmetics finishing.

Dr.PAWPAW are keen drivers of the cosmetic meet skincare movement and created tinted versions of their hero classic balms that not only provide the nourishment and hydration of a lip balm but also add that pop of colour on lips and cheeks. These buildable tinted balms can be used to create a look that is bespoke to each individual.  Made only with the very best sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients, Dr.PAWPAW have quickly become Europe’s best selling pawpaw balm and can be found in some of the top retailers across many territories including Boots, Superdrug, Waitorse, Etos, Rossmann, DM, Douglas, Hebe and OVS.


The Hair and Beauty Charity’s annual raffle is one of its most significant fundraising events.  The money raised will help make a big difference to support industry colleagues struggling financially, and support industry professionals in crisis.

All raffle prizes have been generously donated by our wonderful industry.  Prizes include: £1000 cash, £500 vouchers for Liberty, Selfridges and Tiffany, and a treasure trove of goody bags and gift sets from across the industry … the prizes in this year’s charity raffle are bigger and better than ever.  But you must be in it to win it!  For a full list of the prizes visit the charity website.

Tickets cost just £1 each and can be bought online or as paper booklets.  The Raffle draw will take place on 7th January 2022 with celebrity hairdresser Michael Douglas hosting the draw at the Electric Studio in London.  To buy a ticket click here.


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