Hot off the Press

January 14th, 2022

January 14th, 2022

Laura Mercier has launched a new limited edition Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger Collection celebrating one of the most colourful and joyous celebrations of the year.

Limited Edition Translucent Loose Setting Powder with Puff (£32) Laura’s iconic setting powder is wrapped in a bespoke red and gold colour to evoke tradition mixed with a touch of modernity. This bestselling Translucent Loose Setting Powder is lightweight, finely milled and easy to apply, setting makeup flawlessly for a 16-hour natural matte finish.

Limited Edition Blush Color Infusion (£28) To capture the essence and joy of Lunar New Year, Laura Mercier has created a limited-edition version of the top-selling Blush Color Infusion shade Ginger, embossed with a celebratory tiger and packaged in a red metallized case with gold logo, making it the perfect collector’s item

Available now at Selfridges.


W7 Makeup’s latest drop is brand-new eyeshadow palette Love Fest (£14.95). This eye-catching brand-new palette features a gorgeous range of 40 stunning shades to suit every skin tone. The palette feature romantic tones, shades and textures from neutral browns to sultry shimmers, there is something for every eye colour and skin tone. What makes this palette even better is that it is made from vegan and paraben-free formulas which will give you all you need to create starry-eyed looks this Valentine’s Day.  Available now from w7makeup.


Two new launches from OPV Beauty help to keep a glowy makeup up look in place.  The London-based brand have introduced a setting powder and illuminator which work hand in hand.

OPV Beauty Setting Powder (£16) conceals the appearance of pores and extends the wear time of make up.  This is the perfect finishing touch.  Combine with illuminator to create a flawless finish.  OPV Beauty Illuminator (£35) available in six shades, this five-star rated illuminator glides effortlessly across skin, adding a subtle shimmer.  Both available now from opvbeauty.


There are two new brow launches from Spanish skincare brand, Freshly Cosmetics. Perfect Volumising Eyebrow Gel (£15) packaged in a glass container, and available in two shades, medium and dark brown.  Created for those who want to define their brows whilst increasing the volume and density of their brow hairs with only one product.  Made with natural vegan ingredients including castor oil, rice wax and chia oil.

Perfect Defining Eyebrow Gel (£15) a transparent fixative brow product for those looking for an eyebrow fix without having to increase the volume.  This clear gel fixes and shapes, while strengthening.  The long-lasting natural finish is non-sticky and non-clumpy.  Made with natural ingredients including castor oil, chia oil and silver lime.  Both available instore and online from freshlycosmetics.


Lola’s Lashes have a new collaboration launching this month, with Love Island’s Liberty Poole.  Two Hybrid Duo Magnetic Kits (£45 each) will be available, each including black hybrid magnetic eyeliner, two pairs of magnetic lashes and a finishing touch-up pen.  The Hybrid Magnetic Kit (£35) is available in five styles and includes one pair of magnetic lashes, hybrid magnetic eyeliner and a finishing touch-up pen.  The Magnetic Single Lashes (£20 each) can also be bought individually in each of the five styles.

The brand’s unique Hybrid Magnetic Liner combines the instant attraction and easy application of the Magnetic Liner, plus the extra security of lash adhesive for that ultra-secure hold. Each style in the range was specifically created to keep lashes looking lush no matter where life takes you, from brunch to the red carpet!  100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free. Reusable 30+ times.  No toxic or messy glue, easy to apply. Wind and waterproof.  Available from 24th January from lolaslashes.


New from Pietro Simone’s FIERCE Collection is the Imperfect Diminisher ++ (£55) resurfacing peel compound treatment.   A combination of azelaic and salicylic acids perform a precise exfoliation, delivering pore reduction, blemish control, accelerated skin renewal and a glow-revealing epidermis. Beta glucan and copper gluconate soothes and calms the skin, providing an intense deep hydration, promoting collagen synthesis, wound healing and skin regeneration.  Italian Bella Complex, Pietro’s signature compound, supports the skin’s regeneration process.  Available exclusively online at pietrosimone, harrods and oxygenboutique.


Yoga My Life have launched in the UK with their Afterglow range.  Yoga My Life is a new natural vegan skincare and therapeutic wellness range that is bursting with botanicals, natural oils and mood enhancing aromatics that are coupled with positive affirmations and life affirming mantras for beautiful skin and a renewed sense of inner calm.

Afterglow enriched with fragrant white flowers, vanilla and nutrient rich oryzanol (rice bran oil), which is conscientiously developed to help achieve beautiful and healthy glowing skin.  The range includes:  Clarifying Melting Cleanser (£34) This clarifying gel cleanser hydrates and gently cleanses the skin; a powerful hydrator, anti-ager and skin protector.  Soothing Facial Toner (£32) This gentle facial toner balances and re-invigorates the skin. Suitable for all skin types, infused with rice bran, rice water and delicate botanical notes to help promote circulation for a brighter complexion.  Exfoliating Facial Polish (£34) This creamy rich exfoliating facial polish gently refines and brightens the skin. Micro particles of rice buff away the build-up of daily dirt and grime to reveal a silky smooth and radiant complexion.  Replenish & Repair Night Oil (£49) This luxurious facial oil rejuvenates and softens the skin. rosewood, neroli, sweet orange blended alongside sweet almond, wheatgerm, palma rosa, ho wood, star flower and mandarin peel oils provide a natural boost to your nightly skin-repairing process, whilst aiding deep relaxation.  Available now from yogamylife.


First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream (from £14) is a head-to-toe miracle moisturiser that provides instant relief and long-term hydration for dry, distressed skin.  Formulated with Colloidal Oatmeal, Shea Butter and Ceramide 3 it provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin, eczema, dry, parched, scaly, sensitive and reactive skin.  The whipped texture is instantly absorbed with no greasy after-feel. It is clinically proven to increase hydration by 169% immediately upon application.  Available from firstaidbeauty.


LOTIL’s Moisturising Cream (from £5.25) has been a household cabinet staple for over 100 years.  It’s the perfect cold weather skin saviour.  LOTIL helps to relieve cracked, broken skin and dry areas such has elbows, heels and dry rough hands, ideal choice to instantly hydrate the skin, and a good addition to a MUA kit.  As well as the moisturizing/barrier cream, the brand also make foot cream, hand cream and lip balm.  Available from Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy and Amazon.


ZitSticka’s first drop of 2022 is Pore Vac (£30) a dermatologically backed clay mask, that lifts stubborn deeply embedded debris without aggressive exfoliation.  This deep-cleansing, heat infused mask vacuums impurities and absorbs excess oils. Utilising heat-stimulating formulation, it warms the skin during treatment, allowing for pores to naturally widen. This gives the 2 powerful clays a chance to comprehensively vacuum impurities out with ease. Use as a spot treatment, as a full face mask or to treat an oily T-zone.

During the vacuum, niacinamide and vitamin C help to reduce redness and even out the skin tone for a brighter complexion.   Available from zitsticka.


Flamingo’s new launch is Ingrown Spot Treatment (£9).  It works as an exfoliating solution to resolve ingrown hairs and soothe irritation. The treatment comes in a gel-cream like formula which is the perfect dose of alcohol-free exfoliation that starts working as soon as it’s applied. Ingredients wise, the treatment includes white willow bark (a natural source of salicylic acid), lactic acid, and a blend of five fruit acids that exfoliate to help free trapped hair—without drying out the skin.  Available from shopflamingo.


Doctor’s Formula have launched some new product ranges.  The Power Actives range comprises progressive skin enhancing serums – perfect to supercharge your skincare for the new year. With tried and tested formulations, Power Actives serums work faster, feel lighter and absorb in seconds. Harmonious combinations of efficacious acids and active ingredients, plant and fruit extracts and vitamins combine to rejuvenate skin and leave you glowing.

Products in the range include:  Doctors Formula Power Active RAPIDLift Serum (£34.90) 5% RapidLife Actives, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Green Tea Extract, Lactic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid. Antioxidant rich ingredients fight the signs of aging by targeting fine lines and wrinkles for a visible lift and skin tightening effect via a multi sugar-infusion.  Natural acids gently exfoliate and brighten the appearance of skin, leaving the skin radiant and healthy. Doctors Formula Power Active Retinol Serum (£34.90) 0.05% Retinol, Citric Acid and Plant Extracts. Targets the visible signs of ageing, wrinkles, lines, uneven skin tone & loss of elasticity. Retinol improves mitosis which improves and normalises the cellular renewal process for healthier, fresh-looking skin.  Doctors Formula Power Active Hyaluronic Acid (£34.90) 0.2% Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Pro Vitamin B5 and Plant Extracts. Targets moisture lacking skin and the associated effects of dehydration such as fine lines and wrinkles and brightens dull and tired skin through gentle AHA’s.  Available now from doctorsformula.


Industry News

Updated Guidance from the Government on the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARGs), outlines that personal care, including mobile and freelance businesses, are eligible to apply.

At the end of 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced further financial support to help businesses impacted by the Omicron variant. This included, for England, an additional £100m in Additional Restrictions Grants via local authorities.  For more information visit the British Beauty Council website here.


Aromatherapy Associates have joined the B-Corp Beauty Coalition, a new coalition of 27 beauty companies with B Corp Certification who will work to reduce the beauty industry’s environmental footprint.

The coalition’s mission is to enable collaboration and exchange between companies; identify and share better practices, implement improvement actions and publish their outcomes; help beauty customers more easily navigate the category; and to influence the beauty industry to trigger broader changes which can ultimately improve its social and environmental footprint. The coalition’s vision is to deliver ‘beauty for good’.

Since, becoming B Corp certified in 2020 Aromatherapy Associates has continued to prioritise people, planet and community through initiatives that deliver on this promise.  As a member of the Beauty Coalition, Aromatherapy Associates are a part of a new approach to beauty that prioritises soil as much as skin, nature as much as natural, evidence as much as ego, and impact as much as performance.


Gallinée have launched a new Anti-Waste Operation.  It allows customers to get their hands on their favourite products nearing the end of their shelf life with 70% off. The products currently on offer have expiration dates between May and September 2022, so are still perfectly safe to use but with a heavily reduced price. The offer ends at the end of this month. Another Anti-Waste Operation sale will take place in April when Gallinée spring clean their warehouse, with future sale dates to be revealed throughout 2022.

The Anti-Waste Operation is in response to the large quantities of beauty products in the UK that are destroyed as they approach the end of their shelf life – it’s estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of beauty products will end up as waste. What better way to tackle this issue than by purchasing your Microbiome favourites at a fraction of the price!  Shop the sale here.


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