Hot off the Press

January 28th, 2022

January 28th, 2022

Looking for some new, dreamy makeup? Look no further than the magic of Glisten Cosmetics – founders of the original UV split liners.  They have many bestsellers, but their famous Cow Palette (£35) – The Clay Drop x Glisten  collaboration – sells out time and time again. The limited-edition palette features eight Split Shades that can be mixed together to make even more colours.  Six out of the eight shades are UV reactive too, giving endless possibilities.

The Wet Liner Pastel Bundle (£45.50) is a great buy.  These water-activated liners are small but pack a punch. They come in strawberry, peach, vanilla, mint, bubblegum, blueberry and grape shades.   The Monochrome Bundle (£13) is another option, the milk and cola liners will make a statement.  If you can’t decide which liner to buy from the 140+ available shades, you can now create your own palette with 4, 9 or 15 pans (from £25).  All available from glistencosmetics.


London makeup brand Vesta London Beauty have been gaining traction. The Black-owned brand has been spotted with professional MUAs including Nathalie Eleni, Lisa Waite (for Emili Sande), Danielle Hudson, Sonya Elle Dee, Nat Minkie (for Miquita Oliver) and Jaineesha.  This cruelty-free lip makeup brand is making a splash because their shades are made to match all skin tones.  Nude Lip Gloss Edition Bundle (£44) is a brand new carefully made bespoke formula with ingredients such as shea butter and cocoa butter to help keep lips moisturised and protected.  Bundle includes four shades, Poppin’ Checkmate, Cloudy and Date Night.

Pair it with the Lip Liner Bundle (£16.50) three liners to shape, sharpen and carve out lips with high pigmentation and a creamy, long-lasting finish. Includes shades Mood, Match and Complete.  All available from vestalondonbeauty.


OPV’s Born To Shine Blush Palette (£29) boasts six generous pans of highly pigmented, natural-looking and easy-to-blend hues.  Whether you covet a just-back-from-the-beach bronzed glow, a post-workout flush or a barely-there hint of colour, each silky blush is sure to ‘pop’ on even the deepest of skin tones. This palette contains matte and shimmery shades — each with intense pigment payoff and blendability.  100% cruelty-free, and made for people of all skin tones and ethnicities.  Available from opvbeauty.


Made in the UK and tried and tested in the industry for 35 years, Glynn McKay‘s range of products have always been a go to for professional makeup artists. Problood (from £10) is a non-staining artificial blood, vegan-friendly and 100% realistic.  It is washable if the fabric allows.  Problood has been medically checked for realism and has a proven track-record of registering well on television and film recordings. It is popular among TV makeup artists for casualty simulation and is widely used on stage.  Safe to be held in the mouth but not to be used in the eyes.  Available in 100ml and 1ltr bottles and Original and Dark. Can be used on skin, costumes and props. The formula becomes part of the skin rather than sitting on the surface creating an ultra-realistic effect.

The Bruise Gels (£8) are great for creating bruise and broken-down effects on the skin. Colours can be used alone or in combination to simulate all stages of bruising and healing.

Both these ranges are vegan-friendly and all products are fully compliant with UK and EU Cosmetic Regulations. None are tested on animals.  Available from themakeuparmoury


Catrice Cosmetics are getting us ready for intense make up look and creating styling with their Spring/Summer releases.  Their Back on the Go range consists of products that perform quickly, easily and reliably – for a quick touch-up throughout the day or on the go. Multifunctional beauty that serves more than one purpose in an instant is all the rage right now!  The collection includes:  Pure Volume Mascara / Pure Volume Mascara Waterproof (£3.99 each) provides lashes with intense fullness, density and volume, thanks to the fibre brush that captures each individual hair and coats it with the highly-pigmented texture.  The formula in enriched with almond oil and castor oil, both known for their nourishing and hair-growth promoting properties.  Vegan, fragrance-free and long-lasting.

On Point Brow Liner (£3.79) the liquid, matte texture and thin felt tip with buildable coverage allow you to accurately fill in gaps for full-looking brows.  Gives a natural look that’s long-lasting and smudge-proof.  Available in four natural shades.  Wild Hibiscus Glow Lip Balm (£4.99) ensures soft lips with a natural and radiant finish.  Cranberry and hibiscus oil nourish whilst the texture reacts to the individual pH value of the lips and gives them a slight tint.  Ultra Last Fixing Spray (£4.99) keeps make up in place for up to 18 hours without staining.  The transparent texture is free from alcohol and perfume and feels light and comfortable on the skin.  All available from


New CeraVe Micellar Cleansing Water (£10) is the first step to achieving healthy and hydrated skin. It is a specially formulated solution that contains small, suspended surfactant molecules (‘micelles’) that by nature attract dirt and oil. Micellar water is designed to cleanse without stripping and without the need to rinse.

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Micellar Cleansing Water gently removes dirt, pollution, and makeup in an ultra-gentle formula without disrupting the skin barrier, skin pH and microbiome balance – helping to prevent dryness, irritation, and skin sensitivity.  Available now from lookfantastic.


Cult makeup kit hero, Cinema Secrets, has the power to clean over 22,000 makeup brushes this Fashion Week.  Cinema Secrets is every makeup artist’s worst-kept secret. As the industry’s #1 makeup brush cleaner for professional MUAs, Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner (£13-£30) has the power to sanitise makeup brushes within seconds, ensuring every brush is kept clean between touch-ups, meaning no delays to the ever-important Fashion Week schedules.

The quick-drying brush cleaner carefully and effectively removes makeup, dirt and bacteria on both natural and synthetic brushes without the need for water, a true game-changer for Fashion Week.  Formulated with a delicate vanilla fragrance, this rinse-free solution is available in three sizes and helps to not only sanitise brushes but deodorises bristles and reduces the chance of breakouts.  Available from beautybay and lookfantastic


Green People introduces new Purifying Face Mask (£22) made with repurposed coconut shells and packaged in fully recyclable, renewable sugar cane plastic.  A unisex face mask that’s suitable for all skin types.   This skin-purifying organic face mask can be applied as a full-face mask or to balance an oily T-zone.  Its natural skin-purifying power comes from a blend of skin -decongesting natural actives that work in tandem to deeply cleanse the skin, leaving it feeling fresh, soft and balanced.

Activated Charcoal deeply cleanses by drawing toxins out of the pores, making them appear smaller, Bentonite Clay works in synergy with Charcoal to gently draw dirt away from the skin, Alpine Willow balances oil production to discourage acne bacteria and moisturising oat lipid is rich in ceramides and sinks deep to seal in long-lasting softness.

Ethical responsibility is at the heart of what Green People do and this comes in fully recyclable, renewable sugar cane packaging. Farmed on sustainable land, this plant-based packaging is completely carbon neutral. The activated Charcoal is created using repurposed Coconut Husks and the Alpine Willow is sourced from organic and sustainable cultures to preserve natural sites and Alpine biodiversity.  Available from greenpeople.


Enhance skin’s radiance with the Filorga Skin-Unify Radiance Illuminating Perfecting Fluid (£35). The lightweight liquid illuminator is designed to highlight and accentuate areas of the face for a natural lit from within glow. The fluid seamlessly blends into skin to promote optimal reflection of light on areas such as the cheekbones, cupid’s bow and bridge of the nose. Infused with iridescent pearly particles, it provides instant radiance. The addition of hyaluronic acid works to plump and hydrate, while active ingredient vitamin C helps to brighten and even the look of skin tone. Use under or over makeup for a natural-looking glow. Available from lookfantasticdebenhams and feelunique.


Science of Skin Cleanse No. One (£15.99) is formulated to help protect the skin’s delicate microbiome and perfect for keeping skin healthy during the winter months.  Developed by two leading medics, Cleanse No One is a micellar foaming facewash, made with a powerful prebiotic that helps to balance the microbiome, supporting good bacterial and protecting against those that cause acne, inflammation and dryness.

Together with other active ingredients, including spot-busting salicylic acid, redness-reducing green tea and pore-shrinking witch hazel, this gentle but effective formula will remove dirt, oil and make-up while giving you a calmer, clearer looking complexion with every wash.  Vegan approved by the Vegetarian Society, not tested on animals and is paraben, alcohol and fragrance free.  Available now from scienceofskin, ocado and lloydspharmacy.


It’s time to feel the glow as Pantene introduces new day and night serum power couple, infused with Baobab nutrient blend, hyaluronic acid and Biotin, transforming chronically dry hair into locks overflowing with healthy shine.  Inspired by skincare they are designed to work together to reduce damage and promote shinier, healthier hair.

Thirsty Ends Quencher day serum (£9.99) works all day to instantly hydrate in just one use for softer hair, melting into every strand with a milk to water formula that smooths split ends and quenches even the thirstiest hair, for 72-hour smooth looking hair.

Overnight Beauty Reset (£9.99) is the first overnight active serum treatment for damaged hair, proven to reverse 7 days of damage in just 8 hours.  The nutrient-rich formula, features biotin and baobab essence, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and Pro-V so you can enjoy your beauty sleep and wake up to hydrated, visibly repaired, softer hair.   Available now from boots.


The new Mylee Send Nudes Collection (£7.50 each/£60 for bundle of 10) allows you to strip it bare, with 10 shades that have been expertly curated to match the natural colour of your nail bed – because our nails are not the same colour as our skin.  The colour selection process has been carefully crafted, taking into account a vast range of skin tones, making the collection truly inclusive. With a nod to the modern world of online dating, all colours have been named with tongue-in-cheek references to dating culture, including Flix and Chill, Left on Read, Ghosting, and Bit of Me.

The ‘Send Nudes’ collection boasts a range of cool and warm undertones that are a beautiful barely-there look, plus a milky sheer white for classic bridal. The polish applies sheer with the first 1-2 coats, and the opacity is buildable with 3+ coats, and should be cured under a lamp for high-shine, salon quality results that last up to 2 weeks. Available from 1st February 2022 at mylee.


Industry News

Entries are now officially open for the 2022 Attracta Beauty Awards.  Brands and experts within the fields of beauty including skincare, makeup, hair, wellness and fragrance are invited to enter.  Now into its eighth year, there are three new categories this year: ‘Male Self-Care’, ‘Health & Wellbeing’ ‘Fragrance’ as well as an expanded professional ‘Beauty Experts’ category.

Founded by leading international make-up artist Attracta Courtney and judged entirely independently by a hand-picked, esteemed panel of twelve noted celebrity and professional experts spanning health, beauty, wellness and hair. All entries must be received by the 4th April.  Shortlisted brands will be announced online May 24th with winners & finalists announced online July 4th.  There will be a  Top 10 Winners Presentation Ceremony July 7th in London.



Professional colour house, OSMO is pleased to announce the appointment of its latest Brand Ambassador, Micky Graham.  An expert in barbering and education, Micky is a self-taught barber of 10 years and recently opened his own studio space in Newcastle, County Down, named ‘Location X’.  Having won British Master Barbers ‘Barber of the Year’ title in 2016, Micky is recognised for spotting upcoming trends and for his precision work.  Excelling in all aspects of barbering, it’s his fading techniques that set him apart, whilst his energetic approach to teaching leaves students with not only new ideas, but renewed enthusiasm for the craft.

Micky has worked with us within his role at Great British Barber Bash for some time now and we’ve always been admirers of his work, so it was a natural progression for us both.  We’re looking forward to embracing Micky’s energy and skills within the new educational programme we’ll be rolling out in 2022.  It’s exciting times ahead for us all,” OSMO Brand Manager, Sinéad McLaughlin said.


The Fudge Professional team have been super busy getting their fourth In The Chair series ready.  This collaboration is with Global Brand Ambassador Jonathan Andrew and Love Island star Chris Hughes.  The series explores the open, honest and secret-spililng relationship between a hairdresser and their client whilst giving viewers a backstage pass to Jonathon’s very best tips and tricks.  They talk silver hair fails, amongst other things, and you also great a treat of Chris rapping.  Episodes can be found on Instagram and YouTube – just search for @fudgehair.



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