Hot off the Press

February 25th, 2022

February 25th, 2022

M·A·C Stack Mascara is the biggest launch from M·A·C ever and is their biggest breakthrough in mascara technology, created to stack against and supersede the competition.  Over two years in the making, their criteria was simple: to meet every mascara need in one product, creating one infinitely buildable formula that won’t clump, flake, smudge or harden.  Coats, lifts and curls lashes, resisting daily activities.  The thick and creamy volume can be layered endlessly and, as a plant-based gel with added vitamin B5 it allows infinite buildability and gentle removal.

The MAC Stack Mega Brush (£26) for instant volume, great for longer fuller lashes and a great size for upper lashes, and MAC Stack Micro Brush (£26) for extremen precision and control on shorter more sparse lashes, and great for lower lashes, both feature petal-shaped, staggered and multifaceted bristles that work to hit every angle.  Also available is the Mini MAC Stack (£12).  Available from 1st March from at all MAC locations.


W7 Makeup’s newest palette is Let’s Brunch (£8.95) a collaboration with the online sensation and TikTok star, Vickaboo. The vegan friendly palette which is perfect for a day to night look, suiting all complexion, with 12 brunchin’ shades from soft glam to bold and bright, including shimmers, matte, metallic and glitter finishes. Get that flawless look without breaking the bank. What’s not to love?  Available now from w7makeup.


OPV Beauty have some great products to help you wear Very Peri, this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year. Shift Loose Pigment (£8.50) is a highly-concentrated pigment that is easy to apply and create whatever look you’re going for, as well as also being vegan and cruelty-free.

Metal & Glitter liner in shade 909 (£10) Long-lasting and smudge-free, this liner is perfect for adding a shimmer to your look, or being your entire eyelid look. The precise applicator sweeps seamlessly for a smooth, professional finish.nnIf you’re heading out out this year make your eyes more eye-catching with Pressed Glitter in shade Gold Lust (£8). Cruelty-free and waterproof, this pressed pigment stays super sparkly for hours.

Be bold with the Mystery Liquid Lipstick (£8) that gives effortless application, and coverage that dries to a gorgeous matte finish.  All available now from opvbeauty.


New from Nadira V Persaud are makeup brushes. Nadira has joined with SIGNATURE to launch her Fundamental Four brushes. Each brush is vegan-supporting and designed with German-made synthetic hair densely-set, professionally weighted and feature a dark-mink brown handle incorporating a white logo, all packaged in an EVA pouch.  Available are #1 Large Round Brush (£25.50) This generously large, soft powder brush can be used to completeand seal in make up with loose or pressed powders for the face or body. The ultimate soft-focus finish can be achieved when used to apply bronzing or highlighting powders.  #2 Large Angled Brush (£25.50) The large, angled powder brush is soft-to-touch and offers precision on the face or body when used with all powders; pressed or loose, especially when contouring, applying blusher, highlighter and bronzer for accuracy with seamless results.  #3 Flat Angled Brush (£20.10)  The densely set, flat angled brush, used with creams, liquids and emulsions or fluid formulations, can glide all over the face, in and around the contours evenlyThe dense quality of the brush allows precision and a striking finish when used with highlighting and contouring products.  #4 Small Domed Brush (£20.10)  This domed-shaped brush offers precision, evenness and soft-filter results when used with ALL formulations from powders, cream to liquids. Be it mineral powder, cream blusher, make up emulsions or all types of foundation.  Available now from nadiramakeup.


New from US brand goodhabit is Glow Potion Serum (£49).  Just launched in the UK, this fast-absorbing, triple-layered oil-serum combines three products into one streamlined bottle. The youth-boosting blend saturates skin with hydration, while promoting both collagen production and overall firmness to help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Immediately, skin holds a healthy, radiant glow with a smoother, softer appearance.

A carefully curated blend of 15 botanical extracts and 6 skin nourishing oils work synergistically to repair damage, restore elasticity, reduce hyperpigmentation, and boost cellular renewal without clogging pores or causing irritation. BLU5 technology neutralizes the effects of artificial blue light on your skin, while undoing existing damage.  Formulated with active ingredients including blue tansy, blue spirulina, hyaluronic acid, rosehip seed oil, camellia seed oil and red raspberry seed oil.

Available now from goodhabitskin.


Tribe517, the UK’s natural and sustainable artisan spa brand, has launched The ONE Collection, a new range of products which are gender neutral, sustainable, contain no nut oil derivatives, and are multi-tasking.  Developed in response to extensive therapist feedback, this trio of products are inclusive for all comprising an oil, a cream and a scrub. The products embody the ethos of Tribe517 which champions skinimalism and delivering wellness and the spa experience in spa and at home.

The three products are created to work together in harmony as they are all derivatives of the same blend of superfood oils; cabbage seed and avocado, plus Tribe517’s heritage essential oil combination of sweet orange helichrysum and vanilla which delivers intense vitamins A, C, E and omega oils. This blend offers the skin radiance, nourishment, accelerated healing properties and generally promotes healthy skin, with anti-oxidant qualities slowing the ageing process.  The fragrance delivers a feel-good mood, delivering the ‘warm & happy’ feeling that is experienced following a spa treatment.  One Oil (£32) can be used for face and body, but ideal for facial cleansing.  Also use to remove makeup, in the bath, the shower or for shaving.  One Cream (£35) a hydrating and gentle 24hour moisturiser for all skin types blended with the One oil and whipped with cocoa butter. Use as a soothing cream for the face and décolleté, or on particularly dry areas of the body. This cream is also perfect for on the go, and can be used on the hands and cuticles, tips of hair that has dry split end or for smoothing de frizzing effect.  One Scrub (£32) the cream formula with the addition of natural coconut sugar, gentle but effective, this scrub can be used on both the face and body. The polishing scrub sloughs away dead skin but also melts into the skin, making it gentle enough for even the most sensitive skins.  Can be used for ingrown hairs and the beard areas.  Available from Tribe517’s spa partners and online shop from end of March.


The latest launch from Doctor’s Formula is Probiotic Advanced.  Designed to rebuild your skin’s natural defences, the range features three serums, two moisturisers, a repairing mask, and an eye serum, packed with 2% Relipidium, the hero ingredient of the range. Relipidium works to strengthen the skin’s lipids (the microbial shield that protects our skin) encouraging the renewal of the skin’s protective barrier to improve the skin’s moisture and strength. Resulting in a healthier, stronger and calmer skin barrier that aids in combating dryness, irritation, inflammation and damage caused by free radical exposure.  The range comprises: Advanced Overnight Repairing Serum (£109), Advanced 8 Hour Repairing Night Moisturiser (£109), Advanced Deep Hydration & Repairing Mask (£105), Advanced Lifting & Firming Serum (£109), Advanced Radiance Eye Serum (£109) and Advanced 12 Hour Day Protection Moisturiser (£109).  Available now from doctorsformula.


Brand leaders in professional beauty Salon System have launched their Gellux Free Spirit collection (£11.95 +vat each), a collaboration with nail artist and expert Julie-Anne Lariviere.   The collection is bursting with eight new vibrant shades: sassy neon pink, fresh mint green, happiness inducing orange, vivid cerise, a blue hue the colour of the Mediterranean Sea and a pared back dusky pink.

Inspired by Julie-Anne’s childhood memories and creativity, this collection is all about having fun…

My inspiration for the collection was originally the rainbow. I wanted a collection which was bright, varied, colourful and fun. I was also inspired by my home country, Canada. The Free Spirit theme reflects how I see myself as an expat and as a creative mind. It’s full of happy colours and to be creative with the shades also brings happy memories of where I come from.”

Each Gellux gel shade is both chip and wear resistant leaving nails with a long lasting, ultra-glossy finish. They can be light-cured with either UV or LED and have excellent adhesion and wear properties, while still allowing for removal by soaking in acetone. Suitable for use on a natural nail, nail extension system, Acrylics or Fibreglass, Gellux polishes last up to fifteen days and are UV and LED compatible.  Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide.


New UK vegan and cruelty-free hair brand Hair Syrup was founded by a university student during lockdown.  Their full range of six pre-wash treatments (£13.99) each have a main focus; The Original pre-wash oil treatment delivers shine, combats frizz and strengthens hair from root to tip; Watermelon Milk is jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients and promises an intense nourishment, deep conditioning for enhanced radiance, prompted growth & enriched lengths; Rapunzel is nutrient rich and brings fragile strands back to life, promoting healthy, Rapunzel-like locks.  Infused with invigorating pink grapefruit oil, a powerful antioxidant and flaxseed, moisture-boosting extracts, known for their ability to boost hair growth. This intensive pre-wash treatment deeply nourishes, adds blinding shine, and stimulates dreamy lengths;

Mint Condition is a heavily nourishing, cooling pre-wash treatment enriched with premium peppermint and tea tree oil, a powerful blend of antioxidants. Together they deliver a cool tingling sensation to the scalp which helps remove impurities, calm itchiness, and promote hair growth; whilst the avocado, grapeseed and arnica gloss and replenish. Vitamin C Me is a supercharging, vitamin-filled pre-wash treatment to strengthen and protect your delicate strands, enriched with powerful sweet orange oil to strengthen dry, brittle, breakage-prone hair.  Lemon-Aid is enriched with purifying cold-pressed lemon oil, a mild antiseptic that rebalances natural oils and refreshes hair from root to tip. Removes buildup to breathe a new lease of life into dull, oily hair.

There’s a handy quiz on the website for people who are trying to find the best product for their hair.  Available now from hairsyrup.


Industry News

Sabrina and Idris Elba are launching a new skincare and wellbeing brand, under their S’Able Labs business.  The pair launched the S’Able joint lifestyle brand last summer, aiming to create a space for couples to go for support and inspiration.  Now this summer the husband-and-wife duo will be launching a capsule collection of genderless skincare products.

Described via an Instagram announcement by Idris and Sabrina, the new skincare line will provide a selection of “honest, inclusive and conscious” products for all skin types.  They said “At S’able Labs, we believe that when you feel good, you look good. That’s why we’re launching our genderless skincare collection, designed with the many benefits of self-care in mind.


High performing, Clean Beauty brand thebeautyworX is launching its first podcast on 28th February, called The Big Hairy Podcast  which is all about HAIR and the meaningful ways it’s linked to identity, ethnicity and gender, on 28 February. TV and radio star, Sarah Cawood chats to a wildly diverse range of guests from drag queens to best-selling authors, celebrity wig-makers and body-positivity influencers, who share funny, moving, inspiring and thought-provoking stories about hair.

Guests include Shanice Croasdaile, star of BBC’s Glow Up, director of Blacks Can’t Swim, Ed Acurra, influencer UKAfrolista and magazine editor Irene Shelley about the history of Black Hair and its impact on today’s culture.  Legendary wig designer Angela Cobbin, TED Talk Star Lizi Jackson-Barrett, award-winning hair and make-up artist, Tracy Pallari and media consultant, Fiona Scott.   Find the podcast here.


Best-selling US skincare and wellness brand Naturopathica is now available in Fenwick stores in Bond Street, Brent Cross, Colchester, Kingston and Newcastle and online at

Founded on the belief that herbalism, naturopathic medicine, and holistic wellness should be coupled with cutting edge science, Naturopathica delivers draws on holistic healing practices to create potent herbal skincare and restorative spa treatments to deliver real results For Deeper Beauty.

Aiming to address skin concerns at the source, Naturopathica understand the skin is a reflection of the body’s interior health. With their herbal remedies, tinctures, aromatherapies, and highly efficient topical treatments, this science first range aims to improve skin’s function and appearance at a deeper, more efficacious level.

Founder and Therapeutic Herbalism Specialist Barbara Close opened the Naturopathica Healing Arts Centre & Spa in East Hampton, USA in 1995. Today, Naturopathica Holistic Health features a robust collection of skin and well-being products, three celebrated US flagship spas in Manhattan and East Hampton, and an impressive roster of over 300 Spa Partners across the country.

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