Hot off the Press

April 1st, 2022

April 1st, 2022

W7 Makeup have launched their Very Vegan Garden Party Collection which is perfect for creating fresh summer makeup looks.  Lip Glosses (£4.50) are a range of three super soft lip glosses in Springtime-ready shades. These must-have glosses add a pop of colour to any daytime makeup look.

The Blush Palette (£4.95) is a palette of six Springtime-ready shades to blush and glow to perfection.  The Pressed Pigment Palette (£4.95) is a palette of nine eyeshadow Springtime-ready shades to create the perfect daytime makeup look.  The full collection is available now from w7makeup.


Dolce & Gabbana Beauty have launched makeup brushes (from £29) with exclusive stay-in-place bristles, synthetic fibres and wooden handles with an engraved DG logo.  The range includes shader, blending, definer, eyebrow, concealer, foundation, powder, lip and blush & highlighter brushes.  Available now from harrods.


Organic beauty brand Green People has expanded its founder’s signature Age Defy+ range with an AHA mask that leaves skin velvet soft as it promotes cellular renewal and a bright, youthful complexion.  Infused with replenishing Aloe Vera to safeguard skin from irritation during exfoliation, Age Defy+ by Cha Vøhtz AHA Radiance Peel Mask (£36) features a blend of natural fruit extracts that deliver 5 gently exfoliating AHAs to the skin:  Orange & Lemon Fruit Extracts provide naturally occurring Citric Acids to gently exfoliate and promote healthy cell turnover, Sugar Cane Extract provides naturally occurring glycolic acid to loosen dead cells and promote a soft, smooth texture, Billbury Fruit Extract provides naturally occurring lactic acid and produces a healthy, youthful skin glow and maple sugar provides malic and tartaric acids to further refine the skin tone.  Available from greenpeople.


Beauty Kin is a line of sustainable solid bars (from £11) created as an alternative to liquid bath and body products that is soon to make its UK debut.  Designed to simply and actively solve common beauty problems, the four Beauty Kin bars provide a solution to particular skin problems.

The bars are unisex and contain high percentages of actives designed to treat common issues. The core line includes Hydrating Body Bar, Clarifying Body Bar, Exfoliating Body Bar and Shaving Bar.  Available now from beautykin, and via a subscription service – see the website for more details.


AlumierMD have launched MicroDerm Polish (£45), a new revolutionary medical-grade product to actively exfoliate and revitalise skin, featuring 100% natural and environmentally friendly exfoliating ingredients. It will help uncover a smooth, refreshed and glowing complexion; deep cleaning targets congested pores whilst it’s rich skin conditioning agents work continuously to maintain and protect the skin’s natural hydrolipid barrier.  The formulation includes hydrated silica and jojoba esters for exfoliation, grapefruit peel oil for deep-pore cleansing and glycerin for moisture, softness and suppleness.  Free from artificial fragrance, sulphate, paraben, mineral and dye. Available via AlumierMD’s online portal, following an online consultation with a licensed skincare professional.


April is Stress Awareness Month and TEMPLESPA knows the importance of self-care, the power of incorporating calming rituals into your everyday, to help relax the mind body and soul, promoting healthy sleep behaviours and showing yourself some much-needed care and attention.  Repose Night Cream (£42) is infused with hops to encourage restful sleep and help prevent premature ageing by promoting firmer skin; a wonderful treat when you and your skin need a rest and want to wake up feeling revived!

Duvet (£30) a body moisturiser that is rich in omega oils, olive, guarana, fig, pomegranate, liquorice, vitamin E and relaxing Mediterranean essential oils of lavender, frankincense, myrrh, chamomile and patchouli; skin-hugging aromatherapy and skincare in one!  Both available from templespa.


Best-selling vegan and cruelty free tan brand, Cocoa Brown have relaunched their Perfect Fade Self-Tan Oil (£9.99) just in time for spring.  Now in a showstopping, sophisticated and modernised bottle, whilst containing the same much-loved formula, this luxurious, cult favourite self-tanning oil is packed with castor oil to give skin a burst of hydration while keeping you beautifully bronzed.  The moisturising tan oil dries almost instantly and takes just 4-6 hours to develop, giving the ultimate natural-looking, radiant glow that lasts for up to 7 days and fades perfectly. Available in one shade, medium to dark; for a darker tan apply two layers and leave on to develop overnight for a deeper bronze.  Available from boots, thebeautybasket and justmylook.


Heritage Store have been using Castor Oil in their products since the brand started in 1969.  Referred to as “Palma Christi,” which means Palm of Christ in Latin, due to its healing nature, castor oil has been used for over 3,500 years in cultures all around the world for many beneficial properties.  It can help enhance the appearance of healthy, glossy hair and nourishes the hair follicles. It is also an ideal oil for using as a topical castor oil pack, because of its versatility.

The Shining Star – The Parma Christi Castor Oil (£7.49). A nutrient-rich treatment for stronger, fuller-looking hair. A hair treatment for the scalp and ends, it strengthens, volumises and adds shine. An impressive source of fatty acids, including omega 6 and ricinoleic acid, aiding skin hydration and encouraging moisture.  The Soul Soother – Organic Castor Oil Lavender (£8.99). A soothing, multi-tasking, self-care essential. Can be used on skin as a massage oil, as a strengthening treatment for the ends of hair or to treat dry patches. The infusion of lavender essential oil contributes a calming aroma to the formula.  Available now from amazon.


Industry News

This week, CEW UK, the UK’s leading beauty industry organisation, marked the start of the 17th annual CEW UK Beauty Awards with their Product Demonstration Event at the Business Design Centre.  Attended by over 500 CEW members and guests, it is one of the most popular events in the beauty calendar, showcasing a stellar line-up of over 300 products, from 175 brands that have entered across 33 categories in this year’s 2022 Beauty Awards.

Led by title sponsors, Amazon & Sainsbury’s, this year’s awards saw a significant increase in the variety of brand entries from new brands such as; Juni Cosmetics and Centred, to established brands such as Aromatherapy Associates, L’Occitane, MAC, Liz Earle, By Terry and 111Skin. Guests were able to connect with other industry experts and enjoy live demonstrations.


For over 15 years, US brand MOP has been making some of the best haircare products available in salons. Their mission from the beginning has always been to make products that use the best ingredients while never sacrificing performance. Last month they launched in the UK with an event at Shoreditch House.

The MOP range of customisable hair care is available in six regimens that cater to all hair types and target specific concerns:  MOP Pomegranate for medium to coarse hair, MOP Basil Mint for normal to oily hair, MOP Mixed Greens for normal to dry hair, MOP Lemongrass for fine hair, MOP Pear for sensitive scalp, and MOP Citrus for chemically treated hair.

Each regimen is powered by an exclusive blend of fruits, vegetables and botanicals with the most delicious scents as well as being 100% vegan, free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, and cruelty-free.  Designed to inspire every stylist to unleash their creativity and have the freedom to style hair their way.  Distributed in the UK by Rebel Beauty Brands.


Luna Microcare has introduced their latest innovation in skincare; an award-winning, cruelty-free, and vegan collection of at-home treatments; revolutionary patented skincare patches.  Developed by Imperial Bioscience Laboratories – a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercialising innovative therapeutics – Luna Microcare was formed around the idea that a truly effective delivery of great skincare ingredients, on your own terms, is a game changer.  The patches target and illuminate several skin issues and deliver specific active ingredients into the skin, bypassing the skin’s natural defence barrier, allowing Luna Micro Care to deliver up to 85% of its active ingredients directly where you need it most, into the skin.  Available patches include:  Complexion reviving Luminous formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, tyrosinase inhibitors, resveratrol and natural algae extracts to deliver clinically proven improvements in hyperpigmentation. Enlighten a high-precision local treatment for dark spots and uneven skin tone. Eternal a non-invasive anti-aging treatment that effectively transforms the under-eye skin. Clinical studies have shown dramatic improvements in the reduction of wrinkle depth and fine lines, along with other improvements such as skin density and thickness.

Currently stocked in leading clinics around the UK, Luna Microcare is also set to launch three products later this year: Flawless – the acne fighting patch, that kills bacteria in one two-hour treatment – Lumiere, which diminishes trauma induced acne hyperpigmentation, leaving your skin illuminated – and Luscious, a lip plumping/enhancing patch.


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