Hot off the Press

April 8th, 2022

April 8th, 2022

Urban Retreat by Acti-Labs has launched its new vegan Satin Matte Lipstick range (£14.50 each) including 12 highly pigmented shades ranging from soft nudes and rose pinks to deep berry and pillar box reds. The Satin Matte Lipsticks are enriched with botanical oils and anti-oxidants to nourish and hydrate lips whilst achieving a flawlessly smooth, matte effect, that glides on effortlessly. Packed full of essential fatty acids to add moisture and soothe dry, chapped lips this non-drying, long lasting formula includes avocado oil which has the ability to penetrate through multiple layers of skin for deep hydration and is occlusive, which means it keeps hydration locked in, as well as essential vitamins such as vitamins A, E and D to give a supple and smooth pout. Jojoba oil is the perfect ingredient for a matte lipstick as it absorbs quickly into lips to soften and smooth without leaving a greasy film. Grapeseed oil and sunflower oil are both powerful antioxidants which help protect lips from harmful free radicals, whilst castor oil is a popular, trending ingredient at the moment, rich in the monounsaturated fatty acid, ricinoleic acid, which is a highly effective humectant, locking moisture into the lips.   Available now from urban-retreat.


W7 Makeup’s latest drop are two brand-new eyeshadow palettes, The Warm Up and Cool Down Palettes (£14.95 each or £27.95 for the pair). Freshen up with the coolest pressed pigments in the Cool Down Pressed Pigment Palette – add a touch of frost to your look with 40 crisp shades in a variety of ice-cold finishes that will take your look from day to night. Formulated for smooth and blendable application, this blend of cool tones is a must-have for your makeup bag.

Bring the heat in with the Warm Up Pressed Pigment Palette – it’s getting toasty with 40 smokin’ shades in a variety of flamin’ hot finishes that will take you from day to night. Formulated for smooth and blendable application, this fusion of warm tones will have you creating looks that are full of fire.  Available now from w7makeup.


ICONIC London have released two brand-new brow products.  Liquid Brow Silk Max Hold (£18) shapes, lifts and adds major volume to brows, creating the perfect fluffy-looking full brow. The new formula, gives a fierce and firm hold, following the global success of the bestselling Brow Silk.  It is infused with argan oil from Morocco, with nourishing and conditioning properties, and vitamins peptides which have growth stimulating benefits.  Triple Precision Brow Definer (£22) is a three-in-one brow definer pencil, fine-tip pen and spoolie brush, that gives ultimate brow definition, so that salon-worthy brows can be created at home.  This vegan and cruelty free formula can build brow fullness, sculpt arches or snap brows. Due to the clever tattoo-effect dye, brows will stay in place for up to 24 hours. Available in six natural-looking shades, guaranteed to be the perfect fit for all complexions and hair colours: Blonde for warm undertones; Ash Blonde for cool undertones; Cool Brown for brunettes with cool undertones; Chestnut Brown for rich brunettes with warm undertones; Chocolate Brown for dark hair with warm undertones and Black Brown for deep brown and black hair with warm undertones.   Both available now from iconiclondoninc.


MONO Skincare, the world’s first skincare tablets, have just added another addition to their product line – Makeup Meltaway (from £26).  Founded by Laurie Mias, MONO skincare is built around a passion to disrupt the beauty industry, drastically reduce waste, especially plastic waste, and unnecessary shipping of water, whilst supporting the skin’s microbiome with quality ingredients.  No more plastic – one tablet makes a full new skincare bottle; just-add-water. Crafted with only the finest quality organic ingredients, it can remove even the toughest makeup such as waterproof mascara. The blend of oils is gentle on your skin and does not strip your skin of any moisture. Packed with prebiotics, it is particularly effective for acne-prone skin and helps with pH-balancing, resulting in restored skin balance, texture and natural radiance.  Certified 100% natural, organic and clean ingredients.  Vegan and cruelty-free. No synthetic fragrance, no additives. From ingredients to packaging made with minimal waste. Refill, save and give back. Available now from monoskincare.


US brand Wonderskin have introduced the new Purevoc Skincare collection to the UK market.  The range is packed with 20+ active ingredients and provides an instant glow which lasts all day.  Made of up of an eye cream, face cream and corrective serum, all products are vegan and cruelty-free and are formulated to keep skin moisturised for over 30 hours, with hyaluronic acids working on the surface and deep down for visibly plumping hydration.  Imperfections are blurred with light-difffusing pearl pigments.  All Day Glow Multi-Corrective Face Cream (£35) A moisturiser that gives you confidence to go truly makeup-free. This luxurious formula dramatically brightens and smooths for a bare-skin radiance.  Niacinamide helps treat fine lines and dark spots, vitamin C, antioxidants and plant extracts brighten, protect and tighten while youthful firmness and elasticity is renewed, via organic collagen stimulation.  All Day Glow Multi-Corrective Serum (£45) gives an even-toned amplified glow that lasts. Vitamin C and plant extracts brighten and tighten.  Dark spots appear minimized and skin looks firmer thanks to vitamin-rich green algae extracts. Super-strong antioxidants repair from within, and protect against environmental damage.  Collagen production is stimulated by a plant-derived ingredient, and wrinkles appear 32% reduced.  All Day Glow Multi-Corrective Eye Cream (£30) A cocktail of actives delivers a bright-eyed glow, diffuses shadows, smooths puffiness and treats fine lines.  Giving a softer, firmer, highlighted effect that just gets better the more you use it.  The range is vegan, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free. Responsibly formulated with safe ingredients.  Available now from eu.wonderskin.


Hollywood celebrity Ashley Graham swears by clean beauty brand Heritage Store Rosewater and Glycerin Hydrating Facial Mist (£11.49) for extra moisture.  Designed to feed skin and energise the soul, Heritage Store offers a range of clean, vegan and cruelty-free products for less than £20.  The facial mist replenishes dry, tight or weather-stressed skin with a medley of three dew-boosting ingredients. Damask Rose Oil, Vor-Mag™ water and glycerin.  Glycerin locks in moisture, while Vor-mag water is believed to raise the energy to a higher vibration. Skin will be left looking dewy and glowing. Mist over face, hair and scalp for a glowing finish or as a natural makeup setting spray.  Available now from amazon.


Shiseido has launched the new Urban Environment Age Defense SPF 30. A lightweight, daily, urban sunscreen enriched with skincare ingredients.  Sun-activated skin enrichment and protection against UV rays and daily city agressors.  Perfect for daily use with a lightweight oil-free texture, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid.  Converts harmful UV rays into helpful beauty beams and fights against ageing. Available now from shiseidolookfantasticcultbeautyharrods and boots.


Leading professional haircare specialist OSMO® has added three new red shades to its IKON Permanent Hair Colour range of vegan professional colours (£4.25 +vat each per 100ml).  The three striking new additions includes Hi-Lift Red (HLR), Hi-Lift Violet Red (HLVR) and Hi-Lift Copper Red (HLCR). These Hi-Lift Reds are designed to lighten the hair and deposit colour all in one step – delivering stunning results without the use of bleach.  This gentler colouring method makes a popular option for many clients who aren’t comfortable having bleach treatments. OSMO IKON Hi-lift tint is a permanent hair dye with an altered function to other hair dyes due to its unique composition. OSMO IKON Hi-lift colours contain more ammonia, more dye pigment and are mixed with a double ratio of Cream Developer.

IKON Hi-Lifts can be used over tint and cut through tint where normal reds won’t.  Achieves maximum lift without the need for bleach, delivering intensely rich and vibrant results. Contains higher ammonia content for reach supreme lightening levels. Can be used on a darker level to create a vibrant red and can be added to other reds in the range as a booster. Stockist information available from



This week at the Grammy’s Dua Lipa showcased her new blonde locks, transformed by celeb hairstylist Chris Appleton from her usual brunette.  If you’re inspired by Dua’s new colour you can recreate the look at home using two of Schwarzkopf LIVE’s products: Intense Lightener in Absolutely Platinum (£6) for that ultimate icy blonde tone.  Or if your hair is already bleached or naturally blonde, why not try Colour Drops in Ice Silver (£7.49) that allows you to create a semi-permanent, customisable colour lasting up to 12 washes.  Both available at boots.


Industry News

Congratulations to Abi Oleck who is now the ambassador for several well-known skincare brands and has been nominated for various awards including being chosen as the finalist in the ‘Mobile Therapist’ category of the BABTAC & CIBTAC Awards 2022.

Abi was previously the UK’s national winner in the “Charity Champion” category of the BABTAC Inspiring Beauty Awards, for her dedication to helping others and NHS volunteering throughout Covid-19. In addition, last year Abi was awarded the She Inspires Me Award and Ruuby’s Facialist of the Year. Her successful approach to both beauty and business has led her to become a working Ambassador and Aesthetic Specialist for several leading beauty brands, most recently to Sand and Sky and Amanda Caroline Skin.


Absolute Collagen, the original collagen specialist brand, have announced celebrity hairstylist Michael Douglas as its new hair expert, to coincide with the launch of the brand’s new ground breaking collagen hair care range –  Absolute Collagen Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. 

With over 34 years of experience in the haircare industry, Michael works with celebrities, VIPs and supermodels in London, Paris and Milan, creating incredible hair for shows and shoots. Having started his hairdressing career at the age of 15, Michael has built up extensive experience in session styling, TV commercials, advertisements and film, working with the likes of Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Davina McCall. As an industry leader, Michael has a keen interest in helping women understand their hair through the natural ageing process and has helped thousands of women through his Instagram series, hair clinic and TV appearances including This Morning and The One Show.


The Hair & Beauty Charity’s Golf Day will be going ahead for the first time since the Pandemic, so swap those straightening irons for 9-irons on Monday 23rd May, at Carnoustie Golf Links. It’s a great opportunity to test your skills (or lack of) against friends and colleagues – all for a great cause – on The Burnside Course which includes the infamous 17th hole, considered one of the hardest par fours in golf!

There will be prizes for best team, individual, longest drive and nearest pin so whether you’re a seasoned professional or complete novice, there’s no better excuse to get together, in the beautiful Scottish countryside, with the bonus, feel-good incentive of raising money for industry colleagues who really need your help.

Entry costs are £175 per person, £350 per pair or £700 for a team of four or you can sponsor a hole for £250 – so come on industry companies – get your hands in your pockets!  The 2022 Charity Golf Day will be held in memory of beloved long time charity supporter, Peter Belcher. Book your tickets here.


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