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May 6th, 2022

May 6th, 2022

Shelen launched some fabulous brush sets for UMAE last month. Choose between the Cherry Punch 10-piece set (£30) and Crystal 12-piece set (£30) which both include a wide range of brushes with a fabulous coloured handles. All the brushes are  vegan and cruelty free. The bristles are a delicate blend of premium synthetic fibres that are densely packed with luxury super soft bristles. Made from taklon nylon and polyester materials with aluminium ferrules and wooden handles.

Or treat yourself to the popular Artistry Set (£85) made up of 36 brushes which are vegan and cruelty-free with premium synthetic blend fibres. The brand are very kindly offering our readers 15% off their brushes using the code WARPAINT15.  Available now from shelen.


BySK is a luxury makeup range formulated by award-winning MUA Sarah Keary all based on Sarah’s extensive experience working with different skin tones and textures and 16 years of receiving client feedback.  The new collection comprises:

A deliciously smooth and long-lasting lipstick (£16) in four beautifully lightweight flattering, sexy and wearable shades which add hydration and volume to the lips in a long-lasting creamy texture.  An innovative Soft Eyeliner Pencil (£13) in three shades – black, brown and nude – which melts on to the lash line with a superior glide, precision and deep colour pay off; it has a creamy easy to blend technology which is water resistant, ensuring a long-lasting finish.  An ultra-fine water resistant and high-definition black Liquid Pen Liner (£17) making it easy to perfect your dream line or flick even for beginners. With an ultra-fine tip and a smudge and transfer proof formula this liner is a game-changer for precision.

A stunning handbag essential 9-pan palette The Palette of Dreams (£34) a versatile 9-pan luxury palette with a richly pigmented, long-wearing and easy to blend formula ensuring minimum fall down or caking, taking users from day to night.  Includes matte bronzer and blusher, frost highlighter and six eyeshadows (4 matte and 2 frost).  As a Makeup Artist Sarah was passionate about the collection maintaining an attainable price point without compromising on quality and cruelty free and vegan friendly ingredients.  Available now from sarahkeary.


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.


New from Get Set Go Bags, the makers of the perfect MUA Kit and Set bags, is our favourite yet, the GSG Small QodpaQ Camo (£49.50).  Designed to be worn securely in 4 different ways;  as a backpack, a shoulder bag, around the waist and on the front.  Multiple QodpaQ’s can be worn at the same time allowing instant access to all of your products.

On top there is a sealed tissue pocket with zip concealing a large inner cavity designed to perfectly fit your palettes and brushes.  There are 2 D rings at the side also allowing you to wear the bag across your shoulders. At the front there are 2 zipped pockets. The larger has another zipped pocket to its front and the smaller has a handy outer strap attached.  On each side there are large, long double zipped pockets with another zipped pocket added to the front of each along with strong D rings.

The back has 3 straps allowing the QodpaQ to transform into a back/front pack or a waist pack. Below is a large padded zipped pocket for comfort along with 2 more D rings. It comes with 2 extra-long shoulder & waist straps (140cm) and the pack is reinforced throughout for extra strength.  Also available in clear.  Available now from get-set-go-bags.


New from Sculpted by Aimee is HydraGlo (£27) a pre-makeup hydrating serum which is the brand’s first skincare line, and a perfect hybrid between beauty and skincare. With ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for hydration and skin plumping, niacinamide helps to brighten skin and fight dullness, ceramides to lock in moisture and repair the skin’s barrier and shea butter to soften and further hydrate, for healthy, glowing and plumped skin throughout the day.  The lightweight texture absorbs effortlessly, making it an excellent base for long-lasting makeup.  The HydraGlow casing is completely refillable, allowing the inner tube to be replaced when the serum runs out.  Refills available (£23).  Available exclusively from boots and sculptedbyaimee.


New from CeraVe, the leaders in dermatologist-developed skincare, is Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF 50 (£15) It’s the same winning formula of skin-identical essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid that’s suitable for all skin types and tones – but now with improved SPF50 protection plus key ingredients niacinamide and vitamin E to soothe the skin, and pollution particle protection to protect against skin damage from city pollutants. This new innovation provides a full facial moisturiser that both hydrates skin and protects from daily UV exposure, while also offering around-the-clock support for the skin barrier. The importance of using an SPF every day should never be underestimated and the hydrating, lightweight lotion provides a new level of broad-spectrum SPF protection, paired with three essential ceramides to help restore and maintain skin barrier integrity against daily damaging UVA and UVB rays.  Available now from boots.


ZitSticka launched their brand-new product Face Map (£17) this week; a specialised set of targeted extraction patches for clustered zits and oily areas.  This is a dermatologically backed patch set of suction hydro-patches that absorb, unclog, and flatten texture.  Gone are the days of the 90s pore strips, pulling out sebum in solid chunks and potentially damaging the skin. Hydrocolloid gently liquifies sebum (oil) and draws it out in 6+ hours, while acting as an artificial scab, encouraging skin to heal faster.  Use on the forehead, nose, chin, jaw and cheeks. Available now from zitsticka.


Highly awarded hairdresser and founder of The Hair Boss, Lisa Shepherd is known for her blonde hair.  She is very passionate about achieving and maintaining your perfect shade – whether this is barbie blonde or warm honey.  She recommends avoiding overuse of purple shampoo as this can dull the blonde by adding an icy tone.  The Hair Boss Blonde Brightener (£9.99) is a weekly fix that helps illuminate the hair.  The detoxifying formula helps to remove metal and mineral deposits that can distort lighter tones, meaning blonde can be dramatically brighter in just 20 minutes without using bleach.  The Hair Boss Double Hair Mask (£19.99) helps to lock in moisture in the hair and re-form broken bonds. As UV rays can lift your hair and dry it out, use 1-2 times a week during the summer to achieve strong, healthy hair at home.  Both available now from superdrug.


SBC Skincare Hydra-Collagen Haircare (from £12.50) is enriched with marine collagen and keratin to help strengthen and encourage lift. Natural oils smooth, nourish and control flyaways and is specifically formulated to address signs of ageing, dry, thinning and fine hair which looks dull and flat. Helps to eliminate build up for a natural root boost. Free from silicones and sulphates. Suitable for daily use and colour-treated hair.  Hydra-Collagen Super Boost Shampoo (from £12.50) helps fortify and condition hair to improve fullness. Infused with a nourishing blend of marula, passion flower seed and kukui nut oils to lock in essential nutrients, nourishing hair from root to tip without weighing it down. Fragranced with crushed grapefruit, gardenia florals and vanilla.

Hydra-Collagen Super Shine Conditioner (from £12.50) will help to nourish, detangle and smooth hair, for salon-worthy results at home. Formulated to target signs of ageing in the hair, including fine, thinning, dry hair which looks dull and flat. It will also help to improve fullness without weighing hair down, leaving it silky soft with beautiful shine and movement.  Available now from sbcskincare.


Now holidays are back on, make sure you are stocked up on SPF.  COSRX’s Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++ (£22) is perfect for daily use, working to protect the skin from UV and environmental aggressors while deeply hydrating. Lightweight enough to feel like a moisturiser, the sunscreen is easily and quickly absorbed by the skin, without feeling greasy or leaving a white cast.  Formulated with aloe arborescens leaf extract, the SPF leaves skin hydrated in the summer, without stripping the complexion.  Available now from feelunique and lookfantastic


Industry News

Congratulations to the British Beauty Council’s CEO Millie Kendall OBE and Chief Operating Officer Helena Grzesk MBE who attended their Investitures at Buckingham Palace this week.   The amazing Millie Kendall was awarded an OBE, and the remarkable Helena Grzesk an MBE by Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.  The awards were given for services to beauty and spa services, particularly for lobbying the government during the pandemic to gain recognition and support for the industry.


BARBERFEST is back and is returning to the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Sunday 10th July, the industry is coming together for a whole day of barbering excellence.  Get your early bird tickets with 20% off.

Listen and learn from industry icons as they share the secrets to their success at the Business Learning stage, sponsored by NHBF. And get creative with live demos on the Inspiration Stage.  Find the newest barbering products and technologies by speaking to exhibitors. This is a chance to upgrade your barbershop and make connections with top brands.

Watch the live final of the Raw Talent Barbering Competition, sponsored by VTCT, as student barbers show off their technical skills.  Join the evening celebrations at the Modern Barber Awards at Patterns, Brighton. For just £45 you can enjoy the awards ceremony, drinks on arrival, lots of industry networking and a big night out on the dance floor.  To get tickets visit here.


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