Hot off the Press

July 8th, 2022

July 8th, 2022

Bronzer just got better with the addition of Laguna Bronzing Cream (£32.50) to NARS’ iconic bronzer lineup. Inspired by bestselling shade Laguna, the decadently creamy formula is available in five permanent sun kissed shades. Its silky texture seamlessly glides onto skin, delivering long-lasting, second-skin warmth with a natural finish. Scenting the cream is the brand’s signature French Polynesia Monoï de Tahiti Oil, which is also known to lock in moisture, firm, and tone complexion.

Laguna has an irresistible, sexy glow. I love how it enlivens the skin, and I am thrilled that now we have even more shades to offer,” says François Nars, Founder & Creative Director

In five shades, from light bronze to deep bronze. Available from 18th July exclusively at Selfridges, NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.


Black-owned beauty brand, OPV Beauty this week launched their new Glow Perfect Face Palettes (£27).  Perfect for beauty buffs to bronze, highlight, and blush to their heart’s content, the palettes come in five different sets, with each palette delivering a combination of three vibrant shades to suit all complexions from deep, to medium and fair.

Created by East London-based sisters, Bukola and Opeyemi Adeyemo, OPV Beauty is an inclusive and ethical beauty movement. Helping you to “show your true colours”, the Adeyemo sisters believe your skin tone or age shouldn’t define your beauty looks. With hopes to make the world a kinder place, every single OPV Beauty formula is 100% cruelty-free, and each powder, palette or pigment is made for people of all skin tones and ethnicities — encouraging you to accept and cherish your own beauty with confidence.  Available now from opvbeauty.


Morphe’s cult Continous Setting Mist has had a tropical makeover to Coconut Bliss Continuous Setting Mist (£16); just in time for the super sunny summer upon us.  Set and improve the wear of your liquid and powder makeup – and transport your senses – with this limited-edition, coconut-scented twist on the cult-favorite. Infused with vitamin E, vitamin B5, and fruit extracts, this micro-fine, continuous, air-powered mist delivers a radiant complexion finish, locks in artistry, and prevents melting, caking, and fading over time.  Use to set make up, enhance a radiant complexion, transform a shimmering powder eyeshadow into a metallic-foil finish, amplify powder highlighter or to refresh dry/creased makeup.  Available now from uk.morphe.


Hair growth specialists Watermans have launched Lashology (£24.95), a new lash growth mascara to help give longer, thicker and stronger lashes.  Innovation in lash care, Lashology is infused with black castor oil, amino acids, biotin and peptide to give you the wide-awake look, whilst also giving you the strongest lashes, for instant volume.

This lash duo will change your lash routine forever, it will nourish lashes from root to tip, strengthening and conditioning whilst the mascara lifts and separates adding volume for full and stronger looking natural lashes that will make a difference. The lash care ingredients transform lashes day after day, preventing lash loss and stimulates new lash growth.  Available now from watermanshair.


British skincare brand, SBC Skincare, has launched a new Lactic Acid Resurfacing Facial Wash (£21.50). Made with lactic acid, an AHA blend of papaya, apple, orange and pineapple, glycerin and B5, this lightweight, gentle foaming cleanser is suitable for all skin types, effectively removing impurities, pollution and exfoliating away dead, dulling cells revealing clear, smooth skin. Purifying without over-drying, this daily facial wash leaves skin fresh, soft and conditioned, radiant and refreshed.  It can help to control excess oil and reduce sebum to help to reduce congestion and breakouts.  Suitable for all skin types especially beneficial for combination, oily, dull and blemish-prone skin.  Vegan friendly, cruelty-free and formulated without SLS.  Available now from sbcskincare.


Wild Hearts Skin is a results-driven, vegan skin care range that blends the best of science with nature’s own super powers using specially selected plant and fruit extracts such as marshmallow root and raspberry extract. Known as Super Extracts due to their proven skin-healing properties – the supers provide a multi-targeted approach to taming a range of skin concerns. Hydrating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich, the Super Extracts work to soothe, brighten and plump all skin types, leaving you with fresh, glowing and naturally beautiful skin.  The range includes: Ditch The Filter Serum (£20) this 2 in 1 super serum will leave you with an instant glow. Infused with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to visibly brighten skin. Lightweight and easily absorbed it can be used as a serum or primer for makeup, for all skin types; There You Glow- Gel Cream (£22) this deeply moisturising yet fast-absorbing face gel cream for day or night gives dewy, glowing and bouncy skin. Two hero ingredients marshmallow root and raspberry extract and the super heavy weight hyaluronic acid ensure ultra-hydration and it smells like ice cream; Lets Be Clear Cleanser (£10) this cloudy face wash leaves skin super clean without drying it out. The hero ingredient marshmallow root continuously works to improve skin’s ability to retain moisture and provides instant hydration. Together with raspberry extract, packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and ellagic acid help rejuvenate the skin.  Available now from wildheartsskin.


Bedew Skin, launched in 2021, with a focus on the skin barrier. The range has been created to cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, hydrate, repair and protect – all to keep the barrier strong and hydrated, providing amazing results.  The range includes:  Almond Oil Cleanser (£19.99) suited to all skin types, including oily/acne prone skin so it effectively cleanses. Regulating oil production may then help to improve breakouts, blackheads and under the skin congestion.  Formulated with enzymes, lactic acid, willow bark, squalene, glycerine and organic shea butter; Bedew Moisturiser (£19.99) suitable for all skin types this non-greasy moisturiser is light but effective. CBD helps to soothe redness, inflammation and irritation while avocado oil softens and moisturises; Hyaluronic Hydrator Serum (£34) this super hydrating serum is suitable for all skin types and tones. Hyaluronic acid helps to draw water into the skin while blueberry stem cells work to regenerate and rebuild. Manuka honey and liquorice extract soften and brighten skin while working on hyperpigmentation and oil balancing, giving you your glow back; Instant Enzyme Peel (£19.99) gentle but effective using fruit enzymes to leave you with fresh, glowing skin. Suitable for all skin types and tones; Pink Clay Glow Up Mask (£19.99) has both nourishing, hydrating and break out soothing properties. With ingredients such as pink clay and kaolin, this mask works hard on blemishes while also giving you a soft, healthy looking glow. Luxuriously infused with cranberry and strawberry extracts as well as hyaluronic acid, this is a thick and dreamy treat for your skin. Use as a full-face mask or overnight as a spot mask when needed.

The majority of Bedew products are handmade in small batches to ensure high quality with each product that is created, packaged and wrapped. Bedew products are cruelty free, not tested on animals and are suitable for all skin types/tones.  Available now from bedewskin.


Lumene’s Invisible Illumination Dewy Glow Setting Spray (£14.90) has won Best New Face Make-up at the CEW Awards.  This ultra-fine mist has a fresh, weightless formula to set makeup in place all day.  Infused with brightening Nordic willowherb, hydrating Nordic algae and Arctic spring water for instant quenched skin.  This multi-tasker can be used to prep, set and refresh makeup throughout the day for extra hydration and luminosity.  Available from  feelunique and lookfantastic.


Industry News

Eco-haircare Rhyme & Reason have teamed up with L’myah Sherae to help end Afro hair discrimination in schools across England, Scotland and Wales.  Whether discrimination in education or at work, Rhyme & Reason and L’myah are calling for people to share their experiences to help inform new national guidance against Afro hair discrimination in the UK.

The survey will collect people’s experiences of hair discrimination, and the results will be used to produce a set of robust guidelines that can be used in schools across England, Scotland and Wales to help to put an end to hair discrimination. The survey opens at 6am on 5th July and will close on 16th August 2022.  Please find the link to survey here:


Rejoice that French cosmetics brand Bourjois has returned to the UK in an exclusive partnership with Superdrug, after Coty pulled the brand from the UK in December 2019, as part of a strategy to streamline its consumer beauty brands. Bourjois bestsellers including its Little Round Pot Blusher and Healthy Mix Foundation are now available on Superdrug’s website, with the retailer adding that it plans to roll out the cosmetics brand in-store over the summer.

Anne Lebourg, Bourjois brand director, said in a statement: Bourjois is overjoyed to be returning to the UK. Since the range was discontinued in the UK in 2019, our deep-rooted heritage of effortless Parisian beauty has continued in France – and indeed worldwide. We are looking forward to reintroducing our iconic products, as well as new innovations to Superdrug customers, existing to make beauty a happier place.


Salon System, brand leaders in professional beauty, have announced the exciting launch of a new addition to its Naturalash range.  The new Mink Style Naturalash Individual Texture Lash (£4.75 +vat for a case of 6) features a new and unique style, to create a fan like cluster of feathery soft lashes. With plentiful individual clusters for a standout effect, the new lashes are also vegan friendly and are available in both short and medium lengths with a straight-edged base. 32 Mink Style strands per cluster gives a soft dense luxury look and feel, so you can achieve a full, fluffy, feathery lash in a flash.  Wear for 7-10 days with the recommended glue.

Mix and match the differing lengths to produce a range of looks, from natural and delicate to full and dramatic. An essential lash for all technicians, they are ideal for clients that want lash extensions without the commitment and prefer to opt for that express salon treatment.  Available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide.


The Hair & Beauty Charity has launched a new Charity Supporter campaign for those in hair and beauty to provide a minimum £20 monthly donation, doing their bit to give back to the industry and those who have fallen on the hardest times.

Since 2019 the Charity has seen a huge increase in applications from our industry. A significant rise in domestic violence and the cost of living crisis means that more people need the help of the charity than ever before.

President Jayne Lewis-Orr says, “In 2019 the main reason that people applied for help was because they were unable to work due to illness. In 2022 this is still a major factor but we are also seeing an influx of people struggling with everyday living costs and the ongoing impact of the pandemic. Before 2019 our applicants tended to be older, but we have seen a huge increase from those in the 31-40 year old age bracket who need our help, and the rise in mental health related illness is staggeringAs well as asking salons and industry professionals to sign up to our monthly Supporter Campaign, we are also asking the larger companies who operate in the hair & beauty industry,  to give back by providing a regular donation.

The monthly amount raised will go towards providing school uniforms for children in financially struggling families; cots, beds and bedding, carpets, fridges, freezers and washing machines for many more families – everyday basics that change lives.

Pledging has never been easier, simply visit to sign up in three easy clicks. Mobile users can now use Apple Pay or Google Pay. There’s an also an option to pledge more if you wish and Supporters will each receive a Welcome Pack.  All donations to the charity are hugely welcome and a donation of any amount can be set up via the JustGiving page.


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