Hot off the Press

July 15th, 2022

July 15th, 2022

With summer in full swing, & Other Stories have launched their latest summer collection, full of brightly coloured metallics for that shimmer and shine wherever you go.  When it comes to wearing metallics on the face, a natural base with glowy cheeks and eyelids work like a charm, thanks to a daub of luminous highlighter, a veil of bronzing powder and eye colour cream. A flash of light from head to toe, a magical summer awaits.  The range includes: Eye Colour Cream in Twinkle Dawn (£13), Cream Blush in Intense Rose (£15) and Terra D’or Bronzing Powder (£23).  All available now from stories.


Vegan and clean beauty brand Catrice Cosmetics also have some great summer budget releases.  Clean ID 24H Hyper Hydro Skin Tint (£5.99) enhance your holiday glow with this hydrating tinted moisturiser, with light to medium coverage.  The formula is made of 98% natural ingredients and includes hyaluronic acid, squalane and aloe veraClean ID Hydra Volume Lip Plumper (£3.95) in three shades that are enriched with hyaluronic acid and frescolate, giving fuller-looking and nourished lips.

Super Glue Brow Styling Gel (£3.79) an ultra-strong hold gel, with an integrated small brush to ensure easy application for perfectly set eyebrows.  Lift and laminate for evenings or quickly apply for natural make up days.  Holiday Skin Serum Bronzer (£4.99) this liquid bronzer with shimmer pigments blends seamlessly to bestow a believable sunless bronze.  Formulated with hyaluronic acid and coconut water to keep skin hydrated on hot summer days.  All available now from justmylook.


New this month from Murad are Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Masks (£9 for single pack /£40 for pack of 5), created in collaboration with viral Tik Tok creator and board-certified Internal Medicine physician, Dr Zion Ko.  Made from premium, non-slip bio-cellulose that’s used in medical settings to help boost absorption of ingredients, the premium extra-large eye mask delivers an instant boost of retinol to virtually erase lines, visibly firm and leave eyes looking ultra-refreshed. Formulated with cult-favourite Retinol Tri-Active Technology that balances fast-acting and delayed-release retinols for rapid results while being gentle on skin, plus firming blue agave extract and radiance-boosting passionfruit extract.  Apply them under your eyes or move them to other areas of your face to tackle any fine lines and wrinkles – not forgetting to squeeze out the serum from the sachet and apply to other target areas. Available now from


Athletia Beauty is an environmentally conscious brand, with a focus on natural ingredients. Two of their signature ingredients perilla ocymoides leaf extract and angelica keiskei leaf/stem extract, are derived from plants grown at recycling-oriented farms.  The brand harnesses the botanical power of essential oils, blending to benefit skin, body and mind. 90-100% of the fragrances used in the products are natural and botanical essential oils.  The range includes: Cleansing Oil (£42) made with six natural botanical oils, luxuriously rich oil gently melts and efficiently removes makeup and impurities, while moisturising and smoothing.  Can be used on waterproof makeup.  Includes uplifting scents of juicy grapefruit and lemon, invigorating juniper berry and eucalyptus.

Tuning Aroma Mist (£28) For post-workout or for an in-office boost, this portable face and body mist instantly and efficiently rehydrates the skin. It can also be used to prep, set or refresh makeup.  Available in two different scents, choose from Refresh & Restart fragranced with peppermint, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus and cedarwood or Rock It fragranced with lemon, lemongrass, rosemary, grapefruit and cedarwood; and Phyto Sleeping Cream (£86) Capitalising on the relationship between beauty sleep and beautiful skin, this rich cream is designed to relieve dehydration. Formulated with plant-derived ingredients including geranium robertianum extract and three different plant seed oils, its rich moisture blends well into your complexion and brings suppleness to morning skin. A combination of soft lavender and deep, grounding aromas from cedarwood aims to help you sleep.  All available now from althletia-beauty and Selfridges.


This week Lisa Shepherd, the UK’s most awarded and profiled colourist, expanded on her The Hair Boss haircare range with two innovative Tinted Conditioning Foams (£9.99).  These are a great way for blondes to switch up their colour this summer!  Available in Platinum Pink and Beach Blonde, they give stunning semi-permanent colour. If you are seeking pink-inspo from the likes of Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid and Anne-Marie then the Platinum Pink is a great way to embrace the pretty in pink trend. If you are looking for a warm peachy twist on your blonde, then the Beach Blonde is the ultimate toning hack.

Simply swap your usual conditioner for one of the Conditioning Foams, which will gently condition and colour. You can then wash the product out as part of your hair wash routine, to reveal a subtle beautiful shade of pink or peach, or you can leave in for a deeper colour change and style as usual. Formulated with Panthenol to soften hair, help reduce damage and add shine. The foam texture also helps to create volume and prevents weighing the hair down with unnecessary product.  Available now from Tesco, thehairboss and amazon


Eco, sustainable, vegan hair brand Rhyme & Reason have three new hair treatment launches.  Smooth Finishing serum with Argan Oil (£8.99) helps improve the manageability of your hair during morning styling, hydrating and instantly taming frizz. Simply smooth a small amount through the lengths and ends of dry hair use after drying or styling, smooth and reapply as often as needed for a silky-smooth finish.  Plant Protein Damage Repair Serum (£8.99) for dry, damaged hair, this serum is formulated to protect even the most fragile hair by strengthening hair strands and providing the optimum condition for hair growth. This silky vegan serum is easily absorbed without residue to hydrate hair and lock in moisture.  Liquid Shea Leave-In Conditioner (£8.99) a hero for heat-damaged hair, the 95% naturally derived formula is weightlessly moisturised and an intense hydration for all hair types. Made with the nutritional properties of liquid shea, not only does it protect against temperatures of up to 230°c/450°f*, but it also gives hair a serious shine injection.  All available now at boots.


Jerome Russell Bstyled Wave & Salt Spray, (£6.90) Achieve beachy locks that leaves hair tousled and textured with ocean vibes. Create definition with a matt finish and medium hold. Enriched with pomegranate and turmeric and unique bond-building technology, adding body to fine hair.  Available now from superdrug.


Eyecha, the first lash brand to make eyelashes from recycled materials, have launched a sustainability initiative in partnership with One Tree Planted – for every sale in Superdrug, Eyecha will plant one tree.  Their goal is to replant 500k trees over the next 5 years, however this initiative may mean they’ll reach this goal sooner!

The full Eyecha lash range is handmade, vegan and reusable up to 15 times. They also come in 100% recyclable packaging made from up to 60% recycled PET.  Seven lash styles are available from Superdrug (£7.99 each), ranging from a subtle winged effect to ultra-volumising styles.


Sustainable razor brand FFS (Fuss Free Shaving) are committed to providing women with a flexible and convenient beauty regime without the faff.  For years, women’s razors have been inferior to men’s in both quality and results. FFS was created and designed by women, for women, to deliver the best shaving results possible with premium quality products. Sustainability is at their core, with all blades and shaving products certified cruelty free and an in-house recycling scheme to reduce plastic wastage.  With an expansive range of products and services, FFS strive to make women experience effortless luxury by conveniently delivering their kits straight to their door.

Their best-selling Full Shaving Set (£28) contains the essentials to leave skin feeling silky smooth. The kit contains a premium weighted zinc alloy handle, four premium Smooth Glide Blades, a safety blade cover, shower holder, travel pouch, and a three-step range of pre-shave body scrub, shaving cream, and a post-shave moisturising balm. The Starter Kit (£14) and Small Shaving Set (£18) guarantee the smoothest shave yet and are available in a range of colours to add a luxury feel to any bathroom.  Available now from ffs.


Industry News

Isidro Valencia – Winner Best Make-up Art 2022

The 2023 IBI (International Beauty Industry) Awards will open for entries on 15th August. Based in NYC, the IBI Awards is the world’s truly Global Hair and Makeup Competition celebrating Beauty Art being created in the mediums of Hair and Makeup, with nearly 50 unique categories that range from everyday makeup and hair to avant garde.  The awards are judged blind to be as fair and accessible as possible, judges are independent and where a competing artist comes from, how many followers they have, what products they use, who their clients are, what organisations they belong to, race, gender or age is not known or considered, it’s only about the work.

There is a small fee to enter the pro categories, but active beauty Students can enter for free.  In previous years artists from around 40-50 countries enter online, and several fantastic entries have been submitted by UK artistes, both in student and pro categories. Visit the website to see last year’s winners.

[header image: Rodrigo Araneda Finalist Best Short Cut 2022 Photo: Leda St Jacques]


Caroline Hirons this week launched her Skin Rocks app, a fount of advice and product recommendations – a sort of Hirons-in-your-pocket (“only with less swearing”, she says). It’s already in the Health & Fitness app chart following her soft launch on Facebook. If you don’t have it already, you can download the free app for Apple and Android.

The long-term aim of the app is to have every skincare product listed there – even ones that Caroline has blasted on her blog – so that you can see what’s what when you’re browsing on line or in store.  You can log in and find out what’s in a product, what it does and whether it’s right for you (each product has a “you need this if… you don’t need this if…” summary). The idea is that you buy a product that suits you, rather than buying several that might work.

To keep the searches authentic, brands can’t pay to be bumped up the listings or have a ‘featured’ review, however they can pay to have their image on the product home page or to advertise in the content section.  You can buy through the app – add products to your basket and then you’ll be directed to buy via the brand’s website or an online retailer such as Cult Beauty. The Skin Rocks app takes an affiliate commission on sales as one way of keeping the service free for the user.


Yoga My Life, a new natural vegan skincare and therapeutic wellness brand, has announced the launch of its new accredited training courses, focussing on activating Marma Points in order to support and sustain the body’s natural flow of energy for your industry news features.  The courses principally draw on traditional Ayurvedic massage techniques and holistic yoga self-care practices with the aim of restoring harmony and balance to the body, mind and spirit.

Founded by Farah-Naz Khan, a renowned Holistic Yoga Therapist and Trainer, Yoga My Life’s accredited training courses are online based, and include:

  • Yoga My Life Afterglow Feet First Marma Point Massage Course
  • Yoga My Life’s Afterglow Face Marma Point Massage Course
  • Yoga My Life’s Afterglow Indian Head Marma Point Massage Course

Upon successful completion, Beauty Professionals & Therapists will be Certified by IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine) and Yoga My Life Ltd.  For more information visit the website.


In its latest effort to support the industry, the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) has responded to its Members’ concerns about energy costs by partnering with leading energy consultancy Direct Business Solutions (DBS) to help them save on their utility bills.

The new partnership comes in direct response to the NHBF’s State of the Industry survey in March reporting that 94% of salon owners across the UK had seen an increase in utility bills compared to the same period last year, with 32% stating that utility bills were their largest overhead.

Energy is essential for most businesses, especially for salons and barbershops, from charging hair clippers or hairdryers to running high tech body and face treatments, as well as lighting and heating your salon. Your needs differ from an average household and, as energy prices continue to rise, this adds to the pressure that salons are feeling across the UK.

With energy prices skyrocketing over the past year, finding the best deal for your salon is now essential. The new NHBF partnership with DBS aims to help salon owners manage the energy pricing crisis as simply as possible by finding the energy contract best suited to the individual business’s needs.  For more information click here.


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