Hot off the Press

July 22nd, 2022

July 22nd, 2022

Lip gloss is back for 2022! The new Sorbet & Shine Collection (£13.90 each) from Mavala contains five ultra-shiny, non-sticky glosses with shimmering mother-of-pearl pigments, for a look 2000’s Paris Hilton would be proud of.  The formula is non-sticky and contains a delicate balance of polymers and emollient esters, such as grape seed oil, which contains polyphenols and is rich in nourishing essential fatty acids, like omega 6 and vitamin E. This provides soothing, regenerative, and nourishing properties and ensures these Lip glosses are more than just make-up; they actually care for fragile lips, delivering subtle colour and a sparkling, grown-up glitter look.  Available now from lookfantastic, John Lewis, Fenwick and independent pharmacies nationwide.


With the 90s makeup revival in full force, as well as lip gloss being resurrected, we are also seeing Frosted Lips making a resurgence. Made famous by Pamela Anderson, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell in the 90’s, the 2022 version sees a more glossy but long-lasting approach.  Beauty expert and Founder of OPV Beauty, Opeyemi Adeyemo says “Today’s lipstick for the Frosted Lips trend has newer, duo-chromed pigments that have better light reflectivity. They’ve also been adapted to be hydrating on lips, long-lasting and smudge proof making this trend wearable for a night out, or a casual lunch.”  To get the look using OPV Beauty‘s Metallic Liquid Lipstick (£9.99).


HD Brows Brow Glue (£16) is a clear brow gel that is easy to apply and dries quickly to set brows in your desired position. Unlike other soap-style brow products, this does not need to be mixed with water; simply brush and go.  It’s also ideal if you’re hoping to fake the look of brow lamination at home before committing to the treatment.  Available now from hdbrows.


New from SKN-RG Natural Science is Phoenix Super C Eye Serum (£65) powered by clinically-proven actives to improve the appearance of pigmentation and wrinkles. This one-of-a-kind groundbreaking serum has reinvented anti-ageing natural eye care which is proven to deliver results faster than traditional anti-ageing actives such as Retinol/Vitamin A.

With 15% optimum potency, pure “Tetra C” (Stable Vitamin C) combined with phoenix date palm a patented anti-wrinkle and line reduction.  The formulation also includes amaranth squalane, orange blossom flower extract, glycine amino acid and aloe vera leaf juice all encapsulated in a protein-rich solution that absorbs quickly for incredible age-defying results in just one bottle for a brighter, firmer, smoother, more uniform complexion.  Receive a complimentary SKIN-RG Cryo Roller with each purchase, while stocks last. Available now from skn-rg.


Introducing Pai’s new release Century Flower Mist (£39) a super-soothing infusion made with lotus flower and hyaluronic acid that also fortifies the skin’s defences – meaning a stronger barrier and fewer flare-ups. This 100% alcohol-free and essential oil-free face mist instantly takes the heat out of any skin situation. Cooling, calming and hydrating. Now in a larger bottle with improved atomiser (made with PCR plastic) – for an even more satisfying spritz.  The formulation includes deep sea magnesium and minerals extract, inulin and orange blossom. Pai products are certified natural and organic by COSMOS. The brand is also Vegan Society, Cruelty-Free International and London Living Wage accredited.  Available now from paiskincare.


Indie Lee’s Retinol Alternative Cream (£67) has Retinol-like benefits but without the drawbacks. This high-performance cream is formulated with natural retinol alternative Rambutan for improved appearance of elasticity, firmness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Paracress extract reduces the visible signs of aging while squalane and orange milk tree extract plump skin and boost moisture retention.  This is also refillable (£58).

And just in time for summer, the brand is launching their first ever SPF product; the Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 (£39). Perfect for beach days and outdoor activities, this mineral sunscreen has 20% uncoated zinc oxide for broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, which means it dries down clean. Squalane, shea butter, and aloe provide rich moisture to keep skin hydrated all [sunny] day long.  Unscented and safe for kids. Leaping Bunny certified and cruelty-free.  Both available now from indielee and netaporter.


Luna Daily’s Everything Oil (from £9) is clinically proven to visibly reduce ingrown hairs, scars, stretch marks, dark spots, redness and bumps for smooth, soft skin. This lightweight, deeply moisturising, multi-tasking skin saviour oil is even gentle enough for your intimate skin as well as everywhere else on your body, including any Keratosis Pilaris (“strawberry legs”) appearing on arms and legs.  Available now from luna-daily.


Leighton Denny has a range of targeted ‘skincare for nails’ serums which are now available at Marks and Spencer.  Leighton believes in treating nails like skin – understanding your nail type and using prescriptive solutions to treat them accordingly. Choose from:  Hydra-Flex Nail Serum (£14) is the answer to top up on vital moisture and to help hydrate, condition and improve nail flexibility, working to directly treat brittle, dry, damaged, flaky nails with a unique complex of vegan, active ingredients; Biotin – to help prevent nail thinning and smooth the surface, pro-vitamin B5 – to help improve flexibility and strength, cystine, caffeine, lecithin, rosehip oil and vitamin E.  Plus a delicious blend of essential oils – petitgrain, lemon, lime, orange, bergamot, cardamom, ginger, clove; and Active-Build Nail Serum (£14) for dry and brittle nails, helping to strengthen nails and restore moisture balance so they can grow stronger and longer with a unique treatment complex of vegan, active ingredients; Bio-Active Glass – to help build and strengthen damaged nails, keratin – to strengthen and toughen nail protein, myrrh extract – to condition and improve nail tissue, argan oil – to help strengthen the nails and prevent nail thinning, calcium, horsetail extract and vitamin E. As well as a delicious blend of four Essential Oils – aniseed, bergamot, sweet orange oil, sumatran benzoin.  Available now at Marks & Spencer and leightondenny.


Achieve a sun-kissed bronze glow with the St. Moriz Primark range, enriched with coconut oil for the perfect tropical scent.  The streak-free formulation is packed with hydrating ingredients to keep your skin moisturised and glowing with radiance throughout the summer.  Coconut Medium Instant Tanning Mouse (£6) perfect for all wanting the ultimate golden glow. The unique blend of active tanning agents is enriched with coconut oil to help to keep skin silky smooth and your tan looking flawless, so you can glow for days. The instant colour guide will help you to achieve a streak free finish and an instant bronzed glow which will develop over 4-6 hours to leave you with a natural-looking golden tan.

Coconut Instant Wash Off Tan (£4) glides seamlessly on to skin whilst locking in moisture to keep skin hydrated and glowing.  Transfer and water-resistant, you can feel confident knowing your bronzed look will keep up with you all day (or night). Once you’re done wearing your glow, simply shower it away with warm, soapy water; and Coconut Daily Tanning Moisuriser (£4) a must-have for anyone wanting a subtle, but natural looking fake tan. Apply daily to build a gradual glow and more often to build your tan. Perfect for both beginners and expert self-tanners, with added moisturisers, coconut oil, aloe vera and Vitamin E to keep skin looking and feeling its best. Transfer and water-resistant.  Available now in store at Primark and online at stmoriz.


Eyelash Emporium‘s collection of seamless lashes make lash application quicker and easier than ever.  The SEAMLASH Deconstructed Strip Lashes (£12.95) sit underneath the natural lash line to fit each unique eye shape, creating a lightweight, seamless, bandless strip lash look in seconds that lasts up to 24 hours.  Available in two styles Full & Fluttery and Winged & Wispy, each pack comes with two pairs of vegan, latex-free lashes and are best paired with the Seamlash 2 in 1 Longwear Adhesive (£13.96).

The Eyelash Emporium Seamlash Pro Applicator (£6.05) makes lash application easy and prevents loose outer corners. This handy tool works by clamping the Seamlash Lashes into place for a seamless finish that suits your personal eye shape.  Available as individual products or as part of the Seamlash Deconstructed Strip Lash Kit (£29.96). Available from eyelashemporium.



Industry News

Bear Beauty Botanicals is a new on-trend beauty brand that has made sustainable, eco-friendly products affordable and accessible to everyone, with a bear theme. The brand’s best-selling product is Eye & Face Bamboo Cotton Pads (£12.50) which come with three different types – black for mascara, white for makeup removal, and bamboo terry cotton for taking off more stubborn makeup.   Also available are Bear Ear Bamboo Spa Headband (£10.50), Bear Buds Reusable Silicone Q- Tips (£10.50), Cherry Blossom Infused Konjac Sponge (£8.50) and Bear-Site Bundle (£27.50).

Created by Claire, an ex-bridal MUA who lost her job during the pandemic, who has always been extremely passionate about making more sustainable choices and wants to inspire others to do the same.  She said: “We are currently facing a climate change crisis and need to make small changes together so that we can make a positive impact. My products are made from Organic, natural and sustainable materials-they can also be reused multiple times which helps reduce the need of single use items and reduces consumption.”


The British Beauty Council have announced that this year’s annual British Beauty Week will take place for five days, starting 5th September 2022.

Millie Kendall, CEO, of the British Beauty Council, says: “The beauty industry has the ability to change lives and transform Britain’s economic and social fabric. We want everyone to celebrate that fact. Whether it’s workshops, giveaways, offers and talks, all week or day events – we want the British Beauty Week logo to be seen in windows and on websites across the breadth and depth of the UK to galvanise both the industry and shoppers alike.”

“Many people have in the past underestimated the power of beauty. But if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that our industry is at the heart of every community. It brings people together, it boosts confidence and wellbeing, and it provides an enormous contribution to the UK’s GDP. This is all something to celebrate.”

The Council is encouraging brands, retailers, salons, charities and e-commerce platforms, of all sizes to create engaging initiatives for the five-day event to demonstrate to the public, business leaders and policymakers the power of beauty.

All successful applicants will be given access to British Beauty Week assets and they will be listed on the British Beauty Week website and promoted via social media. And it’s free to participate. To download an application form, visit here /or email  Applications close 15th August 2022.


The UK’s first free hair exhibition, Beehives, Bobs & Blowdries is making its return at The Piece Hall, Halifax from 17th September – 16th October 2022. It will celebrate the art and skills of hairdressing along with some of the most iconic looks of the past 70 years.  Often overlooked, fashion would not be complete without that iconic hair style. This exhibition is all about hair and turning fashion on its head.

The UK has trained so many of the industry’s key movers and shakers. They have been setting, tweaking, cutting, colouring and blowing the trends throughout the decades and the exhibition aims to showcase and celebrate the very best of British hairdressing talent.

This unique exhibition charts the hairstyles through the decades integrating the key innovations in the hair industry, the rituals of the salon environment, technological breakthroughs in salon products and the influence of hair fashion trends and subcultural styles.

Visit the Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries exhibition at The Piece Hall this Autumn from 17th September – 16th October.  Entry – FREE


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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