Hot off the Press

August 5th, 2022

August 5th, 2022

This week saw Dolce&Gabbana launch Velvetskin Natural Matte Foundation (£51) the brand’s biggest shade range yet. Its blend made of blurring and light-reflecting powders with the exclusive Mediterranean Glow Complex gives skin a surprisingly radiant yet matte finish, while keeping it hydrated all day long. Ideal for those seeking a long-lasting, transfer-proof, natural and light-infused matte finish. The wide range of 24 shades, created with natural origin coated pigments, makes this foundation the perfect choice for all skin complexions. Includes SPF30 protection. Available now from harrods and stockists nationwide.


VIEVE have just released the Power Ink Liner (£19) a smooth-flowing, flexible liquid eyeliner for powerfully precise definition.  Designed in Vieve signature gold, the ergonomic eyeliner is crafted with a flat edge to give the ultimate control, even when creating the most intricate of eyeliner looks.  With a powerful midnight black pigment, the long-lasting and smudge-proof formula guarantees liner stays in place.  Available now from vieve.


& Other Stories have some new releases for summer. For sheet of shimmer on the eye, try Eye Colour Cream Eyeshadow in Copper Madness (£13) a highly-pigmented cream eyeshadow that is fast drying and easily blendable. .  And to add some serious volume to your lashes swipe on Volumising Clean Mascara (£17).

For the perfect pout, try Buff Pink Plumping Lip Gloss (£13) this lip gloss gives a smooth coat of colour along with a brilliant high-shine finish, to create the illusion of a fuller lip. Enriched with a menthol-derivate, the formula creates a fresh and cooling sensation on the lips. All available to purchase at stories.



Another new launch this week was Earthy’s Indian Summer collection (£24.95 for the set or £7.99 each), inspired by the distinct beauty and dramatic colours of India and its wonderful landscapes.  The collection includes four gorgeous pigmented glitter polishes brimming with sparkle and shimmer: Jaipur, a vivid pink shade; Amritsar, a bright golden yellow;  Shimla, a stunning green; and Goa, a dreamy orange reflective of the beautiful Goan sunsets.  The 79% natural origin nail polishes are all vegan and cruelty free and provide long lasting wear and a perfectly even and smooth finish.  Available now from earthynailpolish.


Brand new from Velour Lashes is the Plant Fibre Lash Collection (£22), luxury, vegan Hemp-derived plant fibre lashes.  Using plant-based innovation, the 100% vegan and cruelty-free collection is derived from hemp, celebrated for it’s eco-friendly and low-impact qualities.  The lashes are 90% biodegradable and the packaging is fully recyclable. The lashes have a fine, fluttery and wispy hair-like texture with a natural matte finish, sitting on a lightweight thin black full-cotton band, giving you all day comfort.  They can be reused 20+ times. Available in three styles from lookfantastic.


New this month is CeraVe Blemish Control Range. Gentle and effective, this new range breaks the blemish cycle without disrupting the skin barrier. A one stop, affordable and accessible solution for blemish-prone skin.  The range comprises two new products: Blemish Control Cleanser (£10.50) is alcohol free, pH balanced and has a gel-to-foam formula specifically for facial use. It combines acne-fighting ingredients to remove dirt and oil while preventing new breakouts, plus three essential ceramides to maintain the skin’s barrier.  Blemish Control Gel (£12.50) is CeraVe’s first alcohol and oil-free once-daily gel treatment to clear imperfections and reduce visible acne in 3 days, without damaging the skin barrier. Using a blend of active ingredients and ceramides, MVE technology slowly releases the ingredients to provide 8-hour hydration – and it’ll never dry skin out.  Available this month from boots.


New from OSMO is IKON Porosity Equaliser (£6.45 +vat) a new leave-in treatment spray to help restore the natural PH of the hair.  This versatile spray is designed to equalise porosity levels following a chemical/lightening service, creating a cleaner canvas to optimise colour application for clients.  Formulated with green tea extract, that helps the production of hair regrowth by stimulating hair follicles and nourishing prickly pear oil which is high in vitamin E and helps condition and repair the hair, whilst helping promote hair health by reducing static and adding shine and condition. It will leave clients hair feeling soft, smooth, and manageable and noticeably healthier. Available from osmo and beauty wholesalers nationwide.


A heatwave is just as good a reason to use heat protection on your hair, even if you aren’t using hot tools to style. Jerome Russell Bblonde Heat Protection Spray (£6.99) protects straight hair from everyday heat damage up to 230°C with a lightweight, non-greasy primer. Enriched with turmeric and pomegranate for added strength and shine, and unique bond building technology to help eliminate frizz and protect from humidity for a sleek result.  Available from superdrug.


New this month is L’Occitaine Scalp Night Serum (£30) which contains a cocktail of essential oils that promise to protect and nourish the scalp, restoring it back to health. Featuring the brand’s hero immortelle essential oil known for its protective properties against external aggressors, the serum is beautifully scented with notes of mint leaf, immortelle and orange peel. This transversal serum can be applied at night before bed by massaging into the scalp allowing for some much-deserved relaxation and leaving your hair looking and feeling healthier one drop at a time.  Available this month from loccitane.


Industry News

Usher in the Halloween season with Son of Monsterpalooza which returns 14th-16th October in Burbank, California, a fan friendly event that finishes off the year and ushers in the Halloween season with eye popping exhibits, creators and innovators, products, art and collectibles.  Meet award winning artists behind some of the greatest creatures ever created with a selection of over 150 exhibitors selling one of a kind creations, live makeup demonstrations, two special exhibits, with one featuring original creations from sculptures to paintings in an atmospheric setting, and more still to be announced.

Each Son of Monsterpalooza event features dozens of special celebrity guests from the worlds of Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, and every year in the Son of Monsterpalooza Theatre, unique panels and presentations are featured all weekend long spotlighting fan favourite films from the past and future featuring the stars, directors, and artists responsible for bringing your worst nightmares to life on the silver screen and beyond!  Visit the website to book tickets.


Suzanne Clayton has joined Louella Belle as Brand Development Manager. Better known as Souz, previous owner of Souz Nails & Beauty, she is a Scratch Stars Awards 2022 nominee for The Nail Sector Visionary Award. Her hugely successful Facebook forum, Nail Tech Awareness, is the biggest and fastest growing non-brand led nail group on Facebook.  With 20 years’ experience as a nail tech and over 35 qualifications, she brings a wealth of insider nail tech knowledge to her new role.

She says: “For several years now I’ve been helping nail techs in any way I could from organising seminars to being a part of various Facebook groups sharing knowledge, expertise and nail art. I’m honoured to join the Louella Belle team and am super excited for what’s next.


British professional colour house, OSMO have announced the appointment of a new Technical Educator, Jamie Twelvetree.  With over three decades of hairdressing experience, specialising in education, he brings a wealth of experience and education passion to the OSMO family.  Based in Leicester, his role within OSMO will see Jamie focused within the UK to provide education for OSMO wholesalers and distributor partners.

Starting his career at the tender age of fifteen within the renowned Steiner group (later to become part of Regis) and gaining his training at Raymond’s in Birmingham, his passion for knowledge and sharing skills shone through at an early age.  His career direction saw him progress from behind the chair to educating in salons regionally to then training for professional in-salon products.

I decided early on that education was my preferred focus within hairdressing. I’ve a genuine passion for sharing our craft and I think it’s important for stylists of my generation to share our knowledge and skills. My age group was probably the last to learn our craft over a 5-year apprenticeship.  It’s not the way of learning now, so I want to ensure our abilities and expertise are available to new stylists coming through. Being an educator is extremely rewarding and you can help mould the future of hairdressing, too. Having a real understanding of how products and ingredients work to create outstanding results in the salon is a passion of mine and I really enjoy educating others on how to get the best out of products, be that colouring or styling hair.” said Jamie.


As part of their long-term “Dare To Be You” campaign, Swedish beauty-tech pioneer FOREO has conducted a global poll on Instagram and found that 78% of people recognize the brand as inclusive and diverse, while two out of three said they feel the brand represents them. FOREO, determined to become even more attuned to its customers’ needs, launched a brand revamp across all of its channels, promoting equality and mirroring an inclusive world we all want to live in.

They released an exclusive edition of hero LUNA 3, a celebrity-loved synonym for “the skincare tool”, making it a statement piece on any shelfie, sort of a modern monument to all the amazing individuals out there fearlessly living their truth and unapologetically being their own version of beautiful, free of labels and certainly free of limitations and prejudice. There are only a hundred of these limited edition unique iconic LUNA devices and each of them is a piece of art, carefully crafted with love resulting in every product being truly unique. The brand gave out these special devices to truly special individuals — those with proud voices, unique personalities and one common goal: to push the boundaries of conventional beauty standards.  For more information click here.


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