Hot off the Press

November 11th, 2022

November 11th, 2022

NARS have released their Holiday Collection and we couldn’t be happier!  The range includes Stargaze Eyeshadow Palette (£56).  A mix of beautifully pigmented shades, from muted neutrals to bold pops of colour and shimmers. Rising Star Cheek Palette (£56) get a dimensional cheek with translucent micro spheres for a seamless finish.  Stardust Mini Light Reflecting Powder set (£27) Perfect for on the go with a mini powder puff! The perfect size to slip into a handbag, and is ideal for absorbing shine on a night out.  Starstruck Audacious Lipstick Ava (£26) The Audacious formula is rich and creamy, with ample pigment.  The shade Ava is a rich, warm beige tone and compliments everyone. To match your blush with your lips, dab a couple of spots on the apples of the cheek for a monochromatic look.

All Star Orgasm Blush (£33) A cult classic for a reason. With equal amounts of pink, peach and gold, Orgasm is the perfect blush or highlighter for any tone. The All-Star Orgasm Blush is a limited edition that is almost double the size so great value.  Available now from narscosmetics.


Everlasting Brows has launched a new Brow Wow Pencil (£7.95) to accentuate and define the eyebrows. Available in 3 wearable shades, including Blondie Brown, All Round Brown and Intense Brown, this vegan and cruelty-free pencil has a subtle creamy formula, which makes it ideal for blending. You can use it to fill in gaps or lengthen the arch to enhance the natural shape of your eyebrows. Apply short, light strokes to gradually build up the colour to create natural and well-defined eyebrows.  Available now from everlastingbrows.


Candy Coat‘s Candy Stix (£6) are the felt tip inspired gel nail pens that will give you a flawless mani in minutes.  Award-winning East London based Candy Coat are shaking up the nail care industry, offering colourful, fashion forward, flawless nails every time in over 1,200 trending sassy shades. The brand offers a range of gel products for both nail professionals and home use. The brand’s much loved felt tip inspired Candy Stix will give you a flawless 4-minute gel manicure and lasts 2 weeks+. The hugely popular brand also boasts 220K followers on Instagram and has celebrity fans including Love Island’s Chloe Burrow and the Kardashian sisters.


The newest addition to the Fenty Skin fam has arrived – Watch Ya Tone Niacinamide Dark Spot Serum (£37) and Refill (£35).  This targeted serum is a concentrated cocktail of powerful dark spot-fighting ingredients for instantly brighter skin that just gets even better with time. With a formula featuring an all-star team of 5% niacinamide, vitamin C, liquorice root extract, and Barbados cherry, this serum instantly boosts brightness, fades the look of dark spots and discolouration, and evens out skin’s overall tone and texture to reveal radiant, healthy-looking, and silky-soft skin. Best of all, you’ll start seeing results in just 1 week that continue to become more visible and more significant over time.  Available now at fentyskin, and are launching online and in-store soon at sephora, boots, and harveynichols.


Award-winning doctor and winner of The Apprentice Dr. Leah Totton’s has launched a new skincare collection: Dr Leah Skincare.  The skincare collection has been over seven years in the making and is suitable for all skin types, concerns – including safe for use during pregnancy – and combines skincare science with clean ingredient.  The results-driven, formulations were inspired by Leah’s conversations with her patients about the lack of clinically effective products offering a clean ingredient list and proven results to nourish and hydrate the skin barrier for 72 hours.  The range’s hero product is Dr Leah Skincare Facial Moisturiser (£55).  Perfect for seriously dry skin, this rich buttery base is infused with shea butter, avocado oil, and mango seed butter to maintain the moisture barrier and nourish the skin’s deepest layers for up to 72 hours. The clinically effective, paraben-free formulation has taken over seven years to perfect and also boasts a hydrating hit of glycerin for a bouncy, dewy finish to the skin. See an improvement in skin barrier condition after two weeks, and a visibly smoother skin surface after four weeks.  Available now from drleahskincare.


Now it’s getting colder, balance and replenish your skin with Aēsop Fabulous Face Oil (£41). A concentrated hydrating formulation boosted with botanicals renowned for their purifying, balancing and skin-softening properties, this is a skin saviour for the changing weather. Suited to normal, combination, congested and dull skin, the lightweight oil leaves skin feeling balanced and replenished with a smooth finish.  Use alone or with your moisturiser to intensify hydration. Key ingredients include juniper berry, ylang ylang and jasmine petal. Available now at Aēsop signature stores, select department store counters and aesop.


Move over glass skin and glazed doughnut skin… ‘Laminated Skin’ is in as Google Trends show searches have increased by 100% in the last week!  Laminated skin is the art of embracing super sweaty skin that is radiant, reflective, and shiny. We’re talking that workout glow, post-run perspiration, and sweat caused by everyday activities. Gone are the days of loathing our sweat – it’s time to ditch the mattifying creams and setting powders, and embrace it!  To get this look without running a mile, or even leaving the house? Opt for The Jojoba Company’s Jojoba Water Toning Mist (£13.95) to achieve luscious, laminated skin! Combining a blend of pure jojoba leaf extract, jojoba milk and hydrolysed jojoba esters, along with vitamin C rich desert lime, this toning mist is clinically proven to provide extended skin hydration, firmness and pore reduction. It will protect skin from the elements with a breathable barrier against everyday environmental aggressors and instantly refresh thirsty, dehydrated skin.

For the rest of the body try Jojoba Glow (£28), a luxurious Australian Jojoba based moisturiser with illuminating mica for face and body which instantly hydrates while adding a subtle glow to the skin. Enriched with a combination of antioxidant rich jasmine and mandarin essential oils, your skin will be left feeling smooth with a youthful, radiant, and luminous appearance.  Both available now from thejojobacompany.


Industry News

Rhug Wild Beauty has triumphed in the second Free From Gift Awards, taking the Overall Champion prize for their Hand Wash & Hand Lotion Duo in Gift Box.

“A beautifully elegant duo in a chic box,” said the judges. “Gorgeous products, both of which include wild foraged ingredients from the Rhug Estate. A gift set which anyone would enjoy and would feel very spoiled and delighted to receive.”

The Free From Gift Awards were launched in 2020 as a two-yearly ‘spin off’ award by the team behind the annual Free From Skincare Awards. The aim was to celebrate the best beauty sets, skincare trial packs and cosmetic stocking fillers from brands who manufacture products that are ‘free from’ some of the allergens, chemicals, additives and fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, allergies, and ethical, environmental and health concerns.


Belle Époque is launching its signature hand tied wefts to the professional hair market in the UK. Thin, discreet, comfortable and luxurious, the wefts are made from ethically sourced hair and are a low-maintenance solution for all hair types.  The brand’s new installation method, already popular in the US, is set to transform the process here in the UK. Their handtied weft extensions prevent breakage, safely add length and fullness, last up to 10 weeks and are ethically sourced.

Belle Époque’s custom-blended, ethically sourced hair extensions are designed to help add vibrant colour, volume, and length, uniformly thick from root to tip. Hair is transformed to vivaciously voluminous, lusciously longer perfection, complete with movement and reflective shine for truly decadent results. The application of hand-tied extensions is a lot faster than other methods, and they are also easy to remove without ruining the hair underneath. Handtied wefts provide ultimate discretion as the signature weave hides the bonds, and the thinness of the weft allows lots of customisable volumes.  Belle Époque’s superior hair quality provides longevity and reusability of hair giving customers 8-10 weeks of wear.  Salon 64, in London is the first salon in the UK to introduce Belle Époque.  For more information on the brand, education and getting them for your salon, visit belle-epoque.


Karen Betts, creator of industry revolutionising treatments such as Nouveau Lashes LVL and HD Brows, has revealed the latest innovation in permanent makeup; LASH DENSITY. This new micro-shading technique intensifies the lash line to give the appearance of thicker lashes, without the need for eyeliner, mascara, or extensions. Lash Density involves using a hand-held micro-shading tool to stipple minute particles of organic, colour matched pigment, in push and flick motions, throughout the baseline of the lashes. Pigment is diffused in between each natural hair, to add subtle depth and colour to the lash line, giving the appearance of fuller, thicker looking lashes to intensify the eye’s natural shape and colour.

Karen says, “I’ve been so excited about this new treatment; it really is the epitome of natural looking permanent makeup. Unfortunately, I think there’s still a misconception around PMU, people still think back to 90’s lip and eyeliner, but this treatment goes a long way in demonstrating just how natural PMU can look, and how effective it can be at enhancing what’s already there.  Lash Density is the perfect eye enhancing treatment and this subtle eye defining technique is exactly what PMU is about, enhancing natural features to give people the power to feel confident in their own skin.”

Karen Betts LASH DENSITY launches in all Karen Betts clinics (London, Cheshire & Yorkshire) in December 2022 with prices starting from £495.


UK skincare brand Facetheory has announced it is now a Certified B Corporation (B Corp). Being rewarded this hard-to-achieve ethical accreditation is testimony to the company’s aim to balance both profit and purpose. B Corp is a certification administered by the non-profit B Lab, which evaluates not just a product or service, but the overall impact of the company, taking a more holistic view of how a business affects the welfare of the planet and its people.

Jamie Shuker, CEO and Founder of Facetheory, said “It is one of our founding beliefs that our brand and products should create a positive impact – not only for our customers, but also for the planet and its people. The world we live in is one that is under pressure and it requires a rethink of the purpose of business; do we knowingly contribute to the issues which are worsening the state of our planet or are we going to make a conscious choice to be part of the solution? We choose the latter.”

The assessment process of becoming a B Corp business is extremely thorough and measures the company’s performance in five key categories: governance, workers, customers, community and the environment.


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