Hot off the Press

January 6th, 2023

January 6th, 2023

Immerse yourself in hyperreal colour with Morphe’s Ultra Lavender, the brand’s first launch of 2023. Blending natural and virtual shades, this new limited-edition collection takes an evocative hue and dials it up for the digital world. The vibrant curation stimulates the senses to bring an aura of escapism to every application.  A full line-up of flattering shades creates natural, monochromatic, or bold looks in trending tones.  The high-performing and tools blend and build for next-level application.  The collection includes:

Morphe ULTRA LAVENDER Artistry Palette (£25). Take any look from naturally sleek to virtually stunning with a vibrant mix of 35 neutrals, purples, pinks, and plums in matte, shimmer, and metallic hues.

Morphe ULTRA LAVENDER 6-Piece Face & Eye Brush Set (£36). Artistry optimised, digital-level precision application with this six-piece face and eye brush set. Durable, synthetic-bristled tools – plus a bug – in a limited-edition monochromatic Ultra Lavender design.  Morphe ULTRA LAVENDER Blush Balm Soft-Focus Cream Blush (£12). This perfectly pigmented formula melts into cheeks for velvety, sheer-to-buildable, matte colour. Infused with super-moisturising murumuru and cupuacu butter, it smooths and blurs upon application for a soft-focus, your-skin-but-boosted effect.

Morphe ULTRA LAVENDER Glow Show Radiant Pressed Highlighter (£16). Create the ultimate ultra lavender glow with this limited-edition shade. Talc-free, finely milled, and infused with skin-nourishing apricot seed oil, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and plant-derived squalene, this pearlescent pressed powder formula provides silky smooth, buildable, blendable luminosity that blurs imperfections on contact for an almost-airbrushed effect. Longwearing, transfer-proof colour.

Morphe ULTRA LAVENDER Make It Big Plumping Lip Gloss Trio (£25). Plump up your pout with a trio that features two top-selling shades, plus a new, limited-edition ULTRA LAVENDER hue. This cushiony, high-shine gloss swipes on with peppermint oil for a cooling sensation, then gives lips a boost with hydrating hyaluronic acid for a smoother, fuller look. All available now at


Studio 10 has launched a new product, empoweRED poppy lipstick (£24) a new shade in the brand’s iconic Wake Up & Glow Cheek and Lip Tint.  This 3-in-1 fusion treatment, lipstick and cheek tint instantly boosts the complexion and lips with a flush of buildable colour.

Formulated for mature skin and enriched with a deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid balm running through its core, the tint intensively moisturises the complexion and soothes the delicate skin of the lips.  With unique PH-balancing pigments, the result is a creamy, cashmere-soft and ultra-natural real-skin finish that’s long-lasting and won’t dry or flake.

Grace Fodor, the brand founder says “Some days I need a confidence boost – and the first thing I reach for is a red lipstick, in a funny way it gives me courage, walk a bit taller and even a little sexier. Lipstick can have a profound effect on how you look and feel.”  Available now from studio10beauty.


In our last edition of Hot off the Press we reported the launch of Charlotte Tilbury’s new Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighter (£36).  Charlotte has bottled the genius light tricks used in Hollywood for decades, into her next generation highlighter in seven glowing shades. It highlights, smooths, blurs, sculpts and lifts the look of skin for real-life, film-like skin – so that everyone, everywhere can get the facial architecture of stars.

The brand have just announced that Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Lily James as the star of the campaign. The gorgeous glamour of the Golden Age is updated by one of modern Hollywood’s brightest stars and Charlotte Tilbury beauty muse, Lily James (Pam + Tommy, Downtown Abbey, Cinderella), who has previously starred in Charlotte’s iconic Magic Cream and Holiday campaigns.  Available now from charlottetilbury.


La Roche Posay’s Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum (£40) is an intensely hydrating serum that is clinically proven to re-plump skin and accelerate skin repair, but is also a great base for prepping skin prior to applying makeup.

Minimalist in formulation but with far from minimal results, parched skin will breathe a sigh of relief once this hydrating serum gets to work. Transporting large and small hyaluronic acid molecules to the surface and deeper layers of the skin, this plumping formula improves the appearance of lacklustre skin in an instant.

Delivering reparative results in the long-term and working in synergy with La Roche-Posay’s calming ‘Thermal Spring Water’ are madeccassoside and vitamin B5 to encourage collagen production and aid in the skin’s natural regeneration process. Hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, skin immediately recovers bounce, suppleness and a fresh complexion.  Available now from laroche-posay, boots and superdrug.


amika’s new perk up plus extended clean dry shampoo (£28) launches early next week.  Infused with a gentle AHA and scalp-nourishing ingredients—like rambutan seed extract, arrowroot powder, mandelic acid and peptides—this invisible dry shampoo provides a clean finish free of grit, allowing you to further extend time between washes.

Ideal for those who wash their hair 1-2 times a week and want a healthy scalp and natural finish, while the best-selling perk up dry shampoo (£20) is perfect for those who like washing their hair 3-4 times a week and are after a voluminous ‘oomph.’


We’ve seen the pink hair trend throughout 2022 and it looks like it is here to stay with Kate Moss recently showcasing her pretty in pink locks.  Kate went back to her roots for her latest campaign – she previously dyed her hair the iconic pink for a Versace spring/summer runway show in 1999. Try out this look from the comfort of your own home with The Hair Boss The Tinted Conditioning Foam Platinum Pink (£9.99).

Distribute the foam evenly onto clean, wet hair. For more intensity there is no need to rinse out, just style as usual and watch the colour develop. If you prefer a more subtle pastel tone, apply to hair, and rinse out after a few minutes.  Available at thehairboss, tesco and amazon.


As we are now in Veganuary, Emery Nails are the vegan and cruelty-free, gorgeous nail care brand you are sure to fall in love with this new year. Founded in 2020, the brand has created a range of hand-selected premium colours for both bold and understated Nail Polishes (£8 each or 3 for £10). The luxurious, cruelty-free formula is easy to apply, long-lasting and finished in a flawless high gloss shine.

Maple is a firm favourite. A soft shade of pink-peach, the polish is warm and flushed with a light coral undertone.  Rosso is also loved by the brand’s customers. A gorgeous candy apple red, a deep, rich colour with a crimson undertone; subtle and classy yet warm and vibrant. The perfect opulent red.  Willow is a warm yet vibrant powder blue; a plus mid-palette shade with light ocean undertones.  All available now from emerynails.


Industry News

The months-long negotiations between Bectu and Pact over working conditions in drama have concluded successfully. The union’s members voted 60/40 in favour of a revised TV Drama Agreement deal brought forward by the indie body after a ballot took place from 16 November to 10 December. The deal sets out rules around pay and working conditions on sub-£7m per-hour scripted programmes from 1 January 2023.

A Pact spokeswoman said that the result will provide stability for the industry at a time of economic challenge.

“The agreement covers all scripted productions including regional/national drama, kids and comedy that can be difficult to finance but are fundamental to the drama landscape because they are a training ground for new and diverse talent and crew members,” she added.

Head of Bectu Philippa Childs said it has been a “complex, protracted and at times difficult process”.

“We are pleased to have made some improvements but recognise there is still further progress to be made in addressing key issues that impact our members’ lives. We are confident this new agreement will provide a firm basis from which to move forward and we will maintain our commitment to improving work/life balance and changing the damaging long hours culture.”

She added that Bectu will closely monitor the new agreement’s implementation.

More details here.


The team at Cosmetify have just released their new 2022 Cosmetify Index – three years on from the initial launch of the original – presenting a rundown of everything beauty 2022 – from the year’s most popular products to every country’s favourite beauty brand and much more.

Stats from the index reveal:

  • The top 3 hottest beauty brands of 2022 are Florence By Mills, CeraVe and Glossier
  • The top 3 most powerful beauty influencers are James Charles, Mari Maria, and Bretman Rock
  • The highest earnings beauty influencer is James Charles who earns over $288,967 per combined post (YouTube and Instagram)
  • The rising stars of beauty are Kiko Milano, Charlotte Tilbury and Isadora, whereas the brands losing popularity include BH Cosmetics, Foreo and Palmer’s
  • Top 3 beauty brands with the biggest social presence are Huda Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics and MAC Cosmetics
  • The most sustainable brands include Ilia, Upcircle and Biolage
  • Cosmetify’s hottest products of 2022 include Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant and Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Beauty

Read the full report here.



Beauty Backed

BABTAC have announced their 2022/2023 Patronage Programme, allowing the not-for-profit organization to support the very best in beauty.  BABTAC (The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology) are dedicated to ensuring the highest level of professionalism in beauty, whilst their educational arm, CIBTAC, is a globally recognised and Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation, providing fit for purpose qualifications and is committed to setting the standard of education within the sector.

Their new Patronage programme has been introduced to support BABTAC’s campaigning work as a not-for-profit business, helping to empower and engage individuals within the beauty sector to conduct their businesses responsibly and generate a wider positive change. Living by their ethos, ‘standards before profit’, the patronage programme maintains the organisation’s high levels of integrity, only working with patrons that share their value and objectives. To date, BABTAC counts leading brands such as Dermalogica, Hydrafacial, Guiniot and Treatwell as supporting patrons, who have all come on board to demonstrate their commitment to constructive change and innovation, together with fit for purpose training and qualifications.

BABTAC & CIBTAC CEO and Chair, Lesley Blair MBE says, “Patronage is not simply philanthropic support of our organisation, it is an inclusive partnership. Together we are best placed to identify and resolve critical issues impacting our sector while supporting innovations and advocating fit for purpose standardised qualifications and training for the benefit of our industry as a whole. All with the ultimate objective of safeguarding our therapists and the wellbeing of their clients.


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