Hot off the Press

March 3rd, 2023

March 3rd, 2023

New drops from W7 Cosmetics include Just Mattes Eyeshadow Palette (£14.95) containing 30 pigmented shades of soft and silky neutrals in a just matte finish. With shades ranging from simple beige nudes to rich and dusky tones, Just Mattes allows you to create diverse looks varying from sophisticated, daytime glam to looks for an eye-catching, evening flair.

Thick Drip Lip Oil (£4.50) Formulated for an ultra-glossy finish without that sticky feeling, this juicy lip oil can be applied to lips in just one swipe. With its thick doe-foot applicator, our ultra-thick lip oil adds colour, hydration and the ultimate shine in an instant.  Available in five shades.  Both available now from w7makeup.


Catrice are continuing to spoil us with their budget-friendly spring/summer releases.  The Smoother Plumping Primer Concentrate (£4.99) is infused with vegan collagen to help plump skin and blur fine lines, revealing visibly smoother skin.  Boasting a transparent gel-like texture, it is suitable for every skin tone.  Cheek Lover Marbled Blush (£4.99) gives a flush of highly-pigmented colour and subtle shimmer.  This bestows a radiant, natural finish and creates a visible boost of freshness while emphasising contours.  Both available from justmylook.


Milk Makeup’s Hydro Grip Primer (£31), is finally back in stock in the UK.  The multi-award winning primer is a silicone-free gel formula made with 94% natural ingredients that also works to hydrate the skin. Enriched with niacinamide and aloe water, it is invisible against the skin as it helps to create a smooth base while adding additional moisture that helps to leave the skin ready for makeup. Formulated with blue agave extract, it works to form a grippy (but never sticky) layer that locks in makeup, leaving it looking freshly applied for up to 12 hours. The airless container keeps formula fresh and ensures all product gets used.  Available now at sephora.


Warpaint favourite Face Lace by Phyllis Cohen has launched two new innovative designs. Heart Strings (£18.95) is the first ever thermochroic (heat-sensitive) design. They look black on the sheet but on contact with skin, begin to change through red, amber, green, turquoise and finally a brilliant azure blue. The material changes colours within temperatures of 25-37 degrees Celsius. The Heartstrings are made to stand away from the skin so that you get the full spectrum of colours from cool to warm. They come with extra adhesive dots for repeated use. The little heart outlines are UV red, which glow under black lights.

Heart Beat Liners (£18.95) will ensure you stand out from the crowd, with sleek elongating lines and UV activated details.  This design can be worn with one piece per eye, for a minimal graphic liner statement, or combining all four pieces for a truly arresting look.  Both available now from face-lace.


Swiss leader in natural nail care Mavala is launching its new Spring 2023 Nail Polish Collection Color Block Collection (RRP £6.40/trade £3.56 each).  With the likes of Paris and New York Fashion week runways showcasing hot pinks, tonal blues and hues of natural rusts, the Color Block collection hits the mark with all this season’s trending colours in six wearable shades:

Erevan (Armenia) a vibrant and sunny fuchsia like the Armenian capital, Moab (USA) a fiery orange evoking the sun on the majestic arches of Utah, Bikaner (India) a mauve-taupe shade, soft and secret like the enigmatic city of Rajasthan, Moorea (French Polynesia) a powerful aquatic blue, an invitation to dive and discover the heavenly lagoons of the island, Jerash (Jordan) a peaceful and relaxing nude, a tribute to the city of 1000 columns and Verona (Italy) an intense and passionate red as the city of Romeo & Juliet. Available from nailpolishdirect.


essence Cosmetics have launched some budget-friendly nail heroes to help get the perfect spring manicure.  The range includes The Prep & Plump Base Coat (£1.99) with a milky texture and soft peach shade it can be worn as a base coat or on its own, making nails look stronger and more even.  The Moisture Boost Nail Serum (£1.99) moisturises nails and cuticles.  Enriched with aloe vera juice it has a jasmine scent and a quickly absorbed water-based texture.

Shine Last & Go! Gel Nail Polish (£1.79) with intensive colour, optimal durability and amazing shine.  This vegan polish has a gel shine finish and is very quick drying.  Neon Vibes Nail Art Sticker (£1.49) glow under black light and ensure eye-catching, individual nail art.  The Banana File (£1.49) new sustainable packing and a paper backing made from 100% recycled material.  With an ergonomic shape and two grain levels. All available from justmylook.


New this month from Hair by Sam McKnight is Cool Girl Volume Foam (£28).  A wet to dry styling foam formula used on wet hair for hold, soft volume, smoothing and protection during heat styling.  The perfect blow-dry partner, giving weightless volume and a longer-lasting, natural-looking style. The foam works to swell the hair cuticle making hair look and feel thicker. From big blow dries to sexy sets, this featherweight foam delivers fuller hair for longer.  Available March 2023 from sammcknight and spacenk.


Switch up your haircare routine with these vegan products from Kristin Ess Hair.  Designed for all hair types they can be used alone or with others in the range, thanks to lightweight, buildable formulas.  Style Reviving Dry Shampoo (£12) a talc-free, translucent powder-based dry shampoo that absorbs excess oils and eliminates odours, refreshing hair between washes.  The One – Signature Conditioner (£8) a daily conditioner that helps soften and smooth parts of the hair that your natural oils can’t quite reach.  Helps hydrate and moisturise hair, leaving it feeling soft and looking shiny.   Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub (£12) an exfoliating scalp scrub that removes flakes, product build-up, excels sebum and hard water deposits, giving a cleaner canvas through gently exfoliation.  Scalp Purifying Micellar Shampoo (£10) a scalp-purifying shampoo that gently washes away impurities while leaving your natural moisture intact.  The high lathering, sulphate-free formula boots shine and hydrates the scalp.  PETA certified, vegan and free from sulphates, parabens and phthalates. Available now from boots.


Launching next week is Charlotte Tilbury’s newest innovation in skin, from her best-selling Magic Cream range, Magic Body Cream (£49).  Inspired by her award-winning Magic Cream, Charlotte Tilbury MBE has been working with skincare experts and leading laboratories to formulate this new body cream – a hydrating, smoothing body cream for a radiant glow from head to toe.  Infused with caffeine, hyaluronic acid and shea butter, it improves the look and feel of skin with each wear.  Available 9th March from charlottetilbury.


Industry News

Benefit Cosmetics are opening two global popups to celebrate the launch of their brand new Pore Care collection and the expansion of The POREfessional line.

The POREfessional popup opens in Broadway, New York for one weekend from 3rd-5th March, and in the heart of Covent Garden in London for two weeks from 18th-31st March. Celebrating the launch of the highly-anticipated Pore Care line, The POREfessional Pore Wash event bridges the gap for experiential shopping and introduces the customer to explore the products with key diagnostic tools, pore education via virtual TikTok live streaming and a studio for you to create your very own POREfect skinToks, IRL pore panel with key industry experts, including immersive Pore Care masterclasses, and in person pore advice from Benefit experts. With over 10k subscribers on the waitlist for the new Pore Care line, stop by to preview the source of pore-fectly placed excitement. Walk through the multisensory rooms, watch Pore Care working on your skin and see the magic of squeaky-clean, unclogged pores, and minimised pores.

New York Pore Wash, 3rd-5th March, 666 Broadway At Bond, Ny 10012 and London Pore Wash, 18th-31st March, 7 James Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8BH


The Hair & Beauty Charity has announced that its annual Charity Bike Ride will be held this year on the beautiful island of Ibiza from Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th September 2023.

A bucket-list experience for any cycling enthusiast, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those less experienced. You will explore Ibiza – a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting an idyllic coastline, stunning scenery, and incredible architecture – with like-minded colleagues along bespoke bike routes tailored to meet all ability levels. Equipped with a carbon road bike and surrounded by infectious team spirit, you will undoubtedly achieve the impossible.

Hosted by Victor Pajak of Headquarters Hair Salon in Surrey, the fundraising generated from the event will enable the Charity to continue its vital work providing a financial lifeline to struggling industry professionals and their families, now facing the cost-of-living crisis following the aftermath of the pandemic. Your donations will help to make life a little easier for struggling families who have nowhere else to turn.

Places cost £600 per person which includes accommodation, half-board, airport transfers and a carbon road bike. You also need to raise a minimum fundraising donation of £300 which will go directly towards helping industry professionals suffering extreme financial hardship through no fault of their own.

For more information or to become a Supporter of the Hair and Beauty Charity, please visit the website.


This week Supermodel and Global beauty icon, Bella Hadid was announced as Charlotte Tilbury Beauty’s newest beauty muse and partner.  As the brand enters its 10th year, this partnership will harness the power of Charlotte’s beauty-tech platforms and Bella’s leadership in digital spaces, to inspire stand-out product and digital beauty innovations, iconic campaigns, original content creation and disruptive global moments.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty is famous for creating easy-to-use and easy-to-choose beauty looks, delivering a complete beauty wardrobe for everyone, everywhere – and Bella is the perfect beauty muse to bring those looks to life. She is this generation’s supermodel icon, forever forward-thinking and applying her unique vision to all of her creative projects.



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