Hot off the Press

March 31st, 2023

March 31st, 2023

KIKO Milano’s new Green Me Collection is an evolving collection of vegan formulas with up to 99% natural origin and sustainable ingredients. With an ongoing commitment to doing better for the planet year on year, this year’s update includes a series of solid one-shot products designed to reduce waste, ensuring the collection offers packaging and formulations to date. The collection’s packaging is also made with paper, FSC wood and aluminium to reduce plastic use wherever possible,

The makeup releases harness the power of powder, offering compact formulas and reduced waste.  Included are Powder Foundation (£15.99) in three shades, lightweight Green Me Bronzer & Blush (£16.99) Green Me Bronzer & Highlighter (£16.99) and Perfecting Powder (£15.99).  Dual purpose eye products help create versatile, high impact eye looks with minimum fuss. Combine the colours and textures of the Green Me Duo Eyeshadow (£10.49) available in 6 shade options with the Green Me Eyeliner & Kohl pencil (£8,99) in six corresponding shades.

Finish your look with an aluminium cased hydrating lip balm, choosing from Hydrating Lip Balm and Hydrating Pearly Lip Balm (£7.99 each), containing 99% and 98% ingredients from natural materials.  The collection also includes four solid bars. 92% natural origin ingredients, vegan formulas and natural pigments and fragrances.  Travel-friendly, offering 125ml of product in a bar.  Chose from Body Shower Bar, Shampoo Bar, Gentle Cleansing Face Bar and Gentle Face Scrub Bar (£8.99 each).  Available now from kikomilano and in stores worldwide.


All too often, a full coverage foundation can wind up emphasising imperfections and feeling heavy on the skin. A lightweight formula enriched with barrier-boosting ingredients, a serum foundation offers to sidestep the dreaded caking and deliver a “your skin but better” effect.  Endeavouring to even out skin tone and conceal imperfections, the Skin Repair Perfect Canvas Foundation (£34) from Studio10 Beauty uses a super hydrating créme formula to marry medium to full coverage with a seamless, real-skin finish.

 “Our mature skin needs foundation to provide coverage without caking, and this skin-kind formula combines a flawless finish with all-day hydration”, says Grace Fodor, Founder of Studio10.  Enriched with barrier-boosting ingredients Shea Butter, Suberlift™ and antioxidant-rich Nyamplung Oil™, the hard-working foundation also contains SPF 30 to protect against UV damage and strengthen and repair the skin barrier.  Available now in three shades from studio10beauty.


Kiehl’s are launching Pure Serums (£29 each) next week.  Highly efficacious, these potent serums contain one ultra-pure active, precisely calibrated in a minimalist, completely penetrating formula for a variety of essential skin concerns. Clinically tested, each serum is formulated with just 10 ingredients or less for an ultra-targeted minimalist formula, that provides a streamlined solution for a skinimalistic routine. Designed to be slotted into Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Routine – a simple 3-step routine consisting of prep, treat and moisturize – these user-friendly serums are the perfect introduction to problem-solving active ingredients without compromising on efficacy.

Available in three essential formulations: Niacinamide 5% to correct imperfections, redness and control oil; Glycolic Acid 9.8% to combat texture, pores, and exfoliate skin; and Hyaluronic Acid 1.5% for supple, bouncy skin which is deeply hydrated.  Available 5th April exclusively from kiehls and nationwide from 19th April.


MONAT has launched a new addition to its skincare range, Exfoliating Peel Pads™ (from £60 for 30 pads) that gently exfoliate to reveal radiant, clearer looking skin, and help with dark spots and hyperpigmentation.  Thsee new single-use vegan brightening peel pads exfoliate to shed the outermost layer of the skin, revealing an overall improvement in skin tone, radiance, intensity of dark spots, texture, fine lines, and wrinkles.  Individually packaged for minimum wastage and to enable your own personalised regime, the peel pads have a gentle blend of proprietary glycolic acid (8%) made from sugar cane, making it suitable for sensitive skin, teamed with strengthening amino acids, calming witch hazel, and cooling cucumber. These hard-working pads gently exfoliate off dead skin cells revealing radiant, smoother skin and work a treat evening out skin tone.  Available now from monat.


Industry News

Face Lace have launched a new look website with easier navigation, special bundle offers on selected 2 designs for £25-£30 and more ways to pay! To celebrate, there is 10% off ALL orders this weekend.  Head to their website!


Caroline Larissey, NHBF’s Director of Quality and Standards has been recognised on the first ever Powerlist which celebrates inspirational women in Trade Associations. From a combination of joined forces from Trade Associations Federation (TAF), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Women in Trade Associations Powerlist was created, and aims to champion the role of women in trade associations and celebrate their achievements.

Caroline’s early career saw her working her way through the ranks, from a salon junior to a business owner over a 35-year period and then a further education lecturer, progressing on to a director of training and education. Her passion and determination have earned her roles as the National Diploma Project Lead and Head of Standards and Qualifications at Habia (2006), Skills Active group (2013) and the Director of Quality and Standards at the National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) in 2018.  In her current role with the NHBF, Caroline acts as a conduit between Government and the industry.  She is instrumental within the hair, beauty and aesthetic sector across the UK and strives to be the driving force behind the development of standards, quality, and guidance to support the value and recognition of the sector.

Caroline said “I am delighted to be recognised amongst so many other inspirational and powerful women. It’s great company to be in and really is a massive achievement. I am proud to represent our members at NHBF and I’m hugely proud of the work that we have achieved so far and for what’s to come.”


Cosnova, Europe’s volume market leader in colour cosmetics, has announced that all products by the group’s brands are now completely free of microplastic particles. In 2020, the beauty player from Sulzbach near Frankfurt, Germany, decided to remove microplastic particles from its product range because they are damaging the environment – and it has now achieved its top-priority goal.  To curb the enormous impact of these tiny plastic particles, Cosnova began updating its formulas in 2020. A Herculean task that has paid off: the entire range of the CATRICE and essence brands is now 100% free of microplastic particles.

“When a study revealed that 50 percent of our consumers use water to remove their make-up, it became clear to us that we had to ensure that our products did not release microplastics into the environment – because even decorative cosmetics contribute to water pollution with microplastic particles, despite what is often discussed in the industry. I am very proud that we have now succeeded in permanently removing the particles from the products of our CATRICE and essence brands,” says Katrin Steinbach, Technical Unit Expert Corporate Responsibility at cosnova.  For more information, read the cosnova sustainability report.


Four fan favourite shades of Lisa Eldridge’s Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colours (£27), and Pink Moon Elevated Glow Highlighter (£27) are now back in stock on her website.

Sheer to semi-sheer, buildable, balmy lipsticks with a satin finish. Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colours deliver in luscious, sheer washes or radiantly polished, full creamy coverage, in a comfortable and luxurious texture that feels smooth and light on the lips.

Once again you can drench your lips in the coral, summery magic of Je Ne Sais Quoi, wear the sublimely soft beige of Le Mépris, smooth on the crème de cassis of Night Thoughts and enjoy the deliciously rich tan of Meet Me In Berlin.


Brad Pitt gave a suave performance as Jack Conrad in the 1920’s set ‘Babylon‘. With slicked back, brown hair, Brad emulated the classic Hollywood movie star.  Brad’s hairstylist Jaime Leigh McIntosh revealed that she only used one hair product for his classic mane. “That beautiful mane is all Brad’s. We had it coloured by the wonderful colourist Kadi Lee. I cut it into shape and then for styling, we wanted a classic, timeless style, but we still wanted it to have movement, so the only product we used was The Jojoba Company’s Australian Jojoba (£13.99) and applied to damp hair, combed into place, and left to dry naturally. It gives a wonderful natural look and doesn’t look too filled with product. We wanted his hair to look effortless, so avoided using any heavy styling products in it. It looks amazing, and it still moves when it needs to move.”

Versatile pure Jojoba first-press, cold pressed, extra virgin, makes it more effective on hair, face, and body. Jojoba stimulates circulation in the scalp, nourishing and strengthening the hair follicles to grow, which promotes hair growth and thickness. It is also rich in many vitamins and minerals that specifically nourish hair, including vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper and zinc.  Plus, it also looks good, slicked back without making the hair look or feel oily, because Jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil, it’s a liquid wax ester that is very similar to the natural sebum produced by our sebaceous glands.




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