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May 12th, 2023

May 12th, 2023

KIKO MILANO have collaborated with Disney to launch its new limited edition The Little Mermaid Collection: a new summer makeup and skincare collection inspired by the live-action film landing in cinemas this May. Created to reflect the film’s story of freedom, confidence, and empowerment, it offers a treasure trove of products that are made for adventure with long-lasting, water resistant and moisturising on selected formulations. The collection’s shades are inspired by the colours of the sea, with marine blues, golden sand tones and a selection of rich jewel tones in pink, and orange and green.

The makeup range includes Fresh Feel Foundation SPF 30 (£24.99) a long-lasting, lightweight foundation tested to last up to 10 hours. 10 shades for all skin tones. Powder Foundation SPF50 (£26.99) enriched with a coconut scent, it offers a wet and dry buildable application and has a water and sweat-resistant SPF50 formulation in 8 shades. Radiant Baked Blush (£22.99) in 3 colours, each in a beautiful marbled compact, enriched with papaya seed extract, combining pigment with pearls for a balanced release of colour. Sunkissed Baked Bronzer (£25.99) in clamshell compact with a coconut and vanilla scent, in three shades. Mango-scented Contour & Highlighter Duo Stick (£22.99) gives a hint of pearly radiance in a double-ended applicator available in two shade combinations. All Over Highlighter (£22.99) amps up the mermaid glow and comes in two shades.

Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Stick 24 Hours No-Transfer (£16.99) comes in 4 limited edition shades with high pigment and transfer-proof colour for up to 24 hour wear. Eyeshadow Palette (£24.99) two palettes available, both with 4 eyeshadows with a matte and metallic finish. Eyeliner & Kajal (£13.99) long-lasting formulation in 6 shades. Waterproof Eye Marker (£16.99). 16H Long Lasting Multi-Dimensional Mascara (£20.99) an extra full volume effect enhancing formulation enriched with vegetal extracts; vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) flower/leaf extract, and kiwi extract that provide up to 16 hours of full, black colour.  Eyebrow Stick (£14.99) a brow fixer combining a highly pigmented formula with a brush applicator to create a laminated effect for full, fluffy brows, in 3 shades.  For lips there are hydrating Matte Lip Stylo (£16.99) in 8 shades and Creamy Lip Stylo (£16.99) in 3 colours. Shine On Me Lip Gloss (£16.99) a nourishing lipgloss in three shades, with an innovative marbled texture enriched with shea butter and coconut oil. Waterproof Lip Liner (£12.99), offering up to 12 hours of colour and a comfortable formulation in 8 shades. Available now from kikomilano and in stores worldwide.


Iconic London’s next generation liquid highlighter Rollaway Glow (£25) adds stunning sheen, radiance and dewiness to the skin in an instant with the brand new ultra-modern, rollerball highlighter. There’s no glitter or shimmer, just perfectly refreshed and reinvigorated make-up. The pearlized fluid texture expertly adds light and luminosity to the skin, without disrupting your make-up beneath. Roll away the look of dull and tired skin in seconds and get ready for mega-watt radiance.  Available in three shades from iconiclondoninc.


Erborian have relaunched their beloved BB Cream SPF20 (£20.50). Half skincare, half makeup, this tinted cream enhances skin with its light texture and buildable coverage. It perfects and evens out the complexion without any caking and is formulated with Erborian’s white ginseng complex, based around a Korean active ingredient renowned for its smoothing properties, it cares for skin every day. The formulation also includes glycerine to plump and moisturize and UV filters to protect from the damaging effects of the sun. It give flawless, buildable coverage and better skin day after day with imperfections evened out. Skin is left moisturised and plumped. Available now in five shades from uk.erborian, spacenk, lookfantastic, boots, sephora and asos.


New from Catrice Cosmetics is the Holiday Skin Bronze & Glow Palette (£4.99).  The two-pan palette features a highly-pigmented bronzer and a shimmery highlight, perfect for accentuating contours and giving lit-from within radiance.  With a soft, lightweight texture the powders apply effortlessly and blend seamlessly to give a believable bronze.

Also new from Catrice is Invisible Matte Loose Powder (£4.99) designed in a silky, easy-to-blend texture it suits all skin tones.  Exceptionally lightweight, mattifying on the skin and ensures that pore visibility and unwanted skin shine is reduced.  Free from microplastic particles, silicones, parabens, fragrance, mineral oil additions and oil, the powder is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.  Both available now from justmylook.


New for the summer from essence are two blending sticks (£2.99 each).  Baby Got Blush comes in two shades, tickle me pink and rosé all day, to give an everyday boost of freshness to the complexion.  For a sun-kissed look, pair with the Baby Got Bronze stick, which blends into the skin for the perfect summer complexion. Both products are easy to apply, thanks to their soft cream texture, and the compact casing means they will keep well in your makeup kit or handbag.  Available now from justmylook.


Green People’s new Scent Free Facial SPF 15 Sun Cream (£25.50) has been designed for all year-round protection.  Prebiotic-enriched facial SPF to soothe, balance and protect sensitive skin. A natural and organic facial defence cream that has been formulated to take the stress out of keeping sensitive skin safe and balanced when enjoying the sun.  Gentle, unisex and free from artificial fragrance, essential oils and skin-drying alcohols, this sun cream provides soothing skin-comfort as it defends against imbalances in the skin’s microbiome and moisture production; two known causes of sensitive skin. Suitable for those prone to acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, its sun-shielding status is provided by non-nano filters with Titanium Dioxide working with UV absorbers to provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Vegan-friendly and presented in an airtight plastic pump which is 100% recyclable.  Vegan-friendly and presented in an airtight plastic pump which is 100% recyclable.  Available now from greenpeople.


Tangle Teezer have launched a brand new plant-powered launch – Plant Brush (£17). A redesign of their cult classic Original brush using 85% sustainably grown and harvested castor beans which are transformed into an innovative bio-plastic, promising the same high performance as the current range. Designed using the iconic patented two-tiered teeth technology, the long, flexible teeth detangle without causing breakage. Meanwhile, the short teeth smooth the hair, leaving it glossy and frizz-free. It’s the brush you know and love, but with an added eco-enhancement. Available in four different colour ways: marshmallow pink, earthy purple, sunny orange and deep sea blue.

Tangle Teezer have also developed a rewarding recycling scheme that allows you to recycle any of your old plastic hairbrushes and gives you 15% off to use on your Tangle Teezer upgrade, and best of all it’s completely free! Available now from boots, amazon, lookfantastic and tangleteezer.


Industry News

Estée Lauder have announced rising Bollywood star and former Miss World, Manushi Chhillar, as its newest Global Brand Ambassador. Manushi previously served as the face of Estée Lauder India’s Advanced Night Repair campaign in Fall 2022 and will appear in India’s upcoming campaign for Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, debuting later this month. Manushi joins the current roster of Estée Lauder global talent including Imaan Hammam, Adut Akech, Ana de Armas, Amanda Gorman, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Carolyn Murphy, Grace Elizabeth, Karlie Kloss, Kōki and Yang Mi.


An independent business, owned and run by an entrepreneurial black woman, Kutemwa Skin‘s natural skincare is authentically formulated with particular focus on skin of colour. Embracing an ancient philosophy that those blessed with wealth and knowledge should use them for good, they utilise traditional ingredients passed down through generations.

Founded by Besa Musama, whose own dry skin was soothed by traditional botanical ingredients, Kutemwa – a Zambian word for ‘Love’ – encapsulates Besa’s commitment to valuing ourselves every single day. Self-care is an act of pure love, and what better way to express that than through the ritualistic practice of skincare using traditional African ingredients that are simple, effective, and kind to the planet?

The brand’s ethos is to give back to communities who are in need, which is why they have teamed up with two programmes in the African countries who have inspired them.

They have committed to provide support to children in their pre-school with a portion of their profits being donated for items such as desks and chairs at St Joseph’s School for the Deaf who offer education and care for children with hearing impairments.

The second programme being funded by Kutemwa Skin’s profits is The Kogi Baby Feeding Programme. This is a community support programme by the Catholic Sisters of the Holy Rosary, for babies whose mothers passed away during childbirth and are taken care of by the extended family. The Sisters provide milk and other nutritional food supplements every two weeks to ensure that the babies are growing well and healthy.

The brand’s product range includes Radiance Moisturiser (£34), formulated with sunflower oil which is highly moisturising, rich in vitamin E to soothe skin and strengthen the skin barrier and Radiance ACE Serum (£22) made with aloe vera, which is renowned for its soothing, antibacterial properties, particularly important for black skin which tends to be more susceptible to injury or inflammation.


O&M (Original & Mineral) is an Australian haircare brand that focuses on replacing harsh chemicals in hair products with active natural minerals and essential oils. They aim to change the hair game and introduce natural ingredients as the norm for all hair care and styling products.  Their newest innovation, the CØR.color Range, represents a huge leap forward for the hair industry, with the introduction of a progressive new colour technology–Molecular Blend Technology (MBT). This revolutionary colouring system pre-links base and reflect colour pigments, allowing them to develop more effectively and evenly, giving superior coverage while minimising the risk of scalp irritation. CØR.color is the answer to an industry-wide problem of increasing chemical sensitivity while pleasing consumers on the lookout for ever-more effective natural beauty solutions, and allowing colourists to achieve stunning results with no compromise. The innovative vegan formula is also free from Ammonia, PPD and Resorcinol and gives greater grey coverage without ammonia.  Available from sbs-hair.



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