Hot off the Press

May 26th, 2023

May 26th, 2023

NARS are launching their newest collection next week.  The Laguna Collection comprises bronzing esssentials, inspired by their best-selling, award-winning Laguna shade. The range includes: Laguna Bronzing Powder (£33) reformulated in nine global shades for all skin tones, to deliver warm, natural-looking colour.  Quad Eyeshadow (£43) light up your lids with two limited-edition quad eye palettes.  Loaded with bronze-inspired mattes, reflective glitters and incandescent shimmers.

Afterglow Lip Balm (£26) a surge of smoothing hydration in sheer bronze with a gold shimmer.  Available 1st June from NARS Boutiques, narscosmetics, cultbeauty and Brown Thomas.  Nationwide from 15th June.


BPerfect Cosmetics are also getting us ready for holiday season and have released the perfect palette to take on your travels – The Fearless Face & Eye Palette (£29.95) – the newest addition to the brand’s sellout Ekin-Su collection. Featuring 7 universal shades that can be multi-used on all skin tones for a flawless face on the go, ideal for jetsetters travelling light.

The palette contains 3 multi-use face powders: Ekin Who – Highlight, Turkish Delight – Blusher and Chocolate – Bronzer; 4 multi-use velvet matte shadows: Carbonara, Authentic, Power and Tiramisu.  Available now from bperfectcosmetics.


Trusty air-dry nail polish is back and ASHE London are making it easier than ever to create a classic, salon-fresh finish at home.  Ashe release their polishes in season collections, reflecting the latest must-have shades.  The current drop (£15 each) comprises fresh summer shades named after global change makers, including bright red Mae, yellow green Tessa, deep red Adelaide and lilac Mabel.

The formulas contain an innovative resin that ensures long-lasting wear (95.5% of polish is proven to remain intact after 6 days without a base or top coat). All vegan, cruelty-free, made from 77% natural origin and 84% bio-sourced with ingredients originating from vegetal biomass. Founded in 2021 by Ashleigh Alli, nail technician turned lawyer, the brand donates 5% of all profits to Bloody Good Period, who are fighting for global menstrual equality, and another 5% to Cianna’s Smile, a charity supporting individuals suffering from Sickle Cell Disease.  Available now from ashelondon.


DIOR’s new, multi-purpose balm and must-have beauty accessory, Le Baume (£50) launches on 1st June. This universal, unisex, multi-purpose formula comes in a couture, travel-friendly design, embossed with the Dior logo. A bandage-effect texture, exclusive formula and key ingredients, it moisturises, restores and protects the skin barrier, while moisturising and nourishing lips, hands and body. At the heart of the formula, centella asiatica extract, is the star plant with restoring properties for fragile skin, it provides both restoring and soothing action.  The formula also includes squalane, jojoba oil and shea butter to ensure the skin’s cutaneous barrier is reinforced while ensuring comfort and nutrition, and glycerin and hyaluronic acid to hydrate from within, plump, smooth and enhance.  Available 1st June from dior.


Synergie Skin’s ÜberZinc (£81) is the Australian brand’s best-selling product worldwide. This luxurious daily essential moisturiser contains 21% zinc oxide for broad-spectrum physical solar protection.  The 2-in-1 hybrid formula is both an elegant moisturiser and physical sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection. It’s a luxurious non-greasy and non-chalky texture and does not feel like a traditional sunscreen making it the perfect final step in your morning skin care routine. Not only does zinc oxide provide high levels of solar protection but it is also non-irritating, calming and promotes healing. It is the all-rounder for all skin types including sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic formula will not clog pores, making it ideal for acne sufferers. It is also rich in powerful antioxidants, green tea extract and hydrolysed tomato skin to neutralise free radicals, combat cell damage and protect against skin ageing.  It is environmentally friendly and coral reef safe.  Available now from synergieskin.


Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum (£69) is formulated to hydrate and fortify the skin while guarding it against airborne pollutants. Suited to normal, combination and sensitive skin, the lightweight daily hydrator is ideal for those living in urban environments, and warm or humid climates. It forms a breathable film on the skin thanks to extracts of red algae and tara gum, while a suite of anti- oxidants is delivered by way of grape seed, green tea and parsley seed extracts, supported by nourishing tocopherol (vitamin E).  Available now from aesop.


Lip care heroes Carmex have announced the launch of their latest product – Wild Berry Lip Balm Tube (£3.49). This brand-new tube of joy is packed full with the sweet scent of freshly picked raspberries, blackberries and cranberries and destined to be your new all-time favourite. Delivering an instant boost of hydration, this little beauty helps repair, relieve and restore lips whilst protecting them from drying out. It also has the additional bonus of SPF15, making it the perfect summer essential product.  With lip-loving natural ingredients, such as lanolin and cacao seed butter, this make-up bag must-have acts as the perfect hydrating primer, or even as a topcoat after applying lipstick. Available exclusively at carmex.


Industry News

Brand leaders in professional beauty, Salon System have launched the new Intense Brow(n)s By Refectocil® concept. Salon System are the exclusive UK and Ireland distributors of Refectocil®. The new shades expand the brand’s colour range to provide a new highly desirable service with its ‘wake up to make up’ technique.

This provides beauty professionals with a new range of shades that not only deliver intensive but natural-looking brows and lashes but gives a makeup effect on brows lasting for several days after the treatment.  Recognised as a non-invasive alternative to PMU or microblading, this delivers an intensive brow and lash effect where your clients can expect intensely accentuated brows with a semi-permanent adjustable makeup effect plus dramatic lash effects, too. Perfect for clients – even those with sensitive skin or allergies – who want that intense, yet natural looking brows and lashes.  Suitable for both brows and lashes and available in four intensive brown shades: Ash Brown, Chocolate Brown, Deep Brown and Black Brown.  Refectocil® is available from professional beauty wholesalers nationwide, and training is available from Training Solutions.


Despite the challenging economic climate with double-digit inflation, the latest National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) State of the Industry quarterly survey demonstrates a return by the industry to a positivity that we previously saw in spring/summer 2022.

More business report making a small or good profit (43%); 38% of businesses are breaking even, with fewer businesses (19%) making a small or substantial loss. The general trend towards increasing prices is slowing. Over the previous three months, 64% of businesses raised their prices. A further 51% will do so over the next three months.

Energy costs are still at the top of business concerns in terms of impact of the business (80%). The NHBF has already presented the detail of these findings to Ofgem the regulator to feed into their review of the non-domestic energy market and report to government in the summer.  For the full report visit the nhbf website.




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