Hot off the Press

June 23rd, 2023

June 23rd, 2023

The latest collection from Catrice Cosmetics celebrates “balletcore” with a soft, sugarplum spin on “no makeup makeup”.  Blossom Glow Eye & Cheek Palette (£8.99) is a highly pigmented, pink hued six-pan palette, with four eye colours and two for cheeks.

All Over Glow Tint in Keep Blushing (£4.29) gives a glossy base.  Can be worn alone, or under foundation for luminous sheeny skin.  Both available now at justmylook

Essence Cosmetics also have releases that support this pretty trend. Gimme Glow Luminous Highlighter (£3.29) in Lovely Rose can be used on the cheeks, nose and inner eye.

Tinted Kiss Hydrating Lip Tint in Pink & Fabulous (£2.99) pairs nourishing shine with a wash of colour, giving a natural rose-bud finish.  Both available now at justmylook.


Pearl Beauty Translucent Setting Powder (£24) is a lightweight formula that gives you the perfect soft focused, almost filtered appearance, while controlling shine without adding weight or texture to your skin – perfect for the summer heat.  It also contains multiple humectant ingredients (caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetyl ethylhexanoate, ethylhexylglycerin) which keeps skin moisturised and hydrated so it doesn’t look cakey with powder, but soft and natural.  Sophie Ellis-Bextor was spotted wearing it for her recent Sunday Brunch appearance.  Available now from pearlbeautycosmetics.


Pai Skincare’s new Salicylic Acid Booster (£19) is part of an innovative collection of highly concentrated boosters – single, results-driven actives in certified natural and organic formulas.  Each booster can be used alone or mixed with your existing skincare, to power up your routine in a customisable and cost-effective way with just a few drops. This exfoliating beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is prized for its blemish-fighting powers, sloughing away dead skin cells that clog pores and cause blackheads – for a clearer, smoother complexion.  Available now from paiskincare.


Jerome Russell’s best kept bond building secret takes centre stage as the brand launch their reimagined 4-step JPLEX treatment (from £9.99). Originally intended to protect and nourish blondes during the lightening process, it quickly gained a cult following from people with hair of all colours and textures. Applauded for the dramatic transformations achieved, leaving hair feeling genuinely nourished from the core, the natural progression was to evolve the range from being an additional step added within the bleaching process to a full four step, salon strength treatment accessible to everyone and available at a high street price. The range includes pre-shampoo treatment, shampoo, conditioner and a leave-in treatment.  Available now from superdrug.


K18 Molecular Repair Hair Oil (£65) is a very lightweight hair oil made with the remarkable K18Peptide repairing power. This silicone-free oil stops frizz, and it does it in a different way from most other frizz control products. It uses K18 patented ingredient to fundamentally repair polypeptide chain damage that causes frizz.  Hemisqualane, squalane and sunflower oil support your hair’s natural moisture layer to reduce frizz, smooth flyaways and leave your hair with a healthy shine.  K18 repairs at a molecular level which means that all types of structural damage are repaired by K18 which includes reduced split ends. Avocado oil also provides heat protection up to 230°C.  Suitable for all hair types, all textures, all conditions, all generations. For fine, medium, and thick hair.  Available now from k18hair.


Lash Dupe offers DIY, customisable, at-home lash extensions to suit your style. Made from the highest quality Korean PBT, all Lash Dupe’s products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. There are two packages avaialble, to suit your confidence or skill level.

Luxe DIY™ Original Lashes (from £10) are individual lash strips, which can be cut to your desired length. Choose from a variety of curls – from natural to glamorous – as well as lash length, to build up your desired lash extension effect.  These reusable Luxe DIY™ lash extensions are designed to last 5-7 days at a time, then you simply need to reply. The kit includes everything you need to start doing your own professional lashes at home, including a mascara bond, matching brush-on bond, DIY remover, silicone lash pad, tweezers and precision scissors – as well as your choice of 3 packs of Luxe DIY™ Lashes.

Pre-Mapped Lash Extensions (from £7) make it super-easy to get your dream lash look. Here, lash clusters have been mapped out for you for a fool-proof application. These lashes can be used 3-5 times before replacement, making them excellent value for money.  Both available now from lashdupe.


Nourish your skin from within and get ready to glow with the beauty benefits of sustainable Scottish seaweed – one of the most nutritious foods in the world to support healthy skin, hair and nails. Doctor Seaweed’s Weed and Wonderful Beauty+ supplement (£29.95/1 month’s supply) combines antioxidant-rich superfoods, 100% pure, sustainably sourced Scottish seaweed and vitamins and minerals that work in synergy to create glowing, healthy skin.

Seaweed is a natural source of essential iodine and this has been enhanced with the addition of natural, plant-based sources – including Indian gooseberry, moringa, holy basil, green tea, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, coconut and marigold – providing vitamins A, B2, B3, C, E, Biotin, Selenium and Zinc. Each of these carefully selected ingredients offers key nutrients to support hair, skin and nails naturally – healthy glowing skin starts with the right nutrition.  Available now from doctorseaweed.


Industry News

It’s that time of year again, the NHBF Top 100 Influencers Index is back for the third year running and it’s time to get your nominations in – and you can even nominate yourself!  The Index, which was introduced after lockdown, celebrates hair and beauty professionals who champion and influence the hair and beauty industry by generously sharing their knowledge and engaging with the industry via their social channels.

Nominations for this year’s Index are now open and will close on 31st July 2023, unlike previous years this year’s awards are only open to those who have an active clientele or column. Nominations for brands, salons and barbershops will not be accepted however both freelance and employed industry professionals who meet the criteria are eligible.  You can nominate yourself or your favourite industry influencers here.

The final list will be announced in November, follow the NHBF on Instagram to be the first to know.


Charlotte Tilbury has cast supermodel and global beauty muse Bella Hadid as the star of her new Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur campaign.  Charlotte’s award-winning, best-selling Airbrush Flawless icons were born backstage out of a customer need – working as a makeup artist at fashion shows and on studio sets Charlotte was mixing concealers and powders to create that smoothing, soft-focus, airbrush effect. The Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur, created with Powder Blur technology gives the illusion of a matte powder pout without drying, creasing, settling into fine lines, or feathering. Formulated in 8 flattering shades to hydrate for up to 24 hours, non-drying weightless colour that lasts for up to 12 hours.


A selection of Dr.PAWPAW multi-purpose balms including their hero Original Balm, Tinted Peach Pink and Shea Butter 10ml (£4.25) can now be found in Tesco stores in the toiletries aisle.  The perfect travel sized product, these multi – purpose balms are suitable for the whole family and all skin types – even the most sensitive.


Former London Hairdresser of the Year turned session stylist Luke Benson has announced the launch of his inaugural salon in Berkhamstead, due to open in September 2023.

Luke, who was recently named Global Ambassador for Keune, regularly works with some of the world’s biggest stars, including Billie Eilish, Joe Jonas, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Michelle Keegan, Anna Friel and Amy Jackson, creating iconic hair moments at the BRIT Awards and the James Bond premiere, as well as being stylist of choice for brands including Tom Ford, Miu Miu and Joshua Kane.

Luke Benson Hair will specialize in cut and colour, styling and occasion hair drawing on Luke’s red carpet background, extensions, men’s hair and hair health. Luke is currently recruiting (applications to too and his team can expect world class education and a state of the art working environment including a photography space to shoot imagery.


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