Hot off the Press

July 21st, 2023

July 21st, 2023

NARS launched The Afterglow Collection last week, embracing the latest Barbie pink trend.  Get a rush of radiance with Afterglow Liquid Blush (£30.50) featuring colour loaded with hydrating skincare benefits.  Gives a lasting natural-looking glow with a silky formula that builds and blends without streaking for subtle to bold effects.  Lightweight, ultra-creamy, transfer resistant.  Available in six shades.


Swipe on the shine with Afterglow Sensual Shine Lipstick (£26.50). A colour meets care hybrid, this latest innovation delivers dimensional shine, nourishing benefits and long-lasting wear.  With a line-up of nude, pink, red and berry tones, including coveted shades Orgasm and Dolce Vita, it provides supple comfort and a blend of antioxidants to help protect lips.  With sheer-to-medium coverage, layer on lustrous colour and cocoon your lips in comfort.  Both available nationwide from nars.


Lisa Eldridge’s latest launch is Velveteen Liquid Lip Colour (£21) is a silky smooth, super long-wearing liquid lip colour in a customisable formula, that dries down to a soft-focus matte finish. The feather-light, formula wraps lips in a comfortable, even coverage and contains a nourishing blend of lip-care ingredients, and allows time for artistic play before setting to a lip-flattering and long-lasting finish. Velveteen is water-resistant, smudge-proof and long-lasting.  Available now in eight colours from lisaeldridge.


Charlotte Tilbury are launching Beach Sticks (£30) in an exclusive, limited-edition return. Available in three sun-kissed shades for cheeks and lips, to take you from the beach to the bar and beyond.  Inspired by Charlotte’s favourite Ibizan beaches, the shades are Moon Beach, a shimmering nude peach, Las Salinas, a fresh rose pink shade and Formentera a sun-kisssed berry-bronze.  Available 24th July from charlottetilbury and in Beauty Wonderland stores.


Covermark Face Magic (£29.75) is a cutting-edge waterproof foundation that goes beyond traditional makeup, while promoting skin health and radiance. With 10 shades to suit every skin colour, Face Magic’s advanced formulation effortlessly conceals imperfections, blemishes, and discolouration to leave a natural, luminous finish that lasts for 24 hours. It is designed to camouflage acne, coupe-rose, vitiligo, faded angiomas, pregnancy mask, age and sun spots, pigmentation issues, freckles and facial redness.  Infused with antioxidants, vitamins and hydrating agents, it not only covers flaws, it actively improves the skin’s texture and overall appearance over time. It glides on smoothly, blending seamlessly with the skin to create a flawless canvas. The lightweight formula allows the skin to breathe, making it ideal for daily wear. It contains SPF20 to guard against harmful UV rays and environmental damage.  Available now from covermark.


New from Milk Makeup is Kush Brow Shadow Stick (£22) a buildable, highly pigmented cream-to-powder brow stick that instantly fills for soft, full brows that stay smudge-proof up to 12 hours. A built-in spoolie diffuses colours and brushes brows into place.  Available now from spacenk.


The Opatra EyePod (£995) is an advanced eye care device that combines Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), Infrared, Red and Green LED therapy, to improve the delicate skin around the eyes. Regular use of this device at home can help visibly enhance the appearance of the skin under the eyes. It deeply nourishes and moisturises the eyes with micro-current positive ions, reducing eye fatigue with regular use. Focusing on the delicate skin around your eyes, it helps target areas of concern such as fatigue, puffy eyes, elasticity, dark circles and eye bags. The micro-current massage stimulates cell movement and the micro-current negative ions promote nutrient absorption and cell metabolism, thereby promoting cell regeneration.  Small, rechargeable and easily portable; perfect for your MUA kit.  Available now from opatra.


Jones Road Beauty yesterday launched Oil Free Moisturiser (£36) a fragrance-free, water-based moisturiser that provides instant hydration to skin. In hot and humid climates, this lightweight product won’t make skin feel heavy, sticky or too dewy. Formulated with niacinamide and is great for nourishing all skin types. Available now at liberty and jonesroadbeauty.


BYOMA‘s new Hydrating Recovery Oil (£13.99) visibly illuminates, brightens and balances skin, helping to effectively hydrate and restore the barrier from first use. A concentrated blend of barrier lipids support skin barrier function, while hydrating squalane works with 9 antioxidant rich botanical oils including jojoba, rosehip, sunflower and sea buckthorn to efficiently plump, restore and replenish skin. Glowing, radiant results for all skin types -even acne prone/oily skin – without the clogged pores or greasiness you’d expect from an oil. Antioxidant-rich rosehip, sunflower, macadamia, sweet almond and blue tansy oils help soothe, soften and improve the appearance of skin while protecting from environmental aggressors.  Available now from boots.


Sienna X Express Q10 Tinted Mousse (£24) will have you glowing come rain or shine, developing a flawless tan within 1-4 hours depending on intensity you require. Infused with pomegranate, aloe vera and vitamin E to leave skin feeling moisturised with a streak-free glow.  Q10l helps prevent a loss of skin firmness, while blackcurrant revives and soothes skin.  Babassu is rich in essential acids that promote healthy cells which help restore your skin’s strength and reduce water loss which means better skin hydration. Vegan friendly, recyclable, gluten free, cruelty free, 100% natural active ingredients, paraben free, GMO free, PEG free.  Available now from sienna-x.


Industry News

There is a Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation (£30) for everyone and now they have made it easier than ever to find the perfect shade with a new #ShadeMatching TikTok filter!  Fenty Beauty’s iconic soft matte, long wear foundation is available in a range of 50 boundary-breaking and inclusive shades and features climate-adaptive technology to fight heat, sweat and shine. Stay looking fresh morning or night with this buildable, medium to full coverage formula.


The Skin Health Alliance have launched the ‘We Stand For Skin’ campaign, a skin positivity campaign aiming to tackle skin dissatisfaction.   A recent study by the Skin Health Alliance revealed that 62% of young adults believe using social media makes them feel worse about their skin and their appearance. The pervasiveness of edited and filtered images, selective self-presentation and a lack of diversity can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-confidence.  74% say they feel pressure to look a certain way, while, 66% of young adults also stated that they have received hate or been bullied due to their appearance.

The We Stand For Skin campaign focuses on celebrating diverse skin types, tones, colours, textures and conditions, highlighting the beauty in our skin’s inherent uniqueness. By embracing and understanding the individuality of your skin, you can learn to take care of it in the way that is right for you and choose safe products to help, not hide, your skin.

We Stand For Skin advocates challenging beauty standards, rejecting the pursuit of ‘flawless’ skin and embracing individuality.  Through the power of film, We Stand For Skin highlights four real people’s skin stories and explores the importance of championing our shared uniqueness. The Skin Health Alliance is committed to connecting people with access to expert advice and education. Sharing knowledge empowers everyone to feel their most confident by maintaining healthy skin and creating a personalised routine that is right for them.


Opatra Advanced Skincare Technologies is a London-based beauty brand selling highly innovative devices and beauty products with the aim of repairing and rejuvenating the skin. They recently held a two-day event to showcase some of the latest devices, many of which, including Opatra Light, use non-invasive LED Light Therapy. At the event, they showcased the Opatra Aqua Spectra HydroFacial which is a treatment that incorporates ultrasound, radio frequency and cryotherapy to cleanse the skin at a deeper level than a typical facial treatment would.

Opatra are releasing portable, hand-held devices in their Synergy Collection Set so that clients can focus on improving their skin, independent from attending treatments. The devices in this collection use LED light therapy, a message function and heat therapy to better the appearance of the skin. Also demonstrated at the event were Opatra Eye Pods, which are designed to effectively reduce puffiness beneath the eyes using EMS light therapy. Opatra were also showcasing their Genesis Body Sculptor System and the new Opatra Skin Analysis, which thoroughly scans the skin and highlights areas that need to be targeted for improvement.




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