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November 24th, 2023

November 24th, 2023

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The latest release from Donna May London is Chunky Lip & Cheek Pencils (£15) in Blue Red and Orange Red, proving everyone can wear a red lip – you just need to choose the one that’s right for your skin tone.  These vegan, sustainably produced and formulated lipstick pencils deliver rich, one stroke silky smooth coverage and optimal spreadability.  With a rich satin finish and a creamy, emollient texture, hydraberry moisturises while boosting hyaluronic acid levels.  Vita beautique and hemp seed oil actively nourish and protect lips.  The jumbo recycled wood pencil and aluminium cap are part of Donna’s 360° approach to sustainable beauty. Active Ingredients – 100% vegan.  Comes with a pencil sharpener.  Available now from donnamaylondon. Hot off the Press


VARU is a new science-backed, skin friendly cosmetics brand, founded by JIgna Varu, a visionary chemist and MUA.  The range includes: Lip Food Lip Oil (£18) with a full-bodied, rich colour payoff and a soft, moisturising application that leaves lips softer for longer. With smoothing properties and a cushion-like effect, it provides a lusciously glowy finish. Infused with key ingredients like shea butter for moisture and suppleness, and added softness and enriched with ingredients to keep lips perfectly hydrated by preventing moisture loss.  Available in 9 shades.  Skin in the Game Setting Spray (£25) this alcohol-free fixing elixir ensures makeup stays put all day, offering deep hydration with hyaluronic acid, an anti-aging boost with rose extract, and a reduction in pores and sebum thanks to rosehip.

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Take the Hint Lip Gloss (£18) Available in seven shades and two plumping variations, these glosses will make lips appear firmer, smoother, and fuller, giving a shiny, extreme gloss for that “wet girl out of water” look. Fruit extracts and ginger root create the plumping effect. Sacha oil adds softness, smoothness, suppleness, and hydration. Game Changer Loose Powder (£25) the talc-free, water infused powder delivers a silky, soft, and refreshingly matte finish. Plus it has a cooling effect when applied to skin. Hyaluronic acid ensures supreme hydration and elasticity, while lychee protects against blue light and free radicals. Also includes pea protein forskin elasticity, and age-defying fermented red ginseng oil. With added vitamin C for skin brightening, collagen-boosting, antioxidant-rich, and inflammation-fighting qualities.  Available in 5 shades to match every undertone, from golden and warm to rosy and cool from varubeauty.


Merit Beauty’s award winning, skin centric vegan and cruelty-free makeup is easy-to-use and designed to fit easily within your daily routine. Perfect for a stress free festive look.  The range includes: Great Skin Instant Glow Serum (£40) Make it through party season skin unscathed with this  lightweight, bi-phase serum that absorbs quickly into skin with zero residue, that instantly hydrates and pumps skin for a healthy glow and prepped for makeup. Signature Lip (£28) is a hydrating, buildable lipstick with a soft satin finish. It’s so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re wearing it.  Plant-derived squalane and sunflower seed oil provide long-lasting moisture for a comfortable, light-as-air finish. Papain enzyme helps to soothe lips, whilst stabilised vitamin C helps diffuse the appearance of fine lines and raspberry oil adds moisture and a light, natural scent. Available in 8 shades, including Cabo, the ultimate holiday red.

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Flush Balm (£32) Nail the cold girl aesthetic all-day-long with this cream tint. Composed of a soft wax with a low melting point, this balm glides onto the skin, while microfine pigment powders deposit a creamy, transparent veil of colour that lets skin show through. Availabe in 9 shades, with new colour Raspberry Beret launching in January. All available now from meritbeauty. Hot off the Press


Phyllis Cohen at Face Lace has been working hard creating 4 amazing new designs. Crystal Crush (£29.95) is a collection of delicate makeup stickers embellished with 250+ glass crystals. These elegant accents showcase Face Lace’s best-selling shapes and provide many versatile placements around the eyes. You can use one shape on its own for a sophisticated look, or combine them to create many distinctive statements and bring new facets to your unique style. Crystal Deco Liners (£28.95) the Art Deco inspired elegant swoops elongate the eyes with a line of Premium European Glass crystals. The shapes are carefully designed to give 3 options – use single shapes above the eyes, use double shapes on the top and bottom of the eyes, or indulge in full-on drama with all 3 shapes.

Galactica (£15.95) these intensely sparkling silver glitter shapes bring a comic allure to the eyes. The smaller shapes, which work beautifully on the inner and outer corners of the eyes, can also be surrounded by larger silver swirl shapes for many aesthetically pleasing compositions. Cyborgeous (£22.95) a futuristic fusion of mirror chrome curves and points, each curve carefully designed to perfectly accentuate the eyes. The shapes come flat but can be bowed to conform to the shape of the eyes easily. They also come with replacement adhesive points for many re-uses. All available now from face-lace.  Newsletter subscribers can get 15% of all designs until Friday 24th November.  Check your email for the discount code.


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Katherine Daniels, the multi award-winning, British-made, salon-strength skincare brand is celebrating their remarkable 10-year anniversary. Co-Founders, Beauty Therapists and Industry Experts Kirsti Shuba and Donna Tait just launched some new, pioneering formulas that are more innovative than ever before. Multi-Vitamin Concentrate (£65) Say goodbye to self-selection and skincare cocktailing with this 3-in-1 supercharged concentrate to brighten, plump and perfect your skin. This combines the ‘skincare holy trinity’ – vitamin C, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid – each at their optimum concentration to give the ultimate balance of strength and function to deliver remarkable results.

Pure Pigment Foundation Drops (£40). A true makeup-skincare hybrid these new gen, flexi cover, flexi cover pigment drops not only create a flawless finish, but work for your skin with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and antioxidant-rich oils, for a silky, supple, dewy finish and maximum skin comfort. Customise coverage with these four colour-rich, adaptable, pure pigment shades – from a concealer and a BB cream, to a full coverage foundation – for a fresh, glowing, peachy complexion all day. A blend of nourishing antioxidant and regenerating oils (macadamia, sweet almond, avocado) give skin a supple, luminous finish. Vitamin E defends against free radical damage and premature ageing.  Anti-Fatigue Mask (£40) brightens, plumps, revives and firms in just 2 minutes. With regular use, this high impact mask will provide long term results – boosting cellular energy levels to encourage collagen, elastic and hyaluronic acid production for smoother, firmer, stronger skin. Hydra-energising Marine Complex – rich in vegetal taurine and carrageenan from red algae – gives a hydrating flash effect and anti-fatigue boost by stimulating skin’s energy and creates a supportive, elastic microfilm to lift, sculpt, smooth and firm features.  All available now from katherinedanielscosmetics.


Colorsport Brow Lift (£13) is an innovative perfecting cream with Advanced Instantlift Formula that visibly smooths and tightens skin for a lifted and smooth appearance. Don’t let the ‘brow’ put you off, as this cream can be used all over the face and makes a perfect primer for makeup. Formulated with glycerin to temporarily plump the look of skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Isopropyl Myristate an emollient that helps to strengthen the skin barrier, ensuring that moisture stays locked in, hydrolyzed sesame protein provides tightening, firming, moisturising effects on the skin, lactic acid – helps improve skin’s built-in process for keeping itself hydrated, urea for moisturising and exfoliating benefits and serine to help skin retain moisture, giving it a healthier look and feel. It also supports structures in skin that result in a more youthful appearance.  This has been touted by many as a much cheaper dupe for Skin Doctors Instant Facelift.  Available now on amazon


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In an exclusive interview with The Strategist, Paris Hilton explains that she’s always loved tanning and revealed her go-to face tan is Tan-Luxe’s iconic The Face illuminating self-tanning drops (£18). Paris said, “I’ve always loved tanning. My mom taught me to stay out of the sun, so I’m always searching for the best tanning products. I’ve found with Tan-Luxe, all of its products are amazing and give me this beautiful golden tan. I use the drops with the lotion that it comes with, and an application lasts around a week.”

The Face drops are formulated with the skin boosting properties of raspberry seed oil, vitamin E and aloe vera, to keep skin feeling hydrated and nourished. Simply mix in with your favourite moisturiser, serum or oil to create a custom self-tanner – the more you drop, the more you glow.  Available now from tan-luxe.


Pop princess Kylie Minogue is making our hearts go Padam Padam with her amazing Las Vegas residency. Kylie’s makeup artist Christian Vermaak shared stunning pictures of Kylie’s show looks and revealed that he used ARDELL seamless Underlash Extensions Wispies Kit (£24.99) for Kylie’s sultry eye. These lashes are applied under the natural lashes, for a salon lash extension look – but without the price tag. The patented lash clusters boast a seamless band. Each kit contains 36 Wispies undies in assorted lengths for a totally customisable look, up to six applications and these underlash clusters can be worn for up to 10 days. Available from superdrug and sephora.

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The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) have announced this year’s highly anticipated Top 100 Influencer Index, celebrating the dynamic individuals who have profoundly impacted and shaped the hair and beauty sector landscape.

In an era where innovation, creativity, and digital prowess redefine the standards of a hair and beauty professional, for the third year running, the NHBF has meticulously curated a prestigious list acknowledging the visionaries, trendsetters, and trailblazers who are propelling the sector forward.

Held at St John’s Church in Hyde Park, the event celebrated the diverse voices, skills, knowledge and exceptional contributions of professionals across the diverse breadth of our unique, innovative and progressive sector, including but not limited to hairstyling, skincare, makeup artistry, salon management, and entrepreneurial leadership.

Hairdressing influencer and hairstylist Chloe Swift took home the coveted number one spot after placing 13th in 2022 and 9th at the inaugural awards in 2021.

THE NHBF Top 100 Influencer Index Top 10:

1: Chloe Swift

2: Joseph I’Anson

3: Sarah Brawley

4: Jaymz Rigby-Marsters

5: Kirsty Meakin

6: Ben Brown

7: Amber Rose Peake

8: Casey Coleman

9: James Earnshaw

10: Connor J Doyle


Sustainability champion Gina Conway – named by Marie Claire’s Sustainability Awards as Best Sustainable Salon and praised by Millie Kendall OBE as a “brilliant voice of the industry,” – is replacing Black Friday with Green Friday, and giving away packets of cut hair with every purchase.

Gina says, “Gift giving should be a joyous experience and we want to ensure we don’t make mindless panic purchases that end up in landfill. Our sustainable gifts are everyday luxuries that everyone needs, from shampoos to bath oils, from B-corp brands with organic ingredients and recyled/recyclable/refillable packaging sure to light up your Christmas. But as part of our zero to landfill commitment, we’re also giving away cute little packets of cut hair which can be sprinkled into pot plants, potted Christmas trees or onto the garden, nourishing and feeding the plants thanks to the naturally occurring high levels of nitrogen which is slowly released to the plant when it’s in the soil. The biodegradable packets we use are from a B-Corp UK based company and can be curb-side recycled or add them to your compost bin as an excellent source of carbon.”

Gina Conway’s stunning eco-friendly salon is situated within Elys department store in Wimbledon, where Black Friday runs from November 24-27. Shoppers can bag 20% off all Gina’s hand selected eco-friendly brands, and up to 40% off limited lines including some Aveda products, as well as complimentary dry styling and prosecco at the Blow Dry Bar.

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