December 8th, 2023
Arooba is a new makeup brand to us; launching in the UAE in Spring 2023 they are getting ready to hit the UK market. Their first release here is the Majestic Queen Signature Eyeshadow Dips palette (AED292). An, innovative palette of 10 artisanal eyeshadows with different finishes, from matte intense to lustre glow, glitter essence to metallic flash. Hot off the Press
A blend of skincare actives help condition, hydrate and nourish the eye area. The air-light, silky textures glide over skin effortlessly to create beautiful multi-dimensional colour in decadent, jewel tones. The intense pigments are formulated with high-performance botanicals, including passion flower oil, sunflower oil and a fusion of beetroot and tuberose. Vegan and cruelty free. Available now from aroobabeauty.
Professional skincare brand Skeyndor have just launched Drops D’Or (£35), a new liquid illuminator. From the brand’s skincare-makeup hybrid range, the silky fluid’s texture is enriched with golden micro pigments to instantly brighten and soften small imperfections on the face, helping achieve a natural and sublime pearly finish. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, witch hazel and five lustrous metallic pigments, it will ensure you shine throughout the festive period.
Adapting to every skin type, the illuminator provides a customised glow, kickstarts the creation of new collagen, and works as a shield from environmental damage. For everyday radiance add to moisturiser, primer or foundation or use to straight from the bottle to highlight cheekbones, nose or cupid’s bow. Available now from skeyndor. Hot off the Press
Green People’s Hydrating Firming Serum (£27) has a fresh new look and even more moisturising power thanks to a new COSMOS organic skin-barrier boost formulation. A silky organic skin serum to hydrate, soothe and plump all skin types. The new formula boosts skin defences against dehydration with moisture retaining actives and a blend of pre and probiotics that help to enhance the skin barrier. This organic facial serum smooths, plumps and firms for instant radiance and a silky softness. It gives instant hydration without greasiness. Formulated with marshmallow to keep hydration locked in, while aloe vera and chamomile core calms and soothes. Prebiotic inulin, from chicory, supports skin’s friendly flora for a beautifully healthy skin balance. The serum is scented by rose geranium with a subtle hint of eucalyptus. Vegan, cruelty free and suitable for all skin types. Available from greenpeople.
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Say goodbye to dry, irritated skin this winter the Scandinavian way with helo® PSO (£26.99). Arriving in the UK from Denmark, it is designed to tackle dry, irritated, itchy skin (including people who may be prone to psoriasis) and help find your inner glow. The brand was born out of a passion to help those living with skin problems, including psoriasis, with mild yet effective hypoallergenic products. The UK is their first overseas market.
With a nourishing repair patented formula recommended by dermatologists, the soothing cream has three active ingredients to transform skin; boswellia, derived from frankincense, this softens skin irritation while neutralising free radicals; vitamin B12 to renew and rebuild damage skin while bringing relief to dry and itchy skin, and urea to soften tough skin, prone to dryness while exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. Without any added hormones, helo® PSO restores the disturbed barrier function of the skin. Available now from heloskincare.
Simple’s new Booster Serums (£8 each) are active serums powered by high-performance ingredients to treat skin without irritation. The brand’s most advanced formulas to date feature 3% Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 to boost hydration, 10% B3 Niacinamide to strengthen and 10% Vitamin C+E+F to brighten and protect. Hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested they are suitable for all skin types even the most sensitive skin.
Simple Booster Serum 10% Niacinamide vitamins B3 and B5 hydrate, smooth and help to strengthen and protect the skin barrier. It regulates sebum production and helps to reduce enlarged pores to improve skin texture. Simple Booster Serum 10% Vitamin C+E+F brightens the complexion, reduces fine lines and protects against environmental aggressors like pollution and blue light. Packed with 10% active ingredients, this booster contains 2% of a skin-kind derivative of vitamin C that won’t irritate dry skin. Simple Booster Serum 3% Hyaluronic Acid & B5 is a real multitasker; along with locking moisture into dry skin, improving skin texture and reducing fine lines, it also relieves irritation, making it the perfect partner to calm dry or sensitive skin. Available now from boots.
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RSVP to beautiful bronzed skin this party season with Rose & Caramel. As diaries start to get booked up with Christmas drinks, dinners and dos, their fake tan essentials are everything you need to look your best. From an instant tan for all those last-minute plans to a body scrub that removes old, patchy colour in just 60 seconds, consider this your ultimate tanning kit. Intensity Tanning Foam (£22.99) A super-moisturising tanning foam specially formulated to brighten dull skin and give a long-lasting deep bronze tan. Use with the Deluxe Blending Brush (£12.99) This angled brush applies fake tan over the contours of your body for a smooth, even, natural-looking finish. Unity Tanning Drops (£24.99) Add 2-4 drops into your favourite moisturiser to turn it into your very own tanning blend for a quick and easy glow.
Skinstant Instant Tanning Spritz (£19.99) This instant tan gives beautiful bronzed skin while leaving your body moisturised and smelling amazing. Purity Hydrate Oil Free Moisturiser Spray (£19.99) A lightweight, oil-free moisturiser made with glycerin and aloe vera to hydrate your skin and prolong your tan. Purity Excel 60 Second Tan Remover (£29.99) All it takes is 60 seconds for this fast-working scrub to leave skin soft, smooth and – most importantly – tan-free. All available now from roseandcaramel.
New from Elleebana is Elleeplex Hyaluronic Boost Serum (£24.50) to hydrate, strengthen and add volume to lashes and brows. Vegan, cruelty-free and ophthalmologically tested, the serum contains an innovative blend of peptides, sodium hyaluronate, vitamins and plant extracts to give instant volume, shine and optimal strength to maintain healthy lashes and brows. Enriched with highly concentrated provitamin B5 that binds follicles, coats and seals in moisture, sodium hyaluronate boosts moisture absorption and content to reduce frizz, whilst vitamin E restores shine. Kakadu Plus provides elastin boosting and gloss restoration properties, as well as providing free radical protection from environmental strains caused to hair. An innovative blend of peptides and amino acids acts as cell-signalling agents, supporting the protein production that is influential in growing hair. Wheat, soy and corn micro proteins restore the hair’s inner structure, whilst sunflower seed oil restores shine to the protective layer of the hair fibre. Use as a daily treatment or use as an advanced aftercare treatment to prolong the results of a Lash Lift, Brow Lamination and Lash & Brow Tint to give that perfect salon finish. Available now from everlastingatelier.
If you’re looking to achieve luscious lashes from home, perfect for party season then look no further than Lilly Lashes. Whether its full glam you’re wanting or a subtle yet seductive eye look they have a lash style for you. All lashes are reusable and vegan. Luxury Synthetic Lite – Classy (£15.99) This timeless, ultra-natural flare lash style features soft fluttery semi-wispy layers, adding extra light volume and length creating a classic glam look. Individual Flares – Full Blown Flare Up (£11) Accentuate your eyes with the Lilly Lashes Individual Flares in Full Blown Flare Up. The ultra-glam lash extensions flatter all eye shapes by supporting a fuller-looking flirty flutter. The faux mink clusters are reusable up to ten times with good care. The fluttery falsies are double layered and tapered with a slight curl for an elongated outer corner to create the illusion of a cat-eye. Luxury Synthetic Lite – Exclusive to Look Fantastic (£15.99) Featuring multi-dimensional wispy layers, the semi-natural lashes add light volume and soft length for an elegant-looking finish. Available now from lookfantastic, save 10% using code EXTRA.
It’s officialy the season of celebration, and what better way to sparkle and shine, than with the glittering new Fizzy Nail Collection (£6.40 each) from multi-award winning Swiss nailcare brand Mavala. Ideal for any Christmas celebration, where a toast at any time is necessary, the collection is made up of six popping polishes: Pink Fizz, Red Fizz, Blue Fizz, Silver Fizz, Gold Fizz and Green Fizz. These work really well on their own, or to add an extra dimension to another polish.
Try pairing them with Mavala’s Pretty Rebel collection (£6.40 each) of metallic polishes. Inspired by timeless staple fashion pieces like studded leather jackets, biker boots and a whole lot of black, they adds a touch of glam. This subtly rebellious collection is made up of six metallic shades to illuminate nails with a glamorous pinch of rock attitude; Pretty Ebony, Pretty Platinum, Pretty Gold, Pretty Bronze, Pretty Copper and Pretty Silver. Available from nailpolishdirect, Fenwick, John Lewis and salons and pharmacies nationwide.
Simon Ourian M.D’s The Magic Of Eye Recovery holiday gift set (£158) combines the transformative power of the brand’s Eye Complex with the uplifting Facial Sculpting T-Bar in an exclusive travel pouch. The Eye Complex was specifically developed for the sensitive eye area, and is an effective eye treatment to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of dark circles and eye bags. The Facial Sculpting T-Bar has been designed to promote blood circulation, reducing puffiness and tension as skin receives an instant lift and re-contouring effect. Beyond its transformative touch, it elevates your skincare routine by enhancing the absorption of active ingredients, maximising their potential. Together, this collection ensures a refreshed, youthful look and feels truly luxurious. Available now from simonourianmd.
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Aimee Connolly, founder and CEO of the award-winning cult makeup and skincare brand Sculpted by Aimee, has been awarded the everywoman Scale Up Award – sponsored by BGF. The award celebrates a woman who has founded a company that is in a period of high growth. The 2023 everywoman Entrepreneur Awards is the UK’s leading awards programme for women in business. Now in its 21st year, this year’s event builds on the award’s longstanding legacy and the programme’s bold and continuing impact on British Enterprise by celebrating, amplifying, and facilitating the success of entrepreneurial women and their business.
As one of the most successful founders of a privately-owned makeup and skincare brand, this is the latest accolade for the 30-year-old Connolly, whose trailblazing trajectory saw her open her first flagship store in London last month. In just seven years, the brand has experienced huge growth and is now available to buy in 696 physical stores across nine countries. The brand ships to millions of fans in 68 countries, with further expansion plans in the pipeline.
“This is a huge honour. The everywoman entrepreneur awards are highly coveted and have provided an exceptional platform for female entrepreneurs. I’m so proud to been recognised in this category; this has proved to be a stellar year for the brand and celebrates the growth myself and the team have worked hard to achieve.” said Aimee.
Academy Award®and Emmy®-winning make-up artist Michael Westmore will be honoured with the Vanguard Award at the 11th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS) on Sunday 18th February, 2024. With a career spanning over five decades, his work has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, with his artistry captivating audiences and setting the standard for make-up and hair styling in film and television. He has been nominated for four Oscars, winning in 1986 for his artistry on the film Mask. He has received a record 45 Emmy nominations, bringing home nine statuettes.
Michael notably transformed Sylvester Stallone into Rocky Balboa for the Rocky film series and Robert DeNiro into Jake LaMotta for Raging Bull, among many other makeup miracles. He created hundreds of alien characters for over 18 years and more than 600 episodes of Star Trek in all its iterations. His talent as a make-up artist became legendary for creating memorable disguises for Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra for the 1963 film The List of Adrian Messenger. He later went on to become the preferred make-up man for Bobby Darin and Elizabeth Taylor, and worked on movies and TV shows including The Munsters, Rosemary’s Baby, Eleanor and Franklin, New York, New York and Blade Runner.
Later he turned his attention to writing articles and books on cosmetics and their application. Today he serves as an on-camera mentor for the Syfy channel make-up reality show Face Off, which is hosted by his actress daughter McKenzie.
The Vanguard Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the make-up and hair styling industry and has left a lasting impact on the craft. Westmore’s talent, creativity and dedication to his craft have earned him this prestigious honour.
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