January 19th, 2024
VARU, the new science-backed, skin friendly cosmetics brand, founded by JIgna Varu, a visionary chemist and MUA, is perfect for veganuary with skin and planet-friendly ingredients. Game Changer Loose Powder (£25) is a talc-free, water infused powder that 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 for skin 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. Hot off the Press
Take the Hint Lip Gloss (£18) Available in seven shades, 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. Use alone or as a topcoat. Take the Hint Lip Gloss Plumping (£22) includes natural ingredients to increase microcirculation and leave them looking plump. Think of it like filler that uses nature, not needles. It comes in clear and a pale pink shade for a natural pop of colour. All available now from varubeauty.
Erborian CC Water (from £20.50) is skincare and coverage in one. It’s formulated with Centella Asiatica, an ingredient well-known in Korea for its ability to soothe the skin and help improve firmness and elasticity and hyaluronic acid. Infused with encapsulated pigments, it seamlessly adjusts to the skin’s natural tone, giving light coverage and a more enhanced, even complexion with a fresh, dewy finish. Skin looks glowy and smooth with no oily residue. Non-comedogenic. Formulated without silicone. Available in four shades from uk.erborian.
Beauty poster girls such as Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner have recently been working glowy makeup looks that are tied together with elements of pink. Stemming from the declaration of Peach Fuzz as the 2024 Pantone Colour of The Year and its domination of fashion week for shows such as Zimmerman, it is evident that these pink-orange hybrid tones are here to stay. Which is where Pomelo Skin comes in. As we’re emerging from minus four degree temperatures and looking towards spring; a juicy, sunny shade that enhances skin’s undertones and adds layers of warmth is something we’re eager to embrace; and & Other Stories Beauty have all you need to perfect the look.
Create a fruity flushed cheek with Florentine Coral Cheek & Lip Tint (£17) This cheek and lip tint is a creamy and boasts a high-pigmented formula. It melts into the skin, leaving a natural glow and satin finish with buildable coverage. Enriched with natural candelilla and carnauba wax and vitamin E to moisturise. For a citrus-inspired juicy lip try Graceful Blush Sheer Plumping Lip Gloss (£17) This shiny lip gloss gives lips a smooth look and a smooth coat of colour, along with brilliant high shine, creating the illusion of a fuller lip. Try a monochromatic pomelo eye look with Sienna Stardust Eye Colour Cream (£17) High pigment metallic cream eyeshadow that is fast drying and easily blendable. Match your manicure with Always Apricot Nail Colour (£6) High-pigmented, fast dry nail polish, with a glossy finish. All available now at stories.
Babe Original Volumizing Mascara (£14) is instant lash volume in a bottle. However the formula is enhanced with ingredients including peptides and biotin to deliver hydration to your lash line, giving you healthier and stronger lashes over time. Nourishing ingredients like olive oil and rice bran make this a super flexible formula, so you can layer on volume to your lash’s desire. Featuring a cone-shaped wand that’s perfect for reaching inner lashes and lifting outer lashes. Available from beautybay.
The B Collection was founded by former nail technician turned beauty entrepreneur, Bec in 2021 and has been taking TikTok by storm. The brand’s mission centres around self-love and real results through products that encourage self-care. The brand values simplicity, affordability, and inclusivity, promoting a ‘skinimalism’ approach to skincare. All of their products boast an impressive 97-100% natural formulation, prioritising sustainable and ethical practices. The range’s hero products include: Lip Balm (£3.50) These TikTok VIRAL lip balms have taken social media by storm with over 5 million views. Incredibly nourishing, The B Collection Lip Balm will leave lips glossy and smooth without any sticky residue. Not only will they hydrate and nourish your lips, but they’ll also work wonders on healing chapped lips. In eight flavours, cruelty-free and made with 98% natural ingredients.
Lash & Brow Serum (£10.99) Made with all-natural ingredients and infused with nourishing oils, this serum is specifically designed to strengthen, thicken, and nourish lashes and brows, promoting healthy growth. Cuticle Oil Pen (from £3.99) Say goodbye to weak and brittle nails, this oil is formulated with powerful ingredients that support and promote strong nail growth. With a handy brush pen, for mess-free application. Choose from eight scents from coconut to bubblegum. All available now from thebcollection.
St. Moriz Professional Prime & Glow Face Tan Serum (£8.99) can be used daily to build a subtle gradual tan, as well as being a skin perfecting primer. Infused with the skin care benefits of hyaluronic acid, which is known to reduce appearance of fine lines, this serum will leave your skin with a soft and hydrated finish. Available from boots.
Skin + Me Brighten + Boost Serum Range (£19.99 each) is a morning treatment range formulated by dermatologists. Serums include Regulating Vitamin C Serum, designed to brighten and even skin tone; Firming Vitamin C Serum that targets fine lines and wrinkles; and Calming Azelaic Acid Serum for inflammation and redness. All three serums are fortified with peptides to boost collagen production, improve skin elasticity, brighten skin tone and limit unwanted hyperpigmentation. Available now from skinandme.
It’s cold, it must be ski season! Make sure you stay protected, whether you’re on the slopes or fonduing, with Bondi Sands’ bestselling SPF ranges, carefully curated to include a product that will work for everyone – whatever your skin type or concern.
The gentle Fragrance Free SPF 50+ (from £7.99) range provides UVA and UVB protection and is water resistant and fast absorbing, drying to an invisible finish – perfect for (re)application on the slopes, including two tinted options. Formulated with added aloe vera and vitamin E to deliver up to 72 hours of hydration, a cult fave for a reason.
The Hydra UV Protect SPF 50+ (from £8.99) range is formulated to protect from harsh UVA and UVB rays and is infused with ethically sourced algae which deeply nourishes and soothes the skin in unison. Reef Friendly, Cruelty Free & Australian Made.
Don’t forget the lips – Bondi Sands’ SPF50+ Lip Balm (£4.99) is formulated with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E and shea butter for lasting hydration and protective barrier repair. Available in five delicious flavours: Wild Strawberry, Sweet Vanilla, Tropical Mango, Juicy Watermelon and Toasted Coconut. Available now from boots.
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Morphe 2 – the sub-brand of makeup giant Morphe – is now available in Superdrug. The Morphe 2 vegan range, described as “light, multipurpose makeup that keeps it simple yet stunning” is full of skin tints, cheek and lip mousses, eye shimmer, shadow quads and palettes face and eye gloss, lip oil and a brush kit.
Behind Beauty has just launched its digital beauty education platform that offers masterclasses from top MUAs across various industry segments, as well as career advice and product discounts. With a commitment to up-skill and empower the next generation of makeup artist, Behind Beauty aims to become the online destination for aspiring and current MUAs to further develop their skills and knowledge, receive practical career and industry advice and gain a wider understanding of the industry as a whole.
Early-stage MUAs who want to advance their careers can be connected with industry-leading professionals through exclusive masterclasses. These span the whole spectrum of the industry, from Bridal to TV/Film and Fashion. Top artists will share their wealth of knowledge, unveiling their techniques, demonstrating iconic looks, and revealing their favourite products through tutorials. Beyond the artistry, each masterclass will feature a dedicated career section where artists will delve into what it takes to become a successful makeup artist, including navigating the industry, building a portfolio and set etiquette.
In addition to education, Behind Beauty is partnering with beauty brands to offer MUAs exclusive discounts, enabling them to enrich their professional kits.
Founder Nadine Oei on Behind Beauty: “Despite the increase in transparency and skill-sharing within the industry in the past years, I still found that there was a significant information gap between MUAs in the early stages of their careers and those who achieved long-term success. I am a strong believer in the power of knowledge and luckily I found exceptionally talented artists, who share my values and commitment to up-skill the next generation of MUAs.”
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