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January 26th, 2024

January 26th, 2024

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This week Charlotte Tilbury launched her new Hollywood Beauty Icons. Contour-defining, beautifying and flattering new Lipsticks and Lip Cheats in the perfect nuances of pinks and reds to suit every undertone. Formulated with Hollywood 3D-effect glowing pigments that architect the lips and create the ultimate lip shape with artistry pigment levels and super-flattering finishes Pair the Hollywood Beauty Icon Lipstick with Charlotte’s award-winning Lip Cheats to resize the look of lips and prevent feathering and transfer. Hot off the Press

Hollywood Pinks (£27) in five new soft satin shine shades. Icon Baby a warm nude-rose; Candy Chic candy pink; Red Carpet Pink pastel pink; Rose To Fame soft mauve rose and 90’s Pink: warm rose pink.  Hollywood Reds (£27) in five new high colour impact modern matte shades Hollywood Vixen nuanced bright red; Cinematic Red bright cherry red; Fame Flame: chilli red; Pizzazz blue-red and Mark of a Kiss: muted wearable red.

Hollywood Beauty Icon Lip Cheats (£20) five new super-flattering pink and red shades Icon Baby, 90’s Pink and Mark of a Kiss matching the lipstick shades, alongside The Queen a rich hot pink and Red Carpet Red, a modern blue-red.  Available now from charlottetilbury, Beauty Wonderlands and UK retailers.


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e.l.f. Cosmetics‘ latest innovation is the H2O Proof Inkwell Eyeliner (£7), designed to empower you to unleash your inner Claudia Winkelman and experiment with bold, waterproof eyeliner looks. This eyeliner combines precision, staying power, and a burst of vibrant colour, offering a smudge-proof, waterproof formula that ensures your flawless look stays intact all day long. Available in 8 bold shades: White Out, Lavender Daze, Blue Bird, Sugar Plum, Dark Envy, Caffeinated, Navy Baby and Film Noir from elfcosmeticsboots and superdrug


Say goodbye to dark circles with the new Jones Road Neutralizer Pencils (£24). Brightening and colour correcting darkness around the eyes for extra tired days, this creamy yet dense concealer is formulated with a clear base for no chalky undertones. Shades range in hues of peaches and pinks to fully cancel darkness under the eyes and anywhere on the face. Follow up your routine with The Face Pencil to bring your skin tone back to its natural complexion. Available now at jonesroadbeauty and Liberty London.


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The new Lottie London Valentine’s Collection will make your heart skip a beat, or two, whether you’ll be celebrating Galentine’s or Valentine’s, glamming up to go out, out or staying in.  Lottie London Blush Bestie pH Colour Changing Blush Stick (£7.95) Just a quick twist of the tube for precise, long lasting, and easy application, with a creamy, hydrating, and super dewy finish. Formulated with skin-loving jojoba oil to add a boost of hydration to the skin.  The pH colour changing formula blends easily to give a sheer to buildable unique personalised shade. Perfect for all skin tones to create a flattering flush.  Lottie London Twisted Heart Duo Heart Lip Tint & Gloss (£6.95). The innovative twist applicator with one side a deep rose lip tint which can be used on cheeks too, the other side a clear gloss infused with hyaluronic acid and argan oil to boost hydration leaving lips looking fuller and plumper. Each side can be worn alone or together for a super glossy result.

Lottie London Frosted Heart Multi Shade Highlighter (£8.95) a natural, ultra-blendable and lightweight powder highlighter that melts flawlessly into the skin to sculpt and boost luminosity for a fabulous glow. This cute, compact highlighter is filled with skin loving rich glowing gold, popping pink and beautiful bronzed tones.  Get creative with your mani with the Lottie London Stick To It Nail Stickers in Lots of Love (£5.95), choose from pink and red gamified style icons; hearts, lips and flowers to create super, cute loveable nails for the ultimate lustworthy mani. Each pack contains over 200 nail art stickers.  All available from and asos.


And Begin is a new skincare brand encouraging a shift to self, founded by the dermatological team behind the personalised prescription skincare authorities, Skin + Me. And Begin is a brand whose purpose it is to champion midlife women whilst perfectly meeting their skincare needs.  They have launched their first product The Revolution (from £39.99) a nightly Serum-in-a-Cream that harnesses the brand’s proprietary 1,2,3 Age Management System, an intelligent new way to formulate that succinctly and effectively addresses midlife skin goals.

Each formulation includes the core prescriptives of 0.01-0.1% tretinoin and 5-20% azelaic acid, cosmeceutical actives including matrixyl 3000, acetyl hexapeptide, hyaluronic acid and ceramide lipid complex.  The Revolution is then further personalised to suit the individual’s lifestyle, hormones and environment. It keeps skin condition and luminosity at the forefront with a tailored blend of calming ingredients, including niacinamide, oat kernel extract, bisabolol, ectoin, pomegranate extract and pro-vitamin B5.  To get your personalised serum, you simply fill out an on-line skin consultation and upload photographs. Your serum is developed and delivered to you within 7 days.  Avialable now from andbegin.


Veganuary is the perfect time to discover Alott’s premium haircare products, comprised of naturally derived ingredients and in recyclable or recycled packaging to help protect people and the planet.  The gender neutral range is gentle enough for everyday use, and the vegan products are free from harmful chemicals, parabens and sulphates. Hero products includes the compact Moisturising Shampoo (£14 – subscriptions from £11.90) and Conditioner Bars (£16) which cleanse, soften and moisturise the hair, formulated with a powerful blend of cedarwood to remove excess dirt, tighten the hair follicles and balance oil. Jojoba oil hydrates and locks in moisture while the gentle bergamot fragrance revives and stimulates the scalp – ideal for stressed and damaged hair.

Sea Salt Spray (£22) texturizes and enhances natural waves. Full of fortifying minerals and nutrients, anglesey’s award-winning halen môn sea salt adds texture and body for a tousled day-at-the-beach look and feel. bergamot essential oil nourishes hair and makes it smell amazing. 5% of sales of the spray go to Manchester Mind. The new Matte Clay (£21) sculpts and crafts hair for stay-all-day style whilst also nourishing the hair and scalp. All available now from alott.


Candy Coat is an award-winning at home gel nail brand from East London that was founded in 2015.  Starting with just 14 gel colours, they now have over 1,200 shades and count Cardi B, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Courtney Cox, Katy Perry, Dua Lipa and Rihanna amongst their A list fans. The HEMA-free products are affordable and are used by salons, nail pros and celeb nail artists across the world.  The brand’s Candy Creme range are solid gel polishes (£4.99) that come in an impressive range of 60 bold shades. Current favourites are Kaye a Barbie-style baby pink, and Lucy a stunning orangey yellow shade that feels like the warmth of a sundrenched beach.  The Classic gel polish range (£9) comes in hundreds of shade options and offers three weeks of lasting colour.

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Inspired by the fun of felt tips from childhood, Candy Stix (£6) are gel colours in a pen. The application is so easy and you can cover the whole nail or use the narrow tip to create eye-catching designs.  For the newbies wanting to experiment with their nails, the My First Candy Playset (from £40) contains everything you need to play at home and discover a world of colour and art with your nails. While this is definitely not a toy for kids, it’ll get your creative juices flowing and spark some nostalgic joy.  All available now from lovecandycoat.


Silk’n, a pioneer in the world of beauty technology, have launched the SilkyStraight Infrared Hair Straightener (£179). Armed with infrared technology, it has been precisely engineered to enhance the hair styling experience, reduce damage, and deliver stunning results. Unlike traditional straighteners, it releases negative ions that help preserve natural hair oils, resulting in healthier and more radiant hair. This moisturising heat technology prioritises hair’s well-being and allows for effective styling at lower temperatures.

The silver titanium plates ensure rapid heating and even heat distribution, minimising damage while maximising efficiency. Whether you have fine, curly, or very thick hair, these plates are designed to reduce styling time and deliver a sleek, shiny finish.

The dynamic LED display has 12 temperature settings, ranging from 120ºC to 230ºC and a lightning-fast 15-second heat-up time to 180ºC.

Lightweight with a 3-meter swivel cable and heat resistant travel pouch, it is ideal for you kit bag or holidays! Available at silkn.

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Award-winning hair professional Chris Grimley is launching a Cross Cultural Curl Course, aimed at teaching all levels of hairdresser to feel confident with all types of textured hair.  Chris owns Fusion Hair Co, based in Lincolnshire, which stands out for its commitment to inclusivity, embracing all hair types and specialising in colour, curls and textures, for straight to type 4C hair.  Chris’ mission is to eliminate the need to turn away any client, which as led to the salon attracting clients from many miles away.

Chris says, “The course is designed to take the fear away from textured hair for everyone in every salon, so that as an industry we can be more inclusive. In my opinion, you shouldn’t be shying away from curly/textured hair – as an industry we need to be able to offer services to all hair types in the future. A hairdresser who says they can’t do afro hair is like a seamstress who says they only work on cotton – it’s all fabric, you just need to learn the different techniques.”

The course covers history of textured hair products, interactive theory exploring what texture means to the delegate, tools and equipment and how to use them, ethnicity and language , products and how to use them, followed by practical demonstrations on models with various textures learning cleansing and conditioning needs and simple finishing techniques, including blowdrying without frizz and protective styling. Cutting and colouring courses will follow. Classes are held at Fusion Hair Co, 10 Caistor Road, Laceby, Lincolnshire and cost £250 per person.  The course runs 19th February, 11th March,  27th May, 15th July  and 30th September. For 2 delegates or more, Chris is available to deliver in salon education.


The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC) have announced the launch of a new nail qualification, in response to the latest developments in the sector, as well as requests from both experts and employers looking for a comprehensive qualification covering the newer nail enhancement systems.

CEO and Chair of BABTAC & CIBTAC, Lesley Blair MBE says, “We’re so pleased to announce the launch of our new nail tech qualification. Anyone who undergoes this comprehensive OFQUAL regulated course, can be assured that they have developed the best knowledge and skill base possible for all nail technology and have secured a qualification that will be fit for purpose for any potential licensing requirements in the future.”

Following consultations with sector specialists such as expert nail professional and founder of Nail Tech Awareness, Suzanne Clayton, the new CIBTAC qualification is mapped to the new National Occupational Standard (NOS) for nail treatments and covers everything a therapist needs to know in order to carry out manicures and pedicures in either a salon, spa or training role.

The new qualification is delivered by blended methods, with some learning delivered online and all practical delivery and assessment conducted face-to-face to ensure learners are taught comprehensively. The course includes the following units:

  • Monitor & maintain health & safety
  • Manicure & pedicure services
  • Apply and maintain liquid & powder, gel and wrap nail (or structured nail) enhancement systems
  • Gel Polish services
  • Prepare & enhance nails using electric files

For full details about the qualification, visit


This Valentine’s Day, Lottie London introduces the Love YOU a Lottie campaign to encourage their community that being delusional to get through Valentine’s isn’t something to be ashamed of. Through Lottie London’s very own Gen Z led agony aunt style podcast the brand are aiming to bring the Lottie London community together sharing their stories and providing ‘the solulu to the delulu’. This campaign will champion the use of

humour by the Gen Z community and highlight the importance of self-care and maintaining mental wellbeing whilst navigating modern dating, without shaming those who manifest their dream reality through delusion – an increasingly popular coping strategy. Whether you have been ghosted, had a cringeworthy dating disaster or just channeling your hopeless romantic Lottie London wants to encourage putting YOU first this Valentine’s.

The Love YOU a Lottie campaign is the latest purpose-driven campaign from the brand that addresses social justice. It follows the success of the October 2023 Beauty for Blood campaign in partnership with the NHS Blood and Transplant, Lottie London’s June 2023 Pride campaign in partnership with the Kaleidoscope Trust, Lottie London’s March 2023 #embracetoTRANSition campaign and Lottie London’s February 2023 in partnership with Brook to raise awareness of unwanted attention, love bombing and sexual harassment online. Lottie London is available at, the Lottie London App and asos.



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