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March 8th, 2024

March 8th, 2024

New from Milk Makeup are Cooling Water Jelly Tints (£22) a sheer, jelly lip and cheek stain made with cooling seawater and aloe for a buildable, long-lasting watercolour effect.  Swipe on and blend to get an instant rush of colour that will not budge.  The innovative jelly-like texture is easy to apply and comes in four colours, with over 1,000 swipes per stick.  The weightless water stain is infused with skin-firming vegan collagen and hydrating seawater and aloe to give your skin a cool, refreshing pick-me-up that leaves it looking healthy and bouncy. Hot off the Press

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Milk Makeup KUSH Lip Oil (£22) a sheer, non-sticky tinted lip oil made with a hydrating hemp seed oil blend that delivers an intense hit of hydration and shine for smoother, fuller-looking lips. 97% natural, clean, vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free. In six flavoured shades. Both available from spacenk and sephora.


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Affordable beauty brand W7 have launched their Golden Glow Drops (£5.95) which allow you to achieve a radiant glow all year round. Infused with skin-loving ingredients, this bottle of radiance contains a soft and delicate formula that provides a natural, radiant glow whilst helping hydrate, soothe and promote healthy skin. A few simple drops of Golden Glow can be added to any moisturiser or serum for a bronzed, tinted finish. Alternatively, add a few drops directly onto the skin and build up to enhance your natural glow.  Formulated with cocoa butter, grape seed oil, hyaluronic acid, grape seed extract, green tea extract, magnolia bark extract and peptides.  Available now from w7makeup.


& Other Stories Beauty can help you nail the mannequin skin look that featured on the runways during LFW. This doll-inspired skin finish is simplistic but impactful. Tapping into the viral glass skin trend where high shine, almost wet skin takes centre stage, try layering a soft illuminating stick and iridescent eye colour cream to achieve the mannequin skin trend’s eerie opulence. Create an all over sheen with Opal Utopia Eye Colour Cream (£17) then add a porcelain glow with Honey Gold Illuminating Stick (£19). For the ultimate glossed finish try Glassy Magic Lip Plumping Gloss (£13) or double the doll-like drama with Very Vermillion Lipstick (£13). All available now from stories.


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Synergie Skin‘s newest launch is HyalaVive Serum (£94) the brand’s first-ever hyaluronic acid serum. Designed for those seeking a hyaluronic acid serum that goes beyond a short-term skin boost, this targets multiple channels of molecular penetration to deliver intense hydration for lasting epidermal revival, whilst going deep within the skin layers to restore and regenerate compromised barriers.  Available now from synergieskin.


fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Rescue Ointment (£24) is a lip ointment clinically proven to visibly repair dry, flaky lips and moisturise to relieve discomfort on dry skin areas for a smooth, healthy look. Formulated with sugar, to hydrate, condition, nourish and soften; plant-based emollients to replenish and retain moisture; ceramide NP to strengthen the skin barrier and upcycled grapeseed oil to soften. Available at SpaceNK, Harrods, cultbeauty and fresh.


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Simple’s Age Resisting Range (from £4.49) gives skin extra protection and replenishment to refine skin tone and help nourish.  Age Resisting Face Wash (£4.49) with prebiotic and green tea, this deep cleaning, ultra-hydrating face wash is rich in antioxidants, plus pro amino acid technology boosts the levels of strengthening amino acids naturally present in skin, for a heathy skin barrier. Age Resisting Day Cream SPF15 (£5.99) features a special lend of ingredients containing pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E, mushroom extract, oat-beta glucan and green tea extract which helps moisturize, soften and tone the skin, helping fight the signs of premature ageing. Age Resisting Night Cream (£5.95) suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, is supercharged with hard-working ingredients including mushroom extract known to relieve inflammation and repair the skin’s natural barrier, vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5, plant-based prebiotic, gingko biloba, borage seed oil, shea butter and green tea extract. Available at superdrug.


Obsessed with all things Taylor Swift? She was recently spotted wearing the brand-new Lilly Lashes Sheer Invisible Band in the style Enticing (£17). Feel like a true celebrity with the brand-new edition from Lilly Lashes – the flared and flirty lashes featuring an invisible band that seamlessly blends into the natural lash line for an undetectable finish. These vegan lashes can be reused up to 20 times and come in three different styles: Desirable, Persuasive and Taylor’s favourite, Enticing.  Available exclusively from beautybay.


Welcome to Tweezerman’s most ear-esistible collection yet! Disney’s Iconic Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are seen on new highly precise and long-lasting beauty tools. Just imagine your best brows yet… As classic as Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, the Tweezerman Classic Slant Tweezer (£24) is hand-filed and perfectly aligned for precision brow shaping. Choose from Just Imagine, in white with Mickey Mouse or We got Ears that are red and feature Minnie.  The Mini Slant Tweezers (£18) are travel-friendly and perfectly sized for brow shaping on the go.  In a choice of two designs: Ear-esistible black with Minnie’s ears or We got Ears red featuring Mickey.

The Forever in Love Petite Tweezer Set (£28) features both characters on mini slant and point tweezers.  The red Just Imagine Eyelash Curler (£18), inspired by Disney’s Minnie Mouse, will smoothly lift your natural lashes into an effortless curl.  Whether you’re a fan of Disney’s Mickey Mouse’s defined brows or Minnie Mouse’s iconic lashes, these tools are a must-have for any beauty lover.  Available now from tweezerman.


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Everlasting Brows, one of the world’s leading authorities in Microblading and PMU (Permanent Make-Up) has launched a New Salon & Training Academy in London. Founded by Kintija Belska and Monika Ludwiczak, the new state-of-the-art Everlasting Salon & Training Academy features three stylish treatment rooms, complete with an education space to undertake professional training. The Academy hosts a range of accredited training courses from Everlasting Brows and Elleebana, where aspiring artists can undertake professional training in Microblading, Permanent Make-Up (PMU), Lash and Brow Treatments to take their career to the next level.

The New Everlasting Salon & Training Academy is based at 760 Finchley Road, Golders Green, London, NW11 7TH.


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Following the success of last year’s awards and conference, the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) have announced that its annual Awards Gala Dinner and Celebration will be returning for a third year running on the 10th November 2024.

To add to this, BABTAC has also added a number of new business categories for the 2024 awards, including Employer of the Year and Digital Marketing. New CIBTAC categories have also been introduced and include awards for CIBTAC Centre, CIBTAC Endorsed Centre and CIBTAC Student. Applications are now open with a deadline of 28th March 2024.


The government made the following announcements through the Spring Budget on 6 March offering support for small businesses in the hair and beauty sector. The government directly responded to the NHBF’s call for VAT reform:

  • Increasing VAT registration threshold from £85,000 to £90,000 from 1 April, taking around 28,000 small businesses out of paying VAT.
  • Cut to National Insurance by a further 2p from 6 April, saving the self-employed £650 (combined with previous cuts).
  • £200m extension of the Growth Guarantee Fund helping 11,000 small businesses access finance.
  • Fuel duty freeze extended for 12 months until March 2025 with the temporary 5p cut also extended, saving car drivers around £50 this year.
  • Guarantee on rates to childcare providers supporting parents accessing up to 30 hours a week of free childcare.

Caroline Larissey, Chief Executive at the National Hair & Beauty Federation said:

‘We’re pleased that the Government has answered our call for changes to VAT with the raising of the VAT threshold, taking into account inflation. However, there’s more to do. We welcome further discussions with HM Treasury around future VAT reform to ensure a fairer system and to help level the playing field in the hair and beauty sector, including options for reduced rates and tiered rates around the threshold.

However, the silence was deafening on support for apprentices. National Insurance (NI) cuts will benefit the self-employed but where is the support for employers? With wages rising in April, few small and micro sector businesses can afford to take on staff and apprentices and grow the sector. We call on the government to support these businesses, largely female entrepreneurs, bolstering the high street and championing wellbeing in the community’.


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