‘Second Skin’ Polymer Could Make Wrinkles A Thing Of The Past

Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a novel material that could be used to temporarily tighten the skin and smooth wrinkles.

The wearable film has shown promise in a series of small trials where it was applied to wrinkles, under-eye bags and patches of dry skin. It is said to improve skin’s elasticity, reduce appearance of wrinkles and could be used to cover birthmarks or treat conditions such as eczema.

The ‘second skin’ is applied in the morning, then peeled off and disposed of at night.

Daniel Anderson, Associate Professor at MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, explained: “It’s an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that’s being treated.”

The technology has been passed on to start-up company Olivo Laboratories, which will focus on its development. The team will initially focus on medical applications for the polymer in treating skin conditions.

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Image credit: Sophiaaaaaaa

Unilever Drops Palm Oil Supplier…

Unilever has suspended all contracts with one of its palm oil suppliers over claims of deforestation.

In what is arguably the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) most significant intervention in its 12-year history, the organisation has suspended the certification of one of its founding members, IOI, a Malaysian palm oil company which supplies palm oil to more than 300 companies. Mars and Kellogg’s have also dropped the supplier.

This means that IOI and its trading division IOI Loders Croklaan will be temporarily prevented from selling palm oil it produces post suspension as certified sustainable.

RSPO suspended IOI Group’s certification following a complaint concerning land clearing and deep peat clearance. Unilever said: “This suspension puts IOI in breach of our policy. In line with our grievance procedure, we are now in the process of disengaging with the supplier and have set a time bound plan to do this over the next three months.”

Unilever has committed to sourcing palm oil solely from regions with climate and forestry initiatives and have publicly pledged to source 100% of its packaging materials from sustainable sources.

Greenpeace first documented IOI’s alleged destruction of orangutan habitat and peatland forest in our 2008 report Burning up Borneo. Since then, IOI has been in the spotlight over accusations of deforestation, including repeated outbreaks of fires in and around its concessions last year.

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Image credit: SarahYeomans

Pantene Pro-V’s New Face…

Russian-German celebrity Palina Rojinski has been named the new face of Pantene Pro-V.

Renowned for her trademark red hair, Rojinski is a natural choice for the P&G brand and is set to star in a new campaign set to debut later this month.

Rojinski said: “My hair is very important to me because it is my trademark. It should be healthy and shiny as well as strong enough for any challenge I face. I have only recently started to use Pantene conditioners, but can already see a real difference!”

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Image credit: Katie Belle

P&G Sells Three Haircare Brands

Germany’s Henkel (HNKG_p.DE), maker of Schwarzkopf shampoo and Loctite glue, has agreed to buy a range of hair care brands from Procter & Gamble with a view to further strengthen its haircare portfolio in emerging markets.

The deal includes a portfolio of brands including Pert, Shamtu and Blendax, whose key countries are Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. In the fiscal year 2015, sales of the brands to be acquired amounted close to 100 million US dollar.

“This acquisition is part of our strategy to further strengthen our footprint in emerging markets and to invest in strong country category positions. We are convinced that emerging markets will continue to generate above-average growth in the future,” said Hans Van Bylen, Executive Vice President and responsible for Henkel’s Beauty Care business. “These brands are a perfect fit for our Beauty Care business. They will strengthen our existing core category hair care and provide a platform for further expansion.”

Image credit: Elena Kalis

Image credit: Elena Kalis


Alexander McQueen’s FIRST Fragrance

Alexander McQueen has announced that it is expanding into fragrances. Its first scent has been named McQueen Parfum and will be available exclusively at Harrods on March 1.

Developed and distributed by P&G’s Prestige Beauty business, the scent will be priced at £285 for 50ml and is said to contain a combination of sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang-ylang with top notes of pink and black pepper and vetiver.

The scent is packaged in a heavy glass bottle finished with a ring of antique gold feather around the neck.

Image credit: Paul Bowden

Image credit: Paul Bowden

MyShowcase In Deals With Percy & Reed And Pure Elixir

Online beauty discovery company, MyShowcase, has gauged two new retail partnerships with haircare brand, Percy & Reed, and the skincare supplement brand, Pure Elixir.

The retail contracts were secured in the last quarter of 2015 with a view to start trading in MyShowcase’s first mid-season edit from January 2016 onwards.

Pat McGrath’s Phantom 002 Makeup Kit

Make-up artist and Global Creative Director at Max Factor, Pat McGrath, is expanding her range of cosmetics.

After sharing hints on Instagram of obsidian lacquered lips, holographic oil spills, and faces painted with smatterings of glittering metallics, McGrath launched Phantom 002 at an exclusive launch party hosted by Vogue magazine and held at Kellogg’s Diner in New York.

Phantom 002 is a multi-use kit containing coloured pigments, eyeliner, eye gloss and several application brushes. On the Pat McGrath Labs website it is described as: “A defiantly decadent kit to create underground looks that span the decades.”

A full range from the make-up artist is expected to launch in 2016.

Image credit: Maxime Poiblanc / Courtesy of Pat McGrath

Image credit: Maxime Poiblanc / Courtesy of Pat McGrath

Covent Garden’s House of Tilbury…

Look what is being erected in Covent Garden, just around the corner from us at Veblen…Charlotte Tilbury’s FIRST stand-alone store!

It seems that Covent Garden is fast becoming a hub for stand-alone stores for luxury beauty brands. We have Dior, Burberry Beauty, Jo Malone, Urbvan Decay, Kiko, Bobby Brown, Mac to name but a few, with Charlotte Tilbury FINALLY creating her first brick-and-mortar store!

Currently under construction and set to launch on 21st of November, the shop, named House of Tilbury, will be an entire outlet dedicated to Charlotte’s cosmetics collection.

The beauty brand is currently stocked at a selection of high-end department stores, as well as online, but her first official store marks the start of an exciting new venture for the London-born makeup artist.

Over the next few weeks, the store front will transform into an illustration of the House of Tilbury, before the finished look is finally unveiled.

Charlotte is offering 10 passers-by the chance to receive a Tilbury Key and be the first to enter House Of Tilbury on the day it opens – to enter, simply take a picture of the wall and tweet @CTilburyMakeup with the hashtag #MakeupMagic

Under construction - House of Tilbury

Under construction – House of Tilbury


Lippistix – the INGENIOUS Lipstick Sampler!

Testing lipstick on the back of your hand or selecting the wrong shade may be a thing of the past, all thanks to the lipstick sampling product, Lippistix.

Developed by Carolyn Devitt, Lippistix helps consumers to test lip colour in-store or at home before buying the end product. Simply select your desired shade and place the Lippistix over your mouth for a fast, hygienic method of seeing how a lipstick will REALLY suit you!

Carolyn said ‘I have designed a new simple product, conducted a worldwide patent search, filed for a patent and also registered the design. Lippistix simultaneously represents and tests a lipstick colour in a sanitary and convenient way. Nobody else has thought of this before’.

Lippistix testers are made from a single piece of lip-shaped plastic, with the lipstick colour applied through pad printing. The lipstick shade is printed in gold font on the reverse, and an acrylic stick allows the tester to be held up to the face and positioned over the lips for colour testing. Lippistix is designed to be displayed alongside the corresponding lipsticks in a purpose built stand.

‘An advantage of my design is that Lippistix can be positioned over the lipsand gives the appearance that the customer is wearing the lipstick. It’s a perfect way of ensuring the customer gets the right lipstick for their skin colouring before they buy. It’s unique, hygienic, clean and easy, take home and novel.’

After a worldwide patent search Carolyn is now seeking a company who would be prepared to produce and distribute her ingenious product!

For more information, visit the Lippistix website here – www.lippistix.co.uk

Image credit: Carolyn Devitt

Image credit: Carolyn Devitt

Image credit: Carolyn Devitt

Image credit: Carolyn Devitt

Everybody’s Talking About…The Disney Princess Lipstick Line!

LA Splash Cosmetics (the brand behind the Harry Potter-themed lipsticks!) have just launched a collection of 12 lip colours to their StudioShine Lip Luste line, all inspired by a Disney Princess!

Although the range isn’t an official collaboration with Disney, each lipstick draws inspiration from fairytale’s leading ladies and is named after a Disney Princess, character or villain!

These waterproof liquid lipsticks retail at $14 each and come in a variety of hues — inspired by characters ranging from Beauty and the Beast’s Belle to Faline from Bambi. Shop the line here.

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Image credit: Madambrightside