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!”

Image credit: Katie Belle

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 –

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.

Image credit: Madambrightside

Image credit: Madambrightside


The Latest in Lip Fillers: Cinderella Lips…

Lip augmentation is a type of cosmetic surgery or non-surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the lips by increasing their fullness through enlargement.

The number of patients undergoing this treatment in the UK has risen dramatically over the past three years, and aestheticians are now experimenting with a more temporary filler, dubbed Cinderella Lips.

Unlike hyaluronic acid-based lip fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane that can remain for months at a time, saline injections are being used instead for the Cinderella Lips treatment, and disappear within 24 to 48 hours.

Cinderella Lips are the work of cosmetic surgeon Dr David Jack, who runs the Dr David Jack practice in Harley Street.

The procedure itself is exactly the same as having regular filler injected into lips, the difference being what is in the syringe.

Dr Jack said said: ‘Cinderella Lips involves injecting saline solution instead of a filler.

‘The initial effect will be exactly the same but rather than months it lasts for a matter of hours before being absorbed by the body.

‘There are no possible side effects or allergic reactions because we are basically injecting into the lips what the body is made of.’

Image credit: AJC

Image credit: AJC

Burt of Burt’s Bees Passes Away Age 80

Burt Shavitz, the beekeeper, co-founder and namesake of natural personal care company Burt’s Bees, has passed away at the age of 80.

The company was started by a chance encounter. Beekeeping Burt sold honey from a roadside stand, and pulled over one day in 1984 to pick up hitchhiker Roxanne Quimby. Roxanne impressed Burt with her ingenuity and self-sufficiency, and in the 1980s she began making products from his beeswax, and so they became partners.

The pair made $200 at their first craft fair selling the candles and within a year, pulled in $20,000, according to a company timeline. Soon, they started making all kinds of other products — featuring Burt’s face and beard on the labels — including Burt’s Bees’ iconic beeswax lip balm.

Burt’s Bees was sold for $1 billion to Clorox (CLX) in 2007. The company remains one of the most recognisable natural care and cruelty free brands in the US.

“We remember him as a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers…” the company said in a statement. “If there is one thing we will remember from Burt’s life, in our fast-paced, high-tech culture, it’s to never lose sight of our relationship with nature.”

Burt died of respiratory complications in Maine, and was surrounded by family and friends.

Image credit: Mr.TinDC

Image credit: Mr.TinDC