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ecoTOOLS unwraps festive make-up brushes

The Festive and Flawless Set features a festive pattern

The Festive and Flawless Set features a festive pattern

A new range of make-up brushes will be available from ecoTOOLS this November. Featuring recycled aluminium ferrules with an artist-designed festive pattern, bamboo handles and cruelty-free bristles, the Festive and Flawless Set (£11.99) comprises Flat Concealer Brush, Buffing Concealer Brush, Precision Foundation Brush, Complexion Blending Brush and Full Powder Brush.

Also released in time for Christmas will be the Mini Essentials Holiday Set (£5.99), a three-brush set comprising a Full Powder Brush, Eye Shading Brush and Angled Liner Brush, all with travel-sized handles and full-sized brushes.

Lily Lolo celebrates 10th birthday with new lipsticks

Scarlet Red, Temptation and Nude Allure: perfect for a big birthday

Scarlet Red, Temptation and Nude Allure: perfect for a big birthday

British mineral make-up brand Lily Lolo has unveiled three new lipstick shades to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Scarlet Red, Temptation and Nude Allure natural lipsticks will be available from August 27th – a decade after Lily Lolo’s first ever product, mineral foundation.

Another new product, Set and Stay Makeup Mist, will follow on September 16th. The mist is designed ‘to leave make-up looking faultless without smudging or settling into fine lines’, says the brand.

PHB Ethical Beauty goes palm oil-free

PHB Ethical Beauty's packaging has a fresh new look

PHB Ethical Beauty’s packaging has a fresh new look

PHB Ethical Beauty has relaunched its skincare line with new brand new cleansers and face washes, with the whole range now free of both palm oil phenoxyethanol.

In addition, PHB’s face masks and moisturisers have been reformulated with increased organic content and its colour-coded packaging, made from post-consumer recycled cardboard, has a new look. The colour system makes it easy for users to find products that match their skincare needs, choosing from Gentle Skincare (green), Hydrating Skincare (blue), Brightening Skincare (orange), Anti-Aging Skincare (red) and Balancing Skincare (purple).

Neom Organics formulates oils to repair, de-stress and boost

The range features two oils designed for daytime and one for evening

The range features two oils designed for daytime and one for evening

Neom Organics London has announced new three-in-one beauty oils for the face, body and hair.

Containing organic safflower, jojoba and Vitamins A and E and scented with natural complex oil blends, the range comprises Intensive Night Repair, Daily De-Stress and Daily Boost (£32 each).

Green People can’t wait till Christmas with Woodland Trust gift range

Green People's Christmas range supports the Woodland Trust

Green People’s Christmas range supports the Woodland Trust

Green People has already unwrapped its Christmas presents: a selection of limited edition gift collections developed in association with the Woodland Trust.

The skincare brand’s natural and organic Christmas range comprises Facial Care Collection (£15.95), Hand Care Collection (£15.95), Body Care Collection (£19.95) and Men’s Collection (£19.95).

‘Made in Britain’ label worth extra to 40% of UK shoppers

Forty per cent of UK shoppers would show some love for domestic products by paying more, My Voucher Codes finds

Forty per cent of UK shoppers would show some love for domestic products by paying more, My Voucher Codes finds

Some 40 per cent of UK shoppers would be prepared to pay extra for products made in Britain, with an even higher percentage willing to spend more on clothing, shoes and accessories (49 per cent) and health and beauty products (41 per cent), according to new research.

Carried out by voucher and discount code website My Voucher Codes, the study found that British-made technology such as mobile phone and tablets is worth a higher price tag to 43 per cent of the UK shoppers polled, 37 per cent would spend more on small electrical goods like microwaves and 34 per cent on white goods.

A further 21 per cent of shoppers said it would depend on the product as to whether they’d shell out more, versus 39 per cent who said they would not pay any extra at all.

Additionally, when asked the question ‘Would you rather buy British-made items or goods over foreign?’, 58 per cent said they would prefer their shopping was made in Britain, compared to 25 per cent who said they would not. The remaining 17 per cent didn’t care about the provenance.

According to the research, the reasons for choosing UK-made products were varied: 42 per cent considered the social issues and wanted better working conditions and pay, 37 per cent wanted to help boost the UK economy, and 21 per cent said providing more job opportunities was the priority.

From an environmental point of view, buying goods manufactured in the UK can also reduce carbon emissions from transport and provide more transparency and sustainability in the supply chain. It can also support traditional British crafts that may otherwise be lost.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people would like to buy British,” says Mark Pearson, founder of My Voucher Codes. “Unfortunately if products and goods were more expensive than foreign-made counterparts people would then be less likely to buy.

“We can understand cost being a factor, however if quality was better and service easier for these items then I think people would be happy to buy British.

“I am not surprised most people would like to buy clothing, shoes and accessories, which are made in the UK. The horror stories of sweatshops where a lot of cheaper clothing is made can be off-putting. And similarly with mobile phones and tablets, conditions in factories overseas is notably poor.”

Bottletop collaborates with DKNY

The DKNY x Bottletop collection features recycled ring pulls

The DKNY x Bottletop collection features recycled ring pulls

British sustainable accessory brand Bottletop has collaborated with DKNY on a seven-piece collection for S/S 2015. The six bags and an iPad case (from £85) feature Bottletop’s recycled aesthetic by incorporating beverage can ring pulls.

Sales will help fund the Bottletop Foundation’s health education programmes for young people in Malawi, Rwanda, Brazil, Mozambique and Kenya, while DKNY also donated a percentage of its sales from the S/S 2015 collection to the foundation at the DKNY x Bottletop launch event.

“Bottletop embraces everything I believe in… a stylish marriage of commerce and philanthropy. These artisanal recycled bags are modern and functional – and very much in the street chic spirit of DKNY,” says Donna Karran, the designer behind the DKNY brand.


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