Byredo debuts a makeup line, Adele comes under fire for cultural appropriation, and other beauty news

Byredo debuts a makeup line, Adele comes under fire for cultural appropriation, and other beauty news

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Text: Emily Heng

1. Byredo unveils their very-own makeup line.

According to a press release, the Scandinavian fragrance label's expansion into makeup is a project two years in the making. Conceived by founder and creative director of Byredo, Ben Gorham, as well as makeup luminary, Isamaya Ffrench, it comprises a range of multi-purpose products made from clean, natural ingredients. That is lipsticks, coloursticks, balms, and more. Get 'em credit cards braced and at the ready when they hit shelves 1 October.

2. Adele is accused of cultural appropriation.

The drama commenced after Adele took to Instagram to express her love for Notting Hill Carnival — which, as with most events in 2020, was cancelled due to COVID-19. "Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London," she wrote, pairing the caption with an image of herself rocking Bandu knots and a Jamaican-flag printed bikini. This incurred the ire of many Internet folk, who were quick to point out that the hair style originates from Africa. She has since stayed mum on the topic.


3. Rosalía is the new face of M.A.C. Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign.

It's likely you've heard of the brand's celebrated Viva Glam initative, which dedicates 100% of their proceeds to charity. This year, they've partnered up with Rosalía to come up with a new lipstick hue, VG26; a fiery-red hue that embodies her passion, courage, and originality. Money made by the sales of VG26 will be going towards organisations that support vulnerable folk living with HIV and AIDS, as well as supporting women and girls in the LGBTQIA+ community.


4. Selena Gomez unveils Rare Beauty's line-up.

Beyond 48 shades of foundation and concealer, Rare Beauty has also dropped an array of lip balms, luminizers, and lipsticks. Not too shabby for their first drop, as is their promise to be as inclusive as possible. Each Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation and Brightening Concealer will come with a note that says, "P.S. If any of the shades in the assortment does not work for you, please reach out to [email protected] and my team will help replace the product with something that matches you perfectly." Now, that's exactly the kind of change we'd like to see in the beauty industry.


5. Kimora Lee Simmons is launching a beauty brand with her daughters.

Introducing Baby Phat Beauty. Its first collection is titled Shimmer Dreams, and will include an Illuminating Body Spray, Body Lotion, and a Plumping Lip Gloss in three different hues: Ethereal (pear and amber), Opulence (floral with bergamot and caramel), and Divine (citrus with jasmine and vanilla). We're treated to a sneak peek via Simmons's Instagram, which features herself and daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee Simmons, hamming it up for the camera in '90s-inspired gear and looks. We didn't expect any less.


6. Neal's Yard Remedies is teaming up with Tove & Libra to release limited edition Fabric Spray bundles.

This timely team-up sees Neal's Yard Remedies producing a handy DIY Bespoke Fabric Spray Kit so you can disinfect your threads on-the-go. Not just that — each set also comes with three certified organic oils so you can customise its scent according to your preference. The cherry on top: how it is all stowed away in a chic, machine-washable pouch by Tove & Libra. Thoughtful, convenient, and just what we need amidst a pandemic.


7. Nancy Pelosi claims her latest visit to a hair salon was all part of a political sting.

Yes, seriously. The Californian congresswoman was photographed getting a wash and blow dry without a mask; a flagrant disregard for the city's coronavirus guidelines which only allows salons to reopen for outdoor haircuts. She later released a statement claiming she was set up by the neighbourhood salon as they claimed they were "allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business." Pelosi has also demanded for an apology from owner, Erica Kious, who vehemently denies Pelosi's allegations. Instead, Kious claims that Pelosi had requested the visit and that she had adhered to her wishes only because she felt "defeated" and "beaten down" from the closure of her business for an extended period.


8. Glossier has issued 16 Black-owned beauty brands USD$500,000.

This was all part of their latest initiative to help combat racial injustice within the industry. Applicants were encouraged to apply in late July, and the winners announced this week. The list includes Trinity Mouzon Wofford, founder of Golde, a Brooklyn-born health and beauty brand; Malaika Jones Kebede, founder of plant-based wellness collection Brown Girl Jane; and sisters Nikki and Whitney who founded Melanj Hair, a company that specializes in textured hair extensions, amongst many others.