Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ casting sparks controversy, John Legend makes his mark on the beauty world, and other news this week

Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ casting sparks controversy, John Legend makes his mark on the beauty world, and other news this week

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Text: Emily Heng

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1. Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid sparks hair-related controversy.

Backlash occurred swiftly after Disney revealed that singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel. The outrage was centered around the fact that Bailey is not a redhead like the cartoon character — though many were quick to point out this was simply a cover for racism. True fans clapped back on Twitter with the hilarious hashtag, #NotMyAriel, along with gems like these: "I see today the Master Race is throwing a tantrum because the imaginary cartoon offspring of man who banged a fish isn't quite white enough for their tastes." Rip 'em a new one, folks.


2. John Legend stars in Kiehl's and SK-II's latest campaigns.

The singer-songwriter makes his debut appearance in SK-II's hit web-series, the New Pitera Masterclass, with an original love song and music video dedicated to the brand's bestseller: the SK-II Pitera Essence. But that's not all — Legend is also the face of Kiehl's Made Better campaign, which is pushing its much-adored Rare Earth Masque's reformulation. Is this a sign that the songbird might be venturing into the beauty world? Fingers crossed.

3. Shaving brand, Billie, features models with pubic hair in their latest ad.

Titled 'Red, White, and You Do You', the ad is fronted by women of all races and body types proudly flaunting their body hair in bikinis. Director and photographer of the campaign, Ashley Armitage, explains that the aim of it was to "normalise body hair" and "show that women have options when it comes to swimsuits." Is it too soon to add the brand to our list of labels doing diversity right in 2019? We think not.

4. Lancôme teams up with Chiara Ferragni to deliver a 12-piece makeup collection.

The fashion maven's venture into beauty comprises glossy liquid lipsticks, mascaras, sheer tinted balms, and a face palette with shades curated by Ferragni herself — all of which sport gorgeously pink, glittery packaging accompanied by The Blonde Salad's signature winky face, of course. You can snap them up exclusively at Nordstrom. And speaking of hot makeup drops...

5. Pony Effect drops their limited-edition Thunder palette.

Claiming to be the ultimate face palette, Pony Effect's latest offering consists of four eyeshadow shades, three blushers, two shading colours and a highlighter.

6. Luxury sun care company, Soleil Toujours, commits to 100% bio-plastics packaging by 2020.

With an aim of 100% sustainable packaging by 2020, the brand pledges to replace all current petroleum-based polyethylene packaging with bio-plastics sourced by highly renewable sugarcane. Can't wait.

7. Shilla Duty Free launches its latest global exclusive with Tom Ford.

The Tom Ford Lip Colour x3 Set is as exactly that — a set of three lipsticks in fan-favourite hues #16 Scarlet Rouge, #15 True Ginger, and #09 True Coral. It is available at all Shilla Duty Free stores in Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea — but only while stocks last.

8. Dior presents a flowery new pop-up at Changi Airport.

Before jetting off, drop by Dior's Les Parfums pop-up located in Terminal 1. Inspired by the magnificent gardens of Christian Dior's home, La Colle Noire, visitors will be struck dumb by florals imported from Grasse, France (where Dior blooms are grown to perfume their fragrances) as well as by the artistic photo spots littered around the space. Designed with the intention to showcase Dior's many scents, the event will wrap up 28 July.

9. Billie Eilish dyes her roots neon green.

Just her roots, mind you; the majority of her tresses are now back to its natural brown. The singer is known for her unconventional beauty choices, but we have to say, this might be her boldest yet.