Jeffree Star announces a new possible career change, Lush UK is mired in scandal, and other beauty news
1. Jeffree Star reveals in an interview that he has plans to get into sex work.
While it was not explicitly stated that he would be starting an Only Fans account, Star disclosed in an interview on The Sip with Ryland Adams and Lizzie Gordon that he has been shooting some fun "Only Jeffree content" in the last few months. He then went on to clarify, "It's more like doing things in fun, interesting spots. Like I'm sucking d*ck on a private jet." Uh, while it's certainly a pivot from the beauty sphere, but we do wish Star all the best in his latest endeavours. We trust we'll hear about it when it all comes into fruition...?
2. Lush UK admits to donating thousands to anti-trans organisations and groups.
This all came to light after notable anti-trans pressure group, Woman's Place UK, posted a financial statement on their site announcing that they received a considerable sum from the cosmetics brand for "events organisation". This is in relation to the brand's Charity Pot initiative, which is ironic as Lush's guidelines state that they do not fund groups who "harbour racism or prejudice", "deny the human rights of others" or "judge others on anything other than their actions."
This then invoked the ire of the Internet, which led Lush UK to issue an apology for their actions, whereupon they pleaded ignorance as to Women's Place UK's stance on transgender rights. "For those of you that have...been left wondering whether Lush has deliberately funded campaigning against trans rights, we want to assure you that this would never be our intention and we are sincerely sorry that any of our funding has gone towards doing this," the statement reads. They then promised to offer support and financial help to trans groups in the future.
3. Noah Cyrus comes under fire for using racially-charged slurs on Twitter.
While defending Harry Style's Vogue dress, we might add. The singer spoke up after conservative pundit, Candace Owens, criticised the outfit for not being "manly" enough. Cyrus then responded that Styles wore the dress better than "any of u nappy ass heauxz" — a term which is thought of as a derogatory way to describe natural, textured hair sported by Black women. Owens, being of African-American descendant, was quick to call her out on this alongside many other vocal members of the beauty community. Cyrus then quickly issued an apology, explaining that she used the word without knowing the "full context and history." She later promised never to use it again.
4. Drake is dropping a candle that smells like him.
Amongst four other fragrances called "Sweeter Tings"; "Williamsburg Sleepover"; "Good Thoughts"; and "Muskoka." Done in partnership with Better World Fragrance House, each candle is said to retail at USD$48 each except for the one which smells like Drake. That will be available at a much higher price of USD$80. Named "Carby Musk," it reportedly smells of amber, cashmere, suede, and velvet. Consider our interests, piqued — and even more so once an official launch date is announced.
5. J.Lo Beauty unveils its full first range.
The brand is kicking off things with eight products: a cleanser, moisturiser, serum, mask, eye cream, SPF30 moisturiser, cream, as well as a complexion booster. Each product comprises olive oil, aka a "family tradition and beauty secret passed down from her grandmother and mother for healthy and shiny hair, skin, and nails." Get the goods online beginning 1 January 2021. Speaking of celebrities making their mark within the beauty industry...
6. Alicia Keys reveals the first three products from her lifestyle brand.
And it comprises some skincare, if you can believe it. That's the Keys Soulcare Skin Transformation Cream, an Obsidian Facial Roller, and a Sage + Oat Milk Candle. All in all: it's everything you need for a restful night in. She then goes on to elaborate the rationale behind her products, "I have struggled with my skin for many years and once I recognized that some of my skin issues were connected to stress and my lifestyle, I started to connect the influence that stress has on my skin," she told editors at her launch event. "Connecting my beauty routine with the rest of my lifestyle led us to look at Keys Soulcare as a lifestyle beauty brand and put our energy towards this new category."
7. Hello Kitty and friends has teamed up with Colourpop to drop a new range.
That's pastel hues and Christmas themes abound with our favourite Saniro characters. Having debuted on 4 December to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Hello Kitty, it sees the launch of a 9 pan eyeshadow palette; a Gloss trio; a Glitter Gel Kit; two blushes; a lip scrub and gloss set; alongside a mirrored palette. The response has proven overwhelming since its release, but we bet there'll probably be re-stocks before the year draws to a close. Here's to hoping.
8. Watsons unveils its first sustainability campaign.
Titled #SayNotoPlasticBags, it aims to reduce consumption of plastic bags across all Watsons outlets. Beginning 1 December, customers will be charged $0.10 per carrier — with proceeds from the bag charge going to support WWF-Singapore conservation efforts. Watsons has since rolled out re-usable bags at reasonable prices to encourage their use instead.