Jeffree Star faces backlash for his latest campaign, Harry Styles chops his hair off, and other beauty news

Jeffree Star faces backlash for his latest campaign, Harry Styles chops his hair off, and other beauty news

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @jeffreestarcosmetics

1. Jeffree Star comes under fire for his latest Velvet Traps Lipstick campaign.

Ah, another day, another Jeffree Star scandal. This time, the Internet is accusing him of racism — yes, yet again — thanks to the latest campaign images for his Velvet Traps Lipstick. The promotional pictures depict models of colour caught in giant mouse and bear traps; a distasteful gesture seeing how Star is known for calling Black influencers "rats" alongside other problematic slurs. J.S. has not made a statement with regard to the incident as of yet, but we trust it's probably coming sometime soon.

2. Harry Styles cuts off his luscious locks.

This, naturally, was deemed distressing to a large group of fans. Speculations are rife that this was done in preparation for his new role in Don't Worry Darling, where he's been confirmed to star alongside Florence Pugh and Chris Pine. Hey, if anything, hair grows — there's no doubt it won't be the last time we'll be seeing 'em cascading curls.

3. Lily Allen teams up with Womanizer to launch a new vibrator.

Dubbed Liberty, it contains six intensity levels; a discreet design, and has a run time of 120 minutes. "Sex toys are still seen as a taboo subject because they are related to masturbation and female pleasure," Allen wrote in a statement. "Female pleasure in itself is a taboo subject. The only way to make taboo subjects no longer taboo is to speak about them openly, frequently and without shame or guilt." Well-said. Check it out for yourself when it drops at Guardian's online store on 26 October.

4. Gisele Bündchen hosts the first-ever Dior Skincare Talk.

Led by American journalist, Phillip Picardi, the discussion sees experts such as facialist, Joanna Czech; Singapore's very own top dermatologist Teo Wan Lin; nutritionists Rose Ferguson and Valérie Espinasse; model Mélodie Monrose; stylist Gabrielle Karefa Johnson; and art collector Wanying Lei talk about all things complexion-related. This ranged from skincare application techniques to the wonders of Dior's Capture Totale Super Potent Serum, the brand's latest launch which the panel was a big fan of.

5. M.A.C. Cosmetics pledges £100,000 to advance equality, inclusion, and justice.

This translates to "meaningful partnerships" with organisations and charities across the UK and Ireland. There's Brilliant Youth, which supports minority students looking to become makeup artists; Ballet Black that helps ballet dancers of Black and Asian descent; as well as scholarships to assist BIPOC students in need of financial aid. Talk about putting their money where their mouth is, right?

6. Skin Inc has released five holiday sets perfect for gifting.

We bring good tidings from the skincare sphere. Aptly titled Grace, Joy, Strength, Rejoice, and Bless, each Skin Inc gift set contains star products in the vein of the Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes, Serum Glow Filter, and even the cult-favourite Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++ USB.

7. Ciate teams up with Miss Piggy for an all-new collection.

Muppets fans are sure to love the goods. We're talking an eyeshadow palette, a donut-scented cream blush palette (!), lipstick, lip balm, blending sponge, and a hand mirror with Miss Piggy's mug preening out at you. Nostalgia factor aside, Ciaté London founder and CEO Charlotte Knight also credits Miss Piggy for serving as an empowering figure to look up to. "It's the kind of power that inspires you to think outside the box, lifting yourself and everyone around you up, reminding you to just have fun," she wrote. "Enjoy yourself, and embrace the creativity that surrounds us daily."

8. Kylie Cosmetics reveals a bold new collection.

Available 26 October, it features a lip kit, lip gloss set, highlighters, shadow sticks, and an eyeshadow palette sporting bold leopard print packaging — with Kylie splashed out over it, of course. No word yet as to the inspiration behind the collection, though the brand stresses that the hues are "perfect for all your fall looks." We'll take their word for it.



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