Johnson & Johnson will stop selling skin-whitening creams, Emily Ratajkowski goes blonde, and other beauty news

Johnson & Johnson will stop selling skin-whitening creams, Emily Ratajkowski goes blonde, and other beauty news

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @emrata

1. Johnson & Johnson announces plans to stop selling skin-whitening creams.

The company has declared their intentions to cease production of the Neutrogena Fine Fairness line as well as its Clear Fairness by Clean & Clear line. Items will no longer be manufactured and shipped, but they will remain on physical shelves until stocks run out.

"Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our Neutrogena and Clean & Clear dark-spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone," Johnson & Johnson wrote. "This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin." Well-said.


2. YouTuber, Susa Yara, comes under fire after revealing that she owns skincare line, Naturium.

Retaliation arrived swiftly when Yara publicised her ties with clean beauty brand, Naturium. Rage stemmed from the fact that she had been promoting the products for months without disclosing that she was the owner, which is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines. She later took to YouTube to explain herself, citing that she only did so as she felt it was the only way to acquire "honest feedback." She also said that she felt uncomfortable saying that she was the owner of the label due to the current cultural climate in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


3. Emily Ratajkowski bleaches her hair blonde.

The mane makeover came shortly after Ratajkowski was announced as Kerastasé's latest face. She's taken to Instagram to debut the new hue while professing her love for the brand's Blonde Absolu range —of which she will be prominently featured in when it debuts January 2021.


4. Millie Bobby Brown gets blonde extensions.

And another one leaps upon the blonde bandwagon. The Stranger Things star has also opted for waist-length extensions in the vein of Kylie Jenner; a steep departure from her usual lob. A new look for a new role? Fingers crossed.


5. Smashbox introduces an Instagram makeup contest inspired by drag.

Participants are required to submit videos of themselves in their best drag makeup looks from now through 24 June. Four finalists will then be selected by both Smashbox and Angel Merino — a makeup artist known for his long list of celebrity clientele — to take part in a live drag competition that will be broadcast via Merino's Instagram. The final winner will be revealed 29 June.


6. You can now buy Sephora products via Instagram.

While there's no conclusive date as to when this new initiative will be rolling out, Sephora has confirmed that you'll be able to check out your cart via Instagram soon. Over 80 brands including Drunk Elephant, Milk Makeup, and Olaplex will be shoppable via the social media platform. According to a statement released by the general manager of eCommerce for Sephora, it is "a new, seamless, direct, and secure way" to shop across multiple brands.


7. SocietyA introduces two new labels to their clean beauty line-up.

Meet Mellow Naturals and The Gentle Label. Originating from Thailand and Singapore respectively, both brands pride themselves on streamlined formulas made from high-quality ingredients. Try out their simple yet potent offerings by snapping 'em up from SocietyA now.


8. Paula's Choice is now available on Shopee.

Its official store has launched on Shopee Mall on 25 June. Enjoy exclusive skincare sets, discounts, and gifts — to be distributed with a minimum spending of $25 — to celebrate the occasion.

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