Pharrell is launching a skincare line, Jeffree Star is accused of animal cruelty, and other beauty news
1. Pharrell Williams will be launching his own skincare line.
The decision comes after years of relentless harassment from the media with regard to the singer's skincare routine (jk). He credits his glow to longtime dermatologist, Dr Elena Jones, who worked together with Williams on Humanrace: a gender-inclusive, fragrance-free, and vegan line which comprises three products. There's the Rice Powder Cleanser; the Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator; and the Humidifying Cream. Use them cohesively to glean results that has earned the title, "Three-Minute Facial." Intriguing, alright. We'll be first in line when the goods drop online come 25 November.
2. Jeffree Star — and a whole host of other influencers — face allegations of animal cruelty.
What can we say? There's never a dull moment in the beauty sphere with these folks. Criticism came fast and hard when Star, James Charles, and more were pictured posing with baboons and capuchin monkeys. Apparently, this was all an ill-conceived PR stunt orchestrated by clothing company, Bananas Monkey. The Internet was quick to point out that not only was this an exploitative move, it also encouraged private ownership of wild animals. Star, in particularly, came under fire as he'd recently uploaded a Jeffree Star Cosmetics campaign photo of him wielding a live aligator on a leash. Is anyone even surprised, anymore?
3. NikkieTutorials creates content dedicated for her trans following.
And in other more positive news, Nikkie de Jager has dropped a 25-minute video detailing "feminising makeup hacks" — a topic of interest for many of her transgender fans and peers. "I think it is disgusting that we live in a world where only if you look 'cis,' where you look like a biological woman, you get to 'pass' as a trans person," she states, explaining that the video was crafted so as to provide aid to anyone looking to change the way they appear. She went on to asset that makeup serves as a tool to help people "feel powerful, strong, confident" rather than a method to hide or deceive. Sing it, sis.
4. James Charles teases an upcoming makeup line.
Fans were all sent aflutter when Charles shared a portrait from his Vogue Portugal shoot via Twitter. He first explained that the photo was only included after as he'd begged the team to keep it despite the fact that they "loved another photo more." He then went on to elaborate that he was wearing products from his own makeup line. James Charles, everyone, the king of the casual flex.
5. Celebrity makeup artist, Eric Ferrell, has passed away.
The makeup maven has worked on faces in the vein of Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Aaliyah. Investigations are still ongoing as to the cause of his death — though it seems word has spread seeing how social media is already flooded series of touching testimonials and heartfelt messages by friends and family. He was 50 years old.
6. Goop has created a candle that smells like... prenups.
Yeah, as in, the legally blinding document crafted up by couples prior to marriage. We're not sure how "sexy, citrusy bergamot" and "ripened raspberry" translates to the clarification of one's financial rights — but hey, to each their own, right?
7. Blue Ivy has narrated an audiobook titled Hair Love.
Based on the short film by Matthew A. Cherry, the plot follows seven-year-old Zuri as she attempts to style — and embrace — her thick, natural locks. Cherry took to Twitter to post a sneak preview of Carter's voice-over, which has since garnered a staggering 2.6 million views. Singers, Chloe x Halle, sums it up best in their response. "C'mon blue," they wrote, followed by a string of tearful and clapping emojis. Same.
8. Deborah Lippmann has dropped their first-ever makeup product.
Lip gloss in seven hues, to be exact. Each shade is based upon a fan-favourite nail polish colour such as Naked (a cool beige); Modern Love (mauve); Tickle Me Pink (bubblegum) and more. Founder, Lippmann, claims it felt like a "natural extension" of the brand, with potentially more to come in the future. Fingers crossed.