Beauty News Roundup: Shu-long to Shu Uemura, L'Oreal's first trans model, and Estée Lauder wins an award

We’re still working on fulfilling our 2017 beauty resolutions and it’s gotten so much harder to stick to the no-buy plan because of all the new releases and sale promos! This week, we spotted a big Chinese New Year sale and lusted after the sneak peeks of Too Faced, Glossier and Kat Von D. It’s almost enough to make up for Shu Uemura closing its stores but we admittedly now have cleansing oil-shaped holes in our hearts. Hold onto your wallets!

Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Everybody loves Estée

Warm congratulations are in order for Estée Lauder! The luxury brand has just received the highly-coveted Research and Innovation Award for the Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask, Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules, and Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm. It was awarded at the 31st Marie Claire Prix D’Excellence de La Beaute Awards in Paris.

Estée Lauder was recognized for their innovative and ground-breaking ideas in the beauty world, all the while staying true to their company’s core values and beliefs. At 70, the heritage beauty brand continues to stay ahead of the game, and as big fans of the ANR serum, we’re definitely looking forward to bigger, better and brighter things from Estée!

Image via Allure

Image via Allure

Shu-long, Shu Uemura!

We’d been hearing whispers since last month, and now the dreaded news has finally been confirmed. We’ll soon need to travel abroad to stock up on our favorite cleansing oil and lash curlers as Shu Uemura is pulling out of the PH, effective April of this year. L’Oreal Paris Philippines, the official distributor of the brand, released a statement explaining the change in their beauty portfolio as a move to strengthen the company’s position. If you’re already a fan or looking to make your first purchase, best to hoard your staples soon as the Shu Uemura store in Powerplant Mall will only be open until April 30, 2017.

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Image via fashionista.com

L’Oreal TRANSforms the Makeup Game

Manny MUA becoming the new face of Maybelline was a progressive move to represent the LGBTQ. Well, not one to shy away from powerful campaigns and messages, L’Oreal has just debuted their newest face for the True Match Foundation: transgender model Hari Nef. The campaign, which was shown at the 2017 Golden Globes, highlights how there’s a True Match shade for everyone. Because transgender models are barely seen in beauty campaigns, this is proving to be a pivotal step towards acceptance and diversity for the cosmetic giant!

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A Happy (Chinese) New Year Indeed

Now is the time to convert your family and friends into K-beauty! Our top online shopping destination for Korean cosmetics is offering a special treat in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year. Althea’s “Share Big, Save Big” promo gives shoppers P1,000 off every P3,000-worth of purchase and P2,000 off for every P5,000-worth of purchase. So pool your orders together, avail of the free shipping (for orders above P999), and enjoy huge discounts on your next haul!

The World’s First Perfect Makeup Blender

It’s a big claim but that’s what creator Angie Johnson of Evolution Beauty promises about the Evie Blender. Made from hypoallergenic silicone, it’s designed to create an airbrush finish without absorbing any of the product. Useful, thrifty, and easy to clean, it claims to last over a year with proper care. The sparkly sponge is currently up for “backing” over on Kickstarter. For $28 you can get a first edition Evie Blender, with $5 shipping in the US and $10 shipping worldwide.

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Image via @glossier Instagram 

Image via @glossier Instagram 

Good Glossier!

Glossier is now bringing us a product that will turn from a want to a NEED. Their newest innovation, the Priming Moisturizer Rich, is a step up from their classic Priming Moisturizer. It promises to give skin super hydrated and glowy, without the grease! Sounds awesome, right? Priced at $35, it is rich in ceramides and fatty acids, infused with shea and murumuru butters, and has as an anti-redness complex and oxygenating agent that make it perfect for priming the skin. Still wishing for Glossier to be available here so until then, you can order this from the Glossier website.

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Image via @jerrodbalndino Instagram

Image via @jerrodbalndino Instagram

Too (Faced) Much LOVE

Following the releases of their Sweet Peach collection and Kandee Johnson collaboration, Too Faced Cosmetics continues to spoil and surprise us with even more goodies to look forward to. They’re next launching these jewel-like Heart Highlighters! As he is wont to do, co-founder Jerrod Blandino teased them on his personal Instagram, showing what looks to be shimmery powders in of gold, rose gold, and iridescent silver. The highlighter compacts are in the iconic heart shape, just like their blushes. They’d be perfect for V-day but these are set to be released sometime in March, so we have a bit more time to drool, ogle, and save up!

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Image via Seventeen

Image via Seventeen

Kat Von D’s got it on Lock Down

Talk about flying under the radar! While other new releases are teased and announced with a big bang, Kat Von D Beauty quietly came out with the latest addition to their line. The Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist promises to keep your makeup fresh and in place for 24 hours, and considering how impressive their foundation performance has been, we’re pretty much inclined to believe them! Now available on the Sephora website and Kat Von D Beauty site, the spray retails for $14 for the 1 oz. bottle and $26 for the 4 oz. bottle. Don’t let this one sneak past you because it looks to be one powerful setting spray!

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