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Dermal fillers may impact immune system, finds study

New research shared at the recent annual scientific conference of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reveals that hyaluronic acid has been found to block lymphatic channels.

It is these channels that help the body drain fluid and are a key part of the immune system that helps to fight disease. Research is now being planned to see if the treatment affects the risk of diseases including cancer. Fillers have also been linked to cysts, lumps, swelling and facial pain.

Dr Spero Theodorou of the bodySCULPT plastic surgery practice in New York says: “Undereye filler is one of the biggest problems. You see women everywhere with swollen eyes and young women are having fillers in their faces. It’s very hard to remove and it blocks lymphatics in your face. Not all patients will have swelling, but evidence suggests all will have some degree of lymphatic blockage.”

The BAAPS president Marc Pacifico added: “People don’t need to panic and have fillers dissolved as an emergency. This is preliminary research, but it gives us a scientific explanation for the side-effects we are seeing with fillers. Whether it has more medical ramifications is unknown at this stage. However, this does highlight the importance of using a medically trained clinician for injectable fillers.”

Some 80% of surgeons in the study noticed an increase in intra-operative anatomical distortion due to the use of fillers in facelift patients.

“Our surgeons have seen filler lasting longer than expected, well over a year in many cases,” added Pacifico. “Many have noted that anatomical structures are certainly more tethered and scarred when fillers have previously been used.” Source:

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Three-quarters of consumers believe affordable make-up is as good as premium products

New Mintel research reveals that 74% of beauty consumers agree that make-up products from affordable brands work just as well as their premium counterparts.

The study found that 41% of those who believe affordable and premium products are comparable in efficacy also say they prefer to buy premium make-up, no matter the price.

Mintel data reveals that 35% of make-up users are applying less make-up than a year ago compared to 25% who are using more make-up, indicating an overall decline in engagement in the category. The most popular reason for decreased usage is fewer out-of-home occasions (37%), followed by loss of interest (32%). Breaking down these reasons by age, however, it becomes clear that reasons for wearing make-up less frequently are overwhelmingly driven by older individuals, particularly women 55+. These women cite leaving the house less frequently than a year ago (48%) as the reason why they are wearing make-up less often.

Interestingly, men represent the primary growth behind those who are applying make-up more often, as 43% of men aged 18-44 say they are using make-up more often than a year ago. Two in five (41%) say they are applying make-up more often to relax or de-stress, which is double the number of women (22%) who cite relaxation as a reason they are applying make-up more often. Just one in five (21%) make-up users say they are spending more money on products than a year ago, including 27% of men and 19% of women. Source:

Top beauty looks at the MTV VMAs

Megan Thee Stallion @theestallion

Rapper of the moment, Megan Thee Stallion, provided a masterclass in cat’s eye-shaped smokey shadow at the recent MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in New York.

The shadow, which was very subtly applied, perfectly complemented Megan’s skin tone, while lash extensions completed the look. In an unusual twist, brown lipstick was applied to her top lip only, with the colour lining, but not filling, the lower lid, to create a twotone effect. Lauren Elise Child was the make-up artist responsible for this fabulously polished look.

Nicki Minaj @nickiminaj

Still on the subject of rappers, the legendary Nicki Minaj rocked one of the most striking looks of the night, sweeping Barbiecore pink eyeshadow that peeped through an intriguing bridal veil of the same hue. Her make-up artist was Ronald Watkins.

Cardi B @iamcardib

Fellow rapper Cardi B’s nudecoloured lips were outlined in brown, and her eyes enhanced with very exaggerated spikey lash extensions of different lengths.

Olivia Rodrigo @oliviarodrigo

Going the opposite route, former Disney star and now A-list singer, Olivia Rodrigo, was a prime example of a more muted make-up palette – with only barely-there extensions on her lashes, and nude eyeshadow and fairly pale lips. Columbian singer, Karol G’s look was all about strong dark eyebrows and minimal make-up elsewhere.

Demi Lovato @ddlovato

The always popular Demi Lovato went full on rock-chic for her look – super-strong dark brows and shadow, with slicked-back raven locks to match the black leather outfit. Her lips were relatively tame in hue in comparison.

Kelsea Ballerini @kdeenihan

Country pop star Kelsea Ballerini provided the perfect example of the ultimate Calfornia blonde look– with glowing honey-toned skin, bronzed shadow, muted lipstick and beachy blonde hair. Make-up was by Kelsey Deenihan.

Namibian spa exec shortlisted for World Spa & Wellness Awards

Mariane Akwenye of the Nomad Wellness Homestead in Windhoek, Namibia is a finalist in the Spa Leader of the Year: Sponsored by Gharieni category of the 2024 World Spa & Wellness Awards.

Regarded as the most prestigious accolade in the industry, the World Spa & Wellness Awards celebrate spas from around the world across 10 categories. These awards recognise excellence in wellness provision, treatment delivery customer care, business skill, leadership and sustainability.

Akwenye is up against senior spa executives from properties in the UK, Portugal, Qatar and Australia.

The following properties were shortlisted for the Spa of the Year – Middle East & Africa category: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort Spa, Dubai, UAE; Cinq Mondes Spa, Raffles The Palm Dubai, Dubai, UAE; Spa Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morroco; Talise Spa, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Dubai, UAE; The Pearl Spa and Wellness Jumeirah, Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE; and Sharq Village & Spa, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha, Qatar

Winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2024 will be announced during a gala dinner at The Brewery, London, on 3 March, 2024. To see the finalists go to

HBSI Pension Fund Exemption applications invited 

The National Bargaining Council for Hairdressing, Cosmetology, Beauty & Skincare (HCSBC) is currently processing exemptions for 2024 from membership of the HBSI Fund until December 2023.

This period includes applications and appeals. If exemption is not applied for or granted within the above period, an establishment will be required to make contributions to the HBSI Fund. Enforcement procedures may follow if that is not adhered to.

Salon owners who wish to avoid getting billed in the year 2024 are urged to ensure that all applications are completed and submitted as soon as possible within this period.

All exemption application forms for Pension Fund must be supported by a Broker form filled out by the existing Broker and Motivation Letters from all employees.

Existing exemptions granted for the year 2023 will automatically expire on the 31st of December 2023, and Invoices will be levied in accordance with the Collective Agreement if your application is not received by the Council in a timely manner and/or an exemption is not granted.

The Exemption application is available to download from the website (Annexure D) at or you may request an application form via email from

Hearings are scheduled for 31 October 2023, 24 November 2023 and 8 December 2023.

Kate Hudson
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Hollywood star Kate Hudson new Alma ambassador

Actress Kate Hudson, known for movies like ‘Almost Famous’, ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’, and ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’, has been appointed global brand ambassador for Alma Lasers.

Hudson, who is admired for her philanthropic efforts, features in Alma’s brand new campaign. In collaboration under the theme ‘Beyond The Trend’, Hudson and Alma aim to showcase the empowerment of embracing natural beauty, while Alma commits to delivering safe, effective, and evidence-based solutions. The campaign highlights Alma’s award-winning products, including Alma Harmony, Soprano, Opus, PrimeX, which have inspired numerous individuals worldwide, fostering confidence and inner peace with their bodies.

Directed by the award-winning American film director Anthony Mandler, known for his iconic music videos for notable artists like Rihanna, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Eminem, Shakira, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez, the brand-new campaign guides the public on the significance of reliable aesthetic solutions over passing trends, by featuring Hudson illustrating not just the most bizarre aesthetic trends, but actual trends that people naturally encounter on their socials every day, such as using snails for skin rejuvenation or egg-based hair removal. The campaign will be showcased on social media and digital platforms throughout September.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hollywood star Kate Hudson as our new Global Brand Ambassador,” said Lior Dayan, Alma CEO. “Her remarkable talent and unwavering dedication to aesthetics, beauty and wellness perfectly align with Alma’s mission.”


Ryan Gosling at the ‘Barbie’ World Premiere in Los Angeles
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How Barbie’s Ken got his doll-like tan

Ryan Gosling’s humorous performance as the hapless Ken in the ‘Barbie’ movie has delighted audiences across the world, with his character’s impressive tan gaining lots of attention.

Said tan was achieved via the clever techniques of spray tan as wielded by finishing specialist, Kimberley Nkosi, who also ‘tanned’ several other actors in the film.

Founder of creative spray tanning and nail artistry brand Nkosi Beauty, Nkosi received a simple brief: “To create a flawless doll like-finish, free from blemishes, scars, and anything else you wouldn’t find on a Ken or Barbie doll.”

Nkosi did not have to do tantouring on the chiselled abs of the various Kens in the movie, who all underwent vigorous training. “Tan-touring them wouldn’t have achieved that matte, polished doll-like look,” she explains.

As with all tanning, prep work was key to achieving the final look, with Nkosi also implementing her colour theory knowledge and years of experience to customise the tans for each character.

“I took into account each actor’s skin and natural undertone to achieve the truest most natural looking tan,” she explains. “We needed to create a tan that didn’t project any yellow or orange hues and that didn’t give off any red tones under the lights of the set. I used Isle of Paradise, as their tans have a colour-correcting active in them. In technical terms, this means opposite hues cancel each other out, and the tan evens out any discolouration.” Source:

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