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Beauty buzz: Fenty Skin is on the way, Clarisonic is going out of business and more

Beauty buzz: Fenty Skin is on the way, Clarisonic is going out of business and more

Big week in makeup

Text: Redzhanna Jazmin


Kate Middleton's hair is lighter than ever, FKA Twigs' harrowing experience with fibroid tumours and more beauty headlines

This week's headlines run the gamut from brand launches (Fenty Skin is coming soon and we are here for it) to brand closures (RIP Clarisonic) and the latest in celebrity hair and makeup. Ahead, glean all the beauty news from this eventful week:

This week in hair

Kate Middleton's summer hair is goals

The latest snap shared on the official Kensington Royal Instagram feed depicts a glowing the Duchess of Cambridge with a fresh new 'do. The lighter highlights (and that Farah Fawcett-inspired blowout) compliment her tanned skin well—a welcome switch-up in her beauty roster.

This week in makeup

Rihanna's latest beauty endeavour is Fenty Skin

Roll up, roll up! Rihanna's Fenty franchise is expanding, and the next step is non-binary skincare. That's right, this line is for guys, gals and everyone in between. The official drop date is 31 July, with three products from the lineup revealed just this week: the Total Cleanser, Fat Water Toner, and Day Cream with SPF. There is no doubt that this is one of the most highly anticipated celebrity brand launches of the year—looks like we're all one step closer to actual Fenty face.

Amandla Stenberg sports the beauty look of the month

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Amandla Stenberg proves that more is more can be pulled off if you do it right. Big, long spidery lashes have never looked better—especially when paired with a flawless base, a nude-pink lip and some bleached brows. Not to mention, her textured, blonde box braids juxtaposed with the masculine suit and glam makeup makes this whole look.

Pat McGrath Labs releases a new mascara

Mother McGrath is back with another killer formula—the Dark Star mascara is touted to be big on pigment, volume and length. The release has been long-anticipated, underscored by the incredible multi-part campaign directed by critically-acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

It seems like mascaras are à la mode right now, with this being one of many launched in recent memory (here, Marc Jacobs Beauty's At Lash'd mascara comes to mind). Granted, we're not complaining—anything that gives us longer, fuller lashes is welcomed in our books.

This week in body and wellness

FKA Twigs comes forward about her experience with fibroid tumours

If you're a long-time fan, you'll know that FKA Twigs' latest album, Magdalene details her recovery from both her ongoing health issues and her breakup with long-term partner Robert Pattinson. These health issues, in particular, include her battle and subsequent removal of six fibroid tumours on her uterus. For example, in the second song in the tracklist, "home with you", she sings "Apples, cherries, pain/Breathe in, breathe out, pain". 

However, she has come out more candid than ever before in a new episode of the TTYA Talks podcast. In it, she shares her entire experience, from the immeasurable pain she experienced in the lead up to her surgery to the unethical health care gap posed against Black women.

Morphe cancels Jeffree Star

Photographed: Jeffree Star running away from his problems.

LA-based beauty retailer Morphe has recently cut ties with the YouTuber, putting any existing Jeffree Star Cosmetics products on major discounts. This piece of news was announced a few weeks after YouTuber and entrepreneur Tati Westbrook 'broke the silence' on Star and Shane Dawson, calling out their manipulative and racist behaviour.

If we're honest, at this point, it's just a little too late (JoJo, where are you). The influencer has been called out for his problematic behaviour consistently over the course of his career but has not received any repercussions. That said, at least this is a step in the right direction.

This week in brand closures

Clarisonic is closing down

In a statement released on their website, Clarisonic detailed that the closure was enacted by their parent company L'Oreal, to allow them to focus on their other core businesses. The closure is set for 30 September this year. The skincare device company was first founded in 2000, and was sold to L'Oreal in 2011.

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