ECO WARRIOR By Little Soap Company Sets The Sustainable Bar

The Little Soap Company has been leading the charge on changing how we view the Eco side of cosmetics in particular items such as soap. From its humble roots to the current multifaceted company sold in stores such as Asda, the team has come a long way and offers not just soap but a message.

the little soap company

Groundbreaking. Compact. Fresh. Modern. Super effective. British made. No Plastics. Affordable. Vegan. Sustainable. Innovative. Bio-degradable. Recyclable. Major impact on cleansing, minimum impact on the environment. And all in one cool bar. ECO WARRIOR by Little Soap Company is a collection of six thoughtful, high impact, job-specific bar soaps, each with its own distinct use and bespoke essential oil blend (no synthetic fragrances), changing the way we cleanse forever. From washing and exfoliating to shaving and even shampooing, ECO WARRIOR has you covered - in bio-degradable bar form.

Founded by Emma Heathcote-James, multi-award-winning Little Soap Company has been disrupting the soaps market for over ten years by becoming the first organic soap collection to bring vegan and sustainable products to the high street at affordable prices - and free from typical ingredients such as detergents, SLS, sulphates, alcohol, parabens, sorbates, silicones, synthetic preservatives.

Emma is passionate about environmental issues and delivering affordable, plastic-free solutions to everyday needs - and her collection of ECO WARRIOR SOAP BARS does just that. Simply wrapped in a recyclable box, it helps eliminate single-use plastic bottles from sinks, bathrooms, and washbags - it's estimated that over the course of a year, sales of ECO WARRIOR SOAP BARS could save the environment from over one million plastic bottles!

When it comes to sustainable, green living, Little Soap Company continues to set the Bar - so join Emma and Little Soap Company in making green beauty norms, not niche, one bathroom at a time.

To learn more about the company see:

The Little Soap company Website.

The Little Soap company Twitter.

The Little Soap company Instagram.

The Little Soap company Facebook.

Ripar Cosmetics Goes State Side

ripar cosmetics USA

Originally designed as a camouflage cream makeup for tattoos and medical conditions, they have grown to become a staple of artists kits and a respected professional makeup brand used across Italy in a wide range of situations and artistic endeavors. Expanding on this with the team from Beauty made in Italy, they are now set to make waves in the wider market and take their expertise and professionalism to a whole new level.

Joining the US market this year, Ripar Cosmetics is an Italian family-owned business with over 40 years of history and experience. Combining a love of beauty and medicine, their expertise stems from two generations of plastic surgeons. Ripar offers beauty aficionados a range of cosmetics including mascaras, foundations, setting powders, setting sprays and more.

Ripar Cosmetics is part of the 'Beauty Made in Italy' program that promotes the awareness, availability and excellence of Italian beauty brands and products to the US market and consumer.

Originally designed for tattoo cover and skin imperfections, Ripar's RiparCover Cream is a lightweight, long-lasting, full coverage foundation that's gentle on the skin and fragrance-free. Available in 24 shades, RiparCover Cream completely hides the appearance of blemishes and rosacea. RiparCover Cream is sweat and water-resistant so it will last all day long! Combine with their RiparCover Setting Powder for 16 hours of staying power.

Available NOW at macys.com and ripar.us.

The Skincare Ritual To Boost Your Mood and Beat The Winter Blues

Taking the winter blues and changing in the season in its stride, the Kyushi skincare range has a welcome solution that will boost your regime and offer a welcome respite in a tiring world.

Kyushi

Kyushi Orange & Neroli (£39/30ml, kyushi.co.uk) is a 100% natural, vegan facial oil combining the skin-nourishing plant-based oils of Jojoba and Squalane, with the powerful aromatherapy benefits of Sweet Orange, Bergamot and Neroli essential oils. This energizing daily facial oil works to maintain, support and restore beautiful glowing skin, whilst putting a spring in your morning step.

  • Sweet Orange essential oil naturally reduces anxiety and balances mood

  • Bergamot essential oil soothes tension in the body and helps to fade dark spots whilst brightening and evening skin tone

  • uplifting Neroli essential oil has antiseptic properties to support the balance in oil and moisture

  • 100% pure olive Squalane Oil imitates the skins natural sebum to nourish, moisturize, restore elasticity and boost cell regeneration

  • Jojoba Oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, B-complex, silicon, chromium, copper, zinc and bacteria-fighting iodine. This naturally derived liquid wax is almost identical to the molecular structure of sebum, allowing the oil to deeply nourish and moisturize

  • anti-oxidant Vitamin E helps to improve fine lines and wrinkles by providing an antioxidant boost that protects from sun damage and encourages the healthy growth of new skin cells.

  • high in vitamin C content which helps to fight wrinkles, supports the production of collagen and boosts blood flow to the area.

The Kyushi Ritual

The application of Kyushi is as important as the product itself, inspired by the Japanese belief in being in the moment. Pause for few moments twice daily, place three drops of your Kyushi oil into the palm of your hand, gently rub hands together and cup hands over nose and mouth. Close the eyes and take three long deep breaths, feeling the stomach rise and fall, the lungs filling then emptying completely as you deep breathe to oxygenate the body, giving cells the crucial oxygen needed to regenerate. Finally apply the oil to face, neck, and chest to experience the topical and aromatherapy benefits in unison. Kyushi - permission to pause.

To learn more about the range see:

The Kyushi Website.

The Kyushi Instagram.

R and M Brushes a Solid Starting Point

When you are starting out in makeup artistry or just testing the water creating looks on your own brushes are a real bonus in your arsenal. R & M brushes are the perfect starting point: cost-effective and high quality. Yes, I do have them in my working kit and I will be adding more.

A 10 piece essential kit, makes an ideal gift for a makeup student or enthusiast giving you all the basic tools to create without breaking the bank. Aesthetically simple with black handles and a silver Ferrel, the brushes have a clean and practical look that is perfect for a professional kit. Luxury doesn’t need to cost the earth when it comes to brushes and R & M have given us a range that proves this with ease.

R & M blush brush 532

The company behind the brushes is playing smart giving us a selection that is professionally oriented and allows you to build a working kit without hassle, standing tall in this are some elite brushes such as the 532 precise cheek brush (I personally own this brush), soft but still firm enough to give a precise application they are ideal for cream blush or contour, a sculpting brush so to speak.

Another factor that caught my attention is the array of blending and multi-purpose brushes like the 569 brush, they offer which for me is a major plus as I can just grab the brush and work without thinking too hard about what I am doing and allows me to just get on with being creative.

*it is also worth checking out the other elements such as the brush bag and magnetic palettes which allow you to buy single blush and shadow and create your own color story.

To learn more about the range or to purchase see:

Mehliza Beauty website.

Mehliza beauty Twitter.

Reaching Out To Other Artists

reaching out

In the last few months, I have spoken to people who are entering the makeup industry or have in-laws etc who are trying to gain some experience in the industry. Now it may surprise people to know that Yes, I am still working. My business is cut into 3 distinct areas (see below) and I rarely if ever have the time to chase down inquiries about work experience that are done in person when I am walking down the street.

  1. Beauty writer.

  2. Editorial and magazine imaging.

  3. Film and TV.

Something I encourage people to do is look at my websites, check my social accounts and email me. Now this may seem a little unfair or dismissive but let’s be clear, I do have a business to run and I am inclined now more than ever, to deal with people via email rather than on the phone.

So with this in mind I want to lay out some basic rules and lay the groundwork that will help you with other potential artists:

Do your research before you contact them. Check all their information, a website may have a limited amount of work on it for a reason such as projects are not released yet, etc.

Let the person know you are aware of their work and make it clear why you are in contact. For example:

“I looked through your work and it’s in the area of makeup artistry I would like to be a part of, my background is limited but I am open to learning about the industry. If you have any projects coming up I would like to be considered, here is my website and contact information. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.”

Don’t look down on an assistant placement. I cannot stress this enough You are not going to be co-designer or head of the department, I will not step down from a job to give you a chance. I have a business too and I have a right to earn a living just the same as you.

I am always happy to talk to people but when it comes to business but you need to keep an open mind and remember that you are not my priority my clients are, so if the response is not what you want or the person you reach out to offers constructive feedback accept it and take it on board.

Again, I want to make this clear, I nor any other artist out there, is going to chase you around. If you know I am working on a project, if you know there is a job available, then YOU need to make the effort to apply or reach out. *speculative emails, in general, I ignore UNLESS I see something solid that is professionally grounded.

Part of this was why I set up The Lost Creatives. If there is work available it will be posted there but it will be a job with a contract and terms. There will be no negotiations.

In summary, be sensible and aware that other people have businesses to run as well, be proactive and sensible it will benefit you more.

Depixym Paints A New Artist Must Have

Depixym paints are the kind of makeup product that makes me want to play and be creative emulating one of my inspirations the legend Linda Mason’s freestyle work. Already stocked in the best pro stores, the team behind this is making artists in the fashion industry jump for joy at the potential.

depixym paint collection

Styled after traditional paint tubes you would see in a fine art studio, there is a sense of fun to the brand that is redefining how people work with cosmetics as evidenced by the Depixym website where the images range from simple beauty to extreme and Avante Garde.

A creative must, they can be integrated into shoots of all stripes and stepping out of the corporate style we have come to expect from makeup brands, Depixym has taken the social norms and turned them on their head giving a multi-faceted, dynamic makeup emulsion that can be used pretty much anywhere you want on the body to create, you, in essence, become the canvas for your own artistic expression.

From a practical stance, these are easy to slip into a kit and can be mixed to make any color you choose and are the kind of multipurpose Vegan-friendly paints that will open up new avenues of creativity.

Aesthetically, they are perfectly formed to resemble (with good reason) the artist paint tube and have a seductively simple and almost vintage feel to them that makes you want to touch and play with the shades and redefine your look or just experiment which in makeup terms is a much fresher approach to the standard palettes and potions we see on offer.

With a shade range of 20 and the LGBT collection as a show of solidarity, a rainbow of potential is opened up for artists of all stripes a truly open brand that is for everyone.

*A little professional caveat for film and TV artists working on period dramas due to their color range and texture Depixym paints offer a perfect addition to a look matching the famous makeup lines available during the golden age of Hollywood for film and consumer use. Students working on their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s looks should look closely at the colors as they will fit the brief and give you a more on-point look when you research you will find that the shade ranges and textures for lipstick in particular. They also fit the brief for theatrical styles that require a more vintage look or the classic Betty Paige/pin-up work.

To learn more about the range see:

Depixym Website

Depixym Instagram

Stockists:

Beauty Bay

Guru Makeup Emporium

CBD Coffee and Tea with The Hugg Co

hugg cbd coffee

As many people will know I am a big coffee drinker with the occasional late-night cup of tea when the mood takes me. An advocate of cafe culture, I have to admit that the new range of CBD coffee and tea from The Hugg Company was a real plus for me.

Cafe culture for me is a big part of my professional and personal life, when I find myself tired and in need of breathing space to think I grab a coffee (or specialist tea) and take a walk, what Hugg has allowed me to do is take that same mentality home with me and make it a little more environmentally friendly, using a french press and the CBD coffee along with a reusable cup, I can take time out and walk along the beach with my beverage and think. Self-care with coffee so to speak.

“Coarse Ground Italian Roast Coffee Beans Infused with 490mg CBD from Natural Hemp. Mild in Flavour for All to Enjoy.”

HUGG Fruit Tea

Built around the idea of self-care, The Hugg Company has taken the medicinal properties of CBD and combined it with coffee and fruit tea a welcome gesture in a frenetic world. Although designed for those over 18 and a maximum of 4 cups per day (Which for caffeine is sensible), it is without question a welcome addition to the cafe culture world and allows you to sit back and enjoy the moment and practice the concept of self-care with the knowledge that your part of something solid with a scientific base.

The Hugg company is one of the leading lights in the CBD market and their extensive research and collaborations are opening the doors to a safer more open CBD market, giving you a sense of peace in the process.

The Hugg CBD products are the next range of cannabis-based research firm CiiTECH; a registered UK cannabis biotech company and collaborative partner with the Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem – the epicenter of cannabis research and development.

To learn more about the company or to purchase products see:

The Hugg Co website

The Hugg Co Facebook

The Hugg Co Instagram

The Hugg Co Twitter

Elysium Brushes An Interesting Little Find

As a makeup artist, brushes are a tool we cannot scrimp on as they are the backbone of our work.  When I came across the Elysium range I admit to being intrigued and decided to look at them a little more closely.

“The brand name ELYSIUM is an ancient Greek composition of Heaven and Infinity. It symbolises the enlightenment of a human soul.”

A fascinating start to the brand the brushes themselves are developed and made in Italy to all the exacting standards you would expect from a country known for the quality of its skincare, cosmetics and of course clothing. 

Standing tall in the market the ethical brand has a total of 8 brushes: 4 for the face, and 4 for the eyes. That is a solidity to the design, as you would expect for a professional-grade brush with the bonus of being synthetic making them suitable for all users.

The beautifully constructed brushes give a visible sense of solidity that is required of a brush without losing any of the aesthetic beauty that makes them as much a display piece as they are a practical tool.

On a personal level, there are two distinct standouts in the face range: Jada (foundation) and Yori (sculpting blush).  On the surface, they are perfectly styled and shaped to perform and in line with current trends for styling on a face brush but it’s the extra details of the bristles with their two-tone effect and the tactile look of the handle/Ferrell in black that set them apart in the market. 

From the eye collection, the Nuri (blending) and Alva (shadow) look’s to all intents and purpose like the premium end of the goat hair range but are in fact synthetic, beautifully detailed and again, with that solidity of construction that speaks of Italy. 

Special mention must, of course, go to the Paci brush (limited edition) not only for its unique design and shape but overall use, aimed to be a concealer brush, the precision tip allows you to add details such as high light to key areas of the face with ease.   Another plus of this particular brush is that the team is going to donate $15 to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation for each Paci Brush sold, making it a worthwhile addition to a kit and supporting breast cancer sufferers.

With all this in mind, it is easy then to see these gracing the kits of a fashion or bridal artist, as easily at home at fashion week as a dressing table, the elegance of design and practicality these brushes bring are in essence a beauty artists dream. 

To learn more about the range or to shop see:

Elysium Brushes Website.

Elysium Brushes Instagram.

Elysium Brushes Facebook.

Elysium Brushes Twitter.

Colorpop Fun Makeup With Professional Credentials

Colorpop Palettes

Colorpop Palettes

The Colorpop brand has become a go-to brand for cost-effective and fun makeup. Their array of palettes and collaborations with people such as Disney have seen them rise in the ranks of makeup companies. With a mix of quirky names and a rainbow confection of shades, Colorpop is a must-see and a must-have in the market.

Looking at the palettes we see a wide range of presets such as Blue Moon and Uh Huh Honey, and the ability to create your own allowing for artists of every stripe to play with makeup looks without breaking the bank.

Regularly putting new makeup into the market, you can build a kit full of colors and tones that will suit your needs and find yourself a Colorpop fan no matter what your looking for, the latest in this is the Pretty Fresh tinted moisturizer available in 24 shades, making it a wide enough range that it will work for most skin tones with little hassle.

Handled completely in house from the lab to the retail, Colorpop hails from California in the USA and ships worldwide (a major plus for the UK market). The company has built a stellar reputation for their product range and given makeup artists and consumers alike an award-winning range that will sit as well on a dressing table as it does backstage at a fashion show. Ideally suited to the playful, editorial artist through to bridal or even those in media, there is something fun and practical about the company that is worthy of note in the beauty sector.

To learn more about the range see:

Colorpop website.

Colorpop Instagram.

Colorpop Facebook.

Colorpop Twitter.

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From Farm-to-Face With I-Beauty

When it comes to skincare and beauty Italy is leading the way with a sense of style that is truly Italian in its nature. The latest example of this being the farm to face collection from the team at Beauty made in Italy. Taking the concept of fresh skin and beauty to a whole new level of expertise, grace, and class that can only be done with the best possible ingredients, the absolute top of the European market brands and of course the added touch of chic that only Beauty made in Italy can provide.

from farm to face with ibeauty

The highest quality ingredients in the world combined with innovative formulations come together to produce the freshest, most luxurious products that define Italian beauty (I-Beauty). Using the land and nature as their biggest resource, I-Beauty brands create products that are truly farm-to-face. Check out these new products from 'Beauty Made in Italy' to give your beauty routine a nourishing and healthy kick!

Rejuvenate your skin with Perlier's Royal Elixir Nectar of Youth Face Serum With Fresh Royal Jelly Drone Technology. This revolutionary serum contains the highest level of Perlier's most advanced active ingredient, fresh royal jelly, which has been enhanced using drone technology. The Royal Elixir Face Serum helps to fill wrinkles from the inside, smoothing and plumping the look of skin, leaving it more radiant and energized. Retail price: $149. Available now at perlier.com.

October marks the start of the truffle hunting season, which is the star ingredient in Skin&Co Roma's Truffle Therapy Cream. The luxurious Black Winter Truffle is dense and nutrients and antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and environmental damage while combating the signs of dehydration. Retail price: $68. Available now at skinandcoroma.com.

Acca Kappa's new Natural Care Gel Facial Oil is formulated with a blend of eight organic vegetable oils that include: sweet almond oil, olive oil, argan oil, sesame oil, Jojoba oil, macadamia oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil. This nourishing and elasticizing treatment fights the signs of aging while moisturizing, toning and soothing the skin. Retail price: $98. Available now at accakappa.com.

Inspired by nature, Herbatint's Mahogany Series is an easy way to spice up your hair color. With organic black walnut and organic Echinacea, their Mahogany Series creates deep vibrant red tones that enhance the subtle colors of Fall. Retail price: $18.99. Available now at usa.herbatint.com.

To learn more about Beauty Made in Italy click here.

Bespoke London a Fresh Approach to Mens Scent

When I came across the Bespoke London range I bought it to try it based on price and admit that I am now hooked and find myself reaching for the body spray on a regular basis with the corresponding aftershave as an extra touch. A simple, clean collection that inspires and evokes images of masculinity and solidity, it is for me the perfect accessory to the Lost Boys concept as well as being an affordable luxury that will round out a man’s grooming routine with a solidity and strength that has to be appreciated.

Bespoke London

On first glance, we see simple, clean packaging that has a minimalist edge, that is for me, uniquely male. the collection consists of 4 distinct scents and each has its own colored package to suit and is again subdivided into two camps: warm woods with exotic undertones (mature) that draw you into its exoticism and then the citrus and wild herbs, warmer and softer undertones that are both masculine and approachable (youthful).

Adding a touch of personality to the individual items that allow you to create a uniformity of scent without overpowering the wearer. An uncompromisingly simple range, Bespoke London is everything I want and more from an aftershave at a price that is accessible for daily use and fits my requirements on occasions when that extra edge is needed. A perfect antidote the overly complex world we live.

Looking at the packaging it has all the hallmarks of quality you would expect in a much more expensive range without losing any of the quality. The aftershave bottle is a prime example of this the frosted glass bottle feels solid in the hand and has the same clean symmetry that is synonymous with the Bespoke London range. Across the board, we see a cohesiveness that is both reassuring and pleasant, with weight and tactility that when handled feels right regardless of the item, the strong block colors and strong typography of the labeling all add to that sense of utilitarian luxury that men’s grooming is known for.

For me, the collection as a whole has a sense of affordable luxury, the body sprays, aftershave, and Eau Fraiche are all designed to suit the men’s grooming market and give an accessible, affordable range that will stand up to the rigors of most men’s lives giving an air of confidence. The overall feel of the range is that it is designed to suit everyday use without being overpowering and still with a masculine touch. Cleverly done and deserving of applause.

Exclusive to Superdrug, it is a clever strategy and with wide availability in their stores, the range is worth attention as it sits squarely and rightly alongside its more expensive designer counterparts and is a brand that has filled a niche that in my opinion was long overdue an overhaul giving it a fresh, strong and important place in the market for men’s grooming products.

To purchase from the entire Bespoke London range see Superdrug stores.

To learn more about Bespoke London:

Bespoke London Facebook.

Bespoke London Instagram.

Bespoke London Twitter.

Taking You into Autumn With Time Bomb Skincare

There is a natural tendency to switch out our wardrobe at this time of year for warmer clothes and start making preparations for the cooler weather and the changes in the season, its also the time to think of your skin and The Time Bomb skincare team have come up with the best solutions for your transition with this easy 3 step program to make your skin look its best.

1. Boost Your Cleanse

time bomb take off

The summer season can leave the skin dull, dry and rough! For fresher, younger-looking skin your cleanser has to do more than simply wash your face. Time Bomb Take-Off Time Cleanse & Buff (£16.50/125ml) contains tiny professional dermatological grade crystals to gently buff away that top layer of dry, dead skin that has built up over the hot, sweaty months. Plus, the Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter work to hydrate and soften the skin. You'll be left with a fresh, smooth and dewy complexion. It's like giving yourself a mini facial every time you cleanse.

2. Replenish, Restore & Protect

time bomb youth juice oil

Replenish moisture levels and restore and protect your skin's protective barrier for autumn with Time Bomb Youth Juice Secret Oil (£42/60ml). Youth Juice is a revolutionary blend of 11 different natural oils (olive, kukui, avocado, jojoba, coconut oil and more) with a unique proprietary delivery system so it penetrates deeply to moisturize, replenish and plump dry skin, as well as helping to restore the skin's protective barrier to seal in natural moisture. Vitamins E and C help to plump skin and create an all-over, youthful, dewy glow.

3. Nourish & Glow Head-to-Toe

Time Bomb SHOW OFF Shimmer Lotion

Nourish and quench thirsty summer skin and hold onto your holiday glow with Time Bomb Show-Off Shimmer Lotion (£24/250ml). This intensely rich lotion will make even the driest, thirstiest skin glisten and glow. Mega-moisturisers Shea Butter and Avocado Oil, seep deeply to quench and nourish parched skin. A delicate blend of White Truffle Oil, White Tea Leaf and antioxidants Vitamins C and E work to brighten, tone and add a plump, velvety texture. As SHOW OFF melts into the skin for all-day hydration, opalescent, micro-particles remain on the surface, leaving an iridescent glow. This subtle wash of shimmer blurs and deflects imperfections, 'airbrushes' skin and adds an irresistible, dewy, luminous, luster.

To learn more about the Time Bomb range or to purchase the products see:

The time Bomb Company Website.

The time Bomb Company Facebook.

The time Bomb Company Instagram.

The time Bomb Company Twitter.

House of Sillage X Christian Cowan collab

As someone who has consulted and done PR for events during London Fashion week as well as an avid follower of various artistic movements, I know my way around designers and the collabs they put together so it’s rare for me to be in a position where I am clutching a credit card and coveting an accessory of this type which makes this an important piece of fashion and beauty history in the making.

Combining art and designer in this collab was a genius stroke and with an inspirational story that is worth the investment alone. Taking the creative elements that both parties have become known for it is easy to see the care and construction that has gone into and it has a touch of elegance that reminds me of the ’20s and 30’s flappers with elegant lines and a sense of decadent practicality seen in the most luxurious items of the Art deco and Nouveau period clutched in the hands of the flappers and truly elite.

Cowan and House of Sillage Founder & CEO Nicole Mather collaborated to curate the perfect unisex fragrance, travel spray, and lipstick donning the famous black and white checker design and Swarovski crystals on each item of the collection, inspired by Cowan’s popular design and Mather’s inspiration of the iconic black and white floors of Bloomingdale’s and Castle in Versailles. Giving nods to some of the most beautiful decor and architecture of the last few centuries and acknowledging the beauty of the past with a modern twist.

(Runway Show Version) Product Collaboration

“The patented bow-shaped lipstick case is varnished in a glossy enamel, and encrusted with over three hundred diamond-cut  Swarvoski Crystals, and inside contains the shade BARONESS, a beige nude with gold luminosity.

This wonderfully comfortable formula enriched with the addition of diamond powder gives flawless results with a feeling of hydration and protection that is retained for hours. This case can also house 13 of the other House of Sillage’s lipstick shades.

This limited-edition collection will be available in-store and online at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s, as well as online at houseofsillage.com from October 30th.

Kyushi - The Power of Ten

As summer comes to an end and we see more and more of the autumnal colors and a change in the weather coming into play, its time to look at changing up our skincare. Switching from the air conditioner to central heating can have a marked effect on our skin and Kyushi has come up with the perfect solution: The Power of Ten oil.

This non-comedogenic, 100% natural, nutrient-dense facial oil, is packed with a powerhouse of ten plant-based oils to nourish, strengthen, balance, soothe, calm inflammation, restore elasticity and protect against free-radical damage. Imagine it as a supercharged green smoothie for your face.

The Power of Ten:

Kyushi - The Power of Ten
  1. Hemp seed oil contains the omega 6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory while nourishing, moisturizing and encouraging new cell growth.

  2. Argan oil is high in both oleic (omega 9) and linoleic (omega 6) fatty acids, to reduce inflammation and increase moisture levels.

  3. Sea buckthorn oil contains the rare palmitoleic acid (omega 7), to stimulate the skin's regenerative process and strengthen the epidermis.

  4. Blueberry seed oil contains high levels of alpha-linolenic acid and powerful antioxidants, to prevent collagen degradation, improve elasticity and protect against free-radical damage.

  5. Watermelon seed oil works to dissolve excess sebum and balance the skin's own oil production.

  6. Cucumber seed oil strengthens skin lipid barrier, maintaining moisture and elasticity.

  7. Elderberry oil improves firmness and elasticity.

  8. Prickly pear seed oil brightens, restores skin's elasticity and calms inflammation.

  9. Red raspberry seed oil is high in antioxidants, which help to mop up free radicals.

  10. Blackcurrant oil acts as an anti-inflammatory.

As simple as adding a few drops to your preferred moisturizer or favorite facial oil, The Power of Ten oil is a perfect complement to your routine.

To learn more about the Kyushi range see:

Kyushi Website.

Kyushi Instagram.

Secret Garden By JP McLaughlin

JP McLaughlin is amongst my favorite artists and has in the past featured heavily amongst my inspirations alongside two others from Scotland. Far from being a traditional Scottish artist, he is a well known and respected global artist with a distinct and easily recognizable style.

Secret garden by JP McLaughlin

Secret garden by JP McLaughlin

The latest of his work titled Secret Garden is a prime example of his more commercially oriented work. The beautifully styled and instantly recognized Red Coat series is an ongoing feature of his work. Secret Garden has the hallmarks of serenity that has become synonymous of these paintings.

A stormy, cloudy sky is broken up with the immediately visible woman in the red coat, in this case, modeled by Debbie Campbell a prolific performer and fundraiser in her own right (as well as the owner of this particular painting). There is a sense of chaos and calm, a contrasting idea that somehow works as we look at her contemplative stance and without seeing her face we know on sight that she is deep in thought, what she is contemplating is open to interpretation.

The casual air of the woman in the Red Coat belies the darkness of the surroundings giving it a softness and a sense that she is relaxed in her contemplation, leaning casually against a wall, she is the epitome of casual elegance and grace in the tumultuous surroundings, a sort of stark reminder that the individual that stands out is the one who speaks softly but carries a big stick, or in this case, wears a brazen shade of red .

The Secret Garden is a nod to the grounds of Hansel Village and gives a touch of the personal to the piece that adds a new depth to the story overall.

The beauty of this piece (aside from the woman in the Red Coat) is the simplicity of the message as per my own interpretation, it speaks to softness in the dark and contemplation in the whirling chaos of the mind. As a piece from the Red Coat series of images, this captures the eye and the mind in a way that makes you want to know her story and as I have seen first hand, opens a discussion on her motives. Cleverly structured JP McLaughlin has offered the art world another conversation starter.

To learn more about JP McLaughlin or to purchase artwork see:

JP McLaughlin Website

JP McLaughlin Facebook

Acca Kappa New Ultra Rich Skincare Line

Reaching the milestone of 150 years as a leading light in the skin, hair and wellness industry, the family-owned business of Acca Kappa has brought a new skincare line to the table that is a welcome addition to their already stellar range and shows that Italian beauty is leading the way in the beauty and lifestyle sector whilst continuing to uphold the same standards that made them famous in their native Italy as they bring their unique collections to the world.

Acca Kappa New Ultra Rich Skincare Line
  • Introducing the new Ultra-Rich Natural Skincare line that includes:

  • Velvety Mousse Cream: cleansing and toning treatment $64

  • Daily Face Cream: hydrating and brightening treatment $94

  • Gel Facial Oil: nourishing and elasticizing treatment $98

  • Bio Lip Balm: nurturing and softening treatment $14

Available: NOW at accakappa.us.

The products are certified by NATRUE - an international organization that monitors all raw materials, from their source through the manufacturing process to ensure that only natural formulas with high safety standards and low environmental impact are used. Acca Kappa is proud to guarantee that their Ultra-Rich Natural Skincare line is formulated without mineral oils, silicone, parabens, PEGs or GMOs and the packaging and labels are produced using ecological paper from organic grape residue.

To learn more about the beauty made in Italy program click here.

Leighton Denny The Power of Lipstick

Fresh off the back of yet another beauty industry award, the Leighton Denny duo Lipsticks are making more waves for the company and showing makeup in its true light. Bringing the luxury and technology of his nail tech background into the realms of cosmetics with a lipstick collection that gives an additional string to an already astonishingly talented bow. With a range of color that will make you melt, the LD collection lipsticks are beautifully designed and crafted to work with both the consumer’s needs and that of the professional. hardly a surprise given the talent behind the brand, the LD lip collection is a perfect fit for the brand its ethos.

LD lipstick duo

Lip Dual is a clever 'two in one', dual-ended lip system that contains a long-lasting stain at one end and a creamy, rich, luxe lipstick at the other. Rich in antioxidants and ceramide-like ingredients the lipstick is comfortable to wear, intensely moisturizing and reassuringly long-wearing thanks to the special blend of waxes which prevents the color from melting or bleeding. At the other end a magnetic-like lip "stain", with special polymers to affix the colour to the lips, leaving a weightless, long-lasting finish.

Available in eight killer shades you can stain it, layer it, tone it up or tone it down and wear your color your way, every day! From striking and seductive chocolate to deep red, there is something to suit everyone.

To learn more about the LD range see:

LD Boutique website.

LD Boutique Facebook.

LD Boutique Instagram.

LD Boutique Twitter.

The Advantage of Digital Media with HOD TV

HOD TV is a service that I find myself fully behind, as a huge fan of horror and thriller and with plans to create work around this in 2020, this is something I can see being a positive move and the team have made huge strides in a short time giving the market something fresh (and a little dark) that will change how we view indie film. From a (lost) creative stance this is a perfect avenue for us to explore.

Part of this will be taking our partner concept of The Lost Creatives forward and setting things in motion with our other partners (more on this soon). Our primary focus will be on horror and thriller projects for commercial sale.

There is something about being scared that really appeals to people and the team behind HOD TV really tapped into this with a kind of glee and business savvy that I can appreciate and it has opened my eyes to the potential of being a part of the film industry again this time on my own terms as a filmmaker and makeup artist. Moving forward we are not just looking at the potential of this market for ourselves but for our fellow artists and creators.

To learn more about the HOD TV service as a filmmaker click here.

If you're interested in learning more about the HOD TV concept as a film aficionado then see:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hodtvHT/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hodtvht/

HODTV: https://hodtv.net/

Your New Go-To Daily Skin Defender With Frances Prescott

With fashion weeks underway across the globe and people taking time to plan for the upcoming winter party season (Halloween anyone?), its a good time to have a good skincare range close at hand that will protect, is anti pollution and sets your makeup so when your skipping between shows or just on a break in town for lunch you can be confident your skin is safe. Frances Prescott has come up with a solution that will be a game changer for anyone who finds themselves needing that little extra protection for their skin:

The 1, 2, 3, TRI-SPRITZ benefits:

Frances Prescott tri spritz.
  • Cellular repair.

  • Coconut water regulates cellular health and instantly hydrates, while nutrient and Omega 3 rich Chuffa Milk moisturises and supports tissue recovery. White Tea and White Nettle with Lupin Seed Extract calm, firm and reduce inflammation. Free radicals are neutralised while the blend of Rose Water and Verbena refresh and uplift.

  • Anti-pollution.

  • Algae from pure spring water creates an effective environmental barrier to protect the skin from pollution and modern day living

  • Sets makeup in place.

  • Natural cellulose derived from tree bark, forms a weightless, transparent film to set makeup in place for all day confidence.

TRI-SPRITZ is formulated with the purest, premium, naturally derived ingredients, carefully chosen to really deliver results, naturally. And it smells divine - a botanical blend of rose, orange and lavender water to sooth your mood as well as your skin.

Cruelty free, with no harmful chemicals, parabens, silicones or synthetics, TRI-SPRITZ is suitable for all skin types. Use under or over make-up to set, and to instantly hydrate, calm, condition and protect skin throughout the day.

*This admittedly would a be a good addition to a working kit for bridal/wedding artists, fashion and beauty work and the film and TV makeup artist or as a part of a mens grooming kit.

To learn more about the Frances Prescott range see:

Frances Prescott Website

Frances Prescott Facebook

Frances Prescott Instagram

Frances Prescott Twitter

Time Bomb SHOW OFF Shimmer Lotion

The Time Bomb company is known for its skincare and excellence in this field, taking the best ingredients and creating award winning formulas that are both luxury in nature and practical in application. Now they are taking that notion one step further with the introduction of the new Time Bomb SHOW OFF Shimmer Lotion.

Time Bomb SHOW OFF Shimmer Lotion

A heavenly glide of hydration from mega-moisturisers Shea Butter and Avocado Oil, seeps deeply to quench, nourish and soothe neglected, parched skin. As SHOW OFF melts into the skin for all-day hydration, translucent, opalescent, micro-particles remain on the surface, leaving an iridescent glow of fairy dust. This subtle wash of shimmer blurs and deflects imperfections, 'air brushes' skin and adds an irresistible, dewy, luminous, lustre.

“A delicate blend of White Truffle Oil, White Tea Leaf and antioxidants Vitamins C and E work to brighten, tone and add a radiant, velvety texture.”

SHOW OFF leaves skin smooth, supple, glossy, perfected - glowing from head to toe! SHOW your body the care it deserves and SHOW OFF the results with the new intensely hydrating, light-reflecting, skin-perfecting body lotion from Time Bomb.

Already on the watch list of many a beauty blogger and skincare aficionado, this new addition to the line up is a welcome touch to the luxury ( and practicality) they have become synonymous with over their time (defying) history.

To learn more about the company or the product range see:

The Time Bomb Company Website

The Time Bomb Company Facebook

The Time Bomb Company Twitter

The Time Bomb Company Instagram