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

HOD TV and The Lost Concept

When we started the Lost Project we had a very definitive vision in mind. That still stands but we are going adding to that narrative and building something bigger alongside our partners with plans in motion to expand on the creative process we have alongside the narrative we have currently running.

HOD TV and The Lost Concept

Our plan has always been to go down the production route creating TV and Film projects under the Lost banner. The Lost Project is still at the heart of this and we are now building something more in the background with The Lost Creatives being our collective name for the team members.

HOD TV when we found out about it, was an ideal fit for the biggest part of our vision. We all love Horror, thriller and dark movies. The creative process for this type of project is something we are all passionate about and finding that the team behind the HOD TV concept were focusing on this we immediately opened up a dialogue with them and we are now partners to the service (and very proud of it).

Over the course of September we will be launching our new site for Lost Creatives and revealing more of our plans for the future which will include: short films for the festival circuit to advance our company name, TV series, a feature film. We will of course be making full use of the Amazing brands and companies who have supported us to date such as Oh My Lash and brushwork cosmetics (promo code JamesC) . Stay tuned for more of the brands we use in our work and new names you need to look at…..

Additionally, we are planning to add more to our out of the box kit including Titanic FX brushes and some of the hurt boxes by Brian Kinney to augment our character alongside premade pieces from Buy and Apply (Aka Nimba Creations).

*We will be working to support British brands as much as we can no matter where we decide to shoot our projects.

To learn more about The Lost Creatives see The Lost Creatives Facebook Page. For more information on the HOD team and what they offer see the HOD TV Website.

Fabric The New Face of Men's Skincare

The newest easy subscription-based men's skincare range that is making waves and across the world. Starting your journey with Fabric could not be simpler and is designed to make your life as hassle free as possible.

Starting the ball rolling they have created a two step trial pack containing Honesty Face wash and the Integrity face Moisturiser. With the option to subscribe on a bi monthly basis, the products are suitable for all skin types, healing and anti bacterial, anti ageing and hydrating.

“The man behind the brand is Assaf Saffar, a self-professed “brand loyalist” who wears just two T-shirt brands, one brand of jeans and one brand of sneakers. But after using skincare products for over 20 years, he realised this was the single category where he had no real brand loyalty. He couldn’t find a brand like Fabric - so he set out to create one.”

fabric mens skincare box

The subtle ( and nature based) scent is Pine patterned, threads of sage, stitched with sandalwood giving it a masculine and natural tone. The unique blend of active ingredients, formulated to empower men’s daily rituals. The products are scented with a unique, carefully derived blend of natural essential oils, without potentially harmful synthetic fragrances.

Designed to work with men’s skin needs and be a simple solution to your daily routine without hassle, Fabric has tapped into the clean beauty market in a manner that is both smart and necessary, as the men’s skincare and beauty market grows there is still a place for simplicity and Fabric is a welcome addition to this market giving Men a range of their own that is designed to suit their needs .

Formed as part of a daily ritual, the simplicity of the range is the appeal it gives you a green alternative in the market without losing the essence of what a Men’s skincare range should be.

The touches such as clean white packaging and labels in a deep forest green are excellent and add to the sense of simplicity in a positive way, resembling and adding to the underlying theme of organic and green this is smart and sits alongside the company and the founders ethos of brand loyalty and it shows.

To learn more about the brand and upcoming products see:

Fabric Skincare Website

Fabric Skincare Facebook

Fabric Skincare Instagram

A New Chapter is Being Written With The Lost Creatives

A New Chapter is Being Written With The Lost Creatives site being built and new work in development for the film and Internet TV sector. We love the direction that The Lost Project is taking as we become a go to for beauty writing with a series of PR agents across the UK and USA coming to the table looking for additional support.

the lost creatives

Over the month of September we will be shooting new content for both sites and making sure that all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.

It is really exciting to be moving in this direction and we have already got our main social accounts up and running:

The Lost Creatives Facebook.

The Lost Creatives Instagram.

The Lost Creatives Twitter.

With a whole new set of goals and plans in motion it is a really exciting time and we do have the support of our various oversea’s contacts (including writers, distributors and actors) who are eager to be a part of the momentum we are creating and are ready to support us. Which is hugely gratifying.

To stay up to date with all the news and updates see our social accounts listed above.

Fight Acne and Skin Flare-Ups with Kyushi Kindness

Designed to augment your skin care routine and as a oil based treatment system the Kyushi range is a welcome development for those with problem skin or who are prone to flare ups, adding a touch of Eastern culture to your routine. Known throughout the world for their innovations in the beauty market, Eastern medicines and skincare Kyushi (pronounced Key you see) takes all the benefits of the East and brings it to the west thanks to makeup artist Alice Moore who’s gender free skincare line is already making waves in the market of treatment based skincare.

“Kyūshi – Is a Japanese word meaning ‘pause’. Its deeper meaning is influenced by the Japanese culture of focusing on one action at a time and giving it your absolute full attention, Kyūshi establishes a ritual, a moment of peace in a world of chaos.”

For many people when their skin is going through a rough patch, whether that's acne, congestion or inflammation, the first response is to go on the "attack" with harsh scrubs, drying products and chemical spot creams. However, this can aggravate the skin and damage the barrier function, worsening the issue. It may seem counterproductive, but the best way to fight acne and skin flare-ups is with...kindness.

Kyushi Face Oil Duo Set

Kyushi Chamomile & Helichrysum (30ml - £39) is a calming, soothing and reparative facial oil blend that benefits both the skin and mind, working to nourish and hydrate the skin, whilst reducing inflammation and easing irritation from skin flare ups including acne, rosacea and eczema.

  • Anti-inflammatory German Chamomile essential oil works to soothe inflamed, irritated, red skin whilst anti-microbial essential oil Helichrysum helps to regenerate collagen whilst stimulating new tissue growth

  • 100% pure olive Squalane oil imitates the skin's natural sebum to deeply nourish, moisturise, restore elasticity and boost cell regeneration

  • Meadowfoam oil is high in antioxidants and reinforces the skin's barrier to help lock in moisture and slow down trans-epidermal water loss

  • Power antioxidant Vitamin E helps fight free radical damage and encourage healthy cell growth

  • Bergamot and Neroli essential oils work to improve pigmentation and scarring, whilst essential oil of anti-inflammatory Frankincense heals damaged tissue

  • Balancing essential oil of Orange helps to lower stress levels which are often heightened when we're anxious about our skin

  • use in the morning, at night or whenever you're struggling skin needs a helping hand

To learn more about the range see:

Kyushi Website

Kyushi Instagram

Madame La La Bronzing Ball

The Madam La La Bronzing Ball is a quirky little product with a lot of punch. Designed to work with a wide range of skin tones it is the kind of quick fix that is a must have multi purpose product that will change your makeup and tanning game.

On first inspection we see a small pot with a clear lid revealing a warm, golden toned cream that is aesthetically pleasing. Taking off the lid we are greeted with the light perfume of coconut, strong enough to be noticed but not overpowering it does make you think tropical climes which given the tanning properties is an appropriate and welcome touch that makes the Bronzing Ball a definite must for fast and easy tanning with a touch of the tropics.

Madame La La Bronzing Ball

Madame La La Bronzing Ball

“Bronzing Ball is a 180°colour cosmetics twist-up cream bronzer for a precise glide on instant bronze – no makeup brushes needed! Bronzing Ball achieves an easy year round bronzed glow in effortless strokes – one shade suits all. Infused with Vitamin E & Coco Water hydrating properties the luminous and glimmering shade with a 180° dome applicator is easy to use for bronzing, contouring and highlighting the cheeks, lips and eyes.”

Testing the product is easy, the ball shape allows you to swipe the colour directly onto the skin with ease and it blends smoothly creating a warm even tan where applied. Minimal fuss and maximum impact when you build the colour up through layering.

*This would be a great addition to a working kit for fashion artists or anyone in the wedding sector.

From a media artist perspective this is a great little item to slip into a working kit for shoots where a touch of bronze is required or you are working TV/film/fashion projects it can be a major plus for the continuity side, quickly touching up a tan on a shoot or sculpting a models face with a few swipes of this beautiful cream verses heavy powders or ashy creams, adding depth and warmth to the face without hassle. A welcome addition to the beauty world the company deserves plaudits and applause for their innovative beauty and tanning line.

To learn more about the brand or the full range of products see:

Madame La La Website

Madame La La Instagram

Madame La La Facebook

Madame La La Twitter

Base of Sweden Goes International

I know we would not normally do this but the news was to good not to share as Base of Sweden goes international, thats correct the company who’s innovative foundation and cleanser is making waves in Europe is now available for international delivery through their website.

Designed to be professional friendly, the foundation and remover has become a media sensation in its native Sweden and captured the attention of artists across the board with fans both industry and consumer praising its formulation and company ethos.

“The Base is not like other foundations and therefore it does not feel like other foundations. It is moist on your skin all day long and lasts up to 72 hours. It is also waterproof, which allows you to wash your face, swim and exercise in it without it coming off. Once it does come off, the Base fades away gradually rather than falls off.”

An absolute game changer this foundation is perfect for all aspects of the makeup artist kit from the media and theatre where longevity, sweat proof and waterproof is a must to the bridal sector where demand for long stay makeup that doesn’t clog the skin is chief amongst the coveted and sought after solutions for brides and the wedding party. Stepping to the plate with this range was a bold move and it is one that is receiving notice with Base of Sweden Already garnering industry innovation awards for foundation alongside the press and blogger accolades it deserves.

To learn more about the range or to purchase see:

Base of Sweden Website

Base of Sweden Instagram

Base of Sweden Facebook

*The YouTube channel for Base of Sweden is a must see and save for the savvy artist who wants to learn.

Japonesque Mens Grooming Tools

The Japoneque brand has become synonymous with high quality tools at affordable prices and the mens collection is no different. While the mainstay of the company is cosmetics and makeup brushes, mens grooming tools have become a much more openly talked about product in recent years and the fall into two distinctive camps of classic and quirky.

Japonesque Classic Barber Scissors

Japonesque Classic Barber Scissors

Japonesque for me is one of the best in this realm with their simple tools that are designed to work and styled to suit the needs of a classicist of mens grooming tools. A prime example of something that men in particular want is the grooming kit which can be slipped into a case or weekend bag for emergency situations of would sit quite happily on a bathroom shelf for when its needed. With a solid set of tools such as mini scissors and nail clippers, they are perfectly set to deal with the little details of the average man who just wants something to tidy up a moustache or trim nails.

The stand out for me though is the classic barber sheers. Matte black and with a solid build, they have a reassuring sound that is reminiscent of the traditional barber sheers. The weight and ergonomics, styling all add into the traditional look and its somewhat reassuring to hear the rasp of the scissors as they trim or cut hair.

The outstanding quality is visible across the brand and with the mens tools falling squarely into the basics of grooming you can buy from the company easily and be guaranteed that you are buying something substantial that will be with you for years.

To learn more about the brand see:

Japonesque Website

Japonesque Twitter

Japonesque Instagram

Japonesque Facebook

Shining Boy BB Cream

Shining boy is a brand I found by sheer chance and it falls into that category of quirky and outwith my norm for male grooming but this does not detract from the company in any shape or form. While many say that makeup is universal there is still a degree of stigma attached to men buying makeup that they are working to take away with their quirky concepts.

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For those taking their first steps into the world of makeup as a boy/man or just looking for something that will be quick, simple and easy to use then a BB cream is generally a good starting point. With the Shining boy BB cream, its targeted specifically at men and boys with a view to making clean skin a quicker process and creates a gateway to experimentation with the wider range of their cosmetics (in particular the eye shadow palettes).

The silver tone of the packaging and overall feel is standard and would not look out of place in a gym bag as it resembles a moisturiser or a post shave balm. The actual product has all the hallmarks of a premium BB cream (BB standing for Beauty balm) in that it offers an all encompassing product with skincare, concealer and light coverage that will in essence give the skin a fresh, rested look. Available in two shades of light and wheatish (medium/tan). Like many BB creams it is still advisable to use a powder to set although it is relatively long wearing depending on your own skin type and texture. The ingredients overall do have all the qualities I would expect and the added bonus of being waterproof making it an ideal addition to a summer regime.

The rest of the shining boy range is more about fun and experimentation with vibrant colour palettes and a more whimsical sense of playfulness but it is the BB cream that does stand out in the range from a grooming perspective as its designed to be easy to use and stands as a reminder that grooming (in the social media age) is an important factor for the well dressed gent or artistically minded soul who wants to be seen in the best possible light.

To learn more about the company see:

Shining Boy Website

Shining Boy Instagram

Shining Boy Facebook

*A quick google search on the Shining Boy brand is enlightening and offers an interesting perspective on the range but in all honesty it doesn’t detract from the company for me it just allows a little insight into the company and the nearest competitors in terms of look and ingredients (not to mention pricing)

Explaining the Lost Boys

The Lost Boys as a concept has a dark heart, its a patchwork of different aspects from the darker side of the Peter Pan story to the current social and political atmosphere where we see people such as Milo Yiannopoulos who has talked openly about the disenfranchisement of young men over the last decade.

Abandoned spaces (image for illustrative purposes only)

Abandoned spaces (image for illustrative purposes only)

Melding these elements together The Lost Boys became a sort of tongue in cheek reference to the way men are viewed and takes some of the “boy who never grew up” stories and expand on them with a touch of the grunge movement, American Gothic and the subversion of masculinity.

The images themselves will be built around derelict buildings, waste ground and a fractured symbolism of nature. Each model will have his own story that will hint at both the inspiration of Pans Lost Boys to the more dystopic visuals of the backdrop to fit with the “council estate boys" look of the models.

Additionally, to the clean makeup looks I have planned, there will be integration (slowly) of character makeup elements such as scarring and bruising to add depth to the characters to give a level of the cinematic and a harsher reality of the concept.

I am going to add extra kit soon and will release details on what goes into a lost shoot in terms of gear from the camera equipment to the makeup and brushes used which in-itself will be released as a blog or blogs.

While I appreciate this is a personal project it will be used to promote the Lost Project and give a voice to a different side of my own commercial/media background in makeup design taking a little of the narrative described above into projects that are currently being scripted with a view to building a stable of work.

The Lost Narrative Defined

I have written a few blogs over the last week or so that while I stand by the commentary I did feel it was ott and dramatic and deserved to be pulled so if anyone is wondering why its simple. I do stand by it but just decided that its not worth the hassle and I want to focus my energies on better things. While this may seem like an admission of guilt its far, far from it. Call me a primadonna if you wish, I really don’t mind. I want to clarify a few small points and clear the air before I start my run at defining what the Lost Boys and Lost Girls story is as a narrative and visual concept, it has a little touch of darkness to it and has been brewing in my head for a long time.

same shit different day

In addition to this as a means to move forward I spoke to one of my scriptwriters and will be sitting this weekend sketching, going through old designs and knuckling down to do the creative and commercial work I have been promising myself I would get done. Calls will be made to those who have shown loyalty and I am going to reinvest not only in my own business again but in the work I have been postponing to support others.

This does not mean I will not be available for clients, far from it, what it does mean is that priority goes to my own work and I will be extremely selective who I work with from this point on.

While the sentiment may be same shit different day, it won’t be my groundhog day and I can see a way to end the current narrative. The problems are no longer mine and I can finally put this to bed and give myself the opportunity to showcase my own skills.

Watch this space, The Lost Stories (combined with Behind the Brushes) is coming back with some fantastic narratives and beauty launches thanks mainly to my connections to various PR agencies which will allow me to give a little time to clearing the cobwebs creatively and finally doing justice to the Lost Girls and the Lost Boys concept that I have on paper created giving it a more visual sense of what its all about.

A Question for Creatives

Over the last two months I have been talking about a Scottish fashion event, a range of Prestigious brands from London, who will come to Scotland and showcase their designs and work here in what could and should be a huge market for designer clothing, a market that has demanded that it be taken seriously in the fashion stakes yet here we are just over a week away and the ticket sales are stagnant, the press and councils event departments, creatives ranging from makeup staff to photographers and even the fashion bloggers have been markedly quiet.

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Why is that? As a former writer for a fashion and lifestyle magazine I can tell you that people will flock to London for events UNPAID for the prestige, run riot at shows with their demands and attitude (getting them barred), but when it comes to Scotland you all go quiet. Strange that.

What exactly are you waiting for an engraved invitation begging you to bring your newly minted “skills” and “talents” to a show?

Where are the makeup staff who all claim to be editorial and fashion artists? Here is a chance to be a part of a team that will showcase and bring designers to Scotland but you are all sitting on your hands. Is it because your not being begged to work or being given an award for your selfies?

The ongoing complaint I hear Scottish creatives is “we don’t know any better,” OK thats cool, so when an opportunity comes up what do you do? Sit back and wait to be asked to come on board and be applauded for doing the job you are “passionate” about. Smart move.

Come on folks, you want the events, you want the professional credentials then earn them by working WITH others or here is what I did, CREATE SOMETHING.

Stop complaining that no one is GIVING you the chances to showcase your talent when you are not reaching out to the people creating the events. Assistant is not a dirty word. Its part of the journey.

The way this is going Scotland will lose creative talent. If you won’t hire talent, if you won’t support your own, then me and others like me who are trying to create will just pack up and go where we are valued.

If you are unwilling to do the work to be at the top, then you cannot and should not be demanding reverential treatment.

So here is my big question for the creatives out there. What are you waiting for?

Fathers Day With Beauty Made in Italy

With fathers day coming very soon (June the 19th) the team at Beauty made in Italy have been busy putting together a little list of gift options that will make every father smile. Classic items that men will appreciate, Beauty Made in Italy works hard to bring the best of Italy to the USA market.

Fathers day with Beauty made in Italy

Made in Florence, Italy, Marvis has revolutionised the concept of toothpaste with a variety of delicious, innovative and contemporary flavors. Get their iconic Whitening Mint Toothpaste in the rubberised and chic Toiletry Kit that also includes Marvis' sleek, nylon bristle Toothbrush. Retail price: $22. Available at bigelowchemists.com.

Specialising in the manufacturing of products derived from the active ingredients of Nature, Perlier's newest introduction, Olivarium Nourishing Bath & Shower Cream incorporates 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Gallipoli, Italy. With a high concentration of antioxidants, this rare olive oil is only produced once a year! Retail price $20. Available at perlier.com

Founded 150 years ago, Acca Kappa's White Moss Gift Set includes their signature Eau de Cologne, Shave Foam and Soap. White Moss, Acca Kappa's iconic fragrance uses precious lavender and juniper essential oils and features notes of bergamot, amber and cedar wood. Retail price: $60. Available at accakappa.com.   

Skin&Co Roma is a family owned beauty business in Umbria with a passion for truffles! Great for men, their Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate is formulated with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins to protect against free radical and environmental damage and hydrolysed fruit extracts to energise and reveal brighter eyes. Retail price: $66. Available at skinandcoroma.com.  

'Beauty Made in Italy' is a program launched by the Italian Government to promote the awareness, availability and excellence of Italian beauty brands to the US consumer.