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

Ariane Pool Makeup Through the Seasons

Ariane Pool has over the course of her 40 plus year career has become a leading light in the professional sector and was part of a handful of artists who changed the face of makeup and has given both consumers and professionals in the business a range of cosmetics that has become synonymous with celebrities and bridal. An in demand makeup artist herself and known for her calm, collected approach to cosmetics especially when dealing with the white glove service of weddings Ariane Pool is an artist and cosmetics creator who has become a household name for good reason.

One of the keys to this is her ability to work with the clients and create what has been termed the transitional collection. As the weather is so often changeable and undecided (especially in the UK) she decided to give us a set of key components that will make your beauty life that little bit simpler.

Ariane Pool Concealer Palette

Ariane Pool Concealer Palette

Starting with the concealer palette, The creamy formula is soft enough to work underneath the eyes but dries down to demi-matte finish, concealing blemishes and high colouring beautifully. A must have for your beauty space or kit as it allows you to customise your look as and when you require with the minimum of hassle.

Ariane Pool Waterproof Lash Coat

Ariane Pool Waterproof Lash Coat

Waterproofing your lashes is a must regardless of the time of year and this clever innovation of the transparent topper will transform any mascara into a waterproof formula that can withstand water, rain, sweat and tears. Simply sweep over your normal mascara, for lashes that won't budge.

And finally, the blush and bronze With a pigmented sheer blush on one side and a satin golden bronze on the other, this duo allows you to sculpt, contour, highlight and blush, all at once. Use the blusher alone for a fresh summer flush, mix the two together for a warmer autumnal shade or use the bronzer alone to sculpt and contour your complexion.

Ariane Pool Blush and Bronze Duo

Ariane Pool Blush and Bronze Duo

Taking your makeup to the next level with smart placement and transitional products that will see you throughout the year without hassle, Ariane Pool is the artist to look to for smart makeup. To learn more about the range see:

Ariane Pool Website

Ariane Pool Instagram

Ariane Pool Facebook

Ariane Pool YouTube

Ariane Pool 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.

The latest travel kit from Alfa Italia

Alfa Italia has done it again, there new limited edition travelling kit hits all the markers for chic and Italian style like no other brand. The sleek and stylist set which is being aimed at the consumer market is THE travel accessory de jour for the jet setter who wants something with that little extra chic edge. With Christmas just 5 months away and the release date of September, the timing is perfect to pick up a gift for the holidays or that late in the year winter bird trip south to warmer climes.

alfa italia

Known throughout Europe the UK based company has won multiple awards within the hair and beauty realm for their unique and beautifully crafted brush and tools, a staple of the salon as well as the home there is something uniquely beautiful about their kits and this new travel set is no exception to that with its decadent colour tones and the frankly delectable names, it is easy to see them being The gift of 2019.

The Lazio Collezioni, a limited-edition travel styling kit inspired by delicious Italian desserts. Taking its name from the stunning mountainous region in central Italy, the Lazio Collezioni features deceptively powerful mini hair styling appliances for on the go styling.

The limited-edition autumn/winter 2019 travel kit is the perfect travel companion for the festive season and makes a great addition to any Christmas list. The ultra-compact and lightweight dryer and irons provide near salon performance and help ensure you maintain your look while on the go.

The new Lazio Collezioni hairdryer utilises Alfa Italia’s powerful 1200w motor, which has two speed settings, to create the same styling power as its full-sized counterparts while the ceramic styling iron is capable of heating up to 190°C and comes with two sectioning clips.

Available in Berry Tarte (deep red) and Creme Caramel (beautiful tan), the sets are contained in a luxuriously stylish compact travel case.

Adam Tudor, Creative Director of Alfa Italia, said, “As ever with our limited edition travel sets, we wanted to create a luxurious, yet affordable mini kit in the new season’s key shades. This autumn it’s all about classic berry tones complemented with soft, earthy colours and we feel the new Lazio Collezioni embodies these trends beautifully.”

Alfa Italia is a UK based brand specialising in professional hair styling tools and appliances designed for salon and home use. Alfa Italia prides itself in its extensive research and development of their tools, all of which have been inspired by Italian elegance.

Available from September for a limited time only in hair salons nationwide and at www.alfaitaliapro.com priced at £44.95.

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.

Skin&Co Roma - Truffle in Paradise

Another beautiful entree into the realms of the Beauty made in Italy catalogue in the form of Skin and Co’s new Truffle therapy Collection. Decadent, luxurious and wholly Italian this is set to be another sell out item for the company.

Skin and Co Truffle Therapy Collection

Skin and Co Truffle Therapy Collection

With a passion for truffles, Skin&Co Roma is a family owned beauty business in Umbria, Italy where they source, grow and extract the best ingredients from their private truffle farms to create natural active skincare. This family business also includes Sabatino Tartufi Truffles, the world's largest truffle manufacturer dating back to 1911. Thanks to their love for truffles, the family's hard work and dedication to their land, beauty aficionados and celebrities (including Oprah Winfrey) visit the truffle farms every year. 

Skin&Co is part of the 'Beauty Made in Italy' program launched by the Italian Government to promote the awareness, availability and excellence of Italian beauty brands and products to the US market and consumer.

Today, Skin&Co infuses their signature ingredient, Black Winter Truffle, in two new products: Truffle Therapy Body Oil and Limited Edition Truffle Therapy Shimmering Body Oil.

Perfect for a head-to-toe glow, the new Truffle Therapy Body Oil is formulated to absorb quickly and deeply hydrate the skin while protecting it from free radicals.

Retail price: $45

Luxuriously indulgent, Skin&Co's Limited Edition Truffle Therapy Shimmering Body Oil provides multi-layer hydration while wrapping the skin in a shimmering luminous veil for the ultimate day-to-night body glow.

Availability: NOW through September 2019

Retail price: $65.

Both available at skinandcoroma.com

Dismantling the Narrative of Support

I really do owe a debt of gratitude to the Scottish fashion community (and just as importantly the Scottish film community too). You really know how to un-person your own creative talent and destroy your own narrative about how important it is to support anything Scottish from fashion events YOU demand through to films that you have no clue how to sell or finance, they have to be supported because Scotland. It really is amazing to me that geography trumps business.

We had a realistic line in the sand over what our expectations for the pop-up show and what it would bring, it was being used as a stepping stone to create more and it was going to be difficult to push without support and without a huge amount of effort on our part. That we did. We spent money on ads, we spent hours contacting businesses from self employed buyer through to the Scottish fashion community and of course the press who’s client base was exactly the same as we needed at the event.

The outcome of this?

I see right through you

Well it was simple. Everyone, and I do mean everyone from the Enterkine Hotel through to the various fashion based individuals such as the bloggers, fashion index and calendar (all with the geographic tag of Scotland) declined or ignored the messages and attempts to reach out to them. So the people who were crying out for fashion shows, to be taken as seriously in the market as the rest of the UK, particularly London, all of them sat on their hands.

This was an absolutely insane move on all fronts, what could have and should have been an opportunity to promote Scotland as a viable entity in the market was ignored. What was an easy sell in London we knew would take a little more effort up here, and it was within the interest of all parties to make it work.

So why didn’t they? I have some theories on this:

We went outside the prescribed norms and did this without permission or consent from the cliques. By this I mean simply we didn’t approach any of the current “collective” teams of makeup artists, photographers and those who are “running” the social media groups for the “fashion industry in Scotland.”

Everyone sat and waited to be asked. A prime example of this was models. Scottish Agencies wanted between 10 and 100 times the going rate of London to provide models for a show, no negotiations, no information on what “industry standard” rate of pay they required would be, just that they wanted that for their models AND a consultation fee for last minute booking and arrangement. Oddly they were un-surprised at the details of the event and just asked for money with no clear definable boundary as to why the rate was set so high. Something I have noticed is the minute you mention budgets, no matter the skill level its automatically pay me industry rate, usually the top level rate for time served (eg senior rate for 10 year plus staff) to someone who has Zero experience or has never been paid for the various “indie” projects on their CV.

*In London, agencies will loan out new faces on request for shows and use it as a platform to create other business as they know that a successful show will generate look books, editorials (paid) and advertorials. So they generally accept expenses for the models on the understanding that its a trade test.

Expanding on the waiting to be asked notion, where were the creatives from makeup and photography? What was the issue? You will pay a small fortune to go to London and complain that Scotland should have professional shows that you can cover so why didn’t you step up and ask for info or try and get a foot in the door using the trade test logic or at least support it? What were you waiting for an engraved invitation? The networking potential was there but you didn’t take it. Does that trip to London generate business or are you just sending images on spec to papers and magazines (usually low end) in the hopes of getting published, why not do that for a Scottish show? You wanted it, we created it, you ignored it.

One thing that was said that still confounds me was the hotel, the Enterkine house hotel in Annbank near Ayr. When questioned on their lack of support for the show, the Owner begged me to do something to promote her hotel hence bringing London and international designers for a show, the manageress stated “we don’t promote outside events and anyway I had no idea how to promote a fashion event.” So the ticket link and details were not enough? You can’t work with social media? A simple share on your social accounts would have been a step in the right direction.

So with all this in mind, I want to again state my thanks to the Scottish fashion (and film/TV) circuit for opening my eyes to how the demand to be taken seriously in the industry only stretches as far as talk.

I will always be proud of my Scottish heritage but from here on, thats as far as it goes. I see right through the support Scottish creatives talk and know thats all it is. Talk.