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:

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  • 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

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.”

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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

LD Boutique by Leighton Denny MBE

Leighton Denny (MBE) is the ultimate beauty success story, his international reputation for nails has brought him and the nail industry into the mainstream in a way that is beyond comprehension and owes a lot to his humble roots and overall demeanour.

Going from being a fork life driver to founding the multi million pound beauty and nail expert shows the grit and determination of a man who’s talents go above and beyond that of a nail tech into the realms of business giant. From the award winning crystal nail file and fragrance (sold worldwide to a point where it could fill an Olympic swimming pool), Leighton has become the go to guru for all things beauty.

LD Boutique by Leighton Denny MBE

LD Boutique by Leighton Denny MBE

With four key areas of his business, it is no surprise to see that the LD boutique range is a global phenomenon. Starting with the nail varnishes through to the self tanning range it is a company that has sent beauty over the edge and created its own standard and a benchmark for the art form.

"Leighton Denny Expert Nails is where it all began, and we still have the same award-winning polish formula that we launched in 2005. It's stood the test of time! From hand creams and cuticle oils to gel polishes and pedicure sets LDEN will always deliver. My iconic Crystal Nail File has won its 15th industry award and is the key to a salon finish."

"Sun Believable is a 'no gimmicks' tanning range that's moisturising, kind to the skin and delivers a healthy looking, multi-dimensional, long lasting tan. And there's something for everyone! From the antioxidant instant tan BRONZE Me (£16/200ml), to the deep, overnight tanning mousse TAN Me (£25/300ml) to the natural tan accelerator ACCELERATE Me(£20/200ml)."

"Lip Dual (£12.50) allows you to create a matte, natural, bold or sheer lip colour, all with one product. The dual ended lip system holds a rich and luxurious lipstick at one end and a magnetic-like lip "stain" on the other so you can stain it, layer it, tone it up or tone it down and wear your colour your way, every day!"

"There are four unique and intoxicating fragrances in my LIGHT & DARK- two female (Original and Delightful) and two unisex (Lively and Desire) fragrances, you can find a perfect scent for your mood. I designed each LIGHT & DARK fragrance, so they blend seamlessly with each other, so you can wear alone for an intriguing scent or layered together for your own personal fragrance cocktail. My LIGHT & DARK Discovery Collection (£38) is the perfect way to test and trial the collection and create your signature scent."

A company to watch, the Leighton Denny range is growing in the beauty market and as a household name is second to none in its innovations and standards.

To learn more about the range see:

LD Boutique by Leighton Denny Website

LD Boutique by Leighton Denny Instagram

LD Boutique by Leighton Denny Twitter

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)

Hard Candy By Stewart Nicol Soutar

Intentional or not there is something about the painting Hard Candy by Stewart Nicol Soutar, that makes me think of my childhood and everything candy coated and sweet yet still has a little of the edge I have come to expect from the artist himself.

Yes, the title itself does imbue a sense of the nostalgic, it does go a little deeper in the usual abstract sense that only Stewart Nicol Soutar seems to be able to do and gives a depth of something dystopic whilst maintaining that nostalgic edge in the same breath, a neat trick that I have yet to see another artist pull off with the same degree of aplomb.

Hard Candy' - (A Pokey o' Cut Roak, Easter 1960). Oil on canvas. 50" x 60",

Hard Candy' - (A Pokey o' Cut Roak, Easter 1960). Oil on canvas. 50" x 60",

The painting itself conjures up images of my childhood with the “poke a sweets” or “a 10 pence mix up”, the white paper bags so often thin tantalised, hinting at a secret inside, did you get your favourites? Or was it a random mix, something new to taste? The specks of colour hinting at the delectable treats inside, the twisted edges holding closed the bag till you could get outside the shop and delve into its delights.

The background reminiscent of the box, a standard of the local newsagent or sweet shop was the box of “mix ups”, so often filled to the brim with these paper bags the image in and of itself sets your taste buds into motion like a Pavlovian dog anticipating a treat.

Somewhat darker (and perhaps more personal) is the lower edge of the bag, yes the sharp edges curled up are exact replicas of the childhood treat but also hinting at something more sinister, sharp teeth waiting to devour perhaps, a touch of the darkness in my own mind or that of the artist its open to the interpretation of the viewer, which is how it should be when viewing art.

With an overall sense of mystery I err on the side of nostalgia for my youth in what could be seen as a departure form his usual darker social commentary, it is still an insight into both (my own mind) and the artist, perhaps longing for a youth that is at the heart of us all and a testament to the Stewart Nicol Soutar that it opens your eyes to what is either a youthful reminiscence or something darker, a message, a sigh for long lost whims and hopes that were simpler or a sinister message to the unfortunate children who view it: what is now a pleasurable escape and sweet moment is really a trick and that those sharp callous teeth are waiting to bite.

For me, the overall theme of the painting is truly open to interpretation but ultimately has all the hallmarks of a nostalgic, wistful trip down memory lane and I intend to stick to my gut instinct and hold true to the memories it brings up, and let (you) the viewer decide its nature.

To learn more about the artist see the:

Stewart Nicol Soutar art website.

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.

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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?