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.

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

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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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.

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.

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