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

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.

*This blog includes affiliate links.

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.

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.

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/

Fashion Week Beauty Staples for Italian Girl Style

As any fashionista will tell you, fashion week no matter the city is frantic and you need to be on the top of your game when it comes to your look and style, your makeup has to stay put for a day as your run from one catwalk to the next, show to show. The team at Beauty Made in Italy are one step ahead and have come up with some fantastic must haves for the shows and day to day life as you flit around town. After all isn’t life one big catwalk?

fashion week with beauty made in Italy

Herbatint's Flash Fashion colour range for fun, vibrant hair colour. Offering the brightest reds, deepest purples and funkiest mango colours, Herbatint's Flash Fashion Series gives you the power to personalise your hair colour and keep up with this year's hottest trends! Retail price: $18.99. Available now at usa.herbatint.com.

Before heading out to the shows, make sure your skin is prepped with Skin&Co Roma's Truffle Therapy Face Toner. Infused with their signature Black Winter Truffle, this toner deeply cleanses and purifies pores with the antiseptic power of witch hazel and sage, effectively removing impurities to treat, heal and prevent blemishes. Retail price: $30. Available now at skinandcoroma.com.

Keep your makeup looking fresh and lock in all day coverage with Ripar's Setting Spray. This lightweight and non-sticky mist is formulated with soothing and refreshing ingredients to ensure your makeup stays in place even under those harsh runway lights! A favourite of makeup professionals and performers, Ripar's Setting Spray can be used to set your makeup in the morning or to provide a refreshing boost throughout the day. Retail price: $33. Available now at ripar.us. Nourish your skin while on-the-go with Carthusia's Mediterraneo Hand Cream. Gently scented with their best selling fragrance this hand cream is a daily indulgence and perfect for dry or chapped hands. Retail price: $20. Available now at bigelowchemists.com.

To learn more about the Beauty Made in Italy Program see their website: https://beautymadeinitaly.com/

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.

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.

Safeguarding Your Skin For Winter with Jane Scrivner

One of the leading lights of the skincare realm, Jane Scrivner has travelled the globe as a skincare trainer and brand ambassador, leading to the development of the award winning, professional ranges of organic skincare available today. Taking this a step further she has collated a selection of products designed to take you from the warm summer days to the cooler winter with ease.

"As Summer comes to an end and the cooler autumnal weather creeps in it's easy for people to neglect their skincare regime until the harsh winter weather has them reaching for their rich, comforting oils and creams. But prevention is always better than cure and skin improvements don't happen overnight. Now is the time to start safeguarding your skin so it can stand strong in the face of the coming winter season. Think of it as your winter skinvestment!”

Skinfoliate

Exfoliate with Jane Scrivner Skinfoliate -£26/150ml

  • gently slough away a season long build-up of dead, dull skin cells with this 100% natural and organic blend of AHA & BHA acids

  • phyto origin malic, lactic, salicylic, citric, tartaric and glycolic acids work on every level of skin exfoliation and stimulation for a clearer, fresher, smoother, brighter complexion

  • formulated with English raw, organic apple cider vinegar with Mother ferment keeps skin's natural flora intact

  • this blend works to stimulate cell renewal, boost collagen and elastin synthesis, decongest and clear skin and reconfigure skin's natural acid mantle to the ideal pH

Repair Restore Facial Oil

Replenish with Jane Scrivner Intense Oil - £25/30ml

  • formulated with 100% Organic C02 Critical Extract of Chilean Rosehip Oil, a potent, fortifying treatment oil with amazing reparation and regeneration properties, often used to treat post-operative scarring so imagine what it could do for your fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, sun damage and dry skin.

  • rich in linoleic acid thanks to the heavy-duty Omega's 3 and 6 which work to plump, smooth and moisturise the skin.

  • also rich in vitamins E, C, and Beta Carotene - an excellent source of trans retinoic acid, a natural form of Vitamin A, to encourage cell turnover and reparation

OO Cream

Protect & Moisturise with Jane Scrivner OO Cream - £27/50ml

  • this golden orange moisturiser acts like an overall for your skin

  • formulated with Critical Rosehip Extract rich in Essential Fatty Acid's, calming and protective Argan Oil and Vitamin E to hydrate and nourish the skin and to replenish barrier function

  • the Beta-Glucan rich Colloidal Oatmeal forms a slightly mattifying, tissue fine barrier on the skins surface, which acts like a protective coat for your skin, fortifying your barrier function, locking in the nutrients from your skincare and preventing TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss)

  • apply after your facial oil all over your face, neck and décolleté to keep skin smooth, protected, hydrated, healthy and radiant.

To learn more about the Jane Scrivner range see:

Jane Scrivner Website

Jane Scrivner Instagram

Jane Scrivner Facebook

Jane Scrivner Twitter

Alfa Italia’s Tropea Pro Styler

There is something so about Ala Italia hair tools that makes you feel like you are buying not just the elegance and Italian style of the product but the whole professional realm that they embody so well from their consumer tools to the professional range they offer.

Alfa Italia’s Tropea Pro Styler

Alfa Italia’s Tropea Pro Styler

The new Alfa Italia Tropea Pro Styler, With three interchangeable barrels this new styler is a perfect addition to a weekend bag or a compact dressing table, offering maximum style and impact with minimal fuss. Ideally suited to travel (or as a gift for a beauty enthusiast) there is something special about the Alfa Italia styling tools range that is more than professional, it is a lifestyle. Looking closely at the styler we see the same professional elements we would expect in a salon down scaled and ready to use at home with the added benefits that only Alfa Italia can offer with style and grace that says Italy:

  • Titanium Barrels - fast becoming a go to option for professional stylists, this material offers superior heat conductivity and an ultra-smooth surface that makes for silky, shiny curls.

  • • MCH heater - emits far-infrared heat that instantly penetrates the cortex of the hair cuticle, heating from the inside outwards. The hair is heated evenly and in half the time of conventional heat, reducing the risk of damage.

  • Lightweight - titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any material used in professional styling tools.

  • Easy to use - the digital heat control interface allows for precise setting and monitoring of temperature from 121oc up to 232oc for consistently effective results. And auto shutoff means no more worrying if you’ve switched it off when you leave the house!

  • • Protect your digits - heat-resistant 3-fingered glove gives flexibility and more precise curling - without burning your fingers.

  • Agile - an easy grip, 9 foot 360° swivel cord made of heat-proof, up to 232oC, rubber and a professional

  • hook makes using and storing this tool super easy.

  • Dual Voltage 110–240 V – perfect for international travel.

  • 1-Year Alfa Italia Warranty - for extra protection and peace of mind.

To learn more about the Alfa Italia Range see:

Alfa Italia Website

Alfa Italia Instagram

Alfa Italia Facebook

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

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

Summer in a Bottle with Beauty Made in Italy

Do you want to travel without leaving the comfort of your own home? Well your in luck, the team at Beauty made in Italy have come up trumps with some of the most beautiful scents that will transport you to the Italian Riviera without the need for a passport. The latest collection of fragrance has all the hallmarks we have come to expect from Italian style and will bring out your inner traveller.

Acca Kappa Tilia Cordata

Acca Kappa's Tilia Cordata Parfum is a floral citrus fragrance with notes of bergamot, lemon and jasmine that will instantly transport you to Italy's Mediterranean valleys and Venetian gardens. Available at accakappa.us. Retail price: $88.

Mediterraneo Eau de Parfum

Carthusia's best selling fragrance, Mediterraneo is THE quintessential scent of summer. Blending the freshness of lemon leaves with sparkling tones of green tea, Mediterraneo is Capri in a bottle! Available at bigelowchemists.com. Retail price: $80.

jusbox cheeky smile

Inspired by late nights and discotheque, Jusbox's new fragrance Cheeky Smile will keep you dancing until sunrise. The bottle is finished in a special varnish that appears light grey in daylight and turns into a vibrant, acid-green color when seen under ultraviolet light. Retail price: $210. Available at 10 Corso Como NYC and jusboxperfumes.com.

proraso cologne wipes

Proraso offers men an innovative and convenient way to wear fragrance on-the-go with their Azur Lime Refreshing Cologne Wipes. The single-use sachets are the ideal finishing touch, offering freshness anytime, anywhere with a fresh citrus, energetic mint and juniper scent. Available at bigelowchemists.com. Retail price: $10 for pack of six wipes.

'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 market.

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)

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.