Fight Acne and Skin Flare-Ups with Kyushi Kindness

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

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

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

Kyushi Face Oil Duo Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the range see:

Kyushi Website

Kyushi Instagram

Explaining the Lost Boys

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

Abandoned spaces (image for illustrative purposes only)

Abandoned spaces (image for illustrative purposes only)

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

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

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

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

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

The Lost Narrative Defined

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

same shit different day

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

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

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

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

A Question for Creatives

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

creative questions

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?

Mothers Day With Beauty Made in Italy

Mothers day is an important day across the world and the team at Beauty Made in Italy know this only to well and have curated a beautiful range of gifts for the USA mothers day (Sunday May the 12th) that will make it a little more special for all concerned.

Acca Kappa White Moss Body Lotion

Acca Kappa White Moss Body Lotion

Treat mom with Acca Kappa's White Moss Body Lotion.Inspired by the freshness of Spring in Italy, this soft and creamy lotion is full of antioxidants and contains lemon extract know for its invigorating and vitalising properties. Retail price $58. Available at accakappa.us

Jus Box Feather Supreme Perfume

Jus Box Feather Supreme Perfume

New to the US market, surprise mom with Jusbox’s Feather Supreme fragrance. A symbol of strong female voices and inspired by Aretha Franklin, Feather Supreme has notes of mandarin, bergamot, rose and patchouli. Retail price: $190. Available at bloomingdales.com and jusboxperfumes.com.

Perlier Overnight Cream

Perlier Overnight Cream

Perlier's new Black Rice Rejuvenating & Renewing Overnight Night Cream contains Retinol and  Vitamin C to keep mom's skin radiant and youthful. This targeted treatment fights against ageing and helps increase the  production of elastin and collagen while perfectly hydrating the skin. Retail price: $70. Available at perlier.com.  

Skin & co cleansing oil

Skin & co cleansing oil

Skin&Co Roma's Truffle Therapy Cleansing Oil will help mom end her day with moment of pleasure. This bi-phase makeup removing cleanser is formulated with Skin&Co's exclusive Black Winter Truffle, Sweet Almond Oil, Argon Oil and Aloe Vera to soothe and protect the skin while removing impurities accumulated throughout the day. Retail price: $32. Available at skinandcoroma.com.

The team at Beauty Made in Italy select only the best products for any occasion and we will soon be covering Fathers day and its worthy of note that no matter the occasion Beauty Made in Italy bring the best products and collections to the beauty table.

The Lost Blog Returns

The Lost Blog

We have been sitting as a team and discussing the different elements of what we do and what we offer, fine tuning the business so to speak. One thing that came up was the website, as much as we all loved it, we felt that it made sense to reinvigorate the concept as we move into a new phase and give ourselves a fresh look to meet the changes we have planned.

Over the coming months we will be working on the plans to expand on production and print work, thanks to our creative director JamesC mua, we have access to some fantastic resources and will be making effective use of them soon. We also will be migrating all the work into one solid site and JamesC will be joining us long term with all his work being showcased here on the Lost Project website.

Something that has been on our mind is we want to create more work of our own and we are aiming to have at least two festival pieces in play and then start on our internet TV plans with the TV Series script earmarked already with our plan being to integrate in one of our Bollywood contacts for the lead role.

A host of new images will also be shot to fill out the website with JamesC taking the lead, naturally as creative director, giving him the chance to spread his wings a little as in-house makeup designer and photographer.

Overall, we are excited about the prospects of the new year and will be making waves with our work and direction.