Ripar Cosmetics Goes State Side

ripar cosmetics USA

Originally designed as a camouflage cream makeup for tattoos and medical conditions, they have grown to become a staple of artists kits and a respected professional makeup brand used across Italy in a wide range of situations and artistic endeavors. Expanding on this with the team from Beauty made in Italy, they are now set to make waves in the wider market and take their expertise and professionalism to a whole new level.

Joining the US market this year, Ripar Cosmetics is an Italian family-owned business with over 40 years of history and experience. Combining a love of beauty and medicine, their expertise stems from two generations of plastic surgeons. Ripar offers beauty aficionados a range of cosmetics including mascaras, foundations, setting powders, setting sprays and more.

Ripar Cosmetics is part of the 'Beauty Made in Italy' program that promotes the awareness, availability and excellence of Italian beauty brands and products to the US market and consumer.

Originally designed for tattoo cover and skin imperfections, Ripar's RiparCover Cream is a lightweight, long-lasting, full coverage foundation that's gentle on the skin and fragrance-free. Available in 24 shades, RiparCover Cream completely hides the appearance of blemishes and rosacea. RiparCover Cream is sweat and water-resistant so it will last all day long! Combine with their RiparCover Setting Powder for 16 hours of staying power.

Available NOW at macys.com and ripar.us.

The Skincare Ritual To Boost Your Mood and Beat The Winter Blues

Taking the winter blues and changing in the season in its stride, the Kyushi skincare range has a welcome solution that will boost your regime and offer a welcome respite in a tiring world.

Kyushi

Kyushi Orange & Neroli (£39/30ml, kyushi.co.uk) is a 100% natural, vegan facial oil combining the skin-nourishing plant-based oils of Jojoba and Squalane, with the powerful aromatherapy benefits of Sweet Orange, Bergamot and Neroli essential oils. This energizing daily facial oil works to maintain, support and restore beautiful glowing skin, whilst putting a spring in your morning step.

  • Sweet Orange essential oil naturally reduces anxiety and balances mood

  • Bergamot essential oil soothes tension in the body and helps to fade dark spots whilst brightening and evening skin tone

  • uplifting Neroli essential oil has antiseptic properties to support the balance in oil and moisture

  • 100% pure olive Squalane Oil imitates the skins natural sebum to nourish, moisturize, restore elasticity and boost cell regeneration

  • Jojoba Oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, B-complex, silicon, chromium, copper, zinc and bacteria-fighting iodine. This naturally derived liquid wax is almost identical to the molecular structure of sebum, allowing the oil to deeply nourish and moisturize

  • anti-oxidant Vitamin E helps to improve fine lines and wrinkles by providing an antioxidant boost that protects from sun damage and encourages the healthy growth of new skin cells.

  • high in vitamin C content which helps to fight wrinkles, supports the production of collagen and boosts blood flow to the area.

The Kyushi Ritual

The application of Kyushi is as important as the product itself, inspired by the Japanese belief in being in the moment. Pause for few moments twice daily, place three drops of your Kyushi oil into the palm of your hand, gently rub hands together and cup hands over nose and mouth. Close the eyes and take three long deep breaths, feeling the stomach rise and fall, the lungs filling then emptying completely as you deep breathe to oxygenate the body, giving cells the crucial oxygen needed to regenerate. Finally apply the oil to face, neck, and chest to experience the topical and aromatherapy benefits in unison. Kyushi - permission to pause.

To learn more about the range see:

The Kyushi Website.

The Kyushi Instagram.

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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From Farm-to-Face With I-Beauty

When it comes to skincare and beauty Italy is leading the way with a sense of style that is truly Italian in its nature. The latest example of this being the farm to face collection from the team at Beauty made in Italy. Taking the concept of fresh skin and beauty to a whole new level of expertise, grace, and class that can only be done with the best possible ingredients, the absolute top of the European market brands and of course the added touch of chic that only Beauty made in Italy can provide.

from farm to face with ibeauty

The highest quality ingredients in the world combined with innovative formulations come together to produce the freshest, most luxurious products that define Italian beauty (I-Beauty). Using the land and nature as their biggest resource, I-Beauty brands create products that are truly farm-to-face. Check out these new products from 'Beauty Made in Italy' to give your beauty routine a nourishing and healthy kick!

Rejuvenate your skin with Perlier's Royal Elixir Nectar of Youth Face Serum With Fresh Royal Jelly Drone Technology. This revolutionary serum contains the highest level of Perlier's most advanced active ingredient, fresh royal jelly, which has been enhanced using drone technology. The Royal Elixir Face Serum helps to fill wrinkles from the inside, smoothing and plumping the look of skin, leaving it more radiant and energized. Retail price: $149. Available now at perlier.com.

October marks the start of the truffle hunting season, which is the star ingredient in Skin&Co Roma's Truffle Therapy Cream. The luxurious Black Winter Truffle is dense and nutrients and antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and environmental damage while combating the signs of dehydration. Retail price: $68. Available now at skinandcoroma.com.

Acca Kappa's new Natural Care Gel Facial Oil is formulated with a blend of eight organic vegetable oils that include: sweet almond oil, olive oil, argan oil, sesame oil, Jojoba oil, macadamia oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil. This nourishing and elasticizing treatment fights the signs of aging while moisturizing, toning and soothing the skin. Retail price: $98. Available now at accakappa.com.

Inspired by nature, Herbatint's Mahogany Series is an easy way to spice up your hair color. With organic black walnut and organic Echinacea, their Mahogany Series creates deep vibrant red tones that enhance the subtle colors of Fall. Retail price: $18.99. Available now at usa.herbatint.com.

To learn more about Beauty Made in Italy click here.

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.

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/

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

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

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

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

Time Bomb The Tech Neck Troubleshooter

In an age where mobile phones and other tech have taken over our lives the team at Time Bomb noticed a change, not only how we view the world but how it was affecting our bodies and in some cases creating and increasing tell tale signs of ageing such as lines, wrinkles and slackened skin in the neck and chest area thanks to the constant downward slope as we check our phones and of course the natural pull of gravity.

Designed to tackle signs of ageing that can be prevalent in the neck and jaw line area, Time Bomb tech neck trouble shooter, is a company that works hard to give the best possible treatments to the market and their range has been hitting high marks for some time for example the Time Bomb Tech Neck Trouble Shooter Cream:

“A multi award-winning, rich, velvety cream is formulated with Lanachrys©,usually found in cellulite treatments - which breaks down excess fatty deposits and tones the skin, crucial to improve the appearance of jowls and turkey neck.”

The tech neck cream is designed to help address these serious tell-tale signs and beat 'tech neck' with a targeted, intensive treatment that zones in on the issue that may cause or exaggerate signs of ageing caused by both technology and gravity (the perils of the mobile world are many).

  • The deeply moisturising formula also contains skin protecting pea extract to prevent creping of the skin and preserve and aid the production of collagen and elastin, maintaining skin's firmness and elasticity and delivering an instant uplifting boost.

  • Chrysanthellum and white truffle extract further firm and smooth the skin to combat troublesome sagging and wrinkles whilst a special 9-amino based peptide, rumex occidentalis extract andvitamin C help inhibit pigmentation, diminish the appearance of age spots and make complexion look more even.

Massage into the skin morning and night for supple, firm, even-toned skin that doesn't give away your age.

To learn more about the Time Bomb range see:

The Time Bomb UK Website

The Time Bomb Instagram

The Time Bomb Facebook

The Time Bomb Twitter

Base of Sweden Goes International

I know we would not normally do this but the news was to good not to share as Base of Sweden goes international, thats correct the company who’s innovative foundation and cleanser is making waves in Europe is now available for international delivery through their website.

Designed to be professional friendly, the foundation and remover has become a media sensation in its native Sweden and captured the attention of artists across the board with fans both industry and consumer praising its formulation and company ethos.

“The Base is not like other foundations and therefore it does not feel like other foundations. It is moist on your skin all day long and lasts up to 72 hours. It is also waterproof, which allows you to wash your face, swim and exercise in it without it coming off. Once it does come off, the Base fades away gradually rather than falls off.”

An absolute game changer this foundation is perfect for all aspects of the makeup artist kit from the media and theatre where longevity, sweat proof and waterproof is a must to the bridal sector where demand for long stay makeup that doesn’t clog the skin is chief amongst the coveted and sought after solutions for brides and the wedding party. Stepping to the plate with this range was a bold move and it is one that is receiving notice with Base of Sweden Already garnering industry innovation awards for foundation alongside the press and blogger accolades it deserves.

To learn more about the range or to purchase see:

Base of Sweden Website

Base of Sweden Instagram

Base of Sweden Facebook

*The YouTube channel for Base of Sweden is a must see and save for the savvy artist who wants to learn.

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.

shining boy makeup.jpg

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)