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.

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

Lola Chubby Cream Lipstick Pencil

I haven’t written about Lola makeup for a while and when I spotted the new chubby cream lipstick pencil I knew it was long overdue that I did, after all, they are a major part of my kit essentials for my private and media/fashion clients. Which I will touch on in this piece.

With 4 shades available, the colours are what I would term staples of a working kit or in a broader sense “wearable” colours that most people will reach for, something Lola makeup is incredibly good. Yes they are a staple of the professional fashion arena in Europe (sponsor of Spain’s next top model and the former UK top model), they have become somewhat of a go to brand for the bridal sector as well with their formulations, colour spectrum and of course fashion credentials being top amongst the reasons.

The major advantages of the new lipstick pencil (as outlined below) are all hall marks of the company who pride themselves on their cruelty free and vegan status.

Characteristics

Lola chubby cream lipstick pencil

Lola chubby cream lipstick pencil

  • Suitable for all skin types and tones

  • Buildable coverage

  • Creamy texture

  • Glossy shine

  • Comfortable to wear

  • Titanium Dioxide free

  • Paraben free

  • Cruelty free

  • 100% Vegan

Benefits

  • Vitamin Enriched

  • Moisturising

  • Conditioning

Known for their fashion forward cosmetics line they are as mentioned, a bridal makeup standard, working with a variety of high end bridal shows and becoming the go to makeup line for this market. As someone who appreciates and values a good lipstick pencil for its ease of use, as a professional they can be slipped easily into a set bag for quick touch ups without the mess and hassle, although if I do use a lipstick you can guess who’s lip brush is the one sitting in my kit for touch ups especially when I apply liquid lipstick I like the precision of the two options that Lola presents.

*On a side note Lola does have one of the best lip brushes I have ever used and their colourless universal powder is one of my top 5 products.

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)

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.

Introducing Ladylike Rebel Modern Vintage Dresses

I am really excited about the upcoming show as I will not only be meeting but also shooting editorial content and a look book for the fantastic Ladylike Rebel clothing line. I was fortunate enough to get some extra info that I could share with you all about this fun, quirky beautiful clothing line.

Ladylike rebel velvet dress

When I was a little girl, I had a favourite doll. Funnily enough, she was named after me or better still, I was named after her.

I used to sew clothing for her and for myself on my mother's vintage Singer sewing machine. I used to draw and sketch out my designs and was inspired and fascinated by the old Hollywood starlets and the beautiful dresses and their personal style. (I still am!)

I was head strong, girly but a tomboy when I chose to be. Feminine but a ‘Rebel’ too. My childhood nickname was 'Trouble' (but I really was a good girl) I knew what I wanted out of life even then. That little girl lived her 'adult' life through that scruffy little doll. I imagined all the things I wanted to do, wanted to be, and wanted to achieve before I was 30 through playing with that Sindy Doll. I dared to dream. My goodness, it's taken a while. 

I needed to live life as an grownup for a while so that I can finally achieve one of my biggest personal aspirations. That need to create and achieve has carried me through my adult and family life, spurring me on until now.

And yes, It's taken a good while.  But I'm finally here. It's time to share my childhood dreams combined with my womanly imagination. Fashion to me is an art gallery filled with skill, imagination, culture, innovation, history and everything I love COMBINED. The garments I create are more than stitched up pieces of fabric. Each garment tells a story of artistic freedom and foretell the wearer’s individuality. Each piece is just like an artist’s canvas. The stitching is the brushes, the fabrics are the paints and the designs are each new canvas. 

“…Create the things you wish existed!”  To me, you must design a garment you would love to wear yourself because if you don’t love it, nobody else will!

I live for vintage styled dresses, especially around the 1950's era which I adore. As as child, I was obsessed with deconstructing dresses and putting them back together again from scratch. I needed to know how they were made to look like they did. So a few years ago, I finally attended the London College Of Fashion to specifically to learn the traditional ‘draping’ technique, the construction, fitting. Best thing I ever did. I love that era within fashion for the simple fact that the women looked so feminine. There is an particular ‘Lady Like’ elegance I revel in and I just adore. I just wants to be a part of that and share my Lady Like but Rebellious vision of women’s fashion. Pushing boundaries and thinking beyond the usual. The new rule of fashion is that there are NO RULES! It’s about taking yourself out of your comfort zone just a touch and trying something a little different and unexpected. And that is the way I wish to create beautiful clothing.

“Where Vintage, Modern and Couture Beautifully Collide!”

My brand motto is made up of who I am and what I would like myself and the brand to become: 

Vintage, classic influence, production and styling. Modern and sustainable use of fabrics and accessories - reducing my “Fashion Footprint”Couture creations made to measure and designed specifically to be individualistic and unique Design production in small quantities to ensure brand exclusivity

A thought, a movement, a brand.

To put it simply, I'm still that little girl, living in a Modern world, who finds joy creating Couture and who's inspired by her love of Vintage in her little country Atelier…

LadyLike Rebel will be at the Enterkine Country House Hotel on the 21st for the popup show alongside Lost Project and D-ink.

Bustoire Lingerie comes to Scotland

Joyce Bustoire founder

Founded by Joyce Labinjo, Bustoire is a glamorous addition to the lingerie and nightwear market perfect for the woman with curves.

The inspiration for Bustoire began whilst on a lingerie shopping trip in Cambridge in the UK with a friend. My friend, who has a small cup size, had her pick of lingerie and nightwear in every shop we entered. When it came to finding nightwear to fit me I couldn’t find anything that fit a large cup size and was in natural fabrics like silk satin or chiffon. They simply didn’t exist.

Designed to meet the needs of the curvy, Bustoire has become a staple of the market with its simple philosophy of a bigger cup size doesn’t mean your plus size or that you don’t deserve to feel beautiful and glamorous.

Based in the heart of London, the entire range is British based and has its roots in glamour, giving that sense of luxury with the use of satin, silk and chiffon to create sumptuous garments that are feminine, practical and designed to meet the needs and wants of the modern woman without losing that touch of decadence that only truly beautiful nightwear can provide.

To learn more about the brand see:

The Bustoire website

The Bustoire Facebook

The Bustoire Instagram

For an opportunity to meet the designer Bustoire will be available at the Enterkine country House Hotel pop up show on the 21st of July alongside a range of other designers and stalls.

Fathers Day With Beauty Made in Italy

With fathers day coming very soon (June the 19th) the team at Beauty made in Italy have been busy putting together a little list of gift options that will make every father smile. Classic items that men will appreciate, Beauty Made in Italy works hard to bring the best of Italy to the USA market.

Fathers day with Beauty made in Italy

Made in Florence, Italy, Marvis has revolutionised the concept of toothpaste with a variety of delicious, innovative and contemporary flavors. Get their iconic Whitening Mint Toothpaste in the rubberised and chic Toiletry Kit that also includes Marvis' sleek, nylon bristle Toothbrush. Retail price: $22. Available at bigelowchemists.com.

Specialising in the manufacturing of products derived from the active ingredients of Nature, Perlier's newest introduction, Olivarium Nourishing Bath & Shower Cream incorporates 100% Italian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Gallipoli, Italy. With a high concentration of antioxidants, this rare olive oil is only produced once a year! Retail price $20. Available at perlier.com

Founded 150 years ago, Acca Kappa's White Moss Gift Set includes their signature Eau de Cologne, Shave Foam and Soap. White Moss, Acca Kappa's iconic fragrance uses precious lavender and juniper essential oils and features notes of bergamot, amber and cedar wood. Retail price: $60. Available at accakappa.com.   

Skin&Co Roma is a family owned beauty business in Umbria with a passion for truffles! Great for men, their Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate is formulated with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins to protect against free radical and environmental damage and hydrolysed fruit extracts to energise and reveal brighter eyes. Retail price: $66. Available at skinandcoroma.com.  

'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 consumer.