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

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.

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

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.

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.

International Fashion Designers Exhibiting In a New Marleybone Popup Show

This May sees a unique opportunity to see and buy new designs from international designers at a new pop-up shop in Marylebone, London. The event on 13-26 May is organised by ‘Silk Road Fashion in London’ and ‘Adam and Alice’ brands.

With Creative director JamesC joining them on the 14th of May as head of makeup for a multi designer catwalk segment, we are really excited about the prospects of the show and what is to come from it. We are already prepping a range of new designs for future projects and working out potential marketing avenues to support the show.

The term silk road in and of itself is really clever and has its roots in trade roads and travel which is really appropriate given the upcoming event which is designed as a showcase. The event is designed to mimic the bizarre’s of the past where people of all cultures and creeds would gather to meet and greet, see friends, do business and the find the latest fashions. Seeing the combination of the Silk Road team and of course Adam and Alice is fantastic and will open the doors to a wide range of creative opportunities for artists across the board and as a makeup artist and creative team we are really excited to be a part of this.

As a networking opportunity this is an amazing place to be and over the run there will be a variety of small shows, open days for the public, guest speakers and lectures all based around the fashion world.

The leading lights behind this show Adam and Alice and The Silk Road Fashion in London team have put together a stellar itinerary and we are really excited to be a part of this.

To learn more about the event or purchase tickets see Event Brite.

My Ideal Destination and KitKase My Ideal Package

Something I have been putting off is travelling, with various personal, professional and financial restraints on my time I really felt that it was for the best that I stick to one place and spot for a while but as you can imagine now that I am a little freer on the time front the urge to travel has started to make me feel the need to move again. Yes the weather is improving here in Scotland but I do miss South Asia and for work I am really beginning to think its time to move on.

The Road Less Travelled

What does have to do with My Ideal Destination and KitKase you ask? Well its simple. I love the level of service that the Ideal destination team brings and when it comes to luggage no one is better than KitKase to help pack my gear and take to the road again.

A major part of the appeal of My Ideal Destination is there concierge service, for those unfamiliar with this and having not travelled for business as much as I have done over the years, there are some major plus points to this (and for anyone looking to take a break), the team are focused on customer service and for me that allows my mind to be set and focused on the task at hand; locations, meetings and business.

They can and do make recommendations and if requested bookings on your behalf. As a makeup artist and writer (With producer credits coming soon) I love the A list treatment the company offers, it does make me feel like one of my idols from the Golden age of Hollywood. Making them and ideal Honeymoon agency or for that weekend getaway where you just want to be able to relax and enjoy the trip rather than worry about researching restaurants etc before you go.

As to luggage, I have to admit, KitKase is a must have for me. There cabin friendly suitcases are both eye-catching and practical with the added edge of being a Luxury travel companion. For me there is something special about the Kases that just makes them perfect for the work I am planning and how my business will change over the coming months. Not only that but as a weekend or short trip case, Kitkase is a perfect addition to your travels and high on my list of recommendations for any looking for something fun and luxurious in the same package.

Both of these companies are working on something special together which I will be talking about soon and I am really happy that I have them in my working arsenal and can talk about them.

To learn more about the companies then see their websites:

https://myidealdestination.com/

https://www.kitkase.com/