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/

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.

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

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)

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.

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.

Creating The Narrative

Creating The Narrative and bringing the light

Creating The Narrative and bringing the light

We are really excited about what is happening here at The Lost Project, not only have we created a whole new narrative that we and several of our clients are excited about. Which in and of itself is really good news and will with time put us in the place we want to be.

Naturally we are taking this slow and making sure that all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. While there are some areas that are being discussed that will open doors and opportunities to new and established creative talent that wants to step up. We will support this but for our own projects we are going to be taking smaller steps and keeping things small with a carefully structured hand picked team of people from locations that we are familiar with and know we can trust.

With the potential avenues that are being brought into play, we are really excited about the prospect of whats coming up and will be revealing details over the coming weeks.

From fashion to film and TV, there are endless opportunities to be had, we are already seeing the potential of this and given that we want to specialise more in the film and TV sector we will only dip our collective toes into the water of fashion for that, we have some ideas that need support from designers and have already put the feelers out on that front.

Our team is pushing hard to create something special and stay within the boundaries of our remit, commercial and art can work together and we fully intend to prove it.

We are now sketching out designs to pitch to a designer for a pop up show and a PR agent is backing the plans which is fantastic news and will add an extra edge to the work coming up.

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/

Changing the Narrative of The Lost Project

Changing the Narrative of The Lost Project

Over the last 18 months we have worked extremely hard alongside our creative director James Clark, who has been a diligent and hardworking beauty editor for a major magazine, however that is all changing and as much as we loved what he did, it has been decided that we will do it for ourselves.

Talking to some of the agencies and brands we have worked with over the last 18 months they are coming over to the Lost Project and we will be building our network and creating online articles focusing on beauty, lifestyle and art.

Already seeing some interest, over the next month we will add new members to the online team who will work with us to create articles, making full use of social media marketing and of course working to create beautiful images with a lost project twist.

It does feel like a huge relief to know that we can finally really put the focus back on ourselves and the clients we have built a relationship with.

This change of narrative is something we are really excited about and now we will be able to grow and redefine our story.