I know I’m late getting back into it, but I do have a great excuse as I moved back to London over the Christmas break. After spending most of December packing many, MANY boxes of magazines and selling various vehicles and generally getting organized, and then the last few weeks in London buying furniture (and a LOT more warm clothes), I finally feel like work is calling again.
So I’ve not been that focused on beauty or writing or makeup or anything very gorgeous at all (packing boxes and trips to IKEA really don’t count in that category.)
Until I went to sort my kit out to get back to work, only to discover that I feel like it needs a revamp. I have everything I need but I do have that new beginnings feel to the year, craving change and improvement. I’m even bored with my bags and my palettes, which really do need a periodic refresh to keep you on your makeup toes.
Enter My Kit Co from James Molloy, which I found out about over the Christmas break. James is a wonderful makeup artist who I met years ago on the shows when he was a MAC International Artist, and over the last few years he’s gone from strength to strength. He’s a really lovely person as well, and I was excited to see he’s launched his own makeup bags and palettes for when you have a makeup kit crise like I have been going through.
My Kit Co has a full range of brushes which I’m keen to try (because as all makeup heads know, you can never have enough brushes, amiright?) AND magnetized palettes with a clear lid so you can see what’s in there and have room for many, many shadow or blush options. Then the piece de resistance and where James has been particularly smart, is the range of clear bags that you can fit the palettes into. Possibly only makeup artists will understand how exciting and groundbreaking that is, but after years of stuffing makeup palettes into toiletry bags, wash bags, stationery bags, padded post Paks, makeup bags of all shapes and sizes that don’t hold things properly so they all jumble around and break, James had me at hello when I saw his kit bag collection.
There are lots of other bag options in his range, and the ones I particularly like are clear and flat and stackable to conserve space in your suitcase. They also have lovely thick durable wipe clean plastic, which is ideal for those inevitable makeup spillages (since James has spent literally years of his life travelling the world doing the shows, this is a man who knows how to pack a kit. LIKE A BOSS.)
How to pack a kit
So this January it’s not about getting fit, or losing weight or paying off your credit card or detoxing from sugar. It’s about having a kit that would make Pat McGrath and her army of Japanese assistants weep with envy. (That bit is probably pretty strictly for Makeup Artist Goals For 2016 – most of the general population would probably be better off detoxing from sugar/quitting alcohol/taking up running than buying palettes and makeup bags).
*Full disclosure – I’m also obsessed with James’s dog, which is the cutest teacup Yorkie called Dillon. You can follow James (and Dillon! Now you know why they call me a dog stalker) on Instagram here @jamesmolloymakeupartist and @mykitco
Or shop on line for a pristine new kit here www.mykitco.uk