The Sean Maloney Show SM B e a u t e

Make Up Artist, Actor and Journalist

Feline F l i c k

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The trend of the feline flick and 60s chic came back this spring and summer as we saw the breakthrough come back of winged liner and flicks galore. With many people still struggling to achieve the perfect “flick” and others recreating it in their own special way, it was undeniably one of the beauty industry’s most popular trends. From catwalk to high street every woman wanted that perfect flick but with so many different products and textures on the market which one was best?

I’m going to give you an insight into what I think the best eye liner products are and why but also which brands got it right and which brands got it completely wrong.

When doing a feline flick or technical liner you need a product which will be firm and strong yet glide effortlessly onto the eye but also dry and give you the long-lasting effect needed. What you don’t need it a wet or sticky liner which takes time to dry or even fades after an hour, yes I’ve actually seen it happen. This leads me on to my favourite eye liner for all matter of technical eye liner and styles, it has to be illamasqua gel eye liner.

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This jet black gel eye liner is perfect to recreate that 60s flick or sultry feline eye, also an amazing multi use product you can apply this to the water line to vamp up an everyday eye into an evening dramatic eye. Long lasting and extremely pigmented this is one of many products from illamasqua which completely excels itself. Unlike other gel eye liners this glides across the eye and drys perfectly giving you enough time to perfect the liner. As a make up artist I’ve found when using other gel eye liners by other brands I’ve noticed after about 8 days the product begins to dry out and prove difficult to use, often damaging my small eye liner brushes. Illamasqua really have got it right with this product with a wide range of ingredients, this product is free from harmful chemicals and easy on the eye. Packaged in the traditional illamasqua colouring and a petite little glass pot oozing expense and drama this is definitely one for you make up bag.

Unlike the majority of beauty bloggers and make up artists one gel eye liner I physically cant bare is Mac Cosmetics ‘Blacktrack’ – A typical gel eye liner, in its blackest form this gel eye liner proposes to do the exact same as the Illamasqua one. However I couldn’t disagree more. Dull, crusty and a shade of off black this gel eye liner is one of the worst I’ve come into contact with. Ive found when using this product you need to coat the liner a few times, however even the L’oreal gel eye liner doesn’t need coating? From damaging my eye liner brushes to setting on the brush within seconds, this gel eye liner proves to be a difficult cosmetic product to work with. I believe many people buy and use this product simply for the branding of Mac Cosmetics, packed full of unnecessary ingredients I couldn’t see any positives in using this product.

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A good friend of mine who is a firm believer of Mac Cosmetics and a user of Blacktrack gave me the opportunity to put the products to the test, I swapped her my Illamasqua gel eye liner from my make up artistry kit with her ‘ faithful’ blacktrack and put them to the test. Hesitant to try Illamasqua gel eye liner as she liked blacktrack so much, my friend did admit to a fault in mac’s product saying “It is frustrating how after 2 weeks maximum the product is very dry and difficult to use, meaning I have to warm the product and play around with it for it to become smooth again”hmm not really ideal for a Monday morning quick feline flick is it?

I asked her to tell me what she though after a week so I could comment in my blog however after just one application I received a text saying “you can keep blacktrack” – The results were in and unanimous, Illamasqua gel eye liner was the favourite. After this small experiment I did the same with 10 girls and let them try a famous feline flick with the Illamasqua gel eye liner and 9/10 girls agreed they would swap from Mac Cosmetics Blacktrack to Illamasqua gel eye liner, baring in mind 2 of the 9 girls actually worked for Mac Cosmetics. This was a breakthrough and enjoyable to see people actually finding a gel eye liner up to the job of long lasting, highly pigmented and easy to use.

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PRIMER

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As promised here is my follow-up post from foundations on Primers. One of the most asked questions In the beauty industry and everyday life is “What is a primer?” I’m going to talk about why primers are used, my favourite primer and more importantly how to use a primer.

To achieve that flawless skin finish you may think the answer is a thick matte foundation, however that is the complete opposite. Applying foundation on to prepped skin is the answer. Prepping the skin is incredibly important, making sure the skin is hydrated and treated for any problems is may currently have. Then this is where the primer comes in, the primer is the glue between your skin and the foundation creating an invisible layer softening out the skin’s surface ensuring the foundation goes onto a completely smooth, protected and soft base. This will help achieve a flawless finish but also keeps the foundation in place up to 12x longer than it normally would without a primer.

Which primer is for you?

Again with so many on the market it can be difficult to find the perfect one for your skin type. Many primers have different qualities such as luminating, oil free, highlighting, SPF and so much more. We are incredibly lucky that the beauty industry has evolved fast and so much we are spilt for choice in which to pick! when it comes to choosing the perfect primer for you always remember to choose by the needs f your skin, if your skin is dry you will need a glossy hydration primer, if your skin is oily your going to need a mattifying oil free primer. If your skin is combination, you can pretty much choose any primer on the market.

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This company practically invented primers, they have the biggest bestest, most high quality range of primers on the market. Smashbox is part of the Estée Lauder company and have similar products to Mac Cosmetics. Smashbox have a huge range of primers from ones to help with hydration and dryness to oil free. Smashbox primers RRP at about £22.50 and are completely worth it, I use the white oil free primer because I have oily skin, this primer helps smooth fine lines, shiny skin and gives the skin a healthy overall appearance. As a make up artist when I’ve used Smashbox primers on customers they 9 times out of 10 ask me about the primer the day after due to the longevity in the foundation staying in place. Smashbox really have excelled themselves when it comes to their primer range. 10/10

Another of my favourite primers has to be Mac Cosmetics strobe cream, this isn’t called a primer and isn’t necessarily known for being a primer. This amazing multi use product is a highlighter, moisturiser and primer all in one. Smoothing into the skin the highlighting cream formula gives the skin a youthful glow whilst smoothing over any lumps and bumps creating a perfectly clear canvas ready for your foundation. Strobe cream contains incredibly expensive ingredients to help protect, sooth and maintain the skins appearance. This is a complete stand out product by cosmetic giants Mac Cosmetics. I’ve used strobe cream for almost a year now and I haven’t considered not using it. Also available in a thinner lotion the strobe cream can be mixed into foundations and moisturisers to create your ultimate power product. 9/10

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Tip: for a gentle highlight dab strobe cream onto the cheekbones, colour bones or don’t the centre of your shin for an amazing natural highlight.

One of the beauty industry’s most talked about products, but I just don’t get it? – Clarins beauty flash balm is known in the world of cosmetics for being a stand alone winner on the “prepping your skin” products. Beauty flash balm states it’s an illuminating primer and face mask in one? What primer and face mask in one? my thoughts exactly.

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Very excited at the prospect of a 2in1 product I put it to the test. I began smoothing the product into my skin after my daily skincare routine and instantly I noticed the product to be a thick cream struggling to move around the skin and the more I moved it around the more oil like it became. This was proving a problem. After a few minutes of working the product into the skin like a normal primer my skin was incredibly oily and the flash balm just appeared to turn into an oil and sit on my face. This was doing exactly the opposite from what it said it did. Tightens, brightens and soothes skin? Nope not on my skin, just an oily mess dribbling around my face. I couldn’t imagine how anyone could put product onto this oily formula, therefore I began again. Working the product less into my skin and almost a quick smooth over seemed to help but by this point I was already disappointed.

However not all doom and gloom, I applied a very thick layer into the skin and left for over 30mins and used a face mask, I felt this restored some brightness into my skin and have a gentle life. This product works very well as a face mask but anyone wondering about using it to primer before foundation? I would recommend to stay away.

What are your experiences with this product? Comment below and let me know how you got on.

Super primer by Clinique, Lightweight, oil-free primer creates an ideal makeup canvas. Colour corrects a range of concerns, preps for makeup application and wear. Colour glides on evenly, stays true. This is ideal for a younger skin or someone wanting to concentrate on the appearance of a sallow yellow skin tone or an overly red tone throughout their skin. Clinique have hit the nail on the head with it comes to combining colour correcting ingredients with priming the skin. Is this the best primer? Probably not but by combining the colour correcting formula you are bound to lose the importance of priming the skin. This is amazing for people co veneers with CC products.

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If you want your foundation to appear smoother and last longer giving you and effortlessly lightweight feeling then you need to invest in a primer. Without a primer you can find yourself constantly topping up or reapplying your foundation giving you a fuller finish and more heavier than intended.

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Foundation

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You’ve requested and I’ve provided, after lots of questions and comments regarding foundation I thought it would be easier to place in a blog post for you all to refer to when choosing your perfect foundation, I’ve also included some of my must buy foundations. When it comes to foundation it can be a touchy subject with most people, everyone is different and everyone likes to embrace different looks.

Having your foundation darker than you skin is a current trend in the UK to make yourself appear more tanned, however when your face doesn’t match with your neck, we seem to have a problem.

Tip: Always test out a new foundation colour in natural light and on fresh skin – you might not realise but applying foundation onto un cleansed skin can effect the colour payoff.

With so many foundations on the market and new beauty companies launching more every year the market can seem over populated. The aim of foundation is to be almost a thin veil over the skin evening out pigmentation and covering the odd blemish. Foundation isn’t a face mask and should be used to make yourself appear tanned. When choosing foundations you should be choosing them on your skin type, oily dry or combination. This will help the foundation sit better on the skin. Many companies such as Clinique have revolutionised foundation and altered for problematic skin such as redness or blemishes. This is brilliant for problematic or teenage skin.

As a make up artist I tend to stick between 3 foundations, Mac Cosmetics face and body foundation, Mac cosmetics studio fix and Giorgio Armani Maestro.

Mac cosmetics face and body is an incredibly lightweight water based foundation with light to medium coverage. This foundation is brilliant on all skin types and is a brilliant addition to the mac cosmetics foundation range. Incredibly thin and lightweight this means the foundation has buildable coverage and can be re-applied throughout the day. For oily skin types this foundation can often appear very shiny, always remember to set on top of the foundation with a powder completely setting it into place and keeping the longevity of it. The colour range in this foundation is very simple, a range of number in cool tones and warm tones and the best aspect of this foundation is you will always be able to find your perfect shade by mixing two foundations together. Available in two separate sizes a smaller one and a larger one this foundation is definitely one to add to your make up bag. Many people dislike face and body foundation at first for the simple reason of not knowing how to use it, have a play and mix it with others to find your perfect combination and I guarantee you will fall in love with this product.

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another mac cosmetics favourite has to be the famous studio fix, known in the beauty industry for many different reasons this foundation is the opposite from face and body. slightly thick and with a creamy scent this foundation needs to be blended into the skin and worked through the skin with a buffing motion to ensure the perfect airbrushed vision. Again similar to face and body this foundation can always be mixed to ensure you find the perfect shade to match your skin tone. I find this foundation perfect for photoshoots and event make up, made to last and incredibly matte this foundation is perfect for giving you that complete finished look. Made with vitamin a and vitamin c this product is skin friendly and when blended sit on the skin perfectly. Studio fix isn’t for everyone, with a very thick appearance and often applied with the wrong tools this can often look “cakey” and unnatural.

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When Armani created Maestro, everyone’s prayers was answered. In my opinion the perfect foundation for everyone’s skin and the best foundation on the market. Being a make up artist you come to grips with nearly every foundation on the market but this product excels every single foundation I’ve come to grips with, by miles. Presented in a small glass bottle with a pipette style applicator, classical and sophisticated this foundation oozes class and perfection. Incredibly thin with a silk like texture melting into your skin, this foundation appears it would just slide away. However when applied onto the skin and buffed in with a foundation duo fibre brush this foundation glides across the skin like an ice skate to ice, finishing with a velvety matte texture. You couldn’t ask for more. A perfect medium build able coverage this foundation feels as light as a feather on the skin.

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Tip: Giorgio Armani also have another award-winning amazing foundation called “Luminous Silk” – this is a stand out amazing product, please go to your local Armani counter and ask for a sample.

Have you found the perfect foundation but think “why doesn’t this last long” ” why do I need to reapply so often” – look no further your answer is use a PRIMER.

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Primers, the best, the worst and my personal favourites with lots of hints and tips!

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Tom Ford Terra

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If you asked a female what items could she not live without in her make up bag, guaranteed bronzer would be one of them. So its completely understandable that when it comes to bronzers, about 80% of people make the wrong decision.

Too shimmery, too matte, cream or powder, dark or medium dark? medium medium or medium light?

So many questions and not enough answers. Well here is my bronzer breakdown to help you find the ultimate bronzer and a few hints and tips to keep you on the right track when searching for your new bronzer.

What do you want to use your bronzer for?

If you want that all over bronze goddess look without the task of fake tanning every night or the damage from UV then I would recommend an all over face bronzer which helps give you that golden tan. Something like the Soleil Tan De Chanel, a complete all over face bronzer giving you a healthy glow. This comes in a creamy moose like texture and needs to be really buffed and worked into the skin to avoid looking almost dirty or un-natural. The colour is extremely pigmented for a bronzer meaning little product is needed when buffing into the skin. Would I use this product? Probably not.

Do you want to contour using bronzer?

This is a very popular way of using a bronzer in today’s beauty industry for the sheer fact people love the warm tones of a bronzer and how it instantly gives the face definition. Starting near the ear lobe and blending out in a parallel direction under the cheekbone this will help contour when used in conjunction with a highlighter. The highlighter I would recommend would be Nars – Albatross (See post below to find out what I thought of Albatross highlighter).

Tip: Try sweeping the bronzer around the jawline to help shadow and define the jawline and jawbones.

Which bronzer do I recommend?

After using and reviewing so many bronzers on the market I always come back to one.. Tom Ford in Terra. This bronzer is a masterpiece. As you open the box and your greeted to a velvet black case holding inside a sleek and shiny black opening bronzer. The size is just incredible, the biggest bronzer I’ve ever come across accompanied by a mirror on the other side. This bronzer comes in two shades, like most bronzers one which is matte and one which contains quite a bit of shimmer. Depending on your preference weather you like shimmer or not both bronzers contain the same amount of product and come in the exact same packaging. For me this bronzer is a dream to work with, dusting under the cheekbones this incredibly pigmented bronzer glides onto the skin in a powdery format giving me lots of movement to blend and buff into the skin. This product doesn’t come in a range of shades like most companies just simply, matte of shimmery.

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However this product isn’t for everyone, living up to his name Tom Ford remains to keep his company incredibly premium and only for the exclusivity selected pricing this bronzer at the high end of the market at £65.00. Is it worth it? 100% yes. After using this bronzer I always seem to end up going back to it. When using it on clients I always hear “That is amazing, who’s that bronzer by..” or “wow that bronzer looks amazing”. Not just impressive packaging and a trendy brand name but a bronzer which is backed up by evidence and reviews of how amazing it actually is.

Tom Ford Terra 10/10

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NARS

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As a make up artist I come across thousands of beauty products and hundreds of beauty brands from premium to self-selection. But what really makes a product stand out from the crowd? I always find myself drawn to premium brands such as Chanel, Mac Cosmetics, YSL, Nars and Tom Ford because I believe in “you get what you pay for”.

After working for brands such as No.7 and Mac Cosmetics, I’ve had experience at both ends of the beauty spectrum. After hearing many celebrities and beauty magazines talk about Nars cosmetics I decided to try out the key 3 best-selling products of which I needed for my own personal make up artistry kit.

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When approaching the Nars counter I instantly loved the large font and plain coloured branding standing out from the rest of the cosmetic beauty counters. I also liked the placing of the products and the design of the counter, simplistic yet incredibly eye catching and effective. However the size of the counter was surprisingly small with only one small area to sit clients down meaning the counter looked over populated and over crowded by just a few customers gathering round.

My first purchase was the popular highlighting blush Albatross and I’m absolutely in love with this product. A gentle powder highlighter to apply to the top of cheek bones to give you that defined contoured look, this product is perfect for the job. The colour is a mixture between rose gold and silver giving you the best if both worlds and with the product being a powder it makes it much easy to blend and buff into the skin. This is my new favourite highlighter and I would more them recommend you to try it! Slightly shimmery but not over the top this is a key product to use for everyday highlighting but easily buildable for editorial and event make up. I would recommend applying this to the cheekbones with a MAC Cosmetics 224 brush for the precise placing of the product.

The second product I purchased from Nars was another stand out product I instantly fell in love with when trying on the counter. It was the chubby lip pencils which are a lip pencil and lip sticks all in one. I know what your thinking, another Clinique Chubby Stick? No definitely not. The texture of a creamy sheer look which gently glides into the lip this product is one of a kind on the market offering you a lip pencil and lip stick all in one easy product. Easy to sharpen and very pigmented, this amazing lip pencil is available in a range of colours. I went for a creamy nude as I find it will go with most smokey eyes and can even be worn day to day. Overall I’m more than happy with this product and the quality delivered by Nars. With a price point of just under £19, I felt this was slightly high for the product however for such high quality make up artistry products I paid the price and was on my way!

My third product I purchased from Nars was the famous Laguna Bronzer, this was currently on offer for £35 in a large bronzer set with mirror and Kabuki brush worth £44. This was an amazing deal for such a popular bronzer. Currently using the Tom Ford bronzer in terra I didn’t think I could find anything on the market to match the quality and size, however when testing out Laguna this made a great product to contour with. With warm tones and as light shimmer this is your perfect bronzer to contour with giving you definition in the areas most needed. A powdery texture again I find this mucho easier to work with rather than a cream or liquid as once the hate on the skin and blended out there isn’t any room for movement of mistake!

Nars has really surprised me with the high quality ingredients used in its products but also the range of colours within the products stretching far and beyond some of the other beauty counter such as Bobbi Brown and Estée Lauder, who still seem to be stuck with that everyday pink and the odd ‘statement’ red. Edgey and on trend Nars is a make up brand set to continue to shoot within growth. The pricing of the products is slightly high for what they are and I believe a decrease in price would make this brand a little bit more accessible to your everyday woman, however with Nars a leading profession in the premium beauty industry I’m doubtful a price decrease will ever happen.

Albatross highlighter 9/10

Chunky lip liner 7/10

Laguna bronzer 7.5/10

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Clarins Multi Active Day

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Clarins have always been a brand that have instantly won me over with their stand out products and use of botanical ingredients within their skin care. Everything is natural, always has been and always will be.

When searching for a new moisturiser it can be exceptionally daunting if you don’t know what your looking for.. However that’s all about to change, don’t be fooled by the beauty adviser who is most of the time only concerned on meeting daily and weekly targets, go into that cosmetic shop or beauty counter with the confidence to say “actually it’s fine I know what I’m looking for”.

To help you do this you just need to ask yourself 5 simple questions;

1. Does my skin feel dry or oily, or a bit of both?

2. What is my main concern?
Hydrating, wrinkles. SPF, oil prevention or protect the skin?

3. What do I want to change about the appearance of my skin?
Lifting, protect against UV, wrinkles, dryness, hydration, age spots, healthy glow?

4. How long do I want to spend on my skin each day?
From a full blown cleanse tone, serum and moisturise or a simple face scrub.

5. What is your price range?
This helps you identify which brand you should be looking at.

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Armed with these 5 questions you should instantly feel more confident and know exactly what products you want and how much you want to spend, stopping you from being dragged into multi buy offers and link sales.

When I purchased Clarins multi active day I bought with the expectation of a moisturiser that will prevent ageing of the skin, hydrate and protect my skin against UV and UVB.

After using this product for just under 4 weeks with the accompanying rich creamy night cream and multi active serum, I am very happy with the results. My skin feels firmer and tighter – giving my skin much more of a lifted appearance, whilst also the biggest difference in my skin is the texture. Texture is a very important aspect of a new moisturiser or serum.

Before my skin felt slightly rough with dry patches and oily patches, however Clarins multi active day moisturiser has turned the texture of my skin from dull and dry to smooth and clear. My skin feels fresher and tighter and looks visibly more radiant.

The use of botanical ingredients give the moisturiser a fresh and sweet smell as the creamy gel substance is smoothed over the skin (remember once smoothing over the product, press also into the skin forcing the product down into the skins dermis). Lightweight and thin, it instantly absorbs into the skin meaning there is no greasy residue left over by too much product.

This product is pleasant and I would definitely use again, would it be my first choice of moisturiser? Probably not as there are products in the market with a wider range of beneficial ingredients. This products does what it promises to do and for that I congratulate Clarins on a stand out overall all-rounder product.

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The Modern Man

Move over Rodger Berman, known for his use of ‘guy liner’ accompanying his stylist wife Rachel Zoe at Paris Fashion Week, your typical modern man is now widening his beauty horizons.

The pressure to look good in todays 21st Century forces the new and explosive stereotype of “The Modern Man” into todays society. With many men fitting the bill such as Russel Brand, Zac Efron, Noel Fielding and many more, the modern man stereotype is soon fast becoming the norm.

According to a survey of 1,000 men in the US and UK conducted by JWT (a marketing communications company), men are increasingly feeling the pressure to beautify themselves. The study, entitled “The State of Men,” opens up male bathroom cabinets and let’s us take a peek at what products are most used by the opposite sex.


These are the top-ranked beauty products and treatments used by men:

54 percent skincare products (moisturiser and eye cream)

33 percent waxing/hair removal

39 percent lip balm

29 percent manicure

24 percent facials

13 percent eyebrow waxing

19 percent fake tan

9 percent foundation

11 percent bronzer

10 percent concealer

26 percent none

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With top premium fashion houses such as Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs releasing man-friendly beauty lines and South Korean fellows applying eye pencil and foundation, it’s not hard to see these numbers as a reality. Frankly, I think it’s refreshing that men are now allowing themselves to indulge in all of the fun that the beauty world has to offer. Whilst relishing the time to enhance their appearance.

However the study also found with all of this beauty loot comes a slew of insecurities. The top one? Beer bellies followed by love handles, lack of six packs and man boobs. It’s no wonder that 8 out of 10 men surveyed believe there’s as much pressure for men to have a good body as there is for women.

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Prevention is the solution

Wanting to appear youthful and younger looking for longer is something everyone thinks about, people may not necessarily vocalise their thoughts but subconsciously this is an ever-growing thought. 

The use of moisturisers, serums, face masks and exfoliators help to boost the skins collegian levels, keeping the skin feeling refreshed, smooth and youthful. Hydrating skincare will help to keep skin plump, radiant and luminous for longer, whilst the use of no cosmetic skincare regime could bring the ageing process to your bathroom mirror sooner than expected.

Environmental studies show with pollution raising for several decades, the summers becoming warmer and winters colder, everyday life takes its toll on our skin. Some pollution properties hit skin deep down into the dermis meaning the damage isn’t visual immediately.

 Prevention is the solution

Preventing the signs of ageing with the use of a daily cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream will help keep the skin hydrated and balanced helping to fight signs of dry skin, fine lines, pigmentation and the overall ageing process.

A new addition to my skincare regime, with a retail price of £62.50 is the well-known Repair Serum from cosmetics giants Bobbi Brown. 

Luxurious and milky, this concentrated repair serum comforts skin as it firms and moisturises. Anti-ageing ingredients such as Vitamin C and a powerful peptide help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles both instantly and over time. Meadow foam Seed Oil hydrates while WheatBran and Olive Extracts help your skin hold on to moisture giving everlasting hydration to the skin. Clary Sage Extract helps reveal a clearer, more radiant complexion helping to improve damaged skin surface and pigmentation.

Even if you believe your skin is perfectly fine or you don’t need to worry about the ageing process as of yet, remember “prevention is the solution”. Preventing the inevitable will help secure the skins surface and prolong the ageing process for as long as possible helping your skin to remain plump, youthful and radiant for longer whilst protecting against investable dangers such as pollution, diet and health.

Top Tip: After cleaning and toning with your favourites, smooth a pea sized amount onto the face and gently press into the skin before smoothing over the remaining amount with your finger tips.

This helps to push the serum down into the skins dermis helping the skin to take it down deeper into the layered skin.

After 3 weeks of using the breakthrough product my skin is left feeling fresh, incredibly plump and fine lines reduced. I use slightly more than the recommended amount to ensure my whole face receives the same amount of serum pushed down into the skin for an overall treatment. Using before my daily moisturiser this must have product with a milky smooth texture has helped to reduce appears of fatigue, fine lines and pigmentation giving my skin a youthful glow.

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P R I S M

Three years after the release of Teenage Dream, the Californian pop princess is back with a bang hoping her new album can follow in its success.

The multi-platinum selling album smashed it’s way into the record books for producing five number one singles, and now Katy Perry is back with her third studio album, Prism. A mix of electropop bangers and tear jerking power ballads, Perry delivers a fearlessly honest snapshot of her delicate private life.

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As the lead songwriter of the albums opening track, ‘Roar’, Perry kicks off with stadium sized guitar riffs, complete with a rousing chorus, stomping mid tempo beat and an epic sing along ear snagging hook. ‘Roar’ promises to deliver whilst creatively reflects the philosophy of the album.

Perry’s assertive return is underscored by other early tastes from the album including ‘Dark Horse’, which features a menacing bass-line, furious beat and a sharply styled guest verse from Juicy J.

Prism’s triumphant parade continues with the banging house-influenced groove and a whistling hook of Perry’s euphoric, “sleep all day – party all night” anthem ‘Walking On Air’, this soaring ’90s house number innovatively celebrates the highs of being in love.

‘Legendary Lovers’ has effortless hints of Bollywood in the production; a thumping anthem that flattens the jungle around it like a herd of elephants. Followed by flirty pop-gem ‘Birthday’, giving fans what they really want which takes us back to Perry’s ‘California Girls’ days as she teases the boys with her assets, once again accompanied by a foot stomping pop beat and Perry’s famous echoing vocals throughout.

Willing to bare her heart throughout the record, ‘Unconditionally’ reveals Perry’s naivety for accommodating her ex-husbands past by singing “I will love you unconditionally”. The way Perry turns dark and pensive on the more subdued ‘Ghost’, haunted by her ex husband as he ended their marriage by mobile phone, Perry sings “You sent a text, It’s like the wind changed your mind”.

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Staying true to its namesake, Prism displays the full spectrum of Katy Perry’s emotions, but the star leaves the hardest hit until last. A tender tearjerker track, ‘By The Grace Of God’ is led by light piano and soft cool vocals as she confesses overcoming suicidal thoughts following the breakdown of her marriage. Completing Prism sounding like a woman and an artist who’s finally found herself, Katy Perry sets herself up for another record breaking studio smasher.

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Skincare Secret Weapon

After a turbulent winter with temperatures reaching new lows of -3 degrees, our skin has definitely faced the storms head on, and just when we thought they were over, they strike again. 

As a make up artist for Mac Cosmetics I regularly find customers asking for solutions to cure their problematic skin from extra dry, dry and oily combination, the extreme weather affects us all differently.

My skincare secret weapon this season has to be Mac Cosmetics, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator.

Mac Cosmetics known globally for their huge stamp in the cosmetic and beauty industry have created a skincare must have, which as expected, lives up to and beyond the hype.

This must have skincare necessity is made from fine sugar crystals and volcanic ash helping to cleanse, scrub and unclog the skin. Removing dry flakes and helping to even out pigmentation, this dual purpose exfoliator is known for being high in a bacteria destroying mineral known as sulphur.

Placing a small amount of the Volcanic Ash exfoliator on your hands work it into damp skin in a circular scrubbing motion. This products works incredibly well along side the famous Clarisonic helping to deep cleanse the skin, leaving it feeling fresh and smooth.

After religiously using this product for 8 weeks, 3/4 times a week, my skin is left feeling soft, fresh and visually enticing. This product is suitable for everyone however can be rough on the skin to begin with, work into damp skin slowly in circular motions helping the sugar crystals to dissolve.

Known for the fashion forward, trend based make up looks and assistant backstage at fashion week, Mac Cosmetic have excelled themselves once more creating a permanent addition to my skincare regime.

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