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Make Up Artist, Actor and Journalist

Category: Lifestyle

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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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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Parklife Festival busiest and biggest one to date.

AN OVER-WHELMING amount of festivalgoer’s and music fans flocked Manchester’s Heaton Park on 8th and 9th June, for the opening of the annual Parklife festival.

An expectancy of over 50,000 people attending the festival from countries as far as France and Germany poses to be the busiest and biggest Parklife yet.

With artists such as Rita Ora, Disclosure, Example and many more, this year is expected to be packed out as the Manchester based festival reaches out to the popular mainstream audience.

There is a real sense of summer fun and community spirit, especially as there are lots of locals hitting the festival too.

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Benjamin Greg, 23, a keen festival goer and student, Nottingham said: “With names like Rita Ora, Sub Focus and Rudimental, you would be silly not to come, one of the cheapest festivals and one of the best line-ups.

Making Parklife into an overnight camping festival would really compete with other festivals.”

Anneliese McDonough, 34, local resident, said: “I love it when the festival comes to the City, brings a real sense of youth and community. It’s 2 days out of the year so you can’t really complain”

“Last year I even went to the festival and if I didn’t have plans this year, I would be there again”

This year, more mainstream artists such as Example, Rita Ora, Rudimental and Disclosure were all added to the ever-growing line up in a bid to increase ticket sales.

Nicola Woodcock, 24, festival volunteer, Manchester said: “I’ve volunteered every year, it’s not the most glamorous job but the atmosphere is electric. I would recommend it to everyone.

It’s a lot of hard work but you get to see your favourite acts free of charge and be in the best environment ever.

Festivals are a cheaper alternative to holidays, students can’t afford to go on holiday and with Manchester having the biggest student population Parklife fits in perfectly.”

The overall summer atmosphere surrounding the festival, met by 26 degrees weather shaped up to be a sold out event.

By Sean Maloney

 

Cleanse & Polish

You wouldn’t walk around with dirt on your shirt would you? So why would you walk around with impurities and dirt on your skin?

Cleansing is a huge part of your everyday skincare regime, so getting it right is just as important. Cleansing and toning helps keep the skin fresh and clean whilst removing any impurities and prevents build up of oils within the pores. When it comes to cleansing i believe the more gentle the cleansing the better. The Skins surface is made up of many layers and adding a heavy cleanser and scratching across the skin’s surface can often cause damage. After searching the beauty counters and testing various different cleansers I can finally say I feel like I’ve found the one.

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Liz Earle only make one cleanser because this formulation is the ultimate in concentrated, yet gentle, cleansing power and works on every age and skin type.

  • Liz Earles plant-based cleanser has a two-phase action, phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make-up, even stubborn mascara.
  • Phase two is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.
  • Cleanse & Polish is rich in naturally active ingredients including purifying eucalyptus and skin-softening cocoa butter.
  • Massage one or two pumps onto dry skin over face and neck twice a day. Rinse the pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently wiping off the cream. Rinse and repeat. Splash face with cool clean water and follow with Instant Boost Skin Tonic.

With the hot cloth cleanse and polish picking up many awards such as “Best Cleanser” at Company Beauty Awards 2012, “Most Revolutionary beauty Product of the Last 20 Years” at CEW UK Beauty Awards 2012 and many, many more.

If you only change one part of your skincare regime this year make sure you switch to Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Here’s To Everything

Cloud 9, shining like fire flies, moving at the speed of light.

Since November 2012 I’ve been vigorously training hard for the London Marathon 2013, and the countdown has now begun with 17 days until the big race. The race was founded by the former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and Welsh athlete John Disley. It is organised by Hugh Brasher (son of Chris) as Race Director and Nick Bitel as Chief Executive. Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the race begins at three separate points around Blackheath and finishes in The Mall alongside St. James’s Park. The ever-growing and highly anticipated event has raised over £450 million for charity since 1981, and holds the Guinness world record as the largest annual fund-raising event in the world, with the 2009 participants raising over an incredible £47.2 million for charity. In 2007, 78% of all runners raised money and 2011 the official charity of the London Marathon was Oxfam.

This year I will be running the London Marathon in aid of The World Wildlife Foundation, this is a charity which I feel very passionate about and feel proud to run the London Marathon for. The World Wildlife foundation help protect and preserve the nature and wildlife of the planet which is currently under huge threat from human’s, global warming and nature itself.

Training since November 2012 I still feel sick when I think about the 26.9 miles I will have to continuously run, determined and motivated. At 19 years of age I feel I have already achieved so much and adding The London Marathon to my list of life time achievements is something which I am more than determined to do. Whilst training I set myself mini goals in my head to help take the attention away from my legs pounding the pavement one after the other, the sweat trickling down my head and painful stabbing feeling of a stitch tearing away at my torso. With my over the head earphones firmly in place, music plays a huge part in training for the London Marathon as the beat and rhythm runs through your body leaving every inch motivated from head to toe, upbeat deep house anthems mixed with motivational tracks on shuffle helps your mind to concentrate on something different from the fear and anxiety building as your brain goes into overtime.

In the past 4 days I’ve run two half marathons leaving my body sore and aching in pain, completing the half Marathon in 1 hour 40mins I completely shocked myself with my ability and motivation to complete the challenge. From my calculations and mathematics this would mean completing the London Marathon within less than 4 Hours, however still lacking in confidence I aim to complete the London Marathon in 4hours 30mins. This would be a huge achievement and a life time goal achieved at the age of 19. One thing I’ve learnt more than anything when training for this notorious marathon is, running is more than exercise and more than the physicality but the mental preparation is more important and just as hard. Making sure your mind is clear, determined and focused is a huge important factor when training and running. Many marathon runners always say you come up against “The Wall”, the wall is a part of the marathon when your mind tells you, you can’t go on, you can’t do anymore, almost like coming up against a brick wall. However how you deal with this obstacle will determine the rest of your race. Finding all the will power your body and mind contains to overcome this obstacle will help you finish the Marathon. When completing the half marathon, I came up against “The Wall” and felt almost like I needed to stop and sit down, my body couldn’t go on, my calves screaming in pain, my stomach in knots and eyes streaming, my body tightening by the second begging to stop. Knowledge of “The Wall” helped me prepare for this huge obstacle and I powered on through, my palms sweaty, mouth desert dry and body seeping in sweat I overcame “The Wall” and finished the half marathon within a time quicker than I anticipated.

If I knew the preparation and training behind the marathon I would have probably thought twice about spontaneously entering, however I am now committed and 3 quoters of the way there. With 17 days and counting, preparation is the key.

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Semaine dé la Mode

Paris fashion week saw the return of Louis Vuitton hitting the catwalk, striking jawlines and unforgettable pouts all tailored with the latest fashion.

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This year was all about mensware and the rise, fall and rise again of the oversized bag and strict tailoring.

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The Louis Vuitton collection gave a packed out collection full of shocks and surprises, firmly reinforcing The Vuitton love.

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Louis Vuitton has always been one of my favourite designers of all time, simplicity, sharp sophistication and heart wrenching fashion one off’s Louis Vuitton will always be a required taste, but gaining the required taste allows you to understand the true extent of the fashion and beautiful creation of the brand.

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The show-opening overcoat featured spots created by needle-punching mink through cashmere, and the show-closing evening-wear oozed sophistication — whether rendered in classic strict blacks and midnight blues or an intense “Garden in Hell” print by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman — just pure opulence. If this is Louis Vuitton’s take on travel, lets just say I’ll be booking my ticket.

Paris fashion week was one not to be missed and with Louis Vuitton firmly leading the way, the excitement ever grows ready for the next one. 

Sculpting & Perfecting

Tired, stressed, over-worked? – Don’t let the winter weather and battling blizzards take their toll on your skin, fight back with a natural, simple, radiance boosting Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask.

Ive fought back, have you?

After vigorously trialling different brands of skincare and slowly yet surly building up a skincare routine, I wouldn’t be able to live without this radiance boosting essential. With different skincare clay masks on the market it’s hard to determine which is best; so I put this Liz Earle Deep Cleansing mask to the test. After trialling for 3 weeks straight, using 3 times a week, this amazing clay mask has firmly earned its place within my skincare regime. Smoothing over the face and leaving for a minimum of 10 minutes, you can almost feel the facial mask working instantly, with a tingling sensation for the first few minutes, the deep cleansing mud mask gets straight to work, absorbing all the oil within the skin and re-balancing the PH scale within your skin.

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This concentrated clay and botanical mask helps draw out impurities to leave skin balanced and calm whilst giving your skin a natural radiance boost. Naturally active ingredients include green clay, manuka honey, propolis and rose-scented geranium, this gives your skin the boost and extra attention it needs whilst managing a busy lifestyle. At a retail price of £14.50 including two free sponges, there shouldn’t be any reason to not buy this essential, available from the Liz Earle Website.

Quick Tip: Smooth over face and neck as an all-over face treatment, or use to target specific problem areas. Use 3 times a week maximum to keep your skin fresh, hydrated and blemish free.

This deep cleansing clay mask has more than earned its place within my skincare regime and I would recommend to anyone to replace your existing mask with this radiance boosting natural beauty.

Lights, Camera… Smashbox?

Once you’ve used this award winning, must have primer, you will never go back.

Smashbox focuses on long-lasting products designed to give a flawless look befitting of Hollywood stars – Drew Barrymore and Charlize Theron are among the big-name fans. New to United Kingdom yet huge in America and based in LA, is there enough room for a future within the UK beauty industry?

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Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, this best selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. Creating a soft blur of the skin this blur’s away any imperfections and covers pores giving your skin the ultimate flawless look. Becoming more and more popular with men and woman everyday and everywhere in the world, this is a must have item! Now in a sleek tube for perfect dispensing down to the last drop!

Winner of Best of Sephora Award for Best Primer, one of Marie Claire’s “25 Products That Will Change Your Life”, & an InStyle Best Beauty Buy.

Quick Tip: Apply a dime-size amount of PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER to clean or moisturized skin, using fingertips, for complexion perfection. Follow with your favorite foundation (try HIGH DEFINITION HEALTHY FX FOUNDATION). To tame frizzies, try smoothing primer through wet or dry hair.

Smashbox may be new to the UK but with this award winning Primer there’s no doubt in my mind that they have firmly showed the competition that they’re here to stay. 

Let the battle… Commence.

Last night saw the highly anticipated return of 85th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and hosted by first timer Seth Macfarlane, the stars hit the red carpet drenched in Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and many more.

But who wore it best?

Amanda Seyfried went for instant high impact hitting the red carpet with Alexander McQueen and I can safely say it paid off. Interesting necklines and embellishment gave her gown the necessary impact on the red-carpet that others lacked. Flaw length yet figure hugging, Amanda almost floated down the red carpet effortlessly looking chic. 8/10

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Dior beauty Charlize Theron stormed the red carpet looking demure in a white Dior Couture number whilst also sporting a shocking new pixie crop which, she described as a “freeing experience” help to give her the shock element. Head to toe looking demure as she wowed onlookers in stunning white peplum It was clear shaving her hair had not affected Charlize’s confidence. 9/10
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Woman of the night, Best Actress winner for Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence hit the red carpet resulting in a second triumph in the style stakes in her strapless Dior Haute Couture gown. Eye catching and looking perfection with a simple yet stylish gown, Miss Lawrence wowed on lookers as she posed for photographers with what many people will agree the dress of the night. 10/10

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Winning Best Supporting Actress was an emotional triumph for Anne Hathaway and with a second victory on the red carpet, in a pale pink Prada number, Anne effortlessly beamed down the red carpet in this safe nude garment letting her competition know she is a fierce competitor in the style steaks. 7/10

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After an emotional night and unexpectedly taking home an Oscar for her vocals on the box office smash Skyfall, Adele played it safe in the style steaks with a glitzy stylish flaw length gown from British designer Jenny Packham. Looking eye catching and glamorous as always Adele strutted down the red carpet beaming with joy. 7/10

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I have more than enjoyed the Oscars 2013 and already looking forward to Sean’s Style Steaks for next year! So above are what I think are your winners for this year, demure, chic, glamorous and effortlessly angelic draped in the latest designer gowns, let me know who you think is your best dressed?

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