The Sean Maloney Show SM B e a u t e

Make Up Artist, Actor and Journalist

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.

Please support me on this lifetime achievement journey by sponsoring as much as you can to

http://www.JustGiving.com/SeanMaloney

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Rolling Back The Years

Extreme weather conditions, hormones, diet and natural ageing all take their toll on our skin. Uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles are the first signs of ageing, its time to take control…

Wednesday 20th March saw the launch of No7’s highly anticipated Lift & Luminate Dark Spot Corrector. This is No.7’s first ever clinically proven dark spot corrector which fades age spots after 3 months. 86% of women which tested the beauty must-have had a noticeable colour reduction. This is to be used underneath your serum and fits perfectly into any skincare regime.

This beauty must have effectively makes dark spots appear less noticeable by helping to reduce the over production of pigment, causing them to lighten and shrink. Containing the same Firming Complex that is in Protect & Perfect range and Protect & Perfect Intense, this works to boost collagen and elastin in the skin smoothing out lines and leaving the skin feeling firmer. It also contains a Poly Hydroxy acid to help gently exfoliate surface pigmentation and unveil a beautiful, more even skin tone.

As all of No.7s award winning products this dark spot corrector is also Hypo-allergenic: “Because all skin can have sensitive moments all our products are hypo-allergenic so they are kind to even the most sensitive skin”.

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Your probably thinking, whats an age spot? Do I have them? 

Age spots can appear on anybody skin and can occur from the age of 25. People who are in the sun more and wear little sun care protection are most likely to suffer from age spots. This is the skins way of letting you know, it needs protection as the UV and UVB is damaging the skin cells and the reproduction of collagen. This product has received a lot of attention from the media and many reviews, the specific age range for this product is 40 years old and over. However if you believe your suffering from dark spots from a young age your recommended to use this dark spot correcting treatment. With many dark spot treatments on the market with richer ingredients I believe No.7 could of improved the formula however at an average retail price of £19.50 this is a bargain on a budget.

 After looking through No.7s products, the Lift and Luminate Dark Spot Corrector is their most effective targeted treatment, powered by the highest levels of lightning technology from No.7s clinically proven No7 Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum.

Quick Tip: Smooth a pea sized amount gently over the skin surface underneath your facial serum or using the roller ball action on the packaging roll over and massage onto the area of dark spots.

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Bo Bruce – Save Me

Beauty comes in the form of “The Voice” runner up Bo Bruce as her haunting tones and slow sounding rhythms reach our ears after a long anticipated wait.

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Bo Bruce is a singer-songwriter, born in Wiltshire on 25 November 1984 and is now signed to Mercury Records. Before auditioning for The Voice UK, Bo  Bruce appeared on Channel 4’s hit reality show Orange Unsigned Act in 2009, where she finished in fourth place.

Bo Bruce has performed live frequently and in December 2010 she independently released a self-written EP, entitled Search The Night. However after various attempts of trying to break into the music industry Bo Bruce is now better known for her appearance on talent show The Voice UK. Bo’s debut album Before I Sleep and debut single Save Me are both scheduled for release on 29 April 2013.

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The wait is over, “Before I Sleep” is the debut album from the singer songwriter and “Save Me” being the first single from the truly breathtaking album.

With Bo Bruce gaining 60,000 followers on twitter and signed to Mercury Records, it’s positive to say the launch of Before I Sleep is going to be rather exciting. The Save me video is individual and gives an element of a fairy tale to this haunting but addictive track. Bo’s vocals throughout are strong and her signature harmonic leaves listeners breathless.

Watch the eye catching and unmissable video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCK2AGDxXtg

Capture

With advanced night repair by Esteé Lauder taking the cosmetics industry by storm this left competition reeling and unknown of their next move. Dior boldly launched the much talked about and heavily debated Capture Totale XP Overnight Recovery

126021544-260x260-0-0_christian+dior+christian+dior+by+christian+dior+foAdvanced Night repair remains safely into my skincare regime, therefore I thought I would try “the next best thing” on the market today. At an average retail price of £75.00 this is on the more premium and higher scale of the skincare market. The lightweight gel essence that melts instantly into skin whilst Nourishing with a rich blend of active ingredients. Dior claim the overnight recovery optimizes regeneration to repair skin intensely and reduces appearance of fine lines & wrinkles over night.

After trailing this costly product, from thmoisturisers in the past and being very disappointed in the result, I was always sceptical on how this would work after such disappointment from its family of skincare products.

After 7 days of continuous usage from this overnight recovery, I was starting to notice a more even skin tone and almost a plumpness back to the skin. Becoming more and more impressed as the days went on it reached the two-week trial period and suddenly I didn’t notice anymore changes or advances in this skin care technology, experts may say this is because my skin may be too premature to notice and take in all the full benefits, however I was impressed from start to finish with this creamy-like gel in its signature sophisticated packaging.

Quick Tip: When applying Dior Capture 80 XP overnight record, squeeze the pipette and fill the small tube with as much of the concentrate as possible then release 7 pipette sized drops onto the back of the hand and distribute evenly over the skin. Spending more time around the forehead, cheek and eye bone area.

So the question remains, Night Repair or Capture 80 XP Overnight Recovery?

After lots of though and continuous swapping between both skin care hits, I’ve come to the decision I wont be replacing my Night Repair but I will be using Dior’s Capture 80 XP Overnight Recovery until the end and monitoring the changes within the skin. Evidently impressed by Dior, part of me feels like juggling between Esteé Lauder and Dior. However my loyalty to Night Repair remains firm within my skin care regime, but It wouldn’t hurt to monitor and keep Dior in mind.

Sophistication Meets City

 

“The City Look” is becoming more popular by the second and the fastest going trend which steadily maintains throughout the seasons. With the pressure for men to maintain fashionable ever growing, Tom Ford is helpful to lead the way to the 21st Century Male.

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Tom Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.

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After scouring the high streets and premium labels, this Tom Ford Large Zip Messenger reduced from £1410.00 to £995.00 is the perfect must have accessories for the 21st Century Male.

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This eye catching real leather Tom Ford messenger bag with large oversized gold zip closure is a neutral striking black matching any outfit but more importantly finishing this seasons, city look. This bag features an adjustable shoulder strap and internal zip pocket giving you every inch of finished quality down to perfection, simple yet an undiscovered beauty.

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.

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