Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Facial Oil

I’m coming to the end of my third bottle of this stuff now so I figured it’s really about time I told you all how much I love it!

It’s full title is Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. What a mouthful!

This oil is great before a cream cleanser for those who wear make-up daily. It’s also good for those who enjoy facial massage as well as being a gentle first cleanse for people who like to double cleanse.

It is quite a versatile oil I find, as well as feeling like a real pamper with it’s beautiful rose damask fragrance. Continue reading

SuperFacialist Retinol+ Review

I pounced on this new range almost as soon as it was released, relieving myself of all the Advantage points that had been burning a hole in my purse in the process. Both the day and night creams contain pro-retinol and sodium hyaluronate – that’s both of the anti-ageing ingredients with some actual science behind them in one product – plus the wonderfully moisturising shea butter and anti-oxidants (science is a bit lacking here) in the form of white tea extract all for a very reasonable price point.

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Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which is essential for skin health among many other uses in the body. Vitamin A’s anti-ageing abilities were first discovered when doctors found that acne patients who were being successfully treated with prescription Vitamin A (well known brands include Accutane) were experiencing positive side effects by way of softer skin and fewer lines and wrinkles. From there it became an important part of anti-ageing science.

This cream contains one of the gentler pro-retinols in the form of retinyl palmitate. It’s gentler but also less effective than pure retinol or retinoic acid because once it is absorbed our bodies have to then turn it into retinoic acid (available in absolutely pure form like this on prescription only in the EU – sorry ladies!) in order to use it. The more steps the body has to go through to convert the vitamin, the less effective it is overall. This gentleness, however, makes it a great gateway to a stronger retinol product later on once you are tolerating this one on a daily basis. When using any retinoid containing product it is important that you check the instructions and build up your usage slowly – don’t just dive in!

I’ve been introducing these slowly for roughly a month now and now using at least one of them most days. A month is nowhere near enough time to see any benefit from the retinoid but I am definitely seeing benefit from the overall product and the hyaluronic acid. My skin is softer, smoother and plumper, my under eye contour looks better meaning my dark circles aren’t as noticeable. I’m much less dry in my dry areas although certain stubborn patches are still problematic I’m very happy with the progress. I haven’t woken up in the morning with my oilier areas feeling greasy which is also a good sign. I’m very happy using these and will be continuing on with them. I’ll update you when the pots are empty.

So far I think this is a great moisturiser and a good way for those of us just starting to think about using anti-ageing products to break into them before moving up to stronger retinols later on. If you’re already using a retinyl palmitate containing product and thinking of switching I would consider switching to this one if yours doesn’t contain hyaluronic acid as this one does.
If you’re looking for a stronger retinol do check the ingredients on the boxes of products for just the word ‘retinol’. It must be in the ingredients  – not just on the front of the box! Ideally it will give you a percentage value for how much is in the product somewhere else on the pack. I have heard good things about Indeed Labs ‘retinol reface’ and La Roche Posay ‘Redermic R’. The only thing I would change about either of these creams from Super Facialist would be to include an SPF in the day cream so that you don’t have to use a separate product too.

Update 18/06/2016:

I’ve reached the bottom of my pots and I’m not just planning on re-purchasing, I already have! Only the night cream though as I found I got much more use out of that one personally and I prefer a slightly less rich cream during the day for under my make-up.
During the day I’ve been using the Bandi moisturiser which came with my Glossybox as it makes a great base for make-up and provides panthenol to aid any blemishes I might have in healing up.

January Favourites!

Cream Blush

I’ve decided to try and do a little post every month about my current favourite beauty products and what I’ve been reaching for most that month. As today is the first of Feb I’ll go through what I loved over the last month.

Cream BlushSo, the first item that I’ve been loving during this last month is my Illamasqua cream blush in the shade ‘Seduce’. You might have noticed this one sneaking into the photos for my post on ‘Painting on Normal’, I have about three of these Illamasqua cream blushes but this shade is my favourite at the moment. It stays put better than other formulas I’ve used and the particular shade suits me very well at the moment.
The Jelly Pong Pong ‘Lighten Up’ pencil that came in my Birchbox at the beginning of the month has been a firm favourite since it arrived. I’ve been using it on my lower lash line to brighten my eyes. I swear it helps with dark circle camouflage, I can’t explain it as you’re not even going over that area but I’m sure it does. It’s also far more subtle on the lash line than a bright white pencil which definitely does nothing for circles.

Burts Bees beeswax lip balm is something I’m reaching for a lot. I didn’t like this muchIMG_1325 when I first got it and I actually chucked it in a drawer and forgot about it for a while but I’ve used up all of my usual favourite L’Occitane shea butter lip balm and so I pulled this out. On a second try of it I discovered that I actually quite like it and have been reaching for it all month. I get very dry lips in the winter so a good balm in an absolute must and I won’t use anything petroleum based (they only prevent further moisture loss they don’t add moisture and can block pores if they wander away from the lips). This one is made from bees wax, coconut and sunflower oils and enriched with vitamin E, it also has peppermin oil in it which gives a pleasant tingle. If it gets a bit too cold in the tube it can go very solid which is why I didn’t get on with it the first time around but now I understand to warm it up slightly I love it.

10198114Una Brennan’s SuperFacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water is my last item for this month, it’s a fragrance free micellar water designed to help keep the pH balance of your skin intact. It contains echinacea and cucumber extracts and hyaluronic acid as well a probiotic complex. This micellar water is alcohol free, my skin is very happy with it. As a spoonie micellar water comes in very handy on days when you’re tired so it’s even better to have one that’s also got skincare benefits.

What products did you love or discover during the month of January? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments.