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

April Favourites!

It’s that time of the month again… no not that one silly! These are the products I’ve been reaching for the most during the month of April:

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A mixture of skincare and make-up items here for you this month but no eye products! I’ve been all over the place with what I’ve done with my eye make-up and have done different things as often as I possibly could so I don’t have one thing that I reached for more than anything else to put in my favourites this month.

Trilogy, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
26632469466_64134b0f8a_mRosehip oil is a truly remarkable beauty discovery and I’m so glad to have made it! It’s chock full of vitamins (A, C & E) and essential fatty acids (omega 3,6 & 9) plus lycopene and beta carotene.
It’s really been helping me with my dry skin and speeding the healing time of my hormonal break outs which always get even drier when healing. I’ve been massaging a couple of drops into my skin at night and it has really made a difference to my moisture levels.
It’s non-greasy and very light, absorbs quickly into the skin but not too-quickly that you don’t have time to do a little bit of massage. I might have to look up some of the other products in the Trilogy rosehip range!

Maybelline, Eraser Eye Concealer in ‘Light’
I only recently decided to try this after seeing lots of other bloggers and vloggers singing it’s praises. The applicator is soft and helps dab on just the the right amount of product which I then blend with my Real Techniques sponge, the concealer its self is a slightly yellowy tone which is very unusual in concealers but is great for neutralising under eye circles. I hope they bring out more shades as currently there are only two available meaning darker ladies are very left out!

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Sculpting Crayon & Gel in ‘Brown & Out’
26593596101_a1e8ff6529_mI’ve been loving this and have used it nearly every day since it arrived! The shade is perfect for me which is a rare find in its self and the texture of the ‘crayon’ end is such that even heavy handed people like me can’t over apply and end up looking like one of the Marx brothers! The other end has a setting gel with a mascara-type applicator wand tucked inside it.

Super Facialist, Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water
I’ve been reaching for this over the Garnier micellar water whenever I’ve used this kind of product recently. It’s free of any of the bad skin stripping alcohols, however, while it states the product is fragrance free having had a quick look at the ingredients that’s not strictly true. Just because they’ve used an ingredient for it’s preservative properties doesn’t negate the fact that it’s also a fragrance ingredient! Tut tut Una! I’m not sensitive to fragrances (in this case phenethyl alcohol which imparts the smell of roses) but if you are you might want to give this one a miss.
What it does have is hyaluronic acid for an extra hydration hit plus extracts of calming cucumber and the mild astringent echinacea.

MAC, Matte Lipstick in ‘Mehr’
machybridI love my matte lipsticks especially the MAC ones and ‘Mehr’ is one that I’ve been reaching for a lot this month.
You can apply it lightly for a more dark-nude look or heavily and with liner for a more bold look – I do tend toward the latter I have to admit!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? What are your April favourites? Do let me know in the comments!

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.