Friday, 21 June 2013

Super Facialist by Una Brennan: Mattifying Moisturiser & Cleansing Wash

That has to be one of the longest blog post titles ever! I love this little range that I spotted in my local Boots whilst gazing upon the skincare aisle. I feel that it really stands out as a brand, the products feel extremely luxurious and have ingredients to match. If I hadn't had known, I would have assumed the brand was higher end than it's actual price tags. 
I love what the brand itself is about. In a nutshell, professional facialist of the stars, Una Brennan decided to create good quality skincare to enable people to give themselves facials at home- minus the ridiculous price tags. This lady really does know her stuff and each range within the brand has clearly been thought out.
The two products that I will be sharing my thoughts on are the Mattifying Moisturiser and Purifying Cleansing Wash. Both of these products are in the Tea Flower; Deep Clean range which means that they are specifically catered for combination skin that is prone to breakouts. With ingredients like salicylic acid involved to target breakout prone, oily skin.
I feel as if the moisturiser is perfect for a day time boost of moisture make-up application as it is not too thin, runny and pretty crap at moisturising- which I feel as if most moisturisers that are targeted toward oily skin tend to be. The consistency is perfect for every day use- not too thick, nor too thin. After application you're left with a clean smooth base which is not greasy at all.

After falling in love with the moisturiser, I decided to pick up the counterpart in the range- Purifying Cleansing Wash. I love love love using this as an everyday facial wash. Although it contains breakout fighting ingredients, it is not at all harsh on the skin. This is a lovely morning pick me up for your skin as it removes excess oil without sucking up all of your essential oils-for lack of better phrase. I can't help but think of the days when bottles of Clean & Clear and Clearisil filled up the shelves in my bathroom. If only I had something that was actually gentle on my skin like this cleanser.. I bet my skin wouldn't have been half as bad if I hadn't insisted on using harsh products sighh. We've all been there!
With the moisturiser retailing at £12.99 and the cleansing wash at £7.99, these little beauties will hardly break the bank!

I really recommend having a look at this brand as it delivers for all skin types with some really lovely products. After loving these little beauties and the Calming Creamy Cleanser from the hydration range, I'm desperate to try out the rest of the products from the brand. With the facial oil and clay mask both at the top of my list!
Have you tried anything from Una Brennan's Super Facialist line?

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

This week I'm wishing for..

The summer wishlist

1. Clarins Gentle Exfoliating toner 2. River Island poppy tea dress 3. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume 4. River Island maxi skirt 5. NARS Cococabana Illuminater 6. Soap & Glory Smoothie Star body butter 7. Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturising Balm

Monday, 17 June 2013

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter

I adore everything about Soap & Glory, from their 1950s style branding to their amazing scented products. I'm yet to be dissapointed by a Soap & Glory product. So I couldn't resist picking this up after lusting after it for way too long! The scent of this shower butter is actually amazing. It's a mixtue of almonds, sweet vanilla and pistachio- my dream scent for body products! I love a good sweet smelling product and this is amazing, to me it smells a bit like cake batter. If you can't stand sweet smells this won't be for you, however the product itself is also lovely. 
I wasn't expecting it to foam up, so I was quite surprised at how well it actually cleans your skin whilst moisturising. I imagined it to be like thick body butter consistency (which it is) that emulsifies into a milk and washes off, whilst this actually does go into a creamy foam once in contact with water- an extremely non-drying one at that. I love using this a few times a week regardless if I'm planning on moisturising after or not. 
I think this is a lovely little product to have in your stash. It leaves my skin feeling nouished and lovely and it's easier than waiting for a body butter to sink in. This obviously wouldn't be able to substitute a moisturiser if you have very dry skin but it's a lovely product to use all the same. I think it's a lovely product if you want to add a touch of luxury into shower time. That little extra step makes alllll the difference!
As I adore the scent I'm planning on purchasing the matching body butter, Smoothie Star although I'm trying to stop myself as I have two Righetous Butters to use up first- oops!

What's your favourite product by Soap & Glory?

Friday, 14 June 2013

The current make-up favourites

I feel as if my make-up has been in a bit of a rut these past few months so I've added a few new products to shake it up a bit. I'm liking a fuss free simple face more recently rather than fussing about with eyeliner and eyeshadow which is a bit of a faff most days. Here's what I've been loving recently..

Boujois Healthy Mix foundation to me has the perfect combination of radiant, dewy goodness whilst avoiding my face looking as if someone has thrown a bucket of water over it. My skin has been in a strange state at the moment, not particulaly spotty, dry or oily. I feel like this gives my skin a boost and covers my blemishes and redness whilst sitting nice on the skin. It is slightly too yellow toned for my skin but I can deal with that.

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer is a new addition to my makeup and I'm still deciding whether it actually prolongs my foundation wear. I can definitely notice a difference to my oiler areas on my skin and my base goes on much smoother after I've applied this.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is the perfect little all rounder concealer if you haven't got a lot to cover. It's quite lightweight, moisturising and has a medium coverage. I love using this under my eyes (mixed with Bobbi Brown corrector) and on any areas of redness.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is my saviour for when I'm working my eleven hour Saturday shift. A few spritzes of this in combination with the Smashbox primer prevents my make-up from sliding and melting off my face until hometime. I like to think of these two little beauties as the lasting power dream team.

Benefit Hervana blush is the most gorgeous rosy pink ever and is so flattering. I feel like the shade brightens up my complexion instantly.

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express mascara is still my mascara of choice at the moment. It lengthens and volumises my lashes like nothing else I have tried and does smudge all over my eyes like I find others do.

A recent purchase of mine is MAC lipstick in Speed Dial which is the perfect pink. The shade is a muted hot pink, not too bright for day but not your everyday pink lip. I think I may be addicted to this lipstick at the moment as it just goes with everything.

What are your make-up favourites at the moment?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What I've bought..

Hello! So payday has been and I've been out buying again. I don't feel like I bought much for my money this month as I've had other things to pay for like my passport renewal- £80 for a passport, really?!?! Even when I don't have much to spend, money burns a hole in my purse so here's what I've bought recently..

1. Soap & Glory Whipped Clean shower butter- Boots 2. TIGI Bed Head Urban Anti-dotes Shampoo & conditoner- TK Maxx 3. Revlon Photoready foundation- Boots 4. Boujois Healthy Mix foundation- Boots 5. Smashbox Photofinish primer- Boots 6 & 7. MAC lipsticks in Costa Chic and Speed dial- Debenhams

MAC Speed Dial & MAC Costa Chic

1. Mint dress- Primark £5 2. Aztec print dress- Primark £10 3. Floral dress- Primark £10 (sizes come up big- size 6 looks like 10-12) 4. Polka Dot skirt- £9 Primark 5. Shell print playsuit- Oasis 6. Tan bag- Primark

What have you been buying recently? I can't seem to stop buying holiday clothes when I know I don't need anymore dresses. I think I may be addicted to buying dresses. Send help


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The current skin care favourites #2

Hello! Long time, no see. I can't even recall the last time that I wrote up a proper blog post. I've had my A-level exams, so unfortunately had no time to blog :( Now I'm back it's time to save my skin. My skin has been awful lately, mostly due to lack of sleep, eating rubbish and being a stress head. The exam period has left my skin a bit of a mess. These are my skincare saviours currently...

To start off my cleansing routine I begin with using Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm to remove all of my make-up. I originally thought I wouldn't get along with this as my skin is quite oily at the best of times but I feel as if this balances out my skin perfectly. I use a tiny amount massaged into dry skin and remove with a warm flannel. What I love the most about this is that it doens't leave a film on my skin. Every other cleansing balm that I have tried has left me with a film of oily residue, which is almost impossible to remove. Although I believe the other cleansing balms had mineral oil in them, whilst this does not, which is probably why it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. After using this my skin doesn't feel over loaded with moisture which I originally thought. My skin is left feeling really soft and clean, whilst it is a tad over priced, I think that until I find a decent cleansing balm for cheaper I will continue to repurchase this.

REN Clear Calm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is my favourite pick of the bunch. Previously to buying this, I had never tried any REN skincare at all. But after reading Caroline Hirons' blog here, and reading that she likes it, I had to try it! After using this twice I saw a difference in my skin. My skin was balanced out, the oilyness had reduced and my spots had calmed down quickly. As French clay is one of the ingredients, along with Zinc Gluconate, Salicilin, Mayblossom and Manuka Extract, this has worked wonders for my skin. According to the REN skincare website... the French clay absorbs excess oils and purifies the skin, Zinc Gluconate reduces production of sebum, Salicilin gives mild exfoliation and antibacterical properties, Mayblossom tones enlarged pores and Manuka Extract soothes and nourishes. With this ingredient list in combination with their no nasties policy i.e no mineral oil etc, it's safe to say my skin loves this.
The consistency feels like a runny clay face mask and immediatly feels calming on the skin as it's quite cool. I love using this after I've removed all of my make-up every evening and if my skin is feeling particularly oily/spotty I will use it in the mornings also. I apply this to dry skin and remove with a warm flannel.

Since watching and resisting to take notes on Pixiwoo's video with skincare expert, Caroline Hirons, I decided to make manual exfoliaters a thing of the past. Previously, I was using a face scrub every few days, completely obvlious to the face that it wasn't doing anything for my skin. I decided after many of the reccomendations on Caroline's blog to try a exfoliating toner. REN Clarifying Toning Lotion was my first choice as I'd heard so much about REN as a brand and I love it. The texture of my skin has improved drastically since using this religiously. I apply a tiny amount on a cotton pad and sweep in over my skin after cleansing and it leaves my skin feeling so fresh but also smooth and radiant looking. Now I've finally taken the plunge and tried an exfoliating toner, I really want to try Pixi Glow Tonic.

Superfacialist by Una Brenan is an amazing skincare range that I believe is exclusive to Boots and her website. The range is reasonably priced and amazing quality. My daily moisturiser has been the Mattifying Moisturiser from the Tea Flower range which is aimed at breakout prone skin as it contains salicylic acid. Every moisturiser I've tried that is aimed at oily breakout prone skin has been so thin, runny and quite frankly useless for underneath make-up. The consitency of this is perfect, it's not at all runny yet not too rich for oily skin- the perfect base for make-up. Another product by the Una Brenan range that I've been loving is the Calming Creamy Cleanser from the Rose range which is aimed at skin that needs a boost of hydration. My skin hasn't been able to make up its mind recently. One minute its oily and spotty, the next it's dry and irritated. When my skin is feeling dry and a bit sore or just lacking hydration this cleanser does the trick. It has a rose scent to it which makes it lovely to use before bedtime. When my skin is being oily, this is a bit too heavy for it though, so I like using this once a week to balance my skin out.

If you read my review here, you would know that I'm quite obsessed with Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. I adore using this before bed as my lips feel nourished and smooth in the morning. I think I might be a bit addicted to this. The tiniest amount goes a long way so although it's a pricey lipbalm, it's definitely worth it to me.

I've really been into skincare at the moment so I'd love to know what you have been loving. What's your skincare favourites at the moment?