2014 in review

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Úna Brennan Superfacialist range ~ Boots

I’ve been suffering with slightly dry skin, and playing about with Illamasqua foundations which show up the slightest dry areas ~ even ones you couldn’t see before. So I wanted to buy something a little more moisturising than my usual Nivea Visage Q10 Anti-Wrinkle cream (which I love). I stumbled across reviews raving about Úna Brennan’s Superfacialist range in Boots and so I thought this might be a good place to start. The range contains natural ingredients, scientific ingredients and beautiful aromas and aimed at being suitable for every type of skin.

The Superfacialist range comes in 3 types: Tea Flower deep cleanses, balances and mattifies; Rose for cleansing, calming and hydration, suitable for even the most sensitive skin; and Neroli for plumping, anti-ageing and firming. These descriptions were taken from Úna’s site, which I found hard to locate.  You can find it here: Superfacialist by Úna Brennan  There’s a great write up about Úna and her experience and expertise as a facialist and skincare expert, on her website.

Boots had a 3 for 2 offer so I googled around and decided on getting the Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask, Rose Intense Moisture Mask and Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. I am impressed with all 3, read on for more…

Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask: I had previously only bought those sachets of, 1 time only use, face masks for about 99p and so I was a bit scared to pay such a lot more money for a tube of mask. Especially when I didn’t know if I would be allergic to it. However, I needn’t have worried ^_^ The directions say “Once or twice weekly, apply a generous and even layer to thoroughly cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 5 minutes to maximise the hydrating benefits. Rinse with warm water, or soft flannel dampened with warm water and gently pat skin dry.”  On my first application a small amount of water came out of the tube before any mask, but that is to be expected I guess. I then started applying it to my face. It wasn’t the easiest mask I’ve ever applied. I found that it was quite patchy and hard to get enough coverage – if I went over a patch to fill it in it rubbed away some of what I had managed to get on there. I was a little disappointed but it wasn’t bad enough for me to think it wouldn’t have any effect or not use it again. The tube says to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, but I left it on much longer because I started playing a game on my phone and forgot! Ha ha! When the mask has dried there are small white dots in some places – I like to think that this is gunk removed from my pores… I don’t think it actually is. After my first use I washed it off with warm water and it didn’t look like there was that much difference to my skin, although it did feel smoother.

It was after the second application that things improved! I applied it as before, but this time the application was smooth and went on evenly. I again left it on for ages. When I washed it off and patted my face dry I could see pores that had been opened up & cleaned and blocked pores that were still blocked but I could see that the gunk inside had been bought to the surface. Ok, I admit I did squeeze a couple of them. My face feels fresher and less clogged up, I do have a few bumps but I’m riding it out because I really feel like this mask is working and gradually clearing my blocked pores!!! I have pretty sensitive skin but I haven’t suffered any reaction to this mask and will continue to use it! So far I’ve been using it 2-3 times a week but once my pores are a bit a clearer I’ll probably cut down to once, maybe twice a week.

One tip I have is that I had had a blind spot on my cheek near to my chin for about a month; it would occasionally be very sore but would never erupt into a pus-y spot. I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to get rid of it. In steps Tea Flower Mask to the rescue!!! I didn’t bother taking my making up off as it was still early and I had only just got back from work, I applied a small amount of the mask directly onto the spot and left it there all evening. When I went to bed to bed I gently washed it off and applied more and left that on overnight. The next morning I could see that the gunk had hardened and was right at the surface of the spot ~ so I squeezed the Mother o_O Oh it felt satisfying! Wahaha! Since then the spot has healed and only left a slight red mark, which is to be expected. I also did this with a spot above my eyebrow and got the same results.  £8.99 for 125ml.

Wahahaha!

Wahahaha! – Tea Flower face mask – 1st application

 

Heh heh heh! Here you can see it has applied more evenly.

Heh heh heh!
Here you can see it has applied more evenly.

Rose Intense Moisture Mask: I’ve never bought or used a hydrating face mask before so I was unsure of what to expect, I just hoped that it would help stop my face being so dry. The directions say “Once or twice weekly, apply a generous and even layer to thoroughly cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 5 minutes to maximise the hydrating benefits. Rinse with warm water, or soft flannel dampened with warm water and gently pat skin dry.” I use this mask straight after using the Tea Flower one. As with the Tea Flower mask there was a small amount of water that came out when I first squeezed the tube, and again application was a little patchy. I’ve noticed on some reviews that some people are complaining that this mask has tiny grains in but isn’t described as exfoliating. I barely notice these little dots, they don’t scrape, irritate or feel like they’re exfoliating, to me it feels like it could just as well be harder lumps of thicker moisturiser. They certainly didn’t cause me an issue. I left the mask on for ages and then gently massaged warm water onto my face, rubbing the mask in as I washed it off. My face felt more moisturised than it would normally after I’d used a clay mask, but not enough for me to skip moisturising etc. Overall, I don’t mind this product but it hasn’t given me such great results that I’ll definitely repurchase. I’ll wait until I’ve finished the tube to completely make up my mind. Again, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have an allergic reaction to this mask! £8.99 for 125ml.

I look so sad!

I look so sad!

Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil: I love this oil!!!! I have never used a facial oil before and I was a bit scared because my T-Zone and sides of my cheeks (the sides closest to my nose get dry), can be oily. The directions say “For best results, use Rose Facial Oil as a pre-cleanse treatment using the Double Cleansing Method. Pour a generous amount of oil into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to warm the oil then slowly massage in circular movements onto face, neck and décolleté to let the oil dissolve impurities and open pores. Take time to enjoy the delicate Rose scent then wipe clean with a soft flannel dampened with hot water before cleansing skin as usual. If used as a leave-on treatment to boost skin suppleness and moisture levels, we recommend using after thorough cleansing and prior to moisturising. Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand, rub hands together to warm the oil then slowly apply over face and neck. If your skin is very sensitive, skin patch test 24 hours before use.”

I use this oil in between cleansing and moisturising and it has made such a difference to my skin. The oil is fairly quickly absorbed and leaves my skin looking glowy and dewy, but not greasy – that is when I have applied foundation, powder etc. If I’m having a no make-up day and just apply moisturiser after then my face does feel and look a bit greasy, and it tickles. The Rose Hydrating oil has stopped my skin feeling and looking stretched and irritated and it has stopped my foundation sitting in the pores of my cheeks, which was driving me crazy! I will definitely be re-purchasing this facial oil, especially as it feel so gentle on my skin.  The only negative I have about this oil is that the pump is hard to control and dispenses a bit more that I’d like in one go and it shoots over my hands – that maybe because it’s designed to be pumped into your palm, whereas I pump it onto my fingers… £14.99 for 30ml, a bit pricey but so worth it ~ especially when there’s 3 for 2 offers!

Rose Oil

I have found that using the combination of all 3 three products has really improved my skin and has even made the application of the Illamasqua Cream Foundation easier and look amazing! I will do a new post on that soon!

I bought my items from Boots, which as far as I’m aware, the range is exclusive to:  Superfacialist at Boots.