Saturday, 29 August 2015

SuperFacialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C Brightening Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

superfacialist vitamin c cleanser

SuperFacialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C Brightening Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (takes a breath) is a product I’ve come round to. I initially tried this a couple of months ago and wasn’t really bowled over by it but I ran out of my beloved Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and wanted to use up some other products so I returned to this. And this time I’m pleasantly surprised by it. 

This lightweight cleansing oil contains Sunflower seed oil, Olive oil, Grape seed oil, Raspberry seed oil, Sweet orange oil, Passionflower oil, Rosehip oil. Basically ALL the oils. Unfortunately it contains fragrance. Now this doesn’t seem to bother my skin and I don’t find the smell particularly unpleasant (it’s an orangey smell) I’m just not sure there’s any need for it. That aside it feels very nourishing when using it. When water is added it turns milky and is easily removed from the face (I always use flannels). It doesn’t leave any residue and removes all my makeup. I sometimes double-cleanse though with this because I don’t think it does as good a job as Clinique’s balm. In fact, it’s recommended you double cleanse with this product but it’s only necessary if you’re wearing heavy makeup, I think.

The Vit C cleansing oil doesn’t strip the skin or leave it feeling tight, it just feels thoroughly cleansed and soft. If you have oily skin don’t be put off of using cleansing oils or balms. They do a great job at deeply cleansing without harming the skins barrier and this can help in regulating oil production. Skin being harshly stripped of its natural oil will overcompensate and actually cause more oil production. So gentle is the way to go.

When it comes to retexturising the skin with this product I can’t say I have noticed any significant changes and I have quite an uneven skin tone. Despite this I think this is a good cleanser, especially for your morning cleanse as it does seem to perk skin up best then for me. All skin types I think would benefit from this although really sensitive might be wary due to the fragrance.

Have you tried any products from this range?


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Currently Reading and To-Reads

Recently I've found some time to read again. I have a few minutes here and there but most of my time is taken up with my whirlwind of a 19 month old boy. So at night, when he’s fallen asleep I read on my Kindle app on my phone. We co-sleep so it almost feels like I'm a teenager again, reading Stephen King books or Dean Koontz in the dark with just a flicker of light to see. I do miss holding a real book though and book covers have some of the most beautiful art. I’ve been trying to read 2 books a month and it’s going not too bad, the main problem I have is finding something that holds my interest. I’m often very fatigued in the evening so I need something that isn’t too challenging but still requires a bit of thinking. My current genre of choice is Psychological Thrillers, I always seem to read them in the Summer. I’m currently reading Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I chanced upon it while in Waterstone’s and it seemed the perfect Summer read. I’m not too far into it but parts remind me of American Psycho: the sneering cynicism, and the pretence of being someone you’re not. I’ll do a proper review once I’m done but I’m hopeful so far. 

I have read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkin.I really enjoyed it. It’s told from the perspective of several different people, none of which are entirely likeable or dependable narrators. I liked the pace of the book and it held a good amount of suspense: a good Summer read.  My to read “pile” contains Under Your Skin by Sabine Durran,  Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes,  and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

Have you got any recommendations for me?


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Luxe Skincare Wishlist

luxe skincare wishlist

I was very kindly sent to me the Anne Semonin Tissue Serum for review which you can read in my blog post here. I loved this serum, it felt incredibly soothing on my skin, a real treat to use. This sparked my pining for other luxurious skin care items. I follow Cult Beauty on Instagram and when I saw them posting about the amazing sounding Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum  I was intrigued, it sounded beautiful. Elle describes it as "liquid rose petals", beautiful right? It aims to instantly brighten and ease wrinkles but at £98 it certainly isn't cheap. 

Next is Tata Harper. The Elixir Vitae costs an eye-watering £275!! This is packed full of ingredients to slow down the skin's ageing process. I wonder how they get to that price and if the ingredients are actually worth it? Anyway, I want it on my face. And finally, a name most bloggers will have heard of Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment. The powerful ingredient working in this is Lactic Acid which works on wrinkles. It just sounds lovely, I want it. I don't think I'm being greedy, much.

What's your luxurious picks?

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