Review | Super Facialist by Úna Brennan

IMG_0695555666Hello my lovelies, today I’m going to talk to you about this incredible face mask our left.

This is the Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask from the Super Facialist range by Úna Brennan. What a mouthful.

I picked this up from boots for £8.99 which, considering the article I read in Stylist this week which raved about different skincare all around the £60-120 mark, I didn’t think was too bad!

The face mask itself claims to boost skin moisture levels and radiance and has been developed for even the most sensitive of skins. Containing White Willow extract, Vitamin E, Urea and Marshmallow extract the mask claims to make your complexion appear “calmer, visibly renewed and glowing with a healthier radiance.” So does it?

Often when you try a face mask for the first time you’ll see instant results – your skin gets an intense, nourishing formula on it for 10 minutes or so – it is bound to react. The real test of a face mask is how it performs week on week. So far I’ve used the mask twice a week for the last three weeks and I can honestly say, every time I’ve used it my skin has looked a hundred times better!

My skin looks much more radiant after using it – my skin glows and genuinely feels like I’ve had a salon facial. It feels hydrated, fresh and just much healthier!

The mask itself is a creamy consistency which, as you may have guessed, smells of rose. Now, I quite like the smell of rose but if you don’t it may feel like you’re spreading Turkish Delight on your face!

Overall, a really great face mask, I would highly recommend it! There is also a Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask and a Neroli Lifting Treatment Mask in the range so there’s something for everyone!

What is your favourite face mask? Which ones would you recommend?? I love face masks so I’d love to know your thoughts!

Rx

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Top tips for speedy make up

Recently on Youtube there has been a make up tag making its way around the vloggersphere – 3 minute make up challenge. There have been some excellent videos in this tag from the admirable performances to the comedic ones. But the tag got me thinking about ways to do your make up in a rush so here are my top tips for speedy make up!

Don’t use brushes
– Nothing slows you down like trying to find brushes when you’re in a rush! Plus using your fingers gives you a pretty good feel for your make up when applying it. Use a pencil for eyebrows, its much quicker than using a brush and eyeshadow!

Use cream products
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– I am a massive fan of cream blushes and highlighters. My favourite one is the Collection duo, above. This is incredibly cheap but very good! I use this if I’m in a rush in the morning, but most often, just before I leave work. If I’m meeting friends after work I pop a bit of this on to add some colour to my face and brighten my face. I love this product!

Go for the simple ‘my natural face but better’ look
– Nothing too complicated. Skip eyeshadow – or at least skip using a two colours – there is no time for blending! And if you rush blending it will look naff, no offence. Skip contouring, it take too long and if you rush it you can end up looking like a drag queen! For me I use a BB cream, foundation and some bronzer to add some colour. Then I use liquid eyeliner and mascara for my eyes, add a slick of lipstick and you’re good to go!

Take a compact with you and some lipstick

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– A compact with a mirror can be invaluable! I love my Maybelline Fit Me powder, above, as there is a sizeable mirror and the powder is great to stop shine. My fail safe way to make myself feel a bit better about my face is to powder my face and add a bright lipstick such as Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

Organise yourself
– If you, like me, really struggle to get up in the morning meaning you are almost always rushing to get out the door on time, organisation is essential. I’ve set up my make up in order of when I’ll use it (roughly), it’s near my mirror and out ready to be used, not tucked away in drawers – saves loads of time!

Speedy essentials: Fit Me Powder, Revlon Colourstay, Collection Blusher and  Highlight Duo and Volume de Chanel Mascara

Speedy essentials: Fit Me Powder, Revlon Colourstay, Collection Blusher and Highlight Duo and Volum de Chanel Mascara

Accept you’re not going to have a full, pristine face of make up. Just accept it. No ifs, no buts, just accept it. And realise that it’s not the end of the world if you go outside with minimal or no make up on – beauty is on the inside remember, so I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous whatever!

Rx

Review | Clinique three-step skincare

???????????????????????????????You may or may not have read (in this post right here) that I have been giving the Clinique three-step skincare range a go.

The Clinique three-step range is one of their best selling ranges – many of my friends rave about it so naturally I was intrigued to give it a go. I bought their sample size products (4-6weeks worth) and I’ve just finished them so I’m ready to deliver my verdict…

I am a very disappointed fan. I just don’t like the range.

This may shock a few so let’s go through this product by product:

Liquid Facial Soap Mild
– This is soap. That’s all it is, and for me, I don’t feel this does any more than a normal soap or face wash you can get from Boots for a few quid. I didn’t feel it was particularly nourishing, moisturising, it is just a soap.

Clarifying Lotion
– This is the chemical exfoliant which comes with the kit and I actually quite like this. I’d never used a chemical exfoliant before but I feel it tightens my skin and clears imperfections.

Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
– I do not like this moisturiser. It is greasy, it doesn’t absorb into my skin well at all and it just didn’t leave my skin looking nice at all really. This was the most disappointing product of the three, really not good for my skin.

Overall, whilst I liked the exfoliant, I didn’t like the other two stages of the three-step range. And for the money (about £60 for a full set), I would not buy this again. I don’t feel my skin is in any better condition, in fact in the first two weeks of use I had a bit of a breakout. My skin was just a bit dull. Perhaps, my skin just doesn’t suit the range, because as mentioned previously some of my friends rave about the range.

As I said earlier, I am a disappointed fan because I do really like Clinique as a brand. I love their foundation and mascaras so I was really hoping for more from their skincare range.

Have you tried Clinique’s three-step range? What did you think of it? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to know your thoughts!

Rx