Brand Focus | Super Facialist By Una Brennan

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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It all started with a humble looking cleansing oil, in a chunky transparent bottle, as bright as bright can be. Once I started using that orange scented goodness, I knew I had to try as much as I could from the brand. Who doesn't love affordable skincare that is also incredible and a delight to use?!?

Well that is the very idea behind the brand, created by facialist Una Brennan who wanted to bring to the market skincare that is "accessible and affordable". And she does a good job of it with her line of products which "connect nature, science and the senses, with simple skincare that works - for everyone."

I've been using Super Facialist products for a year now, from across the different ranges, and here's a quick run-down of my favourites.

Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil | £10.99

Kicking off with the one that started it all, this is a delightful citrus scented runny oil that is easily massaged onto the face to remove makeup and impurities. I love using a damp, warm flannel to remove this although this does emulsify upon contact with water and you can remove it just by rinsing alone. Packed full of Vitamin C, rosehip, olive and cucumber see oils, this leaves the skin looking brighter, more radiant and feeling smoother and plumper to the touch too. 

Extra info:
  • Bulky bottle - Can get messy and bulky. I find it easier to decant into a smaller bottle with a dropper. Would be great if it came with a pump. 
  • Makeup remover - This melts away even waterproof eye makeup, but also makes a delightful second or morning cleanser.
  • Beware! Smells like summer and as though it should be edible. It is not! ;)
  • Mentioned previously on my blog >>> Beauty Reruns

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Pore Purifying Clay Mask | £9.99

If you are looking for an effective treatment to deeply cleanse the skin, draw out impurities and keep any potential break-out candidates at bay, then you might also love this. It contains salicylic acid, kaolin and avocado seed oil and is great for congested skin that may be suffering from blemishes. I apply a layer of this, leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wipe off with a damp flannel. I love how it doesn't strip my skin or leave it dehydrated and after use my face looks clearer and my pores appear tighter

Extra info:
  • Heavily scented - For some reason this product packs a perfume punch and can be overpowering. Not for the faint hearted! Lol!
  • Tingle belles - It stings quite a bit when I have this on so if you're sensitive then bear this in mind. It could be the salicylic or the strong perfume. There's no way of knowing. 
  • Removal trick - Like most clay masks this dries hard and is tough to remove. Adding a drop or two of a good facial oil to the mask helps (Hidden Harmony World trick).

Super Facialist Neroli Firming Illuminate Eye Cream | £12.99 

This is a hydrating eye cream that smooths the eye area, isn't slippery and has a feeling of tightening as soon as its applied. Containing hyaluronic acid and shea butter, this eye cream gets the eye area moisturised and feeling refreshed. I don't know how effective it is at firming in the long run, but the inclusion of caffiene extract helps with morning eye puffiness and makes me look and feel alert.

Extra info:
  • Non-greasy - It works great under makeup because although it is hydrating, it isn't greasy or oily or waxy.
  • Scent? - Because of the small quantity used, there is no obvious scent to this (I've had a journey with this Neroli range!) 
  • AM/PM - Due the tightening, awakening effect I prefer to only use this in the mornings. You could very easily use this at night, you wild thing! ;)
  • Mentioned previously on my blog >>> January Favourites

Super Facialist Neroli Firming Super Lift Night Cream | £16.99

This night cream is lush from start to finish. Something about the modern-chic packaging, combining a traditional glass jar with a frosted plastic lid, just makes me swoon. This contains hyaluronic acid, sweet almond and orange oils and makes my skin look plumper, radiant and fresher the next morning. A delight to massage onto the face, the relaxing scent (see Info below) combined with the gorgeous silky texture of the cream, help me to get ready to drift off for the night. This is a thick but not overly greasy night cream that you can feel on your skin in the morning which I always find reassuring.

Extra notes:
  • Scent - I was never a fan of the Neroli scent (the cleanser is overly perfumed!) and this night cream has converted me. I look forward to the soothing scent each night.
  • Winter woes - Although this is quite emollient and lovely, I've been enjoying using this over facial oils for an extra hydrating boost.
  • Packaging - Bang on!

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Now onto some other bits I have used from Super Facialist:

When I was going through a bout of continuous break-outs last year, I found Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Purifying Cleansing Wash | £7.99 to be very effective in helping me get through the phase. The gel texture foams slightly and is easily massaged all over the face. It cleanses my skin while calming it and isn't overly drying. I also really enjoy using Super Facialist Neroli Firming Daily Brightening Cleanser | £7.99 which is another lightly foaming gel cleanser (which can apparently be used to remove makeup too - I've never tried it) that brightens and cleanses while keeping the face plump and hydrated. This is heavily scented though which is my only gripe, otherwise it's a lovely cleanser to wake up with to get the face looking radiant.

A mediocre offering, is Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash | £9.99 which is a manual exfoliater, containing micro-beads that remove dead skin cells. It isn't a bad product and does what it says on the tin. For me, the only stand out feature is the delicious citrus scent.

The one product I am not a huge fan of is Super Facialist Probiotic Overnight Skin Recovery Cream | £15.99 which is as unremarkable inside as it is on the outside. It contains shea butter and claims to renew and rejuvenate tired, ageing skin but I just find it a bit bland. It isn't hydrating enough for a night cream and so I'm using it up now as a hand cream. 

My latest addition has me all excited for so many reasons even though I'm not a huge fan of rose scented products. Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil | £14.99 is a beautiful little concoction of a variety of oils including avocado and raspberry oil, which promises to be a nourishing treat for the skin. It can be used as a pre-cleanse treatment or as an intensive moisture boost. So far I'm loving it and am glad that the scent isn't overly rosy. 

I still have a few more products on my wish list to try from Super Facialist including Neroli Day Cream and Serum (my favourite range right now), Vitamin C+ Serum and Probiotic Micellar water

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I am obviously a huge fan of the brand and have discovered so many gems that will continue to be a part of my skincare routines for a long time to come. I love that everything is priced reasonably and that the products score highly on quality and effectiveness. Very often, Boots put these on offer on their website so if you are interest in any particular product, it's worth keeping your eyes peeled for when that range is on sale.

I hope you enjoyed this Brand Focus post on Super Facialist. Let me know if you have tried anything from the brand, what your favourites are and what you'd love to try. I would love to know. 

Sal xxx
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