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Monday, 27 August 2012

Super Facialist by Úna Brennan - Rose-Hydrate Double Cleanse Method

Hello my lovelies!

I have news of another exciting skincare range which has just been launched by Boots throughout Ireland. The range is called Super Facialist by Úna Brennan. Originally from Northern Ireland,  Úna  Brennan is London’s best kept beauty secret and facialist to the stars - and she has now launched an exciting and long awaited new skincare range that has been created exclusively for Boots. 

There’s not a beauty editor (or Notting Hill celeb) who hasn’t sung the praises of facialist  Úna Brennan who has been dubbed " elusive beautician to the stars". She’s been reviving people’s faces with glowing results and reviews for years and now finally, we can experience the very same results in the comfort of our own home.

The range is divided into three regimes – Hydrate/Rose, Deep Clean/Tea Flower and Firming/Neroli and there are a total of sixteen products.

All Super Facialist products are free from mineral oils, petrochemicals, animal ingredients and synthetic colours and they are not tested on animals - all of which gets a huge thumbs up from me!

I've been testing out the "Double Cleanse" method as recommended by Úna Brennan.

“Cleansing oils are the best way to get rid of all traces of the day on skin, including make-up and suncreams. Used as a pre cleanse for the skin, a cleansing oil will help dissolve all the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores“  - Úna Brennan.

Deep cleansing is the foundation of good skin. The Double Cleansing Method is the cornerstone of the perfect skincare regime – it promotes healthy, balanced and properly cleansed skin. It thoroughly removes the daily dirt, dust, oxidized sebum, dead skin cells and residue from make-up, sunscreens and skincare that accumulate on the most exposed part of the body: your face. Freshly and deeply cleansed skin is also the optimum base to receive and greatly benefit from the positive effects of treatment products. Úna believes that at a very basic level the skin needs water in the cells and to be able to breathe - The Double Cleansing method will help eliminate waste from and oxygenate the tissues at the same time resulting in a pumping, vibrant, glowing, healthy skin at any age and for every skin type from the inside and out.

The products from the range I've been trying out are: The Rose-Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil and the Rose-Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser. The two products work in conjunction together to leave your skin thoroughly cleansed and feeling really clean.
Miracle Makeover Facial Oil:
Comes in a handy 30ml Glass pump bottle which easily dispenses just the right about of product, so there's no waste.

This dual purpose ‘wonder-blend’ of aromatherapy essentials oils can be used to pre-cleanse by deeply penetrating the skin and loosening oils that clog and block pores. Potent vitamin rich oils including Cucumber, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Calendula, Carrot and Sunflower act to hydrate and calm dehydrated sensitive skin and moisture trapping Glycerine draws water into the outer layer of the skin helping to make skin more supple. This oil smells and feels incredible and can also be used as a nourishing and calming treatment.

Creamy Calming Cleanser:

Comes in a very generous sized 150ml squeezable tube.

This is a gentle glycerin based cleanser enriched with Cocoa and Shea butters along with Pro-vitamin B5 and a blend of natural Carnuba and Candalilla waxes. The waxes breakdown impurities and remove make-up from delicate skin without leaving it tight or dry. Infused with White Willow extract, known for its ability to enhance skin cell turnover, this cleanser will easily remove the oil and any impurities left on the skin leaving it cool, calm and refreshed and able to breathe again.

The Rose-Hydrate collection has been specially formulated to hydrate, soothe and balance even the most sensitive skins. There are five products in the range, each one lightly scented with luxuriously soothing Geranium and Rose oils, to deeply hydrate, comfort and protect skin in need of extra care. Formulated with key base ingredients including Cocoa and Shea butters, Marshmallow Extract, Cucumber and Almond oils, chosen especially for their ability to nourish, soothe and replenish moisture to even the most sensitive skins..

Given that I have dry skin, which can be on the sensitive side at times, I was really looking forward to trying out these Rose-Hydrate products. 

The Miracle Makeover Oil is a fabulously scented, luxurious oil that nourishes your skin from within and is very effective at removing makeup (it glides through mascaras and eyeliners in a cinch) sebum and leaves your skin silky soft.

Once I have given my skin a pre-cleanse with the Miracle Makeover Oil, I then do a second cleanse followed with the Calming Creamy Cleanser.

The Calming Creamy Cleanser is a lovely, thick and rich moisturising cleanser which is delicately scented due to the addition of geranium and rose oils. The second time round cleansing removes any traces of makeup, dirt and sebum from your skin, to leave your face   looking and feeling visibly clean and refreshed.

I did not experience any tightening or dryness after using the double cleanse method, which can sometimes happen to me after cleansing my face. My skin felt soft and hydrated and there was absolutely no sensitivity or irritation after use.

The aromas when using the products made me feel as though I was having a professional facial in the comfort of my own home, the products really do smell amazing due to the addition of essential oils.


Step 1: Pour a generous amount of Rose-Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil into the palm of your hand, run hands together to warm and slowly massage in circular movements onto the face, neck and décolleté to let the oil dissolve impurities and open pores. 

Step 2: Remove with a flannel dampened with hot water.

Step 3: Follow with Rose-Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser, apply generously to fingertips and using circular movements softly massage onto the face and neck, rinse with lukewarm water and pat skin dry.

So far, I've been very impressed by the Super Facialist range by Úna Brennan, so much so that I'm definitely going to pick up a few more items to include in my skincare regime.

You can now get both products in Boots nationwide.

Rose-Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil - €17.99, 30ml

Rose-Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser - €9.59, 150ml

I think the price point on these products is extremely affordable - especially with the quality of the ingredients that has gone into this range. When you consider how much a salon facial costs, I think that this range is a real winner!

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