Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

When it comes to my skincare routine, cleansers are my favourite product to use of the bunch. I don't think there's a much nicer feeling than smoothing a luxurious balm or gel cleanser onto your skin at the end of a long day.

But as much as I love using thick, make-up melting cleansers, I've never been the biggest fan of using them for that purpose. I much prefer using micellar waters for pre-cleansing, especially near my sensitive eyes, then following up with something thicker with ingredients that will really benefit my skin.

So, what made me decide to try the Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil from Una Brennan?

Firstly, I'd read a lot of good reviews, as well as having tried and liked other products from the Superfacialist range (particularly the Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask). I'm also drawn to the promise of radiant, clearer skin and the fact that Vitamin C is in the ingredients list.

Although it's too early to tell if this has improved the look of my skin (I've only been using it around three weeks), I am liking it so far. It has quite a thin consistency in my opinion, so it's suitable for my oily/combination skin, and doesn't make my few drier patches feel stripped.

I have also used the Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil to remove heavy eye make-up, and it does a decent job of melting my mascara without tugging at my eyelashes and making my eyes sting. You do have to use a lot, and I still follow up with an eye make-up remover, but as you get 200ml for £10.99 (and Una Brennan Superfacialist is often on offer at Boots) this doesn't bother me too much.

My only bugbear? You have to pour the cleanser out of the cap, meaning it will go everywhere if you're not careful!

Are you a fan of the Una Brennan Superfacialist range? Would you try the Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil?

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


Jo Malone Red Roses, Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Yankee Candle Fresh Cut Roses

Okay, I admit it: I'm a sucker for a nice scent. Perfumes, candles, beauty products... if I like the smell of a product, then I'm far more inclined to buy it (which is the main reason why I have a few Mac lipsticks to my name).

For the longest time, coconut was my go-to, leading to a search for the 'perfect' coconut perfume that still continues to this day (anybody wanna help a girl out?). And although the smell of coconut will always remain a firm favourite of mine, roses are the current obsession- something I only realised when I sat back and counted just how many rose scented products I have.

For those of you that share my obsession, here are my some of my favourite rose scented beauty products...

Jo Malone Red Roses cologne

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne

From the stylish, clean and fuss free packaging to the strong and simple scents, Jo Malone London just ticks all the boxes for everything I like in a luxury brand. In fact, with my love of collecting perfumes, I'm surprised it took me until this summer to finally invest in my first Jo Malone cologne.

According to the product description on the Jo Malone website, the Red Roses cologne blends seven different types of roses with violet leaves and lemon. The result? A very fresh and sweet fragrance that's perfect for the summer.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

As you can probably guess, I didn't buy this one because it because of the smell- it was the hype that did it (as well as a promising ingredients list). Although the fact that it smells so good is a welcomed plus, making the whole faff of cleansing every evening feel so much more luxurious.

Due to the buzz surrounding the Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I expected a lot from this product and am happy to say it delivered. After using it for a few months with a few other radiance boosting skincare bits, I am happy to say that my skin is looking brighter and more even, thanks to the Vitamin C and gently exfoliating fruit enzymes.

Yankee Candle Fresh Cut Roses

Yankee Candle Fresh Cut Roses

Despite my love of anything with a nice scent, it's only recently that I really developed an interest in buying candles and have been keen to start a little collection (I blame the lovely sounding Diptyque ones I keep seeing everywhere). As my nearest Space NK is an hour away, a Yankee Candle seemed like the best place to start my candle collection.

I picked this particular candle as I felt it had a more traditional rose smell than the True Rose also on offer, though I do like them both. This has a very sweet fragrance, in fact it's a lot heavier than my Jo Malone cologne, and I find that the scent lingers for a few days after lighting.

Are you also a fan of rose scents? Do you have any recommendations for me to add to my collection?