My Top 3 Super Facialist Products by Gail Painter, personal stylist 

My skin has reaped the rewards of being in lockdown.  While everything went south (losing work, circling the park like a loon, etc.), trying new skincare products lifted me.  So  I wanted to share my top 3 Super Facialist products.  These have quickly become part of my everyday skincare routine.


Praise be to our essential chemists stocking beauty treats to keep minds occupied and hands soft. Whether it’s been a new colour nail polish, hair mask, fancy soap, or nourishing hand cream, I’ve ‘leaned in’ to catching up on products not yet tried and fussing around with at home facials I normally don’t have time for.


Cue UK brand Super Facialist, which has an affordable range of products created by skincare experts.  Using a blend of natural extracts, scientifically backed ingredients and gorgeous fragrances the brand offers products for an at-home facial experience.  I couldn’t wait to try them when given the opportunity*.


When it comes to choosing skincare I fall into the anti-ageing shopping category by a country mile.  I’ve always tried to take good care of my skin, but even so, I want all the antioxidants, hyaluronic acids, and retinols I can get.  So it won’t surprise you to see these and more feature in my choices.  The products I want to tell you about can also definitely be part of an hour set aside for a little me-time facial, but to be honest I’m using them daily.  Yes, my skin is very happy with me right now so without further ado, here’s my top 3 Super Facialist products.


Cleaning, brightening, nourishing


Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil 200ml

What I say:

  • I love using oils on my skin and I had heard good things about the quality and effectiveness of this product.  I was not disappointed
  • This oil takes off my make-up, including eye-wear, and still leaves my skin feeling nourished
  • Skin appears clean, clear and soft.
  • I apply with fingertips, then wipe off with water and a reusable make-up pads (mine are from Aldi)
  • I like to double cleanse, so most of the time I follow up with Super Facialist Calming Creamy Cleanser, but that’s not essential

My Top 3 Super Facialist Products by Gail Painter

What Super Facialist say:

The ultimate cleansing experience for fresher skin starts with this unique, lightweight cleansing oil. Infusing Vitamin C with nourishing Olive oil, the cleansing oil transforms itself, upon contact with water, into a light milky texture, to gently dissolve make up and remove daily impurities. Skin is left feeling cleansed and refreshed. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Price £10.99 – you can buy here.


Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Restoring Serum 30ml

What I say:

  • It’s such a light formula, like water going on to the skin
  • I could easily go without wearing cream on top (I don’t do that as I’m all for layering)
  • My skin feels so nourished with just a small amount
  • It smells nice
  • No stickiness


What Super Facialist say:

Let your skin be renewed with our advanced Retinol Anti Ageing Serum, which combines age-fighting ingredients with effective antioxidants and Vitamin E.  The exclusive synergy of collagen boosting actives in this facial serum helps skin to gradually regain firmness, elasticity, and radiance. Antioxidant Apricot and White Tea further help to supercharge your skin with renewed vitality. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Price £16.99 – you can buy here.


Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Night Cream 50 ml

What I say:

  • It looks quite heavy in the pot, but its texture is light, and it glides beautifully across the skin
  • It absorbs into the skin really quickly
  • Skin feels really soft
  • It’s reminds me of thicker-looking creams my mum would buy back in the 70s and there’s a comfort in that for me.
  • Love the gorgeous scent


What Super Facialist say:

Wake up to smoother, healthier-looking skin with a little help from our Retinol Anti-Ageing Night Cream. This unique anti-ageing treatment cream has been designed to work through the night – when skin is believed to be the most receptive. The night cream is enriched with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, a proven collagen boosting active and Retinol to target wrinkles and lines for a renewed, firmer and smoother complexion. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Price £19.99 – you can buy here.

Final Thoughts


Of course, I’m not a dermatologist so I can’t give a scientific before and after de-brief, but I can tell you I felt good using these products.

My skin responded to them well and for me the real test is if a new product quickly becomes my daily choice and these did.  I used all three products regularly and I have quite a few choices in my bathroom cabinet.  The serum, in particular, was quickly finished.  I used it as often as I could, because I genuinely felt it was making a difference to how my skin felt, looked and how well my make-up appeared.  I found the cleansing oil super effective.  I’d been dying to try it and I wasn’t disappointed.  As for the night cream, it is on my bedside table and used every night.  I trust I’ll wake up a little bit ahead of the game and I do.  My skin is ready for the day ahead!

Hope you enjoyed reading my top 3 Super Facialist products.  If you have a question pop it in a comment below.  You can also find more beauty blog posts here.

Have a great week.


Gail x

# This is not a paid-for post, however Super Facialist sent me the products to trial.  Opinions are very much my own.

Why Rimmel London’s Lasting Radiance Foundation Is a Must-Have in My Make-Up Bag

lasting radiance


If you’ve tried to re-stock Rimmel London’s Wake Me Up Foundation recently then you probably know that this popular beauty product has received a little upgrade.  Step forward, Lasting Radiance Foundation.


It’s actually similar in look, so when I picked up a bottle in Superdrug, I didn’t notice much at first.


It wasn’t until I got home and tried it that I spotted the difference.  First off, and let’s get this out of the way, the shades are darker, which I know is a pain if you’re doing a quick shop.  They are slightly more orange in tone so do a skin/shade check on the back of your hand before you make a purchase.  Or you could make the same mistake I did and have to buy another.


I used to wear 103 True Ivory in Wake Me Up and have now bought 100 Ivory in the Lasting Radiance range.  Luckily I was able to give the first purchase to a friend.


Get a Lasting Radiance


So what else has changed. Well it still comes equipped with a shimmer or ‘radiance’.  This was a hit with friends my own age wearing Wake Me Up, but not much with younger pals. The shimmer, or glitter as they referred to it, was a sticking point and still is in its Lasting Radiance format.


Now, I haven’t held a focus group on the subject, but I wonder if older skin ‘enjoys’ the radiance pearls that Rimmel London enrich the foundation with because skin is a little lacklustre as it ages?  I’ll probably get shot for that remark, but one on-line review I read said, “forget the highlighter this will give your face an all-over shimmer.”  Totally agree and that’s what I want.

why I love Rimmel London Lasting Radiance Foundation


Perhaps younger beauty fans are more informed on where shimmer is best used to highlight distinct areas on their face.  Whereas, I’m not into contouring.  I think at my age an over made-up face can look ridiculous.  However my skin is losing its luminosity all over so any shimmer addresses the need for added radiance that the youthful among us already have.


And lastly can I also say that it helps to give an appearance of having hydrated skin all day.  Working in an office or spending time in any air-conditioned area can wipe out moisture, so the radiance pearls are welcome.


P.S. You can always use a powder on areas where you want to tone down the shimmer.



Glowing Coverage


Also I really like the level of coverage, which I would say is a medium.  I don’t have marks to cover, but I’ve always liked a good level coverage. I loved the nineties heavy make-up.  And although I don’t want to go down the heavy contouring that is today’s look, I am keen to have a blank canvas from which to work.  This does the job nicely.


I always use a foundation brush from Real Techniques as I prefer the assistance of a tool rather than my fingers, which gets messy.  A brush helps me distribute the product evenly across my skin and I can build up to the level of coverage I want.  I perhaps wear slightly less in the day for a more natural look, but overall this foundation blends in perfectly however much you use.


Texture-wise it isn’t runny and has an easy-to-use pump dispenser.  I found it quite generous, so use it with a light touch.


Sun Protected Skin


I am really pleased that Rimmel London has increased the level of protection against sun damage with this foundation providing an SPF25.


It is one of the first benefit’s I look for when buying anything for my skin and I’m always disappointed when a foundation doesn’t have it in.  The one that comes to mind is Health Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation from Bourjois Paris, which has similar results but no SPF.  I don’t know why that is the case, but it stopped me from buying it a few years ago.


So this upgrade from Rimmel is a very welcome tick in the box from me.


Loving My Skin Long Time


Rimmel says this foundation will last all day and I can confirm that it really does.   I wore it yesterday for a four-hour drive and four-hour meeting and when I got home it was still in place.  And still offering the same level of glow I might add.


As for how my skin feels when I’m wearing it, well there’s no tightness or uncomfortable dryness.  Indeed, the complete opposite, it feels fresh and hydrated through to the evening.  I don’t feel a need to freshen up as the skin still feels moisturised.


It does state on the packaging that this is an Anti-Pollution Foundation.  To confirm what this means I’ll refer to the Boots website (because I couldn’t find anything on Rimmel’s website that offered an explanation), which states that this foundation…”instantly illuminates the skin with a healthy radiant glow, and minimises the effects of pollution. The inclusion of peptides increases elasticity so skin recovers and bounces back more quickly. Contains the added benefits of SPF 25 creating a dewy glow on the skin that lasts all day long.”


Rimmel London Lasting Radiance in Conclusion


After my initial worry about a change of shades I’m more than happy with this new formula.  I absolutely love the dewy complexion it offers and that my skin feels moisturised all day long.  The radiance pearls aren’t everyone’s cup to tea, but they are mine (and a fair of my friend’s too) so I will be continuing to have Rimmel London Lasting Radiance as my number 1 drugstore foundation of choice.


For those interested, you can buy it in all the usual stores – Boots and Superdrug – plus Amazon, etc..  It comes in a 30ml bottle priced around £9.99 and you can choose from 12 shades.  For less than a tenner its a good quality foundation.


Have a great weekend.



Gail x

Dear Reader: I Finally Love My Hair


Unruly, fine, wavy and frizzy (course even, before decent products were invented) were the words I would use to describe my hair.  I hated my hair being combed as a child and developed a habit (that I still have to this day) of twiddling it.  Knots are my nemesis.


For years I’ve used products to wash it that ‘help’ a comb or brush glide through it.  I can really pack on the conditioner and I love my in-shower Tangle Teezer Hairbrush that helps me through the unpleasant task of clearing the knots post-wash.


Using over-the-counter shampoos and conditioners I didn’t care that there was a build up of ‘coating’ that never appeared to wash away.  In all honesty I was just glad to get some shine and it be more manageable.


However, I noticed that the ‘coating’ was enabling my hair to become a little slick.  In an oily, rather than an effortless way.  It never felt clean after washing and I had to wash it every other day or it appeared to be moulded plastic rather than a gorgeous glossy mane.


In true Gail Painter-style I thought ah well that’s my lot.  But it so isn’t.  I must tell you about an absolutely fantastic shampoo and conditioner that has absolutely changed my hair.  Really.


I didn’t go looking for it in all honesty (see above, GP settles statement).  I was approached by the Josh Wood Colour team to try its range.  To back up my review, a good friend of mine also tried some products.  We have different hair colour/treatments – I have highlights and she has coloured dark brown hair, which is lovely and thick, where I have fine hair, but both of us have waves to be tamed.


On holiday with me in Amalfi, Italy, last year.

I just want to jump straight to the punch here and tell you that since trialling the products, which was nearly a year ago, we have repeat purchased and notify each other if we ever see money-off deals so that we can stock up.  In a nutshell, we’re loyal fans.  I know that I and other bloggers review products all the time, but this trial has triggered a permanent purchase change for both of us and that’s why I feel so strongly about sharing it with you all these months later.


So, what do I buy?  I use Josh Wood Colour Uplifting Shampoo for blonde hair prone to frizz (RRP £10), Josh Wood Colour Shade Refreshing Conditioner for fine blonde hair (RRP £10).  I also have the Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask (RRP £15), but I’ve only used it a few times.  I don’t need it that often.  That says a lot.  The range is sulphate and paraben-free so gentle on your hair and leaving it free of the synthetic feeling I had gotten used to with other products.


Just using the two main products – shampoo and conditioner – is enough for me.  I also use these sparingly.  I do apply two washes because the shampoo doesn’t lather up very much (no sulphate) and the old me has been trained to see a lot of bubbles.  At first, I was put off because there didn’t seem to be much lather and I doubted its ability to work, but now I use a short squirt to get rid of the top layer of everyday grime and a second to give it a good clean.  Then its conditioner, Tangle- Teezer and I’m done.


For the first time my hair is manageable, while also being clean.  I don’t need to have lots of product on it to manage the waves. It doesn’t look frizzy.  It doesn’t feel or look greasy.  It’s proper hair.


I’m obsessed with it.  Can you tell.


My friend absolutely loves the Everything Mask. She was really pleased with how much shine it gave her hair and that it was so soft.  She also loved the pump applicator, which was easier and more manageable to use than squeezing a tube.  I’m guessing the aim is to provide you with just the right amount to use, rather than overloading your palm.  She also has the Josh Wood Colour Darker Brown Blending Brush (RRP £15), which really impressed her for its coverage of those annoying grey hairs.



We buy ours from Boots and I’ve spoken to my hairdresser about it several times, because she has noticed the difference in the manageability and colour of my hair. It offers a salon quality, but with a high-street price.  It’s not your value brand, but it’s a great halfway house and for the results an absolute steal.



I love, love, love it and simply had to share.  My crowning glory is here at last!


Have a great weekend.


Gail xx


Why Microblading Is My Favourite Brow Treatment


THIS post has been updated from the original post in 2017.  I thought it was a great time to revisit my favourite brow treatment, Microblading, which I am wedded to forever.


Back in 2017….


First off, I am so happy that I don’t have to pencil in my brows every morning any more.  Wearing glasses, nearly all the time, means that putting on make-up has gotten harder to do, so “feathering in” some brows was tricky.


Secondly, like most women, I don’t have much spare time, so not having to visit a beauty salon every three weeks means a lot to me.


The last time I wrote about micro-blading I had just had my first treatment, so here I want to share with you what happens in more detail.


Microblading: First Impressions


My appointment started with a full consultation (read. discussion) about what I wanted to achieve.  “Natural-looking brows please.  I’m not interested in those dark, slug-like eyebrows the kids are wearing.”  It’s always better to say it like it is, don’t you think?!


Unfazed by my anxiety, Lisa, the (fabulous) brow technician, explained that she would do tiny light-handed strokes that looked just like real hair. We agreed on a mid ash-brown that literally matched my natural hair colour.  She grabbed a stencil and ruler, measured where my eyebrow should begin and end and penciled in an outline.  Happy with the result, Lisa applied numbing cream.


I was very grateful for this.  I’m not a fan of pricks or tattooing and after waiting 20 minutes for the cream to take affect Lisa began to make tiny, upwards strokes using a micro-blading tool, then fill the tiny channel with pigment.  I could feel what she was doing, but it didn’t hurt.  Nothing more than a slight pull of skin or scratch.


Post Treatment


Initially, the colour is dark, by at least 50%, and you can’t wash the area for a week.  I had to apply Vaseline with a cotton bud to each brow four times a day. It is important to do this before washing and having a shower.  Some people can bleed a little when they have the treatment, but I didn’t.  I was fine from the get-go and  glad to stop the Vaseline once the seven days were up.  Note, I understand that post treatment instructions have now changed.  You only apply Vaseline for washing and showers.


The colour started to fade and leave me with more natural eyebrows from 10 days onwards. If I’m honest, I would have been happy to go with what I had, but Lisa insists on two appointments.  I went back a month later and Lisa filled any gaps and went over the brow lightly again.


Today, three months after my top-up appointment, my brows look like this and Microblading is my favourite brow treatment, ever.



microblading my favourite brow treatment


I honestly could not be happier or recommend the procedure enough.  Unless I need to pluck a few hairs, I don’t even have to think about my brows.  The transformation in my make-up routine alone has made the procedure worth every penny.


Lisa charges £149.00 and that includes the top-up/follow-up appointment.  Annual top-ups are £100 thereafter.  I think it’s really good value for money. The eyebrows help shape my face with or without make-up and I no longer look like Miss Hannigan.  Bonus!


Have a great weekend.


Gail xx



Save On Skin Care

When it comes to skin care we all want the best, so how can you save on skin care.


I absolutely crave the most expensive, undisputed world-renowned wonder products like everyone else.  However, sometimes you got to just pull in the reigns on spending, which is where I found myself last summer when I was experiencing a ‘light’ work load.


Turning to Aldi


This coincided with some of my favourite skincare products running out and my skin starting to become parched (read. dry and aged).  Without much in the way of funds I turned to Aldi (hear me out) to see if the rumours were true.  If you don’t know, Aldi is known for having low cost products that produce high quality results.  I decided to try a separate serum and day cream and the results really surprised me, in particular with the serum, which for me was stand out.


I purchased Lacura Renew Multi-Intense (Anti-Wrinkle) Serum, priced at just £2.99/50ml bottle.  The blurb: if used regularly it will help improve the facial contours and noticeably reduce the appearance of fine lines.  Skin will appear more radiant, healthier and younger.


Taking that last line above, I would absolutely say my skin appeared more radiant.  It does have a healthy shine to it when I use this product.  I’m not going to say younger, because nothing makes your skin younger.  It is what it is, but a well moisturised skin does look healthier, and we’re all simply trying to make the best of what we’ve got, right?


More blurb from the makers: The bio peptide Mimox promotes active skin relaxation and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.  Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in the stimulation of the skins biological functions.  Aquarich, a deep moisturising complex from black oats, with Provitamin B5 and precious Macadamia Nut Oil, moisturises the skin and helps improve the complexion.


I know my skin


I’m not a skincare professional, obviously. However I do know my own skin, very well, and it told me clearly that it loved this product.  My head was in agreement about the price and I’ve now been wearing the product for six months. Some of the time, when I use the serum I forget to layer a day cream on top, but I don’t need to head back to the bathroom because it’s given me enough moisture.  That says a lot of me.


If you find yourself needing a top up product like I did you might find this product useful.  Have you used this or any other Aldi skin care product?  If so, please share in the comments below.


Gail x

P.S.  Following a post on my Instagram feed I’m not the only the one enjoying these products.  Lots are in agreement. Click on the link to see what’s being said.

P.P.S.  If you haven’t read it yet, you might also like my post on an inexpensive, but high quality foundation that I have found in Marks and Spencer, click here to read more.