Review | Magnitone London Barefaced! Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush

Facial cleansing brushes seem to get good and bad press. This will be the first I’ve tried so I don’t have a comparison. I guess they are a bit like marmite, you either love them or hate them. One brand that seems to get a lot of attention in the beauty blogging world is MAGN!TONE LONDON will I be a barefaced Vibra-Sonic cleansing convert? Here’s my review of the Limited Edition “Precious Collection” brush in glittery gold.

The instructions upon opening the box are very easy to follow and clearly labeled on the packaging of what does what. Inside the box you receive:

  • Magnitone Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Face Brush
  • Active Clean Brush Head
  • Wireless USB Charger (clever magnetic charger looks like a pebble)
  • Splash Proof Travel Bag
  • 12-month Warranty
  • MyMagnitone Membership Card

It’s 100% waterproof so I can use in the shower which is really convenient. I use it with a wash off cleanser (you can use an oil however it’s then harder to clean the brush after use) You wet the brush, apply your cleanser to your face or brush – I prefer applying to my face. Press the button once for a daily cleanse, press twice for PulseLift toning.

This clever device times 1 minute so you will not use for longer than your skin requires. All you need to do is gently glide the brush over your face with no pressure and let the brush do all the work. The PulseLift is like a mini workout leaving your skin plumped like you’ve had a facial massage. Then rinse dry your face as usual.

My skin feels super clean, looks brighter and a little plumper after using this brush, my pores even look less visible after a few uses. so it does deliver on its promises. Although you can use daily I prefer to use a few times a week. My skin can be sensitive in particular in winter months. This brush is however super soft and not scratchy at all and feels really nice on my skin, you can buy additional brushes they do do a sensitive one too which I may need to invest in.

All in all, I think that this is a nice addition to my cleansing routine and would recommend this brand to anyone considering purchasing a facial cleansing brush.

So the answer is yes! I am a barefaced Vibra-Sonic daily cleansing brush convert.

Secondblonde x

NEW | Espa Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial


I’m always up for trying out a new facial serum and this Espa Instant Facial ticks all the boxes of what my skin needs…

It’s a 3-in-1 treatment that promises to leave skin instantly replenished, smooth and luminous, then with continual use  will be firmer and brighter.

For anyone unsure of when to apply an active serum, always on cleansed dry skin to the areas you wish to treat – I always apply to my cheeks, nose and then massage in spreading up to my forehead and tapping around my under eye area. (eye creams really aren’t necessary) Then once absorbed apply your moisturiser/facial oil as usual.

*Top Tip – never wipe off any excess from your fingers – instead use it for your neck up to your jawline using upwards stroking movements. 

The Key Ingredients | Macroalgae Cell Extract | Winged Kelp Extract | White Truffle Extract | Vitamin C Encapsulated Oils |

My Verdict I’ve used this a few times, the first time I applied it I wasn’t expecting the product to have a slight fishy smell….I know, I know this shouldn’t matter whatsoever as it’s all about the ingredients and the results – I just wasn’t ready for it as the smell from the bottle is a pleasant orange kind of smell, probably didn’t help that I had massaged it in around my nose and pretty much up my nostrils!! NOT DOING THAT AGAIN!

The packaging is nice, it’s a glass frosted bottle and the pump works well dispensing a good amount of the cream textured serum. You only need 1 or 2 pumps as it seems to go a long way.

My skin did look instantly smooth and really fresh and hydrated and my tinted moisturiser went on really nicely and I’m now used to the smell which does disappear. My skin also felt nourished which is perfect for the winter months as I’m prone to dry patches.

It is a great skin booster and I’m looking forward to seeing the full effects after longer use.

Check it out here Espa £58

Secondblonde x

Dr Sebagh Signature Facial with Super Facialist Tine Hagelquist at Liberty London

The title is a bit of a mouthful but had to get it all in! Not only did I experience a “red carpet skin ready” facial I was lucky to have their top facialist Tine Hagelquist in a private room at the iconic Liberty store…what more can a girl want!IMG_0066

I was out shopping in town when I unexpectedly bumped into Vivian and Tine from Dr Sebagh at Liberty. They mentioned that they have a facial event in store and had just had a last minute cancellation I could fill. Of course I take it, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, I had a few hours to kill prior to an evening hair event and what could be better than to show up with beautiful radiant skin…winning!

The Facial of all facials: Tine met me in the beauty hall and walked me to a private room, it’s located on the first floor with a window looking out over Carnaby Street (of course there’s a window blind) The room is fresh, clean and bright with the delicate aroma of ylang ylang, there’s no noise – it’s magical. Tine dim’s the light’s a little, ask’s me to remove my top and bra straps and lay on the bed under the silky sheet and soft red blanket, it’s so cosy I’m totally relaxed. I have had the pleasure of working with Tine before however that said she is so friendly and kind she immediately puts you at ease, she’s extremely knowledgeable with 3 decades of experience! (I know she doesn’t look old enough) she is so passionate about her work which shine’s out of her face like little sunbeams. She has good energy.

Tine start’s with a consultation asking me key questions about my skin routine and diet then get’s to work on my face. She gently removes my make-up and cleansed my skin using the Foaming Cleanser and a soft warm towel. Then applied the Deep Exfoliating Mask for 5 mins, this really gets to work on your skin it does feel very tingly and is almost like a facial peel. Next for the masks, for treating my skin type she applied the Skin Perfecting Mask on my t-zone area and Rose de Vie Hydration Mask on my cheeks for 20 mins.

While the masks do their thing on my face Tine offers a neck, shoulders, arms and hand massage using the Supreme Maintenance Body Cream. It is absolute bliss all my stress and worries are floating away as her magic hands massage me and I forget I’m in the middle of busy London.

It’s time to remove the masks with warm soft flannels then Tine performs Lymphatic Drainage using Rose de Vie Serum on my face, neck and decollete. Lymphatic Drainage is about removing waste through your lymph nodes and eyes look less puffy too.

Next is a “Facial Workout” using the Supreme Maintenance Serum, Tine’s technique is the best I’ve had, she’s brilliant! Now for my eye area Tine works on my pressure points and performs lymphatic drainage in this area using Supreme Eye Serum, the product has a ball on the end where it dispenses onto your skin and feels so cooling and refreshing.

To tighten and brighten my complexion Tine applies Serum Repair mixed with Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream, then gently applies High Maintenance Cream and Sun-City SPF 30 Protection (very important) and finishes with Supreme Neck Lift on my neck and decollete.

And the results? Oh wow my skin is radiant, healthy looking and plumped up taking a few years off me…I’m all set now to get dressed and do my hair and make-up for the hair event. By the way my make-up went on like a dream.

During the treatment Tine gently talks through each step and gives you lots of beauty tips and advice and also talks about nutrition and how  to look after the gut and eat food from the “Rainbow Diet” sharing a few quick, simple delicious recipes. She also talks about being positive and happy.

Tine has travelled the world teaching her techniques for Dr Perricone, Nubo and Ole Henriksen to name a few and has worked in the most luxurious locations and has a few celebrity client’s too (she never reveals their names) she will kill me for mentioning!!! lol

I highly recommend the Dr Sebagh Signature Facial, if you are a regular reader you will already know I’m a big fan and use Dr Sebagh products in my daily routine. You can book at Liberty London here event days are £50 redeemable against two products. Here’s a quick look at the effective products that were used in my facial:

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Have you tried any of the Dr Sebagh products or had a facial with them, I’d love to hear your experiences?

Secondblonde x

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Glam it up! with GLAMGLOW® YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

I tested this back in the summer and absolutely loved the results of this high performance mud mask.

20140108-155914.jpgStraight out of Hollywood this youthmud treatment was created for Hollywood stars as an instant pick me up prior to filming. The results are noticeable immediately and last for 3 days.

20140108-160325.jpgThe impressive ingredients is different to other mud masks, thus enables the mud to treat your skin and deal with it! In other words it won’t pull everything out and leave it on the surface for you to deal with looking spotty or red and inflamed, instead you are left with smooth glowing calm youthful and pimple free skin!

Here are a few of the key ingredients:

French sea clay
Volcanic rock
Green tea leaf
Chamomile

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Apply to clean dry skin using enough for full coverage. Leave on for up to 10mins while the mud gets to work, the more your skin needs it the longer it will take for the mud to dry. The tingle is instant (that’s the mud removing all the nasty dead skin cells) The more your skin needs the bigger the tingle!

20140108-161744.jpgIt’s dark green when first applied and you can see the green tea leaves.

20140108-161917.jpgThen after 10mins of relaxation it turns to a pale green colour and has completely dried, but surprisingly doesn’t feel tight or dry and smells so clean and healthy and natural. (Ha, look at my sleepy eyes, so relaxed)

To remove you gentle massage in some water using circular movements, this product now doubles up as a gentle exfoliator! GENIUS wipe away any bits you’ve missed with a soft flannel and Ta Daa! You’ve now got smooth, glowing, fresh baby like skin that’s firmer and brighter.

20140108-162529.jpg It’s hard to justify the £49.99 price tag for the 50ml jar of mud but I think it is worth it. You will get a minimum of 7 applications from one jar, so that’s just over £7 per treatment which ain’t bad for the HOLLYWOOD Sexy Mud treatment!

*TOP TIP* Use just before a special occasion for an instant lift!

bliss triple oxygen instant energizing mask™

20130615-112957.jpgThis is like a mini facial in a bottle. I’ve used it 3 times and completely hooked already! I love that I can use it in the shower in the morning, it goes on damp skin, the consistency is a gel, it smell is subtle but of fresh oranges, it really wakes me up and my skin in the morning!

20130615-113247.jpgMassage in, the gel consistency is light and non sticky, easy to distribute all over the face avoiding the delicate eye area. As you massage the gel it activates and little bubbles start appearing, it smells gorgeous!

20130615-113729.jpgThen it forms into a full froth, this is the exciting bit. It’s a really nice feeling on the skin you can feel the bubbles doing their thing! It feels fresh and luxurious and most important of all I have time to use it as my daily (3 times a week) routine.

20130615-114225.jpgLeave on for 5 mins, which gives me enough time to wash my hair! Then after 5mins rinse off and pat dry. Tone and moisturise and normal. I use bliss triple oxygen +c energizing mask, see my post https://secondblonde.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/bliss-triple-oxygen-c-energizing-cream/ Team up with the bliss triple oxygen instant energizing eye gel. I’m about to start using this so will post my review.

Results: Fresh clean energized skin, completely rid of dullness to reveal skin that looks polished and like you’ve had 10hours sleep!

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I really LOVE this product because it smells good, feels good and does exactly what it says it does! No gimmicks or false claims it just works!

Have a look at the wonderful world of bliss spa http://www.blissworld.co.uk/spa/spa-411/locations/bliss-london.aspx

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