NEW YEAR, NEW SKIN: MAGNITONE BAREFACED! REVIEW

DSC_0018Last year, Magnitone kindly sent me one of their Barefaced! Cleansing Brushes to try and test on my skin. I have held off on posting my review for a while because I really wanted to give the device a thorough test over time in order to bring you the most well-informed and honest review. Having never owned anything like this before, I was so excited to get started!
DSC_0016MY SKIN TYPE
Lets break my skin down first, my skin type is sensitive, oily and acne prone. There are also times when I get dry patches, particularly around my nose; I have noticed this become more prominent as the colder months have engulfed us.

WHAT I LOOK FOR IN MY SKINCARE
I like my skin to feel squeaky clean, those with drier skin types might like to feel more nourished from their skincare, but I like a good scrub. I travel to and from uni most days (a 6-hour all-round commute) and on the other days I’m at work all day, so when I get home, I like my skin to feel like it has had a good clean. Having said that, I don’t like the tight, dry feeling that can come with a good deep clean, I just like the surface to feel fresh and the pores to feel cleared.

WHAT DOES MAGNITONE CLAIM?
Well first of all, the clue is in the name, the Magnitone Barefaced is supposed to leave you with skin that you love so much that you would go barefaced with. That’s quite a claim. As somebody who likes the full coverage porcelain look, I’m not about to go ‘barefaced’ any time soon, however I’ll take whatever this can give me… It claims to ‘deep cleanse pores, tone, and beautifully condition your skin…’. It has a 60-second timer with 20-second intervals to change the location of the cleanse, for example, 20 seconds for the forehead and nose, 20 seconds for the cheeks and chin and 20 seconds for the neck. The bristles of the brush head are soft and do a good job of cleansing without being too scratchy.

WHAT I USE IT WITH
I have been using, and loving the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel (why do these products have SUCH longggggg naaaaames?) for the past 6-7 months and it’s been doing a really good job of clearing my pores and keeping my face feeling fresh. However once I started using the Magnitone, I noticed that my skin was feeling a bit too clean with it, and that I needed something that wasn’t solely aimed at skin clearing and oil control. So I decided to go for something a bit gentler and I’ve been really loving the Aloe Gentle Facial Wash from The Body Shop. It’s just as clean-feeling, with no scent, but doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight after. DSC_0017HOW OFTEN DO I USE IT?
I started off using the Magnitone Barefaced! every day, at night time, after taking my makeup off. I soon found this to be a little bit too intimidating for my skin and my face soon told me off by giving me a slight bumpy rash around my cheeks, my most sensitive area. I persevered with it but reduced the usage to around twice a week and this is still how often I use it and I’ve found the happy medium. This is not for daily use on someone who has slightly sensitive skin, I found it to become an overload of pressure on any section of the face that didn’t really need deep cleansing as much as some other parts such as the chin or nose.

RESULTS AFTER 3 MONTHS
Having used the Magnitone Barefaced! for the past three months now, I’ve found that my skin does feel clearer, I haven’t noticed any difference in terms of oil production, I’ve read reviews where people have said that their skin became less oily after using it, but I haven’t noticed that. I would say however that my skin is a lot smoother since using it, it definitely feels well-exfoliated after and my skin always drinks up the products that I place on top, my night creams and eye creams do tend to sink in better once I’ve used it. 

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I would recommend this product to anyone who has acne-prone oily skin like myself but I would say this is more suited to somebody who has less sensitive skin than me. I don’t know how this works out on dry skin as I simply don’t have super dry patches anywhere, but this works well on my sometimes-combination skin.
As for comparisons with other skin cleaners like the Clarisonic, I can’t really comment on as I’ve never owned or tried any of them, however with the Clarisonic placed at a slightly higher price point than the Magnitone which costs £70, I would say that if the two products worked and felt the same and left with the same results, I would rather pay less and get the Magnitone, I don’t think that this kind of result should cost more than the Magnitone anyway. It hasn’t done anything revolutionary to my skin, but it is a really nice product. My skin likes it, doesn’t love it, but everyone’s skin is different. Try it out, see if it works for you!

Magnitone Barefaced! Face Cleansing Brush – £70

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THE BODY SHOP HAUL.

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A couple of weeks ago The Body Shop were doing a deal on their website for £30 off a £60 spend and, as someone that easily falls for this marketing nonsense, I talked my mum into buying some products with me to soften the blow (a tiny bit). Now, first off, I wouldn’t have even gone on The Body Shop website if it hadn’t have been for EssieButton on YouTube who recently posted a video of her Body Shop haul, but she’s always just so honest and true with her reviewing that I decided to browse… Totally without the intention of spending, but hey-ho, they had an offer!

I have oily-combination skin that is prone to acne on my chin and neck which I absolutely HATE with a passion. I have tried tons and tons and TONS of producs to try and help but nothing seems to work. I bought the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser, I’ve used it a few times, both morning and night, and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and smooth, the only downside to it is that I personally HATE the smell of tea tree, my mum loves it and says that for her it’s the cleanest smell out there, but I can’t stand it! But it won’t stop me using the product as I feel like my skin has had a complete refresh.

Along with that I bought the Tea Tree Face Mask which I have to be honest, I didn’t really notice much difference in my skin after using it. It felt like it had been “deep cleaned” but I don’t know whether it had actually helped my skin in any way. It has to be said though that I have only used this once so I’m probably not giving it a fair review…

However, I have used the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask and I noticed a huuuuge difference in my skin after using it. As you put the mask on and let it dry you can (kind of grossly) see all the pores and impurities literally lifting through the mask! I left it on for about 10-15 minutes and when I washed it off, my skin felt so beautifully smooth and my pores were visibly reduced, I would go as far to say that I don’t even know if I’ve ever seen my skin look as good as it did when I removed this face mask. I love this product!

The Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator is another product from the seaweed range that I would definitely re-purchase, it smells divine (like all of the seaweed products by The Body Shop, they all just smell so fresh and clean) and it’s an exfoliator that’s not too rough that it leaves your skin raw after washing it off, but it definitely gets rid of the stuff you want it to get rid of. It leaves my skin feeling super-soft and I love it!

The other product from the seaweed range that I purchased was the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream and while I really feel like it puts life back into my skin after it has been cleansed, scrubbed and exfoliated, I don’t think it does much on the mattifying front. Perhaps that is just due to my considerably oily skin type, but I didn’t notice a difference in the amount of time my skin stayed oil-free for. I would however consider buying the Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 because this does seem to have the added bonus of SPF coverage.

The last product I bought was the Shea Lip Butter and I really love this! Although my face is extremely oily, my lips have always been on the other end of the spectrum at super dry. Everyday I will use a balm or butter on my lips underneath my lipstick to keep them hydrated and to avoid (as much as I can) that awful dry, cracked effect that your lipstick clings to leaving it patchy and weird-looking. I also find that some lip balms make your lips even more dry. This lip butter however really works! I can wear it by itself or underneath a lipstick or gloss. The only thing is that it doesn’t have an SPF in it which makes me a little crazy, I hope they reconsider this because involving an SPF in this “situation” would give this product full marks!

 

Overall, I have been extremely impressed with my purchases from The Body Shop, I haven’t really been as impressed with the Tea Tree Face Mask as I would’ve liked, but I will continue to use it as my opinion may change! However I will definitely head back and buy more from the seaweed range as I can’t seem to say enough good things about it!

I hope this hasn’t been too much of a long-winded and overly-boring blog post, I just wanted to say everything that I wanted to say about these products in one place!