Meet Coleraine woman Una Brennan, a skincare specialist based in London, who can list celebrities like Sienna Miller, Jenni Falconer and model Laura Bailey as clients.
Una has been specialising in skincare and giving facials for 17 years, firstly at home here in Northern Ireland, and, subsequently in London, where she has been working for the past thirteen years.
Beauty editors are beating a path to the local woman’s door, and her own product range, Super Facialist, which is on sale in Boots, is receiving rave reviews.
The online hub for all that is happening in the exclusive part of the city where Una lives - WestLondonLiving.co.uk - summed up just how much she has achieved: “There’s not a beauty editor (or west London celeb) who hasn’t sang the praises of facialist Una Brennan.”
It’s quite a journey for someone whose parents insisted she stay on at school to get her qualifications, even though she wanted to leave at 16 to train in beauty.
Una is now one of the most accomplished facialists and skincare specialists in the UK.
Her true passion for skin health and in depth knowledge of ingredients and their benefits, combined with her unique facials have built her a loyal and highly respected clientele and made her one of London’s best kept secrets.
She aims is to attain plump, vibrant, glowing, healthy skin at any age and for every skin type from the inside and out.
Her belief is simple: “Skin is magnificently clever but at a very basic level it needs water in the cells and to be able to breathe”.
When she first opened her salon in her west London home ten years ago she began with one client called Maia, an American girl who booked every four weeks and had no idea she was Una’s only client for many months.
Slowly but surely, Maia told a friend, who told a friend - and Una’s business grew to such an extent that she had to close her waiting list as there were just too many new clients to fit in.
Una’s much sought after facial treatments fulfil this basic need – they are logical, thorough with every single stage important, but most importantly they work with the skin, not against it.
And just as all of our skin is the same but different, much like a fingerprint, so too are Una’s facials – they are all of similar structure but are, in every respect, bespoke.
Her clients never know quite what they are going to get - from a freezing cold power ball of frozen enzymes (her favourite treatment to revitalise – icy cold!) to a physically lifting and plumping lymph drainage mask or to phytoplacenta sheet mask with freeze dried seaweed. And ask the star client list - they love it!