Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile

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I think everyone and their mum knows how I feel about Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish by now. My initial review of it doesn’t do it justice, so I am considering doing a new one, now I have been using it for a year and am in a better place to judge it. Would you guys be interested in that?

In the meantime, I’m going to talk about Cleanse & Polish’s new baby sister – Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile. I got an email from Liz Earle about this a few weeks ago and I went on the website to buy it immediately!

This limited edition of the cleanser combines delicate orange flower water and English chamomile. It costs £19.75 for 150ml with two of the muslin cloths. I adore the floral packaging, it’s subtle but so effective – gorgeous!

The cleanser works just like the traditional Cleanse & Polish. You take one or two pumps and massage it all over your face, including the eye area. You then rinse a muslin cloth in hand-hot water, wring it out and wipe off the cream, taking the makeup and day’s grime with it. Rinse and repeat, before splashing your face with cool water.

I’d say the formula of this feels a little thinner and runnier than the traditional Cleanse & Polish, but that doesn’t seem to affect how it works at all. The scent I’m not crazy about if I’m honest. It’s okay but a bit mature. The chamomile seems to overpower the orange a little. I’d prefer less of a floral scent.

This was lovely as a change, but even if this wasn’t limited edition, I’d stick with the traditional Cleanse & Polish because the eucalyptus scent has grown on me and I prefer it to the Orange Flower & Chamomile.

Have any of you tried this? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Empties March-May 2014

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First up, apologies for the rubbish quality of the picture, I took it on my phone with bad lighting. As you can see, I have collected a pretty big stack of empties over the last couple of months, so I thought it was about time I talk you through it!

Makeup

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – This is my go to powder because it’s reasonably priced and keeps me matte for long periods of time, without making my makeup look caked on.

No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation – My absolute favourite foundation. I had repurchased before I ran out because I can’t bear to be without it!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh – I adore the scent of the this perfume; it’s so sweet and light and floral. I just wish it lasted a little better. Perhaps using it in conjunction with the body cream is the answer.

Skin care

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Yes there are in fact two empty tubes of this. I use it every day and sometimes twice a day. That might make it look like it doesn’t last well, but one tube will last me a good two months on average.

Body Shop Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub – A really nice peppermint foot scrub to make your feet feel smooth and soft for summer. It was noticeable when I stopped using this over the winter how much more dead skin I seemed to have. Warning that this does dry up after a few months.

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – I really like the scent of this and it doesn’t break me out at all, but it is quite thick and I generally prefer a lighter moisturiser.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI – This is a life saver if you suffer from breakouts. It helps clear up spots more quickly and can sometimes prevent a spot developing if you catch it early. I can’t imagine life without this now.

Hair care

V05 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme – I swear by frizz ease creams for when I blow dry my hair because it gives some heat protection and definitely makes my hair less poofy. I quite liked this one and would consider re-purchasing

Candles

Yankee Candle Christmas Eve – This smelt so unbelievably good and to be honest I just can’t wait till Christmas to buy it again, assuming they bring it back!

Yankee Candle Black Coconut – This smelt incredible in the shop when I sniffed it, but when it was actually burning I was disappointed. It didn’t have a very strong or lasting scent so it wasn’t really a worthwhile purchase.

And another red berry candle which I can’t remember the name of. I liked it though.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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Regular readers will know I wasn’t mad about the L’Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. I didn’t feel like my skin was really clean, and it made the skin around my eyes quite sore. I heard from several people that the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is better than the L’Oreal one and is more gentle around sensitive eyes, so I thought I would give it a try.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water supposedly contains micelles which act like magnets, gently lifting away makeup and impurities from the skin. The formula  has no perfume and is suitable for the face, eye area and lips. You just put some on a cotton pad and wipe all over your face.

I have found this quite refreshing on the skin, but when I tried to remove eye makeup, it didn’t budge. After quite a bit of rubbing, the skin around my eyes was sore and I still had panda eyes from my eyeliner. I have taken to using this in the morning with my Liz Earle cleanser at night to remove makeup.

I really just think micellar waters are not for me. I guess that’s understandable; everyone has different skin types, skin needs and some of us have sensitive eyes to consider too.

Updated Evening Skin Care Routine

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This post might shock you, because unlike most beauty bloggers, I use hardly any products on my face. However, I wanted to do this updated evening skin care routine because I have finally found the products that work for me.

I would describe my skin as normal-combination. I sometimes get a little oily around my t-zone, but it’s not too bad now I’ve got a proper skin care routine.

So first thing’s first, I start by using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser to remove my makeup and they day’s oil and general yuckiness. I rub the cleanser all over my face and then wipe off with a muslin cloth which I’ve run under the hot tap so it’s hot but not uncomfortably so. I rinse the cloth and repeat as many times as I need to. If I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup, I repeat these steps to make sure I’ve got everything off.

Most days, and especially if I’ve worn a full face of makeup, I follow up with Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I apply a little on a cotton pad and sweep over my face. I’m not mad on the heavy floral scent of this toner, but I like how it freshens and soothes my skin and removes any over traces of makeup left after cleansing. I have to be careful not to use toner twice a day and to give my skin a bit of a break by taking a dsy off every now and again because toners dry my skin out quite easily.

Since I have been using Liz Earle products, my skin has had shown a dramatic improvement. I used Cleanse and Polish from summer last year and stopped for a month or so to try a new cleanser. My skin got really oily again and I broke out all over the place constantly. As fast as I got rid of a spot, another sprung up. A combination of going back to Cleanse and Polish and this next product finally got my skin back under control.

After using toner, I apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar A I targeted blemish corrector to any spots or blemishes. This works really nicely at either making the spot disappear virtually overnight or significantly speeding up the healing process.

I leave the blemish treatment to dry for a minute or two and then I finish up with moisturiser. I am quite lucky with moisturisers, because unlike cleansers, different moisturisers don’t seem to have much of an effect on my skin. I like to change it up quite a lot and try new ones. I go for something quite light. At the moment I am using Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, which I really like. I think my favourite so far though is the Garnier Moisture Match Mattifying Fresh Cream because it really helps stop excess oil production in summer.

And that’s literally my entire skin care routine. It’s worked really well for me and I now can’t imagine ever using another cleanser. Of course skin care is a hugely personal thing and everyone’s skin is different, so I can’t promise this will work for you, but I think these are quite universal products and might be worth a try.

Avène Cleanance Toner

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It’s been a long while since I used toner, so I was really excited when I spontaneously decided to buy a new one. I spent ages on the Boots website looking at different products, and eventually went for a mid-range toner: Avène Cleanance Toner.

This toner is specifically designed for blemish prone skin (which I would say mine certainly is these days *sob*). It is supposed to purify the skin after cleansing, as well as absorbing excess oil to mattify the skin and leave it shine free. Sounds perfect right?

I’m really disappointed to say that this toner and I did not get on at all.

I used it morning and night on a cotton pad the first few days (as per the instructions), just sweeping it across my face. It removed the little bits of foundation my cleanser left behind, and left my skin feeling really clean. It didn’t feel tight at all. Things were going well.

Then, disaster struck. I woke up on the fourth day and my skin was so unbelievably dry. It felt almost scaly to touch and it was red and sore in places. I abandoned use of the toner immediately and spent 5 days using a seriously heavy duty day and night cream for dry skin. Eventually my skin got back to where it had been before.

As you can imagine, I was very nervous about using this toner again. I am too tight to throw away a full bottle, seeing as it cost more than £10. I am not using it every day, and definitely not twice a day. I have been using it in the evening on the odd day I wear a full face of makeup. It cleans my face up well, but obviously it isn’t doing it’s job if it is supposed to be used twice a day, daily.

So obviously I can’t recommend this product. If you are thinking of using it, I would advise steering clear unless you have very oily skin, as it is very drying. If you have combination-normal skin, it will most likely dry you out completely.

 

February 2014 Empties

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Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel – I bought this little travel sized face wash to try in the shower and got on really well with it. I didn’t have to be super careful not to get it in my eyes because it’s very gentle. It made my face feel nice and clean without making it dry. I’d repurchase this.

Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter – Delicious smelling deep moisturising body butter, perfect for when you need some indulgence.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel – One of the Christmas goodies from Lush. If you have a preference for super sweet scents, keep an eye out for this towards the end of the year.

No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser – Having finished the whole bottle my conclusion is that my skin doesn’t love this quite as much as Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but it worked perfectly well and is a great alternative if Liz Earle is a little too pricey for you.

Pantene Pro V Classic Care Conditioner – Pretty much my all time favourite conditioner.

Garnier Moisture Match Protect and Glow Illuminating Light Lotion – This is a very watery moisturiser which I found left my skin looking a little shiny and oily, rather than glowy. I didn’t hate it but I wouldn’t repurchase it. I much preferred the Mattifying Fresh Cream.

Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub – An absolutely delicious smelling body scrub with large particles to exfoliate the skin.

Lush Let the Good Times Roll Cleanser – This cleanser smells like cinnamon and popcorn and has popcorn pieces inside. It feels like it exfoliates as well as cleanses. The downsides are, if it gets in your hair the smell lingers for a long time, and it can’t be used in the eye area so you need a separate make-up remover.

Richard Ward Chelsea Collection: Keratin Rehab – A really nice deep, thick conditioning treatment for your hair.

December/January Empties

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I have gathered quite a stack of empties to share with you over December and January. I’ve been in the mood to use up lots of half empty things basically. As always, any products I have done full reviews of, I will only mention briefly, but the main review will be linked. I hope you enjoy!

Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – good grief, this product lasted me one entire year! Now that’s what you call value for money. If only it didn’t stink so much.

Soap and Glory Flake Away scrub – I got this travel size pot of Flake Away in my Boots advent calendar and started using it straight away. Like all Soap and Glory products, it smells really sweet (“aromas of leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with floral and fruity middle notes, and a soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody drydown” according to the Boots website) which I really like. I’d say it’s more of a luxury product than a heavy duty scrub as the particles are very fine. It won’t revolutionise your skin care, but it will make you smell great!

Lush Catastrophie Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask – I was really pleased with this mask, but unfortunately it’s on the empty list by default. I always forget about the fresh face masks because they live in the fridge not in my bathroom. I think I only ended up using this once or twice. What a waste!

L’Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution – I bought this product back when everyone in the beauty community started going crazy for it. It is supposed to remove makeup, unclog pores and tone the skin all at the same time. I found it irritated my eyes a little and made the skin of my eyelids quite sore. I also felt like my skin was never truly clean afterwards, so I didn’t rate it much.

Nina by Nina Ricci Perfume – This perfume has lasted me a whole year (my boyfriend bought it for me last Christmas) but I have sadly run out now. I’m sure it won’t be long till I repurchase it though. I really love Nina Ricci’s perfumes, they smell great, and their staying power isn’t too bad.

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer – This shadow primer wasn’t too bad actually. It stops the tell tale eyeshadow creasing that shows how long it was since you applied it. However, I don’t like the fact that the wand starts to look dirty after only a couple of uses (picking up the foundation around your eyes). It shows up all the more because it’s white. That makes it feel quite unhygienic and unappealing. I also found that it’s consistency changed towards the end of the tube, so it doesn’t last very long either.

Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel – This stuff smells absolutely amazing. It’s definitely my favourite Body Shop scent so far; delicious!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’ve tried a couple of cleansers since finishing this and nothing’s as good, so I’ve already re-ordered it! Enough said!

L’Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo and Conditioner – I really love the smell of these: rich and creamy like shea butter. The conditioner was absolutely fantastic, which surprised me because I am very picky when it comes to conditioner. The shampoo worked really well too but it didn’t knock my socks off.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream – This is the little hand cream that’s been in my hand bag for dry hand ’emergencies’. I really don’t like the formula and I definitely won’t be repurchasing!

No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

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I am about to tell you something shocking and appalling. Recently I ran out of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and I haven’t repurchased it. This is not because I have turned my back on it (you know how much I love it), it’s because I no longer live near a convenient stockist like I used to in Manchester. I could have ordered it online but I thought it would just get caught up in the Christmas rush, so instead I decided to have a look for a suitable alternative. I wanted something that would take my make-up off with ease, as well as cleansing my skin. I can’t be bothered with two different products late at night, and anyway, eye make-up removers often sting my sensitive eyes.

That’s when I happened upon the No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser.  Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I adore No 7 and think it is one of the most underrated make-up brands. I haven’t tried an awful lot of their skincare yet though so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.

The No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser is much like Cleanse & Polish to use. You take a pump or two in your hands and rub it all over your face, including around the eye area. It dissolves all of your make-up, including waterproof mascara. You can then take the handy cloth that comes with it and use hot water to wipe the cleanser away. Finish by splashing your face with cold water to close your pores.

I have to say the cleanser works just as well as Cleanse & Polish. Honestly! It differs in the sense it is a slightly less dense cream and it doesn’t have the Eucalyptus scent of Cleanse & Polish (in fact it doesn’t have much of a scent at all other than standard face cream). Those trivial things aside, it is very difficult to tell the two apart. I haven’t been using the No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser anywhere near as long as I have used Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish so I can’t comment on the long term skin effects yet, but I highly recommend this to anyone who wants the magic of Cleanse & Polish but is on a tighter budget.

No 7 Haul

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I have a confession: I’ve been shopping. Yep, even this close to Christmas. I am calling this a No 7 haul but there are a couple of other products in there too. The blusher was actually from Superdrug a few minutes later. Here’s what I bought:

No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser – I have almost run out of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which is incredibly stressful as I don’t live near a stockist any more. I decided to try something different so I went for the No 7 hot cloth cleanser because it is a similar idea. I have no idea whether it is close enough to be called a dupe or not, but I’ll let you know.

No 7 Lash & Gel Perfector – This is a clear conditioning gel which I thought I would try as an aid to setting my brows in place after filling them in with eyeshadow.

No 7 Stay Perfect Smoothing & Brightening Eye Base – I needed a replacement eyeshadow primer, so I thought I would give the No 7 version a trial.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Blush in True Rose – I haven’t tried a L’Oreal blusher before so I am looking forward to giving this a go. I thought the shade looked really nice, and it is supposed to suit fair skin tones.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent – I have a Collection powder still in my make-up kit, but it is a little dark for my skin, so I decided to hunt for something that would work just as a powder to mattify the skin, without giving any excess colour.

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Then, because I had bought two No 7 make-up products, I also got a free gift box worth £30! Here’s what was inside:

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  • Extreme Length Extend Mascara
  • High Shine Lip Gloss in Whisper
  • Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Sheer Brown
  • Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner

Lush Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser

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I fancied trying a different cleanser as I am trying to branch out from Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, so when I was in Lush the other day I decided to take a look at their range of cleansers. As soon as I smelt Let The Good Times Roll, I knew I had to try it. It is designed to smell like a really rich and buttery popcorn. It even has little popcorn pieces in it which are adorable. If I had to describe the scent of this in one word, it wouldn’t be popcorn, it would be cinnamon. I can see why this used to be a Christmas special because it has that really warming, spicy Christmas feel to it. If I continue to smell it, as I do with lovely smelling things, it has a really, rich, buttery caramel scent which you could interpret as popcorn. The combination of the cinnamon and the butter smells delicious.

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You can use this cleanser on your face and on the rest of your body so it is quite versatile. You take a small chunk in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water, and mix it into a paste. You can then apply it to your skin, rub it in and wash it off. I like to wash it off with warm water and splash my face with cold water. It has a really grainy texture which I think comes from the polenta in the mixture. This product feels like a two-in-one because the grainy texture makes it feel really exfoliating. That helps my skin feel really smooth, soft and clean afterwards.

I suppose the only downside to this cleanser is the fact that it is a little messier than the type of cleansers you buy in supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug. I also prefer a cleanser that can remove all make-up, including eye make-up as it saves me time during my hectic week. I wouldn’t use this Lush cleanser every day, but it is a lovely product to have in my cupboard for weekends. I checked with the sales assistant and he told me you can keep this cleanser in a cupboard in your bathroom or on a shelf (i.e. it doesn’t need to be refrigerated) which means you can keep it as a special treat. Perfect!