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!

 

Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream

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I have been banging on about Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for so long that it was about time someone took my advice and bought it. I have now got my best friend hooked on it, and it turns out she told Liz Earle I had recommended it to her, so they sent me a free gift: Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream. Apologies for the quality of the photo, I took it on my phone.

The Botanical Body Cream retails at £17.95, but you can get a sample of 30ml for £5.25 on the Liz Earle website.

I had no idea what this product was or what to expect. According to Liz Earle, it is a concentrated, hydrating body cream designed to help the skin retain moisture throughout the day. It contains shea butter and avocado oil,  pure orange, lavender and rose-scented geranium essential oils. Sounds like an odd combination right?

I have to be honest, the fragrance of this body cream turns me off a bit. Like most of Liz Earle’s products, it has a very mature scent. The most powerful smell I get from this product is the geranium, which doesn’t really do it for me.

The formula of the cream on the other hand is perfect for me. It is really light and doesn’t feel at all heavy or cakey. I use this straight after a shower and it absorbs into my skin so quickly that I can put my clothes on almost straight away. It doesn’t feel sticky or damp at all.

Unfortunately scent is a hugely important part of a body cream to me so while I will use this up, I won’t repurchase it.

 

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.

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.

My top travel products

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I do a fair bit of travelling (mostly for work, nothing glamorous) so I keep a whole host of products on hand to travel with. I don’t take them all with me everywhere I go, I mix and match depending on what I need. Here’s some things I think are really great.

Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo – Everyone needs a travel shampoo and this is one of my favourites. I didn’t rate the conditioner, but the shampoo is fantastic. It has a gorgeous raspberry scent to it.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I was scent this adorable little Cleanse and Polish along with my online order from the Liz Earle website. It is perfect for travelling with, and came with a miniature cloth too.

Tangle Teezer Compact – I am such a huge fan of my Tangle Teezer that I picked up one of the compact versions recently. It is smaller and has a little cover on it to protect the bristles as well. It’s a life saver for travelling!

Boots Essentials Firm Hold Unscented Hairspray – When I am travelling and will have a nice event to go to, I like to take a little hairspray with me. I find this Boots one has perfectly good hold and doesn’t go too crispy. I like the fact that it is unscented because it doesn’t interfere with my perfume.

Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel – Everyone needs to take shower gel with them when they go away, and the miniature Lush bottles are perfect. Rose Jam was limited edition last year and smelt amazing, but you can get any of your favourites scents in this size.

Soap and Glory Clean Girls Shower Gel – A great alternative to Lush miniatures are the Soap and Glory travel size products. They aren’t quite as easy to use (they aren’t squeezy bottles) but they smell equally delicious. Clean Girls is one of my favourites.

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Deodorant – Another essential is a deodorant. Your choices for small products are a roll on or a miniature spray. I don’t like roll ons particularly so something like this tiny little spray can from Dove is perfect. The scent is amazing too!

Impulse Very Pink Body Spray – I love body sprays for when you need to freshen up during the day. A hybrid between perfume and deodorant if you will. This one smells like pink grapefruit and vanilla and is really sweet and refreshing.

Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream – This is my absolute favourite hand cream at the moment as it leaves my hands feeling super soft. I am so pleased it comes in a smaller size, because now I can have it at home and in my bag too!

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!