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.

 

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

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I bought this Liz Earle toner on a little bit of a whim when I was buying Cleanse & Polish. I had a total disaster with the last toner I tried as it dried my skin out completely (you can read more here) so I was a bit nervous about the idea of trying another toner, but I sort of trust Liz Earle to be good to my skin now.

The bottle of this toner has a really clever top. Instead of a lid, you turn the top and it reveals a little spout. Genius.

The fragrance is heavily floral scented. It has Chamomile, Geranium and Aloe Vera essential oils. I’m not mad on it to be honest as I think it’s quite “old” smelling. I much prefer a fresh scented toner like the Garnier Fresh Essentials Toner. It’s not at all like the scent of Cleanse & Polish.

I take a little toner on a cotton pad and sweep it over my face. I do this every evening and most mornings too. In the evenings it helps make my face feel super clean after cleansing and removes any tiny traces of make-up left on my face.

Most importantly, it hasn’t dried my skin out at all, thank goodness!

April 2014 Favourites

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First up I apologise for April favourites being a bit late. It’s been a bit of a hectic last couple of weeks. It was my birthday, I got a horrible cold, and I got engaged! But now I’ve finally got round to it, I might as well dive straight in!

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Cologne – This perfume was a cheeky treat to myself when I was in John Lewis shopping with my now fiancé. I have loved this fragrance for months, ever since a sample was sent to me. In my opinion it’s the best of all the Jo Malone fragrances. It’s floral and light, but has a hint of rich fruitiness. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer.

Mavala Nail Polish in Sand Rose – I am a huge fan of Mavala polishes and I am building up quite a collection now. I liked this one because it was much warmer than the normal nudes you get. It’s a pinky peach on the nails with an ever-so subtle hint of pearlescent shine. It wears really well and looks great with everything. As I discovered the other day, it’s a great base for nail art designs too.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic – After my last toner disaster, I was quite nervous to try this, but I really didn’t need to be. It has suited my skin so well. The fragrance is a bit mature, but it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and clean but not dry or tight, thank goodness!

Body Shop Ceramic Crackled Oil Burner – I just think this oil burner is such a beautiful accessory for the home. It looks gorgeous, and gives a really lovely subtle fragrance to a room.

Necklace – This gorgeous necklace is from Marks and Spencer. I spotted it while out shopping for my birthday, I liked it instantly because its so colourful and I knew it would look great with loads of different outfits, but it was £15 so I decided not to buy it. I went off to have my hair cut and when I got back my amazing mum had bought it for me! I love it because it makes a statement without being over the top or too in your face. I have been wearing it with simple silver or black studs.

Modern Family – My last favourite this month is a TV show which I have been binge watching over the last few weeks. The first two seasons of Modern Family are on UK Netflix and I have been watching it so much I am almost done and will have to find season 3 elsewhere. I just think its the perfect show for some light relief, as it’s funny, the writing is clever, and it isn’t too long so will fit in any time.

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.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

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I have read hundreds of blog posts and watched countless YouTube videos on one product more than any other. That product is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I delayed buying it for ages because I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the price tag.

I started with the 100ml pump starter kit for £14.75. It consists of a 100ml pump bottle of the cleanser and two muslin cloths all in a little waterproof carry case or wallet. I know £14.75 might seem like a lot of money for a cleanser but I do think you get quite a lot for your money. The cleanser itself seems to be lasting ages, the case is a really useful thing to have to travel with and the muslin cloths can obviously be washed and used with different cleansers and face products as well.

The theory behind Cleanse & Polish is that the cleanser breaks down and removes make-up, and then the muslin cloth dislodges any dead skin cells. To use it, you massage one or two pumps of the cleanser onto dry skin. It shouldn’t irritate your eyes so you can use it to remove mascara and eye make-up too. Next you rinse your muslin cloth in warm water and use it to wipe off the cream. You might need to repeat this step a couple of times depending on the amount of make-up you are wearing. Finally, you should splash your face with cold water and then apply your other skin products as normal.

I’m afraid I’m not mad on the scent of this product. It contains a number of different essential oils including chamomile and rosemary, but for me the scent of eucalyptus is totally overpowering. I don’t dislike eucalyptus but I wouldn’t class it as one of my favourite scents either.

However, scent aside, I have to say this cleanser is my new holy grail product. It breaks down make-up like a dream, even stubborn waterproof mascara. It virtually just melts away. It doesn’t sting my eyes or make them feel uncomfortable, which is unusual because I have very sensitive eyes and most cleansers I have tried irritate them. I adore not having to bother with a separate make-up remover. The cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean but not tight or dry.

I really can’t imagine not having this product in my life now. I will probably try a lot of other cleansers because I like trying new things, but this will be extremely hard to beat.

This post was updated on 23 January 2014 because my views have changed after consistent use

Friday Haul

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I have been ordering and buying products in dribs and drabs this month, but I got home from work to find the last item I was waiting for had arrived so I can now show you all! Here are a whole host of different things I have purchased in the last few weeks, either in Boots or online.

Eco Tools blusher brush and Eco Tools flat foundation brush – As you can see, I have already opened the blusher brush to use on my blusher. It’s a really good brush and I highly recommend it as an alternative to a more expensive Real Techniques brush. I was so impressed I bought the foundation brush too!

Real Techniques shading brush – I finally caved and bought myself a Real Techniques brush! I wanted the Expert Face Brush but it was out of stock so I thought I would try this one instead seeing as I needed a new eyeshadow brush anyway.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – If you read my latest wishlist post you’ll know I have been desperate to try this for so long now. I walked past the Liz Earle counter in Boots the other day and I couldn’t resist any longer. In my defence I have almost finished my La Roche-Posay cleanser anyway.

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Sally Hansen Super Shine Top Coat – Not much to be said about this really, I just decided it was time I try a proper top coat instead of wasting my Advanced Strengthener using it on top of polish.

Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in No. 720 Notting Hill Nude – If you have read my blog before you will know I am obsessed with Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks. I genuinely think they are the best lipsticks I have tried. This shade looked quite dark online but when I got it home I was disappointed to discover how similar it is to No. 700 Nude Delight which I already have. I might do a comparison post at some point.

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Max Factor Clump Defy mascara (waterproof) – I have heard amazing things about Clump Defy (CoverGirl Clump Crusher if you are in the US) so when I realised I didn’t have a good waterproof mascara to wear to a wedding next weekend I decided that was the perfect excuse to try it!

Barry M Instant Nail Effects Magnetic in No. 345 Neptune Sea –  I have already used this polish and I absolutely love it! If you want to see it I have linked my NOTD post using it down below.

Bourjois blusher in No. 33 Lilas D’Or – I plan to put up a full review of this in a few days, but as a heads up, I absolutely love it!

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CK Tempting Glimmer Sheer Creme Eyeshadow in Vintage Metal and Retro Silver – Some of you will already know that the CK line of make up by Calvin Klein was discontinued a few years ago, however you may not know that the products are still really easy to find online and quite cheap too. I haven’t used a cream eyeshadow before so when I spotted these I thought I’d give them a go. So far I have to say I really love Vintage Metal (the bronze colour) but I am very disappointed with Retro Silver as it isn’t very pigmented at all. I’ll put up a full review soon.

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Beauty Wishlist: July

There are so many products I am lusting after at the moment. Here are just a few:

Source: lizearle.com

Source: lizearle.com

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

So many people absolutely rave about this cleanser. It is designed to firstly cleanse the skin and remove all traces of make up, and secondly dislodge any stubborn dead skin cells. If you are interested in trying this product it is definitely worth ordering off the Liz Earle website as you get a free travel-sized product to try with each order. There are a number of different options for you to choose from, for example, the 100ml starter kit with a muslin cloth is £14.75, 200ml is £26.25, 50ml is £9.25, 30ml is £5.50 and £15ml is £3.25! A product for every budget! This will definitely be the next cleanser I buy.

Source: lush.co.uk

Source: lush.co.uk

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

I was given a little tester pot of this body conditioner a few months ago and I have been wanting a full size pot ever since. This product is essentially a moisturiser which you apply to damp skin once you get out the bath or shower. It’s the perfect addition to your routine. It smells amazing – a rich, creamy scent with a hint of rose – and leaves my skin silky smooth. Unfortunately, I have yet to justify the £15.5o price tag!

Source: bodyshop.co.uk

Source: bodyshop.co.uk

Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel

I smelt this in the Body Shop in London Euston station whilst waiting for a train a couple of days ago. It smells heavenly! Raspberry has always been one of my favourite scents. If you have used a Body Shop shower gel before, you’ll know that they lather really well. This product is just £3 on the Body Shop website at the moment. I think I may have to stock up!

Source: boots.com

Source: boots.com

No 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream

A friend recently suggested to me that my skin could probably benefit from a good moisturising routine. I am quite bad at moisturising regularly at the moment, but this is something I would like to change, and I think a new product would help me do that. I am currently using up a tester of Elemis Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser which I don’t think is right for my skin type and I don’t really like the smell (a proper review will follow). I find my skin gets a little oilier towards the summer time so I think I would like to try this No 7 night cream for normal – oily skin next. I really love No 7 products and I think this could do wonders to hydrate my skin and hopefully help prevent it becoming excessively oily.

What products are currently on your wish list?