Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Liz Earle...jumping on the bandwagon AND camping equipment!!!

Well, after all the hype surrounding the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser throughout the blogging community, I finally cracked and decided to experience this stuff for myself.  For those of you who don't know about this brand, here's a little of what they are about...
"Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare is a Great British beauty brand, founded in 1995. We are passionate about all that we do and create products that really work on every skin type by harnessing the potent powers of the finest quality naturally active ingredients"
Over the years Liz Earle have won countless awards for their products, most recently being The Handbag Beauty Bible who awarded them for their (seemingly most popular product) the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I'm sure that most of you don't need another review telling you how great this is so I'll try and keep it short (and sweet). I've never really gone for cleansers before, keeping my skin care regime simple with just a Garnier face wash and Nivea soft moisturiser; however my skin can be quite dry and patchy with the occasional breakout so I was looking for a product to step it up.

Originally I invested in Simple Soothing Toner 200ML costing £2.41, designed to 'reduce the size of pores and leave skin feeling refreshed and clarified'. I've tried cleansers and toners before but always felt that they can leave my skin feeling quite dry and tight and that they can be too watery to apply.  However this product is quite different as it has a more oily/gel consistency, therefore I thought that it would be more moisturising. After washing my face with a face wash, I applied this with cotton wool, allowed to dry then applied moisturiser. This product left my skin feeling fresh and very smooth and although my pores aren't really visible, it definitely helped even out my skin, so after using for a week I was very pleased with the results. However, I still felt I could achieve even better results and after hearing so much about it, I invested in Liz Earle (with just a slightly higher price tag)!

  Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser its a 2 step process. Firstly (using a single pump of product) you apply the cream all over your face, massaging into all of your skin including your neck and even the delicate eye area.  It can be used to remove all your makeup as people claim it just 'melts it away' as you rub in the cream, however I continue with my usual regime of using my Garnier pure active deep pore face scrub to gently remove my makeup before applying Liz Earle's cleanser.  Once the cream has been massaged into the skin, you then rinse the muslim cloth (provided in your started pack) under hand hot water and wring out leaving it just slightly damp but relatively hot. The cloth is the used to remove any product remaining on the face, again using circular messaging motions. You then finish off with a splash of cold water to the face, and I apply a small amount of Nivea Soft face cream.  The product itself is initially quite thick in consistency, but once applied its very smooth and is absorbed into the skin quite well.  I wouldn't say that the smell is very memorable or striking, in fact it doesn't really smell of much, just a  very clean and subtle scent that can't really be smelt once the product has been removed.

I've been using this every night for over a week now and I'm extremely pleased with the results! My face is the smoothest its ever been and looks fresh and almost glowing. Usually I apply quite a sizable amount of foundation to my face to cover my slightly red and dry skin, however I've only felt the need to apply small amounts as it is just not required.  My skin tone appears more even and free of blemishes and dry patches and my skin is left feeling fresh all day!  Although its more then I'd usually pay for a face product, I just won't be able to resist re-purchasing it in the future! Prices for this product start at £5.10 for a 30ml bottle; however I would strongly recommend investing in the starter pack at £13.25 for a 100ml as you will also receive 2 muslim clothes with your pack.

Now a quick update on my camping equipment (which we finally bought) for Benicassim with only 6 DAYS TO GO!!! Lets just say to we decided on a tent that could provide us with a lot of room to move around...as we opted for an 8 man tent (for the 2 of us!) It wasn't my idea, honestly...but I can't say that I'm complaining as there are many advantages to having such a big tent.  1/ There's enough room to fit in a double air bed with an extra room for bag/clothes and another for 'entertaining' and lounging :P  2/ It hopefully won't get too hot if there's more room for air to circulate and 3/ If we bug each other up, have a falling out or basically do each others heads in, we have an extra room to escape to! Bonus! Not sure what the others will think though (with their two man tents), as we haven't told them...oops!

I also bought a few things during my day in Liverpool on Friday which I will be sharing with you soon.