Saturday, 7 February 2015

My week with Liz Earle: Naturally Active Skincare Range

This January I was lucky enough to be sent these gorgeous Leaping Bunny certified skincare products by Liz Earle. My friend had recently purchased the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and was loving it, so I couldn't wait to try these out! I received the Superskin Moisturiser, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and the Cleanse & Polish Cleanser along with two of Liz Earle's cotton muslin cloths. I've been using these products routinely for about a week now and so this post is a little summing up of how I've found them so far...

CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER - 100ml Starter Kit £15.50

The multi-award winning Cleanse & Polish has, from what I can tell of people raving about it online, become a bit of a cult item. Winner of 100 awards, you heard me correctly, I was expecting big things from this product and it hasn't disappointed. Don't get too excited, it's not a miracle product, it is after all only a cleanser but as cleansers go it is really very good
The Cleanse & Polish is a two phase system. Phase one, the cleanse: apply one or two pumps of the cleanser on to a dry face face and the rich and creamy formula will work to swiftly remove all traces of dirt and make up. Phase two, the polish: next, polish off the cream using a pure muslin cloth soaked in hand-hot water to dislodge dead skin cells and reveal clean, soft and radiant skin. 
True to it's word, I have had no problems removing all of my make up with this cleanser as I do with others. The combination of hot water and muslin cloth feels a lot nicer and more effective than simply wiping the cream off with a dry tissue or cotton pad and the cream feels very gentle and smells wonderful. The cream itself is quite a thick and smooth consistency and not abrasive at all; the exfoliating action comes purely from the muslin cloth which in this two stage cleansing routine is as important as the actual cleanser. You can purchase a pack of two of the Liz Earle muslin cloths for £4.50 and the great thing is they can be washed and re-used a fair few times! (I also like using a muslin cloth because it just sounds so bourgeois and 18th century; I can imagine I'm in an Austen novel!)
 Overall, I really like this cleanser. In the past I've been reluctant to spend a lot on a product that you simply wash or wipe off but my experience with this cleanser might have just changed that view! 

INSTANT BOOST SKIN TONIC - 200ml bottle £14.50

The Instant Boost Skin Tonic toner recommended to be used in conjunction with the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Superskin mosituriser and so that is exactly what I've been doing. Usually I'm just too lazy or impatient to bother with a toner but adding in that second step between cleansing and moisturising actually makes my morning and evening skincare routine a lot nicer! After cleansing and drying my face, I wipe a splash of this toner all over my skin using a cotton pad. The floral scent is absolutely gorgeous and very relaxing at bedtime. The light liquid feels refreshing after the heavy cream of the cleanser and doesn't leave the skin feeling dry at all. It takes a few seconds to absorb fully into my skin and then it feels wonderfully plumped, tight and beautifully prepped for applying my moisturiser; after using this toner I've also found that my moisturiser absorbs into my skin a lot better. With Aloe Vera, cucumber and Vitamin E I also feel like I'm really treating my skin every time I apply this, what's more it's very very gentle and would be perfect for sensitive skins.
I'm also a big fan of the bottle. Instead of a conventional lid or cap the bottle has a clever twist and open mechanism, where the lid twists up to reveal a small hole. This means there is no danger of spilling or losing too much of the product when pouring onto a cotton pad and it's also pretty neat. Another nice touch is that this product is also available, for the same price, in a spray form. I would be interested to try this as I imagine it would be even more refreshing to spritz a light mist after cleansing and even on-the-go.


Last but not least, I've been luxuriously applying this Superskin Moisturiser every morning and night after my toner. This little pot is packed full of lovely things including pomegranate flower extract, cranberry seed and rosehip oils plus antioxidants and healthy Omega-3. The star of the show, however, is the natural neroli which has a floral and really uplifting smell to it.
The product is recommended for mature or very dry skin, which is perfect for me as the cold weather has really dried out my skin and I've been looking for ways to look after it. It's a thick creamy formula thats non greasy and feels like silk on your skin. It takes a little while to completely absorb and I've found it doesn't sit as well under my make-up as I'd like it to. However using it at bedtime is lovely, it smells like a dream and I can go to bed knowing I'll wake up to soft, plumped up and bright looking skin.
As always with Liz Earle the packaging is beautiful and stylish and looks lovely on a dressing table or bathroom cabinet but I do feel that £39 is a little on the expensive side for me. With my everyday moisturiser not usually costing me more than £10 and as a student I don't think this product is an everyday option for me just yet. But as a treat every other night-time it's been really heavenly to use. 

Overall, I think these products are a real godsend for your skin. They are all gentle, smell lovely and work together beautifully to leave you with soft, clean and bright looking skin. I will miss these when they run out and I would definitely purchase the Cleanse & Polish and the Instant Boost Skin Tonic again. I find the moisturiser a little too expensive for me so I would be interested to try their (slightly) more affordable Skin Repair Moisturiser for £20.25! I must mention that Liz Earle, as a brand, I'm really impressed with. Looking on their site they offer more combinations, packages and sets of products at a discounted price than any other brand I know. It's a really unique and neat selling point, I think if you're a regular user of Liz Earle products this must be a really fantastic bonus and also means their products are perfect for giving as gifts. (Valentines day is coming up so have a look!) Which also reminds me to mention that the products I received came individually and beautifully wrapped which was a really nice touch (see photos above)! 


As always, let me know what you think by commenting below; if you've tried any Liz Earle products, what you thought of them, any you would particularly recommend - I love to hear from everyone :)!!

1 comment:

  1. I really love Liz Earle beauty products as they are leaping bunny certified and gentle on my sensitive skin. I do think the moisturiser is rather dear but maybe that's because I'm not in work but if I was, I guess the price would be fair enough, if it works wonders!


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