I was reading some of the comments you gals left and its amazing how many similar goals people have for the New Year – losing weight (includes me), spending less (me also), achieving school or work goals (me, me, me!).
It may be the New Year but that doesn’t mean I can’t get a package! This doesn’t count from this year’s spending contingency because I bought it in 2008. Yeah!
Another one of my resolutions is to take care of my skin. I can be lazy and I don’t always put eye cream on or moisturize, I don’t always take all my mascara off or even my make up.
Whilst I splashed out on La Mer creams, I don’t want to spend too much on cleansing products. I am pretty devoted to my RMK Cleansing Oil (the best I have tried), especially for heavy make up removal, and I love my extensive Nars skincare goodies, but I always want to try something new.
I’ve heard a lot about Liz Earle, but I thought it was a bit – dare I say it – Avony? Their cleanser, Cleanse & Polish has a lot of rave reviews and is only £12.00 for 100mls.
I got the cleanser, the toner, gentle exfoliator and a antiseptic oil/stick think. It also comes with 2 muslin cloths.
It came to about £40 for everything, so a good price.
How to use the cleanser:
Fill a basin with hand-hot water.
Apply 1 or 2 pumps of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser onto dry skin and use your fingertips to gently massage the cream over your face and neck. Work in circular movements from the centre of your face outwards. Massage over your eyelids and eyelashes last to avoid spreading eye makeup over your face.
Rinse the pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and wring it out so it’s damp, not wet.
Use the muslin cloth to wipe off the cream using a clean section for each part of your face. Place a single finger inside the cloth to thoroughly clean more awkward areas such as around the nose. Be gentle around your eye zone when removing eye make-up. Rinse the cloth thoroughly during cleansing.
Rinse your skin in cool water and carefully pat dry using a soft towel. Rinse the muslin cloth thoroughly and allow it to air dry naturally.
Follow this routine morning and night then use Instant Boost Skin Tonic before massaging in Skin Repair Moisturiser to finish.
Muslin cloth care: To keep your cloths fresh and clean pop into a 40° white wash after every 2 uses, allow to air dry naturally.
It’s similar to the Eve Lom type cleansers that require a muslin cloth – to me its a bit like using a flannel, which of course I always used to use, like a good Chinese girl.
For the toner:
Instant Boost Skin Tonic is the essential second stage of your daily regime:
Moisten a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck every morning and night after cleansing with Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. This tones, brightens and hydrates your skin; follow by gently massaging in Skin Repair Moisturiser.
Apply this light floral tonic to revitalise skin and add moisture after using one of our Special Treatment masks. Whether your skin is dehydrated, oily, dull or congested, the nourishing and brightening botanicals will help to leave your skin feeling soft and looking fresh for longer. It also primes your skin perfectly for Skin Repair Moisturiser.
Try our spritzer after towel-drying skin to refresh yourself all over and boost moisture levels. Ideal for use after showering, bathing or swimming, wait for a minute before massaging in Nourishing Botanical Body Cream to help ‘seal in’ moisture.
Firstly – the cleanser is a very thick cream:
That’s fine for me – these textures I find can really lift of the make up and any sticky products. It’s non irritating and softening, although the smell…its hard to place. I know Liz Earle puts a lot of importance of good quality products and lots of herbal ingredients – personally there is something in the scent I don’t like. I don’t hate it, but I don’t look forward to putting it on my face either.
The cream is super thick but comes off easily with the hot cloth – my skin does feel nice and soft – it looked whiter afterwards – is this good or bad? I’m not sure. Maybe I had 10 layers of grime that never came off!
The large muslin cloths:
I had high hopes for this toner as one of my favourite toners, EVER was just good old plain rosewater from Neils Yard. This I thought is in the same vein – it’s just like water texture wise and left my skin a bit red, but clean. BUT – I hate the smell. Its floral but once again, theres something there I can’t stand. I really dislike the smell. I can bring myself to use it, but it isn’t at all pleasant.
I must be stupid because I thought the exfoliator – being gentle, would be grain free? Or have slight grains, this is more of a proper scrub. I used it after cleanser and once again, its very thick, but it works well enough as a scrub. I do like my Shu Uemura Scrub a bit more, because the bits disappear as you rub.
This product was about £12 for 70ml – it’s fine but its not a high tech or special scrub like the other ones I have tried.
This is the antiseptic oil. I liked the idea of this because its not just for spots, but for grazes, burns, bites etc. and I do have a higher than average skin allergy, er, rate. This is a mixture of the usual oils, tea tree, lavender – all antiseptic and quite a handy little roll if you ask me. £7.
I’ll let you know how I get on! I am trying to finish my beauty products this year, rather than gathering more and more things so I don’t see a good reason not to finish the range off. But I can’t say its instant love.
However, here’s something I went out and bought 400mls of:
Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath –
Now THIS is how to scent something. It’s a beautiful slight vanilla, milk, almond, honey, monoi scent. It’s gorgeous but I don’t use it as a bath liquid, I use it as a body moisturiser after a wash. My skin is lovely now!