Friday, 23 September 2011

Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish Skin Diary...

Warning: I seem to have rambled on for a while, you may want to sit down and have a cuppa whilst reading this!

Last Sunday, when I got home from my weekend away (possibly the best weekend of the year so far), the lovely ladies at Liz Earle PR had sent me a beautiful package with their famous "Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser" for me to try.
They had even written me a cute little note...

Thanks lovlies :)

The Company
For those of you who haven't yet discover Liz Earle, well, you're in for a treat, yes indeedy :)
There are a few stores around, so I would recommend a trip to one, where you can recieve treatments, try all the products, or even just relax with tea and cake :)

I love the principles of this company:
No animal testing or animal ingerdients.
Using plant and oil extracts.
Only mineral sunscreens are used (reflecting rather than absorbing UV rays)
No genetically engineered ingredients.
Natural Vitamin E

Product blurb
"our multi award winning concentrated cleanser has a two-phase action to quickly remove daily grime, make-up and stubborn mascara leaving skin soft, smooth and radiant."

What's in it?
Liz Earle are a brand who pack their products full of nice "natural" ingredients. If you're anything like me, you like to know exacly what you're putting on your face, here's the full list of  ingredients:

Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Propylene glycol, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, Limonene, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.

I have to say, it's never even crossed my mind to use a cream cleanser before. Especially not one consisting of ingredients such as cocoa butter and beeswax. I was a bit worried about the cocoa butter and beeswax blocking my pours...

So, having read countless raving reviews about Cleanse and polish, I finally got around to trying it myself. I'm going to do a skin diary with you, to see exacly how this product affects my skin. If you know my blog,  anything I choose to rave about, I really do like.

My skin
Before I start I should probably tell you my skin type (all though the product claims to be for all skin types and ages). I have oily/combination skin, with occational blemishes.

How do I use it?

I'll explain how it works before I get going too!
1) Fill your sink with hot water.
2) Use 1 pumps worth of of cleanser, gently massage all over your dry face (even if you have full make-up on) and eye area in circular motions.
3) Rinse out your muslin cloth on the hot water and "polish" the cleansing cream off your face. Keep rinsing out your cloth and using clean parts.
4) Rinse your face with cool water.
(Don't forget to wash you mouslin cloths)


Sunday night
I am no longer a Liz Earle virgin. That's right beauties...I've done it! Tonight is the first night of my Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser experience. I hadn't ever used a muslin cloth in conjunction with a cleanser. Nor had I ever applied cleanser to a dry face full of make-up, so it was all a very new experience.
The muslin cloth felt rather scratchy the first time I used it.
Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel after the first use. I thought after reading so many top-notch reviews that I would instantly fall in love. Hmmm, we shall see.

I'm still a little unsure of the product, but I have to say it smells absolutely divine - really natural and fresh. It's only day 3, I'll keep at it...

I am definetly beginning to see the benifits that Liz Earle is bringing to my skin.
Now I have begun to look forward to my little routine, and using the cloth to scrape off every last scrap of make-up and feeling fresh as a daisy after the process.
It has actually become something I look forward to, especially at the end of the day. I really like this method of taking my make up off.
 My skin appears more even and much healthier, after only 5 days. I have had a couple of blemishes, but this is nothing unusual for me when trying out new skincare (beauty editor skin, eugh).

Although Cleans & Polish has taken a little longer in the mornings and evenings, I am really enjoying it now. My skin has started feeling so smooth and soft afterwards. I don't even feel the need to moisturise before I go to bed. Thumbs up!

So ladies, I've already seen a difference after only 6 days. My skin gleams after the cleansing and polishing. I'm going to keep at it though, and give you another review in a couple of weeks time.

Would I buy it?
I do think Liz Earle is lovely, affordable and beautifully packaged. I'm really enjoying using it so far but I'm going to continue to test the product before I tell you all to rush out and buy it (although it is lovely).

After reading so many reviews I know some people have had reactions to the product... perhaps if you just want to try the product out before purchasing the full sized bottle, there are travel-sized tubes available to buy for £4.75. The 100ml pump starter with two muslin cloths costs £12.75.

Tata beauties xx

#I was sent this product to review, curtisy of Liz Earle PR. However all opinions expressed are my own, honest :)

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