I've been using Liz Earle products religiously since I bought the Summer Skincare Essentials kit at Victoria Quarter's Mad Shoppers Tea Party back in May. Now I have to a admit that I've finally jumped on the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish bandwagon, and I'm loving it!
The Summer Skincare Essentials offer is £41 and includes the following products:
2 muslin cloths
Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 100ml
Your choice of Instant Boost Skin Tonic, 200ml
Your choice of moisturiser, 50ml
Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer 30ml
Skin Repair Moisturiser Dry/Sensitive 15ml tube
Hand Repair 15ml tube
The shop assistant also threw in a 50ml bottle of the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, which was nice!
So, my reason for checking out the newly opened Leeds Liz Earle store? Months of reading amazing reviews of in particular, a little product called the Cleanse & Polish. Here's mine... :)
Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 100ml pump + 2 muslin cloths
I'm sure you all have read approximately 3748578 reviews on this wonder cleanser! I certainly had, and that's why I was so excited to try it on my oily-combination, spot prone skin.
Liz Earle says that the Cleanse & Polish works wonders on every age and skin type. The plant-based cleanser has a 2-phase action, phase 1 is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make-up, even stubborn mascara. Phase 2 is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to help gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin. Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, clearer skin.
I noticed a difference to my skin from the very first use. The cleanser itself instantly left my skin feeling lovely and soft, with a deeply penetrating clean feeling from the eucalyptus, the ingredient which gives this iconic product it's well know 'medicine' smell. At the same time, the muslin cloth left my skin soft and nicely exfoliated. I have to admit however, that after a few day sof use my skin started to feel too overly exfoliated and even started to break out. I decided not give up on Liz straight away. I instead, deciding that my skin wasn't used to being enthusiastically exfoliated twice a day, just used a much lighter hand with the muslin cloth!
I'm pleased to say that this did the trick! I obviously was just so pleased with the instant improvement I saw to my skin from the first use, and having never used a muslin cloth in my cleansing routine before, got carried in scrubbing my skin! Having quite oily skin, I think this over the top scrubbing just caused my skin to produce even more oil, which then resulted in the spots! I'm pleased to say that this is all behind me now, and I love Liz Earle! Having the skin type I do, I still get the odd spot from time to time, but I havn't been this happy with the overall texture and look of my skin in AGES!
Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer 200ml
This toner comes in either a standard bottle or tonic spritzer. I have never been into using toner religiously, and so to try something different I decided to select the spritzer. At the end of the day the products differ only in packaging, so I figured I could always unscrew the nozzle and pour the product onto cotton wool if I wanted to use it in a more traditional way!
What Liz Says...This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture.
Pour onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck after using Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time.
Naturally active ingredients include organic aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.
This is a really lovely toner and definately very soothing. I don't use it everyday but I often like to spritz my face with it before bed, and because it's quite moisturing I sometimes use it alone, when I don't want to apply a moisturer just before bed. The only time I've felt the need to use it to revitalise my face during the day is when I've been travelling. I actually found it incredibly refreshing to be able to sprtiz this on my recent long car drive down to Normandy!
Skin Repair Light Moisturiser - Combination/oily 50ml pump
I chose the light moisturiser in the hope of balancing out my oily skin.
Here's what Liz says... Light and gentle, this easily absorbed moisturising lotion is ideal for combination, oily or problem skin.
This finely balanced blend of naturally active skin-conditioning ingredients includes borage oil (a rich source of the essential fatty acid GLA), echinacea, hops, avocado oil, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) and natural antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E to replace lost moisture and help protect your skin, leaving it soft and smooth with a naturally healthy glow.
Massage into face and neck, morning and night, after Instant Boost Skin Tonic.
Includes borage and avocado to lightly moisturise and balance the skin.
I really like this moisturiser! Despite my oily tendancies my skin generally feels physically dry and my skin is generally quite 'thirsty', so I'm always wary that moisturisers geared towards oily skin won't actually moisturise my skin enough! This Liz Earle product definately does that, and despite being described as light, it is actually a lot heavier than other brands I've tried for oily skin... I like!
So, included in the summer skincare essentials kit is a lovely and very handy little travel kit and bag...
Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer
Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer
Liz says... Our handy travel size spritzer is the perfect size for on-the-go refreshment, spritz whenever you need an uplifting boost. The perfect handbag size! :)
Skin Repair Moisturiser
Liz says... Gently massage Skin Repair Moisturiser into face and neck, to help replace lost moisture and protect the skin from the drying effects of the environment, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
To be honest, I ahven't actually tried this yet as it just doesn't suit my skin type. I'll probably save it for the time I do get dry skin, which I can do it from time to time.
Liz says... Enjoy a mini hand treatment wherever you are. Massage this potent, non-greasy cream into hands and nails, to offer instant protection and relief for dry, chapped hands.
The lavender smell of this super softening hand cream instantly seems to instantly relax me... perfect for in my handbag and on the desk at work!!
Liz says... Follow your mini hand treatment by massaging our ‘emergency’ skin salve, Superbalm, into nails and cuticles to help condition and soften. This on-the-go must-have also soothes lips, softens dry or chapped skin and even helps to tame fly-away hair.
To be honest, I haven't used this balm for much of the recommended uses above, particularly not fly away hair... not quite fluid enough for me to enjoy as a lipbalm, I can imagine using this to tame my eyebrows or much in the same way I currently use my beloved Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream.
Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion
As I mentioned at the start of the post, I received the Eyebright Lotion free with my purchases (I think this was perhaps part of the promotion for the Mad Shoppers tea Party event). I'm so glad I did get this though, it's an absolutely amazing lotion.
Liz Earle says...Wake up and revitalise eyes with cotton wool pads soaked in this gentle, soothing herbal lotion before using Cleanse & Polish.
Non-oily, it is ideal for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Apply to a cotton wool pad to clean and wake up your eyes first thing.
Naturally active ingredients include the grassland herb – eyebright, witch hazel, organic aloe vera and cornflower to help tone, cool and refresh tired, puffy or sore eyes.
This lotion has the same effect as a cooling cucumber straight from the fridge does. Some how the lotion, which I don't store in the fridge, remains fabulously cool when applied to a cotton pad and left on the eyes! I regularly take 10 minutes out on an evening to sit back and relax with a cotton wool pad resting on each eye, the extra bonus over a cucumber being that when done, I can use the product to gentle remove light amounts of eye makeup! Perfect!