Friday, 15 June 2012

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

I'm a bit skincare freak, and don't get me wrong, I love splurging all my money but my problem is I hate change, so when my Estee Lauder Foaming Cleanser ran out, it left me feeling a little bewildered as to what to try next.
Liz Earle has always been a brand I've been interested in trying, I've heard rave reviews on various blogs about how good their products are and many magazines have also praised the range. So after reading so many good things about the products. I decided to hand over my money and invest in the Cleanse & Polish.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish starter set £14.25

As you can see from the photo, my order contained A LOT of stuff. I ordered the Cleanse & Polish starter pack which came in a pale green zip bag with the cleanser and 2 muslin cloths. With my order I also got a complimentary 50ml bottle of the Skin Tonic and 4 samples of the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint.
I got all the necessary paper work such as order confirmation and then I also received a book about the products and a colour chart for their make-up collection.

Here's what I thought about the products...
At first, I found the Cleanse & Polish a strange concept. My Estee Lauder Foaming Cleanser was a thick cream you applied to the skin and when in contact with water, it foamed and washed off with water. I enjoyed using the product because my skin always felt squeaky clean but the Cleanse & Polish is applied to dry skin, massaged in and then washed off with the muslin cloth. At first I felt like it wasn't really taking off my make-up and found that my skin didn't feel as clean as it would with my previous cleanser.
I really like the scent of the Cleanse & Polish but it reminded me of Vichs vapour rub. The scent was subtle, not overpowering and found it pleasant on my skin. I found the texture of the product heavy and not very nourishing, I have very dry skin and found that it left my skin soft but not hydrated.
I have noticed a difference in my skin after using the product for a week, I cleanse twice a day and I've found that the appearance and texture of my skin has dramatically improved.

After I have cleansed, I have been using the Liz Earle Skin Tonic to tone my skin and remove any excess make-up. I apply a small amount to a cotton pad and sweep it over my face.
The toner isn't drying, it doesn't contain any alcohol and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight. I really like this as a toner, I've found that it's my favourite step in my routine at the moment. It also has a gorgeous scent. I have been using the 50ml bottle twice daily for a week and it's no where near finished, a little really does go a long way. A 200ml bottle of this costs £12.50 which would last me ages.

And lastly, another sample I received was the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint. I've not yet tested this product out just because I'm not a huge tinted moisturiser girl aside from on holiday so I think I will take this away on holiday with me and try it out there. I recieved 4 samples, 1 of each colour, I'm quite fair so I've given the second shade up to my mum and I have 2 other sachets I can't use because they're dark.

Generally I am pleased with my purchase, I was interested in trying the product and found that it really does work well. I'm not so sure that it's a "holy grail" product at the moment but I've only used it for a week. I'm interested to try some more of their range to get a proper feel of the products. Who knows? - I could be a Liz Earle convert by next week ;)

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Kleenex Embarrassing Giveaway

Kleenex skincare: Twitter giveaway

As most of you know, Kleenex released a skincare range which features face wipes, eye make-up remover wipes and facial cloths. I have actually never tried the products before I won the giveaway so you can imagine how delighted I was to win their goody bag. Only shame is, the goodybag came at a price - in the form of my most embarrasing story.

On the Kleenex twitter @KleenexCleanse, you tweet them you're most embarrasing story and are entered into winning on of their 10 goody bags.
Here was my entry:
"@KleenexCleanse ripping my trousers without realising and walking around all day with my bum on show #wipemeaway"

I wish I could say this didn't happen, but it did and I didn't even realise till I got home which meant everyone was staring and laughing and I have no idea why. It's one of those moments you'd find in a teenage magazine but anyway, onto the goody bag.
I received in the purple bag some Facial Cleansing Wipes, Eye Makeup Removal Wipes, a sample of the Facial Cloths, Shine Absorbing Sheets, a compact mirror and a 50p voucher for my next purchase.

I have to say that I really am impressed with the face wipes and the eye make-up wipes, they are strong, durable and don't contain any perfumes or irritating product on which can sting my eyes. Most of the time I buy baby wipes cause a lot of face wipes I have used do sting my eyes and being a contact lens wearer, it's unbearable sometimes and can leave me in tears. The eye make-up remover wipes are the same as the face wipes just smaller and easier to hold and use around the eye area. I've found that they remove even the toughest of make-up, I've used these to remove my Estee Lauder double wear (yes I'm ashamed to admit I didn't cleanse properly that night) or thick mascara after a night out and they've left me squeaky clean. They really are a perfect first stage to my skincare routine just to remove eye make-up before I cleanse. As you can see, I got a bit excited to use these and was a bad blogger and used them before I took a photo.

As for the shine absorbing sheets and facial cloths, I've not used them yet. Firstly I don't have oily skin so the absorbing sheets are not something I need in my skincare routine but I may hold onto them in case I do a giveaway in the future or pass them onto someone with oily skin. I am really intrigued to see how they work though. So if any of you have used them and have thought they worked, let me know.
I'm really wanting to use the facial cloths but I'm not sure what for yet, the description says it can be used wet or dry, for toner or cleanser but can also be used to remove nail varnish with remover and also removing face masks. I think they're an all-rounder product and I'm sure as soon as I find a purpose for them, I'll let you know how they work. The little compact mirror was a perfect little addition to the goody bag and is now in my travel make-up bag!

For your chance of winning one of their goody bags, like @KleenexCleanse on twitter and tweet them your most embarrassing story! Good luck!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Estee Lauder Matte Primer

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I've recently bought some new make-up from Harrods. In the selection I opted for a primer. Unfortuately they didn't stock Benefit's Porefessional which everyone has raved about in the blogging world, but they did stock the newly released primer by Estee Lauder. So I decided to give that a whirl.

Estee Laudeer Matte Primer: 21.50

First of all, the product has lovely packaging, it all fits in with the style of the brand and has the trademark gold top. The primer comes in a tube which is the same style as their Double Wear Light, with a two tone cover, these covers are different for the Matte and Illuminating primer.

When you open the product, it doesn't have a distinctive smell, it's unscented, it smells like an ordinary cream and also looks like a cream. The product is a light white consistency (as you can see from the photo) that soaks into the skin very easily not like usual primers and once it's blended into the skin it doesn't leave the slidey almost greasy feeling that most primers do. I apply this to my skin after my skincare routine, with my fingers and wait for the product to soak in. The primer leaves a flawless finish to make-up when it's applied and definitely did give a matte look to my skin, I would like to try the illuminating primer to compare how effective it is.

Rating: 8 Overall, I would say this is a good product, the only downfall is that my make-up didn't last any longer. The primer helped the finish of my make-up and definitely improved the look of my foundation but I don't think it made it last any longer than normal. The product definitely does live up to the name, it does provide a smooth surface to my skin and helps control shine and oil.

Disclaimer: Even though I have very dry skin, I am prone to getting shiny skin especially on my forehead and around my nose.
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