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 ;)
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