I was in London yesterday for a day out with my friends and quickly picked up the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish from the Oxford Street John Lewis. This has had brillaint reviews and I wanted to give it a try.
It comes in many different sizes but the lady at the counter pointed me to the starter kit which she said was the best value for first-time users. It costs £15.50 (but of course I got my discount, so it was cheaper for me haha) and you get an 100ml bottle and two of the muslin cloths, as well as step by step instructions, all in a bag (good for traveling!) The bottle is easy to grip with wet hands and the cap stays put. It has a nice pump on it.
The first time I used it was in the morning. The product itself was thick and creamy, had a nice scent and felt good as I applied it to my face. Usually in the morning I find a little bit of eye makeup is remaining (just me?) so I applied it around my eyes as well. The muslin cloths provided are not flannel-like, they are less rough and reminded me of linen bed sheets (the best way to describe it..) and easily wiped it all of my face.
Honestly, I felt so good! (So good I had to take photos, which you can see below) It gently exfoliates and feels luxurious on the skin. I was half asleep when I tried it but this had completely woken me, and my skin, up. My pores looked smaller and my skin had a glow to it, looking so fresh and healthy. It had also easily removed any remaining makeup from around my eyes.
This product removes makeup brilliantly, even mascara which I was pleasantly surprised about! Your skin feels squeaky clean afterwards, but not dry at all.
After Many Uses:
My skin type is normal to dry. I am lucky enough to not have particularly bad skin, but I have dry patches, redness, large pores and get lots of blackheads.
This product has not dried my skin out and I have not noticed any bad effects such as increased number of spots. The muslin cloth (well two of them) that it comes with could seem unnecessary but I think it made it feel more luxurious and is definitely a gentle exfoliator so great for sensitive skin!
To be honest I haven't noticed a huge difference in my skin in the long run. Perhaps this is because my skin wasn't particularly 'bad' before but I don't know. However I absolutely love the glowing look it immediately gives me and I honestly looked so much more healthy, and I think my pores appeared smaller. It is an expensive product (compared to something by a brand such as Simple - which I love by the way) but feels expensive due to the thickness of the cleanser and the muslin cloth so I will probably re-purchase it when it runs out.
Also, Liz Earle use natural ingredients and don't test on animals which is always something I look for in a product.
These photos were taken after the first time I used it. I took them because my skin felt fabulous!! I am wearing a little bit of concealer and face powder.
And also how awesome is my new camera! Oh my god I am so happy with it :)
Love, Phoebe x