I’ve wanted to try Liz Earle for a while, it’s something that rose to blogger fame many moons ago when if you didn’t have their cleanse and polish, were you really a beauty blogger? With that being said, I’ve never tried their products and so recently I took the plunge as I’m trying to get serious about my skincare regime. I’m also transitioning into cruelty free skincare, I already have stopped purchasing makeup that is tested on animals (yes no more MAC studio fix.. sob) and I’m trying to weed out the nasties in my skincare and thankfully Liz Earle isn’t one of them!
For those of us who don’t want to go all in when testing a new brand, especially testing a new skincare brand, Liz Earle do several ‘try me’ kits and smaller travel size portions of their products which is great for first time buyers. They recently released three different spring gift collection kits for those of us on a spring clean of their skin – The Power of 3, The Glow Getters and The Wake-Up Wonders which retailed at £19.00, £29.00 and £45.00 respectively. I went for The Power of 3 as it contained the basics for what I wanted to start out with – a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Unfortunately they don’t stock this edition anymore however prior to this coming out I was eyeing up the Essentials Try-Me Kit which contains the standard cleanser, toner and moisturiser as well as an eye lotion for just £24.75.
What’s in it?
The Power of 3 contains a 100ml Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser, 2 Pure Muslin Cloths, 50ml Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic and 15ml Skin Repair™ Moisturiser Normal/combination. Each sold separately add up to £29.50 so you’re saving a total of £10.50 by buying this kit. For someone like myself trying the brand out for the first time, the cost is definitely a good motivator for finally trying them out.
The Essentials Try-Me Kit, your best bet now that they’ve discontinued the spring collection, contains a 30ml Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser, 1 Pure Muslin Cloth, 50ml Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic, 15ml Skin Repair™ Moisturiser Normal/combination and 50ml Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion totalling £30.75 separately (saving a total of £6.oo).
How do you use it?
The regime is twice daily, a bit scary if you’re a person who sometimes takes your make up off in bed with a dry AF baby wipe (not me of course…), however it makes perfect sense as you’re making sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed which is a big yes for those of us prone to blemishes.
Hot Cloth Cleanser + Pure Cotton Cloths
The hot cloth cleanser isn’t like what cleansers used to be, where you would put the product onto a cotton pad and swipe away, no this is different and a bit weird if you’ve never used something like it before. I’ve used a similar oil based product from South Korea (skincare gurus) in which you rub the product into your hand and then all over your dry face including your eyes, it’s absolutely magic at taking off your makeup and the Hot Cloth Cleanser is exactly the same. I was sceptical about taking my makeup off with it as I didn’t want the pretty white cloths to turn orange however they’re so thin that when you run them under water everything that was on your face, glides off instantly.
You need to wet the cloth in “hand-hot” water. Obviously hand hot is different for everyone but my view is just really warm water that isn’t going to burn your face, and if you’re a normal person who doesn’t like water straight from the rivers of hell, I’d just use shower water. It helps make the routine ten times quicker and probably better as you’re opening up your pores with the shower steam, cleansing up and then polishing off. Make sure to set the shower to freezing once you’re ready to get out so you can close your pores up again, this is great for hair to to make it shiny and also to give you a little boost for the morning!
Instant Boost Skin Tonic
A tonic is a tonic is a tonic. This isn’t any different to any other tonic so I’ll be brief – get a cotton ball (I’ve been using pads but cotton balls are much better for not absorbing too much product), put a “generous” amount (Liz’s words not mine) and move over your face to get rid of anything the cleanser hasn’t. Simple and very effective.
Skin Repair Moisturiser
I’m sure this doesn’t need explaining however when moisturising I’ve always been told to move upwards as opposed to downwards because apparently you’ll turn into a jowly, wrinkly dog by 25 if you don’t.
What do you think of it?
So far so good! I decided to write the review after a month or two because of that whole “it takes 28 days for your skin to regenerate” thing, which I haven’t fact checked so please let me know if that is all a myth. Either way I think a month is a good amount of time to see results of something you’ve been using twice a day, even if they’re initially just little changes.
The cleanser and tonic must definitely have some tea tree in them as they have that very distinctive smell just humming in the background, they make me feel so clean. Then comes the moisturiser, the biggest let down ever. It’s a great product and helps keep my dry skin at bay but the smell is just so horrible when you first put it on. You can’t smell it after a couple of minutes, but it’s the worst plastic/artificial smell that I’m just not a fan of. It kind of offsets the lovely cleanly smell and feeling you get from the cleanser and toner but with that being said my skin feels smooth and moisturised after the first use. It does sink in during the day, so for really dry skin I’d go for a moisturiser that fit your skin type accordingly as this was for normal/combination skin. You can get the Essential Try-Me kits in Dry/Sensitive, Normal/Combination, Combination/Oily so hopefully there’s something to suit everyone.
Overall I’d recommend Liz Earle’s basic skincare range, I’ll definitely repurchase the cleanser in a heart beat and the toner which make my skin feel so clean. For someone with problem skin it’s great at removing anything that could end up clogging your pores and resulting in more breakouts. I feel like my breakouts have definitely reduced and overall my skin is feeling better. I currently don’t use the moisturiser anymore as it wasn’t the best and the smell really put me off. My next purchases from Liz Earle will be the eye soothing lotion and an exfoliator too.
Have you ever tried Liz Earle skincare? What other Liz Earle products do you recommend?