Liz Earle: Cleanse & Polish*

I was lucky enough to be picked by the lovely people at Birchbox after entering a #birchbloggersuk competition to receive a full size starter kit of the much blogged about cleanse and polish from Liz Earle. I was super excited to give this ago as this product has won an amazing 101 awards from the likes of Elle, Company and Handbag.com to name a few!

It came in a lovely Liz Earle wash type bag that contained a whopping 100ml of product in a handy pump bottle, two muslin cloths and a little leaflet titled “The Ultimate Cleansing Guide” which I found extremely handy as this was the first time I was giving the product a go (I’d still not started the sample I had gotten in May’s box) and I’m a massive believer in following the directions to get the best results possible.
To use it states to fill the basin with hand-hot water….I’m no expert and this was the first time I’d seen this phrase but I’ve taken it literally to mean hot water that you are comfortable with your hand in. Step 2 is to apply one or two pumps of the product and to massage this in gently onto dry skin using a circular motion outwards from the centre of the face. I tend to massage my cleanser for a good 2-3 mins if I have the time to really get the full benefit. Step 3 is to rinse the muslin cloth in the water and wring it out till it’s damp not wet. Step 4 You then use the muslin cloth to wipe of the cream ensuring you use a clean section for each area. Step 5 Rinse the face with cool water and pat dry with a soft towel.

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The product contains  gorgeous ingredients including  rosemary essential oil, chamomile, eucalyptus and cocoa butter along with a few others. The scent- for me I can really smell the eucalyptus in this and its very refreshing but not overpowering or off putting. It feels very creamy and luxurious when you massage it in to the skin and I found it a real treat to use. It easily took off a full face of make up including my eyeliner and mascara and after using it my skin felt very smooth, soft and dare I say it a bit more glowing. I always use a muslin cloth when it comes to cleansing but I’ve found some to be a bit too coarse and some not coarse enough but Liz Earle has managed to get the balance right – it’s coarse enough to help remove any dead cells but its not that coarse you are going to rub your face red raw. So even after my first use I was pretty impressed with the cleanse and polish but what really impressed me was the day after. I’d been suffering for the past week with awful hormone spots and really over sensitive red irritated areas on my chin and around my nose that I just couldn’t seem to get to calm down, now it might just be a coincidence but 24 hours after first using this ( I’d used this the night before, that morning and then again that night) I found the red areas to be calming slightly and my spots finally not seeming as angry and starting to shrink down at last! This result completely blew me away as I had tried literally everything to calm my skin down. Impressive stuff!!

As I’ve mentioned in a few of my other posts before I do have oily/combination skin that is sensitive so the great thing I found about this was the fact it really worked with my skin giving me enough hydration but not too much and it being gentle yet effective. I think I am now a convert to this cleanser and will continue to use it as the results have won me over big time. Now I’m itching to try more from Liz Earle – I can feel a spending spree coming on over at Birchbox!

Have you tried the cleanse and polish – what sort of results did you see? Or do you have any other Liz Earle products I should try? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading,

Beauty Barmy Bird

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Harpers Bazaar Birchbox

So since starting my blog I’ve been eager to sign up to one of the many beauty subscription boxes out there so after doing a bit of research reading other bloggers thoughts on all things subscription boxes I decided to try Birchbox. I though this would be the one which would suit me because they promise to deliver high end beauty items along with a sprinkle of lifestyle products too as well the fact they seemed to offer many brands I’ve never even heard of before! The fact that May was a Harpers Bazaar one sealed the deal.

So the day came and my beautiful Birchbox arrived….

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I opened the box and the first thing I saw was the utterly beautiful and colourful box, I knew instantly this was going to be not just good but REALLY good.

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When I first undid the package I was a bit bombarded with cards with lots of information on, in all honesty I wasn’t bothered about them I just wanted to know what was in this beautifully tropical looking box.

The Contents
Sample size of Benefit They’re real mascara – this is something I’ve been dying to try for a while now so I was super pleased with this little offering.
Sample size of Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish – Again this is something I’ve been meaning to give a whirl so the fact it was in the box is fab as it means I can give it ago without having to buy a full size.
Soigne´nail lacquer in Persimmon – A brand I never heard of so was curious as to what this was like. On its a beautiful orange red that goes on like a dream. I think I’ve found a new favourite nail polish brand!
Aromatherapy Associates revive morning bath and shower oil – Bath and shower oil have never really been my thing but in all the bitts of information that came with it (yes I did eventually read it) there was a little tip to use it as a light daytime fragrance which is more up my street.
Beauty Protector shampoo and conditioner – Again a brand I’ve never heard of so I am curious to try this especially as its sulphate free.

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So overall I am impressed with my first Birchbox and can’t wait to get the June one. What did you think to this months Birchbox?

Thanks for reading!
Beauty Barmy Bird
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