Liz Earle Route to Radiance

For Christmas this year I was lucky enough to receive the Route to Radiance set by Liz Earle – which was an amazing deal for £30 during one of Boots weekly Christmas offers. It was an amazing set for this price, including 100ml of the iconic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 200ml of Instant Boost Skin Tonic, a 75ml Deep Cleansing Mask, two 15ml mask – intensive nourishing treatment and brightening treatment and finally two cotton cloths, and two sponges. And to make it even better, it was gorgeously packaged in a stunning box! To buy the items individually at full price, it’d cost over £60 so I figured that this would be a great way to try out some Liz Earle products- as previously I have only used the Hot Cloth Cleanser.

So far, I’ve used three of the products, the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, The Instant Boost Skin Tonic and the Deep Cleansing Mask and I love the way they make my skin feel when used as a combination.

Generally, in the evening  I’ll start with the cleanse & polish hot cloth cleanser- I’m currently still using my old bottle, as I find that 1 or 2 pumps is plenty for my whole face, so it lasts a decent amount of time. I rub it over my whole face (and it does work well to remove makeup when I am wearing it) and then remove it with one of the cotton cloths provided soaked in hot water. This effortlessly removes makeup, and grime from the day and leaves my skin feeling soft, smelling delicious (like rosemary, camomile and eucalyptus!) and feeling a ton happier! I largely save this for days I’m wearing makeup (as it’s not the cheapest of cleansers when bought full price) but I always love the evenings that I use this! I’d hate to be without this product, which I think has a well-deserved reputation.

After this, about once a week I’ll use the deep cleansing mask, which helps to purify your skin and regulate oiliness and leaves my skin feeling more balanced (and smelling of roses!) I smooth it over my face, avoiding eyes, lips and hairline and leave on for around 10 minutes. I then remove it using the provided sponges, well rinsed in water and then splash my face with cold water. I think that once a week is plenty, as using it more frequently may be too drying for my skin.

Finally I finish up with the instant boost skin tonic. It once again smells heavenly and leaves my skin smelling floral, as it includes essential oils of rose-scented geranium, lavender and sweet orange. To use, I just pour some onto cotton wool pads, and sweep over my face, helping to leave it soothed.

I’ve not tried the other masks yet, as I have quite a few different masks but frequently forget to use them! But I’d certainly recommend a similar set if you wish to try out Liz Earle products- or if you only want to try one, any of the above are great (Although the Hot Cloth Cleanser is my favourite!)

I have fairly well behaved skin, so admittedly most of the time it doesn’t need that much help but it does feel softer and smoother since I added these to my routine. Although it may partly be because I like using these so much that I remember to use them and moisturise- a step I tend to forget when I am tired.

I’d love to hear any recommendations for other Liz Earle products I should try- as the brand is still fairly new to me!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair

I’m always on the lookout for a good pale foundation, as I’ve found in the past that many of the ones that I have tried have been far too dark, or have looked orange on my skin- which paired with my hair really isn’t the best look! I’ve also wanted to try a Charlotte Tilbury product for a long time, mainly due to the super pretty packaging and products (Sometimes I am lured in by a cover… This isn’t always a bad thing!)

So when I found myself in a Charlotte Tilbury store a few months back, I couldn’t resist the urge any longer. As is my usual go to move with foundations I headed straight to the palest they had, and treated myself! I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair which according to their website is a “neutral beige for very fair skin tones with cool undertones” and it seems to be a pretty close match, with no oxidisation on my skin.

I really love the packaging for this product, with the attractive glass bottle, rose gold lid and a pump- it’s both pretty and functional! I find a pump or two is plenty to cover my face- although I often do a fairly light layer, and you may need more if you want full coverage.

The foundation does have SPF15, which I like. Although I often wear sunscreen on my face I’m sure doubling up does no harm! It’s a fairly thick foundation, and I find that the easiest way to apply it is with a brush (I’m currently using my real techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush – and I love that it matches the bottle). I have found it easier to blend into my skin with a brush, than with fingers or a sponge.

As you can see in the photos above, it does a pretty good job of covering up imperfections- particularly around my eyes, and blemishes are covered up well enough that I wouldn’t feel that I needed to also use concealer.

I don’t wear foundation every day as (most of the time) I have fairly good skin to start with – and I generally save makeup for days when I’m going out and about (too lazy to apply it every day!) but I do think that this foundation makes my skin look more flawless, and helps to cover my pores. However, as I don’t use it frequently enough, I can’t really say whether the foundation meets the skin care claims it makes – such as reducing age spots and tightening pores. To be honest I’d rely more on my skincare to do that!

It’s not a cheap foundation, at £30 for a 30ml bottle, but sometimes you have to treat yourself, and I really like the way this feels on my skin/ makes my skin look. It makes me happy to pick it up and use it- although for the price I do sometimes feel like I should save it for special occasions.

So overall if you are looking for a new pale foundation, and have the money to treat yourself I’d recommend picking this one up.

I’ve only used a couple of Charlotte Tilbury products, so I’d love to hear what I should try next!

The Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner

When I was younger I only really knew the Body Shop for their Shower Gels and Body Butters, but I was obviously missing out- as I have found that they have some great skin care products in the last few years! I really love rose products for my face, as I have quite sensitive skin and they seems to help soothe it- particularly when I am having issues with dryness or redness. Due to this I was very interested after seeing the Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner online (and reviewed on my favourite blog for skincare – Makeup Savvy), and I just couldn’t resist picking it up when I was in the Body Shop recently!

As we’re beginning to get into colder weather – the duvet’s back on the bed and it’s been raining pretty much every day this week – it seemed like the perfect time to pick up this toner. It promises to re-plump the skin with moisture, and leave it feeling soft soothed and replenished, this sounded perfect for the Autumn/Winter period when I often find my skin feeling in need of a little extra attention and hydration! It’s a really easy product to use, after washing your face you simply put some onto a cotton pad and wipe it over your face and neck.

The packaging for the toner is simple, but attractive. It has a flip top with a small opening which makes it easy to control how much product is released, and due to the gel formula this helps to prevent accidentally putting too much on the cotton pad and wasting it. I really like that the toner has real (small pieces) of rose petal which are suspended in the gel!

This toner feels lovely on the skin, and has made my face feel smoother – helping with the dry patches that I tend to get around my nose and forehead. I also really love the rose scent, which makes it a pleasure to use, and it always feels like a treat for my skin after a tiring day. Due to the toner not containing alcohol, it also doesn’t leave your face feeling tight like some other toners.

I purchased it at full price for £9.50, and feel that it is a great toner for under £10- although it may be possible to pick it up cheaper as the Body Shop frequently has offers on.

I’d love to hear any recommendations for favourite Body Shop products!

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Mask Review

I’ve been a fan of the L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks since my mum bought me the Purity Mask for my birthday. As such I was excited to see the recent new releases- a Blemish Rescue Mask, and a Bright Face Mask. I picked up both whilst they were on offer for £5.99, but as my skin has been acting up a bit recently I’ve been reaching for the Blemish Rescue Mask most often!

To start with, I really like the packaging for the masks; they look and feel a lot more expensive than they are, with a hefty glass jar packaged inside a well thought out box. The glass jar makes it easy to keep an eye on how much you have left- although as it doesn’t take much to coat your face, and the packaging says it will do 10 applications (I’m guessing very generous ones!) I haven’t felt like I have to be sparing with it.

My preferred way to apply the mask is with an old foundation brush that I requisitioned to use with face masks- as this prevents wasting product by having it on my fingers, or from making an unnecessary mess. It applies beautifully in this way, as it is a very smooth formula that spreads easily on the skin. After leaving it until dry (usually around 10 minutes) I also find it very easy to remove with lukewarm water, and unlike some other masks I don’t feel like I need to scrub my face to remove all traces of it. Although I’d recommend tying your hair back as it is a little harder to remove from hair! (And gives me an excuse to wear my favourite cat ear headband!)

I like all of the L’Oréal Pure Clay Masks I have tried, but I admit that I have a particular weakness for this one due to the colour- it’s a brilliant bright blue, and is perfect for an impromptu Smurf dress up in your bathroom… Maybe not a traditional use for a mask, but entertaining whilst it is drying!

After removing the mask, my skin feels much fresher and it does seem to help clear imperfections. I’d recommend it for when your skin is acting up, or has more blemishes than usual. My skin is generally pretty well behaved, but when it acts up this is a great way to try kick it back into order. It helps to mattify the skin, and I feel it is a great addition to my skincare regime- and a lovely treat to use on a weekend afternoon.

Overall I would highly recommend this mask, particularly when it is on offer! You get a lot of uses for your money, and it feels lovely on the skin. It’s got great packaging, and for the price, I don’t think the mask could be much better! I also like to use a few of the L’Oréal masks on different sections of my skin as a multi mask- which can both help tailor the mask’s properties to what your skin needs, and is fun when you have an amazing pattern on your face due to the various mask colours.

I really enjoy trying out different face masks, both to keep my skin in good condition and because I feel like it is a lovely way to pamper yourself at the weekend, or after a tiring day- my rule is you can’t do anything but chill/ read whilst the mask is drying…

I’d love to hear any recommendations for masks you have found particularly good!