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!

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask

Since I’ve been growing my hair out again (I’ve fluctuated between really short and rather long hair for the last five plus years!) I’ve been trying to ensure that I take good care of it, particularly as I try to avoid cutting my hair too frequently. There’s several hair products that I really love to keep my hair in tip top condition- such as elasticizer. However I wanted something quick to use for when I don’t have time to put on a hair mask and leave it for several hours, which as we get into Autumn can leave me feeling rather chilly with wet hair for that amount of time!

Due to this, I couldn’t resist picking up the Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask when I was last in the store- sadly about a week before their half price offer started! It’s a vegan once a week treatment which is supposed to leave hair nourished and shiny- whilst helping your hair look less frizzy. As my hair is quite fine and can be liable to frizz this sounded perfect! It’s not too expensive at £12 for a decent sized pot, and not too much product is required- even in my fairly long hair.

It’s very simple and quick to use as well. After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I simply scoop it up, run it through all my hair and leave it for around five minutes (although you can leave it longer!) then rinse it out. I try to avoid washing my hair too frequently now that it is longer, and using this every 5 days or so seems to cause no ill effect or product build up in my hair.

It is super easy to rinse out, and doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it look greasy. It also smells amazing- like banana obviously! After use, it leaves my hair smelling fantastic, and feeling moisturised and shiny. I’ve used the tub three or so times already – and have barely made a dent. So I’d imagine that it’ll do at least 12 applications, so the cost per use is £1 or less! And it seems to work better than many of the single use masks I have tried which cost more!

If you suffer from dry or frizzy hair I’d definitely recommend giving this a go – although I’d check you like the smell of banana as the scent does linger in your hair! The Body Shop frequently has offers on, so you can probably pick it up cheaper than £12 (at the moment they have a £25 off £50 offer) and for that price you can’t really go wrong. I just use the hair mask with my normal shampoo and conditioner- however when I run out I’d love to give the matching banana ones a go.

Let me know any hair products you love for keeping your hair healthy!

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!

The Creme Shop Sheet Masks in Coconut Oil/Rose Water

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I have discovered that I really love using sheet masks in summer, particularly when I stick them in the fridge for a few hours to chill. It makes it a treat to have a relax with a mask on and cool down overly warm skin- especially during the last  few days of sunny weather where I have been out hunting Pokémon! (They also give my sun screen hating skin a little boost.)

Previously I have ordered masks on Ebay from Korea, which are lovely but do come with a long waiting time- and can be fairly expensive. I was therefore delighted to spot these ‘the crème shop’ masks in my local TKMAXX.

They had multiple different ones including cute animal face masks (which I believe have animal faces printed on the masks!) but from this rather large variety I chose two, Coconut Oil infused and Rose Water infused.

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This was largely because these were two of the largest mask sets- which seemed like a bit of a bargain at £4.99 for 5 masks. At around £1 a mask , it is cheaper than I have found on eBay. The other reason was that I find that rose water and coconut oil products work well for my skin.

Once unwrapped and put on the masks do have a fairly slimy feel to them, but I have found that to be part of most sheet masks and they are very soothing to the skin due to this. After removing the masks any liquid left on the skin soaks in easily.

I find the masks to be fairly similar in their benefits, both leave my skin feeling softer and more nourished and both smell pleasantly of their respective infusions. They also make my skin feel smoother.  I love the packaging for the masks, both the print on the box and the fact that the benefits of the mask are printed on the box making it easy to pick the right one depending on what you want!

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My favourite part of using these masks is the ritual- I know that after putting on the mask I have no choice but to sit down and chill for 10-15 minutes whilst doing nothing.

If you like sheet masks and would like to try a new one I would recommend looking in your local TKMAXX and seeing whether they have some in stock, it is certainly a quicker and easier way to try out a mask compared to ordering them online and waiting for them to arrive.

I’d love any recommendations for favourite sheet masks!