Ok, so I am aware this product is the Holy Grail of beauty bloggers – I have seen hundreds of reviews and the vast majority of them seem to rave about this skincare set from natural skincare guru Liz Earle. I have always been pretty loyal to my Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Scrub but I was looking to try something new and I was kindly sent this set to try out.*
The Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser contains eucalyptus oil, rosemary and chamomile extracts to soothe – you smooth it into a dry face full of make up which at first feels rather weird if, like me, you are used to taking your eye makeup off before cleansing. I found I needed to use (after some trial and error) around a 50 pence piece size to remove my everyday make up. Then comes the Polish stage… after rubbing the Cleanser gently into your skin, you wipe it off with the pure muslin cloth (not pictured) and warm water. This feels good – like a facial! My one issue was that it did not remove my mascara 100% effectively, but I do tend to wear a couple of coats… However otherwise it left my skin feeling smooth and soft.
I followed the Hot Cloth Cleanser with the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. Now I have tended to stay away from toners – I have tried so many in the past and they tend to dry out my sensitive skin, but I gave this one a good try and was pleasantly surprised. Firstly, it smells LOVELY – really fresh and clean. It really did seem to tone and brighten my skin, but leave it feeling soft rather than tight like some toners can. I used it by pouring a SMALL amount onto a cotton wool pad (a little goes a long way) and smoothing over my face, letting the aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source Vitamin E do their stuff. I followed (after my skin was dry) with my Clarins Multi-Active Early Wrinkle Correcting Lotion, which for me doubles up as a moisturiser.
The Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is so popular, you can even order a subscription from Liz Earle! (see here for details). If you are looking to try it for yourself, I would recommend the smaller sized travel sets – the cleanser is £8.50 and the Instant Boost Skin Tonic is £5.50. See here for details on all the Liz Earle kits available on QVC. I would definitely recommend it – and I will be purchasing the full size sets once these ones run out. Ok Liz …. I’m a convert.