A short while ago, I wrote a post about the Leeds branch of Liz Earle, purely because I’d had a great experience and wanted to share it. The lovely folk at Liz Earle read it, and sent me a few products to try out.
The first was the Instant Boost Skin Tonic. Now, I’m not very good at using toners. I forget in my rush to get out of the house in the morning, and to be honest, I’ve tried a few in the past that were simply too harsh and so which left my skin really tight and dry. This one is different. It’s alcohol free for a start, so doesn’t have the astringency of older styles of toner, and it’s got a gentle floral smell from the calendula and rose-scented geranium it contains. It’s really gentle and refreshing. In fact, I’ve started using it on its own when I come home from work, just to freshen myself up, as well as after cleansing. It does seem to make a difference, taking off that last bit of grime (usually mascara!) from my face, not to mention tightening up the enlarged pores on either side of my nose. I love this product and really recommend it. Just be careful when you first use it though. In my enthusiasm to try it, I ended up sloshing it all over my hands – it comes out of the bottle faster than I’d anticipated!
The second product I’ve been using is the Gentle Face Exfoliator. I’ve been using this on a weekly basis. It has a slightly medicinal smell (probably because of the skin purifying eucalyptus it contains) and is a white creamy consistency with small beads of exfoliating jojoba. It is massaged onto dry skin after cleansing and then rinsed off. It’s really gentle and does a good job of taking away the dead skin cells and dryness on my skin without leaving it feeling as though it’s been treated harshly. Once it’s rinsed off, I then use the Skin Tonic above again, which leaves my skin feeling soft and floral scented.
Finally, I’ve been using the award winning Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask. I love this product. My skin often feels a bit exhausted, a bit like the rest of me really! I especially like using it when I’ve got the chance to lie down for 15 minutes and relax with it on, because it feels like a real treat after a busy week. My skin reacts really well to it too, looking and feeling smoother and softer – less exhausted! If you buy the starter kit, it comes with a muslin cloth for you to use to take the mask off with.
It comes as no real surprise to me that I’ve been so impressed with these products – although they were a gift, this is really how I feel about them, and if you get the chance to talk to me in person about them, you’ll have a job getting me to stop! I love the products, the ethos of the company, the BUAV accreditation, the British roots and the great customer service. At the moment too, there is a special offer. If you spend £60 on products, you can get this lovely tote bag which I think would be great for the beach. Now, if we could only get the weather sorted out too…