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My Life Essentials…

29 Sep

There are a few things in every girls life that becomes what I refer to as her ‘kit’…things that make life that bit more bearable and I thought I would talk you though mine…

Oliver Peoples ‘Deacon’ Frames:
My eyesight is pretty poor and I have had glasses since I started Secondary School. I first got contact lenses at 16 and treated myself to the Deacons from last September after a few months of hunting for the right frames. I think that they are a real statement pair of glasses and I always get compliments on them. I feel that if you have to wear glasses, make them as stylish as possible.

Wella SP Repair Shampoo and Mask:
I colour my hair regularly and since going Ombre, I need a shampoo and conditioner that helps maintain condition and shine. This is the brand used at my salon of choice and I really rate this for coloured/dry hair. I tend to purchase online from as they are cheaper than salon prices and delivery is always top notch! I do like to change my shampoo and conditioner regularly though and am dying to try Label.M Honey and Oat next!

Sudocreme (not photo’d):
Something of a cult product and once just a cream I used after changing my goddaughter’s nappy, this wonder cream is a staple in my beauty regime! Perfect for helping with those unexpected breakouts, Sudocreme is perfect for slapping on overnight (cue Casper the Ghost comments from the housemate!) when I find myself on the business end of a chin breakout! The next day, the spots are calmed and reduced right down!

Liz Earle Skincare:
I have fallen head over heels for the Liz Earle skin care range. I tried their Hot Cloth cleanser after reading rave reviews and suffering from a bout of dull skin, which was subject to horrid breakouts. Ordered directly from this has become something of a life saver and one of my all time favourite cleansers. As a Dermologica girl for many years, I didn’t think anything would be good enough to tear me away, but I have fallen hook, line and sinker for the entire range! I have since added their Skin Tonic to my regime and am in the process of sampling their moisturisers! I am now also trying out their make up range – FURTHER REVIEWS TO FOLLOW!

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara:
I consider (along with the new Ombre doo!) my eyes to be my ‘thing’. I have always had compliments on my eyes, so I feel I should make the most of them, and this mascara is possibly my all time favourite. Lengthening, curling and extending – it does it all and can turn my eyes from dull and sleepy to wide and alive without me having to do a full face of make up. As a frequent flyer, I was over the moon when I received a travel-sized version with my latest purchase as Benefit were celebrating the anniversary of the launch of the product! Win!

St Moritz Fake Tan:
There is no hiding from the fact that I am pale and without doubt, feel 100% more body confident when I am tanned! I like to get spray tans done, and so far, have found Sienna X to be the best by far, but when finances/time do not allow, I use this tan, which I have to say is amazing. And cheap – I can usually pick it up for about £3 a bottle and its simple – it works! In a pump bottle that produces a foamy mousse, it applies well, doesn’t streak and lasts 3-5 days. I have tried various other ‘at home’ tans (Vita Liberata/St Tropez) and nothing touches this for price or quality!

Primark Natural Look False Eyelashes:
I ADORE fake eyelashes and would wear them every day if I didn’t work in a slightly boring office! I have tried practically every make going and can’t really fault these ones from Primark at a delicious £1 a pair! I always stock up on these when I’m on one of my Primarni trips! They are simply fabulous and I don’t get heartbroken if I lose them after a night out! I took a stash on my recent trip back to Italy and they didn’t let me down! The glue provided isn’t amaze, but that is neither here nor there and the quality and value makes up for the slightly shoddy glue!

Ciao for now!


Product Review – Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish

10 Sep

I’ll be honest and say that I often have a love/hate relationship with my skin…

I’m naturally pale (fake tan costs per month is usually high for me!) and suffer with a condition called Polymorphic Light Eruption (Google it if interested) which results in a rash that appears mainly on my arms and legs after exposure to UV light.

As for my face, I was lucky that I managed to avoid serious breakouts in my teenage years – I would get what I described as ‘hormonal break outs’, usually on my chin at that ‘time’ of the month! I would often find myself doing one of my beloved overnight Sudocreme face masks to dry and soothe and reduce the breakout on my chin…

In my later 20’s, I found the hormonal break outs to get worse, and I would often spend mornings caking on the concealer. It wouldn’t stop there, I noticed that I would have dull looking skin; no matter how well I was maintaining it. I tried a variety of cleansers, moisturisers and serums to try and help, many only offering a short term improvement.

Liz Earle was a brand I had been aware of for many years; a boyfriend of mine when I was in my late teens swore by it, as he had problematic skin whilst at school. I waited until I was 29 to try it and wish I had done sooner.

The Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish is a cult product – it receives rave reviews amongst beauty bloggers and after suffering with break outs on my chin and dull looking skin that even my beloved Dermalogica couldn’t solve, I ordered the 100ml starter kit from their website

Ordering + Product Arrival

I have to say that the website is great to use and navigated easily…it looks stylish and professional and I wasn’t left hunting about for what I wanted. I chose my product, created my account and happily waited for it to drop through the door (I selected the Standard Delivery – 5 – 7 Days)

5 days later, my order arrived and I was delighted. It was well packed and I was also sent a 50ml sample of the Tonic (which I was dying to try!) and the full colour range of their Skin Tints…(I use the palest but the others were gratefully received by my housemate!) I was eager to try the products out so got down to it straight away!

Ingredients and Use

The full ingredients list is*: Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Sorbitan stearate, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Propylene glycol, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, Limonene, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.

*taken from the Liz Earle website

The instructions are great – the product comes with a detailed instruction list along with the 2 x pure muslin cloths…for the full polishing effect! I love the packaging – it reminds me of Tiffanys!

You use 1-2 pumps of the product (I have found 1 full pump perfect) and massage onto dry skin. The product has a lovely smell, which is clearly the eucalyptus oil, and reminds me of the smell of Spas – gorgeous and refreshing. I massage the product fully over my face and down on to my neck.

The muslin cloth is great – you dampen it in hand hot water and use this to ‘polish’ the product all over your face. You can, remarkably, use this product to remove eye make-up and it does so with no stinging WHATSOEVER! Personally, I remove make-up with a wipe first and then go and cleanse and polish. For the purpose of this review, I did test it removing Saturday’s eye make-up and it was fully removed, pain free! Amazing!

To finish off, rinse the muslin cloth out and splash your face with cold water.

It’s recommended you wash the cloth after every 3-4 uses at 40. I put the cloth in with a towels or bed linen wash.

Initial Review and thoughts…

Although I have only used this product since Saturday ( 6 full uses when this review was written) I can already notice a difference in my skin – it looks better, feels smoother and the ‘dullness’ I was suffering with has gone. Even the awful spots I was suffering with on my chin have all but disappeared.  I have been using the Tonic after each cleanse and this is also great and something I will be investing in. I am currently using my Dermalogica ‘Skin Smoothing Cream’ at the end of the routine but will also look into investing in the Liz Earle moisturiser if this improvement in my skin continues.

So far, amazed with this product, the customer service and delivery are all great. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking to brighten up their skin – it’s certainly worked for me!