The Importance of Premium Skincare! Ft. Limited Edition Liz Earle Jasmine and Osmathus Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Hello lovelies!

I haven’t done a skincare post in a really long time but the weather is starting to change so I had a bit of a restock and thought I would do an updated skin care regime but the main focus is, of course, on my favourite brand: Liz Earle!

A couple times a year Liz Earle release limited editions of the hot cloth cleanser. I recently stopped using my hot cloth cleanser to switch it for a try at the micellar water craze. I have really enjoyed using the micellar water because it was quick and easy and removed my eye make up really effortlessly, however, I really don’t recommend using cheap skincare products on the daily without breaks.

A couple years ago, I made a super post about Simple skincare and Boots botanicals. You can probably hunt around for it but it’s all kind of irrelevant now. Basically, to summarise, I talked about how skincare can be cheap and doesn’t have to be costly. That still stands for younger skin and people with budgets but my opinion in general has largely changed now.

I am a big fan of luxury and premium skincare products. I think, when it comes to something that you are putting on your face twice a day, you really shouldn’t be cheating out on it. If one thing is worth the money for cosmetics, it has to your face and your skin- you only get one skin!

Most of you will know of my favourite premium brands but to reiterate: I use Clinique, Liz Earle, Elizabeth Arden, Soap and Co and Kiehl’s.

I should probably discuss them by product and subcategorise the brands.

Cleansers

Cleansing is the most important part of my skincare regime. I live in London so I am very aware of my skin being dirty from pollution and, also, London is never really that cold. It’s humid and quite warm for most of the year so I find that, no matter the season, I still sweat lightly despite having dry/normal combination skin.

My absolute favourite cleanser is just hands down Liz Earle’s hot cloth cleanser. I have been using the normal cleanser for a while now but received an email lately about the limited editions and, unable to resist, I purchased the Jasmine and Osmanthus edition. It smells divine, less minty than the original. The fragrance does not irritate my skin either, I did a tester patch on my hand just in case but it was fine. My favourite thing about these cleansers are how effective they are- they remove face and eye make up without being harsh on the skin. You can rub it all in everywhere and don’t have to switch to an eye specific cleanser which cuts down skincare time.

The cloth itself is really useful because muslin cloths exfoliate your skin to some extent. They remove the dead skin cells which means it’s one less job for me to do later. Yet, it’s not harsh to exfoliate with. I have many face massage and exfoliation products and sometimes they’re too rough on my skin but this is rather perfect. Plus, top tip, if you run hot water over the cloth and ring it out and then just sit that on top of your face, it feels amazing! Simply wipe off the cream and splash your face with cold water afterwards to close your pores, you’re done. This leaves my face feeling silky smooth and nourished as well as cleansed so I will always return to this product. I cannot recommend it enough.

You guys always complain that I never post prices so I am actually going to do that in this post! The 150ml bottle is £15 and you get two hot cloths included. The limited editions are £20 for 250ml with silver lined hot cloths included.

I have also used the Clinique foaming cleanser. The one I have was kindly given to me as a tester but the website says they are £17. It is a similar product to the Liz Earle one but you wash it off without a cloth. It makes my skin feel super clean and this is the least irritating on the skin so if you have dry or sensitive skin, Clinique have your back…or face.

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Exfoliators

As I said, I tend to not need to exfoliate as much with the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser but I do occasionally get a build up of dead skin cells around my nose and there is only one thing for it! I use the Soap and Co Mineral Peeling Gel. I get a lot of questions regarding this product because it is basically amazing but really hard to get hold of. Essentially, you rub a small amount all over your face and it buffs away dead skin. It is super gross but amazing and then you wash it off and your skin is smooth and new and fresh and incredible.

There is no legit pricing to this product. I first got it from the stand at Westfields in Shepherds Bush so if you’re a Londoner this should be super easy for you to get hold of. What I will say, is that the sales of Soap and Co products is a little dodgy. With no set retail price, be prepared for some scamming. Be firm and confident and bargain with them. I did get this for free with the dead sea scrubs that I really needed but my friend recently got it independently and managed to just pay around £20 for it which is standard really for a premium product like this. It’s 50ml but mine has lasted around a year now so it’s not something you need to keep buying. Walk away if they try to charge you any more than £25.

Toners

I am really lazy and barely ever tone after I cleanse but I get sent a lot of mini products from different brands and have now tried a few. Again, I remain loyal to Liz Earle. Their ‘instant boost skin tonic spritzer is easy. Just spritz it onto the face and you’re done. My mother swears by this stuff. I got this particular one sent to me for free but I will link the page which will have the price on for the average sized product.

Eye Creams

There are hundreds of eye creams out there and I wouldn’t say this is necessary for young skin but now that I am going into my twenties, I have started using them. I’m not looking to remove wrinkles or creases, I just need a little moisturiser and nourishment to soothe tired eyes. I switch between two of my favourite eye creams: the Clinique ‘all about eyes’ and the Kiehl’s ‘creamy eye treatment’. The Clinique one is more of a gel and the Kiehl’s one is more of a creamy texture. I love both but use the Kiehl’s more just because I prefer that texture. The Clinique eye balm is £26 for a 15 ml and £43 for a 30ml tub but I got this 15ml sent to me for free to try out so Clinique are always generous with tester products when you purchase another product. The Kiehl’s eye cream is £33 for 28g.

Moisturisers

There are two main moisturisers that I use. I adore the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, I’ve done an entire post on this before so you can do a little search if you need to but it’s basically a fruity smelling balm that’s quite thick and I apply it to really dry areas, usually my nose after a cold or hay fever season when the skin is dry and irritated. It also works wonders on cuticles and flaky or cracked dry lips. You can get this for £26 for a 50 ml tube.

My everyday moisturiser is the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser.  It isn’t thick in texture, it’s easy to apply and absorbs through the skin fairly quickly. I found this to be one of my all time skin favourites and prefer this to most products, even the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser (which I haven’t included in this post because I have talked about it in so many others). It’s not fragranced, it’s just a really decent, nourishing moisturiser and I’d recommend this to all skin types for that reason. It’s priced around £15 a 75ml bottle, though you can obviously buy the larger sized bottles, but I found the smallest one lasted a long enough time and I’m happy to stick to the smaller one.

 

I think that has covered everything. This has been an absolutely mammoth post but I’m quite passionate about skincare, it’s vital to have quality products and take care of your skin!

Love, H x

 

 

 

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  1. Anonymous
    March 1, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    This product is sold by some mysterious huge parent company who has many differently named stores and rebrandings of the exact same products. For example, “Soap and Co” and “Deja Vu” are other versions of “Deep Sea Cosmetics.” I think this is done on purpose so that it will harder to research their scams. Anyways, this “peeling gel” DOES NOT exfoliate at all. The glycerin and aloe vera gel are what leave your skin feeling soft and looking good- two very cheap ingredients. The “dead skin” you see is actually plastic. That’s why the gel will produce “dead skin” over and over and over without ever leaving your skin feeling raw or scrubbed off. Also why it will produce “dead skin” on literally any surface. I did some cursory research on the ingredients, and here is what I found:

    Ingredients: aqua (water), sd alcohol 40, glycerin, propylene glycol, carbomer, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethanol, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, camellia oleifera extract, cucumber (cucumis sativus) extract, maris aqua (dead sea water), sodium hydroxide, fragrance (parfum), polyvinylalcohol crosspolymer, triethylene glycol, tocopheryl acetate (vit.E), Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, triethanolamine, ginseng (panax ginseng) extract.

    SD alcohol 40: Rubbing alcohol. Evaporates faster than water. Dissolves surface oils on skin. (Can dry out sensitive skin.)

    Glycerin: Humectant. Readily absorbs water. Attracts water from lower layer of skin and increases moisture on surface of skin.

    Carbomer: Helps distribute or suspend an insoluble solid in liquid. Used to keep emulsions from separating into their oil and liquid components. Absorbs and retains water.

    Aloe barbadensis leaf juice: Aloe vera gel. Cheap and moisturising.

    Phenoxyethanol: An aromatic alcohol. Has a floral odor. Soluble in water. Used as a preservative. Evaporates quickly.

    Sodium hydroxide: Lye. Highly alkaline. In small amounts, regulates pH of a product. In higher concentrations in a significant skin irritant.

    Polyvinylalcohol crosspolymer: This one is a creepy ingredient because I couldn’t find out much about it. From what I gathered on Google, I think it’s a solid dry powder that is insoluble but dispensable in water. Used as a bulking agent.

    Triethylene glycol: Colorless, odorless viscous liquid. Used as a plasticizer for vinyl. Widely used as a dehumidifying agent. Attracts and absorbs water.

    Triethanolamine: Strong base. Used as an emulsifier and a surfactant. pH balancer. (I found something that says it may cause liver tumors in mice.)

    As for the “extracts” and “minerals,” those are just thrown in to make this product sound fancy. They’re in such small amounts that they might as well not be there.

    I’m not a chemist, so I don’t 100% understand how these chemicals are interacting, but I’m pretty sure that most of the ingredients evaporate as you rub it on your face, leaving behind the no-longer emulsified vinyls and polymers. This is a grossly overpriced gimmick product made with cheap ingredients and its only real function is a moisturizer (because of the glycerin and aloe vera gel.)

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