THAT’S me there, in the photo above. With the face mask on me. That’s right. In the middle of Boots in Liffey Valley. Scarlet for me. But it was owney gorgeous so it was, so I didn’t care.
A couple of weeks ago I bought the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Boots and the sales assistant offered me a complimentary facial and make-over to try out some of the other products in the Liz Earle range. Never one to turn down a free, well, anything, I agreed and last Saturday headed in to get ready for my close up.
I sat down with my beauty adviser for the day, June, for a chat about my skin and my daily routine before she gathered up an armload of the products and got to work.
First she cleaned my face with the gorgeous hot cloth cleanser, before toning with the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (which smells divine, I wanted to dip my whole head in it) and then adding an Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask to add some much needed moisture to my dehydrated skin.
This is a clever little product. You spread it all over your face and leave it to soak in for a few minutes and then take a look at yourself. It will have soaked in and disappeared from the areas of your skin that most needed moisture. In my case, my forehead. The very area where my make-up always cakes and where I have the most wrinkles and lines. Clever, no?
After removing the mask June added a beautiful Superskin Concentrate oil and then some Skin Repair Moisturiser, finishing up with a Smoothing Line Serum around the eyes. It was so relaxing being pampered and having gorgeous creams rubbed in that I almost fell asleep a few times. I could have stayed there all day. I WOULD have stayed there all day only for, you know, having a child. Bloody children, needing to be fed ‘n’ stuff.
Anyway, after the facial I then had my make-up done using the Liz Earle make-up products. The Signature Foundation in Porcelain was my shade and it was fabulous, really light and natural. I fell in love with the bronze eye shadow that was used on me and also loved the Sheer Lipgloss in ‘Mallow’. There was also a cream blush, smudge proof mascara, concealer, bronzer, highlighter, ah bags of stuff stroked on and delicately applied, it was Heaven. It was all delicious and perfect for a natural day-time look. June showed me a few tricks of the trade such as how to use bronzer and highlighter which I hadn’t been brave enough to try before.
What I liked most about my experience at Liz Earle however was that there was no hard sell. The sales assistants know their products and tell you about them, but they’re not on commission, so there’s no pressure to spend money on things you can’t afford. As well as talking about the products, we also chatted about my son, parenting, blogging and lipstick so it was all very relaxed. At the end of the session June asked me if I had enjoyed the facial and if I was happy with the make-up and only then asked if I would like to buy something from the range. There was no obligation to buy at all, genuinely, I was free to walk away if I wanted to. I did actually treat myself to a bottle of the Smoothing Line Serum but didn’t feel that I had to.
Liz Earle products comprise naturally active ingredients such as plant oils and plant extracts, vitamin E, Echinacea extract, cocoa butter, aloe vera, argan oil and witch hazel. The company sources its ingredients responsibly and products are not tested on animals.
I’ve been using the hot cloth cleanser for two weeks now and am in love with it. My face feels squeaky clean, and my skin is softer and smoother and even a little brighter so I’m definitely a fan of the brand. If you’re looking for a change to your skincare routine or to try out a new product then go and have a chat with them at Liz Earle. They’re more than willing to offer complimentary treatments and let you try the products and in my book that’s no bad thing.
I’m already booked in again next month for a complimentary hand and arm massage and this time I’m bring a pillow, so I can snooze in comfort!
For more information and prices visit the Liz Earle Irish website.
SO now. I promised you a post about all the products I bought yesterday and here it is. Be warned, the selfie quotient is high, so you’re not to judge me, ok? It’s the only way I can show you the products, it’s not because I’m vain. *adjusts industrial sized back light*
Last night I had a go at the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Madre de Dios I only loved it. One pump is enough to do your whole face and it smells nice and eucalyptus-y and creamy going on. (Smells a bit like Deep Heat if I’m honest, but not in a bad way!) But this product really comes into its own with the second stage of cleansing – polishing (or wiping to us mere mortals) with the lovely muslin cloth. It. Feels. GORGEOUS. And disturbingly satisfying to see all the make-up and dirt of the day on the cloth. It’s a really refreshing way to clean your face, I felt squeaky clean afterwards. In fact I don’t think my face has been that clean since my mother launched herself at me with a tissue and her spit before my Communion in 1986. My skin felt really soft and smooth afterwards. The girl in the shop said I’d see results in three days so I’ll have to see about that, in fact, I’ll probably give it a good three weeks before I come to any conclusions. But on first try, I liked it. I’ll post again in a few weeks with an update.
And so to hair. Ah, lads, it’s the bane of my life. Seriously, it’s so thick and unruly and PILES of it fell out after I had the baby, so I have regrowth both at the nape of my neck and along my centre parting, so it’s just an all round disaster area. It doesn’t grow down, it grows out. No brush can tame it. I have to spend HOURS getting it to look anyway normal, so when I saw the Trevor Sorbie ‘Straight’ range I thought I’d give it a bash. The shampoo and conditioner smell nice and rinsed out easily enough and after washing my hair certainly felt a little smoother and ‘flatter’ almost, though it still had kinks and waves in it. I applied some of the Smoothing Balm to towel dried hair and then blow dried it. Again, while my hair still had kinks and waves in it after blow drying, they weren’t as bad as normal, the product did seem to help tame it a little.
Lastly then I used the Protect and Shine spray on sections of dry hair before I used my straighteners and this seemed to REALLY help smooth it out, straightening was less of a struggle than before, I didn’t have to keep running the flat irons over the same piece of hair over and over. I’m quite pleased with the result. My hair feels smooth and soft, it’s less frizzy and straightening it was easier than usual. So, while I’ll never have a Jennifer Aniston poker straight mane of hair, I’m happy enough that mine won’t scare small children anymore.
After I did my hair, I lugged my case of make-up on to the bed and set about painting myself. I moisturised with my usual Oil of Olay day cream and then put on the No 7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation mixed with a small blob of the Skin Illuminator from the free gift. It’s quite liquid and oily so a little goes a long way but it feels really light going on and blends in really easily. I liked how it evened out my skin and gave me a light coverage but it didn’t look like I was wearing thick make-up. I like to be able to see a person’s skin through their make-up, I don’t like it totally covered up. I threw on a bit of concealer and loose powder then to set it and added a sweep of Stila cream blush onto the apple of my cheeks. I used the Stay Perfect eyeshadow that I got in the free gift as well as the mascara and both were fine, though nothing out of the ordinary. However I absolutely love love LOVED the High Shine Lip Crayon. It’s like a lovely lipstick mixed with a gloss and feels like silk going on to your lips and it’s such a lovely shade too.
So overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases and would recommend to a friend. It remains to be seen whether any of them are going to change my life, but sure, we’ll wait in hope.
I’ll tell you something though, this beautifying oneself and using products takes feckin’ ages. I was hours at it today. HOURS. It’s nice to look nice ‘n’ all but it’s hard work. I’m usually a ‘get up, throw water at myself, briefly wipe my face, run a brush through my hair and go’ kinda gal, so all the styling and blending – oh so much blending – was an eye opener.
Anyway, tell me, have I inspired you to go out and buy any of these products at all at all?