Liz Earle Limited Edition Lavender and Vetiver Cleanse and Polish

Hi beauties,

Today I have THE best cleanser I have ever tried. It’s my favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but this version is made with Lavender and Vetiver.

The cleanser essentially is the same, still the cocoa butter base, it’s the fragrance that has changed and I have to say it’s the most divine scent I’ve ever smelled! Beautifully calming lavender but with woody Vetiver that gives a fresh and sophisticated edge.

This limited edition is my favourite Liz Earle have done, I have already asked them to add this to the range! I think I might have to buy another one before it disappears into the ether!

Limited Edition Lavender and Vetiver is £21.50 for a 150ml pump bottle with two muslin cloths, available from http://www.lizearle.com

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Liz Earle Step In To Superskin TSV

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Hi lovelies,

I’ve another recent TSV from QVCUK and Liz Earle, 4 Piece Step Into Superskin. Regular readers will know that many products from Liz Earle are staples for me and this collection is ideal. It contains:

  • 200ml pump Cleanse & Polish
  • 200ml bottle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
  • 15ml bottle of Superskin Eye Cream
  • 50ml jar of Superskin Moisturiser Original or with Natural Neroli

The exciting thing about this offer was the inclusion of the newly launched Superskin Eye cream. I have been hearing great things about this so I can’t wait to try it. I am being good at the moment and using my current eye product up before I open it!

Also you had a choice of the Original moisturiser or the Natural Neroli version, I chose the fragranced option as it’s so beautiful. I have oily skin but I really enjoy using this moisturiser, not only for the gorgeous scent. It is rich and luxurious although not greasy and my skin reacts well to it. I use it as a night cream in the warmer months and when it comes to winter time and it’s very cold I can use it during the day time too.

Cleanse & Polish and Instant Boost Skin Tonic are total staples for me and both are a joy to use. I have used both for many years now, Cleanse & P0lish features in my daily skincare routines that I post on Instagram (@lucydorling1980 if you want to take a nose through what I use!) and I so love using it. My skin always feels so clean and comfortable and I love the refreshing fragrance. Instant Boost Skin Tonic I decant into a spray bottle, I much prefer using toners in this way as I find it easier. The scent is amazing and I always feel so fresh and uplifted afterwards.

This set is perfect, Superskin is a luxury collection, separately both the moisturiser and eye cream are out of my usual budget so I always appreciate QVC’s pricing that enables me to enjoy these wonderful products on a daily basis. 

On Saturday 16th July there is another TSV featuring the Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise with Skin Repair Moisturiser with Shampoo & Conditioner and Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash, the set is also available on Auto Delivery. Tune into QVC from 12am and throughout the day.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20

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Hello lovelies,

I have another fragrance to talk about today, Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20. I had received a sample in with a kit I had bought so when it came on to QVC on easy pay I was able to treat myself to a full size bottle.

Botanical Essence No.20 was created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare. As regular readers will know, I am a huge fan of the brand and use many products from the range. It was created by Grasse-based perfumier Domitille Bertier and at the heart of the fragrance is Damask Rose.

The scent is a floriental, so it has a floral base with a gorgeous spicy edge to it. I adore Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15 which is a fresh oriental and I really love the oriental ingredients that are in both fragrances that aren’t heady or cloying. I have to say that No.20 has pipped No.15 to be my favourite from Liz Earle, I didn’t think I would say that!

The fragrance includes these beautiful botanical ingredients:

  • Damask Rose Water
  • Bergamot Essential Oil
  • Mandarin Essential Oil
  • Indian Jasmine Absolute
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pink Pepper Berry Oil
  • Sandalwood Essential Oil
  • Carrot Seed Essential Oil
  • Patchouli Essential Oil
  • Damask Rose Flower Oil

So it has the sophistication of an oriental scent with the floral lift so it isn’t heavy. I wear this during the day and evening, if I feel I need a bit of energy a couple of spritzes gives me a wonderful boost. I have had many compliments on this fragrance, it is really gorgeous and I find easy to wear. I would love Liz Earle to create some body products so you can layer the fragrance, so a shower gel and body cream please! I am not usually a fan of florals so I was very surprised I love this as much as I do, it’s the spicy element that makes it so special. Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20 is available from http://www.qvcuk.com for a 50ml bottle at £49.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with Neroli

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Hi beauties,

This moisturiser is so beautiful that I was thrilled when a friend bought me this with some Cleanse & Polish for Christmas. Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli is heavenly to use.

As you probably know, I am a huge fan of the brand and so many products. Superskin is designed for anti ageing although Liz Earle do not use that term, they say that we can’t stop the clock but we can “Slow the Ticking”! It is for a drier or mature skin type so you may wonder why I with an oily skin choose to use this? The answer: it is truly divine that’s why.

Superskin is richer than my usual skin repair light, it has cranberry, borage and rosehip seed oils and collagen boosting pomegranate flower extract. It’s a beautiful silky cream that despite being richer it does sink in well. The fragrance is divine, I adore the scent of Neroli with Chamomile and Lavandin it helps me wind down in the evening. If it is extremely cold then I have used it during the day too and it has helped protect my skin from the elements. I have used it with Superskin Concentrate too, a combination that my skin loves when it needs a treat. This moisturiser does remind me of Decleor’s Hydra Floral which is another cream I love. If I had an unlimited budget I think I would use the combination of both of these, I and my skin would be very happy!

I would definitely recommend this if you have dry or mature skin, it is very effective and actually you don’t need to use that much of it. I can get a month out of this small jar using it at night. Superskin Moisturiser is £39.00 for 50ml and is available from http://uk.lizearle.com/

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Liz Earle Christmas Tsv

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Hello lovelies

This blockbuster collection Liz 6 piece The Best Botanical Beauty Collection was a TSV on QVC a little while ago (I am a wee bit late writing this one up!!) it was such fantastic value I had to treat myself.

The kit was under £50 but worth £110 all for products that I love to use. I will start off with the cleanse, tone, moisturise system.

Cleanse & Polish is one of my favourite cleansers (click here to read) it is such a thorough cleanser that takes off all makeup and grime and the cotton muslin cloth gently exfoliates your skin making it clean and bright. It comes in the limited edition 200ml pump in the Christmas canister that would make a lovely gift, if you could bear to give it away!

Instant Boost Skin Tonic I’ve reviewed before (click here to read) is a glorious smelling hydrating toner which is a joy to use. I keep mine in a spritzer bottle making it it even easier to use, a quick spray and it’s done!

Skin Repair Moisturiser is another reviewed favourite (click here to read) it is a beautiful moisturiser that you can use day and night. It is one I go back to, I generally use Normal/Combination although I have used all 3 variants. It is a gorgeous hydrating formula with the most beautiful scent of sandalwood, I hate to call it a basic moisturiser as I love the formula, but it is a great one to start off with.

Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion is a product that you don’t know you need until you’ve tried it! I always wake up with sore eyes and after a few hours on the computer it is most welcome too. It is an eye tonic that gently cleanses (it will take off very light eye makeup but for anything more use C&P) and refreshes your eyes. It’s so cooling and soothing, it is lifesaver for me.

Next are the body products, Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash in a huge 500ml size. I’ve reviewed it (click here to read) a stunning shower gel with a beautiful uplifting fragrance. The only product I don’t think I’ve reviewed already is Nourishing Botanical Body Cream. Even though I have dry skin, I don’t really like body lotions as I find them suffocating on my skin. This lotion is different as it is so light yet with an extremely nourishing formula and doesn’t take much rubbing in. The scent is like Instant Boost Skin Tonic which is rose geranium based, gorgeous! I have also used it as a hand cream and it’s really lovely.

The beauty bonus was a sample of the new Botanical Essence No20, another new category in fragrance which is a “floriental”. It is a spicy floral with a heart of Damask Rose, it is stunning and I have asked Father Christmas for a full sized bottle. I hope to find it in my stocking!

This collection has provided me with a very early Christmas present, filled with all the staples a Liz Earle fiend like me loves. If you haven’t tried the range before, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. I really enjoy using every one.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment and Brightening Treatment

 Hello beauties

Two fabulous masks that I never tire of using are these two products from Liz Earle. I am a big fan of the range and am yet to meet a product that I haven’t loved. For me, Liz Earle is a great dependable line of skincare, bodycare, haircare and makeup that you can get brilliant results from.

Starting with the Intensive Nourishing Treatment which I actually mentioned it in my first ever post (Click here to read) this mask is a beautiful cream mask that is great for dry, flaky, uncomfortable skin. It is borage oil and shea butter based and has the gorgeous scent of Instant Boost Skin Tonic, rose geranium. I tend to use this when I’ve had late nights or perhaps when too much wine than is sensible has been consumed and it gives a much needed hydration boost. It is also quite a good indicator of how your skin is by how quickly and where it absorbs first. It usually goes in my cheeks first and then t-zone last, I do a layer on my neck and decollete too as I am trying to prevent as many lines as possible! I put on a reasonably thick layer and leave it to work for 10-15 minutes and then remove with a damp muslin cloth. My skin afterwards is left feeling plumped, smoothed and soft, I use it about once a week, drier skin types can use it more often.

The Brightening Treatment mask is glorious! This is a quick fix clay based mask, but it doesn’t dry hard and tight as the longest you can leave it on is for 2 minutes. The gorgeous smell comes from Chinese camphor which is lovely and clearing and the effect afterwards is a real rosy glow. Fabulous to use first thing in the morning or before a night out, it makes my skin feel smooth and refreshed. It’s great if your skin is dull or lacklustre and it is so fast to use. I also remove the mask with a damp muslin and then splash my face with a bit of cold water to finish. I can use this 2-3 times a week, but I wouldn’t recommend it for those with sensitive skin as it is very stimulating.

These two masks are fantastic quick fixes that can go into any routine and pep it up a bit, after all who doesn’t want hydration and a radiant glow?!

Intenstive Nourishing Treatment and Brightening Treatment are both £16.00 and available from http://uk.lizearle.com/

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Favourite moisturisers

Hello there,

I wanted to talk about my favourite moisturisers  for this post and when I collected them all up for photos I didn’t actually realise how many I had.

Ok to start off, is Liz Earle Skin Repair technically this is just one moisturiser but throughout the year I do use all three variants. Skin Repair is a beautifully sandalwood scented cream and it contains Avocado oil, Borage (also known as starflower) oil and naturally sourced Vitamin E. At this time of year I use Skin Repair Light as my day moisturiser and then in autumn/winter I step up to Normal/Combination and Dry/Sensitive depending on how my skin is behaving. Liz’s philosophy when creating this is that oilier skin needs hydrating with oil as our skin is made of oil, she doesn’t believe in oil free formulas. I adore this product and I have been using it for many years now, the smell is so beautifully comforting. The Light option is more of a lotion that goes into the skin very easily with no grease. I usually repurchase Skin Repair as part of a set from either Liz Earle direct or QVC as it is a bit more expensive than I would pay for a day to day moisturiser. Skin Repair is £20.25 for 50ml.

Currently my night cream is Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream. I was fortunate enough to get 4 of the Christmas TSV’s from QVC last year so I have had quite a decent stock! Pro Collagen is a versatile moisturiser that you can use under your eyes and down to your neck and decollete, I do find that the longer I use it the less I actually use which is great as it’s not the cheapest option for me. I tend to try and find it online, you can get it in tubes from eBay and that does make it a bit more affordable. The formula is a lovely light gel-cream texture that I find brilliant for my skin. Many anti ageing creams are thick and heavy, so for an oily skin type it can feel stifling and greasy. As you readers know, I am in my mid 30’s so anti ageing is firmly on my radar. It has a great effect on my skin, leaves it soft and smooth and also when I do use it under my eyes my lines look so much better! The fragrance is gorgeous, so lovely, fresh and clean so I think that’s probably why men like it so much as it isn’t overly girly. A fantastic all round anti ageing moisturiser and if budget were no option I would use it all the time. Pro Collagen Marine Cream is £50.00 for 30ml.

A great budget option is Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser. I used this a lot last Summer as a day lotion and was really pleased how good it was for my skin. It didn’t leave my shiny or greasy which I really hate (I have to blot, a lot!) and more importantly is mineral oil free. Contains extracts of Bilberry, Rosehip and Vitamin E, it’s lightly hydrating and sinks in very quickly. Morning Dew is £4.95 for 100ml.


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SBC Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream is another I keep going back to, it’s more focused on anti ageing and a slightly richer texture that I find I need in the colder months. It contains Oxysomes which contains encapsulated Vitamin C and Vitamin E.with a base cream containing Vitamin A. SBC say this keeps the vitamins more potent so you get the best benefit from them. This moisturiser is more for those who have the early signs of ageing and preventing any further damage. Vitamin ACE is £29.00 for 100ml.


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SBC Collagen Day & Night Cream is for those who already see the signs of ageing, again this is a light gel cream texture but still very hydrating. My skin loves this moisturiser so when I can’t afford Pro Collagen, I turn to this instead. It contains soluble Collagen Oceagen along with Kukui seed and passion flower oils. It makes my skin feel hydrated and firmer, I alternate Collagen in the evening with Vitamin ACE during the day. For me these two moisturisers are a definite repurchase as ml for ml they represent the best value for anti ageing properties.

As I mentioned in my post about the Gatineau Melatogenine mask (Click here to read) I sometimes use this over a night cream I use for extra plumping of lines and hydration. You can just use the mask on it’s own as a night cream if you wish to.

What are your moisturisers of choice? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx