Hot Cloth Cleansers battle – Liz Earle vs. Your Good Skin

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If you saw my monthly favourites post last week, you would have seen me declaring my love to the Your Good Skin Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser. So much so, it’s quickly becoming my favourite ahead of my beloved Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser…I know, it’s shocked me too! To give you a more detailed review of this new discovery, I thought I would give you a comparison of the two hot cloth cleansers sharing why there might be a new favourite in town….

The Formula: With both being hot cloth cleansers, the formulas are still quite different. In comparison to the Liz Earle cleanser, the Your Good Skin cleanser is definitely more of a creamy consistency. For my skin as it tends to be on the more drier side, I do prefer this over Liz Earle’s more dense texture. To be honest I haven’t seen much of a difference in how my skin has reacted – my skin seems to love both cleanser. And after reviewing the ingredients list of them both, they are fairly similar. Liz Earle however do also offer a couple of variations of their hot cloth cleanser which is quite nice. The one in the photo is their Rose and Lavender edition which I do prefer over the original formula in the teal bottle.

Packaging: As you can see from the photos, both cleansers come in different packaging. The Your Good Skin Cleanser comes in a squeezy tube, whilst the Liz Earle cleanser comes in an opaque, solid tube with a pump. The one thing that always annoyed me with the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser was the bottle because you struggled to tell when you were running low, then all of a sudden you squeezed your last pump and were needing to make an emergency dash to Boots to re-stock. The packaging of the Your Good Skin cleanser means it’s easier to tell when you are running low and you can also remove the lid to be able to squeeze the last of the remaining product out. With my first bottle I’ve even manage to get the scissors to this bottle to make sure every last scrap was used up. Whereas with the Liz Earle bottle, I did always worry about wasting any leftover cleanser. The one pro for the Liz Earle bottle however is the pump as it means you have way more control on how much you are using, whereas with the Your Good Skin cleanser you can tend to squeeze a bit too much out of the tube.

Price: When it comes down to price, Your Good Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser is great value compared to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. The Good Skin cleanser is £8.99 (125ml) vs. Liz Earle’s cleanser at £15.00 (100ml). It’s also worth noting that the Your Good Skin range tends to be on offer very regularly at Boots; either on a ⅓ off or on a 3 for 2 deal.

I have to admit the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser will still always hold a special place in my heart (I’ve easily gone through nearly 15 bottles of the stuff!) and I will no doubt still always have a bottle of this in my bathroom cabinet (old habits die hard!), but as a regular cleanser in my daily routine, I will be reaching out for the Your Good Skin Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser. I’ve also been trying out some more products from the Your Good Skin range, so will let you know if I find any more gems!

Have you tried the Your Good Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser yet? Or anything else from the Your Good Skin range?

 

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Monthly Favourites: May 2018

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It’s been a very busy month for me with attending two weddings and a festival, plus the weather has been amazing! I feel like I’ve lived out of a suitcase all of this month, staying away every weekend for all the events I’ve attended. Starting in Southampton for the first wedding, then up towards London for my best friend’s wedding the following weekend, ending May in Portsmouth at a festival. And the sun has been shining through-out which has been wonderful. With the travelling and the heat, there have been a few favourite products which have stood out for me this month, so here are my May favourites:

John Frieda Fizz Ease Serum – I brought this back in October before I headed on holiday to Tenerife because as soon as I go on holiday, I get a solid case of Monica’s Barbados hair! The John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum is the only thing that will help manage my hair in the heat and with the sun making a rare appearance over the UK this past month, this has saved me from a few bad hair days. I use two small pumps on my wet hair before blow drying and it tames my hair from frizz for the next couple of days before washing it again.

Spiral Hair Ties – I only found these spiral hair ties last year and I love them! Similar theme to the above product, managing my hair in this heat is a mission! As soon as it gets warms the hair needs to go up in a bun on top of my head. These hair ties are amazing at holding your hair up in a bun without causing too much tension, pulling at the scalp. They also don’t leave any ridges in my hair either so I can easily take my hair down without any panic of needing to grab the straighteners.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette – Living out of a suitcase for most of the month has meant living with a streamlined make-up bag. This wonderful little palette from Charlotte Tilbury however has made life so much easier. In just one small palette you get three eyeshadow colours, two blush shades plus a bronzer and highlighter. Apart from your base (foundation and concealer), mascara and an eyebrow product, I’ve not needed much else! The quality of the products are great too, with amazing colour pay-off and longevity.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion – I picked this up at the beginning of the month and used it every day since. The Body Shop is really upping their game this year – my favourite Body Shop products post coming soon! This moisturizer has everything I want in a morning face product in one – Vitamin E and Wheatgerm Oil to help with the texture of my skin and helping with some scarring I have, Hyaluronic Acid for a big dose of hydration, plus SPF 30 to protect my skin in this gorgeous weather we have been having. It’s a gorgeous, light moisturizer for the mornings and I would really recommend if you are looking for a new daily SPF.

Your Good Skin Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser – If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen I’ve been enjoying the new Hot Cloth Cleanser from Your Good Skin. So much so that this might even replace my beloved Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser…and you know how much I love that cleanser! I will review this in more detail very soon and do a more detailed comparison to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, but what I will say is this is great and would recommend checking out if you are on the hunt for a new cleanser.

Hope you have all had a lovely May! What are your favourite products of May?

Birchbox Review (ft. April & May boxes)

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At the end of April, Birchbox had an offer of two boxes for £10 (+ p&p) so I decided to give Birchbox another go. I previously subscribed to Birchbox however a while go I decided to cancel my subscription because I was trying to save money and honestly couldn’t see the value on these boxes as some of the samples were being repeated and I just wasn’t using them. Since it had been a while and the 2x boxes for £10 offer was so tempting I decided to sign up again and here’s what I received:

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The Cath Kidston Edition Box (which I believe was the April subscription box) –

  • Cath Kidston Hand Cream
  • ModelCo Baked Highlighter in Moonshine
  • Afterspa Magic Makeup Remover
  • Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel
  • Marcelle Eye Makeup Remover

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And the mystery 2nd box was a Vogue Editon –

  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (full size)
  • Percy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
  • Makeup Brush Cleaner
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer

My initial thoughts was that I was impressed by the Vogue Edition Box. It contained a full size bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat nail polish which actually I was looking to repurchase soon anyway, so actually considering this is £9 in Boots, the Birchbox 2x boxes for £10 was worth it just for that! I also like the Benefit Holla Bronzer which I’ve tried before and liked, plus appreciate the tiny sample which is perfect for travelling with. Other samples I liked the look of was the Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel and Marcelle Eye Makeup Remover from the Cath Kidston Box, so interested to try these out! I have however received the Percy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil in a previous Birchbox before, so not a perfect score from me. Still fairly impressed though by these boxes, I kept up my subscription for the May Birchbox.

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The May Birchbox included –

  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
  • Greenfrog Botanic Natural Body Wash – Relaxing Geranium and Peppermint
  • Nuxe Aquabella – Micro Exfoliating Purifying Gel
  • Doucce Luscious Lip Stain
  • Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm

So have I kept my Birchbox subscription? It’s unfortunately a no. The May Birchbox was fairly ok! I liked the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner and I’m kinda intrigued to try the Nuxe Aquabelle, but at £12.95 (box and p&p) commitment every single month I’m not bowled over and personally I’m not committing to just ‘fairly ok’. I do really like beauty boxes but with my recent experience with Latest in Beauty and the chance of buying boxes knowing what is included, my personal preference is saving my money for these beauty boxes rather than keeping my subscription to Birchbox.

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? What are your thoughts on beauty subscriptions?

Sheet Masks Review (part 2) – Neutrogena Hydrogel Recovery Mask

Check out part 1 – my review of Sanctuary Spa Bubble Mask HERE

The second sheet mask I’ve recently tried was the Neutrogena Hydrogel Recovery Mask. I’ve been eyeing up the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range for quite a while and I thought a good first step into trying the range was to test out their new sheet mask. It’s strap line on the front of the packaging explains this products as “hydrogel cooling technology 100% made from active serum. Intense hydration for noticeable supple skin. One mask = one month usage of serum” Sounds pretty promising right?!

As I took it out of the packaging the first thing I noticed was the texture of this mask. It’s like a jelly silicone material soaked in the Hyaluronic Acid, and comes in two parts in order to fit better to your face. I will save you the face-mask selfie for this post as it did look a little strange as the mask was almost see-through – made me look plastic, but gave the husband a bit of a fright when he walked in so it’s worth it just for that! What I did like however is that the eye and mouth holes of the mask could be covered by the mask material if you wished to give your whole face a moisture boost. One thing I did love about the texture of this mask is that there was no dripping from the mask, which often I’ve found with soaking wet sheet masks.

So did it bring ‘one month usage of serum’….? I’m not convinced at this statement! I left the mask on for a total on 30 minutes. As I removed the mask from my face, my skin did feel very soft and bouncy – between you and me it felt quite soothing after a night of drinking the night before…! But as a regularly user of  Hyaluronic Acid, I didn’t feel this mask brought me any extra hydration in comparison to applying a serum the night before.

Question is then – would I buy again? I think I might in two different scenarios… The first, for travel. This sheet mask would be perfect to pack in your suitcase to save you carrying around a separate Hyaluronic Acid product – which often comes in a glass bottle. And the second for a hangover (shhhh! Just between us remember?!). Used on the morning of the night before, this mask is really soothing and cooling on the skin so makes you feel refreshed ready for the day ahead. And as this mask is only £3.50, I might pick a couple of these for emergencies 😉

Have you tried anything from the Neutrogena Hydrogel range yet?

Sheet Masks Review (part 1) – Sanctury Spa Bubble Mask

I’m not the biggest lover of a sheet mask if I’m honest. Don’t get me wrong, some sheet masks are very nice on the skin as well as being easy to use and great to travel with but I struggle with the overall wastage from sheet masks. First of all, every sheet mask I’ve used tends to have a lot of product leftover on them or in the packaging– it always seems a shame that you can’t often use these more than once. Which also brings me onto my next bugbear -sheet masks aren’t very environmentally friendly. After one use, you throw them out whereas with a face mask from a tube or a tub, they give you multiple uses.

My sheet masks views set aside, I have been recommended a couple of masks to try  – Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask and Neutrogena Hydrogel Recovery Mask, so I thought I would give you my review of these across two post (2nd part coming on Thursday!). First post, I’m starting with Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask.

Recently I’ve noticed quite a few brands popping up with bubble sheet masks, trying to bring something new to the skincare aisles. They generally work by creating small bubbles underneath the mask to cleanse and withdrawn impurities under the skin. The Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask says it’s a “deep cleansing sheet mask drawing out skin clogging dirt, grime and pollution with the purifying power of a million microbubbles.” This masks comes in two parts in order to better fit to the face and as you take it out of the packet you can feel the black sheet soaked in cleanser.  As I applied it to my face, I instantly felt the bubbles going to work underneath. The one thing to note here however was that I was a bit confused on the fit of this mask as both sections (top and bottom) both covered the nose area – I’m not sure if I fitted this incorrectly, whether it was just excess mask (and therefore a waste!), or if the double layering of the mask is to gain extra strength to an area of the face commonly known for dirt build up. If anyone can help me with this – please do let me know!


Anyway masks fitted (yes, I look ridiculous!), I laid down on my bed and set the timer on my phone for 15mins. I have to say, I do quite like this about sheet masks – because you can’t really move around with these masks on as they will slip off your face, so it does force you to physically laydown and relax. As I lay there chilling out, I constantly feel a tingling sensation all over my face as the bubbles did their work which felt really nice! Once the 15 minutes were up I walked back into my bathroom and had a look in the mirror. I was a little taken aback to find the top of the mask had foamed up too and I was left looking a little like The Moon – Noel Fielding style (anyone a fan? I’ve just gone into a YouTube rabbit hole at watching these videos!). As I removed this mask from my skin, you could see all the tiny microbubbles still all over my skin, which I then rubbed into my face before rinsing my face with warm water at instructed.  

Once I rinsed the mask off, it did leave my skin feeling very clean. It did also feel a little tight which I thought might have been the case with the charcoal element of this mask, so following up with a good moisturizer is necessary. My skin didn’t however feel stripped of moisture which I thought might have been the case with a foaming type cleanser. Overall I did really enjoy this mask, however the curse of the sheet mask product wastage was definitely present here. I definitely felt I could of used this product twice however the nature of the foaming meant it was far too messy to save any excess product and I had to throw the mask in the bin once I had finished.

Would I buy this again? I’m still a little torn as I don’t like the wastage from this sheet mask, but I do like the after effects of this mask and also the need to take 15mins to relax and let this sheet mask work its magic. I might therefore pick this up again if I’m looking for a special pamper treat but for regularly face mask treatments, I might stick to the Beauty Pie  Super Pore Detox Black Clay Mask which almost does the same job.

Have you tried out the Sanctuary Spa Bubble Mask before? Or tried any other bubble masks?

The Sunday Times Style Beauty Box

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Spoiler alert: the best beauty box I’ve ever received!

In celebration of The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards, Sunday Times have partnered with Latest In Beauty to give people the chance to try out the shortlisted products before you vote. If you haven’t heard of The Sunday Times Style Awards, it is annual awards with winners chosen by readers. With a whole range of categories from best skincare brand, best lipstick, all the way to best eco-friendly beauty brand, readers can select their favourite products with also a chance of winning prizes.

The Sunday Times Style beauty box costs just £25 (+ P&P at £2.95) and allows you to pick six products from a list of 60 shortlisted products from the awards. The amazing list of brands range from; MAC, Rodial, Charlotte Tilbury, Benefit, Real Techniques, Paula’s Choice, Elemis, Burt’s Bees…and the list goes on! There is also a great range of full size products you can pick from too which is amazing! Be warned however there are a lot of products coming in and out of stock.

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Here is what I picked for my Sunday Times Style Award beauty box –

  • MAC Lipensity Lipstick in Clouds in my Coffee –  nominated for best lip product
  • Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel –nominated for best premium skincare brand
  • Soaper Duper Vanilla / Shea Body Wash – nominated for best eco-friendly brand
  • The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Mask – nominated for best natural brand
  • Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA – nominated for best skincare brand
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion – nominated for best premium skincare brand  

I’m unsure how long these beauty boxes will be available for so you might need to be quick! Voting for The Sunday Times Style Awards closes on 6th May – so don’t forget to vote for your favourite products! Link – HERE

Skincare Stress Relief

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It’s been quite a busy time for me recently, I’ve been planning my best friend’s hen do (which was a success!) and it has also been busy at work. I don’t know about you, but when life gets hectic I can become stressed and it shows all over my face with break-outs. I’ve also been testing quite a lot of skincare recently and I think I’ve gone a little overboard with my skin not knowing if it’s coming or going. This has left my skin looking a mess!

Unless you are extremely lucky, I think all of us goes through a stage of our skin being unmanageable at least once in our life. It’s crap and quite frankly can make you down and want to hide away from the world. When it gets to this stage, I rein my skincare in and go back to gentle products which I know I can trust! Here are the products which has got my skin back on track which I use in the evening…

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – This is my first pot of Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, and I really love it for my first cleanse in the evening to remove my make-up. It’s the balm consistency I love the most as I can really massage it into my skin, removing every last scrap of product from my face. It’s also fragrance free so there are no unnecessary ingredients which can irritate the skin.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’m probably on my 15th bottle of this stuff. If you have read my blog for a while you will know this is my trusty cleanser which will always be in my bathroom cabinet. It’s one of the first proper cleansers I ever used and my skin has always loved it. My skin loved it even more when Liz Earle brought out the rose and lavender version as I found it calmed my skin even more. If I wasn’t such a beauty addict and wanting to try new products all the time, I would use this every day.

Pixi Glow Tonic – If I don’t use some form of toner in my routine, whether it be an acid toner, a standard toner or even splashing my skin with cold water after cleansing, I find my risk of getting spots will be higher. This is simply because after cleansing, my pores are left wide open to get dirt in them or clogged with heavy products such as moisturisers, which will lead to sebum (oil) building under the skin creating spots. The Pixi Glow Tonic is hands-down my favourite! It’s known as an acid toner as it contains 5% glycolic acid. This acid reacts to the top layer of the skin breaking down dead skin cells giving you a more smoother and brighter complexion.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – Just a hyaluronic acid in general is needed to give my skin a boost of hydration. I haven’t found a favourite hyaluronic acid product just yet but I’m currently using this one from The Ordinary. It does the job just fine leaving my skin soft and bouncy in the morning.

It is a combination of using these products and leaving the fancy face masks, or new special creams well alone which has got my skin back to normal. I’m still using this routine and once I’m feeling more confident I will start introducing other new products into my routine to try out – Oh, the perils of a beauty addict when I know I should be sticking with what works!

What are your fail-safe products to get your skin back to normal? Do you have any tips for getting your skin back on track?