Back in October, Birchbox did a partnership with Liz Earle skincare, letting subscribers sample the cult favorite Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in their monthly boxes. I was lucky enough to be sent samples of the full-size products to try as well, but since I was trying so many new skincare products at the time the review got wait-listed. The products were put in my beauty cabinet for future use, and forgotten about.
Seriously guys, I am so mad at myself for not trying these little gems sooner.
Let's rewind. During December, when I was filming Vlogmas, I was pretty much broken out on and off all month. I had one break out on my cheek and another on my jawline, and they would go away and then come back, repeatedly. I wasn't using anything new at the time, so I knew it wasn't a product breaking me out; it was just that my skin wasn't balanced or healthy in general. Part of the problem was that I took very few skincare products home to Tennessee with me, thinking I could be a minimalist, and my skin got upset with me. My skin is one where more is definitely better; the more I layer, the happier it is, especially with hydrating products.
After Christmas, I came back to LA, and decided to give my skin some extra attention. I knew that what I was currently using on my skin wasn't working, so I thought it was time to try something new. I thought, "Well, it doesn't matter if I break out more right now because I'm breaking out anyway." So into my beauty cabinet I ventured and I came out victorious - holding brand new bottles of the Cleanse & Polish*, Instant Boost Skin Tonic*, and the Skin Repair Moisturizer*.
I used all three products that first night, getting a little nervous as I stared in the mirror at the 3 angry pimples on my cheek. "I hope I don't wake up with 20 more of you mad little guys," I thought as I wandered off to bed. (Apparently it's story time now. Hello, Sophia London, I have missed you.) New skincare products are always tricky for me, since I have sensitive skin and am allergic to a few ingredients commonly found in skincare, so I definitely felt a little uneasy (but hopeful!).
The next morning I woke up to find all 3 of my angry spots calmed down, with no new ones forming. As I continued to use these products over the course of the next few weeks my skin got clearer and clearer, and yeah, I'm sold on this one guys. You need to try it.
The Cleanse & Polish is an all-in-one makeup remover and cleanser. It's full of naturally active ingredients like eucalyptus, beeswax, rosemary, chamomile, and cocoa butter for softer, more radiant skin. It's gentle enough even for your eyes, and does a good job getting every last smidgen of mascara.
I apply two pumps of this to my dry skin, doing my eyes last, before wiping it off with the included muslin cloth. I have been a fan of these muslin cloth cleansers for awhile now, but this one was different than any other I have tried. It is less oily/balmy than the Eve Lom Cleanser; more of a thick lotion consistency. It doesn't irritate my eyes at all, and like I said, it got off all my eye makeup every night with the exception of the one night that I was wearing waterproof mascara. That night I had to follow up with a little bit of eye makeup remover, but it was not even a big deal. Oh, and this cleanser is mineral oil free, which is a bonus for those of you sensitive to mineral oil!
The Instant Boost Skin Tonic is a hydrating toner that I apply on a cotton pad after cleansing. It's full of chamomile, cucumber, and aloe vera to calm irritation and brighten the skin. Glycerin adds hydration to your skin and helps lock in that moisture all day (or night), and hops extract tones the skin and swipes away bacteria without stripping your skin. It feels very light and soothing, and has a nice cooling effect that I quite like. My skin does not feel tight afterwards, which is key, and it has a pleasant, herbal scent. I am a big fan of toners, both chemical and hydrating, so I enjoy this step. Plus, this baby is alcohol-free, and it has a nice little twist up top (it's the little things, guys).
The Skin Repair Moisturizer is marketed as a lightweight moisturizer that locks in hydration while providing a barrier against free radicals. It's packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients, but I'll be honest, I'm not in LOVE with this product. Now, this might be because I was sent the "Normal/Combination Skin" one when my skin really needs the "Dry/Sensitive Skin" one, so you'll have to take this review with a grain of salt, but I feel it is really thick and hard to sink in, especially when being marketed as a "Normal/Combination Skin" moisturizer. Plus, it has a slightly white tinge to it once applied to the skin, which I find really odd and something I have never encountered with a non-SPF moisturizer. I'm not loving the application, but my skin is looking hella good, so for now I am going to continue using it. I definitely want to try the Dry/Sensitive Skin version in the future though.
|The deluxe sample given out in the October Birchbox. There was also a muslin cloth in the box!|
While the Cleanse & Polish and the Instant Boost Skin Tonic are must-tries, the moisturizer is still up in the air.
P.S. I'm eyeing the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion - I have heard it's amazing stuff. If there are any other Liz Earle products that you guys love or are curious about and would like me to review, please leave them in a comment below, as I will be placing an order soon enough.
You can only find these products online, either through the Liz Earle website or through the Birchbox website, unless you are located in the UK. If you have some Birchbox points burning holes in your pocket this is what I recommend trying out!
These products were also featured in my January Favorites video! Check it out to see what else made the favorites list :)