Just Charlie G

Today is a very exciting day. Yes it’s the first day of December which can mean only one thing. Advent calendars! This year there are three in this house, Moshi Monsters for Chloe, Peppa Pig for Lola and this beauty for Mummy!

Liz Earle Advent Calendar

I present the 24 Days of Christmas with Liz Earle. 24 windows, with 24 decent samples behind each door. Of course, this means that the calendar is rather large and heavy. No bad thing by my reckoning!

Liz Earle Advent Calendar

This post is written and scheduled in advance so as it stands at the time of writing I refuse to open any of the doors and show you the contents. If you don’t mind surprises though, here’s a full list of the contents, which you can enlarge to read, should you wish!

Liz Earle Advent Calendar

A perfect gift for the hardcore Liz Earle fan, and something really very special. Which is good because this baby will set you back £100. But there’s a lot of product there and it’s much much much nicer than cheap chocolate.

In stock and available now from Liz Earle along with all the other lovely Christmas gifts for this year.

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I feel very fortunate to have been able to try this out. At long last here is the new Liz Earle Signature Foundation (£21) and the foundation brush (£18).

Liz Earle Signature Foundation

 

Liz Earle Signature Foundation

The Signature Foundation is available in nine shades which cover most skin tones but I doubt if all are covered, but still, it’s not a bad colour range. It’s a beautiful texture which should give an smooth and radiant finish, without shine and it’s also buildable, something that’s quite important to me since my skin changes so much so often! One day I want a lighter coverage, the next I’ve broken out and need a heavier coverage. This does do a pretty good job on both counts.

I was sent shade 2, Ivory. It’s nearly perfect. Not quite, it’s a little too yellowy for my skintone but its not too much of a problem.

Liz Earle Signature Foundation

On my skin it looks absolutely lovely on application, very natural, and I find myself reaching for it quite often…

Liz Earle Signature Foundation

But I find it doesn’t wear too well on me over the course of the day. I find it goes quite patchy and because the colour isn’t quite right I feel the patches are fairly obvious. If you enlarge the next picture to actual size I think you’ll see what I mean, my forehead is patchy, my cheeks are patchy, my top lip is patchy…

Liz Earle Signature Foundation

Such a shame. I think the foundation really looks good on my skin and it feels beautiful. I’m fairly sure this is just my tricky skin making my life difficult as usual as I’ve read great reviews on it. I like it and I want to love it, but I think it’s just not right for me sadly.

I must just say a couple of things… I love this swatch chart with all of Liz Earle’s colour cosmetics on it…

..but don’t use it to actually try and guess what colour you actually are… as you see, shade 2 on my hand bears no resemblance to the colour chart. That said the descriptions on the Liz Earle site are actually good and pretty useful so instead of looking at the pictures, read the colour descriptions.

Liz Earle Signature Foundation

Anyway, this isn’t for me sadly, it just doesn’t last well enough and the bottle I have isn’t quite the right shade. But I have no doubt that this will be holy grail stuff for a lot of people.

As for the foundation brush, the traditional foundation brush shape isn’t my preferred method of application, I prefer a flat top brush to buff in, but I have used this for review purposes and find it to be pretty good, with a range of my foundations actually. I still prefer a flat top to buff in, but this works very well, doesn’t leave me streaky, doesn’t seem to waste too much product either. Jolly good!

You can buy online at http://uk.lizearle.com as usual, or of course visit your nearest counter which I’d recommend when buying foundation.

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I absolutely loved the Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.l and have finished an entire bottle, which for me is virtually unheard of. It was light and fresh and perfect for daily wear, very different from my usual heavy scents but still, I loved it.

So imagine my delight to learn that the New Liz Earle Eau de Parfum, Botanical Essence No.15 is a spicy oriental scent. It doesn’t disappoint one bit. I’m going to start with the packaging which I think is really rather stunning in it’s simplicity.

Lots of pictures…

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15 Eau De Parfum

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15 Eau De Parfum

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15 Eau De Parfum

 Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15 Eau De Parfum

An off white box which unfolds with numbered diagrams of plants and flowers…and inside, a little list telling you not only what all the pictures are of, but of course what the scents are.
Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15 Eau De Parfum

And then the bottle itself, a plain cream affair with a glass lid is quite simply lovely.

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15 Eau De Parfum

The fragrance itself, well you all know describing scents is not my forte, but it’s beautiful. It’s strong, it’s sexy, it’s stunning, but despite all the heavy ingredients it still manages to have a hint of lightness about it. I especially get the notes of Bergamot, Patchouli and Vetiver, but I also get just the slightest hint of sweetness and warmth coming from the Vanilla and Tonka. Honestly, you have to try this, it’s extremely different to Botanical Essence No.1 and it’s very beautiful. Perfect for Autumn and Winter. I’m in love. Think I’ll be buying some as gifts for sure this Christmas!

£45 for 50ml and available from http://uk.lizearle.com

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Limited Edition

Loving this new special edition Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish at the moment. It’s perfect for my sensitive skin.

The difference between this Special Edition Cleanse & Polish and the original formula is simply the addition of beautiful rose and lavender essential oils, making it a great cleanse product for the end of the day as the scents and oils are both soothing and relaxing, as well as smelling beautiful.

The other thing that’s great about this product though is that £2 of each purchase will be donated to The Prince’s Trust, a cause I’m really fond of, one that helps young people into jobs and training. In fact this product was created by Liz and Rebecca Taylor, a young entrepreneur being supported by the Princes Trust and mentored by Liz.

Am also loving the pretty flourishes added to the packaging.

If you fancy this then you’ll have to be quick. It goes on sale on the 6th September but they are limited. You can purchase from any counter, stores and of course QVC but you can also buy from the Liz Earle website.

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Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer and Healthy Glow Powder Blush

So I tried out a couple of the new Liz Earle colour cosmetics a few months ago, namely a lip gloss and the concealer. Both products were really nice, but they didn’t rock my world as I just didn’t find them that exciting. Quality wise, they were great, but I did struggle to find things to say about them, not because there was anything wrong with them, there was nothing wrong with them, but they just weren’t that exciting and I do like to get excited about make up.

I am pleased to say I now have something from the line to be excited about, namely the Healthy Glow Powder Blush in Nectar and the Natural Glow Bronzer. Both are extremely lovely indeed.

Love the simple presentation for a start.

Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer and Healthy Glow Powder Blush

Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer

Liz Earle Healthy Glow Powder Blush

Both products are excellent, but the blusher is really special indeed. Along with foundation and brow products, blushers are my favourite cosmetic obsession and this has sky rocketed to the top of my charts.  The blusher is £16.50, so not especially cheap, but worth it. The Blusher is available in seven shades, and I don’t think Nectar could be any more perfect. Such a healthy pop of peachy pink colour. It  builds well, it blends well, it delivers heaps of colour and I should think would work on most skin tones. Truly a gorgeous  product. There is a hint of shimmer, nothing obvious, more of a glow I think.

Then there’s the Natural Glow Bronzer, again at £19.50 it’s not cheap but it performs very well. Pigment is excellent but it applies sheerly enough to build it up where you want it, and the colour is perfect for my pale skin.  There is shimmer this time, but it’s barely there shimmer. You really have to look for it. Perfect. I don’t like shimmery bronzers as a rule, except for evenings.

Swatches of joyousness.

Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer and Healthy Glow Powder Blush

And the products on my face.  my current favourite look, defined brows, mascara and Liz Earle cheeks, usually some gloss but I forgot to put it on for these pictures.

Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer and Healthy Glow Powder Blush

Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer and Healthy Glow Powder Blush

Gorgeous stuff, makes me excited to try more of the range now!

Both items are available from the Liz Earle website now.

Well it’s been a long wait for Liz Earle fans but at long last the colour cosmetics line has launched and I have to say a glance at the collection online and I can see the collection looks to be well placed among the brands line of products.

Liz Earle Colour

I was sent a couple of items to try out and in with them was the above little “Shade Selector” which reveals a palette of berries and neutrals, just what I expected from the brand, not very exciting colour wise but very in keeping with the whole brand and also bear in mind that the collection is known as the Colour Capsule Collection which is carefully edited to give you natural looking make up that works in harmony with the skin care line and aims to enhance your naturally attractive features rather than mask them.

The packaging is simple, clear and stylish.

Liz Earle Colour

The products I received are the Sheer Lip Gloss in Cherry and the Perfect Fix Concealer in Shade 2.

Liz Earle Colour

The Pefect Fix concealer seems excellent. It covers minor blemishes and dark circles with ease and has a light easy to blend texture, it doesn’t sit in my fine lines and doesn’t look or feel heavy…alas Shade 2 is slightly too dark for me so I can’t get as much use from it as I’d like. It is only slightly dark but I feel Shade 1 would probably suit me better. It comes in 7 shades and sells for £13.50 which I’d happily pay for this product.

Liz Earle Colour

Then there’s the Sheer Lip Gloss in Cherry. Shea Butter, avocado oil, just a hint of colour and soft lips. It’s a nice product, its not very exciting, but it is nice. There are 12 shades at £13.50 and they are the only lip product currently on offer in the Colour Capsule Collection. Certainly, again in keeping with my whole perception of the brand. Oh should also mention, not sticky!

Liz Earle Colour

Liz Earle Colour
So nice, but safe, offerings from the brand which I’m sure is going to be extremely popular indeed as it’s a really crowd pleasing collection and reasonably priced and in my experience, very nice quality indeed. I’ve got my eye on the cream blushers!

You can find the range on the Liz Earle website.

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Liz Earle Botanical Shine Treatment

Please please forgive the stock image there…unusually for me I forgot to take photographs before I started using the product and my bottle has been kicking around the bottle of the shower for a little while now, lets just say it’s not so photogenic any more!

So I’m a big fan of the Liz Earle Shampoo and Conditioner (note to self – order more!) and have got through three sets of it so far, it seems to really suit my hair and so I had high hopes for the newest product to join the Liz Earle Range. The Botanical Shine Treatment is for frizzy, coarse or unruly hair…my hair isn’t frizzy, it’s thick but not quite coarse but it is definitely unruly!

The Treatment is a blend of red algae, cotton extract and sumac wax to smooth and tame your hair, with a blend of essential oils and vanilla extract. It smells yummy.

You wash your hair and then  apply the Treatment and then leave it. i leave it for ten minutes while I wash, shave, scrub the rest of me and then rinse it off, but for an extra boost you can leave it on for 30 minutes.

I have been using mine once a week or prior to a special event and have found that it leaves my hair extremely soft and shiny which is lovely. It does tend to get a bit fluffy, but since I always style my hair these days it’s no bother at all, the main thing is soft and shiny hair.  The effect is noticable and I’ve had several people ask if I’ve had my hair cut differently (I haven’t) because it leaves my hair looking so freshly primped and preened!

£14 for 150ml and this seems to be lasting me a long time as a little goes a long way for me.

Available from LizEarle.com

Liz Earle christmas

Liz Earle once again have their usual wonderful variety of gifts available this Christmas for men and women and for a variety of budgets. I particularly love the look of the Daily Face Treat set (£15.25), available in Normal/Combination, Dry/Sensitive and Combination/Oily and containing a mini Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 30ml, 50ml Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair moisturiser 15ml. All lovely products.

This Christmas Ltd Edition Cleanse and Polish is a lovely gift too, you get 150ml pump and one muslin cloth for £18.50 and it comes in a lovely festive box. I love Cleanse & Polish and know my Mum would love to receive this for Christmas!

Liz Earle christmas

Please head over the Liz Earle site to have a look especially if you are searching for gift ideas!


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Regular readers of beauty blogs may wish to skip this post if you’re fed up of reading posts about this, but for everyone else, here’s something a bit good.

We know by now that Liz Earle does great skincare. It was only a matter of time before they branched out into the cosmetics world and due to mounting customer pressure here is the first product as they foray in to the world  of colour cosmetics.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

Sheer Skin Tint is rich and creamy like a foundation but it’s lightweight. It is, I suppose, somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation. It’s designed for all year round wear (and has SPF15), suitable for all skin types and claims to leave you looking dewy, even and radiant.

The coverage is light, covers small scars easily but for me doesn’t cover any redness, so concealer is definitely needed with this product.

It comes in three shades, Bare, Beige and Beach and given it’s sheer-ness that should cover a huge variety of skin tones. I was sent Bare, the lightest of the three to have a play with.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint
Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

The above pictures show a blob on my hand and then blended out. I think if you enlarge the second picture it gives you a really good idea of the finish. It is glowy without being shiny and my freckles can still be seen, but generally speaking the skin is looking even. This shade is really pale but I think I get away with it on my face, but it will be absolutely perfect in the winter for me.

So I’ve worn this several times since I got it and it wears well on my skin, lasting a good long time. But I do have one little grumble, in that it feels tacky on my face. And it stays feeling tacky on my face all day. I can’t feel it on my face as such, just when I touch my face with my fingers if that makes any sense? Essentially it means that I can live with it.  If it felt heavy and odd on my face I don’t think I could put up with it, but as it is, it just reminds me I shouldn’t be touching my face anyway!

So yes, I do like this, it’s a great idea and I approve.

Here’s something I really like too. If you order this online (available 15th September and £21 for a large 40ml tube), you will receive samples of all three shades in your order. That way you can try them all out before you open your full size product. Then if it’s wrong, you can send it back unopened avoiding unnecessary landfill of good unused product. Nice touch!

The word on the street is that this is just the start and that soon there’s be a capsule collection of Liz Earle colour products which I’m really looking forward to seeing. I’m expecting great neutrals but we shall see.

I’ll use it in a FOTD really soon so you can all have a good look at it on my face. Lucky you!

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Liz Earle Superbalm

Liz Earle Superbalm is a salve for soothing and rescuing your skin. It’s one of those handy little multi use products you can slip in your handbag and whip out to use where ever you need to, be it hands, heels, lips, elbows. Use it on your dry patches, your poor old nose after a cold, irritated skin and even on your split ends.

However, I’ve been religiously using  this on my cuticles and nails and its really helped to eradicate any dryness and keep the skin soft, pliable and easy to push back when needed. By cuticles I should add that I really mean eponychium, since cuticles need an entirely different kind of care. But after years of nibbling the skin around my nails (eponychium) is really dry and tends to be a bit flaky and needs a fair amount of TLC and Superbalm does a great job and I highly recommend it.

It comes in two sizes, the 30g jar (as seen in my picture) and the very handbag friendly 5g pot which is small but perfectly formed.  £15.30 and £4.60 respectively.

Available from http://uk.lizearle.com/
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