In Our Makeup Bag: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

What It Is:
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Liz Earle is a British skincare brand with cult status across the pond. Founded in 1995, they pride themselves on creating products with “naturally active ingredients.” They leave out harsh animal products and mineral oils, packing their products with vitamins and organic ingredients. And they are the perfect Earth Day pick; they keep an ethnobotanist on the payroll to ensure that ingredients impact the environment as little as possible and guarantee sustainability.
Their Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is probably their most popular product. It’s a plant-based cleanser designed to work in 2 phases for squeaky clean, fresh skin! Phase 1 is the cleansing (which also removes ALL makeup) and phase 2 is the polishing with the included muslin cloth.
How To Use It:
Get your cleanser ready and pump out 1 or 2 “pumps” of product. Then apply it to your DRY skin. Yes, you read that correctly: dry skin. Massage in and make sure to rub over your makeup as this product makes light work of even waterproof mascara. Next, run your muslin cloth under warm-to-hot water and wring out. Polish the cleanser off your face, while lightly exfoliating. Finish by splashing your face with cool water and dry. Wash your muslin cloth every 3 uses or so (you get 2 with each cleanser!).
CC Rating: A+
This stuff is AMAZING. Seriously, I may like it more than my Clarisonic. The cleanser smells beautiful – like a sauna, full of eucalyptus. It’s creamy, easy to use, and gets rid of every last speck of makeup, even long-wear foundation or waterproof eye stuff.
Since I’ve been using this, my skin has really improved. Small spots have cleared up and despite my mega-stress during the past month (thank you undergrad thesis), I haven’t broken out. I expected my face to resemble a pizza right about now, but it’s gorgeous! Thanks to Liz Earle, I look like a radiant model who gets 8 hours of sleep and tons of fresh food instead of the overtired undergrad who sleeps when her work is done and has been surviving on a steady rotation of ramen and KD. Wow, I’m gross right now.
Back to Liz Earle. This cleanser is part of a three-step system, similar to Clinique’s, including an additional toner and moisturizer. I cannot wait to get my hands on these two products; if they’re anything like the cleanser, I’m expecting miracles!
I clearly can’t say enough good things about this cleanser. It’s definitely high-end, but absolutely worth it! Thanks, Liz!
[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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