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I have been under the weather recently and as a result my skin isn't looking it's best. So on a visit to Boots I picked up a few things one of which was the Liz Earle Skin Brightening mask.
It comes in a plastic pump action dispenser and cost £14 for 50ml.
This mask is a quick fix for dull lack lustre skin. It contains a range of ingredients designed to stimulate tone and deliver soft radiant skin.
Ingredients include camphor oil, witch hazel, sweet almond oil, aloe vera, white clay, pro vitamin B5 and minerals.
This is not recommended for sensitive skin and they warn that you may feel a slight tingle.
To be honest if I had looked at the ingredients I wouldn't have chosen this, as clay, witch hazel and camphor would generally be too harsh on my dry sensitive skin. However I haven't had a problem and my skin is very sensitive , so I suspect they are playing it safe with the warning.
Liz Earle use quality ingredients sourced responsibly, don't test on animals, don't use animal ingredients except honey and beeswax.
You can either apply this after cleansing or if you use Liz Earle cleanse and polish or a similar cleanser then you can mix this in with your cleanser.
Either way simply apply one or two pumps of the product on your face and neck avoiding the area around your eyes.
Leave for 30 seconds to 2 minutes and then remove with a hot muslin cloth or a flannel making sure you remove all the product.
I really rate this product as it takes no time to apply and it is easy to remove.
I use a Liz Earle muslin cloth that comes with her cleanser, but if I can't find a clean one a flannel will take it off. I use hot water and simply wipe off the product which comes off easily. I do that twice and then finish off with a cloth soaked in cooler or cold water to close the pores.
My skin does look noticeably better after using this and it definitely gives it a real boost. I think I look healthier as my skin is brighter and it feels soft to the touch.
Although it contains clay it doesn't set like a clay mask and I find the blend of ingredients gentle enough to use on my skin. It has a thick smooth slightly slippery consistency and a fresh herbal smell.
I tend to leave it on for 30 seconds as I am usually in a rush and I find that is long enough to improve the overall look and feel of my skin. I haven't experienced any tingle or any sensitivity perhaps because I don't leave it on for longer than 30 seconds.
Would I recommend?
Definitely , primarily because this takes so little time to put on and remove and it makes my skin come alive. It isn't messy and I am really impressed with the difference this makes after just 30 seconds.
I have neglected my skin recently, have had some really rough nights sleep, been unwell and when I look in the mirror first thing all those things combined show in my face. I look pale and unhealthy, so this is a great pick me up that revives my skin and makes me look much better than I feel . So in less than a minute this product performs a minor miracle.
I think it would suit most skin types and ages. I have mature dry sensitive skin and have suffered no reaction, but you may want to test this before purchasing if you have really sensitive skin.
Price and Availability
Larger Boots stores and Liz Earle shops on the high street . Or QVC online . Cost £14 for 50ml and £14.50 with a muslin cloth. Or a travel size is £5.50 for 15ml
Over the last couple of weeks Ive found that my skin has improved in condition. As anyone that has been reading some of my skincare reviews will know I have been suffering from dry and tight feeling skin. Thankfully, my skin feels and looks a lot more nourished so decided to treat my skin to this treatment, which I had in a kit I ordered form QVC last year. Its not the full size, but travel ( 15ml ).
Why did I use this treatment?
Although my skin is feeling more ' normal ' to me ( still have afew issues but much better than a month ago in regards to condition, I felt my skin needed to look alittle less dull. Tiredness, weird weather changes haven't helped, and I was hoping this would give my face alittle lift in the brightness department.
Ive reviewed quite afew of her products so not going to go over the history of this brand but will mention the basics:
It's a British born and based company that specialises in skincare, bodycare, haircare, fragrance and now cosmetic products where they try to keep the ingredients as natural and as active as possible. The skincare and bodycare line in particular tend to be botanically based. Not as readily available as other brands out there, but can be purchased from QVC and direct on Liz Earle website.
How is it packaged?
As mentioned the version I have isn't full sized, but all of the treatments in the LizEarle range tend to be in some form of tube which either you squeeze out from the bottom ( after taking off a screw top lid ) or is in a pump dispenser. The version I has the screw top lid.
The colour of the tube ia a very place cream colour, very basic and simple in look with the Liz Earle logo right in the middle, the product brand and name at the top, ' Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask '. Beneath that is some of the ingredients the product contains and what the product is supposed to do to the skin.
On the back is direction of use. It states not suitable for sensitive skin, no animal extracts and once opened it has a 24 month shelf life. Lastly, it has company contact details.
Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Montmorillonite, Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, PEG-20 stearate, Silt, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Panthenol, Cetearyl
ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl alcohol, Cinnamomum camphora (camphor) oil, Parfum (fragrance), Citronellol, Hexyl cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Linalool, Lactic acid, Potassium sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium methylparaben, Sodium propylparaben.
What is this product supposed to do?
Is supposed to revitalise the skin very quickly and effectively. Giving the skin a radiance. Perfect for skin that looks dull and grey.
How to use
Use if and when needed.
Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave for between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Soak a pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and gently wipe away residue.
How did I find it?
Firstly, I loved the smell of this product. Its quite an acquired smell. To me it wasn't overwhelming, but quite sharp and fresh. There is a slight mineral type smell to it with a touch of something medicinal about it ( probably the witch hazel and white clay-I guess ). Completely unisex and very spa like.
The colour is quite creamy and nude, and the texture has some thickness to it. Very easy to apply and equally just as easy to take off. I did it all in the shower with no mess or awkwardness.
Afew seconds after applying to the skin I felt a slight warm tingle, not uncomfortable but was surprised as I didn't expect it. Checking on the website, it does mention you will experience some form of tingling, so that is completely normal. After taking off the product off my skin felt clean, reasonable fresh and quite smooth. My skin didn't feel dry but alittle on the taut side, but this wasn't uncomfortable.
Actually looking at my skin, I felt the actual colouring ( I know it sounds weird ) was alittle different compared to how it normally is. Not major, but a slight difference. Would I say it looked brighter?Yes-a touch. My colouring on my face looked more even. I didn't feel it was long lasting e.g lasted for days and days, but during that application and for afew hours after I could see some subtle change.
Would I buy again? I did like using the product but probably wouldn't buy this product in its full size for afew reasons:
Its not suitable for sensitive skin. The skin on my face isn't sensitive but I do suffer from afew patches of Psoriasis on my neck so I couldn't put the product on that area, and whatever product I put on the face I always move it down the neck and top of the chest area.
I like to leave a treatment on for longer than 2 minutes, and this treatment it specifies to leave it on for between 30sec-2minutes which isn't very practical for me. Half the time I like to put something on, do stuff round the house, sort out the kids and then take the product off in my own sweet time.
I probably needed a treatment that is more to hydrate rather than brighten. I think if the treatment hydrates my skin it will naturally look better and brighter anyway. So I would rather go for that option, as this treatment for me didn't really hydrate that much.
In the ingredients list there are quite afew parabens mentioned. I dont know enough about this ingredient but I know they are used as preservatives in cosmetics, and they are very cheap in cost. There has been some concern that this type of ingredient may cause health issues, but despite this its so common for parabens to be in a variety of everyday products we put on the skin. Saying that, it can be derived from natural plant sources such as blueberries, but I would assume that alot of products go for the ' man made ' variety.
This is a nice treatment but probably just not right for me. But if you are interesting in this product here are the price and size details that are available:
15ml tube with muslin cloth £5.50
50ml tube £14.00
50ml pump £14.00
50ml pump with muslin cloth £14.75
After having a baby six months ago my skin was in need of some TLC so I ordered Liz Earle's famous Cleanse and Polish and thought the brightening treatment sounded like a great little pick me up. I was excited to see the amazing results as I received it through the post.
Following on from the Cleanse and Polish I layered the mask onto my skin, beware the product is not recommended for overly sensitive skin as you will feel a tingling sensation and expect your face to go red!
After leaving the mask for a minute I wiped away with a warm face cloth and admit my face did feel clean and fresh. As for any 'glow' I am not so sure. I gave my Mum this to try as she is also a fan of Liz Earle but she also was not convinced. There is nothing wrong with the product however I think I prefer her other products more so.
I received a 15ml tube of this brightening treatment in a gift set from Liz Earle. The mask is designed for dull and lack-lustre skin, it contains naturally active ingredients including aloe vera, witch hazel and white clay. 50ml of this product has an RRP of £14.00.
The mask is white in colour and has a thick creamy consistency. The medicinal fragrance of Camphor Oil can be immediately detected. The mask smells fresh and uplifting with its menthol fragrance. The cream is easy to apply to skin, it simply glides of the fingers on to the face. I tend to apply this to my T-zone and cheeks, where I would to see some brightness; but it can applied anywhere other than the eyes. Within a few seconds of applying, my skin starts to tingle. This is not uncomfortable or too intense, but it just reassures me it is working! This mask is not recommended for sensitive skin.
The mask does not dry whilst it is on the skin, it is wiped off with a Muslin cloth after 2 minutes. It is easy to remove the mask, it wipes off with little effort. Once removed, my skin feels clean and soft and it looks visibly brighter. My skin does not feel tight or dry and have not experienced any irritation following its use. The brightening results from the mask last for around a few hours and then they wear off. I think this is a mask to use before an event, or in the morning to give the skin a boost.
Overall, this is a nice moisturising and brightening face mask, which is great for perking up the skin before an occasion. To maintain results, it needs to be used on a regular basis, but I am pleased with the effects. I think I would consider buying this in the future for a treat to my face.
I have used the Liz Earle range for over a year now and my skin has never looked better. My friends and family are all addicts of the range too. One of the products that I am completely amazed by is the Brightening Treatment. This product helps to get rid of open pores around the nose and face which I used to have, the guys can also use it too for shaving. Some people might think that her products are quite expensive but considering that there is no synthetic products and only natural ones, I am sure you will agree that spending a few pounds more is well worth it! She has her own website and is also on QVC although I have found out that postage and packing is cheaper if you order it from her base at Isle of Wight. Try the range for 30 days, if it is not to your satisfaction, return it for a complete refund. What more can I say!
When I hear the expression, 'face mask', I immediately think of the ones you buy in the shops for halloween, with the elastic round the back of your head. So I suppose a Liz Earle face mask could be seen as something you put on which makes you look like Liz Earle; but alas it doesn't quite work that way. In fact when you put on any 'beauty' face mask, you usually end up looking more like Casper the friendly ghost, or an alien from outer space. So why bother? To many of you big macho lads reading this, a face mask is just one of those obscure girlie things anyway, but you are quite wrong. A face mask is actually a deeper cleansing of the skin than you can achieve by using soap and water (which no-one should ever use on their face, as soap strips your skin of all it's natural oils), or any other cleansing lotions or potions. Depending on which skin type you have, a face mask can unclog, cleanse and tighten pores, feed and nourish the skin, and many other things which benefit everyone no matter what sex you are. WHO IS LIZ EARLE? Liz Earle was originally a beauty editor, whose job was trying out new cosmetics and skincare products. Now Liz is into natural ingredients, essential oils, herbalisms and the like, and she noticed that the ingredients she was coming across day-to-day weren't as natural and beneficial as she felt they could be, and that not everybody could afford the so-called top of the range products. So she set about doing some research of her own and then approached pharmacists and dermatologists with some ideas, which finally resulted in her own brand - using natural active ingredients and trying to keep the products affordable. She now has a range of products which tend to be very good for all skin types, but as a special bonus they also can be beneficial for those with skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. BRIGHTENING TREATMENT. This is a skin "pick-me-up"
which works best when your skin is feeling particularly dull. It differs slightly from regular face masks, as the application time is only 2 minutes, as opposed to 5 minutes plus with others. It contains pure Aloe Vera and a blend of essential oils. You use only one pump, and apply onto a cleansed face. As with any face mask, do not use near the eyes or on sensitive parts of the skin. Leave on for 2 minutes and then dip your muslin cloth (you get 2 free muslin cloths with the product), in warm water and gently wipe off. You may get a slight tingling sensation, and your skin may be flushed looking. This is why many people are put off this product, as they believe this is an allergic reation, but this is in fact what the product aims to do. One of the minor ingredients in Brightening Treatment is Chinese Camphor, which has the effect of being a vasodilator. This is when the blood vessels widen, bringing more blood to the area, hence the tingling sensation and the flushed look. This effect does not last very long, but that short spurt bring extra nutrients etc., to the facial area, and really does make you feel more awake. Brightening Treatment Ingredients Water Aloe Barbadensis Gel Montmorillonite Witch Hazel PEG-20 Stearate Silt Sweet Almond Oil Cetearyl Octanoate Panthenol Cetearyl Alcohol Camphor Fragrance Phenoxyethanol Methylparaben Butylparaben Ethylparaben Propylparaben MY EXPERIENCE OF BRIGHTENING TREATMENT. The Liz Earle Range is not readily available in your local chemist, so it was not something I was aware of until one night I was flicking about on TV trying to find something to watch, (I am very hard to please), when I landed on QVC (the shopping channel). It had just gone midnight, and this is when they promote their TSV (today's special value) items. On this occassion the TSV was a goodie bag filled with Liz Earle products. It all sounded like good stuff
to me, so half an hour later I was back to looking for something to watch, and my order with QVC was being processed. When my Liz Earle goodies arrived, I tried them all out one by one, and I must say I was very impressed. Brightening Treatment comes in a 50ml (1.7fl.oz) pump container, in the usual Liz Earle pale blue colour. The actual product is a pale greeny-grey colour, and smells pleasant and fresh. The first time I tried it, I must admit I thought I was having an allergic reaction. A few seconds after application, my face began to tingle, then when I removed it with the muslin cloth, I was presented with a big red face in the mirror. Brightening Treatment, I thought, I'll glow in the dark! I immediately reached for another Liz Earle product from my goodie bag, the soothing skin toner, and walloped that on to try and counteract the effect. Within a minute ar two my face was back to normal, and I must admit my face did feel really good. Since then I have used this product about once a month, as I have quite a dry skin, but would probably use it more often if I had an oily skin. CONCLUSION. As an occassional product, Brightening Treatment has a good result, but at about £9.50 a time, I feel it is quite expensive. It probably comes in near the bottom on my list of Liz Earle products. If I find another TSV goodie bag of Liz Earle stuff, and this item is amongst them, fine, I'll use it, but I don't think I would specifically buy this product on it's own. If you want to try some of the Liz Earle range, check out QVC for special offers, or go to the following links where you can buy online. Regular QVC price, 2 X 50mls for £19 plus £2.45 P&P. http://www.qvcuk.com/ Or you can try this other link where it sells for £9 for 50mls.(I don't know P&P) http://www.brownsfashion.com/lizearleshop.html
Brightening Treatment, skincare to make you more intelligent? No nobody has worked out skincare to do that, but this will make you feel fresher and your skin tingle a little. I have used the Liz Earle range for a few years now, and this is one of the more recent products, it is not an essential, but can be a pick me up for the skin when its looking a bit grey and tired. The product comes in a 50 ml container with a pump top. You apply the cream to a clean and dry skin, all over the face and neck, wait for two minutes, and then wipe it off with the muslin cloth provided, which has been dampened with warm water. The cream contains clay and is quite thick and a creamy grey colour. The smell is very fresh and invigorating, coming mainly from the camphor. It can make your skin tingle, so dont put it too near your eyes, and although the instructions tell you to leave it for two minutes, I leave it on for less as my skin is extra sensitive. Does it work, the smell is very refreshing and gives you a wake up, your skin is left soft and with a slight glow. I only use it now and again, it is of most use to me when I have to get up early, or I am suffering from that morning-after-the-night-before -feeling As with all Liz Earle products, this contains essentials oils, has not been tested on animals and contains no animal ingredients. The active ingredients in the product are:- Aloe vera, white clay,witch hazel, green mineral silt, sweet almond oil, camphor. You can buy liz earle products by mail order . Phone 01983 813914 for a catalogue or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org You can also order through QVC digital TV or qvcuk.com
I have used Liz Earle's skincare for the past 4 years, and I wasn't disappointed when this treatment was launched. Packed with Herbs, essential oils and natural products this product does what it says it does. The green clay & chinese camphor really zing the skin immediatly it is applied. Leave on for about 30 seconds then remove with a muslin cloth. You can see that the face looks brighter and feels fresher. If your skin is very sensitive, mix one pump of Brightening treatment with one pump of cleanse & polish from the same range. You will still get great results but not the "zing" that comes with the brightening treatment alone. How can I wax lyrical about this product? Well I work shifts, both days & nights, and when I wake up feeling like the afternoon after the night before,(never mind the morning!) this product revitalizes my face in one swift application.