Beauty | Vitamin E Skincare Collection @ The Body Shop

I’ll admit it – since signing up to The Body Shop’s new Love Your Body membership club, I’ve been completely addicted to their products. I’ve bought birthday presents and Christmas presents for pretty much every family member and friend I’ve got from there for the past year and I have no regrets at all.

It has been slightly trial and error, I’ll admit. There have been some products that I simply wouldn’t buy again, but having now purchased the Vitamin E Skincare Collection a few times now, I won’t be abandoning it any time soon.

The collection comes with three products – the vitamin E cleanser, a vitamin E overnight oil serum and a vitamin e moisturiser. The cleanser, I’ll admit straight away is not the best cleaner I’ve ever bought. I’m a sucker for Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish cleanser so the vitamin E one from The Body Shop just doesn’t compare at all. However, it’s not bad to use when I’ve ran out of my usual cleanser and forgot to order more; either that, or I’ll give it to someone as an extra wee present if it’s their birthday and the main present I’ve got them is looking a bit lonely.

So why do I keep ordering the collection if I don’t really like one of the products that comes with it? Well, it’s cheaper than buying the other two products separately and let’s face it, an extra cleanser or an extra present for someone is never a bad thing!

The serum and the moisturiser, on the other hand, are pretty much faultless! I use these every night as part of my skincare routine and my skin has never been better.

The serum is only to be applied at night as it’s an overnight oil and comes with a dropper so it’s much easier to only apply the amount of oil that you need; I usually find that half a dropper does my full face so it’s a long-lasting product as well! It has a silky texture and, given that it is an oil, makes your face and hands quite slippery so I would definitely only recommend putting this on straight before you go to bed (especially if you have glasses, like I do, that will just slide down your face after applying it!).

The moisturiser is also a product that I would highly recommend – even my sister who has incredibly sensitive skin uses it and swears by it. It has such a smooth texture and leaves my face feeling soft and fresh. I only tend to use this moisturiser in the morning because I have another one that is specifically for night-time use, but it definitely sets me up for the day and makes my skin into a perfect base for applying makeup to (or even just to head straight out the door!).

But the best bit? If you sign up to the Love Your Body Club, you get regular discounts on products and points added to your account with every purchase which add up to result in some discount vouchers! Totally worth it.

Stacey x

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Beauty | Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish

With so many skincare products out there, it’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves blankly staring at millions of products on the shelves in Boots with not the faintest idea what product to buy for what problem. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve went to get a product to clear up my latest breakout and had thousands of brands staring back at me, all promising amazing results. Well, enough is enough.

When I finished my dissertation in March, I’ve never been more relieved to have finished anything in my life … ever! I dedicated a whole week to recovering before starting on the last of my university coursework – and then I looked in the mirror. I might have felt considerably less stressed, but my skin definitely didn’t look it. Spots were taking over my face like a mini army, my skin was dryer than the Sahara Desert and my complexion resembled that of a ghost. And I had no one to blame but myself – my dissertation had taken over my life meaning that stress and lack of sleep had replaced my skincare … and it was obvious.

After looking online, I spent a considerable amount in The Body Shop before heading over to QVC to invest in my favourite cleanser – Liz Earle. This is a product I’ve sworn by since I was a teenager – and looking back, I definitely took my fairly good skin for granted, especially when compared with some of my peers. So naturally, I bought three bottles.

When going to buy the Cleanse and Polish, there are many different packages; for instance, you can get two/three bottles of it, with or without a muslin cloth, in a pump or in a tube, with other Liz Earle products or without. Personally, I always opt for the product in a pump, purely because it’s more convenient and easier to use – and it looks prettier than the tube too. Although it’s not exactly the cheapest cleanser out there, it’s definitely worth the money and if you create an account on QVC, you can opt to pay the cost in a few monthly installments too!

The product itself is very creamy and just heavenly to put on your skin. The routine is very simple – just pop the product on your face, then take it off with warm water and a muslin cloth before finally splashing your face with some cold water at the end. And that’s it! I do this twice a day – morning and night – and I honestly find that if I skip either of these, I’m far more prone to breakouts.

In addition to keeping the breakouts at bay, the product also gives my skin a brilliant, healthy and natural looking glow – so much so that I don’t really mind not wearing makeup anymore. For when I do wear makeup though, it’s fab for taking it off at the end of the day.

It’s definitely a product to bear with though as because it gets rid of all the dirt and impurities in your skin, you may actually find you break out at first, but honestly don’t worry – a few more applications of the product and it will clear them up in no time and keep them away for good!

So there we have it – smoother and clearer skin in a bottle! And it only takes a few minutes each day. Lifesaver.

Stacey x