Maybe I’m a bit odd, but I like practical gifts. My dad always gets me a giant box of toiletries for Christmas, and I love it – because it means for a month or so I don’t have to buy shower gel, bath soak or body lotion. And whilst it might not be my obvious choice of scent or brand, it’s something a bit different, and still, it’s taking those items off my mental shopping list.
It makes the day to day a bit easier.
And I think it might run in the family. I can remember asking my Nana what she wanted for Christmas and her asking for a yard brush. I was probably only about 7 or 8 and I can still recall that weird bewilderment as a child that she could ask Santa for anything in the world, and she asked for a sweeping brush.
OK, so I may not be that practical. But this want of useful stuff leads me nicely onto this review – and why I included it in my Christmas Beauty Pinterest board. For all it’s prettiness, and delicious scent it’s practical, and I’d be more than happy to have it included in my stocking.
In winter, skin can get chapped, dry and chafed. Even moving more of my fitness indoors with the lifting, all the running, showering and day to day, mean a good skin regime is more important than ever. I’ve moved away from my normal soap free cleanser and back to my winter option – cold cream, and a warm cloth, before a gentle toner, then the usual moisturiser (or in my case Savlon, yes I still use it, yes I still swear by it – if it ain’t broke etc).
Although I may have just found a replacement.
I have a few friends who swear by Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish- and having tried it for a few weeks myself, it’s easy to see why. For me, it works in the same way as I use the cold cream. Dampen skin, apply cream, and massage. The soft cream will remove make up, including mascara and eyeliner (I tested it) and stubborn lipstick (I also tested that too). Rinse your cloth (the gift pack has two) in hand hot water, and use it to remove the cream.
Then tone and moisturise as usual.
The orange and cinnamon scent is beautifully Christmassy, and as a product, it works perfectly. My skin felt soft, clean and it coped with even the most stubborn of make up – like my bright pink lip suede – which I’d normally have to almost scrub off.
OK, so it might not be the most glamorous gift, it’s a cleanser after all – but it will earn you far more brownie points than an anti-ageing cream (really? Who gives those?), and will show a little more thought than a last minute gift voucher.
Sometimes practical isn’t a bad thing.