Liz Earle

My opinion on skincare brands (MASTERPOST)

Obviously these are MY opinions, others may differ. I am not a dermatologist I’m just a skincare obsessed individual who’s spent a lot of time researching products and a lot of money on products. I hope this helps you all!

Neutrogena: meh. Your acne products are a big no no.

St Ives: No. No. No.

Dr organics: I have loved every product I have tried from them.

Faith in Nature: I like that it’s vegan, cruelty free etc. but the products don’t deliver.

Lush: Some really great products, especially for dry skin and for acne prone people. However they do include alcohol and fragrance in a lot of their products so if you’re sensitive to that be careful.

The body shop: Some great quality products but often over priced.

Innisfree: Not used them or even heard of them but I researched them and they look great! Good ingredients.

Lunik: Apparently they’re new and I tried researching but found nothing on them sorry.

Pixi: I’m in love with this brand. I recommend it to every one. Every skin type.

Nip n fab: A lot of good products, do check the ingredients though for things that may be an irritant to your skin. But overall I like them.

Liz Earl: Its ok. It’s not going to necessarily mess up your skin but I doubt their products will fix any of your skin problems.

Sukin: Some good products. They’re a good choice for sensitive skin types as they have minimal ingredients.

First aid beauty: Some really effective products.

Clinique: Super basic. Not ideal for any skin with issues.

The Ordinary: Amazing. Great products at great prices.

Origins: Eh, they’re not awful but I don’t really like them.

Ole Hendrickson: Lots of hype, very popular but a bit pricy.

Glossier: Love their style and the look the products creates but for the basic ingredients they are over priced and not high quality.

Estée Lauder: Way overpriced.

Cetaphil: Really nice basic products for all skin types, unless you have a sensitivity to fatty alcohols.

Burts Bees: Nice idea, bad ingredients therefore bad products.

Aveeno: Heard lots of good things, especially for dry skin and body care.

Philosophy: Utter shit.

Nivea: Some good products, especially for dry skin.

CerVe: Excellent. For most.

La Roche posay: I am in love. I recommend them to everyone, especially acne suffers.

Clean and clear: Often way too harsh to skin and causes more problems.

Palmers: Nice body care.

Juice beauty: Good face masks.

Biore: Overall okay, but some shocking products, like the nose strips.

Drunk elephant: I know they’re pricy but I’ve heard great things.

Proactiv: Will fuck your skin up.


Kenna by Liz Osban

The younger you start looking after your skin - the better!

If you’re new to my blog, welcome!

For those of you who have followed me for a while, you will know my love for all things LIz earle.

I love everything the company stands for and all the ingredients used in each product are all so amazing for the skin and naturally sourced which I’m all about!

When I moved into my flat, my gran got me two lovely gifts - one being a massive painting (love it) and another - Liz Earle Super skin which she said I would love and she had already been through 3 pots of the stuff (My gran is in her 60′s and there is literally not one wrinkle on her face, so if it works for her, I’m trying it!).

The pot I got was 50 ml and came with a little concentrate oil which is cute. When you open the moisturiser, the smell is quite powerful - at first I really didn’t like smell (I would say it was a mixture of cranberry and everything else in it) but now I can’t get enough of it.

The moisturiser claims to be for dry, mature or sensitive skin, so for me, two out of three things that my skin is (not yet mature, I’m only 24!) and helps smooth, plump and replenish for healthy hydrated skin - so I was really excited to try it out.

The product is full of gorgeous ingredients that are rich in antioxidants - Pomegranate Extract, West African Shea, Glycerin, Vitamin E , Borage, cranberry and Rose-hip seed oils which when applied together and put on your skin, just instantly softens the skin and gives your skin the hydration it needs.

I used this every day for about a week and found that a little goes a long way. I found it worked best when I massaged the product into my skin, using circle techniques and working my way from my forehead to my chin and taking the product down to my neck. The gentle massaging will help lift your skin and ease any tension from a busy day. I now try and use it at least once a week as I’m trying to make it last me but it’s not working very well, so think I will need to stock up on this in case of an emergency.

No matter what age you are, skin care is so important and the younger you start taking care of your skin - the better! Especially with so many thick and heavy cosmetic products these days, it’s equally as important to make sure we give our skin the best it deserves.

I’ve had a look on the Liz Earle website and for the 50 ml pot that I have, it is £39.00 (Thanks gran, you’re a gem). I’d recommend this for anyone looking for a higher quality moisturiser that has sensitive or dry skin and wants to give their skin the best ingreidents to help soften, hydrate and  rejuvenated their skin.

This product may seem a little pricey but for the size of the pot, I’d say it is worth the money and you will no doubt love it as much as I do.

Have you tried this, what’s your thoughts?

Natalie :) xox

The “It’s Overcast and You Need a Burst of Emotion” Playlist

  1. Honey - Torres
  2. What That Was - Majical Cloudz
  3. I Luv the Valley OH! - Xiu Xiu
  4. Fool - Perfume Genius
  5. The Past is a Grotesque Animal - of Montreal
  6. Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside) - My Bloody Valentine
  7. Fuck and Run - Liz Phair
  8. Fillmore Jive - Pavement
  9. Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine - Modest Mouse
  10. Dry the Rain - The Beta Band
  11. This Time Tomorrow - The Kinks
  12. Shirin - Jens Lekman
  13. Farewell Transmission - Songs: Ohia
  14. Carry the Zero - Built to Spill
  15. You’re Damaged - Waxahatchee
  16. Hannah Hunt - Vampire Weekend
  17. Evening’s Kiss - Willis Earl Beal

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Mad About Muslin

In the 18th century, Marie Antoinette kicked the gossip mill into overdrive by sitting for an official portrait in a corset-less (gasp!) muslin dress. As it turns out, the lightweight fabric’s renown dates back even further, with more uses than even the most tricked-out Swiss Army knife. Don’t believe us? Take a peek at the textile’s unexpectedly fascinating Wikipedia entry for a full rundown.

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The Hangover cure

So you returned in the early hours of the morning after having one too many glasses of wine. When your not feeling or looking your best the temptation is to drown your face in make up, but with a few handy skin care products you get the radiance of the perfect nights sleep with no hangover. 

1) In the morning i usually wake up with remnants of the previous nights make up halfway down my face so i start off removing this with the Lush Ultrabland cleanser, this one is perfect as its very moisturising and hydrating which, is what your skin is lacking.  

2) This step takes the longest but is worth it, using the ultra bland cleanser i will massage the skin for 5-10 minutes working the skin in a upwards motion starting at the forehead working around the eye area, cheeks and neck. This will get the blood flowing giving the appearance of a glow, this also gets rid of any retention in the face and will make the skin look more alive and healthier. To massage the skin you should use gentle but firm movements taking extra care around the eye area. 

3) After this you should definitely start to notice a difference, the skin should look more taught and have a glow to it, using a hot cloth i then remove the cleanser and start to apply the brightening mask by Liz Earle. 

4) 4 minutes later i will then remove this with warm water, to remove any dead skin cells i exfoliate the skin with the Liz Earle gentle exfoliator.

5) After removing the exfoliator with warm water i then splash my face with cold water to close my pores. I then start to moisturise my face using a light weight serum thats moisturising but not greasy. 

6) To add a extra glow and colour to my face i will then use the Clarins liquid self tanning lotion to my face applying with a cotton wool pad. 

7) To reduce dark circles underneath the eye area i then gentle pat some of the eye brightening moisturiser by Naturally high underneath my eyes, for better results keep this in the fridge to create a cooling effect, reducing puffiness. 

8) Final step is to moisturise the lips using the Nuxe honey lip balm.

The final look should be healthier, youthful skin that has a glow to it and doesn’t look like you got in at 4am! 

Things John Finnemore Has Ruined* Forever

the ending of Casablanca


hiring a man and van 




bears (all varieties)


the number 19

pineapple juice

Peach Schnapps

going through the airport metal detector

The Archers

takeaway pizza

getting some keys made

the Olympics








the World Cup (“The World what?” “The World Cup.” “The what Cup?”)

the Grand National





sea lions


hotel towels

Top Gun


ice cream vans 

ice cream chimes

train announcements


Leon Trotsky

Thomas The Tank Engine

Doctor Who


Winston Churchill’s most famous speech

ordering coffee in coffee shops


The Famous Five books

the area of South London known as Elephant & Castle

the songs “Greensleeves”, “Deck The Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, and “Come Fly With Me” (and many more)

aviator sunglasses


dragon fwoo





King Arthur

the words awesome and awful

Timbuktu (Timbuktu)

Jelly Babies

Russselll Crooooowe

Any words beginning with Q

putting on a seatbelt

dressing gowns

Duxford Air Museum

the phrase not a happy bunny

any dish containing rice as the main ingredient

fire extinguishers



anything with tentacles




Christmas stockings

the NATO Phonetic Alphabet (“Mick! Mi! Muh!”)

using a stepladder (“or, as we call it, the Widow Maker”)

Pony Club girls

getting out of sync



French accents

Australian accents

Irish accents


the word bravery

Jekyll & Hyde

baked potatoes


Christmas gift supplements

choosing a restaurant




putting on a seatbelt

wiiiiinnnndddddd-drrrrriiiiieeeeeedddd ssssaaaauuuuussssaaaggeeeee

booking a holiday

the Grand Canal in Venice





the word basking

buying a watch

yellow cars


the Seven Deadly Sins

the Seven Dwarves

the Six Nations



reading the Sunday papers





the word brilliant


… and…

snow leopards

Winnie the Pooh


jacket pockets

* changed, and infinitely improved


So you may be getting good money, maybe not, but either way self-maintenance is a must in this lifestyle. A man with millions isn’t going to pay for a SB who isn’t polished to perfection, and remaining flawless can, of course, be costly. So instead of wasting your $$$ on expensive spa treatments, here’s a few things you should (and probably shouldn’t) budget on.


  • Stop getting your nails done unless you have naturally long nails. Your nails are a centre point to indicate how hygienic you are; if they’re scruffy and nibbled down, you really should stick to the Acrylics. If you do have naturally great nails, invest in a few kit essentials that will last for a good few months. I recommend the following Essie products: Apricot cuticle oil, First Base, Good to Go and the colours Fiji for the day and A-List for nights.
  • Stop getting your hair cut. Split-ends may seem subtle, but a good hair cut really does make a difference. Aim for one as often as you see fit, and if you can befriend a decent hairstylist while you’re at it, go for it. It will probably mean you’ll get a little discount from his or her services.
  • Bother with getting pedicures. There’s no point, just buy a foot buffer - I got a great little pink one with 4 sides from Primark… it was £1 - and a foot scrub and foot butter. About £10 later and you’re set for a few months. 
  • Get waxed. Chicks who say razors are useless haven’t even experienced a good razor. You too can have dolphin legs and a silky vag for about £20. My bikini razor is a Wilkinson Sword Quattro and was £10.99, and my general razor was a Venus and Olay Gillette one which was the same price. No point in splurging on regular waxes, m'kay?


  • Forget about getting your teeth whitened. A very cheap alternative is whitening toothpaste - I recommend Beverly Hills Formula Charcoal toothpaste - and disclosing tablets. Disclosing tablets turn the plaque on your teeth a different colour, e.g. bright blue, and it doesn’t go away until you’ve brushed all the plaque off, so you’re really giving your teeth a good looking after. These are usually less than £2 for a box of them.
  • Learn to do your own hair and makeup for events, dates, etc. There’s no need to pay someone lots of $$ for their services, when you can quite easily teach yourself through Youtube videos or,my favourite method, go to makeup counters and pretend you’ve never worn makeup in your life and ask to try on a little of everything; watch how they apply it in a hand mirror. They don’t have to know you’re essentially using them, just tell them you’ll be back to buy some of the products on pay-day, and then flee the store and never look back… ever.
  • Avoid being a skincare snob. I use Liz Earle, but only because my friend works for them and gets it for me. I used to use Simple skincare, which totals about £10 maximum for your cleanser, toner, moisturiser and face wipes for convenience. It’s also on offer a lot, so that price would probably be halved. I would say they’re similar to Clinique in quality, which of course is incredible for the price.
  • Use small amounts; you don’t need a puddle of shampoo, and you don’t need a splodge of foundation. Start with tiny amounts of everything, and if you need to use more, add a little more after the original amount is applied. You’re only going to waste money by throwing products all over yourself.
  • Care for your skin with an exfoliator and a body butter. Soap and Glory do brilliant ones, and they cost far less than a skin treatment at a spa. Ain’t no need to flash the cash, m'love. 
5 easy tips to keep your skin clear and cleansed!

HI guys & girls! I’m back with a new post and this time it’s all about looking after your skin. 

When it comes to your skin, it is never to early to start looking after it. Most people know the importance of making sure their skin is looked after but sometimes, we all have those days were we don’t do enough to keep our complexions looking at their best (I know for me it’s after a night out and SOMETIMES sleeping in my make up because I’m too lazy to take it off, least I’m honest!).

Here are 5 easy ways that I think really can make all the difference. 

1. Drink water As simple as it sounds and I know we’ve all heard it a million times, the benefits of drinking water for your skin are unbelievable. This really will help hydrate you from inside out, clear up any problem areas and flushes out all the bad toxins. After all, we are made up of 80% water so why would this not be the perfect solution?! 

 2. Plenty of sleep Finally, a step that I’m the master of! Getting a good nights sleep helps get rid of dark circles, improves skin tone and help keep the wrinkles at bay. I like to make sure I am getting around 8 hours sleep per night (just as well because without this, I’m no fun) and after doing this during the week, I notice that my skin just seems to look more bright. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles, puffiness to the skin, dehydration and spots so always make sure to try get as much as you can. There is such a thing as beauty sleep! 

3. Avoid harsh sunlight Being from Scotland, this one is kinda easy for me cause the sun rarely appears but if you’re from somewhere that the sun is around more often (lucky you!) then it’s important to protect your skin from the harsh rays which are given off by the sun. The sun dries out all your skins natural oils so it’s really important to make sure you are protected and avoid getting too much sun (specifically around your face) as this can cause those little fine lines we want to avoid.

 4. Always remove your makeup before bed I’m guilty of coming home from a night out and not always doing this but it is so important. Make up can be heavy on the skin and sleeping with this can cause it to sink into your pores which can clog them up and cause spots - I’ve always been really lucky with my skin and never gets spots but when I leave make up on, I notice that areas around my eyes are creased and my skin feels so dry. Always remove your make up with a gentle cleanser which works well with your skin (alcohol free as this dries out the skin) to remove all the product/dirt leaving your skin super soft. 

5. Buy a good moisturizer that is suitable for YOUR skin type This step is crucial to looking after your skin and too often, people use moisturizers which just won’t be doing their skin any favors - for example - a person with oily skin using a moisturizer for dry skin and the list goes on.  Always look for a moisture which will be kind to your skin type as this will work best for your skin in every way. My skin can be dry at times and I swear by Clarins hydra quench for my skin as It just compliments my skin and leaves it feeling full of moisture and soft. There are creams of all prices out there so just have a little look around to see what one you think would work best for you. If you’re wondering what skin type you are, the easier way to see is to take a dry tissue, pat it around your face and pay attention to your T-zone (forehead area and down nose) - examine how your skin looks after this - does it look just normal, dry, oily or a mixture of all (combination) - this will help give you a good indication. 

If you really aren’t sure, pop into your local beauty department store and speak to someone - Clinique, Clarins, Kiehl’s ect (somewhere which has a large skincare range).   

One of my favourite books for looking after my skin and hair at home is this - it is FULL of things to try out at home and this is the kind of DIY I enjoy. Brilliant for anyone that is on a budget - definitely worth the purchase - you never know, you could be the next Liz Earle!

Natalie :) xoxox 

Taron Egerton | The Grooming Guide

‘James Dean was a bit of a boss wasn’t he?’

If there’s a man to watch in 2015, Welsh-born actor Taron Egerton is the one to keep your peepers on. He stormed into prominence with his portrayal of Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ earlier this year, alongside acting heavyweights Colin Firth and Michael Caine, and he’s not stopped working since. Named as one of GQ’s 50 best dressed British men in 2015, Egerton’s transformation from RADA graduate to well-groomed main man means he’s truly on the Grooming Guide radar.

With upcoming roles as Eddie ‘The Eagle’ alongside Hugh Jackman, and as the enigmatic sidekick Edward ‘Mad-Teddy’ Smith in ‘Legend’ (staring Tom Hardy as both the Kray twins) Egerton looks set to continue his stellar run, wowing audiences with his ability to transform into a diverse range of characters. But we here at Grooming Towers wanted to grab five minutes with the rising star to discuss what’s in his personal grooming arsenal – and find out if Michael Caine imparted any sleek advice to the newest kid on the block!

In the last few years you’ve gone from RADA graduate to well-known actor. Do you think you place more importance on grooming now that you’re in the public eye?
Probably less than I should! No, of course I’m much more aware of grooming now – not that I really get recognised much! I would say I have learnt a lot more about style over the last few years, what I like to wear and what suits me. Gone are the days of living 24/7 in grey joggers like I did at drama school. That’s not to say I don’t go back to the trusty jogging bottoms every so often, I just keep it to round the house or when I’m working out.

In ‘Kingsman’, your character goes through a ‘makeover’ – did you pick up any stealth grooming advice from on-set?
I was lucky enough to wear some beautiful bespoke suits as part of my character Eggsy’s transformation. I now have quite a taste for them, they change everything; the way you hold yourself, they give you a certain confidence, they act almost like a second skin. Also, before ‘Kingsman’ I never really understood the importance of a good watch – now my Bremont is practically welded to my wrist, I haven’t taken it off since I finished filming! It means I no longer have an excuse for being late though…!

Working with acting heavy weights Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine, did they impart any grooming or style advice, or did they have a particular influence on your grooming/style?
And not forgetting Mark Strong! They are all very handsome gentlemen, who each have their own distinct style which makes them stand out as individuals. I guess that fact alone was quite influential and inspirational. I never quite got round to having the conversation with Sir Michael Caine about his morning grooming ritual though!

In Testament of Youth, you play a young man going to war in 1914. Did you enjoy being styled and groomed to fit the times?
You know what, there is something incredibly sharp about the classic short back and sides cut, I can see why that hairstyle has done a full circle and has come back into fashion. I loved wearing the army suits as Edward, they have a real weight to them, both literally in a physical sense and historically. It helped me a great deal with instantly transporting me to the era of the First World War.

What’s your at home grooming routine like? Do you have a favourite product/products that you rely on?
I wouldn’t say I have a ‘routine’ as such but products I do use and always make me feel fresh are Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic – it makes you feel like you’ve had 10 hours sleep when in reality you’ve probably had a lot less! Kiehl’s do an amazing shower gel that’s great and I love the cool mint FUDGE shampoo and conditioner. That wakes me up! But if nothing else just a proper thorough teeth brush!  

Do you have a favourite scent that you’re loyal to?
I wear Valentino and have done for the last few years; it feels like my smell now and I wouldn’t change it.

Have you had any grooming disasters?
I think I went through the classic ‘mum bowl-cut’ trauma as a kid, but I think that’s a right of passage when you’re young isn’t it? Even now when I see my mam with a pair of scissors it gives me shivers and nightmare haircut flashbacks!

What’s your ritual to get ready for a big event?
It is definitely a bit of a last minute jobby – probably spend too long in the shower whilst listening to some great tunes to get me pumped up, something from great new band ‘Lazy Habits’ or something a bit more old school and timeless like Stevie Wonder. Then wack a bit of product in my hair, (Bumble and Bumble Styling Cream has always done a very good job) and a splash of Valentino and a swig of something fizzy, then I’m out of the door.

Who is the one person (dead/alive/imaginary) that you look up to in terms of grooming and style, and why?
James Dean was a bit of a boss wasn’t he? Classic jeans, tee and and a leather jacket…can’t go wrong!

Looking forward, you have two very different projects on the horizon (as Eddie The Eagle and in Legend) : can you tell us a little about them and what they mean in terms of the different looks that you have to create and embody?
I have just finished filming ‘Eddie The Eagle’ as Eddie (who was the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping back in the 1980’s) and then ‘Legend’ comes out in September this year. Mr Eddie certainly had his own style going on! Over the last couple of months I’ve actually become quite attached to those iconic glasses. Not sure I can say quite the same thing about those 80’s ski suits! As for ‘Legend’, I got to wear some pretty suave 50s suits alongside Tom Hardy. Playing dress up as an actor is definitely all part of the fun and variety- I get to wear things I would never normally get the chance to.

When and where are you at your happiest?
I’d have to say whenever I’m with my boys back home in Aberystwyth. Sun shining, beer in hand with my best mates on the Royal Pier, can’t beat it.

Interview by Zoe Keys
Image: Ben Weller/Mr Porter

How Red reacted to Liz caring about him

T. Earl King VI. Probably one of my favorite TBL episodes so far.

I don’t know if anyone else understood it like this, but this is how I read the way he responded to her demonstration of concern for him, one of the highlights of this great episode IMO.

Yes, Liz cares about him - not that we (or he) didn’t know, but she finally admitted that to Red. But that’s not exactly why I loved this episode so much, since:

  • On 2.05, Red felt Liz was jealous of his search for some other woman, she even admitted that to Samar (who has some kind of deal with Red and we don’t know her agenda, so I don’t believe that talk was kept between the two agents);
  • She did tell him she cares about what happens to him on 2.09;
  • At the end of 2.13 he stated that she didn’t want to hand him the Fulcrum because she was afraid he would leave her.

What I truly loved is the other side of this coin.

Red is at the glass cage, telling Liz to leave with the boy. She is clearly concerned about him. 

He doesn’t look worried. In fact, IMO, he looks delighted, almost smug, noticing the way she feels. Maybe he is just flattered to see the change from “you and me, it’s just business” to Liz trying to save him at all cost.

I guess Red doubted he would get killed by Yabari - after all he is the Concierge of Crime, so there’s a lot he could arrange to make the man forget his vendetta.He could even escape before getting to the man who paid for him, but he didn’t expect to get killed there.

His last word, the last thought that crossed his head was Lizzie, she probably was miles away: he didn’t hear she entering the room, he didn’t know she was there, as it’s clear in his face. He expected her to be far from that place, safe and sound. But she was there, she was there for him.

They do what they have to do and leave the place. He waits in the car and at some point he understands the danger Liz may be in by caring about him, even if at first it was endearing having her worried about him, after everything he did to show her he wasn’t using her.

Red’s eyes were already wet when Liz got into the car, probably as he realized she would get in trouble because he matters to her; and hers got teary as she understood why he doesn’t allow anyone to come closer. 

Not long after the two of them met (1.03), Red said to Liz “I believe I will always do whatever I feel I have to do to keep you alive”, but one of the goals of Red’s journey is finding the light, as he expects to become less hideous - not only protecting her. Now that he is an object of her affection, everything is out of his control. She will focus on him, not on what he means to the task force, to her job, or the answers she can get from him. She will risk her life for him because she cares about him as a person. She is too strong-minded to do differently.

From now on, if he puts himself in danger, he will put her in danger too. Not that she would become unassisted, but she will do whatever it takes to keep him alive.

It would be better if it remained as business for her. As the lesson Earl King learned from Red,

Dispassion is the businessman’s best friend.
One mustn’t get emotionally involved in business.

It isn’t cute as he considered first, having Liz emotionally involved: caring about him may show itself as the last thing he would want her to. He can’t protect her if he becomes less hideous, at least not how he wants to.

Decoding Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

The buzz around this product has definitely caught our attention. More than 80 beauty awards and the promise to combine cleansing, toning, and moisturizing into one bottle? Needless to say, we’ve been itching to try this wonder cleanser for a very long time.

And just to be thorough, we got down to the nitty-gritty to find out how botanical extracts like eucalyptus oil, hops, rosemary, and chamomile are teaming up to deliver your best skin ever. Read our full breakdown here.


Try tacking on these small changes to your routine to get, and keep, flawless skin.