#MyLittleSkincareProject - Combination Skin # 3

17 Nov 2013

If you have combination skin you'll be happy to know today's #MyLittleSkincareProject post is all about putting products aimed at combination skin to the test. It's all well and good a product claiming it's perfect for your skin, but when you're skin type is one of the most temperamental there is - you have to know if they really work! My lovely combination skin bloggers Hayley, Nuala and Angelica have been putting products to the test and here's what they think to some products specifically tailored for combination skin!

Hayley has combination skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Combination Skin # 3

"Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - This cloth has been part of my routine for a few years, it’s one of the best muslin cloths I've come across, it’s beautifully gentle while still removing any products you've applied to your face, it’s slightly exfoliating but not abrasive. The great thing about muslin cloths is that you can throw them in the washing machine, keeping any products you use on your face clean is essential.

Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay for Oily and Blemish Prone Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - I've never used a Konjac sponge before but I found it perfect for alternating with the Liz Earle Muslin Cloths. The Konjac sponge I tried out is specifically for oily spot prone skin and it felt lovely buffed over troublesome areas, even though it’s gentle it really feels like it’s getting rid of any nasties on your skin. It also contains bamboo charcoal which helps fight the bacteria that causes spots, I will definitely be buying another when this one needs replacing.

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask* (Liz Earle*, 15ml, £5.50, 75ml, £14.50) - Being a Liz Earle fan I thought I was going to love this mask, it contains one of my favourite scents - rose so I really thought It’d be love at first application but it wasn't. Designed for my skin type I thought my skin would enjoy this, it says it’s not suitable for sensitive skin which I don’t tend to experience however the mask did sting a little around my nose and was slightly uncomfortable for the 5 minutes I left it on. My skin looked brighter and healthier and felt a lot smoother afterwards but with the slight sting and an overwhelming smell of rose I personally would opt for a gentler Liz Earle mask.

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator* (Liz Earle*, 15ml, £5.50, 50ml, £9.75, 70ml, £14) - I am smitten with this exfoliator, the jojoba beads gently buff any dead skin cells away without causing any irritation, the cocoa butter and sweet almond oil leaves your skin feeling healthy and moisturised afterwards and not thirsty and sore like some other exfoliators can. I use this a few times a week after using Cleanse and Polish, it’s a firm favourite in my routine now and has helped clear up a few areas of acne scars which is great!

Vichy Normaderm Micellar Water for Imperfection Prone and Sensitive Skin* (Boots*, 200ml. £10.50) - This is one of my favourite Micellar solutions, it’s one of those rare products that really cleans your skin while remaining gentle and without leaving a trace. Vichy’s micellar solution is perfect for taking your makeup off before cleansing your skin further. I've tried a few michellar waters and this is the most effective one I've found particularly for removing eye-makeup, it removes stubborn mascara effortlessly all without irritating your eyes."

Nuala has combination skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Combination Skin # 3

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser* (Liz Earle*, variety of sizes ranging from 15ml-200ml, £3.25-£36.75) - The first product I am reviewing today needs no introduction: It’s the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I have been using hot cloth cleansers as part of my skincare routine for the past 2 years, and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish was the first one I ever bought, so I was really excited when I found out that I was going to be trialling it for Sophia’s #MyLittleSkincareProject. The formula of this cleanser is very thick and creamy and it does an amazing job at cleansing your face and removing your makeup. It contains cocoa butter, chamomile and rosemary which really soften and moisturise your skin. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is gentle enough to use on your eyes, yet strong enough to remove even heavy eye makeup and gel liner! You use this cleanser by massaging quite a generous amount of the product into your skin.  You then rinse the Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) under hot water and use it to wipe away makeup and other impurities off your face. The muslin cloth does a great job at exfoliating your skin, and as Liz Earle muslin cloths are machine washable, you do get quite a few uses out of them.
Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask* (Liz Earle*, 15ml, £5.50, 75ml, £14.50) - I fell in love with the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask the very first time I tried it and can easily see this product becoming a firm favourite of mine. This mask contains green kaolin clay which absorbs excess oils on your skin as well as manuka honey and organic aloe vera to smooth your skin. You use this mask by applying it to clean, damp skin and leaving it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off with a damp sponge. As this is a clay mask, make sure you avoid getting any of the product near your lips and eye area. I love how the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask deep cleanses my skin and absorbs excess oils and impurities without drying out my skin the way some masks containing clay extract can. I've been using the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask once a week and it really leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and hydrated. This is definitely the perfect product if you have combination skin because it moisturises and deep cleanses your skin and without making it oily or drying it out.
Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay for Oily to Normal Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - I have to admit that generally speaking I am not really a fan of cosmetic sponges. I don’t like using them to apply my makeup and never even jumped on the Beauty Blender bandwagon, so when I received the Konjac Puff Sponge I was a little apprehensive. I needn't have worried however as I soon discovered that Konjac Sponges are quite different to your average sponge.  First of all, this is not a makeup sponge. Konjac sponges are made from 100% natural konjac fibres which come from the konjac plant.  The Konjac puff sponge has many uses. You can use them on your face as well as your body to exfoliate and deep cleanse your skin. I've been using this in the shower to remove my Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask face mask and it really does get all the product off your skin, leaving it feeling really soft and moisturised, so I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this little sponge."
Angelica has combination skin
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Combination Skin # 3

"Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay for Oily and Blemish Prone Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - The tools that you use in your beauty regimes can be just as important as the products you choose. Personally, I love using a sponge in my skincare routine (I find that they’re handy as they can be used in so many different ways) and the Konjac Sponge Puff with Added Bamboo Charcoal is the best sponge I've come across so far. I particularly like to use it to remove face masks as I find that it’s really gentle on my skin whilst also being effective at removing even thick clay masks. However, it’s also really great at helping to remove make-up or cleansers from the skin. I can’t stress enough how soft and high quality Konjac Sponges feel and they last much better than cheap high street sponges that I've used in the past. Konjac Sponges also have the fantastic addition of a string running through the center of them, which makes them easy to hang up to store and dry. All in all, they’re a very well designed product and they function excellently.

Vichy Normaderm Micellar Water for Imperfection Prone and Sensitive Skin* (Boots*, 200ml. £10.50) - Vichy’s Normaderm Micellar Solution stands up against other micellar waters that I've tried. It’s formulated for sensitive skin prone to blemishes and I found that it made an active difference to my skin – even when I only used it as my ‘first cleanser’ (primarily to remove make-up) It does an wonderful job of removing make-up, including waterproof mascara. However, I wouldn't rely on cleansing my skin with this product alone. I felt as though using this in the morning was sufficient but in the evening I would only use this as a first step in my cleansing regime. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend it to anyone with combination skin, especially if their skin is more on the sensitive side.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser* (Liz Earle*, variety of sizes ranging from 15ml-200ml, £3.25-£36.75) and Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, with accompanying Muslin Cloth, has entirely lived up to my expectations. It’s raved about by many people and not without reason! It's a thick cream cleanser that you apply to dry skin and then it is recommended that you remove it with a Liz Earle Muslin Cloth soaked in hot water. I found this cleanser to be incredibly effective – it really has worked wonders on my skin – it provides thorough cleansing without aggravating my dry patches or being too ‘heavy’ for my oily t-zone. Removing the cleanser with Liz Earle’s Muslin Cloth felt like an essential part of the process as it provided gentle daily exfoliation that has helped smooth my skin without any harsh manual exfoliaters. The Liz Earle Muslin Cloth is soft to the touch and still feels of the same high quality even after numerous washes! Together they’re the perfect skincare partnership and I would highly recommend them. I would even go as far to say that they’re new “holy grail” beauty items for me."

Just like previous #MyLittleSkincareProject posts on the sponsored products for the project, it's really interesting to see how the same product works for different people of the same skin type. I'm personally also a big fan of all of the products mentioned in today's post and would personally highly recommend Liz Earle as a brand appropriate for most skin types, particularly combination. Thanks Hayley, Nuala and Angelica for sharing your thoughts on all these lovely products with us! Next week we'll be covering normal skin and products aimed at maintaining normal skin, and until then you can catch up will the project so far - all linked below!

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