+ Cleanse and Polish Nicci McShane photo

Currently Obsessed With Liz Earle

“Skin is a beautiful thing, wear it well”

I have never been one for toning, cleansing and moisturising…you know that full on facial skincare works thing? I have always been quite lucky with using fairly simple products without my face turning into a saggy mess but now I am older I am more focused on ensuring my skin has the right nourishment and protection. Which therefore means, I can’t believe I am saying it, I am happy to invest in the right skincare.

Researching new products to the market has become a hobby of mine but having sensitive skin makes me wary about trying them. I can have a breakout from using a product just once! It is so frustrating. I do all the due diligence prior to purchasing a product, I read the reviews and if they are awesome I happily invest the cash but can then feel myself getting fedup as the breakout appears once again and the money has gone to waste.

My Liz Earle Goodie Box

As always, there was a light at the end of the skincare tunnel. I was introduced to the award winning Liz Earle by one of my friends who works for the firm and has been recommending their skincare for a while. She knew my concerns around humongous breakouts and reassured me that although it doesn’t suit everyone, the products contained natural ingredients and the reviews are positive. So the due diligence began again, what ingredients? They include Beeswax, Eucalyptus essential oil, Cocoa Butter, Cucumber extract, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to name a few!

So what can give me a breakout from those ingredients? Surely nothing right? Time to try. I arrived home from work and received an amazing box of goodies to sample, such a nice surprise but there was no better time to kick start me in to my new routine.

STEP 1: Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser £26.00 (200ml tube)*

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish with muslim cloth

This kicks off the skincare process and it’s super simple to use. You massage Cleanse & Polish on to dry skin over your face and neck, finishing over your eye area. Then you rinse and wring out the cotton cloth in hot water, then gently swipe across your face to polish off the cream. Finally, gently splash your face with cool water.

*If you need extra cotton cloths they are £4.50 for two.

STEP 2: Instant Boost Skin Tonic £14.50

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic with a selection of Chanel makeup brushes

After finishing the above step, pour a generous amount on to a cotton pad and gently wipe across your face and neck. This makes your skin feel extremely fresh and the scent of cucumber extract gives a soothing feeling.

STEP 3: Superskin Moisturiser, unfragranced for sensitive skin £39.00

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturising Cream with YSL foundation and Chanel lipstick

After finishing steps 1 & 2 above, apply a pea-sized amount (you really don’t need much more than that as it is a beautifully rich cream which really does go far) and again sweep gently across your face and neck. It contains cranberry, borage and reshape seed oils which I absolutely love! This is a real favourite moisturiser for me of all time.

STEP 4: Superskin Eye Cream £35.00

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream placed on a Louis Vuitton scarf

Finally I apply the eye cream gently across all areas of my eyes. Again, just a pea-sized amount is enough to cover the whole eye area. Be sure to be gentle on application. I swear this has reduced the slight dark circles I had previously!

I have been using these products for about a month. I felt it was a decent amount of time to give my skin chance to adjust and assess the results. Here is what I have found:

  • My skin looks and feels fresh, much cleaner and almost unblemished.

  • My dark circles have diminished.

  • My skin feels nourished, no dryness or oily patches in my t-zone.

  • NO BREAKOUTS WHAT SO EVER!

A lot of skincare products can be expensive, what I like about Liz Earle is they are much more affordable. Not only that, they actually last a while if you are sensible about the amount you use.

This skincare routine is now fully embedded into my everyday life and I would never return to using cheaper and less nutritious products for my skin, I have been converted so thank you Liz Earle!

Have you tried these products, how do they work for you? If you haven’t tried them and are looking for a new skincare range I hope this post gives you an insight into a different brand.

N x

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+ Kung Po Chicken dish at the Duck and Rice, Soho

The Duck and Rice, Soho

A few minutes walk from London’s busy Oxford Street is multi-cultural, hip Soho. In the midst of boutique stores and contemporary coffee shops is the nirvana of Chinese cuisine, Duck and Rice by Alan Yau.

copper tanks housing various beers in the pub section of The Duck and Rice, Soho

On stepping in you enter the pub downstairs with huge shiny copper tanks proudly housing various beers and up a luxurious gorgeous gold and black spiral staircase is the dining room.

Luxurious gold and black spiral staircase

Upstairs dining room at The Duck and Rice, SohoChinese is my go to cuisine, the one which just makes everything better, which makes you go into a completely acceptable food coma so this was a perfect ending to an awesome weekend.

The main menu has just the right amount of choice, it happily includes all the favourites whilst haughtily introducing new and interesting options.

Dining table at The Duck and Rice, Soho

Jasmine tea on a dining table at The Duck and Rice, SohoJasmine tea reminds me of my favourite Singapore restaurant Din Tai Fung. Tasting this tea immediately transported me back there, to a very happy place so massive tick, a great start. This was closely followed by placing an order of seven dishes which ended up being more than sufficient for three of us.

Seriously fresh wasabi prawns with a light and creamy drizzle are mouth watering items of delight. Colourful plates of glee just kept on arriving…

I wanted to try King soya beef ho fun as I loved the name of the dish (I know I am a marketers dream) but I was not disappointed with these flavoursome tender slices of beef tossed amongst beansprouts, onions and glistening wide rice noodles.

King soya beef ho fun

You can never go wrong with chicken and cashew nuts, now of course this is much more than just that. It’s accompanied with sticky glazed onions, peppers and garlic. Definitely one of the dishes of the day for me.

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Kung Po chicken

The marketers dream continues with my love of jasmine tea and baos so to be presented with a combination including smoked ribs?! Hell yes that’s a must! It was delightfully sticky clout in a wonderfully perfect steamed roll.

I’m always wary of salt and pepper squid, I worry that the batter will sadden me incase it’s too soft or greasy but on picking them up with chopsticks you could see they were just golden bites of excellence. They were perfectly cooked, fresh squid with just the right amount of seasoning. Coupled with fresh crunchy spring onions, this dish couldn’t have been lighter and more crisp.

I actually secretly wanted crispy duck, one of my Chinese staples but these little beauties take the rolling pancakes process away. They are ready made, jam-packed rolls of lip-smacking heaven. Perfect as an accompaniment to your main meals but which give you that longing taste of crispy duck so I didn’t feel like I had missed out.

All in all, one excellent choice for lunch and a special shout out to my friend for picking it (she always selects awesome places to try).

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Duck and Rice: 90 Berwick Street, Soho London

Rating: 9/10.

Perfect for: Brunch, lunch & dinner with friends, family and those special romantic dates.

Price: Mid range prices with main meals ranging from £9-£16. In my opinion, definitely great value for money.

I am really looking forward to a second visit here. The food is enormously tasty and having a go-to chinese favourite in one of the hippest locations in London, you can’t go wrong. If you have visited here already I would love to hear your thoughts!

N x

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+ Prosecco Afternoon Tea

Prosecco Afternoon Tea At The Vincent, Southport

Southport…my home town.

I haven’t spent much time here over the last 6 years with living abroad but in secret collaboration with my sister we managed to surprise my mum with Afternoon Tea at The Vincent Hotel this weekend. The weather was sumptuous as we meandered our way across town, trying to ignore my mum asking every 5 minutes where we are going! Sorry mum, I feel bad for ignoring you I didn’t mean to, I just didn’t want to give the game away!

The Vincent Hotel, Southport

The Vincent Hotel, Southport

Southport is a coastal town, I forgot just how seasidey it is. I found myself desperate for candy floss, loving the familiar sound of seagulls, the casino ambience of slot machines and the best of all, that gorgeous mouth watering smell of fish and chips! I was transported right back to my childhood. These are moments I took for granted as a youngster or is it maybe now I am older I have more of an appreciation? Southport as usual was heaving, the sun was shining as were all the mothers and grandmothers being treated. Happy Mothers Day to you all!

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The Vincent Hotel proudly stands on Lord Street, the central and busiest street in Southport. It opened in 2008 and is built on the site of the old Picture Palace cinema, it’s a great location with heaps of amenities close by if you are treating yourself to a vacay.

Decor and interior of a venue is important for me, it is modern and contemporary with a stylish and welcoming entrance.

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There are two restaurants both extremely popular, the V-Cafe and Sushi Bar and Vincent Pacific the latter serving an array of Asian inspired dishes. For this occasion we were directed upstairs to a function room where Mother’s Day was being celebrated separately. It felt serene but I kinda felt like I was at a wedding. None the less it was clean, spacious and full of ladies celebrating being awesome.

There are four types of Afternoon Tea:

  1. A selection of mini sandwiches, homemade cakes, scones with clotted cream & jam. All served with a choice of teas or coffee – £13.95 per person.
  2. Prosecco Afternoon Tea with an added glass of Prosecco – £19.95 per person.
  3. Champagne Afternoon Tea with an added glass of champagne and strawberries – £21.95 per person.
  4. Children’s Afternoon Tea – £9.95 per person.

Our delights were nobly and traditionally served on a cake stand (note to self I must buy one of those). The food was flavourful but the service was slightly disappointing. I had barely sat down when I was asked what Afternoon Tea we wanted. Erm I don’t know can I just sit down first please! Not a good start for me as service is key to my experience, personally and as a blogger. It did however slightly improve but unfortunately it wasn’t the smoothest of experiences. The food nonetheless was appetising and certainly did it’s job of filling us up.

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My eyes are always bigger than my tummy, I always feel like I am about to eat the table when I have Afternoon Tea as I usually starve myself all morning in pure excitement but a few sandwiches and a scone later I am fit to burst.

Brunch rating: 6.5/10.

Perfect for: Catch-ups and gatherings.

Nearest transport: A short walk from Southport Train Station, on a central line for various bus journeys and heaps of parking options.

Price: Good value for money.

Definitely a great location to pop in and satisfy any hunger cravings. If you have been or are planning to go, I would love to hear your views!

N x

So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.

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