My favourite step of my skincare routine has to be the Cleanser as I feel it’s the one step that makes the biggest difference (stay away from the wipes!!) I remember what started this cleanser love off, Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser which is perfect for beginners but I feel like I’ve upgraded from cream cleansers. My new love is balm cleansers and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to more traditional milks and creams.

If you are unfamiliar with balm cleansers they come in a solid form and liquefy when rubbed between your palms or massaged on to a dry face. To remove them I use a hot cloth such as a muslin cloth or I love this Emma Hardy Flannels £8. I love balms as they remove every bit of makeup including waterproof products and leave my skin feeling much better than any other cleanser I’ve tried.

My top four (in order)

4)Clinique Take the Day Off (£21)
I searched everywhere for this and finally found it in the clearance section on holiday, result! This works beautifully and removes all my make-up even though it is only £21. The only reason it hasn’t made it to a higher spot is because it’s least luxurious out of the range; it looks a little like lard and is completely unscented. I think the face it is unscented is what gets to me however it does mean it is perfect for those of you with sensitive skin! Its the perfect, affordable cleanser everyone should own for an everyday non faffy cleansing routine.

3) Rodial Glamtox Cleanser ( £50 Currently £20.52 here)
This product comes in a study tube with a great pump and is a little less solid than the other balm cleansers. The scent isn’t as nice as the Emma Hardie Amazing Face but it is pleasant. It also has a range of great ingredients and even claims to help pigmentation. It leaves a beautiful glow on the skin and the packaging is in my opinion the best type of packaging (no contaminating the product!)

2) Emma Hardie Amazing Face(£34)
It seemed the world and his wife was talking about this cleanser at one point so of course I had to give it a go and it is a good ‘un. It removes everything, is packed full of ingredients to re-hydrate and minimise pores. It also smells amazing making the whole cleansing experience feel much more luxurious (take a second to take the scent in) but sadly the packaging isn’t the greatest. I’ve broken my lid, I’ve heard people complain it leaks and the deep tub means you really have to stick your fingers in. All that said at £34 it is very reasonable and I would repurchase without a doubt.

1) Vaishaly Cleansing Balm (£69)
Okay so it is a little (very!) pricey and therefore it is my special occasion cleanser. This cleanser is designed for dry skins and I wouldn’t go near it with a oily skin (it’s fine for sensitive skin!) It comes with airless pump which keeps it preserved without synthetic preservatives and germ-free. It took me a little while to get use to the smell but I now love it. It has lavender, rose and geranium which makes this product feel very luxurious. It is oily then the others but it’s quite relaxing to massage on the face. I use a cloth to remove this even though it’s not recommended but it washes off leaving my skin looking beautiful. I used this for a week and I have never had such great skin. Expensive but worth it. Will I be repurchasing? Not at the moment I can’t afford it/justify it but if it’s your wedding coming up/you can afford this than I couldn’t think of a better cleanser! It’s the ultimate must have winter skincare product in my eyes.

Honourable mentions
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm £12// No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm £9

On my list to try:
Merymaya Melting Cleansing Balm £14.50 // Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm £36 // Botanics Soothing Cleansing Balm £8.99 // Monu Cleansing Balm £35  // Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleanse £35

What is your favourite cleanser? Have you tried any of the ones I have mentioned?

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 Last month I didn’t get a chance to write about my monthly Glossy Box as I was away so I am quite excited to share this extra special Glossy Box with you. As you can tell this month’s box is extra pretty and designed by Maggie Li which is an extremely talented Illustrator! I popped in to their Glossy Box September box launch this month and was so impressed by all the products you could get this month- there are some fab-ulous items!

 I even got my nails done with the cutest design inspired by the box! Sadly my nails are a little shorter than I like them so I chose not to write a whole post on them. However I love them and the manicurist did a great job, I am so jealous of easy she managed to do the pattern too!

 I was pretty impressed with the content of my Glossy Box as it was quite full and even had a great full size product. The full size product is the L’Oreal Mythic oil which I love and use almost daily, there is also a shampoo and conditioner sample sachet which I will be trying very soon. After hearing about the Lady Gaga perfume everywhere I am glad that there is a Flame Black Fluid include I use to really moan about perfume samples but I am beginning to warm to them. There are four Rodial Sachets two  Glamoxy Snake Serum and also two 5 Minute mask’s. I am actually quite a fan of Rodial and their products can be quite expensive so even if I like this sample the full size is far to expensive for my student budget! I have also been loving Balance Me recently so the Wonder Eye cream has also caught my eye but is probably something I won’t use too soon as I am not too big on eye cream. For me the least exciting product is the Olay Regenerist wrinkle relaxing complex as I simply won’t use it but I am sure if I pass this on to someone else they’ll be happy- its just not really aimed at my age.

Overall I actually think Glossy Box has been doing a good job recently and the brands have been pretty impressive. This September box is being shipped early next week but you still have time to subscribe.
The box cost £10 plus P&P but check out all the other offers here

What do you think of Maggie Li’s print? What do you think of this months content?
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