I never stop preaching to my friends about the benefits of cleansing properly. If you don't clean your canvas the paint job is only going to look dodgy. One of my favourite finds of the year is Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish system so I've really got into cleansers that you use with water and muslin cloths. I was sent a 'starter kit' of Eve Lom products a while back and saved it to take away with me for Xmas - all the products are perfectly sized for travelling and even come in the perfect container to keep them all together. I've been using the classic cleanser, which I didn't realise had a cult following until I started chatting about the brand to others, twice a day for the last week. They say that "with a powerful blend of Egyptian chamomile, hops, clove and eucalyptus oil, together with cocoa butter the Eve Lom Cleanser cleanses, tones, exfoliates all in one. Even the most stubborn make-up and eye make-up will be removed."
The cleanser comes in a pot and has an unusual texture - kind of like an oily scrub with granules - and scent, which for some reason reminds me of the dentist! It's not offensive, but it's really clean and almost clinical smelling. The process is simple... you just apply it over your make-up, massaging into the face and moving around all the dirt to then clean it off with hot water and the muslin cloth. You can also lay the cloth over your face for a few minutes to open pores and give yourself a quick facial (but I don't have time for this... it's valuable Quality Street eating time.) You need such a small amount (about a 5p piece) as it really moves around easily to work your face into a beautiful state, which is probably a good thing as it's not cheap at £48 a pot.
I instantly noticed that it left my face feeling clean, smooth and supple. It did get off the majority of my make-up, but there was still some mascara left - something that doesn't bother me though as I don't think I've found many things that do remove my mascara! The muslin cloth that you get with it though was amazing... thicker and more durable than any others I've tried, plus the make-up actually washes off easily rather than hanging around on the cloth looking nasty. (You can get these for £12.50 for a pack of three) If I compare this to Liz Earle (which is much cheaper at around £14) it's better at exfoliating and my skin did feel smoother - however, it's a huge price to pay so I'd recommend this only if you struggle with other products that are too harsh for your skin or don't give you a result that's noticeable. Eve Lom is available in Space NK, Harrods and other department stores so it's definitely for the posher of you lot!