Whether you're into her products or not, Liz Earle and her brand are a veritable example of how a solid business is built. The night before the event that I attended, she spoke at an Image networking evening and the response on Twitter was explosive; by all accounts, it was a seriously inspiring evening. Liz is truly beautiful in person (with impeccable skin, of course), and a real lady; very friendly, with a lovely manner. She spoke warmly and fondly of Dublin and told us that when she began press junkets for her beauty line, she was told to always start in Ireland because we are 'all so nice'!
It's incredibly generous (and rare) to see a brand, let alone two, surrender all profits and not just a mere percentage to charity, but that was the very purpose of Liz being in town this week. The Liz Earle Rose Perlargonium Necklace has just launced in partnership with Boodles - it's an incredibly beautiful 18ct rose gold chain with sapphires, and every penny of the (understandably expensive) price tag goes towards Shining Faces, an Indian-based charity working to provide healthcare, education and a happy environment for orphaned and deprived children. It's such an impressive initiative and I sincerely hope that sales of the necklace pull in plenty of much-needed funds for the charity.
I also got a look at what's coming for Christmas from Liz Earle. There are some beautiful Christmas crackers containing either a nail or lip colour, with prices starting at a decent €9, as well as other gift sets from the Superskin and Men's lines. The standout for me personally is the limited edition Sweet Orange and Mint Cleanse & Polish, it's good value at €23.50 for 150ml of product plus two muslin cloths. I've been using it for the past couple of days and I don't know how I ever forgot how lovely Cleanse & Polish really is - it's still in my top three rotation of cleansers and my skin gets along famously with it. This one is only available online from the Liz Earle site in the run-up to Christmas, so I'd definitely advise snapping one up - there's also a host of other beauty sets available online, on QVC and in Boots.