OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA * no 7 beautiful skin melting gel cleanser £9.50 *

Since deciding to embrace daily double cleansing – a la Caroline Hirons – my cleanser collection has continued to grow and grow… and grow. I’m always so eager to see what’s new out there, both in terms of cheaper drugstore brands and the more high-end offerings. Luckily for my bank balance, my latest cleanser comes from the more budget-friendly end of that scale and can be snapped up at Boots for less than £10.

In terms of my cleansing routine, I tend to rely on my trusty balm cleansers – Emma Hardie and Clinique are my current favourites – for my first cleanse as I find they work best when it comes to dissolving and removing that first layer of make-up, helping to prepare your skin for a second dose of cleansing. But when I spotted the No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser I figured perhaps the time had come to try something new. Plus I figured it might make for a cheap alternative to the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel which I have tried – and loved – a couple of times before.

On first impressions, I have to admit I was pretty put off by the packaging. I know it’s a drugstore product but I’ll be honest when I say this tube just looks and feels cheap, plus the cap on mine broke off the first time I opened it up. Less than ideal. But I persevered and thank goodness I did because the product inside the less than luxurious tube is just wonderful. The clear gel formula melts into an oily consistency in your hands and on your face but doesn’t feel at oil overwhelming or heavy on the skin.

Once applied, it works quickly and efficiently to dissolve your make-up and clears pretty much everything off your face within a few quick ticks, leaving your face feeling fresh and clean, but also nourished and moisturised. All in all it’s just delightful.

So, while it might not be the prettiest of products lined up on my bathroom shelf, trust be when I say appearances can be deceiving – it’s worth looking beyond the surface with this one.

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