All posts tagged: mask

Ilcsi Apricot Gel Mask

I’ve not always been a fan of natural products and have often opted for better living thorough chemistry.  If someone spent a lot of time designing and perfecting an ingredient in a lab, it must be good, right?  Well, yes.  There are some fantastic synthetic anti-aging ingredients on the market, and I’m happy to use them. Recently, I’ve been trying more natural brands, and I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised at how effective they are.  I especially like natural fruit acids which are incredibly effective at resurfacing the skin, and Ilcsi’s Apricot Gel Mask is an excellent example. Just twenty minutes with this mask and my skin is noticeably smoother and more refined. It’s especially helpful on days when my skin is tired, grey and in need of perking up.  Ilcsi’s products are made from fresh ingredients, and it’s recommended they be stored in the fridge after opening to retain their high vitamin content. Effectiveness: 5 – skin is rejuvenated, tightened, and glowy. User Experience: 5 – there is some tingling, but nothing …

Sisley Dreams

I probably spend too much time thinking about how I’d live if I inherited lot of money.  Of course, I’d be responsible, but surely I’d be allowed a few treats.  If I ever came into an unexpected windfall, I’d be straight over to the Sisley counter for a bit of luxury. For this review, I’m leaving out the usual rating system, because let’s face it, it’s all wonderful and we’d all buy it again and again if we could. First on my list is the Black Rose Precious Face Oil (£136).  It is, to me, the most perfect facial oil ever made.  It glides onto the skin while imparting the most glorious rosy scent.  And it immediately nourishes and plumps the skin beautifully.  It contains one of my favourite oils – plum kernel – which is rich in omegas and vitamin E.  It really is a gorgeously addictive product. Next I’d go for the Black Rose Cream Mask (£95.50).  If you want to appear to have perfect skin, this is your mask.  I use it before a big …

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Cleansing Silk

I’m not going to even remotely suggest that you need this product.  It’s pricey, and there are plenty of cheaper options out there that perform the same function.  But May Lindstrom products are not about function.  I think of them as products for the Beautiful People, May herself being one of them.  May’s products are all about luxury and decadence for the sake of luxury and decadence: organic, wildcrafted, sustainable, and natural.  And they are a perfect antidote when you’re feeling fragile or in need of a boost. I fell head over heels with The Honey Mud Cleansing Silk as soon as I opened the jar.  May’s blend of essential oils including cocoa absolute and vanilla CO2 extract is the most phenomenal scent – like a delicious cup of floral hot chocolate – and the mud itself is just as comforting.  This is a multi-functional product which works well as a cleanser and brilliantly as a mask.  I wouldn’t recommend it for removing makeup, but it’s perfect for a morning or second cleanse.  Paired with a muslin cloth …

Good Genes

I always feel a little unsettled recommending a product with a high price tag, especially when there are often other less expensive alternatives about.  There’s usually a cheaper cleanser, moisturiser or mask which will work just as well as its pricier counterpart, so when in doubt, take the lesser risk. Good Genes is different.  It doesn’t have an equivalent I’ve seen, and what it does, it does very, very well.  It contains prickly pear extract and lactic acid, the first being an excellent hydrator and the second an extremely effective exfoliant.  Good Genes also contains liquorice extract, which is wonderful for brightening the skin and fading dark spots.  All of these together equal a product that almost instantly illuminates the skin.  There’s nothing else like it and I wouldn’t be without it. I use this product in two ways – as an overnight treatment and as a mask.  Please bear in mind this is a powerful exfoliant, and should be used sparingly and infrequently.  And please take care to never, ever get it near your …

Skyn Iceland Fresh Start Mask

Someone once said that February is the cruelest month.  As far as my skin goes, that’s certainly true. Cold weather, central heating and a lack of sunshine turn my skin dull, flaky and almost as grey as the skies, and it takes a potent product to put some life and colour back in. When my skin is super-dull and my day-to-day routine doesn’t seem to help, I often turn to masks.  And Skyn Iceland’s Fresh Start Mask is outstanding.  Ten minutes with this concoction and my skin is restored.  I can’t think of many other masks that work this well. The Fresh Start Mask comes in two parts.  Step one is a blue clay mask which is applied to the face (avoiding eyes).  Step two – a special activating gel – goes over the top of this and then the two are massaged together to form the mask.  The mask does produce a pleasant tingling sensation that sensitive types might consider a little nippy.  It does pass quickly, though. After ten minutes, the mask is rinsed away and you can …