Hope you're all doing well? I recently attended a coping with pressure course and actually one of the key points was knowing when to treat yourself and I thought to myself yep, I’ve got that coping method down ha! So, today I decided to write about a gorgeous and pretty niche face mask I ‘Treated’ myself too last month from Cult Beauty. I’ve been using it once/twice a week and definitely feel like I’ve used it enough to give you all my two cents. I always head to Cult Beauty or Space NK when I fancy something a little different and slightly more exclusive. So without a second thought I headed to the Skincare Exclusive section on Cult Beauty and stumbled upon the ILCSI Apricot Gel Mask. I’m super excited to talk about this mask, so I hope you’re feeling super comfy and ready to find out about this delicious treat.
ILCSI is a brand new to me and was developed by ‘Aunt ILCSI’ more than half a century ago, her family name is synonymous with the finest, supernatural Hungarian skin care. Good enough to eat, yet super effective, each batch is handmade to order and so fresh (to capture the potency of botanical actives) that her products need to be stored in the fridge after opening.
The ILCSI Apricot Gel Mask is described as an intensely hydrating and nourishing gel mask that is bursting with natural flavonoids. I chose this mask primarily for is restorative benefits, but kinda because it looked good enough to eat too! On opening the mask for the first time you are greeted with the most beautifully potent scent of Apricot and a gel like texture, which actually looks and feels a lot like Jam. The application is slightly messy, but fun because it does really feel like you’re putting jam on your face!
The mask itself is full of natural fruit acids, which gently resurface the skin’s vitality and helps to replenish dry and vitamin deficient complexions. The star ingredient is of course Apricot which delivers exceptionally high flavonoid and vitamins, while Beta-Carotene helps enhance micro circulation, which feeds cells to enhance their ability to do what they’re supposed to! – I’ve found this mask fantastic for smoothing my skins surface and after applying a medium layer I’m also left with noticeably radiant skin. I’ve been using this mask 1-2 times a week as a treat and I just love it. I tend to suffer with dehydrated and dull looking skin and this mask which injects some much needed hydration into the skin. However, one thing to warn you about… this mask is not recommended for sensitive skin types, as it’s potent formula could potentially irritate very easily upset skin types.
As I mentioned earlier, each batch is handmade to order and for me that is really special. A few years back I undertook a project where I was making hand-made lip balms and honestly it was the most rewarding experience ever, just knowing that so much of my hard work and dedication had gone into it. I love the fact that ILCSI are a family brand and that everything looks and feels good enough to eat – I get a real old school vibe where I can actually imagine Aunt ILCSI making her fabulous products in her kitchen. I always used to love picking herbs and flowers from the garden and making them into some sort of potion, so I personally find the production of her products amazing!
The ILCSI Apricot Gel Mask is truly unique and a real treat if you are in the market for trying something new and a little out of the ordinary in comparison to most masks available today. It’s definitely potent in every sense, so if you are sensitive to smell or just have sensitive skin in general then I would probably steer clear of this. I’m lucky to have normal skin, so for me this mask works an absolute treat and the results over the past month have been great – Plus it’s nice to have a special product that you can really rely on to pick you up. I also think that at £30 it's pretty well priced, as a little goes such a long way! I've had it well over a month now and If you opened it you would swear it was full! - If you're interested in finding out more about the product or the brand click
I hope you've enjoyed this review lovelies and hopefully i've introduced you to something a little different? If you've tried this brand before I would love to know what you have tried!?
Lots of love