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Recently, Cult Beauty had a 2 for 1 offer for Ilcsi masks, and I grabbed this and their very popular Sour Cherry and Blackthorn Gel mask. I’ll be reviewing the Sour Cherry and Blackthorn mask shortly, but I thought I’d start with the Apricot because I couldn’t find very many reviews for this product. For those who haven’t explored the brand, Ilcsi is a cult Hungarian brand that makes freshly made organic products. They used to sell this line at David Jones many years ago here in Australia, but unfortunately, it got dropped. I’d forgotten all about this old favourite, and it’s so great to re-discover this line after all these years!

Packaging:

It comes in standard Ilcsi glass jar packaging. I’d have preferred a pump dispensing system of some sort since it’s more sanitary, but the glass jar adds to the home-made appeal that Ilcsi products have. I don’t like to dip my fingers in the jar and potentially contaminate the product, so I use a foundation brush to apply it to my face. View Post

Kypris1Kypris is one of those rare brands that ticks all the boxes for me. Their products are natural yet scientifically formulated, and all the products I’ve tried so far really work. Kypris Beauty Elixir III – Prismatic Array is no exception. It is arguably one of the best face oils I’ve tried, and I just can’t stop raving about it.

Which Elixir should I buy?

The Kypris line has 3 elixirs, and for a while, I wasn’t sure if I should invest in this or Elixir II – Healing Bouquet. I use the word ‘invest’ because these oils aren’t cheap and the full sizes come in 47ml bottles. This is massive compared to the 15 and 30 ml bottles most brands offer . So if you buy a bottle, you’re making a huge commitment since a bottle of this elixir will last you 6-8 months. View Post

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I love multi-tasking products, so I was really excited when I saw this 4 in 1 Contioner on I Am Natural Store. The brand claims that this product can be used as a traditional conditioner, a nourishing scalp cream, a leave-in conditioner and a high performance styling tool.

This is my first product from Tabitha James Kraan, and I bought the trial 60ml size. Tabitha James Kraan (let’s call the brand TJK from now on!) is a London-based label that focuses on organic haircare. Its eponymous founder, some research revealed, believes in reducing the use of harsh cleansers and using organic oils to nourish the hair and scalp. Her star product is her dry shampoo (available in two shades for dark and fair hair). According to her website, she advocates ’employing her organic dry shampoo as part of a cunning care routine, stretching the time between shampoos, and allowing the hair to enjoy the enviable rewards of regained natural equilibrium – high gloss, bounce and healthy body.’ I’m now really curious to try her dry shampoos, but I’ll try not to digress too much and talk about her conditioner instead! View Post

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Eve Lom’s Dynaspot is currently my go-to spot treatment. I don’t get too many breakouts anymore, and this seems to get rid of any that I get. What I like about this is that it seems to work on all kinds of zits, be it whiteheads, under-the-skin cysts or small pustules (not a pleasant thought, I know!). It’s very similar to Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion and Kate Somerville’s Eradikate, but I find Dynaspot to be gentler and more versatile/effective than its like-hued cousins. View Post

I love trying out new cleansers. I know cleansers are products that you don’t leave on your skin for too long and that most of it ends up down the drain, but a good cleanser can really make all the difference. Our skin is protected by a slightly acidic film called the acid mantle, and this acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other toxins. Harsh cleansers can change the pH of your skin and upset this gentle balance. A lot of people who experience breakouts mistakenly think (I used to be one of them) that they need a harsh cleanser to prevent breakouts, when it’s often the opposite. Stripping all the natural oils disrupts the acid mantle, making the skin more susceptible to breakouts and other infections.

If you are thinking of getting a good water-based cleanser, make sure it’s free of sulfates and it doesn’t foam (there are some exceptions to this rule, but if you are not sure, go with a non-foaming cleanser). When I first saw The Little Alchemist Wild Apple & Mint Purifying Gel Cleanser, I was apprehensive it might be a little too harsh for my combination skin, but it’s very gentle and perfect for any skin type. View Post