Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Omorovicza Essentials travel kit and Queen of Hungary Mist

The Omorovicza Essentials travel kit was amongst the lemmings on my Winter Wishlist and as you can most probably tell, the set made its way into my grubby little hands. As the price of Omorovicza products is definitely high I jumped right in to their 30% Black Friday Sale back in November.

The Essentials kit contains four different products: the Queen of Hungary Mist (30 ml), Illuminating Moisturiser (20 ml), Rejuvenating Night Cream (20 ml) and two little jars of the Deep Cleansing Mask (2 x 5 ml). I would have preferred if a sample jar of their cleansing balm was added to the set because that way I could get a clear picture of the whole skincare range from this brand (added: I have noticed on the website that the cleansing balm has now replaced the mask in the set). 

The Queen of Hungary Mist is a lovely neroli and rose scented hydrating toner that comes in a nice spray bottle. I wouldn't say that this did wonders for my skin but it is definitely amongst the very few toners which don't irritate my skin and is moisturising but not too heavy on my skin. I ran out of this bottle first and after not using it for a few weeks decided I need one of these:

The second product which I really like from the set is the Rejuvenating Night Cream - this rich night cream works really well with my dry winter skin but I think that it will probably be too nourishing for me for the warmer months. After I put this on in the evening my skin looks calm and feels very soft. Another thing I loved with this one was its wonderful spicy fruity scent and this is coming from someone who generally hates fragranced skincare products.

The Illuminating Moisturiser was for me the only product in the set which I imagine I won't miss too much after I'm through this bottle. It's an ok hydrating moisturiser, in my opinion best suited for normal skin types but "just ok" is in my opinion not enough for such a steep price. 

Last but not least is the Deep Cleansing Mask: this sounds like your typical mud face mask but what I like about it is that it's not drying on my skin and after I take it off there is no redness left on my face which is rather unusual for a clay mask. This mask strikes the right balance between actually working and being gentle to the skin. It is certainly a very good cleansing mask and will make even those blemishes you didn't know you had pop out quicker (I know, sounds so attractive, right?). 

It is difficult to say which products I like the most and which have made the biggest difference to my skin because I started using the whole set at the same time together with some products from other brands but I predict that my next purchase will be the Cleansing Mask.

I purchased the set and the toner from Omorovicza website where they regularly have really good deals and GWPs. Currently they are having a really nice offer valid until the end of February: with each order above 150€ (gulp!) you receive a pink bag with four generously sized skincare minis including the Queen of Hungary Mist, Copper Peel, Instant Plumping Cream and Deep Cleansing Mask.

Monday, February 11, 2013

New lippies: NARS, Chanel and Giorgio Armani

These three black-cased lipsticks above have been some of my newest lipstick purchases in the last few months. Not necessarily what you would call typical fall/winter colours, except for the browned purple (or now the popularly called oxblood) that is Chanel's Rouge Allure in Rouge Noir. This is Chanel's third lipstick that goes by the name of Rouge Noir - this colour was previously done in the Hydrabase and Rouge Coco formulas, a comparison of which you can check out over at Cafe Makeup.

I've wanted to try one of the vampy lipsticks which get so popular each time the temperatures drop below zero and after a complete fail with Revlon's extremely dry and patchy matte lipstick in the colour Wine Not  I decided to just give Chanel's take on the vampy trend a try. Luckily, the formula of Rouge Noir is much nicer than that of Revlon - for such a dark colour it is surprisingly easy to apply although I would still recommend using a lip brush so that you don't end up looking like you've smeared blood all over your mouth. Rouge Noir also has a nice creamy finish with some slight red shimmer. I have found that the best way for me to pull off this colour is to cheat by lightly tapping the colour onto my lips and then blending it in with my finger or a brush - this takes off the brown undertones of the colour and gives a very beautiful soft purple toned effect to the lips, the colour I wish my lips naturally looked like.

Next up is Giorgio Armani's Rouge d'Armani in Pink 511. I have posted before about my love for the Rouge d'Armani formula and as soon as I had a chance to grab another colour, I did. I decided to go for this warm toned pink shade as I knew that I would get a lot of wear out of it. The formula as with the other Rouge d'Armanis is wonderful, it goes on very creamy but sets to a long-lasting finish. I wish Armani makeup was available here in Slovenia as their colour range is very nicely done and I can see myself trying and buying  a few other shades from the line.

Last and certainly least is NARS Sheer Lipstick in Cruising. I've had good experience with NARS sheer lipstick formula before (the colour Damage is one of my most used and I have nearly finished my first tube) so I was a little bit disappointed by the sheer shimmery pink nude that is Cruising. I don't know what I was expecting really, as the description of this shade on NARS website reads "nude pink" but it just looks very "blah" when applied. This doesn't mean that I haven't been using it, coupled with a pink lip pencil as a base it actually doesn't look all that bad. 

Next up on my lipstick wishlist is Maybelline's lipstick in Rose Vivid and I'm sure that I will find more lippies I like with the bright summer collections coming up (says I, wearing thick wool socks in the middle of the winter wonderland).

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Meet Muri and Lili!

Happy New Year! See, I'm late even with my new year wishes but I hope that wishing you happy and healthy 328 remaining days of 2013 still counts.

This is just a quick post to say hi and show you a few photos of two precious little kittens who have kept us all very occupied ever since we got them back in July. Honestly I never imagined I could spend so much time just watching them and laughing at their little boxing sessions.

That fluffy little thing up in the basket is Lili - that photo was taken back in the summer and she is much bigger now. She may look cute and harmless but if anyone stands between her and her food it's not going to end well.

Muri here is photographed doing what he loves best - sleeping. He is certainly one lazy kitty but when he's in the zone no flower pot in the house is safe.

I hope your 2013 is off to a good start. I have no doubt that very soon we will be at the end of December wondering just how has another year gone by so quickly.


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