Omorovicza skin care review

O-more-o-veet-saa is an easier way of pronouncing the name of this magical Hungarian brand. Cleaner beauty products come in at different ends of the cost scale and this one is at the higher end of the spectrum. I have been road testing these for a while and  coincidentally experienced then during a recent facial too. Omorovicza prides itself on the use of Hungarian Thermal water which has curative powers for the skin. Their patented Healing concentrate, which is in all of the products below is said to deliver minerals deep into the skins layers for a more radiant, firmer and smoother complexion. Lofty claim or right on target?

Acid Fix 30ml, £85

Why I like it: It made my face tingle at first which means that the product is working. After the first use, my skin felt tighter in the morning, felt smoother and looked brighter than it had been in a while. Unless my skin is in the sun a lot, I can get a grey pallor to it which this product reduced. Although my skin is dry and this is better for normal-oily skins, I will be using this once a month. Particularly in the Summer months before a big red carpet event as I like the way it makes my skin look and it will stop any shiny foreheads in pictures!

Free from: Parabens, polyethylene Glycol, Petrochemicals, Silicones, Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, microbeads, nanoparticles, gluten and phthalates.

Key ingredients: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) which smooth skin texture,  improve wrinkles, exfoliating and rejuvenate the skin such as Glycolic Acid found in Sugar cane which brightens and smooths the skin. Lactic acid found in tomato juice and sour milk; and Australian Caviar lime which contains a good source of Citric Acid. Sodium Hyaluronate which moisturises.

skin type/concern: Combination, oily or Normal.

Application: Rub 2-3 drops in your face and gently rub in, after cleansing and before your moisturiser at night. Use two to three times a week

Smell: Lightly perfumed, fresh almost citrus

Texture and look: light, almost clear quickly absorbed gel.

Bottle/container: Glass bottle with a pipette

Packaging: Cardboard box

Vegan/Vegetarian: Yes

All ingredients: Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Propanediol, Yeast Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Parfum, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Xanthan Gum, Phospholipids, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate

Magic Moisture Mist 50ml, £65

Why I like it/Don’t like it: It is packed full of different oils from avocado to Sunflower which smooth, soften and hydrate the skin. When I was pregnant, I rubbed sunflower oil and olive oil on my tummy every day and did not get any stretch marks. I am a big believer in combining oils for getting the skin you want. When I am working on set with lots of powder on, this is great to spray over my face to make the skin look more radiant and dewey. Magic Moisture mist will be my travel companion on flights too, for hydrating spritze throughout. You can put it on before and or after make-up which is  a touch of genius. New best handbag friend.

Free from:Parabens, polyethylene Glycol, Petrochemicals, Silicones, Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, microbeads, nanoparticles, gluten and phthalates.

Key ingredients: Macadamia seed oil, which helps prevent moisture loss and keep the skin supple and feeling soft, Borage seed oil, sunflower and safflower to soften and soothe the skin.

skin type/concern: sensitive, normal, dry, oily, Combination

Application:  Shake the bottle to mix the oil on top and the liquid on the bottom and then spray over the face.

Texture: Goes on like water, feels like silk on the face

Bottle/container: Glass bottle with, removable cap and a spray

Packaging: Cardboard box

Vegan: Yes

All ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Levulinate, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Anisate, Linalool, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Geraniol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Phospholipids, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Citral, Farnesol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, 4-Terpineol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Cleansing Foam, 50ml, £49

Why I like it/don’t like it: I absolutely love it. I am a sucker for a cleansing foam and I cannot get enough this one. Due to pigment discolouration on my face, I do wear quite a bit of concealer. The make I use was formulated for women who live in hot countries and consequently it does not come off easily. This cleansing foam seems to gently and easily dissolve the make up off my face. It foams up a little and has the most divine fresh smell. Then a couple of rinses and most of the make up is off my face. I still needed to use a little eye make up remover for the mascara but other than that my face is clean as a whistle. Highly recommend.

Free from: Parabens, polyethylene Glycol, Petrochemicals, Silicones, Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, microbeads, nanoparticles, gluten and phthalates.

Key ingredients: Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, foaming, conditioning, cleansing and emulsifying  agent;  Saccharomyces, a yeast extract with skin conditioning potential anti-oxidant properites;
skin type/concern: Dry, oily, sensitive, normal, combination.
Application: Massage a pea size amount in to damp skin and rub in, then rinse off.  It says to use morning or night but I have been using it for both.
Texture: Like a thick blue conditioner
Bottle/container: Easy squeeze tube with a small nozzle so just the right amount of product comes out.
Packaging: Cardboard box
Vegan: Yes
All ingredients: Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sorbitol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Parfum (Fragrance), Copper Gluconate, Linalool, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phospholipids, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Pectin

Omorovicza skin care verdict?  9/10

Skin friendly stuffed pepper boats with feta and chilli

It’s always sunny somewhere….

Today the sun is shining in London Town! I am Inspired by the warmth and the bright clothes that people are wearing today. And I had to get in that kitchen. I bring you Skin friend stuffed pepper boats. The recipe is full of ingredients that will have you glowing from the inside out. And it contains a good amount of low histamine foods. If you are  susceptible high histamine foods can cause havoc with the skin. If you think you may suffer from this there is some great reading here. 

Why I like them: Beauty products are a growing passion of mine and essential for good skin. Eating Skin Friendly foods will also help you get the skin you want.
What’s not in it: Soy, gluten, Coconut
Key Ingredients: Broccoli for Vitamin C to help with Collagen production: Spring onions for prebiotics which give an excellent environment for probiotics. Healthy stomach means healthy skin. Mushrooms containing Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for skin regeneration. Mushrooms also include things like zinc which helps the skin against acne and Quinoa and watermelon which are low histamine foods. Some foods  are  rich in histamine or can block the process that breaks down histamine or can actively cause histamine to be released. If you do have a histamine intolerance then it is best to eat products which are low in histamine. Other Low histamine foods in this recipe include peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, beetroot and extra-virgin olive oil.
Skin type: Good for all skins
Vegan: No but Vegetarian

Skin Friendly Pepper Boats with feta and chilli

I bought the pepppers and then went to a salad bar and got all the veggie ingredients already prepared. This is an awesome shortcut when you want to throw this together. The important thing is to make it your own. Do use the veg that you and yours love to eat and then pull it all together with some olive oil. Ordinarily I would add some balsamic or citrus but in the interest of low histamine skin friend foods I am using just olive oil. However I have also included my recipe for a simple flavoursome dressing below if you are not bothered about the whole histamine thing. Almonds are both good and bad for your skin depending on who you are. Good as they contain Vitamin E which protects against environmental nasties like UV rays and oxidative stress. But if  according to the Whole30 diet, you have a histamine intolerance, then they are best avoided.

Ingredients

4 pointy red peppers, sliced in half from top to tail and seeds discarded

1 handful of cooked beetroot finely chopper or 1/2 a raw beetroot spiralised

1/2 tin of black beans, drained (not blacked eyed beans. Black beans have much more protein in)

100g of quinoa (cooked)

1 large handful of frozen peas, cooked

1 handful of sweetcorn

100g of shiitake (or any) mushrooms, cooked

1/2 broccoli floret, cooked

100g of feta crumbled (you can replace with Tofu or Seitan for your Veganista guests)

1/2 mango finely choppped (optional)

2 handfuls of watermelon finely chopped

3 spring onions finely chopped

1 handful of almonds

salt and pepper

Chilli flakes

Dressing

6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp of of sherry vinegar

1 tsp of honey

1 tsp of mustard

salt and pepper

The peppers are great served raw if you like. If you fancy cooking them pop them in preheat oven at 200c and cook them for 5-10 minutes. Then leave them to cool. As they cook prepare the rest of your ingredients. Buy them ready prepared as much as possible. This way you can spend more time in the sun topping up that tan. And hanging out with guests. Scatter all of the ingredients on to the peppers. Then season with salt and pepper. Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Or you can put all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Then whisk everything up and serve with your peppers that way.

Do you follow a skin friendly diet? Or are you more focused on what you put on your face? Comment below or contact me on instagram @lorrainepascale.  And if you spot any typos let me know and I will correct them.

Lorraine x

 

This True North Skincoach app will tell you your skin age

This True North Skincoach app is pretty genius. It takes a picture of your face and then lets you know what your problem areas are. It focuses on four areas; dehydration, sensitivity/redness, Dryness/roughness and lines/wrinkles. It also measures the air quality around you and the UV index. True North is a Scandinavian brand started by Jan Behrens a medical research specialist. Scroll down for link to the app.

Why I like it:The app is quick and easy to use and free. It gives a balanced view of your skin conditions without scaremongering or making the user feel uncomfortable or not good enough. I like the mention of wrinkles and the acknowledgement that there’s no natural magic bullet that can get rid of them. The skincoach instead encourages us to be proud of them and to think of wrinkles as a ‘reflection of your smiles, your experience’ and all of the good times we have had. Rather than stress out too much about them.

Whats’s not in it: Their products contain no Mineral oils and Parabens. I have am awaiting feedback from the Company as to whether their products are tested on animals. [update]. Products are not tested on animals.

The app scans your face and then within seconds shows with dots the areas of your face which need focus. And then… drum roll. It gives you your skin age and emails you the analysis. Oh lord. I am approaching my 46 birthday in November so I was eager to see the diagnosis. Low and behold, it came out at 33-40, True North skincoach? I’ll take that. IOS uses can download the free app here.

You can then head to the prescription page where it gives you ‘your full balance recovery’. They give you a full list of their products which will have your skin looking tip top in no time.

Here’s my diagnosis.

Moderate dehydration

Yellow shows moderate dehydration, red is more severe.
The upper layer of my epidermis where the hydrolipidic film lies needs more hydration to avoid fine lines and wrinkles developing.

Redness

The pink and dark red areas show a nonbacterial inflammation on the skin. I am to avoid ingredients with a high concentration of Vitamin A in, along with strong Fruit Acids and Glycolic acid. And keep wearing sun protection on my face each day. They recommended calming and moisturising products for these areas.

Dryness

Dry patches on my face need an excellent moisturiser to maintain and repair the upper layer of my epidermis. Left untreated the ageing process will happen much faster.

Lines

Fine lines are in red and deep lines show purple. These are due to the natural ageing process and or sun damage.

From this diagnosis. I am to avoid using soap on the face, which I am guilty of doing quite a bit so kudos to this app for noticing that. My skin objective is to rebalance and regain moisture on the skin and focus on ingredients such as Vitamin E. Are you going to test your skin age?  let me know how you get on. Do you think it is accurate and that it really works?

Patyka Paris: Luxury Organic skincare worth spending money on

Packaging is stunning. Gift worthy!

Products come in glass bottles and some squeezable tubes.

 

Luxury organic skincare 

When I opened the box, I was hit by a fresh sensual and  expensive smelling scent. The way it is packaged in a stunning black, and white box, lined with black tissue paper has elegance written all over it. The French do indulgent beauty so well.

Patyka began in the 1920’s and was the first brand in the world to achieve Ecocert organic certification. And most of the range is vegan (except three products).

Youth remodelling cream £70

Coming in a glass bottle which feels super luxurious the youth modelling cream sinks easily in to the skin. Initially it feels to0 thin but it leaves skin feeling soft fresh and dewey.  With no heavy shiny film. And after an hour my skin still felt nicely moisturised.

Advanced plumping serum £70

This product contains Hyaluronic acid which acts as a moisturiser and is said to plump up lines and give a more youthful feel to the face. I rubbed it on and waited for the years to come off but after 30 minutes of patient waiting I still looked the same age.

My skin did feel plumper, which alas only lasted for a few minutes. Some serums have a silicone slimey like feel but this is more like a gel which goes in to the skin easily.

Fortunately, both of the above products are light enough that putting on this next product will not make the skin feel weighed down or block your pores.

Huile Absolue £43

I would be comfortable giving this ‘everything oil’ as a gift to a friend. It has extracts of olive, rose hip and St Johns Wort. Combined they have loads of anti-oxidants to help the skin against premature ageing along with hydrating, healing and astringent properties. I need all of that right now especially after what seemed to be the longest winter known to man.

This may become a favourite travel companion for my work trips away and post the gym. The oil can be used on the face and body as an emergency fix for any dry bits and even on the scalp and the hair. Got to love a three in one product. It is an oil so it did leave me shiny. Which is great for when you are knocking about home. I would not use it under make up as your freshly applied face would slide off. Great for deep facial hydration when you are knocking about at home on the weekend though.

Almond Blossom Moisturising Body milk £23

As much as I love the other products the body milk did not work for me with my dry skin. It will be perfect for someone with normal skin. It has Aloe Vera, Tara seeds and Shea butter for skin regeneration and hydration so I am guessing that although it was not thick enough for me, it will still be doing good things to my skin. And comes in that glass bottle again which makes you feel like you are giving yourself a bit of luxury which is good.  Like all these products it smells divine.

Marine Crystals revitalising body scrub £23

The body scrub smells so good, I could hold it to my nose all day and smell it.  The crystals and the poppy seed particles are fairly big but not scratchy. I felt I got a good polish without the product leaving scratch marks like some body scrubs do. Admittedly sometimes I rub too hard me thinks!  They suggest using it once or twice a week but I am already very addicted to it, so that advice has gone out the window.

Loved this brand. Will be buying the body scrub and the oil again once it runs out. Definitely one for presents too. Let me know your thoughts if you have used this before and tell me how you get on if you buy it! And I am always on the look out for new brands so let me know your favourite clean beauty products. Have a great week.

Lorraine Pascale x

 

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How to smell incredible all day

 

This Luxury fragrance and personal care range is heaven sent

Every time I fly, which is an awful lot, I like to buy a new luxury fragrance. I have a lovely collection of perfumes and Eau de toilettes which I buy without smelling them first. So far I have a 100% success rate for keeping the ‘blind buys’. This routine came to a grinding halt when I found the scent of my dreams, and I have not looked back since our meeting a year and a half ago. Every time I use these products people stop and ask which scent it is and where they can buy it.

At first, I was reluctant to tell people my secret find, but it is such a gorgeous smell that I have to share it with all of you! The brand is Le Labo which began in New York. They have a small selection of some of the most beautiful smells your nose will ever come across. The products I have shown here are the body lotion, the shower gel and the massage oil. If you buy one of their fragrances, they will blend it in front of you, and you can decide what you want the personal message on the table to be.

Their adorable Manifesto

I adore their manifesto here about making products which are full of soul. The Edition hotel uses a fragrance which has been specially blended for them and is not for sale. However, le Labo says that The Noir, which is the one I use, is similar. Santal 33 is their best seller with Rose 31 coming in third. I visited one of their stand-alone branches in the West End. Just going in there is an experience in itself. It’s like a magical boutique-style factory with faded shabby chic walls and bottles lined up in pristine fashion.

 

Why you should try it

They come paraben  free and the products are not tested on animals. The range is available in Selfridges, Liberty and Harrods too but try to go to the boutiques instead as they are much more fun. I like my showers using the gel and then I massage the lotion into my skin. The oil is good for a cheeky massage with a partner or by yourself 🙂 Slather this over your whole body in place of the lotion or just use it for those pesky drier parts like elbows and knees.

The scent lingers evocatively on the skin all day which is rare for a shower gel and body lotion! I feel like I am doing something indulgent for myself when I put them on. It is not very often that a fragrance can turn heads like this one. I hear that it has that effect with so many people time and time gain when they wear it.  It is difficult to pick out the individual ingredients but it contains things like black tea, bergamot, fig and cedar wood. Writing out the ingredients does not do it justice, you have to get up close and personal to this one.  Put a visit to Le Labo on your list of things to do when you are next in London. I promise it will not disappoint!

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