Omorovicza - Queen of Hungary face mist

Omorovicza is a brand that has been brought to my attention by Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) a couple of years ago. The Hungarian brand launched their first store in Budapest back in 2006. The entire range is made from naturally derived ingredients and is paraben and silicone free. They also give synthetic fragrances, colours and microbeads a miss, which is always a winner in my books. 

I've tried my fair share of trial sizes and sample sachets, but never took the plunge and purchased a fullsize product since they don't come cheap. So when I spotted the much raved about, travel sized, Queen of Hungary face mist around christmas last year I couldn't resist and oh my, it's beautiful. Not only does it come in the most beautiful glass bottle, it also smells divine. The mist is desribed as a toner and hydrating mist in one, making this the perfect allrounder. Whether you're taking this on holiday with you to calm down parched skin or just need some hydration throughout the day, the QOH mist has got you covered. It contains orange blossom, rose and sage waters which probably make for the gorgeous scent and Hungarian mineral-rich water known for its healing properties. The nozzle is super fine and distributes the product evenly, so you don't end up with big droplets all over your face; something a lot of cheaper face mists lack. This is the fifth step in my routine, right after I've double cleansed, put on eyecream and used my Pixi Glow Tonic (or the Nip+Fab glycolic acid pads!). I let it sink in and follow with serum and a moisturising spf in the mornings. The scent is without doubt one of the most amazing I've ever smelled. I also took this on holiday with me when we were in Bali and this, next to my Antipodes mask and spf obviously, was all I needed. It visibly hydrates dry skin and makes it feel plump again. Like I said, it doesn't come cheap at £46 for a 100 ml bottle but it's so worth it. If money wasn't an object, I'd be buying one of each from their skincare range!

Have you tried anything from Omorovicza? What is your favourite face mist?

The current skincare heroes

If you have read my previous posts you might know I've become a bit of a skincare addict. A couple of years ago I used a cheap makeup remover and slapped on an equally cheap moisturiser and I was done. Now I'm not saying cheap products are bad, there are some real gems on the shelves that cost less than a fiver but as soon as I finished uni and got my first real job, I was drawn to the higher end products that promised some amazing results. Paired with a then new found love for Caroline Hirons' blog I've accumulated quite a collection of lotions and potions, so today I'm talking you through my current favourites!

Let's start off with cleansers. Most days I'm wearing a full face of makeup so I need a heavy duty remover in the evenings. I used to love The Body Shop's camomille cleansing oil but it didn't remove stubborn mascara. I always double cleanse anyway but I prefer my first cleanse to entirely remove my makeup before I go in with the second cleanser. During a FeelUnique sale I decided to give the BareMinerals Oil Obsessed a go and I haven't looked back since. You only need one pump and it effortlessly removes every last trace of makeup. It smells delicious as well, very subtle and calming. After that I usually go in with the Pixi cleansing balm or glow mud cleanser, depending on how my skin is feeling. The cleansing balm feels rich and nourishing and a tiny bit goes a long way. It leaves my skin feeling plump and oh so soft. The glow mud cleanser on the other hand doesn't smell as nice as the cleansing balm but leaves my skin feeling really fresh, without that "stripped" feeling. With 5% glycolic acid this is my cleanser of choice when my skin is feeling a bit 'meh'. The texture is quite unusual, it's somewhere between a slippery gel and a cream rolled into one. It doesn't foam at all and I need a good squeeze to cover my whole face. My morning cleanser of choice is the Bliss 2-in-1-cleanser I reviewed here. It really helps waking up my skin and leaves it soft and polished before I put my makeup on.

On to serums and treatments. My all time favourite night time treatment is the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate (reviewed here). No matter how dry, spotty or just meh my skin looks, this always comes to the rescue. It's your 8 hour beauty sleep in a bottle! I instantly notice a difference when I don't use this and I'll forever repurchase it! In the mornings I currently alter between two samples, the Origins A Perfect World age-defense skin guardian and BareMinerals Skinlongevity vital power infusion. I'm alright with the ridiculously long names because both products are amazing. The Origins serum feels like liquid silk when applied (I'm not sure if it's silicones, Origins doesn't list the ingredients on their website) and takes quite some time to sink in but once it has, it leaves my skin feeling nourished without being greasy. The Bare Minerals serum is much lighter in texture and smells lovely. It almost feels watery and sinks in in a matter of seconds. With this I get instant results as this leaves my skin looking super fresh and radiant. They are both on the pricier side, the Origins one is £50 for 50ml and the BareMinerals one is £45 for 50ml but I'd definitely purchase the full sized versions of both. I always, ALWAYS follow up with my favourite SPF, the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration face lotion. Living up to its name, it feels super silky and moisturising without leaving any greasy shine or white residue behind. It sinks in straight away, making it the perfect base before putting on your makeup. The tropical coconut scent is just the icing on the cake!

At the beginning of this year I vowed to make more time for pampering, body scrubs and face masks in particular. I got the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask for Christmas last year and really enjoyed using this over the past couple of months. So much so that I even took this to Bali with me! You can't beat relaxing on your porch, a divine smelling face mask on and a cocktail in hand, overlooking the sea. Now I'm not in Bali anymore but I still enjoy the mask, it has a lovely light vanilla-mandarin scent and really perks up tired or dull skin. I'd love to try more Antipodes products in the future, do let me know what your favourites are!

So these are my current favourite skincare products, let me know yours in the comments or over on Twitter!

5 concealers for every skin type and budget

If I had to choose one makeup item and get rid of everything else, it would be concealer. When I'm not tanned (which is like 99% of the time, I'm not good with fake tan) I have ridiculously dark undereye circles and discolouration around my nose and mouth, so concealer has always been a must. I've tried my fair share over the years, so today I'm talking you through five options that stood the test of time.

MAC Pro Longwear concealer £18
Like every MAC product this comes in a wide range of shades to suit every skintone and colour. My skin has yellow undertones and my usual MAC shade is NC25. Since I'm using this to get rid of dark circles, I always go for NW20 because peach coloured products counteract the blue veins which are causing them. I also go a shade lighter to brighten my undereye area. The Pro Longwear concealer has amazing coverage and staying power but can be a tad drying - on the bright side, it hardly creases on me throughout the day. The only downside to this is the pump. One pump would be sufficient to cover your entire face and it's quite hard to dispense the right amount, but four tubes down I finally figured it out.
Coverage: full
Staying power: up to 15 hrs
Shade range: 16 shades (8 NC/yellow toned shades, 8 NW/pink toned shades)
Packaging: glass bottle with pump

17 concealer £4.49
If you found the Collection concealer (my all time favourite) too drying you'll love this one. Same coverage and staying power but not as matte! Also, it's cheap as chips - what's not to love? I'll tell you: it only comes in three shades, extra fair (neutral, almost white), fair (cool/pink toned) and medium (warm/yellow toned). I use fair as an undereye concealer and medium on any blemishes but imagine anyone with a different skintone won't find a matching shade. I know we're used to shoddy shade ranges but three shades is quite meagre.
Coverage: medium to full
Staying power: 8 hrs
Shade range: 3 shades
Packaging: doe-foot

Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer £7.99
This offering from Bourjois is very creamy and smells delicious. It contains glacier water and hyaluronic acid which makes it very moisturising and great for dry skin types. As an undereye concealer it claims to correct and illuminate which I think it does. It's peach toned (again, great to ban those pesky dark circles!) and has a light to medium coverage. Layered on top of the MAC concealer this gives me some seriously bright peepers! Unfortunately this also comes in a mere three shades, definitely something that should be improved in the future.
Coverage: light to medium
Staying power: 6 hrs
Shade range: 3 shades
Packaging: doe-foot

Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer £7.99
The Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer has been around for ages and it's one of those products I have put off trying for a long time because it comes with the most impractical sponge applicator. A product which is designed to use around the eyes surely shouldn't allow too many bacteria to harbour? Well, that's exactly what this is doing. The concealer itself is amazing, it's creamy, illuminating, has great coverage and staying power, but please, just put it in a squeezy tube, will you Maybelline?
Coverage: medium 
Staying power: 6 hrs
Shade range: 5 shades
Packaging: twist-up sponge tip

NYX HD concealer £5.50
This is basically the same as the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and it's a concealer I'd repurchase without hesitation. It's £1.50 more but it's that tiny bit less drying and the shade range is a lot better than the Collection one which consists of a mere four shades. It's super creamy and longlasting and a great option if you're one a budget.
Coverage: full
Staying power: 8hrs
Shade range: 9+3 correction shades
Packaging: doe-foot

What's your favourite concealer? Have you tried any of these before?

Bliss skincare - straight from the spa

Another TK Maxx bargain, this Bliss set comes with a full size Fabulous Foaming face wash, a full size Triple Oxygen moisturiser and five Thats's incredi-peel spa-strength glycolic acid pads. I took this on vacation with me to give it a thorough test since I haven't tried anything from Bliss before and never have I fallen in love with any product as quickly as I did with these. They all have a different scent but each product smells divine and very spa-like indeed.

The sky blue, two-in-one cleanser and scrub is a cleanser you want to use in the mornings to wake up dull and tired skin or as a second cleanse rather than a cleanser to take your makeup off with. It's a gel-like texture which ironically doesn't foam and therefore isn't drying, it just feels really light and refreshing on the skin. It has loads of tiny little grains in it so it's exfoliating without being too harsh and I also found my skin isn't as tight after use as it is when using foaming cleansers. Fabulously Foaming contains glycerin, rose hip extract, passion flower and chamomile which all sound great to me. A little goes a very long way which is great, especially when it comes to more expensive skincare. It's not as expensive as Oskia's Rennaissance cleanser but at £19.50 it's not exactly cheap either. Unfortunately, when looking this up I saw that it contains microplastics which dampens my enthusiasm to be honest. I've never been fussy with my skincare or ingredients in general but the older I get the more I seem to care about sustainability and safe products. Anyone else feeling the same? Feel free to let me know of any more eco-friendly brands in the comments!

The Triple Oxygen Energising Vitamin C face cream is a.) a mouthful and b.) really lovely. The light gel texture has a fresh and zesty scent and again, a little goes a long way. It's one of those gel textures which feel luxurious and not too watery on the skin. It reminds me of the Origins GinZing moisturiser which I love, both feel nourishing despite sinking in really quickly. My skin can get really dry and this does a good job at keeping my skin looking fresh during the day. It contains hyaluronic acid and, as the name would suggest, vitamin c to deeply moisturise and brighten the complexion. The moisturiser is £46 for 50ml which is quite expensive and the ingredients aren't the most eco-friendly but it is a lovely moisturiser. In fact it's one of the best I've ever tried!

Now, as an avid reader of Caroline Hirons' blog I'm quite sceptical when a product says "clinical strength" but boy, the Incredi-Peel glycolic acid pads do pack a punch! The square pads are drenched in a gel-like glycolic acid solution which does tingle a lot. They contain glycolic acid (obvs), vitamin e, licorice root extract, calendula flower extract and glycerin and 30 pads are £41. I do have to say with these you get almost instant results as opposed to the Pixi Glow Tonic or Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix for example as the Bliss ones contain a much higher percentage of glycolic acid (although I just can't find how much it is exactly!). Since they're really expensive and my little gift set came with a pack of five pads only, I'm saving these for special occasions.

I'm super impressed with their skincare and would purchase the whole range if it wasn't for the naughty ingredients and the hefty price tag.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Bliss products and eco-(un)friendly products in general!