Currently Testing: Omorovicza, Embryolisse, L’Occitane…

Testing makeup out is relatively easy, but the same does not go to skincare or even hair care. Your skin might be in a slightly different condition at a certain point, you might develop an allergic reaction to a product overtime… That’s why most of the time I stick to the product for about two months before I review it in detail.

However, I thought I’d start introducing new products that found their way into my routine in batches so that you will know what reviews you can expect in around 2 months’ time! It’s a good mix of some legendary products and some new ones. Let’s check them out!

Omorovicza is a Budapest-based company that takes advantage of the mineral-rich local thermal waters. Their star product, Thermal Cleansing Balm is intriguing. This black muddy substance (it contains Hungarian Moor mud) transforms into a thick oily texture when warmed up between your fingers. You can have an indulgent pampering session with this baby by massaging your skin that might be somehow sluggish because of the weather. After you remove it with a muslin cloth (or basically any damp, warm cloth), there might be an “oily residue” that is absorbed in a minute. The result? Baby-soft, cleansed, and radiant skin! I can’t say more for the moment, but if you’re serious about taking care of your skin, look into this pot of magical black mud! I’ve been trying their Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 as well, and that will be reviewed in detail soon.

It feels a bit like cheating when the bottle of Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum landed in my hands a couple of days after I opened my second bottle of Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, but that’s part of the beauty blogger job description. The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré has reached a more or less cult status, and this new lightening serum has a promisingly simple ingredient list. I’ll really need quite a while to be able to say if it works for my dark spots, but if your skin reacts well to AHAs (this serum contains azelaic acid, or more precisely potassium azeloyl diglycinate, a more stable form of it as well as glycolic and lactic acid), take note of this new kid on the block!

I consider myself pretty immune to cuteness, but in fact I’m very susceptible to certain forms of cuteness. The packaging of L’Occitane‘s new Honey Whipped Body Cream and Honey Hand Cream makes me go “aww” in my head every time I see it. The Honey Whipped Body Cream contains 10% of shea butter and has an airier texture in comparison with their regular body creams. The Honey Hand Cream has the same first 6 ingredients with their regular hand cream, so you bet I’m loving it just as much! Both of them smell deliciously like honey. It’s a scent that I think will be great for the weather when the collection comes out in January.

2013 is going to be a big year for Kérastase, and their first new creation is a serum for your scalp, Initialiste! I will spare you the details of years and years of stem cell research that went into developing this product, but it promises to make hair grow out stronger and more beautiful. Are you intrigued yet? Initialiste will be available in January 2013.

Philosophy is the pioneer in at-home peels, and their latest offering is The Microdelivery Triple Acid Brightening Peel. It is very easy to use, as the pads are individually-packaged and pre-soaked. Again, if your skin is a fan of AHAs, this is great news for you (it contains Mandelic acid, glycolic acid, and phytic acid). However, if your skin can’t handle alcohol denat, you might really have to look away because there’s a good dose of it!

I don’t really have enough to give you definitive opinions of many of these. However, this miniature bottle of The Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash is already my second one. The tiny particles and citric acid provide mild exfoliation and a bit of perking-up. I have been enjoying using it for a quick wash in the morning. A little goes a long way, so even a miniature bottle can keep you going for quite some time. I imagine if you purchase it full-size (236 ml/8oz), you won’t be running out of cleanser anytime soon!

Last but not least, put your hand in the air if you are so not done with Christmas shopping, sluggish and distracted from work, and indulging yourself with all sorts of holiday treats! Well, my hand is up and I am not proud of it! I usually have enough self-discipline not to binge-eat, and my real enemy is usually sugar and carbs. However, nowadays if you step into the supermarket, it is impossible not to be lured into buying stuff you normally wouldn’t: pastry with whipped cream and custard, foie gras, finger food to go with champagne… Fat, fat, and more fat!

I am perfectly happy with my weight, and that is why I am counting on Oenobiol Topslim Liporeducer to keep it that way in spite of the holiday pigging. Oenobiol Topslim Liporeducer contains only natural ingredients, among which a mushroom extract, Chitosan. It absorbs fat up to 800 times its own weight and eliminates it from your system. It aims at maintaining weight instead of making you lose weight, so make sure you have the right expectations! Also, do note that it is not recommended for people whose BMI is below 18.5, nor is it designed to be used regularly over a long period of time.

I pop two capsules down with a big glass of water during a big meal (hello Christmas Eve and the New Year’s Eve). We’ll see if my weight stays the same when the holiday season is over!

Did you see anything interesting? Am I the only one slightly panicking about finishing my Christmas shopping in time and the possibility of piling on holiday pounds?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • beauties

    lots of fancy stuff you got there Sunny 😀

    • Sunny

      Haha let’s hope the fancy stuff WORKS!

  • Marla

    I’ve tried all those philosophy products but have yet to try any product from Kerastase. I am curious about this line.

    • Sunny

      Oh wow so what do you think about the Philosophy products? Kerastase is a brand I started using 7 years ago, and I have a lot of success with it. Apparently there will be many exciting new launches in 2013. Can’t wait!

  • Philippe

    Those are some nifty new things you got to try out there. I’m curious about that hair serum & the cleanser mostly.

    • Sunny

      I keep forgetting to try that hair serum in my hair, but the texture is not greasy at all so it’s promising. The cleanser is a little pot of heaven! I wouldn’t use it every day because it’s more like a treat, but man what a treat it is!

  • Yak Man

    wow! You’ve got so much things to test! :O I’ve so many goo things about the philosophy products ^^

    • Sunny

      Yeah my routine changes roughly once every two months. It’s sad sometimes because there are products I don’t want to part with, but I guess if the new thing doesn’t work I can always go back!

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Wow that’s lots of products. I’m definitely interested in the Initialiste products.

    • Sunny

      I’ll start testing it out ASAP!

  • Chris El

    I’ve wanted to try Philosophy products fora while. Is there any other product in the line that you adore?

    • Sunny

      Hey Chris, I’ve had the most success with their Microdelivery Peel. It’s an at-home scrub/peel that I get good results from, though I have to remember not to get overenthusiastic about the scrub part :)

  • Claire

    I want to try that Kerastase hair oil! It sounds so promising, can’t wait to get my hands on it 😀

    • Sunny

      The Kerastase thing is a serum, not an oil! I think they actually have more serums coming out next year, so you still have time to evaluate your options :)

      • Claire

        ahh, I know … I keep calling it an oil the whole time (my friend thinks I am weird, lol). Kerastase works really well for my hair, looking forward to all the serums, I definetly need one 😀

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    Kerastase products are one of my favorite hair care brand! I can’t wait to try the serum 😀

    • Sunny

      I’ll keep you posted about how it works!

  • Libby

    I’ve heard tons about the Omorovicza Thermal Balm and I’ve even given it a look at Sephora but it’s just so expensive that it makes me cringe a bit, lol. Perhaps…it’s time I make a splurge, eek.

    • Sunny

      Hey Libby, yeah it comes with a bit of a price tag. The good thing is a pot will last you about forever, since personally this is something I’d use twice to three times a day (when I want some real pampering) and you only need a TINY little each time! Get a sample first if you can? I know Omorovicza has promotions sometimes and you can score a small pot for GWP :)

  • Christine Brigid

    Oh wow. Hungarian Moor mud! I want that! I agree, it’s not easy to review skin care. I’d like to do more in the New Year…

    • Sunny

      Haha it sounds fancy for sure!

      Skincare just takes way more time to test out, and I can understand how some people don’t want to switch after they’ve found a good balance. Who knows? Maybe I’ll find my HG routine at some point and stop experimenting altogether!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    i’ve always been curious about omorovicza but it is so pricey, i’m scared to even look. But i just now realized they carry it at and i can use my friend’s 30% off discount (she’s works for the company that owns beautybar) so that would make the price a little more… normal. Hope you had a good christmas! :)

    • Sunny

      Ahhh discount codes are ALWAYS good :) I did and now it’s time to get back to work! Hope you did too :)

  • saira

    the microdelivery daily exfoliating wash
    is this available in budapest, hungary?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Saira, I’m not too sure about that! If the brand is not available in Hungary, try to see if you have buy it online?