I love Cleansing balms, the way they make your skin feel while using them or after you have used them on your skin, it is all a totally different experience. I have bought and tried many of them, and when it comes to Cleansing Balm, how could I not have had this one from Omorovicza called the Thermal Cleansing Balm. I got a sample of this cleansing balm a few months back which I loved and then came the big splurge when I moved straight from the deluxe sample size to the biggest size available for this Balm which is 3.5oz/100ml (CAD $220 excluding taxes). This might tell you how much I liked the sample that I went on straight to this big tub of cleansing balm. Moreover when you like something and you know you will use it up, then it is always okay to go for the bigger size.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm is described as a Purifying, Healing Black Cleansing Balm and suitable for all skin types. This cleansing balm is rich in Hungarian Moor Mud which has a unique mineral complex which detoxifies and purifies the skin. The balm texture helps remove the makeup, waterproof mascara and helps cleanse the skin without stripping to leave the complexion soft, hydrated and radiant.
The main ingredients of this Cleansing Balm include:
Hungarian Moor Mud which is harvested in Lake Heviz, the largest thermal lake in Europe. It is rich in Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Carbonate, Humic Acid, and Fulvic Acid, which together are all helpful in purifying and nourish the skin.
Sweet almond oil which is rich in Vitamin E . Vitamin E replenishes the skin and leaves it soft and hydrated while removing the makeup and impurities of the skin surface.
Hydro Mineral Transference Delivery System which is exclusive and patented by Omorovicza helps firm the skin making it look supple and young.
Hungary’s mineral rich healing waters which have curative properties for the skin
This balm has uplifting orange blossom scent which makes the cleansing of skin a ritual.
This cleansing balm is free from any synthetic fragrance, colors, petrochemicals, silicone, PEGs (polyethylene glycol) and parabens. There are dermatological benefits of this cleansing balm which include support of natural collagen and elastin, a tighter lipid matrix to lock in hydration and protect skin from micro-damage, and improved antioxidant defense against free radicals.
I have used this balm both as a first cleanse to remove makeup as well as a second cleanse to clean the skin. I prefer to use this as a first cleanse in the evening and then the only cleanse in the morning. I apply a small amount (almost the size of an almond) of this cleansing balm to my dry skin and massage well onto the face including the eye area. I massage my face in circular moments so as to cleanse and stimulate the circulation for a minute or so. Then I take a damp warm face cloth and remove this balm from the face.
I am going to give stress again on the word ‘Face Cloth’ or if you use a cleansing mitt, that is fine too. If you do not use a cleansing cloth to remove this balm, you will have a totally different perspective on this one. This is from my experience as I did massage it on my face a and then tried to emulsify it by wetting my hands and then massaging them on my face, then washing it off. It left my face oily and I didn’t get a nice feeling about it. Then I went on to see on the brand’s website the exact way and there it was the cleansing mitt/wash cloth. It is seriously a must to use when using this cleansing balm. My skin did feel clean, plum and radiant when I have cleansed with this balm.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm has been nominated and won many awards from various organizations like Harper’s Bazaar, Beauty Shortlist and been a favorite of many Beauty Connoisseur’s. It is available at Sephora Canada website and Omorovicza Official Website in 3 sizes 0.5oz ($CAD 40), 1.7oz (CAD $135) and 3.5oz (CAD $220) excluding taxes and it does last a long time. I do love their Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask which I reviewed here if you are interested.
Do you like using a cleansing balm? When do you use to prefer a cleansing balm – for removing your makeup and for the second cleanse?
Face masks are the treatments that can be used to help with the skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of the skin whether the concern is pores, blemishes, pigmentation or any other thing. Either it is pulling out impurities from your skin, or finishing your skin care ritual by providing a safe cocoon over your skin to make the skin benefit from the right ingredients, there are masks available for all the concerns. And if in case you have multiple concerns over multiple parts of your face, like I have, you can very well do multiple masks over your face at one time, based on the concern of a particular part.
I have a combination skin and my jawline is very prone to congestion. Due to the daily stress and due to the weather, my skin sometimes feels dull and dehydrated. SO all these factors can be worked upon by doing multiple masking. On my jawline I can use a purifying clay mask, for the dull and dry part, I can use a mineral mask that will help my skin to recover from dehydration. And then for some glow, I can use a mask with acid that will help with the regeneration and provide the glow. I was sent these masks for review purposes and I was more than happy to try and review these due to my skin which is, I accept, high maintenance sometimes due to the daily factors, like stress, hormones, weather, sleep conditions, eating habits and much more.
Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask is described to cleanse and refine pores. It contains Kaolin and Bentonite clay which helps clean the pores, leaving the skin clean. Kaolin clay has natural absorbency properties. It helps in detoxifying the skin. The texture of this mask is very smooth and it does not dry out the skin. It has a light minty fragrance which leaves the skin fresh and clean. The main ingredients of this mask are Mineralizing Thermal Water ( strengthens for stronger, healthier looking skin), Kaolin and Bentonite clay (absorb impurities and helps tighten pores) and Aloe Vera ( soothes and helps to keep skin hydrated). This mask is suitable for all skin types. I have used this mask couple of times and I felt my pores to be clean and I felt I had few breakouts with regular use. I feel this to be very soothing and never had any dryness after using this mask. I apply this mask on my whole face avoiding the eye area. Then I push lightly on my face with flat part of my fingers from center to the outside of the face to promote penetration and to stimulate the mask to get its full benefits. I keep this on for 5-7 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask is described to instantly hydrate and soothe the skin, leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated. This is the first mineral rich mask from Vichy which is enriched with Mineralizing Thermal water that helps hydrate and soothe thirsty and uncomfortable skin. The texture of this mask is water gel which has a light fragrance of green tea, jasmine water, and bamboo which acts as a cold breeze to the skin making it fresh and providing the long lasting cooling effect. The vitamin B3 in this mask calms inflammation, soothes skin and leaves skin with radiance. The glycerin in this mask is a very good hydrating agent for skin. This mask is suitable for all skin types. This is my pick me up mask when I have been under the sun during the day and it just refreshes my skin very well. It does provide that soothing and cooling effect which stays on for a while. I apply this mask generously on the face and neck avoiding the eye area. Then I stimulate this mask by tapping on the skin with finger tips to get the full benefits of the minerals in this mask. I let this sit for 5-7 minutes and then massage the excess into the face. Depending on what I am doing at that time, I will either wipe off the excess from the face or wash my face with cold water.
Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask is described to leave skin glowing and radiant. This is the first mineral mask from Vichy which contains volcanic stone and AHA which gently peel off dead cells for a refined skin texture for a bright and luminous tone. The texture of this mask is a watery gel with a fragrance of peach, white musk and black tea which does makes the masking ritual very pleasurable and refreshing. The main ingredients of this mask are Mineralizing Thermal Water (strengthens for stronger, healthier looking skin), Volcanic stone ( Gently exfoliates), AHA ( Gently peels off dead skin cells) and Vitamin C (Brightens skin tone). This mask is suitable for all skin types. I apply this mask on my face and let it sit for 5-7 minutes for the AHA peeling to happen and then I stimulate this mask by circular movement with my finger tips to exfoliate with the volcanic stone in it for few seconds. Then I rinse it off with cold water. I feel my skin is more glowy and clear after I use this mask. It does help with resurfacing of the skin and makes your skin cells work better to make the skin look glowy, plump and healthy.
I have been using these masks for both single maskings and for multi-masking depending on the condition and need of my skin.
When I have dry cheeks, oily t-zone area, and dull skin tone and my skin need an All-in-one Skin refresher, I use Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask on my forehead, Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask on my nose and chin area and Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask on my cheeks.
When I have dull skin and large pores and my skin needs a Tired Skin pick-me-up, I use Double Glow Peel Mask on the forehead, cheeks, and chin and Pore Purifying Clay Mask on the nose area.
When I have dry cheeks and oily t-zone area and my skin need something for balancing, I use Quenching Mineral Mask on my forehead, cheeks and chin and Pore Purifying Clay Mask on my nose area.
All these masks can be applied 1-2 times in a week. They are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and Paraben-free. They retail for CAD $34 excluding taxes for 75ml and with multi-masking, they do last a very long time. They are available to be purchased at Vichy.ca
What is your skin’s main concern and if you use a mask for it? Do you do multi-masking?
Dior Lip Sugar Scrub is described as an exfoliating and nourishing stick with grains of sugar that melt away, for incredibly soft and naturally rosy lips. I have dry or I should say dehydrated lips that flake frequently. I love lip products that are hydrating for my lips and do not cause flaking, whether it is a lipstick, lip gloss, lip tint. I have used few lip scrubs before like the ones from Sara Happ and Fresh which both I still like. I have the Dior Addict Lip Glow that I bought a few months back and use it consistently for hydrating my lips with an extra benefit of nice tint. I purchased a backup of it a few weeks back and then I got this lip scrub along with lip tattoos to try and review. I am a fan of Dior Products and let me tell you, this is a new favorite lip scrub. I have used it few times before writing this review and I am happy with the results. This does give a natural rosy tint to the lips and makes my lips more comfortable without drying. Whether it is your face or your lips or even a painting(speaking from my artist side, yes I love painting), you need a perfect base to start with, and for lips, this is indeed one of the best I have tried.
This lip scrub can be applied alone or as a first step before applying the lipstick. I apply this lip scrub generously from the stick and rub the grainy texture between my lips to rehydrate and nourish the dry skin of my lips. It has a very sweet addictive scent which does have the qualities and benefits of both a lip balm and a lip scrub. I like the natural rosy color it gives to my lips. The packaging of this lip scrub is almost the same as the Dior Addict Lip Glow which is very beautiful, the product is housed in a silver tube and the plastic cover is light pink and closes with a click sound. I like the luxurious feel and look of this lip scrub. It retails for CAD $41 excluding taxes.
Dior Addict Lip Tattoo is the first long wear lip tint by Dior which is described to have a comfortable formula which is weightless and does not transfer. The color of this lip tattoo fuses to the lips like a tattoo once you apply it on the lips. The packaging of this lip tatoo is very cute and the product side of the packaging is the same color as the product inside and the applicator side is of silver color. The foam applicator included in this product is really nice and comfortable to use.
I was sent the shades Natural Pink – 881 and Natural Berry – 771 and have been using them almost daily since last week. So here are my bits on it. I applied them straight with the foam applicator and it is easy to apply. It looks shiny when it is wet and then it just fuses with the lips, I mean you are not able to tell if you applied anything to your lips or it is your natural lip color. For me, both Natural Berry and Natural Pink worked well. With Natural Pink, it gave me a pretty pink tint, as I mentioned no one could say I applied something on the lips, just beautiful rosy pink lips. I am a fan of Berry shades and I believe they suit my medium tan skin tone much better, so this Natural Berry looked great on me, the tint looked natural and fused well with my lips.
With trying and testing, I am now more into the makeup that enhances my features and does not make me something else. These both tints are nice and the staying power is really good for around 5-6 hours on me and I do eat and drink regularly with them on. And one more thing, they do taste sweet, yes I did taste them. And I think otherwise the staying power is really well. These lip tattoos retail for CAD $36 excluding taxes. These lip tattoos are created in a total of six shades by Peter Phillips which range from beige to raspberry, to flatter and enhance any lip color.
The Dior Addict Sugar Scrub and Dior Lip Tattoo are available at all Dior Retailers and related .com sites.
Do you know about this new trend of lip tattoos? Have you tried any lip tattoos yet?
Dior reinvented volume with Dior Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume Mascara this year and this is the Mascara you need for that extra volume you desire. This Mascara has a squeezable wand means a fully loaded brush for an instant extreme volume for the lashes. The technique here is to pump the soft tube, which will coat the brush and soften the creamy, rich formula inside for a perfect fresh application every time. Doesn’t that sound amazing and interesting too? This is the advancement and innovation we have in today’s world, I am so impressed with this one. I was born and raised in India and I remember my mother and grand mother used to have home made eye kohl which had some really good benefits for eyes and she made it fresh after an interval of time.
This Mascara has a special bounce effect brush which is sturdy and the bristles are supple enough to bounce and load the lashes in a single sweep, no clumps just volume. The creamy, dense, volumizing formula of this Mascara is due to the main ingredient which is exclusive to Dior and is called elastic Bouncy Powders which does last for a good amount of time whether you just opened a new tube or just finishing one.
“The idea was to make the impossible, possible—to create very thick lashes without clumping, as I can do backstage. By pumping, you soften the formula and get a creamy volumizing effect that creates really rich lashes.” as described by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup.
For me, I have a nice length of eye lashes and most of the time, I do not apply Mascara and if I do, I need a very gentle single stroke so that my eyes do not look very different from my face. Being a woman doing my full-time job in a conservative office area, I do prefer a natural look with my formal clothing. Whether it is my makeup or any other thing, I try to keep things simple. First of all, I loved the concept of squeezable Mascara and looking at the brush, I could see how little and dense the bristles are and they are going to give some nice volume. I have been applying it for a few days now in very light single stroke and it gives me such a natural volume, like my lashes are that thick or I would say ‘My lashes but better’. It enhances the beauty of my lashes and not makes them look different.
This Mascara retails for CAD $37 excluding taxes and is available at all Dior Retailers and related .com sites.
What is your favorite Mascara?
Media sample kindly provided, all opinions are my own
The Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder which was a limited edition highlighter is one of my favorite highlighter’s which I love and use a lot. For 2017 spring Dior released luminizers in four shades which are permanent and I could not be more thrilled. The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is described as “light as a breeze” and contains a high concentration of illuminating pigments in a shade that can be adapted to any skin tone. Isn’t that cool? It melts into the skin perfectly and gives a glow that is very luminous natural glow. There are four shades and each shade will look different on you depending on skin tone, I was sent shade 004 – Bronzed Glow for review. Also, just to mention here that each shade looks different in the pan depending on how the light falls and reflects on the compact. It adds a nice kind of glow to the skin without being overly shimmery.
The shade 004 is also really gorgeous and I am so excited to have this shade. Highlighters are an important part of my life and when they are this beautiful and look so stunning, it makes the day better! This highlighter is really beautiful, whether it is the packaging or the product inside, it is so perfect. It has an embossed surface which I was afraid to touch first ( the feeling you used to get in the childhood when you yourself does not want to play with your favorite toy fearing it may get dirty or it will stop working 🙂 ).
I tried taking the photos and swatches of this highlighter both in direct sunlight and in the shade so that you can see how much difference the light makes.
The packaging of this highlighter is fairly sturdy, the same silver compact as the Dior Glowing Nude Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powder and it comes with a protective soft pouch and mini kabuki style brush for application. The brushes are well made and usable and are perfect for on the go.
Overall, I am in love with this highlighter and I am so much looking forward to going to beach or an outing to wear this highlighter. The shimmer and finish of this highlighter are very beautiful and they can also be used on the cheeks, eyes or even eyes wherever you want that beautiful focus and light. I did not experience any irritation or making my skin look dry or the emphasize the pore size. It looked very natural and truly melted into the skin perfectly. 004 is a unique color and looks like such a soft dewy bronzy glow on my medium tan skin tone. Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer retails for CAD $68 excluding taxes and is available at all Dior retailers and websites.
If you have medium to tan skin tone, I would say 004 is must for you.
What is your favorite highlighter?