I’m super excited to announce the very first post from my friend and former colleague Alison Yau ( lots of loud clapping and cheering here please!!). Alison is a beauty writer, and we first met when she came to work for my company Windle and Moodie, fresh out of college about 7 years ago. Alison created the Windle and Moodie blog and other social media outlets for us, and in the process gained a huge following. She’s since gone on to bigger things but I’ve persuaded her to come back and write for me,( YAY!!) to give you an honest insight into the beauty world and all it’s offerings.
Being a beauty junkie it only seemed fitting that she would write about her first love, so say hello to the very first of “Alison’s Adventures in Beautyland!” It’s a (mostly) monthly trip around the world looking at cult beauty products, trying them out and celebrating the good ones (and some of the not-so-good).
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,
I give you Alison Yau!
Hi all! For my first post, we’re off to Hungary! To kick things off on a positive note, I’ve decided to begin with a product I’m super into and have been since the first time I used it. It’s the Omorovicza Ultra Moor Mud Mask.
Quick little bit of background info for context: Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is known as a spa city. This isn’t just a thing people say, it’s an official title that it’s held for 80 years. But the city’s beauty credentials actually go back further than that: the powers of the thermal waters were discovered over 2000 years ago and, according to records, there were even 14 thermal baths in the city at that time. It’s safe to say that the Hungarians know a thing or two about the benefits of thermal water and it’s something that Omorovicza have harnessed in all of their products.
So now that we’ve swotted up on Budapest and the brand, let’s talk about the actual product. First things first, it’s full of nourishing Hungarian moor mud (in case you didn’t catch that from the name), which works to firm and smooth as well as clarify and brighten. It’s also particularly great for oily/combination skin like mine as it detoxifies (marvellously), as well exfoliating and going deep to cleanse those pesky pores. All sounding good so far?
Even slapping it on is a treat. I skip the spatula that I’m sure it came with (and that I’m sure I lost) and slather it on with my fingers. The dark grey mud is instantly cooling on skin, which will be thanks to the sage, chamomile, rosemary and rose geranium essential oils. 15 minutes later and the dark grey is now light grey and dry, signalling rinse off time and my favourite part: the big reveal of gorgeous, glowy skin!
Now, full disclaimer here: my skin is hard to please. It’s not at all sensitive to the point where it doesn’t really react to anything. Good or bad. So when I saw brighter skin immediately after washing it off, I was REALLY excited. For once, something worked! Actual results in the mirror! This never happens!
Having worked as a beauty journalist, I’ve listened to a lot of hype over products. A LOT of it. Claims, promises, seductive little whispers of everything a miraculous product says it will do… I’ll admit that I’m easily excitable and would often take a product home to try it, only to be left disappointed when sweet f-all happened. A little like when you’re single and browsing for a new suitor online/Tinder/whichever app is currently in, to meet in person and find that they fall short of your expectations – literally and figuratively. In short, it’s a bummer.
But this, I’m happy to say, was not the case with this mud mask. From the first time I slapped it on my face and washed it off to reveal the glowing skin I’ve been chasing after, it’s been true love. We’re inseparable. Bad day at work? It perks me up. Important event? It gives the little boost my skin needs. Total HG product and for damn good reasons too.
Rating: ♡♡♡♡♡ – Holy Grail
♡♡♡♡♡ – Holy Grail
♡♡♡♡ – Repurchase
♡♡♡ – Alright
♡♡ – Not a fan
♡ – No, never again, nope
Next up: we’re heading to Japan!
EDITORS NOTE: I’d like to give a huge thanks to Alison and if there’s any products from around the world you like her to review then do let us know.