Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Review: the Omorovicza facial at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum

“Look at my skin!” I gloated when I walked in the door yesterday evening, fresh out of the salon chair in Harvey Nichols‘ lovely treatment room in Dundrum. “Hmmm,” said himself. “I noticed that. It’s kind of scary … I …

Fri, Nov 16, 2012, 07:30

   

“Look at my skin!” I gloated when I walked in the door yesterday evening, fresh out of the salon chair in Harvey Nichols‘ lovely treatment room in Dundrum.

“Hmmm,” said himself. “I noticed that. It’s kind of scary … I feel like you’ve had Botox. Why does it look so smooth?” Why, indeed.

Omorovicza is a Hungarian skincare brand that was founded in 2006 in Budapest and uses what the founders term “mineral cosmetology” in the formulation of their skincare products. But that’s really by the by; I was in Harvey Nichols for one of the brand’s signature facials, available four times a year in Harvey Nix Dundrum and, said HN’s lovely PR Laura, with a cult following that ensures it always sells out.

Now y’all know me – I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to expensive treatments (the facial is €90, redeemable against Omorovica products) that claim to be unlike other, similar, cheaper treatments. How can a facial really be that different?

Well this facial really is different. Quick disclaimer: I’m not a facial pro. (Insert rude joke here.) I’ve had a few but I’m by no means a facial devotee or, rather, before yesterday, I was by no means a facial devotee. Dominika, my therapist, asked me what the best facials I’d ever had were, and I said one I had in Voya, in Sligo; and another I had in Kameleon in Dublin 1. The former was intensely relaxing, while the latter was really thorough and included the best extraction job I’d ever had.

My Omorovicza facial was like a combination of the two: it included cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, extraction and the most amazing facial massage I have ever had. Several times, I had to open my eyes to make sure Dominika hadn’t tricked me by using some kind of super-strong massage machine! It was incredible. I have no idea how it was done, but the massage lifted and massaged and invigorated my skin in a way I have never before experienced. Afterwards, this is how I looked:

Seriously, that was right afterwards, when I should have looked all pink and red and terrible! Usually, my post-facial routine involves a quick run to the car – this time, I wasn’t at all ashamed about having a business meeting over coffee, followed by another business appointment across town. Other nice touches were the fact that you’re lying on a heated massage bed, they play gorgeous classical music (rather than that bizarre Eastern wind chime stuff so many salons go in for) and there was almost zero chatting. (What? I like my spa treatments relaxing, so sue me!)

The Omorovicza therapists are back in HN Dundrum in February. Call Harvey Nichols on 01-291 0488 to book a facial – but get in line, I saw them first.

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