Tuesday, March 29, 2011


OMG!! Can i say that my skin is in heaven!!! i was having some funkyness going on on my face a few months back and nothing was working until i found this stuff. i had heard about ORIGINS in the past but never actually stopped by to try it because my trusting Mary Kay products always got the job done.
A short history on what i was actually experiencing: i have combination skin, meaning normal to dry on most of my face with an oily T-Zone. i had started experiencing dryness (more than usual) in small spots on my cheeks, my right eyelid was dry and the skin under my eyebrows was also dandruff..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! CAN YOU SAY WEIRD!!!!
how does one eyelid get dry and how in the heck do i justify buying a bottle of head and shoulders for my eyebrow dandruff??? well you dont! You go out and buy some of this ORIGINS stuff. this weird weather here in SoCal sure did kick the moisture out of my skin but this stuff showed the weather who was boss. LOL.

a little bit about the brand and why it is soooo amazing:
(this info was taken directly from the Oigins website.)

The Origins Mission:
to create high-performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science

Origins Purity;
products are formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. and formulated without parabens, phthalates propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA and animal ingredients. we manufacture using a combination of renewable resources, wind energy and earth-friendly practices.

On one of the bottles it even said that they do not test on animals rather they use a volunteer panel to try out their awesome is that!?!!

here are the products i have used and have fallen completely in love with:

Checks & Balances- frothy face wash
5fl. oz $18.50US
This face wash is amazing!! it is a thick consistency face wash which means that you do not need much once you start to lather with water. this face wash is formulated with broad leaf kelp extract which discourages excess oil production and wheat protein which balances and protects dry prone zones. this is perfect for combination skin. the way to use it is to start with a small amount and lather with warm water. if you need more face wash feel free to use what you feel is right. Origins calls it a frothy face wash and i would say that is very accurate. at first sight i thought that the water would just dissolve the small amount face wash i had on the tips of my fingers but it didnt. the lather is so wonderful. after playing with the right amount of face wash with the right amount of water i have worked up a lather much like shaving creamy without the heaviness. the smell of the wash is pleasent. it smells minty but not overpowering. after rinsing it off, your face feels brand new. it does not feel too dry nor does it feel tight. after the first wash i noticed a difference compaired to my old face wash. after using the Origins face wash my skin tone appeared more even and without as much redness. i use this as both my morning and night face wash...gotta love a 2-in-1... overall an awesome product and for the price you cant complain. if used right, this will last you quite some time.

A Perfect World- antioxident moisturizer with white tea
1.7oz $39.50US
this is another product where a little goes a long way. this moisturizer is mostly for those with dry skin. it is formulated with white tea which helps intercept free radical damage before is causes early signs of aging and it keeps the skin looking younger longer. i had a few mixed emotions about this when i tried it out at the Origins counter at my local Macy's. i wasnt to fond of the smell. although it doesnt smell bad; it has a mild citrusy scent. i am more of a mint or sweet scented kinda gal. the good thing is that its not going to make you smell like oranges all day long. another thing that i wasnt too sure about was the consistency and feel after it was applied. i loved that it was thick but didnt leave the skin feeling heavy at all. the feel of it after it was applied i thought would be oily because my skin was a little shiny at first. however once it set into the skin it left a nice glow with enough moisture for the day without looking greasy. i did notice that i had to wait just a few more minutes for it to settle into the skin before applying make up compared to my old moisturizer but the pay off was more than amazing. my foundation went on much smoother and my imperfections were hardly noticeable. after using the product for a week i must say i love it and my first impressions were completely off of what this product had to offer. i used this product in the morning daily and every other night. overall the quality of this product is amazing! and it really did help after the 2nd day with my dry eyelid and dry spots on my face. the only downer is the price. although you literally only need very little to fully moisturize your face paying nearly $40 is a bit high. however, price aside, i do highly recommend this product and i will more than likely purchase it again.

Drink Up Intensive- overnight mask to quench skin's thirst
3.4fl. oz $21.00US
i have never been a big fan of face masks, especially overnight ones, because i hated the whole concept of something drying hard on my face and making a mess. i know...pretty lame...but its true. not to mention i havent tried many face masks to say i have like one more than the others in particular. when i was explaining to the lady at the Origins counter what i was experiencing she immediately guided me to the face wash and moisturizer. then she mentioned that she had a mask with a similar feel to my night time moisturizer i was previously using that i might like for an extra ooumphh of moisture for my skin. i had her show me this mask that i didnt believe was a mask if it felt like my old night moisturizer. my old night time moisturizer was clear, light weight and left the skin feeling...well...moisturized all night. it never dried, got hard or made a mess. how could a mask do something like that if its a mask?? well gee was i wrong. she told me that i would love it and again she was right. this mask is formulated with apricot kernel oil which quenches compromised skin and avocado oil and mango butter which Origins says builds a reservoir of moisture for tomorrow, and on top of that it has japanese seaweed to prevent future moisture loss. believe it or not a lot happens at night time when we are asleep. for those that have used night cremes or moisturizers and wake up feeling like you never put anything on the night before...thats because of dehydration. this mask is the solution. the sweet smell of mango is also a plesent smell to fall asleep to. once you have applied it all over your face you might feel a little sticky in some areas like the eyelids and around the nose but dont worry. it will soon make its way down to a dewy very moisturized skin feel; but not uncomfortable. it will not make a mess all over your pillows at night and it doesnt make you itch(from feeling something on your face). in the morning when you wake up your skin feels just as dewy and moisturized. when you wake up simply rinse your face with warm water and you will feel the mask coming off and start your day all over with the frothy face wash. i use this mask every other night (the other nights i use the moisturizer) after i wash my face with the frothy stuff and call it night from there. the price is right, the quality is great...overall amazing. i highly recommend this and will buy this again.

so there you have it. my long review on my new Origins products. i can honestly say that i love them all. for those of you who are a little more conscious of their budget you might want to consider something less expensive(stay tuned for some at home remedies that are super cheap) or look at this purchase as one that will give you better results for your money. i must admit i was a little hesitant to pay the price for these products and even after i did, i left the Origins counter hoping that it was money well spent. turns out that it was more than just money well spent. for me who has suffered from dry sensitive skin finding a good product that works as fast as this does and as well as it does the price was no longer a huge factor.

well i am off to bed with the scent of my mango mask


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