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Origins Facemasks: My Quick Fix or Miracle Cure?

You might remember that all the way back in August I wrote about a BritishBeautyBlogger box containing Origins facemasks. Since then I have tried and tested almost all of the products included and think they all deserve a bit of recognition. Some might even deserve repurchasing. 

Origins Facemask Review

The box itself was an incredible deal at only £20, it even included full size products worth more than the box itself. If you ever see another BBBxLatestInBeauty collaboration I would definitely order it, simply because of the value and then on top of that the amazing products. She's even collaborated with Clinique as you can see here. (Yes, I may have ordered that one too...)

Origins Maskimizer VitaZing By All Greens

Starting with the skincare and also where the full size products are. The Maskimizer seemed somewhat a gimmick to me when I first looked into it. This is £18.50 for a 95ml bottle, so is by no means cheap. The Maskimizer is a facemask primer, it claims to soften, hydrate and optimise the skin's condition. Apparently there is an optimum temperature at which facemasks work and this spray will lower the temperature of the face so it can do just that. It has a pleasant scent, it's very fresh and I personally think minty. I have been using this before facemasks to see if I think it does really make a difference and to be fair it makes probably only a small difference. My skin feels slightly more refreshed if I've used this but it's nothing to write home about. I'm probably going to use this more as an expensive hydrating face spray.

On a more exciting note: I finally found a tinted moisturiser that doesn't turn me orange. VitaZing is not something I would have discovered on my own at a hefty £29. It claims to be energy boosting but I'm not sure how I would measure that on my skin at the moment. This contains SPF 15 which in this kind of product is fundamental; VitaZing slowly tints the skin, letting it glow subtly through the day. It needs SPF as this is not a product that you would use under foundation, it's a standalone summer product for me, one you choose on a lazy day when there are a few errands to run. 

The first mask I'm going to show you is By All Greens, a foam cleansing mask to unclog pores, which retails for £30. I was really surprised by this product, Jane said it was like green juice for the skin and it really is. The first time I applied it I wasn't sure what I was expecting, it looks like a green paste when it's dispensed but then foams up when you massage it into wet skin. I'm trying to use it sparingly as I love it and can't afford the £30 for another bottle!

Origins Facemasks Drink Up Intensive GinZing Original Skin

The fun bit is of course the facemasks! Starting with Drink Up Intensive, £24, which is probably my favourite scent out of all the masks. It's fruity and one for the overnight mask lovers, or dry skin sufferers like myself. You simply have to massage it into the skin and tissue off any excess and fall asleep letting the magic happen. This genuinely does help my dry skin, quenching it's thirst ready for makeup the next day.

GinZing is the ultimate blogger facemask. It's not only copper coloured but it is also visibly metallic! Is this not what dreams are made of? It says it will refine and refresh the skin, its strong orange scent definitely refreshes, I also love the fact it is a peel off mask as they're so much easier to use if you're not planning on having a shower. At £24 it's not necessarily the cheapest mask out there but if you want a copper, metallic facemask this would be the one.

Another one for us dry skin sufferers is Original Skin, £24. It contains rose clay and used jojoba beads to remove dead skin from the surface.When it's on it makes your skin feel quite tight but in a way I like that as it feels like it's working. The exfoliation happens mostly when you remove it as the beads get a chance to rub against the skin, you do find random beads on your face if you don't quite get it all off, but they're hardly noticeable and I just think about it as extra exfoliation! Once I take it off my skin feels ridiculously smooth which makes makeup application dreamy.

Origins Mask Pods

These last three are Facemask Pods, for £2.50 each you can take one of their bestselling masks travelling with you. The pods contain 10ml which is more than enough for around 4 full face coverings. What's even better is that two of these are 10 minute masks so you could apply them while packing for a holiday or eating breakfast. You can get four of their masks in pod form: Drink Up, Clear Improvement, Out of Trouble and Original Skin, I kind of wish GinZing was available in pod form as it is gorgeous.

I'm almost certainly going to repurchase Drink Up Intensive, and I'm not ruling out getting By All Greens and Original Skin but neither are cheap so I'll see if either create magical effects on my skin. Like I said the Maskimizer does seem a little gimmicky but you might find it works wonders. This box was certainly worth the £20 I spent and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if the opportunity arose.

Beth x

Lush Products I Love (And You Need To Try!)

We all know that I am a rather large Lush fan, especially around Christmas. So over the course of the last few months I've been testing out some new Lush bits I picked up, as well as some old favourites and non Christmas exclusives. I thought I would let you in on my must have products for you to try this year.

Lush Favourites

First up is the Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub (or any other Lush lip scrub.) I used to own the Bubblegum one which smells like sweets, that was until my little brother got his hands in it, literally. These are amazingly good at getting rid of the dead skin on your lips, the sugar is finely milled but still gives enough of a scrub. While these smell great, Sugar Plum Fairy shares it's scent with the Comforter bubble bar, they also taste good, though I wouldn't recommend eating it all in one go. I don't know of many other brands that do good quality lip scrubs at an affordable price of £5.75, if you think one will benefit you, Lush do other flavours than the Christmas edition Sugar Plum Fairy.

So White Shower Gel is part of the apple scented family which includes Santa's Belly Shower Jelly and So White Bath Bomb. I had to specially order this off the Lush Kitchen as it's not actually a permanent product and it cost a little bit more than a normal shower gel but for the scent it's worth it. Apples completely wake me up so this has now become a must for morning showers, or any showers to be honest.

One product that me and my mum always disagree about is Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. Personally I love the sweet rose smell while she does not. I love using this just after I've performed the arduous task of shaving my legs, it almost makes the task worthwhile as my legs are super smooth. It does feel greasy when you first apply it but once it's rinsed off your skin feels dreamy.

My final favourite is from the Halloween collection: Magic Wand Soap. I'll be honest, I use a hell of a lot more liquid soap than I do bar soap, so you might be wondering why I, not only bought, but also  love it. Let's get real here: makeup brush washing is so boring, I add my Lush soaps to spice it up a bit. By using bar soap you can make you brushes smell amazing and make sure your hands don't become dried up and grubby at the same time!

All in all, I love most products I've tried from Lush, they're rarely a hit and miss brand. I do need to try some of their skincare but it's so expensive and I have a lot already. (Oh and I'm on a spending ban...) If you want to know which product I would say you should try at all costs, that would be a Lush lip scrub, Bubblegum if you can, as Sugar Plum Fairy was a Christmas special.

Beth x

New from EcoTools: Cruelty Free and Recycled

I don't think I've used my fingers to apply makeup for many years. For my day to day makeup I'm a sponge or brush girl because I don't believe that my fingers do the job anywhere near as well. I understand that some people find that the warmth of your fingertips helps blend product into the skin but I just find that it makes a mess and I don't have time to clear that up in the mornings. Anyway, recently I have been trying some EcoTools brushes as I received them in my LoveMeBeauty subscription and thought I should write about them.

Eco Tools Face, Eye and Lip Brushes

EcoTools is a relatively well known brand but I thought I'd do some research to learn a bit more. It's great to know that their products are cruelty free which means synthetic bristles if you were worrying. They're also made from recycled bamboo, the handles anyway, apparently it's one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, so those pandas won't lose out because of our makeup brush purchasing!

I have a few different sets and also some of the individual brushes. All the sets come packaged in cute little pouches perfect for carrying them around with you or in your handbag if you're going out straight from work. As brushes go, they're also on the more affordable scale; the five piece Starter Kit is £14.99 at Superdrug and the six piece Day to Night kit is £16.99, both of which are more affordable than RealTechniques. The individual brushes themselves retail from £3.99 to £12.99 but they do also come in double ended duos for £6.99.

Eco Tools Face Brushes in makeup pouch

I always take an interest in face brushes as I always worry about my base. I'm quite subconscious about my skin and to me in the mirror it looks anything but smooth so finding my perfect base will take a while, (any suggestions will be greatly received!) I'll start with the individual face brushes, and one of my favourites is the Blending and Bronzing brush (£9.99) it's a very large duo fibre brush. It seems to want you to use it for cream contour and highlight blending, but I think it is much better for buffing in foundation. The duo fibre bristles allow you to really work the foundation into the skin via light stippling, as the brush is large it bounces off the skin making sure you don't end up with patchy coverage. The round brush head also allows you to get in and around all the difficult areas of the face, under the eyes and around the nose. The second brush I have is the Precision Blush Brush (£7.99) and I wanted this as I really don't have many brushes with which to apply blush. I used to use my RealTechniques Stippling Brush until that started shedding so I really did need a new one. The brush is so fluffy and has a rounded top which means you can precisely apply your blush to your cheeks. It also allows you to blend out the blush too in case, like me, you're slightly heavy handed in the mornings.

Now from the Starter Set are two face brushes: the Concealer brush and Blush brush. The Concealer brush is quite a standard design. It's flat and tapered so you can get up close under the eyes, my only problem is that I don't find these types of brushes great at blending in the concealer, you usually have to pat the product in which does take a long time. Next is the Blush brush. Incredibly fluffy and much more suited to powder in my mind, especially as I also own the Precision Blush Brush. It tapers outwards with a rounded top and perhaps may also be a good substitute foundation brush for when all my others are dirty. (Believe me it happens.)

From the Day to Night set comes three face brushes: Pointed Concealer Brush, Angled Face Brush and the Highlighting Fan Brush. Now the Pointed Concealer Brush is good for the days I have problem skin. When spots decide to pop up this lets me cover them instantly and easily. As it tapers into a point it is also good as a crease brush and it's not half bad for blending it out as well. The Angled Face Brush is right on trend for contouring, it's not overly big and fits into the hollows of my cheeks nicely. It doesn't pick up too much product and doesn't create a particularly harsh line when I contour (badly.) The final face brush is the Highlighting Fan Brush, as highlighting is 'in' this is a staple in any makeup collection. It's design is quite thin making sure you're not on full brightness, unless you want to be of course, and also it can double up as a nose contouring brush because desperate times call for all in contouring!

Eco Tools Eye Brushes in makeup pouch with MAC eyeshadows

The range of eye brushes is extensive. First off is the Brow Shaping Set (£6.99) it has two brushes and some really scary brow stencils which I'll come onto later. The set comes with a Lash&Brow Groomer which is much like most others you'll find and there's not much more to say about it. The double ended Brow Filler and Brow Definer on the other hand is pretty special. On the one hand is the Brow Definer, a stiff angled brush ready to outline even the unruliest of brows, so definitely mine. I like to use it with a pomade, my current go to is the NYX Tame &Frame, it's a lot cheaper than the ABH version. The other end is a Brow Filler which I think is a great idea, I always find that the stiffer brushes fill the brow too perfectly and I'm more of a messy plait and yesterday's mascara kind of girl. The shape of the brush is the important factor: it's quite a flat brush but is very fluffy, I feel it's better suited to powder than creams or pomades as it's very easy to pick up too much product.

From the Starter Set comes the Eyeshadow Brush and Angled Eyeliner Brush. Now the Eyeshadow Brush is very, almost too similar to the Concealer Brush in the set just shorter, so there's not much to say there. The Angled Eyeliner Brush is similar to the Brow Definer Brush however, it is longer and less stiff so it allows for movement whilst applying gel liner. I for one prefer a felt tip eyeliner or liquid as I am not skilled enough with gel.

Finally from the Day to Night kit are the Detailed Lip/Liner Brush and the Eye Shadow Brush. The Detailed Lip/Liner Brush is much better as a lip brush in my opinion as it is not stiff enough for liner. Nor is it tapered enough. For lips though it is perfect, the flexibility allows you to cover the and still get a sharp edge without much hassle. The Eyeshadow Brush is a lot fluffier than the one from the Starter Set which makes it a great blending brush. It's rounded which lets it fit into the crease and also under the eye to smoke it all out if you want a more dramatic look.

Eco Tools Accessories Wipes and Stencils

Now unknown to me until a month ago, was the fact that EcoTools do brush related accessories too. I have the Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths (£6.99,) now I think these are ingenious for if you're on the go. They're like a makeup wipe except solely for your brushes, after you use a brush you swirl it on the cloth and the makeup disappears. The other accessory came with the Brow Shaping Set: brow stencils. Now these terrify me as if done badly they will look like sharpied on brows, but each to their own. They came with three styles: glamour, defined for when you want a big night out, delicate, for a more natural look, or classic, think Instagram brows.

Overall I can't deny the fact that EcoTools do some gorgeous brushes at extraordinary low prices. While the stencils scare me the brush cloths and sets are quite impressive. If you were looking for the best set to try I would definitely say to go for the Day to Night kit with six brushes in. 

Beth x