I’ve been going a little skincare crazy lately. I’ve been trying loads of bits that I have in drawers or that have come in beauty boxes etc. For Christmas I asked for the Origins Superstar gift set and my auntie (another makeup/skincare lover,) kindly gifted it to me, and it is amazing.
The kit itself comes with seven origins minis, none of which I have tried before which made it all the better. As I write this the Modern Friction face scrub has sadly gone walkabout in my room somewhere, however, it is a wonderfully gentle way of exfoliating. If you have sensitive skin this is definitely the scrub for you. I’ll be honest I was most excited to try the much loved Clear Improvement charcoal face mask. I get rather a large amount of breakouts during a certain time of the month and I’m not a particular fan, I’ve tried many treatments to sort this and so far I think this is one of the best. I find it reduces redness and after a few days the breakouts have reduced or have completely disappeared. I quite enjoy multi-masking with this, I put it around my tzone and then I use the Drink Up Intensive mask over the rest of my face. The mini Make a Difference hand cream is the perfect size for me to take to work, if I’ve been washing up this completely replenishes the moisture in my hands and stops them feeling dry and horrible.
Checks and Balances is a minty orange smelling face wash, because of its size it is the perfect face wash to take travelling. It lathers up nicely and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. The GinZing eye cream is amazing, I rarely use an eye cream as I forget and also I’m lazy but this is converting me. It has a slight iridescence to it which works to brighten the under eye and it depuffs them a little. It has the same scent as the GinZing energy boosting moisturiser which completely hydrates my face, now it’s not as hydrating as Clinique Moisture Surge which feels like I’ve thrown water at my face, but it’s up there. Side note, if you can, try the GinZing tinted moisturiser too because that is one of my favourite summer products. Finally the High Potency Night-A-Mins cream is a mineral enriched night cream which shares the same orangey smell of most of the other products. I’ll be honest, I rarely use a night cream I just grab my day cream and apply a bit more on overnight and it hasn’t been working badly, but I do really think that a night cream makes a difference. It seems a lot more nourishing which works for me as I hate my dry flaky skin!
Overall, this kit is an excellent way to try out Origins skincare, more skincare brands need to offer sets like this, and not just at Christmas either. My favourites from the set have to be the Clear Improvement mask and also the GinZing eye cream, I’m going to be hard pushed not to repurchase the mask as it is clearing my breakouts very well. I’ll be testing this out further and may write a post on the products I’m planning to repurchase, because by then I’ll know if they’ve reached holy grail status or not!