Category Archives: Origins

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask

9th January 2015

Origins Drink Up Mask

I’m a dry-skinned gal and, lately, a dehydrated skin gal too, so I was super excited to find myself opening a tube of this lovely stuff on the morning of my birthday. I’m a big fan of face masks but I find a lot of them dry my skin out further, so I’d had my eye on this one for a long time.

I always find the Christmas period quite disruptive to my skincare routine. Eating rubbish food, staying up later than usual, forgetting to drink enough water and bombarding my face with tonnes of new beauty products meant it was really in need of a little pick me up. Enter, the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask – the perfect thing to rehydrate your sad, winter skin.

This applies like a pretty standard face mask, it’s white with a lotion-like consistency and smells absolutely gorgeous, just like apricots. I left this on for a little over the suggested ten minutes and then rinsed my face as usual. I noticed straight away that my skin felt suppler and much more hydrated – usually after a face mask I have to moisturise quickly to stop my skin drying out but my skin already felt lovely and plumped up after using this. Fast forward a few days and I still noticed the effects – even my pesky dry as the desert forehead is in tact!

I’ve read a few times that just wiping off the excess and leaving this on overnight is a great intensive treatment (although you could always buy the overnight version if you so wished!), so I’m planning on trying that out soon. I’ve used this three times so far and each time I’ve loved the way my skin feels afterwards – I haven’t had any breakouts at all and this definitely has a place at the top of my face mask basket.

If you like the look of this one you can purchase it from Boots stores or online for £23.

Have you tried the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask before? If so, what did you think? If not, would you like to?

Origins No Puffery Eye Gel

20th March 2014

My under eye area is the bane of my skincare life. Even worse than my dry forehead, and that’s saying something.
Bags, dark circles, puffiness – the works. I’ve managed to find a few concealers that do a great job but, unfortunately no skincare that really makes a huge difference.
I’d read a few positive reviews of the Origins No Puffery Cooling Eye Gel and decided to give it a go, as I haven’t dabbled too much in eye creams. I’ve been using the same Olay one for over a year now so I figured it was time to add a new product into the eye routine.
This is a gel formula that comes in a handy dandy tube with a rollerball on the end. It’s full of the usual Origins goodness, the ingredients include aloe vera and it’s supposed to cool and depuff problem undereye areas.
So, does it work?
I’ve tried this out in a variety of situations and can confirm it definitely does help to depuff my baggy eyes.
At the end of a hard day: I’ve used this at the end of a long day of work, when I’m nick nack paddywhacked and my eyes are a bit sore from too much rubbing when I’m in a rush to take my make up off. The rollerball is so soothing cool, it’s perfect to perk you up in the mornings or chill you out before bed.
After a good old-fashioned sob fest: After a few hours of wailing on the sofa I’ve pulled myself together and slathered this on my soppy, tear-stained eye area and it feels sooo good it’s almost enough to set me off weeping again. I think this is where the No Puffery really comes into its own – I guess Origins didn’t want to market it as ‘sort your face out after you’ve had a huge bust up with your boyfriend’ but in this situation it’s a complete winner. Often the night after a good cry I wake up with hideously puffy eyes but if I use this before I go to bed it halts puffy eyes in their tracks.
To combat a hangover: Well, this isn’t such a miracle product that it will stop a hangover but rolling this under your eyes when you’ve woken up after too many cocktails and feel like death completely helps. It won’t get rid of the bottom of a birdcage feel in your mouth but it does stop your eyes puffing up like a blowfish. Phew. A pint of water and a hell of a lot of concealer and you’re good to go.

So there you have it, a few ways that the Origins No Puffery can come in handy. It won’t replace the eye cream in your repertoire but it’s a lovely product to add into your routine on days when your eyes need a little TLC.