Origins Face Masks

Thursday, September 11, 2014
(Things are really moving along over here!  My head is spinning with everything that needs to be planned, bought, packed, moved, etc.  So naturally, I'm writing a blog post.  Productivity Queen.)

You know I love and, more importantly, trust Origins with my skin.  We just get along so well.  I'm not so enamored with their foundations and makeup, but their skincare rarely has any duds.  I did say, "rarely", didn't I?   They recently released a new face mask that I had high hopes for, but it didn't deliver.  I thought I'd do a little quick and dirty review of all of the masks I've tried from Origins.

Origins Face Masks

Clear Improvements ($25):  While this charcoal mask works wonders for those with problem skin, I think it could work wonders on every skin type.  I have dry to combination skin and I love the way this feels (it looks, scar your children for life, horrid).  It's cool and has a bit of a tingle as it sets in.  It just feels like it's sucking out all of the impurities that get clogged in your pores.  After ten minutes, you use a warm wash cloth to rinse it off revealing bright, fresh, super clean skin.

They offer it in a cool travel or sample pack for only $8!  While that's much more expensive in the long run, this was the way I tried it since I didn't want to commit to the full tube (not that Origins doesn't have a good return policy, as you'll see later.).

GinZing ($24):   I saw a blogger or youtuber mention this (probably Anna) and I thought I'd give it a try.  I have tried their GinZing eye cream before and really liked it and thought the tagline "wake up tired skin" was very intriguing.  Especially since sleep has been hard to come by around here, lately.  I did exactly zero research on this one and purchased it without batting an eye.

I don't think research would've helped (it's super new and there weren't many reviews up yet), but boy I didn't like this one.  Not just, "meh, it's okay."  More like, "get it off my skin..MUST SCRUB OFF IMMEDIATELY" after about two minutes.  I'm so disappointed.  Maybe it's better for those with oilier skin?  I returned it with no questions asked.  (I love you, Origins!)

Drink Up ($25):   Now this is a mask I've been using almost since I started using Origins (well over ten years).  It mainly gets used in the winter when my skin can get outrageously dry out of nowhere.  They have two versions: an overnight treatment and a 10 minute wipe off version.  I like the 10 minute one.  I used to use it after exfoliating with their Modern Friction (a heavenly product that is so gentle, yet effective), but I mainly use it whenever I feel like my skin is venturing into that dull, dry and dreary look.  It does the trick!  I love having this in my bag of tricks.

Masks used to seem like something you only did at the spa...kind of out of reach, or extravagant to me. But they are cropping up everywhere at affordable prices.  Sephora has a large variety of options and Target has some cheap ones, too.  If I venture away from Origins and try one, I'll let you know how it goes!

Thanks for reading!

More Ways to Waste Time: Happy Sunday!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It's been a blissful first week of school over here.  I'm starting to get the hang of this schedule and it's been nice not having little munchkins to pick up after when the potential of a house showing is always hanging over my head.  I am loving living like this.  Aside from laundry and a quick daily sweep/counter wipe down, the house is easy to maintain.  (It kind of makes me wonder why it was so hard before we put the house on the market!  I'm sure I'll regret typing that sentence.)

Here are a few things to distract you today:

+  I love everything about this dining room makeover.  The rug, the walls, the chairs?!  I can't decide what is my favorite element.

+  I found this great article in my twitter feed (via @ModernRentMessyKid): The Time-Management Tactic Making You Late.  My sister-in-law uses this technique and it was so eye-opening to think of planning my time this way.  For me, I think writing it out like the author does is the only way to make it work.

+  I'm sensing a theme....Here's another time management article from Real Simple, "9 Habits of People Who Are Always on Time".  I am guilty of #6, the "Just One More Thing" Syndrome.

+  I can see why these were Architectural Digest's top pins of the month!

+  In our "politically correct" culture, Joan Rivers never conformed.  This is a great article from The Washington Post celebrating her.

+  It's week one of the NFL and I love a story that showcases something positive in the news.  Nicely done, Bengals.

+  Maybe I've been living under a rock, but I've never seen any of these hilarious's my (horrifying) favorite:

Those kids' stunned/confused funny.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

Dr. Jart Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm

Friday, September 5, 2014
Let's cut to the chase: I rarely have a "wow" moment that stops me in my tracks when I stare back in the mirror.  When I do, I have to share.

Yesterday, I was in a rush to get the kids to the bus stop (day two and I'm already scrambling?!) and it was a muggy, sticky day here in Northern Virginia.  I also planned to get a quick walk in before my Costco run.  I knew my favorite E.L.F. primer would only be able to do so much to tame any shine.  In my mini-panic to get "presentable", I remembered that I had received a sample of Dr. Jart's Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm in last month's Birchbox and figured I'd use it as my primer to see if it handled the mugginess any better.

short blonde hair, birchbox,

Wow.  Just wow.  I threw it on and realized it's tinted!  It sank in quickly and I could feel it (ever so slightly) setting into my skin...leaving behind, smooth, flawless, beautiful skin.  It was like me, only much better.  Like I said, I thought it'd be a good primer before my foundation.  But I was able to skip my foundation and just throw on a little blush and mascara and I was out the door.

short blonde hair, review, birchbox

It looks a little light on my hand, but that's because I'm still using the L'Oreal self-tanning towelettes.  It's the perfect shade for my face (today I added a bit of bronzer to help match up my face with the rest of me).

I can report back that after taking a brisk walk (with a 50 pound dog in tow) in the soupy air and running all of my errands, my skin looked amazing.  I definitely looked a bit more dewy than when I walked out the door, but in this weather, that's to be expected.  And it was a luminous kind of dewy..not a grease slick kind of dewy.

I went back to do a little research--this baby is not only a primer, it's tinted, and has an SPF of 30!  Three steps in one--you can't beat that.  The last time I felt this way was after trying Jouer's Luminizing Moisture Tint from a Birchbox a couple of years ago.  That is still one of my favorites (I alternate between that and Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk foundation.  I know, it's a freaking fortune, but it really works for me and has lasted over a year.).

I'm hooked!  I ordered the full size yesterday and can't wait to reap the benefits of streamlining my morning routine.  (There's hope for making it to the bus stop on time, yet!)

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