Last time I was in boots I spotted that there was a Collection foundation and concealer on offer, meaning that they were only £3.99 each. Given that the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1 is the best concealer I have tried for my pale skin I was excited to give these a try!

I picked up the Illuminating Touch Foundation in Porcelain 1, and the Illuminating Touch Concealer in Naked 1- both in the lightest available shade.

I am very happy with the Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation. It is in a frosted glass bottle which is nice and I think looks and feels more expensive than you would expect for a cheap foundation. It also has a pump which works well and means that you can get foundation out easily and cleanly, although it does give you a fraction less control over how much foundation comes out- I find that I pretty much have to do a full pump!

In terms of coverage I would call it fairly light, but buildable. In the picture above I have applied a single light layer using a real techniques sponge. Using your fingers or a brush I imagine you could get a higher coverage. The Boots website describes it as a ‘your skin but better’ finish, and I would definitely agree. It helps to cover small blemishes and red areas (such as around my eyes) well.

In terms of shade I would say that Porcelain 1 suits my skin pretty well. Although on my hand it looks a tad too dark, once it has been blended in I can’t see a difference so I would definitely recommend trying it if you have pale skin and struggle to find a foundation that works. Below is a picture with the foundation on.

I am also pleased with the Illuminating Touch Concealer, although I will say that I prefer the collection lasting perfection concealer I previously reviewed. I like the concept behind the concealer, but find it a little too pink for my skin- although once blended in it seems fine! This means that I don’t feel that it gives me as great highlighting or illuminating abilities as it would if it were a lighter shade.

I find the brush a tad annoying due to the fact that it dries out and wastes product, making it hard to use. In Boots I was unable to use the tester due to the brush being caked with dried on product! So something to try avoid doing if you buy this concealer.

It does seem to conceal pretty well however, and does blend in well so I would still recommend this for people with pale skin- just maybe give the lasting perfection concealer a go first! To show the difference in shade between the two collection concealers, here is a picture of them side by side.

Finally here is a before and after picture! On the left is my face with no product on, and on the right I have the illuminating foundation and concealer on, although I applied both with a sponge and in a fairly light layer so this could be built to a higher coverage level if desired. You can definitely see that it helps in covering dark circles under my eyes and red areas.

Overall I am happy with my two purchases and would definitely recommend giving them a go! They are a bargain for £3.99 each (and fairly priced at £5.99 for the foundation and £4.99 for the concealer when not on sale.)


 Skincare is an area I care about, but also an area I kind of suck at. I am fairly terrible at remembering to wash my face and moisturise frequently- maybe because my skin isn’t that badly behaved. But I have decided recently that I really want to try get into a better routine with my skincare- namely to ensure I use a moisturiser  morning and night.

I chose to order a new moisturiser from Origins, partly because I was already planning to order another item from them and partly because I have always heard good things about Origins skincare range.

I decided to order the Ginzing moisturiser, and my decision was finalized when I saw that Origins was offering it in a limited edition super-size (where you get 75ml instead of 50ml for about the same price).

It costs £25, which seems like a fair price given the amount of product, and having been using it for a few weeks I feel that it should last a decent amount of time as I don’t require a huge amount to moisturize my whole face.

Origins have packaged the item well, and I like the shape of the pot and the fact that it is sturdy enough to survive being tossed in a bag when I am staying over somewhere.

The Ginzing moisturiser is a lightweight oil free cream, which soaks in easily. It is a fairly light consistency which is perfect for summer and moisturises my face well although come winter and the colder months I may be tempted to switch to a heavier moisturiser.

My skin certainly looks better since I started using this – and the dry patches I occasionally get on my forehead seem to have stopped appearing. I like that it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin yet my skin still feels refreshed and hydrated!

According to Origins it is recommended for dry/normal/oily skin and I can certainly believe that it would work well for all three- my boyfriend also uses it occasionally and between the two of us I think that we can cover all three categories depending on how our skin is behaving.

Based on my experience with it so far I would certainly recommend giving it a try, and it is the pretty much the cheapest Origins cream so not a bad one to try if you have never used their moisturisers before and want to give them a go.


Origins has always been a brand that I really wanted to try, particularly after seeing glowing reviews for their products on blogs and seeing them show up frequently in peoples favourites videos. Other than trying out a couple of their facemasks in the last couple of months (thanks to the rather awesome pods they have) I had never tried any of their range.

There was one major reason for this- price. Origins is fairly expensive in my mind, and I don’t tend to like spending say £20 on a face cream if I am not sure whether it will work for me. However since I started working full time I decided that this was a good way to treat myself! And also treat my skin- as I am sometimes a bit neglectful of it.

I then dithered for a few weeks about which product I wanted to try. In the end I was convinced by the bargain angle- As Origins had a handy ‘Rest and Recharge’ gift set that would allow me to try out four different products! For £35 this seemed like a good deal, particularly as it includes a full size night cream which costs £35.

It arrived with free delivery from Origins, which was handy as I haven’t noticed this set in my local John Lewis or Boots. It also came with a couple of free sample sachets, which I got to choose from a few available. It arrived in a nice box which I quickly disposed of, but feel is worth mentioning in case anyone wanted to give it as a gift!

The set contains four items as follows;

  • Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (50ml)
  • Vitazing SPF 15 Moisturiser (30ml)
  •  Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream (50ml – Full Size!)
  •  GinZeng Eye Cream (5ml)

These items are all decent sized, and none feel like a sample size! Well, except for maybe the eye cream based on the size- but as the full size is only 15ml it is still very reasonable.

Since I bought this set a few weeks ago and have been using most of the items daily I feel that I can give my thoughts on them!

First up is the Drink Up Overnight Mask. I really like this mask, although I feel that cream would be a more accurate description for it as that is what it feels like on the skin, and how I apply it. I have been using it a couple of times a week and I feel that my skin is more moisturised and softer when I wake up. I was particularly happy to have a decently sized version of this mask!

Next is Vitazing, which feels nice on the skin and applies very smoothly. It also has a SPF of 15, which I like. However I am unsure whether I would purchase this separately from the set as it has a sheer tint release which I think is just a tad too dark for my skin- although not unwearable, and unnoticeable to the people I have asked! For people who don’t have to pick the palest foundation they can find, it would probably work well but for me I feel that this moisturizer would look better if I managed to get a slight tan!

The Night-A-Mins cream is very pleasant to use. It has a nice, thick and creamy texture that applies well to the skin and sinks in nicely without feeling greasy or sticky. It also smells pleasant and I feel that my skin looks and feels better since I have started using it (although I have also started using a new face wash and day cream at the same time so can’t promise it is all due to this cream!) This is also a full size item, so is worth getting the set for if you fancy trying it- as you’d basically be getting everything else for free!

Finally is the GinZeng Eye Cream. I like this cream as it feels lovely on the skin and moisturises well. I would however say that it does not reduce dark circles for me- although mine are pretty prominent, and I haven’t really found anything that gets rid of them. I don’t find that I have bags or puffiness when using this cream, but neither did I really notice any prior to using it! So I would say that this is good as a moisturiser, but I can’t really comment on its extra benefits, although I do like the slight sheen to help brighten the under eye area.

My final thoughts on the set is that it is a great introduction to try out Origins, and also good if you are looking to shake up your skincare routine as it gives you plenty of products to try out. I have enjoyed using all the products, and feel that they do make my skin look and feel better. It definitely makes me want to try more products from Origins- and in fact the sample I received with my order led to me making a full size purchase!

I’d love to hear any suggestions for people’s favourite products from Origins!