Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash review

Frothy Face Wash

I bought the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash for one main reason- having received the sample with a previous order and really enjoying how it made my face feel. And thankfully after buying the full size and using it for a few weeks I haven’t been disappointed.

Although I find it fairly pricey at £18.50 for 150ml (otherwise known as the most expensive face wash I have ever bought!) I feel that it is definitely worth the money, and it has shot straight to first place as my new favourite face wash.

For one thing I love the fact that this face wash doesn’t dry out my face or leave it feeling tight after washing- a problem I have found with many face washes I have tried. It works well with areas that sometimes get a little oily, and also on areas of my face prone to dryness and seems to suit both well. It is definitely a face wash that suits combination skinl.

Since I started using this face wash on a daily basis I haven’t had any bad breakouts, and my skin feels smoother and looks brighter.

I also really love the scent of this face wash; it smells really fresh and minty. It has bergamot, spearmint and lavender which makes using it a pleasure. It is a fairly thick paste like texture that means that it bubbles easily and well.

Origins Face Wash OpenAnother great thing about this frothy face wash is how little is required per use which means that even though it is expensive it should last a decent amount of time. In order to use it I just squeeze an approximately pea sized amount in the palm of my hand and add tepid water to lather it up, before swirling it all over my face (avoiding the eyes- the spearmint makes that a rather unpleasant sensation!) before rinsing off with warm water. I use it both day and night and it has really improved my cleansing ritual as I look forward to using it!

I would definitely recommend trying this face wash if you have combination skin- and I find that it works really well for my skin that tends to be more towards the drier end of the spectrum. It is a bit of a luxury due to the price but it works which means that it is a worthwhile indulgence.

Based on its texture and foaming abilities I think that this face wash will work really well with cleansing brushes like the Clarisonic- and I can’t wait to give this a try once I get a new head for mine!

Origins Face Wash

Origins Ginzing Moisturiser Review

Origins Ginzeng Side View 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.

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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.

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Origins Rest and Recharge Gift Set Review

Origins Set

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!

Origins Overnight Mask

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!

Origins Vitazing

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!

Origins Night a Mins

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!

Origins Eye Cream

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!