Origins ‘GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream’ Review

I have finally finished training for my new job – which took up a lot of my time along with uni – over the last few weeks.  I’ve missed blogging!  I have a lot of treats coming up over the next few weeks and am very excited to get back into it.  Now for my first trick… Origins GinZing Eye Cream!  I luuurve me a good eye cream.  It’s said to be the first place to show signs of ageing, plus the eyes are always a dead giveaway of tiredness or too much partying.

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Price: ( $$ ) $45, available from Mecca Cosmetica + Mecca Maxima stores and website.

Product Plus:  Immediate brightening and puff-reducing effect.

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Application:  After cleansing and before make-up, gently dab small amount around eye area where you feel the bone. Recommended only for morning/day application (6 month expiry date comes in handy here!).

Thoughts:  This is a fabulous eye cream – light in texture and easily absorbed means no waiting to put make-up on. This smooths out any finer dehydration lines under my eyes and has an immediate brightening effect on my dark circles which has improved even more with regular use.  I do feel like my eyes are less puffy too but that wasn’t such a concern for me so I can’t be too sure.  My love for GinZing lies in the texture, because it is light and I do prefer something richer at night.  It is not recommended for evening use, I assume because of the mica particles.  Good, because I felt a bit odd about putting something on overnight with mica in it.  Seemed a little redundant to me?

The texture is not so light that it doesn’t effectively combat my tired-dry eye issue by the end of the day – which is great as my eyes are kept looking fresh and moisturised all day.  I love this cream as a base under make-up as it absorbs instantly and does boost the brightness.  I love that this has anti-oxidant power and also boosts microcirculation with the caffeine and Panax Ginseng, but GinZing isn’t necessarily an anti-ageing eye cream.  I would say it’s more preventative than reparative.

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Conclusion:  GinZing is a winner for me.  Effective and easy to use – perfect!  And look at that bottom-centre photo there: the ‘formulated without’ list is incredibly cool.

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I am a little obsessed with eye creams, what are some of your favourites?

Bon Appetite!

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REN ‘Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask’ Review

Where do I even begin?  This mask is IN-CRED-I-BLE.  Everything from the fragrance to the feel is spot on with this product, so below is my review to see if this mask would be right for you.

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Price: ( $$ ) $66, from Mecca Cosmetica stores and website.

Score: ♥♥♥♥♥

Product Plus:  REN is an ethical  and clean skincare brand, boasting no mineral oil, parabens or other horrible ingredients – hooray!

Application:  After cleansing skin, smooth a thin layer over face and leave for 10 minutes.  Pat into skin and give a little massage, then wash off with lukewarm water.

Thoughts:  I really don’t know where to begin.  The Radiance Renewal Mask is an absolute delight to use.  It is so sensorial, and literally feels like you have smoothed sweet orange marmalade over you face, with positive results at the end!  The fragrance is delicious and the gel is easy to spread without being overly sticky.  While on my face, I could feel a slight tingle – meaning the fruit acid complex is doing its exfoliating job.  Sometimes I have felt more of a tingle than others, but I do like that feeling.  While on, this mask gently exfoliates away dead skin and impurities, and after washed away skin is so baby soft and fresh.  I definitely wouldn’t use this on a sensitive skin, but on others, once a week should definitely do the trick.  On my combination skin this is perfection, and I only use my regular moisturiser before going to bed.  I really love that this Mask keeps the balance in my skin so well, no extra oil and no dryness – such a plus!

This is supposed to be great for brightening, tightening and smoothing fine lines, and apparently is great for acne affected skin.  I would agree, because I find acne can get irritated by a regular granular scrub, whereas this Mask is much more gentle.  I have left it on longer than the recommended 10 minutes, just to check… and I have to say I really think 10 minutes would be enough for most people.  Ace, because such a quick treatment.  The other great point on this product that I have to rave about is the packaging itself.   It comes with an enclosed cloth, used for taking the mask off.  But that’s not even the best part, because the packaging is an air pump, meaning that air pushes the product up each time you use it so absolutely nothing is leftover in the container.  Fantastic!

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Conclusion:  I did feel an immediate result with the Radiance Renewal Mask.  After just a few weeks of use, I can definitely see how continuing will really help improve overall skin quality and appearance.  Being such a scrumptiously scented product has really convinced me to continue using this and I would definitely repurchase.

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This my first product from the REN Clean Skincare range – any thoughts on other products that this would go well with?

Bon Appetite!

Word of the Day

Busy doing an essay and what do I find on Dictionary.com?  Only that the Hot Word of the moment is apparently aesthetician.

Here is the Hot Word entry if you want to read for yourself.

I find this interesting because I actually have seen this word around the place lately.  A lot.  I wonder what this implies?  Is it going to be the new title of beauty therapists?  Maybe beauty therapies have more of an artistic place now than before? What are everyone’s thoughts on this?

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Bon Appetite!

March Empties Post

I just love this idea.  I always look forward to end of month when other bloggers do theirs.  Hopefully readers will want to see just one more Empties post (I’ll keep it short, promise).  I love viewing what others are using, and whether or not they enjoyed the product without an actual review.  I have a lot of problems sticking to a system or routine of products so I end up with too many at once.

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Left to Right(ish):

1. L’Occitane Purifying Essential Oil Deoderant:  Aluminium Salt Free, included Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lemon essential oils and was amazing.  It lasted me ages, and worked all day and night.  This however is discontinued, and they are in the process of bringing out new versions of their deoderants. I think this one was $26 from memory.

2. L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam: This was a tester size, 50ml.  I don’t think it was very brightening, but it was super soft and gentle and removed all makeup easily.  This is definitely one of my favourite foaming cleansers.

3. L’Occitane Organic Olive Exfoliant (Discontinued Range): This was my all time favourite body scrub and the entire range for face and body has been discontinued and this was my very last scrub. Wah. All of my favourite things get discontinued. All of them.

4. L’Occitane Honey & Lemon Sugar Scrub (Discontinued): I have had this for maybe 2 years… oops, don’t judge me.  But it was fine and I loved it so much I wanted to finally use it up.

5. Elemental Herbology Moisturiser sample: Review here.

6. Eve Lom Cleanser and Intense Hydration Serum samples: I was going to do a review of these… does anyone want a review of these? Look, I really liked them. The Cleanser, I really, really liked. BUT… I don’t know if I could bring myself to ever recommend anyone in Australia purchase them at our exorbitant prices. But you know, they were really nice.

7. L’Occitane Conditioners in Soothing (purple) and Repairing (pink): Travel sizes, but the Repairing was great for effect and the Soothing smells amazing.

8. The Face Shop Concealer: Not finished.  I just hate it and it needs to go. I think I purchased this at work one day when I forgot makeup or something… it was um, too dark and oily for me, we’ll just say.

9. Watson’s Aloe Vera and Vitamin C Sheet Mask: So good. I have used 4 out of the 10 pack I purchased. Review here.

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Eep! Thanks for putting up with that.  I actually feel super proud of myself for finishing some things, especially some things I had on the go for a while. Hah! I do like a challenge…

 

Bon Appetite!

Origins ‘Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask’ Review

Happy Easter all!  I hope everyone has had a fantastic long weekend and got to nibble on a little bit of yummy chocolate today.

Origins is a brand I have only recently familiarised myself with, and I have to say I am quite pleased with their brand ethos, which includes formulations without parabens, pthlalates, mineral oil and other nasties, as well as positive commitment to the environment.  It has been a very long time since I have used any kind of clay mask, so I was very excited about this product!

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Price: $34, available from Mecca Cosmetica.

Product Plus:  Activated charcoal draws out impurities while Lecithin dissolves them.

Application:   Create a smooth even layer over face and leave until dry to wash off.  (Approximately 20 minutes).

Fragrance:  Quite a light fragrance; a really light charcoal scent which is not overpowering.

Thoughts:  I wouldn’t use for particularly dry or sensitive skins, and wouldn’t overuse in winter for normal skins.  The mask is a creamy, thick consistency that is easily spreadable into an even covering and doesn’t drip.  Once applied the fragrance is pleasant and not too strong as it does take a good 20 minutes to dry properly. You want to see cracking!  It felt very calming while on.  White China Clay is soothing as well as ideal for drawing out impurities and assisting with oil control.  Active Charcoal is on board with this also, and is reputed to clean skin deeply with added benefits for acne.

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It was a bit of a pain to wash off the whole face and after this my skin felt rather raw from having to wash for so long (like, a good 5 minutes!).  Once off though, the skin looks firmer, tighter and refined. I had a little redness where I had to really give it a good scrub to get it off but overall a really clarified and even tone was left.  The problem for me was that this caused quite a breakout in my skin a couple of days after use.  It was to be expected, but it is something for those prone to breakouts to be aware of.

Conclusion:  I have mostly used it at a time where I had a few breakouts anyway, but many of these times it drew many more breakouts to the surface.  Clear Improvement Mask is a really good way to cleanse your skin particularly if it is oily and I really did enjoy the soothing effect it had the day after use.  For skin that can handle it, a weekly use could have amazing clarifying effects.  You could pop on an overnight hydrating mask afterwards if you find clay masks too drying for your skin type, or even just restrict use to the t-zone to help clear out those pores if you have problems with blackheads.  I think I will be using this every couple of weeks to really give my skin a great cleanse, so luckily this mask has a 24 month expiry period!

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Disclosure: Origins are a brand owned by the Estée Lauder Companies, so while Origins as a brand is cruelty free, their parent company tests on animals when required by law (ie. to sell in China).  I purchased this product myself.

Another Origins product, the No Puffery Cooling Mask For Puffy Eyes, has now been added to my wishlist!  Spending so much time studying and in front of a computer always leaves my eyes puffy and tired.  Looking forward to trying this one soon!

What Origins products have you tried?

Bon Appetite!

Refreshing Sheet Masks

Following on with my obsession with Asian skincare brands and products, of course I love a good sheet mask.  Most of the ones I have tried come from Korean brand The Face Shop, as they have stores in Australia.  Of these I have tried the Mung Bean, Lemon, Pearl Collagen, Cucumber and probably a couple of others too! My favourites are the Lemon – for it’s fresh glow result, and the Cucumber – water hydration that soothes my skin.  Below I have reviewed one of the masks I bought while in Singapore (also a Korean brand), and I find this one really similar to the Cucumber The Face Shop Mask.  If you are in Singapore though, I would check this mask out!

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Price: The Face Shop have a variety of masks for a few dollars each.  These Watson’s masks were a pack of ten at Singapore Airport for about $7 S.

Product Plus:  Single use packets mean you can switch up the type of mask you use more often to really suit your needs.

Application:  Apply sheet for about 15-30 mins then leave remaining moisture on overnight.

Thoughts:  Quite hydrating and really refreshing.  I think I could actually use this a couple of times a week and would get better results without breaking out.  However, it does leave a sticky feeling on my skin afterwards which I am not a fan of.  I can’t remember The Face Shop Cucumber Mask leaving me with that feeling?  It might though.  I actually fought the urge to wash this off before bed though and I am glad I did, as my skin was super moisturised, plump and evenly toned in the morning.  It didn’t really leave my skin looking much brighter, but I didn’t think after one – or even a couple – of uses it would affect brightness much anyway.

Conclusion:  I love sheet masks.  The benefits are usually quick and easy to see, whether you use one several times or only once a week.  I often find them gentler than other masks and they are actually great for congested skin because they are lightly hydrating without being oily and super soothing.  Check for ingredients like Aloe Vera and Vitamin C (which are in this Watson’s mask).

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Get yourself some sheet masks, try them out, and let me know how you go!

Bon Appetite!