Origins and Moisture

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'll admit that I'm still new to the daunting and ever-expanding world of skin care.  That's why when I find a company I like, I grab on to it and milk it for all it's got.  Enter Origins: a brand that very rarely lets me down, and that continues to excite me with both its new launches and old stand bys.

I picked up a few bits from the famously natural brand recently, including a deceptively dense 50mL jar of their Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment (after desperately scraping by on the last legs of my Ole Henriksen moisturizer).  While not technically a moisturizer, this watermelon and lychee-fortified treatment was created to inject dehydrated skin with some much needed moisture.  Because it is marketed towards those with combo/oily skins, and is oil-free to boot, this treatment has found a nice home in my evening skin care routine.  I tend to use it as my moisturizer alone, as my skin doesn't do well at all with sky-high hydration levels, although I have been known to occasionally accompany it with a few pumps of Nude's ProGenius Treatment Oil should my skin be feeling on the dry side.  It can be applied morning and night if need be, but I usually find it a bit too hydrating for day wear and tend to just apply it all over before bed.  In the five weeks that I've been regularly applying it, not only have I developed noticeably softer skin, but I am now also the owner of a more radiant and glowing complexion.

In terms of morning-time moisture, Origin's new energy-boosting, Vitamin-C packed GinZing moisturizer has been filling the void.  While MaDP+ feels just a touch on the heavy side, this caffeine-injected gel/cream feels supremely lightweight.  But unlike most other oil-free daytime moisturizers that  often result in that horrible tight-face feeling, GinZing seems to actually hydrate my skin.  According to Origins, the citrus fruit-scented "skin energy drink" is fortified with Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean extract, both of which help to boost the skin's hydration and brightness levels.  And even though my skin does feel every bit evenly hydrated after slathering some of the stuff all over my face, I've had no issues with makeup slippage, and absolutely zero breakouts to report.  After a few weeks of daily use, I have even started to notice the dullness slowly seeping out of my complexion (which I can only hope will continue with regular application).

Bottom line: Origins know what they're doing.  I only wish they didn't have such an impressive (not to mention semi-expensive!) lineup to their name, as my wish list is getting heavier as I type...

What are some of your favorite Origins products, or ones you'd like to try?

Origins Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment $39.50 | Origins GinZing Energy-boosting moisturizer $26.50

The Hyperbolic Haul

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Too much extra birthday money + an excess of shiny new beauty products on the wish list = an empty wallet and a full to bursting makeup drawer.  Let's be honest, the math wasn't really in my favor to begin with.  Needless to say, I've been a bad girl this month.  Products were sought out, money changed hands, and my wallet has never felt lighter.  But at the end of the day, a good time was had by all, and I thought I'd share the love with this little video here to commemorate a few good shopping trips and a handful of some really great products.

Select to watch on youtube for a full list of products, links, and all that other good stuff.  Hope you haven't been as bad as me this month!  (There should really be a support group for this type of addiction, no?).

On Trend: Turquoise and Crosses

Sunday, June 23, 2013

If it hasn't been stated previously, I should probably start this post off by saying that turquoise is by far one of my favorite colors to accessorize with.  I hadn't realized how much I loved the green stone until my last visite to Forever 21, where I found the jewelery racks literally littered with the stuff.  So naturally I went a little ga-ga and surrendered my wallet.  I also quite like the cross trend that's going strong right now (although not for any particularly religious reason).  I don't have too much to say about the pieces I picked up, so I'll let them speak for themselves, but I just had to do a little PSA in case there's anyone else out there like me who almost missed the cheap turquoise accessories bandwagon (most of these pieces were under $5)!  Forever 21 is known to change out their stock quite quickly, so if you see something you like, don't waste any more time reading this post! ;)

Natural Stone Cross earrings $3.80 | Faux Horn necklace $4.80 | Cross earrings, Gold $2.80 | Faux Turquoise Bib necklace $10.80

Mad About MAC Mattes

Saturday, June 15, 2013

It was only a few months ago that I was able to count the amount of lipsticks I own on one hand.  Now, my collection has spread out across a 24-count lipstick holder, and I'm already considering buying a second one just for my MAC ones.  It's a sad state of affairs, really it is.  One would think I'm starting a stockpile just in case MAC spontaneously goes out of business tomorrow (can you imagine??).  But there is one good thing that's come out of this recklessly-expensive lipstick-hoarding addiction of mine (besides me single-handedly keeping my local MAC in business...well..). After trialling almost every finish that MAC have to offer, I've found that their matte lipsticks are some of the best I've ever tried.

I own a handful of the Rimmel Kate Moss mattes, and while I do love them as a nice and affordable drug store lip option, there simply is no beating MAC's mattes.  The finish is pigmented, strongly opaque, and offers full lip coverage.  After a few hours of wear, there is some definite lip-drying that occurs, but it's not uncomfortable, nor is it visibly noticeable on me.  This can be amended by slicking on some balm beforehand.  And even though the lipstick does dry a bit, it doesn't come off in ugly chunks.  In fact, I've noticed that MAC's mattes (the longest lasting of any of their lip finishes) very rarely come off on their own.  In the case of Embrace Me (the bright pink in the middle, very similar to Candy Yum Yum) a makeup artist at MAC attacked my lips with some of their Lip Product Remover after tissues and makeup wipes weren't cutting it, and I was still left with a gentle pink stain (not necessarily a bad thing!).

Russian Red has never let me down either.  It's a cult classic, and although I'm only an occasional rocker of the red lip, this one is probably my favorite matte of the bunch.  It lasts for an insane and suspiciously unnatural amount of time, and has even seen me through a looong 10 hour day, complete with  two iced coffees, a breakfast sandwich,  and lunch, with no funky lipstick marks on the straw (or my teeth).

Kinda Sexy is the creamiest of the three, and one that I've talked up time and again.  It's my favorite "my lips but better" color, and one that I wear when all else fails.  It doesn't seem to be as long lasting as the other two, but it is by far the least drying matte I've tried yet, and one that I will repurchase when I run my current bullet into the ground.

I also quite like the Amplified formula from MAC, but that's another post for another day.  Do you have a favorite MAC formula or lip color?  Let me know some of your favorites.  Come on, fuel my addiction!

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