First Impression: Origins Face Products

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So, this cute little set was one of the two things I *limited* myself to buying from Sephora on Black Friday. The reason I chose this was because I’ve seen so many people say these products are amazing, but I couldn’t see myself paying $25 for something that might not work on myself. When I saw this set for $10, I just put it into my cart without thinking too much on it.

Now that I have tried all 3 little things that came in the set, I wanted to post a first impression on each.

Clear Improvement Mask This mask claims to actually pull junk out of your pores and clear them out with active charcoal. When I started to put this mask on my face, I realized that a little bit of product goes a long way. I decided to mainly put this mask on my most problematic areas such as my nose and chin, since there’s not much product in the samples and I didn’t want to waste any. I will say that this mask made my face feel so soft and amazing after I washed it off. The pores on my nose do look better than they did before I put the mask on, which is saying something because I do not have nice pores on my nose. It’s something I’m self conscious about and have been working on.

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I mean, it also looks so pretty on, right?

Modern Friction Dermabrasion This claims to take your skin from “rough to smooth” without pain. This dermabrasion is indeed very soft on the skin and did not hurt to scrub into my skin a bit. My skin seriously felt so soft afterwards! I had to stop myself from just petting my face constantly. My skin is so dang dry this time of year, and it hasn’t felt this nice since fall started. My makeup went on smooth the next day and looked flawless. This may be a product from this set that I need in the full size once I am done with the sample size.

Drink Up Overnight Mask This claims to rehydrate the skin overnight working and the suggested usage is twice a week or as often as desired. I put this on after I had used my toner and just before I was going to bed. It definitely lived up to the claim. My skin felt very soft and hydrated. I’ve also been using the Loreal Youth Serum at night though, and I will say that my skin felt similar with the overnight mask as it does with the serum. So, I don’t know if I will personally be purchasing this one in the full size, but it is an extremely nice moisturizer!

This set was $10 on Black Friday and there are 0.5 oz in each sample. That doesn’t sound like much, but none of these take very much product at all to get the job done. I know I will get my money’s worth and then some. It was worth it just to be able to finally try this line without stabbing my bank account too hard.
Let’s not talk about what else I got on Black Friday and Cyber Monday…

Anyway, this was just a short and sweet impressions today. I still have some other goodies to review in the upcoming weeks that I can’t wait to play with and share with you all! Please follow me if you’re new and reading this, or talk to me and tell me about your experiences with these products if you have any!

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Clear Proof Acne System: Final Thoughts

A few weeks back I did a first impression post for the Clear Proof Acne System that Influenster sent me. Now I have completed my review and I decided to film my final thoughts with more detail, but I will also link my first impressions post 🙂
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First Impression: Clear Proof Acne System

Before I begin this post, I was sent these products by Influenster complimentary to try and test out. However, these opinions are my own and I will not spare my true opinion of this product over the next 30 days I am set to test it.

I was really excited when I learned I was one of the bloggers chosen to try this product out and review it. It came right in time, at 4 months postpartum my skin has been less than satisfactory, and with fall upon us my already dry skin is drying out even more. I love Mary Kay products. I am not a consultant, however I know a pretty awesome lady that does sell their products in case anyone was wondering.
Anyway, I am going to do a first impression (this post) for the very first time I try the product and then another after 15 days (halfway) and then a final post with all of my thoughts of the product overall after 30 days. Unless this sets off a bad reaction with my skin I will be doing all 3 posts, so if you are a first time visitor to my page and want to know more about the product outside of my first impression, feel free to subscribe.

I want to start off by saying that my skin problems right now are mostly hormonal. I just had my second daughter 4 months ago, and I have been losing weight and such, but my skin still hates me. Mostly around in my jaw line area. I’m also on birth control, which is also a factor. My skin type is very dry. Like…super dry. This time of the year is awful for me in terms of skin moisture. The fall air seems to suck every bit of happy moisture out of my face.

Alright, on to the routine and first impression.

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This is what the box looks like. It came with 4 full sized products in the system, and I am pretty excited that this comes with both a toner and moisturizer to start out with. I’ve noticed that many acne systems either have one or the other in their systems, and sell the toner or moisturizer as a separate part of the system itself.

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Also included was a card giving detail as to what to use first and what the products do. Nothing fancy in terms of how most acne treatments work. Wash, tone, spot treat, moisturize. I like simple and to the point. Because really, who has time for a one hour skin routine every night? I have 2 kids, so I know I don’t. I want something quick and effective.

First use (bed time)- I typically take most of my makeup off first with a Burt’s Bees sensitive skin makeup wipe. I used the gel cleanser in the package first and massaged it into my skin, focusing on my trouble areas. I noticed this product doesn’t have much of a smell, which I like. I tend to wash my skin with cold water because warm/hot water dries my skin out so I avoid it when I can.

I then put the toner on a clean cotton round and dabbed it on my face. The toner’s main ingredient is salicylic acid, which is pretty typical for many acne treatments. It can be drying, but it’s typically an effective way to clear acne up for me. Also no smell for this product either.

I put the gel spot treatment on a few spots on my chin and along the bad area on my jaw line.

I don’t moisturize before bed because it can break already broken skin out, so I will try that in the morning before I start my morning routine and report back.
Okay, so when I woke up this morning my skin felt fresh still, but a bit tight and a little dry. I expected it, so I put on some of the moisturizer before starting my routine. I did notice some of the spots that were trying to come up on my jaw line are already looking less red.
The moisturizer did feel light on my face. Maybe too light. I have extremely dry skin though. To truly test the product I did not put any other moisturizers on my face and did my regular makeup routine, but I did notice some dry patches around my nose and on my cheeks. So, I may personally need to use another face lotion on top of it, but it’s not a huge deal.
At the end of the day my skin does not feel irritated or anything, which makes me even more excited to potentially see results over the next 30 days.
Overall, I am impressed so far, but it’s hard to tell with many acne clearing systems how/if they are going to work with simply a first impression. Stay tuned for my next posts regarding this product 🙂

September Empties

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Wanna go through my trash with me? I promise some of the things are pretty cool! I will start from the top left corner and make my way to the bottom.

Cover FX acne clarifying primer- I received this deluxe sample in an ipsy bag I don’t even know how long ago. I kinda kept putting off trying it because I assumed since it has salicylic acid in it that it would dry my face out. I was so wrong. This stuff was amazing, and I did see a difference in my face in terms of breakouts! I squeezed the life out of that thing. I wish the full sized product wasn’t so expensive :/

Tone soothing body wash- this was a sample I got in the mail and I used it just to try it and throw it away. I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh it smells. I like fresh body wash smells with no fruity scents, and this one does not have a fruity scent.

Natural Style deep conditioning treatment- This sample came in my beauty box 5 last month with another hair treatment, and I am probably going to end up buying the full sized product. I love the way this made my hair feel super soft the next day without weighing it down or making it look greasy.

Barefoot exfoliating scrub- another product I got in a subscription box of some sort. I wasn’t too impressed with this exfoliating scrub. It smells nice and fresh, but it’s not very exfoliating? Just feels like a body wash with beads.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask- this is actually my second time using this mask and I LOVE it. Seriously, next time you’re at The Body Shop or Ulta pick one up. They are tingly and fresh feeling, but don’t leave your face feeling dry and dehydrated. I have noticed a difference in my skin the next day if I use this mask at the beginning of a breakout.

Dove Oxygen Moisture shampoo and conditioner- more samples! I’ve been pretty bored lately since one of our cars bit the dust (rest in pieces, junk car) so I have been trying everything I’ve been meaning to try. These came in a walmart beauty box that a friend recommended to me, and I actually like it. Dove isn’t normally a brand I reach for, but the smell of these was nice and left my hair feeling fresh and soft.

Vitabath body wash- I got this in a beauty box 5 box a few months back, and looking back I remember why I put off trying it. It’s cherry scented. Maybe it would be nice for others, but I hate the smell of fruity body washes. Other than the awful (to me) scent it felt like your typical everyday body wash. Nothing special about it.

Aussie Moist Shampoo and 3 min miracle deep conditioner- This is actually a normal everyday product for me. I love the scent of Aussie products and even more so I love how they make my hair feel. I use the 3 min miracle deep conditioner instead of the moist conditioner because I only wash my hair once per week, twice max. So, that little thing lasts me on average a month (I have super thick and long hair) and the shampoo on average lasts me 2-3 months. This is a staple for me though and I would recommend it to anyone with frizzy, curly hair.

Lady speed stick deodorant- also another staple for me. I have about 1 million as back ups in this since I coupon and got a ton for free. I love it. It’s not overly scented and keeps me dry, even when I am cleaning or running errands.

Ulta warm vanilla sugar body scrub- another product that I tore the top off of so I could squeeze the life out of it. I love this stuff. It’s a body scrub that foams. That’s right, it foams up. It’s an actual scrub so it does exfoliate the skin and smells like vanilla. This was always my go to scrub if I was having a bad day and just wanted to feel soft and pretty during a hot shower. I may cut the top off and try to get the rest out…
cheap girl problems.

Burt’s Bees sensitive skin makeup remover wipes- yet another staple in my routine. These are the only wipes that remove my makeup without burning my skin or breaking me out. I received a ton of coupons for this product just so I could stock up on them. My love for them is that real.

Frank’s all natural body scrub- I saved this one for last since it will probably be the one thing I talk about the most. This was a new product for me, and I tried it simply because so many bloggers were raving about it. I wanted to see what the hype was about and also see if it was any different from homemade coffee scrubs. Yes, it is so different from homemade coffee scrubs. The product itself arrives in an envelope that you just open and use. It’s not dry, but it’s not wet. It smells amazing! Mostly like coffee, but there’s a faint orange smell to it as well. I usually shampooed and rinsed my hair and then turned the shower off and scrubbed this in and waited for 10 mins. It made my skin feel so soft! I am seriously so impressed with this product, and I can’t wait to purchase another pack of it. It lasted me about a month at using it 2 times per week, which is how long it says it will last on the website. Definitely worth the $15 if you’re looking for a product to pamper yourself with sometimes. We all deserve to feel pampered.
Warning: There are a lot of sexual innuendos on the packaging (I love them, personally) and this stuff does easily get into your hair and is a bitch to clean out of your shower. The first time I used it I thought someone had crapped on my shower curtain. Still worth it.