Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Green Skin Care: Origins Voxbox Review!

Let's start this off by saying that I am the least skin caring person known to man. Except maybe my friend Sarah, but not the Sarah that stopped eating dairy for her skin. She's the most skin caring person known to me. I have too many Sarahs. I digress. For most of my adult life my skin care regimen has been a face wipe. Not even at night, just in the morning before I put new makeup on. Terrible. I know. I figured that now that I'm not in my 20s and I'm exposing my face to ridiculous amounts of sweat most days, I should probably do more. Then Influenster chose me (and a bunch of other people) to get an Origins Voxbox. Perfect timing!

In case you aren't familiar with Influenster, it's a company that works with people that like to try free products. They send complimentary products for you to try out and then give your review.  The larger the social media presence you have, the more likely you are to receive the products. It's totally free. This is my second voxbox and I love getting them. Who doesn't love trying free products?

The voxbox came with five samples:
  • Origins Ginzing Energizing Moisturizer
  • Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins Moisturizer
  • Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
  • Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream
  • Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
I've been using the products for the past two weeks. Some much more than others. 

Origins Ginzing Energizing Moisturizer
This is a light moisturizer. It's not as heavy as their Perfect World moisturizer. I think it would be great during the summer when I don't wear as much makeup or do much to my face period. The one thing that I truly love about both moisturizers in this box is their smell. It's a very light citrus fragrance. It's not knock-you-in-the-face strong, but just a nice whiff as you're putting it on. I haven't decided if I love this enough to buy full size, mostly because it's not something I would wear year round.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Moisturizer
Night-A-Mins might be my favorite product in this box. Again, the smell is fabulous. I've been using this at night for about two weeks. I love that it's a heavier moisturizer, perfect for nighttime. I take my makeup off first, then put this on before heading to bed. In the morning, my skin isn't dry and angry, which is used to be once in a while. Not often, just sometimes. I have noticed that sometimes my eyes water at night when I put this on. At first I thought it was the cleansing balm I was using, but when I use my other moisturizer with the same cleansing balm, they don't water. I still love the product, though, and how it makes my skin feel. 

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
This is probably my second favorite product. I've also been using this for two weeks. I use it in the shower every morning. I started out using it after my shower, decided that was too much effort and annoying, and took it in the shower. A little bit goes a long way with this cleanser. Just put a little dab in your hand, mix in some hot water and then put on your face. I let it sit for a few minutes before washing off. That's usually during my "wake up the brain cells" time anyway. I like that it doesn't leave my face feeling sticky, which other face washes have done in the past. 

Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream
I don't get eye cream. Maybe it's because I've been blessed with my mom's genes and still look like I'm in college, but eye cream is lost on me. I tried it though! Twice! I put this on after my moisturizer (I put it on, go eat breakfast, and then go get ready) and before my primer. I guess that's what you're supposed to do? My face didn't look any different. I really wasn't expecting it to, though. Again, it's got a really nice smell to it. Past that, though, there isn't much I can tell you. Sorry. 

Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask
Funny story - when I first got this, Aaron was super excited thinking that this was the peeling charcoal mask that's been making its way around the internet. When I attended the Origins event, he encouraged me to buy a full size, so I did. I didn't tell him that it wasn't the peeling kind because when else does your husband say, "Go, buy this product!" Never, people. Never. I haven't used this product as much, mostly because you aren't supposed to use it every day. I've only used it once, actually. I used it after a workout, when my face was most disgusting. I followed the directions, used a hot wash cloth to open my pores and then smeared it on.

I didn't do above my lips because I've been super sneezy lately and didn't want to chance it!
I've never really done a mask, so I'm sure I didn't do it as thoroughly as others might have. That's okay. I personally appreciated that it wasn't a peel off mask. I've watched enough of those videos with women screaming "Jesus take the wheel" and other entertaining remarks that I really don't feel the need to do it myself. I preferred just rinsing it off. Much better!

Oh look, I can move my face to smile now!
I loved how my skin felt after! So soft and smooth. It's a good thing I like it because I already own a full size!

This voxbox was fun! I loved getting to try all these products and attending the Origins event at Southpoint mall. I even had my tea leaf reading. I don't really believe in that stuff, but it was fun! And I will say that she was on point, I was surprised. My favorite part was when she told me I was surrounded by angels and had lots of people watching over me. All the feels.

Back to the topic. Of the five products, the Frothy Face Wash, Night-A-Mins and the Charcoal mask are the products I'm most likely to buy. I decided to take this opportunity to try out these products along with some other sample skin care items to decide what my new regimen would be. That's another post, though! I'm almost through most of them and am pretty close to deciding my favorites and my new regimen!

I'm going to close this out by saying that while I love the products, I also think Origins as a company is really cool. Going to the event allowed me to spend time inside, talk to some of the sales ladies and see what they are all about. I love that they use natural ingredients and they recycle cosmetic bottles. From anywhere! They'll even give you points towards products for bringing in the recyclables. That's just kind of cool. You can also get mini facials each month. Yes, please.  Definitely check them out if you haven't. 

Have you tried Origins? If so, what are your favorites?

1 comment:

  1. I loved this box! You are right about the smell of the moisturizer in this box - so fresh! This was my first time using the charcoal mask and I really liked it. My skin also felt so soft and smooth after. I just used it for the second time last night!