Review: Origins compared to Sunday Riley night skin care routine


I am a skincare product junkie. I have a couple tried and true favorites, but generally I switch things up when I run out of something. I have just finished the Origins night cream after several months of use. I was using this in conjunction with the toner and the night oil. The toner ran out first, which makes sense as this isn’t a night specific product so I was using it morning and night. Then the Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream ran out, and I still have some Night-A-Mins Renewal Refining Oil left.

I liked all of these products. The scents are lightly citruses, but nothing too intense. I enjoyed the consistency of the cream — it was dense. It reminded me of a cloud cream. You could tell when you put it on that this is for night and should be absorbed into the skin over hours. When I woke up there was no trace of residue left and it did in fact absorb nicely throughout the night. The face oil is light and absorbs pretty quickly. I assume this is because it is designed to be followed by the thicker cream. Part of me thinks that for $44 the oil isn’t worth it. The cream alone I think would probably do its job well. The toner was nice, but nothing outstanding. For a $25 price tag though I think it performed well and have no complaints.

The Night-A-Mins oil and creme combined come to $88, which isn’t anything to snicker at. While I do feel like it maintained my skin well I didn’t see any improvements. The fine lines I have are still there, my outbreaks came at about the same frequency, the texture of my skin seemed about the same. I am only in my mid twenties so my skin care is aimed to prevent signs of aging, and certainly my skin didn’t get worse. I also have relatively sensitive skin and find that many products are irritating and none of the Origins products bothered my skin at all, so thats a plus! However, for $88 there were no miracles.

Prior to this I was using the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, and while that is even more expensive at $105 I did feel like my skin was more plump, more radiant, and just had a glow about it when I woke up. It does have quite an odd smell, very planty, but its not so strong that I couldn’t use it. I intended to use this in conjunction with Good Genes, but my skin is so sensitive that Good Genes made my skin pretty dry/flaky/red so I couldn’t use it more than a couple times a week. I bought the Luna oil and the Good Genes treatment in a set, where they were each half size but the set was only $78 (it’s $85 now; a $105 value) at Sephora, so keep an eye out for the value sets if you’re interested in Sunday Riley.

Results for these things are so subjective, but I will say I don’t have anything especially lovely to say about my skin after using the Origins routine. I certainly have nothing bad to say, but I probably won’t be repurchasing. While I did really enjoy the Sunday Riley line I’d like to see if I can achieve these results for less money.

On to the next product adventure!


My favorite face oil


It has been heavily emphasized to me that preventative skin care is of the utmost importance. If you only start once you begin to see features you don’t like (wrinkles, dark spots) that’s an uphill battle. So particularly once I was 21 (and found my first grey hair) I started taking skin care very seriously.

At 22 I moved from Washington (state) to North Carolina and the environmental differences wreaked havoc on my skin. I was fortunate to not really ever have bad acne; sure I get a few pimples here and there but nothing major. But after being in NC for a couple of months my skin had dry patches and a lot of blemishes on my cheeks and in my T-zone — something I hadn’t really dealt with before. My skin had always been described as “normal” and “bouncy” to me previously by aestheticians and cosmetologists, so this was new and not fun territory.

I tried so many blemish spot treatments, but I found the only thing that really worked for me was the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment oil. 2-3 drops in the morning and at night and within 2 weeks my skin was back to what I had always considered normal. It’s been 4 years and I continue to use this regularly in the morning (I have since switched to night time specific face oils for the evening). It’s a little more viscous than you might expect, for example it really doesnt fall out of the eye dropped unless you are squeezing the dropper, but it does fully absorb into my skin in about 1.5-2 minutes. So I usually put it on then brush my teeth, and by then I am good to go about the rest of my routine.

It helped with redness, dryness, and blemishes. It’s a bit on the costly side but to wake up and regularly have nice skin I think it’s completely worth it. When I was using it 2x a day I went through 3 to 4 bottles a year — a little goes a long way. I would often wait until Nordstrom had a beauty sale on this (or a Clarins gift with purchase promotion) or until Sephora had its VIB sale and stock up. I use about 2 bottles now that I am down to just once daily, and this is an item I ALWAYS take with my while traveling. This is an essential part of my skincare routine, and if you can afford it I highly recommend it.


  • Buy it at Sephora for $58 and free shipping
  • Buy it at Nordstrom for $58 and free shipping
  • Buy it at Ulta for $58 and free shipping (excluded from coupons)
  • Buy it from Clarins for $58 and $5 shipping, but they often have good promotions and if you sign up for their email listserv you get 10% off your first purchase
  • You can also search for it on amazon, but buyer beware.

I suggest sticking with whatever retailer you spend the most as to make the most of their rewards program, with the exception of buying directly from Clarins when they’re running a great special.

What skin care product do you swear by?