Review: charcoal masks

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I try to use a face mask 1 to 2 times a week. I love the ease of sheet masks, but have recently ventured into charcoal based masks.

Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment is pretty amazing. Apply it once to twice a week for 20 minutes while I’m relaxing (usually taking a bath), and my pores are smaller, my t-zone is less oily and I usually have less breakouts. My skin feels tighter and is visually more glowing–as if my dull outer layer of skin is gone and the mask has revealed new baby fresh skin. I love this mask. But $69 for 1.7 ounces is pretty rough. And being a product junkie I am always looking for a new favorite to dethrone the old.

I tried a sample of Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. While it was on it felt eerily similar to the Glamglow mask. I eagerly awaited results. This mask is only $27 for 3.4 ounces! Economically much more of a steal. But much to my chagrin the results just weren’t the same. My skin did have that satisfying tightening feeling, but otherwise the results were lackluster in comparison. My t-zone remained the same and my skin didnt have that nice new skin glow.

On to the next product!

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Review: Origins compared to Sunday Riley night skin care routine

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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!