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Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer Review

Product Description

This lightweight, oil-free facial cream is fortified with legendary skin-boosters like panax ginseng and coffee bean to jumpstart hydration levels. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalized to create a healthy, vibrant glow.


Hello readers! Haven’t done a post for a while, hey? Being out of the house almost everyday during holidays and then school starting right after didn’t exactly make me want to sit and do a review haha.

But today I bring you another Origins review! This time on their GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer. So it contains two ingredients that are supposed to brighten up your face and not make you look as tired as you really are (Mondays, am I right?). Those two ingredients are coffee beans and ginseng. I’ve actually never used coffee beans in a moisturizer to brighten up my face. I have used it as a DIY exfoliater though. FYI, don’t do it, it’s too rough on the skin and made my skin really sensitive!!

GinZing reminds me of Skinfood’s Lettuce & Cucumber Moisturizer. A light gel, that instantly dissolves when you apply to your face. It faces a similar problem that I had with Skinfood’s moisturizer, it’s not enough to moisturize my face. Much better suited to summer-use than winter. I love that it seems to sink into my skin really quickly so that I don’t feel like I have a vat of oil on my face the whole day. The only thing is that the moisture doesn’t seem to be a long-term thing.

This is great for people with oily skin because if your skin feels like it’s not hydrated enough, it will produce extra oil. Being able to apply moisturizer that gives you the barely there feel will keep your skin hydrated, and informing your skin to not produce extra oil. However, I have combination skin and I do have dry spots on my face, especially during winter. Don’t even get me started on how the icy winds cause havoc on my skin!! If you have dry skin and it’s the winter time, you might not want to pick up this moisturizer unless you add some face oil to it.

What I love about this moisturizer though is the smell and feeling when you it on! Citrusy – like when you peel an orange. You know that smell that wafts into the air when you feel an orange? That’s what I feel like as I’m applying it to my face! Love!! And it has a bit of a cooling sensation too which is nice as a morning moisturizer to wake up you and your skin. Probably feels even nicer during the summer time?

The moisturizer comes in a heavy glass bottle. I really like it! The box, like other Origins products, is very simple – almost medicinal looking. Not really a big fan on that, but I usually recycle the outer cardboard box after I take out the product anyways so it doesn’t matter much to me.

So I recommend this product for anyone looking for a really light moisturizer – especially anyone with oily skin. Not oily, spreads great. It smells great and feels great on the skin. Not a lasting moisturizing effect if you have dry skin. Would I repurchase? I actually might during the summer when I’m feeling the most oily.


Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel Review

Product Description

Red PMS pimple? Bad joke breakout? Heal, fight, and fade it fast. Just dab on a dot and feel blemish-busting salicylic acid instantly help speed healing while anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post pimple darkening. Skin-calming caffeine and red algae help relieve irritating redness. And to help keep skin looking spotless, super exfoliators eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris.

I kept thinking I already did a review on this product since I’ve been using it for a while now. I’m on my second or third bottle now. That probably shows how much I enjoy using this product, right?

The bottle comes with 10mL for $17.50 CAD. It’s not a lot of product, but most acne spot treatments come in smaller amounts since it’s not meant for full face application. The bottle is very soft so it’s definitely squeezable and makes it easier to get the amount that you want. It also makes it easy to carry around especially if you’re travelling. But as with most Origins products, the packaging itself is very simple and has a no-nonsense feel which I’m guessing is to play into its natural product look.

A reason why I like this product is because it doesn’t leave a white cast on my face. You know if you accidentally had toothpaste on your face and you’re left with this white stuff on your face after it has dried? That’s how some spot treatments are for acne, rendering it useless for daily wear. The thing about Origins’ Spot Remover is that it’s fine under makeup – as long as you don’t over apply it, of course.

Another plus for this product is that it doesn’t dry me out. Many acne treatment products are guilty of making your skin dry up so much that you end up with flakey skin. This gel does a good job of reducing the size of the pimple without drying out all the skin around it. Again, this makes a great candidate for daily wear especially if you usually wear makeup.

Don’t expect this product to work miracles. It’s not going to make everything disappear as if it never existed in the first place. However, it definitely helps reduce the size almost immediately. It helps calm the skin and reduces redness, just like it claims. I don’t really know if I agree with the fact that it helps reduce pigmentation afterwards though.

I recommend this to all skin types. If you’re on the market for a spot treatment, definitely give this product a try! It’s quite gentle on my skin compared to all the other harsh products that I’ve tried in the past. It has a small cooling effect on application which helps with calming and reducing redness of skin due to acne. It can also be worn under makeup without any problems.


Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash Review

When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled, or parched. Broad leaf kelp extract discourages excess oil production while wheat protein balances and protects dry-prone zones. Tourmaline actually makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain. Best for all skin types, aromatic bergamot, spearmint, and lavender add pleasure to the process.

When I was suffering from horrible cystic acne, I decided to switch over to a more natural product. I had no idea what was affecting my skin the way it was and I thought I should try to use a more natural product to see if it would help. I was looking around on Sephora for a cleanser that had a good rating and came upon Origins’ Checks and Balances and decided to give it a try.

It claims to be able to give balance for people with combination skin. I have oily skin that gets flakey so I definitely needed some balance to my skin. I would say the cleanser is good in some aspects when it comes to that. First off, it does not dry out my skin after I use it. I like using Checks and Balances with my Clarisonic Mia and it foams up beautifully when used in conjunction. You really don’t even need that much product. A pea-size or less would give me a decent enough foam to work the whole face. This cleanser is pretty gentle on the skin and I think most skin type would be able to use it without any problems.

I do not think it gives any long-term help when it comes to helping my combination skin, however. Which is its only downfall, in my opinion. If you expect it to help in the long run I probably wouldn’t keep my hopes up.

It has a scent that I’m not sure everybody would love, but I have no problems with it. It’s not super strong, but you can smell it while using it. It’s probably from the floral ingredients used although I wouldn’t describe the scent as floral. More herbal with mint mixed in it.

I like using it after I use cleansing oil on my face at night to remove makeup. I would recommend this as a good everyday cleanser for all skin types, although if you have a more drier skin type, I think a cleanser with more moisturizing aspects would be better. It works great with the Clarisonic Mia if you usually like using that too. It does a great job making your face feeling clean and fresh.


Tarte, Urban Decay, butter LONDON, Sephora Haul

I don’t know how beauty bloggers do it sometimes. The ones that can constantly push themselves to write reviews for beauty products ::swirl::. I applaud them, really LOL! It’s not like I’m lacking in things to review, but they just take so long to do! I don’t think people realize that even short, little reviews can take a really long time to do.

From the moment I receive an item in the mail or from the moment I arrive home with it from the store, I’ll take pictures of it first for the blog before even using it. After that when I use the item I have to keep in mind how the item performs. Do I like it or hate it? Why? Of course, you don’t just use an item once and base a whole review off of it either. I think it’s only fair if I use products multiple times, even longer if it’s a product for the face. When I’m ready I have to go edit those pictures and retake any photos that couldn’t be used or if I think I’m missing something. With the pictures done, I’ll have to sit there and actually write down all my thoughts on it.

Although a lot of my posts are about beauty products, I don’t consider myself a beauty blogger. I’m kind of glad that I’m not a full-time beauty blogger ::^^:: LOL! That’s why I really appreciate people who take the time out to do all those reviews. Anyway, I’m going off-course with this post. I thought I’d post up my beauty hauls from the last fourish months from high-end brands.


Back in December Tarte had a 30% off Friends and Family Sale. Sadly, they don’t ship to Canada. We have it at our Sephoras, but I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the 30% off. I asked my friend to help me order it and send it to me haha. I received the items some time in January. My first item from Tarte was actually their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer. After that I was hooked. I liked that they used natural ingredients (and are eco-friendly) since my skin as of late has not been itself. I really needed products that wouldn’t irritate it further. Tarte’s quite pricey, but I think most of their products are worth the price.

Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Tipsy)
The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum (Sample)

I think with the 30% off, California sales tax, and shipping to me, the total was around $80-$90 CAD. Whereas if I just purchased it at my local Sephora at full price with our sales tax included, it would cost me $136.50 CAD. Pretty crazy, right? That’s a whole other product that I could buy LOL!

Urban Decay

Urban Decay has always been known for its popular items like their Primer Potion and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They really sky rocketed in popularity, in my opinion, when they came out with the Naked Palette. Anyone who has even an inkling of knowledge on make up knows about that palette. All the Youtube makeup gurus praised it endlessly and was featured in many of their videos. How many palettes has it inspired from other brands since the Naked Palette’s debut? Countless! Everyone wants to cash in on it.

Although I wanted to get the palette to try out so many of the looks that was inspired by this palette I held myself back because.. well, I don’t really wear eyeshadow LOL! Until recently that is. And with the 20% off they had for their Friends & Family Sale I thought I’d order some of the items I wanted to try.

De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Naked Palette (x2)
Naked Basics
Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
(NOTE: The second Naked Palette and the Naked Basics palette belongs to my friend. I just helped her order it.)

I actually wanted the All Nighter setting spray but the were out the next day that I checked. The day I asked my friend to help me order it, it goes out of stock ::tear::. Total for everything might’ve been around $200 CAD? I don’t quite remember how much shipping was. Full price total here would’ve been $243.60. But two of the palettes aren’t mine so it costs a bit less for me than that.

butter LONDON

butter LONDON is supposed to be known for their non-toxic nail polishes (3-free). They come in the prettiest colours and supposedly have awesome formulas. I got a 25% off coupon code during boxing week and got them in January, I believe.

Lillibet’s Jubilee
West End Wonderland
Rosie Lee
Lovely Jubbly
Lady Muck
Pink Ribbon

I’ve actually already tried Lillibet’s Jubilee, Rosie Lee, and Pink Ribbon too. I haven’t typed out a review for them though. It is so hard to capture nail polish swatches on camera! I feel like it somehow doesn’t look as awesome as it does in real life. I have no idea how other bloggers even do it -sigh-.


There’s actually items in here that were presents from my friends. Some of them I haven’t tried out yet and some I have, but I haven’t made a post about them yet.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
NARS Blush (Torrid)
Benefit Cha Cha Tint
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Mineral)
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

I forgot to include Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, and Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector in the picture ::nervous::. I forgot the Origin’s moisturizer so I retook the picture and then I realized I forgot these two items too.. too lazy to retake picture for the third time though HAHA.

So, any items that you guys might be the most interested in a reading a revew on?