Hot or Not: Origins Skincare Must Haves

If you are a Sephora junkie (I talk about being a recovering one here), you probably bought a bunch o' stuff during their recent VIB insider 20% off sitewide sale. I have been pretty happy with my drugstore makeup and my morning and evening skincare essentials, but I thought I would look around the site and see if there was anything I really wanted that was splurge worthy (because pretty much everything at Sephora is a splurge on my budget). The gift sets really stole my attention because many of them are such a great value! Andy has never gotten me any makeup or skincare gifts in the past, so I didn't think I was ruining any possible future gifts by buying any of them for myself. I ended up getting this Origins set and a couple of other things (which I will be sharing with you soon!).
First off, let's break down the money. This set costs $49.50, and is supposedly an $81 value (according to Sephora). In the box you get a full size GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (usually $30), and a 1.7 oz. Clear Improvement mask (usually $16), which already brings you up to $46. Then you also have a 1.7 oz Checks and Balances face wash, a 1.7 oz Modern Friction wash, and a 1 oz GinZing moisturizer. The latter three are not sold at Sephora in the size included, but are still pretty well sized. Essentially, you pay for two items and get the other three free, which is a great value. The full size Modern Friction is almost 40 bucks, and the other two full sized products are in the 20 dollar range.

The thing that made me initially look at the set was the eye cream. I've been using the Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On and have liked it, but I kind of wanted something a little nicer to help brighten up the area and prevent fine lines. I had gotten a small sample of this eye cream from Origins in the past and had liked it, so I thought about buying the full size. Finding it in a nicely priced set really clenched the deal. So far, I am liking this cream. It's not too heavy, but it feels moisturizing and does brighten up the eye area, so it's great for mornings. I don't have very puffy eyes so I can't really speak to its effectiveness in that area, but I definitely enjoy using it and think this would be an excellent product for gals who don't wear a full face of makeup every day. Dab on a little of this under your eyes, a good tinted moisturizer, and a little lipstick/lipgloss, and you look fresh in absolutely no time at all.

The Clear Improvement mask was actually a product I had purchased before and enjoyed, so I was happy to get that again, though this one I've been using from Avon is a pretty good "dupe" for it, I think. 

The Checks and Balances wash is a product I've seen crop up on beauty blogs and Youtube channels a lot in the last few months, so I've been interested in trying it, but it's not a product I would probably have splurged on if it hadn't been included here. I've used it a couple of times now and I really like the fact that you only need to use a little bit of the product at a time. I've used it with my fingers and with my Clarisonic and I think I like it better with fingers, but it worked fine with the Clarisonic as well. 

The Modern Friction wash is actually the most expensive product in the box (for the full size, anyway), and is a very gentle exfoliating wash. I have this weird thing where I'm so used to harsher exfoliating washes that I almost feel like gentle ones like this aren't doing anything, but some of those harsher washes can actually leave tiny cuts on your face which is not good for your skin, so a gentler wash like this is actually supposed to be better for your skin. I did feel like this helped even out some little bumps on my face, and though this wash is not part of the GinZing line, it smells to me like fresh cut ginger root. I don't see this product irritating even sensitive skin, and if you only use it once or twice a week, even this smaller size will last you a while. 

The only product in this set that I don't see myself getting a lot of use out of right now is the Ginzing energy boosting moisturizer. It doesn't have SPF in it so I wouldn't normally use it during the day, and I already have a moisturizer I use at night. I have tried it a couple of times and like it, but I may end up waiting until I run out of one of the products I'm using before I really dig into it. Since it is only an ounce though, it would make a great travel moisturizer!

Overall, I'm definitely giving this product a thumbs up. I think this is a great little value set if you're interested in trying out some Origins products without paying for the full size, and would also make a great gift to anyone you want to pamper, like your mom or sister.

Have you tried out any gift sets this year?

Yours Truly, Jen

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