WEIL-y Good: Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins

My skin has been behaving well lately. It’s extremely rare that I get to say that (I fear jinxing it as I type this!) and even more rare that I can say so in describing long stretches of time. It’s been a long while since I had any major skin problems and while I think that is in large part because there is less stress in my life, I also think that incorporating some of the Dr.Weil for Origins skincare line into my routine has helped effect this change.dsc09545I discovered the line when I was desperately trying to remedy some nasty red, painful patches on my face caused by an over-zealous application of Elica cream on skin asthma rashes. Elica (a steroidal cream) usually cures ALL — and true enough my itchy patches were gone — but instead I was left with painful redness instead.

As I was already a fan of Origins’ other face masks, I decided that giving the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Mask would be a safe bet. The WEIL range is quite pricey (especially outside the USA) and if not for the convenient travel-size packs Origins sells at Selfridges, I never would have paid for the full-sized tube. Now that I’ve tried it out though, I think it’s worth every penny / centavo. Every single time I use that mask, I wake up with glowing, supple, healthy skin. I don’t use the mask often — I like to save it for the night before a special day or event.

The Mega-Bright Spot Correcting Night Mask is something I decided to pick up for those nights when I want a heavier cream on my face. It has vitamin C in it, which will help lighten dark spots over time. I like it a lot, but I tend to forget that I have it (just because it’s in a heavy tub that somehow ends up hiding behind all of my taller products). On most nights, I like using something lighter to moisturise my skin, like a serum. The Dr. Weil serum is nice (had a sample, as you can see above), but I never repurchased it because it is so pricey. dsc09533Instead, I ended up buying a full size of the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion. It’s a treatment lotion with a light consistency (just a tad thicker than water) but it packs a punch. I use it almost nightly and sometimes in the morning when my skin is feeling dull. dsc09534The treatment lotion supposedly defends skin against “silent skin agers.” My question is: what are skin agers that aren’t silent? Lol. All I know is that it makes my skin feel soft, healthy, and maintain just the right levels of moisture. From time to time I will supplement it with heavier night creams, but this is perfect for daily use.

So I obviously haven’t tried every product from the Dr. Weil for Origins range, but if these three items are any indicator, then I’m willing to bet the entire line is pretty damn impressive. It doesn’t hurt that the shades of green Origins uses for the packaging on this line are gorgeous!

Have you tried any of the other products from this line?

Genius New Product or Total Gimmick: The Origins Maskimizer

If you like face masks, Origins has a range of some twelve or thirteen to choose from. The most popular ones are the Clear Improvement charcoal mask, the Drink Up Intensive mask, and the Out of Trouble mask. I own all three of those, plus the new Original Skin retexturising mask, and they are all really great. I have my eyes on the Ginzing refreshing mask to try next because I love the moisturiser from that range, but I was popping into Boots to restock my charcoal mask when I caught sight of a new product: the Maskimizer (£ 18.50), which is a “skin-optimising mask primer.”

Origins says that the Maskimizer is a “(p)riming mist with Marine Algae Complex (that) helps hydrate, soften and optimise the appearance of skin so it’s fully prepped to enhance your mask experience.” DSC06413Sounds a bit gimmicky, eh? It’s either gimmicky or absolutely brilliant — and I wouldn’t have picked it up if not for the special offer that brought its price down to just about £7 if I bought it together with my fave Origins mask. Like I said, I was in need of a new charcoal mask, so I thought: why not! I could test it out with all of my other Origins masks as well. 

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Meeting The Queen and Other General Updates From London

Hello! So —

I have been in London for just over a month now and I wish I could tell you guys that I’ve been doing loads of beauty-related things. The reality is that I’ve been busy getting used to just surviving here and adjusting to school. It’s all going great, but it’s been a bit hectic. Anyway, the highlight of my month was definitely beauty-related: I met THE Lisa Eldridge at a book signing event! It was crazy. Let me tell you all about it and I’ll fill you in on a few other, less important,  things at the end — because really, what is more important than meeting Lisa Eldridge?

The Day I Met The Queen (Of Makeup)

IMG_2711Lisa hosted a signing for her new book, Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, at Hatchard’s in London. I made my way over to the book store right after my classes for the day ended and I was early so I milled around a bit before we were allowed to start queueing at 5pm. 

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Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: It’s A Good Thing

We all know that Martha Stewart is one crazy ass lady. But you can’t deny that the woman knows her shit. I loved watching her show when it aired on the Lifestyle network and I always, always waited for her to say “it’s a good thing” with that creepy smile on her face as she told the audience about some fancy gardening pot or her latest line of bed sheets for Target. Half of me wanted to slap her for being a pretentious rich rich lady, but the other half of me totally wanted to run out to Target to buy those bed sheets, stat! Talk about creepily effective branding. P1170082 Anyway, I’m no Martha. There’s only one Martha (just as there is only one Britney), but I totally look into the mirror, pretend that I am her, and say “it’s a good thing” whenever I use the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. Its goodness is undeniable.

I think I mentioned recently that my skin are routine hasn’t been very consistent. I’ve taken to treating the problems as they arise and trying to create a balance by listening to my skin. I have combination skin so I do not use a moisturiser everyday and rarely all over the face. I like moisturising specific areas that need it. I pick up the GinZing moisturiser maybe every other day, but it’s especially great for when my skin is feeling dull.
P1170085 The entire GinZing line boosts skin radiance with ingredients like Ginseng and coffee bean. The moisturiser boats an oil-fee, lightweight formula that is absorbed into the skin very quickly but does not feel absolutely useless. If you have dry skin, this may not be heavy enough for your needs, but my combo skin loves it. I love that I can feel the ingredients giving my skin a boost and that it smells like oranges (and not the artificial kind).

What sucks is that Origins is not a locally available brand. I always pick up my fave masks from the brand at airports when I travel, but I wish they would open up shop here so that I could try even more of their stuff. They use natural ingredients and all of their products are formulated free of parabens and other harmful chemicals. This isn’t so much a review as it is an opportunity for me to say (publicly):

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. It’s a good thing. ;)

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