Origins Active Charcoal Mask

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Hello lovelies! Here’s the Origins Clear improvement active charcoal mask. I cannot recommend this mask enough. It’s really a God send! I have enlarged pores on my cheeks & chin. Girls who face similar problems know what a challenge it is to come across a product that really cleans out the pores to make your skin look poreless!

This baby will do just that. The dark grey gel like texture makes the application a breeze! It literally makes your skin look brighter, poreless and smooth without that dry tight feeling. I’m truly very impressed with this mask 😊👌🏼

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It’s a dark grey in colour and dries to a light grey and leaving dark spots or marks wherever you have dents or pores on your skin so you can actually see the size and number of your pores in all its glory! This retails in Sephora and the Origins website for $27 for a 100ml tube.

I apply this when I want to detox my face to a squeaky clean finish. I have been using this a lot lately because I have been applying a lot of makeup and you need to keep your skin clear of any trapped makeup from your pores. Hence adding this mask to my beauty regime has proved very helpful for my skin.

Have you used this mask? Please do let me know what you think of it. I would love to know your thoughts! 🙂 Xx

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All about Face Oils!

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Hello lovelies! This post is much overdo! I felt like I went on a mini sabbatical but my true calling; blogging has yet again pulled me back 😀

So post is all about oils! The beauty industry is bombarded with a surge of natural products, one of them being facial oils! Facial oils are packed with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, polyphenols and other fun stuff that our skin love. I have reviewed 4 of the oils that have stood out for me although I have tried my fair share over time. I must add that what works for me may not work for you. Purely because our skin type and needs can be very different depending on the geography, climate, age and texture, hence certain oils will react differently on different skin types.
I have narrowed down to the 1) Boots Botanics 100% organic facial oil 2) Tarte Maracuja oil and 3) Bodyshop Seeds of life oil 4) Trilogy Rosehip oil

 

 

1) Bodyshop Seeds of life facial oil

This product was always in the back of my mind ever since Kaushal from Kaushal beauty, who is one of my favourite bloggers mentioned how much she loves it in one of her videos. I usually don’t just up and buy things but I trust Kaushal’s insight and thoughts on beauty products so I caved and went ahead and bought the oil.
The packaging is white and looks really classy and upmarket. The bottle is glass and has a gradient shading with a dropper and looks super serious and up market.
Now let’s talk about the product itself.
The oil feels light. It warms up slightly on touch but not like most oils. The packaging recommends 1 or 2 drops but I love my oils so I usually take 3 or 4 depending on the consistency of the oil. It spread nicely and sinks in the skin rather quickly. Within half a minute I would say without leaving any residue what so ever. There’s no scent to the oil and look like the colour of extra mild olive oil which is pale yellow. My overall thoughts are that this oil is a perfect moisturiser replacement if your skin needs that extra TLC and attention. I also feel it would work great as a makeup base.

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2) Tarte Maracuja oil

I bought the Tarte Maracuja oil on an online shopping spree from Sephora. Sephora is usually my go to page like it would be for most bloggers 😃 I am a believer in the power of vitamin C and how it brightens, livens & revives dull skin hence I got this oil. The Maracuja oil felt thickest compared to the other three but it’s consistency is unique. It feels like a thick gel-ish serum the first few seconds it touches the skin and then liquified further with warmth. This oil warmed up instantly on touch and spread evenly leaving a light residue. But it lives up to its name. It does brighten the skin and I feel it made a difference within a few days. My skin felt nourished and light and brighter.

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3) Boots Botanics 100% organic facial oil

This was the very first facial oil I got and I have two! So that says a lot! I absolutely love this oil. I always keep going back to it when I need that intensely nourished feel to my skin. This oil sinks in within a minute but leaves a little yellow cast which I feel is only detectable to me. I’m strange like that I notice way too many things. I used this oil for a good month and I must say my skin looked the happiest when I did. The key is consistency with this one. Your skin will start feeling brighter and clearer and if you’re fair toned you’ll start seeing your cheeks getting rosy when you laugh which I rarely see! So this oil really works. For those looking to try it, just be consistent with it.
Tip: apply the oil on damp skin for best results. I usually sprayed some Avene thermal spring water beforehand!

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4) Trilogy Rosehip Oil

I got onto the Rosehip bandwagon when I heard Kate Middleton is a fan of Rosehip oil and specifically uses this brand in her beauty regime. If Kate loves it, of course I had to try it, Duh! However, I must say I was slightly disappointed. The oil is brown in colour which is expected since it’s pure Rosehip extract. The smell is mustardy and pungent; again expected. The feel is very rubbery like. It’s hard to explain the rubbery bit but picture the feeling you get in your hands when you’re trying to warm up your hands in a cold room. Now imagine using a moisturiser and it’s keeps rubbing without giving you that moisturised feeling? That feeling!
It takes a good 2 minutes for the oil to sink in and it leaves a slight residue. Does it work? I applied this oil before going to sleep and I woke up with oilier skin. Usually the oil sinks in and dries up during the night but this one didn’t. Maybe I used too much oil? I don’t want to categorise it just yet because I did not use it more than 3 times for the reasons mentioned and to really judge a product you’ve got to give it 15 days to a month. Unfortunately, this will have to be the least favourite of all of the oils I’ve used. Sorry Reship 🙁

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So this concludes my Facial oil post and there are a few more in my list that I would love to try. I shall let you all know how they fare when I get my hands on them! 🙂

One I’m really looking forward to trying out is the Sunday Riley Luna sleeping night oil, Kiel’s midnight recovery concentrate and Mega defence barrier boosting essence oil by Dr. Andrew Weil from Origins.

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