Monday, October 4, 2010

I'm loving Origins skincare! (not being paid to say this! lol)

So, just wanted to do a quick "product rave"-type post to tell you all how much I'm loving Origins skincare products.  Well, two in particular (the only two I have!): the Brighter by Nature high-potency brightening peel with fruit acids, and A Perfect World antioxidant moisture with White Tea.

Origins A Perfect World moisturizer
(nails are Essie Sew Psyched!)

The Brighter by Nature peel is an exfoliating product in the form of thin cotton pads that pretty much look like astringent pads.  I've been using it twice a week, as the packaging recommends, after I cleanse my face at night (with Aveeno Positively Radiant daily cleansing pads - I love this!).

Origins Brighter by Nature peel (in the center!)

I follow with the Perfect World moisturizer (which I've also been using pre-makeup during the day).  It's a rich and creamy consistency that feels amazing on the skin. It has a nice scent of orange, bergamot, and spearmint, which I find kind of relaxing. My skin is combination, if you're interested (dry cheeks, oily t-zone)!

One of the great things about Origins is that it's GREAT for sensitive skin types.  I never realized my skin was sensitive until I really got into makeup and noticed certain products irritate my skin and cause breakouts.  Origins products are plant-based, organic, and contain natural essential oils. Good stuff!

After only ONE USE of the Brighter by Nature peel, the breakout I was experiencing at the time around my jawline was completely gone the following morning. I've also noticed the redness and scarring in my cheeks is less visible, and my skin just feels smoother in general. I've been using it for about two weeks now, and along with the moisturizer, I have not had ANY breakouts!

a recent pic, just to show some "skin".. ;)

I do think it's a good idea to change up your skincare routine every once in a while, and I definitely recommend Origins if you're looking for a change!  They sell their products on their website ( and in stand-alone shops. I made my purchases at Macy's Origins counter and on (LOVE this "e-tailer" - always have coupons and great service).

Oh, and in case your interested, here are some of the other skincare products I use and love:

+ Soap & Glory Clean Mary cleansing milk (almost daily)
+ Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (once or twice a week)
+ Aveeno Positively Radiant daily cleansing pads
+ Boots Expert Sensitive Cleansing & Toning wipes (when I'm feeling lazy!)
+ Pond's Cold Cream (the one w/the green lid; my absolute fave eye makeup remover EVER...)
+ Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (for the occasional pimple - which I've had none of lately!)
+ Soap & Glory The Fab Pore facial peel mask (once in a while - my fave mask)
+ Shea Moisture African Black Soap shea butter wash (this keeps my body soft & clear!)

What skincare stuff are you using and loving - or hating?  One product I hate is St. Ives Apricot Scrub - breaks me out horribly!!

By the way, My MAC Venomous Villains order arrives tomorrow! Eeeee, can't wait!! Surely a post will come soon....

Love you guys!


  1. Your skin looks so so good!
    I'm amazed. I really need to find a better skin care regimen, because I am just too prone to breakouts. Hmm, I'll need to remember to get the Brighter by Nature peel.

    Can't wait to see your Venomous Villains post!

  2. i told you! origins rules!
    but ur skin is already great-- so shut up.

  3. love st ives green tea scrub.
    gets rid of pimples in a night.
    i know this is sacreligious, but i hate anything clinique, including famous 3-step skin regime. so bad on my skin!!!!!

  4. I've never tried the green tea scrub (the apricot scrub broke me out BAD, though!) - sounds good!

    I'm not a fan of Clinique skincare, either. Makes my skin sooo dry. I reeeeally dislike using bar soap in general! I did try a sample of the Redness Solutions foundation, though, and THAT I like!

  5. does it work? did you notice a difference?

  6. I used it yesterday, and it's a pretty nice foundation. I like that its ingredients are good for your skin, and it definitely works to cover redness. It also has a kind of dewy finish, which I like. I'm gonna keep using it the next few days and see how it goes. :)

  7. I need to try that brighter by nature peel! I want your glow!

  8. The cheek glow is thanks to the Dior Amber Diamond shimmerstar - that thing is awesome! Looking at your blog has made me want to try NARS Gilda....