I thought it was about time that I checked back in about the skincare products I had picked up for my birthday haul back in June. I have been using most of these products fairly regularly since I hauled them and feel like I can give you my opinion on them after using some of them for quite awhile now.
I'll start with the Origins 'Just The Essential' kit that I was really looking forward to giving a try. I have checked on the Sephora website and it is not showing up on there but I did see it last week in store.
I have been using the Origins Modern Friction before I use a mask for the past month and a half and I love it! It doesn't have much of a scent and the finest granuales that are gentle on your skin yet it seems to make your face feel so clean without irritating it. I think I may have found my new exfoliater! It is $49CAD at Sephora for 4.2 oz and that size will last you forever, you need only the smallest amount of product. I will warn you to make sure you don't get any in your eyes though, I made the mistake of opening my eyes mid rinse and it did not feel good at all!
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask - I use this mostly on my nose and cheeks as that is where my pores are the biggest. I like this mask almost as much as the one that I make. If I hadn't already started making my DIY mask I would definitely pick this one up. It is $30 CAD for 3.4 oz which I think is a fair price for it. I will say that the Origins mask comes out ahead of the DIY is in how easy it is to take off. My DIY mask is a little harder to get off.
Origins GinZing Moisturizer - I have been using this moisturiser all month and I do like the scent of it. It has a somewhat citrusy scent that is very refreshing in the morning. It is also oil free so it plays well under foundation for me. it is $34 for 1.7 oz on Sephora, which is a decent enough price. I would be more tempted to buy a full size of this if it came in anything but a pot that you have to stick your fingers in. I hate puting my fingers in pots to get product out and it is a deal breaker for me. Sadly I won't be picking up a full size but I will continue to use up the small size I have. Is it just me or does anyone else have an aversion to sticking your fingers in products?!
Origins Cheeks and Balances Frothy Face Wash - This was the product that I thought I liked out of the whole kit. I don't know if the sample Sephora had given me was mislabeled or what but I do not like this face wash at all. I like the scent but that is all. I found this to be exceptionally drying on my face. It felt good while I was washing my face but when I started rinsing I found that my hands would almost get stuck to my face! My face also felt so tight afterward, I would have to quickly get some moituriser on my face as soon as I got out of the shower. Needless to say I won't be picking up a full size of this one. It is a fairly good priced cleanser at $26.50 CAD for 5oz of product if you find it works for you and doesn't dry your face.
Out of the 4 products in the Just Essentials kit I at least found an exfoliator, Modern Friction, that I like that doesn't have the micro beads. I would be interested in the GinZing moisturiser as well if they package it differently. The Charcoal mask is something I wouldn't say no to if it was in another kit as well. Sadly the one thing I thought was the best part of the kit, Checks and Balances, is the one thing that I won't be using up and will pass on to see if anyone else likes it.
Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel was something that I had heard quite a bit about on various YouTube channels as well as blogs. I was happy when I was able to find it in a local Health store in the mall. I use this every morning and night after I wash my face, it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry at all. I have found that my skin seems to be softer and that I do not need to use as much moisturiser since I started using this as a toner. I am not the biggest fan of the scent so I think I may try out one of the other variety's when this one is done. Maybe the Lavender or Cucumber one.
And lastly the Clarisonic Delicate brush head. I like the way this feels on my skin more so than the Sensitive head, it feels quite a bit softer. I was not sure if it was doing as good a job as the Sensitive head as when I wipe my face with my cotton with toner on it I would get some makeup residue on the pad. I have started using a Cleansing butter and I don't have that problem any more though. I am looking forward to the end of September when it is time to change my brush head and I can finally try out the Radiance head that I picked up as a Sephora 500 point perk a few weeks after picking up these heads.
I am glad that I picked up these products to try out and I have now found a few new favourites that are a part of my daily routine, be it day/night or when I use a mask. Have you found anything new lately that you are loving that was a part of a 'kit'? I know I will be picking up a few of the holiday sets when they start coming out as I love trying out new/favourite products all packaged up in a convenient kit that lets me try out other things from a brand without buying a full size.