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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Review | Origins Masks

A picture of the Drink Up Intensive Mask and the Clear Improvements Mask.
It is no secret that I love Origins products, see post here on the moisturisers I use, and these masks are no exception. Both of these were purchased not long after my obsession with blogs began and considering that was a few years ago now they have lasted extremely well, albeit a little bruised and battered. These products are loved by many bloggers and I thought I would share with you why and when I use them. 

Origins Clear Improvement Mask. 

A picture of the Origins Mask being applied and drying
I always promise myself I will use this once a week but that just never seems to happen. Instead I use this whenever my skin is starting to feel clogged and I know a mass breakout will ensue if I do not do something immediately. This is a thick dark grey formula that consists of activated Charcoal, which acts like a magnet to draw out anything that is clogging your pores. It also contains White China Clay to absorb any environmental pollutants and Lecithin which dissolves any impurities, making it perfect for those of us who live in cities. I normally use this in the evenings after I have cleansed my skin; I will put a warm flannel over my face to open up my pores and then massage the product either over my whole face or just on areas I would like to target. I leave it on until it is dry, normally about 10 to 15 minutes and then I take it off with a warm damp flannel. After my skin will feel extremely refreshed and very clean. Ordinarily I am skeptical of products which promise so much,  however I do believe this works. It either eliminates the start of blemishes and decongests my skin, or sometimes it can bring the little blighters out quicker, which although is annoying it does makes the whole process much faster. I have had this product for about two years now and I do use it on a regular basis, which you can see from the picture above. However for £22 for 100ml I think this a fantastic product that is well worth the money. You can purchase it from their website here

Origins Drink Up Intensive. 
A picture of the Origins Drink Up Mask being used

I want to start by saying I think this is my all time favourite mask, ever. A bold statement I know! As I have stated before although my skin is mostly oily to combination it does change all the time. I find it can get dehydrated and dry patches can appear very easily, especially this time of year and this is when I reach for this product. I also love using it if I come in a little worse for wear after a night out as then even if I wake up feeling like a dehydrated mess my skin looks the opposite! This consistency is almost gel like and the smell is  just incredible, it's deliciously fruity and refreshing. The thought cannot help but bring a smile to my face, it is that good. You use this as the last step in your skincare routine, replacing the moisturiser, and then sleep in it over night. At first I was a little skeptical but your skin really does 'drink up' the mask, leaving your skin fuller, fresher and softer in the morning. It claims to quench any compromised moisture reserves, the Japanese Seaweed repairs the skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing. I think it does exactly what it says on the packaging and I will definitely repurchase this when it runs out as I think £22 for 100ml is an absolute bargain. You can purchase it from the Origins website here

I am currently trying out the Uma Brennan deep clay mask and hydrating mask and will be uploading my thoughts on them soon as they are a much cheaper alternative. 

Have you tried any of these products?
What are your favourite masks?


  1. Oooh this looks good! I've never had a charcoal mask before, I want to try it!!
    I usually use the tea tree face mask from the body shop:-)xx


    1. Origins are amazing! I haven't tried that mask maybe I should give it a go! The Aesop parsley seed cleanser is also on my list of ones I want to try, it is another mask which gets rave reviews. X

  2. I love the look of the drink up mask! It's been on my wish list for a while now. I need to invest!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic



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