Beauty, Skincare

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask 

If you’re looking for a more natural skincare brand at Sephora, one of the best is Origins. I’ve tried a lot of their products and  I’ve liked most of them. I’m definitely a sucker for face masks, so I was excited to try the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. A 3.4 oz container of this product costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I find that my acne-prone skin typically responds well to charcoal, but I ended up not really liking this one. It felt fine on the skin and the scent was not overpowering or bad. It smelled faintly like charcoal, but mostly it didn’t smell like anything. It doesn’t dry down completely, but it does dry a little. It’s still pretty easy to wash off afterwards. I left this mask on for about 20 minutes, and I didn’t experience any burning or skin irritation.

Afterwards, my skin felt clean and more pores felt clearer. Unfortunately, the next morning, I woke up with lots of new blemishes. Each time I tried this mask, the same thing happened. I do understand that there is a chance that the mask is pulling out toxins, but there are plenty of masks on the market that don’t make my skin worse before making it better.

I have to give this one a pass because of the after effects on my skin. I was disappointed since I usually respond so well to charcoal.

Have you had any disappointing mask experiences lately? Or have you had a great one? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Origins Super Spot Remover 

I love the Origins skincare brand from Sephora because the products are more natural and plant-based than other brands, and their products never seem to break me out. Recently, I picked up the Origins Super Spot Remover treatment gel from Sephora for $17.

This container is TINY and contains only 0.3 oz of product (but this is the full-size of the product). It contains a concentration of salicylic acid, and can easily be dabbed onto blemishes. I do think that this product worked well. I noticed that my spots definitely healed faster with this product than without this product. However, it was very drying and I had to start using a heavier moisturizer. The small container also didn’t last very long (maybe two months for me).

This is a nice product and it does what it claims to, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing. While it helped my acne, the results weren’t astounding. I also didn’t care for the dryness and how little product you get, but I think this would be a great spot treatment for someone who only gets the occasional zit. If you only have a small area to treat, I think this could work really well for you!

What are your favorite acne treatment products?

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-XO Tiffy

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Origins GinZing Eye Cream 

I have been using eye cream since I was 16 in the hopes that I’ll be able to someday completely eliminate the dark circles under my eyes. In all honesty, they aren’t terrible, but it has been an insecurity of mine ever since an unpleasant relative made a big deal about how terrible the dark circles looked. As she tends to be overly critical of every aspect of every person she meets, I know I shouldn’t have taken her words to heart, but I did let it grow into quite the insecurity.

I’m very excited to have a new favorite eye cream! Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is absolutely the best I’ve tried so far and I use it every morning and evening during my skincare routines. It is the standard half-ounce bottle (and it will go a long way like all eye creams) and is $30. This makes it one of the cheaper eye creams at Sephora, which is a nice plus.

The biggest ingredient in this product is caffeine, and it definitely seems to help the skin under the eye to feel tighter and look better overall. I don’t tend to have issues with puffiness, but this one is great for dark circles. However, this is in part because the product is slightly tinted and shimmery. It helps to create the illusion of brightness under the eyes. Still, it instantly makes my eyes look better, so I love it. The illusion is not enough that I can forego undereye concealer during the day, but it is a nice start. No eye cream will ever really fix dark undereye circles permanently. All of them are temporary fixes, and this one works really well for me.