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It's almost December.
Let's say that again. It's ALMOST DECEMBER.
I've not been one to switch up my beauty products all that often enough to warrant a "monthly favourites" post of any kind, however November ended up being a month of exploration for me, with once again finding myself facing a "spotty dilemma".
Acne, for me, is either completely under control or an atrocity. There aren't any moments where I might have just one little spot "here and there". It's either no spots, or ALL SPOTS!
I was in a mild panic about this, actually, especially after I was accepted as an Origins Skincare ambassador lately. A lot of the other girls in the group (Well...ALL of them, actually) had perfect skin. Not a blemish. Then there's me, with about 5 on top of each other on my right cheek.
The thing is though, I had got ultimately lazy in my cleansing and make up base prep routine since one of my hot cloth cleansers ran out, and as I've said before, the more times I stray from Origins products, the more I end up regretting it... I always come running back to you for help, Origins, and you keep on taking me back! I'm committed!
[Disclaimer: These products were gifted to me, but were also chosen specifically by me, due to my legitimate love to for them. All feedback and opinions are my own].
Dr Weil to the rescue!! You're about to see three Weil products from here on out, and in the order I use them nightly. The Micellar cleanser removes my face makeup after I've removed my eye makeup to get rid of the products before doing a secondary cleanse with the cream cleanser.
"Wash away everything you know about cleansing. Our miraculous no-rinse, soap and alcohol free formula gently removes dirt, makeup and pollutants. It's fortified with Dr. Weil's signature skin-soothing Mega-Mushroom blend plus antioxidant-rich Berry Ferment. This potent formula helps support skin's resilience against environmental irritants. Skin feels totally refreshed, silky soft and completely, comfortably clean. Never irritated."
Exactly as it says, despite the effort it takes to remove my foundation, contour, blush, concealer, this product makes it effortless. No scrubbing, and I literally have 98% of makeup removed on just 2 cotton pads worth (one each side). I'm not left beetroot red either, which is pretty common for me with micellar water products.
Following makeup removal, I then take my Mega-Mushroom Face Cleanser (around a 50p size blob) and massage into my face to ensure that any deep set product from the day is now targeted for removal. I also enjoy just moving my face around and enjoying the "treatment" element of a cleansing massage, you know? It helps to keep healthy blood flow too.
"This ultra-gentle, milky lotion cleanser is formulated with Cordyceps and Reishi Mushrooms, Ginger, Turmeric and Holy Basil, as well as skin-soothing Liquorice Extract. It quickly removes makeup, dirt, debris and impurities without upsetting skin's naturally protective lipid balance. Even highly sensitive skin stays calm as you cleanse."
Please be aware that this cleanser is honestly, in my opinion, not designed to be a "full face makeup" remover. It removes light makeup easily, but I wear a FULL, full face. Using a quick swipe of micellar water, and then deep cleansing with this guy is the perfect routine for leaving my face squeaky, and reliably clean.
Finishing off my cleansing routine with a good "face pat". The Mega-Mushroom Soothing Treatment Lotion is a cult favourite for people with irritable skin, so right now, I need a blooming big bottle of the stuff.
Following my 2 step cleanse, I take a small splash of the M-M treatment lotion, work it once between my hands, and then "pat" and "press" onto my cheeks, chin, and forehead.
"Patting and pressing" encourages the lotion to absorb more efficiently than just wiping across, and anyway remember, this isn't a "surface cleaner", it need to settle into the skin! We've already removed our makeup!
"This extra-light treatment lotion features Dr. Andrew Weil's famed Mega-Mushroom blend. It helps soothe, comfort and hydrate skin so it looks and feels healthier, more supple and refreshed. Great for sensitive and reactive skin. This product contains natural ingredients which may settle. For best results, shake well before use."
My skin is left feeling super calm, sighing happily, and redness free. Since using this guy say and night, I can definitely sense an improvement in my skin tone and hydration, without any induced oiliness (which I'm extremely prone to).
It's also an excellent base for then adding my favourite serum, which doubles up at the perfect make up primer, in my opinion!
This isn't one I use at night time after my cleansing routine, but it's a daily morning addition just before my makeup application. Introducing the incredible Renewal Serum With Willowherb <3
"What's the deal with your skin lately? No glow? And those pores ... Not OK. Sounds like you're facing quarter-life skin. But don't worry. We've got you covered. Our revolutionary new serum restores glow 5 ways:#1: De-stress. Persian Silk Tree helps skin rebound. #2: Smooth roughness. Chestnut Seed Extract refines texture. #3: Delete dullness. Willowherb restores glow. #4: Shrink pores. Algae helps reduce oil to help them appear to vanish. #5: Minimize flaws. Blurs imperfections. Skin looks perfected, vibrant. Gets its' glow back."
By far, this serum is my most favourite "pre makeup primer" EVER. I've tried a lot, but my gosh, I'm so glad I came back to this one.
Although the name says "serum", the texture is definitely more of a primer "gel", and absorbs on contact. I use three pumps total: One for my chin, nose, and forehead, one for one half of my face, and one for the other.
Within moments of absorbtion, my skin is smooth as polished glass, and that's no exaggeration. Foundation application thereafter is extremely easy, and I've personally found that I've had to use a lot LESS foundation to get the same amount of coverage I ideally like, when I haven't been using this serum.
If I could literally only ever use one serum ever again, it would be this. Honestly. And I'm not just saying that. The fact it doubles up as a proper treatment AND a base product is just the best.
ORIGINS BASE FAVOURITES
What's your ultimate skincare routine for day and night? Have you ever had any experiences with these Origins products? Even if not, what are your holy grail cleansers, primers, and serums? I'd love to know!
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