Archive for March, 2011


I recently purchased the Skin79 BB cream. If you are unfamiliar with these, a BB cream is a type of Asian make up with skin care benefits. Originally created in Germany for post surgery patients to help heal and protect the skin, BB cream is both pigmented and protective. It rose to fame in Korea when south Korean celebrities received treatments and BB cream from their doctor to protect their skin. Thru noticed it greatly improved their complexion. After a time, companies began selling their own versions of the BB cream to the public. BB cream stands for blemish balm. BB cream can be touted as having various benefits including whitening, sunscreen, moisturizer, acne healing or all of the above. In fact, another reason BB cream became so popular is due to the fact that they combined all skin care and facial make up steps into one product.
After discovering how popular this is in Asia, I decided to try Skin79 BB cream for myself.
My first impression if the Pink Skin79 BB cream was that it has a really grey color. It does blend okay with my skin after it sinks in for a few minutes and has a really silky texture that makes application and blending a breeze. It also comes in a convenient pump container so it is really sanitary to use and there’s no waiting product. It lasts a long time and works well. It does seem to give decent coverage, maybe light to medium, but as for the skin care benefits, I don’t think I’m so convinced. There seemed to be a nice effect on my skin while wearing this BB cream, but nothing long term. All in all, I really enjoy wearing this on days I don’t want to do full foundation and for $20, it was a really good value for the price.

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I have seen so many videos and blogs reviewing the Origins Skin Care line that when I finally got to try some of their products for myself, I was pretty psyched. Some of them seemed to live up to a little bit of the hype, but for the most part I was kind of disappointed.

 

The Origins Brighter by Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum was a product I had been dying to try. It seems to get really great reviews both on YouTube and on various beauty blogs, but I really don’t share the enthusiasm for this product. I have oily to combination skin that is very sensitive and reactive so sometimes any little thing irritates my skin. I have mild discoloration in my skin tone that I was hoping to even out with this serum. Although this serum has a really nice smell and a smooth texture, it seems to leave a slight film on the skin like it takes a bit to absorb into the skin. It also seemed to make my skin look kinda greasy, which I’m not too fond of. For normal skin types or drier skin types, I think this product may be more suited for. I saw some mild improvement in my skin tone, which may account for the fruit extracts in this serum, but overall my skin looked the same. I was kind of bummed because this product was the one I was the most excited to try.

 

The Origins Never A Dull Moment Brightening Facial Cleanser is just okay for me. Although I really love the banana scent, this cleanser doesn’t do anything extraordinary that makes me love it. It does an okay job on the cleaning end and brightens okay, but seems to be a little drying. I do think the texture of this cleanser is nice, but it really fell short of what it claims to do.

Origins Clear Improvement Activated Charcoal Mask claims to detox and clear the pores of dirt and debris while tightening pores and clearing breakouts. For someone who has frequent stress and hormonal breakouts, I found this mask to be pretty decent. While it’s nothing magical or immediate, it does seem to clear the pores and tighten them a bit. It also seems to clear breakouts somewhat, but not completely. This mask is a little drying so using a moisturizer after using this is a good idea. Overall, not bad.

This Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream is awesome. It smells REALLY amazing and moisturizes the skin really well. I have chronic dry skin with patchiness and this really helped to moisturize my skin. Not only that, but the ginger in this cream seems to really brighten my skin. I really love it for my decollete and neck area also because it seemed to help firm my skin a bit too. This is a really incredible cream that I highly recommend.

The Origins Smoothing Souffle Whipped Body Cream is an alright cream. It works well enough to moisturize normal skin and has a nice minty scent, but I don’t know how well it would work for someone with dry patches like me. It doesn’t have the tingle that the Ginger Souffle does, but it’s alright. Honestly, I think you could get the same quality body cream at the drugstore for half the price so I’d pass on this one if you have dry skin on your body and need good moisture.

Overall, I was sort of disappointed in Origins line. I really love their packaging and their products seem nice with what they claim to do, but it seems like a lot of the products fall short on their claims. I wish they worked as they promise to on their packaging, but they did not seem to work that well for me. I know a lot of vloggers on YouTube love Origins, but for me, Juice Beauty’s products were way better. Stay tuned for my Juice Beauty Review.