I am so excited to have received my very first VoxBox from Influenster! After just a few days, with only adding my social media/blog accounts, and reviewing maybe 3 items, I got an e-mail saying I was receiving a box from Origins GinZing™! I received these products complimentary to test out, which we all know is my favorite thing to do, AND they are full size!
I have received a small sample from ipsy (I believe) of one of these products, and I use it fairly regularly, so I had high hopes for these products. I was thrilled when I got my package, but I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I opened it up later, and I was surprised to have received full size products, because I’m used to getting sample boxes.
The box has a “WAKE UP!” theme, as everything in the box is supposed to “instantly energize & hydrate skin”. According to the card that was provided in the box, these “energizers” are formulated with coffee to”wake up, revitalize, & restore radiance to tired skin.” I’ve said before that I have dull and tired skin, so I’m ready to give these a try!
Since these are made to help you wake up, I decided I would use them the following morning.
Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
I don’t use exfoliants everyday, because I find many of them to be harsh and they strip my sensitive skin, leaving it vulnerable to breakouts. That being said, I was weary to test this out. I’ve used another brand’s “wake up” scrub in the past, and it didn’t do much.
The first thing you notice when you push the top open, is the scent. It smells like citrus/lemon, which is not my favorite. I get that the smell is part of what is supposed to wake you up and energize you, but it’s just not my thing. This scrub felt soft and kind to my skin, and once I rinsed it off, my skin felt clean and soft, and my skin looked brighter and even whiter. My skin didn’t feel like it had been completely stripped, and I’m excited that I may have found an exfoliant that is kind to my skin. Wow, make that only the second one I think I’ve ever discovered.
The Origins website states that this is actually for dry/normal skin, which mine isn’t currently, so I’m even more excited to try this in the winter. You can purchase the same size I have (5 oz.) on their website, or from Sephora for $20.50. At that price, I probably wouldn’t have even purchased this item, so I’m glad I received this complimentary!
I give this a thumbs up! It’s kind and made my face feel nice and clean. However, I don’t like the scent and it seems pretty pricey.
Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer
I usually use a moisturizer after I have used a cleanser, so I decided to go ahead and try it out after the cleanser I just tried. I don’t think I’ve ever used a moisturizer in gel form, usually it’s a cream, so this was different for me. The tub that this came in, was packaged in a small box that is made from 50% post-consumer recycled fiber, and the carton was manufactured using only wind or hydropower. Yes! I love it!
It’s oil-free (awesome), and can be used for normal, dry, and oily skin. The Origins website states it is supposed to “instantly hydrates and revs up radiance. It’s fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalized to create a healthy, vibrant glow. Sounds good to me! Now, let’s try it out to see how it is!
Again, the first thing you notice is that strong citrus scent. Then you stick your fingers into this tub of moisturizer, and it just feels strange. It felt weird to put on my skin, and I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet. I think I may try it after my regular cleanser, but maybe the gel just doesn’t work as well with me. My skin feels pretty soft, but my regular moisturizer feels better when applying and drying. There’s no doubt it’s a good moisturizer, but I think I’m more comfortable with my regular product.
You can purchase the same size I have (1.7 oz) from the Origins website or Sephora for $28.50. Like I said, I think this is a great moisturizer, just not for me. I also think it’s a bit pricey for moisturizer. I’ll give this a side thumbs (I know, I’m weird), because although it may not be right for me, it is probably great for others.
Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream To Brighten and Depuff
I have had puffy eyes and dark circles under my eyes my entire life, and so do many people in my family. I’ve had to cover up dark circles since the first time I started putting on makeup, but not very well, mind you. I actually have a sample of this, and I’ve been using it off and on for months. I actually used it daily for a while, and then my sample started to dwindle, so I started using it less for it to last longer, ha.
According to the Origins website, it is made for dry, normal, and oil skin, and it claims to “instantly reduces dark circles”. It continues by stating “Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. It’s formulated with Coffee Beans, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners. Rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes.”
This product doesn’t have a citrus smell, but I can smell alcohol. It is a pink color, and it looks like it has some shine to it. A little bit goes a long way! It feels weird to put this on so close to your eye, but it gets the job done. I’ve used this before putting on makeup in the past, and it works just fine!
You can purchase this item (0.5 oz) on the Origins website or Sephora for $31.00. I would give this product a thumbs up! It doesn’t smell like citrus, and it works, but that is quite expensive for this small amount of eye cream.
Overall, this was a great skin care box! The brand seems to make great formulas, just with terrible scents. I don’t know many people who are aware of this brand, but that may also be because it is so expensive.