Sunday, 9 March 2014

REVIEW - Origins 24 Hour Glow set


I've been after a 'proper' night cream for ages after not using one (I know, what would Caroline Hirons think?) It was my new year's resolution to get nice skin, so I've really been upping the ante in the skincare department since January, and a night cream felt like the missing piece of the puzzle.

I'd heard about Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins on the blogosphere (I thought it was a recommendation by Tanya Burr but now I'm realising it might have actually been Zoella) and I'd been wanting to give it a go for a while, but at £34, it was a bit on the steep side.

This week, Debenhams has been having a store-wide event with money off across all departments, so I thought I'd have a look around for any bargains. Lo and behold, here was this little beauty, the 24 Hour Glow set which contains the full size pot of Night-A-Mins PLUS extras with 10% off! Yes, that's right, I got this set for £30.60 and I could not be more pleased with it.

Obviously, I was all about the Night-A-Mins. I already have a cleanser (Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish in grapefruit & patchouli) and day cream (Clinique Dramatically Different gel) I'm perfectly happy with, but there's nothing wrong with a dabble in something new so I was pleased to receive the added extras of Checks and Balances frothy face wash and GinZing energy boosting moisturizer, as well as the cute canvas bag.


First up, the Night-A-Mins. This little pot contains a bunch of vitamins (as the name suggests) including C, E & H, as well as minerals and 'moisture-rich replenishers.' It's said to be time-released so it works on the skin all night, sloughing away dead skin as you sleep. 


It also smells delicious, as Harvey is expertly demonstrating here. It contains natural orange peel oil which really comes through, it's like a delicious creamy orange smell with a subtle hint of chocolate, divine.


The consistency is also really nice. I have typical combination skin, I get really dry around my nose and across my cheeks, but my forehead tends to get oily and this doesn't irritate either. It's a thick, luxurious cream which sinks in quickly and doesn't feel heavy, sticky or 'claggy' on the skin, but one you can feel so you don't over-apply.

I've been using this for just under a week and I'm seeing a real difference already. When I wake up my skin feels and looks smoother and plumper, and it has a natural radiance to it. This does leave a little bit of a 'film' on the skin but it's nothing your morning cleanse can't handle.



Speaking of cleansing, the set also comes with a mini (30ml) bottle of Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash. I normally steer well clear of anything frothy or foamy and stick to milks or balms, but I thought I'd give this a go and I'm really pleased I did. 

After my first wash, my face was, quite literally, squeaking clean. Like it was actually squeaking. For this reason, I was a bit concerned about dryness or that the wash might be stripping my skin so I've started using this as my evening cleanser and going for Cleanse & Polish in the mornings. It actually works out really nicely as I was lucky enough to get my hands on the very last limited edition Grapefruit & Patchouli C&P in my local John Lewis. The grapefruit scent is really zingy and uplifting, which makes it perfect for mornings, whilst Checks & Balances has a gorgeous peppermint scent which, paired with its deep cleansing qualities, makes it the ideal night time cleanser. 

I take a blob (about the size of a grape) in dry hands and rub all over my dry face. I then take my Foreo Luna Mini Facial Cleansing Brush (I'll do a review of this soon), run it under hot water, and let the t-sonic silicone bristles 'activate' the cleanser. This makes the cleanser foam slightly, but it's the final massage and rinse with hand-hot water which really brings this baby to life.

It takes a while to rinse off completely as it's so frothy, but my skin is left feeling so clean and pure afterwards that it's worth the extra effort. I use this after eye make-up remover and micellar water to remove any make up residue that's lurking around and give my skin a good cleanse.

At £18.00 for 150ml it's about the same price as my usual Cleanse & Polish (£13.25 for 100ml), but I don't think it's one you could use twice a day, unless you had really oily skin then you might get away with it, so I don't know if I'll repurchase just yet.


Next up is the Origins GinZing energy-boosting moisturizer (15ml). I usually opt for a gel moisturizer during the day as I find they're more easily and quickly absorbed ready for make-up. This is a thin cream, which is absorbed quickly which I was pleased about.

The Origins website says it's oil free and contains ginseng and coffee bean to give you a boost. It smells really similar to the Night-A-Mins cream and on further inspection of the packaging it looks as though it contains a bunch of oils like lemon, grapefruit and spearmint. Origins lists these as 'essential oils' so I guess when it says 'oil free' it means synthetic oils. Essential oils can break out some sensitive skins so be careful if that's you.

Other than that, I feel fairly 'meh' about this moisturizer. It's nice, non-greasy, non-sticky, easily absorbed and doesn't make my make up smear around my face. I don't find it particularly zingy or uplifting, but maybe it's just me. It's nice, but at £23 for a 50ml tub, I don't think I'd repurchase. My usual Clinique moisturizer is £29.50 for 125ml which is much better value and gives immediate results. 


All in all, this is a really nice set, and if you're thinking of purchasing a tub of Night-A-Mins anyway, why not opt for this?

It all comes in a super-cute canvas wash / make up bag too, with a famous landmark design in blues and greens.


I'm really happy I found this little bargain, I'm not sure how long the Debenhams event is on for so if you're looking at purchasing, I'd be quick about it! Debenhams is also offering free delivery on orders over £30 too, so you don't even need to leave the house to snap up a saving. Score.

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