Girls (and guys) maintain their brows many ways, I'm sure. I can't lie, I don't really have much of an idea of what these many ways are, but everyone has their method. For me, personally, I like to use a decent pair of tweezers, but eventually they get to the point where I need to get to the salon and ask the beautician to apply some hot wax to those pesky caterpillars! My own laziness in actually getting to the salon (or, sometimes, my lack of funding) means that I don't do it too often, but there's always one thing that will get me there quicker than an Energizer Bunny -- my top lip.
Yes, unfortunately my body likes to remind me that Maltese genes = very dark hair, and that usually means a top lip that starts to look more and more like a tash the longer I leave it. Conchita Wurst can rock her gorgeous facial hair, but me? Hahaha-- no. Off to the salon I go.
But any girl or guy who goes to get waxed irregularly (or has just started) will be able to tell you that even though you start out looking camera-ready, within a couple of days it makes your skin go nuts. It freaks out and produces way too much oil, and you're left with an angry rash-like, perhaps even cystic breakout that is definitely not what you want to show up in photos. Of course, it becomes less and less severe the more you wax, but... it has to be done relatively consistently.
That's where this product comes into my story.
I bought this last month and talked about it in my last Myer haul post. I'd used it a couple of times but probably not enough to really say that it made an impression.
It sure as heck made an impression this time!
Two days after my visit to the salon, I broke out along my eyebrows and along my top lip. Sometimes it clears up quickly but I'm not usually that lucky, so I was determined to truly put this product to the test.
The product is thick but it comes out of the tube easily. It has a somewhat creamy feel to it and it applies smoothly. I obviously use more than this to cover the whole of my face but it does spread a good deal. It doesn't exactly come off your hand cleanly, but that's hardly surprising -- that could just be another Padawan side effect!
Let's take a look at my application routine.
Not your typical "Before" shot, but this is where it starts! If your hair is short, a headband will be handy to keep it out of your eyes -- I'd recommend a wide fabric one, which you can just get from the $2 shop. If your hair is worthy of a mermaid, you'll need to tie it back.
|Not like this.|
|A clean slate!|
Notice how I've almost literally covered my whole face with this stuff. I had broken out along the top and bottom of my brows, so I had been careful to place the mask over it without getting it too close to my eyes. I'd also broken out along my top lip and where the bridge of my nose meets my actual nose (gross, I know), so I smeared it in every nook and cranny there, too.
|Taking ridiculous photos is one of many ways I waste ten minutes.|
After the mask has made my skin look like a white Silurian, I take a hot, damp face washer and rub it off. It's pretty easy to do, and I like to use a cloth that's slightly old and rougher, to make sure it's gently taking off those ickity-ick dead skin cells.
I'm really happy with how well this product works. Of course, if your acne has come to a head, it won't make it disappear -- nothing really does that -- but it definitely prevented anything nasty from getting worse. To see if it was just luck, I tested the mask out on my brother too -- not on his whole face, mind, just on his chin, where there was an unfortunately unfortunate pimple that had been there for the better part of a week with no apparent intention of leaving (gross, I know, but I feel it only praises the product further to stress the gravity of the situation). By the time he got up the next day (we're talkin' midday, for my brother), it had come to a head and he was able to get rid of it!
I really feel like this is a product that really works on problem skin, even with the $34 price tag. It will be a repurchase for me in the future, and it just makes me generally excited to try more of Origin's products!
Padawan Product Rating: A
Which products have you tried by Origins?