Thursday, November 14, 2013

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Review

Hey guys!
I know I have been MIA for about a my defense, I have been so crazy busy. School has been unbelievably hectic with homework and tests, and reading, and everything in between. Throw in college applications and I'm drowning! I turned in my first college app on the first, and it was so surreal...I can't believe in a year I'll be living somewhere else in a dorm!
Anyway, between all of that craziness, I have tried to set aside some time to cleanse my poor stressed out pores (see what I did there? I know, it was bad). I decided to try the Origins Clear Improvement mask with active charcoal to clear out pores. Especially because I used some foundation that was realllllly old. Like two years. I know. Even I'm shaking my head at myself. I was just way too busy to spend the time to go and buy new foundation, and I literally only use it for special occasions, which is maybe once every three months. I use BB cream for everyday wear, so I find it a waste of money to buy a whole bottle of foundation that I will rarely use. Long story short, I should've just stuck with BB cream. My face didn't break out, I rarely do since my skin is so dry (knock on wood!!) , but since it is super sensitive, I had little red dots on my face that were really annoying, and some have yet to go away. Just a quick note, lemon juice is supposed to get those pesky spots away!

And so, I decided to try this mask! I had heard really good things about it, and I have always wanted to try a face mask that looks like mud. I really don't know why.
 This mask seemed perfect, so I went to Sephora and got it! I bought the smaller tube since I hadn't tried it yet, and I didn't want to be stuck with a giant tube of a product I wouldn't use.

When you put some on your hand it looks like this (as you would probably expect)

The product goes on really easily, however it is easier to start out with a single, thick layer. The first time I put it on, I first put on a thin layer and was then going to put on a couple more layers, but when you put more product onto a pre-existing layer, the first layer comes off. If that makes any sense, it's hard to explain. So I ended up with too thin of a layer that dried in about five minutes, when you're supposed to have it on for 10-15 minutes. So just go crazy and slop on a thick layer!

You want it to look like this:

Not this:


Basically, once the mask has dried, it should feel like you have just had botox and can't make any facial expressions. I know, I look a little crazed in the first picture, but you really feel like you can't even smile. It isn't a bad feeling, your face is just very stiff!
When I first put the mask on, the mask felt almost minty. It feels very nice though! I put on a thick layer, and then I just hang out for 15 minutes to let it dry. After that, I rinse off the mask and put on face lotion. I'm telling you, my face feels amazing after I take the mask off! My skin is so soft and it feels so clean and refreshed. It also looks very vibrant! I give this face mask a full five stars and two thumbs up. I now use it every Sunday, as it's a great destresser and refresher for the long week ahead. I really recommend this mask for anyone! Trust me, my skin is super sensitive and this mask never harms it! It also reduces the size of pores and does indeed clear them out. However, don't expect instant results! It takes a couple of times for you to visually see pore reduction and reduction of blackheads. 
If you guys have used this mask, let me know what you think of it! And if this inspires you to use it tell me how you like it!
What is your favorite face mask? Do you use it regularly?
Have a great rest of your day! :) 


  1. I've been dying to try some Origins products, and this mask looks like it's right up my alley! I have this on my Christmas list, but I know even if I don't get it as a gift, I'll definitely be running out and buying this for myself (:

    Thanks so much for the review!

    1. Yeah they have some really nice products! I also have an eye cream from Origins and I love it as well.
      Nice! Hopefully you get it! :)

      Thanks for reading! :)