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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum: First Impressions & Giveaway


The day that all of us in our twenties have been waiting for has finally happened and I've partnered up with John Lewis and Origins to tell you all about it. What am I talking about? There's finally a skin care product aimed at twenty-somethings and I for one couldn't be more excited about it. I feel like I sit somewhere between 'teenage spot prone' and 'anti-wrinkle' products and sometimes, in such a highly saturated beauty industry it can be hard to know what to go for, and what's going to work well with my skin. I'm sure I'm not the only one?
Anyway, the lovely people at John Lewis sent me the Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb* to try out and I'm here to tell you my first impressions (Spoiler: I'm impressed).
So firstly I'll give you a bit of a low-down on my skin, just so you can get an idea of what I'm working with here. I was always pretty lucky growing up and didn't tend to have many spots or issues with my skin, and then as soon as people started to 'grow out' of that phase, my skin went a little bit weird. I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin, even in the last year or so. I've got dry to combination skin, quite often suffering with random dry patches and the redness? Don't even get me started on the redness. I've got really sensitive skin too so that can make it difficult to find the right products because what works for some might not work for me. More and more I notice that my skin is starting to look more dull and lifeless, and just generally a bit 'blah'.
SO, this little wonder of a serum aims to reawaken your skin's natural glow (yes please) by de-stressing, smoothing your complexion and shrinking pores. Now, bear in mind that I've only been using this beauty for a few weeks but I can honestly say that I have started to notice a difference in my skin. It's definitely brighter and smoother, and I don't know whether this is coincidence or not but my skin has definitely calmed down with it's crazy red patches too. In fact.. as I write this I'm actually makeup free and that's something that I haven't felt able to do for a long time. 
I dispense 1 to 2 pumps onto my fingertips in both my morning and evening skin care routine and smooth the product gently over my face after cleansing and before moisturising. Sometimes I'll use a toner before I apply it and others I won't.. it really depends on how my skin's looking and how much time I've got! After application, my skin feels instantly less 'angry' and smoother and totally prepped for moisturiser. Oh, and it smells so citrusy and fresh that I want to eat it. 
Now then, here's the best bit: John Lewis & Origins weren't just kind enough to send this product over to me.. they also sent me an extra one to give to a friend or give to one of my lovely readers.
Obviously I wanted to give it to one of you guys and I thought that the easiest way to do this was to do a little rafflecopter giveaway! Simply fill in your details below and keep your fingers crossed!
 I'll be announcing the winner on twitter in 2 weeks time!
I'll also be adding in a surprise or two just to say thanks for being a babe (:

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48 comments

  1. I'm a huge Origins fan so I'd be really interested to give this serum a whirl! My favourite skincare item has got to be coconut oil because it's great for targeting any dry patches I have on my face and body (plus it smells incred).

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  2. Origins is my absolute favourite for skincare, I love their moisturisers! Really want to give this a try, seems perfect and I have heard a lot of good things!

    Www.bethanlikes.com

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  3. I pretty much love everything I've ever tried from Origins (except their spot corrector thingy which oddly gave me more spots :/) and this sounds right up my street. I feel like I sit in the same place as you in terms of my skin so I think I'd really love this.

    Abby | Eärendil

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  4. Anything to make me look beautimous every morning is good for me! And I love citrus too <3

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. i love lushes ocean salt scrub x

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  6. I'm loving the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate right now!

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  7. I so get what you mean about the in-between stage, like I want to look after my skin but never know what to go for! Im loving the Witch overnight clearing serum, its done wonders for me!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  8. I love the idea of this. I'm too old to buy products aimed at teens and I still refuse to buy anti-wrinkle products :) I've got my fingers crossed for this.

    Dominique x
    www.herfashionblog.com

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  9. I'm loving the Weleda Purifyinv Lotion at the moment. I've really struggled to find a routine that works for me, and this product has changed my skin so much in the past few weeks. I've yet to add a serum to the routine (it seems so hard to find a reasonably priced optipn which actually works!) so this competition is so exciting

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  10. I am using Ponds skin cream and really pleased with it

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  11. Olay regenerist is ideal for my combination skin

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  12. Alison Claire Mango Body Butter - organic, super-absorbent and smells gorgeous x

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  13. I'm rather addicted to Garner Body Intensive 7 Days body cream - it really is as good as they promise!

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  14. E45 cream ive always used it and keeps my cheeks nice and soft x

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  15. Etude House - Real Art Cleansing Oil

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  16. I love the Green People Anti Ageing Facial Oil (Laura Jeffs)

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  17. It has to be my Dr Bragi exfoliator, I often suffer from dry patches too, my forehead drives me crazy but this really does help and isn't harsh at all !

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  18. I'm in between skin care at the mo and on the look out for something new so would love to try this! Looks fab. X

    Elizabeth H

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  19. This sounds great. I'm in that strange gap too!x

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  20. Absolutely love this giveaway! I've never tried anything from Origins so would love to win! My fave skincare item at the moment are the Olay Total Effects moisturisers :)

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  21. Purenuffstuff moisturising foaming facewash

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  22. I've been very curious about this serum as it sounds so perfect for my skin! Judging from the reviews it is, I hope I win! Congratulations on partnering with John Lewis :D

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  23. I can't live without my body shop vit E moisturiser

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  24. I'm really loving Radha Vitamin C serum & retinol moisturizer right now!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  25. I think it would have to be The Body Shop's Vitamin E moisturising cream

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  26. Surprisingly I'm being really natural and using olive oil - seems to be working such a treat! I'm teaming it up with a few Chinese skincare products I picked up last time I was there.

    Michelle | Satchels & Pearls

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  27. My La Roche-Posay hydrating mask. I use it almost everyday.

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  28. Never tried anything from Origins even though it's a brand that has been on my beauty "bucket-list" of things to try forever! My favourite skincare mostly comes from soap and glory or the body shop at the moment. Thanks for the giveaway! xo

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  29. I've really loved making my own skin-care treatments, like cucumber eye pads (soak some eyes pads in blended cucumber, squeeze the excess out, and store them in the freezer - they work sooooo well!)

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  30. Sorry put email address instead of Instagram name (averypjavery) on Instagram entry :(

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  31. Boots traditional skin care moisturising cream. My mu has been using it for years, but I have only just started.

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  32. I love my moisteriser - am using Nuxe Oil at the moment, which is good for my hair, too.

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  33. Currently using Sarah Chapman Skinesis overnight facial. Sooo good!

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  35. I've never actually tried an Origins product so would be fun to try out a new product especially one that sounds as cool as this! :D My favourite has to be Lancome's Hydra-Zen moisturizer!

    Dee | PromptsbyDee

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  36. Loveley giveaway, my favourite skin care item is Arbonne gentle moisturiser! x

    www.ohjanuary.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. Liz Earle cleanse and polish

    @kidsdogsandcats

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  38. Oh wow! I wish I get this give away. Origin is my favourite skincare brand and will surely buy this one. I have been facing the issue of
    skin peeling on face so any suggestions for improving that?

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