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REVIEW: Origins GinZing Products

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The Products

Origins GinZing

Refreshing Scrub Cleanser

£18.50 – 150ml

This 2 in 1 scrubby cleanser is fortified with radiance-boosting Panax Ginseng and Caffeine.  Jojoba and Carnauba Wax gently exfoliate to help unclog pores.  Skin looks smoother, brighter.  Feels perfectly refreshed and squeaky clean.  Plus, our uplifting 100% natural essential oil blend of Grapefruit, Lemon and Spearmint perks you up so you’re ready to face the day!

Suitable for all skin types.

Energy Boosting Moisturiser

£23 – 50ml

Origins GinZing instantly hydrates and revs up radiance. 

This lightweight, oil-free, skin energy drink, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean, jumpstarts hydration levels. Lacklustre-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalised to create a healthy, vibrant glow.

My Thoughts

Cleanser

This is my current favourite item in the shower. To be able to feel like I am scrubbing all the grime away from a long day at work is a very gratifying feeling and this tube of goodness does exactly that. I am a huge fan of Origins anyway so being able to stick to a brand that I love and feel great using their products is just an added daily bonus. I tend to scrub it on my face first thing in the shower and after lathering up and washing off I wash off my face and feel as fresh as a daisy and i’m sure that is mainly due to the Grapefruit, Lemon & Spearmint. 

The feel of this scrub is not as grainy as you would have thought on first squeeze – it looks harsh. Not quite a dermabrasion type of scrub but really does grind away the dead skin and keep the spots at bay. As you may know from various other posts but not only do I have very sensitive skin but combination skin also and this works like a dream.

Moisturiser

After a good scrub and not really one for toner I skip straight to moisture!

As you can imagine whilst feeling nice and refreshed I want to make that feeling last as long as possible. With boosters such as Ginseng and Coffee Beans this moisturiser is a great place to start. Despite being lightweight and oil free this little tub of goodness is delightfully full in feeling whilst lathering on. With only a thin layer needed my skin feels cool, calm and moist for almost half of my day in a harsh air conditioned work environment. Once again Origins scores another point on my positive list (yay!). Moisturising in the morning really does make me smile.

Would I Buy More?

I am on my third tube of the cleanser and my first pot of moisturiser is lasting me well.

Have you tried this yet?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayIf i’m honest it’s been a bit of a tough week so whilst I am sitting here on Monday evening finally writing this post after a heck of a busy day I am thinking back on what I have actually read. Not that much altogether which bothers me but otherwise I go quite a bit of commenting done and other stuff! I have really enjoyed being more active on Twitter, Pinterest and even Goodreads – really should do it more often.

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Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, FayI am almost there. Guys I am so close to the end.

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I really should start taking this seriously as I need to get through it asap!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been sent some fabulous books but have yet to get around taking photos of them. I may write a book mail post for later in the week. If not keep your eyes peeled for the book stack!

Beauty

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These have been staple items in this weeks beauty regime – over the past month I have been trying to take care of my skin and have had the opportunity to try some amazing products which over the next couple of weeks I will be letting you know how I get on.

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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I saw these great PJ’s online from Primark and think I may have to make a little trip. As I am trying to save money spending more time at home is something that I will be doing more often than I usually do.

Otherwise on Blog A Book . . .

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After getting out of a nice hot bath there is nothing better than slathering on this moisturiser. It is incredibly thick and actually feels like it is keeping my skin smooth. With cold weather it is nice to hydrate the skin and for the moment this is my moisturiser of choice – plus it doesn’t irritate my extremely sensitive skin.

Spring, Daffodils, Flowers, Nature, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
Whilst out walking the dog the other day I noticed that most of the daffodils have now bloomed. I couldn’t resist stopping to take a couple of snaps. I love spring mornings especially when there aren’t that many people around. Nice and chilled.

What have you been up to?

 

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On Wednesday I got back from my most recent holiday, after a sufferance of a trip to Tunisia (we were lucky enough to go the week before the terrorist attacks) we booked ourselves up for 10 days of sun in Turkey. Let me tell you it was exactly what I needed to just chill out and reboot. Himself and I were in our element as we read, wrote and just relaxed in the sun. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be organised enough to put some pictures up – but as I am back in the real world that all depends on work.

Well, let’s get on with it . . .

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This was the only actual book that I took on my holiday and despite it being slightly long winded with a sometimes less than desirable translation I am really getting into the story now. I am totally wrapped up in the world of old time Russia and society business it is truly fabulous. Despite being an extremely long read I highly recommend it as it most definitely not a waste of time.

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Whilst I was either sunbathing or doing my hair on holiday I listened to a bit of this and still have a fair way to go with it. The story has picked up a bit since last time but there is still a long way to go.

Beauty

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This beauty was in my suitcase for the trip to Turkey – thanks to the Lush bring back service (take back 5 clean full size lush pots or tubes and exchange for a fresh face mask). After the delight of a turkish bath there was little need for this tub of gloriousness so I waited for a couple of days and put it to good use. This face mask not only smells wonderful but felt great on my face whilst applying and on removal.

Have you tried it?

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Another little holiday treat for my hair was this miracle bottle. Despite being a poor design for travel as once open you cannot close it and it leaks EVERYWHERE the actual conditioner is AMAZING. Not only did it leave my hair incredibly soft and frizz free it smells great too. I managed to decant the rest of my bottle into a couple of little travel bottles to bring home as it would be such a shame to waste – this is definitely a product that I will be looking into repurchasing.

Aussie Body Wash, Body Wash, Fresh Mate, Shower Smoothie, No Rush, Mega Watt

Before going away we went on a little bit of a shopping trip to pick up the last bits and pieces and as I was searching for my usual Simple shower gel but as they were on sale the shelves were bare I picked up a couple of these bad boys. Do they smell heavenly – I would be lying if I said no! Go on treat yourself and get one or even a couple!

Life

As mentioned above we returned from our holiday last week – we are still suffering slightly with the holiday blues but after that long away from work it is quite nice to be back in the swing of things and feeling normal again.

Here are a couple of photos of what I have been up to . . .

Sentido Aziza, Adult Only, All Inclusive, Tunisia, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This was the view from our room whilst in Tunisia and one of the two days out of seven that we had sun whilst away.

Chess, Game, Thought, Mind Game, Tactical, Tactics, Black, White, Pawns, King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Tunisia, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Whilst away in Tunisia we were trapped inside the hotel for most of the holiday as the weather was truly awful. One good thing about staying indoors apart from having a lovely indoor pool to swim himself managed to teach me how to play chess.

WOW Topkapi, Turkey, Hotel, Holiday, All Inclusive, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This was the view from one side of the pool of our most recent destination – Turkey. We stayed at the WOW Topkapi Palace and my, my was is a wonderful place.

Turkey, Perge, Ruins, Roman, History, Tour, Day Tour, Day Trip, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Whilst away we did an excursion to Perge, Aspendos and Kurnsulu Waterfall it was an awesome day trip not only was the guide extremely friendly and informative but we have the chance to see some of the most awesome ruins. It was a great feeling to think that I was able to walk in the same place that such influential history took place.

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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This is most definitely my favourite piece of swimwear for the year (I know it’s a bit early for that declaration!) – it fit extremely well and was not painful when tied at the neck as the ties were nice and thick and the material soft to touch. Highly recommended!

Beachwear, Flip flops, Footwear, Sandals, Thongs, Brasil, White, Blue, Haivaianas, Blog A Book Etc, Fay,

For the holiday to Turkey I surprised even myself as I only packed two pairs of flip flops and a pair of trainers that I wore on the plane. In an effort to keep the luggage weight down I had to be conscious and shoes would take up the extra room. Turns out it was ok to only go with the two pairs as I kept the nice black Havaianas for the night and wore these bad boys during the day. A well worked out system!

So there is a little insight into what I (we!) have been up to over the past week.

What have you been up to & any plans for the week ahead?

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Almost time for me to come home and I have to say that I am enjoying my time away reading and chilling out. I really needed this break and feel so much better for it. It got to the point of me feeling like I was going to spontaneously combust from being purely fed up so time off is just what the doctor would have ordered!

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, FayStill powering through this tome and it just gets better. I am itching to finish it as cannot wait to see the film.

LISTENING TO . . .

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Being in the spirit of finishing things off I am cracking through this one too.

Beauty

Malibu, SPF6, Bronzing Tanning Oil, Skincare, Sun Protection

Not really liking the feel of sun-tan lotion I decided to get some of this. I realise that after seeing this there will be plenty of you wanting to lecture me on my skin care but before you do I also bought these . . .

Sun Care, Skin Care, Sun, Solait, SPF 10, Sun Care, Skin Care, After Sun, Aloe Vera Gel,

Please do bare in mind that I do not burn in the sun so I am protecting against UV rays but not as high as most. On that note onwards . . .

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Beachwear, Flip flops, Footwear, Sandals, Thongs, Brasil, White, Blue, Haivaianas, Blog A Book Etc, Fay,

Before the first trip we had away I picked up a new pair of these bad boys – in my arsenal of shoes at home I have so many pairs of these lovely comfortable and what seem to be everlasting flip flops/sandals/thongs or whatever you call them where you are in the world! White was the one colour that I was missing and these were just perfect.

Just a note for you guys Spring Bloggiesta starts TODAY!

Sadly I will be taking part in small parts, partly due to being away but mostly to returning to work. Hopefully I get something done.

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Well that’s my week in a capsule.

Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for holiday snaps.

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Despite being away for a week it was quite a bad week away and we decided to book another trip. As this is published I will be hopefully chilling by the pool in Antalya soaking up the sun and sipping on a much needed cocktail. Whilst away I have been reading madly and managed to pick up a classic again and even finished an audio book. How has your week been going?

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READING

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Penguin, Movie Tie-In Edition, Reading, Books, Fiction, Classics, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 

After putting the classic down almost two years ago now I picked it up but started from the very beginning. What a very good place to start right?! Having restarted the book with a renewed vigour and am finding the book extremely enjoying. Have you read it? How did you find it?

FINISHED

Holy Cow by David Duchovny

I finished listening to this on my return back from our recent holiday as at the beginning it really was quite dull. My review of this audio book will be up in a couple of weeks so keep those peepers peeled.

Beauty

Lush, Brazened Honey, Fresh Face Mask, Face Mask, Beauty, Skin Care, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After sorting through some much needed crap I found a bag of 5 large lush jars. Lush give customers the opportunity to collect 5 large jars and return them when used and clean to swap for FREE Fresh Face Mask of the customers choice from a selection on display that waiting for you on ice. Being a Lush addict this is just something that brings a big smile to my face – not only do I get something for FREE I am recycling and giving back to ‘mother earth’! RESULT right!

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Whilst making my way around the shop after collecting my free fresh face mask I picked up a pot of this wonderful stuff. Not only does it feel and smell great it works wonders for the skin and makes you feel soft, supple and ready to go. Have you used it before?

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

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Biba, Brush Stroke, Goddess, Bikini, House of Fraser, Swimwear, Summer, Holiday, Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

House of Fraser are currently having a 20% off event for recognition customers so I figured why not take advantage and stock up on swim wear for the next trip as the last dash and buy for swim wear left me with . . .

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Not that it isn’t a nice swim set but every time I tried to get out of the water something almost fell out and for me that is a big no-no with swimwear.

Eat Sleep Tan Repeat, Beach Towel, Towel, Swimwear, New LookThis may seem a bit meh but I quite like it and may make a sneaky purchase before I go away!

What are you guys up to this week?

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As you may have seen from my Instagram photos I am currently on a chill out holiday. Until I’m back the posts over here are going to be a little thin on the ground but I have managed to schedule a couple of things. I hope the rest of your week is as relaxing as mine.

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Holy Cow by David DuchovnyThanks to Audible I am listening to this little anecdotal audio book which is not only written by but narrated by David Duchovny.

Losing It, Helen Lederer, Pan Macmillan, Audio Book, Audible, Blog A Book Etc, Fay I will be starting this whilst away – there have been so many good things said about this book so I am quite excited.

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This is not my usual type of book but its sounds absolutely wonderful to read about such a sensitive subject of history.

Not only am I listening but I am finally starting

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, Henry VIII, History, Thomas Cromwell, Prize Winner

Beauty

There will be no pictures just yet but just think spa treatments, massages and just good old wellbeing and relaxation.

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

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As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

#IMWAYR

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With another week on the horizon and plenty to do this meme is the perfect way to say goodbye to weeks gone by and start afresh. This great meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey and is a way for bloggers from all corners of the internet to link up and see what has been happening it other peoples world. Have you tried it yet? You really should.

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I am still listening to this audio and loving it. The story is progressing at a glacial pace but from past experience with Moriarty’s books I am sure it will pick up soon. Or at least I hope it will!

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Books, Reviews, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

My happiness could not be expressed when I got this through the door – I have started it and as suspected I am LOVING it!

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Cocktails at Fontaine’s in Stoke Newington with Catherine & the men in our life.
It was the start of a great evening.

Food, Breakfast, Eggs, Kale, Chorizo Hash, Sweet Potato, Night Shift, Nurse, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Harrisons, Balham

Breakfast after a block of night shifts is always necessary and Harrison’s in Balham really fit the bill.
Beauty

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This is one of my favourite make up brushes, it picks up just the right amount of powder without being too heavy on the face. Worth the money and when washed does not lose consistency.

Origins, Skin Care, Beauty, Face Mask, Out of TroubleThis product is great for a quick fix between regular skin care routines or if you have more time leaving it on a little longer gives stunning results.

What do you have planned for the week ahead?

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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

My, my, my what a week it has been. Having just returned from one of the most romantic weekends of my life I am sorry to say that life has to resume to normal proceedings. With a week of night shifts looming I am sure that I will have plenty of time to listen to a couple of books I have in the pipeline.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayWolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, Henry VIII, History, Thomas Cromwell, Prize Winner
After quite some time I have finally picked this book up. Despite not liking the look of the actual author and some of her comments I really do want to give it a go.

Bringing up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, Historical Fiction, Fiction, History, Henry VIII, Cromwell, England
This one made it to the pile too as it was on offer and the next one on from Wolf Hall so why not!

Beauty

Rub Rub Rub, Beauty, Skincare, LushThis scrub has been a godsend over the past week – I will post a review to let you know how I got on with it.

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If you didn’t know from yesterday’s post and a couple more himself booked a trip away for Valentine’s day and truly blew me away. Check out some of the photos HERE.

Happy Monday peeps!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

 

For that night out with the man in your life to celebrate your love for each other. Not that there should only be one day of the year that we celebrate romance, love and all of the lovely stuff that happens on this one day.

This is also the point where I do not like to spoil the day for those like me that are closet saps.
I am currently away with himself on a surprise getaway that he has planned so all will be revealed when we return!

Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies! 

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