Beauty Reviews, Origins

Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

I love the Origins line and the Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash and just picked up another tube! I had reviewed this product last year and I am still a huge fan.

First up I like the updated packaging, it looks clean and artsy. The product itself is one of my favorite staples and at $23 for 5.0 Fl.Oz. it’s a deal as it lasts me about 6 months. I like to mix this in my weekly routine.

It has Broad Leaf Kelp Extract, Wheat Protein and Tourmaline which discourages excess oil production and I find that it works when my face is feeling greasy.

When Tourmaline crystals warm, as they do when rubbed onto the skin, they become positively charged at one end and negatively charged on the other. These energizing crystals are said to be effective at detoxifying and brightening skin while helping improve its vitality.

The scent is Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender which smells amazing.

Beauty Reviews, Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash Review

I received a sample of the Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash in one of my beauty boxes and tested it out today.

Soap & GlorySoap & Glory is a UK based drug store brand that I’ve seen in Target, CVS and Ulta. They started in 2006 and their branding is cute. It’s got a retro feel.

The only other Soap & Glory product I’ve tried was the Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Gloss and I did like it.

What’s to love? What’s Meh.

The Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash has natural Superfruit Yuzu and little pink Ultra-Soft Scrub-Beads to cleanse. I was a bit worried because they use micro-beads (which are bad for the environment) but the good news is that in my research I found that Soap & Glory stopped using plastic micro-beads in 2014.

The cleansing gel is greenish and has a fresh scent, but to me it smells a bit like the Irish Spring soap which I’m not a fan of.

I also didn’t get a lot of lather from the gel. It had light bubble action and while my face felt clean afterwards I found that it took awhile to wash off.

Overall I don’t think this is a bad product. It gets lots of good reviews but it’s not something I would purchase again.

Full-Sized Price: $12

Beauty Reviews, Clinique

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Review

The Clinique Liquid Facial Soap has been one of my all-time favorite staples for my entire life. It’s kind of like an old friend. I haven’t picked this up in awhile but I recently got one for my husband and he’s loving it.


What’s to love?

Clinique has a really neat way to determine skin type. You are either a 1, 2, 3 or 4.

  1. Very Dry to Dry Skin
  2. Combination Dry Skin
  3. Combination Oily Skin
  4. Oily Skin

I picked the #2 type which is the Liquid Facial Soap Mild.

The clear liquid gel comes in a pump and is so easy to use. I pump 2 times and lather into my hands with water. If you just apply the gel to your face it will feel a bit gooey so it’s better to lather first. The lather is very soft and bubbly and perfect for washing my face. It always rinses clean and my face feels softer after I use it. It also works on my oily areas.

This product is Made in the USA, Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free. While it does not have an artificial fragrance it does have a slight sent that to me smells uniquely Clinique and is one of my comfort scents. Really, it just smells so good!

Overall I really like this formula and may just get a bottle for myself to use again. It has never irritated my face and is a wonderful staple product.

Price: $17

The Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is part of my February Favorites on YouTube!

Beauty Reviews, Clinique

Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel Review

I am so excited about the new Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel. I actually picked this up for my husband but now I want one. My husband has combination skin that’s on the oily side and he’s been using bar soap which drys his skin so I convinced him to try this new charcoal cleanser and he loves it.


What’s to love?

I tried this out first and all I can say! My skin instantly looked better after just one wash. The formula is a black gel that turns white and bubbly when you rub into your hands or on a wash cloth or you can buy the Clinique Sonic System City Block Purifying Cleansing Brush Head for $26, I may just pick this up. The product has no scent.


After I rinsed my face it just felt clean and really, really soft. It also removed my make-up and I swear my pores looked a bit smaller. For someone like me with an oily face this product is amazing. Now I want the Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask.

The funny thing is Clinique actually has a Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash and I wonder if this is the same thing. My guess is that it is, they just market one for men and one for women.

The 5 fl. oz. tube costs $20 which I found to be very reasonable for the quality of the product.

Beauty Reviews, Origins

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash Review

I am a huge fan of the Origins line and the Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash is one of my favorites in the shower. I use it when my face feels oily because it has Broad Leaf Kelp Extract, Wheat Protein and Tourmaline which is supposed to reduce oil production and I think it does for me.


What’s to love?

When my face is feeling on the oily side I grab Checks and Balances. It’s got a very light scent that includes Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender which I love. To me it has such an earthy scent, which is one of the reasons that I love the Origins line.

The face wash is white with a beautiful iridescent shine and it really is frothy and light. It feels amazing and smooth on my face and lathers into a thin cream. I also love that it leaves zero reside on my face when I rinse it off and I get that squeaky clean feeling without feeling dry.

I used to use Origins a lot  and I feel like I’m adding more Origins products into my daily routine now. I feel like Origins gives me a great product for the price too. It’s a high-end product but very affordable.

Price: $22 for 5.0 fl. oz.