March 23, 2011

Origins Never a Dull Moment Review

Never a dull moment, story of my life. Seriously, if it’s not one thing around here it’s another so dull moments are far and in between unless we’re talking about my skin, in that case, there are tons of dull moments.

I’m pretty happy with ExfoliKATE but I was interested in trying out Origins Never a Dull Moment, it was the name, the name got me.

This mix of finely ground apricot and mango seeds seemed like a great finely grained scrub to get my skin glowing again.

Did it work?

Finely ground Apricot and Mango seeds plus extract from Papaya helps to scrub lackluster skin cells away and leaves behind glowing skin!

This is an interesting one since it sports an incredibly thick, paste-like formula. The formula is way thick and has a certain density to it. I was excited at first about the feel of the product as it seemed like it would prove a moisturizing scrub.

To use, simply squeeze a small amount out and massage onto a damp, clean face. The scrub glides easily on my skin due to the heavier, richer formula. It has a bright scent the notes of which are unidentifiable to my nose but I find the fragrance very pleasant. Since the scrub contains fruit extracts you do get a little tingle as you scrub due to the acidity of the fruits.

Although Origins claims it can be used on all skin types I felt like…

It made my skin rather tight and dry after use. Even after following up with moisturizer my skin was still left feeling really dehydrated.

I really like a finely grained scrub but this one is a very strange formula as it feels like it does next to nothing in the realms of actually polishing or scrubbing away dry, dead skin cells. The scrub’s formula is really thick which means you have to put a good deal of elbow grease into the massage you give your face to actually feel any of the grains that added in for the exfoliation process.

It didn’t ease dullness and I felt like it didn’t even do that great job of actually exfoliating away drier, flakier skin.

  • Those who want a more gentle scrub (the lack of grains in this will offer a more gentle scrub).

  • Those who have dry skin (beware this will dry you out further).
  • Those who want to reveal smoother skin thanks to the aid of a good scrub (the less grainy texture of the scrub really doesn’t do much to scrub away drier areas).

With all the raving on Origins site about how users experienced an earth shattering glow on their faces after use, I was quite excited to try it out for myself but I didn’t experienced any miracles here. If I’m honest I don’t even like the scrub and felt it was a bit of a waste. It has a lovely formula but it dries me out awfully and lacks enough of a grainy texture to actually exfoliate anything. The promises of brighter, smoother skin proved bogus in this one.

No likey!

Sad sigh!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • the Muse

      it changes alot lulee ;-D but at the moment I really like Super Bright Eyed with Melon for day use (Dr Perricone) and the BE’s Triple eye Cream for night (no longer available ugh on my last bit).

  • HapaGirl84

    Hey Muse! I’m glad you tried the NADM scrub, but I had a feeling it might be too harsh for your dry skin type. My suggestion is to save it for summer when your skin gets a little less dry and use it as a mask. I leave mine on for 10-20 minutes and the fruit enzymes really go to work, polishing the skin and helping with dullness. However, it might be too much if your skin is already on the dry side. I also suggest trying Modern Friction for comparison, but applying it to a wet (not dry) face for your drier skin type. MF tends to be a bit grainier and stronger, so follow up with lots of moisturizer. Good luck!

    PS: I totally asked a friend traveling in Korea to pick up the Etude animal lip balms. So cute!

    • the Muse

      hey hapa! Totally bummed out it didn’t work! I’ll def have a go in the Summer! Thanks I’ll give MF a try! ;-D

      YAYYYYYYYYYY they are fabs wait until you see the hand creams ;D! xoxo!

  • Rebecca

    I second Modern Friction. I have dry skin but if I only use it a couple times a week and moisturize well afterward, it works great!

  • Patricia Clemens

    I wholeheartedly agree, Modern Friction is the way to go!

  • Shefali

    Bummer! I adore this scrub and I do that amazing glow after using it…but then again, I have really oily skin, so maybe that has something to do with it.