You’d think that living fairly close to Cambridge, and going there semi-regularly for work, I’d go to more events in the city. But I don’t! I know that Sally hosted an event at the Origins store in Cambridge at the back end of last year but I wasn’t able to go, but for her Spring event I blocked out a Saturday so that I could go. I’ve not tried a lot from Origins, but I’ve loved what I have tested so I was eager to learn more about the brand, as well as hanging out with some local bloggers.
I’ve walked by past the store a few times (I frequently visit White Stuff with my mum and it’s practcally next door), but haven’t ever been in. It looks pretty small from the outside, but when I went in there were at least 10 bloggers already there and more filtered in as the event began. We were treated to facials, head and hand massages, and there were even treats from Le Creuset and Whittards, as well as homemade cupcakes from Sally’s husband, Lloyd.
There was also flower wall for us all to take photos by, and I definitely think that was the highlight for everybody. It was beautiful; I just wish I made the most of it (I’m awkward in front of the camera and I couldn’t be dealing with the colour correcting required because shops are obviously not built for blogger photos).
The main event was hearing expert knowledge on all the products that Origins have on offer, and a peek at the new Original Skin line which has been sold out for quite some time. This newbies in this line include a makeup removing jelly, a pore perfecting cooling primer and a matte moisturiser, in addition to the already popular retexturising mask, renewal serum and essence lotion. The makeup removing jelly reminds me a lot of the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, but a little more hydrating so if you find the Glossier offering a little stripping them maybe give this a go.
With Origins being such a well-known and well-loved brand, I think everyone has a favourite that they can’t get enough of. Personally I love the sheet masks, the Drink Up Intensive mask and the Charcoal mask. The full-sized masks may be expensive, but they last a long time! I had the charcoal mask for years until I finally decluttered it as it was so old and something I should be putting nowhere near my face. I’ve been trying to use up the Kiehl’s Overnight Masque, but I have a travel size of the Drink Up Intensive ready to go when I’m all out. It’s a great mask, and brilliant for long-haul flights too!
I’ve settled into a skincare routine that I really love, but I’m interested to include the products in my goodie bag in the future. And then hope that I find them distinctly average because unfortunately Origins are not a cruelty free brand. If you love natural skincare and are looking for something on the higher end spectrum but not insanely price then I’d definitely recommend taking a wander to your local stand. Unfortunately my local Boots lost their stand in favour of a NYX counter a couple of years ago, but John Lewis has a little stand in case anybody in Peterborough is ever inclined. Or I always have the option of Cambridge!
Thank you so much to Sally and Origins for organising this event. It was such an eye opener to the brand, and was so wonderful to be able to spend some time with some local bloggers (I feel like all my blogger pals are still based up north so it’s so good to meet new people).