With the hustle and bustle of city life one of my top questions is how to feel fresh in the morning and illuminate my skin from within to rub off those evidence of late night studying. Two words: coffee and vitamin C. Well, it makes 4, but who is counting?

I have recently purchased these two products from a high quality beauty brand Origins and I must say I am really impressed by the results. Both of the products are enriched with coffee beans which makes them perfect for a morning wake-up effect complimented by a fresh and light aroma.

GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream by Origins

Although it is pricy, its totally worth it – this under eye cream has a light texture and after it dries (really quickly) it leaves light pearly shimmer on the skin! Although it can be used both as a night and a day cream I love applying it in the morning as it provides a great base for the concealer – it makes the under eye area more bright and the concealer lasts longer.

Tip: if you mix this cream with the liquid concealer it will create an instant brightening effect.

GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser by Origins

This amazing scrub is gentle enough to use every day while it thoroughly exfoliates the skin leaving it makeup and dead cells free. It does not irritate even sensitive skin and is my rescue from the oil accumulated during the day and helps me have a perfectly clean and smooth skin in the morning before I apply my makeup.

Tip: I apply the scrub on my Clarisonic Mia 2 face brush when I want a really deep cleaning of my skin and it intensifies the effect of the scrub.

Citrus fresh juice helps out on a lazy morning too. Although I never have time to squeeze one myself, I have a few favorite places in Europe that offer fresh fruit juice.

Cours de Halles – 77 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris

In this small fruit and vegetables market in Saint Germain you can find  a large variety of berries (they even have white strawberries which are rare to find) and have a great selection of fresh juice. My favorite one is with oranges, pineapple and mint!

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La Boqueria Market – Rambla, 91 08001 Barcelona

Though this famous market is full of delicious Spanish tapas, whenever I am there I always go for the juice or a smoothie – they are kept in ice so it’s a great healthy refreshment in summer.



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