love live for coffee. It is the foundation of my food pyramid, and my werq LOL. Kidding aside, my love for coffee started when I was in college, struggling with academics with all the stress and late nights which is still part of my work life until now. I was the kind who would stay up until 4am, studying chemistry and accounting, missing all the parties on Fridays and Saturdays, just to have a date with my Starbucks or Coffee Bean cup. I learned to love all cafe’s, especially of course those with charging stations. =)
Weeks ago, Origins invited us for a coffee workshop at Yardstick Makati. I remember back in college, I dedicated a project for coffee alone in one of my technical subjects and it was just so much fun discovering different beans and ways to prepare them for the perfect caffeine fix. Back then, there were not much third wave coffee shops – wherein these companies actually source (mostly locally) and put so much art & science (and passion!!) into preparing them for fuller and better roasts.
Yardstick is one those with interiors that match their craft. They also offer workshops and I had a great time refreshing some of my knowledge about my love, coffee!!
First, they let us taste different coffee’s around the world which can be classified into two: Coffea Arabica and Coffea Canephora (also known as Coffea Robusta). During the taste test, I was able to identify both, but mostly Robusta which is is stronger and burnt in taste which I like more.
Second is aero-pressing, which is a brewing technique invited in 2002, which is said to be shorter (30 sec) and more effective when it comes to extracting flavour. Coffee is steeped for 10–50 seconds (usually uses a fine grind) and then forced through a filter by pressing the plunger through the tube.
It was truly faster and more flavorful through this process while concentration is almost as good as espresso. This is something I wanna do when preparing coffee because also, there’s higher ph (less acid) which is good for heavy coffee drinkers.
It was also the perfect time to introduce the newest addition in one of my favorite Origins lines, Ginzing. A known tonic to balance energy, body and mind, Panax Ginseng is highly revered as a vital treasure to strengthen and aid the body in multiple ways, including fighting fatigue, strengthening immunity and enhancing memory. Ginseng helps to boost skin’s energy so skin remains resilient and balance is restored. Alongside caffeine, both works on making skin revitalizaed. And I also know how Ginseng works on my body as I have a daily multi-vitamin with this extract too! haha
For skin care, I tried the cleanser, mask and eye cream from this line and truly, it delivers an immediate, long-lasting jolt of energy and hydration that helps combat dull, tired skin. I always use these whenever I’m in my hell weeks at work to restore, energize and revitalize my skin. And they feel refreshing too!
I’ve tried a few of Origins’ masks and I must say that they are my top picks when it comes to skin treatment. I learned how to use these products especially 3 years ago, and the new one is a peel-off fortified with gentle Lemon, Orange and Apple Fruit Acid complex, working alongside key energy boosting ingredients Caffeine and Panax Ginseng, to boost cellular energy while eliminating signs of fatigue so skin stays resilient and bright.
I don’t usually use peel-off masks but I learned how to use it from this event too (yay for so much learnings!!). The key is to completely build the mask coverage, make it opaque and even, so that you can peel it off perfectly when it dries. It has to be applied on dry skin, avoiding the eye area, brows and hairline. To remove, smile to loosen, and gently peel off. Rinse off any residue.
We tried it on Niki Franciso (Origins Brand coordinator) and the area where we applied it on immediately became bright, even-toned and smoother too! In less than 10 minutes, this powerful mask peels away dirt, debris and stubborn dead skin cells while refining pores. Leaving just enough time to post a selfie with the fun dual-chrome finish. After use, pores are instantly tightened and skin is smoothed, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Below are more photos from the event. Congrats on your new mask collections, Origins. I’m a fan really and #happybirthdayOrigins as well!
Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask is available for Php 1,650.00 at Origins Retail Stores, SM Makati Department Store, SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia.