The Ordinary: Product Review

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I have never used any of The Ordinary products but always seen and heard so many good things from people using them. It was about time I took matters into my own hands and bought some of the skin care products everyone is talking about.  Here’s a look at everything I bought in my shopping spree, including the pro’s, con’s and how they have worked with my skin.

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Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£6.75)

This must be one of their most popular products as when I added to cart I was only allowed to purchase the one. One will last quite a while as it is a toner that is used in the evening only and the bottle is a hefty 240ml so your getting a lot.

The product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) so you skin will be more sensitive to the sun so an SPF is a must after use. 

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The toner claims to help with texture to the skin and encourage a more radiant look. I have been using every night for at least four weeks and have started to notice some changes to the side of my cheeks (where I have the most texture) and chin. I do believe it has helped to get my skin to the healthier condition it is in right now.

This does tingle slightly when applied but for me did not become irritating or cause any redness.

Buffet (£12.50)

The peptides, amino and hyaluronic acids anti- ageing treatment (or we could just say Buffet serum) can be used in both the AM & PM, the £12.50 is for a not so big 30ml.

It claims to have anti – ageing effects, targeting fine lines and wrinkles. I do feel it has done this through usage, I have noticed a significant improvement in the lines around my eye area. They look and feel much tighter whilst the fine lines have almost disappeared. Buffet serum has been my favourite product to use and see results out of my whole The Ordinary haul.

One problem I do have is the size. Luckily I also bought a PM serum so I have only used Buffet for the day but I am already nearing the end of the bottle so if I were to use twice a day I would have been out within two/ three weeks.

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Argireline Solution 10% (£5.50)

This is 30ml and I have been using Argireline Solution as my night time serum. As with Buffet it tackles fine lines around the forehead and eye area. Honestly these two serums combined in my skincare routine have really helped improve the over all appearance of my skin.

I use this as a night serum rather then Buffet as it is water based and in the evening I like to use a thicker moisturiser so a water based serum works better for me. You are able to use this in both the day or night and the £5.50 is a lot more reasonable for the 30ml as again if your using twice a day it will not have many uses.

Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA (£6.75)

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I have really enjoyed using this moisturiser, I bought the bigger 100ml as I knew I would use it and I am so glad I did. There are no claims to massively improvement of the skin it is just a straight up really effective moisturiser.

The formula is quite thick, only a little is needed to cover the whole face. It absorbs into the skin really well considering it’s thick consistency, once dried down it feels like your face has a protective shield from the elements. My skin was still able to breathe and didn’t feel suffocated but there is definitely a barrier the cream created to protect the skin underneath.

This will be one of the products on my re-purchase list as I have just found it such a good moisturiser.

High Adherence Silicone Primer (£4.00)

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I’m not going to go into loads of detail as I have only used this three times so far, but each time has been a success. I often use a silicone based primer as they help blur my larger pores and even out any texture to my skin. The Ordinary Primer has done just that and for £4.00 it is amazing value.

Retinol 0.5% (£4.95)

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There is one in ever haul isn’t there. I’m in no means saying this doesn’t work with helping reduce fine lines and wrinkle but I don’t think my skin was ready for it.

Retinol can cause irritation and redness to the skin when you first start using which is why you start with such a low dosage and slowly build the percentage up when your skin feels ready for it.

The problems I had was it irritated my skin so badly when applied. It does not sting but it itched and caused my face to go slightly red. I persevered for about two weeks but started to get breakouts due to the irritation and so stopped.

I haven’t tried this long enough to say whether it’s a hit or a miss, it just doesn’t work for my skin.

Well that is everything I got when shopping The Ordinary products. I hope you have enjoyed reading and found some products interesting. Comment down below if you have used any mentioned or if you have used other Ordinary products I could try. I’m really interested in their coverage foundation so let me know if you’ve used.

I am currently having surgery like … right now!! so I’m unsure how tomorrow will go post wise.

Kate x

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At the moment skincare has become the be all and end all to my life! Probably due to the fact I’ve hit my thirties and live in fear that I’m going to wake up one morning and my skin will resemble a Shar Pei (cute on the dog not on my face).  As my fear is so rife I have decided to do my first products of the month around affordable skincare that is helping my face stay healthy and wrinkle free.

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I’ve really changed my skincare routine in the last few months and it has really started to make a difference to the texture of my skin and helped prevent breakouts. After reading Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest I began to realise how important skincare is not just for prevention of wrinkles but due to skin being our biggest organ that is constantly exposed to the elements so it’s going to need some TLC and if you take the few minutes to get your routine in place your skin will most definitely thank you for it.

Upon Sali’s advice the first thing I have done is changed my everyday facial scrub to a cleansing milk. I have currently been using the Garnier Natural Rose water cleanser (linked down below) and at £3.50 for a 200ml bottle it has become a staple. The bottle is only currently half way through and I have been using it day and night for at least two months (if only other things lasted this long!)

Before I did not realise how other more soapy products had been dehydrating my face and stripping it of its natural oils. The poor thing must have been crying out for moisture like a man lost in the Sahara.  Garnier’s cleansing milk is so much kinder and gentle to the skin whilst still leaving it feeling clean and make up free. My face generally feels softer, less tight  and due to it being specifically for dry and sensitive skin I am also left with a lot less redness immediately after washing.

I have recently received a few compliment due to the improvement of my skin (I am prone to bad breakouts and get a lot of redness) and I do believe it is from changing the start of my skincare routine to a cleansing milk. Garnier’s is affordable and does the job well, you can literally see the dirt being removed from your face on the cotton pad!  The rose water adds a nice scent that does not overpower of cause irritation to the face and my skin is left feeling clean and much softer then before. To date I have not had one breakout since I began using this months ago.

My second product of the month is a total bargain, so much so that I have bought four and have one in my bag, bedroom, car and bathroom. What is this fantastically cheap product?

Introducing Palmer’s cocoa butter lip balm that retails for an amazing £1.49 for 4g/15 oz. The smell of this lip balm is fantastic the cocoa is so strong you feel as if your lips have been dipped in chocolate. The butter like texture leaves lips feeling incredibly soft and moisturised without being sticky. As an added bonus the balm is also enriched with vitamin E and has a SPF of 15 so as well as keeping your lips kissable all day long your also being protected from the harmful sun rays and wrinkles (what’s not to like). This has helped during times when my lips have felt a bit chapped and sore, leaving my lips soothed.

My favourite lip balm brand is the EOS and I can say the Palmers’ is on an even keel and half the price, as I stated above I now have them littered around the house!

My next current favourite is an oldie but a goody the Nivea Aqua effect regenerating night cream. It’s a product I started using a few years ago which got lost in the pack of my ever growing cosmetics cabinet, it wasn’t until I saw it at Boots a couple of months ago that I snapped it up and reignited the love.

I am so thankful that my retinas stumbled upon this again as it is the thickest most intensely moisturising product I have ever used. It retails for £3.90 for 50ml and has the ability to last you a lifetime due to the amount you need to use as this cream is rich.

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin then this night cream could be the one for you. I personally have dehydrated skin but I do tend to get an oily t-zone so I worried at first this would be to intense and bring me out in blemishes especially around the t-zone area. I was wrong! Ever night I massage this into my skin and neck and in the morning I wake up with the softest most plumped out skin I have had in years.

I’m not going to lie when you put it on at night it is a heavy cream that leaves you looking greased up but by morning your skin will be doing a Shangela “Halleloo”. 

It is the most intense moisturising cream I have ever used, I am so glad I’ve found it again. My skin is the most hydrated it has ever been, it’s texture has changed and not one breakout, I could not sing the praises of this cream enough and for under £4.00 it’s fast becoming one of my ride or die products once again.

Last but not least on my current skincare faves for the month of March is the new Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcol black tissue mask (currently £1.99 at Superdrug linked below). This mask promises to be hydrating and pore – tightening which is something this girl needs. Enlarged pores have become the devil.

Very much like the skinactive moisture bomb it is a sheet mask only it is black in colour. It has a different smell to the moisture bomb and reminded me slightly of sea weed but if it’s going to shrink those pores it was worth a go.

The formula for this mask is very sticky even after the fifteen minutes setting time I was surprised with how much product was left on my face and the sheet itself (I rubbed the sheet over my face to help my skin soak up the excess). It is a very hydrating mask but the stickiness gives it a primer vibe which I was more surprised by then mad at.

Pore wise I don’t feel on first use it helped to minimise the appearance but when I used two a week for about three weeks I did begin to see a difference in areas where my pores are enlarged such as my nose and chin.

Overall as with the moisture bomb if you are looking for something penny saving with good hydration for the skin and if you are stocking up on a few to gain the pore minimising effect then this is a good product.

I can’t believe we are four months into 2018, let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 what your product for March were? Have you tried any of the above? if so did you love or hate them?

Until my next post.

Kate x

 

Links

http://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6OSw6fSt2gIVCrvtCh3TrQHiEAYYASABEgJEcvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds (Garnier Rose water cleanser – available on the three for two)

https://www.superdrug.com/Palmer%27s/Palmer%27s-Cocoa-Butter-Lip-Balm/p/379131?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-qudlvWt2gIVyLftCh0DpAWKEAQYASABEgKxZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COGjopj1rdoCFdWeGwodYFwOtw (Palmer cocoa lip balm  – currently 25% off)

https://www.notino.co.uk/nivea/aqua-effect-regenerating-night-cream-for-normal-to-mixed-skin/?item=96189&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6enH6_Wt2gIV7BXTCh1pNgHwEAYYASABEgLjgfD_BwE (Nivea aqua effect regenerating night cream)

https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Face-Masks/Garnier-SkinActive-Charcoal-and-Algae-Hydrating-Sheet-Mask/p/754167?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Zyw_oGu2gIVyrvtCh3bPwheEAQYASABEgJN2vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPzeuoGCrtoCFUSMUQod0zMO7w (Garnier Skin Active pure charchoal black tissue mask)