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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Beauteque Monthly Subscription Box : Product Review

Beauteque Monthy : Product Review
A look at all six products available in Beauteque Monthly beauty box

Another month down and another arrival of surprises from my Beauteque beauty box. This month has been slightly different from previous, including body and hair care as well as the usual skin care and make up. This months theme was a brunch menu style and each product has amazing fruity smells that are good enough to eat. So lets take a look at the products.

Hair Care

Mise – En – Scene Perfect Repair Hair Treatment Serum $15 / £11.61

I have been needing to invest in a hair treatment for some time after dyeing the life out of my hair recently so this was a much needed product to gain from my Beauteque box. The Serum has been great to incorporate more moisture back into my hair. The formula contains both argan and olive oil which have helped to repair the damage dyeing has caused. The consistency is similar to a condition, easy to run through your hair and concentrate on the ends. I have also been using a shower cap to help intensify the treatment.

My hair has been left soft and shiny. I have been able to get a brush through it without having to fight against knots due to the added hydration it has given my locks. Due to the serum having a apricot scent my hair smelt great after use which is an added bonus.

Body Care

The Saem Perfumed Body Lotion $12.99 / £10.06

The Saem Body lotion was a nice little addition to the box. It follows the theme of the hair serum and is also apricot scented. I normally don’t use a scented body lotion as they can irritate my skin but this one is kind and gentle. I had no irritation and my skin was left feeling soft and moisturised. I really like the consistency of the formula. It is one of the lightest body lotions I’ve ever used, very thin almost like a water based cream. My skin absorbed the cream instantly so there was no waiting around for it to dry before getting dressed (which lets be honest is the most irritating thing about body lotions).

Skin Care

Skin7teen T, Cafe Katte 3 – Step Mask $5.99 / £4.64

My favourite part of the Beauteque Beauty box is the three step mask I’m going to be getting. The skin7teen lives up to expectations and then some.

Step on and two target different area of the face such as T-zone and jawline and then you just pop the sheet mask over the top for 15- 20 minutes. The T-zone section is for targeting large pores and helping to reduce and tighten them whilst the U-zone is for adding hydration. This was great for my combination skin as my forehead nose and chin are often where I have enlarged pores. My cheek area is often where I experience the most dryness so by the mask targeting the areas with two different products was very helpful.

Hint: I wish I had read the little booklet that comes inside the box as it states if you place the mask in the fridge for ten minutes before use it can be quite refreshing to the skin during use.

This has been my favourite mask I have received from Beauteque, I will be buying again as my skin felt fantastic after use. My pores appeared reduced, the hydration left my dry patches much smoother and I all round loved using Skin7teen’s sheet mask.

Saresmin Perfect Solution Serum $8.99 / £6.95

Saresmin Serum
A look at the packaging of the Saresmin Serum

Saresmin’s serum has some funky packaging. The serum comes in a medical style syringe which allows you to measure the amount of product you are dispensing. Guidelines say to use 0.5ml of liquid for just the face area and 1ml for the face and neck area. Due to the packaging this is easily done.

The formula contains hyaluronic acid which is great for helping the skin maintain its moisture levels. It is a water based solution that is absorbed by the skin quickly so no waiting around before moisturising. This gave real changes in my textured areas of skin. Bumps and lumps looked smoother, almost plumped up. It left for a really good base for applying make up later on.

The only qualm I have is the size of product. It is 5ml and if using the guided amount of 1ml for each application you will only have this for five uses. I would love to see this in a bigger size or a purchase option of a four pack available.

Sandepin My Honey Clean Sponge Cookie $6.99 / £5.41

Sandepin Sponge Cookie
Such a fluffy texture on the Sandepin Sponge Cookie

I’m not going to go into loads of detail on this because it is a sponge. The Sandepin sponge cookie has a soft, fluffy texture great for make up and dirt removal. It is very gentle on the skin and non irritating. One of the main things I like about this sponge is it can be gently washed and has a usage count of up to 200 times.

Make Up

Baviphat Urban City Real Liptone Tint $7.99 / £6.18

Baviphat liptone Lip Tint
The cute apple packaging on the Baviphat Liptone lip tint is super cute

The packaging on this is really cute. The bottle is a little apple with the lid being the stalk and the tint is even apple scented to continue the theme.

Personally I am not a big fan of tints as I prefer a bolder look. Baviphat’s however is a nice colour (Rosewood) red, leaves a subtle tint to lips that has great stain power that will last throughout the day. I found application rather difficult as the applicator is very small and the tint is very thin in consistency. I experienced a bit of bleeding on the lip line although this may be down to me not have much of a clue in applying tints properly.

There you have the six products I received in my Beauteque beauty box this month and my thoughts and feelings on each one. Are there any that stuck out for you? Am I doing lip tint application wrong (haha)? I’d love to hear your thought and feelings in the comment section so feel free to let me know.

I have linked all the products individually and below is a link for the subscription box if you were interested in having a look (I have also added my review on the previous box if you wanted more ideas of products you get with this subscription).

Beauteque Monthly Beauty Box

Beauteque Monthly : The subscription box with a little bit of everything

My next post is on Friday so until then I’ve hope you enjoyed reading.

Kate x