Boy Mom 🏈 Makeup Fanatic 💄 Skincare Obsessed 🧖🏼♀️ Cincinnati ➡️ Nashville
Halloween Glam Look 2020
Halloween looked a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean costumes and makeup went out the window! This year I decided to try a glam look—with a little twist. Plus, it gave me an excuse to try some brand new products in my collection that I can’t wait to tell you about. Let’s start with the foundation of my look, brought to you by BECCA - Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation in the shade Alabaster. I got incredibly lucky on my last trip to Marshall’s and scored this AMAZINGLY full-coverage foundation for $12. (Yes, you read that right. Becca foundation for $12.) This is about one shade lighter than I would typically wear, which made it the perfect base for a death-inspired glam look. This product is the most full-coverage foundation I’ve ever used, and it didn’t budge all night. No creasing, no breaking apart (even under a mask), and no fading. The finish is matte, but because of the Alabaster shade it still gave a slight glow. I can’t say enough good things about this foundation. I can’t wait to wear it again to test with a less dramatic look. When you’re going full-coverage glam, priming for and setting your foundation is absolutely critical. Without these products, I think my look would have been a goner within a few hours: Too Faced - Hangover Primer I laid this primer down first because it really does wonders for my skin. It’s not quite as tacky as I needed it to be, but I knew it was my first line of defense with the heavy makeup I was applying—so I used it as the first of two primers. The second? URBAN DECAY - All Nighter Face Primer for its tacky finish. All Nighter is an incredible line, and the primer is no exception. Layered on top of the Hangover primer, it created the perfect canvas for my intense Halloween look. After laying down my primer and foundation, I used my ABSOLUTE - HD FLAWLESS LOOSE SETTING POWDER in Brightening Banana for my under eyes and high points, followed by URBAN DECAY - The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder to set the rest of my face. (I don’t typically set my full face with powder, but it was a MUST with this look!) Finally, after I laid down my shadows I set my entire face with the ultimate OG: URBAN DECAY - All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Another brand new product I tried with my look is the EYLURE - Line & Lash Adhesive Eyeliner in black. Lash adhesive liners are becoming very popular lately, but the Eylure Lash & Line is by far the best I’ve used. The liner itself is an extremely pigmented black, and the adhesive held onto my falsies all night without a single adjustment. This product beats all the other lash adhesives in my collection, and for $10, you really can’t beat it. Want to know more about this look? Drop a comment below for my lip and shadow details!👇🏻👇🏻 😘
URBAN DECAY-All Nighter Face Primer
A GREAT Color Corrector for Less Than $10?!
Oh, genetic dark circles. If you have them, then you know they don’t fade with eye cream, nor are they easy to cover—even with the most full-coverage concealers available. They are simply the worst. Color correcting dark circles isn’t fun, especially with so few color correcting products out there that truly cover the blue/purple cast that inevitably shows through concealers and foundation. The process has truly been the bane of my existence for years, but I’ve finally found a product that does the trick—and it’s under $10. I’ve tried everything in the past to correct my dark circles when creating glam looks, including using red lipstick (which helps, but it’s really messy and takes quite a bit to cover), so when I found this color correcting pen, I was more than a little skeptical. The MAYBELLINE - FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Pen comes in two colors. A green color that neutralizes red spots, and a peach color that’s meant to cover blue/purple. The pen is great. You simply turn the bottom a few times (it clicks when you turn it) and the pigment comes out of the soft, tiny applicator on the top. The peach color is intense... intense enough that I was a little afraid to try it... but when applied directly to my dark circles and blended out, the finish was shocking. My dark circles significantly faded into the background, so I ran with it. The photos on this post are from today. The first photo shows one eye treated with the color corrector, and the other side completely untouched. As you can see, the color-corrected side shows very little grey cast—and this is before concealer. The rest of the photos show several angles of my face after I’ve applied all of my makeup, and the results speak for themselves. Bye-bye dark circles! Now, let’s be honest: this product works when I’m having a good day. On days when I haven’t gotten much sleep or my allergies are flaring up, this product doesn’t quite do the trick. That’s the curse of genetic dark circles—they’re just a pain. But for under $10, it’s worth keeping on hand! Do you have a color corrector you swear by? Drop it in the comments below 👇🏻 and let me know! 😘
MAYBELLINE-FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Pen
🚨 DUPE ALERT! 🚨 A $12 Tatcha Water Cream Dupe!
Y’all. I have a Dupe Alert for you that I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks because I wanted to do my due diligence in researching both ingredient lists, and to try both products to see how my skin reacted. For the last four weeks, I’ve been testing and researching a moisturizer I found to be very similar to Tatcha Water Cream. Now, we all know Tatcha is legit—but it also comes with a hefty price tag. So when I found this $12 moisturizer at Target, and discovered it left my skin feeling as good (if not BETTER) than my Water Cream, I was SHOOK. The dark horse product I’m referring to? e.l.f. Holy Hydration moisturizer. Let’s talk about why. TATCHA - The Water Cream If you’ve ever used Tatcha’s Water Cream, you know why this product gets a 5-star rating. It’s an amazing product. But at $68 for 1.7oz, the price point is extremely heft for what it is. The two ingredients that make this moisturizer so expensive are gold and Tatcha’s signature Japanese flower blend. Neither of these ingredients are of significant benefit in a skincare product. Gold is primarily labeled as an antioxidant—but there are hundreds of antioxidant ingredients out there that are just as effective (if not more) than gold. The Japanese flower blend is kind of “gimmicky” in my opinion. Everything it claims to do (support circulation, calms skin, reduces oil, and brightening) can all be achieved through other ingredients on the market for waaaaay less money. Is the product great? Sure. But I can’t justify a $68 price tag on the regular. Enter e.l.f. e.l.f. - Holy Hydration! Face Cream At first glance, e.l.f.’s Holy Hydration Face Cream looks pretty plain. From the packaging to the smell of the cream (or, should I say, no smell), it just looks like a normal moisturizer. Upon further inspection of the ingredient list, things got real. The first 10 ingredients (of 30) all deliver the same anti-oxidant, anti-aging, hydrating and moisturizing power as Tatcha’s Water Cream, without the gimmicks. In those top 10 ingredients we have niacinimide, squalene, glycerine, and water. (Note, water is also the first ingredient in The Water Cream... of course.) Both products also contain hyaluronic acid in the same position on the ingredient lists, meaning the efficacy of the ingredient is likely apples-to-apples. Holy Hydration also has very little fragrance when compared to Water Cream, and no essential oil additives. Now, the most important part of the testing phase: how did the two compare on my skin? They felt exactly the same. Both are lightweight and absorb quickly, leaving my skin feeling hydrated, plumped and smooth. Neither left me feeling oily or weighed down. If it weren’t for Tatcha’s fragrance, I could put these creams in unmarked packaging and think I was using the same product. Final thought: both creams are great, and Tatcha is the OG. But if you’re on a budget, try e.l.f.’s Holy Hydration cream. I swear you’ll be shook, too!
e.l.f.-Holy Hydration! Face Cream
Sunday = NFL Makeup!
Another Sunday, another Bengals tie (which may as well be a loss), and another NFL inspired makeup look. Y’all seemed to enjoy the last look, so I’m here to share again! I’m a diehard Cincinnati Bengals fan, so I had two colors to play with today: orange and black! TATCHA - The Silk Canvas Protective Primer Primed with my brand new trial-size Tatcha primer. No shock—it’s amazing... but I can’t justify the heft price tag! Too Faced - Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Concealer As usual, a glam look isn’t a truly-glam look without my favorite concealer! 🥰 My dark circles were semi-manageable today, so only needed a little! Shade: Snow. e.l.f. - Retro Paradise Eyeshadow Palette The orange hues in this palette truly are amazing. Again, four stars because of fallout—so make sure you tap that brush, y’all! Colors: Fuego, Caliente, Nightlife, Sea Salt (inner corners, brow bone) Fortuna (sparkle on the lid). HAUS LABORATORIES - Glam Attack Liquid Eyeshadow When it comes to liquid eyeshadows, Lady Gaga got it right. Glam Attack shadows come in lots of beautiful colors, from neutrals to intense blacks. My eyeliner is accented with my favorite shade: Chained Ballerina. Gorgeous finish with a subtle sparkle. (Note: it dries down fast, so blend quickly!) NARS - High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner Got this baby as a free gift from Sephora the other day, and man... by far my new favorite liner for tight-lining! Such a smooth application, and it doesn’t budge! LANCÔME - Monsieur Big Mascara Another freebie. This one at Ulta. I already own the waterproof variation of this 💣 mascara, but I went with the regular formula today. If you need a mascara that gives you lots of drama, this is the one you need! EYLURE - ProMagnetic Magnetic Eyeliner & Lash System Finally... these lashes are 🔥, and application is easy-peasy. Three layers of the black magnetic liner on the lash line (let each layer dry thoroughly!!), pop em on, and you’re done. These beauties are so lightweight, I don’t even know I’m wearing them. First time trying this brand... and it will not be the last! My face is all done with Scott Barnes face palettes. Post on his products coming soon, but here’s the list: scott barnes - Chic Cheek N°1 Blush Palette scott barnes - Sculpting and Contour N°1 Palette scott barnes - Glowy & Showy N°1 Highlighter Palette And there ya go. My Cincinnati Bengals glam look for the week. 😉 Let me know if you give it a try! 🏈
Too Faced-Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Concealer
It’s Been a Minute...
Hey Y’all! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted. I got a little stale on content since I’m trying to play teacher on top of everything else—so I figured I’d jump back in today with a fun look. I’m a football fanatic, a diehard Cincinnati Bengals fan, and a Chicago Bears fan (married into that). So, I decided I would mesh my two passions this season and do some NFL Glam on game days! Yesterday’s look was inspired by the Bears. Read on to see what products I used to get this look. Too Faced - Hangover Replenishing Face Primer My skin was screaming yesterday, but I was determined to do this look—sensitive skin be damned! When it comes to primer, my Too Faced Hangover primer saves the day when I’ve dropped the skincare ball. It took down my redness, injected some glow, and made the rest of my look doable. (Spoiler: I have a primer post coming soon!) Too Faced - Born This Way Matte Foundation When it comes to glam looks, I always reach for my Born This Way foundation. I’ve been a huge fan of the newer matte formula, and it was the perfect base for this look. (Shade: Snow) Too Faced - Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Concealer Y’all already know this is my absolute favorite full-coverage concealer. I used it to conceal and highlight with this look. (Shade: Snow) Check our my full-coverage concealer post for more details on this formula. e.l.f. - Retro Paradise Eyeshadow Palette The oranges in my eyeshadow look are from the e.l.f. Retro Paradise eyeshadow pallet. I love the formula, and the colors are super pigmented. Pro Tip: tap that extra product off and go in with a light hand if you’re not used to working with heavy pigments. (Shades: Fuego, Caliente) Beware of fallout! e.l.f. - 18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette My transition shade and blues are from the e.l.f. 18 Hit Wonders palette. Same formula as Retro Paradise, so tap and watch for fallout. Transition shade: Peachy. Blue accent: Royal. Brow highlight/inner corners: Vibrant. (I LIVE for Vibrant. It’s such a gorgeous, metallic shadow!) bareMinerals - Endless Summer Bronzer Since I went full glam on the eyes, I kept my bronzer simple with this look. No contouring. If you haven’t tried the bareMinerals Endless Summer bronzer, you’re missing out. I believe this was voted one of the best products of 2020–for good reason! This is my go-to for everyday. bareMinerals - Endless Glow Highlighter In the same vein as the bronzer, I kept my highlight simple with the bareMinerals Endless Glow highlighter. The formal is beautiful and, as you’ll see in the unfiltered after-photo, it provides a truly GORGEOUS glow. It’s very pigmented and seems dark in the pan, but I’m very fair-skinned and it leaves me with a stunning highlight every time. There ya have it! My Bears glam look. Let me know if you try it! 😘
e.l.f.-18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette
4 Products Under $15 That Changed My Skin Game!
If you struggle to find truly good skincare products on a budget, you’re not alone. We’ve all done it: waltzed into Sephora looking for a miracle serum to fix our skin-woes, only to waltz right back out because of a hefty price tag. Beauty on a budget isn’t always easy—but it can be done! I will be making this a “series,” as my skincare routine is constantly evolving—but the one common factor in the majority of my products is a reasonable price point. Today I’m going to cover four products that completely changed my skincare game—and they’re all under $15! ISNtree - Green Tea Fresh Toner This toner is hands down my FAVORITE product in my routine. There is no competition. First of all, it’s so difficult to find reasonably priced products that contain high concentrations of green tea on the ingredient list. Seriously. Research. I’ll wait. (Just kidding.) Green tea in skincare is incredible for so many reasons, but for me it’s the “anti-aging” components that make it absolutely critical for my skin. I’ve seen noticeable improvements in my skin after just a few weeks of use—specifically lightening of my hyperpigmentation spots and less visible fine lines. I could write an entire post on this $12 toner alone, but I still have more to go! 9wishes - PH Calm Ampule Wash Some might say this is just another foaming face wash, but it’s truly one of the best I’ve ever used. My skin feels soft and clean after using it, but it also balances my skin tone immediately—leaving me with younger looking skin after a simple wash. Best $14.99 I’ve ever spent on a cleanser in my life. íUNIK - Tea Tree Relief Serum Remember that miracle serum I mentioned earlier? This is the one I didn’t know I needed, but now that I have it, I will never be without it! Simply put, this powerful serum is one of the only products I’ve ever used that can calm redness and irritation, AND get rid of zits and blemishes at the same time. I have never, ever used a product for acne that didn’t dry me out—until now. You can get a mini bottle of this lifesaver for just $10. (A full size bottle is about $25, but I went for the mini so I could try it. So worth it!) I use this serum at night when my skin is under stress, and it works it’s magic within 2-3 days. PURITO - Comfy Water Sun Block Last but certainly NOT least... the best sunblock I have ever, ever, EVER put on my face. This sunblock is completely water-based, but still packs 50 SPF of protection into a $14 bottle. No white cast. No clogged pores. No irritation. No fragrance. Just powerful sun protection without the junk. Plus, it makes a beautiful base for makeup. This product blew my previous favorite sunblock (Tatcha) out of the water (no pun intended) in price and quality, and since SPF is the absolute most important part of a skincare routine, that’s huge! Have you tried one of these products? Let me know in the comments!
PURITO-Comfy Water Sun Block
Here are the 'Only Ingredients you need...’ ❤️
If you have less skin concerns or you have a decently normal skin type or you're not having any skin conditions or problems like Acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermititis etc. and you're looking for an effective skincare routine, these are the only Ingredients you can have!! Think about your skin, nobody has a flawless, spotless skin and it shouldn't be that way either! Our skin has texture like everything else in the world and if you look at your pores and don't want to feel your skin like 'Skin', know that it's always going to have some texture. So, people with 'Normal' skin types (although Normal is a tricky word 😉 but we'll still use it for better understanding) have generally less skin concerns to target or even if they have some; those don't require a lot of Active treatments. These skin types can get away with using little to no Actives in their routine and still have pretty good looking skin. But, this post is about the people who have fairly less-problematic skin yet are willing to incorporate some good Ingredients in their skincare routine!! I have used so many Ingredients over the past few years that I feel like some Ingredients and compounds/combination of Ingredients is absolutely supplementary in our routine. I came up with 'Essentials for an effective skincare routine' list ❤️ This list of ingredients is based on my own experiences as well as some research I have been doing from past few months. Think about these Ingredients as your 'best friends' in skincare. If any other ingredient irritates you or your skin just wants to change for good, these will be the Besties you will run to ;) I have seen most of the people being compatible with these Ingredients and they get some amazing results with these! 🌿So, Here are the 'Only Ingredients you need' ❤️ ✨AHAs (Glycolic acid or Lactic acid in particular) - Brightens skin - Chemical exfoliants - Increases cell turnover - Reduces Hyperpigmentation/dark spots and Sun damage - Helps bring back the suppleness and bounce of the skin - Gives skin a glow. - Reduces textural irregularities The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ✨ Niacinamide (Star of the ingredient world) - Regulates sebum/oil production - Reduces the look of pores (great for people with large pores and oily skin type) - Brightens and lightens the Hyperpigmentation/dark spots and sun damage - Evens out complexion/skin tone - works Amazing with AHAs, BHA, Retinol, Vitamin C and most of the skincare ingredients* - Helps skin tolerate other Actives better - Helps with skin texture NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% ✨ Azelaic acid - Works well with almost all ingredients - works similar to Niacinamide - brightens skin - Reduces Hyperpigmentation and dull skin - Brings glow - Doesn't irritate, sting or burn - Mildly exfoliates - Evens out skin tone NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% ✨ Alpha Arbutin (This is optional but doesn't hurt to have it in routine) - Brightens skin, dark spots and uneven skin tone - Helps with sun damage and melasma - Powerful Anti-oxidant, helps skin by protecting from free radicals and environmental stressors. NATURIUM - Alpha Arbutin Essence 1% ✨ Vitamin C ( L- Ascorbic acid) - Helps increase elasticity of skin, which helps in giving suppleness and bounce - Brightens dark spots - Increases collagen production - Helps with uneven skin tone - Protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure (acts as UV shield), which makes it 'Sunscreen's best friend) - Mainly targets Uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars, general dullness. BYROE - Tomato Serum ✨ Any Moisturizer ( Choose the one that suits your skin type, the one you like to use) GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer ✨ Sunscreen (This infact is the first thing you need and should use) 😊❤️ Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Let me know if you have any questions regarding any of these!! Happy skincare ✨
NATURIUM-Alpha Arbutin Essence 1%
The most misunderstood product is actually a gem
I’ve been using this peeling solution for a year now and my skin has never looked better! My skin is extremely sensitive and dry except for my forehead. -most products break me out I use this peeling solution twice a week for 10 min. I cleanse my face thoroughly and tone it before applying this product. When I first started using this, I only left it on for 5 min at a time. This is a strong product and it does tingle upon application but that is normal. I’ve never been so happy with a products results! It has made my skin smoother, more even looking, and has completely taken control of my blemishes.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Best Derm Advice I’ve Ever Gotten
First of all, let me start by saying that it’s okay not to have all the skincare answers and ask for help. For me, I really started to notice a difference in my acne when I sought out help from my dermatologist and she prescribed me spironolactone and then once my skin began to significantly clear up, I stopped using spironolactone and was given a prescription retinol gel that I’ve been using for a year. In addition to giving me some acne-managing solutions, my derm has also given me some skincare tips that have also helped improve the overall quality and health of my skin. Here are some of my faves: Take it Slow With Retinol Retinol seems like it’s going to fix everything and fast but you really have to take your time with it. If you don’t, you could be looking at a lot of irritation, dryness, and redness—plus the possibility of exacerbating any existing skin concerns. That not only means using it sparingly throughout the week, but also using a small amount as well. When I was first starting out, I began by only using a pea size once a week and then built my way up to 2-3 times once my skin could tolerate it. Also, make sure you wear sunscreen always but especially when you start using retinol! Use a Mask a Week Before Your Period My breakouts have always synced up with my period and one way that I’ve been able to make my hormonal breakouts more manageable has been by masking one week before Aunt Flow comes to town. By using a detoxifying or refining mask during this time, you’re essentially getting rid of most of the pore-clogging oils that are getting ready to cause breakouts when your period starts. This doesn’t necessarily prevent breakouts 100%, but I’ve noticed that it does make the big cystic pimples less red and inflamed. My favorite mask is Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask, which uses pink clay and acts like a pore vacuum to suck out excess oil, blackheads, dirt, and more. It’s meant to be left on for 10 minutes but I will say that it does feel a little uncomfortable and tight around halfway. But it doesn’t feel stripping once it’s washed off. If that discomfort isn’t your vibe, then this might not be the mask for you. Use Vitamin C Every Day I’ve never been someone that had dark spots or discoloration, so I didn’t think that I needed a vitamin C serum in my routine. But my derm assured me that it caters to sooo many other skin concerns than just discoloration. I’ve found that it’s not only given my skin a glow and helped even out my complexion, but also shrink the size of my breakouts significantly because of how it accelerates cell turnover. Plus, it also neutralizes any existing damage from the sun, which we could all use. I’ve tried a couple of vitamin C serums, but the one that I was really impressed with was Organic Pharmacy’s Stabilised Vitamin C Serum, which is a little pricey at $65 but contains 15% vitamin C and improved my skin’s brightness and evenness so well. It contains witch hazel to combat wrinkles, which could make it irritating to some, but I loved how hydrating this formula was and how well it absorbed into my skin.
CAUDALIE-Instant Detox Mask
Ain’t nothing ORDINARY bout these 2 little gems
I’m looking to clear my hyperpigmentation up and I’m getting my hands on certain items I’ve seen have worked for others ! What do we have here ! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Niacinamide supports the skin barrier (the outer surface of skin), increases its resiliency, and improves texture by making pores look smaller. It also helps balance oil production, and—bonus! —it's good for all skin types. It works efficiently I love this product . My skin absorbs it well ! Doesn’t have a scent which I love . I will keep repurchasing . So far it’s been helping with my acne scars. The cost is good as well . The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Skin oils, bacteria, dead skin cells, and inflammation can trigger acne. Using skin care products containing mandelic acid help regulate sebum production, unclog pores, and reduce inflammation. This can result in fewer acne breakouts. Benefits of mandelic acid. Gentle on the skin. One main benefit of mandelic acid is that it may be more gentle on the skin compared to other AHAs. Accelerates cell turnover. Mandelic acid accelerates cell turnover and functions as a powerful exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. Promotes collagen production. Great for African Americans 🏌🏾♀️
The Ordinary-Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
Influencer Makeup? 🤔 (Ft. ABH)
I don’t care much about influencer makeup. I have nothing against it, but it’s something that never seem to catch my eye. Especially if I don’t know who the influencer is. I am not sure why I would buy their brand if I don’t know who they are. However, I was browsing the Anastasia Beverly Hills website two weeks ago and saw the Jackie Aina palette and Carli Bybel palette are on sale. I have never heard of Jackie Aina, but I am a fan of Carli Bybel. She is an OG makeup Youtuber who doesn’t seem problematic so I was intrigued. I looked at swatches online and both eyeshadows applied and swatched beautifully. Also both of the palettes color schemes are unique, these are something I don’t own in my collection. I bit the bullet and purchased both of them. I mean it’s Anastasia and I already know that I love their palettes. The palettes arrived today and both packaging are beautiful. I love both of them especially Carli’s. I am glad I bit the bullet as well because both swatched beautifully. The formula is so buttery and pigmented. I have been using Colourpop eyeshadows a lot lately and there is a significant difference in the formulas. ABH feels more luxurious. Jackie’s shade “sponsored” is a metallic chocolate with a teal shift and Carli’s “OA” is a duo chrome blue and purple. I don’t think these shades can be easily duped. Swipe left if you want to see both swatches. My first impressions so far are good. I can’t wait to play with both of these! I will post looks once I play with both of them. By the way- I started watching Jackie Aina and she is hilarious. I’m glad I am supporting her by buying her palette. What do you think of influencer makeup? Francesca
ANASTASIA Beverly Hills-Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Palette
Dupe Alert!! My favorite Retinoids dupes
If you know me, I'm a huge fan of Retinols and now with advanced research, Retinoids. Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid has been my favorite from a long time but it's 85$ and that's a huge amount when it comes to just one bottle of what you can't live without. So, I started digging for more options that will give me the same results but with lesser price and guess what? I found a dupe/similar product with 1/10 of the price! I know my mind was also blown when I figured how similar The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion emulsion is to Sunday Riley SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum A+. Although these two are way different in prices and ingredients, the overall texture, consistency and finish of these two are similar. Also the results that I have seen with these two are pretty much the same. I've done my comparison and it's really helpful in seeing if you want something that works similarly who not pay 8.90$ than 85$ all the time! I'm going to break down my comparison into points ⬇️ 🌿Ingredients - Sunday Riley A+ has 6.5% of stabilized Retinoid and botanical alternative to Retinol. It combines 5% retinoid ester blend, 1% liposomal-encapsulated retinol blend, and a half percent blue green algae with natural retinoid-alternative activity. Whereas, The Ordinary one has 2% of Granactive Retinoid which is a complex of solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR). HPR is a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of aging than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid. Retinoid in Sunday Riley A+ also has Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract, and ginger balance which acts as great humectant and soothes skin. 🌿 Texture, Color and Consistency (Formulation): I found these two very similar in this category. They both are yellow in color and has that milky texture. Although, Sunday Riley A+ has more yellow tone than The Ordinary one. Both serums are thin and runny while The Ordinary one is a bit more liquidy and runny than A+. They both glides on face similarly, have that milky texture so they take about a minute to absorb in skin and both leave a slightly shiny finish. The Ordinary Granactive retinoid emulsion leaves a tackier finish and skin feels a little stickier than Sunday Riley. 🌿Smell/Fragrance: Both have less than 1% synthetic fragrance and shockingly they both smell similar to me. They both have a subtle, chemically scent. 🌿 Feel and Results: This is the best category for me and also the most accurate one for calling them too similar. They both give the same results in making your skin smooth, soft and getting rid of dry, flakey skin. They both help reducing the look of fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin. They both have given me tighter, brighter skin and my Hyperpigmentation seemed to fade away. The best part is how bright and glowing your skin feels the next morning. Although, I must agree with the percentage amount Sunday Riley one is a bit more Potent and does a rapid job in exfoliating skin on deeper level. The Ordinary Retinoid work the similar way but it takes consistent use and probably few days here and there to see the results. A+ may be a bit harsh for some people but I found The Ordinary quite gentle and non-irritating. In my opinion these two are very similar and work amazing in giving you that smooth brighter skin! What do you think of these two? Comment down below if you have any questions ❤️
SUNDAY RILEY-A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum