I Don’t Believe In Skincare “Dupes”
You can’t “dupe” all high-end or niche products. This doesn’t apply to one-ingredient products like virgin marula oil. While the texture may be different, the end result is probably going to be the same for most folks. But multi-ingredient products like Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra, TLC Framboos, C-Firma, and other niche products from brands like Paula’s Choice, Youth to the People- the main active ingredients may be the same, but the concentrations and inactive ingredients are different. As well, they may not have an active ingredient that the “original” product does. Let’s take these two. Often touted as dupes, I love them both. I used to use them both daily, actually, though now B-Hydra is my main hydration serum. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Niacinamide in skincare
Are they dupes?
Hyaluronic acid in skincare
Oily skin treatments
Mar. 29, 2020
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Products Getting Me Through Winter! ❄
Since I can remember I've had oily to combination skin, until this winter. It's been a rough one! My skin has been SO dry, and it's hard to keep up with it. Especially since I'm prone to acne and clogged pores, so I can't use a lot of heavy creams and pore clogging products. These I wouldn't be able to live without this winter! COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence 🐌 I love this essence! This is a Korean product (Korean skin care will always be a hit). And it's made with Snail Mucin, weird right? This contains 96% snail mucin, which has incredible healing and antimicrobial properties. It promotes collagen production and aids in skin regeneration. And it's a top pick for dry skin types because of its amazing ability to hydrate. This has a jelly-like texture and I find myself ALWAYS reaching for this. Most of the claimed benefits do come with time. Another product I'm loving is the DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum 💧This is a serum that came in a DE kit and I really want the full size! This seriously feels like a cold drink of water for your skin. It's lightweight and spreads nicely. It not only has Sodium Hyaluronate, (which is like hyarulonic Acid on steroids) but also Pineapple Ceramide and provitamin B5, an amazing humectant. As well as a lentil/apple/watermelon complex. It's not crazy different from other Hyarulonic Acid serums I've tried, but it's great! I finally got to try the cult favorite DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream . And wow I'm glad I did! This cream does have a few possible pore clogging ingredients so I was afraid to use it, but It's helped my dryness so much! It feels sooo moisturizing and soothing. I love that this is a protein moisturizer that has peptides, growth factors, amino acids, and pygmy waterlily to improve your overall skin health. This is an amazing anti-aging and skin strengthening moisturizer. I love using this it's a great experience. I already reviewed this incredible product, the Glossier. - Balm Dotcom 👄 It's become a staple lip balm for me. It's extremely hydrating and packed with antioxidants and natural emollients. It has Castor Oil, Beeswax, and Lanolin to seal in moisture. It leaves my lips looking sooo hydrated and smooth. It's THE perfect lip balm and I am obsessed. Feel free to comment or ask any questions below 💗
drunk elephant review with fungal acne🐘💗
as someone with fungal acne, buying the same products can be reaaallyyy boring. so this is my review of drunk elephant as someone with fungal acne!! * disclaimer, NONE of these products are fungal acne safe!! use at your own risk * ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser this cleansing balm doesn’t really emulsify when you activate it with water, leaving a really oily feeling😕 and doesn’t remove all my makeup ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample this is a really nice gentle foaming cleanser... and thats pretty much it. ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum i love this serum! its a lovely gel serum that absorbs in quickly and is greak at oil control ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum this serum is a little tricky, i haven’t really noticed a difference in my skin in terms if brightness, i do have a bit of dark spots and they haven’t budged. not to mention this formulation is a rip off of the SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum ￼ ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Cream this is a thicc moisturizer that surprisingly doesn’t leave my oily skin looking greasy af. its a good moisturizer for dry combo skin! ￼￼ ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream this moisturizer feels exactly like the lala retro... its just 8 dollars more expensive ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask this mask burns so bad the first 20 seconds but then it settles down. i really havent seen a difference in my skin so ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ive only used this oil a few times but wow it really makes your skin feel super soft and dewy ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lippe Balm DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lippe Balm i love this lip balm but its 16 dollars and the claim are completely false! in conclusion, i wont be repurchasing anymore of drunk elephant products because in reality they are just good products... nothing too special ESPECIALLY for the price. they aslo didn’t want to provide information about the percentage of black employees during the Pull Up Or Shut Up movement so yeah. their aesthetic is cute but ive grown out of this phase 😀 like and save!! xo melanie
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THE ORDINARY HAUL UPDATE
the products I have purchased have been amazing, I'm absolutely in love my morning routine now is cleanse with squalaneThe Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser apply TO The Ordinary - Amino Acids + B5 then moisturize with CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream and what I forgot to put in my first post, I finish off with sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 before my makeup evening, cleanse again, use the The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution(please don't use if you have sensitive skin) my skin is used to retinoids from previous attempts at fixing my skin, and this product leaves me feeling clean, but sensitive skin can have a very different reaction then I mix together The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5withThe Ordinary - 100% Niacinamide Powder it comes with a little scoop and I use the recommended 1/4 scoop mixed with the hyaluronic acid. then I use the same moisturizer Now let's talk about my thoughts! I love the cleanser, it leaves me smooth, not dry, not right, but I feel super clean like the days dirt is just gone which is fantastic. the purge process has definitely started, but I just use acne patches and the purge so far isn't that bad. mixing the niacinamide with hyaluronic has been fantastic for me! I never liked the niacinamide with zinc, the zinc irritated my skin and I would get these pustules along my jaw bone which haven't made an appearance since I switched, so it was definitely the zinc. the amino acid serum, this one I'm conflicted. it has helped in preventing breakouts while wearing makeup, but it's so watery I would've preferred if it came in a spray bottle for easier application. not sure if I'd repurchase the hyaluronic could probably do what it's been doing to my skin. and the toner! arguably the most controversial of these products. this has helped brighten my skin so far, and my pores look so much smaller! that's probably the hydrating products I've been using, but I also haven't gotten blackheads clogging said pores either so I think it's a bit of both! I'm curious to see how effective this routine will be during my more hormonal days, I will continue to update!
My Acne Skincare Routine - Results in 4 Days✨
I have always struggled with dry skin + acne since I was 18 and the moment I saw significant results on my acne, I knew that the only way I could find the one product to work on my skin type is if I get myself educated and open to trying out new things even if I think it won’t work since I am acne-prone. SWIPE LEFT TO SEE MY RESULTS: I started taking photos of myself to keep track of what I’ve been using that I can’t see by looking in the mirror everyday! (PRO TIP) So, I’m so glad to finally share this for everyone to keep in mind when trying out products and hopefully it will encourage you to try it out for yourself. Of course you need to do your research but hey, skincare is all about trial and error right? At least now you know what you don’t know! Here’s a sneak peak of my acne skincare routine👇🏼 DAILY AM & PM ROUTINE: Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser ￼1 squeeze + to gentle cleanse my sensitive skin The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ￼2 drops + for extra and clear overall imperfections The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ￼2-3 drops + bring hydration to my skin CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin ￼1 inch or fingertip size + to moisturize CeraVe - Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 For Normal To Oily Skin ￼half a pump + I use it as my sunscreen for anti-aging Benzagel - Acne Gel 5% ￼the reason why I got results in 4 days! Less is more due to concentration. I only applied on acne spots A few tips while using the products + keep in mind: ￼For each products, I wait 1 min each to let it seep in to my skin ￼applied by pressing the product on my skin to avoid premature aging ￼applied my moisturizer and sunscreen lifting upwards (never down or circular motion) and enough to disperse the product but not as much touching my skin, if that makes sense ￼I stopped picking my skin especially even if it was flaky! I had that habit for a couple of months which made my acne worst with marks before I tried the benzoly. So please take everyone’s advise on this! If you had to scratch your nose or you’re itchy, I usually just lightly press my fingernails on my skin. Weird but it helped to avoid irritation while I have my products on and if your hands are 100% clean, it won’t do anything + itch is gone! I hope you understood what I mean by pressing your fingernails ￼Consistency and discpline is key! I don’t know why people don’t include disciple because without it, consistency is nothing. It’s also like saying something you don’t mean ￼Notice that I include how much I used? Less is more and clearly, you can see the difference ￼Notice how I only took a photo on the left side of my face? That can only mean because of my pillow. Please change it! ￼Of course 4 days isn’t enough to get clear skin but it’s always a step closer to reach my goals so patience is also key!
NOT A DUPE!!🧴 They aren’t dupes but I like them both. These products are on two ends of the spectrum when it comes to price but I wouldn’t say they are as opposing when it comes to results. I’ve used both for a long time and get similar results when using either of them after applying actives and before a moisturiser. They are both humectants with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5. Looking at the first 5 ingredients for comparison sake: The Ordinary is a simple formula made up of Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, and Glycerin etc. But at a basic level it has similar emollients and humectants to B-hydra. It has a fine texture and dries quickly so it’s important to seal it in with moisturiser- it’s nice and light and does the job in the morning. I’d say it’s more suitable for oily skin than B-Hydra, however some people do find it a bit sticky. drunkelephant’s B-hydra Contains Water, Coconut Alkanes, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin and Pentylene Glycol etc. Despite having some of the same humectants/ emollients it has a more advanced formula and a longer inci list claiming to bring more to the table for example with texture improving ingredients like pineapple ceramides. I feel it’s less sticky and slightly more hydrating on its own, taking longer to dry down. Final thoughts? I prefer the drunkelephant but I would still rate them both equally at 7.5/10 considering the large difference in price £44 vs £5.90. I would recommend getting whichever is in your budget, either one is a good choice in my opinion.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Budget Brand or High-End: $6.80 vs $48
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a wonderful ingredient for its hydrating and soothing properties, offering plump dewiness without making skin oily. It prevents irritation from dehydration and is an all-around great ingredient to incorporate in a skincare routine. But, how much should you pay for an HA serum? These two serums are often considered interchangeable- The Ordinary’s being touted as a “dupe” since they both feature two hyaluronic acid derivatives and vitamin B5. But, that’s about where the similarities stop. Let’s break them down: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($0.23 USD per mL) is a tacky, thick serum that takes a while to soak in. I had issues with pilling when applying products over even a small amount of the serum. The ingredient list is pleasantly simple, with some hydrating hitters: sodium hyaluronate (HA derivative), propanediol (humectant that helps products absorb), sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer (HA derivative), panthenol (B5, humectant), glycerin (humectant), and a variety of glycols that serve as further humectants. Unproblematic, simple, hydrating. But, that simplicity leaves something to be desired in my opinion, unless I’m using this to dilute another product. I did see more hydrated skin immediately, though no long-term effects were visible even after using 2.5 bottles. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ($0.96 USD per mL) is a light gel serum that soaks in quickly and offers no issues of pilling in my experience, regardless of what I layer over it. And the ingredient list is packed: every hydrating ingredient I mentioned in the Ordinary’s quick review is in B-Hydra, with the exception of propanediol. But B-Hydra incorporates niacinamide (B3, skin-soothing), sodium PCA (humectant), marula oil (moisturizing emollient), dipotassium glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing licorice extract), wheat amino acids (skin-restoring humectant), and a variety of fruit extracts (versus the Ordinary’s one singular fruit extract). I saw similar immediate hydration effects, but actually experienced long-term effects as well in the form of reduced oiliness. Breaking that down, the added benefits understandably have an added cost. This makes B-Hydra superior to me, though the texture superiority and lack of pilling alone makes it worth it since I apply it in the AM as well as PM.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
The products are really one and the same, but without examining the ingredients i couldn’t state that as fact. hyaluronic acid/b5 is great for: skin repair, plumping, soothing, hydrating, retaining moisture and inflammation! in essence keeping skin looking young, fresh and healthy ! 💧💧💧 the visible difference between these is the price. the medik8 product is approx. £32-£40 depending on where you buy and the ordinary one is £6. The ordinary: this was more sticky and thick. a little bit of the product gave very good coverage. but it took a while to absorb / dry and felt a bit like a paste on my face. once it dried and absorbed fully, i had a tingly / tightening sensation, which to me signals the product is absorbing! medik8: this is not sticky, and is a lot thinner, so you need more product to cover the same sized area. it dried and absorbed very quickly and left no sticky trace. I also experienced a tingly and tightening sensation on my face pretty much at the same time as with the ordinary serum. so I know both are effective! 🤔🧐🤓afterthoughts: the effects are the same, and despite the stickyness of the ordinary’s hyaluronic acid, I would like to continue to use it as its a lot cheaper. In fact, after a while where I used the ordinary my skin felt more hydrated, softer and more moisturised! (5/5)!!!👍🏻 lovinaloca also recommends avoiding the glossier hyaluronic & b5, as it felt super diluted and left no sensation or moisture on her face! (1/5)👎🏻
Medik8-HYDR8 B5 Liquid Rehydration Serum
I’ve written a review of this cutie from The Ordinary: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I really love this stuff, it really moisturizes my face without leaving it oily. It can be used with other ingredients that tend to make your face a bit dry to ease the process and the dryness. I’ve almost emptied my bottle and I sure will be repurchasing this because it’s so darn affordable!
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Which serum is worth it? B-hydra vs the ordinary
Listen up! It appears that not everyone understands that people have different skin types and live in different climates which need different products and methods. If I negatively review a product that you like, I’m not lying or trying to attack you—that’s just how it worked in my routine. I don’t mean any negativity or harm by reviewing these products together. SO! These serums are similar but do not have the same formulas, I know. But they give me similar results with one obviously beating out the other. But let’s see WHY: Products: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Retails for $12 for a 1oz bottle. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum Retails for $52 for a 1.69oz bottle. Product claims: They both claim to hydrate the skin and improve skin elasticity/bounce. Scent: TO: No scent. DE: a subtle natural scent, might be fruit or floral. *neither bother me. Texture: Both are sticky and sink in OK but B-hydra is thicker. Price point: TO: $12, comes in a glass bottle. DE: $52, comes in a plastic bottle. My experience with each: Starting with DE first, as I used it before TO: I jumped on the Drunk Elephant hype train in early June 2019 after falling in love with Protini in November 2018. I started using more of their products together, only introducing one at a time to my routine. I used this as a hydration serum/booster in addition to my moisturizer. At first, this was working very well for my skin, but after a while (specifically after the weather change) I noticed my skin getting worse with texture and breakouts so I promptly took this out of my routine in Oct 2019. Within a couple of weeks my skin was looking and feeling way better and I had a lot less redness (yes I kept everything else in my routine the same). Enter TO’s Hyaluronic acid + B5 serum: I ordered this during deciem’s Black Friday sale and promptly began incorporating it into my daily routine. I was expecting it to make my skin react like it did with B-hydra but that day never came! I’ve been using it almost daily for 4 months now and I regret nothing. My skin texture and overall appearance has improved and this is one of the products that helped me get there—no bs, no nonsense, just a super affordable serum!! Overall thoughts: Overall, here’s what I truly believe. B-hydra has a ton of awesome ingredients but I think it’s just overly complex for what it is, hence the price difference. If it works for you, that’s awesome! I’m happy for you. But as a sensitive skinned lady who is very acne prone, I don’t think this is for everybody. I was forcing myself to continue using B-hydra because all I saw on Instagram were positive reviews and praise and I thought it might be something else in my routine, but it wasn’t. The Ordinary’s no-nonsense Serum was a godsend for me and allows me to pick and choose whatever other ingredients I want to put on my skin. My final say is that TO’s serum is more worth it.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Let’s talk about vitamin C brightening serums
Let’s talk about vitamin C brightening serums. If you’re looking to turn your dull skin more radiant and bright, while helping fade dark spots, these kinds of serums are probably for you. There are many on the market that claim to have great, wonder-working properties for your skin, but they can vary tremendously by price point. We’ll start with The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% At about $13, this serum claims to brightening the skin tone and reduce signs of aging. It comes in a dropper style bottle that is UV protected and a few drops can be used twice a day. It is alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. The TATCHA - Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA is a whopping $88 and claims to soften, smooth, and brighten skin for a more even skin tone. This serum contains 20% Vitamin C, 10% AHAs, Japanese Beautyberry, and Japanese Angelic Root. It comes in a pump style bottle and 1-2 pumps can be used in the evening. It is oil-free, fragrance-free, and cruelty-free. Now that you know the specifics, let’s get into the biggest difference: PRICE! There is a $75 price difference between the two products which is insane. The ultimate question then becomes; does the price make a difference in the product? In my humble opinion, both are beautiful products that do the jobs that they claim. I love the TATCHA one and reach for it when I am having an especially bad skin day, but once the bottle is done, I will not be repurchasing simply because it is way too expensive for me. I will go back to my Ordinary one. It does the job perfectly. Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for luxury, go for TATCHA. But remember they both do essentially the same thing. The Ordinary gives your skin what it needs without breaking the bank.
The Ordinary-Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
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