Product Review - The Ordinary Hyralonic Acid
The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 My Take - As a lover of *hydration* this is the product I didn’t know I needed. So simple. So effective. SUCH a good price. Add to any routine to give a serious hydration boost + glow. Usage- -use AM and/or PM -use after cleansing and applying toner -I use 2 drops on damp skin -I spread around face then use patting motions to really get it everywhere -I follow with other serums then a moisturizer Expect to see- - unlike someone Vitamin Cs or retinol, this product works instantly to plump and hydrate - after a few days of consistent use I notice patches of dry skin disappearing Notes- - a heads up : this product is highly viscous, a little sticky and very gloopy - some reviews I’ve read note pilling when you attempt to apply makeup after use, but I haven’t encountered this issue For anyone with any form of dryness, this product is a no-brainer add to a regime!
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Product Review - The Ordinary AHA + BHA Mask
The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution My Take - Yes I know. Maybe the most hyped / reviewed mask out there right now. Gotta throw my 2 cents in! As with majority of posts I see - this mask is amazing. Changed my entire exfoliation game, which in turn changed my makeup game. I’d never messed with chemical exfoliation but this babe makes it possible for anyone to try. It has a two-fold effect - immediate removal of dead skin, then long term fading of scarring. Details below! Usage - - use on dry skin - use no more than once a week - apply evenly to the face, ideally in PM - I use about 5-6 drops - let sit for no more than 10 minutes before rinsing Expect to see - - immediately after rinsing off, see removal of dead skin cells and dry skin flakes leaving glowy, smooth skin - after about 1 month of consistent weekly use, you’ll see fading of dark spots or acne scars, leaving an even skin tone Notes - - my first usage, I went for 7 minutes because this is strong stuff! I worked up from there to 10 minutes - don’t use for more than 10 minutes or more than once a week. These acids can cause damage to skin if used incorrectly - don’t be afraid - go for chemical exfoliant ! When you go apply your face makeup afterward, you’ll be stunned ☀️ Comment with thoughts or questions ! 🌾
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Product Review - The Ordinary Niacinamide
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% My Take: My favourite product from this brand hands down. Aside from a more consistent routine, this babe right here is what turned my skin around. I’d go as far to call this a miracle product - it’s formulated to improve overall texture, prevent acne, and lighten scars. The breakdown below... Usage: -use AM and/or PM -use after cleanser and toner -do not use without sunscreen -do not use with The Ordinary’s Vitamin C 23% (see website for more details on this caveat) Expect To See: -improved texture of skin, decreased bumps and lumps -lessening of acne and pigmentation -lightening of dark acne scars -shrinking of pores -slight tightening of skin especially directly after use Notes: -I use two drops -product is thick and spreads easily, apply next product before it dries -I used to apply AM and PM, once I saw an improvement overall I decreased usage to AM -On Cherie, I’ve seen a couple outlying posts that state that this product has been unhelpful or even problematic to the user. I would say this is abnormal and for the price this product is worth giving a shot. Always patch test! If you have excess texture, acne or scars and want to try a product from The Ordinary, try this one. DM or comment with your thoughts! 🌿
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Product Review - The Ordinary Glycolic Toner
The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution My take: I love this product! Toners are really an optional step in a routine, but this toner is worth every penny because it’s really doing double-duty. The glycolic acid is actually a gentle chemical exfoliant - taking off a little dead skin with each use. And as always with The Ordinary, the value is outstanding! Usage: Swipe over face with a cottonball, pad, or your fingertips after cleanser before other products Expect to see: Reduction of dead skin as well as dampened skin after use to prep for next products Notes: - This product does leave skin more susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to use sunscreen if using in the morning - The site recommends PM use only but I’ve used AM and PM for three months and have seen no adverse affects - Slight stinging sensation when first using, your skin will get used to it ! Let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried this product out.
The Ordinary-Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Brand Review - The Ordinary
I’m on a mission to review all of the The Ordinary products I have used! First, my overall thoughts - I highly recommend the brand. 1) they use powerful, effective actives 2) they’re careful formulated and safe when used correctly 3) they’re extremely inexpensive for such high quality 4) they’ve helped my turn my skin around totally 5) their website it hard to purchase from easily and confidently if you’re not familiar with scientific jargon / ingredients 6) they have a wide range of products - anyone from very acne prone to very clean skinned, very oily to very dry and every other skin type could benefit from at least one of their products. They also have a hair-care product as well as some newly developed makeup items! I’ve put in the research and want to help elucidate consumers here on Cherie! I’m not licensed in any way, just done my reading and will review based on firsthand experience. Enjoy!
My biggest hair secret!
I love Navratna Ayurvedic oil! I purchase this at local Indian markets but you can also find it on Amazon. This is a blend of oils that have a cool feeling: Sesame oil, Menthol, Amla, Camphor, Thyme and Rosemary Oil. Rosemary oil is great for boosting circulation and growth. I use this once a week and feel that it has kept my Navratna - Ayurvedic Cool Hair Oil hair healthy, soft and shiny. I also do feel it is the reason my hair grows so long. I use the oil in my scalp and the strands of my hair. I massage my scalp gently for an additional 5-10 minutes after applying. I leave the oil on overnight and then shampoo twice the next day. Stress is one of the main reasons people have hair fall. The menthol and cooling factor in this oil helps to relax me and in turn helps with hair loss. The scent is really strong for some so be mindful, but it doesn’t bother me.
Navratna-Ayurvedic Cool Hair Oil
Vitamin C & Alpha Arbutin to Treat Dark Spots
🍊I’m slowly making my way through The Ordinary’s Vitamin C products. I love love love TO’s alpha arbutin so the fact that it’s mixed with vitamin C, it’s close to being the perfect product. This product is 8% Ascorbic acid and 2% alpha arbutin. It’s water free which allows for the vitamin C & alpha arbutin to be stable (they’re unstable in water). To get technical, this means it’s an anhydrous solution :) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% This is classified as a serum but does have an oily feel once applied to the skin (it IS oil-free). It takes maybe 10-15 seconds for it to absorb into the skin. It also has a scent to it which almost smells metallic to me? The Ingredients: Ascorbic acid: brightens the skin; helps with fine lines and other signs of aging Alpha arbutin: helps reduce the look of hyperpigmentation. With that being said, this product is ideal for anyone who is looking to: reduce dark spots, reduce fine lines & wrinkles, treat acne/blemish marks, provide an overall brightness to the skin This can be used in the AM or PM. While I didn’t notice any tingling or irritation, be sure to spot test — especially if you’re new to vitamin C. This product has a “moderate potency” according to Deciem :) Also, thanks to this product, I have noticed a change in some scarring on my leg from a pesky ingrown hair. With this product, less is more, especially since it has an oily feel to it. If your skin is oily, this may not be the best vitamin C to try; however, I think this is great if you have dry skin! Recommend this 100%. Retails for $10 CAD. PS Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when using vitamin C products 🧴☀️😎
The Ordinary-Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
Budget Balm Battle: $20 or Less
Cleansing may be my favourite two skincare steps, but I don’t think you need to pay $30+ to take your makeup off. Cleansers are on your face for such a short amount of time, keep it simple! Let’s see how my two budget balms face-off: • THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm $9.99 for 150mL. Sweet almond oil, oat kernel oil, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin e soften skin and nourish before joining a few emulsifiers to quickly and effectively remove foundation, sunscreen, waterproof mascara- the works. This cleanser doesn’t sting my eyes at all and leaves my skin soft, but unfortunately does leave a thin film. But it’s easily washed away by a second cleanse with a separate cleanser. This balm is thick and has a slight grit to it thanks to oat kernel flour that offers a very mild traction that could be used to gently exfoliate. The cost is nigh unbeatable, especially considering the giant tube you get- it lasts forever! • THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm $19.90 for 150mL or $7.90 for 50mL. Squalane and glycerin are the stars here, emollients that help a few emulsifiers melt off makeup and sunscreen while vitamin e joins them to nourish skin. This is a thiccc balm! I have to rub my fingers together for a while to get it to melt down to an easily-spread texture, though that’s my only real complaint. It doesn’t sting my eyes, effectively removes my sunscreen and mascara, and -best of all- leaves no film at all. I do always second cleanse but I can see myself using this as both a first and second cleanser in winter, which makes it super appealing. Very good product, especially for the cost to quantity ratio. • VERDICT: While the Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is fantastic, it *is* twice the cost of #TheInkeyList Oat Cleansing Balm. If you only want one cleanser, the Ordinary’s is a very decisive winner! But if you plan to use a different second cleanse, then I can’t justify doubling the cost when the Oat Cleansing Balm removes makeup effectively and leaves skin just as soft. So, in my opinion, Oat Cleansing Balm claims the Best Budget Balm title!
THE inkey LIST-Oat Cleansing Balm
60 second cleansing rule 🤫💗
created by nayamka roberts-smith (@labeautyologist on twitter), the 60 second cleansing rule has done WOOONDERS for my skin! here’s how it works: 1. use a cleansing balm to remove any makeup & dirt on the surface (massage for 2-3 minutes) 2. use a cleansing oil to remove any oil based impurities (massage for 15 MINUTES!!!) this is the PERFECT time for you to really massage, go slow, & target all parts of your face with the cleansing oil. it’ll pull out the gunk throughout the duration of the 15 minutes (as pictured) 3. CLEANSE FOR 60 SECONDS! i don’t know why i’ve never done this before but now, i can’t imagine not doing it! it makes me get into all parts of my face & places i usually miss: my hairline, sideburn area, & neck. my skin feels CLEAN after this process & it’s satisfying to see the stuff come off! it’s best to do this once a week & when you do, dedicate it for yourself 🤫🍾 (the cleansing balm & cleansing oil need not to be a particular brand! i just use this one because it’s one of my holy grails!) cocokind - Facial cleansing oil
cocokind-Facial cleansing oil
Morning Skin - Thoughts and current routine
Summary: Probably should have smiled in the photo, but overall, I’d say I’m pretty happy with my skin at the moment. I’m definitely a fan of Korean skincare products as a whole - they’re inexpensive and nice quality. I’ve listed them down below, but I won’t go into too much detail here since I’m planning on making individual posts about them. Things I’m happy about: - Acne My skin has never been extremely acne-prone, but I’ve definitely had my fair number of flare-ups, particularly around the temple area. I’m pretty sure I spent a solid 6 months with rotating bumps around the top right and left of my forehead. After moving states and changing up a couple things in my routine, it seems to be pretty settled now. - Texture Yoooooo my skin feels soft when I wake up now and it’s so nice. Things to work on: - Under eye bags Sigh, this comes heavily from genetics (my mom has the same exact under eye bags) but not too sure how to tackle this one. I’ve been looking at a green tea based cleanser or some serums. Right now, just concealer will have to do 😔 - Redness/pigmentation You can’t see it too clearly in the photo, but I have some redness/patchiness around my cheeks. It’s not very noticeable from afar but something I always notice looking in the mirror. Nighttime Routine (from left to right): innisfree - Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water THE FACE SHOP - Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser MISSHA - Time Revolution Clear Toner Dr.G - Brightening Peeling Gel SK-II - Facial Treatment Oil Dr.G - RED-BLEMISH Clear Cream Any face masks Note: I only use the peeling gel and the face masks twice a month.
THE FACE SHOP- Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser