Thursday, 22 February 2018


Once in a while, you stumble upon something and you wonder how you ever lived without it.  For me, that something just happens to be a trendy skincare line that's making big waves in the beauty community. For the past few years I've really struggled with mild hormonal acne so when I saw some of my favourite beauty bloggers rave about The Ordinary, I thought I'd give it a try. I've seen great results ever since I've incorporated these products into my skincare routine and even though there are still some other products from the line that I want to try, I'm happy with the results. 

Granactive Retinoid 2% emulsion- Since there are so many products available from The Ordinary that I got a bit overwhelmed with the options. Imagine if you could pick and choose which ingredients you wanted to target specific skin concerns to create a fully customized regimen. That's exactly what you can do with these products. At first glance it may seem like ingredients only a chemist would understand, but it's not that scary I PROMISE!!! I decided to start my journey with The Ordinary with the Granactive Retinoid because it promises to help with dullness, uneven texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. Since this product is a retinoid, it's recommended to use this only at night because retinoids can make skin more sensitive to UV rays. 

After a few weeks of use, I found my skin to be a bit brighter and smoother, but I didn't notice any dramatic effects. Since I used this product at night, the true test was how I felt in the morning and I did feel like my skin was soft as soon as I got up. 

Buffet- This serum is by far my fave product from The Ordinary. It's a multi-peptide serum that promises to help with dryness, dullness, fine lines and wrinkles. It's packed with skin loving goodness like syn-ake, matrixyl synthe-6, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and more. Since there are so many great things in this serum, you're able to target many skin concerns at once. Incredible!

After a few uses I noticed my skin looked much healthier and since it's so potent, a couple drops is all you need to cover the entire face. It feels very slippery but has a water-like consistency that absorbs well. 

Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA- Just when I thought I had my skin care routine locked down, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon a fantastic daily moisturizer that costs less than $6. Say what now? You read that right darlin', AND its perfect for all skin types. There are 11 amino acids and a whole lot of other goodies that make this product your new wonder cream. 

After a few uses I noticed my skin was nourished ALL DAY and by night time I wasn't left looking dry or greasy. As someone with really dry skin, I appreciate not having to reapply moisturizers. I liked that it dried matte even though it's on the thicker side. You can wear this under makeup and if you like a sheer look like I do, it's great for wearing under powder foundations. 

I purchased these items individually without even realizing that this particular combo is listed on their website as the "no brainer" set. LOL!! I'll be using these products for the next little while and plan on trying the caffeine solution to help with the dark circles under my eyes. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary?? Let me know what combo has been working for you! 

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