Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

on 2/19/2018 7:43:00 AM

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Very efficient. It needs some time until you notice a difference (a month of so of applying every night), but it works with very minimal side effects. I applied a few drops of tamanu oil after this and it worked a charm! Highly recommend!


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

on 2/19/2018 7:39:00 AM

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It could be a great spot treatment, but more often than not, it just burns my skin. Effective on cysts, but overall not worth the trouble for me, as then I'm left with a super dry and red patch of skin.


Skincare - Face -Deciem -The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

on 2/18/2018 3:10:00 PM

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I saw this product recommended to fade hyperpigmentation and decided to give it a try. I've used half a bottle and I have seen some results as far as lightening pigmentation, however, the hyaluronic acid in the mix is definitely more of a problem for me than a help. It's winter right now and the climate in which I live is very dry. Add that to my very dry skin and the HA ends up pulling what little moisture I have out of my skin. So I'm going to shelve this until the humidity returns in the summer.

Aside from the dryness caused by the HA, this didn't cause any problems for me. I don't have sensitive or acne prone skin, so ymmv.

I also think I may try a dedicated hyroqinone product, rather than alpha arbutin, which has to be metabolized into HQ in the skin.

I don't think this is a bad product, but I it's not blowing me away, and the hyaluronic acid in the winter is a problem for me.

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Treatments (Eye) -Deciem -Niod Fractionated Eye Concentrate

on 2/18/2018 7:54:00 AM

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So I used up the entire 15 ml bottle (lasted me from November 2017 to February 2018 with 2x daily use) and while there is about weeks worths left at the bottom it's pretty safe to say it does very little for me, despite all the novel ingredients and actually present delivery systems/carriers (PGLA, cycloamyloses etc) for them. I mean, the claims are staggeringly high, exceeding anything that even a prescription products or invasive treatments can do, but that's kinda the schtick for Niod, so what I actually expected was hydration and that it would at least temporarily give a smooth skin surface.
What it did was slightly reduced puffiness in the morning and upon application my dark circles (I have thin skin under eyes so blood vessels are visible underneath, there are no dyspigmentations, so topical products are a futile effort for me) lightened a bit for maybe an hour, so same effect I get form any eye gel. Except I get sort of blood-shot look close to lash line from FECC. It also burns kinda like bad sunscreen if it gets into eyes.
I have not seen any reduction of any of lines or lifting other people (blogs and YT reviews) report, I still have the fine network of crosshatched sun damage lines, still have my baby crows feet I had before using FECC.
The FECC isn't particularly hydrating (unlike MMHC which is about the same watery consistency), but at least it's not drying (unlike The Ordinary EGCG+Caffeine).
I also have the habit of using eye products on lips too, and upon application FECC low-key made my lips tingle a bit and turned them pinker, so I strongly suspect some stimulating action that also is responsible for the mild de-puffing action and short-therm boost in circulation. It also leads me to think that one or more of the myriad ingredients is either an irritant or I'm unlucky sensitive and it's just me. I'm claiming the former as I got the sets for a couple other people as gifts too and they report same thing from using FECC and the same lack of anything tangible (people who don't know anything about Deciem/Niod hype and don't frequent any online boards).
I know Niod claims that their products are for long-term results and are kinda like an insurance policy for the future vs instant results, but I hardly think something that does virtually nothing positive for me over a couple months and shows all the classic signs of an irritating product is worth keeping. What bothers me is I don't know why I stuck with it at all.

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Toners -Deciem -The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

on 2/16/2018 5:56:00 PM

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I had been toning with witch hazel but was looking for something with a little more oomph. I had to wait awhile until this product was in stock, but I finally was able to get this and the alpha arbutin to try out a few weeks ago. (While waiting, I tried the P50 1970 toner but didn't notice much of a difference and disliked the smell and the numbing effect.) After using the 7 percent glycolic toner for a few weeks, I think it is a good but not outstanding product. Either this or the alpha arbutin or both do seem to be helping to fade one pesky brown spot that has been bugging me -- a noticeable difference. I do plan to keep using these products because so far I am seeing some improvement and no negatives so far.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

on 2/15/2018 11:13:00 PM

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Love this! I have combination skin and use this product at least 5 times a week after cleansing my face at night. It feels really good on skin and absorbs nicely, it’s like my skin is drinking it up. I swear my skin looks brighter and I have only used it since August. I do not have major skin problems, just a few freckles, no acne or a tendency to breakouts. This is definitely a keeper. The price is amazing, too. Even though this is one of their more expensive products (almost $18 Canadian) it still is very affordable. I really like Deciem The Ordinary as a company because of their minimalism and philosophy and their products are cruelty free on top of that! I just purchased the Retinoids 2% product and will write a review after I have used it for a few weeks. I plan on using it 1-2x a week at night.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

on 2/15/2018 10:07:00 AM

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Glory glory Hallelujah!!! This stuff is AMAZING! I use it instead of a moisturizer during the day and it is really effective at soothing my sensitive acne-prone skin. The texture is weird, it's as if it dries too quickly on skin and the more you rub it in, it can start pilling up. HOWEVER, I found a great solution: I layer the Ordinary EUK 134% (which is a great anti-oxidant serum, you only need a drop or two), wait a few minutes and apply this product -- voila! It goes on smooth and you can use as much as you want, it will apply perfectly and won't pill up. If you don't care for layering, the secret is to apply it in tiny portions and not over rub. This product also acts as a foundation primer. Can't recommend this one more!

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Treatments (Eye) -Deciem -The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

on 2/15/2018 9:18:00 AM

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First off, let me say I'm close to 45 and have some pretty good dark circles and puffiness. My best fix would probably be fillers or surgery.
But, this was a few dollars and the brand is well reviewed, so I thought, what do I have to lose? I went in not expecting a miracle, and I wasn't disappointed.
I've used this twice a day in excess of a month, and while it hasn't erased the bags/dark circles for me, it may have reduced them a tiny bit, but I'm not really sure. I don't think it's been a waste of money, however.

The Ordinary, on their website, state the following:
Notes:
1. Hollowness in the eye contour as a result of structure of sub-dermal tissues like fat and bone can result in visible shadows under the eyes. This shadow, which is not to be mistaken for dark circles, cannot be addressed with topical skincare including this formula.
2. Fat deposits under the eye contour can create permanent puffiness in this area. This type of deposit cannot be improved with topical skincare, including this formula.

I appreciate that they're not promising a miracle (hence the four lippies) and I went in hoping that I'd get a tiny bit of improvement. I'm not sure I did, but oh well, I've got an eye serum to use, which can't hurt, and I didn't sink fifty dollars into this, so I don't feel robbed.
The formula itself has no scent and it's a thick liquid, kind of like aloe, but not quite as "set" (think fully set Jell-O compared to partially set Jell-O). I only need a drop to cover both under-eye areas and I pat it in and let it absorb. It doesn't feel sticky, but a bit tacky for a while. I tend to apply when I get that first cup of coffee in the morning and at least a half hour later I start applying makeup. I find it doesn't interfere with concealer or foundation or moisturizer/sunblock. Some people might not like it, but normally I wear glasses so I don't wear a lot of undereye concealer when I do.
It might help puffiness -- it might -- but I can't say with certainty because my puffiness fades some throughout the day, thanks to gravity.
Is it a holy grail for me? No. Did I expect it to be? No. It's a nice product, and it may work for someone younger or with less undereye darkness/puffiness. I'll finish using this under my eyes and maybe try it paired with a moisturizer on my face and see if I see a boost that way.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

on 2/15/2018 1:58:00 AM

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I tried Retin a once and it made my skin burn and peel, I’m scared to use it again because it made me breakout as well. I tried this retinoid 3 nights in a row and didn’t have any peeling or burning and my skin did feel smoother and looked more even.
This is an amazing product for the price (around 10.00 cdn) considering most retinol products are at least three times the cost. I love the sleek packaging and will continuing using considering it has improved my skin in such a short time.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

on 2/15/2018 1:45:00 AM

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Ugh I wanted to love this. Good Vitamin C serums are usually so expensive and oxidize like crazy. Right off the bat I hated the texture and how it went on my skin. Look I go to bed coated with Aquaphor some nights, so I don't mind being greasy while I sleep or even if I'm at home during the day time. But the greasiness of this was annoying for some reason, and gritty. I also had an uncomfortable tingling sensation the first few times I put this on, but I had expected that. But hey, if it worked in the long run, who cares right? Immediately something was amiss. Just a few hours after I put this on I had beginnings of an inflamed pimple, which I hadn't in a while. Okay, maybe it was something else in my routine. I soldiered on for a while and eventually gave up to focus on my new pimples that were popping up. They subsided. I think I even threw the tube away. But a year or so later, I was tempted again again by some really good reviews and thought maybe I hadn't given this a fair chance. Stupid me buys this exact same thing again (I must say this is not the first time I've gone to products which were probably/most definitely breaking me out. I don't know why I still haven't learned my lesson). Anyway, this time I started slow. I started mixing this with a moisturizer and used it every third day. Yup, same thing again. Oh well, I guess an inexpensive Vitamin C serum isn't in my cards.

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 2/15/2018 12:30:00 AM

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Oh my, the good thing is the price, if you have dry skin, it feels nice on the skin..now, my skin doesn't look great when I use it...I bought it, used it a few times, and went back to other foundations that make my skin look better ..it is a serum foundation. So coverage is light., like you have nothing on, which isn't my goal when wearing foundation ..I am beginning to fear the Ordinary line does. have many products that are quite basic..if you are young with good skin, go for it...now as I get older, I look for more complex formulations..so, it is ok, but I didn't love it at all.. choice of colors is tricky, very yellow tones .


Masks -Deciem -The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

on 2/14/2018 11:09:00 PM

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So, you know those warnings that say “use as directed”? I’m usually all about them. But when this peel proved way too strong for my face, (patch test people!) I used it on my feet. And it worked great! I put down an old towel (because this product is a deep red color) spread the peel all over my feet and toenails, wrapped my feet in plastic wrap, waited 30 minutes, then rinsed with body wash and water. My feet were pretty soft, and a lot of the dead skin around my cuticles was gone. I followed up with a rich foot cream. Next time I’m going to let it sit for 45 minutes and see if I can get even better results. My words of caution are to use common sense. You’re putting acid on your body - if you leave it on too long, you will get a chemical burn, and it will hurt. If the peel feels uncomfortable in any way and / or starts to sting, wash it off! It shouldn’t sting AT ALL. It was much gentler than a rasp or a foot file, just use with discretion.

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 2/14/2018 10:42:00 PM

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I have never worn foundation, only a BB cream. I recently went to the Deciem store to pick up some skincare items and this serum foundation caught my eye and upon testing it, I fell in love. The bottle is adorable and comes with a pump. I got shade 1.0N and it’s a perfect match. I do not use a primer before applying this, only sunscreen. I blend it in with my fingers or the Ecotools kabuki brush. The Ordinary Serum Foundation doesn’t streak and is very easy to blend. There is no smell and it doesn’t cake. It is not too matte or too dewy, and it feels like you are wearing nothing at all. To top it off, there is no oxidization. For reference, I have combination skin with no blemishes. The price is unbelievable low! This will replace my $47 BB cream. Thank you Deciem, I love you!


Cleansers -Deciem -NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

on 2/14/2018 10:00:00 AM

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It's a pretty solid cream cleanser for combination to oily skin. Very mild, rinses clean and doesn't dry out the skin. Most importantly, it doesn't irritate or break me out, which is a mighty feat in itself. The price is steep, but a little goes a long way. I got it in the Black Friday set, so haven't used it that often on the account of my skin being dryer than usual in the winter months, but I can tell it will be a hit during spring and summer. I took a lippie off because of the steep price and the fact it does not remove makeup, but otherwise I think it's a really good product.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age

on 2/14/2018 9:55:00 AM

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LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This is everything I wanted their copper isolate serum to be (see my review of that one. spoiler alert: I gave it 1 lippie) at a fraction of the cost. I have VERY sensitive acne-prone skin, so finding hydrating products that would work without wrecking havoc is a nightmare. This however is a godsend! I work in an office with very dry air, and my skin would always get tight and slightly irritated within an hour of my arrival to work. It would also get sort of crapey if you looked really close. This stuff saved it! My skin has never been smoother, and even in this awfully dry air it's plump and comfortable. Which is remarkable considering how thin and quickly absorbing this is. I use it during the day, and sometimes at bedtime if my skin is extra dry, as the first serum. It's just wonderful, I hope they never ever ever reformulate or discontinue it. The packaging is a bit annoying, but I suppose it makes sense given how runny the liquid is. Already repurchased with a backup bottle.

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