Skincare - Face -Deciem -The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

on 5/19/2018 1:06:00 PM


My review of this is a little unconventional.

I've had tons of tiny pimple, sometimes cystic acne and boils on both my buttcheeks (the part where you sit) when I was a kid (like 9-12 y/o). No idea why. When it all cleared up, it looked like a surface of scars. Scrubbing never worked. After some years, it became a dark black patch on both sides. Okay, not black. Just very, VERY dark patches. I realized it was a lot like hyperpigmentation.

I've always been VERY self-conscious about it whenever I'm in a bikini.

I got The Ordinary Lactic 10% from a friend who abandoned it after a few uses. Being new to acids, I very much wanted to try it on my face but I was off to a beach vacay soon after and didn't want to worry about acids and sunblocks so I had the brilliant idea of trying it out on my bum.

So I scrubbed down my bum, applied the Lactic acid, and topped it off with body lotion (OPI Avojuice which I love). On one side of my bum just to see the difference.

Prior to this, I was looking in the mirror wondering, "hey where are all the acne scars.. oh thereee.. under that ugly dark surface". Had to look real close to see it.

Anyways, I did that for 2 days in a row and on the third day, WHOAAA!! The side I used it on, it was significantly lighter! First thing I noticed were the acne scars and not a dark patch staring back at me. The other side which I only scrubbed and lotioned looked no different. I kid you not!

All these years, friends would ask why I had a 'black bum'. When I was a kid I always thought everyone had a black bum. It was embarrassing! So yeah. I'm gonna continue using this till my bum looks beach perfect.

PS: I've no idea if the one I'm using is the old or new formula. I've read that the new one is scentless and runny like water. This is quite the stink bomb and feels 'slimy'. I'm guessing it's the old one. I patch tested it on my chin and the smell is just unbearable. How could anyone apply this to the entire face?

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Primer/ Corrector -Deciem -Hylamide - Finisher Matte 12


12 hour oil free? Not even close.
8 hours? Hardly.
About 6 hours is more like it. After half a day I started to look oily, which is normal for me after only two hours, normally. I applied it as a base product with my fingertips, and with a beautyblender I followed up with foundation. I did not feel the need to finish with setting powder - however I might try this next time, for longevity. It's very comfortable, non-drying and easy to work with.
Applied on top of foundation was horrid, it moved around and looked like a disaster! I don't know why they even recommend trying that.

All in all, it looks amazing for a few hours, and even after 6 hours I still can go around without applying blotting powder, something which would be impossible normally (I shine like a lighthouse).

For someone as oily as me, it's worth a shot, and I will repurchase in lack of better options (price is a bit steep for me).

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid Serum


I haven't written a review in a long time (regular lurker) but felt compelled to do so after using this product for 3 weeks. I have oily skin that is very acne prone (even on BC), some texture on my cheeks from old acne, no visible signs of ageing yet. Lots of congested pores especially on the nose. My skin is dull most of the time from stress/pollution. This has BLOWN AWAY any other treatment I have tried so far, including my old favourites: the Paula's Choice BHAs, Advanced Retinoid 2% from TO, and the 30% AHA + 2% BHA Peel also from TO.

I simply cannot explain the huge difference this has made on my skin since the first use, and results were already visible the very next day.

- My acne vanished
- Scars are lighter and now almost gone
- Overall texture has improved dramatically
- Pores are smaller
- Skin is overall less oily and more even
- Skin is incredibly soft and smooth
- No irritation or tingling whatsoever
- No weird smell

Since I started using this my skin has a clarity and a glow that I don't think I've ever had before. I've stopped using foundation and now I can get away with a bit of concealer topped with powder for oil control on most days. I do not use it more than 2x/week as per the instructions, as my skin reacts from overexfoliation. For the same reason I don't use any other acid or retinol in my weekly routine and it works just fine.

I'm simply blown away by the results - I've gained so much confidence thanks to this. My skin has always been on the gross side, and previously I would never ever leave the house without foundation + concealer. I'd like to stress I have a very healthy lifestyle, I exercise, eat well, cleanse properly etc. and THIS - along with sleep - is the single thing that has made the biggest difference.

I will keep repurchasing until I die and I pray they never discontinue it!!!

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 5/16/2018 5:42:00 PM


An initially very pretty, light coverage foundation that unfortunately could not handle my skin's oily or dry days. On either side of the spectrum, about 2 hours in, the foundation separated on my face, making me look like I had scales. It would either cling to every single semi-dry patch or the oil made it break up all over my face (even when set with powder). Its initial finish is really quite lovely, and I wish it worked better on me. Doesn't cover much, but offers a general evening out of the skintone. Won't do anything for serious discoloration. It also seemed to make my concealer cake more.

Bottle is fine. It doesn't look bad, but feels cheap (which, given the price of the foundation, shouldn't be surprising and is understandable). A luxe foundation this is not but, again, it's dirt cheap. I was pretty impressed with the shade range, but struggled to find an undertone that fit my mixed race skin. The pink tone was too pink and the yellow tone was too yellow.

Given its super light formula, the obvious OG comparison here is MAC Face & Body. F&B is...a lot better, with longer staying power and a really stunning finish. BUT I will say that if you have very normal skin, this does offer a more matte alternative than F&B's super glow and doesn't have as tacky a finish. It also has a slightly higher level of coverage.

If you have normal skin, this might work for you, but those with dry or (especially) oily skin, might not be a good option.

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 5/16/2018 3:37:00 AM


This foundation is perfect for those with yellow undertone, and want sheer to medium coverage. It's a thin liquid that is easy to blend. However this foundation was a bit too yellow for me, but the price is so good that you can mix two colors to get the right blend. The formula does separate so definitely give a shake before using. Because of these reasons I gave a 4 stars.
I am a loreal true match in N6-N6.5. And I used the Ordinary 3.0Y in medium dark, and I mix it with almay clear complexion makeup (which is too pink on its own). I like the overall look of this. It gives a nice lit from within finish, but still feels pretty matte. When I use this combo on its own, without powder or primer staying power is about 6 hours. I am sure with primer and setting powder it would be more. All in all its a great everyday foundation, that can be built up.

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Skincare - Face -Deciem -The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

on 5/15/2018 5:01:00 PM


I bought this as part of my haul a long time ago. I was hoping it would plump the skin and give it some moisture. I have used it for quite some weeks as it is a peptide product, and I apply a good layer the skin.

PROS: Um, nothing? Slight moisture? Oh, It doesn't irritate my skin one bit though.

CONS: I feel this congests the skin. It's not like I dramatically broke out from it, but when I was using this regularly, my skin just didn't seem to clear up like it normally did when I did hydroxyl acids or masks. It was the line after pretty much clear skin to "something is wrong". I also feel that if you have a stressful life or don't get a lot of sleep, it does nothing that you can see or quick results. I've used it for quite a while, but I guess I'm young enough and it just doesn't blow my mind. That being said, I have been looking older recently so I thought this would help.

OTHER: Thicker consistency, like The Ordinary "Buffet" (regular version, not the copper peptide one). Applies best on damp skin so you can get some extra moisture with the HA.

OVERALL: I'm giving it a 2 because besides the congestion, it didn't do anything particularly bad or good for my skin, though the peptides should be doing something. I am using it up by watching the condition of my skin and stopping if I feel it's too much again.

Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

on 5/15/2018 3:56:00 PM


I came out in pimples and had an oily film sitting on my face all day and night after applying. I didn’t notice any heat or reddening. It sounded amazing and was worth trying out for the price. Oils clog my pores and break me out and this feels like a similar reaction although it’s supposed to be oil free.

Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 5/15/2018 10:03:00 AM


My skin loves niacinamide. It gives me a glow and definitely helps my hormonal zits to go away quickly each month without leaving any redness behind. I was afraid I might find the 10% concentration to be too drying, but it's been fine. I'm not sure why the zinc is in here given that it has no proven skin benefits and seems to do nothing but precipitate into a white cast and interfere with makeup application, but whatever, it's $6, I'll deal. As long as TO makes this stuff (which may not be that long given the CEO's mental health situation :/) I'll buy it.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster

on 5/15/2018 2:36:00 AM


Nice resoults on skin overall aspect and texture, but didn’t exatcly enjoyed the slightly tacky texture, plus skin got a little irritated on the undereyes and other sensitive areas of my face. Extra points for not breaking me out. Might be buying this product again sometime but will probably research and try a few other brands and formulations first.

Primer/ Corrector -Deciem -The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

on 5/15/2018 12:37:00 AM


Ah-mazing for oily skin. My best friend bought this for me. I had not even thought or heard anything about this. Boy am I glad she opened my eyes, this makes you look poreless and keeps foundation anchored to your face. I will certainly repurchase. This is a swell product that is cheap and works well. I love the packaging too.

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Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics

on 5/14/2018 2:53:00 AM

As the weather warms and my skin grows more oily, I've switched to this as a more lightweight substitute for my usual hyaluronic acid serum (Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster). Marine Hyaluronics is a clear liquid with a very watery consistency, more similar to a hydrating toner than a serum. It doesn't actually contain hyaluronic acid, but is supposed to work in the same way (attract and hold water to skin).

It contains algae extract, amino acids, and several marine-based ingredients sourced from red algae and bacteria. These mostly act as water-binding agents that hydrate and protect skin. Some apparently have anti-aging properties as well, working as antioxidants and to stimulate collagen production and smooth wrinkles.

I use 6 drops at night before applying moisturizer. It absorbs much more quickly than my regular hyaluronic acid serum and leaves my skin soft, smooth and well hydrated without any greasiness or heaviness.

SCENT: Many will find it has a rather unpleasant odor. Numerous users have likened it to fish, vomit and stinky feet, among other things, while others don't notice any scent at all. To me, it smells mostly like funky cheese mixed with a bit of old crayons. However, it's not that strong IMO, and doesn't last longer than 1-2 min, max (the more products you layer on, the longer the smell seems to linger). I just breathe through my mouth instead of my nose in the short time it takes to apply. Many other brands would either add (potentially skin-irritating) fragrances to mask the odor or simply use less of the beneficial ingredients, so I'm happy with the product as it is.

Overall, I will be buying this again. The smell may take some getting used to, but the results are worth it! I hope Deciem will eventually offer this in a larger size.

(Last updated June 4/18)

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 5/13/2018 11:51:00 PM


Honestly, from most of the reviews that i’ve seen or read, i didn’t expect anything at all. I literally bought it coz it was cheap and i was bored lol.

Now this foundation is literally all i use on a daily basis.

Pros :
-super duper light weight
-low medium coverage (right up my alley)
-goes on seamlessly with a brush
-doesnt accentuate any dryness or pores
-not cakey whatsoever
-do i need to mention the price again?
-on my skin the finish is not matte not dewy, it’s right at that middle sweet spot, “natural”

Cons :
Honestly i can’t think of anything.

For CAD 6.70 i have no complaints whatsoever.

10/10 would recommend.

Oh just in case this could be any help, the shade i got, 2.0YG is almost spot on like MUFE ultra HD Y245.

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

on 5/13/2018 7:46:00 AM


There is no denying that the texture of this serum is horrendous. It is thick, greasy and leaves an oil slick on your face. It also does not play nice with other serums and creams. As inelegant as it is, it works like a charm. My skin was noticeably brighter after a week of consistent use. It helps fade both newer blemishes and older discolouration. I only use it at night because of its awful texture. Others experienced severe stinging but I had no issues. I will definitely repurchase.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 5/13/2018 6:30:00 AM


I observe a tiny drop of this to cover my whole face and it helps keep me matte during the day. It helps soothe active zits but I do not agree with it does whatever to prevent them. That is a great serum. I rotate this with their salicylic acid at night. Will preserve shopping for.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 5/13/2018 5:25:00 AM


I'm a little torn on this product. I found that it helped moisturize my skin without being too heavy and that it did help a bit with my oiliness. I think it helped fade new blemishes faster but I don't feel that it did anything for existing hyperpigmentation, which was the main reason I purchased the product. It also had not discernable effect on my pores. I did feel my skin had more clarity but I don't quite no if it is a cumulative effect of my total skin care regimen or if this serum had something to do with it. I may repurchase later and try it again.

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