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

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I didn't have any irritation, peeling or dryness with this product but it gave my normally clear skin several cystic pimples.

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

on 3/9/2018 10:41:00 AM

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It calms inflammation (especially when I use it after a retinoid), it's effective and cheap but I'm not crazy about the silicony feel of it. Still, I would and have repurchased it.

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

on 3/9/2018 8:33:00 AM

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I really, really, really like this HA serum. It's $29.99 AUD which is reasonable, even more so when Priceline has its 40% off skincare sale (shout out to all Aussies!) This serum dries fast, isn't tacky and doesn't cause pilling either. I've noticed a positive difference in my skin ever since I started using this - my skin just looks plumper and more hydrated. It's even helped the appearance of my forehead wrinkle (!) I'm keen to try other HA serums to see how the Hylamide one holds up, but so far I'm loving this one - and have already re-purchased.

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Moisturizers -Deciem -NIOD Hydration Vaccine

on 3/8/2018 4:36:00 PM

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I'll start with what Hydration Vaccine doesn't do. It doesn't irritate my skin. It doesn't feel greasy or have a strong fragrance (or really any noticeable scent). It doesn't cause my undereye concealer to crease. It doesn't feel sticky. So it's been a good moisturizer for my sensitive, combination skin. NIOD recommends using it after water-based serums. I generally apply it after The Ordinary Buffet or Hylamide Sub-Q Anti-Age. It doesn't cause me to break out, however; some users with acne-prone skin have said in reviews that HV caused whiteheads to develop. Luckily I haven't had any problems with it, which means it's probably safe for normal-to-dry and combination-to-dry skin types.

I like to use this as my daytime under-eye moisturizer. I apply Hydration Vaccine to clean skin, then Maybelline Age Rewind concealer, and set with Charlotte Tilbury's pressed powder. This keeps the area under my eyes looking like skin instead of makeup. However, I don't like the way HV looks under Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. I'd rather use a primer for that.

HV is an interesting concoction. NIOD's literature mentions Fungi Composite Organisms, an Adaptive Flexo-Silicone Mesh Complex, Blue Algae Molecular Film, humectant molecules, and other technologies which sound impressive and help justify the cost. I won't complain about spending $55 on this because I use very little per day and the bottle has already lasted several months.

Like other reviewers, I am not fond of the pill bottle packaging. For an extra $2.50 I purchased the NIOD stainless steel spoon to go with it. The tiny spoon is great. It allows me to measure the product and it's useful for digging the last bits out of the bottle when it gets low. But I wish Hydration Vaccine came in a tube.

I haven't noticed a dramatic, life-changing difference in my skin from HV, yet I'd be willing to buy it again. I did experience a noticeable improvement when I started using The Ordinary Buffet. My skin felt and looked healthier. So far Buffet is my favorite product under the Deciem umbrella (and it's much more affordable).

Ingredients:

Caprylyl Methicone, Aqua (Water), PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Proline, Alanine, Serine, Xylitol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Squalane, Lecithin, Hexamethyldisiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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

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This is liquid gold! Only been using for 2 months but it is already HG in my book! Sinks in well, no greasy tacky sensation like I've experienced with Retin-A. I've been an intermittent user of RA since 08, but it's expensive and makes my skin go crazy with peeling whenever I start using it again. With this serum I haven't experienced any burning or peeling, but can definitely tell it's working. My skin is the testament! The tiny line I have next to my right upper lip has filled in and the texture of my skin is so smooth, I keep getting compliments on how great my makeup looks, even though I'm not wearing any at the time. I can't believe this stuff is under $10!! I'll be using it for life, and will never go back to retin a.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5

on 3/8/2018 12:54:00 PM

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This cured my sensitive face. I was having the worst rosacea and sensitive skin break out, I could not use even the most gentle cream or oil or cleanser, because everything burned my face. All I was able to do was gently wash my face with plain water and pat it dry. It was very dried out and flaky, but it stopped my skin from reacting. Finally this product arrived in the mail and I very carefully tried a few drops. My overdry and irritated skin sucked it up immediately and I applied another layer. My skin loved it and devoured it!! No burning, no breakouts, no itching. Overnight my skin plumped up and it was cured. Now I use it twice a day, I apply 2 drops all over my face and let it dry. It stops being sticky after about a minute and then my face is as soft as a baby’s bum. My rosacea was really bad, but now I don’t have any breakouts. I feel saved after years of searching for the most gentle product that will help my sensitive, rosacea, allergic and acne skin. This is it!!

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

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I love my other Deciem products, so I had pretty high hopes for this foundation despite its price. I was sorely disappointed.

I don't know if I got a dud bottle, because there are positive reviews for this foundation, and with the way it performs on my skin I don't understand how anyone can like it even a little bit. It's strangely watery yet dry-feeling at the same time. It applies almost gritty, like the pigment particles are so large they're actually visible to the naked eye. This magnifies any texture on my skin and makes me look like my face is carved from sandstone. Not a look I strive for.

It also refuses to blend, just gliding across the skin like I'm coated in teflon. I've tried numerous primers and applications tools and it does the same thing with all of them. This makes it a struggle to get an even application. It doesn't set AT ALL, even with generous amounts of setting powder. I can't touch my face while wearing this or it will come right off. In fact, I have to pin my HAIR back because it takes off the foundation if it gets in my face. Forget sweating even just a little bit - it actually runs down my face leaving very visible streaks.

Since it refuses to set, I can't use any products on top of it. No contouring, nu blush, no highlights, no bronzer. Not even concealer if I don't avoid the eye area altogether with the foundation.

This is the most horrible foundation I've ever tried. I can't find a single thing that I like about it, and you couldn't pay me to wear it in public. My bottle is going straight in the trash, and I'm going back to my Wet n Wild and Korean BB creams.

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

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This is it right here. OMG. Dealing with cysts and not sure if it is KP on my chin, is horrible! My face is constantly weeping plugs or in painful cysts. This helps clear up my skin. It stings a little if I go over it 3 or 4 times with a cotton ball. I apply serums and moisturize with rosehip seed oil afterwards. Bam, the next day my skin is glowing! I love this stuff. It seems everyone else does too! It is sold out right now. As soon as it is in stock, I will stock up like 6 bottles so I never run out. It may be a little harsh for some but not for me. I can use it once a day at night. If it is too harsh just use every couple of days. Cheap and effective. Win win. Did I mention cheap???? Win!

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

on 3/7/2018 1:05:00 PM

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The line may be called Ordinary Skincare but the brand and its products are anything but. Simply put Ordinary Skincare are revolutionizing the industry and the prices are incredible. This serum is one of my favourites of theirs. It goes on very smoothly and actually produces a bit of heat when it absorbs but nothing uncomfortable. I'm not so sure about the dropper bottle packaging as it lets in air every time you use it but it doesn't seem to have affected it so far. I would recommend this product and the line in general.

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

on 3/7/2018 12:38:00 PM

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Solid product.

I was using Makeup Artists Choice Radiance Peel for years and I loved it. However, it was pretty strong and my skin could only tolerate using it about once a week. This is strong enough to be effective but gentle enough to use twice a week, plus it's cheaper and there are other products I like to buy from Deciem's website so it's easier to get free shipping.

This comes in a dark glass jar with a fat dropper, which is useful because you only ever need to use about 4-5 drops to cover your entire face. The serum itself is a golden-colored oil. It's light but feels greasy for a bit when applying, although it never stays greasy.

I apply this at night after double-cleansing and using toner. I don't apply anything else afterwards. There is a little bit of stinging but that passes quickly. The serum itself has no scent but after it's been on my face for about 1/2 hour, there is faint whiff of burnt plastic or something. It doesn't bother me and it goes away, but I thought I'd mention it.

The next morning my skin always looks better. Skin tone is clearer, zits are gone or much improved. The next night I always make sure to moisturize well.

Like this very much, will repurchase.

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

on 3/7/2018 1:05:00 AM

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This product completely changed my life. About 6 months after finishing a course of accutane I started getting hormonal acne on my chin. After using this regularly I do not get any pimples. NONE! Amazing!!! I have not done anything else differently but add this to my routine. Love it.

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

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Like the woman in the picture, my skin has gotten significantly brighter, and if you struggle with large and dark pores, then this is your jam! It brightens them and other reddish discolourations. When you smear it on, your skin will get a little red, but after you’ve slept, next morning the skin is so bright! I recommend really rubbing it in.

I don’t struggle with acne anymore and my skin is on the drier side so I use this with a standard moisturizer on top. I let it dry first for 10-20 minutes and then apply my moisturizer.

I would not use it in the morning as your skin gets sensitive to the sun, and sunscreen only work if you reapply many times throughout the day.

All in all a fave of mine ❤️

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

on 3/6/2018 4:24:00 PM

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I tried so hard to like it, but that feeling of rubbing sand into the skin...


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

on 3/6/2018 4:09:00 PM

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Salicylic Acid, also referred to as BHA (beta hydroxy acid), exfoliates the skin and stimulates cellular turnover. I have fewer problems with acne, dullness, blackheads, or flaky skin when I use a BHA product. Most of them are gentle enough for my sensitive skin, and The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% is the cheapest I've tried. I think it's a good product. However, the texture is sticky and even stringy sometimes during application. It pilled and clumped up when I tried it under makeup. I realize that not everyone will want to use salicylic acid in the morning, but sometimes I do. And this is a matter of personal taste, but I find the glass pipette to be annoying.

Therefore I prefer the BHA 2% Gel Exfoliant and the BHA 2% Liquid from Paula's Choice. I use the liquid as a toner after cleansing. It has never interfered with makeup application. The Paula's Choice products are just as effective but they feel smoother on the skin and less tacky than The Ordinary's product, and there's no pipette. However, Paula's Choice products are more expensive. The price per ounce breaks down like this:

Paula's Choice BHA 2% Gel Exfoliant is roughly $8.79 per ounce, sold in a 3.3 oz. bottle for $29.

Paula's Choice BHA 2% Liquid is $7.25 per ounce, sold in a 4 oz. bottle for $29.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution costs $5.30 per ounce, sold in a 1 oz. bottle for $5.30.

Personally, I'm willing to pay a little more for Paula's Choice, so I'll go back to that brand for my salicylic acid products. However, The Ordinary is still the cheapest, and it's fine when I use it at night.

Even though I wasn't impressed with The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, I still like the brand as a whole. I've already repurchased The Ordinary Buffet, which I use nightly as my peptide treatment. I highly recommend Buffet.

Ingredients of Salicylic Acid 2% Solution:

Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 3/6/2018 2:28:00 PM

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For the money, I think it's a very good foundation. I still prefer Armani Luminous Silk on my combination skin (neither excessively oily nor dry). I wear The Ordinary Serum Foundation over Bare Minerals Prep Step or Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and it lasts well on my skin without feeling heavy or thick. I set with Charlotte Tilbury's pressed powder. Coverage is medium. It gives me a satin finish, similar to that of Bobbi Brown's original Skin Foundation.

I usually apply with a Beautyblender sponge, but when I travel sometimes I substitute a dry wedge sponge or a brush such as the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I like the foundation because I have a good color match and it evens out my skin tone without looking cakey or mask-like.

I've used more than half the bottle. I appreciate that The Ordinary includes a pump, however; I have learned to squirt this into the palm of my hand first. The pump has been known to squirt the foundation past my sponge and randomly onto nearby fabrics, the mirror, or the wall. I don't have this problem with all my foundation pumps, just this one. A minor quibble. I've also found that I need to shake the bottle before dispensing it. I've had the bottle for a few months.

I'll mention my shade in case this helps someone with a similar skin tone: In Bourjois Healthy Mix foundations I wear the shade 52 Vanille. In MAC's foundations I usually wear NC20 and Sand in Bobbi Brown's original Skin Foundation (not the new Long-Wear formula). In this foundation I am 1.2N Light Neutral, which has a yellow undertone. The Bourjois shade I wear is a bit less yellow than this one.

It's not my all-time favorite foundation but it's reasonably priced at $6.70, and I'm sure I'll finish the bottle. I like it enough to repurchase.

INGREDIENTS:

CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, AQUA (WATER), CAPRYLYL METHICONE, COCONUT ALKANES, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, COCO CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, DIMETHICONE/PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER, CETYL DIGLYCERYL TRIS(TRIMETHYLSILOXY)SILYLETHYL DIMETHICONE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYRICINOLEATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, HECTORITE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, HEXYL LAURATE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, STEARIC ACID, ALUMINA, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CHLORPHENESIN. MAY CONTAIN [+/-]: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TIN OXIDE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), MICA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE.

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