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

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This is one of the more powerful OTC retinols available. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, although I have used retinols for a while now. My 65y old mother is obsessed with this, I have to bring her shipments back to the US whenever I see her.

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

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If you've never used glycolic acid before I do not recommend this. Acclimate your skin to a lower strength first. I've been using a toner (11%) off and on for a few years, and I was really happy when I saw this. The 3.6 pH is great (below 4 is more effective), and the ingredient list is great.

The tingling lasted the entire 10 minutes, and after I washed it off my face felt smoother. I immediately noticed what looks like dry skin starting to flake off, which means it's working. So far I'm pretty pleased! I'll definitely repurchase

UPDATE: This lessened the look of my pores & blackheads on my cheeks. I'm thrilled and will be using this regularly in my routine

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Primer/ Corrector -Deciem - Hylamide - Finisher Matte 12

on 10/6/2017 1:39:00 PM

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I love this product! I was really disappointed at first, because I couldn't get it to work. Maybe I was doing it wrong, or maybe it takes a few applications before my skin started accepting, I'm not sure.

I don't wear a lot of makeup, but if I'm wearing foundation I take a very small amount (like 3/4 of a pea) and dab it onto my forehead. I used half that much for my nose and dab it in as well. If I'm not wearing foundation, then I dab it right over top of my moisturizer. It starts out looking wet, but it sinks in within seconds. It leaves my skin looking matte all day without (usually) making it feel dry. If my skin does start to feel tight, that's usually a sign my skin needs some serious hydration.

The bottle also seems to last forever. I bought a back-up 2 months ago when I thought I was running low, and I still haven't run out of the first bottle yet!

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Moisturizers -Deciem - The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

on 10/6/2017 1:28:00 PM

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I confess, I almost threw this product out! I'd heard so many great things about rose hip oil and was really excited to try it when I found it for such a great price. I followed the instructions and put it on over my moisturizer as the last step to my evening skincare routine. I woke up with an awful breakout! Closed comedones and pimples, it wasn't pretty. I let my skin recover and tried it again. Same result. I let the bottle sit in my cupboard for a few weeks before reading a tip about mixing the oil into the moisturizer instead of layering it on top. Well I tried it, and NO BREAKOUT!!! I've been using one drop in my night moisturizer every night since (and it's been a few months now) and my skin feels softer and more hydrated.

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

on 10/6/2017 1:22:00 PM

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I love this product! I bought it because it claimed to help minimize pores, and my pores do look smaller. Is it because of this, or other changes I've made in my routine? I don't know. Am I going to stop using this to find out for sure? Nope!

The price is cheap, the bottle lasts a LONG time and the texture is smooth and silky, and it doesn't irritate my skin.

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

on 10/6/2017 1:18:00 PM

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I have no idea whether or not this product works, because I only used it a couple times before I gave up. The texture is hard to get used to. It's gritty, which I could get past, but it's also really greasy - which was the deal-breaker for me. It tastes like oranges if you get any on your lips.

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

on 10/6/2017 4:11:00 AM

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I bought this product hoping that it would diminish my dark circles. I have no problems with puffiness, on the contrary, my undereye area is sunk in, so I can't tell if it helps with that.

Unfortunately, this product did not help with my (very) dark circles, that I have inherited from my ancestors. I know that hereditary dark circles under the eye cannot be solved with products, I do know that, but I hoped for a just little bit of improvement. Alas, I did not get that. Zero, nada, zilch. Also, it dried the hell out of my skin.

You get a loooot of product, like 30 ml, which I find strange because undereye products last you a long time anyway since it's such a small area. Also, after a while, there was some white residue on the cap of the bottle which looked very gross.

I will not buy this again and I'll probably throw away my bottle, which is like 95% full.

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

on 10/6/2017 1:14:00 AM

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ive only used this once (i just started introducing retinol into my skincare routine) but so far i havent got any negative reaction from it whatsoever. i have a good feeling about the product coz i was afraid that my skin wasnt going to respond well to a retinol treatment but so far there has been no irritation no nothing so thats good. will continue using it for a year and see how i get on with it and update this review.


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

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I have been reading a lot about this brand and I was so eager to try it. Among other products that I bought from them, I also included this one. My skin is sometimes dry, sometimes acne-prone, sometimes just dull and you can see all the motherhood and the daily stress on it. Of course, the fine lines are knocking on my door, ya know! So I bought it thinking it would give that kind of glow and to ease my transition into the world of anti aging regimens. I usually use it before I exfoliate my face with the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% from the brand, a night before, then I apply the Retinoid 2% and I end up using the Buffet Serum.

Tbh I was expecting to see a stronger reaction of my face (flakiness and all that) but nope...I do wake up with a brighter, smoother skin and I also feel it helps with my sometimes sent from Hell acne. I find it kinda difficult to do "layering" with it, with all their products actually, but maybe it's just because I am a newbie to it :)

I find it suitable for someone who isn't that accustomed to retinoids and the price is such a great deal! I'd buy again this product but I would also like to try something more stronger.

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

on 10/5/2017 12:06:00 PM

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Prior to this, I was using the Paula's Choice version of HA which was quite expensive for less than 1 ounce of product. I understand that you can't compare the two since the Paula's version has a lot more "good for you" ingredients and comes in a UV protected bottle, but I consider this under $10 one a great substitute and Paula's own Beautypedia team gave it a good review. I also used to buy cheap Amazon brands, but you never know what you get with those. The Ordinary one works great and doesn't break me out or causes me to get oily. It has a nice feel to it as well. Certainly a keeper.

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Lip Treatments -Deciem - ESHO - Sculpt

on 10/5/2017 6:22:00 AM

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Deciem Esho Sculpt is a lip volumizer that is supposed to add lip volume. The company's press releases suggest there are both short term and long term effects from using it. I've used this for 2 days, for a few times every day. Basically, there is some irritant in the product that creates a plumping effect. What sets this apart is that (on the short term) it does last several hours--a good 4-5 hours. I haven't had a lip plumper with that type of longevity. So it definitely works in the short term.

There's a slight guava (?) taste and it adds the slightest sheen. It doesn't have any color. You can add a lipstick or lipgloss over it. I used Fenty Lip Balm on one of the days, which seemed to dilute Sculpt and lessen the impact.

The company warns NOT to get this on fingers, face, eyes, etc. If you do, wash it off right away. They are not kidding--I grazed my lips when applying a serum and didn't notice. My check got VERY red for a good hour afterwards. I cannot imagine ever getting this in your eyes. For that reason, I'd say never use this as an overnight lip mask because OH MY it's going to burn your skin if you move around in your sleep and get any on your skin.

Also, it's said do NOT use this if you have lip injections.

Overall, I'm going to keep using it because I like the effect. I'm also curious to see if there is any long term effect.

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Lotions/ Creams -Deciem - Hand Chemistry - Pro-Repair

on 10/4/2017 7:24:00 PM

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I've been using this hand cream for about a month. I have not been religious about daily application, but try to remember to. Most of the time, I apply it twice daily. Like others have said in the reviews, this product has not wowed me and I keep looking at my hands wondering if there is any difference yet, which means there is minimal, if any. The product itself smells wonderful, a mango/fruity bright scent that lingers for about a half hour. The formula is rich and thick, a little does go a long way, and with almost daily use, I have not emptied the 30ml size yet. My hands are definitely less dehydrated looking, but still crepe-y with age spots. I started applying a layer of vaseline shea and coco butter gel over the cream, once it has a chance to absorb some, to seal it in. I'm not sure if the vaseline product or the hand chemistry product has made the most hydration difference. I really wanted to love this product. I am finding that Deciem products are hit or miss, and this one is a miss for me,except for slightly increased hydration.

EDIT: I wanted to mention that the Deciem Hand Chemistry website states that you will notice an improvement in as quickly as 11 days. I did not expect that, but after a month, did want some noticeable improvement in texture and spot fading.

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

on 10/2/2017 9:56:00 PM

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I love the price point for the ordinary line and was excited to try out azelaic acid. However, this product did not work my skin. I have very acid tolerant skin having used LA, retinoids, glycolytic acid, etc. but this product left my skin itchy and irritated. I'm not sure if my skin cannot tolerate azelaic acid at 10% or because the way this product is formulated. I think it is due silicones which has always been a problem for me. Those who want to try this product, make sure your skin is tolerant to silicones! For me, I would not repurchase.

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

on 10/2/2017 9:51:00 PM

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I used this product for over three months consistently. This did nothing for lightening my under eye circles. Unfortunately for my skincare needs, this product does not meet the bar. Love the price point but would not repurchase.


Foundations -Deciem - The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

on 10/2/2017 6:55:00 PM

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I was very excited to try this foundation. Coverage-wise, it's comparable to Estee Lauder Double Wear. It is quite full, but not FULL full. You will still need a concealer with this if you have scarring or hyperpigmentation, however, what I tend to do it make my own concealer from the foundation itself. I squirt out a bit into a little put and leave it open so the foundation dries out. I tend to do this before i go to bed, and in the morning the consistency has become thicker, like that of a concealer. I've done this with multiple foundations and it always works, and gives you a concealer that is the exact same shade as your foundation, because it IS your foundation, just thickened up.

Staying power: On oily skin, like mine, with no primer and no powder, this will stay on for about 4 hours until you look like a complete grease ball. If you blot with blotting sheets or some powder, it will stay on another 4 hours, but if you don't blot, it will slide off. I find this foundation doesn't ever set, it feels tacky if you touch it and it transfers very easily if there's no powder to keep it in place. With primer (I use their high adherence silicone primer), I find it stays on a slight bit longer, but it also tends to look better. And if I prep my skin well, use primer and blot a couple times or powder a couple times through the day, it will stay looking good for about 9 hours. Beyond that it just starts to disappear or too much has transferred off and it doesn't look good anymore.

Shade: I have pale skin with yellow undertones. I'm a part-time model but I have acne scarring, and I needed something to replace the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation I had been using for years because it just didn't give enough coverage. I couldn't find a shade close enough to the 51 (Vanilla Clair) that I wore. I had got a bit tanned over summer so I got the shade 1.2Y, because it was the lightest yellow shade they have, but I found it slightly too dark. It works if you blend it a bit down your neck, and if the rest of your body isn't any paler than your face, but it will definitely not match me when my tan disappears. I'm going to try the 1.1N, since it's the next lightest that might work. It is annoying that they have 1.0 and 1.1 shades with pink and neutral undertones but the yellow undertones don't start until 1.2.

Application: I apply this with a Real Techniques sponge. It looks good with the sponge either wet or dry. I've tried applying this with a stippling brush and it somehow made it look really dry and not well blended, I don't know why that was. As for applying with fingers, given how full coverage this is, I don't manage to do a good enough blending job with just fingers.

Look/finish: Finish is always dewy on me unless I powder it. I find that for the time that it lasts, it does look good. It was important for me that it looked good in photography and studio lights and it does. It looks very natural, especially if you apply it on in two very light layers with a sponge. It looks good in day light as well.

Packaging: no complaints. I like foundations with pumps. I do wish the pump had some sort of cap, since little drops left on the nozzle can smear, but I can't complain, especially for the price. That said, I also have the Serum foundation from The Ordinary in the same shade, and the pump on that malfunctioned from the first use, even though it's the exact same packaging. It would seem some are faulty.

Overall, I'm kind of stuck with this foundation. I can't afford to buy high-end foundations yet, and so far I haven't found a foundation at this price point that is as full coverage as this, doesn't break me out, looks natural (if applied well) and gets me by in my modelling jobs. When The Ordinary comes out with something not so super-dewy, tacky-feeling and transfer-y, I will definitely try it.

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