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

on 12/12/2018 11:13:00 AM


At my age, I should be seeing fine lines around my eyes,forehad, and mouth.

But no. I dont have any of those, thankfully.
I'm on my 6th bottle, and that says a lot. This is another gem from The Ordinary and I seriously love this brand. Matrixyl is a cocktail of peptides and hyaluronic acid to tackle the static and dynamic wrinkles. I dont have any-yet- but prevention is the key, as I've started my anti-aging regime since my mid-20's. It's a bit syrupy clear liquid with no distinctive odor, absorps quickly and leaves your skin hydrated. As for me, I always add a cream moisturizer on top since I have dry skin. It has been a part of my AM/PM routine, and it works well under make up.

The price tag is perfect, the packaging is simple and on point. And I will keep buying it.

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

on 12/12/2018 11:01:00 AM


I'm on my 5th bottle and this is THE ONE skincare product I literally cannot live without.
In my mid 30's, my skin is constantly battling whiteheads, photodamage (i live in the tropics) where sun exposure lasts all year round, working indoor with the AC on, so my skin is also dry. I'm active and having small pores make them clogged easily, turn into cystic acnes or whiteheads.
I've tried to stop using this for a while since I was afraid of acid resistance -where your skin doesnt respond to acid treatment; but it was a mistake. My whiteheads,milia, and cystic acnes return, and my skin is so so dry and patchy it doesnt look good in the most hydrating foundationg either.
This is a milk-like runny liquid, and the pipette is brilliant. It has no smell, no sticky residue on my fingers, it doesnt make your skin dry. It is very soft but effective exfoliating product that helps your skin to regenerate faster.

I use this in the PM, along with my FTE and other serums, seal it with Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for chronic dry skin, and The Ordinary Plant Derived Squalane. It absorps quickly, as I usually massage it into my skin and then do some patting.
When I add this back to my PM routine, my skin clears up, the whiteheads and acnes gone, and it is now plumped, and hydrated. I cant live without this. Happy skin, happy me. I will keep buying this as I recommend it to everyone who has the same problems with mine and they too are satisfied with the result. With very very affordable price tag, I cant complain and I am thankful for this brilliant, brilliant product.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

on 12/11/2018 8:07:00 AM


I love Deciem products for their simplicity and effectiveness. Unfortunately I felt this serum has done nothing for my skin in any way. The formula feels sticky at first and will cause any water based treatments used before it to pill and flake even when you pat this into the skin. It’s moisturizing and sets quickly, however I will be trying another Vit C product from them when this is empty. (I might not even bother finishing this on my face, and just use it on the backs of my hands.) I had better and more immediate results with a crappy offbrand Vit C serum front winners.

Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 12/10/2018 8:29:00 AM


Nice basic moisturizer for layering over serums, but it's just a simple cream nothing more. It does not irritate my dry eczema sensitive skin but it could be a little more moisturizing, like if they brought out a rich version of this it would be better for me, but that's personal. It's a good product considering the price just don't expect to much from it. Would recommend!!

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

on 12/10/2018 6:39:00 AM



I tried the Ordinary Granative Retinoid 2% in Sqaulane for a few months (intermittently, about 30 out of 50 days). It was ok but didn't make any major changes to my skin (just minor ones, both good and slightly bad).

Interestingly, the Ordinary's website describes this product as such:
"This water-free solution contains 0.5% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin aging. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason, we generally recommend using Granactive Retinoid 2% or Granactive Retinoid 5% instead of this formula. The Ordinary’s portfolio of retinoids includes the following formulations:
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)
Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation)
Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation)
Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation)
--- Source : (12/8/2018)

So, even though the company desribes this as moderate strength but highly irritating, I decided to try this .5% Retinol formula anyway. I chose this .5% concentration because my skin is not particularly sensitive, is somewhat used to Aha/bha acids, and did ok on the Granactive Retinoid 2% product. I've never used Retinol other than Neutrogenas Wrinkle Repair, which I think might be less potent (AFAIK, they don't state the concentration). That product was in a heavy cream base that broke me out so I only used it for a month.

Night 1 and 2: Applied to test (chin) area after using the 7% AHA Toner. There was no stinging on application either time, nor irritation the next day (2).

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

on 12/9/2018 10:51:00 PM


I love love love this product! I have tried a few products by The Ordinary and this is by far my favourite! It has reduced fine lines, improved my skin texture and I haven’t had a single proper break out in the last 3 months of using this! I recommend this to all my friends and family. I love the creamy texture and the scent is not too strong. I apply at night after my Mario Badescu glycolic toner and generally don’t need to top with moisturiser as it’s very humid where I live and the product is the perfect amount of moisture.

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Lip Treatments -Deciem -Abnomaly Petrowhat

on 12/9/2018 1:00:00 PM

Bouht the baobab because of the adorable container, but to tell the truth it hardly does anything. Tried it in my hair which seemed to like it but that's not worth the $7 for a little tube. Think I'm going to return this one. Doesn't keep my skin or hands moisturized.

Treatments (Face) -Deciem -NIOD Survival 0

on 12/9/2018 11:03:00 AM


Survival 0 is the most innovative antioxidant serum I've ever had the pleasure of using, and for just 25 CAD, I feel like I'm getting so much bang for my buck. I'd have taken a lippie off if they were still using the old-style dropper bottle, but they've since switched to a pump bottle to preserve the integrity of the ingredients - and I couldn't be happier.

This is a golden-hued serum that dissolves nicely into the skin, leaving it with an imperceptible and lit-from-within glow. It's perfect under sunscreen to scavenge free radicals from UV photons that get past the sunscreening agents. Because this has squalane and jojoba oil, I find that I can skip my moisturiser if I use this in the daytime.

The ingredients list is seriously insane. You've got Astaxanthin, Xantophyll, Pycnogenol, Tomato Carotenoids, Lutein, Superoxide Dismutase, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Fractionated Melanin (!!! - protects you from Blue Light), Prebiotics, and a bunch of amino acids - just to name a few. Jeez, I reckon companies like La Mer would charge you $800 for this if they could, but having it for $25... talk about democratised beauty. I'm of the opinion that this is one of the most important products a person can have in their anti-aging arsenal.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

on 12/9/2018 9:10:00 AM


Unfortunately, this product really didn't agree with my skin, I used it for under a month and it caused pretty bad papular dermatitis to breakout on my forehead. I don't have particularly sensitive skin but I have been on Accutane (an extremely powerful acne medication) twice in my life (several years ago), so it's possible that it's left my skin somewhat more sensitive to certain chemicals than it otherwise would have been.

Either way, I definitely won't be using this product again it's gonna take weeks for my forehead to recover from the damage. -_-

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


Now I have to admit I'm definitely no stranger to Vit C serums (GOW 23% for example) and so I thought nothing could possibly go wrong with The Ordinary's 23% concentration... but boy was I wrong. Within 60 seconds of applying this gritty and very oily-feeling product I could no longer stand the tingling (for want of a better word) sensation and washed this off with tepid water and a washcloth. I'd love to say that was it but the redness and uncomfortable sensation remained for at least 30 minutes afterwards. Didn't attempt using this again on my face.

It's a shame as this could have been a very cost effective substitute for some of the fancier Vit C serums I use. If you're normal to dry and not overly sensitive then give this a try. It's pretty inexpensive for a Vit C product and won't leave you out of pocket if it doesn't agree with you.

Turns out there is some way to salvage this, at least in my case. Have used very lightly mixed with a dab of Aveeno lotion and applied to elbows and knees. No difference so far (7th night) but promisingly no reaction either so will continue until used up.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 12/6/2018 9:36:00 AM


The formula for this foundation is thin and watery so it feels lovely on my dry skin, and doesn't empathize dry patches or settle in lines & pores [I find that using a damp beauty sponge for application gives the most flawless finish]. I'd call the formula a light/medium coverage and there's no caking when I do build it up for extra coverage. The finish is very similar to my beloved Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea foundation; Silky smooth, with an almost poreless look and a glowing satin finish. It'll cover discolouration/unevenness and minor blemishes, but if I have a spot I'll need to use a concealer. There have been no patches of dry skin, itching or feelings of tightness on the dry and sensitive skin on my face, which almost every other foundation I've tried has left. Being so good on my dry skin, makes me believe that this foundation may not work on oilier skin, so approach with caution if you have combination or oilier skin.

The wear time is excellent; I'll apply this in the morning, and it'll still look nearly-perfect in the evening when I remove it, and I haven't suffered from any breakouts whilst I've been using this foundation. An outstanding performance for such an affordable price - I'm not going to bother replacing my Rainforest Of The Sea foundation when it's gone, as this is an excellent replacement.

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 12/6/2018 3:47:00 AM


For the price, this performs way past a number of high end foundations. It does provide lots of slip so best if you prep with a grippy type or matte moisturiser. It floats on the skin, blends well with fingers and wears well. This however would not be suited to everyone. I'm don't have a lot to cover and am after a light wash layer that will make me look flawless with little effort. This fits the bill. This would be more suitable for dry-combo types and does not pool in fine lines. I'm NC25 and I use 2.0N for a perfect match. The yellow based colours are waaaaay to yellow so the neutral range is great. Honestly, I would say this is better than lots of the serum/liquidy type foundations I have tried and you can't beat having a go since they provide a 365 day refund if you don't like it. I would love to see spf in this or even a tinted spf foundation by the same brand.

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

on 12/5/2018 5:23:00 PM


I wanted to like this but it really pissed off my skin. I couldn't figure out if I was using it correctly. When I spot treated it didn't seem to make much of an improvement (aside from making my CCs open up more, which was good) and when I used it all over I had to mix a few drops with TO niacinamide serum or moisturizer because it irritated my skin. The woman at the DECIEM store told me it would be good for my hormonal acne but I later read that salicylic acid to spot treat isn't always best for darker skin. I think that I might have been sensitive to the witch hazel because at some point the area below my eyebrow swelled up even though I didn't put it the serum there. I'm not allergic to aspirin so really I have no clue. YMMV, maybe I didn't introduce it slowly enough. If anything I had a hard time waiting out the purge because of how much my skin seemed to hate this product. Honestly, it looked like total garbage and didn't seem like a regular purge, kinda hard to describe. Now that I haven't used it for a week my skin seems a lot happier.

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

on 12/5/2018 8:50:00 AM


At first I saw so many reviews around the web for this product that I thought some people got paid to leave these reviews. I ordered the product not expecting much. But this product does work. I use it twice a week. My routine is coconut milk dove soap for cleansing, toner, then I put on the ordinary lactic acid then after it dries I put on my moisturizer. I have had many people ask me what I am using. This does give you results. My forehead wrinkle literally disappeared. I would buy this before it gets over hyped and they raise the price.

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

on 12/4/2018 3:08:00 AM


I am 51 with modest wrinkles starting, horizontal wrinkles, vertical wrinkles due to sagging skin and lack of moisture wrinkles that I've always had. My regular skincare was Asian (actually Chinese, cheaper than Korean but same effects). I have used a combination of Ordinary products for over a month. It did absolutely nothing for me. If at all my skin looks worse because its not hydrated enough. Non of my wrinkles have improved not even the lack of moisture ones which usually improve with even the cheapest moisturizer. Back to my much beloved Asian skincare.

What I have used: Matrixyl 10%, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Natural Moisturizing factors + Ha. I have also used the Vitamin C Suspension 23% and the Caffeine eye treatment but I binned those right away because the Caffeine made my eyes look worse and the C suspension smells like plastic.

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