The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion Review

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Today I have a review of the Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion from my recent haul from The Ordinary. All info in italics taken from their website.

This formulation combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight:
These two actives are:
a) Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of ageing than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid;
b) a sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system which supports both the delivery and the effect of Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate.
Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of ageing.

I chose the Retinoid formula because it was supposed to be less irritating since I find that some retinol / retinoid formulations are a little harsh on my sensitive skin. Some cause stinging, and some cause excessive dryness. I’m happy to say that this milky Retinoid emulsion is gentle, but effective. And it doesn’t have a scent!

As always, if you use any retinol / retinoid products, remember to wear SPF. Well, you should be wearing SPF regardless!

This one is also cruelty free and vegan, and costs $9.80 CAD.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Isoceteth-20, Behentrimonium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Have you tried this one? What is your fave retinol / retinoid product?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Review

Hello, hello! This post was supposed to go up yesterday, oops!

Today I have a review of the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG from my recent haul from The Ordinary.  I ordered this eye serum after watching a YouTube review from Wayne Goss. All info in italics taken from their website:

This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

I’ve had both dark circles from insomnia AND puffy eyes from allergies recently so I was willing to try anything to try to help deal with my zombie eye problem. It definitely reduces my eye puffiness. And I’ve found that it helps to minimize, but not fully eliminate my dark circles – but I highly doubt that there is anything that could fully eliminate them other than several weeks of awesome sleep!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

A word of warning though, do not get this serum into your eyes while applying! It really stings!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Propanediol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

This serum is cruelty-free and vegan, and only costs $6.70 CAD! Most eye creams or serums cost way more than that!

Have you tried this? What do you use for dark circles and puffiness?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Review

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Today I’m reviewing another skincare product from my recent haul from The Ordinary – the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. All info in italics is taken from their website.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration.


Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

The Ordinary HA 2% + B5 Serum

My skin loves Hyaluronic Acid products. I really love this one, for two main reasons – the first being the price ($6.80 CAD), and the second being that it has no scent. Add to that, the product is cruelty free (and vegan). It is a great way to add extra hydration to my skin. It plays nicely with other skincare products (and makeup).

This one is a keeper for me!

Have you tried this Hyaluronic Acid serum? What is your fave?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Weekly Re-Cap (June 5 to 18th)

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Just a little re-cap of the past two weeks worth of blog posts as I didn’t post a re-cap last week.

Monday June 5th – Spring Cleaning Project Collab – Month Four Update & Final Thoughts

Wednesday June 7th – Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula Review (Lavender Tips)

Friday June 9th – The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer Review

Monday June 12th – The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review 

Wednesday June 14th – The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum Review

Friday June 16th – Ipsy GlamBag June 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

So there you have it – all of the past two weeks worth of blog posts. Coming up this week, I have a few more skincare products from The Ordinary to review.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions on the June Ipsy GlamBag. The theme for this month is “Volume Up” – to fearlessly express yourself. All text in italics taken from the Ipsy website.


The bag design this month is a super cute, canvas bag. Let’s see what was inside:

Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender



  • Streaky makeup is so not ok! This blending beauty helps you apply all your liquid and cream formulas like a boss—so your complexion looks airbrushed, filtered, and totes flawless.  
  • Brushes can be so tricky. We love how this super easy-to-use sponge gets all up in the hard-to-reach places (like the edge of your nose and inner corners of your eyes).
  • This small wonder is great for travel, and the #millennialpink shade happens to look really cute in your makeup kit.

I actually needed to replace one of my makeup sponges, so this came at a perfect time. This travel face blender is a firmer, bouncier sponge than what I’m used to, but I’m sure that I can make it work.

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017

  • We already know that probiotics are good for our insides (that’s why we OD on yogurt, right?), but they’re also AMAZING for our skin. That’s why we’re super obsessed with this probiotic-infused moisturizing miracle cream!

  • It’s also made with ultra powerful peptides and Vitamin C, which brightens up dull skin and enhances natural collagen reproduction (AKA makes us look younger.)

  • This stuff is legit. Aside from “skincare queen/anti-aging specialist”, Dr. Fan’s job titles ALSO include biochemist, microbiologist, and practicing ophthalmologist. NBD.

I haven’t tried this, but I did open it enough to smell it – it is highly scented, so I will be passing this onto someone who doesn’t mind using scented facial products. It is cruelty free though, which is awesome!

Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Matte Black


  • The cutting-edge formula is insanely creamy, so it glides on like buttah with no tugging or dragging.

  • Because YOU draw the line, and YOU get to call the shots, this waterproof baby literally stays put until you decide it’s quitting time. (Just make sure you have some good makeup remover on deck!)

  • Wanna try a blurred-out, rock n’ roll liner look? This perf pencil gives you plenty of time to smudge up your lines before it sets for good.

Another black eyeliner. Joy. I have enough black eyeliners to last a lifetime. I’ll be passing this onto someone who will use it.

Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish in Atlantis at Last

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017

The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum Review

The Ordinary Buffet

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Today I have a review of the “Buffet” Peptide Serum from The Ordinary.

The Ordinary Buffet

Information in italics is taken from the website:

This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once. The technologies are Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl Synthe’6 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), Syn-Ake peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), Argirelox peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 25.1%.

This clear serum is to be used morning and night. The serum targets hydration, fine lines, wrinkles, dynamic lines and skin texture.

I’ve been using this for several weeks now both morning and night after washing my face, and feel that I can give a solid opinion on this serum. I find this to be a nice lightweight serum, and it layers nicely with other skincare products – other serums, moisturizers, primer, sunscreen, make-up etc.

The Ordinary Buffet

I find that the Buffet serum is hydrating, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my fine lines and skin texture. And get this, the serum costs $14.80 – for an anti-aging serum! Most anti-aging serums tend to be way more expensive!

Have you tried the Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review

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Today I have a review of the highly coveted Serum Foundation from The Ordinary.


Descriptions in italics are taken from their website:

Serum Foundations are lightweight medium-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations offer moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight serum feel. They are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with the supplied pump or with the optional glass dropper available for purchase separately if preferred.

I chose shade 1.2P (light with pink undertones) and it seems to be a perfect match for my skintone. This Serum Foundation is very liquidy, and lightweight on the skin. I’d say that the coverage is closer to light than to medium, but it is probably buildable to a medium coverage. I prefer light coverage, so this works for me.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The pigments used in this format are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect. These pigments are suspended in our proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary.

This foundation gives my skin a very natural look, it evens out my skintone and doesn’t crease. I’ve tested it alone, with the High Spreadability Fluid Primer (review is here), with concealer, and with sunscreen. It plays well with everything that I’ve tried so far. The finish is very much semi-matte, and not a super flat matte.

I find that applying the foundation with my fingers and then blending out with either a sponge or a foundation brush gives me the best finish. If I apply directly with a sponge, I end up streaky and have to spend longer blending it out.

Serum Foundations sold in the European Union offer an SPF 15 claim. This protection is achieved without the use of chemical sunscreens and only through physical protection from Titanium Dioxide. Additionally, no nano-particles are used to achieve this sun protection. These attributes are unique in foundations because it is exceptionally difficult to create a natural, lightweight look and consistent shades when using only non-nano forms of Titanium Dioxide for sun protection without any chemical sunscreen agents.

I love that the foundation has SPF. Although in the summer I tend to wear higher than SPF 15, but some sunscreen is better than none. But I’ve been wearing my SPF 28 and 30 from MyChelle Dermaceuticals most days underneath the foundation.

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.

Have you tried the Serum Foundation or the Coverage Foundation? For $6.70 CAD, it is a steal of a deal!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

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The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

Today I have a review of one of the many products that I purchased in my recent haul from The Ordinary – the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer. Here’s what it says on the website about the product:

This new generation of primer is a lightweight serum-like formula that increases the spreadability of subsequent complexion makeup to help avoid the unnatural and uneven accumulation of pigments especially around the eyes and on dry skin. The formula also acts as a light, non-oily surface hydrator for a natural dewy look.

Ingredients: Hexamethyldisiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopherol.

I chose this primer because I wanted a product that was hydrating and light. I’ve worn it with just concealer / powder, and with foundation / concealer / powder. It is a clear serum type primer, and has that weird slippery silicone feel when first applied. I find that it does smooth the skin and helps keep my makeup from creasing. It definitely gives a dewy finish to my makeup, so if you prefer a matte finish, then this is not the one for you. I really like this one, and the price is amazing at only $7.90 (CAD)!

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

The product is water free, oil free, alcohol free, vegan and cruelty free.

Next week I’ll be reviewing the highly coveted Serum Foundation, as well as reviewing some of the skincare products from my haul.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula Review

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Today I have a review of the new Sensitive Skin Formula Deodorant from Schmidt’s Naturals. I’ve previously reviewed the regular formula here if you want to check it out. I’ve tried numerous natural deodorants with varied results, but the Schmidt’s was by far the best one that I’ve ever used as it was long lasting and didn’t seem to crap out after a few hours. Not only did it keep my underarms from getting smelly, it kept them dry.

Fast forward to a year later of using the regular formula, and I started to develop a sensitivity to the baking soda. I’ve had this happen before with other natural deodorants with baking soda – usually fairly quickly. The reaction starts with my underarms getting red and irritated, and my skin will start looking similar to eczema, and as it heals, the skin will peel off. Normally when this starts to happen, I switch back to one of my baking soda free deodorants (that just don’t seem to work as well for me), to give my underarms a break.


So when Schmidt’s announced on their Instagram and Twitter that they were introducing some new sensitive formula deodorants, I commented that I needed to try it due to developing a baking soda sensitivity, and they told me to contact their customer service for some tips, the information below is taken from my email correspondence:

We’re sorry to hear that you are experiencing sensitivity while using Schmidt’s. It’s possible the discomfort is due to a sensitivity or allergy to an ingredient (such as baking soda), pH level of the skin, transitioning from antiperspirant (some people report going through a “detox” period), or it could even be that you’re applying more than is needed. Our product is effective and fast-absorbing, and can be used in smaller quantities than you may be used to applying with conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. We suggest starting with 1-2 swipes with our stick applicator or about half a pea-sized amount under each arm when using our jar applicator. Some people apply a small amount of moisturizer such as coconut oil before applying the deodorant and find that this does the trick for them.

Because I’ve been using natural deodorants for several years now, I’m long past the detox period, and had already tried the coconut oil trick to try to minimize the irritation.


I had several emails back and forth with their customer service, and they offered to replace my existing regular formula with either their new Charcoal and Magnesium Deodorant (with baking soda) or with one of their Sensitive Formula Deodorants!

Our Sensitive Skin are formulated without baking soda-they use magnesium to neutralize odour, and are formulated specifically for those seeking effective and natural protection from wetness and odour that is especially gentle on skin. This formula prioritizes a smooth, creamy consistency, topped off with inviting essential oils that are renowned for the skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities.

I decided to try out the sensitive formula since I was certain that it was the baking soda that was causing my reaction. I have to say that their customer service is EXCELLENT.

The Sensitive Skin Formula Deodorants come in six different scents – Coconut Pineapple, Jasmine Tea, Lavender Tips, Geranium Flower, Tea Tree and Fragrance Free. I chose to get the Lavender Tips scent to try out.


I’ve been using the Lavender Tips Sensitive Skin Deodorant for a several weeks now, and I have to say that I’m impressed! It works better for me than any other baking soda free deodorant that I’ve tried thus far. It is long lasting, I can put it on in the morning, and it keeps me smelling fresh all day. My underarms got a little damp once or twice, but I didn’t get smelly. Overall I’m really liking this one, and I think I’ll be using the Sensitive Formula most of the time, and only break out the regular formula one for days when I know I’ll be really active.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Product sent as a free replacement for my original deodorant that I had purchased myself.