The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Review

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Today I’m reviewing the final item from my October haul from The Ordinary – the Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA serum. [info in italics is taken from The Ordinary]

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyper-pigmentation. It’s used at a high 2% concentration versus a standard concentration of 1% and supported with a next-generation form of Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced delivery. Alpha Arbutin is much stronger in effect than Arbutin or Beta Arbutin.

Usage: Apply a few drops to face in the AM and PM as part of your skincare regimen. Use sun protection in the AM.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

I have a few spots of minor hyper-pigmentation on my face, so I thought that I would try this serum out.It doesn’t sting or irritate my sensitive skin.

I use this serum once a day in the morning, instead of the recommended twice a day (and admittedly, I do sometimes forget to use it). That being said, I am noticing that my hyper-pigmentation spots are slowly fading away. The results would probably be more pronounced if I used it both day and night, but I’m happy to be seeing some results.

 

TheOrdinary AA2 3

I apply this only to the hyper-pigmentation spots on bare skin before applying any of the other layers of serums, moisturizers, facial oils etc. It plays well with the other components in my skincare routine.

This the first serum that I’ve tried out for hyper-pigmentation, so I can’t really speak of its effectiveness compared to other treatments.

Have you tried anything for hyper-pigmentation? What do you use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Review

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Today I have a review of an antioxidant serum from The Ordinary – the Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%. [info in italics taken from The Ordinary] This is one of the products from my haul in late October.

 

This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid. Resveratrol is a natural phenol found in several plants and our pure source is 100% derived from Japanese Knotweed. Ferulic Acid is a high-potency phytochemical antioxidant found naturally in walls of plant cells. 

Skincare formulations generally incorporate Resveratrol at 1% or less and Ferulic Acid at 0.5% or less. This formula contains each at 3%, an exceptionally high concentration. 

The Ordinary Reversatrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Application:

Apply alone or after water-based serums, before oils or heavier creams. Alternatively, mix with other treatments to enhance their antioxidant capacity significantly. 

The Ordinary Reversatrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

I’ve tested this out on its own, with my Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (review is here), and with various moisturizers. This is one of those products where a little goes a long way. The first time I used it, I applied way too much and it just never seemed to fully absorb into my skin!

The Ordinary Reversatrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

I mainly use the R3F3 serum with my Vitamin C serum – it seems to help boost the brightening effect and helps deal with fine lines. If you layer your skincare, keep in mind the application order or else it won’t absorb well.

As an added plus, it doesn’t have a scent!

The Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% sells for $7.90 CAD (for 30ml).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this, and my opinion is very much my own.

Weekly Recap Nov 13th to 19th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, November 13th – Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with Smile Brilliant (and Giveaway) *PR sample, promo code and giveaway link*

Wednesday, November 15th – The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

Friday, November 17th – Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Masque Review

Things and stuff:

It is a snowy and wet Sunday morning here in Montreal. I’m so not ready for winter!

I made a Thai inspired soup this morning in my InstantPot and my entire place smells like lemongrass and ginger. Yuuuuuuum!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products disclosed in original reviews. My opinion is always my own whether the post involves a PR sample or something that I paid for myself.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

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Today I have a review of the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% from The Ordinary. So what is Ascorbyl Glucoside? [info in italics taken from The Ordinary website]

Ascorbyl Glucoside is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. It is much more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid. Being more compatible with water allows for a very pleasant serum texture. It is considered a gold standard of Vitamin C derivatives due to its high stability and comfortable use, but it’s impossible to achieve extremely high L-Ascorbic Acid potency with this solution. Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

I’ve tested out several different Vitamin C serums over the past two and a half years – and most recently, the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres from The Ordinary. My skin never adjusted to it, and always did that sting-tingle upon application (review is here).

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

After reading through The Ordinary’s Guide to Vitamin C, I decided to try out the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% – it was described as having a high potency of Vitamin C but with a low chance of stinging, and in a more serum like formulation.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

The Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution has no real scent and absorbs quickly into my skin with absolutely no stinging or tingling. And it doesn’t leave a tacky feeling on the skin when dry.

This one works way better with my sensitive skin and helps keep my looking bright and seems to work well with the other products the I’m currently using. I’ll soon have my cold weather skin routine to share with you, once I finish testing out a few more products.

It is slightly more expensive than the Vitamin C Suspension ($5.80 CAD) but it is still quite affordable at $12.90 CAD for 30ml (1 fluid oz).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

The Ordinary Mini-Haul and Matrixyl 10% + HA Review

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Today I have the first of several skincare reviews of things that I’ve been trying out this past month from my recent mini-haul from Deciem / The Ordinary.

Deciem / The Ordinary

First off, two re-purchases – the Buffet serum and Advanced Retinoid 2% (original reviews are here and here).

Deciem / The Ordinary

And now onto the new stuff – as you can see I have four new products (Argireline Solution 10%, Matrixyl 10% + HA, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%) that I’ve been testing out. Because I have sensitive skin, I did my patch test on my arm first before testing any of them on my face. And then introduced each one separately to monitor for any sensitivity or reaction.

Deciem / The Ordinary

Today I’m reviewing the Matrixyl 10% + HA, A High-Strength Peptide Formulation. (info in italics is taken from the website)

Matrixyl is a trademarked peptide composition developed by Sederma in France. This highly-effective composition has been shown to reduce the look of static and dynamic wrinkles. This formula contains two generations of Matrixyl, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6, at a combined concentration of 10% by weight in a specialized Hyaluronic Acid delivery system. The peptide in Matrixyl 3000 is palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and the peptide in Matrixyl Synthe’6 is palmitoyl tripeptide-38. 

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

This serum can be used morning and night and targets fine lines and wrinkles. In terms of its consistency, it is very similar to the Buffet serum. I’ve been using the Matrixyl at night, and Buffet in the morning. Similar to Buffet, the serum absorbs quickly into the skin and plays well with other serums and creams that I’ve tested it with thus far.

 

I don’t think that I need to be using both Buffet and Matrixyl since they both target fine lines and wrinkles, and both contain Hyaluronic Acid for hydration. I just need to decide which one works best for me – thus far they both seem to do the same thing for my skin.

This serum is $11.50 CAD for a 30ml dropper bottle. Most anti-aging serums are far more expensive than that!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

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.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

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!

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

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 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!

Sneak Peek – Currently Testing The Ordinary

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This is just a sneak peek of what I’m currently testing / about to test. My order from Deciem / The Ordinary arrived yesterday and I’m super excited to test out a bunch of new products!

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Because I have sensitive skin, I can’t start using everything all at once and have to slowly introduce new products over the course of several days.

Here’s a teaser of what is being tested out:

The Ordinary

I’m very excited about this super affordable skincare line! Reviews to follow once I’ve tested things out long enough to have a solid opinion (minimum two weeks usage).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things!

April 2017 Empties

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I’m still working my way through my stash, and am gradually using things up. There were a few products that were so close to finishing but not fully finished. I guess they will be in next month’s empties. Here’s what I finished up this month:

April 2017 Empties

On the empties:

April 2017 Empties

Saje Essential Oil Blend in Peppermint Twist – I love this essential oil blend, and need to re-purchase this as soon as I use up a few more. Original review is here.

April 2017 Empties

Nova Scotia Fisherman Hand & Body Cream – This stuff saved my hands all winter, I’ll be re-purchasing this one in my next well.ca order. Original review is here.

April 2017 Empties

Smith’s Mocha Rose Lip Balm, and Haus of Gloi Lip Balm in Wild Rose and Cherry Vanilla – I’m a lip balm addict, it is true, but I’m trying to use up the ones in my stash before I buy any more. The Haus of Gloi Cherry Vanilla one disappeared, so it didn’t get photographed – I suspect that I will find it on the weekend when I am vacuuming, haha!

April 2017 Empties

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – This is normally my holy grail mascara, but the last one that I bought was really thick and clumpy, so I only used it for two weeks before pitching it. Maybe it was an old one. I’ve since re-purchased the Big Show Waterproof one from Annabelle in the meantime. Original review of Essence here, Annabelle here.

April 2017 Empties

Mychelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C Pro Serum 25%* – This is my favourite C serum that I’ve tried this far. It doesn’t sting my sensitive skin, which is surprising considering a lot of them do. I haven’t re-purchased this yet, but it is on my wishlist, as I’m still working my way through my skincare stash. Original review is here.

Ingenium Naturals Sensi-Cream* – Such a great facial moisturizer, it is lightweight and gentle, perfect for sensitive skin. Again, this one is on my wishlist, but until I clear out more of my stash, I can’t re-purchase. Original review is here.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products marked with * were PR samples.