Ironically, The Ordinary. New product haul!

New product haul from The Ordinary by Deciem: my love for this brand runs deep! I discovered them about two years ago and can't imagine my skincare routine without it! What's great: they offer a WIDE range of supplemental serums that can be mixed and matched for a customized regimen. What's AWESOME: Nearly all of their products are UNDER $10!!! Yes, I'm serious. No frills packaging and simple "recipes" are their attributing factors... but this stuff really does work! What's tricky: figuring out what all of these ingredients mean so that you're making the best choices for your skin. Some googling required.

I've been a licensed esthetician for about 10 years, so skincare ingredients aren't totally a foreign language to me, but even I have had some learning opportunities when dissecting this brand. Their product descriptions are getting better as they evolve (they now have some products in Sephora!) but I'd still consult a google search or phone a friend (who's licensed) when in doubt. 

New this week:

100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder (!!!!)- completely obsessed!! I'd been eyeballing a MUCH higher-ticket powdered Vitamin C booster for months, but this one is SO potent, I'll never splurge! This powder lets you add a swift kick in the pants to any serum or moisturizer in your routine. I almost fell off my chair from the very first application. Tingle factor is definitely there, like with most high-concentrate Vitamin C products, but dissipates after about 10 minutes. I'm mixing it with their Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (another one I don't live without).

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution - Incredibly softening, not toooo aggressive. I've used it twice in the past week, and could probably go up to 3x per week easily. My skin is pretty thick/resistant, so I'd suggest starting with once a week until you see how well you tolerate it. I feel like this product is more effective for me (stronger) than similar ones I've tried. Keeper! Side note: it looks like actual blood when applied... don't scare your loved ones!

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG - This one is a repurchase! I love this serum under my eye cream as an extra punch to the puffiness... and I need all the help I can get! Not a miracle product, but I do think it helps. 

Serum Foundation - RAVING about this one. This order was my 3rd color of this water-weight, semi-matte beauty. Getting the shade *perfect* took 3 tries, but the first two are totally wearable as well, and let's be real. They are $6 bucks each!! Insane. This is literally the foundation I've been hunting for MONTHS. I'm going to make a video demo of these soon, so stay tuned. 

I've had quite the collection of The Ordinary over the past couple of years, but these are my most impressive finds thus far. Prior obsessions include the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Organic cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ($10!!), Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Alpha Arbutin, Lactic Acid 10%... the list goes on. Let me know if you have questions about where to start with this brand... I am totally not sponsored but want to keep them in business!