The Ordinary – Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – Review

In a Few Words
A simple overnight exfoliating treatment.

The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% is a “high-strength exfoliating serum with lactic acid and hyaluronic acid. It resurfaces the skin to promote a bright, even tone and a smooth, soft texture.” It comes in a 1 oz glass bottle with a dropper and sells for about $7.00.

I bought this after being underwhelmed by Good Genes and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum (they were fine but not mind blowing). I use this every other night and apply a full dropper before my oil. I also give it 5-10 minutes to absorb before I move on to my next step – if I move on to my next step then the LA + HA will pill.

The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% is… fine. I didn’t really see any improvement in my skin, but it did a good job maintaining my skin. I would buy it again because the price is so good and I would like to try it on my body (currently I am using an exfoliating lotion from Paula’s Choice). I think I liked Sunday Riley and Drunk Elephant better, but I’m always wanting to try something new so next up is Stratia’s Soft Touch AHA.

This treatment would be good for someone on a budget or someone who wants to try an inexpensive acid treatment before buying a luxury item.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Lactic acid – “an alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates to reveal clearer, more radiant skin”
Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer – “a form of hyaluronic acid that boosts skin’s moisture content for a plump, supple, and smooth appearance”

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral Oil
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
N/A – though, given the nature of the product, it might irritate sensitive skins

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Complete Ingredients:
AQUA (WATER), LACTIC ACID, GLYCERIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ARGININE, POTASSIUM CITRATE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER, TASMANNIA LANCEOLATA FRUIT/LEAF EXTRACT, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, XANTHAN GUM, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, PPG-26-BUTETH-26, ETHYL 2,2-DIMETHYLHYDROCINNAMAL, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL.

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The Ordinary – Serum Foundation – Review

The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a budget friendly light/medium coverage, dewy foundation with a skin-like finish.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a budget friendly light/medium coverage, dewy foundation with a skin-like finish.

I really enjoy this foundation – it’s a beautifully natural looking product. I think that you would like this foundation if enjoy cushion foundations or water based foundation like the Smashbox BB water. I like wearing this for short periods of time like to run errands because it is not long lasting (but fades evenly throughout the day).

This foundation has a crazy big array of shades – 21 total with cool, neutral, and warm undertones. I have mine in 1.2N and it matches me pretty well, The Ordinary states that every person will match two to three shades so it should be easy to find a shade that matches you. They also have two unique shades 1.0NS and 1.2 YG – a light foundation with silver highlights and a medium shade with golden highlights. I know there was a lot of chaos when the foundations were first release (I waited 3-4 weeks for mine). Now that the hype has calmed down, I haven’t read any more about issue of keeping up with demand.

I do plan on repurchasing this foundation and I will probably buy two shades – 1.0NS, pale shade with silver highlight and a foundation in my shade – I might try their coverage formula, but maybe I’ll just stick with the serum foundation because if it’s not broken, why fix it?

Simple Beauty – Squalane

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Squalane is found naturally in our skin, but it is also a beauty oil created from plants (mostly sugar cane and olives  – in my brief research I didn’t really see a big differences in quality/effectiveness based on the source, let me know if you are aware of any! ) . First squalene is extracted from plants, then it goes through a hydrogenation process (adding water, but it’s not watering it down because … chemistry … the oxygen atoms run away and the hydrogen atoms stay to party) creating squalane. Squalene is an unsaturated oil that can go rancid quickly after being exposed to the air or heat while squalane a very stable oil that doesn’t expire quickly and can be exposed to air and heat.

Squalane is a great moisturizer for all skin types, it promotes skin regeneration, is antibacterial, and is an antioxidant. If you are oily, adding squalane to your skincare routine can help regulate your skin’s sebum production. If you are dry, squalane can deeply hydrate your skin. Squalane absorbs quickly and is non-comedogenic. It can be used to treat eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Squalane can also be used in the hair to  prevent moisture loss and breakage and, because it is stable at high temperatures, it can be used as a heat protectant too!

I have only used Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane, but I think that any squalane from a company you like and trust would work the same – products range from The Ordinary’s for $8.00/oz to $17.00/oz for one from Biossance.  I use squalane both morning and night – it mixes well with other oils, is so intensely hydrating, absorbs quickly, and is not greasy. I like making a cocktail of oils for my moisturizer and squalane noticeably amps up the hydration and plumpness of my skin… I especially notice the plumpness in my lips! Also, I started using it in my hair as a heat protectant and it totally works! The thing I like best about using squalane in my hair over other oils is that fact that it has a very mild scent (even when heated) so it doesn’t compete with my perfume or smell weird while heat styling.

Simple Beauty – Rose Hip Seed Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Rose hip seed oil is pressed from the seeds of rose bushes and is a powerhouse of ingredients for your skin.  It is most popular for being a natural source of Vitamin A – a more gentle form of retinol.  The oil also  has essential fatty acids that can assist in tissue regeneration that may reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. It is high in linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that may reduce acne. It also contains Vitamin C, another anti-aging ingredient that stimulates the production of collagen and reduces the signs of aging.

I have bought rose hip seed oil on Amazon (as with all oils, I prefer Organic and cold pressed), but I like to get it from The Ordinary now that they carry it. I use the oil almost every evening on my face – I will either mix it in with Stratia Liquid Gold or I will mix it with my serum. Not only does it provide a little boost of benefits with the vitamins and fatty acids, it also provides a little extra moisture for my dehydrated skin. It is pretty lightweight and I think that normal/combo/oil skins would not find it to be too heavy if it was used on its own or under moisturizer.  Have you used rose hip seed oil? Let me know what you thought of it! Oils are my favorite one ingredient beauty products and I have a few more lined up to talked about in this series!

9.23.17 PM Skin

9.23.17 PM Skin

Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Treatment Cleanser

Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Deciem’s The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Stratia Liquid Gold + Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil + Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

 

9.21.17 PM Skin

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9.21.17 PM Skin

Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk

Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

Deciem’s The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Sally’s Organics Rose Water

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Stratia Liquid Gold + Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

9.20.17 PM Skin

9.20.17 PM Skin

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

• Retin-A 0.05%

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Stratia Liquid Gold + Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion