The Ordinary | First Impressions.

You’ve all probably heard of The Ordinary by now or even tried their products yourself. If not, where have you been? They’re the hottest new budget skincare brand around and I’ve completely fallen in love with their products! Actually, I’m addicted. The Ordinary are part of Deciem, a ’boutique and exciting umbrella of beauty brands’ who call themselves The Abnormal Beauty Company and also feature the likes of Niod and Hylamide. I’ve been trying out some of their products for a few months now and I thought it was about time I shared my first impressions with you..

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution |
Let’s start with the favourite, shall we? A must have for anyone who suffers from breakouts! You need this in your life, trust me! I couldn’t be without it now. Since about May time, my chin has been a nightmare. Spot after spot and for someone who has never really suffered from acne, it’s really bewildered me as to why, at 25, I’m suddenly suffering badly. I still don’t know the reason but this Salicylic Acid has been a lifesaver. Reducing spots quickly and helping with the scarring left behind too. You can apply a small amount of this all over if you wish to help maintain visible clarity, however, I tend to apply this to spots only as I have dry skin.

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% |
Another product that seems to be helping reduce my acne scarring is this Vitamin C Suspension. I’ll be honest, at first, I had no idea what this actually was and where in my skincare routine to apply it. I eventually found out that it’s a serum and I’ve been loving using it. I apply it in the evenings only as it has a gritty texture and I find it also has a tendency to peel (Although, I’m not too sure if this is supposed to happen..). It does feel really weird at first and it may itch a little but that’s totally normal. Free from water and silicones, this serum contains a concentrated blend of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to plump, brighten and smoothen.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG |
This was one of the first products I came across and as someone who unfortunately has been blessed with the most prominent puffy eyes, I’ll try anything that promises to reduce them and this was a really hyped up product. Do I like it? Yes. Do I think it’s done much? I haven’t really noticed a huge difference but I’d say my dark circles aren’t as noticeable as they used to be. So that’s something!

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution |
I’ve been absolutely loving using this ’10 minute exfoliating facial’. And I think it’s another product that has helped reduce my scarring. I use this 1-2 times a week and I have noticed a massive difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. However, be aware that if you have sensitive skin, this product is not for you! Even for me, it has a tendency to sting and I can imagine on sensitive skin it’d be rather unbearable. And never use this while you have a new breakout, I learnt the hard way. Ouch.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 |
I haven’t used this acid much so I can’t say a lot about it as I have another serum on the go but once it’s done, I’ll be giving this more usage. Hyaluronic acid is great at smoothing skin, hydrating and giving it a more plumped appearance.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil |
I had been wanting to try a Rose Hip oil for some time but I couldn’t really afford to splurge on the likes of Trilogy and Pai. So, I had to give this one a try and I’ve been loving it! I wouldn’t say it’s done much for my skin but I just love how it feels. Enriched with vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants, rose hip oils are renowned for their anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties that calm redness, hydrate dry skin, treat scars/burns and brighten dull skin.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA |
A little goes a long way with this moisturiser! It’s really lovely and light but packs a punch in terms of hydration. My dry skin literally laps this stuff up! I’m definitely buying the bigger tube next time, 30ml won’t last long at all!

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer |
I was in desperate need of a new primer so thought I’d give this one a whirl. I steered clear of the High Adherence Silicone Primer due to my dry skin as anything with silicone that promises a matte finish is usually a big no-no. This still has that slight silicone-y feel to it but it’s much more hydrating, I find. Again a little goes a long way and I’ve found that my foundations are lasting a lot longer, it’s a great base product. It also gives skin a dewy appearance when worn alone! 100% recommend.

Coverage Foundation |
This may not be a skincare product but it had to be included because it’s amazing! It’s not full coverage like The Ordinary suggest but it is still great at covering up any skin imperfections which is exactly what I need right now especially around the chin area. I haven’t stopped using this since I got it! It’s perfect for my dry skin as it never gives that cakey appearance or settles into fine lines and it applies really smoothly. There are 21 shades available and I find that 1.0N is the perfect match for my pale as a ghost skin. For £5.90, this foundation has everything you’d expect from a higher end foundation that you’re likely to splurge £30+ on. The bottles may be small but it’s so worth it!

Have you tried The Ordinary? If so, what’s your favourite product? If not, what have you got your eye on?

Laura x
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  • I haven't tried anything from them yet but the Peeling Solution is on my "to buy" list xx


  • This brand sounds so amazing! I can't believe I still haven't tried it yet be honest. I really love the sound of the cold pressed rose hip seed oil <3

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  • Ah I really want to try the salicylic acid, it sounds perfect for reducing blemishes. Also got the moisturising factors on my list!

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  • There is just so much I want to try, I definitely want the foundations, primer and AHA and Vitamin C products, I think I will end up buying everything. How do you think the Full Coverage foundation will work on oily skin? Xx

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