The Ordinary: Are They Worth It?

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not within the job”

-Zig Ziglar

Hello my lovelies!

The Ordinary is a brand that has received a lot of hype over the years. The brand has had a longstanding promise of delivering high quality results for a reasonable price. The brand has been a cult favorite amongst beauty bloggers and the mundane alike, but is really worth the praise, or is it just another overrated brand with average results? I decided to find out for myself.

So what is The Ordinary’s deal? According to Beautylish, The Ordinary was founded by skin care lovers who grew tired of the pricing and disingenuous nature of the beauty industry. They set out to create high quality and effective products at a fair price for consumers, because taking care of yourself shouldn’t be expensive. Normally, I would totally agree with this sentiment, but when it comes to skincare, I want to know that I am getting the most out of what I buy, regardless of what I pay. I decided to order two products to try out, and I want to share my thoughts with all of you throughout this post and answer a question many of us probably have: Is this brand worth the trouble?


The Products:

One of the two products I settled on was The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% Treatment. This is meant to work as a chemical exfoliant for every day use. I had heard rumors that it was a cheaper dupe for my beloved Good Genes (which is apparently being switched over to Glycolic Acid, sad), and decided to give it a whirl for one month in order to fully develop my thoughts.

My Thoughts: I don’t find this exfoliant nearly as effective as my Good Genes exfoliant, but I do believe that it works nonetheless. I do see that this product adequately exfoliates away my built up dead skin cells, but the entire process is far slower than I am used to. This exfoliant produces slower, much gentler results over time, and while that isn’t a BAD thing, it isn’t as effective for my skin type and skincare desires.

The second product I chose was The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Plus Zinc 1% Treatment. This is meant to work as a treatment used day and night to help with blemishes and oily skin, something I tend to struggle with based on my oily skin type, especially in the T-Zone. I haven’t had to use these types of treatments very much since my first round of Accutane, but since I have been off the medication, some of my acne and oiliness has come back, creating the need for this treatment.

My Thoughts: This literally did nothing. Zilch. Nada. The gel-like consistency feels great going on and absorbs into my skin nicely, but I am no less oily or breakout-free than before I was using this treatment. I have alternated between once and twice a day, day and night, every other day, all of it; this product is ineffective at controlling my oiliness and breakouts.

So Are They Worth It?

Ultimately, I found the two products that I ordered from this brand to be incredibly underwhelming. I found that they were fairly ineffective at controlling my oily and acneic skin, and do not exfoliate as much as I would like. Besides the quality of the products, I also find the quantity disappointing. After only a month, I am already halfway through both bottles, despite using them exactly as directed or less. While the price can’t be beat at $6.00, I would not only have to order these products online and hope they’re in stock, but I would be ordering far more often and paying shipping + handling, making this a high turnover product. My final verdict? I don’t think The Ordinary is all it’s cracked up to be, and will very likely not try the same or other products from the in the future.


That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a marvelous Monday!

Stay beautiful!

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

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Ocean Sunset Eye Tutorial

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean”

Hello my lovelies!

I want to start off by saying that I’m very proud to end this week’s yellow theme with this look.

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I gathered color inspiration from this look on Pinterest via an Instagram post by Alexie May, who goes by @beats.by.lex on Instagram. While the concepts aren’t the same, I feel that both her look and mine are pretty amazing.

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I originally did not have any gold leaf on the inner corner, but felt the look was really missing something until I added it on. The gold leaf really pulled all of this together. I know this is more of a gold palette than yellow, but I think it’s close enough. I didn’t use a particular palette for this look, so feel free to use any shadows you like while I guide you through how to recreate this!

Let’s Get Started:


The eyelids:

  1. Prime the eyelids with a concealer or primer that you prefer.
  2. Warm up the crease with a peach-toned shadow. Blend this highest toward the eyebrow to build the rainbow effect up.
  3. Place an orange shadow just under the peach transition shade to help build intensity.
  4. Carve out the lid in a winged shape with concealer.
  5. Pack a gold or yellow shade onto the concealer while it is still tacky, following the winged shape.
  6. Carefully create a line mimicking the winged shape with a white eyeliner. If you mess up, pack gold shadow on any smudged lines.

Lower Lashline:

  1. Blend a dark turquoise shadow across the entire lower lashline.

Other:

  1. Line the waterline with a turquoise eyeliner.
  2. Apply some gold leaf to the inner corner using lash or glitter glue. You can also just highlight the inner corner as you would normally if you don’t own gold leaf/don’t want to use it.
  3. Curl and coat the lashes with mascara. Apply falsies if you wish.

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a fantabulous Friday!

Stay beautiful!

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

Products Used:

Brows – NYX Micro Brow Pencil “Chocolate”

Eyeshadow – Morphe 35O Palette, NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette “Brights”, Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow “Fortune Teller”

Eyeliner – MUFE Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner “M-26”, MUFE Aqua XL Ink Liner “M-14”

Mascara – NYX Worth The Hype Mascara

Lashes – Ardell Magnetic Strip Lashes “Double 110”

Gold Leaf – Amazon

Accutane: Week 17

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”

-Aristotle

 

Hello my lovelies!

 

It’s been 17 weeks of these posts and if you’re like me, you’re about ready to git’er done soon. I’ve decided to condense down the pictures to two pictures, as the improvement levels are pretty stagnant by this point.

Speaking of stagnant, I did want to be open with you guys and let you know that while I have no regrets about going on Accutane, I am very underwhelmed overall with the progress I’ve made. I have seen people’s skin do a complete turnaround, pimple AND scar free, but while I do break out less and my scarring has faded slightly due to my own skincare, it’s getting hard looking in the mirror every day and hoping that today will be the day my skin turns a new leaf. I still break out, my scars still garner stares, and this is too expensive of a treatment in my eyes for only partial results.

I only have a month left before I have to stop, and my doctor has already inadvertently suggested that I could start again in the fall. If my doctor thinks my progress is sub-par, it’s really hard to try and keep a positive mindset and think that a miracle will happen in thirty days. I know that there has been real progress, it’s obvious based on my first two months alone, but if a medication meant for severe acne couldn’t rid my pesky-but-moderate breakouts, what does that say for others who have that severe acne?

I’m holding out on my last string of hope and will finish off my course, but I’m just getting tired of watching nothing happen for me anymore. Making these posts almost seems silly at this point, given that it’s just the same pock-filled pictures day in and day out. Maybe I’m destined to have acne. Who knows?

 

Let’s get started:


Day 90 –

 

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I am turning red a lot more often that I have previously, but I attribute this to my skin developing more sensitivity. Even itching my arm produces a red spot for a while.

Day 94 –

 

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My lingering breakouts are starting to recede, however the scarring is not improving much further, as the scarring still often appears quite red and obvious, almost like bug bites.


 

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a terrific Tuesday!

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

Accutane: Week 16

“If you are what you should be. you will set the whole world on fire”

-St. Catherine of Siena

 

Hello my lovelies!

 

When I first started Accutane, I expected chronically dry skin that would constantly need help and moisture. Fortunately, my skin has leaned more toward the normal-to-dry side than anything. That is, up until this week. Not only is my skin turning straight up ashy if I don’t put lotion on continuously, but I now have two dry patches on my face (you’ll see one in the photos). While my skin is still completely manageable and I am in no way uncomfortable, seeing these changes occur is definitely giving me a “new leaf” vibe right now.

 

 

Let’s get started:


 

Day 92 –

 

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Notice the dry patch on the left picture. Everything else is fading quite nicely, though these acne spots are still lingering.

 

Day 94 –

 

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Holy redness. I definitely noticed that my skin has become much more sensitive to touch, as even a light tap leaves a blotchy red patch on my skin. It’s safe to say applying my skin care isn’t helping that issue.

 

Day 96 –

 

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Again, just so much sensitivity going on here, but things are finally starting to recede and purge once again.


 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a terrific Tuesday.

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

Accutane: Week 15

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

-Socrates

 

Hello my lovelies!

 

First off, I apologize for this post being a day late and half-assed. I’ve got a sinus infection that is not only kicking me in the butt in general, but with being on Accutane, my immune system is essentially even more useless and is not doing anything to help me get better, so drugs it is.

Speaking of things getting better, I decided to take a gander at my very first Accutane post, and holy crap have things improved since then. I almost forgot that my acne had been that red, raw and painful, and it was a great reality check to show myself that while the improvements are slow, things are absolutely getting better, and I have a lot to be thankful for.

 

 

Let’s Get Started:


Day 86 –

 

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Day 88 –

 

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Day 90 –

 

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That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a wonderful Wednesday!

 

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own