The Ordinary

Happy Sunday! I’m excited about today’s post! Today we’re talking about The Ordinary.

I first learned about The Ordinary when it came to Sephora online. I was excited it was really affordable skincare with concentrated ingredients! Of course it sold out quickly and everytime I was ready to purchase it was sold out.

I was visiting a friend one day and she’s an esthetician, we got to talking about the brand and she told me to just order from their website! Duh Kim.

So I did! I bought a few products and I’ve been using them for a while and I want to share my thoughts.

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I purchased:

  • The Buffet
  • Caffeine Solution 5%
  • Hyaluranic Acid 2%
  • High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
  • Serum Foundation

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The Buffet is a multi-technology peptide serum that targets multiple signs of aging at once. The peptides are based in 11 amino acids. The formula is not greasy and extremely hydrating.

The Caffeine Solution 5% is a light textured formula with a high concentration of caffeine to combat dark circles and puffiness in the eye contours. I have seen physical differences in my skin since using this product! I don’t deal with puffiness too much but dark circles have become a problem and I’ve seen a significant difference!

Hyaluronic Acid 2% is a hydration support formula with ultra pure vegan hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can carry up to 1000 times its weight. This is a non-greasy formula that is extremely moisturizing and it penetrates the skin very well.

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The High-Spreadability Fluid Primer is a spreadability enhancing lightweight surface smoother and primer with high flexibility silicones. This primer is non-oily and helps foundation go on smoothly and evenly. It feels great and gives a great finish.

The Serum Foundation is a lightweight pigment suspension system with moderate coverage. They have a range of 21 shades, that are lightweight for a natural finish with sun protection without any chemical sunscreen agents.

Best part is the price!

  • The Buffet $14.80
  • Caffeine Solution 5% $6.70
  • Hyaluronic Acid 2% $6.80
  • High-Spreadability Fluid Primer $7.90
  • Serum Foundation $6.70

I am extremely happy with the product quality, the results I’m seeing, the prices, and over all brand integrity. The Ordinary has propriety technology and cutting edge technics that make their products some of the best on the market.

Long story short try them!  They have an amazing range of products something for just about everything. And the prices are amazing!

What do you think?

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Glam Up Your Bathroom 3 Ways

Say it with me no ugly bathrooms! Often times our bathrooms are not thought of as a room to decorate or a room that can be fashionable and functional. Outside of coordinating towels and a cute shower curtain what are other steps you can take to give your bathroom a little more flair? I’m glad you asked! Here are three very simple ways to class up your powder room.

  1. Presentation is everything! Take certain bathroom items out of their packaging like Q-tips, cotton rounds/balls, soap, etc. and place them in jars, decorative containers, trays, etc.PhotoGrid_1518880036716
  2. Show off your fragrances. Not only it is pleasing to the eye but it’s easy to see what fragrance you want to use that day!PhotoGrid_1518879942314
  3. Roll your towels. It’s stylish and fun! Find a big basket or stack them on top of each other. Atypical ways to show off and store your towels definitely adds a little something to your bathroom. PhotoGrid_1518879700004

Bonus tip: Clear your vanity off. The less clutter on your counter top the more aesthetically pleasing and the cleaner the counter top stays.

Are you running off to glam up your bathroom?

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Current Beauty Game Changers

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Happy Hump Day! I’m sharing my current beauty game changers. These are five products that I have been using pretty consistently and they are amazing!

  1. The Herbiarie Collagen + Retinol Daily Face Serum
  2. Fenty Beauty Match Stick in shade mocha
  3. Tarte Chrome Paint in shade fire dancer
  4. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
  5. Miss Spa Hydrogel Lip Treatment

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My Thoughts:

My skin is more supple and soft thanks to the collagen + retinol serum which I do use daily. Also Skyn Island products are amazing for stressed skin PERIOD! The hydro cooling gels work wonders on tired eyes! The Tarte chrome paints are seriously pigmented and give any look life! The Miss spa hydrogel lip treatment leaves my lips feeling moisturized and smooth. Last but not least my brand new baby Fenty match stick one word… BOMB. Stay tuned for a whole post dedicated to my love for Fenty Beauty!

Items were purchased at Ulta, Sephora, and Marshalls.

What are your current beauty game changers?

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Brand Spotlight: Tatcha

Stop what you are doing and read this post! My skin is loving Tatcha right now!

Let me give you a little back ground: Tatcha skincare is made in Japan and inspired by beauty secrets of Japanese Geishas. The ingredients in each product are carefully selected and minimally manipulated to be safe and gentle for maximum effectiveness.

I have four different products from Tatcha That have worked wonders on my skin.

  1. Pure one step camellia cleansing oil
  2. Polished classic rice enzyme powder
  3. The water cream
  4. The deep cleanse

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The one step camellia cleansing oil is a blend of camellia oil, rice brand oil, red algae, and green tea. It removes everything off your face and leaves you feeling clean, soft, and supple.

The classic rice enzyme powder is an exfoliant, cleanser, and toner in one! It is a water active powder that is a blend of rice and papaya extracts that release debris from your skin to leave you feeling super soft. It is also formulated with pearl which is a natural skin conditioner.

The water cream O.M.G I cannot say enough about this product it has transformed my skincare routine! I LOVE it so much! The water cream is anti-aging, refreshing, and pore-perfecting. The cream releases a burst of skin-improving nutrients to hydrate and prep skin.

The deep cleanse is a clarifying cleanser made with Japanese luffa fruit extract. The deep cleanse lifts impurities, unclogs pores, and balance skin’s moisture for a healthy glow.

Tatcha skincare is formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, or TEA. They are non-comedogenic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and dermatologist tested. In other words GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN!

The packaging in cute and the product is amazing. I cannot say enough good things about these products and this brand!

If you want simplicity in your skincare routine and beautiful skin try Tatcha today.

All products were purchased from Sephora.

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Meal Prep: Chicken Stir Fry

For the past two months I have been meal prepping. It is a life saver! I do it every week for my lunch for work. It’s easy and nice not to have to worry about food each day. It is also great for trying to get in/stay in shape.

I have fun coming up with different meals each week.

What I do:

Every Sunday is meal prep day. I do meat and veggies at the very least. This past week was chicken stir fry.

I made the chicken stir fry with chicken tenderloins, broccoli, mushrooms, and peppers. I cooked rice and I eat fruit with every meal prep. Depending on my work week I do prep for three or four days.

I add fruit or apple sauce and I’m set for the week! I reach in the fridge each morning pull out lunch and hit the road. This is so easy and stress free plus it’s fun coming up with a new recipe every week!

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I Have to Have it: Josie Maran

I have been in love with Josie Maran products since the first day I discovered them! Josie Maran Cosmetics uses the tag line “Luxury with a Conscience”. I think that sums up this brand perfectly!

High points:

  • Natural, eco-friendly skin care
  • Organic
  • Great packaging
  • Healthy
  • Gives results

Focus:

  • Hydrating
  • Skin/Complexion

The main ingredient and possibly the best way to identify Josie Maran cosmetics and skincare is everything has 100% pure Argan Oil in it. Argan oil is an all encompassing oil that gives healthy, natural, amazing results. Argan oil can be used for everything: hair, nails, face, body, you name it!

Products:

  • 100% Pure Argan Oil Original and Light formulas
  • Argan Cleansing Oil
  • Argan Daily Moisturizer
  • Argan Illuminizer
  • Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
  • Pure Argan Milk: Intensive Hydrating Treatment (Latest/Newest product)

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All the products mentioned are amazing. With Argan oil in every product you are guaranteed moisture and a healthy glow about your skin. (For more information on beauty oils refer to my previous post: On Trend: Beauty Oils) All the products are natural and don’t have harmful chemicals or ingredients. I like to think of Josie Maran products and cosmetics as healthy makeup. Your skin feels good and you feel good about taking care of yourself!

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I Have to Have it: Tarte Cosmetics

The first I Have to Have it goes to Tarte Cosmetics!

Tarte describes their cosmetics as high performance naturals. They are a cruelty free and vegan cosmetic line, always formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten.

However the thing that I find the most awesome about Tarte is that it was founded by Maureen Kelly, a beauty obsessed girl who wanted better healthier products both in ingredients and packaging. Tarte strives to be eco-friendly and glamorous at the same time and I believe they have achieved their goal.

A few Tarte products I can personally attest to are:

  1. be MATTEnificent colored clay eye and cheek palette
  2. colored clay CC primer
  3. clean slate flawless 12 hr. brightening primer
  4. clean slate 360 creaseless 12 hr. smoothing eye primer
  5. Amazonian butter lipsticks
  6. park ave princess matte bronzer

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First I would like to discuss the packaging. I am a sucker for pretty packaging. Tarte does a fabulous job with packaging my most recent favorite would be the be MATTEnificent palette. Packaging is the first thing you see and it draws you to a product or a brand therefore I deem packaging most important. Well done Tarte!

Second the formulation of the products are amazing. The primers prep the skin well and really assist in making the look last throughout the day. The eye shadows are not powdery and have great color payoff. My all time favorite is the colored clay CC primer I have it in medium and I use it as a foundation. It makes my skin look absolutely flawless which is the point of applying makeup. The coverage, the skin match, the color correction, and the application are all top-notch. The lipsticks are like the name suggests BUTTER! They are moisturizing, creamy, and just the right amount of color. The shade selection is amazing as well. This cosmetic line is great for all skin tones and types.

Lastly I would like to mention again the fact that Tarte is a healthy makeup line. These cosmetics are formulated with good ingredients and not tested on animals. It kind of makes you feel good to use a brands that is health conscious, eco-friendly, and still super glam!

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