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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Foundation

Let’s talk about foundation! I get questions all the time about what type of foundation is best for whatever type or skin or skin condition. So let’s dish!

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Typically I use a medium coverage foundation, I always try for a matte finish because I have combination skin, and I always color match for undertones. This is very important!

You have to know your skin in order to truly find the best foundation.

Dry skin needs moisture so try to stay away from matte finishes.

Oily skin produces its own moisture so you want to stay away from dewy finishes.

Skin prone to breakouts or active acne needs a light to medium coverage so your skin can breathe but look put together still.

If you are trying to cover scars, acne marks, or even skin tone a medium to full coverage is what you want.

There are foundations designed specifically for acne or sensitive skin so that is worth a try for those conditions. Some “healthy” skin foundation brands include Physicians Formula, Neutragena, Bare Minerals, Dr. Jart, or Perricone MD. Most of these have SPF too! Which is great and the mark of true healthy skin makeup.

For any skin type, tone, or condition you want to color match to your neck or chest and always remember your undertones.

Undertones can be cool, warm, or neutral. You can have pink undertones, red undertones, yellow undertones,  etc. There are many ways to determine your undertones as well. Like in the sun do you burn or tan? If you burn you’re cool if you tan you’re warm. Do you look better in silver or gold. If silver you’re cool if gold you’re warm. Look at your veins if they appear blue your cool,  if they appear green you’re warm, and if you can’t tell you’re neutral.

Undertones play a big part in the type of cosmetics you should wear not just foundation!

Then you can always choose bb/cc creams or powder foundations. With the beauty industry the choices really are endless!

If you still need help that’s ok! Visit Ulta or Sephora and get color matched but be sure to step outside in the natural light for confirmation and shopping with a trusted friend is always a good idea!

Ready to try some new foundation?

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Brand Spotlight: Sunglass Spot

Let talk about sunglasses! I don’t know about you but sunglasses are not only one of my favorite accessories they are also very important! Sunglasses protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from sunlight and other harshness of the environment. The bigger the better is my motto!

Today I’m highlighting Sunglass Spot! Sunglass Spot is an internet company that sells all kinds of sunglasses and the majority of them are $5!

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They sell the regular brand and a premium brand. The regular brand is $5 and the premium brand is $9.95. You can even get a monthly subscription of sunglasses! It’s a great way to try different sizes, shapes, and colors. Believe me when I say they have everything!

I live in a place that is sunny about 93% of the year and I spend as much time at the beach as possible, sunglasses are my jam!

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Each pair comes with a colorful sunglass bag too!

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Check out SunglassSpot.com today!

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Brand Spotlight: GlamGlow

Happy Wednesday and Valentine’s day! Today we are highlighting GlamGlow! I have been ride or die for this company and their products for a long time. They have amazing range which means you can always find something to fit your needs.

GlamGlow has really expanded over the last few years. They started out with face masks and have ventured into moisturizers, face mists, and even lip products.

They are super fun as well! Their packaging is majorly cute and one of their latest products has glitter in it! Need I say more?

I have tried quite a few products from GlamGlow including: the Supermud clearing treatment, the Youthmud tingling and exfoliating treatment, the Powermud dualcleanse treatment, the Thirstymud hydrating treatment, the Flashmud brightening treatment, Brightmud eye treatment, the Poutmud fizzy lip exfoliating treatment, and the Glowsetter makeup setting spray. Just to name a few.

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All items purchased at Sephora.

Have you tried anything by GlamGlow?

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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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K Beauty: Trendy or Trusted

Allow me to drop some knowledge on you this hump day. K Beauty or Korean Beauty is the term for skin care products derived from South Korea. These products focus on health, hydration, and complexion.

The typical K Beauty regimen involves cleansers (oil and water based), sheet masks, moisturizers, serums, and essences.

Two K Beauty brands I’m highlighting are TonyMoly and Skin Food.

From TonyMoly we have the Egg Pore tightening cooling pack and a Megatox lift shot. Both are masks each one focused on complexion which is one of the concentrations of K Beauty. The Egg Pore mask helps with tightening and shrinking pores and the lift shot focuses on an overall face lift.

From Skin Food we have the Peach Sake toner, Peach Sake serum, and Rice Brightening makeup remover wipes. The focus of these products is hydration and brightening.

My favorite are the Rice makeup remover wipes. Best makeup remover wipes ever! They don’t sting, they remove all the makeup from your face, and you get 80 per pack for $12!

The Peach Sake toner is a close second. It’s refreshing and smells amazing!

All items were purchased at Ulta.

Bottom Line: K Beauty is a must! My skin is soft, clear, and even toned. I’ve even noticed a change in my pores (winning)!

Have you tried any K Beauty products?

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