The Ordinary, Part 2


When I first purchased some products from The Ordinary 5 months ago, I never thought the brand would rise to such explosive heights so quickly! Over the past few months, everyone has been talking about this incredibly affordable skincare brand, and they have even branched out into the make up realm. I had to place another order to try out some of the newer items, and I have some great products to talk about today! As with my last post on this brand, I will include other more expensive products that contain the same basic ingredients to show how useful these little vials can be. Let’s get started!

Advanced Retinoid 2% $9.80


While the last order I placed had a Retinol in it, it turned out to be just a touch too irritating and intense for my skin, so I decided to try this solution out. I have been searching for a retinoid product to help out with the larger pores near my nose, and this has already made a difference. You need to be very careful with this product though, because it makes your skin even more sensitive to sunlight. When I use this at night, the next morning I make sure to wear a heavy duty sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.

What does Retinoid do?

“This product uses next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in signs of ageing than retinol without irritation.”

What else contains Retinoid?

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil $105.00

Peter Thomas Roth Professional 3% Retinoid Plus $82.00

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% $5.90


I picked this product up because of my intense love of the Glossier Super Pure Serum, which contains both niacinamide and zinc. Together, these ingredients are a great acne treatment that is non-irritating and very purifying. I love applying this at night when my skin is feeling congested and dull (or when I have even an absurd amount of pizza or chinese food) because it flushes my pores without stripping my skin.

What does Niacinamide do?

“Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion.”

What else contains Niacinamide?

Glossier Super Pure Serum $28.00

Eve Lom WHITE Advanced Brightening Serum $150.00

What does Zinc do?

“Zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.”

What else contains Zinc?

Omorovicza Radiance Renewal Serum $160.00

Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment $26.00

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution $8.70


Glycolic acid is a perfect toner to use every other day to make skin appear glowy and fresh. It is a light chemical exfoliant, so it re-surfaces but never irritates my sensitive skin. When I use this I try to avoid using any other exfoliants, chemical or physical, because that can tear the skin and make everything more textured and dry.

What does Glycolic Acid do?

“Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity.”

What else contains Glycolic Acid?

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum $90.00

Pixi Glow Tonic $15.00

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution $7.20


This was the skin care item I was most excited to try out, because I have never used such a strong chemical peel mask before. I was a bit nervous that it would irritate my skin, but it really felt amazing! I leave a thin layer of this on for about 8 minutes, and when I remove it my face feels fresh and clean but not stripped of any essentials. This really helps to clear up any texture I may have on my cheeks and forehead.

What does AHA/BHA do?

“Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.”

What else contains AHA/BHA?

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask $48.00

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser $38.00

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution $4.90


This is my new go-to spot treatment, because it is so concentrated I don’t want to apply it to my entire face. I dilute it with a bit of hyaluronic acid and then add just a touch to any blemishes I may be having. When I wear this overnight, I notice a dramatic decrease in the size of any spots the next morning. This doesn’t dry my skin out like a lot of spot treatments do, so if you have sensitive skin give this a try!

What does Salicylic Acid do?

“Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use”

What else contains Salicylic Acid?

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Oil $80.00

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel $26.50

High-Adherence Silicone Primer $4.90


Any now onto the make up! I wanted to try this silicone based primer out to see how it compared to pricier ones like the Smashbox cult classic Photo Finish Primer. I have only used it twice, but so far I am very impressed! It doesn’t feel heavy on my face and it doesn’t clog my pores. It has a very tacky finish so foundation sticks to it and lasts all day without breaking apart or pilling up. If you love silicone primers, definitely try this cheap option out.

What other primers contain Silicone?

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36.00

Benefit Porefessional $31.00

Coverage Foundation in 1.1 N $6.90

This is the more heavy duty of the two foundations, and it really lives up to its name in terms of coverage. It doesn’t feel thick or heavy at all, but it still manages to cover everything and even out my skin tone. I like this applied best with a beauty blender to make sure it doesn’t look caked on at all. This has a satin matte finish so it doesn’t make my face look flat or too oily.

Serum Foundation in 1.0 P $6.70

This foundation has a much more thin, liquid formula so I suggest using a brush with this, because a sponge will just soak up all the product. I love wearing this when my skin is feeling dry or sensitive, but I do have to set it with a powder if I want it to last. This has a more sheer, satin finish so if you love skin tints you will love this! This feels like nothing on the skin, and it blends so easily and naturally making it perfect for quick no-make up days.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from this brand and what your thoughts were!

Glowingly yours,


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