Haulage | The Ordinary

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Hello everyone! This week I have taken a short break since I was posting so much leading up until Christmas. However, I’ve had a bit of a rest (not really), and am eager to get back into it!

A week ago Sephora VIB Rouge members had exclusive access to the first release of products from The Ordinary, a new and affordable brand to Sephora. I had been curious about the brand for a while, and had been wondering how to get my hands on it. Lucky me, now that it has come to Sephora!

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About the Brand

The Ordinary has really become a brand to watch in the last year. More and more Youtubers are mentioning their products. And the most persuasive feature of their products is the price! Almost all of their products are listed at under $10 CAD. 

“The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is “Clinical formulations with integrity”.”  The Ordinary

While the affordable nature of their products is certainly tempting, I do think that this brand can come across as a little daunting for people who are not skin care gurus (most of us). Many of their products are simply named after the chemicals they contain (for example: “Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5”), so their function may not be obvious if you are not educated on that particular chemical.

The best way to approach this brand is with research:

  1. First, establish what your skin needs/problems are.
    • Is your skin dehydrated or acne prone? Are you trying to prevent ageing?
  2. Then, look at the different products that The Ordinary offers and see which specific chemicals are formulated to combat that problem.
    • For example, Hyaluronic Acid is well known to help add hydration to your skin.
    • You may also want to further research this chemical, so that you aren’t just trying to take a company’s word for it, who are trying to sell you a product.

Something that I also found myself wondering was, which treatments can I use in combination? I may have many problems I would like to address that require different products, but I don’t want to go crazy combining too many chemicals that will make my skin go nuts, or cancel each other out. Additionally, in which order do I use these different products? Do I use oils before or after creams?

Luckily, The Ordinary has taken the struggle out all of this, by providing a Regimen Guide on their website, that suggests the order in which products should be used, when to use them (AM or PM), and suggested combinations of their products for specific needs (such as ageing and dehydration).

Here is a snapshot of what their Regimen Guide looks like. There is more information than this on their website, so make sure you check out the full Regimen Guide if these pictures don’t answer your specific questions.

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My Haul

While Sephora does not carry all of the items that The Ordinary offers, they have certainly started off with a good selection. Here is a look at what Sephora now carries:

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For my first experience with the Ordinary, I decided to try out mainly products that will hydrate my skin, since I am finding out over time that with hydration my jawline breaks out less. Additionally, this winter has really been kicking my skin’s ass, so I need to up my hydration game. I purchased:

  1. “Buffet”
  2. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
  3. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
  4. Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

All of these items come in 1 oz dropper bottles.

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Let’s go through all of these products!

Just so you know, I am going to use the Sephora descriptions, since they do a really good job of breaking the item down. At the end of each product description, I have also included why I decided to purchase this product, to help walk you through my thought process.

“Buffet”

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Price: $14.80 CAD for 1 oz

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A multi-peptide serum with syn-ake, matrixyl synthe-6, matrixyl 3000, argirelox, hyaluronic acid, amino acids and bio-derivatives to target multiple signs of aging.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Dullness and uneven texture

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without alcohol, silicone, nuts, gluten, and fragrance.

Suggested Usage:
-Apply once per day, ideally in the PM.
-Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance.

What I purchased this product for:

That description is pretty confusing right? A lot of the descriptions for these products are relatively unclear for those who are not biochemisty majors. I purchased this serum because I had heard good things from Youtubers that I follow. I think that this serum will help both with hydration and general signs of aging, so I thought that I would give it a try! Since it is one of their most expensive items, I am hoping for good things!

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

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Price: $6.80 CAD for 1 oz

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive 

What it is:
A hydrating formula with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid. 

Solutions for:
– Dryness 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without alcohol, silicone, nuts, and gluten.

Suggested Usage:
-Apply a few drops over the entire face in the AM and PM before creams.

What I purchased this product for:

Honestly, regardless of your skin type, I think everyone can do with a little more hydration in their life. It is more obvious if you have dry skin that you need to up your hydration game, but for oily skin types, the stereotype of drying the f$@k out of your skin to battle the oils runs rampant.

I do not believe that those with oily skin should be using drying products (the prime example are dry-down clay masks, which literally suck all moisture content out of your skin). Skin types that overproduce oil are only exacerbated by intense dehydration of the skin. If your body senses that you have removed all of the oils, it overcompensates and produces so much more oil. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, your body should produce less oil, because it is not necessary. I do not claim to have any knowledge beyond the general, but doesn’t this make sense? I have found that this has been the case for me. I have always had a very oily T zone, but now that I hydrate more, I seem to produce less oils, because my body doesn’t need to.

Anyways, I bought this acid to help hydrate my skin. I am oily/combination/dry, and I think it would be a good idea to use it all over my face, not just in targeted areas.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

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Price: $9.90 CAD for 1 oz

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A daily support formula with 100 percent high-purity, sustainably-sourced, organic, cold-pressed rose hip seed oil.

If you want to know more…
This formulation uses 100 percent pure rosehip seed oil— rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid, and pro-vitamin A—that is both cold-pressed and organic. This oil has been shown to reduce signs of photo-aging and many other skin conditions.

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, cold-pressed, organic, and formulated without water, alcohol, silicone, nuts, and gluten. Rose Hip Seed Oil is completely unrefined and imparts a natural scent partly due to its high omega fatty acid content. This scent is not an indication of rancidity. Rose Hip Seed Oil that does not have a scent is refined and offers reduced benefits. It comes in UV-protective packaging.

Suggested Usage:
-Apply to the face once a day, ideally at bedtime after application of water-based treatments.

What I purchased this product for:

I am not someone who has really gotten into facial oils yet. I have really only sampled the Drunk Elephant Luxury Marula Facial Oil, and I have had mixed results with that product. However, every now and then my skin feels extremely dry, and like I need a quick fix. So I think having a facial oil on hand would be a really great addition to my collection. This product will of course help with hydration, and should also help with aging, since a faster rate of aging is usually linked to skin dehydration. I am curious to see whether this product will work for me!

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

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Price: $6.70 CAD for 1 oz

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry

What it is:
A high-strength lactic acid peeling formula for smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Solutions for:
– Uneven skin tone
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
This 10 percent lactic acid-enriched formulation offers mild exfoliation for smoother skin. Supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry, it reduces signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without alcohol, silicone, nuts, gluten, and fragrance.

Suggested Usage:
-Apply once per day, ideally in the PM.
-Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance.

What I purchased this product for:

While this product is not for hydration, I think it will pair really well with the other products that I purchased. Because of my sudden acne problems this year, I have developed a lot of acne scarring and pigmentation on my face. I also still get acne along my jawline, although it is relatively under control compared to earlier this year ( 1-2 spots at a time compared to 6-8 spots). Therefore, a chemical exfoliator is a really great thing to have in my regimen, as it will promote relatively quick skin renewal to prevent clogging of pores, and will hopefully decrease my discolouration. Regular exfoliation is also supposed to help reduce fine lines. However, it can be quite drying, therefore following up with some really great moisturizers is a must!

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Well, those are the items that I purchased during early access on Sephora from the Ordinary! I just started using these items two nights ago, so I don’t want to give any first impressions yet, since it is so hard to know with skin care. I will certainly be doing an update post to let you know how they work out for me!

Have you tried anything from the Ordinary? Did you purchase anything during the early access? Comment down below!

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Originator of SUPERNOVABEAUTY. In order to escape the 9-5 life of a graduate student slave, I have devoted myself deeply to beauty products. I am very passionate about trying the latest and the greatest and can definitely say that I am an addict. At all hours of the day you can find me watching beauty tutorials and reviews by some of youtube's most influential, such as Tati, Kathleenlights, Roxette Arisa, jeffreestar and JAMbeauty89.

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