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A Guide to the Ordinary….

Now I have mentioned on here before I am no beauty expert. But, that being said I am trying to make more of an effort with my skin care lately. After two kids and now approaching my mid thirties I think I need to start putting more effort into researching what I am using on my skin – because let’s be honest these kids are aging me at a rapid pace so I will take whatever I can to help (besides coffee of course)!

Enter “The Ordinary”… I was watching a youtube video from and she really got me thinking about this skin care line from the Ordinary (see her video here She had recently dealt with adult acne and said she couldn’t believe the difference in her skin from using it! I have struggled with acne all my life to a small degree. My skin was actually the best it had ever been when I was pregnant with my first son Logan. However, since my second pregnancy I feel as though my skin is aging at a rapid pace (EEK). I only struggle with the odd pimple here and there but my skin…. it’s constantly dry (thanks never ending winter), I have red patches and I am definitely noticing more and more lines on my forehead (Botox anyone??).

I Started seeing more and more posts from people raving about this skin care line. Mostly because it was CRAZY affordable, like I am talking a “to good to be true” kind of affordable (some serums are only $6). BUT, I started researching more about the company and it really impressed me with their reasons. They have totally rocked the beauty industry by taking out the filler products and JUST giving you “Clinical formulations with integrity”. All of their products are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury and oxybenzone. Their products are also Vegan and cruelty free. And by only using the ingredients they need with their simplistic packaging it keeps the cost WAY down.

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Now this company uses clinical technology – which can be confusing AF! Because unless your a nuclear scientist you might find it confusing to figure out what products are for you. I am going to try and break down the products I use (including their new FOUNDATION – for $6 WHAAAAT???) but like I said I am no expert, I have just read ALOT of other blog posts and articles to help guide me through. So I thought it would be help if I gave you all I have learned so you don’t have to go digging for info.

This company uses serums so that you are only putting the ingredients you need on your face.  I found this a little scary at first because looking at them I thought – Am I putting oil on my acne prone skin? But that is not the case at all… these do not feel like an oil. Most of them actually help hydrate your skin, as they are super lightweight without it feeling oily. One thing that is important to note is that with all of these serums it’s important to use proper SUNSCREEN on your face for protection. So make sure you are mixing that into your daily morning routine – it’s the key to anti aging I have been told 🙂


Ordinary Coverage Foundation

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Get it here: DECIEM – Coverage Foundation

This Foundation is free from oil, alcohol, soy, gluten, chemical sunscreen, nut oil and cruelty free and is vegan! AND it’s only $6.90 CAD – like what?????? It also has a small SPF protection that is mineral based and has 21 shades available. I got two of their shades to try and thought I could mix them together if need be.

Review: I LOVE this! I really had low expectations of it, but it manages to give the nicest coverage. The 1.2 shade matches my skin perfectly right now since I don’t have a tan or anything. It’s super lightweight yet manages to give me a nice coverage without looking caked on. This foundation goes on really well and spreads easily. I have now replaced my IT Cosmetics CC Cream with this! And since it is really light, I use the Bare Minerals Concealer under my eyes and on any areas I need a little more coverage.

Glycolic acid 7% toning solution

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Get it

This toner also has ginseng root and aloe vera to improve radiance and smoothing benefits on your skin. The 7% is a low toning solution that mildly exfoliates your skin without irritation. This toner and gentle and hardworking and also contains a Tasmanian pepperberry  to reduce inflammation.

Review: I never used toner before because I was under the assumption that it actually dried your skin out? I had no idea that the purpose of toning was to balance your skins oils, remove dirt and debris while soothing and repairing your skin. (see more here I use this toner right after I wash my face with Vitaminsea Beauty Facial Cleanser both morning and night before using the serums. However, I’m not exactly sure if it’s helping my skin? lol, going to give it some more time before I commit to a positive review.

Salicylic Acid 2% solution (reduce blemishes/redness)

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This serum is to treat acne and reduce redness. It works to reduce blemishes and cleanse your pores. It also has anti aging properties in it (Bonus).

Review: This and the Niacinamide that I talk about below – have made the biggest changes to my skin! They have REALLY reduced the redness and spots around my face. Now don’t get me wrong I still get the odd pimple here and there but my overall skin has really improved!

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Acne fighting)

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This serum targets breakouts, minimises pores and decongests confused complexions (YASSS). Both Niacinamide and zinc are known for being the top two ingredients in acne fighting solutions! (wish I had of known that at 16). It also boosts your skins immunity and helps promote the production of collagen).

Review: Like I said above, it’s made such an improvement on my skin. I use this!

100% plant-derived squalane (hydration)

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Squalane is extremely hydrating for the skin, it actually is naturally produced by our bodies however, it can also be found in plants. It’s hydrating, soothing and non irritating for the skin (making it great for people with sensitive skin like me). Squalane is also naturally antibacterial (like coconut oil).

Review: I love the way this feels on my skin, it’s super lightweight and nothing at all like what I expected! My skin feels so good after using this especially at night! I even mix it with the vitamin C cream and it helps make it go on smoother.

“buffet” (anti-aging)

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This serum is just like it’s name – think of it as a lunch buffet of food. It has many different properties in it for Anti Aging – Multiple peptide complexes combine in this lightweight serum to offer a multitude of benefits, including Matrixyl 3000 to stimulate collagen synthesis and hyaluronic acid to offer the heroic hydration that ‘plumps up’ fine lines and diminishes depth of furrows. Working in synergy with 11 skin-friendly amino acids, with regular use this ultra-smoothing serum will reveal nourished, youthful-looking skin (from cultbeauty).

Review: I use this every night, and I do think it has been helping with fine lines and is just overall better for my skin. I haven’t see any crazy changes to my skin, But I think this will be a product that helps my skin over time.

Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion

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This serum has advanced anti-ageing ability as it includes a high concentration of two ‘next generation’ retinoids – hydroxypinacolone reinoate and pure retinol, proven to be more effective than standard retinol formulations. Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, milky-textured serum that works hard to target visible signs of ageing, while remaining gentle enough to avoid the irritation caused by some retinoid products. Lost elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone are all easy targets for this superlative skin saviour (this is from cultbeauty because I could not think how to explain this haha).

Review: This is something I use only at night and use a very small amount. It’s important to also keep it away from your eyes. I use it in the places I seem to get lines the most, especially in between my brows). And I have already started to notice a subtle difference. I only use this at night as the Retinoid can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. And I have actually started to use it every few days.

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (better complexion)

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The cream has brightening properties and is formulated to help with anti aging. It smooth and plumps your skin. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health.

Review: I’m not really sure how I feel about this one. When I first started to use this it would sting a little bit, I realized because of my sensitive skin, I was using to much – you need the smallest little dab and I actually mix it in with my moisturizer (or you could mix it with the squalene serum). I also only use this at night because it tingles a little and makes your skin a little red. I have started using it every few days and find that works alot better for my skin.

Here is a Vitamin C guide of all their products – (they have actually listed their formulation and whether they sting. I might try the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% because it’s a little easier on the skin!


Now it’s important to do your research and have a AM and PM routine. Because some of the serums should not be used at certain times of the day or mixed with others.


  1. Wash my face with Vitaminsea Beauty Facial Cleanser
  2. Glycolic acid 7% toning solution
  3. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Acne fighting) (important to use water based first)
  4. Salicylic Acid 2% solution
  5. 100% plant-derived squalane
  6. I use the Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer It’s a lightweight zinc based sunscreen with no parabens or Phthalates. It also has vitamin C, E, and B5. Because it’s a natural sunscreen and white I rub it through my clean hands first and then on my face so I don’t have to rub it in as much.


  1. Wash my face with Vitaminsea Beauty Facial Cleanser
  2. Glycolic acid 7% toning solution
  3. “buffet” (anti-aging) (important to use water based first)
  4. Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion (EVERY COUPLE DAYS)
  5. Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% mixed with my moisturizer (EVERY COUPLE DAYS)
  6. Moisturizer – I have yet to find a good natural night time moisturizer so once I do I will be sure to let you know!


Articles that can help!

Here are some articles that I found helpful…

  • – this article gives it ALL to you – the author breaks down the good bad and the ugly… I found this extremely helpful!
  • really great blog post that shows you before and after pictures and she dives into more of the specifics of the products
  • And another great article dealing with acne and the use of their products I found helpful
  • – A great post of what ordinary products should be applied WHEN. It’s important that some of them are not mixed together and either better to apply in morning or at bedtime.


Here are things I have learned from using these products

  • A LITTLE goes a long way! Honestly you need just a very small amount to apply – and these products will last you quite some time.
  • Do your research – you need to know what serums to use in the AM or PM and which ones mix well together. (For example the Niacinamide should not be used at the same time of day as your Vitamin C suspension). You also need to think about what YOUR skin needs, so I would suggest reading articles like this Beauty Blog Wales – The Ordinary Cheat Sheet or you can contact Deciem either by chat or phone and talk to them about what you skin type is and they can guide you through recommended products.
  • Use SUNSCREEN – the retinoids can make your skin extra sensitive so make sure you are applying sunscreen everyday. (a natural sunscreen like this Juice Beauty Mineral Sunscreen). Also here is a great article on other Zinc sunscreens for your face –

*** Also I didn’t realize at first, if you order from DECIEM store you get free shipping over $25 and my package came quite quickly! OR ] you can also grab some of these at Sephora, but I find that they sell out alot.

Well, there you have it friends. I really hoped this has helped make sense of some of their products – I am so happy I was introduced to this! Because not only is my skin feeling better than ever – so is my bank account. I also will be trying a few more of their products in the future like their Caffeine solution that helps with under eye, so I will definitely give you an update again!

Thanks for reading! And as always, if you recommend anything let me know! Love hearing from you guys.

Katie, xo


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