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3 March 2017

beauty revolution!

Heck......I'm not really qualified for this kind of stuff as.....hands-up I'm generally a cheap skate when it comes to skincare (preferring that old Carrie Bradshaw adage "I like my money right where I can see it.....hanging in my closet!") but that's exactly why this post is so relevant. The products I have ordered below all come in at under £8! Grazia magazine is to blame for revealing these bargainous beauty secrets. This week's edition has bought The Ordinary to my attention. Grazia has done a fabulous article called *Oh Hi - Lo Beauties* regarding "beauty dupes, namely products of comparable quality to their luxe counterparts". Naturally that little one-liner got me hooked on finding out more! I've zoned in on this brand in particular that there seems to be a real buzz about them at the moment. What makes this stuff even more appealing is that rather handily it's available on ASOS......if you have their Premier delivery (thoroughly worth £9.99 a year for unlimited next day delivery I might add!) all I can say is happy days as my order is currently winging it's way to me. 
As I say, I'm no expert but I've ordered these three products to start off with as going by their descriptions they seem most suited to my skin. If you'd like to learn a little more about this brand I've found a fascinating post by Caroline Hirons here. I would recommend reading the comments to give you some honest reviews. I promise to report back once I've been using these for a while.
These are the three products I'm going to trial first........

The top product is The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA 30ml,  Aims to protect and hydrate your skin Non-greasy formula Lightweight creamy texture. Contains 11 amino acids.

The Middle product is The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 30ml Aims to brighten skin. Lightweight creamy texture Highly concentrated formula Contains vitamin C to illuminate your complexion and reduce signs of ageing. Apply to face morning and evening.

The Bottom product is The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% 30mlMild 5% Lactic Acid superficial peeling formulation Offers very mild exfoliation. Reduces signs of inflammation and sensitivity. Contains purified Tasmanian pepperberry. Apply once per day, ideally in the evening. Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength. 

I have high hopes for The Ordinary skincare, I'm a huge fan of the Aldi Lacura Caviar products so I'm excited to see if The Ordinary lives up to expectations!

Anyone one else tried this brand? Perhaps you know of some other great drug-store price brands.....care to share?

As per, I shall leave you with an outfit round-up!


Topshop coat, past season, alternative here
H&M sweater, past season similar here
M&S trousers, here
Office Brogues, past season similar here


Zara coat, past season alternative here
YunionT white t-shirt, here
Zara Cardigan, past season alternative here
Gap trousers, past season similar here
Nike Blazers, here
Longchamp bag, here


Topshop coat, past season alternative here
H&M sweater, similar here
La Redoute ruffle neck shirt, here
Gap trousers, past season similar here
Office Brogues, here
Longchamp bag, here


Mango jacket, via Cancer Research, alternative here
Jaeger sweater, here
Gap jeans, here
Topshop Kick pumps, here
Balenciaga bag, similar here

Anyone joining me in placing an order for The Ordinary?

Normal service resumes.....as in all things clothing and shoe related next post!

Wishing everyone a fab weekend.....back soon!

20 comments:

  1. Ooh they look fab I'll definitely be checking those out. I love the n-spa range from Asda (of all places!) their oil cleanser and facial oils are amazing and often on a bargainous 2 for £8 offer. I'm still on the hunt for a good, cruelty-free day cream though and the ordinary range might be the answer, thanks for the recommendation x

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    1. My little delivery has just arrived and I'm looking forward to trying them tonight! I feel a trip to Asda coming on to try out your recommendations! Thank you! xx

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  2. Hi Michelle, I love the ordinary. I use their retinal serum at night and their Vit C serum. Thanks for all your lovely posts. Love those red shoes, am going to see if I can squeeze my wide feet into them!!

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    1. Hi Claire....everything I've heard so far about The Ordinary is so positive. I can't wait to start using it!
      You must try the red shoes, I absolutely adore mine! They go with so much! xx

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  3. Anonymous3/3/17 22:59

    Hi, I've recently bought 4 of The Ordinary products (Buffet, Hyaluronic Acid 2%, Advanced Retinold 2% & the Rose Hip Seed Oil) I chose these because they were recommended on their site for general Anti-Ageing & have being religiously using them morning & evening for the last month. So far so good ! I would honestly say my skin does feel smoother, I've used Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair & Boots No7 Protect & Perfect in the past which cost considerably more & would say The Ordinary are just as good. I'm not expecting any wrinkles to miraculously disappear but anything that makes my 48 year old face feel good is more than ok with me ��. Oh and the price is fab too. Fingers crossed you find them beneficial too ! Love your blog & IG Michelle. Rachel x

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    1. Oh Rachel.....what a fab review! ASOS only have a small selection of The Ordinary products so I am going to put a bit more research in on their own website. You've given them such a glowing report that I almost want to go and take my make-up off and start from scratch just to try the bits I've just had delivered. Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely comment xx

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  4. "It would be a total waste if I buy something expensive and only wear it for a few times.
    So,after reading your article. I finally made my decision with a lace dresses with sleeves"

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    1. Glad to be of service! :0) x

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  5. I've heard good things about The Ordinary but have never been able to find it, didn't know it was lurking in Asos, will order as my skin seems to have suddenly changed, going from flawless to uneven in a few months. I fear it is an age thing ( sobs). On the upside I managed to get the Mango jumpsuit, arrived yesterday so will hopefully get a trying on session this afternoon. X

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    1. I've only just realised what an extensive range of beauty brands are stocked by ASOS....it never even occurred to me to look there to be honest! Aging sucks doesn't it....but trying new stuff gives me a bit of a lift even though it doesn't shift the pesky wrinkles!

      Hope you love the jumpsuit as much as I do! xx

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    2. Alas, jumpsuit too short and too big on hips :( Awaiting next discount at H&M as seen one there that I like. If it's meant to be and all that!

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    3. :o( Ahh pants! So sorry the Mango jumpsuit didn't work out! I hate it when you have high expectations for something and it's just not right. Best of luck with the H&M one though.....keeping my fingers crossed for you! xx

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  6. I use the hyaluronic acid + B5 and the vitamin c one you mention above in the mornings, layered with a hydrating spray first, then a face oil and moisturizer after. All small amounts of each and this has become my holy grail routine. I use retin a nightly, am 42 and live in Toronto (winters are so cold and drying to the skin). But this routine makes my skin feel like I'm in a tropical climate!

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    1. Ooh fab advice Jennifer....thank you so much! I was a bit lost after perusing The Ordinary website as for what I should be using and when so your tips are perfect! I can't wait to see the difference in my skin! xx

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    2. My pleasure! I forgot to add that I use a small amount of the rosehip oil at night after the retin a. I look forward to hearing if it worked for you!

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    3. Jennifer....you are a star! Thank you so much for popping back to share that with me....just about to place another order on The Ordinary website. I shall report back! xx

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  7. Love that last outfit

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    1. Thank you Selina.....really in love with all things red at the moment! xx

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  8. Interesting! I love ASOS and shop on there lots, but I didn't know they did cosmetics! I am going to order a few of this range as I think I need to change my routine a bit. It'll be interesting to see how we all get on with it.

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    1. Let me know how you get on Lorna! I used the Lactic acid and Vitamin C cream last night and although it's too early to tell I am looking forward to seeing some results in a few days! xx

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