Deciem Review Series - Hylamide - Pore Delete

Welcome back! Today I'm doing something a little different and  reviewing a product from another of the Deciem brands -  Hylamide.  This product is called Pore Delete;  it's an interesting little number from their 'Finisher Series' range.  If you're interested in finding out more about it, please read on.

The Hylamide range is a little pricier than The Ordinary, though still quite budget friendly - this product was AU$24.99 for 30ml of product.  If you're looking to buy it in Australia, I know that it's stocked at Priceline.  The claims of this product are that when used after skincare (also after liquid foundation but before powder products), it gives an immediate blurring effect; minimising pores, shine and fine lines.  It's recommended for oily skin types with prominent pores (two hands way up here!).

As you can see, the Hylamide packaging is quite different to The Ordinary.  This product comes in a plastic bottle, with a top that you twist to open…

Deciem Review Series - The Ordinary - Advanced Retinoid 2% (Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion) - First Impressions

Welcome back to my blog, or if this is your first visit, welcome!  Today I'll be continuing my series of reviews on products from Deciem's justifiably popular and budget friendly brand, The Ordinary.  This review is for their Advanced Retinoid 2% (which is now known as Granactive Retinoid 2%), part of the first wave of retinoid treatments that was released by The Ordinary.  There is now a more extensive range of retinoids available and in a later post, I'll be reviewing the Retinol 0.5% in Squalane, which is in my current rotation of products.

This product, as with the entire range of retinoids offered by The Ordinary, is used to target the signs of ageing.  It's one of the pricier offerings, though it's a relative term, as it comes in at a very modest AU$17.90 for 30ml of product!  As with all products from this category, this is used in the PM only, and it can increase skin sensitivity to sun exposure, so sunscreen during the day is a must (but isn't it alw…

Deciem Review Series - The Ordinary - Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% - First Impressions

Welcome back to my blog!  It's been a while since I began trialling a range of products from The Ordinary; since my last post I've collected and trialled quite a lot from this brand, which I'll continue to review.  I thought I might go back now to my initial purchases and finish up my first impressions on these.  Today, I'm going to talk about the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% - one of the Vitamin C offerings from the brand.
This product is the most gentle from the stable of Vitamin C products that The Ordinary offers; it's rated at a 'moderate' potency on the Deciem website, with the other formulations that they offer rated 'high' or 'very high'.  It uses a water-soluble Vitamin C derivative (MAP)  rather than L-ascorbic acid and as such, it's both less irritating and less potent.  It's also purported to have specific skin brightening benefits, more so than the L-ascorbic acid based products.  
This is a cream formulation, suppl…

Deciem Review Series - The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - First Impressions

Welcome back to my review series!  Today, I'm going to give my initial thoughts on the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% from The Ordinary.

To start with, I'd like to talk about the purpose of this particular offering from The Ordinary and why you might like to try this kind of product.  This formula is aimed specifically at those with blemish prone and oily skin (that's me!), it's claims are that it reduces the appearance of blemishes and congestion. The zinc content is also purported to reduce visible sebum activity, which should result in a less oily appearance, for all of the oily girls and guys out there.  Sounds awesome, right?  Well...yes and no.  If you'd like to know why, please read on.
I'd like to note, as with previous reviews, that I have an acne prone, oily but also maturing complexion. I also have somewhat sensitive skin, though which ingredients will 'set me off' can be a little unpredictable.  With that in mind, here's my first impressions…

Deciem Review Series - The Ordinary - Matrixyl 10% + HA - First Impressions

Well, I've definitely been a little slow getting to my next review in the Deciem series.  Apologies, life sometimes gets in the way of my best intentions, with it's merry-go-round of sick kiddies and various appointments.  Ah, family life!

So, without further ado, lets get into my next review;  this time we're talking about the Matrixyl 10% + HA, from The Ordinary.

First up, a quick rundown of what this product is, and what it targets.  This is a peptide and HA formulation; it contains two kinds of Matrixyl (a peptide formulation developed by a company called Sederma) in a Hyaluronic Acid base. As with all products from Deciem, this one is cruelty free;  I believe it's also vegan.  The products purpose is to target wrinkles, so for someone with ageing skin (aka me), this certainly seems a worthwhile product to try.

Now, for my first impressions of this particular serum.  I must confess that when I was planning out my initial haul, this particular product wasn't hi…

Deciem Review Series - The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% - First Impressions

Welcome to part two of my First Impressions series!  Today I'm going to talk about one of the first products that I purchased from The Ordinary, the Lactic Acid 10% +HA 2%.

I'd like to quickly run through the purpose of this product and talk about methods of use and precautions, before I give my thoughts on it.  So, this one is all about exfoliation!  It's an AHA, though Glycolic acid is somewhat more common than Lactic acid for exfoliation, at least in Australia.  The great thing about Lactic, as opposed to Glycolic, is that it tends to be a bit gentler, with less irritation caused.  So, for those that cannot tolerate Glycolic acid but would like to use chemical exfoliation, this may be the product for you!  This product also contains 2% HA, which is a humectant, drawing moisture to your skin. As a side note, you should *always* take extra care with your SPF if you're using an AHA treatment, as it can increase sensitivity to the sun.  It's also best to only use t…

First Impressions - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% from The Ordinary

So, as promised, here is numero uno in a series of first impressions of products from The Ordinary.  I've chosen to start with this particular product, as from what I've seen in other reviews, it's one of those items that has had some incredibly varied opinions. I must admit, I can completely understand why!  I've definitely had to rework my skincare routines somewhat, to make the most of this product. Read on, to find out why, and how.
I'd like to start with the purpose of this particular kind of skincare product.  There are many Vitamin C products available, and as an ingredient it packs quite a punch.  Vitamin C has been proven to provide substantial anti-ageing and brightening effects when applied topically....sounds great, right? The difficulty has always been producing an effective and stable product, as Vitamin C oxidises with exposure to oxygen, and the higher the concentration, the less stable it is.  
The Ordinary have overcome that difficulty in this pa…