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Trying The Ordinary Skincare | Moddie Blog

My first time trying The Ordinary | Skincare & Beauty

Hi friends! We’re back with more skincare cause it’s one of my favorite things. So remember how I tried out Glossier for the first time (PS get 20% off glossier here)? Now I’m trying out the cult skincare line, The Ordinary.

I’ve been seeing Deciem’s The Ordinary around instagram for QUITE some time as I am a skincare afficionado (well I’d like to be at least). After I did a bit of research and realized how cheap it was (we’re talkinย 5-15$), I knew I had to try it out. Not to mention their packaging is something to drool over – minimalistic and chemistry-esque. But first, let me give you some context & knowledge about Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company.

My first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogMy first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogDeciem is a Toronto-based company that was founded in 2013 by Brandon Truaxe. Starting out with just two skincare lines, they now run over 10! These lines range from all types of skincare (including men’s skincare) to hair products to protein supplements and a lot of it is pretty affordable! MakeUp was also just launched, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Truaxe comes across as a skincare magician, hiring only chemists and people outside the make-up and skincare industry to produce his concoctions. The goal is to appeal to the newcomer to skincare as well as capturing the die-hard skincare gurus. Apparently it’s working. We have a store here in Houstonย carrying The Ordinary and I bet more are coming!

The Ordinary line is a basic skin care line featuring minimal ingredients (nothing scent-y or extra) and all of the line comes at prices lower than skincare you’d find at CVS or Walgreens. This is impressive and made me skeptical, but the reviews were gloooowing. So, I bought some.

Going through the website was a little bit stressful because there are SO many items to look at. That being said there were a lot of helpful guides on what to get for your skin type. Here is a handy guide I used that told me what the products did and how to apply them. I ended up buying just two products to start (lord help me next time I go to order something it might be more like 10 products). I went with the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and the Advanced Retinoid 2%.

I saw a girl using the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution on instagram, and that’s actually what persuaded me to get it in the first place. This is a 10 minute facial peel that you put on after cleaning and completely drying your face. I put a few drops onto my fingertips and then evenly smooth across my face. I terrified the boyf after stepping out of the bathroom and telling him I was having a horrible skin reaction. JOKES. There is some mild stinging, but not too noticeable. Here’s what it does (from the website) – this peel “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.”. Here it is on my face before & after below. Did I mention this is $7.20?

Trying The Ordinary Skincare | Moddie BlogMy first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogMy first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogI also got the retinoid because Caroline Hirons always recommends a retinol and I’ve never used one UNTIL NOW! This is a milky white formula that is for use at night after cleanin’ yo face. I put two drops on my fingertips and pat onto my face. Retinol increases cell-turnover and is great for anti-aging. If you’ve never used retinol, they do also have a 1% that may be a better starting point. My skin isn’t very sensitive, so I thought I’d just go for the 2%. This stuff comes at $9.80 a bottle, and I can see it lasting a good while.

So far I am loving this stuff for my skin. I can see some acne scarring fading and not many new blemishes appearing! Although I’m going to give it a little while before I fully decide if this is to die for.

Have you bought anything from The Ordinary??? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. ๐Ÿ™‚


What to do in Houston this weekend | May 12 - 14
Houston, Houston This Weekend

What to do in Houston this weekend | May 12 โ€” May 14

It’s time again, errybody! Houston’s weekend guide is poppin’. I’m flying to Scotland tomorrow night so I’m missing out on this Texas heat โ€” y’all will have to enjoy it for me.ย WHAT TO DO IN HOUSTON THIS WEEKEND?

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  • Stag is having their 2 year anniversary party on Friday from 6 โ€” 9PM! So stop by with yo man (or not whatevs) and get some food, drinks, deals, and tunes! They’re also offering up some special prizes, so may be worth it to stop by!
  • The Market at Sawyer Yards is this Saturday from 11 โ€” 5PM. If you’re looking last minute for a Mother’s Day gift, this is the place to be. Always loaded with a lively crowd, great art, food trucks, and music, you’re going to want to go!
  • Emerson Rose in the heights is having a Mother’s Day party on Saturday from 11 โ€” 2PM! Go get some champagne and succulents (or just some cute clothes & sunnies) for yo momma! It’s also a great place to pick up a last minute Mother’s Day card… like I did when I posted on my instagram storiesย on Tuesday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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What to do in Houston this Weekend | Moddie Blog
Houston, Houston This Weekend

What to do in Houston this weekend | May 5 โ€” May 7

I’m back with another weekend guide of what to do in Houston this weekend! I like doing these because I’m constantly finding cool stuff to do in this Bayou City and yet a lot of my friends don’t know there’s anything going on. That’s about to change! Hoping to make this into a little series because of how much I love this city and because I love getting out and doing things (#doingthings lol). Not only is the weekend important, but this weekend is Cinco de Mayo weekend AND Kentucky Derby! We’re in for it.

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  • Emerson Rose Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 4th from 4 โ€” 7 PM. My favorite Houston boutique is having beer, palomas, and 15% off all red, white and green! You can hit this up and then wander down 19th street for a nice pre-weekend relaxing night. One of my favorite things to do!
  • EaDo Vintage Fest โ€” this monthly vintage, art, music, and food fest will be Sunday from 12 โ€” 6PM!
  • Heights SWEETheart Market will be a cute way to start your Sunday and maybe pick up something for your mom (how is it may already?). It’s from 11 โ€” 6PM and even has a free yoga class starting at 11! All the heights’ markets are a fun time, so def stop by!
  • First Saturday Art Market in the Heights is this weekend! Along with some stellar shopping (once again a great time to get mom a gift), there will be food trucks and live music. Always a good way to start your Saturday from 11 โ€” 6PM!
  • MenilFest 2017 will be going down on Saturday from 11 โ€” 6PM! This is hosted by The Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair and will be a great place to pick up a new weekend read. There will be food AND readings, so make sure to stop by especially if it’s a nice day outside.

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