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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 talkin 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 Houston 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 20% Peeling Solution and the Advanced Retinoid 2%.

I saw a girl using the AHA 30% + BHA 20% 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 haivng 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. 🙂

xoxo

What to do in Houston this weekend | June 16 — 18
Houston This Weekend

What to do in Houston this weekend | June 16 — 18

Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you have your father’s day presents ready to whip out on Sunday. If you’re still looking, there are lots of places you can take your dad instead down below! Enjoy Houston this weekend!

Where to Shop:

  • Third Thursdays on 19th street are back from 5 — 9PM for an evening of craft brews from local breweries, 19th Street shops, eats, and fun in the Heights.
  • Sunset at Discovery Green Flea is this Saturday from 6 — 10PM! Flea markets are the best, and even better when you’re wandering the best park in downtown htx!
  • Fashion Farmers Pop Up Shop will be Saturday from 11 — 7PM and includes local fashion designers who create authentic and unique pieces of clothing and accessories for women and men. Should be a good time!
  • Axelrad is having a pop-up market on Sunday from 2 — 8PM featuring local Houston Artists, Designers, Vintage Curators, Musicians & Foodies.

Where to Eat:

  • BBQ, Beer, and Bingo will be at the Houston Arboretum from 6:30 — 8:30PM on Saturday! Saint Arnold’s beer & Katz’s coffee will be provided. It’s BYOB — bring your own baubers, so don’t leave em’ at home! They’ll be sold there for $3. Tickets are $20 if you’re a member, $35 if not.
  • Summer Patio Pawty at Good Dog (montrose location) will be goin’ down on Saturday from 12 — 4PM. Friends for Life (a great houston no-kill shelter) and Karbach will be there and a portion of all Karbach proceeds will go to FFL! So bring your pups or go an adopt one and donate! There will be popsicles, hot dogs, real dogs, and more. 😉
  • There’s going to be a Food Truck Festival in the heights this weekend from 11 — 5PM on Saturday! Live music, covered seating, and all the best food trucks around!

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What to do in Houston this weekend | June 9 — 11
Houston This Weekend

What to do in Houston this weekend | June 9 — 11

Got your guide for what to do in Houston this weekend, don’t you worry. Get lots of shopping done at all the cool markets going on this weekend — not to mention you need to grab a father’s day prez!

Where to Shop:

  • Pop Shop Houston Summer Festival will be all weekend at Silver Street Studios! Definitely going to go to this — great place to hang with friends, buy gifts, hit up a beauty bar, and more!
  • The Market at Sawyer Yards at Night will be the place to be Saturday night from 6 — 10PM! Drinks, live music, local artists and more. It’s never a bad time at the Sawyer Yards.
  • Midtown Father’s Day Market will be at Bagby Park on Friday from 11 — 7PM! Look for the blue tents and the crazy amount of ties! Great way to start the weekend & get something good for yo fav guy!
  • Second Saturday at Spring Street Studios will be the place to be in Houston this weekend on Saturday afternoon (especially if it’s raining). Check out the local artists in their studios and maybe buy some pieces for yoself! This is free so bring ya friends and then head to the Sawyer Yards after. 😉
  • The UH Graphic Design program is having a print sale Saturday at Jimmy Chew’s from 5 — 9PM so get out and support UH students and their awesome prints. Literally half of my living room wall is covered in em’, so you know this is a good event cuz I keep goin’ back.
  • The first run of the Ham Art Market will be Saturday from 12 — 6PM at the Harrisburg Art Museum. Check out the biggest Houston mural in existence and tons of local artists, vendors, and food!!

Where to Eat & Drink:

  • The 23rd anniversary special rare cellar tasting at Saint Arnold’s Brewery will be a fun time on Sunday from 2 — 4:30PM. According to their event page – you’ll be able to sample a wide range of one of a kind selections and aged beauties we’ve pulled from deep within the belly of the brewery. Tickets are 60 bucks, but you get some fun stuff included!
  • Texas’ First Annual Poke Showdown will be at Bar Bleu Sunday from 6 — 10PM. Try Houston’s best poke all in one place and decide the winner of HTX for yourself! This IS a ticketed event, so get yourself one soon!
  • Beats BBQ Brews is back at Axelrad Saturday from 12 — 4PM! 31 beers on tap, good music, and barbecuuuue!
  • Town in City Brewing Co. Adoption event will be this Saturday from 3 — 7PM! Puppies & beer, what more could you ask for? If you’re not looking to adopt a dog, at least go show em some love & have a beer. Maybe spread their cute faces on social media so that someone else will fall in love with their furry faces.

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