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7.21.2017

PMD Kiss Lip Plumper - It's Taking The Beauty World By Storm!

Lip fillers aren't for everyone. I get that because I'm one of those that has little interest in this treatment. Sure I'd love a slightly fuller pout but I suffer from cold sores and any slight change will set them off: hot weather, cold weather, under-the-weather. You get the picture. I know that there's some sort of medication that you can take before having fillers to prevent a flare up but it all seems such a faff and in all honesty, I'm.Not.That.Bothered.

My friends over at CurrentBody recently sent me a brand new device to try. It's called the PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System and on it's release it apparently took the beauty world by storm. A quick 2 minute, non-evasive blast (and I use that in the loosest sense) and you're done. It's pain free, perfectly safe and easy to use.



Think of it as sending your lips to the gym for a quick workout.

So how does the little device work?

There are four parts:

- the contraption itself

- a tube of serum (it reminds me of the bee sting lip plumpers)

- two changeable kissers, one big, one small depending on the size of your lips

- usb charging cord



Basically, you smear on a little of the serum and then hold the device to your lips (3 sections on the top and the same on the bottom) and let it do it's work. The kissers pulsate the lips in and out hence I say it's like a quick workout for them. Ten pulses for each section and you're done. There's no nasty lasers or toxins or foreign bodies entering your body. Just the pulsating action of the device. And it's totally pain-free.

Does it work?

Well, if you're looking for the Kylie Jenner effect than you're going to be disappointed. The Kiss does not claim to give you a huge pout but if you're after an enhancement to your lips then yes it bloomin well does work. The results are visible for up to 2 hours and you can use the device as many times as you want. It's harmless. One of the things I noticed is that my lips are flushed afterwards, a bit like when a baby sucks hard on it's dummy and they look lovely and healthy when it's removed. That, I wasn't expecting! I didn't really have any expectations at all and I've got to say that I'm thrilled. My lips look fuller (well at least to me they do). There's definitely more lip to put lipstick on if that makes sense. But unlike fillers, they still look natural, I still look like me.




Apparently the more you use it, the longer the effect. As they claim,

"After 4-6 weeks of daily use, your lips will stay full from 
the increased collagen production"

It's too early for me to verify that claim but I'll let you know how I get on. It's also supposed to help reduce the appearance of lip lines. Thankfully, I'm not battling those yet!

This is a gadget that I will continue to use, most end up in a basket under my dressing table. But I'm getting a real kick out of wearing brighter lipsticks. I tend to go for muted shades because there's no point in hilighting what's not there. I'd say the effect lasts over an hour but less than two on me so let's agree on an hour and a half. It's pretty addictive so I've been topping up a couple of times a day 😁

Here's a review from beauty blogger, Raven Elyse 

I would imagine that this device is perfect for correcting uneven or wonky lips too. So if you're a little conscious about one lip being thinner than the other or, if they're not quite symmetrical, this is a great temporary fix. I can honestly see the device being part of our lipstick top-up routine on a night out. You can drop the overdrawn lip liner and do a few kiss pulses instead.




It's currently available for £125 which is obviously less than one round of lip fillers. There is an ongoing cost of additional serum which you will need to factor in (£25 per tube), the price of a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. You don't even need to worry about batteries as it has a USB charging cord. There's free express delivery and at the moment, you can also bag yourself a free pucker-up beauty gift as well.

The only slight negative for me is that my lipstick doesn't mix well with the serum. It kind of slides around on my lips. I don't want to remove the serum as it's part of the process so I wait about 10 minutes before applying. And if I top up during the day, I don't use the serum again. Other than that, the PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System does what it says on the tin. And no one is more surprised than me that actually it isn't a gimmick, it really does work.

CurrentBody are the exclusive UK launch partner for this device. I know the MD in a personal capacity and he works hard to secure the best beauty gadgets from around the world. Staff are up there when it comes to knowledge of the best things coming to the market and I remember last year, there was a real buzz in the company about the Kiss. And if you do a Google search, EVERYONE is talking about it. From This Morning television to the Evening Standard. I'm always a little sceptical about beauty reviews, you never quite know how 'invested' in the product they really are so I was thrilled to try it out for myself. And let's face it, it's a massive improvement on sucking your lips into a shot glass!

So my suitcase is packed, we're all checked in and our new house sitters arrive tomorrow (I've swapped the good stuff for cheap plonk and hidden the gin). I'll wish you a farewell for a couple of weeks as we embark on our summer holiday. I'll be over on Instagram if you want to know where we're going and what we get up to.

Thanks as always for reading.






WARNING

To save any embarrassment whatsoever, keep this little gadget on your dressing table (or in a cupboard). Mine had been charging and I'd left it on the bedside cabinet. A visiting tradesman clocked it and looked at me with raised eyebrows. Very difficult to explain that no I didn't buy it from Ann Summers and it has a very different purpose to the one he was assuming. Oh the shame. A small piece of me died that day 😱


7.20.2017

There's Some Really Good Things In The Laura Ashley Sale At The Moment....Just Saying

A quick one from me tonight. I popped in to Laura Ashley yesterday, such a sucker for a 70% off sign in the window.

There was some cracking stuff.

One thing about Laura Ashley is that even in sale time, their stores are always immaculately laid out. Clothing is separated in to garment types and colour co-ordinated. It makes it so easy to skim down the rails super quick. And the houseware looked beautiful. I nearly bought another sofa (because we so need another one to add to the other 8 that we have already). Thankfully I saw sense.

But I did buy this.

(apologies for the poor photos - I wanted to get this post out quickly as I think we're getting towards the end of the sale).

floral midi dress for autumn


It will look great with a pair of heeled slouchy tan boots in the autumn. In fact, this is the third dress I've built an outfit around tan boots. I have a big tan boot hole in my life. Guess what I'll be searching for post holiday.


floral midi dress with long sleeves for autumn


Sadly no longer available on line but you may be lucky in store. It was reduced from £88 to £26


And this skirt which looks nothing in this photo but it's beautiful in real life. It's more grey than sludge by the way if you're wondering and I thought it would go really well with my grey leather biker jacket. I won't be saving it for best.


grey lace midi skirt


Reduced from £75 to £30.

A proper sale!

There are still a few nice things online too (click here), although you may have to look through some of the styling because it's obviously very Laura Ashley which doesn't suit everyone's style personality. Best bet is to get yourself in to town and have a shimmy through the rails.









7.16.2017

What's In The Sales Today? Ooooh Up To 70% Off At Kettlewell

And those sale emails keep on coming. And I can't resist the click. Especially when you see 70% off, ho hum.

So Kettlewell, a brand I've worked with in the past but today I'm a customer like anyone else searching the site for a bargain or three. You may already know that this company has a unique selling point; they understand colour. Now this makes it very easy for you and me because once we know our own colour palette (whether that be seasons or tonal - click here to find out yours), Kettlewell do the rest for us. Click on any product and you'll see a little box that filters the best shades for you. If you work on a tonal palette like me, you will need to convert this to the seasonal version (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) but that's easy because again, they've done it for us (click here).

As I've said before, we're not talking fast fashion with this brand. If that's what you're about, then it's probably not a shop that is going to float your boat. But if you're after amazing quality, wardrobe staple pieces with longevity, Kettlewell is for you. You won't find much pattern which isn't a bad thing because I find that key pieces are better in a block colour, you can do so much more with them. 

Here are a few bits that have caught my eye.




It's one of those wash and go dresses. You put it on in a morning, add shoes, bag and jewellery and you're off for the day. If your plans change, it's easy to change the trainers for sandals or heels for a look that matches the occasion. I love outfits like this!

Also available in navy which would be a very wearable office option.



And emerald amongst other colours, layered with a white vest. 








Look, let's face it, Christmas is just around the corner. You might laugh now but in a few months, we'll all be frantically searching for little tops that we can throw on that vaguely comply with the festive season. This is a very easy wear top, arm coverage, a good length and available in a number of colour ways. I think sometimes stock images don't do the item justice. I'd wear this with a pair of faux leather leggings and heeled ankle boots. Add a studded bag to toughen it up and a biker jacket and you've got yourself a very nice outfit thank you very much. And £16.50!!!!!!! Need I say more.





Correct me if I'm wrong but is this the first (or second) season that Kettlewell have done footwear? Four out of the five pairs above are brilliant neutrals that will work with most colours. The blue ones are slightly more restrictive but nevertheless fun! I don't wear my pumps every day (because I have far too many other shoes so have to share my feet about) but I do wear them regularly particularly in spring and early autumn. They really don't date. Pointed toes and ribbons and straps and studs come and go but a classic pump, well it's been around for years hasn't it?




This is a skirt that Kettlewell have done for a few seasons now (the shorter version is here). It's a good solid skirt that sucks it all in and works really well with a causal t-shirt particularly if you keep the top the same colour, you've made yourself a dress!!

A bit like this:



This was me way back and I don't think it's dated at all. Can't say the same for the shoes though!!!

Just a few pieces to whet your appetite. Here's the direct link to more. Now, I really must go as I have a million and one things to do. Obviously far less important than drooling over sale emails!

Have a lovely Sunday.


7.11.2017

Six Items That I've Worn That Are Now In The Sale

Gosh the sales are in full swing aren't they? My inbox is ping-a-ling-pinging by the minute. And I can't help but torture myself by peeking at items I've bought that are now in some cases, vastly reduced. Sometimes it doesn't bother me, particularly if I've bought an item of clothing that I've worn lots. Other times I'm reduced to tears because there are things that I may have not have worn at all. Obviously I take things back and rebuy. Who doesn't? I always feel so very guilty though.

Here are a few items that I've either bought or tried that are now reduced.

1. A Kooky Little Cardigan 

Was £35, now £20.50

(original blog post here)

white boho summer cardigan
Cardigan - Marks & Spencer

I'm not going to lie, sometimes I wonder what M&S are doing with their website. I mean, the styling can be really pants. Take this cardigan for example. Here's how it's presented...

white boho summer cardigan
Cardigan - Marks & Spencer


No way would I have ordered it based on this picture. The proportions look wrong, the colour looks dingy and those stuck on bits look plain odd. But it's a lovely summer cardigan in real life. Ideal for wearing over little dresses when it's a tad chilly. This will be the only layer that I take on holiday with me.


2. The Parisian Jacket 

Was £89, now £59

(original blog post here)

pink Chanel style jacket
Jacket - Winser London Jumper - Winser London
Trousers - Marks & Spencer (sold out) Bag - Next (old), Shoes - Next 

Ahhh, this is such a sweet little jacket. It's a knitted cotton so a very easy wear. . A great piece to add to a forever wardrobe. It's also available in soft white/midnight navy. 

pink Chanel style jacket
Jacket - Winser London


3. A Really Useful Jumpsuit

Was £49, now £32

(original blog post here)

denim jumpsuit and mustard bag
Jumpsuit - Kaleidoscope Bag - Fiorelli (old) similar Sandals Marks & Spencer (old) similar


Now this really has been a useful piece in my wardrobe. It's easy to sling on a blazer when it's chilly, there really is no point in me buying hundreds of strappy dresses because I'm always cold and so never wear them whereas I reach for this jumpsuit often. It's tencel rather than denim so it's soft rather than crispy!! 


denim jumpsuit
Jumpsuit - Kaleidoscope

4. The Dress That Just Keeps Giving

Was £49.50, now £29

(original blog post here)

yellow dress and basket bag
Dress - Marks & Spencer Bag - Primark Sandals - Marks & Spencer (sold out)


I have worn and worn and worn this dress. It's never out of the wash (thankfully it doesn't need ironing). It's a good comfy day dress in a cheery colour. We'll ignore the fact that my dad called me a canary. I have a sneaking suspicion that it shrunk ever so slightly the first time I washed it but it still fits so all is good. Limited sizing left so hurry. 



yellow dress
DressMarks & Spencer


5. A Dress I'm Looking Forward To Wearing

Was £45, now £27.50

(original blog post here)

white shift dress
 Dress - Marks & Spencer, Bag old - Modalu (similar) 
Sandals old - Marks & Spencer (similar)


I can't say much about this one as I haven't worn it yet. But it's another that I wouldn't have noticed on the website because it looks pretty ordinary. It's not! I keep thinking it has a whiff of surgical scrubs about it (the neckline, the colour) but don't worry, you'll feel all woman in it. Limited stock and sizing left. 


white shift dress
Dress - Marks & Spencer


6. The Dress That Got Away 


Was £135, now £79

(original blog post here)

white shift dress and animal print boots
Dress - Winser London Bag- Mimi & Thomas (now £18) Boots - Michael Kors (old)


Now this is a lot of dress for £79. I borrowed it for a blog post and it broke my heart to send it back but at the time, I didn't have an event planned that I could wear it to. You know what, it's one of those dresses that will sit in your wardrobe and won't date. Unlike the frills and ruffles and cold shoulders that we have seen in abundance this year. It's taking all my willpower not to reorder it although if it's still in the sale after my holiday, I'll probably cave. The funnel neck and crochet detail really give it a luxury feel, indeed it could have come straight off a Net A Porter designer rail. It didn't of course and that's why I say you're getting 'a lorra' dress for £79. 


white shift dress
DressWinser London


When I look at these items, they do seem to reflect where I want to be with my style. Not bang on trend, more stylish (I hope??), things that will last for more than one season, easy wear and comfortable pieces. Yep the plan is coming together. 

Do you have a master plan and is it working? 






One Summer Top, Two Ways

As a Soft colour palette, I find that lots of prints are too strong for my blended look. Mousey haired and blonde girls will know what I mean. Sometimes I put up and shut up and just buy the print but it means that I have to wear stronger make up and deeper lipstick otherwise I look tired and drawn. Another trick that I adopt is to pull my hair away from my face - it all helps but it's never perfect.

And then I saw this printed top from Nougat London. Far softer and much more flattering against my skin tone. It really, really does make a difference. The black edging around the v-neck is a bit clever - it stops the top from looking prissy. Kind of toughens it up. I always knew that I wanted to wear it with white jeans and wedges for a casual, clean summery look.

It's a lovely shade of the palest pink with a grey pattern, a good combination for ladies with a blended, soft look.


pretty summer top white jeans espadrille sandals and basket bag
Top - Nougat London £45 Jeans - River Island (old) similar
Espadrille Sandals - Holster Australia Bag - Primark 


Little frill sleeves and hem give it a real summery feel. It's quite sheer so I've added this nude pink camisole but a white one would work equally well. A v-neck is probably better than a round one so that it doesn't show. I love the fact that although  the top is floaty, it's a straight cut so doesn't swamp your figure. Although pregnant women are lovely, the preggers look isn't something I want to do right now!

One of the things I like to do in summer is play with proportions. So ankle grazer jeans and a longer top adds a little bit of interest to an otherwise quite plain outfit.


pretty summer top white jeans espadrille sandals and basket bag




I've added my Holster Espadrille Wedges (don't worry, Holster Australia are still in business, they're just having a bit of a site makeover). There are lots of stockists at the bottom of this page that you can contact in the meantime. Plus this season's straw bag from Primark (I think the black picks out the neckline of the top really well) and some rose gold jewellery.



pretty summer top white jeans espadrille sandals and basket bag


A nice little summer outfit then.


pretty summer tunic top white jeans basket bag and espadrilles
TopNougat London £45 Jeans - River Island (old) similar
Espadrille Sandals - Holster Australia Bag - Primark 


But. But. But. We need to rewind. I promised you two looks. Well, it all started when I fake tanned my legs last week and the parcel arrived containing this top. No way was I going to try on white jeans with newly browned legs (these two elements really don't mix do they?) so I tried on the top for size on it's own.

Oh, it looks like a dress.

And the cogs started turning. If I add a full slip underneath (which is certainly needed), it would make a really rather fabulous dress for my holidays. So I did and this was the result.


floaty summer dress and metallic gladiators
Top - Nougat London £45 Gladiators - Top Shop (old) similar
Bag - Karen Millen £90


The fact that it reminded me of a Zimmerman dress wasn't wasted on me. And if you know Zimmerman, you'll know we are talking silly, silly money, upward of £700 for a flimsy, floaty dress. This one is £45 in the sale!!!

It's not something I would wear in the UK because I think it's a little difficult to layer well and let's face it, we need layers in this country. But for a gorgeous kooky little outfit on the Med or in the Caribbean, it's idea. I feel as if I'm short changing the look and had I the skills of photoshopping, I would have lifted my image and placed it against a white wash taverna in Kefalonia with lapping aqua sea in the background. But photo editing isn't my thing. I mean, I can brighten an image and add a bit of warmth (when I remember) but that's about it. I point the camera, run around to the front and snap. That. Is. It. So sorry, there won't be any fancy images but please feel free to use your imagination (pleeeease).


summer holiday dress and metallic gladiator sandals
Top - Nougat London £45 Gladiators - Top Shop (old) similar
Bag - Karen Millen £90

I'm wearing this slip underneath in almond which is reversible but white would work equally well. You can buy them cheap as chips online on Ebay and Amazon.

The beauty about this top-that-thinks-it's-a-dress is it packs to the size of a toothbrush. Tiny. And given the amount of outfits I want/need to take this holiday, that can only be a good thing 👍

Well that was a bit of a surprise wasn't it? One summer top, two ways.

The Marks & Spencer sale has started today. I got my order in last night via the Sparks preview. And the white tailored dress I featured yesterday is half price (shop here). Well, that is if there are any left. And do you remember that little cardigan I featured here. That's half price too (shop here). It looks pretty pants online but is a cracker in real life. I sized up to a 12 for a looser fit. It just looked better than the 10.





Back soon. Hope you're having some success in the sales (if that's what you're up to). If not, drink wine or eat chocolate or something. Just as gratifying. Me? I'm doing all three, SIMULTANEOUSLY.







The top was gifted by Nougat London. They didn't ask for a blog post, they wanted me to try the brand as I've never bought from them before. I thought it was such a lovely, well made piece that I couldn't not show it to you. 

7.10.2017

An Easy Wear White Tailored Dress

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my review of the Marks & Spencer orange dress over on Stories. Tragic it was, tragic. Let's not speak about it again (although in fairness, just because it didn't suit me, doesn't mean it won't suit you). Anyway, when I popped in store to collect it, I also picked this one up.

Much more me!

tailored white dress, office wear, corporate wear dress
Dress £45Marks & Spencer, Bag old - Modalu (similar) 
Sandals old - Marks & Spencer (similar)


Thing is, I would NEVER have spotted it online. It looks a little bit meh to me. What do you think?

marks and spencer white tailored dress
Dress £45 - Marks & Spencer


I've been trying really hard this year to build a wardrobe of very wearable pieces that will transition from one year to another. This is neither in fashion or old fashioned so it will sit in my closet for a long time and will be easy to update with accessories each season. Easily accessorised today in fact with snake printed sandals, black structured bag and rose gold jewellery.


tailored white dress, office wear, corporate wear dress 1
Dress £45 - Marks & Spencer, Bag old - Modalu (similar)
Sandals old - Marks & Spencer (similar)

A very flattering v-neck with drop sleeves (great for triangles who need to balance shoulders to hips) and a lovely soft white colour. This shade suits everyone (we all get soft white) and in my humble opinion is so much more flattering against mature skin. Pure white can be terribly harsh. For me, the waist is a triumph. Although pleated, they are stitched into the waistband and then ironed flat so they sit flat against the tummy. Now that can only be a good thing! It also means that if like me, you struggle to wear a belt, it all becomes a lot easier to pull off because it's very neat around the waist. Oh and the belt has a rather nice pin stripe detail which pleases me more than it should. And no, I don't have an hourglass figure (sob) but this dress gives the illusion of one 😀


tailored white dress, office wear, corporate wear dress and snake print shoes


I'm wearing a size 10 and I'm 5ft 8 1/2 which is my normal size in M&S.

As part of our summer holidays this year, we're doing a city break and the dress will be perfect as it feels cool and airy. It's actually viscose, not cotton so let's see how it performs crease-wise. Husband mentioned something about bikes. Yeah right because I'll be cycling in a white dress. He did of course get the look. It's a no from me!!! I won't be doing heels for the amount of walking planned but my beloved pompom mules from Next will serve me very well, I'm sure. It's probably the first time ever that I've worn something before Alex at The Frugality (who has amazing style) showcased them. And it was way before as well. Go me!!!

The dress is very office appropriate too. I've come to realise that after two decades of corporate dress, I still tend to favour smarter, tailored pieces.

And finally, it's thick enough not to be see through although to be on the safe side, I'd only do nude underwear.

Countdown to our hols and sods law I have the busiest couple of weeks coming up. Not helped by the son who seems to think I am his personal driver (I am), on call 24 hours a day. I've told him that he can have 100 miles per week free and then it's 40p per mile. Of course that went down like a lead balloon. He's also costing me a small fortune. So far we've had golf, golf-football (whatever that is), driving range, cinema, shopping and food. Food!! How much does a teenage boy eat? I'm filling the fridge up daily. Oh I can't wait for my kids to have kids and then I'll be laughing along merrily as I ride off into the sunset in my old banger (because they've bled me dry).

Have a good week.

Shop the pieces in this post.










7.09.2017

My Review Of The Ordinary Beauty Products. Have You Tried Them?

The Ordinary beauty products



I popped a little story on Insta Stories the other day and my inbox went wild. It seems that everyone is using at least one of The Ordinary beauty products. Never heard of it? Where have you been? Nesting? In hibernation?


The Ordinary is taking over the beauty world!!


Even ASOS have jumped on the band wagon and stock a limited range!

I've managed to accumulate quite a few products over the last few months. Fourteen in total. Indulgent? Maybe. But if I told you that the cost of all of them added together equates to one product of my usual beauty regime, I think you may find it in your heart  to forgive me.

So, who is The Ordinary and what's it all about?

Well if you read the blurb on their About Us page, you'd probably vomit...

The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity.


What the bloody hell are they going on about? To put it in layman terms, it's a range of beauty products that are cheap as chips and they work.

The website is mind boggling (click here) and there really isn't a general guide for different skin conditions - ageing, dryness, oily, acne etc so it makes it difficult to self-prescribe. In fact the more you read, the more confused you are. There are certain products that can't be mixed. It's complicated. And yet, we can't get enough of it.

It's taken me a while to work out a little programme and I'm still not sure if I'm doing it right but if I said that my skin is the best it's been in years, you can see why I've persevered. I've always had uneven skin tone, am prone to breakouts and suffer with milia (those little hard whiteheads). I even had the dreaded pregnant mask (what's all that about??) during and after my two pregnancies. When I get back from a hot holiday, my pores feel clogged up and inevitably I have a full on breakout as the pores try to purge themselves (nice). Since using The Ordinary products, I haven't had one spot, my skin tone is even and brighter and lighter and the milia has almost gone. I haven't been pregnant, nor am I planning to be so I can't talk about pregnant mask. And, I haven't been on a hot holiday since I've started to use the products so don't know if I'll have a breakout.

But overall, not a bad start! And I'm delighted.

It's the cheapest range that parent company, Deciem offers. I haven't tried any of the others such as the more pricier Niod so can't compare. But I have tried many, many other brands at different price points and I can tell you now, these products are the best I've ever used. Maybe it's the combination of a few different lotions, maybe it's one particular hero potion. I don't know. But I've spent so much money on different regimes, one cost over £500 and I didn't get these results. Suffice to say I'm impressed. I'd be quaking in my boots if I were a cheap to mid priced beauty product supplier because this company has hit the ground running. Running a marathon at a 100 metre pace!

Price wise, the cheapest product is £3.90 and most expensive is £14.90, the majority of which are around £6. A cheap bottle of plonk then. And I don't think smearing a glass of Pinot Grigio all over your face would have the same results. Although it might be a nice experience licking your lips! I guess the no-fuss packaging helps keep the price down. It's clean and very clinical. In fact, when I look in my cupboard and see the bottles lined up, it reminds me of the lab technicians room in the science block at school. They're either small glass bottles with pipettes or plastic tubes. All 30mls so not huge.

I'm no beauty expert so I don't feel confident in recommending any products to you guys. But I can tell you about my experience if that's ok. I've also made sure that this post does not contain any affiliate links whatsoever so you know that you're getting good, honest reviews. This is something that I struggle with, when I'm searching for advice on the internet. I want a proper review. I don't always trust retailer sites because they want to sell as many products as they can. And, I don't trust every beauty blogger that I come across because of the same reason. How can they recommend something that they've maybe tested a handful of times. Surely, you need to try products for a a few weeks to gauge a proper opinion. That said, there are some very honest beauty bloggers out there, you just need to find them! Well, that's a story for another day.

I think that the products themselves are pretty one dimensional hence the need to use two or three. They recommend mixing a maximum of three at any one time. But these can be different morning and night.

I've bought all of my products from Victoria Health primarily because when I emailed them with a question, they came back with some really useful advice. They also have a first come, first served basis as some products are extremely popular. But you know that eventually your name will work it's way to the top of the list. I was waiting ages for a foundation which was launched a couple of months ago. It came eventually and they don't charge until the the product is dispatched.

If you need a little bit of guidance as to what to start with, this is an excellent site. Scroll down and you will see that each product is categorised under the different skin conditions. Why The Ordinary can't do that, I don't know! By the way, you're supposed to put the water based products on before serums.

Anyway, here's my review of the products I'm using.


MORNING BEAUTY ROUTINE USING THE ORDINARY PRODUCTS 

This never changes, I keep it the same.

I wash my face with an oil cleanser, Circadia by Dr Pugliese, Vitmain Veil Cleanser and I don't use toner. Then I move on to these products:


Buffet £12.70



How I apply it

A few drops into the palm of my hand and than rub it into the wrinkles! Yep, as basic as that. 

What is it supposed to do?

Improves wrinkles, dark spots and signs of ageing.

My experience

Well nothing seems to have changed and I'm well in to my second bottle. I think this is a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) so I'll continue to use it.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90




How I apply it

A few drops into the palm of my hand and then rub it all over.

What is it supposed to do?

Give your skin a drink, plump it up and smooth

My experience

My skin does feel rehydrated, fresher and firmer after using it. I'm not sure it feels any smoother though. I like this product and will keep using it.


Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% £5

How I apply it

A few drops into the palm of my hand and then rub it all over.

What is it supposed to do?

Diminishes blemishes, enlarged pores and oily skin. Calming.

My experience

Yes I think this could well be the product that has diminished my blemishes (or helped to). They are virtually gone. Can't say whether it's had an effect on my pores and my skin oiliness is neither better or worse. It feels very tacky when you put it on but that disappears as soon as you add your moisturiser. I love this product and will continue to use.

Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA £4.90





How I apply it

The usual way! Squirt and rub.

What is it supposed to do?

Hydrates and protects skin from moisture loss

My experience

Errrrr it's a bit meh really. The consistency of nappy rash cream, no smell (which isn't a bad thing) and my skin doesn't really feel fresh and hydrated afterwards. I won't buy this again but I'll use what I've got.


EVENING BEAUTY ROUTINE USING THE ORDINARY PRODUCTS 


Ok so this kind of changes each night. I'm of the opinion that it's better to adopt a stealth approach when you're dealing with your skin. Expect the unexpected and all that. So I chop and change but I'll talk you through the routine as best I can.

I wash my face with an oil cleanser, Circadia by Dr Pugliese, Vitmain Veil Cleanser and I don't use toner. Then I move on to these products:

Buffet £12.70

as above because of FOMO!!!!!


Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% £4.90



How I apply it

Use a small amount and apply to your face avoiding the eyes and eye sockets.

What is it supposed to do?

Brightens skin and fades dark spots (what are dark spots???) and improves collagen production

My experience

Less is more with this product. It stung a little when I first started using it (and I have horse leather skin) and the more you rub it in, the stingier it gets. But after using it a few times, that problem disappeared. See, I told you, adopt the stealth approach because your skin gets used to products very quickly. From your direct messages, it would seem that this is very marmite, the texture being the main problem. It's a little bit gritty and I certainly wouldn't apply it in the morning. And it takes quite a while to sink into the skin. Anyway, I like this product, I'm on my second tube. My skin looks brighter and lighter and I have a more even skin tone as a result. I use this a couple of times a week. By the way, I've used Vitamin C before and I paid a heck of a lot more than £4.90. I remember being told that you have to keep Vit C away from direct sunlight although it's in a non-see through tube so I don't know if this still applies. Best pop it in the cupboard to be safe!

Nb. You can't mix this with Lactic Acid so use on different nights.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% £5.80



How I apply it

Use a small amount and apply to your face avoiding the eyes and eye sockets.

What is it supposed to do?

Mild skin exfoliation serum that brightens skin and improves uneven skin tone

My experience

I look forward to using this product because the next day, my skin feels really nice. Kind of softer and smoother. I'm using the 10% strength, there's a 5% too. It doesn't feel uncomfortable when you apply it (unlike the Vitamin C above) although it's a little bit tacky which soon disappears. I doubt it's strong enough to give your skin a really deep peel (I've certainly never had any flaky skin since using it) so it's not as intense as the Obagi system which really does give you baby fresh skin (but it's brutal). I use it a couple of times a week.

Nb. You can't mix this with Vitamin C so use on different nights.


Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% £5.50



How I apply it

Use a small amount and apply all over the face.

What is it supposed to do?

Brightens skin and diminishes acne and redness, unclogs pores

My experience

See this is my problem, I don't know what's doing what, because I use so many. This is another one that brightens the skin. I could use this every night as it's fine with the Lactic Acid and Vitamin C but again, I just use two or three times a week. Normally after the Lactic Acid. I really like this product, you know how your skin feels really silky soft after applying a primer, well this feels the same. And my skin does look brighter the next day. Prior to using, I had a little bit of redness in places, around the cheeks and chin and it's now almost gone. I will definitely continue with this product. 

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution £6.30



How I apply it

Carefully! It's bright red and the pipette doesn't seem to hold the solution. I spread a 10p piece sized amount around my face avoiding eyes and eye sockets. Leave on for maximum 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Apply once a week.

What is it supposed to do?

Brightens skin, improves tone and fights acne

My experience

Well, this is a new one that I slipped into my basket when replenishing my usual stuff. It's probably not needed given that I'm using similar products. But, it's another one that I really like. I think it's probably more aggressive than the others and yes it stings a little bit. If you have sensitive skin, I don't think this will be for you (or at least, don't leave it on for the whole 10 minutes). But I love how soft and clean my skin feels immediately after it's removed. I'm thinking this is probably a weekly intensive clean up. I've used it twice a week so far but think I'll drop it down to just the one.



100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil £9


How I apply it

Small amount in the palm of my hand and then rub around the face and eyes.

What is it supposed to do?

Replenishes lipids and restores elasticity

My experience

The funny thing is with all of the products above, my skin doesn't feel as if it needs moisturiser afterwards. Is that a good thing? I'm thinking it probably is. So I use a very small amount of the rose hip oil in the place of moisturiser. I use the other products earlier in the evening and then use this just before bed. Haven't a clue if it does what it says on the tin but it feels nice to go to bed with a light oil on my face.


And a few other The Ordinary products that I've tried...


1. Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA £7 this was recommended for my chest area which has suffered over the years because of my love of foreign holidays in the sun!!! Even factor 50 doesn't stop me from burning in this area. It always looks inflamed kind of like a very uneven dirty tan (sorry). Apparently it fades hyper-pigmentation and dark spots (I think that's what I was describing wasn't I 🙈  So I tried it and nothing seemed to happen and I gave up. I think I should try it again, well finish off the bottle. Juries out on this one.


2. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil £5.90 you can use this on your face, I think it's for flaky skin but I use it in my hair as you would a normal argan oil. My hair feels silkier and heavier (in a good way, not in a greasy way) and thicker after using it.


3. Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG £5.80 I have dark circles around my eyes, there's no getting away from that fact. Now here's the problem, all this lightening and brightening that's taking place up there ^^^^ has made my eye sockets look even darker because most of the products can't be applied in this area. Hmmmmm. So, I ordered the Caffeine Solution which is supposed to enhance circulation and reduce dark circles and under-eye bags. Well, that ain't happening in this house. There is no change whatsoever. And, I'm convinced that the Caffeine has darkened my eyes (it's a light brown colour). Maybe that's just me but I've stopped using it.


4. High Adherence Silicone Primer £3.90 For use under foundation. It's ok-ish but I prefer my normal primer so I won't buy it again. I don't seem to get the same silky smoothness so it feels as if I'm using the product for the sake of it. 

Nearly there if you're still with me....


5. Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 £5.90 I had to wait ages for it and you may find this too as apparently it's flying off the shelves. It's good but not as good as the hype would suggest. A light to medium coverage that comes in 42 different shades (there's also a serum based foundation which I'll try next time). Luckily I managed to choose the correct shade first time. It's made slightly easier in that they break them down into warm tones (yellow based) and cool tones (pink based) plus a few neutrals. You'll find a couple of useful guides here and here. Honestly, if the product hadn't been so cheap, I wouldn't have risked ordering foundation online without testing the colour first of all. It goes on well and is nice if you want something more than a BB coverage but nothing too heavy. There's no dewy, photo finish, luminosity. It's a basic every day foundation that goes on well. 


Sorry, this is a mega long post isn't it. Well done if you got to the end. I apologise if I've reported anything incorrectly, as I say, it's my own little regime that I've got going on. I'm probably doing it all wrong. But what I will say is that my skin is brilliant at the moment. My goodness, I might even ditch the foundation before leaving the house in the not too distant future. Actually I have. I'm just doing powder and bronzer at the moment. I've got a lighter, brighter, more even skin tone. What I need now is a product that makes my skin look fresher and luminous. Any ideas???

So come on then, tell me what your experience is of The Ordinary products. Are there any I should be using? Do you have a hero product? I need to know. 

Phew, I'm pooped.