THE ORDINARY SKINCARE | WORTH THE HYPE?

19.4.17





In my previous post I mentioned that I found some fabulous skincare that really helped to clear my skin when I used it in conjunction with the magnitone face brush, not to say that these don't work alone because they do but I got better results using the two together as I feel that the face brush was cleaning my skin and all of the serums I applied after had a better chance of working their magic on my skin. 

The skincare brand that I want to talk to you about today is The Ordinary, I feel like everyone knows about this brand now as every beauty blogger has mentioned it in one way or another. The biggest asset of this brand is the price of their products. Honestly, you are really getting your moneys worth when buying pretty much anything from them as everything is about £6 and I think the most expensive serum that they have is a little under £15. Which is amazing as most brands that use the same ingredients charge more than triple the price sometimes. I ordered quite a few things from them as I couldn't really decide and in all honesty I just couldn't say no for the price. I ended up picking up Niacinamide 10% with Zinc 1%,  Hyaluronic Acid 2% with B5, Alpha Arbutin 2%, Vitamin C suspension 23% with HA spheres 2%  and the two strengths of the Lactic Acid only because I had a delivery mishap as they sent out the wrong item but were kind enough to replace it with the original strength I ordered and let me keep the wrong one that they sent out. 

If you have no clue what some of these products are or how you use them and what their benefits are, don't worry. The Ordinary has a really helpful regiment guide, it tells you exactly what product to use in what order and which product combinations don't work together. Also, they have product combinations that target different things, so lets say that your skin is dry and dehydrated they recommend the hyaluronic acid the squalane and natural moisturising factors. Additionally, if you need to find out what a particular product does and what its uses are they have clear and detailed product descriptions under each product, so you'll know exactly what every product is meant to be used for and what it targets. 

Now, let's get onto the products I tried out. First and foremost I saw the biggest changes in my skin with the hyaluronic acid serum. I have quite dry and dehydrated skin and I found that my skin looked more radiant and healthy because it was properly hydrated. I'm not going to lie I was a little bit sceptical about the quality of the ingredients that are in the serums because of the low price and thought that I would see very small changes if any, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I started using these products. The hyaluronic acid serum is my favourite out of all the products that I ordered and I have been using it with no exceptions every day. I will 100% repurchase once I am done with this one to make sure that I am never without this product.

Next up the lactic acid serums. I have both the 5% and 10% strengths. I originally just ordered the 10% one but when I opened my package I saw that I was sent the other one instead. I emailed the company and they resolved the issue very quickly, so no harm done and at least I know they have good customer service. I prefer the 5% serum as it's not as harsh on my skin, I'm not quite sure what I was thinking ordering the 10%  as I have sensitive skin. So what it does is basically chemically exfoliates your skin, it reaches deeper than any scrub. I do find that this helped to clear up the small spots on my face that I was suffering from but it did also dry my face out so the hyaluronic acid serum was a must for me after using this. I only use this once a week or even less than that sometimes as I do find that its a harsh product and I don't want to put my skin through something that it can't handle.

I picked up the alpha arbutin serum because I researched that's it's really good for any redness and it helps with pigmentation issues. I have some redness on my cheeks left from breakouts. I can't say this completely got rid of everything because that's not the case but I have been able to see a slight difference in the colour of the discolouration on my face. I haven't been using this serum as much as I have the others so it's maybe my fault that I can't see a lot of results with this, overall though I can see a slight change so I'll try to use it regularly and maybe then I'll have better results.

Niacinamide is something I have never heard of before but it has completely changed my skincare! I remember watching a Youtube video and hearing about the amazing properties of Niacinamide. Its basically meant to shrink your pore size and I do struggle with that on some parts of my skin, especially on my nose and cheeks. Again, I'm guilty of not using this to its full potential but I can see a difference in my skin. It is very minimal when I look at it but I can tell when I'm applying my makeup as my foundation doesn't sink into my pores anymore, my foundation just looks flawless and uber smooth. Last but not least is the Vitamin C suspension serum. I think that this is the product that I saw the least changes with but this might be because its not suited my skin as I have read reviews of people who really swear by this stuff. For me, it didn't do what I wanted it to do. Its meant to be a brightening cream which helps with the overall appearance of the skin and brightness, honestly, I saw more radiance and plumpness in my skin with the Hyaluronic acid serum so I think I will stick to that but perhaps I'll incorporate it into my skincare another time and give it another shot.

And that concludes my review of The Ordinary! Let me know if you have tried out any of the products from this brand and if you love them or not. I know I definitely do and they have become a staple in my skincare routine. I will definitely be repurchasing my beloved Hyaluronic acid serum and I have also been eyeing up their Glycolic acid toner which looks amazing.

Dominika xx


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MAGNITONE BAREFACED SONIC FACE BRUSH

23.3.17




Hello everyone! Hope you're having a fantastic day so far! Today I'm going to review the Magnitone barefaced brush. I stared seeing that my skin looked a little bit tired and congested and also I noticed these little bumps and raises on my skin, you know just before you get a spot your skin raises but I wasn't getting spots. So, I started researching for products that could could get my skin to look radiant and clear. I found a few really good products that were helping but I still wasn't 100% happy with what my skin looked like, now having used the face brush in conjunction with the serums I found they work a dream but more on the products in a separate post. I came across the Magnitone and read some really good reviews on how it helps to clean the skin more thoroughly and reaches a little bit deeper than traditional face scrubs. I was also really drawn to the fact that it uses sonic technology to clean the skin because I have a sonic toothbrush and it really cleans your teeth like nothing else. I decided to bite the bullet and spend £70 on the magnitone. Yikes!! I got the pale blue colour from the bare natural collection. I really wanted the pink one but when I was purchasing mine it was out of stock on look fantastic and blue was the next best thing.

The face brush is very simple in design and extremely easy to operate. There's one button that turns it off and on and controls the settings, which there are two of. The first setting is a long continuous pulse which is more gentle on the skin, it can be used a few times a week to clean the face. I have seen that some people use it daily but I wouldn't recommend that because at the end of the day you are exfoliating the face very thoroughly. The second setting is a stream of little pulses/vibrations, I use this setting once a week to really get my skin clean before I use a face mask or a really nice serum, that way all of the product can absorb really well into the skin. It leaves the skin feeling really clean but not stripped if that makes sense, it gets rid off all the buildup and dirt from the week but doesn't feel like you just scrubbed your face with an exfoliating glove. The skin is left really smooth and soft feeling.

One thing to note though is when I first started using it (first 2/3 times) my skin looked worse as I broke out quite a bit in spots. I think that may have been my skin getting used to the product as it hasn't been exfoliated that deeply or it was actually clearing itself by pushing all of the dirt out causing an outbreak. The spots healed on their own very quickly actually, and after that my skin was left really nice and radiant.

Because the brush doesn't physically rotate, as I mentioned before its just a stream of pulses, I gently glide the brush across my face. Not pressing too hard or scrubbing because I wouldn't want to break my skin and over do it, honestly, the brush does all the work for you anyway so there is no need for excessive pressure or scrubbing. Before I use, it I always get it wet first and put on a little bit of cleanser, just so that it doesn't drag on the skin and I feel like I get a much better result doing it this way.

The brush itself is quite firm but do keep in mind that I have quite sensitive skin and I hardly ever use abrasive products/ tools on my face. I think they do sell some brush heads for sensitive skin but I haven't had the need to replace mine yet so I'll keep you posted about the replacement attachments when I find out what ones they offer.  Have you ever tried the magnitone before and has it worked for you? Or have you tried any other face brush and what were your results? I'd really like to know so let me know in the comments!

Dom xx

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MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOWS 2

2.3.17




Today I'm going to review the Make up Forever Artist Shadows vol.2 palette. Let me start off by saying that this is my first ever purchase from MUFE and I decided on this particular palette because I was drawn to the coppery shade in it. The palette costs £32 and holds nine eyeshadows, so its a bit pricey but in my opinion really worth it now that I have tried it.

As I mentioned previously I was really drawn to the copper shade in the palette. Its a beautiful colour that isn't too warm or cool in tone or too dark/light. Its the perfect copper shade, which can be used to create a multitude of looks. The quality of the eyeshadow is phenomenal! Every single shade is super blend- able and buttery smooth to the touch  (there are no inconsistencies). They are honestly a dream to work with and are very fool proof, so if you're a beginner or just having a hard time blending eyeshadows and want to invest in some eyeshadows you definitely won't be disappointed with these.

What I love about these shadows is that they don't crease throughout the day/night and last a very long time. Usually eye shadows last quite a while on me but I can always tell after a while that the pigmentation is gone and they start to fade away, with these it doesn't happen. They stay on looking vibrant and flawless until you take them off.

This palette might look a little bit intimidating at first glance because of the hot pink, purple and turquoise but its honestly so versatile and can create some very gorgeous looks that aren't too bold. The light pink in the left hand corner is a beautiful iridescent colour which looks great across the whole lid as a neutral wash of colour or can be used in the inner corners or on the cheeks as a highlight. Next to it there's a stunning silvery grey, which looks perfect in the evening as a smoky eye. Then there's the gorgeous champagne colour which works great in the daytime with some black liner. Next row down we have the hot pink shade which can create some great intense eye looks or is actually a very pretty blush colour when applied with a light hand. Right next to it is the gorgeous turquoise, which looks great as a pop of colour smudged out on the lower lash line with a bronzy/ coppery eye. Next to that there's the copper colour which you already know I love, its just a very easy colour to wear, its suitable for both day and night time. Next row down we have the darker shades. There's the bright purple which also works great as a pop of colour on the eyes and would look stunning if you have green eyes, or for the brave it could double up as a blush topper. Right next to it there's the beautiful green/brown which looks great in the evenings and adds a little bit of 'je nai se quoi' to the whole look. And lastly theres the stunning deep plum shade which could be used as a crease colour as its not very shimmery or iridescent so it works perfectly to darken up your eye looks.

Have you tried anything from MUFE? If so what are your thoughts and opinions? I would really love to try their HD foundation and some lip glosses as I've heard great things about them.

Dom xx
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