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The Ordinary Skincare Haul +First Impressions

There has been a hot topic going around on the internet: The Ordinary Skincare.

Perhaps you have heard of them already through their parent company Deciem, which is home to skincare brands NIOD and Hylamide. Or if like me, follow (and adore) Wayne Goss on YouTube and have been sold by his recommendations of the brand’s products.

In short, The Ordinary offers insane prices for cutting edges products – notably serums, which would otherwise cost you the earth elsewhere. (Okay, not really but you get the gist.) 

We’re talking £5/6 per product (with few exceptions) which is practically drugstore pricing, but when concerning serums/treatments, this really gives other brands – drugstore or not, a run for their money. Because it really works.

Note: For reference I have combination/oily skin type.

Here is what I got and my first impressions thus far:


Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5: Hydration in a bottle. If your skin ever needs a drink, it’s this one. This is slightly sticky, but comfortable to use. It absorbs quite quickly so the stickiness disappears just as quickly too. Overnight magic.

Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1%: Another colourless solution that runs slightly thinner than the Hyaluronic Acid. It’s again, comfortable to use and fast-absorbing. This supposedly helps minimise the appearance of pores. I can’t tell the difference thus far which doesn’t bother me as it’d really take a miracle to minimise mine. However, it seems to be help reduce oil secretion plus I haven’t been breaking out.

Vitamin C Suspension 23%+HA Spheres 2%: My least favourite. This has the weirdest texture! (I’m serious. I’m still not over how weird it is.) It comes out as a milky gel consistency – great, my preferred type of moisturiser, but there is grittiness which am assuming are the ‘spheres’. The grittiness will throw you off the entire experience of moisturising your skin which is supposed to be well…smooth. It will make you doubt yourself too like you’ve used it wrong, or it’s not compatible with the other products you’ve used…but really, it’s just this weird product itself. :/ I’ll try!


Advanced Retinoid 2%: A milky emulsion and a chemical exfoliant inside a dark bottle. I’ve used this a few times and my skin hasn’t reacted to it. (2% might be too strong for sensitive individuals.) This is my first time adopting retinol into my routine and so far so good! You really do notice a difference the next day, but just be sure to follow up with sunscreen the AM after, as retinol makes you especially sensitive to the sun. My skin overall was brighter and smoother in texture and clarity the next day.

Lactic Acid 10%+HA 2%: This has a yellow tint inside the bottle which is made of frosted glass. When dispensed however, it runs as a colourless solution. An AHA chemical exfoliant which has a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it isn’t horrible. It smells sour? The scent doesn’t linger long though. My first time using this, there was peeling shortly after which sounds dramatic but it was very gentle. My skin overall was brighter and smoother in texture and clarity the next day.

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%: I’m still waiting to receive this. The former 5 dispatched almost immediately, but I’m guessing this product was out of stock. As such, a customer service advisor kindly sent me an email explaining the delay and she was so apologetic. In the mean time, you can watch Wayne Goss’ video on it which was the reason for my purchase.

It’s also important to note that none of the products dried me out in any particular way. Although they all do different things, they were collectively hydrating. 

Let me put this haul into perspective…

For a total of 6 products, I spent £35.10. SIX.

If you’re lucky, that’s normally the price of ONE serum otherwise it’s not quite enough to buy one! You’re not stupid. You and I both know this is a jolly good deal!

FYI a couple of weeks ago, I sampled a BareMinerals serum which I really loved, but maybe not enough to buy it for £45. gasp

For now, I’m just going to enjoy what I have of The Ordinary, and see where it takes me and my skin!

 Thank you everyone for reading! Have you tried The Ordinary yet or would like to? Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

I’ll keep you updated on these products next time in my Skincare Routine! 🙂 ❤

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  1. I had been curious about the vitamin c, I always heard such great things! What would be your most recommended product from this brand to try?

    • Great things about vitamin c in general or about this particular product? The texture is just too weird and gritty for me, so I haven’t continued after 2 uses.

      It has been a month (or almost) since including the other products in my routine and honestly, I’d recommend the retinol and lactic acid (I use one after the other.) It’s improved the texture of my skin so much! I always had rough bits on my forehead, side of my nose etc which manual exfoliation couldn’t help but this has changed everything!!

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