The Ordinary AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Hi beauties,

Today I have The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

For me this one is a weird one. I know a lot of people rave about this and compare it Drunk Elephant Babyfacial (I haven’t tried that as it’s hard to get hold of in the UK). I have been testing this for a good while so here are my thoughts.

Ingredients are: Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

It is a purple colour due to the inclusion of Tasmanian Pepperberry, in a way it’s handy that it’s there as you can see where you are putting the peel. I find it a little hard to apply, I don’t think I’ve ever had a consistent even layer, some bits are always thicker than others, must be user error here, but I think potentially it would be easier to apply with a brush.

You leave it on your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse off. I don’t know that this does much for my skin at all, so I went back to Alpha H Liquid Gold recently and I found the results much better. My skin is a little bit brighter having used the Peel, no difference to my pigmentation though and the bumpy texture on my neck is still there. It doesn’t sting or tingle but I’m used to using acids so that was to be expected.

I think I will use this up, I’m not sure I would repurchase. I want to try their Glycolic Toning Solution instead to see if that would better suited for my skin. You can buy this from and it is £6.30 for 30ml.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx


The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

Hi beauties,

I am a bit of a primer snob, it’s ok I admit it. Having oily skin that shines through makeup within 20 minutes even when I use a primer means I don’t really rate them, I am still looking for that holy grail one that will actually work.

So when I saw that The Ordinary had bought out a two primers, I thought I would try one, I plumped for the High Adherence Silicone Primer. I suppose it was daft of me to get this one, I don’t overly enjoy the feeling of silicone on my skin, but the price was so affordable I thought I would take a punt.

Boy I really wish I hadn’t!! It is so wet-feeling on the skin, it doesn’t feel like it can dry down to be able to apply makeup on top. I don’t think it is for my skin type, I think potentially this would be better for drier skins. I tried it with my liquid BB Cream and my Bare Minerals Original foundation but the dreaded shine came through just as quickly as without primer – which is so bloody annoying!

I know it’s not a fortune, but it is frustrating. It actually puts me off wearing makeup because of the dreaded shine. I hate having to powder down, it’s the time it takes as well as the potential for your makeup to become cakey, no matter the lightest weight products. So the hunt for a decent primer continues….

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors and HA

Hello beautiful people,

I have another The Ordinary offering today,  Natural Moisturising Factors. This is their moisturiser from the range, so to be used as the last step in your routine.

Natural Moisturising Factors are elements that keep skin protected and hydrated, this is formulated to moisturise and repair impaired barrier function with continued use. 

Ingredients are: 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Jojoba Esters, Alumina (Aluminum Oxide), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

This is a great moisturiser, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s non greasy and sinks into skin easily.  It feels like a basic moisturiser because there are no frills, but the formula is sound. If you are looking for something that will help keep your skin healthy, with no fragrance and you have a very limited budget, Natural Moisturising Factors is a good option. It’s available from and is £4.90 for 30ml.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil

Hi beauties,

Today I have 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil from The Ordinary. I bought this a little while ago and have been testing it out for a while.

I first became aware of Marula Oil from African Botanics and Drunk Elephant, two brands I would love to try but unfortunately they aren’t readily available in the U.K. Customs and shipping charges mean it makes it too prohibitive for me to purchase, so when I saw The Ordinary had a Marula Oil I jumped at the chance to buy it.

If you haven’t heard of it before, Marula Oil comes from the seed kernel of the Marula fruit and is indigenous to Southern Africa and Madagascar. Marula Oil contains high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids in the form of Omegas 6 and 9. It is a multipurpose Oil with a light nutty smell.

I have been using it on my face and hair, it reminds me of The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Argan Oil, in fact I wasn’t able to tell them apart. It’s pleasant to use, it’s a light texture so it doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. It makes your hair smooth and soft, it’s ok, but I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again. For my hair I prefer the Argan Oil and it’s cheaper than the Marula. Don’t get me wrong, this Marula isn’t a fortune but at £3 cheaper it pushes the Argan into the top position. 

My picks of oils from The Ordinary are the 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil (good quality and great price, a definite repurchase) and the 100% Plant Based Squalane. Those oils are the best quality and give great results. And of course they are excellent value, making them affordable for everyone.

100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil is available from and is £8.10 for a 30ml bottle.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary Haul 3

Hi beauties

You all know by now my love of things The Ordinary, here is a third Haul of bits of I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

I chose:

  • Lactic Acid 5%
  • Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
  • 100% plant-derived Squalane 

I have been testing these out for a while now, I like to give things a decent amount of time, it’s only fair to the products so I will be doing individual reviews coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks!

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Argan Oil 

Hi beauties,

Today is the turn of The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Argan Oil. I love Oils so of course I was going to try this one.

The Ordinary’s Argan Oil is a thicker Oil than other brands I’ve tried before and the colour is very pale. Others I have used have been a little deeper, this one is a pale straw type of colour.

I tested this using on my face, hair and body. As it’s a thicker oil I find it quite rich so you only need a few drops. I use 2 for my Face and 3 on my neck, it sinks in well and it isn’t overly greasy. If you find it greasy you probably used too much. 

I noticed the best result on my hair, I have really short hair so 2 drops again are enough so a 30ml bottle will last such a long time. It makes my hair feel so soft, but not unmanageable at all, speeds up my blow-drying time and adds beautiful shine.

I have also added a few drops to body lotion and butter, and have excellent results on the skin on my body. I have super dry skin that is eczema prone so I do have to take care of it. When I don’t, I get flaky patches that can then crack and get sore. The Ordinary Argan Oil is fabulous as a body Oil for me. Nails, cuticles and hands also were treated with good results, proving you don’t have to spend a fortune on a specific cuticle oil.

This is a great versatile Oil, so if you are looking for a good all rounder this is definitely contender. Of course it’s a bonkers price, it’s £5.90 for a 30ml bottle so the value is amazing. Another winner from The Ordinary.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% and HA Spheres 2%

Hi beauties, 

I’ve been looking for a good Vitamin C product for a while now, so I chose The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA spheres 2%. Vitamin c products seem to be quite expensive and difficult to make as it can be very tricky to keep it active.

It has been a part of my Instagram feed for a while so I thought I would give it a try. I have to tell you that I have pretty hardy skin, it’s rare I have problems and I am used to using active ingredients. I have heard that Vitamin C is good for lightening pigmentation and this being an affordable price I snapped it up.

I used this for about a week and I had to stop using it. The texture is gritty and absolutely awful, I don’t know how anyone gets on with this product. It also burns like an absolute git, I’m used to the tingle of using acids, but sweet Baby Jesus and the orphans I thought my face would fall off. It didn’t of course, but this was so damn uncomfortable I chucked it in the bin. Sorry Deciem, but I can’t recommend this one.

So my hunt for a decent, affordable Vitamin C product is still ongoing. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know in the comments.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx