Intro to The Ordinary | Review

It could get a little overwhelming when you’re new to the brand and you feel like you want to try everything. I was like that when I first dropped by the Abnormal Beauty Company at the Queen St. W location. It triggered my curiosity and along with the entire beauty world. I had no idea that this highly-raved skincare brand was just a couple of blocks away from me. I was also looking for cheaper serums that work because the ones at Sephora were just too damn expensive. I did my research first and decided to try 3 of their serums. I wanted something hydrating and antiaging.

So apparently The Abnormal Beauty Company is also called Deciem? Correct me if I’m wrong. They carry different skincare brands like Hylamide, Niod, The Ordinary, and etc. I do get why they are so popular. The minimalistic packaging, the price, the range of products targetted to specific needs? It’s all amazing, but does it work? My expectations were quite high!

This post will talk about:

  • Product aims
  • Basic ingredient knowledge
  • Prices in Canadian dollars
  • How I use it
  • When I use it
  • How I use them all together in my skincare routine
  • Effects on my skin
  • Would I repurchase?

Let’s begin!

BUFFET, C$ 14.80


Wondering why it’s called “Buffet”? Here’s what the website says: “The name of this formula was inspired by some brands referring to their expensive products offering combinations of these technologies as a “buffet”, distastefully comparing such products to buffets that offer various kinds of food in one sitting.”

It has a multitude of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce but it’s basically their anti-aging serum aimed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, wrinkles and dehydration.

After washing and patting my face dry, I immediately apply this serum followed by the Rose Hip Seed Oil below. I’m using it every night for about a month now and I don’t think I notice a miraculous effect. I do think that it helps with hydration and moisture, which helps with the appearance of fine lines. It works but not to the point that it is a “super-hero” skincare product.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Trehalose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Urea, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, C$ 6.80

A little thicker than the Buffet one, this serum is mainly targetted for dehydrated skin. Since I’ve previously tried a different hyaluronic acid serum, I decided to pick this up. Apparently Hyaluronic acid is able to carry up to 1000 times its weight in water. This serum aims to hydrate even the deep parts of the skin ’til the dermis.

After washing my face and patting it dry, I immediately apply this serum followed by moisturizer and sunscreen. I use this mostly in the morning and I notice that it helps with my dry patches.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, C$9.90

What’s the difference between Rose Hip Oil and Rose Hip SEED Oil? Not much with effects but rose hip oil extraction omits the extraction from seed, which has the most concentration. Since it’s more concentrated and harder to extract, rose hip seed oil tends to be pricier.

Utilizing the cold-pressed technique, the linoleic acid and vitamin A can maintain its form through extraction. Apparently, linoleic acid and vitamin A could degrade when heat is applied. These elements help with photoaging.

What is photoaging? It is basically premature aging caused by UV rays mainly from the sun. Rose hip seed oil aims to reduce sun spots, wrinkles and acne scarring. It is supposed to even out skin tone and prevents fine lines because of its antioxidant properties.

I mainly use it every night after using the water based serums mentioned above. Oils are supposed to be applied as the last step of your skincare regimen. I get occasional acne scars and I noticed that it faded quite fast while I was using this oil. I was too skeptical at first because I felt so greasy after applying it after a moisturizer. I changed up my routine and used just the Buffet serum and this oil. My face has been feeling great – less greasy, more plump. I also noticed that it absorbs quite easily after using the Buffet serum.

I also use this oil on my hands and nails to get rid of my dry cuticles, and on my spotty arms just to experiment if it’s going to help lessen the bumps. So far, no visible effects just yet.

Ingredient: Rose Canina Seed Oil

All in all I paid a total of C$31.5 for 3 bottles of serum. That’s even cheaper than one bottle of a high-end brand! I do think it’s super worth it to try this brand, mostly because of its price point. You wouldn’t regret it that much if it didn’t work out right?

As far as the product itself goes, I would say that it doesn’t do much. It’s an okay product and the effects aren’t very conceivable. My skin feels hydrated but the lines on my face didn’t miraculously disappear. I wouldn’t say it’s a “holy grail” type of product.

I would probably only repurchase the Rose Hip Seed Oil once it runs out and I will probably go back to Deciem until I get to try every single product they have. LOL.

Thanks for reading!


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