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Ultimate Guide to Antioxidants for Skin Health

Ultimate Guide to Antioxidants for Skin Health

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The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation: A Detailed Review

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation: A Detailed Review

I was walking around my local shopping centre last week, looking for clothes and uni supplies. I rounded a corner only to suddenly see a new The Ordinary store. Guys, I’m not kidding when I say I was PUMPED. I’ve been using the ordinary for over 6 months now, starting with their 100% Squalane Oil and then moving onto the 1% Retinol in Squalane. These were ordered online from ASOS, so when I saw that I could now buy their stuff in person – well, to say I was excited would be an understatement. I ended up choosing out two new products, Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (which will have a review soon!) and this Colours Serum Foundation.

I’ve been using it for a few days and thought I’d put together all my thoughts and pictures to give you guys a review! So if you’re interested then keep on reading!

WHAT THE ORDINARY COLOURS SERUM FOUNDATION CLAIMS

The Ordinary ‘Colours’ range consists of two different foundations. This one (‘Serum’) and its brother ‘Coverage’. Of the two, this Serum foundation is supposed to offer the more natural coverage. From The Ordinary’s website:

“Serum Foundations are lightweight medium-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations offer moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight serum feel. They are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with the supplied pump or with the optional glass dropper available for purchase separately if preferred. 

The pigments used in this format are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect. These pigments are suspended in our proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary. “

Note: Deciem (the parent company of The Ordinary) also mention that when sold in the EU this foundations claims an SPF of 15. This is thanks to the Titanium Dioxide in the active ingredients. My box does not mention this so I won’t be reviewing that aspect of the foundation. It might be something to keep in mind if you purchase your product in Europe.

WHERE TO BUY & PRICING

As mentioned, I bought my foundation in store for $12.70 AUD. For those in the US it retails at around $6.70 USD. This is super affordable, even more so than drugstore brands.

You can purchase this foundation online at The Ordinary’s website.

WHAT’S ON THE OUTSIDE – PACKAGING

The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation packaging

Colours Serum Foundation comes in a standard 30ml/1 fluid ounce sized matte transparent plastic bottle with a matte black pump that is lockable. This pump felt a bit stiff when I was using the foundation, but overall the packaging is very lightweight and extremely travel friendly.

WHAT’S INSIDE – SHADES & INGREDIENTS

The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation packaging box

The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation bottle and box

The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation consistency

SHADE SELECTION

I got the shade 1.0N which is the palest neutral shade they offer. Though I have a lot of pinkness/redness in my skin, I don’t like my foundations to mimic this as then it doesn’t match my neck/the rest of me. I like a foundation to neutralise the redness.

The overall shade range is fantastic, with 21 options for skin tones ranging from the very fairest (myself) to very dark chocolate browns. From The Ordinary’s website itself:

“Each foundation format is available in 21 shades. The shades are divided into three categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Each category is then classified further by a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth within each category. Finally, a letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone: P (Pink) and R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades respectively; N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone. …

Three of the shades have an additional letter at the end: S indicates Silver highlights and G indicates Gold highlights; these shades use natural-looking and exceptionally fine dispersions of metallic effect pigments for added highlight. “

Some have mentioned that there are not as many options as they’d like on the deeper end of the spectrum, so that might be something to consider if you have dark skin.

INGREDIENTS

 

The full ingredients of The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation are:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Caprylyl Methicone, Coconut Alkanes, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

I am sceptical of the coconut alkanes since I broke out while using The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension, and these two products have these ingredients in common. But for now, one week into trying this foundation for the first time, I’m doing fine.

Other ingredients to note would be silicones, which some people report to cause breakouts. I personally love silicones (they’re a key ingredient in my holy grail sunscreen)

 

HOW IT APPLIED

This foundation feels like a thick water- they aren’t kidding around with the name ‘serum’! It’s very thin and spreadable. It doesn’t feel exactly like those dry oil, silicone-y style foundations either (think L’oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint, Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink etc). It genuinely feels like water or a very light moisturiser and so you’ll need to shake it well before dispensing, as per instructions on the box.

This formula wasn’t effortless to blend because it’s so thin that it became quite streaky, but it came together in the end. I decided to spread the product with my hands onto half of my face, then dab with a sponge to smooth it out. Spreading with fingers prevented the sponge from absorbing the thin formula immediately, and pushed the product nicely into my pores. The sponge then took care of any remaining streaks and excess.

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK

Bare skin with no foundation
No foundation

 

Skin after one layer of The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation
Coverage of one pump on half my face

 

Skin after two layers of The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation
Coverage of two pumps on half my face

 

Pores and skin texture wearing The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation
Pores/texture with foundation

 

Pores and skin texture with no foundation
Pores/texture without foundation

 

Comparison of bare face vs. The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation
Left side with foundation, Right side without foundation

 

When used with a beauty blender as I did, this foundation looked as if I’d just applied moisturiser with a damp sponge. It had a slight sheen compared to my ‘bare’ skin (after my hydrating skin care routine). This then dried fairly quickly and left me with a very skin like finish – neither matte nor dewy, just satin. The coverage with one pump on one half (aka. two pumps for whole face) was really nice. It took away a lot of redness and evened out the tone, but I would definitely describe it as light, as you could still see freckles and some pimples peeking through. A second layer took this up to light-medium or medium coverage, while still looking very natural. I don’t think you’d be able to build much higher than this.

This foundation sat fantastically in my pores and did pretty well around peach fuzz and dry flakes. I feel like this would have looked even better if I had been having a better skin day. It still managed to make my skin look very soft and healthy. I think the trick is to have very hydrated and well exfoliated skin prior to using this foundation.

Once it dried I could really feel no difference between the side with foundation and the side without. There was also no oxidation, so the colour it came out of the bottle was the colour it stayed on my face.

 

HOW IT WORE & FINAL THOUGHTS

The Ordinary Colour Serum Foundation

This foundation felt great to wear, being so lightweight it was barely noticeable. While it wasn’t super long lasting (6 good hours), it faded in a very flattering and subtle way. There was no extreme flaking of dry areas or pooling up in oily ones, just less coverage by the end of the day. Overall wearing this foundation was a really pleasant experience.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

I’d say this is a great choice for someone who wants to embrace their skin’s natural appearance but still needs some evening out of tone and pore filling and who likes a lightweight feel. You probably won’t like this is you want a full-coverage, freckle abolishing foundation that lasts 8+ hours of wear. But if you are indeed “skin careless” and want to look a little more put together without breaking the bank then this is for you!

This will definitely become my new ‘everyday’/work foundation for when I do my makeup. It’s a great shade for me, quick and painless to apply, and doesn’t bother me throughout the day by feeling heavy. I’ll most likely be wearing it using two pumps over my whole face, as I don’t really feel the coverage builds up enough to justify using twice the product, and that way it’ll last twice as long!

 

Overall, I think The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation is a wonderful “I’m having a great skin day today” kind of product that I would definitely recommend. I hope you all enjoyed this thorough and picture-heavy review, and I’ll see you again soon!

The Skin Careless

 

 

 

 

 

An Open Letter to Men Seeking Skin Care Advice

An Open Letter to Men Seeking Skin Care Advice

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How to Deal with Cold Sores

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Love the Skin You’re In – Coming to Terms with Imperfection

Love the Skin You’re In – Coming to Terms with Imperfection

At this time of year with Valentine’s day around the corner (but also year-round) there’s a real pressure to be in love. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE love. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that somebody thinks you are great unconditionally and wants to spend time with you. However, my personal viewpoint is that you can’t invest in a relationship if you don’t feel secure and confident within yourself. Self love goes hand in hand with romantic love. How can you accept love from somebody else if you don’t believe yourself that you are worth it? You can’t rely on somebody else to hold you up. You have to be able to do it on your own.

 

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?

For me, it was my skin (acne + redness has been the bane of my existence for years) and my non-symmetrical hooded eyes. For a long time I obsessed over my imperfections, compared myself to airbrushed pictures from magazines with gorgeous skin and huge, round eyes and wasted my time wishing I looked different. I know that many others like me are struggling with feeling good about their skin, even on its not-so-good days. Acne can be a real blow to the confidence, especially when you’re young. Looking back, it’s sad to think of all the time and energy I spent waiting around for the impossible, instead of redirecting my focus elsewhere and embracing my appearance. Not to say that I think I’m perfect now, but it’s no longer an everyday struggle to tear myself away from the mirror. Everyone has different insecurities, but they need to be acknowledged, accepted and either worked on or left alone, instead of being let control our lives and choices.

 

TOUGH LOVE

What I needed when I was younger and struggled with accepting my flaws was some tough love. I was constantly worrying about what others thought of me and comparing myself to people I saw on Instagram. If you’re in a similar position, here’s some real talk to keep you grounded.

Nobody is perfect (no matter what it seems like)

People only show the good parts of their lives. do you often go around sharing your insecurities with people you meet, showing them all your flaws? Do you post that unflattering photo to Instagram, instead of the one where you think you look great? Everybody wants to put their best foot forward, so comparing yourself at your most vulnerable (think: first thing in the morning) to somebody else’s curated best is absurd. You can’t get a full picture of what someone is like as a person based on what you see online or even sometimes in person.

Everybody cares more about what they look like than what you look like

I think this is a nugget of wisdom everyone learns as they age. Each year that passes I realise more and more that I’m so busy dealing with my own life that Ii couldn’t care less what somebody else looks like. When I was younger, I often felt like all eyes were on me and scrutinized my every move. Now I’m beginning to think that everyone else in my high school felt the exact same way. And guess what – I can’t remember a single outfit, hairstyle or blemish of any one of my peers that stood out to me. I remember their personalities and the fun things we did, but most of all I remember myself and what I was wearing and doing. People care more about themselves and what they look like than they do about you, so remember that.

You’re stuck with you, so make you the best you

Guess what – to a certain degree, you can’t change who you are. Of course you can diet and exercise, get a great skin care routine, and wear clothes that make you feel flattered and suit your personality. But beyond plastic surgery, you’re stuck with being who you are physically. Whether you like it or not, you’ve been lucky enough to be alive at this point in time, and your body is giving you that opportunity! Celebrate it, thank it and accept it. Turn who you are into someone you’re proud of in ways you have control over. Be constructive, not destructive – learn new skills, volunteer, travel, or do whatever else makes you happy. Don’t tear yourself down but instead build up other areas of your life like your creativity, skills, and career. Successful, happy and wonderful people are not defined by their appearance or their flaws, but by their strengths and skills. Turn yourself into someone you’d love to be friends with!

 

TIPS FOR MOVING PAST YOUR FLAWS

If you’re aware of all this, but are still struggling to get over the hurdle of accepting your flaws, then here are some approaches that I hope will help you to ignore them:

1. Distract your eye

Distract the eye by visually shifting the attention away from your insecurity and towards something you like. Say, like me, you really dislike your eyes. Learn ways to play up your lips! Aren’t happy with your body? Learn how to dye/cut/style your hair in a way you love! It’s a constructive way to minimise the things you aren’t so happy about without obsessing over them.

2. Distract your mind

If you are feeling really down and just want a break, I highly recommend getting creative. Some really immersive activities include sewing, cleaning, exercising, writing, or cooking. The wonderful part about all these things is that they give you tangible results. It feels great knowing you’ve made or achieved something, and you’ll have less time to worry about whatever is upsetting you when you’re enjoying the fruits of your labour.

 


 

Of course, there are ways around insecurities that involve plastic surgery. If that’s an option you choose, more power to you for taking action. But I think that there’s always something negative to focus on, always the next ‘problem’ that’s holding you back. If you can acknowledge, accept and move past these things, such a huge weight will come off your shoulders and you’ll gain the time and focus to dedicate yourself to not only achieving your dreams, but also loving someone else.

For me, my bad skin will always be an issue. I’ve done the best I can and developed a great skin routine, but even that hasn’t gotten me to ‘perfection’ like I used to dream about. I’ll always have redness and acne. And there’s nothing to be done about my eyes. I’m learning to work with them and do my makeup in ways that are flattering, and since then I’ve even got some compliments on them!

If you focus on loving yourself in the ways you were born (e.g. I have really big lips which I love) and the things you’ve earned throughout your life (I learnt to paint and I now earn money by selling my artwork), you become a more well rounded person who is capable of giving and receiving the kind of love you and anyone else deserves.

Lots of love and happy Valentine’s day,

The Skin Careless

 

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Self Tanners

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CosRX AHA, BHA and Snail Mucin Review

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New Year’s Skin Care Resolutions

New Year’s Skin Care Resolutions

Happy new year! I hope that everything you’ve been working towards comes to fruition this year, you make many good memories and move on from the past. If one of your goals is to up your skin care game in 2018, here are some skin care habits you should keep up year round starting now!

 

Use sunscreen daily

By far the best thing you can do for your skins appearance and health is to wear sunscreen. If you’ve read my guest post over on The Navigatio, you’ll know how UVA rays are present all year round, causing ageing and cell damage. But don’t worry! A broad spectrum sunscreen will take care of it. My favourite is Sunplay Super Block SPF 50+. I put this on every. morning. Without fail.

Hydration

This is really what I’m going to focus on in the new year – drinking enough water! I suffer from chronic bladder and kidney problems so drinking water makes me feel 100x better. Plus, if you’re consistently dehydrated it’ll show in your skin, potentially leading to a x% drop in moisture! Use this calculator to help you figure out what amount you should be drinking. I’ve found that if I have a huge water bottle and fill it up in the morning and at lunch, that helps me keep track of how much I have to drink.

Give your skin a break

If you’re like me and constantly wanting to switch up routines, feeling impatient for results, or just throwing all sorts of stuff on your face, stop! It’s a rookie mistake to get caught up in ‘fixing’ your skin and it’ll be causing you irritation, sensitivity and breakouts. Every once in a while, lay off exfoliation, masks and new products and just let your skin recover and rehydrate. Maybe make Sundays your skin care day off and slather on a good moisturiser and let it chill. After beating severe irritation and dehydration, I now know how much happier your skin will be when you just lay off every once in a while.

Change your sheets + towels

It’s easy to forget this, especially if you’re suffering from depression or are just really busy. But keeping the things that touch you daily nice and fresh stops fungal and bacterial spread. I try to change my pillowcase and towels as often as I remember, maybe once a week, and sheets every fortnight.

Use body lotion daily

After you shower, try to get into the habit of slathering yourself in lotion. The water on and in your skin is trapped in by the occlusive ingredients and helps to keep your skin soft, smooth and free from dry patches. I did this every day in 2017 and I’ve not had *any* body eczema which is a first for me, so I’ll definitely be keeping it up.

Book yourself into the dermatologist

Even if it’s only to get your yearly mole check, call up your GP to get a referral to a  dermatologist this January. They can help with persistent eczema, acne or other skin issues too. Our skin is the barrier between us and the world so keeping it healthy keeps your entire body healthy. Use this opportunity to cross this off your to do list so you can go the rest of the year with peace of mind.

Wash your makeup brushes

I’m so guilty of leaving my brushes weeks, even months between cleanings. But this year I’m not only trying to wear less skin makeup, but I’m trying to keep that skin makeup as sanitary as can be. That means hot soapy washes weekly!

Stop picking at your face

Everyone’s been guilty of this at some point. I’ve talked about my struggle with compulsive skin picking before. I’ve found that the longer I go without picking, squeezing or scratching my skin, the better and better it’s looking. I’m going to try and go as far as I can into 2018 without touching my skin. If you want to as well, see that post for more reasons why and tips on how to stop picking.

Start a skin care routine

If you’re overwhelmed and looking for a guide to get you started with daily cleansing, moisturising and more, I’ve written the perfect guide for you! It’s totally free and comes with everything you need to start you on the right foot this year. Check it out!

 


 

Let me know what your new years resolutions are! I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself to make big changes in the new year, as I think we should be improving ourselves every day. It’s what you do day in and day out that counts, not temporary attempts at new things. Resolutions should be goals and lifestyles, not short term quick fixes. But it’s still nice to feel like 2017 and the old you and being shed when the clock hits midnight, and know that you’ll do even better this year.

Have a wonderful new years everyone, and I’ll see you all again very soon!

The Skin Careless

 

 

 

 

 

In-Flight Skin Care Tips – How to Fight Dehydration

In-Flight Skin Care Tips – How to Fight Dehydration

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