I didn’t like the way this foundation clung onto the dry, flaky bits on my face (another reason for being on team Tinted Moisturiser). I wouldn’t say it gave me the same level of coverage as other similarly priced drugstore foundations have done in the past, when I used to prioritise covering up my insecurities over anything else when doing my make-up
The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid Toning Solution will not make your skin glow, per se, but it will give it that little extra something. It will also get rid of those pesky little flakes around your nose if, like me, you’re a bit hayfever-y at the moment and keep rubbing your face with scratchy tissues.
I can see this looking lovely on dark or very tanned skins. I can see it looking lovely in photos taken in artificial lighting, or caked-up in make-up. But this is not the sort of lipstick to wear on a dismal, grey British April afternoon; nor is it the sort of lipstick to wear if your other make-up is a tinted moisturiser, a bit of bronzer and a toned-down cat eye. This truly is a Kardashian-esque shade, in that you need to be wearing layers of make-up in order to not look OK in it.
This is not a luxe face mask to do with your friends, or to put on in the bath when you’re having a glass of vino; as The Ordinary advises, this stuff is ‘For Professional Use Only.’ I’m not profesh by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve used acids in the past and, hey, I survived! Come at me!
Of the small things I remember my dad treating my mum to when I was growing up, there are two that stick in my mind: chocolate bars, and The Body’s Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector.
This stuff is the bomb, particularly if you’re looking for an emergency fix for a bad outbreak. I’ve tried Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, Origins’ Super Spot Remover and Eve Lom’s Dynaspot (as well as various Boots and Body Shop-bought topical tea tree topical spot treatments), and absolutely nothing has been as effective as this one from The Ordinary.
The main issue I have with many beauty blogs out there is that they are so positive. Either it’s because the bloggers only review products they like (fair dos: we can’t all be Negative Nancys) or because they only dare to review products kindly because they received them as gifts and don’t want to piss off the PRs.