I have thoroughly tried four more serums from The Ordinary, and these are all under the $10 mark. Two are definite favorites from The Ordinary line, and two were somewhat disappointing. I love the low price point, which allows me to try lots of new active ingredients for the first time and see how they work for my skin, and I also really enjoy that the Ordinary’s products often have very no-nonsense ingredients. This time around I will be reviewing the Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%.
I have a bunch of Too Cool For School masks that I’ve been using, all in the $4-9 range, and so I wanted to talk about them all in one place. I’m lucky enough to have a Too Cool For School storefront nearby in New York City but a growing collection of their products are also available at Sephora, while the rest of the others are definitely available from various places online (particularly Amazon). I’ve become a bit of a sheet and sleeping mask nut and really enjoyed trying all of these from a fun brand like Too Cool For School.
YADAH Cosmetics is a brand I hadn’t heard of until recently, but I’m excited about the couple of products I’ve tried because they’re quite nice and very affordable. And how cute is the branding on the packaging? YADAH is a Korean cosmetics and skincare brand focused on gentle, hypoallergenic, and plant-based formulations, with products available on the BB Cosmetic website. I’ve been trying their Brightening Ampoule with niacinamide and Angel BB Cream with SPF 20/PA++.
I’ve been struggling with hormonal acne but also have increasingly sensitive skin that’s easily dried out, so when I spotted this gel cleanser from CeraVe that includes both exfoliating salicylic acid and restorative ceramides, I had to try it out. The CeraVe Rewnewing SA Cleanser is pretty affordable at $11.99 for 8 oz. and is easy to find in drugstores, and I had high hopes for it.
As part of my quest to resolve some hormonal acne issues, I have two more salicylic acid skincare products to talk about today. I’ve been trying a lotion and essence from Innisfree’s Bija Trouble line, which are formulated to help soothe and gently clear blemish-prone skin and are both under $20 on Innisfree’s US site.
Back when I made my first order from Innisfree, I grabbed a buy-5-get-5-free deal on their Skin Solution line of sheet masks. I tried 6 different kinds, which is the majority of what they offer, and tried to pick them out based on skin concern and ingredients. I’ve tried the Pore, Trouble Care, Moisturizing, Hydrating, Whitening and Total Care, and I’ll be touching on each of them and picking out my favorites.
A year ago for Christmas, I received the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum as a gift and I’ve played around with it off and on throughout the year. I was definitely interested in trying out what is a very visible and widely available drugstore offering. The Regenerating Serum typically costs $23 for a 1.7 fl. oz. bottle, but this is a larger 3.4 fl. oz. bottle that was sold through Costco, so I’m honestly not sure how much it cost. It’s a silicone-based gel that comes in a pump bottle and is advertised to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 2 weeks and smooth out skin texture.
I’ve been hearing good things about Michael Todd’s skincare products for a while now, and when I was shopping online for some Christmas presents earlier in the fall I finally went ahead and made an order. I bought myself the Cranberry Antiox toner, which is described as hydrating and anti-aging, and also received a sample pack of other Michael Todd products, which is always fun. I have tried two other toners that contain cranberry in the last few months, so I was curious to compare this one as my introduction to the brand.