One brand known for its no nonsense skincare items at an affordable price point? The Ordinary of course! And because of that I have been really curious to try more of their products. Not everything I try has been successful, but I think that in the Buffet Serum I have definitely found a gem that has become an essential part in my current skincare routine.Read more
One of my favorite affordable primers? The Catrice Light Correcting Serum Primer. Catrice are fairly good at doing primers to begin with. I also love their hydrating primer, so when I saw them doing a new shade in one of my favorite primer formulas, you know I had to try it. This claims to be the same primer as the Light Correcting primer, save for the shade. Is this as good? And could this possibly a dupe for a much more expensive Becca primer?Read more
The Ordinary is not only an affordable skincare brand, they also do some other products. One of those products is a range of 2 different foundations: the coverage and serum foundations. The coverage foundation promises to be more full coverage, but since I prefer a light to medium coverage foundation I decided to try the serum foundation.Read more
I love a good leave-in conditioner. My hair is dry and brittle and I simply cannot go without a good hair conditioner. It prevents my hair from looking like a Poodle just had a blow out. For yonks I used the Gliss Kur Oil Nutrive Serum spray. But then I ran out one day and decided to try this: Dove Advanced Hair Series Ultime Nourishment Supreme Creme Serum. Quite the mouthful, but I received it in a goodie bag and thought: why not?!
Dove Advanced Hair Series Ultime Nourishment Supreme Creme Serum
I haven’t been using serum for a long time yet. In fact, till now I only used one other one that I liked and that was the second one I tried. That was the Vitamin E serum-in-oil by The Body Shop. As I knew that was running low, I went on the hunt for a different serum to try. I love the Olaz (Olay in the US and other places) Total Effects Moisturizing Cream for sensitive skin and so when I saw the line also includes a serum, I decided to give it a go.
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Instant Smoothing serum
The Olaz Total Effects Instant Smoothing Serum is part of the Total Effects line which is an anti-aging line aiming at improving 7 different skin qualities. Usually this serum costs €19.99 per bottle, but Olaz is on sale a lot and so there is no need to be paying full price for this if you don’t want to.
The serum comes in a pump bottle and is sold in a box. That is a good thing as it means it is clean and hygienic and you’ll know no one has opened the packaging in store. The bottle itself is not too special. It actually feels a little bit cheap. The pump doubles as a camp: twist it one way and the bottle opens, twist it another and the bottle closes. I am never too sure about how well this closes, but I have been using this for months and so far the scent and consistency have not changed.
Some information on the box. The promised result: young looking skin that feels smooth and soft. The product should be used underneath other skincare products as with other serums. It should be a transparent, milky solution that should contain concentrated ingredients, more so than a regular cream. It should help you skin to absorb the skincare you put on top.
The 7 promises of the Total Effects line:
- Minimalizes fine lines
- Smoother skin
- Minimalizes pores
- Gentle exfoliation
- Radiant looking skin
I especially like this line as it is also one of the more hydrating lines. And since I am in my early 30s starting with anti-aging skincare is something that I had to start with sooner rather than later anyway. So this sounds like it could do something to benefit my skin. I use this under my nighttime skincare.
The list of ingredients is long and filled with mumbo-jumbo that I do not understand. Water and glycerin are at the top of the list as is Niaciamide: one of the active ingredients as stated by the website. Then there are a lot of silicones in there as well as perfume which is listed all the way at the bottom. Not necessarily an ingredient list I understand, but if it works and doesn’t give me any problems with my sensitive skin, I am all game.
‘The information on the bottle is pretty much repeats what is on the box. The bottle is completely opaque, which is a shame as you cannot easily see how much product you have left. I have now used this product for the past 3 – 4 months and so I would like to know how long this will still last me. But because I have been using it for quite some time now, I can easily tell you something about how this product works for me.
The product is indeed transparent, but rather than milky, I would describe it as a gel-like substance that feels nice and soft. You can easily feel the silicones in it and it is absorbed quickly by the skin. You have to work quickly as it disappears the minute you apply it. I use two pumps for my entire face, which is more than I am used to using in a serum.
When I first started using this I was afraid it would be a change for the worse compared to the The Body Shop one I used to use and I am surprised that it didn’t. The texture and quick absorbance made me think this wouldn’t be as effective, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. So far I haven’t noticed a drastic difference in my skin, but my skin still feels nourished and moisturized. I do feel it works less long than the serum-in-oil serum, as my skin definitely needs another round of moisturization come morning time. This stuff works just as well, it just works differently.
Overall, this is a serum that gets the job done, but no more than that. I would rather use another bottle of the TBS serum-in-oil as that would give me soft, moisturized skin until the morning. With that, I could still feel the effect come morning time, and with this I can’t. It is a very light and easy formula though and it definitely didn’t worsen my skin. My skin is still moisturized and feels good.
What serum do you use?
Over the past year, I’ve drastically revised my skincare routine. I tried some new products and have now found a routine that not only works, but is easy on the upkeep. One such new addition to my skincare routine is using a serum. I got sucked into trying some when I got a tester for the infamous Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. Having found out that it costs a limb and then some, I tried to find cheaper alternatives. I instantly went to The Body Shop and came away with two options.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum
The first thing you should know about me and my skin is that I have very sensitive, allergy prone and dehydrated combination skin. My cheeks are covered in milia, especially in winter. Making sure I put the moisture right back in is therefore high on the agenda. And I can’t just use any old cream and give them a whirl. Even products formulated for sensitive skin have caused me to break out and develop itchiness and redness to the point where I was left with a burning sensation.
The Body Shop was my first stop, because I have tried and tested many of their Aloe Vera range products and absolutely love it. When I was in the store, I originally picked up the Nutriganics Smoothing Serum, but then ended up picking up the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil when it was newly released, because I was curious. Especially now it’s winter and the colder weather makes my skin feel like it’s about to crack at times, I thought it would be a good time to let you know how I got on with these two serums.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
What The Body Shop says:
Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight.
8h beauty sleep for your skin
Skin feels recharged, replenished and softer
Skin looks fresher, rested and more radiant
Our highest concentration of wheatgerm oil
Non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula
Ever since I started using this, I have really started to notice a difference in my skin. In fact, I love it so much, that I use this every single day. Just a few drops will do and I apply this before my night time moisturizer. For one thing, I love the smell of this. It smells clean and like baby shampoo but in a good way. It is absorbed super quickly and I wake up the next morning with my skin feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom. I’ve been using this for 6 months straight and have not one had an allergic reaction to this and despite the fact that the main oil in this product is from wheat (I’m wheat intolerant foodwise). It also contains fragrance, but so far so good.
The substance of this is very runny and non-greasy. It is more substantial than water and it comes out of its packaging by squeezing the little dropper it comes with. Hmmm, someone’s had a good look at the Estee Lauder serum, hadn’t they? By now the packaging is starting to peel off, and I have not yet noticed this being almost gone. Since you only need a few drops, this lasts a long time. Only downside is that you cannot see how much is left inside the bottle as it is covered in an opaque pink layer. It makes my skin feel more plump and hydrated and I can tell when I skip this a few days in a row.
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum
What The Body Shop says:
Our certified organic range has been created for the first signs of ageing. This pre-moisturiser hydrates, helping to smooth skin. It leaves skin softer, more supple and revitalised.
99% of ingredients are of natural origin
The first serum I tried was this one. I love the Nutriganics Eye Cream and prefer it over the Aloe Vera one because the latter just isn’t doing enough for me. So that’s why I decided to try this. I found that using this on a daily basis as a pre-moisturizer, is a bit much for my skin. In my oilier areas, I developed spots and my skin got a bit greasier. However, I love using this on days when my skin needs a bit of an extra pick me up. Especially after a workout and a shower combo, and of course: this time of year. This is a great product if your skin needs a little bit extra in its life.
Substance wise, this serum is much more creamy than the first one. It’s still thin and runnier than cream, but it definitely does work. It again also absorbs quickly and has not caused any allergic reactions. The packaging is really clean and handy as the product is dispersed through a pump. Ingredient wise there is a bit more abracadabra on this list than on the other one, but this doesn’t have any added perfume. Whatever scent it has comes from natural ingredients, which is a plus. It’s a mixture of oils, aloe vera, and additives. I’m guessing it’s one of the additives that makes my skin to become greasier over time.
All in all, I am enjoying using these two serums. The Overnight Serum-In-Oil has become part of my daily skincare routine and I love using the Smoothing Serum whenever my skin needs something extra. If I had to pick only one that I could repurchase when these run out, I would go with the first one because it is so easy to use and works on an every day basis. For an extra pick me up, using a face mask is a cheaper and faster option.
What is your favorite serum?