The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation Review

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation is part of a launch of two foundations by Deceim‘s brand The Ordinary, which have literally taken the beauty world by storm (at one point there was a waiting list of over 25,000). Although a lot of people seem to favour the Coverage Foundation, which is pigment-rich and offers more coverage, I find myself leaning towards the Serum Foundation during the past summer months, because it is more lightweight and gives a more skin-like and natural finish.

As the name suggests, the Serum Foundation has a serum-like and very watery texture, which literally melts into the skin and blends like a dream. Despite being lightweight, the serum foundation offers a very decent medium coverage, which should be sufficient if you have good skin or even if you have a few minor blemishes (with the help of a good concealer of course).

The serum foundation comes in a small 30ml pump bottle, and at a ridiculously affordable price of £6, which is even cheaper than most drugstore foundations. But don’t let the price tag fools you into thinking that the quality can’t be that great, because The Ordinary operates under the premise that skincare should be simple, effective, and ‘affordable’, and this foundation is definitely a proof of that.

The serum foundation comes in a very wide choice of 21 shades, and cater for different undertones; Yellow (Y), Neutral (N), and Red (R), which means you will definitely find a shade that perfectly matches you. There are also some shades which have additional gold particles (G) and offer a more glowy finish.

I’m in the colour 2.0 (YG), which is slightly too light for me in the summer, but I chose it because of the glow factor (G) which is not on offer in the 2.1 shade. So because of the additional glow, the finish of this foundation for me is very brightening and makes my skin looks dewy and healthy, which I love. For the regular shades without the additional (G), I have read other reviews saying that they still offer a beautiful natural satin finish.

Because the formula of this serum foundation is very liquid and easy to blend, it seems to work really well with most makeup applicators; brush, beauty blender (or a makeup sponge), or even with your fingers. My favourite way to apply this foundation however is with a beauty blender, which gives such a perfect and flawless result everytime.

Finally when it comes to lasting power, this serum foundation still hasn’t failed to impress. It lasts extremely well and I notice it seems to look even better as the day goes on and it has time to adjust to your skin.

Overall The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a winner for me in every sense of the word. It has a long-lasting formula that delivers a beautiful, natural, and healthy-looking skin, at a price that is affordable to everyone. I’m now excited to try the Coverage Foundation, which I’m sure will be great for the upcoming autumn/winter.

Have you tried The Ordinary foundations? Which do you prefer?

The right skincare routine for your age

skin care regime

I’m known among friends and family as being skin care obsessed and it’s something that I embrace proudly. As far as I’m concerned my skin and I are going to be here together for the long haul, so why not take care of it to my best possible ability? Often we fail to fully appreciate the value of a proper skincare routine when we’re young because at this age our skin is still arguably perfect. But as we age and by the time we start to see the damage creeping up on our face, it may be too late to do anything to completely revert them.

It also goes without saying that like clothes, we need to make sure that our skin care routine is suitable for our age. What worked for us in our 20s won’t do us any favours in our 30s and beyond. In today’s post I’m going to give you the lowdown on the skin care routine you should be adopting in your 20s through to your 50s and further, to make sure you maintain a youthful, healthy radiant skin into your golden years.

20 something

In your 20s, your skin care goal should be to protect and preserve your youthful complexion. At this age most skin issues are a result of carefree living and neglecting to take care of your skin properly; too much drinking, staying up late at night, sun-bathing without applying adequate sun protection etc. Some people may still have breakouts in their 20s, while some may start to see fine lines creeping up during the second half of their 20s.

Ideal skin care routine:

  1. Double cleanse with a foaming cleanser or gentle cleansing gel, which will remove makeup and excess oil but won’t dry out the skin.
  2. For daytime, use light moisturiser that contains SPF with UVA and UVB protection. Alternatively you can also use a broad spectrum SPF on top of your lightweight moisturiser. Using adequate sun protection is something you should NEVER skip, regardless of the weather.
  3. If you live in a busy city with high level of pollustion, or like to stay up late at night partying and drinking, make sure to use an Antioxidant serum to counteract the damage. Apply serum at night, which contains antioxidant ingredients such as Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), Grape Seed extract, Pomegranate extract (Ellagic acid).
  4. If you still get the occasional breakouts, use a spot treatment containing Salicylic Acid, which also help exfoliate the skin to prevent future clogged pores.
  5. If you have dry skin, add hyaluronic acid (which helps retain significant level of moisture to your skin) to your moisturiser or use moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid.

30 something

Expect to see the first signs of ageing; fine lines, expression lines around your eyes, on the forehead and between the nose and mouth. Discolouration may also start to appear if you’ve had too much sun in your younger years. In your 30s, cell renewal and oil (sebum) production begin to slow down, and you may notice your skin becomes drier. At this point you should also start to exfoliate more regularly because your skin will only exfoliate naturally every 35 days as opposed to every 14 days when you were in your 20s.

Ideal skin care routine:

  1. Use a cleanser that offers more than the ones you use in your 20s. A cleansing balm is recommended at this point to maintain your skin’s hydration. You should also look at a formula that removes makeups and slightly exfoliates at the same time.
  2. Start using an eye cream (if you haven’t already) both day and night to hydrate the skin around the eyes, keeping it supple and less prone to fine lines.
  3. For daytime, use an anti-oxidant rich serum or moisturiser follow by a broad spectrum sunscreen. According to research, antioxidants act synergistically with sunscreen to help guard against photo damage. In proper concentrations and when mixed with the right ingredients, antioxidants protect skin from free radicals (which attack collagen production) and can even undo some of the damage that’s already been done.
  4. At night add Retinoid (which include retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic acid) to your skin care routine to help increase cell turnover and improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. Retinoids and AHAs can make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight so make sure you are diligence with sunscreen.

40 something 

The 40s can bring a big change. Cells turnover and collagen production slow down even further and skin starts to thin as elastin and moisture level drops. This results in drier skin with reduced firmness and bounce. Express lines between your brows, around your eyes and mouth may also seem more pronounced. Overall it is important for you to add moisture and incorporate collagen-building ingredients like peptides into your skincare routine.

Ideal skin care routine 

  1. Cleanse using a non-foaming, non-drying cleanser. A cleansing balm or a cleansing oil is highly recommended at this stage, and can be used with a gentle face cleansing brush or cleansing cloth to help exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
  2. Use broadspectrum SPF daily without fail to avoid further damage to the skin.
  3. At this point you need to add active antioxidant ingredients to your skin care routine to fight free radicals and help reverse some of the damage you already have. To counteract dull skin, use a quality vitamin C serum if you aren’t already. Salicylic and glycolic acids are also great at boosting radiance.
  4. Retinoid and peptides should be added to your routine at this point, if haven’t already. Peptides help rebuild collagen especially when used in conjuction with skin texture-improving retinoids.
  5. Use a richer moisturiser with high level of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides (contains fatty acids) to help skin retains moisture and improve firmness and radiance by slightly plumping up the skin. Hya­luronic acid and ceramides can offset the slowdown of sebum production and temper any dryness that might result from increased exfoliation.

50 something and beyond

Hormonal changes and a drop in estrogen levels will significantly reduce hydration and collagen production in your 50s+. The main concerns are loss of moisture, elasticity, bounce and radiance, as well as deeper wrinkles. As creams and serums can only do so much, in addition to using products with powerful ingredients (retinoids, peptides, alpha hydroxy, amino acids), consider speaking to your dermatologise about laser treatments and other non-invasive or invasive skin rejuvenation options.

Ideal skin care routine

  1. Use a cream, balm or oil cleanser that will hydrate skin while cleanses.
  2. Use a moisturiser that contains broad spectrum SPF or use SPF over a moisturiser. Because ingredients like retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun, daily use of sunscreen is a must.
  3. For daytime, use a peptide-rich serum under your moisturiser to help build collagen. Use a moisturiser that contains antioxidants to combat free radicals and/or hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.
  4. At night, apply retinoid before your moisturiser. At this point retinoid is a ‘must’ if you want to hang on to collagen. You may want to use a moisturiser that contains phytoestrogens to help with hormonal aging, or skin care products that contains epidermal growth factor (EGFs), which can help regenerate collagen and elastin (e.g. Stacked Skincare EGF Activating Serum, and Rodial Bee Venom moisturiser).
  5. Finally this may seem too simple to be true but using Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is a great way to lock in moisture from your skin care products and moisturiser. At this point it is more important than ever to try and retain as much skin moisture level as possible. Petroleum jelly prevents water loss  but doesnt attract moisture so you still need to use moisturiser underneath.

Nars Orgasm Blush Liquid VS Powder

Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush

Nars Orgasm Blush needs no introduction. It’s probably one of the most famous beauty items of all time, owned and loved by all beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists alike. It was one of the first blushes that I’d ever purchased, and remained one of my everyday holy grail for years. So when the liquid version of my all time favourite blusher came out a decade or so later, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush comes in a small, travel-friendly size bottle with a pump (I find the logic of having a pump for a blusher but not for a foundation quite bemusing!). It has a new formula that is very pigmented but also very blendable and melts right into your skin. The texture is very watery and so the pump applicator is a bit of an annoying feature because 1. you don’t really need even half of what the pump dispenses, 2. the product runs down the back of your hand and can get messy pretty easily. Little goes a very long way (hence the mention earlier about the pump being a counter-productive feature), and you need just a tiny dab on each cheek to give you a beautiful soft pink, natural-looking sheen.

Nars Orgasm swatches

There are a few noticeable differences between the new liquid version and the original powder version (apart from the obvious fact that they come in a completely different form of course!). The original Nars Orgasm powder blush is a peachy pink tone, whereas the liquid blush appears more pink with less peachy, coral undertone. The original powder blush also has more shimmer and gives a lot more glow to the skin, whereas the liquid version has a very muted, subtle shimmer that doesn’t really show up on my skin.

Overall I still prefer the original version because I think the colour (pink and peach combined) tends to suit almost everyone and I love that it’s a blusher and highlighter all in one product. The liquid version is still beautiful but I would prefer to use it on a low key day, when I want my makeup to look more natural.

Have you tried the new Nars Orgasm liquid blush? Do you prefer the powder or the liquid version?

How to improve your morning routine and have a more productive day

Morning routine

I’m not a morning person. It’s a major struggle for me to get myself out of bed in the morning and start my day with any kind of positivity or productive outlook. I always find one way or another to procrastinate; checking my phone, instagram, facebook, even watching a few YouTube videos, and before I know it an hour would have easily passed and I’d still be in bed. It’s especially hard now that I work from home and strictly speaking don’t need to get up at a specific hour. But overtime I’ve learned to become more responsible over my time management as I wasn’t getting anything done and realised I needed a major habit overhaul. Today I’m going to share a few tips and tricks that I’ve used to improve my morning routine and start my day on a more positive and productive note.

Don’t hit the snooze button.

To be honest, you are not going to feel more rested from an extra five or ten minutes of restless sleep.Trying to sleep on snooze time is actually pointless because more often than not you end up lying half awake in bed and dreading the moment when the alarm will eventually go off. Set just one alarm and put it far away from your bed so that you need to get up and out of bed to turn it off.

Leave your phone alone

This is probably what I struggle with the most. It’s a new day and you’re curious to find out what’s been going on with the world during the past 7-8 hours. I often open Facebook and Instragram first thing in the morning and start scrolling, which can easily lead to an extra 45 minutes in bed just mindlessly looking through photos and posts. Starting your day with an act of procrastination does not feel good, and most importantly it gives your mind no chance to think freely without the influence of social media. Stay away from your phone in the morning to allow your mind a fresh start to feel creative and productive without exposing youself to social media overload. Charge your phone overnight in the living room or the kitchen if you need to and just get a real alarm clock instead. I promise you will thank yourself for giving your mind a break and a fresh start in the morning.

Drink a glass of water

Our body gets dehydrated when we sleep as we spend up to 8 hours straight without any water intake. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning replenish the water that your body lost during the night and makes your feel refreshed and awake.


Waking up and jumping into any kind of exercise, whether it is a relaxing yoga, pilates, or a morning run, wakes your body right up and give you a boost of endorphin that makes you feel happy and energised. It is also nice to  get exercise done and over with first thing in the morning because it allows you to tick an important task off your list and you don’t have to worry about finding time to exercise during the day.

Get Dressed

This might seem pretty obvious but for someone who works from home there is always a temptation to just stay in your comfy dressing gown or pyjama until lunchtime. This invariably makes you feel like a bum and lazy, and more often than not results in a much less productive day. Getting properly dressed with your hair and makeup done makes you feel put together like a productive member of society, which will prompt you to act like one. When you dress for the day, even if the day involves working alone at home, you feel more confident and ready to take on any challenges life throws at you.

Eat Breakfast

Many of us think we have no time in the morning for breakfast and tend to skip it altogether, which is such a bad habit. By mid morning we are guaranteed to feel lethargic and cranky for not having any foods in our stomach and as a result we won’t be able to concentrate on getting any tasks done. Make sure you eat breakfast in the morning. If you don’t feel like cooking in the morning or you don’t have time, just plan for something easy that will still give you enough energy to last until lunch time. A bowl of yogurt with muesli or granola with some fruits like banana or berries takes no time at all to make and can even be prepared the night before to store in the fridge ready for the morning.

Make a big cup of tea (0r coffee)

I am a major tea person. I literally can not  function in the morning until I’ve made myself a big cup of tea. It’s such a relaxing morning ritual to be able to take time to enjoy and indulge in a morning cuppa. These little moments can set a positive tone and put you in the right mood for the day.

Write Morning Pages

I always make a point of starting my day writing my morning pages. If you are not familiar with the morning pages, there are plenty of information online that can give you more insight into this wonderful technique. The morning pages allow me to clear and empty my mind of anything that’s been bothering me or been stuck in my head and blocking other creative thoughts. This simple act of  writing down all my thoughts freely without any censorship helps me jump into the day with a clear mind more receptive to embrace and express my creativity.

Write a list of tasks for the day

Before you get on with your day, write down a list of tasks that you need to accomplish that day (or tasks that will make you feel good to accomplish). These can be anything from exercise, catch up on emails, grocery shop, take blog photos, promote on social medias etc. This will give your day a structure and make you feel more focused to gear your day towards accomplishing these tasks. It is also very satisfying at the end of the day to be able to tick off each task that you have completed and see what you have achieved in a day.

Tackle the hardest or most important task first and get it out of the way.

There is no point drawing it out or putting it off, just get it done and over with and you will feel much better knowing that the rest of the day will be easier and more manageable. When you make a list of tasks that you need to get done for the day, do the one that you hate the most first, and you will be free of worries and ready to take on the rest of your day.

The first few hours of your day can have such an impact on how the rest of the day follows. So try a few of these suggestions and make an effort to improve your morning routine. Once you stop treating your morning like an inconvenience and start greeting it with a smile and positivity, the day will likely smile back at you :)

Do you have a morning routine that you swear by?