The ordinary

Guide to upcycling disappointing beauty products: How to find a second life for stuff you didn't like

If a product isn't worth repurchasing, you don't always need to stop using it altogether. Here's how I found new uses for a disappointing toner, shampoo, and face wash.

I write about a good number of products that have disappointed me—either because they irritated my skin, led to breakouts, or just didn’t seem to be doing much for me at all. But because I was raised by immigrant parents who know what it’s like to go without such luxuries, I try not to automatically dispose of products before trying to think of a way to upcycle it. Without further ado, I’d like to share a few of my most recent attempts to give disappointing products a new lease…

The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil Review

If you have acne-prone skin, try mixing a few drops of this oil into your nighttime moisturizer—you won't regret it.

Does anyone else think that “rose hips” are weird? If roses have hips, do they also have their own version of the Shakira song, because their hips don’t lie? All jokes aside, I had no idea that rose hips were actually used for so many things before I first heard about them on /r/SkincareAddiction. People raved about rose hip seed oil’s benefits for acne-prone skin, so I decided to give The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil a try. It has quickly become one of my favorite go-to…

Save or Splurge? The Ordinary EUK 134 vs. NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist

Which DECIEM option should you go with: The Ordinary's EUK 134 or NIOD's superoxide dismutase saccharide mist?

Despite all the recent-ish drama surrounding the future of The Ordinary, DECIEM is taking the world by storm. Here in NYC, there are now seven locations—I still remember there were only two stores around a half year ago (~March or April), when I first visited the location in SoHo. Here’s a drive-by picture of the new Upper West Side location: