The Ordinary: Luxury Dupes & Review

The beauty and skincare world has been alight for the past year with conversations about, The Ordinary. An affordable (like, jaw dropping, preposterously inexpensive) line from the Deciem beauty company. The Ordinary has a collection of serums, acids and foundations with clinical names, claiming to provide customers with the raw essential products, no flashy names, no flashy labels and no flashy price tag that comes with the products’ luxury counterparts. Now, I am a skincare fanatic. I am obsessed with my regimented routine (posts HERE & HERE) that I go through as methodically as a sociopath every single morning and evening. It doesn’t matter how exhausted I am, how friendly I got with the Maker’s Mark, I never skip my date with my skincare products. Most of these being luxury branded. I have been a longstanding member of the VIB Rouge club at Sephora and the only time you’ll find me in the drugstore is to pick up something from LaRoche Posay if they’ve brought something new to Canada. I love my Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, Kate Sommerville, Tom Ford, Dior and Sunday Riley beauty products. I love that the formulas actually FEEL expensive, I love having my Sunday Riley bottles, with their glass tubes and gold foiled lables displayed prominently on my vanity and to be honest, a part of me even likes the luxury price tag. So I am admittedly, a little late to The Ordinary party, which has none of these things. However, when I saw that the products were being sold by Sephora, (a relationship, which has in the mean-time allegedly desintegrated-I’m not getting involved) whom I trust to sell only the best, I decided to give these products a go. After hearing that many of The Ordinary products are actually dupes for some of my most loved luxury holy grails, I picked up six of their products to see what all the fuss was about! Find out below my thoughts on The Ordinary luxury dupes.

Ballet Beautiful Review: Swan Arms Cardio, Backstage Workout & Essential Ballerina: Dance Class Burn

Train like A Ballerina I have seen real changes in my body since introducing Ballet Beautiful into my life, including improved posture, toned muscles, increased energy and improved mood.  This is an updated Ballet Beautiful review as I now have three more DVDs in rotation, Swan Arms Cardio, Backstage Workout & Essential Ballerina: Dance Class Burn (my two previous Ballet Beautiful reviews are linked at the bottom of this post).  Swan Arms Cardio and Backstage Workout have now been released on iTunes, while the three twenty-minute videos from Essential Ballerina: Dance Class Burn are available in the Ballet Beautiful streaming library on their…

Skincare Routine, What’s the Right Order?

With all the products we as women have available to us and each one serving it’s own purpose, it can be a bit overwhelming.  I personally have five to eight steps in my skincare routine alone depending on day, or night and this doesn’t even include any makeup, self tanner, masks, or exfoliating.  The order in which your products are applied can actually make a difference in how they interact with each other as well as your skin.  So today, I’m taking you through the correct skincare routine order to make the most out of your products and ensure their…

Luxury Fragrances for All Seasons

a woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future- Coco Chanel Fragrance is always my last step in getting ready and I would honestly feel incomplete without it.  I use it as a way to set the tone for that day.  For example the first really nice day of the year I always reach for Tom Ford, Soleil Blanc, or Miss Dior when I’m feeling fun and girly.  The olfactory area of the brain, where scents are decoded and understood is strongly linked to the part of the brain that stores emotional memories.  It is because of this that a…

Best of Toronto: Food, Coffee, Shopping & Beauty

I wanted to curate a list of my Toronto favourites for all things lifestyle, beauty, fashion, food etc.  I find these so helpful when I’m visiting a new city, or even when I’m looking for some inspiration myself in Toronto.  I am such a creature of habit so, as much as I like trying out new things, when I find something I like I am pretty loyal to what I have found works for me.  I hope if you are visiting Toronto, or are a Torontonian yourself you will take a chance to check out some of my options and…