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The Ordinary Mandelic Acid – review

My adventure with mandelic acid began a few months ago when I set out to improve the appearance of melasma.

What is mandelic acid?

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) extracted from bitter almonds, especially from the amygdala gathered from the kernels – so those with almond allergies, be careful!

It is similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid. It is a substance widely used as a precursor of various cosmetics, but also pharmaceuticals use it as an antibacterial agent for treating infections.

What does mandelic acid help with?

Mandelic acid dissolves the connection between the upper layer of skin cells to encourage the appearance of the newer layers of skin to be revealed. It has a high molecular weight (large size) and, therefore, cannot penetrate very easily or deeply into the skin, making it potentially the mildest AHA of all.

Mandelic acid can reduce acne and pigmentation, and it can reverse the process of losing elasticity and firmness associated with aging skin.

Who is mandelic acid suitable for?

I was talking about the high molecular weight of mandelic acid over glycolic and lactic acid.

The rule is: the higher the molecular weight of AHA acids, the softer their action.

According to this rule, mandelic acid is the mildest AHA acid, which makes it suitable for people with sensitive skin, people with rosacea, and to beginners in the secrets of exfoliating acids.

The benefits of using mandelic acid


The Ordinary Mandelic Acid mainly acts by accelerating the rate of cell rotation and eliminating dead skin cells.
It has an antibacterial effect, which makes it adequate also for people with acne skin or those prone to acne. It reduces the traces of acne and pigmentation, which makes it the perfect exfoliating acid in the fight against melasma.

How to apply the mandelic acid?

Mandelic acid has advantages over other skin products, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, for example, which are much more irritating and aggressive.

I apply it as the first step of the evening routine, 20 minutes after I have cleaned and rinsed on the completely dry face. Because it is an exfoliating product and my skin is sensitive, I use a tiny amount, 4 – 5 drops, which I slowly spread all over my face. Bypass the eye area, eyebrows (micro-blading tattoo), lips.

Can I use it every day?

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid is a gentle exfoliator, but you shouldn’t use it every night.

In my routine against melasma, I also use retinol. That is why on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I apply mandelic acid, and on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday retinol. Sunday is hydration day.

During the day, SPF is a must. I apply SPF 50+ as the last step of the morning routine, then reapply periodically during the day until sunset.

How long do I leave mandelic acid on my skin?

I usually let it work for 10 – 20 minutes. Texture-wise The Ordinary Mandelic acid feels like water, it stretches very quickly, and you get the 3 – 4 drops for the whole face. In the first few minutes, it may seem a bit oily, but as time passes, this sensation disappears.

When do you see results after applying mandelic acid?

Because it is a mild exfoliating acid, the results are not as quick and visible as in the case of other AHA acids, more potent, but more irritating to the skin.

After 6 – 8 weeks, you start to see noticeable differences. The Deciem monkeys say that the maximum effect of this acid is seen after 12 weeks of use, so we must be patient!

Impressions after use


After 10 weeks of use, I noticed the following changes on my skin:

  • my skin is much brighter, lighter;
  • no acne, except one or two “dragons” during the menstrual cycle;
  • the appearance of the melasma is improved, but I think the whole routine is to blame, not just mandelic acid;
  • I have smoother skin. In the morning immediately following the application of mandelic acid I can say I have baby skin, that’s the feeling when touching it;
  • I did not have problems with dry or irritated skin due to the slightly moisturizing formula of this acid, which has in its composition hyaluronic acid.


I have no opinions against this product, only a few warnings.

  • Do not use during pregnancy and lactation!
  • Use SPF daily, regardless of the season!
  • Pay close attention to the amount of mandelic acid you use!

One evening, I accidentally applied more mandelic acid. In a few minutes, my face started stinging in the cheeks area. I looked in the mirror, and my skin was red, irritated. The next day the appearance of the cheeks improved, but I was afraid to apply the routine for melasma. I paused it for ten days and applied only hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and moisturizer, plus SPF during the day.

So you better start with fewer drops, apply them, and if you still feel the need to supplement, do it carefully.

The use of each product is made progressively to be able to track skin reactions. Pay attention, especially to acids, because many people go through the purging period. In short, it irritates your skin, and it may seem like an acne rash.

You have two options. Either “power through” or take a break and focus only 2 – 3 weeks on the hydration. Then try to re-enter the product.

General impressions

I am satisfied with the effects of The Ordinary Mandelic Acid. I will keep it in my routine for the cold seasons. In the hot months (May – October), I do not apply acids on my skin.

Where can you buy The Ordinary mandelic acid online?

You can purchase The Ordinary range of products from DeciemBeautybay, Asos.

These were my thoughts after using The Ordinary mandelic acid.

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Top fashion trends for 2020

2020 will be generous in terms of fashion trends that you will love to wear.

The 70’s fashion returns, but with a modern, nonconformist vibe, adapted to our times. Some trends of the past years are still on the ramp; others are evolving into spectacular ones; others are entirely disappearing from the shops.

But let’s see what the fashion trends for 2020 are! I assure you that you’ll love them!

Trends that will take the stores by storm in 2020

Polka dots

The first trend I present to you (first chosen to the will of my heart) is that of polka dots.

This trend is particularly easy-to-wear. I find this print to be more elegant, more classy than the animal print, for example. You will find polka dots everywhere, from jackets, blouses, shirts, and dresses. I have already seen some cute polka dots in stores, that will surely take their place among the ones already in my closet.

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The pleats will not leave us in 2020 either. We have been seeing them everywhere for several good years. Last year, for example, there were a lot of midi pleated skirts.

2020 announces himself as extravagant in terms of pleats. You will see pleated jumpsuits, and long flowy pleated dresses, sleeves with pleats. If this is too much for you, that’s ok! You can be sure that you won’t fail by wearing last year’s pleated midi skirt!

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Trench coats

I know, trench coats aren’t trendy, they are a timeless classic. But the trench coats of 2020 will shock with the cuts, and through the combination of prints and textures. They will have a strong infusion of modern nonconformism.

From what I have seen so far in the fashion shows, the trench coats will be worn very much with sportswear, sweatshirts, and sneakers.

Does it go with your style?

If not, you can still wear your trench with a basic shirt, a pair of cigarette pants and flats.

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The mini is back!

Midi skirts have been in trend for years now, and I do not think I will give up this length.

But 2020 is announced to be the year in which the mini skirt returns. The shorter, the better!

If you like the trend, but somehow don’t feel ready to show off your legs so much, you can wear a mini skirt with a basic tee and an oversized colored blazer on top and over-the-knee boots.

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Oversized sleeves

Do not think of slightly puffy sleeves, but something giant, oversized. If you like the trend, you can make the top with oversized sleeves the star of your outfit, wearing it next to something basic, neutral such as jeans or soft fabric pants.

I will say “PAS!” to this trend due to the silhouette mismatch. It seems to me that it would make my upper body look even bigger, which is why I think I will use basic tops with polka dots instead of those with oversized sleeves.

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Bermuda style pants

This trend is about the reinvented, slightly shorter culottes.

Bermuda pants are so comfortable, and they look great on everyone else but you when you try them on, don’t they? That’s what I think about every time I am trying them on.

I’m sure I’ll give this trend a few more chances, I’ll try on a few pairs of Bermuda pants along with a basic tee. If I choose to wear Bermuda pants with heeled shoes, I like how the whole outfit looks. Since I wear heels only for weddings, otherwise sneakers, I do not see a future for these pants in my wardrobe. Unfortunately! I would love this trend if it suited me.

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Tank tops

Tank tops will be fashionable in 2020. With different cuts, with distinctive designs that will make them visible. The tank top looks great with shorts, a long jacket, and a pair of sneakers or heels, depending on your preferences. And if Jason Momoa could pull off the tank top look at the Golden Globes, I think we can also.

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Oversized jackets

Oversized jackets with a masculine vibe persist in 2020’s top trends.

In 2020 we can expect bolder, more intense, raw colors for oversized jackets. And they match wonderfully with the next trend on this list.

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Bralettes on display

I kept thinking if I like it and if I would wear this trend. In theory, yes, I find it sexy. But I’m pretty sure I would cover myself with a shirt before I left home.

The designers recommend that we wear cute bralettes with a boyfriend cut shirt knotted at the waist, with a pair of jeans, sneakers and an oversized jacket. The compromise of the outfit is that you can unbutton the shirt as low as you feel comfortable.

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We usually associate leather with biker jackets or pants, which you can wear in colder seasons. In 2020 we will see leather everywhere: on tops, bralettes, skirts, jackets, jumpsuits. Metallic leather will be on-trend, so keep an eye on the stores!

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Oversized earrings

As for accessories, oversized earrings will be the stars of 2020. If you’re a little hoarder like me, you should find some older oversized earrings in the jewelry box and won’t have to buy new ones.

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These will be the top fashion trends for 2020. I hope you will find something to your liking. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!


7 chic ways to wear the sporty sweatshirt

The rumors are true. Autumn is the season of the sweatshirt thanks to the popularity of the athleisure style in recent years. Now it’s 100% acceptable to wear it in chic and elegant outfits, not just in sports ones.

The most comfortable option is to pair the cozy sweatshirt with your favorite pair of jeans and sneakers. But there are still ways to fit your sweatshirt into outfits that you may have never thought of, both in-office and in the evening.

After all, although most jobs have dropped the idea of ​​rigid dress code, we can not all copy Mark Zuckerberg’s wardrobe to work. But even so, you can wear a sweatshirt in the office if you match it with an elegant jacket and cigarette pants. As for evening outfits, you can create a stylish look with a sweatshirt, a leather skirt, and studs.

7 ways to wear the sporty sweatshirt

I’ve chosen seven ways to wear sporty sweatshirt every day. This essential piece is versatile, and it can be an investment in your wardrobe.

#1 Office chic outfit

I like the contrast between traditional business pieces (a pencil skirt, classy nude heels) and a minimalist, classic sweatshirt.

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#2 Brunch with the girls

The success of this outfit is in the color details so perfectly coordinated. The color of the message on the anorak, the grey spring coat, and the old skool sneakers have the same vibe, while the rest of the outfit follows the line of minimalist comfort.

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#3 Wearing the sweatshirt at the picnic

The chicest essential piece of spring has to be the utility overalls. Combined with a simple gray sweatshirt and sneakers looks cool.

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#4 Sweatshirt on date night

For a romantic date, choose a cute sweatshirt, such as these sleeves on the sleeves, or perhaps with a new, unexpected print, or color and combine it with a pleated skirt or fancy jeans and high heels.

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#5 Sunday lunch

A midi floral print skirt is perfectly complemented by a colorful sweatshirt, especially if you choose to complete the outfit with delicate sandals and an elegant fanny pack.

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#6 Frenchy-French chic

I like this look because it is simple to achieve, classic, chic and feminine. The outfit looks spectacular. Combine a basic sweatshirt with a pair of cute flats and a mini skirt, and you will look great.

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#7 Business casual look with a sweatshirt

You did not imagine your sweatshirt in an office outfit, didn’t you? If you choose a basic gray model, you can easily match it with black cigarette pants and heeled shoes.

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We’ve seen how to wear the favorite sweatshirt on numerous occasions. I thought to search the net for the most affordable sweatshirts some bold-colored, some black& white and awesome prints for the bravest of us.

Here are my picks regarding the sporty sweatshirt.

Affordable sweatshirts for women

Click on the pictures below to find out how much the sporty sweatshirts I’ve selected cost and where can you purchase them.

Calvin Klein Performance logo sweatshirt


You can spice up your look with this sweatshirt from Calvin Klein Performance, a cozy classic updated with a slightly cropped silhouette. Wear it with a pair of classy cigarette pants and Oxford shoes for a relaxed outfit.

Stonewash sweatshirt


Embrace oversized silhouettes with this relaxed and casual sweatshirt with stonewash. We love this piece for everyday settings. I recommend you wear this sweatshirt with boyfriend jeans and comfy sneakers.

Sweatshirt with printed design


Ariana designed this soft sweatshirt with a printed motif at front. As an outfit option, I recommend you wear it with a short denim skirt and classy loafers.

Vintage splatter tie-dye sweatshirt


Vintage splatter dye sweatshirt sourced for you by our expert Urban Renewal team. Pair it with a midi pleated skirt and nude sandals.

J Crew leopard sweatshirt


This cozy leopard sweatshirt kicks your off-duty hours up a few notches. Animal print is a basic print that we’ll see everywhere this autumn. I suggest wearing this sweatshirt with nude neutrals.

DKNY everyday color-blocked sweatshirt


Make a cozy-meets-stylish statement in DKNY’s pullover sweatshirt finished with bold color-blocking for added interest. It has an inspirational male cut that looks good with a Bordeaux midi skirt and Oxford shoes. Half business, half nonconformist.

Lorien Stern sweatshirt


A soft and slouchy crewneck sweatshirt gets a splash of cheer with colorful illustrations by California artist Lorien Stern. Let it be the hero of the outfit by wearing it with an essential piece like blue jeans or a black skirt.

Lacoste sweatshirt


Want to wear your favorite outfit even in the evening? Assort this Lacoste sweatshirt with a skirt of sequins and heels. Adapt this outfit for the day by wearing sneakers. Put no limits when it comes to fashion and trends, just experiment!

Asos Design off-shoulder sweatshirt


Wear this lovely, feminine sweatshirt with a pair of black jeans and rock looking boots. Add a fur coat to the outfit for a bit of color.

H&M basic sweatshirt

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Lightweight sweatshirt with a printed design. If you are looking for the prime quality/price ratio, I recommend you take a look at this sweatshirt above.

Champion reverse weave sweatshirt


Champion’s iconic logo brands a timeless sweatshirt cut from a comfy reverse-weave cotton blend. That will be a quick solution for a bold office outfit if work attire is flexible enough.

Those were my thoughts and recommendations of the day on the affordable sporty sweatshirts. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!

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Basic white tee – how to style it like a Pro

She who loves the basic white tee hands up!

I would put them in the same class as the LBD, both versatile clothing items that should not be missing from a woman’s wardrobe. Once you’ve found the perfect white shirt for your style and personality, you can wear it in a thousand different ways.

How to pick the perfect white tee

You’d think all basic white tees are the same – after all, it’s only a T-shirt, how complicated it is?

In reality, it’s not that simple. In my wardrobe, for example, tees are precious items. And that’s because it’s hard enough for me to find a t-shirt that meets all my requirements. And when it comes to the white shirt, it’s even harder. The cut, the fabric, the transparency – you have so many criteria to consider when choosing the perfect tee.

In a t-shirt, you have to feel first and foremost comfortable – that’s why it’s called an essential piece – but it must be durable, and you also need to know that you look good in it. Moreover, if I wear a white T-shirt, I want it to fulfill its role as the basic piece, that is, I do not want to be forced to take a top under, because of the too-thin fabric.

Assuming it fulfills the quality criteria, we now come to the cut: does it fit your shape? For tees, the two things you need to consider are the sleeve and the neckline. Choose the cut that suits your silhouette, and you will not want to split your basic white tee forever.

The hourglass body shape

You girls are one of the lucky ones because you can wear practically anything. The only condition is to always counterbalance the basic white tee’s cut with that of your skirt or pants. If you choose a V-neckline, thinning, opt for slim-cut pants, for example; in the same way, if you opt for a ballet neckline, balance it with a pleated or an a-line skirt, or bold printed pants.

The apple body shape (inverted triangle)

The V-neckline is best suited to your silhouette. In the case of the sleeve, you can choose a mid-length sleeve, possibly with a cuff, but you will just as well do with a butterfly sleeve. This way you accentuate the waistline that is the best tip and trick you can do.

The pair body shape

If you are a proud pair silhouette, go with the round neckline, but rather wide than deep. A cut of the neckline close to that of the ballet neck will visually enlarge your shoulders, balancing your figure. Concerning the sleeve, you can choose almost any cut, but probably a very short sleeve, which covers only a little the upper arm, is the most suitable, as well as the butterfly type sleeve.

The rectangle body shape

You can choose any white tee, but, just like in case of the hourglass body shape, it matters how you wear it. Try to hide your waist under a wider cut tee with a pair of jeans. You can also accentuate the waistline by wearing a basic tee with a wide neckline and short sleeves with a belted skirt.

Outfit ideas with the basic white tee

The white t-shirt can be worn every day in a different style, from office to casual wear and sport.

To prove that you can wear a white t-shirt every day, I’ve selected some of my favorite outfits with this essential piece.

Basic white tee + boyfriend jeans = favorite summer outfit

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Add a pair of white sneakers for a sporty look or heel shoes for a casual chic look. The ensemble will be so simple and classy, and most of all, so affordable. You can play with accessories according to your style. I would go with a boldly printed handbag and oversized sunglasses.

Basic white t-shirt & high-waist pants

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This summer’s hottest trend is high-waist pants. A basic white tee is one of the go-to’s that fashion bloggers choose to wear with the high-waist pants. The white t-shirt works wonderfully in a chic-office style also, with cigarette pants and Oxford shoes.

White t-shirt + skirt = cool feminine outfit

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It’s summer, so the white tee and skirt combination is a winning one, whether you prefer a mini jeans skirt, whether you go with a more bohemian style with a midi skirt or a pleated one.

All white outfit with the basic tee

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I love Olivia Palermo’s outfit in the collage above. The t-shirt she chose is effortless, neither fitted nor too wide. The skirt, all white, is gorgeous, with exquisite lace details. The high-heeled brown sandals fit perfectly with the all-white outfit and creamy tones of the handbag.

Now that I have opened my appetite for wearing white t-shirts every day let’s see where to find the best deals online.

Basic white tees – best online deals

Click the pictures below to find out how much the basic white tees I’ve selected cost and where can you purchase them.

All Saints waterfall sleeve t-shirt


This girly, feminine tee is perfect for date-night. Pair it with jeans, high heels, and a clutch, and you’re golden. The cut with the waterfall sleeves is ideal for the pair body-shape because it enhances the shoulder line, which brings equilibrium to the figure.

Basic super soft v-neck t-shirt


Wear this super-soft white t-shirt with a mini jeans skirt and a pair of white Converse. It has an exceptionable affordable price, and it comes in so many hues, you could buy one for every day of the year.

Levis perfect white t-shirt


Levis is one of my go-to’s brands when it comes to basic white tees. Wear this lovely t-shirt with jeans, shorts, and flats.

Mango organic crew neck t-shirt in white


Pairing the timeless style with minimalist design is a winning formula. That’s why you should wear this Mango tee with a pair of black pants and high heeled sandals.

BP v-neck basic white tee


Update your everyday classics with this soft, cotton-blend v-neck tee. Pair it with a midi leopard print skirt, loafers and a cute, fashionable mini backpack.

1901 crew neck tee


This basic white tee is perfect for summer. Think of a girly look with a light satin dress over it and a beautiful pair of mules.

Z Supply perfect tee


For an everyday casual outfit, you can wear the white t-shirt&white jeans combo with low-heeled slippers, or sneakers.

Caslon ballet neck basic white tee


Having a fitted cut, and a feminine ballet neck, I suggest you wear this basic white tee with a boldly printed pleated skirt, paired with nude heels.

Michael Michael Kors cotton lace sleeve t-shirt


To pop this white tee, you have to rely on the wow effect of the all-white outfit. Pair this lovely laced tee with white shorts, and nude pumps.

Madewell Whisper white tee


You can go all-rock style with this basic white tee. Wear it with boyfriend jeans, a biker jacket and a pair of black booties with a dramatic, ankle-framing cut and high block heel.

Those were my thoughts and recommendations of the day on the affordable basic white tee. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!

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The ugly-cute grandpa sneakers are here to stay

I’ve always had set ideas about my style. I knew clearly what I like and what I do not like. And I did NOT like grandpa sneakers. I could’ve bet that they will not be back on fashion and that if the impossible could still happen, I would not buy them. Like a boycott!

Never say never seems to apply best here. That’s because I went shopping and I came home with a pair of grandpa sneakers. And I like them!

They are a bit chunky, orthopedic looking. As soon as you wear these sneakers, you get why they are so beloved by everyone. Grandpa sneakers might look orthopedic, but they sure DO feel orthopedic. Grandpa sneakers are sooooo comfortable you won’t want to take them off. Ever!

Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and OG sneakers are some of the high fashion powerhouses you can find the ugly-cute sneakers. Trendsetters like Kendall and Gigi are already big fans of this footwear trend.

Being supermodels, they can splurge on a pair or two of Balenciaga grandpa sneakers. For the rest of us earth people I found a lot of affordable options, some colorful, some black& white from brands like Nike, New Balance, Fila, and Reebok.

Ugly-cute affordable grandpa sneakers

Adidas Originals Falcon Sneakers

adidas originals navy metallic falcon sneakers

These super sporty sneaks look best when worn with clothes that are not sporty at all—think a structured suit or a cute floral mini dress.

Buffalo Chunky Sneakers

Buffalo Chunky Sneakers

The grandpa sneakers became a favorite amongst all trainers because they give you the extra boost in height. And if you are on your feet for most of the day, the chunky sneaker is excellent also. You should go for a light version of grandpa sneakers. I found that the New Balance sneakers are featherweight, despite their chunky look.

New Balance Grandpa Sneakers

New Balance Sneakers

If you love the attention, you should wear grandpa sneakers with a pair of biker shorts, an oversized hoodie, a small handbag, and red lipstick.

River Island sneakers with chunky sole

River Island sneakers with chunky sole

I would pair these River Island sneakers with a straight leg, slightly flared pants. Make sure that the flare of the pants stops at the ankle for a mundane outfit. A basic tee, an oversized blazer, one cute backpack and you’re golden.

Calvin Klein ultra sock shaft sneaker

Calvin Klein ultra sock shaft sneaker

These white Calvin Klein sneakers look good when worn with an animal print midi skirt and a white tee. Add an oversized pair of sunglasses and subtle pieces of jewelry to accessorize the outfit.

Intruder trainers by CAT

Cat intruder trainer

If you own a pair of vintage Levis and a classic white shirt you’re in luck. They go well the Intruder trainers by CAT. Beware of wearing the jeans cropped. Otherwise, all the coolness of the outfit will be lost.

Fila Disruptor 2 premium mono sneaker

Fila Disruptor 2 premium mono sneaker

The Fila Disruptor 2 made it to this short list of affordable grandpa sneakers due to their excellent price. You could wear them with high waist cropped white jeans, a denim shirt tucked in, and you’re set for this summer.

Nike M2K Tekno sneakers in pink


To balance the cuteness of these Nike M2K Tekno sneakers I recommend you wear them with a vintage grey mini denim skirt, a basic top, and an oversized denim jacket.

Steve Madden Movement sneaker

Steve Madden Movement sneake

With Steve Madden sneakers I would create a contrast between the blackest of all blacks and a feminine print. Think polka dot pastel dress.

Chomp Chunky trainers

Chomp Chunky trainers

These Chomp Chunky trainers will add a bold finish to an outfit no matter what you pair them. They’re Insta-worthy. And with that, I said it all.

How to make the grandpa shoes look chic?

If you want to get in on the trend but are wondering how to style grandpa sneakers so that they look chic, you’ve come to the right spot. I’ve stalked Instagram&Pinterest feeds and picked up some of the trendiest outfits with grandpa sneakers.

It’s a trend that takes a bit of hard work to make it shine, but not mission impossible though.

Grandpa sneakers – outfit ideas

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The casual sport style took the world of fashion by storm in the last few years. That’s why joining the hooded sweatshirt, the Deux-pieces suit and grandpa sneakers is a chic, modern, contemporary look.

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In spite of the bold, boyfriend look, the outfits with grandpa sneakers have something in common: a feminine touch achieved either by the chose of soft prints and colors or by carefully selected accessories.

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Do you love midi skirts? You can wear them with grandpa sneakers to get a contemporary look. Choose an animal print midi skirt and check two significant trends of this season in one outfit.

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Chunky sneakers and jeans. Love at first sight, isn’t it? You should pair the favorite sneakers with a classic coat or a bomber jacket. This way you achieve the perfect outfit loved by everyone.

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For the long, hot summer days you can go with the skinny jeans or boyfriend ones (your choice) along with a basic top and, of course, grandpa sneakers.

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Nothing says “Summer” like a breezy, feminine dress. This year don’t forget to pair it with chunky sneakers and a small purse to balance the whole outfit.

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The right shoes to wear with shorts this summer? The grandpa sneakers, of course! Pair them with a boyfriend blazer and a basic top. I would keep the socks invisible, though, because, in my opinion, this move makes the legs longer and leaner.

Those were my thoughts and recommendations of the day on the affordable grandpa sneakers. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!

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The Ordinary routine for post acne scars

Scars and post acne signs are ruining self-esteem, not to mention our bank accounts in the look for the foundation that covers them entirely. Now there is hope for our skin and our wallets.

I’ve discovered The Ordinary range of products, affordable, effective and reasonably easy to incorporate in one’s skincare routine.

Whether there are reddish-spotted spots, or deep scars, especially after severe acne, hormonal, or cystic the routine to improve the aspect of post acne scars is pretty simple, but it takes time, up to six months to see results.

The Ordinary morning routine for post acne scars

An example of the Ordinary routine would look like this:

In the morning, after gentle cleansing:

In my opinion, the morning routine should be as simple and fast as possible. But if you have more time in the morning, you can add one more of the products below:

  • Azelaic acid, just a small pee size, after the moisturizer. It can cause purging.
  • Alpha arbutin 2% + HA
  • Vitamin C, before moisturizer and sunscreen. I use Vitamin C by mixing it with the moisturizer. Wait at least 15 minutes before applying SPF.

I will make a short resume for The Ordinary actives that work wonders for your post acne scars. The hyaluronic acid, the moisturizer, and the oils have an essential role in hydration, which is a crucial step in anyone’s skincare routine.

How Niacinamide works against post acne scars

Niacinamide is Vitamin B3 that treats acne, soothes inflammation and brightens the skin tone. Zinc can help regulate oil production.

It’s perfect for the post acne routine because it calms down the inflammation.

Niacinamide is efficient in treating post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (the dark spots pimples leave behind) while zinc reduces oil and regulates sebum production.

As a side effect of Niacinamide, if your skin’s dry, it may be a little too drying for you. I don’t use it daily: in the winter 1-2 times/week, in the summer up to 3-4 times/week.

How Azelaic Acid works against post acne scars

Azelaic Acid works wonders against post acne scars and acne because it has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-keratinizing properties, meaning that it prevents the build-up of dead cells in the pores. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid is gently formulated, suitable for sensitive skin, too.

The Azelaic is perfect for prone rosacea skin.

As a side effect, Azelaic Acid can cause irritations in some people. I am one of those people; that’s why I use it as a spot treatment when an ugly pimple appears on my skin.

You can use the Azelaic in the morning or/and evening routine. As all actives, you have to introduce it into your skincare routine gradually.

How Vitamin C works against post acne scars

Vitamin C helps to minimize the discoloration that is often caused by scarring. It improves and corrects the appearance of dark spots caused by unprotected sun exposure, evens skin color and restores skin brightness.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. It defends the skin from irritation, inflammation, and pollution. Vitamin C reduces red signs caused by acne or rashes, improving the natural healing process of the complexion.

The Ordinary 23% version feels a bit grungy on your skin, but you can combine it with a drop of your moisturizer. This way the grunginess will not bother you so much.

I recommend you start using it two times a week, while you check your complexion for reactions. When I went up from using it two times/week to 3 times I’ve noticed more black spots. I feel just fine with applying it two times/week.

My skin is brighter, smoother and well-balanced.

The Ordinary evening routine for post acne scars

In the evening, once a week, I would apply, of course after the double cleansing and toner:

  • AHA30% + BHA 2% peeling solution. You could alternate it with glycolic or lactic acid, they also go 3-4 times a week or more but pay attention to over-exfoliation. It’s best if you start slow, only with the AHA/BHA at first. In the case of AHA/BHA exfoliating mask, you have to work your way up to get skin tolerance. I recommend you start using it every two weeks for 2-3 minutes. Then work your way up to using it 9-10 minutes once a week. It can take 2-3 months to get to 10 minutes of AHA/BHA once a week.
  • Hyaluronic acid 2% + b5 on damp skin
  • Retinol – three times/week
  • moisturizing cream mixed with 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil or 100% Plant Derived Squalane.

In the evenings when you do not apply the AHA/BHA exfoliating mask, start with hyaluronic acid on wet skin, and finish with moisturizing cream + oil, three times a week.

For extra-hydrating results look up the 7-skin method.

How retinol works against post acne scars

After 4-6 weeks of using the AHA/BHA mask, you can start The Ordinary Retinol 0,2% or 0.5%. Its place in the routine is between hyaluronic acid and moisturizer. Since retinol and retinoid are in a dry oil base, there is no need to mix oil with moisturizer.

Retinol is a fat-soluble type of vitamin A. Retinol helps prevent pores from becoming clogged. Therefore the acne has no ground to develop.

As a side effect of retinol, I mention redness, dryness and mild stinging. It takes a bit of time for your skin to adjust to retinol. That’s why you start with the lowest concentration of retinol and work your way up to tolerate it. And that’s why I love The Ordinary retinol in squalane. It provides the effects of retinol powered up by the hydration effect of squalane.

The use of retinol can make your skin more sun-sensitive, so it’s especially important to wear sunscreen.

How Rosehip Oil works against post acne scars

Rosehip Oil is a friendly one to acne-prone skin.

Rosehip oil is loaded with moisturizing fatty acids and a natural form of retinol (vitamin A). It is suitable for acne-prone skin because this one lacks linoleic acid, one of the many fatty acids in rosehip oil.

Fatty acids keep skin from getting dehydrated.  Vitamin A helps the skin’s natural exfoliating process.

You should use it as the last step of your night-time routine. I mix it with The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors aka NMF.

As a side effect, you can expect light acne rashes, desquamation. This stage is called purging, and, depending on the severity of your acne, may take between 2 and 6/8 weeks to see some results.

You can purchase The Ordinary range of products from Deciem, Beautybay.

These were my thoughts after using The Ordinary range of products against post-acne scars. Keep it classy, and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more skincare tips, online deals, and fashion trends. Happy shopping!


12 under $120 faux fur coats

When you hear a celebrity say, “Wow, this faux fur coat is nice!” your eyes are automatically drawn to that item. And so you realize you’ve added a “nice” faux fur coat to your winter wishlist.

The colorful faux fur is the must-have coat this winter. If you pay attention to your Instagram feed, Pinterest or any other fashion platform you’ll be able to see it in all its splendor.

Buying a faux fur vest is a good choice, but the coat is more comfortable to wear, plus it’ll keep you warmer. The prices are roughly the same as those of the faux fur vests.

Most international designers have renounced natural fur clothing from their collections. And rightly so! Nowadays the faux fur coat looks good, and it mimics perfectly the natural fur. It costs a lot less; it’s cruelty-free, so you have no reason to avoid it.

Colorful Faux Fur Coats

I searched for colorful faux fur coats online and found many affordable models.

Click on the pictures below to find out how much the faux fur coats I’ve selected cost and where can you purchase them.

QED London Leopard Faux Fur Coat

QED London Leopard Faux Fur Coat

Faux fur Asos coat, animal-print, fully lined, ideal for an eccentric look. Pair it with black skinny jeans or leather pants, rock boots, a plain tee and you will get a chill, relaxed outfit that will turn heads!

Dylan Hooded Faux Fur Jacket

Dylan Hooded Faux Fur Jacket

A cozy coat made from dense warm faux fur, topped with a slouchy hood. Available on ivory and cognac. One of the best prices from all these selected items, machine washable and tumble dry, always a plus!

Missguided Faux Fur Coat Tiger Print

Missguided Faux Fur Coat Tiger Print

The animal print has been, is, and will always be on trend. But it must be the star of the outfit. That’s why I recommend you to wear it in dark-colored or monochrome outfits.

Long Faux Fur Coat

Long Faux Fur Coat

Topshop Faux Fur Coat

Topshop Faux Fur Coat

The material is so pleasing to the touch that it automatically gives you a relaxing feeling. You will love it!

Pink Teddy Fur Coat

Pink Teddy Fur Coat

The fluffy pink-ish fur coat is the piece of resistance in your winter-winter wardrobe. It’s versatile and gives you a sophisticated, lady-like look.

Light Before Dark Teddy Puffer Jacket

Light Before Dark Teddy Puffer Jacket

Fuzzy-wuzzy even when the weather is harsh in this fluffy puffer jacket from Light Before Dark that’s the perfect late ‘90s look. Wear this eco-friendly coat with a rock-inspired black top, a pair of ruffled jeans, and ankle-high boots.

Boutique Faux Fur Coat

Boutique Faux Fur Coat

This year you should be wearing a lot of color block items. With this lilac faux fur coat, you can fully enjoy this trend. Bring up her awesomeness by wearing it with a pair of jeans, a fluffy sweater, and furry boots.

New Look Teddy Fur Coat

New Look Teddy Fur Coat

That’s a lovely faux fur teddy coat, yellow mustard, regular fit, fully lined with two side pockets. You can wear it with a cute sweater dress and over the knee boots or with moon boots, a cute hoodie and a simple pair of jeans.

Style&Co Faux Fur Jacket

Style&Co Faux Fur Jacket

If you love the sporty style, I recommend the emerald green fur coat from Style&Co. You can wear this lovely faux fur jacket with boyfriend jeans, a baggy sweater, and army boots.

New Look Coat Black Faux Fur

New Look Coat Black Faux Fur

A black synthetic fur coat can get you out of anonymity. You can wear it casually with jeans and army boots, as well as with more elegant items like a midi dress and ankle boots.

We’ve seen where we can buy cheap colored faux fur coats online. Now let’s see how to wear them according to the trends of the season, but also with a touch of sparkly personality.

How to wear colored faux fur coats

I’ve “stalked” Pinterest feeds and, of course, I’ve found a lot of outfit ideas with the colored faux fur coats. That’s a sign that fashion designers have already adopted this multicolored trend.

Let’s see how they suggest wearing the faux fur coat in trendy outfits, and the color palette used to highlight it.

Pink faux fur coat – outfit inspiration

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Pink is an intense color that will no doubt be the focus of attention. And you should please it. Wear the pink faux fur coat with neutral colors: a pair of jeans, ankle boots, and a simple top are enough to highlight the pink-colored jacket.

Yellow faux fur coat – outfit ideas

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Yellow is a color you should wear with high levels of confidence the wave this season. You either love it or hate it!

Just like the pink, yellow is an intense color that you need to highlight by wearing a neutral palette of color. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of jeans, a white top, and a few flashy accessories.

The multicolored faux fur coat

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In the case of the colorful faux fur coat, the same rules apply as with the accent colors. Merely stick to neutrals for the underneath outfit. Or you could turn On your full excentric mode and wear the multicolored faux fur coat with a chic, feminine floral dress and stilettos.

Animal print faux fur coat

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Animal print is by far my favorite when it comes to wearing something colorful. It fits nicely with all-black or brown toned outfits; it highlights the complexion without making a huge contrast, such as yellow or fuchsia.

Burgundy faux fur coat

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Wear the burgundy faux fur coat with skinny jeans or leather pants along with a top/sweater and a small metal purse.

Green faux fur coat

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It is a known fact that blondes look their best in dark colors, so their go-to faux fur coat should be an emerald green one. As for brunettes, their choice is evident this season: mint green looks fantastic.

Taking care of the faux fur coat

The price of a beautiful looking faux fur coat is not neglectable; it goes up from $50 to more expensive models from well-known brands.

No matter the price, you should know how to care for your faux fur coat, to keep it in good condition for the next seasons.

For artificial fur, the challenge is to keep it vibrant and beautiful. The threads fall, but you could prevent it by following the steps below:

  • Regularly use pet care brush to remove damaged threads;
  • You can also use an adhesive roll to remove the lint, you can find it in all supermarkets;
  • Carefully read the cleaning instructions.
  • If allowed, use the delicates washing machine setting.
  • Do not dry it in the dryer. Instead, air-dry your faux fur coat. Put it on the hanger in a well-ventilated space, away from the sun though.

I’ve read that you can put the artificial fur in the freezer to prevent the fall of the threads, but I haven’t tried this method. Honestly, it sounds more like a myth than a practical solution.

Perhaps the safest option to wash and dry your faux fur coat is to take it to the dry cleaner.

Those were my thoughts and recommendations of the day on the affordable women’s faux fur coats. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!

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Beauty Reviews Skincare

My journey to a healthy, radiant skin

In the last few years, I’ve been struggling with dark circles around the eyes, sunspots that stand out whenever I see myself in a mirror, plus light rosacea on my cheeks.

A beauty adviser recommended the IPL facial rejuvenation treatment. Before proceeding to costly procedures, I wanted to try natural products in my attempt to be as gentle as I can with my skin, all that at affordable prices.

A good friend recommended The Ordinary range of products. As always I did my research online, and I’ve discovered some great reviews in the beauty blogosphere. The Ordinary products have an excellent quality/price ratio.

Then I discovered a Facebook group dedicated to skin care, where I found a lot of useful tips. The moderators of the group are very receptive and helpful.

Carefully I introduced some of The Ordinary products into my beauty routine, and the results did not leave much to appear. Hubby was so excited about my radiant skin that he expressed the desire to try TO products.

The Ordinary routine

To choose the right products for you, the ones that have the desired effects, you need to know what do you want to achieve, what aspect of your skin do you want to improve.

For example, hydration, brightening the skin, repair imperfections, blemishes, acne scars. Also, you should know the type of your skin (dry, mixt, oily) and the stages it’s going through from one season to another.

My goal is:

  1. to have bright, healthy skin (no pimples or blackheads) as far as possible
  2. to delay the signs of skin aging as long as possible.

I have mixed skin with small imperfections (sunspots, acne scars), dark circles around the eyes, some fine lines and a few big ones around the mouth and on the forehead.

I’ve been using SPF protection lately regardless of the season, but the youth years, with excess sun exposure with little or no SPF are showing their effects.

The products that help you in the fight against aging (wrinkles and pigmentation spots) are daily SPF, 50+ in summer, 30+ in the winter and retinol.

A few weeks before I seriously started The Ordinary adventure, I watched a documentary on BBC Earth. The theme was the use and benefits of expensive creams vs. cheap creams, what ingredients are useful in fighting signs of aging, which ones are a big NO-NO when choosing a skin care product.

What did I learn from that documentary?

  • Avoid any skin care product that contains perfume, alcohol (with a few exceptions), parabens and irritants;
  • Try acids and actives, but start from the smallest concentrations introduced once a week, then switch to higher levels over time with patience.

Now I’m researching ingredients on Cosdna. At first, it seemed like a foreign language, so difficult to understand, but slowly I became accustomed to the names. So it’s not impossible to create a routine with skin-friendly products.

Before you go to active substances and exfoliants/acids you need to know the basis of your skincare routine.

First steps towards healthy skin

  • double cleansing
  • hydration
  • daily SPF, no matter the season.

# 1 Cleansing

Cleanse, please cleanse every night, no matter how tired you are. Nowadays there are cleansing products that you can use in the shower if you lack time. I love Paula’s Choice cleansers.

I have learned on my skin that I need to avoid those cleansing products containing alcohol (except fatty ones), parabens, irritating essential oils, and not even perfume. Usually, the ingredients are labeled in descending order of quantity in a product. So if the fragrance is the last one on the list I make concessions. I test my skin’s reaction. At this moment, Neutrogena is well suited to my eye area, and on the rest of my face, I use Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water.

A tip I’ve learned from the Facebook group mentioned above is that I need to rinse the micellar water. The second step of cleansing is to apply on damp skin Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Massage gently especially in the T area, then rinse with warm water.

#2 Hydration

I use The Ordinary products for this critical step in my skincare routine.


  1. Cleanse with Cerave.
  2. Toner
  3. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – applied on damp skin (every day).
  4. a) Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% used onto dry skin – on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
    b) Vitamin C Suspension 23%, combined with moisturizer – on Tuesday and Friday.
  5. Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, in the eye area.
  6. Buffet – on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  7. Cerave Hydrating Face&Body Moisturizer
  8. SPF.

In the evening

  1. Double cleansing.
  2. Toner.
  3. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – applied on damp skin (every day).
  4. a) Retinol 0.2% in Squalane – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    b) RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA – on Saturday, applied right after cleansing, on dry skin.
  5. Rosehip Seed Oil The Ordinary, only one-two drops on entire face.
  6. Natural Moisturizing Factors The Ordinary (aka NMF).

#3 SPF

Right now I get along well with Bioderma. I apply 1.25 ml only on the face, which is quite a lot. If you use exfoliating acids and active substances, the SPF is ABSOLUTELY NEEDED, regardless of the season.

On the group, I’ve read good reviews about Altruist, Antheliane Roche Posay and Nivea Water Gel, the Asian version, which you can buy from Amazon, eBay.

In addition to The Ordinary routine above, I would like to try the azelaic, resveratrol and AHA acids.

I still have an IPL session on the face, so two weeks before the appointment and a week after, I will remove the retinol and exfoliants from my routine.

Benefits of The Ordinary

Benefits of Vitamin C


  • it improves and reduces the appearance of dark spots caused by unprotected sun exposure, uniformizes skin color and restores skin brightness;
  • it contributes to the stimulation of collagen production, being a potent anti-aging ingredient;
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from irritation, inflammation, and pollution;
  • it reduces red signs caused by acne or rashes, improving the natural healing process of the complexion.

I noticed there is a slight improvement in my skin texture, and it’s smoother and well-balanced. In the first few weeks, I used Vitamin C three times a week, but I’ve reduced to two applications per week because I’ve noticed the appearance of some black spots.

The 23% version feels a bit grungy on your skin, but you can combine it with a drop of your face cream, and it will not bother you so much. Usually, I take a 10-minute break between products. But I felt like Vitamin C on my skin needs 30 minutes to absorb.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5


  • blurs the wrinkles;
  • stimulates collagen synthesis;
  • gives brightness to the skin.

Hyaluronic acid is ranked second in my favorite The Ordinary products top 3, from what I’ve tried so far. It blurred fine wrinkles. They look plump; they are filled immediately after application. The effects last for about 4-5 hours. But it is a product where results happen over time. Overall, I am happy.

Benefits of Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%


Niacinamide is the soluble form of vitamin B3 and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The benefits of using this product are listed below:

  • diminishing red spots and old acne scars;
  • reducing hyperpigmentation;
  • strengthening the natural barrier of the skin;
  • preventing water loss;
  • enhancing tone, texture, elasticity, overall the appearance of the skin;
  • sebum is regulated.

This product is number one from The Ordinary products I’ve tested so far.

You only need to apply 2-3 drops on the entire face. At first, my face looked like a glowing bulb, but it fades over time when layering the next product on the routine.

The pores are visibly diminished. I do get an occasional pimple, but it heals much faster, the skin looks so much radiant. I’m incredibly pleased.

Benefits of using Buffet


This formula combines a comprehensive range of technologies for battling the signs of aging. It contains 11 types of amino acids that have mild action on the skin and multiple molecules of hyaluronic acid. The most significant benefit is that it has an antioxidant effect, it fights against signs of aging.

I haven’t seen any wow results after the use of the Buffet. But it is a product that prevents the appearance of signs of aging, so I think I need to use it over a more extended period.

Benefits of using Caffeine solution 5% + egcg


Due to the high caffeine concentration, this product offers:

  • brightness and firmness of the skin around the eyes;
  • reduces bags and dark circles in the eye area.

I have chosen Caffeine solution especially for the dark circles around the eyes. Most of the mornings I do not have puffy eyes. I’ve tested it, but on some days I still have to apply concealer. So, it did not work as well as I have hoped.

I’ve read different reviews about the caffeine solution with the same conclusion. This product works better for bags/puffiness than for dark circles. For my sister, Caffeine has done miracles, for example.

I’ve “heard” only good things about Hylamide SubQ Eyes for the dark circles’ issue.

Benefits of using Retinol 0.2% in Squalane


Retinol is just another name for the vitamin A molecule. Benefits of using retinol:
  • there is an increase in substances that improve the natural skin barrier;
  • stimulates the production of collagen;
  • it is a powerful antioxidant and thus reduces the adverse effects that free radicals have on the skin.

Retinol is slightly irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin like me. Start with the lowest retinol concentration, applied only in the evening, once a week, 2-3 drops, right after water-based products. Then slowly increase the number of applications to 2-3 per week.

As soon as I’ve started using Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, I noticed my skin was smooth, like a baby.

Benefits of using Natural Moisturizing Factors aka NMF


  • as its name says, this cream has the role of moisturizing the skin;
  • antioxidant function.

This cream does its job, but it did not impress me as much as retinol or niacinamide. I apply it in the evening, at the end of my routine.

The effects I have noticed so far

My skin is smoother, brighter, hydrated. Wrinkles look fuller after the use of hyaluronic acid. The pigment spots seem to have improved, but I’ve just started with acids. It takes up to 6-9 months of use to see the real results of the products, especially acids.

The right order of application of The Ordinary products

I love for detailed information about the routine. You can easily find out what the correct product order is, what incompatibilities to pay attention to, etc.

Here is a small summary of the order of application of The Ordinary products. For me this was the hardest step, establishing a routine, applying these products in the right order to get the most out of their effects.

#1 Water-based products

Apply on clean face after using a cleaning gel, such as Cerave.

When you use more water-based products, Deciem recommends starting with the one which helps you the most.

  • Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
  • AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
  • Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
  • Lactic Acid 5% + HA
  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA
  • Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
  • Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (apply to damp skin)
  • Marine Hyaluronics
  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
  • Argireline Solution 10%
  • Buffet
  • Buffet “+ Copper Peptides 1%
  • Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
  • Matrixyl 10% + HA
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

#2 Anhydrous solutions

  • Granactive Retinoidin Squalane 2% and 5% in Squalane
  • Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
  • Retinol in Squalane 0.2%, o,5%, 1%
  • Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
  • Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
  • EUK 134 0.1%
  • Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
  • High-Spreadability Fluid Primer (last step before makeup)

#3 Oil based products

You should apply oil based products after water-based and creamy products.

  • Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F
  • “B” Oil
  • Borage Seed Oil
  • Moroccan Argan Oil
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • Virgin Chia Seed Oil
  • Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
  • Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil
  • Plant-Derived Squalane

What worked for me is applying Rose Hip Seed Oil along with the moisturizer.

#4 Suspensions

Here the opinions are divided. Some say that they should be last, others say before-last in the routine. Deciem recommends their application after the moisturizers. Many use them before creams. The purpose of the moisturizer is to fix all products on the skin, to restore and maintain the hydration.

  • Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
  • Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
  • Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

#5 Emulsions / Creams

You should read the labels and instructions for each product.

  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (apply after water-based solutions, before oils and lotions)
  • High-Adherence Silicone Primer (last step before makeup)
  • Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (apply after water-based solutions, before oils and creams)
  • Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (the final step in the routine).

The introduction of each product should be done progressively to observe the skin’s reaction, especially in the case of acids and Vitamin C. Many people go through the purge period.

In addition to The Ordinary routine above, I would like to try the azelaic, resveratrol and AHA acids.

Where to buy online The Ordinary products

You can get The Ordinary products from,, Beautybay, Skinstore.

For more tips regarding The Ordinary range of products, you could ask the Monkeys at Deciem. Their specialists will guide you to the best combination of products.

To get the best results for your skin, you should try hydration on the inside, by drinking your daily quota of water and on the outside, by taking care of your skin. Another thing that could significantly improve the aspect of your skin is to cut processed sugar from your diet.

That’s a bonus: A picture of me wearing just SPF, a bit of mascara, blush and brow powder. I don’t feel the need to put on the foundation.


These were my impressions after using The Ordinary products. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!


Black skinny jeans for women – 4 rules for picking the perfect pair

Black skinny jeans for women have become my uniform this winter, but one that I like to wear. If you still do not have a pair of skinny black jeans in your wardrobe, I invite you to take a look at the selection below.

I’ve searched the internet for the best pairs of skinny black jeans for women you could buy at reasonable prices, black jeans in all styles and for all ages.

Depending on the cut, the type of material and the various applications or embellishments, the skinny black jeans are suitable for any woman who loves the casual style.

Black skinny jeans for women

For more details about price and availability by size, I invite you to click on images. You will be redirected to the pages of recommended online stores, where you can buy them.

BDG twig high rise skinny jeans

BDG twig high rise skinny jeans

I start the recommendations with a pair of BDG cropped jeans, a very popular women’s brand. High-rise cut sits just above the hip and is fitted down through the thigh, tapered through the calf for a super slim leg with added spandex for stretch and better movement. The cropped cut is on trend this year due that it creates the illusion of long and thin legs, whether you choose to wear high, medium or low heel shoes.

J Brand crop skinny jeans in Vanity

J Brand crop skinny jeans in Vanity

In addition to the excellent quality/price ratio, these skinny J Brand black jeans are appropriate to wear both at work, as well as with any casual outfits. These black jeans replace successfully the classic black trousers in which you’d sure freeze during the winter.

Pair them with a basic white shirt with a long vest, classy ankle boots, and some accent accessories. For a casual outfit, you could wear the black skinny jeans with a long fluffy cardigan, a simple basic top, a leather jacket and a pair of comfortable boots.

H&M Skinny Regular Ripped Jeans

Skinny Regular Ripped Jeans

If the budget for the purchase of black jeans is low, I recommend the skinny pair above. They are the cheapest black skinny jeans I found at my favorite online stores. Wear them along with a nice pair of sneakers, a white tee, and a leather jacket. Add a colorful scarf and a messenger bag to the outfit, and you’re ready for going out.

Wit Wisdom skinny jeans

Wit Wisdom skinny jeans

A black wash with tonal stitching enhances the lean and leggy look of stretch-denim skinnies that balance wonderfully with flowy tops. Add a sporty hoodie and a pair of heels for a full load of edgy&chic.

PrettyLittleThing skinny ankle jeans

Prettylittlething skinny ankle jeans

An all-black outfit is always a winner. Wear the cuffed black skinny jeans with a black top and same color booties. For the jacket you could go two ways:

  • choose a colorfully printed blazer with a boyfriend cut, so IN this year;
  • pick a black leather biker jacket that takes your outfit to the top of rock chic cuteness.

Star Sign jeans

Star Sign jeans

Tonal beads cover the front of these eye-catching Blank Denim Star Sign jeans. Wear this embellished pair of skinnies with an oversized sweater and a puffy bomber jacket. Add some heels and a big, cozy scarf for some color and va-va-voom.

Levi’s black skinny jeans for women

Levi's black skinny jeans for women

High-waisted skinny black jeans, especially those in high-quality denim, with very little elastic fiber, have a thinning effect on the silhouette, especially in the abdomen and hips areas.

You could rock them with a colorful top with a boyfriend cut blazer, and a pair of small kitten shoes.
Be careful with the length of the jeans. It’s the season of cropped pants right above the ankle, so adjust the jeans at the tailor.

How to choose the perfect black skinny jeans for your body type?

# 1 High, medium or low waist?

First of all, pay attention to the waist height. I know everyone loves to wear high-waisted jeans, but when you have a little muffin top, they are not very flattering for your figure.  That’s why I recommend you to wear skinny black jeans from fabric that does not have a lot of elastic fiber in its composition (maximum 15-25%).

# 2 The color and texture of jeans are important

Second, you have to be careful hue-wise. If you like the pre-painted effect instead of the simple black one, go for it! You could wear basic black jeans, no cuts, threads and embellishments to the office. It may seem a radical idea, but give it a try for a day or two. Noone will notice you wearing jeans to work.

Keep the distressed pair of jeans just for errands or for a dinner date with your loved one.

Black ripped skinny jeans are also on trend this year. I would bypass them in the winter, especially if you do not have a car. But when the cold does not get into your bones, the ripped black jeans fit perfectly into your rock-chic outfits along with simple tops, a biker jacket, and black army boots.

# 3 The length of skinny jeans should not be a problem

Not all of us have long legs like Gisele Bundchen. The black jeans, especially the skinny ones, seem to be cut for girls with long legs. But we must not despair. That’s why we need to find the best tailor.

If the skinny black jeans are right for your waist and legs, the length should not be a problem. Personalize it by your height to a tailor.

I, for example, opt for the super skinny jeans cut. That’s because I have very thin and not very long legs. That’s life; you have to work with what you have 🙂 . It’s the reason why the tailor is on my speed dial.  I use her help for the super skinny jeans that are too long.

# 4 Wears skinny jeans in which you feel good!

We all have days when we feel good in our skin. I was left with a pretty rounded tummy after my pregnancy, despite all the physical exercises I practice regularly and the fact that I am quite careful with what I eat. C’est la vie!

On the few days, I feel invincible (aka when I don’t feel like a balloon) I wear the skinny black high-waisted jeans. I pair them all the time with medium heels. This way, when I look in the mirror, my legs seem much longer, much slender.

For the days when I feel very bloated, I choose the regular rise skinny black jeans. The texture of the denim is much thicker and denser than the high-waist ones, precisely to tighten the abdomen.

So, depending on the mood, and the effectiveness of intestinal transit 😉 , we can all wear high-waisted or regular rise skinny jeans.

How do we wear skinny black jeans based on current trends?

Black skinny jeans are perfect for birthdays or city outings with friends. You can wear them with stilettos and a sleek top, or with Oxford shoes and a fitted jacket for a simple yet stylish outfit.

Here are some of my favorite outfits, as found on Pinterest.

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Style tip: I do not know if you noticed, but usually the stars’ daily outfits are effortless and efficient. So get inspired by their style. Most of their looks, which always include skinny jeans, go on a simple, neutral color palette with one accent hue.

Those were my thoughts and recommendations of the day on the affordable black skinny jeans for women. Keep it classy and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!

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2018 fashion trends you’ll love to wear

I spent the first weeks of January carefully reviewing fashion magazines, following the pret-á-porter collections of my favorite designers.

I’ve concluded that some of this year’s most influential trends will divide the passionate fashion women into two camps. These trends will either be loved or hated.

Below I’ve listed the most important and versatile ten trends that I think you will enjoy wearing (or not) in 2018.

2018 fashion trends you’ll love to wear

#1 Violet Ultra – 2018 color of the year

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The 2018 spring season starts well with UltraViolet as the color of the year. You can opt for darker shades. But, in my opinion, the lighter ones are much more feminine and easier to wear, regardless of the tone of the skin.

You can choose a lilac pantsuit and pumps in a contrasting color. Or you can go for a basic white shirt, a purple pleated skirt and a pair of flats. I would add to the outfit a leather jacket in a warm, light shade and some accessories.

#2 To Checks or Not to Checks

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Just like with the violet, plaids are quite challenging to wear from head to toe. That’s why the safer choice is to wear simple tops with skirts / plaid pants. It’s a perfect fit for the reversed triangle figure or the apple silhouette. If you want to accentuate the top of your outfit, you could go for a monochrome one (trousers and blouse) with a plaid jacket for that pop of color.

#3 The new trench

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In the spring of 2018, you’ll see trench jackets everywhere. As usual, I would say. But this year’s trench is a bit different, with a lot of asymmetric plays in textures and fabrics, to emphasize the top of it.

If you know you have a big bust, broad shoulders stay away from this cut. Wearing this type of trench will only accentuate the upper body. It’s better to choose a classic trench, an A cut, with a belt just to accentuate your waist and give you the desirable hourglass silhouette.

#4 Fringes

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I was reading an online article at one point, and a phrase hit home base with me: “You have to wear trends, not let them wear you.” The point is that you have to choose the trends that suit you, as far as they fit with your body type and personality.

Trends have to emphasize your beauty, not to hide it. This concept also applies to fringes. It’s known to be a tricky trend to wear. But with the right style and proportions sense, you can put on a WOW outfit with fringes.

#5 Floral prints from the 60’s

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Romanticism reaches alarmingly high levels in 2018 with floral prints inspired by the ’60s fashion. So keep an eye on the collections in stores to start the spring with a floral piece.

I’ve already spotted the trend in Zara and Mango stores: floral print dresses and blouses with frills, ruffles and all that was the fashion of the ’60s.

#6 The fanny pack is back

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Do you remember the fanny pack of the ’80s – ’90s? There wasn’t a kid in the neighborhood who would not wear one on his belt. I have to admit; it was efficient. I’ve been in mountain and sea camps with a fanny pack at my waist, like most of my generation.

But from an aesthetic point of view, I find it hideous.

I won’t be a grinch about it. And just to compromise on the matter, in 2018 I would opt for a belt bag. It looks good with monochrome outfits; it can be the color of the look. And it draws attention to the thinnest part of the silhouette, the waist, always a plus for a woman.

#7 Dark denim rules

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That’s a trend I love:

  • Head to toes denim – YES!
  • Dark color – YES!

Dark denim jeans and top, dark denim overalls, a well-structured jacket are on the list of must-haves for 2018. Add a pair of sensational high heel shoes, and you got a trendy outfit which combines clothing pieces that I’m sure you will love to wear for a long time.

#8 Go bold about prints

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At the opposite side of the dark denim trend you will find the bold combos of prints: plaids and flowers, contrasting colors overlapping, all in the same outfit. It’s not for the tender-hearted. And it does not fit well on everyone. You have to have a confident attitude to be able to wear it with style. Even the shoes, the accessories and the hairstyle must be on the same bold note.

#9 Overalls Mania

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Overalls are trending in 2018. Everyone loves them. Until you have to go to the lube, right 😉 ? You can wear the overalls with the chicest of pumps, with sneakers and even with flip-flops.

I have only one tip for wearing overalls.

You can embellish the boyish cut of the overalls by wearing them with a nice belt, that will accentuate your waist or choose a unique pattern, a pastel color that screams spring.

#10 Oversized jewelry

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Necklaces, earrings, rings, whatever you want, it needs to be in the oversized version. In 2018, we will see the return of these statement pieces of massive jewelry.

The good part of oversized jewels is that they are the accent points of the outfit. They help you draw attention to the areas you want to highlight.

If you want to look taller, for example, you can wear a monochrome outfit with a long, long necklace. Or you can wear a very deep neckline and “cover” it with a large piece of jewelry. The attention will remain on the top of the body.

The trend of oversized accessories does not apply to the sunglasses department. 2018 is the year of small, very tight glasses. I’m going to say it; they’re cute if you want to take a photo session for your blog. But in extreme sun conditions, you will want your aviators by your side. In this case on your nose 🙂 .

Those were my thoughts and recommendations of the day on the 2018 fashion trends you’ll love to wear. Keep it classy and don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more online deals and fashion trends. Happy shopping!

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