Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Arly and for the past few years skincare and green beauty have been my obsession and passion. I created this space to share everything I have learned and experienced and it’s something I have wanted to do for a really long time and I’m so happy that it’s finally happened now!
The name really says it all about my approach to beauty – detailed! I love to learn as much as I can about skincare from ingredients, formulations, packaging and even marketing because the more I know the more informed I am as a consumer. Skincare and the beauty industry can be quite confusing and often misleading and I have been getting so many questions on my Instagram about products and who they’re “right” for and how to use them that I wanted to create this platform to discuss all that and more.
To be clear though, skincare is a deeply personal experience and what works for me or you may not work for someone else so even when I recommend or dislike a product I will always urge you to try it for yourself because you just never know! There are many products I love that others hate and vice versa, so all I can do is share my own experiences and hopefully they will be helpful to you in some way.
Please know my thoughts and feelings here will always be my own, always be genuine and never paid for so you can trust me to say what I really think and tell the truth. I believe it’s important to be honest about my experiences, even the bad ones but my critiques will be constructive and professional because I want to be fair and open-minded. It can be all too easy to trash a brand but just because I don’t like a product does not mean there has to be something wrong with it and I will always explicitly express that. Similarly, just because I absolutely love a product does not mean you will too and if you don’t, that doesn’t mean I am wrong or make what I am saying any less valid. It’s OK for us to disagree – it’s what makes the topic so interesting!
All I want to do here is share what I know as a way to open up an informed and honest discussion about skincare and beauty that will hopefully cut through all the myths, lies and confusion. I am not an expert (I think that word is massively overused in the beauty industry) but I am experienced and I have tried a lot of brands/products. I am still constantly learning and doing research and my goal is to simply help you (and me!) understand and enjoy skincare/beauty more, so thank you for stopping by and please feel free to share your experiences, too!
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Arly, this is fantastic!!! Congratulations on new beginning, hope you’re celebrating tonight with a lush face mask (obvs)!!! Love it xx
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Thank you SO much Binita! No face mask on yet but celebrating with some peach cider! Haha! Thanks for being such a lovely, fun person to chat to on Instagram – I’ve loved getting to know you! xxx
Hi arly! I read your post about the ordinary on victorias health. That is awesome! I have acne prone skin and also have some stubborn sunspots around my cheeks i feel so dissappointed whenever i see those marks on my face ;( u suggested to use the ordinary lactic acid 10 percent once a week for dull skins but as a new acid user can i use the 10 percent lactic acid?
Hi Taria! I know what you mean about acne and sun spots and I would recommend going in with the 5% lactic acid or the Toning Solution. Whatever you pick, go slow and don’t use it too often to begin with. Along with that, try the Niacinamide + Zinc serum because that did helped a lot with my blemishes AND the hyperpigmentation. Good luck! ❤️
Thank u so much Arly. Your suggestion means a lot dear 🙂
And can i use the azelaic acid for my hormonal acne?
You’re so welcome! ❤ The Azelaic Acid isn't necessarily for hormonal acne, but it will help keep the hair follicles clear and help heal the blemishes/prevent them from scarring too badly, so give it a go.
Hi Arly, I was lucky to find your blog. I read your blog and bought products from The Ordinary . Last year around this time I stared with a single break out on my skin. I am in my mid 30’s and since I was using the exfoliator from Bio elements and skin was acne free. Something happened and started to break out . I decided to go all green products. The company I decided to give try was QET, that did not work for me and the break out spread to my face and a vicious cycle began , till the time I realize it was all over my face , scarring and painful. I continued with all green products , Vintner’s daughter , May Lindstorm ,Kahina ,Linne
The good thing is that my face did clear up , although I do get breakouts .The worst part is the scars that have been left behind. I read your blog and asked the Ordinary customer service for product recommendation . They suggested I use The Azelaic Acid , the Niacinamide + Zinc serum and alpha arbutin 2%. I applied today with Sun integrity sun screen .
I get that dryness itching feel on my face
Any suggestion what to do ?
Hi VJ, it’s hard for me to say why you’re having the dry/itcy feeling as everyone’s skin will react differently to products. How are you layering the serums? It should be N+Z and AA 2% then AA 10% followed by sunscreen. Try also applying less or waiting longer between each steps or stop using one serum for a week and see if your skin calms down. If not, stop using another one, this way you can find out if it’s a particular product that is causing a problem. Good luck!