“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?” And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”
– Junot Diaz
A little over a year ago, The Ordinary launched their foundation range – and the world promptly exploded. Joking, joking but there was a ridiculous amount of hype.
I’d signed up for the waitlist as soon as it was announced, placed my order as soon as I got the email and I still, still received my package over a month later. I should count myself as one of the lucky ones, it would be several months before the brand got their factory together enough to ship out all the orders, and even now the serum foundation is often out of stock. Since I was getting the foundations anyway, I figured ordering the primers wouldn’t hurt. Two birds, one stone. Continue reading
When the Modern Renaissance was released two years ago, everyone lost their shit. It received across-the-board positive reviews and was all anybody could talk about for at least six months. To this day, I believe it’s ABH’s most popular release.
It was only logical for ABH, as a brand, to release a sequel. Subculture, marketed as a sister palette to MR, was released a year later. Only the release didn’t garner the response I imagine ABH was expecting. People either loved it or hated it, with the scales tipping more towards the hated it side. No one seemed to understand why ABH would market the product as a sister palette when it was clear they were nothing alike. Continue reading
The Ordinary was probably the most hyped skincare brand of 2016, and the hype has not died down yet. They claim to have simplified skincare by providing cheap, simple products that get the job done. They are definitely a skincare brand on the cheaper end of the price scale as their most expensive skincare product is the “Buffet” (a peptide serum) that retails for just under €15. The Ordinary is a Deciem company, they also own skincare brands Hylamide and NIOD. Continue reading