Tuesday, 9 May 2017

{Beauty Review} Deciem Abnormal Beauty Company Skincare

 My BFF Allie and I went shopping on Queen Street West, Toronto in February. Allie asked if I would want to go inside The Abnormal Beauty Company.  I had never even heard of the company, let alone visit the store -- but of course, I entered anyway. The storefront itself was a minimalist dream that I did not want to wake up from (an exposed brick wall... swoon!). Lately, I've noticed many sponsored advertisements on social media about The Abnormal Beauty Company aka Deciem. This is what I like to call, "The surge of Deciem Consumerism" as my feeds are constantly decorated with images of friends losing their 'Deciem virginity'. I finally decided to share my 1st experience with the store and some brands within. 

Before purchasing skincare from Deciem, I highly recommend that you do your research! What are you really looking for? What do you consider to be a problem, challenging, lacking, dull, etc. for you?  In the store, I was overwhelmed by the number of products (and brands!!!), their purposes and their vague names. I'll admit, I didn't know much about the differences between minerals and the purpose they serve in skincare. Deciem has all of their products listed online with in-depth descriptions of their functions. The vague descriptions on products made me feel that I was picking from a bit of a crap shoot. I hope that this honest review helps you find the products you want, need and deserve!
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The Ordinary
Silicone Primer:
I stumbled upon the brand The Ordinary, and was drawn in by their unbelievably reasonable prices. If you are looking to try out new skincare items (or to experience the magic of products you didn't even know existed), I would highly recommend that you checking out The Ordinary brand. I was in the market for a great but cost-effective face primer. I noticed the High Adherence Silicone Primer which rung in at $4.90 CDN (OMG!) and gave it a try. Honestly, hands down - this is the best primer I have ever used. Its silky, lightweight formula moults into your skin, blurring pores instantly. The primer leaves your skin feeling as fresh as after a facial. Foundation/Concealer sits nicely on top, and actually lasts throughout the day. I actually *just* ran out of this, and will be needing to make a trip to pick some up ASAP.
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Blemish Formula:
I was curious about the other products (serums, acids and creams - oh my!) but wasn't sure where to begin. I ended up picking up the High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula (Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1%). The purpose of this product is to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. I'm pretty sure you've heard of the at-home-hack of putting toothpaste on a zit to dry it up... right? Well, the Niacinamide & Zinc Blemish Formula pretty much does the same thing. It's worth the purchase for only $5.90 CDN (yes.. that's correct) if you prefer to put actual skincare filled with nutrients, on your zits.

I can appreciate this product, but it unfortunately, wasn't really catered toward my needs at this time. Soooo I'm not really sure why I picked it up (oops!). I actually don't get too many breakouts. Rather, I have some smaller red spots on my face from my PCOS symptoms (i.e. bumps from waxing).  I did notice my "spots" drying out, but didn't feel that the formula reduced the appearance of my blemishes, as the product claims to do.
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Hylamide
Pore Delete:
I ventured out of the first section to find Hylamide - which comes in at a higher (yet affordable) price point. I was drawn in by the adorable and colourful packaging. Definitely aesthetic goals. I was interested in trying out the Pore Delete to help minimize my giant pores. Pore Delete is described as a "next-generation prismatic liquid for immediate visible blurring of pores, shine and textural irregularities". I think that the description over-advertises itself a bit, and didn't really notice much of a difference. The consistency of the liquid was tacky after application, which left me feeling pretty uncomfortable. The packaging says that you can use it as the last step before makeup.. but I never felt confident enough in the product to do that. I opted for the silicone primer (mentioned above) to do the same trick. At $19 CDN it wasn't a huge loss, but I definitely could have picked up something else instead.
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I'll definitely be heading to The Abnormal Beauty Company ASAP. I need to restock on my silicone primer. I also am eager to try The Ordinary's Rose Hip Seed Oil and their foundations (OMG!!). I need to find my perfect shade, because spending $7 on foundation instead of $37 would make a world of difference.  

What products are you curious to try from Deciem (or have you tried)?!?! Let me know in the comments! XOXO Erica

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