The Ordinary & Bodyshop Skincare – In Depth September Review

The Ordinary & Bodyshop Skincare – In Depth September Review

As I mentioned in my 20 Before 20 Finale, I’ve been upping my skincare routine and really doing some research, therefore I figured it was the perfect time to review The Ordinary Skincare Range (With a product from the Bodyshop also thrown in)! This is part of my Monthly Review Series, however this one is a little different… 
I wanted to give you guys as accurate a review as I could, and because my skin’s not super acne-prone or visibly red, it can be difficult to really scrutinise the effect that skincare is having on it.  However, I found a (free!) app called YouCam, which scrutinises the flaws in your skin (always fun) and gives you a percentage rating, as well as an estimate for the “age” of your skin.  So, over the month I measured my process daily using the app, to see if these products really gave me the “youthful glow” (I am 20 now after all) I wanted.  This month I went into detail on:

  • How I compiled my skincare routine
  • The details of each product and how they’ll be used in my routine
  • The journey: 1 day in, 1 week in, 2 weeks in, 1 month later
  • Whether it’s worth the money

How I Compiled My Routine…
People who talk about skincare usually really know what they’re talking about and I… do not, so I had to do a fair bit of research.  I started with a quiz on the Bodyshop website (which you can find here), in which I was able to write down everything I know about my skin and view a little breakdown.  It also recommended products, but it obviously recommends the most expensive ones, so I read up on the recommended ones and picked cheaper alternatives (still from the Bodyshop).  It came to the conclusion that I have combination skin, and my main areas to work on are:

  • Dark under-eye circles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hydration and plumpness (without impacting my oily T-zone)

The only (new) thing I ended up getting from the Bodyshop was the Bodyshop Seaweed Oil-Control Night Gel.
The Ordinary really appealed to me as a cheap but effective skincare brand, and luckily, Stephanie Nicole, a Youtuber who does some really great, detailed and honest reviews online, had a whole video reviewing The Ordinary, and even linked a PDF detailing which products to use for what purpose and when to use them, which was a massive life saver for me! From the Ordinary, I chose:

The 2 sources together helped me compile (what I’m hoping) is a perfect skincare routine for me.
My Final Routine…
(Just a quick note – there are a few products in this routine that aren’t from The Body Shop or The Ordinary, but those aren’t affecting the results because I’ve used these for the last year or so)

  1. Alternate daily between Biore Charcoal Exfoliator and the Garnier Aloe Face Washwash off with warm water (to open up pores)
  2. Use a cotton pad to apply the Bodyshop Seaweed Toner and wait for face to dry down a bit
  3. Massage a drop of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% into the under-eye contour
  4. Apply 2-3 of drops of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% to the face and rub it in
  5. Moisturise face with The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors 


  1. If wearing makeup, remove it with Garnier Micellar Gel Wash
  2. ON SUNDAYS: Apply 2-3 drops of The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid Solution to face, leave it to sit on face for a minute, and then rinse with some cold water (rinsing it off is not necessary, but it’s a very strong product and my skin’s quite sensitive)
  3. Use a cotton pad to apply the Bodyshop Seaweed Toner and wait for face to dry down a bit
  4. Massage a drop of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% into the under-eye contour
  5. Apply 2-3 of drops of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% to the face and rub it in
  6. Moisturise face with The Bodyshop Seaweed Oil-Control Overnight Gel

As someone who usually uses about 3 products on a good day, this is a massive step for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing whether I can spot a difference…
The Journey…
1 day in…
Skin_2A lot of the products weren’t the texture I expected them to be: I don’t know why but I expected all the pipetted products to be very liquidy… however they were quite gloopy!  What I did notice was that The Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine drops were quite tacky on application, however they quickly dry down to a smooth finish.  The Alpha lipoic acid was actually quite warm?  Not exactly hot, but the other 2 are noticeable colder.Skin_2
I liked the feel of the moisturiser – it’s quite thick, which I personally prefer as I find these easier to apply and feel like they stick to my face better.  Also, I found that the thickness (and the fact that it was oil free) left my face without the shine that moisturisers can sometimes leave it with.  In terms of application, the overnight gel has the best feel (which is interesting because at £14 it’s the most expensive product here), and left my skin feeling gorgeous on application before bed.
Obviously I’m not gonna feel a difference straight away, but my face definitely felt smooth after application!
1 week in…
Skin_1Whilst the health percentage fluctuated throughout the week (which is to be expected) I was already seeing a rising pattern on the app!  I started the week with a skin rating of 80% and ended the week with highs of 86% and lows of 84%… for only a weeks worth of skincare, I was surprised to see results so early!Skin_1
In terms of my own personal observations, I don’t know whether it was the placebo effect or genuine results, but I felt more confident with my skin!  My skin was never in “bad condition”, but it seemed smoother and more even, and my bags seemed to require less concealer then usual! It’s still very early days, but I think my face even feels smoother, which is very exciting!
2 weeks in…
Skin_3So this week may be a bit of an unreliable one because, well, it’s the week before my period, which is when my skin tends to be at it’s worst.  However, that being said, my skin was still in quite good stead!  Visually, I didn’t see a major difference (although I did have a few days where I caught my naked face in the mirror and was pleasantly surprised).  However, in terms of the feel is my skin, I cannot stress this enough, my skin feels ridiculously smooth.  Like seriously.  I probably strokeSkin_3 it more than I should.
In terms of the app… my skin dipped and had a low of 81 at one point, but it also got brought to a new high of 86%!  The texture of my skin has improved a whole 5% (in a week – that’s a lot!) which is amazing because that was the thing I noticed the most with my face.  I’m liking the products so far, have no real complaints, and can’t wait to see how it goes in the next two weeks…
1 Month Later…
Skin_4I won’t lie, I’m back at uni now so I have slacked a few times… However, I’d say that I’ve got a good months worth of use out of these products.  Again, my results have fluctuated a lot, but I think that’s to be expected with skin in general, regardless of skincare products.  Skin_4
I got another high of 87%!  My highest score yet! My skin in general feels very youthful… definitely a lot better than it was feeling during the summer, and I wear foundation way less than I used to (and that’s saying a lot, especially if you consider how little I wore foundation before…)  I don’t know whether it’s all a placebo or whether it’s all genuinely made a difference, but it’s given me way more skin confidence!  
Are They Worth the Money?
The Ordinary products that I used ranged from £4-7 so I’d definitely say that they were worth the money!  My routine was complex enough to make a difference, but simple enough for me to be able to stick to my routine!
My shining favourites were the Caffeine Solution, the Hyaluronic Acid, and the Bodyshop Overnight Seaweed Control Gel.  I would definitely recommend the Ordinary products, and the ones that I tried from the Bodyshop!  I am officially a skincare convert!  Take the quiz, look at the PDF and get started!
This was incredibly lengthy, I apologise!  But I wanted to do this in as much detail as possible.  Tell me if you’ve tried/are going to try any of these products, I’d love to hear your opinions!
Lots of love,
Jas xx



  1. September 30, 2017 / 10:33 am

    I have extremely sensitive skin but I’m definitely considering trying the Caffeine Solution – it really sounds like a product that would be helpful to me! Loved how you proved how the products helped, rather than just saying that they did! Definitely makes it a really convincing post 🙌🏻
    Anna xx

    • September 30, 2017 / 11:34 am

      I recommend the caffeine solution! I had relatively sensitive skin and it didn’t break me out at all! I’m glad you enjoyed it, I tried to do the best I could!
      Jas xx

  2. December 21, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I’m definitely interested in your reviews… and that app looks Great!

    • December 21, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Thank you Ritu – I’d recommend checking it out!
      Jas xx

      • December 21, 2017 / 11:35 am

        Is it on android? I can’t find it!!!!

          • December 21, 2017 / 11:46 am

            Aw man!!!

  3. December 21, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Ooh I’ve just ordered some Ordinary stuff. Can’t wait to use it!

    • December 21, 2017 / 12:48 pm

      Oooo hope you like them! I certainly do!
      Jas xx

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