Link 81: On Peptides

This /r/AsianBeauty thread on peptides was super interesting reading, particularly since I’ve added The Ordinary’s “Buffet” peptide product to my routine. (I’m currently avoiding the unpleasant smell by using a single drop of product around my eyes and on my forehead.) Even if I don’t stick with the “Buffet” long-term, I think I’m always going to want a peptide product in my routine!


Skinsuit Maintenance: Trying Out The Ordinary

This quickie take down of Canadian skincare brand The Ordinary from Fanserviced-B made me chuckle. I’ve been making mental notes about The Ordinary since it was released last summer; mentions pop up fairly often on the Skincare Addiction and Asian Beauty sub-Reddits. Reviews seem mixed: some people love it, and some people don’t. So it seems like The Ordinary products are a crap shoot, which is basically all skin care is anyway. Faceonomics’ longer take on the epistemology, shall we say, of the brand is a good read, too.

I was in the mood for something new last month, so I pulled the trigger on my first order from The Ordinary in the spirit of experimentation. The line is pretty danged inexpensive (although the bottles are itty-bitty!), and I figured that even if things were duds, it would be $30 worth of fun and experimentation.

I ordered the Vitamin C Suspension 23% that Fanserviced-b hates so much she won’t even put it on her face (yikes!), the “Buffet” peptide serum, and the Advanced Retinoid.

So far I feel like I’m getting what I wanted out of my order in terms of a sense of novelty and fun. It was great to order something, have it ship the next day, and then arrive at my place just a few days later–much more fun than a three-month wait for things from South Korea, and zero wondering if my package has been lost. (Canada Post/ Canadian Border Patrol drama has definitely cooled me on ordering from overseas.) And I am digging the medicinal/minimalist look and feel of the packaging. It’s attractive!

The first product I introduced was the retinoid. I’m digging it. I’m on a three-day rotation at the moment: one ‘rest day’, then an AHA day, then a retinoid day. So far no over-exfoliation, and I always feel like I’m counting down towards something exciting while I wait for each retinoid day. Since the rest of my routine is quite stable, I am enjoying having something new, and wondering if it’s going to work. Retinoid is a long-game thing, so I have no idea if this retinoid is really doing anything for me. So far: it’s not breaking me out, and although some people may find the formulation a bit oily/ heavy-feeling, I kind of like the enjoy the sensation of having stuff just slathered on my face. I use about three drops for my whole face.

I have also used the Buffet a few times. I was travelling for about a week, and the 30 ml bottle fit nicely into my toiletry bag. I am not digging this one. The smell is awful! So even if it works, I just don’t really want it on my face. The retinoid has a slight wet sawdust smell to it which isn’t great, but not so bad I don’t want to use the product. Whereas the smell of the Buffet is bad enough to turn me off of the product entirely. I will use it up, but I will not repurchase.

I haven’t used the Vit C yet, as I’ve been waiting to see if the Retinoid melts my face off or something awful, but I am kind of dying to use it. Is it really as bad as Fanserviced-b claims? Can’t wait to find out!

(And–fresh off a bout of soul-searching on the subject of a lipstick purchase, I’ve also decided to get strict with myself on skincare purchases. No more new things or experiments for a while–only repurchasing staple products!)

Note to Self: Next time you need to order skin care stuff…

I’m stoked to try out a few products from The Ordinary that I just received today, but currently the bulk of my skinsuit maintenance products are of the Asian beauty variety. So just gonna leave this helpful thread of suggested stores here, for the next time I need to restock.

Related note–sounds like DHL is shit for Canadians, so don’t choose that option!

My Latest Skinsuit Maintenance Purchases

While I was typing up yesterday’s skincare-related link post, I was interrupted by the postman delivering some goodies from South Korea. Nice timing, eh?

(It’s always nice timing when the postman rings my buzzer. *wink*)

TesterKorea Order 1
Top row: A’pieu Fresh Mate Mask in Basil; Yuri Pibu Parsley Herb Lotion; Mizon Snail Recovery Gel; Skinfood Shea Butter Perfumed Hand Cream in Pomegranate; Innisfree Cedar Wood Hand Cream. Bottom Row: Skinfood Jelly Peau Mask in Peach; Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX.
TesterKorea Order 1
Stack of sheet masks.

This is the first time I ordered from TesterKorea. I desperately wanted the Yuri Pibu Parsley Herb Lotion, and after weighing the price-plus-shipping possibilities of ordering from Glow Recipe, eBay, or TesterKorea, TK seemed the way to go. I paid about CAD$15 in shipping, but TK had the lowest price on the lotion, and I was able to slip enough other fun stuff into the box to make the shipping cost worth it.


  • Order placed August 24;
  • Order shipped August 31;
  • Order delivered September 12.

Three weeks-ish from ordering to delivery is pretty good, I think, for items coming from South Korea. I have heard that TK can sometimes be very slow to ship, so be aware of that if you need to restock in a hurry.

All of these products are new to me, so no reviews–yet!


[FYI: no affiliate links or anything shady in this post. Just me spending my own monies on skin stuff.]

Links 14 & 15: On Science-y Claims in Skincare

First: What Lies Beneath the “SCIENCE!” from Kind of Stephen. What I want to know is, where can I buy some of this moon leaf extract?

Second: this great piece from Yoga Nerd MD on “sciencewashing.” Dr. Yoga Nerd kindly posted it to the Asian Beauty subreddit, and the discussion there is interesting (and good fun).

Deciem wasn’t on my skincare radar until the launch of their new line, The Ordinary, a couple of weeks ago. Since the launch, I’ve had a Deciem tab open in my browser but for some reason haven’t felt right pulling the trigger on the products that interest me–which is saying something, considering my usual enthusiasm for throwing money at skincare (and skincaretainment). Yoga Nerd MD’s thoughts on Deciem’s pseudo-scientific marketing language helped me to articulate my uneasiness with the brand. Simply put, I don’t like the way the brand writes about itself. I’ve now closed that Deciem tab, and while it’s possible that wildly glowing reviews may convince me otherwise, I currently have no plans to purchase from any of their lines.

As someone who washed up on the shores of the Asian Beauty subreddit as a refugee from the vapid beauty writing of sites like xoVain, I am deeply appreciative of the thoughtfulness with which many AB fans approach their skincare.