NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex vs. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

NIOD…we have all heard about it…but it’s price tags leave us drawn towards the brand’s sister company, the notably less pricey, The Ordinary. I have finally pinpointed the problem with my current skin: It is severely dehydrated and that is having dire implications for the look of my foundation. Air conditioners, I am looking at you…Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one ingredient renowned for being able to quench thirsty skin. I also watched this video by Liah Yoo which discussed the efficacy of various forms of HA on offer and bolstered my understanding of this much sought after ingredient.

Although I had been using the Ordinary Hyularonic Acid 2% + B5 for several months (which was helping somewhat), I thought it was time to raid the bank and splash out on this pricier alternative, NIOD’s Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (MMHC2). MMHC2 is priced at an eye-watering £38 for 30ml, while the same size bottle of the Ordinary’s HA offering seems like spare change comparatively, at £5.90.




The NIOD serum is much lighter and quicker to absorb than its counterpart, and is almost water-like in its consistency. They both work fine under make up; but I imagine the NIOD version would work well with absolutely anything layered above as it seems to fully sink into the skin. One of the major differences between these two products is that while the cheaper offering has almost no scent, the NIOD serum has quite a discernible, unpleasant smell…In the product’s defence, however, this aroma does diffuse quite rapidly and I much prefer this to a firm’s attempt to mask funky smells with loads of skin-irritating perfumes.

They are both housed in glass bottles and have pipettes to dispense the product. The NIOD serum does look more lux in its tinted glass bottle and rather elegant pipette. Moreover, the box that the MMHC2 bottle comes packaged in is sleek…I, for one, was extremely excited to be trying this product.

The difference in the quality of the packaging mirrors the extortionate variation in price.



Price: NIOD £38 for 30ml (£25 for 15ml); The Ordinary £5.90 for 30ml

Consistency: NIOD is very thin almost water-like; The Ordinary is thicker and more tacky

Hyaluronic Acid: NIOD has an unparalleled 15 different forms of HA, including precursors; the Ordinary has 3

Eyes: Both can be applied around eyes

The NIOD serum is very runny, almost the consistency of water.
The Ordinary serum is a little more viscous in comparison.



NIOD – Aqua (Water), Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Butyroyl Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Salvia Sclarea Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sodium Lactate, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Algae Extract, Sodium Salicylate, Lecithin, Polyglucuronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Citric Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Propyl Gallate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

The Ordinary – Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.


How I Use It

Like all serums, these are intended to be used before moisturiser; but after cleansing and toning.


My Verdict

My hopes that NIOD would be my answer to plump, hydrated skin were dashed almost immediately after the first application. My skin just does not agree with it. It seems I am allergic to something in the formulation, which comes as little surprise given its extensive ingredient list. It makes tiny bumps appear under my eyes and on my cheeks; it makes affected areas look uneven and puffy. These bumps seem to calm down as the day progresses, but are set off each time I reapply this serum in the morning. Needless to say, I have now accepted my fate and discontinued use. It does seem to quench the skin quite well as my skin seems plumper during the day, but the spotty rash it also imparts leaves me with no option but to discard it. My skin is extremely sensitive at the moment; but an allergic reaction to this serum is quite rare judging by internet reviews of this product, which are overwhelmingly positive. I purchased my NIOD MMHC2 serum from Look Fantastic; and luckily they do offer full refunds in the instance of an allergic reaction to a product.

The Ordinary serum had less visible plumping and hydrating results, but gave me no adverse reactions. So, although it may be less effective, I am left with this HA serum until I can find (if it indeed exists) a more effective but affordable HA alternative for my sensitive skin. Or perhaps, I should just drink more water…






Review: CeraVe Moisturising Lotion

CereVe is a skin-care brand that only recently reached our shores. I recall the thrill of realizing that we Brits could now too get our hands on this inexpensive but dermatologically-solid range. As of late, my skin has become extremely sensitive—I am now reacting to certain skincare. This was unheard of for me and it just makes this search for HG skincare and make-up that bit harder. Inevitably, it also means more money down the drain…

I used this product when my skin was suffering an allergic reaction and was in an angry state. I still needed to moisturise and was looking for a simple, yet effective, hydrator. I am impressed by the amount of dermatologist backing this brand seems to command; countless skin professionals recommend this brand. Not to mention the many vloggers and bloggers that swear by this range.

CeraVe Moisturising Lotion
An effective moisturiser for sensitive skins


  • Price: It retails for a steal at £9 for 236ml on Look Fantastic; £13.50 for a mammoth 473ml.
  • Texture: It is quite a thin lotion which absorbs into skin fairly quickly.
  • Application: It leaves no tacky residue and works well under every single foundation I have paired it with. My skin instantly feels hydrated once I have applied it.
  • Technology: It utilises patented MVE® Delivery Technology which provides controlled hydration release for 24 hours.
  • Notable Ingredients: It contains hyaluronic acid as well as essential ceramides.
The moisturiser has the consistency of a lotion and absorbs into skin remarkably well.

Full Ingredient List

Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

How I Use It

I find myself reaching for this both morning and night to moisturise my face. Although this is not marketed as a facial product and more a generic body moisturiser, it does an excellent job at hydrating the face. It is non-comodogenic, fragrance-free and it makes my face soft and supple.

CeraVe Moisturiser
The hand with the ring has moisturiser applied whereas the other hand does not. I think the effects are visible from this photo…the lotion makes the skin marginally brighter and smoother.


This product is marketed for dry skin and as a generic moisturiser; I have oily skin and I use it as a facial moisturiser. Go figure. It quenches my dehydrated skin well and in a non-greasy way. The hydration provided is even better than some heavier alternatives I have tried. It works out a lot more cost effective to use this on your face as opposed to buying the face-specific versions*—with the latter you are getting less than a quarter of product at a higher price. I am all about saving money where I can.

As someone who regularly uses more targeted face serums, I believe I can get away with a basic moisturiser. The fact that it contains some prized ingredients at such a reasonable price makes it a bargain. For now, I will be sticking with this moisturiser; it suits my budget and my needs well.

The verdict is quite simple: This product is cheap and fuss-free but does the job and does it well. 


*The ingredients of the CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion (version without SPF) are: Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Ceteareth-20, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

These look comparable to the ingredients for the general purpose moisturiser. The one notable ingredient absent in the generic moisturiser is anti-inflammatory hero, niacinamide. However, I use a separate serum for this ingredient regardless, so this is not an issue for me—Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 2% by the Ordinary.

Get Glowing!

Hello Guys!

I thought I would share my favourite highlighters with you just in time for the sunny days! These will definitely have you shimmering in the sun.

Number 5: MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish. Perfect subtle golden sheen for a natural healthy look.

Number 4: Illamasqua Pure Pigment, Furore. This is a playful super glittery highlighter. I sometimes use this when I do the ‘strobing’ technique to give just a little extra emphasis to certain parts of my face.

Number 3: Mary-Lou Manizer AKA ‘the luminizer’.  The most extreme highlighter I have come across so far, for the ultimate cheekbone pop. Although I don’t use this daily, it is a must in your make up collection for those ultra glam days.

Number 2: Laura Geller, Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Gilded Honey. This product has been widely raved about on blogs, and its all for a very good reason- It’s phenomenal! Beautifully finely milled baked powder, so it doesn’t give the glittery look and more of a natural build-able glow.

My FAVOURITE, Number 1: Bare Minerals Eyecolor, Pure Gold. I recently discovered how beautiful this eyeshadow is as a highlighter when I went on holiday having left most of my makeup at home. With my limited products, I thought I would try this out as a highlighter- it worked wonders!!


From top to bottom:

  • Bare Minerals, Pure gold
  • Illamasqua, Furore
  • Mary-lou Manizer
  • Laura Geller, Gilded honey



Coloured Eye Liners?

I’m not sure why but coloured eyeliner seems to have an alternating trend of being cool then uncool after every couple of years. Anyway it’s totally in the cool phase right now!

In order to pull of this look, it is essential that you tone down your lips. Another great tip is to apply loads of black mascara to frame and open your eyes – this is especially important for smaller eye girls.

As for the rest of your face, I personally love teaming this look  with an overly bronzed and highlighted face as it adds to the exotic feel.

I dare you to give this look a go! Tell me what you think 🙂

Inglot is my favourite gel eyeliner brand – it glides on soo smoothly!


Routine for Perfect Hands!

Hello dearest readers!

Before we worry about our makeup and beauty, our first  priority should be to look clean and well kept. One of the most noticeable parts of a woman is her hands – so let’s not ignore how they look!

Don’t underestimate the importance of a daily/weekly routine to keep your hands looking fresh and rejuvenated. Not only will this improve your daily appearance, regular maintenance can also prevent premature ageing. Ageing hands are one of the most difficult tell tell signs of a mature lady, so let’s do what we can to delay the process!

The same principles apply to your hands as with any other skin care routine you may have. First and foremost, we need to remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter & more radiant skin below. My absolute favourite hand scrub is the ’60 Second Manicure’ by The Beauty Kitchen. You will instantly see your hands glow like never before, its magic!

I then moisturise my hands with a thick greasy moisturiser or vaseline and heres the awkward part.. grab a pair of clean gloves/socks and leave them on overnight to get amazingly soft hands in the morning. Sounds bonkers but I promise you your hands will feel fantastic!!


For a finishing touch, ensure your cuticles are removed and your nails are painted with your fav shade!

Let me know if you guys have any tips with your hands.

Let me know how it goes!


Limecrime Lippy

Here is a quick review of some Limecrime lippies I recently got my hands on. The shades are called Shroom and Bleached.

I have been after the perfect brown to channel my inner 90’s child so decided to get Shroom. I wasn’t entirely happy with the shade as it was a little draining to my skin tone, but the texture and smell is so lush!

Bleached is one of my new favourites!

Let me know if any of you have tried these? What are your verdicts?