TULA skincare review

UPDATE 8/19/19

I kept hearing such great things about the TULA Pro-Glycolic Resurfacing Gel I decided to give it another try…as you can see from my review below it made me break out…BUT I stuck with it and used it everyday and after day 7 I didn’t experience any more breakouts.  I think this toner was just helping to bring all of the gunk (technically term :)) to the surface.  I have grown to absolutely love this and use it every morning.  My skin feels softer, more pores appear smaller and my skin has a nice glow to it!  I’m so impressed my all of the TULA products I’ve used and I can’t recommend them enough to family and friends!

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A few months ago I started seeing a lot of advertising for TULA skin care. I was intrigued for a few reasons. Mainly because it’s a cleaner skincare brand that uses probiotics and superfoods and DOES NOT contain any parabens, toxins, mineral oil, sulfates or harmful preservatives. I started doing some research and decided to buy a few items to try out. For reference I’m 41 (eek), combination skin and I breakout easily. Here are my honest thoughts on the products I bought.

  1. Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm  I love how cooling this stick is when I apply it.  I still use an eye cream, but I apply this before I put on my primer.  It is in a stick form and gives my undereye area a slight illuminating look.  The directions say it can be applied over makeup too, but I found it made my under eye area looked cakey so I’ll stick to putting it on before makeup or even on no makeup days. (This keeps selling out on their website, but it has been getting restocked pretty fast so be sure to check back if it is.)
  2. Purifying Facial Cleanser  I’ve been using this in the morning and I like how gentle it feels and the smell is light and fresh (love it!).  My face feels clean, but not dry and a little goes a long way!
  3. Aqua Infusion Oil-Free Gel Cream  I have combo skin and I thought this would be great for my skin (lightweight, fast absorbing), but when I used this my skin felt like it need a little more moisture.  I think the cold temps we have continued to have here in the Midwest might have a lot to do with it so I’ll give it a try when the weather gets warmer.  My daughters found it in my bathroom and really like it though so I think I’ll have to go search in their bathroom when the temperature starts to rise so I can try it again:)
  4. Exfoliating Treatment Mask WOW-that’s the first word that comes to mind about this mask!  From the first time I used it I knew I’d love it.  My skin feels so soft and clean after I remove this mask, but not tight and dry.  I use it 2-3 times a week and seriously look forward to using it!
  5. Pro-Glycolic Resurfacing Gel I have mixed feelings about this toner.  I haven’t used a toner in years and I kept reading articles about how important toner is and all of the anti-aging benefits they provide, so I decided to give it a try… but every time I use this toner my face breaks out!  I think I’ll check their website to see if they have another toner option I can try. (PLEASE SEE UPDATE ABOVE)
  6. Hydrating Day and Night Cream  Well, the name pretty much sums this moisturizer up!  This is what I tried afer the Gel Cream (see above) didn’t seem to provide enough moisture for my skin.  It’s lightweight, but moisturizing and it just makes my skin look and feel good!  I use it in the morning and at night after I apply my retinol.

I have started a list of other TULA products I’d like to try, but so far I’ve loved 5/6 of the items I’ve used.  Have you tried any of their products?  I’d love to know what you tried and your thoughts- let me know!

Until next time-

Beth

 

 

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My Sephora picks

Since Sephora is offering 15% off (code: BIBONUS ends 11/19) I thought it would be fun to share a few items that I’ve been looking at.  The sale ends on 11/19 so be sure to shop before then to save yourself a little money!

 

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Philosopy Purity Cleanser   This cleanser is my favorite!  I use this (actually my hubby & two daughters do too!)  It gently enough for my daughters sensitive skin, but also removes my makeup at the end of the day!

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Charlotte Tilbury’s Party Girl Kit   I think this kit is a great way to try a few different things from Charlotte Tilbury.  I’ve heard so many people say how great her makeup is and this is a great way to try it out!

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Bumble and bumble – Happy Hairdays Volume + Texture Trio  I decided to give this a try after noticing my hair was starting to look thin and flat and I’m very happy with it.  The shampoo has a nice clean sent and make my hair feel thicker.  The texture spray is a nice way to finish off my hair and helps give it a nice extra lift! This is a great way to try out these products and would be nice for travel.

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Dyson – Supersonic Hair Dryer  I have heard so many wonderful things about this hairdryer from Dyson!  It claims to dry hair faster and cause less damage to hair…oh and it helps promote smooth, shiny hair.

 

Okay so there are a few things I found online.  Some are products that I’ve used and there are a few new things in there too!  What are you getting from the Sephora sale?

Have a great weekend!

Beth

 

 

 

 

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Cold weather skincare favorites!

Happy Friday!  Here in the Midwest we have started getting some cooler temps and my skin has a tendency to get dry in the winter so I wanted to share with you what I use to help prevent that from happening.  What I’m sharing with you today are products that I have used for a few years and really have helped my skin stay hydrated during the cooler months.

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  1.  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter  This is the most hydrating body butter I have ever used!  It moisturizes my skin, but doesn’t feel greasy and absorbs into my skin really fast.  It comes in unscented (which is truly unscented!) and a few other scent too.
  2. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil  I have oily/combo skin which breaks out very easily and my face loves this stuff!  It sinks in right away and leaves no oily residue at all.  A little bit goes a long way so this bottle will last awhile.  I also use it on my the ends of my hair, my cuticles and I have even used it on my dogs coats and let me tell you, they both have beautiful fur:)
  3. Aquaphor Lip Repair  I have spent a lot of money on lip balms in a ton of different price ranges and I ALWAYS come back to this one!  I reach for it everyday and it keeps my lips from getting dry.  It moisturizes and keeps my lips looking hydrated and the price tag of under $5.00 is pretty amazing too!
  4. Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Foot Cream  I have a slight obsession with making sure my feet are well moisturized before I go to bed and this cream does the job.  Sometimes I’ll even layer it on a little thick, throw a pair of socks on and climb in bed.  In the morning my feet feel sooooo soft!

Okay, that wraps up my top items to keep me from getting scaly!

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Beth

 

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Friday Favorites!

I don’t know about you, but I love learning about new things that other people have had luck with so here are a few items that I’ve been really liking…

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Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For   This primer ROCKS!  I can 100% tell a difference from the way my foundation wears when I have this on.  It helps my foundation wear longer, blurs my pores and helps control the shine I usually get a few hours into my day.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is

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Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist   This setting spray is the perfect way to set my makeup during the hot weather we have had here in St. Louis and I love that it has SPF 50 also.  This is also nice to use on my daughters too after they have been in and out of the pool and hasn’t caused any breakouts of any of our skin.  I have the travel size which is perfect for my pool bag!

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Addison & Gates Blackberry Vanilla hand cream.  I found this at World Market (I love that place). It smells really good and is perfect for my purse or nightstand.

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Stella & Dot Essential Hammered Hoops in Gold  These featherweight hammered hoops are great.  I have been wearing them a ton and they are so lightweight I can’t even feel them in my ear!  (They come in silver too)

 

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Flatout Foldit  This flatbread has quickly become a lunchtime staple for me.  It has great flavor, only 100 calories and 6 grams of protein.  It comes in a few other flavors too which I’m excited to try.

Ok, there you have it!  I hope you all have a great Friday-I’m relishing the last few weeks of summer break with my daughters.

Have a great day!

Beth

 

 

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Beauty Finds at Macy’s

I don’t know about you, but I love a good deal!  Free gifts with purchase and extra perks seems to always push me from “I don’t really need anything” to checking the shipping status on a daily basis to see if my stuff has shipped!  (Please tell me I’m not the only person that does this!!!)  Anyway, while on Macy’s website I came across some really good beauty deals I wanted to share with you!

First up Peter Thomas Roth.  With any $50 Peter Thomas Roth purchase you can receive a free 1.7 oz. Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.

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Free Pumpkin Enzyme Mask with any $50.00 PTR purchase ($42 value)

Might I suggest trying the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches.  I’ve never tried these, but I’ve heard really good things about them.  Another item I suggest is Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud.  I have combination skin and this charcoal based mask works so well with my skin.  It helps to pull out impurities in the skin and minimizing my pores.  My skin feels so soft and hydrating when I’m done.

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Next up is Clinique.  They are having a Purchase with Purchase (with any $29.50 purchase you can get their “Best of Clinique” set for $49.50 (a $197 value).  This “Best of” set includes 7 items and a pretty traincase.

“Best of Clinique” set $49.50 w/ any $29.50 purchase ($197 value)

One of my top favorites from Clinique that I recommend is their  All About Eyes.  I love this eye cream!  It’s not too heavy and wears well under my makeup.  Another favorite of mine is their Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate.  This Moisture Surge Concentrate has been a HUGE help with my skin during the colder weather.  Since the temperature’s have been dropping I’ve been using this and it keeps my skin hydrated and flake free, but doesn’t make me feel oily.   I’m also a huge fan of their Pop lip colors  This Pop Party set has 6 colors that would make a perfect holiday gift and includes everything from pinks to nude shades.

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Lastly, Bobbi Brown is offering a complimentary Luxe Lip Color (in the shade Neutral Rose) with any $50.00 Bobbi Brown purchase.

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Free Luxe Lip Color with any $50.00 Bobbi Brown purchase.  ($37 value)

There are so really good gift sets out right now with Bobbi Brown!  This Satin & Caviar Eye Shadow & Eyeliner Party Ready Palette is just great.  It comes with 3 eye shadows and their iconic gel liner (which is awesome btw!) AND a double-sided brush.  The other set that caught my attention was the 5 Piece Instant Pretty Party Ready Set.  This set comes with almost everything you need to get ready and I have to say I LOVE the blush duo and again gel eye liner too!

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Okay, so there is a roundup of a few brands that I thought were offering some good beauty finds!  These are all for a limited time only so if you see something you like be sure to grab it!

Until next time, have a great day!

Beth