TULA • review


I’m so excited to finally give my thoughts on some TULA skincare items that I have. I own the purifying facial cleanser, exfoliating mask, and the illuminating face serum. I wanted to use the line a good amount of time before posting and seeing how my skin would react. A brief overview about TULA is that the brand name stands for balance. Balance is something that my skin needs to get together because my oils tend to be out of control! This line’s claim to fame is that all of their products incorporate probiotic skincare technology. All TULA products contain: probiotics, nutripeptides, vitamins A E + C, anti-oxidants, and omega 3 + 6 fatty acids.

What is is probiotic skincare technology? It helps against undesired, external bacteria and protects the skin against negative environmental influences. The actives stimulate production of vital defense cells making the skin more stress resistant to harmful influences.


Purifying Facial Cleanser: comes in a creamy gel-like form. I would say the consistency is similar to the Purity Made Simple, however, it is a bit thicker.  I love this cleanser because it foams a lot and that’s something that my oily skin needs. This product states that it is suitable for all skin types, which I do believe to be true. It thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it of any necessary oils. The smell of this cleanser threw me off a little at first. I can’t put my finger on the scent, but think of the spa mixed with a fresh spring waterfall. It’s not bad, but I did have to get used to it. I am able to remove all of my facial makeup with this cleanser, cake face and all – I haven’t tried removing my eye makeup because I’m scared that due to the smell it might burn. Overall, I do think this is a great clarifying cleanser for all skin types and I do recommend it if you’re wanting to try something new!

Exfoliating Treatment Mask: this has become a staple in my weekly skincare routine and is seriously a game changer! I did talk a little bit about this mask and the Illuminating Face Serum in my Rainy Day Mini Pamper Session post. This little baby provides both a chemical and physical exfoliation of my skin. It’s a clay mask, which again, is perfect for my oily skin. The jar says to use 2-3 times a week for 5 minutes each time. I’m a rule breaker, and I probably leave mine on a good 15-20 minutes and I haven’t had any harmful side effects. I do notice a difference in my oily production during the week if I implement this mask into my routine.

Illuminating Face Serum: is my favorite product of the bunch! It really is hard, because it’s very close between this and the mask. I just feel that this serum has truly given me the most results so far. Due to my skin being oily and acne-prone I have suffered from breakouts throughout my teenage years and early 20’s. Being 24 now, I still get occasional breakouts – I swear they will never stop, thank you Mother Nature. I have some dark spots related to post-acne scaring on my face. Over the years they have been able to fade slowly on their own, but this serum has drastically sped up the process! I have noticed a huge difference in my skin over the last month and a half. I use one pump day and night, right after the shower or cleansing my face and it fully hydrates my skin within 60 seconds. This serum is universal depending on your skin type. It can be used before a moisturizer, as a moisturizer, and even as a primer. I can honestly say it has replaced my moisturizer completely 6 days out of the week, because the hydration that I get from this is just as great as what my Philosophy Take a Deep Breath was giving me. I love, love, love this product and if you can try any of these mentioned I highly suggest this one.

If you’re not wanting to splurge on the full sizes of these products on QVC, then you could pick up the Discovery Kit. The kit will not contain the mask, but it will have smaller sizes of the serum, cleanser, eye cream, and the hydrating day/night cream. I have yet to try the face and eye cream, but I’m dying to get my hands on them!*

Have you tried anything from the TULA line? If so, what are your thoughts? What are your favorite skincare products?

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XOXO, Bee

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Rainy Day Mini Pamper Session

  Today is such a dreary day it makes me want to sit inside in cozy clothes and watch Netflix all day. Both of those will definitely be happening, but my plan for the rest of the evening will be to give myself a little pamper session!

Pampering Tools:

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask: this mask is my absolute favorite face mask that I’ve ever used! I can not say enough amazing things about it. I do plan to do a full review in a few weeks, but so far my face is loving this! This mask is clay based – perfect for my oily skin beauties – but at the same time it’s hydrating as well, so it’s great for all skin types! When I’ve finished with this mask my face is extremely soft and smooth and it just feels like it can breathe again!

L’oreal Nail Color: in the shade 114 Rainy, could there be a more perfect name for this occasion? I love the L’oreal polishes and to me they’re like little dupes for Essie! I know everyone is going bright for spring, but with this weather and my rebelliousness I’m gonna go dark. 

Tula Illuminating Face Serum: now I know what you’re thinking. “She has oily skin why would she use that illuminating serum!?” You guys. This stuff rocks! Full review will be coming soon, but this serum deeply hydrates my skin and sinks within minutes. It isn’t greasy at all, otherwise you know I wouldn’t be using it. It’s a magical bottle of goodness. It’s the perfect finish to the Tula Mask and leaves my hydrated all day + night.

 Have you tried any of the products mentioned? What are your favorite products to pamper yourself at home with?

Thanks for reading!

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XOXO, Bee 

Skin Emergency 101

Happy weekend everyone! I am so happy that it’s May, because April was NOT good to me. Last month I decided to try out a few new skincare items from a line called Nip + Fab. I’ve never tried anything from their line and I was pretty excited to get my hands on them. I purchased the Glycolic Fix Cleanser and the Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. Both items were rated over 4 stars on Ulta’s website.


I definitely understand that certain products work better for certain people and I’m not quite sure why these didn’t work for me. I was extremely disappointed and will be returning them to Ulta. The purpose of this post is not to bash the brand, because I honestly do not know too much about them, but I just wanted to share my experience.

I debated posting this photo (it’s fully unedited), seeing as it’s extremely embarrassing, but I really wanted you all to understand fully the reaction that these products gave me. The type of “acne” that I get is all hormonal. I ONLY breakout on my chin and jaw line during that certain time of the month. I don’t ever break out on my forehead, ever. These products broke me out like braille there as well as on my nose…and let’s be honest, everywhere on my entire face!


These products saved my skin from that terrible breakout! I decided to cut those Nip + Fab products fully out of my regimine and went back to my holy grail Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. I incorporated these babies in to help as an emergency!

1. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub I used this in the shower to really clean deep down in my pores and get out any gunk. Acure Organics is an amazing brand that uses 100% all natural products with 100% biodegradable packaging! Yeah, go green!

2. Murad’s Acne Spot Treatment I incorporated this after my moisturizer at night before bed. The sulfur + salicylic acid in this really helped combat the nasty breakout while I slept.

3. Mario Badescu Drying Mask this mask I used a few times during the process and immediately I noticed results, because the size of the breakout would be reduced within just a few hours of use. This mask has calamine and sulfur in it, I think my skin loves sulfur during a breakout.

Now it’s May and my skin is 75% back on track! Have you tried any of the products listed above, if so, what were your experiences? Are there any products that make you breakout like those did to me?

Thanks for reading!

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XOXOBee

Product Empties 2: Skin + Hair

  

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is doing well and you’re all experiencing beautiful weather. It’s still rainy here in the Midwest, but it’s a perfect day for blogging and running a few errands. I’m out of some of my hair and skin products and wanted to share my empties with you!

1. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist is supposed to help balance and refresh normal to oily skin. I purchased this must after my wedding, because my professional makeup artist used this on me and I really loved the smell and the way it made my skin feel. The main ingredient is water, along with peppermint, aloe, rose, witch hazel and more! Overall I really enjoyed this toning must because it’s convenient and I don’t have to put it on a cotton swab. I would repurchase this product sometime, however, I don’t plan to run out and get it right away. I would like to try other toners especially if any of you have any recommendations.

2. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser is my holy grail product! I purchased this a few years back and I have gone through several bottles. This stuff is a dupe for the Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser as well. It completely removes 100% of my makeup at the end of each day, even mascara, and it’s gentle enough for sensitive eyes including contact lense wearers. This cleanser doesn’t strip my skin of its natural oils and leaves my skin feeling clean but not tight. This can be purchased at any drugstore for only around $5! I used to buy makeup wipes all the time which can get costly, but this has saved me so much money because I can completely skip that step with this cleanser. I can’t say enough great things about this product, it has quickly became a must-have in my skincare routine!

 
3. Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion is a part of the Murad acne fighting kit that I purchased awhile back at Ulta. This lotion is fantastic, because it replenishes the moisture in your skin and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or too hydrated, it always feels just right. It doesn’t state on the packing if its oil-free or not, but it is non-comedogenic. As I mentioned in my last empties, which you can read here, I will not be repurchasing this product because I’ve been more into gel moisturizers because my skin is so oily. I also feel that the Clean & Clear moisturizer featured in my last empties haul is a wonderful dupe for this product and is about 1/6 of the cost!

4. Dove Go Fresh in the scent blue fig & orange blossom is my absolute favorite deodorant. Dove is the best brand for deodorant and body wash in my personal opinion, because their products work well with my skin. This scent is my favorite even though I have tried the pomegranatecucumber, and others! Something about the go fresh line really did the trick for me and has kept me dry all day. I have repurchased this time and time again and I will continue to do so. Right now I’m actually giving the Dove Dry Spray a go, so we’ll see how that works out!

5. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is my favorite hair mask that I’ve ever tried. My hair typically is pretty dehydrated and frizzy because of my ethnic background, great genes, and heat styling tools that I use. Every time I use this masque my hair is deeply hydrated, less frizzyextremely shinyand has less fall out. The whole point of this masque is to mimic the hairs natural oils it produces to revitalize it. Not only is this amazing for the health of my hair, but my senses are thankful too – this product smells absolutely amazing! I have purchased this a few times and I definitely will again. *I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and was thinking about picking it up to see if it gives comparable results. If you’ve tried the Aussie brand please let me know how you liked it – or if there are any other masks that are your favorites. 

Have you tried any of the products listed above – if so, what are your thoughts? If you have any recommendations for me please list them below!

Thank you for reading!

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XOXO, Bee

Product Empties!

Happy Saturday everyone! I’ve started to run low on some of my products and thought an empties post would be ideal. I’ll write a bit about the product, my thoughts, and if I would repurchase!

1. Rimmel Stay Matte Primer if you’ve been following me for a while then you know I have very oily skin! It’s a curse and a blessing a the same time. This primer states that it is skin-perfecting, can be wore alone or under makeup. It also states it can keep you shine-free up to 8 hours, and minimize the appearance of pores. – I agree that it creates a great base of makeup, minimizes my pores, and controls shine. The consistency is really thick, but not as thick and difficult to work with as the Boots No. 7 Matte primer – that one was so thick and glue-like it broke me out. The claims that it controls shine up to 8 hours is interesting, with a strong emphasis on the “up to” part, I would say I get a good 2-3 hours before I need to blot my face. This is the best drugstore primer for oily skin that I’ve tried so far, I will repurchase for days when I don’t feel like using a high end primer.

2. Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer states that its oil-free and that it helps to treat and prevent pimples. This product contains 0.5% salicylic acid acne medication. It doesn’t really contain enough acne fighting ingredients to truly make a difference in your skin on it’s own, but it’s something to help with other methods you may be using. I really actually enjoy this moisturizer! It’s very important to have oil-free products when you have oily skin and this just feels good on the skin. It’s very inexpensive as it can be purchased for only around $5, and it lasts an extremely long time. It took me months and months to get through this bottle. I won’t be repurchasing this anytime soon, because I have actually been more into gel moisturizers rather than lotion types. But if you’re in the market for a great product that hydrates with a non-greasy feeling and you’re on a budget, this is for you!

3. Batiste Dry Shampoo states that it’s perfect for use between washes. A quick burst revitalizes hair and removes any excess oil. Hair feels gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture. I completely am in love with this product! I agree with all of the claims. I purchased this at Ulta for around $8 and it was the first time I tried it. Previously I tried others like Dove, Toni & Guy, Tresemme (which was the worst out of the bunch) and I was never really impressed by those. This dry shampoo is perfect and really gets the job done for a good price. I have already repurchased this baby in the tinted version for dark brown hair, because it leaves less of a “white cast” on my hair! Love love love.

4. Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade medium. I don’t really need to get into much of an explanation about why I enjoy this product, because I just did a whole post on my top four concealers which you can read here. This was one of them listed because it’s very inexpensive, easily accessible, and perfect for every day wear. I’ve already repurchased this and it’s in my stash!

5. ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in the shade ivory. I’ll admit that this is a strange product in my makeup collection, because I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose. The product states it’s for the treatment of acne and that it helps prevent new acne blemishes. It also contains 1.0% of salicylic acid acne medication. I purchased this product in a lighter shade and I actually use this to set my concealer under my eyes. This only costs $1 at the drugstore and it’s surprisingly buttery and rich. It’s finely milled and perfect for setting my eye area. I’ve already repurchased this product, it’s fantastic!

6. Anastasia Brow Wiz in the shade chocolate – which is the perfect color for me. Who hasn’t heard of this product? It’s fantastic and I don’t even need to tell you why! One of my favorite parts about it though is the spooly at the end to comb through my brows. It is on the pricey side and can be purchased for $21 but it is definitely worth it! At this time I won’t be repurchasing this product and may not again, thanks to a new dupe that I found for less than half the price!

Have you tried any of the products listed above – what are your thoughts? Do you have any products not listed that you would recommend?

Thanks for reading!

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XOXO, Bee

Soap & Glory Super Sale!

  

Today I splurged on lots of products at Sephora and ULTA – yes, there will be reviews soon. Just wanted to post quickly to let you all know that Sephora is discontinuing Soap & Glory in their store so all of the merchandise is 35% off or more! I’ve never tried anything from them, but I have been wanting to so I picked up the Rich & Famous Body Wash and Hand Food moisturizer for under $15. I’m really excited to try these out and they both smell amazing!

Have you tried anything from their line?

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XOXO, Bee

Philosophy Total Matteness

Hello beauties! Today I’ll be bringing you a review about a skincare product I’ve had for a while now that is nearly finished. I feel that since I’ve gone through the entire bottle I’m more than comfortable expressing my thoughts. As I’ve mentioned before, I have the worlds worst oily skin. Sometimes it can be a curse, but I know later in life it will be a blessing! I went to Von Maur desperate for a product that could “cure” my issue. I was sick of putting on makeup and an hour later I would be blotting my face because the oils were out of control. The woman at the Philosophy counter expressed how much she loved this product! She had me sold, at $41 a bottle. I was hoping this would be the cure for my issue.

  

Here is a better look at the packaging. It comes in a beautiful glass bottle and a dropper that sucks up and disperses the product where desired. The bottle states: Now you see them, now you don’t. Watch pores pull a disappearing act. The directions simply state to apply as needed to clean dry skin. The woman at the Philosohy counter stated this product would substitute a primer and combat oils on its own to create a beautiful makeup base. I honestly disagree with her claims and I will explain why in just a moment.

  

Here is a better look at the actual product that you’re paying $41 for. It has a slightly thick milky consistency and has a faint smell that I can’t put my finger on. The smell isn’t unpleasant and I believe it’s safe for sensitive skin. 

Does this product blur imperfections? Yes. However, I believe that it really only blurred out fine lines. The product settled into my pores and didn’t fill them in like I thought it would. 

Does this product combat oiliness? Kind of. This product when applied to bare skin mattifies skin instantly. It will not last though, the longevity of this product is maybe an hour. I was told that this product could be applied on top of makeup. Do not do this, unless you want your makeup to get cakey! That will happen, I promise. I also didn’t think this product worked well in place of a primer. It just didn’t do the job for my oily skin and I still needed to apply a primer on top of this to stay matte for as long as I could before applying my makeup. 

The fact that I still needed a primer and didn’t notice any increased longevity in the wear of my makeup or the amount of time before needing to blot I will absolutely not be repurchasing this product and I do not recommend it. I really wanted to love this product Philosophy, but this was a dud. Thumbs up for the packaging though! 

Have you tried the Philosophy Total Matteness, if so, what were your thoughts? What are your oily skin holy grail products, I would love some recommendations! Thanks for reading.

XOXO, Bee

Liebster Award! :)

Hello beauties! I’ve been nominated by two fabulous fellow bloggers for the Liebster Award which is awesome! Charm & Chocolate and Beauty Bits are the lovely ladies that nominated me and you should definitely check out their blogs if you haven’t 🙂

The rules of the award:
1. Link back to the person that nominated you
2. Answer the questions asked by the nominator
3. Nominate 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees
5. Notify all nominees on their blogs and/or social media

My questions from Charm & Chocolate

1. What did you/will you study in college?

I studied Graphic Design and I minored in Communication Studies.

2. What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear I would say is failure.

3. What inspired you to start your blog?

My passion and love for all things beauty! Makeup, skincare, haircare, etc…my friends and family were always asking my opinions on products and/or what things they could do to help their problem areas. I just love helping others.

4. What’s your favorite skin care product?

My fave skincare product is my Neutrogena Fresh Foaming facial cleanser. This stuff is my HOLY GRAIL product and is something that is overlooked by most people in the store and on beauty blogs. It takes off all of my facial and eye makeup with ease and is safe for my eyes (I wear contacts) and never burns either. It’s a great cleanser for all skin types. I love it! 🙂

5. If you were a character from a TV show or movie, who would you be?

That’s such a hard choice! I would probably want to be Brooke Davis from One Tree Hill or Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. I love those characters so much and those are two of my all-time favorite shows.

6. Who is your biggest role model?

Yikes, I honestly thought long and hard and I don’t have one. I’m a big believer in the fact that you need to live your life for yourself and if something doesn’t feel right then don’t do it. I never look up to others or seek opinions that decide my fate.

7. Where is the farthest place you’ve traveled to?

Mexico for our honeymoon.

8. Coffee or tea?

Coffee, love a good cup of joe!

9. What was your most embarrassing moment?

Probably when I had an anxiety attack before my performance final during college. I had to reschedule and do it the next class.

10. Do you have pets? If so, what are their names?

My husband has this annoying fish we named Dexter, but I don’t claim him as my own lol.

11. If you watch beauty vloggers on Youtube, who is your favorite?

Such a tough choice. I love Casey Holmes, Jaclyn Hill, Thataylaa, and Manny MUA.

My questions from Beauty Bits

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging to help other ladies find products they might like or they should stay away from. I wanted to freely express myself in an artistic way.

2. Who is your favorite blogger and why?

My favorite blogger is hard to choose, but I really enjoy reading posts from Always, Bree. She blogs really often and uses a variety of topics such as beauty, skincare, cooking, style, and simply being a mom! 🙂

3. Sweet or salty foods?

I have the world’s largest sweet tooth. Just call me cookie monster.

4. Favorite/most delicious food you’ve ever tasted?

Sushi. Sushi. Sushi. I also like spaghetti.

5. Do you have a secret talent?

Sadly, I don’t.

6. When you’re having a terrible day, what will brighten it?

My husband. He is one of the most unique and hilarious people I have ever met. Probably why I fell in love with him 🙂 — A glass of red wine never hurt anyone, and some dark chocolate.

7. Number one thing on your bucket list right now?

Traveling, I need to explore more of the world.

I now wish to nominate my favorite bloggers on WordPress and I’m sorry if you’ve already been nominated before, but I just love your posts! Always, Bree, Fi’s Little Blog, With Her Coffee In Hand, HannahRoseBeautyXO, and Glowing Doll.

Here are my questions for you all:

1. What is your must-have beauty product that you can’t live without?

2. Who is your favorite Youtuber or beauty blogger?

3. If you could visit one place in the world where would you choose?

4. What song can you currently obsessed with?

5. Where are you from?

6. What is your favorite season and why?

7. What is your favorite skincare product?

8. What is your favorite overall makeup brand?

9. What is your favorite color?

10. What is your favorite show of all time?

11. What product could you not leave the house without applying?

Hope you all enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! I’m excited to see your posts and I do love reading your blogs. You’re all inspiring 🙂

XOXO, Bee

Cure Dry Winter Skin

Hello lovelies! Just wanted to share with you a must have for dry winter skin. I live in the Midwest and a couple weeks ago it was -40 degrees with the wind! You read that right, negative forty. Our skin needs moisture and when we aren’t getting as much it becomes dry and flaky, and let’s be real no one has time for that! It’s so important to exfoliate your skin about once a week to slough off that dull skin and reveal a fresh beautiful body. I personally have been enjoying my Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub which retails for around $7 at Ulta (buy one get one half off) and comes in a variety of scents. Mine is the coconut lime scent which reminds me of sweet summer! This brand has the best scrubs I’ve ever tried and really get the job done!

Let me know if you have tried this body scrub and what your favorite scent is! Or if you have any other pampering must haves for winter skin! I love reading comments.

XOXO, Bee

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