Beauty

Tula Skincare

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Tula Purifying Face Cleanser | Tula Day and Night Cream 

When you move in with someone you obviously find out about small things they like to do a certain way and funny characteristics. For example, Kollin prefers to drink Coke out of glass with ice instead of the can and is VERY particular about how rice is made (as he claims every Spanish person should be). For me, it's more OCD than preferences. My bracelet stack is in the same order everyday and I can't go to sleep unless the duvet is folded neatly across the bed (weirdo I know 🙈). 

It's safe to say that people stick to certain things because it works for them. But, one thing that wasn't working for me - my skincare. 

It would be aggressive to say that I have an acne problem, when many people really suffer with acne. I get breakouts and have acne prone skin, but I just thought it was something that everyone dealt with, until I saw all my favorite bloggers posting about their makeup routines with pre-makeup pictures showcasing their amazing skin. 

The secret to their gorgeous skin? Tula, a skincare line made from probiotics that work with any skin type and create a natural balance for what your skin needs. 

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Robe (Etsy - similar) | Tula | Flowers and Tray (Homegoods)

My favorite blogger as most of you know, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity, has been using and talking about Tula for months and I never looked into because it's pricey

But, as Katey does, she came in with a praise-Jesus-moment 🙌🏻  and held a discounted sale for a bundle. Unfortunately, that discounted sale is no longer available, but with code "classicandgray25" you can get 25% off & free shipping thanks to the lovely blogger of Classic and Gray

Because of my not-so-great breakout situation, I am sometimes hesitant to try new products, especially when I could be having a better skin day. But, as so many people swear by it, I gave it a shot. And it Did. Not. Disappoint! 

Overnight, my skin was softer, smoother and I could definitely see that change was happening. Of course, there were still blemishes and red marks that I previously had, but I could see them diminishing.  

It's been about a week and a half since I've been using the cleanser and hydrating day and night cream (morning and night before bed) and my skin has never been better.  

Like any skin care line, it takes time to see dramatic results, but I haven't had a new breakout since and couldn't be happier about the changes Tula has done for my skin.  

If you don't suffer from acne prone skin like I do, Tula works with tone, wrinkles, aging, sun damage and any skin conditions you may have like eczema and rosecea.  

Please let me know if you have any questions about Tula and thanks so much for reading! xx

January Favorites

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It is finally getting cold in Chicago [ apparently cold means below 20 degrees to true Chicagoans ] and that means preparing for the season! Two of the most important things to take care of during the winter? Your skin & feet! 

I've been wanting a Clarisonic for a few years and finally bit the bullet and made the investment. While I found spending $100 on something that washes your face to be a little ridiculous, I couldn't be happier that I did. I could tell a difference of my skins texture and luster after one use! When used twice a day [ I use it at night before bed and in the morning before work ] I can really tell the difference in the way moisturizer soaks in and how my makeup lays on my skin. If there is one thing that you're looking for to transform your skin - this is it!

When I ordered my Clarisonic I received a sample of Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream. Being happy with my current routine, I was hesitant to try it, but I put it on before bed one night and my skin still felt really moisturized and smooth when I woke up the next morning. The formula is thicker than what I typically use and it is somewhat scented, but I found that this moisturizer really soaked into the layers of my skin at a great rate [not too heavy and not to absorbent too quickly]. Sometimes I have to reapply moisturizer even a few hours after I put it on, especially with the colder weather, but this one is so hydrating you don't need to! It is on the pricy side, but will last you for months! It is definitely on my 'splurge' list. If there is one thing you should definitely splurge on, it is your skin to be healthy.

This Christmas was definitely a shoe Christmas for me! When Kollin and I decided to move to Chicago, I knew I would need winter shoes and everyone in college raved about Hunter rain boots. They were totally right. These boots can make it through anything and are really warm! 

I wear them on my commute to work when I have to walk through the snowy-slush on the sidewalks. When I make it to work, I slip into these Sam Edelman pumps. Kollin gifted me to them for Christmas and I have never worn a more comfortable pair of pumps in my life. I can wear them all day at work without my feet being sore. They are definitely my favorite pair and come in other fun colors when the seasons change too!

I've posted about The Peach Box on the blog before, and I received some pieces for Christmas and am IN LOVE. The jewelry is so well made and chic for the price. [$28 for a complete look alike Cartier bracelet? UM YES PLEASE!] The Peach Box has really trendy, but classic pieces at a very reasonable price! 

My last January favorite is OPI's Funny Bunny nail polish. I think white is chic any time of year and goes with anything! The pale color also makes you look a litter tanner during the winter season!  

Thank you for reading! Is there anything on your favorites list? I would love to hear about them!