Falling for fresh skin: Three serums to try this fall

Ah yes, the fall season.

The sun goes down quicker, it’s chillier in the mornings and evenings, the leaves are changing, and our skin might be feeling drier. There is so much to be excited for in fall (hello #PSL), but usually around this time of the year I like to incorporate a little more TLC into my skincare routine.

Now I love and breathe serums. I have a pretty intense skincare routine (hi, eight steps), but having a serum has definitely been a life saver for my skin. A serum just adds a little more oomph. It is a more potent version of a moisturizer and helps to target a number of skincare concerns.

Now if you don’t use a serum, or are looking to switch up your serum routine, then I have some great recommendations for you. Some of these serums are new and are all great options for fall.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

I’m a huge fan of Estee Lauder skincare, especially their Advanced Night Serum, so I was over the moon to learn that they just came out with a new Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix (C$98).

This eye serum has a gel-like consistency and glides on the delicate eye area to support the natural nightly renewal process. This is a refresh of the former eye concentrate, which includes some technology upgrades and a custom-designed stainless-steel applicator that precisely massages the eye area.

Apply this eye serum at night to boost skin cells, which is the body’s natural repair mechanism that works overnight to restore the eye area. The formula includes Chronolux Power Signal Technology that addresses the visible impact of micro-movements in the eye area. It also has a Youth-Generating Power complex to promote the natural production of fresh new cells, as well as collagen to improve elasticity and bounce. In addition to all that it also has antioxidants to protect against skin damage caused by environmental stressors.

This product is designed to be used at night and you can apply it on the lids, as well as under the eyes and the crows feet. As mentioned, it has a unique wand applicator that is great for application around the eye area. You can also use it on your “11’s” to smooth out that area of the face as well (the area between your eyebrows).

Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Serum

Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Serum

Another favourite skincare line for me is Laneige (hello Lip Sleeping Mask, so iconic!).

I’ve always been a fan of their serums and recently they introduced a brand new one, the Perfect Renew Youth Serum (C$79).

This serum is designed to address the five visible signs of early aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and loss of firmness and elasticity. Laneige says you’ll notice results in as little as seven days, which is a huge claim, but one I’m definitely looking to put to the test.

The serum contains a number of powerful ingredients, including ginger root to visibly energize skin; tripeptide, which is a complex of three essential amino acids to improve the look of elasticity; as well as a superberry antioxidant complex, which boosts skin’s visible vitality.

I’ve been using this serum for a few weeks now and love the texture of it and how it makes my skin look and feel. I’ll be completely honest with you, I get Botox on the areas that are most prone to wrinkles and fine lines, so I can’t say if it actually works, but my skin looks smooth, supple, and soft and I recently had some skin issues when I got home from Montreal a few weeks back. I typically use this product at night but I don’t see why you couldn’t use it in the morning as well.

Like I said, I love Laneige products and I think this new one will be a staple in my skincare routine for the next few months.

L'Oreal Revitalift Night Serum with Pure Retinol

L’Oreal Revitalift Night Serum with Pure Retinol

It’s important to incorporate a retinol in your routine at least a couple times a week as you age.  I try to use retinol at least three times a week as it helps with anti-aging and reducing wrinkles, as well as smoothing out skin’s texture.

Now for most people, you won’t need an over-the-counter retinol product and thankfully so many drugstore brands now offer retinol serums with a safe percentage of retinol for the skin. One of these brands is L’Oreal Paris with their Revitalift Night Serum with Pure Retinol (C$33.96).

This serum contains 0.3 per cent pure retinol to visibly reduce wrinkles and smooth out skin.  Pure retinol is the most powerful form of retinol and is known to degrade, which means it becomes less effective over time, however, this formula by L’Oreal remains potent and you’ll experience visible results down to the last drop in the bottle.

With a retinol product you want to build up the usage, so maybe you would start once a week at night and then after a few weeks graduate to two nights a week, and so on.  With regular use you will experience smoother-looking skin, which also feels more moisturized and supple. Your complexion might also look brighter and more radiant, and wrinkles will improve.

Three serums to try from Estee Lauder, Laneige, and L'Oreal Paris

All three of these serums are great for night time use and since the weather get chillier when the sun goes down, they will be in high rotation this fall.  Since I only really wear makeup on the weekends now, I have been loving trying out and playing around with different skincare items and these ones are such a pleasure to use.

What have been your favourite serums for fall?

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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It’s finally here: Tula skincare lands at Sephora Canada


Okay so if you have been a reader of my blog for a while, you know I live and breathe Tula products.

As you guys may know, I’m based here in Canada and when I first found out at Tula they were still shipping to the country here so a lot of the people I know placed orders and got hooked on the stuff.  Shortly after though they pulled out of Canada and every time I get a new Tula product I always feel so bad sharing it with my Canadian followers since they weren’t able to order it off the Tula site.

Well, Canadian friends, you’re now in luck!

As of last month, Tula has launched on Sephora Canada, both in store and online.  Although they don’t have the full range of products, there is still an abundance of Tula goodies, enough for you to really try out the line and get a great routine.

Now I consider myself a Tula connoisseur and the brand has let me try most, if not all, they items, so I really have gotten a rounded out approach on what they offer.  In fact, if you are looking for a specific Tula product, try searching on my blog for it and you’ll probably find a review.  If you haven’t tried Tula but are dying to now that it’s available in Canada, then don’t worry, I got you.

Here are the must-have items you need to try from Tula.

Tula Skincare Cult Classic Purifying Cleanser

Tula Purifying Cleanser

When it comes to my favourite cleansers, Tula’s Purifying Cleanser is high on the list.

Tula’s Purifying Cleanser (C$36) is a refreshing probiotic cleanser that cleans your skin deep into the pores to remove impurities and condition skin.  It’s perfect for all skin types and I love using it with my FOREO Luna or Clarisonic for an even deeper clean.

The star ingredients in this cleanser are lactic acid to naturally clean and exfoliate the skin; chicory root, which is a natural anti-inflammatory prebiotic to help boost the appearance of firmer skin; turmeric root, which helps reduce the signs of inflammation; blueberries, which help protect skin from free-radical attacks; and probiotics to hydrate and lock in moisture.

If you are looking for a new cleanser, I highly recommend this one.  It’s such a star product in their line and there’s a reason why it’s a cult classic.

Tula Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner

Tula Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner

After your cleanser you should use a toner and a great one to try is the Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel (C$55).

This toner is alcohol-free and perfect for all skin types. It uses probiotics, glycolic acid, and beetroot extract to gently exfoliate skin, leaving it smooth, hydrated and even.  The pro-glycolic complex is a proprietary blend of 100 per cent natural lactobacillus probiotics and glycolic acid to help tone and exfoliate the skin. It also removes excess oil and debris.

The formula is a gel so it might be a little different from other toners you’ve used (I typically go with ones that are a watery texture). This one is suitable to use both morning and night and will prep your face for the rest of your routine.

Tula Rose Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm

Tula Rose Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm

Could this be a Tula post without mentioning their iconic Rose Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm?

The Rose Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm (C$39) is an eye balm that you apply directly to the skin for an instant burst of hydrating and cooling.  This eye balm was released in fall 2019 and came after the original Glow & Get It Eye Balm (also available at Sephora). This pink version of the original bestseller contains the same probiotics and superfoods as the blue version, plus more amazing ones thrown in.  This version contains rosehip oil, which is a plant-based retinol alternative, and hydrating rosewater, leaving your face feeling energized and glowing.

The other ingredients are of course caffeine, aloe, blueberry, and hyaluronic acid, which leaves your undereyes looking fresh, moisturized, and awake.

So which version is right for you? I love that this one, for a few dollars more ($39 for Rose Glow versus $37 for the OG) I would go for this one since it has added retinol (well technically not retinol, but a natural alternative). Honestly though, both formulas are amazing and you can’t really go wrong with either.

Tula 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream

24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream

Lastly, perhaps my favourite Tula item, the 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream (C$69) is an absolute must.

This moisturizer is lightweight and non-greasy and hydrates skin, as well as revives the appearance of dull and tired skin.  Use it day and night for a more glowing and hydrated look. Also, over time it will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

I cannot recommend this cream enough. Every time I have a skin issue I pull it out and my skin feels back to normal after a few days of using it.  The formula includes probiotic extracts to soothe skin, as well as prebiotics, such as chicory root, to maintain skin balance, and peptides to visibly firm and even the look of skin tone.

It also features squalene to nourish skin, and apple and watermelon to hydrate and smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Do yourself a favour and just add it to your cart now. Your skin will thank you.

Of course, Tula has tons of other products available through Sephora as well, such as serums, primers, scrubs, and more.  Unfortunately they don’t have the sunscreens available yet (probably something to do with Health Canada I’m assuming), but I’m hoping they will start to carry it soon, it ranks highly on my list of favourite Tula products.

Tula skincare at Tula

If you are still unsure on some of these products, or others, they do have the value packs where you can try out deluxe minis of some of Tula’s best-selling items. For instance, they do have the On the Go Best Sellers Travel Kit (C$69), which includes minis of the Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser,  So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub, 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream, and Brightening Treatment Drops Triple Vitamin C Serum.  I have this kit as well and keep it in my gym bag since it’s so handy to travel around with.

If you order anything Tula from Sephora, I would love to know what you’re trying out.  If you are based in the U.S., don’t forget, you can use code SHAYNA for 15% off your Tula.com order!

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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A little sparkle: Mary Kay Cosmetics fall 2021 releases

Who doesn’t love a little sparkle?

When I first saw Mary Kay’s fall 2021 collection, I was star struck. I love a little sparkle and with the last year and a half being pretty low key I’m really excited to finally dress up in the coming months.

Mary Kay’s fall 2021 collection is jewel toned and sparkly and trust me, when you see it, you’ll want every single item.  There are lipsticks, cream shadows, nail polishes, and highlighters (plus a limited-edition makeup bag), and each and every item is just so stunning.

For the eyes, dive into the Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow (C$18), which comes in two shades, graphite and amethyst. These cream shadows apply via a doe foot applicator and are a lightweight gel-based formula with some major sparkle and shine.  Although there is a lot of glitter in here, they do go on smoothly and don’t feel chunky or glittery and really are stunning once applied.   Mary Kay Shimmer Liquid Eyeshadow Swatches of Mary Kay Shimmer Liquid Eyeshadow in Amethyst

Although there are only two shades to choose from, I do love the colour choices and they are perfect for either a lighter look or a darker, smoky one.   You can pair the glittery shadow with one of their new lipsticks.

When I first opened Mary Kay’s Sparkle Lipsticks (C$21) I was floored. These lipsticks are adorned in glitter and truthfully, are way too pretty to use. Then again, since these are so pretty, you’ll definitely want to pull them out for some touch ups while you’re out and about.

These lipsticks, also available in two shades (Sunstone, a nude; and Ruby, a mauve), and come wrapped in glitter.  Not only do these look glittery, but the sparkle does get transferred on the lips, leaving them looking shiny and eye-catching.

Mary Kay Sparkle Lipsticks for fall 2021 Swatches of Mary Kay Sparkle lipsticks in Ruby and Sandstone

Although there is major glitter here, they go on very smooth and don’t feel rough or like there is any texture on the lips. They also feature moisturizing ingredients to nourish lips while you’re wearing them. Honestly, if there is one item to pick up from this collection, these lipsticks are it.

If you want to include some dazzle but not be so in-your-face, then take a look at the Mary Kay Highlighter (C$18).  These limited-edition highlighters, available in two shades (Canary Diamond, a champagne; and Rose Sapphire, a rose gold), are so stunning and truly eye catching when applied on the face.

Mary Kay highlighters for fall

These highlights contain luminescent pearl shimmer that captures the right amount of sparkle and shine.  If you are the kind of person who enjoys really dramatic highlights, then you’ll love these.  They come in the pan, which is designed to be put in a magnetic palette (of which Mary Kay has some great ones), making this awesome for travel and including with other products you love.

Lastly, for the nails, take a look at the the two new limited-edition nail polish colours (C$12) in Emerald and Rose Quartz. These nail polishes contain rich colour pigments with metallic shimmer for stand-out nails.  The two shads are jewel tones, which makes them so rich to wear, especially during this time of the years.

As you can see, I really love this collection and highly recommend picking up a few items.  The lipsticks are an absolute must and I also recommend the highlighters are well since the shades are so flattering for all skin tones and really do make you glow.

Have you picked up anything from Mary Kay’s new fall 2021 jewel-tones collection?

Note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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