It’s about time: Tula releases body care line

One of my favourite skincare brands just released their first two body care products. And I couldn’t be more excited.

You guys know my love for Tula. I use their products regularly and every time they release a new one I need to get my hands on it. Late last year I got the news that they were finally moving into the body care line, which truthfully, it never even occurred to me that they don’t even have body products yet. Until now, that is.

Made with the same probiotic extracts and superfoods as their beloved face products, Tula’s two new body products help to nourish, protect, and polish the body from head to toe.

As you may know, Tula’s products are doctor founded and 100 per cent clean and clinically effective to work. They also contain probiotic extracts and superfoods so your skin is fed all the good stuff from Mother Nature.

Tula Take Care + Polish Exfoliating Body Wash

Starting first with the Take Care + Polish Exfoliating Body Wash ($34 USD, use code SHAYNA for 15 per cent off, bringing it to $28.90!), this body cleanser and exfoliator all-in-one is made with a triple AHA blend that gently dissolves dirt and debris on the skin, leaving you with smoother, softer, and more even-looking skin.

This cleanser does foam up, which is really nice. It contains the brand’s S6Pro Complex, as well as lemon peel, cherry seed, and hibiscus flower acid. It also has a Triple AHA blend of glycolic, malic and lactic acids. The exfoliating beads are biodegradable, so they won’t harm you or the environment.

Use this in the shower to buff away dry and dull skin. Once rinsed off it will leave you with better texture and a more even skin tone. It also features a pleasant scent of cherry and lemon, which is refreshing and delightful.

Tula Take Care + Nourish Advanced Hydration Body

Once out of the shower, treat your skin to the Take Care + Nourish Advanced Hydration Body Moisturizer ($38 USD, use code SHAYNA for 15 per cent off your order, bringing it to $32.30). This skincare-first moisturizer is perfect for the body for its hydration power. It contains Vitamin C and Yuzu to improve the look of skin tone for healthier skin and a more luminous glow.

The formula also includes the S6Pro Complex, hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Finally, for optimal hydration, the shea butter and coconut oil will leave you feeling soft and smooth. This moisturizer has a scent of vanilla and coconut, which makes it a real treat.

Tula body care products

I also want to note that if you are interested in purchasing both these products, then pick up Tula’s Body Care Set, where you can get both items for $55, which saves you $17.

I’m really excited to deep dive into these products in the upcoming months and love how they came during the winter months, when my skin tends to get very dry and flakey. I have high hopes for these since I know Tula makes amazing items and I’m sure these will be just as incredible as their skincare.

Don’t forget, you can get 15 per cent your entire Tula order with code SHAYNA.

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

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Heavy-duty skincare: My top products from Skinceuticals

When it comes to skincare, I’ve tried a lot of brands, but one in particular has always been a constant highlight in my routine and that’s Skinceuticals.

The medical-grade skincare brand is one that you can find at medispas, dermatology offices, and more. It’s a brand that is often used to correct signs of aging, as well as to complement aesthetic procedures.

Now I’ve used a ton of items from the brand and overall have really loved all of them. Their items are quite pricey so if you want to give Skinceuticals a go but don’t know where to start, then don’t worry, I got you. Keep reading…

Skinceuticals HA Intensifier

HA Intensifier

Skinceuticals is known for their serums and if there is one product to pick up, then I would definitely recommend one of their serums (okay maybe two, a hyaluronic acid serum and a Vitamin C one).

If you are looking for something for firming, then take a look at their H.A. Intensifier (C$132). This serum is designed to be used after a Vitamin C serum and is ideal for all types of skin.

The H.A. Intensifier is a multi-beneficial corrective serum that is proven to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. It’s ideal for anti-aging and sun damage and can help reduce the look of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. It’s great to use if you already get Botox and fillers as it complements these procedures.

The formula contains a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, as well as proxylane, and botanical extracts of licorice root and purple rice to support skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. With regular use it will help with hydration, as well as improve the appearance of firmness, smoothness, and plumpness.

In the morning apply it after your Vitamin C and at night apply it after your retinol.

Skinceuticals Silymarin CF Serum

Silymarin CF Serum

A great serum to pair the HA Intensifier with is their Silymarin CF Serum, which is one of the newest products from the brand.

The Silymarin CF (C$190) is a Vitamin C ideal for those who suffer from breakouts or acne. This serum is specifically formulated for those who have oily and blemish-prone skin. It is proven to reduce oiliness, refine skin texture, and visibly improve skin clarity and fine lines.

This serum contains 0.5 per cent silymarin, which is milk thistle extract that helps to prevent oil oxidation and provides antioxidant protection against free radicals. It also has 15 per cent L-ascorbic acid, 0.5 per cent ferulic acid, and 0.5 per cent salicylic acid, which refines pores and helps to prevent skin against breakouts.

Skinceuticals says that with regular use, this serum can prevent breakouts from happening since it targets oil oxidation. It also will reduce oiliness, refine skin texture, minimize pores, and visibly improve skin clarity and fine lines. Although I don’t have acne or suffer from many breakouts, this serum will come in handy to prevent maskne. You can also use it as a spot treatment as well or just apply it to the lower half of the face if you want it to go a long way (which, at $190 a pop, this isn’t something you want to rush through).

I’ve tried a bunch of their Vitamin C serums and really love this one and the CE Ferulic one (which is more ideal for my normal to dry skin). They are all great options and one of the best Vitamin C serums out there. They are pricey but well worth the investment!

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen

The last step in your daytime routine should be a sunscreen and Skinceuticals makes one of the best ones out there.

The Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 sunscreen (C$51) is ideal for protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s a broad-spectrum 100 per cent physical sunscreen that is also great to use post-procedure, as well as sensitive skin and dry skin.

Now I know facial sunscreens are a dime a dozen nowadays but this one is a great one to pick up, especially since it’s a medical-grade brand. It contains artemia salin, a plankton extract that is known to increase skin’s resistance to UV and heat-induced stress.

Top three products from Skinceuticals

Now this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Skinceuticals products and I really could go on and on about more items from the brand. I wanted to keep this post short and sweet and highlight the products that I feel would be the most worthwhile to pick up and I truly believe that these are all great options to add to your skincare collection.

Have you tried Skinceuticals before?

Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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It was all a dream: Dior Beauty Atelier of Dreams collection for holidays 2021

So the holidays are officially over and it’s that time of the year where it gets dark early, cold, and really not much to look forward to… well of course that’s all mindset, right?

With the COVID pandemic going into a tailspin these past few weeks it has definitely put a damper on a lot of plans. Right now there isn’t too much to do since a lot of places are closed, but I still like to put a face of makeup on every once in a while.  It makes it even more special if it’s Dior.

I love Dior’s holiday collections since they are such special collections at a magical time of the year.  For 2021 they released the Atelier of Dreams collection, which pays tribute to the House of Dior thanks to the embedding of stylistic codes of the company’s flagship property in Paris.

This collection includes two eyeshadow palettes, a powdered blush, nail varnish, eyeliners, and a collection of lipsticks in both their Rouge Dior and Diorific lipsticks, and more. The brand sent me a variety of products from the line and although there isn’t much opportunity to wear it, I has brought joy and a highlight to my day.

Dior Beauty Atelier of Dreams 5 Couleurs Couture palettes

Starting first with the eyeshadow palettes, Dior has released two limited-edition versions in their 5 Couleurs Couture palettes (C$76 each).  These palettes include beautiful embossed details in the shadows, which is the emblematic facade of the House of Dior.

Atelier Doré features warm-tones of browns and gold tones, whereas House of Dreams includes cool tones of pinks, taupes, and silvers.

I’ve tried a lot of these palettes through the years and I do have to say that these have gotten better in terms of quality. I’ve never really found them to blow me away, especially considering the price point, but with the palettes in this particular collection I did find the pigmentation to be a lot better this time around and love the shade range they included in this collection.

As the name suggests, these palettes contain five colours in them ranging from velvet, matte, and satin finishes.

Diorshow 24H Stylo in Sparkling Taupe and Sparkling Brown

For the perfect eye look, pair the eyeshadows with one of the limited-edition Diorshow 24H Stylos (C$37). Special for the holidays are two colours, Sparkling Taupe and Sparkling Brown.

These liners are waterproof and glide on the lids for a waterproof wear that lasts up to 24 hours. The liner does include a built-in sharpener and a smudge tip to blend out the colour for a more smokey effect.

I love the two colours they released for the holidays since I do tend to gravitate towards a brown or a taupe as I find them to be a little lighter and softer on the eyes.  I have tried a few of these pencils through the years and have found the formula to be a little dry in the past, but really like these two and find them much creamier than others I have used.

Dior Atelier of Dreams eye shadows and pencils swatched

Moving onto the lips, Dior has a couple different versions of their lipsticks available in this collection. Starting first with their Rouge Dior (C$48) formula, these lipsticks feature a case that is engraved with the motif of the 30, Avenue Montaigne facade store and the historic plaque embossed on the lipstick itself.

Available in four shades, these lipsticks are a long-wear lipstick that contains ingredients of natural origin, including red peony extract, pomegranate flower extract, and shea butter, giving you 16 hours of moisture on the lips.

Rouge Dior Atelier of Dreams lipsticks Rouge Dior Atelier of Dreams lipstick swatches Dior sent me two of the four shades, Red Pansy, a matte red brown; and Pink Rose, a pretty pink satin. I was instantly really impressed with the formula on these since they glide on the lips and leave you with opaque colour on the first swipe.

I also really love the shade range, even the red colour, which isn’t something that I usually gravitate towards.  Out of the two, I really see myself wearing the pink a lot, especially since it’s on the lighter side, so it’s a great lipstick to just have on hand for a pretty look.

Dior Diorific Atelier of Dreams lipsticks

If you are looking for a more luxurious lipstick, then take a look at their Diorific (C$50) formula. These lipsticks come in a golden case that is a figure eight silhouette, which was the lucky number of Christian Dior.

For the Atelier of Dreams holiday collection, these lipsticks feature architectural lines of the facade of the House of Dior which are embossed on the lipsticks itself.  There are four new shades in this collection, with both satin and matte finishes.

Diorific Atelier of Dreams lipsticks

Dior sent me three lipsticks from the collection, Rouge Capucine, a vibrant red; Taupe Ispahan, a carnal brown, and Rose d’Hiver, which is a beautiful rosewood colour.  These are a different formula than the Rouge Dior ones and I find them to be a more heavy-duty lipstick. I find both to be light and long-wearing and offer more rich shades than their counterparts. For reference, I think I would do the Diorific ones for night and Rouge Dior for day as I find Rouge Dior to be more hydrating and easier to wear.

Dior Diorific Vernis Atelier of Dreams collection

Finally, everyone needs some nail polish in their lives and for a super bougie look, take a look at the Diorific Vernis polishes (C$34).

For the holidays, Dior has come out with two shades in their iconic polishes, plus a glittery silver top coat.  Available in Poppy, a pretty red lacquer, and Corolle, a red-black purple, these polishes match a lot of the shades of the Diorific lipsticks in this collection as well.

These polishes come housed in a round bottle that is topped with a golden cap.  You can either wear the colours on their own, or top them off with the Bouton d’Or topcoat.  This topcoat is a gold and silver sparkle and is so perfect for the winter season.

In a limited edition, the Diorific Vernis top coat nail lacquer puts the finishing touch on your holiday manicure, lighting up the nails with a shimmering, glittery veil. Dior Atelier of Dreams collection

There are a few more items that are a part of this collection, but overall I really love what Dior has come out with for the holidays.  I also want to mention how impressed I am with the formulas on these items, especially since I feel like they have gotten better in quality over the years.

This collection is still available in stores and online, so definitely check it out while you still can.

Did you pick up anything from the Dior Atelier of Dreams collection?

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