Skincare refresh: The Tula products you need to incorporate into your skincare routine

A new year, new you, right?

Okay, so usually when a new year starts that means tons of new year resolutions, which may include a diet plan, exercise, perhaps even waking up earlier, reading more books, etc. I know what it’s like; you start strong and then by the middle of January, everything just starts to slip.

Now a new year’s resolution that I highly encourage you implement is taking good care of your skin, especially if you are still young.  Yes, I’ll be honest, I get Botox and fillers and all that, but truthfully, I’ve been taking good care of my skin since I was 16 so I just get those little extras to maintain and slightly enhance.  Having a routine really does make all the difference, and as much as I talk about high-end products on here, you really don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to have amazing skin.

Tula products for January 2021

One of my favourite skincare brands is Tula. I’ve talked about them a lot over the years and they are a brand that is very near and dear to my heart since their products are amazing and are backed by probiotics.  Tula is so great that I’ve basically gotten all my friends hooked on it and even they have seen some amazing results.

Now if you are Canadian like me, unfortunately the brand still doesn’t ship here (they used to but pulled out of Canada a few years ago).  If you are an American reader though, then I feel like you’ll enjoy this post if you haven’t tried the brand before (and even if you are Canadian, when the border reopens and you plan your American vacay, definitely add them on your list of things to buy down south).

Anyways, if you are on the hunt for some new skincare and want to try Tula out, then here are some of my top recommendations.

Tula skincare holiday set

If you are brand new to the line, then you are in luck!  Their holiday gift sets are still available online, including the Brightening and Hydrating Skin Essentials set ($98 USD, valued at $156). This set includes two cult classics, as well as two of their newer products.

Housed in a stunning limited-edition holographic bag, this set includes products to recharge, balance, and hydrate skin.  Open the bag to reveal four full-size products which allow you to discover the brand and some of its most popular items.

Included is the Purifying Face Cleanser (I’ve gone through so many bottles on this stuff and highly recommend it), the Signature Glow Refreshing & Brightening Face Mist, the Glow Hour Brightening & Neutralizing Eye Balm, and the 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream.

The Purifying Cleanser (C$35) 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.

The 24/7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream (C$65) gives dull skin deep hydrating.  This cream nourishes skin and contains probiotics and superfoods like rice nutripeptides and watermelon fruit extract to give your skin an even, glowing, and youthful-looking complexion. The thing I really love about this moisturizer is the fact that it glides on skin, feels comfortable, and a little goes a long way.

The Glow Hour Eye Balm ($32 USD) is designed to neutralize dark circles.  This balm is smaller in circumference than their other two as it’s designed to fit into the small corners of the inner eye.  It contains ingredients such as grapefruit and algae to brighten, as well as lingonberry to protect against pollution and blue light (love this!!). It also has aloe water and watermelon to hydrate and reduce the look of wrinkles. In addition to all that, it also cools, hydrates, and illuminates the eye area. Just swipe it on for a golden peachy glow and an instant pick me up.

The Tula Signature Glow Refreshing & Hydrating Acid Face Mist ($34 USD) is designed to instantly brighten the appearance of dull skin, as well as hydrate and protect it from blue light and pollution.

Spray this onto your skin before or after makeup or just whenever you need a pick me up to give your skin a punch of hyaluronic acid.  It also contains probiotics, strawberry, and kiwi fruit water to balance skin and give you a beautiful glow. It also has a really nice scent to it which is an instant pick me up.

Tula 24-7 Moisture Cream large, So Pumpkin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub and Brightening Treatment Drops

If you are a fan of the 24/7 Hydrating Day & Night Cream already then you’ll be excited to know that they recently released an XL version of the bestselling moisturizer.

The Hydrating Day and Night Cream Supersized retails for $98 USD but has a value of $104. This giant version comes in a 3.4 oz. bottle, compared to the 1.5 oz. regular version (which retails for $65 USD, so the larger version is a way better deal).  If you are someone that religiously buys this product, then I recommend you look into this version instead since you get two times the product for way less money,

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.

This cream actually came in handy for me when I got to Montreal in November as I found that my skin was feeling and looking very dry and sore and this helped to nourish it back to health.

Pair the moisturizer with the Shawn Johnson East So Pumpkin Facial Scrub Exfoliant ($34 USD), which works the same way of their OG scrub, but with a pumpkin spice twist.

Apply this before or after your cleanser (I like doing it before) and gently massage in a circular motion, then rinse.  The scrub contains gentle, natural sugar to melt away excess oil, buildup, and debris, without leaving your skin feeling irritated or dry.  It contains probiotics and pumpkin to soften skin, as well as fruit enzymes to unclog pores.

I love using this scrub because it’s made with sugar, meaning that it melts as soon as it hits water.  I find with other scrubs which are made with exfoliants, I always have little beads kicking around after the fact. I prefer this one since they melt away and leave my skin feeling so soft and smooth.

Tula Brightening serum

Lastly, for the ultimate glow, try out their new Triple Vitamin C Serum Brightening Treatment Drops ($48 USD), which is a new product and one of three new treatment drops released at the end of last year.

This serum features a potent brightening treatment with 10 per cent Triple Vitamin C Complex, as well as two types of Vitamin C to treat dull skin and reduce the look of dark spots.  There is also a third Vitamin C in here to reactivate the others throughout the day to defend against elements that cause dullness.  It also contains the probiotics that the brand is known for, as well as lychee and mango extracts to even out skin tone and restore skin’s overall radiance. Over time you’ll notice that your skin looks less dull and dark spots and blemishes look more faded.

Tula Eye Feel Amazing eye pads

Another new product that was special for the holidays but still available are the Eye Feel Amazing Cooling & Brightening Hydrogel Eye Mask ($22 USD).  These masks work to reinvigorate tired eyes thanks to the cooling hydrogel technology that you apply right to your undereyes.

These patches contain probiotics and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and smooth out skin.  It also has niacinamide and blueberry to brighten the appearance of dull skin, fine lines, and dark circles, as well as quinoa seed and green coffee caffeine to help reduce the look of puffiness.

Each box contains four packs of these masks, so save them for special occasions or when you feel your eyes need a little pick me up.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you can slack off with the sunscreen right now.

I’ve been using the Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (US$36) since last summer and it’s quickly become my favourite facial sunscreen. This product is a broad spectrum sunscreen that gives you SPF 30 protection, while also giving you blue light protection and coverage against damaging pollution.

Tula Protect + Glow sunscreen and Face Filter printer

The formula is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores or leave a white cast on skin. Like all of Tula’s ingredients, the sunscreen is powered by probiotics, as well as pineapple and papaya, which will help promote even skin tone. It also includes wild butterfly ginger root, which helps to protect it against blue light.

I apply this to my face as my last step in the morning. The sunscreen is yellow and blends out really nicely on the skin (it doesn’t make your skin yellow either… in fact it’s quite refreshing to apply). It also doesn’t have that chemically sunscreen scent (which is a huge plus) and leaves you with a really pretty glow.  It also feels smoother and silkier than other sunscreens I have used. This melts softly into your skin and you aren’t left with that heavy sunscreen feeling.  I obviously love tons of Tula products, but this one is an absolute must for me.

Finally, if the supersized 24/7 Moisturizer peaked your interest, then you’ll be excited to know that they also came out with a supersized version of their Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer.  This supersized version comes in a 60 ml bottle ($54 USD), which is double the size of the original ($34 USD).

The Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer helps to smooth the appearance of uneven skin tone, neutralizes the look of redness, locks in hydration, and creates a base for your makeup. The formula, perfect for pretty much any skin tone, includes the usual Tula  ingredients which make their products so amazing, including probiotics, prebiotics, turmeric, chia seeds, and more to not only help your skin look its best, but also feel its best too!

The great thing about this primer is that you can wear it so many ways. You can obviously wear it under makeup or it can be worn by itself since it dispenses white, but then once blended, it releases glow particles that create a warm-toned base to blur out any imperfections and give you a sun-kissed glow.

There are so many other wonderful Tula products that I recommend you try out as well, but with a line that keeps growing, I know it’s hard to figure out which items to try first.  Any of these would be wonderful additions to your collection and if you are curious about any other product, feel free to search for “Tula” in my search bar since I’ve reviewed probably about 95% of the line already.

If you plan on making an order, use code SHAYNA for 20% off orders on Tula.com.  

Have you tried Tula before? What are some of your favourites?

Products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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New year, new hair: Hair products you need as we head into 2021

Well friends, I don’t remember the last time anyone was this excited about it being a new year.

After the year we just had, I’m happy to see 2021 finally here, but with it comes a cold, dry winter.  Now that the holidays are over, we are heading into a depressing January and February where the only thing that we have to look forward to is the thought of spring and warmer weather.  With winter also comes dry everything (if you live in a cold climate like I do), and not only does my skin feel dry and painful, but my hair gets super staticky and dry (and not to mention, dull).

I talk a lot of skincare on here (with most posts on the way), but haircare is equally important. So if you are on the hunt for some new products, then keep reading.

Moroccanoil argan oil serum, dry shampoo and hairspray

I feel like it wouldn’t be collective hair post without the mention of Moroccanoil.

I’ve been using Moroccanoil products for years, and what started as just an argan oil, has now branched out into many different hair products.

If you find that argan oil is too heavy for your hair (or makes it too greasy), then take a look at the Moroccanoil Treatment Light (C$50). This argan oil is for fine hair and is designed to control frizz and promote shine, softness, and stronger hair.  Suitable for all hair types, this particular oil is for fine hair as it’s lighter in formula than the original. It contains argan oil to hydrate and nourish, as well as linseed extract to improve the health of your hair.

For those days where you don’t want to wash your hair (because washing means blowdrying with this weather and no one has time for that), take a look at the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Lighter Tones (if you have blonde hair like me).

This dry shampoo is designed to light-coloured hair and will absorb oil, buildup, and odour to leave hair looking (and smelling) refreshed.

Ideal for fine, medium, and thick hair, this will reduce oiliness and is colour safe. Just spray it wherever you need a little touch up.  It contains the brand’s iconic argan oil to nurture hair, as well as rice starch to draw out excess oil.

This particular dry shampoo also has subtle violet pigments to neutralize brassiness, making your blonde hair looking bright.

Finally, to keep your style in check, take a look at the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish (C$28), which is a hairspray infused with the brand’s famous argan oil.  Spray this on your locks after you style to keep frizz in check, maintain hold and increase shine, all without weighing down your hair.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Holiday Gift Pack

Speaking of dry shampoos, if Moroccanoil is a little out of your budget, a great alternative (and one of the most cult-worthy dry shampoos out there) is Batiste.

If you can still find it, take a look at the Batiste Dry Shampoo Holiday Gift Pack (C$16.99, on sale for C$8.49 at London Drugs). This gift pack includes two full-size Batiste dry shampoos, one in the original formula and the other in the limited-edition fan favourite, Rose Gold, which was brought back special for the holidays.

Like other dry shampoos out there, Batiste does a great job refreshing hair when you need it. The original formula has a citrusy scent, mixed in with bergamot, rose, lily, lavender, and powdery musks.  The Rose Gold formula contains a scent of bergamot, rose, jasmine, and freesia, mixed in with hints of vanilla, sweet plum, and warm sandalwood.  Batiste has a ton of other scents available as well, but this set makes it great to try out a couple of their fragrances for a good price.

Unic Sweet Vanilla Hair Perfume

Speaking of hair that smells great, take a look at the Unic Hair Perfume (C$9).

I love using a hair perfume on days where I don’t necessarily need a dry shampoo but want something to give my hair a little boost (like after a blowout).  The Unic Hair Perfume is a spray that contains properties of silk protein and perfume that is guaranteed to make hair smell great all day long.

I have the scent Sweet Vanilla, which is a vanilla scent that I’m totally obsessed with. It also comes in White Flowers, Coco Monoi, and Red Fruits. Best part is that the 50ml bottle makes it easy to carry around with you for anytime you need a little hair pick me up.

Provoke Touch of Silver Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner

When it comes to maintenance of hair colour, if you are a blonde like me, then having a purple shampoo in your collection is a must.  I’ve tried a ton of different purple shampoos and one that is new to me is the Provoke Touch of Silver Strengthening Purple Shampoo (C$12) and Conditioner (C$12).

This shampoo uses the brand’s ILLUMINEX formula, which is both silicone and sulphate free and is developed with AquaPlex to hydrate the hair.  It also contains Vitamin B to make hair bright, shiny, and strong. The formula is also cruelty free and vegan.

This shampoo and conditioner is designed for blonde, silver, grey or white hair and will neutralize any brassiness or yellowness in your hair.  With just one wash, you will notice a difference in the tone of your hair and you only need to use this product once a week.  Pair it with the conditioner to repair hair bonds, as well as smooth the hair cuticle, make hair more restored, and strengthen your locks.

Blond Absolu Overnight Recovery Treatment for Lightened Hair

Finally, you spend a lot of effort and money making your blonde look fabulous, give it the nourishment it needs overnight with the Kerastase Blond Absolu Overnight Recovery Treatment for Lightened Hair (C$65).

I’ve used a different Kerastase overnight repair treatment in the past, so I was excited to see that they came out with a version in their Blond Absolu line (I actually use the shampoo and conditioner here in Montreal.

This leave-in serum is designed to be applied prior to going to bed and will hydrate your hair as you sleep.  It also helps hair recover from lightening treatments and is designed for blonde hair.

This serum contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate hair, as well as edelweiss flower to soften hair and help it recover from damaging lightening treatments.  It also helps to protect hair against breakage and split ends.

If you suffer from really dry hair in the winter, then I would recommend this treatment.  I like to apply it on nights where I know I’m washing my hair the next morning, but truthfully it doesn’t actually leave your hair looking and feeling greasy.

I could go on and on about hair products that I’m loving, but I’m sure you want to go out and enjoy the first day of 2021.  Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite hair products are!

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

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A dazzling event: Illumi sparkles for the holidays and beyond

Okay, so there hasn’t really been a ton of things to do this holiday season. In years past, we would go for so many dinners, spend lots of time with friends and family, walk around and go for drinks or coffee, take in some shows, you name it.  This year the only thing to do was to basically just walk around and take in the lights.  Which isn’t that bad and still magical, but doing that every day kinda takes away the magic of the season.

Since so many events this time of the year were cancelled, it definitely has been a different holiday season. I’m still here in Montreal and the city really knows how to do the holidays right. There are tons of lights around on the streets and it’s really beautiful and magical to walk around.  I’m such a sucker for Christmas lights and driving around and looking at all the houses with their lights, which where we live here, I wasn’t able to do.

Illumi Cavalia in Laval in December 2020 Illumi Cavalia in Laval in December 2020

One night I was watching Instagram stories and I came across an event happening in Laval (Laval in Montreal is like what Mississauga is to Toronto, it’s a separate city but pretty much side by side).  Illumi is presented by Cavalia, an entertainment company that specializes in marketing, producing, and putting on live-scale shows.  If it sounds familiar, that’s because their touring show Odysseo is like Cirque du Soleil but with horses (it’s gone through Winnipeg twice and I saw it both times and loved it).

Illumi opened earlier this year in October and goes on until January 31, 2021.  The event features 18 spaces that you either drive through or walk through (depending on the ticket you purchase).  Each scene features multiple light structures and has a certain theme with music to go alongside it (there are signs prompting you tune your radio onto a certain station). In total, there are 30,000 structures and 20-million lights.

Illumi Cavalia in Laval in December 2020 Illumi Cavalia in Laval in December 2020

I actually attended the event earlier this month and we had a car ticket, meaning that you drive through the event.  If you have a car ticket you cannot exit your vehicle, but there is a spot if you need to use a washroom and there are also food trucks on the premises if you feel like a snack. Also, with a car ticket, dogs are allowed to travel with you, but if you choose the walking path, you’ll have to leave your canine bestie back at home.

Due to the pandemic, you must purchase your ticket online for a certain time slot, but I actually like that idea since that means you don’t have to wait in line or anything. Just show up at your designated time, show them the ticket and away you go.  In total, the event takes about an hour to drive or walk through and is a three-kilometre route.

Illumi Cavalia in Laval in December 2020

If you live in the Montreal area, I highly recommend checking the event out.  It is quite expensive as they charge by each person in the car, but considering that there isn’t really much to do this time of the year, the cost more than makes up for doing something exciting. Plus, I’ll be honest, the production value really is top notch and its definitely quite the spectacle.

Have you been to Illumi?

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