Tula Skincare with Probiotic Technology

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I was introduced to TULA at exactly the right time. I’ve been a wee bit stressed lately and it’s showing on face… literally. In addition to breakouts, I was experiencing some out of the ordinary redness and blotchiness. Like a dream, this awesome skincare regimen is helping to alleviate these issues.

TULA relies on probiotic technology to nourish skin and protect it from harmful bacteria. Probiotics have been shown to treat inflammation, prevent breakouts, and reduce redness thanks to their naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. They also stimulate the skin’s natural protective function to strengthen and revitalize skin. In addition to probiotics, TULA’s proprietary blend includes nutripeptides, vitamins, antioxidants, and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, all derived from natural food sources.

Just as important is what isn’t in TULA products. The entire line is free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, proylene glycol, and petroleum. The focus on health-conscious ingredients is in line with the company’s mission. One of the founders, Dr. Roshini Raj, believes in a balanced lifestyle that combines inner well-being with outer beauty. Tula means “balance” in Sanskrit.

The TULA regimen includes the Purifying Face Cleanser, Illuminating Face Serum, Hydrating Day and Night Cream, and Revitalizing Eye Cream. All of the products feel nice and hydrating without leaving my skin shiny and I’m kind of crazy about the earthy floral scent. Give the entire system a try with their Discovery Collection (shown below) which includes travel sizes of all 4 products.


The TULA Probiotic Skincare Discovery Collection, along with full-size TULA skincare products, is available on QVC $49



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Rope Braid Wrapped Faux Pony

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This hairstyle brings together two of my favorite looks: the rope braid and the side ponytail. I find that unless your hair is pretty long, a traditional side ponytail can look a little funny. The band causes shorter lengths to pop out away from the head because the ponytail lacks the weight needed to hang properly. In this version, I’ve created the illusion of a ponytail without tying it with a hair elastic. Instead, a rope braid is wrapped around the hair on one side and pinned in place.

Perfect for second day hair, it’s looks really pretty when it’s styled a little messy and imperfect. It’s quick to create, making it a perfect go-to style when you want to add a little something special to your ponytail.

The step-by-step tutorial is after the jump. Continue reading

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Easiest Manicure Ever with imPress

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Kiss and Broadway Nails sent me a big box of goodies recently including a bunch of nail art supplies and few sets of artificial nails. I honestly have never thought of myself as the faux-nail type but I was intrigued. The imPress Accent Press-On Manicure sets look an awful lot like real nails and they come pre-polished with an included accent nail. I’m in a rush so zero drying time is pretty amazing.

Curiosity aside, my nails were having a situation. The frigid temps and dry air here in Chicago along with all the house cleaning I’ve been doing lately have destroyed my nails. My last one nice nail, my thumb nail, lost a battle with a stuck purse zipper.

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I was not happy but what a fantastic excuse to try out an imPress Press-On Manicure! You guys — I love these nails. They are so easy to apply and they last really well. One of the most fun aspects is that you can paint or embellish these nails any way you want before they are on your fingers!

Lead manicurist, Gina Edwards, painted a gorgeous feather pattern on one nail and added a pearl to the others for Bibhu Mohapatra‘s Fall 2015 show at New York Fashion Week…


…and embellished them with gold accents after painting them a soft mauve for Erin Fetherston’s show.


I borrowed Edwards’ idea and added an embellishment from Kiss Salon Secrets Rococo Veil Kit to one nail on each hand. The step-by-step application instructions are after the jump! Continue reading

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