Is Tula Worth the Hype? My Faves & Fails

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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The new norm in advertising is no longer magazine ads, but rather social media marketing. You see a variety of products making their rounds on Instagram, Facebook and such daily, never really knowing if they are worth your time and money. Although I dream of turning this little corner of the internet into a full fledged business, which would involve more sponsored posts, I pride myself on being honest and upfront with my thoughts on the things I share. That would never change, even if I had the opportunity to grow. 

Given my passion for the space, I follow a lot of other bloggers and influencers (hate that word, by the way), many of which participate in similar brand campaigns on any given day. I've been suckered in on more than one occasion, but that thankfully hasn't been my experience with Tula. I originally discovered Tula through Katey McFarlan over at Chronicles of Frivolity, who although is someone I consider a "big blogger," I trust her opinions. That was probably 2 or 3 years ago at that point, and I've come to really love Tula's products...at least for the most part. 

If you've been around for a while, you've heard me talk about these products over on Instagram constantly (if you're not following, be sure to do so HERE - we have our own little girl gang, especially on stories!) in great detail. For one reason or another, my thoughts hadn't officially made their way to a blog post until now, so here's the scoop:

FAVES

Face Filter Primer - I use this almost every day as my foundation, but its primary purpose is to prime, blur and perfect the skin for makeup application. It has just enough color (no selection necessary - it does the work for you) to even out my complexion to where I feel comfortable without anything else. It's been especially amazing during the pandemic, since there's no mask transfer! I personally own the supersized version because it's an incredible deal and the bottle lasts forever, even with daily use. 

Triple Vitamin C Serum - This product has been a game changer for me. When I got pregnant, I had to say goodbye to so many beloved products (shop my go-to night cream HERE) that kept my skin issues as bay, while brightening and toning. This serum isn't exactly the same but has worked wonders at taming hormonal acne and evening out texture. What I love most is how quickly it absorbs, which can be difficult with a serum. It also isn't sticky at all! 

Rose Glow & Get It Eye Balm - It seems like Tula put the whole eye balm thing on the map, and boy, am I happy they did. Perhaps a balm for under the eye seems unnecessary because you can apply a traditional cream or just use a color corrector, but I find myself reaching for this every morning and multiple times throughout the day, if I'm not wearing makeup, although you can apply on top of concealer as well. There's a few variations available, which I'll discuss further below, but the Rose Glow balm is really the one I can't live without because of it's active ingredients, color and cooling nature. NOTE: if you have sensitive skin, this may not work for you. I've read that some people had adverse reactions to the rose hip oil. 

WORTH A TRY

Original Glow & Get It Eye Balm - If you're new to Tula and want to give one product a try, this would be it! It's personal how I got hooked. I still reach for it, and its cooling effects are amazing. 

Glow Hour Eye Balm - With dark hereditary undereye circles, I jumped for joy when this version came out because it was specifically formulated for that. I love the smaller size of the stick and how the orange color really brightens. It's almost like a color corrector and balm in one, so I find myself using it on those days where I wear concealer. 

So Poreless Blackhead Scrub - Consistency is key with any skincare routine, and I've found with continued use, this scrub does in fact reduce pore size. It also smells incredible! I like to leave it in my shower to increase the efficacy, since my skin is exposed to the steam for a while before washing my face with it. 

NOT A FAN

Purifying Face Cleanser - I wanted to love this, but just couldn't. It burned my eyes and just didn't remove makeup and debris the way I'd hoped. I'm honestly not sure why it's such a cult favorite, but that's just me. The only cleanser I'll ever use is, and will always be, Purity by Philosophy. If you haven't tried it, you're missing out. 

Balanced Beauty Hair, Skin & Nail Vitamins - Although not pictured, since I used them all up, these just didn't seem to do anything for me. The flavor was way too sweet and I did not see any results. I'll be sticking to Mary Ruth Organics for the foreseeable future. 

*All products, other than the scrub, are considered pregnancy-safe from my research; however, as always, please consult with your doctor to ensure it's safe for you!

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