I boldly failed my no-buy only a few weeks into 2020. I was all “new year new me” and going to spend less and use up all my existing skincare before buying more, but as you can see I’m sharing a haul today so clearly that didn’t last. If you also read my 2019 Project Pan Year End Update you’ll remember that I also failed at using most of last year’s products… I’m not mad though, because I’m very excited to try Paula’s Choice skincare for the very first time!
Living in central Alberta Canada means dry conditions most of the year. And living in Canada in general means cold dry winters that wreak havoc on your appearance. Think fine lines that didn’t exist at the start of the year, dry skin and uneven texture.
Winter is harsh on your skin
I remember last year when the spring thaw came my skin looked absolutely terrible! It was the first time in my life where I saw myself visibly age over the course of a season. I was horrified and spent so much money that Spring on serums like the Tarte Deep Sea Collagen Serum to try to undo what winter had done. Last week I decided that I would take action now with a targeted skincare routine and try to prevent the same thing from happening two years in a row.
So why Paula’s Choice?
I mean, there are tons of affordable skincare brands on the market right? There are more brands than ever at the drugstore and indie beauty brands like Fourth Ray Beauty and Good Molecules. I’ve reviewed both of those more affordable brands on my blog recently:
- Fourth Ray Beauty Rose & Matcha Face Milk Review
- Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal Serum Review
- Good Molecules Flash Reviews
Something dawned on me this month. If you’ve been reading my blog regularly you’ll know that I’ve been referencing Paula’s Choice for years. Paula’s choice is my number one resource for skincare research and ingredient facts. I refer to them anytime I provide any sort of educational skincare information on my blog, and the main reason for that is that they cite all of the research that goes into the information provided. Their Ingredients Glossary is amazing!
I referred to Paula’s choice in my Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Skintreats Haul, where I shared the benefits of Vitamin C in your skincare routine. I more recently linked to their skincare glossary in my Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal Serum review when I was discussing the difference between BHA and AHA exfoliators. In that last post I got a lot of feedback that the product sounded so promising what I was getting all scientific about AHAs so it was really disappointing that the serum let me down. And that got me thinking… why do I always refer to Paula’s Choice for skincare information and trust the research they provide but haven’t tried any of their products? Riddle me that!
So here we are with $115CAD+ worth of products, not including an awesome anti-aging set that was included with my order because of a promo code I found. No buy be damned, but at least I’ll have great skin!
My Paula’s Choice Haul
An advanced moisturizing body lotion that gently gives skin the transforming power of pure retinol to help diminish the appearance of uneven skin tone and rejuvenate the feeling of soft firmer skin.
I’ve been wanting to add a retinol into my skincare routine and I thought why stop at my face? Your skin ages everywhere, not just the places that people see the most. I especially want to try this lotion on the backs of my hands. People always forget about the hands but they need proper care probably even more than our faces do!
This is actually the product that I am most excited to try from Paula’s Choice. I’m hoping the 4oz bottle lasts a long time. From reading the comments online it seems that most people who have tried this want an even bigger bottle, so hopefully it lasts.
Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.
I don’t think that I’ve actually used a BHA exfoliant before, unless you count my Almay Clear Complexion foundation which contains Salicylic acid. I like that this product contains is a low enough concentration that I should be able to use it daily. I’m bad at remembering to reach for products that I can only use ever couple of days so it should be easy to incorporate this into my routine.
Theoretically this product should gently exfoliate to minimize pores and and reveal smoother, softer skin.
Combined with potent antioxidants, CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment is a specially formulated light lotion that absorbs quickly and goes to work immediately to enhance hydration and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tones. Licorice, oat extract and other soothing ingredients help to calm redness.
I decided to pick up the travel size of this retinol lotion instead of a full size. I wasn’t sure if it would work for me and since I’ve never used retinol and if it caused any problems I didn’t want to be out $58.
Retinol is a powerful anti-aging ingredient and now that I’m begrudgingly approaching my late twenties (okay fine, I’m in them. Ish.) I want to preserve what I already have.
Because a few products in my haul already contain retinol I’m going to wait a few weeks to try this product. I don’t want to double up on the retinol and I certainly don’t want to damage my skin.
It amazes me seeing girls slather the Drunk Elephant Retinol on their faces on instagram. So many people buy skincare products just for the hype and I’m concerned that they’re getting their skincare info from influencers who aren’t actually qualified to be educating others in an aesthetician/dermatological capacity. Do your research and be safe!
This two-week kit for our RESIST Collection for Normal to Dry Skin is the perfect introduction to the anti-aging essentials that help improve the appearance of fine lines, dullness, and other signs of environmental attack. Convenient, smaller sizes allow you to experience each formula’s texture and performance.
I wanted to try all of Paula’s Choice’s cleansers and moisturizers and the whole shabang, but full sizes are expensive to buy for not having ever tried her products. I know Paula’s Choice has a 100% satisfaction guarantee but I would feel weird about sending back a product I’ve used for a week or two? It just seems wasteful because they can’t resell or repackage it at that point.
This travel kit is supposed to contain two weeks worth of product, which I really hope is enough for me to tell if I like it! This set contains four products from the Paula’s Choice RESIST line:
- Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol
- Skin Restoring Moisturizer with SPF 50
- Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
- Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
I’m really excited to try the Resist line and I’ll be updating you guys on my thoughts in a future post!
I use the Honey extension in chrome. It’s actually really great, there’s almost always a promo code that will save me some money that I wouldn’t have found on my own. The extension basically searches the internet at puts in every promo code to find the best deal. The only annoying thing is that it doesn’t work with Rakuten (formerly ebates) so if you use Rakuten for Cash Back know that you can only use one or the other.
The Honey extension automatically found and applied the code “AGELESS” which scored me a free full sized moisturizer, travel sized eye gel and a deluxe BHA sample!
RESIST Skin Restoring Moisturizer with SPF 50
This antioxidant-rich moisturizer hydrates and protects with superstar ingredients like niacinamide, shea butter and licorice for flawless, younger-looking skin.
This is one of the products that I got in the travel sized kit. It’s full sized, so this freebie would have cost me $33! I love that this has a higher SPF. As I’ve said in other posts I’m not always the best at remembering SPF in the colder months so having it directly in my moisturizer instead of as a second step is appealing to me.
My ONE big complaint so far is that this product contains Oxybenzone. I unfortunately didn’t even think about it until the product was in my hands, but this is a coral bleaching bomb right here. You should never wear oxybenzone near ocean or lakes, and it’s probably better to avoid it altogether.
A unique blend of multi-functional ingredients visibly brighten, hydrate, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and reduce signs of fatigue around the eye area.
I’m pretty sure that this is only a travel size, which is find. This eye gel only has 3.5 stars on Paula’s choice so I’m not expecting miracles, but I’m looking forward to trying something new. I don’t think that anything can top my Saturday Skin Wide Awake Eye Cream though!
So far it absorbs nicely and keeps the area nice and hydrated but I’m not noticing any improvement in dark circles when I use it. Good thing I have my Covergirl trublend concealer. I’ll continue to test this eye gel, it’s only been a few days!
BHA 9 Treatment is an absolutely unique one-of-a-kind targeted formula for stubborn imperfections. It is your go-to solution when nothing else has worked. Impressive results are often visible after only one use.
I highly doubt that I will see any difference in my skin from this Paula’s Choice BHA 9 treatment, only because this is a small sample and changes in your skin take time. I’ll have to use it in place of my 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant so that I’m not overdoing it.
I do have some stubborn spots and texture on my face right now so maybe this will do the trick? This $5 travel size is tiny, it comes in a bottle like a Sephora fragrance sample, but the website claims only one use is necessary to see results…
Have you tried Paula’s Choice?
Thank you so much for reading! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, which ones you want to hear about and what your favourite Paula’s Choice products are!