Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is one I’m a little (okay a lot) passionate about.
.....WE NEED MORE REALNESS IN THIS WORLD!! We need to stop believing the lie that perfection is a beautiful thing. We need more authenticity. More people to say, look I screwed up & it’s okay. Everything is still alright. Jesus already handled that for us on the cross✨
None of us have it all together and the more that we create this illusion that our lives are perfect, the more that we’re encouraging others to do the same. It’s exhausting! Not to mention a negative life lesson we’re teaching our younger generation. 
I don’t want to teach my daughter that the appearance of having it all together is important. I want to teach her that vulnerability is a strength, your weaknesses can be made strong, your mistakes can be used for good, and there is power and freedom in admitting that sometimes you just messed up🤷🏼‍♀️ I am loving this line in the new song “See A Victory” by @elevationworship .... “You take what the enemy meant for evil and you turn it for good” 👏🏻 Strive to do better, yes! but be okay with acknowledging that you’re human and some days we just don’t get it right. Say it out loud, share it with others, and encourage others to do the same. Your vulnerability can be a gift to those around you!
This is the power of community and healthy living. I truly believe this world of comparison and constant striving for more would come to a halt and people would have more confidence in who they are, when they’re strong & when they’re not🖤 life ain’t perfect. keep it real y’all! 
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Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is...

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under $50 high waisted jeans (fit TTS), this headband comes in a pack of three for $15, $12 ear crawlers (earrings ;) & this black faux leather coat is GOOD & on sale (also fits TTS) All details linked in my bio🖤 http://liketk.it/2F3x5 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under...

Find someone who lets you be you & doesn’t try to change you. Who trusts you, runs with your crazy ideas, and even pushes those ideas further. Someone who loves you when your broken and sees the greatness within you. Someone who pushes you in life but also let’s you be when you just ain’t feeling it. Someone who loves past the “feeling” of love. Someone you will fight with only to turn around and love them even more the next day. Someone you can look back and say, I’m so glad we fought for that. 
This is so cheesy but I 100% believe this is my husband. Thanks for being my person boo😘

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Find someone who lets you...

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from head to toe! The quality of this sweat suit is honestly amazing too! & only $40 total for both. I’m wearing a Small in both top & bottom (fits TTS). Shop it at the link in my bio⭐️✨ #ad #WalmartFashion #WeDressAmerica http://liketk.it/2EZzc @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKfit

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from...

#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our weekly wall and we had a great Sunday at church & then out to eat with our family. AND a Forty Niners win! This is rare for us guys... let me celebrate ;)❤️💛❤️✨
Outfit details linked- my bodysuit comes in a few colors and is only $35, I sized up to a US 8. Jeans are on sale for under $100 (size up). Exact belt is linked too. Click the link in my bio 
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#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our...

Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨?? I loooooove this dress & these new white booties too! Both fit TTS. As always, you can shop all of my looks at the link in my bio or by following me on the (free) @liketoknow.it app - search/follow Ellabrooksblog🖤
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Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨??...

Home sweet home (almost) 🖤 We had the best week at @azulbeachresorts in Riviera Maya. But nothing beats picking up Ollie🐶 & sleeping in our own beds👨🏻👩🏼👧🏼👦🏼👦🏼
Ps- my bikini is on sale and I just found my favorite self tanner on sale as well. Also my sunnies are only $11! It’s all linked in my bio!
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Home sweet home (almost) 🖤...

My boys don’t wanna be in pictures ;) & this girl has her poses down💁🏼‍♀️ @azulbeachresorts 
If you’re new around here, I do something called #truthfulthursdays every Thursday where I spill something that’s on my heart or mind. A little real life, behind the scenes, or just some real talk to this sometimes perfectly pictured space on the internet. 
So here it is... it piggy backs exactly what I mentioned above. Real life. There’s really no way to ever truly see what’s happening in real life behind these squares. I can preach real life all day long & share my heart out but the reality is, it just ain’t possible. This goes for everyone. Which brings me to this... kindness. It goes farther than you think. I love this quote I read on Pinterest... “If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each one of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, & care”  Strangely I’ve learned that while being kind benefits those around us, it also brings more joy to MY life. Have you ever noticed that?? Giving to others will always give right back to you. Everyone wins. Be kind, for everyone is facing a battle you know nothing about💕 http://liketk.it/2ESXj @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder100 #LTKunder50 #LTKtravel

My boys don’t wanna be...

You guys LOVED this coat and I’m happy to report that it’s back in stock (fully stocked) and 40% off! It runs big so I’d recommend sizing down💕 Wearing a size 2. Shop all outfit details at the link in my bio 
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You guys LOVED this coat...

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on sale for under $30 and can double as a bodysuit💯 Pants are from @zara and can’t be linked unfortunately http://liketk.it/2ERco @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKswim #LTKsalealert #LTKunder50

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on...

My Skincare Routine

Ahhh! I am so excited about today’s post! I have yet to share my skincare routine with you guys and this one has been a long time coming. Here’s the deal, I have used NUMEROUS skin care regimens. I’ve dabbled in Rodan & Fields, Senegence (LipSense), and various other products. And while I can say that I have my favorites from both of those highly popular lines, I can honestly say that after using Tula products for 6 weeks now, these are hands down my favorite all around skincare products. My photographer (now friend) Ashley shot these pictures for me and even she mentioned how amazing my skin looked. I’m just wearing CC cream and a touch of mascara in these pictures.

I had heard about Tula from a few of my blogging friends and always had them in the back of my mind. I just didn’t know if I wanted to try something new, again. But I wasn’t 100% sold on the products I was using which is why I decided to give it a try when they reached out to me. I had to be honest with them and let them know from the beginning that if I wasn’t a fan, I probably wouldn’t share. I didn’t want to throw their brand under the bus (especially if we were in contract) and I knew I would want to be honest with you guys. But after six weeks of using their products, I.am.sold! SOLD!

Probiotics are the foundation of all Tula products. It’s what they whole heartedly believe is the difference maker within their system. You can read more about the “why” behind their product ingredients/formation here including the benefits of adding probiotics to your skincare. Their products are also cruelty free meaning they are 100% free from parabens, toxins, and any other harmful preservative.

Although their products work for every skin type, I have combo acne prone skin (oily in the t-zone) and this stuff has been a lifesaver. I was breaking out prior to starting this regimen and it’s taken away all of my acne (insert happiest dance eveeerrrr!)

I want to break down and talk about the products individually so that you guys can get a better feel for what each of them do and what might be the best fit for you. Also, if you’d prefer, you can take a skin quiz here to find out what the best products for your specific skin type/problems are. These are the products I have used consistently (in order from top to bottom) the past six weeks.

Purifying Cleanser: My #1 favorite product they sell! If you are acne prone or love a cleanser that cleans extremely deep into your pores- this is it! I am seriously obsessed & believe this is the game changer for my acne prone skin. I also feel like you get your money worth here as the bottle it comes in is quite large and will last you forever! I wash my face morning and night with this. It’s also one of their top sellers! If there is one thing you buy today, invest into this.

Toner, Pro-Glycolic Resurfacing GelThis is an alcohol free toner that uses pro-biotics (the base of their products), glycolic acid, and beetroot extract to exfoliate the skin. I use this product right after I use the cleanser and it diminishes the appearances of pore while hydrating your skin.

Aqua Infusion Oil Free Gel Cream: If your skin is dehydrated and needs to be brought back to life, this is the product you want to use! It is like drinking water for your skin. This gel cream is oil-free (lifesaver for acne prone skin like me!) and leaves your skin feeling moist, hydrated, and refreshed! Seriously love this stuff.

Illuminating Serum: This serum targets the appearance of dark spots, hyper pigmentation, and dull skin. It gives you a healthy and youthful glow. You all know how much I look for and invest into products that are illuminating and give off a glow rather than matte look. It makes you look more hydrated and youthful in my opinion. This is why this product is another one of my favorites! It’s not the cheapest, but I am obsessed with this stuff. If you want your skin to glow, this is the product you need! Loooooooove it!

Hydrating Day & Night Cream: This stuff is gold. I could be wrong but I believe this is their top seller. It hydrates without breaking you out! Winner!!!!

One other product that is not included in this picture that I absolutely love is the Kefir Replenishing cleansing oil. I use this to wash my make up and then follow up with the Purifying Cleanser. It’s not absolutely necessary but if you want the very best option for washing off your make up/cleaning your face, include this in your routine. It works soooooo well!

I do use a few other products in my routine that are not Tula including a Retinol cream and Vitamin C by Skin Ceuticals (two products you want to include in your routine for anti-aging benefits).

All in all, their products are just amazing and have provided the results I’ve been looking for. My skin is clean/acne free yet still extremely moisturized and hydrated. That can be a tough combo to achieve for my skin type. If you have a good skincare routine that leaves your face feeling fresh, moistened, and hydrated, you know just how much better your overall appearance is including your make up. Your make up goes on so much smoother and gives off that glow every one of us want.

The best part is I’m so excited to share that if you are wanting to try these products, I have a coupon code just for you guys! (Although feel free to share it with others as well- this would even be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!)

Use the code ELLABROOKS20 to receive 20% off your total purchase!

PLEASE let me know if you end up buying & trying these products. I would love to hear your feedback!

 

Thank you to Tula for sponsoring this post. All opinions are completely my own. 

 

XOXO
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2 Comments
  • Lauren Mathis
    May 13, 2018

    What brand CC cream (and color) are you wearing in this picture?

    • ellabrooksblog
      June 4, 2018

      Sorry for the delay girl! I wear It Cosmetics CC cream in the color “light”.

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