Pammy Blogs Beauty: Paula's Choice RESIST Skincare for Wrinkles + Breakouts:Review and Giveaway ($75 Giftcard)!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paula's Choice RESIST Skincare for Wrinkles + Breakouts:Review and Giveaway ($75 Giftcard)!

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I am so excited that I get to talk with you all today about one of my very favorite skincare brands: Paula's Choice! 

Background on Paula and Paula's Choice:
For those of you that don't know Paula "The Cosmetics Cop" or the Paula's Choice brand, let me introduce you! Paula Begoun is one of the main inspirations for why I started getting into reading product reviews and writing them myself! I stumbled across her amazing book "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me" over 10+ years ago. The book is a reference volume of 100s of cosmetics and skincare product reviews by brand. I instantly became hooked on reading product reviews before buying. The reviews are written based on the product formulations. So, the products are evaluated based on the integrity of the ingredients (rather than personal reviews).

I feel like I owe a lot to Paula as she was such an inspiration to me! I have always loved testing out and trying products. I am so happy that I stumbled upon her and her brand! She really did inspire me to be a beauty blogger! :)

Not only does Paula Begoun have a fabulous beauty product reference book, but also she has an amazing skincare and makeup line: Paula's Choice. Her products used to be staple items for me years ago. I found her skincare to be very effective while not irritating my sensitive skin! I still like her products. However, I had not used them in awhile. I do so much product testing (especially with writing this blog), that I switch up my skincare frequently. So, I was absolutely thrilled when Paula's Choice contacted me again to do more reviews! 

Paula's Choice RESIST Line:
Oooooh! Ya'll...I just love diving right into an entire skincare line! Now, I have tried a couple of these products before from the Paula's Choice RESIST line, but I have never tried out the entire line at once. How exciting! When I jump into testing a full line, I tend to add products in one at a time until I am using the complete line. 

Without further ado, lets jump right into my review. I am reviewing Paula's Choice RESIST Advanced Kit, the RESIST C15 Super Booster, Paula's Choice RESIST Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation, and the Paula's Choice the Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette. Plus, you can find out more about how to enter my Paula's Choice Giveaway for a $75.00 Giftcard! Please click "read more" below!

My Skin:
I have classic combo skin: oily-somewhat dry in the winter and leaning more towards combo-oily in the warmer months of Spring and Summer. I am in my 40s...so, I am highly interested in anti-aging products and regimens. I get a few breakouts here and there, but not too bad. However, it is just enough to be annoying. I find that using the right skincare products can keep me skin pretty much clear. I have a few fine lines, but really nothing too apparent considering my age. Finally, my skin is sensitive! So, I need to choose products that are effective without being irritating.

Paula's Choice: RESIST 
Before Paula's Choice sent products over, I did a short phone interview to determine what products might work best for my skin. After discussing my skin concerns, it was decided that I should try the Paula's Choice RESIST Products geared towards the Normal-Oily skin type. So, I got to try the Paula's Choice RESIST ADVANCED KIT: For Wrinkles + Breakouts for Normal-Oily Skin Let me tell ya'll, this was a great call. I think this line and formulation is perfect for me!

You can purchase this entire kit the Paula's Choice website for $175.00. While that is pricey, keep in mind that it is a complete kit that includes 7 products: cleanser, toner, daily exfoliant, weekly exfoliant, treatment, day moisturizer with SPF, night moisturizer. Each product individually is not that expensive, but they do add up cumulatively. Overall, I think that this line is very affordable...especially considering their advanced formulations and the efficacy of the products! I also really love and appreciate that all of these Paula's Choice RESIST products are unscented. While I really enjoy product scents and am often drawn in by them, in actuality, product scents can be irritating to sensitive skin. So, my skin really does respond better to unscented products.
  • Cleanser: Paula's Choice RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser: This lightly foaming, non-scented cleanser is a perfect balance for me. It completely cleans my skin and rinses clean without overdrying nor irritating my skin. One of the most important steps in a skincare routine is gentle and effective cleansing. Paula's Choice accomplishes that perfectly with this cleanser. When I want to "boost" this cleanser, I use it with my Foreo Luna device. (retails for $18.00). 
  • Toner: RESIST Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner: Toning is a step that I used to skip, but am now obsessed with! Immediately after cleansing, I use this gentle and soothing toner. This toner is a blend of antioxidants, cell-communicating peptides, and skin-repairing ingredients. This allows it to lightly hydrate your skin while helping to build collagen, reducing appearance of pores, and calming redness. I adore this step of my skincare! I just decant some on a cotton pad and swipe over my face after evening cleansing. 
  • Exfoliant: RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA: My skin loves BHA products! They really work to keep my skin clear while also giving anti-aging/skin refining benefits. I have trusted and used Paula's Choice 2% BHA products off and on for years! I must say, of her various formulas, I think this one is my favorite. It is non-sticky and fast-absorbing. I just swipe it on after cleansing or cleansing and toning. I like that this BHA has antioxidants in it as well! This RESIST Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA is so easy to use!
  • Weekly Exfoliant: RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA: This is a strong weekly BHA treatment. The texture is a foam (exactly like hair mousse!). The foam is somewhat sticky. I use about 1/2 a pump's worth for my whole face. I apply once a week in the evening after cleansing and toning. Even though I have sensitive skin, this product did not irritate me. In fact, I really feel that this product produces quick and dramatic results! After only a couple weeks of use (2x), I noticed my pores looked much more refined and my skin really seems brighter and more even toned! If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test with this product first. I had no issues with it, but it is a strong concentration. So, it is always a good idea to start slowly and patch test. :)
  • Treatment: RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum: This is a product that I have used and loved previously and am super happy to be using again! This antioxidant serum is a light water-based formula that works great for oily/combo skin. It is a silky gel-like serum that sinks in nicely and does not leave you feeling greasy nor sticky. My skin just seems to drink this in! It also works beautifully to prime your skin for makeup application. It is packed with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants like Vit C, Vit E, etc. I use this serum in the mornings and evenings right before applying sunscreen or moisturizer (I use after the exfoliating step). Sometimes I use it on its own and sometimes I mix in the amazing Paula's Choice RESIST C15 Booster (to give my skin a Vit C boost). This serum is very soothing to my skin. I like its light hydration as well. I currently top it with a moisturizer (or my sunscreen). I feel that this product combined with use of the C15 Booster and the BHA products has really made a tremendous impact on my skin! If you are looking for an effective and affordable Antioxidant serum, I highly recommend this one! 
  • Day Moisturizer + SPF: RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 50: I am so picky about sunscreens. So, I am happy to report that I, indeed, do really like this one! This is a milky ultra-thin formula. While I do not find it particularly mattifying, it certainly does not cause any extra shine (like many sunscreens do). Typically, I tend to gravitate more towards sunscreens with a combination of physical and chemical sunscreens. However, this one contains all chemical sunscreens and I still like the performance and feel (and do not experience any irritation as I sometimes do with some chemical sunscreens). I absolutely love that the SPF is high with a SPF 50! This is my go-to daily sunscreen now that it is Spring (and soon will be summer). I can put this on in the morning and feel confident that my skin is protected. I use this all over my face and even down my neck (and around my eyes). I want to be fully protected!
  • Night Moisturizer: RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator: This is a super lightweight moisturizer. Honestly, this might not be enough moisture for my combo skin. However, I do like that it hydrates without clogging pores nor causing breakouts. I think that this moisturizer will be best in the Summer when my skin doesn't need that much extra moisture. When layered with the hydrating properties of the RESIST Antioxidant Serum, the combo of these two products does give sufficient moisture most of the time for my combo skin. If you require more moisture, this product might not give enough moisture for you. However, if you are looking for something super light weight, this might be perfect. I use this at night only as I find that this does not layer very well under makeup.
Other Paula's Choice Products (these were not in the RESIST Advanced Kit):
  • RESIST C15 Super Booster: I can not stress enough what an excellent add-on this is to your skincare routine! This pairs perfectly with the RESIST Advanced Kit (or any other skincare system really). This product is, as its name states, a "booster" product. It is meant to give your skin an extra oomph of Vit C! You can either use this thin serum on its own, layer it with your usual serum, or mix it into your usual serum. Personally, I love mixing it in with the RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum in the mornings. This is a highly effective and, I believe, stable Vitamin C. This C15 Super Booster smooths and brightens skin while working to reduce brown spots and wrinkles. I have had nice results with fading some dark spots left over from my last pregnancy! I feel that this product has helped to even my skin tone. I use it about every/other day. I started slowly at first. However, I did not have any sensitivity problems with this. I highly recommend this! 

Makeup!!!
Paula's Choice is not just about skincare....they have makeup, too! 
  • Paula's Choice RESIST Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation: Yes, you can get the anti-aging punch of the RESIST line in a foundation!!! As a woman in my 40s, I love the idea of packing some skin-loving anti-aging ingredients into my foundation and other makeup! Why not get an extra anti-aging boost when putting on your foundation. A super idea! I really like this foundation! The shade, Porcelain, is a great match for my super-duper fair skin. I love the pump container and the thick medium-coverage product. I also like the natural and somewhat luminous finish. Plus, I feel like this product does not settle into fine lines and makes my pores look less noticeable. 
  • Paula's Choice the Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette: Wow! Lovers of neutrals and mattes, you are going to want to check this out! This is a slim-design eyeshadow palette composed entirely of neutrals and mostly all mattes (one buttery vanilla shade has a sheen/shimmer). Shades range from light vanillas, to light tans, medium browns, to dark brown and black. This palette leans towards warm which works pretty well for me. I will admit, that I normally gravitate more towards cool tones. However, I still like this palette! The shadows are rich and pigmented, long wearing, and easily blend-able. Very nice quality! Such a versatile palette for every day. You can create looks ranging from soft & natural to bold & smokey!
The GIVEAWAY!
I am so excited to offer you guys a chance to win a $75.00 Paula's Choice Giftcard! Enter by using the Rafflecopter form below. USA only (please see additional rules on Giveaway form). Good Luck! :) Contest ends April 30th!

Have you ever explored Paula's Choice skincare or makeup? I would love to hear what products you have used and loved. I would like to explore this line much further!

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40 comments:

Lisa Brown said...

i would buy the BHA lotion

beautybabbling said...

It's so hard to choose! I think I would start with their 2% BHA gel and maybe their blush palette. I'd also throw in the cleanser from their acne line, which I have and really like. Frankly, I'm planning a big order soon to stock up on skincare, so the $75 would be really helpful. :-)

Karen Glatt said...

I want to get the Paula's Choice RESIST Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation because my skin is reddish and it needs to be toned down! I also like the eye shadow palette to help me bring out the color of my eyes!

ddpanda said...

I'm a big fan of Paula's Choice products! I've been using them since 2003! Her products just keep getting better and better! If I won this giveaway, I'd probably another bottle of her RESIST Hyaluronic Acid Booster. It was just released and I purchased it right away. It has really made a different in keeping my skin hydrated longer and has definitely plumped up my skin, too!

CosmeticCrazy said...

I would like to try some of her makeup products.

(Rosie A)

Hollie Haradon said...

I would love to try their anti-aging skincare and foundation. Thanks for the chance!!

Tj and Amy said...

I like the SKIN RECOVERY REPLENISHING MOISTURIZER.

lov2read68 said...

I would spend the gc on the C15 booster and one of the anti-oxidant serums. I haven't decided which one yet.

Sally Bridges said...

I would buy the matte eye shadow palette I love the colors!!!

Linnie said...

I would buy the RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 50.

Lisa Foster said...

I would probably buy some skin care products in the Skin Balancing line for combo skin. I love Paula's Choice products!

Mary said...

Paula's Choice is one of my most favorite lines. I would try the Skin Recovery Antioxidant Serum with Retinol; or maybe the Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum. So many great products to try!

Liz said...

Definitely Vitamin C.

Susan P. said...

I would get the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 & Antioxidants and the Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief.

lil_lady_dz said...

I would have to buy the Power Couple: Resist C15 + Resist Ultra-Light Serum. Awesome skin care!

Gold Breeze said...

I would get something from the resist line.

Colleen Boudreau said...

I would get the C15 booster.

MarciaF said...

I'm especially interested in the Resist Line. Products for dark spots and her eye products are what I'd look at first.

Annette said...

I'd also choose products from the Resist line as I'm also normal to oily. One I'd definitely choose is the RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.

Cynthia.Richardson said...

I would get the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment

latanya t said...

Brow-Defining Cream Duo

porschepuppy said...

I would get some products from the Resist line.

Christy DuBois said...

I think I would get the kit/system at the top in the picture, the resist advanced kit for acne and wrinkles. I really want to try Paula's Choice from all of the great things I've heard about it.

evie said...

Resist C15 Super Booster because i have aging skin

Jenn, hellorigby.com said...

I'd get more Resist oil booster!

Andrea Darst said...

I'd love to get the RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 50 to help with my oily t-zone and make sure I'm protected all day!

Lindsay said...

Makeup!

Gala said...

I want to try their Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster

Chloe Kerry said...

I would buy the moisture boost line!!

Courtney B said...

I would get the C15 booster for my face!!

thank you!!! xoxoxo

Robin Wilson said...

I would buy the Resist Booster!

Shira said...

I love Paula's Choice! I'd get some moisturizers and BHA products!

Meegan said...

I would love to try the RESIST Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation!

Meegan said...

I would love to try the RESIST Instant Smoothing Anti-Aging Foundation!

Leah Meray said...

I'd get the resist barrier repair moisturizer w/ retinol because it's good for rosacea and aging concerns.

Lisa T said...

I would get the Nude Mattes Palette.

Marilyn said...

I would love to get their NUDE MATTES EYESHADOW PALETTE

laroyal said...

I would purchase the Earth Sourced Kit!

KassieHarris said...

I am so in love with the look of the Blush it on Contour Palette and I'm crossing my fingers so hard that I win! :)

Chelsea Ashworth said...

I would get the Day Moisturizer + SPF: RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 50 for sure



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