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TessBeau is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog that showcases a combination of my edge and class style, beauty and design inspiration, a taste of my sassy personality and a glimpse into my crazy, sometimes hectic, but beautiful life. I hope that this blog will provide you with your doses of fashion/beauty/design information, inspire and empower your own personal styles and provide you with some light entertainment.

Damn, Girl! Back At It Again With That Killer Tan!

Tess Fellman

You don't have to wait for summer to jump start your bronzed goddess look—Sun Labs Self Tanner provides a killer natural looking tan. For so many years, I strayed away from using self tanners. With a golden yellow skin tone any attempt at using a self tanner transformed me into an oompa loompa (although I'd love to know how to make myself an endless supply of Willy Wonka chocolate, I wasn't digging the look). After my introduction to Sun Labs Self Tanner that all changed. I'm obsessed! Its green undertones help provide a natural bronzed vs. pumpkin look for even golden skin tones. For an instant sunned look, I recommend using the Sun Labs Ultra Dark Lotion for light to medium skin tones. Reapply every 2 - 3 days to keep your tan on fleek. 

x Tess

Back, Back, Back(pack) It Up

Tess Fellman

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The backpack will become one of your new accessory best friends. I've recently adopted a stylish backpack as my go to work bag and I'm never turning back. It fits more, weighs down your shoulder less, keeps your arms free and there are so many stylish options to choose from. Here are my must have selections.

Spring/Summer

Chic

Sporty

Edgy

Happy shopping!

x Tess

Face Routine

Tess Fellman

Ugh, Monday morning ... I've already snoozed my alarm 5 times. Finally, I tell myself I need to get out of bed if I want to look like a halfway presentable person today and not wear a high messy bun in for the 5th Monday in a row (they're Mondays, don't judge me), slowly I make my way to the bathroom and GAWHHH! where the hell did this crater on my face come from?! Here comes a Monday for the win! 

Oh how I wish I had flawless skin and could say I rarely experience break-outs but I'm like many women with combination-to-oily skin and not above the occasional break-out, blotchy skin or under eye circles. The good news is, I've spent countless hours researching the best facial routines; the bad news, I don't have a magic cure, but, what I have found is it really boils down to consistency and today I'm going to share some of my favorite Murad products that help keep my face in check. 

Daily Products

  1. Daily Cleansing Foam - A perfect light cleanser that cleans out your pores without acting as a harsh chemical and drying out your skin. I use this product morning and night. 
  2. T-Zone Pore Refining Serum - I fall victim to an oil t-zone and had issues with fading make-up and having to oil-blot several times a day. This product has helped tremendously with keeping this at bay and you only need to use a very small amount so the bottle will last you for quite some time. 
  3. Advanced Active Radiance Serum - Blotchy skin no more. This product helps brighten skin and even-out blotchy or spotty skin. I originally received this product as a sample and was shocked with the difference I saw when I wasn't using it and my skin returned to it's blotchier state. This one is on the spendier end but again a little goes a long way. 
  4. Anti-Aging Moisturizer - A light lotion that helps fight aging effects and acne. Heavier lotions have a tendency to clog up my pores and cause break-outs. This lotion provides a perfect amount of moisture without the added weight and oils. 

Weekly/Occasional Products

  1. AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser - Once a week exfoliator to help remove any stubborn impurities and smooths out skin.
  2. Clarifying Mask - A non-harsh clay mask that helps clear pores, proactively fight acne and lessen oily skin. 
  3. Intensive-C Radiance Peel - If you don't want to commit to the Advanced Active Radiance Serum this is a great alternative. This mask will give you an instant Vitamin C boost that brightens your skin and can be used multiple times a week.
  4. Acne Spot Treatment - Helps speed up the clearing and healing of acne spots however note that it does require multiple applications and is not an instant solution. If you are looking for a more immediate solution, Murad does also offer a fast fix acne product.
  5. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturizer - A velvety heavy duty moisturizer for those dry spells during winter and when I'm looking for a boost of hydration after spending long hours in the sun.  

Murad is by far my favorite facial brand. Its a little on the pricey side but well worth it if used consistently. I've found that purchasing some of my products from Amazon (though they are not an authorized reseller) can provide quite a bit of cost savings. But, beware of knockoffs. Here are a few tips to make sure you don't get a dud product:

  • Check reviews from other customers.
  • Look for expiration information (sometimes this information will be addressed in the "Customer Question & Answer" section). If you want to know more about the shelf life of products to ensure they will still work to their full capacity, click here or here.
  • Check the packaging when you receive. All authentic Murad products bear a hologram seal.

 

x Tess

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Sweaters Are Red, Boot Laces Too, I Love These Boots and So Will You

Tess Fellman

Boots: Maurices // Sweater: Lana Lee (similar here) // Jeans: Express


Oh, hello snow, it's nice to finally see you!

It's been an unusually warm winter with little snow here in Minnesota so I took advantage of the recent transformation into our usual winter wonderland to pull out my new winter boots. These adorable suckers are currently under $50 (say what!?). I know what you're thinking, "Ok, they're cute but for $50 they're probably not all that warm or functional." I hate pointing out when someone is wrong (that's a lie) but, you're wrong ;), they're actually surprisingly warm and they're waterproof! I mean, what a steal! I can't get over the red accent laces and combined with this red cape sweater (great job on the Christmas gift, Dad!) they pop even more.

x Tess

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Denim Overalls

Tess Fellman

Jean Overalls: Forever21 // Turtleneck: Forever21 // Shoes: Express (similar here)


I hope you all had a fabulous holidays! I caught up on some much needed R&R, spent time with family and, of course, did a little shopping. I've been ogling denim overalls for quite some time. I finally caved to my inner 1990s childhood self and picked up this pair at Forever21 while out holiday shopping. For a casual Christmas Eve look, I combined the overalls with a warm turtleneck for a winter vibe and added a bit of glam with a pair of platform heels.

x Tess

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Amazon Prime Gift Guide | For the Late Holiday Shopper

Tess Fellman

Still have holiday shopping to get done? You're not alone! If you're a last minute shopper like me, Amazon Prime can be a godsend. Check out these last minute gift ideas that you can still get delivered in time for the holidays.

  1. Passport Holder
  2. Lace Up Flats
  3. "Less Talkie More Coffee" Poster
  4. Pashmina
  5. Togo Mug
  6. Moscow Mule Mug
  7. Marble Laptop Case
  8. Initial Necklace
  9. Clutch
  10. iPhone Lightening Charger
  11. Watch
  12. "Why Not Me?" Book

x Tess

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