The Darling Nomadess: Spring Beauty Favorites

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Beauty Favorites

A new store opened near my hometown a few months ago. I've been loyal to Sephora but have to travel about an hour to get to the nearest one. During last week's shopping trip, my mom and I finally decided to enter this mysterious store - Ulta. 

I thought I had died and gone to beauty blogger heaven! Not only does Ulta carry luxury makeup brands, but also drugstore brands, too! It's my new favorite one-stop-shop for all things hair, skin, and make up! 

During that first trip to Ulta, I may or may not have spent too much money. I went a little cray, but how  could you not in that fabulous building!? While I picked up a lot of stuff from Ulta, I also had Walmart coupons and went a little wild there, too. While my bank account hates me, my face and hair are loving the extra attention. My makeup collection has probably tripled doubled this season! Here are ten of the items that I've picked up this spring!

Pantene Dry Shampoo, Original Fresh ($7.99) - I've been on the hunt for the perfect dry shampoo and I've tried a lot of different brands. Alas, I had a coupon for Pantene's dry shampoo and fell in love. It refreshes my hair after a work out and doesn't leave a weird feeling residue on my blonde locks.

Rimmel Scandaleyes RetroGlam Mascara ($5.99) - I'm a mascara maven. If I could only have one beauty product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara. This love for mascara definitely shows as I have 8 different mascaras in my collection. I picked this one up from Ulta and it is my new favorite! It leaves volumous and long lashes clump-free. It's also really easy to remove with eye make up remover (my person favorite is Mary Kay's Eye Makeup Remover).

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($28) - My IRL blogging bestie, Rachael, has the Naked 3 Palette and every time I go to her place, you bet I ask to play with it (sorry, Rach)! While I haven't had the opportunity to invest in the Naked 3 palette (my birthday is in July if anyone was wondering...hint hint...), I finally invested in the Naked Basics Palette. This palette features 6 gorgeous matte eyeshadows. Since purchasing this, my other eyeshadows have been feeling neglected. I'm in love.

NYX Butter Gloss, Creme Brûlée ($4.99) - With a cult following, I've read and heard so many good things about the NYX Butter Glosses so its finally time I gave it a try. New favorite lipgloss. It lives up to its name as it is buttery soft! These glosses also smell fantastic and come in so many gorgeous colors. Right now, the NYX brand is buy one get one 50% off at Ulta and I'm about to purchase the whole collection.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer ($6.69) - I bought this product on a whim earlier in the season. If I remember correctly, I had forgotten my usual E.L.F. primer at home during a pageant weekend and had my mom run to the store to pick one up for me. Good pick, mom!

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation, Ivory ($4.99) - I received this foundation in the #UniVoxBox from Influenster and have not stopped using it! I love how this makes my skin look and it goes on so easy. While it does have a matte finish, it doesn't leave my skin looking dry.

E.L.F. Blush Palette ($6) - In late winter, I purchased a huge haul from E.L.F. and also received a gift card with that haul. I used that gift card to purchase this palette amongst many other items. The blushes are gorgeous! They are very pigmented and good quality, too. I only need to dab my cheek brush onto the color once because they're so pigmented. I've been using the light pink shade the most right now and plan to use the other shades during the summer since they have a bronzy summer look.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, Light ($8.99) - Again, after playing with Rachael's makeup, I knew I needed to add this concealer to my collection. I use this on top of my foundation as a concealer and also a highlighter! The sponge applicator makes application a breeze (and clean)!

Pro Tip: To hide your under eye dark circles and bags do not just slide your concealer along the edge of your lower eyelid. Instead, create a triangle by dabbing concealer along the side of your cheeck where it meets your nose then towards the outer corner of your eye. Fill in the triangle and blend.

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, Pink Pineapple ($5.99) - These smell so delicious! My nails smelled like pineapple for 3 days after an at-home manicure. I gotta get me more of this polish!

NYX BB Cream, Nude ($12.99) - I bought this on a whim during my trip to Ulta. I've never been a fan of BB Creams as they never provide the coverage that I need and typically leave my skin feeling like an oily mess. This one is different as it's my BB cream soulmate. It leaves a dewy (not oily!) finish and also gives medium coverage!

What are your beauty favorites from this spring? What products do you recommend for summer?

With Love,

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  1. I love all of this!!! Parfumerie is amazing. I have the apricot-colored one, but I gotta try the other colors!
    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

  2. you brought a lot of great products

  3. Lots of great products you have here! I'm not particularly fond of the new Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse foundation, feel it is a bit heavy for me. I need to get the UD Naked Basics palette, seems like a great palette to have for travel!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  4. I love Ulta. I spend waaaay too much in that store. I want it all! Love these products, esp. the Maybelline concealer. I've been looking for a dry shampoo that does not leave residue. I'll have to try Pantine! I also have the same problem with BB creams.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  5. I love the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! I own all three Naked palettes and the Basics Palette is still my favorite! I literally use it everyday <3

  6. That Naked palette looks really great and I want to try it! And the foundations/bb creams/primer, I really would love to try those one day! As far as my favorite beauty products, I am currently lovin my Nyx Dreamcatcher palette in Dusk til Dawn!

  7. Love everything especially the NYX glosses. I think that I own every color!
    The Grass Skirt

  8. You can borrow my makeup anytime, girlie <3

  9. Ahhhh I'm so jealous! I've been dying to go to Ulta. I've heard so many great things about that store, but I still have to find one that's relatively close to where I live. I'll probably buy the entire store, ha. I've also heard good things about the NYX brand (good quality for cheap prices, what's not to love?) so I'll definitely be checking out that lipgloss you got!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    xo, Val

  10. Love the Naked Palette! I just posted it in my latest blog post! Anywho its great to find another university blogger on the blogosphere!

    Lets keep in touch and follow each other through bloglovin! I always follow back!

    Love from Canada,
    Marie from

  11. Omg I love Ulta!! Definitely one of my favorite beauty stores. I was so excited when they finally opened one where I go to school at

  12. Girl, I'm LOVING the new layout! Fabulous! Also, I'm such a fan of RIMMEL, it's ridiculous. Their Stay Matte foundation and primer the best, and I can't believe how cheap they both are. Their Retro Glam mascara is ridiculous, too. Great picks! :)

    Diary of a Debutante

  13. Sephora is still my #1, but I sure wouldn't complain if there was an Ulta closer to me!! I heard that they might build one in the Ontario area, but I don't know if they are just rumors or not. Enjoy your new purchases!

  14. Love that Naked palette! Not such an investment as the others, but still great colors! Love this list!

  15. I've been loving the Rimmel Matte from Influenster as well. And I already bought the Age Rewind to try for myself!

    ♥Emma, from It's Emma Elise

  16. I NEED to buy a Naked palatte. I feel like I'm missing out on something big. haha

  17. I love the stay matte foundation!


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