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?
P.S. Adding to the beauty madness, I'll be receiving 3 nail polishes, a lipgloss and an eyeliner soon! I just subscribed to get a Limited Edition Summer Brights Welcome Box from Julep...for free! #WHAT?!
Click here to get your Julep Welcome Box for FREE!
Linking up with Style Elixir!