Ulta “Haul”

I titled this ‘Ulta Haul,’ but haul is a really strong word for my purchases. ‘Five Items I Bought at Ulta’ seems like a strange title too. Obviously, as a Sephora employee, I rarely shop at Ulta. Mostly because I can get all the same products (or comparable ones) where I work at a discounted price. But also because I’m spoiled by how Sephora operates compared to Ulta.

There is one way they get me in – 21 Days of Beauty.

For 21 days, Ulta places really great products on sale, sometimes for half price. My discount doesn’t compare to 50 percent, unfortunately. This year, I waited up until 1 a.m. when it was Brow Wiz day to make sure I could buy two before they went out of stock. Two for the price of one! Can you blame me!

While I was hitting up the 21 Days sales, I decided to try some other raved about products. Plus, sometimes I get my hair done at Ulta which meant I had a lot of Rewards Points which translated into free money. I love being a Rouge at Sephora, but I wished it almost meant free money, you know?


e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20, Fair

Okay, so this isn’t really a raved about product, but I wanted a lighter coverage for warmer weather with some SPF. I’d actually like to purchase one from a skincare line, but they’re expensive and this wasn’t AND the reviews were good. I didn’t wear it for awhile because my face was too broken out so I needed a fuller coverage, but recently I’ve been grabbing it over my foundation. The coverage level is nice, evens out everything and isn’t heavy. A lot of people love e.l.f., especially the prices, but I’ve never been that impressed. Until now.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Kathleen Lights made me do it. She loves this sponge and it’s less than a Beauty Blender, so I decided why not. Holy. Cow. I was worried because often cheap sponges don’t absorb and expand as well, staying small and hard, but this thing becomes a giant. Plus, it’s so soft and lovely to work with. I think I’ve been converted to this $7 miracle.

Tarte Naughty Nudes Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Collection, Exposed

Honestly I’m not sure why I included this because I’ve used Tarte blushes before and I love them. This was half off as well, which is why I bought it at Ulta. Not really much to say except Tarte has nice blushes.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

I was trolling the sale section when I found this and decided why not, masks are fun. At first, it was very tingly, almost stingy, but I powered through. Eventually it calmed down to a nice cooling effect and I didn’t want to take it off. I believe it’s supposed to exfoliate and brighten and my skin certainly felt nice, but I can’t be sure about the latter. I’ve never thought my face needed brightened, so maybe it’s fine in that area or I don’t know that I have dull skin. Either way it feels good and was a nice sized pot for $15.

NYX Cosmetics Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

Now this was a ‘they made me buy it’ kind of purchase. I’ve heard whispers of how great the Angel Veil primer was, but I had never tried it for myself. I like NYX a lot and used to exclusively wear their BB Cream before I jumped back into the land of foundation. Most often, I heard it referred to as a dupe for Mineral Veil Primer from Hourglass, aka angel tears mixed with clouds. Mineral Veil is expensive, so I was excited about the potential of a much less expensive product. Sadly, it didn’t work for me. I’m not saying everyone else is wrong, only that my skin didn’t like it. I tried it with three different foundations to no avail. Returning.

Maybe you tried these products and felt differently. If so, let me know! I’d love to listen to your opinion just to ultimately agree we all have different skin and opinions.

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