Ulta Essentials Haul!



Today I ran to Ulta and grabbed some of my essentials, so I thought I would write a quick post about what I picked up

My reason for going to Ulta was to purchase a backup of my Too Faced Hangover RX Primer. I use this primer every single day. I have dry skin so silicon based primers are not my favorite. I love this primer as it is coconut water based and feels super moisturizing. This is actually my third time purchasing it!

I also grabbed a backup of my Mario Badescu facial sprays. I repurchased both the rose water and the green tea. I love the green tea for the morning, its extremely refreshing. I also love rose water in general for things like baking (the kitchen kind) so I can’t live without this spray. They’re great for priming before makeup, wetting brushes for foiling shadows, and reviving makeup looks after several hours of wear. At eight dollars a bottle, I totally recommend these!

I bought another Anastasia concealer. I use this every single day as an eye base under my eye primer. I’m not running out but this was on sale for ten dollars! They didn’t have the light shade I typically use, but I figured it didn’t mater too much if I just use it as a base.

I needed brush cleanser desperately as well. I typically use MAC, however, since the brand is not cruelty free, I needed to find a new one. I decided to try the Eco Tools brush cleanser. I have yet to try any Eco Tools brushes (I want to!), but I am excited to try the cleanser as it is on the cheaper side.

Finally, I picked up a few face masks from YesTo. I have tried the coconut before, but I have yet to try try the cotton. I used to love the Tony Moly masks, but alas they are not cruelty free. I do enjoy these masks and I can’t wait to try the cotton one!

This was a quick post but I hope you enjoyed it! What are your Ulta essentials?

Until next time!


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Ulta Haul!!


Today I went into Ulta to pick up a few essential drug store products before I head back to school, and naturally, I bought more than I anticipated (because I might actually be a hoarder) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  The store was having some great sales, as well as buy one, get one for 50% off deals, so  I thought I’d share what I got, and my first impressions!  I’ll start off with my re-purchases, aka what I was actually supposed to get.


Maybelline Baby Skin: This is by far one of my favorite primers, which was why I was re-purchasing.  This is a great primer that sells for an even better price.  It’s a bit similar to Porefessional by Benefit, but it’s clear.  I love this for days when I have a lighter makeup look.


Rimmel Stay Matte Primer: So this is my kinda-sorta re-purchase.  I’ve been a huge fan of the Rimmel face primers for awhile, but this is a newer one for me.  Rather than being skin toned, which I typically purchase, this primer is white and matte.  It will be interesting to see how the matte works out for me.  So far, it swatched fairly well.


Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: Recently, I’ve been loving my air buffed BB creme by Too Faced, and wanted a new pressed powder to try with it.  This Rimmel one, in the color “transparent”, was on sale, and I figured I’d give it a go.  It swatches nicely, so if it seems to work well with my BB creme, we’ll have a winner!


Rimmel Natural Bronzer: Surprise, surprise, this is another Rimmel product.  I’ve recently gotten into contouring, and have become interested (obsessed) with different bronzers and highlights.  I grabbed this Rimmel bronzer in the color “Sunshine” because it was also on sale.  I’ve seen Rimmel bronzers on “top drugstore bronzers” lists, so I figured I’d give it a go.  When I swatched it, I realized it’s definitely too warm for me to contour with, but I think it will be a really nice glow.  I’ll for sure be wearing this when I don’t contour and want a quicker makeup look.


NYX High Definition Blush: Speaking of countouring, I was on the hunt for this NYX blush in the color “taupe.”  I’ve heard it’s a perfect contour color for fair skin.  So far in my personal current makeup collection, I don’t feel like I have great contour colors at this point, so I’m very excited to try this bad boy out.



NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder: I’m a lowkey kind of makeup junkie, so I’m slowly moving into the eyebrow territory.  I figured I’d try a simple, cheaper powder.  I’ve worked with this a little bit and I really like it so far.  The wax gives your brows a nice hold without being stiff, and the powder gives a little definition.  When I get my brows done in a few weeks so they aren’t messy (aka heinous) anymore, I’ll be sure to play with this again.



Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal: So I’m going to guestimate that the last time I purchased one of these babies, they had just been released.  As in I was still in high school and purchased colors like green and purple not knowing what the frig I was doing with makeup.  It’s safe to say I haven’t used these as a primer in probably, I don’t know, uh never.  But, I was getting sick of using a boring primer every single day.  When I saw this color, “Barely Branded”,  I figuered it would be great as an eyeshadow base.  I swatched this on my hand a while ago and it’s still vibrant and sticking, so I feel it will work great as a primer.  It also has a slighly pink undetone, which matches my skin tone fairly well.



NYX Sex Bomb Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Palette: Ever since this palette came out I’ve been high key obsessing over it.  It’s only seven dollars, so I’m not sure why I never purchased it before, but today I finally did.  This just screams “going out on the town” at me.  I am dying to wear it out.  The red shadow scares me a little bit, but I’ll be playing with it!

I hope you guys enjoyed that, stay tuned at the end of July to see if any of these turn into favorite products!

Until next time!


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Makeup Obsession : When and Why to Buy Expensive Beauty Products

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, makeup blogging and you-tubing has become main stream.  What has also become mainstream are larger than life makeup collections.  But with products running up to over thirty dollars for every a lipstick (I’m looking at you NARS), how does one build up a collection, and justify it?  Things are expensive, and some products may never actually get used.  Here are some tips of when to buy, what to buy, and if you really need it.

Buy, Buy, Buy!

1.) If it’s limited edition.

Example: Benefit Boxed powders are one of my favorite blushes.  If you haven’t tried them, they are absolutely amazing.  Yet, sometimes colors get discontinued.  Which brings me to Bella Bamba.  The color was recently taken out of stores, and I was super bummed that I was going to have to search for it at a jacked up price on Amazon (I have a problem).  But alas, the site has been selling a full sized version of it with a tint for the same price as a normal boxed powder.  BUY THAT ISH!  True it’s still $28 now, but when you finally find it on some sketchy website it will probably be double.  Jump on the opportunity.

2.) If it’s a special occasion.

Three words: it’s your birthday.  Treat yo self once a year.

3.) One word : coupons.

Watch out for coupons, especially at places like Ulta!  Sure they might be for only twenty percent off, but that can take off a significant chunk of change if the item you’re looking to purchase is expensive.

4.) It’s just a fricken’ good deal!

Sometimes if there’s a sale, you just need to jump on it.  I recently became aware of the BH cosmetics floral blush duos.  I saw them and I had to have them! They are usually about ten dollars a piece, not super pricy for a blush but still, ten dollars can get me three days of Dunkin Donuts coffees.  I recently found the blushes on sale for four dollars a piece, totaling twenty dollars to purchase all of them (with free shipping)!  If there is a deal like that, sometimes you just need to bit the bullet.

When you need to put that credit card away:

1.) Don’t buy it just because it’s in.

I see this as a problem that I am as well totally guilty of, especially with the Urban Decay Naked palettes.  The Naked Line has taken American women by storm, and for a good reason.  The products are amazing quality.  The pigmentation and formulas are amazing, as well as the color selection.  But, if you really think about it, they’re all neutral palettes.  With different undertones, are they really flattering on everyone? Do you need all of them?

Does anyone really need to spend $54 on an eyeshadow palette?  Probably not, but these are somewhat investment pieces, especially for avid makeup collectors and users.  But if you’re just starting out on makeup, don’t drop the fifty bucks just because you think you need it.  Rather, opt for one of the Naked Basic palettes (which have some of the same shades) or even a cheaper brand such as BH cosmetics or NYX.  Almost every one is coming out with knock-offs.

2.) Twitter says it’s in.

Nothing drives me more insane than girls running out to buy “Brave” by MAC just because Kylie Jenner says to.  Can it be a gorgeous lip color?  Of course! But, if you want to spend almost twenty dollars on a lipstick, go into the store and talk to the people working.  There might be a similar tone that’s even better for your complexion.  Don’t jump the gun on a fairly expensive purchase because a Kardashian says so.

3.) Don’t buy a million things from one line on the first try.

I’m not saying to purchase full lines of makeup if you love them.  I personally have most of the Maybeline vivids.  I tried one and was absolutely hooked, and kept going back for more.  But sometimes, products are not what they appear to be.  Even if you hear great things about an item, try one before you sink a bunch of money into it.  They’ll most likely still be at the store to come back and purchase.

4.) The name.

I am such an offender of this rule.  I love flamingos.  I see anything named flamingo and buy it.  But, sometimes I’m not thrilled with it.  Go for the color not the name, the product is for sure more important than the title it has.


I’m obsessed with buying makeup, but am really trying to cut back.  Makeup is something to be used and greatly loved, not to just be placed on display.  I hope these quick tips help you decide on what purchases to make and help you start to build up your makeup collection!

Until next time!


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Sephora V. Ulta : The Great Debate

In this great country we call America, we have so many freedoms.  That freedom even extends to where you can buy your beauty products.

Of course there are your choices of drugstores, plus higher end makeup counters (ie. MAC, Clinque), but for many beauty lovers it’s either Ulta or Sephora, which both carry higher end brands, including Benefit, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Etc.

People seem to be very Coke/Pepsi on this one.  Loving one and hating the other.

Living in the great commonwealth of Massachusetts, I am fortunate to have each store in the vicinity.

Personally, I can never pick a favorite, but hopefully the few tips about each that I have can help you make better decisions as a shopper.

The Selection :

This is probably the toughest category to talk about for each store.

I really enjoy Ulta for all my lower end needs.  Firstly, they’re the only place around (for me at least) that carries NYX.  In case you’ve been living on another planet, NYX is super affordable and really great for the price.  I love to buy (hoard) their lipsticks, and their blushes are fabulous as well.  Ulta also has great great great deals on other drug store products.  For many brands, they’ll be “buy one, get one half off”.  This is how my ridiculous collection of the Maybeline Vivids came to be.

As far as high end products go, I hate shopping at Ulta.  I find that the selections are much smaller, as well as unorganized.  In particular, the Benefit section, which is one of my favorite brands, is hardly stocked with any of the products I’m looking for.  However, Sephora did recently stop carrying Lorac, which Ulta still does.

The sad thing about Sephora is their lack of drugstore products.  But, for higher end needs, they have huge selections.  They usually always have whatever I am looking for.  If I run out of something like my Bareminerals foundation, I’ll always head to Sephora.

The Service:

Honestly, I can only speak for my area.  But all in all, I have a better experience service-wise in Sephora.  Sure, in Ulta they’ll answer any questions I have.  Yet, they tend not to be as friendly.

Sephora, on the other hand, is amazing.  As soon as you walk in, an employee is asking if you need help, and if they can assist you in finding products that you’ll love.

The Points System:

The Sephora points system is great.  You get a point for every dollar you spend, and once you hit one hundred or five hundred you get a prize worth one of those values.  Wham, bam, thank yah m’am, easy, you’re done.

When I first started shopping at Ulta, their point system was like Sephora’s.  But then it changed to receiving a prize once a quarter.  Now I think you’re wracking up dollars as points?!  I’m not even sure!!  What I do know is that Ulta has completely lost me on their loyalty program.

Honestly, both stores are great, it just depends on what you need to buy.  Hopefully this post can help y’all figure out where you need to go for all your beautylicious needs.

Until next time.