Haulin’: Small Ulta Haul – June

Hi guys!

 

My mom and I went to do some exchanges at Ulta today, so I thought I would show you what I picked up while we were there!

 

I did get one item at a local hair salon and NOT at Ulta, but I included it in this post so that I wouldn’t have to do a separate one for that too!

I returned a lip liner that was Ulta brand, a glitter top coat Ulta brand eyeshadow, and my Stila BB Trio that I reviewed recently. Instead, I grabbed:

 

 

Bliss Facial in a Box – $12

Ulta Eyeshadow in Lustre -$4 on sale

NYX Chunky Dunk in Pink Bikini-$5.99

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural -$6.99 (then had a coupon for 20% off one item, so came down to $5.59)

 

At the hair salon, I got the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Trial Kit -$15

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This is a swatch of the Chunky Dunk Lipie (is it just me who can’t stand that word? lol)

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This is the Ulta shadow is Lustre. It’s very pretty and subtle for an all over wash of color when I want a quick easy and effortless look. I’ve had great luck with Ulta shadows in the past. I only returned the one mentioned above because the description was off from the actual product (I bought that one online).

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The Bliss Facial in a Box kit was an impulse purchase at the register. It has a mask, Peel and a treatment all in small sizes to try. The exact contents are: Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, That’s Incredi-‘peel’, and Triple Oxygen Ex-‘glow’-sion. I’ll let you know how I like these once I take them for a test run!

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Here is the NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural. It’s very creamy and easy to blend. I also like that it is pigmented enough to show up easily, but not so much so that it’s going to look crazy on my extra-pale skin.

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This is the stuff I grabbed for the salon. I have heard great things about the pillow proof system, but I didn’t want to pay 15-20 apiece and then have it potentially not work for me. These should give me just a couple uses, but I’d gladly pay $15 to try them out than almost invest almost $40 to hate them, and not be able to return them because this is a small business.

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Have you had any luck with this system? Any great finds at your local Ulta lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Stila BB Trio

Hi guys!

  • Leaves a silky, powdery finish
  • Reduces pore size and provides oil and blemish control
  • Contains micro spheres, to hide skin imperfections and reduce wrinkle depth
  • Reduces redness and skin irritation
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increase anti-oxidant activity
  • Provides seamless, smooth coverage
  • Ideal for all skin types and skin tones
  • Oil-free, paraben-free and dermatologist tested

 

I personally really like BB’s when I’m looking for more sheer-medium coverage. I use them on my day off, while I’m running errands, etc.

 

Most true BB creams come in one shade that are meant to be blended and buffed into the skin until it matches with your skin tone. I was not able to do that with any of these. They were just too dark for my ridiculously pale skin.

I thought that maybe I could use the bronzing to contour, but it had too much of a sheen to it for me to be able to use it for that purpose. The original formula also didn’t have the buildable coverage that some of my favorite BBs have without giving me a weird orangey glow. It also did not have the wear time of many of my other BBs. I see this as more of a tinted moisturizer where I usually go for heavy duty BBs.

If I was going to purchase one, I would get the illuminating, but I tend to favor a more matte look since I have oily skin, so these will be going back to the store sadly. I much prefer NYX’s BB formula or Benefit’s Big Easy which I will review later.

 

I have one more concern that I can’t seem to find additional info on. I have been reading up on micro beads and micro spheres and how bad they are for the environment. Most are made from plastic and are so small they get into our water, but I can’t find if the spheres in this product are plastic or just something just used to market the product as innovative (or both).

 

L to R: Original, Illuminating, and Bronzing.

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This second photo is when I just started to blend them into my skin.
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Please let me know if you have any info on the micro-spheres in this product as well!

Spring Cleaning: Blog Sale!!

Hello lovelies!

I’ve been going through my makeup because it is getting a bit out of control with some hauls I’ve had lately, so I thought that it would be a great time for a blog sale! That way I can help my makeup find a new home and you guys can get a good deal!

Here are the rules:

1. All items are first come, first served.

2. US only. Sorry!

3. Paypal only.

4. I will hold items for up to 48 hours for payment and then will go down the line for that item to the next person that wanted it.

5. No Returns or exchanges.

6. All items are authentic and I will send additional photos upon request.

7. I will send items within 3 days of cleared payment (usually much sooner) and will provide tracking info. I will also sterilize all items before shipping.

8. For shipping, I will add $3 to each order, no matter how many items. This will help me cover the Paypal charge as well as shipping costs.

 

How:

If you see something you like, email me at ClosetBeautyJunkie@gmail.com.

I will use the email time stamp to keep track of who wanted what items first. I will then send you a paypal invoice and you will have 48 hours to fulfill the payment, otherwise I will move to the next person on the list.

Happy shopping!

 

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ULTA Lip Butter in Vienna – new in packaging -$4

Bath and Body Works Liplicious in Marshmallow Cream – new in packaging  $4

Lancome Juicy Tubes in Coral Rush – trial size never used -$3

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Stila Lip Glazes – all .05 fl oz (so slightly smaller than the full size) From a set, never used. No packaging. -$8 each

From Left to right and top to bottom- Cranberry, Amaretto, Strawberry Cream, Persimmon, Passion Fruit

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Sephora Flashy Liner Waterproof in flashy violet – new in package, never used-$3 (top)

ULTA Automatic Waterproof Liner in Raisin – new in package, never used – $3 (bottom)

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils (these vary in price and condition)-From Left to Right:

  • Perversion-Never Used
  • Oil Slick – Swatched Once
  • Smoke – Swatched Once
  • Whiskey – Swatched Once
  • Roach – Never Used
  • Smog – Swatched Once
  • Scorch – Swatched Once
  • Goldmine – Swatched Once
  • Stash – Swatched Once
  • Freak – Swatched Once
  • Deep End – Never Used
  • Electric – Swatched Once
  • Chaos – Swatched Once  SOLD
  • Invasion -Swatched Once
  • Abyss – Swatched Once
  • Ultraviolet – Swatched Once
  • Lust – Swatched Once SOLD
  • Tornado – Swatched Once
  • Asphyxia – Swatched Once
  • 1999 – Used 2x, sharpened once
  • Woodstock – Swatched Once

$12.50 each for any New Unused

$11 for any Swatched or Used

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NYX Smokey Eyes Palette -Never Used, Still Sealed-$4  SOLD

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Clinique Shadow Duo and Blush Trial- Blush never used, Shadows swatched – $3

Victoria’s Secret Luminous Eye Shadow in Smolder – swatched – $5

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Bath and Body Works Forever Red Vanilla Rum 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum – Used once (sprayed 3x) -$20

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Lancome Color Design Lipstick GWP in Vintage Rose -swatched -$5

Clinique Long Last Lipstick Trial Size in Sugared Maple – swatched -$5

Model Co Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Red Velvet – Swatched, writing is smearing/rubbing off on case – $3  SOLD

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ELF Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain -Swatched – $1.50

MAC Cosmetics Select SPF 15 Foundation in NW15 -swatched -$18

Dr Jart BB 2 Trial Sizes -one swatched, other never used. Both come together. Does not say shade but it’s the generic medium shade that they send when something isn’t customized… -$2 for both

 

**Any that say swatched have only been swatched ONCE!!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask in a comment below!!

Haulin’: ELF -March 2014

Hey guys!

I went a little bit crazy on the ELF website and thought I would share what I grabbed, which things I’m loving, and which I would pass on next time!

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They always send your loot in a cute little drawstring bag.

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I couldn’t wait to sort it so I just dumped it on my makeup desk.

 

First item up is the Shimmering Facial Whip.

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It makes for a great little highlighter and is only a buck!! The shade I bought is Golden Peach.

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I have just a touch on my hand (the goldish color in the middle of the back of my hand). It catches the light nicely and is just glowy versus having to much shimmer. It can also be sheered out with a bit more blending, but I wanted to leave it a bit stronger so the camera could still pick it up.

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These are the Natural and Dramatic lash sets. Natural is on the left. Each set is only $1 and comes with glue (although I have not tried their glue before and have my own as backup).

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I love ELF’s brushes. They’re so soft for the price and I can get as many of them as I want for only $1 each.

 

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This Blending Eye Brush is soft and not too stiff. The bristles are fairly tightly packed and have a lot of movement to them.

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The Essential Defining Eye Brush is another one I picked up. I got this for washes of color or using in the crease. Again a soft brush for how cheap it is!

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The Essential Crease Brush has more of a dome shape to it than the other two. It’s good for smudging and defining. Soft but a bit stiffer than the other two.

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Next I picked up some of the Glitter Primer. I’ve heard good things about it and since it was only $2 I figure why not go ahead and give it a shot.

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It may be harder to see in the photo, but when swatching it, it had the look and consistency of glue.

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I do like the applicator and how nicely it comes out of the tube. (I didn’t clean it off on purpose so that you could see the glue-like texture on the applicator sides). I haven’t use it yet, but I’ll report on how well it holds glitter on when i get a chance to use it on a night out!

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I got an Eyebrow Kit for $3 and chose the medium kit.

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From just a first impression, the packaging looks eerily similar to NARS (though they do feel different). I also think the product inside looks close to Benefit’s BrowZings, but I haven’t tried that yet.

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The darker side is a wax, and then the lighter side is a powder that you apply over the wax to help it set and appear more natural. DSC_0048

It does come with a little brush, but I think I will be using one of my own brushes instead.

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Tinted Moisturizer for $3? Sign me up. I got this is Porcelain.

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Unfortunately as you can see from the streak in the middle of my hand, Porcelain is way too dark on my skin (how sad is that sentence? haha). It’s not so much the depth as it is the MUCH too yellow shade for my skin tone. I will use this up by sheering it out with some of my daily moisturizer (even though this is moisturizer I will mix it with one that does not have a tint) and then dusting ELF’s HD Powder over it. The powder usually has a lightening effect which should help in this situation.

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The HD Blush was a complete impulse buy for $3. I got it in Superstar which is one of the lightest shades available.

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It may not look like much, but it is one full pump of product…

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This is it when stippled all over my hand. It is SO MUCH product! For both cheeks I’m assuming I will need about half a pump which means this stuff should last me ages.

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So after the initial over-application, I wiped some off and blended the remaining blush. It’s a pretty rosy color with an almost purple iridescent shift to it.

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Here it is again in a different light so you can see how much more intense it can look in some lighting compared to others. It also acted almost as a stain and set immediately upon application. I do wish it had a little more give time, but it did not actually stain and came off very easily with a makeup wipe.

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Again the packaging has a striking resemblance to NARS in look but not in feel. It feels much more hard and smooth than the NARS cases.

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I’m assuming ELF made this as a way to dupe NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo of Orgasm and Laguna. DSC_0063

The bronzer is very pigmented so I will have to use a very light hand and a lot of blending since I am so pale, but again that means a little will go a long way. I’m interested to see how the blush compares in wear time to NARS Orgasm since I didn’t have the greatest luck with that. The only other  downside I see is that the bronzer has shimmer to it, which is not the best idea if you are looking to do natural looking contouring (as the kit’s name suggests).

My take though is even for the smaller, cheaper size of the NARS product, you can get 7 of the ELF version. That’s right -7 OF THEM. It’s worth the $3 risk and investment if you could potentially save a ton of $ if you do like it!!

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Probably one of my favorite things out of the whole haul is this Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Summer Nights. I was put off when I opened it by how dark it looked (I had specifically chosen a lighter shade out of the options available when I ordered). I was hoping this $2 stick would fair better than I got from my recent Ulta haul.

 

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This one did not disappoint! It is much more moisturizing than the Ulta brand one, cheaper (I can get 4 of these for the price of one of Ulta’s!), and it went on more sheer to show a really pretty pink color with a gold shimmer to it. It looks like Orgasm for you lips! On my next order I will be adding about 6 of these to my cart so that I can stash them all over my house, in my purse, at work, etc.

 

So far I would say overall I am happy with everything I got (especially for the price!) except for maybe the moisturizer. Again, it was worth the investment for me to get all of this stuff for so cheap and only end up with one item that I’m not crazy about. Even if I didn’t use it, I would only be out $3!

 

Do you have a favorite product from ELF or another brand that you get great steals and deals from? Let me know in the comments!

Haulin’: Ulta -March 2014

Hi there guys! Hope you are all enjoying your St. Patrick’s Day! I made this haul at the beginning in the month and thought I’d share now since ULTA is having some great deals right now! They also have their 21 Days of Beauty that is currently going on with a new promo every day for 3 weeks, so make sure you check that out!

 

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OPI TXTure Effect -$9.99

This set comes with a limited edition liquid sand polish in My Current Crush and a base coat. Liquid Sand and other texture polishes are meant to be worn without a top coat. The liquid sand is a really pretty purple shade with a hint of glitter that will peek out from the texture. It was $14.95, but I got it on sale for $9.99 which I thought was pretty good since they are 2 full sized bottles.

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Stila Color Me Glossy -$28

This set was not technically on sale, but is a huge bang for your buck! It comes with 9 click pen glosses that are a little smaller than the ones you would buy individually (.05 oz vs .08) but the individual ones run $2 EACH, so this set is a steal. Inside it also has the pens packaged in smaller sets of 3 so you can give a set or two as a gift and keep a few for yourself if you wanted to! The colors are a nice range too of shimmers, sheers, and bold colors.

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NYX Glam Eye Shadow in Sable- $2.49

This is a really pretty dark chocolatey brown shade with a bunch of silver glitter. Originally $4.99 but purchased for  $2.49, Sable is a great and inexpensive addition to my makeup bag! I always forget how much I really like NYX especially considering how much I can get for so cheap!!

 

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The New Black Demi Lavato Studded 3 Piece Kit – $9.99

I picked this up because it was on sale (originally $14) and I wanted to see how it compares to the Ciate set that I bought that is very similar. They both come with silver balls to cover your nail in after you put on some polish, but the ones in the Ciate kit appear to be a bigger size than the tiny ones in this kit. I’m interested to see how the size affects the wear time of each.

 

 

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NYX BB Cream in Light -$12.99 

I had to include this picture of my cat, G (aka G Lady) trying to assist me with my photos for the blog :). Below is a cat-less photo. I just purchased a $40 BB cream from another brand at Sephora literally minutes before I  went to Ulta and found this (I know, I have a problem). This is a very similar texture and when using the tester it seemed like their light shade would be light enough for me which is usually impossible to do. If it is a tad darker in other lights, I can also just sheer it out if I’m looking for less coverage, or I can add a powder over it.

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Here it is without the box. The product inside is very big for only being about $13!

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ULTA Nail Polish in Love Fern -$6

In person, this polish looks like shamrock green and turquoise had a baby. I love that I can’t quite tell if it’s one or the other (or neither for that matter). It’s glitter in a clear base, so I like that it’s a bit different than anything else that I own (and I have a LOT of nail polish!).

ULTA Blush in Afterglow -$7

I’m assuming that this is Ulta’s version of NARS Orgasm and is meant to be a dupe. I have not used this long enough yet but it seems very similar and with the MUCH higher price-point on the NARS, this might be a better option even if you do need to build the color a bit more!

ULTA Lip Crayon in Coral Kiss -$8

I was hoping that this would be more nourishing on my lips than it actually is. I like the color and I would wear this over a balm, but I really would prefer to get a tinted lip butter next time in a similar packaging since I like the ease of putting this on and the twist up style. (Clinique has nice ones)

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China Glaze in Whirled Away -$4.99 

I was much more excited about this when I bought it than when I actually used it. I’m hoping it will grow on me. I really like the hex glitter in white and black, but there are also long skinny bar like glitters in black that I did not see int he bottle that I am really not a fan of. I’m hoping to find a color that this will look really nice over, but again I was much more excited about it when I thought it was just 2 different colors of hex glitter.

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BONUS: Ulta Spring GWP (retail of $88)

Now I would never pay $88 for the bag and its contents, but I did think this was a very nice (and generous) GWP. I got it for spending $15+ on Ulta brand items.

You get the bag itself along with all kinds of items inside. The brushes that are shown wrapped in plastic in the picture are honestly throw away brushes. I will probably give these to one of my cousins to use with their kid’s play makeup.

The super shiny lip gloss in Illusion is a smaller tube but a very pretty, girly color.

Next is a dual ended liner in Deep Brown and Black. This liner is a little smaller as well and would be great for travelling when you don’t want to being both a brown and black full sized liner.

A full sized Voluptuous Volume mascara is next. While I have not yet tried this, it looks on the outside like the packaging for Covergirl’s Lash Blast, but thinner. I’m wondering if this is on purpose and therefore if they have similar formulas (and results).

Sweet Cheeks cheek color comes in the set and it is a cooler toned pink blush with a lot of silver shimmer to it. I’m excited to try this because while I like the shimmer in Orgasm and After Glow, I like silver much better on my cool toned skin!

Super Shiny Lip Butter in Vienna is not my favorite color, but more what I was looking for in terms of nourishing to my lips. It’s still not as effective as a balm would be, but it is much better than the crayon. I really wish they would have included a color like Rome instead, but free is free so I’m not complaining!

Flawless Prime primer and a small polish in Fuchsiamania are in the bag but these are pretty self explanatory and nothing too crazy.

3 eyeshadow quads were included as well:

-Chic Quad – Sahara Sand, Sunkissed, Mosaic, and Glittering Sand – a mix bolder primary colors and one taupey neutral

-Classic Quad – Seashell, In the Buff, Silk, Social Climber – shimmery and satiny champagnes and browns

-Dramatic Quad – Iceland, Twilight, Lock & Key, After Hours – shimmery purple, grey, and white with a matte grey to pull the quad together

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my little haul and don’t forget to checkout the 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta and share what you are hauling this month!

Review/Rave: NYX Parallel Worlds Makeup Collection

Hello Lovelies!

I just posted about my Ulta Haul HERE, and this was hands down the thing that I got most excited about!

This kit was originally $25 and with the clearance price and 20% off, I paid $10 for this whole thing! Pretty amazing, right?

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This kit comes with a little bit of everything!

The Smokey Shadow Palette: They were selling this in the store separately for $7 alone so I think I made out like a bandit. This palette has 6 shadows that range for full on glitter sparkle to a more satin finish. I also like that they have a variety in color since it is a smokey palette, vs just having shades of black and grey.

Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul: This has an insane color payoff and for me is pretty moisturizing. The color is a more of a true pink than I usually wear and the matte claim definitely holds true. I add some gloss over top (since I usually opt for some more sheen to my lip color) and I’m good to go! ($6 retail)

Boudoir Mascara Collection in Le Frou Frou: Each mascara in this collection has a different purpose but this seems to be the go to option. Le Frou Frou is their lengthening and volumizing option. It’s a rich black and has a straight, dense brush so that application to lower lashes (and those pesky inner ones) is super easy. ($6 retail)

Powder Blush in Pinched: This is a coraly pink with some gold glitter shimmer to it. Sound familiar? This can be used as a dupe for NARS Orgasm. It doesn’t have quite the amount of shimmer to it that the NARS option does, but honestly I prefer a little bit less. This one is almost a little bit heavier but with less color payoff if that makes sense.  Orgasm also has a more peachy base whereas Pinched has a coral base.

Now these sound like bad things, but honestly I PREFER this over the NARS option, even though for many it’s a Holy Grail product. Why? The texture of NYX Pinched has more staying power for me than Orgasm. I used to purposely apply more of Orgasm than I needed in the morning because an hour later it would be half as visible. Yes it has a bit better color payoff, but if there’s no staying power to it then does that really matter? To me, not so much.

And at $5 for .14 oz (vs NARS at $29 for .16), NYX Pinched comes out to be a MUCH better bang for your buck!!

Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black: This liner is a nice eyeliner to complement the sultry looks you can make with this collection. I have quite a few liners that I rotate on a daily basis, and this one has earned it’s spot in that rotation. I usually have an issue with my black liquid liners coming out lighter and looking to be more of a grey color, but when they say extreme black, they mean it! (retail $4.5)

Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere: This is a mice shimmery champagne shade that is a great all over eye shade when you are in a pinch (read ‘hurry’ (read ‘every day of my life’) ). haha. I really like this paired with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Sin. They both have that champagne shimmer to them and then you can layer other shadows in or just build Cashmere on top of Sin if you are in a true hurry. Love! (retail $4.5)

As you can see, retail for all of these together is $33 separately. By getting them with all my deals, $10 was an AMAZING steal!

What’s your favorite beauty steal you have gotten lately? Have any different views of the products in this collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Haulin’: Ulta

Hello lovelies!

I’ve had a couple hauls lately so I will try to spread some out but here is one of them for you!

In Madison, WI a new Ulta opened on the west side of town. Since it was the opening of the store, I got a coupon for 20% off my purchase. What was AMAZING about this is that it worked on prestige brands too which NEVER usually go on sale or work with coupons!

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Instead of listing each thing as I did in my last haul, I’ll do a general overview and then break some of these down into future posts.

Philosophy Resurface set- I got this because I have been eyeing that for a long time now, but it’s never discounted. I was waiting for when I had a bunch of extra cash to drop, but since it was on sale I jumped on this!

I got it as a sample at Sephora when I was debating on a few different systems and I LOVE this one! I have problematic skin, so this helps me to get a clean slate about once a week!

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo – I have to say I had high expectations for this and it was a flop. I’ll elaborate on this one in a separate post.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin- Love it, but never on sale, right?

Dr. Brandt Pores Thing T-zone Pore Tightener – I also had high hopes for this. It’s almost lie a gelatin in the container but I love it!

Ulta eye palette- One stop for a complete eye

Redken Dry Shampoo- In my search for the ultimate dry shampoo, how does this one fare?

Redken stylers- I’m looking for some new stylers since I just cut my hair into a bob… Find out in later posts if either of these did the trick.

NYX Bronzer- Light bronzer for us pasty girls

NYX Parallel Worlds Kit- This was the find of the day! Check out my next post to see what an AMAZING deal this kit was!!

 

If you have an Ulta opening near you, take some time to check out the opening! The 20% off was good on EVERYTHING in the store and was good for 30% off salon services. I would’ve taken advantage, but I spent too long shopping and it was close to closing time. haha