I’ve been super stoked since an Ulta opened near my job. I hadn’t had the time to go check it out, but I finally got the chance to do so a couple of weeks ago. I picked up some items and wanted to show you what I got and review them. I’m like a kid in a candy store when I shop for makeup. I spend so much time reading beauty blogs and watching YouTubers that when I see these products in the store I’m swatching and sniffing all over the place.
In addition to sharing my feedback, I also want to share the cost of each item. For some reason I’m astonished at times at how much I spend on makeup and I want to pay more attention to how much of my money goes into products that are bad investments!
1. Collagen Face Wipes: As hard as I tried, I could not find a link to these online. But don’t worry…they’re not worth buying. These are by far the worst face wipes I’ve purchased. I snagged them from TJ Maxx (TK Maxx if you live in the UK) because of the low price tag and high count of wipes. 60 wipes were only $3.99 USD! The wipes smell like dryer sheets and they don’t remove any eye makeup. I often have to go back over my eyes with an oil based eye makeup remover for stubborn mascara, but these didn’t even prep them. Save your money…they suck.
2. Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask: I found this mask at TJ Maxx also for $5.99 which saved me $1.50 since Sephora sells individual masks for $7.50. I’m a huge fan of sheet masks and Dr. Jart+ has some of the best on the market. I noticed that this one wasn’t as slimy as some of the others I tried, and after wearing it for 15 minutes I noticed the edges drying and not adhering to my skin. This mask is intended to dry oil and tighten pores, so it makes sense!
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette: I’d been dying to buy this and finally buckled down and bought it. I love the shades of brown, tan, rust and fuchsia in this palette. Truly a way to create a ton of looks! The best part was, it came with a free eyebrow gel which I also love!
3. L‘Oreal Infallable Pro-Glow Foundation: I’m a huge fan of the L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation, so I thought I’d give this one a try. My skin is generally on the oily side, but surprisingly this foundation didn’t make my skin look any more shiny than it usually does. It just gave my skin a more radiant look throughout the day. I did find that I had to use a tad more of this formula to get the coverage I desire. I also noticed that there wasn’t a need to bronze my face because I already had a natural glow. Perfect for days in the office when I want to look fabulous, but not overdone.
4. NYX Butter Lipstick in Tan Lines: Nude Lipsticks are my new obsession, so when I saw this neutral caramel shade, I snagged it right away. I’ve been wearing it almost daily since! Swipe it on with a BB cream and loads of mascara for Saturday errands.
5. NYX Micro Brow Pencil: Since I’m too cheap to purchase a brow wiz pencil, I decided to give this dupe from NYX a try. I typically like to use powder and an angled brush to apply my brows since using a pencil requires a bit more artistry than I’m willing to give in the morning. I do struggle though with finding a powder that’s dark enough to make my brows pop. I was happy to see that NYX had a pencil in a very dark shade that didn’t break the bank. I love the spoolie on one side, and although I have had some struggles with making my brows even, the pencil is very thin and easy to draw with. Hopefully practice makes perfect!
6. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Violet Frenzy: I’ve mentioned how much I love this lipstick formula in the color Mink which is another nude lipstick that I adore, so I decided to pick up a vibrant purple shade to try. I realized that I don’t like this formula so much in bright colors. It’s a very shiny lipstick, and paired with a bright color, it smears a bit. I would stick to natural lip colors with this brand.
7. SNP Animal Tiger Wrinkle Mask: The child in me couldn’t resist a face mask that made me look like a tiger. RRRow!
Total Haul Cost: $93.94 USD