Beauty, cosmetics

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul!

Hi all!  It’s Monday!  It rained all weekend long in Kansas City, but I got a lot of house cleaning done.

Below are the items I picked up during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.  I got some really good deals this time. Everything I purchased was 30-50% off. Here’s what I picked up:

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I made a few orders and went into the store once! As per usual, with these sales I purchase makeup and not skincare.  I have enough skincare, but I’m always wanting to try different makeup brands and shades.  And what’s better than trying something new on sale?

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I purchased two palettes and they were almost half off each! This is the Lime Crime Venus 3. Purple’s my favorite color, so I couldn’t pass this up! I’ve been wanting to try Lime Crime for some time now.  The shadows are nicely pigmented, especially the mattes and shimmers.  The two glitters are sheer, but they work well on top of other shadows.

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This was also on sale for half off.  I’ve never tried any of the Too Faced palettes with this layout — the gold chocolate, peach etc, but I’ve always been curious.  So far, I’m enjoying this. The shadows are creamy and the colors are perfect for fall.

I’m not going to swatch the Lime Crime or Too Faced palettes in this post, because I want to try them both out first for a more in-depth review.

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I also picked up the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Peachy Love.  I hadn’t tried Hoola Bronzer before and was excited to pick it up at a lower price.  Same with the Anastasia blush.

Swatches:

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I really like the tone of the bronzer.  It’s a bit dark for me now, but will work when I have a tan.  The blushes are gorgeous.  I love mixing the first and third shade.  It makes a really pretty coral. They are easy to build up and are matte.

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From left to right is the Dose of Colors Lip Gloss in Can You Not, the Ulta Beauty Patent Shine Liquid Lipstick in Cannes and the Ulta Beauty Full Coverage Liquid Concealer in Light Cool.

Swatches:

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The Dose of Colors gloss is really creamy and not sticky, which is what I love in a gloss.  The shade is s little light for me, but looks nice over a darker lipstick.

The Ulta liquid lipstick is almost like an opaque gloss. It’s really creamy, and I really like the color.

I have heard great things about the Ulta concealer, and I’m so glad I picked it up!  It is full coverage, but doesn’t get cakey.  It blended so nicely under my eyes!

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The last two products are the All-Nighter spray and essence Glitter Primer.  The All-Nighter was half off on the last day of the sale.  I’ve never owned this before.  I have the Chill spray by Urban Decay, and used it all summer.  Once I’m out of my Chill, I’ll open up the All Nighter. I’m excited to use it!

I got the glitter glue because I recently purchased Stila glitters and when I used them, there was glitter all over my face.  I haven’t tried this yet, but hopefully it works.

So that’s what I got!  I’ll be doing my Ulta Fall Haul Sale post soon.

Did you purchase anything from the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale?  What did you get?

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anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites — December 11-17, 2017

As we inch toward Christmas, I have been trying products that help me look and feel better during the hectic season!

They include a luxe primer and setting spray, cruelty-free makeup that makes you look glowy, luxe skincare, a fun steam mask and hair care that will help with dry, winter hair:

Elcie Cosmetics Pearl Radiance Primer ($38 USD) — An oil-free, water-based primer that acts as lingerie for your skin, providing a smooth, seamless and satin-like finish. The formula brightens the complexion with a touch of pearl, boosting luminosity for a healthy and radiant glow. Minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Elcie Cosmetics Hydra Enhancer Setting Mist ($35 USD) — An innovative hydrating and setting mist that balances the complexion, sets makeup and refreshes the skin. This alkaline facial water is an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. It has smaller molecules than tap water, so it absorbs more easily into your skin giving you maximum hydration with a quicker effect, while holding your makeup in place all day. Suitable for all skin types.

What I think:  I love the packaging of these products.  They are very luxe! The primer smoothes skin for makeup and leaves a soft glow.  It so nice under foundation, or on it’s own for a bit of polish.  The mist is so refreshing! It’s a soft mist and instantly hydrates and sinks into the skin.  It holds my makeup in place all day!

Available at elciecosmetics.com

Did you know the amazing and affordable line essence is cruelty-free?  A lot of their products are gluten-free and/or vegan, too:
essence blushplay sculpting blush palette ($5.99 USD) — This palette includes three tonal shades for individual use or the perfect blend to create a multidimensional look. Available in 2 fresh color combinations.
essence shine shine shine lipgloss ($2.99 USD) — This high-shine, wet-look gloss glides on smooth with a highly-pigmented finish. The flocked applicator ensures precise application. Available in 6 shades.
What I think:  I do love a blush palette, and this one is fresh and fun to blend and use together, or separately.  The one above is the Play in Peach, and it also comes in Play in Pink.  The glosses are very shiny, but pigmented too.  There’s also a nice clear gloss for a more natural look, or to wear over other lip products.
Vertere Skincare Travel + Discovery Kit

Vertere Skincare Travel + Discovery Kit ($51 on sale for $28 USD) — This set includes Travel + Discovery sizes of our patented Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 and Refining Treatment Cleanser. This two-week introduction to VERTERE is a perfect companion for traveling, or to gift to friends in need of portable yet highly effective and hydrating wrinkle smoothing and dark spot brightening that won’t clog pores.

What I think: This little kit comes in a cute bag!   The cleanser is so nice, it comes in a handy pump despenser and has a refreshing citrus scent. It leaves my skin clean, but hydrated, too.   The night cream is not greasy at all, it actually hass a bit of a matte finish, which is interesting for a night cream.  In the morning, my skin looks amazing!  My skin tone in more even and looks younger!

Purchase at vertereskincare.com

 

Erborian Pate au Ginseng Concentrated Black Mask

Erborian Pate au Ginseng Concentrated Black Mask ($61 for 1.7 oz) — Formulated with Ginseng root, used for ages in Korea to help fight visible signs of aging, PÂTE AU GINSENG helps improve the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity through its tensor effect. With a concentrated dose of Ginseng, and its instant tensor effect, this mask helps your skin feel firmer and smoothes out the appearance of the skin, providing immediate comfort and vitality for tired complexions. As if plumped from within, the skin looks visibly smoother, more luminous and younger.

What I think:  This is so hydrating, but I can also feel it firming my skin.  It makes it look smoother and younger.  This is amazing before going out or photos, too!  It’s also great for those of us who are older and need a bit of help firming skin.

Purchase at usa.erborian.com

 

MegRhythm Lavender Gentle Steam Eye Mask
MegRhythm Lavender Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7) — MegRhythm self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to relax the eyes and hydrate surrounding skin. Its advanced self-heating technology heightens relaxation and relieves hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
What I think:  This is such a fun product.  It’s very easy to use, just open, unfold and place the tabs around your ears.  It does get pretty warm, so fair warning.  It’s very relaxing and soothing on my eyes.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and ConditionerJohn Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99 USD each) — Cold, dry air also dries out your hair. Quench your hair’s thirst and give it a daily dose of intense hydration with this duo that provides humidity resistance, breakage reduction and improved conditioning. This shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair continuously soft, silky and smooth through the winter months.

What I think: I love this hair care duo!  It’s so great when my hair needs extra moisture.  I find that my hair is soft and manageable afterwards. They smell nice, too, but not an overpowering scent.
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