anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

April 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  Can you believe April is almost over and May is on it’s way!

With my severe allergies, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup this month.  But I was using a few skincare products that soothed my skin and was testing out some products I purchased in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.

Here are the products that I have been using.  If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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For skincare, I have been using the Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream every day and night. It’s moisturizing and gentle on my dry, irritated eyes.  The IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream has been keeping my neck smooth and tight.  But. my favorite skincare discovery is the G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum.  It contains a combination of high and low hyaluronic acid to provide moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels.  It makes my dry, uncomfortable skin feel instantly hydrated.  And it sinks right in and doesn’t leave skin greasy.  I’ve been using it day and night!

My fave complexion products include the Beautyblender Selfie Shield primer with SPF 38.  I received all three new primers for review, and I am enjoying them all.  This is my current fave of the three because my sensitive skin has not been liking traditional sunscreen.  This is a dry oil and sinks right into the skin without irritating it.  I also have been loving my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25.  I have it in the shades 1.5 Birch and 2.0 Vanilla. This is creamy and has a nice medium coverage.  I can layer it on for more of a full coverage.

I picked up the Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent) the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige)) and the Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  I use all three every day now and love them all.  The powder sets without making my skin look cakey.  The paint pot primes my lids very nicely and my shadow lasts all day! I have always loved mascara primers.  It’s nice to use a high end one at half price!

My favorite mascara, which is sadly almost at it’s expiration date is the Nanacoco Outlash Mascara.  It makes my lashes very long and gives some volume and separation, too.  It’s not too bold, so it’s my perfect every day mascara.  The lovely Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette is my favorite palette find of the month. It’s a perfect everyday neutral palette that can be smoked up for evening looks.  And I have also been loving the Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss. It is shiny without being sticky, and it smells and tastes minty!


What are you April beauty favorites? Any fun new finds this month?

 

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty — Spring 2019 Haul!

Hi all! I had a fun time purchasing a few items from Ulta’s Spring 21 Days of Beauty sale.

Looking at the photo of what I purchased, I picked up useful items like primers, powder, setting spray and a contour kit.  It’s funny that I didn’t get any fun color cosmetics, but these are items I needed and ones I’ve been wanting to try.  It’s hard to pass up such great deals!  And, I will be purchasing from Ulta’s Spring Haul this week and next week, and I might get a palette or two…

I picked up:

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Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent)

Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder (Translucent)

Smashbox The Cali Contour Palette

Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige))

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

ULTA Youthful Glow Primer Serum

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Scents (Creamy Coconut)

All of these amazing products were daily steals so they were half off. I’ve especially been wanting to try the brand Beauty Bakerie, the Too Faced powder, the MAC paint pot and especially the Smashbox Cali Contour Palette.  I’ve had my eye on that since last year!

So far, I have tried some of these products.  The standouts for me so far are the contour palette, the mascara primer,and the Beauty Bakerie powder.  I will continue testing products and maybe do a review of some or all of these later.

Are there any products you would like to see a full review of? Did you pick up anything during the sale?

 

 

 

 

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale — September 2-22 2018

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty are here! I am so excited for this! This sale happens twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring.  I usually purchase a few things each sale (I try to keep it reasonable).  Here are the links to my Spring 2018 and Fall 2017 hauls.

I have already placed an order today and plan to go in at least once or twice and maybe make a second order online.  I’ll do a haul post at the end of the sale when I get every thing!

I couldn’t really find photos online, so I’ve photographed my add!

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Here are all of the beauty steals that you can get by day.  These are available in store and online.  There are also online deals each day in addition to these, so check the sale out on Ulta’s website!

The products in this ad that I’m thinking of purchasing are the Benefit Hula Lite bronzer on the 5th, the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara on the 9th, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette on the 16th and the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray on the 22nd. Plus online deals and some Hot Buys and Ulta Beauty deals below.

I placed an order today and I got an online only deal, the Lime Crime Venus Eyeshadow Palette in Venus III. All three Venus palettes are on sale online today for $19 (reg. price $38).  The Venus III is a purple toned palette and it looks really pretty. I also purchased a couple of Hot Buys:

 

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The Hot Buys are good for every day of the sale (or until they sell out).  I purchased an Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Peachy Love and a Dose of Colors  Lip Gloss in Can You Not.

I haven’t tried anything by Dose of Colors, and have heard that their lip products are really nice. If I like it, I might buy another! I’m also interested in trying the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape foundation in the hydrating formula and the Smashbox contour kits.

Ulta Beauty is also having special deals each week:

img_1957.jpgThese are great deal!  I added a Liquid Concealer to my order because I’ve heard it’s amazing! I will probably check out the Liquid Lipsticks and Bath bombs if I go into Ulta this week.  In week two, I’m interested in the Foundation Stick and in week three, the Brow Pencils, the Mascara and the Hand Soap.

I have a lot of skincare I’m testing now, but there are some skincare Hot Buys if you’re interested:

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So there’s the sale!  I will be posting my haul after the sale is over, and I’ll show you what I get!

Are you planning on picking anything up in the next few weeks? What are you interested in?

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul

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I did just a little shopping in the recent Ulta 21 Days of Beauty.  I waited towards the end to shop because I was trying to be good and the items I most wanted were at the end of the sale!

I went to the store at the beginning of April and picked out a few things, then made an online order on the last day of the sale.  Here’s what I got:

img_0828.jpg The day I went in was just for the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I’ve needed an eye primer and I realized that I’ve never had a full tube of this with the wand, just samples sizes! I believe this was $12 on sale.

My pores get larger during allergy season, so I asked a girl who worked at Ulta for a drugstore primer that helps with enlarged pores.  She suggested the NYX Pore Filler.  And since NYX was BOGO half off, I also picked up the Total Control Drop Foundation.

I am really liking the primer.  I just use it on the areas that have large pores and it does help fill them.  I’m still trying to figure out how to best apply the foundation.  If you have any tips, let me know!

IMG_0829  On the last day of the sale, I placed an online order because I really wanted to try the Mac Fix+ setting spray.  I’ve heard so much about it and am excited to try it.  It was on sale for $13, a great price!

I’ve only tried samples of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.  This was $11.50 on sale.  I really like the full size.  The tube is really luxe.

And I received a deluxe sample of the Clinique Deluxe Liquid Facial Soap in Mild.  I might take this on vacation, or try it later.

This last product was not on sale, but I have been wanting it!

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This is the Too Faced Life’s A Festival Eye Shadow Palette.  Ulta describes it as a “a duo-chrome eye shadow palette that contains ethereal pigments that reflect different colors depending on how light hits them and is infused with rose quartz for added love energy. Matte & pearl shadows are highly pigmented and compliment duo-chrome tones. Large center half-moon pan is a highlighter with an iridescent finish that can be used on the eyes, face, and body, plus there’s a magical citrus scent for limitless festival vibes.”

Here’s just a quick swatch of a few of the shades:

IMG_0834 So pretty!  Real talk here — I’m not planning to go to a festival and I’m going to be 50 in a couple of months — but, I really love duo-chrome eye shadows!  This just makes me so happy and ready for the warmer months! Plus it smells good.  The Ulta website said it’s citrus-scented, but I think it smells like Smarties candies! I’m going to play with this and do a full review soon.

I usually don’t get beauty products for my birthday, so I’m starting to purchase things for myself since it’s a HUGE birthday year!

Did you purchase anything at the Ulta 21 Days sale?  Also, make sure you check out their current sale, the Spring Haul.  Some of the products are up to 50% off.  I placed an order today.  And on Sunday the deals will switch for the next week.  And I’ll probably be shopping again. Lol!