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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Beauty, cosmetics

Keep Your Makeup Fresh in The Heat With Urban Decay and Wunder2!

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Hi all!  It is HOT in Kansas City. Every. Day.  It has been since mid-May.  And it is a challenge keeping my makeup looking fresh and staying in place.

I was sent these amazing products from Urban Decay and Wunder2 to test out for my honest review.  And they were tested in the heat and humidity!

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Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray ($32 USD) — I love anything that will cool me down in the summer time! This spray  features cooling time-release Temperature Control Technology that actually chills the surface of your makeup – to keep it looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 12 hours. Developed in an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia, UD’s groundbreaking, tested formula holds foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place.

I use this for days that I know I’m going to be out in the heat and I want my makeup to stay in place.  It feels cool going on, but not cold.  It’s a very pleasant feeling.  The sprayers on the UD mists are all so good, and aren’t harsh at all!  This has become a summer essential for me.

 

 

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray ($32 USD) — This spray mists on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte. High-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading – so you hardly ever need to touch up.

This is great for days that I know I’ll be out in the heat for a prolonged period of time and that the oil is coming.  I don’t reach for it as much as I do the Chill spray, but it does work and helps keep my makeup on my face.

 

 

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder ($34 USD) — I love a good setting powder and I was excited to try a water proof one! This weightless powder claims to  instantly makes any foundation totally waterproof for a mattified complexion that lasts all day, no matter what. This high-tech formula blurs pores and imperfections and blocks shine, without dulling your inner glow. Your luminosity shows through while the powder keeps moisture out.

I agree with the claims that it mattifies but doesn’t look dry on my skin.  That’s important to me as I age, and the fact is my face isn’t oily.  But it does get greasy in the summer when it’s so hot and humid.  The combo of this and the Chill or De-slick setting spray really keeps my makeup in place all day!

 

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Wunder2 Super-Stay Liner ($14.95 USD) — Wunder2 24-hour wear Super-Stay Liner’s ensure that after just one application, your look will stay set and picture perfect from morning to evening! Waterproof and smudge-proof, the highly pigmented and easy-glide pencil eyeliners are a must-have beauty staple that create a perfect, full lash line or a playful, colored look that glide on with ease. Super-Stay Liner’s are available in the three collections of ‘Essential’, ‘Metallic’ and ‘Glitter’ finishes to complete any makeup look depending on your mood.

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These shades from left to right are Glitter Aubergine, Glitter Pink and Metallic Rose Gold.  I swatched these, waited about a minute, then rubbed the swatches vigorously.  Then I took the photo.  As you can see, they didn’t budge!

All three of these shades are perfect for summer looks, but I really love the Aubergine on my top lid and the Rose Gold on the bottom.  They look amazing together.  And they really glide on smoothly. Honestly, I probably will give the Pink one to my daughter, because I won’t reach for it.  But it is pretty.

What products are you using this summer to beat the heat?