"Our" Ulta is brand new, and I was basically a kid in a candy store! Except I was the mom, and my kid was there, covered in ice cream, and wanted to touch everything. I digress.
Ulta was having a special on their brand of products: if you spend $19.50, you receive a free gift with an $88 vale. Well, sign me up! This sale is online as well, so head on over HERE and check it out!
I had gone in with the intention of shopping for things for my Scout sleepover in two weeks. At least that's what I tried to tell myself. I DID buy some things for the Scouts, but not a ton.
Here is what I bought:
|Ulta Foam Shadow Applicators (24 pack), Ulta Baked eyeshadow, Esscence Nail Art Stampy Set, Ulta Lipstick|
|Pack of 24 Foam Shadow Applicators (Ulta brand), $2.49|
|Essence Nail Art Stampy Set, $3.99|
|Stampy Kit out of the box|
|Ulta lipstick in shade 207 Just Peachy; 3.5g, $8.00|
|Swatch of Just Peachy, 207|
|Ulta Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Haight & Ashbury (purples); 1.40g, $10|
|Swatch of Haight & Ashbury trio|
I also bought my youngest a foot brush, because she wanted to brush her hair with it, and screamed until I put it in my bag. If it had been more than $1, she could have just screamed with me being fine with it. There's no picture, because as soon as we got home, she took it from the bag and promptly lost it. Typical.
I was also looking for disposable mascara wands for my Scout troop's sleepover, and couldn't find them. A very helpful employee checked around for me, and told me that she didn't think they sold them; but had some in the "prestige" section (aka high end: Benefit, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Anastasia, etc) for demo, and would ask one of those girls if they had some for sale. I explained WHY I wanted them, that it was for my Scout troop, and she walked over to the Tarte section, grabbed 26 wands and told me to take them. Score!
|Ulta's Spring 2013 Gift, in Pink, floral bag|
Because I spent $19.50 or more on Ulta brand products, I qualified for a free gift, valued at $88 (according to Ulta)! They had two color choices, pinks or peaches, and 4 bags to choose from (two each pink or peach themed). I chose pink, even though pinks aren't my favorite- I was purchasing peach lipstick and had just received peach polish from Ipsy (that I'll probably give away), so the pinks looked better to me.
|My bag :) One of four I had to choose from.|
|Ulta lipstick lipcolor in 237 Precious Pink; 3.2g; retail value $7.31|
This lipstick is ALMOST as big as the peach one I picked up, just in a less-fancy packaging. I've noticed that lots of companies that give lipstick as a freebie put the product in a less-expensive tube when giving it away. Honestly, I wouldn't actually mind NOT having the fancy packaging if it means I can save a couple dollars, but that's just me. Sometimes having a cute lippie is absolutely worth it!
|Swatch of Precious Pink, 237|
|Ulta Super Shiny lip gloss in #14 Starlet, 2.58g (.09 oz); retail value about $2.88.|
I was very pleasantly surprised when my free gift held both a lipstick AND a lip gloss! This tiny gloss packs a big punch! Super Shiny gloss lives up to it's name: its very shiny and not at all sticky. I am seriously in love!
|Swatch of Starlet gloss, #14|
I'm going to try this on top of the pink lipstick from this bag, and see how it works. I have high hopes for this, and will probably reorder when it's empty. Full size of this gloss is $8 (.25 oz).
|Ulta Amped Lashes volume + defining mascara, full size, retail value $10|
|Ulta Baked Eye Shadow duo in Deep Blue Something, 2.55 g; retail value $8|
|Swatch of Deep Blue Something duo|
|Ulta blush in Infatuation, 3.36g; retail value $5|
|Swatch of Infatuation cheek color|
Ulta Nail Lacquer in Fuchsiamania, 0.169 oz; retail value $2.56
|Swatch of Fuchsiamania|
|Ulta Ultimate Clean Foaming Face Wash, .5 fl oz; retail value $0.75|
|Ulta Kohl Eye Liner in Indigo, 0.04 oz (full size); retail value $7.00|
|Swatch of Indigo Kohl liner|
|Ulta Brush Set: sponge tip, eye shadow and contour blush; retail value est.$7.50|
|30% off Ulta Skincare "Renew" Collection|
Here's all of my goodies together- I'd call it a very productive day!
foot brush thingie for B: $1.00
Sponge applicators $2.49
Nail stampy kit $3.99
TAX (stupid MD) $1.41
GRAND TOTAL: $24.89
$7.31 pink lipstick
$10.00 eye shadow (would have been $8)
$7.00 eyeliner $7.50 brushes GRAND TOTAL: $63.00
$63 is NOT $88, but I did estimate a couple items- perhaps Ulta has placed a higher value on the bag and brushes than I did. It is possible that they counted the coupon towards the value of this set (I don't, unless it's for free product). Any way you slice it, this is still a fantastic deal! I'll use pretty much everything in this gift- and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I was able to choose my eye shadow and eye liner myself! If I can get away with it (tee hee), I'll definitely go on back to Ulta and pick out some more goodies and pick up another gift!
So, tell me: have you ever accidentally found an awesome deal on beauty products? Did Ulta do a great job with their gift? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
I took a couple of quick photos of my look, using my choices here:
|Haight & Ashbury trio eye shadow, Two Cosmetics gel liner in Royalty, Tarte mascara, Ulta blush in Infatuation, and Ulta lipstick in colors 207 & 237. I didn't put any foundation on, and WOW do I have a LOT of freckles!|
|Closeup of my eye makeup :)|
|I LOVE teal eyeliner- I think it makes my baby blues POP!|
|Ombre lips :) and yes, I DO have freckles on my lips. Weird, I know. They will just get worse as summer progresses!|
Until next time, my beautiful friends, stay gorgeous...and OnlyAverage!
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