Hi, everyone! I have exciting news. Ok, it's exciting to me, but maybe not for you. Unless you live locally. The closest city just got an Ulta! I LOVE shopping for high end products, and having a store within an hour's drive is probably very bad for my budget, but it's great for me!
I haven't ACTUALLY made it to the store yet, but I DID place my first Ulta order online, and had a FANTASTIC experience. Not to mention, I got several items FREE!
Oh, you want to know what I purchased? Do you?
Well, you are IN LUCK, because I am THRILLED to share it with you!
All the products below are available at Ulta's website, and I have also listed the manufacturer's site when available. I think it's always good to go to the source, just to check out what the company has to say about their products, and to see what they stand for.
|I always LOVE it when I get a package in the mail!|
This box is absolutely HUGE- and I was really surprised by the size of it. It BARELY fit in my extra-large mailbox!
|First peek inside my awesome order|
After clearing away the plastic bags filled with air (that my kid promptly went nuts popping on the floor!), I began pulling the little bags out of my box. The first thing I pulled out was a bag of three free samples.
|DERMAdoctor Photodynamic therapy; Exuviance Targeted Filler T5; dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 Foil pack samples|
|DERMAdoctor Photodynamic therapy liquid red light anti-aging lotion with broad spectrum SPF 30; 2 mL foil pack sample|
I've never heard of DERMAdoctor before, but then again, I don't really do a WHOLE lot of skin care, so my research is kind of nil. The Photodynamic therapy is said to lift and firm skin around the eyes. Kind of like the Mary Kay timewise volu-firm eye cream that I have become very fond of? If you would like to try this product out, it's available for purchase HERE; 15 mL, $65. My little foil pack has a retail value of $8.67.
|Exuviance Targeted Filler T5; .03 oz foil pack sample|
Another new company to me, Exuviance Targeted Filler is meant to help fill in deep lines in your face, like forehead creases or other expression lines. The full-sized product comes in a syringe-type tube (without a needle!), and retails for $75 for .35 oz.; available HERE. This cute foil packet is valued at $6.43.
dermalogica skin perfect primer SPF 30, foil pack sample, no size indicated
I regularly use dermalogica products, switching out with Clinique from time to time, during my skin care regimen. I've had pretty good luck with this brand, and I am excited to give this primer a chance. According to the packing, it should help even skin tone, fight the signs of aging, and bring world peace. Ok, I made that last one up; but even still, this looks to be a nice primer. If you would like to give this one a try, it's available HERE; $48 a tube. I'm not sure how big the tube is, I couldn't find a weight listed on dermalogica's site.
|Benefit Big Time Prime set: The POREfessional and "That Gal"|
The next thing I found in my box of awesomess, is the Benefit Big Time Prime set. I knew that these were going to be a smaller size, but I was surprised at just HOW small these were! Cost: $12. Retail value: $16
|Benefit The POREfessional tube, .25 oz|
Benefit's "That Gal", .25 oz tube
What better to pare with pore reducing makeup, than an awesome primer?! Benefit's "That Gal" is a brightening face primer- and who doesn't want a brighter face?! According to Benefit's website, That Gal "contains light-reflecting pigments to help brighten all skin tones and raspberry & chamomile to soothe skin." The product has a pale pink color, that blends easily.
I'm excited to give this a try! If you would like to try this too, head on over HERE, a full size twist-up tube (.37 oz) is $29; my small sample is also for sale, for $8. But seriously, people- get the sample size. Do the math- you get more product for your buck with the small tubes (if I were sizing it down from the large size, my tiny sample would be $19.59, instead of the $8 they are selling it for).
|Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW brightening makeup liquid foundation, in Petal. .17 fl oz|
Ulta was running a special when I placed my order, if you purchase any Benefit item, you receive a free 10 day supply of Benefit's foundation, Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW brightening makeup. Although they did not have the shade I wanted, I did receive this sample in Petal "I'm plush and precious. " I love the color names! This foundation comes is a super cute mini pump applicator, and goes on super smooth.
This shade is NOT a perfect match for me, but it's close enough that when I start to get my tan on, it should work nicely. A little goes a long way, and I love that too! If you would like to give this a try, Benefit has the full size bottles (1 fl oz) at $36, and the smaller sample size that I received (.17 fl oz) for $10.
|Benefit's The "Ulta"mate Sexy Six: Posietint Cheek & Lipstain, High Beam Liquid Highlighter, "That Gal" primer, BADgal Lash mascara, Stay Don't Stray Primer, and Hoola bronzer|
|A closer view of the Sexy Six from Benefit|
|Benefit Hoola Bronzer, .1 oz|
|Swatch of Hoola. It's above the packaging, I swear.|
|BADGal Lash Mascara from Benefit, .14 oz tube|
You all know I LOVE mascara, and I just can't WAIT to try out Benefit's BADgal Lash! Just look at that amazing wand! I have serious high hopes for this mascara, but I have 2 open tubes already, so I'm hanging on to this one for later. What I love about Benefit is that they sell the smaller sizes of their products, and mascara is one thing I try to ONLY buy in Trial/Travel size- this works very well for me. If you would like to try out this amazing mascara, you can find it HERE: this travel size (.14 oz) is $8; the full size (.3 oz) is $19.
|Benefit's Stay Don't Stray under eye concealer and eyelid primer, .08 fl oz tube|
|Benefit's "That Gal" face primer, .25 oz tube|
|Benefit's Posie Tint Lip and Cheek Stain; .13 fl oz bottle|
|swatch of Posie Tint from Benefit|
This shade is such a pretty pink, I'm excited to use it! If you would like to give this your own stamp of approval, it's available HERE; a slightly smaller sample (.09 fl oz) is $8; the full size (.42 fl oz) is $30. My "medium" sized container has a retail value of $9.29.
|Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer, .13 fl oz bottle|
The final item in this Sexy Six set is the High Beam highlighter. I have never really had good luck with highlighters, so I am excited to give this one a try. I think will have better luck with a liquid product I can dab on, rather than a powder to brush on. Add to that that this is a very light color; which I think will compliment my fair skin.
|Swatch of High Beam from Benefit|
|Benefit Cosmetics bag- free with $30 Benefit purchase from Ulta|
Because I spent over $30 on Benefit cosmetics, I qualified for a free cosmetic bag. I was all, "oh, cool", and figured it would be a smallish bag, that would hold just a couple little things. This bag is an amazing size, and holds all my little samples.
The front of the bag has a really cool pop-art-style graphic, and the rest of the bag is black. I'm not sure what exactly I'm going to store in here, but I definitely will be using it! I checked out Benefit's site, and while I couldn't find the exact bag I received, I DID find this awesome mermaid bag, and now I totally want it. Sigh. First world problems. I'll assign the retail value of the mermaid bag to this one, as they appear to be the same size; $26.
|Tarte Prime, Shine & Define To Go Kit: Clean Slate Poreless, Amazonian Clay BB illuminating moisturizer (.3 fl oz) and Gifted Amazonian Clay smart mascara (.16 fl oz)|
|Tarte Clean Slate Poreless, .25 oz tube|
|Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer, .3 fl oz tube|
|Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara, .16 fl oz tube|
|Tarte High-Performance Naturals BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer; 4 .016 fl oz pots|
Because I made a purchase with Tarte Cosmetics, Ulta was running a special, where I could receive a sample of Tarte's new BB tinted treatment 12 hour primer, with broad spectrum SPF 30. This sample is really cool, because it gives me 4 color choices in one packet; and could mix and match if there isn't a shade perfect for me. Or, I could share the other shades with a friend with a different complexion. Love that! I didn't swatch this one, because I haven't tried it yet, but I will keep you posted as to whether or not I love it. I absolutely LOVE BB creams, so I am really looking forward to giving this a try! If you would like to try this out, it's available HERE; $34 a tube (1 oz), in the shades fair, light, medium or tan. Each pot on this sample has a value of $0.54; making the whole card $2.16.
|Bare Minerals Try. Believe. Love kit, in Light. Contains matte foundation, original foundation, concealer, mineral veil, and two brushes.|
|The full set of Try. Believe. Love ftrom Bare Minerals. Retail: $20|
|Bare Minerals Concealer brush, travel size, retail value $10|
|Bare Minerals Mini Flawless Application Face Brush, $12 retail|
|Bare Minerals SPF 20 Concealer in Summer Bisque; .02 oz|
|Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in Light; 0.03 oz|
|Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 foundation in Light; .03 oz|
|Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil; .03 oz|
|My first Ulta haul!|
So, that's my awesome haul from Ulta! Not too shabby for my first time, right?
Total Cost: $68, free shipping
Total Retail Value: $169.86
I tried to keep this short and sweet; I will do dedicated posts on the products I tried and liked (and those I didn't like!), especially if you let me know what you want to hear about first!
So, tell me, did I miss anything awesome at Ulta? Have you tried any of these products? Love them? Hate them? Leave a comment and let me know!
Until next time, my beautiful friends, stay gorgeous...and OnlyAverage!
Disclaimer: I purchased these items with my own money, and any gifts with purchase were because I met the purchase requirements to receive them. I was neither requested nor required to review these items, and all links in this post are NOT referral links.
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