As I (not so) patiently await the arrival of my May Ipsy bags (both of them, as I ordered a second subscripton!), I thought I would take the time to review my Mother's Day present from my sweet hubby. Of course, you know that any chance I can get to head over to Ulta (an hour away), I will- and this was a perfect excuse! I had a very strict budget for this trip, so it's a mini-haul, but I think I definitely got my money's worth!
First, just let me say that Ulta is one of my favorite stores. I can go in there with my Tiny Love, who isn't quite tiny anymore and is IN to EVERYTHING, and be welcomed with open arms, and she and I can swatch products to my hearts content. The employees are super nice, and very helpful. (if you're reading this Ulta- I HEART YOU. Please send me free things, or more coupons so I can have the excuse to overindulge again soon. Thank you!)
|BareMinerals Your Starting Lineup 6 piece kit, $25 on sale (now $38 again); available HERE.|
This awesome kit contains foundation, primer, finishing powder, mascara, lip gloss, and a face brush, and has a retail value of $38. I really need the "fairly light" color, but my store was sold out of the kits in that shade, so I picked up "light", in the hopes that I will get a bit of sun and it will match better. My box says that the retail value of everything is $100, but when I add it up I get $80.85. Full disclosure :)
|BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation, 2g size. (full size is 8.5 g, retail $27.) Retail value $6.35.|
|BareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25 Finishing Powder, 0.03 size. (full size is .3 oz, retail $20.00) Retail value $2|
|BareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black, 10 mL size (full size), retail value $18.|
|BareMinerals 100% Natural Lipgloss in Cupcake, 4.2 mL size (full size), retail value $15.|
I love lip gloss, but if you read my blog regularly, you already know that! Lately, I've been using lipstick to create an ombre lip effect, but gloss is my first love. I was excited to try this out- especially since it's all natural, but I was a little disappointed. The gloss is sticky, in my opinion. Not as bad as the Stila glosses were for me, but still a bit on the sticky side. I'm still going to give it some test drives before I make a final verdict, especially since I really love the color!
|Swatch of Cupcake|
|BareMinerals Flawless Face brush, retail value $28.|
|Prime Time Foundation primer, .5 oz (half of full size), (full size is 1 oz and retails for $23), retail value $11.50|
Because I spent $25 on BareMinerals products, I received a FREE gift:
|Bareminerals Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream, 7 mL size, deluxe sample size, retail value $14.93. Full size is 15 mL and retails for $32.|
|Benefit Posit Tint Sample (2.5 mL) FREE sample|
While I was over in the higher end product area of Sephora, a sales girl came up to me and we got to talking about (what else?) makeup. She asked me my favorite brand, and I said Urban Decay (what, are you surprised?). She complimented me on my makeup, and asked me what other brands I use. I mentioned Benefit, and she brought me a free sample of the Posie Tint. I already have a larger bottle of the Posie Tint, but I love it, and am super happy to have been given a nice sample of it again!
I also had a coupon for $3.50 off a $10 purchase (that doesn't include prestige brands), so I did a little extra shopping. I noticed that they still had some of the gift bags that are free with a $19.50 Ulta purchase. Who can turn that deal down?! I really don't NEED a lot more makeup, (and I'm going on a no buy for at least a month, per my husband), but I can always use tools, and hair products.
|Ulta Nourishing Deep Conditioner, 9 oz full size, on CLEARANCE for $2.25, originally $8.99. (couldn't find this one online- sorry!)|
|Ulta Brand Super Blender Sponge, $4.99, available HERE.|
|Ulta Kabuki Brush, $14.00, available HERE.|
I also picked up a travel hair brush for Tiny Love, as she wanted it, and tried it in store. I think it cost $1.20.
Because I spent $19.50 or more on Ulta brand cosmetics, tools, or nailpolish, I received another free gift! I chose the peach colors this time, since I already have the pink one. I'm not going to review everything in this bag here, since I already did it HERE. I will go over the items that have different colors, though!
|swatch of Perfect Nude (226)|
|swatch of Flirtini (07)|
Lip gloss always makes me happy. This color is a great, sparkly peach color and looks and feels great. NOT sticky at all!!!
|Ulta Nail Lacquer in Oh!|
|Ulta Cheeks in Flush|
|Ulta Automatic Eye Liner in Teal Blue , 0.28g, $8 retail value.|
|Ulta Baked eye shadow in Spellbound, 2.55 g, $8 retail value.|
|swatch of Spellbound|
I will totally add this to my collection of favorites. I love how it's two shades in one, and they blend really well.
Well, that's about it for my awesome Mother's day Haul! My husband was so good to let me go shopping at my favorite store!
Since I had to go to Salisbury to go to Ulta, I also took Tiny Love to the zoo. I'll leave you with a picture of this awesome pelican that came over to stare at us. I could have reached out and touched him (if I weren't afraid of losing a finger!)
Happy May, y'all!
Disclaimer: I purchased these items with