Monday, February 17, 2014

Collective January Ulta Haul!

**all items purchased by me

I started working on this post, then we had a plumbing emergency in the kitchen - a.k.a. a hole in the pipe while both sides of the sink basin had standing water - so I had to take time out to go clean up water from inside the cabinet and the floor.  It seems like every plumbing issue that could happen with the kitchen has happened this winter.  Uck.  And I really need to wash dishes, of course, so I might have to try to wash the smaller ones in the bathroom sink. :-p

There's lot of pictures so give it a little time to load.

Anyway.... I thought today I would share my January Ulta purchases.  I was there almost every week during January.  Oops.  I've got new-to-the-market products, new-to-me items, and clearance items.  Let's get started with show and tell going back to the very beginning of January.  This purchase was a little over $16 total.
Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush (close-up of the same brush on the right)
OPI nail polish in When Monkeys Fly ($4.99 clearance), L'Oreal Infallible in Gilded Envy
I swatched When Monkeys Fly on a nail wheel and the gold glitters didn't look too curled (which was a common problem when this first hit the shelves)
The Infallible is one of those shades that looks different depending on the light

Now let's fast-forward a couple weeks and see my next purchase - I used a 20% off entire purchase (most of the prestige/high-end brands were not excluded).  I got both of these for about $52 (the Too Faced is normally $49 and the Stila sponge is $12).
 Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Stila Double-Ended Blending Sponge
I've only felt the original Beauty Blender being used on me one time (never purchased, though) so I'm hoping that this one is similar.
~unless requested, I probably won't swatch this palette as many other blogs/videos have excellent swatches of it~

I returned the next week because I just couldn't get another Too Faced palette out of my mind...and I had the email version of the coupon from when I bought the full size Chocolate Bar palette.  I ended up paying just over $21, with tax (normally $25).
Too Faced Candy Bar mini palette with iPhone case - this one is limited edition!!
(the case means nothing to me as we aren't an Apple household)
~this is in my "too swatch" pile, which I really need to do soon~

And finally, the last day of January's visit.  I had gone in because I ran completely out of my moisturizer and when I tried using the one I had used during the earlier part of the summer, I hated(!) it so I truly did need to go.  Of course I found some other good things.  Looking at my receipt, my items are all showing 20% off so I must have had yet another coupon, also not restricting prestige brands.  For everything, it was a few cents over $57 - it would have been over $71 if not for that precious coupon.
Essence High Precision Gel Eyeliner in 01 Midnight In Paris 
Mario Badescu Skin Care Buffering Lotion and Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30
Zoya polishes in Elisa, Roxy, Flynn, Portia - all $4.99 each
Looking at all of my new Zoya's, it's definitely worth while hunting down all the hiding places of Ulta's clearance items which seem to be in different locations every week.  Good way to extend an outing, I suppose.  Of course, I'm still looking for the answer to my never-ending acne issue.  I'll be headed back to the doctor later this week to find out the results of my hormone test and if it's truly the cause.  

Have you scored any good clearance items lately?  What products do you use if you're dealing with persistent acne?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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