Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Collective Ulta Haul, part 1 (February)

**all items purchased by me

I've got an Ulta collective haul from the month of February to share today.  My pictures got all jumbled and lost in my computer, so today I spent a few hours sorting through and organizing (as well as taking more pictures, which have been uploaded in an organized fashion).  I'm planning on showing what I purchased in March in a separate post.  Apparently I'm really good at buying one thing a week (or so) on average so let's get started!  Since I've had these items for quite a while, I've put some initial impressions for what I've played with the most.
Cargo A Vintage Escape - $18 (if it was still in stock, it would now be $9 since Cargo is leaving Ulta)
includes: deluxe samples of Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Primer and Triple Action Mascara, a Water Resistant Blush in Bali (might be a deluxe sample?), full size Eye Shadow in Yukon and full size Essential Lip Color in Dubai
~I've used everything but the mascara and I've liked everything.  The nude lipstick is pretty much a perfect nude for me and pigmented enough to actually show up like the color in the tube.  The formula is also comfortable to wear.  The eye primer is comparable, for my lids, to the lasting power of my 2 favorite primers: Lorac's Behind the Scenes and Wet 'n Wild's primer.  
~the box the set came in is actually a cute and fairly sturdy suitcase shaped box, so I'll be keeping that for cute organizing purposes (minus the price stickers)

Next visit:
Real Techniques Limited Edition Duo-Fiber Collection
~contains Face Brush, Contour Brush & Eye Brush~
~I thought I had missed my chance on getting these, but my local Ulta keeps putting a few new sets out once in a while so when I saw it (and had a coupon) I grabbed it.
~I haven't been reaching for any duo-fiber brushes lately so I haven't put these to the test yet, but the eye brush looks like the perfect size and shape for use in the crease.  The contour brush looks like around the same size as the brush I currently have been using for highlighting my cheekbones.

And for my final February visit's purchase:
Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish in #135 Constant Candy and Jack Black Lip Balm - lemon & chamomile, SPF 25
~This is the first Cover Girl polish I've tried since the new formula was introduced and...I really like it! Definitely open to getting more from the line in the future.
~I really needed a new lip balm since nothing in my lip-care hoard was helping my lips from being dry/cracked/chapped from the extended and extra cold winter we've had.  I've enjoyed this as well and given the choice between peppermint and lemon, I'll take lemon any day.

Of everything that I've tried, I've liked it all.  Yay!  I wish that at this point there were still good sets from Cargo available in store since that would be an awesome deal.  I'm definitely open to getting more Cover Girl polishes since this one had a very nice wear time on me.  I'll have my March Ulta purchases up soon (including another Cargo kit!).

Do you have any favorite Cargo products?  Did I pick up anything you like?

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

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