Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Collective Ulta Haul!

**purchased / g.w.p. /
 point redemption / sample

I've got some older Ulta hauls to share today.  These are dating back to April - wow am I behind on sharing some of these things.  Some of these were quite the deal, but I'll get into that with each.  I've included some initial impressions/review on the makeup items.  Let's get started!

This first group was technically "free" since I was redeeming my reward points (back when you had to pick from specific items on a printed list).  I had gotten up to level 11 so I was able to pick out quite a few items.
Essence Stays Put No Matter What Eye Pencil & Shadow in (top down) Gorgeous Grey, Powerful Purple, Green Garden
Ulta Baked Eye Shadow (trio) in Wall Street and Ulta makeup brush - Flat Eyeliner
The Essence Stays Put... are one single line - very nicely pigmented and they do last nicely
The eye shadow trio was also a single swipe for each color - again, very nicely pigmented, pretty creamy

Moving on, a couple of brands were on 40% off sale for a few days a week or so later so I figured it was the perfect time to grab a couple of things I had been wanting:
Jane Multi-Colored Cheek Powder in Peach Bouquet and Physicians' Formula Super CC+ Powder in Light/Medium
 ~the swatch closest to the pan is all the shades blended together, the rest are all swipes of individual colors~
Even though this looks crazy bright in the pan (especially in my pictures), I'm able to get a nice light look out of this when all swirled together and used lightly (building up if I want to).  Moving on to the Physicians' Formula Super CC+ Powder, oddly enough, I think that this is the perfect shade for my skin so I've already hit pan.  I use the Light shade in the Super CC+ Cream version, which is a bit too dark for me, but the light shade in the powder is a bit too light so I use those 2 together to get it just right.  The CC+ powder in Light/Medium is perfect for me on its own.  Sold!

And for the final visit (that I'm sharing today), I came across a nice sale on the polish - bogo free - and received a free sample of the It's A 10.  I got these goodies the same night I had microdermabrasion done.
Mineral Fusion polishes in Meteor Shower and Brilliant
Mario Badescu Silver Powder (recommended by the esthetician doing my microderm. to help with blackheads, which it is)
It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In spray (free gift) - I am loving this - might eventually have to buy a bottle of it
 sample of DermaDoctor Glycolic cleanser
~still need to swatch these~
Meteor Shower has a clear base with purple flakie/shard pieces of glitter
Brilliant - the hot pink/magenta - has little holo particles that I can't wait to see how they look once applied (hopefully they show)

I haven't used the eye shadow brush yet (I actually misplaced it for a bit but found it recently) but I hope I'll like it.  I think it's a little thick for any precision work, though.  I also haven't used the sample of cleanser yet - I'm a little nervous on what my skin will do.  I still need to swatch the 2 polishes, hopefully the pink is easy to get to being opaque.

I've got a few more Ulta hauls, but they'll be shared individually since there's at least 2 palettes that I've done swatches of.

Have you found anything good at the stores lately?  Let me know if you'd like more specific reviews of anything!

**all items purchased by me / gift with purchase / point redemption / sample
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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