Ulta Beauty Haul Spring 2013

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Shopping for beauty products is always a fun adventure.  You go with one-thing in mind, and you leave with a whole bunch of awesomeness. I was in search for some new makeup brushes. Mainly for two reasons.

  1. I need more variety in my everyday brushes;
  2. I hate having to clean my brushes so often.

Depending on the brush cleaner I use, I’m not fond of the just cleansed brushes but on the flip side I don’t want week old makeup and grime being applied to my fresh face. Having more variety and options in my brushes will hopefully alleviate some of this.

This weekend I made a trip to Ulta. I picked up several things. The first is this brush set by Real Techniques, Limited Edition Duo Fiber Collection. 

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I’ve purchased a blush brush previously from Real Techniques, and although I like it a few short months later the brush came out of the handle. So I was a little disappointed. I’m going to give Real Techniques another try. This brush set purchased at $17.99.

After picking up the brushes I went over the skin care section. I’ve been a long time user of Dermalogica. But haven’t really used it in the recent past after running out of the products I used daily. Until the recent past, Dermalogica was only available from select spa’s or from the Dermalogica website. Ulta has carried the brand for a while now and it’s a great place to purchase the products.

In questioning the skin therapist at the store Salon about the best Dermalogica cleanser for my skin, I realized that she had been performing a professional skin service on a another client.  Since Ulta was having a Dermalogica special, $20 dollars for a 20-minute service by the skin therapist on duty, I decided to book my appointment.  My appointment was scheduled in 40-minutes. So I went to Old Navy and shopped while I waited for my appointment time.

When I returned we discussed my current skin regimen and what I was looking for. I got a mini-facial with full-cleansing, steam and slight extractions in a slightly private  setting.  Afterwards  she recommended some products. Ulta also had a free-gift deal. A free gift of the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, Skin Hydrating Booster, and Multi-Active Toner, with any $65 Dermalogica purchase. Since I had paid $20 bucks for the facial, and would be purchasing a cleanser it wasn’t a big stretch to meet that $65 minimum.

I ended up purchasing the Active Moist, which is a moisturizer, the Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, and the Special Cleansing Gel in the smallest sizes.

I also picked up CLINIQUE’s moisturizing gel. I’ve used this for several years now and I like it. The thing with me is that I’m always looking or the perfect moisturizer. I’ve tried tens of lotions and creme’s and moisturizers and I try to change it up so my skin doesn’t get used to the same thing. I’ve tried CLINIQUE’s gel and lotion and I like the gel for the summer and the lotion for the winter.

I’m in the market for a new concealer. I tried a couple at Ulta but didn’t find any I was really crazy about. So the search is still on. I also decided to try a bronzer. I’ve tried a friend’s bronzer a while ago and thought about purchasing my own. So after sampling a few I decided to try the small size of LORAC’s Tantalizer Highlighter and Matte Bronzer Duo.

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Sephora Beauty Haul

Okay so I’m super excited I finally got a chance to get to Sephora to stock up on some of my favorite products.  I took my time and went through each aisle. And it’s a good thing I did instead of just picking up my “go-to-items” because I got some great finds. Here’s a shot of most of what I picked up.

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So one of my favorite foundations is Makeup Forever’s (MUFE) Duo Mat. It helps keep my T-zone shine and oil-free throughout the day. Thanks to a tip I received from Erin at Scandalous Beauty via Twitter. Imagine my surprise when I was informed by the Sephora representative that Duo Mat had been discontinued and MUFE had launched their Pro Finish as a replacement. She helped me try on two shades of the Pro Finish and I ended up purchasing one to try it out at home. Maybe I’ll do a comparison to the Duo Mat in the future.  (NOTE: If you like the Duo Mat you can still purchase most shades at Sephora.com).

I had received a sample version of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer months ago, but since it wasn’t my shade and I had read a good review on it, I decided to purchase it.  Wow $43 bucks is a heck of a lot for a moisturizer, but if I don’t like it I’ll gladly return it.

The only thing that I purchased from Sephora this time that wasn’t new to me was my BELOVED Stila eyeliner in Stingray.  I love it! It goes on easy and lasts.

More importantly, I found this awesome little kit that Every woman needs to have in their purse and/or car. It contains everything you could need without taking up much space. I got it for $13 and it’s called the MINIMERGENCY Kit and the 17 contents are listed below.

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  • a bandage
  • safety pin
  • earring backs
  • deodorant towelettes
  • nail polish remover pad
  • stain remover
  • clear hair elastics
  • lip balm
  • tampon
  • emory board
  • hair spray
  • clear nail polish
  • dental floss
  • mending kit
  • breath freshener
  • double-sided tape
  • pain reliever

The only thing it is missing is a condom, but then again, there is room for that too. It’s pretty awesome and I may go back and get a second one so I’ll have one for my car and one for my purse.

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