Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ulta Haul/Product Reviews January 2014

Hey everyone! So remember that one time like two posts ago when I said I wanted to post at least three times a week? Most definitely broke that resolution already. I'm sorry guys. I've been thinking a lot about this blog and the more I feel like I have to write on it, the more uninspired I feel to write. Especially since I feel that I'm not the greatest writer. I never want any of my posts to ever seem forced, I just think you guys deserve better than that. You deserve the best I can give ya! So from now on I only want to post when I feel inspired to do so.

So today I wanted to share a recent haul from Ulta, I treated myself to a few goodies because I had a gift card from Christmas and I also got my hands on a friends and family 20% off coupon, which was awesome. I've had my eye on a few of these items for a while so I was excited to be able to finally get them!

-Benefit They're Real! Mascara- I LOVE this mascara. I'm sure you can tell since it's the only mascara I've used in my tutorials so far. That says a lot because I am so incredibly picky when it comes to mascara for my long lashes. This stuff is great! It's not clumpy, it makes my lashes look so full and even longer than they already are. My last little sample tube is starting to dry up a bit so I needed to get a back up ASAP.
-NYX Wonder Pencil- This is a neat little product that caught my attention when I found out about it. It says that it's a "Concealer, Eye Brightener, Reverse Lip Liner in One". I got the color "light". It's creamy, a good consistency to work with. This is good to use in the inner corners of your eyes and under the brow to help brighten the eyes up. You can also use this to conceal blemishes, and also draw in your wrinkles to help soften the appearance of them. Thankfully I don't have any of those yet lol. I plan on using this stuff as a reverse lip liner when I wear bold lip colors. You want to apply your lip color first, then line outside the lips with this stuff and blend slightly outward. It will really help make the lip color pop.
-Nailtiques Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover- I've been using pure acetone to remove my nail polish for a while which can be very drying, and since winter is here that just makes the dryness 100 times worse. I wanted to find a good non-acetone remover because of this, and this formula contains aloe vera and other conditioners. I used this stuff yesterday and it's really great, it didn't severely dry out the skin around my nails and cuticles. I'm not sure if I'd repurchase another bottle since it is a bit pricey for nail polish remover and I paint my nails often. We shall see after I finish this bottle if I absolutely can't live without it. But it is good stuff.
-Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer- I've been wanting to try a different eye primer since I've only ever used Urban Decay Primer Potion. I like UDPP(I've used it for several years) but I've been wanting to change it up and Tiffany D(MakeupByTiffanyD on Youtube) recently reviewed it and said she thought it was better than UDPP and 9 times out of 10 when I purchase something she recommends I'm very satisfied. I've only used this primer once so far but it was good! My eyeshadow held up well on my oily lids, no complaints. I can't form much more of an opinion on this until I use it a few more times but if you're interested in trying it, get it! It's a dollar more than UDPP but you get more product. So that's definitely another great thing about this product.
-Batiste Dry Shampoo- I decided on the "wild" scent mainly because the bottle is cute lol. I love leopard print! This stuff has good reviews on it so I wanted to try it since I'm on the lookout for a HG dry shampoo. I haven't used this yet, but I'll let you guys know via Twitter what I think of it after I use it, so make sure you're following me there! Follow me here.
-Real Techniques Setting Brush- Finally got around to buying a Real Techniques brush! I've only heard great things about these brushes so I'm excited to use this guy next time I use powder highlighter or if I have to set my under eye concealer. I think I want to try this out for contouring as well. It's really soft but a bit dense. If I really love it I'll definitely try out their other brushes!
-IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream- Oh I've saved the best for last! YOU GUYS. This stuff is AMAZING. I've been using this for about a week now. Yet another recommendation by Tiffany D, I'm so glad I decided to purchase this stuff. It's basically a moisturizer, sunscreen, and color correcter in one. My skin is far from perfect, I've got a lot of redness on my cheeks and this stuff covers most of it. I use the "light" shade and it matches my skin tone nicely. I LOVE THIS STUFF. It is so lightweight but the coverage it gives is incredible! It's also full of great ingredients and is a broad spectrum SPF 50. 50! Isn't that awesome?! I'm really happy with this stuff, especially because I am pretty picky when it comes to skincare. I don't like wearing foundation on a regular basis, so this product is really great for me. I highly recommend it!

That's it! I hope you enjoyed my first beauty haul! I'm really excited about all these goodies, I'm pretty satisfied with the quality of everything. I don't get to do beauty hauls too often so I'm definitely going to look forward to the next time I get to share one.

Thank you so so much for reading and for all of your support. I love you guys!

xo, Michelle

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