Thursday, March 19, 2020

Ulta Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Sale Recommendations

I don't know about you but I LOVE the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sales!! In the past, I've done videos giving you my recommendations to check out during the sale.  Well, this current sale seems to really have caught me off-guard with all the chaos going on and therefore, I wasn't able to get a video of my recommendations filmed in time.

Not to fear!! I've got you covered.  I decided to bring you my recommendations the old fashioned way.....via my blog!!
General Sale Info

What is it?
For a period of 21 days, Ulta chooses items that will be priced at 50% off.  This price is only good for one day and is limited to stock on hand.  Usually, there is a mix of in-store and online only that stores are going to be closed for the next few weeks, you'll have to do all of your shopping online.

What are Hot Buys?
These are items marked down up to 30% off and generally run for the course of the sale.  Sometimes, Ulta will update this list of items weekly.

Shipping Costs?
If you are a Platinum or Diamond member and you purchase any of these sale items, shipping is free. Shipping rates for everyone else have been waived if your order totals $15 or more.

Now that you have the general idea of what this is all about, here are the items that I would highly recommend checking out during this sale.  I'll also indicate which of these items I plan to purchase as well.


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Friday, March 20th

BECCA Ultimate Lip Definer - $9
**I have this in Serene and it's a beautiful reddish burgundy shade.  I love pairing this with the Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic!

BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love - $12
**I have 3 shades of this lipstick and love the formula!! They are categorized by warm and cool shades....the 3 I have are:  Soufflé (cool); Dusk (warm); Sugar (cool) - this is my favorite of the 3!!

Sunday, March 22nd

LORAC Unzipped palettes - $12.50 - 17.50
**This is a baked formula shadow and different from their PRO palettes.  One of my long time favorites was the original Unzipped palette - if you like cool mauves and browns, this is a fabulous palette!

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner - $11.50
**Great soft, precise tip making it easy to use and the formula is waterproof! This is a great alternative to the Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner that you all know I love!

Too Faced Bronzers - $15
**The Chocolate Matte Soleil Bronzers are fabulous for contouring (Milk is the one I use on my paler, winter skin; Chocolate is my choice in the summer).  I'm planning to check out the shimmery bronzer shade in "Sun Bunny"....I hear great things about this one!

Monday, March 23rd

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primers - $12
**These really are good eyeshadow primers and they have an "Anti-Aging" one too. On my super oily lids, I feel like the Smashbox primer works a tad better but for most, these primers will work great!

MAC Lip Pencil - $9
**These have a nice, creamy formula and you do get a lot of product for the price.  But these don't hold my lipstick inside my liplines unless I use the MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot around the edge of my lips first.  A couple of the popular shades I own are "Soar" and "Spice".

Tuesday, March 24th

Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes - $12
**Ok, these are a FABULOUS formula!! So moisturizing and pigmented, yet they do NOT bleed past the lip lines on me!! If you like a good "nude" lipstick, this is a great shade range to check out.  My two favorites are "The Whole Truth" and "Nothing But the Truth"....which is what you are getting here :-)

Lime Crime Eyeshadow Palettes - $19
**I have ZERO experience with these but there are a few palettes that look interesting to me that I might be checking out on this day.

Friday, March 27th

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara & Liquid Liner - $12 - $12.50
**You know these are my absolute FAVORITES!! I will definitely be stocking up on this day!

Monday, March 30th

Diamond/Platinum Exclusive - Urban Decay Brow Blade Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil & Ink Stain - $13
**If you like the ability to add truly "hair-like" strokes in your brow, this is a wonderful product!! This is dual sided with a fine waterproof pencil on one end and a soft, fine tip marker on the other.  I haven't talked enough about this but I've almost used up one entirely and plan to repurchase.  The shade I use is "Taupe Trap".

BareMinerals BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer - $12
**If you like a medium coverage, hydrating concealer, this one is really nice!  I use this on my lighter foundation days and feel like it works well. I do find I need to set this very lightly with powder.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - $14
**The base of this is organic olive oil and it really works well at dissolving your makeup.  I do follow this with my usual Sibu Cleansing Bar but this is a great first step to help break everything down.  I still prefer the BareMinerals Cleanse Off Oil to this one but this is a close second :-). My mom has used this one for years and loves it!!

Tuesday, March 31st

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age-Defying Exfoliator - $39.50
**Set your alarms for this one!! You do NOT want to miss out!! This is by far the BEST exfoliator I've ever used!!! You only use this a maximum of 2x/week so it will last a very long time. At this sale price, it's worth every penny!

Wednesday, April 1st

Korean Beauty Erborian CC Red Correct & CC Dull Correct - $22

**Another brand/product that I have ZERO experience with but have heard great things....have this on my list to check out.

Thursday, April 2nd

BUXOM Full-On Plumping Lip Cream - $10.50
**These are FABULOUS!  They have a slight vanilla scent, no shimmer and add a very comfortable minty-tingle to the lips.  Favorite shades are "White Russian" and "Blushing Margarita"....I might be checking out the shades "Pink Champagne", "Pink Lady" & "Wild Orchid", cuz a girl can never have too many lipglosses ;-)

Friday, April 3rd

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette - $22

**If you've not already bought this but love the color story, you will not be disappointed!  There is only one shade that I thought was a "dud" but the rest performed beautifully.  If, however, you already own the ABH Sultry palette, you might not need this one....I have a video showing these side-by-side and the resemblance is uncanny! I'll link the video here for you:

COVER FX Monochromatic Blush & Bronzer Duos - $19

**First of all, there is a TON of product in each of these and the quality is amazing!  They are highly pigmented and each duo combines a matte and a shimmer in the same color family.  I have 3 of these in "Spiced Cinnamon", "Mulberry" & "Sunkissed Bronze".  You do need a light hand with these but that just means they are going to last forever! I'm planning to pick up another in a lighter shade....perhaps "Pink Dahlia" or "Warm Honey".

Saturday, April 4th

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer - $24
**I finished a whole jar of this and it is a really nice moisturizer.  Skin feels slightly plumped and hydrated but not greasy.  I didn't notice any HUGE changes in my fine lines and wrinkles but if you are in the market for a new moisturizer, at this price point, I think it's worth checking out.


March 15th -21st

BareMinerals Endless Bronzers & Highlighters - $20.30

**Warmth & Faux Tan are fabulous as bronzers or contours; "Joy" highlighter is a beautiful peach shade that is going to be perfect in the summer!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush & Bronzer - $18.20 - $22.40
**While I don't own any of these individually, these formulas have been included in the IT Girl Beauty Books and they are really nice!

March 22nd - 28th

LORAC PRO Palettes - $27.30

**These have 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades.  The formula is very soft but pigmented and they last well (always use an eyeshadow primer of course!).  My favorites are #1, #4, #2 in that order! #3 I didn't like at all as the color range seemed lacking to me.

TARTE Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette - $34.30

**I have to say, this has been one of my all-time favorite palettes when it comes to the matte shades.  I don't care for the 4 shimmer shades in here but the 16 matte shades are in 4 different shade ranges and you can create so many looks with them or use them in conjunction with shimmers in other palettes.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks - $13.30
**Not only are there like a gazillion shades but they come in multiple finishes so I feel like there is a "perfect shade" for just about anyone.  This is one of my largest collections of lipsticks so I have lots of favorites....a couple colors that I love are "Liar (Cream)"; "Amulet" (Metallized); "Lovelight" (Sheer Shimmer); 1993 (Comfort Matte).

March 29th - April 4th
Apparently, these are still "TOP SECRET" as these have not yet been revealed on Ulta's website :-)

I hope you found this helpful!! If there is something on this list that you've wanted to check out, now is the BEST time to do it!!

Happy Shopping!!

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette - Review, Swatches & Tutorial

Being a HUGE eyeshadow palette fanatic, I always get really excited when I learn Urban Decay will be releasing a new "Naked" palette.  So, when I heard about the new Naked Honey Palette, you can be sure I was at the nearest Sephora on the first day it was released for sale.

Here's what the palette looks like....

The color story is super warm and definitely "honey" inspired....

You will notice in the swatches that there is a good mix of finishes in the palette ~ 6 mattes, 5 shimmers and 1 pearl/satin....

Retail Price:  $49

Where to Buy:
✨Sephora (available now) ~
✨Ulta (available Sept 22 online) ~

For a full-face tutorial and review of this palette, check out this video:

🌟Products Mentioned:
*Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette ~
*Juvia’s Place The Warrior Palette ~
*Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer ~
*Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation (Golden Beige) ~
*EX1 Foundation (4.0) ~
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Stash) ~
*Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner (Mad Max Brown) ~
*Almond Oil (used to clean up fall-out under the eyes) ~
*Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (No. 3) YAY! Found it on QVC! ~
*Estee Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer (Light Warm) ~
*Too Faced Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer (Golden Beige or Vanilla?) ~
*Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Loose Setting Powder (Translucent Peach) ~
*Tarte Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette ~
*BareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush (Let’s Go Nude) ~
*Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter (Exposed) ~
*IT Cosmetics Brow PowerFull ~
*Origins Underwear for Lashes ~
*IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ~
*L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara (lower lashes) ~
*MAC Paint Pot (Soft Ochre) ~
Merle Norman Lip Pencil Plus (Chocolate Mousse) ~
*Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick (Nude Kate) ~

🌟Brushes/Tools Used:
*Sigma (E50, E60, E30, F80, F05) ~
*Morphe (M504, M432, E4) ~
Sedona Lace (904, 919, 376, 313) ~
*e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Smudge Brush ~
*MAC Cosmetics 140 Fan Brush ~
*Tweezerman Eyelash Curler (Round Eyes) ~

DISCLAIMER: This blog/video are NOT SPONSORED. All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me. Links denoted with a ✨ denotes a referral and/or affiliate link, meaning I earn a small commission if a purchase is made through that link. If you choose to use these links (no pressure whatsoever!), you are helping to support my channel but it in no way changes the cost to YOU, the consumer.

#UrbanDecay #NakedHoneyPalette

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Easy Spring Makeup Tutorial - Soft Pink Monochromatic Look

Despite the weather still feeling very "winter-y", I felt inspired to create this fresh pink look to remind me that spring is just around the corner!🌸 Maybe this will inspire you to pull out some of those spring-time shades and give this look a try. Hope you enjoy!

🌸 PRODUCTS USED: *First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ~ *UD Primer Potion (Fix) ~ *Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette ~ *Lottie London AM to PM Eyeliner (Velvet) ~ *Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Highlighter ~ *Origins Underwear for Lashes ~ *Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara ~ Thrive Lash Extensions Mascara ~ *IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact (Light) ~ *Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer (No. 3) ~ *IT Bye Bye Undereye Concealer (Light Amber) ~ *Fenty Beauty Match Stix (Amber) ~ *ColourPop SuperShock Cheek (Cruel Intentions) ~ *Too Faced Peach Perfect Loos Setting Powder (Translucent Peach) ~ Thrive Causemetics Sun Chaser Blur + Sculpt Bronzer (Rhea) ~ Thrive Causemetics Cosmo Power Multi-Dimensioinal Strobing Blush (Rosie) ~ *Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (Highlight 01) ~ *Gerard Cosmetics Lip Pencil (Melrose Place) ~ *Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip (Hippy Shake) ~ 🌸 BRUSHES/TOOLS USED: *Morphe (M208, M504, M433, M432, M439, E4) ~ Sedona Lace (904, 376, 313, 919) ~ *Sigma E30 ~ Aesthetica Angled Liner Anastasia Highlighting Brush ~ Firma 103 *Tweezerman Eyelash Curler for Round Eyes ~ 🌸 What I'm Wearing: Top: Bass Earrings: Design by Sharalee Interchangeable Jewelry Nails: Zoya "Dot"