March 12, 2017
A Little Ulta Haul
For my birthday I got an Ulta gift card and I decided to put it to good use as my online cart got more and more full. I definitely went over the card limit, but it was still a nice treat! Some of the items I really wanted were out of stock, but I found good replacements that I'm excited to put to use.
Large Lavender Z Palette
I have a medium-sized Sephora Collection Z palette but I filled it a few months ago with Makeup Geek shadows and still had a few left over that I had to put in my MAC Pro palette, which isn't magnetized properly to hold non-MAC shadows. I had been wanting the Makeup Forever palette, but it's always out of stock so I went for this pretty purple one instead. It's got a ton more space than the medium size and it should fit all the MUG shadows on my wish list!
Anastasia Contour Powder Refill Pan in Fawn
I think I've mentioned before that I have no use for a massive contour kit--I don't use the matte highlighters that come with it and I would likely only use one of the contour shades as well. Luckily Anastasia allows you to buy single pans from their classic contour palettes and after looking at swatches online I decided on the cool-toned Fawn, which is now in my emptied medium Z palette. The shade is slightly lighter than I expected, but seems pigmented and easy to blend.
Tarte Park Ave Princess Lipstick
I remember seeing this on a blog somewhere and falling in love at first sight! Pale pink nudes are my weakness and THIS PACKAGING. It's cardboard with rose-gold feathery accents all over it. The formula is very creamy and doesn't give a ton of pigment, so it looks very natural on the lips. It reminds me of the MAC glaze finish. It has a slight minty flavor which is nice. Overall, I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of this.
LA Girl Pro Illuminating foundation mixer in White
The Nyx white foundation mixer has been on my list for ages, but it's also been sold out for ages. I decided to go for this one instead after LA Girl started being carried by Ulta. It's cheaper than the Nyx one and I've also heard some good things about it! I have a bad habit of ordering foundations online that are too dark for me, and the lighting in my drugstores are horrible so I'm constantly getting a bad shade match. I've used this once so far and it seems like a big help. I will probably review it soon and test it with multiple foundations to see if it changes the finish or the formula.
Nyx Epic Ink liner
This is supposedly a total dupe for the Kat von D tattoo liner in Trooper, which I've always wanted to try. The brush-tip applicator is very fine and precise, so it is easy to draw a line but takes a little longer to fill in than a felt tip. Still, I think the thin tip will be very helpful in my quest for the perfect winged liner and from what I've seen this does seem to be a good dupe for the Kat von D version!
Both NARS and MAC are now carried/are going to be carried by Ulta so I'm guessing I will be placing a lot more orders with them soon! If you'd like a full review of any of these items please let me know. Either way I'll be testing these out, I've been wanting them for a long time!
What's your most recent beauty purchase?