September 7, 2017

A Big Ulta Haul

Why, oh why do I always make the mistake of ordering a bunch of stuff just before a holiday? Not only did I miss out on all the Labor Day sales, my deliveries were also pushed back several days because of the holiday weekend. First world problems, am I right?

Anyway, I got a boatload of makeup delivered to me today from Ulta, Morphe, and Kiko Milano so prepare yourselves for some of my favorite posts: hauls! I decided to start with the most exciting one, which is my big Ulta order.

I've been wanting to get my hands on the new Lorac Ocean Sunset Unzipped palette but it's been out of stock for weeks. I signed up for the email list and the same day that the palette was restocked, Ulta had a deal where if you spent $75 you got a 19 piece gift set of a variety of sample products. Obviously I couldn't miss out on something like that, and I usually spend over $75 at Ulta anyway when I shop online, so I jumped on it.

Lorac Unzipped Ocean Sunset Palette
My original reason for making this purchase, I was really drawn to the gorgeous colors in this palette. I have way too many neutral ones, so I loved the unusual shades in this paired with some standard neutrals. The sea green one is so pretty, along with the shimmery plum. I've always been really happy with the Lorac Pro formula and the Unzipped one doesn't disappoint, either! I'm going to start using this soon and review it. It also came with a Behind the Scenes eye primer which I will give to my mom, I know she likes this one.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Everyone with dry skin seems to love this primer, so I decided to finally pick it up! The packaging is beautiful and to me it has a faint Fruit Loops I crazy? My best friend used to love this primer so I'm hoping it works well for me, too. It's the first high-end on that I own.

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Unscented Dry Shampoo
I recently learned that Batiste, my favorite dry shampoo brand, may not be cruelty free. My cherry scented one is running out quickly so decided to buy a backup. This is one that I haven't tried before, but I've heard good things about.

Zoella Beauty Body Pudding Body Cream
I adore the scent of the Zoella Beauty Sweet Inspirations line, so I was excited to hear about her newest line, Jelly and Gelato. I love the packaging of this but unfortunately that's the best that I can say about it. I really dislike the floral scent. I think it's a personal thing as I've read a lot of reviews saying that they love the scent and find it more mature than Zoe's past lines. I'll try to use it but I might have to give it away because certain fragrances give me headaches.

19 Piece Beauty Set
This is obviously too big to really describe thoroughly--in fact I'm feeling overwhelmed by the samples in here! I think there's a good variety of fragrance, makeup, skincare, and haircare and a lot of good brands included. I've only tried one of these products before so if you have tried any others, please let me know what you recommend!

This set includes sample of:

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer (not cruelty-free)
I've never tried this brand, but I love hyaluronic acid and moisturizers so might as well put them together.

Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Perfume Rollerball (Not CF)
This smells like a perfume I've had before, but I can't remember which one. It's floral and sweet, quite mature. Not something that I would wear often. It has notes of pink pepper, patchouli, rose, and amber.

Lipstick Queen Mauve Sinner lipstick (May or may not be CF; research isn't clear)
I adore shades like this for fall! It's a creamy dark mauve shade.

Ulta Beauty Dewy Makeup Setting Spray
I don't use many setting sprays, so more than anything this is a reminder to use the ones I own.

Cover FX Blurring Primer Base
Like I said, I haven't tried many high-end primers so I'm glad to have this good-sized sample! Those little packets that are usually included as a sample are not big enough to truly determine if it's a good product.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Split End Treatment
No products are able to mend split ends; once they are created, they stay until they're cut off. Therefore I don't think this product will do anything to help my split ends, but I'm hoping they prevent them!

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
I'm about a month away from finishing my Elizabeth Arden toner, so then I will start trying this out. I've heard great things about this brand so my hopes are high.

Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair and Body
Is anyone else skeptical about a product that's for both hair and body? I don't think I will be using this, unless maybe I'm sick because it smells exactly like Vix Vapo Rub!

Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream
Hand cream is something that I wear everyday, especially in the winter, so I'm always happy to have a new one.

Georgio Armani Si perfume (not CF)
 It's a nice autumn/winter fragrance, but again, not one that I would purchase for myself. It has blackcurrant nectar, airy florals and blond wood notes.

KMS Hair Play Molding Paste (not CF)
I never use products like this so I'll pass it on to someone who will use it.

Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Anti-aging Regenerative Face Cream 
I'm feeling pretty 'meh' about this product. I haven't heard of this brand before and it doesn't sound like a product I'd be enthusiastic about.

Benefit Ka-brow Cream Gel Brow color (not CF)
This isn't even close to my brow color. I actually don't think I know anyone with this blonde shade, so I don't know who I would give this to!

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner
Here it is: the only product from this set that I already have! I'm not a huge fan of this liner, but it might have just been my bad first impression of it. I did a wing and it smeared everywhere. Every other time I've used it (not for a wing) it has been fine so maybe one of these days I will try a wing again...

Thierry Mugler Alien perfume
Angel is one of my favorite perfumes so I was excited to smell this one! My first impressions are pretty good. I think it could grow on me. The key notes include Jasmine Sambac, Cashmeran Wood, and Amber Gris but I don't get a strong floral vibe from it.

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes 10 Pack
If I worked out I'd be pretty excited about these. I think I'll keep them in my car for emergencies. They sound really nice and I've liked other Pacifica products I've tried!

Butter London Oh My, How High Mascara
To be honest I have at least a dozen mascaras to use before I can get to this one, but the wand looks promising. I liked curved ones.

Garnier Skinactive Moisture Bomb (not CF)
I'm curious about this because I like moisturizers, but I hate skincare products in a jar. Often when the ingredients are exposed to the air it lowers the effects that they give. I'm sure for a small jar like this it won't be a huge problem, but it's something to consider if you're thinking of picking up a full size.

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti Aging Eye Cream (not CF)
I'll probably take this with me when I travel, along with a lot of these other skincare products!

And some other samples included in my order were the Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer and the Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster. Those are just in little packets, so I'm not super excited about using them.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them?

Xx Katie

19 comments on "A Big Ulta Haul"
  1. Totally agree with the Zoella scent being too strong, I have 4 things from the jelly and gelato collection and they are very overpowering - which I wouldn't mind if I loved the scent, but I just really don't. it wasn't what I was expecting, it doesn't match the aesthetic for me haha

    Courtney xo | Lashes and Luxe

    1. I completely agree! I was expecting a sweet, fruity scent from a gelato-inspired collection

  2. I wish we had Ulta here in Portugal! You bought nice things!
    Kiss x

    Daniela Santos Blog | Instagram

  3. :9 That Lorac palette looks so pretty! I really like their eyeshadow primer. You got a great sample bag! I like purchasing when they have those bags.

  4. I wanted the Lorac Desert Unzipped palette, but I couldn't justify spending $42 for that little amount of shades...yet I've been eyeing the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette (Dolce Vita) which is $53 for 4 shades! I'll buy it when I get my first paycheck though, and I will be waiting to do big hauls in October (my birthday month)


    1. Good idea cause then you can get all the birthday gifts! :) I want to get the other two palettes but I know I already have similar shades

  5. Wow so many goodies! I love the look of the new Unzipped palette xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

  6. The Lorac Sunset palette looks gorgeous, I have many neutrals too and I am looking for some coloured shades to add to my collection. You got so many products, I did a haul too but it doesn't compare to this one!! xx


  7. Awesome haul! That Lorac palette is so pretty, I wish we could buy the brand in Portugal! xx

    Carolina's Makeup Life

  8. Woah you got so many lovely products! I love the look of that palette too, the colours are beautiful xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  9. Lorac has such pretty palettes. I would love to try more of their palettes but they don't ship to Canada. Enjoy all your new products and I look forward to your upcoming posts.

    1. I've heard rumors of Ulta shipping to Canada now so hopefully you can try out some more brands! :)

  10. These products look amazing! & love the colours on the palette xx

  11. Ahhh that Lorac Palette is gorgeous, so many pretty shades xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

  12. Fantastic haul. I love to shop at Ulta when ever I am in the US.
    Have a nice weekend.

    Love, Esther

  13. Wow that's a really generous GWP! I don't really shop online at Ulta cause I don't like paying for shipping, but when I do I go ham too lol. That lorac palette is so pretty! I love their pro formula too but have yet to try the unzipped one. I love the becca primer for my dry skin! Now I'm going to have to sniff it to see if it smells like froot loops to me too XD

    Mili | sharmtoaster

  14. Holy cow! Now this is what I call a haul! I love Becca Backlight Primer Filter and should really use it again!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  15. The Ocean Sunset Palette and the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid toner sound amazing, great haul. You picked up some fantastic products, Ulta sounds like a dream. I wish we had one in the UK. Thank you for sharing Katie, hope you're having a brilliant weekend x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  16. Wow! This is a huge haul. Have fun playing around with all of these ;)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge


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