February 1, 2018

First Ulta Haul of 2018!

I'm a simple girl. I like makeup and I like saving money. So whenever Ulta has a 20% off sale, I'm quick to jump on board, even if I don't really need anything (which, let's be honest, probably doesn't save me money in the long run). The way I see it, I'm going to eventually buy an item on my wishlist for the full price, so why not buy it a little earlier than I need it and get it at a discount? Yeah, I'm really good at talking myself into buying makeup.

There were three items that I most wanted to get, and two of them kept going out of stock, so I'm really happy with my haul and all of the things that I got! I also stocked up on drugstore mascaras and hopefully one of them will be my new holy grail.

Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara
Hourglass-shaped mascaras, such as the Too Faced Better Than Sex, Ciate Wonderwand, and the L'Oreal Lash Paradise, always work out well for me, so I'm hoping this Ulta-brand one does the same! It has shorter, plastic bristles that aren't very similar to other hourglass-shaped mascaras. It's a little more expensive than other drugstore mascaras, but still half the price of high-end ones.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
The Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara is really good, so I wanted to try out the original Lash Princess, too. This wand is a really interesting shape and I can't wait to try it out!

Essence Volume Stylist 18 hr Curl and Hold mascara
Essence was having a buy-one-get-one half off offer so I added yet another mascara to my cart. Tati (GlamLifeGuru on YouTube) has been raving about an Essence mascara lately, but I think that I got the wrong one. The one she shows has the same shape, but is purple. Nevertheless, this one looks nice and it was only a couple of dollars.

Not Your Mother's Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Shampoo
I recently bought a different shampoo and conditioner duo from Not Your Mother's, and while I like the conditioner, the shampoo is a little too hydrating for my scalp. Usually I can wash my hair every other day with no problem, but my hair was getting too oily too quickly! This shampoo is also hydrating, but is supposed to be less moisturizing than the one I'm having trouble with. I'll try to mix them and see if I can get it to work.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Full Coverage Concealer
This is one of the products I really wanted to get as it's supposed to be a good dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape! My shade kept going out of stock, so I'm glad I got it. The doe-foot applicator is massive, just like the Shape Tape, but it doesn't seem as high coverage. This shade, C2, looks like a perfect match for my skin tone and the texture/coverage seems more comparable to the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer, which was one of my favorites. Let me know if you would like a full comparison to the Shape Tape concealer after I've tested the MUR one!

Hey Honey Don't Miss a Spot Fresh Honey Cleansing Foam
Thanks to Ipsy, I've tried a few products from Hey Honey that I really enjoyed, especially their moisturizer. My Biore cleanser is on it's last legs so I really needed a new one. I've never used a foam cleanser before but I hope it will be less stripping than the Biore one I've been using! This cleanser claims that it "gently cleanses and balances skin" and that it is for all skin types, so I hope it suits my skin well in winter and summer.

Pacifica Bali Coconut Lip Balm
Ulta shipping costs about five dollars where I live, and I needed to spend five more dollars to get free shipping, so I figured I would rather spend the money on a product I might use rather than letting the same amount go to waste on shipping. I like coconut lip balms and I haven't tried Pacifica's line, so this was the five dollar product I chose. The coconut scent isn't too strong, but it still smells nice and I'll happily try this out.

This haul seems really promising and I'm hoping for some great products, if not new staples, from what I bought! Have you bought any makeup recently?

Xx Katie
15 comments on "First Ulta Haul of 2018! "
  1. I am the same too, I like to save money but I also can't say no when I see deals, offers on sales haha. But I really need to put myself on a spending ban, at least a couple of months.


  2. I'm wearing the Essence Volume Stylist today and I really like it. The Makeup Revolution concealer is on my wishlist.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  3. I have mixed feelings about Essence princess lash. I like how it gives my lashes volume but I don't love the clumpiness. I want to try the Makeup Revolution concealer and see how it compares to Tarte Shape Tape.

    Hannah the Mad Dog

  4. I'm so keen on trying out that makeup revolution concealer! I'm also keen on trying out more essence mascaras, that brand is pretty awesome.


  5. Awesome haul, it all sounds really good. I'd love a comparison post on the concealer - I love a good dupe! x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  6. I really want to try that MUR concealer, definitely want to see a comparison review for you!

    The Makeup Directory

  7. I love coconut lip balms!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

  8. I'd love to see a comparison on the MUR concealer as I've heard some mixed reviews about it, so it'd be interesting to read x

    Velvet Blush

  9. I didn't like the Lash Princess mascara when I first got it, but now it's one of my favorites.
    A Sparkle Of Grace

  10. i am hearing great things about the MUR concealer ! i am really excited to know what you think and i am interested in comparing it with the Shape tape!

  11. If this first paragraph doesn't describe me perfectly, I don't know what does haha I seriously have to stop buying makeup (until 19th of February when I get the new Essence collection here haha)
    anyway, I like this post and I'd like to read reviews on these essence mascaras (a comparison or something) and I'd really like the concealer comparison :)
    btw what is that marble stone you have? it looks like a nice prop :)

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

    1. I'm not sure exactly what it's supposed to be used for, it's just a marble slab that I found at TJ Maxx! It has little cotton pads on the bottom so it doesn't scratch anything up, so maybe it's meant for a table decoration?

  12. I'd love to know your final thoughts on the Essence Volume Stylist mascara. I've been looking at Essence mascaras because I've wanted to try some, but never know which one to go for!


  13. I really love the Essence Mascaras, they're amazing for the price! I haven't tried this one though but I need to! xx

    Gemma Etc. ❤️


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