Thanksgiving Grinch-Thanks Ulta

Now I am a huge fan, but I sent them an email today expressing my dissatisfaction that they were open on Thanksgiving.  I really wasn’t expecting a response, but boy what a response I got!  Below is the response, along with the email I sent them! Sheesh!

Hello, Stacy

You recently reached out about your concern regarding your local Ulta store.

We thank you so much for your valuable contribution to our company and are very glad to hear you invest in our products. The fact that you write reviews on our products on your blog is highly appreciated and your compliment will be sent forward to our company.

Looking at your profile, we see that you do in fact value our company highly.
Unfortunately yes we are open on Thanksgiving. We understand that this holiday has recent values in spending time with family and eating good food while other stores have large blowout sales. Unfortunately we do profit off of these sales.

Your concern though, questions me. Thanksgiving is not a holiday worth celebrating since it has roots in the slaughter of an entire nation of people on the first Thanksgiving, so I do not see why any store would be closed on this holiday especially since we benefit during this time with the sales and large amounts of it.

We’re so glad you got in touch and want you to know how happy we are that you shop Ulta.

If you have any other questions, you can respond directly to this email.

Thanks so much,

Dakota G.
Ulta Beauty Guest Services

Dear Sirs,

I have been shopping at your fine establishment for over 10 years. Ulta is my favorite store, and I often write glowing reviews on my life style blog with links to your website. I have introduced your store to my worldwide readers. I am also a platinum rewards member. I estimate I spend almost $1000 a year at your stores. I shop at Ulta weekly. I don’t smoke or drink, I buy cosmetics and skin care, lots of them.

The staff is always helpful, and I’ve gotten some great tips. I am writing today because I was saddened to see your store was open on Thanksgiving. I expected more from Ulta. You sell beauty products, not 50 inch flat screen TV’s for under $300. I actually stopped today for some Christmas gifts.

Judging by your current stock value, I would not have guessed your company would have been aligned with the likes of Walmart, and Best Buy. I can’t imagine anyone waiting in line to buy make up. I expressed my disappointment to the salesperson that helped me today, and she thanked me for my concern.

I’ve worked in retail in my life, but fortunately it was many years ago, and I never had to work on a holiday. I know our society has gone overboard on our consumerism, but I expected more from you.

While I will continue to shop at Ulta, I just wanted to let you know of my concerns.

Thank you,

Stacy K.Not_our_Priority


Art Deco Dragon fly Brooch

I love my local jewelry store called Dan’s L&L Fine Jewlery  They have new and used jewelry.  The selection is outstanding and bargains galore.  I just picked up this dragonfly brooch today.  It’s from the 1920’s and is sterling silver with garnets.  When I held it up to the light, I noticed the garnets are different colors. It has marcasite as well.  And it was a whopping $21!  The saleslady said it came from an estate sale.  I love vintage jewelry especially at these prices!Dragon fly pin- 6-20-15-2 Dragon fly pin- 6-20-15-3

Wet n Wild Reviews-Nail Polish, Balm Stain and Eye shadow primer

I’m really digging Wet N Wild these days.  I usually shy away from this brand due to the very low price. I.e. (crappy quality). So not true!  I was looking for an eye shadow primer, and did a little research on YouTube.  I tried Wet n Wild- Fergie’s Take on the day eyeshadow primer.  While I don’t have a problem with my shadow staying on all day, I do like making a color more intense. I had gotten a Mica Beauty eye primer in a recent Ipsy package. I loved how it worked, but had a reaction to it.  The ‘Take on the Day” works great.  You only need a small amount and I was able to intensify my eye shadow significantly. It was a bargain at Walgreens for only $3.79.

I bought the Megaslicks Balm Stain in Caffeine Fix for a whopping $1.99 during the same trip to Walgreens.  It’s a neutral color that is very moisturizing and easy to apply.  I love any kind of lip color that I don’t have to use a mirror to apply. A definite thumbs up!

Last but not least is the Wet N Wild Megalast salon nail color in On a Trip.  A pretty purple/cornflower blue color for $1.99 at Walgreens.  I haven’t really found the Wet n Wild line at most of my usual make up haunts. My favorite store Ulta doesn’t carry it. This polish is awesome!  There are 18 colors to choose from, but Walgreens only carried 8.  I have every color under the sun, but I saw a review by a fellow beauty blogger and thought I would give it a try.  This polish has a wide professional style brush, is Toluene & phthalate free.  It wears so well.  I’ve had it on for four days now, and it still looks great.  It is still as shiny as when I first applied it.  Walgreens has a sale going on right now, but one get one for 50% off.  I’ll be going there to get more for sure. Sorry about my man hands.  It’s such a pretty color, maybe my hands don’t look so ginormous after all.

My Big Fat German Closet

I started a new job this week! Yeah! I’m so happy to be away from my former job.  It’s so refreshing to come to work and everyone is nice and it’s a positive atmosphere. As I was perusing my closet for my first day outfit, I had an epiphany.  OMG! Do I have a ton of clothes! I can wear jeans to work, which is great, but I have way too much stuff.

Five years ago I lost almost 60 pounds, so I went out and bought a whole new wardrobe.  That was also the same time I discovered shopping at Goodwill.  I can’t believe how many flipping clothes I have. The great thing about Goodwill is that I have a banging wardrobe for very little money.  I’m not one to wear the latest fashions, but I really don’t need to buy another piece of clothing for, like ever.

I have every color of clothing imaginable, ok, not chartreuse, but every other color.  I think I counted twenty pairs of jeans!  I use to go to Goodwill every weekend, now I hardly ever go, except to donate stuff. I like to look nice, and my style is pretty casual.  Now I’m all about accessories and nail polish.

Looking for a different job is so exhausting.  I actually found my new job on Craigslist. It is truly amazing how much a miserable job takes out of you. I look forward to picking out my next day outfit for work instead of spending hours looking for a new job.Happy-Dance 5-7-15

NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm-Review

Let me start off by saying I’m a huge tinted lip balm fan.  I usually wear lipstick, but sometimes I just want the ease of swiping on some lip balm. I found this NYC Glossy Lip Balm in Chocolate Apple at my local Dollar Tree. I loved it.  I went back a few days later and bought all they had, which was twenty tubes. I do believe I have enough tinted lip balm to last me for the next 10 years. I’m sure I’ll be giving some away.

It is really creamy and I love the color.  Here is my high school graduation photo taken in 1976, and a current photo. As you get older your lips naturally get thinner. I’ve been wearing something, be it lip gloss, balm, lipstick or whatever on my lips for 44 years.  My mom was an Avon lady, so I started wearing lip gloss when I was 12. The point I’m trying to make is, your lips don’t have to get thinner as you age. I have some sort of moisturizer on my lips 24/7, and as a result of that, my lips have remained the same. Oh the NYC is usually $3, and I paid $1 each.  Yeah!

While I’m glad my lips have stayed the same size, I can’t say the same for my nose.  Must be from having allergies and always having a runny nose. Oh well, I guess there could be worse things. At least I have all of my original teeth! Ha!

And yes, I was trying to rock the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle that most girls had in 1976, that was as close as I could get with my naturally curly hair. Fresh from the salon for that one, never looked like that again.

Ipsy April 2015 Glambag Review

Ipsy April 2015 GlambagThe past few months my Ipsy bags have been a bit of a disappointment. So much in fact, I didn’t bother to review most of them.  Well this April bag made up for it.  I’ve been an Ipsy subscriber for 4 ½ years, and have generally been very happy with my monthly bags.  For $10 you really can’t go wrong.  I recently changed my profile, so that may have contributed to my better April bag.

Here is what I got:

Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk-$6.50-love the scent, works really well

Hikari Tango powder blush-full size-$15 a pretty matte pink coral

The Balm Nude Dude eyeshadow in Flirty-beautiful brown shade with flecks of gold-$4

Mica Beauty Cosmetic Eye Primer-$22.50-really makes the Flirty shadow pop on my blue eyes

Julie Nail Polish in Damsel-full size$3.99-vibrant fuchsia pink

Total value of April’s bag $51.99. I loved everything this month.  Nothing will be going to my niece’s goody bag this today.

In the photos I have on the eyeshadow, blush and eye primer.

Way to go!

Almay Wake Up Concealer-Review

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect under eye concealer.   I think I may have found it. I was shopping at my favorite store Ulta, and had a $4 off coupon for any Almay product.  I bought the light shade; it matches perfectly with my pasty white skin. I don’t have issues with puffiness, just dark circles.  A little goes a long way, and it has a built in brush that I like.  I think I paid a few a dollars for it. It’s very natural looking and lightens up my under eye just right. It’s very creamy and easy to blend. I had a Ulta store coupon for $3.50 that I used also.

Almay Wake up Concealer May 2015A definite winner!

This is how much I love!

I was just checking my account and saw that I’ve been a subscriber since December 2011!  I knew that I had been getting my Glam bags for a few years, but didn’t realize just how long. How cool is that??

I just updated my profile and got a sneak peek at my March package, and I’m getting some great stuff!  I’ll review as soon as I get my pretty hot pink package!Ipsy Image



Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush-Review

This new Physicians Formula Nude Wear blush is a great everyday color.   The blush has Nude Wear written on it in shimmer.  The shimmer quickly wears off.  The price was $12.99 at Ulta, but I paid $7.54 as it was a buy one get one 50% off, and I had an Ulta store coupon.

The color I have is Natural and it’s a great peachy color.  My go to color before was Clinique in New Clover. With the Physicians Formula, I barely have to sponge any off.  It’s a great color for my pale complexion.  It is very natural looking and fresh.  It gives me just the right amount of color.

I like that there are four colors in the palette.  I use all the colors together, but you could easily use each color separately. Well one of the colors is a highlighter.  The blush colors are very neutral, and the packaging is adorable.

I’m really digging Physicians Formula lately, and at such a great price, I’ll be saying Buh Bye to Clinique New Clover.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush-Natural 2-8-15