Happy Saturday! Growing up in the 1960’s, getting the Sears & Roebuck catalog was a big deal. We would spend hours pouring over the toy section. Mom and Dad would let us pick out what we wanted Santa to bring us.
Well, I just got the 2016 Ulta holiday catalog yesterday. OMG! I actually looked at it twice last night. There are so many holiday kits, I was going crazy! For the past several years, I’ve asked for an Ulta gift card from the hubby. That’s it. Maybe some candy, and a Ulta card loaded with lots of cash.
Judging by what I was seeing, I’ll be going in way before Christmas. It’s such a great way to try higher end cosmetics without paying a ton of money. Check it out Ulta Holiday Gifts
I just tried IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Bye Bye Pores loose powder recently. I stopped at my local Ulta to try it out. I have to say, I was very impressed. I went in with no foundation on, and looked great afterwards. I was hooked. The line is higher end for me, but I love how it makes my skin look and feel. Plus Ulta has a gift with purchase going on right now. I got a travel size Brow Power, Bye Bye Under Eye concealer and Hello Lashes in black.
I already had tried the Brow Power from a recent Ipsy package, and loved it.
The CC+ cream has an SPF of 50 which is cool, but the coverage is what I really liked. It’s pricey at $38 for 1.08 ounces, but I have found a little goes a long way. It wears like iron and I just had to powder my nose after having it on for 10 hours. I have Light on. I also bought the Bye Bye Pores loose powder in translucent. It’s $24 for .23 ounces which is high, but again, you don’t have to use a lot.
The real surprise with the free gift was the Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium. I thought it would be too dark for me, but it’s perfect. It is a bit thick, but once you warm it up on your hand it blends very nicely. It lasts all day, and completely covers my under eye circles. The Hello Lashes 5 in 1 mascara in black was just ok. I’ve used better. The line is cruelty free also. I think I may have found my holy grail of foundation and concealer. The photo of me is in my car, I like to get photos in natural light.The gal at Ulta didn’t even put any moisturizer on my face first, what a difference.
Hello! Welcome to summer! June’s Ipsy bag was a mixture of great and just okay. The bag itself is a black neoprene fabric. I’ll be saving this for the women’s shelter. Here’s what was in my June bag:
The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla- I’m not big on food scented products, but I know my niece will like it.
JCats Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Bead?-it’s a coral color that is better suited for Aunt Ethel. Yikes!
SmashBox Photo Finish Primer-I’ve used this before and like it. It’s a nice travel size.
Tre’Stique Mini Shadow crayon in Kona Coffee-A rich dark brown, too dark for me however.
And last but not least It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe in the mini size. OMG! I love this brown pencil. I’m always on the hunt for the next best eyebrow make up. The color is perfect and it really stays on all day without fading. It’s a two ended pencil with color on one end, and a spooley brush on the other.
I don’t pay a lot of attention to my brows because I wear glasses. But I do think this color is very flattering on me. I know I could use a good tweezing, but hey, I’m too flipping lazy.
All in all it was a decent bag. I’m keeping the primer and brow color. The rest are going to my niece. Not bad for $10!