Mini Ulta Haul

“I’m just going to walk into Ulta to check out the new Holiday gift sets, just looking.”-said no girl, ever. Long story short, I walked out with a bag full of things and a twinge of buyer’s remorse. Here’s what was in the bag:

  • Too Faced ‘La Petite Maison’ Holiday Gift Set: If there were awards for cutest packaging it would definitely go to Too Faced. I mean a dollhouse? From someone who loved Polly Pocket as a kid (oh, the 90’s) this is a clever way to package makeup. The gift set comes with a deluxe sample of their ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara and 12 eyeshadows that look gorgeous for the Holidays.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil: I’ve been on the hunt for a good eyeliner for my waterline since none of the ones I currently have work that well. I haven’t heard anything about this one but it says right on the product it is for your waterline so it must be decent right? I’ll test it out and let you know.
  • Real Techniques ‘Miracle Complexion’ Sponge: My old one was gross so I needed a new one. They are 1/3 of the price of a Beauty Blender and work just as well, if not better. A great bargain buy.
  • Urban Decay ‘All-Nighter’ Setting Spray (travel size): I needed a small travel one for when I go to Vegas. (side note- For my 25th birthday my sisters gave me tickets to see Britney Spears in Vegas!! Its one of my items on 101 in 1001 list. You can check out the rest of the list here.)
  • Viva La Juicy/Viva La Juicy Noir Rollerball Set: Again, I wanted a travel size perfume for Vegas in a couple weeks. The Noir scent is one of my all time favorites.
  • Free Gift: For my perfume purchases I got a set of Marc Jacobs mini composition notebooks. They are super cute and I always need things to write in. Win!

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That’s all I got my hands on during my impromptu shopping trip. Still a little more than I needed (okay, a lot more). Let me know what other good holiday gift sets you’ve seen so far. Hope you enjoyed this post–my bank account did not.

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Lush Cosmetics Haul

Lush Haul

They recently opened a stand-alone Lush Cosmetics store in Kenwood Towne Center. It was previously just a stand in the beauty department at Macy’s. They were having their “Grand Opening” so I may have gone a little crazy…(shocking, I know).

I discovered their Mask of Magnaminty from watching various beauty vloggers so I tried it a year or two ago and really liked it. I think of it as the original Glam Glow mask, but half the price. It leaves your face feeling minty fresh (a good thing, trust me) and squeaky clean. Oddly enough, the Mask of Magnaminty was not one of the items I walked out of the store with. But here is what I did get my hands on:

Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

I had been hearing all sorts of good things about Lush’s Ocean Salt face and body scrub and I have been interested in trying new exfoliators so I made sure to grab one while there. Now let me preface this by saying I have a VERY sensitive face. The scrub is infused with vodka and this did not go over well with my skin. It burned, not unbearably, I could deal with it but I don’t really think that is what it should feel like. I don’t want a scrub to inflict pain on me. I want it to feel good and somewhat relaxing. But that is just me personally. The salt that is used to exfoliate just felt harsh on my skin. Also, I found it left a sticky/rubbery feel to my face when it was done. It kind of made me want to wash my face again, but I didn’t (this feeling went away once I dried my face with a towel). Lots of people rave about this product, but it just was not for my sensitive face and me.

Roots

I cut 6 inches off my hair last November (might as well have been 16 inches for me because I covet long hair). Ever since I cut it I have been trying to grow it back out. I came across the Roots hair treatment and thought it sounded promising. I usually put a coconut oil mask on my hair for a treatment (probably not as often as I should). But this caught my eye so I thought “Why not?” It is a deep moisturizing conditioning treatment that is actually meant to go on the roots of your hair (hence the name), which is really where your hair grows from. I have used it twice and so far I really like it. Just run a decent amount from roots to the ends of your hair and leave sit for 5-10 minutes. Then shampoo and condition like normal in the shower and VOILA! You have shiny, silky, and healthy looking hair!

Eau Roma Toner Water

Toner water, how I love thee. It is just so refreshing on your face and it has a smell to it that I can’t really place but for some reason makes me think of being on a beach vacation so when I spray it I feel calm and happy. It is not a harsh toner that has alcohol in it. It is very soothing, which makes my sensitive face happy.

Mint Julips Sugar Scrub Lip Service Lip Balm

So I am at the counter checking out and the cashier tells me if I spend like $9 more dollars I get the free gift. She might as well have told me I would win a new car because I couldn’t find something fast enough. I grabbed a lip scrub and lip pot from the counter and was not disappointed when I got home. The lip scrub is amazing. I have pretty dry lips, especially in the winter so I need to scrub if I want to wear a matte lipstick, my obsession in the Fall and Winter. I rub the scrub (that rhymed!) all over my lips in a circular motion and then I take a wet washcloth and gently rub the excess sugar off my lips. I then go in with my Lip Service lip balm and I am ready to go. My lips feel plump and super fresh. Definitely worth the impulse buy at the counter.

The Free Gift

Well first off, it was wrapped up like a real present (A+ Lush!) and it came with the Dream Cream Hand Cream, Sea Vegetable Soap Bar, and a Comforter Bubble Bar. I did not love the soap bar; it again left my body with that sticky feeling. I went back in with my regular body wash afterwards. I did like the hand cream and as far as the bubble bar, I haven’t used it yet but I am excited to try it in the bath very soon!

Overall, I was extremely satisfied with my products purchased. I will use the Ocean Salt to exfoliate my body instead of my face so it doesn’t completely go to waste and I am sure I will be back soon to purchase a new Mask of Magnaminty.

What are your favorite Lush products? Let me know in the comments below!

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