April 19, 2019

Ulta Hits & Misses: Part 2

I shared my first round of ULTA hits & misses a few months ago...and it was a big, HIT ;)
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Sorry I couldn't resist being corny, it comes so naturally. You all really seemed to enjoy it so as I purchased and used things I kept track of some recent finds to share with you today. There are affiliate links in this post.
I always feel better when I'm tan, is that just me?! I stopped spray tanning unless needed for a special occasion and wanted something specifically for my face and neck since the rest of my body keeps a good color year-round. I was researching another brand and these were suggested as a good dupe. I mix a few drops with my nightly moisturizer and make sure to rub in generously, paying extra attention to spots near my forehead, ears, that it's all mixed in well.

Not a fan of this powder, I was bummed because I had read good reviews. It's advertised as a long-lasting, mattifying powder that gives a fresh, poreless look. It felt cakey and very stiff on my face, I tried 2 different colors after enlisting the help of an Ulta associate and they still didn't match my skin well. I think their range of color selection needs tweaked for this product and maybe it would be a bit better. The cakey feeling of product just sitting on my face didn't feel great at all. I tried the applicator it came with, a few different powder brushes and even attempted blending it in with some other brushes and tools and it didn't make a difference.

I was looking at some IT Cosmetics brushes that I've had my eye on and hoping they were part of the latest ULTA sale (some were) but one thing I can't justify spending a hefty amount of money on are makeup brushes. I began looking for dupes, and this Ultimate Blending Brush is my new favorite! For only $6 and rated at 4.5 stars on Ulta's site, I definitely recommend this one. It helps apply and blend my foundation so nicely and gets in all the tough spots while still not feeling difficult to get to. I couldn't be happier with this great buy!

Once again, I was online reading beauty reviews. What can I say? I love to do this laying in bed when I can't sleep-HA! Looking for a substitute for my holy grail Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation-something that wasn't as heavy but still provided great coverage and I came across this Tarte foundation. I really enjoy that it has a squeeze type of bottle to disperse the foundation, and it helps balance your complexion. I've found myself using a lot less of my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream which is an added bonus.The Tarte foundation is SPF15 and still considered full coverage, but doesn't feel cakey or overwhelming to me-I love that!

Last but not least, another powder...but this time a winner! I love MAC products and wish we had a store close to us...then again, that may be dangerous. I ordered this online and am super pleased with the purchase. This helps control shine (my t-zone can be awful at times) and help lock in your makeup for an overall smooth look. I apply it with a medium-sized powder brush and it's been working out wonderfully! 

I was just at Ulta yesterday returning the Maybelline powder and picked up a new, inexpensive mascara that I'll report back on. They were also out of my lash primer so I'm trying a new formula from L'oreal. I liked it today, but also got ready super fast with a fussy toddler at my feet- so I'll give a more in depth share on my next found-up. I hope you're enjoying these beauty posts- so many of you said that you'd love to hear about everyday makeup and fashion purchases! 
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