Girl’s Day Out mini haul!

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Today was a day off and so I made plans with my friend Lindsey to have lunch and do a little shopping! First off I have a pic of my eye makeup today, it looks more blue in the photo but its actually purple. It’s so funny that purple is not actually my favorite color but I had purple eye makeup, purple nails and a purple shirt & hoodie on. My eye makeup was all from Urban Decay.

We started our day out with some Chinese food for lunch and then headed straight for the mall. We browsed around Macy’s for a bit and I was color matched at Clinique for the Stay-Matte foundation. I think I grabbed the wrong color when I purchased it and I was proven right. The girl at the counter gave me samples of both my shades. So I’m going to be returning the wrong shade when I get the chance. We then headed to See’s where we picked up some snacks, browsed in Bath & Body Works, and then into JC Penney’s where they had a Sephora. Lindsey received her birthday gift which unfortunately was just changed. Now they have a mascara set from Buxom for 2013. She was really hoping to get the Fresh mini lip set, but they had run out of those. They were also out of the Too Faced Lashgasm that she was hoping to pick up. Meanwhile I was color matched for the Urban Decay Naked Foundation and Pam- the consultant which helped me, told me I was wearing foundation which was a shade too dark! I guess I was over compensating for the redness in my skin my making everything dark! Shocker! Part of my problem as well was that I had been using foundation to cover up these red bumps that I had developed on my skin which were actually not there anymore. So she color matched me and sent me off with a sample of the Urban Decay foundation in 5.0, then I asked Pam to help Lindsey find a new lip gloss that would give her some color and plump up her lips. She eventually purchased one from Buxom after testing it out. She’s so shy about asking for samples. Considering they’re suppose to be helping, I gave her that little push. That’s why you go to Sephora instead of just buying things blindly at the drug store. I was a tad disappointed that they were out of the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray, but I ended up purchasing a mini from Makeup Forever.

After leaving the mall we stopped by Ulta to see if they had anything interesting. I purchased a makeup palette on clearance from the Ulta line. She bought a mini palette from Nyx. After Ulta we were going to stop by Target but I got annoyed by the parking lot and we stopped by Walgreens instead where I bought 2 Jordana eye pencils.

Overall it was an exhausting but satisfying bout of retail therapy!

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Ulta part 2

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If you’ve never been to Ulta, you’re definitely missing out my friend. While I love Sephora, going to the mall can be pretty aggravating and I hate waiting for things in the mail so I only go to Sephora every few months but I go to Ulta a lot. To tell you a bit about Ulta it’s basically a makeup store with a salon and it carries high end plus drug store products. They also have their own brand of makeup they sell and it’s a great way to fill out your makeup collection and experiment with colors without blowing your budget. I could probably spend hours in this store and everyone that works there is so helpful and knowledgable on the products. I seriously wanna find out what the employee discount is here so maybe I can apply for a job there lol.

So along with their makeup they always come out with value kits that range from $15 to $25, and I’ve bought their kits before but it was kind of a waste since I went through phases where I didn’t even wear makeup on a daily basis. But now since I am wearing makeup almost everyday I feel better about getting their new kit and boy it’s a great deal! I purchased this kit for $19.99 and it comes with 48 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 6 creme shadows, 12 lip colors, 2 eye pencils, 2 mini lip glosses and applicators. Sorry for the glare on some of the photos, the names of the shades are actually on the plastic cover and I wanted to show those. Another great thing about this case is that it can double as a jewelry case when/if you finish the makeup. These kits are available in plum or orange and have a great amount of product to use. I can’t wait to try out the eyeshadows and the mini glosses are probably going to go straight into my makeup bag. I absolutely love the variety of shades since I probably won’t be just using these for the fall/winter season. There are a number of brighter colors perfect for spring and summer as well. The top tray has a number of neutral colors and darker colors that will be perfect for the current season. While I probably won’t be using the included applicators, it’s nice that they’re included. Get yours now in stores or online at Ulta

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Ulta part 1

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I saw the flyer this past weekend from Ulta and decided to stop in after work this morning. I was really there to get the new $20 Ulta value set and take advantage of the Buy 2, get 2 free deal. Tomorrow I’ll go more in depth on the value kit but tonight’s post is about the other little kit I bought instead of the buy 2, get 2 free deal. I was going to purchase 4 new lip or eye pencils but they were $8 each and so I figured I’d get 4 for $16, which isn’t really that great of a deal. For the same price I found this holiday kit for $15 which included 5 jumbo pencils and 2 lip glosses. I know, I know, I have totally been going overboard with the jumbo pencils but I honestly love these things and I couldn’t find them elsewhere at Ulta. The normal eye pencils at Ulta- the thinner ones with the sponge tip on the end- they seem less creamy and don’t roll on as smoothly. I guess that’s the real difference between the jumbo pencils and the regular eye pencils. After working the second job I made sure to unpack these babies and try them out. As with all my other pencils I mostly use these as complimentary bases for my eye shadows. They give the colors a little boost and seem to actually transform the shades a little. I do like the variety of shades you get in this kit but I definitely had to take a few swipes to get some color, for the swatches it took about 3 swipes each. They seem to blend very well together so if you’re using the suggested guide these would work very well. If you have oily lids I would definitely not recommend these alone since they are creamy and may tend to slip a little so I would recommend using a similarly colored eyeshadow to set them.

As for the lip glosses, both colors are very pretty. One is a very sparkly pink and the other is a more matte color. You could definitely wear them on their own or combine them, so it’s like you’re getting 3 shades. I’m experimenting with glosses and lipsticks now since I think I’m pretty happy with my eyeshadow technique. I got a lot of compliments about my eyeshadow today, I was using one of my older green Covergirl quads, and apparently I did a great job blending since everyone thought it was one color, or maybe I did too good of a job blending, either way the transition was more subtle. Oh so back to the kit…

The packaging itself is very nice and since I probably got them on the first day I had my pick of the nicer boxes. It definitely gives you incentive to start your holiday shopping early. For $15 this kit would make a great gift for someone who’s trying the jumbo pencils out for the first time, you’re getting a good deal and paying a little over $2 for each item and its already packaged, ready to be wrapped or thrown into a gift bag.

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