I have never been to an Ulta, never seen one in person but longed for the feeling of this beauty product heaven.
Too much of my surprise and delight, a brand new Ulta store opened up at a local shopping center near my house and I was busting at the seams to take a visit.
Well, this weekend, during NYC' rainy weather I trekked out and made that special visit.
I was so overwhelmed I almost left. I couldn't handle it. It also doesn't help that I went when I'm trying to save money.
This Ulta was HUGE. I swear, I could've stayed all day. I should've taken photos but I was so overwhelmed and sweating profusely.
There was the luxury side of the store, filled with Bare Minerals, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Benefit, and more. Then the drug store side with literally every drug store product imaginable (and for cheaper price). There were sections for skincare, hair accessories, and hair products. They even had a hair salon and a Benefit Brow Bar.
I was so excited I could've passed out but I went to Ulta with a list of things I wanted to get and couldn't stray from that. I couldn't spend a lot of money and even put a few thing down that I knew I didn't really need (even though I wanted desperately). I'll go back for them though!
NYX was having 40% off so I knew I needed to get some products that have been on my wish list. I also wanted to try out the new Maybelline Tinted Brow Gel and buy some liquid foundation.
Good news is that all these products were fully in stock!
//NYX HD Concealer Wand: I have heard rave reviews about this concealer and how it magically take away your dark circles. In my local drugstore and Target that carries NYX never had this concealer so I took advantage. I used this concealer as soon as I bought it, in pair with my new foundation, and oh my goodness, my skin looked flawless. I didn't look like myself at all, it was wonderful. The concealer has a normal, creamy, consistency and the color from the bottle onto my skin was true to form. It blended well with my beauty blender and was just a dream. This is hands down, my new favorite drug store concealer.
//Loreal True Match Foundation: Once again, I've heard rave reviews about this and it was on my Fall Beauty Wish List. I finally took the plunge and I'm delighted with the results. I got the shade "Natural Beige" and was totally overwhelmed by the number of shade choices. I hit the nail on the head though because Natural Beige is perfect for me. It's a very liquid consistency, something I was not expecting (I don't know why because it's a LIQUID foundation) but it blended out really well with my beauty blender. My skin looked flawless and I was so happy with it! This is a new holy grail product for me.
//NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu: Butter gloss is heaven sent and I needed another one in my life. I wanted a darker color but once again, was so overwhelmed by all the shades, I couldn't think straight. I had seen this one floating around Youtube and beauty blogs everywhere so I thought I'd try it out. It's a perfect darker fall gloss with not too much color and feels like a dream on your lips.
//NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Ever: To go with all my fall lip shades, I needed a neutral colored lip liner. This was probably the first one I saw and decided it was closest to all my lip shades. I used it with my Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice and it blended perfectly!
//Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara: This has been compared to Benefit's Gimme Brow Tinted Brow Gel so I needed to try it out. I love a good, clear brow gel but I've been meaning to experiment with tinted brow gels. After watching a few reviews, I knew I needed it. I used it with my Billion Dollar Brow Universal Brow Pencil and this was great for just filling in all the tiny spaces I couldn't hit with the pencil. It also is super strong and my brows didn't move an inch. Another holy grail beauty product added to the list.
I was in a rush while getting ready to go out so I didn't take any pictures of the products on my face but I will do an updated beauty routine with these products so you can see them in use :)