Birthday Haul!

My birthday is next week (the 19th) and after receiving those emails with the coupons/codes, I decided to make some purchases.

Most of my purchases were skin care related.

 

I purchased some sheet masks, facial sprays and a Peter Thomas Roth brush on sunscreen from Ulta. I really enjoyed the Neutrogena sheet masks so I stocked up on those. I wanted to try some watermelon based skin care, so Im trying out the Ulta brand.

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I chose the Drunk Elephant birthday gift from Sephora. I really have been enjoying the Peter Thomas Roth mask sample I have, so I purchased it in the full size. The Sephora lip infusions are $3 each and I really enjoy the two I already have. I also chose a Sephora brow product that might have been $3. I chose the Tarte lip balm from my VIB points, and the Moschino perfume (the windex bottle) was a code you put in if you spent $25-35. The other items were samples (they are all perfume samples).

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My local BareMinerals store closed a few months ago so I didnt think I would get the free birthday shadow this year. I have sold/decluttered all of my other loose shadows from BareMinerals because I dont use them. However, this year I was able to choose which shade I wanted (out of three). I chose the Queen Phyllis shade because it makes for a great inner corner highlight. I also purchased a mini concealer (Im actually almost finished the one that has been in my project pan.) as well as a cream shadow. Both were in their sale section.

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I won’t say how much I spent. (its not pretty) Ive been doing so well on my low-buy / no buy until now. HOWEVER, I am no where close to how much I spent last year and Ive been using quite alot up this year.

Have you been trying to spend less this year? Did you splurge for your birthday?

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No buy / Low buy Update – Ulta Haul

I guess I should start out by just saying – I broke the no buy/low buy. Im going to flatly state that I could not pass up a great deal.

As you might know, Ulta does “21 Days of Beauty” a couple times a year, and there are some fantastic deals in that sale. And, even though there were multiple items I wanted in that sale, I decided to pass them up for one of their ‘Hot Buys”.

As you can see by the photo below, I decided to pick up the Tarte Maracuja Oil because it was $28. Its normally $48 and I really couldn’t pass the deal up. I would be picking this product up in a couple of months, so its best to get it almost half off if I could.

I wanted to try out the Almay Velvet Cream Shadows and they were buy one, get one half off, (One was $7.99 and the other was $4.00) so I got the two pictured below.

I also needed to purchase the Ulta shadow in Petite. I use this to set my eye primer and I have a decent dip in the one Im using and it was $4.00 (its usually $8.00).

My total came to $43.99. I used an Ulta coupon for $3.50 off and used $6.00 in points bringing my order to $42.51 with taxes and shipping.

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After looking thru what I spent last year at this time, I can say that I am definitely spending less this year.

I am planning to purchase some things around June (my birthday month) but other than that, I think Im going to do considerably better on spending this year!

Are you doing a No buy / Low buy? Have you stuck to it?

One last haul of 2018

I decided to do a no-buy next year. I will only be repurchasing items I truly run out of.

So, I did one last haul.

The following photo does not show the makeup items I purchased as gifts for others, nor does it show the curling iron I just purchased to replace one that broke last year.

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Will you be joining in on a year long no-buy?

Ulta Haul

I recently received a 20% off coupon from Ulta. Even though I am on a low-buy, I needed to order a couple of items. Ulta also had a few gifts with purchase that I really wanted, so I placed an order.

Here is what I ordered…

  • Ulta/Z-Palette collaboration – I already have 3 of these z-palettes and wanted a fourth. I am addicted to depotting, so I was in need of another.
  • Loreal Hydrfresh toner – Im almost done the Clinique toner I placed in my project pan so this will be a replacement once that is done. I love this toner and Ive yet to find another that I like as much.
  • Ulta Cooling Eye Gel Masks – These are $3.00 each and Ulta had a buy two-get two deal, so I have four packs with this order.

Gifts With Purchase:

  • Its a 10 Styling Potion – I have yet to try this but I like so many of their other products, that adding this to my cart was a no-brainer.
  • BareMinerals Skinlongetivy Serum – This is my HG serum. I just opened the one I had recently purchased, so this one will be used once I finish that.
  • Loreal Pure Clay Cleanser – I like the masks from Loreal, so I look forward to seeing how this is.
  • Stila Mascara – Im always down to try a new mascara. I think this one is the Extreme Lash?

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Did you receive a 20% off coupon from Ulta? Did you buy anything?

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

I tried to play it smart during this VIB sale. I made a budget of how much money I ‘allowed’ myself to spend. I did not purchase items I had an abundance of (i.e. shampoos, cleansers, etc). With one exception, all of my purchases were items located in the sale section of the website. And I purposely made the choice not to purchase anything hyped on youtube.

I have had the Marc Jacobs Object of Desire palette in my Loves list for about 6 months. I figured that it was on sale for $49 and even though 15% isnt alot, its still something. Unfortunately, one of the shadows was shattered so Im expecting a replacement any day now. (Sephora’s customer service is excellent.)

I repurchased the Sephora Outrageous Curl mascara because I had used one up last year and really missed it. Its a pretty inexpensive mascara at $12. I also repurchased the Sephora Lip Balm because its only $4. I do have a backup and Im currently using one, but I really like this formula and have heard its been discontinued (I can’t find this anymore in store).

I grabbed up one of the Sephora Oil Infusions in Fresh Berries because it was in the sale section for $7. This item hasnt been hyped, but it has been talked about enough to make me curious about the product. I figured this color would go well with the Marc Jacobs palette and I dont currently have any other lip products in that color scheme.

I also picked up the Sephora mini velour puffs for $3.

Lastly, I purchased 3 makeup brushes from the Sephora Pro line. These were also in the sale section. The gel liner brush (#26) is a great tool for gel liner or even smoking out shadows for the lower lash line. I had already purchased one several months ago and love it. I paid $7 each for them. I wanted to purchase another all over powder brush because I love the one Ive been using in the Sephora Pro line, but it was out of stock, so I got the #30 instead. It was $18 but since Ive loved every brush in the line, I figured it would still get the job done. I havent used it yet, but its just as soft as my other one. And lastly, is the Sephora Pro #42 stipple brush. I love stipple brushes. I think I have 8 or 9 of them now (4 are from Elf). This one was $15.

Unfortunately, none of the samples I received were ones I have chosen. This happens quite a bit, but its understandable during the VIB sale. I just wish they had picked out samples similar to the ones I had chosen.

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So, did you purchase anything during the VIB sale? If so, what did you get?

 

Ulta Haul – Collective 21 Days of Beauty Sale|Grand Opening

With the completion of Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, I thought I would share with you the items I purchased, as well as share items I purchased from an Ulta Grand Opening in my area.

I really only ‘needed’ the Anastasia Brow Wiz and thats the only item I picked up from the sale, but I did get some items I had been waiting to buy.

The Brow Wiz was on sale for $9.50 which is a HUGE deal, so I picked up two. The Clinique trio was on sale for $9.75 ($10 off) so I got that as well. I love that gel moisturizer. I was in need of two new nail files (I use one for my toes and the other for my finger nails) and the Dionis hand cream is my favorite and it was 2 for $4.99 and they are regularly $3.49 each. The Essense mascaras were buy 1 get one half off, and I had been wanting to try them for awhile so I got those too!

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I also qualified for this sample bag since my order was above a certain amount.

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As you can see, it was filled with LOTS of goodies!

And then this weekend, we had a local Ulta Grand Opening. Unfortunately we didnt get there early enough to be one of the first one hundred customers (We were like 120th) but I did pick up a couple things Ive had my eye on.

Someone sent me an email to tell me that Clean & Clear still made the Morning Burst cleaner so I was able to get that. We will see if it lives up to the one Im currently finishing up. I also got the full size of the Mario Badescu seaweed cleansing soap. I really enjoyed the sample I used up in my project pan. I pulled the trigger on a lotion/body mist combo that someone had told me was fantastic, plus Ulta was buy 1 get one half off. I also saw this really cute Z-Palette that was a collab between Z-Palette and Ulta and its PINK! Its been out of stock online, but I saw it in store and had to pick it up.

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Did you pick up anything during the 21 Days of Beauty Sale?

Mac Cosmetics Haul

If you are a Mac Select member, you may have received an email regarding their 25% off sale that was in-store AND online. I basically ran to my favorite Mac store and picked out the items pictured below. I dont normally purchase this much when I shop at Mac, but when a sale like this happens, I had to splurge.

My painterly paint pot has seen better days, so I picked another one up. This is my favorite eye primer (even though I do use others).

I love the travel size skin care products, so I picked up a travel sized Strobe Cream and Oil Control lotion.

I also picked up a pack of Select Sheer puffs. When I first tried using the puff included in the Select Sheer compact, I thought it was ridiculous but Ive really come to love it and I even use it with their powder foundation products.

I was able to get a sample of the In Extreme Dimension mascara while in-store as well as a sample of the Studio Fix liquid foundation. Somehow Ive never used these items before.

And last, but certainly not least -drum roll please-

My new X15 palette that I made myself!!!! Unfortunately, the palette and insert was not included in the 25% off sale, but instead of paying $6 for each shadow, we paid $4.50.

The shadows left to right are:

Top row: Rice Paper (I have this in pot form but its a great shade to set your primer with), Blanc Type, Yogurt, Orb, Naked Lunch

Row 2: Soft Brown (This is a great shade to put in your crease if you wear alot of neutrals), Texture, Haux, Wedge, Corduroy

Bottom Row: Sable, Coppering (my favorite lid shade), Amber Lights, Cranberry, Antiqued

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