Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Event

 I love me a good sale, and Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty event is one of my favorites to stock up on. If you are not familiar with this sale, it runs from 3/19 to 4/8, everyday Ulta offers two to 3 different high end beauty item for sale each day, the trick is to know what’s for sale on what day and make sure you can pick it up from your local store or just buy online. I thought it would be fun to show you the items I’m looking at picking up and offer a few tips and trick’s I’ve learned with this event.
Here are the high end items I’m looking at and the date’s they’re on sale:
Tuesday 3/28 – Tarte’s Maneater eyeliner – $10, I’ve got to say I’ve been really impressed with Tarte recently and their Maneater mascara is my new favorite, I’m hoping to be impressed with the eyeliner as well.
Wednesday 3/29 – Laura Geller’s Baked Blush – $14 – I received one of these as a freebie a few years back and was hooked, it gives off just the right amount of color and glow. I know I have a few blush colors at the moment but since we’re transition through spring and summer, I’m not worried about picking one of these up and not using it.
Friday 4/7 – Tarte’s Amazonian clay highlighter – $14 – I have been obsessing about thier highlighters since they came out last year, but haven’t been able to justify paying for one when I have others to use, and unlike my daughter I do not seem to be able to run out of one, no matter how hard I try.  But at $14 that’s a steal and I’m sure I can find one in a shade I don’t already have.
On another note Benefit in Ulta is offering a free Brow Service with a $50 purchase on 3/25 and 4/8.  If by chance you need to stock up on your favorite brow accessories (obviously mine) this would be the best time to do that as well.  I am a huge fan of their Gimme Brow and the Precisely My, Brow Pencil, and for kicks and giggles they’ve just come out with a new Hoola Light bronzer for $29.
Not only does Ulta offer daily deals on your favorite products they offer hot buys throughout the event, and of course I have my eye on a few of those as well.
Tarte – Marcuja oil $25 normally $48 – This has become my new night time moisturizer, it has done wonders for my skin this winter season, I also took a trick from one of my favorite Tarte Snapchatters – Leigh, she massages a little bit of the oil onto her scalp to help counter winter dryness, I’ve got to say, it’s been a game changer for me.
Lipstick queen’s Saint or Sinner lipsticks – $14 normally $24 – If you have not tried this brand you really need to.  The formula of her lipsticks are on par with any high end named brand, and the color payout is to die for.  The brand is best known for their Frog Prince or Hello Sailor color changing lippies but her standards really hold their own as well.  – just a quick side note it looks as if she’s coming out with a small line of liquid matte lippies (6 shades) I have not tried them but am excited to see how they are.
Dr Brandt – Needles no more – $57 normally $95 – I have received samples of this mask and have been pleased with the results, but you know as well as I do, the only way to tell if something is really good is if you can use it a few times and see graduated results.  I feel this mask reaches a price point I’m willing to test it on.  Although maybe I don’t want it to work well because if it does I’ll have to kick over the $100 when it’s not on sale.
Now if that wasn’t enough to get me moving to the store or online they also have some of my favorite brands/products on sale at the moment.
img_0298Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation – $27 normally $39 – I have been using this product for a few months now and I have to say, it’s awesome.  I know there’s a lot of mixed reviews out there on this foundation, and let’s be honest most of them are not good.  But! For a few of us that have exceptionally dry skin, those of us that need a lot of moisture, and love a sheer to medium coverage foundation.  This is really the right fit for you, make sure you putting this on with a beauty blender (or something similar) and you will be amazed at 1. How good your skin looks and 2. How good your skin feels.  Small Disclaimer – if you are one that likes your foundation to flash over to a dry consistency this is not a formula for you, even after hours of wear you’ll still have a slightly tacky feeling on the side of the face and around your hair line.
img_0295Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – $8.99 normally $14.99 – I know I know, this brand does not have the best color spectrum, especially for darker skin tones.  My oldest has deeper olive undertones to her skin and is stuck with eyeliners and shadows.  But for those of us that are fair, this bronzer is awesome, it comes in two colors, light/medium and medium/dark – I use the lighter in the winter and the darker in the summer as an all over Bronzer, it give a great glow to the skin and smells like you’re on a tropical vacation.
img_0296L’Oréal infallible lip paints- $5.99 normally $9.99 – these come in a number of awesome colors and for the price you can afford to get one in a “standard” and one in a “fun” color like this teal.
img_0302Physicians Formula Boost Instant lash kit – $8.99 normally $14.99 0 if you’re not into wearing falsies all the time but want a little extra now and then – this is the kit for you.
img_0303NYX Cosmic Metals – $9.99 – when I was pulling up the information on the Lid Lingerie palette last week, I was confronted with this beauty.  Looks like the same concept as the Lid Lingerie palette, but with great metallic shades.
img_0300Lastly – Ardell lashes are on sale buy one get one 50% – their Wispies and Demi Wispies are my favorite in the cheap falsie category and any time they’re on sale, I snatch a few up.
With all the great things on sale here’s a few tips I use to make sure I really get what I want and a few things to keep in perspective.
– I always check the store by my house first for the things that I want, if it’s not there I head out to the one by my office, I’m lucky I have two so close by.
–  If nothing is available at either location I start slashing what I want to make sure I have one order that qualifies for free shipping (currently $50) and I make sure I use an app like Ebates to earn some cash back.
– If I’m close on my platinum perks points to a good dollar amount I may chose to use them or stack them up for my next big purchase.
Things I keep in perspective:
– Ordering from Ulta is not like ordering for Sephora or Macy’s – you will wait 10 days for your order to arrive
– If it’s not in store and you don’t meet the minimum for shipping really decide if you need the item now of if it’s just nice to have (although who’s kidding, how often do I not qualify for free shipping)
– Most of my items are from Tarte and they will be having their friends and family spring sale soon!
I hope you enjoyed checking out my wish list for the 21 day of beauty event.  I’ll post a few reminders in my IG page for items I’m looking forward to.  What are you looking forward to trying?

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