Summer Favorites Ulta Haul

Summer Ulta Haul 2020

Ladies and gents, and peeps of all persuasions, it is SUMMERTIIIIIIIIME and that means time for some new beauty products. Now when it’s this hot out, I’m obviously pairing down makeup and skincare, because there’s no sense in just sweating it off every day. So you’ll notice very little makeup in this haul, but I will always, ALWAYS, spring for some good lips, let me tell ya. Sure, no one can tell I’m rocking a bold pout, but I know and that’s good enough for me.

For this haul, I used a gift card and some Ulta points for a 100% free score, what a deal, amiright? But it also allowed me to try out a few newbies for ya. Check out my little baby haul down below and let me know some of your summer faves in the comments section below!

XOXO

Lano Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper (Peachy Pink) – $3.37

Have you noticed that literally every single human loves Lano Lips? I feel like I hear about them constantly. People just endlessly rave about their products. Well, I’m a sucker for some good old fashioned work of mouth marketing, so when I saw this lip gloss on sale for a mere $3.37, I was all for it.

This honestly should have been the first red flag.

To be blunt, I didn’t super mega love this. In fact, I really didn’t enjoy it at all. I found the formula too goopy, the smell to be too artificial, and the pigmentation to be too blotchy. This was by far the most disappointing purchase from the haul and if it wasn’t the perfect combination of clearance and COVID, I’d absolutely be returning it. Again, the fact that it was so far down the clearance rabbit hole should have tipped me off to some of these issues, but I was not a fan.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (Salted Caramel) – $3.59

Holy cannoli, this lip balm smells like heaven on earth. Positively delightful. It smells like someone is making fresh caramel right in your kitchen – not even the artificial flavoring kind. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the smell of artificial caramel, but it doesn’t stand a chance against actual butter and sugar on a stove. Wow, absolutely divine. 10/10 for smell.

As far as the formula, it’s a chap stick. I don’t know what to tell you. The results were not life-changing. Eventually the smell goes away and you’re left with a generic lip balm. But at only $3.59, I didn’t mind it one bit. This sweet little lip balm now lives in the cozy front pocket of my backpack, which is prime location if you didn’t know.

Lip Smacker Coca-Cola Lip Balm Tin – $6.00

Is anyone else just blindly obsessed with iconic brands like Coke? Is that just the deep-rooter marketer in me? Because I swear I’ve never added anything to my cart as fast as I added these chap sticks – that I know full well are terrible – simply because I wanted the cool Coca-Cola tin. I mean they sell these at Walmart to children for like a dollar. You don’t even have to go to the beauty department. You get these stupid little things by the toys. Anyway, I was right. The actual product sucks but man is the little tin cool. 10/10 would purchase again.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lipstick – $10.00

This is one of my absolute new favorite products. I’ve heard beauty influencers rave about these lip glosses (because they are, in fact, stick lipglosses okay), and had been dying to try them because they seem to be dupes for much higher end products.

So a few weeks ago I picked up this up in Nectarine Plump, and instantly fell in love and wanted to purchase all the other colors, of course. But alas, I do not need nine colors of anything – I have more lip products than anything else in my already overwhelming collection. But when I was placing this order, I simply couldn’t help myself and snagged the color Guava Plump.

It’s not my favorite color of all time; it’s a cool toned pink which has that annoying tendency to make your teeth look yellow, which, if that’s your thing then more power to ya, but I can’t stand it. The formula, however is lovely. It’s a “plumping” gloss, which I actually haven’t found to does much for my lips, so keep that in mind. I really enjoy that crisp minty tingle separately from the plumping, so this is still a win for me.

Again, this product is not opaque by any means, so do not be fooled by its name. This is a gentle, glossy wash of color that will fade throughout the day. Fortunately, it is a very easy reapplication since it’s such a light formula. I really enjoy it, but it’s definitely one of those products where you have to weigh the good with the bad.

bareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam – $22.00

Ugh, this is such a good cleanser. I’ve used this on and off for the past year or two now and I love it, particularly when used with my little Foreo Luna Play Plus. I wouldn’t say this face wash is revolutionary or anything, but it smells lovely like citrus and you only need the tiniest amount because it’s such a dense product and it foams up so well. It leaves my face feeling super clean which is also great.

I will say that it does leave my skin feeling the tiniest bit dry after, so if you have incredibly dry skin, maybe try a sample before you buy the full product on this one. I mean, it’s fine as soon as I put my moisturizer on, but there is a brief moment where my face feels a little tight.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer – $23.00

Do you need tweezers? If yes, then buy these. Just trust me. Buy these. They’re so so so good. These are the sharpest tweezers I’ve ever used, making it super easy to grab each hair and hold onto it so you’re not having to pull the same spot over and over again because that sucks and you know it.

Yes, these are pricy but they’re high quality and they will last you if you take care of them. I had my last pair for at least three years before I was dumb and ruined them trying to pull tape through a needle (long story, don’t ask). If you can, I’d definitely try to wait until a 20% off sale or at the very least be sure to cash in that $3.50 off $15 coupon that’s always available, but stop wasting money on cheap Tweezers. In the long run, you’ll save yourself some cash and also some pain for your poor brows.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm – $30.00

This is hands down the best cleansing balm I’ve ever used, buuuuuut Clinique tests on animals which is not cool so I’m actively trying to find a dupe for this holy grail of mine (if you have one, please leave it in the comments down below!). In the meantime, this is a truly incredible cleanser. It gets off every single particle of makeup that you might have on your face at the end of the day with the smallest amount of product. It doesn’t leave an icky film afterward that makes you feel like you need to scrub your face. It’s truly perfect. I love it so much. I just don’t like backing Clinique anymore. Bummertown man. I mean honestly who tests on animals still? What year is it?

Viktor&Rolf BONBON Eau de Parfum Travel Spray – $30.00

Holy moly this is like top three fragrances for me. I’ve gone through more bottles of this perfume than any other, so when my travel spray ran out, I was pretty upset that I couldn’t just replenish it with my full size bottle, but life’s tough sometimes man. So here we are, spending $30 on a tiny little rollerball, but trust me, this perfume is worth it. It lasts on my skin for-absolutely-ever and it provides me with compliments from perfect strangers all day long which is always nice.

NOTES:
Top – mandarin oil, orange blossom
Middle – jasmine accord
Base – cedar, guaiac wood, caramel

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