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Stuff I bought during the Sephora sale, Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, and more

May 4, 2017
Recent purchases from Ulta and Sephora sales

I have some new stuff I’m trying out thanks to an Ulta 21 Days of Beauty special, the recent Sephora sale, and another shopping trip to Too Cool for School. Of the products I ended up with, maybe half of them were things I’d been really tossing around the digital cart for a while and half were more impulsive purchases. I just read that sentence back and it’s not right, the majority of these things were pretty impulsive. And it was fun to shop.

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes and Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love

I have actually never participated in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty before this year, and I didn’t really have my heart set on anything. But on the day (fairly early in the course of the 21 days) when the Too Faced Love Flush Blushes (regularly $26) were on special, I saw that the only shade they had left in stock was the subdued Baby Love, which called out to me more than any of the other shades. So, I stuck it in my cart and starting fumbling around the site to see if there was anything else I wanted.

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes

I also saw this Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes palette (regularly $49), which I hadn’t even heard of before this, but it was also half price. It wasn’t a 21 Days special (I don’t think?), but it also wasn’t being clearanced out because now it’s still on the site at full price. Matte eyeshadows have been really important for my day to day makeup recently because they’re easy to wear, and as much as I like shimmer, an all matte eye will just last better on me through a long day.

I like this palette a lot. The only bummer is the packaging of it, as the lid only opens as far as you see here, and it won’t stay open on it’s own. Fairly serious design flaw, but the shadows have been really great and I reach for it a lot when I’m getting ready for work.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love

I’m also really enjoying the Love Flush Blush, which is a beautiful everyday color and comes in a very slim, nice-feeling compact.

Milk Makeup

So for the Sephora sale, some of the stuff I’d been sticking on my wishlist for months now was from Milk Makeup. I’d really like to try a whole bunch of stuff from them, and have enjoyed playing around with testers in-store. I ended up with the Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 in Light ($42) and the Liquid Strobe in Aura ($24). They both come in funny rollerball tubes, which I love particularly from a storage and travel standpoint.


Another more calculated purchase was my second Tarte Color Splash lipstick ($21), since I really like my previous purchase from this line. This one is in Escape, which is a pretty rose color.

Tarte Color Splash lipsticks: Surf’s Up (left), Escape (right)

Here are the two shades I have: Surf’s Up (left), which has a warmer terra cotta kind of look to it, and Escape (right), which is a gentle rose pink. Both are great for the office and all that kind of stuff, and I’ve really enjoyed the texture of these.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Eggplant

I’ve also been looking around the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick ($26) shade range because I’ve never tried one of these before and everyone seems to love these. I landed on Eggplant, which looks like … an eggplant. Well, it’s a little pinker than that, and it’s very pretty. I don’t think I have a shade quite like it in my collection, so it fills a little hole for me.

IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo and Trust Fund Thickening Foam

Around the same time, I walked into a Sephora and asked an associate for a dry shampoo recommendation. She went straight to the Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo from IGK ($29 for a massive 6.3 oz. can), which is a brand that’s new to Sephora. Shortly thereafter I was reading more about their products on the website and landed on the Trust Fund Thickening Foam (also $29).

Too Cool For School

Lastly, I dropped some more money at Too Cool for School. Just for reference, I have a physical storefront I can visit here in NYC, but it looks like they’re also working opening a shop on their US website. I went in for another Pumpkin 24K Gold  mask, which is $9, but somehow ended up spending $100.  I first got sucked in by the Egg Mousse Pack, $24, which I imagine is a signature product of sorts because they had it displayed in limited edition packaging for the Year of the Rooster. It’s also a product you can get from the more limited TCFS lineup at Sephora, albeit in regular packaging.

I also noticed the 24K Peeling Ankhwab when I was checking to see if they had any interesting acids. This is a 7% AHA+BHA solution that comes on 5 individually packaged swabs for $35. I also think the  triangular Egyptian box they come in is pretty fun.

At the end of my visit, I noticed the Fresh Gore sleeping pack, $27, and asked the sales associate about it because I was very amused by how it was marketed. It includes dragon’s blood and niacinamide, and the associate told me point blank that it was formulated to give you a bright sparkling complexion like a vampire. Considering both the delightful concept and inclusion of niacinamide, which is something I already know I like, I was happy to add this to my basket.

Presumably for hitting the $100 mark, I also was given a boatload of samples to try. Sephora sells a fairly limited (but growing) range of TCFS products but it looks like some of them are priced a bit lower—the Egg Mousse Pack is $20 at Sephora instead of $24. On the other hand, TCFS has their own reward program that I’m enrolled in, and I now have $10 in the bank to spend on my next purchase.

The Ordinary

Ok so this is a photo of my first order from The Ordinary, but I just recently placed a second order that probably won’t arrive for a little while. I was prompted by the release of their Colours line of foundations, but I had several other things I wanted to add to my collection, as well.

I bought the Serum Foundation in 1.1 ($6.70), Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% ($6.50), Salicylic Acid 2% ($4.90), and Matrixyl 10% + HA ($11.50).

At the moment, orders are especially backed up due to the massive Colours launch, but it seems like once orders are sent out the actual shipping time is quite quick to the US. And actually, the stuff I’m most anxious for are the acids because I’m nearly out of my Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension that I purchased in my first Ordinary order. I flew through it faster than any other product I bought from them.


Phew! Have you tried any of these things? Have you bought anything exciting during the recent sales or launches? Let me know!

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