Ulta Beauty Products Haul

Ulta Beauty Products Haul

It has been quite a while since I bought any beauty products. I actually had to do my own 30 day no buy challenge. It was a success! There were a few products on my radar that I wanted to try out and one of my “go-to” stores would be Ulta.

 

I am an advocate for online shopping, they have the most deals and shipping now days are within 3-5 business days. I have been busy working, working out, and visiting family in the hospital that I have no time to stop and shop. I wanted to share the latest products I purchased from makeup to facial cleansing and makeup tools.

 

If you missed my favorite YouTube beauty bloggers post, definitely take a visit to see my top 5. One of those ladies happens to be Makeup Shayla, she has shared some products she using in the morning and at night as her daily facial cleansing routine.

 

Murad Environmental Shield Starter Kit
Murad Environmental Shield Starter Kit

 

The retail price for this product at Ulta is $45 , I know that seem a bit expensive especially for us ladies on a budget. When you purchase this product you receive a free gift.I don’t typically have problem skin. My daily routine is washing my face with black soap from Shea Moisture or Dove. Makeup Shayla spoke highly of this product so I will have review soon. It includes an Essential cleanser, Advance Active Radiance Serum, daily moisturizer, and Pigment lighting serum.

 

Neutrogena MakeUp Remover Cleansing Towlettes
Neutrogena MakeUp Remover Cleansing Towlettes

 

We can never have enough makeup remover towlettes. You get two for the price of one. The retail price for these Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes 12.99.

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Shea Moisture Sachs Inchi Oil Omega 3,6,9 Rescue Repair Co-Wash & Curl Defining Smoothie. The Shea Moisture products are Buy One Get One 50% online. The retail price 12.99 for both. I’m always open to try new Shea Moisture Products. I use the Curl Style coconut and Hibiscus line faithfully. Co-Wash is good for those for wash their hair every time they take a shower or for use of 3 times a week. The curl defining smoothie is good to use for the LOC method daily.

 

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish
Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

 

I love glowing , smooth, clear skin. This retail price for this product is 30.00. When you purchase this online you can receive a free gift!

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

These beauty blenders come as a twin pack. The retail price is 10.99. Its been a while since I purchased beauty blenders, for some reason I tend to switch between brushes and blenders. Beauty blenders tend to be on the expensive side as well, but I like two for the price of one.

 

Master Palette by Mario - Anastasia Beverly Hills
Master Palette by Mario – Anastasia Beverly Hills

 

Saved the best for last! I told you all I have desperately needed to buy a new eye shadow palette especially for the Fall/Winter Season. The Master Palette by Mario is a collaboration with Anastasia Beverly Hills. It has been sold out on the AB website , but Ulta came through! The retail price is 45.00. This is definitely the first high-end eye shadow that I have purchased , meaning the most expensive. The only eye shadow I have purchases were E.L.f Cosmetics and Sonia Kushnik both less than $30.00. I will use this palette for my next makeup tutorial. This palette includes 10 shimmering shades perfect for the colder season, you can create multiple day and night makeup looks. I’m more of a matte eyeshadow gal, but I will give this a try and it even comes with a brush!

 

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products or what are your most recent beauty pick ups.

Beyonce Launches New Ivy Park Fall Active Wear 2016 Collection

Beyonce Launches New Ivy Park Fall Active Wear 2016 Collection

Beyoncé released Ivy Park Active Wear Collection this past March, just in time for Fall Season she launches more active wear for the 2016 collection. For us ladies who work out and like to have the cutest work out clothes this would be a line to check out.

My goal with Ivy Park is to push the boundaries of athletic wear and to support and inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance. True beauty is in the health of our minds, hearts, and bodies.

~ Beyoncé

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Protective Style For The Fall 

Protective Style For The Fall 

Fall is upon us and Winter is around the corner, the best seasons for protective styles. It gives your natural hair a break during the climate change and of course a new ‘do to style and slay.

 

Growing up my mother always braided my hair so I never needed to go to the hair salon and sit in the chair for hours or have multiple people in my hair at once. As I became an adult and my mom retired from hair it became impossible to convince her to do a braiding style.

With the wonderful social media it is easy to find someone who can do hair, do makeup, do nails, etc and that’s where I found my favorite go-to hairstylist in Pittsburgh, Beauty By Nik. I came across her Instagram page two years while I was searching hash tags looking for someone to do my hair , other than the Africans (I heard so many stories-no shade).

November 2014
November 2014

I made my appointment and I was informed on what type of hair to purchase, and how many bags of weave was needed. I remember it like yesterday, I arrived on time for my appointment, I was greeted at the Salon door, I sat in the chair and nine hours late I had the Faux Locs. What made me want this hairstyle was to try something new and I loved pictures I had seen on Pinterest. I received so many compliments on this style.

February 2015
February 2015

Jumbo Twists. I am not one who likes to get my hair done, I just like the finished look. It was time for me to get something done to my curly fro and I didn’t want a sew-in. This style literally took an easy 5 hours. Nik books really fast and hardly ever has any cancellations.

October 2015
October 2015

I had to get this style again. I loved the Rasta feel to this look and the compliments were endless. This style takes a little longer than other braiding styles but if taken care of properly they can last a while. I mixed blonde and brown colors , this time around.

September 2016
September 2016

Yearly thing to contact Nik and make my appointment for my protective style. If you have been reading the blog or follow me on any social site you will see I did my big chop #2 this past February. Nik blow dried my hair and was able to grip my tresses with no problem.

Shrinkage Is Real. Don't Let The Curls Fool You
Shrinkage Is Real. Don’t Let The Curls Fool You

 

I love the red , perfect for Fall season. The slay took 4 hours and I was a happy client.

 

If you are interested in any natural hair styles , sew-ins, wash ‘n sets , feel free to head over to www.styleseat.com/NiksBeauty . Check her out on Instagram : Beauty.by.Nik

New Beauty Finds

New Beauty Finds

I need to do a no makeup challenge one of these months. I always manage to buy some makeup product when I visit any retail store. I recently purchased some highly talked about drug store products and I wanted to share my thoughts.

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When it comes to foundation I was hesitant to try , coming from a drugstore. My first foundations that I ever purchased were Nars ($45) and Mac ($40) and I love both. This foundation was a solid $8, I love the dewy finish especially for my combination skin.

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Maybelline Better Skin Concealer +corrector, $9. It is a medium coverage product. As far as concealers I love the Mac Prolongwear Concealer and the Nars Creamy Radiance Concealer. I tried E.L.F. concealer and I returned it.

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Maybelline Loose Powder, $10 . my holy grail is the Laura Marcier Translucent Setting Powder which is $25 for a mini and $45 for the large size. So far so good, it holds the concealer in place and it doesn’t give flashback in photos. I like the natural tone it gives.

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Maybelline Master Prime Face Studio $11. When it comes to primer I don’t like to spend a lot of money. Forever I’ve used NYX Photo-lovin primer. But this master primer definitely keeps my skin moisturized and my foundation doesn’t slip.

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Wet n Wild Baked Highlighter Sand-Gria Castles, $5. I’m not really a fan of baked based products. I would recommend spraying with setting spray then applying with your finger or fan brush. This doesn’t show as much as I would like it to, I tend to pair this with another highlighter.

 

What are some of your recent beauty finds? Have you tried any of these products? Share in the comments below.

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