Ulta Beauty Haul: August 2018

Hey, y’all!

I’m so excited that September is here–just a few more weeks until hubby and I are Ireland-bound! Switching gears, check out my August haul!

Samples

Énergie de Vie Eye Illuminating & Cooling Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel

from Lancôme

Photo of Illuminating & Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel sample from Lancome
$39 for .5 fl. oz.; Lancome

I’m sure this product is much more effective when you have the rollerball applicator. The caffeine and antioxidants brighten and de-puff the eye area, while the gel texture and triple-rollerball work together to cool, hydrate, and calm. I’m pretty happy with my Juice Beauty eye cream right now, so I don’t see myself buying this any time soon.

Live Irrésistible Blossom Crush Eau de Toilette

from Givenchy

Photo of Live Irresistible Blossom Crush Eau de Toilette sample from Givenchy
$91 for 2.5 fl. oz.; Ulta

Fragrance Notes:

  • Top – Peony
  • Middle – Essential rose
  • Base – Cocoa bean, musk

Strong florals aren’t my go-to, but it’s ok. I’m not likely to purchase it myself.

Skincare

Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

from Cosrx

Photo of Advance Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
$19 for 3.38 fl. oz.; Soko Glam

I was using this essence about 6 months ago. Once I used it up, I wanted to see what else was out there, and now I’m back. This essence feels a little sticky when you first apply it, but it absorbs quickly. It’s a really reasonable price point, and I thoroughly trust Korean skincare products. My skin never looked so healthy and radiant, and since it nourishes my skin so much, it help with everything from dry patches to breakouts to hyperpigmentation. I was a fool to ever leave you! ❤

BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

from Cosrx

 

Photo of BHA Blackhead Power Liquid from CoxRX
$22 for 3.38 fl. oz.; Ulta

In case you can’t tell, I really like Cosrx. Even though I have combination skin, I love that I can use this product on my whole face without my cheeks drying out. I use this is my morning serum, and I use my retinol in the evening. The thin texture allows it to absorb quickly into my skin–2 pumps is all I need. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and I’m definitely noticing a difference in my T-Zone. Can’t wait to see how my skin continues to improve!

Key Ingredients:

  • Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water & Vitamin B5: moisturize and help prevent wrinkles
  • Betaine Salicylate: closely related to Salicylic Acid, this BHA performs time-released exfoliation, which means it keeps exfoliating long after the product has evaporated

Mint Mojito Lip Scrub

from Fizz & Bubble

Photo of Mint Mojito Lip Scrub from Fizz & Bubble
$8 for 1 oz.; Fizz & Bubble

I was getting really frustrated with my Laura Geller lip scrub because the amount of sugar crystals varied each time I squeezed some out of the tube. Sometimes I’d get 3 (no exaggeration), sometimes I’d get an even amount to exfoliate my entire lips. Over it.

This lip scrub is all-natural, cruelty-free, and edible! Besides the obvious ingredient (sugar), it has Vitamin E, shea butter, and avocado oil to nourish your lips. I don’t really taste the mint, but it does have a little bit of a cooling sensation. Definitely use it over the sink because it does get a little messy. I absolutely recommend it!

Hair

Big Sexy Hair: Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray

from Sexy Hair

Photo of Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray from Sexy Hair
$18.95 for 10 fl. oz.; Sexy Hair

I’ve been using Alterna’s Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hairspray for years, but I’m almost out, and I wanted to try something new. This one caught my eye because not only does it claim to hold up to humidity, but it also has UV protection–2 very important factors in the Sunshine State! We’ll see how it goes.

Healthy Sexy Hair: So You Want It All Leave-in Treatment

from Sexy Hair

Photo of Healthy Sexy Hair: So You Want It All Leave-In Treatment
$19.95 for 5.1 fl. oz.; Sexy Hair

Ulta was have a 2 for $22 on some haircare products, so I picked this up with the hairspray. I can’t seem to find a list of all 22 of the supposed benefits anywhere, but the ones I can find are:

  • Detangles
  • Repairs
  • Nourishes
  • Soothes
  • Strengthens
  • Anti-Aging
  • Color Protection
  • Improved Elasticity
  • Thermal Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Damage Control
  • Damage Prevention
  • Adds shine
  • Style Control
  • Priming
  • Reduces static
  • Reduces frizz
  • Protects against humidity

My only real complaint about this product is the fact that it makes my bathroom floor slippery. Other than that, it makes my hair look, feel, and smell fantastic!

Bonus

I reached Diamond Status with Ultamate Beauty Rewards!

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Part of me feels like I should be embarrassed that I’ve spent this much on beauty products already in 2018, but this is one of my hobbies, and I look at skincare as an investment. 🙂 The photo above was my “welcome gift”: a Tarte Cosmetics liquid eyeliner sample, a Clinique mascara sample (that’s getting added to my giveaway bag), and a $25 beauty services reward card.

Diamond Benefits include:

  • 1.5 points per dollar spent
  • Free birthday gift
  • 2x the points during your birthday month
  • $10 birthday coupon
  • Points never expire
  • Everyday free shipping on orders of $25+
  • Annual $25 beauty services reward card

Sometimes Platinum and Diamond members also get bonus offers (sales, bonus points, etc.) If you shop at Ulta, you might as well sign up for Beauty Rewards. It’s free, and you have nothing to lose!


How many of these products have you tried? What are you looking forward to in September?

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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