05 May 2012

ulta rewards.

It's been less than a year since Ulta came to town, and I love it. At first, I didn't really understand the point of it, because it seemed to just be like Sephora, just drugstore makeup and a few high end brands. It wasn't until the coupons started coming every couple weeks that I absolutely loved it...that and they are pretty awesome. There are even a few brands I wasn't able to get anywhere else in town (like NYX, Essence, Zoya, and more). So I spent a lot of my money there. I mean 90% of my monthly monies goes there. Needless to say, I racked up more points in these months than I ever have at Sephora, and at Ulta you can redeem your points for money off your purchase (or salon stuff, but that didn't really interest me)! 

So this week, they were having some really cool sales I wanted to take advantage of, so I thought it would be a perfect time to redeem my points. I really want to get all of (or most of) the Real Techniques brushes and they were BOGO 1/2 OFF! Ulta brand makeup was also having really good sales, and as I posted before, I got a set of mini lip glosses from a friend for Christmas which had a gloss I wanted to get the full-sized tube in..all great timing. This is what I got : 

Ulta Super Shiny Lip Gloss in 04 Charmed and Ulta Extreme Wear Lip Stain in 10 Love Connection 


The stain is not the same color as it shows in the tube, and by looking at reviews, a lot of other people have said the same thing. It is more orange that the tube shows, but I still like it. I did try it before I left the store, on my hand, so I knew what to expect. The stain comes with a doe foot, which I wasn't expecting that (but am glad it does because I wasn't looking forward to squeezing lip stain out of a tube). As for the gloss, it's what I was expecting. I actually like the smaller one better, but I think maybe the doe foot hasn't been used well yet so it's not giving off a lot of color, if that makes sense. I haven't used the brushes yet, but I've been watching the tutorials on their site all night, so I'm super excited to use them tomorrow!!

Real Techniques Powder Brush : $9.99
Real Techniques Blush Brush : $8.99                 
                             sale : BOGO 1/2 OFF, save $4.50
Ulta Super Shiny Lip Gloss : $8.00
Ulta Extreme Wear Lip Stain : $8.00
                             sale : 2/$6, saved $10

With all that savings, I then used 500 points, which was $17.50 off, and I only had to pay $3.20 for these items!! $32 SAVINGS! Ahh....I love a good sale :)    

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