For me, spring break has been all about hitting local beauty hotspots. I guess I’m slightly different than the typical college student that jets off to Florida or Puerto Rico for break. I made sure I visited the places I don’t get to frequent when I am at school in Boston, such as Target and Ulta. I picked up a bunch of items that I am very excited to integrate into my makeup and beauty routines.
Ulta Freebies : I picked up these three products for free as part of the Ulta Points/Rewards System. Yay!
I picked this light grey, shimmery nail color because I knew I had too many pink and red nail polishes waiting for me at home. I had seen a few beauty bloggers sporting grey nails and thought I would give it a shot. I’m not overly impressed with this color since it is very sheer. However, I can’t really complain because it was free.
I have been waiting to own the Ralph Lauren scent “Ralph” for YEARS. It is light, floral, fruity, and fresh. It smells delicious. The fragrance’s notes include Apple Tree Leaves, Yellow Freesia, Italian Mandarin, Japanese Loquat, Osmanthus, Magnolia, Linden Blossom Flower, Purple Freesia, Boronia, Musk 2000, and White Orris. It does smell a little “young,” but I really do love this scent. My Ulta Points allowed me to get a 0.25 oz rollerball, which is so handy for throwing in a bag.
I picked up this adorable 0.5 oz spray bottle because my sister and my mom had recently bought the rollerball version. It is a simple fragrance, but sometimes that’s just what you need. It smells clean and fresh. I like it because it is not overpowering. It just makes you smell freshly bathed. Sephora describes this fragrance as “a clean, transparent blend of fresh blossoms and cool greens, laced with sensual, frosty musk.” I imagine spritzing this on between classes or after a sweaty workout when I am feeling a bit yucky. This little bottle is also perfect for keeping in a bag or in your desk at work.
Ulta: The Stuff I Bought
When I saw this in an aisle in Ulta I almost did a dance. I was PUMPED that I finally found it. Lily Pebbles is always raving about the quality and staying power of this shadow paint so I have been itching to try it.
I have so much love for all my Real Techniques brushes, so obviously I had to try another one of their brushes. I will be using this stippling brush to apply cream blush and liquid or cream highlighter.
I have been scraping by with a super cheap pair of eyelash curlers for a year or two. I finally took the plunge and invested in a good pair. So far they work great! When I first curl my lashes I can feel them poking my brow bone. Now that’s some serious curl. Now I need to find a mascara that can hold that massive curl.
I am SO IMPRESSED with this Lacquer Balm from Revlon. The color is vibrant and pigmented. The color really does stain my lips after the shine wears away. It is so comfortable on the lips. If you like color on your lips, but can’t stand the feeling of lipstick and you don’t like a matte finish, check these Lacquer Balms out. I am not sure if the other shades work as well, but I want to try them! I really want to get my hands on the everyday shade “Demure.”
I like this Balm Stain from Revlon! Honey is a really wearable shade that you can whack on without a mirror. Honey is a wearable, pinky-mauve color. It’s slightly darker than my normal lip color and it ties a natural makeup look together. The color doesn’t last super long, but the packaging makes it easy to keep in your bag and reapply throughout the day. It’s not super moisturizing, but it’s more moisturizing than the average lipstick. I think this Balm Stain is slightly more hydrating than the Clinique Chubby Sticks, which feel slightly more waxy.
I picked up this 1 oz bottle of luxury after hearing Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup, Lily Pebbles, and Lisa Eldridge rave about this product. I had gotten a sample from Sephora and I was instantly impressed. It doesn’t highlight the dry bits on my nose, but gives a natural, skin-like, semi-matte finish. When I use this, my skin looks healthy and a little glow-y, but it doesn’t look greasy. It gives a light coverage that won’t conceal your blemishes, but it will even out your skin’s color and texture. I have to do a fair amount of concealing when I use this product, but I love the light finish it gives the rest of my skin. Personally, I would rather use a lighter base all over my face and provide extra coverage with concealer where I need it.
- Beaded, Gem Pouch – $15 (on sale)
I found a makeup bag/pouch beauty at Anthropologie in the sale section. I have been on the hunt for a cute pouch to keep in my purse that houses all the makeup bits I need on-hand. It is so gorgeous! It is beaded on the front and back of the bag and is the perfect size. I can even use it as a clutch if I ever have a fancy night out! Unfortunately, I can’t share what brand it is because the tag was missing when I found it in the store. There are some other pouches on sale online so it might be worth popping over to Anthropologie’s website to have a gander.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my spring break haul! Let me know what you plan to do over your break and if you have done any beauty hauls!