Sephora and ULTA Beauty Are Expanding Into Big Box Stores, Here’s Where You Can Find Them in Maryland

Sephora will have mini-stores in Kohl’s and Ulta is doing the same inside Target stores.

Earlier this year America’s beauty behemoths announced partnerships to get more get their products in front of consumers. Both company’s plans hinge on placing small pop-up kiosks inside Kohl’s and Target locations across the country. Both have begun to open at select locations and they have also placed products for sale on those stores’ websites. Here are places in Maryland where you can visit these new popups and get your favorite beauty products.

Sephora

Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. That’s right, our little beauty starved state gets nothing. Not one Kohl’s in Maryland has been earmarked for a Sephora kiosk. You can buy Sephora products on the Kohl’s website but coupons don’t count and the freeship minimum is $75. You’re better off getting a freeship code for online orders or doing a pickup order for existing standalone and JCPenney locations.

Courtesy Target Stores

ULTA Beauty

So far there will be three ULTA Target locations in Maryland and two are already open:

Cockeysville

Rockville

Gaithersburg (Coming Soon)

You can also get ULTA Beauty products online and the free shipping minimum is much lower at $35. This is great because you can bundle your household supplies with hard-to-find beauty products like The Ordinary.

 

 

Turn Your Favorite Shampoo Into Toning Shampoo with OGX

 

OGX Purple Toning Drops

Keeping blonde hair brass and yellow free is a tireless effort. The easiest way to keep it in shape is by using a toning shampoo or conditioner. There are tons of products on the market these days, but a lot of people complain that toning shampoos can dry out hair and are expensive to boot.

A new product from OGX allows you to tone your hair using your own shampoo and conditioner! OGX Blonde Enhance + Purple Toning Drops (I may get a commission from this link) are concentrated purple drops that you mix into the product to create a custom toning product for hair.

Just dispense your shampoo or conditioner into your hand, add 3 to 5 drops and mix! Use it just with shampoo, just conditioner or both! You can easily customize the level of toning.

I found that the less of the drops you use, the more “blue” your mix will be. That works great for me because I prefer a blue shampoo to purple. If you don’t know what your color is, read my article on finding your undertones. I found this at ULTA Beauty, but you can probably find it wherever OGX products are sold. Priced between $7 and $10, it’s an amazing product!

Essie is Celebrating its 40th Birthday!

Can you believe Essie has been around for 40 years? Well, it’s true! America’s favorite nail polish company is 40 years old. To celebrate, they have released special editions of classic and fan favorites like “ballet slippers,” “clambake,” “sugar daddy,” “summit of style” “waltz” and “birthday girl”.

I picked up a “birthday girl” (I may get a commission from this link) to use as an overlay on my favorite color care shade  “Sheers to You” at CVS. I also grabbed the cute stickers I used to make this graphic and got $2 off!

Visit your local CVS store to find $2 off coupons, stickers and a great buy 4 get one free polish offer!

80s Vintage Lip Balms Are Back

Strawberry and Watermelon Lip Licking Lip Balms

Memba these?

If you grew up in the 80s you will probably remember the popular flavored lip balms that can in a small tin. In addition to smelling great, Lip Licking Lip Balms also left a tasty residue on your lips, hence the name. A company called Tinte Cosmetics has brought these classic lip balms back, along with another popular 80s lip product, Kissing Potion.

The lip balms come in 28 flavors, including popular ones like watermelon and strawberry. you can also get several double tins that have two flavors in one. They seem to be smaller than the originals, but so was I.

Lip Licking Balms start at $5.50 each and are available in a variety of holiday gift sets. The Kissing Potions come in six flavors and start at $12 each. Kissing Potion also has a rollup lip balm called Kissing Stick. For the Christmas holidays, they sold a special card with a lip balm attached so maybe they will do something similar for Valentine’s Day.

Kissing Potion, courtesy Tinte Cosmetics

Review- Not Your Mother’s Triple Threat Brunette Blue Treatment Shampoo

Designed for brunettes, this affordable shampoo is a great toning shampoo for “blue” blondes.

One of the main ways people rejuvenate blonde and highlighted hair is with toning shampoos and conditioners. Most of these shampoos are blue, but not everyone has the same undertones in their hair. There are many people whose hair looks better with a blue-toned shampoo instead. In an earlier post on this site, I tell you how to figure out which one you are.

For me, the gold standard in blue shampoo is Joico’s Color Balance Blue Shampoo. Unfortunately, I have been trouble finding it and it starts at $16.99 a bottle. I saw this shampoo at ULTA and thought I would give it a try.  It comes in an 8-ounce squeeze bottle and costs around $8.49. I have also seen it at Walmart and (I could get a commission from this link) Amazon.

A lot of people complain that color shampoos are drying. I don’t think that Not Your Mother’s Triple Threat Brunette Shampoo is any different. It lathers and washes out just like any regular shampoo. I did not use the conditioner because I always use my regular treatment conditioner. I liked the color it produces and I use it every other day or so when my roots start showing and the blonde starts to fade.

Verdict: I like this just as much as the Joico version and I will continue using it as long as I can find it. At half the price, I might try the conditioner too!