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ULTA beauty haul- Makeup Revolution, Joico and Essence

Last week I took advantage of  coupons and free shipping to get some Pre-Black Friday beauty goodies. I got all of this for $37 shipped. Here are the details:

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Palette Newtrals 2, $7 – I bought this palette because it has good ratings and a reviewer said it was a dupe for Urban Decay’s Cherry Palette.

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Palette  Affection (online only), $7 – This looked great online but has too many sparkly shadows, I will probably return it.

Joico Travel Size K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor $3 x 2 (normally $6.99 each)- I love this stuff! Perfect to use after a color service or to revive dry, damaged hair. K-Pak (I may get a commission from this link)  is made with amino acids that build the hair cuticle up, making hair strong and soft.

Essence Jelly Keen Powder Palette, $9.99 – I was looking to replace two of my favorite NARS blushes, Org$sm and Gaiety. Essence is an affordable German brand with favorable reviews, so I grabbed this palette. The 2 cheek colors, a peachy orange and a bubblegum pink aren’t as finely milled as NARS products, but the two colors are great dupes. It also has two complimentary highlighting shades.

Essence Banana Loose Setting Powder, $5 ($2.50) – Because Essence was buy one get one 50% off, I  got these next two items for half price. First, the banana powder. I always thought about buying a banana powder so I thought, what the heck. This powder isn’t very yellow, it look like a tinted setting powder. It worked okay, I’ll have to experiment with it further.

Essence Kiss The Frog Lipstick (also available in Kiss The Mermaid, blue and Kiss The Unicorn, purple, $3.50 each – I always wanted to try one of the PH lipsticks but didn’t want to shell out $20. These are more like lip balms (appropriate for kids too!) and not as fancy but still fun for $1.75 on sale.

ULTA Holiday Stocking Stuffers $2.99 or 5 for $5- Every year ULTA has these cute stocking stuffers you can buy in bulk for just $1 each. They can get pretty picked over in stores so they are a great add-on to an online order. I chose Marshmallow Mint Face & Body Mini Wipes, a 3-pack of nail files, a Vanilla Bean Bath & Shower Fizzer and two packs of glittery bobby pins (because I like glittery bobby pins).

I also got a couple a samples – perfume samples. I hate perfume samples 🙄. Oh well.

 

LUSH Lip Scrub: lip smacking

Here in the desert your lips can get unbelievably dry.  Tired of watching my child peel dry skin off his lips, I went looking for a lip scrub. I only found a couple, all in the $18-$20 range and not in the most appealing flavors for a child. The light bulb went off and I headed to LUSH in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

LUSH Cosmetics makes handmade products from fresh ingredients, without testing on animals. Perfect for kids. The Lip Scrub comes in bubblegum, mint and chocolate. Its made of castor sugar and jojoba oil for moisturizing. You can apply and wipe off, or literally lick it away. It has the consistency of slightly wet sugar, so use at the sink. Afterwards, apply your favorite lip product. $8.95 at LUSHUSA.com.

Products have the date and the maker of the product on the containers!