Summer Beauty Pick-Me-Ups

August 19, 2015

Ulta Beauty is turning 25 today and to celebrate their birthday they have 25 online beauty deals with free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Ulta Beauty is a regular stop for me for beauty staples, especially for nail care. My go-to products are the CND Stickey Base Coat, Super Shiny Top Coat, Butter London Nail Scrubbers and the Tweezerman Pushy Nail Cleaner. I’ve teamed up with them to share some beauty pick-me-ups from a recent store visit. If you haven’t been to an Ulta Beauty store recently you will be amazed at the selection they have today – the lineup of products has expanded so you will find a wide range of items with a mix of drugstore and mid-end brands all in one store. If you’re in need of something new in beauty but aren’t sure what to look for, Ulta is a nice place to shop at your own leisure and browse without feeling any pressure to buy. I always discover something new.

Up first is the Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray. It has aloe, herbs and rosewater and with a super relaxing lightweight scent. It’s one of the most affordable facial sprays I’ve tried and I think it’s highly under-rated. It hydrates the skin with a superfine mist. I like that it’s truly refreshing without that heavy feel.

Nude clutch by Truffle

For eyes I picked up one of the Naked2 Double Ended 24/7 Glide On Pencils. They come in a variety of colors, I picked one with Pistol and Perversion. For eyeshadow palettes, the Naked Basics2 Palette is a no-fail option. I already own one but bought one as a birthday gift for a friend. I swatched it below next to Naked Basics. Both are staples as far as matte shadows go.

One of my friends swears by Lancome Définicils Mascara and she always has the perfect lush black lashes. I’ve only tried minis before. I’m giving this one in the full size a try. (If you have a favorite Lancome mascara let me know.)

I didn’t realize Ulta Beauty carried Becca Cosmetics, but now I do. I picked up the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold. I debated between the pressed and poured version. The pressed seemed to have more pink undertone so I opted for this one. It has the prettiest warm rosy champagne gold shimmer. The left side is a heavy swatch, right is blended out a little.

For nails, I like to shop for cheaper finds like OPI and Essie. I play around with both a lot but don’t buy many because of the lack of testers. Two staples include Peach Daiquiri and Topless and Barefoot. Both are relatively affordable options although they don’t last longer than 3 days on me, but for the price I think they are worth it. I just need to make sure I reapply top coat 2-3 times throughout the 5-7 day period I have the color on. Although I switch things up frequently to swatch so sometimes it doesn’t really matter.

Peach Daiquiri needed three coats for me.

Topless and Barefoot is the best neutral nude pink. It’s not too nude and not too pink. Two coats works ok, I find a third coat gives this one complete full coverage.

For lips the options are endless. There are so many different finishes, formulas, textures and packaging options. I think I got a bit lost with all the options but I wasn’t in a rush so I was able to take my time to browse. Stila was one of my very first beauty loves back when I was in high school and all the way through college. I’m glad through all the changes that they’ve kept some of the original line. The Lip Glazes are always fun. Apricot is a staple glow. Kitten is a fun frosted champagne beige shimmer.

Urban Decay has some really good new lip products out. I think many have been out for a while but my focus has always been on their shadows and Naked Palettes. The Revolution Lipstick in Naked is a neutral nude pink cream. It has medium to full coverage and has a slightly glossy sheen. There are a number of neutrals to pick from and they have different finishes from matte, sheer and regular. The High-Color Lip Glosses are full-coverage glosses. Almost like a liquid lipstick but still glossy in formula. Kinky is a really pretty light neutral pink beige. I’m completely obsessed with it.

Last but not least I tried something from Tarte. The twist up chubby stick lip products come in a number of different finishes and textures. After swatching up a number of colors all over my hand, I picked out the LipSurgence Lip Tint in Sweet. It’s a soft light pink with shimmer but goes on the lips a more rosy flushed soft pink. It has a soft minty scent and feels cool on the lips. I really like the way it looks and feels – I’m going to have to check out more of the colors soon.

Today on August 19th in celebration of their 25th birthday, they have 25 value sets available online. In addition they are running a sweepstakes through August 29th where 25 lucky Ultamate Rewards Members will win 25,000 points. Details here on ulta.com/25bday.

Do you have any recent discoveries from Ulta Beauty? What are your favorite beauty pick-me-ups?

This post was created in partnership with Ulta Beauty. Many thanks to Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own, more information on my disclosures

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  • Rachel Polansky August 19, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Great picks! I'm heading to an area with an Ulta soon and can't wait to browse


  • Frankly Flawless - August 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Such amazing items. I have Topless and Barefoot by Essie and it's such a lovely neutral colour. The Glide on pencils by UD look amazing too x


  • Megan Alice August 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Topless and Barefoot is such a gorgeous nail colour! As are all of your lip product picks! Great post

    Megan x / megaanalicec.blogspot.co.uk

  • Alix August 19, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Where is that charming striped tray from?

  • Melissa A August 19, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    They recently opened a new Ulta 10 minutes from my home, how exciting! Mario Badescu facial spray is so underrated, I lovvee that stuff! I've always been intrigued in the Naked2 basics, but I have the first basics palette and almost never use it! Loved your picks, spot on!!

  • nueyork August 20, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Facial mists are just so, so perfect for summer time! I've been loving them. x


  • Meliza Joyce August 20, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I've heard lots of good things about the Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray, I want to pick it up the next time I'm out! I feel like facial sprays in general are underrated and noticed that I didn't pay much mind to them myself until lately. Now I'm trying to figure out which facial sprays I should invest in. Can't wait to try it!


  • Maria August 20, 2015 at 3:49 am

    I want to try Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray! Nice post!

    XO Maariasan.com

  • MyOwnLoves August 20, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Essie Topless and Barefoot looks lovely! Must try it out


  • sampan_27 August 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Ahh so many lovely products! I love the Naked pallet so much! 🙂

  • ame August 20, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I love that MB facial spray. I try others but always go back to it.

  • Kelly Lund August 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    What a beautiful array of products! I have both those Essie polishes and they truly are summertime staples. It's interesting to think of the Naked Basics palette as a 'summer' palette, but it does fit the bill nicely since I'm very basic when it comes to summer makeup.

    xoxo – Kelly

  • Eileen August 21, 2015 at 2:30 am

    I've always adored fragranced facial mists and was a long time devotee of Shu Uemura's refreshing selection of dep sea water mists. Now that my skin has become so dry; however, I really need something that offers more in the way of skin care ingredients. That's why Tatcha's Dewy Skin Mist has become such a favorite of mine. It acts like an über light moisturizer that can refresh my skin without disturbing my makeup. But, that being said, I really enjoyed the delux size sample of MB's facial mist that I got in Nordstrom's beauty bag. For those of you with oily to normal skin, the refreshing mist by MB is a very nice choice at a bargain price.

  • Stacey Jane August 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Rose Gold looks so nice!!Lancome Hypnose Drama is my fave from the Lancome range xx

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict

  • Summer August 24, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Lancome Grandiose mascara is TO DIE FOR! I have been a longtime fan of Chanel Inimitable Intense, as well as Chanel Le Volume from the time it was released. I go back and forth, but I honestly think Grandiose is even better than both of those, and for me, Chanel mascaras are stellar. Everyone's lashes differ quite a lot, but you should give the Lancome one a whirl. I also say this as a person who never liked Lancome Defincils or Hypnose Drama.