Health and Beauty

Ulta Beauty Round Up

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Hi y’all. I am a huge fan of makeup, and my favorite store is Ulta Beauty. I love that I can find everything I need in one location. It truly is a one-stop shop! Plus, I get my hair done at their salon as well. The woman who does my hair actually does a better job than the place I was going to in Downtown Boston! And my bestie is an insanely good at doing makeup, she definitely could make it a side-hustle!

Ever since I was in middle school, my skin has been pretty wonky. Even as an adult one hormone shift and my face totally breaks out. So here are some of my favorite products to help keep my face clear and my eyes sparkling!

Base:

Like I said, I typically break out, but for the longest time I was still using creamy foundations. My life totally changed when I found tinted moisturizer. This is light enough to not cause my skin to freak out, but still gives me a good color to start with. When going out on the town, pairing it with a good primer helps my face stay hydrated and in place all night. My favorites are:

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer – This stuff is GOLD. It is my favorite that I’ve found so far. The clay helps keep the color, but it’s still very light on your face. I wear the Light so I can blend on top of it. It also has SPF for summer.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better – This is another great light moisturizer. What I love about it is that it has a pump, so you’re sure to get the perfect amount. I trade off between this and my Tarte.

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer – This primer is the best I’ve found. It’s light, but sticks to your skin without the oily residue of some other primers. It’s pricey, but one tube lasts FOREVER.

Powder:

I’ll admit it, I’m a powder girl. I like how it gives a finished look, and can cover some of my skin marks (thank you teenage acne). I always go for a mineral powder, because I’ve found it doesn’t make my skin oily. My favorite is:

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder –  I have been wearing this for YEARS and it is my go-to for powder. I’ve tried almost all the others and this one takes the cake. It’s light on your face, but still provides coverage. I also love that it has built in SPF 15. I usually use Light in the fall/winter/spring but change to Blush Medium when I start to get my summer tan.

Cheeks:

Blush is my best friend. I think its the best way to brighten up your look for everyday. I am completely hopeless at contouring so this is the closest I can get. My two favorite multi-color blushes are:

Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush – I wear this in Peach Beach and it is perfect for every day. It’s got great beige and peachy tones to match my subtle work makeup without being too over the top. When I want a bit more pizazz, I do use the Candy Glow as well.

NYX Ombre Blush – This is another great gradient blush to give you some toning on top of your powder. And it’s a really affordable option for those of you two don’t want to go straight to Ulta’s Prestige Brands. I love the Nude to Me for everyday use.

Eyes:

This is my favorite part of my makeup because you can do almost ANYTHING. Make your eyes glam, do a perfect smoky, sparkle them up, the possibilities are endless. I have two go-to pallets and my favorite mascara to tie it all together. They are:

Urban Decay Naked HEAT – Yes, I bought the Heat pallet as soon as it came out, and I won’t lie, I’m in LOVE. I love to do nudes and browns for work and this pallet has the perfect shades of brown with reds and a bit of sparkle that I use it almost every day.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky – Unfortunately you can’t get this pallet anymore, which is a shame because it is my other favorite. I love the silver tones and that I can wear it with blues and blacks that I wear to work. However, I found this E.L.F Smoky Eyeshadow Pallet and it’s almost a dead ringer for the UD one. Plus, it’s a great deal!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – Ok, if you can get over the name, I guarantee you this mascara will change your world. I was the queen of the typical drug store brands until I was talked into buy this, and now I won’t go back. It hugs your lashes perfectly, and the brush doesn’t cause clumping. Plus, now it comes in Waterproof!

BONUS: Eyeliners – I don’t typically wear eyeliner, especially to work. But when I go out, I alternate with powders and gel pencils. For powder, I typically just use one of my black eyeshadows and an angled brush with a little water. It allows the powder to fall and give a nice smoky look. For gel pencils, I love UD’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. It’s easy to use and makes great lines.

Lips:

I’m very easy when it comes to lips. I actually rarely wear lip gloss or lipstick, only when it’s a special occasion. I’m actually obsessed with tinted lip balms, since they don’t dry out your lips when you wear it. All I wore in Nashville were:

Berts Bees Tinted Lip Balm – If you love Bert’s Bees like I do, this will become your new staple. It’s light like their typical balm, but does a great job providing color. I use the Red Dahlia almost every day.

Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint – This is the one product you can’t buy at Ulta, but it should be at your local drug store. I love that it packs a little more color than the Bert’s Bees, but unfortunately it is heavier on your lips. I’m more apt to use this going out than daily. I love the Merlot color for a deeper red.

Shop the links and let me know what you think!

xo Steph

 

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