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10 Top Picks To Buy At Ulta

I love shopping at Ulta. It’s one of my favorite stores. I love walking down the makeup aisles to see what’s new in high-end and drugstore beauty. I also love that just a few steps away I can also shop for hair care products.

Ulta is the beauty store where I can find something that fits my budget. I’ve tried many different products either purchasing them (and maybe returning them when they didn’t work) or just trying them out in the store to determine what works and doesn’t work for my oily skin.

Top picks of what to buy at Ulta | A Relaxed Gal

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And guess what! This month is 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta. That means there will be 21 days of beauty steals for up to 50% off certain products. There are different products available each day. And you can buy the products in-store or online. Those who are Diamond or Platinum members, get free shipping until 9/22.

So if there are some products you’ve wanted to try and they are on sale, this is time to buy them. The sale started on September 2 and goes through the 22nd.

To help you out on your next Ulta shopping trip I thought I’d put together a roundup post of my top 10 picks from Ulta. Some of these are products that I’ve tried and some are ones I haven’t. Also, not all of these will be on sale during the 21 days of beauty. The ones that are though, I’ve made sure to note the specific day.

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1. Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

This cleanser is one of the beauty steals for September 4th.

I have acne-prone skin that I’ve been able to get under control outside of a few stray pimples or bumps every now and then. So I prefer to use products on my face that are formulated for acne-prone skin and help to keep my pores clean.

If you’re looking for the same thing, from all of the reviews I’ve read this is a cleanser you should try. This cleanser has salicylic acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells keeping your pores clear. It also claims to help soothe your skin if irritated from breakouts.

2. Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 15

This is a September 10 beauty steal.

I’ve always wanted to try and Estee Lauder moisturizer buy they are so expensive. Well on the Alaskan cruise I went on, they had a high-end beauty shop and there was a sample jar of this moisturizer. I applied some to my arm and it felt so good. It went on smoothly, sunk into my skin, and didn’t feel greasy. During Ulta’s 21 days of beauty, it’s on sale for $17 dollars which is really a steal! 

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

This particular primer is a beauty steal for September 13.

For those of us who have large pores and need help controlling facial oil, the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer can help. It claims to instantly blur flaw, reduce the appearance of pores, and control oil for up to 8 hours.

4. Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

On sale September 22nd

If you find that halfway through the day your makeup starts to fade or melting than you may want to try this setting spray. It claims to help your makeup look “just-applied for up to 16 hours - without melting, fading or settling into fine lines” It’s supposed to be good for all skin types.

5. Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer

This primer claims to mattify skin, minimize pores and control oil breakthrough. I’ve been using this primer for a little over a year I can attest that for me it does fulfill 2 of the 3 claims. It does mattify my skin and it also helps to control oil breakthrough throughout the day. I can’t say that I’ve seen much in the way of the pore minimizing but I do have pretty big pores.

It doesn’t irritate my skin at all and it goes on nice and smooth giving me a nice surface for makeup application.

6. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Claims for this primer from Smashbox include blurring flaws and smoothing skin so makeup looks better and lasts longer.

This was the first primer that I ever used and I did like it because it helped to minimize the look of my pores by filling them in. I also liked that it was very lightweight so it didn’t irritate my oily skin or feel like I had anything extra on my face. Plus, it’s oil free.

The key reason I stopped using it though was it wasn’t helping with oil control. And since I wasn’t wearing a mattifying foundation or powder at that time nothing was stopping the oil from breaking through.

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7. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-free Foundation

This has become one of my everyday foundations. It’s a reasonable price, has a shade that works for me and it helps instead of irritates any pimples or breakouts that I get. The Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup claims to be “the first and only liquid foundation formulated with MicroClear technology to not only treat blemishes but to also help prevent emerging breakouts.

While this isn’t a matte foundation it doesn’t add any shine or oil to my face and combined with my mattifying primer and a little setting powder it takes several hours before any oil starts to break through.

8. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless

This foundation doesn’t just claim to fit your skin tone but also “to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit.” It’s supposed to minimize pores by blurring them, absorb oil and give you a matte looking finish.

At first, I wasn’t a big fan of this foundation. It felt way to drying but then I realized it was the combination of the foundation and my mattifying primer. So now with this foundation, I wear an oil-free primer but not one that’s mattifying I let the Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation take care of that.

I recently had this foundation on for over 12 hours while I traveled and only had to blot once. To go out to dinner that night I did remove and reapply the makeup but I was pleased at how long it lasted and was still presentable when it makes no claims for that.

9. SheaMoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap

I’ve never felt as clean as I do after using this soap. And the clean feeling lasts all day long. Additionally, this soap lathers like no one's business and doesn’t dry me out. I used this soap during my Alaskan cruise and while it wasn’t extremely cold, the air was cold and dry. This soap didn’t dry out my skin so I wasn’t itching nor did I need to apply an extreme amount of lotion to my body.

10. SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo

If you’re looking for a moisturizing shampoo this is one I recommend. It has become one of my staple products because it hydrates my hair which makes it easier to manage. And as a plus, it’s sulfate-free and has your hair smelling like roses for a couple of days.

In addition to hydrating hair, this shampoo claims to create a protective moisture barrier for your hair and soothe minor scalp irritation.

What do you like to buy from Ulta?

1 comment:

  1. I love the All Nighter Setting Spray! It is a must have in my makeup bag, and really makes such a difference in how my makeup performs. The Shea Moisture bar soap sounds really nice, I'll have to pick that up next time I go to Ultra! Great picks!