Hello! Still getting caught up with all these "intended posts". This post is going to be about my very first order from Ulta.com, as well as my (sort of ) very first drug store make-up!
I suppose I should start by explaining the "first drug store make-up" thing. Before I made this purchase, I did not own any make-up from a drug store. I buy things like lip balms and sunscreens from drug stores/supermarkets (I haven't actually bought anything from a typical drug store like Walgreens or CVS, all my "drug store" sundries come from Target), but I didn't own any actual make-up. In fact, the only make-up I have ever purchased from a drug store was one of those "true match" concealers (the kind that supposedly match a whole range of skin tones perfectly and come in about three different shades) when I was in high school to use under my eyes (I have the worst under eye circles, ever. I basically lost the genetic lottery when it came to those suckers.) and that's it. I didn't really get into make-up until very recently, maybe within the past three years or so, with my very first purchase, besides that concealer (and remember, this doesn't count lip balms and things like that), being benefit's "Hello Flawless!" powder compact in the color "Petal" (this was before they expanded the color line and that was the lightest shade available) from Sephora. The color was off, but I was in love with the idea of "fancy" make-up and just kept buying it. I have nothing against drug store make-up nor the people who chose to purchase and wear it; it's just for me, personally, I'd much rather spend a little more and get a product that I perceive to be higher quality (not that that is always the case, though).
However, since I've really started getting into the Youtube beauty community, I've seen some pretty amazing products that are very comparable to higher-end brands. One product in particular is Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. It seems like so matter how much make-up someone has, and regardless of whether they buy more high end or drug store, everyone and their mom owns Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I've always wanted to try it, but it's always either sold out at my Ulta or it has been used already (which I'll touch on later).
A few weeks ago, Ulta was having a sale where all their Nyx products were 40% off. I figured now was a great time to finally purchase a Jumbo Eye Pencil in milk, and maybe try a few other products from Nyx. I went to my local Ulta to check out the line, only to discover that everyone else had the same idea I did; they were sold out of almost everything, and what they did have in stock looked like it had been used and put back on the shelf. One thing I noticed about Nyx that kind of bothered me is that a lot of their products are sold unsealed, which I find to be kind of gross. I know a lot of times, higher end products are sold unsealed, but they're also normally in boxes or are in a boutique setting like at a Macy's where there are shopgirls guarding the merchandise and testers laid out beautifully and within easy reach. In a drug store type setting like Ulta, there normally no testers out, nor are there people paying attention to the products all the time (or ever, really. I've seen a few associates milling around in the high end section, but I've never seen one assigned to the drug store side). This makes is super easy for someone to just pick a random lipgloss or eye pencil, swipe it on the back of their hand (or even right their eyes/lips; I used to work in a retail store with a beauty section, and I've seen people pick up products from the displays, try them out, and just put them back. I think the thing that always baffled me the most were the people who tried the lipgloss testers right on their mouths without using a disposable applicator. We tried to maintain a clean testing environment, so we had tons of disposable eye shadow, lip gloss, and mascara applicators out. We even cut the wands off the mascara and lipgloss testers to discourage people from trying them without applicators. There would still be people who tried to scrape the ragged, cut lipgloss wand across their lips and we'd have to gently ask them to use the applicators we provide...). There were a couple products still in stock that I was interested in experimenting with (at 40% off, you can't really go wrong) but every time I'd pick something out, it looked like it was already used.
Sad that I may never be able to get my hands on a Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in milk, I went home. I went on Ulta's website to see if they had the sale on there as well, and they did! They seemed to have the products I was interested in in stock, though the only downside was that I would have to pay shipping (I couldn't see myself spending over $50; I buy pretty much all of my make-up from Sephora, though I do buy my hair conditioner from Ulta since Sephora stopped carrying it for some reason...). I had one of those "$3.50 off a purchase of $10 or more" coupons, so I figured I could count that towards shipping (which would make it around $3, which isn't so bad). My purchase ended up being smaller than I had expected, however, since there was a weird glitch that kept happening when I tried to check-out. When I tried to use my coupon, I could get all the way through the ordering process up to where I picked what shipping I wanted. When my cart was worth more than a certain value, it was unable to process my shipping when I used my coupon. I had to choose between getting more products or using my coupon; I went with less products.
So that was my first order from Ulta.com! It's a pretty standard process and is the same as ordering from any other website. I was surprised at how big of a box they selected to ship my items in, but everything arrived safe and sound. I do wish I could have picked the three samples I got, but I was happy with the ones selected for me, and I did like how there was a true variety of samples included. Overall, I would definitely order from Ulta.com again (and I actually just might since they have a shipping promo on OPI nail polishes...).
And now some random things! I finished my "Garden of Weedin'" cross stitch kit.
I also picked up two magazines.
And that about wraps this post up! Ugh, I really need to figure out a way to make these shorter, unless you prefer them being a little longer with more content? Hmm, this is another thing I should look into...
Thanks for reading! <3