I'll start with my Ulta purchases first, since that's where I originally wanted to go. I wanted to pick up two nail polishes from OPI: Significant Other Color from the Brights collection (a purply duo-chrome) and Pussy Galore from the new Bond Girls collection. The Bond Girl polishes are all in OPI's "liquid sand" formulation, so they have this interesting gritty texture with sparkles throughout. These two colors are very popular, so they were both unfortunately sold out; I guess Pussy Galore has been so ridiculously popular that they haven't been able to keep it in stock. Last time I checked, both colors were still in stock online, but I don't really want to pay shipping. Luckily, there is a special mini Bond Girls set that includes Pussy Galore!
You also get the colors Jinx, Vesper, and Solitaire.
I also picked up some more conditioner while at Ulta because it's always nice to have a back-up ready.
After Ulta, I wandered over to the mall. The first place I stopped was the Sephora inside of JCPenny (which I think is trying to rebrand itself as just JCP now). When the Sephora in JCP first opened up, I thought it was kind of silly, since there was already a full sized Sephora, pretty much just down the hall, that had a much larger selection. Now, I actually like stopping at both Sephora's since the one in JCP tends to have a larger selection of sale goods (including products not available at the other store), and it sometimes has products in-stock that are sold out at the full-sized Sephora (such as the Sephora by OPI nail polish remover, which smells really good--like black licorice, that seems to never be in-stock at my regular Sephora). I'm glad I did, since they had a bunch of nail polish on extra-sale! The last few times I've visited, they've had these polishes on sale, but they were $5-$7 a bottle; this time, they were $2 a bottle! I couldn't pass a deal like that up.
I got two full size Sephora by OPI polishes in Dance Til Fawn, which is a very pretty light taupe-ish grey:
I also got two full sized Nails, Inc polishes in the colors Cheyne Walk, a super metallic purple:
Another reason why I like going to the Sephora in JCP is that the cashiers tend to be...not necessarily nicer, but I feel like they pay more attention to you. The cashier I had was incredibly sweet, took the time to carefully wrap all my polishes, and even let me know that I hadn't received my VIB in-store welcome package yet (I re-qualified for VIB in March). I ended up with a shiny new VIB card and a 10% off coupon. For a long time now, I've been curious about trying a Clarisonic, but never bought one because a. they're very expensive for a face cleaning tool and b. I wasn't sure if you could use other cleansers with them besides the Clarisonic ones, and I really didn't want to be locked in to using just one facial cleanser. I wanted to pick one up during Chic Week in April when I had a 15% off coupon, but I didn't have the money at the time. I told myself that next time I got a coupon, I would buy one.
Since I wasn't expecting to make such a major purchase, I went to my full-sized Sephora to browse around and mull it over. As I was looking, I discovered that they still had their Hello Kitty products up and on sale. If you've read some of my previous posts, you know that I've been on a sort of mini-quest to get all the Hello Kitty nail polishes (and that it ended somewhat poorly since I had to return a color because it came to me completely dried out and unusable). I wasn't able to pick up the color I had to return, but I did get a color I didn't have before, called Frosted Cupcake:
I continued to walk around and mull over the idea of buying a Clarisonic and made my way over to the First Aid Beauty section. I was afraid that my Sephora had stopped carrying the line in store since it wasn't in it's usual spot, but they had just moved it to make more room for a different brand. I needed to pick up some more Facial Radiance Pads, and there is a new boxed set that includes full sizes of the Facial Radiance Pads, the Facial Cleanser, and three samples of their newish Dual Repair line that I wanted to get. It's actually cheaper (by about $2) to buy the set than it is to buy the Facial Radiance Pads and the Facial Cleanser separately, so your getting the samples of the Dual Repair line free AND saving money. I was happy to see that my Sephora had some sets in stock, so I got one.
Now, while I do really love FAB's line of products, especially their Facial Cleanser and Ultra Repair Cream, I am thinking about trying a different toner after I go through this next tub of Radiance Pads. I've been using them for quite some time now, and I don't think I am really showing enough of an improvement over not using them to justify spending $30 on them every 2ish months. I was thinking of maybe going to back to using LUSH's Tea Tree Water, or possibly even using plain Witch Hazel as a toner. Not sure yet.
After deciding to splurge a little and grab the FAB set, I figured why not just go all out and get a Clarisonic. I went over to the display and started thinking about which model I wanted. At first I wanted to get the Mia, since it was the cheapest. I had some questions, so I went and found a Sephora employee, who got me in touch with the store skincare expert. After talking with her for a few minutes and learning about the different options (she also assured me that you can use any cleanser with the Clarisonic as long as it didn't have physical exfoliators), I decided to pick up the Mia2 since it came with a travel case and it had the T-Timer, which pulses to let you know when you should move to a different part of your face (kind of how the Sonicare toothbrush times how long you should brush for). I wanted to get a blue one (the color is called "Sea Breeze"), but they didn't have it in stock. They had a pale pink, a darker pink, a black, a white, a lime green, and a forest green, so I went with the darker pink (it's called Berry).
My final stop of the day was Bath & Body Works. I had wanted to get a candle or two for my apartment (after a long winter, I wanted some fresh, clean smells to brighten things up), but after dropping $150 on my Clarisonic, I didn't really feel comfortable spending $20 on candles, but I still wanted to see what new scents Bath & Body Works had to offer.
For a long time, I've avoided using hand sanitizer since I've found them to be way too drying and irritating. Recently, I've found myself in situations where I would have really liked to have had hand sanitizer and unfortunately had none, so I decided that I would at least carry some with me just in case. Bath & Body Works was having a five for $5 sale on their mini anti-bacterial hand gels, and while I didn't really need five, I thought it'd be fun to try out some different scents to see which ones I liked best. I was really able to sample them before I bought them, so I picked five scents that I thought would smell nice.
They also had a lot of different holders for their mini anti-bac gels, ranging from the very simple, to the very complex like cats and elephants. I had my eye on a pink kitty one, but it was $6, and I didn't think that was worth it just so I could hang my anti-bac from my purse handle. I ended up getting a cheap, plain one, though it does glow in the dark, which is cool.
Now for some extras! Yes, I have some random things that didn't really warrant a post of their own, but that I still wanted to include to show you guys. A while ago, I went to Kohl's since I got a $10 gift card in the mail. This is about the only time I go to Kohl's since I find their products to be a little expensive and not very high quality (thought that might just be me, they do carry some nice brands there). I wanted to get a pair of shoes, but I didn't find anything I liked, so I randomly decided to browse their clothing selection. I'm very glad I did, because they had a bunch of stuff for up to 80% off. I ended up picking up three tops; there was a pair of pants I really wanted to get, too, but they were only half off and were still $20, which is a little too much for me (I know, $20 on pants is too much but $150 for a skincare item is fine, I have weird monetary priorities). I got this cute striped top:
I also randomly picked up another brush from ELF's Studio line.
And those are my random extras! I hope this didn't get too long for you guys and that you enjoyed my haul and my random extras!
Thanks for reading! <3