Nothing too crazy this time around; this is another mostly Ulta-based haul. I'm really digging shopping at Ulta; they have a huge selection of brands and products and an awesome reward system! I did pick up a few items from Sephora during the VIB sale, though I do regret not getting more things... 15% off isn't a lot, but it's still something! The best part of this haul, though, at least in my opinion, is the very generous of gift of Shiseido that a friend of mine gave me. I knew she was going to give me some of her extra Facial Cotton, but I didn't know she was going to give me a whole gift with purchase set!
As I did in my video, I'm going to start with my Shiseido goodies. I'm super thankful that my friend gave these to me to try; I don't have much experience with Shiseido and apparently I have been missing out.
I know I keep saying it, probably to excess, but I can't thank my friend enough for sharing these goodies with me! I'm glad I got the opportunity to try a bunch of Shiseido skincare products, including the infamous Facial Cotton, but I also semi-regret it because now my other products might not be good enough anymore (especially my normal cotton pads!).
My mom came down to visit me last week (or so...) and we had a "mommy and me" shopping day! I got her her Mother's Day present and we did some makeup and clothes shopping. It was really nice to shop with someone else who was actually interested in makeup; I like shopping with my husband, but makeup isn't really his thing. We ended up going to Sephora, Ulta, and Forever21 (among other places, but that's where I bought things from).
From Sephora, I bought three of their new eye masks. This was still during the VIB sale so I had my 15% off. I do regret not buying more, but I didn't want to go too crazy so I think it was a lose-lose situation either way. At least this way, I have extra money laying around.
While we did spend some time looking at clothes at Forever21, I ended up, surprise surprise, only purchasing some more masks! Seriously, it's become an obsession. At least with skincare, I know I'll get use out of it and it won't just sit around.
My mom and I also spent a good chunk of time hanging out in Ulta; I needed a new foundation powder (I finally hit pan on my Becca compact and my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish) and since I had 5x points on any It Cosmetics purchase, I figured why not give one of theirs a try?
I ended up with the Celebration Foundation Illumination because I much prefer more natural, luminous finishes to my powders over mattes since I think it looks more youthful and, well, natural! A lot of really matte finishes look a little heavy and fake to me, which is fine if that's the look you're going for, but I just like a more radiant look, especially in the summer.
Everything else in this haul is also from Ulta, but were purchased during two additional trips. Not that it makes it any better or anything, but it's a mental thing (it would feel more splurg-y and irresponsible to get everything in one big trip instead of over a couple, even though you're spending the same amount of money).
Everything else I picked up on sale; another thing I like about shopping at Ulta is that they seems to have a lot more stuff on sale/clearance than Sephora (which makes sense because they carry a lot more "cheap" brands).
This is Mind The Gap which was from the railroad collection that came out in the fall, I think. It's one of those colors that's so ugly it's kind of cool, though it's surprisingly not all that unique to my collection. It's like a dark khaki/olive greenish brown color with gold and green sparks in it. It's nice, but it's not something I find that exciting.
And that's everything! Whew, it feels good to get all caught up!
Thanks for reading! <3