New ULTA Ad: 5-25 July

1 July, 2009

Alrighty, this is a very hair-intensive ad, and with my new short hair and depleted Fekkai supplies, I may just need to get some new shampoo for myself! On the cover, selected Matrix and Redken liters are $14, and inside, selected TIGI Tweens (25 ounces), Graham Webb liters (I may just need that pomegranate or the raspberry almond…nom nom nom), and Brocato liters are $10. Meanwhile, selected American Crew, Rusk, ARTec, and Sexy Hair liters are $13. On the liters, it’s limit 6 per customer, and honestly, you don’t really need to buy 6 as they will probably have a sale again somewhere by the end of the year. I know I’d only need one shampoo and one conditioner, and I would more than likely go for Sexy Hair but I admit, anything pomegranate is like placing a large order of curly fries in front of me.

Also, on the note of Sexy Hair, all professional styling products (ie Sebastian, Matrix, Sexy Hair, Paul Mitchell, Tigi) are B2G1 free, limit two sets of that. I don’t need any styling products for a long time, with the exception of Bumble & bumble Cream. However, there are insane liter duos-$36 for Tea Tree, including the Special shampoo which anyone with dandruff needs. Many other Paul Mitchell duos are $26, Sebastian or Nioxin duos are $40, Joico are $35, and Bain de Terre are $20.

Moving into prestige products, Smashbox has their Superstars set for only $29-a $73 value. You get travel sizes of the Bionic mascara, High Shine lipgloss, O-Glow, Photo Finish Primer, and Soft Lights in Baked Starburst, a bronzer. I love the Soft Lights that I have, and this set would be perfect for people like myself who want to try Smashbox, as well as people who want little travel goodies. You also get a deluxe sample of the Luminous Sheer Focus with any Smashbox purchase. The other big new thing? CARGO is now being carried at ULTA. I swear, ULTA is damn near beating Sephora at the prestige game. Many of the same brands, plus some that Sephora doesn’t even carry anymore. Thank you for bringing me Napoleon Perdis! Anyways, there is the new 7 in 7 kit for $59-a $155 value. All the products are full-sized. You get the Essential eyeshadow palette, which is a quad labelled for the uses of each one (browbone, lid, crease, corner). For people who are beauty junkies like myself, it’s the Not-So-Essential palette, but for the overwhelming majority of people this is the kind of thing that will be great. Then you get the OneBase foundation/concealer, which is normally $24 on its own. You get the Classic Lip Gloss, which is normally $22. The interesting thing is that these glosses have an interactive window when you can see the expiration date. You get the Reverse Lip Liner, which I haven’t tried, to be honest. You get Beach Blush which comes in the little tin and it’s four stripes of colour that can be swirled together for a nice glow. You get the Better than Waterproof mascara, and finish with a black High Pigment Eye Pencil. Like I said earlier, these are all full-sizes. There’s two other CARGO items I want to point out. First is the Oil-Free foundation. This isn’t as much about the product, it’s the packaging-it’s a metal tube similar to a Capri Sun packet, if that makes any sense. Cargo is about environmentally-friendly products, and these could be recycled in addition to the fact that you can get more out of the pouch. Then you have two different eye quads-the Baja which is a gorgeous neutrals quad, and Barcelona which is every bright/purple lover’s dream palette.

On the note of more prestige items, you can get the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box along with a full-sized Primer Potion for $39-essentially getting the UDPP for $3. Pur Minerals has a free travel sized Mineral Glow bronzer with $25 purchase, and Studio Gear has a free cosmetic bag with $15 purchase. Bare Minerals has a couple sets too. First is the Face Fashion Natural Muse set, with Nude Chiffon and Smoked Clay eyeshadows, Marina liner/shadow, Poppy blush, and Praline lipgloss, for $34. Then yoou have the Bronzed/Gorgeous set for $28, with an Almond Tart lipgloss, a dual sided bronzer, and wait for it…a fan brush. I love the idea of a fan brush, and have yet to get one, but this looks mighty appealing. Also you get a sample of the Flawless Definition mascara with any BM murchase.

Onto skincare-ULTA is now stocking Perricone, and to commemorate the launch, there is a brand-new set that is a “Prescription for Flawless Skin”. You get the Ceramic Eye Smoother and Ceramic Face Smoother, along with the Face Finishing Moisturizer, for $98-a $190 value. Peter Thomas Roth has a $68 Un-Wrinkle set with the day and night creams as well as peel pads for $68. Cosmedicine has a $28 Matte & Bronze powder which is a brush/go style thing, and I like how it has shine control. I am not having as many problems with shine anymore, so this is something I can say no to, but it’s a good concept. Also, with a $30 prestige skincare purchase, you get one of the straw totes (that I believe were a Mum’s Day thing).

Moving on, shall we? The ULTA Brand roll-up bag is now $18, and it has 3 ounce or less sizes of shampoo, conditioner, nail polish remover, nail polish, Va Va Vanilla shower gel and body cream, a nail file, and an SPF 15 sunscreen, along with coupons. It’s a great value for travel things…although I do admit to still using my BBW items. Then there’s the new Beauty Blockbuster hatbox for $18, with 29 shadows, 12 lipcolours, 4 cheek colours, 2 lipsticks, a bronzer, translucent powder, eye and lip liners, and of course, the negligible applicators. Your choice of red or black.

In low-end beauty, all L’Oreal eye and lip products are B1G1 free, and all Neutrogena, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Rimmel, Prestige, Physicians Formula, and Borghese (nail polish/treatments) are B1G1 50% off. In Revlon, when you buy $12 worth of stuff, you get a free control grip tweezer, an eyelash curler, or clear brow gel. In Almay, you get a free tub of eye makeup remover pads with a $12 purchase. In Sally Hansen, you get a free Fast Fix shadow base with a $12 purchase of the Natural Beauty line. No, by natural, they don’t mean lacking the bad stuff (Sally Hansen DOES animal test from what I heard). No, by Natural Beauty, they mean “you, but better”, ie “stuff to line a birdcage with” in my opinion. Finally, with any L’Oreal foundation purchase you get a free blush, concealer, or powder.

All Caboodles traincases, as well as cosmetic bags, hair accessories, and most designer sunglasses are 25% off. Continuing in hair, we have appliances-a ton on sale. CHI’s ceramic 1″ flat iron is $110, all Hot Tools flat irons are $10 off, and the Zoe purple swirl dryer/flat iron are $30. I admit, I want that dryer. Rusk’s Speed Freak dryers are $80, while the Hot Tools Tourmaline Lite dryer is $75 and CHI’s Black Pro Dryer is $100. Back to haircare though, selected haircare is B1G1 50% off. This includes Punky Colour (been wanting to try it) and semi-pro haircare. Think Tresemme, Samy, Sally Hershberger, and more. Finally, selected low-end skincare (Olay, Garnier, et. al.) is 15% off.

On the back cover, there are deals on ULTA brand products. Automatic eye/lip liners are $1, nail polishes $2, eye or cheek colours are $3, lipstick, gloss, or mineral liner pencils $4, mascara and mineral eyeshadows $5, and eye quads/mineral foundation $6.


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