New ULTA Ad: 8-28 August

10 August, 2010

So I haven’t gotten an ULTA ad in ages, and the only thing I had received recently was my latest coupon (which I used well-I have reviews coming soon on the Cargo mini set). But I figured this was because they have the latest rewards coupons. Again, I am level four, but I’m probably just going to use it on a nail polish. The nice thing is that the rewards certificate is valid through the middle of September, so if you are wanting to use it on nail polish you are actually best holding off on it until the next ad comes, because there might just be a deal (ie B2G1 free) on OPI or Essie. There is an OPI mini set with a $10 OPI purchase-it has minis of Brisbane Bronze, Bogota Blackberry, and Black Cherry Chutney-but I hate the OPI minis. Brisbane Bronze and Black Cherry Chutney, especially, are staple polishes for me that I can’t imagine being without. (Russian Navy is in there; it’s my lucky colour. I wore it when I got my current job, and when I wore it today I had my best performance probably EVER. Definitely a lucky colour if there ever was one)

It’s another bag with fragrance purchase thing-this time, it’s a weekender in white, pink, or teal with a black jacquard print. I like it, but honestly a) I never am away from home, and b) I have enough suitcases already. There are lots of newbies though-JPG Classique X, Benefit’s new three (So Hooked on Camella; which is a floral with vanilla, Lookin to Rock Rita; a green fruity, and Garden of Good and Eva; a citrus floral). The ad had a sample of Camella, which I actually really like. It’s VERY similar to VS Dream Angels Halo, which is a recent love of mine. This is my summer frag for 2010, and the Benefit fragrances aren’t too out of reach (granted, it’s just a one ounce EDT but $36 is reasonable IMO) so I may have to get it once I run down on something. There’s also the Daisy Pop Art edition, which is basically a red bottle with black flowers. Calvin Klein has new Eternity Aqua for men, Philosophy has Eternal Grace (which I may need to give a try), Blumarine has new Blugirl, and more.

There are also more bag with purchase deals-a $75 Ed Hardy fragrance purchase will get you either a tote (ladies) or backpack (men’s), a $70 women’s purchase will get you a clutch with minis or a $65 of men’s will get you a “flight bag” with minis of CK Eternity, and a $58 DKNY Be Delicious purchase will get you a tote. Lots of value sets also, nothing really that new or interesting except the Princess one, where for $65 you get the 1.7 ounce EDT, a body lotion, and a lipgloss keychain with a mini bag.

It’s the time of year for the ULTA brand GWP-with a 17.50 purchase of the cosmetics, beauty tools, or minerals, you get a gift in your choice of purple or green. Each has two shadow quads, two polishes, a dual-ended lipgloss, a dual-ended eye pencil, a blush, a bronzer, a lipstick, a mirror, four brushes (sponge-tip eye, eye shader, powder, angled blush…all long-bristled), and the bag. There are also new ULTA brand items-mousse blushes, compact foundations, Legendary Lengths mascara, gel liners, and cream shadows. My mum uses some of the stuff from hers from last year, although I avoid the ULTA brand stuff since my skin got kinda irritated. What can I say, it’s picky skin. Read the rest of this entry »

Alrighty, so here’s some swatches of some notable things that I saw at ULTA today, as well as other general tidbits.

Urban Decay had a lot of the new summer stuff-the tinted moisturizers, the setting spray, the Summer of Love shadow box, and the new Pocket Rockets and Primer Potion. The Primer Potion coating on the bottle-that matte nude paint-chips off easily, for what it’s worth. I also finally got to swatch Eldorado and it’s one gold liner that I could see myself actually using a bit. The Pocket Rockets? Meh. Not a huge fan of the nude men, and don’t like the colours either.

Smashbox had their summer collection, and the lipglosses in the set are TINY. Maybe about an inch long tube, as far as the part that holds the liploss goes. I have heels that are higher than these tubes are long. The eye primer is awesome, though, and the cheek duo can’t be missed-very natural looking, with lasting power as well. I’m a huge fan.

Napoleon Perdis apparently has a bronze set for $39 with a bronzer, a brush, and something else. Couldn’t see the Astro Girl quads, else I would have swatched them for you all.

The new Essies and OPIs are out-we’re talking the Essie Summer collection, and OPI Summer Flutter. The Summer Flutters will be done in another post:) Also, they had some CHI polishes on clearance for $5-nothing particularly exciting, but still looks decent.

They also had the new Too Faced stuff, but I didn’t get to try it. The new Benefit Pore Fessional was up at the registers.

Finally, the grill/cooler set? The grill is tiny-you could maybe fit four burgers on there, if that. It’s also coated to prevent rusting, meaning be very careful with it as it could stain (their disclaimer, not mine). The cooler is decent sized though-I think it’s an unusual yet fun set for the beach.

Now for the swatches!

Top: The Smashbox set of glosses
Below that: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Smashbox High Lights/Creamy Cheek duo, Urban Decay Eden primer potion

The Cargo Swimmables set, UD Eldorado liner, UD Colin and Max Pocket Rocket glosses

When I was at ULTA today, I had time to kill so I spent time looking at many of the new things that have come out, as I haven’t really browsed there in ages. And boy, was I excited! I’m going to do my thoughts on some of the things in a separate post, but this deserved its own: the Cargo Swimmables. It’s a set of five mini eyeliners (a smidge smaller/thinner than the UD minis from the 5-pack holiday sets) and these are touted as being great waterproof liners. As beach season is coming up, this is right up my alley!

Colour-wise, these are bold. There’s a hunter green with shimmer, a purple with a bit of shimmer, a metallic blue with some shimmer, a turquoise, and then…a semi-fluoro green. One of my favourite summer looks is bronzes/golds/coppers on the lid, with a bright liner on the bottom-these fit that bill to a T.

These also truly glide on-they do not tug whatsoever. I’d go so far as to say that these are better than the Urban Decay liners-the purple definitely tops Lust, for example.

Price-wise? $18 for the set, which is a steal in my eyes. This is the sort of thing that is good to buy three of: one to use now, one for backups, and one as a gift or to break apart for stocking stuffers. (Yes, it’s never too early to think about that-my goal is to have my Christmas shopping done before Halloween)

So it’s the Dad’s Day edition, and of course you know there’s going to be a gift offer-and this one, it’s cool: a free cooler with mini grill with a fragrance purchase of $30 or more. Look at it this way: if they have the Juicy rollerballs, that’s essentially two of those, and you get the grill for free. Very nice.

We start off with the good makeup, as Bare Minerals has a starter kit for $20 that has the original and matte foundations, plus Warmth all-over colour and a mineral veil and a mini brush. There’s six shades to choose from. Inside, there’s a few new things. Urban Decay now has rolled out the Eden Primer Potion-a matte nude. OPI has a duo of Feelin’ Hot-Hot-Hot! plus topcoat as well as a mini purse for $6, while Stila has a new 6-shade Artist palette for $28. Lorac has new Multiplex glosses, including ULTA-Glam, an ULTA exclusive colour, for $22. They supposedly have holographic pigments, so I am definitely interested in putting these to the test. Essie has rolled out the new Summer collection, and they are B2G1 free. Benefit has a new primer product, The Pore-Fessional, which is supposed to be a pore minimizer. It retails for the typical price point (for Benefit) of $28. The ULTA Professional nail line has a free base or top coat with purchase of colour polish, also.

There’s a deal, also, at ULTA’s that have the Benefit Brow Bars-get a brow arch for $20, and you get your choice of Fishnets or Low Profile eyeshadows free. Too bad we don’t have a brow bar near here…

Smashbox has their summer collection, Naked Beauty, which I will do a more in-depth piece on in the coming days. There’s Golden Nude in the Photo Finish Lid Primer, a duo of High Lights and a Creamy Cheek colour, a Halo bronzer, and a little coffret of 8 lipglosses. On the note of sun stuff, Pur Minerals has a self-tanning lotion that is 2/$25-normally $22 EACH, and Cargo still has the Get Wet kit, which is a full-size mascara, a waterproof bronzer, and three eyeliners in bright shades for the summer for $32. I am a huge fan of Cargo products, and this is one that to me is a can’t miss. Read the rest of this entry »

Well this is the big Mum’s Day ad, with all sorts of fun exclusives! Also, if you’re a club member, it has your rewards certificate. I was only level 3 this time, but I’m gonna use it to get myself a nail polish. Hello, new Essie’s! My no-buy continues for two more weeks, though, but no worries!

Starting out, it’s the free tote with fragrance purchase-get a free faux-croc tote in one of 5 colours: pink, lime, sky blue, goldenrod, or white. I have to admit, I kinda like this-but these do tend to get marked down a few months later, so I can definitely wait. Heck, one of the local ones STILL has those hurricane jars from the winter. Anyways, the new ones featured are Beyonce’s Heat, Versace’s Versus, Bebe’s new self-titled EDP, Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon Le Secret, Bvlgari’s Blv II, and Escada’s Marine Groove. Marc Jacobs Lola isn’t technically new-it’s been out for almost a year. Sarah Jessica Parker also has her new SJP NYC, with fairly affordable prices (2 ounce is $49). Ralph Lauren has a summer edition of the Romance fragrance, at $78 for a 3.4 ounce jug-and with a $75 Romance purchase, you get a free tote and rollerball/lipgloss trio.

Of course, there are a lot of sets, and I will list them here:

Calvin Klein Euphoria: 3.4 ounce and .5 ounce EDP, 3.4 ounce lotion, $80
Christian Dior J’Adore: 1.7 ounce EDP, 1.7 ounce lotion, and a little purse, $79
Clinique Happy: 1.7 ounce perfume and 2.5 ounce body lotion and body wash with a matching bag, $49.50
Clinique Happy Heart: 1.7 ounce perfume and 2.5 ounce body lotion and body wash with a matching bag, $49.50
DKNY Be Delicious: 1.7 ounce EDP and 3.4 ounce lotion, $55
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist: 1.7 ounce EDT and 3.4 ounce lotion, $60
Ed Hardy Ed Hardy: 3.4 and .25 ounce EDP, 3 ounce lotion and shower gel, $75
Ed Hardy Hearts & Daggers: 3.4 and .25 ounce EDP, 3 ounce lotion and shower gel, $75
Elizabeth Arden Red Door: 1.7 ounce EDT, 3.3 ounce body lotion, 3.3 ounce body wash, and .33 ounce parfum, $49.50
Jessica Simpson Fancy Love: 3.4 ounce EDP, 6 ounce body lotion, $59
Juicy Couture Couture Couture: 1.7 ounce EDP, 4.2 ounce lotion and body wash, $75
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy: 1.7 ounce EDP, 4.2 ounce lotion and body wash, $75
Marc Jacobs Daisy: 3.4 ounce EDP, 5 ounce lotion, and two bath fizzies, $80
Prada L’eau Ambree: 1 ounce EDP and 1.7 ounce lotion, $58
SJP NYC: 2 ounce EDT, 6.7 ounce lotion, and a reversible tote, $54
Vera Wang Glam Princess: 1.7 ounce EDP, 5 ounce lotion, and a coordinating clutch, $65
Vera Wang Princess: 3.4 ounce EDT, 2.5 ounce lotion, rollerball/lipgloss duo, coin purse, $78

Moving into the makeup, Eco Tools, ULTA brand, ULTA Professional, and Japonesque all have their brushes B1G1 50% off. Also all ULTA brand makeup-the cosmetics, tools, and minerals-are B1G1 free. Obviously not including the professional brushes or clearance, ditto on colour kits. L’Oreal mascaras and eyeshadows are 2/$10, L’Oreal lip colours and lipliners are 2/$12, and foundations and primers by them are 2/$16. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: CARGO Rome Blush

24 January, 2010

The second of my three CARGO products, this one is quite a fun one, because blush has become a recent obsession of mine. To go from no face makeup to intense blushes like MAC Devil in less than two years…well, that’s craziness right there. And this? This is the exact sort of shade I have been looking for. Now a lot of people may not typically go for the oranges or orangey tones, but I find that they actually work very well with my colouring (and no, I’m not Fake Baking).

Bottom line: This may seem harsh colour-wise, but it applies beautifully and the packaging is awesome.

The one gripe about this is that this is a VERY shimmery blush. It’s not as shimmery, but close to, a MAC Mineralize skinfinish. There are some of the blushes that are matte, but this was the nicest colour of the bunch. However, the nice thing is that it is very blendable and it can work in well with anything, and if necessary be toned down.

It has good lasting power and decent pigmentation-but again, it’s not going to be a very thick blush, colour-wise. It’s going to maintain a sort of sheerness, which is always good to have.

The package is really nice because it’s a basic metal tin! Not only are they more environmentally-friendly, but it can totally be used as a catchall after you are done with the blush, whenever it may be. It also can take a few dings here or there, and it looks really cute in your purse or on your vanity (or traincase, or counter, or whatever it may be).

Finally, it’s time to weigh the product, and you are getting significantly more than a MAC blush-nearly 50% more, as a matter of fact. I believe it’s 8.5 grams as opposed to 6 for a MAC blusher, but I could be wrong. Who knows.

Price-wise, this runs for $24, which again is a great steal considering the colour and everything-and while the shade is perfect for me, some of the others may work a lot better for you, so go in and try them out. Heck, try this one! If you liked MAC’s Spaced Out, you’ll love this.

Review: CARGO Tahiti Quad

24 January, 2010

I know it’s a bit late, but still, it’s something:)

This was a recent clearance buy of mine at Sephora, as CARGO is being cleared out completely. I figured that this eye quad had been catching my eye for awhile, so why not buy it? Not only are the colours nice, but it’s very substantial, not just in packaging but in contents.

The verdict: Even at retail, this is a hell of a deal.

Let’s first get into the packaging: it’s a thick, plastic case, and each different quad has its own artwork on the top, which I think is neato. On the inside there is an all-important mirror, and quite a sizeable one as well! I don’t feel that I have to pull out a separate mirror or anything, because some quads have teensy little mirrors. There is also not a whole lot of spacing in between the shadows, which means you can fit more in!

Next up, shadow size: we’re talking DOUBLE the fill-weight of a MAC or Urban Decay shadow, and these four look like they would fit in with the Book of Shadows as there is one shade very close to Flipside, another that reminds me of MAC’s Fresh Green Mix MES, and so forth. You know that with these, you will get something good-and they apply beautifully, just like butter!

There is one catch, though: these require a primer, as the lasting power isn’t the greatest. If you prime, though, you will be all set. Like I said before, even at retail these are an insane deal that you shouldn’t pass up. With a wide selection, hit your local Sephora while these are still around, and if you miss out, ULTA always has them. $28 is a bargain for a four-shadow quad-you’re paying $7 a shadow essentially, which is what some drugstore brands are getting up towards.