ULTA Mini Haul

So last week, my friend and I decided to go to ULTA to get a few makeup products to test out and see what all the hype is about. I bought four items, all of which totaled $63. Yeah, I know that’s insane (don’t judge me), but I would have to say, they were worth the money. I know these products will last me a while which is why I decided to splurge on them, but I would definitely check them out for yourself.

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Benefit They’re Real! mascara

Personally, I’m in love with Benefit They’re Real! mascara, so I thought I’d give the push-up gel eyeliner a chance. Before purchasing this eyeliner, I had never used gel eyeliner; I’m a liquid liner kind of girl. But because I swear by the mascara, I took the chance and bought this $24 gel liner. Now, I know you probably think I’m crazy for buying it, but we all get a little impulsive sometimes, right? Now, this gel liner is the first of its kind because its the first gel liner in pen form. At first, it was a little difficult to use because I wasn’t used to the consistency of gel liner, but the look is flawless (I woke up like this type of flawless). It’s so much easier to do winged liner and the pigmentation is amazing! It does take practice to get good at it, but it was totally worth the splurge!

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Revlon ColorStay foundation

Now, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect BB creme, CC creme, foundation, and whatever else you can use to enhance your face with for a while. I never really gave foundations a chance until I decided to go into Ulta last week. I was always under the assumption that they’re too pricey and they would make me look too made up. I’m more of a natural look girl. But I heard good things about Revlon foundation, so I thought I’d give the Revlon ColorStay foundation a try. I am in the color mocha. This foundation is long lasting, and it looks so natural! I love it. One of my biggest pet peeves, was the weight of the foundation I was buying. This foundation is super lightweight and has buildable coverage. I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup. It is supposed to last for 16 hours. I’ve never worn it for that long, but I don’t doubt that it would last that long. My only problem with this foundation is that I wish it came with a pump.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

As of recently, I’ve just started becoming a full face makeup girl. I’ve been in the game with eyeliner and mascara for a while, but I thought it was time to step it up. Now, foundation, BB creme, or whatever you use on your face requires a tool for application usage. There are so many brushes out there that I just didn’t know where to begin. I have a few, but none for applying foundation. I considered buying a stippling brush until I found something way easier and just more convenient for me at the moment. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge works great. Apparently, it’s a dupe for the original beauty blender sponge. It applies my Revlon foundation really well and leaves a smooth finish. It’s easier to handle than a brush; it was a smart buy.

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NYX Shine Killer

There are certain things that go together: peanut butter and jelly, and foundation and a primer. Now since I bought foundation, a primer was the next step. I decided on the NYX Shine Killer because I had heard good things about it from a friend. After reading the benefits it provides, especially for oily skin (which I have), I wanted to give it a try. When I tell you this stuff is the bomb.com, it really is. It works so well and truly fights the oil and shine. It stays true to its description of a matte face, and it stays for hours. I’ve worn this out in the hot sun, to a packed concert, and my face and makeup still look great afterwards. I’m definitely going to be repurchasing this again.

 

 

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Brianna M. Williams

Brianna M. Williams is a student at American University. She is studying Print Journalism, with minors in Graphic Design and Marketing. Brianna is a naturalista who started her natural hair journey about 4 years ago, and doesn’t plan on going back. Dance Moms and E! News are her guilty pleasures. And she loves the feeling and smell of a new magazine, as much as she loves opening a new pair of shoes. Follow her on twitter @BriannaMone. Read her blog: http://briannamone.wordpress.com/

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