Yesterday, I went shopping with my best friend. This sentence pretty much always means another subtraction out of my bank account, but the thing is…I needed these things! I haven’t bought anything beauty related in seven weeks and, I have been battling with my roommates (more to come about that in three weeks, when I move out) so some retail therapy was in order.
Our first stop was ULTA. I had never actually been inside an ULTA before because I’ve always just bought things online from them, but I have to say that I like the brightness of it. It seems a little more girly and fresh than Sephora, but Sephora beats ULTA in terms of number of consultants on staff at any given time – so, I guess it’s a trade-off.
Anyway, I was on the hunt for some Real Techniques brushes. They were my first choice because I needed reasonably priced (hint: less than $10 a brush) foundation and concealer brushes asap because my e.l.f. brushes have been falling apart after multiple washings.
So, I got the Real Techniques Travel Essentials for $17.99, which is a pretty awesome deal considering you get three brushes: a foundation brush, a multi task brush, and a domed shadow brush (which I am going to use with my BareMinerals mineral concealer). I also got the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for $8.99, which I’ll admit was an impulse buy. I blame the beauty community! They’re all raving about this brush, and it’s sold out in a lot of places, so when I saw it, I grabbed it.
I also got a new liquid liner from Prestige Cosmetics for $5.99 after finally admitting defeat with my L’Oreal Telescopic liner. It was relatively cheap for a liquid liner, and had good reviews online, so hopefully I will have some success with it.
Next up, we stopped in bareMinerals so that I could get some more Matte Foundation with SPF 15. I had the consultant match me, just because I wasn’t completely sure about my shade the last time I purchased it (in Sephora), and she matched me with Fairly Medium instead of the Light I have been using. It looked really good from the swatch she did on my face, so I think she’s right about the pink undertones instead of the yellow I usually favor. We’ll see when I try it out myself.
The foundation was $27, but my last container lasted me almost six months wearing it almost every day, so it’s definitely worth the expense. I did a review on this foundation back in February.
Finally, there is no way I am going in a mall and not stopping in Forever 21. I was actually looking specifically for more cute headbands like the ones I bought in another Forever 21 haul. I got these white and pink headbands for $3.80 each. I have been wearing my old one a lot while rock climbing because honestly, there are a lot of cute guys, it’s super cold in the gym so I don’t sweat at all, and I want to look as cute as possible while falling on my butt off the wall.
They are really great and easy when pulling up my hair in a bun or ponytail because they add instant cuteness to an otherwise lazy hairstyle. Also, for some reason these headbands don’t slide out of my hair like other decorative cloth headbands do. There is something different about the Forever 21 headbands that keeps them in place without having them so tight they are clamping down on my head.
Finally, even though I was looking for studs (my new obsession), I got these triangle earrings for $3.80. I thought they were really versatile for both casual and office outfits, and to be honest, I’ve kinda been obsessed with geometric patterns and shapes lately.
So, for four brushes, one liquid liner, one mineral foundation, two headbands, and one pair of earrings, I think it’s safe to say I was relatively controlled with my spending with a total of $75.65. However, it’s also safe to say, I’ll be staying away from the mall for awhile.
What products have you purchased lately? Have you used any of the products in this post?