Don’t get me wrong, I love still have love for Sephora but my first choice lately when I’m low on beauty loot is Ulta. I love that they carry the color lines I love (Tarte, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Lorac, Mally) along with all of the drugstore lines with pretty much anything you can think of from self-tanners to body washes. I’m still loyal to NYX and CoverGirl mascara, so knowing I can grab them along with my Living Proof shampoo in one trip means everything. It’s also easier to get to because I don’t have to find parking and walk through the mall which is a hassle if I only need a few specific things. Luckily they’re popping up all around and they recently sent me a goody bag to celebrate several openings here in Colorado. Along with the Coola suncare (I buy it all the time), I also loved the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume which I’m now wearing daily. I swear I’ve never used a Marc Jacobs perfume I didn’t love, they’re all a little sweet and never musky so that’s my thing I guess. Here were the other highlights from the bag that I’m glad I got to try.
Mario Badescu’s iconic Drying Lotion ($17) is perfect for the occasional breakout, just a dab will shrink inflammation overnight. For $6 you cant’ do better better than NYX Butter Lipsticks which give intense color along with great hydration. This one now resides in my kit. I didn’t realize they carried NVEY ECO, one of the very few natural lines I’ve ever loved. This bronzer ($26) is packed with vitamins and skin-soothing ingredients but also packs a big punch as far as color giving a rich tan look that rivals the pro brands.