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Ulta 5x Points, and the ebates Affiliate Offer

Ulta has killed it lately with all the free offers, GWP opportunities, point multipliers, and more. There was an ebates affiliate offer for a free 9 piece bag that I was trying to resist. Some of my favorite brands were inside. I also had a 5x points offer for Too Faced, another love. As if the 5x points offer was not enough, I noticed the gift with a $35 Too Faced purchase was an item I’ve wanted to try. Platinum members did not have a shipping minimum this week. Then, I got an offer to add a free They’re Real liner with no minimum purchase. It was too much. Ulta got me again on 06/12/15.

I decided on The Too Faced Selfie Powders. My selfies have increased lately, so I wanted to see if the powder could really help. Whenever I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders or Guerlain Meteorites, I notice an improvement in the pictures. This powder had some big shoes to fill. Too Faced has some items I love and some I like. There are no items from this line I’ve hated. The same cannot be said for colors. Here’s looking at you Melted Fuchsia.

Ulta June 2015

Too Faced Selfie Powder

Too Faced Selfie Powder 2

Too Faced Selfie Powder 3

Too Faced Selfie Powder Swatches

In typical Too Faced Fashion, the packaging is very cute despite being cardboard. Too Faced is probably the best in the business about not making you hate your cardboard packaging. I used the yellow powder, Sunrise, to set my makeup. The brown powder, Totally Toasted, provided a very subtle bronze. Moon River, the lavender, was my highlighter. To get the full effect, I did not use any other facial powders other than the Laura Geller Baked Blush in Catalina, which was one of the freebies. This was actually a little sheer for a Laura Geller Baked Blush. These powders are probably the way to go when you want a subtle look.

bareMinerals Speak Your Mind

The yellow may also lean a little too yellow for someone, like myself, with cool toned skin. When I look at the picture, my skin looks more yellow tinted than it usually does. I will be sure to use a lighter hand next time. This bronze powder went on my face a lot darker than I expected for a sheer powder, but it is almost unnoticeable in the picture. That makes it a winner. The overall winner in this palette is the purple shade. There is no other highlighter on my face, but I love the soft highlight it creates. I will experiment with it more to see how to play up different looks. Because the purple was the clear winner, I also created this look using nothing but the purple powder to set my makeup and highlight below.

Birchbox July 2015 items

Ulta freebies June 2015

The Too Faced HangoveRx is the newest face primer from the brand. Primed and Poreless is one of my favorite primers, so I really want to see how this one compares. This was free with a $35 Too Faced purchase at the time. Ulta has a lot of brand specific gifts with purchase in addition to general ones, so always remember to check before placing an order. The Art of Shaving sample is technically three samples in one, but Ulta usually only counts this multipack samples as one. There should have been another sample in there. It was not that long ago that there were three, then it went to two. Hopefully, this order with one is a fluke.

As the Benefit They’re Real Liner in brown was the item that tipped the scales toward an order, it only seems natural to review it for you. Let me take you back on my experience with this. On a scheduled visit to Benefit’s Brow Bar at Ulta, I noticed there was a Benefit event. Benefit events at Ulta are frequent, so it was not uncommon to find events at most of my appointments. These events usually give you a gift with a minimum purchase. The amount spent at the Brow Bar always counts, so it usually only takes one other Benefit purchase to qualify for the free gift. This event was different from most, because there were a lot of Benefit reps in the store.

The lead rep agreed to open a brand new Benefit They’re Real Liner just so I could sample it in the store. I attended the Sephora in JC Penney event earlier that day to try this liner. Not only did SiJCP not have the free gift advertised (shocker), but they only had one tester. Although the rep offered to clean it for me, I declined. It has a silicone tip. There is no way that could properly be sterilized. My mind was racing. How many people would allow her to put that on them and of that list how many would get eye infections? Hopefully, no one. If anyone offers you a used They’re Real liner, please decline it.

Back to Ulta later that day, I could not get the hang of the liner no matter how hard I tried. She gave me some They’re Real remover to take it off, because it was a hot mess. I knew I had no intention of buying the messy eyeliner and felt guilty she opened a brand new one for me. The makeup remover I bought. It took the liner right off. They’re Real products are not easy to come off, so I am impressed. With the purchase of the remover and the brow service, I got the gift anyway.

A couple of months later, I got a mini of the eyeliner from Sephora. I decided to give it another go. It actually went a bit better, but I still found it difficult. Unwilling to let it defeat me, I see this one as a way to try again. Plus, I prefer brown to the original black color. The dark brown color definitely suits me better than the black one. It was still difficult to work with. Getting started wastes too much product. If you start applying it too soon, it will bunch up creating a mess. This happened on my left eye (picture right). Rather than fixing it, and ending up with raccoon eyes, I rocked the uneven lines. At the end of the night, the lines looked exactly the same as I placed them that morning, a semi-mess.

They're Real Brown Swatch

They're Real Liner

I can see why people love this. If you do not mind wiping away a lot of the money you’ve spent and can master the application, I bet this would be a dream to work with. My hands are so shaky, so I doubt I will ever be a master. The best I can hope for is to become a padawan. There was a moment of greatness on my right eye when a very smooth, pigmented, solid line came out. A short-lived celebration when I realized the end was crooked.

They'Re Real Liner 2

I could have tried to even out the lines, but this picture flashed before my eyes and told me to leave them crooked.

eyeliner

Ulta (and some other retailers) have exclusive affiliate offers that are not advertised on the main site or sent in emails. This one came from ebates. Offers like this are little easter eggs that you can only see if you happen to look at the affiliate site and stumble upon the specific post it’s listed in.

Ulta Affiliate Freebies

There is nothing in here I would not try, so I knew I wanted to order this. The Pink Sugar was a sample I received from Sephora in the past, but it leaked all over the box. I never got to try it. Carol’s Daughter has consistently great products, and I have yet to try this item. Laura Geller Baked Blushes are my favorite, and this was a new shade for me. I like getting a foil of the CoTZ, so I can try it before I pop open a deluxe I received recently. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer is something I am willing to try again. Lots of great items are in this set.

I tried the Pink Sugar. It is very sweet smelling, but not obnoxiously so. The scent lasted all day, and I like that is was never overpowering. On a scale of one to ten, I’d rate this a seven.

I will continue to post offers I am aware of, so no worries if you happen upon this post after the offers above expire. If you have questions about any Ulta Coupon, I go over all types. Targeted Offers are exclusive to UltaMate Members, so I do recommend joining. New members get $10 of their first purchase with a referral. Remember to check all Ulta offers before placing an online order, because there are always general or brand specific offers that are not targeted. Deal stacking is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. See all Ulta articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Ulta. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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2 comments on “Ulta 5x Points, and the ebates Affiliate Offer

  1. anne
    July 27, 2015

    i didn’t think anything of the too faced selfie powders when i saw them in store, but now your pictures are making me think i need to try these guys out..love that ethereal glow!

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  2. notcreative
    July 28, 2015

    The purple powder is the only one I am super impressed with. I think the yellow is too yellow for my cool-toned skin. The brown is too dark for my entire face but a little light for a bronzer. If they ever sold the purple separately, I would purchase it again.

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