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My makeup obsession reached a point where my the two train cases I owned were not cutting it for active makeup. I have buckets for backup items, but I like to store active ones as neatly as possible. The solution was to get a new train case. Of course, one new train case barely cracked the surface, so I ordered a fourth one two days later. Now, I happily have one of just lippies, one of face products, one of eye products, and one of mixed products (which has some carryover eye products).

On 04/15/15, Ulta released a 16 piece gift with a $60 purchase. The Caboodles Primped and Polished Makeup Case I had my eyes on was $79.99, so I decided this was the time to buy it. Ulta has regular coupons that always apply to non-prestige items, and I found one for $5 off. There was a separate add-on for a free It’s a 10 gift.

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This case is slightly bigger than most others.

Ulta Train Case

The metal is actually thin, so despite its size, it is very light. That is good and bad. On the one hand, it is not heavy to carry around at all. It makes me wonder how durable it is though. If I find the quality is lacking, I will have to come back and edit this. Thus far, it’s held up fine. This case also locks, which is wonderful.

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The drawers pull up, which is easy as long as the top is completely open. It snags if not.

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As you can see from the items I’ve stored inside, it holds a lot of stuff.

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Although I am unsure, I assume these trays are very thin plastic covered in fabric. They feel lighter than most other trays probably contributing to how light the case feels.

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I loved the design of this case for eye products.

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There are six smaller bins. The top right is for mascara, primers, brow products, and shadow sticks.

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My eyeliners, which are a bit too plentiful, are underneath. I am actively trying to buy less eyeliners. Most of these have never been used.

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Some of the larger mini palettes are directly under that.

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The top of the left side houses eyeshadow: singles, pigments, and a few duos.

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Additional singles and small palettes up to quads are under that.

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The bottom shelf is reserved for my love, Lancome.


There is a lot of room on the bottom for the larger palettes.

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This picture shows palettes can extend below the shelves on both sides.

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I shuffled a few around to show how deep this goes.

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I was actually in the middle of a trade with someone who mentioned she wanted to try Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. This 16 piece gift should have included one, so I told her she could have mine. It is a mascara I like, but I do not love it. Having way too many mascaras in my stash, I had no desire to keep a new one I was not in love with.

Ulta GWP 2 bag

The pretty pink bag is big. While I am not a fan of the almost satin look, I like the second zippered pocket to separate large items from small ones. This is a bag I can see myself using.

Ulta Gift sub

Ulta sent 16 samples as promised, but it substituted the mascara with a lipstick. I called Ulta to see if the substitution was intentional or a mistake. The rep I spoke with said they do not send replacements on gifts. If items arrive missing (or substituted), it is final. She was very nice and offered a $10 e-gift card for my disappointment. That offer seemed incredible to me, because my item was substituted, not missing. She still insisted I take it, and I did not argue.

The irony of the only substitution being the only item I was definitely not keeping does not evade me. I offered the person I was trading with the $10 e-gift card, because it was technically her item that was substituted. She nicely declined it. Luckily, she was very understanding. She did not already own this Too Faced Melted lipstick in Peony and graciously agreed to accept in place of the Better than Sex mascara that never arrived. I actually received a Better than Sex (finally from an order recently and plan on mailing it to her this weekend). Hopefully, she does not read this article before it arrives, because I want to surprise her.

I already own this lipstick, and I love the color. Benjamin Moore describes the color best. “Taking its name from the lush bloom that symbolizes romance and prosperity, this deep pink has a hint of black that makes it ideal for those who seek a vibrant color that’s not overpowering.”

I think that description nails the color, because it is not your typical pink. My husband is not a fan and actually claimed the lipstick looks weird. It applies like a gloss from a tube (with a weird gloss-like applicator and everything), but it is the opposite of gloss. The formula is so matte, which is what I believe my husband dislikes. This is 100% lipstick despite the gloss like container. It is not the most moisturizing lipstick but it does last longer than most. That is probably because the formula goes on really wet like a gloss, but it dries almost completely (not as much as stain dries though). Unfortunately because of the way it sets and the light color, it highlights dry patches and every line in my lips.

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Too Faced Melted Peony Swatch

Too Faced Melted Peony

Some of the melted lipsticks have a better formula. Although I prefer the color of Peony, I prefer the finish of Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (received separately). It is not matte and does not accentuate dry patches or lip lines at all.

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Swatch

This picture is from the same day as the one above, because I did not want to wear this color outside. If I wear it out, I prefer to mute it.

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia

With the bag, Melted lipstick, and added it’s a 10 sample, this was actually an 18 piece gift. The other 16 items were: Philosophy Live Joyously, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, Hempz Body Moisturizer, Ulta Sweet Fantasy Body Lotion, Escada Eau de Toilette, Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap, Urban Decay b6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray, Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product, StriVectin Advanced Retinol Night Treatment, Big Sexy Hair Get Layered, Giovanni 2chic Hair Oil Serum Blackberry & Coconut Oil, Deva Curl Deva 3-Step Introductory kit (No Poo, One Condition, and Light Defining Gel), Cargo Picture Perfect Lip Primer, and Coola Mineral Sunscreen Natural BB Cream.

Ulta GWP 2

This was actually one of the nicer sets I’d seen from Ulta recently, because it already had a lot of items I already loved or really wanted to try. Benefit They’re Real mascara does not work for me, and these samples make it my way a little often. Although I do find Bye Bye Under Eye one of the better thick concealers, the sample colors are always too dark for me. I’ve also received several Philosophy Live Joyously and Escada samples. Those four will find new homes. I already love the Coola, It’s a 10, and Real Chemistry. The Urban Decay b6 is nice. No Poo has been on my list of things to try. Anything with retinol is on my list of things to try, and I love that it is from StriVectin. Playing with everything will be a lot of fun.

Ulta is wrapping the 21 Days of Beauty tomorrow. I am taking a break from ordering at Ulta, so I made it a point not to know what the offerings are. If you have not partaken in the event yet, no worries. The spring event will come in March, and it is always better than the fall event.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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