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Ulta releases 20% off prestige coupons to UltaMate members five times a year: late January, early April, Platinum members in late June 2016, early July for UltaMate, late July for Platinum members (this is the normal time but members who received them in June did not receive the July offer), late October, and Mid December. The July offer was reduced to 10% for non Platinum members in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the early April offer was also reduced to 10% for non Platinum members. During this promotion, select UltaMate members receive a coupon for $15 off a $50 purchase if they have not shopped in a long time. Each unique coupon is eligible for one online purchase AND one in-store purchase. Coupons emailed have a different code than coupons mailed. If you receive a coupon from both methods, you will have two different online codes and two different in-store bar codes.
Prestige offers have a few exclusions, so these coupons are not 20% off everything as mentioned on the offer. They exclude: Clinique, Lancome, Dermalogica, Dyson, Beauty Steals, and Benefit Brow Bar. Additional exclusions including fragrance and select new releases will be added at times. There are other times throughout the year to get general offers for 20% off non-prestige or 20% off a single item, but those are general, multi-use codes. If you have more questions about this or any Ulta Coupon, I go over all types.
Redeeming points (earn and redeem points) at 2000 gives you the greatest redemption value of $125. I redeemed 2000 points on this order to receive $125 off the purchase. My path to 2000 points was quick and painless thanks to some impressive multipliers and brand offers. This is actually the fastest I’ve ever reached 2000 considering I just redeemed 2000 points in September.
During the early April 2016 20% off prestige sale, I combined some impressive gifts with 2000 points to receive everything in this order for $2.81 (with tax).
Sadly, the highlighter in my Becca Best of Becca Blushed arrived broken, so I called and asked that it be replaced. They do not keep sample sizes of the highlighter on hand, so the agent sent me the entire set again to replace the single broken item in the 4 piece set. Yes, that means I got to keep duplicates of the three that arrived in perfect condition from the first set.
Other than the casualty, I was happy with this order. One of the items I was planning to buy was on sale until right before the purchase, so I had to make a change at the last-minute.
Of the four items I bought, the Z Palette was the last-minute add-on. I am mostly glad I got it.
I fell in love with the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque thanks to Birchbox sending it to me as a sample. This is just one of the many loves I’ve discovered thanks to Birchbox. It is one of my FabuFinds, because I have never used a hair mask I’ve enjoyed more than this one. The price is a little more than I’d prefer to pay, so buying it in bulk for $65 (they sell it in smaller sizes), getting it with 20% off, and using my points to redeem it takes away the sting a bit.
The Urban Decay Urban Essentials Eye Kit retails for $48. It has a $127 value and includes six full-size items in addition to a deluxe sample.
The eyeshadows are all 0.05oz full-size singles in Sellout (pinky champagne shimmer), Bordello (pale mauve shimmer with gold micro-glitter), and Psychedelic Sister (deep amethyst shimmer). There are three 0.04oz full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Psychedelic Sister (bright purple cream), Demolition (deep brown matte), and Zero (zealous black cream). It includes a 0.06oz deluxe Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original (dries down invisibly). Although I am sure I own at least one of these shades in some of my palettes, I did not own any of these singles. All three eyeliners are new to my collection, which also rounds out my black pencils from the Urban Decay line, which already included Perversion and Black Velvet. I usually gift the eyeshadow primer, because I prefer NARS.
This is a beautiful set that would be absolute perfection if it included a brown shade to use in the crease. I was able to use five of the six color products for this look (which almost makes me think 4 shadows and 2 eyeliners would have been better).
This look uses Psychedelic Sister on my lids, Bordello to highlight and transition, and Sellout on the brow bone. I added Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow in 127 Shimmering Cocoa in the crease for a little depth. Psychedelic sister lines my top lid while Demolition lines the lower lid. Demolition is the same liner used in the full face picture below for the Moonstone Spotlight (if you want a better look). The top lid lasted all day, but I did get some slight smudging on the bottom (these are not the best liners for the lower lid or water line, but they are wonderful on top).
I used Zero on the top lid and nothing on the bottom lid for this look.
This thing glides easily, so it bobbles as your hands move. My lines will never be perfectly straight, but I love how smooth the formula is. It stayed put all day without smudging, which I’ve come to expect from these liners (on the top lid).
Each of these shadows and liners swatched beautifully and performed equally well. None of the shadows creased and the liners stayed put without smudging all day.
The Becca Best of Becca Blushed Radiance set retails for $32.50.
The Opal in the original set actually arrived in worse condition than its replacement. I did not take a picture of the replacement, because I returned it in person. Trying to repair this one was difficult, because the powders got worse just from walking it upstairs.
This set includes: a 0.085oz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, a 0.087 Mineral Blush in Flower Child, a 0.17oz Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight Wand in Moonstone, and a 0.2oz Backlight Priming Filter. Although I already the powder highlighter, it is beautiful, so I do not mind having a backup. The blush, liquid highlighter, and primer are new to me. I’ve read wonderful things about the primer, so I really look forward to tying it.
The Moonstone highlighter is beautiful. I like to use a liquid with nothing other than setting powder when I want a subtle highlight. It gives a natural look that appears lit from within. This was hours after I applied it, but I still see radiance in the areas I highlighted.
If there is any highlighter that comes close to being universally flattering, I’d say it is Becca Opal. Even on a hot day with splotchy skin, the highlight shines through.
Opal looks more refined over foundation (below) instead of BB Cream (above).
The Flower Child Blush gives a lovely, soft pink flush. It is a very subtle blush for skin that is already naturally flushed. I still like it, because it gives a more controlled flush. Like most powder blushes on my skin, it only lasted about 2-3 hours.
I did not swatch the primer here, but I do have a swatch if that is what you’re looking for.
The primer makes my skin look luminous. That is not an easy feat for my dry skin, so this is a great primer. It does not help product stay on my face as long, so I would recommend something a little more cohesive in hotter weather.
My train cases are overflowing again. I figured I could either buy a new one (which I probably will eventually anyway) or I could place some of my bulkier items in a Z Palette. I ordered a Small Z Palette for $14 specifically to move some of my Benefit sets into.
My Benefit powders looked so small in their boxes that I assumed a small palette would do the trick. As it turns out, I probably could have used a medium. I still have some small sample size Benefit powders that I was unable to move over. Thankfully, those are all in smaller containers, so while I wanted something more substantial for them, they are not taking a ton of room. The Coralista Blush from the Benefit Tropicoral set, the Dandelion Blush from the Do The Bright Thing set, the Hoola Bronzing Powder, and the eyeshadow trip from the Cabana Glama set did fit. They all came from larger boxes that included other deluxe samples long since removed. There was leftover room (but not enough for any more Benefit powders), so I transferred over three em eyeshadows and a lipstick from the Day Life Palette sample.
The Dandelion Blush started to crack from the inside as I removed it. I used some alcohol to reset it as much as I could, but it did not seem to help much. When the eyeshadows cracked a bit, I decided to leave them alone. Hopefully, the powders do not continue to crack. This was my first official experience with de-potting (other than items designed for easy removal which I still scraped, like Urban Decay singles).
Ulta was offering a variety bag worth $54 with a $25 purchase. I mostly wanted it, because I adore the beautiful Smashbox Lips Bag the items come with. It also includes: a 0.08oz Benefit Benetint, a 0.25oz MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser, a 2oz It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product, 0.05oz Pur Correcting Primer, a 0.17oz LORAC Porefection Mattifying Face Primer, a 0.1oz Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge, a 0.05oz Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, a 0.03oz Strivectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer, a 0.05oz Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, 0.1oz Ahava Beauty Before Age Uplift Night Cream, and a 0.1oz Ahava Beauty Before Age Uplift Day Cream, a 0.25oz Hampton Sun Smart Serious Sunbathing Sunless Tanning Gel, and 16 parissa Brow Shaper Mini Wax Strips.
I already own Benetinit, so I swatched my open bottle full strength on the left and rubbed it in on the right. You have to rub quickly with these tints or it will set before you can rub it in.
I received an email for a free full-size 1.7oz Exuvaince Glycolic Expert Moisturizer with a $50 purchase. This is a brand that I’ve been impressed with so far, so I am excited to try this.
There was a Beauty Break (as there is most Wednesdays). It was a 4 piece Ahava set with a $40 purchase. This includes: a 0.9oz Purifying Mud Mask, a 1.3oz Mineral Body Lotion, a 0.51oz Essential Day Moisturizer, and a 0.17oz Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter Facial Serum. Yes, I love that Ulta allows stacking, which is why I combined a $25 GWP, a $40 GWP, and a $50 GWP.
I selected the skincare sampler, because the random sampler had given me the Smashbox primer I am allergic to with every single order. It did not matter, because I received the 0.05oz Smashbox Photo Finish Primer anyway. I also received a 0.005oz Benefit Porefessional. This is an item I enjoy, but this sample is too small for a single use anywhere other than my nose.
When the replacement to the Becca Best of Becca Blushed Radiance set arrived, the highlighter was broken AGAIN. It’s wrapped in silver tissue paper and placed inside a box larger than the samples. Even though Ulta uses bubble wrapping, there is too much loose space inside the Becca Box. This is not the first or even the second Becca kit that arrived here broken, so I will not order any more of these online. The lady I called for the second broken set suggested I take the kit into a local store to exchange it.
They did include two new samples with the replacement set, and I was pleasantly surprised to see nothing from Smashbox. It included: a 0.005oz Benefit Dew The Hoola, and a 0.05oz Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream.
Exchanging in store was not ideal, because the cashier said I needed to pay $2.65 (the sales tax) on the even trade. I told her I already paid when I initially ordered and did not want to pay anything else to trade the broken set for one in tact. She was able to remove the $2.65 charge, but I did not notice until after I left that it deducted three points and removed $2.65 from my annual spend. I will avoid online to in store exchanges as often as I can. Others have had similar issues with exchanges, so this is not an anomaly. It was nice to walk out with a perfectly in tact set on my third try.
The only good thing about taking a trip in store is I checked the clearance section while I was there and came across three Ulta Peppermint Cracked Heal Treatments. They were $4.79 each, which is almost half off the $9.50 they originally retailed for. This is an item I just ran out of last month and was bummed to find that Ulta no longer carries it as it is a FabuFind.
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