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A list of all recent Ulta Beauty Breaks.
Ulta typically releases a Beauty Break every Wednesday morning from 10am-2pm PST. A Beauty Break is a GWP that is only available for a very short period. There will be select Wednesdays where they do not release one and other times when they pop up at a different day or time, like Monday evening, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and more. While Ulta does email (those who receive emails), these offers and others usually appear in the Gift With Purchase Section before emails go out. Emails stagger, so better Beauty Breaks may run out of inventory before some people receive their emails. People on the east cost have a better chance of scoring a Beauty Break thanks to the time difference. If you wake up and notice an incredible Beauty Break, do not sit on it. These Beauty Breaks never make it to the end of the timeline and weaker ones at times get extended past the deadline.
I used a $10 off $30 coupon for referring someone to the UltaMate Rewards Program for this order to take advantage of the Beauty Break. This is an example of one that went quickly. It should have lasted two hours longer than the usual Beauty Break, but it did not even make it to the regular cut-off time. Thankfully, I woke up at 5am, so I was able to get one. Seeing an 11 piece Beauty Break with a cute bag that only has two foils is rare. The Beauty Break also only required a $50 purchase, which is the free shipping minimum anyway. While Beauty Breaks can go for as little as $35, the better ones can usually go over the $50 shipping minimum. Placing a better one at the minimum is almost a sure sign that it will go quickly.
There was also a step-up Redken Beauty Break for anyone who spent $75. I am a fan of placing more items in a step-up category, because it gives you options. This was still available around the deadline, so it looks like a lot people opted to get the one with the smaller buy-in and left this on the table.
I opted to get both, because there were two items I really needed. While I did not technically need the third item, it was something I really wanted that would streamline my products and make things easier to use.
There are actually three items missing from this picture, because I gave one away before I could take the photo. I misplaced two at the time of this photo. As I mentioned in my Ulta Coupons article, I received the Devacurl Low-Poo Weightless Waves Cleanser freebie in-store. I planned to give this one I ordered online away. The order separated into three shipments and while I was waiting for the last shipment (that arrived yesterday), I gave this and the original from that order to my son’s preschool teachers on his last day of school. That meant I gave them both away, so I did not have a single one to photograph. This freebie is no longer available (it expired yesterday, but I was too busy to get this article out). If you were unable to redeem it, no worries, more offers will come along shortly.
I selected the skincare sampler, because I seem to get a lot of Smashbox primer when I select the variety sampler. It seems I am just meant to gift a lot of it (I’m allergic and cannot use it), because I got it again! The 0.05oz Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and 0.005oz Benefit Porefessional are frequent samples. Ulta classifies primer as skincare, but I classify it as makeup. If I am not wearing some form of makeup, I do not use primer. It would be nice to actually get skincare when I select the skincare sampler.
I found the two missing items from the $50 Beauty Break before I snapped this photo, so they’re all pictured. If you are noticing differences from what Ulta listed in the ad above, you have a keen eye. This is not the first time Ulta substituted items advertised in a Beauty Break. It does not happen often, but it is important to note it does happen. Do not place an order for specific items in a large Beauty Break. The bag advertised these items: a 1oz Bliss Hide & Glow Seek in medium to Deep Glow, a 1oz Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration, a 0.34oz Coola makeup setting Spray, a 1.69oz The Body Shop Body Butter in Coconut, a 0.5oz Tarte Cosmetics Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner, a single Tarte Cosmetics Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner Face Towelette, a 0.1oz La Roche-Posay Ultra Light sunscreen Fluid, a When Last Choice Face Mask, a 0.17oz L’oreal Wash off Face Bronzer Cream, a 0.06oz St. Tropez Self Tan Facial Oil, and a Cargo Cosmetic Bag.
The biggest disappointment was the Benefit Bag in place of the Cargo Bag. This Benefit Bag came in another order, and I thought the Cargo bag was really cute. I am a big fan of The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, so it would have been nice to get the 1.69oz $7 sample. Getting the 1oz $8 sampled of The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream is not so bad. It is more expensive and will give me a chance to try it for the first time. Receiving the 0.24oz Coola® Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer in place of the 0.34oz Coola makeup setting Spray was not too disappointing. This is a sample I received in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit (which released today). My husband received the sunscreen, which I already know in love, in his June 2016 Birchbox. You can never have too much sunscreen though.
I decided right after the Gorgeous Hair Event wrapped that I wanted to use a clarifying shampoo with my weekly hair mask. This is partly my husband’s fault, because he gave me the clarifying shampoo from his recent Birchbox after using it only once. It is a sample I used in the past and really liked. The problem is it is too small, and the brand not sold at Ulta. My Birchbox points are getting banked for something else, so I decided to take a chance on a new clarifying shampoo I have not sampled yet.
When searching through clarifying shampoos, I noticed one brand, Shea Moisture, had two and they are buy one, get one 50% off. I selected both: the 16.3oz Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Shampoo for $10.99, and the 13oz Sacha Inchi Rescue & Repair Clarifying Shampoo for half of $10.99. Hopefully, I find one I love and will of course review them as soon as I can. It will take me a while to try the second one, and I have not decided which I want to open first.
I keep all of my active makeup in train cases, and I prefer the sturdy metal ones. The four I own were full, so I was using a soft train case to store my complexion products. Complexion items are my smallest overall collection, so I decided to get a smaller train case.
It is important that all of my train cases look different, so I can grab the one I need in a timely manner. I found one that is a new release.
At $42, it is actually a bit pricey for a smaller train case, but I am happy with it.
The Caboodles Stylist Train Case is 11.25″ x 7″ x 9.25″ and comes with a locking latch and keys.
I really love the six trays in this that is a smaller version of the one I purchased for my eye makeup products.
I place all the items I use most on the top trays.
Items I use less often go on the second shelf, and items I rarely use go on the third shelf.
Oversized items or items I almost never use go on the bottom.
There is plenty of room to grow in this, because I keep most items I do not use in my backup buckets.
I was able to move all the items from my small one over to the large one and add more items. There is still room for more items, so I can receive more samples in terrible packaging from Subscription Boxes.
I am not the best at removing items from their old case, so I have some mishaps when de-potting. Thankfully, I am able to reset powders with a little alcohol and a lot of mess.
Because of that, I try to only de-pot cheap ugly cases or broken cases. If something is already in tact, I keep it in place. I do not travel with a lot of makeup, so I do not need to de-pot for traveling. Anything you place in a Z Palette can easily be moved to another one, so I can throw a few of these into the smaller one I already own if I want to travel with it.
My only caveat with the order is that I only got the standard 1.25 points. It takes forever to work my way to 2000 points when I earn them the hard way.
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 Beauty Breaks and 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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