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Ulta 20% Off Prestige, a Beauty Break, and Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake At Last!

See the 2018 20% off Prestige Coupon Offers.

A list of all recent Ulta Beauty Breaks.

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.

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Prestige offers have a few exclusions, so these coupons are not 20% off everything as mentioned on the offer. They exclude: CliniqueLancome, Dermalogica, Dyson, Beauty Steals, and Benefit Brow Bar. Additional exclusions including fragrance and select new releases are 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. This 20% offer arrived 06/23/16 and was valid through 07/02/16. UltaMate members received a 10% off code on 07/01/16 that was valid through 07/02/16.

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There was a Buxom 4-Piece Beauty Break with a $50 purchase. Beauty Breaks are GWP offers that announce shortly before they start and usually only run for 4-6 hours. They are commonly offered on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm PST. It included a 0.07oz Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, a 0.07oz Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly, a 0.03oz Eyeshadow in Mink Magnet, and a 0.2oz Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. The eyeshadow was the only item I did not already own, but I ordered this anyway. I like having items like this to place in gift boxes. My Dolly is actually getting old, so it is always possible I could keep the replacement.

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Mink Magnet is a metallic bronze. It is really small, but it comes in a cute plastic container. When these minis come in a sturdy container, I usually keep them in the original packaging.

Buxom Eyeshadow

The swatch with the flash definitely shows off the glitter that adds to the metallic look, but it is less visible to the naked eye. I’ve been very impressed with Buxom eyeshadows, so I have high expectations for this.

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I was running late the day I decided to wear this. Instead of doing a full shadow look, I decided to use only one color and let my blue eyeliner be the focal point of the look. While my husband drove I actually applied most of my makeup in his car.  The only things I applied at home were primers (I used NARS Pro Prime for my eyes), foundation, concealer, and setting powder.

Julep Blue Eyeliner

I did not pack any brushes, so I used my finger to apply the shadow all over my lids. It actually looks like I used different shades, because I applied it a little heavier in some places, but this is 100% Buxom Mink Magnet with no other powder. The look pleased me, and I had a relatively easy time moving it around with nothing other than my finger. Sadly, there was some light creasing, but I imagine a finger presses harder than a brush. Unless this creases with a brush, it still has hope.

Buxom Shadow

I forgot to pack blush, so I used a little of this eyeshadow as blush for this look. It created a pretty shimmer, but most of the beautiful mink shade disappeared as I rubbed it in. The color faded quickly, but I have some actual blushes that do as well. This was not too bad.

NYX Butter Lipstick

The Full-On Lip Polish is in the shade Dolly. This is a shimmering, sultry mauve and the most sampled color in the line. When a company has a free sample of shades available, there is a good chance that Dolly is among the options or the only sample in many cases. While I would stop short of calling Dolly a universal shade, I believe she looks great on everyone. Dolly is the shade on the left below. I will add a picture and review once I wear this shade again.

Buxom Glosses

The Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian is a soft pink. I have reviews of both the Full-On Lip Polish and the Full-On Lip Creams in different shades to go over their formulas. White Russian is the shade on the right. Once I wear this again, I will add a picture and review.

Buxom GWP swatches

I got a wider shot of all three color items from the Beauty Break. The glosses look the same, but you can already tell the shadow looks less glittery as you zoom out.

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In my picture of everything, you may notice there are no samples. When you place an order with Ulta, you get to select one of three sample packs: fragrance, variety, or skincare. Each sample pack comes with two mystery samples from the selected category. There is a lot of overlap between variety and skincare though. Ulta occasionally forgets to include them. If your samples are missing, Ulta will usually send them separately if you contact them. I’ve done that in the past when there was something else wrong with my order. Other than a tiny spill with the yellow soap, there was nothing wrong with this order. I am not going to contact them, so I will miss out on samples this time.

The Variety and Skincare sample packs have included Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for Every order I placed in 2016. That is something I am allergic to anyway. There was only one order where it did not include Benefit Porefessional. Although I love Benefit Porefessional, the sample is always 0.005oz, which is extremely small. If I were to contact them, those are the two samples I’d probably get, and I already have enough.

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Select Ulta products (which includes the hand soaps) are buy two, get two free. Like a lot of Ulta deals, this discount combines with most coupons, so I got four $6 soaps for $9.60 after getting 20% off the first two and getting the second two free. That breaks down to $2.40 each, which is a great deal for these. I love the one from last month and want to explore more scents. While I generally prefer soaps that do not foam, I know my husband prefers the foaming soaps, so I got one in the kind he likes and 3 in the kind I like. My selections were: Moisture Cleanse Hand Soap in Pink GrapefruitMoisture Cleanse Hand Soap in Sparkling LemonMoisture Cleanse Hand Soap in Freshwater Mist, and Foaming Fresh Hand Soap in Sweet Bloom. The Sparkling Lemon one is the one I started with since it arrived open, and I already love this. It cleanses well, rinses clean, and smells great.

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I will get to the item I really wanted with this sale in a moment, but I want to take a second to explain why I ordered the Ulta Regular Nail Polish Remover Pads. One reason is these are a FabuFind of mine, so I absolutely adore them. They are large, and remove polish extremely well. A single pad usually removes every drop of polish, even some stubborn glitter polishes. The main reason is I needed to go over the $50 shipping minimum. At Ulta, the GWP minimum applies before coupons and discounts, so the $62 merchandise total (before I added the $1.49 pads) was enough to qualify for the Beauty Break. Without the pads, my subtotal was below $50. Ulta uses the subtotal (amount after coupons and discounts) for the shipping minimum. If I did not add these pads, I would have paid $5.95 shipping for allowing the subtotal to go under $50. The pads put me $0.79 over. Even though they’re easily worth the $0.50 each (this is a 3-pack), it is an even better deal at 20% off or $0.40 each.

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I’ve wanted to order Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake for a long time. This is a $50 lipstick and at 0.12oz is $416.67 an ounce. That is a lot more than I generally like to pay for a lipstick. It took me two years from deciding I wanted it to actually purchasing it, so I did not enter this decision lightly. Lipstick Queen is my favorite lipstick brand, but I did not own any lipsticks from the luxe line. When I first fell in love with swatches and pictures of this, it was actually $5 cheaper than the Velvet Rope line. A little over a year ago, I noticed the price raised to match that line.

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You can always see the difference in shorter 0.12oz bullets from the standard 0.15oz size. They look a lot smaller, which never makes you feel better with an expensive lipstick. The luxe lipsticks have a rectangular case instead of a circular case the standard lipsticks have. While the bullet itself feels about the same weight, the lid is very heavy. All of the weight in the added container is in the lid. Every picture I’ve seen of this looks like it always came in this container, so I’m still unsure why it was originally priced lower than the other luxe lipsticks.

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Let Them Eat Cake is the perfect name for this lipstick, because it makes me think of the cliché, “Have your cake and eat it, too.” This beautiful lilac lipstick has sugary rose gold sparkles. It looks very decadent. This is definitely not the lipstick for someone who dislikes sparkle, glitter, or shimmer. It brings all three in big fashion, like a beautifully decorated cake.

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

This looks as incredible on as I envisioned. It would be the perfect lipstick to wear to a fairy birthday party.  Somehow, it manages to look whimsical without looking over the top. If you pair this with natural looking makeup, it will not even look that dramatic, but it will be the star. We all sacrifice a little comfort for beauty at times. That is where this fails ever so slightly. Most Lipstick Queen formulas are long-lasting, comfortable, and moisturizing. This would not get top marks in any of those three categories. Not only does it fade faster than the typical Lipstick Queen Formula, but the glitter it leaves behinds easily shifts to my face. The glitter inside is chunky, and you feel it, so it prevents the formula from wearing comfortably. I’d stop short of calling it uncomfortable, but you will feel the glitter. While I can feel the moisture, I also feel the glitter, so I cannot say this is an overly moisturizing formula.

With all that said, I still enjoy the lipstick. Yes, I feel the glitter, which is not the best feeling on lips, but it looks incredible. I would not wear this when my lips are acting up, but I would wear this for a fun, whimsical look. If I feel it fading, I will reapply faster to prevent the glittery mess it leaves behind. The beautiful wear is worth the extra work, so I will keep this. It’s not like I ever return things that do not work out anyway. If you decide to get this and have no experience with Lipstick Queen, this glittery beauty is not representative of most formulas in the brand. Try some others at some point to compare them.

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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