After I review my Empty Products, I take extra time to go over the standouts. It is a round-up for the best of the best. Only products that seem like they’re made for me make FabuFind status, so there are a lot of items I love that never make it. These are items I would repurchase, even without a deal. Items I am loving but cannot finish any time soon make it into my Core Collection. To eventually spotlight all FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. An item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. If something gets demoted from FabuFind status (formula changes, skin changes, finding something better, etc), I will note the change in the original article I mentioned it in. There are three products I consider FabuFinds in my Winter 2019 Empties that I have not discussed yet.
Free Ulta Beauty Birthday gifts are here! My 2019 Ulta birthday gift review on the 0.5oz IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream is ready, because I started using a sample I already owned last month. This is the third Ulta birthday gift of 12 Ulta will release this year. It is my birth month, so this is my official birthday present from Ulta this year. I also reviewed the January birthday gift thanks to my oldest son, and the February birthday gift thanks to my youngest son. Spoiler alert, this is the best of the first three gifts. A new birthday gift is getting released every month in 2019. Here’s hoping you get one you like.
Welcome to the place where I like to discuss my favorites from each season that I did not finish. Anything I’ve finished this season made it into my Empties article. Items I am still in love with as I empty them become FabuFinds. While I cannot promise I will ever finish these (some products expire before I can empty them) and I cannot promise I will still love them enough to label them as FabuFinds upon completion, I loved them throughout this season. These are items I reached for many times even though I have plenty of similar items in my stash collecting dust. Many of these items are serious contenders for my Top 10 of the Year. There were six items I reached for constantly this spring.
Like my FabuFinds, these are items I consider great deals. The deal discoveries do not need a discount to earn their value (although I will always try to find one if I can). Most of the time they are new to my collection. That is mostly due to the large amount of new products I try each year. Sometimes, they are items I’ve tried in the past but love more upon rediscovery. While I try to edit mini reviews into any article I mentioned these items in, I like to dedicate more time and attention to items I feel are worth the extra effort. They are core items to my collection.
See my January 2019 Ulta birthday gift review, my February 2019 Ulta birthday gift review, the Ulta 2019 birthday gifts article, and all 2019 Ulta Beauty Promotions, Deals, Coupons, GWP, Sales, and Events.
The 2018 Birthday Gift at Ulta Beauty changes every quarter. All gifts have been announced for 2018. This is the first year Ulta rolled out the announcements for all gifts this early. My birthday lands in the first quarter. If your birthday lands in the first quarter, happy birthday! Keep reading for a review on the gift. I know when I first saw the gift I was not sure if it was worth the trip to the store to pick it up. It would be really nice if we could redeem the standard gift with online orders, but they are only available in-store. Ulta Beauty does sell the items I received for my gift so feel free to read along if you are planning on purchasing any of them. Every Platinum and Diamond members gets a $10 coupon good toward any product. That means the review on the item I redeemed is almost guaranteed to vary from what you receive. If you did get the same item, you likely got it on the same day as I did and my review is of no value to you.
Ulta Beauty Birthday Gifts change each month in 2019. Every UltaMate Rewards member with purchase history gets 2-3 Ulta birthday presents based on level. Prior to 2015, there was one Ulta birthday gift all year. From 2015 through 2018, Ulta birthday gifts were batched by Quarter. A lot of retailers other than Ulta offer birthday gifts, so check my list before your big day. The official announcement for the first six Ulta Birthday gifts are out. With Ulta birthday gifts getting announced by birth month, it is highly unlikely many will get spoiled at once. I will spoil them as quickly as I can. If you have not joined the UltaMate Rewards Program, join before your birthday. See my 2019 Ulta birthday gift review for the Ulta Beauty Collection shadows, the Ulta birthday gift review for the NYX Liquid Lipstick, and the Ulta birthday gift review for It Cosmetics.
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Every year Platinum members at Ulta get a one day event where select items are available for 10x points. Yes, this combines with any other multipliers you may have. Read my Ulta page for the rules on combining multipliers (if you’re lucky enough to have more than one). This event is always at the end of August and has not included every item in the store since 2014. In 2015, only select items were included. It landed on Monday, August 24th. Ulta is on central time, so it officially started 08/23/15 at 10pm PST. The problem is the emails with the specific items included did not go out until the following morning. Those who got there at 10pm had to play with their carts a bit to see which items calculated at 10x points to beat the rush and avoid things selling out as we slept.