It has officially been seven days since I drew the original Giveaway winner. She did not respond, so I had to draw again. There were 41 separate commenters (did not count subsequent comments from the same person) on the giveaway page, so the odds were 1 in 41 (assuming all are still subscribed). I am only checking subscriptions of the winner(s), so the odds could be better. The odds are now as low as 1 in 40.
The 2016 free Ulta Birthday Gift is changing every quarter. Join UltaMate rewards before your birthday to get your free gift. Starting with a referral link will also give you $10 off your fist purchase. I have a general article that covers the gift for each quarter, and the quarter two gift has updated. When I went in for my free brow appointment, I picked up my free Ulta Birthday Gift. Platinum members also get a $10 coupon good toward any product. I saved my coupon until today, because there was something I wanted to pick up from the 21 Days of Beauty.
Today was the day I was most looking forward to in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty. There are four steals happening today, and I wanted all of them. This is the first and last time I will probably purchase all four steals in one day. Of course, I was ready to go right at 10pm Pacific time (Ulta crosses each day over at midnight and runs on Central time). If you have not already laid out your purchase plans, I have all the steals for this event (gathered from multiple sources) laid out with some basic tips. I also go over a more detailed shopping plan from a previous event that applies to the different steals here.
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Ulta runs some great promotions during the year, but my favorite is 21 Days of Beauty. They do it twice a year (usually March and September). This year, the fall event ran from the 6th through the 26th of September. That means the event is officially over. The spring event is always better, so fret not if you missed the fall event. If you need any tips on how to make the most of the next event, I give them in this plan. Check all offers on the special event page.
One of my favorite threads on Beautytalk is the Empties. Why? More than any other thread, I get a feel for how someone really feels about a product. Was it so amazing that they rushed out to buy replacements or so awful that they could not bring themselves to finish it? While no product has a one size fits all place in life, I am reluctant to buy a new product I’ve never sampled when multiple people on the Empties thread give the product a thumbs down. In the spirit of honest reviews on everything I try, I will review everything once a month as I’ve finished them. You will see months where the same products make appearances. If they’re amazing, I will continue buying them.
Each month, I will give you a mini review on each item. I’ll tell you the items I love and will repurchase. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Lastly, I will present the items that are not for me. Generally, I will not use these any more in the future. If they’re really awful to me, I always hope I can find someone else who may actually like them. Thus, I will try to find someone to give duplicates to. For the items that I really love, I will do a separate product spotlight on them at some point to discuss them in more detail. My first product spotlight will immediately follow these mini reviews, because there are four amazing items in the attached picture I have not discussed yet.