Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Ulta Must Haves

A few weeks ago I (Carrie Beth) felt like my makeup routine needed a bit of an overhaul. I had a lot of products that I'd been using for a very long time and just didn't really love anymore. I talked to Jen about a few products she loved, and as I was about to head into Ulta I asked on Instagram stories what some of your favorite products were.  You know, the tried and true ones that you just love. Well, we got a lot of great suggestions!

Some were new items we hadn't tried before and some were products we were already using and loving.  We thought we'd share some some of our Ulta must haves that we're loving right now!

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast - Jen introduced this stuff to me. It's like a texturizing spray that you put on dry hair to add volume. I also use it in place of my hairspray now when I curl my hair and it helps the curl to last so much longer!  I am obsessed with it!

Batiste Dry Shampoo - I have used a bunch of different kinds of dry shampoo (including Living Proof) and I always come back to this one.  It's very reasonably priced, I love the way it makes my hair smell, and it gets the job done! I have my girls hooked on it now, too!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - This is one product that I am literally obsessed with. I have always had dark circles under my eyes and could never find a concealer that I really loved until I started using this. It's not cakey, but definitely thicker and has great coverage. This is probably the one makeup item I love the most!

CoverGirl/Olay Simply Ageless Foundation - This one cracks me up because the commercials for it are always ladies much older than myself. I will turn 40 this year though so maybe that is what made me pick it up on a whim. I actually really like it though. In the summer I like to wear a tinted moisturizer, but I was in need of something new for winter. This has medium coverage and I like that it is swirled with some sort of moisturizer or something to keep my skin from getting dried out in the winter. If it makes me look ageless like the name claims, well that is just an added bonus in my book.

Milani Highlighter Palette - I love that glowing look, so naturally I love highlighter.  This palette is nice because it has several different shades and I use them all.

NYX Butter Gloss - This gloss is only around $5 and probably my favorite lip gloss! It comes in a  ton of colors, is super pretty on, but not sticky at all.

Lash Blow Out - This is a new product to me and I have really been impressed. I have used a ton of different mascaras in all different price points and always went back to the the Loreal mascara. I used it for YEARS until I decided to give this new Dry Bar/It Cosmetics mascara a try.  It is SO good and worth the extra money in my opinion! I love the way it looks on my lashes, it doesn't clump at all, but makes them look longer and fuller. Also, this may sound weird, but the wand just feels good in my hands. It's easy to apply because of the wand.  Weird?  Maybe, but I love it!

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blush - This is a new product that was recommended by some of you and I really like it. It gives my cheeks a nice color without being overbearing like some blushes can be.

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner - My hair is naturally kind of wavy so anytime there is any humidity it starts to get frizzy.  Since using this I haven't had that problem as much so I really do think this is working.  We'll see how it is when summer's humidity rolls around, but for now I'm happy!

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast - Once someone told me I had good pageant hair. I immediately texted Carrie Beth to make sure that was a good thing. It was.  Big hair with lots of volume is always my goal and this stuff works SO well.  I even got Carrie Beth turned on to it!

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil - I have been using this finishing powder for what feels like forever. I love it because it is super light and just gives a really pretty finish.

Living Proof Dry Shampoo - Any busy mom knows a good dry shampoo is a must and this stuff is my favorite!  It doesn't weigh your hair down at all and a lot of you also shared that this was your favorite dry shampoo also!

Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner - Remember that thing about big hair?  Yep, this goes towards that goal, too. This shampoo and conditioner really adds a ton of volume and combined with the Dry Volume Blast...well, it's a match made in hair heaven!

Urban Decay Smoky Eyeshadow Palette - I don't wear a ton of eye make up on a day to day basis, but when I do I reach for this palette. It has lighter colors I use for everyday, and then for evening or events I utilize the darker colors for that smokier look. It's a Ulta cult favorite that I remember being introduced to by a fellow customer. Now I buy them in bulk and have one stashed in my make-up kit, my car, and a back-up. I hope they never discontinue it!

Tarte Creaseless Concealer - Any mom with kids needs to have a good concealer in their make-up bag.  Those late nights and early mornings and middle of the night wake-ups don't always do favors for our under eyes.  Tarte knows what's up when it comes to concealers! This one is very similar to the Shape Tape, but a gives off a more dewy finish than matte.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - With a name like that you know it has to be good, right? This mascara is hands down my favorite. It doesn't smudge, adds a lot of length and makes my lashes look really thick!

Bare Minerals Original - Just like the above Bare Minerals I mentioned, I have been using this one for ages and it just gives a nice, even foundation to build on without being heavy or feeling thick on my face. I'm still not at the point I feel like I need heavy coverage, and since I have drier skin I tend to lean towards lighter weight foundations. Years ago I was introduced to Bare Minerals and have never looked back once.

Loreal Voluminous Mascara - If you are looking for something at a little lower price point this mascara is the one that I always have in my bag. This is also the one Carrie Beth used forever before finding the DryBar one. You cannot beat it for the price!


Like we mentioned above, there were a ton of great suggestions from you ladies when we asked on Instagram Stories so we wanted to share those recommendations, too.

Nars Blush - Such pretty colors.

It Bye Bye Foundation - This one has SPF 50+.

NYX Slide On Lip Pencil - GREAT value and long lasting.

Anastasia Sugar Glow Kit - Another great highlighter set.

Foundation Blender Brush  - I actually bought this after it was suggested and love it!

Smashbox Primer - TONS of great reviews for this.

Colour Pop Eyeshadow - So many pretty colors.

Lash Paradise Mascara - Another great one at a great price!

If anyone has any other favorite products or things we should try, please let us know. We always love trying new stuff!

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