My All-Time Favorite Beauty Products
Do you ever find yourself just wandering around Ulta feeling absolutely lost and a little self-conscious? Seriously, every time I go in there I have to give myself a little mental pep talk as I walk through the door.
“DON’T LET THEM KNOW YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Holy toledo, Batman! I forgot how many shelves this place has. Shoot! That girl just asked if you needed help finding something. SHE KNOWS. SHE SEES RIGHT THROUGH YOUR WALMART FOUNDATION AND TARGET CHAPSTICK.”
If you have felt this way before, I’m here to help you out! These are my all time FAVORITE beauty products, all of which can be purchased at Ulta or on their website. I always find it helps to know exactly what I’m going for, then appear as though I’m “just looking” in case I can’t find my item right away. I know, I’m so sneaky. Anyway, here are my items!
Covergirl Healthy Elixir Foundation
My sister introduced me to this miracle foundation a couple of months ago, and lemme tell ya, I’m hooked. It’s infused with vitamins and other good stuff that actually benefit your skin instead of causing more blemishes that you’ll have to cover up! Lightweight, oil-free, full coverage, the list goes on and on! Before this, I was paying $30+ on high-end foundations and none of them were as good as this one. At $12, it can’t be beat!
A must during the summer! It makes all the difference on those days where I feel like my face is going to melt right off. Yes, the price is a little steep, but it’s sooooo worth it and lasts a long time!
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
I’ve been using this for months and can’t seem to find anything I like better! I’ve tried several high-end mascaras, but this one always comes out on top. I get a ton of compliments on my lashes every time I wear it!
Revlon Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Cream
The last time I was in Ulta, I saw some of this on clearance and had to try it. I have super thick hair that takes YEARS to dry naturally and almost as long to blow dry. But with this, my drying time was cut almost in half!! AND it protects my hair from all the heat damage. My hair has been so soft and much less prone to breakage ever since!
OKAY. I have struggled basically my ENTIRE LIFE because my eyes are two different shapes. I have one hooded eyelid, which makes eyeliner SCARY TERRRITORY. I kid you not, it took until just a couple of years ago to find an eyeliner that wouldn’t smudge and completely ruin the crease of my left eye. The first one I found was $22 dollars but it didn’t smudge at all so I was like, “I guess this is the price I pay for my stupid eyelid. Literally.” BUT then about a year ago I stumbled across this gem. It’s only $7 and lasts forever and STAYS PUT. We fell in love and have been together ever since.
All right, I’m gonna be completely honest. I didn’t buy this moisturizer. It came in my Fab Fit Fun box and I was like “Meh. I guess I might as well try it.” But WHOA MAMA THIS STUFF IS GOOD. Once again, $40 for moisturizer??? I know. Insane. But my skin has never felt or looked this good in my whole life. So I guess I’m gonna have to start a savings account for the sole purpose of restocking this magic moisturizer every few months.
It took me far too long to hop on the St. Tropez train, my friends. I just loved Loving Tan so much (I still do) and couldn’t bring myself to pay $42 just for a decent self tanner! But when I realized I was paying $30 for a 4 oz. bottle, and it was only $12 more for an 8 oz. of St. Tropez, I gave in. And I’m so glad I did!! It’s some kind of smart formula that turns you just the perfect shade for YOU. So you never have to worry about looking too dark!
Real Techniques Beauty Blender
I don’t have much to say about this except you NEED it. I’ve tried other brushes, blenders, etc, and this does just as good a job or better for only $6!
I have the bar soap version of this in my shower and use it on the reg, but it’s not at Ulta! However, this mask is also ahhhhmazing. Perfect for clearing up breakouts without leaving your skin dry!
Neutrogena Revitalizing Tinted Lip Balm
I PRESENT TO YOU THE HOLY GRAIL OF CHAPSTICKS. I kid you not, I cannot go anywhere without it. I have it in my pocket at this very moment. If I don’t have a pocket, it goes in my wallet or purse. If I have no wallet or purse or pocket, you better believe it’s going in my bra because it is THAT GOOD. I use the Sunny Berry shade and it’s PERFECT for adding some color to your lips without having to worry if it matches your outfit.
Seriously, what did I ever do before I discovered blotting paper??? It’s a NECESSITY in summertime! I always keep it in my purse and it has come in handy many a time, folks. Oily face? No worries! Just slap a couple of these babies on your mug and you’ll look like you just finished applying your makeup. You’re welcome.
I use this immediately after I towel dry my hair then use it again after I’ve styled it! It makes a world of difference as far as keeping my hair healthy and soft. And a bottle of it lasts FOREVER because you only use a little dime-sized amount!
Love, Love, Love this post! I always enjoy learning about other people’s makeup routines so I can try out new products!
Yay!! Me too! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Umm I didn’t know that Urban Decay had a setting spray (I must live under a rock lol). This is a great article–so helpful!!
GIRL you’ve gotta try it!! It’s seriously such a game changer!
OMG I completely feel you when it comes to Maybelline’s mascaras! They’re cheaper than most brands and they work so well! My favorite’s the Volum’ Express one. <3
Ooooh I’m gonna have to try that one!! Thanks for the recommendation!
Great product haul! Definitely gave me a lot to think about because I know very little about the makeup world. I def love Urban Decays Setrinf Spray. It comes in handy when living in Cali.
I bet it does!! And though I’m no expert, if you ever have a makeup-y question, shoot me a DM on Instagram and I’d be happy to try and help!
Chelsea Rose | Rant + Wild
Love this so much! 😍
Thanks, Chelsea!! I’m so glad!
Love this! I wrote an article similar to this a little while ago. I am a HUGE supporter of drug store mascaras so it’s nice to see someone else who loves them as well!
Um, heck yeah!! Anything that doesn’t hurt my budget while also getting the job done… I’m all for it!
Awesome post!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks, Nina! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Yes!! There are some awesome products on this list but St. Tropez is my FAVORITE! I am super pale and this is the only tanner I have ever found that doesn’t make me look like like a blond orange LOL
Haha YES!! I will say Loving Tan is a pretty amazing brand, too, but St. Tropez is so much easier to get here in the US!
These are all such great products!! The mascara is my favorite, and I use the urban decay setting spray daily! Great pist, girl! 💕
Thanks, Kayla!! I seriously swear by that mascara. And what did I even do before I discovered the magic of setting spray??