Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ulta Skincare & More Haul!

So 21 Days of Beauty got me again at Ulta, and I think I might have gone a little overboard in general. For those you who don't know what 21 Days of Beauty is, it's a 21 day event at Ulta where each day there are different deals on projects. It's pure evil because the deals are fantastic such as buy one get one 50% off Clarisonic brush heads, or makeup palettes for dirt cheap. This time around I went for the 25% off all Mario Badescu products because I'm still on the hunt for some new skincare, particularly serums and cleansers. Naturally that lead to me just poking around and thinking "yeah, I do need more of that" and now we're here. Of course I'm still sharing this ridiculous purchase with you guys and let's hope that some of these will make the favorites list at the end of the month!

Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel. A very strong preventative treatment, glycolic acid is not here to mess around. Once or twice a week this is to be dotted onto problem areas to help decongest skin. It's suppose to be super drying and will flush out even the most stubborn pores so I'm excited to see how my skin will like this.
Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum. I'm always looking to test out new serums and preventative treatments so this anti acne serum seemed like a good start. This is based with Salicylic acid which sometimes work and sometimes doesn't work for me. My skin responds fairly well to Mario Badescu products so it seemed like this was worth a shot.
Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. Basically the even stronger version to the drying lotion for helping to zap erupted acne. This is formulated to treat cystic acne but will act as a powerful spot treatment for any ailments. The drying lotion is good, but I'm looking forward to see if this lotion will be even better for my skin.
Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion C
Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion
These two are essentially the same toners, the "Lotion C" just includes more acne fighting ingredients. I'm still playing around with toners to use in the morning so I figured I should pick up both bottles and see if either will work with my skin. Cucumber has always been a really light and refreshing ingredient for my skin so I have a good feeling one of these will work out for me.
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. I have a little sample of this that I've been using with my Clarisonic and after I got over the fact that it doesn't foam up, I'm quite a fan. It is causing my skin to break out a little which I believe is just getting used to it, but the patches where they aren't my skin feels smooth and firm. I have a good feeling that this is a good match so I went ahead and picked up a full size bottle because I think longterm this will be a key player.
Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub. I've tried the strawberry scrub before and I loved the creamy consistency and when I saw there was a kiwi scrub which is a great ingredient for me and there was also seaweed extract which has been fairly effective at balancing oil, I just had to try it out. I'm hoping this is just as creamy as the strawberry scrub.
Mario Badescu Eye Make-Up Remover Gel (Non-Oily). I'm still on the hunt for a travel friendly makeup remover that's as mess free as a makeup wipe but as gentle and effective as a cleansing oil. It's a losing battle but naturally a Mario Badescu product seemed like a good choice to try.
Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask. Cucumber, my skin loves it. This is formulated to help purify and tighten pores so that seemed like something my skin could benefit from.
Mario Badescu Whitening Mask. Always looking for brightening masks. This is formulated with kojic acid, lcirocie and mulberry that is suppose to help brighten uneven skin tones and minimize the look of old acne scars and sun discoloration.
Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask. This mask just sounds lovely, flower and tonic. This is a purifying mask for congested skin made with Kaolin clay which is great for absorbing dirt and oil from pores.
Feeling Beautiful 4-in-1 Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming Clay Mask. Love these masks. Great price and effective. I picked up the two newest ones, this one can be used a cleanser or a mask but I'll just use it as a mask. Apple cider vinegar is great for detoxifying and balancing skin, but it's not an ingredient I've tried yet so I'm interested to see how my skin will like it.
Feeling Beautiful Banana Oat Instant Smoothing Mask. Banana and oats, this just sounds divine. It uses alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate, calm, and nourish skin. I'm sure this will be a fun one to use and will smell delicious, their scent game is strong.
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils. I'm running out of cleansing oil and instead of just going with my usual Garnier, I decided to pick some different brands up to try. This Burt's Bees one was $16! But it sounds like it will smell delicious so I decided to try it anyways.
Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser. I have never heard of this brand but it's a more reasonable price tag so into the basket it went.
Nivea A Kiss Of Milk & Honey Soothing Lip Care. This is kind of random. Originally I had a few of the in-shower lotions in my basket but decided against it. The reason behind this purchase is that I the Nivea in A Kiss of Color which I'm a fan of but I didn't like the tint that came with it. This is just a regular lip balm and milk and honey sounds nice so I decided to try it out. I like my eos lip balms but the packaging is bulky and it's hard to just stash in a purse so I'm on the hunt for more of a stick/compact packaging to put in my smaller purses.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush (Natural). The packaging got me. This looks beautiful and the reviews say it's a very soft flush of color. I went for it.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Face Powder (Translucent). It was buy one get one 50% off so I threw in this face powder from the same line. I was tempted to do the bronzer but I was already getting a different PF bronzer that I really didn't need that many.
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer (Bronzer). The packaging and the name, it just sounds so luxurious and nice. Why do I need more bronzers? No one really knows, but I just can't help it.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Powder (Translucent). The beautiful pastel rainbowness got me. I'm hoping this is truly translucent since I find these powders sometimes have a white cast so we'll see how this goes. This is one of those magical powders that's suppose to even out all discoloration just by swirling it together. This could get interesting.
Poo~Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray (Original)
Poo~Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray (Lavender Vanilla)
These things are amazing! They work great before or after you do your business. I had the rose scented one and this time around I picked up the original citrus and the lavender vanilla.
Macadamia Professional Travel Size Ultra Rich Moisture Masque. I'm a huge fan of the original deep repair masque so I've been wanting to try this out for awhile now. This is an even more hydrating version of the original and as I was browsing around and saw that they had a smaller size available I decided to finally give it a shot.
Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Hair Mask. This is the same brand as that tea tree clarifying shampoo that I love and since this bottle was less than $3, it made sense to give it a try. Typically my hair isn't a fan of oil but I was running out of hair masks so I just decided to go for it.
Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Overnight Crème Mask. I love the smell of coconut oil and for awhile I used that as my body lotion which made my skin feel fantastic but the mess was just too much for me. I've never tried anything from the Yes to Coconut line and since it was buy one get one 50% off here too I took advantage of it to try some things out. This is an ultra hydrating night cream to give your skin a punch of moisture and to help strengthen its natural protective barrier.
Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser. A melting cleanser just sounded intriguing. It sounds almost like a cleansing oil and I intend on trying it out that way, as well as using it as a traditional cleanser.
Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash. Another victim of buy one get one 50% off, but how great does a kale detox wash sound?! Apparently kale is great defense against blemishes and oil which is news to me. I'm interested to see how this works out for me.
Pacifica Glow Baby Youthful Face Scrub. I've used another cleanser that harnessed the power of walnuts for exfoliation and that left my skin absolutely glowing. It made sense to test out this Pacfica product to see if my skin would love it just as much.


  1. wow such a huge haul! I absolutely love burts bees products but I've never really tried the other brands so I will definitely have to check them out! I'd love it if you'd comment back xx

  2. Such a big list! I am using anti ageing cream for my skin and really happy with the results. After seeing this I will love to try these. Great post!

  3. Great Beauty hauls i must say. For my skin i would love to use skin care products by Revitol in daily routine. Its amazing for my skin... Thanks for sharing !