When you go shopping at Ulta and you're not looking for anything, who knows what you'll find. For me it was a complete score a few weeks ago, when I found some beauty goodies that I was excited to try right away!
Wandering down the aisles, I found "new in" displays for L'Oreal shadows and Maybelline shadow sticks, plus a display of featured NYX lipsticks, so of course I was sucked in. The L'Oreal Color Riche Mono Shadows are something I've seen raved about by UK beauty bloggers for a while now, so I've been itching for them to come to the states. I went for two neutrals that I can get a lot of use out of- a matte, Cafe Au Lait, and a shimmer, Pain Au Chocolat. I love to pop the matte shade in my crease for a bit of definition and the shimmer shade is a great option for a one color, throw-on-and-go shade. The texture of the shadows feels almost like a pressed pigment and it's velvety smooth when you apply it. (Sidenote...every time I see "Cafe Au Lait" I always think of this scene in Gilmore Girls. Every. Time.)
I'd been hearing the hype about the Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons, so after spotting the display for them, I naturally picked up two shades. (I held back- you have no idea how much I wanted to Buy All The Shades!) In the end I went with Bronze Truffle, (since I love the original Bad to the Bronze Color Tattoo so much) and Lavish Lavender (because, well, it's me and I'm a cool-toned purple shadow addict). Oh man...you neeeed these. Not to be an enabler, but they're seriously amazing and I can't stop using them! They go on so ridiculously smoothly and you can blend out the edges with just your fingertip. They can be a sheer wash of color with a quick application or you could definitely build it up to a stronger color. I may go back to get all the colors after all...haha.
NYX has so many serious winners in their lineup, so when I spotted a display for their High Voltage Lipsticks, I was like a moth to a flame. Something about the 90's gray and grungy tone of Stone was calling my name. It turned out to be complete winner (making it's way into my January Favorites!) and I'm really happy I tried it. The formula is so creamy that it glides on with ease. When they say high voltage, they aren't exaggerating- it's completely opaque and pretty true to the tube (it's reading a little rosy on camera, but it's a lovely nude in person). I really want to try some other shades in the line.
The last little sneaky purchase I grabbed before heading to the register was a Rimmel Exaggerate Liner in Innocent. Just like many other beauty bloggers, I'm already a fan of the East End Snob liner. I hate to say it, but I think I like Innocent even more! The shade is great to wear on it's own, but it's such a nice neutral nude that it's perfect for layering under other lipsticks and glosses. The formula is so long lasting, too. I'll put it on before I go to work in the morning and it's still there through my morning coffee and lunch. What more could I ask for?
I should really aimlessly wander through Ulta more often. It leads to some great finds! (Or maybe I shouldn't since my I Want It list just keeps growing...) Hope you all had a great weekend!