For the last few days I've been playing around shopping on ULTA's website. It's a long story, and really it's for some posts that blogging friends and I will be publishing in a few weeks, but we all had a small amount of money to spend at ULTA or Sephora and it was really somewhat fascinating to see what we were all putting in our carts. Some of us had the "I will buy as many items as possible for as cheap as possible" mentality, some wanted items they knew were amazing and had used before and some wanted more expensive items that they had been lusting after for a while.
Personally, I am usually the as many items as possible girl (and I started out that way) and then I discovered I could add in some Paypal money and I became the "I must spend more money and get all of the big shadow palettes I've wanted for the last year" girl. So, I spent a lot more money than I had.
Anyways, I thought it would be amusing to have a series of posts in which I show you what I'd put in a cart for some of my favorite on-line beauty stores, and using their current deals. I'm starting with ULTA, which this week has a lot of BOGO 50% off items (Revlon, NYX and Maybelline are included). I initially had a cart full of NYX items (over $100 of shadows, concealers, lippies) and eventually subtracted to get under $25 and there was no NYX left.
I thought I'd pick up 2 different color stories, Brazen is there mainly because it's the palette that Maskcara used for her makeup for brown eyes look. She roughly does what I've pictured above, though really you should watch her video to get the look. She just won Allure's Beauty Blogger of the Year and I'm soooo happy for her! She definitely deserved to win, I voted for her quite often. :D
Second, I have Luscious, which is an amazing green shadow quad. I have been wanting more green shadows and I fully confess that it is because of an episode of House Hunters that I saw recently. Typically the home owners give me great ideas of what not to do with makeup (I'm still scarred because of the woman on Property Brothers that applied massive quantities of the wrong color of mineral makeup to her face in a mask, and that was it. Super powdery, the wrong shade and nothing else, not even a tinted lip balm. Shudder.) but in this episode, the home owner killed it. Seriously, amazing!
The episode is Adam and Cara Bring Their Boys Home to Houston and you can see a few minutes of it on-line, but really to see Cara's eye shadow you should see the actual episode. She has beautiful green shadow on, and she balances everything perfectly. I've drawn how I'll apply the shadows above, that will probably be close-ish to her look.
In the episode they mention that Cara is a food blogger, and in the stalkerishness of the interwebs, I found a link to it on the HGTV forums, Pearls, Handcuffs & Happy Hour, which I've now book marked as a new favorite. She has a lot of great recipe ideas that will be perfect for my family! She also is a teacher with a teaching blog, The First Grade Parade, and I love that she does things like post pics of herself in her Cinco de Mayo gear in the classroom. Too bad she's in Texas, I want to be her new best friend!
What would you put in a cart at ULTA for $25?