Finally, I received my Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale catalogue yesterday afternoon. The day before the sale starts is kinda late! I took a drive over to Ulta on Saturday morning to ask for a catalogue, but they didn’t have any they could give out. Weird. Anyway, I was happy that it arrived just in time, but I am posting this a little later than usual.
The 21 Day Sale started today, Sunday, September 7 and it goes until Saturday, September 27. As usual, it is stocked with lots of fun events (call first ‘coz they are not at all locations) and lots of great deals on goodies that sell out fast. If there is something that I think will be popular, I get there when the store opens, as I missed out on the Cargo Vintage Palette a year ago.
Here’s the calendar of what’s happening when and a few of my recommendations.
Obviously, the most interesting deals are for whatever you need or have been coveting.
During Week One, on Thursday 9/11, I strongly recommend the Stila Eyeshadow Palettes. I have a matte palette that is similar to In The Know, and it’s one of my favorites. Check out all three color choices, and see which suit you. In general, Stila shadow palettes are my go-to choices, and I have quite a few of them. For $20, they are definitely worth it! I haven’t tried the Smashbox Eye Primer, but I use one of the Photofinish face primers, and I like it a lot. The Smashbox Shadow Primer is on sale for $10 on Friday, 9/12. At 2 for $15, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a couple of butter LONDON Nail Lacquers. They are gorgeous!
During Week 2, I recommend picking up Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara if you’re in the market to try a new mascara. It really amps up your lashes, and for $10, it’s a bargain! On Saturday, 9/20, you can get 25% off the entire skincare line from Exuviance. The skincare geniuses behind the Exuviance brand are two cosmetic dermatologists who first discovered the benefits of glycolic acid. They developed the glycolic peel, and we can certainly thank them for that! I just tried their Nighttime Illumination Duo: a rich night cream and Vitamin C in powder form (reviewed here) that you mix together before applying. It will be my go-to nighttime skincare duo this winter.
For Week 3, there are a lot of products that have caught my eye. Actually, I wouldn’t mind owning everything! However, I will probably pick up the Bliss Foaming Face Wash that I tried at the W Hotels and adore (though I wish they would get back to me on what the exfoliating beads are made of). I may also buy the Stila One Step Correct Skin Tone Correcting & Brightening Serum. I tried it out yesterday underneath Pur Minerals Tinted Moisturizer and it seemed to help hide my sun damage. I may go back and try it out again before the sale day. Anything from IT Cosmetics is fabulous, and the No-Tug Waterproof Gel Liners on sale for $10 are super!
So, what’s on your list? Let me know what you plan to buy!
Also in the catalogue, I noticed Japonesque’s Velvet Touch Concealer on sale now for $12, 40% off. The stunning modern packaging alone is worth $12 IMHO. Japonesque’s cosmetics are not sold in my local Ulta so it’s catalogue only for me on this one.
During September, lots of brands have gifts with purchase so take a look while you’re scoring the 21 Days steals. IT Cosmetics has a large display of their high quality cosmetic brushes at Ulta now. They are worth the splurge.
While browsing on Saturday, I noticed that affordable brand, essence, has their new fall product line in. A fabulous addition to their permanent lineup are their Long Wear Lipsticks for $2.99. They come in 10 beautiful shades. They are packaged in more sophisticated-looking matte black tubes with a ring of color to match the shade around the middle. For long wear lipsticks, they feel like velvet on, and are not drying. I reviewed them last year (here), and I did a giveaway back when they were sold only in Fred Meyer. I love ’em, so I’m thrilled they are more available now! I also noticed that Ulta had one Limited Edition from essence on display, “New In Town”. The LE includes some limited edition shades of the Long Wear Lipstick, and two shadow palettes. The nudes collection on the left side seems to be selling well!
Ulta had stopped carrying essence’s LEs, and I am very happy to see them back! essence products are good quality at very affordable prices, and they often have some innovative products especially in their limited editions. Check ’em out!