I always get excited about getting the birthday gifts from Sephora and Ulta. My birthday was on Easter Sunday this year, but I made my visit to Sephora and Ulta more than a week in advance. In fact, Ulta sent me home empty-handed! They said I had to wait to get the coupon before I could redeem it. I was disappointed.
Fortunately, Sephora wasn’t as strict. They were happy to see me in advance of my actual birthday. There was a choice of two gifts: one was skincare and the other was makeup from Tarte. No surprise, I chose the Tarte gift.
Happy Birthday Tartelette! contained a travel size Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush, shade paaarty, a dusty rose shade. It was love at first sight. And the travel size is plenty big for me.
The second mini in the box is Tarteist Quick Dry Creamy Matte Lip Paint, shade birthday suit, a mauve shade, that actually doesn’t look that great on me but is still a wonderful neutral shade. I’m guessing that both shades are unique to the Sephora birthday gift.
I had gotten a different shade of Lip Paint, rosé – a very pretty beige-rose, in my Sephora Play bag a month ago, and though the shade is great, I can’t wear it too often. This is me wearing rosé. I think the rosé shade works.
Even though the Lip Paint formula is mousse-like, it is still rather drying on my bone dry lips. Oh well. I probably should have given away “birthday suit” before I used it, but it looked so great on someone else I had to give it a try. It didn’t look as good on me unfortunately.
Nevertheless, I think the gift shade, birthday suit, and the Tarteist formula will be perfect on just about everyone besides me!
I returned today to Ulta with my coupon for my birthday gift, and I redeemed it for the April – June gift, Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara mini.
Lancôme is new in the Ulta stores. I haven’t had a chance to try the mascara yet. This one is supposed to give up to 12 times more volume. I usually tend toward lengthening mascaras, but I’m happy to try something different for a change. Here’s what the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara volumizing wand looks like.
FYI, I am a Platinum Member at Ulta, and I also received a $10 off coupon on anything of my choice. I was thrilled with that gift. In fact, I’m hoping I can use it in conjunction with the 20% off coupon event going on now (I am going to shop online, and I have a feeling I might not be able to use them both at the same time.) At any rate, very nice Ulta! You redeemed yourself from not letting me pick up my birthday gift before my birthday.
So all in all, I’m pleased with my gifts. Are you an early in the year birthday? Have you gotten your gifts from Sephora and Ulta yet?