Adventures in Gifts with Purchase


So I bought $24 worth of Ulta eye makeup I didn’t really need in order to get a “gift with purchase” that I didn’t really need. (I did, however, NEED more Zoya polish remover, plus I had a $3.50 off coupon.) That’s what it’s like to be a hoarder.

I bought an Ulta eye crayon in “Devil’s Food”, hoping it would last longer than the eye shadow I’ve been using for my smoky eye. It’s fine so far. Amy found hot pink (the package said “Primrose”, but I think it might be fuchsia) eyeliner and I nearly snatched it from her. As soon as we got back to Amy’s house, I tried the hot pink eyeliner. She said that I look like I have a raging case of pink eye. (No, I did not take a picture.) The good news is that now I can dress up like Bob Costas for Halloween. I also got a new eyebrow pencil, but it’s not any better than the Cover Girl pencil I’ve been using, which is $5 cheaper.

Instead of eye makeup, I wanted to try Ulta powder foundation, but they only have like 3 colors. I spent 20 minutes smearing it on my inner arm and nothing matched, so fiddlesticks.

The “gift with purchase” had a little of everything – eye shadow, mascara, eye liner, lipstick, blush, brushes, nail polish…and primer. What’s the deal with primer? Everyone is out with a primer these days…

14 Comments to Adventures in Gifts with Purchase

  1. Bridget says:

    Solution for your foundation woes: Buy two bottles of the foundation, one a little lighter than you and the other a little too dark. Then create a custom color that matches you perfectly! If you get a little lighter or tanner from season to season, you can just add a little of the bases to make the shade you need from day to day, even.

  2. Beth says:

    I used to be strictly foundation until I realized that I looked like a cupcake and way too overdone. Switched to Loreal BB cream, and will never go back. Goes on white then matches to your skin, while somehow managing to cover imperfections. That and a translucent powder: my if-I-were-stranded-on-a-beach go-to makeups. Anywho: primer is great for a special occasion/night out. But I definitely wouldn’t do it as an every-day, simply for skin health. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Delta says:

    Woman! All you need is MAC Powder and Eucerin daily face lotion SPF 30. My youthful skin is entirely due to Eucerin. I use it everyday, rain or shine.

  4. Delta says:

    P.S. When you do a fun color apply it just on your lids and then liquid black eyeliner along your lashes and the crease of your eye. It’s amazaballs!

  5. Erin says:

    Have you seen the primer for the eyelids? WTF???

  6. Beth says:

    Let me know what you think of the BB! I recommend Loreal (it’s the only one that doesn’t break me out) – but always open to other reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚ but trust me with the translucent powder as a finisher (I use Mary Kay – huge pot and it’s for all skin colors and types). Loving the blog by the way! I love a way to talk about beauty products! ๐Ÿ™‚

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