As a mom of two, on maternity leave, I am on a constant lookout for deals on makeup. A couple weeks back, the hubby and I decided to take a trip down to the U.S with our boys. We spent 2 nights in Plymouth, MN and 1 night in Bloomington, MN.
Now, every time we head to the U.S, I make it a mission of mine to go to ULTA aka Maria’s happy place. For those who aren’t familiar, ULTA is a huge beauty retailer in the U.S (Only) They have an online website that you can order from but, they don’t ship to Canada 😦 I believe they can ship to the Canadian border and you’d have to personally pick up your order. So back to the variety of goods they carry at Ulta! They have everything! Drug store makeup, high end makeup, hair products and tools, fragrances, you name it!
When I go into Ulta, I go straight for one cosmetic brand only. That brand is NYX Cosmetics. It is my personal favourite makeup brand for so many reasons. For one, it is very affordable. You’ll find that majority of NYX products are under $10.00. What’s even better is that the quality is comparable to some high end make up brands! In my opinion at least. NYX offers a beautiful variety of colours in their eye makeup, lipstick, liners, cheeks etc. Below are the items I picked up while I was in the states. My hubby says he can always tell if I’ve had a successful shopping trip by the huge dorky smile I have as I’m leaving the store. That was definately the case at Ulta.
Here are the NYX products I purchased. As you can see I wear a lot of nudes/neutrals.
- Extra Creamy Lipstick in Thalia
- Matte Lipstick in Butter
- Lip Liner in Nude Beige
- Simply Nude Lip Cream in Exposed
- INTENSE Butter Gloss in Chocolate Crepe
- Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes
- Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm
- Soft Matte Lip Cream in London
- Wonder Stick in Medium/Tan
- High Definition Blush in Taupe
I got my niece to be my lip model for this, and she happily obliged :). She is wearing the Matte Lipstick in Butter with the Soft Matte Lip Cream in London on top.
These 3 products are my absolute favourites from my trip to ULTA. The Wonderstick Highlight and Contour goes on nicely and is very blendable. The box it comes in has a how-to guide to wear to apply the highlight and contour which I think is really helpful for first time users. The only criticism I have for the Wonderstick is that the contour stick broke off after the fifth use. I must’ve applied it with some pressure one day. Other than that, It’s still a great product in my books!
The High Def blush in Taupe is beautiful. I am soo in love with it I wish I bought a duplicate. The application is nice and the colour isn’t harsh at all. It’s very subtle and great for an everyday look.
Last product is the Lip Liner in Nude Beige. NYX Lip liners are my favourite liners out there. There are so many colours to choose from and they last a fairly long time. It looks great by itself or with the matte lip creams/lipstick.
I hope this haul/review helps you ladies out there! If you’re looking for a cosmetic line that works wonderfully for a great price, I highly recommend giving NYX Cosmetics a try!