Ulta + Too Faced Haul

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Here are just a few images of what I received from the Ulta Grand Opening/21 Days of Beauty plus a couple things from TooFaced.com:

ULTA HAUL

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick in Playful

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick in Playful

Obsessing over this plummy rose color. Tarte is definitely my favorite brand. Tarte products are cruelty free and formulated without synthetic ingredients. Typically I would not pay this much for a lipstick. At $26 this product would have definitely been something to admire from a distance. However, I was lucky enough to draw a $10 gift certificate and was able to combine it with a $3.50 off coupon. At around $13, I was very pleased to have rolled outta bed for this one.

Goodies!

Goodies!

Yes for free stuff! Totally wasn’t expecting this but I was glad to receive these! I will definitely be making use of the Kenra Spray and trying out the Joico Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. Too be honest, I haven’t done much research on the Joico item, but it seems to me like it’s a deep conditioner of some sort. I’m usually not too keen on Ulta products. I had a terrible allergic reaction to one of their mascara’s before so I’ll never drop money on one of their products again. I think the lipgloss will be okay though. As the name implies, it’s super shiny, so it’ll probably be best used in moderation or to highlight the center of my lips. And the last one! Three things I don’t like combined in one: lilac scent, lotion, and Ulta brand. I’m sure someone in my circle of friends will appreciate it more than me, so I’ll probably be giving it away.

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Stila In the Moment Palette (open)

Came back to Ulta a few days later (an employee even recognized me, not a good look) and picked up this In the Moment palette by Stila Cosmetics, another of my favorite brands. The top four shadows from the right are all purple-based. I was surprised to find that even the darkest shade had bright purple microglitters. I anticipate using the bottom five shades the most out of the palette. I also have the In the Garden palette, which I depotted because it arrived with a broken shadow. I really like the formula of Stila eyeshadows and was happy to get it for $20 as compared to $39. Unfortunately, I was not able to use a coupon with this brand in particular. The In the Know palette has all matte shades which I would love to add to my collection one day, I just have have to come across the right deal. This palette comes with a full sized smudge stick in the color Tetra. I love/swear by these eyeliners. They are one of the best I have come across for lining my lashline. They apply so smoothly and have a beautiful range of colors. Most of them are named after fish, which I’m not sure why that is, but it’s a pretty cute naming system :3 The other colors I have are Moray and Ladyfish, and I received them from other palettes as well.

I also went back to pick up two Butter London polishes (Disco Biscuit & The Black Knight) which were on sale for $9, as compared to $15, and finally got two Maybelline Vivids (Hot Plum & Vivid Rose) which are currently B1G1 half off. I posted pictures of them on my instagram. Make sure to follow me and check them out!

TOO FACED HAUL

Outer packaging for Too Faced's Lip of Luxury Lipsticks

Outer packaging for Too Faced’s Lip of Luxury Lipsticks

What I was most excited about were the lipsticks. As you can see above, I received lipsticks from what it seems to be different manufacturing cycles. The logos and colors are different from first three and last two. At first this was a little off-putting to me. I understand that these are the older range of lipsticks, but I did not want to have unusuable products. None of these were rancid and arrived to me just fine. These were $8 a piece, which I think is a reasonable price. Now that the sale-on-sale is over they are back up to the original “sale” price of $18. I would not pay that much for these though I do like the product.

Cupcake, Free Love, Sex Kitten, Living in Sin, Centerfold

Cupcake, Free Love, Sex Kitten, Living in Sin, Centerfold

I’ll give you a moment to muse over the suggestive names of these colors… I may go into depth in another post about this but I believe the naming of the product definitely has an impact on the consumer base you are trying to reach and the message your company communicates as a whole. Personally, I’m not a fan of these kind of names that may be perceived as objectifying or overly sexualized. I have encountered names on products that are culturally insensitive and prejudicial. For those of you that may think this is a baseless concern to have when the naming of a product has no influence on how well it performs, I would like to challenge you on that. But I’ll leave that for another time… moving forward!

Looking Lovely

Looking Lovely

I would say that the color in the tube is very true to the color swatched, the only exception would be Centerfold which seemed a little rosier to me. I also did not notice too much shimmer in Living in Sin. Click the images for a larger view of the color.

Cupcake: Light Pink Shimmer

Cupcake: Light Pink Shimmer

Free Love: Pink Velvet

Free Love: Pink Velvet

Sex Kitten: Sparkly Berry Wine

Sex Kitten: Sparkly Berry Wine

Living in Sin: Shimmering Bordeux

Living in Sin: Shimmering Bordeaux

Centerfold: Soft Beige

Centerfold: Soft Beige

Temper, Temper and Neptune

Temper, Temper and Neptune

I am also very pleased with the texture of Too Faced Eyeshadows. I believe I got these both at $5 each and now they are currently back to $15.10 each. At that price point I would recommend a palette over these single eyeshadows. Gorgeous colors! I plan on incorporating Neptune into my look for graduation (also a future post for sure!). I love variations of blue, especially cerulean, teal, and mint (hint hint).

Perfect Lips Lip Liner

Perfect Lips Lip Liner

Sorry about the dark photo. I took these pictures late into the night. A clearer view can be seen in the video above with a swatch. Hopefully, this will truly be the only lipliner I’ll ever need.

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Free Samples!

Finally, my two free samples. A deluxe Glamour Gloss in Flirt and a deluxe Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. I hardly ever use bronzer so this will last me forever and smells AWESOME. I will definitely be using the gloss for travel since it’s so petite.

Thanks for reading my long and picture heavy post!

xo, BerryAmbitious

Influenster Sweetheart Vox Box Unboxing + Head&Shoulders Review

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Look at me, such a liar

Yesterday, I took a trip to St. George Island. The weather wasn’t ideal but I had a lot of fun. I love having picnics.

The day before, as promised, I went to the Ulta Grand Opening. I got there around 8:30am and was lucky enough to be one of the first 100 there, and even luckier to have drawn a $10 off gift certificate!

I was surprised that much of the items I included on my list were not in stock, especially the Vivids lipsticks, so I lied. I didn’t buy anything except…

tarte glamazon™ pure performance 12-hour lipstick in playful

Combined with a $3.50 off coupon, I was able to get this and a few goodies for about $13. Thirteen bucks is still steep for a lipstick but I have been waiting for some kind of deal on it since last August. I was very pleased with myself leaving the store. Expect a full review with my own pictures soon.

I’m currently on Spring Break, so I’ll be pounding out the last few of my post-graduation applications and writing a short story for class for the majority of this week. I chose not to go home this year… conditions just weren’t ideal and for some reason my brother and I had different weeks off this month. Oh well, going to enjoy this week for myself. Hopefully heading to dog park or the lake today :3

 

xo,

BerryAmbitious

 

Ulta List

Yes! Finally! Our local Ulta Beauty store has officially opened and the Grand Opening event will be this Friday. I’ve read that they tend to give out gift certificates for the grand opening so I am definitely making it a point to be there on Friday. I visit a few days ago and I was completely overwhelmed. It was by far the biggest Ulta I have ever been to. I only left with one item, which turned out to be subpar from I expected, so I will be hopefully returning that. (Still haven’t mastered their return policy) I was, however, able to use a level 5 reward I got in the mail. I was able to get the Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash in the scent Hibiscus & Fig for free, which retails for $23. I would never normally pay that much for body wash, so I am interested in how well it will perform especially since I have very dry skin. It will definitely be a while before I try the product, as I am trying to use some other shower gels at the moment but I will make sure to give my impressions on a future blog post.

For my next visit, I am also making it a point to have a list! Yes, a LIST. If you are anything like me, I can forget things instantly if I’m overstimulated and end up trailing around the store trying to remember if I don’t carry a list with me. It sounds so mundane, but it’s necessary since this store is so freaking huge.

I’ve been eyeing several products, particularly from NYX and Maybelline. I’ve never tried NYX before, and they’re relatively cheap and cruelty free. The last thing I ever used from Maybelline was their Wet Shine Diamonds Lipstick in like.. elementary school. So… terrible. I thought they were so cool. They’ve probably changed their formula/application since then but I’ll be honest when I say I have not typically cared for their products… until now.

That’s all for now! I’ll be posting a formal introduction and mission for this blog soon, a Too Faced shipment I’m waiting on, and a review on the Sweetheart VoxBox I recently received from Influenster!

xo, BerryAmbitious

The Passage of Ions.

First, a lesson. Three sodium ions are required in exchange for two potassium ions across a semi-permeable membrane. Reflection is the requisite for action. The energy that fuels this transport is integrity. We constantly work against some kind of gradient.

I have been making excuses. I realize that the education I have received, the language I use, and the thoughts I have are superficial means for exploring and identifying the world around me. I have inhibitions. I feel them in my bones, in my musculature. But of what? Of fear? Of an elitist sour taste my palette has grown accustomed to? I believe I want to avoid the sharp pang of vulnerability. I am my greatest pitfall. I implode on myself and purposely distance interpersonal human experience. For three years, I have not written a sentence, a phrase, a word of genuine reflection. What happened? Was it the pressures of academia? Are there distractions, obstacles that transport me to a place other than the present? To a place of stagnation, to a place where my thoughts refuse to progress. The master of the past. She challenged, she thought critically, she was receptive to inspiration. I acknowledge that this person of the past I cannot summon, nor do I want to. Instead, I want to conjure a new being. Fresh, rejuvenated, mentally aware, and physically present. Someone who is actively engaged in her community and desires to create change that wholly sustainable and essentially positive. Who acknowledges her conservative background but reclaims those values that her history has championed as progressive. I refuse to allow this stagnation perpetuate further. I commit to myself to take care of my body, mind, and spirit. To embrace positivity, and take every opportunity to be constructive and create moments with lasting meaning. I want to write poetry again. I want to write prose that is ignited by meditation. I want to reclaim that part of my identity, the artist, the dreamer, that has been neglected for far too long. Since I began my undergraduate career I have struggled with disillusionment. I have rubbed against the grain of disappointment and weary hope. I cannot fully describe what exactly is the source of my inhibitions. What stops me from accepting fully the person I am, the person I want to be. Perhaps we all ask this question at some point in our lives. I envy the purity of spirit that came so easily to us as children. I admire those that still carry an untainted, hopeful worldview with them and sow those seeds. I hope that this is a new beginning. That I will write again. Continue, hopefully everyday, I will try to hold myself accountable to that, to record the present while it is still fresh and unclouded by memory. I will make sure that I allow myself the opportunity to create an outlet for my own personal well-being.

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