Beauty Favorites

I have been a makeup lover for as long as I can remember. It definitely started young, by playing in my mom’s makeup drawer…. and the rest is history! From that point on I loved experimenting with different makeup and techniques. I discovered Ulta a little over 6 years ago and instantly loved the store because it carried my favorite drug store products along with my favorite name brands. This month Ulta is celebrating their 25th birthday! S
I also wanted to share some of my favorite beauty products, that can all be purchased from Ulta! It has become my one stop shop for all of my beauty needs. I absolutely love the fact that Ulta carries so many brands within their store, but I have also come to appreciate the Ulta brand items as well, especially the price points! If I am wanting to try a new beauty trend, I often begin with the Ulta brand because I know the quality is still good, but it won’t break the bank if I end up not liking it on me! 
1. Ulta Eyeshadow: I get extremely nervous about trying new eyeshadows, so when I do, I don’t want to spend a lot just in case I don’t like it! They have a great selection of eyeshadow and eye products. From experience, I have found their eyeshadow to be really good! it doesn’t fade after a few hours and it never creases on your eyelids.
2. Stila Stay All Day Foundation : This is a newer purchase of mine that I have really liked so far. it gives the right amount of coverage without looking caked on. I also like that the top has built in concealer, too. It comes with an application brush inside, so it’s great for travel as well. 
3. BareMinerals Well Rested & BareMinerals Powder: I have been a long time fan of BareMinerals and these two are always in rotation. Both are great for sensitive skin and leave your skin feeling smooth & clean. 

4. it! Cosmetics: This is another brand I have recently discovered and love! Again their products are very light and not heavy on your skin at all. There have been a few times I have fallen asleep with their makeup on and it has never affected my skin. I love using Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder to get that overall finished look. I also love the Illuminating Powder to get that effortless glow. Using this brush will give you an evened out look. 

5. Nail Polish: if you don’t already know, I am a nail polish hoarder (only half way kidding…) I could get lost in their nail section of the store! 

6. Batiste Dry Shampoo: This is one of my favorite “cheap” dry shampoos. I like that it is affordable, since I use it every day. I also like that it comes in blonde and brunette formula, as well as their original formula. 

7. Bed Head Curling Wand: I will be the first to admit I am not good with a curling wand at all. My hair ends up looks a hot mess when I attempt to style it with one. But, I picked up this curling wand not too long ago and it has worked really well so far, especially since I have layers throughout my hair.

8. Mascara: If there was one thing I always have to have on, it would 100% be mascara. I have naturally long eyelashes, but they are blonde at the tips, so wearing mascara really helps to define my eyes. My favorites are Better Than Sex, Lights Camera Lashes, and Lash Sensational. I also use an eyelash curler to give my lashes a more wide-eyed look.
9. Perfume: Along with everything else, Ulta has a huge perfume collection. I always go to them to purchase gift sets, my favorite scents (which are Versace Bright Crystal and Vince Camuto Fiori), and roll on perfumes to test out! 

Thanks to Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post. All writing and thoughts are my own.

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138 Comments

  1. Hanna Lei wrote:

    Great giveaway I'd love to win –Hanna Lei

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  2. Lisa Brown wrote:

    I love Physician's Formula's Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo; great stuff.Elf's Mineral Primer is a daily must-have for me.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  3. Like yourself, I have been a lover of makeup for as long as I remember! I love trying new brands/items (when the work out). There is nothing worse than spending a ton on a product and ending up not liking it!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  4. Debora wrote:

    Great giveaway! I like the brushes 🙂

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  5. Love Ulta!

    Nikki Ann Blog
    http://nikkann.blogspot.com/

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  6. My tried and true's are L'Oreal double extend primer, Bare Minerals powder, and Jergen's natural glow lotion!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  7. Benefit's "they're Real!" mascara and the beauty blender are some of my favs! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I love love the philosophy moisturizer and would definitely stock up!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  9. I loveee Clean and Clear oil absorbing sheets! They are an essential part of my routine in the summer.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  10. Megan wrote:

    I love the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  11. Love the Urban Decay Naked palettes!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  12. Awesome giveaway! I have been a loyal fan of Two Faced bronzer and Urban Decay mascara for years. Thanks for hosting!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  13. absolutely loving the ULTA quads! will have to pick some up asap xx

    Jacksons Cup of Tea

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  14. I'm in love with Urban Decay Potion Primer

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  15. I always love new dry shampoo suggestions! I will definitely have to try this one!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  16. Mascara! I have very short lashes so I have been using Younique and it makes a huge difference!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  17. Sean C wrote:

    Tried and true beauty product that is my fav is the Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara. It works wonders!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  18. Thanks for the suggestions! I have been a loyal Ulta customer for quite some time, and have been looking to try out some new products, especially those that are healthy and beneficial for sensitive skin. We only get one skin, we have to treat it right! Fingers crossed to win a giftcard! 🙂

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  19. Thanks for the suggestions! I have been a loyal Ulta customer for quite some time, and have been looking to try out some new products, especially those that are healthy and beneficial for sensitive skin. We only get one skin, we have to treat it right! Fingers crossed to win a giftcard! 🙂

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  20. Better than sex mascara ?

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  21. Obsessed with ULTA! I cannot wait to try some of your suggestions.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  22. i need some new foundation, so i'd love to use! long ago i discovered eye shadow primer, and it's a game changer! thanks.
    b

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  23. Alina Conn wrote:

    I'm actually in love with the MAYBELLINE Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  24. Erin wrote:

    I swear by NYX lippies! Great color payoff, all the latest lip trends, and awesome prices!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  25. Great giveaway!! My absolute favorite product is my Diorshow mascara. Absolutely amazing, never leave the house without it.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  26. Kelsea wrote:

    I always wear mascara, I love all Covergirl mascara's, and some concealer for any dark circles or spots!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  27. The product I fall back on is Cliniques powders. It works for me and it is more affordable than many brands. Thanks for this giveaway.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  28. Lissy wrote:

    I love anything from Tarte! Especially their waterproof bronzer!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  29. Kayley wrote:

    I like Miisha's Aqua Peeling Gel.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  30. sydney85 wrote:

    I love Ulta products. My tried and true product is the Ulta regular nail polish remover pads. Great for travel and home. No more spills.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  31. Jennifer wrote:

    I love ULTA! It is like Target, I never leave without something 🙂 I always get my bare minerals from ULTA and I love their NYX selection 🙂

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  32. Awesome giveaway! I love naked palettes. 🙂 and brushes!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  33. Urban Decay eyeshadow primer! It keeps everything in place!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  34. isjones wrote:

    Thank you for these product tips! I am interested in trying some of these!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  35. Melanie wrote:

    I love anything from Bare Minerals! I am currently using the Complexion Rescue and it is amazing!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  36. love all these products!!! Ulta is such a great place to get everything you need to make you feel gorg! 🙂

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  37. Thank you for sharing all of your favorites, I also love Vince Camuto Fiori

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  38. Abby wrote:

    Love Ulta! I love that mascara and can't live without my Naked eyeshadow!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  39. Thanks for the product recommendations! I love my local Ulta.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  40. I love a good BB cream and concealer!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  41. Kate Cope wrote:

    Would love to win! My favorite beauty products are Clinique's almost powder makeup and Nars blush!
    Kate // This Side of Paradise

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  42. Ulta is my idea of Heaven and I get in too much trouble in there. I want to try more It Cosmetics products and I love the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara too!

    Louboutins & Lipstick

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  43. Lisa T wrote:

    I love Rosebud Salve.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  44. I find even just a little lip color goes a long way in sprucing up my look!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  45. Hill wrote:

    I really love the Ulta brand nail polishes. They're usually buy 2 get one free or something and they stay on as long as OPI

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  46. Bare Minerals all the way!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  47. Amy Orvin wrote:

    I love designer perfumes and the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  48. Taylor wrote:

    Maybelline cat eye mascara and it's a 10 leave in hair treatment

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  49. Shira wrote:

    I love my Make Up For Ever HD foundation and Benefit bronzer!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  50. Love Ulta!

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  51. laroyal wrote:

    I'm still trying to find my tried-and-true beauty products. Always trying new things but rarely stick with any particular products.

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  52. Natalie B. wrote:

    My favorite tried and true beauty products are the Better Than Sex mascara, Too Faced eye shadow palettes, and Revlon ColorStay foundation. Thank-you! 🙂

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  53. I love mascara, my favorite!!

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  54. Lynda Del wrote:

    Because I have such oily skin, I swear by Urban Decay Potion Primer.

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  55. Kim wrote:

    I love Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  56. E (E Kay) wrote:

    MAC lipsticks

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  57. Jen wrote:

    I can't live without Clinique touch base in canvas light as a primer for my eye makeup. And I love the Urban Decay Naked Pallet and Mary Kay Ultimate mascara.

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  58. Emily W. wrote:

    Nail polish. ALL THE NAILPOLISHES!!! 🙂

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  59. I honestly love maybelline mascaras, can't beat the price either!

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  60. I love my bare minerals

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  61. cat wrote:

    I love Dr. Jart BB cream and it Cosmetics brow pencil!

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  62. Kim wrote:

    I love They're Real Benefit mascara!

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  63. megan wrote:

    i love a good bronzer!

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  64. latanya t wrote:

    I like Kiehl's moisturizer.

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  65. Just some simple pencil eyeliner and black mascara (preferably Clinique or Urban Decay).

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  66. rainesmom wrote:

    My tried & true makeup product is NARS Orgasm blush! I'll rotate to other blushes on occasion, but this one is always my standby!
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  67. Caitlyn S. wrote:

    Omg I have so many lol. Urban Decay perversion mascara, It cosmetics byebye undereye concealer or salma hayeks' line has a great concealer. I only use physician's formula bronze and blush because it's the only one who doesn't make me breakout! I do like tarte though even though I don't have much from them except the trial bronzer from ipsy! I also swear by Julep's get eye glider pencils for eyeliner- it's the only one I will wear! everyone asks me how I get my eyeliner on so straight or perfect and they are my secret lol. it goes on so smooth and stays!
    I would so love to be one of the lucky 5! this is an amazing giveaway! i'm so glad I saw it on your IG post! I really need my hair colored and cut….have been trying to get it done since April but work and other things keep getting in the way and then when I do have a free moment, I don't have the money lol.

    Posted 8.22.15 Reply
  68. Dee wrote:

    My tried and true product is Kevyn Aucoin's The Volume mascara. So good and effective!

    Posted 8.23.15 Reply
  69. My only real "staple" is Bumble & Bumble gentle shampoo. It keeps my hair looking gorgeous! Other than that, I jump around a LOT! lol.

    Posted 8.23.15 Reply
  70. I'm still on the hunt for a fabulous beauty product! I never really get the chance to try out stuff, so I never really know what's out there!

    Posted 8.23.15 Reply
  71. The Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes because it always cleans so well – shaunie

    Posted 8.23.15 Reply
  72. My wife loves bare minerals products

    Posted 8.23.15 Reply
  73. My wife loves bare minerals products

    Posted 8.23.15 Reply
  74. Becky wrote:

    I love drugstore products! The Revlon ColorStay foundation & Covergirl LashBlast mascara are two products I wear every day and buy over and over again.

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  75. i love revlon photo ready concealer and my wet N wild cinnamon spice lipstick !

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  76. DarijaXO wrote:

    Any Bourjois Paris foundation.

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  77. Kaitlin wrote:

    LOVE IT Cosmetics BB Cream — after watching a thousand reviews on youtube I finally went for it and I am so glad I did, it is now my favorite foundation! Also love Benefit "They're Real" mascara. Every time I try and switch back to another (due to cost $$$) I end up re-purchasing later!

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  78. Lauren wrote:

    I love Maybelline BB cream and Benefit boxed powders/blushes!

    -Lauren
    http://www.prettypiecesblog.com

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  79. sarah wrote:

    Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash and Benetint

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  80. No matter how many different brands I try, I still have yet to find a mascara that works as well as the Maybelline Great Lash mascara (the pink and green tube)…started using it it middle school and haven't found anything that works as well since then.

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  81. We love the Esse brand of nail polish the best. I also love any oil of olay, the scent is light.

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  82. anny32 wrote:

    that would be Bare Minerals. they have been my go to for years
    ~addrienne mertens

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  83. Maybelline BB cream

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  84. peg42 wrote:

    Burts Bees Eye cream is one of my favorites.

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  85. The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  86. Ellen wrote:

    I like the Urban Decay Naked palettes!

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  87. Ellen wrote:

    I like the Urban Decay Naked palettes!

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  88. It's so hard to pick 1 favorite but I really like the Pacifica Illuminating Under Eye Brightener. It makes such a huge difference under my eyes!

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  89. Yes, I discovered Bare Mineral products and love every one I have tried.

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  90. Ulta has for sure become my recent addition. It's so bad but I find myself there every time I am in the area!!

    Recently picked up the It Cosmetics concealer and it is bomb!

    xo Mary-Katherine | Gold-Hatted Lover

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  91. kal wrote:

    Purity by philosophy. Thanks!

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  92. I'm a mascara girl through and through! Love more brands than I can count!

    Posted 8.24.15 Reply
  93. Cindy wrote:

    My favorites are bareMinerals matte foundation, NARS lip pencil in Rikugien, Kari Gran Lip Whip, Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, and the entire NUDE Skincare line.

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  94. My favorite is the CND solar oil from Ulta.
    This is a must if you have dry nails.
    thank you

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  95. Sue C. wrote:

    My favorite beauty product is Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. I've tried very expensive mascaras but always go back to this one because it's easy to apply, doesn't get guncky, lasts without flaking, and it's a bargain.

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  96. Tara W wrote:

    My tried and true products are Revlon's Colorstay Whipped foundation and ChapStick's Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night, which keeps my matte lipstick from drying and flaking off.
    Tara Woods

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  97. I love COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara and Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple! Great products!

    April C.
    acrisafu@nycap.rr.com

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  98. My fav 3 tried and true products are: 1) cover girl concealer 2) estee lauder foundation and 3) josie maran blush/lipstick stick. davisesq212 at aol dot com

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  99. ferriz wrote:

    i have to go with my besame lipstick. it is amazing.

    danielle marie xdanimarie(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  100. crystalf wrote:

    I like the Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara Extreme. thank you!!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  101. clc408 wrote:

    One of my favorite products is Palmer's BB cream. I also like Almay foundation.

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  102. April wrote:

    My tried and true product is Urban Decay Potion Primer!

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  103. ERC wrote:

    My three can't live withouts – Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, and Bobbi Brown's Skin Smoothing Pore Perfecter!

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  104. Lancome foundation – I swear by it!

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  105. I cannot leave the house without Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. Even if its for the 6AM barre class, I have to have a little something on! Good luck with training, its all worth it in the end, and it gets easier every time!

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  106. benefit boing concealer and avon cherry lip balm!

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  107. I cannot leave the house without Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. Even if its for the 6AM barre class, I have to have a little something on! Good luck with training, its all worth it in the end, and gets easier every time!

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  108. I love Urban Decay! Kimmy Ripley

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  109. Mary Kay Cream to Powder foundation is my favorite product.

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  110. My absolute favorite beauty products would have to be the Too Faced primed and poreless powder or the Laura Mercier secret brightening powder for under the eyes.

    Posted 8.25.15 Reply
  111. Olay moisturizer

    aggiegrad02@gmail.com

    Posted 8.26.15 Reply
  112. mickeyfan wrote:

    Original Oil of Olay.

    Posted 8.26.15 Reply
  113. jtwark wrote:

    I like red lipstick

    JOE GERSCH

    JOEBISSY@mail.com

    Posted 8.26.15 Reply
  114. I like loreal lipgloss and nexus conditioner.

    Posted 8.26.15 Reply
  115. I love Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation and I love Lancome Eye shadow Palettes.

    Posted 8.26.15 Reply
  116. Missa wrote:

    I love Physician's Formula Argan BB Cream and fake out mascara!

    Posted 8.26.15 Reply
  117. I love Mary Kay lipsticks.

    Posted 8.26.15 Reply
  118. Maybelline BB Cream, and Maybelline Black Mascara.

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  119. I love urban declay eyelid primer

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  120. I absolutely love their eye shadow pallets.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  121. I'm lost without my eyeliner and mascara! 🙂

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  122. Charity/CC wrote:

    Mac foundation is my favorite.

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  123. Claire wrote:

    I love MAC Fluidline liner – never have to worry about it smudging or disappearing before my day is over!

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  124. AEKZ2 wrote:

    I love L'Oreal's hair color

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  125. heather wrote:

    I love aveda lipstick!

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  126. My favorite product is HD finishing powder by Make Up For Ever!

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  127. Betty C wrote:

    Cetaphil cleanser is my go to.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  128. Maybelline Great Lash–can't live without it.

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  129. rache81 wrote:

    I love Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation!
    Rachel Freer on Rafflecopter

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  130. I love and wear Nars Lip Gloss in Triple X everyday

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  131. i love bare minerals eyeshadow! thanks for the giveaway emily 🙂

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  132. susan1215 wrote:

    I love Urban Decay eyeshadow.

    Posted 8.27.15 Reply
  133. imaclutz89 wrote:

    I love my Neutrogena mascara and my Maybelline Baby Lips!

    Posted 8.28.15 Reply
  134. I have always love Maybeline Mascara, it plumps my eye lashes up nice.

    Posted 8.28.15 Reply
  135. My faves are witch hazel as an astringent & Physician's Formula bronzer.

    Posted 8.28.15 Reply
  136. I love better than sex mascara.

    Posted 8.28.15 Reply
  137. Sarah Z wrote:

    St Ives lotions and anything else paraben free!

    Posted 8.28.15 Reply
  138. Brian E. wrote:

    Thank You for the giveaway…my teen daughters would love an Ulta shopping spree !

    Posted 8.28.15 Reply

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