Today’s haul is unique, because I’m not just going to show you what I bought, but also what 3 other people selected on a recent trip to Ulta. I was joined by my youngest sister and two of my cousins, and I thought a 4-in-1 haul would be fun to share! As you can see, put all together, we purchased a lot of stuff! Let’s start with what I got, shall we?
The very first thing I picked up was the EOS SPF 15 lip balm in Lemon Drop. I like this one best out of all of the EOS balms, not only because it has SPF in it (which is perfect for the beach!) but also because it smells of Lemonade! Plus, it tastes good, and comes in a fun, bright egg for summer. This is going to be my best friend in the coming weeks! As you will see, everyone else also selected this same EOS balm – everyone thought it smelled delicious! I also wanted a few Maybelline color whispers, so I picked out Pin Up Peach and Coral Ambition. The little beige NYX pencil is a “wonder pencil” which is a 3-in-1 concealer, lip liner, and waterline liner that I have never seen (or heard of) but thought looked cool. Into my basket these goodies went.
You guys are going to totally make fun of me, but I forgot to bring a facial cleanser with me to the beach. I know, what kind of beauty addict am I? I think I must have forgotten it on my floor near where I was packing or by my sink at home, because I definitely pulled one to pack – but it obviously never made it into my suitcase. I’ve been using my mom’s Pevonia one, which you guys know I adore, but I felt bad using up her cleanser so when I saw this little travel size “Purity Made Simple” by Philosophy I thought, why not? I’ve wanted to try it for ages, and this was the perfect excuse. Plus, it's travel size, so if I don't like it, no harm done.
The Macadamia Oil Reviving Curl Cream was recommended by tons of you on my hair story post, so when I spotted a little tube of this I was very excited. My Ulta in LA has been out of this the last few times I’ve gone, and since I currently happen to be at the beach and wearing my hair curly it was perfect timing to try this out!
You know how Ulta and Sephora have all those deluxe samples at checkout for people to get sucked into buying? Hello, my name is “people”. The Tan Towel was casually sitting on the swivel stand at checkout and was literally screaming my name. “You’re pale and YOU DON’T LOOK GOOD NAKED! I can make you PRETTY AND TAN AND LOOK GOOD NAKED!” (honestly though, what kind of marketing is that? “The Tan Towel… look good naked"). Since they were in single-use packets I thought I would give one a try. No harm done to my wallet if I don’t care for it since I’m only paying for the one!
I’ve been wanting to try a diffuser on my curls, so when I spotted this standard-size Revlon one I grabbed it. The girl said if it didn’t fit my hair dryer (which isn’t Revlon) I could bring it back, but thankfully it did! I haven’t tried this yet but am going to try it with my new Macadamia curl reviving cream during my next hair wash (which will be tonight, LOL!).
Along with Mr. Tan Towel accusing me of being pale, this Maui Babe Browning Lotion was impossible to pass up. I have heard amazing things about this, but have never seen it in person, so it wasn’t hard to talk myself into purchasing it. They had this one and a darker brown one, which I was actually going to select, but it contained mineral oil, and this one didn’t! Since I am trying to stay away from mineral oil (sorry Eve Lom Cleanser, I still love you!) I went for the light brown one.
Urban Decay “all-nighter” was selected after reading a blog post from a blogger who explained that her “trick with testing setting sprays is to see if her makeup budges on her nose after wearing sunglasses”. As someone who gets INTENSELY annoyed by those “sunglass dents” in my foundation I was APPALLED with myself that I have never realized that there are SETTING SPRAYS THAT CAN FIX THIS! The Urban Decay “all-nighter” is the most highly recommended, and is made my Skindinavia whom I adore, so into my basket this mini-size version went. I found this at the checkout line too along with Mr. Tan “You Are Pale and Ugly” Towel.
The stars of this haul though are the Orofluido products. The Hollywood Ulta (which is the only Ulta in LA to my knowledge) has been out of stock of the beauty elixir for the last 5 trips I have taken there. Get it together, Hollywood Ulta! This Ulta had one (just one!) in stock, and I made a beeline for it! I’ve had a sample of this from a birchbox and it was the most lovely hair oil I have ever tried. I love Moroccan, Macadamia, Argon, and all the others too, but this one tops them all. On top of that it smells of Vanilla and the scent lingers in your hair… le sigh. I love this stuff! They also had the mask in stock, which I don’t think my Ulta even carries, so I picked that up as well. I’ll let you know if it’s as good as the oil!
Jellybean’s haul was the smallest, which makes sense as she is only 10. She needed a face wash just for her nose, to take care of some pesky blackheads that have started taking up residence there, so I helped her pick out the Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub. She's also been wanting a Revlon Lip Butter, so I told her she could pick one out. She picked "Strawberry Shortcake". Since it’s more like a balm than anything else I didn’t think she was too young to have it. I also ended up getting her the yellow Lemon Drop SPF 15 EOS balm, since all of the cousins were getting one and I didn’t want her to feel left out. Plus, SPF is important!
Margaret, AKA "Stringbean", age 15, selected her items very carefully, choosing to save some of her summer money for clothing. Margaret has a job and earns her own money, and likes to pick out items that she has researched extensively. She loves YouTube beauty videos, and I helped her pick out a few of these items. She has the same coloring as me, blonde hair with the “Fowler Blue” eyes (in fact, all four of us do! They aren't actually blue; they are identical shades of a blue/green/grey/hazel mix), so I thought the Stila “in the light” Palette would look gorgeous on her. She wanted a black liner so Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Perversion was selected. She also wanted a setting spray, and since I was getting the Urban Decay “all-nighter” spray she wanted to try it also, but ended up picking “de-slick” since she has more oily skin than me. She also purchased the Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer Potion, (which I have never tried), because she said she read reviews and thought it would be perfect for her. The Lemon Drop with SPF 15 EOS balm completed her haul.
Lolibean, age 13, got the most out of all of us. She is very girly, and wanted to spend most of her summer spending money on beauty products. She got her favorite spray sunscreen, a Revlon pencil sharpener, and the yellow Lemon Drop EOS balm we all got. She got two things from NYX, the Lip Liner in Pinky and a Matte Lipstick in MLS 06.
She asked me for advice on a good concealer that matched her skin, so I recommended the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Light. She also picked up the Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara (I just tried this out too and didn’t like it, BTW), the Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray, and Urban Decay de-slick like her sister.
She also got a set of 3 combs (they were only 2 dollars for the set!! I wish I had seen them – I am in need of a fine tooth comb with the needle-thin end like that!), a Wet Brush, and a package of BIC razors. Two products from Cetaphil, the Oil Control Foam Wash and the Cleanser, and two from Tree Hut, the Coconut Lime Body Butter and Body Scrub completed her haul.
All four of us came home and they helped me take the pictures for this post, each selecting their "background fabric" (AKA our clothing) and helping arrange the products. I wouldn't be surprised if Lolibean and Stringbean started blogging at some point ;)
P.S. Jellybean has no interest in the beauty world. She's into horses, goats, bunnies, and pet rocks.
P.P.S. For those wondering about their nicknames, when Loli and Jelly were small they were inseparable and identical, and we would call them "Loli" and "the Bean". "Loli" comes from "Lowly Worm" from Richard Scary's children's books, which the girls loved, and "Bean" comes from Jellybean, which has always been her nickname (since before she was even a person and was just a bean-sized alien in Mom's tummy). Fast forward a few years and "Loli and the Bean", my Mom and Aunt's boutique, was born. Glitzy-Glam was my spin off from that store. Now you know where the name came from ;)