January Beauty Haul


I was finally in need of a good beauty haul from ULTA last month to repurchase some of my favorite basics and try a couple new items recommended by friends and my esthetician.

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Repurchases:

I received a sample size of the Better Than Sex Mascara almost a year ago and it's just about to be done so I decided to get the full size since it's one of my favorite mascaras. I do still love the less expensive Maybelline Falsies Mascara for everyday wear so I mainly use the Better Than Sex Mascara for nighttime wear or special events such as weddings.

This is my third tube of Tarte Amazonian Foundation because I love the full coverage it provides and the variety of skin tones it caters for. I reviewed this foundation in greater detail here but if you're looking for full coverage, this foundation is on point.

I bought this same EcoTools Bamboo Brush Set about 5 years ago and although I cleaned my brushes often, I decided it was definitely time for a new set. I use the bronzer brush on a daily basis and the price tag is very affordable for such amazing quality brushes.

The Clarisonic Radiance Brush Heads are a self explanatory purchase but I did decide to go with the 'radiance' brush heads instead of the 'normal' this time around to see how they differ. I don't notice a huge difference but they are both soft and gentle on the skin which is ideal.

I used to buy expensive toners until I found the SO Totally Clean Facial Toner. The smell isn't harsh and it works just as effectively as the expensive toners except with a $5.99 price tag at Ulta.

NYX Butter Lip Glosses are a repeat purchase times a million. When you find the perfect texture lip gloss (not sticky) that comes in a variety of pretty colors and is 1/4 the price of expensive cosmetics it warrants a repeat purchase for life.

New:

The Murad Facial Moisturizer was recommended to me by my esthetician recently when I went for a facial. I expressed to her that my combination skin often results in a slightly shiny forehead later in the day yet the lower half of my face seems to be on the dry side. She recommended the Murad moisturizer because of it's matte finish for oily skin and I've noticed a remarkable difference.  

Essie Gel-Setter Nail Polish - The set includes a colored nail polish + a gel-setter top coat and no lamp is needed to set the polish. I chose the color Watermelon which is very pretty in person and I thought it would be perfect for Spring and Summer. Admittedly I haven't used this set yet because my nails are currently the shortest they've ever been so I'm working on growing them out before prettying them up.



Well, that was a mouth full of a post. If you made it this far, thanks for reading my reviews and feel free to share any of your favorite beauty products that are a must try!

19 comments

  1. Can't wait to hear how the gel setter works for you - I love a good gel mani!! Glad you had so many repurchases - it's always nice to buy something that works well! xo, ,Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I'm excited about the Essie too as the shade looks gorgeous!! Awesome repurchases. I use Maybelline mostly too but love a good volume mascara for fuller date night lashes, lol! Have a lovely weekend and a very Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  3. I'm interested in that tarte clay foundation, I have heard good things! I almost bought the essie gel setter yesterday, but decided not too! I look forward to seeing how you like it!! Happy Vday and happy friday!!!

    xoxo Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

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  4. I bought the Better Than Sex mascara during the Sephora sale and I'm loving it so far too! I can understand why you repurchased! I've heard so many people rave about how wonderful Tarte foundations are, but I haven't tried it yet. That's awesome that it gives you the coverage that you want!

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  5. that mascara is fantastic! i keep trying others then i go back to my (mildly more expensive) benefit one. worth it. that toner looks great, will add to my list too! and i seriously have a lip gloss addiction that needs to be stopped haha. happy friday love!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  6. Fun haul, lady! I'm intersted in the Essie gel polish because I've heard great things about gel top coats, I just don't want the hassle of taking OFF gel nail polish, haha. Clarisonic brushes are a must!

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  7. i really liked the essie one--i've reviewed it on the blog before. it was really good! lots of great purchases!!

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  8. I'll have to try those Clarisonic heads! I hadn't seen those ones before! And that Essie color is so pretty! I love the gel top coat! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  9. i love the better than sex mascara. i wear it every day, and i love that i can make it look normal for day or over the top for night or whatever. i really didn't like it when i first bought it, but i do now. i bought the falsies a couple weeks ago and don't love it, but i need to keep playing with it i think. i'll have to check out that toner. i LOVE my eco tools brushes! so cheap!

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  10. This is a great little roundup!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  11. Those Essie gel sets are amazing! I'm more impressed by them than I thought I would be. And I really need to try out that Tarte foundation, I've only heard amazing things! Happy Friday gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

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  12. Oh I think I need to try out that Tarte Foundation. I have heard that the concealer is amazing!! Thanks for the reviews. Looking forward to hearing how you like the Essie gel sets. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Oo I'm in need of a good beauty haul so I'll have to write a few of these down. I'm definitely going to check out that toner, I never really use one so great to start with that price tag!

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  14. I love the NYX lip glosses too! I can't wait to hear what you think of the Essie gel set-I've been curious about it! I need to buy a full version of the Better Than Sex mascara too-it's so fantastic!

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  15. Love the butter gloss! I will never get sick of that either!

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  16. What cool purchases! I love the gel setter top coat. Use it all the time with my reguar nail polishes… now you have me wanting to do a beauty overhaul too. I really want to try that mascara for my skimpy eyelashes!!

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  17. I definitely require full coverage from my foundation... I'm getting low on what I have now so maybe I'll try the Tarte one next. I've heard the Amazonian line has a good primer, too.

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  18. Everyone talks so much about Clarisonic, maybe I should try it one of these days.

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