May 6, 2015

Ulta Grand Opening

I took part of the beautiful grand opening of the anticipated arrival of the ULTA store in SouthPark Mall of San Antonio Texas. Locals like myself know this small mall has had its fair share of failing peddle, so to open a grand store like ULTA is pretty awesome. I've been a frequent shopper of this mall since I was a teenager, even perusing the mall with my mother as a small child. So to see a favorite store of mine pop right into 21 century ubiety is pretty fantastic to me, even as a woman in her 30's 20's :)


And just a side note, please excuse my grainy pictures, my only source of photography was my iPhone, this is due to not enough rest and forgetfulness :P

Upon my arrival on Friday, which was the 1st day of the opening I was #90 in line. First 100 customers for each day (Fri, Sat Sun) received a random amount gift card. I received a $5 gift card, 1 coupon for 1 free blowout hair service, 1 coupon for free styling hair service, 1 coupon for 1 free 20 minute skincare rejuve, and a coupon for 50% off haircut and style.

The First Impression!
  • Everything looks neat and ready to go! Except not all shipments had arrived on time, so I'd say 5-10% of shelf homes were empty.   
  • Organization. This means that nail polish bottles were mixed/matched on the shelf probably due to missing bottle racks and shelf signs. I found one shelf that had a combination of China Glaze, Orly, Essie, and Butter all in one row.... But with due time I'm sure it'll all come together.
  • Out of Stock. This is a big deal for shoppers. To go to a great sale and to find the item ran out or is out of stock is a real bummer. I understand stores have no way of dictating which products they receive in a shipment but if that were the case corporate ULTA should always make sure ULTA stores receive adequate stock for said sale items, or at least put a limit per customer.
  • Layout. ULTA brand cosmetics along the same wall that customers have to stand in line. This might be okay during a lazy and slow day at Ulta but what happens when there are 15+ customers in line (like during this grand opening weekend) with customers trying to squeeze their way to shop for ULTA makeup? 
  • There is no award-winning Benefit, San Francisco, Cosmetics. From what the assistant manager mentioned is that the vendor mistakenly thought Benefit took abode in the across the hallway department store. Since the vendor didn't feel the need for close proximity of the brand they declined to have it in ULTA. So, no Benefit in the department store (there never was) and no Benefit in ULTA! But Roller Lash, Benefit's newest super curling mascara, did sneak its way onto ULTA shelves!
  • They know their stuff. The most knowledgeable of any ULTA brand reps I've encountered. The rep I was speaking with about skincare was well acquainted with the brand I was interested in (Juice Beauty).
  • NYX anyone? I know for a fact that ULTA carries one of the best NYX cosmetic collection in their stores so it was no surprise that NYX here had taken up nearly an entire aisle. The only downfall is the sale items ran out pretty quickly.
  • Can I have a sample? Right after my purchase on Friday I noticed something - she didn't put any small samples in my bag. But why not?! It's the grand opening! And I was #90 in line! 


A full service salon inside was clean and ready to fulfill customers tress wishes. 


Here I am. 1st haircut and style in 6 years! The haircut was lovely, I asked for long layers and to fix the length on many layers because I cut them myself very often. The stylist chatted away with me and the other stylist and I relaxed my worries away. 


Most Prestige brand cosmetics on the right 


It brushes for ULTA


Mally Cosmetics



LIPSTICK QUEEN


Just one of the cologne or fragrance GWP deals.


Dermalogica skin bar



Disclosure: All items in the Hello Gorgeous picture were sent to me as gifts. All opinions are my own.



Sep 1, 2014

Manic.

Just my luck, after I get rid of those wine colored lipsticks from my stash because they "...were so 90's, like yesterday!" I end up receiving the most gorgeous wine lipstick just in time for the trend.



Manic by Urban Decay....This 'brown wine' trend was quickly adopted in the fall of 2014 and has been the hot topic among lipstick addicts like myself. The color does look a bit 90's....I remember the lipsticks I had in my crystal clear lipstick holder that sat atop my dresser along side with my Caboodles. I'd apply this wine/brown color to head out for the movies with my friends, but not before talking on a house phone about the latest Beverly Hills 90210 episode! All my 80's baby readers know what I'm talking about! Wine/brown back then was timeless. Sailing the trend waves on the lips of lots of beautiful actresses and singers, Drew Barrymore, Shannon Doherty, Selena, Spice Girls! Red is now the timeless color, another one of my faves but I'm pretty glad Wine/brown decided to make a comeback...I absolutely love it.

Manic. Proves to be just the color missing from my lipstick library. It's a soft wine color, according to Urban Decay. It is so unique. If I may, it has this weird purple-lish tint to it....


But just because my lips are a little bit dry and out of shape doesn't mean I can't rock the prettiest lipstick to date. Revolution lipstick has Maxi-Lip which is a trademark detail - it provides lips with nourishing oils, keeps them plump, full looking, and moisturized. For this demo I lined my lips with the matching liner in Manic...both play well as far as extended wear go. I love the color, it's so drenched and rich. If I may, I would like to say it feels a lot like the Revlon ColorBurst lip butters but not as light or slippery. Revlon's CLB are a tad on the glossy side and Revolution lipsticks are semi glossy...Not too sure why I chose the CLB's to compare to but it's what I had on hand.




20 different shades to choose from. $22 each. The lipstick tube is gorgeous. Shiny darkened metal on the outside, purple glam on the inside. Engraved Urban Decay on the lipstick cover. Just gorgeous!





Disclosure: All items were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.



Jul 11, 2014

Streak

Streak by Urban Decay is a beautiful trio of face powders that can be used each on their own or by swirling a powder brush into the entire compact for a different shimmery effect. I personally love using each on their own and it has quickly become a daily staple in my makeup bag. A gem of the Naked Collection by Urban Decay, this compact sells for $32 and what you get is a one of a kind beige-y powder (left), a very gorgeous shimmery highlight powder (middle) and a coral-y blush (right). And if this color combo isn't your cup of tea there are 3 other sets to choose from,
Naked, Native, and Strip - all with similar color palettes but each very unique.


The bronzer powder (left) I rarely use as a bronzer. It's actually very close in color to my own complexion that it would be difficult to acheive any bronze-y action to my face, so instead I chose to use this color as a setting powder to add a hint of luminousity to the skin. From the moment I applied it this way, it's been love at first swipe....I have worn it like this ever since. If you feel that the bronzer powder is your complextion match exactly then do try it as an all-over powder, you'll find the results amazing!


Beauty Balm. Where do I start?

This stuff is amazing! Retails for $34. It's an all around, foundation primer slash moisturizer slash luminizer slash BB cream slash sunscreen! And has anti-aging properties....Just wow! I can dab on a small amount under foundation and it gives the best finish. Regardless of which brand of foundation is used, the beauty balm improves the complexion almost like magic ;) I have tried with L'Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, MAC, Urban Decay, and Covergirl. The results are always nice. Below is just a sample of what Naked skin Beauty Balm can do....I'm wearing with L'Oreal Tru Match Lumi W5 and Streak. You can wear the beauty balm by itself if you really wanted...I'm a huge foundation fan so I really wouldn't be comfortable wearing it by itself, I have though just around the house but I really think it looks beautiful when worn with foundation. It is luminous and just really glowy. There is only 1 underside: I don't like how the very small shimmer particles end up on my fingers instead of being all transferred to my face as I'm applying. It's definitely to be expected but I do end up with a generous amount. Many times I've tried to avoid it by applying with a foundation brush instead of fingers but with the same dilemma. Aside from the one setback the Beauty Balm is an awesome craft.




Disclosure: All items were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.