Well… The Ulta Beauty that I’ve been waiting for, for over a year now has finally opened. I was fortunate enough to know the mother of an employee, so I managed to get a few fliers that gave me 20% off any purchase, so of course I did a bit of hauling. I was quite impressed with the size and selection that Ulta offers. Given this was my very first Ulta trip ever, I was pretty excited to just be there. I can definitely see myself going back again and again. It is a much needed addition to Jacksonville.
Ulta had their house brand, Ulta Cosmetics & Ulta Minerals on sale, BOGO Free for the Grand Opening, so I picked up a few items to try out. I was happy with most of the items I picked up, but two of them are definitely going back.
Ulta Mineral Powder Eyeshdow:
Jade – A light green with a blue undertone. Almost, but not quite a lime green.
Amethyst – A deep purple with silver sparkle.
Atlantis - Deep Blue Green with multi colored pearl.
Petal – A duocrome Pink / Gold.
These are the shadows that I absolutely love! I don’t have any colors that are exactly like these in my collection to date, so it’s very exciting to own these.
These are the two items that are going back to the store for an exchange:
Mineral Shadow in Gleam – I liked this shadow in the store, mostly because of the multi pearl that I saw when I tested this. When I got it home, the pearl that I loved so much, wasn’t there anymore. It’s a pinky beige color that has a nice sheen to it. It a pinkier version of Stila’s Kitten, which is a color that I already own. It’s good quality – just something I won’t get any use out of.
Ulta Super Shiny Lipgloss in Goddess – This has extremely high reviews on different sites as a dupe of both Nars Orgasm and MAC’s Nymphette. This was the color that I wanted when I walked into the door. This was my greatest dissapointment, the shimmer nor the color show up on my medium pigmented lips. The texture is very, very thin and doesn’t last long on the lips. I don’t care for the taste or lack of taste of it, depending on your taste buds.
This post is somewhat related to beauty, but somewhat not as well. But I’m pretty blasted excited anyway!! The upscale shopping center in Jacksonville, The St. John’s Town Center is getting our very first……
Can ya tell I’m a wee bit excited?? This will be the FIRST Ulta I’ve EVER been too, and the second one in the somewhat slow city of J-Ville Florida. Ulta is poised to open at the Center in the Fall, hopefully in September or October, which means there will be an Ulta, MAC, and Sephora all in a 1/2 mile of each other. Thank goodness I have a full time job!!
While I’m hitting up all these lovely, lovely stores, I will be able to sit down and eat lunch at my all time favorite Mexican restaurant Chipotle!! I fell in love with Chipotle when I was still in school at UF down in Gainesville FL, and I was deeply saddened to leave it when I graduated. So I’m stoked beyond belief to have one coming to my town. My favorite dish from them are the chicken tacos- those things are crazy good!!
So as you can see. I’m super excited right now and wanted to share my happiness with all of you!!