I love dropping by Ulta after work as a reward to myself. Here I’ll share the purchases I made during a recent trip and how I feel about them so far!
1. Essence Satin Touch Blush in “Satin Love” ($2.99)
I’m very picky with blush because I’m so fair, and already have a lot of facial redness/discoloration that any blush too noticeable just looks bad. I tend to stay away from very pigmented formulas, and though this Essence blush is more on the pigmented side, I was really impressed! It has a beautiful satin finish that adds a super subtle glow to your cheek. The color is a muted gold-ish pink, and as long as you go in with a light hand it can look extremely natural and healthy on the skin. I also love this on the eyes as an all over lid shade. For $3 I’d definitely recommend.
2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in “Ivory” ($7.99)
As the weather starts to warm up, I’ve been on the lookout for an affordable, natural foundation that can keep me shine-free for as much of the day possible. The hardest part for me, though, is finding one that’s actually the right color…very fair but not pink, and only a little bit yellow. I know the Rimmel Lasting Finish is a pretty popular product and the color “Ivory” seemed like it was close enough. It’s very thick and has an EXTREMELY strong scent – it’s a floral shampoo-like scent, but I can’t stand it. It definitely isn’t full coverage, more of a strong medium, but I can skip the spot-concealing with this one! I LOVED the way it looked on my skin when applied with a sponge, and though it didn’t keep my oils away all day, I was very impressed by how it wore. My skin looked super smooth and almost flawless, without seeming unnatural (because some of my freckles and a few scars still showed through). I’ll continue to use it for sure (while plugging my nose)!
3. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29)
I typically use the Garnier Micellar Water to remove my eye makeup and wipes (from various brands) to remove my face makeup. I’m familiar with the whole concept of makeup-removing balms, but was never interested because it just seemed so messy, and I never feel like I’m able to get all my makeup off unless I’m being a little abrasive with a wipe. Finally I took the plunge and tried out the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, which so many YouTubers rave about and boasts 4.5 to 5-star reviews on most sites. That price is STEEP, but it does come with a lot of product. I scrap off about a quarter-sized amount with a spatula, warm it up between my fingers, and go to town. It’s a super messy process and I have to rub my eyes a bit to get off all my eyeliner and mascara, but I love that the balm becomes a light milky substance upon contact with water. So no icky oily feeling after! I still wipe my whole face with a cotton pad with micellar water after to take off anything I missed, but overall the experience wasn’t as bad as I thought. Worth $29? I can’t say for sure yet, but as I get used to the process I might learn to love it.
4. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in “Plushest Punch” ($17)
Lastly, I tried out this Clinique Chubby Blah-Blah-Name-Too-Long Balm. It was actually a free gift that I unknowingly received when I purchased the Cleansing Balm, so it was a pleasant surprise. Reviewing this is tough because I did really enjoy the formula and the concept, but not the color. And BOY is this sucker pigmented! It gives a shiny gloss-like finish and is incredibly moisturizing – almost creamy. Considering this is essentially a lip crayon, I was so impressed by how easily it glided on my lips and how opaque the color was. But because this color is so bright (perfect for spring if you’re into these fun reddish/coral lips!) I don’t see myself reaching for it. One way I might try working this into my routine is by applying it to my lips as a moisturizing base before applying a dryer lipstick on top, so that the colors can mix together a little and create a more comfortable lip color. If you find one in a color you like, I think it’s a great product.