Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Little Back-to-School Ulta Haul-cito!

Today just so happened to be my first day back at work for the 2013-14 school year (teachers only - kids come next week) AND an Ulta recently opened right around the corner from the high school where I work AND I just got my yearly 20% off Ulta coupon in the mail. How beautiful is that?  (the Ulta parts...not the school year part, sillies) So, after hearing the painful sound of my alarm so early this morning, enduring a long first day of meetings, and leaving school without unpacking a single thing nor giving one darn thought as to curriculum/lesson plans/what the heck I'm going to do with 150-ish 9th graders the first week of school, it was time for some beauty haulin'.  (I'll think about school stuff tomorrow)

Here's what I picked up:

  - OPI's nailpolish in California Raspberry - a rich, raspberry pink with just a little bit of shimmer.  Can't wait to use this for my next mani/pedi.

 - NYX's Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie - I have read about these on beauty blogs and seen all of the YouTube beauty gurus rave about them, so I had to try one.  Now I see what all of the buzz is about - these are YUMMY!  It has a nice, smooth texture that is pigmented and non-sticky.  Other than Revlon's Super Lustrous lipglosses (the old formula), these are probably the nicest drugstore glosses I've ever worn.  Here's a swatch of Maple Blonde plus a pic of my first "test drive" of this gloss:

NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie
Love this color!  Such a beautiful, semi-sheer, nude-pink.  

 And...the big bad mama jama of my haul...even though I'm probably one of the last people on the planet to buy this...The Urban Decay Naked II Palette!

The cooler, taupe-y colors of this palette appealed to me more than the warmer tones Naked I palette, plus I felt like there were more colors in here that were NOT duplicates of colors I already have in my eyeshadow collection.  Here are some closer shots of each color:

(l to r) - Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper
Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol
Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

Even though 5:00 a.m. tomorrow is going to come very soon, I am already ridiculously excited about doing my makeup in the morning! 

Do you have the Naked II Palette in your collection?  What are some of your favorite looks to create with it? 


  1. Feeling your pain, friend. I am going to buy myself that pretty NYX gloss when I am through with school tomorrow!

  2. Now I'm the LAST person not to have Naked 2 ... lol! Good luck with the start of the school year!!!