Fall 2015 Trends With Ulta Beauty


Calling all Chicagoans! Calling all Chicagoans! Did you know that we have a brand new Ulta on the Northside in Wicker Park? It’s nestled in a shopping plaza right off of Ashland. There’s a Dunkin Donuts in the same plaza. You can grab your pumpkin spiced whatever and stop in to check out what’s new and the hottest trends for Fall 2015.  The Wicker Park Ulta is located at 1300 N. Ashland Frnt J.

I was treated to a demonstration of some of Ulta’s Hottest Fall 2015 trends by the Wicker Park Ulta Prestige Manager Marshal Click.  On his model he demonstrated the Suede Eye, Cashmere Skin and Velvet lips using some of his favorite items from Smashbox, Too Faced, Lipstick Queen, Urban Decay and Stila.

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Products used to recreate Ulta’s Fall 2015 Makeup Trends Upper Row L to R: Stila Convertible Color Cheek +LIp in Lillium, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water, Stila Palette in Spirit and Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara. Bottom Ro L to R: Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow in Apollo, Urban Decay 24/7 Lipliner in Blackmail and Urban Decay Primer Potion.

To create the Suede Eye Marshal started by prepping the eye with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. The Suede Eye look was created using the Stila’s Eyes Are the Windows Palette – Spirit. He started of by Using the shade Puppy all over the lid. To create the sueding effect on the lid he used Go Lightly. For the brow highlight he used Wheat (a FAVE of mine from Stila). To spice up the look he went in with Pigalle (a burgundy shade) on the lid and crease to create what I like to call a spicy smoky.

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The recreate the Cashmere Skin look he used Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water to even out his model’s complexion. To add some dimension he lightly contoured her face using Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. The blush he used was Stila’s Convertible Color Cheek + Lip in Lillium, a pretty shade of nude pink that also can double as your lip color.

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Marshal using his fingers to apply Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water to his models skin.

The dark wine Vekvet Lip look is hands down my favorite of the season. Marshal created this look using the Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner in Blackmail to line her lips and to slightly fill them in. He then placed Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow in Apollo on the center of her lip and blending the colors together creating a beautiful multidimensional velvet lip.

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It always makes me happy to meet others who are as passionate about makeup as I am. Marshal and his staff are all very knowledgable and eager to assist their customers with all their beauty needs. They have converted this longtime South Side gal to make the quick trek up north for all her Ulta Beauty needs!

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Next time you’re in the Wicker Park area I highly recommend you stop in and check out our newest Chi-Town Ulta. Tell them Ashley from Everyday Beauty Blog sent you!  Looking for a fresh start for Fall? You can book with their Salon at the Wicker Park Ulta to recreate any of their Fall 2015 Makeup & Hair Trends by contacting them at 773-227-7615. Have you tried any of the Ulta Fall 2015 Makeup & Hair Trends yet? If so let me know which in the comments below.




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Too Faced Summer 2015 Summer #Selfie

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Yay!!! It’s finally getting warmer and you know what that means? Summer 2015 makeup collections are starting to arrive! The first Summer 2015 collection that has really caught my eye is from Too faced. Their Summer 2015 Collection is called #Selfie Summer. This collection features both limited edition items and permanent items. Lets take a quick peak at the #Selfie Summer collection.

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The new Too faced Summer #Selfie Collection

I think I am most excited about the Sugarpop Eyeshadow Collection ($36.00). I am loving this collection of colors. Too Faced usually does eyeshadow palettes well. You all know that I love the Too Faced Melted line so I am also low key excited about the Melted Metals ($21.00 each . I’m normally not a metallic lippie girl, so my love/hate for these products will be based on how truly metallic these are. The other Summer #Selfie product I am pretty intrigued about has been available for a few weeks now and that is the Selfie Powders ($36.00). This trio of powders is supposed to mimic the effects of your favorite selfie filters. I am intrigued enough by the Selfie Powders and I wonder if this trio can be a dupe for the effects of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.

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Can this possibly be a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette?

What am I passing on? The Cocoa Contour Palette and all the bronzers. Personally, I’m not a fan of contour and heavy bronzers. But that’s just me! Also, I’m on the fence about the Natural Matte Eyeshadow Collection. While I love good matte shadows BUT do we need yet ANOTHER “Natural” or “Naked” palette? I say this now but watch the Natural Matte Palette end u being on a monthly favorite of mine in the future.

I’m trying so hard to resist these items until I can see these in store. You can score the Summer #Selfie collection on Too Faced’s website now. Have you jumped the gun and grabbed any of the Too Faced Summer 2015 Summer #Selfie collection yet?

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Everyday Beauty Blog: Best of Beauty 2014!

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Can you believe that 2014 is ALMOST over? This year really has just gone by super fast for me. Well, I’ll take that back… The last couple of months have gone by fast! I’m not going to lie, the beginning of the year was not the best for me, but I persevered and I am in a much better place now. For me 2014 was filled with beauty busts but the beauty champs reigned supreme for me. In lieu of a “December 2014” favorites, let’s take a look back at some of my absolutely FAVORITE products of 2014. Introducing: Everyday Beauty Blog Best of 2014!

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5.) Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks ($21.00 each) – When I reviewed these fabulous liquid lippies I raved about the wear time, how they felt on my lips, the packaging ,etc. and I ragged about the shade selection. I am happy to report that Too Faced has added quite a few new shades and the line stands at a whopping 18 shades in under a year. That’s how you know a product is great: rapid line expansion. The Too Faced Melted line sports an impressive shade selection that even features a new vampy bluish, purple shade shade: Melted Villain, which is new for their Spring 2015 collection. The Too Faced Melteds are my pick for Best of Beauty 2014 Lippie!

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4.) DermOrganic Shine Spray Therapy ($19.99) – I literally just received this product two weeks ago and this leave in spray is hands down the absolute BEST I have ever tried. It is one of the few products that actually does everything it claims to: seals the cuticle, provides heat protections, adds softness and shine, etc. If you try anything from DermOrganic snag this. My hair is ridiculously shiny, soft and manageable now that I am using it. It also has a very sweet, almost candy like fragrance that I love. The DermOrganic Shin Spray Therapy is a must have, Best of Beauty 2014 Hair Product!

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3.) Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadows/Blushes (Price varies starting at $21.00) – 2014 saw a TON of eyeshadow releases but my pick for shadows of the year goes to Make Up For Ever and their relaunched line of powder shadows and blushes. There is an INSANE amount of shades and finishes. The quality is there on 95% of the Artist Shadows/Primer. Can’t commit to a few full sized colors? Nab the Make Up For Ever Artists’ Shadow Palette. It’s a great starting point to get you hooked on the rest of the line! The Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadows earned Best of Beauty 2014 Eyeshadows!

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2.) T3 Single Pass Compact Iron ($79.00) – I spent most of 2013 and 3/4’s of 2014 searching high and low, far and wide, for the best flat iron for my tresses. And I finally found it in late August! The T3 Single Pass Compact Iron is everything  need to tame my locks and get them pin straight. Combined with the DermOrganic Shine Spray Therapy, I am flaunting shiny, straight hair for days on days. I use the T3 Single Pass Compact Iron more than any other beauty tool I own earning it Best of Beauty 2014 Beauty Tool.

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1.) Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($44.00) – How could this awesome foundation stick not be number one? Reformulated and relaunched for Spring 2014, Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick is EVERYTHING you want in a foundation. It wears phenomenally on it’s own, plays well with primers and powders, covers well and it looks like skin. If you have to tried this yet, you have to for 2015. This power house foundation has been a recurring favorite for me since I purchased it. Was there ever any real clear cut winner for me this year? The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is definitely Best of Beauty 2014 for me.

I am looking forward to 2015 for SO many reasons: fabulous new beauty products, wonderful opportunities and of course our TWINS! Happy New Year my dear readers. I hope and pray that 2015 is a happy, prosperous and joyous year for all!

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Sneak Peak: Holiday 2014

Holiday 2014 is here! Fall has not even officially started in the US and we are already starting to see Holiday 2014 sets hit retailers like Macys, Ulta and Sephora online. I have an early round up of some of my top picks that I think you should get on as soon as they are available (some of them already are!). Trust me these may go really, REALLY fast.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette – Last year’s Ambient Lighting Palette was a holiday HIT and now Hourglass is back with a palette featuring three of their STUNNING Ambient Lighting Blushes: Incandescent Electra,an exclusive, limited-edition shade in a cool peach, Luminous Flush a champagne rose and Mood Exposure a soft plum color. If you’re a blush fan this is a must. You can sign up for e-mail notification when it becomes available.

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Too Faced Everything Nice Set – Too Faced does whimsy, holiday sets like no other. This set features twenty eyeshadows, two blushes, two bronzers, three mini brushes, a mini Better Than Sex Mascara and a gorgeous hot pink bag all for $56! The Too Faced Everything Nice Set is definitely on my “Must Get” list.

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Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash –  If you are like me then your lipsticks dry out before you finish them. I actually prefer lipstick minis and this set is really the only thing that has excited me from Urban Decay’s Holiday 2014 offerings. You are getting six mini Revolution lipsticks (three of which are new and exclusive to the set) and a full size Ozone lipliner for $39. I also really like the packaging.

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Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler – Anyone who has followed me for years knows that I think these sets are on elf the best gifts to give to someone who is hard to shop for. This holiday season the set includes offerings from: Prada, Tom Ford, Chloe, Burbery and more . Not sure how this works? Each set contains sample sized options for each of the fourteen perfumes listed and a voucher to redeem for a full sized bottle of perfume.

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Too Faced Melted Kisses – I love the Too Faced Melted Line. This is the perfect gift set to give OR the perfect way to experience this awesome line of lippies! I wish I would have waited.. Two of my favorite Melteds are in this set. It’s also under $30 which is a holiday steal.

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Tarte Brushed with Destiny – Holiday 2014 Brush Wars have heated up with Tarte launching the first salvo. This five piece limited edition set contains Tarte’s popular buffer brush and assortment of other brushes. This set is housed in a gorgeous bag making this a must have in my opinion.

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LORAC Pro Mega Palette – My early pick for the “IT” palette of Holiday 2014. We don’t know THAT much about the palette yet but if it’s anything like it’s two smaller sisters than I expect greatness from this palette. The release date was hinted to be some time in October. If I buy anything from the Holiday 2014 collections the LORAC Pro Mega Palette will be on the top of my list.

While I generally don’t enjoy having the holidays crammed down my throat so early but in the case of beauty products I think I’ll make an exception! The LORAC Pro Mega and the Tarte Brush Kit are topping my wish list right now.  Is there anything you are wishing for this Holiday 2014 season? Let me know in the comments below.



Fall 2014 Beauty Haul

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The fall is my ABSOLUTE favorite time of year. There is nothing I dislike about the fall except maybe the rain but whatevs. I’ve been on a bit of a spending spree as of late so I figured I would share my beauty related purchases with everyone. I do want to say that Ulta Beauty has the best rewards program ever especially if you get salon services there (which I do!). I used my points to redeem to pay for some of the products below. Aaaaaaand now on to my Fall 2014 Haul!


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Make Up Forever Artists Shadows and Artist Palette – Special shout out to Cosmetically-Challenged because she really made me excited for this new line of gel to powder shadows from Make Up Forever. You can create your own palette OR you can choose to purchase the Artist’s palette. I opted for both. You do get a discount when you create your own palette (two or three pan palette) making the shadows a bit more affordable.

T3 Single Pass Compact Iron – I need a new flat iron badly and I prefer a smaller, compact flat iron because my arms get tired really, really fast. I had been on the fence about this because it’s got just a single heat setting but it gets great reviews and I think it’s time to graduate from Chi to T3.


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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – I bought the full size because I loved the sample I got in last month’s Ipsy bag.

MAC Strobe Cream – The best thing about free standing MAC Stores is they sell everything so I was able to get a travel size Strobe Cream for $10.

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Designer Purple – My obsession with purple is real this season!

MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow in Highly Charged – Moar purple!

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Shea Moisture Super Fruit Complex Shampoo and Hair Masque (not pictured) – I have to thank Daydreaming Beauty for inspiring me to try this line out. Before vacation I went pretty blonde which ended up really drying my hair out. I recently went back to my natural hair color and I am hoping these products help infuse my hair with moisture.

Redken Wax Blast 10 – A recommendation from my stylist.

Too Faced Cat Eye Palette – I have been on a Too Faced high recently. Hopefully that keeps up with this incredibly cute palette!

Urban Decay Shadow Box – It was the Urban Decay Ammo Palette that really jump started my beauty obsession and this was more of a nostalgic purchase. Plus it’s pretty!

Essence All About Nude Eyeshadow – A curiosity purchase. I have seen a few good review on their new palettes. This was the one that spoke to me.

Essence Stay No Matter What Eyeshadow Pencil in Whipped White Frosting – I was craving frosting and this eyeshadow pencil is beyond pretty. I have high hopes for this!

Essence Crystal Liner in Sparkling Purple – I’m addicted to adding just a little bit of glitter to my outter v, to give it that little bit of pop.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Flash Dance – I had a $20 Nordstrom Note and I got this. It’s such a GORGEOUS color! Perfect for my toes on fall!

City Color Barely Exposed – Last but not least… I grabbed this at Five Below. I loved my last City Colors purchase so I thought I’d try this.

There you have it, my Fall 2014 haul. I am going to TRY and go on a no buy but I suspect that is going to get really, really hard for me given that Holiday 2014 is literally right around the corner. Have you been on a shipping kick lately? What are some of the new items you have picked up?