Fall 2015 Trends With Ulta Beauty

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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.

XOXO

Ashley

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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.

Ashley

 

Urban Decay Shadow Box

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Urban Decay Shadow Box is new twelve shadow palette exclusive to Ulta. The palette contains three new shades and nine preexisting shades. From what I can tell it is not limited edition. The Urban Decay Shadow Box retails for $34.00 and contains a total of .12 oz of product. You can find it in your local Ulta store or online here. I grabbed this because it reminded me of my very first Urban Decay Palette, the Ammo Palette. Was I left longing for my beloved Ammo Palette or is the new Urban Decay Shadow Box a worthy replacement.

 

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Look at dem colors!!

 

The palette contains some of my all time favorite shadows from their line: Sin, Bordello, Smog and Mushroom so it was almost a given that I would just LOVE this palette. And while I don’t love the Urban Decay Shadow Box, I do like it. Eleven of the twelve shadows are decent. The lone bad shade is the matte black “Blackout”which suffers in the pigmentation department. While the pigmentation is present in the other element shades, what IS missing is the famed Urban Decay texture/feel. Each of the shades felt a little drier and definitely on the powdery side when compared to their full size sisters. The pigmentation is also a bit off from the full size singles. For instance Bordello usually wears very orchid/light purple but the version in the Shadow Box almost wears slightly pinky taupe. I also wished there was more variety when it came to the shadow finish. This palette has a lone mate shade (Blackout) and the other eleven shades are either frost/shimmer/glitter finish. Sometimes a combination of two finishes! I do like the departure from their “Naked” trend but seven out of the ten shades included are neutrals.

 

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L to R: Sin, Indo, Bordello, Tornado, Smog and Blackout

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L to R: Flash, Mushroom, Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow and Baked Cowboy.

 

The standout shades for me in this palette are: Sin, Baked Cowboy, Mushroom, Lost, Moonshadow, Free Love and Tornado. Urban Decay’s Shadow Box also includes three new shades: Indo, Moonshadow and Baked Cowboy. The difference in color, texture and lack of finish diversity aside the entire palette wore very well on me. I got a good ten plus hours of wear with primer before I saw any noticeable fading. I experienced less fall out then usual when applying the shadows, which shocked me since they are on the drier side. I also didn’t have any trouble applying the shadows and making them work together when wore with a primer.

 

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The packaging is cute and Urban Decay’s Shadow Box is compact/sturdy enough for travel. Packaging consists of a standard thicker cardboard with a outer glossy layer. There is a magnetic closure on the lip of the flip top and a small mirror that rests on the inside of the top half of the palette. The decor is pretty: purple orchids cover the entire palette and a silver “UD” button graces the lip of the palette.

Overall the Urban Decay Shadow Box is a decent palette, it’s not the best in terms of quality or price but if you’re a diehard Urban Decay fan you’ll be satisfied with it for the new shades alone. For everyone else, the market is saturated with palettes that are at better price points and superior in quality (LORAC PRO 2!). The Urban Decay Shadow Box just does not cut it in today’s competitive palette market. Why settle for decent when there is GREAT out there in the eyeshadow palette world?

Ashley

Ulta Fall 2014 21 Days of Beauty

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Yes! Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty starts on September 9th, 2014. If you’re an Ulta rewards member than you should have received your mailer already. And if you’re not… What are you waiting for? It’s completely free to join AND you earn points per dollar spent that you can use to discount future purchases and a birthday gift. You can find out more about the program here. Let’s take a peak at the ad I received.

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There’s a ton of events and daily specials to weed through. My personal picks from this Fall’s 21 Days of Beauty are:

Thurs 9/11/14 – Stila  In the Moment, In the Light, In the Know and In the Garden palettes are all $20 – almost 50% off! In the Know is my pick if you do purchase one.

Fri 9/12/14 – Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow Primer at $10. High end primers at a discount are a great grab!

Saturday 9/13/14 –  Butter London two for fifteen…. This is such a great Beauty Steal!

Wed 9/17/14 – Clarisonic Brush Heads are BOGO and not 50%…. Free!

Thurs 9/18/14 – Too Faced Shadow Insurance at $10? Yes, please! This is one of the BEST Beauty Steals they are offering.

Sat 9/20/14 – BAREMINERALS loose eye shadows are $7. I actually have grown to really, really like their shadows and at $7 a pop, you can’t beat that price.

Thurs 9/15/14 – Stila One Step Correct Skin Tone Correcting & Brightening  Serum $20. If you get ANYTHING from the Fall 2014 21 Days of Beauty get this. It corrects and primes, one of the most underrated products ever.

The Beauty Steals are on fire this time around and if you cannot get in store for a Beauty Steal you can grab them online but they do go fast! There will also be daily events hosted by top beauty brands such as Urban Decay, LORAC, Mario Badescu and more in store. Not to mention there are some great sales that are not daily Beauty Steals that run the entire length of the sale. And 25% off Redken (Chromatics is the BOMB!) until 10/4/14 in the salon! Are you as excited about this Fall’s 21 Days of Beauty as I am? What are you going to grab from the daily Beauty Steals?

Ashley