A Mini Ulta Haul: Three Basics and a Splurge

I went to Ulta! And just FYI, this may be the smallest amount of things I have ever walked out with. Check it:

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 101: my one, my only. I have tried more foundations than you can shake a stick at, ranging from Marc Jacobs and Chanel to Covergirl and Loreal, and this little $5 bottle of heaven beats them all. I wore it on my wedding day, ya’ll.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Wild: I usually go for Suave or Dove just ’cause they’re cheaper and do the job just as well, but I felt a little splurgy. Plus, OH LORD THE SMELL. This is my favorite Batiste smell. Go huff it someday, you won’t regret it.

Ulta Cotton Pads: because how else will you take off your makeup?

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hypnotist: I love the Marvelous Moxie line. However, I was not impressed with this particular color. It looks all reflect-y, iridescent and amazing, right? Wrong. See why here.


Empty of the Week: COLAB Dry Shampoos by Ruth Crilly

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 

About two months ago I went on my honeymoon to the UK and the second my foot hit UK soil I made a beeline for the nearest SuperDrug and Boots stores. Of course I had plans to pick up the usual UK suspects that we don’t have full access to in the US, such as Soap and Glory and Rimmel, but I was hoping to pick up a few more unknown products that would turn out to be gems – and these are them. Sparkly, sparkly gems.

I remembered seeing these COLAB by Ruth Crilly dry shampoos in passing in some YouTube videos, which is what made me curious enough to pick them up – that, and the smell. Oh Lordy, the smell. When picking them out, I did so based solely on aroma and I came away with one original formula in the Rio Tropical fragrance, and one extreme volume formula in New York Fruity fragrance:


The original formula in Rio is a good dry shampoo – it does what it’s supposed to do, soaks up oils without leaving residue in your hair, and it does this while smelling fabulous. I’d totally use it again, but it’s not like I couldn’t get that from some dry shampoos here in the states (I’m looking at you, Batiste and Suave).

But the extreme volume formula? It does all this and then gives you the volume of your dreams. I need this stuff. It is now my hair crack, and I cannot live without it. But for some reason, these cannot be shipped to the United States. I am devastated. Empty of the week conclusion? You can live without the original formula, but you need the extreme volume one in your life. Immediately. Go pick them up, then make a shrine to Ruth Crilly.