To my friends- if you don’t shop at Ulta for makeup, you’re a moron.
To any strangers out there- see above.
Ulta Beauty’s rewards program is the best out there. You receive points per dollar spent, which can be redeemed for free stuff THAT YOU ACTUALLY WANT in the form of money off future purchases. For a full breakdown of how it all works, check out Ulta’s website. The way I see it though, there is one way to redeem points. Save them up! 2000 points equals $125 off a purchase, aka $125 of any store merchandise that you pick. Not just a sad thumbnail-sized blush sample (looking at you, Sephora).
Points add up quickly, especially if you take advantage of deals like 2x, 3x, 5x, and even 10x points when Ulta offers them. When I get an email saying “5x points on all Neutrogena products”, you’d better believe that I stock up on face soap and makeup wipes. I buy everything at Ulta that I can (razor blades are expensive and I’d rather get points at Ulta than buy them elsewhere), and use the Salon at Ulta on the rare occasion where I get my hair done.
I’ve hit the 2000 point mark a few times now, and every time I’m excited to redeem them. A lot of my makeup collection comes from point redemption, including my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette, five Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks, a handful of brushes, a few foundations, eyeliners, and mascaras. Last week, it was time for another shopping spree!
This is probably my most reasonable haul to date. I’ve been thinking about buying a 1″ curling iron for awhile, and was pleasantly surprised to find this one on sale. The razor blades were on sale too, so I stocked up. The two items I’m most excited about are the Too Faced Natural Matte and the Ardell Magnetic Lashes.
I wear eye shadow almost every day, and prefer more “earthy” and “natural” tones. Too Faced makes my favorite shadows (I love that they’re scented), so this little guy was what I wanted to bring home next. I’m loving it so far!
The magnetic lashes are… interesting. There is a learning curve involved with getting them on that I definitely haven’t mastered yet, but I believe in myself! They looked good enough for me to perform with them on the other day, and I really liked how clean they are. I left my makeup on between jobs, and it was nice to be able to remove my lashes for a more casual job #2 look. I would recommend them to anyone who is up for learning something new!
And all of the above I got for free because I know how to use the system. Occasionally out of convenience I’ll pick up a nail polish at Target, and sometimes I need a product that is exclusively sold at Sephora. Nine times out of ten though, I beauty shop at Ulta. The shopping sprees are worth it!