Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ulta Goodies Review!

You may remember that Ulta Goodies post from last month, but if you haven't read it, I will have you know that the amazing associates over at the Fair Lakes Center in Fairfax, Virginia were nice enough to give one of my sisters a few little sample gifts to pass on to me and once again I would like to thank Raquel as well as the Associate Manager, Brianna, for contacting me and the entire staff of the store for making my sister's visit so pleasant. I really enjoyed trying out these products and can not thank you enough!

Here's my thoughts on these products:

Left to Right: Dermatologica Precleanse, Special Cleansing
Gel, Gentle Cream Exfoliant~Bottom: Daily Resurfacer
Daily Resurfacer Finger Mitt
Having heard quite a few good things about Dermatologica, I was super excited to try this out! I love how this mini-regimen was all about cleansing and exfoliation, the two things I find are super important to good skincare! I had never tried out an oil-based makeup remover, and at first was a bit turned off by the oily feeling of the Precleanse, but after using it, the oil went away to leave my skin perfectly clear of makeup, so I would say it is worth the initial turn off due to the great results. I felt like the Special Cleansing Gel sort-of just did its job, it is not fantastic by any means, but definetly not bad. The Gentle Creme Exfoliant was an interesting product, being that it is an exfoliant, but instead of constantly rubbing it onto the skin, it is to be applied in a thin layer and let sit for a period of time. I found this product, like the cleanser, average, but I did notice that the exfoliant did leave my skin a bit smoother than if I hadn't used it. As for the Daily Resurfacer, I noticed even more smoothness than the creme exfoliant and much preferred it, plus, the whole finger-mitt thing was super cute! 

juice BEAUTY Green Apple Peel Sensitive
I have only used this one twice so far, and as someone who doesn't have much experience with peels, I can say I think it did a fair job. I did notice that after use, my skin appeared a bit brighter and smoother than before. Plus, the slight apple scent to it is a nice touch.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
I was excited to use this product after picking it up so many times in Ulta, but never being able to justify the price of it for a finishing powder. Now I can totally justify it! I feel like this powder goes on perfectly translucent, no white cast, while diffusing light and smoothing out the appearance of pores and other imperfections. Definetly something I will be picking up in the future!

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel

Let's start off with this statement: I'm a cos girl. If you aren't sure what that means, I will translate it into English for you: I'm a Cosmetology student. And let me tell you, as a student of cosmetology, everyone is looking at your hair! So, for me, making sure my hair isn't a total frizz-ball is of the most importance at times and this has definetly been one of my go to products to keep my mane tamed! Plus, this couldn't have come at a better time because since I got a new hair cut, I have been loving it straight which means a fresh blow-out is required with a flat iron to touch up and all that heat can really damage my hair! However, I feel this product does an amazing job at protecting my hair from the heat and controlling the frizz to leave me with healthy, shiny hair that I can't get enough of!

Thank you once again, to all of the lovely ladies, including Raquel and Brianna, over at the Fairfax, Virginia Fair Lakes Ulta!

Have you discovered any great new products?
Let me know in the comments!