Yesterday, I popped into Ulta to see what all they had available for Mother’s Day.
After I received an email about the free tote with a $40 fragrance purchase, I knew I wanted to take advantage. Thought it would make a great gift bag for my mom’s gift.
When I clicked on the email to check out more details about the perfume, Ulta’s site had gift guides for different types of moms, which I thought was really fun and organized…
So which mom are you? Or which one is your mom? I tried to think of which mom gift guide I would fit into, but in all honesty, I probably could fit into any of the categories…even at different times of day.
Back to the fragrance promo, I’ve been wanting this Chloé perfume ever since I smelled a sample of it a few weeks ago. I knew it was coming home with me this time, so I could get the free tote.
Other Favorite Fragrances
Ulta carries some of my favorite products I use daily (both would make great gifts!)
Dries my hair faster than any other hair dryer I’ve ever owned in the past.
Currently on sale!
Have had mine over three years and still use it at least twice a week.
New Products I Want to Try…
I’m a big fan of matte lipstick. I feel like it stays on so much better than regular lipstick. These two colors from Lorac were new favorites, both matte. Like many other beauty stores, you can sample almost every color, but Ulta definitely has the largest variety and carries more products than any other beauty store I’ve been to. Receive free mascara with any $25 Lorac purchase.
I’ve seen videos of this one, but have yet to try it. They make it seem so easy. You’ll have to let me know if you’ve tried it and if you liked it. I’m still deciding.
Hot Tools Curling Iron
Hot Tools Curling Iron
While I use a straightener to get my waves, my stylist uses this curling iron with a 1 1/4″ barrel. I got this one to try. Loving the limited edition neon color, and it’s on sale for only $39.99!
Love the little compacts these Too Faced Blushes came in.
These dry shampoos come in a few different colors. They’re tinted, so if you’re between salon visits and need your roots touched up, try this.
New Products I Got Yesterday…
Ulta Japanese Eyelash Curler // Orly Nail Polish in Headliner and Push the Limit (Can’t wait to try these! Love how bright they are!) // Murad Spot Fast Fix Treatment (I have this one bump on my chin that I can’t get rid of. Hoping this will do the trick!) // Spornette Paddle Brush
(Paddle brushes are the only kinds of brushes I use when styling my hair.)
If you’re ordering, receive free shipping with orders over $50.
Again, all of these would make great Mother’s Day gifts, or just gifts for yourself!
To shop more categories for gift ideas: Top 25 // $25 & Under // $50 & Under
If you’re in the Charleston area, Erin at Ulta was super helpful on my trip! Also, Tarte Cosmetics is hosting a Beauty Event on Saturday, May 7th to showcase their new summer collection. Call the store to make an appointment (843) 856-8500. Make sure and sign up for Ultamate Rewards too. I get really good coupons from them in the mail, all the time!
Now on to the best part, the giveaway! One lucky reader will win all of these items above, valued at $165!
Spring Tote with Matching Pouch ($40 value)
2 Essie Colors from their Spring 2016 Collection ($17 value)
Maybelline Big Lash Mascara ($5.99 value)
Face Tan Towelettes ($30 value)
Angel by Thierry Mugler (my favorite fragrance for date night; $29 value)
Chloé Love Story ($28 value)
Hempz Lotion (x2, $15 value)
All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite beauty product! One entry per person, please. Giveaway ends Wednesday at midnight. I’ll announce the lucky winner on Thursday’s post!
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**Thanks to Ulta for their partnership on this post.**
190 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Gift Guide: More Beauty Ideas + An Ulta Giveaway!”
I love Benefit's "They're Real!" Mascara, it makes my eyes pop!
I love MAC 'In Extreme Dimension Lash' Mascara, it really adds some fullness to my eye lashes!
I love Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara. I am also crazy for my Rusk Speed Freak blow dryer.
I swear by Batiste Dry Shampoo! The best bang for my buck.
Super City Block from Clinique! We just moved to Florida so SPF is a must and I love how light this product is and that it doesn't smell like sunscreen!
Double wear foundation Estee Lauder!
Use it everyday and love it
I love Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer makes your skin just glow !!
My favorite beauty product is mascara, I love Covergirl Lashblast for everyday and Lancôme Hypnosis for special occasions.
I love Fresh Sugar Lip treatment with SPF!
I LOVE any Clinique mascara – they're honestly the best. I used to always swipe them from my mom's makeup bag growing up 🙂
my favorite product is the benefit blush in coralista!
I like Philosophy basic wash Purity.
Nars creamy concealer – it covers everything!
I love my mascara – They're Real by Benefit!
I have been using beauty counter face wash every evening, i love it! the smell is not strong, just very refreshing! Leaves my skin feeling clean, not to dry.
My new fave is smashbox color corrector pencil (the green one)! It's amazing
Ulta flawless primer or urban decay eye shadow primer.
mine is nailpolish! I am a huge fan of essie – and love the red bottle sally hansen top coat! it dries within 5 minutes and looks like you had a gel manicure
I love blinc mascara – its one that has the tubes on your lashes and never drips under your eyes!
Shu Uemura eyelash curler
I love Essie Fill the Gap base coat. It always creates a nice smooth base (especially with sheer colors) and I think it extends wear, too.
Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30 Tinted Matte Moisturizer with Antioxidants and Resveratrol
I just recently received the blush bronzer duo by Nars as a gift and I am obsessed! Such vibrant color! Also, I always have to have mascara Im currently using estee lauder but when I run out I definitely want to try a new brand.
I absolutely love Essie nail polish! Ulta carries such a wide variety and it's always nice to use the coupons towards my purchases.
Love Bare Minerals Prime Time BB cream primer. It's lightly tinted with SPF and so good for your skin but doesn't feel like you're wearing anything heavy like a foundation. Also love Bare Minerals powder
I can't live without Covergirls lip stain ! Brightens my face instantly!
Smashbox primer is a must have for me!
I swear by healthy sexy hair leave in conditioner-absolutely a product I couldn't manage without.
My favorite is the Clarisonic Mia.
My Clinique sunscreen! I use city block 55 and LOVE it for my face!
My favorite product at the moment is the new Nars liquid Laguna Bronzer! I just add a bit to my foundation and it really gives me a "just got back from the beach" color!
Jergen's gradual tanner for spring!
I love Better than Sex mascara and Becca blushes! So excited they just came out with the shimmering blush!
My current fav is Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. I love that it doesn't smell funky and I can mix it with my normal moisturizer so my face doesn't break out.
My favorite product is Bobbi Brown blush in "pale pink"!
Right now, my Beachwaver. Best hair days ever when I use it.
Essie nail polish for sure!
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation is hands down the BEST!
My favorite beauty product right now is my laura mercier under eye highlighter – it brightens my under eye area and works as an overall finishing powder!
I love the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and Revlon ColorBurst Balm in Honey Dulce!
Stila stay all day liquid eyeliner is the best!
I LOVE my clarisonic brush and Benefit "They're Real" mascara.
My favorite product is Urban Decay's Naked 2 eye-shadow palette 🙂
I love Benefit Gimme Brow product! Fills in and helps shape my brows the best!!
Tarte maracuja concealer
My favorite right now is bareminerals hydrating gel – easy to apply and leaves me hydrated not oily.
anything from caudalie
Right now I am loving my face serum from Paula's choice.
Love all of the IT cosmetics, want to try their BB cream!
My favorite must-have is Nars "Orgasm" blush
I love my Vibra-Straight FlatIron. Straightens my hair great and I can use it to make waves!
i've used almay eyeliner in raisin for YEARS because it's less harsh looking than black on my skin tone, and i love bumble & bumble hairdresser's oil.
I can't go without my maybelline mascara and Trish McEvoy brow shaper pencil.
My favorite beauty product is the beauty blender – LOVE IT
My favorite is Benefit's They're Real mascara. I am amazed at how it grabs my lashes and lengthens them. I won't leave home without it!
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue! So light but still covers and evens skin.
I was gifted the Smashbox Studio Must Have: Eyes Set for my birthday and it is my new favorite! Loving all the products in it.
LOVE the living proof dry shampoo – it is the best!
I love my Nars blush 🙂
My favorite beauty product is Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush.
My Clinique moisture surge that I apply on my face before my foundation. It feels so cool and refreshing and doesn't dry my skin out.
I have the beachwaver! I got it off Rue La La when the had it as a special. I was skeptical because I have never been able to make my hair look good using a curing iron. I love it!! Once I got the hang of it, it seemed to be a miracle worker for this curling iron challenged gal! 🙂
I love Keune Moroccan Argan Oil for my hair.
I love the Laura Geller baked blush-n-brighten in pink grapefruit shade.
Anne in SC
I love my Clarisonic Mia 2!
I love my retinol cream!
I'm still loving my Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow primer in Sin. It's even great by itself!
Fresh sugar lip treatment in rose! Thanks for the giveaway:)
Lancome Dual Finish is my fave!
My favorite is Hourglass ambient lighting blush. Super natural looking and gives you a beautiful glow!
Favorite beauty product mascara.
My Kenra heat protectant spray! Works better then dry shampoo as far as second day hair. I blow dry my hair, spray prior to straightening and the next day my hair is as good as just a blow dry day. Brush, touch up or use my curling wand with little to no additional product.
I don't have a favorite product. Hence I'm desperate to win the give away. 😉
love my clarisonic!!!
Love Nars orgasm blush – thanks again for the great tips!
I LOVE Dr. Jart BB Cream. I just started using it, and it makes such a difference.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Love all your choices. Must say the blond dry shampoo & tan towels are my fave. ☀️?
I currently love my Beauty Blender and my Caudalie grape water spray!
I have that too faced blush and love it.
Awesome giveaway!!!! My favorite beauty product is actually pretty boring. Every night I put a small amount of vitamin E oil in my hand and a tiny drop of coconut oil and lightly apply it to my face and neck. My skin has never looked so good 🙂
I love my benefit play stick!!!
I ordered the hourglass ambient lighting edit palette from Nordstrom before Christmas. I LOVE it!!! It makes my skin look so smooth and it gives me a wonderful glow. This palatte also has blush and bronzer, which are both beautiful!!
Awesome giveaway!!! My favorite beauty product is pretty boring. I put a small amount of vitamin E oil in my hand and add a drop of coconut oil and then lightly apply it to my face and neck. My skin has never looked so good 🙂
I love Hourglass tinted moisturizer
My favorite right now is too faced bronzer…so shimmery and the perfect color!
I love Essie nail polish. Great color and stays on for so long.
You can not go wrong with Nars blush in orgasm and a new favorite of mine is the De Chanel Le Volume mascara, looks like I have on fake eye lashes!
I love my Smashbox green primer – it feels so nice under my foundation!
Mascara. I don't know what I would do without it. I'm using Benefit's Rollerlash right now and it's so great! I have naturally straight, thin eyelashes and it really curves and pumps them up.
Man I stink at beauty stuff. This is so eye-opening for me. Coincidentally, I went into an Ulta yesterday for the very first time!
I love IT cosmetics BB cream! It is light weight and has a 50 spf, which I love!
coverfx concealer! it's the best.
I love Benefit's Hello Flawless SPF 15 powder foundation. It's so light and magical!!
I love Aveeno Dry Shampoo!
Clinique lotion is my favorite moisturizer!
Loooove Essie nail polish!!
Buxom lip gloss
Maybelline mascara is my favorite!
Nars sheer glow foundation is my ride or die, it's magical!
I love Trish McEvoy's eye base in demure. It's a quick product that can be worn alone and gives a great brightness to your eyes or can be used with eyeshadow to help it stay in place for 24 hours.
Essie nail polish!
Gosh that is a tough one! I couldn't live without my Clarisonic!
I love the bareminerals foundation
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I love Josie Maran Argan oil and NARS orgasm blush. I couldn't pick just one!
I love my Benefit Lash roller mascara and my Laura Mercier concealer. xo
I love Morrocan Oil products. I haven't found one think in the product line I don't like!
I love too faced lip plumper!
Favorite beauty products: Benefit's "They're Real" Mascara or my Claro-sonic Mia- I wash my face every night with it!
I love Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, especially Amused and Tipsy. I'm also a loyal Bare Minerals foundation user.
I am loving tan towels! Until I can get more beach time of course 🙂
My favorite beauty product is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel!! LOVE it!
I love the beauty blender!
it Cosmetics CC+ foundation: covers redness from past sun damage and protects me from more in the future 🙂
I love La Mer moisturizer. It's a huge splurge but nothing compares to the luxurious feel!
My "Can't Live Without" is my Clarisonic Mia. I use it every other day, plus my sister gifted it to me 🙂
I love my Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Couldn't live without it!
I have several, but love Smashbox primer!
Lipgloss! (Loving the new Lancôme Tini Shakers! They are SO moisturizing!)
I have extremely sensitive skin and I LOVE my Weleda almond calming face wash, lotion, and night cream. My skin is sooo much happier since I started using them! 🙂
I love Beautycounter's Tint Skin and #2 face oil!
I survive on dry shampoo!
My favorite product at the moment is Rimmel London Scandaleyes lycra flex mascara!
One favorite product is hard. These days it has to be bareminerals pure brightening serum foundation!
My favorite beauty product right now (it changes often!) is the wet n' wild icon blush in pearlescent – a PERFECT knockoff to the Nars everyone loves! Of course, I found that tip on a blog 🙂
I went and got the Beachwaver yesterday based on your recommendation and it is AMAZING! Thank you!
Really?? Okay, I think I need to get one and try it! So glad you like it!
I didn't even use hairspray and it made a perfect curl! Hope you enjoy it!
I love Stila's liquid black eyeliner – stays put all day!
My clarisonic mia and essie nail polish.
Benefit's "Bad Gal" Lash. I end up trying different ones every few months that I hear about, but always go back to it!
Dr. Brandt pores no more is the only product that keeps my makeup from melting off in the NC humidity!
I love Tarte's solid blush balms, especially the minis because they're so easy for travel.
It would have to be my clarisonic. It truly makes a difference in your skin and gives you that fresh glow!
I love Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue.
My Benefit Benebalm is my holy grail, most favorite beauty product…I just love it and can't go a day without it!!!
Ashley – I just love your blog and take some much inspiration from your ideas in my outfits!!!
I love Wella shampoo & conditioner – ever since hihlitinf my hair this one keeps the color locked in and moisturizer! Plus.. It smells amazing!
My favorite beauty products are Tarte's lip products, particularly the Amazonian butter lipsticks (plummy rose is my favorite!). Moisturizing, long-lasting, and great pigmentation.
Oribe Texturizing spray has been a game changer! I'm training for a marathon and shower 2x per day, but only wash my hair 3x per week. It's great for in between days and worth every penny.
Cliniques moisture surge! Got it as a free gift and I love it! So refreshing and not heavy on your face!
I love Benefit's "Big Easy" for summer!
I love mascara – Benefit's They're Real is the one I keep going back to!
My favorite beauty product is Essie nail polish!
Kimberly from NJ says Purity Made Simple face wash is my favorite beauty product!
LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! Thank you for sharing with all of us.
I always come back to Lancome's Teint Visionnaire foundation and Minkys eyelash extensions at Rejuvenate in Charlotte.
I love benefit hula bronzer and lancome mascara.
May favorite beauty product right now is tarte Brazilliance self tanner. It's a great color!
Favorite Beauty Product – ties: Origins – Vitazing Tinted Moisturizer – it is SERIOUSLY the BEST!!! Light coverage for summer, WITH SPF!!!
OR – KIEHLS Ultra Face Cream … it absorbs!! Which I feel is SO RARE in face moisturizers – when I wash my face after using others, I can feel a slime, or grease, when the water hits my face – NOT WITH KIEHLS … my skin LOVES it!
Maybelline mascara is my fav!
I'm a big fan of perfumes–Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf has to be my favorite. It's sensual and sweet. Classic and smells just a smidge like candy! 😉
Such a FUN giveaway!! NARS Orgasm blush and Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara in Blackest Black!
Love Ulta!!! I love the Ulta curled up super curling mascara!!!
Love them all, but think I have an Essie problem.
My favorite beauty product is my signature scent – Estee Lauder's Beautiful. It has been my scent for about 17 years now!
Cynthia in IN
Boring I know but Neutrogena natural face wash!
Loccitaine Shea butter everything– face cream, body cream, hand cream, foot cream– the best!
I love the Clarisonic as well!
My Clarisonic for sure – it's fixed all the pregnancy-related skin issues I've had!
Urban Decay's Naked liquid foundation is my current fave! Liquid foundation that feels like you aren't wearing anything…that's a win in my book!
I love Essie gel nail polish. It stays on for over a week when I do my nails myself! That's never happened until I got the gel top coat.
My absolute favorite is lip gloss. Currently loving Merle Norman Lip Polish in Modern Princess.
Origins Ginzing face & eye creams
I love Tory Burch's perfume
I love my clarisonic!!! Total skin changer. Dying to try the
My Naked 2 palette!!!
Murad Acne spot Fast Fix!! Love muradt products!
Urban Decay Primer Potion. My eyeshadow never budges and stays on even in the water.
Essie nail polish!!
I love my personal microderm (PMD)!
Can't live without my hair straightener and it's a 10 leave in conditioner. Would live to know what hair product you use bc your hair is never frizzy and always looks perfect!!!!!
Tarte Amazonian products!!! And definitely heading to Ulta to test the matte Lorac lipsticks!
My latest favorite is Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Foundation! Perfect for summer in the south!
Bobbi Brown's Extreme Repair Eye Cream- recently started using it and love it!
Obsessed with Hourglass Primer! Makes my skin feel like silk!
I love the Chloe perfume! It's such a great scent and lasts all day!
I love the Chloe perfume! It's the best scent and lasts all day!
I love my Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner. Makes my hair happier than any other product I have used!
I LOVE the blonde tinted dry shampoo! Game changer.
I LOVE Nars Radiant Creamy concealer – by far the best concealer I've ever used – easy to apply, looks natural, covers, and stays ALL day!
I love my Nars illuminator! Especially in summer months – gives such a great glow!
You just can't beat Maybelline Big Lash Mascara! My mom always used it and then I've used it since I started wearing makeup.
My must use on the daily is blush. My current fave is Orgasm!
I love the tinted dry shampoos they really are awesome.
im torn between Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette by Benefit Cosmetics, the Nature of Nudes by Bareminerals and a new Lorac matte lipstick, a girl really cant have everything without money, hahaha, gotta work harder.
L'oreal double extend mascara is amazing, lasts all day without smudging and washes off with water! Love it so much.
My favorite beauty items are any of the Strivectin skincare products! Rebecca B
My favorite beauty product is Tarte waterproof mascara!
I love mascara! I think it really makes my eyes pop 🙂
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