Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale is upon us. Prepare your wallets. Say goodbye to your paychecks. These deals are hard to beat. Whether you’ve decided to take advantage of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale or not, it’s hard to ignore Ulta’s offerings that are, coincidentally, up for grabs starting right around the end of Sephora’s sale. I’ve gone through each of the 21 days and picked out my top picks that I think are really great products or really great deals. You can find the products I’m most excited about under My Top Picks for This Week. But just because I don’t love it doesn’t mean you won’t! That’s why I’ve made sure to include Everything Else on Sale in beautiful, clickable form for you. See a product you like the look of? Click the widget and you’ll be whisked off to the product page so you can purchase. Finally, each week, the Ulta Beauty Collection—that is, products developed for and branded by Ulta—are also on sale. Their house line of products are some really solid basics and they’ve got great sales on those items too, so I’ve made sure to include those (again in beautiful, clickable widgets) under Ulta Beauty Buys This Week. Enjoy the sale—it’ll be over before you know it!
Week One: Sept. 2-8
My Top Picks for This Week…
[sul title=”Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer” subheader=”Regularly $34 | $17 on Sept. 2″] This is definitely one of my favorite face primers, so I never mind paying full price when it’s time to restock. It hydrates the skin, letting much-needed moisture soak in pre-foundation, plus it somehow has a glowy, blurring effect that seems to reduce the size of my pores, even when I feel they’re bigger than Texas itself. Since it feels fairly lightweight, it’s great under foundation, tinted moisturizer, B.B. creams, and even on its own, making it one of the most versatile primers in my collection.
[sul title=”Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser & Hyaluronic Cloud Serum” subheader=”Regularly $28-65 | $14-$32.50 on Sept. 2″] How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning may have been talking about her beau, Robert, but this week I’m dedicating the sonnet to Mr. P.T. Roth himself. His Water Drench line is to. die. for.
The Cloud Cream Cleanser is a lovely, whipped makeup remover and facial cleanser made with hyaluronic acid and silk proteins. Follow up that cleanser with the Hyaluronic Cloud Serum, which contains 75 percent hyaluronic acid, those same silk proteins, and a zinc, copper, manganese, iron, and silicon mineral complex, all of which work together to hydrate, moisturize, and soften, making your skin as soft as a cloud (probably—I’ve never touched one).
[sul title=”Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliners” subheader=”Regularly $22 | $11 on Sept. 3″] I’m a huge Stila Stay All Day liquid liner fan, but for those of you who are not so into sharp wings and cat-eye looks, the Stila Smudge Stick liners are probably more up your alley.
It’s an eyeliner that—as the name implies—you can smudge for extra smokiness. However, once it’s on, it’s really on, and it’s not coming off for nothin’… well, besides makeup remover. But yes, these eyeliners are waterproof, so even though you
can smudge it upon application to transform into the smokeshow you are inside, it won’t get smudgy on you throughout the day. Praise be.
[sul title=”Philosophy Time in a Bottle 100% In-Control Resist Renew Repair Serum” subheader=”Regularly $76 | $38 on Sept. 3″] If Cher could turn back time, she’d take back those words that hurt you. If I
could turn back time, I’d rather have the skin I had in my early twenties. We all want different things in life, I guess. Philosophy, however, appears to be on my side.
Their Time in a Bottle serum fights signs of aging and works to give you back the skin you had when you were young and worry-free. It repairs skin damage while protecting your face from free radicals and impurities, plus it sets you up for skin-related success by helping you fight future damage.
[sul title=”BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter” subheader=”Regularly $41 | $20.50 on Sept. 4″] Nobody’s perfect, but BECCA thinks your skin can be. In addition to faithfully doing your skincare routine morning and night, you can take it up a notch with liquid highlighting drops to finally try that strobing thing out all the YouTube makeup artists talk about.
This highlighter is great because it’s fairly versatile. You can mix a few drops into your moisturizer, primer, or foundation of choice and apply all over your face for a subtle but marked glow. Alternatively if you want to get those cheekbones popping, use a drop or two and blend as you would a traditional highlighter.
[sul title=”Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser” subheader=”Regularly $15 | $7.50 on Sept. 4″] This is one of Mario Badescu’s best-selling products, so if you’re in the market for a facial cleanser to target acne, this one is worth your attention.
Formulated with beta hydroxy acids to fight dead skin build up and clogged pores, it also uses soothing botanicals to calm redness and irritation that tends to come with breakouts. It’s potent enough to make a difference but gentle enough to use daily.
[sul title=”Eyeko Mascara” subheader=”Regularly $19-$30 | $9.50-$15 on Sept. 4″] Check out all these Eyeko mascaras that are on sale on Sept. 5! Best of all, they all have really great reviews.
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[sul title=”Benefit Hoola & Hoola Lite Matte Bronzing Powder” subheader=”Regularly $30 | $15 on Sept. 5″] This was one of the OG Holy Grail products back in the day (and by back in the day, I mean like 10 years ago when the concept of YouTube beauty gurus was in its infancy). The industry has come a long way with bronzers and contouring and what-have-you, but this little bronzer in a box still holds its own among flashier products.
The regular Hoola is the classic, but Benefit’s also made Hoola Lite, a lighter shade for fairer complexions. They’re both completely matte, so when you swipe it over your face for a sunkissed glow, you won’t end up looking like a disco ball, which is highly important.
[sul title=”Kopari Save Face Oil” subheader=”Regularly $44 | $22 on Sept. 5″] Kopari has made a splash recently for their face and body products and this face oil is no exception.
Use it to remove makeup, moisturize, prime before makeup, tend to split ends, and soothe cuticles—they call it a face oil but it’s really more of a multitasker. It’s full of powerhouse ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, squalane, avocado oil, and extracts like apple, coffee, sandalwood, banana, melon, and more that all work together to moisturize, soften, and protect.
[sul title=”Murad Age Reform Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture” subheader=”Regularly $75 | $37.50 on Sept. 6″] So I’ve already shouted out one great product for the acne-prone girls, but what if your skin is drier than a desert? Well, I’m right there with you—I have extremely dry skin. It’s thirsty for love. I’ve used a few Murad products in my day so I’m excited about this Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.
It’s a thick cream that manages to sink into the skin, instead of sitting on top feeling greasy. It uses a collagen support complex to boost firmness, while a blend of oils helps lock in that much-needed hydration. I love a good cream as the final step of my nighttime skin routine and at less than $40, this is a great option.
[sul title=”Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid” subheader=”Regularly $16 | $8 on Sept. 6″] I have extolled the virtues of the original Beautyblender before
, and while some people may think it’s ridiculous to spend $20 on a makeup sponge when there are drugstore knockoffs for under $5, I can’t imagine what they’ll think of me recommending a $16 cleansing bar for said Beautyblender. But! This really is a great cleanser.
It’s basically a bar of soap, but it was formulated specifically to clean makeup and dirt out of a Beautyblender. It also comes with a little silicon cleansing mat that you can scrub your Beautyblender and makeup brushes on to get them extra clean.
[sul title=”Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara” subheader=”Regularly $25 | $12.50 on Sept. 7″] In need of major volume? Lancôme’s Monsieur Big mascara may be the one for you. This thick fibered brush coats lashes in waxes and polymers to give you va-va-voom volume in just one coat.
Compared to bare lashes, Monsieur Big-coated lashes have 12 times more volume and 95 percent of respondents said that it glides on easily and wears well all day. Monsieur Big, je t’aime
[sul title=”Perricone MD Cold Plasma Products” subheader=”Regularly $85-159 | $42.50-$79.50 on Sept. 7″] Ulta’s doing it big on Sept. 7: All of Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma products are 50 percent off. For the uninitiated, that includes… Cold Plasma+ Neck & Chest Broad Spectrum SPF 25
This whipped moisturizing cream is ideal for the oft-neglected skin on your neck and chest, which absolutely does need TLC (and moisture and SPF)! Repair damage and protect it from the sun; you’ll thank us in 20 years. Cold Plasma+ Eye
This eye cream targets skin concerns that tend to come with aging, like crow’s feet and fine lines, and those that come with being a human of any age, like puffiness and dark circles. They claim you’ll see results in just seven days. Cold Plasma Sub-D
“Loose, sagging skin” isn’t really how most people would like to describe their jawline/neck area. Perricone MD knows this. And so they have developed the Sub-D cream that targets wrinkles in the jaw/neck/chest region with alpha lipoic acid and caffeine. Cold Plasma+ Face
If you’re starting to notice signs of aging, first of all, take a breath—we all get older (hopefully) and lines and wrinkles are a sign of experience and a life well-lived! But society and patriarchy and mean people are a thing, so we totally get why you want to maybe at least slow down the appearance of aging. This face treatment works to correct all those aging-related skin concerns. No shame in that game.
[sul title=”Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer” subheader=”Regularly $23 | $11.50 on Sept. 8″] I love me some Anastasia! She’s the brow queen and even if you can’t make it to her salon in Beverly Hills, you can have the magic of her brow work in your own home.
The Brow Definer pencil is a thicker version of ABH’s beloved Brow Wiz pencil, making it better for those of us who are more Brooke Shields than Clara Bow to fill, define, and shape our power brows.
[sul title=”Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask” subheader=”Regularly $35 | $17.50 on Sept. 8″] Now is the time to try a clay mask. (If you’ve been waiting for a sign, that was it.) Finally say bye-bye to blackheads with this mask.
Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple clay mask uses white clay, salicylic acid, and natural exfoliants to draw out clogged pores, extracting and refining them to give you a refreshed and smooth face you can’t help but touch. In a two-week study, 93 percent of women said their pores looked unclogged and their skin felt extra clean.
Everything Else on Sale
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Week Two: Sept. 9-15
My Top Picks for This Week…
[sul title=”bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powders” subheader=”Regularly $23-$27 | $11.50-$13.50 on Sept. 9″] There are six bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powders on sale this week! I highly encourage you to check them out. They’re great at stopping shine and locking your makeup down to ensure it’ll stay put all day. [products ids=’1082478,1082487,1082488′ type=full] [products ids=’1082491,1082492,1082495′ type=full] Click on one of the widgets above to go directly to that powder’s page to pick yours up. [sul title=”It Brushes for Ulta Velvet Luxe Brushes” subheader=”Regularly $24-$98 | $12-$49 on Sept. 9″] Yep, Sept. 9 is a big day in UltaLand. There are 16 reaaaally nice makeup brushes on sale and one five-piece brush set. Whether you’re looking for eyeshadow brushes or face brushes (or both), you’re pretty well covered today.
[sul title=”Exuviance Age Reverse” subheader=”Regularly $78-$79 | $39-39.50 on Sept. 9″] Told ya Sept. 9 was a heavy hitter. There are three products from Exuviance’s Age Reverse line on sale today. Age Reverse HydraFirm
Target signs of aging (as the line’s name implies) while also getting hydration, thanks to hyaluronic acid and a combination of powerful peptides. Age Reverse Total Correct + Sculpt Serum
Exuviance calls this their gold standard serum; it’s formulated to restore youth and vitality. And if it can’t actually do that, it can at least make it look like it’s doing that, and that’s half the battle. Age Reverse Eye Contour
Not the contour you’re thinking of. This eye cream uses polyhydroxy acids and Exuviance’s patented maltobionic acid to protect and repair the delicate skin around your lil eyeballs.
[sul title=”Stila One Step Prime, One Step Illuminate, and One Step Correct Face Primers” subheader=”Regularly $36 | $18 on Sept. 10″] Three primers! All on sale! What. A. Day. These One Step face primers from Stila are all similar but they do have distinct uses. One Step Prime fills in pores and lines to smooth out the canvas that is your face—paint away! One Step Illuminate hydrates and—surprise!—illuminates skin to get you off on the right foot. One Step Correct uses three color-correcting pigments to neutralize any discoloration and even complexion—green counteracts redness, lavender tackles yellow undertones, and peach brightens dark circles and spots. [products ids=’1082499,1082503,1082506′ type=full] Click on one of the widgets above to go to each primer’s page to pick yours up. [sul title=”Flesh Highlighters” subheader=”Regularly $18-$28 | $9-$14 on Sept. 10″] Three highlighters! All on sale! What. A. Day. (Sound familiar?) But yes, Sept 10. is another great day at Ulta. There are three different highlighter formulations on sale from Flesh today: a highlighting balm, a highlighting powder, and liquid highlighting drops. The balm and drops come in four colors while the highlighting powder comes in six, so you can definitely find at least one—but let’s be real, probably more—to suit whatever look you’re going for. Shine on, you crazy diamond. [products ids=’1082513,1082516,1082518′ type=full] Click on one of the widgets above to go to each highlighter’s page to pick yours up. [sul title=”Lancôme Cils Booster XL Vitamin-Infused Mascara Primer” subheader=”Regularly $25 | $12.75 on Sept. 11″] Boost them cils
, girl. (Cils
are eyelashes. De rien
.) If you weren’t born with lush lashes but you still want the look of falsies without having to actually put them on, get a primer!
Put on this Lancôme primer pre-mascara to condition, thicken, and lengthen your bare lashes. Lancôme’s primers work great with their own mascaras, but I’ve used one of their lash primers before on any mascara and no matter what combination (or timing) I employ, I never experience clumping or fall-out. Big fan over here.
[sul title=”Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum” subheader=”Regularly $95 | $47.50 on Sept. 11″] I’ve got the power!
That’s what you’ll be singing after using Algenist’s POWER Recharging Serum.
I love a serum that comes in a jar because it’s pretty much guaranteed to be rich and powerful (just how I like my men, coincidentally!). It uses their patented alguronic acid, AlgaProtein, and regular ol’ coconut water to recharge, moisturize, and hydrate. Powerful, indeed.
[sul title=”Dermablend Loose Setting Powder” subheader=”Regularly $27 | $13.50 on Sept. 12″] In need of a solid setting powder? Dermablend’s loose powder absorbs oil and sets foundation and concealer to make sure it won’t cake, crease, or melt, no matter the temperature of the day.
Want a pro tip? Try the setting powder before foundation—it sounds completely counterintuitive but it’s actually a great way to secure your foundation to your face. At less than $15, it’s definitely worth a shot.
[sul title=”St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion” subheader=”Regularly $30 | $15 on Sept. 12″] Summer may be basically over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop looking tan. Key word: looking
. Fake-baking isn’t a good look and it’s terrible for your skin.
Thankfully, the experts at St. Tropez will help you get a healthy glow that doesn’t come with a side of increased skin cancer risk. Use this buildable body lotion every day to work up to whatever color that looks best on you. It’s streak-free, doesn’t smell, and won’t transfer—that’s an autumn win.
[sul title=”Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer” subheader=”Regularly $39 | $19.50 on Sept. 13″] Smashbox has made iconic primers for years so this is a great chance to get your hands on one of these. Their Photo Finish primers really do work as they say, so it’s not surprising that Smashbox is the No. 1 face primer brand in the U.S.
The Pore Minimizing Primer is, unsurprisingly, oil-free and it mattifies and controls oil for up to eight hours, offering you smooth skin and an even finish from your foundation.
[sul title=”Clarisonic Cleansing Brush Heads” subheader=”Regularly $27-$32 | $13.50-$16 on Sept. 13″] Raise your hands if you love your Clarisonic! There are five brush heads on sale today and since Clarisonic recommends replacing your brush heads every three months, now’s the time to stock up. The five on sale this week are the Revitalizing Cleanse
, the Radiance
, the Acne Cleansing
, the Deep Pore Cleansing
, and the Sensitive
brush heads. [products ids=’1082523,1082529′ type=full] [products ids=’1082530,1082534,1082536′ type=full] Click on one of the widgets above to go to that brush head’s page to pick yours up. [sul title=”Velour False Lashes and Accessories” subheader=”Regularly $14-$29 | $7-$14.50 on Sept. 13″] Whether you’re a falsie devotee or you haven’t dipped your toe into that particular pond yet, this is a great time to pick up a few lash sets. For the experienced lash lovers among us, there are seven sets on sale, all of which have delightfully punny
names. Click on one of the widgets below to go to that lash set’s page to pick yours up: [products ids=’1082538,1082559,1082560′ type=full] [products ids=’1082562,1082564,1082566,1082567′ type=full] If you’re new to lashes though, there are a few tools you’ll need. Luckily, those on sale today too: There’s a lash applicator, two different adhesives, and an essentials kit that comes with lashes, adhesive, and the lash applicator! Click on one of the widgets below to go to the product’s page to pick yours up: [products ids=’1082572,1082580,1082582′ type=full] [sul title=”Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel” subheader=”Regularly $38 | $19 on Sept. 14″] Wash your face without soap. It’s possible with this Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel that foams up to cleanse your skin of surface debris and pore-clogging impurities.
It continues calming balm mint and lavender that will invigorate and calm giving your face the full cleansing experience.
[sul title=”Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum” subheader=”Regularly $45 | $22.50 on Sept. 15″] Hi, yes, hello, you should buy this. There are so many vitamin C serums on the market right now, and a lot of them are really great. But most of them are more than $45, which is this serum’s full price, aka when it’s not on sale.
So when it is on sale? You gotta get it. It uses ascorbic acid as its source of vitamin C, which retexturizes the skin, targets signs of aging, and brightens complexions.
[sul title=”COVERFX Perfect Setting Powder” subheader=”Regularly $35 | $17.50 on Sept. 15″] I know, I know, another setting powder. But A) that’s what Ulta’s choosing to have on sale, and B) who doesn’t love options?
This setting powder is great for all-day setting power so your makeup won’t get smudgy or slide around. But it’s also ideal for baking, the process in which you place a large amount of setting powder over concealer to make it really set into the skin, without wrinkling or creasing. A two-in-one product that’s 50 percent off—heck yes.
Everything Else on Sale
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Week Three: Sept. 16-22
My Top Picks for This Week…
[sul title=”Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette” subheader=”Regularly $49 | $24.50 on Sept. 16″] Heading into week 3 of the sale, Ulta’s bringing some really nice deals. Case in point: the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. (Before you start to wonder, yes, it does actually smell like chocolate.) The palette combines cocoa powder and traditional eyeshadow formulas, inspired by a facial treatment Too Faced’s co-founder received. There are 16 highly pigmented neutrals here (with a couple pops of color) in a mix of mattes and shimmers.
[sul title=”Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar (2 oz.)” subheader=”Regularly $39 | $19.50 on Sept. 16″] Hope in a Jar was a breakthrough when it first hit the shelves. When I first got into makeup and skincare, I remember thinking of Philosophy as a #goals brand, and years later, they’re still killing it!
The Renewed Hope in a Jar revolutionizes the original’s formula with a whipped texture and what Philosophy calls “clinically proven skin renewal technology.” That basically means a blend of AHAs, hyaluronate, and Asian fruit extract, which all team up to hydrate, moisturize, and renew
[sul title=”BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector” subheader=”Regularly $38 | $19 on Sept. 17″] Major yassss
for BECCA’s primers (and pretty much everything else they make).
This primer is ideal for my acne-prone, oily sisters—it soaks up excess oil, minimizes pore appearance, and mattifies all day long. In addition to being resistant to sweat, humidity, and whatever else comes it way, it’s also made without oil (duh), silicones, alcoh