I can definitely understand where some of the negative reviews are coming from. Yes, sometimes the displays can get totally messed up/disorganized and oftentimes there are products that have already been tampered with. This can be frustrating. Yes, a lot of the Sales Associates (although not all) have absolutely no idea what they are talking about and are probably going to be clueless about the product you are looking for. You might even end up educating them on something. I know I have! But I look past these factors because I personally think Ulta has a great selection, good prices, good promotions (there is ALWAYS some kind of coupon floating around), and they have the BEST return policy. I can shop with confidence at Ulta, knowing that I can try out a product and take it back if I am not pleased. They don't care if it has been used, no matter what the product is. The Sales Associates have always been pleasant with me and are never bothersome if I tell them I am just browsing. It really is one of my favorite places to shop and it's almost embarrassing how often I am there.
Styling Products -L'Oreal - EverStyle Tousle Creme
Eeeeelicia 5/5/2013 12:01:00 PM
Bought this for $6.99 at Ulta. I have 2a/2b wavy, fine hair. Using this product on its own, without any gel over it, gives me very pretty, almost beachy waves with some added curl definition thrown in there as well. To me, the fact that this product does not have to be layered with anything else is very impressive. The best part about it, though, has to be the fragrance. It's this delicious creamy floral vanilla that lingers in your hair all day (but it isn't cloying in the least). I would definitely recommend this for people with fine, wavy hair.
I have only one positive thing to say about this dry shampoo: the product does not leak from the can. That being said, the product itself is absolutely terrible, and sometimes I wish it WOULD leak just so I could be finished with the darn thing and get rid of it already! It does absolutely nothing for my hair except to make it look and feel more dirty, greasy, and matted. And good gracious, the smell...like rotting fruit. Why would I want my hair to smell like a basket of rotting fruit? I guess I do have one more positive thing to say about this, which is that it only set me back $3. But still...I kind of want my money back.
Conditioner -TiGi - Rockaholic Livin the Dream Daily Conditioner
Eeeeelicia 4/18/2013 7:41:00 PM
Ick! This conditioner makes my hair feel wirey and like straw. It doesn't detangle...it actually seems to do the opposite. The consistency is quite runny, which is kind of annoying as well. Overall, this is basically a useless product and I advise you to spend your money on something else.
I am so angry that this foundation did not work for me, considering its hefty price tag. The Sales Associate at Barneys matched me to the shade Alabaster (I am around N12). While the color match is pretty good, and the finish is quite nice (not totally matte, but not dewy...just right), I am absolutely appalled at how this foundation emphasizes, and ENLARGES, every single pore on my face. I can seriously only compare it to...the moon, I suppose. I have never experienced anything this bad with any other foundation before, and it makes me really mad. I look to foundation as a means to cover my flaws, not to highlight them. At $72, I really expected this to be something lovely. I am really disappointed in Chantecaille.
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo
Eeeeelicia 3/8/2013 3:42:00 AM
I love this shampoo because it's no-frills, inexpensive, and it absolutely gets the job done. It's silicone-free, protein-free, and contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate as its cleansing agent, which is something I personally look for in a shampoo. I have a lot of fine hair which gets weighed down easily, and this clear, fresh smelling shampoo doesn't create any buildup and leaves my hair feeling clean and light (but not stripped). I was able to get a HUGE bottle at Target for approximately $3. I would recommend this shampoo for anyone who has combination or normal hair. Don't let the Suave label deter you...it really is a great staple to have in the shower.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - Dial Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap
Eeeeelicia 2/14/2013 8:05:00 PM
This has quickly become a staple of mine, as it is absolutely amazing. I originally purchased Dial Gold Liquid Antibacterial Hand Soap to clean a fresh tattoo (which proved to be very beneficial, as it healed quite fast and I experienced VERY minimal peeling). The slimy texture felt strange at first because I was previously using foaming hand soaps, but...it just got my skin so darn clean! So I started using it as my regular, everyday hand soap. Recently one day while shopping at Target, something new on the shelf caught my attention: Dial Gold Deodorizing Body Wash (http://www.dialsoap.com/bw_dial_gold.html). I immediately bought a bottle, and oh wow it's awesome. It doesn't smell as medicinal as the hand soap; I'm not sure how to describe it. It's just more pleasant, definitely something that fades away after the shower is over. And it's like, $3 or something! And finally, just today, I just discovered that the hand soap makes an incredible makeup brush cleanser. This soap...does everything.
This stuff is serious business. It's also amazing. Here is how Aquage describes their Transforming Spray: - Extreme-hold texturizing spray/firmest-hold aerosol finishing and texturizing spray which has an ideal dry-down period that allows texture, volume, and lift to be created on dry hair - Creates randomness, strand separation and definition on hair that has already been blow dried - Perfect tool to create texture and hold simultaneously I have used this as a texturizing spray, and it has given me nice results, although it does tend to cause some dryness. As a firm-hold hairspray, it is wonderful. I can mold my hair into any shape I want and can keep it that way all day long with this spray. No gumminess, no flakes. It also gives a really nice shine without looking greasy. The price for a 10 oz bottle should be $22 in salons (a travel size is also available).
Treatments -Ion - Repair Solutions Hair Reconstructor
Eeeeelicia 1/26/2013 11:11:00 PM
*dances* Ok! I get it! I see the awesomeness that is the Ion Reconstructor. I had previously used Ion Effective Care (their moisture/protein treatment) and it had worked well for me when my hair needed the extra boost. Over the past few months I discovered that my hair (fine, 2a/2b) seems to respond well to protein. I have tried Nexxus Emergencee and Joico K Pak...the Ion Reconstructor is better. After washing with Redken Cleansing Cream, I apply the Reconstructor generously throughout my hair, root to tips, making sure to coat each strand. I then clip up my hair for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on how much time I have), and then rinse completely. Then I squeeze out excess water and apply a protein-free (and preferably silicone-free, just because) conditioner; I usually have GVP Conditioning Balm on hand for this. Leave that in for 5-10 minutes, rinse. My hair will then dry naturally into strong, shiny, beautiful waves. Highly recommended.
I have super sensitive skin, so I have to be very careful when it comes to body wash. I'm on my third bottle of this and I absolutely love it. My skin feels moisturized yet clean, and it doesn't break me out. It produces a beautiful lather when used with a loofah, and it smells SO GOOD. Not at all like carrots, but very soft and powdery and creamy. Yum! It's very easy to find at Target, Walgreens, and Whole Foods (just under $10, and you get a lot of product). Highly recommended!
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences Drama Clean refreshing shampoo
Eeeeelicia 11/27/2012 2:59:00 PM
Wow. I am simply amazed at how effective drugstore clarifying shampoos are in cleaning my makeup brushes. I thought I had found love with VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, but Drama Clean will definitely have to be its permanent replacement. It doesn't seem to be as easily accessible as some of the other Herbal Essences shampoos, as I was only able to locate it at one particular Walgreen's ($4.99, sold without its matching conditioner, I might add). But it's definitely worth finding if you're in the market for a new makeup brush cleanser, as this shampoo really is quite stripping and extremely effective.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Original Moisturizing Creme
Eeeeelicia 11/21/2012 12:52:00 PM
CAUTION to those who have never tried Eucerin Original Moisturizing Creme, but are considering it: please do not consider this to be just another regular lotion. It's an extremely thick, heavy, intensive, healing moisturizer for the driest of dry skin. I was previously using Cetaphil cream (in the tub) as my daytime facial moisturizer, but my skin went through this transformation from being combination/oily to combination/DRY. Blame it on the prescription topicals. Anyway, Cetaphil wasn't cutting it anymore so after reading the reviews here, I bought the 2oz tube of Eucerin Creme (around $5.00 on drugstore.com). I love this stuff. My skin just drinks it right up, and it annihilates any and all flakes. Yes, you need to wait a few minutes after applying to be 100% certain that it has fully absorbed. But once it has, it should play quite well under makeup. I'm acne-prone, but I'm pretty sure that this HASN'T aggravated my skin negatively. And just for a comparison I decided to buy Elta MD Intensive, and I can definitely say that Eucerin blows Elta MD out of the water. This has definitely become a staple within my skincare routine, and at this point I'm pretty sure I can't be without it!
Shampoo -Alberto Vo5 - Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo
Eeeeelicia 11/14/2012 6:18:00 PM
Doesn't exactly work for my hair, but it does perform quite well as a cleanser for my makeup brushes. And that is why I will continue to purchase this very inexpensive (89 cents on sale at CVS) clarifying shampoo.
What I have is called Aquage Molding Megagel. This is by far one of the best hard hold gels I have ever used for my 2a/2b hair. My hair is fine, there is a lot of it, and it has a messy wave that can be coaxed into cute (sometimes) curls. I have used this silicone-free gel over a number of curl creams (Beyond the Zone Noodle Head, Paul Mitchell Round Trip, ISO Bouncy Creme). With this combination, I've been able to achieve beautifully defined curls that keep their shape. No heat is required; all I do is scrunch in the curl creme, scrunch in the gel, and then let it air dry (making sure not to touch it while it dries). After the gel has dried and hardened a bit, I scrunch out whatever crunch there may be with a cotton t-shirt. I am left with my awesome curls. There is just one caveat, which is the smell: it literally smells like straight up glue. It is kind of nauseating at first, but it eventually does dissipate. Either way, I think the awesomeness of this gel should not be missed..and I also think it blows Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee out of the water.
Conditioner -Rusk - Rusk Being Sensible Balancing Conditioner
Eeeeelicia 9/22/2012 10:55:00 AM
I found this at Loehmann's marked down at just over $3.00 (from $7.99). Since I have fine hair that has a tendency to become limp/lifeless by the day after washing (sometimes even by the end of day one), I figured that trying a balancing conditioner wasn't such a bad idea. This one comes in an an ugly but huge (20 oz.) bottle. Don't let the hideous bottle deter you, because there is actually some good product in there. The consistency is quite runny and it doesn't weigh down my hair, yet it manages to detangle quite well. It's silicone-free but still provides some slip. The best part is that there's no build-up, and I feel like my hair is still clean by the end of day two. If you have coarse/thick hair, this conditioner will probably do nothing for you, but if you have fine hair (as I do), this might just do the trick.