Ulta Makeup Haul and Winning!

Ulta Holiday Haul

Guess what beauties? I won a contest!! Yes, you are speaking to ( er..reading about) a winner. You might remember that back in July I attended the BlogHer conference with some of my blogging buddies. ย We all stopped by the expo and were impressed by the Ulta booth–big surprise being that all of us are beauty junkies! Anyway, Ulta was promoting their Beauty LOL campaign. They had video booths set up and were encouraging people to make a quick 30 second video about their worst beauty blunders and mishaps. The woman manning the booth asked each of us to made a video. Most of us couldn’t think of anything at that moment but returned the next day and shot our videos.

Mine was about my fake fingernail catching on fire during a romantic dinner and can be seen here.


What I had forgotten was that Ulta was holding a contest. People could submit a beauty blunder story or video and others could vote for the one they liked best. I am proud to say my stupid and unfortunate event was chosen as a winner!!! I always knew my klutziness would come in handy (not really). You like me, you really, really like me (for those of you too young, Google Sally Fields Oscar speech).

I won…get this… $1,000 worth of give cards to Ulta!!! Here’s a peek at my first haul of mostly holiday goodies. Look closely beauties because I didn’t leave you out—some of these items will be in upcoming giveaways!!!

Hey, why don’t you leave me a comment telling me what you want most from this first haul and I’ll see what I can do–wink, wink ๐Ÿ™‚


Too Faced Joy To The Girls ($46)

Too Faced All I Want For Christmas ($45)

Jingle All The Way ($25)

butterLONDON Glam Rock Collection ($36)

Smashbox Wondervision Eye Set – Cosmic ($32)

LORAC Rockin’ Red Hot Mini Lipgloss Set ($24)

LORAC Dazzling Dozen ($35)

tarte Pure Delights 8 pc. LipSurgence Set ($34)

Repurchases of everyday items:

bareMinerals Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($25)

Japonesque Eyelash curler ($12)

tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes ($19)


  • Jenny Masters

    I have been eyeing the Too Faced “Joy to the Girls” since they released it. (sigh)

  • Andrea Lang

    Ooooh! That SMASHBOX Wondervision Eye set looks awesome!

    • I haven’t played with it yet, but a review is coming soon!

  • Hollie H

    Nice score!!!! Congrats. I am dying to try the tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Set. I have heard so many good things about them. Happy weekend to you!

    • I love, love, love the Tarte Lipsurgence and this set is a great way to try them–go for it!

  • Jamie Blair

    Whoa! Lucky girl!
    I am totally a Too Faced girl! Wait a minute, that didn’t sound right lol
    I’m all about the Too Faced Joy to the Girls ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

    • HAHA, I knew what you meant–TF has a fab holiday collection–I will be reviewed a LOT of it soon!

  • Jamie Blair

    I just saw the video of your story. The goods news is, you and your husband will have a great story to share for many many years to come ๐Ÿ˜‰ LoL and clearly it paid off! Awesome!!

  • Congrats! I’m loving the look of Urban Decay’s Vice 2

  • Holy crap that is AWESOME! Congratulations, What a great prize <3 I'm definitely loving the Too Faced Joy to the Girls… they had some cute stuff this season, as did Tarte!

  • Lorraine

    Love it that you won this prize! Now you can haul and haul some more and share all your finds on the blog. How perfect is that? Love the butter London nail polish set, since I am a nail polish girl. Probably the Joy to the Girls would make the best prize for a giveaway. Congrats

  • Wow what an awesome win! Congratulations. Those are some fabulous goodies!

    • It’s so hard choosing!

  • Janai

    Congrats on winning such amazing prizes! I’m a big fan of too faced products, so I love too faced all I want for Christmas!

    • I’m a big fan of Too Faced holiday collection too as you can see ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I would love to try the Too Faced All I Want For Christmas Set! What a great video and congrats for winning!

  • Jamie Yarbrough

    The Joy to the Girls Set is absolutely beautiful <3

    • Review comin’ up soon!

  • phxbne

    butterLONDON Glam Rock Collection ($36) looks so cool!

  • diane redcay

    Too Faced All I Want For Christmas really thats all I want for xmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Congrats!!! What a sweet win! I have been getting into Smashbox products lately, and the Smashbox Wondervision Eye Set โ€“ Cosmic ($32) looks amazing! I use their Photofinish Primer every day now.

    • It does doesn’t it? Smashbox is a great brand!

  • Petunia

    Congrats! What a fun surprise! Your video was funny. Can’t wait to see what else you purchase. I have been looking at the Butter London polish collections. Glam Rock looks gorgeous.
    Looking forward to your next haul. Have fun!

  • Liz

    Congrats! LOL “stick it in the wine!”

  • Melissa

    That video was hilarious!

    I’d love to have a chance to win Joy to the Girls! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You should keep the Tarte Lip Surgence set for yourself. I got mine this week and they are AH-MAZING!! Congrats to you!

    • Looks like Joy to the Girls is a popular set!

  • Mamavalveeta03

    How cool is that?!? But then, we always knew you were a winner, Cindy!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I think the Tarte LipSurgence kit is really great, unless you want it, then go for it. I’d say in 2nd place would be the LORAC lip gloss kit (I’m a gloss fanatic!).

    • Haha, thanks Mama! I always pick up a few lipgloss sets during the holidays.

  • Heather USA (@aitch77)

    *droooools* lol, Joy To The Girls , the Lipsurgence Set & the Lorac Dazzling Dozen ALL look fab from reviews.

    Congratulations on your beauty blunder lol ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Robin Feinberg

    I am a total makeup junkie, so I can say without prejudice, anything would be deeply appreciated. How awesome of you to share!

  • Yay! I’m so happy you won Cindy!! What a perfect time of year to have $1k to spend at ULTA!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Isn’t it awesome when you win a contest? I think it really makes my day, week, month! The smallest thing makes me happy! I loved your video…makes me think of all the times I used to set my acrylics on fire! Luckily, I no longer have them, but still! I just clicked on the link for Smashbox and the Wondervision eye set is awesome! I have a ton of Smashbox products and they truly are a great value for great product! Their brushes are the bomb! Thanks for creating a beauty, product blog for women who are in their PRIME!

  • WOW awesome win, Congrats!!! I’ve been eyeing the tarte Pure Delights 8 pc. LipSurgence Set….. looks amazing!!!

  • Katelyn

    Oh my gosh your video is so funny and sad haha. Congrats on winning! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been eyeing the Too Faced All I Want for Christmas for a while now. I love their shadow insurance.

    • Turn in tomorrow, I have a review up!