Ulta Mini Haul: Urban Decay, NYX, Anastasia, & Drugstore

I went shopping at Ulta last week and decided to make some irresponsible decisions with my money, yay! Read below to see what I bought, and as always,  let me know if you'd like a full review over any of these products!

1. NYX: Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

I tried so hard to talk myself out of buying this palette, but I just couldn't resist giving it a try. I'm very new to the world of contouring and highlighting, so going the drugstore route is a great way to ease into an otherwise fairly intimidating makeup technique. Highlight and contour palettes are popping up all over the place from various brands, but this one is unique due to the fact that it's powder based rather than cream based. According to the reviews, however, the shades still blend pretty easily and the palette is comparable to the ones from high end brands such as Anastasia and Kat Von D. 

2. Urban Decay: Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

As much as I adore the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer for brightening up my under-eye area (which I raved about in my September Beauty Favorites post) , I've found that it isn't very effective at covering up blemishes. I tend to get some gnarly breakouts on my chin once a month which last for about a week (I'll give you 3 guesses as to why this happens), so I was in the market for a concealer that offered a bit more coverage. I've been using this product every day since I bought it last week, and I've been eally impressed so far! The coverage really is amazing, and the consistency is really creamy but has a matte and lightweight finish. Plus, it smells really nice! 

3. Urban Decay: De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

Even though I've gone through two travel sizes of these setting sprays within the past few months, I have to admit that I'm still on the fence about whether or not it actually works. As I've mentioned before, my skin is prettttttty oily, so I'm always trying products that promise to keep my face matte throughout the day (which is a reoccurring theme throughout this haul). I've read that spraying this on your face both before and after you apply your makeup is a lot more effective than just using it as a setting spray, but to be honest, I always forget to put it on prior to applying my primer and foundation. Hopefully I can start remembering to do this step and I'll be able to let you guys know if it helps!

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Wiz

Other than getting my eyebrows waxed and shaped about once a month, I had never really paid much attention to them until recently. Brows are obviously a big stinkin' deal right now, but I was still just beginning to dip my toes in the water by lightly filling them in with dark brown eye shadow until I bought the Brow Wiz from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I've heard so many amazing reviews about this brow product on Youtube, and it seemed so easy to use that I decided to try it out for myself. I'm in love with the little brush at the end, and the shade of the pencil (mine is in "dark brown") perfectly matches my natural eyebrows. I'm still kind of wary about shaping them and going the whole nine yards, but at least I can now be confident that I have the right tools to accomplish it if and when I do decide to experiment a bit more. 

5. Maybelline: Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

I saw a commercial for this foundation while watching Catfish on MTV last week, and I was immediately intrigued for a few reasons. First, I used to use the Fit Me foundation's original formula  a few years ago, and I remember being very pleased with the amount of coverage that it gave, as well as the variety of skin tones and shades it offered.  Second, as I mentioned earlier, I'm an honest to god sucker for any product that promises to minimize oily skin. And third, I hardly ever watch cable TV, which means I rarely see commercials, which means that I was instantaneously sucked into that infuriatingly exciting feeling of absolutely "needing" a new product. Long story short, I've used this foundation a few times since purchasing it and I can now tell you that I think it's just OK so far. It doesn't magically mattify my skin, I still have pores, but it does make my complexion look pretty darn good when applied over my Benefit Porefessional Primer and alongside some good under-eye concealer. At the moment, I feel as though the shade I bought ("Classic Ivory") is a bit too orange for my ghoulish wintry complexion, but once I get a little more color in my skin as it starts to get warmer, I think I'll begin to like this foundation even more. 

6. Neutrogena: Shine Control Powder

Last but not least is yet another "oil minimizing" product, and this just might be the most effective one out of everything I've talked about so far (which is to be expected from any powder, I suppose). I owned this Neutrogena Shine Control powder a few months ago, and was really starting to like it until I dropped it on my bathroom floor and it shattered everywhere. It was a travesty, to say the least, but I woman-ed up recently and spent yet another $12 or so to replace it. I'm glad I did, though, because this powder really is pretty awesome. It's completely translucent, so it doesn't alter the color of my foundation or concealer or anything when I use it to set everything, and it feels really lightweight on my skin afterwards. I absolutely dread the thought of looking or feeling like a cake-face, and this powder really eases my mind about all that when I wear it. As far as minimizing oiliness goes, I won't say that it's a miracle worker. I will say, however, that compared to other powders I've owned in the past (and there have been many), this one probably does the best job at keeping the slickness (eww) away. It's definitely worth trying out for yourself, if you're interested. 

Thanks so much for reading! Are you jumping on the contour palette train? What products have you purchased recently? Leave a comment down below and get the conversation started!