But the other day I had to go to Petco to buy turtle food for my son's pet turtle, Toby-Wan Kenobi. Naturally I took advantage of my Petco's location next door to an Ulta. And I had so much fun.
There are plenty of nay-sayers out there, but really, my Ulta is nice—not overly crowded, well-lit, well-stocked, fairly clean. There was even a helpful sales associate (OK, he was wearing a man-bun. Nobody's perfect.)
Here's why I had such fun:
My Ulta offered me a first look at Lipstick Queen's glorious artwork for the Seven Deadly Sins glosses.
as well as a glimpse of a promising looking palette from Pür, a line that's new to me:
|OK, the display palette is a bit beaten up, and the gloss is missing. Points off for that.|
|Here it is from the Ulta website.|
And I love those eye shadow shades.
But I don't need them. So I didn't buy them. Boo.
What else? How about too-young-for-me glitter nail polishes--on sale, yet.
Then there are the new products. I had a chance to check out the the Hello Kitty collection from OPI.
And my first in-real-life glimpse of the Tony Moly line of cute Korean skin care products.
Imagine that you're at a meeting and your hands feel dry, and you pull out a plastic banana of hand creme.
John T. Malloy is cringing at the thought. GOOD.
Speaking of dressing for success, Ulta offers sound advice
Best of all, the new Garnier micellar waters were on sale, with a buy two, get one 40 percent off deal.
|13.5 oz. for $8.99 when my last bottle of Bioderma cost $30? Yes, please.|
What didn't I care for? Well, I hate the regular, non-seasonal OPI display. I defy anyone to be able to see these colors with all that light behind the bottles.
And I guess the store is a bit grubby.
|I guess someone needs to mop. But who am I to complain, with my out-of-focus photos?|
Honestly, I was so dazzled by that glittery nail polish, I didn't notice the floor until I was editing the photographs.
So tell me, my fellow Americans--am I unusually lucky? How is shopping at Ulta for you?