Karly Ball/Old Gold & Black
Karly Ball/Old Gold & Black

Ulta Beauty’s semiannual sale offers great deals

Ulta’s semiannual sale kicked off this week with some great deals.

The sale features daily items throughout September at discounts up to 50 percent off. Most of the products don’t typically go on sale, so this is an opportunity to stock up. Ulta Platinum members also receive free shipping online, so it might be worth asking friends to use their accounts. Most of the products are avaliable in store too, for those who lack in the beauty-junkie friend department. Below are some of my top picks for September’s sale:

Ofra Highlighters, Sept. 8

Sale Price: $14.50-16

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Ofra may be one of Ulta’s less well-known brands, but beauty subscription services like Ipsy and YouTube vlogger attention have quickly put the company on the map. Their highlighters are known for intense pigmentation and longevity. These highlighters are bold, so those who prefer a more subtle highlight should be warned that too much might leave you glowing from outer space. Those who like to shine, however, are sure to enjoy this product. I plan to pick up the shade “Rodeo Drive,” but there are multiple options depending on your skin tone and color preferences.

It Cosmetics Foundation Brush #115, Sept. 16

Sale Price: $12

Makeup enthusiasts will agree that a good foundation brush is essential. Foundation brushes from prestige brands can cost $30 or more though, so many miss out on these useful tools. It Cosmetics produces fluffy, densely packed brushes that blend easily, feel soft and can withstand many washes. I’ve used several of their eye and face brushes, none of which have disappointed. This brush features a tapered and user-friendly design, so you can be out the door and on your way to class quickly. For $12, you can’t go wrong.

Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover, Sept. 20

Sale Price: $9.50

Eye makeup remover might not be the most exciting product of the sale, but it’s possibly the most useful. Makeup remover wipes are convenient at the end of a long day, but they don’t cut it for waterproof mascara and eyeliner. I keep a bottle of this remover on my nightstand and swear by it. Clinique products are gentle on the skin but their remover is also effective for tough spots. A couple drops on a cotton round and you’re good to go — no need for endless eye scrubbing.

MAC Lipstick, Sept. 20

Sale Price: $8.50

This sale marks the first 21 Days of Beauty since Ulta started carrying MAC cosmetics. The sale will only feature one MAC product in two shades, but it’s not one to miss. Russian Red is a true red matte, perfect for formal occasions. Velvet Teddy is a deep neutral shade and beloved product of YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill. Both shades are popular and typically don’t go on sale, so getting them for 50 percent off is a can’t-miss opportunity.

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