Impulse Buys at Ulta

Today I had a chance to take my favorite boot camp class at my gym. I worked through the morning and was happy to have an hour reprieve to take the fast-paced class. It has been a while since I’ve taken it and it felt good to be back!

The instructor incorporated ropes and burpees into the class which challenged me and before I knew it my workout for the day was done!

I worked through the rest of the morning before heading home for lunch.


Lunch today was leftover whole wheat spaghetti!

spaghetti and turkey meatballs

I wasn’t sure how the pasta would taste since the noodles were leftover from a dinner last week, but they were still delicious. I topped them with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs and wished I would’ve had spinach to add to the mix. Next time! 

Afternoon Errands

After lunch it was time to head out to run some errands. I’ve needed new conditioner and mascara for a while now, so I popped into Ulta to buy my two favorites.

Marc Anthony Conditioner

I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but Marc Anthony is the only thickening shampoo and conditioner that I’ve used that actually makes a difference in my hair. Love it!

While I was there, I also picked up a couple of impulse purchases. I wanted a deep conditioning mask to use on my hair since I recently ran out of my L’Oreal deep conditioning mask and I got totally suckered in by the big bold words on this mask:

for hair that never grows past a certain length

Why yes, I do have hair that never grows past a certain length! Help me! I’ll be sure to report back if this treatment actually makes a difference.

I also nabbed three new bottles of nail polish in my attempt to buy nail polish that isn’t just another shade of pink. (They were buy two, get one free!) I think the metallic colors will be fun for the fall and winter months and I may even use the gold on my nails for Merri and Pete’s wedding this weekend. Julie wearing nail polish that isn’t bubble gum pink!? Oh things are about to get crazy around here!

After my time at Ulta, I swung by Old Navy to see if they might have the pullover I love in another color. I adore the gray pullover I got last year and am hoping they’ll offer it again in another color this year, but no luck so far. I thought this lightweight striped hoodie was really cute and would look adorable with red TOMS for a lazy Sunday outfit, but they didn’t have it in my size.

old navy striped sweatshirt

It had great reviews online, so I ended up ordering it along with a $14 chambray top from their “tall” collection that I am hoping will be long enough to wear with black leggings (and riding boots)!

Now I am blogging from a coffee shop before it’s time for me to redeem a Groupon for a pedicure so my feet look pretty for Merri’s wedding. It has been a while since I’ve had a pedicure and I’m psyched.

I hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday!

Question of the Afternoon

  • What is your go-to nail polish color?


  1. says

    I have really been into painting my nails lately. I’ve tried lots of navy’s and dark greens, but my favorite one I just discovered is Essie “For the twill of it”. It is this crazy iridescent shade that changes color in the light. LOVE IT! I can get into a lot of trouble in Ulta. I always come out spending WAY more than I thought I would.


  2. says

    I love dark colors for the fall. One of my favorites is OPI’s “Lincoln Park After Dark.” It’s my go-to! I have a french gel manicure right now but it’s a different kind of a french and it’s really pretty. I hate pink french’s. This one is 2 coats of Studio White gel for the entire nail and then one coat of Creampuff. It’s super cute 🙂


  3. Leanne says

    Ulta is like a black hole for time & money for me. We don’t have them in Canada, and everything in cheaper in the US to start – but then when Ulta is having a sale? Look out! Probably a good thing they don’t have them in Canada, haha.


  4. april says

    i love ulta! they often send really good coupons in the mail, so i always find a great deal there. 🙂 my “go-to” nail polish color is always a shade of pink or purple.

    enjoy your pedicure! 🙂


  5. Erin says

    I change polishes according to seasons, right now i am wearing “you don’t know Jacques”, love it!

    I have that pullover in a light purple, but due to my short torso it looks way too long on me, such a bummer!


  6. says

    That hoodie is adorable! I’ve given into the fact that I’ll always do my nails in a light shade of sheer pink. Anything else just isn’t me. Kudos to you for trying something new! Enjoy your pedicure!


  7. says

    I need to check out old navy if they have a “tall” collection! I love long shirts but most just aren’t very long on me because of my height.

    Oh, and I always get suckered into buying other things at Ulta!


  8. Tory says

    I have that striped sweatshirt from ON and love it! It’s great for traveling because it’s super comfortable but looks a little bit classier than a typical hoodie.


  9. Stacy says

    I have that striped hoodie as well! It may one of the most comfortable pieces I own, besides my PJs. As far as nail colors, I definitely like blues and purples, anything that’s just a little different. :c)


  10. says

    I’m typically all about the pink nail polish too, but I’ve branched out the last year or two. I’ve been loving the bolder shades for fall – deep purple, gray, and deep emerald are some of my current faves!

    Doesn’t Old Navy have the best sales?! I feel like they’ve really stepped up their game in the past year or so, and I am really loving a lot of their clothes lately. It’s dangerous with all their great prices!


  11. Erin H says

    Ulta gets me everytime!

    I’m intrigued by the hair mask! I’m currently trying to grow out my hair for my March wedding. It got decent reveiws on amazon, but can you please tell me about the smell??? The reviews go from “amazing” to “old lady perfume”. What do you think??


  12. Briana says

    I have that grey and white striped pullover from Old Navy. I have worn it more than 5 times in the 2 weeks I’ve owned it. I LOVE it! Enjoy 🙂


  13. says

    I’ve never tried a thickening shampoo, but my thin ass hair could certainly use the boost. I’m always so jealous of girls with thick, beautiful hair!


  14. says

    During the winter, my favorite is OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. It’s the best! But recently, I switched it up a little and went for a dark burgundy! I always do gel so I can’t always have all of the fun regular polish colors, but it definitely lasts a lot longer!


  15. says

    I’ve never been to Ulta, but I love perusing through Sephora and the makeup sections of drug stores. My favorite nail polish colors are always a light-neutral pinkish color!
    The striped sweater and chambray top are SO cute. I would definitely order those myself!


  16. Kelsie says

    I always buy way too many impulse items when I actually go to Ulta…I try and do most of my shopping on their website so I can stick to what I planned to buy! Beauty products are so luring!


  17. says

    Love Ulta! I always get suckered in to buying some extra goodies while I am there. It is a treat to go. I love the hoodie. Do you always buy things with outfits in mind to wear them with? I think that is a great idea!


  18. says

    I’m putting my hair through some serious rehab right now, I guess…haha. It’s been awful for awhile now and I’m trying to get my healthy hair back! Definitely keep us posted on the conditioning mask. I’ve been wanting to try a deep conditioner. I feel like my hair just will NOT grow past my shoulders!


  19. Cari says

    I have a similar hoodie but with 3/4 sleeves! Does thickening shampoo/ conditioner work on really fine hair, or will it just weigh it down? If it does work on fine/ thin hair this may be my next purchase!!!


  20. Kristyn says

    my fav nail polish is def. OPI Linkin Park After Dark! especially for Fall!
    but you will PLEASE have to do a follow up on how you like the hair mask you bought at Ulta because I need a good product like that!! :):) Thanks!


  21. says

    I have hair that seriously doesn’t grow past a certain length I am super interested to hear how this conditioner works for you!!! Ulta is like Target, I can never go in and get ONLY what I had intended, I always end up with some impulse buys!


  22. says

    I usually end up picking some sort of pink when it comes to my nails too…I don’t know why! It’s either pink or something crazy like a bright blue. I can’t seem to find a happy medium. I like the metallic colors you picked out…great for fall (and winter!)


  23. Taylor says

    Please Please Please tell us if that mask works! I am in the same boat as you! My hair seems to have just stopped growing! Thank you Julie!


  24. jan klein says

    I’ve been wearing OPI Funny Bunny, but I was at Ulta the other day & got a really pretty metallic chocolate brown. Perfect for fall.


  25. says

    I’ve become a huge fan of metallic nail polish recently! I also tried a gray nail polish on my toes and found it to be surprisingly fun. I usually stick with my basic light pink nail polishes, but it’s nice to branch out every once in awhile. =)


  26. says

    I love that sweater, I might have to steal your idea and go purchase it! Hope you don’t mind 😉

    My go to nail color is a deep red color. I have slightly darken skin so I can (luckily) do it any time of the year. And it makes me feel classy 🙂


  27. Megan says

    I actually rarely wear pink, unless it’s a coral or pastel peach during spring. Favorite color is turquoise or shiny taupe on the nails. I love metallics too.


  28. says

    I’ve always been a pink nail person too, until this summer when I started receiving cool, funky colors in my Birch Box subscription. I wore a minty-neon green on my toes almost all summer and got SO many compliments on it, even from my 60-year-old male colleagues. Though come to think of it, they might have just found it weird but thought they had to say something after staring at my toes. Either way, I’ll take it!


  29. says

    I actually rarely wear pink! My go-to colors are a gun metal grey and a metallic silver. I’m pretty boring though, I usually just alternate between the two. I need to get out of my rut!


  30. says

    I’m with you on pink! Pink is my favourite colour (as I type this wearing a pink polka dot robe and pink fleece pajama pants…), but right now my go to nail colour is NUDE! it’s called 140 Quick Sand by Sally Hansen insta-dry. It has the perfect amount of subtle shimmer and elongates the nail. Since I am growing my nails out, it is perfect and doesn’t make them look too stubbly!


  31. janet says

    all hair is programmed (one could say) to only grow to a certain length…

    My go-to colour is Mademoiselle from Essie (barely any colour to it) and I use it as my base coat … my current fave colour is For the Twill of It by Essie … an iridescent colour that depending on angle looks green, purple or grey.


  32. says

    I found this amazing color that is the perfect blend of blue and dark purple, on sale, wait for it, for $1.29 at sears on clearance!! Revlon “urban”. Prb discontinued, so now I am hoarding it!


  33. Amanda says

    Ulta gets me every time!! I go in there for one or two things and always end up spending +$20. I can spend an hour in there just looking at everything. Ha. My favorite fall color right now is OPI you don’t know Jacques. One of my favorites is OPI Bare my soul
    Btw Sarasota is one of my favorite places. My mom and grandparents live there.


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