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POLL: Do you prefer Sephora or Ulta?

I’m not going to lie…my very first visit to an Ulta happened about a week ago, and it was because I was shopping next door and decided I didn’t have the energy to drive out to the mall and hit Sephora like I normally do. The Ulta is so much closer to me, I don’t know what my problem was! I think I was a Sephora snob! I would drive twice as far to go to Sephora – and they don’t even carry Fekkai products anymore!

Once I finally did visit Ulta, I’m shocked I waited so long! It’s fantastic! I’ll probably never drive to the mall for Sephora ever again! The prices are better than Sephora – and they have MORE products!

I figured most women preferred one or the other – so which one do you prefer? Sephora or Ulta?

FREE Hair Workshops at ULTA Salons Nationwide (every weekend in July)‏


FREE Pro Hair Workshops at ULTA Locations Nationwide

Summer is a time for barbeques, beaches and poolside cocktails, not a time to worry about frizzy, flat or unmanageable hair. Now, ULTA stores nationwide are stepping in to help women reinvent their coifs during these hot and hazy summer months. Starting Sunday July 5th, the Salon at ULTA’s pro Designers will host a series of FREE workshops demonstrating the techniques we need to know to create salon styles at home. Choose from two customized workshops:

Turn Up the Volume


Learn quick tricks to create maximum volume, boost and body

Workshop Schedule

  • Sunday, July 5th – 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday, July 11th – 10:00am-Noon
  • Sunday, July 12th – 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday, July 18th – 10:00am-Noon

Tame Your Mane


Learn industry secrets to help you gain control of even the wildest head of hair

Workshop Schedule

  • Sunday, July 19th – 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday, July 25th – 10:00am-Noon
  • Sunday, July 26th – 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday, August 1st – 10:00am-Noon

Pre-book your appointment today for a FREE one-on-one consultation with a Salon Designer to receive personalized tips. First-time guests also can take advantage of 30% off Hair Color or a $30 Signature Cut at the Salon. Walk-ins are always welcome, but only those with reservations will be guaranteed a seat for this event. To book an appointment call 1-800-968-5823 or visit to find an ULTA location near you.

Can’t Get to ULTA? Tracy Guthrie, ULTA’s Manager of Salon Training, Shares How to “Get the Look”

Turn Up the Volume

  • Wash hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add density to the hair shaft
  • Comb hair with a wide tooth comb to eliminate frizz
  • Apply a volume enhancing styling product from roots to ends
  • Blow dry with a round brush for fine straight hair or paddle brush for thick curly hair
  • Lift hair up from the scalp to create height
  • Finish your blow out with a frizz fighting blast of cold air
  • Back comb hair at the crown and around the temples
  • Smooth the top layer of hair over the teased portion with a dollop of finishing serum
  • Use a large-barrel curling iron on 2-inch section of hair from the chin down to add big curls to the bottom
  • Set your style with a volumizing hairspray

Tame Your Mane

  • Wash hair with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner
  • Comb out hair with a wide tooth comb to eliminate frizz
  • Apply a smoothing cream mixed with a drop of shine serum onto damp hair
  • Blow dry hair until 80% dry
  • Use clips to section hair to complete the blow out
  • Pull small sections straight with a paddle brush and direct heat from the blow dryer until completely dry
  • Apply a heat protective styling spray on dry hair and smooth with a flat iron
  • Tame fly aways and add shine with shine spray or serum
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College Day Discount!



ULTA – the largest U.S. beauty retailer with one-stop shopping for prestige and mass cosmetics, skincare and hair care products and Salon services– is now offering a “College Day” discount!On the first Tuesday of every month, bring your college student ID to any ULTA location and receive 20% off your entire retail purchase and Salon service. Log onto ULTA Beauty’s fan page each month to learn more about College Day and to find an ULTA location near your campus.

ULTA is located just minutes away from hundreds of campuses nationwide, and now students have a one-stop-shopping spot that offers escape, experimentation, esthetics and value just for them.


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Try something fun for summer!


I’m mostly giving myself advice here… I have a really hard time trying bright summer colors. I’m a dark red – kinda girl. None of this bright frilly stuff. So I’m trying, I’m really really trying to brighten up my toes for the summer. Erin and I got a pedicure on Thursday – and I did, in fact try a bright fun color this time. Here it is Tuesday, and the color is STILL on, so it’s not killing me!

ULTA has some 60 colors to choose from in their inexpensive ULTA nail laquer line!

$4.50 – BUY IT HERE! (OR buy many!)