Ulta Diamond Rewards Review | What it Feels Like to be a *DIAMOND*

Hello everyone,

In my last post about Ulta, I expressed some doubt that I would make it to the Diamond Rewards level. However, I did fall in love with some things this year, and I got a new flat iron, pushing my total above the required amount.

So, here’s the skinny:

There are a few perks to becoming Diamond: Free Shipping Over $25, Free Inductee Gift including a $25 Gift Card, Earn 1.5x the points

Let’s dive deeper into these perks.

Free Inductee Gift including a $25 Gift Card

Here is what I got after becoming Diamond:

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It includes two sample sizes: A Pur: Fully Charged mascara, a “Porefessional” primer by Benefit and a $25 Beauty Services Reward Card. The samples are pretty self-explanatory. The $25 gift card is only applicable to Beauty Services. Prior to receiving it, I thought it was a $25 gift card for anything, but once I received it, I realized that it’s applicable only to beauty services- aka the Ulta Salon.  This will probably not get used up for a while, as it is very rare that I use the salon at Ulta.

Free Shipping Over $25

For Members and Platinum Members of the Ultamate Rewards program, free shipping is earned after adding $50 worth of items to your cart. For Diamond members, this is cut in half to $25. Actually, I also received free shipping for purchases under $25 during Ulta’s 21 days of beauty promotion, when products that were a part of the sale earned me free shipping with purchase. I thought that was a nice bonus.

 Earn 1.5x the points

This is actually pretty cool. My main post about the Ulta Ultamate Rewards Program is about getting the best deals at Ulta and prominently features the points program. If you’re platinum, you earn 1.25 points per dollar spent. Diamond members earn 1.5 points per dollar spent. Earning points 25% faster than Platinum will definitely mean that the points are easier to come by and make getting to 2000 way easier too! (For more info on why you should wait to spend your points until you get to 2000, please read my other post.)

A little math on getting to 2000: In order to get to 2000 points as a “platinum” member, you would in theory need to spend $1600, whereas a Diamond member would only need to spend $1333. I say “in theory” because Ulta is always having 2, 3, and 5 times the points offers on specific items or specific days or during your birthday month, etc… So, it is unlikely that anyone would actually need to spend so much, but you can definitely see the difference that extra 25% makes in your ability to earn!

Whether or not this program is worth it to you is subjective. I prefer it to Sephora’s program, but only because Ulta offers cash to spend as a reward and not product samples, although, I had heard that Spehora has been experimenting with other rewards in the mix.

What do you think about the Diamond Rewards program? Are you in?

Let me know in the comments below!

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What I’m LOVING Right Now

Hello Everyone!

My has it been a while since I last wrote! I have been working hard, putting in the hours at work, and working on my YT channel. But mostly: It’s festival season and my weekends (when I usually write) have been filled with social activities. This past weekend, I went to Bonnarroo, prior to that, Italian Fest and before that, BBQ Fest, so it has been a little busy! Anywho- I wanted to do a little “What I’m loving right now” post, because I went to Lululemon last weekend, and got/ saw a few things I’d like to share with y’all!

The first thing I’d like to share is this:

Mesh on Mesh Jacket

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almost got this, it is better for the shorter-waisted among us, and it fit me just fine. It’s a bit boxy, but I actually enjoyed the way it looked. The only reason I didn’t pick this up, is that I actually think it will go on sale. There are some complaints in reviews about the poor zipper quality, what concerns me more is people talking about the weight of the hood pulling the jacket down. That could get annoying, but I still think it’s a really cute jacket… which is why I will totally get it once it’s on markdown. 🙂

Energy Bra in Eternal Wave Starlight Black

 

I did buy this. I like a good Energy Bra. They offer a lot of support, and, I think the straps are super cute.

Play Off The Pleats Skirt in Eternal Wave Starlight Black

Of course, I needed a matching bottom, right? This skirt is super pretty. After reading the reviews, I’m seeing some sizing issues, I didn’t personally have any issues, but we all know Lululemon has had sizing issues before, so… maybe try before you buy on this one.

Miles Ahead Tank in Ruby Wine

 

This is so pretty too, and what I actually love most about it is the mesh fabric. This top reminds me a little of the Hot Like Agni tanks, because of the high neckline and ability to tie the back. I bought all of the Hot Like Agni tanks, and I got this Miles Ahead tank in this Ruby Wine color and in Sage.

Sun Runner crops in Fuchsia Pink

Sun Runners are BACK! So excited! I absolutely love the Sun Runners. I will definitely be getting these! The length is perfect, and the mesh in the back is so pleasantly cooling 🙂 The cut is pretty flattering too.

Anywho- That’s all I have for now! Thanks for stopping by!

Lululemon Align Pants

It’s time to talk about Aligns.

Aligns were released around September, 2015. They were released with a few other pant types when Lululemon was re-vamping their pant-wall. The released pants were the Align Pant, Zone In Tight, All the Right Places Pant, and Tight Stuff 7/8 Tight.

And honestly, at first, I wasn’t all that interested. I prefered the “hugged” feeling of my Wunder Unders and the fabric seemed a little delicate… even moreso than normal! The other thing is that sometimes when Lululemon comes out with a new item, they phase something else out (Speed Ups replacing Speed Shorts) and then bring back the old favorite, at a higher price. So, I was biding my time, waiting to see what the Aligns were replacing, only to be phased out and to have the beloved classic item return for a higher price. But this has not happened and I am now convinced that the Aligns are here to stay. As an aside, What happened to the Zone-In tights? I’m not able to find them on Lululemon’s site and they were released at the same time.

Anyways, I’ve never talked about Aligns before on my blog, but I think now is a good time to start.

Fabric: Nulu: aka: softest Nylon/ Supplex blend ever.

Fit: Form-fitting, not forgiving. If you have flaws, you’re not getting any assistance from these, unlike the way one might with Luxtreme or even the traditional Wunder Under Luon. That said, they fit pretty much like Wunder Unders, the fabric is just less thick and less tight than the WUs.

Feel: These are the softest things I have ever felt from Lululemon. They really do feel like nothing at all on and I love this fabric!

Issues: The reviews say it all. People LOVE the softness, but HATE the pilling. This is one of the reasons why I have stayed away from these. I can’t bring myself to pay $100 for pants that are destined to pill after only a few wears. In addition, people are complaining about loose threads/snagging.

My opinion: Buy if you are not concerned about pilling. Let’s be honest, we all love silky leggings that are super comfortable to wear. Like a good lipstick, legging that feel like nothing at all are amazing. However, we also like our things to last, and based on the 2.5* average review on Lululemon’s website and given the extensive list of comments regarding pilling, I think it’s safe to assume that these do not last, for most people. And, while a depiller (CA) (USA) can help with this, the question becomes, should this really be necessary when I’ve only worn these a couple of times?

At the end of the day, the answer to “should I buy?” is up to you, but so far, I’ve said ‘No thanks.’

Central Saint Martins Nulux Collection

Hello everyone!

I am so lucky that the people at Lululemon have heard me! I said: I want bright colors! They said, “Let me get the people at Saint Martins to whip something up for you! [again]” And it was done.

This is Lululemon’s second time collaborating with Central Saint Martins, and this time, it’s more up my alley than last time 🙂

UPDATE: I bought my first two favorites 

Fabric is mostly Nylon, which is great! However, they are lined in white, which I don’t love because I fond that this meales the patter sheer out a little. I, however, did not find these to be sheer, nor did the pattern distort too much upon “application” to my body 🙂 The one complaint I have it that these slide down during activity. Glad I bought them!

This collection is gorgeous! Let’s start with my favorite design:

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I went back and forth a little bit on this one, but the Quartize Wunder Under Nulux Multi is my favorite from this collection and probably the one I want to get my hands on ASAP.

So pretty! I love this blue/green color! The print design itself reminds me of a black/ white print Lululemon had called “Marbled Mix” and another in engineered print Nulux called Multi Black. And I almost got those ones, but didn’t because of the waistband and because I found them a tad sheer in a bend. I  always am extra vigilant around Wunder Unders lined in white, as they tend to be more prone to sheering out.

If they get all of these in my store, I’ll go do a try-on/ fit review for y’all. I went on Tuesday, but they had not yet arrived.

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The one, that I’ll call ‘tied for first’ on my list is the Kascade Wunder Under Multi. This one is sooooooo pretty! I love the variations/ stops in pattern just the way it looks- I bet it will be very flattering! I’ll let you know!

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The next one on my list: Tulle Wunder Under Multi. I like this one a lot, but don’t love it and will likely pass, but it is still gorgeous. I love how feminine this print looks. The lines in the print seem so light and dainty.

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Finally, the last one. Although I do like this print, I do not love it. The colors are nice, but the print itself is too geometrics for me. Not my fave.

 

What do y’all think of this collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Getting to know me

Hello!

In case you didn’t know, I started a YouTube channel.

I’ve been really enjoying myself on YouTube, and my Lululemon Declutter Series (filming my next video Saturday) is helping me to part with things I don’t really use or need and allowing me to give more love to the things that I do really like. For example, in my declutter video, I said that I really liked the Invigorate bras, but I hadn’t been using them much. I am happy to say that I’ve been using the ones that I have a lot more since getting rid of so many other bras I wasn’t using and I even got myself a new one 🙂 (pictured)

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That said, while I really love making makeup videos- ACTUALLY I just uploaded my NEW favorite, a review of the Elsa palette by Beauty Creations. My other favorite was the review on the House of Lashes eyelash glue– why did I smell the glue!?

…As I was saying- While I do really enjoy making fun, makeup videos and haul videos, I also really want y’all to get to know me better and to start introducing some vlog-style videos on my channel, where it is literally just me, talking to the camera. And while even I do not honestly believe that I am that particularly interesting, I do think that some of my stories and experiences are at least mildly interesting in that “human interest” sort of vein.

That said, I do plan to get personal with y’all and really put myself out there. My first vlog that I publish will either be me volunteering at the Humane Society OR a Storytime about my experience with homelessness. I have both almost completely filmed and edited, but want to put an extra segment onto both of them before I publish.

I really love to write, I am really enjoying filming (editing is OK, lol) and I am actually probably too passionate about Lululemon and all things Beauty- BUT I also want all of you to get to know me better and I think that by starting to vlog and telling stories about my life, that that will help you get to know me a lot better.

I hope you enjoy the vlogs.

Have a fabulous day/afternoon/evening- I’ll talk to you soon 🙂

What I’m Loving Right Now

Hello everyone!

SO HAPPY to be doing one of these posts again! I am here to tell you what I am loving right now… and maybe one thing I’m not. 🙂

The first thing I am absolutely adoring at the moment are the new, limited edition Define Jackets *Pleat

Define Jacket Pleat

I definitely got the black one, and I don’t even wear black that much. I might go for the other two if they don’t sell out too quickly.

The second thing I am LOVING are these Crystalline Multi Wunder Unders. I don’t love that they’re lined in white- and sold out in my size at my local Lululemon- BUT, they’re gorgeous, and I’ll probably end up with something in this print in my hands some time soon.

Crystalline Multi Wunder Under

I am absolutely in love with the new collection that first arrived in Asia and has migrated to the United States. These Carmine True Red/ Black Train Times crops will be mine. As soon as I saw them on the US site, I leapt from my bed to run to my local Lulu in search of the awesomeness. They did not have them- and sadly I had forgotten about the “Find in Store” button option on the item page.

I did, however, pick up the matching Sweat Times Bra. Very nice indeed.

So many appealing items! The Stash N’ Run bra looks just like my beloved Run Stuff Your Bras, minus the middle pocket! But that’s OK! I’ll give them a chance once more colors are released.

Then there’s the Wild Twist 7/8 Tights! I love these! I KIND of wish the “Magnet Grey” part was reflective, but hey, you can’t always get what you want! Worth noting that there does appear to be a tiny strip of reflective material at the base of the tights. But I just love these! They seem so fun 🙂 This colorway is called: Black/White/Magnet Grey.

They also have Redwood/Auburn/Quicksand, which I don’t fully love… I hope they come out with something more vivid, and less muted.

I was also really happy to see Strides back in style! Strides do not really fit me in a flattering way, which is why I prefer the Defines, since they end at the waist. BUT I love Strides from a design perspective, regardless of whether they flatter me, personally. So, I am stoked to see them back on the “on the shelves” [online]. I would imagine that of the colors available right now, this Heathered Black one is probably the softest 🙂

Because I love them, and because I love seeing them back, I hope that more colors come out and that y’all get to enjoy these!

And, finally, I suppose, I’ll choose something I am not loving, if you are still here, reading…

I am not a fan of these “Ready to Run Tight Pinpoint” in Black and Magnet Grey. They also have a Midnight Navy/ Moroccan Blue color, that is slightly better, but I just don’t love these, which even I consider odd when I think about how much I really like the Wild Twist tights above, it even seems inconsistent. But… while the Twist Tights above have a twist, these have more of a “racing stripe” along the side. Perhaps, it is the look of the fabric, not necessarily the design that I don’t love.  Regardless, here they are:

What do y’all think? Let me know in the comments below!

New Diamond Rewards by Ulta

Hello everyone,

I know you all love my post about how to save money at Ulta by leveraging their rewards program, and they have come out with a brand new rewards category. [drum roll] DIAMOND 💎


So, basically, I love Ulta- BUT I think their Diamond program is reaching a little bit. By comparison, Sephora’s Rouge requires “only” $1000 spent per year to become a member and provides the major benefit of free shipping. (However, the same benefit can be purchased for $10/year from Sephora.) By contrast, Ulta’s Diamond rewards program membership does not offer free shipping and requires a $1200 spend. It only changes the minimum order requirement from $50 to earn free shipping to $25 to earn free shipping. Honestly, my orders are never lower than that anyways, but it still seems like if Sephora can do for $1000, Ulta can do it for $1200.

Question: I am currently Platinum. Is it worth it to become Diamond? Let’s do some math. Wait! Don’t leave! I will do it- 🙂

So, if you earn points 25% faster (On BASE points only, this multiplier does not affect 2x or 5x the points values), you now “only” have to spent $1333 to earn the 2000 points (assuming you activate no other points offers), whereas with Platinum, you must spend $1600 to earn the $2000 points, which in my last post, we established is the ideal increment in which to spend. The relative value- of the extra points you get for not having to spend $267 to earn them is $20.86. In addition to the $25 gift card you receive for being a Diamond rewards member, the total benefit of being a Diamond rewards member is $45.86 + a lower free-shipping threshold, which anyone spending $1200/year at Ulta is unlikely to use anyways amiright?. So, if spending $1200/ year at Ulta is something you generally do, by all means, continue to do so. But in my opinion, I would prefer to remain Platinum and get all the perks associated with the Platinum membership, rather than attempting to become a Diamond member. If I spent $1200 on makeup per year, I’d probably go for the Rouge membership at Sephora. Free shipping (although non-rouge members can purchase it for $10/year), early access to sales and new product launches, and exclusive events seem more worth it to me than what Ulta is offering.

I, however, barely made it to Platinum this year, so I will not be going for Sephora’s Rouge program. But if you’re trying to choose between the two- I think Sephora wins the round for “best top tier,” but Ulta still wins for best mid-tier. In my opinion, Ulta’s rewards for being platinum are better than Sephora’s rewards for being VIB.

Thank you for reading!

What do you think of the new Diamond tier in the program? Let me know in the comments!