Make-up is one of those things that I could spend a fortune on (I do spend a small fortune on it), but the reality is, I rarely wear it. It's the promise of what it may do for me that's so alluring. And colors—I really like colors.
There are no real indie places to get make-up in this town, you either go to a drug store for the low end or you go to Sephora or a department store for the high end. And this is why I'm a fan of this chain: Ulta Beauty (corner of Rosecrans and Midway Drive, additional locations in La Jolla Village Center, Carlsbad Forum, San Marcos and Oceanside)—because they bring the low and the high together in one behemoth store. And San Diego has a new one, centrally located in the Sports Arena area, next to the old Henry's, aka the new Sprouts.
Mind you, they keep the low end on one side of the store and the high end on the other, but no matter. It's a quick cross of the aisles. They have big brands such as Benefit and Bare Minerals and Lorac and Tarte. And they have a good selection of the low end—besides the Loreal, Revlon and Maybelline, there's the new BB line from Garnier and a whole lot of Say Yes to Carrots. They have a brow bar. They carry Carol's Daughter hair products, which are kind of divine. They have the Clarisonic skin-washing thing that costs $100, but I want it, oh I want it. They have a few aisles of blowdryers and irons, including my new most-favorite thing, the clamp-less curling rod. It's genius. Google it.
Best part? Samples. Like their big step-sis Sephora, they're happy to help and pass on little bits of product in tiny little jars or bags. And, well, I like tiny.