PSA: This Is What Byrdie Editors Are Shopping for Right Now

Updated 08/30/17

As beauty editors, we’ll find any excuse to stock up on new products.  Vacationing? Gotta get more skincare. Change of seasons? Need new everything. Can you blame us? When a retailer’s goal is to meet every imaginable need (we’re looking at you ), we’d be crazy not to take advantage. Sure, we have our tried-and-true favorites, but we’re always pleased to discover a new or under the radar brand or product and Ulta Beauty makes that possible. No other retailer marries affordable picks and luxe brands quite like it (or carries as many items across all categories). So, even though we’re Ulta Beauty regulars, there’s always something new for us to explore when we visit. Below we share what's in our carts now. From lip oils to potent face masks, these are the items that have our editors clicking "buy now."

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea $7

When we need a pick-me-up late in the workday, this is the mist we turn to. Infused with soothing aloe and antioxidant-rich green tea, a quick spritz brings dull, tired-looking skin back to life. As an added bonus, vitamins and minerals provide a cooling boost of hydration to leave skin feeling refreshed.

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk $20

This ultra-fine dry shampoo is formulated with soothing oat milk, making it a great choice for those with sensitive scalps. While the corn and rice starch act as powerful cleansers and natural absorbents, eliminating dirt, oil, and odors. Focus the spray at your roots. Then leave it in for two minutes, so the powder can fully absorb before brushing it through your hair.    

Clinique FIT Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40 $40

If you go straight from work to workout, you need this sweat-friendly foundation in your life. The lightweight water- and humidity-proof foundation provides medium coverage with a natural-matte finish that lasts through even your toughest spin class — and beyond. 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer $29

This concealer is a fan (and editor) favorite for a reason. The creamy formula comes in 14 shades and blends easily and naturally into the skin. Apply it to just your problem areas, or blend over your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin as you would foundation.

Memebox Nooni Water Blending Lip Oil $15

You probably have a go-to lip balm on hand, but we're here to tell you, you may want to upgrade to a lip oil come fall. This silky formula blends right into your lips to instantly moisturize, soften, and plump your pout. thanks to its blend of botanical oils, like sunflower, olive, jojoba, and argan. Plus, mint extract soothes and alleviates any discomfort.

Pacifica Ginger Root 10 In 1 Volumizing Spray $14

We’re all about multitasking products, and this volumizing spray is the definition of that. Not only does it add volume and help extend your style, but the antioxidant-rich formula also controls oil and guards against pollution.

Skinfood Bitter Green Clay To Foam $15

Quicker than a mask and more thorough than a typical cleanser, this clay-to-foam formula contains Amazonian clay that absorbs dirt deep within pores. The gentle formula makes it the perfect skincare product to incorporate into your routine a few times a week.

MAC Instant Artistry Lip Prep Nude Kit $40

Nude lips are here to stay, so we're turning to this kit to create the perfect look. The set includes a lip primer to extend the life of your color, a lip pencil to define your shape, and a tawny nude lipstick that'll soon be your go-to.

Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame $22

Everyone needs a go-to product to tame frizz, and this leave-in smoothing cream is our current pick. It's formulated with good-for-hair ingredients like Brazilian pracaxi oil, which smooths, nourishes, and strengthens hair without weighing it down.

It Brushes for Ulta Your Superheroes Full-Size Vacation Brush Set $50

No vanity is complete without a quality set of brushes, and these don’t disappoint. The set comes with six brushes — powder, foundation, crease, concealer, shadow, and liner — that’ll get the job done every time.

Skinrx Lab MadeCera Cream $36

This moisturizer does more than look good on a vanity. (Although, it certainly does.) The all day hydrator reduces the appearance of fine lines and visibly lightens dark spots with ceramides and niacinimide. Who could resist?


Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette $45

While we can never resist a good palette, this one takes the cake. The six carefully selected shades, four of which are highlighters and two of which are for contouring, can be worn alone or layered together. What’s more, each shade is powered by nutrient-rich Amazonian clay, so you’ll get the rich payoff and super-long wear.

Bumble and Bumble Bb.Hairdresser's Invisible Oil $40

Used on wet or dry locks, this lightweight oil quickly absorbs into hair, leaving it silky-soft and frizz-free. Not just that, but it protects against breakage and UV damage, too.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask $38

When the seasons change, we find ourselves in need of a quality mask — an intense formula that’ll get the job done. This Murad one contains polishing beads of lactic acid that exfoliate and lift away dead skin cells. Volcanic clay extracts dirt and grime deep within pores, and pomegranate extract gives your skin a natural-looking glow.

NYX Butter Gloss $5

Even those who are not fans of lip gloss can appreciate this NYX lippie — which has none of the sticky texture of your typical gloss. It comes in a variety of colors (so many, you'll be hard-pressed to choose just one), and softens and conditions lips throughout the day. 


COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule $28

Once the temperatures start to dip, our skin can take a turn for the worse. To combat this, we arm our skincare arsenals with a more intensive moisturizer that’ll bring our skin back to life, like this one from COSRX. The hydrating oil heals damaged, dry skin, leaving it plump and radiant-looking.

Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift $65

The easiest way to fake a full night’s sleep? This eye cream. Massage the cream into your under-eye area, and let it absorb for up to five minutes. Nourishing ingredients like wild indigo seed extract will brighten dark circles, sea water extract counters puffiness, and hyaluronic acid firms up the skin. Just make sure you give it time to work its magic.  

Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil $9

This fine, angled-tip pencil makes it exceptionally easy to fill in your brows. Use the thick side to fill in and the fine tip to add definition. Then, brush the spoolie end through your brows to tame and smooth.

Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 $26

A texture spray that also acts as a dry shampoo and UV protectant? Count us in. What we love most about this Drybar pick is that it sprays on clear, so any hair color (and type) can use it.

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