New York City has a lot of things. Pizza by the slice until 5 a.m., an entire
museum dedicated to sex, a 24/7 transportation system that, up until now, was pretty reliable. But the one thing we city dwellers surprisingly didn't have was an Ulta. Right? How we've lived this long without the makeup mecca, which is just opened on the corner of 86th Street and 3rd Avenue last week, is beyond us.
Whether the drugstore and high-end beauty emporium is new to you or a familiar place you stop by every day on the way home from work, there's an exciting array of hidden gems
— some of which cost less than a Seamless delivery. Ahead, we've rounded up a list of products from lipstick to dry shampoo that belong in your beauty aresenal. The best part is that they're all priced under $15 each, so feel free to splurge without worry.
This mask uses four key ingredients — vitamin C, pumpkin puree, glycolic acid, and manuka honey — to target surface pigmentation and restore the skin's balance. It also smells
like a delicious, pumpkin spice latte.
Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask, $14.99, available at
Contour like the pros with this popular, all-matte palette by BH Cosmetics. It features six neutral-toned shades and four highlighters that leave you sculpted to perfection without looking chalky.
Studio Pro Contour Palette, $14, available at
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This charcoal-based, invisible-drying moisturizer nourishes and hydrates while
balancing out oily, blemish-prone complexions. Talk about a win-win.
African Black Soap and Bamboo Charcoal Gelee Moisturizer, $12.99, available at
Preventing dry, chapped lips
isn't just about piling on lip balm
. Make sure you also reach for a natural exfoliator to keep them looking healthy. Frank Body's lip scrub is a great pick — it features ground coffee and raw sugar plus macadamia oil and beeswax to seal in moisture.
Lip Scrub, $12.95, available at
Gigi Hadid's highly anticipated collection with Maybelline is here, but it won't last long. While the lipsticks are all sold out (sigh), you can still grab this mini eyeshadow palette to help you create Hadid's signature glam makeup look. It comes in two cute color schemes — a warm-toned and a cool-toned version — that are only available at Ulta.
Gigi Hadid West Coast Glow Eyeshadow Palette, $14.99, available at
In May, we learned that
L'Oréal and Balmain
teamed up to create 12 matte lipsticks. Combined, they're just about the greatest thing we've ever seen. The limited-edition line is divided into three color themes, making it all the more fun to choose the one (or two, or three) that suits you best.
L'Oréal Paris X Balmain Paris Lipstick, $13.99, available at
This editor-approved dry shampoo works like magic to remove oil, dirt, and sweat when you have little to no time to spare.
Travel Size Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo, $12, available at
Ulta now sells MAC, and we can barely contain ourselves. Used on-the-go, this lightweight spray refreshes your makeup while also soothing the skin.
Prep + Prime Fix + Sized To Go, $12, available at
Despite our obsession with
pimple popping videos
, resisting the urge to pick at acne-ridden skin is
important. Digging into your skin can spread bacteria and lead to scarring. Instead, use MEMEBOX's I DEW Care Blemish Spot Patch. Basically, it's like a liquid Band-Aid that controls oil production, calms irritation, and prevents future breakouts so you can stress less and ultimately enjoy a clearer complexion.
I Dew Care Blemish Spot Patch, $15, available at
These matte foundation drops by NYX allow you to customize your ideal coverage without the hassle of using multiple products. They're even nominated for a
Beauty Innovator Award
NYX Professional Makeup
Total Control Drop Foundation, $13.99, available at
Stop fussing around with drawing on the perfect, winged eyeliner look. Unlike traditional applicators, Revlon's ColorStay Exactify Liquid Liner has a rolling wheel tip that creates a smooth, straight line with ease.
ColorStay Exactify Liquid Liner, $11.99, available at
Is your skin thirsty and in need of moisture? This ultra-hydrating mist is infused with coconut, cucumber, and rose waters that give you a dewy finish. Made without harmful parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, gluten, dairy, soy,
dyes, it's safe for sensitive skin, too.
Coconut Water Hydrating Mist, $14.99, available at
This foaming cleanser gets down deep (
) into your pores to remove dirt, grime, makeup, you name it. Its star ingredient, egg whites, works to also tighten and moisturize the skin, leaving your complexion baby soft.
Egg White Pore Foam, $11, available at
Love a great highlighter? This portable compact was made for you. It includes two baked powders, a creamy textured powder, and a shimmery powder all with metallic finishes for that lit-from-within glow.
Solstice Highlighting Palette, $14.99, available at
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