To whom is the beginning of fall crueler: the kid who has to fill their backpack with heavy books and freshly sharpened pencils and haul ass to another first day of school, or the adult whose life is pretty much the same, just colder? On the one hand, shopping for new clothes and school supplies when you’re 12 can bring about some fleeting sense of materialistic joy that will be long gone by the time the first Milky Pen runs dry; on the other, being an adult means… you don’t have to go to school.
Anyway, both are bad — different, but bad. But if you’re too old to get a kick out of the simple delight of a fresh three-ring binder, all is not lost: Shopping for fall skin care can have much of the same appeal (though wouldn’t it be nice if your mom was still footing the bill this time around?). Ulta Beauty is teeming with new arrivals to kick off sweater season right — and, with many of the products ahead ringing in under $20, you can have your Milky Pens and your all-natural facial cleanser, too.
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The most luxurious night cream (or night balm, if you will) to hit shelves this fall is packed full of nourishing Manuka honey, to leave skin softer, firmer, and more resilient over time — and feels much richer than its $19.99 price tag would imply.
L’Oréal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm, $19.98, available at Ulta Beauty
Like a liquid bandage for your breakouts, this innovative treatment forms a near-invisible film over the affected area, creating a clear canvas for makeup while crushing zits with a potent 2% concentration of salicylic acid.
Almay Clear Complexion Blemish Armor, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Thanks to a combination of skin-smoothing enzymes, a probiotic complex, and lactic acid that works to slough away dull cells without triggering irritation, these resurfacing pads are proof that an exfoliating treatment can be both potent and gentle enough for sensitive skin types.
Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads, $59, available at Ulta Beauty
Part skin care, part category-transcending complexion magic, this hydrating mist does much more than give skin …read more