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8 Ulta Shopping Secrets and Summer Beauty Steals

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June 08, 2016 · 3.4k Views

I know I’m in front of Ulta when I hear my boyfriend’s fearful whimper followed by an irritated groan as I drag him into the beauty wonderland with me. For those who can’t afford Sephora, ULTA is… the perfect store to browse. They have drugstore brands but also carry some of my favorite high-end beauty brands like It Cosmetics, Urban Decay and Too Faced. Most importantly, for a gal on a budget (ahem moi), they always ALWAYS have those discount coupons where I can snag $3.50 off a $10 purchase. I can easily pick up some beauty essentials, get $3.50 off and spend (way more time than necessary) browsing? Love it.

For all the Ulta fanatics out there, here’s a few tricks I’ve encountered in order to shave more off my total purchase. Hope you snag a few deals here and there with this guide!


Ulta Coupons

Okay, you obviously saw this one coming and you know that Ulta always has this offer somewhere up on their site. But every once in awhile, Ulta also offers a rare $5 off $15 coupon code (typically not displayed on their website) and you can find this offer on DealsPlus. The only downside of these codes… they’re limited time Ulta branded products with little room for inclusion on higher end brands. But if you’re just picking up some essentials like body lotion, nail polishes or other beauty knick knacks, these discounts will come in handy.

Ultamate Rewards

Like Sephora, Ulta also offers a beauty program and its free to join. No matter if it's a big or small purchase, you’ll still rack up points for it plus, members will get bonus points during your birthday month (along with a free gift) so maybe plan your beauty haul purchases around that time.

If you’re major beauty shopper, grab all your beauty, skincare and body essentials and Ulta and try to rack up $450 in expenses at Ulta within a year. Why? Because you’ll get bumped up to Platinum Status. Platinum members get 1.25 points for every dollar spend and your points will NEVER expire.

Bonus tip: keep your earned points for as long as possible and spend it on something $$$. Make your biggest purchases during bonus points week and earn more points redeemable on future purchases. You can also earn points with Ulta salon services!

Check Ulta’s weekly ad, no really, check. It.

If you’re enrolled into Ultamate Rewards, you’ll receive a mailer every month or so. I always used to ditch these mailers but when I finally looked through one, I realized all the deals and new brands I missed out on. I normally lurk through the Ulta beauty aisles with no real intention to buy so the weekly circulars are a miss for me. But if you’re looking for a specific product or brand, they display all current free gift deals and discounts for select brands in the mailers make sure you start scanning through them.

The ad usually plays up on seasonal and trending products with decent discounts on popular box set offers. Ulta will also update all new brand offerings including debuting brands in their ads so it doesn’t hurt to give it a peek!

Ulta Buy More Save More Sale & Clearance

If you’re shopping online or buying multiple product from a certain brand, don’t forget to check this this page out. The offers are updated every week and you’ll always find BOGO 50% off deals or even BOGO free deals from high end brand like Stila to drugstore brand like NYX. These offers will also be available in-store.

If you’re on the hunt for new brands to try for a specific product you need, try their clearance section for discounted items up to 50% off or more. Certain sale items also comes with a free gift so just keep an eye out for that offer underneath the price listing.

Free Gifts

Ulta run promotions every week for free gifts with certain brand purchase or with qualifying purchases. Don’t miss out on these freebies! Also, if you need to return the items you bought, Ulta return policy states that you can return any items and still keep the gifts. Winning!

Ulta Mobile App

If you haven’t tried it yet, the Ulta mobile app gives you instant access to available digital coupons. Plus, they’re one of the few beauty retailers that have also expanded the app to Apple Watch. One very useful feature I found via this app, is the ability to scan barcodes. If you’re ever wandering around Ulta and come across a beautifully marketed item but wonder if it actually works, you can scan the code with the app in-store and that will pull up customers review on the product. Pretty neat me thinks.

Manufacturer Coupons Are Valid at Ulta

You know those coupons you see in your Red Plum ad or your Sunday paper? Apparently, they can be used at Ulta! You can stack those store coupons with a Ulta coupon on qualifying brands and cash in more savings by grabbing items already in the clearance section.

Ulta Salon

As we mentioned, as an Ultamate Reward member, you will also earn points by using other Ulta beauty services like their skin treatments, hair, nails and etc. You can earn points and save on these services with available coupons located on this page. We also recommend calling in to see if your local Ulta has any specific specials going.

Went in unprepared?

Just ask an Ulta team member what are some hot sales they currently have! Ask about freebies and gifts with purchase too as those who works there probably has the best insider know-how when it comes to selecting the best products and gifts that will be worth your money.


Some Ulta sales and specials we’re eyeing…

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BOGO 50% Off NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick at $6.99 Each (mix & match ok)

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BOGO 50% Off Batiste Dry Shampoo at $7.99 Each (mix & match ok)

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BOGO 50% Off + Free Gift on the Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Spray SPF 30 at $8.99 Each (mix & match ok)

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BOGO 50% Off Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Set at $10.99 (we recommend also picking up one of their quality brush kits!)

Feeling Beautiful Pear Pore Clean Mask for $3.65 $4.29

Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Controlling Astringent for $5.09 $5.99 


Hey Ulta beauty lovers, any shopping tips or cool products to share with us?



monster1991 profile picture
I wanna be the very best like no one ever was. Couponing is my real test, to cut them is my cause. I will travel across the land, searching far and wide. Each store to understand, the discounts that's inside.

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