Out of Stock: A Beauty Lover’s Nightmare

I love Ulta. It’s one of my favorite places to go, and I go quite often. Where else can you buy premium makeup brands alongside drugstore beauty buys right after getting your hair cut and colored? And it doesn’t hurt that it’s less than five minutes from my house.

Alas, this past weekend, a trip to my personal beauty mecca became the stuff nightmares are made of. Okay — that was a bit dramatic, but it was an incredibly frustrating outing when I found out that the four particular items I went in to buy were all out of stock.out of stock

Every. Single. One of them.

In a store brimming with beauty products on shelves reaching from floor to ceiling, how in the world were they out of the exact four items I needed to replace? I guess they must be popular items.

Here are my four faves that were out of stock:

1.  Napoleon Perdis Mighty Concealer in Mellow Yellow — This is my guilty pleasure, because it’s the one beauty product I’ve ever owned that actually makes me look like someone else — in a good way. Just apply a few swipes under my eyes and I look like I’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep, ran three miles and have already had a cup of coffee — even if I’m really nursing a hangover.

2.  Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Glam Black — I know, I know — I have talked about this mascara so many times that you’re probably sick of hearing about it. But it’s the only one I trust, and people always ask me if my lashes are real, so as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke…

3.  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat — If you hate waiting for your nail polish to dry, simply slap on one coat of this miracle top coat, and your nails will be dry and diamond-hard within 30 seconds. No joke. Plus, this top coat has a super shine that puts all other top coats to shame.

4.  Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner — This ultra hydrating conditioner has saved my over-processed strands from turning into a brittle mess. Now, I can’t even find it on the Ulta website anymore, so maybe they’ve pulled it from their shelves permanently. Sigh.

Sadly, I have to wait until Thursday when the new product shipment comes in so I can get my items (except I caved and got a different Redken conditioner since I was completely out and I’m not sure if Ulta is going to restock the Carol’s Daughter one).  But the good news is I have a completely valid excuse to go back and browse more beauty items.

Want to know one place these items are never out of stock? Online! Shop items in this post here:


Photos: Collage by beautyxposé; individual photos by Maybelline, Carol’s Daughter, Seche and Napoleon Perdis
  • Amy

    This is why we are sisters. I had the EXACT misfortune today @Ulta looking to refill my makeup before my trip. You know what was even more annoying? They had FOUR samples out in the exact same product- why you need four black eyeliners out to sample is beyond me- I could have bought one of those!