Good furniture at amazing prices. Perfect for anyone on a budget or just starting out. My only complaint is the obviously planned out confusing nature of the stores. They want to be sure you walk by EVERYTHING - and that's going to take you hours!
The three stars I'm giving to Ulta for this review is a mashup between my online experience (5 stars) and my in-store experience (-1,000 stars).
I love the idea of Ulta, both luxury and drugstore brands of cosmetics and other beauty products all under one roof. Plus the perks and discounts (normally only available on drugstore brands) are quite good if you know how to shop the system vs. your impulses.
In store, however, i have never had a good experience. Rude employees along with extremely unprofessional management has made me swear off walking into any ulta store for the foreseeable future.
Oh Sephora....my first indulgence. A great store with knowledgeable employees and good customer service. Their return policy is similar to that of Nordstrom, which keeps me shopping there instead of directly with the brands for ease of return and use. The other major beauty retailer unfortunately has given me horrendous customer service at all of the stores that I have visited. The lines available at Sephora are numerous, and the extras and benefits of shopping online keep me browsing in store but purchasing online.
I probably book 2 or 3 hotel rooms a week with Marriott, as my job as an Executive Assistant requires it. Thankfully most on my team are platinum members, so I have access to a special team to book - and they get free upgrades and discounted rates.
The entire team prefers Marriott Hotels, so that speaks loads about their quality!
Car rentals are not a pleasant process. Thankfully, though, I have an insider's perspective on the process as my husband worked for a rental company straight out of college.
I have heard so many horror stories about what he was forced to do and his working environment........I cannot hold much against employees at these places anymore. The companies impose crazy rules and most of the unpleasant experience you have is based on these employees having their hands tied.
Car renting is a necessary evil. I say, take it in stride....
Hot tools are a staple in my glam routine. My hair hates me, tragically, and will not curl unless I basically set it on fire with a curling iron. This is where hot tools come in handy. they get super duper hot, so I can melt my hair into submission. Even if this submission is only temporary.