Ulta Beauty is bringing mini shops to hundreds of Target stores in 2021

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Shopping at Target is going to get a lot more glamorous in 2021.

The world’s favorite red-bullseye superstore just announced it is partnering with retailer Ulta Beauty and will be opening hundreds of Ulta counters inside of Target stores nationwide.

Target’s CEO Brian Cornell projects that by mid-2021, these baby beauty boutiques will be up and running, with each shop constructed to be around 1,000 square feet and carrying a rotating stock of about 40 products. Like the full-size store, the smaller Ultas will feature makeup, hair care, fragrances and more.

The benefit to this match made in makeup heaven is not only the availability of Ulta Beauty products but the ability to utilize Target’s same-day shipping, curbside pickup and their super-speedy delivery company, Shipt.

The coupling comes at a great time for both brands. When the pandemic hit, sales in categories like skin care, hair care, soaps and relaxation tools rose, according to CNBC, with hair masks, DIY hair color and spa products among the best sellers.

Target has also been doing quite well during the pandemic, reaching record sales with online shopping.

“We remain steadfast in our focus on investing in a safe and convenient shopping experience for our guests, and their trust has resulted in market share gains of $5 billion in the first six months of the year,” Cornell said in a statement.

So what does this mean for you and your future beauty buys? For now, the best we can do is offer some great holiday picks at the closest Ulta near you, or to shop online. The newly released holiday gift guide is packed with recommendations for everyone on your list, from makeup for her, skin care for him and always a little something for yourself.

Beauty gifts for her

Chi for Ulta Beauty temperature-control hairstyling iron, $109.99

A hot pink hair iron
Ulta Beauty

An Ulta exclusive, strike this deal while the iron is hot!

From Chi, this hot-pink flat iron heats up in just 30 seconds and can be adjusted to get up to 410 degrees. The swivel cord prevents dangerous tangling and the thermal clutch is great to avoid nasty burns while styling.

The iron also comes with heat-protection spray and a carrying case. It is available both in-store and online, but only at Ulta, so act fast.

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Tula Skincare three-piece glow kit, $55

tubes of teal Tula skincare
Ulta Beauty

Another Ulta exclusive, this best-sellers roundup of Tula Skincare is a $92 value, and priceless for glowing skin. The set comes with a purifying face cleanser, a blurring and moisturizing primer and a brightening eye balm.

Sold only at Ulta stores and online, the set is perfect for gifting or for keeping for yourself.

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MAC “Surefire Hit” mini lipstick 12-piece set, $74.50

A set of 12 MAC lipsticks
Ulta Beauty

A shade for every season, and every month at that.

Pucker up for a 12-piece lipstick kit from MAC Cosmetics, with shades to match every skin tone. The set is a $158 value and comes with a free gift with purchase. It also comes in a decorative box that is almost as exciting as its contents.

“This vault is ready to be the life of the party in a specially designed box ignited by firework flare,” adds the product page.

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Ariana Grande “Thank U Next” fragrance gift set, $68

Thank U Next perfume kit in a pink box
Ulta Beauty

We doubt you’ll take a pass on this product.

From pop superstar Ariana Grande, this gift set contains a large-size “Thank U Next” eau de parfum, a mini version and a heart-shaped ornament to hang on your Christmas tree or above the fireplace. The set, valued at $151, is available online and in-store and comes with a free gift.

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bareMinerals “24 Days of Clean Beauty” advent calendar, $99

An array of bareMinerals products
bareMinerals

Stretch the holiday out and gift a set that keeps on giving.

This 24-day advent calendar has mini surprises in store for anyone who loves natural skin care and makeup. The set, valued at $250, contains sample sizes of best-selling products like the “Poreless” clay cleanser, “Lashtopia” high-volume mascara and “Mineralist” lipstick.

If that wasn’t enough, the calendar comes with a second gift set for free: a four-piece “Clean Color Favorites” set and makeup bag. It’s available through Nov. 28 and while supplies last.

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Holiday gifts for him

Baby Foot exfoliant foot peel for men, $20

A red and black box of foot peel for men
Ulta Beauty

A treat for his feet that will leave them feeling baby soft.

Baby Foot released a manly version of its best-selling foot mask. It works by peeling away dead skin to reveal silky soft heels and wiping callouses and imperfections away in as little as three to seven days after application. The online-only exclusive was just marked down from the original price of $25, so act fast for this peel.

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Remington “Virtually Indestructible” hair and beard trimmer, $41.19

A yellow and black beard trimmer
Ulta Beauty

For those who have been DIYing hair and beard trims at home, this one is for you.

From Remington, this high-powered trimmer comes with 15 pieces, including length-adjusting combs, blade oil, guards, a beard brush, a styling comb and a carrying case to keep it all together. With a super magnet motor and precision blades, you’ll walk away with a salon-quality cut without ever leaving the house.

This is an online exclusive and can only be ordered through the Ulta website or app.

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Jack Black “Triple Play” skin-care set, $49

A set of Jack Black blue skincare
Ulta Beauty

Don’t know jack about taking care of your skin?

New from skin-care company Jack Black, this three-piece gift set is a perfect introduction to the world of cleansers and moisturizers. The kit comes in a clear carrying case and includes a daily facial cleanser, a “Turbo Wash” hair and body cleanser and a “Double-Duty” face moisturizer with SPF.

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Duke Cannon beard care set, $40

A bear care kit from Duke Cannon
Ulta Beauty

Quarantine beards are in. Scraggly ones are not.

Take care of the new addition to your face with a beard set from the rugged Duke Cannon Supply Co. It includes soap, beard oil, beard balm and a travel bag to carry the set wherever you and your mustache may roam.

“This kit contains items richly scented with a warm, woodsy, oak barrel scent. The bar soap is phthalate-free, ideal for normal skin. Made with Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon Whiskey,” reads the product page.

The kit is a $55 value and is an online-only exclusive on the site or on the app.

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Gucci “Guilty” set, $81

A Gucci box and two black bottles
Ulta Beauty

You should never feel guilty about smelling wonderful.

This two-piece set from Gucci features the signature “Guilty” scent — “an unexpected masculine creation, with its pink pepper top notes mixed with invigorating Italian lemon.” The tincture features “a balanced combination of orange blossom absolute, neroli and French lavender [essential oils], while patchouli and cedar” show up to give you “a sensual power and long-lastingness,” according to the product page.

Find the scent in the set’s eau de toilette and shower gel, and gain a whole lot of swagger when you walk into a room smelling this good.

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