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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight March 2015

Every month, I review my empty products. If you missed this month’s empties, you can find them here. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are so wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally like to devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article.  That does not mean they lost their magic.  It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love.  Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and had to condense the article.  There were five products I consider FabuFinds in my March Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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The Ulta Beauty Smoothie smells delicious, does not dry out my skin worse than it already is, and retails for a bargain price.  All of the scents I’ve tried so far are fun.  Dragonfruit Frappe is my favorite scent so far, but Yum Yum Yumberry is aptly named.  Sure these babies retail for $16, but there is no need to ever pay that much.  Ulta often runs promotions that drop the prices of these to $7 or $8 each.  The most frequent promotion is buy 2, get 2 free.  That means for $32, or $8 each, you can get 4.  These are 24oz, so at $8 each, the cost is $0.333 per ounce.  They lather extremely well stretching out the use.

It’s touted as a 3-in-1 product for soap, bubble bath, or shampoo.  I do not like using multi use products for more than one thing, because I feel you can usually get an item better suited to your needs if it is a specific purchase.  As such, I have never tried this in shampoo version.  Because of its incredible lather, I assume this would easily get you a bubble bath.  The idea of sitting in my own dirty bath water to cleanse skin makes me think of soup for some reason, so I will leave the bubble bath aspect to others.  Maybe, I can try it to soak in the tub one day as long as I physically shower immediately afterward.

This product boasts many benefits, including: Vitamins A & E, an antioxidant complex of acai, goji berry and mangosteen super fruits.  Ulta is currently running a promotion where you get a $10 gift card with a $25 Ulta purchase.  If you want to try these without waiting for the next item specific promotion, you could buy two for $32 and get $10 back making them $11 each.

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Sensodyne Pronamel is the perfect toothpaste for someone with sensitive teeth.  The fluoride helps me actually consume cold beverages.  I love ice-cold drinks, but they do not always love me back when I use another toothpaste.  This tastes nice compared to some other toothpastes.  My gag reflexes kick in when things taste bad.  If a toothpaste tastes bad, it is a deal breaker for me.  Anything with pronamel is also a plus, because enamel is sensitive and does not grow back as it is depleted.  I usually purchase this from Sam’s Club, because the three pack costs about the same as buying two from a regular store.  Make sure you can finish all three before they expire though to maximize your deal.

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The Ulta Regular Nail Polish Remover Pad works extremely well.  It is so much bigger than most other nail polish remover pads.  Have you ever opened a package only to find the smallest pad ever and thought yeah, right?  There is no way this is going to work.  I love when you turn some of those tiny pads over and they refuse to work.  Why do some pads only really work on one side?  That is a major design flaw.  Envision those tiny pads now.  Multiply them by 3 and picture the Ulta pad.  They are about three times the size of the tiny pads or twice the size of a normal size pad.  The best part is they work well on either side.

If you are wearing a dark or glitter colored polish, do not fret.  Once you fill one side with polish, turn it over.  Although the pad is very wet, it will not drip on you, so you do not have to worry about making a mess either.  When I need a mess free removal, I opt for pads over the traditional method.  The wetness of the pad helps speed up the removal process.  There is way less scrubbing than needed with a pad that is more dry.  Glitter polish does take a bit longer to remove than regular polish, but it will remove it.  The corners of the pad also work well to remove polish off the sides of nails.  I do not even need Q tips to clean the sides of my nails when I use these pads, because the pad alone will remove all the polish.

The best part is these lovely pads retail for $3.99 for 10 at Ulta.  If the price is not already great enough, because they’re Ulta branded, almost every coupon Ulta offers applies.  Ulta also runs frequent promotions on Ulta branded items, including the current one mentioned above.  They’re super portable, which makes them great for travel.  You will get to remove 10 separate polish applications with one box, because there is almost no way you will need more than one wipe per job. It usually takes me 2-3 Julep pads and Q tips for one removal as a comparison.

H2o+ Targeted Care Hand and Nail Cream

H2o+ Targeted Care Hand and Nail Cream

H2o+ Targeted Care Hand Cream is my go to hand cream.  It is a thick cream, which my extremely dry hands appreciate.  Despite its texture, it applies evenly without a greasy feeling.  My hands feel soft, well as soft as they can, because rough hands never really get soft.  I use hand cream after every washing and this one carries me from one wash to the next whereas others sometimes need reapplication between hand washings.  The smell is also pleasant to me, although I must tell you that my husband does not care for the scent.

This brand falls between drugstore and midrange products.  As some of you may know, drugstore prices tend to vary from retailer to retailer but midrange products usually maintain the same price across authorized retailers.  For the most part, these 2oz beauties are consistently $5 no matter where you buy them.  One of the stores I often shop at has a shocking markup.  These are $6.50 at Beauty.com.  I admit I’ve purchased them there before to get over the shipping minimum or to get a free gift.  It still always bothers me to pay the extra fee, so I generally do not recommend it.

Ulta once again is where I typically buy these.  The reason is Ulta not only has the $5 rate, but they frequently put these on sale.  When they’re buy one, get one 50% off making them $7.50 for 2, I like to stock up.  I’ve placed entire orders (with $50 minimums) with nothing but these creams.  These are on sale for $3.75 each, which is the same 25% off I get during the buy one, get one 50% off sale.  If I was not well stocked at the moment, I would certainly partake in the current sale.  These are also sold in bigger sizes for your house.

The 6oz size is exactly three times the cost of the 2oz size, $15.  As such, it is not cheaper to buy the larger size.  Two benefits are you only have to deal with one empty tube and not three and bigger ones are harder to lose.  So, I do at times buy the 6oz size.  Although I do not like to purchase direct from H2o+, I have to get the 8oz size not sold at Ulta.  It is only $1 more for the extra 2oz.  The tube is the worst though, because the pump stops working long before the product is out causing me to open of the container and scoop out the remaining contents.  I will eventually explain why I prefer not to do direct orders, unless the deal is incredible, but feel free to ask if you need to know sooner than I release that article.

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Lancome Absolue L’Extrait Eye Cream is amazing, but I have mixed feelings.  Although I absolutely love it, I am unsure I would pay its hefty $260 price tag.  At 0.5oz, it actually costs $520 an ounce.  To me, that is insane.  Lancome has always been and will probably always be my favorite beauty brand.  It has so many makeup and skin care products I adore.  The product itself is amazing.  This makes me eyes look brighter, and the wrinkles around my eyes almost seem to slightly fill in when I use this.  People tell me how young I look a lot when I am using this.  Do I look old when I do not!  My wrinkles are a little deeper than the average 35-year-old, I believe.

This lovely rose smelling cream applies like a dream.  Some rose scents are overpowering, but this is light and very nice.  My eyelids are overly dry below my eye and overly oily above.  Strange, I know.  If I wear shadow, I skip applying cream to my upper lids.  I apply to upper and lower on non makeup days.  I am unsure how a cream that moisturizes my dry under eye skin also works very well on my oily upper eye skin.  It does though.  Even if I apply shadow on top, I never get creasing with this.  It does not add to the oiliness either.  Everything claimed on the product description seems true to me.  I see a smoother skin, improved texture, firmer skin, more elasticity, and more.

The one thing I love about Lancome is it is one of the Gift With Purchase Kings.  If I ever choose to crazily buy this, I know I will get a good deal.  Always check Lancome offers here.  Should none of the deals there catch my eye, the direct site always runs deals of its own, including this offer released for today only.

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Macy’s has an offer of its own, which I will add to the Lancome offers when I do my next update.

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In the meantime, I am grateful that both SAKS Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus have provided me with more samples of this gem, so I have more time to decide whether I will be crazy enough to buy it.  These samples do not come in GWP offers and are targeted offers sent via email or snail mail.   If I ever see a general offer for this, I will let you know.  Just try it at your own risk.  Trying a super expensive sample and falling in love is not always a good thing.

See all FabuFinds articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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2 comments on “FabuFinds: Product Spotlight March 2015

  1. anne
    July 27, 2015

    sensodyne pronamel is the only toothpaste i can use for sensitivity..love the stuff..it’s the most expensive toothpaste i’ve ever bought, but so worth it for the results. also, i love that h2o+ hand and nail cream..i got a sample from you and finished it 2 wks ago..it would’ve been used up faster but i used it as my back up hand cream that i kept in my truck. i’ll be keeping an eye out for sales at ulta for that product for sure

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  2. notcreative
    July 28, 2015

    I am glad you liked it. It is one of my favorite items to place in box exchanges. The price, especially when purchased on sale is not bad either. My husband recently started trying more expensive toothpastes, so his are more than mine. Buying in bulk from Sam’s club helps as long as you can use them all before they expire.

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