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Core Collection May 2016 Deal Discoveries

There are so many products I fall in love with but will take a while to finish. Instead of waiting until I can mention them in a FabuFinds article (for Emptied Products) or waiting to see if they make the Top 10 of the Year, I want to go over items from my Core Collection. These are items I consider great deals (even at full-price, although I will still try to get them with a deal). If I ever finish them, I will probably replace ones that do not already have back-ups. Sometimes, they are items I’ve had for a while and just tried or items I tried in the past but love more upon rediscovery. Occasionally, I purchase items I love that do not fit into an article other than this one. When I try something from a recent acquisition where I wrote an article, I will always edit a mini review into the original article (love, hate, or anything in between). A single product review in the original article will not always depict how much I love it compared with other items I tried that month. This lists my Deal Discoveries from May 2016 that I am not even close to finishing.

Ulta April 2016 10

The Urban Decay Essentials Eye Kit is the best thing I discovered this month. It retails for $48 at Ulta. Other than the 0.06oz deluxe eyeshadow primer, all items are full-sized. Although I admit I think it would have been a better set for a single look if it was four eyeshadows and two eyeliners, I still loved this set for different eye looks. If you purchased each item in this set, the eyeliners would cost $20 each and the eyeshadows would cost $19 each. That means the deluxe primer is worth $10, given the $127 value. This also means it would have a $126 value if they released the set the way I think it would make a complete eye look. What I really loved about this set is I did not own any of these full-sized singles.

This set also rounds out my black 24/7 Urban Decay liners. I now have all of them. Needless to say, I enjoyed the purple and brown eyeliner more than the black one. If I wore to substitute the black eyeliner with an eyeshadow, I would have picked a brown shade for the crease. Until Urban Decay hires me to put a set together, I think this is a wonderful set for an incredible price and highly recommend it. All items perform the same way as the full-size ones you purchase individually, so urban Decay did not skimp or add inferior products to reduce the cost of the set. Other than the black eyeliner, I would have purchased any of these items individually and felt like I got a great deal. The black shade is not bad; it is just not different enough from the other black Urban Decay shades I own.

Bite Kimchi 3

Receiving my first Sephora Play! Subscription Box was awesome. I waited so long for it. The Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi that came inside the box is beautiful. It has such a fun, bright-pink color. My only complaint is it highlights lip lines a bit, but it still manages to look incredible. This formula is almost as moisturizing as regular Bite lipsticks, but it lasts a lot longer than the previous formula. If I ever finish this sample, I will purchase the full-size in this shade.

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I will probably always repurchase the Wet Brush. This was my third one, not that anything was wrong with the first two. It is just nice to have brushes for multiple places. If you brush your hair when it’s wet, I highly suggest giving this a try. Everything else I’ve tried pulls my hair too much. My hair is fine and tangles easily. Those tangles result in frizz, and nothing adds more frizz to hair than brushing it while it is wet or waiting until it dries before you brush it. Combs are the painful for tangle-prone hair, and this brush is the nice mixture of the two. One brush I tried before discovering this was more painful than a comb, so I am happy those days are over.

Stila LionFish 2

After finishing my Stila Lionfish Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in June 2015 and naming it a FabuFind, I went without replacing it until March of this year. I only used it once in April, but I could not put it down in May (which is impressive for how rarely I wear makeup. Almost every time I wore eyeliner (that did not call for a new one I purchased), I grabbed this. It does seem redundant to tell you how much I love it again, but I would not be true to discussing my May 2016 Core Collection items without bringing this up. The formula is easy to work with, lasts all day, and has the perfect color. It is my favorite eyeliner of all-time.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Peach Beach

I waited so long to get the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Peach Beach after narrowly missing it from the 2014 Spring 21 Days of Beauty and having it canceled from my order from the 2015 Spring 21 Days of Beauty. It was worth the wait. Even with the shimmer, the peachy-pink creates a natural flush that is simply stunning. The funny thing is I purchased Candy Glow directly from Too Faced after missing it from the Ulta 2014 21 Days of Beauty thinking it would suit me best of the three, and it turns out that is my least favorite of the three (not that it is at all terrible). This is perfectly in the middle, but still incredible.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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