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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight July 2016

Every month, I review my Empty Products. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally 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. Items I love but cannot finish make it into Deal Discoveries.

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 decided to condense the article. There are eight products I consider FabuFinds in my July Empties that I have not discussed yet. I may add three or four others in future months, because I considered adding them here. This was such a great month for product loves that in a slower month, I may have added them. If I continue loving them or grow to love them more in future months, I will add them later (as I am doing this month with the Gold Bond).

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PINCHme originally introduced me to Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Aloe Lotion. My first thoughts were that it moisturized deeply, but it was a little on the greasy side. This is a lotion that is thick enough to moisturize my hands, so I can use it on hands and body. Most formulas I use only work for one or the other. For hands, I’d consider this a medium density cream, but it is a little thicker than many body lotions. I’ve purchased this several times since receiving a sample, because the price is so affordable. The more I use this, the less greasy it feels. It starts to feel a little silky, so I decided it was time to promote it to a FabuFind. When this is the first body lotion I reach for at the drugstore almost every time I buy one, it is clear I love it more than I realized.

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The h2o+ Sea Salt Skin Smoother is now called the h2o+ Beauty Sea Salt Body Scrub. A lot of the product names and packaging changed when h2o+ officially added Beauty to its name. I hope the name change does not mean the product inside changed. This is incredible scrub is not too gentle or too rough. It is the Goldilocks of skin smoothers, because it feels just right. My skin feels soft and smooth without the redness and irritation I get from rougher scrubs. With gentler scrubs, I do not always notice a huge change in smoothness. There is oil in it that leaves my skin feeling soft. I do not even add a separate body cream on days I use this all over, and my skin still feels hydrated. For someone with extremely dry skin, it says a lot when a scrub allows you to skip moisturizing after cleansing. The sea salt scent is gentle and relaxing, but I have not tried any scents from this line I did not like. My husband does not like any of them, so scent is such a personal thing.

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I received these Incoco Coconut Nail Art Nail Polish Strips in a Walmart Beauty Box. My previous experience with nail stickers did not go well, and I removed them very quickly. These were relatively easy to apply and lasted on my fingers an impressive nine days. A mini cardboard file comes with the set, and that is all I need to perfectly smooth the edges to remove the excess sticker. Unlike other formulas I’ve used, the excess sticker actually peels off completely when I file, so there are no rough edges that catch and snag on everything. For excess sticker at the base of the nail where I cannot easily file, I used nippers. It worked out well. They looked incredible for the first four days, started peeling a bit around day 5, and really moved from the base by day seven. The tips did not budge until the 9th day though, so it just looked like grow-out until that point. Cleanup was very sticky, and it took a long time to get all the stickiness off my hands. The tradeoff is worth it considering these are the best nail stickers I’ve tried. That was a testament to how well these stuck to my fingers. I expected a lot of peeling, but there was not a lot and even when it started on day 5, it was minor peeling.

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The Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser is everything I want in a cleanser. It foams incredibly well, cleanses deeply, and rinses squeaky clean. When I use a toner after washing with this, my toner pad comes up completely clean every time. There are times when it picks up excess dirt other cleansers left, so I always appreciate a clean toner pad. My skin does not feel tight or dry, because it does not strip the moisture out of my skin. If I moisturize my body first or do anything else that delays me from immediately moisturizing my face first, it feels comfortable enough to wait. With some cleansers, my skin feels irritated, so I have to apply moisturizers immediately. I love the way it smells, too. It has a clean, invigorating scent that probably causes me to use more than I should. There is only one flaw I can think of with the sample bottle (that may not even exist on the full size). It stops pumping when there is a lot of product left. Thankfully, it twists open, so I can use it all. Pouring it in your hands causing you to use more than you need, but you do get more whiffs of the wonderful smell that way.

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The Go Smile Double Action Whitening System is the only whitener I’ve used that actually works on tooth colored fillings and relatively pain-free. I have weak enamel, so some of my front teeth have fillings. Many whiteners will not whiten fillings, so make sure the one you’re using does before you do. No one wants a bunch of teeth that are different colors. It does not hurt my gums or my overly sensitive teeth. There are so many formulas I’ve tried that kill my gums, including the one I received with my teeth trays many years ago from the dentist’s office. My top teeth are usually able to withstand the gum pain longer, so my bottom teeth were always more yellow before I discovered this brand. This system allows me to keep the product on my top and bottom for the suggested amount of time, and all teeth come out the same color. The actual whitening is mild, so this is not the formula if you want sparkling white teeth. I prefer my teeth a more natural color anyway, so slight whitening is exactly what I am looking for. Ross Geller teeth are not welcome here.

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By Terry Baume de Rose is my favorite lip balm of all time. I always purchase this from Beauty.com, and I was devastated when I learned they were closing. Getting this with another deluxe product whilst simultaneously scoring a deluxe GWP took a little of the sting out of its $60 cost. Thankfully, Birchbox carries it. With my remaining stack of points, I may get one of these, but I have my eyes on a limited edition box. Decisions are the worst! After I review my August box, I will need to make a purchase decision, so I will know what to do soon enough. I dedicated an entire article to how much I love this product. Sometime next month, I will publish a lip balm comparison article, so I will give more affordable alternatives that I also love (and may purchase more myself now that getting this with a blockbuster GWP will be harder). There is nothing I do not love about this product. The packaging is beautiful, and I like that it is in a jar. It helps me get every last drop out (which I appreciate on a product this expensive). When applying a lip balm from a jar, it is also easy to remember to put excess product on my cuticles. This works better on my cuticles than most products designed to help them. I love the beautiful pale pink sheen this creates. It is not as matte as a regular balm or as shiny as a gloss. This is beautifully dewy. The formula is comfortable, moisturizing, does not taste bad on my lips, and I love that it has SPF. It smells like faint roses, so the scent is not overpowering.

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I adore the smell of this Rituals Ginkgo’s Secret Hand Balm, but I have yet to smell anything from this line that did not remind me a being in an ethereal garden. Everything smells heavenly and so different. This is no different. It is a really rich formula, so I loved using this in winter. After thinking I lost it sometime back in March or April, I discovered it again in July and finished it up. Things can run but they cannot hide forever (unless they are a sunscreen spray I have not seen in almost a year that will probably expire before I find it). If this was not $17 for 2.5oz, I would certainly buy it. That’s a little extreme for a hand cream, even though I now want to run through a Ginkgo Garden for some great smelling, deeply moisturizing treatments. Despite the cost, I am naming it a FabuFind, because I may give in and purchase one around Christmas time (if the deal is right).

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The Ulta Moisture Cleanse Hand Soap Sparkling Lemon is a nice scent. I love these hand soaps, and can equate them to my current Pokémon craze. It would be nice to “catch” them all. There are probably scents I will like even better than this one. This scent is not a strong and a little more pleasant than the Eucalyptus Mint from last month. This leaves my skin feeling extremely clean, and I love the lather. There were two times while using this where I did not immediately moisturize, and I could tolerate it. Most washes make me want to climb the wall when I cannot moisturize upon drying. My hands are extremely dry, but I still prefer formulas that cleanse more than moisturize. I can always moisturize separately, but I like my hands really clean. This gives me a great cleanse and moisture, so I do not have to choose.

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