If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
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 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) or mention it in an Empties article (if I finish it quickly). 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 July 2016 that I am not even close to finishing.
I originally received Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant for free in a BzzAgent campaign and fell in love. In July 2016, I decided I would make this a part of my regular regimen, so I officially purchased one. This is extremely moisturizing. When I use it once a day, my skin is almost flake free. As someone with dry skin, I’ve struggled with flaky skin my whole life. If this did nothing else, I would already love it. It also minimizes the appearance of my pores, eliminates blackheads, evens out my skin tone, and helps with my redness (not as much as I’d like but more than when I do not use it). My skin is also soft and smooth, so my serums and creams absorb better. The chance this will make the top 10 of the year is extremely high.
I took a break from Kate Somerville Eradikate, but I rediscovered it in July 2016. When I started using this, it almost completely eliminated smaller pimples overnight and drastically reduced ones that were larger in size. It also brought cystic acne to the surface over 1-2 nights, which takes longer when I use nothing. After 6-7 months, it seemed to slow down with its effectiveness, so I completely stopped using it. When I resumed it in July 2016, it was back to its original magic. The alcohol on top of my older bottle dried up, and I debated whether I wanted to reactivate it with alcohol or open the new bottle I purchased. Reactivating the old one with alcohol worked, so I have not even opened my new bottle yet. There is still plenty of time to use the old one and the new one before they expire.
How is the Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining is still in the Sephora Sale Section! Every time I tried to buy the bigger set with creams, it was out-of-stock. It actually went out-of-stock once while I was checking out. When the Sale on Sale hit, I finally decided to get this one. Initially, it disappointed me that I did not get the bigger one, but I love this. It is perfect that Candlelight and The Sculpting Powder are the bigger powders in this, because those are the two I use most. Although I have a lot of contour and highlight powders, I reach for this more than anything else I own. In July 2016, I realized there was not a single time where I reached for anything else. If the rumor that the bigger set is now permanent is true, I will probably get it during the VIB sale this November. Hopefully, I never have to run out of Candlelight or the Sculpting Powder, and these sets are such a great deal over buying the individual powders.
I love all Julep It’s Balm formulas, but Dusty Orchid Shimmer is my favorite (with two left to try). There are 13 (including the limited edition Christmas shade) in this line, and I have tried 11 so far. It has a beautiful color that I adore, and only one of the eleven I’ve tried so far has a color I dislike. My dry patches are completely hidden, and although it does highlight lip lines a bit, it is not too noticeable. The formula is extremely moisturizing. Even though this fades a little faster than some of the others, I love that it looks so classic and beautiful white its own. As it fades, it still looks beautiful. My lips feel great even after it fades, so they absorb the moisture.
I got the NYX Butter Lipstick in Moonlit Night in a Target Beauty Box. The box cost me $7 for everything in it, but I would gladly pay $5.99 for another one of these lipsticks. The color is a deep wine, which I love. After trying more expensive formulas of similar colors from Kat Von D (which was horrible) and Urban Decay (which was okay), I was glad to find one that really worked! Colors like this are difficult to do well, and I think this NYX is the best I’ve tried in this color (or one close to it). It is not patchy, does not accentuate lip lines, nor does it highlight dry patches. This formula is very moisturizing and does not move around too much. As it fades, it does fade unevenly, and it feathers. In my rush to get dressed, I never applied lip liner, which could help with both flaws. While I was out all day, I had to reapply this twice. At this price, that is not so bad at all.
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